August 14, 2018

* Former US First Lady Barbara Bush dies at 92 (BBC) * We may shut N’Assembly to help Buhari end killings –Ekweremadu (Punch)

* Former US First Lady Barbara Bush dies at 92 (BBC)                * We may shut N’Assembly to help Buhari end killings –Ekweremadu (Punch)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE APRIL 18, 2018

 

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush dies at 92 (BBC)

Barbara Bush, the former US first lady and literacy campaigner, has died at the age of 92. She was the matriarchal figure of a political dynasty that included two presidents – her husband George HW Bush and son George W Bush. Mrs Bush, who was first lady from 1989 to 1993, had been in failing health for some time and had declined further medical treatment. Tributes to her poured in from across the US political establishment. Her husband, at 93, is the longest-lived US president. Their son, George, was elected in 2000 and served two terms as the nation’s 43rd president. Read more

We may shut N’Assembly to help Buhari end killings –Ekweremadu (Punch)

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has said the National Assembly may be shut to help President Muhammadu Buhari administration find an end to the spate of killings by herdsmen and militias across the country. The upper chamber of the National Assembly  also noted that the campaign by the Federal Government for more foreign direct investments in the country would fail if the spate of insecurity persisted. Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary on Tuesday, spoke while ruling on a motion moved by Senator Suleiman Adokwe (Nasarawa-South) over the continued killings in his senatorial district. Read more

Secure Chibok girls, Leah’s rescue before 2019, Reps tell Buhari (Punch)

The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the Executive arm of government to secure the release of the remaining 113 Chibok schoolgirls and the last Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, still held in captivity before 2019. It also raised concerns over claims that the Federal Government had so far bought $460m (N165bn) worth of military hardware from a US firm without appropriation by the National Assembly. The money is said to be aside from the $1bn recently approved for release by President Muhammadu Buhari for the purpose of equipping the military. Read more

Killings: Sack service chiefs now, senators tell Buhari (Nation)

The Senate yesterday took serious exception to the killings in some parts of the country,  which some members said showed the failure of the service chiefs and heads of other security agencies. While some senators demanded the sacking of the service chiefs over the matter; others called for a practical way of tackling the problem. The government, they argued, should not shy away from seeking foreign assistance to deal with the problem. The debate followed a motion moved by Senator Sulaiman Adokwe (Nasarawa South Senatorial District) on the killings in his constituency by suspected herdsmen. In Nasarawa State, the death toll in herdsmen attacks on some Tiv communities was said to have risen to 70 yesterday. Read more

Nigeria to create technology, innovation advisory council – Osinbajo (Nation)

Nigeria is to create an Innovation and Technology Advisory Council to harness and support the creativity and innovative ingenuity of young Nigerians and drive the growth of the sector in the country. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who stated this on Tuesday while speaking with reporters after visiting seven technology and innovation hubs in different parts of Lagos, South West Nigeria, said a similar council has already been created for the industry. He said: “Already, we have an Industrial and Competitiveness Council.  But what we want to look at is doing one for technology and one for innovation as well so that we bring in some of the key players and thinkers around technology, working with the government and working with government officials to develop policy and to develop all of the various ways by which we can help them to what they are doing better.” Read more

‘No drainpipe project under Obaseki’ (SUN)

Special Adviser to Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, has said the administration does not have any project that drains the resources of the state. Instead, he said, Obaseki has added value to the state’s several investments, including the Edo Fertiliser and Chemical plant, which has been producing fertiliser for Edo farmers; the development of the Benin Industrial Park and the Gelegele Seaport, for which soil test has been concluded, with other preliminary activities ongoing. Read more

After meeting OBJ: I regret supporting Buhari in 2015 — FALAE (Vanguard)

National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Chief Olu Falae, yesterday, said he regretted supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s  ambition in the 2015 presidential election. He also passed  a vote of no confidence on  the Buhari administration saying “he has failed.” He said this after a closed-door  meeting with  former President Olusegun Obasanjo  at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, in Abeokuta. Falae, who emerged from the meeting told newsmen he came to visit the former President to chart a  way forward for the country. Read more

Banks fail to remit N74.1bn govt revenues –RMXFC (Punch)

Ongoing probe of banks that are collecting revenues for the government has shown that the lenders failed to remit N74.1bn into the Federation Account between July 2012 and December 2015. The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, which announced this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday, said a total of N57.7bn had so far been recovered. The commission has also issued demand notices to the banks for another N16.4bn that has yet to be recovered from the banks appointed to collect revenues on behalf of government agencies that generate revenues. Read more

Nigeria’s economy to grow by 2.1 per cent, says IMF (Nation)

Nigeria’s economy which grew by 0.8 per cent in 2017 will end this year, with a 2.1 per cent growth, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted. It, however, projected a slow down to 1.9 per cent growth next year, in its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) Report launched in Washington DC, United States where the annual World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings are ongoing. The IMF advised oil-dependent economies, including Nigeria’s to intensify economic diversification as the global body foresees the crash of crude oil prices in the near future. “Some low-income countries like Mozambique and Nigeria have experienced financial stress or deteriorating loan quality in recent years as growth has moderated and corporate balance sheets have weakened. Read more

Falana seeks explanation for fuel subsidy increase from N261bn to N1.4trn (Vanguard)

Human rights activist and Lagos Lawyer, Chief Femi Falana, SAN, yesterday filed a Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources demanding details of how the Nigerian government’s payment of N261.4 billion per annum in fuel subsidy skyrocketed to N1.4 trillion. In the FOI request addressed to Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Falana said the ministry failed to account for millions of litres of imported fuel between December 2017 and March this year. In December 2017, according to Mr Falana, the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said the nation’s consumption rate of fuel was 28 million litres per day and that subsidy cost was N726 million per day (N261.4 billion per annum). Read more

Excise duty: Group pleads for brewery workers (SUN)

No fewer than 225,000 employees in the value chain of production and distribution of locally made wines/spirit as well as tobacco are about to be thrown into the already saturated labour market as a result of government’s plan to increase tariff and excise duty on alcoholic beverages and cigarettes.  Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, had few weeks ago, announced government’s decision to increase tax in alcoholic beverages and cigarettes, perhaps, to raise more revenue for  government. The Minister, in a statement, said the implementation of the policy will begin on June 4. Read more

Nigerian students killed by tree on Cameroon school trip (Vanguard)

A falling tree at a wildlife park in northern Cameroon killed three students on a school trip, an official told the country’s state radio. “Following a tornado, a tree fell on to a group” of Nigerian students staying in Bouba Ndjida national park, regional governor Jean Abate Edi’i said. Sixteen students were also injured and taken to Garoua, the capital of the Northern Region. The group of 50 students and six staff were on a school trip, according to Cameroon state radio. Read more

Olusosun: Fire re-ignites as police arrest 80 (Punch)

The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested over 80 miscreants, recovered a toy gun, 27 knives, substances suspected to be cannabis, and other weapons from the Olusosun dumpsite. A police team, comprising officers from the Rapid Response Squad, Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, Counter Terrorism Unit, Alausa Police Station, and other police formations,  were said to have stormed the dump on Tuesday to eject squatters who had built shades in the area. “The miscreants, in a bid to resist police arrest, set fire to the dump to stop the operatives from carrying out the clearing of the site as directed by the state government, but couldn’t do much before they were arrested,” a statement by the RRS said. Read more

Motorcylist bathes lover with acid over alleged infidelity (Punch)

A trader in Akala, Mushin, Lagos State, Toyin Busari, is battling with burns after her lover allegedly poured substance suspected to be acid on her body. The 27-year-old, who is on admission at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Annex, Gbagada, was reportedly accused by her boyfriend, Lukman Madoti, of infidelity. Madoti, who is said to be the chairman of okada riders in the area, was arrested by the police from the Alakara division. Our correspondent learnt that there had been a series of fight between the lovers since they met about a year ago over allegations of unfaithfulness. Read more

Fire kills Lagos businesswoman, maid, houseboy (Punch)

Sympathisers thronged Alade Close, Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday after an early morning fire claimed the lives of a middle-aged businesswoman, her teenage maid and houseboy. The deceased lived in a two-bedroomed apartment on the top floor of a one-storeyed building on the close. PUNCH Metro learnt that the woman’s husband and their daughter escaped from the fire, which started around 2am from their living room and spread to another two-bedroomed flat on the floor, whose occupants escaped unhurt. Although the cause of the fire had yet to be officially determined, some residents claimed that it was caused by an electrical surge. Read more

Access Lagos City Marathon unveils RevolutionPlus (Nation)

Organisers of the Lagos City Marathon, Nilayo Sports have unveiled RevolutionPlus as the latest addition to the list of sponsors of the annual event. The deal, which was signed at the headquarters of RevolutionPlus Property Development Company yesterday, is worth N500 million for five years. Managing Director of RevolutionPlus, Bamidele Onalaja said his company was happy to identify with one of the best one-day event in Africa. He stated that the company would have been involved in the third edition of the marathon, which took place in February, but a deal could not be concluded before the race. Read more

2018 Milo Basketball National tourney: Niger, Benue secure final tickets (Vanguard)

Father O’ Connel Science College, Minna have emerged winners of the Boys Category at the just-concluded Emirates Conference of the 2018 MILO Secondary School Basketball Championship, which held at the Kwara State Township Stadium, Ilorin. The Minna boys defeated Christ Comprehensive College, Kaduna 68 – 35 to lift the Emirate Conference trophy and progress to the National Finals coming up in Lagos by May 2018. In the Female Category, Government Secondary School, Gboko, retained their crown as the champions of the Emirates Conference, after defeating their Niger counterpart, Government Girls Secondary School, Minna. Read more

Lagos sweeps honours at Nestle Milo Western Conference Basketball Championships (Vanguard)

Lagos State Male and Female Basketball teams have emerged the zonal winners of the 20th Nestle-Milo Secondary School Basketball Championships on April 17, at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan. International School, University of Lagos (UNILAG) male Basketball team, defeated their Ogun counterparts, Victorroti Private Secondary School from Olokuta , Idi-Aba 71-41 to win the trophy and cash awards at stake. In the same vein, Westley Girls Secondary School, Yaba, Lagos, defeated Yejide Girls Secondary School, Oyo State 36-35 in the female final to edge out their opponents. Read more

I have no problem with Bale – Zidane (Vanguard)

Zinedine Zidane insists he has no problem with Gareth Bale despite substituting him at half-time during Real Madrid´s Champions League clash against Juventus last week. Sources disclosed that Bale was surprised and angry at Zidane´s decision to take him off at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Real trailing 2-0 in a match they went on to lose 3-1. The defending champions progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bale was then not included in the squad for Sunday´s 2-1 win over Malaga in La Liga but Real insisted the plan had always been to rest players for the match. Read more

Varsity suspends lecturer over sex-for-mark allegations (Punch)

A university lecturer, Mr. Kisuze Edward, has been suspended by the University of Makarere in Uganda over allegations of sexual harassment. In the letter of suspension, which bore the stamp of the office of the Vice Chancellor and was posted on the university’s Twitter handle on Tuesday, Edward  is on suspension due to allegations of sexual harassment preferred against him by one of his students, Rachael Njeri, who wrote the school authorities on 16th April. Edward was notified of the allegation and asked to share his own side of the story. Upon receipt of his response, the university placed him on immediate suspension on half pay, pending an investigation into the allegation. Read more

Jacinda Ardern ‘infuriated’ with comparisons to Donald Trump (Guardian)

The New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has said she was “infuriated” and “very angry” by being compared to US President Donald Trump. In September last year the Wall Street Journal headlined a story “Meet New Zealand’s Justin Trudeau – except she’s more like Trump on immigration.” In an interview with America’s NBC television Ardern said the story was completely off the mark. “That infuriated me, it infuriated me,” said Ardern. “We are a party who were at that time campaigning to double our refugee quota. We are a nation built on immigration. I am only a third-generation New Zealander. Read more

South Korea considering peace treaty with North (Guardian)

South Korea may seek to replace its uneasy truce with North Korea with a formal peace treaty, according to officials in Seoul, as the country’s president, Moon Jae-in, prepares to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next week. The officials added, however, that negotiating a peace treaty to replace the armistice agreed by the two Koreas at the end of their 1950-53 war would be contingent on Pyongyang abandoning its nuclear ambitions. Chung Eui-yong, head of South Korea’s presidential national security office, said Seoul and Washington were exploring several ways in which to reward the North for agreeing to its complete and verifiable denuclearisation. Read more

Trump Tweets support for American pastor on trial in Turkey (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump voiced his support on Tuesday for Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on trial in Turkey on charges he was linked to a group accused of orchestrating a failed 2016 military coup, in a case that has compounded strains in U.S.-Turkish relations. “Pastor Andrew Brunson, a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the United States, is on trial and being persecuted in Turkey for no reason,” Trump tweeted. “They call him a spy, but I am more a spy than he is. Hopefully he will be allowed to come home to his beautiful family where he belongs!” Read more

 

 

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