* Leave Buhari out of your travails, Benue youths tell Ortom (SUN) * Why I can’t be arrested, INEC Chairman, Mahmood tells Court (Vanguard)

* Leave Buhari out of your travails, Benue youths tell Ortom (SUN)             * Why I can’t be arrested, INEC Chairman, Mahmood tells Court (Vanguard)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 2, 2018

 

Leave Buhari out of your travails, Benue youths tell Ortom (SUN)

Benue youths, under the auspices of Idoma All Progressives Congress (APC) Young Stakeholders, have warned Governor Samuel Ortom to stop blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for his current travails. Speaking during a media parley, the Chief Convener of the group,  Dominic Alancha, boasted that regardless of the party the governor joins, he (Ortom) is not re-electable, just as they described him as a ‘monumental failure’. Said Alancha, “In Benue State, we are shock with disgust in the way and manner of some of our former associates who recently defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), would want to stand logic on the head in a bid to mislead and misinform the people. Read more

Why I can’t be arrested, INEC Chairman, Mahmood tells Court (Vanguard)

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has challenged the validity of the arrest warrant that was issued against him by the Federal High Court in Abuja. In a six grounds of appeal he lodged before the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, the INEC boss maintained that he could not be arrested on the basis of a bench warrant he said was legally defective. He urged the appellate court to invoke its powers and void the arrest order that was issued against him by trial Justice Stephen Pam. Justice Pam had in a bench ruling on Wednesday, ordered the Nigerian Police Force to arrest and produce the INEC boss in court on August 8 to face contempt charge. Read more

Call for Saraki’s resignation is a joke, says PDP (Guardian)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described the call by the All Progressives Congress on Senate President Bukola Saraki to resign as the leader of the Nigerian Senate as a joke. “The call for Bukola Saraki to resign as the Senate president by the factional chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole is laughable and sickening,” PDP spokesman Kola Ologbodiyan said. National chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomole on Wednesday said the right thing for the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, is to vacate his seat after leaving the party to join the PDP Read more

Abuja forces behind impeachment plot against Gov. Ortom – Secondus (Vanguard)

National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has stated that the plot by eight members of the Benue state House of Assembly to serve impeachment notice on Governor was being propelled by forces in Abuja. He warned that Nigeria as a country was in crisis insisting that the whole world and lovers of democracy must rise against the impunity going on in Benue state. Secondus who led some national officials of the Party, PDP Governors of Bayelsa, Gombe and Taraba as well as some National Assembly members to Makurdi to pay a solidarity visit on Governor Samuel Ortom said the Governor was being persecuted because he defected from the APC. Read more

FG spends N49bn to feed pupils in 2 years –Presidency (Punch)

The Presidency on Thursday said the Federal Government has spent N49bn on the feeding of primary school pupils under the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, a component of the government’s Social Investment Programme, in the last two years. The Special Adviser to the President on NSIP, Mrs. Mariam Uwais, disclosed this to journalists in Abuja. Uwais said 8, 596,340 pupils were currently being fed in 46,247 public primary schools in 24 states. The 24 states, according to her, include Abia, Adamawa, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Niger, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, and Zamfara. Read more

Those leaving the APC are the only honest Nigerians – Galadima (Vanguard)

The People’s Democratic Party PDP has said that all those leaving the All Progressive Party APC are ‘the only honest Nigerian’ Alhaji Buba Galadima, Chairman of Reformed-All Progressive Party, R-APC, made this known at the 81st PDP NEC Meeting in Abuja he said ‘All those running to the All Progressive Congress APC or still in APC or with President Muhammadu Buhari are those that have their hands soiled with corruption.” ‘They are afraid of prosecution. But those running away from @MBuhari and APC are the only honest Nigerians” Read more

Security chiefs meet Buhari, ask for more equipment (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with the nation’s security chiefs. The meeting, which was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was meant to review ongoing efforts aimed at tackling security challenges across the country. Those who attended the meeting included the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique. Read more

Umahi bars APC from using Abakaliki Stadium for rally (Punch)

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has barred members of the All Progressives Congress, Ebonyi State Chapter, from using the Abakaliki Township Stadium as venue of its rally scheduled to hold on Saturday. Umahi, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, made the assertion on Thursday while addressing members of the State Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria during a courtesy visit. He announced that the stadium was undergoing reconstruction work, including asphalting of the entire premises and installation of floodlights. Read more

Kaduna Court fixes Oct. 4 to rule on Zakzaky’s bail (SUN)

A Kaduna High Court on Thursday fixed Oct 4 to rule on the bail application of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife Zinat. The Presiding Judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, adjourned the matter after counsel to the defendants; Mr. Maxwell Kyon moved the application for the bail of the first and second defendants. Kyon told reporters the prosecution had served the 3rd and 4th defendants,Yakubu Yahaya and Sanusi Abdulqadir, respectively, standing trial with the Shiites leader. Read more

HACEY Health Initiative holds safe Space Art Camp for Young Girls in Lagos State (Guardian)

There is increasing interest in the role of arts in healthcare and a growing consensus that participation in art activities can have a transformative impact on the lives of young people. As part of HACEY’s commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of women and girls in Nigeria, HACEY in partnership with BuildaBridge, a New York- based organisation organised a 3-day Safe Space Art Camp for young girls from two communities in Lagos State. Prior to the art camp, Kelly Finlaw, board member from BuildaBridge provided arts-based training for HACEY staff. The 2-day training offered foundation courses in using art as a teaching medium in safe spaces, art rituals, art as a metaphor, and multiple intelligences. Read more

Suspected cultist gets N50,000 bail (Nation)

A 35-year-old man, Junior Ubah, was on Thursday brought before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly belonging to a cult known as Eye confraternity. The accused is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and belonging to an unlawful society. Ubah, who claimed to be a clearing agent at TinCan Island Ports, Apapa, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Prosecutor, Police Sgt. Lucky Ihiehie told the court that the offences were committed on July 30 at Fadeyi off Lagos-Ikorodu Expressway. Read more

NFF congress gives Giwa conditions for reconciliation (Nation)

The congress of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has opened a window for possible reconciliation of all aggrieved stakeholders including Chris Giwa and his group, with a pending court case to retrace their steps and reconcile with the football family. Among the terms was for the aggrieved parties to within two weeks ensure dismissal of all pending court cases against NFF and its leadership. It urged them to file affidavits in court to affirm to be bound by and uphold the football statutes as well as undertake not to take any football matter to court but, to resolve any disputes and/or grievances within the available alternative dispute resolutions mechanism enshrined in the football statutes. Read more

Immigration official explains delay of African athletes at Lagos airport (SUN)

Some African athletes experienced delay at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, following their failure to make online payments for their visas on arrival, an official said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the athletics are participating in the ongoing 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba, Delta. A top official of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), who pleaded anonymity, made the disclosure on Thursday in Lagos. Read more

Family separations at border marked ‘low point,’ says Ivanka Trump (Straitstimes)

US First Daughter Ivanka Trump spoke out Thursday (Aug 2) against the family separations prompted by her father’s border crackdown, saying news of the controversial policy marked a “low point” during her White House tenure. Describing herself as “the daughter of an immigrant” – her mother was born and raised in the former Czechoslovakia – Trump said she felt very strongly about the crisis that swelled earlier this year when thousands of children were separated from their migrant parents. “That was a low point for me as well,” Trump, 36, told a conference organised by website Axios, referring to the “zero tolerance” immigration policy of Donald Trump’s administration. Read more

Firefighters bring wildfire near Spain park under control (NewIndianExpress)

Firefighters aided by calmer winds on Thursday brought a wildfire under control that had erupted near Spain’s famous Estrecho natural park in the southwest of the country. The blaze which had raged since Wednesday at Punta Camarinal near Tarifa in the province of Cadiz amid scorching temperatures was contained at 2:30 pm (1230 GMT), the firefighting service in Andalusia announced on Twitter. Firefighters were still at the scene to fully extinguish the blaze, it added. The flames threatened, but did not enter, the nearby 19,000-hectare Estrecho natural park, a spokesman for the service said. Read more

White House says Trump receives new letter from Kim Jong Un (Cnbc)

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) after taking part in a signing ceremony at the end of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. The White House says President Donald Trump received a new letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Wednesday following up on their Singapore summit. Trump tweeted early Thursday his thanks to Kim “for your nice letter — I look forward to seeing you soon!” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says the correspondence is “aimed at following up on their meeting in Singapore” and “advancing the commitments made” in the leaders’ joint statement there. The White House is not addressing whether Trump and Kim may again meet. Read more

Part of ‘Game of Thrones’ Gosford Castle goes on sale in Northern Ireland (Independent)

A palatial castle used to film scenes for Game of Thrones has gone on sale for £500,000, making it marginally cheaper than buying a property in London, where the average asking price is £600,926. Fans of the popular drama will recognise the Northern Ireland castle from season one of the series, in which it was used as the backdrop for when the character Rob Stark executed Richard Karstark for treason. It was also used to film scenes in season three for the infamous Red Wedding episode, in which several main characters were killed. Read more

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