SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE – MARCH 16, 2019
Buhari poorer than in 2015, says Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday night said that President Muhammadu Buhari was probably poorer than when he was elected in 2015. Osinbajo spoke during a dinner in honour of volunteers who canvassed for votes for the APC during the campaigns for this year’s general election, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said “When I looked at his assets declaration form, I was checking it in 2015, I said to him, “Mr President, I am so much richer than you, it is an embarrassment.”
“He said, “I am only a soldier, you are a big lawyer so you should have more money than me.” “I can tell you that he is perhaps; even poorer than he was in 2015 when I saw his declaration of assets form.” He also urged Nigerians to vote for the All Progressives Congress in the March 23 supplementary elections.
APC, PDP take INEC to task
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday alleged moves to tamper with the results of last weekend’s governorship election in Bauchi State and warned of dire consequences if the ‘plan’ is not halted. The State Police imposed a ban on political rallies in the state as tension heightened over the outcome of the elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) plans to hold supplementary elections next Saturday in parts of Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto States to complete the governorship election process in the states. Representatives of the two parties in some of the affected states are claiming victory and want INEC to declare their candidates as winners, immediately.
INEC cancels Supplementary Elections in Bauchi, to complete process in Rivers
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has cancelled the earlier announced supplementary elections in Bauchi state, saying, however, that it has approved the resumption, conclusion and announcement of the result of the Tafawa Balewa Local Government in relation to the Governorship election. This was as the commission chastised the Nigerian Army for the alleged role played by some of its soldiers in the disruption of the electoral processes in Rivera state, expressing it’s determination to ensure the conclusion of the process very soon.
Outgoing govs: EFCC monitors bank accounts of state governments
There are strong indications that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is monitoring the bank accounts of various states to prevent outgoing governors from looting their state coffers. It was gathered that the bank accounts of many states, including that of Imo, Kano, Kwara, Lagos and others, might have been placed under special watch. The commission was particularly focusing on outgoing governors who might want to siphon public funds before leaving office. The action was sequel to intelligence report about suspicious financial activities by top officials of the concerned states.
9th National Assembly: APC, lawmakers may clash over leadership zoning
The ruling All Progressives Congress may be facing a palpable dilemma over the zoning of leadership positions in the 9th National Assembly. The lawmakers from various geopolitical zones were making conflicting demands, claims and counter-claims. Some of the lawmakers who spoke to our correspondents on Thursday argued that the North-East had produced more votes for the APC in the just-concluded general elections than the South-West and should be rewarded with certain positions which the South-West was also clamouring for.
Jonathan’s wife loses another N2.4bn to FG
Exactly eight days after the Supreme Court upheld Federal Government’s interim seizure of the $8.4 million believed to be owned by ex-First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the apex court has again agreed to a similar forfeiture of another N2.4bn linked with Mrs. Jonathan. While men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said the $8.4 million were discovered in some accounts linked to the ex-First Lady, the N2,421,953,522.00 was said to be held in bank accounts owned by Lawari Furniture and Bath Limited, an entity in which Mrs. Jonathan allegedly has interest.
Scores trapped as 3-strorey building collapses in Ibadan
Rescue operations were still on late Friday as scores of victims were trapped in a three-storey building that collapsed in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. This came barely four days after a collapsed building in Lagos led to the death of at least 20 people. The incident happened around 5:45pm in Sogoye area of Molete. The number of affected victims could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report. The Oyo State Government spokesman, Mr. Toye Arulogun, said the government was on top of the situation.
Nigeria, Sao Tome give total nod to develop Oil Blocks
French oil giant, Total, was yesterday awarded an exclusive right by Nigeria and the Island of São Tomé and Principe, to begin exploration for oil in three blocks, 7, 8 and 11, located within the hydrocarbon-rich Joint Development Zone (JDZ) owned by both countries in the Gulf of Guinea. The development coincided with the rise of crude oil price to a four-month high at $68 per barrel, boosted by tightened global supply and a monthly report of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which built a case to extend production cuts beyond June.
VAR to be used at Women’s World Cup
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, has confirmed that video assistant referees will be used at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. VAR was deployed at the men’s World Cup last summer, but FIFA had yet to commit to using the technology at the women’s showpiece in France this year. But, speaking on Friday, Infantino confirmed that VAR would indeed be implemented at the Women’s World Cup. “We will be using VAR,” Infantino said at a press conference. Following a period of testing, the FIFA panel overseeing Women’s World Cup preparations recommended the use of VAR earlier this month.
FIBA W’Cup: D’Tigers may face Argentina, Brazil
Nigeria’s men national team D’Tigers have been drawn in pot seven alongside Senegal, New Zealand and Angola ahead of the FIBA Men’s World Cup draw coming up on Saturday (today) at the Shenzhen Bay Arena in China. The FIBA World Cup will kick off from August 31 to September 15. The 32 teams, which qualified for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, were drawn in eight pots of four teams each, based on the latest FIBA World Ranking for Men after the last window of qualifiers played in February.
12 teams for MGI scrabble tourney
Twelve teams are set to battle for the N3m cash prize on offer at the inaugural MGI Scrabble Premier League scheduled to hold across the country from March to September. The MGI Scrabble Premier League is the first to be orgnised in Nigeria where teams made of up seven players each will face off. Organisers, Mindgames Incorporated, the brains behind the Mindgames Premier Championship, say the MSPL 2019 is designed to raise professional standard of scrabble to an international level.
Real Madrid boss, Zidane, to count on Bale
Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane, has described Gareth Bale as “ready to play” and a player he is going to “count on.” Zidane on Monday returned to Real, succeeding the sacked Santiago Solari, less than 10 months after stepping down as manager, and the first game of the Frenchman’s second spell in charge is the LaLiga home clash with CeltaVigo on Saturday. The final one of his previous stint was last season’s Champions League final against Liverpool, which saw him guide Real to the trophy for a third successive year.
Snapchat will launch a gaming platform, now that its rivals have copied everything else
After being hampered by stagnant growth as its rivals relentlessly copy and repurpose its core features, the next era in the story of Snapchat is apparently at hand. And it will have gaming at its core. The popular ephemeral messaging app is reportedly set to host a summit for content creators and developers in Los Angeles on April 4, during which the company will formally unveil what it’s been referring to internally as “Project Cognac” — a gaming platform that includes a slew of new games for Snapchat users to play that were developed by outside creators.
Jury decision means Apple must pay Qualcomm $31 million
Earlier today, we updated a story to tell you about a ruling made by Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The judge said that Qualcomm is obligated to pay Apple nearly $1 billion in rebated royalties that it promised to pay Apple as long as the company didn’t attack the chip maker in court or to regulators. But anorther legal decision involving Qualcomm and Apple was announced today. As noted by Reuters, a jury sitting in federal court in San Diego today, awarded Qualcomm the $31 million it was seeking from Apple after finding that the latter infringed on a trio of Qualcomm patents.
Christchurch terror attack: Ardern reveals gunman was planning to continue when arrested
The man charged with the Christchurch terror attack was equipped to continue one when he was apprehended, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has revealed. Ardern was speaking to media in a press conference just over 24 hours after the attack, which left 49 members of the Muslim community dead.
“The police responded immediately to the call that they received relating to the attack. The individual charged was in custody 36 minutes from receiving the first call. “The offender was mobile. There were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack.”
North Korea may suspend talks over ‘gangster-like stand of US’
North Korea is considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink a ban on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, a senior diplomat said yesterday, according to news reports from the North’s capital. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Washington the United States wished to continue talks with North Korea and had “every expectation” that its leader, Kim Jong-un, would stick to pledges not to resume nuclear and missile testing.
New Zealand massacre shows how online users find ways to share violent videos
The Friday massacre at two New Zealand mosques, live-streamed to the world, was not the first internet broadcast of a violent crime, but it showed that stopping gory footage from spreading online persists as a major challenge for tech companies despite years of investment. The massacre in Christchurch was live-streamed by an attacker through his Facebook profile for 17 minutes, according to a copy seen by Reuters. Facebook said it removed the stream after being alerted to it by New Zealand police. But a few hours later, footage from the stream remained on Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube, as well as Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp. It also remained available on file-sharing websites such as New Zealand-based Mega.nz.