* Amuneke: I am not jealous of Guardiola (Vanguard) * You’re a daydreamer, Saraki replies Oshiomhole (SUN)

* Amuneke: I am not jealous of Guardiola (Vanguard)                       * You’re a daydreamer, Saraki replies Oshiomhole (SUN)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 11, 2018

 

Amuneke: I am not jealous of Guardiola (Vanguard)

New Tanzania manager, Emmanuel Amuneke is not jealous and envious of the giant strides that have been made by his former teammate at Barcelona, Pep Guuardiola in the coaching business. Amuneke, a former Eagles winger, whose playing career was cut short by injury, reluctantly turned to coaching few years after Guardiola jumped into the coaching fray,winning titles with Barcelna, Bayern Munich and current team Manchester City, where he last season won the Premier League in his second season in charge. The 2015 World Cup winning coach with Golden Eaglets, landed his biggest coaching job earlier in the week with the Tanzanian national team, who he has promised to develop holistically from top to bottom, with a view to make them a force to reckon with on the continent in the next so distant future. Read more

You’re a daydreamer, Saraki replies Oshiomhole (SUN)

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has urged the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole to stop behaving as if he (Saraki) is the apparition haunting his life and the sinking ship that he captains. He expressed surprise that Oshiomhole is behaving like a rain-beaten chicken, crying all over the place about Saraki. “It is indeed amazing that the same Oshiomhole, who is now describing Saraki as a politician of no consequence was the same one who only a few months ago was crawling all over the place pleading for Saraki’s support to become chairman. Read more

You can’t actualise Biafra Republic now, Igbo cleric tells IPOB, MASSOB, others (Punch)

An Igbo cleric and senior pastor of Jehovah’s World Ministerial Outreach, Olisadebelum Onuoha, has counselled pro-Biafra agitators and groups to halt what he described as “unnecessary rivalry” among them and seek divine direction if they are desirous of achieving “Biafra Republic.”The cleric noted that such rivalry has contributed immensely to the non-actualisation of the struggle, calling on agitators, particularly members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra to immediately end the war of supremacy. Onuoha stated this on Friday in Asaba, the Delta State capital, while addressing journalists where he claimed that although Biafra would certainly be achieved, “but not at the moment.” Read more

2019: Why we joined alliance against APC, Buhari (SUN)

The Progressive People’s Alliance (PPA) has said that it went into alliance with the Coalition of United People Party (CUPP) because of the serial killings in some parts of the country and the rampant use of security agencies against political opponents by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). One of the national leaders of the of the party and its governorship candidate in the last Anambra State governorship election, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, made this known to newsmen. He said the PPA was dissatisfied with the APC-led President Muhammadu Buhari administration which according to him has brought serious political tension in the land. Read more

Osinbajo, Ambode, Udom at RCCG convention (Vanguard)

Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode, Akwa Ibom Governor Emmanuel Udon and many others were at the New Auditorium of the Redemption Camp for the the 66th annual convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Friday. Read more

Daura may threaten Nigeria’s democracy — Dangiwa Umar (Nation)

A former military Governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (rtd), has expressed fear that   the sacked Director General of Department for State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, may constitute a  threat to Nigeria’s democracy, if the Federal Government fails to investigate him. Colonel Umar said  Daura had in the last three years of leading the DSS created for himself, “a government within a government in Nigeria.” The former governor, in a statement yesterday, said Daura’s   sack is not enough, but must be investigated in the interest of the country’s  democracy. He said the probe should cover the whereabouts, as well as the condition of all the assets handed over to him by the immediate past D-G, SS, Mr. Ita Ekpeyong. Read more

NASS siege: FG plotting to frame us – Saraki, Ekweremadu (SUN)

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has alleged plots to implicate him in Tuesday’s blockade of the National Assembly by men of Department of State Services (DSS). In a joint statement signed by his media aide, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu and Mr Uche Anichukwu, aide to his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, Saraki said the plot was to also implicate other People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers, including Ekweremadu. He said the Presidency had constituted a panel to review Police report and submit a final recommendation, adding that information available to them indicated that there were attempts to implicate them. Read more

EFCC grills 2 Benue officials (Nation)

The EFCC yesterday grilled two Benue State Government officials in connection with huge withdrawal of N23, 429, 938, 951.52 from the state accounts. Those questioned are a Director of Finance and Accounts in the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Gbaigyo Emmanuel, and a cashier, Andoor Festus. The EFCC also discovered that another suspect, Agbo Amada, has been dismissed by the state government to “avoid making him available for interrogation.”But The Nation could not confirm this. The list of the accounts where the withdrawals were made was released yesterday by the EFCC. Read more

Godfathers at war with godsons (Nation)

Theirs is a classic instance of the instability of human relationship. They start out as dotting fathers and submissive sons only to end up as foes with rivalry as fierce as that of the biblical David and his rebellious son, Absalom. From Senator Godswill Akpabio and Senator Aliyu Wamakko to Senator George Akume and Senator Musa Kwankwaso, it has been the case of a seemingly affectionate relationship turning into a nightmare as godsons and godfathers engage one another in fierce battles for power and influence. Read more

Plastic pollution: Nigeria’s untapped ‘waste wealth’ fuels environmental disaster (Punch)

In the dead of the night, on July 15, 2018, the cloud that was pregnant with rain the previous evening when residents of the Jibiya Local Government Area of Katsina State went to bed, burst. It rained cat and dog amid breeze that caressed the dwellers to a deep, soothing sleep. But minutes into the downpour, what started as a blessing plunged the neighbourhood into doom and before dawn, flooding had sent 44 – including kids and couples – to their untimely graveyards. Livestock as well as properties estimated at millions of naira were also destroyed with scores of survivors displaced. Read more

In search of gold teeth, Nigerian pilgrims ripped off in Saudi Arabia (Guardian)

Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia have been defrauded of thousands of Saudi Riyal by unidentified expatriates while attempting to fix gold and silver teeth for them during hajj. Although not part of the hajj obligations, fixing of artificial gold or silver teeth, which has been a fad among most Nigerian pilgrims since time immemorial, symbolises their visit to Saudi Arabia. Besides, many of the pilgrims, mostly females who were not properly guided, also lost their Basic Traveling Allowances (BTA) to the same set of fraudsters, who unsuspectingly appeared to be assisting them to convert their dollar equivalents to Saudi currency. Read more

Tragedy in Ekiti: APC chieftain, ex-gov. Segun Oni’s loyalist shot dead (SUN)

A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and former Personal Assistwnt of former Ekiti State Governor Segun Oni, Bunmi Ojo was, on Friday night, shot dead by a yet-to-be identified assailant at a viewing centre, along Adebayo road in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. The tragic incident had thrown the camp of Oni of the APC into mourning and confusion. Ojo was also a Board member of Federal Character Commission before his untimely death. Read more

Police warn public on new antics of mischief-makers (Guardian)

The Enugu State Police Command has advised members of the public to be security conscious in order not to fall prey to antics of mischief-makers who double as tricycle or cab operators. The Command’s spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, gave the advice in Enugu on Saturday. Amaraizu said that some mischief-makers had used their new antics to wreak havoc on the lives and businesses of members of the public. He said that recent intelligence information revealed that these mischief-makers usually pretend to be drivers and with their cohorts as passengers and in the process later turn to be gang members of pick-pockets and advance fee fraud, otherwise known as 419. Read more

Iwobi’s not leaving Arsenal – Emery assures (Vanguard)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that Alex Iwobi is not amongst the three players that could still leave the club before the close of the transfer window in Europe this month. The Nigeria international had been linked with a departure from the Emirates Stadium before penning a new long-term contract this month, but even with that, he can still be sold or loaned out to a foreign club before September 1, 2018. Asked by reporters the players who could still leave this month, Emery was quoted as saying by the club’s website, ”Today, we had a meeting with the players to close all the possibilities to leave or come with more players. Read more

‘NFF crises threaten Eagles’ campaign’ (Nation)

Across section of soccer stakeholders in the country have raised the alarm that the ongoing crises rocking Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), would have multiple ripple effects on the Super Eagles’ chances of qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations. With a ding-dong tussle for control of The Glasshouse now unravelling each week between the groups of Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa, a class of stakeholders were unanimous early Thursday that preparations for the Eagles’ match away to Seychelles is already being hampered. After battling away to Seychelles on September 7, the Eagles will return to face Libya at home a week later, which means they have less than four weeks to prepare for two crucial matches, but nothing yet appears in place. Read more

Asaba 2018: A great sports spectacle in the end (Guardian)

This past week, Nigeria was in the news all over Africa. In the capital city of Delta State, a continental sports event was held – the 21st Senior Athletics African Championship tagged Asaba 2018.The event was organized by the Nigeria Athletics Federation, AFN, in conjunction with a Local Organising Committee, LOC, headed by Solomon Ogba. His signature was all over it. Solomon has always dreamt big. He was a politician that became Commissioner of Sports in Delta State many years ago. Then he became president of the Nigerian Athletics Federation. Then he wanted to become President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, but failed. Read more

Wilder attacks Joshua again (SUN)

Deontay Wilder has continued the biggest boxing debate in decades by saying he believes that Anthony Joshua will not fight him, even if they both win their next fights against Tyson Fury and Alexander Povetkin respectively. Wilder has labelled Joshua a disgrace, and believes the Brit should be embarrassed of himself. Wilder is due to meet Fury in November or December, with a date to be announced, whilst AJ will defend his WBA heavyweight title against Povetkin on September 22 at Wembley Stadium. The 32-year-old American isn’t convinced that a win in both bouts for the two is enough to see them face off next April. Read more

Sanchez: Why I struggled at United (SUN)

Alexis Sanchez insists he is ready to help Manchester United win trophies after going through a ‘learning period’ at Old Trafford last season. The Red Devils signed Sanchez last January in a straight swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He scored three goals in 18 games in the second-half of the season. Sanchez admits he needed time to adapt to his new surroundings at the Theatre of Dreams but says he is now relishing the prospect of winning titles with the club. Read more

NASA postpones for 24 hours launch of historic spaceship to Sun (Guardian)

NASA postponed until Sunday the launch of the first ever spacecraft to fly directly toward the Sun on a mission to plunge into our star’s sizzling atmosphere and unlock its mysteries. The reason for the delay was not immediately clear, but was called for after a gaseous helium alarm was sounded in the last moments before liftoff, officials said. Engineers are taking utmost caution with the $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe, which Thomas Zurbuchen, head of NASA’s science mission directorate, described as one of the agency’s most “strategically important missions.” Read more

Death toll from Indonesia quake tops 380 (Channelnewsasia)

An earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has killed 387 people, authorities said Saturday (Aug 11), adding that hundreds of thousands of displaced people were still short of clean water, food and medicine nearly a week on. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake Sunday levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok, just one week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17. “It’s predicted the death toll will continue to grow because there are still victims who are suspected of being buried by landslides and under rubble, and there are victims that have not been recorded and reported to posts,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. Read more

Thai child bride returns from Malaysia after outcry (NST)

An 11-year-old child bride returned to Thailand this week after widespread outcry over her marriage to a Malaysian man 30 years her senior, an official told AFP on Saturday. Malaysian Muslims below the age of 16 are allowed to wed with the permission of religious courts but the union between the girl and the 41-year-old trader went viral on social media and reignited calls to end child marriage. The ceremony took place in June over the border in Thailand’s Muslim-majority south in Narathiwat province, where the girl returned to Wednesday after “immense pressure from Malaysian media”, the provincial governor Suraporn Prommool said. The 11-year-old is believed to be the trader’s third wife. Read more

Turkey warns partnership with US in ‘jeopardy’ (Aljazeera)

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey’s partnership with the United States is in jeopardy, warning Ankara could start looking for new allies. Relations between the NATO allies have sunk to their lowest point in decades over a number of issues, including the detention of US pastor Andrew Brunson on terrorism-related charges, prompting the Turkish lira to hit record lows against the dollar. The embattled lira tumbled 16 percent against the dollar on Friday, with US President Donald Trump saying he doubled steel and aluminium tariffs on Turkey – comments that contributed to the currency’s further slide. Read more

Airline worker steals empty Plane, Crashes near Seattle (VOA)

A “suicidal” airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and was chased by military jets before crashing into a small island in the Puget Sound Friday night, officials said. Preliminary information suggests the crash occurred because the 29-year-old employee was “doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills,” the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said. The employee was originally identified as a mechanic but Alaska Airlines later said he was a ground service agent, which is someone who helps direct aircraft to gates and de-ice planes. Read more

 

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