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* Buhari to visit Taraba today (Vanguard) * 2 weeks after, Senate keeps mum on Maina probe’s report (Punch)

* Buhari to visit Taraba today (Vanguard)         *  2 weeks after, Senate keeps mum on Maina probe’s report (Punch)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE MARCH 5, 2018

 

Buhari to visit Taraba today (Vanguard)

Following the killings in Mambila, President Muhamadu Buhari today, Monday, is expected to pay a surprise visit to Taraba State. A statement by Bala Danhabu, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Taraba state on Media and Publicity, said the president will be received by Governor Darius Ishauku at Danbaba Suntai Airport Jalingo. He said that from Suntai Airport the president would proceed to Jolly Name Stadium in Jalingo Taraba state capital, where he is expected to address the people of the state. Read more

2 weeks after, Senate keeps mum on Maina probe’s report (Punch)

Over two weeks after, the Senate has not considered the report by the ad hoc committee set up to investigate the controversial reinstatement and promotion in the federal civil service, of former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdul-Rasheed Maina. The committee, made up of chairmen and vice-chairmen of Senate Committees on Public Service and Establishment; Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters; Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption; and Internal Affairs laid their report on February 14, 2018. Read more

Executive, legislature, judiciary join forces against graft (Nation)

The plan of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration when it took the saddle about three years ago was to use the instrumentality of government to fight corruption. But the battle is far from being won. Reason! The three arms of government, expected to unite against graft have not flown in the same direction Making the battle more herculean is the fact that the organs of government are not only undermining themselves but working at cross purposes and the trend has become worrisome to the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), which last week, organised a one-day “dialogue of organs of government on reform of justice sector and campaign against corruption.” Read more

We’re expecting Governors, Senators to join us soon – SDP (PremiumTimes)

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the National Publicity Secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Alfa Mohammed, has said five serving governors, 20 senators and some members of the House of Representatives are expected to join the party. According to a report by Punch, Mr. Mohammed said this on Sunday in an interview with the press in Minna, Niger State. He also said 50 Civil Society Organisations had embraced the party to work together towards removing the ruling All Progressives Congress in 2019. Read more

Shell, Eni trial over Nigeria kickbacks postponed (Punch)

A trial for oil giants Eni and Shell over bribery and corruption allegations in the purchase of an offshore oilfield in Nigeria was delayed for two months on Monday. The trial had been set to start in a Milan court, but the judge said that, due to a high number of cases, it would be transferred to another chamber to avoid further delays. The trial is now set to begin on May 14. Eni chief executive Claudio Descalzi, his predecessor Paolo Scaroni and several managers from Eni and Shell are among those to on trial, as is ex-Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete. Read more

Researchers discover new HIV antibody (Vanguard)

Researchers said they have discovered an HIV antibody that can suppress the virus for nearly six months without additional treatment. The new study involved about half of a group of monkeys, infused with a broadly neutralising antibody to HIV combined with an immune stimulatory compound. The findings, released at the 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, lend a clue to strategies that attempt to achieve sustained, drug-free viral remission in people living with HIV. Read more

NYSC mobilization schedule for 2018 Batch A, Stream 1 and 2 (NTA)

NYSC Management has announced the date of registration for 2018 Batch A, Stream 1 and 2 Corps members. The information was contained in the recently updated NYSC Mobilization Time-Table For 2018 Batch A corps members. NYSC management said the online registration will hold on 26 March 2018. Complete NYSC Mobilization Time-Table For 2018 Batch A corps members as posted on NYSC official portal. Read more

 Armed groups rape men, boys in CAR (Vanguard)

An international research project on Monday accused armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) of raping men and boys for years in an emerging pattern of sexual violence that is “under-reported and largely ignored”. Experts said the study by the All Survivors’ Project, was one of the first to document sex crimes against males in the war-torn country, where responders tend to focus on female survivors. In a report, the All Survivors’ Project identified dozens of cases of men and boys being raped during armed attacks when they were captive, or because they refused to join armed groups. Read more

13-year-old dies scrambling for Bauchi lawmaker’s money (Vanguard)

Tragedy struck, yesterday, when a 13-year-old boy, Bappah Adamu, died while scrambling for money thrown at a crowd near Bauchi-Maiduguri Highway. It was gathered that the boy was knocked down by a vehicle, while he tried to get at money thrown by the member representing Ganjuwa/Darazo federal constituency at the National Assembly. The incident occurred at Konkiyel town, when the lawmaker was leaving after visiting the site of a project he is executing in the town. Read more

Mbappe plots Real Madrid downfall (Guardian)

It is not so long ago that Kylian Mbappe idolised Cristiano Ronaldo. Now the 19-year-old is hoping to lead Paris Saint-Germain to a famous victory over the Portuguese star and Real Madrid on Tuesday. Mbappe was outshone by Ronaldo in the sides’ Champions League last 16, first leg last month, with the world player of the year scoring twice as Madrid won 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. The teenager has since seen Neymar succumb to a foot injury, meaning PSG will have to settle for just the second most expensive player on the planet in their attack for the Parc des Princes rematch. Read more

Firmino’s flexibility makes Liverpool feared again in Europe (Guardian)

Mohamed Salah has scored more goals, Sadio Mane may have more explosive pace, but Roberto Firmino is the glue that knits together a devastating Liverpool front three that is fast making the five-time European champions feared on the continent once more. Liverpool go into Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, second leg at home to Porto with the job already done having inflicted the Portuguese giants’ worst-ever home European defeat in a 5-0 rout three weeks ago. All of Liverpool’s free-scoring forward trio were on target that night, as they have been for most of the season. Read more

Conte ‘not stupid’ enough to open up against Man City (Guardian)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte defended his cautious approach despite his side failing to register a shot on target as they went down 1-0 to Premier League champions-elect Manchester City. The Italian’s tactics were lambasted by pundits and Chelsea fans alike as he started without a recognised striker by leaving club-record signing Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud on the bench. City moved 18 points clear at the top of the table, and 25 ahead of Chelsea in fifth, as Bernardo Silva’s goal 35 seconds into the second half broke the visitors’ resistance. Read more

FA boss Martin Glenn criticised for ‘offensive’ comments about Pep Guardiola yellow ribbon charge (Talksport)

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has been criticised for his “ill-judged”, “offensive” and “inappropriate” explanation of his organisation’s response to Pep Guardiola’s yellow ribbon. In trying to justify the FA’s decision to charge Guardiola with “wearing a political message”, Glenn appeared to equate the Star of David with a swastika. Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson said: “I have no problem with The FA clarifying Rule 4 and specifying that ALL religious symbols are prohibited on a kit if that is the case. “But, in explaining that decision, the CEO of The FA’s examples are ill judged and in poor taste. Read more

‘Juve symbol of Italian football’ (Football-italia)

Lucas Moura believes Juventus are “the symbol of Italian football” after warning Tottenham Hotspur “they have the experience and nerves to qualify”. Spurs left Juve with a credible 2-2 draw and consequently two away goals for Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg, but Lucas urged his side not take the Italians lightly. “The 2-2 from the first leg was a good sign for us, but it would be a mistake to manage that result at Wembley,” the former Paris Saint-Germain winger told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Juventus are a great team, one of the best in Europe. They’ve been finalists twice in the last three editions of the Champions League. Read more

Kim Jong-un in surprise move to personally host South Korean delegation as talks continue (Telegraph)

orth Korea’s reclusive leader Kim Jong-un is hosting a dinner for a top level South Korean delegation to Pyongyang, in an unprecedented boost to an ongoing diplomatic détente that has raised hopes of future talks over the hermit kingdom’s nuclear programme. South Korean president Moon Jae-in on Monday dispatched his national security head, Chung Eui-yong, and intelligence chief, Suh Hoon, to lead a ten member delegation on a two day trip to the North Korean capital. The delegation will hold talks that could pave the way for a possible summit meeting between the leaders of South and North Korea after Kim Jong-un last month invited Mr Moon to visit Pyongyang. Read more

China boosts defense spending, cites ‘war preparedness’ (Nbcnews)

China on Monday unveiled its largest rise in defense spending in three years, setting a target of 8.1 percent growth over last year. The 2018 defense budget will be 1.11 trillion yuan ($175 billion), according to a report issued at the opening of China’s annual meeting of parliament. The defense spending figure is closely watched around the world for clues to China’s strategic intentions as it develops new military capabilities, including stealth fighters, aircraft carriers and anti-satellite missiles. China will “advance all aspects of military training and war preparedness, and firmly and resolvedly safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests,” Premier Li Keqiang told the opening session in an address. Read more

A food bank donation was made for every Oscars attendee who ate a specially provided snack box (Inews)

The host of the Oscars treated the 3,400 attendees to snacks to sustain them through Sunday night’s ceremony while making a donation to a food bank in Los Angeles for each “lunchbox” provided. Long awards ceremonies are notorious for leaving their attendees famished, but this year Jimmy Kimmel gave each person a box filled with crisps, sweets and a “This Bar Saves Lives” snack, made by a company that donates food aid to children around the world. Each box also included a handwritten note from Kimmel, which read: “It wouldn’t be right to make you sit through this without snacks. Please don’t throw them at me. Read more

 

 

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