May 27, 2018

* Knocks as Buhari says he hasn’t done too badly (Punch) * Looters’ list: No amount of pressure, hack writing will intimidate us – FG (Nation)

* Knocks as Buhari says he hasn’t done too badly (Punch)      * Looters’ list: No amount of pressure, hack writing will intimidate us – FG (Nation)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE APRIL 16, 2018

 

Knocks as Buhari says he hasn’t done too badly (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and the Campaign for Democracy on Sunday knocked President Muhammadu Buhari for saying he had not done badly, as well as blaming past leaders for the poor state of the economy. The President had on Sunday said considering the condition in which his administration met the country allegedly without savings and the economy vandalised; “we have not done too badly.” According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving some members of the Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation, led by Mr. Charles Sylvester. Read more

Looters’ list: No amount of pressure, hack writing will intimidate us – FG (Nation)

The Federal Government yesterday said that the battle lines have be drawn with the alleged public treasury looters. In a statement yesterday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said that not even the antics of the hack writers and threat of litigation will prevent the government from releasing more names of the alleged lootets. Mohammed noted that since the release of the first two lists, corruption has been fighting back. He explained that the governmennt has been facing overt and covert intimidation and blackmail. Read more

Babangida drums support for SDP, Falae, urges Nigerians to get behind party (SUN)

In what could be described as a formal endorsement, Nigeria’s former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, has urged women and youths in the country to rally behind the Chief Olu Falae led Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the 2019 General Elections. General Babangida made the call in Minna on Saturday when the national leadership of the party, led by its national chairman, Chief Olu Falae, visited the ex-head of state at his hilltop mansion. “If I hadn’t being too old, I would have loved to join the youth vanguard of your party,” said IBB, continuing that “I have faith in the political party for what it is and what it stands for. Read more

APC announces new website, social media handles (Nation)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday announced that it has officially hoisted  its newly-designed website and other official social media accounts, about five years after the party was registered and three years after it won the last general election.  In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi and made available to news men in Abuja, the party announced www.officialapcng.com as its official website and https://twitter.com/OfficialAPCNg, https://web.facebook.com/officialapcng/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/officialapcng/ as its social media handles.

It also announced Official APC Nigeria as its YouTube handle. Read more

Pray for Nigeria’s Peace, Good Governance, Saraki urges Christian Leaders (ThisDay)

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki on Saturday in Ilorin urged churches and Christian leaders in the country to keep praying for Nigeria’s peace and sustainable development at all times. He said such prayers are needed for the nation to overcome its socio- economic, political and security challenges. Saraki stated this at the second session of the 15th synod of Anglican Diocese of Kwara state held at St. Barnabas Cathedral, Ilorin, Kwara state. Read more

National Convention: APC names 68-member committee (Nation)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has constituted a 68 member committee for its planned elective national convention with governors dominating the list. The composition of the committee which was announced on the newly hoisted official website of the party and its official Facebook page which was made public on Sunday morning confirmed week-long speculations that the Governor of Jigawa state will head the convention committee. The Committee headed by Jigawa state governor, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar has the Governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu as deputy Chairman while Senator Ben Uwajumogu who served in the APC Technical Committee that put a final nail  tenure elongation is to serve as secretary of the convention committee. Read more

Kebbi: Facing legal troubles, supporters pray for Gov Bagudu (SUN)

Supporters of Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftains on Sunday stormed Birnin-Kebbi Central Eid Praying Ground to seek divine intervention in his ongoing court trial that poses a threat to his re-election in the 2019 General Election. The prayer, organized by the Kebbi Youth Progressive Network, was attended by Deputy Governor Col. Samaila Yombe Dabai, APC Chairman, Board of Trustees, Alhaji Sani Zauro, the Governor’s elder brother, Alhaji Bello Bagudu, and APC State Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Dani Dododo. Read more

Wike salls for Fairness, Equity in FCC Appointments (ThisDay)

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has charged the Federal Character Commission (FCC) to live up to its mandate by ensuring fairness, justice and equity in appointments and distribution of infrastructural facilities across the country. The governor gave the charge while declaring open a workshop on sensitisation on socio-economic and infrastructural facilities and strategic partnership with critical stakeholders on change agenda in the South-south geo-political zone in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Read more

Boroh: Strong Collaboration needed to sustain Peace in N’Delta

A former Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) and Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd), has called for a multi-stakeholder collaboration to sustain the prevailing peace in the region. Boroh argued that ensuring sustained peace was the recipe for development, and canvassed the collaboration of the executive, National Assembly, the strategic ministries, departments and agencies of government, development partners, ex-agitators and elders of the region, youths and the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) for the promotion of peace. Read more

I will be disappointed if Cee-C wins- Alex (Nation)

Head of House, Alex has stated that she will be disappointed if Cee-C wins the Big Brother Naija Reality TV Show. Alex stated this in the dressing room while she was in a conversation with Tobi. Tobi was very quick to caution her that the choice was no longer in her hands, but that of the viewers. “What is more important is that we are in the finals, the rest is for the viewers to vote,” Tobi said. Read more

Boko Haram have infiltrated herdsmen, warns Osita Okereke (SUN)

Director General, National Taskforce to combat illegal importation, smuggling of goods, small arms, ammunition and light-weapons, Dr. Osita Emmanuel Okereke, has called on Nigerian communities to be on alert, claiming that members of terror group Boko Haram have infiltrated herdsmen to cause havoc across the country. Okereke also accused security agencies of complicity in the fight against the Islamist insurgency, alleging that most of them are members of Boko Haram. Okereke, president of Importers Association of Nigeria, backed the assertion of the former Defence Minister, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, on the complicity of the military, lamenting sabotage from people powerful individuals, whom he said are encouraging the insurgency to continue. Read more

Kebbi Police apprehend 4 abductors, recover N800,000 ransom (SUN)

The Kebbi State Police Command has apprehended four suspected abductors of Fulani origin at Koko-Basse Local Government of the State, recovering N800,000 ransom they collected from their victims. Daily Sun gathered that the crime suspects, who had taken hostage a Fulani leader in Koko-Basse, Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar Dikko, Ardo, succeeded in collecting N300,000 of N3 million ransom they had demanded from his family before he was released. The abductors also kidnapped another victim, whose named could not be ascertained, and collected N500,000 ransom from his family. Read more

Quadri wins silver as Gold Coast 2018 ends (Punch)

Aruna Quadri on Sunday won silver in the men’s table tennis   singles  event at  the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Hosts Australia won the  Games with 80 gold, 59 silver and 59 bronze. England came second with 45 gold, 45 silver and 46 bronze followed by India with 20 gold, 20 silver and 26 bronze. Thirty-nine countries won medals in the competition which ended on Sunday. Nigeria placed ninth with nine gold, nine silver and six bronze. Read more

Chelsea players must play for club and fans, not me – Antonio Conte (Kwese.Espn)

Antonio Conte dismissed the suggestion that his Chelsea players should be motivated by a desire to help him keep his job after Olivier Giroud inspired a stirring comeback to beat Southampton. Chelsea trailed 2-0 with an hour played at St Mary’s thanks to strikes from Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek, but Giroud came off the substitutes’ bench to score two goals and help create another for Eden Hazard as the Blues claimed only their fourth Premier League victory of 2018. The result also provided some much-needed respite for Conte, who began the week as the subject of intense speculation that he had been sacked by Chelsea following a disappointing 1-1 draw with West Ham at Stamford Bridge. Read more

Salah focused on Champions League glory (RTE)

Winning the Champions League with Liverpool would mean more to Mohamed Salah than any individual accolades likely to come his way. The Premier League’s leading marksman scored for the 30th time in the division this season against Bournemouth at Anfield to restore a five-goal cushion over Harry Kane in the race for the golden boot. Salah was also included on the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year shortlist when that was revealed on Saturday following an incredible debut campaign with the Reds, for whom he has scored 40 times in all competitions. Read more

Ritchie stars as Newcastle hit back to down Arsenal (Guardian)

Arsenal crashed to a fifth consecutive away defeat in the Premier League as Matt Ritchie fired Newcastle to a 2-1 win at St James’ Park on Sunday. Arsene Wenger’s side took an early lead through Alexandre Lacazette, but Ayoze Perez equalised before Ritchie bagged the second half winner.Newcastle’s fourth successive win ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run of seven games in all competitions. The sixth-placed Gunners are 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with only five games remaining in the race to qualify for the Champions League. Realistically, Arsenal already had no chance of making the top four and Wenger had been prioritising their Europa League campaign for several weeks. Read more

Man City crowned champions after United defeat (Guardian)

Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Sunday as Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion. City had moved within touching distance of the title with a 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday. They clinched the silverware 24 hours later thanks to Albion forward Jay Rodriguez’s 73rd minute header at Old Trafford. Read more

Putin warns of global ‘crisis’ after U.S.-led strike on Syria (Nbcnews)

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of global “chaos” on Sunday in a phone conversation with Iran’s president as the two men discussed the U.S.-led strike on Syria. According to a statement, Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani discussed the missile attack that targeted a science lab and two chemical weapons depots and agreed “that this illegitimate action has seriously damaged the prospects for a political settlement in Syria,” the statement from the Kremlin said. Read more

Mass protest in Barcelona over Catalan leaders’ detention (BBC)

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans have held a demonstration in Barcelona calling for the release from detention of separatist leaders. Police said more than 300,000 people attended, although organisers put the figure at about 750,000. Nine separatist politicians and activists have been detained for their role in October’s referendum on independence from Spain – a vote ruled illegal by the courts. Read more

Barbara Bush, ailing ex-first lady, declines further hospital care (BBC)

Ailing US former First Lady Barbara Bush has declined further medical treatment and will spend her time in “comfort care” with her family. Mrs Bush, 92, made her decision after a series of recent hospital visits, a statement from the office of husband George HW Bush said. Mrs Bush played an active role whilst first lady, championing the cause of adult literacy among others. Her husband, at 93, is the longest-lived US president. Mr Bush, the nation’s 41st president, has also suffered health issues, and spent a period in intensive care for pneumonia last year. Read more

 

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