*Ambode clears air on retirement from Lagos civil service* *Steve Clarke Explains Yakubu Snub*

*Ambode clears air on retirement from Lagos civil service* *Steve Clarke Explains Yakubu Snub*

Sabinews Midday News Update for February 8, 2015MIDDAY NEWS

 

Ambode clears air on retirement from Lagos civil service

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has denied the rumour that he was fired or forced to resign from the Lagos State Civil Service.

The former Accountant General made this clarification over the weekend at a reception held in his honour by Eko Club. Read more

Steve Clarke Explains Yakubu Snub

Reading manager, Steve Clarke has explained why he didn’t use Nigeria striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, in their 2-1 Championship win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

The 32-year old former Super Eagles striker sat on the bench for all 90 minutes, but compatriot, Hope Akpan made his first competitive appearance – albeit a cameo – for the Royals since suffering a shoulder injury last November. Read more

Railways: PDP flays APC’s attack on Jonathan

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation on Saturday flayed the attack of the All Progressives Party (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation on President Goodluck Jonathan’s achievements in Nigeria’s railway sector, describing it as laughable.

The party, in a statement issued by the Director of Media and Publicity of the campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, said if there is any railway hoax in present-day Nigeria, it was the one perpetrated by Rotimi Amaechi, an APC governor. Read more

Day 300: BBOG Group Urges Government To Seek Solution To Insurgency

The #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) has called on the government of the country to look for solution to the destruction and loss of lives perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect in the Northeast while emphasising the need for the government to respect and value the life of its citizens.
Speaking during its sit-out, one of its members, Elvis Iyorngurum, stated that the citizens of the country should begin to wake up and asks questions from their leaders adding that they should begin to hold the government accountable for its actions. Read more

Eagles job: Count me out, says Oliseh

Former Nigeria captain Sunday Oliseh has blatantly turned down pleas to consider managing the Super Eagles national team.

Oliseh who captained the Nigerian national team for over six years, said that he would want to live long, inferring that taking up such job could shorten someone’s life-span. Read more

Non-patronage of local contractors course of poverty in Oyo –Makinde

Oyo State Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate, Seyi Makinde, has identified non-patronage of local contractors and irregular payment of workers’ salaries as contributory factors to the high level of poverty among the people of the state.

Makinde stressed that payment of local contractors and workers’ salaries were direct areas of energising the economy, saying, “It is when those people affected get their money and patronise local market that money can circulate. Read more

Poll shift upsets Borno residents

Residents and officials in Nigeria’s northern Borno state have expressed their disappointment after the electoral commission announced it would postpone elections until March 28, six weeks later than planned.

Attahiru Jega, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said late on Saturday that security chiefs advised a postponement as troops would not be available because of operations against the armed group in the north – especially in Borno state. Read more

Firm boosts sickle cell research in Nigeria

Leading food producer, Dufil Prima Foods, has showed its support to people living with the sickle cell disorder through cash gifts and donation of its products to the Sickle Cell Foundation, Lagos.

Public Relations Manager of the company, Tope Ashiwaju, said the cash gift was to support the Foundation in its research and training programmes with the food items as relief to members of the foundation. Read more

Edo PDP leaders deny receiving N1.2b for presidential rally

Edo State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dan Orbih, and the party’s state coordinator of the presidential campaign team, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, have denied receiving N1.2 billion for the presidential rally held in the state last week.

They accused some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of peddling the rumour and instigating some youths to protest against the leadership of the party over the alleged sum. Read more

Action Alliance disowns presidential candidate

With few days to the commencement of this year’s presidential election, one of the political parties, Action Alliance (AA), has disassociated itself from its candidate and his running mate.
While the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the names of Tunde Anifowose-Kelani and Ishaka Paul Ofemile at the party’s presidential candidate and running mate respectively, the party’s National Secretary, Kenneth Udeze, who addressed a press conference in Abuja over the weekend, disclaimed their candidacy. Read more

Egypt reporter stands trial alone as foreign colleagues freed

With Australian Peter Greste freed and a Canadian colleague close to release, the other Al-Jazeera journalist arrested in Cairo faces languishing in jail for an indefinite period because he has only Egyptian nationality.

Under global pressure to release the prisoners, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a decree tailored for Greste and colleague Mohamed Fahmy, allowing the deportation of foreigners but overlooking Baher Mohamed in the process. Read more

FRSC set to introduce compulsory vehicle speed-limiters

In furtherance of its mandate to reduce road mishaps in the country, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has announced plans to introduce compulsory speed-limiting devices in all vehicles plying the nation’s highways.

The measure, which would be implemented in phases, with commercial vehicles taking the lead, is expected to commence on June 1, 2015. Read more

US condemns postponement of Nigerian elections

The United States has condemned the postponement of Nigeria’s presidential and parliamentary elections, alleging “political interference” with the country’s electoral commission.

“The United States is deeply disappointed” by the decision to move the elections from February 14 to March 28, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement issued at the weekend. Read more

Kerry denies split between U.S. and Europe on Russia policy

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry denied on Sunday that a split has emerged between Washington and Europe over how to handle Russia, after leading U.S. senators sharply criticised Germany and other countries who oppose sending arms to the Ukraine military.

“Let me assure everybody there is no division, there is no split – I hear people trying to create one,” Kerry told a security conference in Munich. Read more

Music stars get dancing and singing at pre-Grammy gala

Music veterans like Carole King and current stars such as Pharrell Williams rubbed shoulders at record producer Clive Davis’ annual star-studded party on Saturday, the night before the Grammy awards, joining in with sing-alongs and dancing.

British newcomer Sam Smith kicked off the evening with soulful renditions of his hits “My Funny Valentine” and “Stay With Me.” The 22-year-old joked he was “terrified” about Sunday’s Grammys, where he is up for six awards. Read more

Japan seizes passport of Syria-bound journalist

Japan’s authorities have seized the passport of a journalist planning to travel to Syria, local media say.

It was necessary to confiscate Yuichi Sugimoto’s passport in order to protect his life, the authorities said. Read more

 

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