Police Confirms Murder Of Area Commander In Delta

Police Question Man Over Ogoni Food PoisoningThe Delta State Police command has confirmed the murder of the Ughelli Area Commander, ACP, Usman Ndanbaba.

He said that the command was investigating the attack and would ensure that the culprits were brought to book.

An eyewitness account says the officer was trailed by his attackers at the roundabout opposite the palace of Ovie of Ughelli on Isoko Road. He was allegedly shot twice at close range, following which he was rushed to an undisclosed hospital where he died.

Meanwhile, one police officer from Abraka Police Division was also reportedly killed and three others injured during a routine patrol along the railway line in Abraka.

It was gathered that the officers were taken unaware and as such before they could recuperate to fend off the attack, the damage had already been done, as one of the officers died on the spot, while others escaped the siege with bullet wounds and are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the incident with assurances that the police is still on the trail of those who committed the dastardly act.

Suspected Herdsmen Kill One, Injure Three In Delta

Suspected Herdsmen Kill Two Persons In BenueOne police inspector has been killed while three others injured following an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State.

The Delta police command confirmed the attack while briefing journalists in Asaba stated that three of their colleagues were on patrol along Abaraka when they were attacked by the suspected herdsmen.

The command also notes that the injured have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Aniamaka, in a statement said, “Our men were ambushed around the railway line in Abraka and the assailants opened fire on them.

“It was so spontaneous that our men did not have the time to stave-off the attack.

“We lost an inspector and three other policemen were injured and are currently receiving treatment in the hospital.

“That is the situation of things; we are still on the trail of those who committed the dastardly act.”

Food Security: Nasarawa Govt. Subsidise Fertilizer For Farmers

Al-Makura Commits To Peaceful Coexistence In NasarawaThe Nasarawa State Government says it has concluded arrangements to purchase more than 240,000 bags of fertilizers to distribute to farmers at a subsidized rate.

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources Jameel Zakari made the disclosure in an interview in Lafia.

He said the government would ensure that genuine farmers access the adequate amount of the commodity as the rains set in. and added that government has signed an agreement with suppliers

He added that government has signed an agreement with suppliers through the governors’ forum for the product.

He pointed out that that the over 400 truckloads of the product expected from the agreement would last beyond the coming rainy season.

He also pointed out that given the commitment of the state government to make fertilizer available early enough, had worked out the necessary modalities for the prompt supply of the commodity.

“We would soon begin to take delivery of the fertilizer in the state for distribution to farmers taking into cognizance of the fact that the earlier farmers got it, the more beneficial it would be towards improving crop yield,” he said.

He explained that there is already a template for the equitable distribution of the commodity to genuine farmers to allay the fear of diversion of the commodity.

The commissioner further said that Governor Tanko Al-Makura has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese firm, during his recent visit to China, for the establishment of four fertilizer blending plants in the state.

“As we speak, the Chinese partners are already in the state to put finishing touches to the Memorandum of Understanding and start work on the plants,’’

In his opinion, the persistent cases of scarcity of fertilizer would be over in the state when the plants start production.

BOI Signs MOU For Diaspora Investment

NIRSAL, BOI, Financial Inclusion, EcobankThe acting Managing Director of the Bank of Industry Mr. Rasheed Olagunju has announced plans by the bank to assist Nigerians in the Diaspora who intend to invest in Nigeria through its business development initiative.

Mr. Olagunju who was speaking during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the bank and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters said scheme would provide a structured platform for mobilising the resources of Nigerians in the diaspora towards national development.

Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri-Erewa says the programme will also capture deported Nigerians who have special skills.

Djokovic Forced To Put Up A Fight Against Almagro

Novak Djokovic was made to sweat by Nicolas Almagro in the first match of his Madrid Open defense but eventually overcame the Spaniard 6-1 4-6, 7-5 on Wednesday to reach the third round.

Almagro, ranked 76, broke Djokovic in the opening game but the world number two came back with a vengeance to win six consecutive games, finishing the last with a tidy drop shot.

The Spaniard, who has never gone beyond the quarter-finals in a grand slam, grew in confidence in the second set, however, with the backing of the home support on the Manolo Santana court and saved two break points before forcing a decider.

An upset looked on the cards when Almagro broke Djokovic at the first attempt in the third set and marched into a 3-0 lead but the Serb drew on his experience to battle back, breaking the 31-year-old twice before serving out for the match.

The Serbian, who recently split from his long-term coach Marian Vajda, is on a quest to regain his best form again ahead of the French Open.

Later on Wednesday crowd favorite and four-time winner Rafael Nadal enters the tournament to face Italy’s Fabio Fognini.

In the third round of the women’s singles Eugenie Bouchard plays Angelique Kerber of Germany, having seen off Maria Sharapova on Monday in a thriller.⁠⁠

Arik Resumes Operations In Maiduguri

Arik Air Operations Grounded Over Union Protest Arik Airline has resumed operations in Maiduguri nearly four years after closure.

Arik is the third airline to resume operations since the Maiduguri International Airport reopened for commercial flights in 2015.

The airport was unceremoniously closed down in 2013 following an invasion by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

Due to the attacks, security breach had forced Arik along with other airlines to strike out Maiduguri from the flight itinerary.

The resumption of operations by Arik Airline will not only reduce the rush for air tickets but also ease the stress of securing tickets for travelling.

The Vice President of Ariks’s Northern operations, Hamza Bukar says the airline has come to stay and poised to offer better world class services.

However, the Manager of the Maiduguri International Airport, Mohammed Nazeeb has assured airline operators and passengers of their commitment to the Federal Airport Authority in ensuring best practices.

He also assured that the circumstances surrounding the closure of the airport in 2013 is now history and the airport is now one of the busiest in the northeast.

Passengers are also optimistic that the additional airline will serve their best interest if operations are kept consistent.

Arik air as part of its social responsibility has also been interacting with Internally Displaced Persons of Teachers’ village Maiduguri.

Food and non-food were given to the IDPS with a promise of bringing more, while beneficiaries through their leaders have appreciated the kind gesture.

The preliminary itinerary given by the Arik Air management is three times a week between Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to make up for days when the other airlines do not fly.

The Maiduguri itinerary is from Lagos enroute Abuja.

Fireworks Warehouse Blast In Mexico Kills At Least 14

The death toll from a fireworks warehouse explosion in central Mexico’s Puebla on Monday night has climbed to 14 with 22 more injured, the state government of Puebla announced Tuesday.

The government said the explosion went off at 21:30 in a fireworks warehouse, ahead of a village festival on Monday.

According to early reports from rescue teams, the explosion was sparked by a lit firework outside the house.

Puebla’s interior secretary said the explosion caused the building to collapse, killing the 14 people.

In December, a massive explosion at a fireworks market in Mexico City killed 35 people and injured many more.

Police Parade Couple For Allegedly Selling Their Biological Child In Cross River

Two More Suspects Arrested Over Tulip School KidnapThe Cross River State Police Command has arrested and paraded a couple for allegedly selling their biological child, Miss Favor Sunday Udoh at the rate of 400 thousand Naira.

The couple identified as Mr. George Sunday Udoh and Mrs. Victoria Favour Sunday Udoh sold their child at Ikom Local Government Area of the state, before being intercepted.

Also, arrested and paraded by the command is a security man who defiled an eleven-year-old minor in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.

Commissioner for Police, CP Hafiz Inuwa while briefing newsmen at the State CID in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital disclosed that, a total number of 30 suspects are presently at the command for other offences ranging from murder, impersonation, armed robbery and kidnapping involving a dismissed police corporal among other degree of crimes.

They are to be remanded in police custody pending their hearing and prosecution by the Law.

The CP disclosed that, the command will not spare any criminal in the state used the medium to warn criminals and intending ones of the dangers they will face when caught.

Meanwhile a constitutional lawyer and notary public, Barrister Leonard Anyogo insists on an attitudinal change on the way issues of crimes especially defilement are handled by the society.

The defence of consent will not arise because she is incapable of giving her consent in law. Sadly enough, we had had cases of defilement on the increase, the incessant rate is so sickening, but we have not had convictions, the parents of these children are restricted by cultural and religious inhibitions. It is high time we got to have this convictions, he said.”

The eleven-year-old case according to him, is one too many to be taken with levity.

Nigeria, Egypt Seeded for ITTF World Championships Doubles Event

ITTFAfrica’s super powers – Nigeria and Egypt – confirmed their superiority on the continent as the two nations have been included in the seeding list of the doubles event of the 2017 International Table Tennis Federation World Championships taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany.

In the seeding list released by the table tennis ruling body, events like 2015 World Championships, 2016 ITTF – European Championships, 2016 ITTF – Oceania Championships, 2017 ITTF – Asian Championships, 2016 ITTF – African Championships and 2016 ITTF – Latin American Championships count for the doubles seeding for 2017 World Championships.

In the 32 pairs seeded in the men’s doubles, Nigeria’s duo of Aruna Quadri and Olajide Omotayo are the Africa’s highest ranked men’s doubles, occupying 22 while Egypt’s El-Sayed Lashin and Ahmed Saleh are seeded 26th.

In the women’s doubles seeding, Africa champion – Egypt’s Yousra Helmy and Dina Meshref are rated 19 while Nigeria’s Olufunke Oshonaike and Cameroun’s Sarah Hanffou are 32nd in the seeding list.

Unlike in the men and women doubles which have players from Nigeria and Egypt, in the mixed doubles, three African teams were seeded.

African mixed doubles champion – Egypt’s Omar Assar and Dina Meshref are seeded 12 while Nigeria’s Segun Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike are rated 18 with Egypt’s duo of Mohamed El-Beali and Yousra Helmy are 22 with the Algeria’s duo of Sami Kherouf and Lynda Loghraibi rated 32 in the seeding list.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima are named as the top seeds in the Men’s Doubles event at the 2017 World Championships which commence on Monday May 29 in Dusseldorf.

In the Women’s Doubles event, the pairing at the top of the list is that of Sweden’s Matilda Ekholm and Hungary’s Georgina Pota; for the Mixed Doubles it is Korea’s Lee Sangsu and Yang Haeun.

However, whether the top seeds prevail or not, new pairings will be crowned; no pair in any of the three disciplines has ever been crowned World champion, most unusually, no pair is defending the title won two years ago in Suzhou.

At the 2015 World Championships, China’s Xu Xin partnered colleague Zhang JIke to Men’s Doubles gold, after having earlier clinched the Mixed Doubles title in harness with Korea’s Yang Haeun. In the Women’s Doubles event, Liu Shiwen and Zhu Yuling reserved the top step of the podium.

Now in 2017, the name of Zhang Jike does not appear on the Men’s Doubles entry list, nor does that of Xu Xin on the Mixed Doubles line-up. In the Men’s Doubles event Xu Xin partners Fan Zhendong; in the Mixed Doubles Yang Haeun is in harness with Lee Sangsu.

Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin occupy the no.3 seeded position behind the combination of Germany’s Patrick Franziska and Denmark’s Jonathan Groth; Korea’s Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu reserve the no.4 seed spot.

In the Mixed Doubles, next in line to Lee Sangsu and Yang Haeun is the Hong Kong pairing of Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem. Sweden’s Mattias Karlsson and Matilda Ekholm are listed in the no.3 spot pursued by a second Hong Kong partnership of Ho Kwan Kit and Lee Ho Ching.

In the Women’s Doubles the names of both Liu Shiwen and Zhu Yuling appear but with different Chinese partners. Liu Shiwen joins forces with Ding Ning, Zhu Yuling partners Chen Meng.

Cheng Meng and Zhu Yuling are the no.3 seeds, one place behind Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching; Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen are the no.4 seeds.

Accepted there are players on duty who have won doubles titles at World Championships but they are not with the partner with whom they gained success.

Gunmen Attack South Sudan Vice President’s Convoy

Al-Shabaab, Christians, KenyaGunmen attacked the vice president’s convoy in South Sudan on Tuesday and wounded three of his bodyguards, a government official said, underscoring worsening insecurity in the oil-rich nation.

First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, who joined the government after defecting from the main rebel group last year, was not in the convoy because he was traveling by plane at the time, State Minister of Information Jacob Akech Deng said.

The vehicles were assaulted as they headed north from the capital Juba to the town of Bor, he said.

“Three people were wounded. These are security guards of the first vice president,” Deng said. “No soldier died and the convoy of the first vice president has reached Bor safely.”

South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, erupted into civil war in 2013 after President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, fired his deputy Riek Machar, a Nuer.

The fighting that followed split the country along ethnic lines, spurred hyper-inflation and plunged parts of the nation into famine, creating Africa’s biggest refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide in 1994.