SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 2, 2018
Despite FG Travel Ban, Orji Kalu Travels to Germany
Despite being listed among the 50 high-profile Nigerians barred by the Federal Government from travelling out of the country, a former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has gone to Germany for surgery. Kalu’s media aide, Kunle Oyewunmi, who disclosed this, said his principal left the country on Monday aboard a Lufthansa aircraft. Kalu, who is now a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, according to Oyewunmi, left for Wiesbaden, Germany, alongside his wife, Ifunanya. The former governor was said to have gone for “a major surgery” to address “an undisclosed and life-threatening ailment.”
Nigerian Army Posts Trump Video to Justify Shooting Shiites
Nigeria’s army on Friday posted a video of US President Donald Trump saying soldiers would shoot migrants throwing stones to justify opening fire on a Shiite group this week. “Please watch and make your deductions,” said the army in a post on its official Twitter account. In the video, Trump warns that soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally.
Court Fixes December 14 For Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia Trial
An Ikeja High Court has fixed Dec. 14 to hear the no-case submissions in the ongoing corruption trial of Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, a Federal High Court, Lagos judge and Godwin Obla, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). Ofili-Ajumogobia is standing trial alongside Obla (SAN) on a 31-count charge bordering on an alleged perversion of the course of justice, unlawful enrichment and forgery proffered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Hakeem Oshodi fixed the date on Friday after hearing the submissions of the prosecution and defence.
Ondo Police Arrest Cook Who Killed Ope Bademosi
The Ondo State Police Command has arrested the cook who killed his boss, Chief Ope Bademosi, in Lagos. The cook, who was identified as Sunday, was said to have committed the offence at the Lagos home of the deceased. He was alleged to have run away after the dastardly act. The police thereafter declared him wanted. The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the arrest and said the suspect would be paraded today at the headquarters of the command.
INEC – Voter Cards Collection Low In Rivers
Mr Edwin Enabor, the Head, Voter Education, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Rivers has criticised the low rate of voter cards collection in the state. Enabor told newsmen in Port Harcourt on Friday that a large number of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) meant for the electorate in Rivers were still unclaimed. “The rate at which registrants from the state are collecting their cards is very low; we have a large number of cards lying unclaimed. “This is worrisome because these cards are meant to qualify people to participate in the forthcoming elections,’’ he said.
Dangote Hires 15 Foreign Professors for Kano University
The Chancellor, Kano state University of Science and Technology (KUST) Wudil, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has given the approval for the recruitment of 15 foreign Professor into the university. The professors would be on his payroll for 4 years. Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Shehu Alhaji Musa, disclosed this at a press briefing held in Kano on Friday where he spoke about some developmental strides recorded in the university. He added that Dangote had taken the burden of payment of their salaries for four years with possible extension to eight years in addition to building, furnishing their accommodation within the University.
NFF Seek to End Power Disputes with Reform Committee
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have set up a reform committee which they hope will put an end to perennial power tussles that have caused the wrath of FIFA. The NFF announced a reform committee headed by 1st Vice-President Seyi Akinwunmi and which has three months to work will among other things recommend “much-needed changes to NFF’s governance structure, electoral procedures and dispute resolution mechanism”. The committee will also aim to provide stable foundations for football in Nigeria and ensure a commitment to good governance, inclusion and transparency in all areas of the NFF operations.
Solomon Dalung Debunks N7.5bn Allocation Claims For Bash Ali Fight
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has dismissed a claim by one purported civil rights organization, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) that the sum of N7.5 billion has been “criminally diverted” by the Ministry of a Youth and Sports. He described the allegation as a cheap attempt to hug the headline in a quest for relevance as he said no money was ever approved from the Ministry or Presidency for such bogus venture. Dalung wondered why the said civil right organization whose watchword should be civility, truthfulness and fairness could claim such amount was approved by the Presidency for a World title fight by Bash Ali.
Novak Djokovic Celebrates Elevation to World Number 1
Novak Djokovic celebrated his elevation to world number one by reaching a new personal landmark to reach the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Thursday. The Serb won his last 16 tie with Damir Dzumhur after the Bosnian was forced to retire trailing 6-1, 2-1 at Bercy. For second seed Djokovic it meant he extended his sequence of consecutive winning sets to 30, passing his previous best mark of 29 from 2015. The four-time Paris champion faces Marin Cilic in the last eight on Friday. Djokovic takes over as world number one in the latest ATP rankings published Monday from Rafael Nadal, who withdrew injured from Paris on Wednesday. Cilic, the fifth seed, secured his quarter-final ticket with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 defeat of Grigor Dimitrov.
Unai Emery’s Arsenal Face Acid Test Against Liverpool
Unai Emery’s Arsenal have come a long way since losing their first two Premier League games of the season, and they face a major test of their credentials with the visit of unbeaten Liverpool on Saturday. Juergen Klopp’s side, second in the league standings on goal difference behind Manchester City, have only dropped points against the champions and Chelsea in their opening 10 matches as they bid for a first top-flight title since 1990. Those same sides inflicted defeats on Arsenal in Emery’s first matches in charge after taking over from long-standing French Coach, Arsene Wenger. The Gunners quickly adapted to the Spaniard’s methods, however, winning 11 games in a row in all competitions in a run only halted by a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Jamal Khashoggi Memorial Service: Live Stream
Jamal Khashoggi is being remembered in a memorial service in Washington. The Saudi journalist, Washington Post contributor and regime critic went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for routine paperwork on October 2. Turkish authorities claimed Khashoggi was brutally murdered and dismembered. At first, Saudi leadership denied knowing anything about his disappearance, but after more than two weeks, claimed the dissident died during a “brawl” in the consulate. The incident sparked global outrage.
Barbra Streisand Moving To Canada Over Midterms?
With emotions swirling over midterms halfway through President Donald Trump’s first term, a familiar threat has risen again: “If ________ win(s), I’m moving to Canada.” Barbra Streisand told the New York Times she may head north if Republicans hold their grip on the House next week, saying political worries have driven her to eat pancakes, which are, she lamented, “very fattening.” Moving to Canada may not help Streisand’s pancake habit — she likes hers with maple syrup — but experts on decision making say devastated Americans won’t likely move post-election, anyway. The reason? We’re really, really bad at predicting how we’ll be feeling in the future.