* Fuel scarcity: Stop bulk-passing, Fayose tells Osinbajo (Sun) * Head injury latest: Buhari’s son flown to Germany (Sun)

*    Fuel scarcity: Stop bulk-passing, Fayose tells Osinbajo (Sun)     *     Head injury latest: Buhari’s son flown to Germany (Sun)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE, DECEMBER 28, 2017

Fuel scarcity: Stop bulk-passing, Fayose tells Osinbajo (Sun)

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has expressed disappointment over Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s comment that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was bearing the cost of fuel subsidy and not the federal government, asking; “What is the difference between NNPC and the federal government? Who is NNPC and who is federal government? Is NNPC now an autonomous agency of the Federal Government?” Read more

Head injury latest: Buhari’s son flown to Germany (Sun)

Yusuf Buhari was reportedly flown out of the country, early Thursday morning, following his severe head injury in a bike crash, it was gathered. The president’s only surviving son also broke his limb in the Tuesday night accident. He is being flown to Germany for specialist care. The family is said to have decided on Germany. Read more

Aregbesola presents 2018 budget to state assembly today (DailyTrust)

Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola will present the budget of the 2018 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly today in Osogbo, the state capital.  The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the State, Mr Adelani Baderinwa disclosed this yesterday via a statement. The Commissioner said the governor would present the budget to the legislators for scrutiny and approval in line with Section 121 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Read more

Idanre tells sad story of Nigeria’s cocoa industry (Punch)

Idanre, an ancient town in the Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State, is about 20 km away from Akure, the state capital. With a population of a little less than 200,000, it is surrounded by many hills and rocks. This unique feature has over time transformed the town into a major tourist destination in the country. Idanre is also endowed with a very fertile soil, which is considered most suitable for the cultivation of cocoa. Indeed, with a large concentration of cocoa farms, it is clearly a major cocoa-producing area in Nigeria. Read more

UN dispatches Obasanjo to Liberia (DailyTrust)

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has announced that he is sending former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo to support Liberia to peacefully transfer power to a democratically-elected president. Guterres, who announced this yesterday in New York through his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, also welcomed the peaceful conduct of the second round of the presidential election in Liberia. Read more

Shot DPO foiled robbery, kidnapping operation – Katsina police (Punch)

The Katsina State Police Command on Wednesday said the Divisional Police Officer of the  Makera division, Jibrin Mohammed, was shot by suspected robbers on Christmas Eve in the line of duty. The DPO of the Makera Division in the Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State, was shot on Sunday, while the police had yet to arrest the culprits. Read more

Botswana queen wins Miss Africa beauty pageant 2017 (Sun)

Botswana queen, Gaseangwe Balopi, 21, has won the second edition of the Miss Africa beauty pageant hosted by the Cross River Government. Balopi emerged the 2017 African queen at the keenly contested event after a fourth round of appearances in different attires by 25 contestants. The red carpet event started at round 10.45 pm on Wednesday night at the Calabar International Convention Centre and ended around 3 a.m on Thursday morning. Read more

No stealing of baggage at Lagos Airport – FAAN (DailyTrust)

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has rejected reports of baggage pilfering on taxiing aircraft at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) Lagos. It said such reports were ‘baseless and practically impossible.’ The Authority through its spokesperson, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu last night stated that it was not possible for anyone to burgle an aircraft in motion. Read more

Fayose’s call for Buhari’s resignation, a joke – Oni (Punch)

A former governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni, has asked Nigerians to ignore the call by Governor Ayodele Fayose for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation over the ongoing fuel scarcity crisis. He spoke at the end of the year party organised for the All Progressives Congress members in Ifaki Ekiti on Wednesday. Read more

IGP parades 30 suspected robbers, kidnappers in Abuja (Sun)

The implementation of security arrangement directed by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, for the yuletide period and beyond has been yielding positive results. In a statement, Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, said that 30 suspected criminals have been nabbed in connection with various crimes. Read more

Man had sex with retarded woman – Police (Punch)

The Kaduna State Police Command has arrested a 50-year-old man, Safiyanu Kamala, for allegedly having sex with a mentally-retarded woman who has become pregnant. The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Isah Gambo, who said this on Wednesday in Katsina, added that Kamala was a native of Juno village, in the Kankara Local Government Area of the state. Read more

FAAN debunks aircraft burgling; assures travellers of safety (Sun)

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has debunked the recent allegations of  aircraft  burgling  at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. FAAN, in a statement signed by its General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, in Lagos, on Wednesday night, described the allegations as baseless and practically impossible. Yakubu said it was not possible for anyone to burgle an aircraft in motion. Read more

FIFA presents badges to 29 Nigerian refs (Punch)

FIFA has presented badges to 29 Nigerian  referees. According to the Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Referees Association, Kelechi Mejuobi, they  are 22 men  and seven women  referees.  He said the men  referees consist of 14 centre  referees and assistant referees, four futsal referees and four beach soccer referees. He said the seven women are all football referees and assistant referees. Read more

Zimbabwe ex-Army chief sworn-in as Vice President (Sun)

Zimbabwe’s former army commander who led a military takeover that helped end Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule was Thursday sworn in as one of the country’s two vice presidents. General Constantino Chiwenga, 61, took the oath of office at the presidential office in Harare, pledging to “obey, uphold and defend the constitution” of the country, according to an AFP journalist who witnessed the ceremony. Read more

Angers SCO interested in signing Enyeama (DailyTrust)

French Ligue 1 club Angers SCO are interested in signing former Nigeria international Vincent Enyeama, few days before the winter transfer market officially opens for business. According to L’Equipe, Angers SCO are ready to pay 500,000 to 1 million euros to acquire the goalkeeper from Lille. Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa, who had declared Enyeama surplus to requirements, was recently dismissed as coach of Lille but the former Hapoel Tel Aviv star could still leave Les Dogues. Read more

Beach Volleyball: Nigeria players leave for Cameroon invitational tourney (Punch)

The Nigeria Volleyball Federation says it will participate in a beach volleyball invitational tournament in Yaounde, Cameroon on Friday. Kehinde Lamide, Chairman of Media and Publicity Committee of the NVF, said this on Thursday in Akure. He said four of Nigeria’s Beach Volleyball players will be representing the country at the invitational beach volleyball tournament. Read more

NPUGA athletes capable of helping to boost Nigeria’s global sports ranking (DailyTrust)

The President of Nigerian Private Universities Games Association (NPUGA), Akintunde Akinola, has said the Games has the potential of producing future athletes for the nation. Akinola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that most of the athletes participating in the Games have the potential to do better if better trained in their various sports. He said student-athletes’ performance at this year’s edition of NPUGA, hosted by Turkish-Nile University in Abuja, showed that there were lots of potential among them. Read more

We are ready for CHAN – Yusuf (DailyTrust)

CHAN Eagles’ coach, Salisu Yusuf, said the team was prepared to prosecute a successful football engagement in the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in Morocco. Yusuf gave this assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja while speaking on the team’s preparedness for CHAN. He said that the team was set to confront all their opponents with total focus and all seriousness for national glory. Read more

Queen Elizabeth praises British spirit in Christmas address after attacks, fire (Reuters)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth praised the resilience of London and Manchester after “appalling attacks”, in a Christmas message that also paid tribute to her husband, Prince Philip, who retired from regular royal duties this year. The “powerful identities” of the capital and the northern English city had shone through after militant attacks as well as a devastating fire that destroyed the residential tower block Grenfell Tower in London, the Queen said. Read more

Russian police seize ex-factory owner who fled after shooting (Reuters)

Russian police arrested on Thursday the former owner of a pastry factory who had returned to the plant and opened fire wounding one person before escaping a siege by special forces, according to a statement. The man, named by investigators as Ilya Averyanov, told a radio station during the siege on Wednesday that he had acted in self-defence to stop bailiffs confiscating the factory, which is facing bankruptcy proceedings. Read more

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