* APC chieftains to Buhari: Sack suspended SGF, NHIS, NIA bosses now (Punch) * Senate, ministry panels can’t indict SGF, NHIS boss –Presidency (Punch)

* APC chieftains to Buhari: Sack suspended SGF, NHIS, NIA bosses now (Punch)     *  Senate, ministry panels can’t indict SGF, NHIS boss –Presidency (Punch)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 28, 2017

 

APC chieftains to Buhari: Sack suspended SGF, NHIS, NIA bosses now (Punch)

Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in some states of the federation have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal, the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, and the suspended Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, to save his anti-graft war. In separate interviews with Saturday Punch, the chieftains made the calls against the backdrop of several probe reports submitted to the Presidency, which they said appeared to have indicted the affected top government officials of corrupt practices. Read more

Senate, ministry panels can’t indict SGF, NHIS boss –Presidency (Punch)

The Presidency has described the Senate and the Ministry of Health panels that investigated the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, as administrative and therefore, lacking the powers to indict the top government officials. Special Assistant to the President on Prosecutions, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, said the Senate lacked the power to investigate Lawal for criminal activities. Read more

Buhari’s govt rotten, covered with scandalous corruption –Fayose (Punch)

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government as one that is rotten and covered with scandalous corruption. The governor alleged that there was a grand plot to release another set of Chibok girls to shift the attention of Nigerians from the various scandals rocking the government. He added that the claimed recovery of $85m as part of funds allegedly looted from the Malabu oil deal and conclusion of negotiation with Switzerland on the return of $321m recovered from the late Military Head of State, Gen. Muhammad Abacha family were a diversionary tactic. Read more

Fresh commitment to oil industry games (Vanguard)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will give all necessary support to ensure successful hosting of the 2018 Oil Industry Games scheduled to hold early next year. Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Group Managing Director,  Dr. Maikanti Baru, made this known today when the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 2018 Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Games (NOGIG) led by its Chairman, Mr. Aminu Zaria, visited him in Abuja. Read more

Osinbajo: Most allegations against government are unverified (ThisDay)

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has advised the citizenry to always subject allegations against the federal government and the presidency to checks and not take them line hook and sinker.  Osinbajo, who was a guest speaker yesterday at the Greater Nigeria Pastors Conference with the theme: ‘Towards a Better Nigeria’ organised by the founder, Foundation of Truth Assembly ( FOTA), Pastor Yomi Kasali,  said issues being raised against the government were untrue.  Read more

Kogi uncovers 1,046 civil servants with fake certificates (ThisDay)

No fewer than 1,046 workers in the Kogi State civil service   have been discovered to be parading fake certificates, as well as controversial academic qualifications.  This was part of several heartrending discoveries made during the just concluded staff screening and verification which commenced February last year in the state. The latest discovery was contained in the post screening report of the reconciliatory committee set up by the government to clean up the report of the disbanded screening committee. Read more

Dickson: I Introduced Boarding System in Bayelsa to Make Education Accessible (ThisDay)

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has explained that his administration introduced boarding school system in the state to give equal opportunity to all children of school age. The governor said boarding school system was non-existent in the Bayelsa State before the inception of his administration in 2012. Governor Dickson stated his reason for investing in education during a colloquium entitled: “Raising A Wise Generation: Revamping Nigeria’s Secondary Education,” organised by Government College, Ughelli Old Boys Association, September ‘73 Class, at the Civic Centre in Lagos, recently. Read more

EU supports Nigeria’s immunisation programme with N3.8b (ThisDay)

The European Union has provided an additional N3.8 billion to support the Nigerian government’s immunisation programme and strengthen primary health care under its Support to Immunisation Governance in Nigeria (EU-SIGN) initiative. The amount was used to fund the procurement of 29 Four-Wheel Drive vehicles and solar refrigerators as well as construction and renovation of 49 health facilities  and cold stores in 23 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Read more

UN Peace Ambassador excites O’NIEL Boss (ThisDay)

Gbenga and Aisha Oyebode in partnership with the Murtala Muhammed Foundation and Harbor Point Limited have brought the Hidden Figures initiative to Nigeria. The critically acclaimed movie Hidden Figures, tells the true life story of three brilliant African-American women who were mathematicians at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a spectacular achievement that became one of the historical moments the world remembers. Read more

Osadebe, Dan Maraya resurrect at 2017 COSON Week (Vanguard)

Nigeria’s King of Highlife music, Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe who died on May 11, 2017 and the musical genius that thrilled the nation with his one sting instrument, Dan Maraya Jos are bound to live on, as organizers of the yearly Copyright Society of Nigeria,COSON, 2017  Week, have concluded plans to honour the two musicians of all times with Posthumous awards at this year’s event. Read more

Odunlade Adekola Joins 2017 QMA as  guest judge (ThisDay)

Organisers of the 2017 Queen Móremí Àjàsorò (QMA) Cultural Pageant have announced popular Yoruba actor, Odunlade Adekola, as one of the judges for the competition’s audition which will take place from Monday, October 30 to Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at the Kings Palace, Enuwa, Ile Ife, Osun State. The QMA is an annual pageant set up to immortalise the legacy of the revered Queen Móremí Àjàsorò, a symbol of valor amongst the Yorubas. She’s believed to have single-handedly delivered her people from perpetual marauding invaders in the 12th century. Read more

Oh! Mr President, citizen (Captain) Akintaju is dead (Vanguard)

Mr. President, you may not know personally this constituent of yours who has just passed away.   I do not expect you to know him because he was just one of the about 180 million Nigerians under your rule. But he was one over whom you have demonstrated palpable compassion and unceasing lamentation.   He was one over whose health and financial plight you have taken affirmative actions on to the extent that if you could personally carry out your directives, you would.   But it is not your schedule to.   Yours is to direct and this you have done.   Thank you. Read more

Nigeria’ll do well at 2018 World Cup –Awogu (ThisDay)

The Managing Director of Super Sports, Felix Awogu has backed the Super Eagles to do well at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, just as he promised Nigerian football fans live viewership of all the matches. “We will deploy every resource because I know Nigeria will do well. We have a generation of new players, with the right philosophy and the right state of mind. They are youthful and a few experienced ones. It is going to be a great tournament for us and the timing is going to be perfect for Nigerians to sit back and enjoy the best of football. Supersport delivers the best content which anybody can be proud of. We will be well prepared and I hope we do very well in Russia. Read more

The Aiteo Cup: Why more Nigerian businesses should go the Aiteo way (ThisDay)

Agege made Nigerian football history two weeks ago when it hosted the Aiteo Cup (Federation Cup) final for the first time ever. This enduring competition, with roots stretching back to 1942, has been won 76 times; the latest champions being Akwa United who defeated Niger Tornadoes 3:2 on penalties to claim the crown. It was a great day for the Lagos suburb which has seen plenty of football, but nothing quite on this scale. Among their august guests were two Governors, leaders of Nigerian football, the president of the Ghana FA, Kwesi Nyantakyi, and CAF president Ahmad Ahmad. Read more

Pedro Caixinha was an odd choice by Rangers. reckons Neil Lenno (Thenational.scot)

Neil Lennon has questioned why Rangers ever decided to bring Pedro Caixinha from Qatar and into the “unforgiving environment” of Old Firm management. Betfred Cup semi-final defeat to Motherwell and Wednesday’s dramatic draw with Kilmarnock sparked the end of Caixinha’s turbulent seven-month reign as Rangers boss on Thursday. Former Celtic manager Lennon expressed sympathy for the Portuguese, who had previously managed in his homeland plus Mexico as well as in Qatar. Read more

No pressure as history beckons for Celtic (Thenational.scot)

Brendan Rodgers will not load pressure on his Celtic side ahead of their potentially record-equalling game against Kilmarnock this afternoon.The Ladbrokes Premiership leaders are looking to extend their unbeaten domestic run to 62 games at Parkhead. That British record dates back to Willie Maley’s Celtic side of 1917 but boss Rodgers, whose side are fresh from a 3-0 dismantling of title rivals Aberdeen on Wednesday night, is keen to play it down. It was a Kilmarnock side which ended that unbeaten run. Read more

Former Rangers manager Graeme Souness confirms he voted to leave the EU in last year’s referendum (Heraldscotland)

Former Rangers manager Graeme Souness has confirmed that he voted in favour of Brexit in the referendum on European Union membership last year. Speaking to the Herald Magazine this week the one-time Liverpool and Scotland player said: “I voted to leave. I don’t believe we live in a democracy. I don’t like people who are unelected telling me what I can and can’t do. I didn’t choose them to do that.” In April Souness was covering a Champions League tie between Leicester City and Atletico Madrid on Irish TV sports channel TV3 during which he attacked the state of English football for its lack of passion. Read more

How Manchester United should line up vs Tottenham (Manchestereveningnews)

It is time for Manchester United to make a statement. After a drab draw in their first big test of the season at Anfield, and a desperate display at Huddersfield a week later, Jose Mourinho’s side need to get their title tilt back on track against Tottenham. Spurs may have finished a whopping 17 points clear last season, but United have been in imperious form at Old Trafford and Mourinho has always had the edge on Mauricio Pochettino in home games. Throw in talisman Harry Kane’s injury and United should be full of confidence – even if they are again without Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini. Read more

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis warns that US ‘will never accept a nuclear North Korea’ (Telegraph)

The United States would never accept a nuclear North Korea, warned Jim Mattis, the US Defence Secretary, saying Pyongyang’s  rapidly advancing nuclear and missile programs would undermine, not strengthen, its security. Mr Mattis has been at pains during his week long trip to Asia to stress that diplomacy is America’s preferred course, a message he returned to after top-level military talks in Seoul on Saturday and the tense border area with North Korea on Friday. Read more

Mattis says threat of nuclear attack by NKorea accelerating (Washingtonpost)

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday the threat of nuclear missile attack by North Korea is accelerating. In remarks in Seoul with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo at his side, Mattis accused the North of illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear programs — and vowed to defeat any attack. Mattis said the North engages in “outlaw” behavior and that the U.S. will never accept a nuclear North. He added that regardless of what the North might try, it is overmatched by the firepower and cohesiveness of the decades-old U.S.-South Korean alliance. Read more

Bangladesh to offer sterilisation to Rohingya in refugee camps (Guardian)

Bangladesh is planning to introduce voluntary sterilisation in its overcrowded Rohingya camps, where nearly a million refugees are fighting for space, after efforts to encourage birth control failed. More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country. Read more

Hundreds march against Catalan independence in Barcelona after PM’s crackdown (Cbsnews)

Not everyone in Catalonia is pleased with their regional government’s vote to declare independence from Spain. Hundreds of people against independence marched Friday night in downtown Barcelona, waving Spanish flags. In response to the Catalan move, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said his government is firing Catalonia’s regional government, dissolving its parliament and calling for a new regional election on Dec. 21. He spoke after a special Cabinet meeting to discuss what measures to take in the wake of the Catalan parliament’s vote to secede from Spain earlier Friday.  Read more

JFK documents: Here are the 9 most eye-popping revelations in the release — so far (Rawstory)

The federal government released a massive trove of documents late Thursday related to the era of President John F. Kennedy, the investigation into his 1963 assassination and the effort to learn about his killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Oswald’s murderer, Jack Ruby. An initial review of the thousands of pages of material — including FBI interviews, reports of CIA activity and other official but long-secret records — surfaced household names of the era, from the actress Marilyn Monroe to the mobster Sam Giancana and, over and over, John F. Kennedy, whose death in Dallas spelled an end to an age of American innocence. Read more

Catalans declare independence as Madrid imposes direct rule (BBC)

The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, while the Spanish parliament has approved direct rule over the region. Catalan MPs easily approved the move amid an opposition boycott. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had told senators direct rule was needed to return “law, democracy and stability” to Catalonia. The crisis began earlier this month when Catalonia held a controversial referendum on independence. Read more

 

 

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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