August 14, 2018

* Buhari’s alleged promise to serve 1 term is a misquote, says Adesina (Punch) * Nigerian looters behind protest against Buhari in London, Says Presidency (Nation)

* Buhari’s alleged promise to serve 1 term is a misquote, says Adesina (Punch)               * Nigerian looters behind protest against Buhari in London, Says Presidency (Nation)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE APRIL 11, 2018

 

Buhari’s alleged promise to serve 1 term is a misquote, says Adesina (Punch)

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, has described as a “misquote” a reminder that President Muhammadu Buhari had pledged to serve for only one term, with a promise to never seek re-election. President Buhari, 75, had on Monday shortly before he left for London, declared his intention to run for presidential election in 2019. Adesina, who is the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity and currently on the President’s entourage to London, was reacting to a contributor on a television programme via Skype on Tuesday. Yemi Akinbode, who called in to contribute to the programme, said he was not surprised by the President’s declaration despite his pledge in 2014 not to seek re-election. Read more

Nigerian looters behind protest against Buhari in London, Says Presidency (Nation)

The Presidency on Tuesday said that Nigerians looters leaving abroad and in Nigeria were behind the protest against President Muhammadu Buhari in London. The President left Nigeria on Monday for official visit to the United Kingdom. A presidential source, who does not want his name in prints, maintained that the protest was corruption fighting back. He said “Barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari declared his intention to contest for another term in office as President of Nigeria, the camps of alleged looters and corrupt elements within and outside the country have been jolted, forcing them to push panic buttons including renting a motley crowd of professional demonstrators to protest against the President on his arrival into the United Kingdom. Read more

APC, INEC planning to rig Ekiti poll – PDP (Nation)

The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the Ekiti State governorship election slated for July. The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, made the allegation when the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Bernhard Schlagheck, paid a courtesy call on the party’s leadership at its Abuja secretariat. The PDP chairman told the envoy that instead of fulfilling its campaign promises to Nigerians, the APC administration has plunged the country into several crises. Secondus, who called on the international community to prevail on the government to ensure free and fair election in Ekiti. Read more

Looters’ list: FG taking Nigerians for a ride – Kwara House Speaker Ahmad (SUN)

The Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad, has described the Federal Government’s preparation of another ‘Looters list’ as taking Nigerians for a ride. Ahmad stated this in an interview with journalists in ilorin, saying that a new looters list‎ would obviously contain names of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members, and might even contain members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). “To me, the expected looters list is an opposition list. I didn’t even read the other one and this one that is coming I won’t read it. I know the names of those likely to be there, so I won’t waste my time reading it. I will rather invest my time on things that are resourceful and important. Honestly, preparing the looters list shows that the minister doesn’t have a serious work to do,” Ahmad said. Read more

Age may not matter in 2019 poll – Onaiyekan (Nation)

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, said on Tuesday age may not matter for President Muhammadu Buhari in seeking re-election in 2019. He said what should be of importance to those seeking to rule should be their concern for others, politics and service to people in the name of God. Although he said there was need to give room to younger people to rule the nation, experiences had shown that young people had not performed. Onaiyekan, who made the submissions at the post-humous launching of the autobiography of a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Mathew Mbu, said whoever was seeking re-election must give cogent reasons. Read more

Boko Haram explosives expert arrested, says military spokesman (SUN)

Military operatives and men of the Department of State Service (DSS) have arrested a Boko Haram suspect, alleged to specialize in making explosives for bomb attacks by the terror group. Spokesman of the Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said the suspect was apprehended along Bauchi-Gombe highway on Monday during a stop and search operation. “Combined Operatives of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and the Department of State Service conducting Counter Terrorism Operations in north eastern Nigeria have arrested a Boko Haram terrorist who specializes in making Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) for the terrorists group,” Nwachukwu said in a statement. Read more

Abacha loot: FG confirms recovery of $322.51m from Switzerland (Nation)

The Federal Government says it has received 322.51 million dollars from the Swiss Government as part of looted funds recovered from former Head of State, late General Sani Abacha. Mr Oluyinka Akintunde, the Special Adviser, Media and Communications to the Minister of Finance, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. According to Akintunde, the government received the money since Dec., 2017. Akintunde said there was no controversy surrounding the recovery of stolen funds by the former head of state from the Swiss Government. “The minister wishes to dissociate herself and the Federal Ministry of Finance from recent reports on the Abacha refunds. Read more

Ozekhome: Buhari has failed Nigeria (ThisDay)

Barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari made his intention to seek re-election in 2019 known, a constitutional lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, has said that President Buhari has failed Nigeria having performed abysmally and disastrously between 2015 and 2018. Ozekhome, also a human rights activist, thus asked Nigerians to reject him at the polls, saying Buhari had failed to deliver his electoral promises to restore economy, fight corruption and ensure security. He made the call Tuesday in a statement he issued in response to Buhari’s declaration to seek re-election in 2019, noting that the speculation that the ruling APC “is banking on massive rigging of the 2019 election to win is merely illusory”. Read more

Abacha loot: Adeosun blocks $16.9m payment to Malami’s lawyers (Vanguard)

Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has refused to approve the payment of $16.9 million fees to two lawyers for the recovery of Abacha loot worth $321 million. Adeosun also wrote a strongly-worded letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, raising objections to the payment. Meanwhile, the recovered sum, according to online platform, TheCable,  has been repatriated to Nigeria by the Swiss government, following the execution of the memorandum of understanding, MoU, between the two countries for the judicious use of the recovery. Read more

Power blackout, water scarcity hit Sokoto residents (SUN)

For more than 48 hours, residents of Sokoto State experiened a total blackout as a technical team of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KAEDCO) were unable to detect a fault on the state’s power transmission line. The power distribution company has Sokoto as one of its franchise states. The sudden blackout was compounded by acute water scarcity in the northern state which has been lingering for more than three months now due to the rapid drying up of the Goronyo Dam. Read more

Breaking: 2baba to vie for Political office (Vanguard)

Multiple music award winner, Mr Innocent Idibia, is set to swell the ranks of entertainers seeking political offices. Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos, the R&B crooner and songwriter said it is about time good people intervened in Nigeria’s politics. He however, did not reveal under which political platform and at what level he would be seeking to actualise his political aspiration. Nonetheless, Mr Idibia said he was interested in affecting lives positively and would soon pick up the challenge of a political position. He also urged youths to get more involved politically. Read more

Next edition of BBNaija must hold in Nigeria –Censors board (Punch)

Executive Director, National Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Adedayo Thomas, says the next edition of Big Brother Nigeria reality show should be hosted in the country. Thomas, in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria  on Tuesday in Abuja, said this while expressing displeasure on why a Nigerian show was being held in South Africa. NAN reports that the BBNaija, which was introduced in 2006, is a special Nigerian version of the continental show Big Brother Africa. Read more

Another victim feared killed in SARS brutality in Lagos (ThisDay)

Barely hours after the Lagos State Police Command initiated an investigation into the harassment and extortion of one Emmanuel James by operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), another victim was Tuesday feared dead in another incident. While James was arrested and harassed Monday, last week, at the Okota area, the other victim, whose identity was yet to be known, was brutally beaten up by SARS operatives at Ogba. According to reports, the operatives had accosted him at Haruna Bus Stop in Ogba and requested to have his phone searched but he refused, which resulted in the SARS operatives brutally beating him up. Read more

Nigerian Army 81 Division arrests 13 male for impersonating, assaulting civilians (ThisDay)

81 Division Nigerian Army in Lagos has paraded 13 impostors and criminals – all male – within its area of responsibility in various parts of Lagos and Ogun States for parading themselves as military personnel and assaulting innocent civilians. These impostors were paraded today April 9 at the Headquarters 81 Division in Kofo Abayomi Lagos by the Chief Staff 81 Division, Brigadier General Hamisu Hassan on behalf of the General Officer Commanding Enobong Udoh. Among the 13 arrested were deserter soldiers, dismissed personnel and criminals who aid and abet these impostors by making fake military ID cards and providing them with military accoutrements used to carry out their nefarious acts. They are: Emmanuel Anthony, Abdullahi Mubarak, Ibeh Gabriel Emeka, Olasunkanmi Olamide, Godwin Emmanuel, Private Ahmed Yahaya, Ale Ayokunle, Robert Danang, Corporal Abubakar, Private Ibrahim Isah, Monday Oga, Emeka Stephen and Bala Gabriel for crimes of varying degrees. Read more

Rohr identifies handicap of local players (Nation)

Absence of modern facilities has been identified as the greatest handicap of local players in their attempt to compare with their counterparts in Europe. Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr made the submission while reviewing Nigeria’s qualification for the world cup, contribution of players both home and abroad to the feat achieved so far, noted that foreign based players have the privilege of playing and training with the best of facilities which brings out the best in them while their counterparts at home face lots of challenges which hamper their development and affect their output. “The local players’ have a lot of challenges no doubt about that, and it is bound to affect their output and standard. Read more

Champions League: Man City boss Guardiola sent off for referee rant (Punch)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had to watch the second half of his side’s pulsating Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Liverpool from the stands after being sent off by Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz. Guardiola furiously approached Lahoz at the half-time whistle with City leading 1-0 on the night but still trailing 3-1 on aggregate. Minutes before the break officials had wrongly disallowed a second City goal when Leroy Sane was flagged offside despite the ball into the German coming off Liverpool’s James Milner. Read more

Roma shock Barcelona to reach Champions League semi-finals (Punch)

Kostas Manolas capped a sensational Roma comeback as the Italian side shocked Barcelona 3-0 in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg to progress on away goals after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate. Edin Dzeko’s early goal at the Stadio Olimpico gave Roma hope of overturning a 4-1 deficit from the first leg before Daniele de Rossi converted a 58th-minute penalty. Greece international Manolas completed an improbable turnaround eight minutes from time by glancing in a header from a corner. Read more

The right’s insane sliming of David Hogg (CNN)

If Republicans are trying to alienate themselves from a generation of voters, they’re doing a bang-up job. Polls shows that young people, and especially young women, are fleeing to the Democratic Party in large numbers. And who can blame them? Too many politicians in the GOP, and their media mouthpieces, have insulted them, smeared them and pawned their futures in exchange for short-term gain. The treatment of Parkland student David Hogg, 17, is just one obvious and egregious example. For having the audacity to say he believes the United States should have sane gun control laws — in line with every other developed nation on Earth — Hogg has been relentlessly attacked by right-wing media. Read more

Trump cancels trip to Latin America, prompting relief and criticism (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled his first official trip to Latin America, the White House announced on Tuesday, triggering a mix of relief and criticism from a region he has repeatedly disparaged over immigration, narcotics and trade. Trump wants to focus on his response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, and will send his Vice President Mike Pence to the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, in his place, the White House said. The announcement comes as Trump rails against a Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the offices and home of his personal lawyer. Read more

Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress over Facebook data scandal (ITV)

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has apologised for failing to protect user data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In an eagerly-anticipated appearance before US Congress onTuesday, Zuckerberg said, “We didn’t take a broad enough view of ourresponsibility and that was a big mistake.” “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.” On the subject of fake news, Zuckerberg said “one of my greatest regrets in running the company” was its slowness at uncovering and acting against disinformation campaigns by Russian trolls during the US election. Read more

Saudi Arabia to build giant $9bn oil complex with French company Total (Independent)

Saudi Arabia’s state oil giant Aramco, the most valuable energy company in the world, is to build a giant petro-chemical complex in the city of Jubail in partnership with French energy company Total. The announcement came as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visits French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. The joint venture will “exploit operational synergies” and see $9bn (£7.2bn) invested in the project in the Persian Gulf, the companies said after signing a memorandum of understanding. Read more

Trump believes Mueller investigation has ‘gone too far,’ White House says (Independent)

President Donald Trump thinks special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has gone too far, the White House has said. The president “has been clear that he thinks that this has gone too far,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, speaking the day after federal agents raided the offices of Mr. Trump’s personal attorney. Ms. Sanders refused to say whether Mr Trump would fire the special counsel investigating his campaign’s possible ties to Russia, saying only that he had the power to do so if he wished. Read more

Robert Mueller investigating $150,000 payment to Trump by Ukrainian businessman for 20-minute campaign appearance (Independent)

The special counsel is investigating a payment made to President Donald Trump’s foundation by a Ukrainian steel magnate for a talk during the campaign, according to three people briefed on the matter, as part of a broader examination of streams of foreign money to Trump and his associates in the years leading up to the election. Investigators subpoenaed the Trump Organisation this year for an array of records about business with foreign nationals. In response, the company handed over documents about a $150,000 (£121,000) donation that the Ukrainian billionaire, Victor Pinchuk, made in September 2015 to the Donald J. Trump Foundation in exchange for a 20-minute appearance by Mr Trump that month through a video link to a conference in Kiev. Read more

 

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