SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE – JANUARY 9, 2019
Tinubu attacks Atiku, says ex-VP not fit for President
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has said former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar does not deserve another shot at power because he blew his opportunity during his eight years’ reign under former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Tinubu said rather than use the opportunity of being in control of the Obasanjo government’s privatisation programme to shine, Atiku allowed himself to be blinded by greed, leading to the squandering of billions of dollars pumped into the power sector.
Tinubu said beyond the sheer ambition of being in power, Atiku had no vision for Nigeria and should therefore be rejected by Nigerians in the February 16 presidential poll.
Only criminals afraid of ‘Operation Python Dance’ – FG
The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who made the declaration at a media briefing in Abuja, said only criminals were afraid of the security operations known as ‘Operation Python Dance’. “If you’re not a criminal no need to worry about the military operations because if there is insecurity the same people complaining would also blame the government of not doing enough to protect lives and property,” Mohammed said. Mohammed also expressed optimism that the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities would soon be called off with the decision by the federal government to implement most of the contentious issues.
PDP, Atiku know Buhari is honest – Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says that members of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and their Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar know that President Muhammadu Buhari is an honest man. Osinbajo stated this while addressing the `Drive 4 Buhari-Osinbajo’ rally organised by the `I am Ready’ campaign group alongside other support groups on Tuesday in Abuja. Referring to an earlier remark by Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Osinbajo said that with Buhari Nigeria’s wealth is safe.
‘President Buhari enjoys acceptability across party lines’
Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting with Ogun Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, alongside the gubernatorial candidate of opposition Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade, as a positive development. A statement issued on Tuesday by the group’s Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, said that the meeting was not necessarily a sign of President Buhari’s endorsement of the APM candidate.
Anyone with information on shady deals involving my wife, son should publish it — Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said he will soon take action on the retirement of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. The President, who also noted that he refused to change service chiefs to avoid competition within the services, stated this in a recorded interview aired by Arise TV late Monday night. Buhari also challenged anyone with information on alleged shady deals involving his wife and son to publish it, even as he denied instructing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to stop the probe of former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who recently joined the All Progressives Congress, APC, from the main opposition party, People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Akwa Ibom CP shuns Armed Forces heroes event
The Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo stunned Akwa Ibom people, early in the week, when he shunned the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal Fund launch. The event, an annual national ritual to mark the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration was held at the Governor’s Office Annex in Uyo. Kimo was conspicuously absent, though all other service chiefs in the state put up spirited appearances to remember the unsung military heroes. Since his posting to Akwa Ibom, Kimo has been accused of being antagonistic to the state government.
FBN MMF gets ‘Aa-(f)’ rating from Agusto
Agusto & Co has given the FBN Money Market Fund an ‘Aa-(f)’ rating. It said the rating assigned to the fund reflected its minimal to low exposure to downside risk (impairment to the net asset value) in the medium term, and would expire on November 30, 2019. According to a statement by the rating organisation, the FBN MMF has maintained low exposure to credit risk by investing in good quality assets with minimum credit rating of ‘Bbb’ in local currency. The statement said the fund had also kept a good proportion of investments in liquid FGN securities, with an average of 46 per cent during the review period.
CCTV footage exposes policemen who raided Lagos night club
The management of Lakers County, a popular night club in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, is seeking redress over an attack by men of the Anti-Cultism Unit of the Lagos State Police Command, who allegedly invaded its premises on Sunday and seized from its customers and workers valuables worth several millions of naira. Closed-circuit television footage provided to PUNCH Metro by the club’s management revealed how the officers perpetuated the act that sent shivers down the spines of the customers and workers on duty at the club at that time.
Court jails 81-year-old ex-soldier 25 years for killing
An Ado-Ekiti State High Court, on Tuesday, sentenced a retired military man, 81-year-old Richard Ogunboyo, to 25 years in prison for killing one Felix Esan.
Ogunboyo, who was the head of a vigilante group in Iyin Ekiti, was said to have committed the offence on December 15, 2016, in the community. Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, in his judgement, said the charge of murder against the convict could not be substantiated, but a case of manslaughter was established. “Considering his age and the discretion of the court, he is hereby sentenced to 25 years imprisonment without an option of fine,” Ogunmoye ruled.
Solari in the dark over VAR
Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari on Tuesday called for the video assistant referee rules to be made clearer after admitting he has no idea how the system works following penalty controversy at the weekend. Madrid fell to a limp 2-0 defeat 2-0 at home to Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday, and were denied a penalty in the second half while they still trailed by a single goal. Solari was incensed after referee Jose Munuera ruled that Madrid forward Vinicius Junior was not fouled by Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli while bearing down on goal in the 65th minute and then decided against consulting the VAR team, which did not refer the incident to Munuera.
Trump claims border crisis is a ‘humanitarian’ one in plea for $5.7bn wall
Donald Trump has claimed the US-Mexico border crisis is a humanitarian one of “the heart and soul” in a plea to get funding for his wall. The US president, addressing the nation on TV from the Oval Office for the first time, said Congress needed to approve the $5.7bn (£4.5bn) wall on the southern border on security and humanitarian grounds. On the 18th day of a partial government shutdown over the wall funding, Mr Trump called on newly empowered Democrats to meet with him, saying it was “immoral” for “politicians to do nothing”.
Mark Zuckerberg promises to host a series of public debates on the future of technology
Mark Zuckerberg has announced that his annual “personal challenge” for 2019 will be to host a series of public talks about the role of Facebook in society. The Facebook founder and chief executive said he would “engage more” with debates about the future of technology and “put [him]self out there” more than he had previously been “comfortable with”. The challenge was a contrast with Mr Zuckerberg’s 2018 goal of “fixing” Facebook’s problems with hate speech, election interference and mindless browsing, in which he acknowledged that the social network had “a lot of work to do”.