MELANIA TRUMP UNDERGOES KIDNEY SURGERY
**The U.S. First Lady, Melania Trump, has undergone a successful kidney surgery on Monday morning, the White House said in a statement.
The first lady’s Communications Director, Stephanie Grisham, said in the statement that Melania Trump would remain hospitalised through the week at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre, in Maryland.
The statement said the 48-year-old Melania “underwent an embolisation procedure to treat a benign kidney condition.”
The U.S. First Lady, Melania Trump, has undergone a successful kidney surgery on Monday morning, the White House said in a statement.
*. The Ramadan fasting will begin on Thursday across the globe, the official Saudi news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. The new moon of Ramadan was not spotted on Tuesday evening and Wednesday will mark the last day of the Islamic month of Shaaban, SPA said, citing religious authorities in the kingdom. The beginning and end of Islamic months are determined by the sighting of the new moon. Egypt’s Mufti, the country’s top religious authority, said in a televised speech that the holy month will start on Thursday in the most populous Arab country.
*. EFCC says it has arrested six suspected internet fraudsters also known as ‘yahoo yahoo boys’. The suspected fraudsters were said to have been picked up in one of their hideouts, Kubwa area, Abuja. The suspects are Ihoeghian Aghasomwan, Precious Osarumen, Enabulele Osazee Frank, Osahon Scott, Efe Ehieorobo and Peter James. According to Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, the operation was carried out on Friday, May 11 by the advance fee fraud section of the commission following an intelligence report on the activities of the suspected fraudsters.
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
North Korea announced on Tuesday that it would be suspending its Wednesday, May 16 talks with South Korea over ongoing joint military drills conducted by Seoul and Washington DC.
According to Yonhap News reports, the Max Thunder drills being carried out by South Korea and the US were a rehearsal for an invasion of North Korea, which the North deemed a “provocation.” The high-level talks were a follow-up to late April meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
President Buhari on Tuesday recalled events leading to his ouster as Nigeria’s military head of state and eventual incarceration for three years by a military government that succeeded him.
Mr Buhari’s short stint as Nigeria’s military ruler ended in August 1985 following a palace coup by unhappy elements within the military ranks led by his Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Babangida. He said it was a battle he lost against corruption. Speaking at the commissioning of new office complex for EFCC, Mr Buhari repeated his claim that his removal was due to his stance against corruption.
President Buhari says the $320 million Sani Abacha loot will be put into the conditional cash transfer (CCT) scheme targeted at the “poorest of Nigerians”. Buhari said this on Monday while declaring open the 8th Commonwealth Regional Conference for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Abuja. The president said it was heartwarming to note that there is a renewed and collective effort on overcoming legal hurdles in asset recovery and return.
“It is heartwarming to note that there is evidence of a renewed commitment to collectively identify the most effective ways to overcoming legal hurdles to asset recovery and return,” Buhari said.
4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The House of Representatives has jacked up the 2018 budget from the N8.612 trillion figure presented by President Buhari last November to N9,120,334,988,225.
The details of the budget were listed on the order paper available at the senate. The budget was laid by Danjuma Goje, chairman of the senate appropriation committee. Yusuf Lasun, speaker of the house, who presided over Tuesday’s session said the lawmakers will consider and pass the budget on Wednesday or Thursday. He said: “We will begin the consideration tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon and pass it but if we are not able to, we will finish on Thursday.”
5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The Senate and House of Representatives joint adhoc committee investigating the April 18 Senate invasion has summoned two senators. Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta) and Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) were summoned for allegedly aiding the invaders who stole the Senate mace. The mace was later recovered by the police, who say they are still investigating the incident. The chairman of the investigating committee, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, issued the summon at the committee meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.
The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, was on Tuesday arraigned before a Kaduna High Court amidst tight security. The appearance marks the first time the Shiite leader would be tried in public since his arrest and detention in December 2015. The State Security Service, SSS, has held the Shiite leader in detention despite a court order ordering his release. He was arrested following a clampdown on his supporters who blocked the army chief, Tukur Buratai, from using a public road.
7. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
FG has queried the Nigerian ambassador over the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel had drawn criticism from Europe and Washington’s main Arab allies. The relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem had also generated condemnation from from Palestine and led to the deaths of at least 41 persons. The presidency official, who spoke to journalists on the condition of anonymity, said minister of foreign affairs, has queried the ambassador, for reportedly attending the event.
An APC chieftain, Magnus Abe, on Monday called on President Buhari to intervene in the internal conflict rocking the party in Rivers State. The senator made this call at a news conference in Abuja where he explained that some members were forced to go to court when it became clear “all internal conflict resolution processes within the party had been compromised at the altar of individual power”. The call comes shortly after the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen, said that the recent attack on the Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt was an indication that democracy in Nigeria is under threat.
A recent report released by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority shows that eight of the 27 airports in the country recorded less than 1000 flights between January and December 2017. This figure captures both international and foreign flights. The affected airports are Dutse International Airport, Kebbi International Airport, Minna Airport, Katsina Airport, Gombe Lawanti International Airport, Bauchi Airport, Zaria Airport and Makurdi Airport. Murtala Muhammed International Airport retained its position as the busiest airport in the country. In 2017, it recorded 3.68 million domestic flights and 27,698 foreign flights.
Essam al-Hadary, the captain and goalkeeper of Egypt national footballY team is set to become the oldest footballer to play in a World Cup match. The 45-year-old player was named by Egypt coach Hector Cuper in a 29-man preliminary 2018 World Cup squad which was announced on Monday. Al-Hadary is expected to reach the milestone by breaking the record set byColombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who was 43 when he played at the last World Cup in Brazil.
Egypt, who are placed in Group A will face the host nation Russia as well as Saudi Arabia and Uruguay at the 2018 World Cup holding in Russia next month.