SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 2, 2018
Don’t Victimise Fayose After Leaving Office, PDP Tells Buhari
The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party in the South-West zone on Monday called on President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies not to victimise Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, after the expiration of his term as the state governor in a few weeks. In a communiqué issued at the end of the party’s stakeholders meeting in Ibadan, the PDP also condemned the role of the Federal Government and the Independent National Electoral Commission in the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.
Lagos APC: Tinubu Insists On Sanwo-Olu For Ticket
All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu said last night that his position on the candidates battling for the party’s governorship ticket remains. Tinubu’s media adviser Tunde Rahman said last night in a statement on Tinubu’s meeting with the President in Abuja: “Asiwaju Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande were invited by President Buhari and it turned out to be a good and productive meeting. Asiwaju was quite pleased to have conferred with the President who has always shown himself to be a committed party member and a true democrat.
Kwankwaso Promises to Return Peace to Troubled Areas
People’s Democratic Party, PDP, presidential aspirant, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, has said he will return peace and tranquility to all trouble spots in the country if elected president. In a message to Nigerians to mark the country’s 58th independence yesterday, Kwankwaso noted that the occasion should have been that of pomp and merriment but the humongous perils confronting the country called for sober reflections and deep introspection. “I know how you feel. I know your pains, your expectations and your joys”, he said.
Independence Broadcast: PDP, Afenifere, CD Knock Buhari
The People’s Democratic Party, the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere; the Kowa Party presidential candidate, Dr Adesina Fagbenro-Byron; and the Campaign for Democracy have berated President Muhammadu Buhari for his broadcast on the 58th independence anniversary of the country. They noted that the President did not paint the true picture of happenings in the country, adding that what he claimed as his achievements were not true. Afenifere dismissed the claims made by the President that his administration had tamed corruption. Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, said graft had worsened, pointing out that many corruption cases had occurred under the current administration.
Fake Lubricants Flood Domestic Market – MD, 11 Plc
The management of 11Plc (formerly Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc), has frowned at the influx of adulterated lubricants into Nigeria’s domestic market, saying the market deserves high quality products. The company said it was determined, more than ever before, to supply high quality lubricants to the market. Speaking at the grand finale of the series of raffle draws, to bring to an end, the Mobil Super Peel and Win marketing promotion in Lagos, the Managing Director/CEO of the company, Tunji Oyebanji, stated, “Yes, there are challenges of sort in the downstream business, but we are confident in the Federal Government’s policies to change the situation.
Oil Races Toward $85 As Iran Sanctions Loom
Brent crude oil prices hit their highest level since November 2014 yesterday ahead of U.S. sanctions against Iran. Brent sweet crude oil futures rose to as much as 83.27 dollars a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were at 73.57 dollars a barrel. Brent was pushed up by the looming sanctions against Iran which will start targeting its oil sector from November. ANZ Bank said on yesterday that “the market is eyeing oil prices at 100 dollars per barrel. ’’ There had been expectations China would ignore U.S. sanctions.
Poly Lecturer Slumps, Dies
The Kogi State Polytechnic community was thrown into mourning on Monday after one of its lecturers, Mr Yakubu Nataala, slumped and died at his residence in Lokoja, Kogi State. It was gathered that the residents of the area speculated that the late Nataala might have died due to his frustration over the non-payment of his salaries. It was gathered on Monday that the lecturer received his salary last in July 2017. According to sources, his inability to meet up with his financial needs had been a source of concern to him.
Truck falls on commercial bus, kills driver
A commercial bus driver, Raheem Bolarinwa, has died after a tin-tomato laden truck fell on his bus in the Mushin area of Lagos. It was gathered that the truck driver, who was driving against traffic, had hit a median while trying to take a U-turn. The truck reportedly lost its balance and fell on the bus, which was parked at the bus stop. Bolarinwa was said to be calling passengers into the bus when the incident happened on Sunday. It was learnt that after the 35-year-old was confirmed dead, the yet-to-be-identified truck driver fled the scene of the accident.
10 Vehicles Razed In Lagos Fire
At least 10 vehicles were Tuesday morning burnt after spilled Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) ignited fire along Badagry Expressway, Lagos. The incident occurred around 5am at Barrack Bus Stop, Ojo. It was gathered that a tanker which collided with a white van around 10:30pm on Monday got punctured. The punctured tanker, said to have spilled its content on the road, was recovered by emergency workers the same night. But hours after the recovery, it was gathered that a fire broke out miles away from the accident point, gutting three buses, a saloon car and six trucks.
Muhammad Ali Trophy: Aliu Lasisi Makes History with 8th Pro Win
Nigerian boxer, Aliu Bamidele Lasisi recorded his eighth professional victory after beating Artid Bamrungauea in their bantamweights fight at the King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Lasisi who is sponsored by Top8 and fights for Round 10 Boxing Club in UAE, defeated Bamrungauea by unanimous referees’ decision in their 8-Round bout which was one of the six undercard fight at the Muhammad Ali trophy final. The victory also saw the Nigerian made history in the process by becoming the first man to win a professional boxing bout in Saudi Arabia.
World Cup: Special Eagles Promises Anniversary Gift to Nigeria
The national team of Nigeria Amputee Football Federation (NAFF), Special Eagles, on Monday promised to deliver the 2018 Amputee World Cup as a special anniversary gift to Nigeria @58. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Special Eagles will represent the nation in the 2018 Amputee Football World Cup holding in Mexico from Oct. 24 to Nov. 5. The team’s Captain, Emmanuel Ibeawuchi, made the promise while speaking with NAN during their awareness programme on Oct. 1 at the National Stadium, Lagos.
Suspension Will Allow Ronaldo to Recharge – Allegri
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Monday Cristiano Ronaldo’s one-match Champions League suspension was a welcome break for the Portuguese star to recharge after playing all matches since his move to Turin. Ronaldo will sit out Tuesday’s European game in Turin against Swiss club Young Boys after his controversial sending off after half an hour in Valencia. Juventus went on to win the match 2-0. “Ronaldo has played every game so far and Saturday was his best ever since he was at Juve,” said Allegri of the 3-1 league win over Napoli in which Ronaldo set up all three goals for the champions.
Indonesia Clamps Down On Looting as Quake-Tsunami Toll Tops 1,200
More than 1,200 people are now known to have died in the quake-tsunami that smashed into Sulawesi, Indonesia said Tuesday, as police pledged to clamp down on looting by survivors taking advantage of the chaosThere were reports of officers firing warning shots and tear gas to ward off people ransacking shops in Palu, a coastal city ravaged by a 7.5-magnitude quake and the tsunami it spawned. Almost 200,000 people are in need of urgent help, the United Nations says, among them thousands of children.
North Korea Says Peace Treaty No Bargaining Chip for Denuclearisation
North Korea on Tuesday ruled out dismantling its nuclear arsenal in exchange for the US declaring an end to the Korean War, saying a peace treaty should “never be a bargaining chip.” The North has for decades demanded that the US formally declare the end of the 1950-53 conflict that was halted only with an armistice, saying an official end to the war would ease tensions on the flash point peninsula.