KANU NWANKWO ROBBED OF $11,000 AT RUSSIAN AIRPORT
**Former Arsenal striker Nwankwo Kanu had $11,000 (9,300 euros) (N4M) stolen from his suitcase at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on his way to playing in a friendly match organised by FIFA, TASS reported.
Kanu, 41, who captained the Nigerian national team and played for Arsenal and Inter Milan, was robbed as he transferred to a flight to Kaliningrad at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after arriving from London, the state news agency reported Sunday.
TASS quoted Russian police as saying that they detained two baggage handlers who were unloading luggage from the London flight and stole the money from checked-in luggage.
*. The head coach of Germany, Joachim Low has announced his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia but left out hot sensation Leroy Sane. The 22-year-old star who scored 14 goals and contributed 15 assists this season to help Manchester City win the Premiership title was deemed surplus to requirements by Joachim Low. That was a very close decision between him and Julian Brandt, which was made in favor of Brandt,’ Low said in his press conference on Monday.
*. The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied online reports that the service has withdrawn its personnel attached to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
Reports were rife online that the security agency had withdrawn its personnel attached to the leaders of the Ntaional Assembly.
However, reacting to the report, the spokesperson of the service, Nnanna Nnochiri, said that the service never issued such directive.
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Bill Clinton, former president of America, says he has no plans to directly ask Monica Lewinsky for forgiveness. In 1998, the news of an affair between Clinton, who was then president, and Lewinsky, a 21-year-old intern at the White House, went viral. Clinton had at first denied his affair with Lewinsky. He, however, later admitted to it with an apology. The scandal led to his impeachment trial, though he was acquitted. Clinton publicly acknowledged at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1998 that he had “sinned.”
2. FOREIGN SCENE:
Over the years, Oprah Winfrey has become a force to reckon with in the media, not just because of her talent as a daytime television host, but also because of her other contributions to the American culture. The media entrepreneur launched literary careers, convened difficult conversations about race and gender, and also made huge donations to support charities dear to her heart. As a result of her immense contribution in shaping America, the National Museum of African American History and Culture will open a new exhibit on Friday titled “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture”.
The Nigerian army was soft on Biafrans during the civil war, President Buhari said on Monday. This, he said, was because the then head of state, Yakubu Gowon, issued strict instructions to the army that Biafrans were not enemies but “brothers and sisters of the rest of Nigerians”. Buhari was speaking at his investiture as Grand Patron of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) at the presidential villa in Abuja. He said: “Earlier in my profession, during the civil war, I know how much sacrifice members of the Nigerian Red Cross and their international counterparts did
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, this afternoon held a crucial meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; the Director General of the State Security Service, Lawal Daura; and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami. The meeting was held behind closed-doors at the Vice President’s wing of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, in Abuja. According to a Presidency source, the meeting was convened by Osinbajo following the summon of Senate President Bukola Saraki by the police over his alleged involvement in the April 5th bank robbery in Offa, Kwara State.
5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Senate President Bukola Saraki has given an update regarding his indictment in the Offa robbery saying he would no longer need to appear before the police for questioning but respond in writing within 48-hours. The announcement comes minutes after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met behind closed-doors with Saraki and police chief, Ibrahim Idris, as well as the head of State Security Service, Lawal Daura, at the State House. According to Saraki, ‘I have received the letter from @PoliceNG. They are no longer asking me to appear at any station, but to respond in writing to the allegations within 48 hours — which I plan to do’.
6. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
Abubakar Bawa, minister of state for mines and steel development, told federal lawmakers on Monday that concession remains the best way to revive the Ajaoukuta steel plant. Speaking at a house of representatives public hearing on the plant, the minister also said the federal government was advised from the onset not to inject more funds into the project. While the lawmakers have asked on the federal government completing the project, the ministry has been insisting that concession is the way forward.
7. STATE GOVERNMENT:
Over the weekend, reports surfaced online that a Nigerian woman, Bolouere Opukiri, lost her job a week after criticising Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, on Twitter. Opukiri had on July 5th 2017, tweeted that the then acting president Osinbajo is ‘a novice’ for travelling out of the country at a time President Buhari was receiving medical treatment in London and tension was flaring between the executive and the legislature.
Governor Dankwambo via his twitter handle this morning, condemned her sack and asked President Buhari to look into it
The leadership of a faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), known as nPDP, has announced withdrawal from dialogue with the APC-led federal government. In a statement on Monday, the nPDP chairman, Abubakar Baraje, announced the decision after regurgitating the plight of members of his faction. He accused the Nigerian presidency of double-standard and lack of good faith in the dialogue it entered with the aggrieved members of the ruling party under the nPDP.
There was drama at the national secretariat of the ruling APC as factional state chairpersons and their supporters on Monday jostled for recognition at the inauguration ceremony. The party had set the day for swearing in of state chairmen elected during the congresses which were characterised by violence and disagreement in most states, as factions held parallel congresses. The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi, last week said the party was working on the reports of the various appeal panels on the conduct of the state congresses.
Football star, Harry Kane has been named as the most valuable player in the world ahead of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe who both are ranked second and third respectively According to the CIES Football Observatory algorithm, the 24-year-old Tottenham and England striker is worth £176million.
While, Paris Saint-Germain forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are worth £171m and £163m respectively. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (£161m), Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (£150m) and Spurs’ Dele Alli (£149.8m) were placed in the next three places.