May 24, 2018

* At last, President Buhari visits Lagos (Punch) * ‘APC will collapse before 2019 elections (Punch)

* At last, President Buhari visits Lagos (Punch)         * ‘APC will collapse before 2019 elections (Punch)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE  MARCH 29, 2018

 

At last, President Buhari visits Lagos (Punch)

As President Muhammadu Buhari makes his debut state visit to Lagos today, it would be an expected lockdown on the city that never sleeps, the 5th largest economy in Africa. The announcement heralding the visit by the state government is keeping many Lagosians on the edge. The restrictions on some major roads owing to the protocol of presidential movement is anticipated to heap a huge burden on many citizens, who may seem indifferent to the president’s visit. And the reasons are obvious. Lagos in the days leading to public holidays and festivals like Easter are always on a high frequency. The roads are jammed, the markets are busy and commercial activities are in a frenzy state. Read more

‘APC will collapse before 2019 elections (Punch)

A former governorship aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party in Delta State, Mr. Sunny Onuesoke, has said the All Progressives Congress will collapse before the 2019 general elections following recent happenings in the party. Onuesoke, who is also a leader of the PDP,  said the APC had brought hardship to Nigerians. This was contained in a statement by the ex-governorship on Wednesday in his reaction to the call by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for the deregistration of the PDP. Read more

2017 budget must run till May 31 –Senate (SUN)

Senate has urged the Federal Ministry of Finance to allow the 2017 Appropriation Act run till May 31 instead of March 31. The resolution followed the adoption of a Point of Order raised by Senator Atai Aidoko. Relying on Order 43 of the Senate Rules, Aidoko queried the constitutional power of the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, to end the 2017 budget on March 31. Aidoko alleged that the minister issued a circular which indicated intent to end the lifespan of the 2017 budget at the end of March, contrary to the provision of the Appropriation Act. He told his colleagues that the minister passed a circular which directed Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs) to mop up 2017 budget funds by March 31, 2018. Read more

Dapchi: Pray for Leah on Good Friday, CAN urges Christians (Punch)

The Christian Association of Nigeria has called on all churches in the country to pray for the freedom of Leah Sharibu from the captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists on this year’s Good Friday, March 30. The organisation also reminded the Federal Government and the security agencies of the need to free Leah and other captives from the captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists. The President of CAN, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, in a statement by his Special Assistant, (Media & Communications), Deacon Adebayo Oladeji, obtained by The Punch on Wednesday in Jos, said the call for prayer for the release of Leah was in line with the Passion Week when Jesus Christ, with passion, willingly went to the cross in order to pay for the sins of the world. Read more

‘Take Buhari’s advice on tenure’ (Nation)

The plaintiff in the tenure elongation case against the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Wale Ahmed, yesterday hailed  President Muhammadu Buhari for his objection to the “illegal” tenure extension. He said he had laid a good example of leadership. He described the President as a courageous and forthright leader who will never endorse the violation of the 1999 Constitution and the APC’s constitution by the party leadership.Ahmed, a former House of Assembly member and commissioner in Lagos State, recalled that party members were taken aback by the decision to illegally extend the tenure of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the National Working Committee (NWC) on February 27. Read more

Buhari’s rejection of tenure elongation: Oyegun calls off scheduled meeting with APC Reps (Punch)

A scheduled meeting between the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress and the party’s caucus at the House of Representatives was unceremoniously called off on Wednesday. The National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, was scheduled to lead the NWC members to the meeting at 2pm. Investigations by The PUNCH showed that the venue, Conference Room 034, House of Representatives Wing, National Assembly Complex, was set for the meeting and many members had arrived ahead of 2pm. The Leader of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, had also led some officials to the venue, awaiting the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, to receive Odigie-Oyegun. Read more

S’West States set their Sights on Lagos Airport (ThisDay)

Rising from a two-day meeting held at the State House, Ikeja, the Western Nigerian Governors’ Forum wednesday expressed interest to acquire the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, as soon as the process for its concession starts.Also, the forum formally approved the membership of Lagos State as a member of the O’dua Investment Group, a conglomerate incorporated in July 1976 to manage the business interest of Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo States. The decision was contained in a communique the new Director-General of Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), Mr. Oluseye Oyeleye, read wednesday after the governors of the South-west states concluded their quarterly meeting yesterday. Read more

Court orders Abaribe, 2 others to produce Kanu June (Punch)

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja on Wednesday ordered the senator representing Abia South in the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, and two others  to produce the missing leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, in court on June 26.  Kanu, who has pending charges of treasonable felony against him before the court, has not been seen since September 22, 2017. His team of lawyers and family declared him missing after soldiers allegedly invaded his home in Abia State during a military operation staged by the Nigerian Army to quell the secessionist activities of  IPOB in the South-East geopolitical zone. Read more

RMAFC disowns N13.5m running cost for senators (Nation)

The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has disowned senators’ N13.5million monthly running cost. RMFAC is the body responsible for fixing public officials’ wages. “The payment of running cost is not part of RMAFC mandate. Therefore, only the National Assembly can explain it,” the RMFAC said yesterday. Spokesman Ibrahim Mohammed, in a statement in Abuja, said the law on Salaries and Allowances of Public Office Holders is very clear. He said only the management of the National Assembly Service Commission could explain the N13.5 million running cost allegedly being enjoyed by each senator. Read more

New CBN DGs, MPC members assume duty (SUN)

Following the Senate’s clearance, the two newly appointed Deputy Governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mrs. Aisha Ahmad, and Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu, formally assumed duty yesterday. Also, the trio of Prof. Adeola Festus Adenikinju, Dr. Robert Asogwa and Dr. Aliyu Rafindadi Sanusi were also at the CBN to formally commence their tenure as members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the bank. Read more

Stock market investors lose N235b in 3 trading days (Guardian)

Equity transactions on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) continued on a downward trend yesterday, following price losses suffered by some blue chip stocks, as investors lose N235 billion in three trading days. Specifically, at the close of transactions yesterday, market capitalisation dropped by N235 billion or 1.6 per cent from N14.975 trillion recorded on Monday to N14.740 trillion posted on Wednesday while the All-share index dropped by 652.22 points from 41,454.30 to 40,802.08. Yesterday, WAPCO topped the losers’ chart with N2.30 kobo to close at N46.40 per share while Dangote Cement followed with N2.00 kobo to close at N253.00 per share. Total declined by N1.70 kobo to close N238.30 per share. Read more

Herdsmen attacks: More people may be slaughtered unless .. – Taraba govt (Vanguard)

Taraba State government, yesterday, raised the alarm that more people may be killed in the state by herdsmen in the coming days unless the Federal Government and the military changed their tactics. The government also lamented that the Federal Government and the military failed to act on series of information it promptly made available to them to avert previous attacks. Senior Special Assistant to the Taraba Government on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Abu, said in a statement, yesterday, that there were documented evidence to prove that the Federal Government and its security agencies simply refused to act and save the lives of those lost to the attackers. Read more

Car wash attendant sells client’s car, spends proceeds on wedding (Guardian)

A car wash attendant, Mohammed Chado, has been arrested by the police in Abuja for allegedly selling a year 2000 model of Toyota Camry that a client had asked him to wash. The suspect, who was working at a car wash outlet in Apo, Abuja, allegedly made away with the car and sold it for N450,000, which he reportedly used to marry a wife. Chado, 29, was among the 40 crime suspects paraded yesterday by the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, Sadiq Bello. The police boss said: “Chado was arrested at Batafe village in Niger State where he was hiding after he sold a Toyota Camry 2000 model that was given to him for washing. The stolen car has been recovered.” Read more

Lagos tailor caught with 3 human skulls in Ilorin (Punch)

A 32-year-old Lagos tailor, Mr. Suleiman Ajenifuja, has been arrested with three suspected human skulls. The father of two, who also claimed to be working as a street sweeper in Lagos, said he was taking the skulls to an Islamic cleric for spiritual purposes when he was arrested. He said he combined street sweeping with tailoring, adding that he wanted to use the skulls to make a ritual to draw more customers to his shop. Ajenifuja said a friend connected him to the Islamic cleric. Read more

Woman beheaded in her farm in Enugu (Guardian)

If she had known that the farm work, which she had gone to do would be her last, she would probably have stayed back home. But oblivious of what awaited her, Susan Enejere had on Monday set out to her farm at Ugbene Ajima in Uzouwani local council of Enugu State. It was, however, her last day on earth as she was murdered with her head severed from her body by her murderer. The Guardian gathered that the young mother was trailed to her farm by one Tochukwu Idu Chianugo of Ugwuoda village in Nimbo, Uzouwani local council and allegedly snuffed life out of her. Read more

Iheanacho breaks hand (Punch)

Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho missed Nigeria’s 2-0 defeat by Serbia after breaking a bone in his hand before the friendly on Tuesday,  Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr said, Reuters reports. Iheanacho is set to be assessed by Leicester’s medical team ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Brighton. “Unfortunately, we have one broken hand,” Nigeria boss Rohr said before Tuesday’s game. “This player cannot play. He has fractured the first metacarpal. This is Kelechi Iheanacho.” Read more

African players should storm China for money – Ighalo (Punch)

Former Watford striker Odion Ighalo has been pleasantly surprised by the quality of football in China and says that he would encourage other players to make the move, Hertfordshire Mercury reports. The 28-year-old left the Hornets in January 2017 to join Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai for £20m.The Nigeria forward  bagged 15 goals in 27 games during his debut season, having netted 20 and 16 goals in his first two seasons at Vicarage Road, in the Championship and Premier League respectively. Read more

Serbia defeat: We’ve learnt our lessons – Rohr (Vanguard)

Super Eagles came short of expectation in their pre-World Cup friendly against Serbia in London and Gernot Rohr has said valuable lessons have been learnt. Fielding an inexperienced defence and a blunt attack led by Ahmed Musa, the Eagles were outclassed by Serbia. It was a dress rehearsal for their opening Group D match against Croatia, who play a similar style of football with the Serbs. “Rohr commended the boys and urged them not to drop their heads because no football team in the world wins all their games,” Eagles spokesman Toyin Ibitoye said. Read more

Former coach says Joshua is still the same as he always was (Boxingscene)

Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) may have made millions and entertained tens of thousands of fans en route to partially unifying the heavyweight division yet success has not gone to his head according to someone who has known him for all of his adult life.  Sean Murphy trained Joshua when he was a teenager, and the Finchley Amateur Boxing Club coach has revealed that the IBF and WBA world and IBO titlist still makes regular visits to his old amateur gym to inspire the next generation of fighters. “He likes the buzz of the gym, the atmosphere, the people and it’s him coming back to his roots and where it all started,” said Murphy when speaking to Jack Austin of The Independent.  “He just feels happy here.” Read more

Arsenal: A sharp Danny Welbeck or blunt Alexandre Lacazette? (Paininthearsenal)

With Alexandre Lacazette’s return to Arsenal training, Arsene Wenger has a decision to make for the Europa League campaign: A sharp Danny Welbeck or blunt Lacazette?

The most important games of the season up until the point that they are played between now and the end of the year will be every Europa League game. With the Premier League now relatively insignificant given the points disparity to the top four, for Arsenal, the biggest game of the year is next Thursday, as CSKA Moscow prepare to travel to the Emirates in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals. Read more

Man Utd star Paul Pogba BLASTED by France World Cup winner: You are not good enough (Dailystar)

Pogba scored a beautiful free-kick for his country as France beat World Cup hosts Russia 3-1 yesterday. But France World Cup winner Dugarry has slammed the United midfielder over his marketing work. The former Birmingham City forward has taken issue with Pogba’s series ‘Pogsérie’, which featured an interview between the Pogba and Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann. Dugarry told RMC: “Pogba and Griezmann are leaders, but what an idea to sign a contract with Canal to sell this bull****. “You’re no longer in Manchester, you just lost a match with the France team [referring to France’s 3-2 defeat to Colombia on Friday]. Read more

What Diego Costa said about Lionel Messi after Spain 6-1 Argentina was spot on (Givemesports)

Poor Lionel Messi.

The Barcelona superstar did all he could to lead Argentina to the World Cup and, on last night’s evidence, his teammates are in no position to help him out when the tournament in Russia gets underway. A hamstring injury forced Messi to miss the friendly against Spain but he watched on from the stands. However, when Isco made it 6-1, Messi was spotted leaving his box. He had had enough. Messi has carried Argentina throughout the years but on this showing, even his very best won’t be enough to end La Albiceleste’s 32-year wait for a World Cup win. Read more

Adea Shabani: Body of missing actress ‘found’ in California (BBC)

California police say they believe they have recovered the remains of an aspiring actress who vanished from her Hollywood home last month. Adea Shabani, 25, was found over 400 miles (645km) away from her apartment buried in a shallow grave in a remote wildlife area of northern California. Officials say a man they identified as her boyfriend, Christopher Spotz, was involved in her presumed murder. Spotz killed himself after a chase and standoff with police last week. Read more

Details of jihadi manifesto sent by Khalid Masood minutes before atrocity revealed (Independent)

Details of a jihadi manifesto sent by the Westminster attacker on WhatsApp minutes before launching the atrocity have been revealed in a report that probed why police arrested a dozen potential suspects and then set them free. Khalid Masood placed a photo of himself on the front page of the document, which was entitled “Jihad” and included extracts from the Quran and other Islamic sources that he claimed to support violence. A report by the Independent Reviewer of Legislation detailed how police traced the contacts who received Masood’s final message to launch a wave of arrests across the country, starting in Birmingham. Read more

American drone strike in Libya kills top Qaeda Recruiter (Nytimes)

An American military drone strike over the weekend in southern Libya killed a top recruiter and logistics specialist for Al Qaeda’s branch in northwest Africa, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, and a senior military official warned of more attacks on extremists there. The military’s Africa Command said in a statement that the attack killed two militants, one of whom was identified as Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking official in Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, known as AQIM. Mr. Dawud trained Qaeda recruits in Libya for strike operations in the region, and provided logistics, money and weapons that enabled the group to threaten and attack American and Western interests, the military statement said. Read more

Russian spy was poisoned by nerve agent on the door of his home in England – police (Reuters)

Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve toxin that had been left on the front door of their home in England, British counter-terrorism police said on Wednesday. After the first known use of a chemical weapon on European soil since World War Two, Britain blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for the attempted assassination and the West has expelled around 130 Russian diplomats. Russia has denied any involvement in the attack and has said it suspects the British secret services of using the Novichok nerve agent, which was developed by the Soviet military, to frame Russia and stoke anti-Russian hysteria. Read more

 

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