SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 18, 2017
N’Assembly members are a bunch of unarmed robbers – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday in Ibadan said that the bogus earnings of National Assembly members portrayed them as a “bunch of unarmed robbers.”
Obasanjo, spoke at a public presentation of a book written by Prof. Mark Nwagwu, titled, ‘I am Kagara, I Weave the Sands of Sahara,’ in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
He also called on the Federal Government to respect the agreement it signed with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, saying that the Federal Government put itself in a corner by entering into the agreement without full consultation. Read more
Osinbajo attends Kagame’s inauguration
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, today arrived Kigali, the Rwandan capital to join other leaders in the continent and around the world to participate in the ceremonies for Paul Kagame’s inauguration as the country’s President for a third time.
Pressmen report that Osinbajo arrived Kigali early Friday morning accompanied by top government functionaries including the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, the Economic Adviser to the President, Dr. Yemi Dipeolu among others. Read more
ntel: We’re just making economic sense
The Muhammadu Buhari government should do the needful by blocking some entrenched political interests who are in the habit of exploiting the influence and authorities of the state to takeover businesses they never laboured for.
This habit is a product of politically-induced conspiracies that have been on for decades. Sadly, this conspiracy is rearing its ugly head in a devious manner to encumber, ex-post facto, the acquisition of former Nigerian Telecommunication Limited (NiTEL/MTEL) by NatCom Development and Investment Limited (NatCom); and has been on since the company won the bid and launched its brand, ntel. The intention of the conspirators is to retrieve the growing concern. Read more
State exco cannot sack aspirants – UPP
The national leadership of the United Progressive Party, UPP, yesterday, reversed the decision of the acting state executive of the party which on Tuesday announced the suspension of its two governorship aspirants, namely Chief Chudi Offodile and Chief Osita Chidoka, saying the state executive lacked the power to suspend them.
The Dr. Sylvester Igwilo-led state executive had leveled allegations against the two, who are the only governorship aspirants of the party for the November 18 election in Anambra State and said they were suspended for anti party activities. Read more
No more cash-and-carry politics in Anambra –ABC Nwosu
A former Minister of Health, Prof. ABC Nwosu, on Thursday assumed office as the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra State, vowing that his team would end what he called cash-and-carry politics in the state’s PDP.
Nwosu’s appointment followed the dissolution of the state’s executive committee of the party under Mr. Ken Emeakayi by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led national leadership of the party about two weeks ago. Read more
Lagos, Ogun PDP call for Buruji’s expulsion
Lagos and Ogun state chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called for the expulsion of Senator Buruji Kashamu from the party, accusing him of anti-party activities and antics meant to destroy the party. They stated this in their resolutions in Ado-Ekiti during their meeting with the reconciliation committee set up by the national leadership of the party in the South-West zone chaired by Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose. Briefing newsmen at the end of the meetings, the Zonal Secretary, Reverend Bunmi Jenyo, said leaders from the two states endorsed the resolutions. Read more
Impeached Edo Dep. Speaker refuses to return cars
A fresh crisis may be brewing in the Edo State House of Assembly as the impeached Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie, has held on to the cars, which the House directed her to return to new principal officers, claiming that the cars were given to her as gifts by a former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
The member representing Igueben constituency, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, and Ativie were on Monday impeached by 19 out of the 24 members of the House. The former Majority Leader, Mr. Foly Ogedengbe, was also removed. He was accused of gross misconduct, incompetence and greed. Read more
Catholic Church excommunicates Nigerian priest who resigned recently
The Catholic Church in Nigeria has excommunicated a priest who recently quit the Church. The Church said it was by the notice stripping the priest of all privileges accruing to a leader of the Church.
Patrick Edet, who served in the Catholic Diocese of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, had announced over a local radio station on August 2 that he was leaving the Catholic Church so he could be ‘free to serve God the way he wanted. Read more
Accord Party says Okupe yet to formally join party
The Ogun State Chapter of the Accord Party says that Dr Doyin Okupe, a former presidential spokesman, has not formally joined the party.
Prince Adeyemi Alli, the Ogun State Chairman of Accord Party, made this known at an interactive meeting with the party state executives in Ago-Iwoye, Ogun on Friday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Okupe had released a statement on July 18 on his official Facebook page stating he was dumping the Peoples Democratic Party for Accord Party. Read more
Court orders forfeiture of seized N50.15m goods to FG
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, ordered a permanent forfeiture of the various illegally imported goods valued at N50.15milliion to the Federal Government.
Trial judge, Justice Abdulaziz Anka made the order, following an application brought the Nigeria Customs Service Board. The goods, include bales of fairly used clothes, shoes, bags, bed sheets, porcelain plates, 7,163 bags of foreign parboiled rice, and 147 jerry cans of vegetable oil. The goods were said to have been intercepted between April and June, 2017. Read more
Where athletics dim, table tennis lights the way
In a week when Nigeria failed to win any medal at the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London, England, there was another sports event that showed great promise. The Seamaster ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open 2017 left one with no doubt that an otherwise small sport could create such a spectacle in an environment like this.
Table tennis has always been a crowd puller in Nigerian cities, with its speed of service and eye-catching rallies creating dramatic games. When I was a teenager, there were boards on almost every street corner in Akure as we tried to replicate the game play like our national heroes, Atanda Musa and Bose Kaffo. On those neighbourhood boards, as the ‘egg’ ping-ponged across the table, we dreamt of playing like the masters one day, to achieve rallies that would leave audiences with mouths agape Read more
Future Eagles end tour of Morocco with 1-1 draw
Nigeria’s U15 boys have rounded off a tour of the Kingdom of Morocco and are expected back in the country this morning. The team coached by Atune Jolomi alongside assistant coaches Tyabo Abubakar and Olowookere Bankole and goalkeeper trainer, Ernest Salolome lost their first game against the Morocco U15 squad 0-1 on Wednesday before pulling a 1-1 draw in the second match yesterday.
Both matches were played at the National Football Centre, one of the several facilities available to the Federation Royal Marocaine de Football and situated close to the FRMF offices in Rabat. The Nigerian squad arrived in Rabat on Sunday. Read more
Adepoju warns CHAN Eagles against complacency
Former Super Eagles star, Mutiu Adepoju has charged the CHAN Eagles to avoid any form of complacency when they battle Benin Republic in the second leg encounter of the 2018 CHAN qualifier this weekend.
Adepoju advised the CHAN Eagles to learn to take their chances at any point in the game if they desired to come out victorious in the game, adding that the West Africans would be approaching the match with antics that could ruin the game plan of the Nigerian side. Read more
NFF picks Danjuma to handle Falconets
In September 2015, Coach Christopher Danjuma went into the wrong books of many football-loving Nigerians when he failed with the female senior national team, Super Falcons, at the All Africa Games soccer event in Congo Brazzaville.
For the first time in history, the seven times African champions returned from a continental championship without a medal of any colour, as they were beaten twice by lowly rated Cote d’Ivoire, first in the group stage and in the battle for bronze. The team was beaten 2-1 by Cameroun in the semifinal. Read more
Cameroon better prepared than Nigeria, Rohr confesses
Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr has confessed that the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are in a better shape than Nigeria ahead of their back to back 2018 World Cup qualifiers next month, reports owngoalnigeria.com.
Nigeria are currently leading Group B of the Africa 2018 World Cup qualifying series with six points, four more than second placed Cameroun, their next opponent when the qualifiers resume in September. Read more
I will sack Wenger if I buy Arsenal, says Dangote
Arsene Wenger will be sacked as Arsenal manager should Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote succeeds in buying the Premier League club.
Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal’s first-team affairs since 1996, leading the Gunners to seven FA Cups, three Premier League titles, and a Champions League final. Without a title-winning campaign since 2003-04, though, pressure has grown on the Frenchman to leave his position. Read more
Chinese fans tell ‘Homesick Boy’ Tevez to stay away
Chinese football fans and media are urging underperforming Carlos Tevez not to return from a trip to Argentina, nicknaming him “Very Homesick Boy” as speculation swirls that he wants out of China.
The 33-year-old Argentine former international has been a flop since moving this year to Shanghai Shenhua on a fat salary, scoring only twice, missing half the games through injury and having his commitment repeatedly questioned by fans. Read more
Manny Pacquiao promoter confident rematch with Jeff Horn will be confirmed in next few days
The November rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn is likely to be confirmed in the next few days, the Filipino’s promoter has confirmed. Bob Arum said he is “optimistic” details of the rematch between his fighter and newly-crowned WBO welterweight champion Horn are close to being finalised.
Arum said the parties in Australia are keen on a November date at the same Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane where Horn edged Pacquiao in a controversial decision last month. Read more
West Brom reject Man City’s Evans bid
West Bromwich Albion have rejected an offer for centre-back Jonny Evans from Manchester City, manager Tony Pulis confirmed on Friday. “They made an offer and we’ve turned it down,” Pulis told a press conference ahead of West Brom’s trip to Burnley on Saturday.
British press reports said City had tabled an offer of around £18 million ($23.2 million, 19.8 million euros) for Northern Ireland international Evans, who is 29. Read more
US court jails Nigerian hacker Obinna Obioha
Obinna Obioha, a Nigerian hacker has been jailed for 51 months by a New York federal judge for operating a fraud scheme that swindled $6.5 million from businesses in the US and elsewhere.
US District Judge David N. Hurd sentenced Obinna Obioha, 31, for running a scheme in which he instructed hackers to hack into computers and email accounts of individuals around the world using malicious software. Read more
Hamas heighten security near Egyptian border amid Islamic State attack
Hamas security forces tightened security in Gaza on Thursday after a suicide bombing near the Egyptian border. The assailant, along with a Hamas security guard, were killed in the attack while four others were injured.
According to Bethlehem based Ma’an News Agency, Hamas security forces, along with members of Hamas’ armed wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades were heavily deployed in areas in southern Gaza, close to the Egyptian border. Read more
Turkey places nine more journalists under arrest ‘over Gulen links’
A Istanbul court has placed nine journalists under arrest on suspicion of links to the alleged mastermind of the failed 2016 coup, the latest in a series of measures against Turkish media workers.
Turkish authorities issued arrest warrants on August 10 for 35 media employees accused of using the Bylock messaging app allegedly used by US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen to mobilise followers in Turkey and of belonging to a “terror” group.
A total of 11 were detained at the time and late on Wednesday an Istanbul court placed nine under arrest ahead of trial and released two under judicial supervision, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. Read more
Australian woman travelling through Europe: Barcelona is third attack on my trip
An Australian woman who is travelling in Europe and was caught up in the Barcelona terror attack has said that it is the the third attack she has experienced on her trip. Julia Monaco, who was in a shopping centre on the corner of Las Ramblas when a van drove into citizens and tourists walking on the Catalonia capital’s famous street, was also in London at the time of the London Bridge terror attack and in Paris when a man attacked a police officer at Notre Dame cathedral. Both incidents happened in June. Read more
Floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh leave 250 dead and millions stranded
Millions have been displaced and 250 people have died in monsoon flooding and landslides across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Though floods are easing in Nepal, the water flowing downriver has worsened conditions in northern India and marooned thousands of villagers across the border, officials said on Thursday. Read more
Barcelona attack: Cambrils terror suspect was ‘smiling and taunting’ after being shot by Spanish police, claims eyewitness
A suspect in the Cambrils terror attack was seen “smiling and taunting” after being shot twice by Spanish police, an eyewitness has claimed.
Fitzroy Davies, a British man on holiday in the region, spoke of the “horrendous night” that saw attackers plough a van through crowds in Barcelona killing at least 13 people before launching a second assault an hour south of the city, injuring six. Read more
Suspected Al-Shabaab militants behead three in coastal Kenya
Suspected Somali Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab, beheaded three people and torched several houses in the latest overnight attacks in Kenya’s coastal region of Lamu.
Kenyan Coast Regional Police Commander Larry Kieng confirmed the attack at Maleli on Friday, saying security officers are pursuing the attackers Read more
Death toll from Sierra Leone floods passes 400, over 600 missing
The death toll from devastating floods in Sierra Leone has passed 400 with 600 people still missing in the stricken capital, the Red Cross said Friday, as Britain promised £5 million in fresh aid. The disaster began on Monday when heavy rains hit the city and the partial collapse of a hillside triggered mudslides, engulfing homes and wreaking destruction.
“Today we are counting more than 400 people dead,” the secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, Elhadj As Sy, told reporters in Geneva. Read more
One dead, six injured in South Korean artillery drill
An explosion during an artillery exercise near the eastern border with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), on Friday injured six South Korean soldiers and killed a seventh, a South Korean army official said.
The incident did not have anything to do with North Korea, said the official, who declined to be identified as he was not authorised to speak to the media. The blast took place during a regular training session, the official added. Read more
Trump will resign, says Tony Schwartz
The ghost writer who penned Donald Trump’s 1987 memoir “The Art of the Deal” thinks the US president will throw in the towel before the end of his term. Writer Tony Schwartz tweeted that “Trump is going to resign” before investigators probing alleged ties between the Republican’s campaign team and Russia “leave him no choice.”
“The circle is closing at blinding speed,” the author tweeted. “Trump is going to resign and declare victory before Mueller and Congress leave him no choice.” Read more
Canada sees ‘unprecedented’ surge in asylum seekers
Canada is facing an “unprecedented” number of asylum seekers, who have crossed the border from the United States, officials said. “We’ve never seen those numbers,” said Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) spokesman Claude Castonguay. “Even though our officers are patrolling 24 hours a day all year long, we’ve never seen such numbers coming in.”
RCMP intercepted almost 7,000 asylums seekers in the last six weeks in Quebec. Officials stressed that the influx can be handled and at no time has the security of the country been compromised. Read more
Iran reform leader Karroubi ends hunger strike
Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for six years, ended his hunger strike late Thursday after the government agreed to remove intelligence agents from his home.
However, his demand to face trial — he has never been charged since being placed under house arrest in 2011 — appears no closer to being granted. Karroubi, 79, stopped eating and drinking on Wednesday morning and was hospitalised a day later with high blood pressure. Read more