SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 30, 2018
Buhari, South South Govs Meet in Also Rock
President Muhammadu Buhari is meeting with Governors of South South geopolitical zones at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Four out of the six governors of the zone came together about 2:50pm and proceeded straight to the President’s office. The Governors are, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, Siriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.
Kaduna: We Hold Everyone To Account For These Latest Killings – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said the recurring killings in Kaduna State must stop and directed security agencies to hunt down the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Buhari made the remarks in Kaduna where he went to commiserate with victims of the recent clashes in the state. He said those who were used to going Scot free after such killings, must now answer for their crimes. “The Federal Government will take strongest measures possible to punish perpetrators of these crimes. No one will go Scot free. “We shall now hold everyone to account for these latest killings,’’ the president stressed.
Vote During 2019 Elections, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Urges Igbos
The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo says the people of South-East desire a Nigeria driven by equity, merit and fairness to all citizens. Nwodo said this on Tuesday in Enugu during the Business Conference of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the Diaspora organised by the Igbo World Assembly. Ohanaeze Ndigbo is the apex socio-cultural organisation of Ndigbo while IWA is made up of members of the organization in the Diaspora with membership in 37 countries. Nwodo, who presented the keynote address, cautioned the people of the area, especially the youths against falling for the antics of anyone or groups that would want to incite them against the country.
Why Nigeria Needs Genuine Prophets – SGF
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, says Nigeria needs genuine prophets to stand on its behalf and guide the nation on the path of righteousness. Mustapha made this assertion in an interview, on Tuesday in Abuja, while reacting to negative or death prophecies being proclaimed by some prophets on citizens. According to him, the primary responsibility of a prophet is to give guidance, direction and correction to the nation and the church. He, however, said that God may raise some prophets up to be prophets to a nation, saying that prophets and clerics have important roles to play in national affairs.
APGA Is A Ponzi Scheme – Ohakim
Former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, has said that “the travesty in All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has shown that what APGA leadership was doing all along, was a ponzi scheme, a scam of the highest order, to defraud fellow Igbo men and women, of their hard earned money”. Ohakim, who made the allegation while reacting to a press statement authored by the APGA National Youth Leader, wondered why the National Chairman of the party, Victor Ike Oye, authorized such “junk and bucket of lies” against his person to be released to the Nigerian public. “While we do not want to continually engage in a matter of yesteryears that is totally false, Mr Victor Oye and his cohorts, should know that talking about Ohakim beating a Reverend Father has become an over-used cliché, and nobody takes such people serious”, Ohakim said.
Civils Servants, Labour Members March In Lagos To Insist On New Minimum Wage
Organised Labour and civil society organisations have embarked on a sensitisation march in Lagos ahead of the industrial action scheduled for November 6 over the new national minimum wage. Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), United Labour Congress (ULC), Joint Action Front (JAF), and Civil Society of Nigeria (CSON) marched en masse along Ikorodu road on Tuesday, to sensitise workers and Nigerians on the imminent strike. The unions urged members to remain resolute despite the Federal Government’s threat of “no work, no pay”. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and members of the Economic Management Team met with some state governors in Abuja on Monday on the new national minimum wage. The governors are expected to hold a meeting today and come up with a position on the adopted figure.
Minimum Wage: Kwara Workers Protest, Insist On N30,000
The Joint Kwara Labour Congress, on Tuesday in Ilorin, staged a peaceful protest on the delay by the Federal Government to implement the N30,000 minimum wage demanded by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). The workers in their hundreds joined the protest and marched through major streets in the metropolis, thereby causing a gridlock on major highways. The workers at the Kwara Government House, carried different placards including ”Day of National Mourning; On N30, 000 minimum wage we stand; Let’s all demand for a living wage; Minimum wage, solution to corruption. The NLC chairman, Kwara chapter, Mr Yekini Agunbiade in his address to workers and government representatives, said it was evil to work more and earn less, adding that Nigeria workers deserve better treatment.
Firm Sues NBC over Revocation of Licence
A private company, Cable Channels Nigeria Ltd (CCNL), has sued the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for allegedly revoking its content aggregation licence for digital switch. CCNL, in the suit filed before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, is challenging the power of the NBC in revoking its licence without following due process. In the suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/785/2018, instituted by T. Y. Musa (SAN), the Cable Channels is praying the court to set aside the purported revocation of its license. The plaintiff claimed that it has been operating the licence for over two years and the purported revocation by the NBC is unjustified, unknown to law and liable to be declared a nullity.
Nigeria Only Country Ignorant of Oil She Produces Yearly – Falana
Human rights activist and renowned lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has said that Nigeria is the only oil producing country in the world that does not know how much oil she produces. He also said that the problem of Nigeria is not corruption but that Nigeria is being ruled by ignorant leaders and those characterized by impunity. Mr. Falana who said that ignorance is part of corruption, however opined that it must be tamed as part of solution to the country’s problems. Mr. Falana gave the statement at the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP’s launch of a roundtable on “How failure of companies to pay tax is fueling poverty, underdevelopment and inequality in Nigeria” held in Lagos today.
Protests: Security Beefed Up Around Aso Rock, Secretariat, Others
Security was on Tuesday beefed up across the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The security beef up was necessitated by the separate protests by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and members of the organised labour. While the IMN members are protesting the continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, members of organised labour are protesting the delay by the government to announce new national minimum wage. Our correspondent noticed that security was beefed up at the different gates leading into the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Federal Secretariat, the Court of Appeal Complex, the National Arcade and the National Assembly Complex all located in the Three Arms Zone in the FCT.
Ex-Lagos Speaker, Pelumi, Arraigned For Allegedly Helping Murder Suspect Escape
A former Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Jokotola Pelumi, was on Tuesday in Lagos arraigned for allegedly receiving into his home, Adekunle Dabiri, who was alleged to have murdered a Deputy Superintendent of Police. The 59-year-old Pelumi, a lawyer, was brought before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court on a charge of receiving a murder suspect and also aiding his escape. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Pelumi called the shots as speaker under the second tenure of former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu. Pelumi was impeached on December 29, 2005. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Special Eagles Lose 6-0 To Brazil, Face Russia
Nigeria’s amputee football team early on Monday lost 6-0 to Brazil in their first match of the 2018 Amputee World Cup in Mexico. The team are in Group E alongside El-Salvador, Russia and Brazil. The Special Eagles face Russia in their second match on Tuesday. According to an official of the team Stefan Lovgren, the Special Eagles lost the match due to several challenges. “Our Nigerian boys suffered a tough loss against a good Brazilian team in the Amputee World Cup opener. The game was finely balanced in the first half when we were hit with a sending-off from two yellow cards. 1-0 at half-time turned into a humbling 6-0 score at the end,” the Swede wrote on Facebook.
Rohr Invites NPFL Star Aniyikaye For Bafana Clash
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has called up IfeanyiUbah defender Adeleye Aniyikaye for next month’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Bafana Bafana in Johannesburg and the friendly against Uganda at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, on November 20, three days after the AFCON clash. Aniyikaye’s invitation comes after the media criticised Rohr for persistently excluding the Nigeria Professional Football League players from his plans. Save for Enyimba goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who’s also been invited for both games, the home-based stars have been largely overlooked by the German coach since he took charge of the Eagles two years ago.
Solari Takes First Training Session at Real Madrid
Santiago Solari took charge of his first training session as interim Real Madrid coach on Tuesday. The Argentinian, a former midfielder with the Spanish Liga giants, has replaced Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked following Real’s 5-1 defeat to Barcelona on Sunday. According to Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) rules, Solari’s temporary tenure with the Champions League holders can last no more than 14 days, after which the club must decide to appoint him permanently or find another coach to replace Lopetegui. Solari’s first game in charge of the club will be a last 16 Spanish Cup tie against third division club Melilla on Tuesday.
Belgian Club Postpones Match Over Thai Owner’s Death
Belgian club OH Louvain, owned by the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, have postponed their next match to mourn the death of the Thai billionaire who also owned Leicester City. The Belgian second division club were set to play Lommel on Wednesday but have put off the tie until December 4, the Belgian Football Association said on Tuesday. The Thai chairman died on Saturday night after his helicopter crashed near Leicester City’s King Power Stadium following a 1-1 draw against West Ham. Leicester’s next match, against Southampton, has also been postponed.
No Second Referendum On Brexit: PM May
British Prime Minister Theresa May reiterated on Tuesday there would be no second referendum on the decision by Britain to leave the European Union. “There will be no second referendum on Brexit,” May told a session of the Nordic Council held in the Norwegian parliament.
Merkel’s Political Retreat Met Concern in European Countries
An announcement by Angela Merkel to step down from the leadership of the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and leave German politics after her current term as chancellor has been met with concern in many European capitals over its wider implications for the continent. French president Emmanuel Macron described the gradual retreat which Merkel initiated during a meeting of senior CDU officials on Monday as “extremely graceful” and praised her long-standing engagement on behalf of the European Union (EU). However, he also warned that the development was “not re-assuring” during a time when far-right movements were gaining traction throughout the bloc.
Indonesian Rescuers Retrieve 24 Bags of Body Parts Following Plane Crash
Rescuers have retrieved 24 bags of body parts after a Lion Air plane with 189 people aboard crashed into sea off western Indonesia, the low-cost carrier said on Tuesday. Indonesian authorities said that the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed in waters near the capital city was shattered due to its severe impact with sea surface after it dived at rapid speed, allegedly from 3,000- feet height, making it break into pieces. Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Operation Director Bambang Suryo Aji said on Monday that such a conclusion came up from pieces of bodies and parts of the plane found by search team several hours after the plane was reported of lost contact. He dismissed allegation that the plane exploded in the sky as there has been no burnt sign from parts of plane and bodies found floating around the crash site. He added that chance was slim to find survivor among 189 passengers and crews of the ill-fated flight coded JT 610.
Apple Finally Updates Macbook Air with Retina Display, Touch ID
The wait is over: Apple on Tuesday unveiled a revamped MacBook Air at an event in Brooklyn, New York. The updated notebook is still called the MacBook Air and still features a 13.3-inch display, but the bezels surrounding that screen are dramatically smaller, and in general the chassis appears to more closely resemble Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. Apple says the display contains “over 4 million pixels” and “48% more color” compared to the prior (and admittedly very dated) MacBook Air.