SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – MARCH 1, 2019
Buhari, Peace Accord Committee meet in Aso Rock
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with members of the National Peace Accord Committee at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting started around 3pm at the President’s office. Those at the meeting included the former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Bishop of Sokoto, Hassan Matthew Kukah and Cardinal John Onaiyekan. Also at the meeting was the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole. The meeting with the President was still in progress at the time of filing this report.
Sanwo-Olu, MC Oluomo meet Igbo, assure of safety
Following heightened fears and possible attack on non-indigenes in Lagos, All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and a chieftain of National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Musiliu Ayinde Akinsanya, popularly called MC Oluomo, yesterday, met with the leadership of Igbo at different fora to assure them of safety in the state. He also promised to protect their interest if elected into office on March 9, 2019, governorship poll. Sanwo-Olu, who used the opportunity to canvass for their (Igbo) votes and support, also reassured them of running an inclusive administration, if elected.
Atiku presents 6-point demand to Buhari
The Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in last week’s election, Alh. Atiku Abubakar has presented a six-point demand to the Federal Government. Top on the demand was unfreezing of opposition politicians’ bank accounts. Another major demand presented to the former Head of State and Chairman of the National Peace Committee, (NPC) Geneneral Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd) was demilitarisarion of subsequent polls. Gen. Abubakar led members of the committee to a meeting with Atiku and his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi in Abuja yesterday night. The NPC is expected to meet President Muhammadu Buhari government with the demands.
Lawyer threatens to sue INEC for using corpers as ad hoc election workers
A Human Rights Lawyer, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, has threatened to sue the Independent National electoral Commission over its use of the National Youth Service Corps members to conduct elections. Ajulo, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja, said that the use of corps members by INEC was against the law. Ajulo said that he was against corps members being used to conduct elections, adding that the law setting up the scheme frowned against it and must be stopped forthwith.
Our officials were sexually assaulted during last election, INEC laments
The Independent National Electoral Commission has acknowledged that some of its officials who worked during the presidential and National Assembly elections of February 23 experienced threats, harassment, intimidation, assault, abduction and rape. The Commission directed its Resident Electoral Commissioners to submit comprehensive reports of the incidents to it for appropriate action. This was part of the decisions taken by INEC during its meeting held on Thursday, February 28, 2019 with Resident Electoral Commissioners in Abuja to review the presidential and National Assembly elections.
Buhari won’t victimise Igbo – Group
A group, “I stand with Buhari”, has allayed the fears that President Muhammadu Buhari may victimise the Igbo for not endorsing his reelection. The South-East Geopolitical zone voted overwhelmingly for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in last Saturday’s poll. Speaking at a press conference in Awka, the Anambra State capital on Friday, the leader of the group, Dr Chekwubechukwu Ijeoma said the fear was unfounded. While describing Buhari’s reelection as a “Victory for the masses against the elite, Ijeoma assured the Igbo that the president would carry everybody along.
Buhari mourns Prof. Elebute
President Muhammadu Buhari has extended heartfelt condolences to the Elebute family on the passing of their father and grandfather, Prof. Emmanuel Elebute, the founder of Lagoon Hospitals and Clinics. The President, in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, equally commiserated with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and West African College of Surgeons on the death of their distinguished and highly revered member. He paid tribute to Prof Elebute’s championing roles in health education, medical research and development in the country, through his many leadership positions in the health sector.
Nigeria Air Force reschedules recruitment exercise
Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has announced a change in date of its 2019 trades/non-tradesmen and women zonal recruitment exercise. NAF spokesman Ibikunle Daramola disclosed this in a statement. “Nigerian Air Force has rescheduled its 2019 trades/non-tradesmen and women zonal recruitment exercise earlier scheduled for 9-23 March 2019,” Daramola said.
German Bund yields set for biggest weekly jump in over a year
Germany’s long-dated government bond yields touched 0.2 percent for the first time in almost a month on Friday and were set for their biggest weekly jump in over a year, reflecting easing concern about the global growth outlook and political risks. Data showing underlying inflation in the euro area remains subdued prevented a deeper sell-off in euro zone bond markets. At the same time, the bloc was unable to escape the upward pull in yields in other major markets as investor pessimism about the global growth outlook and political risks receded. “Essentially everyone was in the camp that there was doom and gloom, especially in Europe,” said Peter Schaffrik, global macro strategist at RBC Capital Markets.
Elon Musk: $35,000 Tesla Model 3 arrives but job cuts coming as sales shift online
Tesla’s long-awaited $35,000 Model 3 electric car is finally available to buy, just under three years after hundreds of thousands of people started placing deposits for pre-order vehicles. The standard Model 3 has a range of 220 miles and its single electric motor is capable of 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 130mph. The standard interior includes heated cloth seats, manual seat and steering adjustment, basic audio, standard maps and navigation, and a center console with storage and four USB ports.
Amazon cans the Dash button, saying it no longer fits their plans
Amazon has stopped sales of its Dash button device, a tiny £4.99 device that let you smash that dash button to get a hot new delivery of say, toilet rolls or laundry tablets, although the tech giant aren’t killing off support for the buttons just yet. The Wi-Fi enabled buttons launched in 2015, but they were wonderfully niche products, with each Dash button linked to a different product: need coffee? There’s a Dash button for that. Need a new roll of bin bags? There’s a different Dash button for that.