August 17, 2018

* Don’t listen to voices of critics with selfish, ulterior motives, Presidency advises Nigerians (Vanguard) * Buhari okays $1bn equipment for military (Punch)

* Don’t listen to voices of critics with selfish, ulterior motives, Presidency advises Nigerians (Vanguard)                          * Buhari okays $1bn equipment for military (Punch)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE APRIL 5, 2018

 

Don’t listen to voices of critics with selfish, ulterior motives, Presidency advises Nigerians (Vanguard)

The Presidency has urged Nigerians to count the blessings that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had brought to the country’s economy rather than listening to voices of critics with selfish ambitions. Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, stated this in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday. According to him, the Federal Government is still working hard to ensure that every citizen can feel the change for which they massively voted in 2015. “We are only saying that we must learn to pause and count our blessings. Read more

Buhari okays $1bn equipment for military (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the purchase of equipment worth $1bn for the military. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, stated this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that Buhari had with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday. “What I can add after all that I have said is to inform you that of recent, our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, gave approval for the purchase of more equipment for the military, worth $1bn,” the minister said. Read more

At Tinubu’s colloquium, APC, Buhari kick off 2019 presidential campaign (SUN)

The saying that “we must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us,” is perhaps apt in describing what played out last Thursday at the 10th Bola Tinubu colloquium, where President Muhammadu Buhari and the former Lagos State governor, who until recently appeared not to be on the same political wavelength, have now found reason to work together again, ahead of the 2019 presidential contest. Coming barely 48 hours after Buhari, against all known permutations, kicked against tenure elongation for the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and members of his team, a position earlier taken by Tinubu, which seems unpopular at the time, Buhari’s physical presence at the colloquium and the things he said on the occasion, was for many, an icing on the cake in the new found political romance between Buhari and Tinubu. Read more

PDP demands full disclosure of Buhari’s London trip (SUN)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has tasked the Presidency to make public, all issues relating to the planned   private visit of President Muhammadu Buhari’s to London, the United Kingdom. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday, the PDP  accused the presidency of always shrouding issues around president Buhari in secrecy. Consequently, the opposition party demanded full disclosure of the purpose of Buhari’s trip, his direct destination, the duration of the trip,  as well as the cost and source of the funding. Buhari is billed to commence his annual leave on Monday, April 9. Read more

Freedom for Leah Sharibu and the Chibok girls (SUN)

Nigerians woke up to the incredible news of the abduction of another set of schoolgirls, at the Government Girls’ Science School in Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 9, 2018. Later, it was discovered that about 110 girls of the over 900 students of the school, were missing. The abduction was a huge setback for girl-child education and could discourage other girls from attending secondary schools in the state. About a month after the abduction, about 104 of the schoolgirls, one young boy and another girl were safely returned to Dapchi on March 21, by Boko Haram insurgents. Unfortunately, five of the abducted girls were reported to have died during the abduction saga. Read more

Obasanjo to ICAN: you’ll incur govt’s displeasure with planned index (Nation)

There appear to be no break in  former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s unceasing attack on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Obasanjo yesterday warned the Chartered Institute of Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) that it risks incurring the “displeasure of the authorities” with its planned assessment of public finance in Nigeria through  “accountability index”. Obasanjo said God knows what to do concerning those desirous of “running the country aground” with their “impunity”. He spoke yesterday in Abeokuta when ICAN President Isma’la Zakari visited him. Zakari, who was in the Ogun State capital, ahead of the investiture of Atilade Bolarinwa as the 15th chairman of ICAN, Abeokuta District, told the ex-President that the institute would publish its first accountability index report in September. Read more

Ekiti 2018: Suspended lawmaker arrested, flown to Abuja (SUN)

Suspended member of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Gboyega Aribisogan, has been arrested by security agents and flown to Abuja. Aribisogan, who defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) last year, was arrested at about 6.30am, yesterday. Before he cross-carpeted, Aribisogan was suspended by the PDP-dominated House of Assembly for alleged disloyalty. His younger brother, Sola Aribisogan, who confirmed the arrest to newsmen, in a telephone chat, said about 10 security men from the Police, the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) and Department of State Services (DSS) effected the arrest. Read more

Ooni of Ife urges Kaduna Senators to support El-Rufai (ThisDay)

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has appealed to Kaduna State senators to forget about their political differences and support Governor Nasir El-Rufai to develop the state. The traditional ruler made the appeal wednesday in Kaduna at the third edition of the Kaduna Investment Forum. He was speaking against the backdrop of the recent rejection of the $350 million World Bank loan which the three senators from the state rejected. The monarch noted that Kaduna is a peculiar state with huge potential and one of the most blessed states in the federation, urging the three senators to support the governor by joining hands with him as a formidable force to make things work. Read more

Again, Ghana beats Nigeria, others in WASSCE (Tribune)

Three students from Ghana, all females, have come first, second and third best candidates in the 2017 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), beating their counterparts from Nigeria, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Liberia. They are Miss Jochebed Adwoa Sutherland (1st Prize), Miss Audrey Emefa Awuttey (2nd Prize) and Miss Rachel Amaning Kwarteng (3rd Prize). The trio were unveiled and rewarded for their outstanding performances with WAEC International Excellence Awards at the just concluded 66th annual meeting of the organisation in Banjul, Gambia. Read more

WAEC moves to ban candidates indicted for exam malpractice (Guardian)

Henceforth, candidates involved in malpractice during the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) would be banned from retaking the exams for a specific number of years. Besides, results of candidates indicted for examination malpractice as well as those involved in subjects would be entirely cancelled.These were some of the resolutions reached at the 65th Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) of the council held in Lagos. The body, which met with other stakeholders on issues of irregularities arising from the conduct of the 2018 private series West African Senior School Examination (WASSCE), charged them to support efforts in addressing poor school facilities. Read more

Mass posting of NYSC members to farms (SUN)

When the Nigerian civil war ended in 1970, there was no scarcity of ideas as to how Nigeria could fast track its quest for an organic national unity. The idea that won the day was one firmly founded on the youth of Nigeria.  The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was devised as a scheme that would see young Nigerians who had graduated from tertiary institutions, relocate for one year to another part of the country (they aren’t originally from); and whose ways they might find a little strange or quaint. There, they would be embedded for the purpose of soaking in its full flavour as well as being active participants in its development. Read more

Woman killed, baby abducted during outing with friend (Punch)

Some suspected child traffickers have absconded with a six-month-old baby after allegedly strangling her mother, Helen Ehianu, at Obior community, in the Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State. It was gathered that the 28-year-old, who had been missing since March 22, 2018, was found dead in a pit on March 24. The assailants were alleged to have absconded with her baby. Punch Metro gathered that not only was the victim strangled, her legs were also broken. Read more

NPFL: Red hot Lokosa hits goal number 14 for Kano Pillars (ThisDay)

Junior Lokosa yesterday fired his 14th goal of the season as Kano Pillars trounced FC Ifeanyiubah 4-0 in continuation of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). However, Lobi Stars maintained top spot after they drew 1-1 at Abia Warriors. Lobi Stars now have 27 points from 15 matches. Pillars shot to second spot after they dispatched visiting FC Ifeanyi ubah with the league leading scorer Lokosa netting a brace. Read more

CAF Confed Cup: Enyimba departs for Jo’burg (ThisDay)

Enyimba Football Club left Lagos wednesday for Johannesburg, South Africa to honour the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup Round of 16 tie with Bidvest Wits. The two-time African champions were drawn against the reigning South African PSL champions in last month’s draw in Cairo, and will play the first leg at the Milpark Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday, April 6. The team comprised of 18 players and the technical crew departed the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos last night. Read more

Obafemi Martins out Of Nigeria’s World Cup Plans (ThisDay)

Obafemi Martins who has been tipped with a return to the Super Eagles ahead of their campaign at the World Cup later in the year has been ruled out of action for six to seven months, according to a statement from his Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. Martins was forced out of their Asian Champions League game against Kashima Antlers of Japan which ended 2-2 due to an injury picked up 17 minutes into the game, which came few days after his hattrick in the Chinese Super League. Shanghai Shenhua Greenland announced yesterday via the twitter handle that the 33-year old will be out of action for around half a year as he suffered a ruptured hamstring of quadricep on his right knee. Read more

Ronaldo double powers Real to win over Juventus (Pakobserver)

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a record-breaking goal and a stunning overhead bicycle kick to bury Juventus 3-0 on Tuesday in a rematch of last year’s Champions League final. Ronaldo became the first player to score in 10 consecutive Champions League games after just as Real Madrid beat Juventus 3-0 in the first leg of the quarter-finals in Turin, but it was his second goal that everybody will remember. The Portuguese superstar surpassed himself with a breathtaking overhead hit from inside the box to help put holders Real Madrid closer to the semi-finals. “One of the most beautiful goals in the history of football,” said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. Read more

Manchester United agree deal with Huddersfield for Barrett and Spratt (Sportslens)

Manchester United confirm a deal with Huddersfield Town has been agreed that sees promising u18 defensive duo Jake Barrett and Harry Spratt leaving Old Trafford to join the Terriers. Barrett made seven appearances for the Kieran McKenna’s u18 side last season and six this campaign. The young Red Devils are fourth in Division Two, just two points adrift of leaders Swansea City after seven games and boast the second-best defensive record. The 18-year-old centre-back, who joined the Red Devils in July 2016, had a trial with Burnley in March but has now returned to his hometown club. He has already made his debut for Town in the u19 Champions Trophy in Germany. Read more

Sierra Leone declares former junta head president (CNN)

Sierra Leone’s election commission has declared the former military leader Julius Maada Bio president after a tight run-off vote.Bio, leader of the Sierra Leone People’s Party and former junta head of the West African nation in 1996, took  51.81 percent of the vote, beating Samura Kamara of the outgoing All People’s Congress, who won 48.19 in the poll on Wednesday. The retired brigadier was sworn-in and then took his oath of office, minutes after the declaration of the result by the country’s chief justice, Abdulai Cham, the Sierra Leone Telegraph reported. Bio succeeds President Ernest Bai Koroma, who leaves office after serving two five-year terms. Koroma came to power in 2007 in the shadow of a decade-long civil war that ended in 2002. Read more

New York police shoot dead black man holding metal pipe (Guardian)

A black man has been shot dead by police in New York after he pointed a metal pipe at them. Police had responded to emergency callers who said the man was aiming a firearm at pedestrians in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, an official said. The man took a two-handed shooting stance and pointed an object at police and three plainclothes officers and one uniformed officer shot 10 times, the chief of department, Terence Monahan, told a news conference. “This was a call of a man pointing what 911 callers and people felt was a gun at people on the street,” Monahan said. “When we encounter him, he turns with what appears to be a gun at officers.” Read more

Paradise lost? Philippines closes ‘cesspool’ tourist island of Boracay (CNN)

The Philippines has announced a six-month closure of the popular tourist destination of Boracay over concerns the island’s famous beaches and clear blue waters have been transformed into a “cesspool” due to sustained environmental damage. The closure, which will begin April 26, was announced following a cabinet meeting Wednesday, and would be a “total closure” to tourists, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said. No other information was made available, CNN Philippines reported. The decision ends weeks of speculation on the fate of the popular tourist destination, after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte complained about the state of the island in February. Read more

Breast cancer patients facing health cover gaps of more than $10,000, survey shows(Guardian)

Breast cancer patients are frequently incurring more than $10,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses, a new survey shows, prompting renewed calls for an inquiry into Australia’s private health insurance system. A survey of 1,200 people, conducted by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, showed significant out-of-pocket expenses were becoming the norm for many patients, including for those with private health insurance. Out-of-pocket expenses were more than $10,000 for more than a quarter of breast cancer patients, and more than one-third for those with chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis. Read more

 

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