SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE – MARCH 31, 2019
Constitutional crisis looms as CJN’s tenure ends in 3 weeks
The nation may be plunged into a constitutional crisis in about three weeks as the tenure of the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Muhammad Tanko, comes to an end. Muhammad was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 25, 2019 following an order by the Code of Conduct Tribunal that the substantive CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, be suspended and the next in line of seniority, be sworn in. However, the constitution states that the President cannot re-appoint an acting CJN unless on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council. Section 231(4) and (5) states, “If the office of Chief Justice of Nigeria is vacant or if the person holding the office is for any reason unable to perform the functions of the office, then until a person has been appointed to and has assumed the functions of that office, or until the person holding has resumed those functions, the President shall appoint the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court to perform those functions.
Keystone Bank names acting MD/CEO
Keystone Bank Limited on Saturday announced the appointment of Abubakar Sule as its acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer. The General Counsel and Company Secretary of the bank, Michael Agamah, said Mr Sule’s appointment followed the resignation of the former Managing Director/CEO, Obeahon Ohiwerei, from office. Mr Agamah said Mr Sule’s appointment is subject to approval by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The counsel said the Mr Ohiwerei was leaving the bank to enable him pursue other personal interests. Mr Agamah said the board recognised and appreciated Mr Obeahon’s contributions to the growth of Keystone Bank.
EFCC raises team to quiz Amosun, Okorocha, Yari as immunity ends
Ahead of May 29, 2019, handover date to newly-elected states helmsmen, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has set up teams to probe some governors accused of perpetrating acts of corruption. At least 12 states will have new governors on May 29 after the tenure of the current ones would have ended. The states that will have new chief executives include Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Imo, Kwara, Nasarawa, Yobe, Borno, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Zamfara.
Of the 12 states, however, four governors have been accused of corruption.
They include Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State; Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed; the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari; and Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun. Okorocha, who has been suspended by the All Progressives Congress, has been accused of diverting over N1bn meant for the campaign of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, who contested on the platform of the Action Alliance.
NASS: APC moves against PDP plot to snatch 13 senators-elect
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has launched an audacious move to win to its side 13 All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators-elect as part of a grand design to hijack the leadership of the 9th Senate. But the alleged plot has leaked to the APC which has launched a counter move of its own to avoid a repeat of the 2015 infiltration of its ranks in the National Assembly by the PDP, highly placed party sources said last night. The APC is in talks with all its state governors and national leaders to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s choices for the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House who may be named this week.
Saraki, Mark, Akpabio, 214 lawmakers to get N1.3bn severance allowance
Senate President Bukola Saraki and 216 lawmakers not re-elected in the recent National Assembly elections are to receive severance allowances amounting to N1.3bn, investigation has shown. Other prominent lawmakers that would be entitled to the severance package are a former Senate President, David Mark; a former Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio; and an entertainment entrepreneur, Senator Ben Murray Bruce, as well as Senator Binta Garuba. Others are former governors – Rabiu Kwankwaso, George Akume, Ahmed Yerima, Abiodun Olujimi as well as Senators Shehu Sani, Andy Ubah and Mao Ohuabunwa.
No fresh elections in Rivers, only completion of process, INEC clarifies
The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has clarified that no fresh elections would be held in Rivers State but the completion of the process which was suspended on March 10 in the wake of violence at collation centres. This is as Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and other stakeholders berated the army for allegedly disrupting the collation of results of the March 9 governorship and state assembly polls in the state. Addressing stakeholders in Port Harcourt Saturday as part of the process for the completion of the electoral process in Rivers State, INEC National Commissioner supervising Bayelsa, Edo and Rivers State, Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu, said the commission would conclude the collation of the Rivers State Governorship election between April 2 and 5 and that the process would be transparent.
You will not lose your jobs, Ayade tells appointees
The Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade, has assured political appointees, especially his 8000 aides that none of them would lose their jobs as he looks toward to assuming office for a second term. Ayade who made the declaration on Friday shortly after he, and 25 people elected to the state House of Assembly were presented with a Certificate of Return, said the period of politicking was over, hence all should work together in the overall interest of the state. The governor thus extended a hand of fellowship to members of the opposition parties to join him in ensuring that the state succeeds.
I’m not a Nigerian citizen, you can’t arrest, revoke my bail, Nnamdi Kanu throws a challenge
The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Saturday shocked many when he said that he is not a Nigerian citizen. Disclosing this in a programme on ‘Radio Biafra’, Kanu opined that he would challenge the court order directing his arrest in the UK. Recall that a federal high court in Abuja yesterday revoked his bail for his continued absence in court. The same court also issued an arrest warrant against the IPOB leader.
Many injured as gunmen attack Kogi fishing festival
This year’s edition of the annual Dankwo fishing festival in Lokoja, Kogi State, ended abruptly yesterday after three unknown gunmen opened fire on participants. The gunmen, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), stormed the Kabawa Waterfront venue in two engine boats about an hour into the festival, and launched their attack. Guests and spectators at the event fled in different directions for safety. But five of them were not so lucky as they were hit by bullets.
Oluleye, ex-PPPRA boss, is dead
Former Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Dr Oluwole Oluleye, yesterday died at an Abuja hospital after a brief illness. Oluleye contested the Ekiti governorship seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but lost to Governor Kayode Fayemi in the primary. He was also at a time the executive secretary of the Petroleum Technology Development Trust Fund (PTDF). A senator elect in Ekiti State, Opeyemi Bamidele, described as a monumental loss Oluleye’s demise and a personal loss to him.
Balogun is Eagles best defender – Taribo
Former Super Eagles defence hardman Taribo West has backed the decision of coach Gernot Rohr on to field Leon Balogun against Seychelles and Egypt despite his lack of game time at Brighton and Hove Albion. Balogun is yet to kick a ball for Brighton since the 2nd of February when he played in the 3-1 FA Cup win over West Bromwich Albion. The game brought his total appearance for the season to ten in all competitions with just 8 matches left to play in the league. The 30 year old defender has however retained his position as Nigeria’s main man in defence and his combination with William Troost-Ekong known as the ‘Oyibo Wall ‘ was once again decisive in Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Egypt in a friendly game played on Tuesday.
Akinwunmi confirms FIFA scribe for AITEO/NFF Awards
Chairman of the organising committee of AITEO-NFF Football Awards, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi has confirmed that the secretary-general of world football governing body, FIFA, Ms Fatma Samoura will attend this year’s edition of the glamour night in Lagos on Monday. Footballlive.ng can report further, while confirming that Samoura will arrive in Nigeria this weekend, ahead of Monday night’s big event at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Akinwunmi added that everything is set for a remarkable second edition of the awards’ ceremony.
Fans battle Odion Ighalo over Barcelona move comment
Super Eagles and Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua forward Odion Ighalo, may have stirred up a hornet’s nest following his recent claim that he snubbed La liga giants Barcelona preferring a return to China. Ighalo who finished the 2018 season as the CSL’s second-top scorer with 21 goals said Barcelona were considering a loan deal for him during the January transfer window which he said he turned down. He told BBC sport that he had no intention of going to the Nou Camp to warm the Barca bench, describing rejection of the offer as one of the easiest decisions he has made.
Ex-Eagles celebrate Tinubu at 67
Ex-Super Eagles stars will on Sunday (today) in Lagos play a ceremonial match in honour of former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who clocked 67 recently. Victor Ikpeba, an Olympic gold medallist and 1997 African Footballer of the Year, alongside other retired superstars of the national team including ex-Eagles captain, Austin Eguavoen, Ike Shorunmu, Waidi Akanni, Mba Agbai and others would feature in the ceremonial game billed for the Campus Stadium, Lagos Island.
Marco Silva satisfied by flawless Everton win at West Ham
Marco Silva was left rejoicing after Everton produced a near-perfect performance in their commanding 2-0 victory over West Ham. Goals from Kurt Zouma and Bernard secured Everton’s first win in the capital since January 2017 inside 33 minutes at the London Stadium, but the Toffees could have scored several more. “I’m very satisfied,” Silva told his post-match press conference. “We are working to achieve this type of performance and to be more consistent. “It was 2-0 at half-time but could have been three, four or five. We controlled the second half and had the best chance to score.
Lionel Messi matches Iker Casillas’ La Liga win record
Lionel Messi’s double against Espanyol on Saturday not only saw him surpass 40 goals for the season, he also matched a La Liga record for most wins.
The Barcelona captain has now tasted victory 334 times in Spain’s top flight, level with Iker Casillas at the top of the standings: Messi can now move out on his own with 335 wins with victory over Villarreal on Tuesday night in Barcelona’s next game.
Barca beat Villarreal 2-0 at the Camp Nou back in December, and the Yellow Submarine have endured a pretty tough season and are battling relegation. They come into the game after a tough result on Saturday. Villarreal went 2-0 up against Celta Vigo but were beaten 3-2 and are just a point above the drop zone.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sets his Manchester United team a points target as he aims for a lofty Premier League finish
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given his players a points target in their final seven games of the season, as he sets his sights on a third place finish in the Premier League. United rode their luck to secure a 2-1 win against Watford at Old Trafford on Saturday courtesy of goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial and even though his side served up a less than convincing performance, Solskjaer believes they should now set their sights on finishing ahead of top four rivals Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg lays out ideas about tech regulations
When it comes to regulation, Facebook wants some rules. That seems to be the gist of an editorial by Mark Zuckerberg published Saturday in The Washington Post. In it, the head of the world’s largest social network says firms like his have “immense responsibilities” over issues like protecting user data and managing disinformation and political ads on their platforms. But, he says, the companies need some guidance. “Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech,” Zuckerberg writes, “and frankly I agree. I’ve come to believe that we shouldn’t make so many important decisions about speech on our own.”
Google accidentally reveals new Nest Hub Max
What just happened? In the five years since they acquired Nest, Google have slowly been adding to the range of ‘smart’ devices available for people’s homes, including thermostats, doorbells, locks and smoke detectors. One of their more recent offerings is the Google Home Hub, which according to a new leak from Google’s own website is about to get a new big brother – the Hub Max.
Leaks for new products often come from industry insiders who tell the world about exciting new tech, but occasionally companies’ webmasters just publish information the world wasn’t meant to know about yet. Today we saw the latter, as Google accidentally revealed the existence of their new Home Hub Max.
Thousands protest over Honda factory closure
Thousands of people and Honda workers have protested in Swindon on Saturday, against the closure of the Japanese car manufacturing car plant.
The car manufacturer announced in February they are to close the Swindon plant in 2021. There will be 3,500 jobs losses with a knock-on effect that will affect 15,000 workers across the supply chain. A Unite union spokesman said, “The thing for us is sending a message to Honda in Japan that this is a community that won’t sit back and allow car manufacturing in the town to end. “There’s a real upbeat atmosphere and people are firmly of the belief that there is an alternative and the plant can stay open.”
Govt critic Caputova elected Slovakia’s first female president
Vocal government critic and anti-corruption activist Zuzana Caputova will become Slovakia’s first female president after provisional results showed her winning Saturday’s run-off election. Environmental lawyer Caputova got 58.40 percent of the ballot while EU energy commissioner Maros Sefcovic garnered 41.59, the Slovak Statistics Office said. Official results are due Sunday at noon. “Let us look for what connects us. Let us promote cooperation above personal interests,” Caputova said after her victory. The 45-year-old added that the outcome was a sign that “you can win without attacking your opponents.”