SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 21, 2017
I need longer period of rest, says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said results of the series of medical checkups he carried out in the cause of his medical vacation had shown that he needed longer period of rest.
He said this necessitated his staying back in London, United Kingdom longer than initially planned. The President said this in a four-paragraph made available to journalists by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina. Read more
Defection: PDP caucus asks Saraki to declare Uba’s seat vacant
The Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the Senate on Tuesday asked President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, to declare declare Sen. Andy Uba’s seat vacant for defecting from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress.
The Minority Leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, while making the demand on behalf of the caucus in the day’s plenary, also called Uba’s removal as Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts by Wednesday. Read more
Gaddafi son’s trial unfair – UN
The trial of Saif Gaddafi, a son of the ousted Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, sentenced to death in absentia, did not meet international standards and he should face murder charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the UN said on Tuesday.
Since his father’s toppling in 2011, Saif has been held in Zintan, a mountainous western region, by one of the factions that began contending for power after Mr. Gaddafi was killed. Read more
Boko Haram: 310,000 IDPs in Borno return to liberated communities
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), says about 310,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), from seven local governments areas of Borno state have returned home following liberation of their communities and return of peace.
Mr Muhammad Kanar, the NEMA North-East Coordinator, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Maiduguri. Read more
UN replaces Nigeria’s Nwanze with ex-Togo PM as IFAD president
The United Nations has appointed Gilbert Houngbo, Deputy Director-General of the International Labour Organisation and former Prime Minister of Togo, as the sixth President of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
According to Mr Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, Houngbo, is to replace Dr. Kanayo Nwanze whose tenure as fifth president ends on March 31. Read more
74 bodies of migrants found washed up on Libyan coast
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Tuesday that 74 bodies of migrants have washed up on the Libyan coast.
IFRC spokesperson, Stephen Ryan of the IFRC said the bodies were found by the Libyan Red Crescent, on Monday. He said that the circumstances involving the drowning of the migrants are not clear yet. Read more
AGF, Sagay, Falana, others to attend SERAP’s anti-corruption round-table
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr. Abubakar Malami SAN, Professor Itse Sagay SAN Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, and Femi Falana SAN are among those that have confirmed their participation at the maiden Strategic Dialogue on Improving Anticorruption Institutions in Nigeria being organized by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) in collaboration with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Read more
Salary backlog: Bayelsa LG workers suspends two weeks strike
Local government workers in Bayelsa State, on Tuesday, suspended their two weeks strike over backlog of six to 12 months salary.
In a truce brokered by the Bayelsa Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mr Agatha Goma, the workers demanded that the state government should take over primary schools funding from the councils. The workers suspended the strike following assurance by the state government to its unions on the payment of the salary backlog and the stopping of the ongoing half salary payment from February. Read more
Buhari should resign, confirm Osinbajo substantive president – Group urges
An international human rights organisation has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign and pave way for the acting president Yemi Osinbajo to be confirmed as substantive president.
The organisation, Opinion Nigeria, said it was important, in the interest of the country, for President Buhari to tender his resignation letter without delay. Read more
Outsourcing: Untapped economic goldmine in Nig – Experts
Experts have advised the Federal government not to undermine the potentials to grow the nation’s economy through Business Processing Outsourcing(BPO), the sub-sector, they said its viable to attract multiple Foreign Direct investments that will in two years tame unemployment syndrome and turn-up contributions to the nation’s Gross Domestic Products(GDP) from the industry.
The experts also said there is need for the review of the Business Processing Outsourcing laws enacted in 2011 describing it as stale regulation that needed to be reviewed Read more
Chelsea Loanee Omeruo Shines In Clash With Eagles Teammate Onazi
On loan Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo once again proved his mettle for Alanyaspor with another excellent display against Trabzonspor in a Turkish league game which ended 0-0.
Omeruo who has been deployed as defensive midfielder, reverted back to his natural position as a centre defender and was very influential at the back for his team. Read more
Leicester Star Musa Fires Warning To Sevilla : We Will Try To Win In Spain
Ahmed Musa has predicted that Leicester City will come out victorious when they face current Europa League winners Sevilla in the Champions League Round of 16, Game 1 on Wednesday night.
The Foxes may be struggling in the Premier League but have impressed in Europe, having topped their group with a game to spare. “We are going there to do our best,” Musa told Leicester City’s official website. Read more
No Barca ‘Plan B’ for Lucho successor
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has backed Coach Luis Enrique and admitted the club had no ‘Plan B’ for any potential replacement.
Enrique’s contract at Camp Nou expires in June and talk of his future has intensified in the past week following a 4-0 drubbing in Paris and a late and somewhat fortunate home win over struggling Leganes. Read more
Israeli jailed for 18 months for shooting dead wounded Palestinian attacker
An Israeli soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian attacker as he was lying on the floor has been sentenced to 18 months.
Sgt Elor Azaria was convicted of manslaughter last month after he was filmed killing the Palestinian in the West Bank city of Hebron. Read more
David Cassidy, ‘Partridge Family’ Star, Reveals He Has Dementia
Former teen heartthrob David Cassidy has revealed that he is suffering from dementia and has quit performing. The onetime star of “The Partridge Family” spoke to People magazine about his health following a weekend concert in California during which he reportedly struggled to remember the lyrics to songs he has been singing for 50 years. The 66-year-old also appeared to fall off the stage at one point. Read more
CIA analyst quits saying he cannot serve Trump administration ‘in good faith’
A CIA analyst who had worked at the U.S. intelligence agency from 2006 has quit his job, citing an inability to serve President Donald Trump‘s administration “in good faith”.
“Despite working proudly for Republican and Democratic presidents, I reluctantly concluded that I cannot in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional,” wrote Edward Price, former spokesman for the National Security Council, in an op-ed published in the Washington Post on Monday. Read more
What Does Russia Think Of Donald Trump? Putin Orders Russian Media To Bash US President
Russia’s love affair with President Donald Trump might be over before it started. Russian coverage of the new White House administration has waned over the past two weeks in a sign that the Kremlin does not expect to have better relations with Trump than it did with his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, the Moscow Times reported Tuesday. Read more
A familiar shutdown threat is looming in Trump’s future
Add a potential government shutdown to embattled President Donald Trump’s growing roster of headaches.
Beneath the capital’s radar looms a vexing problem — a catchall spending package that’s likely to top $1 trillion and could get embroiled in the politics of building Trump’s wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a budget-busting Pentagon request. Read more