SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR APRIL 20, 2017
Wike, Nigeria’s best performing gov – Nwakaudu
Despite the sponsorship of negative media propaganda by opposition politicians in Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike remains Nigeria’s best performing governor, recognised by leaders of all political divides. Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Rivers State Newspapers Publishers Forum, RNPF, yesterday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Special Assistant to Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, noted that Governor Wike’s excellent performance stems from his prudent management of the state’s scarce resources. Read more
FG, Lagos in legal battle over N50 stamp duty
The Lagos State Government has approached the Supreme Court to challenge the collection of N50 stamp duty by the Federal Government on every N1,000 transaction conducted by customers in all commercial banks operating in Lagos State.
In an appeal filed before the apex court by its Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, Lagos State is contending that it ought to be the one collecting the N50 stamp duty rather than the Federal Government. Read more
CBN pumps $100m into FX market
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has pumped a total $380million within two days into the Foreign Exchange Market. And the effect: a further strengthening of the Naira.
The first tranche of $280m was released on Tuesday, On Wednesday, the bank offered additional $100 million to authorised dealers to meet the 7 to 15-day forwards requests of customers. Read more
Facebook developing keyboardless typing directly from human brain
Facebook is working to create a data input method that doesn’t rely on a keyboard, but instead allows the user to type directly from the brain, the company said at its two-day developers conference in San Jose, California.
“In a few years’ time we expect to demonstrate a real-time silent speech system capable of delivering 100 words per minute,” or about five-times faster than a person can type with a smartphone, said vice president of engineering Regina Dugan on the second day of the conference. Read more
Aje Kun Iya: Melaye mocks Babachir in new victory tweet
The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, on Wednesday took to Twitter to mock the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal.
The Presidency had on Wednesday announced the immediate suspension of Lawal in connection with fraud in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on North-East. Read more
N30bn taxes: Osun threatens to shut banks, telecoms firms
The Chairman of Osun State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. Bicci Alli, has said the agency will begin to clamp down on companies, ventures and organisations that have refused to remit their taxes and other levies to the board.
Alli, who said this in an interview with our correspondent in Osogbo, on Wednesday, said the amount of money being owed the state was over N30bn. Read more
Fayose visits prisons, asks FG to upgrade facilities
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has lamented the poor condition of prisons in the state and called on the Federal Government to upgrade the facilities.
The governor spoke when he visited the Nigeria Prison Service along Ado-Afao Road in Ado Ekiti in company with the state Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, and the Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Chafe. Read more
Nigeria is better as one, Osinbajo tells secessionists
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has told those advocating secession in the country that it is better to be a part of a big thing than to belong to a fraction.
He said those who advanced personal causes to defeat the objectives of bringing the country together as a nation and forging ahead should not be allowed. Read more
How godfatherism, rotational candidacy affects lawmaking in Nigeria – Dogara
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has lamented the high rate of turnover of legislators in the National Assembly.
This, he attributed to reasons including godfatherism and the clamour for rotational representation at the expense of quality legislation and the high cost of training invested in members, once elected. Read more
Owl scare at Bayelsa Assembly chambers
THERE was panic, yesterday, at the Bayelsa State House of Assembly complex as some staff, who were on cleaning duty reportedly found a live owl on one of the tables in the chambers of the Assembly. The sight of the owl caused pandemonium among staff at the Assembly complex as the cleaners, who were mostly women, abandoned their duty posts and fled in fear. It was gathered that some principal staff of the Assembly, had to mobilize some youths to kill the bird. Read more
Obioha, Nigerian hacker admits $6.5m fraud in US court
Obinna Obioha, 31, and a Nigerian hacker has pleaded guilty to wire fraud, and admitted to participating in a scheme to hack into computers and email accounts in the United States for the purpose of stealing money from American companies. Read more
Serena Williams announces she is 20 weeks pregnant on social media
World No 2 tennis player Serena Williams will have a baby in the autumn, her representative has confirmed.
The 35-year-old, who has 23 Grand Slam titles to her name, posted a picture of herself on social media app Snapchat on Wednesday showing a prominent bump with the message “20 weeks”. She deleted this later in the day. Read more
Jurgen Klopp: Man City keeper Joe Hart not a Liverpool target
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out trying to sign England goalkeeper Joe Hart.
It was reported on Wednesday that the Anfield club were close to a £20m deal for the Manchester City keeper, who is currently on loan at Torino. Hart, 30, is expected to leave City but Klopp is content with current keepers Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius. Read more
Arsene Wenger plans to offer Jack Wilshere new Arsenal contract, despite broken leg
Arsene Wenger is still intending to offer Jack Wilshere a new contract at Arsenal even after his latest major injury set-backbut admitted that all his missed game over recent years have prevented him from fulfilling his potential.
Wilshere’s season and loan spell at Bournemouth is over after he suffered a fracture to his left fibula but Wenger is confident that no further surgery is necessary and that he will be ready to report back as normal for pre-season training in July. Read more
GM halts Venezuela operations amid plant seizure
General Motors halted operations in Venezuela on Thursday after the car maker’s plant in the country was seized by public authorities, the company said.
GM described the takeover as an “illegal judicial seizure of its assets.”
It comes as the South American nation experiences intense protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Three people were killed late Wednesday as tens of thousands of people took the streets to demand fresh presidential elections and the release of jailed opposition politicians. Read more
Facebook killer shoots himself after police chase
Facebook murder suspect Steve Stephens’ run from justice ended because of a chicken nuggets and fries takeaway, it has emerged.
The man, who police say shot a Cleveland pensioner and posted a video of the killing on Facebook, pulled up to the drive-thru window of a McDonald’s restaurant outside Erie, Pennsylvania, and waited for his order. Read more
South Africa maize forecast seen down slightly from previous, still bumper crop
South Africa’s Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) is expected to slightly lower its summer maize forecast when it gives its third estimate next week but a bumper harvest is still seen, a Reuters survey of four analysts and institutions showed on Thursday.
The CEC, which gives its next forecast on Tuesday, is seen pegging the harvest at 14.175 million tonnes, about 1 percent lower than its previous estimate of 14.32 million tonnes. Read more
Syria chemical attack: Authority finds ‘incontrovertible’ evidence of Sarin
International chemical weapons inspectors have found “incontrovertible” evidence that Sarin gas, or a similar substance, was used in a chemical attack in Syria earlier this month that killed 89 people.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) took biomedical samples from 10 victims of the April 4 attack on Khan Sheikhoun and found indications that they had been exposed to Sarin or a Sarin-like substance. Read more