November 23, 2017

* Extra-judicial killings: 2 more Nigerians killed in South Africa in 48 hours (Vanguard) * How whistle-blowing helped my tenure at EFCC — Ribadu (PremiumTimes)

* Extra-judicial killings: 2 more Nigerians killed in South Africa in 48 hours (Vanguard)         *  How whistle-blowing helped my tenure at EFCC — Ribadu (PremiumTimes)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 14, 2017

 

Extra-judicial killings: 2 more Nigerians killed in South Africa in 48 hours (Vanguard)

Grief-stricken Nigerian community in South Africa has confirmed the vicious killing of two members in that country within 48 hours, barely a month after President Jacob Zuma was honoured by the Imo Government. In October, a Nigerian man was shot dead in South Africa over an alleged 300 Rand (about N7,500) parking lot debt. No fewer than 116 Nigerians have been sent to their early graves in the country through extra-judicial means in the last two years, according to Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa. Read more

How whistle-blowing helped my tenure at EFCC — Ribadu (PremiumTimes)

The deployment of whistle-blowing policy resulted in a successful prosecution of some of the biggest corruption cases between 2003 and 2007, a former head of anti-graft EFCC has said. Nuhu Ribadu, the pioneer head of the frontline anti-corruption outfit, implored Nigerians to embrace the tactics of whistle-blowing as a crucial means of combatting endemic corruption which he said had hindered the country’s growth for decades. “Most of our successful cases were as a result of whistle-blowing,” Mr. Ribadu said at an anti-corruption parley in Abuja Tuesday. Read more

Buhari conferred with Chieftain title in Igboland (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari was on Monday conferred with the Chieftaincy title of Ochi Oha Ndigbo (leader of all) of Igboland by the South East Traditional Rulers and Enyi Oma 1 (number one good friend) of Ebonyi State by the Ebonyi State Traditional Council. The President was also given 2,000 bags of 25kg of Ebonyi rice, 2,000 tubers of yam and a white horse that signifies strength by the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi at the State Executive Council chamber, Abakaliki. Read more

Maina: Again, Senate panel meets AGF behind closed doors (Punch)

Members of the Senate ad hoc committee set up to investigate the controversial reinstatement of the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdul-Rasheed Maina, into the service of the Federal Government, on Tuesday with Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN). The meeting was however held behind closed doors. The Senate panel had sent journalists out of the venue of its meeting with officials of the Federal Civil Service Commission last Wednesday. Read more

Court rules on IPOB’s motion against proscription Jan 17 (Punch)

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday fixed January 17, 2018, for ruling on the application by the Indigenous People of Biafra challenging the order of proscription made by the court on September 20, 2017. The Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, had on September 20, 2017, issued the proscription order upon an ex parte application by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN). Read more

PDP may lose Ekiti in 2018 if Fayose imposes deputy, Ex Attorney Gen warns (Vanguard)

The People’s Democratic Party in Ekiti state may be heading for another round of crisis as five governorship aspirants in the party have resolved to work together and resist the alleged imposition of Deputy Governor Kolapo Olusola as the “sole candidate” for the 2018 polls. They said the pronouncement of Olusola as the sole candidate of the party by a group of people under the supervision of Governor Fayose was alien to democratic principles and tenets which the party stands for, insisting that there must be a free, fair, credible and transparent primary election from where the party’s flag bearer for the 2018 governorship race will emerge. Read more

Vote Buhari to get presidency 2023, PDP chieftain tells Ndigbo (Vanguard)

A PDP chieftain and immediate past Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Martins Azubuike said that the shortest route to producing the much talked about Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023 is to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term project. Azubuike, who is the Abia State Coordinator of a pro-Buhari group, “Ndi Igbo for President Muhammadu Buhari 2019” maintained that Ndigbo stood a better chance of producing a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction by supporting and working for the emergence of Buhari as the President in 2019. Read more

FAAN decries poor rating of Lagos, P’Harcourt Airports (ThisDay)

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has reacted to the rating of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos as the third and fifth worst airports in the world respectively by the well-known online medium, sleepinairports.net. The Managing Director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, condemned the rating and said that it does not reflect the facts about the two airports and noted that the Port Harcourt airport is under construction, therefore, it is wrong to rate it, adding that the Lagos airport which was recently certified as meeting all the safety conditions and other regulatory standards by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) cannot be lowly rated because it has met all passenger needs over the years. Read more

IGP redeploys Anambra police CP, OC SARS, Obiano’s police aides (Guardian)

The Nigeria police high command has redeployed the Anambra State Police boss, Umar Abubakar. The high command also redeployed the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of Operations, DCP in charge of Administration, ACP in charge of Administration, the state officer in charge of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and police aides to governor Willie Obiano. Three commissioners of police were deployed by the IGP Ibrahim Idris to Anambra State to effectively monitor the election. Read more

43rd Convocation: UNIBEN to award over 9,000 degrees (Nation)

The University of Benin (UNIBEN) says no fewer than 9, 993 graduands would be awarded various diplomas and degrees at her forthcoming 43rd convocation ceremony billed for Nov. 24. The UNIBEN Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, disclosed this on Tuesday in Benin while briefing newsmen on activities lined up for the convocation and the 47th Founders’ Day celebration. Orumwense said that of the figure, 100 would be awarded first class, 1,843 second class upper and 4,607 second class lower degrees. He said other classes of degrees to be awarded were 1,351 third class, 188 diplomas, two certificates, 527 unclassified and 152 postgraduate diplomas. Read more

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Call Oba of Benin to order, Ijaws tell Buhari (Tribune)

The Ijaw ethnic nationality across the Niger Delta has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the revered Oba of Benin to order over alleged second-class treatments meted out on Ijaws in Ijaw communities of Edo State. They specifically frowned on an alleged deployment of soldiers to prevent Ijaws and their monarchs from gaining access to Olodiama kingdom in Ovia North Local Government Area for the coronation ceremony of the new monarch, HRM Alagba Bunafa on Monday night and Tuesday morning. Read more

Nwoye is next Igbo action gov – Uzor Kalu (Vanguard)

Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has charged Anambarians not to make the mistake of overlooking the youthfulness and enterprise that All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Dr. Tony Nwoye, is offering the state in the forthcoming governorship election in the state. Speaking in Awka, the state capital, when he joined  Nwoye on another campaign round, Kalu praised Nwoye’s energy and vision for the state, which he said is far above that articulated by his major rivals. Read more

Civil servants allegedly responsible for ghost workers granted bail (PremiumTimes)

The nine suspects accused of profiting from ‘ghost workers’ have been granted bail. Premium Times reported how the suspects were arraigned in Abuja for allegedly being responsible for scores of ghost workers who earned salaries from the federal government. Most of the suspects are civil servants. On Tuesday, Justice Peter Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja, granted bail to the nine suspected fraudsters accused of conspiracy and stealing of workers’ entitlements to the tune of N293 million. Read more

Ogoni clean-up: Rivers lawmaker calls for patience with FG (Guardian)

Mr. Josiah Olu, an APC lawmaker representing Eleme Constituency in the Rivers Assembly has enjoined pressure groups agitating against the delayed Ogoni clean-up to be patient with the Federal Government. Olu made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Port Harcourt. He said that the Ogoni clean-up required extensive planning, scientific analysis, community involvement, and genuine partnership to achieve needed goal. Read more

To make ‘Ember’ months safe… (Guardian)

The Kogi State Police Command has paraded 16 suspected armed robbers, kidnappers, cult members and cattle rustlers in the state. Parading the suspects before newsmen at the Police Force Headquarters, the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr. William Aya said it was part of the command’s continuous onslaught against criminal activities in the state, adding the police were able to apprehend the criminals through intelligence. According to him, the operatives attached to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) led by the Commanding Officer DSP Babagana Bukar, acting on a tip- off, arrested the suspected criminals and recovered one pump action gun, four AK 47, mask, car jacker, locally -made bullet prove ammunition as well as other dangerous weapons and charms. Read more

CAF to consider Nigerian proposal for World Cup friendlies (Punch)

The Confederation of African Football will meet soon to discuss a proposal for African World Cup qualifiers to play friendlies during the FIFA window in March, a Nigerian official said Tuesday. Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia will be Africa’s five flag bearers at Russia next year. However, all five teams will be engaged in AFCON 2019 in the next FIFA window in March and this will be the last window before the World Cup in June in Russia. Read more

I want to be the best boxer —Rilwan (Punch)

Up-and-coming boxer Rilwan Lawal says he wants to punch his way up the boxing ladder after he defeated Enoch Lamptey at the Aborigines Beach Resort, Keta, Ghana, in round two on his pro debut on November 3. Rilwan knocked down Lamptey in round two of their six-round super bantamweight bout. However, the Ghanaian continued the fight but eventually surrendered after suffering a cut close to his eye. It was an undercard fight headlined by a fight involving two-time bantamweight world champion Joseph Agbeko. Read more

488 referees fail NRA examination (Punch)

The Nigeria Referees Association has said it has promoted 862 referees, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. Secretary-General of the NRA Moroof   Oluwa said the association would continue to evaluate the performances of referees periodically. “Eight hundred and sixty-two referees and assessors passed out of the 1,350 candidates that were examined in the second week of August,’’ Oluwa said. He urged the referees to continue to ensure fairness in officiating football matches. Read more

Nadal pullout leaves Federer as last man standing (Guardian)

Rafael Nadal’s dramatic withdrawal from the ATP Finals in London leaves Roger Federer as the only megastar standing at a tournament now looking seriously short of star power. The Spanish world number one produced an astonishing never-say-die performance in his opening round-robin match at the O2 Arena late on Monday despite obvious discomfort, digging deep to save four match points before eventually succumbing to a tenacious David Goffin. Read more

Former England star Sinclair arrested (Punch)

Former England and Manchester City winger Trevor Sinclair has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer after being held for allegedly drink driving. Sinclair was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, common assault and criminal damage on Sunday after a woman suffered minor injuries when she was hit by a car. He was later arrested on Monday on suspicion of a public order offence and assaulting a police officer. The 44-year-old has been released under investigation pending further inquiries. Read more

West Brom chairman John Williams responds to angry fans demanding sacking of under-fire Tony Pulis (Mirror)

West Brom chairman John Williams has emailed back angry fans demanding Tony Pulis’ sacking. Unhappy supporters have emailed Williams after a run of two wins in 20 league games, including last term. Albion’s chairman has replied to the majority of them, thanking fans for their messages before saying he read them with interest. Williams added: “I will, together with the board, make decisions to the best of my ability and always in the interest of the club.” His response builds the pressure on under-fire Pulis ahead of Chelsea’s crunch visit on Saturday. Read more

5 players who played for both Arsenal and Tottenham (Sportskeeda)

Any Arsenal or Tottenham fan will tell you that the North London Derby is the biggest game of the season given Tottenham’s resurgence as a Champions League force and Arsenal’s demotion to the Europa League. The derby has been fiercely contested over the years and both sets of fans are up for it from the word go for this fixture every year. Very few players have plied their trade in Arsenal and Tottenham colours due to the heated rivalry between the two clubs. In this segment, we take a look at five players who represented both the clubs during their time in England. Read more

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Brazil coach raves about Tottenham star ahead of England clash (Footballinsider)

Despite not being available for England’s international friendly against Brazil, their coach Tite has heaped praise on Tottenham’s Harry Kane. Speaking ahead of his side’s meeting with England at Wembley, as quoted by The Guardian, the Brazil coach revealed he has been impressed with the Tottenham striker’s ability. He said: “Kane is a penalty box player with an impressive finishing ability. “He’s good in the air, good with his right foot and left. It’s very impressive, he has a lot of quality.” Read more

Gorka Guruzeta to be Scouted by Blues, Arsenal, Spurs (Bleacherreport)

Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are reportedly set to send scouts to watch Athletic Bilbao starlet Gorka Guruzeta on Wednesday. According to The Sun’s Mike McGrath, the trio of London clubs will watch the forward face off against Manchester United’s under-23 team when Athletic’s youth side take them on at Leigh Sports Village in the Premier League International Cup. The 21-year-old has never made a senior appearance for Bilbao, whose reserve team ply their trade in Spain’s third tier. Read more

Yohan Cabaye hails ‘important’ Wilfried Zaha amid Arsenal interest (Ibtimes)

Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye has hailed the impact of Wilfried Zaha since his return from injury and stressed how important the player is to the Eagles amid interest from Arsenal.  Zaha has only played five time this season due a knee injury but has single-handedly won all four of the points Palace have accumulated this season. The ex-Manchester United winger netted the winner against Chelsea to seal their first win of the season before scoring a 97th minute equaliser to claim a draw against West Ham United. Read more

Iran, Lebanon’s Hariri differ on key meeting (Reuter)

A top Iranian official and Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri gave conflicting accounts on Tuesday of a key meeting they had held right before Hariri quit as prime minister, a move he attributed to regional meddling by Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah. The shock resignation has thrust Lebanon back onto the front line of a power struggle between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi‘ite Iran – a rivalry that has also buffeted Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain. Hariri flew to Riyadh on Nov. 3, after meeting in Beirut Ali Akbar Velayati, the top foreign policy adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Read more

Iran-Iraq earthquake death toll reaches 530 as rescue workers resume hunt for survivors (Independent)

More than 530 Iranians are now thought to have died in Sunday’s powerful earthquake which struck near the country’s border with Iraq, according to the country’s state run news agency, IRNA.   As many as 8,000 people are thought to have been injured and tens of thousands more have been made homeless by the quake and forced to endure bitterly cold temperatures. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake was one of the strongest recorded this year, and has been the most deadly. Read more

Justice Dept weighs inquiry into Clintons and Uranium One (BBC)

The US Department of Justice says it has asked prosecutors to scrutinise the Clintons’ charitable foundation and a uranium deal. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said a top-level inquiry could be launched into “certain issues” at the Clinton Foundation and the sale of Uranium One. Mr. Sessions outlined the move in response to a letter from congressional Republicans. The matters are longstanding political grievances of President Donald Trump. Democrats have called Uranium One a “massive diversion” from the investigations dogging Mr Trump’s presidency. Read more

Brazil says deforestation rate slowing (Washingtonpost)

The Latest on the global climate talks taking place in Germany (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Brazil says the rate of deforestation in its Amazon conservation areas fell by 28 percent over the past year, the second lowest level in decades. The Latin American nation says satellite data show 159 square kilometers (61 square miles) of protected rainforest were destroyed in the 12 months ending July 2017. That compares with a loss of 221 square kilometers of protected Amazon rainforest in the previous year. Read more

Slovenia cancels planned deportation of Syrian asylum-seeker (Washingtonpost)

Slovenia has canceled the planned deportation of a Syrian asylum-seeker following a public outcry. Prime Minister Miro Cerar said Tuesday the government will consider granting a residence permit to Ahmad Shamieh in one of its upcoming sessions. Shamieh applied for asylum in Slovenia 20 months ago after he was refused entry into neighboring Austria. Slovenian authorities rejected the application, insisting that his case should be handled by Croatia, where he had been before Slovenia. Read more

Italy pushes Milan bid to host European Medicines Agency (Washingtonpost)

Italy’s president hopes that Milan wins the right to host the hotly sought-after European Medicines Agency, which has to be relocated from London due to Britain’s divorce from the European Union. President Sergio Mattarella said Tuesday that a winning bid for Milan would “constitute another step forward for this city’s role in Europe,” as it seeks to position itself as a center of excellence for medicine, nutrition and health issues. Mattarella spoke at the inauguration of a new campus for the Humanitas medical school, which opened in 2014. Read more

‘Thor’ remains a box office smash, thundering into second weekend (Guardian)

After a smashing debut, “Thor: Ragnarok” thundered to the box office top spot once again for its second weekend, taking $57.1 million, according to data released Monday. The third “Thor” episode, boosted by the self-mocking humor of Chris Hemsworth as the powerful Norse god (alongside Cate Blanchett as Hela, goddess of death), has taken a total of $212.1 million since opening in North American cinemas — with global earnings reaching the $650 million mark. Read more

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