SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – MARCH 30, 2019
I’m not aware of Kanu’s sureties withdrawal, Kanu’s lawyer
The counsel representing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of Radio Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu; Barrister Aloy Ejimakor said that he is not aware about the decision of Kanu’s sureties to withdraw their suretyship. Prosecution counsel in Kanu’s trial; M.S. Labaran had on Thursday March 28, informed Justice Binta Nyako that all three persons who stood surety for Kanu had since applied to withdraw from the matter which prompted Nyako to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of the leader of the IPOB, after revoking the bail it had earlier granted him. This is as Nyako relied on Section 352(4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015, saying that the court would proceed with his trial in absentia.
Ohiwerei, Keystone CEO, Resigns
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Keystone Bank Limited, Mr. Obeahon Ohiwerei, has resigned from the bank. The bank which announced this, also disclosed that Mr. Abubakar Danlami Sule, has been appointed as acting Managing Director/CEO. But Sule’s appointment is subject to approval by the Central Bank of Nigeria. A statement from the Bank disclosed that Mr. Ohiwerei is leaving to pursue other personal interests. The statement further added that the board recognised and appreciated Obeahon’s contributions to the growth of Keystone Bank and the visibility the bank had attained as a brand in the past eighteen months.
You can’t deregister any party, APP chair tells INEC
The National Chairman of Action Peoples Party, Imo Ugochinyere, on Saturday said the Independent National Electoral Commission lacked the power to deregister some political parties as threatened. Ugochinyere said this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja. He said the electoral body cannot go ahead with the threat because of the failure of some state governors to conduct local government elections. He urged leaders of political parties to ignore what he called the empty threat by INEC. He said, “INEC cannot, and I repeat, cannot deregister any political party yet because of a clause in the amended Constitution. I dare the commission to try it.
INEC issues Sanwo-Olu, deputy certificates of return
Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, were yesterday presented with their certificates of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The presentation was done at the INEC Lagos office, Yaba, by the INEC National Commissioner in charge of Lagos, Ondo and Ogun States, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola. Speaking after receiving his certificate, Sanwo-Olu, thanked the leadership and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and voters who supported his election.
Fayemi to Eleka: You are free to challenge my victory in Supreme Court
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on Friday declared that he never regarded the defeated governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic party, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka as an enemy. Rather, he said the major opposition party was free to challenge his victory at any stage of the court, and make useful suggestions for smooth running of his government. Fayemi, however, said Eleka and the PDP were free to challenge his victory at the Supreme Court, in spite of his readiness to entertain contributions from the main opposition party. The governor spoke in Ado Ekiti on Friday at a programme tagged “Meet Your Governor”.
Imo PDP chides Okorocha over ‘injury time’ appointments
The outgoing governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has been rebuked by the state’s chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for allegedly using his last days in office to perpetrate acts that are inimical to the economy of the state.The governor was alleged of dolling out appointments without following due process, the recent being advertorials on national dailies inviting qualified persons to apply for different positions in the state’s tertiary institutions. PDP described Okorocha’s move as ”immoral, criminal, unwarranted, unlawful and laded with evil intentions.’’
Oshiomhole disowns Amaechi’s plot to dethrone PDP in Rivers
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole has said the party is not in alignment with any African Action Congress, AAC, in Rivers state. Speaking last night when he appeared on Channels TV’s interview programme, Hard Copy, with Maupe Yusuf, the APC leader said neither him nor the party’s national working committee was aware of any of such alignment. Recall that APC did not field any candidate for the Rivers governorship election after the supreme court upheld the annulment of the party’s primaries and congresses.
FG needs $40b to inter- connect Nigeria by rail –Amaechi
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, has said that the federal government would require a stagger- ing sum of $40 billion to inter-connect all the states of the federation by rail. He assured that not even his exit as the Minister will stall the completion of the project, stressing that the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to complete the rail projects is unshakable. Speaking during the inspection of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan railway project, the former governor of Rivers state as- sured that having won the election, the anxiety over the continuation of the rail project should be rested, adding that the President Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) will network the country through railway line.
Google play store has a malware problem
This week started off with one of tech’s biggest events of the year: an Apple product release. One of the most interesting launches to come out of Cupertino was rectangular, incredibly thin, and made of metal. But it isn’t a gadget, it’s a credit card—the Apple Card—which the company says will have better security than any other. WIRED’s own Lily Hay Newman dug into that claim and has some tips on how to get those security benefits now, before the card is even released. Newman had a busy week. On Monday she explained how to check for a tainted software update that installed malicious backdoors on thousands of Asus computers, a sophisticated hack first reported by Motherboard.
Official Samsung Galaxy S10 screen protectors now available to buy in the US
Last month, when Samsung announced the Galaxy S10 smartphone series, it said that all S10 models would be released with pre-installed screen protectors. And, sure enough, when the new phones hit shelves earlier this month, they did come with screen protectors on. Made by Samsung itself, these official screen covers are specially designed to ensure the proper functioning of the S10’s touchscreen display, including the Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor that’s hidden behind it (only on the S10 and S10+ models, but not on the cheaper S10e, which features a traditional fingerprint scanner).
Cholera cases jump to 138 in Mozambique’s Beira after cyclone
The number of confirmed cases of cholera in the cyclone-hit Mozambican port city of Beira jumped from five to 138 on Friday, as government and aid agencies battled to contain the spread of disease among the tens of thousands of victims of the storm. Cyclone Idai smashed into Beira on March 14, causing catastrophic flooding and killing more than 700 people across three countries in southeast Africa. Many badly affected areas in Mozambique and Zimbabwe are still inaccessible by road, complicating relief efforts and exacerbating the threat of infection. Although there have been no confirmed cholera deaths in medical centres in Mozambique yet, at least two people died outside hospitals with symptoms including dehydration and diarrhoea, the country’s environment minister Celso Correia said.
Slovakia votes in poll that could elect first female president
Voters in Slovakia are selecting a new head of state in a runoff that could give the country its first female president. Zuzana Čaputová, an environmental activist, is up against the European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič in the vote for the largely ceremonial post in the nation of 5.4 million. Čaputová won the first round two weeks ago with 40.6% of the vote while Šefčovič was a distant second with 18.7%. Čaputová attracts voters appalled by corruption and mainstream politics. Šefčovič is a career diplomat who is supported by the leftist Smer-Social Democracy party, a major force in Slovak politics.
Eurostar disrupted as flag-wearing protester spends night on London station roof
UK police arrested a man who spent the night on the roof of London’s St. Pancras station draped in the English flag, causing Eurostar and other train operators to suspend all services. The incident occurred on the same day as pro-Brexit protests in London that lasted into Friday night. “A 44 year old man has this morning been arrested for trespass and obstruction of the railway, having spent the night on the roof of St. Pancras Railway Station,” said a Saturday morning statement from the British Transport Police (BTP). Police were called just after 7 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET) Friday after reports of a man in a “precarious position” at St. Pancras, according to the BTP.