* Buhari, political parties not behind mass defection, says Ex-Minister (Vanguard) * Commissioner, 4 others jostle for Kano deputy governor’s office (Punch)

* Buhari, political parties not behind mass defection, says Ex-Minister (Vanguard)        *  Commissioner, 4 others jostle for Kano deputy governor’s office (Punch)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 6, 2018

 

Buhari, political parties not behind mass defection, says Ex-Minister (Vanguard)

Former Minister of Health, Alhaji Muhammad Pate, has stated that neither the government of President Muhammadu Buhari nor political parties was behind the gale of defection that is blowing across the polity. According to him, the issue of defection among politicians every four years is a problem that is rooted in the structure of Nigeria’s democracy. In a chat with select journalists in Abuja at the weekend, Pate noted that political defectors move across parties towards the eve of general elections because of selfish interests. The Minister further stated that such undue pursuit of self-interest among politicians was responsible for the dysfunctions experienced in key areas of our existence despite 20 years of democratic governance in the country. Read more

Commissioner, 4 others jostle for Kano deputy governor’s office (Punch)

Following the resignation of the erstwhile Deputy Governor of Kano state, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar on Sunday, many contestants have expressed their interest in replacing him. Sources close to the Kano State Government House, disclosed that so far, about five contestants are in the forefront of the race to become the next Deputy Governor. Prominent among them, according to our investigation, include, the incumbent Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who was a one-time National president of the NUJ, as well an age-long ally of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who hails from Kano Central, the same constituency with the former Deputy Governor. Read more

How much ex-Deputy Governor got as allowances – Kano (Nation)

The Kano State Government has denied allegations of non-payment of entitlements by the former deputy governor, Professor Hafiz Abubakar. The government while reacting to Abubakar’s resignation noted that based on available records, in 2017 alone, the sum of over N120, 000, 000.00 was paid to former deputy Governor as traveling allowance both within and outside the country, while in 2018, over N30, 000, 000.00 million was paid to him for various traveling allowances. A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba and made available to reporters also stated that in July the sum of N7, 409, 575.00 was released to the former deputy governor to travel to the United Kingdom to receive an Honourary Degree from the University of Reading. Read more

Group cautions against ethnic sentiments in Ekweremadu’s ordeal (Guardian)

A group, the Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative (ARDI) has cautioned against implying tribal sentiments in the trial of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu. This was contained in a statement in Enugu by its Executive Secretary, Dennis Aghanya. He said: “Our position is that he should answer the issues raised against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged 60 assets traced to him, rather than applying all sorts of tactics to slow down investigation.” ARDI urged the deputy senate president to face the charges, adding that inferring ethnic meanings to his trial could hinder development, good conduct and even encourage corruption. Read more

How Nigerian politicians commit manslaughter – Rotimi Amaechi (Vanguard)

Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi came into the political limelight in the period between 1999 and 2007 when he held the distinction of serving as Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly and following an interregnum was returned as governor of Rivers State on October 26, 2007 after a landmark Supreme Court judgment. At the end of his two terms in office, he was appointed the Minister of Transportation having distinguished himself as the campaign manager of the historic presidential campaign that defeated for the first time, a sitting president in Nigeria. Read more

Ekiti Mega party dissolves into PPN (SUN)

The Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN), in Ekiti State, at the weekend, had over 4000 members of its executives across the wards, councils and state levels defected to the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN). MPN State Publicity Secretary, Moses Ajagunigbala, said the move by the erstwhile MPN members was informed by the need to belong to a rancour-free platform where political careers could be built and aspirations met. Ajagunigbala said in a statement, in Ado-Ekiti that:  “the fraudulent Terms of Settlement obtained by a section of the party in May 2018 which destabilised the party in the state in the build-up to the July 14, 2018 governorship election will continue to unsettle the party. “The Terms of Settlement is likely to eventually ruin the MPN as the conditions therein are not practicable in any sane society where democracy thrives,” the former MPN spokesman stated. Read more

Communities benefit from N7m environmental grant (Guardian)

About 17 communities in Eti-Osa local government area of Lagos State have benefitted from a N7 million grant for promoting proper waste separation, management and disposal. The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) carried out the project. NCF received Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) grant to advocate for actions that promote proper waste separation, management and disposal in selected communities. The initiative is geared towards making the environment sustainable and habitable for future generation. ACT Foundation was established in 2016 as a grant making non-profit organisation hinged on four pillars: health, entrepreneurship, environment and leadership. In 2017, 22 NGOs including NCF benefitted from the first grant cycle of the foundation. Read more

NDLEA seizes 18kg of cannabis in remote areas of Niger (Guardian)

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Niger Command, has seized 18kg of hemp and arrested two suspected drug traffickers in remote areas of the state. Mrs Silvia Egwunwoke, the state NDLEA Commander, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Monday. Egwunwoke said that one of the suspects was arrested at Mokwa Local Government Area with 8kg of dried weeds, suspected to be cannabis, concealed in bales of used clothes. The commander said that the second suspect was arrested in his house at Osubu village in Kontagora area council and was found with 10kg of dried weeds, suspected to be cannabis. Read more

AFRIMA jurors arrive in Lagos to screen 8,000 entries (Vanguard)

Thirteen international jurors of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, will arrive Lagos, Nigeria on Wednesday 8 August, ahead of a week-long adjudication following the closing of entries. About 8,000 entries for songs and videos were received for the 5th edition of the annual awards. The jurors from five African regions, the diaspora(Europe and America) and the African Union Commission will carry out their work at Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. They are tasked with the responsibility of deciding which artistes and or recordings should make it to the 5th AFRIMA Nominees List that would be unveiled to the world on Tuesday, August 14. Read more

I had fears over Asaba 2018 Athletics Championship, Okowa confesses (Guardian)

 Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has revealed how he took the risk to host the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship, Asaba 2018, which ended yesterday in the state capital. Okowa, who spoke at the Merit Award ceremony orgnaised by the Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) in Asaba on Saturday night, said he thought that hosting the championship would be an impossible mission for the state considering the poor state of the Stephen Keshi Stadium when the hosting right was awarded in 2016. Read more

Celtic learn potential play-off opponents (STV)

Celtic will face either Malmo or Videoton in the play-off round of Champions League qualifying should they defeat AEK Athens. The Hoops host the Greek champions at Parkhead on Wednesday, before making the trip to Athens next week. Should Brendan Rodgers’ side prevail, they will take on either Videoton or Malmo for a spot in the group stages of the Champions League group. Celtic have faced Malmo before in the Champions League playoff round but did not enjoy success. The Scottish champions were pitted against the Swedes in 2015 but lost 4-3 on aggregate. Malmo have reached this stage thanks to wins over Drita in round one and Cluj at the following hurdle. Read more

Harry Maguire returns to Leicester training as Manchester United prepare bid (Skysports)

Harry Maguire returned to Leicester City training on Monday morning with Manchester United preparing to make a bid for the defender. The 25-year-old centre-half was given extra time off to recover from playing for England in the 2018 World Cup. His performances in Russia – and for Leicester in the Premier League after signing from Hull City in a £17m deal last summer – mean he has attracted interest from Jose Mourinho, who is believed to have made Maguire his top target ahead of the new season. Manchester United are preparing to make a bid for Maguire before the transfer window closes on Thursday, according to Sky sources. Read more

Etim Esin advises NFF to compel Rohr to live, work in Nigeria (Guardian)

Former Nigeria international, Etim Esin has urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to compel Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to work and live in Nigeria if he desired to continue handling the national team. Esin noted that the Eagles manager not being able to remain in the country to watch the league and discover players since taking over the men’s senior national team has contributed to the poor level of football development in the country. The former Lierse of Belgium player said the much preference for Nigerian players born in Europe by Rohr reflected that the Franco-German coach was not ready to look inwards to discover and nurture domestic players the same way former Super Eagles’ handler, Clemence Westerhof spent his entire time discovering players from all levels in the country. Read more

Bangladesh considers capital punishment for traffic accident deaths (Reuters)

Bangladesh’s cabinet on Monday will consider capital punishment for traffic accident deaths, a law ministry official said, as tens of thousands of students protested for a ninth day over the deaths of two teenagers killed by a speeding bus in Dhaka. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who faces an election due by the end of the year, has accused her political rivals of trying to stir up anti-government sentiment using the deaths as a pretext. The opposition has denied involvement. The crowded capital of 18 million has been paralyzed by angry school and college students demanding changes to transport laws following the July 29 deaths, after a privately-operated bus ran over a group of students. Read more

Blast makes Venezuela’s Maduro look vulnerable, analysts say (Reuters)

Deeply unpopular Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro looked keen to project himself as fully in charge of the crisis-ridden military, long a powerbroker, when he addressed its National Guard on Saturday. One of the main avenues in the capital Caracas was sealed off, commemorative videos for the National Guard’s 81st anniversary flashed on a big screen, and a suited Maduro with a yellow, blue and red presidential sash spoke surrounded by the military’s top brass. But just when the leftist leader was wrapping up by vowing OPEC member Venezuela’s stricken economy would recover, his wife Cilia Flores scanned the sky, seemingly alarmed. Read more

Kim Jong Un touts catfish production as ‘gold ingots’ (UPI)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un revisited a local fish farm to inspect catfish production amid a sluggish economy. Kim and his wife visited the farm in the southwestern city of Samchon, where he praised the surge in catfish production and surpassing its target of 3,000 tons. He also called a pile of frozen catfish “gold ingots,” North Korea’s state media KCNA reported on Monday. Kim’s visit to the catfish farm is his third since assuming power from his father and former leader Kim Jong Il, according to Joongang Ilbo. He visited in 2015 and 2017. Catfish production has been encouraged in North Korea where malnutrition is still a problem, according to Kyodo News. Read more

Irish wildfire reveals huge hidden ‘Eire’ signal from Second World War (Skynews)

Police helicopters have discovered a forgotten Second World War landmark, after a wildfire revealed a huge stone “Eire” sign along the Irish coast. A large gorse fire on headland two weeks ago exposed the sign in Bray Head, County Wicklow, which was originally used to warn air crews of their location in neutral Irish territory. The word Eire means Ireland in the Irish language. The Defence Forces Air Corps noticed the landmark from above while assisting emergency services as they put the fire out. Read more

 

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