SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – JANUARY 13, 2019
Division in Atiku campaign as Ekweremadu stays away
There are reported divisions in the People’s Democratic Party’s presidential campaign as associates and supporters of the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, appear to be taking a back seat in the campaign process. Earlier, the PDP had denied an earlier reported statement attributed to the Buhari Media Organisation that Ekweremadu and South-East governors were working for the success of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election. But an associate of Ekweremadu, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity over the issue on Friday, said the Deputy Senate President deliberately stayed away from the campaign of the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
CJN Onnoghen’s trial must follow due process, Saraki tells FG
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has emphasised the need for the federal government to follow due process in its plan to try the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, over allegation of non-declaration of his assets. Saraki, also expressed hope that Onnoghen’s arraignment by the federal government before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja on Monday, will not cause crisis in the nation’s judicial system. The Senate President in a statement on Sunday noted his belief that if the government truly has genuine reason to put the incumbent Chief Justice of Nigeria on trial, it should ensure that every step in the process is transparent and the normal process as provided by the law is followed to the letter.
Implement the agreement reached with ASUU, NANS begs FG
The National Association of Nigerian Students has appealed to the Federal Government to fulfill agreements reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, in order to ensure resumption of academic activities in public universities. NANS’ National Public Relations Officer, Mr. Bestman Okereafor, made the appeal in a statement issued on Sunday in Enugu and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria. “The attention of the apex student governing body, NANS, has been drawn to the recent ASUU position and condition for suspension of the ongoing strike embarked upon by the union.
Onnoghen: Constitution says erring judges must be investigated by NJC only —Afe Babalola
Legal luminary, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), has described the proposed trial on Monday of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged failure to fully declare his assets as “denigration of the country’s Judiciary and Constitution.” He also noted the constitutional provision which stipulates that any infraction by judges must first be investigated and then resolved by the National Judicial Council, “to the exclusion of any other body or authority.” Babalola, in a statement on Sunday entitled, Proposed arraignment of the Hon Justice Walter Onnoghen: Again, I say two wrongs do not make a right, said the law had made clear the processes for the trial of judicial officers and as well their removal, hence the need to desist from “contempt and denigration of the judiciary.”
It’s strange Secondus backs Adebutu, says Kashamu
The senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kasamu, has described the support of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Uche Secondus for the governorship candidacy of Hon. Ladi Adebutu as strange. Kashamu, who spoke in Lagos at the weekend against the backdrop of claims that he had withdrawn from the Ogun State governorship race, said his interest was for the PDP to emerge victorious in the March 2 poll. He said: “It is strange that the national leadership of the PDP- led by Prince Uche Secondus is claiming that Ladi (Adebutu) is the governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun despite that he emerged through an illegal process. “The PDP leaders are the ones making a mistake. They are respectable people but there are no two governorship candidates of the PDP in Ogun.
INEC reproduces 2,045 PVCs stolen in A’Ibom —REC
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom, Mr. Mike Igini, says 2,045 Permanent Voters Cards stolen in the Okobo Local Government Area of the state has been reproduced. Igini, at an interactive session with newsmen in Uyo on Sunday, said that the PVC’s would be given to the rightful owners with assurances that no one would be disenfranchised during the elections scheduled to commence on February 16. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the PVCs were stolen during a mob action that occurred at the 2018 primaries at Okobo Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom.
The #AmaechiTapes and the Low Budget Lai Mohammed Called Tolu Ogunlesi
Many Nigerians would have by now heard my #AmaechiTapes. Let me assure Nigerians that they are genuine, un-doctored and reflect the private thinking of not just Rotimi Amaechi, but even many leading members of the selfish elite that imposed an inept and nepotistic leader on Nigeria. If you have paid attention to the whole saga, you would know that Rotimi Amaechi himself has not said anything with regards to the tapes. He has sponsored various faceless and known minions to try to muddy the waters, but he himself has not said anything about the tapes.
Army uncovers Boko Haram logistics suppliers in Borno
The Nigerian Army on Sunday, said it had uncovered Boko Haram logistics supply syndicates among loggers and charcoal dealers in Borno. Brig.-Gen. Bulama Biu, the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri. Biu was reacting to the ban imposed on the supply of firewood and charcoal in Borno. He disclosed that intelligence report indicated that some dealers in Maiduguri were hiding under the guise of firewood trade to aid the insurgents. “Some of them are errand boys of the Boko Haram insurgents, they hide food items, drugs, petrol and other items beneath their trucks, and supplied them to the terrorists.
Fayemi: Within 7 Days, 1 Killed, 5 Kidnapped in Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi saturday lamented the rising spate of kidnapping in the state, disclosing that within seven days, suspected kidnappers killed one person and abducted five others in different parts of the state. Consequently, the governor urged O’dua People’s Congress (OPC) and vigilante operatives to support security agencies to rid the state of criminal elements, mainly the rampaging kidnappers that are perpetrating abduction in the state. He made the remarks at a meeting with the leadership of the OPC in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, canvassing multi-pronged approach to fighting the rising spate of kidnapping and criminal activities in the state.
Alasoadura mourns Ekiti auto crash victims
The lawmaker representing Ondo Central Senatorial District, Tayo Alasoadura on Sunday consoled with families of victims of Saturday’s truck accident in Ifaki/ Iworoko road in Ekiti State. At least 15 persons were reportedly crushed to death in Iworoko,Ado-Ekiti when the driver of the trailer conveying Alasoadura branded bags of rice lost control and rammed into the main market in Ado-Ekiti,the state capital. A statement issued by Alasoadura’s Media Aide, Dayo Joseph, commiserated with the people of the area over the accidents. The law maker said the bags of rice were purchased from a Rice Mill in Kebbi State to patronise and encourage local production of rice.
Australian Open: Serena ready to claim first Slam as a mum, says coach
Serena Williams is ready to win her first Grand Slam title as a mother, having arrived at the Australian Open in her best condition since coming back from maternity leave, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Frenchman Mouratoglou, who has guided Williams to the last 10 of her 23 Grand Slam titles, felt the American great was in “decent shape” when she reached last year’s finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. However, her fitness had since gone up a notch and Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles may well be in peril at Melbourne Park, he said.
Griezmann the saviour for Atletico again
Antoine Griezmann came to the rescue again as Atletico Madrid kept the pressure on Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Sunday by edging past Levante. Griezmann has now scored all of Atletico’s last six goals and this latest one, from the penalty spot, proved the difference in a cagey contest at the Wanda Metropolitano. A 1-0 victory for Diego Simeone’s side cuts the gap from five points to two behind Barca, who will restore their advantage with a win over Eibar later on Sunday.
Trump rejects report that he hid details of Putin meetings
President Donald Trump has rejected a Washington Post report that he has refused to share details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin with top US government officials. Trump, in a telephone interview late Saturday with Fox News, dismissed as “ridiculous” the Post story that alleged he went to great lengths to hide the content of his talks with Putin, even confiscating the notes of his interpreter and ordering that person to not discuss what was said.