SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 17, 2018
Otedola endorses Sanwo-Olu
Business mogul, Femi Otedola, has endorsed the Lagos State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for governor. Otedola, who is the Chairman of Forte Oil PLC, was only last month rumoured to be running for governor on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, a report which he neither denied nor confirmed. Media entrepreneur, Mr. Dele Momodu had said in September that Otedola had personally confirmed to him that he would be contesting the governorship seat.
2019 presidential, NASS campaigns begin Sunday –INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission will on Sunday lift ban on campaign for 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections slated for February 16, 2019. A statement by Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, INEC Director Of Voter Education and Publicity, on Saturday in Abuja said that political parties who fielded candidates for both elections would commence campaigns across the country. Osaze-Uzzi said that the commencement of campaigns was in line with the Timetable and Schedule of Activities issued by the INEC.
I did not collect salary for 8 years as governor, claims Aregbesola
The outgoing governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has said that he did not earn salaries throughout the eight years of his administration. Aregbesola disclosed this during an interactive session tagged ‘Ogbeni Till Day Break’ on Saturday in Osogbo. The governor said since it was the state that was feeding him, fueling his cars and provided him with accommodation, there was no need for him to be paid.
Kwara bye-election peaceful says REC
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kwara, Garba Madami, has described the Ekiti/Isin/Oke-Ero and Irepodun federal constituency bye-election as peaceful. Madami said this on Saturday in Omu-Aran, the headquarters of Irepodun Local Government area of the state while speaking with newsmen. He said Nigerians should emulate the people of the constituency because of the way they conducted themselves during the election on Saturday.
Police protest lack of accommodation in Imo
Scores of operatives from the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Imo State police command on Saturday blocked the Owerri/Orlu road in the state capital in protest. The operatives who were demonstrating for the second day in a row caused traffic gridlock and panic in the area. Shooting sporadically into the air, the demonstrators wore masks to hide their identities and set bonfires on the high way. Narrating their ordeal to newsmen, one of the policemen said, “we have been pushed out of our quarters on Orlu road by the management of Federal Medical Center, Owerri.”
Soldiers caught on camera shooting, beating up traders in Lagos
Officials of the Nigerian Army on Saturday were caught on camera shooting sporadically and assaulting traders at CMS area of Lagos Island. Eyewitnesses alleged some persons in the area had earlier ganged up to beat up a military officer which spurred a retaliation from the soldiers. “Soldiers stormed CMS shooting sporadically and beating both traders and passersby. It was alleged that some guys beat up a soldier there and the latter called for reinforcement,” an eyewitness said.
Delta monarch, Ovie of Idjerhe Kingdom dies
The Ovie of Idjerhe Kingdom and chairman of Traditional Rulers Council in the Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, His Royal Majesty, Edward Igho Otadaferua, Erhiekevwe 1, is dead. Our correspondent gathered that the Urhobo monarch died after a brief illness. It was gathered on Saturday that the Idjerhe king, the second largest kingdom in Urhobo land had not been seen in public gatherings in the last three months. A senior chief in the kingdom, who confirmed the development under a strict condition of anonymity, said the demise of the traditional ruler was being kept from public knowledge owing to traditional demands.
Gold Cup: Lobi ready for Sunshine Stars test, says Ogbeide
Lobi Stars Technical Adviser, Solomon Ogbeide has predicted a tough clash against Sunshine Stars in the Matchday 3 of the Gold Cup Tourney on Saturday, NationSport reports. The Makurdi-based side began their campaign at the 6th edition of the Gold Cup Tourney by defeating FC Ebedei 1-0 on Thursday but lost 1-0 to Cynosure FC in their second game on Friday. Saviour Francis of Cynosure FC scored the only goal that turned out to be the match winner in the 55th minute.
Morocco qualify for Cup of Nations after Malawi lose
Morocco qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday when Group B rivals Malawi lost 2-1 away to out-of-contention Comoros. They are the sixth country after hosts Cameroon, Senegal, Madagascar, Egypt and Tunisia to secure a place at the finals, which will feature 24 teams for the first time. The Comoran victory in Mitsamiouli in the Indian Ocean island state gave Morocco an unassailable six-point advantage over Malawi with only one match day left.
Norway stunned as warship sinks after collision
A maritime blunder then a ruinous rescue attempt has left a multi-million dollar warship under NATO command almost entirely submerged in a Norwegian fjord. A large hole was torn into the side of KNM Helge Ingstad when it collided with a Malta-registered oil tanker, Sola TS, in the early hours of November 8. The frigate, one of five in the Scandinavian country’s navy, had been moving around inner fjords in western Norway for navigation training before it collided with the 250-meter long tanker (820 ft) that was sailing out of an oil terminal. While military crew reportedly drove the vessel up on underwater rocks in order to prevent it from sinking, the tanker emerged relatively unscathed.
CIA reportedly concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered killing of Jamal Khashoggi
The CIA believes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it has been reported. Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi Arabia’s current leadership, died in Istanbul in October. He had disappeared during a visit to the Saudi consulate in the city, where he had gone to pick up documentation ahead of his planned marriage to a Turkish woman. Though the Saudi government have so far denied that Prince Mohammed had any role in Khashoggi’s death, claiming it was the work of a ‘rogue operation’, .
Iraq president visits Iran
Iraq’s new President Barham Saleh made his first official visit to neighbouring Iran on Saturday, calling for “a new order in the region”. Saleh met his counterpart Hassan Rouhani to discuss trade, transport links and efforts to tackle dust pollution that plagues areas on both sides of the border. “It is now time for a new order in the region that would meet the interests of all countries in it,” Saleh told a Tehran news conference, according to a translation provided by Iran’s state broadcaster. “We believe Iran has an important role to play in this new order,” he added. Saleh, a 58-year-old moderate Kurd, was elected last month to the largely ceremonial role of president.
Maldives gets a new president
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was inaugurated Saturday as the new president of the Maldives after the opposition united to dislodge pro-China strongman leader Abdulla Yameen in September elections. Solih, 54, emerged as common opposition candidate as all key dissidents were either jailed or forced into exile by Yameen who took power following a controversial run-off in 2013. At a special session of parliament held at the National Football Stadium in the capital Male, Solih was sworn in with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi among those in attendance.
US politician wins election by one vote
It was an oft-repeated mantra of the hotly-contested US midterm elections: “Every vote counts.” That turned out to be true for a number of close races on November 6, but perhaps nowhere more so than in Kentucky. Democrat Jim Glenn is poised to win a seat in the state’s legislature by one vote after a final tally was announced Thursday, besting incumbent Republican DJ Johnson. There were 12,637 votes cast in the district, which hugs the Ohio River along the northern border of the Midwestern state.