* APC to Okorocha: Be sensible, you don’t dig further when in a ditch (Vanguard) * Family accuses Aregbesola of plans to cover up truth behind Adeleke’s death (Punch)

* APC to Okorocha: Be sensible, you don’t dig further when in a ditch (Vanguard)            * Family accuses Aregbesola of plans to cover up truth behind Adeleke’s death (Punch)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE JUNE 13, 2018

 

APC to Okorocha: Be sensible, you don’t dig further when in a ditch (Vanguard)

The national leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC has warned Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha against constant attack on the party, saying the sensible thing for him to do when in a ditch is to stop digging. In a strongly worded statement Wednesday, the party through its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi said it was reacting to an advertorial in a national daily in which the governor made some wild and libellous claims against the leadership of the party. “The sensible thing to do when you find yourself in a ditch is to stop digging. We therefore, once again urge Gov. Okorocha to tread the path of caution and reconciliation and to work with the duly elected Party executives in the state for the good of the Party. We shall however not tolerate his constant assault on the Party, either directly or through proxies”, said the party. Read more

Family accuses Aregbesola of plans to cover up truth behind Adeleke’s death (Punch)

The family of Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke has said they are suspicious that the Osun State Government led by Governor Ruaf Aregbesola is planning to cover the truth behind the death of the late politician. A younger brother of the late senator, Dr. Deji Adeleke, said this in his address read by a member of the family, Mr. Dele Adeleke, at a press conference addressed at the residence of the late politician in Ede on Wednesday. Adeleke, who was the first governor of Osun State died on April 23, 2017, and there were rumours that he was poisoned at a social function he attended a day before his death because of his governorship ambition. Read more

2019: Buhari will win South-South—APC National Vice Chairman (Vanguard)

Ntufam Hilliard Eta, the National Vice Chairman, South -South, All Progressives Congress (APC), has expressed optimism that the region will massively vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 presidential election. Eta, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja, said APC stakeholders in the South-South would work tirelessly to ensure that Buhari emerged victorious. He said that the president had creditably acquitted himself; hence he deserved a second term in office. “Far away from a time when a ruling party will tell you that they are going to conquer; they are going to garrison a political context. Read more

Court sacks Kogi East Senator (ThisDay)

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court has ordered the sack of the Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District, Senator Atai Aidoko. The lawmaker is in the Senate on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party. Justice Kolawole, delivering judgment in a preelection suit, also ordered the immediate swearing in of Air Marshall Isaac Alfa (rtd.), of the PDP, by the Clerk of the National Assembly. The court held that Aidoko was not properly nominated by the PDP for the March 2015 National Assembly election and consequently ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to immediately withdraw the certificate of return issued to Aidoko in 2015. Read more

Ekiti Assembly suspends lawmaker for “Sleeping too much at plenary” (Nation)

The Ekiti State House of Assembly yet again treated the people of the Fountain of Knowledge to another comical show by suspending a member for “sleeping too much” during legislative sessions. The lawmakers slammed an indefinite suspension on the member representing Ikere Constituency II, Mr. Sunday Akinniyi, for allegedly sleeping at plenary for three years. They also accused Akinniyi of “breeding terrorism within the institution of the House, violence towards the Mace in a properly constituted plenary session and belligerence attitude and acts of bellicosity against his colleagues.” He was also accused of pugnacious behaviours in his constituency against his own people, all amounting to gross misconduct and unbecoming of any honourable member of this House. Read more

Ekiti guber: Persons with disabilities seek equal voting rights (SUN)

Person With Disabilities (PWD), on Wednesday, sought for equal voting rights from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the Ekiti and Osun governorship polls  as well as the 2019 general elections. Making the advocacy, in Ado-Ekiti, through the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) the PWDs said the measure became imperative as part of the ways to protect their rights and make them relevant in the electoral process. They urged Sen. Bukola Saraki-led Senate to transmit the Nigeria Disabilities Bill that had been passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent. Read more

I-G approves NHRC audit of police detention cells (Vanguard)

General of Police (I-G), Mr Ibrahim Idris has approved the National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC) request to begin an independent audit of detention cells in all police commands and formations in Nigeria. The audit would also include all detention cells of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The Head, Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) of the ACP Abayomi Shogunle, made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. Shogunle added that the audit would  enable the NHRC oversee the human rights situation of detainees as well as undertake general audit of the state of police detention facilities (cells) in the country. Read more

JOHESU begs FG for payment of two months’ salary (Punch)

The Joint Health Sector Unions have appealed to the Federal Government to pay its members April and May, 2018 salaries in line with their agreement to suspend their strike. Mr Achimugu Isaiah, the branch Chairman, Federal Medical Centre (FMC Keffi), Nasarawa State, made the call on Wednesday while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria shortly after a congress meeting of the union in Keffi. NAN recalls that JOHESU embarked on an indefinite nationwide industrial action on April 18 and resumed work on May 31. Some of the demands made by the union included upward adjustment of salary scale, employment of additional health professionals, review of retirement age from 60 years to 65 years and implementation of court judgment. Read more

Average fuel price hits N150 per litre in May – NBS (SUN)

The National Bureau of Statistics has stated that the average pump price paid by consumers for premium motor spirit (petrol) dropped to N150.2 per litre in May from N151.4 per litre price sold in April this year. This represented an annual decrease of -0.3 percent and -0.8 percent month on month. In the bureau’s report titled: “Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol) Price Watch’’, which was released yesterday in Abuja, stated that states with the highest average price of petrol were Borno (N166.08), Benue (N160.31) and Akwa Ibom (N159.44). “States with the lowest average price of premium motor spirit (petrol) were Katsina (N144.82), Kano (N144.87) & Bauchi (N144.93). Read more

Dickson urges Buhari to start work on Brass LNG, refinery (Nation)

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Wednesday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to remove obstacles delaying commencement of work on the Brass Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) and refinery project in the state. Speaking at a stakeholder’s meeting of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Yenagoa, the governor said the lack of federal projects in Bayelsa was unacceptable. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Francis Ottah-Agbo, the governor said the two projects would give Ijaw people a sense of belonging and expand the revenue base of the country. He lamented the backwardness of the Ijaw in terms of development and urged the Federal Government and multinational corporations to partner the state government to tackle infrastructural deficit in the area. Read more

Goodluck Jonathan, Gov. Wike, Wizkid, others for Peace Achievers Awards (Vanguard)

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and Nigerian raving Hip-hop musician, Wizkid have been nominated among other top personalities for the 2018 edition of the ‘Peace Achievers Awards’ to be held on September 22 at Transcorp Hilon Hotel, Abuja, the federal capital. The event highly regarded as a recognition of outstanding personalities in the country who have contributed immensely to the peace and unity in Nigeria through their selfless efforts will attract who is who in the historic gathering. Disclosing this to the newsmen, Mr Kingsley Amafibe, the Project Director of Peace Ambassadors Agency, organisers of the annual awards, said that it is imperative to recognise men and women in the country whose enviable impact in the society holds sway.  Read more

Sallah: Police to deploy 5,000 personnel in Borno (ThisDay)

The Borno State Police Command has said that it will deploy 5,000 policemen in the state during the Eid-El-Fitr celebration to forestall any security breaches. Briefing journalists in Maiduguri Wednesday, the state Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu said that the recent suicide attacks on Maiduguri has made the decision inevitable. He said the police and other security operatives including the military had no choice but to beef up security, noting that vehicular movement would be restricted a few hours before and after the Eid prayer to ensure security during the festival. He said: “This year’s Sallah celebration is expected to come up on 15th June, 2018. Security arrangements, including the deployment of over 5,000 policemen has been put in place to ensure a hitch-free Sallah celebration.” Read more

Benue killings: We’ll never cede our land to Fulani herdsmen (SUN)

A first class traditional ruler in Benue State, Chief Abu King Shuluwa, has vowed that the Tiv people would never cede any part of their land to the Fulani herdsmen no matter the intimidation. Shuluwa who stated this in a chat with Daily Sun at his Makurdi residence, on Thursday, posited that the herdsmen who are now attacking Benue people have an agenda to take over and occupy the Benue land. While noting that the Tiv man as a farmer doesn’t joke with his land, the Tor Sankera, said it was the vast fertile land and water in the Benue valley that the attackers and their sponsors are after. Read more

Yola court passes death sentence on 5 men for killing herdsman (Vanguard)

A Yola High Court Presided over by Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri has sentenced five men to death for culpable homicide and for killing a herdsman. The convicts, Alex Amos, Alheri Phanuel, Holy Boniface, Jerry Gideon and Jari Sabagi of Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, were found guilty of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide which contravened Section 96 (1) (a) and Sections 79 and 221 (b) of the Penal Code of Laws of Adamawa State, 1997. The convicts were said to have on June 1, 2017 at Kadamun village in Demsa local Government Area willfully and intentionally conspired and attacked three herdsmen rearing cattle, killing one of them, Adamu Buba, whose body they threw into a river and also maimed several cows. Read more

Russia 2018: Play with confidence, Okowa urges Super Eagles (SUN)

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, on Wednesday, implored members of the Super Eagles to play with confidence in the 2018 FIFA World Cup which commences today, June 14 in Russia. Four players of the team including Alex Iwobi, Joel Obi, Ederson Echiejile and Oghenekaro Etebo hail from Delta State. Okowa gave the charge shortly after inspecting the on-going rehabilitation work at Asaba Stadium in preparation for the hosting of the Senior Africa Athletic Championship (SAAC) in August this year. “For our children and the entire national team for the world cup, I wish them well, they must play with confidence, and realise that they stand in and carry the symbol of the Nigerian nation. Read more

Nadal to miss Wimbledon warm-up at Queen’s (Punch)

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen’s Club as the world number one takes a break following his latest French Open triumph. Nadal crushed Dominic Thiem to clinch his 11th French Open title on Sunday, but the Spaniard hinted after the final that the toll on his body might force him to miss part of the grass-court campaign. The 32-year-old is drained after playing 27 matches on clay over the last two months and, after consulting with his medical team, he confirmed on Wednesday that he won’t play at Queen’s this year. Read more

World Cup 2026 to crown decades of growth in North America (Vanguard)

The decision to award the 2026 World Cup to North America on Wednesday follows an explosion in football’s popularity across the region which can be traced directly to the 1994 finals staged in the United States. For decades, the United States was regarded as the final frontier for the world’s most popular sport, with the beautiful game unable to encroach on territory dominated by baseball, basketball and American football. A promising flirtation with the sport in the 1970s — when stars like Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff lit up the North American Soccer League — flamed out when the league was wound up in 1984. Read more

Barber snips Lionel Messi ‘headshot’ for fans ahead of FIFA World Cup 2018 (Hindustantimes)

Looking for a new haircut to celebrate the FIFA World Cup 2018 in style? A hairdresser is clipping ‘portraits’ of stars Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo onto the back of heads in soccer-made Serbia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rein as he shaves and snips away on a headshot “hair tattoo” in his Novi Sad salon ahead of Thursday’s World Cup kick-off. It all began nine years ago, he says, with a suggestion to a customer, “to do something different”. That ended with a tarantula sculpted with a cut-throat razor into the hair on the back of the man’s head. Read more

Rohingya refugees land in Myanmar as escape boat breaks up (Dailymail)

Scores of Rohingya refugees leaving Bangladeshi camps by boat have accidentally returned to the crisis-hit area of Myanmar they originally fled from, after their vessel broke up on the sea route south. Around one million Rohingya have fled Myanmar army crackdowns since 2016 for Bangladesh, where they live in cramped, flood-prone camps now being battered by the seasonal monsoon. On Monday morning a boat carrying 104 Bangladeshis and Rohingya ran into trouble off the coast of Rakhine state, a Myanmar government spokesman told AFP, eventually breaking apart and forcing the passengers to head for shore. Read more

Don’t be stingy with EU reforms, minister warns Merkel (BusinessTimes)

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned Wednesday that stinginess could end up costing his country and called for bold investments in Europe, in a clear criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cautious approach. With US President Donald Trump putting pressure on traditional allies with his “egoistic” America First policy, Mr Maas argued Europe must recalibrate its relationship with the United States and become an effective counterweight. Only if Europe’s two biggest economies Germany and France were to boost their cooperation to an unprecedented level could they drive the EU to become a strong player as a rising China and resurgent Russia are also jostling for position, he said. Read more

U.S. asks UN to condemn Hamas over Gaza violence (Israelnationalnews)

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Tuesday slammed a UN draft resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian Arab deaths in Gaza as “fundamentally imbalanced” and instead proposed condemning Hamas for the violence. The UN General Assembly is set to vote on the Arab-backed measure on Wednesday after more than 120 Palestinians were killed during recent violent riots near the border with Gaza. In a letter sent to fellow ambassadors, Haley said the United States had presented an amendment to the draft resolution that condemns Hamas for firing rockets at Israel and “inciting violence” along the border with Gaza. Read more

 

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