SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 25, 2018
APC, PDP Senators Clash Over Keyamo’s Comment On Atiku
The fight for 2019 Presidential Election reared its head Wednesday at Senate Committee screening of nominees when Senators on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress ( APC) and the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) sharply disagreed over comment by the spokesperson of Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr Festus Keyamo that the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar was corrupt. Trouble started when Kayemo appeared before the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions for screening as a nominee into the governing board of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation ( NDIC).
NLC Threatens To Shut Down Nigeria After Nov 6
The Nigeria Labour Congress has asked Nigerians to stock up on food as it will soon shut down the entire country. The NLC said this in a communiqué issued at the end of an emergency meeting of its National Executive Council in Abuja on Tuesday. In the communiqué signed by the President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, and its General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, the union directed all affiliate unions, state councils, civil society allies, the informal sector and other friends of workers and lovers of democracy to commence immediate mobilisation of their members.
You’re Bad Losers, APC Tells Amosun, DG VON, Others
The All Progressives Congress has said the disapproval being expressed by some of its senior party officials over the party’s primaries was a result of their failure to have their way during the exercise. The party said it was public knowledge that some of its highly placed members were not only taking their loss at the polls very badly, but that they were looking for those to blame for their woes. The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, made the claims in an interview in Abuja on Wednesday.
PDP Accuses Buhari Of Being Insensitive To Sufferings Of Nigerians
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari of being insensitive to the “sufferings” of Nigerians. Buhari had on Monday in Lagos said Nigerians “who feel they have another country may choose to go” elsewhere. “What I said long ago in 1984 is still valid today. We have no other country but Nigeria. Others who feel they have another country may choose to go. We will stay here and salvage it together,” Buhari said.
Alleged Forgery: British Solicitor Testifies Against Obasanjo’s Brother-In-Law
A British Solicitor, Charlene Cross, on Wednesday affirmed before the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja that John Abebe, brother to a former First Lady, the late Stella Obasanjo, forged parts of an oil contract. Cross, who was the in-house lawyer and Assistant General Manager Dispute Resolution Projects for BP Exploration in London, maintained that parts of a Net Profit Interest Agreement were forged. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arraigned Abebe for alleged forgery. The EFCC, in the charges, claimed that Abebe “knowingly forged” a November 30, 1995 letter written by BP Exploration Nigeria Limited to Inducon (Nigeria) Ltd.
Masari’s Aide Lauds Buhari’s Anti-graft War
The Special Adviser to Katsina State Governor on Political Affairs, Shehu Bala Zango, has hailed the ongoing anti corruption crusade championed by President Muhammadu Buhari, stressing that the anti-graft war is earning Nigerians more respect. He noted that the anti-graft war being carried out by the president had changed the global perception of Nigeria and Nigerians, calling on those he said are truncating Buhari’s effort of tackling the menace to have a rethink for the betterment of the country.
Senate Adjourns Plenary for 2 Weeks
The Senate on Wednesday adjourned plenary for two weeks to enable its standing committees carry out oversight on ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), especially on the implementation of the 2018 Appropriation Act. Senate President Bukola Saraki, who announced the adjournment during plenary, said Senators were expected to resume legislative duties on Tuesday, November 6. Saraki was reacting to a motion moved by the Leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan(APC Kebbi North), who in the course of moving the motion also welcomed Senator Osinaka Chukwu (PDP Rivers West) who defected to the ruling APC.
Fayemi Signs Executive Order For Free Education In Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday signed an executive order to stop the payment of education development levy by students of government-owned schools in the state. The Education Development Levy was introduced by his predecessor Ayodele Fayose in 2015. The levy mandates payment of N500 and N1,000 for students of primary and secondary schools respectively. Fayemi, who spoke at town hall meetings in Ekiti North and Ekiti South Senatorial Districts after he was sworn in as the state governor, said he planned to scrap of the educational levy.
Kaduna Relaxes Curfew
The Kaduna state government on Wednesday relaxed the 24 hour curfew imposed on Sunday on Kaduna Metropolis following outbreak of violence which claimed 22 lives. A statement issued Wednesday evening by Samuel Aruwan, Media Aide to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, said as from Thursday, residents can move about freely to pursue their legitimate businesses from 6:00am to 5:00pm. The statement however said a dusk to dawn curfew will commence from 5:00pm to 6:00am daily until further notice and will be duly enforced.
FEC Okays 2019-2021 MTEF, Pegs Oil Price At $60 Per Barrel
TheFederal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday approved the 2019-2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, and Fiscal Strategic Paper, FSP now to be sent to the National Assembly for its consideration and approval. FEC also approved a budget proposal of N8.73 trillion for the 2019 fiscal year which is about N400 billion lower than that of 2018. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo disclosed this to State House correspondents after the weekly FEC presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, presidential villa, Abuja.
Sowore’s Party Members Died In Ghastly Motor Accident
The African Action Congress presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, Wednesday announced the demise of three of the party’s members from Delta State Chapter. Sowore in a statement said the deceased died in a ghastly motor accident while returning from the party’s outreach in the state. “The African Action Congress is sad to announce that we have lost three members from the Delta State AAC family,” Sowore said.
Accident: Young Shall Grow switched off phone after drunk driver was reported, says survivor
More details have emerged on the accident involving a Marcopolo bus belonging to Young Shall Grow Motors Limited in which 10 people died. Our correspondent learnt on Wednesday that the bus driver allegedly smoked and drank during the journey and when cautioned by passengers, he threatened to deal with them. Some of the passengers allegedly called the telephone number of Young Shall Grow to complain about the driver’s recklessness, and the company reportedly promised to address the issue. It was gathered that when the passengers called back, the phone rang out several times before it was switched off until tragedy struck.
Enugu Rangers Win First Nigerian Cup Since 1983
Enugu Rangers staged a thrilling comeback from three goals down to beat Kano Pillars on penalties and win their first Nigerian Cup since 1983 on Wednesday. Rangers will represent Nigeria in next year’s CAF Confederation Cup after claiming their sixth Nigerian Cup title in total, pocketing a cash prize of 25 million Naira ($69,000). Pillars looked to be cruising to their first-ever Cup triumph when they led 3-0 with just 13 minutes to play at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
2018 Aiteo Cup : How Rangers Stunned Pillars In A Dramatic Comeback To Lift
Rangers International FC of Enugu on Wednesday in Asaba stunned Kano Pillars in a dramatic comeback from three goals down to win the 2018 Aiteo Cup on penalties. The game which was played at the 25,000 capacity Stephen Keshi Stadium had ended 3-3 at regulation time, after Rangers fought gallantly from three goals deficit to level up the game. Pillars, backed by over 400 travelling supporters, had dominated the first half of the game, with great display of soccer artistry to the cheering spectators. The first goal of the encounter came in the 5th minute of play when Pillars old warhorse, Rabiu Ali, found space between two Rangers defenders to slot in from close range.
Arsenal, Chelsea Fans Set For Europa League On Startimes
Soccer fans are in for another round of live Europa League action today, with Arsenal on the road to face Sporting Libson, Chelsea hosting BATE Borisov. Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are at home to Spartak Moscow while Celtic visit RB Leipzig. StarTimes Nigeria said that it was going to show the games live on its World Footbal and Sport Premium channels. Arsenal manager Unai Emery is expected to make a number of changes to his starting XI against Sporting Lisbon, following theirPremier League clash against Leicester on Monday.
Tesla To Bring Portion Of Model 3 Production To China Next Year
Tesla, which reported its first quarterly profits in two years Wednesday, is looking to extend its earnings streak by bringing its new Model 3 to customers beyond North America. And part of that plan involves accelerating its manufacturing plans in China. Tesla saw its revenue skyrocket to $6.8 billion in the third quarter (and a $312 million profit) thanks to sales of its new Model 3 vehicle, despite production bottlenecks and more recent issues with delivery logistics. The company was able to achieve that profitability milestone just through sales in the U.S. and Canada. That leaves two other massive markets on the table. Cue Europe and China.
Facebook Says It Removed 8.7M Child Exploitation Posts With New Machine Learning Tech
Facebook announced today that it has removed 8.7 million pieces of content last quarter that violated its rules against child exploitation, thanks to new technology. The new AI and machine learning tech, which was developed and implemented over the past year by the company, removed 99 percent of those posts before anyone reported them, said Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global head of safety, in a blog post. The new technology examines posts for child nudity and other exploitative content when they are uploaded and, if necessary, photos and accounts are reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Bomb Maker and Donald Trump Certainly Dislike the Same People
Who would target Barack Obama, his intelligence chief, his attorney general, Hillary Clinton, the head of her party’s campaign machine and a big liberal donor? Who, that is, apart from Donald Trump? While no one is suggesting that the president is the one who posted bombs to key US political figures, they certainly dislike the same people. The bomber or bombers share the president’s distaste for big name Democrats. Richard Nixon famously had an enemies list. If Donald Trump has one, the targets of recent days would feature high on it.