SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 1, 2018
APC Shifts Lagos Gov Primary
The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has again shifted the governorship primaries in Lagos, Enugu and Adamawa States. This was announced in a statement by the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Yekini Nabena, on Monday. The primary for Lagos will now take place on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, while that of Enugu and Adamawa States will be on Thursday, October 4.
Fayose: 2019 Election will be Between Nigerians and Buhari, not PDP
Fayose of Ekiti State has said the 2019 presidential election will not be a contest between PDP and President Muhammadu Buhari but a straight fight between the president and Nigerians who are tired of his misrule. In a statement, Governor Fayose said President Buhari has Nigerians to contend with in 2019 and not the PDP or other opposition parties alone. Said the governor, “For Nigerians, the 2019 election is not about political parties, particularly as it affects Buhari’s presidency.
Pastor Tunde Bakare Confirms Oby Ezekwesili Will Contest for Presidency
The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has revealed that former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, will be contesting for presidency next year. Bakare stated this while speaking at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) Lagos on Monday. “By the way, my sister, Oby is stepping into politics now, she is going to contest for the office of the president. “I am waiting for October 7 to throw in my cap, so we can crash the entire system and begin to demand for a new Nigeria that we deserve,” Bakare said.
Buhari, Gowon, Observe Independence Day Parade at Eagle Square
Against all odds, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday observed the 58th Independence Day parade at the Eagle Square, Abuja. The last time the ceremony held at the Eagles Square was in 2010 under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. That parade in 2010 was marred by bomb blasts. Since that year, subsequent independence anniversary parade were held in low key at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
#NigeriaAt58: Go into politics now, Saraki charges Nigerians
Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki, Monday charged Nigerians to actively participate in politics, not as he equally warned not to allow political choices to be made by selfish aggrandized politicians who lack the aura and ability to take Nigeria to an enviable height. “All of us must not neglect to participate in politics by leaving the political choices to only the politicians and manipulative elements who choose to invoke religious, ethnic and geo-political sentiments to impose leadership that is only supported for the purpose of serving the interests of those who put them in office”, he said.
Nigeria @ 58: The Nigerian Police from Independence
With a staff strength of 371, 800 in its 12 zones and its over 6,500 field formations, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has certainly come a long way from independence. Now, the staff strength has increased to 22,484 officers and 499,769 rank and file. Change they say is constant and the same holds true for the NPF from its days of post-colonial era. This is because even when Nigeria amalgamated in 1914, it did not have a central police force up until 1930 when it was pronounced the Nigeria Police Force.
Dafinone Was a Dedicated Community Leader, Says Saraki
The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has described the late elder statesman, Senator David Dafinone, as a highly talented professional, politician and community leader, who dedicated his entire lifetime to the upliftment of humanity. Saraki, in a statement by his Media Adviser Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja Monday, said that the late Chartered Accountant did not only live an exemplary lifestyle worthy of emulation, he made history by inspiring every member of his nuclear family to qualify as a Chartered Accountant, thereby entering the Guinness Book of Records as the family with the highest number of chartered accountants.
Masari Wants 4 More Years for Buhari
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has called on Nigerians to keep faith with the APC administration by electing President Muhammad Buhari for another four years assuring that with him in charge, things will only get better for the country. Masari who made the appeal in an independence day message signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi, said Nigerians would do well to give President Buhari another four-year mandate to consolidate on the foundation he has laid to place Nigeria on the path of total recovery.
Heavy Rainfall Disrupts Benue PDP Guber Primary
The heavy rainfall, on Sunday night, disrupted the governorship primary of the People Democratic Party (PDP), a development which made the exercise to be shifted to Monday. Delegates were already arriving the Aper Aku Stadium venue of the primary at about 10:00pm when suddenly the rain came down heavily destroying canopies, floodlights, ballot boxes, tables and everything in sight while leaving the delegates scampering for safety. Earlier on Sunday, accreditation of delegates was decentralised using the trio zoning arrangement existing in the State as it was held concurrently in three venues in Makurdi.
Pat Utomi Emerges Delta APC Guber Candidate in Parallel Primary
Political economist, Prof. Pat Utomi was, on Monday, declared winner of the Delta State governorship primary for the All Progressives Congress (APC), conducted by the Cyril Ogodo-led state executive committee. Returning Officer for the election, Elder Favour Adibor, said Utomi polled 2,481 of the 3,755 total delegates votes, while Engr. Victor Ochei, Dr. Cairo Ojougbuoh and Chief Great Ogboru polled 801, 326 and 106, respectively, adding that three votes were voided.
Ortom Wins Benue PDP Governorship Primary
Incumbent governor Samuel Ortom has been declared the winner of the People’s Democratic Party primary in Benue State. Ortom polled 2210 votes to emerge winner ahead of three other aspirants. The chairman of the Benue State primary election, Mrs Zainab Maina announced the result on Monday afternoon in Makurdi. Surveyor John Tondo came a distant second with 475 votes while Engr. Felix Atume was third with 44 votes. Prof. Paul Orhii polled 10 votes.
Independence: Niger Pardons 287 Prisoners
As part of the 58th Independence anniversary, 287 prisoners have been granted unconditional pardon by the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello. Making the announcement in a message to Nigerlites to commemorate Nigeria’s 58th independence anniversary, Governor Sani -Bello said the gesture is in spirit of the season and by the virtue of the powers vested in him by section 212 of the 1999 constitution(as amended). The 287 convicts pardoned include four prison inmates on death row, two others convicted and kept in prison custody while the death sentence of 20 inmates was commuted to various term of imprisonment; 40 others were discharged while fines were paid for 221 convicts held in various prisons across the state.
Baby Factory: Cleric, 16 Pregnant Women Arrested In Rivers
A cleric and 16 pregnant women have been arrested by operatives of the Rivers State Police Command. The suspects were arrested after operatives of the Command raided a suspected baby factory in Port Harcourt belonging to the cleric identified as Glory Raphael. Apart from the 16 pregnant girls, three other persons helping the cleric to run the baby factory were also apprehended. The State Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, told newsmen on Saturday that Raphael was engaged in child trafficking in the guise of operating a legal business.
D’Tigress Emerges As Eighth Best Team at FIBA Women World Cup
Seen as one of the teams at the Tenerife 2018 FIBA Women World Cup just there to make up the numbers, Nigeria’s D’Tigress were the revelation of the just concluded championship, where they finished as the eight best team in the world.
Until this championship, no African side had crossed the group stage of the competition. But D’Tigress broke the jinx when they defeated better-rated sides like Turkey, Greece and Argentina to make the last eight, where they eventually lost narrowly to defending champions, the U.S.
Nigerian Sports Have Not Grown Since Independence – Onigbinde
Nigeria got Independence in 1960. What is your opinion on Nigerian sports since Independence?
The Nigerian sports sector has not grown since Independence. This is because we have not been building it – and what you don’t build cannot grow. The country is currently where it is because there has not been a conscious effort to develop things and sports can’t be in isolation. It is a part of a system, which has not been working effectively.
Team Delta Again Emerges Champion of 4th National Youth Games 2018
Again, Team Delta dominated 32 other states that participated at the just concluded 4th National Youth Games (NYG) which took place at the University of Ilorin claiming a total of 67 medals comprising of 27 gold, 24 silver and 16 bronze medals to emerge overall champions for the 4th time having won it since inception. Lagos State finished second with 60 medals, comprising of 23 gold, 15 silver and 22 bronze medals. Team Bayelsa placed third with 11 gold, seven silver and 16 bronze, making a total of 34 medals. Ogun State also placed third with 11 gold, seven silver and 16 bronze medals also with a total of 34 medals.
Las Vegas Woman Sues Cristiano Ronaldo, Accuses Him Of Rape
A Las Vegas woman has publicly come forward with rape allegations against soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Kathryn Mayorga says the Portuguese footballer raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 while she repeatedly screamed no, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Clark County. After the attack, according to the lawsuit, Ronaldo apologized, “stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman.” The lawsuit alleges that Ronaldo himself told his team of fixers that “she said ‘no’ and ‘stop’ several times.”
Namibian President Wants Land Expropriated To Boost Black Ownership
Namibia’s president called on Monday for a change to the constitution to allow the government to expropriate land and re-distribute it to the majority black population. “The willing-buyer willing-seller principle has not delivered results. Careful consideration should be given to expropriation,” President Hage Geingob said at the opening of the Second National Land Conference in the capital Windhoek. The southern African country wants to transfer 43 percent, or 15 million hectares (58,000 square miles) of its arable agricultural land, to previously disadvantaged blacks by 2020. At the end of 2015, 27 percent has been redistributed, according to the Namibia Agriculture Union.
Tesla Stock Roars Back After Elon Musk’s SEC Deal
Investors are cheering Tesla’s deal with the SEC that keeps Elon Musk as CEO.
The stock surged 15% early in trading on Monday, more than wiping away Friday’s loss. Over the weekend, Musk agreed to a settlement with the SEC that requires him to step down as Tesla’s chairman and pay a $20 million fine. Under the settlement, which requires court approval, Musk will be allowed to stay as CEO but must leave his role as chairman of the board within 45 days. He cannot seek reelection for three years, according to court filings.
Ryanair’s Strikes Are Hitting Its Profits and Stock Price
Europe’s leading low cost airline slashed its profit forecast for the current fiscal year to between €1.1 billion ($1.27 billion) and €1.2 billion ($1.39 billion). That’s about €150 million ($174 million) less than the company had expected. Ryanair (RYAAY) said that strikes and flight cancellations in September had resulted in lower traffic and higher costs. It warned that customer fears of further cancellations had led to reduced bookings, forcing the airline to cut fares in the third quarter.
What’s Next For Bill Cosby — In Prison, In Court And Beyond
Bill Cosby, the former beloved TV dad and one of the most recognizable entertainers in America, woke up Wednesday in his new home: an 7-by-13 foot cell with a narrow cot and a metal toilet. It was his first day of what will be a lengthy stay in a Pennsylvania state prison. But the 81-year-old’s legal challenges are far from over. How long will he remain behind bars? What will that stay be like? And what about his potential appeals, or the civil defamation lawsuits against him? Here are six things we know about Cosby’s immediate future — in prison, in the courtroom and in American pop culture.
Man in Nobel Scandal Guilty Of Rape
A Swedish court has found Jean-Claude Arnault, at the centre of a scandal that has rocked the body that awards the Nobel literature prize, guilty of rape and sentenced him to two years’ jail. Arnault, 72, had been charged with two counts of rape by a district court in Stockholm. The court acquitted him of one. The crisis forced the Swedish Academy to cancel this year’s literature prize, which would have been announced this month, and prompted some of its 18 members to quit. Arnault’s lawyer, Bjorn Hurtig, was not immediately available for comment but says Arnault denies all allegations.
Indonesia Tsunami and Earthquake: Rescuers Race to Aid Victims as Death Toll Passes 840
Mass graves were dug Monday as Indonesian authorities rushed to bury hundreds of people killed by an earthquake and tsunami that cracked streets, tore down buildings and washed away homes on the island of Sulawesi. Three days after the disaster, the streets of the provincial capital Palu were still covered in debris and bodies thrown about by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake that triggered tsunami waves up to three-meters-high (10 feet). Authorities raised the toll again Monday to 844 dead, and warned that more bodies were likely to be found as heavy equipment moved in to clear the rubble.