SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 1, 2018
Atiku vs Buhari: North Undecided Yet, Arewa Youths Insist
As permutations continue on the coming major contest for the presidency between incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the People Democratic Party (PDP), youths in the North have said they are yet to take a definite stand on who to support. The leader of the Northern Emancipation Network, Malam Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said this in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Northern Emancipation Network is a critical partner in the Coalition of Northern Groups that gained popularity last year by confronting the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Imo APC Primary: My Name Hasn’t Been Dropped – Uche Nwosu
Contrary to reports making the rounds on the social media and an online version of a national daily that the name of one of the contenders for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket, in Imo State, Uche Nwosu, has been dropped by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, the acclaimed winner of the October 6 primary election in the state has said that the report was not true. Nwosu maintained that the news trending on online was sponsored adding that it is intended to create tension in the state. According to the online report, “The NWC of the party had substituted Nwosu’s name with that of Sen. Hope Uzodinma, as the APC governorship candidate for Imo State. However, Nwosu has insisted that he remains the authentic governorship candidate of the party.
Aisha – BuhariWhat Nigerian Artists Did For Buhari
Wife of the President, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has revealed how Nigerian artistes helped her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari to achieve success in his political career. She said this while calling on the artists to use their talent and popularity in mobilizing Nigerians towards unity, peace, tolerance, and productivity. They were also urged to speak against vices that destroy society like drug abuse, human trafficking, and child abuse. the Special Adviser to the Wife of the President, Suleiman Haruna, she made the call during the launch of “Sakamakon Chanji”, a song in support of President Muhammadu Buhari by Northern Nigeria Music Artistes, on Wednesday 31st October, 2018 at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja.
Nigerians Seek Ganduje’s Resignation Over Fresh ‘Bribery Video’
Nigerians have intensified calls for the resignation of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje following the emergence of a fresh video where he was allegedly collecting bribe from a contractor. The two minutes, twenty seconds footage dated January 18, 2017 and posted online yesterday, exposed the contractors, projects and voice of the purported bribe giver with the governor who was dressed in a black kaftan. This came barely a month after two similar videos were uploaded on an online news platform where the governor was shown collecting bribes in dollars and stuffing the cash into his white babariga, but he had denied the allegation, saying the videos were photo shopped.
Falana Seeks SERAP, NEITI Collaboration On NNPC Unremitted $22.06bn
Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), has urged an anti-corruption advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, to collaborate with the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative to help the Federal Government recover alleged unremitted sums of$22.06bn and N481bn from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Falana said he was making the call in view of the allegation on Monday by NEITI that the NNPC failed to remit the funds into the Federation Account.
Again, Buhari Appeals to Amosun, Okorocha, Yari, Others Not to Defect
President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday continued his fire-fighting in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), appealing, once again, to aggrieved members, who lost out during the recently concluded primary elections not to leave the party. At least four governors of the party, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State), Chief Rochas Okorocha (Imo State), Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara State) and Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State), and scores of senior members have been up in arms against the National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, calling for his removal over the primaries. The presidential appeal came three weeks after he asked those who failed in their bid to secure the party’s ticket to emulate the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, who lost his re-election bid but did not leave the ruling party.
Petrobras to Sell JV Stake to Vitol-Led Consortium For $1.53bn
Brazilian state-owned firm Petrobras has signed an agreement to sell its 50% stake in its Nigerian oil and gas exploration joint venture (JV) with BTG Pactual E&P to a Vitol-led consortium for a total consideration of $1.53bn. BTG Pactual will continue to hold its 50% stake in the Petrobras Oil & Gas (POGBV) JV, which owns interests in two blocks that contain three fields located more than 100km off the coast of Nigeria. The consortium buying the assets comprises Vitol Investment Partnership II (50%), Africa Oil (25%) and Delonex Energy (25%). The assets owned by the POGBV include an 8% stake in block OML 127, which contains the Agbami production field; and a 16% stake in block OML 130 comprising the Egina and Akpo fields.
Togolese Chef ‘Kills’ Employer in Lagos
Barely three days after he was employed as a chef, has a Togolese man allegedly stabbed his master Chief Ope Badamosi to death in Lagos. It was gathered that the incident occurred at Badamosi’s 3A, Onikoyi Road, Parkview Estate Resident on Wednesday. The deceased was said to have brought his alleged killer from Ondo State to work as his cook. Already, it was gathered that the police have arrested two persons in connection with the murder and they were being interrogated. Although it could not be ascertained what led to the murder, sources told The Nation that the police have recovered the murder weapon as well as blood stain clothes belonging to the chef said to have fled.
Serena Can Still Grab Slams Record, Says Keys
American number three Madison Keys said she has no doubt Serena Williams can equal the record of 24 Grand Slam titles despite her stormy defeat in the US Open final. Keys said Williams, who argued furiously with the umpire during her shock loss to Naomi Osaka in New York, certainly had Margaret Court’s all-time mark as a target. Williams, 37, returned from giving birth to her first child in September last year to reach the Wimbledon and US Open finals, but suffered upset losses in both to leave her stuck on 23 major wins.
Celtic Are Getting Back to Top Gear, Warns Rodgers
Australia midfielder Tom Rogic celebrated his 150th appearance for the Hoops with a wonderful opener before further goals from Scott Sinclair, from the spot, his fellow winger James Forrest and striker Odsonne Edouard had the points secured by the interval. Ryan Christie made it five just three minutes after the break before the champions eased off the gas, happy with another comprehensive victory laced with moments of devastating football. Celtic finished the night, ominously placed four points behind leaders Hearts, whom they easily beat 3-0 in the Betfred Cup semi-final at Murrayfield on Sunday and who travel to Parkhead in the league on Saturday.
Newcastle Captain Jamaal Lascelles Signs New 6-Year Deal
The 24-year-old central defender – who has made in excess of 100 appearances for United since joining from Nottingham Forest in 2014 – captained Newcastle to the Championship title in 2017. “I’m over the moon – it’s great news to be tied down to Newcastle for a long time. It’s pretty much all I ever wanted: playing in the Premier League in front of amazing fans,” he told NUFC TV. “I think now as players; we just need to give the fans what they deserve. “We need to put in the performances and make it even more special. Since I’ve been here, everything’s been really positive and now I need to get my head down and get this team higher up the league.”
Man in Maga Hat Apologizes to CNN Reporter for Flipping Him Off
CNN’s chief White House Correspondent was given a surprise on Wednesday when a Donald Trump supporter apologized for flipping him off at a Tampa, Florida rally earlier in 2018. Reporter Jim Acosta was again covering a Florida Trump rally—this time in Fort Myers—when a MAGA-hatted man said he wanted to chat on Wednesday. “I just wanted to apologize for flipping you off in Tampa,” the man said. “I got carried away.” Flanked by a woman named Eileen, he went on to say he had been asking for “facts and not opinions.” Eileen agreed: “That’s all we want.” Acosta thanked the man and said he hoped to see him again, before the pair made their exit. Eileen, who was wearing a white hat emblazoned with “USA,” held a bright pink “Women for Trump” sign up to the camera as she left.
One ‘Black Box’ Recovered From Indonesia Jet As First Funeral Held
A black box from the crashed Lion Air jet has been recovered, authorities said Thursday, a find that could be critical to establishing why a brand new jet plunged into the Java Sea shortly after take-off, killing 189 people on board. Divers plucked the orange data recorder from the ocean and placing it in a plastic tub as search teams continued to scour the seabed for the fuselage of the Boeing-737 MAX 8, which crashed off Indonesia’s northern coast on Monday and had only been in service a few months. There have been no survivors and only body parts have been found so far.
Macron Warns Europe Against Return to 1920s Populism
French President Emmanuel Macron has warned against a surge of populism, and urged Europe to “resist” political tendencies comparable to those in the inter-war years in the 1920s. “In a Europe that is divided by fears, nationalist assertion and the consequences of the economic crisis, we see almost methodically the rearticulation of everything that dominated the life of Europe from post-World War I to the 1929 crisis,” Macron told French newspaper Ouest France in an interview published late Wednesday.
No Cure for HIV in Zimbabwe, Says WHO
The World Health Organisation has reaffirmed that there is “no cure” for HIV, insisting that people living with HIV/AIDS need to continue with anti-retroviral therapy to manage their infections. The reaffirmation by the UN health agency came after a local preacher in Zimbabwe reportedly claimed that he had received divine revelation of a herbal cure. Dr Alex Gasaira, WHO’s representative in the country, explicitly stated that “there is no cure for HIV infection”.