October 22, 2018

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* Buhari to Chibok parents: Your daughters won’t be abandoned, forgotten (SUN) * Presidency reacts to Salkida’s claim on Chibok girls’ deaths (PremiumTimes)

* Buhari to Chibok parents: Your daughters won’t be abandoned, forgotten (SUN)          * Presidency reacts to Salkida’s claim on Chibok girls’ deaths (PremiumTimes)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE APRIL 15, 2018

 

Buhari to Chibok parents: Your daughters won’t be abandoned, forgotten (SUN)

President Muhammadu Buhari has, for the umpteenth time assured the parents of abducted school girls of Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno State, that their daughters would never be forgotten or abandoned to their fate, despite four long years since they were taken away by terrorists. This was even as he urged the parents to keep their hopes alive on the return of their daughters, noting that the recovery  of more than a hundred of the girls that were kidnapped through the Federal Government’s determined effort should give confidence that all “hope is not lost”. Read more

Presidency reacts to Salkida’s claim on Chibok girls’ deaths (PremiumTimes)

The Nigerian presidency has said that the information contained tweeted by a journalist, Ahmed Salkida, about Chibok girls is not known to the officials of the administration. Mr Salkida is believed to have access to Boko Haram, the terror group that kidnapped about 217 girls from their school in GSS Chibok in 2014. While many of the girls were released through negotiations, a few escaped from captivity. About 113 of them are still believed to be with Boko Haram. Mr. Salkida in a series of tweets Saturday, which marked the fourth anniversary of the abduction of the girls however, said of the only 15 were alive. Read more

Confusion, as White man allegedly claims to have bought APC’s Twitter handle (Punch)

A white man who goes by the name Justin Sun on his Twitter handle is alleged to have claimed that someone he identified as “Nigerian president” sold the official Twitter handle of the ruling All Progressives Congress to him for $2,000. A rabidly circulating tweet with suspicious verified Twitter handle, “Justin Sun @APCNigeria,” shows one Mr. Justin Sun threatening to reveal all the correspondences between him and a supposed president of Nigeria if his demands were not met. In the Tweet allegedly posted at 7.52pm on Saturday, April 14, 2018, Justin Sun, who resides in San Francisco, state of California, USA, asked to be paid $100,000 for him to shut up about how APC’s Twitter handle became his personal possession. Read more

BBOG, Clerics pray for Chibok schoolgirls’ return (SUN)

Coordinator Bring Back our Girls (BBOG), Lagos State Chapter, Mrs Aisha Oyebode, has called on Nigerians to stand up in prayers for Nigerian children especially the remaining Chibok schoolgirls and Dapchi schoolgirl still in the hands of terrorists. She made the call, on Friday night, at the Interfaith Vigil of the 4th Anniversary of the abduction of Chibok school girls, at Falomo Roundabout, Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 276 girls were abducted from the Government Secondary School Chibok on April 14, 2014. Fifty-seven of the girls escaped on their own. Read more

Secondus, Mark meet Fayose, others over Ekiti PDP gov primary (Punch)

All critical stakeholders in the Ekiti State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party have resolved to work together to ensure the victory of the party in the July 14 governorship election in the state. This came on the heels of assurances by the Prince Uche Secondus National Working Committee to ensure a level playing ground for all aspirants in all processes leading to the primary for the party’s governorship candidate. These resolutions were reached at the end of a meeting, in Abuja on Friday, between the party’s national leadership and those described as critical stakeholders from Ekiti State. Read more

Fayemi shuts Ekiti, says I’ve unfinished business in Govt House (Punch)

A former Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has explained why he is seeking a return to the gGvernment House on the platform of the All Progressives Congress. At a declaration ceremony attended by a mammoth crowd on Saturday in Ado Ekiti, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development said he had an unfinished business in the government house. Making a mockery of the People’s Democratic Party, Fayemi said the party should expect another transparent, free and fair election like the one it conducted and won by its then candidate, Governor Ayodele Fayose. Read more

I won my elections without support of ‘big names’ – Okorocha (Nation)

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Saturday said that none of the big names in Imo state Politics supported his governorship aspiration in 2011 and in 2015 respectively. He said he won the elections without the backing of any of the big men the state. The Imo governor also disclosed that he contested and won both elections not on the basis of zoning or support of godfathers but on the premise of what Imo people believed he could do with the position. Okorocha spoke weekend, when the leaders of Ideato South Local Government visited him at the Government House Owerri, to assure him of their loyalty. Read more

Why LG autonomy is imperative, by Saraki (SUN)

Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki has reiterated his support for local government autonomy in the country. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, stated this during a visit by the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), led by its National President, Comrade Ibrahim Khalil. He said that the Senate and the National Assembly appreciate the importance of autonomous governance at the third tier of government and will continue to work towards its realization. Read more

2019: Igbos will benefit more under Buhari- APC chieftain (Guardian)

Chief Uche Ogar, a former governorship candidate under the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Abia State says that Igbos will benefit more under President Muhammadu Buhari if he emerges in 2019. Ogar told the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Saturday in Enugu that the president had revived some projects abandoned by the immediate past administration in the South East zone. According to him, President Buhari’s declaration for presidency in 2019 is good news especially for Igbos. Read more

Visionscape wins Quality Award (Vanguard)

Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, a waste management company with their West African regional office located in Lagos, has been recognised by the World Quality Alliance panel for its dedication to quality innovation and maintaining globally accepted quality standards. The award for ‘Best-In-Class Quality Waste Management Company of the Year’ under the Africa Quality Order of Merit Awards, was presented at the World Quality Summit 2018 held in Abuja. Read more

Army denies nepotism in recruitment exercise (DailyTrust)

The Nigerian Army yesterday denied reports that it was discriminating and denying certain ethnic groups rights to be recruited into the Army in the ongoing exercise. In a statement signed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu he stressed that the Nigerian Army would ever remain apolitical in the discharge of its constitutional roles in aid of civil authority. He pointed out that no state of the Federation including Adamawa State would be exempted as alleged by the mischief makers circulating the mischievous reports online. The statement read in part, ” The Nigerian Army wishes to state categorically that the allegation is not only untrue but unfounded and unsubstantiated. Read more

BBNaija: Teddy A launches record label (Punch)

Evicted Big Brother Naija 2018 housemate, Teddy A has launched his own record label. The former housemate excitedly announced the new record label on his Instagram page with this caption: “I’m so hyped about this one. My newest baby, ALPHA Records. I hope the birth of this company brings greater, fruitful and more fulfilling years to come. Amen! 🙏🏽 #AR #Badman #AlphaMale#BasedOn1or2 ” Read more

Sex for marks: Lecturer may go free –Investigation (NewTelegraph)

After all the hues and cries, especially on the social media, against the purported conduct of a Professor of Management and Accounting at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife- Richard Akindele, who was accused of demanding sex to help an unnamed female student pass his course, strong indications have emerged that the embattled lecturer and a senior pastor with an Anglican church may escape trial. A top management official at the university, who spoke with Saturday Telegraph on condition of anonymity, said apart from the damage the social media account may do to the lecturer’s image, there is yet to be any case established against the accused. Read more

Palace Secretary: If Nnamdi Kanu’s dad is dead, release his corpse (NewTelegraph)

Since the September 14, 2017 invasion of the palace of the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu Ibeku in Umuahia North council area, Abia State, by the Nigerian Army operation Python Dance, the community has remained without a ruler. Eze Israel Okwu Kanu, the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu community is also the father of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. The army with the mandate to crush IPOB left in its trail tales of woe, anguish and death. The community counted its loss after the invasion and with it the disappearance of its traditional ruler, his wife Sally and his son, Kanu. Efforts made by the community, according to the traditional Prime Minister, Chief Chimechefulam Odoemelam, in search of the ruler have proved abortive. Read more

Ondo NURTW Scribe Kidnapped (Independent)

Kayode Agbeyangi, secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Ondo state branch, was in the early hours of Saturday kidnapped. Agbeyangi was reportedly kidnapped along Akure-Ilesa road while on his way to Lagos to meet members of his family. Jacob Adebo, state chairman of the union, confirmed the abduction of the union’s secretary and said the incident occurred on the expressway at Ilesa area. Adebo said the kidnappers had called and demanded for N5million as a ransom for his release. Read more

Warlords behead level 13 civil servant, cook and eat body (NewTelegraph)

A level 13 civil servant in Ebonyi state has been killed in a renewed crisis between the people of Enyigba, Abakaliki local government area of the state and their Alike-Ikwo in Ikwo local government area of the state. The two neighbouring communities have been at war since 30 years. Early this year, six persons were killed with markets and other properties worth millions of naira destroyed. Angered by the killings, Umahi declared that the state government has taken over the disputed land and ordered security agents to shoot-at-sight anybody found encroaching the land. Read more

Guardiola will play golf as City await title (France24)

Pep Guardiola will be on the golf course as Manchester City wait for news of the Manchester United match that could see them crowned champions on Sunday. Guardiola’s side are within touching distance of the Premier League title after Saturday’s 3-1 win at Tottenham. The leaders are 16 points clear of second-placed United and a defeat for Jose Mourinho’s men against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday would see City take the trophy. But Albion are bottom of the table and few give them a chance of upsetting United. So City boss Guardiola won’t be watching the match on television. Instead, he plans a round of golf with his son Marius. Read more

Davy Russell rides Tiger Roll to Grand National photo-finish win (Kwese.Espn)

As a child growing up in Ireland, Davy Russell used to gather up bundles of freshly mown grass in his garden with his brother and cousins in the early spring and pretend they were fences in the Grand National Steeplechase. “I’ve actually won the Grand National thousands of times,” he said with a laugh. Now he’s won the real thing — and in the most dramatic style possible. In his 14th attempt to win horse racing’s most grueling jumps race, Russell rode Tiger Roll to victory in a photo finish over Pleasant Company on a glorious spring day at Aintree in northern England on Saturday. Read more

Semenya gender riddle rumbles on after Commonwealth double blitz (Standardmedia)

Controversy:  Olympic champion’s career could come to an end if IAAF pushes through with new policy on hyperandrogenism.  No female runner in the history of athletics has courted so much controversy than the South African superstar. On Friday, Mokgadi Caster Semenya completed her Gold Coast 2018 middle distance double after crushing the field to coast to the 800m crown adding to the 1500m title she stormed to on Tuesday. On both occasions, Semenya smashed Commonwealth Games running 4:00.71 in the 1500m (also a national record) and 1:56.68 in the 800m with the 27-year-old simply unstoppable as she became the third woman in the history of the event to clinch the mid distance double. Read more

‘Snow emergency’ as powerful spring storm pounds parts of U.S (Reuters)

A powerful spring storm pummelled the U.S. Midwest and Plains on Saturday with blizzard conditions and high winds, while tornadoes and thunderstorms threatened some of the South. Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota were under warnings for blizzard-like conditions. The city of St. Paul, Minnesota declared a snow emergency. Forecasters were expecting more than a foot of snow (30 cm) in parts of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Wind gusts around Duluth, Minnesota had exceeded 50 miles (80 km) per hour, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. Read more

Kim will play Trump on nuclear arms to get help, end isolation (Standardmedia)

Saddam Hussein was a madman. Muamar Kaddafi was a lunatic. Idi Amin was stark raving crazy – deranged. Ferdinando Marcos was self-absorbed in the evil within him. Stalin was a cold-blooded killer. Augusto Pinochet was a tin pot dictator without a vision. Among all these brutes, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un might be the most calculating. His family dynasty has stared the mightiest global power in the face and come out even stronger. He appears smarter and more ruthless than his father – Kim Jong Il. It’s unclear how he stacks up against Kim IL Sung – his grandfather, the founder of the dynasty. Bottom line – King Jong Un is a rational actor. Read more

Zim vice president’s wife ‘takes over state-run farm’: report (News24)

The wife of Zimbabwe’s vice president Constantino Chiwenga has taken over a farm run by a state agricultural agency, a newspaper claimed on Friday. The Zimbabwe Independent reports that the 300-hectare seed farm run by the Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (ARDA) is being guarded by men with automatic weapons and that workers are erecting a new fence around the property. “ARDA Seeds is no longer here; this is now the vice president’s property,” one of the armed men was quoted as telling the paper. Former president Robert Mugabe’s controversial land reform programme, which was launched in 2000, sparked a long-running economic and political crisis. This takeover, if confirmed, will bring back memories of that, though this is not a white-owned farm. Read more

Far-right Brazilian presidential candidate charged with inciting hatred and discrimination (Independent)

Brazil’s attorney general charged Congressman Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right presidential candidate who had been running in second place in the polls, with inciting hatred and discrimination against blacks, indigenous communities, women and gays. The case injected a new jolt of drama into Brazil’s presidential election, which will be held in October. The charge came less than a week after the front-runner in the race, former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, began serving a 12-year sentence for corruption. The charging document, which was signed by attorney general Raquel Dodge, includes a long list of incendiary remarks by Mr Bolsonaro, who has developed a strong and loyal following by using harsh language and vowing to adopt severe tactics to address Brazil’s epidemic of violence. Read more

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