1st NEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – APRIL 2, 2019
INEC resumes collation of Rivers gov election results
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday resumed the collation of results of the Rivers State governorship election. National Commissioner supervising Bayelsa, Edo and Rivers States, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, while announcing the resumption of the governorship results collation, assured party agents and other stakeholders of a fair, credible and peaceful collation process. She said, “In view of that incident on the March 10 collation, the commission set up a five-man fact-finding committee to verify the nature and obstructive activities that generally attended the election at the collation centre.
Unilag graduates 74-year-old woman at 50th convocation
A 77-year-old female retiree was among the 1,008 students of the Faculty of Education, University of Lagos, who were awarded first degree on Tuesday at the institution’s 2017/2018 Convocation Ceremonies. The convocation was the university’s 50th. The retiree, who refused to mention her name to journalists, said that the achievement was her dream come true. “I studied guidance and counselling and I am most grateful to God Almighty who made me to see this day. “ I will not like my name to be mentioned because I know where I am coming from and what I am protecting. “I am a retired officer. I have worked in a lot of countries around the world and also in Nigeria, where I finally retired,’’ she told journalists.
Saudi Arabia executes 8 Nigerians, 20 others on death row
No fewer than eight Nigerians have so far been killed in Saudi Arabia over drugs related offences, Chairman of the National Diaspora Commission, Mrs. Abike Dabiri has said. Dabiri told State House journalists on Tuesday while speaking on the execution of a Nigerian woman in Saudi Arabia over drug trafficking. Nigerian woman was executed by the Saudi Arabian government after she was convicted of drug trafficking by the ultra-conservative state on Monday. Dabiri, while lamenting the execution of the Nigerians, said 20 others are on death row, awaiting execution over drug offences.
We’ll wait for Supreme Court’s pronouncement on Zamfara APC —INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that it will wait for the pronouncement of the Supreme Court before taking any decision on the primary elections of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State. The commission had withheld certificates of return of the state Governor-elect, Alhaji Mukhtar Shehu, following the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Sokoto. But the APC and the governor-elect, in a letter to the commission last week, said the Court of Appeal did not nullify their primary elections.
Fayemi forwards names of commissioners-designate to Assembly
Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has forwarded the names of 14 commissioners-designate to the House of Assembly for scrutiny and confirmation. The Speaker of the Assembly, Adeniran Alagbada, read the governor’s letter containing the names and request for legislative approval to constitute the state executive at a plenary session on Tuesday. Alagbada listed the commissioners-nominee to include “Prof Adio Afolayan, Dr Moji Yaya-Kolade, Chief Moji Fafure, Mr Emmanuel Foluso Daramola, Mr Folorunso Olabode, Dele Faparusi and Mr Gbenga Agbeyo”.
180 Nigerians deported from Libya
Over 180 Nigerians stranded in the North African Country – Libya, were on Tuesday deported to the country through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The returnees according to sources were received by official of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The returnees, the source added were flown in aboard Buraq Air with flight number UZ 189- 190 .The aircraft was marked with registration number 5N- DMG. It departed MJI Airport Tripoli, Libya and landed at the cargo wing of MMIA. The Returnees comprised of adults female 82, female children two and female Infants 11 while the adults male were 79 with one male child and 5 five male infants making it a total of 95 females and 85 males.
Davido, Mark Zuckerberg, Nike Okundaye share space at Lagos art expo
Portraitures of popular Nigerian music act Davido, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and female Nigerian artist Nike Okundaye, topped the list of works on display at the ” O’Sagacity art exhibition underway at the National Museum, Lagos. The artist/exhibitor, Sunday Olaniyi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that each of these people inspired his works, adding that he appreciated them for their contributions to the entertainment industry. Olaniyi said that the portraitures of the celebrities would be handed over to them immediately after the exhibition. According to him, 50 art works were on display, including bead portraitures, beads, paintings, mixed media, aluminium foil and sculpture.
Tragedy as 4 die inside well in Kogi
Four persons have lost their lives in Kabba, Kogi State when the wall of a well collapsed on them. Spokesman for Kogi Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police William Aya, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the victims were labourers engaged by a woman to renovate the well. Aya, who spoke to NAN on phone, gave the names of the victims as Kayode Ayeni, Niyi Jimoh, Olusanmi Sunday and Ayo Sunday. According to him, the incident happened at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in Sango area of Kabba.
Zidane wants Varane to stay but can’t guarantee Bale’s future
Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday he cannot envisage his side parting with France defender Raphael Varane but he could not give any guarantees about the future of winger, Gareth Bale. French newspaper L’Equipe reported last month that World Cup winner Varane was looking to leave Madrid after eight seasons in the Spanish capital, in which he has won four Champions League crowns and two La Liga titles. Speaking at a news conference ahead of Real’s La Liga visit to Valencia on Wednesday, Zidane dismissed reports about Varane’s supposed departure.
What sparked Jordan Pickford fight as Everton and police investigate incident
The fight that allegedly involved England’s World Cup star Jordan Pickford was sparked after his fiancee was called a “fat c***”, it is claimed. His club Everton are investigating a video which allegedly shows the goalkeeper at the centre of a fight in Sunderland. The video, which has circulated online, was captured in the hours after Pickford’s former club Sunderland lost to Portsmouth on penalties in the Checkatrade Trophy final on Sunday. An Everton statement said: “The club has been made aware of an alleged incident involving one of our players and we are looking into the matter.”
Erdogan’s AK Party challenges Istanbul local election results
President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party has submitted objections to local election results in all 39 Istanbul districts, the party’s provincial head said on Tuesday, after results showed a narrow victory for the main opposition candidate. The AK Party is on track to lose control of Turkey’s two biggest cities, its commercial hub of Istanbul and the capital Ankara, in a surprise election setback that may complicate Erdogan’s plans to combat recession. In Istanbul, the mayoral candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Ekrem Imamoglu, and his AKP rival, ex-prime minister Binali Yildirim, both said on Monday Imamoglu was around 25,000 votes ahead. Istanbul has an estimated total population of 15 million.
Walmart, Google partner to roll out voice-activated grocery shopping
Walmart continues to ramp up its efforts to compete with Amazon, this time in the fledgling voice-activated shopping space. The discount giant announced that, starting later this month, shoppers will be able to order items directly to their Walmart grocery shopping carts using Google Assistant by saying “Hey Google, talk to Walmart.” The voice-activated shopping capability will work on any device with Google Assistant, which is now available on more than a billion devices, including Google Home Hub, Android phones, iPhones and more, Walmart said.
Toshiba changes its name to Dynabook in America
Toshiba’s PC business hasn’t been the most successful as of late, but it’s still kicking following its acquisition by Sharp. Earlier this year, the parent company rebranded itself to Dynabook, which has traditionally been one of its sub-brands for laptops, and now, its American division is doing the same. The change was announced today, and it’s effective immediately. Despite the change of name, the company claims it’s the same company that’s been delivering innovations in computing since 1985, and promises to keep doing so going forward. Takayuki Tono, senior vice president for Dynabook Americas, said: “We will continue to reinvent mobility, expand our IoT and AR Smart Glasses portfolios, and deliver world-class support to help improve our customers’ ability to work smarter and accomplish more.”