SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 22, 2018
2019: Uwazuruike Tell Ndigbo To Disregard Kanu’s Boycott Threat
Leader of Movement of The Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has urged Igbos to disregard the threat by the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to boycott next year’s election. Uwazuruike described the threat as untenable and unrealistic, saying that MASSOB had used this method in its agitation in the past, which yielded no result. Speaking with newsmen in Owerri on Monday, Uwazuruike said that such threat was laughable because he does not have control of election in Nigeria, stressing that Kanu’s intention was only to incite his members into a exercise that could lead to the massacre of innocent people in the South-east as he had done before.
Minimum Wage: Buhari Gets Minutes Of Committee’s Meetings
President Muhammadu Buhari was on Monday presented with the minutes of the meetings of the National Minimum Wage Negotiation Tripartite Committee. A Presidency source disclosed this to reporters on the condition of anonymity. The document was said to have been submitted to the President by members of the organised labour. Recall that there has been disagreement over whether the committee indeed agreed to increase the national minimum wage to N30,000. While the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, claimed that no such decision was reached, Labour leaders said that was the agreement reached by the committee.
Sowore Picks Public Health Professional As Running Mate
The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore has picked a health professional, Rabiu Rufai, as his running mate for the 2019 general election. This was disclosed by Malcolm Fabiyi, the director-general of the Sowore campaign. Sowore noted that he picked Rufai, who is from Jigawa State and an expert in public health intervention and his areas because his campaign team believes “that health care, population health and health economics, ranks alongside national security and power, as critical areas that a serious government must address.”
2019: ADP Will Shock APC In Ogun, Says Dimeji Bankole
The Governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Ogun State, Dimeji Bankole on Monday declared his party will unseat the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the next year’s elections in the state. Bankole spoke on Monday at the ADP secretariat in Abeokuta shortly after he was officially unveiled as the flag-bearer of the party by the State Chairman, Chief Wale Egunleti. The Former Speaker of the House of Representatives vowed to pursue vigorously, Mass Employment, which is the motor of the party, if elected as the governor in 2019.
Beware Of PDP Presidency In 2019 –Balarabe Musa
A former governor of Old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, on Monday urged Nigerians not to “gamble” with the idea of returning the People’s Democratic Party to power in 2019. Musa told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone from Kaduna that the country would be worse off if the main opposition party is allowed to come back. He said the PDP had ruled the country for 16 years before 2015 and that “all they brought to Nigerians was misery and underdevelopment.” Musa said that the opposition party almost completely ruined the economy with massive corruption and plunder while in power.
No Plan To Impeach Ambode – Lagos Assembly
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has refuted claims that the State Assembly is planning to impeach the state governor Akinwunmi Ambode. Ambode, early October, amid dramas, lost the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress in the state to his rival Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a most humiliating defeat. “Impeachment is constitutional and has its process. we are not embarking on that yet,” the assembly speaker Mudashiru Obasa said on Monday. “Akinwunmi Ambode has not committed any impeachable offence.”
Malabu Scandal: Witness Tells Court OPL 245 Deal Not In Nigeria’s Interest
A founding director of ‘corruption watch dog’, Global Witness, Simon Taylor told a court in Italy that corruption in Nigeria’s oil sector facilitated human rights abuses. He spoke on Wednesday as prosecution witness at the weekly court hearing of corruption allegations against multinational oil companies; Shell and Eni, at the palace of justice in Milan. Taylor explained how letters from Department for Petroleum Resources managers said that the OPL 245 deal was not in the public interest. According to twitter posts by Barnaby Pace, an oil campaigner for Global Witness following the court proceedings, Taylor explained how he first heard about Malabu and OPL 245 in 2002 when Africa Energy Intelligence reported on their connection to Dan Etete.
Osun Tribunal Begins Sitting On Guber Election Petition
The newly constituted Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Osun on Monday begun sitting on petitions and counter petitions filed over the just concluded Osun State Governorship Election in the state. It would be recalled that the first panel constituted was later disbanded by authority concerned and no reason was seduced for the disbandment of the panel. But the new panel on Monday commenced sitting on the petitions filed as it ruled on an ex parte applications brought by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to inspect election materials used for the gubernatorial election on Saturday September 22nd and Thursday September 27th 2018 respectively.
EFCC Investigates Abandoned Projects In Nigeria
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) says it has set up a team to commence an investigation of abandoned government projects across the country. Acting EFCC Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Magu, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Gombe on Monday. He said this would help the anti-graft agency to know the level of completion of the projects, as well as the funds being spent on them. “The move is to ensure that the contractors complete the projects for the benefit of the people and the development of the country,’’ he said.
Kaduna Streets Deserted As Security Operatives Enforce Curfew
The major streets of Kaduna and its environs were deserted on Monday as security operatives enforced the 24-hour-curfew imposed on the state by the government. From Sabon-Tasha, in the southern part of the state, to Kawo in the northern part, the streets were devoid of the usual vehicular or human traffic. But in spite of the curfew, there were still alleged killings in some parts of the state like Narayi in Kaduna South Local Government Area where it was learnt that men in military fatigue invaded the area and killed three persons. The deceased were buried Monday morning by relatives at the Narayi cemetery, according to an eyewitness.
Joshua Brands Wilder Time Waster
Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn has labelled Deontay Wilder a “f****** time waster” following his latest remarks over negotiations to fight Anthony Joshua. Talks between the Joshua and Wilder camps have persistently failed to find a breakthrough over the last six months with the reigning WBC champion instead signing a deal to fight Tyson Fury in December. The Bronze Bomber recently claimed he would be well within his rights to demand a 60-40 split of the Joshua fight purse in his favour should he beats Fury, before adding he would be willing to settle for a 50-50 split.
Aussie Club Offers Bolt Contract
Former Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has been offered a contract by Central Coast Mariners as his career in a new sport gathers momentum. The eight-time gold medalist has been on trial with the New South Wales club and scored his first goals in a friendly last weekend. It now seems he will be given a chance to play his way into contention. “I can confirm Usain has been offered a contract by Central Coast Mariners,” Bolt’s agent Ricky Simms said in a statement to Press Association Sport. Bolt began a trial with the A-League club in August, following short spells trying out in Germany, Norway and South Africa.
Nadal Maintains Lead As Russian Breaks Into ATP Top 20
Russia’s Karen Khachanov moved into the top 20 in the latest men’s ATP tennis rankings released Monday following his win in the Kremlin Cup. Third-seeded wildcard Khachanov beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets on Sunday to secure his second ATP title of the season and moved into 19th spot in the rankings. Khachanov became the first home player to lift the trophy since Mikhail Youzhny in 2009. The top of the ATP rankings was unchanged with Spain’s Rafael Nadal safe at number one with neither number two Novak Djokovic nor Roger Federer, in third place, in action last week.
Monkeys Wanted For Stoning Man To Death In India
A troop of monkeys that stoned a man to death in northern India have presented police with a conundrum, as the victim’s relatives seek criminal charges against the “culprits”. Dharampal Singh, 72, was collecting firewood when he stumbled upon the monkeys near his village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The animals became aggressive, pelting him with bricks and stones from the treetops. Mr Singh was struck in the head and died in hospital from his injuries.
Koreas, UN Command Agree To Demilitarise Part Of Border
The two Koreas and the US-led United Nations Command agreed Monday to demilitarise a section of the heavily fortified border dividing the peninsula by this week, as a diplomatic thaw gathers pace. “The three parties agreed to carry out measures to withdraw firearms and guard posts at the Joint Security Area (JSA) by October 25,” Seoul’s defence ministry said in a statement following trilateral talks. They will then conduct a “three-way joint verification” for the following two days, it added.