SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
APC Warns PDP Chairman Secondus On His Utterances, Conduct
The ruling All Progressives Congress on Tuesday cautioned the National Chairman of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, against his conduct and utterances capable of bringing his person into disrepute. “We advise Prince Secondus not to descend to the level unexpected of his office, less he enters the boxing ring with its attendant mud and dirt,” APC said in a statement signed by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena.
Abdulsalami, Kukah, Nicholas Okoh, Others Storm INEC
As part of their efforts to calm tension within the political sphere, the former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar together with Matthew Kukah, Catholic bishop of Sokoto diocese; former Vice-President Ebitu Ukiwe and Nicholas Okoh, Anglican bishop, Tuesday stormed the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission to discuss with the chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu ways and democratic processes to adopt, to make the forthcoming 2019 presidential election a successful one.
No Rift Between Me And Aregbesola – Oyetola
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Osun State governorship election, Gboyega Oyetola, on Monday said there was no rift between him and the state Governor Rauf Aregbesola over the Saturday’s election which was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission. A rerun of the election will hold on Thursday. In a statement signed by Osun East Campaign Director-General, Ajibola Famurewa, Oyetola said that the people of Osun demonstrated a high level of democratic culture in the most keenly-contested election in Nigeria. He also described the report as irrational and imagination of detractors who wanted to create disaffection within the APC camp ahead of the Thursday’s governorship rerun.
Minimum Wage: Strike Commences On Thursday, TUC Insists
The Trade Union Congress on Tuesday insisted organised labour would commence strike from early hours of Thursday, September 27, following the Federal Government’s failure to honour its ultimatum on the new minimum wage. A statement signed by the Secretary-General of the union, Mr Musa-Lawal Ozigi, in Abuja stated that the decision to embark on strike was sequel to the resolve of the Central Working Committee of TUC on September 24.
Police Wades Into Fraud Allegation In Aisha Buhari’s Office
Indication emerged on Thursday that the Police Headquarters has invited the person that wrote a petition on behalf of the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari over fraud allegation against the First Lady’s Aide De Camp. An online media had reported that scandal was brewing within the household of President Muhammadu Buhari, alleging that Sani Baba-Inna, a chief superintendent of police, received huge donations from politicians and business people on her behalf and then kept the cash to himself.
Fayemi ‘Ll Do Well For Ekiti, Says Ogboni Chief
…Daramola: I’ll join hands with Fayemi to develop Ekiti
A prominent traditionalist in Ekiti State, Chief Ayodele Famodimu, has predicted a glorious tenure for the governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, from October 16 when he takes the reins of office. Famodimu, who is undergoing traditional rites before being installed as the Aare Ogboni of Ekiti State, assured that the incoming Fayemi administration would bring new lease of life, comfort and progress to the people of the state.
FG To Revoke Licences Of Oil Firms Over Gas-Flaring
The Federal Government, yesterday, disclosed that from next year, it would commence the revocation of the licences of oil companies that failed to stop flaring of gas in their operations in the country. Speaking at the 2018 Buyers’ Forum/Stakeholders’ Engagement organised by Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria, GACN, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, also stated that the Federal Government would launch the infrastructure revamp programme in November.
2019: Buratai Warns Military Against Showing Sympathy For Any Party
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai on Tuesday warned Officers and men of the Nigerian Army not to show any sympathy to any Political party, religious or ethnic group as the nation commence activities for the 2019 general elections. Lt Gen Buratai who advised military officers and personnel to shun politicians who are likely to approach them during the elections, said a Special Court Martial has been established by military authorities to try defaulters of the code of conduct guiding the military. Lt Gen Buratai sounded the warning at the opening of the 2nd and 3rd Quarters Chief of Army Staff Conference held at Command Officers’ Mess, Asokoro, Abuja, on Tuesday.
Cybercrime: Expert Advocates Use Of Biometrics To Identify Website Owners
An ICT expert, Mr Uche Kalu, on Tuesday in Abuja, advocated the use of biometrics to identify website owners as a means of fighting cybercrime in Nigeria. Kalu, who is the Centre Manager, Aptech Hardware and Networking Academy, Abuja, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said that the call became necessary in view of the need to make Internet Service Providers (ISPs) more responsible in providing responses to internet requests to unmask Internet Providers (IP) Addresses.
Again, CBN Holds MPR At 14%, Seeks Speedy Budget Implementation
The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday left the Monetary Policy Rate unchanged at 14 per cent. The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, announced the decision of the committee at the end of a two-day meeting held at the apex bank’s headquarters in Abuja. He explained that seven members of the committee that attended the meeting agreed to maintain the current monetary policy stance while three voted to increase the rate. He said apart from the MPR which was retained at 14 per cent, the committee also retained the Cash Reserves Ratio at 22.5 per cent.
Benue SUBEB Ex-Boss Jailed 12 Years For Embezzlement
The Benue State High Court in Makurdi has sentenced a former Chairman of the Benue State Universal Basic Education Board, Anum Iho, to 12 years’ imprisonment for embezzling the funds meant for the training of teachers in the state. Iho was jailed alongside a former SUBEB official, Donald Anageende, who bagged seven years’ imprisonment. The court handed down the verdict last Thursday.
NSCDC Arrests 54 Suspected Oil Thieves In Rivers
No fewer than 54 suspected oil thieves have been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Rivers State command. The security outfit also reportedly seized 12 trucks, three boats, two buses, one vessel, a car, and 170 drums of adulterated petroleum products. The NSCDC state Commandant, Mr Haruna Mohammed, while parading some of the suspects at the state command in Port Harcourt on Monday, said they were apprehended in different areas of Rivers State through the synergy with other security agencies
12-Yr-Old Girl, 2 Others Shot As Violence Erupts In Osogbo
Heavy gunshots rang out between the Police and suspected political thugs in Alekuwodo neighbourhood of Osogbo, yesterday, as battle for the control of one of the five polling units where re-run election is scheduled to hold on Thursday raged. A 12-year-old girl and two men, who were not involved in the violence, sustained gunshot wounds, Premium Times learned from witnesses and medical personnel who attended to the victims.
Make NFF A Modern Football Organisation, Balogun Advises Pinnick
A sports Analyst, Tayo Balogun, has advised Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to run the outfit as a modern day football organisation. This is with a view to further develop the sport in the country. Balogun gave the advice in an interview with Newsmen in Ibadan on Tuesday. He also told Pinnick, who was re-elected president of the Federation on Thursday to make due process the order of the day. “This is his second term in office; the period should be used effectively. He should correct many wrongs going on in the running of the NFF.
D’Tigress Vows To Avenge Eagles’ Defeat To Argentina Today
Nigeria’s perennial defeats to Argentina at the previous FIFA World Cup finals will resonate this evening in Tenerife, Spain at the ongoing FIBA Women’s World Cup, as the Nigeria’s National Women Basketball team, D’Tigress has promised to banish the ghost of the previous defeats when they confront Argentina in their last group game. Super Eagles had lost five times to Argentina all at the group stage of the competition in 1994, 2002, 2010, 2014 and the latest installment was at the last edition in Russia where Nigeria failed to hold tight and allowed Lionel Messi-led team to score a late winner to edged the African team out of the tournament.
FIFA Takes Another Step Toward Reintroducing Agent Licences
FIFA are set to reintroduce licences for player agents and has adopted, in principle, a limit on player loans. FIFA’s ‘Football Stakeholders Committee’ approved “the introduction of licences and exams for agents” at a meeting in London, according to a source close to the discussions. The governing body of world football did away with agent licences in 2015.