SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 15, 2018
Ezekwesili Challenges Buhari To 20 Hours Debate
Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to a 20 hour debate to defend his achievements or lack of it. Affirming that debate by proxy should not be accepted by Nigerians, she said that those who shy away from presenting themselves before the people do not deserve to take the position of leadership. Ezekwesili further stated that nothing less than 20 hours of debate is acceptable to a country of approximately 200 million people. She said that the debate should be split in five sessions of four hours each, or four sessions of five hours each. The first debate, according to her statement, should be held within a week of official campaign start by INEC on 18 November.
Travel Ban: Most Cases Predate Buhari’s Administration – Presidency
The Presidency on Sunday explained that the cases of most of those affected by the travel ban on 50 prominent Nigerians started before the present administration. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, explained this to journalists following the criticism that trailed his Saturday announcement of the travel ban. Shehu explained that the high profile cases have been ongoing for between seven to 10 years with no end in sight.
Travel Ban: Nothing That Buhari Does Surprises Me – Fani-Kayode
Former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has said that he is not worried that his name is on the list of 50 members of the opposition and prominent Nigerians that have been placed on a travel ban because by President Muhammadu Buhari. He also said that he is not taken aback by the President’s actions. He said ‘I could not give a damn that my name is on the list of 50 members of the opposition and prominent Nigerians that have been placed on a travel ban because nothing that Buhari does surprises me.
Excluding Omisore, Obanikoro From Travel Ban List Is Partial, Yoruba Youths Tell Buhari
The Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association has flayed President Muhammadu Buhari for excluding Senators Iyiola Omisore and Musliu Obanikoro from the list of important personalities affected by the travel ban imposed by the administration. The group said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Sunday by the President, Mr. Olalekan Hammed; and Secretary, Olawale Ajao. They said the exclusion of these two politicians from the ban was a further confirmation that Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade was selective and one-sided.
Ben Bruce Reveals Why Ganduje Allegedly Collected Dollars Caught On Camera
Ben Murray-Bruce, the Senator representing Bayelsa East, has reacted to the viral video of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, allegedly receiving bribe amounting to about $5million from contractors in the state. It was in the news Sunday that the sting operation to capture the governor on camera was said to have begun two years ago when one of the contractors agreed to plant spy camera on his kaftan lapel while offering the bribe.
Wike: No Regrets Supporting Tambuwal, But I’m Now with Atiku
yesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, has said he has no regrets supporting Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State, but will work towards ensuring that Atiku Abubakar, who eventually clinched the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential ticket, wins the 2019 general election. He said he stood his ground on ensuring that Rivers State hosted the national convention of the PDP, stating that his decision was premised on the fact that Rivers State remains the home of PDP since 1999 and has made the party proud.
GTI: What the World Need To Learn From the Nigerian Army
The Global Terrorism Index is a tool that has been developed to help governments understand whether and how they are making progress in containing insurgencies or hostile to the state or specific communities. The Index derives its scores by measuring the direct and indirect impact of terrorism. This includes the number of lives lost, injuries, property damage, business impact (closings and lost revenue), as well as the psychological effects on the communities affected.
Troops Neutralise Bandit, Arrest Informant in Kaduna
The 1 Division Nigerian Army Kaduna, on Sunday said its troops neutralised armed bandit in Kidandan and arrested an informant at Doka-Rijana road both in Birnin Gawri and Kachia Local Government area in Kaduna State. The 1 Division, Deputy Director Army Public Relations, Col. Muhammad Dole disclosed this in a press statement issue in Kaduna on Sunday. Dole said the troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army under Operation Whirl Punch continue to clear bandits, kidnappers, recover arms and destroy their camps.
2 Nigerian soldiers killed in mine blasts
Two Nigerian soldiers were killed and nine others wounded in two separate mine blasts in the northeast where troops are battling Boko Haram extremists, military and militia sources said Sunday. The two incidents occurred on Saturday, a military officer told AFP. “We lost two soldiers in the incidents. Nine others and three civilian vigilantes were injured”, said the officer who asked not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak on the matter.
NFF, FIFA, CSKA Moscow Celebrate Musa At 26
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), FIFA, and Russian club, CSKA Moscow have all congratulated Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa who turned 26 today (Sunday), Completesportsnigeria.com reports. Musa captained the Super Eagles in their 4-0 home win against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday.
Ighalo Earns Fresh Support from Rohr
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has spoken out for the umpteenth time in support of Changchun Yatai of China striker, Odion Jude Ighalo, as footballlive.ng can report that the gaffer has issued a verdict that the player has been overly criticised by Nigerian soccer fans. With several fans at Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo still raining critical comments on Ighalo, despite the attacker’s hat-trick in Saturday’s 4-0 spanking of Libya, Rohr said the former Udinese, Granada and Watford star has been unfairly treated.
Eden Hazard Not Interested In Forcing Real Madrid Move
The forward insists he will not force Chelsea to sell him to the European champions.
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has insisted that he will not coerce the Blues into selling him and will only leave on “good terms”. The 27-year-old forward has consistently flirted with the idea of securing his dream move to Real Madrid while he is yet to extend his contract with the London club with his current deal expiring in 2019. A flying start to the new season has seen the Belgian registering eight goals in 10 appearances across all competitions for his club side.
Former Sky Sports Broadcaster Peter Brackley Dies Aged 67
Former Sky Sports broadcaster Peter Brackley has died aged 67, Brighton & Hove Albion have announced. Brackley, best known as the voice of Italian football commentary in the 1990s, was a lifelong Brighton supporter and the club announced his death on Sunday evening. Albion chief executive Paul Barber said on the club’s official website: “So many of us here at the club knew Peter well. He was a hugely talented, knowledgeable, funny and, above all else, a good man. “We will miss him. Our condolences go out to Peter’s family, including our colleague and his nephew Paul, and all of his many friends.”
Merkel’s Allies Hit with Worst Election Showing Since 1950 in Bavaria
Germany’s political fragmentation deepened after allies of Angela Merkel took a beating in a crucial regional election in Bavaria, raising questions about how long the chancellor can keep control of her brittle coalition government. Preliminary results showed the ruling Christian Social Union, sister party to Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democrats in the populous and affluent southern state, had lost its absolute majority, scoring only 37.4% of the vote—its worst result since 1950.
London, Paris, Berlin Demand ‘Credible’ Khashoggi Probe
Britain, France and Germany insisted on Sunday that “light must be shed” on the whereabouts of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as they called for a credible investigation into his disappearance. In a joint statement, Britain’s Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian and Germany’s Heiko Maas said whoever was responsible for the Saudi journalist’s disappearance must be held to account. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain official documents for his upcoming marriage.
Khashoggi’s Fiancee Will Only Visit The White House If Trump Investigates
Missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz says she will only accept United States President Donald Trump’s invitation to the White House if he investigates her fiance’s disappearance. Khashoggi, a 59-year-old writer and Washington Post contributor, has been missing since he entered the Saudi consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork required to marry Cengiz. Turkish officials are not commenting on reports that the government has told US officials it has audio and video proof that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate.
Theresa May’s Chief Whip Can’t Take Your Call Right Now, Please Leave A Message After The Tone
No one has their finger on the pulse in the House of Commons like the government’s chief whip. To make sure every bill gets through parliament unscathed, the whip has to understand exactly how every MP in the party plans to vote, what they’re thinking about the government – and work out how they can get rebellious MPs to change their minds. But it looks like Theresa May’s chief whip Julian Smith has drawn up the drawbridge tonight. The man in charge of relations with backbenchers might just have had enough of talking with his own MPs.
Essays Reveal Stephen Hawking Predicted Race Of ‘Superhumans’
The late physicist and author Prof Stephen Hawking has caused controversy by suggesting a new race of superhumans could develop from wealthy people choosing to edit their and their children’s DNA. Hawking, the author of A Brief History of Time, who died in March, made the predictions in a collection of articles and essays. The scientist presented the possibility that genetic engineering could create a new species of superhuman that could destroy the rest of humanity. The essays, published in the Sunday Times, were written in preparation for a book that will be published on Tuesday.