SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE DECEMBER 9, 2018
2019: I am not neutral, Obasanjo faults report
Angered with the report of his alleged neutrality in the forthcoming general elections, ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo, Sunday unequivocally distanced himself from the malicious report making rounds in the media. Disclosing this in a statement obtained by PremiumTimes, Mr Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo’s media aide averred that “It is disingenuous, if not malicious, for anyone to suggest that Chief Obasanjo was being neutral when he chose not to use the Owu Convention as a platform for political campaign but instead adopt a communal and familial approach in talking to members of his Owu family.
Mbaka needs retraining at the Vatican, group says
The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law has asked Pope Francis to invite Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, to the Vatican for retraining. The group’s call followed recent controversies generated by Mbaka’s encounter with the vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Peter Obi, where the priest reportedly said that Obi and the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, might not win the 2019 poll. Mbaka has since apologised to Obi over the encounter. But Intersociety in a statement on Sunday said that Mbaka’s retraining as a priest had become necessary “to save the Catholic Church from embarrassment and hate.”
APC in dilemma over Amosun, Okorocha
The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress is in a dilemma over whether to punish some of its high-ranking members for anti-party activities or not, investigations carried out have revealed. It was gathered that while the National Chairman of the party, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, is favourably disposed to punishing them, some members of the National Working Committee of the party felt the party should tarry a little. Among those being considered for punishment are the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha. It was also learnt that the case of the Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, was not given attention by the national leadership of the party since the governor was said to have stopped his criticism of Oshiomhole and his team.
I don’t believe in Minimum Wage, but Living Wage, says KOWA Party Presidential Candidate
Ahead of 2019 Presidential election, the KOWA Party Presidential candidate, Adesina Fagbenro-Byron has said that he does not believe in a new National Minimum Wage for workers in the country, but would implement what he termed, a living wage if elected as the President of the country. Speaking with Journalists in Abuja, the KOWA Party Presidential candidate said that if Nigerians must tell themselves the truth and with the diverse nature of the country, it would be difficult to implement a unified new minimum wage in Nigeria, adding that what obtains in one state of the country, does not obtain in the other states especially in the area of available resources and wealth generation.
You lack locus standi to meddle in client-lawyer relationship, NBA tells EFCC
The Economic and Financial Commission lacks the locus standi to meddle in client-lawyer contractual relationship, the Nigerian Bar Association has said. In a communique issued at the end of NBA’s National Executive Council meeting held in Abuja, the association insisted that the fees that are paid by a client to his lawyer are not only a matter of privilege but also contractual. Briefing newsmen on Sunday, the NBA President, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN), revealed that the NEC deliberated on, and adopted as its resolution, a report he forwarded to the EFCC in respect of criminal charges filed against him by the Federal Government.
2019 presidency: Police arrest 6 for pasting Sowore’s posters at night
The Police in Lagos have arrested six people for allegedly pasting the posters of the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, at night. The Police spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti, said the action contravened the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency laws that forbade advertisers from pasting posters at “no other hour other than the day time.” He explained that the men also violated an agreement reached during a meeting between the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, and political parties that nobody would destroy the campaign materials of others. Oti noted that the suspects were arrested by operatives of the anti-crime unit around 2.30am on Sunday.
Ijegun/Ikotun incident: Our staff is alive, says Ikeja Electric
The management of Ikeja Electric has said that one of its technical staff that suffered electric shock while on duty at a network in Ijegun/Ikotun area of Lagos is alive. Mr Felix Ofulue, IE Head of Corporate Communications Unit, made the clarification in a statement on Sunday in Lagos. He said that the staff was responding to treatment, contrary to online reports that the staff lost his life in the incident. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the technical staff actually suffered electric shock while on duty. According to Ofolue, the staff is now responding to treatment in the hospital. “We thank the general public for their concern and urge all news blogs to kindly update their news reports accordingly,” he said.
Boko Haram kills 2 soldiers in Nigeria attack
Two soldiers were killed when suspected Boko Haram fighters loyal to factional leader Abubakar Shekau attacked a military base in northeast Nigeria, security sources told AFP on Sunday. The twin gun and suicide attacks happened early Saturday evening at Gulumba village, in the Bama district of Borno state. The use of human bombs is a hallmark of the Shekau faction, which is known to operate in the area. Last month, Shekau released a video claiming attacks against troops in Gulumba.
At least 5 officials dead in Sudan helicopter crash
A helicopter crashed Sunday in eastern Sudan, killing at least five local officials who were on board, state media reported. Witnesses said the helicopter caught fire after hitting a communications tower as it tried to land in a field in the state of Al-Qadarif. “Flames and thick dark smoke rose from the aircraft,” one of the witnesses, Adam Hassan, said.
Gabon’s President Bongo, suffered a stroke
Gabon’s President Ali Bongo, out of the country since falling ill in October, suffered a stroke, his vice president said, providing the first official details of his illness. The 59-year-old leader left hospital in Morocco earlier this month and is recovering at a private residence in the capital Rabat after weeks of silence about his condition. Vice President Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou said Bongo had suffered a cerebrovascular accident or CVA, commonly known as a stroke.