* Buhari elected ECOWAS Chairman (Nation) * Saraki, Kwara governor dump APC, join PDP (Punch)

* Buhari elected ECOWAS Chairman (Nation)           * Saraki, Kwara governor dump APC, join PDP (Punch)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 1, 2018

 

Buhari elected ECOWAS Chairman (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari was yesterday elected the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Buhari’s election was one of the highpoints of the 53rd Session of the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS held in Lome, the Togolese capital. A statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted rge President in his acceptance remarks as saying  he did not offer himself for the post, “but you refused to take my no for an answer.” Read more

Saraki, Kwara governor dump APC, join PDP (Punch)

After weeks of speculations, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, have dumped the All Progressives Congress for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party. Saraki announced his decision in a statement on his verified social media accounts on twitter and Facebook on Tuesday. The statement on facebook read, “I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress…” Read more

EFCC detains Ekweremadu over 22 properties (Punch)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has detained Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, for alleged fraud and failing to explain how he came to own 22 properties in Nigeria, the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. It was learnt that Ekweremadu honoured the invitation of the EFCC around 9 am on Tuesday but was still in custody as of 9 pm. A top source at the EFCC told our correspondent that the lawmaker had many questions to answer. “He came in around 9 am and he is still in our custody. He will be released once we have enough information,” the source said. Read more

Wike commends Saraki, Ahmed for defecting to PDP (SUN)

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has congratulated Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, for their courage to defect to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) despite the intimidation and harassment by the APC Federal Government. Wike further declared that the harassment and intimidation techniques deployed by the APC Federal Government emboldens PDP leaders across the country to stand firm against tyranny, dictatorship and failed governance. Addressing journalists on the defections of Saraki and Ahmed on Tuesday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike said the level of impunity under the APC Federal Government surpasses what was obtainable during the military administration. Read more

Doctors have certified me medically fit, says Obasanjo (ThisDay)

Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, revealed that doctors at the Bayelsa Specialist Hospital and state-owned Diagnostics Centre had given him a clean bill of health after undergoing a five-hour medical check-up at both medical facilities. The ex-Nigerian leader who made good his promise to begin his annual medical examinations at the facilities when he first visited the state in February this year, noted that results of the tests carried out on him, aligned with those previously conducted by his doctors in Atlanta, United States. Read more

Reps can convene without PDP members, Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, insists (Guardian)

Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday said his colleagues in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) could comfortably convene the session of the lower legislative chamber without the presence of members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Gbajabiamila’s position is coming on the heels of a threat by the House Deputy Minority Leader, Mr. Onyema Chukwuka, that his PDP colleagues could now boast of the numerical strength to stop the House from reconvening from its two months long recess and decline passage of President Muhammadu Buhari request for the virement of N228.8 billion from capital components of the 2018 budget for the conduct of the 2019 polls. Read more

Benue Assembly complex shut (Nation)

The Presidency has denied the allegation that President Muhammadu Buhari was behind moves by some Benue State lawmakers to unseat  Governor Samuel Ortom. A statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Buhari would never be part of any unconstitutional act. He said: “Even while attending the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)/Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) Summit in Togo, strident attempts were being made to drag the President into the unfolding drama between the executive and the legislature in Benue State. “Statements have been issued by different interest groups, insinuating that the President may have a hand in the development in Benue. Read more

Kalu loses bid to stop trial over alleged N7.6b fraud (Guardian)

A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday dismissed the no-case- submission filed by former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu. He had filed the application praying the court to dismiss a N7.6b fraud charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Trial judge, Mohammed Idris, ruled that Kalu had to explain certain documents tendered by the EFCC as exhibits in evidence against him. Kalu is facing 39 counts charge with his co-defendants, Slok Nigeria Limited and Ude Udeogu, who served as his Director of Finance and Accounts at Government House, Umuahia. Read more

We’re ready to quit, resell firms at discounts – Power distributors  (Punch)

The disagreement between the Federal Government and power distribution companies continued on Tuesday, with the Discos threatening to quit the sector and expressed willingness to resell the power assets at discounted rates. Investors in the Discos came out this time around to speak for their companies rather than sending the spokesperson for the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, Sunday Oduntan, as demanded by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. They also called on the minister to urgently convene a meeting with investors in the Discos if he truly wanted the sector to make progress, adding that they were willing to resell the power assets to the Federal Government or any interested buyer. Read more

I did not follow Saraki to PDP, I’m a member of APC, Bolaji Abdullahi (SUN)

Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, the National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed speculations that he has resigned his membership of the party. He told newsmen at the APC secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday that report of his resignation trending in the media was not true. He added that “there is no iota of truth in the report.”  The absence of the former Minister of Sports during the regular Monday meeting of the APC National Working Committee (NWC) fueled the speculations that he may have concluded arrangements to leave the party. Read more

Policemen to die by hanging for killing motorcyclist in Uyo (Guardian)

Four policemen are to die by hanging for killing a motorcyclist in 2016 along Goodluck Jonathan Boulevard in Akwa Ibom State. This came after two years of legal battle. The four convicted policemen are: Inspectors Moses Akpaete, Idoko Sampson, Corporals Enobong Udo and Godwin Nnanna. They had since been dismissed from the force as they last served as operational officers at the ‘C’ Division of the Akwa Ibom police command. The judge, Justice Ifiok Ukana, found the officers guilty of conspiracy in the murder of one Felix Akpan of Ibiakpan in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of the state. Read more

Sports ministry defies Buhari, warns NFF against extra-ordinary congress (Vanguard)

The sports ministry has asked that an NFF extra-ordinary congress slated for Benin City on August 2 be put on hold as it will be an affront on court orders. In a letter dated July 30, 2018, and signed by the ministry’s permanent secretary Olusade Adesola, the NFF was warned in very clear terms to desist from any gathering to discuss a matter that is before the Federal High Court Jos. The letter read in part: “I am to refer to your office to the suit No FHC/J/177/2014 pending before the Federal High Court Jos and the subsisting enrolled order from the same court giving recognition to Ambassador Chris Giwa as the NFF President, and restraining Mr Amaju Pinnick and all persons who were purportedly elected as members of the executive committee of the NFF on 30 September 2014 from parading themselves as legitimate executives of NFF forthwith, their said election having been set aside by the order of the court. Read more

NFF finalises plans for Eaglets MRI tests (SUN)

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have finalised plans to conduct Magnetic Resonance Imagery (MRI) scans on players of the cadet national team, Golden Eaglets, ahead of their participation at the 2019 African U-17 Nations Cup zonal qualifiers billed for September in Niger Republic. Although no exact date has been mentioned for the scans to be conducted, NFF general-secretary, Dr Sanusi Mohammed said Eaglets’ coach, Manu Garba has already forwarded the names of 60 players for the process. Read more

I’m not bothered about criticism — Okagbare (Punch)

Africa’s 200 metres  record-holder Blessing Okagbare says her career is not built on fans’ expectations, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games bronze medallist has been under attack from some Nigerian fans over her poor form since the beginning of the season. But the talented athlete says she is bothered about such criticism but instead  focussed on the CAA Senior Athletics Championships,  which begin in Asaba on Wednesday. Okagbare, who broke the 22-year-old 200m African record with a 22.04 seconds finish in March, said on Tuesday in Asaba she would be at her best at the event. Read more

Stranded fans: Supporters’ club demands govt probe (Punch)

The Nigeria Football Supporters’ Club  has demanded a probe into the circumstances leading to embarrassment suffered by  the country when no fewer than 200 Nigerian fans were stranded in Russia during and after the 2018 World Cup. Some of the fans reportedly paid some agents  N350,000 each to  arrange their trips  to Russia,  using the visa-free  FAN ID  to the transcontinental country,  to seek greener  pastures  due to uncertainty and growing hardship in Nigeria. Our correspondent learnt that the majority of the fans who got stranded in Russia  wanted to cash in on the World Cup  to  cross the borders into Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and  Finland on arrival  in the country and thereafter hit Germany  to seek  asylum. Read more

‘Bale to replace Ronaldo’ (SUN)

Wales superstar Gareth Bale can fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, according to new Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui. Ronaldo joined Juventus in July, ending a record-breaking nine-year spell in the Spanish capital. Real’s only attacking reinforcement so far this summer has been 18-year-old Brazilian Vinicius Junior, but Bale – who had also been linked with an exit from the Bernabeu – has been backed to take on more responsibility this season. Read more

US mulls 25% tariff on $200bn of Chinese goods, say reports (BBC)

The US is considering 25% tariffs on $200bn (£152bn) of Chinese goods, much higher than the 10% it previously indicated it might impose, reports say. The plan could be announced as early as Wednesday but a higher tariff was not finalised, sources told US media. It would risk further escalating tensions between the US and China which are already mired in a trade war. The US in July published a list of $200bn worth of additional products to be taxed as early as September. The list named more than 6,000 items including food products, minerals and consumer goods such as handbags. Read more

 

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