* Buhari wishes defectors well (SUN) * We’re merging with 15 parties, says Agbakoba-led NIM (Punch)

* Buhari wishes defectors well (SUN)                         * We’re merging with 15 parties, says Agbakoba-led NIM (Punch)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE JULY 25, 2018

 

Buhari wishes defectors well (SUN)

President Muhammadu Buhari has wished the decampees in National Assembly, “the best in their future undertakings.” He also expressed his total commitment to the values of democracy, freedom of choice as well as total willingness to work with the lawmakers, irrespective of their political party, for the benefit of the nation. This is even as he has assured members of the ruling party of his total support and urged them not to despair, but to see the defections as a seasonal occurrence which happens on election eve. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said, Buhari, while reacting to the development, noted that none of the defecting federal lawmakers from the All Progressives Congress (APC) had any specific grievances against him or the government he leads; neither did he harbour anything against any of them. Read more

We’re merging with 15 parties, says Agbakoba-led NIM (Punch)

The Nigeria Intervention Movement, being spearheaded by a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), and others, says it has finalised plans to coalesce with 15 political parties and groups ahead of the 2019 general elections. In a statement on Tuesday by its Secretary, Olubori Obafemi, NIM, which has a former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke, as a member, said its ultimate aim was to dislodge the All Progressives Congress’ President Muhammadu Buhari from Aso Rock next year. NIM clarified that neither it nor former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Coalition for Nigeria Movement spearheaded the grand alignments that gave birth to the Coalition of United Political Parties two weeks ago. Read more

Police: we were not at Saraki’s home (Nation)

A very lawful means will be used to compel Senate President Bukola Saraki to appear before the Police investigative team to defend his integrity over the Offa robberies, the police said yesterday. The suspects in the robberies in which 31 people, including nine policemen were killed, confessed to the Police that they were political thugs being used by the Senate president. The police asked Saraki to report at 8am yesterday to clear the air on his alleged links with the boys but he did not show up. But the Senate president said his residence was barricaded by policemen yesterday.  The police authorities denied any involvement. Read more

How Saraki waded through security blockade (ThisDay)

More facts emerged Tuesday night on how Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, escaped the plot by the security agencies to prevent him from making it to the National Assembly in order to abort the plan by many lawmakers to defect from the All Progressives Congress (APC). Although Saraki told his colleagues at the Senate chambers Tuesday that “it was just by the intervention of the Almighty God’’ that he was able to make it to the National Assembly, his close aide told THISDAY that he made it because, “the Senate president was smarter than the security agencies’’. The source, who pleaded anonymity, said Saraki was alerted about the ‘’evil plans’’ by the security agencies, when on Monday, at about 8p.m., he received a letter, asking him to report to the police over the Offa robbery case, which was said to have been concluded before now. Read more

INEC, tribunal frustrating my petitions –Olusola (Punch)

The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, Prof Kolapo Olusola, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of frustrating his efforts to duly file a petition at the election petitions tribunal. Olusola is challenging the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dr Kayode Fayemi, as declared by the INEC. He alleged that his applications to INEC for the certified true copies of election documents and a motion ex parte made to the tribunal were rebuffed despite having fulfilled necessary steps. Read more

Nigerians have means to overcome challenges – Gauer, outgoing French Ambassador (SUN)

Amidst the uncertainty travelling within Nigeria, the outgoing French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer, has sensationally revealed that he travelled half of Nigeria, particularly to Sokoto and Lagos by road. Gauer, who spoke in the residence of the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, in Abuja, said he enjoyed his stay in Nigeria because Nigeria is a fantastic country, a dynamic one with a lot of spirit of entrepreneurship. He also opened up on France’s relationship with Nigeria in the areas of trade, security and culture, saying that the fight against insurgency in the country which France has been supporting has to be brought to an end comprehensively. Read more

JAMB remits another N7.8bn to FG (ThisDay)

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it has remitted another N7.8 billion to the federal government. The board’s Head, Media and Information, Fabian Benjamin, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos. According to him, the board had planned to remit the amount as surplus to the federal government as was done in 2017. Benjamin said the amount was the surplus generated from the conduct of the board’s 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Read more

Katsina 150,000 barrel refinery to be completed in 3 years – Minister (Guardian)

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu says the approved private sector driven Refinery in Mashi, Katsina State will be completed in 2021. Kachikwu, who made this known to State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday, said the refinery would have the capacity to produce 150, 000 barrels per day when completed. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kachikwu and the Nigerien Minister of Energy, Foumakaye Gado had on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria and Niger Republic on the construction of the refinery at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

Abubakar Shekau reappears after health questions (Guardian)

Boko Haram factional leader Abubakar Shekau has re-emerged in a new video after a long absence that fuelled speculation about his health and ability to lead the Islamist militants. In a 36-minute message, seen by AFP on Tuesday, Shekau wore a white robe and skull cap, and held an assault rifle as he sat in front of a military camouflage canvas. He appeared unwell but made no direct mention of his health or reports from last month that he had high blood pressure, failing eyesight and diabetes-related complications. Read more

Lawyers beat cops, aided robbers’ escape, says Imo CP (Punch)

The Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Dasuki Galandanchi, has said members of the Owerri branch of the Nigeria Bar Association are ignorant of the law. The lawyers on Monday embarked on a protest march, calling on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to sack the CP and the Divisional Police Officer of the Ngor Okpala Police Division, Mr E. Moses, for allegedly assaulting the magistrate of Umuneke Ngor Magistrate’s Court, Ngozi Onyenemezu,  and two lawyers, Emma Eke and Chukwuemeka Anyanwu, during a court session on July 19. The Chairman of the Owerri branch of the NBA, Damian Nosike, had described the assault as “police desecration of the judiciary,” adding that apart from assaulting the female magistrate, the policemen called her “a prostitute.” Read more

Tears for cash: How child-hawkers swindle Abuja residents (SUN)

Children are seen as innocent folks who should be pampered, nurtured for a promising future. In fact, children are perceived ignorant believing that they do not know how to plot evil, talkless of executing it. The voice of a crying child evokes sympathy and compassion. As it is, people seldom think twice when assisting a distressed child. But this belief is steadily going out of extinction in some parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) given the tricks now being churned out on a daily basis by some children who use tears to fleece people of their money. These children hawk groundnuts and fruits on the streets of Abuja. Read more

Policemen chasing suspects shoot security expert (Punch)

One of the bullets allegedly fired by policemen attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, Lagos, strayed on Friday, hitting a security expert, Tunde Adeparusi, leaving him injured. Punch Metro learnt that Adeparusi was on his way to the Murtala Mumammed International Airport on Friday when the bullet pierced his car and hit him. Our correspondent gathered that the cops were allegedly chasing some suspects around the airport tollgate. One of the policemen was said to have resorted to shooting when they were challenged for breaking the barrier at the tollgate. Read more

FIBA W/C: D’Tigers coach banks on hard work (Vanguard)

D’Tigers coach, Alex Nwora said  hard work and better team chemistry will help the chances of his team qualifying for the FIBA 2019 world cup. He made this known after the team narrowly lost to world number 1, United States of America at the weekend in the finals of the PEAK International Invitational Tournament in China. “I am very happy with where we are as a team, I think we can do better. We still have a long way to go to be able to have that type of team to compete with anybody in the world.” Read more

Gusau hails resolution of NFF Crisis as NFF Congress endorses Pinnick (ThisDay)

Chairman of Chairmen of Nigerian Football, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau, has commended the Federal Government and other highly-placed individuals who helped in the peaceful resolution of the NFF leadership crisis. “We are happy with the restoration of sanity and peace in our football. That move has saved our football and saved our country’s image from being smeared unnecessarily in the international sphere. “There are 211 countries of the world who members of world football –governing body, FIFA and all of those countries adhere strictly to the tenets and dictates of association football as enshrined in the FIFA Statutes, which is duplicated in their own countries’ respective versions,” Gusau said. Read more

Cycling Tour to boost tourism in Edo, say promoters (Guardian)

Edo State government over the weekend threw its weight behind the Edo Cycling Tour, which is aimed at promoting tourism in the state. The Tour will hold from August 18 to 23, 2018. Speaking on the programme for the race in Lagos, the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Mr. Ehi Braimah said the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Phillip Shaibu has pledged the state government’s support for the race put together by Neo Media to promote domestic tourism, as well as revive the dying cycling culture in the state. Read more

FIFA 2018 WC: Africa’s poor showing troubles CAF boss (Vanguard)

Confederations of African Football (CAF) president, Ahmad has revealed his frustration with the poor showing of the five African nations at the recently concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia. Nigeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal and Morocco all failed to move into the knock out stages. It was the first time since 1982 this has occurred. Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia won a game each in Russia to put the combined record of African teams to just three wins in 15 games. Read more

Mbappe battles CR7, Messi for world’s best (SUN)

France’s World Cup star, Kylian Mbappe joined regulars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s player award, world soccer’s governing body announced yesterday. Ronaldo, who had won the award for the last two years, helped Real Madrid claimed a third consecutive Uefa Champions League crown before securing a close season transfer to Juventus. Argentine forward, Messi topped the scoring charts with 34 goals in Barcelona’s third La Liga title win in the last four seasons. The 19-year-old Mbappe followed up a domestic treble with Paris St Germain with a string of impressive in France’s World Cup winning campaign. Read more

Guardiola says repeat of record-breaking season ‘impossible’ (Guardian)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has ruled out another record-breaking Premier League campaign, warning fans that a repeat of last season’s feats will be “impossible.” City’s dominance in England last season was underscored by a slew of records that were set as they romped to their first league title of the Guardiola era. City became the first ever team in the Premier League to win with 100 points as well as securing the biggest title-winning margin (19 points) by scoring the most goals (106), most wins (32), most consecutive wins (18) and best goal difference (+79). Guardiola’s men broke 11 records in all but the former Barcelona coach envisages a far more difficult campaign when the action kicks-off next month. Read more

Pakistanis vote in tight race between Imran Khan, jailed ex-PM’s party (Reuters)

Pakistanis began voting on Wednesday in a knife-edge general election pitting cricket hero Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, with the prospect of neither winning a clear majority amid a looming currency crisis. A decade after Pakistan was last ruled by a military government, the election has been plagued by allegations the powerful armed forces have been trying to tilt the race in Khan’s favour after falling out with the outgoing ruling party of Sharif, who was jailed on corruption charges this month. Khan has emerged as a slight favourite in national polls, but the divisive race is likely to come down to Punjab, the country’s most populous province, where Sharif’s party has clung to its lead in recent surveys. Read more

EU chief Juncker in Washington in bid to avert trade war with US (RTE)

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker is in Washington today to discuss trade with US President Donald Trump at the White House.  The talks come amid rising tensions between the EU and the US. President Trump has described the European Union as a foe of the United States and has accused the EU of taking advantage of America on trade. He has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imports and has threatened to extend the measures to include European cars. Read more

Slap on more sunscreen or increase your SPF, scientists warn (Skynews)

Spreading your sunscreen too thinly could give you less than half the intended level of protection, according to a study. Scientists have studied the DNA damage caused by ultraviolet rays on the skin of volunteers with various levels of sunscreen thickness. Their study showed that if applied with less than the recommended two milligrams per square centimetre of skin, sunscreen is not as effective. However, many people spread the lotion much more thinly than that, as little as 0.8 milligrams per square centimetre. At that level, an SPF 50 sunscreen would only provide up to 40% of the expected protection. Read more

Greece wildfires: Search continues after at least 74 killed (BBC)

The search for survivors is continuing in Greece, where at least 74 people have died in wildfires near the capital Athens. High winds spread the fire, trapping many in homes and vehicles and forcing others into the sea as they tried to escape the flames. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has declared three days of mourning. On Tuesday, the bodies of 26 adults and children who apparently died embracing each other were found on a cliff top. “They had tried to find an escape route but unfortunately these people and their kids didn’t make it in time. Instinctively, seeing the end nearing, they embraced, ” Nikos Economopoulos, head of Greece’s Red Cross, said. Read more

 

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