SUPER EAGLES WIN ‘BEST FASHION TEAM’ AWARD
** Nigeria’s national team continues to slay at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia as they’ve just win the award for the best fashion team.
This comes bare hours after the Eagles landed in Russia in stylish Ankara dresses with matching shoes, distinguishing them from other sides at the Mundial.
And now, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) rated the Eagles as the “team with the best travelling uniform” in Russia. The also comes after world fashion magazine GQ rated Nigerian Super Eagles jersey as the best for the 2018 World Cup.
A federal capital territory (FCT) high court has sentenced Joshua Dariye, a former governor of Plateau state, to 14 years in prison. Dariye, a serving senator, will serve a two-year and 14-year jail term concurrently.
*. Real Madrid have appointed Spain manager Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach on a three-year deal. Zinedine Zidane, who led the club to three successive Champions League titles, stepped down in May, saying the club needs “a different voice”. Lopetegui previously managed Porto for two years, before taking over at the Spanish national team in July 2016. The 51-year-old will take up the position after the World Cup, which begins on 14 June.
*. Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday, disclosed that some ex-president threatened to throw him out of a helicopter for mentioning June 12.
Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos State, who made the disclosure while speaking during the Special National Honours Investiture at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, however, did not disclose the identity of the ex-Presidents. According to Tinubu, “I know some ex-presidents who threatened to throw me out of the helicopter when I mentioned June 12.”
President Buhari has approved new appointments and renewed some existing appointments of executive officers of some Federal agencies. This was contained in a statement issued by Olusegun A. Adekunle, Permanent Secretary (General Services Office) in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The new appointment, he said, are two new Chief Executive Officers of Federal Agencies and one Senior Special Assistant.
2. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Some APC members in the chambers of the National Assembly are joining the Bukhari’s Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) despite a ban by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Daily Trust learnt yesterday. The lawmakers are joining the group in the aftermath of last week’s joint executive session of the Senate and the House of Representatives, which they describe as self-serving. Those who initiated the PSG first at the senate said they floated the group to protect and defend the interest of President Buhari.
3. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, on Tuesday, called for increase in women participation in governance at all levels, saying it would enhance the country’s rapid development.
Ekweremadu made the call at a workshop on “2019 Elections and Policymaking: Making Women Issues Matter” organised by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) in Abuja. He said that women had the capacity and integrity to build a better nation and that Nigeria would only take rightfully place in the comity of nations when women occupied their place in governance.
Convicted ex-gov. Joshua Dariye, has asked the prosecution to tamper justice with mercy.
Mr Dariye was responding to comments made by the prosecution lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs, at his trial on Tuesday. Mr Dariye has been found guilty of 15 out of 23 counts he was charged with by EFCC. After reading through the judgement, the judge, Adebukola Banjoko gave the lawyers room to speak for their clients. Mr Dariye’s lawyer, Paul Erokoro, asked the court to consider the fact that his client “was ignorant of the offence” at the time it was committed.
5. STATE GOVERNMENT:
Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos state governor, has unveiled a 46-feet statue of late MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election. The statue was unveiled at the MKO Abiola Garden in Alapere, Ketu. Ambode said it was in the tradition of the state government to recognise and remember heroes and heroines who contributed to the greatness of the nation and the state in particular. He added that the late Abiola deserves the best from the state as Lagos was his success story.
6. #JUNE 12:
Prof. Wole Soyinka, Tuesday in Abuja, requested President Buhari to institute an award to ‘‘name and shame’’ all those who truncated Nigeria’s democratic transition with the annulment of June 12, presidential elections. Speaking at the National Honours Investiture for heroes of democracy, Soyinka said: ‘ Today perhaps is also a day to inaugurate our hall of shame so that as we have hall of heroes in one hand, we also have hall of shame as a lesson to future generations.’’
According to Nobel laureate: ‘‘It is not possible to honour MKO Abiola in one breath and admire his tormentor in another breath.
A presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Donald Duke, on Tuesday said his ambition was not backed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Duke, a former governor of Cross River, who recently declared his intention to run for the exalted office, told newsmen in Lagos that though he remained close to Obasanjo, his decision to run was personal. “I am not hypocritical. I am close to the former president but he is neither my sponsor nor backup. However, those who come up with these propaganda also go to get the ex-president’s endorsement
Acclaimed Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the 2018 PEN Pinter prize. The PEN Pinter prize is intended to honour a writer of “outstanding literary merit” who – in the words of Pinter’s speech on winning the Nobel prize in 2005 – casts an “unflinching, unswerving” gaze upon the world and shows a “fierce intellectual determination … to define the real truth of our lives and our societies”. Over the last decade, it has been won by writers including Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Tom Stoppard
Alexander Nekristov, Mayor of Essentuki, the city where the Nigerian team is based, has officially welcomed the Super Eagles ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Super Eagles arrived aboard a chartered flight from Austria on Tuesday at the Mirealnye Vody Airport and were chauffeured to their hotel Sanatorium Istochnik in Essentuki, which is about 35 kilometres from the airport. In a-two minute video posted on the official Twitter handle of the Super Eagles, Mr Nekristov said he was delighted to welcome the Nigerian team to the city.
American boxer, Deontay Wilder has agreed terms to fight Anthony Joshua in Britain later this year, in a bout that would crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion since 2000. Joshua (21-0) is the holder of the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles while Wilder (40-0) is the WBC world champion. Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel told ESPN they had agreed to the latest terms offered by Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the U.K. Deontay has accepted his terms to fight in the U.K.,” Finkel said.