TODAY IN HISTORY

1960 – Togo gains independence from French-administered UN trusteeship. 1961 – Sierra Leone is granted its independence from the United Kingdom, with Milton Margai as the first Prime Minister. 1967 – Expo 67 officially opens in Montreal, Canada with a large opening ceremony broadcast around the world. It opens to the public the next day. 1974 – Ten thousand march in Washington, D.C., calling for the impeachment of U.S. President Richard Nixon 1977 – Twenty-eight people are killed in the Guatemala City air disaster. 1978 – Former United States President Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman is released from an Arizona prison after serving 18 months for Watergate-related crimes. 1981 – Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse. 1986 – The city of Pripyat as well as the surrounding areas are evacuated due to Chernobyl disaster. 1987 – The U.S. Department of Justice bars Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the United States, saying he had aided in the deportation...

Blatter called as witness in Platini’s appeal against FIFA ban

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been called as a witness in Mitchel Platini's appeal against a six-year FIFA ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.on Friday. Platini, the UEFA president, was suspended by FIFA's ethics committee for receiving a two million dollars payment in 2011 from Blatter. Blatter has also been suspended for six years and is challenging his sanction. His appeal will be heard at a later date. Both men deny any wrongdoing, and each is effectively the main defense witness for the other. They claim they had a verbal contract for Platini to get backdated salary for work as Blatter's presidential adviser in 1999-2002. ...

Nigeria’s LMC signs development deal with La Liga

The League Management Company has signed a five year partnership deal with the Spanish Premier League - La Liga for the development of the Nigeria Professional Football League. Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko signed on behalf of the Nigeria Professional Football League while President of La-Liga, Javier Tebas signed for the Spanish League. Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, and the Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, Alfonso Sebastian counter- signed as witnesses. The pact will focus on key areas of capacity development, training for coaches and club administrators; inter club exchanges and commercial activities including joint marketing....

Forgery : Court adjourns Saraki, Ekweremadu’s case

The Federal High Court Abuja has adjourned the case challenging the emergence of Senators Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu as Senate president and deputy president respectively. The court adjourned the case to June 1 over the absence of four out of the six defendants at the resumed hearing on Wednesday. Justice Stephen Chukwu adjourned the matter when he heard that the four defendants were not served with hearing notice by the court bailiff, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. Counsel to the plaintiff, Mr. Mamman Osuman (SAN), told Justice Chukwu that counsel to Ekweremadu, Mr. Patrick Ikweto, could not be located for the notice to be served on him. Osuman added that findings by his legal team and from the court bailiff indicated that Ikweto had relocated from his chambers in Wuse to an unknown destination. He said that although the court required counsel relocating office to notify courts where he had cases, Ikweto had...

No new date for fresh Rivers legislative polls – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, says no date has been fixed for fresh legislative elections in Rivers State. The state Resident Electoral Commissioner Aniedi Ikoiwak revealed this in an exclusive interview in Port Harcourt. It is more than one month after the rerun election were cancelled in several areas, due to alleged electoral irregularities. According to the INEC commissioner, several factors have continued to prevent the leadership of the electoral umpire in Abuja from rescheduling another rerun in Rivers State. He noted that elections are capital-intensive national ventures and it is only when the required logistics are sorted out that the electorate in Rivers State would know when to return to the polls for the third time in barely one year. Ikoiwak also said a new date for the Rivers rerun would depend on the timetable for other elections in the country this year. Meanwhile, INEC said it is working in concert with the police to bring to book all of its personnel and ad-hoc...

Arms Deal : EFCC makes more discoveries

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has made more discoveries while investigating the alleged fraud relating to the diversion of 2.1 billion dollars meant for prosecution of the war against Boko Haram. The EFCC  discovered that the total anti-insurgency money diverted by various personalities and agencies was over 15 billion dollars The $2.1bn represents the arms cash placed under the Office of the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki EFCC and the presidential panel on arms procurement, during investigations, discovered that $2.1bn fraud was just for one of the several transaction...

Biafra: Court rejects Kanu’s application for stay of proceedings

A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected an application by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, asking for stay of proceedings in his ongoing trial. Justice James Tsoho ruled that the application for stay of proceedings, lacked merit and ordered that the trial would proceed. The judge, after dismissing the application, held that the trial would proceed in the mode he had earlier directed last month. Kanu and his co-defendants  are being prosecuted on six counts of treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms and other offences. The trial was adjourned until June....

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