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‘Many intl problems can’t be resolved without Russia’ – French President Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged the importance of dialogue with Russia in resolving certain international problems during the G7 summit in Italy. The statement comes ahead of his meeting with Vladimir Putin in Paris on Monday.


“Many international problems cannot be resolved without Russia,” Macron said, as cited by TASS. He stressed the necessity of talking to Moscow at a news conference after the two-day meeting of G7 leaders in Sicily, which wrapped up on Saturday.

The French leader noted that he will seek a “demanding dialogue” with Russia, but “that still means having dialogue.”

Elaborating on the particular issues that demand Russian participation, he emphasized the situations in Syria and Ukraine – among the topics to be discussed during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris.


“I am going to discuss the situation in Syria during the meeting in Versailles,” he said, adding that the crisis can be resolved through a comprehensive political approach.

The French president said that a Normandy format meeting, including Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France, should be held in the nearest future to discuss the Ukrainian conflict as well.
Read moreViolent clashes, tear gas at G7 protest in Taormina, Italy as summit ends (VIDEO)

Macron said that “it is necessary to go forward with the implementation of the Minsk agreements,” which outline a roadmap for peace for eastern Ukraine.

According to Macron, the sanctions against Russia imposed over the Ukraine crisis and Moscow’s alleged meddling in it must remain in place until the situation is resolved.

The sanctions on Russia – which has repeatedly denied being a party to the conflict, while stressing its commitment to the Minsk agreement – were touched upon during this year’s G7 summit.

While acknowledging the need to keep the sanctions in place and even possibly expanding them, the international leaders also stressed the importance of further cooperation with Moscow over international issues such as terrorism.

The Russian president will arrive in Paris at the invitation of his French counterpart on May 29 to discuss a wide range of issues, including international affairs and bilateral relations.

This will be the first time Putin has met Macron after being elected as the French president on May 7, defeating Marine Le Pen in the second round of the election.

French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged the importance of dialogue with Russia in resolving certain international problems during th...

Nigerian Air Force base may be attacked – Air Marshall

The Nigerian Air Force has said it has intelligence that one of its air bases may be attacked.
According to an official statement, the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, stated this while addressing participants at a retreat held between May 25 and 26 in Kaduna.
“…we have had an attack on one of our airbases in the recent past, and current intelligence reports keep highlighting the possibility of attacks on our bases,” Mr. Abubakar, an air marshal, was quoted as saying in a statement by Air Force spokesperson, Olatokunbo Adesanya.
Mr. Abubakar also spoke on the need for adequate security for air bases.
Read Mr. Adesanya’s full statement below.
NAF HOLDS BASE DEFENCE RETREAT, PROVIDES ADDITIONAL TRAINING FACILITIES
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has held a retreat on Base Defence Planning. The retreat took place from 25-26 May 2017 at the recently commissioned Ibrahim Alfa Auditorium in the Air Force Institute of Technology Kaduna.
The retreat was aimed at further educating relevant stakeholders on the new NAF base defence concept, which is premised on the development and deployment of an air-minded ground defence force, trained and equipped as special light infantry and capable of operating both inside and outside the base perimeter against contemporary threats while leveraging on intelligence and available modern technology.
Consequently, participants at the retreat included base commanders, regiment officers, intelligence officers, air provost officer, all of who have specific roles to play in securing and defending NAF bases.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the retreat, reminded participants that despite its potency, airpower still has limitations, one of which is the issue of security of bases.
According to him, “Given the importance of bases in the airpower delivery matrix, it is not inconceivable to expect our adversaries to target our bases. As a matter of fact, we have had an attack on one of our airbases in the recent past, and current intelligence reports keep highlighting the possibility of attacks on our bases.
All these reinforce the need to emplace a robust base defence concept that is capable of providing guidance for responding to a wide range of situations that may threaten our bases.”
It would be recalled that the emphasis of the former base defence concept in the NAF was the emplacement of static guards at identified key and vulnerable points.
The current NAF leadership, however, viewed the concept as being no longer tenable and thus introduced the more robust base defence concept into the Service in 2016. Nevertheless, recent evaluations of the Bases revealed that many commanders and bases were yet to imbibe and adopt the tenets of the new base defence concept.
The retreat therefore afforded participants the opportunity to rub minds and exchange ideas and experiences towards engendering effective implementation of the new concept across the NAF. With the conclusion of the retreat, NAF bases are expected to be safer, more secured and more capable of repelling any attack directed at them.
In a related development, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar commissioned the newly built Regiment Training Centre as well as an electronic shooting range, both in Kaduna, on 25 May 2017.
An interesting development was the naming of the Regiment Training Centre and the electronic range after late Air Commodore Anthony Ikhazoboh and late Group Captain Williams Pratt respectively. Both retired senior officers, now dead, contributed significantly to NAF base defence, while in service and it was considered most befitting to honour them, as a way of encouraging those alive.
The Regiment Training Centre, which has the capacity to accommodate 300 trainees at a go, and the Electronic Range were constructed to further develop the capacity of personnel for base defence.

The Nigerian Air Force has said it has intelligence that one of its air bases may be attacked. According to an official statement, the...

South Africa: Ruling ANC debates motion to remove Zuma

The top leadership of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is this weekend debating a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.
The news was first broken by the South African news site, News24.com, and confirmed to Bloomberg by five separate sources. The party’s National Executive Committee began a meeting outside Pretoria on Saturday and it was scheduled to continue on Sunday.
Responding to speculation ahead of the meeting, the party’s secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, said the issue of Mr. Zuma’s removal was “not on the agenda” but refused to rule out the possibility of members of the committee—which comprises top ANC leaders—tabling a motion.
News24 reported that the motion was tabled by Joel Netshitenzhe, one of the party’s leading intellectuals and strategic thinkers, who served as head of government communications in the administration of former President Thabo Mbeki.
As the news of the move broke, Johannesburg’s City Press newspaper published what it said were emails revealing the indebtedness of Mr. Zuma and his allies to the controversial Gupta family of Johannesburg.
The emails, allegedly leaked from inside the Guptas’ business organisation, showed how the family “seduced Cabinet ministers and CEOs of state-owned companies with opulent hotel stays and chauffeur-driven trips in luxury cars to their home in the exclusive Dubai suburb of Emirates Hills,” News24 reported.
Mr. Zuma had been South African president since 2009 and won re-election in 2014.

The top leadership of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is this weekend debating a motion of no confidence in President Ja...

AMCON to Sell Peugeot Automobile to Africa's Richest Man, Dangote, and Two States...See Details

The Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) is close to selling Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) Ltd, a local car assembly joint venture, to Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, and two Nigerian states.

"We have concluded all processes on the bids since about two months ago, all we are waiting for (now) is the approval of the central bank," Ahmed Kuru, AMCON's chief executive, told Reuters on Friday.


PAN, a Nigerian vehicle assembly plant located in Kaduna state, has PSA Peugeot Citroen as its technical partner with a capacity to assemble 90,000 cars a year, according to its website.

Dangote, in alliance with the states of Kaduna and Kebbi and the Bank of Industry (BOI) development bank made a bid to acquire a majority stake in PAN last year as AMCON seeks to sell off some of the assets it acquired in the wake of the banking crisis.

Dangote's eponymous group of companies is active in cement, oil, food and sugar, and is expanding into farming.

The automaker is worth over 15 billion Nigerian naira ($49 million) according to its last valuation, Kuru said, but declined to name the company Dangote and his partners are using to acquire the automaker.

AMCON, set up in 2010 to clean up the banking system following a $4 billion rescue of nine lenders that came close to collapse, took over PAN after buying up its debt and converting it to equity. ($1 = 304.4000 naira)


-Reuters

The Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) is close to selling Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) Ltd, a local car assembly joint ventu...

Student arrested with gun in Benue State confesses to being a cultist

Men of the Benue State Police Command on stop and search duty along Aliade-Otukpo road intercepted one Victor Ogbu 25yrs, on May 19, who was in possession of a locally fabricated Beretta pistol with four live ammunition.



The suspect who confessed to be a cultist and a student of University of Agriculture Makurdi, alleged that he purchased the firearm in Makurdi. Investigation is ongoing.
In another development, the Command arrested a kidnapper and rescued his victim. Acting on information, policemen trailed and arrested one Isaac Atsor, 33, on May 24, at a hideout in Ushongo LGA where they kept thier victim, one Mr. Ape the proprietor of Excel Grace School Gboko. He was arrested with the supposed ransom of ₦500,000, a locally fabricated Beretta pistol and one live ammunition. The suspect confessed to have committed the crime with four others who escaped when the hideout was raided.
The victim has since being reunited with his family,while investigation and manhunt of the fleeing members of the gang is ongoing.
Preliminary investigation, however, revealed that the suspect just finished serving a jail term on 22/03/2017 and was released from prison custody .
The Command had also on May 14 at about 10pm, arrested the following suspects with fabricated dummy guns while committing their nefarious activities at Ikyowe village in Katsina ala.
a. Zahemen Avaa- 24yrs
b. Ebenezer Ikyereve - 20yrs
c. Teryima Orkeghen - 21yrs and
d. Lubem Torhile - 22yrs
This notorious armed robbery gang who have been terrorising innocent motorists along Katsina ala- Zaki biam road and dispossessing them of thier valuables, met thier waterloo when operatives responded to a distress that some robbers had blocked the road.
They will all be charged to court as soon as Investigation is concluded.

Men of the Benue State Police Command on stop and search duty along Aliade-Otukpo road intercepted one Victor Ogbu 25yrs, on May 19, who ...

4-year-old boy knocked down by car on his way to RCCG Children's Day party in Bayelsa State

A pathfinder SUV yesterday, knocked down a 4-year-old boy named Joshia, from Ekeremor LGA, Bayelsa State at the popular Julius Berger axis of the Sani Abacha Expressway while on his way to attend the Children Day Party organized by the headquarters of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.




In an update, a social media aide to the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly Media team, Isedirikonghen Ebi, who reported the incident said baby Joshia just survived a successful orthopedic surgery. The Indian trained Nigerian Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Amefula who lead other US based White specialists on a consultancy services to the Government House Hospital confirmed that the surgery which lasted about 3hours was very successful and baby Joshia in a stable condition. 


Below is his initial report on the accident: 
"There was wailing and commotion at the popular Julius Berger axis of the Sani Abacha Expressway, when a pathfinder jeep knocked down a little kid going to attend the Children Day Party organized by the headquarters of the Bayelsa State Redeemed Christian Church of God in Yenagoa.
The victim, Joshia, 4years from Ekeremor LGA, Bayelsa State was going with his 7years older brother when he was hit by the motorist from Ogbia while crossing the Expressway.
At my arrival to the accident scene from my routine inspection duty of the flood level around the Azikoro Estate area, the parents and other relatives were crying helplessly on getting the information, as the motorist rushed the child to an undisclosed hospital.
While the hostile mother was beating the older child, I rescued the boy and asked the direction the car took and he pointed towards FMC.
Immediately, I lead a search team to former Gloryland hospital, now Guruva Brooks, and then, to the Children Emergency of the Federal Medical Center Hospital, but to no avail.
When I got to the Government House Hospital, the CEO, Dr. Hobbot Preye confirmed the receipt of the patient but said, he has a damaged left leg and is referred to the Bayelsa State Diagnostics Center, Mgbi Road for femur X-ray. That, I should contact the parents to enable them extract the medical history to facilitate treatment on the boy.
Quickly, the contact was put to the father who happens to be a traditional bone doctor.
On his arrival, he insisted that he will handle the treatment in the traditional way under his care, but we discouraged him and he later agreed with us.
When the X-ray was done, it shows fractured left femur (a broken bone) and total shift of the knee joint.
The hospital management have since contacted an Indian trained Nigerian Orthopedic Surgeon who is well known to me, to head other White specialists from the United States of America to conduct an orthopedic surgery on baby Joshia who is currently on drip in preparation for the theater."

A pathfinder SUV yesterday, knocked down a 4-year-old boy named Joshia, from Ekeremor LGA, Bayelsa State at the popular Julius Berger ax...

Davido's 2nd babymama, Amanda, throws shade at the singer and his 'hoes', Sophia Momodu fires back

Here's all the details! Davido is currently with his crew in Accra, Ghana, where he performed at a wedding on Saturday. He met a new girl there, who followed him back to his hotel room. This apparently didn't go down well with his Atlanta based babymama, Amanda, who then threw shade saying "Got a good girl...but hoes is his choice".



If you recall, Davido's Nigerian based babymama, Sophia Momodu, was criticized by a troll a few days ago for showing off as she spent time with the singer and their daughter after they went out for an Ice cream treat.

Now 'Hoes' is plural and definitely means more than one person. Sophia (pictured below) also caught the shade thrown at Davido's new Ghanaian fling and responded. See her warning to Amanda, below

Here's all the details! Davido is currently with his crew in Accra, Ghana, where he performed at a wedding  on Saturday . He met a ne...


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