SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 30, 2018
Buhari Meets Kaduna Religious Leaders Amidst Uneasy Calm
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will today meet with religious, traditional leaders and other stakeholders in Kaduna state. This is an attempt to stem the prevailing uneasy calm in the state following the gruesome murder of the paramount ruler of the Adara, the Agom Adara, Maiwada Galadima, by kidnappers and several others. The arrival of the President is currently being awaited at the popular Murtala Square, venue of the meeting located in the city center. Meanwhile, religious and traditional leaders have arrived the venue even as security has been heavily beefed up with both plain and uniform operatives.
Okorocha Attacks Udenwa, Archbishop for Supporting Uzodinma
The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Monday lashed out at the Catholic Archbishop of the Owerri Diocese, Most Reverend Anthony Obinna, saying the cleric along with ex-governor Achike Udenwa; his kinsman, Ezekiel Izuogu; and a former chairman of the state Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, had pathological hatred for both the All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari. In the case of the Owerri Catholic Archbishop, the governor argued that he had never hidden his sympathy for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, which he said, was made public in 2015.
2019: Nigerians in The Diaspora to Vote For Presidential Candidate Nov. 1
Nigerians in the Diaspora, under the umbrella of European Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria (ECSDN) will hold an online poll November 1 to vote for a presidential candidate from among the 74 candidates approved by INEC for the 2019 presidential elections holding in February 2019. In a statement from Hungary based ECSDN, Fafore Adebowale Abiodun, a cordinator of the platform stated that the election will take place live on ECSDN’s youtube channel, Nelson M46664 on November 1 by 5pm Nigerian time.
Nigeria Ranks 33 Out of 54 In Overall Governance
Nigeria scored 47.9 points in overall governance ranking 33 out of 54 countries in Africa, the Mo Ibrahim foundation says. The 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) was launched by the foundation during a live event on Monday. Although Nigeria increased in ranking from 35 in 2017 to 33 in 2018, the country’s overall score dropped from 48.1 to 47.9. According to the report, this score is lower than the African average of 49.9 and also lower than the West African average of 54.3.
FG Working to Checkmate Failure of Public Enterprises –Minister
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the Federal Government is implementing critical reforms and privatisation policies in key sectors of the economy to address the abysmal failure of public enterprises and halt the drain on the treasury. The Minister, who is the Chairman of the Stakeholders’ Engagement Committee of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP), stated this in Lagos on Monday, at a Stakeholders’ Media Interactive Forum on the privatisation programme of the Federal Government. He regretted that despite the massive investments of about $100 billion in setting up these public enterprises, they have failed to live up to expectations, consuming a large proportion of resources without providing commensurate returns or services.
APC Crisis: 36 More Reps May Dump Party Before Nov 17
There were strong indications on Monday that more All Progressives Congress members of the House of Representatives might leave the party as the raging crisis over the loss of return tickets for 2019 deepened. Findings showed that about 36 more aggrieved members could leave the party next week. Recall that up to 70 members had protested their loss of return tickets after the party’s primary election to its appeal panel. Incidentally, the panel was said to have resolved only eight of the cases in favour of the petitioners, leaving the majority of 62 out of the equation. On Wednesday last week, a member from Kaduna State, Mr Musa Soba, resigned from the APC on the floor of the House in Abuja to cap his protest against alleged “injustice.”
Fayemi Mourns as Shot Ekiti Lawmaker Dies in Hospital
A member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Michael Adedeji, who was shot in the head by gunmen on Friday has died in the hospital. Adedeji, 40, representing the Ekiti South-West constituency II, was shot by gunmen who attacked him while returning to Ado Ekiti, the state capital from Akure, Ondo State capital. The Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Adeniran Alagbada, confirmed his death to journalists on Monday. He said the lawmaker died Monday morning at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, where he was receiving treatment. He had earlier been treated at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.
Fake Army Officer Arrested In Delta
A 48-year-old man, identified as Mohammed Sali, who had been parading himself as an Army Major has been arrested by men of the Nigerian Police in Delta State. The suspect had reportedly been defrauding unsuspecting members of the public, including security operatives within Warri metropolis and its environs. Investigations carried out by Daily Sun revealed that the suspect, who often carried out his antics in mufti, had been moving around claiming he was attached to the intelligence unit of the Nigerian Army, specifically assigned to the Niger Delta region as an undercover agent. It was learnt that he had operated in the region particularly in Warri area in the last four years within which he had established a close knitted cartel that he uses to extort money and enjoy the patronages of his victims.
FIFA Investigates Match Fixing In NPFL
Startling news has emerged that Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is currently at the centre of an international match-fixing secret scrutiny, which could explode with several indictments. Poignant information reaching footballlive.ng reveals that world soccer governing body, FIFA recently direct special checks by the continental affiliate, Confederation of African Football (CAF) on the Nigerian league. It was learnt that the scrutiny was instigated by the recent agreement by NPFL club owners and the country’s League Management Company (LMC) to abruptly end the season, in order to ostensibly meet up with CAF’s deadline on registrations for continental club competitions.
Bonfere Jo Hits Nigeria for Talent Hunts
Former Super Eagles coach, Bonfere Jo, will today be leading others in hunting for best footballers as the second edition of Kick to Glory talent hunt kicks off in Lagos. The three-day event which will commence 30th—1st of November at the former NITEL ground, Oshodi, Lagos, will also be hosting some ex internationals with the aim of tutoring the young lads. Former Everton star, Daniel Amokachi will be teaming up with ex Shakter Donetsk forward, Julius Aghahowa in directing the rising stars. In a similar vein, world famous Austin Jay Jay Okocha and one time highly rated Super Eagles winger, Finidi George will also be on standby in monitoring the lads.
Arsenal’s Major Mo Salah Worry Leaves Unai Emery Facing A Nervy Week As Liverpool Loom Large
Crystal Palace missed a trick at the weekend by not putting Wilfried Zaha up against Granit Xhaka for the full 90 minutes at Selhurst Park. We saw late on what happened when the Palace winger got himself into a one on one situation against the Switzerland international, winning the penalty that ultimately earned the hosts a point. In a way, Arsenal were fortunate that Roy Hodgson surprisingly did not switch his attack around to target Xhaka, but Sunday’s game was still a clear example of how the current left-back situation is hurting Unai Emery’s side. Xhaka did a decent enough job filling in for the injured Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasianc, even though he did give away the late the penalty which saw Palace end Arsenal’s 11-game winning run. But he was still far from convincing in the unfamiliar role
Paul Pogba’s One-Word Response When Judge Asked If He Could Afford £350 Speeding Fine
Paul Pogba appeared before magistrates on Monday as he was hit with a speeding charge. He was docked three points on his licence after he was clocked doing 40mph in a 30mph zone on September 15 last year. The 25-year-old had appeared before magistrates in Preston, accused of failing to provide details to the police. That charge was dismissed. But he wasn’t spared over the speeding. And when District Judge Nicholas Sanders asked the Manchester United midfielder whether he could afford the £350 fine, Pogba gave a simple one-word reply: “Yes”.
Leicester City Pilot Hailed as A Hero for Steering Stricken Helicopter Away from Stadium
It was a heartbreakingly happy Facebook post.
Early Saturday evening, British pilot Eric Swaffer posted a picture of his smiling girlfriend and regular co-pilot, Polish-born Izabela Lechowicz at a VIP entrance to the King Power stadium, in Leicester, England. A few hours later Swaffer and Lechowicz died with three others, including Leicester City club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, when the helicopter Swaffer was piloting plunged to the ground outside the stadium. Investigators are yet to establish the cause of the accident which sent the helicopter spiraling 200 feet to the ground just after it flew over the top of the 32,000-seat stadium. But Swaffer, who I’ve known for 15 years, is being described as a hero for saving potentially hundreds of lives by steering the stricken helicopter away from crowds still in the process of leaving Saturday night’s match against West Ham.
Trump Talks ‘Great Deal’ With China to Ease Trade War Tensions – For Now
US President Donald Trump said a “great deal” with China was around the corner, offering fresh hope there could be a way out soon for Beijing and Washington from their stalemate. In an interview with Fox News, Trump said the US was going to “win” the trade battle with China. “I can make a deal right now, I just say they’re not ready,” Trump said. “I think we’ll make a great deal with China, and it has to be great.” The comments immediately soothed market fears that the trade confrontation between the world’s two biggest economies would become more acute, with Asian markets mostly gaining on Tuesday.
Bangladesh And Myanmar Agree To Start Rohingya Repatriation
Bangladesh and Myanmar have reached a deal to start returning Rohingya refugees to Myanmar by mid-November, a Bangladeshi official has said. Last week UN investigators said genocide was still taking place against Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar, and that the government was increasingly demonstrating it had no interest in establishing a fully functioning democracy. Marzuki Darusman, the chair of the UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar, said thousands of Rohingya were still fleeing to Bangladesh, and the estimated 250,000 to 400,000 who have remained after last year’s brutal military campaign in the Buddhist-majority country “continue to suffer the most severe” restrictions and repression. “It is an ongoing genocide,” he said.
Grief-Stricken Pittsburgh Readies Itself for Funerals, Trump Visit After Synagogue Shooting
Residents in grief-stricken Pittsburgh are preparing for the first of many funerals Tuesday, as well as a visit from President Trump, who plans to meet with members of the Jewish community here despite the mayor’s request that he postpone the trip until after families bury those killed in Saturday’s synagogue shooting. The man accused in the attack — the deadliest on Jews in American history, with 11 people killed — made his first court appearance Monday, two days after the massacre. Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old truck driver, was using a wheelchair because of injuries he incurred in a gun battle with police at Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. He allegedly told authorities upon his arrest that he was seeking to kill Jews.