May 27, 2018

* APC UK changes national pledge, says, ‘We pledge to Buhari‘ (Punch) * Mace Theft: National Assembly tightens security (PremiumTimes)

* APC UK changes national pledge, says, ‘We pledge to Buhari‘ (Punch)     * Mace Theft: National Assembly tightens security (PremiumTimes)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE APRIL 24, 2018

 

APC UK changes national pledge, says, ‘We pledge to Buhari‘ (Punch)

The United Kingdom chapter of the All Progressives Congress has renamed the national pledge as the PMB Pledge. Instead of pledging allegiance to the Fatherland as the Constitution stipulates, the chapter transferred its allegiance to President Muhammadu Buhari. And instead of personalising the oath of allegiance that the pledge represents, the chapter universalized it, using the pronouns ‘We,’ ‘Our,’ ‘Us.’ The national pledge is an oath of allegiance or a solemn promise to support the country and is usually recited after the national anthem. Read more

Mace Theft: National Assembly tightens security (PremiumTimes)

The Nigerian National Assembly has tightened security in its premises following last Wednesday’s invasion of the Senate by unknown persons who took away its mace. This was evident from the numerous security checks and questioning from different security officers from the main entrance of the National Assembly to the main building. The Senate’s plenary was on Wednesday invaded by thugs believed to be led by suspended lawmaker, Ovie Omo-Agege. Read more

SERAP sues Saraki, others over N13.5m monthly running cost (Punch)

A human rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has sued the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the 108 other senators, over their alleged monthly earnings of N13.5m as running cost. In the suit, which it filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos, SERAP is seeking an order compelling the senators to refund with interest all the funds they had so far collected as running cost. It wants the court to scrap the N13.5m running cost and bar the lawmakers from further collecting “such illegal, unconstitutional and unjustified monthly allowances.” Read more

Payment of $462m for fighter jets, impeachable offence, Reps tell Buhari (Punch)

Members of the House of Representatives did not mince words on Tuesday when they said President Muhammadu Buhari committed an “impeachable offence” by authorising the purchase of $462million jets for the military without appropriation by the National Assembly. Buhari is buying 12 Tucano aircraft from the US with the money. The planes will be delivered in 2020. The lawmakers became angry as soon as the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, read a letter from Buhari, informing the House that the expenditure was done in “anticipation of approval” by the National Assembly. Read more

I’ll recruit 2m policemen if I become the President ―Moughalu (Tribune)

The former deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Kingsley Muoghalu, has vowed to recruit two million policemen to secure the lives and property of Nigerians, if elected the President of the country on May 29, 2019. He disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, after a town hall meeting tagged “The Role of Youths and Women in Good Governance”. Moughalu noted that the country is “under-policed” considering the population of the country to the number of Police securing the people. Read more

Police may arraign Dino Melaye in court today (SUN)

The Police Headquarters has confirmed the arrest of Sen. Dino Melaye, by operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), in Abuja. Daily Sun gathered that Sen. Melaye, who is now in custody of the operatives facility located opposite the old CBN junction along the Area 1 Expressway, may be arraigned in court shortly. Sources at the Police Headquarters, but who do not want to be named, said the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has  directed  the Force Public Relations  department to issue a statement to that effect which is being expected any moment from now. Read more

Kwara appoints special assistant on Fulani affairs (Tribune)

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state has approved the appointment of Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Muhammad as Special Assistant, Fulani Affairs, to represent Miyetti-Allah in his administration. The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Isiaka Gold made this known in a statement issued on Tuesday in Ilorin. He explained that the appointment was driven by Governor Ahmed’s commitment to ensuring a harmonious relationship between herdsmen, farmers and other segments of the society. Read more

Army War College’s permanent site commissioned (SUN)

The commissioning of the famous Army War College (AWC) is currently underway, in Abuja, with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, top government functionaries and military officers in attendance. The College, established in 2017, before now operated at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja, where participants of the pioneer course started from. The College was established to develop the capacities of Nigerian Army officers in operational arts and campaign management while sharpening their basic strategic skills. Read more

Shema docked by EFCC, pleads not guilty to money laundering charges (DailyTrust)

Former Katsina state governor Ibrahim Shema is presently docked making plea on the 26-count charges of alleged conspiracy and money laundering of about N5.776,552,396 of Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P). So far about 18 charges have been read to Shema which he pleaded not guilty to them all. The Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC had dragged Shema before the court yesterday but his plea couldn’t be taken due to issues raised by his counsel, Emmanuel Ukala SAN. Read more

El-Zakzaky: Handle IMN Protests with Caution, NHRC tells FG (NTA)

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on the federal government of Nigeria to come up with appropriate political and legal approaches for the resolution of the lingering case of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and its leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zak-zaky. The Acting Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah stated this on Monday when members of IMN staged a protest in front of the headquarters of the Commission in Abuja. Ovrawah said that it is imperative for the Nigerian Police Force to exercise restraint in the handling of protests to prevent violation of rights and dignity of the citizens. She also urged the members of IMN to be peaceful and desist from using children and vulnerable persons while on protest. Read more

Lagos IGR hits N103.4billion in first quarter y2018 (Vanguard)

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said its internally generated revenue for the first quarter of Y2018 stood at N103.476billion, as against N96.7billion recorded in the previous year, thereby accounting for 81 per cent of the total revenue of N141billion generated in the quarter. Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Segun Banjo who disclosed this during the annual Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the third year in office of Governor Ambode’s administration held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, said the records so far shows that the performance of the State’s Y2018 budget of N1.046trillion was heading in the right direction. Read more

Kano shuts down four pharmaceuticals for selling narcotics (Nation)

The Kano State Pharmaceutical Inspection Committee on Tuesday shut down four pharmaceutical outlets in Gwale Local Government Area of Kano for selling narcotics and uncontrolled drugs. A statement signed by the Chairman of the committee, Mr Abdu Madaki said that the outlets were also shut for operating without license and due registration with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria. The committee urged residents of the state to be mindful of where they purchase their drugs and to report any pharmaceutical store suspected of selling uncontrolled drugs and narcotics. Read more

University of Ibadan advises 408 students to withdraw (Punch)

The Senate of the University of Ibadan has advised 408 students to withdraw from the institution after failing to meet the minimum academic requirements. The Senate of the school ratified the withdrawal of the students at its meeting where results of graduating and non-graduating students were considered and approved. Most of the affected students were admitted to the school when the post-UTME test was not conducted because of opposition to the exercise in the 2016/2017 session. Read more

Ex-BBNaija housemate, BamBam, makes N25m from sale –Gidi Girl (Punch)

Ex-BBNaija housemate, Bamike Olawunmi, popularly called BamBam, late on Monday launched a skin care product, “Bam Beauty Oil” to mark her 29th birthday, claiming to have realised N25m. The event took place in Abuja, according to a post on her Instagram page, @bammybestowed. The ex-housemate said that she sold the first 5,000 pieces of the product at N5,000 each and grossed N25m. Read more

3 suicide bombers prevented from killing more people in Bama (Tribune)

Three suicide bombers have been prevented from penetrating Bama town to murder the people who have just returned to their residences. The three who attempted to infiltrate Bama town through Ajilari area were sighted and challenged by security operatives on guard at the location yesterday evening and they quickly blew themselves to avoid being apprehended. Police spokesman Edet Okon said that the “bombers hurriedly detonated the IEDs strapped to their bodies killing themselves only.” Read more

Home help attempts to kill employer’s brother, lands in court (Punch)

A home help, Swantan Weltei, 25, was on Tuesday brought before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly attempting to murder his employer’s brother, Michael Ugbana, and stealing N200,000. The accused is standing trial on charges bordering on conspiracy, stealing and attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him. The Prosecutor, Inspector Oladele Adebayo, had told the court that the offences were committed on March 29, at about 10 am, at IIsheri, Lagos. Read more

Mikel says Eagles will be ready for 3 Lions (Thenff)

Captain Mikel John Obi has assured that the Super Eagles will be at their best for the prestige international friendly match against the Three Lions of England, coming up at Wembley Stadium on 2nd June 2018. Speaking to thenff.com on Tuesday, the midfield enforcer, who celebrated his 31st birthday on Sunday, said there will be no option for the three –time African champions other than to give their best with the FIFA World Cup right by the door on that day. “The match comes up only two weeks before our first match at the FIFA World Cup. It will be a big occasion and a big match for both teams as we both look forward to our respective first matches in Russia. Read more

NFF Electoral Committee begins work (Leadership)

The NFF Electoral Committee has commenced work in preparation for the 2018 NFF Elections, scheduled for Saturday, 29th September 2018. Chairman of the committee, Barrister Mohammed Sani Katu told thenff.com at the weekend that a number of meetings have been held already with the objective of ensuring adequate preparedness of the panel for the task at hand, and that guidelines and timelines would soon be rolled out in line with the provisions of the NFF Electoral Code. “We have started our work, with a number of meetings. The committee is committed to doing its work fully in line with the dictates of the Electoral Code and to ensure the best –ever NFF Elections come September. Read more

Pep Guardiola is trying to persuade Andres Iniesta to join Man City (101greatgoals)

According to a report from Spanish outlet AS this afternoon, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is attempting to dissuade Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta against moving to China, with the Spanish tactician keen to coax his fellow countryman to the Etihad for next season. Iniesta, 33, is expected to announce his departure from Barcelona imminently, with the legendary midfielder set to join Chinese Super League outfit Chongqing Lifan. The 125-time capped La Roja international has been on the books of Barca since 1996, and has racked up an incredible 31 major trophies since making his first-team bow in 2002. Read more

Igor Tudor announced as new Udinese manager (Calciomercato)

Udinese has confirmed former Juventus star Igor Tudor has their new manager on Tuesday, 24 April. The Bianconeri Friuliani have not enjoyed a good campaign in the 2017/18 season as Tudor is the third coach of this campaign. They started the season with Luigi Delneri as their new coach, but he was shown the exit door mid-way through the campaign. Delneri was replaced by Massimo Oddo and the latter was sacked in April after Udinese failed to register a win in their last 11 games. They are currently sitting in the 15th spot with 33 points after 34 games. Udinese confirmed on their official website that their new manager will be unveiled at a press conference at 6:30pm on Tuesday. Read more

David De Gea says this is his best-ever Manchester United season (Skysports)

David De Gea claims this season has been his best in a Manchester United shirt and he has hailed Jose Mourinho as an inspirational figure. De Gea, who has been at United for seven seasons, has been one of United’s standout players this season and is on course to claim his first Golden Glove – the award given to the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in a Premier League campaign. He has kept 21 clean sheets in all competitions this season, 17 coming in the league, and is two ahead of Manchester City ‘keeper Ederson with four games left to play. Read more

Trump threatens ‘big problems’ for Iran if they resume nuclear tests (BBC)

US President Donald Trump has warned Iran of “big problems” if it resumes the nuclear programme it agreed to curb in a 2015 international accord. Speaking in the White House Oval Office as he hosts French President Emmanuel Macron, Mr. Trump called the Iran deal “a disaster” and “insane”. The US president has been threatening to reject an extension of the Obama-era nuclear pact by a 12 May deadline. Mr. Macron is in Washington lobbying Mr. Trump to preserve the pact. Read more

Toronto van attack: Alek Minassian charged with 10 counts of murder (BBC)

A driver suspected of killing 10 people and injuring 15 more by ploughing a rental van into pedestrians in Toronto has appeared in court in the city. Alek Minassian, 25, was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder. Mr Minassian wore a white jumpsuit, with a shaved head and his hands behind his back. He showed little emotion. He was read the charges and ordered to have no contact with surviving victims. He will return to court on 10 May. A man believed to be a relative of Mr Minassian’s sat in the front row of the court and wept. Asked by reporters after the hearing if he had anything to say, the family member replied “sorry”. Read more

UN says farming should be at heart of Syria reconstruction (Abcnews)

International efforts to rebuild Syria once the civil war is over should center on agriculture to kick start the economy and quickly improve the livelihoods of the people, a high-level United Nations official said Tuesday. In an interview with The Associated Press ahead of an international Syria donors conference, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization’s Deputy Director General Daniel Gustafson said that in case of a return to peace the impact of funding farming would yield almost immediate results. “If you invest in that, you are going to get a quick return,” he said. Read more

 

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