Police Can’t Arrest Herdsmen For Grazing On Airport Runways –Commissioner

The Commissioner of Police, Airport Command, Mustapha Dandaura, has revealed that members of the Nigeria Police Force cannot arrest herdsmen who allow their cattle to stray onto and graze on airport runways in the country.

Dandaura claimed that such arrest could only be made in states where the anti-open grazing law was effective.

In a recent media interview following the disruption of Akure airport operations by cows last weekend, he said, “It’s only in states where the anti-open grazing law is in place that herdsmen can be arrested for allowing their cattle to graze on airport runways. Apart from those states, we have not been told to start arresting herdsmen.

“But we have already alerted our men at the airports to ensure such incident does not occur again. The state police commands have also been carried along and everyone is on the alert.

“We can’t have a situation whereby cows would be straying onto and grazing on airport runways because it is embarrassing. Everyone is now on the alert and it’s going to be prevented.”

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria apologised Air Peace which was affected by the incident in Akure last week. The head of aviation security at the airport was also suspended.

Oyegun Meets Buhari Over Tinubu

Shortly after Bola Tinubu, who was appointed by President Buhari to reconcile conflicts within the APC accused the national chairman of being a saboteur, the (national Chairman, Mr John Odigie-Oyegun) has held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Oyegun declined commenting on the outcome of the meeting.

Buhari had, on Feb. 6, appointed Tinubu to lead an APC consultation, reconciliation and confidence building team toward improving cohesion in the party ahead of the general elections in 2019.

In a letter of complaint to Odigie-Oyegun, Tinubu accused the party’s chairman of sabotaging his reconciliation efforts in the party. The letter, titled: “Actions and conduct weakening the party from APC: within”, was copied to President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

Tinubu accused the APC Chairman of compounding the challenge of reconciliation by taking “improper unilateral decisions” on issues affecting national and state chapters.

He also accused Odigie-Oyegun of delaying the release of information critical to the resolution of crises in state chapters.

Modakeke Community Cries Out Over Incessant Stealing Of Transformer Cables


By Sodiq Lawal

Residents of Owode Community in Modakeke on Friday cried out against incessant cable theft resulting in erratic power supply in the area.

The residents in their hundreds lamented that the crime had become alarming and called on authorities to beef up security in the community.

A community leader in the area, Alh Yinka Odesola said that crimes committed in the area include stealing of transformer cables, robbery and burglary.

“The most destructive crime in Owode is cable vandalisation; it is so bad that it has worsened the power supply to inhabitants of the area.

“Sometimes we do not even have electricity for months because our transformer cables would have been vandalised.

“We are imploring the government and Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC)make their presence felt in the area,’’ he said.

He said that those destroying and stealing cables could not do so without conniving with officials of the electricity distribution companies.

According to him, burgling a transformer required technical know- how beyond the competence of a layman.

Also speaking with a resident, Pastor Aderemi Adedimeji said that residents were living in fear because of the activities of criminals.

He said that vandals carried out their activities during power outages at night.

“If there is stable electricity, the activities of criminals can be curbed. Effective policing, good access roads will also help,’’ he said.

Corroborating, Mrs Mariam Odeniyi who is a trader, said daily patrol by the police could reduce the activities of criminals.

“We appeal to the security agencies, vigilante groups to live up to their responsibilities, so that this area can be more conducive to live in,’’ she said.

She called on government to provide jobs for youths so they could be productively engaged and not resort to crimes.

Osun 2018: PDP To Use Fani Kayode As Governor?

By Sodiq Lawal

As the Osun governorship election is months away, those with eagle eyes have observed that the Peoples Democratic Party is on the move to project former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode as its Gubernatorial candidate.

A source who is a top executive in the party in Ile Ife disclosed to our correspondent that talks are on going to persuade Chief Fani Kayode to contest in the forthcoming guber election in the state.

Another undisclosed source revealed that a fraction of the PDP led by its Former National Secretary, Professor Wale Ladipo are backing him up.

Investigations also revealed that Jubril Kayode and other close aides of Femi Fani-Kayode are working on him to step in.

It was observed that scores of Ife indigenes are of the view that he can lead the state with the notion that he is a true son of the soil.

Osun Guber: APC To Lift Ban On Aspirants In 2 Weeks Time – Party Chair

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state has declared that the ban placed on gubernatorial contestants in the party will be lifted in two weeks’ time.

This was made known by the State Chairman of the APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun while featuring on a live radio programme in Ilesha on Friday.

He said the ban was necessary in order to concentrate on the election leading to the emergence of councillors under a new electoral system.

According to him, ” the introduction of Parliamentary system of government at the local level, Creation of Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) and the conduct of local government elections made the party to strategically place ban on all governorship election activities, and in as much as the APC is a disciplined party, all party members and leaders supported us in ensuring peace and progress in the party”.

Prince Famodun eulogised Aregbesola for converting every challenge to opportunity, saying that in the history of Osun, Ogbeni Aregbesola has performed beyond people’s expectations and his unprecedented developmental achievements are indelible in all nooks and crannies of Osun, adding that no governor had performed up to what Ogbeni has done so far.

“Governor Aregbesola has done very well in construction of roads, bridges, standard schools, poverty alleviation job creations, Agriculture, security, Urban renewal, rural electrification and many that are numerous to mention, the achievements of this government will definitely speak for us and we will win the governorship election convincingly”.

The APC Chairman, therefore enjoined all party members, supporters and sympathizers to continue to give their unalloyed support and cooperation to the government and the APC to ensuring continuity of government so that more of unusual developmental projects will be experienced in the state of Osun after winning September 22 governorship election by our great party, APC.

How Police Discovered Strange Fraudsters’ Shrines In Osun

The Police Operatives last week discovered strange conglomerate of shrines used to defraud residents in Ilobu, Osun state and its environs.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police, Osun Command, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, who stated that they had been to the shrines.

“As we heard the information, we acted on it and made arrest of two brothers of the same parent who are into the criminal act of defrauding people of their money,” he added.

The CP said that the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola was specifically also involved.

“The Governor has directed the relevant agencies of the government, that the place should be brought down,” he said.

He added that the shrines had been demolished as police afterwards moved on with their investigation.

The medium gathered that the den was used by a cartel of fraudsters to defraud many unsuspecting residents of the state as well as those from outside the state who fall for their antics.

It was also learnt that shallow graves were discovered in the den and the police authority disclosed that all the details found in the shrine would help in the investigation going forward.

2019: David Ayeni Canvasses Support For Tayo Adebiyi To Win Ekiti North

The Director General of Tayo Adebiyi Campaign Organization, David Ayeni {Erebe Presenter} has urged members of the All Progressives Congress APC in Ekiti North Senatorial District to support Adebiyi’s candidature in the 2019 General Elections.

According to Ayeni, Adebiyi has the capability to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

In a statement he personally signed, the Ifaki Ekiti born politician is capable of extending his numerous contributions to the development of humanity when he is elected.

Read the full statement below:

Adebiyi is an exceptional leader of Ekiti North APC

What every concerned person especially the youths are clamouring for is a person who is willing and ready to impact directly on the lives of people.

It will be a self delusion and a repeated deception to think we will bring anyone from the whims to go and represent us in Ekiti North Federal Constituency 1. What do i mean by this? Anyone who has not been interacting and impacting directly in the lives of his people before electioneering period comes from the whims.

In Oye/Ikole Federal constituency we seek a man who feels the pain of his people and is not only willing to help for electoral purposes but that man who has been helping and is still helping them. Not a person who is periodical in his sympathy for his people. We seek that man who has shouldered that responsibility of putting smiles on the faces of his people without some long strings attached.

That man who through his non-governmental organisation “pat royal foundation” dug and installed a functioning borehole at Itaji-Ekiti, empowered our farmers with hoe, cutlasses and fertilizers. He touched the lives of our market women with cash donations, aprons, buckets, packers and other relieve materials for their chosen professions.

Our people from Ikole Ekiti will not forget his free medical intervention where qualified Doctors and nurses were taken to their door steps to attend to their health challenges with absolutely free drugs available to them when hospitals in Ekiti State were paralysed through industrial action.

Over 2000 kids enjoyed his program “pat Kiddies party” last December where children of the poor where made to enjoy free father Christmas show with mouth watering gifts and scholarship.

In the spirit of comradeship, stability and without any form of reservations i present our brother our friend our son and benefactor PRINCE TAYO ADEBIYI , from Itaji Ekiti in Oye local government to us that he may represent us in the green chamber to do much more for us.


Signed: David Ayeni erebe presenter. DG, Tayo Adebiyi Campaign Organisation

Osun Govt Ready To Partner Gem TV Africa On 2018 Commonwealth Summit

The state government of Osun has expressed its readiness to partner a broadcasting platform of Vid-Vision Media Nigeria, the Gem TV Africa for the 2018 Commonwealth Africa.

According to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, the state government is ready to explore every available opportunity to hobnob with international community and attract foreign investors to the state.

Baderinwa spoke while receiving the Chief Executive Officer of the Vid-Vision Media Nigeria, Ms. Oladayo Fashola in his office, on Tuesday.

More than 300 global and African thought leaders, eminent personalities and emerging leaders from Africa and other parts of the commonwealth, and friends of Africa are expected to converge at the 5th annual commonwealth Africa summit in London, United Kingdom, between March 12 and 14, 2018.

The event will spark new thinking on how to achieve shared prosperity and common good for Africans and how Africa’s growing youth population can transform the continent.

Expected speakers at the event include former Ghanaian President, H.E John D Mahama; the United Nation Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J Mohammed, who is a former Nigerian Minister for Environment; Chief Mrs. Folorunso Alakija, the Chancellor, Osun state University, among others.

Baderinwa maintained that such event would afford the state the opportunity of telling its success story and encouraging African countries to emulate Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s social security programme like Osun Youths Empowerment Scheme (OYES), O’ MEAL and the delivery of good governance in general.

20 Year-Old Man Docked For Stealing Motorcycle

A 20 year-old man, Alabi Ishola, was on Monday docked before an Osogbo Magistrate Court for stealing Motorcycle in Osogbo.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Olayiwola Rasaq, told the court that the accused committed the offence at Owode area, Ilesha road in the state capital.

Rasaq said the accused conspired with one at large to steal one Haojue Suzuki motorcycle with registration number QU434KJA valued at N55,000 which belongs to one Isiaka Olawale.

He said the offence committed by the accused person is contrary to and punishable under sections 516, 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. II laws of Osun State, Nigeria 2003.

Ishola pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of theft and conspiracy slammed against him.

Counsel to the accused person, Mr. Olatunbosun Oladipo, prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms.

The Magistrate, Mrs. Fatimoh Sodamade granted the accused person bail in the sum of N50,000 and one surety in like sum.

Sodamade said the surety must reside within the court jurisdiction with evidence of tax payments and two passport sized photographs, attached with an affidavit of means.

She then transferred the case to court 5 while she adjourned the case till 23rd March, 2018 for mention.


Wydad Plans To Extend Moroccan Winning Run As VAR Debuts

Wydad Casablanca should continue their show of Moroccoan achievements by lifting the CAF Super Cup, the first match in Africa to showcase the video assistant referee (VAR)

The Casablanca club won the CAF Champions League last November, the same month that the national team got a slot in the 2018 world cup staging in Russia.

Morocco then hosted and won the African Nations Championship for home-based footballers this month by defeating the Super Eagles Of Nigeria  4-0 in the final.

Now it the turn of Wydad again to try and bring more glory to the kingdom, which has been ranked among the top 10 African football nations for decades.

They face TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the one-off Super Cup match, an annual showdown between the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup title-holders.

In 25 previous match-ups, 22 have been won by the African champions, and the reason is not hard to find.

Neutral venues were used for three seasons before being scrapped because of poor crowd support and CAF gave the Champions League winners home advantage rather than adopt a two-leg approach.

Crowds swelled, with several matches attracting 80,000 spectators, but visiting teams struggled with only two succeeding.

Most matches have been close encounters, though, with penalty shootouts deciding eight while nine others were settled by one-goal margins.

The Casablanca match offers veteran Wydad coach Faouzi Benzarti, a Tunisian, the chance to become the outright second most successful coach in CAF club competitions.

Portuguese Manuel Jose leads the pack with eight titles during two spells at Al Ahly of Egypt followed by Benzarti, Egyptian Mahmoud el Gohary and Argentine Oscar Fullone with four.

Benzarti, whose previous CAF successes came at Tunisian clubs Esperance and Etoile Sahel, was a recent appointment after poor domestic form cost Champions League-winning coach Hussein Amoutta his job.

Wydad will also show at least one change in personnel from the team that defeated Ahly to win the Champions League with attacker Achraf Bencharki having moved to Saudi Arabia.

Bencharki and winger Mohamed Ounnajem were included the original shortlist for the 2017 Africa-based Footballer of the Year award.

A couple of Mazembe stars, Ivorian goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo and striker Ben Malango, also made the list.

VAR was supposed to debut in Africa last month during the Nations Championship, but trial runs were held instead.

The system involves off-field officials assisting referees with key decisions, including awarding goals and penalties and ruling on offsides, red cards and mistaken identities.


Arsenal Draw AcMilan In Europa League  Round Of 16

Arsene Wenger’s side have reached the next round of the competition despite losing 2-1 at home against Ostersunds on Thursday evening. They won the away leg 3-0.

The Gunners were the last team drawn from the pot on Friday afternoon, meaning they will be the away side in the first leg of their tie. AC Milan also ,oved to the last-16 with a 4-0 aggregate win against Ludogorets.

The first-leg at the San Siro will take place on March 8, kicking off at 6pm UK time, while Milan travels to the Emirate a week later on march 15

Arsenal’s most recent European meeting with AC Milan saw them exit the competition with a 4-3 loss on aggregate in the 2011-2012 edition of the Champions League.

Milan are led by Gennaro Gattuso, the former midfield general who has been handed the manager’s role despite a lack of experience at the top level.

Gattuso famously clashed with then-Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan when his Milan side took on Spurs in the Champions League in 2011.

He headbutted the former Manchester United and Leeds player during a touchline row.

Winning the Europa League is Arsenal’s best hope of qualifying for the Champions League next season. They are currently eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League.

Even more notable was the sort of players they were signing. Leonardo Bonucci, a €42m addition from Juventus, saw them sign one of the most coveted defenders in Europe, snapping him up from a rival to boot.

It seemed as though this apparently newly moneyed side had everything going for them.

That said, doubts arose very early on about the new owners of the club and there were suggestions that the funding was not really there. Bonucci’s transfer was temporarily held up and there was a delay in him making his debut as a result.

But it was still a shock when they were heavily off the pace by the end of November. A 0-0 draw against Torino meant they were 18 points behind leaders Napoli and had no hope of challenging them.

That ended Vincenzo Montella’s time in the dugout. He was quickly replaced by Gennaro Gattuso.

Absolutely. The former Milan midfielder was in charge of the club’s Primavera youth team when he was given the call.

Known more for his fury than any coaching nous, he left Pisa twice in the space of a year. He also tendered his resignation while in charge of Crete and left Sion, the first club he managed, after just four months.

This is not, on paper, the manager to lead you to a Champions League berth.

He has played Giacomo Bonaventura, which is different to Montella. His use of four at the back in some games has made Milan more solid.

And his manner on the touchline means they have been given a bounce — Montella was a bit disconnected from on-field matters.

In a surprising choice, Fabio Borini has been given a chance up front, rather than as a left wing-back. That has worked for Milan.

In the main, though, he has been picking many of the same players that his predecessor did. And they are in the same position they were under Montella — seventh.

Gattuso is well-aware that he demands a lot of his players and spends a lot of time screaming at them.

So he has come up with an unconventional way of motivating them after a good result. The club legend stands in the middle of the team and allows his players to slap him on the head.

His explanation? ‘I do it to make the players happy.

‘There are one or two who won’t get into the team, and so they start to look at me funny.

‘In that moment there, they have the chance to give me a clip round the ear.

‘I go and stand in the middle of the huddle and that way I make sure no one tries to hit me in the changing room.’

It has been decent while not being particularly spectacular.

They have not lost a game since December, a run of 11 games without defeat for the San Siro club.

And they have won each of their last four games, including tricky away visits to Spal and Ludogorets.

But, as mentioned before, it has not been good enough to see them climb up the league under Gattuso. It is, though, more solid than Europa League opponents Arsenal.

Patrick Cutrone, who made his debut at the end of last season, has impressed after being given opportunities. The 20-year-old striker has scored five goals in his 18 games. A double against Spal earlier this month has upped his reputation even further.

Giacomo Bonaventura has been restored to the starting line-up under Gattuso. The 28-year-old midfielder repaid the manager’s faith with a winning goal against Sampdoria.

Suso, the former Liverpool winger, has flattered to deceive since joining Milan. But he has been in excellent form under Gattuso, scoring a stunning long-range against Udinese.

Gianluigi Donnarumma was one of the best young players in Europe last season but has struggled under the weight of pressure this time out. Has feuded with the Milan fans amid suggestions he’s keen to leave the San Siro.

Ricardo Rodriguez cost the club €17m in the summer, arriving as one of Europe’s most coveted left-backs. He has not lived up to his reputation and has only played in two of the last four games.

Lucas Biglia is another player who came in with a big reputation. Has not been up to his usual level, providing no assists all season and scoring just once.