SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 9, 2018
2019 Poll: Buhari vows harsh verdict for Atiku
The proposed N30,000 minimum wage seems to have become a campaign issue ahead of next year’s election. To the Presidency, the controversy over President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on what the least paid worker should earn is “concocted”. It accused yesterday some political actors, including the Atiku Media Office, of trying to score cheap political goals, warning that “stiff judgment awaits them at the polls”. Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina was reacting to comments by the Atiku Media Office, which said “President Buhari cannot be trusted to implement the ‘new’ minimum wage of N30, 000’’ recommended by the Pepple tripartite committee”.
I’m Not Behind Oshiomhole’s Alleged Detention – Amosun
Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has dismissed rumours that he and Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo are behind the alleged detention and grilling of All Progressives Congress(APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole. Oshiomhole was reportedly detained and questioned on Nov. 4 by the Department of State Services (DSS) over the fallout of the APC primaries. Speaking with State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Amosun said he did not have such capacity.
“I think you are giving me an oversight role. “I am not a security person; so, clearly, that question will probably not be for me.
Ezekwesili Resigns as Leader of Red Card Movement
Former minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has resigned her position as leader of the Red Card Movement (RCM). The decision was made at the RCM secretariat, yesterday, in Abuja. The new leaders (co-chairs) are Dr Tony Akabuno and Nkiruka Omorotionmwan. The Red Card Movement is an independent and apolitical movement, whose primary objective is to end the persistent and cyclical problem of poor leadership and bad governance in Nigeria. Recall that in October, the convener of RCM- Dr Oby Ezekwesili, and a few other leaders of the movement decided to participate in the political process, by contesting for elective office and/or being affiliated with political parties.
2019: Your Time Is Almost Up, Stop Complaining – Fayose Blasts Buhari
The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose on Thursday admonished President Muhammadu Buhari to face governance and stop complaining because his time was almost up. Fayose said Buhari has spent three and half years blaming his predecessors and inflicted both security and economic crises on the country. He made the remark in reaction to Buhari’s claim that he inherited a mind-boggling mismanaged economy from the previous administration.
Outrage over FG’s claim of spending N3.5m monthly to feed El-Zakzaky
Nigerians have berated the Federal Government over its claim of spending N3.5m monthly to feed the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim el-Zakzaky. They called on the Federal Government to obey the court order granting the Islamic leader bail to put a stop to feeding him with N3.5m monthly. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, made the claim in a video that went viral on the internet on Thursday.
IMF Warns Nigeria on Debt Service
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cautioned the Federal Government to be mindful of the country’s rising debt service to revenue ratio and take steps to mitigate the situation. IMF Senior Resident Representative in Nigeria Mr. Amine Mati yesterday issued the warning in Abuja at the public presentation of the “Regional Economic outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa, Capital Flows and the Future of Work.” He predicted that Nigeria’s economy will grow by 1.9 per cent this year, up from 0.8 per cent in 2017. This, according to him, is due to fewer disruptions in oil production.
Lagos Issues 313 Legal Advice in 3 Months
The Lagos State Government issued a total of 313 Legal Advice through the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) out of a total of 320 police duplicate files received in the last three months, a quarterly report of Lagos Criminal Information System (LCIS) has revealed. The LCIS, which serves as the databank of all prison inmates in the State and administered through the office of the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, in the report of activities between June and September 2018, also indicates that the five federal prisons in the State were overstretched with about 5,000 inmates.
We’ll Be Impartial in 2019, Police assure Rivers Electorate
The Assistant Inspector General of Police in Charge of Zone 6, Mr. Adeyemi Ogunjelosi, has assured the electorate in Rivers State that the Police would remain impartial in the conduct of 2019 general election in the state. Ogunjelosi also promised that the election would be free, fair and violence-free, adding that voters would not be intimidated to cast their vote against their wishes. Ogunjelosi, who spoke in Port Harcourt yesterday during his maiden visit to the state, disabused the minds of the public on the alleged usage of ‘federal might’ to win elections, stating that voters would use their Permanent Voter Cards, PVC, to elect their choice candidates. He said: “We are fast approaching the 2019 election and the Inspector General of Police, IGP, said the Police are the servant of the people. We are here to ensure a violence-free election to keep our integrity.
We’ve given Falcons AWCON kits – NFF
Nigeria’s women’s national team have finally received their kits for the Ghana 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations on Thursday in Abidjan after they arrived at their training camp in Ivory Coast without their kits. Eight-time African champions Super Falcons, who are in Group B with Equatorial Guinea, South Africa and Zambia, travelled to Abidjan on Tuesday with different attires, with reports alleging that the team had their kits held at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, with just 10 days to their first match against Banyana Banyana in Cape Coast.
AFCON: Ex-Eagles stars slam Rohr over Aniyikaye invitation
Former national team players have berated Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr for inviting FC IfeanyiUbah defender Adeleye Aniyikaye, who last played for his club in June, for the Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa and the friendly against Uganda. Ex-internationals Friday Ekpo, Adegoke Adelabu and Segun Oguns said the coach should have gone for a home-based player who had been active rather than the out of action defender.
ICYMI: Ronaldo, Messi still best but won’t win Ballon d’Or, says Mbappe
Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe told AFP on Thursday that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi remain football’s greatest players but that his own World Cup heroics could help crown him as the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner. Mbappe, 19, helped France to World Cup victory in Russia as his four goals included one in the 4-2 final victory over Croatia as he became just the second teenager after Pele in 1958 to score in the championship match. He was also voted Young Player of the tournament and has since become Ligue 1’s leading scorer with 11 goals as Paris Saint-Germain run away with the French championship.
Britain’s Economy picks up before Expected Slowdown
Britain’s economy accelerated in the third quarter as higher exports and household spending offset slumping business investment, data showed Friday as the country hopes to imminently seal a Brexit deal. Gross domestic product climbed by 0.6 per cent in the July-September period, in line with analysts’ expectations and upon growth of 0.4 per cent in the second quarter, the Office for National Statistics said in an initial estimate. Analysts meanwhile expect the economy to cool ahead of Britain’s departure from the European Union in March, starting with the fourth quarter.
HIV-Infected Soldier Rapes 70 Boys
Police in Thailand have arrested an HIV-infected soldier Sgt. Maj. Jakkrit Khomsing who allegedly blackmailed and raped more than 70 teenage boys. Police said in a statement that they received a complaint that Khomsing was using fake social media profiles on Facebook and the gay dating app Blued to win the trust of his victims. Police Lt. Col. Nacharot Kaewpetch said the victims would send their nude photos to Khomsing before agreeing to meet him. When they found out he was not who he pretended to be online, he would threaten to make their nude photos public if they refused to have sex with him. Kaewpetch said police discovered medicine for treating HIV when they arrested the 43-year-old Khomsing at his home Wednesday in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen. They said tests confirmed he was infected with HIV.
I’ve Had Sex With 20 Ghosts, Woman Claims
An Englishwoman, Amethyst Realm said she has found true love after having a fling with an Australian ghost, who just proposed to her, and now she wants the living world to know about it. 30-year-old Realm from Bristol claimed in an interview on ITV News that she has had sex with at least 20 ghosts since she was a teenager as she wasn’t looking for a new relationship. However, things changed for her when she went on business trip to Australia. She said that she came into contact with an apparition when she went on a nature hike in the country and felt sparks like none she has ever known. Realm thinks that it would not amount to anything serious as she says spirits tend to stay in one place. However, she experienced something amazing happening on her flight home: She felt the presence of her lover on the plane, and apparently not stowed in cargo. “I couldn’t believe it. I was happy and excited – so excited that we had to do something about it. So we headed to the plane loo,” she told the Sun. “And, well, I am now a member of the Mile High Club.”