How Platini was questioned and released.

PARIS (AP) Former UEFA president Michel Platini was released from custody in the early hours of Wednesday after being questioned as part of a corruption investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
His communication team said that Platini’s detention ended at 12:30 a.m. local time.
Platini had denied any wrongdoing and French authorities did not announce any charges against the former France and Juventus player.
“It was long, but given the number of questions it could not be different,” Platini said after his release. “They asked me questions about the 2016 Euro, the World Cup in Russia, the World Cup in Qatar, the Paris Saint-Germain, FIFA.”�
Also questioned Tuesday were Sophie Dion, a sports adviser in former French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s administration, and Claude Gueant, the former secretary general of the Elysee presidential palace under Sarkozy.
Ahead of the FIFA vote, Sarkozy hosted a meeting in November 2010 that brought Platini together with Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, then the crown prince of Qatar and now its ruling emir. Al-Thani also owns the French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain, and Sarkozy frequently attends its games.
Qatar beat the long-favored United States 14 to 8 when FIFA selected the host country for the 2022 World Cup
As head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, Platini was the continent’s top representative on the FIFA committee that picked Qatar.
French prosecutors are known to be investigating an array of winning bids for major sports events, including the 2018 World Cup, awarded to Russia, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and track and field world championships.



How Zimbabwe Prisons worsen?

The Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare is crumbling at the seams, assailed by overcrowding and a critical shortage of medicines, food and other basics as the economically-crippled country battles to care for its inmates.

Convicts and wardens alike bemoan packed cells where running water is erratic and shortages of food, clothes and bedding prevail.

Basic painkillers and antibiotics are impossible to come by, meaning prisoners risk dying from easily-treatable conditions.

“We don’t have drugs for… ailments like pneumonia and meningitis. We need a functioning X-ray machine. As of now, our machine is down and yet this is a basic tool required for diagnosis,” Blessing Dhoropa, a doctor at the prison hospital, said as lawmakers visited Chikurubi last week.

AFP correspondents saw prisoners wearing threadbare uniforms in the prison’s male and female sections.

Inside the cells, paint flaked off some walls and for bedding, prisoners had thin blankets on bare cement floors.

One complained the cells were infested with lice and other vermin.


Such conditions are common in Zimbabwe’s 46 prisons. They were built to collectively incarcerate 14,000 prisoners, but hold more than 20,000 today.

Chikurubi’s men’s section houses 2,508 inmates instead of the 1,360 it was designed for.

“Our population is much higher than we should hold,” conceded Senior Assistant Commissioner Alvord Gapare, who oversees jails in the Harare province.

Diet ‘not suitable’

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has condemned such “deplorable” conditions which it said “exposes inmates to illnesses and psychological trauma.”

In 2013, the body said, more than 100 prisoners died of malnutrition-related illnesses.

At Chikurubi, donors provide life-saving anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs for inmates who need it.

“I am HIV positive. Drugs for HIV are available. But other medicines, antibiotics… even the painkiller paracetamol, are not there,” 18-year-old prisoner Chiedza Chiwashira told members of parliament’s child welfare and justice committee on a fact-finding mission.

Another inmate complained there was “no medicine for epilepsy.”

And according to Gapare, Chikurubi’s only ambulance “is down”.

At Chikurubi, prisoners grumble about the staple diet of maize porridge without salt or sugar for breakfast, followed by the same, served with boiled kale, cabbage or beans, for lunch and dinner.

“Our diet is not suitable for people with ailments like diabetes and hypertension,” an inmate of the female section told the official visitors.

‘Not supposed to be here’

Gapare conceded the prison food has little nutritional value.

“We have challenges preparing the food that’s suitable for our prisoners. We cannot follow the dietary scale that we should follow. We serve mostly beans and vegetables,” he said.

In a bid to decongest the country’s jails, President Emmerson Mnangagwa granted amnesty to at least 3,000 prisoners in March last year.

But overcrowding persists as Zimbabwe’s convicts, like the general population, suffer the consequences of a moribund economy that has been in ruins since hyperinflation peaked at 500 billion percent and wiped out savings under former president Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe is undergoing another bout of price rises and shortages of fuel and daily essentials. Inflation is at more than 75 percent, putting basic goods beyond the reach of many.

The government is struggling to provide relief for citizens, let alone the prison population.

And the harshness of daily life continues feeding Zimbabwe’s already over-full prisons as many turn to crime to survive.

“Most of the patients are not supposed to be here,” Chikurubi’s deputy director for health services and a consultant psychiatrist, Patrick Mhaka told the lawmakers.

“Some are said to have stolen a loaf of bread and they end up here.”

Lawmaker Daniel Molokela asked prisoners and officials to draw up a list of needs, which he said the government would examine.





“Happy Fathers Day to you Flaco!!! Emme and Max love you soooo much!! Thank you for these two beautiful coconuts!!!”—J Lo

Jennifer Lopez has a lot of love to give this Father’s Day.


The pop icon took to Instagram to share some kind words for her ex-husband, Marc Anthony, with whom she shares her 11-year-old twins, Emme and Max.

“Happy Fathers Day to you Flaco!!! Emme and Max love you soooo much!! Thank you for these two beautiful coconuts!!!” Lopez captioned a slideshow of adorable family photos, which included an older home video of Anthony and Max, a snapshot of the whole family and even a photo of Anthony, their son, and Lopez’s current fiance, Alex Rodriguez, hanging out together. “Feliz Día Del Padre!!!”


Lopez also shared a heartfelt message and an adorable video dedicated to Rodriguez, who is a father of two daughters — 11-year-old Ella and 14-year-old Natasha — and has become close with Lopez’s twins over the course of their relationship.

“How lucky are we to have you in our lives…not only do you make us all laugh everyday, you help us to be our best selves with a loving gentle hand,” Lopez captioned the pic. “Being there and caring with a consistent presence that doesn’t ever waiver.”






“I cannot begin to tell you how much you have come to mean to me and Max and Emme!!” she added. “Seeing the father you are to Tashi and Ella is one of my greatest joys and they are so fortunate to have you to call Daddy!!! We all love you so much!! Happy Fathers Day!!!”


Lopez recently spoke with ET’s Nancy O’Dell one day after Emme joined her on stage at the opening night of her It’s My Party Tour at the Forum in Los Angeles, where the mother-daughter duo performed a stunning rendition of “Limitless,” leaving the audience shocked by the 11-year-old’s impressive vocal skills.

“She has it in her blood. She has the lion heart,” said Lopez, who previously told ET that Emme has her “daddy’s voice.” “I [was] just looking at her and I’m just hoping and praying it all goes well. I got choked up [but] she was fine.”



Who lied against Prof.Jega?

Former chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has denied making a statement on the existence of a server during his time as head of the commission.

Professor Jega, in a circulated comment on social media, was quoted as saying the INEC server existed and is ‘functional,’ even in his own time.
In a text message to Premium Times through an associate, Professor Jega denied making the statement, describing it as ‘reckless.’


He noted that the commission under his watch did not, at any time, transmit results electronically.

“This is another lie mischievously attributed to me. I never said this. Besides, INEC during my time did not do electronic transmission of results. Under our current electoral laws, it is illegal to do so.

“I am at a loss as to why some reckless people go the extra mile to attribute things to me, which I have never said. I have never said this. It is a repugnant lie,” the text message read.


However, despite Professor Jega’s denial, controversies about INEC server continues to dominate public discourse.

INEC however insists that it did not use electronic transmission of results for the 2019 general election, citing late release of the commission’s 2019 budget.

Solomon Soyebi, a national commissioner of INEC on Monday, June 17, said contrary to speculations in the polity, the commission did not transmit results of the 2019 presidential elections electronically to its server.

He, however, said INEC experimented the use of electronic transmission of results with Anambra, Sokoto and Osun elections held before 2019 elections, stressing that the technology was not deployed during the 2019 general elections.

His words: “We piloted the use of transmission of election results electronically in Sokoto, in Anambra, even in Osun. What happened was that we were trying to pilot to see the desirability of such technology in our electoral process.

“First, our budget came out very late, there was also an issue of the Electoral Act. For these and some other reasons, the commission did not adopt that option. 2019 elections were conducted according to law.”



My soldiers are not committed—Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has lamented that some officers and men’s insufficient commitment is affecting the success of the counter-insurgency operations in the country.

Buratai who spoke on Tuesday at the opening of a five-day leadership workshop for mid-level officers and soldiers in Abuja, said the rising terrorist attacks were due to “insufficient commitment to a common national and military cause by those at the frontlines.”

The army chief noted that there were proven cases of soldiers unwilling to carry out assignments given to them, adding that reluctant troops should leave the service as the army would no longer tolerate them.

Buratai said, “It is unfortunate, but the truth is that almost every setback the Nigerian Army has had in our operations in recent times can be traced to insufficient willingness to perform assigned tasks or simply insufficient commitment to a common national and military course by those at the frontlines.

“Many of those on whom the responsibility for physical actions against the adversary squarely falls are yet to fully take ownership of our common national or service cause. And this is the reason why I have always ensured that the promotion of army personnel is essentially based on professional considerations only.


“But we all know that professional capacity is not a sufficient condition to succeed in a task; willingness to perform the task is equally necessary. We all know that leadership is core to military professionalism; hence all military professional courses include aspects of military leadership skills acquisition.”

Buratai added that an effect of modernisation, globalisation and Information and Communications Technology in the last decades had been the “decline in nationalistic enthusiasm.”

“Hence the theme of the workshop has been aptly chosen as ‘Lead, follow or get out of the way,’” he said.


B’Haram attacks four army bases in one week

Buratai’s allegations might not be far from the truth as Boko Haram fighters backed by the Islamic State West African Province have attacked at least four Nigerian Army bases between last Wednesday and Tuesday.

This has already been raising concerns among the troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East.

The army has lost a yet-to-be-ascertained number of soldiers when Boko Haram fighters attacked its bases in the Mobbar, Damasak, Monguno and Gajiram areas of Borno State.

Also, the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, has yet to confirm the number of casualties in any of the attacks.

In the attacks on army bases by the insurgents within the last one week, ammunition worth at least N20m was carted away by the fighters.

On June 12, while the Democracy Day celebration was ongoing nationwide, Boko Haram insurgents attacked a military location at Kareto village in the Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State.

The terrorists reportedly killed the Commanding Officer of 158 Battalion and an undisclosed number of soldiers.

On Saturday, June 15, Boko Haram terrorists attacked another troops’ location in Damasak, Borno State, during which an unconfirmed number of soldiers were injured.

On Monday, the Boko Haram fighters attacked another military base in Monguno, Borno State, killing at least five soldiers.

The terrorists reportedly invaded the location in many utility vehicles in an attack, which occurred on Monday around 6pm.

Sources said before reinforcements came to Monguno, the terrorists had made away with the military’s ammunition and set a section of the base on fire.

On the same Monday, the terrorists in armoured trucks attacked another army base in Gajiram in the Nganzai LGA of the state.

A source said the terrorists were in the area for almost five hours and did not attack people who fled into the bushes or hid indoors.

Herdsmen attack Plateau, kill soldier, three others

Meanwhile, Fulani herdsmen killed 14 people, including a soldier, in separate attacks in Plateau, Taraba and Kaduna states.

In the Plateau attack, four people including a soldier, were confirmed dead when Fulani herdsmen attacked the Riyom Local Government Area of the state on Monday.

One of our correspondents in Plateau State gathered on Tuesday that an attack on the remote Kagboro community in the Riyom Local Government Area of the state took place at noon on Monday and lasted for many hours.

This, the residents said, accounted for the high level of destruction in the community.

Villagers said over 300 herdsmen, who stormed the village, shot sporadically and burnt houses including a government-owned clinic after they had overpowered the vigilantes who tried to resist the attackers.

The spokesman for the state Police Command, Tyopev Mathias, when contacted on Tuesday, promised to get back to one of our correspondents later over the incident.

“I will get back to you on the attack in Riyom, please,” Mathias told one of our correspondents in Jos on Tuesday.

However, the lawmaker representing the Riyom Constituency in the state House of Assembly, Mr Timothy Datong, confirmed the incident to one of our correspondents in Jos on Tuesday.

Datong, who condemned the incident, said he had concluded plans to raise the issue at the House of Assembly.

The lawmaker said, “I can confirm to you that four of our people including a security personnel were killed during the incident. Many were also wounded. We have also counted at least 54 houses that were completely burnt down by the attackers.

“It was the heavily armed Fulani people numbering over 300 that came to attack our people. I am going to present the issue as a matter of urgent public importance before the House of Assembly members when we reconvene because this thing cannot be allowed to continue.

“The invasion started around 12 noon on Monday and did not stop until more than four hours. I was in touch with the commander of the special task force in charge of security in the state and he assured me he was going to mobilise his men. I was surprised by the extent of destruction that eventually occurred in the community.”

However, the Plateau State House of Assembly on Tuesday set up a committee to review the crisis situation in the state and come up with ways on how to solve the problem.

The committee headed by the lawmaker representing Pankshin North Constituency, Mr Philip Peter, was set up in the wake of the latest gunmen attack in Riyom area of the state.

Datong, who confirmed the development, told one of our correspondents in Jos on Tuesday that the committee had four weeks to submit its report.

Herdsmen kill two children, one teenager in Kaduna

Also, three children were on Tuesday confirmed killed, following an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Ungwan Rimi community in the Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The Kaduna Police Command, while confirming the attack, said the incident took place around 2.45 pm on Monday.

A source told one of our correspondents that the attackers invaded the community in a commando style, shooting intermittently at anyone in sight, killing no fewer than three children.

The three kids died on the spot while several others sustained varying degrees of injury.

The Kaduna State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Yakubu Sabo, who confirmed the incident in a statement, gave the names of the children killed as Monday Yahaya, Samson David and Ashimile Danladi.

The statement read, “Information reaching us reveals that on June 17, 2019 at about 2.25pm, the Divisional Police Officer of Kauru Police Station, received a distress call that armed men entered Unguwan Rimi village, Chawai District of the Kauru LGA and started shooting sporadically and in the process shot dead one Monday Yahaya 8, Samson David 17, and Ashimile Danladi 9 years.

“Teams of policemen quickly moved to the area, evacuated the dead bodies to the hospital and ensured that the situation was brought under control.

“Preliminary investigations later revealed that the attack might not be unconnected with the attack of Fulani camp early in the morning of the same date in the area.

“However, efforts are on to apprehend the perpetrators and the command has intensified patrols and other proactive measures to forestall further breach of the peace in the area.”

Herdsmen kill seven in Taraba

Meanwhile, herdsmen also attacked the Ardo Kola Local Government Area of Taraba State and killed seven people.

One of our correspondents in the state gathered that six people were killed in Janibanibu in Ardo Kola LGA near Jalingo when armed herdsmen invaded the village at about 6pm on Monday.

The Parish Priest of St. John the Baptist Pastoral Area, Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Kama, told The PUNCH on Tuesday that seven people were killed in the Janibanibu village by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

He said, “I am in Janibanibu village now. We have recovered seven dead bodies and we are making efforts to give them a mass burial with the support of the soldiers who are with us in the village.

“The situation is still very tense. Many houses have been burnt and there is threat of possible attack again by the armed Fulani militia who are threatening to attack Kona village.”

A security man, who confided in The PUNCH, said seven people were killed in an ambush at the border between Tor-Damisa and Akate villages in the Donga Local Government Area of the state.

The security officer, who participated in the evacuation and burial of seven persons killed in the ambush, said seven corpses were recovered and buried on Tuesday.

The seven Tiv farmers killed in the attack were said to be on their way to their farms, weeks after they fled the area when they were first attacked. It was, however, not clear if the Tiv farmers were killed by herdsmen.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, David Misal, told journalists that only five people were killed in the Janibanibu attack, while one person was killed in an attack around the Wukari-Donga border.

The Police Public Relations Officer said, “Five people were killed in the attack on Janibanibu near Jalingo. I am not aware of the killing of seven persons in Donga.

“The information I have indicates that there was an attack on a village in Donga and one person was killed,” he said.

Taraba women protest killings, say security agents shielding attackers

However, the killings in Taraba State led to a protest in Jalingo by women, who accused security agencies of shielding the attackers.

Hundreds of Kona women in the early hours of Tuesday at Jalingo, the state capital, protested the killing of their people by the Fulani herdsmen.

The protest came on the heels of killings of 11 people between Sunday and Monday night when suspected armed Fulani militia invaded Tudiri and Janibanibu villages in Ardo-Kola Local Government Area of the state.

The women, who started the protest from Kona village located six kilometres away from the city centre, wore black attire and marched across major streets of Jalingo “to protest continued attacks on our communities and killings of our husbands and children by armed Fulani herdsmen.”

One of the women, Mrs Mary Shaukani, who spoke to one of our correspondents during the protest, alleged that rather than going after the herdsmen who had been killing and destroying their homes, security agencies had been busy harassing and arresting Kona youths.

“Yesterday (Monday), soldiers and police arrested over seven of our sons who went out to defend our people.

“Rather than protect us, security agencies are shielding the attackers and arresting our youths. Many of our children are now in the detention of the security agencies.

“The response time is poor and that is why the crisis has led to the killing of scores of our people and the burning of our houses.

“We want our children released and the security agencies should be fair in handling the crisis,” she said.

But reacting to the allegations, the PPRO in the state, Misal, said the police had yet to receive any complaints from the women.

He stated, “We have not received any complaint from the women regarding the arrest of anyone. In any case, whoever that has been arrested has something to do with the crisis. We cannot sit down and watch people take the law into their own hands.

“Some youths block the road and were smashing people’s cars. In such a situation, we cannot sit and watch them unleash mayhem on innocent people,” he said.

Catholic bishop tells Buhari to quit

The Arewa Consultative Forum and the Archbishop of Kaduna Catholic Diocese, Rev Matthew Ndago-Manoso, have reacted to the spate of killings in the country.

Ndago-Manoso spoke to newsmen on the sidelines of the ongoing Annual General Meeting of the Nigeria Catholic Diocese Priests’ Association taking place at the Catholic Social Centre, Kaduna.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to resign if he lacked the capacity to govern.

The cleric said since his ordination 33 years ago, he had yet to know any regime as bad as the current All Progressives Congress government led by Buhari.

The cleric said, “In governance if you know you don’t have the capacity to even rule a local government, don’t put yourself forward. The very fact that you put yourself forward, you are telling the people that you have the capacity and the know-how.

“Now talking about the present government, I think the simple question that every Nigerian should ask is – my life today and my life before this government came in, what is the difference? Go to the streets and ask Nigerians, four years on, how is your life compared to before.”

ACF seeks FG, states’ cooperation

However, the pan-northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, said both the federal and state governments must make conscious efforts at putting an end to persistent killings and banditry in the North.

The National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim-Biu, in a statement in Kaduna, insisted that the Federal Government, states, security agencies, traditional rulers as well as religious leaders should synergise to end banditry in the North and other parts of the country.