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* 2019: Dankwambo Congratulates Atiku, Pledges Support * Minister Agrees with IMF On Nigeria’s Debt Weakness

* 2019: Dankwambo Congratulates Atiku, Pledges Support               * Minister Agrees with IMF On Nigeria’s Debt Weakness

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 12, 2018

 

2019: Dankwambo Congratulates Atiku, Pledges Support

Following the emergence of Alhaji Abubakar Atiku as Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), one of the runners-up during the primaries, Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, has congratulated and pledged his support to him. Dankwambo declared his support for the party’s presidential candidate in 2019 elections on Friday in his congratulatory message, made available to newsmen in Abuja. According to the governor who has been offered Gombe North Senatorial District ticket, God-willing, victory will be delivered to PDP in 2019 presidential election. “I assure you of my personal commitment and that of my supporters all over the country in the next presidential race.

Minister Agrees with IMF On Nigeria’s Debt Weakness

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, on Thursday agreed with the International Monetary Fund on Nigeria’s debt vulnerabilities and stated that it was an issue that should be adequately monitored. Udoma, who spoke at the presentation of the IMF Regional Economic Outlook Report for Sub-Sahara Africa at the ongoing IMF/World Bank annual meetings in Bali, Indonesia, stated that Nigeria had realised that it had to improve its revenues in order to bring down the debt service to revenue ratio.

I Will Focus On Grassroots Development, Poverty Eradication, Says Sanwo-Olu

The standard-bearer of Lagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 governorship election, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured the leaders of the party that his administration would focus extensively on the development of the grassroots people and eradication of poverty if elected. Sanwo-Olu also assured indigenes of the state that he would run an open-door government where he would not only be accessible but will also create an avenue for feedback mechanism on how the people he represents in government are faring.

Ahmadiyya honours Catholic priest

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community worldwide has honoured a renowned Catholic Priest, John Cardinal Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, with an International Peace Award. During the International Peace Awards in Ghana, the Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V, who was represented by the President of Human Rights, United Kingdom, Dr. Iftikar Ayas Sahib gave his blessings and the award, which attracted a cash prize of £ 1,000 with a certificate and plaque.

 Ireti Kingibe: What Abiola Told Me to Tell Kingibe

Hajiya Ireti Kingibe, former wife of one-time Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babagana Kingibe, has denied that her husband abandoned MKO Abiola at the height of the struggle to validate the result of the June 12 election. Ireti Kingibe said in the current edition of The Interview magazine that it was, in fact, Abiola who left her former husband in the cold. In her first major interview 25 years after former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, annulled the election, Ireti Kingibe said, “In truth, Baba Kingibe only went to see Abiola and found out that Abiola had left the country. And when Abiola called from abroad, it was me he got.”

Buying, Selling Votes Most Potent Threat To Nation’s Democracy – Group

A group, Yiaga Africa Watching The Vote, on Thursday, expressed serious concern over the 2019 general elections, saying the buying and selling of votes potent threats to the nation’s democracy and good governance. It said the ugly trend which has become chronic, largely influenced the just concluded primaries of various political parties in Nigeria. Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the due of Ezenwa Nwagwu and Cynthia Mbamalu, Co-chair and project coordinator, respectively, lamented that delegates were enticed by aspirants with different forms of inducements, especially cash in a bid to secure parties’ tickets.

FG, Suppliers Partner to Sanitise Nation’s Oil, Gas Sector

The Federal Government is seeking collaboration with oil suppliers to end unwholesome practices and sanitise the oil and gas sector of the Nigerian economy. Consequently, the ministries of Power, Works and Housing, Labour and Employment, Environment, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and other key agencies are to partner with the Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria (NOGASA) to curb illegal activities in the sector.

 Customs Impounds Bullet Proof Vehicles, Others Worth N2.2bn

The Nigeria Custom Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja has announced that it intercepted various contraband, including bulletproof vehicles, with a duty paid value of N2,017,953,507 between September 4th to October 3rd, 2018. This is just as the Unit recovered N220,025,938.8 from demand notices on goods that tried to beat the system at the seaports, airports and borders, bringing the cumulative value to N2,237,979,446. Among the seized contraband are: 22 exotic vehicles, 11,303 bags of foreign parboiled rice (18 trailers), 2410 frozen poultry products, 853 Jerry cans of vegetable oil, 245 parcels of Indian hemp, 4by40feet containers of unprocessed wood, 2,017 bales of used clothing, and 283 cartons of various pharmaceuticals all without NAFDAC registration number.

Davido’s Song ‘If’ Tops Shazam New York City Chart

Nigerian singer Davido’s hit single “IF” has emerged number one on the New York ‘Shazam’ chart for songs that listeners in the United States city have searched for its identity. Shazam is a popular app used by millions of music lovers around the globe each month to identify a song that is playing at each moment. The app also provides details such as the artist’s name and title of the particular song playing at the time. As at Thursday October 11, the song stands at number one on the Shazam’s chart above Lil Wayne’s hit ‘Uproar’, Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’ and ‘Backin It Up’ by Pardison Fontaine featuring Cardi B, among others.

30 Filling Stations In Benin Shut Down For Cheating Customers

The Weight and Measures Department in the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment has shut down 30 filling stations in Benin. Nwachukwu Cordelia, Chief Media Mythology Officer of the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Friday. Nwachukwu, who was in the state for a surveillance inspection in Benin, Auchi and Uromi, said that the fuel stations were shut due to faulty meter pumps used by petroleum marketers.

Pinnick: Financial Autonomy and The Value of Nigerian Football

It had been three weeks since Amaju Pinnick’s re-election into a new four-year term as president of the Nigeria Football Federation when he agreed to this interview. We met at his upscale Parkview, Ikoyi residence. As we exchanged pleasantries, he asked how long the interview would last for and if he could eat while we talked. I agreed and then he invited me to the dinner table where he instructed the cook to make some food available to his guest. We began our conversation as he ate while the children played football on the synthetic grass nearby. The matter of Nigerian football was the topic of the conversation in a week when the Super Eagles play twice against Libya in their bid to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

 Mbappe Cameo Helps France Avoid Shock Iceland Defeat

Kylian Mbappe inspired a fightback from world champions France as they rallied from two goals down at home to earn a 2-2 draw with Iceland on Thursday. Birkir Bjarnason swept Iceland ahead from the edge of the area on 30 minutes, and Kari Arnason’s excellent second-half header doubled their lead in Guingamp. But Mbappe, brought on as a substitute for the final half-hour, gave France a lifeline when his shot was saved and then inadvertently turned in by Iceland defender Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson.

 Fans Vote Pick and Roll as Official Mascots of FIBA Women’s Eurobasket 2019

Pick and Roll have been chosen as official mascots for next year’s FIBA Women’s EuroBasket, edging out their competition in a public fan voting. The cats emerged as the clear fan favorites among three candidates, gathering 75% of the votes in the online voting. With FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019 co-hosted by Latvia and Serbia, each of the mascots is associated with one country. While Pick’s fur markings show the Latvian flag, Roll represents the colors of Serbia.

 WWE Superstar John Cena: I Don’t Care About My Reputation

Sixteen-time WWE world champion John Cena says he does not care about his reputation – only his performance. Cena faced a fresh round of criticism at the weekend for making only a brief appearance in his tag-team match, hitting Elias with his new ‘sixth move of doom’ before collecting a quick win. But in a long interview with Sports Illustrated’s SI Media podcast, he said: “I don’t care about the reputation I have. What I care about is the performance I give.

2 Men Rape 9-Month-Old Baby

Two men from Tennessee, U.S., accused of raping a 9-month-old girl and filming the attack were indicted Tuesday on multiple charges. Isiah Dequan Hayes, 19, and Daireus Jumare Ice, 22, are both charged with aggravated rape of a child and aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, FOX13 Memphis reported. The alleged attack was reported to police in October 2016 after the girl’s mother reported finding a cellphone video allegedly showing Hayes performing a sexual act on the baby. She was able to identify Hayes through Facebook and turned the information over to police, authorities said.

Royal Wedding – Ellie Goulding Beams in Baby Blue As She Arrives For Princess Eugenie’s Big Day

Ellie Goulding has arrived at the royal wedding, wearing a loose-fitting shiny baby-blue dress and matching hat. The Burn singer, 31, strolled into St George’s Chapel alongside the other guests. She joined a celeb-filled line up in the chapel, with Pixie Geldof, Tracey Emin and Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Demi Moore, having arrived earlier this morning. Meanwhile, as excitement mounted, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank gave an exclusive interview to ITV before the wedding.

Teen Forced to Marry Cow He Had Sex With

A Balinese teenager has been forced to marry a cow he was caught having sex with in a rice paddy. Ngurah Alit, 18, reportedly passed out during the wedding ceremony. As per local tradition to cleanse the village, the cow was drowned in the ocean, while Alit was ceremoniously bathed in the water, and his clothes were destroyed.

 

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