August 15, 2018

* 4 South African policemen arraigned for killing, maltreating Nigerians (Punch) * Court stops Lai Muhammed from listing Secondus among looters (Vanguard)

* 4 South African policemen arraigned for killing, maltreating Nigerians (Punch)                     * Court stops Lai Muhammed from listing Secondus among looters (Vanguard)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE APRIL 23, 2018

 

4 South African policemen arraigned for killing, maltreating Nigerians (Punch)

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Monday disclosed that about four South African policemen are currently on trial for alleged killing and maltreating of Nigerians resident in their country. Dabiri-Erewa said this in a message she posted on her verified Twitter handle, @abikedabiri. She was responding to twitter users who raised concerns over continued violence targeted at Nigerians in South Africa. One user had demanded to know what happened to Nigeria’s citizenship diplomacy principle in the face of continued attacks on Nigerians, asking if it was not time for reciprocity against South Africa. Read more

Court stops Lai Muhammed from listing Secondus among looters (Vanguard)

The High Court in Port Harcourt has restrained Information and culture minister Lai Mohammed from further publishing the name of the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), Uche Secondus, in looters’ list. The Chief Judge of Rivers state, Justice Iyayi Laminikara, who presided over the matter of libel, asked the plaintiff to serve the defendant with the appropriate notice. The defendants or their representatives were absent in court, the Secondus had on March 31, 2018, demanded a public apology and the sum of N1.5 billion as compensation, following the list of alleged looters revealed by the Federal Government. Read more

Sanusi rebukes Ministers in Washington (ThisDay)

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, has expressed disappointment over the federal government’s poor attitude to the attraction of foreign investors. Sanusi said this in an interview with journalists at the on-going US-Nigeria Investment Summit 2018 taking place in Washington DC. The event, which has its theme as “Nigeria is Open for Business”, was billed to have top Nigerian government officials and ministers in attendance. However, when Sanusi arrived at the venue, he was disappointed that the government officials were not on the ground. Read more

Buhari mourns former Nigerian envoy to Ethiopia, Ambassador Adegoroye (Guardian)

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Representative to the African Union, Amb. Victor Adeyeye Adegoroye, who passed on at 93. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina in Abuja on Monday, Buhari commiserated with the Ondo State Government, family of the late ambassador. The president also condoled with Adegoroye’s friends and colleagues, especially those he worked with for many years as a career diplomat. Read more

2019: Obasanjo’s coalition can’t solve Nigeria’s problems –Soyinka (SUN)

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has cautioned Nigerians against those forming coalition ahead of the forthcoming general elections, saying most of them are enemies of democracy.He spoke at the 80th posthumous birthday of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, yesterday, with the theme: “Democracy for the masses through proper and effective governance.” Although Soyinka did not mention Obasanjo or anybody’s name in particular, however, he said: “All I have to say in connection with the theme of the event is vigilance. In this society and like others, there are people that whenever they smell anything decaying, they gather just as vultures. Read more

I was not billed to attend Washington Investment Forum – Fayemi (Vanguard)

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said that he was not billed to attend Washington Investment Forum and that during the said period he was attending some investment forum organized by the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Head of Government meeting (CHOGM), in London, UK. The minister in a statement signed by Yinka Oyebode his Special Adviser (Media) dismissed the media reports quoting the Emir of Kano, HRM Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as criticising some Ministers for their absence at an Investment forum organised by the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC, USA. Read more

Izunaso: No Plan to stop APC Convention, Congresses (ThisDay)

The National Organi-sing Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Osita Izunaso, has dismissed claims that some National Working Committee (NWC) members were allegedly working to thwart the move to hold the party’s congresses and national convention. Some members of the party’s NWC were alleged to be working to thwart the move to hold the party’s congresses and national convention respectively. Some members of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) have expressed concern that some executive’s members who feared they would be voted out of office are making clandestine moves to stop the convention. Read more

No supreme court order stopping Imo LG election – Okorocha (SUN)

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has waved off the rumour making rounds on social media, claiming that there was a Supreme Court order restricting the state government from conducting the planned local government elections. Governor Okorocha said this through a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo. He maintained that the election would go on as scheduled, insisting that the time-table for the elections have already been published by the Imo State Independent Electoral Commission (ISIEC). Read more

World Book Day: Mrs. Osinbajo advocates reading culture among Nigerians (SUN)

Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, has emphasised the need for a good and strong reading culture amongst Nigerians, especially students. Mrs. Osinbajo made the call while speaking during the World Book and Copyright Day celebration organised by the United States of America Embassy, in Abuja. She said the message of books and what they represented could be over-emphasised, adding that in the pages of a book, “We can travel to distant lands, meet people of different cultures, and experience other environments.” She further said that we discover our history, where we came from and what we are made of as we read about those who went before us. Read more

We’ll continue to support NYSC — Ambode (Vanguard)

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday pledged that his administration would continue to support the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. Ambode made the pledge at the formal swearing-in of 2018 Batch ‘A’ corps members posted to the state. He was represented by Mr Demilade Longe, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Special Duties. The governor urged the new corps members to take advantage of the orientation course as a platform to face future challenges. Read more

Crazy estimated electricity bills: Protesters storm Lagos court (Punch)

No Fewer than 300 protesters on Monday besieged the premises of the Federal High Court in Lagos to challenge increase in electricity tariff. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protesters had stormed the court’s premises about 7.32am following a suit instituted on their behalf by a Lagos human rights lawyer, Mr Segun Ogunsanya. Ogunsanya had filed the suit on behalf of four communities in Lagos namely: Alaba-Oro, Mosafejo Amukoko, Abule Kere and Olaniyonu, challenging the alleged arbitrary estimated billing system of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company. Read more

NYSC DG lauds Tambuwal over N253m corps member’s allowances (Vanguard)

The Director-general of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, has lauded Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, for paying N253 million outstanding allowances of corps members. The  letter was presented to the Governor during 2018 batch “A” Corps members’ swearing-in ceremony at Wamakko orientation camp Monday. Kazaure represented by Sokoto state Coordinator of NYSC, Alhaji Musa Abubakar, said the payment along with release of N43.5 million for provision of beds and mattresses at orientation camp was commendable. Read more

Okorocha lauds BBNaija 2018 winner, Miracle (Punch)

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has congratulated an indigene of the state, Mr. Miracle Igbokwe, on emerging the winner of the Big Brother Naija Reality Show, 2018 Edition. The governor on Monday described Igbokwe, who is also a student of Imo State University, as a good ambassador of the state, and remarked that he was not surprised that he was the winner of the reality TV show. He commended the 23-year old undergraduate for conducting himself well during the 85 days the entertaining event lasted, and was happy that the majority of the voters voted for him, having won over 38 percent of the votes cast. Read more

Xenophobia: Another Nigerian burnt alive in South Africa (Punch)

The Nigerian Community in South Africa has announced that one Clement Nwaogu was burnt alive by a mob in the latest xenophobia attack in that country. The Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Union in South Africa, Mr. Habib Miller, confirmed the killing from Pretoria in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Port Harcourt on Monday. He said the victim, a native of Njikoka in Anambra State and an upholsterer in South Africa, was attacked and killed by a mob in Rustenburg, North West Province. Read more

Ondo police probe Akure masquerader/Hausa clash (SUN)

The Ondo State Police command, on Monday, said that it has constituted a high power investigative team to apprehend the masterminds of the Sunday night attack between some Yoruba masqueraders and Hausa youths in Akure, the state capital. Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Gbenga Adeyanju, who stated that no arrest has been made in connection with the incident, hinted that the police have already begun manhunt for the perpetrators of the clash. The police commissioner who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, assured that the masterminds of the bloody clash will be apprehended in no distant time and also brought to justice. Read more

Evans: Judge’s absence stalls trial, adjourns until June 16 (Guardian)

The scheduled trial of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans, at an Ikeja High Court, was on Monday stalled following the absence of the judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that according to a court official, who plead anonymity, Justice Taiwo was on an official assignment with Justice Opeyemi Oke, the Chief Judge of Lagos State. The case was, however, adjourned until June 16 for continuation of trial. Evans is facing trial alongside Victor Aduba on a four-count charge bordering on kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms. They are accused of kidnapping Mr Sylvanus Ahamonu, holding him hostage for at least nine weeks and collecting a ransom of 420,000 dollars from his family. Read more

Ighalo: I’m working to have perfect finish (Vanguard)

Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo said he was working to have a perfect finish to his game after he scored four goals in his club, Changchun Yatai’s 5-2 away win at Guizhou Hengfeng. Ighalo is one of the players Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr is counting on to deliver for the national team at the FIFA 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia.  “I have not been lucky in front of goal but today God gave me all the ones that haven’t been entering since the start of the season at once,” Ighalo said. Read more

Leon Balogun out as injury ravages Super Eagles’ camp (Guardian)

Leon Balogun has joined the Super Eagles walking wounded and was unavailable for selection when Mainz 05 faced off with Augsburg at the WWK Arena yesterday in a Bundesliga tie, reports allnigeriasoccer.com. This will certainly be bad news for Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr as he is also sweating on the fitness of three players he is planning to name in his provisional World Cup squad, Tyronne Ebuehi, Joel Obi and Eddy Onazi, who only returned to training few days ago after suffering a hamstring-related injury versus Kayserispor on April 7. Medical tests carried out by Mainz doctors before the match against Augsburg revealed that Balogun has suffered a rib injury and it remains unclear how long the defender will spend in the treatment room. Read more

Syrian refugee stuck in Malaysia airport for nearly 50 days (Abcnews)

Remember the 2004 movie “The Terminal” that starred Tom Hanks as an immigrant from eastern Europe who became stranded at New York’s JFK airport? Hassan Al Kontar has a lot in common with Hanks’ fictional character. The 36-year-old Syrian refugee has been stuck in the transit zone of Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia for more than 44 days because no country will take him. He’s reached out to various news organizations around the world, political leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Hanks himself for help. Read more

Stolen heart of French queen consort Anne of Brittany found (BBC)

French police have recovered a solid gold casket containing the heart of one of Brittany’s most famous heroines, stolen from a Nantes museum last week. The 16th Century relic belonging to Duchess Anne was taken along with other items, fuelling fears it would be melted for its value in gold. Police arrested two men who on Saturday led them to the buried, but safe, haul near the western city of Saint Nazaire. Duchess Anne was the only woman crowned queen consort of France twice. She was reputed to be one of Europe’s richest women and was first betrothed to the young Prince Edward of England. Read more

EU officials dismiss City minister’s notion of UK sweetheart deal (Guardian)

A claim from the UK’s City minister that the EU is softening its opposition to giving the country’s financial services sector a special Brexit deal has been dismissed in Brussels. John Glen, a minister in the Treasury, suggested on Monday that the EU had shown a new willingness in recent months to offer a deal to protect the Square Mile when the UK withdraws from the bloc. Glen added that the transition deal agreed by Britain and the EU last month would allow financial firms to move forward and plan for their future with confidence. He insisted the UK’s high regulatory standards would remain and allow a close relationship between regulators on either side of the English Channel to prosper. Read more

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