SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
Edo election: INEC to announce position on postponement today
The Independent Electoral Commission will announce its position on calls for the postponement of the Edo State governorship election, it has been gathered.
The Department of State Services and the Nigerian Police Force had on Wednesday called for the postponement of the election as a result of threats by insurgents and extremists to cause mayhem. Read more
Apple unveils iPhone 7
Apple on Wednesday unveiled two upgraded versions of its iPhone and a new waterproof smartwatch, seeking to reignite growth for the iconic technology maker.
The iPhone 7 and larger iPhone 7 Plus, with new camera technology, 50-meter water resistance and other features, were the highlight of an Apple media event in San Francisco. Read more
Counter-terrorism: Air Force Equal To Task – CAS
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said it was important for the force to evaluate its plans from time to time to avoid gaps in whatever may have been put together for operations.
Abubakar stated this yesterday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja during a simulation of counter terrorism exercise organised by the Headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). Read more
Father of former Nigeria militant dies following military incursion – residents
The father of a former Nigerian militant leader has died from injuries suffered during a government military campaign in the oil-producing Delta region, a family spokesman said, raising the possibility of an inflaming of hostilities. Read more
IDPs: Arewa Creative Industry On Rescue Mission
As Nigerians answer the clarion call on the misery of the internationally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country, so many governmental and non-governmental organisations, including national and international donour groups come together to render their help in restoring the IDPs. The peril of the refugees, according to reports, needs to be reflected upon and more importantly take action on the desolation of the growing numbers of our citizens, who have been forced to migrate and become either refugees in neighbouring countries or internally displaced persons (IDPs) within the country. Read more
2 Killed As Hausa, Fulani Communities Clash In Lagos
At least two persons were yesterday killed and many others injured in Lagos State, when members of the Hausa community clashed with their Fulani counterparts in Abattoir area of Agege, over supremacy and space rights. Read more
Postpone Edo Election, Police, DSS Tell INEC
For fear of possible breach of security and attack on citizens, the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services (DSS) have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the September 10, 2016 governorship election in Edo State. Read more
The importance of investing even within a recession
Nigeria is officially in a recession. The recent official pronunciation by the government exposes the folly of Nigeria’s lack of investment in itself, from the average man on the streets right up to those who lead the country. Government income at federal, state and local levels has dropped considerably and several states are unable to pay their workers. Workers nationwide are struggling to meet their basic needs and reducing their expenditure. With consumer demand so much lower, many companies are reducing budgets, leading to mass retrenchment and tougher days ahead for those that failed to invest. Read more
My husband stripped, beat me to pulp – Wife
A trader, Margaret Agwu, on Wednesday told an Igando Customary Court, Lagos, that her husband, Onu, strips and beats her to a pulp sometimes.
Margret, who made this known when she testified in a divorce proceedings against Onu, told the court that her husband had turned her into a punching bag. Read more
Hairdresser on trial for refusing customer in hijab
A hairdresser went on trial in Norway Thursday for refusing a Muslim client wearing a hijab, in the first case in the country to go to court over the Islamic head covering.
Merete Hodne risks up to six months in prison for religious discrimination for turning Malika Bayan away from her hair salon in Bryne, a small town in southwestern Norway, in October last year. Read more
Foods that ease pain naturally
Chronic pain affects 116 million American adults. That’s more than a third of the US population. And while pain pills reduce suffering, they can be addictive and produce side effects. Worse, they often fail to eliminate the true cause of the pain. Read more
Suspected robbers arrested after auto accident
Two suspected robbers – Sunday Isiaka and Tunde Segun – have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command on Victoria Island area.
PUNCH Metro gathered that 22-year-old Isiaka, an okada rider, and Segun, 32, who used the former’s motorcycle for robbery, allegedly attacked a lady, identified only as Okoro, at about 8.30pm, at the Eko Hotel bus stop. Read more
Professor sues ICPC for seizure of books
An octogenarian professor at the United Bible University, Lagos, Augustus Macaulay, has sued the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission for what he termed the unlawful seizure of books belonging to the institution. Read more
10 health and fitness accessories for smartphones
There are loads of smartphone compatible health and fitness accessories out there. Here is a list of 10 fitness gadgets (and accessories) to get you in the best shape of your life. Read more
Force and limits of Ekiti State’s anti-grazing law
These days, the mention of nomadic Fulani herdsmen seems to have become a presage to reports of mindless killings of farmers and wanton destruction of crops across the country. In June, in Benue State, rampaging herdsmen killed at least 59 residents, including a traditional ruler, at Turan Council Ward of Logo Local Government Area of the state over a weekend. This was apart from many others who escaped with varying degrees of injuries and others who went missing after the attack. Read more
Eight things to know before taking a bank loan
There are different types of personal loans a depositor can take from his bank. While some loans may not be tied to specific purposes, others may be for certain projects such as business, mortgage and car purchase.
The lender will also ask specific questions from the borrower to be sure it will not turn to a bad debt. Read more
Robbers invade Basketmouth’s apartment in Lagos
Armed robbers on Tuesday invaded the apartment of popular comedian, Bright Okpocha, aka Basketmouth, in the Lekki area of Lagos State, carting away valuables.
Our correspondent learnt that the gun-wielding robbers stormed Basketmouth’s apartment in the Lekki Phase 1 area around 2am, and held the comedian and his family members hostage for about two hours. Read more
Edo poll: PDP kicks as DSS, police call for postponement
The national leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission expressed shock on Wednesday when it got report that the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Police Force had called for the postponement of the governorship election in Edo State.
The election is scheduled to hold on Saturday. Read more
Tell Buhari to name dialogue team, N’Delta elders urge US
Niger Delta Stakeholders including traditional rulers from the six coastal states in the region have asked the United States to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to open doors for the proposed dialogue with militants to commence by listing the Federal Government team. Read more
US Open: Serena beats Halep to reach last four
World number one Serena Williams fended off spirited Simona Halep on Wednesday, downing the fifth-seeded Romanian 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the US Open semi-finals.
Williams, seeking a record seventh US Open title and 23rd Grand Slam crown, fired 18 aces en route to the triumph, which set up a Thursday evening meeting with first-time Grand Slam semi-finalist Karolina Pliskova for a place in Saturday’s championship match. Read more
United/City: Most expensive match-up ever
This Saturday’s Manchester derby is set to be the most expensive match-up in the history of football.
The Old Trafford showdown will not only pit Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola – the most-decorated managers in Europe – against each other, but also 22 players worth over £670m in transfer fees. Read more