SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 19, 2018
I Am Baffled By The Conversation, Plot To Eliminate Me, Fayose Tells EFCC Boss
..says he remains resolutely oppose to Buhari Former Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose who presently is being detained by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has alerted members of the public of an audio recording conversation currently circulating in the social media in which the EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu boasted that nothing will happen should he die in their cell, saying that he was baffled by the conversation, the plot to eliminate him, and that nothing should happen to him. The EFCC had alerted the general public on audio recording circulating in the social media in which the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu, was said to have made comments to the effect that, nothing will happen peradventure Ayo Fayose, former governor of Ekiti State, dies in custody.
Buhari, Security Chiefs Meet Over 2019 Election
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday held meeting with heads of the National Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. At the end of the meeting, the security Chiefs have raised concerns over proliferation and stockpiling of weapons by politicians to cause mayhem ahead of the 2019 general elections. The meeting also discussed what it termed as attempts by “notable personalities” to manipulate and put pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) through street demonstrations that could be hijacked by hoodlums and miscreants.
690 Containers Of Electricity Equipment Abandoned At Port Recovered, Says Fashola
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Raji Fashola, on Thursday, said that the ministry recovered 690 out of 800 containers of electricity equipment abandoned at the port for 10 years by previous administrations. Fashola said this at the commissioning of 2×100MVA – 132/33kv power transformers at Ejigbo Transmission Substation in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ejigbo Transmission Substation was commissioned in 1970 with an installed capacity 60MVA, comprising two number of 30MVA 132/33kv transformers. In August 2017, the capacity of the station was increased to 120MVA with the addition of a 60MVA transformer. Fashola said that the present administration inherited 800 containers for power equipment left in the port.
We Are Taking Steps To Secure Fayose’s Release – Ozekhome
Human rights lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said efforts had begun to secure release of former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, from Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) custody. Ozekhome said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday. Fayose, whose tenure as governor ended on Monday, had on Tuesday reported at the EFCC office in Abuja to answer to some allegations levelled against him while in office as governor.
Polio Eradication `A Debt Owed Nigerians’ – Osinbajo
The Abuja Commitment made by the Federal and State governments to provide active leadership on polio eradication activities including routine immunisation, is a debt owed to Nigerians, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said Osinbajo made the submission at the 92nd edition of the National Economic Council Meeting (NEC). “The Abuja Commitment is a promise we all made; it is now a debt that we owe to the Nigerian people.
Reps Step Down Debate On Electoral Act Amendment Bill
The House of Representatives on Thursday stepped down the debate on the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018 currently before it. The announcement was made at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara. The motion to drop the bill, which was on Item 7 of the Order Paper of the day’s proceeding, was moved by Chairman, Rules and Business, Emmanuel Orker-Jev.
Candidates: Parties In Last Minutes Rush To Beat INEC Deadline
Political parties on Thursday resorted to last-minute rush to beat the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) deadline for the submission of list of candidates for 2019 general elections. INEC had scheduled the submission of candidates’ names for the Presidential and National Assembly between Oct. 10 and Oct. 18, and deadline for the Governorship and State Assemblies election on Nov. 2. The News Agency of Nigeria correspondents who were at the venue of the exercise, International Conference Center (ICC) Abuja, reported that many party leaders and representatives were just arriving at the venue at about 6:00 p.m.
Governing Council Suspends NHIS Boss Indefinitely
The Governing Council of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has suspended the Executive Secretary of the scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, indefinitely over alleged gross misconduct. Mrs Eyantu Efene, the Chairman of the council, announced this while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Thursday. She said that the council resolved to suspend the scribe after several deliberations and with the approval of the Minister of Health.
APC, PDP Reps Dump Parties To Others
Two members of the House of Representatives from the two major political parties in Nigeria, All Progressives Congress (APC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday resigned their membership from the parties. The defectors are Akinlaja Joseph who is representing Ondo East/West federal constituency of Ondo State and Olatoye Temitope representing Lagelu / Akinyele Federal Constituency of Oyo State. While Akinlaja, who is the chairman, House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), defected to the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Temitope moved to the Action Democratic Party (ADP).
Ekiti Gov Election: Tribunal Admits Efon LG Electoral Materials As Exhibits
The Ekiti Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Thursday in Abuja admitted as exhibits, electoral materials used in Efon Local Government Area during the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti. The materials were tendered by Professor Olusola Kolapo, governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the July 14 election, through his counsel, Mr Yusuf Ali (SAN). The defence team had objected to the admissibility of the documents, stating that they were not pleaded and some of the wards mentioned were not in contention.
Police Raise Alarm over Cloned Certificates, ATM Cards In Circulation
The Commissioner of Police, Anti-Fraud Unit, Federal Criminal Investigation Intelligence Department (FCIID) Ikoyi- Lagos, Mr Dan Okoro, on Thursday raised alarm over many cloned certificates and ATM cards in circulation. Okoro raised the alarm while briefing newsmen in Lagos on the discovery of some cloned certificates by syndicate, which specialised in printing fake documents of banks, government and corporate organisations. He said that the syndicate had been using the cloned documents to defraud banks, government, corporate organisations and individuals, stressing that some bank officials were collaborating with the suspects for the crime. Among documents cloned by the syndicate included CBN, presidential clearance certificates, IMF and court documents.
Oil Thieves Cause Of Pipeline Fire Incident In Abia – NNPC
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says the fire incident that happened on System 2E pipeline network in Umuaduru and Umuimo communities in Abia state was caused by suspected oil thieves. The Corporation disclosed this in a statement signed by its spokesman, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, in Abuja, on Friday. He said that the allegation that negligence on the part of the corporation caused the fire incident Friday last week, was false. He affirmed that the incident was triggered off by suspected oil thieves who had hacked into System 2E pipeline network with a view to intercepting the flow of petrol from Port Harcourt to Aba.
Rohr Warns Eagles Over 2019 AFCON
Super Eagles tech nical adviser, Gernot Rohr has rolled out some mathematical calculations that he believes would determine how his side will qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Having defeated Libya home and away, the Eagles lead Group E with nine points while South Africa drop to second with eight, Libya are third on four points and Seychelles remain bottom of the group with just one. Should South Africa beat Nigeria in their next match at home, Bafana Bafana would move two points ahead of the Eagles, but could lose their last match away to Libya, who could then end on ten points, should they get victory in Seychelles in their last game.
Falcons Coach Eyes African Domination
Super Falcons’ coach, Thomas Dennerby has said that his target is to ensure his side win next month’s African Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana. With a ticket to the next FIFA Women’s World Cup added to the booty of emerging African champion in Ghana, Dennerby says he and his players cannot afford to toy with preparations for the impending competition. The Falcons will defend their title from November 17, and Dennerby already has his sight on winning it again.
Barca To Pay Neymar’s 220m Release Clause
Neymar’s sensational move back to Barcelona has moved closer with the revelation that the Brazilian forward has a shock clause in his contract. The Brazil megastar joined French champions Paris Saint-Germain last summer in a world-record €220million move. But Spanish sources, reported in Mundo, say the 26-year-old is said to have an agreement with PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi that he can leave the club at end of this season – for the same price he joined. This revelation is fuelling the fire that he’s set for a shock switch back to the Nou Camp to line up with old pal Lionel Messi.
Chelsea Plan To Begin Contract Talks With Eden Hazard Before Christmas
Chelsea plan to open talks with Eden Hazard next month as the club prepare to try to convince their best player to commit his future to them over Real Madrid. The Blues were left encouraged by Hazard’s honest comments before the international break, despite the 27-year-old also indicating his interest in signing for the La Liga giants. The Belgian has not hidden how he feels about a potential move to Madrid but Chelsea want to kick-start discussions over a new deal ahead of Christmas. Hazard has scored seven goals in eight games in the top flight this season and faces Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off.
Thierry Henry Explains Defensive Philosophy Ahead Of Monaco Bow
Thierry Henry said his Monaco players will be expected to defend as a team under his management as he looks to arrest an alarming slide towards the foot of Ligue 1. The former Arsenal striker will take charge of his boyhood club for the first time away at Strasbourg on Saturday evening. Monaco fans will be desperate to see Henry succeed after just one win from their opening nine league matches led the club to part with former manager Leonardo Jardim.
OSCAR DE LA HOYA Claps Back at Mayweather ‘WE DON’T HIT WOMEN’
The feud between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather is getting extremely personal — and nasty — with Oscar now calling out Floyd’s domestic violence conviction to humiliate him. Floyd went after Oscar earlier Thursday — posting an old photo of De La Hoya wearing fishnet stockings and heels — and saying, “I fought her and her name is Oscar ‘Golden Girl’ Dela Hoya.” Floyd then implored his fans on social media to “leave the most disrespectful caption you can think of” about Oscar.
UN To Host Meeting Of Divided Cyprus’ Rival Leaders
The United Nations says it is hosting a meeting between the rival leaders of Cyprus in the U.N.-controlled buffer zone on the ethnically divided island nation. President Nicos Anastasiades, who leads the country’s internationally recognized government, and the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, Mustafa Akinci, are being hosted by Elizabeth Spehar, the head of the U.N.’s peacekeeping force in Cyprus, on Oct. 26. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a recent report to the Security Council that a peace deal to reunify Cyprus remains feasible despite the collapse of talks between Akinci and Anastasiades at a Swiss resort last year.
Israel To Destroy Syria’s S-300 Defence System, US General Says
Former US Defense Attaché to Russia Brigadier General Peter Zwack has said that Israel is to destroy the S-300 defence system offered by Russia to Syria, Al-Wattan Voice reported yesterday. Zwack said: “At the end, the time when the Israeli planes target S-300 defence system owned by the Syrian army is coming. This is an important issue for Israel. It will not remain silent.” The presence of the S-400 defence system in the Russian military base in Syria’s Hmeimim is not a worry for Israel, but the Syrian regime owning the S-300 missile system is, according to Zwack.
Justin Bieber ‘CONFIRMS’ That He And Hailey Baldwin Have Married In A Secret Ceremony
Justin Bieber is said to have confirmed his marriage to Hailey Baldwin, following months of speculation over if the pair have said ‘I do’. Selena Gomez’s former boyfriend, 24, opened up to a fan about making Hailey, 21, his wife, according to the Mail Online. The fan said: “I said to them, ‘I don’t want to say congratulations, but are you married? The chatty fan revealed that Justin wasn’t coy as he added: “Justin said, ‘Yes, we are married’.”
Elle Magazine Shares Fake Kanye West And Kim Kardashian News To Push For Voter Registration
If there is one thing Elle Magazine should learn from their latest Twitter gimmick, it’s this: Voting is cool. Fake news is bad. Tricking people with fake stories will get everyone mad. The publication is receiving major backlash for tweeting a fake headline involving Kanye and Kim Kardashian West to promote voter registration. The headline read “Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are splitting up” and linked to a page encouraging readers to register to vote and support women candidates in the upcoming US midterm elections.
Trump Said It ‘Certainly Looks’ Like Jamal Khashoggi Is Dead, But Said He’s Not Ready To Issue A ‘Very Strong’ Statement Yet
President Donald Trump on Thursday made what was perhaps his most forceful statement yet on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. When asked if he believes Khashoggi is dead, the president told reporters, “It certainly looks that way to me.” The president also said consequences will have to be “very severe” if it turns out Saudi Arabia is responsible for Khashoggi’s death. Additionally, Trump said he would not make a “very strong” statement on the case until several investigations into Khashoggi’s disappearance have concluded.