SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 7, 2018
APC denies knowledge of Oshiomhole’s arrest by DSS
The ruling All Progressives Congress APC has denied knowledge of the quizzing of its National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by operatives of the Department of State Services DSS. Reacting to reports of the questioning of the chairman, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu said Mr Oshiomhole is currently out of the country and could not immediately respond to the “rumor”. “We do not have any information on this rumor. More so, the Chairman is not around in the country to confirm or deny this. As soon as we have any relevant information, you’ll be updated”, he said. Oshiomhole was said to have been invited for questioning Sunday night following petitions from some aggrieved governors of the party, accusing him of subverting the recent primary elections of the party due to some pecuniary interests.
National Assembly Transmits Amended Electoral Bill to Buhari
The National Assembly has just transmitted the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari. The President had on three previous occasions withheld his assent to the controversial bill, which has provisions to improve on the country’s electoral process ahead of the 2019 general elections. The Office of the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr Mohammed Sani-Omolori, indicates that the new bill was forwarded to Buhari a few hours ago.
Ohakim Vs Okorocha: Court Seals 4 Banks in Imo for Contempt
Four banks were, on Wednesday morning, sealed in Owerri, the Imo State capital, over their failure to respect an order of the court issued in favour of a former governor of the state, Ikedi Ohakim; and against the incumbent governor, Rochas Okorocha. The affected banks are Diamond on Item Street, First Bank PLC on Bank Road, United Bank for Africa on Mbari Street and Union Bank on Bank Road. When our correspondent visited the banks, staff and customers stood outside, as a red tape was used to seal the banks.
Nigeria Has Taken 10 Steps Backwards – Senator Abaribe
Nigerian Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Wednesday, said Nigeria has taken one step forward and 10 steps backwards during plenary. The senator representing the Abia-South Senatorial District of Abia State decried the critical state of pipe-borne water in the country. “It is only in Abuja that one can find pipe-borne water. It’s a disgrace to Nigeria. We’ve gone one step forward and 10 steps back. We should be providing pipe-born water to every household in Nigeria,” he said.
Senate to Pass Police Reform Bill in 2 Weeks
Nigerian Senate Pesident, Bukola Saraki, has asked the lawmakers to fast track the passage of police reform bill. “The Police Reform Bill which we have put forward, should have gone for public hearing and should have been passed by now. “It touches on issues that will address the professionalism that should be enforced in the Nigerian Police Force,” Saraki said. “Let us ensure that we pass this Police Reform Bill within the next two weeks so that we do can a public hearing on it,” he added.
Buhari Mourns Sunny Odogwu
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday commiserated with the Odogwu family on the death of the Ide Ahaba of Asaba, Chief Sunny Odogwu. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President also extended condolences to the people of Asaba and the Delta State Government on the death of their son. The statement read, “The President joins them in honouring the memory of the versatile businessman, who remarkably contributed to the socio-economic development of his immediate community, state and the nation, drawing from his extensive experience as an accomplished industrialist, entrepreneur, publisher and philanthropist.
DSS Arrests 6 Suspects over Killing Of Kaduna Monarch
Officials of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) on Wednesday arrested six suspects alleged to have been involved in the killing of the traditional ruler of Adara Chiefdom in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Chief Maiwada Galadima. The suspects were paraded on Wednesday at the state headquarters of the DSS in Kaduna. DSS official who briefed journalists said the suspects were tracked and arrested at different locations in Igabi, Soba, Kachia and Jos in Plateau State.
Suspected Herdsmen Kidnap 4 Reverend Fathers in Delta
Suspected herdsmen have kidnapped four Reverend Fathers in Abraka axis, Ethiope East local government area. The kidnapped priests are Reverend Father Emmanuel Obadjere (Warri Diocese), Reverend Father Victor Adigboluja (Ijebu Ode Diocese), Reverend Fr. Anthony Otegbola (Abeokuta Diocese) and Reverend Father Joseph Ediae (Benin Diocese). The ugly incident occurred on Tuesday as they were descending the bridge in Abraka. The clergy men were reportedly in four vehicles but the kidnappers allegedly forced two of the vehicles to a halt, ordering the occupants to alight
UNN Activities Shot Down as ASUU Join Nationwide Strike
Academic activities at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka have been paralyzed as Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU) UNN branch joined the ongoing strike embarked by the national body of the union last Sunday to compel federal government to implement memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the union in 2012, 2013 and 2017. Addressing journalists shortly after the Congress of UNN branch of the union the chairman Dr. Ifeanyichukwu Abada said the strike is total, indefinite and comprehensive till federal government adheres to do the needful.
Uzoho’s Injury Will Not Affect Eagles’ Chances in South Africa
The Media Officer of the Super Eagles, Toyin Ibitoye on Wednesday said the first choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho’s injury would not affect the team’s chances when they square up with Bafana Bafana of South Africa. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2018 Eagle’s World Cup goalkeeper, Uzoho, will not be in action when the team plays the crunch AFCON qualifier against South Africa on Saturday, November 17. The 20-year-old youngster, Uzoho, cupped a rib injury playing for his Spanish second division club side Elche 1-5 loss against Cadiz on Sunday and will be out for four weeks.
Zlatan ‘Optimistic’ He’ll remain with LA Galaxy
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he’s “optimistic” he’ll be back with the Los Angeles Galaxy next season, despite reports of European suitors keen to lure the Swedish star from Major League soccer. Ibrahimovic has a contract through the 2019 season, but Serie A giants AC Milan have expressed an interest in bringing him back to Italy. The Galaxy were energized in Ibrahimovic’s first MLS season but nevertheless fell short of an MLS Cup playoff berth.
South Africa to Hold Elections in May 2019
South Africans will head to polls in May 2019, officials said Wednesday, with President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ruling ANC party seeking to reverse growing voter discontent over the weak economy. The ANC, which has held power since the end of apartheid in 1994, recorded its worst electoral performance in local polls in 2016 before it replaced scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma with Ramaphosa earlier this year. The main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) and radical Economic Freedom Fighters parties will hope to make gains in the election as unemployment hits record highs of near 28 percent and racial inequalities remain dire.
Dead Man Wins Election in the US
A Republican, Dennis Hof, has won an election to Nevada’s State Assembly three weeks after his death in the United State. Nevada State law and GOP officials encouraged voters to cast their ballots for the 72-year old brothel owner in order to stop Democrats from winning the seat. During the poll declaration, Hof had 68.3% of the vote to defeat his Democrat rival Lesia Romanov who polled 31.7%. “He’s not going to make it to the promised land with us but we hope he’s watching from the great beyond. He died quietly in his sleep,” Hof’s campaign manager Chuck Muth said at one of the brothels he operated in Crystal, Nevada.