1st NEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – APRIL 12, 2019
Nigeria’ll continue to render help to neighbours – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said that Nigeria will always cooperate with her neighbors and lend helping hand as necessary. The President who stated this while receiving the outgoing Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea, Mr Job Obiang Esono Mbengono, at a farewell audience in State House, Abuja, said Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea have always identified with each other, “and we will continue to maintain good neighborliness.” President Buhari said he was happy that the outgoing Ambassador, who spent nine years in Nigeria, “settled and understood our people and culture quite well.” Ambassador Mbengono said Nigeria made great impact on his life, as he learnt a lot “about this big and important country,” adding that the people were friendly and warm.
Atiku busted over new US lobbyists
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party hire two new lobbyists, John Barnett and Bruce Fein, to make the United States recognise him as Nigeria’s “authentic president”? Atiku’s spokesman, Paul Ibe, denied the reports and described them as “total fabrication” and “fake news” by the All Progressives Congress, which it alleged to have lying as its “only bragging rights of competence.” “Since Atiku resisted pressure not to go to court, the APC has been behaving like a cat on hot bricks because the outcome of the 2019 elections has exposed and shattered the facade of their dubious integrity,” Ibe said in the statement. “The APC are behaving nervously like a thief living under the fear of being exposed and shamed; they are now using fake news against Atiku instead of focusing on defending themselves in the court.”
APC chieftain calls for delisting of non-performing parties
Mr Steve Otaloro, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deregister political parties that failed to make impact at the just concluded general elections. Otaloro, also the Director of Media and Publicity of the state chapter of the APC disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Akure. He said the inclusion of many parties on the ballot paper had huge financial implication on the nation’s economy.
Out-of-School children’s figure drops – Minister
The Federal Government says the number of Out-of-School (OSC) Children in the country has reduced from 13.2 million to 10.2million, following various interventions of the government and development partners. The Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu said this at the 12th Edition of the Ministerial Press Briefing on the OSC Phenomenon held in Abuja on Friday. Adamu, who was represented by Mr. Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, said that conflicting figures of out-of-school children were being given, ranging from 10 -13 million. Ministerial strategic plan states that Nigeria has 10.5 million children aged 6-14, out of school.
NNPC debunks fuel scarcity rumour
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has debunked rumours surrounding fuel scarcity in the country. The rumour, which has caused some tension across the country was claimed as false by the corporation’s verified Twitter handle in a statement signed by Ndu Ughamadu, its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division. The corporation’s spokesperson said the rumour was intended to cause panic and problems in the country. NNPC called the reports of fuel scarcity fake news while urging the public to discountenance the rumoured fuel scarcity.
Remove fuel subsidy, IMF tells Nigeria
The Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has called on the Federal Government to remove fuel subsidy, saying it is the right thing to do. Addressing a press conference on Thursday at the on-going joint annual spring meetings with the World Bank in Washington DC, the IMF boss said with the low revenue mobilisation that existed in Nigeria in terms of tax to Gross Domestic Product, it was important for the country to remove fuel subsidy. By so doing, she opined, the country would be able to move funds into improving health, education, and infrastructure. The IMF had in its 2019 Article IV Consultation on Nigeria noted that phasing out implicit fuel subsidies while strengthening social safety nets to mitigate the impact on the most vulnerable would help reduce the poverty gap and free up additional fiscal space in the country.
Health Minister commends APIN on fight against HIV/AIDS
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has stated that Nigeria has achieved huge success in the fight against HIV/AIDS and commended the APIN Public Health Initiatives in the role the organisation has played in achieving the said success. The minister was speaking yesterday at the public presentation of the book, ‘Turning the Tide: AIDS in Nigeria,’ produced by APIN, which was held in Abuja. The minister said the contribution of numerous prevention strategies and availability of drugs had led to changes in the narratives of the epidemic.
2 killed in suspected Boko Haram suicide attack in Borno
wo people, including a soldier and a vigilante, were killed when two female suicide bombers detonated their explosives in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, military and militia sources said Friday. The bombers quickly blew themselves up on Thursday in the bid to evade arrest when they were stopped by troops and militiamen outside the garrison town of Monguno. “We lost a soldier and a civilian vigilante in the explosion which also injured another soldier,” a military officer who did not want to be named, told AFP.
Odegbami shuts AFCON 2019 door on Mikel
As Super Eagles are primed to know their AFCON 2019 group stage opponents this evening at the draw ceremony in Cairo, Former Green Eagles Captain, Segun Odegbami, has asked handlers of the senior national to perish the thought of recalling John Mikel Obi to the team. Mikel has been absent from Eagles since Nigeria’s last group stage game against Argentina at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He played no part in the team’s qualification for the continental football showpiece Super Eagles missed the last two editions in 2015 and 2017. Despite the campaign in a section of the sporting media for the recall of the Middlesbrough midfielder, Odegbami insisted that Mikel has done his bits with Eagles and should be allowed to move on.
CAF sacks General Secretary Amr Fahmy
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has dismissed Egyptian Amr Fahmy from his role as general secretary, BBC Sport Africa understands. CAF’s Executive Committee made its decision in Cairo on Thursday ahead of the draw for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The reason for the dismissal is unclear as CAF has yet to comment. Fahmy was appointed in November 2017 as he followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Fahmy’s grandfather Mourad served as general secretary of African football’s governing body from 1961-1982. Mourad was replaced by his son Mustapha, who held the post until 2010 before being appointed as the director of competitions at FIFA.
Bayern’s Lewandowski, Coman involved in fight during training, Kovac confirms
Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac on Friday confirmed reports Robert Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman were involved in a fist-fight during training but ruled out any sanctions. Kovac admitted the forwards traded blows following an argument at a training session behind closed doors on Thursday while preparing for Sunday’s league game away to Fortuna Duesseldorf. “The three of us talked about it, the players are sorry and have apologised for their behaviour, there will be no financial penalties and the matter has been resolved,” said Kovac in a press conference.
Gunners bid to identify fan who racially abused Koulibaly
Arsenal have condemned racist abuse directed at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during Thursday night’s Europa League match at the Emirates Stadium. The Premier League club have launched an investigation to identify the individual after social media footage emerged of the incident, which if proven will see them handed a life ban. Chelsea, meanwhile, denied entry to Thursday night’s Europa League win at Slavia Prague for three individuals already identified as being involved in a social media video which included a racially abusive chant about Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.
Songs of freedom: the soundtracks of political change in Sudan
The uprising in Sudan has been vocal – and musical. “Tasqut bas!” – just fall, that’s all – was a commonly-used slogan by Sudanese as they revolted against military dictator Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year rule. The uprising, which began in December 2018, intensified over the following weeks, forcing Al-Bashir to step down on 11 April 2019. Sudanese played a crucial role as they camped in front of the compound housing the military and security services in central Khartoum. For five days, the protesters refused to budge until the army removed the president from power.
Mandela’s daughter offers dad’s Robben Island painting for $90,000
Dr. Pumla Makaziwe Mandela, the daughter of late South African president, Nelson Mandela, has offered one of her father’s Robben Island painting to auction house, Bonhams. On its website, the auction house revealed that it expects to get between $60,000 and $90,000 for the painting, which is a depiction of the late stateman’s cell door at Robben Island. According to his daughter, when Mandela finished his one term as a South African president on 16th June 1999, he began a new career as a talented artist.
Trump considered daughter Ivanka for head of World Bank
President Donald Trump considered nominating his daughter to head the World Bank, and she also would have been “great” as US ambassador to the United Nations, he said in an interview published Friday. “She’s a natural diplomat,” Trump told The Atlantic. “She would’ve been great at the United Nations, as an example.” But if he had nominated his daughter — who is a senior advisor to the president — “they’d say nepotism, when it would’ve had nothing to do with nepotism. But she would’ve been incredible.”
Facebook takes next step in plans for unified messaging service to rival iMessages
Facebook has taken the next step in its plans to unify its Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram messaging apps into a single, unified messaging service. The result would be something likely to rival iMessage as an ultra-convenient one-stop messaging option … We first heard back in January that Facebook was planning to combine its own messaging service with those of the apps it acquired: WhatsApp and Instagram. At that point, Facebook appeared to confirm the report. Later than month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed during an earnings call that it is something the company is ‘considering,’ but that it would not happen this year. Developer Jane Manchun Wong, who has made a name for herself reverse-engineering a range of apps to spot upcoming features, spotted a sign that the company is already prepping for the move.
Amazon workers may listen to what you tell Alexa
Tens of millions of people use smart speakers and their voice software to play games, find music or trawl for trivia. Millions more are reluctant to invite the devices and their powerful microphones into their homes out of concern that someone might be listening. Sometimes, someone is.
Amazon.com employs thousands of people around the world to help improve the Alexa digital assistant powering its line of Echo speakers. The team listens to voice recordings captured in Echo owners’ homes and offices. The recordings are transcribed, annotated and then fed back into the software as part of an effort to eliminate gaps in Alexa’s understanding of human speech and help it better respond to commands.
Disney’s $6.99-per-month streaming immediately makes it a value winner over Netflix for families
For Disney, the price is the story.
Disney announced pricing for its new streaming service on Thursday, and it’s surprisingly low: $6.99 per month and $69.99 annually (or $5.83 per month). The service won’t include any advertisements. That’s the headline from Disney’s big launch of its new entertainment streaming service, Disney+, which goes live to the world on Nov. 12. That’s a lot cheaper than Netflix, which announced earlier this year it was raising prices on its standard plan from $11 to $13 per month. Disney CEO Bob Iger has already said Disney+ is the company’s top priority. At the company’s investor day on Thursday, Disney clarified that vision: Disney+ is kids’ content.
British woman held in Dubai for Facebook ‘horse’ insult returns to UK
A British woman held in Dubai over a Facebook post describing her ex-husband’s wife as a horse has returned to the UK after being freed from what she said was “the most horrendous” ordeal. Laleh Shahravesh, from Richmond, in London, landed at Heathrow on Friday morning, according to the Detained in Dubai campaign group which helped her. Shahravesh, 55, was joined by her 14-year-old daughter at the airport and told reporters: “I’m really, really happy to be reunited.”