SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – JANUARY 14, 2019
Hate campaign: Buhari suffering from guilty conscience – Ortom
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that President Muhammadu Buhari suffers from guilty conscience especially as regards the manner in which he had handled the 2018 Fulani pogrom in the state. Governor Ortom stated this, on Sunday, through his Special Adviser (Media and ICT), Tahav Agerzua, in his reaction to the allegation by the presidency that he is embarking on hate campaign against the President. “Governor Ortom has not embarked on any hate speech against the President. Maybe it is the conscience of the President that has worried him. Otherwise, Ortom has never at anytime said the President wanted to islamise the state.
Buhari sad over Ekiti truck accident – Presidency
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the tragic truck accident on Saturday that killed scores of people at Iworoko-Ekiti, in Ekiti State. In a statement by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Monday in Abuja, Mr Buhari extended his condolences to the families and friends of victims of the tragedy. According to Mr Adesina, the president joins the Ekiti State Government and people in mourning the victims, adding that the accident has brought great grief to the communities.
Saraki Urges Kinsmen to Remain Calm over Attacks on Supporters
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday urgently returned to Ilorin from Erin- Ile in Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State where he had gone to address a political rally, to sympathise with his family members, who were attacked by suspected political thugs said to be loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state, AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq.Saraki, during his visit to Agbaji quarters, assessed level of damage done to property by the rampaging suspected political thugs of APC in the state. During the rampaging, the suspected political thugs opened fire on residents of the area, wounding at least 11 persons in the process.
Arraignment of CJN stalls judicial activities at FCT High court
The arraignment of Justice Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over alleged infractions of the CJN’s assets declaration on Monday stalled judicial activities at the FCT High Court, Apo. Most courtrooms did not proceed with cases as earlier scheduled except the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal for Osun State. Justice Onnoghen is being arraigned by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) following a petition on January 7, alleging non-declaration and false declaration of his assets between 2005 and 2016. The petition lodged by Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative (ARBDI), drew the CCB attention to what it called serious concerns bordering on flagrant violations of the law and constitution of Nigeria by the CJN.
Ohanaeze, others flay IPOB attacks on Ikpeazu, Umahi
Ohanaeze Youth Council and a coalition of Igbo groups on Monday condemned the verbal attacks on governors of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu and his Ebonyi State counterpart, David Umahi by members of the opposition parties and the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB). IPOB leader, Nnamdi KANU, had said in his recent broadcast that Abia and Ebonyi people should vote out Ikpeazu and Umah, claiming that they are sabotaging their agitation. The groups described their actions as unacceptable and laughable. National President of OYC, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, after their meetings in Abakaliki, said Kanu has derailed from his Biafra agitation and should not be listened to.
2019: learn from consequences of 1966 civil war – Onaiyekan
With the February general elections fast approaching, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, on Sunday warned that Nigeria should learn from the lessons and consequences of the 1966 civil war. He gave the warning while delivering the message during the Interdenominational Church Service for the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration in Abuja. January 15th every year is marked as Armed Forces Remembrance Day to honour fallen heroes and the living soldiers. Onaiyekan also pointed out that the blood of every Nigerian is precious and should not be allowed to be spilled even as the February general elections draw near. He said “Today, we cannot forget that so many have died in our series of self-inflicted killings, in the shameful chain of coups and counter coups. This seems to be the case of the untenable moral lie that might is right. In the logic of these often gory events, those who succeed rule, and grab the highest national honours.
FG raised N1.16trn from NSE to finance projects in 2018
The Nigerian Stock Exchange on Monday said the Federal Government raised N1.16trn from the nation’s bourse in 2018 to finance fiscal and infrastructure deficits. NSE Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Oscar Onyema, disclosed this at NSE’s 2018 market recap/2019 outlook in Lagos. Onyema said the funds were raised through various bonds such as Green Bonds, Sukuk Bond and Savings Bonds. Onyema said the government listed bonds worth N1.16trn during the period, alongside Eurobonds totalling $3.36bn to finance various infrastructure projects. “Projections of heavy government borrowings to finance the planned infrastructure was validated as Federal government listed N1.16trn in 2018,” he said.
U.S., Europe may stop giving visa to Nigerian elite, politicians from tomorrow, says Igini
The United States of America and European countries may with effect from tomorrow, stop issuance of visas to prominent Nigerian elite and politicians. Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Mike Igini, who disclosed this yesterday, said the ban would remain in place until after the elections. In an exclusive interview with The Guardian in Uyo, Igini said: “I have been calling on various countries. First I have been advising Nigerians that they should not make election a violent thing. “We should not destroy our country because you think that you have U.S., UK visa and visas of other European countries where you can run to with your family.”
Rangers win in Maseru to boost chances of qualifying for group stage
Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup, Enugu Rangers, made a bold statement of qualifying for the money-spinning group stage yesterday when the Flying Antelopes defeated hosts Bantu FC of Lesotho 2-1 away in Maseru. Rangers will consolidate the victory if they are able to secure another win at their fortress at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu on January 20 with the overall winners advancing to the mini-league stage of the competition. Top scorers for the Flying Antelopes, Bright Silas and Aguda Godwin were the scorers for the coach Olugbenga Ogunbote side who let in a late goal off the boot of 26-year old South African import, Lazola Jokojokwane.
Confidence key for Arsenal to make Champions League, says Emery
Unai Emery says his players are in dire need of a win to regain their confidence and reboot their challenge for a Champions League spot for next season. The Gunners’ bid to return to the Champions League after a two-year hiatus has hit the rocks of late — Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by West Ham left them six points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea. Emery, who once again omitted 2014 World Cup winner Mesut Ozil from the squad despite his recovery from a knee injury, admitted confidence was low although they could go a long way to restoring it if they beat Chelsea at home next Saturday.
Emotional Wozniacki launches Australian Open defence
Caroline Wozniacki fought back tears after launching her Australian Open defence with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium on Monday. The third seed won her maiden Slam at Melbourne Park last year but has since been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a debilitating auto-immune disease that has threatened to derail her career. The Dane, who is bidding to become the first woman to defend the title since Victoria Azarenka in 2013, showed no outward sign of the illness as she eased past world number 52 Van Uytvanck in straight sets.
Andy Murray bows out against Roberto Bautista Agut in hard-fought farewell encounter
Gutsy Andy Murray fought to the end before losing an epic Australian Open farewell match 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (4/7) at the hands of Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday. The Scot, who said he will retire this season because of chronic hip pain, seemed finished at two sets and a break down to the 22nd seeded Spaniard in the first round but somehow battled back to force a fifth set. “Amazing. That was incredible, thank you so, so much to everyone that came out tonight,” the three-time Grand Slam champion said after being swept along on a wave of vociferous support.
Apple iPhone boost as AirPower may finally launch this year
It’s been a long time coming but Apple could finally bring its AirPower charging mat to customers this year. The clever device, which was first revealed back in 2017, offers one single solution to refilling numerous devices at once. In fact, AirPower has ability to wirelessly charge the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods all in one place reducing the need to a bedside table littered with wires. Since it was first unveiled at the iPhone event in September 2017, Apple has been quiet about when the charger will go on sale but now a new rumour suggests it could arrive soon.
Huawei Set to Overtake Apple and iPhone in the Smartphone Market
There’s more bad news for Apple. After falling sales and production cuts, TrendForce predicts Huawei mobiles could now outperform the iPhone. Leading smartphone brands are reacting to falling consumer demand by cutting output. Global production is expected to be 1.41 billion units this year, falling 3.3% compared to 2018. TrendForce says the impact of trade disputes and tariffs between the US and China, as well as other uncertainties, could result in a larger fall of 5%.
Tory Brexiteer resigns from Government so he can vote against Theresa May’s deal
A senior Brexiteer Tory has resigned from the Government so he can vote against Theresa May ’s deal. Gareth Johnson was a government whip, whose job is to ensure discipline among backbench MPs. He was previously an assistant to both David Davis and Dominic Raab. In his letter to Theresa May, he wrote: “Over the last few weeks, I have tried to reconcile my duties as a Whip to assist the Government to implement the European Withdrawal Agreement, with my own personal objections to the agreement. “I have concluded that I cannot in all conscience, support the Government’s position when it is clear this deal would be detrimental to our nation’s interests.”
Turkey says will not be ‘intimidated’ by Trump threats
Turkey on Monday said it would not be intimidated by threats after US President Donald Trump warned of devastating economic consequences over any attack on Kurdish forces, but indicated Ankara was open to the idea of a security zone in Syria. “We have said repeatedly we are not scared of and will not be intimidated by any threats,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, adding: “Economic threats against Turkey will get nowhere.” He said Turkey was “not against” a “security zone” in Syria, during a press conference in Ankara with his Luxembourg counterpart Jean Asselborn.
The border wall solution Trump hasn’t thought of
President Donald Trump has not been able to persuade Congress that US national security requires the building of a wall at our southern border. If, however, a national emergency really exists, as the President insists, then he should take his case directly to the American people and look to other ways to pay for a wall — ways that do not require the use of pre-existing taxpayer dollars. Our suggestion is that the President propose issuing “wall bonds,” or government-issued debt securities, to fund the wall. After all, the best measure of support for a government program is whether the public is willing to pay for the program.
Trump Says He ‘Never Worked for Russia’
President Donald Trump said Monday he “never worked for Russia,” after reports that the FBI grew so concerned by his actions toward Moscow that they quietly began a counterintelligence investigation into whether he was working on its behalf. Trump, speaking to reporters as he left the White House for an agriculture event in New Orleans, said the investigation was a “hoax.” The probe, which followed the firing of James Comey as FBI director, focused on whether Trump’s actions ever posed a threat to national security and whether the dismissal constituted obstruction of justice, the New York Times reported. Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over the investigation as part of his own examination of Russian interference in the 2016 election Trump won.