SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 18, 2018
Fayemi Steals Show As Osinbajo Presides Over NEC Meeting
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, was the cynosure of all eyes on Thursday as he joined other state governors for a meeting of the National Economic Council. The council chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has all state governors and relevant ministers as members. The meeting is holding inside the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Fayemi, a former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, is attending the council’s meeting for the first time as Ekiti State Governor under the current dispensation having been inaugurated on Tuesday.
Obasanjo’s Son Joins Buhari Campaign Organization
According to information reaching us the former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s son, Olujonwo, has joined the Buhari Campaign Organization days after his father publicly declared his support for PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Festus Keyamo who shared a photo with Obasanjo’s son wrote on Twitter;
”Obasanjo Joins Buhari’s Campaign Team: From Left – Alhaji Nasiru Danu (The Dan Amarna of Dutse & Director of Logistics, PMB Campaign Organisation), Olujonwo Obansanjo (son of OBJ) and my humble self as we officially received OBJ’s son at d PMB Campaign Headquarters today in Abuja.
Ahead Of Submission Deadline, Oshiomhole In Last Minute Peace Moves
Ahead of today’s deadline for the submission of presidential and National Assembly candidates by political parties to Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, was, yesterday, engaged in last-minute efforts to reconcile warring factions in some of the states. Oshiomhole’s efforts were, however, facing serious challenges in Imo and Delta states where his hands were being tied down by judicial actions. A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja fixed Tuesday for determination on who between Senator Hope Uzodinma and Uche Nwosu should be the party’s governorship candidate in Imo State.
Fayose: Fake Magu Tape In Circulation
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in an alert Thursday flagged an audio circulating in the social media in which the Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, purportedly made comments to the effect that, nothing will happen if former governor Ayo Fayose, dies in custody. According to EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren the fake audio tape did not disclose the place where the conversation occurred and the person that Magu was supposedly talking to.
Labour Party Says It Will Present Candidates For 2019 Elections
Labour Party, LP, has announced that it has successfully processed the list of candidates contesting for various elective positions under its platform in readiness to beat the Independent National Electoral Commission’s, INEC, final deadline. A statement issued yesterday by Director of Media and Publicity, Yinka Richards, in Abuja, assured that the names of its candidates would soon be made public, or published by INEC.
Protest In Court Over Alleged Disbandment Of Osun Election Tribunal
Members of the People’s Democratic Party in Osun State are protesting on the premises of the Osun State High Court following the alleged disbandment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal hearing matters arising from the recently concluded governorship poll in the state. Scores of PDP members while staging a peaceful protest in the court premises carried placards with the inscriptions such as ‘Why the sudden disbandment of the panel?’ Constitute a new panel immediately now?’ No more Salamigate in Osun’ Save our democracy from rogues’”
I Received $40m From Dasuki For ‘Assignment’ On Oil Bunkering – Jonathan’s Cousin Tells Court
The trial of cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Robert Aziboala, continued, on Wednesday, where he admitted receiving the sum of $40 million from the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd). He, however, told the Abuja division of the Federal High Court that the money was for execution of an ‘assignment’ giving to him by the former National Security Adviser. Aziboala, who was being led in evidence in chief by his counsel, Goddy Uche SAN, told Justice Nnamdi Dimgba that when the assignment was given to him, he opened an account with his two companies, Darkata -One-Plus Reserved account, were the $40 million was released to by the NNPC on the directive of the former NSA.
Police Arrest Ponzi Scheme Operator Over N900m Fraud In C’ River
The Zone Six police headquarters, in Calabar, Cross River State, has arrested one of the two Swiss Gold Ponzi scheme operators, Mrs. Lizzy Efa, just as Micheno Multipurpose Cooperative Society (MMCS) operator, Michael Eke, is on the run. The two Ponzi operators were said to have defrauded innocent investors several millions of Naira, prompting series of petitions against her business to security operatives across the state. Operatives of the Zonal Police Headquarters arrested Efa at the border between Nigeria and Cameroon at Bakassi axis while trying to leave to country as she had allegedly raked in about a billion Naira, while Micheno’s Michael Eke is currently on the run.
Nigeria Extends Crude-For-Product Swaps Until June 2019
Nigeria’s state oil firm NNPC has extended its crude-for-product swap contracts, the country’s main avenue to meet the bulk of its fuel needs, until June 2019, sources familiar with the matter said. Despite having a refining capacity of about 445,000 barrels per day, its plants have been underperforming for years, making Africa’s biggest oil producer almost wholly dependent on imports to meet its domestic gasoline and diesel needs. Nigeria’s gasoline consumption is roughly 40 million litres per day in the nation of almost 200 million people.
CBN, MTN Getting Closer To Settlement – Lai Mohammed
Nigeria‘s central bank and South African telecommunications firm MTN could soon strike a deal in their dispute over the repatriation of $8.1 billion, Nigeria‘s information minister said on Wednesday. The central bank says MTN transferred $8.1 billion of funds out of Nigeria in breach of foreign-exchange regulations. Nigeria, which accounts for a third of the South African company’s annual core profit, is MTN’s biggest market. “I am sure there will be a settlement and I believe they are getting closer to resolving it,” Information Minister Lai Mohammed told Reuters during a visit to London.
11 Trapped As Building Collapses In Anambra
No fewer than 11 persons were trapped under a three-storey building which collapsed in Nnewi, Anambra in the early hours of Thursday. The building was located in Okpuno, Otolo, in Nnewi North Local Government Area of the state. Mohammed Haruna, the police spokesperson who confirmed the incident, said the building belonged to one Collins Avoyi. Mr Haruna said nine of the trapped persons have been rescued and taken to hospital while effort was on to get the remaining two out of the rubbles.
Jose Mourinho Faces Manchester United Sack In Coming Days
Manchester United could reportedly sack Jose Mourinho in the next few days if the team has a bad result in their next Premier League clash against Chelsea. Reports in Italy suggest Mourinho may not even last in time for the Champions League match against Juventus in less than a week’s time. Twitter account Utd Report has translated Sky Italia’s claim that Mourinho’s future may hinge on how Saturday’s game at Stamford Bridge pans out. It remains to be seen precisely what kind of threshold United chiefs would be setting, with not much more information given about what kind of outcome would represent a result bad enough to pull the trigger.
Brexit: May ‘Committed To Open-Ended Backstop’, Says Irish Minister
Ireland’s Europe minister has said she is “absolutely clear” Theresa May is still committed to an open-ended backstop over the Irish border. Helen McEntee was speaking after a meeting involving Theresa May and Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar. Mrs May said the UK’s transition out of the EU could be extended by “a matter of months” to ensure no hard border in Northern Ireland. The idea emerged in negotiations and is not expected to be used, she said.
China Evacuates Around 6,000 People After Landslide Blocks Tibet River
Around 6,000 people have been evacuated after a landslide in Tibet blocked the flow of one of the region’s key rivers, China’s emergency services said Thursday. A barrier lake was formed on the Yarlung Tsangpo, the headwater of India’s Brahmaputra River, following the Wednesday morning collapse of a cliff in the deep valley through which the river flows, AP reported, citing the local emergency response bureau. No deaths or injuries have been reported. China has been keeping India updated on the blockage, which could potentially affect water levels in lower regions.
Saudi Suspect In Khashoggi Case ‘Dies In Car Accident’: Report
A Turkish newspaper reported on Oct. 18 that one of the suspects involved in the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi died in a “suspicious car accident” in Riyadh. Mashal Saad al-Bostani, a 31-year-old lieutenant of the Saudi Royal Air Forces, was among the 15 suspects who arrived and left Turkey on Oct. 2 after going to Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate when Khashoggi visited there, according to daily Yeni Şafak.