Nigerian Newspapers: Thursday, August 18, 2016

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  1. Two soldiers arrested over brutality of Makoko residents, Army sets up probe panel

The 81 Division, Nigerian Army, on Wednesday said it had set up a Board of Inquiry (BOI) to try two soldiers arrested over alleged brutality of residents of Makoko community in Lagos.
The General Officer Commanding, 81 Division, Maj.-Gen. Isidore Edet told a news conference in Lagos that the army would go after other soldiers who participated in the attack.

The board is expected to investigate and find out the remote cause of the fracas. The board is also expected to find out, among other things, whether the soldiers were on official duty in the area where the incident occurred before turning in its report to the army authority.

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2. Diezanigate: EFCC re-arrests Udenwa, asks him to account for N350m

It is not yet uhuru for former Imo Governor, Chief Achike Udenwa, as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has asked him to account for the N350 million he signed and collected from Fidelity Bank ahead of last year’s presidential election.

The anti-graft agency, which re-arrested him, alleged that he collected the cash in three installments from Nenadi Usman, who was the Director of Finance for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation.

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3. Niger Delta: We didn’t agree to dialogue with FG – Avengers

Niger Delta Avengers has refuted the report that it has agreed for peace talks with the federal government.

The self-acclaimed spokesman for the Dialogue Group, Mr. Ballantyne Agiri had in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja, claimed that the group had agreed to enter into dialogue with the FG. But the spokesman for the group, Mudoch Agbinibo, while responding to an enquiry by Punch, dismissed the claims, saying there was no iota of truth in Agiri’s statement.

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4. Nigerians are becoming impatient with Buhari – APC BoT member

A member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Olisaemeka Akamukale, has declared that Nigerians were becoming more impatient with the current government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Akamukale while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday at the national secretariat of APC claimed that about three serving ministers in President Buhari’s cabinet were saboteurs who had opposed his presidential bid even before the last general elections.

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5. Drama continues as FCT High Court bars Sheriffs from PDP Chairmanship position

An Abuja High Court, Wednesday, restrained Senator Alimodu Sheriff from further parading himself as the National Chairman of the PDP.

The court said that by reason of the judgment of Justice Valentine B. Ashi in Suit No. FCT/HC/CV/1867/2016 filed by Chief Joseph Jero against the PDP, which nullified the ammendment of the provisions of Article 47 (6) of the PDP constitution 2012, Ali Modu Sheriff was not validly elected as National Chairman of the PDP abinitio.

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6. Assassins kill couple, abduct three children

There was pandemonium in Okwelle community, in the Onuimo Local Government Area of Imo State after a couple was murdered by some suspected assassins.

It was learnt that the assailants had stormed the couple’s house on Saturday evening wielding cutlasses and other weapons.

They were said to have taken turns to rape the woman in the presence of her husband and their children, after which the couple were hacked to death.

Punch correspondent learnt the assailants subsequently fled with the deceased’s three children.

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7. I’ve found my missing certificates, says Obaseki

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday said that he has found the original copies of his academic credentials, which had earlier been declared missing in a sworn affidavit.

Obaseki had, in the said affidavit submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission for the September 10 election, reportedly stated that his academic documents got missing while he was moving his office from one place to another.

The development had on Monday attracted criticisms from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, which described his reasons for not being in possession of the certificates as “flimsy” and “unconvincing.”

8. Olympics: Nigeria’s medal hopes dim as Brume, Oduduru falter

Nigeria’s quest for an Olympic medal continued on a woeful note in the early hours of Thursday after two of the country’s medal hopes, Ese Brume and Ejowvokoghene Oduduru, failed to soar at their separate events.

Brume, a track and field athlete who specialises in the long jump and holds the African junior record in the event, fell a distant fifth behind 30-year-old Tianna Bartoletta of the United State in the finals of the women’s long jump. She could only muster a leap of 6.81m while Bartoletta won the event after jumping 7.17m.

Meanwhile, Ejowvokoghene Oduduru could not gather the speed and pace which took him to the semifinals of the 200m track event behind Usain Bolt after clocking 20.59sec, a notable time difference from the 20.34sec he ran in round one.

9. Okagbare disappoints, wrestlers crash out

Blessing Okagbare failed in her quest to win a medal in the women’s 200m event at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Wednesday as she crashed out in the semifinals of the event. Another Nigeria, Antwon Hicks, lost in the semifinal of the  men’s 110m hurdles. Jamaica’s Omar McLead won gold in the event.

Meanwhile, three Nigeria’s wrestlers   Mercy Genesis, Aminat Adeniyi and Hannah  Reuben crashed out in their   women freestyle events on Wednesday.

10. Germany stop Nigeria, face Brazil in final

Nigeria on Wednesday lost their Rio 2016 semifinal match 2-0 against  Germany at the Arena Corinthians Stadium in Sao Paulo.

Two goals from Lukas Kostermann and Petersen in the ninth and 88th minute helped Germany  book   a final clash against   Brazil  on  Saturday. Brazil defeated Honduras 6-0 in the first semifinal. Neymar scored twice, including the fastest goal in Olympics history. Nigeria will now play for bronze against Honduras on Saturday.

Compiled by Tolu Awe for naija-news.com

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