* Buhari to attend Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS, ECOWAS Summits (Guardian) * Stop campaigns for my re-election, Buhari tells supporters (Punch)

* Buhari to attend Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS, ECOWAS Summits (Guardian)          * Stop campaigns for my re-election, Buhari tells supporters (Punch)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE JULY 28, 2018

 

Buhari to attend Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS, ECOWAS Summits (Guardian)

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday depart Abuja for Lome, Republic of Togo, to participate in two high-level meetings. A statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, said President Buhari would on arrival have an interactive session at the Nigerian embassy with the Nigerian community based in Togo. According to him, the President, on Monday, will attend the Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit which will deliberate on common security threats to countries in West Africa and members of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). Read more

Stop campaigns for my re-election, Buhari tells supporters (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday urged his supporters across the country to halt their current campaigns for his re-election. He said such activities at this time could amount to jumping the gun since the Independent National Electoral Commission has timetable for the electoral process. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said this in a statement made available to journalists. Buhari said he appreciated his supporters’ enthusiasm which he said borne out of their desire to garner support for an administration that is actuated by nothing else, other than service for motherland. Read more

Only God can determine Aregbesola’s successor – Traditionalists (Nation)

Ahead of the September 22 Osun governorship election, the traditional worshippers under the aegis of the Ancient Religion Societies of African Descendants International Council (ARSADIC), have said only God could determine Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s successor. He warned politicians against using violent and dubious means to get to power, saying doing so would give dire consequences. In a statement in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, ARSADIC President, Aare Sola Olalekan Atanda, charged the politicians to demonstrate high level sense of responsibility in pursuing their aspirations. Read more

Olubadan, Ajimobi, 21 new Obas in war of words over salary (SUN)

Is the face-off between the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi and Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji over? Not yet. That is the position if recent altercations between the Ajimobi-led government, his 21 new Obas, and the revered royal father are anything to go by. The fresh crisis is over the salary of the Olubadan who has accused the newly installed Obas by Governor Ajimobi of stopping his salary. Recall that the crisis started when Olubadan wrote to inform the governor of his intention to elevate nine chiefs after the demise of High Chief Sulaimon Adegboyega Omiyale, Balogun Olubadan of Ibadanland, who was next in rank to the Olubadan and High Chief Omowale Kuye. Read more

Obama, Fashola, others to grace first left handers day (Guardian)

Active Projectile Limited, an anti-bullying prevention organization, is set to mark this years’ Lefthanders Day by bringing all Nigerian lefthanders together for the first time, joining the rest of the world to celebrate their uniqueness. August 13 is set aside as the International Left-Handers Day by Lefthanders International. Head of CSR at Active Projectile and an ambidextrous person herself, Adesola Oyinloye-Ndu, says she was born left handed but forced to use her right hand to write due to cultural pressure. Read more

Buhari mourns Hashidu Abubakar (SUN)

President Muhammadu Buhari has  condoled to the government and people of Gombe State over the passing away of a former governor, Alhaji Hashidu Habu Abubakar, on Friday. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and  Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said Buhari underscored that the country will sorely miss the wise counsels of the revered politician who also served variously as Minister of Water Resources and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Read more

Buhari’s govt has become desperate, will promise anything –Afegbua, R-APC spokesperson (Punch)

What does the R-APC make of the recent siege on the residences of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu by armed security personnel?

We condemn it in its entirety, it was an act associated with gangsters; it was an act associated with the infamous Gestapo of the German era. It is anachronistic, it is ridiculous and barbaric in every material particular. It was a brazen attempt to persecute the officers and leaders of the National Assembly, an independent arm of government. It is clearly an act which is simply a show by the executive to exhibit its capacity for the bizarre, that’s quite unfortunate. Read more

Nigerian Air force officer breaks 20-year record (Guardian)

A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officer, Squadron Leader Fredrick Oyenusi, has broken a twenty-year-old record in the force after winning the prestigious “Tie of Merit”, only awarded to a distinguished officer. This feat by Squadron Leader Oyenusi’s feat was recognized during the graduation ceremony of Senior Staff Course 40, which took place at AFCSC Jaji, Kaduna. Squadron Leader Oyenusi also won 4 additional awards namely the Best in Tri-Service Terms, Best Commandant’s Paper, Best Director’s Paper in the Directorate of Air Warfare (DAW) and the First in order of Merit in DAW. Read more

Government to revisit 13 per cent derivation for development in Niger Delta (Guardian)

President Mohammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja pledged that the Federal Government would revisit the constitutional 13 per cent derivation benefit to the Niger Delta region to ensure even spread of developmental projects that meet the needs of the people. He made the promise during the visit of the Isoko Traditional Rulers Council in Delta State to the Presidential Villa in which a long list of demands including establishment of gas plant, rehabilitation of federal roads, upgrade of Ofagbe Technical College, setting up of Federal Polytechnic, appointment of Isoko indigenes as ministers and ambassadors, among others, were presented to the President. Read more

Osun 2018: Governorship candidates and governance challenges ahead (Punch)

Although political parties intending to field candidates in the September 22 governorship election in Osun State have concluded their primary elections, the crises trailing the conduct of the exercises are yet to be addressed. The Social Democratic Party led by Dr. Bayo Faforiji conducted a primary election where a former Deputy Governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, emerged the flag bearer of his new political party with a landslide victory. The party adopted direct mode of primary poll to elect its governorship candidate. However, another faction of the SDP led by Chief Ademola Ishola conducted a separate primary poll using delegate system and Mr. Kehinde Atanda emerged the winner. Read more

Masari wants state civil servants to sit up in their duties (Nation)

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state, decried the performance of the state civil servants saying they are lazy and that some section of the state civil service particularly those in the middle and the senior cadre are not cooperating with the state government. The Governor who made the observation while swearing in the newly appointed state head of service, Alhaji Idris Usman Tuni, 65, at Government house in Katsina, said his government does not believe in tampering with the tenure of civil servants or removing them from office based on Political leanings, affection or ill will. He further reminded the civil servants that they have a lot of catch up to do to improve themselves through acquisition of knowledge to compete especially at the national level Read more

Drama as attempted rape victim identifies suspect (SUN)

Mild drama ensued at the Federal Medical Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba where a victim of attempted rape, Mrs. Oluchi Edeneh identified her suspected rapist, one Mohammed Nabba, a Fulani cattle herder. The 26-year mother of three who was rushed to the hospital after the rape was foiled on Thursday, had successfully be revived by medics in the evening of sane day when she sighted the suspect and raised alarm that he allegedly attempted to her at about 3am at her family’s farm camp house in Amachai quarters of Ugbolu community, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State. The suspect had also come to the hospital for treatment following multiple injuries he sustained during the alleged rape attempt. Read more

Asaba 2018 AAC: Nigerians count medal potentials with one finger (Vanguard)

In another 48 hours, the best of African athletes will lace up their running shoes and hit the track for the 21st African Athletics Championships billed for August 1-5 at the newly commissioned Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State.Being an IAAF World Cup in Athletics year, elite African athletes who have never had the penchant of shying away from the championships, are expected in Asaba to earn the right to represent Africa  at the inter-continental event scheduled to hold September in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Read more

Don’t give up on us — Coach Saheed (Vanguard)

As Nigerian athletes put up a last minute effort to shape up for the African Championships, coach Akinpelu Saheed  has urged Nigerians not to give up on the team as they can still spring surprises. The athletes only went into camp last Sunday, after the botched national trials and according to coach Saheed, it has been quite a great effort to put the athletes in competition mood. “We are trying our best. Despite the short time we have to prepare. “I know that Nigerians are ever hungry for success. We will try to win something for the country no matter what. “Here at Ozoro we have been well taken care of and the food is good. So we don’t have any reason not to fight.” Read more

Manchester United given Harry Maguire boost, Chelsea switch targets plus latest Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs (Independent)

The Premier League’s summer transfer window is open with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal set to be busier than ever. Liverpool enjoyed success in the Champions League this year and their quest to end their league title drought in 2019 will be bolstered by the arrival of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig. He will not be the last new face on Merseyside, however, with Monaco’s Fabinho already in. Roma’s Alisson is next and could Lyon’s Nabil Fekir follow? At United Jose Mourinho looks set to spend big again as he targets reinforcements in his bid to haul in record-breaking Manchester City next season. Read more

Mesut Ozil obliges referee’s bizarre request to autograph his yellow card (Dailymail)

Saturday proved to be a day to remember for Mesut Ozil after he followed a difficult period by captaining and scoring for Arsenal in an International Champions Cup clash with Paris Saint-Germain.  The former Germany midfielder netted a 12th-minute opener for the Gunners against Unai Emery’s former side at the National Stadium in Singapore, perhaps with his confidence suitably enhanced by a somewhat unusual pre-match interaction. As he stood clutching an Arsenal pennant ready to lead his side onto the pitch, Ozil was approached by the match referee, who appeared to ask the player to autograph his yellow card. Read more

Pope accepts resignation of US cardinal caught in abuse scandal (Guardian)

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a prominent US cardinal who is accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly five decades ago, the Vatican said Saturday. Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, was removed from the ministry in June after a review board found there was “credible” evidence that he had assaulted the teen while working as a priest in New York in the early 1970s. “Yesterday evening the Holy Father received the letter in which Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington (U.S.A.), presented his resignation as a member of the College of Cardinals,” the Vatican said in a statement Saturday. Read more

Rainstorms kill 49 in northern India (Channelnewsasia)

Heavy monsoon rains that sparked floods and caused buildings to collapse have killed at least 49 people in north India’s Uttar Pradesh state since Thursday (Jul 26), officials said, as the national weather agency issued further storm warnings. Some of the victims died after they were buried by collapsing buildings, while others were drowned, electrocuted or killed in traffic accidents caused by the rain, disaster management officials said. With scores of houses damaged, authorities in Uttar Pradesh – home to some 220 million people – were on high alert and called for all buildings at risk to be vacated Read more

Trump Org ‘bookkeeper’ is actually a right-hand man (CNN)

Sometimes in the news, a bombshell really is a bombshell. It is difficult to overestimate the importance of Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, being subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury empaneled in the Michael Cohen investigation in the Southern District of New York, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal. An attorney for the Trump Organization, Alan Futerfas, told The Washington Post, “Mr. Weisselberg is a bookkeeper who simply carries out directions from others.” But Allen Weisselberg is not just the Trump Organization’s bookkeeper. He is arguably the single most indispensable person in the Trump Organization, other than Trump himself. Read more

 

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