SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 18, 2017
Niger Delta people deserve fair deal, says Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has declared that notwithstanding the past leadership and governance failures, which resulted in the worrying conditions of Nigerians in the oil-producing communities of the Niger Delta, the people of the area still deserve a fair deal.
Osinbajo said it is the reason the current administration is now advocating a new vision for the people of the Niger Delta. A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, last night said Osinbajo spoke yesterday at the Presidential Villa while chairing an inter-ministerial follow-up meeting with relevant government ministries, departments and agencies involved in the Niger Delta, Read more
Army officer, others killed while pursuing fleeing Boko Haram
Spokesman of Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen. Sani Usman, has disclosed that an army officer and three other soldiers were killed, while pursuing fleeing Boko Haram insurgents that set ablaze military and police posts at Magumeri in Borno State on Wednesday.
Usman disclosed this yesterday in a statement issued in Maiduguri, the state capital. He said that the fallen heroes were killed, while chasing Boko Haram terrorists to five different villages in northern Borno. Read more
Buhari should resign, says Osagie
The Presiding Bishop and founder of Powerline Bible Church, Odo-Olowu, Ijeshatedo, Lagos, Bishop Lawrence Osagie has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign and take care of his health.
Osagie who is of the view that there will be no vacuum if the president resigns, noted that other people have done it and Nigeria’s case should not be different. According to him, Nigeria has capable brains that can run the affairs of the nation if such people are given the opportunity to do so. Read more
Confidentiality of DSS report on Magu in order, says Rep
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes, Kayode Oladele, yesterday hailed the Department of State Service (DSS) for keeping away its report on Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, from the anti-graft agency boss.
Speaking with The Guardian in Abuja, Oladele said Magu’s claim that the security agency denied him opportunity to defend himself on the various charges in the report was regrettable, saying: “He ought to know that a security report is usually not made available to the person at the centre of the report or to the public. Read more
We rob victims at Oshodi, sell stolen items at Computer Village, Obalende – Suspects confess
Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force have arrested a four- man notorious gang that specialised in robbing innocent passersby of valuables at Oshodi under bridge, and recovered a laptop in the process. The four suspects are; Master Ojo Olaomo, 21, from Ibadan, Oyo State, Mr. Ola Akinwunmi, 25, from Abeokuta, Ogun State, Master Okiki Nurudeen, 22, from Abeokuta, Ogun State and Mr. Damilare Balogun, 20, from Ibadan, Oyo State. Read more
UniPort graduates 78 first class
78 graduands of the University of Port Harcourt are to be conferred with first class degrees at this year’s convocation ceremony of the institition. Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ndowa Lale disclosed this yesterday at a media parley in the university ahead of the convocation slated for Saturday next week. He said the overall best graduating student of the school Mr Uzoma Chinomso of the department of Plant Science and Biotechnology in the faculty of Science had a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.82, adding that he would plant the Convocation Tree at the University Park on Tuesday. Read more
Nigeria Police now a political party – Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has advised the Police to concentrate on their constitutional responsibility of providing security. Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday when he granted audience to Mr Zaki Ahmed, the New Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Governor Wike regretted that the Nigerian Police Force has metamorphosed into a political party. Read more
Tension in Ijaw land over IYC leadership
IJAW Youth Council, IYC, the parasol body of youths of Ijaw ethnic nationality, spread across Bayelsa, Edo, Delta, Ondo, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States, is on fire. The trouble is over the headship of the body, which until recently was led by Mr. Udengs Eradiri. Eradiri whose tenure expired March 2, superintended over a convention and handed over to the former spokesman of the council, Mr. Eric Omare, who emerged as president after an election. Read more
Why those who tried to create a wedge between Buhari, Osinbajo failed – Femi Adesina
But for the honesty and principled nature of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, mischief makers would have mounted a wedge between him and President Muhammadu Buhari, during the president’s 49-day recent medical vacation in the United Kingdom when Osinbajo functioned as acting president, Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, has said. In this interview, Adesina spoke among others on how Osinbajo disappointed those who tried to create problems between him and Buhari. Read more
NNPC reports Capital Oil, MRS to DSS, EFCC over N17bn stolen PMS
THE Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, said it has reported MRS Limited and Capital Oil and Gas Limited to the Department of State Service, DSS, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the duo’s illegal sale of about 130 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, valued at N17.439 billion, belonging to it. Read more
Nigeria, Japan, others seek closer ties to improve trade in Africa
The Federal Government has indicated interest in improving its trade relationship with Japan even as the latter has agreed to commit $30 billion for African development under the Asian Tiger’s sustainable development.Consequently, the Federal Government has assured Japanese investors of a safe and business friendly environment for their investments, noting that it has begun to improve the ease of doing business in the country. Read more
Buhari, Magu at Jummat service in Aso Villa
Embattled Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was among other Nigerians who joined President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to offer the Jumaat prayer.
Magu, decked in a white traditional attire, popularly called Babariga, later drove out through the VIP exit in the company of other visitors immediately after the prayer. Read more
Abductors of Imo Magistrate demand N20 million ransom
The abductors of a magistrate in a Magistrate’s Court located in Umuapu, Ohaji/Egbema Council, Mrs. P. U. Adikibe, have demanded a N20 million ransom from her family before she could be released from captivity, a source told The Guardian.
The gunmen kidnapped Adikibe on Wednesday, along with her driver, on her way from Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, where she lives with her husband, to resume work Read more
Bayelsa government to sack absentee workers, pay roll fraudsters
Even as state and local government workers groan over the hardship caused by months of unpaid salaries in Bayelsa state, the State Advisory Committee on Public Service Reforms has confirmed that it will not hesitate to sack workers who absent themselves from work or engage in pay roll fraud.
Chairman of the state advisory committee on public service reform and the paramount ruler of Twon-Brass Kingdom, HRM King Alfred Diete-Spiff, confirmed this during an interactive meeting between members of the committee and relevant stakeholders in Brass local government area. He revealed that the ongoing reforms have shown that some workers would be sacked. Read more
‘New environmental sanitation law for the good of all’
The Special Adviser on Civic Engagement to the Lagos State Governor, Honourable Kehinde Joseph, has said that the new Environmental Management and Protection Law of Lagos State is for the good of all, as it will not just ensure a healthier city but also generate business opportunities.
In a statement yesterday, Joseph said the law was designed to holistically address the challenge of waste management in the State and create opportunity for enterprenuers and business concerns, who have the capacity to mobilize resources to participate in refuse management in the state to do so. Read more
Nigerian Breweries Commissions Upgraded Ota Plant
Nigerian Breweries Plc recorded another milestone as it commissioned an ultra-modern upgraded plant in Ota, Ogun State. The new addition to NB Plc factories scattered across Nigeria was part of the company’s strategic plan to consolidate its leadership position in the industry. Part of the brewery infrastructure commissioned at the well-attended ceremony included a new PET line, a Water Treatment Plant and a Waste Water Treatment Plant, among twenty one others. Read more
Delta bans under- aged street trading, blames parent for nonchalance
The Delta State Government has banned under- aged street trading, blaming the child rights’ Act ineffectiveness on Parents failure to ensure proper care of their children and wards.
Barrister Bridget Ayanfulu, Senior special Assistant to the Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa who confirmed the ban, told journalists yesterday in Asaba that under-aged children were becoming too frequent on the streets across the state when they were supposed to be in school learning, rather they are selling pure water and fruits for their parents. Read more
42-year-old Teacher Smuggles Drug To Save Son
A 43-year-old computer instructor, Anukaenyi Bob-Manuel Ogochukwu has been arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for importing heroin from Nairobi, Kenya.
NDLEA in an official statement signed by the head, public affairs, Ofoyeju Mitchell yesterday, stated that the arrest took place after he tested positive for narcotic ingestion, adding that “the suspect explained that he got involved in drug trafficking because nobody except drug barons offered to help him out of his financial predicament as his sick son is currently on admission in Nairobi on a life threatening ailment”. Read more
Why HIV/AIDS Is Prevalent Amongst Women
Women may be at greater risk of being infected with HIV during sexual contact than men due to forced sex, dating elderly men, transactional sex, and marriage to much older men. HANNAH ODUJINRIN writes.
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) kills or damages cells of the body’s immune system. The most advanced stage of infection with HIV is Acquired immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Throughout the world, HIV is most often spread through sex. Hence, HIV is often spreads through unprotected sex with an infected person. Read more
Cancer Can Be Cured With Herbal Medicine – Pharm Amodu
Cancer, also called malignancy, is an abnormal growth of cells. These abnormal cell growths have the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. There are more than 100 types of cancer, including breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and lymphoma. Symptoms vary depending on the type. Read more
We’re not responsible for President Buhari’s failing health, says Shittes
Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Shiites have condemned Muhammadu Buhari’s condition of health, resulting to his flying out of the country to seek medical treatment.
The Shiites’ condemnation came on the heels of allegation by the sect that government agents wanted to clamp down on the IMN again. According to a statement by the spokesman of IMN, Mallam Ibrahim Musa yesterday, “there are credible reports and clear indications that point to deliberate attempts at unleashing mayhem and brutality on members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) especially in Kano and other towns.” Read more
Drug suspect excretes 66 wraps of substance at Lagos Airport
A forty-three year-old computer instructor, Anukaenyi Bob-Manuel Ogochukwu, has been arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos by narcotics agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for allegedly importing heroin from Nairobi, Kenya.
The arrest took place after he tested positive for narcotic ingestion. The suspect said that he got involved in drug trafficking because nobody offered to help him out of his financial predicament, as his son was currently on admission in a Nairobi hospital, suffering from a terminal ailment. Read more
New blood test may detect cancer earlier
A universal blood test for any type of cancer may soon become available according to a new study from the University of California, San Diego. They have found a new way to detect cancer in the blood that could both alert doctors to the presence of cancer, and tell them where in the body the tumour is located.
The new study, published online in the journal Nature Genetics, describes the discovery of a new clue found in the blood. Although the discovery is preliminary, the team hopes to soon advance to the clinical stage where it can be testedRead more
How Nigeria Can Win 2018 World Cup- Kalu
Former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu has advised Nigeria on how she can win the 2018 World Cup, advising the federal government to invest in Super Eagles.
He said that Enyimba winning the African Champions League back to back when he was in charge in Abia State was not magic but an outcome of good strategies. Read more
Fulham Midfielder Of Nigerian Descent Withdraws From England Squad
Fulham midfielder of Nigerian ancestry Dennis Adeniran has withdrawn from the England U18 squad due to an undisclosed injury, the English Football Association has announced.
Adeniran has been replaced in the squad by Ipswich Town teenage sensation Tristan Nydam, who has Zimbabwean blood flowing in his veins. The 18-year-old was among three players of Nigerian descent that initially made the roster announced on Thursday, the others being Tolaji Bola (Arsenal) and Tariq Uwakwe (Chelsea). Read more
Guillem Balague: Real Madrid have targeted these Chelsea and Man United stars
Real Madrid have been on the lookout for a long-term goalkeeping solution ever since Iker Casillas moved on in 2015. And in the last two years they’ve been heavily linked with Premier League duo Courtois and De GeaRead more
Man City, Liverpool Battle for Top-four Place
After disappointingly crashing out of the UEFA Champions League-no thanks to the away-goal rule, Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City side would be turning their attention to the Premier League against a Liverpool side that are always at their best when playing against any of the top six teams. With Chelsea one foot away from the league title, a top four finish for a place in next season’s Champions League is the extra spice to Sunday’s showdown between the two teams Read more
No Messi, Iniesta or Xavi – Klopp says squad part of Guardiola’s problems
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defended Pep Guardiola, saying the Manchester City boss was having to deal with a weaker squad and a more competitive Premier League.
Guardiola’s only hope of a trophy in his first season at City appears to be the FA Cup after his side’s last-16 exit in the Champions League Read more
Leicester face Cinderella battle with Atletico
Leicester City will face Atletico Madrid – the team who ‘did a Leicester’ before them – in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Atletico, and their coach Diego Simeone, are likely to be much more dangerous, obdurate and wily opponents than Sevilla were with players such as Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godin, Koke and Gabi in their ranks. Read more
Death toll in Peru climbs to 65 from El Nino rains and floods
The number of people killed in Peru following intense rains and mudslides wreaking havoc around the Andean nation has climbed to 65. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said Peru’s coastal region has not seen such environmental calamity since 1998. Across the country, overflowing rivers have damaged 115,000 homes, collapsed 117 bridges and left people trapped on roofs waiting for rescue. Read more
Ivanka Trump’s influence in White House on show at job training session with Angela Merkel
A meeting between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on vocational training on Friday offered further evidence of the first daughter’s influence in the White House.
A White House official said Mrs Merkel’s staff reached out to Ivanka Trump about setting up the meeting. During the session, Mr Trump and Mrs Merkel talked with American and German executives and discussed how companies can better train workers. Read more
Mike Flynn Didn’t Report 2014 Interaction With Russian-British National
Former national security adviser Mike Flynn interacted with a graduate student with dual Russian and British nationalities at a 2014 U.K. security conference, a contact that came to the notice of U.S. intelligence but that Mr. Flynn, then the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, didn’t disclose, according to people familiar with the matter. Read more
Angela Merkel looks bemused by Donald Trump’s wiretapping joke
Angela Merkel has reacted with surprise and bemusement to an attempted joke by Donald Trump that suggested one thing they had in common was that they had both been wiretapped by the Obama administration.
The US president’s indelicate quip was made during a media conference in which the difficult relationship between the pair was put on show. Read more