* Buhari to Gani Adams: Use Aare Ona Kakanfo title for Nigeria’s unity (PremiumTimes) * Fayose chides Buhari over appointment of northerner as NIA DG (Punch)

* Buhari to Gani Adams: Use Aare Ona Kakanfo title for Nigeria’s unity (PremiumTimes)             * Fayose chides Buhari over appointment of northerner as NIA DG (Punch)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE JANUARY 12, 2018

 

Buhari to Gani Adams: Use Aare Ona Kakanfo title for Nigeria’s unity (PremiumTimes)

President Muhammadu Buhari warmly congratulates Gani Adams, Leader of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, on his investiture as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo, January 13, 2018. President Buhari charges Mr. Adams to use the new position to pursue worthy goals of security, peace and national unity. The president commends the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi 111, on the appointment of a new Aare Ona Kakanfo, who will assist him in the arduous task of leading the illustrious Yoruba people. Read more

Fayose chides Buhari over appointment of northerner as NIA DG (Punch)

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has chided President Muhammadu Buhari for replacing the sacked National Intelligence Agency’s Director General, Ambassador Ayo Oke, with Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, a northerner. Fayose in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said, seeing what President Buhari had turned the country to, the forefathers of Nigeria, who laid the foundation of the country on equity, justice and fairness, would be lamenting wherever they were. Read more

Dickson clashes with Sylva, Lokpobiri over arming of militants (Punch)

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, on Thursday, clashed with former governor Timipre Sylva and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri, over the activities of the arrested militant leader,  Oyaweikumor Peregbabofa. The 28-year-old militant, known in the creeks as General Karaowei, reportedly led militant gangs that allegedly killed five security operatives at Toru-Ndoro community of Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state. Read more

Federation Account gets N2.63tn non-oil revenue in 12 months (Punch)

Gross inflows into the Federation Account have amounted to N6.14tn in 12 months, data obtained by FBNQuest Research have shown. In the 12 months through to September 2017, the gross flows into the Federation Account amounted to N3.51tn from oil revenue and N2.63tn from non-oil revenue, a report by the research firm stated. FBNQuest said, “Over the period, oil revenue was the higher of the two in 10 months, and non-oil revenue in just two months. The gap was smaller in the 2016 calendar year, when oil revenue was N2.7tn and non-oil revenue was N2.24tn. Read more

2017: Strikes, corruption, others characterise Nigeria’s education sector (PremiumTimes)

In the course of 2017, all the major unions within the education sector had cause to down tools, putting students, parents and the entire country in a state of frustration. A bigger cause for distress came in August when Boko Haram terrorists extended their bloodletting to students and staff in the University of Maiduguri, killing and maiming. In the midst of the chaos, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS lost its ex-president, Dauda Mohammed. Read more

Nigerian Airports: New threats and opportunities (Vanguard)

Nigerian airports in recent times won the acclaim of Nigerians and the international community, especially in the wake of the executive order for improvement to the ease of doing business across board. Over the years and through successive administrations, the Nigeria Airports Authorities have been striving for improvements in facilities and services. However, the government Executive Order issued last year provided an added impetus to the achievement of a number of lofty goals. Among these is the centralized screening, powered by automated digital machines. It ushered in a new era of efficient travel experience.  Read more

Alleged N388m fraud: Court orders retrial of ex-Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji (Punch)

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the retrial of a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who was charged with money laundering offences involving N338m. A five-man panel of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Mary Peter-Odilli, unanimously ruled that the case be re-assigned to another judge of the Federal High Court other than Justice Ibrahim Buba who had exonerated Ikuforiji of the charges. Read more

Winners of IT agency scholarships allege fresh plans to deny them awards (PremiumTimes)

Again, 43 young Nigerians whose awarded scholarships were ‘withdrawn’ under controversial circumstances by the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA Post-Graduate Scholarship Scheme have cried out against perceived moves to deprive them of the opportunity. Premium Times had in September reported how the young Nigerians were left in the lurch after scholarships they won under the scheme were reportedly withdrawn without any explanation. Read more

NAPTIP arrests 2 traffickers among Libya returnees (Vanguard)

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, has arrested two suspected traffickers among Nigerian repatriated from Libya. The Director-General of NAPTIP, Ms Julie Okah-Donli, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, said the two suspects were currently under investigation as one of the suspected traffickers, a female, was transferred to NAPTIP’s Lagos Zonal Command for questioning. Read more

Buhari 2019: Fit or unfit? (Punch)

It is no longer at the stage of mere whispers. Days of rumours in covert tones and wishes in cloistered voices are over. Very soon, President Muhammadu Buhari will announce that he wants to remain in office for four more years. The question now is: Does Buhari deserve a nod of approval allowing him keep his seat? A loud ‘YES’ will come from his die-hard hortative votaries and an opposing ready and steady stentorian ‘NO’ from his despisers. Read more

Lagos extends LAKE Rice sale to supermarkets, malls (Punch)

The Lagos State Government said it had extended the sale of LAKE Rice to supermarkets and shopping malls in the state to ensure the product reached every nook and cranny of the state. The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau, during a meeting with representatives of shopping malls and supermarkets, said the state government extended participation to the high-end markets to ensure wider distribution and availability of the product. Read more

How onlookers took pictures as family of 7 battled for life in auto crash (Vanguard)

Mr. Lawrence Ughamadu, a pastor, narrated, on his Facebook page, an engaging experience he had with people heading to church and victims of a ghastly car accident on Sunday, January 7. He started his story by stating that many Nigerians are like killer-herdsmen. According to Mr. Ughamadu, “this morning (January 7), I was rushing to catch up with my Sunday service in Benin (Edo State from Onitsha (Anambra State). Just after Abudu, the Honda Pilot in front of me pulled a back tire and began to summersault. Read more

Traditional ruler regains freedom from abductors (Guardian)

he Chief of Ikulu, Mr Yohanna Kukah, has been released by his abductors, the police confirmed on Thursday. ASP Mukhtar Aliyu, the spokesman for the Nigeria Police Command in Kaduna State, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna that Kukah was released by his abductors about 3p.m. Aliyu said the traditional ruler was unhurt and had re-united with his family. Read more

4 matches to watch this weekend (PremiumTimes)

In four total meetings between the two countries, Nigeria has never lost – winning two and drawing two. They last met on August 16, 2012, a match the Super Eagles won 2-0. Ikechukwu Ezenwa will captain the team coached by Salisu Yusuf as they hope to go all the way and win the only football trophy in Africa that has not been won by Nigeria. Rwanda hosted the last tournament and went as far as the quarterfinals, where they narrowly lost to Congo DR 2-1 after extra time. Congo DR went on to win the tournament by beating Mali 3-0 in the final. They qualified for this tournament by beating Tanzania. Read more

Injured Kwara Utd player, official leave hospital (Punch)

The president  of Kwara United Ladi Thompson said on Thursday Stephen Alfred (player) and the Welfare Officer of the club Lukman Ijaya  who were hospitalised after the Ilorin Premier League team’s auto crash in Moniya,  Ibadan, on Wednesday  had been discharged from hospital. No fewer than 30 officials and players of the club   escaped death by a whisker following the  accident involving their coaster bus and a stationary  truck   on the Oyo-Ibadan  Expressway. Read more

Iheanacho going nowhere – Leicester (Punch)

Claude Puel has confirmed striker Kelechi Iheanacho will not be leaving Leicester City in the January transfer window, Leicester Mercury reports. The 20-year-old Super Eagles forward  has been the subject of speculation that the Foxes were ready to let him go just months after he moved to the King Power Stadium from Man City in a £25m move. But Puel said Iheanacho is a player that they still think has great potential. Read more

‘Go Round ready for Premier League’ (Punch)

Coach of Nigeria National League champions Go Round Ngozi Elechi has said his team are ready  for the Premier League  which kicks off on Sunday. The Omoku (Port Harcourt)  club will make their debut in the Nigerian topflight after finishing second behind Heartland in the Southern Conference of the league last season. But Go Round won the NNL Super 4 on Tuesday at the Agege Stadium in Lagos after beating Heartland 2-1. Kwara United finished third. Read more

Argentina Goalkeeper: Stop judging me for my performance against Nigeria (Allnigeriasoccer)

In a no-holds-barred interview with the Argentine media, América goalkeeper Agustín Marchesín has pleaded with fans to stop criticizing him for his performance in the national team’s 4-2 loss to Nigeria in November, saying that a goalkeeper should not be rated with only one game. Prior to the meeting in Krasnodar, Marchesín had not featured for La Albiceleste for three years before making his full international debut against the Super Eagles. Read more

Liverpool host City as Premier League returns (Guardian)

The Premier League returns this weekend after an FA Cup hiatus with a heavyweight clash between Liverpool and Manchester City while Arsenal cannot afford to be cut adrift in the race for Champions League places. Chelsea take on Leicester in a clash of the past two winners of the Premier League, Spurs host Everton, second-placed Manchester United play Stoke and Arsenal, in sixth spot, travel to Bournemouth. Here are some of the main talking points ahead of the action: Read more

Messi puts on masterclass for watching Coutinho (Guardian)

Lionel Messi put on a masterclass in front of new recruit Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona trounced Celta Vigo 5-0 Thursday to ease into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals 6-1 on aggregate. Coutinho, dressed in a black shirt dotted with white stars, was in the stands at the Camp Nou for the first time since his 160 million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool. It didn’t take long for the Brazilian star to appreciate the playing riches on show on the pitch. Read more

Sam Allardyce confirms club in talks to sign Arsenal winger Theo Walcott (Talksport)

The 28-year-old’s Arsenal contract does not run out until 2019 but he has made just 15 appearances this season and has yet to make a Premier League start. “I think you are all aware of our interest in Theo,” said Everton boss Sam Allardyce. “If that is possible to get over the line I’d be delighted. “Obviously there are negotiations that are happening at the moment and if that can all be sorted out one of the most difficult things to do today – then that would be a great addition in my opinion to come and join us from an attacking point of view. Read more

Defoe wins premier league goal of the month (Afcb)

The 35-year-old’s lobbed effort against Crystal Palace earlier in the month was enough to secure the award, as he latched onto Lewis Cook’s long ball to strike over Julian Speroni from an acute angle for his second of the game.  Defoe beat off competition from the likes of Mo Salah, Mesut Ozil and Phillipe Coutinho, whilst Abdoulaye Doucoure, Jordan Ayew, Steven Defour and Danny Drinkwater were also nominated. Read more

To overcome the present crisis, build a diverse future (Alaraby)

Where to even begin? Yet again, the president of the United States has reminded us that he is willing to bluntly voice the racist views that get tossed around much of America – mainly White America – in private.

The president reportedly grew angry that some lawmakers raised the issue of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) being stripped from Salvadorians, Haitians, Syrians and others granted temporary refuge in the United States after disaster struck their homelands. Why not have more immigrants from Norway? the President suggested. “Why do we need more Haitians, take them out.” Read more

Facebook announces major changes (PremiumTimes)

Facebook plans major changes to news feed from media and businesses to focus on personal interactions, which may lead to people spending less time on the website, its CEO said. “As we roll this out, you’ll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media. “The public content you see more will be held to the same standard — it should encourage meaningful interactions between people,” Mark Zuckerberg wrote. Read more

Money for nothing: is Finland’s universal basic income trial too good to be true? (Guardian)

One year on from its launch, the world remains fascinated by Finland’s groundbreaking universal basic income trial: Europe’s first national, government-backed experiment in giving citizens free cash. In January 2017, the Nordic nation began paying a random but mandatory sample of 2,000 unemployed people aged 25 to 58 a monthly €560 (£475). There is no obligation either to seek or accept employment during the two years the trial lasts, and any who do take a job will continue to receive the same amount. Read more

No charges for Israel soldier who killed Palestinian child returning from swimming (Memo)

An Israeli army officer who opened fire on a car of Palestinian civilians, killing a 15-year-old boy, will not be prosecuted, it was reported today. Mahmoud Badran was killed, and four friends wounded, after returning from a swimming pool on the night of 21 June 2016. At the time, the Israeli military claimed the forces responsible believed the car of youngsters were responsible for throwing stones at Route 443 in the occupied West Bank. Read more

Aviation student proposes with gigantic ‘Marry Me’ message on frozen lake (NewTelegraph)

An aviation student took proposing to new heights with a plane ride and a gigantic “Marry Me” message on a frozen lake. Gavin Becker surprised his long-term girlfriend, Olivia Toft, by taking to the sky over Eighth Crow Wing Lake in Minnesota on January 7. The University of North Dakota student enlisted the help of his family to carve out the 25-foot-tall message and a huge heart. Read more

Donald Trump cancels UK visit over ‘Bad’ deal to move Embassy (Ladbible)

US President Donald Trump has cancelled his upcoming visit to the UK because of a deal to move the American embassy. The building has been moved from Mayfair to Nine Elms in London and will undergo a ribbon cutting ceremony next month. Mr. Trump was due to be the man with the scissors; however he’s pulled out because he’s upset about the location change. Writing on Twitter, the President said: “Reason I cancelled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Read more

 

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