1st NEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – APRIL 3, 2019
We won’t return to palace, Ibadan Obas dare Olubadan
The war of words raging between Ibadan first class monarch, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji and supposed members of his council under the aegis of Olubadan-in-council again got more fuel as the Ibadan Obas, comprising members of the Olubadan-in-council and promoted Baales on Wednesday kicked against the directive of the Olubadan urging them drop their crowns and return to the palace. The monarchs described the directive as hypocritical and an aspersion on the review of the laws governing traditional institution in Oyo State, which approves their installation as beaded crown wearing kings. Oba Adetunji had in a reaction to the various accusations leveled against him by the Obas asked the Olubadan-in-council members among them to remove their crowns and come back to the palace to perform their roles as members of his council.
Osun deserves better than Adeleke – APC
The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun state has reacted to the verdict of an Abuja High Court which disqualified Ademola Adeleke from contesting the state governorship election of 2018. The party described the “verdict as a victory for the state, because Osun deserves better than an ill-educated juvenile as its governor. The APC in a statement issued by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy Kunle Oyatomi said, “long before independence, this state has produced intellectual giants and exceptionally brilliant businessmen and technocrats including jurists of international standard.
IPOB accuses Obiano, Ikpeazu of collaborating with security agencies to arrest members
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused the Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano and his Abia counterpart, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of collaborating with the Nigerian security agencies to harass and arrest its members and “innocent citizens suspected to be sympathizers to IPOB.” In a statement issued by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Comrade Emma Powerful, in Awka, Anambra state on Wednesday, he said Police officers deployed in Anambra and Abia states with the permission of Obiano and Ikpeazu have intensified manhunt and arrest of individuals and innocent citizens suspected to be sympathizer of IPOB and its members in their states.
2019 budget: Buratai wants ceiling removed on Army’s funding
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has called on the House of Representatives to prevail on the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning to exclude the Nigerian Army from the current envelope budgetary system. Buratai stated that budget ceiling should be removed in view of the ongoing reforms in the Nigerian Army. The COAS made this submission in Abuja on Wednesday when he appeared before the House Committee on Army to defend the budget of the Army proposed for 2019. Making various demands from the lawmakers, Buratai said.
NASS Leadership: Saraki, Dogara scheming to frustrate APC’s zoning formula – Nabena
A National Officer of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Yekini Nabena has warned of continued schemings by Senate President Bukola Saraki and House Speaker Yakubu Dogara to truncate the zoning arrangement put in place by the party for constituting the leadership of the 9th National Assembly. Both Saraki and Dogara are of the opposition People’s Democratic Party PDP, the duo having dumped the APC last year. Speaking with journalists Wednesday in Abuja on the heightened political activities for the leadership of the 9th National Assembly, the Bayelsa born APC chieftain cautioned the outgoing Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to steer clear of the tussle in both legislative chambers. Nabena also cautioned lawmakers on the need to abide by the decision of the party, saying the party remained supreme.
Lagos brings fresh DNA evidence against Danish murder suspect
A Lagos High Court in Igbosere on Wednesday adjourned till May 10 to allow a Danish murder suspect, Peter Nielsen, time to examine new DNA evidence brought against him by the Lagos State Government. Justice Mobolanle Okikiolu-Ighile fixed the date following an application by Nielsen’s counsel, Olasupo Shasore SAN. Shasore, a former Lagos Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, accused the state of swamping the defence with “a bundle of papers” and a flash drive containing “almost 100 pages of scientific analysis” only a day before today’s court date. Nielsen, 54, is standing trial for the last April 5 death of his Nigerian singer wife, Zainab and their three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Petra.
Expert Cautions FG on VAT Increase
s operators in different sectors of the economy continue to advise the federal government against an upward review of the Value Added Tax (VAT), a Port Harcourt-based oil and gas business magnate, Mr Adamu Mutairu, has said a hike in the VAT will not only be counterproductive, but would further impoverish Nigerians, lead to an increase in the cost of goods and services and intensify inflationary pressure. He said it was already bad enough that difficult business climate resulting from election anxiety, insecurity and hostile government policies among others have continued to hamper the growth of businesses.
Name a street after 1994 Eagles, Oliseh begs Govt
Nigeria’s ex-international and former Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has expressed gratitude to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the legend’s award given to the Super Eagles US FIFA 1994 squad. Oliseh said that words could not explain how happy he was for the recognition and urged other sports federations to emulate the NFF by honouring the nation’s sports heroes. “Indeed it is a great one for me and my teammates, those of us alive; we are very proud and it is also a moment to reflect on those who have passed on. “We say a big thank you to the leadership of the NFF led by Amaju Pinnick, we really appreciate the gesture because it would go a long way to encourage others coming behind. “Looking back at what the squad and what we achieved in 1994 at the Nations Cup, at the World Cup, also at the 1995 Afro/Asian Cup. “Indeed, we cannot but ask for all those things that can crown our joy.
NFF pays glowing tribute to Peters at 2018 Aiteo NFF Awards
The Nigeria Football Federation, through its President, Amaju Pinnick, was full of praises for the founder and Executive Vice Chairman of Aiteo Group, Benedict Peters at the 2018 Aiteo NFF Awards which held in Lagos, at Eko Hotel and Suites on Monday, April 1, 2019. Pinnick who was overwhelmed by the support of Aiteo Group, the headline sponsors of the award and Official Optimum Partner of NFF, shared with the crowd how NFF has been able to surmount several challenges and achieved stability through the intervention and benevolence of Benedict Peters.
Moise Kean: Juventus teenager racially abused in Cagliari
A week after England’s star players were racially abused during an international match in Montenegro, a rising star in Italian football was subject to racist abuse Tuesday during a Serie A match. Teenage Juventus striker Moise Kean, born in Italy to Ivorian parents, had to endure monkey chants from a section of Cagliari fans during a game Juve won 2-0. After scoring his team’s second goal late in the match, the 19-year-old held his arms aloft in front of the home fans, which intensified the abuse. “The best way to respond to racism,” he wrote on Instagram afterwards, aside a picture of himself with arms outstretched.
Woman with ‘infected memory stick’ arrested at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort
A woman carrying two Chinese passports has been charged with lying to secret service agents to gain access to US President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. The woman, 32-year-old Yujing Zhang, raised suspicion last weekend after giving differing reasons to staff for attending the private resort in Florida, according to court documents. She told secret service agents at a primary checkpoint that she was a club member simply visiting the pool, but later told a receptionist that she was attending a non-existent United Nations event.
South Korea won’t pursue high-profile sex scandal as rape
South Korea’s powerful ministry of justice has decided not to prosecute a high-profile political case as rape, citing insufficient digital evidence. The ministry is in charge of probing the case of former vice minister of justice Kim Hak-ui, accused of raping women at an orgy hosted by a real estate developer. Kim was a member of the former Park Geun-hye administration. President Moon Jae-in recently called for the reopening of the investigation into Kim on suspicion his case was not properly handled in 2013-14, when Park was in office.
Tory who resigned from Theresa May’s government just masterfully trolled PMQs
Nigel Adams took to his feet, just hours after resigning from Theresa May ’s government in disgust at her plan to beg Jeremy Corbyn for help in breaking the Brexit deadlock. It came after a tepid back and forth at Prime Minister’s Questions, where the two leaders paraded their parties’ records in front of each other, without saying anything that might put this afternoon’s crunch summit in jeopardy.
Starved of excitement, MPs on both sides of the house were ready for a scrap. Something to make them cheer and jeer at the enemy. Mr Adams drew a deep breath as Brexiteers stamped their feet and opposition MPs leaned in, hanging on every word.
Nipsey Hussle death: Girlfriend Lauren London ‘completely lost’
The girlfriend of rapper Nipsey Hussle says she’s “completely lost” after his murder in LA on Sunday. Actress Lauren London has spoken for the first time since 33-year-old Nipsey was shot dead, calling him her “protector” and “best friend”. Lauren, 34, and Nipsey had been in a relationship for around six years and have a child together – two-year-old Kross Asghedom. Police have arrested a man in connection with Nipsey’s murder. Nipsey and Lauren started dating after she tried to get hold of an expensive, limited-release edition of one of Nipsey’s mixtapes as a present for her co-stars in TV show The Game. After an Instagram follow, the two began DM-ing and in an interview with GQ, Nipsey said that they’d been “building” ever since.
Facebook scammers peddling bogus tax breaks using Donald Trump’s photo
The Facebook ads dangled what they claimed were huge state tax breaks for U.S. homeowners if they installed new solar-energy panels. There was just one hitch: None of it was true. Hundreds of scam ads used photos of President Donald Trump and nearly every U.S. governor to claim that with new, lucrative tax incentives, people might actually make money by installing solar technology on their homes. Facebook users only needed to enter their addresses, email, utility information and phone number to find out more. The tax breaks don’t exist — and it wasn’t possible to buy solar panels through the ads.
South Korea to launch world’s first national 5G networks
South Korea launches the world’s first fully-fledged 5G mobile networks Friday, a transformational leap that already has superpowers sparring for control of an innovation that could potentially change the day-to-day lives of billions of people.
The superfast communications heralded by fifth-generation wireless technology will ultimately underpin everything from toasters to telephones; from electric cars to power grids. But while the South has won the race to be first to provide the user experience, that is only one part of a wider battle that has pitted the United States against China and ensnared giants including Huawei.