SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – JANUARY 11, 2019
APC govs absent at Buhari campaign council meeting
Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council for the 2019 election, who double as coordinators in their respective states, were conspicuously absent at the inaugural meeting which held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja, yesterday. The agenda was to consider and approve the structure and operational modalities of the campaign, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is chairman of the council, said this at the opening ceremony before the meeting went into a closed door session.
Lead your presidential campaigns if you’re fit, CUPP dares Buhari
The Coalition of United Political Parties has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to outsource his campaign to the All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, if he is fit for the nation’s top job. The CUPP also accused the APC of plotting to rig the 2019 elections and plunge the nation into avoidable crisis. Addressing journalists at a news conference in Abuja on Friday, CUPP chairman, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, said Buhari would go down in history as the first President to hire a proxy in a presidential contest. The CUPP, which consisted of over 46 political parties, said Buhari must debate against its presidential candidate and account for his stewardship to Nigerians.
Court dismisses suit challenging Oyetola as Osun APC gov candidate
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday dismissed a suit challenging the nomination of Governor Gboyega Oyetola as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the last governorship election in Osun State.mThe suit was instituted by an aggrieved aspirant on the platform of the party, Kunle Adegoke, who alleged that the July 20, 2018 primary election, in which he participated alongside Oyetola and others, was marred by irregularities and non-compliance with the relevant laws and regulations. Oyetola, had after emerging as the party’s candidate, gone ahead to win the September 22 and 27, 2018 governorship election in the state. Dismissing the suit challenging Oyetola’s nomination as APC’s candidate for the election, Justice Inyang Ekwo ruled in his judgment on Friday that nothing was illegal or unconstitutional in the conduct of the primary by the APC as alleged by Adegoke.
NNPC moves to reduce price of cooking gas
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Thursday said it will put measures in place to reduce the price of cooking gas. The corporation said it was ready to implement an effective commercial framework that would halt the export of propane and butane, which are major components in the production of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), also known as cooking gas. A statement by NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, said the move to stop the export of propane and butane is anchored by the Crude Oil Marketing Division of the corporation.
Ibadan University hijab crisis: Judge preaches out of court settlement
Justice Laniran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court in Ibadan, Oyo on Friday advised parties in the ban of Hijab wearing legal tussle, to seek out of court settlement. Some female Muslim students of ISI had protested the institution’s ban on the wearing of Hijab over their school uniforms within the school premises. The students’ parents, who filed the suit on behalf of their wards, are Taofeek Yekinni, Idris Badiru, Sikiru Babarinde, Muideen Akerele, Abdurrahman Balogu and nine others. The respondents in the suit include the University of Ibadan, the Principal of International School, Ibadan, Mrs Phebean Olowe, Chairman, Board of Governors, Prof. Abideen Aderinto and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics) office.
Boko Haram: killed soldiers, officer buried in Kaduna
A Captain of the Nigerian Army and 13 soldiers recently ambushed and killed by the insurgents in the troubled North East part of Nigeria have on Friday been buried in Kaduna. The Nation learnt that the officer and soldiers were ambushed by Boko Haram terrorists while on escort duty along Damaturu Maiduguri road on the 24th of December, 2018. The 14 officers and soldiers who were until their death under thebed1 Division Nigerian Army, we’re buried at Commonwealth Military Cemetry, Kaduna amidst tears. Speaking at the burial, the General Officer Commanding, (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen Mohammed Mohammed said, it has been a grim day in the Division and the entire Army since the departure of the fallen heroes.
20 persons die, property worth N417.1m destroyed in fire disasters in Gombe
The Gombe State Fire Service said on Friday that 20 people died and property valued at over N417.1 million were destroyed in fire disasters in the state from January to December 2018. Mr Wambai Haruna, a Deputy Director, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe. Haruna said that the service saved 2,053 lives and property worth N4.4 billion while 168 people sustained various degrees of injuries during the period under review.
Marvin steps out with Gully
New kid on the block, Marvin, is poised to heat up the Nigerian entertainment space as he unleashes Gully, his new single which was produced by Jalon. Speaking, the graduate of Mechanical Engineering said: “Gully is one song that will set the industry on fire. It is my latest single and lovers of good music should watch out!” he boasted. On what inspired Gully he said: “Gully started after my producer sent the beat to me and I told him I would like to completely change the direction of the song. I finally recorded the first verse in April. Big-ups to David Meli and Ayüü because I probably wouldn’t have finished this song without them and also, thanks to Jaylon for killing the beat and changing it to what I wanted.”
Nigeria still at 44th place on FIFA ranking
Nigeria is still at 44th place on the first 2019 ranking released by FIFA on Thursday. The Super Eagles are still the fourth best team on the African continent according to the latest ranking, which was shared on the website of the world’s football governing body. The ranking of the African teams has remained static, with Senegal still leading the pack, followed by Tunisia and Morocco. The Congo Democratic Republic is the fifth best team in Africa, according to the FIFA ranking.
Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama wants to play again
Former Nigeria captain Vincent Enyeama is keen on a return to football almost two years after making his last competitive appearance for French club Lille. The 36-year old last played for Lille in April 2017 and he was released by the 2011 French champions in August 2018. “I have put the past behind me as I continue to train and hoping to make a positive return,” Enyeama told BBC Sport, denying reports he was about to quit the game.
Harvey Barnes: Leicester City midfielder recalled from West Bromwich Albion loan spell
Leicester have recalled midfielder Harvey Barnes from his loan spell at West Brom, the Premier League club have confirmed. Barnes, 21, chipped in with nine goals and six assists for the Championship side this season, but the Foxes confirmed on Friday he has been brought back to the King Power Stadium. #lcfc have recalled @HarveyBarnes97 from his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 11, 2019
Barnes will be available for the match against Southampton on Saturday, subject to Premier League approval. A club statement read: “Harvey Barnes has re-joined the Leicester City squad after being recalled from his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.
UEFA crackdown: Muller, Woeber and Lovren handed match bans
UEFA have banned Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller for two matches after he was sent off against Ajax in the final game of the Champions League group stage against Ajax. The German international midfielder will play no part in the heavyweight last-16 encounter with Liverpool though he is expected to appeal. His dismissal represented the first time in a career spanning over 460 appearances for Bayern that the 29-year-old had been shown a straight red card. Muller was quick to point out after the game that there was no malice in his tackle on Nico Tagliafico though UEFA decided that action had to be taken. Ajax defender Maximilian Woeber will miss both legs of his team’s last last-16 clash with defending champions Real Madrid after also being banned for two games. UEFA have also banned Croatia defender Dejan Lovren for one international match over comments he made on social media about opponents Spain following his side’s 3-2 Nations League win in November.
Kelly’s daughter speaks out against him
“The same monster you all confronting me about is my father”
Kelly’s daughter has broken her silence and spoken out against her father in the wake of a docuseries that puts a spotlight on several allegations of his sexual assault. Buku Abi, whose real name is Joann Lee Kelly, responded to the backlash and legal allegations surrounding Lifetime’s six-part documentary Surviving R. Kelly in a lengthy Instagram post. Part of the message reads: “I just want it to be known that I am speaking from the heart, nothing I say is to hurt ANY party reading or affected by this. To the people that I feel I should be speaking up against everything that is going on right now, I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently. I do apologize for my silence to all this happening comes off as careless.
Pompeo Says U.S. to Hold Iran-Focused Summit in February
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced U.S. plans to hold a global summit next month in Poland that is focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran. In an interview with Fox News broadcast on January 11, Pompeo said the February 13-14 summit would “focus on Middle East stability and peace and freedom and security here in this region, and that includes an important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence.” He said the summit would bring together leaders from Asia, Africa, the Western Hemisphere, Europe, and the Middle East.
Amazon’s IMDb launches Freedive, its free, ad-supported streaming service
What just happened? Following long-running rumors that it was working on the service, the Amazon-owned movie database site IMDb has finally launched Freedive, a free, ad-supported streaming platform.
News that Amazon was developing Freedive first surfaced last summer, and it has now confirmed that the service’s launch in the US. Right now, there are 130 featured movies and 29 TV shows that can be streamed for free. Most of these are older titles including Fringe, Quantum Leap, and Without a Trace, along with movies such as Memento, The Illusionist, and Monster. Amazon said it would be continually adding new titles as time goes on.
Facebook tackles fake news in the UK with a new fact-checking service
Facebook is partnering up with Full Fact, a British charitable organization that focuses on fact-checking, to get rid of fake news in the UK, the company announced Friday. This is a continuation of Facebook’s efforts to combat fake news, which the company ramped up after the 2016 election, but it’s the first time the company has launched such an initiative in the UK. This is how it’ll work: Facebook users in the UK will be able to flag potentially misleading content. Then, Full Fact’s fact-checkers will take over and check the content for accuracy, rating it as true, false or a mix of both. “Full Fact will focus on reviewing and rating misinformation which carries the most potential for harming people’s safety or undermining democratic processes – such as dangerous cancer ‘cures’, false stories spreading after terror attacks or fake content about how to vote ahead of elections,” Facebook said in a press release.