Tuesday, 30 April 2019

I’m Ready To Go To Prison, Ayo Adebanjo Dares FG

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, elder statesman and one of the leaders of Afenifere, has dared the Federal Government to arrest him over his statement that he would not recognise President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the 2019 presidential election until proven by the courts.

Adebanjo, in an interview published by Daily Independent, had described the 2019 presidential election as a farce, saying he could not recognise Buhari – who was declared winner of the election – as president-elect.

Adebanjo, who also expressed optimism that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would get justice at the court, also said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wrongly declared President Buhari as winner of the election.

“The election was a farce. I don’t regard Buhari as president. Buhari was wrongly declared winner by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). When we get to court, we would know who the real president is.

“How can you call Buhari president with the way the presidential election was conducted in a 21st century Nigeria? Look at the elections, they were completely militarised. Corps members were openly kidnapped to rig the elections,” he had said.

However, some Nigerians had reacted to the interview by calling for his arrest, saying his statement was treasonable.

The National Democratic Front (NDF) on Tuesday called for the immediate arrest and arraignment of Adebanjo, saying his comment amounted to treason and utterances capable of plunging the country into another civil war.

NDF, through its Secretary General, Dr. Bolaji Abdulkadir, said: “Adebanjo premised his treasonous call, published by the Daily Independent, on the handling of the recently held presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which is merely a cover to justify the mayhem he and his co-travellers are planning in order to illegitimately and forcefully overthrow the government in violation of the constitution.

“Security agencies must immediately act to curtail such excesses by immediately arresting Adebanjo and anyone that instructed him to make such statement with a view to sending out the message that the laws of Nigeria are not to be toyed with.

“This call became necessary because of the series of plots by people like Adebanjo (and those who pay him) to overthrow the government of President Buhari, which were uncovered by the Federal Government prior to the elections.”

In his reaction on Tuesday, Adebanjo said he stood by his comment that he would not recognise President Buhari as the winner of the election.

He said he would not be surprised if he was arrested as the Buhari administration was known for its lack of tolerance for the opposition.

“Let them come and arrest me. I am used to that. It is typical of their regime that they don’t tolerate opposition. It is typical of Buhari in particular, he doesn’t tolerate opposition; so it’s nothing new to me.

“I maintain my stand that until the Supreme Court rules that he is validly elected, I will not recognise him.

“We have evidence that the election was rigged, let the court decide otherwise. That is all I am saying.

“The constitution provides that if you are not satisfied with the outcome of the election, go to the tribunal and don’t resort to violence.

“It is only when the court decides that he won, that is when I will recognise him. If to them, that is an offence, then I am ready to go to prison. By my pronouncement, I have not said anything illegal or unconstitutional.

“Right now, Buhari is the president declared by INEC, and not the person that won the election, and the constitution says if you are not satisfied by that declaration, go to the tribunal.

“I will only recognise him if the court rules that he is the rightful winner. That is my position and if it is an offence to follow what the constitution says, then I am ready to go to prison,” he said.

Employees Sue Dangote Flour Mill For 200million

A Lagos Division of the Lagos State High Court Tuesday adjourned for ruling a case of malicious prosecution and defamation brought by five employees of Dangote Flour Mills against the company and its group managing director, Thabo Mabe.

The ruling will be delivered on an application filed by the defence counsel asking the court to strike out the case for lack of jurisdiction.

According to A.Y. Usman, counsel to the first and second defendants, the court had no jurisdiction to hear a matter between “a master and servant.”

Mr Usman said the power to hear such matters have been conferred on the industrial court.

The counsel further argued that the reliefs sought by the claimants, which includes N200 million as damages and the payment of salaries and emoluments owed them since 2017 further support his position that the court has no jurisdiction in the matter.

He urged the court to accordingly strike out the case.

Counsel to the claimants, Ano-Obong Peter, however, told the court that the salary reliefs sought by the claimants were only a consequence of the tortious claims against the defendants.

He said the bone of contention is the fact that the defendants prosecuted the defendants maliciously and defamed their character.

He said withholding the claimants’ salaries and emoluments were a consequence of such malicious prosecution. He prayed the court not to grant the prayers of the defendants.

“This court has jurisdiction to hear this matter. Cases before the Supreme Court shows that not all cases of the Master/Servant relationship can be brought to the industrial court. ”

“Our claims are based on tort. We believe that if the court can hear claims on tortious liabilities, it should be able to grant reliefs consequential to it.”

The judge, Kafeel Dawodu, assured both parties that the court would thoroughly look into their submissions and give its ruling on June 13.

The five employees, Mohammed Hamza, Olaseinde Oladiran, Abilawon Peter, Shaibu Inu, and Jimoh Olakunle said they were maliciously prosecuted and defamatory publications sponsored against them by the defendants.

According to the statement of claim filed in court, the claimants said the second defendant, Mr Thabo, wrongfully accused them of theft and got them arrested.

They said they were thereafter tortured in custody, suspended from their work and arraigned at the Apapa Magistrate Court on July 27, 2017, despite lack of proof linking them to the alleged offence.

They said while they were being held at the medium prison, Kirikiri, “the defendants published an article portraying the claimants as thieves who were caught in the act of attempting to steal 15 bags of wheat from the 1st defendant company.”

They said the online publication by the defendants against their persons continues to cause them to suffer “public ridicule, humiliation, shame, embarrassment, loss of business goodwill and loss of financial prosperity from the public.”

They said despite their discharge and acquittal at the magistrate court, the defendants continue to place them on suspension and have refused to reinstate them or pay them their salaries and allowances.

They said the defendants also refused to tender a public apology to them for the humiliation and torture they suffered as a result of the false accusation.

The claimants are asking the court for a declaration that: the actions of the defendants against them amounts to malicious prosecution, and that the publication against them amounts to defamation of their character and dignity.

They also demanded a public letter of apology to them in a widely read national newspaper, N200 million as general damages, and an order that the first defendant pay all their outstanding salaries.

Prepare For Revolution, Archbishop Of Enugu Tell Nigerians

The Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rev Emmanuel Chukwuma, on Tuesday called on Nigerians to prepare for a revolution.
 Chukwuma,  who has constantly criticised  President Muhammadu Buhari’s management  style, spoke in an interview with our correspondent in Enugu.
 According to him, the  poverty rate is high in the country  because of bad leadership.
He  said    the N30,000 new minimum wage would not   reduce poverty in Nigeria,  adding that  inflation would render  the new  pay  worthless.
 The cleric said, “There  is hunger and  people are deprived   of  the basic necessities of life in Nigeria and the  N30,000 new  minimum wage, which amounts to N1,000 per day,  would not solve any problem.
“How would people pay for house rent, school fees, medical fees and other utilities which must be taken care of, let alone feeding themselves and their  families.”
Chukwuma said, “It is high time the expired and old politicians who have held Nigeria down left the stage so that we can have a new Nigeria of our dream where things work.”
 He urged the Nigeria Labour Congress  to champion the revolution,  which, according to him,  is imminent.
 He also  called for  the restructuring of  the country.
Chukwuma added,  “All  political appointments must reflect  federal character. Since the President and  his deputy  come from  the North-West and South-West respectively,  the position of the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives should go to other zones.”

Nigeria Rugby Sevens To Play In 2020 Olympic Qualifiers

Rugby Africa has confirmed Nigeria’s participation at this year’s Olympic Qualifiers to be held in South Africa in November following Nigeria’s superb performance at the Africa North regional 7s tournament in Cote d’Ivoire and a massive 59 – 13 test match win against the Niger Republic in Niamey last year.

Acting NRFF Technical Director and Teams Manager; Dele Coker announced the news on Monday in Lagos. ‘’We are happy for the chance to participate in the Olympics qualifiers: Africa Men’s Sevens later this year. We will ensure our best players are available, ensure proper preparations and aim to go far at the tournament’’ says Coker.

This competition will allow one of the participating teams to qualify for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, in 2020. The participating teams are Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Zambia, Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco, Namibia, Ghana, Botswana, Mauritius, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria.

South Africa is presently competing in the HSBC World Sevens Series and may not participate at the Africa Sevens if they amass enough points and qualify for the Olympics automatically. Burkina Faso is waiting on the sidelines to fill in the gap should South Africa excel at the HSBC.

The competition will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa on 9th – 10th November 2019.

Bashir Ahmed Replies Singer Skales After He Called Him An "Idiot"

President Buhari Aide, Bashir Ahmed Replies singer skales after calling him an idiot.

Skales Tweets
& ds idiot @BashirAhmaad why ain’t u tweetin bout dis dumb police uhh I grew up in d north like u but u ain’t got no feelings and I wish u everything that’s happening to the average citizen I reallly pray it happens to u or one of ur family relations so u understand how we feel

Bashir Ahmed Replies
Part of the price of being a public servant; anyway, I wish my family, your family and family of every Nigerian well. As you prepare to release your new single, all the best! #smile

Venezuelan Military Truck Ran Into Citizens Protesting Against President Maduro

 A video showing the moment Pro-Guaido protestors were run over by a GNB vehicle near La Carlota airbase.

The Venezuelan are unarm in the street trying to gain their freedom from their president Nicolás Maduro.

This have madde the opposition leader to call for a nationwide uprising against president Nicolás Maduro.

The crowds who gathered in the streets of the capital Caracas, the government tanks ran over the protesters.

Watch Video Below, this is graphic.

Former Sudan President, Omar al-Bashir Stoned As He's Transported Like Cow To Prison

 Former President of Sudan and his entire government transported like cows to prison as citizens stoned them.

The deposed ex-Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was moved to Khartoum’s grim high-security Kobar prison from the presidential residence, family sources said, as military rulers announced steps to crack down on corruption.

The ex president was treated like a cow as seen in video viral on social media while he's transported to the prison.

Watch the video

Toke Makinwa Calls Out Bovi For Making Jokes About Her Fake Ass

 Toke Makinwa has called out Bovi for making jokes about her 'plastic surgery' ass, during his 'Bovi Man on Fire' event which was held over the weekend. Toke Makinwa who wasn't quite pleased with the jokes Bovi made about her ass, stated that she now thinks he is annoying and not funny.

She wrote in her post;

Never done this before but there’s always a first. Dear @officialbovi First off, i actually don’t even think you are funny, more like annoying. Making a joke about my ass was real cute but one thing my dear friend, my doctor is a Gee, he got it right the first time. Just so you know cos That’s the poo that pissed me the Bleep off!!!!! P.S, You ain’t poo


Cristiano Ronaldo Shows Off CR7 Boots After 600th Career Goal

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 600th Career goal over the weekend and has now showed a pair of boots to celebrate the achievement.

Ronaldo scored the equaliser for Juventus in the 1-1 draw against Inter Milan.

Juve have already won Serie A with Ronaldo impressing in his first season at the Turin club.

Ronaldo’s 600th career club goal came on the same day as long-term rival Lionel Messi netted his 598th Barcelona goal.

And Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed his delight at netting the landmark goal.

Posting a selfie holding his boot, Ronaldo captioned the Instagram image with: “Very happy to have scored the goal 600 in my career with these beautiful boots!”

Daddy Freeze Speaks On Regina Daniels And Ned Nwoko's Wedding

After the marriage of the young Nollywood Actress, Regina Daniels to Ned Nwoko, there has been alot of discussions online to criticise her move. But the Nigerian OAP, Daddy Freeze took has asked them to leave the couple alone to live their lives.

See what he wrote...

"Daddy Freeze and the lobsters discussed this picture that surfaced online, on #AfterDark on @coolfmlagos yesterday and arrived at the conclusion that these people should be left alone to live their lives, as Regina owes no one an explanation."

Actress Dayo Amusa Shows Off Her Fiance, Wale Ade For The First Time

 Dayo Amusa showed off her fiance for the first time, as she stepped out with him to celebrate his birthday recently.The fiancee of Dayo Amusa was identified as Wale Ade, a US based auto dealer. He also has offices across different states in Nigeria.

Recall that few months ago, Dayo Amusa revealed that she is engaged. She revealed this, after a fan jokingly asked if he could take her out on a date and even marry her. Although the actress was not linked romantically with any man at that time, however she was constantly talking about matters of the heart and marriage.

Here is their photo below;

APC Can’t Win Kogi With Bello As Candidate, Party Stakeholders Tell Buhari

To Ahead of the November 2 governorship election in Kogi State, an All Progressives Congress (APC) group, Kogi APC Stakeholders Forum, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the national body of the party not to foist the incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello on them as its candidate, else the party will lose the election.

This is coming as the state branch of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria has suspended its industrial action embarked upon in December, 2018, following the intervention of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
The group revealed that the Kogi State governor has received a total sum of N344 billion for the 38 months he has been in charge of the state and still owes salaries, pensions and gratuities without any visible capital projects on ground anywhere in the state.
Describing Bello as non-performing and violent, the group stated that the governor has damaged President Buhari’s image and goodwill and that of the party, given his capacity to be so cruel to his fellow citizens of the state.
A copy of the letter sent to THISDAY and signed by its Chairman of the forum, Senator Alex Kadiri, stated that attempting to foist the non- performing governor as candidate by the party will be a great national disservice and will lead to the loss of the state to the opposition in the forthcoming governorship election.
The group lamented that despite the several committees set up to address the excesses of the governor, none of its recommendations were made public or implemented.

“We will like to restate that Governor Bello has traumatised, inflicted poverty and fear on our people. People who dare to raise their voice to complain or protest this mistreatment have been summarily killed or intimidated to the extent that a reign of terror is foisted on the people of the state.
“The APC, of which you are the leader, must have the courage to say NO to Bello’s desire to remain Governor of Kogi State for history will judge all of us for all our actions and inactions where and when we had the authority and opportunity to effect a positive change in the affairs of men.

“Citizens of Kogi State, regardless of our party affiliations, are not slaves to Yahaya Bello and will say no to his continued stay in office for the following reasons: Unpaid salaries, pensions and gratuities for Kogi workers, wasting and fraudulent use of funds that have accrued to Kogi State since inception of the APC administration of Yahaya Bello, the creation of insecurity in Kogi State. Our state is awash with guns and other instruments of violence, imported into Kogi State by Bello and his appointees”.
The group further stated that for the past 38 months, including February 2019, Bello had not paid full salaries to the workers of Kogi State, despite the fact that the state received full allocation from federation account as detailed in a report they got from the Federal Ministry of Finance.

The group further argued that even without bailout and other funds received outside statutory allocation, Bello could have still paid all salaries, including pensions without conducting multiple screening and inflicting pains on Kogi State and local government workers.
Meanwhile, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, Kogi State Branch, has suspended its industrial action embarked upon in December, 2018, following the intervention of the NJC.
The pronouncement was made through a communique issued at the end of the union’s emergency meeting held yesterday in Lokoja, the state capital.
In a communiqué titled: ‘Suspension of Strike,’ which was signed by Emmanuel Waniko and Sule Suberu, Chairman and Assistant Secretary, respectively, the union appreciated “the members for their patriotism, resilience and their absolute support to the course of this struggle for the past four months in the face of untold hardship.

“Fellow members, as you all know, various mediators, including the Kogi State Elders Forum, traditional rulers, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Jama’atu Nasir Islam and other government representative agents, waded into, but could not resolve as the union and the government could not reach consensus.
“However, as you must have heard, the National Judicial Council (NJC), in their quest to resolve the impasse, sent a sub-committee to the state and, among other things, was able to wade into the matter with the view for amicable resolution.
The union stated that following the intervention of the NJC, it was resolved: “That the strike embarked upon on the 11th December, 2018 by Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Kogi State Branch, be suspended to give room for further deliberation.
“That a committee be set up between the executive and the judiciary to work out the modalities for the payment of salary arrears.
“JUSUN has considered the NJC as the apex body that regulates the conduct and administration of the Judiciary in Nigeria, and therefore has confidence in the Council that the matter has finally been put to rest.
“Also, in consultation with other Sister Associations in the Kogi State Judiciary, that is, the Magistrates’ Association of Nigeria (MAN) and the Association of Inspectors and Area Court Judges (IAJA) are also in agreement with JUSUN.
“Therefore, the strike is hereby suspended with effect from Monday, the April 29,” the union explained.

Doctor Uses Slippers As A Neck Collar To Save Accident Victim

 While our elected looters seek medical attention for headaches abroad while the masses not only drum up support for them but go ahead to blackmail, insult and threaten those who call out their excesses,a doctor in a rural village is forced to improvise.

This is Dr Chibuike Joseph Chukwudu using a bathroom slipper to make a cervical collar for an accident victim at risk of a full paralysis who nearly choked to death.

Doc all I know is that the reward for your hard work can never be repaid fully even in the next 100 years.Nigerians are proud of you

How Market? – Dino Melaye Sneers Akpabio

 Dino Melaye, lawmaker representing Kogi West at the Senate has sneered his colleague, Godswill Akpabio, representing Akwa Ibom North West.

Mr Melaye's action is contained in a post he shared through his Instagram page with a photo of himself and the former governor of Akwa Ibom State to buttress his point.

Messrs Melaye and Akpabio were in the same party until last year August when the former governor defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While joining the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Akpabio resigned his position as Senate Minority Leader, a position given to him by the PDP during the formation of the 8th Senate.

Although Melaye did not state why he sneered his colleague, POLITICS TIMES gathered his action might not be unconnected to the failed ambition of Akpabio to return to the red chamber.

Akpabio, prior to the 2019 general election had promised his party that his state will be the first to be snatched from the opposition party.

On the election day, he not only failed to deliver the State to the APC as promised, the lawmaker lost his re-election bid to return to the red chamber.

Sharing a photo of him and Akpabio, Melaye said: “Akpabio How Market?”

We Are Not Recruiting - Lagos BRT

The nation was agog yesterday when news started filtering The Lagos Bus Company also known has Primero was recruiting people for ticketers, drivers for the new BRT buses. Primero has come out to issue a strong warning to all Nigerians. According to the statement made available to AutoReportNG, it said...

It has come to our attention that various false employment opportunities in the name of Primero Transport Services Limited are in circulation.

We hereby inform the general public that all employment opportunities currently in circulation are unofficial and false.

All recruitment information from Primero TSL will be publicized via Primero TSL official channels with specific details on the available roles and requirements.

Beware of fake news...

2face's Wife, Annie Idibia And Baby Mama, Pero Throw Shots At Each Other

 Tuface's wife, Annie Idibia and his babymama Pero are fighting on social media as they took shots at each other with their posts. The posts in which Tuface's wife, Annie Idibia and his babymama Pero threw shots at each other, all centered on being fake and putting up a good show in public, so everyone gets to like you. Pero threw the first shot.

While Tuface is currently in the United States and also pulled a surprise visit during his daughter Ehis' birthday, it should be noted that Annie and Pero reconciled last year. Pero Adeniyi happens to be the singer's first baby mama who gave birth to three kids for the music star.Their rift can be traced back to 2015 and 2016 when they both called each other out on social media. Their frosty relationship took a front burner, when photos of TuFace Idibia reportedly kissing Pero Adeniyi at the singer's nightclub back in 2015 broke the Internet.

Here are the new shade posts below;

Zainab Aliyu Spotted With Officials Of The Nigerian Consulate In Jeddah

Zainab Aliyu with Officials of the Nigerian Consulate in Jeddah, shortly after her release from prison. She was erroneously accused of peddling drugs.

Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Senate Pass 2019 Budget, Adds Extra Figures

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed the 2019 budget presented to it by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2018.
Correspondent at the Assembly Complex reports that the sum of N86 billion was added to the N8.83 trillion proposed by Buhari. This brings the budget to a total sum of N8.916 trillion.
The budget was passed after Senator Danjuma Goje, Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriations, presented a report on the floor of the House Tuesday afternoon.

I Can’t Go Back To PDP – Akpabio

Godswill Akpabio, lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom North West at the Senate says he cannot go back to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr Akpabio, a former governor of the state who was elected Senator under the PDP defected last year and joined the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

While joining the ruling party, he also resigned as Senate Minority Leader at the upper legislative chamber, a position given to him by the opposition party during the formation of the 8th Senate.

The lawmaker had promised to deliver the political structures of the state to the APC when he joined the party. In one of his campaigns he said the state will be the first the ruling party will snatch from the opposition party.

During the 2019 general election, the lawmaker did not only fail to deliver the state to President Muhammadu Buhari who sought re-election, he also failed to secure his return to the red chamber.

After the election, speculations went rife that he was planning a return to the PDP but speaking with The Nation Newspapers, the lawmaker denied such plans by him exist.

”I can’t go back to the PDP. Why are you people listening to rumour? Why will I go back to the PDP when I am already getting entrenched in the APC? I am excited that the President won the election all over the country,” Akpabio was quoted as saying.

The politician said he has no regret dumping the opposition party for the ruling party.

“I also do not have any regret joining the APC, not a single regret. If I was to take a decision today, I will still go to the APC”, he added.

See Mayorkun's Hilarious Birthday Message To Chioma

 Mayorkun, otherwise known as ‘The mayor of Lagos’ today being his label boss girlfriend’s birthday took to instagram to wish her a happy birthday. In his words he wrote

“Happy birthday iyawo oga❤”

Protesters Shut Down Lagos Computer Village Over Installation Of Woman As Leader

 Traders in the Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday shut down activities to protest the planned installation of female and male market leaders “Iyaoloja” and “Babaloja” respectively in the hub.

The traders told a Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria covering the protest that the computer village was an international market that did not need such imposition of Iyaoloja.

Mr Wasiu Agbaje, an Information Communication Technology (ICT) Engineer, said that hub was not like the regular markets where such should be imposed.

Agbaje said that installing such would undermine the hub because there was no relationship between technology and Iyaoloja.

“What does the Iyaoloja and Babaloja have to offer, what value are they going to add to the hub? And what technological innovations are they bringing?

‘“The computer village is not like any other street market where pepper and other things are sold.

“It is an international technological hub and it should be treated as such,” he said.

Also, a business man who preferred anonymity, told NAN that the computer village was an international market and should be treated as such.

According to him, it will undermine the position of computer village internationally as the biggest technological hub in West Africa.

He said installing such Iyaoloja and Babaloja would contradict what the hub was known for and breach the peace there because it was not a regular market.

A Software developer, Mr Joseph Efosa, said that such installation would disturb the 25 years of peaceful existence of the hub.

Efosa said that the computer village was not a regular market and such installation was not needed.

Zainab Aliyu Has Been Released To Nigerian Mission In Saudi Arabia

The Federal Government has secured the release of Zainab Aliyu who was arrested in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking.

Alleged drug trafficker, Zainab Aliyu, who was detained in Saudi Arabia has been released to the Nigerian mission in Saudi.

The other victim, Ibrahim Abubakir will be released tomorrow.

This was announced by the Perm. Sec., Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari directed Mr Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to immediately intervene in the case of Zainab Aliyu, the student incriminated in drug-related matters and being detained by Saudi Arabian authorities.

Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora matters, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said “President Muhammadu Buhari gave the directive immediately the matter was brought to his attention about two weeks ago .

“My office has been working with the AGF as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in that regard.”

The presidential aide assured that progress was being made in Zainab’s case, along with two others in similar circumstances in Saudi Arabia.

Andy Ruiz Jr. Is Anthony Joshua Opponent For New York Bout

Andy Ruiz Jr set to be named as Anthony Joshua opponent for New York bout

Joshua, 29, was due to face Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden but the American failed drug tests, forcing him out of the Madison Square Garden bout.

California-born Ruiz, 29, has fought for a world title once before and is likely to be confirmed as Joshua's opponent for his US debut on Tuesday.

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Ruiz will "do anything" to become world champion.

"He will entertain you, give it his all. Even if it means getting sensationally knocked out, he will rather do that than not do it," Hearn told Fighthype.com.

"I couldn't afford a guy who I thought may not be good enough or game enough to entertain the fans. I had to pick a guy in my heart who I thought will do everything to become world heavyweight champion at the Garden."

Ruiz has agreed to terms, leaving only small details to be finalised, with Hearn stating the fight was "close".

Ruiz beat Germany's Alexander Dimitrenko on 20 April, weighing in at 262lbs, which is 17lbs heavier than Joshua in his last win over Alexander Povetkin in September.

At 6ft 2in, he is four inches shorter than Joshua and will be at a substantial reach disadvantage.

In his only world title shot to date, Ruiz lost on points to New Zealand's Joseph Parker, whom Joshua outpointed 15 months later to unify the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles.

On Monday, British heavyweight Dillian Whyte said Ruiz represented "a save-the-show fight", insisting the challenger would pose no problem for Joshua.

Joshua will end about nine months of inactivity when he steps into the ring and will seek to extend his 22-fight unbeaten record.

Governors Working Hard To Influence Ministerial Appointments

Some governors are working hard to have a say in who becomes minister(s) from their states, Daily Trust leant yesterday.

In 2015, governors did not have influence in the selection of ministers following the resolve of President Muhammadu Buhari to keep the processes of the selection to himself.

However, it was gathered some governors met with the president last week after his return from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), before he travelled to the United Kingdom (UK).

An aide to one of the governors told Daily Trust that at least one governor each from five geo-political zones except the South South, attended the meeting.

He, however, said it did not mean the zone was not carried along in the discussions.

He said two of the governors recently won re-election.

“I can tell you that the governors were divided into three camps, hence the reason they didn’t meet the president on the platform of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).

“Their argument when they met the president was on the need for synergy…A kind of an opportunity for them (APC governors that won re-election and those who won for the first time) to give their input on who should be picked for the ministerial appointment,” he said.

The source added that, “This did not go down well with some governors, including two who lost their bids to go to the senate.”

He told our correspondent that some of the governors who called themselves “like minds”, including his principal, later met on another platform and selected six of them to meet the president.

It was gathered that although the president thanked the delegation for its concern to get the best for his second tenure, he allegedly told them that he was not expecting any of them to tell him who he should re-appoint.

He also told them that he was still consulting to get the best hands irrespective of party affiliation.

When asked what the governors planned to do afterwards, the source said the like minds were expected to meet on Tuesday or Thursday in Abuja.

Nigerian Player, Sylvester Igboun Sets All-Time Goals Record At Russian Club, Ufa

Sylvester Igboun has written his name in the history of Russian Premier League side Ufa after he became the club’s all-time leading scorer with 24 goals in official games. The former FC Midtjylland hitman attained this following his brace on Saturday in their 4-1 win over Ural in a league game.

Igboun told SCORENIGERIA that he is delighted to set the record and hopes for more goals to power his team to safety in the remaining games. “I feel so good about this achievement. It is not easy,” he said.

“My target as always been to score as many goals as I can, and do better than past seasons. I am delighted to have been able to achieve that and setting a record as Ufa’s all-time top goals scorer.”

Fashola Seeks Elongation Of Works Minister’s Tenure

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has called for the elongation of appointment of the Minister of Works and critical directors in the ministry, saying a four-year term is too short to design roads, undertake procurement and building the roads.

Fashola made the call yesterday in Abuja while unveiling a compendium on “Proof of Infrastructural Delivery across Nigeria,” a three-year special report of the ministry.

He stated: “Government cycles in the last 20 years have been fixed tenures of four years at a time, subject to how the electorate vote. Personnel changes are effected by retirement, deployment, opportunities and cabinet reshuffles. As a result, critical directors, permanent secretaries and ministers are turned over in a quest for efficiency.

“In all, since 1952 to date, Nigeria has had 34 ministers of works and I am number 34 in a period of 67 years. This amounts to an average of a minister every 1.9 years.

“A further interrogation of the data of tenure shows that very few of them served for up to four years and above and the majority served a little over a year, which is barely enough time to design a road not to talk of undertaking the procurement and actually building the road.”

He said the executive, legislative and judicial arms of government as a matter of urgency needed to forge a national consensus on how to overcome some of the challenges that the nation has faced in the delivery of urgently needed national infrastructure.

Fashola also called on the National Assembly to amend the Procurement Act, saying that the country’s procurement process must be urgent and be compelling to the national need.

Reeling out some of the achievements, on the road sector, the minister revealed that there is at least one federal road under construction in each of the 36 states and the FCT, saying while some have been completed, others are still under construction.

He gave reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari was re-elected, promising to take them to the Next Level and finish the job.

Fashola added that the housing sector has a similar story of economic opportunities with construction going on in 34 states, most of which are now largely completed, adding that the ministry was now in the administrative state of setting better conditions for eligibility and offer to the public, while simultaneously planning a second phase in those states that have given us land.

The minister noted that the ministry has cleared the backlog of unsigned consent to land transactions and issuance of certificates of transparency.

According to him, “As at April 13, 2019, we have issued 1,417 consents to land transactions; and 2,400 certificates of occupancy. Some of the beneficiaries have paid for their properties as far back as the 1990s; but did not get title. Very simply, we have made this place better than we met it. That is what our mandate for change meant and still means; making it better.”

The minister also explained that while the whole of Nigeria has focused on power from the grid for six decades in the search for a solution to the energy problem, the Buhari government has opened a new page through the ministry about the possibilities that lie in the off-grid sector.

Fashola said through this initiative and the Rural Electrification Agency, seven universities, two teaching hospitals are currently having their own independent power solution deployed at various states.

He stressed that preparatory works had been undertaken on all sites, while all the equipment have arrived in Nigerian ports and some have been cleared, while others are being attended to.

He said solar system and panels for the Ebonyi University have been installed and the plant would soon be completed.

Also, the Chairman, Senate Committee on works, Senator Kabir Gaya, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to infrastructural development, stressing that roads that have been abandoned for 18 years are now back on track, including Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa road.

On his part, the Chairman House Committee on Housing, Hon. Mahmoud Muhammed, said that the only reason while he won’t say the programme was coming late was because the president was re-elected, adding that the compendium was meant to inform Nigerians about the achievement of this government.

Earlier, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, said that the ministry has made his job easier than it could have been, adding that if there is no achievement there would be nothing to propagate.

FCT Court Jails 27 Women For Prostitution

An FCT mobile court which sat on Monday, jailed 27 women for prostitution following their arrest last Wednesday and Thursday. The 27 women who were jailed for one month by the FCT court, were, however, given an option of N3,000 fine each. Speaking after the sentencing, their lawyer, Jennifer Ogbogu, explained that the sex workers pleaded guilty to the charges against them and were summarily convicted and sentence.

She said, “The ladies were arraigned before the mobile court for prostitution and were each sentenced to three months in jail with an option of N3,000 fine. We have just paid the fine and all of them have been released from custody.”

3 Nigerians, Others Each Get $391,500 Research Grant To Develop Africa

Nigerian-born scientists, Oluwaseyi Shorinola, Emmanuel Balogun, Rufus Akinyemi and 27 other early career African scientists were last week in Naivasha, Kenya honoured with $391,500 each for a two- year research project aimed at developing the continent.

The African Academy of Sciences, AAS, and the Royal Society’s FLAIR supported by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund is designed to help talented early-career researchers, whose science is focused on the needs of the continent, establish independent careers in African institutions and ultimately, their own research groups.

The scientists were selected from a competitive pool of more than 700 applicants. Their research is diverse, ranging from providing renewable energy solutions and addressing climate change, to tackling food security and targeting health and environmental problems for people living in African countries.

In a chat with Health & Living, Shorinola who will be relocating to the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya to carry out his research, said his work would focus on rapid mining and mobilisation of beneficial gene alleles to improve wheat production in East Africa. According to him, the food security challenge anticipated in Africa in the near future is clear as in less than four decades from now, Africa must feed an additional 1.3 billion people more than half of whom will be living in urban areas. “Wheat will play a critical role in ensuring food security in Africa as increases in urbanisation has triggered changes in food consumption patterns with a shift from traditional food to easy-to-cook foods that are mostly derived from wheat.”

“Wheat production in Africa is currently characterised by low yields, high susceptibility to diseases, and poor end-user quality due to the use of poor quality seed with low genetic potential.

“I propose a low-risk, high-reward and excellent scientific approach to mobilise, evaluate and discover beneficial genetic variation to improve wheat production in East Africa.”

Also, Dr, Rufus Akinyemi who is from the University of Ibadan is looking into the genetic basis for memory loss after a stroke. According to Akinyemi, people of African descent are particularly prone to worse stroke outcome.

Dr Emmanuel Balogun from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria is identifying a compound to neutralize the sleeping sickness parasite, (trypanosomiasis).

Balogun said he was motivated by the fact that Africa loses about $5 billion annually to trypanosomiasis.

According to him, sleeping sickness and nagana affects humans and livestock respectively and have been identified as two major diseases that have partly contributed to the poverty and underdevelopment in Africa. His dream is to develop affordable drugs for such neglected tropical diseases.

Reacting to the programme, Professor Felix Dapare Dakora, President, AAS, welcomed the FLAIR grantees to its postdoctoral family.

“We recognise that well-planned postdoctoral programmes are critical in promoting scientific and research excellence and leadership in Africa and so I want you to be catalytic in inspiring African institutions to critically think about the role of and defining postdoctoral programmes that suit their needs and purpose and can be instrumental in driving socio-economic development on the continent.”

On her part, Dr Judy Omumbo, Programme Manager, Affiliates and Postdoctoral Programmes, explained that FLAIR grantees would have access to AAS’ wider programme of support to develop them as independent research leaders including leadership, entrepreneurship and media, science communication among others.

In the views of Professor Richard Catlow, Foreign Secretary, the Royal Society, “These scientists represent the next generation of leading African scientists, and we are incredibly proud to be part of a programme that is investing in them at such a crucial point in their careers.

“Fostering science and innovation for social benefit and prosperity is key to the wellbeing of any society, and investing in Africa’s scientific talent holds the greatest potential to tackle global challenges and improve quality of life.”

Tonto Dikeh Preaches Forgiveness, Fans Tell Her To Forgive Churchill

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Railway: Amaechi Accuses Chinese Firm Of Breaching Contract

Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria's Minister of Transportation has accused a Chinese firm, Chinese Railway Rolling stock Corporation of breaching a contract on the railway construction. It was learnt that Nigeria was to take delivery of 10 additional coaches that will be deployed on the Abuja-Kaduna and Lagos-Ibadan rail lines in June, they are part of the 64 coaches being manufactured for Nigerian rail lines by the Chinese Railway Rolling stock Corporation.

However while inspecting the pace of work at the CRRC, Amaechi accused the Chinese firm of breaching a contract with the Federal Government by failing to meet the delivery date as agreed. He was quoted in a statement issued on Monday by the Federal Ministry of Transportation as saying, “We need the coaches by June latest. We need coaches that can carry men from one point to another and we need a minimum of 10 coaches now out of the 64. I requested for 10 coaches now because we need to improve on the Kaduna-Abuja line.

“If the 10 (coaches) don’t come, there is nothing I can do but they have to come because they have to manufacture for us to use in Kaduna-Abuja and again Lagos-Ibadan, which will soon be ready. We also have to ensure that we get coaches that we can use pending when they finish the construction of the 64 coaches.”

First Photo Of Tania Omotayo’s Daughter

Tania Omotayo, has shared the first photo of her daughter on her instagram page. Tania and her husband, Sumbo, welcomed their baby girl in March.

Sharing the beautiful photo, the proud mum wrote;

Before you even entered the world you were anticipated, loved and cherished. Now that I can hold you in my arms, those feelings have multiplied tenfold. I fall deeper in love with you every time I look at you. You are actually ours, our precious gift from God.... Can’t believe my princess is one month old today. This time last month she was making her way into the world 💕💕💕💕💕🥰🥰🥰🥰

Taraji P Henson And Tyrese’s Emotional Tribute To John Singleton

Celebrities have been sending out tributes to late movie director and producer, John Singleton.

The iconic film maker was taken off life support yesterday after suffering a stroke.

He produced movies like Poetic Justice which earned Janet Jackson her first Oscar nomination, Baby Boy, a cult classic featuring Tyrese and Taraji P Henson.

In 1991 at the age of 24,he was the youngest African American to be nominated for an Oscar for Best director for the movie ‘Boys N the hood’

Taraji and Tyrese who visited him a day earlier were optimistic he would pull through. Sadly, he didn’t. They both shared tearful tributes on how he gave them their first break in Hollywood.

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