SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – MARCH 22, 2019
Buhari inaugurates committee on legislature, judiciary
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, inaugurated the Presidential Implementation Committee on Autonomy of the State Legislature and State Judiciary at the State House, Abuja. The presidential committee is expected to ensure that the independence of the judiciary and legislature is maintained. Buhari’s speech, as well as photos from the inauguration, were shared on the verified Twitter handle of the Presidency. Part of Buhari’s speech read, “We are committed to strengthening our democracy by ensuring separation of powers among the three arms of Nigerian Government, even at the State levels.
We will never give Okorocha his return certificate unless…. – INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Friday declared that it would not give the Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Rochas Okorocha, his return certificate until a court of competent jurisdiction says otherwise. Disclosing this at a press conference in Abuja, INEC’s National Commissioner and chairman of information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye said since the case is in the court, the commission would not do anything but obey the verdict of the court.
UK, France pledge support for Nigeria on security
The United Kingdom and France say they will continue to explore areas where they can maximise support to Nigeria in particular, and West Africa in general, in addressing security challenges. They gave the assurance on Friday at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, when their Chiefs of Defence Staff, Generals Nicolas Carter (UK) and Francois Lecointre (France) visited their Nigeria counterpart, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin. The UK defence chief, who spoke on behalf of the visitors, lauded Nigeria for its efforts at stabilising the West African sub-region and the entire continent in terms of security.
Dogara alleges plot to implicate him in criminal conspiracy
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has raised an alarm over alleged plot by the Bauchi State government to implicate him in criminal conspiracy. The Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to Dogara, Mr. Turaki Hassan, in a statement Wednesday, said the Inspector General of Police (IG) Mohammed Adamu and other security agencies have been put on notice in this regard. In another statement on Thursday, Speaker Dogara said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is working in concert with Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar to rob Bauchi people of their mandate by deliberately delaying the collation of Tafawa Balewa votes.
Faleke didn’t sponsor me, says Kogi ADC Rep-elect
A House of Representative member-elect from Yagba Federal Constituency, Kogi state on the platform of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Hon. Leke Abejide has debunked insinuations he was sponsored by Hon. James Falake, a member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency. According to a statement by the newly elected lawmaker, he described the story published by a section of the media as cheap blackmail orchestrated by his political detractors at Kogi state Government House. He said: “Shocked by the way the All Progressive Congress was roundly defeated at Yagba Federal Constituency by our great party, the ADC, some disgruntled elements sponsored by Governor Yahaya Bello resorted to blackmail and mischievous propaganda to make the world believe I cannot stand on my feet.
Only 157,631 candidates indicated interest in mock UTME —JAMB
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board said candidates who are yet to receive notification for its mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination may not have indicated interest at the point of registration. The Head, Media and Information of the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made the clarification in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos. NAN reports that, of about 1.9 million candidates who registered for the 2019 UTME, which is computer-based, a total of 157,631 indicated interest for the mock as of the close of UTME registration on February 21.
Boko Haram: We need more troops, armoured tanks, elders in Michika beg Nigerian Army
Community leaders in Michika, Adamawa, appealed to Nigerian Army to deploy more troops and armoured tanks to the town to enhance security. The appeal followed an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on March 18 on the only commercial bank building in the town on a robbery mission but were repelled by the army. Some of the leaders made the appeal during an operational visit to the town by Brig.-Gen. Bulama Biu, the acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division of the army, and Commander Sector 1 on Friday.
Bandits kill policeman, abduct 4 others in Zamfara
A group of unidentified bandits attacked a mining site on Wednesday in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara, killing one of the six mobile policemen on guard and abducting the others. Speaking to journalists on phone, one of the eye witnesses to the attack, Salisu Lawali, said the bandits invaded the site situated in Sunke village after sporadic gun shots, disarmed the policemen, killing one of them in the process. He explained that the gunmen abducted the policemen to an unknown destination and released the following day without their guns.
Kelechi Iheanacho: Nigeria coach questions striker’s commitment
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has questioned Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho’s commitment and professionalism to the national team. The 22-year-old was overlooked for the Super Eagles’ two matches this month after failing to score a goal for club or country since September. Rohr was scathing of Iheanacho on the eve of his team’s Nations Cup qualifier against Seychelles. “I think he must be more professional,” the German coach said. “We’re not satisfied with his performances the last time he was with us.
We want to keep bringing Super Eagles to Asaba – Okowa
onobok Okowa, the Chairman of Delta Sports Commission, says the state will be delighted to continuously have the Super Eagles play their matches in Asaba. Okowa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Asaba that the team’s handlers seemed comfortable with the Delta capital city’s hosting capabilities and facilities. “The state government has not influenced it in any way. “The choice of Asaba by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) may be out of the fact that the state has successfully hosted other international matches and that the facilities are good.
Maybank Championship: Thomas Pieters leads, Ernie Els only 2 back
Pieters defied the sweltering heat and strengthening winds in the afternoon to fire a three-under 69 which lifted him to eight under and one ahead of Elvira, who moved four shots clear of the field heading into the back nine before dropping three strokes in two holes. Veteran South African Ernie Els heads into the weekend just two off the pace after he carded a 70, while defending champion Shubshankar Sharma is nicely placed at five under, along with last week’s Kenya Open winner, Guido Migliozzi. Pieters eagled the first hole on Thursday, but he managed only a par to start his second round before a mistake at the second was repaired as he birdied the short fourth for the second day running.
Peter Beardsley charged by FA with using racially-abusive language towards Newcastle youth players
The Football Association has charged former England international Peter Beardsley with three counts of alleged racially-abusive language towards Newcastle United Under-23s players whom he coached. The charges are almost certain to be contested by Beardsley who maintained his innocence against allegations of bullying and racism in a rare public appearance in Gateshead last week. He has until April 12 to respond to the charges and his case will be heard by a three-person independent commission who will judge his guilt or otherwise and potentially set the punishment.
Facebook screws up again
Another day, another Facebook privacy scandal.
This time around, a “senior Facebook employee” has informed security expert Brian Krebs that Facebook has been storing the passwords of “hundreds of millions” of Facebook (and Instagram) users in plain text (aka unencrypted). This is a fundamental security error that no company should ever make, yet it’s been a pretty common occurrence for tech companies where security and privacy are commonly seen as an afterthought. According to Krebs, the passwords were accessible to around 20,000 Facebook employees for the better part of the last decade:
“The Facebook source said the investigation so far indicates between 200 million and 600 million Facebook users may have had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by more than 20,000 Facebook employees. The source said Facebook is still trying to determine how many passwords were exposed and for how long, but so far the inquiry has uncovered archives with plain text user passwords in them dating back to 2012.
Huawei P30 Pro just leaked on Amazon… but you can’t buy it yet
Huawei will unveil its P30 series on-stage in Paris on March 26, 2019. Ahead of the hotly-anticipated launch, the next-generation handsets have surfaced on Amazon’s Italian website just days before the official announcement. The launch of this phone is leakier than a sieve, with another mistaken retail listing revealing that pre-orders from Huawei come with a free Sonos One, no less. The listing appears to confirm a number of previously rumoured tidbits, including the quadruple camera set-up. This new camera system follows the triple-camera on the Huawei P20 Pro, which offered 3x optical zoom and improved low-light capture.
Netflix testing cheaper mobile-only plan in India
Netflix is now testing its mobile-only plan in India, according to Economic Times. The company had previously started testing this plan in other countries, including Malaysia, and is now trying it out in India. With this plan, you can subscribe to the service for INR 250 ($3.6). This is half of the cheapest plan Netflix currently offers for INR 500 ($7.2), which gives you SD quality and the option to stream on one device at a time. In comparison, the mobile-only plan will also offer SD quality and one device limit but that device now has to be a mobile device.
Student stares down Trump supporter who wore a MAGA hat to attend vigil for victims of Christchurch attacks
This is the tense moment a student stared down a Trump supporter who wore a MAGA cap to a student vigil for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks last Friday. The vigil was taking place at the University of California, Santa Barbara and was organized by the Muslim Student Association. Cellphone footage, taken by a bystander, showed a man in shorts and wearing a backpack staring intensely at the Trump fan, as an announcer says over a PA system that ‘white supremacy is tearing the world apart’.
Indonesian airline cancels Boeing order, citing passenger fear
Indonesian airline Garuda plans to cancel a $6 billion order for Boeing 737 MAX jets, it said on Friday, saying some passengers would be frightened to board the plane after two fatal crashes, although analysts said the deal had long been in doubt. The news came as another 737 MAX customer, Norwegian Air, played down the significance of a move by Boeing to make a previously optional cockpit warning light compulsory. Norwegian said that, according to Boeing, the warning light would not have been able to prevent erroneous signals that Lion Air pilots received before their new 737 MAX plane crashed off Indonesia in October, killing 189 people.
Christopher Davies: Tory MP ‘faces the music’ and admits expenses charges
Davies, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire in Wales, admitted two charges during a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. He now faces being kicked out of Parliament by his constituents through a recall petition, which is triggered when an MP is convicted of providing false or misleading expenses claims. The first charge Davies faced was providing false or misleading information for allowances claims, in breach of section 10 of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009. Davies admitted that he made a claim under the MPs’ allowances scheme and provided an invoice that he knew was “false or misleading” in March 2016.
Returning to London, May faces mammoth task to change minds on Brexit
British Prime Minister Theresa May returned on Friday to her mammoth struggle of persuading a deeply divided parliament to back her Brexit deal after an EU summit granted her more time but little to help change minds in London. After a bruising day in Brussels, May secured a two-week reprieve to try to get the deal she negotiated in November through parliament at a third attempt or face a potentially chaotic departure from the European Union on April 12.