SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 14, 2018
Oshiomhole: Amosun, Okorocha Are Loyal Party Men, Will Support APC Candidates
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday tried to quench the raging fire in the ruling party, using kind words to describe its estranged governors, who had been up in arms against him, since the party’s recent primaries. Four governors, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State), Chief Rochas Okorocha (Imo State), Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State) and Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara State), had been engaged in a public spat with Oshiomhole, accusing him of scuttling the chances of their preferred candidates in the recently concluded primaries.
Nnamdi Kanu: Defence team makes a U-turn on Orji Kalu’s summons
The defence team of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, has dropped its push to have a former Governor of Abia State Orji Kalu appear before the Federal High Court in Abuja and testify about the whereabouts of the Biafran activist. This, it was learnt, was due to Kanu’s surprised emergence in an online video clip reportedly showing him praying in Israel. The Federal Government was prosecuting Kanu and others on charges of treasonable felony at the Federal High Court in Abuja before he became missing since September 14, 2017 following a military invasion of his home in Afara-Ukwu in Umuahia, Abia State.
Muslim-Muslim ticket: I consulted Buhari – El-Rufai
Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Tuesday said he settled for Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, a fellow Muslim, as his running mate in the 2019 governorship election in the state because she is the right person for the job. The governor, who received in audience the people of Sanga Local Government Area at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, who came to thank him for picking their daughter as his running mate, said he based his choice on competence and performance. “Muslim-Muslim ticket is not a religious ticket but a competence and performance ticket,” the governor said.
Be unbiased during 2019 election, Bode George tasks INEC
Chief Olabode George, former Deputy National Chairman (South) of the People’s Democratic Party, has tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission to be neutral in the conduct of the 2019 elections. George, who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, urged the election umpire to conduct free and fair elections. “My appeal is that there should be nothing hindering the electoral process. The election must be fair, just and equitable,” the PDP chieftain said.
Why I won’t appear before Fayemi’s ‘fact-finding’ committee – Olayinka
Lere Olayinka, Media Aide to the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has vowed not to appear before the committee set up by his successor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to investigate the operation of the state’s radio and television during the last administration. While Olayinka insisted that he was not under any obligation to appear before the committee or any other one for that matter, he added that no invitation has been served him. The former Governor’s aide also said it was indisputable and notorious fact that the closure of the radio and television was part of the grand plot by the All Progressives Congress, APC, government to take the State by force and also illegally.
Marauders Will Soon be Forced out of Villages Forcefully Annexed, Says Lalong
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has said that those who forcefully annexed ancestral homes and villages of Plateau people would soon be forced out. Lalong gave the warning on Tuesday in Gashish community of Barkin Ladi Local Government, when he inspected the site of the proposed Mobile Police Squadron. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the community recently came under heavy attacks that left many people dead, while the survivors fled from the area.
Lagos-Abuja fast light rail service underway
In a bid to solve the challenges of gridlock and hazards involved in travelling by road from Lagos to the Federal Capital territory, Abuja, work is in the pipeline for a hi-tech transportation system for the route. The fast cable light rail project will cover the distance of Lagos and Abuja in 45 minutes at an average speed of 150km per hour but has capacity for 500km per hour. At a gathering in Lagos to sensitive members of the public to the project, the Regional Head, Skyway String Transport Technology, Mr Arogundade Samson, said the fast transport system had been carefully designed to assist the government in alleviating the sufferings of the people in moving from one point to another.
SARS reform: Public sitting opens in Lagos
The Presidential Hearing on the Reform of SARS held its public sitting in Lagos on Tuesday with stakeholders calling on Federal Government to equip and improve the welfare of the police. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the public sitting, organised by Nigeria Human Rights Commission, was attended by security agencies, lawyers, judges and civil society organizations. Speaking at the public hearing, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, said the country could be effectively protected if the police were provided with the right equipment and training.
INEC: 2,045 PVCs Stolen in Akwa Ibom
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said 2,045 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) had been stolen from its office in Akwa Ibom. INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Akwa Ibom, Delta and Cross River, Dr Mohammed Lecky, made this known at a news briefing in Uyo on Tuesday. He said that the cards were stolen from the commission’s office in Okobo Local Government Area during the recent primary elections by some political parties. Lecky said that the police were already looking into the issue and would soon apprehend the culprits.
EFCC Intercepts N211m Gold at Lagos airport
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have intercepted gold worth about N211 million being illegally transported through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. EFCC Acting Head, Media and Publicity, Mr Tony Orilade, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday. Orilade said that the consignment was en route Dubai. He said “following intelligence reports, the operatives on Nov. 9, 2018 uncovered the gold weighing about 35kg just at the point of departure of a suspect currently in the EFCC’s custody.”
Restore Nigeria Lost Glory Mabo Tells NFF
The Nigeria Football Federation has now set a new history, this is will be the first time Nigeria will not be at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, Nigeria is missing in the lineup of the sixth edition, which kicked off on Tuesday in Uruguay. The former handler of the Super Falcons, Coach Ismalia Mabo, who is saddened by the development, has asked the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to revive what he described as ‘lost glory’ of women football.
Nigeria players to get R360k incentive for each goal scored against Bafana
A huge cash incentive of R360 000 has been promised to the players of Nigeria for each goal scored against Bafana Bafana in the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier. South Africa welcome the Super Eagles to FNB Stadium on Saturday for their penultimate Group E clash and a win for either side will guarantee them a spot in the tournament held in Cameroon next year. In order to further motivate the West Africans quest of qualification, the Governor of Delta State Ifeanyi Okowa has pledged a cash bonus to each of the players.
Outrage as 13-year-old Thai boxer dies in ring
Thais have reacted with shock and anger after a 13-year-old boxer died during a charity bout, reviving calls for a ban on fights between children in the brutal Muay Thai martial art. Thai boxing is hugely popular in the country and many fighters enter the sport at a young age in search of fame and fortune. But the involvement of kids who sometimes start under 10 years of age in bouts that use kicks and elbows to the head — often without headguards — has stirred frequent criticism.
We’re not afraid of Nigeria, insists Baxter
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says he and his team holds no fear over facing Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg. Baxter, who is gunning for his third win in three games when Bafana face the Super Eagles, expects the three-time African champions to have vengeance on their mind ahead of the clash. The British gaffer led South Africa to a 2-1 win over Nigeria in 2004 in a Mandela Challenge before defeating the Super Eagles 2-0 in a 2019 AFCON qualifier in Uyo in June 2017 – his first match in his second stint at the helms.
Trump’s furious reaction when monarch FALLS ASLEEP during Macron’s WW1 speech
The world leaders were gathered in Paris to mark 100 years since Armistice Day, but President Macron, who delivered the address, evidently didn’t have everyone’s attention. King Mohammed VI of Morocco was caught bowing his head and nodding off on camera which captivated the American president in a way the French leader could not. Mr Trump snaps his head towards the sleepy sovereign whilst US First Lady Melania Trump, sitting between the two, maintained composure and appeared to miss the silent altercation.
Melania Trump Calls for Deputy National Security Adviser’s Firing
Melania Trump on Tuesday called for the firing of deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel amid reports that President Donald Trump may be weighing several more major shakeups to his administration. “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,” a spokesperson for FLOTUS said of Ricardel in a comment to ABC. The remark is uncharacteristically harsh for the first lady, but there’s a backstory. Read on to find out more about what’s going on.
A year after Mugabe, hopes for a new Zimbabwe still low
A year since a trio of army generals held former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe under house arrest as part of a 10-day military operation that enabled his protege, Emmerson Mnangagwa, to take power, there are mixed feelings as to how different the proclaimed “new dispensation” is from Mugabe’s autocracy. In an unprecedented show of support for the de facto coup, on November 18, 2017, hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans marched the streets, demanding the veteran ruler step down.
Pence takes Suu Kyi to task over Myanmar treatment of Rohingya
The violence which drove 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh was “without excuse”, US Vice President Mike Pence told Aung San Suu Kyi in stinging comments on a summit sideline on Wednesday.
Suu Kyi has seen her reputation as a rights defender destroyed by her refusal to speak up for the Rohingya, a stateless group reviled in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. Pence added to the pressure on Suu Kyi, who this week has had an Amnesty International honour revoked and faced sharp words from Malaysia’s premier at a usually tame meeting of Southeast nations in Singapore.
Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Microsoft has re-released the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Version 1809 was originally released and started to roll out on Tues, 2nd October. However, it hit a sticky wicket pretty quickly and Microsoft decided to cease the OS software’s deployment. There were a few problems being reported with 1809 but the biggest was probably the user file ‘deletion’ bug. I’ve used inverted commas there because later Microsoft revealed that the user files weren’t usually deleted, just squirrelled away somewhere, so were recoverable. That was a relief to many as file locations affected by the bug included the important personal Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos folders.