SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 11, 2018
Continuous Closure of Nigerian Shops in Ghana Worrisome – Dabiri-Erewa
Nigeria has expressed concern over the continued closure of Nigerians shops in Ghana two weeks after President Koffi Nana-Akudo gave the order to reopen them. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said in Abuja when the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) led by its President, Ken Ukuoha, paid her a visit. Ukuoha had led the Nigerian and Ghanaian Chapters of the union to present a petition on the continuous closure of their shops to President Mohammadu Buhari through Dabiri Erewa’s office.
Pope Francis Compares Abortion to Hiring a Hit Man to Solve a Problem
Pope Francis compared abortion to a mafia-style killing Wednesday, saying it’s the equivalent of hiring a hit man to “take out a human life to solve a problem.” Francis made the comments, among his strongest yet against abortion, during his weekly Wednesday audience dedicated to the commandment exhorting the faithful not to kill. Francis said some people justify abortion as respecting other rights. But, he asked, “How can an act that suppresses innocent and defenseless life as it blossoms be therapeutic, civil or simply human?”
PDP: Presidency’s Resort to Lies against Atiku, Sign of Defeat
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said wednesday that the several personal attacks by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and other officials of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led presidency against the character of its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, are signs of defeat. The party spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement said with the successful conduct of its presidential primary and the “popular emergence” of Atiku, Buhari presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) had become “intimidated; gone into panic mode and ignobly resorted to trading on rumour and spurious allegations, having failed in their evil machination to scuttle our presidential primary ab initio.
Soyinka Urges Youths to Prepare for Political Leadership
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has called on youths to prepare themselves for political leadership in the future, stating that there is need for them to distinguish between rhetoric and politics. Soyinka disclosed this yesterday in Lagos during the 2018 Felabration Senior Secondary Schools Debate organised by the Felabration Committee with the theme: ‘State Police: To or Not to be.’ He also stated that their presentations were evidence that there is collection of promising politicians in the country, adding that the presentations from the students were stimulating. The activist tasked the students to be good speakers for all occasions, adding that if they aspire to go in politics, they should be prepared seriously.
Aisha’s Brother Bombs Bindow, Says He Lacks Educational Qualification to Be Gov
Mahmood Halilu, younger brother of First Lady Aisha Buhari has accused Governor Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa State of lacking the basic educational qualification to contest for the office of governor. Halilu in an interview further alleged hanky-panky in the conduct of the All Progressives Congress, APC governorship primaries as he insisted that the party would lose the state if Governor Bindow is fielded as the candidate. Halilu is one of the aspirants who contested the primaries with Bindow.
House Threatens to Suspend Plenary over Detention of Member
Barely 24 hours after resuming from over two months’ recess, members of the House of Representatives wednesday called for the suspension of plenary if one of their members, Abubakar Abdulahi Lado (APC), held in detention by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is not released today. A member, Hon. Toby Okechukwu (PDP), representing Aninri/Awgu/Oji River federal constituency of Enugu State, in a petition on the floor of the House, called for the immediate release of the lawmaker representing Suleja federal constituency of Niger State who had remained in detention despite interventions of the leadership of the House of Representatives.
Plateau Youths Block Roads, Insist On LG Polls Result
Youths in Mangu Local Government Area have blocked the only road leading to Jos to protest the alleged refusal of electoral officers to release the results of the Plateau local governments elections held on Wednesday. The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the youths have refused all entreaties to vacate the road, and have vowed to remain there until the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, announced the outcome of the polls. NAN sources indicated that trouble started on Wednesday night when the Returning Officer for the local government, Mr. Christopher Beten, General Manager, Plateau Environmental Protection Agency, started the collation of results from the wards, but abandoned the exercise midway.
Court Voids Rivers APC’s List Of Candidates
A Port Harcourt court yesterday voided the election of officers and candidates of the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
But the party said it had appealed the judgment and requested a stay of execution. The ruling is a culmination of the crisis between Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe over the leadership of the party. Abe, ran a parallel congress which picked him as the governorship candidate. The Ameachi group, with the endorsement of the National Secretariat, picked Mr Tonye Cole as candidate. Cole is recognised by the national secretariat.
#BringBackOurGirls Crusader Shakes up Nigeria’s Presidential Race
In 2014, Obiageli Ezekwesili captured the world’s attention with #BringBackOurGirls, a campaign to rescue 276 schoolgirls who had been kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria, by the militant group Boko Haram. In announcing a presidential bid on Oct. 7, the former World Bank official now hopes to upend establishment politics in Africa’s most populous country.
AGAINST THE MACHINE
Ezekwesili’s work for the Chibok girls, half of whom are still missing, has earned her popularity and a reputation as a “dogged” advocate, says Leena Koni Hoffmann, an associate fellow at think tank Chatham House.
Associates Seek Role for Ex-DSS Boss Daura
After about 64 days of debriefing, former Department of State Services (DSS) Director-General Lawal Daura has been released from custody and his security aides restored. President Muhammadu Buhari has the final say on Daura’s fate. One of the allegations against Daura is unauthorised deployment of hooded security operatives to the National Assembly. It was learnt that some Daura associates are pushing for a key role for him in the President’s re-election campaign. Although he was in charge of security during the 2015 Presidential Campaign, it was unclear which specific role might be assigned to him.
Lecturer Burnt to Death in Ondo
An early morning inferno in Okitipupa, headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo state, killed one of the lecturers of the State-owned University of Science and Technology, Prof. Adegboyega Obadofin. The lecturer who until his death was the Acting Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the university, was said to die in the fire outbreak which occurred in his house. The cause of the fire outbreak in the building located around Ayeka area of the town, could not be ascertained but a source within the school said, the inferno was noticed around 2 am.
Justice Waziri Abali Is Dead
The death has been announced of Justice Waziri Abali, the Yerima of Fika. Abali is also a younger brother to Muhammad Ibn Abali Muhammad Idrissa, Emir of Fika and Chairman, Yobe State Council of Chiefs. His funeral prayers were held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Garki Area 1 Mosque near old Federal Secretariat, Abuja. He left behind one wife and several children. He was known for his frank views on complex legal issues and judicial accountability; he was also credited with initiating accountability for judges. Justice Abali attended the University of Sokoto from 1979 to 1982 for pre-degree in Law.
Boxing in Nigeria Needs More Promoters, Official Says
Rafiu Ladipo, the President of Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), on Thursday in Lagos said more promoters were needed to contribute to the boxing sport’s development in Nigeria. Ladipo told Newsmen he was however pleased with latest developments in boxing as the sport was gradually getting the attention it deserves. Ladipo said the upcoming boxing reality show, “Rumble in the Box’’, was an example of latest positive developments in the sport in Nigeria. “It is good. `Rumble in the Box’ which is set to come up in January will put boxing in Nigeria on another level. “I must commend the person who brought up the idea, Mansa Musa Promotions, for the initiative to develop the youths through their hard-earned funds.
Zimbabwe Arrests Protest Organizers as Economy Plunges
Lawyers say police in Zimbabwe have arrested dozens of trade union members ahead of a planned protest in the capital over the worst economic crisis in a decade. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights says police arrested Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions members in Harare and the cities of Mutare and Masvingo. There is a heavy police presence in Harare after the government banned the protest, citing an ongoing cholera outbreak. A court will hear a case challenging the ban later Thursday.
A New Indonesian Quake Killed 3 People in Java and Shook Bali
An earthquake collapsed homes on Indonesia’s Java island, killing at least three people, and shook the tourist hotspot of Bali on Thursday, two weeks after a major quake-tsunami disaster in a central region of the archipelago. Indonesia’s disaster agency said the nighttime quake was centered at sea, 55 kilometers (34 miles) northeast of Situbondo city, and also felt in Lombok. The U.S. Geological Survey said it had a 6.0 magnitude.
Hurricane Michael Downgrades To Tropical Storm
Residents of Florida Panhandle to central Georgia in the U.S. have heaved a sigh of relieve as Hurricane Michael downgraded early Thursday to a tropical storm after leaving a trail of destruction including at least two deaths. An unidentified man in the Florida Panhandle was killed by a fallen tree when it ripped through his home’s roof, a spokeswoman for the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News. Fox News also confirmed that an 11-year-old girl in Seminole County, Georgia, was killed Wednesday afternoon when thrashing winds sent a car or boat port airborne onto the family’s mobile home.
Kate Middleton Channels Meghan Markle’s Style in Off-The Shoulder Boulcé-Tweed Erdem Dress
Last night, Kate Middleton made her third public appearance in her official role as Duchess of Cambridge, since returning from maternity leave, at London’s iconic Victoria and Albert Museum. As the museum’s patron, the 37-year-old was bestowed with the honour of opening the site’s new photography centre as a result of her passion for art and taking pictures (remember those adorable snaps of Prince Louis?) For the occasion, Kate wore an Iman off-the-shoulder embellished bouclé-tweed midi dress by Erdem with a burgundy belt.