* Obasanjo gets UN job (Tribune) * Ex- Police spokesman emerges 1st Nigerian to receive Irish Aid Fellowship Award (Nation)

* Obasanjo gets UN job (Tribune) *     Ex- Police spokesman emerges 1st Nigerian to receive Irish Aid Fellowship Award (Nation)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE, NOVEMBER 7, 2017

Obasanjo gets UN job (Tribune)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been appointed into the United Nations (UN) High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation along with 17 other current and former global leaders. The Secretary-General, Antonio Gutierrez had in September announced the establishment of the board to provide him with advice on mediation initiatives and back specific mediation efforts around the world. The Board is composed of 18 current and former global leaders, senior officials and renowned experts who bring together an unparalleled range of experience, skills, knowledge and contacts. Read more

Ex- Police spokesman emerges 1st Nigerian to receive Irish Aid Fellowship Award (Nation)

A former spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, Kaduna State Command, ASP Aliyu Usman, has become the first Nigerian to receive the Irish Aid Fellowship Award. Usman is now undergoing a Masters programme in Human Rights in Criminal Justice, at the University of Limerick, School of Law, a statement by the university said. “Earlier this year, Aliyu was the first Nigerian Police Officer selected to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders and comes to the University of Limerick, School of Law, as the first Nigerian to receive Irish Aid Fellowship Award. Read more

Legislature, Executive not rivals but partners in progress – Dogara (Sun)

The Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has said that contrary to beliefs in some quarters, the Legislature and the Executive were not rivals but partners in progress. Dogara said this when he received in audience the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, in his office on Monday in Abuja. He described the appointment of Mr Mustapha as “a round peg in a round hole, or a square peg in a square hole”, stating that the president “hit the nail on the head”. Read more

Threat to oil facilities: Okowa, Tompolo’s kinsmen beg NDA to sheathe sword (Trust)

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and kinsmen of ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekemuekpolo alias Tompolo, have sent passionate appeal to the Niger Delta Avengers to rescind their earlier decision to a ceasefire. The appeal came on the backdrop of a statement issued by the militant group weekend that it has suspended its decision to stay hostilities and pave way for amicable negotiations with the federal government as it renounced the Pan Delta Forum (PANDEF), an umbrella platform in the region interfacing with the federal authorities led by elder statesman, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark. Read more

Notorious armed robbers, cultists escape from police custody in Bayelsa (Nation)

Unascertained number of notorious armed robbers and cultists have escaped from the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( SARS ) of the Nigerian Police in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. The police were said to be combing all the nooks and crannies of the state capital to rearrest the suspected daredevil criminals. While some said the fleeing number was 10, security sources said the police were still trying to determine the figure. But one of them, it was gathered, had been rearrested by the police. Read more

Youths take leadership, mentorship campaign to secondary school (Nation)

Youths mostly university undergraduates have showed their commitment to train secondary school pupils to become visionary leaders that will help Nigeria achieve sustainable development. The youths in their resolve to train and mentor young students for leadership and career opportunities  organised a Youth and Leadership Career Summit for secondary school pupils under the aegis of i-Mentor Education Foundation. Themed “Youth Innovation; a Panacea to Underdevelopment,” the summit held at Iwerekun Community High School, Lakowe, Ibeju Lekki at Ajah area of Lagos state. Read more

149 Nigerians return home from Libya with IOM’s help (LibyanExpress)

149 Nigerian returnees who had been stranded in Libya, returned home bringing the total number brought back to the country in the last five weeks to 975. Comprising 29 females, 115 males and five children, the returnees were assisted by the International Organisation for Migration, IOM. Read more

Fire destroys TV station in Lagos (Sun)

A late evening fire on Monday destroyed the office of HipTV, a cable television station located on Ogundana street, off Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos. Daily Sun learnt that the inferno which started in the studio razed part of the building some transmission equipment before it was contained by the combined efforts of the Lagos State Fire Service and the neighbours in the community. According to Ayo Animashaun, CEO, Hip TV, no life was lost adding some a staff member sustained minor injury while salvaging the equipment and operational vehicles parked inside the premises. Read more

Bauchi road crashes claim 135 lives, injure 1,118 in 10 months (Trust)

135 lives were said to have been lost in various road accidents across Bauchi State between January and October, 2017. This was contained in a statistics of road crashes by the Bauchi State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) between January and October 2017. The statistics also indicated that 1,118 others obtained varying degrees of injuries within the same period. According to the report, the figures were obtained from 244 road crashes involving 2,148 people and 273 vehicles. Read more

Forgery: Court adjourn’s Misau’s arraignment  until Dec 12 (Punch)

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday adjourned until December 12, the arraignment of the Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isah Misau, on charges of making false documents. Justice Anwuli Chikere adjourned the matter after the defence counsel, Mr. Joshua Musa (SAN), opposed the arraignment of the senator on the basis of an irregularity noticed on the face of the charges. According to the lawyer, the absence of the Nigerian Bar Association’s stamp pasted to the charges, amounts to an irregularity under Rule 10 of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners. Read more

NAF destroys oil barges of stolen oil products in N’ Delta (Sun)

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has successfully destroyed some oil barges containing stolen oil products at Adokiakiri community in the Niger Delta. The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. According to Adesanya, the illegal oil barges and storage facilities were spotted by NAF EC-135 Helicopter during an armed reconnaissance mission on Nov.5. Read more

9,000 benefit from FG’s cash transfer in Kogi (Trust)

The Head of Unit of the federal government’s Conditional Cash Transfer Programme in Kogi, Mrs Falilat Abdulrasak has said that over 9000 people have so far been receiving the N5,000 monthly cash transfer designed for the vulnerable and poorest of the poor in the state. She disclosed this on Tuesday during the training of another set of 82 facilitators who are to drive the implementation of the cash transfer programme across 12 local government areas of the state. Read more

Sokoto State Govt. trains 79 local miners to takeover FG mining sites – official (Trust)

Sokoto state government has sponsored the training of no fewer than 79 local miners to acquire modern skills to takeover several Federal Government mining sites in the state. Malam Imam Imam, the Special Adviser to Gov. Aminu Tambuwal on Media and Public Relations, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Sokoto. Imam said the gesture was to boost solid mineral potential of the state, adding it was one area that had received the state government’s attention and focus for development. Read more

Car stolen in Abuja recovered in C/River – Police (Trust)

The FCT Police Command has said a car reported stolen at gunpoint in Zuba, Abuja was traced to and recovered from a buyer in Yamite, Cross River State. The command’s spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, said four suspects have since been arrested in connection to the carjacking. He said the suspects, Iliyasu Ibrahim, 33, Abubakar Audu, 29, both from Ankpa, Kogi State, Samuel Unwujo, 32, of Mararaba, Nasarawa State and Abu Shuaibu, 27, of Tungan Maje, Abuja, on October 10, 2017, reportedly snatched a Toyota Camry car in Zuba and sold it for N450,000 at Yamite, Cross River State. Read more

Emenalo quits as Chelsea technical director after 10 Years (Soccernet)

Former Super Eagles defender, Michael Emenalo has stepped down from his position as Chelsea technical director after a decade working at Stamford Bridge. Emenalo arrived at the club in 2007, appointed to the scouting staff by then first-team manager Avram Grant. He was briefly assistant first-team coach to Carlo Ancelotti, replacing Ray Wilkins, a move which drew criticism given his lack of coaching experience, although he has since gained his Uefa Pro Licence. The former Nigeria international was appointed technical director in July 2011 and has led Chelsea’s scouting and recruitment, including the network of loaned out youngsters. Read more

FC Ifeanyi Ubah unveil Ladan Bosso as new Coach (Soccernet)

Former El-Kanemi Warriors FC coach Isa Ladan Bosso was on Monday unveiled as new head coach of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Saharareporterssport.com reports. The former Flying Eagles coach, replaced Ghanaian gaffer Yaw Preko, who parted ways with the club at the end of last season  after the expiration of his one-year  contract with the Anambra Warriors. Bosso on his own part, ended his two-year contract with the El-Kanemi side at the end of last season, helping them to finish in sixth position, thereby failing to pick the targeted continental ticket for the club. Read more

Kalu makes Belgium Team of the Week (Soccernet)

Another sterling display by Nigerian winger Samuel Kalu has earned him a place in the Belgian First Division A Team of the Week. The 20-year-old was quite spectacular as Gent beat Standard Liege 1-0 at the Ghelamco Arena on game week fourteen last Friday. He played for 84 minutes before making way for Thomas Foket. Friday’s outing was Kalu’s 10th league appearance and he has scored 3 goals so far. Read more

Algeria star : Nigeria not coming as tourists, we won’t take game lightly (AllNigeriaSoccer)

Nimes defender Liassine Bentaïba Cadamuro has opined that the Super Eagles will be competitive when they face the Algerian National Team on Friday, even though they have already qualified for the World Cup. Desert Foxes coach Rabah Madjer has summoned Cadamuro for the upcoming games against Nigeria and Central African Republic due to his versatility as he can operate as a right back, central defender or left back. Read more

Aina, Ekong, Balogun join Eagles camp training on Tuesday evening  (AllNigeriaSoccer)

Three Super Eagles players have arrived the team’s Golden Tulip Farah Hotel in Rabat, bringing the total number of players confirmed to be in camp to 18. Chelsea defender Ola Aina, Mainz ace Leon Balogun and Bursaspor’s William Troost-Ekong have reported for international duty. The players in camp will not workout in the gym on Tuesday morning, and their first training session on Moroccan soil will hold later this evening on the grass. Read more

Moscow hopes to avoid Russia’s non-participation in 2018 Winter Olympics (TASS)

Moscow hopes to continue interaction with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and would like to avoid the scenario of the Russian national team’s non-participation in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. “We hope that interaction with the IOC will continue and all the issues will be settled,” the presidential spokesman said in response to a journalists’ question about whether the Kremlin considered it possible to give up participation in the Olympics, if the International Olympic Committee did not change its tough requirements for the Russian national team. Read more

British cyclists break record for most number of countries visited by bike in seven days (CyclingWeekly)

Two cyclists have just broken the world record for the number of countries visited by bike by a team in a seven-day period, travelling to 14 sovereign nations from October 28 to November 3. Adventurers Aaron Rolph and Paul Guest broke the previous record of 13 countries by starting in Poland and then visiting the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and completed the journey in Greece. Read more

West Ham boots boss Bilic, has eyes on Moyes (TheJapaneseNews)

West Ham fired manager Slaven Bilic on Monday following the team’s slide into the English Premier League relegation zone and was set to hand David Moyes an opportunity to rebuild his coaching reputation as the successor. Bilic was under pressure for weeks and acknowledged it was a “very logical move” to remove him after West Ham’s latest big loss, 4-1 at home to Liverpool on Saturday. “Disappointed, but not in the club. I expected it,” Bilic said outside the West Ham training ground after meeting with members of the club’s board. Read more

Liverpool’s injury problems get worse with two blows in two days (101GreatGoals)

Liverpool entered the international break on a high following a 4-1 away win at West Ham. The Reds welcomed Sadio Mane back into the fold for the Hammers game, and Mane’s impact was huge. Mohamed Salah also continued his amazing start to his Anfield career against the Irons. The Egyptian, who has been given the international break off to rest, has 12 goals in all competitions already this season. Liverpool’s top scorer last year was Philippe Coutinho with 14 goals. But Liverpool have also been hit with more injury setbacks in the last two days. Read more

Fernandinho can offer Brazil midfield alternative (Goal)

The Manchester City midfielder is set to start against Japan on Friday and says the World Cup can’t come quick enough for the Selecao. Fernandinho remains hopeful of breaking into the Brazil starting XI and says he can offer a different option in midfield. The Manchester City man has been in excellent form for the runaway Premier League leaders this season and has established himself as a regular in Tite’s Brazil squad, amassing 583 minutes under the current boss. Read more

In Seoul, Trump calls for North Korea to “make a deal” (ABCNews)

In a striking shift of tone, President Donald Trump abandoned his aggressive rhetoric toward North Korea on Tuesday, signaling a willingness to negotiate as he urged Pyongyang to “come to the table” and “make a deal.” Trump, in his first day on the Korean Peninsula, again pushed Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons program, but sidelined apocalyptic threats for an optimistic note, saying confidently, if vaguely, that “ultimately, it’ll all work out.” And while he said the United States would use military force if needed, he expressed his strongest inclination yet to deal with rising tensions with Pyongyang through diplomacy. Read more

Israeli manipulation mirrors Balfour’s endeavours (MEM)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to London for the centenary commemoration of the Balfour Declaration included an interview with the BBC. It was made clear that both the one-state and the two-state scenarios are not what Netanyahu envisages as an outcome. The statements given during the interview should provide ample proof that deliberate diplomatic procrastination is the only favourable option for Israel, as during such delays it consolidates its colonial expansion with the intent of eliminating Palestine completely. Read more

French police launch anti-terrorism raids (Reuters)

French police launched an anti-terrorism operation on Tuesday, with raids on premises in the Alpes-Maritimes region in the southeast, a police source said. The operation comes a week after France introduced tougher national security laws to permanently replace emergency powers given to police and intelligence services following deadly attacks by Islamist militants on Paris two years ago. Read more

Fox News cancels Donald Trump impeachment adverts (Independent)

Fox News has said it will not air any more adverts that call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment due to its viewers’ angry response. The US channel said it would be pulling the plug on the ads which urge TV viewers to sign a petition that has already been signed by 1.5 million people calling for President Trump’s impeachment. The $10 million “Need to Impeach” ad campaign, which is funded by Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer, was launched in late October and has already incurred the wrath of President Trump. Read more

Catalonia’s ex-leader urges unity as deadline for secessionist pact nears (Reuters)

Catalonia’s deposed leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday urged the region’s political forces to unite against Spain, as hours remained for him to agree terms for an electoral pact with other pro-independence parties. Puigdemont went into self-imposed exile in Belgium last month after Spain’s central government fired his secessionist administration, dissolved the Catalan parliament and called an election in the region for Dec 21. Read more

 

 

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