SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – FEBRUARY 19, 2019
Buhari meets security chiefs, Northern govs
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting some security chiefs and state governors in what is believed to be part of ongoing efforts to address the spate of insecurity in parts of the country. The meeting holding inside the President’s office has service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, in attendance. State governors who are attending the meeting include Adamawa State governor, Jibrilla Bindow; Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima and Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai.
Atiku never offered Adamawa REC $1m bribe —INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission says the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, never offered the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Adamawa State, Kashim Gaidam, $1m or a house in Dubai. INEC said this in a Facebook post while reacting to social media rumours that Atiku had compromised the Adamawa elections. A report which trended on social media on Monday read in part, “Breaking News: I rejected Atiku’s $1m bribe plus a house in Dubai- Adamawa REC”.
Snatch Ballot Box, face grave consequence, IG echoes Buhari
The acting Inspector General of Police (IG) Mohammed Adamu Tuesday in Abuja, echoed President Muhammadu Buhari, threatening that anyone who engages in ballot box snatching during Saturday’s poll will face the music. Adamu, who issued the threat while briefing journalists after a meeting of service chiefs, including the IG with Buhari in the State House, said the heads of security agencies met with the president, reviewed the security situation in the country and resolved to ensure adequate security during the polls.
CUPP alleges plan to arrest INEC commissioner ahead of Saturday election
The Coalition of United Political Parties on Tuesday alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari is planning to sabotage and again shift the Saturday’s rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections. It claimed that the President has directed the Department of State Services to invite and detain the Independent National Electoral Commission’s National Commissioner in charge of Operations, Prof Okechukwu Ibeanu. The coalition’s national spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, made the allegation in a statement made available to journalists.
Ugochinyere claimed that Ibeanu’s sin is his refusal to help the ruling All Progresives Congress sabotage distribution and compromise of sensitive election materials. “The refusal of INEC to proceed with staggered election during the aborted February 16 election which ruined Buhari APC rigging plan is the reason for the new offensive against INEC to intimidate them into submission,” he said.
Nigerians are tired, so our message resonates with them —Saraki at PDP NEC meeting
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, said the message of the People’s Democratic Party, was accepted by Nigerians because, they were tired of “unemployment and poverty”. According to tweets by Saraki’s New Media aide, Olu Onemola, he said, “Nigerians are tired of insecurity, unemployment and poverty. Nobody wants to be insecure, unemployed or poor. This is why our message has resonated across the country.” Saraki went on to encourage Nigerians to come out to vote during the rescheduled elections on Saturday.
We’ve reconfigured all card readers in Kano, says REC
The Kano State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. R. Shehu has said the reconfiguration of the smart card readers for Kano has been concluded. He said this during a press briefing in Kano on Tuesday. According to him, the Commission has received all the sensitive and non-sensitive materials required for Saturday’s polls. He said, “I’m glad to inform you that we have now received all the non-sensitive and sensitive materials we require for the conduct of the elections.
CUPP asks DSS to arrest, prosecute Daura for impersonation
The Coalition of United Political Parties on Tuesday commended the Department of State Services for issuing a disclaimer on its former Director-General, Lawal Daura It, however, asked the DSS to go beyond the disclaimer and ensure that Lawal is arrested and prosecuted for impersonation. The coalition’s spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, stated this in a statement made available to journalists. Ugochinyere also urged the DSS to sack all his directors who he claimed have been receiving directives from Daura. He said, “Opposition parties have applauded the Director-General of the Department of State Services for issuing a disclaimer against his predecessor, Lawal Daura, for extortion and impersonation.
DSS invites 6 INEC Directors for Questioning
The Department of State Security Services (DSS) has invited six directors of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for questioning, THISDAY has learnt. The top INEC officials invited include the director of Information and Communication tTchnology, Chidi Nwafor, whose department is in charge of the card readers, his counterpart in charge of procurement and four other directors. The invited top officials of the commission are billed to be questioned at the DSS headquarters in Abuja. The questioning may not be unconnected with the postponement of the general election by one week by the commission last Saturday, the day the election was billed to have kicked off. INEC had cited logistic constraints as reason for the shift.
DSS warns public against dealing with former DG, Daura
The Department of State Services (DSS) in what appears to be a disclaimer, on Tuesday warned members of the public against dealing with a former Director General of the Service, Alhaji Lawal Daura. Daura, a former DG between 2015 and 2018, was sacked by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for ordering the invasion of the National Assembly by the personnel of the DSS last year. The DSS, in a statement, also cleared the air on assumptions in some quarters that Daura, though dismissed from the service still wield a lot of influence over the operations of the DSS, warning that the assumption is not only false but those dealing with him at any capacity does so at their own risk.
Hoodlums disrupt TraderMoni disbursement in Abeokuta
Hoodlums have disrupted the planned disbursement of TraderMoni to traders at Lafenwa Market in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Our correspondent gathered that the suspected political thugs disrupted the planned disbursement when officials of the programme were compiling the names of prospective beneficiaries at the stall of the Iyaloja, Mrs. Ramotalai Olatunji. It was gathered that the prospective beneficiaries were forcibly dispersed by the hoodlums. It was also gathered that the Iyaloja was whisked away by the hoodlums. When our correspondent visited the market after the disruption, some market women were seen sitting under the canopy waiting for the officials of the programme.
Stock Market sheds N196bn over deferment of Polls
The Nigerian stock market took a plunge yesterday as some disappointed investors reduced their appetite for equities while others sold to lock in profits due to apprehension over the delayed elections. The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index, which gained 3.7 per cent last week, fell by 1.61 per cent yesterday to close at 32,190.07, down from a year’s high of 32,715.20. Also, market capitalisation shed N196 billion to close lower at N12.004 trillion, down from N12.2trillion. Similarly, the naira weakened on the forward market yesterday as the one-year non-deliverable naira forward opened at a quote of $401, compared with $397 in the previous session.
Twitter tightens its political ad rules ahead of EU elections
Twitter is expanding its transparent ads policy to Europe ahead of the European parliament elections in May. The sweeping rules debuted in the US last May after Russia’s wide-ranging social media disruption campaign came to light. Beginning March 11, campaigners will have to apply to be certified on Twitter and have an EU-registered address in order to run political ads. Along with Europe, Twitter will enforce the policy in India and Australia, both of which are also preparing for elections this year.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court for oral arguments
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took the bench at the Supreme Court Tuesday morning to hear oral arguments for the first time since she announced she’d undergone surgery in December for cancer. She smiled slightly to the audience and was wearing one of her decorative neck collars — a pearl jabot. Ginsburg’s return comes in time for the last three months of oral arguments in a term that will feature big cases on partisan gerrymandering, religious liberty and the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
Haute-couture designer and fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85
German haute-couture designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director at Chanel and an icon of the fashion industry with his extravagant outfits and striking catwalks, has died aged 85. Instantly recognizable in his dark suits, pony-tailed white hair and sunglasses, Lagerfeld was best known for his association with Chanel but delivered collections for LVMH’s Fendi and his own eponymous label. Rumors of Lagerfeld’s ill-health had swirled after he failed to show up at Chanel’s January show in Paris for his customary bow.