* Gunmen abduct four INEC officials in Bauchi * Disregard PDP’s call for rerun cancellation, Kano APC urges INEC

* Gunmen abduct four INEC officials in Bauchi                                  * Disregard PDP’s call for rerun cancellation, Kano APC urges INEC

 

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – MARCH 23, 2019

 

Gunmen abduct four INEC officials in Bauchi

Four yet-to-be identified staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Bauchi State have been kidnapped by armed men. As of the time of this report, the issue has caused tension among INEC staff and residents who were seen discussing the issue in hushed voices. The incident was said to have taken place at Jamare Local Government Registration Area 02 with Polling Unit Code 010. A staff of INEC, who escaped said the armed security operatives came in seven Toyota Hilux vans.

 

Disregard PDP’s call for rerun cancellation, Kano APC urges INEC

The All Progressives Congress in Kano State has dismissed the People’s Democratic Party’s allegation on the importation of political thugs from neighbouring states. The Acting State Chairman of the PDP, Rabiu Sulaiman-Bichi, had in a news conference alleged that the ruling APC in the state had imported thugs from some neighbouring states. The APC state chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, dismissed the allegation while addressing a news conference in Kano on Saturday. He said the allegation against the ruling APC was not only untrue and unfounded but a calculated attempt to dent the image of the party and the state government.

 

Card reader rejects Speaker Dogara’s fingerprint

The Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has lamented that the card reader rejected his finger print when he came out to cast his vote in Saturday’s election. Addressing journalists at Gwaramgah Primary School polling centre in his Gwallagah ward of Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Dogara observed that although the election process was smooth, malfunctioning card readers could frustrate the process across the country. Dogara told journalists, “I think it’s fairly ok, judging by what I have seen here. It’s a bit smooth. But in a sense, you know I had a problem with the Card Reader; it couldn’t automatically authenticate me.

 

INEC ends voting, commences sorting, counting of votes in Lagos

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced sorting and counting of ballots at the ongoing supplementary election in Ibeju-Lekki State Constituency I on Saturday. A correspondents reports that voting has ended in most of the nine polling units where the supplementary election is taking place in the area. At polling 004 and 005 of Ward 01 located at the premises of Customary Court, INEC officials started the crossing of unused ballot papers at 2:05 p.m., while sorting and counting commenced immediately.

 

EU congratulates Buhari on reelection

The European Union (EU) has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his reelection for another four-year term and expressed willingness to work with his government. Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, said the EU made its feelings known in a letter addressed to President Buhari. He said that the letter, dated March 22,, was jointly signed by Donald Tusk for the European Council and Jean-Claude Juncker for the European Commission.

 

PDP condemns attack on agents, members in Kano

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the violent attacks and alleged killing of its agents and members by thugs unleashed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Kano supplementary election. The party in a statement Saturday by its National Publicity Secretay, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the PDP had taken stock of all the aggressions in Kano and would use all legitimate means to ensure that all those who perpetuated violence against our members are lawfully tracked down and brought to book.

 

Alleged Importation of thugs: Kano APC dismisses PDP’s allegation

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has dismissed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s allegation on the importation of political thugs from neighbouring states. The Acting State Chairman of the PDP, Rabiu Sulaiman-Bichi, had in a news conference alleged that the ruling APC in the state had imported thugs from some neighbouring states. The APC state chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, dismissed the allegation while addressing a news conference in Kano on Saturday.

 

Panic in Maiduguri over heavy firing

Maiduguri residents have been thrown into panic following heavy firing heard in different locations in the capital early today. Scores of residents around 1000 Housing Estate and those along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road are fleeing their homes as heavy sounds like multiple bomb explosions were heard in the area between 6:18am and 6:35am.

Military jet is also hovering around the city, fuelling fears among residents. Two military sources said the heavy sounds were from a “simulation” exercise to keep off Boko Haram who might be at the outskirts attempting to cause any violence.

 

Football enthusiasts hail Super Eagles 3-1 victory over Seychelles

Football enthusiasts in Enugu on Friday hailed Super Eagles of Nigeria for sealing the top spots in African Cup of Nations Qualifying (AFCON) Group E. Goals from Odion Ighalo, Henry Onyekuru and the substitute Simeon Moses was all the Eagles used to beat Seychelles at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Delta State. Some of the enthusiasts who spoke after the match said that Seychelles really meant to shock Nigeria in the match but said that the visitors were below in strength.

 

England’s Hudson-Odoi shocked to make senior debut

England’s Callum Hudson-Odoi was stunned to be given the chance to make a record-breaking England debut as a substitute in their 5-0 drubbing of the Czech Republic at Wembley on Friday. The Chelsea winger, who was initially supposed to join up with England’s under-21s this week, was a late call-up to manager Gareth Southgate’s senior squad after four players withdrew due to injury. Hudson-Odoi replaced hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling with 20 minutes to go in the European Championship qualifier, becoming the youngest player to make his England debut in a competitive match at 18 years 135 days.

 

Gareth Bale: Wales can cope with Aaron Ramsey’s absence

Gareth Bale insists Wales can overcome the loss of Aaron Ramsey from their opening Euro 2020 qualifier and aim for top spot in Group E. Ramsey was ruled out on the eve of the Cardiff clash against Slovakia on Sunday with a thigh injury that the Arsenal midfielder has been nursing all week. But Bournemouth forward David Brooks has shrugged off an ankle injury, and Bale has declared himself fully fit after completing his first 90 minutes of 2019 for Real Madrid last weekend.

 

Italy and China in plan for new Silk Road-style trade network

Italy has become the first G7 country to endorse a contentious plan by China to build a Silk Road-style global trade network, irking its EU and US allies. The prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, and the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) that could lead to Italy’s participation in China’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI), an ambitious project that envisages Chinese investment in a network of infrastructure projects connecting Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. “It’s now time for a more effective relationship between Italy and China,” Conte said.

 

Hundreds of thousands march in London to demand new Brexit referendum

Hundreds of thousands of people opposed to Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union marched through central London on Saturday to demand a new referendum as the deepening Brexit crisis risked sinking Prime Minister Theresa May’s premiership. Marchers set off in central London with banners proclaiming “the best deal is no Brexit” and “we demand a People’s Vote” in what organisers said could be the biggest anti-Brexit protest yet. After three years of tortuous debate, it is still uncertain how, when or even if Brexit will happen as May tries to plot a way out of the gravest political crisis in at least a generation.

 

How Windows 10’s reserved storage will impact your Organization

Windows has long been criticized as being an overly bloated operating system. The bare minimum amount of hard disk space that is supported for installing Windows 10 is 16GB for the 32-bit edition or 32GB for the 64-bit edition. Although these are the official system requirements as stated by Microsoft, a computer that is equipped with such a modest amount of storage would have a difficult time doing anything more than simply running the operating system. Out of curiosity, I created a Hyper-V virtual machine with a mere 32GB of hard disk space and decided to install Windows 10 Pro build 1803 (which is a January 2019 update from MSDN).

 

FEMA ‘unnecessarily’ shared data of 2.3 million disaster victims with contractor

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency has shared the personal and financial information of more than 2.3 million disaster victims with one of its contractors, a government report has revealed. Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria survivors, along with the California 2017 wildfires victims had their data shared inappropriately by FEMA officials, according to a report published this week by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). The data belonged to disaster victims who signed up with FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program to receive temporary housing.

 

Google search moves hurt Pinterest’s growth IPO filing shows

The power of Googles search engine looms large over Pinterest Inc, the image search site that filed for an initial public offering on Friday. The IPO filing said that Alphabet Inc’s Google “de-indexed” Pinterests keyword landing pages in the first quarter of 2018. That hurt online traffic and user growth in the following quarters, Pinterest said in the filing. Pinterest did not say why Google did this, and a Google spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. De-indexing happens when Google removes web pages from its gigantic network of online information. The move typically means those pages no longer show up in Google search results.

 

 

About The Author

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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