* Buhari appoints Banire, Tukur AMCON, FCSC chairpersons (Vanguard) * We will conduct credible, violence-free elections in 2019, Buhari assures ICC (ThisDay)

* Buhari appoints Banire, Tukur AMCON, FCSC chairpersons (Vanguard)    * We will conduct credible, violence-free elections in 2019, Buhari assures ICC (ThisDay)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE JULY 17, 2018

 

Buhari appoints Banire, Tukur AMCON, FCSC chairpersons (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN) and former legal adviser to the now ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, party, Muiz Banire  as Chairman of the governing board of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). In a letter to the Senate, President Buhari also sought the approval of the appointment of Bello Tukur as Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC). Buhari also nominated 12 other commissioners into the FCSC. The letter reads thus: “Dear distinguished Senate President, “Constitution of the governing board of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) “In compliance with section 10(1) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Act 2010, Read more

We will conduct credible, violence-free elections in 2019, Buhari assures ICC (ThisDay)

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in The Hague, Netherlands, assured the International Criminal Court that his administration would deploy every power within its reach to conduct free, fair and violence-free polls in 2019. Buhari made this pledge while delivering a keynote address at the 20th anniversary celebration of the ICC, being presided over by a Nigerian, Justice Chile Eboe-Osuji. Buhari told the court that as the country inches towards the 2019 general election, his administration would not only strive hard to conduct free and fair polls, but would also ensure that violence which accompanied the 2011 elections and became a subject of investigation by ICC does not repeat itself. Read more

‘Half trillion naira locked in corruption cases’ (Guardian)

More than half a trillion naira is currently locked in several corruption cases pending in courts, the Nigerian government has said. Nigerian minister of information, Lai Mohammed said this while defending the legality of Executive Order Six recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.” For starters, this executive order will immediately affect 155 high-profile corruption cases. The aggregate value of funds involved in these ongoing cases is N595,409,838,452.25,” Mohammed said.“This is a huge amount by any standard. It is higher than the N500bn allotted to the administration’s Social Investment Programme in the 2018 budget and the N344bn allocated for the construction and rehabilitation of roads nationwide in the 2018 budget.” Read more

Crisis: APC summons Ortom, Akume to Abuja (Punch)

The Deputy National Chairman (North), Sen. Lawal Shu’aibu has summoned to Abuja for an urgent meeting the two main actors in the tussle for leadership of the Benue chapter of the  All Progressives Congress.A competent source, who preferred not to be named, who made this known to newsmen in Abuja on Monday said the deputy party chieftain summoned Sen George Akume and Gov Samuel Ortom to an urgent meeting in Abuja.The source further explained that the meeting followed an announcement by the governor that he was pulling out of the party. Read more

Ekiti Assembly rejects Guber Poll Results, Adjourns till Oct (ThisDay)

Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly have condemned and rejected the result of the July 14, 2018 governorship election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Speaking at the House plenary in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, the Leader of Business, Hon. Akinyele Olatunji, described the process leading to the election and final result as unfortunate. Akinyele condemned the harassment of the state Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders across the state and members of the state assembly by security men. Read more

Osun APC:Those who announced the suspensions are on their own- Party leadership (SUN)

Leadership of the Osun State Chapter of the All Progressives Party (APC) has upbraided some members of the State Working Committee of the party who passed a vote of no confidence on the chairman, Gboyega Famodun, and Secretary, Salinsile Rasaq, and announced their suspension on Monday in Osogbo, the state capital. Recall that 11 out of 16 members of the committee had, at GMT Hotel in Osogbo, announced the suspension of the duo during a press conference. In a statement by the spokesperson of the 11, Barrister Goke Ogunsola, the group directed Famodun and Salinsile’s deputies, Isa Adesiji and Rasheed Idera, to take over as acting chairman and Secretary respectively. Read more

ExxonMobil Lagos hq shut by protesting workers (Vanguard)

The Lagos headquarters of ExxonMobil has been shut down by the company’s workers’ unions over the sacking of 860 spy police without entitlement. The workers besieged the office of the oil company, protesting the sacking of workers, mainly Nigerians, on Tuesday in Lagos. The protesters accused the company of sacking the 860 Nigerian workers most of whom had worked with the company for over 22 years without regards for the rule of law. Mr Rasak Obe, the Chairman of ExxonMobil Branch of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), told NAN that the protest was to express the disaffection of the workers with the management. Read more

EFCC re-arraigns Kalu on charges of N7.6bn fraud (Punch)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday re-arraigned a former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, for an alleged fraud of N7.65bn.Kalu was re-arraigned alongside his company, Slok Nigeria Limited, and Ude Udeogu, who served under him as the Director of Finance and Account, Abia State Government House. The re-arraignment of the defendants before the Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday followed an amendment to the charges filed against them 11 years ago. With the amendment, the prosecution increased the number of charges against the defendants from the initial 34 to 39. Read more

EFCC fails to present witnesses in Sen Jang’s case (Guardian)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday failed to bring witnesses to testify in the case of alleged misappropriation of state funds involving former Plateau Governor Jonah Jang.EFCC had, on May 7, preferred a 12-count charge bordering on alleged corruption and misappropriation against Jang. It alleged that Jang, who served as Plateau governor between 2007 and 2015, misappropriated N6 billion, two months to the end of his tenure as governor. Read more

FIFA has not written to NFF over ban threat – Giwa (Vanguard)

Chief Chris Giwa, President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has said that FIFA, the world soccer governing body, has not communicated its ban threat to the NFF.   “The alleged FIFA ban threat is a creation of the media; FIFA has not written to lodge any complaint to us. We only read all these things in the media,” Giwa told newsmen  in Jos. Giwa had assumed office as NFF President following an ex-parte order issued to him by the Jos Federal High Court with a recent Supreme Court ruling asking the parties to return to the lower court. With the apex court’s ruling, Giwa recently assumed office, replacing Amaju Pinnick, his rival in the battle for the control of Nigeria’s football body. Read more

Commonwealth Games: Obaseki announces N7.5m cash reward for Edo athletes, coaches (Vanguard)

The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has announced a N7.5 million cash reward for the state’s coaches and athletes that participated in the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Australia. Obaseki announced the reward when he met with the coaches and athletes in Government House, Benin City, on Tuesday. Each of the six athletes from Edo State who represented the country at the April Games got N1million while the three coaches got N500,000 each. The governor restated his administration’s commitment to revamp sports in the state through investment in sports infrastructure and support for athletes and coaches. He maintained that sports development in the state would start from the grassroots as was the practice when the state excelled in local and international sporting events. Read more

World Cup lessons: France beware, sympathy for Neymar, VAR importance (Kwese.espn)

With the World Cup over, here’s a look at what we’ve learned from the tournament, including a warning for the winners and sympathy for Neymar. Western Europe has won four World Cups in a row, a sequence that no region has achieved before. Yet four different teams have triumphed, which shows that the strength is regional and not tied to one nation. The rest of the world, with about 94 percent of the planet’s population, has produced just one top-three finish at a World Cup since 2006: Lionel Messi’s Argentina in 2014.The rapid collective passing game Europeans learn from the age of six is beyond even Brazil, who haven’t beaten western European sides in seven matches since 2006 (two draws, five defeats). Read more

Scientists discover ‘quadrillion tons of diamond’ beneath Earth’s surface (Skynews)

Scientists believe there could be more than a quadrillion tons of diamond scattered beneath the Earth’s surface. The diamonds were found by analysing seismic records – essentially sound waves travelling through the Earth triggered by ground-shaking forces.Dr Ulrich Faul, a research scientist at MIT, explained that one of diamond’s many special properties is the speed at which sound waves travel through the material. “Diamond in many ways is special,” Dr Faul said. “One of its special properties is that the sound velocity in diamond is more than twice as fast as in the dominant mineral in upper mantle rocks, olivine.” Read more

Customs bill just one hurdle in a difficult week for Theresa May (Skynews)

Theresa May faces a tough few days before MPs get ready for the summer recess. After a week in which Donald Trump shot down her Chequers Brexit plan, and her foreign secretary and Brexit secretary resigned over the same issue, the next few days offer little respite for the prime minister. The embattled PM faces tough tests before she can turn her attention to some holiday reading safe in the knowledge she will still be in power come the autumn. Read more

Trump surprised at fierce criticism of Putin news conference (CNN)

President Donald Trump was upbeat immediately after his news conference with Vladimir Putin in Finland, but by the time he returned stateside on Monday evening, his mood had soured considerably amid sustained fury at his extraordinary embrace of the Russian leader. Now, his aides are wondering how he’ll respond to anger from even his staunchest supporters after he sided with Putin over US intelligence agencies investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. He offered a defiant rebuke of his critics mid-Tuesday morning, writing on Twitter: “While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia.” Read more

 

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