SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR MAY 20, 2017
Presidency receives 2017 Budget from National Assembly
The Presidency on Friday formally received the details of the 2017 Appropriation Bill from the National Assembly.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, presented the document to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Obasanjo frustrated plans to formally bury Biafran war heroes
Col. Joe Achuzia (Retd.), a Biafran war veteran popularly known as the Biafran Hannibal recently played host to the Senior Special Assistant on political matters to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state, Hon. Arinzechukwu Awogu at his country home in Asaba, Delta state where he expressed appreciation on behalf of the Biafran war veterans to Obiano for fulfilling the duty the living owes the dead, by taking the bold step on January 12, 2015 to bury those who died during the Biafran civil war. Read more
Women go nude to defend Biafra
The Indigenous People of Biafra on Friday accused soldiers from the military cantonment at Ohafia, Abia State of attacking its women at a meeting at Abiriba while identifying with IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
In a statement made available to journalists in Awka, IPOB media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, alleged that the Nigeria Police joined the soldiers in the humiliation, molestation, manhandling and humiliation of the women, who did not commit any crime but for identifying with the cause of IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Read more
Collapsed Building: Developers unsealed ‘stop work’ order, says Lagos
The Lagos State Government yesterday disclosed that the developers of the three-storey building, which collapsed in Ilasamaja on Thursday, criminally unsealed a ‘stop work’ order on the building and continued construction before the incident.
Speaking to journalists after an on-the-spot assessment of the site, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Wasiu Anifowose, said officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) disapproved the building, but the developers illegally broke the seal to continue work. Read more
Ondo perm sec regains freedom from kidnappers
The Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Hospital Management Board, Dr. Niran Ikuomola, who was kidnapped on Sunday, may 14, has been released. Ikuomola was kidnapped alongside his driver by gunmen along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja Road, who initially demanded N70million ransom, but later reduced it to N20million.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu felicitated with members of his immediate family and his professional colleagues for their support and prayers during the trying period. Read more
Affix NBA’s stamp and seal for authenticity, Judge tells lawyers
An Enugu High Court Judge, Justice H.D Eya, has told lawyers appearing before him to always affix the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) stamp and seal or show evidence of payment of the requisite fees to documents as the rules demand.
He stated that the NBA’s stamp and seal on documents and briefs distinguishes it from those prepared by legal practitioners and laymen, adding that such was in line with Supreme Court decisions. Read more
Ortom did not procure, approve inscription on wheelbarrows
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has debunked claims and suggestion that he procured wheelbarrows to empower youths of the state, nor did he give approval for the inscription of his name on them.
Pictures of wheelbarrows bearing Ortom’s name were posted on social media On Thursday, suggesting that the governor planned to empower youths of the state with the carts. Read more
APC, PDP trade blames over Taraba killings
The leadership of the Taraba State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday accused the Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of being behind the ongoing skirmishes in the state, which have led to wanton destruction of lives and properties.
Speaking through its immediate past chairman, who is now an ambassador-designate, Alhaji Hassan Jika Ardo, APC told media practitioners in Jalingo, the state capital, that the upheavals in some parts of the state were ploys to denied members of the opposition party, especially the APC, the opportunity to participate in the ongoing voters registration exercise. Read more
Killer policemen: Victims’ families accuse FG, IGP of shielding culprits
In the wake of the murder of a Lagos youth by a divisional police officer, families of some victims of extra-judicial killings by policemen in the country have berated the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Federal Government for denying them justice.
The Nigeria Police has been plagued over the years by allegations of killing suspects in custody, shooting civilians on the street and covering up such acts, but the recent killing of a 23-year-old apprentice, Jamiu Ayoade, by the Divisional Police Officer of Ijeshatedo Police Station, Mr. Muhammed Yakubu, raised fresh questions. Read more
Oluwo revokes title from Iwo chief
The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi, has revoked the title of Obanla from the Publicity Secretary of the defunct National Party of Nigeria, Chief Abiola Ogundokun.
The monarch had earlier stripped Ogundokun of his traditional and social titles, ranging from Basorun Musulumi of Iwoland, a member of Iwo Board of Trustees, Otun Balogun of Iwoland and other titles that may be accorded to him from Iwo. Read more
North ready for restructuring –Ango Abdullahi
Spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, Prof Ango Abdullahi has declared that the North is fully prepared for Nigeria’s break up if that will make component parts agitating for separate countries or restructuring happy. He explains his position in details in this interview with ABDULLAHI HASSAN in Zaria, Kaduna state.
Some South East leaders have accused Northern Elders of sabotaging efforts to restructure the country. What is your reaction to this?
You see the issue of restructuring is one of the fundamental issues that shape Nigerian history from 1914 up to 1960. In fact, we are not aware of any sabotage, may be the South East leaders were working on assumption. But if restructuring will save Nigeria, I think it is a matter that affects every Nigerian including those in the North and we are ready to engage in it to correct the anomalies in Nigeria starting from 1914. Read more
Delta: Police Arrest Clergy For Allegedly Raping Housewife
The police at the Delta State Police Command Asaba Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have arrested the General Overseer of a new Generation Church (name withheld) for allegedly raping a housewife (name withheld) including duping members of his church the sum ofN160, 000.
It was gathered that the man of God allegedly hoodwinked the housewife into prayer session, and mid-way took her into his office where he made love to her amidst struggle. Read more
How we can rebuild the South East – Modebelu
Mr. Ikenna Modebelu from Nnewi, Anambra State is the lead promoter of South East Leadership and Development Initiative, SELDI. SELDI- a strong advocate of Igbo emancipation is committed to the economic and social transformation of South East region. Modebelu, an accomplished media and advertising practitioner, founded theRichland Communications Limited over two decades ago. In this interview with Saturday Vanguard in Enugu, Modebelu spoke on the deplorable state of South East roads, development of Igbo land as well as the think home policy of Ndigbo
ULC wants Okowa to ban casualisation of workers
DELTA State Council of United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, has pleaded with the state government to enact laws that could eradicate and forbid any form of casualisation of workers in the state, saying “casulisation is slavery.” This came as investigation across the country revealed increasing casualisation of workers by both federal and state governments, a practice which has been rampant in the private sector. Read more
Alleged Forgery: Group Wants Acting President To Investigate Perm Sec
A non-governmental organisation under the aegis of Al mushahid Initiative for Transparency and Accountability, has written the Acting President, Yemi Osibanjo, to investigate a case of alleged forgery by a Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs, in the office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation, Dr. Ugo Pedro Roy. Read more
AMCON extends takeover bid to Wokson International
The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) yesterday extended its takeover dragnet to all the assets of Delta State-based Wokson International Limited.
Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division, granted the bad bank an injunction against the company in both of its Asaba and Warri operations. Read more
CBN’ll sustain tight monetary policy – Nnanna
The Central Bank of Nigeria will keep the monetary policy tight as dollar shortages persist, the deputy governor of the bank, Joseph Nnanna, said before an interest rate announcement next week.
Now is not the time to ease policy, he said in an interview with Bloomberg in Abuja. Inflation slowed for a third month in April, but at 17.2 per cent remains almost double the upper limit of the bank’s six per cent to nine per cent target. Read more
Investors to meet in Austria over Nigerian economy
The Afro-Austrian Business Summit will provide the platform for potential investors to explore opportunities in the Nigerian economy.
The summit, which comes up this month in Austria, is aimed at exposing corporate and community leaders, policymakers, government agencies and key stakeholders to the potential in the Nigerian property, finance, technology, and Small and Medium Enterprises sectors. Read more
Recession: For political elite, no tightening of belts
Football is generally considered as a unifying factor for Nigerians who always stand together to push the country’s teams to victory despite their deep tribal, religious and cultural differences.
But for the masses, which have repeatedly been bashed by economic difficulties and bad leadership, it is a closed group where members have a lot in common. Hence, when there are reports of alleged corruption or affluence by elected public officials, the masses tend to present a united front against their perceived enemy – the ruling elite. Read more
Ikara community leader threatens NPDC over persistent oil spill
The Ikara community in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State has threatened to unleash the youths of the oil producing community on workers of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) over oil pollution and environmental degradation. Leader of the community, Lawrence Wilbert made the threat in Abuja when aggrieved members of the community appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions investigating allegations of oil spill caused by the activities of NPDC. Read more
Efforts to end ExxonMobil, PENGASSAN row hit deadlock
Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Mobil Producing Nigeria Branch, have been directed to withdraw their services totally from all locations after talks to resolve a dispute with a subsidiary of United States’ ExxonMobil Corporation failed on Thursday.
This is coming a week after the oil workers rejected a directive from the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, that the industrial action should be suspended. Read more
Izilien, NFF trade words over ‘missing file’
Former Super Falcons Coach Godwin Izilien has described as ‘blatant lie’ claims by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that the files containing documents of his unpaid wages since 2004 are missing from the Glass House.
Izilien led the Falcons to win the African Nations Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2004 during the administration of then NFA Chairman, Ibrahim Galadima. It was the fourth AWC title for Nigeria. Read more
Injured Spurs RB Eyoma Watches On From Bench As England Are Beaten In U17
Tottenham Hotspur starlet of Nigerian descent Timothy Eyoma was an unused substitute as England lost to Spain via penalties in the final of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship on Friday night.
The right fullback started and completed every single of the Young Lions matches, five in total, before today’s showpiece game at Stadion Anđelko Herjavec, Varaždin. Read more
MFM won’t burn out this time, Ilechukwu assures
Mindful of the collapse of MFM FC after an explosive run in the first stanza last season, Fidelis Ilechukwu has expressed determination to avoid the mistakes of last season which saw his side almost lose their place in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The Olukoya Boys had enjoyed a good first half to the 2015/16 NPFL season but found themselves struggling for survival in the second half of the season. They edged FC Ifeanyiubah 1-0 in the final game of the season to guarantee their safety. Read more
Chelsea Demand N3.4 Billion For Super Eagles Defender Kenneth Omeruo – Report
A clutch of Turkish clubs including Kasimpasa and Alanyaspor are interested in signing Kenneth Omeruo in the summer, but it is left to be seen whether they could match a seven million pounds (N3.36 billion) valuation by Chelsea for the Nigeria defender.
A top source informed SCORENigeria: “There are some clubs in Turkey who are interested in signing Kenneth at the end of the season Read more
Man City news and transfer rumours LIVE Watford build up and Pablo Zabaleta goodbye
Tomorrow’s game against Watford will be Pablo Zabaleta’s final game in a Blue shirt but will he start?
TRANSFER RUMOUR: BARCELONA TO MAKE SUMMER SWOOP FOR HECTOR BELLERIN IF ARSENAL FAIL TO QUALIFY FOR UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
According to a report in Mundo Deportivo, whether or not Arsenal secure fourth place on the final day of the season will have a huge impact on the Spaniard’s future. If they fail to qualify for the Champions League, it would significantly increase Barcelona’s chances of acquiring Bellerin.
Arsenal currently sit at fifth place on the Premier League table with 72 points to their name, a point behind fourth placed Liverpool and 2 points behind Manchester City who are third. Read more
Manchester United news and transfer rumours LIVE Early Crystal Palace team news and Angel Gomes updates
There is one final Premier League game before the countdown to Stockholm can begin in earnest.
Manchester United face Crystal Palace in a Premier League dead rubber on Sunday afternoon and it is a chance for the supporters to get a glimpse of some of the youngsters nurtured in the club’s Academy.
With the Reds marooned in sixth place, Jose Mourinho has already confirmed that he will use the game to blood some of his youngsters after the Premier League refused to bring the game forward. Read more
Chinese navy ships visit Myanmar for joint exercises
Chinese navy ships are visiting Myanmar and will conduct communications, search and rescue, and other joint exercises with the Myanmar navy, China’s defence ministry said on Saturday.
The ships arrived in Yangon on Thursday for a four-day visit, spokesman Wu Qian said in remarks posted on the ministry’s website.
Wu said China was willing to strengthen strategic communication and deepen cooperation with Myanmar, while making joint efforts to safeguard regional peace and stability and promote bilateral ties. Read more
Russia unveils new weapon to protect England fans from hooligans – a four feet tall robot
England fans at next year’s World Cup in Russia will be protected by four feet tall robot capable of spotting aggression and dealing with it.
After Russian hooligans brought havoc to the European football championships last year, Moscow has opted for a high-tech approach Read more
Bangladesh: Police arrest 27 gay men after raiding community centre
ALMOST 30 people have been arrested on suspicion of drug crimes after Bangladeshi police raided a gathering of gay men at a community centre on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka.
The group were found with marijuana and methamphetamine as well as condoms and lubricant, however were not engaged in sexual activity at the time of the raid and thus were not charged with homosexuality reported the New York Times.
Bangladesh is a highly conservative country, where same-sex sexual activity is considered an “unnatural offence” akin to bestiality and is punishable by life imprisonment. Read more
Trump abroad: World leaders told to praise electoral college win, use lots of pictures, and compare with Obama
Donald Trump has departed Washington for his first foreign trip as President, leaving behind a scandal surrounding his surprise sacking of the FBI director which threatens to overshadow the eight-day tour.
Mr Trump flew out of the capital for a trip that White House aides said they hoped would trigger a “reset” after weeks of controversy and chaos. Read more
Former FBI director James Comey to testify in open session before Senate Intelligence Committee
Fired FBI director James Comey has agreed to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an “open session” to answer questions on the investigation into links between the Trump team and Russia.
Mr Comey was sacked by Donald Trump last week. The surprise move triggered accusations the President was attempting to obstruct an ongoing FBI probe into interference by the Kremlin in last November’s US election. Read more
Quake deep under sea in Philippines unlikely to cause damage – agency
A magnitude 5.6.earthquake struck near the centre of the Philippine archipelago on Saturday, but the Philvolcs seismology agency said the tremor was too deep to raise fears of casualties or damage.
The quake struck shortly after 9 p.m. (0100 GMT). The China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) estimated its depth at 540 km (336 miles) under the Bohol Sea, 99 km (62 miles) south of Cebu City. CENC had estimated its magnitude at 6.0. Read more