August 14, 2018

* Killing of Christians in Nigeria must stop, says Trump (Punch) * Buratai, Fashola, Eze back Eagles (Punch)

* Killing of Christians in Nigeria must stop, says Trump (Punch)                   *  Buratai, Fashola, Eze back Eagles (Punch)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE MAY 1, 2018

 

Killing of Christians in Nigeria must stop, says Trump (Punch)

The United States President, Donald Trump, on Monday described the killing of Christians in Nigeria as a serious problem, saying the US would not accept it. Trump also condemned the burning of churches and urged the Federal Government to ensure security in the affected communities. He said the government of the US and that of Nigeria would work hard to resolve the problem. Trump said this shortly before he entered into a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Oval Office in the White House, Washington DC. “We have met before, we have a great relationship. I look forward to our discussion today again, especially as it relates to terrorism. Terrorism all over the world is a hotbed and we are going to be stopping it. Read more

Buratai, Fashola, Eze back Eagles (Punch)

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai;  Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola;  and businessman Arthur Eze  are backing the  Super Eagles to do well at the Russia 2018 World Cup. Buratai, said the Eagles could win the tournament, when the Fly me to Russia Committee visited him  in Abuja.  The COAS said, “I must commend the Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung for leading the committee to my office. It shows that the need for the Eagles to do well in Russia is every one’s business. The Nigerian Army is solidly behind the Eagles.” Read more

Saraki: National Assembly to work for improved Welfare for Workers (ThisDay)

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Monday saluted the resilience, dedication and contributions of Nigeria workers to national development. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also described workers as the mainstay of the Nigerian economy. “They (workers) form the bedrock on which the building blocks of any sustained national development can be laid,” he said. He called on the Workers to continue to put in their best in any sector they find themselves, saying that their efforts shall never be in vain. Saraki also promised that the National Assembly under his leadership will support all efforts aimed at ensuring workers are adequately rewarded and well catered for. Read more

Omo-Agege’s suspension illegal –AGF (SUN)

A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed May 10, to deliver judgment in a suit filed by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who is challenging his suspension by the Senate. Meanwhile, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), listed as a defendant in the suit, urged the court to declare all the actions leading to Omo-Agege’s suspension as unconstitutional and unlawful. The AGF, who was represented in court by the Permanent Secretary and Solicitor General of the Federation, Dayo Akpata, said he took the position in his constitutional powers as a defender and protector of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. Read more

2019: No cash for INEC’s N300b budget (Nation)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is bracing for next year’s general elections – without cash. The polls are 291 days away, but there is no cash yet for INEC’s N300 billion budget. The cash squeeze is likely to affect the timelines for the elections, unless the Executive and the Legislature move fast to reverse the situation. INEC has to procure more than 800 materials for the conduct of a successful poll but none has been bought. Some materials needed for the polls take six to seven months to procure, The Nation learnt. INEC in January submitted over N300 billion budget to the Presidency for vetting and presentation to the National Assembly. Read more

Edo interested in OAU sex-for-marks case –Obaseki (SUN)

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has saluted Miss Monica Osagie, for her courage in the ongoing investigation of the alleged sexual harassment by Prof. Richard Akindele, in a sex-for-marks scandal. The governor urged the university authorities to ensure painstaking and thorough investigation of Osagie’s allegation and serve justice without fear or favour. “Osagie’s uncommon bravery at a time many female students have come to accept sexual harassment as a norm in our educational institutions, is worth commending. Read more

FG responsible for security lapses –Wike (SUN)

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has attributed the security lapses in the country to alleged political interference by the Federal Government in the operations of security agencies.  Wike spoke yesterday, during a courtesy visit by the participants of Senior Executive Course 40, 2018 Study Group Three, from the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, at the Government House, Port Harcourt. He alleged that deliberate political actions of the federal government have compromised the security architecture of states. Read more

Abdulsalam is LP’s national chairman, says INEC (Guardian)

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has again, dispelled rumours of any leadership crisis in the Labour Party (LP), saying Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam remains the authentic National Chairman of the party.

INEC’s position was contained vide a letter, INEC/LEG/PP/14/T/7 dated April 10, 2018 in a respond to complain by a legal firm, Afolabi Fashanu & Co apparently drawing the attention of the Commission to the activities of Mr. Mike Omotosho, who is parading himself as the National Chairman of the party. Read more

NAF takes delivery of 2 Helicopter Gunships from Russia (ThisDay)

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Monday took delivery of two Mi-35M combat helicopters from Russia, in a bid to combat the insurgency in the North-east and the rising wave of killings in other parts of the country. The helicopters were delivered to the air force at the Tactical Air Command, Makurdi in Benue State. According to NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, “The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) took delivery of two Mi-35M helicopter gunships that the federal government had since ordered from Russia. “The Antonov aircraft, which brought the new Mi-35M helicopters, touched down on the runway at the NAF Base, Makurdi, at exactly 12.20pm today (yesterday).” Read more

Why special court should be established for corruption cases, by ICPC (Guardian)

The Acting Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Musa Abubakar, has supported calls for the establishment of special courts for corruption cases. Abubakar said this in his lecture titled: Corruption, Economic and Financial Crimes: Special Courts to the Rescue, delivered at the fifth Criminal Justice Reform Conference organised by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Asaba, Delta State. He noted that the creation of special courts for corruption cases would remove bottlenecks associated with the adjudication of corruption matters in the conventional courts. Read more

Man disappears after leaving home for work (Punch)

The family and neighbours of a fish farm worker, Ibrahim Sulyman, are in confusion about his whereabouts after he left home for work and did not return. The 24-year-old had been missing since April 10, 2018, when he reprotedly left his residence on Shodipo Avenue, LASPOTECH Second Gate, Ikorodu. He was said to have told his flatmate and neighbours that he was heading for his workplace located in the neighborhood, but did not return home. Sulyman’s elder sister, Mrs. Adejoke Maku, told our correspondent that his boss had sent him to deposit N80,000 in a bank the previous day. Read more

Shiites demand unconditional release of El-Zakzaky, wife (Guardian)

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites have, once again, called for the immediate and unconditional release of its leader, Sheikh El Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah. The group represented by Dr. Dauda Nalado, said at a press briefing in Abuja yesterday that the illegal and continued detention of its leader was because Saudi Arabia was manipulating the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to suppress and disband the movement and the ideals it represents. He stressed that the group believes that all men were equal despite their religious differences. Read more

Olunloyo’s son charged with N40m ‘fraud’ (Nation)

Son of former Oyo State Governor Akinkunle Olunloyo, has been arraigned before an Igbosere chief Magistrates’ Court in an alleged N40 million fraud. Olunloyo, 40, a former night club owner, was charged alongside his entertainment firm, Code Media Ltd, by the Police Special Fraud Unit, (PSFU), Lagos. They are standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and fraud before Chief Magistrate O. O. Oshin. Prosecuting counsel Sylvester Azubuike said Olunloyo committed the offence in Lagos, “sometime in November 2014,” in connivance with accomplices, who are on the run. Read more

NFF to receive FIFA $2m advance for Eagles (Punch)

The Nigeria Football Federation is to be given a $2m  advance  by FIFA  towards the preparations of the Super Eagles for  the Russia 2018 World Cup next month. The  world football body will also  give  other four  African football federations a $2m  advance each to pay player bonuses before the tournament. The Confederation of African Football says the agreement for Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia will help “settle beforehand the question of bonuses.” The 32 federations sending teams to the World Cup get $1.5m each from FIFA to prepare, plus at least $8m in prize money after the tournament. The winners get $38m. Read more

Kwara flee Damaturu as Yobe fans protest disallowed goal (Punch)

Players and officials of Kwara United and the referees in charge of their Premier League match against Yobe Desert Stars in Damaturu on Sunday escaped being beaten by  fans of the home team after the match, which ended in a goalless draw. Our correspondent learnt that trouble broke out in additional time after Yobe scored a goal, which the referee ruled out due to an infringement.  The fans, who believed the goal should have been allowed, became agitated after the referee ended the match but they were curtailed by security officials present at the stadium. Read more

Edo govt praises Insurance (Punch)

Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu has praised  Bendel Insurance  for their flying start to the National League. The Benin side, sponsored by the state government, defeated Spartans of Lagos 3-0  at the UNIBEN Sports Complex  on Sunday. Shaibu,  who alongside other  government officials watched the encounter, expressed his delight that the victory was convincing. He said,”I m happy with this fine start. As a government,  we will encourage the boys to go all the way. Our target is to see the team land in the elite division next season. With what we saw in this very first game, we are on course.” Read more

Zidane: My future not tied to Euro success (Independent)

Zinedine Zidane says his future as Real Madrid coach does not depend on winning the Champions League for the third successive season. The Frenchman has enjoyed plenty of European success in the Spanish capital but has come under pressure this campaign following a poor LaLiga title defence. Real, who saw bitter rivals Barcelona take their domestic crown on Sunday, are well placed to lift the Champions League trophy for the fourth time in five years and take a 2-1 lead into tonight’s semi-final second leg at home to Bayern Munich. Zidane insisted he was fully focused on the clash with the Bundesliga champions but dismissed suggestions that failing to win the competition would determine his fate. Read more

Liverpool on brink of final as tensions mount in Rome (France24)

Liverpool return to the scene of two of their most famous European triumphs amid tight security ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, second leg clash in Rome. Jurgen Klopp’s side are on the brink of reaching the final of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since 2007 as they look to defend a three-goal advantage against AS Roma in the Italian capital. But off-pitch tensions are high as Liverpool supporter Sean Cox lies in a coma after being attacked before last week’s first leg in Anfield. Two Roma supporters were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and club legend Francesco Totti has appealed for “fair play, hospitality and respect for our opponents”. Read more

FA charges Newcastle’s Slimani with violent conduct (Reuters)

Newcastle United forward Islam Slimani has been charged with violent conduct by the English Football Association (FA) following an off-the-ball incident during the Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat by West Bromwich Albion. Slimani, who is on loan from Leicester City, appeared to kick out at West Brom defender Craig Dawson in the 80th minute of the match at St James’ Park. The incident was not spotted by referee David Coote but was caught on video and the Algeria international has until 1700 GMT on Tuesday to respond to the charge, the FA said on their website. Read more

We will be watching – Donald Trump makes World Cup appeal for US-led bid (Fourfourtwo)

President Donald Trump said the United States will be “watching very closely” as he called for African nations and countries around the world to support USA’s joint 2026 World Cup bid. Trump has been vocal amid a bid put together by USA, Canada and Mexico to stage the showpiece tournament in North America in eight years’ time. The controversial US president warned nations not to lobby against the USA in a tweet last week, with Morocco the rival bid ahead of FIFA’s announcement in Moscow on June 13. And Trump appeared to reaffirm that stance as he met with Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari at the White House on Monday. Read more

North and South Korea met – but what does it really mean? (Asiancorrespondent)

THE moving footage of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un provided rich symbolism for the negotiations of the third inter-Korean summit, held at Panmunjom on Friday. While there was no agreement on any substantive outcomes at the summit, the resultant Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula established a foundation for further inter-Korean engagement and set the scene for the upcoming summitbetween the US and North Korea. There has been much media conjecture over what exactly the two parties have agreed to at the Panmunjom summit. It is therefore worth examining the declaration article-by-article to ascertain what is and isn’t on the table. Read more

WhatsApp founder quits after clash with Facebook over privacy rules (Skynews)

The co-founder of WhatsApp has quit after disagreeing with Facebook’s attempts to weaken the messaging service’s privacy rules. Jan Koum clashed with parent company Facebook over the social media giant’s attempts to use people’s personal data and weaken WhatsApp’s encryption, the Washington Post reported, citing people familiar with the issue. Referring to co-founder Brian Acton, the WhatsApp CEO wrote on Facebook: “It’s been almost a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some of the best people. Read more

South Korea to take down North-facing propaganda speakers (BBC)

South Korea is to begin taking down loudspeakers placed along its border with North, which were used to blast propaganda towards Northern soldiers. The dismantling is part of a string of symbolic gestures from both sides days after a historic summit between the two Koreas. North and South on Friday agreed to work on denuclearising the peninsula. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is also expected to meet with US President Donald Trump to discuss the issue. Read more

Was an innocent man jailed for murders by the Golden State serial Killer? (Skynews)

A man spent almost 40 years in jail after being wrongly convicted of two murders which the so-called Golden State Killer may have committed. Craig Coley spent 39 years in prison for the killing of his ex-girlfriend and her young son in 1978 in California. The 70-year-old was exonerated in 2017 after prosecutors realised the DNA evidence at the scene in the Simi Valley did not match his. Now, investigators have submitted DNA samples from the strangling of Rhonda Wicht, 24, and Donald, four, to see if they match up with former police officer Joseph DeAngelo. Read more

 

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