SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE – FEBRUARY 3, 2019
Presidency orders probe of Osinbajo’s Caverton helicopter crash in Kogi
The nation was saved from tragedy on Saturday as the helicopter, Augusta AW139, conveying Vice-President Prof Yemi Osinbajo crash-landed in Kogi State. The incident occurred in Kabba, where the VP had visited in continuation of his engagement of Nigerians on the ‘Next Level’ re-election plan of President Muhammadu Buhari. The Presidency said the accident would be investigated in line with the protocol of such incidents. Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, disclosed that an investigation would be immediately set in motion.
APC, PDP bicker over EIU Report on Atiku
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have disagreed over the report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Africa which projected that the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, will win the February 16 presidential election with a slim margin. While the APC dismissed the report as spurious, the PDP said the report reflects the reality, which is that Nigerians are yearning for a change in administration. The EIU Africa had on Friday asserted that the presidential candidate of the PDP would win the February 16 presidential election, but cautioned that the margin of victory was getting narrower as the election approaches.
Obasanjo seeks political peace in Ogun
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday held a closed-door meeting with chieftains of political parties and security agencies ahead of the general elections in Ogun. The meeting, which was held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, lasted about two hours and was attended by representatives of four political parties in the state. They are the All Progressives Congress (APC), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Action Democratic Party (ADM) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC)
RECs in confusion as INEC centralises returning, collation officers’ selection
The decision of the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission to appoint Returning Officers and Collation Officers for all categories of the 2019 elections appears to be creating confusion among the Resident Electoral Commissioners who regard the recruitment as their responsibilities. The RECs believed that the responsibility to appoint the returning officers and collation officers for the elections at the ward, local government and state levels belonged to them and had started the process of recruiting the ROs and COs.
Onnoghen to ask CCT chair to disqualify self for alleged fraud
Barring any last-minute changes, the defence team of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, will, on Monday, ask the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, to disqualify himself from the trial. The application for recusal will be based on the fact that Umar has been charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for fraud and thus cannot be trusted to deliver a fair judgement. A top source said, “The CCT chairman has been acting in a way that suggests that we may not get a fair hearing. He is facing charges by the EFCC, which means his character and his ability to deliver justice is in question.
Maku tasks politicians, INEC on peaceful, credible elections
Former Minister of Information, Chief Labaran Maku has urged politicians not to create chances for violence, as no political office is worth the life of any person. Maku, who is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), gave the charge on Friday during the signing of a peace pact at the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) office in Lafia.He said: “As a former minister and Supervising Minister of Defence, election violence shows perceived lack of neutrality of the electoral umpire and desperation of politicians.” “If because of our political pursuit people are killed, who are we going to lead when we become the president or governor”?“We must be guided by good conscience knowing full well that one day, we are all going to stand before God and be judged based on our deeds.”
FG: Lagos-Ibadan rail line to commence operations next week
The federal government, Friday, disclosed that the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan railway project, would commence passenger service by 6th of February, 2019. Government, through the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, gave the hint after inspecting the project site in Agbado, near Abeokuta. Amaechi, stated that the inspection may be the last before the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo flags off the service in the next few days. According to Amaechi, “I am impressed and from what I have seen, the Vice President is still going to ride on the train on the 6th except he has other arrangements.”
Access Bank/Lagos marathon: Ethiopians dislodge Kenyans, win $50,000 star prizes
East Africans on Saturday retained their dominance of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon carting away the star prizes in the male and female categories of $50,000 each. However, this time around, an Ethiopian, Sintatehu Legese, won the star prize of $50, 000 in the male category, finishing the race in two hours, 17 minutes and 28 seconds. Legese beat the defending champion, Joshua Kiprotich, from Kenya, who breasted the tape in two hours, 18 minutes and 16 seconds to emerge the first runner up with a prize money of $40,000. Kiprotich’s compatriot, William Yegon, came third in the time of 2 hours, 19 minutes and four seconds, winning $30,000. In the female category, it was a clean sweep for Ethiopia as the trio of Meseret Dinke, Alemenesh Guta and Kebena Chala finished first, second and third to win $50,000, $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.
Confed Cup: Lobi crash at home to Wydad
Lobi Stars’ hopes of progressing into the knockout round of the CAF Champions League suffered a huge setback following a 1-0 home defeat to Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, on Saturday. It was the Makurdi club’s second defeat in Group A after they went down by the same score line against Asec Mimosas of Ivory Coast on Match Day 2. Mohamed Nahiri netted the winning goal from the spot in the 20th minute blasting past Olufemi Kayode, in goal for Lobi Stars.
Joshua likely to make US debut
Anthony Joshua is “very likely” to scrap his world heavyweight title defence scheduled to take place at Wembley Stadium on April 13, promoter Eddie Hearn has said. WBA-WBO-IBF-IBO champion Joshua was due to step into the ring for the second bout in a two-fight deal at England’s national stadium this spring, but Hearn told IFL TV that his team is continuing to explore their options. Joshua’s next opponent is still to be confirmed, but British compatriot Dillian Whyte and American Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller have both been touted as options.
Seabed search for Sala, pilot begins
A seabed search for the missing plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot could start on Sunday. Cardiff City’s new signing disappeared with pilot David Ibbotson over the English Channel on 21 January. Two vessels will conduct sonar surveys off Guernsey, said David Mearns who is coordinating part of the search. Cushions believed to be from the plane were found on a beach near Surtainville, on France’s Cotentin Peninsula, on Monday.
Argentine Sala, 28, and Mr Ibbotson, 59, from Crowle, North Lincolnshire, were travelling from Nantes, where Sala previously played, when the flight was lost.
Man City have leaders to catch Liverpool, says Guardiola
Pep Guardiola is convinced that Manchester City have enough leaders to chase down a significant points deficit in the league, something he has never previously achieved as a manager. Guardiola’s side go into Sunday’s Premier League home match against Arsenal in third place, five points behind leaders Liverpool with 14 games to play. City suffered their fourth defeat in nine league matches as they were beaten 2-1 at Newcastle on Tuesday in a lethargic display. They were without the leadership skills of club captain Vincent Kompany, who has made only six league starts this season because of injuries.
Venezuelan protesters rock the capital demanding re-elections
Venezuela’s opposition leader called on more members of the military to abandon the country’s socialist government following the defection of a high-ranking general, as President Nicolas Maduro proposed holding early National Assembly elections that could potentially oust his challenger. Maduro’s call for early legislative voting is likely to intensify a political standoff with rival Juan Guaido, who heads the opposition-controlled National Assembly and is demanding a new presidential election.
Russia suspends nuclear arms treaty after U.S. says to pull out
Russia has suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday, after the United States announced it would withdraw from the arms control pact, accusing Moscow of violations. Moscow’s relations with the West are strained over issues including Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, allegations of meddling in the U.S. presidential election and being behind a nerve agent attack in Britain.
Queen to be evacuated if Brexit turns ugly – reports
British officials have revived cold war emergency plans to relocate the royal family should there be riots in London if Britain suffers a disruptive departure from the European Union, two Sunday newspapers have reported. “These emergency evacuation plans have been in existence since the cold war but have now been repurposed in the event of civil disorder following a no-deal Brexit,” the Sunday Times said, quoting an unnamed source from the government’s Cabinet Office, which handles sensitive administrative issues.
Apple says the FaceTime bug fix that was originally expected to launch this week
A bug in FaceTime allowed pretty much anyone to spy on users even when they didn’t answer calls. The eavesdropping bug was rapidly acknowledged by Apple, who pulled Group FaceTime completely to prevent further exploits, promising a fix by the end of the week. But in a statement for MacRumors, Apple now says that the fix is being tested internally, only that it won’t be released this week, with the target now being the next one. “We have fixed the Group FaceTime security bug on Apple’s servers and we will issue a software update to re-enable the feature for users next week. We thank the Thompson family for reporting the bug.
Spotify negotiating Gimlet podcast company acquisition for roughly $230M
The podcast format has seen a huge resurgence in popularity in recent years, with original series drawing in audiences comparable to shows and movies on streaming video services. The streaming music market has especially become interested in podcasts, with the latest being multiple reports of Spotify in “advanced talks” to acquire Gimlet Media, the podcast production network behind popular series like Reply All, StartUp, and Crimetown.
Samsung’s entire Galaxy S10 lineup leaks, showing cameras, screens, and more
We’re extremely close to Samsung making an official announcement about their newest Galaxy S phones, which means press renders are due to start leaking. And, right on cue, a few images have popped up detailing three models of the Galaxy S10 family, including the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+. While the latter two models have pretty much all of the major features that we’re expecting from flagship devices, the Galaxy S10e will be the budget-friendly option that appears to have a few things removed.