SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 17, 2017
Appeal court declares Sheriff ‘legitimate PDP chairman’
An Appeal court sitting in Port-Harcourt has ruled that Ali Modu Sheriff is the legitimate chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). A three-man panel of justices delivered judgment on the PDP leadership tussle – between Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi on Friday. Read more
Borno bombing: Shettima visits, donates to victims, urges proper treatment
Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno on Friday, donated cash to the seven members of civilian JTF injured in a suicide bombing on Maiduguri-Gamboru road on Thursday. Shettima made the donations when he visited them at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, where they are being treated. Read more
Tax evasion: Court orders revenue board to seal Union Bank premises
The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service on Friday obtained a court warrant to seal the premises of Union Bank Plc in Kaduna over non remittance of N19.3 million.
The money is outstanding Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax liability for 2014. Read more
Edo tribunal: INEC opens defence, tenders ward collation results
The Edo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has admitted in evidence the collation results for 10 Wards in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the state copies of Form EC8B.
The Independent National Electoral Commission opened its defence in the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the Edo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal. Read more
Pastor threatens lives of worshipers, set to burn church
A 56-year-old pastor, Jones Nwaeze, was on Friday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ court in Lagos for allegedly chasing worshippers with sticks and threatening to burn down his church. Nwaeze, a resident of Oba Akinjobi Road, Ikeja, Lagos, is being tried for breach of peace and assault before Magistrate Mrs Y.O. Ekogbule. Read more
Nigerians can create 500,000 jobs – Expert
Mrs Julie Momah, Lagos State Zonal Coordinator, Technology Incubation Centre, Agege has urged Nigerian youths to be more creative and think of ideas that could generate revenue in spite of the recession. She gave the advice while speaking with newsmen in Lagos on Friday. Momah, who was speaking on the state of the nation for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria, stated that most Nigerians were beginning to think of more interesting ways to generate revenue for themselves. Read more
NSE indices up by 0.44%, turnover 232.43%
Activities on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) closed for the week on Friday on a positive note, with the turnover volume appreciating by 232.43 per cent, while market indices grew by 0.44 per cent.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a total of 480 million shares valued at N1.98 billion were exchanged by investors in 2,713 deals. Read more
Boko Haram lunches midnight attack in Maiduguri
The Police in Maiduguri have confirmed a suicide attack on a convoy of commercial cars at Muna garage in Maiduguri.
The vehicles numbering about thirteen according to a statement issued by the State Police Spokesman DSP Victor Isuku, said the vehicles were awaiting security cover from military to depart to Gamboru Ngala on Friday when a suicide bomber sneaked and detonated his explosive ridden body in the midst of the trucks. Read more
I want Miss Nigeria Pageantry elevated to National Asset -Lai Mohammed
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says Miss Nigeria Pageantry is an integral part of the nation’s creative industry that should be made a national asset. The minister stated this on Friday in Abuja when the management of Daily Times, the initiator and franchise owner of Miss Nigeria pageantry visited him in his office. Read more
Wife seeks dissolution of 15 years marriage for alleged drunkenness
A 43-year-old housewife, Funmilola Ogundoro, on Friday urged a Grade C Customary Court, Agodi in Ibadan, to dissolve her 15-year-old marriage to her husband to Michael, for alleged addiction to alcohol. Funmilola told the court that her endurance over the respondent’s drinking habit had reached a climax that she could no longer tolerate. Read more
2017 Nigerian Navy Games holds in Akwa Ibom from Febuary 26
The 11th Nigerian Navy Games will hold in Uyo, Akwa Ibom from Feb. 26 to March 4, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, the Chief of Naval Staff, has said.
However, the water sports events of the Games, including swimming, kayak, sailing and boat handling, an innovation in this year’s edition, had taken place in Lagos from Feb. 6 to Feb. 9. Read more
Shenzhen Newcomer Obasi : I Was Born In Africa, Hot Weather Means Nothing
New Shenzhen striker Chinedu Obasi has emphasized that he will not be affected by the climate change in the summer because he was born in Nigeria.
The former Lyn Oslo and Hoffenheim star has opined that the Chinese winter is mild compared to what he experienced in Europe over the years. “This is winter? This is simply spring, too comfortable. Do not forget that I was born in Africa. Hot, for me nothing, ” Obasi told reporters Read more
Onazi Defends Turkish League, Says Rohr Calls about Future S/Eagles Plans
Super Eagles Midfielder, Onazi Ogenyi has told footballlive.ng that he has a good relationship with Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr amid claims the German could reconsider handing invitation to players in the Turkish League.Onazi has featured prominently under Rohr and says the Coach reaches out to him through calls and messages.
Speaking further, the 24-year-old , who joined Trabzonspor from Serie A outfit, SS Lazio, said the Coach discussed his plans for the team and they shared ideas on the matter, which contradicts the reports. Read more
Conte Assures Loanee Omeruo Of Chelsea’s Chance In 2016/2017 Pre Season Games
One of the numerous players of English Premier League side Chelsea who has been assured of his spot in the team in the nearest future is Kenneth Omeruo.
Omeruo is in his fourth loan spell away from Stamford Bridge, and it is reported that unlike previous seasons where he has hardly been given a look in during pre season, he will get his chance this season. Read more
Exclusive: Man City Studying Possibility Of Selling Iheanacho, With Buy-Back
Kelechi Iheanacho could bid farewell to Manchester City in the summer transfer window, less than three years after his arrival at the Etihad Stadium.
The handwriting is on the wall that the Nigeria international has fallen out of favour with City manager Pep Guardiola after failing to make the matchday squad since January 15, when he appeared off the bench versus Everton. The Citizens higher-ups are studying the possibility of selling their number 72 to a non-English club, with a buy-back clause inserted into the agreement. Read more
Arsène Wenger Says He Will Manage Next Season, But Maybe Not At Arsenal
Arsenal had a big match in the Champions League on Wednesday, which is another way of saying Arsenal were yet again monumentally embarrassed in a huge moment. Arsenal are also right about at the start of the end stretch of their season, which is another way of saying that Arsenal are already out of realistic contention for the major trophies.
On cue, we now have the annual storm about What’s Wrong With Arsenal and whether Arsène Wenger should stay and try to further the undeniably great work he’s done in tough circumstances these past two decades, or whether it’s time for him to go due to the holding pattern the team has been stuck in during the latter half of his tenure. Read more
Emirates FA Cup draw on Sunday
We will find out who we could face in the quarter-final of the Emirates FA Cup when the draw is made on Sunday.
We face Sutton United at Gander Green Lane on Monday for a chance to reach the last eight, after previously knocking out Preston North End and Southampton.
We have been allocated ball No 4 in the draw, which takes place from 6.30pm (UK time). Read more
Chelsea have ‘no weaknesses’, says Paul Lambert as Wolves prepare to host Antonio Conte’s side in the FA Cup
Wolves boss Paul Lambert believes Premier League leaders Chelsea have ‘no weaknesses’ ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash at Molineux.
Lambert’s team have already disposed of Stoke and Liverpool in this season’s competition but face their toughest task to date on Saturday evening when Antonio Conte’s side come to town. Stoke rested some players against Wolves while Liverpool played several youngsters, but the talent at Conte’s disposal is on a different level in comparison. Read more
Germans tell Mattis U.S. has vested interest in stable Europe, too
Germany’s defense minister told the U.S. on Friday that Washington has an interest in both a stable European Union and a united NATO, and cautioned against turning the fight against terrorism into a “front against Islam and Muslims.”
Minister Ursula von der Leyen also acknowledged that it won’t be enough in the future to rely on American military strength and “duck away” when things get tough. Read more
Robert Mugabe could contest election as corpse, says wife
Zimbabwe’s 92-year-old president, Robert Mugabe, should run “as a corpse” in next year’s election if he dies before the vote, his wife has said.
Grace Mugabe accused some ruling Zanu-PF party officials of plotting to take over from her husband and said that if he dies supporters should put his name on the ballot to show their love for him. Read more
Glasgow bin lorry crash driver admits driving car without licence
The driver of a bin lorry that crashed in Glasgow killing six people has admitted culpable and reckless driving on a separate occasion nine months after the tragedy.
Harry Clarke, 60, appeared at Glasgow sheriff court where he pleaded guilty to driving a car in the city on 20 September 2015 to the danger of the public, having had his licence suspended for medical reasons Read more
Flight confusion reigns as Cuba’s tourism boom is beset by teething problems
Cuba remains a hot-ticket destination for British travellers as airlines launch new routes and cruise tourism surges. But as the boom continues, confusion has taken hold over whether Britons are able to board the new direct US-Cuba flights.
Passengers flying to the Caribbean island from the UK with Virgin Atlantic (VA) have also experienced difficulties as the airline gets to grips with the ticketing system alongside its new partner, Delta. Read more
Anti-abortion state senator shatters glass table while trying to silence pro-choice activists
A state senator pounded his gavel so hard against a table to interrupt a woman protesting his anti-abortion bills in Texas that he shattered glass.
Senator Charles Schwertner, the Republican chair of the Texas Senate’s Committee on Health and Human Services. banged the gavel on the glass table a minute after Maggie Hennessy, a University of Texas student and intern with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas started to speak. Read more