SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 3, 2017
New GOC for Army’s 6 Division
Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh has been appointed as the new General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Rivers.
The Division’s spokesman, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, in a statement he issued in Port Harcourt on Friday said Udoh would command Army formations and units in units in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states. Read more
Killer herdsmen: S’South CAN, PFN back Apostle Suleman
The South-South chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign if he could not handle the problems confronting the country.
They also stressed that Christian leaders in the geopolitical zone fully supported the comment made by the General Overseer, Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, who had called on Christians to defend themselves against suspected Fulani herdsmen’s attacks. Read more
Libel suit: Ekiti Assembly fights back, urges Buhari to sack Fayemi
In what appeared like a reprisal to the libel suit and claim of damages of N3 billion against a member of the state House of Assembly, Samuel Omotosho by former governor of the state and current Minister of Solid Minerals and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the House has threatened to issue a warrant of arrest on Fayemi should he fail to honour their third invitation on Februrary 7.
N10.9bn theft: Court sets aside former bank MD’s application for stay of proceedings
A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, yesterday dismissed an application filed by embattled Managing Director (MD) of FinBank, Okey Nwosu, seeking a stay of execution of a N10.9 billion theft case brought against him and three others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Nwosu who was charged before Justice Lateefa Okunnu in 2011, had gone to the Court of Appeal to appeal a ruling in which the court had asked him and the other defendants to open their defense in the theft charge. Read more
Lagos demolishes 100 structures in Mile 2 Estate
About 100 shops and other structures within Jakande Estate, Amuwo-Odofin, have been razed and hundreds of traders displaced when a demolition squad from the Lagos State Government stormed the estate, to restore sanity alleged sanity to the complex.
The demolition came three months after the State Government, which the Secretary of the Jakande Landlord Association, Mr. Toba Johnson, disclosed demolished 12,000 shops with About 20,000 traders displaced. Read more
Food vendor in court for allegedly stabbing 2
A food vendor, Rukayat Kehinde, 34, appeared in a Tinubu Magistrate’s, Lagos, yesterday, for allegedly stabbing he neighbour, Oluwakemi Adenuga, and daughter, Abigail, on their faces with a broken bottle during argument. The accused is facing a two-count charge of assault and causing grievous harm. Read more
Apple to start iPhone assemblage in India
Apple will begin assembling iPhones in India’s tech hub of Bangalore over the next few months as the US company makes inroads into one of the world’s fastest growing mobile markets.
“Apple will put together its phones here.
“This should happen in the next three to four months,” Priyank Kharge, Karnataka state’s information technology minister, told dpa by phone on Friday. Read more
No ban on ‘peaceful protests,’ Presidency says
The Nigerian government has said it will not prevent people from registering their displeasure with the state of the nation through peaceful protests.
“This administration will not prevent Nigerians from expressing themselves in peaceful protests,” said Laolu Akande media aide to Vice President Yemi Osibanjo Friday on Twitter. “Tt’s a fundamental right of the people.” Read more
DPR seals 7 filling stations over hoarding
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed up seven filling stations in Gusau, Zamfara for hoarding and selling petrol above the official pump price of N145 per litre.
The acting Operation Controller in charge of Kaduna Zonal Office of DPR, Alhaji Abdullahi Abawa, made this known to newsmen in Gusau on Friday after he inspected some filling stations. Read more
Tension in Abuja as DSS seals up CoreTV
Managing Director of CoreTV, Abuja, Olajide Adediran, has claimed that operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) have shut down the station and barricaded the area during the operation around 4:00 a.m., on Friday, even though the media house had no history with the secret police.
“They have never formally notified us of any wrongdoing,” Adediran told newsmen by telephone. “This takes us entirely by surprise.” Adeniran said he arrived the office, at 34, Sokode Crescent, Zone 5, Wuse, on Friday morning with his staff, but quickly realised that their access into the area had been denied. Read more
UNIBEN matriculates 10,000 students
The University of Benin (UNIBEN) on Friday matriculated 10,000 students for the 2016/2017 academic session.
The Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the institution, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, said at the event in Benin that the institution would not condone all forms of nefarious activities. Read more
Chelsea Vs Arsenal: Victor Moses Will Be Too Much For Iwobi On The Right – Chelsea Legend
Former Chelsea left full back Celestine Babayaro says Victor Moses will cause Arsenal trouble on the right when both teams clash this weekend in the English Premier League.
Babayaro made this known during a chat with Owngoalnigeria.com about the upcoming game at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea will be hoping to avenge the 0-3 hammering they suffered against Arsenal in the reverse tie. Read more
Bayern Munich Join Real Madrid, PSG in Race To Sign English-Born Nigerian Midfielder
German champions Bayern Munich have started planning for reinforcements in midfield ahead of the 2017-2018 season.
The Times has reported that the Bavarians are plotting a move to sign Tottenham Hotspur star of Nigerian descent Dele Alli, and will submit a bid for him in the summer. It is thought that Spurs would only agree to sell the England midfielder if they receive a bid of over 100 million euros or more than the figure they pocketed from the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. Read more
Exclusive – Enugu Rangers Bobby Clement Called Up For Senegal Friendly
Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Gernot Rohr has invited Enugu Rangers forward Bobby Clement for the Super Eagles friendly tie against Senegal in March.
The forward has always been on the radar of the Franco-German coach who called him up for the World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Zambia, but had to replace him after injury ruled him out. Read more
Arsenal tried to sign N’Golo Kanté last summer, Arsène Wenger reveals
Arsène Wenger has pinpointed N’Golo Kanté as the player behind Chelsea’s nine-point lead at the top of the Premier League table and the Arsenal manager revealed he tried and failed to sign him from Leicester City last summer.
Wenger clammed up when he was asked for the detail on why Kante had preferred to join Chelsea from Leicester, whom he had helped to win the title in his one and only season at the club. But Wenger suggested that Chelsea’s financial clout – and Arsenal’s inability to compete with it – was a factor. Read more
Jonathan Calleri’s response to question asking if West Ham players miss Payet
During an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Hammers striker Jonathan Calleri offered his view on Dimitri Payet’s exit from the club, and was adamant that he and his teammates will not miss the Frenchman.
The Argentine striker notched his first goal for the club two weeks ago away at Middlesbrough, and will be looking to prove his worth to Slaven Bilic during the second half of the campaign, after many thought he would leave the club at some point throughout the January transfer window. Read more
Manchester United, Antoine Griezmann and Deeper Issues
When Jose Mourinho has a problem with his squad, he usually finds quite a simple way to deal with it. If Mourinho loses patience with a player, the player is sold and if there is a position that needs filling, a player is signed. The general dictum is to find the best player available for the required position and spend enough money to sign that player. That, along with personal bonds, the siege mentality, and defensive solidity is the Mourinho way. Usually, it works. Read more
Aussies bow to FIFA pressure to speed up FFA membership reform
The Australian FA has agreed to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting to meet a March 31 deadline to reform itself and become more democratic following talks with FIFA officials in Zurich this week.
The FFA has been under pressure to expand membership of its 10-member Congress, which has representatives of the country’s nine states and territories but just one delegate representing all 10 professional A-League clubs. Read more
Bowling Green Massacre Invented By Kellyanne Conway, Who Then Accuses Press Of Ignoring It
One of Donald Trump’s advisors has attempted to justify his ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries by citing an entirely fabricated terrorist attack.
Italy will help Libya fight people-smuggling: document
Italy will provide financing and training to the U.N.-backed Libyan government to help it fight people smuggling, the two countries’ bilateral agreement showed, part of wider European Union efforts to stem African migration to its shores.
The agreement, signed by Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Seraj on Thursday and seen by Reuters on Friday, says Rome and the EU will provide funds for Libyan camps where refugees and migrants are held. Read more
Hamas condemns UN Secretary General statement on Jerusalem
Palestine’s Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has condemned remarks made by UN Secretary General António Guterres regarding a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. A spokesman for the movement, Faouzi Barhoum, described the secretary general’s remarks as “a claim that fabricates history, misleads public opinion, and a contravention of UNESCO’s resolution, which stipulate that Al-Aqsa Mosque is a Muslim holy site in which Jews have no right.” Read more
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel Warns E.U. Countries Not to be ‘Naive’ Over Brexit
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has warned other countries in the European Union (E.U.) not to be “naïve” as they embark on lengthy and difficult Brexit negotiations, and said they must resist the temptation to engage in parallel trade talks with Britain.
Michel spoke to TIME ahead of a Friday summit of E.U. leaders in Malta, where the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, will brief her counterparts on her visit to Washington in January. After talks with President Donald Trump, the British government announced that they would start preliminary talks towards a U.K.-U.S. free trade deal. Read more
Businesses cut ties with Trump brand after worldwide boycotts
After widespread outcry and calls for an international boycott, Uber’s CEO has stepped down from Donald Trump’s economic advisory board.
People all over the world pledged to #DeleteUber in response to Travis Kalanick’s place on the board, as well as to the company’s perceived attempt to break the picket line of the New York taxi strike at JFK airport. Read more