The Big 5: President Buhari makes 23 new appointments, Roma stun Barcelona to reach the UCL semis and other top stories

These are the stories you should be monitoring today.

Some Nigerians living in London yesterday protested against President Muhammadu Buhari.

The protesters stormed the Abuja House in Kensington London, where the President is staying, blaming him for the nation’s problems.

The protesters said they would take their action to the venue of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) next week, which the President will attend.


Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina has described as a ‘misquote’ the report that President Buhari had pledged only one term presidency and will never seek re-election in view of his age status.

Reacting to a contributor on Channel Television programme via Skype, on Tuesday, Adesina said, “No, that’s a misquote, he was never, never quoted that way.

If there is anything on the record like that is a misquote because I was with him in South Africa when that issue came when he said, oh, he wished he had become president at the time he was a military governor that he would have done a lot for Nigeria.

And the other happened in 2011. When he was running in 2011 he said, yes he would be a president for one term. But did he win in that year? no.

The victory came in 2015. So, that being quoted in 2011 is not applicable again because he did not win that year.’’


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered N28 billion from tax defaulters for the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

The Executive Chairman of the FIRS Babatunde Fowler stated this when he led a delegation to the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said Fowler lauded the anti-graft agency for its “role particularly in the recovery of N28 billion from various tax defaulters across the country.”

He said: “Through the intervention of the EFCC, the agency has been experiencing a high level of tax compliance and it’s yielding positive results.


The Osun State government has won $1.5 million contract from the Federal Government to produce cables and assemble decoders for digitalisation of television.

Finance Commissioner Bola Oyebamiji, who spoke at the training of the second batch of 5,000 youth on ICT, organised by RLG-Adulawo Company Ltd in Ilesa, said the Federal Government had announced September as the deadline for the digitalisation of television.

He said the government won the contract when representatives of the Federal Government came to RLG-Adulawo Company, established by the Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration, to assemble electronic devises, and saw its capacity and competence to produce cables and assemble decoders.


President Buhari has approved the appointment of chief executive officers of agencies in the Federal Ministries of Health, Information and Culture, Education, Power, Works, and Housing, and Resident Electoral Commissioners in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The appointments include new rectors for some polytechnics.

See the list here.


And… stories from around the world.

Edin Dzeko‘s early opener and Daniele De Rossi‘s second-half penalty gave Roma a 2-0 lead over Barcelona and, Konstantinos Manolas completed the comeback to a send a side who hadn’t lost in either La Liga or the Champions League this season, home.

Barca’s Treble dream is now over. They now must win the league and the cup, and even that might not be enough if they have to endure more Real Madrid success in Europe.

Still on the Champions League, Liverpool booked their first Champions League semifinal in 10 years at the Etihad as Jurgen Klopp‘s men won 2-1 (5-1 on aggregate) in the Champions League quarterfinal second leg.

Second-half goals by Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino cancelled out Gabriel Jesus‘ second-minute opener to seal a comfortable 5-1 aggregate victory for the five-time European champions.

City’s quadruple has now become a double, which is still some achievement.


Russia has urged the US to avoid taking military action in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria.

I would once again beseech you to refrain from the plans that you’re currently developing,” Moscow’s UN envoy Vasily Nebenzia said on Tuesday.

He warned Washington that it will “bear responsibility” for any “illegal military adventure” it carries out.

But Western leaders say they have agreed to work together to target those responsible for the attack in Douma.


Five Cameroonian athletes have gone missing from their accommodation at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, team officials have confirmed.

Press attaché Simon Molombe told the BBC that officials viewed it as a “desertion” and the missing athletes had been reported to Australian police.

The three weightlifters and two boxers were last seen at different times on Monday and Tuesday, he said.


The number of homeless people recorded dying on streets or in temporary accommodation has more than doubled over the last five years in the UK, the Guardian can reveal.

With people found dead in supermarket car parks, church graveyards and crowded hostels, the number of deaths has risen year on year, from 31 in 2013 to 70 in 2017. At least 230 people have died over that period.


Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to “10 years in prison with hard labour in a remote area” for participating in a massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslim men in a village in north-western Rakhine state last September, the army said on Tuesday.

The military said in a statement that seven soldiers have had “action taken against them” for “contributing and participating in murder”.

The massacre was being investigated by two Reuters journalists – Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28 – who were subsequently arrested in December and are still behind bars facing charges of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act.

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