SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 3, 2017
Airforce bombs terrorists’ camp in Sambisa (Tribune)
Few days after the Nigerian army said it killed five top leaders of the Boko Haram sect, the terror group suffered another major casualty, on Saturday, as the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it had neutralised hundreds of Boko Haram terrorists in Garin Maloma area in Sambisa Forest.
Air Commodore Director of Public Relations and Information, Olatokunbo Adesanya, made this known in statement issued on Saturday.
The NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (iSR) platform had earlier sighted the insurgents, who were gathered under some trees. Read more
FOU seizes N12.1million fake drugs, arrest 16 suspects (Vanguard)
The Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘ A’ of Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted 1,104cartons of fake pharmaceutical products, estimated at the Duty Paid Value, DPV, of over N12.1million, smuggled into the country without appropriate documents and permits from government, even as the Command swiftly arrested 16 suspects in connection with the offensive items. Read more
Infrastructure: FG pledges to sustain private sector participation (TheGuardian)
Following successes recorded by Dangote Nigeria Plc and Lafarge Plc in infrastructure provision, the Federal Government, yesterday, pledged to sustain private sector involvement in the provision of critical infrastructure in the country.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, disclosed this when he led key officials of the ministry on inspection tour of some road projects in Lagos. Read more
Kachikwu: Transparency index in oil sector still low despite reforms (ThisDay)
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said the country’s oil industry is still lacking in sufficient transparency and trust.
Kachikwu, in a monthly podcast he shared on his social media feeds, and which THISDAY obtained yesterday in Abuja, said despite efforts initiated by the government since 2015 to clean up the industry, transparency index still remains low and trust deficit still very high. Read more
PH Disco raises team to deal with energy thieves (Vanguard)
The Port-Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, has threatened to arrest and prosecute anyone involved in stealing energy from its network. DISCO official disconnecting lines on electric pole Stealing of energy from the network, which covers Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa and Rivers states, involves meter tampering, by-passing through diversion of load and hooking directly to power lines by electricity consumers without paying for such usage. Read more
Man kills lover, commits suicide in Ebonyi (Punch)
A middle-aged man, Mr. Friday Njoku, has committed suicide after he allegedly murdered his fiancée, Cynthia Nwofia, 25, over suspicion of infidelity in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
The late Nwofia was murdered at her Abakaliki residence around 11.30pm on Wednesday, while the alleged killer, Njoku, committed suicide by drinking poison on Thursday. Read more
Absence of regulatory policy threatens petrol supply (TheGuardian)
Lack of direction of the Federal Government’s Price Modulation Policy, is responsible for the present confusion rocking the downstream sub-sector of the country’s oil sector. Indeed, with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) being the sole importer of petroleum products; the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) being unable to review its template for 16 months; inability of the government to state in categorical terms, if the sub-sector is still regulated, and government’s inability to pay marketers about N720 billion outstanding subsidy payment, are all fallouts of the absence of a regulatory framework for the sub-sector. Read more
Ooni of Ife Launches Isedowo (ThisDay)
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has launched Goldberg’s empowerment scheme, Isedowo and commended Nigerian Breweries Plc for the initiative at the flag-off of the campaign.
The event, which held at the palace of the revered monarch in Ile Ife, Osun State, had in attendance prominent Obas and chiefs from the Southwest region of the country. Read more
Attacks on oil facilities to resume September 10 — Militants (Punch)
The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators has said it will renew its attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta on September 10.
It also stated that the notice to quit issued to Hausa and Yoruba in the Niger Delta had not been withdrawn. Read more
Interpreting the Bible Just Got More Complicated (DailyBeast)
The English translation of the recently discovered oldest Latin version of the Gospels may be problematic who want to read the Bible as a literal history.
In October 2012, Dr. Lukas Dorfbauer, a researcher at the University of Salzburg, was examining the manuscripts of the Cologne Cathedral Library. He was looking at an anonymous manuscript and realised that this ancient manuscript contained the earliest Latin commentary on the Gospels. Read more
Kenyan court’s election ruling spurs hope for Odinga supporters (CNN)
“It was a terrible night of shooting,” says Jane Anyango, hands outstretched showing the spent bullet casings that were a reminder of the violence that erupted after the Kenyan election results were announced last month.
Anyango was at home in the evening when she heard “careless, non-stop shooting,” she says. Read more
Nasa record breaker back on Earth after logging 665 days in space (TheGuardian)
Astronaut Peggy Whitson returned to Earth late on Saturday, wrapping up a record-breaking flight that catapulted her to first place for US space endurance.
Whitson’s 665 days off the planet – 288 days on this mission alone – exceeds that of any other American and any other woman worldwide. Read more
North Korea tremor sparks nuclear test fears (SkyNews)
South Korea is assessing whether North Korea may have conducted a sixth nuclear test after a magnitude 6.3 tremor.
The US Geological Survey said the tremor struck 55km north of Kimchaek. There are no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Read more
Ezenwa targets World Cup ticket in Yaounde (Punch)
Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, has said the team’s aim is to beat Cameroon in Yaounde on Monday to seal qualification for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
IfeanyiUbah keeper Ezenwa kept a clean sheet in his first start for the team as Nigeria beat African champions Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo on Friday. Read more
Bafana vow to cheer fans up at home (Sport24)
The trip from Cape Verde was long and sombre after Bafana Bafana’s 2-1 defeat to that country’s national team on Friday, and players and the technical team tried to figure out what happened.
The players were upset after what should have been an easy game. But Bafana need to respond urgently to this shock setback, and Tuesday’s return game against Cape Verde becomes a must-win situation. Read more
Threesome girl urges footie cheat Wayne Rooney’s wife to ‘wake up and get out’ (StarSunday)
Helen Wood last night urged Coleen Rooney to ‘wake up and get out’
The ex-call girl branded the Everton striker “a d*ckhead and a rat” as it emerged he had “kissed and hugged” a woman before being caught allegedly drink-driving with her in the car.
Laura Simpson, 29, yesterday claimed she and boozed-up Rooney wanted to be away from “prying eyes” after “a kiss and a hug” in a Cheshire club. Read more
Real Madrid ready to let top 28-year-old sign for Man U – Report (TheSportsReview)
Real Madrid agreed to let Gareth Bale sign for Manchester United at the end of the summer transfer window, but the player himself turned down a move, according to reports in Spain.
Spanish outlet Don Balon, as quoted by the Daily Star, is reporting that Manchester United were in deadline day talks to sign Bale from the Spanish champions. Read more
Transfer: Diego Costa to return or risk lawsuit (FoxSports)
Chelsea are considering launching an incredible $81m lawsuit against wantaway striker Diego Costa if he doesn’t return to training as Atletico Madrid have stepped in to try and end the transfer saga.
Costa, fresh off being named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad, failed to force through a move to his former club who are under a transfer ban until January 2018. Read more
Ross Barkley intent on Everton exit despite deadline day U-turn (LiverpooLecho)
It was the use of the word “technically” that was telling.
After Ross Barkley performed a dramatic change of heart on a move to Chelsea, Farhad Moshiri had the chance to offer hope that he could yet sign a new contract and stay at Goodison for the long-term. Read more
Nadal beats Mayer to advance at US Open (ESPN)
No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal rallied after dropping the first set again and advanced to the US Open fourth round with a 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Leonardo Mayer with the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium closed because of rain.
Like in his win over Taro Daniel on Thursday, Nadal started slowly Saturday before finding the range on his punishing shots and dominating the next three sets. Read more
Craig Bellamy blasts rival coach Brad Arthur ahead of Eels playoff (Stuff)
Melbourne’s Craig Bellamy has set the scene for a fiery opening week to the NRL finals by launching a grenade back at Parramatta coach Brad Arthur over tackling tactics.
Following the Storm’s 32-6 final round demolition of Canberra, Bellamy turned his attention to their qualifying final opponents Parramatta. Read more
Teenager Andrey Rublev could potentially face his idol Rafael Nadal in US Open q’final (FirstPost)
New York: Russian teen Andrey Rublev, who grew up trying to copy Rafael Nadal right down to buying the same clothes, could face his boyhood idol in the US Open quarter-finals.
The 19-year-old from Moscow continued his deepest Grand Slam run Saturday, advancing to the last 16 by defeating Bosnia’s 56th-ranked Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Read more
Aussie ‘Razor’ falls in UFC debut (FoxSports)
THE hype may not have matched the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather circus of last week but there were still plenty of highlights at a UFC Fight Night in Rotterdam on Sunday (AEST).
The Alexander Volkov vs Stefan Struve fight was worth the price of admission alone, an Australian suffered a brutal TKO in his UFC debut, while Mairbek Taisumov put Felipe Silva to sleep with a destructive right hand. Read more
Ferrari wins Pirelli World Challenge SprintX race at COTA (AutoWeek)
Italy’s Daniel Mancinelli and Niccolo Schiro scored another Pirelli World Challenge SprintX 60-minute sports car race Saturday at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in the PWC Grand Prix of Texas in 90-plus degree heat. Read more