SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR JUNE 19, 2017
Ondo APC chieftain dies in kidnappers’ den
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Mr. Olamide Odimayo has reportedly died in the den of his abductors.
The deceased was allegedly kidnapped last Thursday by some unknown gunmen at his home in Igbotu town in Ese Odo Local Government Area of the state. Read more
Court to rule on Tompolo’s fundamental rights suit July 14
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday further adjourned till July 14, to deliver judgment in a fundamental rights suit filed by Government Ekpemulopo, alias Tompolo.
Tompolo, who had been declared wanted since February 12, 2016 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is seeking court’s protection against prosecution over an alleged N45.9 billion fraud. Read more
Ex-Gov Suswam, ex-aides object to trial in Benue
A former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, and two of his former aides on Monday objected to a proposal by the Federal Government to transfer their trial from the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to the Makurdi Division on 32 charges of diverting the state’s N9.79bn.
The total sum of N9,791,602,453.8 allegedly diverted by the defendants between 2012 and 2015 while Suswam was the governor of the state, was said to be meant for police reform and the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme. Read more
Nigerian govt set to release N350 billion for capital projects – Adeosun
The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun said that the federal government was ready to release N350 billion, being the first tranche for implementation of the 2017 budget.
Mrs. Adeosun said this on Monday in Abuja at the public presentation of 2017 Appropriation Act.
She said that the Federal Government had enough cash available to immediately commence the execution of key projects and initiatives scheduled for the 2017 fiscal year. Read more
Nigeria will exit recession next year – Statistician General
The Statistician General of the Federation, Dr. Yemi Kale has said barring further economic upheavals or exogenous shocks, the Nigerian economy is expected to exit the current recession in 2018, THIS DAY reports.
His forecast on the economy is more conservative than that of other watchers of the economy, including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Dr. Yemi Dipeolu, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which have forecast that the Nigerian economy will exit the recession this year. Read more
Court remands retired Navy Captain over N90m fraud
A retired Navy Capt. Jerry Ogbonna, 63, who allegedly defrauded two banks of N90m, was on Monday remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of an Ikeja High Court ordered that Ogbonna should be remanded following his plea of not guilty to the two-count of obtaining money under false pretences.
Ipaye adjourned the case until July 4 and 5 for trial. Read more
Eight Boko Haram suspects arraigned for murder of foreigners
The Nigerian government on Monday arraigned eight Boko Haram suspects for the killing of five foreigners who were abducted from a construction site in Kebbi State in 2011.
The suspects are also accused of culpability in the murder of seven other foreigners in Borno State. The seven were abducted from another construction site in Bauchi State in February 2013, and taken to the Sambisa forest. Read more
HABDEC empowers Nigerians on agric productivity
As part of efforts to reduce poverty and unemployment, Highhill Agribusiness Development and Incubation Centre (HABDEC), has embarked on a free training on agricultural productivity to empower Nigerians between age 18 and 50 in the country.
The free mentorship and practical agribusiness empowerment boot camp was designed to train participants on the 4P crops, which include plantain, pawpaw, pineapple and potatoes, among others, horticulture and livestock, as the first batch of students who enrolled for the project graduated last month.
Speaking with Daily Sun, the Managing Director of HABDEC, Adeniyi Sola, described agricultural sector as a sector with viable opportunities for young people to tap into. He said the company has mapped out strategies to get young people involved in the green business through the free agribusiness internship programme. Read more
Journalist assaulted by Customs may suffer Glaucoma, says health official
Health official, Akintayo Akintoba, on Monday in Lagos testified that several tests including a CT scan on the brain were conducted on a journalist, Yomi Olomofe, following an alleged battering by some officials of the Nigerian Customs Service on June 25, 2015.
Olomofe had slammed a N500m suit on the Customs Service for the alleged physical assault he suffered in the hands of the men at Seme Border Post in Badagry, Lagos State. Read more
Ambode swears in LASIEC Commissioners
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday swore in new Commissioners of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission with a charge on the new appointees to add value to the corporate governance, growth and all-round development of the State.
The Governor also swore in members of the State’s Public Procurement Agency, Audit Service Commission, Director-General of the State’s Safety Commission and also inaugurated members of the State Science and Innovation Council. Read more
Kerosene tank explodes in flame, burns woman, car
Commercial activities and vehicular movement were, on Monday, brought to a halt at the ever-busy Douglas Road by Christ Church/Chikwere axis in Owerri, Imo State, when a 1,000-litre kerosene tank went up in flames.
Eyewitnesses who were traders told our correspondent that a kerosene distributor, identified only as Julie, had engaged the services of a welder to weld a leaking part of her surface tank which was full of kerosene. Read more
Kwara’s police commissioner retires
The Commissioner of Police in Kwara, Olusola Amore, on Monday, urged the Federal Government to improve funding of the police for the effective discharge of their constitutional roles.
He made the call in Ilorin in a speech he delivered on his retirement from the police service.
He said that setting up of quasi-security agencies was never an antidote or solution to security challenges in the country. Read more
Obaseki tasks new political appointees on grassroots’ development
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has admonished new political appointees to see their appointments as a call to service and opportunities to impact positively on their communities.
Obaseki gave the advice at the opening ceremony of a two- day orientation organised for newly appointed 54 Senior Special Assistants and 192 Special Assistants in Benin City on Monday.
The governor said that the programme was to expose the appointees to their roles in the developmental drive of his administration. Read more
Ekiti PDP Inaugurates Panel to Probe Suspended Lawmaker
For allegedly hobnobbing with opposition figures and those perceived to be adversaries to the Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has inaugurated a probe panel to try the suspended member of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan, for alleged disloyalty.
Aribisogan, representing Ikole Constituency 1, was suspended last
year October by Hon. Kola Oluwawole-led assembly for allegedly holding nocturnal meetings with those they branded as ‘enemies of Governor Fayose’. Read more
25 Containers For Terminal Rehabilitation Rot Away At Lagos Airport
No fewer than 25 iron beam containers have been abandoned at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos since 2015, while an additional 70 containers imported from China have gone missing.
Our correspondent revealed that the 25 containers of iron beams were ordered by former Minister of Aviation Stella Oduah in 2014 for the reconstruction of the hajj and cargo terminals before she was removed from office over her illegal purchase of two bulletproof BMWs. Read more
Court Remands Niger PDP Chairman, Tanko Beji, in prison
A Minna High Court judge, Justice Aliyu Maiyaki, on Monday remanded the Niger State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Tanko Beji, in prison till Friday when he will rule on his application for bail.
Counsel to Beji, Mr. Olajide Ayodele (SAN), had asked the court to release the chairman on bail because “he is a well known person in the state and the legal profession and as such cannot jump bail”. Read more
Dariye begs court to adjourn N1.1bn scam trial
ormer Plateau Governor, Joshua Dariye, on Monday begged an FCT High Court in Gudu to adjourn his trial over alleged N1.1bn scam on medical grounds.
Dariye, who is facing 21 counts of money laundering and diversion of state ecological fund to the tune of N1.162bn, prayed the court for adjournment to enable him travel abroad for eye treatment. Read more
Ondo disburses N230m bursary to 5,216 students
The Ondo State government has disbursed a sum of N230m as bursary and scholarships to students of the state.
Specifically, the beneficiaries of the money, which was disbursed through the Oil Producing Area Development Commission, were students from Ilaje and Ese Odo Local Government Areas of the state. Read more
APC praises Masari for drilling 250 boreholes in Mai’adua
The All Progressive Congress has commended Governor Aminu Masari for drilling 250 boreholes to improve potable water supply in Mai’adua Local Government, Katsina State.
Koza said that the intervention had bailed out communities in the area who had suffered “endless water scarcity for years.”
According to him, Katsina State Government is also repairing many motorised solar water pumps in the area to boost water supply. Read more
Muslims lend Christians hijab to escape Isis attack
Muslims in The Philipines are providing assistance to Christians to escape Isis attack.
According to reports, Muslims in Marawi are lending female Christains hijabs to disguise out of the city.
There are about 1,500 of them trapped in the besieged Filipino city. It is said that 100 people escaped on foot while others have swum across the river. Read more
Nigeria’s Highest Paid Footballer : My High School Sweetheart Dumped Me Because
Former Watford striker Odion Ighalo has shared an inspirational message, revealing that his girlfriend in secondary school dumped him because he did not have enough money to take care of her needs.
The Changchun Yatai F.C frontman’s circumstances have changed as he is presently Nigeria’s highest paid sportsman, with wages of €12.1 million per season.
”From Ajegunle to the world, I serve a living God, this is me 11 years ago. Those earrings are not earrings, I could not even afford to buy earrings that is tape, plasta,” Ighalo said on social media. Read more
We’re not interested in Ronaldo – Bayern
Bayern Munich on Monday rubbished reports they are set to swoop for world superstar Cristiano Ronaldo — with the German giants’ chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insisting it’s pure fantasy.
The 32-year-old Real Madrid star has threatened to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities.
Italy’s ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’ had speculated that Bayern is set to swoop for Ronaldo so he can link up with the German club’s former Real coach Carlo Ancelotti. Read more
Leicester To Increase Bid For Iheanacho As City Adds Forward To Pre Season Tour Squad
Kelechi Iheanacho has been informed by manager Pep Guardiola that he will be part of the club pre season tour to the United State of America despite doubts over his future at the club.
Iheanacho as exclusively reported by Owngoalnigeria.com has been told he will only be allowed to leave the club if a replacement is found by the club before the end of the ongoing summer transfer window.
Leicester City who have now emerged as the front runners to sign the prolific 20 year old will slap in another bid for the forward before the end of this month, as they continue their search for a replacement for want-away star Riyad Mahrez. Read more
Swansea Join Newcastle In Race For Chelsea’s Nigerian Goal Poacher
Swansea City have joined the scramble for the signature of prolific English-born Nigerian striker Tammy Abraham, according to reports.
The Swans chairman Huw Jenkins is an admirer of the England U21 international, and is confident of wrapping up a deal because of Tammy’s relationship with manager Paul Clement. Read more
Madrid’s Modric probed over false testimony
Croatian prosecutors said Monday they were opening an investigation into whether Real Madrid’s Luka Modric gave false testimony at the trial of Dinamo Zagreb’s powerful former boss, Zdravko Mamic.
In a statement, prosecutors said they were probing “a Croatian citizen born on 1985” over suspicions of giving “false testimony on June 13 at a tribunal in Osijek” regarding a contract he signed in July 2004. Read more
Gulf crisis puts $2bn in contracts at risk – Qatar
The political crisis in the Gulf is putting at risk business deals worth $2 billion in Arab countries that have cut ties with Qatar, an economic official in the emirate said Monday.
Yousuf Mohamed al-Jaida, chief executive of the Qatar Financial Centre, said the majority of the contracts at risk — some $1.5 billion (1.3 billion euros) — were in the area of construction. Read more
J.K. Rowling corrected a Finsbury Park attack headline
J.K. Rowling is no stranger to speaking up on Twitter, and she did so again on Monday morning.
A terror attack in London left one man dead and several others injured after a van drove into pedestrians outside Finsbury Park Mosque after the end of evening prayers. In the hours after the attack, Rowling tweeted a screen shot of a headline from the Daily Mail, which referred to the attacker as the “white van driver.” Read more
Attack at London Mosque Comes as U.K. Muslims See Surge of Hatred
One man is dead and 10 people are injured after a van drove into worshippers by the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London just after midnight on Sunday night. The incident, which took place nearly a year to the day after British Labour Party politician Jo Cox was murdered by a far-right extremist, is the fourth fatal terrorist attack on U.K. soil this year.
Although little can be reported about the 48-year-old chief suspect, who is white, eyewitness reports suggest the targets of the attack were chosen deliberately. The method was the same used by terrorists on London Bridge earlier this month, and Westminster Bridge in March. Read more
Ivanka Trump calls for tolerance after latest London attack
Ivanka Trump called for building bridges with people of different faiths in the wake of the attack at a north London mosque.
At least one person was killed and 10 were injured in the latest terror attack to hit the UK this year.
“Sending love and prayers to the victims in #FinsburyPark London. We must stand united against hatred and extremism in all it’s ugly forms,” tweeted Trump, who is a top aide to her father, President Donald Trump. Read more
Supreme Court strikes down law banning use of Facebook by registered sex offenders
The Supreme Court unanimously struck down a North Carolina law that bars the use of commercial social networking sites, including Facebook, by registered sex offenders.
A lower court upheld the law, but lawyers for Lester Gerard Packingham — who is a registered sex offender — say it is too broad and swept in their client even though his Facebook posting concerned the fact that his parking ticket was dismissed.
“No fine, no court costs, nothing spent… Praise be to God” he wrote. Read more
America will regret helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen
“USA Kills Yemeni People”, screams graffiti plastered on walls in Yemen’s capital Sana’a. The Yemeni people who have been on the receiving end of US bombs dropped by Saudi pilots know all too well that the United States is complicit in their suffering.
Somali soldier sentenced to death for mistakenly killing minister
A court martial on Monday sentenced a Somali soldier to death for killing a government minister after mistaking him for an Islamist militant.
Public works minister Abbas Siraji was shot dead on May 3, in his car in the capital Mogadishu.
Soldier Ahmed Abdulahi Ahmed, was condemned to death by a military court “for mistakenly shooting the minister,” army officer Hassan Noor told Reuters. Read more
Painstaking search for Grenfell Tower fire victims continues
The names of more victims of the Grenfell Tower fire are expected to be released on Monday as the painstaking process of sifting through charred debris to find missing people continues.
Supreme Court to hear partisan gerrymandering case
The Supreme Court will take up the most important gerrymandering case in more than a decade, it announced Monday.
The case involves district lines in Wisconsin that challengers say were drawn unconstitutionally to benefit Republicans. The case could have a major impact on how district lines are drawn up nationwide.
The court has said that too much partisanship in map drawing is illegal, but it has never said how much is too much. Read more
Supreme Court strikes down law blocking disparaging trademarks
The Supreme Court struck down part of a federal law that denies trademark protection of terms that disparage living or dead.
The ruling could benefit the NFL’s Washington Redskins, whose trademark was canceled based on the same law in a separate proceeding.
“Holding that the registration of a trademark converts the mark into government speech would constitute a huge and dangerous extension of the government-speech doctrine, for other systems of government registration (such as copyright) could easily be characterized in the same way,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion. Read more
Negotiations begin over British split from European Union
Britain and the European Union opened difficult negotiations Monday that will end the country’s 43-year membership in the economic and political alliance — even as Britain remained sharply split over what to seek in the unprecedented divorce.
The first formal negotiations took place just short of a year after British voters narrowly decided to leave the European Union, which was long a source of love-hate angst in British politics. Read more
London Attack on Muslims “Confusion and Anger” Over Mosque Terrorism
Residents of Finsbury Park, where an attacker drove a van at crowds gathered near local mosques and a Muslim welfare center, expressed fear for their safety and anger at authorities in the wake of Monday morning’s attack.
The attack unfolded in the middle of a hot summer night as Muslims in the north London district gathered to talk and eat during a break between the traditional post-fast prayers of tarawih and tahajjud. Read more
Robin Murray obituary
Robin Murray, who has died aged 76, advocated and implemented new forms of social and economic organisation by applying humanist principles to practical experience. In Britain and internationally he sought to tease out of today’s structures clues for a more equitable tomorrow.
He wanted to get beyond Fordism – industrialised mass production and mass consumption – and neoliberalism, with its emphasis on the private sector and free trade. As chief economic adviser to the Greater London council (1981-86), Robin led a team working for an inclusive, democratic economy. Read more
Russia condemns US downing of Syrian warplane
A day after a US Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane, a top Russian official called it an act of aggression that assists terrorists.
“This strike can be regarded as another act of defiance of international law by the United States,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Monday, according to Russia’s state-run news agency Tass. Read more
Saudi Arabia Strongly Condemns Blasts in Cairo and Bahrain’s Diraz
An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia strongly condemned and denounced two explosions that took place in Cairo and Diraz village in Bahrain which resulted in the death and injury of several security personnel, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.
The source reiterated Riyadh’s solidarity with two brotherly countries, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt, against terrorism and extremism, SPA said. Read more