* Fuel queues return as oil workers begin strike today (Punch) * Nigeria in great danger- Emir Sanusi (DailyTrust)

*  Fuel queues return as oil workers begin strike today (Punch)  *   Nigeria in great danger- Emir Sanusi  (DailyTrust)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE, DECEMBER 18, 2017

Fuel queues return as oil workers begin strike today (Punch)

The lingering petrol scarcity in many parts of the country grew worse on Sunday in Lagos, Abuja, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states as many filling stations were shut. The closure of the filling stations followed threats by members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria to embark on a nationwide strike from today (Monday). Many fillings stations that dispensed petrol last week refused to sell the commodity on Sunday, as some of their managers stated that they were obeying the directives of PENGASSAN. Read more

Nigeria in great danger- Emir Sanusi  (DailyTrust)

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has said the illegal use of drugs is endangering Nigeria and has to be on the forefront of National discussion. He said this on Tuesday in Kano while delivering his speech at the Senate Roundtable titled ‘Drug Use Crisis in Nigeria’. Sanusi also decried the lack of implementing existing laws adding that “If we are not implementing the laws we have in the books, what assurance we have that new laws will be obeyed.” Read more

PDP convention fallout: Adedoja goes to court, seeks cancellation (Sun)

A former Minister of Sports and Special Duties and contestant in the recently-concluded national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, on Monday, filed a suit  before the Federal High Court, in Abuja, seeking the cancellation of the December 9 convention. Adedoja told journalists, in Abuja, that  his name was excluded from the ballot paper used in the election of the national chairman. Read more

No civilian casualty in Boko Haram attack on food trucks – Army (Punch)

The Nigerian Army on Monday denied the killings of civilians in an attack coordinated by the Boko Haram insurgents against the World Food Programme trucks on Saturday. The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, gave the clarification in a Short Service Message to newsmen in Maiduguri. Nicholas said that the troops escorting the trucks had killed six insurgents and recovered weapons. Read more

God has preserved Buhari to rescue Nigeria – Ndigbo group (DailyTrust)

Ndigbo for PMB 2019, a South-east pro-Muhammadu Buhari’s organisation, says that the miraculous healing of the President and his attainment of 75th year are signs that “God has preserved him to better Nigeria. The group’s National Coordinator of Ndigbo, Prince Paul Ikonne, in a statement issued and signed on Monday in Abuja, said that God’s plan to use President Buhari beyond 2019 for the betterment of Nigeria had been renewed. Read more

Xmas: Ajimobi’s wife donates to orphanages, widows, less privileged (Sun)

Wife of Oyo State governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, on Sunday, donated food items to orphanages, widows and the less privileged  in the state to celebrate Christmas and New Year festivals. Parts of the items distributed by the governor’s wife at Government House, in Ibadan, were Rice, Garri, Vegetable oil, Semovita, Spaggetti, other food stuff generally and cash. Read more

Woman in court over attempt to kidnap child in mosque (Punch)

The police on Monday arraigned a 38-year-old woman, Juliet Ajagun, in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over attempt to steal child in a mosque. The woman, a trader, who resides at No. 20, Abuke St., Ijegun, a suburb of Lagos, is facing two counts of stealing and causing breach of peace. The prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offences were committed at Muyi Opaleye St., Ijegun, on December 12. Read more

I’ve not given up on guber ambition – Chidoka (DailyTrust)

The candidate of the United Peoples Party (UPP) in the recent Anambra state governorship election, c said he is yet to give up on his gubernatorial ambition regardless of the bitter experiences that characterised the election. He said the journey to Anambra Government House had just begun, insisting that ‘there will be no retreat, no surrender’ until the objective is achieved. Read more

SGF calls for peace in troubled Adamawa communities (Sun)

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Barr. Boss Mustapha, has called on the Bwatiye and Fulani communities in Adamawa State to sheathe their swords and work towards a sustainable peace which, he said, was a critical factor for meaningful development in the state. The SGF made the call while on a condolence visit to the Hama Bachama, Hama Batta and the Fulani communities in Numan, Demsa and Yola, respectively. Read more

Construction worker falls to his death from 13th floor (Punch)

A 51-year-old construction worker fell to his death from the 13th floor of a work site in Tampines on Monday (today). The police said they were alerted to a case of unnatural death along Tampines Ave 10 at 11.08am and that investigations are ongoing. The deceased, who was found lying motionless, was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene. Read more

Wazirin Katagum dies at 96 (DailyTrust)

The Wazirin Katagum, Alhaji Sule Katagum‎ has died. He died Sunday night after a protracted illness at the age of 96‎. The late Wazirin Katagum is the father of Chief of Staff to Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, Architect Audu Sule Katagum. He will be buried in Azare today at 2:00 PM. Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar and other government officials are expected to attend the funeral. Read more

Group urges state Assemblies to pass “Not Too Young To Run” Bill into law (Sun)

A group under the aegis of “Youth Takeover Nigeria  2019” (YTN2019), on Monday, urged  State Assemblies to vote in favour of the ongoing debate on the “Not Too Young To Run” Bill. The Bill, which had been endorsed  by the Senate, is seeking  amongst others, the reduction of  age qualification for aspirants seeking elective political positions. President of the YTN2019, Comrade, Amienye  Omorogie, made this demand, ahead of the group’s convention billed for this week, in Benin-City, Edo State capital. Read more

106 matchmakers risk jail term for arranged marriages (Punch)

Turkish authorities issued detention warrants on Monday for 106 people believed to have worked as matchmakers for a network accused of orchestrating last year’s failed military coup, a spokesman for the Istanbul police said. The spokesman said sixty-two of the suspects had been detained in the operation centered in Istanbul and spread over 20 other provinces. Operations to locate the rest were ongoing. Read more

NDLEA ill-equipped to operate – Senate  (DailyTrust)

Senator Joshua Lidani representing Gombe South constituency has said the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency is ill equipped to operate efficiently. Lidani who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Drugs and Narcotics said this on Monday in Kano at the ongoing senate roundtable titled ‘Drug Use Crisis in Nigeria’. He said, “The NDLEA are ill equipped & this affects their operational efficiency & effectiveness. We should not shy away from funding the NDLEA. I wish us a successful deliberation and I hope at the end of this event we are able to tackle these problems facing us.” Read more

Suppression of youths, time bomb- Shehu Sani (Sun)

Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debts, Sen. Shehu Sani, has warned that the army of unemployed, angry and aggressive youths across the country portend huge danger to the nation. Sen. Sani said youths had suffered depreciation over the years on issues of leadership or those that concern the elite. He, therefore, advocated for far-reaching moral reorientation among youths, to develop in them a patriotic culture, of not being subservient to interests that are harmful to theirs. Read more

Suspected female kidnapper lynched in Kwara (Punch)

A suspected kidnapper was lynched by a mob on Monday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. Our correspondent gathered that the woman had gone to a school within Kikanlo area of Ilorin metropolis and allegedly attempted to take custody of some twins on the pretext that their mother had sent her to pick them up. Luck, however, ran out of the suspected kidnapper when the mother of the twins was contacted and informed that a woman had come to take the children away. Read more

NBA Ilorin honours Justice Ayo Salami, National Pilot MD, 5 others (DailyTrust)

Former President Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami (rtd) was among seven worthy members of the public who received meritorious award of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Ilorin, Kwara State. Those who also received the award were the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, National Pilot Newspaper, Alhaji Billy Adedamola; Kwara State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Kamaldeen Ajibade (SAN) and the Founder, Al- Hikmah University, Alhaji Abdulraheem Oladimeji. Read more

NAF’s Special Operations unit assists in dislodging Boko Haram – CAS (Sun)

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar, has said that the establishment of the Special Operations Command by the Nigerian Air force (NAF) has contributed immensely to dislodging Boko Haram insurgency in the north east. Marshal Abubakar said the involvement of Special Operations by the Air Force has also effectively tackled the menace of cattle rustling, farmer/herdsmen clashes, kidnapping, militancy and other crimes in the country. Read more

Call for Buhari’s resignation: Age is an asset, Boroffice tells Fayose (Punch)

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Prof Robert Boroffice has disagreed with Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti over his suggestion that President Muhammadu Buhari, should retire from politics in 2019 having clocked 75. Fayose on Saturday congratulated Buhari and said it would be honourable for the president to step down now, saying he had served the nation as he could with advanced age. Read more

Kano emir suggests drug test for governors, emirs, politicians (DailyTrust)

The Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi ll, has canvassed for a law that will compel emirs, governors and other public office holders to go for drug test. Sanusi, who made the appeal at the opening of a 2-day Senate Roundtable on Drug Abuse Epidemic in Nigeria, said he would be happy to subject himself to drug test. “When we begin to set this example, the younger ones will understand that if they engage in drug abuse, they will certainly limit their opportunities of becoming leaders. Read more

Ondo Specialist Hospital congested with unclaimed corpses – CMD (Punch)

The Chief Medical Director, Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Ore, Dr Akindele Semudara, says the morgue at the hospital is over-congested with heaps of unclaimed corpses. According to him, this development has become the greatest challenge facing the hospital. This is as a result of increasing rate of accidents along the Benin-Ore-Lagos Highway. The medical expert said on Monday in Ore, Ondo State, that decongesting the morgue had posed a serious challenge to the hospital management. Read more

Kayode returns to action as Girona overcomes Getafe (Sun)

Super Eagles striker Olanrewaju Kayode returned to action for Girona on Sunday in their 1-0 win over Getafe after missing his side’s last three games due to a muscle injury. The win was Girona’s third straight victory in the Spanish LaLiga Santander and they are sixth in the table with 23 points from 16 games. Kayode came on for Christian Stuani for the last 15 minutes of the encounter. Stuani scored the game’s only goal in the fourth minute.  Read more

Heartland welcomes Sunshine, Plateau faces Nasarawa (Sun)

Newly promoted Heartland FC of Owerri, will make her come back to the elite league with a home tie against Sunshine Stars of Akure, this is even as champions Plateau United begin their title defense against Nasarawa United in Lafia on January 14. According to the draw for the 2017/2018 league season conducted by the Nigeria Professional League Management Company (LMC) on Sunday, MFM FC, who were runners up last season, will start their campaign against Abia Warriors at the Umuahia Township Stadium. Read more

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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