SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE APRIL 2, 2018
FG lists more public fund looters (DailyTrust)
A total of N126 billion, over $1.5 billion and 5.5 million British Pounds was embezzled through the office of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, the Federal Government revealed last night.
A good number of these monies, which excluded the $2.1 billion military equipment scandal in the same office, were shared to top military brass, some former governors and ministers as well as companies without any formal contract awards, the government said. Read more
Rumpus over plan to convert Oyo royal house to mini-stadium (Guardian)
The Agunloye royal descendants family of Oyo town has kicked against plan by a member of the House of Representatives, Akeem Adeyemi, to turn Aremo Quarters in Oyo town to a mini-stadium. They said such move would not only undermine the family heritage, but distort the history of the ancient town.
Adeyemi, who is also a biological son of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, is a prince of the Alowolodu ruling house. He is representing the people of Afijio, Atiba, Oyo East and Oyo West local government areas at the lower chamber of the National Assembly. Read more
Be part of solution to Nigeria’s problems—Archbishop Okeke (Vanguard)
Nigerians have been charged to be part of solution to the country’s myriad of problems and not a part of the problems .
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha Catholic Ecclesiastical Province and Archbishop of Onitsha Archdiocese, His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Maduka Okeke who gave the charge yesterday in his Easter message, said anybody could either be part of the solution or the problem. Read more
Buhari, Senate in fresh row over N4.2tr bond request (Sun)
Strong indications emerged over the weekend that the National Assembly leadership, specifically the Senate, and President Muhammadu Buhari, may be heading for a fresh face-off, over the lawmakers resolve to reject N4.2 trillion bond request by the executive.
Signs of a likelihood of a clash emerged just before lawmakers headed for their Easter break when it became clear they might be heading for an outright rejection of the bond request. Read more
No Alternative to Buhari in 2019, Forum Tells Northern Elders (ThisDay)
A pro-democracy group, the Northern Alternative Forum (NAF), has advised Northern elders searching for a credible presidential candidate from the region ahead of the 2019 general polls, to kill the idea because there is no better candidate than President Muhammadu Buhari for now.
The group, which gave the advice against the backdrop of recent moves by the elders and stakeholders in the North to get a consensus presidential candidate from the zone other than Buhari, said the quest may turn to wild a goose chase. Read more
Man kills uncle for advising him against drinking (Punch)
The Niger State Police Command said on Sunday that it had arrested a 25-year-old man, Dodo Baraje, for allegedly murdering his uncle, identified as Baraje.
Baraje was reportedly trailed and apprehended by a team of policemen attached to the Bangi Police Division of the state while trying to escape. Read more
PFN urges electorate to vote wisely, avoid selfish politicians (Guardian)
Nigerians have been called upon to use their votes wisely and refuse to be carried away or allow their conscience to be bought over by selfish politicians.
Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) National President and General Superintendent of Gospel Light International Ministries (a.k.a New Covenant Gospel Church), Rev. Felix Omobude, said this in an interview with The Guardian while speaking on Easter.He said Nigerians should be hopeful, do their own part and leave God to His own part. Read more
Police arrest 7, as Hausa, Yoruba youths clash in Ilorin (Vanguard)
Five people were reportedly hospitalised in a private hospital in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, following a clash between Hausa and Yoruba youths in Sango area, yesterday.
Meanwhile, the state Police Command confirmed the arrest of seven suspects in connection with the incident. Read more
2019: Atiku support group mobilises Anambra adults to get PVC (Sun)
Atiku House 2 House Campaign Organisation (AH2H) has begun a three-day sensitisation rally in Anambra State, for eligible voters to get permanent voter card (PVC) which would enable them exercise their franchise in 2019 presidential election.
National Coordinator of AH2H, Col Chinyere Obi (retd), said the rally would take the group round the 21 local government areas of the state to ensure that all urban and rural dwellers in Anambra, who are of voting age would exercise their voting rights in next year’s election by voting for Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Read more
Presidency: Amnesty to Boko Haram will Save Resources, Lives (ThisDay)
The presidency has said granting amnesty to the Boko Haram insurgents will make them drop their arms and embrace peace which will in turn stop bloodshed and save resources for the country.
It also explained that President Muhammadu Buhari has remained silent over his second term ambition because his focus was to deliver good governance to the country. Read more
Mantu never rigged elections for us, says PDP (Punch)
The Peoples Democratic Party has dismissed the advice by the All Progressives Congress to learn from a former Deputy President of the Senate, Ibrahim Mantu’s, claims on how he rigged elections for the PDP.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said Mantu’s reported claims was personal to him and had nothing to do with the PDP, as the party had never directed any of its members to rig election on its behalf since its formation. Read more
Forum wants action on double pay for ex-govs in Senate (DailyTrust)
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have urged the Federal Government to stop states from paying salaries to former governors, deputies and ministers currently on the payroll at the federal level.
This is contained in a communiqué after a one-day CSOs and media roundtable weekend in Abuja.
The groups urged the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) and the National Assembly to harmonize salary figures to ensure accountability and transparency in fiscal matters. Read more
CPC dismisses safety fears over Blue Band spread (Punch)
The Consumer Protection Council has addressed controversies surrounding the safety of Blue Band spread, saying that its inability to melt under heat does not make it or any other spread unsafe for consumption.
The regulatory body was reacting to a short demonstration video currently trending on social media showing how Blue Band Spread for Bread, a product of Unilever Nigeria Plc, reacts under certain heat conditions. Read more
Fasehun’s OPC demands freedom for Leah, rejects amnesty deal for B’ Haram (Guardian)
The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Leah Sharibu, the only girl left in Boko Haram captivity from the 110 students of the Government Girls’ Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, recently abducted by the Islamic sect.
OPC advocated that rather than being tried in regular courts, Boko Haram members should face military court martial, while those found guilty should be sentenced to death. Read more
Community leader sentenced to death by hanging for 2016 murder (Vanguard)
Delta State High Court sitting in Asaba, weekend sentenced the Unuevworo (Prime Minister) of Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State, Chief Newton Agbofodo, to death by hanging over the murder of Vice Chairman of the community youth association, John Mogidi, in 2016. Agbofodo, who was arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, murder of John Mogidi, and attempted murder of one Innocent Akemu, was found guilty on all the charges. Read more
Okorocha has failed God, Imo people –Bishop (Sun)
Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, has said the Imo State Government, led by Rochas Okorocha, has not only failed God, but the people of the state.
Okorafor said the governor displayed this by his undemocratic mode of administration and his avowed determination to foist his son-in-law as his successor against the wish of the people of the state. Read more
Embark on People-oriented Projects, Okowa Urges Political Office Holders (ThisDay)
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged political office holders to site projects that would be beneficial to the development of their communities.
Okowa made the call yesterday at a grand reception organised in honour of the member representing Aniocha/Oshimili in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon.Joan Mrakpor at Ubulu-Uku, Aniocha South local government area of Delta State. Read more
Power tussle stalls entrance test into Niger civil service(Punch)
The scheduled entrance test into the Niger State Civil Service Commission has been stalled by the power tussle between the chairman and commissioners in the state civil service.
It was learnt that 3,567 applicants for various positions in the civil service were to commence the test on April 3, 2018 before it was put on hold. Read more
South, Middle Belt groups unite, urge restructuring (Guardian)
Nigeria will remain in perpetual turmoil of misery, poverty and violence unless the country is urgently restructured, representatives of Southern Nigeria and Middle Belt peoples that met in Lagos have said.
The over 200 representatives of ethnic groups also promised to forge a united front against the spate of violence and killings being perpetrated against indigenous peoples across the country. Read more
Easter: Ihedioha preaches peace, love, tolerance (Vanguard)
Imo people, particularly politicians, have been advised to eschew violence and embrace peace, love and tolerance, as political activities increase ahead of 2019.
Emeka Ihedioha The former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, who made the passionate appeal in his 2018 Easter message, was also of the opinion that “violence is an ill wind that blows no one any good”. Read more
Looters List: Metuh threatens to go to court (ThisDay)
Former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, has said he has directed his lawyers to review the implications of including his name in federal government’s list of looters.
Metuh in a statement issued at the weekend in Abuja, said he had also asked his lawyer to take appropriate steps for redress.
The former National Publicity Secretary of PDP, said he was reacting to the recent release of names of ‘looters’ by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led-federal government through the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. Read more
Boxer who died after winning prize fight saved SEVEN other people by donating his organs (DailyMail)
The mother of a boxer who died aged 31 within hours of winning a fight told of how her son has saved seven other people by donating his organs.
Scott Westgarth is thought to have suffered a bleed on the brain during a fight in February and held his head during ringside interviews after the match. Read more
Joshua calls out Wilder after breezing past Parker (TheNews)
Anthony Joshua called for a heavyweight unification fight with Deontay Wilder, saying it was “not time to sit back and enjoy the ride”, after beating Joseph Parker here on Saturday.
Joshua added Parker’s World Boxing Organisation heavyweight title to his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association belts with a unanimous points decision over the New Zealander after being taken to 12 rounds for the first time in his unbeaten 21-fight professional career. Read more
Committee denies alleged row with Rohr over Eagles’ list (Guardian)
Former Super Eagles Midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju has revealed that the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Technical Committee does not have any problem with Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr over his choice of players for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
Adepoju also dismissed as false the committee’s alleged order on the coach to submit his World Cup squad list following the Super Eagles’ 0-2 defeat by Serbia in an international friendly last week. Read more
Coaches for Real Madrid Foundation Sound Clinic arrive (Vanguard)
Two coaches have arrived in Nigeria for the Real Madrid Foundation Soccer Clinic which comes up at the Campos Mini Stadium from April 4 to 14. The coaches – Daniel Rotella, Technical coach for Real Madrid FC and Rodrigo Rubles- Madrid Academy coach – are expected to teach the kids between the ages of 7 and 17 – the flourishing football style of Los Blancos. Read more
Zinedine Zidane braced for return to Juventus (Sport360)
Zinedine Zidane said last week he wants to stay at Real Madrid but how welcome his wishes are will depend on the team’s Champions League tie against Juventus.
Real face Zidane’s former club in the first leg of the quarter-final on Tuesday, knowing their season, and perhaps the Frenchman’s future as coach, hinges on reaching the last four. Read more