SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE JULY 7, 2017
Judge refuses to return Lamido’s trial to Justice Ademola
A judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Babatunde Quadri, on Friday dismissed an application by a former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, requesting that his (the ex-governor’s) trial be returned to the former trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola.
Rejecting Lamido’s request in a ruling, Justice Quadri held that it would better serve the interest of justice and public peace not to return the case to Justice Ademola. Read more
EFCC arraigns ex-OAU VC, Elujoba for corruption
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned a former Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Prof. Anthony Elujoba before an Osun State High Court, Ede for corruption.
One of the charges against him was the disbursement of over N1 billion to pay workers.
The case is still ongoing but workers of the university are chanting Elujoba’s name right inside the court while his counsel was applying for his bail. Read more
Fayose visits Benin monarch, preaches one Nigeria
The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has lauded the efforts of the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, in providing good governance for the people of the South-West state.
Also, Fayose used the occasion to emphasise the need for Nigeria to remain united, adding that “I represent the belief that this country must stay united in justice as without justice, there would be no peace.”
Oba Ewuare disclosed this when he received the governor and the Vice-Chancellor of the Benson Idahosa University, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie, at his palace in Benin, Edo State, on Thursday. Read more
Osinbajo orders security beef-up in Cross River over communal clash
The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, condemned the wanton loss of lives and property as a result of the recent communal conflict between the Wanikade and Wanihem communities in the Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State.
He has therefore directed security agencies to take urgent measures to avert a further breakdown of law and order. Read more
Ex-NBA president, Joseph Daudu, loses wife
Mrs. Ranti Daudu, the wife of a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Joseph Bodunrin Daudu (SAN), is dead.
She was said to have died of a heart attack at a hospital in Kaduna on Thursday. Read more
NSE suspends Union Homes, Omatek, Goldlink, 14 others
The Nigerian Stock Exchange on Thursday announced the suspension of 17 listed companies from trading their shares in the bourse.
The Acting Head, Listings Regulation Department, NSE, Godstime Iwenekhai, said in a statement that the action was taken because the affected companies failed to submit some relevant documents.
He added that the suspension would be lifted when the documents were eventually submitted.
The statement read in part, “Dealing members are hereby notified that pursuant to rule 3.1, rules for filing of accounts and treatment of default filing, rulebook of The Exchange (issuers’ rules), which states: Read more
Maintain status quo, court tells INEC, Melaye
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday asked both the Independent National Electoral Commission and the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, to “maintain the status quo” with respect to suit filed by Melaye to challenge his recall by his constituents.
Justice John Tsoho directed the parties to maintain status quo pending the hearing of the senator’s motion seeking an interlocutory injunction to hear the recall process. Read more
Ignore calls for restructuring, Kogi gov tells FG
the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has called on Nigerians to disregard calls for the restructuring of the country, describing such calls as mere political deceit.
The governor made the call in Lokoja, the state capital, during a meeting with leaders of the organised labour, according to a statement on Thursday.
He described those behind the agitation for the nation’s break-up and restructuring of the country as real enemies of the country, stressing that Nigeria “under President Muhammad Buhari is on the path of restoring its lost glory.” Read more
N-Power: FG trains 774 agric extension workers
The Federal Government has completed the training of 774 extension workers in the use of modern technologies in delivering extension services in the agricultural sector of the economy under its N-Power programme.
The Director-General, National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services, Prof. Mohammed Othman, stated in a report on the programme, which was obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday. Read more
London resident Nigerian, Iheanacho, accused of killing five-year-old stepson
London resident Nigerian, Mr. Marvyn Iheanacho, has been accused of “savagely battering his girlfriend’s five-year-old son to death.”
Thirty-nine-year-old Iheanacho had allegedly flew into a rage after the boy lost one of his trainers in a park in South London, Daily Mail has reported.
The boy quietly said “sorry” for losing his trainer, reports said. Read more
Reactions trail Osinbajo’s assertion on Magu
Mr. Ibrahim Magu will remain chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, so long as the Muhammadu Buhari presidency subsists, Acting President Yemi Osinabjo, declared yesterday in firm rebuttal of the Senate’s rejection of his appointment.
Osinbajo said his stance was essentially because Magu remained a nightmare to corrupt persons in the country. He spoke as Magu called for the establishment of a prison for corrupt persons in Sambisa Forest. Read more
Shell to pay $2.4m over tanker fire which killed 200 people in Pakistan
Pakistan on Friday ordered Shell Pakistan to pay at least $2.4 million in compensation after more than 200 people were killed when one of its tankers overturned and exploded in a devastating inferno last month.
The tanker contracted by Royal Dutch Shell’s local subsidiary crashed on a main highway in central Punjab province while carrying some 50,000 litres of fuel from Karachi to Lahore on June 25.
It exploded minutes later, sending a fireball through crowds from a nearby village who had gathered to scavenge for the spilled fuel, despite warnings by the driver and police to stay away. Read more
Eagles keeper Ikeme diagnosed with acute leukaemia
Wolves and Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is to begin chemotherapy after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia, BBC Sport reports.
The Championship club say Ikeme, 31, returned “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing and further checks confirmed the diagnosis.
Ikeme has been with Wolves for his entire career, making more than 200 appearances for Wanderers. Read more
Awaziem moves to France
Nigeria defender Chidozie Awaziem has joined FC Nantes from FC Porto.
Awaziem, 20, joins the French club on a one-year loan deal, the club announced on their website on Wednesday.
Awaziem has made two appearances for Nigeria, the first in a 1-1 friendly against Corsica and his full debut in the Super Eagles’ 2-0 African Nations Cup qualifying loss to South Africa. Read more
Flickers at a crossroads as Imo abandons team
Imo State Government has reportedly left Heartland Flickers to their fate as the 2017 Hockey Super League is set to kick off in Abuja on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the team’s failure to participate in the competition will lead to automatic relegation, according to the Hockey Federation of Nigeria rules.
Owerri side Heartland Flickers, who are owned by the state government, have been told by their employers that there is no money for them to feature in the competition. Read more
Stakeholders meet over Sunshine
The Ondo State Football Agency on Thursday held a stakeholders’ meeting in a bid to save Sunshine Stars from relegation from the Premier League.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the meeting in Akure had in attendance state Football Association officials, referees’ council, ministry of youths officials, sports writers and the coaching staff of the struggling side.
The Acting Chairman of the ODSFA Tunde Ogunja called for the stakeholders to work together to save the Ondo State-owned outfit from relegation. Read more
Iheanacho set for Leicester
Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is close to making a £25m move to Leicester City.
According to reports, the 20-year-old Super Eagles is in advanced talks with Leicester and is believed to welcome the move.
Iheanacho has scored 21 goals in 64 games in all competitions since making his debut for Manchester City in 2015. Read more
Man United target Lukaku trains with Pogba
Manchester United’s bid to sign Everton’s Belgian international striker Romelu Lukaku for a record fee between British clubs of £75million ($97m, 85.5m euros) looked nearer to completion Friday as photos emerged of him training with Paul Pogba.
Lukaku, 24, was pictured on United star Pogba’s Instagram account training with his close friend — who has the same agent Mino Raiola — in Los Angeles where they are on holiday together. Read more
Polish president’s wife snubs Trump, shakes hands with Melania
In what appeared to be a ‘female first’ decision, the First Lady of Poland, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, refused to shake President Donald Trump’s hand when he attempted to have a handshake with her by extending his hand.
The American president had just had a powerful handshake with Agata Kornhauser-Duda’s husband, Polish President, Andrzej Duda, and had naturally made to also have a warm handshake with the wife of his host. Read more
France launched 600 air strikes on Mosul
French fighter jets have launched 600 air strikes against Daesh in Mosul since the start of the Iraqi forces’ battle to regain control of the city from Daesh in October 2016, spokesman Colonel Patrick Steiger said in a press conference on Wednesday.
In total, the French armed forces have waged 1,307 raids on militant group in both Syria and Iraq, he added.
“First, we prepped for the battle to liberate Mosul and support Iraqi security forces, surrounding the city and cutting off reinforcements that could come from elsewhere: 300 French strikes contributed to this initial success,” he explained. Read more
Arsenal fear Alexis will push through Man City move
Arsenal fear Alexis Sanchez is determined to leave the club this summer and are now braced for a bid from Manchester City, Goal understands.
The Gunners had hoped to persuade Alexis to extend his current contract, which expires next summer, or at least to sell him abroad as a last resort. Read more
Alvaro Morata vows to keep fighting amid Man Utd and Chelsea transfer speculation
The Spaniard was thought to be close to leaving the Bernabeu for Old Trafford but Jose Mourinho has opted for the Everton hitman instead.
And that has led to speculation Chelsea could renew their efforts to sign Morata after missing out on Lukaku.
The striker is determined to seal a move away from Real though.
“We must keep fighting, as there’s no alternative,” Morata’s representatives told Marca.
The promise of more playing time at Real is not enough to convince the 24-year-old to stay and he would prefer a permanent move. Read more
Huddersfield Town players arrive for first day of pre-season training
Huddersfield Town’s players and backroom staff were back at Canalside today for the first day of pre-season training.
After a month of downtime following their incredible promotion to the Premier League, Town’s promotion heroes were back at the training ground to gear up for a first season in the top flight of English football since 1971/72. Read more
3 years on from Gaza war: 70% of homes still in ruins
Three years after the war in 2014, only one third of the 11,000 homes destroyed have been rebuilt, Wafa reported.
Many families continue to live in tents, according to a report by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) on the situation for civilians in Gaza. Read more
Israel extends travel ban on Palestine resistance icon
Israeli Interior Minister Arie Deri has extended a travel ban issued against Sheikh Raed Salah, deputy leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel (northern branch), Israeli media reported Thursday.
According to Israeli Channel 7, Deri renewed the travel ban on Salah – which effectively bars him from leaving the country – for an additional year.
“The minister based his decision on concerns that Salah’s departure from the country could be detrimental to state security,” the broadcaster reported. Read more
Murder most foul: polluted Indian river given ‘living entity’ status but reported dead
One morning in late March, Brij Khandelwal called the Agra police to report an attempted murder.
Days before, the high court in India’s Uttarakhand state had issued a landmark judgment declaring the Yamuna river – and another of India’s holiest waterways, the Ganges – “living entities”.
Now rivers have the same legal status as people, we must uphold their rights
Ashish Kothari, Mari Margil, Shrishtee Bajpai Read more
How to make global universal healthcare a reality
All healthcare models have their challenges in terms of systems capacity, fiscal space and good governance. I think the progress of countries like Thailand and Sri Lanka towards universal health is certainly laudable, but they each have different approaches to getting there. Thailand’s journey began incrementally and over the years through consistent investment in Primary Health Care (PHC). Meanwhile, India is more focused on achieving Universal Health Care (UHC) through mixed health markets featuring both public and private sector players. Read more
St. Louis minimum wage will drop from $10 to $7.70
While many cities raised their minimum wage over the past weekend, St. Louis will soon see a 23% decrease.
A new Missouri law will go into effect August 28 that will override the city’s minimum wage and lower the hourly rate from $10 to $7.70, which is the state’s standard.
In 2015, St. Louis passed an ordinance that raised the minimum wage to $10 in May and would’ve bumped it to $11 in January 2018. This led to a legal battle that wound up in the Missouri Supreme Court — which the city eventually won. But its victory was short-lived. Read more