SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 17, 2017
11 dead as Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram suicide bombers
Battling multiple bombers strapped with suicide vests, Nigerian troops and civilian self-defense fighters repelled the fiercest Boko Haram extremist attack in months on the key northeastern city of Maiduguri on Friday. Nine bombers and two civilians were killed, according to witnesses, soldiers and police.
The city is the birthplace of the Islamic insurgency and the headquarters of the military campaign to halt it. Read more
2017 Budget – Senate Vows to Strike-Out Lopsided Projects
The Senate on Wednesday vowed not to tolerate projects in the 2017 budget proposal at the expense of other parts of the country. Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje made this known to journalists after the conclusion of three days Public hearing on 2017 budget proposal.
He said, “Lopsidedness detect in the budget will be corrected. It is advance warning put projects to the advantage of certain parts of the country at the expense of others. I am just serving them warning, if is therea, we will address it. ” Read more
Guinness Nigeria denies PharmaDeko’s debt claims
Guinness Nigeria Plc in Friday says it has responded to a court process at the instance of Pharma Deko Plc which alleged that the company was contractually indebted to Pharma Deko Plc in the sum of N175. 7 million.
The Corporate Communications Manager, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr Sesan Sobowale, said in a statement in Lagos that the amount represented an arbitral award made against the company and in favour of Pharma Deko Plc. Read more
Bayelsa warns oil communities against shutting oil production
The Bayelsa Government has warned oil producing communities in the state to desist from disrupting operations of oil firms, as the act is an invitation to anarchy.
The government noted that such act was capable of tarnishing the reputation of the government and sending wrong signal to international investors. Read more
Anambra govt. warns against using children for alms begging
Those who engage children and sick persons to beg for alms in Anambra State has been warned to desist from the act or face the wrath of the law.
Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, Dr Victoria Chikwelu, gave the warning on Friday in Awka, in an interview.
The commissioner decried the activities of those who use vulnerable persons to beg for alms, adding that it will not be tolerated. Read more
3 dead as luxury bus plunges into Owode/Mile 12 river
Three persons died on Friday morning when a Marcopolo luxury bus plunged into Owode-Mile 12 river along Lagos-Ikorodu road in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the affected bus, with registration number GDC386YE, belonged to G.U.O Transport Services Ltd. Read more
No special reception for Buhari when he returns – Femi Adesina
The Presidency has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari will not be received by any special reception when he arrives from London after his medical vacation.
This was disclosed by the spokesman to the president, Mr. Femi Adesina, during an interview with Arise Television, in Abuja, on Thursday. Read more
Suicide bomber kills self, destroys 13 vehicles in Borno
The Borno Police Command said on Friday that a suspected suicide bomber detonated his explosive in the midst of 13 trucks along Maiduguri/ Mafa road leading to mass destruction.
The Spokesman of the command, Mr Victor Isuku ,said this in a statement in Maiduguri. Read more
ICPC To Patronise Made In Aba Goods
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) may have placed an order for the supply of 5,000 pieces of conference bags that will be locally produced in Aba, Abia State.
Abia State commissioner for Industries, Science, and Technology, Henry Ikoh, made the disclosure while addressing newsmen, in Umuahia, on Thursday. Read more
Agent confirms Free Agent Emmanuel Daniel Could Debut For Orlando Pirates This Weekend
Owngoalnigeria.com can exclusively reveal that Nigeria international shot stopper Emmanuel Daniel could make his debut for Premier South Africa League side Orlando Pirates this weekend.
Daniel joined the Buccaneers as a free agent by signing a pre contract during the last transfer window as exclusively reported by Owngoalnigeria.com in January. Read more
Mikel lectures Iheanacho on perseverance
Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi has offered words of reassurance to Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho.
Iheanacho has struggled for game time at City in recent months after falling in striker hierarchy behind South Americans, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero. The Nigerian forward last played for the Citizens in the Premier League during the dire 0-4 loss to Everton at Goodison Park on January 15. Read more
3SC bank on tradition at Katsina
Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) goalkeeper, Michael Uweru has said his side will bank on their status quo as tradition team to edge top-flight newcomers, Katsina United.
The Oluyole Warriors are guests of the Katsina outfit in Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 9 clash at the Katsina Township Stadium. Read more
Ex Man City Boss Pellegrini Talks Up Plans To Reunite With Iheanacho At Hebei Fortune In China
Former boss of Manchester City Manuel Pellegrini who is now the head coach of Chinese side Hebei China Fortune has spoken out about his plans to sign some players he has worked with in the past.
Pellegrini who gave Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho his breakthrough at Manchester City last season, listed the Nigerian as part of the players he would love to work with at the Chinese club in the future. Read more
Under-fire Arsene Wenger to manage next season regardless of Arsenal future
Arsene Wenger has dropped the strongest hint yet that his future may remain at Arsenal after stating he will be managing next season. The Frenchman has come under fire after the 5-1 Champions League thrashing by Bayern Munich which has intensified speculation his 21-year association with the north London club could be coming to an end.
Speaking to German TV station ZDF before the game at the Allianz Arena, Wenger admitted a decision over whether to extend his association with the Gunners would be made in either March or April. The 67-year-old has confirmed those claims but has dismissed any suggestion he has been unsettled by the criticism following the humiliating loss in Munich. Read more
Merkel ally – If Trump imposes punitive tariffs, we’ll likely do the same
If U.S. President Donald Trump imposes punitive tariffs on goods from other countries, Europe will probably do the same, a senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a magazine interview.
Trump has pulled out of a multilateral trade agreement with Asia-Pacific nations, vowed to renegotiate the U.S. free-trade deal with Canada and Mexico and wants to protect U.S. industries from foreign competition by levying new tariffs on goods. Read more
Chinese foreign minister meets U.S. Secretary of State in Germany
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi met U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday on the sidelines of a meeting of foreign ministers of the G20 top economies in the German city of Bonn, the official Xinhua news agency said.
The pair met to exchange views on two-way ties and issues of mutual concern, Xinhua added in a brief report that gave no other details. Read more
German parents told to destroy Cayla dolls over hacking fears
An official watchdog in Germany has told parents to destroy a talking doll called Cayla because its smart technology can reveal personal data.
The warning was issued by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), which oversees telecommunications. Read more
U.N. must take lead in resolving Syria crisis – Gabriel
Countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including the United States, back efforts by the United Nations to broker a political solution to the civil war in Syria, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Friday.
“It is clear that all who met want a political solution… and that this political solution must be achieved in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations and that there cannot be any parallel negotiations,” Gabriel told reporters after a meeting that included the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France and Britain. Read more
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pens manifesto to beat fake news
Mark Zuckerberg has posted a 6,500-word letter on his Facebook page, outlining his plan to “come together to build a global community that works for everyone”.
The 32-year-old tech billionaire asks the question: “Are we building the world we all want?”
He goes on to discuss his concern over the spread of fake news. Read more