* Let’s team up to fight Terrorism, Buhari implores ECOWAS Leaders (ThisDay) * We’ve lost 20,000 cows but we didn’t kill anybody in Plateau —Miyetti Allah chairman (Tribune)

* Let’s team up to fight Terrorism, Buhari implores ECOWAS Leaders (ThisDay)       * We’ve lost 20,000 cows but we didn’t kill anybody in Plateau —Miyetti Allah chairman (Tribune)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE JUNE 30, 2018

 

Let’s team up to fight Terrorism, Buhari implores ECOWAS Leaders (ThisDay)

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in his Daura, Katsina country home, received his Togolese counterpart, Faure Gnasingbe, who is also the current President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), with a call on leaders of the sub-region, to collectively fight terrorism, which he described as the enemy of humanity. Buhari also welcomed the proposal of a summit between ECOWAS and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to address security challenges in the two regions. In a statement, the President’s spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari told Gnasingbe that terrorism transcended international boundaries, and no country could combat the scourge alone. Read more

We’ve lost 20,000 cows but we didn’t kill anybody in Plateau —Miyetti Allah chairman (Tribune)

Fulani herdsmen were alleged to be responsible for the deadly attacks on 12 villages in Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State last week. What was the reason behind the attacks?

We have to be unbiased in everything we do and be peaceful-minded human beings for us to be able live in peace with one another and achieve tranquility in our communities. There is the need for all of us to have a rethink. What happened in Plateau State was pathetic, condemnable, but the question is: has anybody listened to the Fulani herdsmen and heard from them? For a long time, Fulani herdsmen have been killed but nobody is saying anything about it. When the president came here, I said to him that from 15 August, 2017 to date, we had lost more than 250 people to secret killings. Some of these people were killed in the bush while grazing cattle while others were attacked on the road. Read more

Show what you did for S’East, S’South, Lai Mohammed challenges PDP (ThisDay)

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has attributed the poor state of roads in many parts of the South-east and South-south geo-political zones to the16 years of poor governance by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).  Speaking to reporters during an inspection tour of the ongoing construction of Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, the minister scolded PDP for having nothing to show in the two geo-political zones in the area of infrastructural development. Mohammed also berated the opposition party for blaming the current administration for allegedly neglecting the two regions without any verifiable proof. Read more

Withdraw rigging allegation, election expert tells Fayemi (Guardian)

Elisha Ishaku Abbo an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) expert, who was alleged to be helping the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) manipulate the July 14 governorship election, has demanded a retraction of the said statement and unreserved apology from the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr. Kayode Fayemi. The campaign organisation of Dr. Kayode Fayemi, had accused some top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Abbo who it said was former staff of the commission, of conniving with Governor Ayodele Fayose to manipulate the coming governorship election. It accused the INEC staffs from Abuja of allegedly holding a secret meeting with governor Fayose in the government house some days back under the guise of being in the state for official duty. Read more

Governors to Security Chiefs: Brace up or Face sack (ThisDay)

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) yesterday in Jos, Plateau State, warned Nigerian security chiefs to rise up to the responsibilities of protecting Nigerians or lose their jobs, noting that if the widespread killings across the nation persist, they would have no option than to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to replace them. On the same day dominated by fear of an attack in Jos, the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, assured the nation that the Army was on top of all security challenges, while urging Nigerians not to celebrate insecurity. The NGF was in Jos on a condolence visit to the government and people of Plateau State over the recent attack that claimed over 200 lives in the state. Read more

APC moves to resolve Imo crisis, summon Ezediaro (Guardian)

Following the crisis rocking the Imo State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), indications emerged yesterday that the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole led national working committee (NWC) would commence the process of reconciling the warring groups in the state. Yesterday, it was learnt that the party’s leadership might soon summon Uzoma Ezediaro representing Oguta constituency in the state House of Assembly to offer explanation over his role in the crisis in the state, which is the only APC controlled state in the South East. Ezediaro was said to have spearheaded the endorsement of chief of staff and son-in-law to the governor, Uche Nwosu, leading to the factionalisation of the party along the lines of Governor Okorocha and a coalition of APC chieftains from the state which include the former National organising Secretary of the party, Osita Izunaso. Read more

Rivers ex-deputy speaker, group move to reconcile Amaechi, Abe (Punch)

Former Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Leyii Kwanee, and a pro-APC group known as Rivers Unity House, said on Friday that they had begun the process of reconciling the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the lawmaker representing Rivers South East, Senator Magnus Abe.  Kwanee and the group maintained that the move was necessary in order to ensure that the state APC won the 2019 general election. Speaking with newsmen during a joint press briefing in Port Harcourt, the former deputy speaker, who is the leader of the Ogoni Unity Initiative, maintained that the recent National Convention of the APC had considerably resolved the crisis rocking the party at the state level. Read more

Nigerian Navy embarks on 24hr patrol along River Niger (Guardian)

The Nigerian Naval Outpost, Onitsha has commenced a 24-hour patrol along the various waterways and creeks in the state aimed at sustaining the current security network in the state. In a telephone chat with newsmen yesterday, commander, Onitsha Naval Outpost, Captain K. Mohammed noted that the exercise would cover the entire state including riverine communities, reiterating the commitment of the navy in assisting the police in suppressing criminal activities in the state, just as he called for useful information from residents in assisting other security agencies in curtailing criminal activities in parts of the state. He said, “The exercise is aimed at forestalling any form of criminal activities by armed groups, especially cult activities that have been on the increase in recent times.” Read more

Explosion, the biggest emergency I ever handled – Firefighter (Punch)

How did you respond to the distress call?

We were called around 5.25pm. We left the office with a water tanker. As I was approaching the scene with my crew, I saw heavy smoke billowing to the sky. From the Secretariat, Alausa, we took under the bridge to link the scene. By the time we got there, the fire had spread. We had to call the control room for another water tanker, which was deployed immediately. We started by curbing the fire from where we met it to avoid more casualties. We met it near the Otedola Housing Estate and ensured that it did not spread into the estate and other vehicles that were coming behind. Read more

NUPENG threatens nationwide strike over sack of 300 members (Guardian)

The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has threatened to begin a nationwide strike over alleged sack of 300 of its members in different oil companies. The labour union, however, gave seven days ultimatum to the OES Deep-sea Offshore and other companies to reinstate the sacked members who were unlawfully disengaged or face the crisis situation. Chairman of Port Harcourt Zone of the union, Alex Agwanwor, stated this yesterday in Port Harcourt after a meeting of the body. Agwanwor called on government at all levels and ministry of labour to prevail on OES Deep-sea Offshore and others to recall the sacked workers, stating that the NUPENG would not fail to withdraw its services if the issues is not resolved. Read more

Court orders remand of railway MD in Prison over contempt (Guardian)

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Managing Director of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria to be remanded in prison for three months over contempt of court. The judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun ordered Okhiria to be remanded following his perpetual refusal to appear in court despite several summons. She further ordered that he should be in custody till September 25, 2018 when the case will continue. Okhiria had through his lawyer, sometime in March 2018, informed the court that he was out of the country on official assignment and the court ordered him to show evidence of being on official assignment outside the country as he claimed but couldn’t. Read more

Lagos tanker explosion: We saw death —Survivors (Tribune)

Some Lagos residents have told horrid tales of how they came within a whisker of death in the tanker explosion which occurred on Thursday on Otedola Bridge in the Berger area of the city. No fewer than nine lives and 54 vehicles were lost to the disaster which occurred when the fuel tanker went up in flames after the driver lost control. Four people sustained serious injuries and are said to be receiving treatment in hospitals. Among the scores of people who got caught in the middle of the incident but cheated death is the mother of a three-year old boy, Eyitayo, whose whereabouts have, however, remained unaccounted for. Read more

NEMSA raises alarm over usage of unsealed metres (Guardian)

The Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) has expressed dissatisfaction over the continuous usage of unsealed electrical metres nationwide. Speaking yesterday in Abuja at the inauguration of the parastatal servicom committee (PSC) the Managing Director, NEMSA, Peter Ewesor said that the only assurance and guarantee that a meter is the right type and the accuracy is correct is when there is a seal on it. According to Ewesor, the seal which is attached to the metre is the only way to know that the metre has passed through the National metre certification of NEMSA where it is tested to be sure that the quality of the metre that is approved for the manufacturer has been installed and that the power received by consumers is what they paid for. Read more

Obasanjo, Ambode, others pay last tribute as Olakunri goes home (Guardian)

It was a week of tributes as Nigerians from all walks of life came to pay their last respect to Chief (Mrs.) Olutoyin Olusola Olakunri, who died on June 3, 2018 at the age of 80. Mrs. Olakunri, the first female Chartered Accountant in the sub-Sahara Africa, was buried yesterday after a funeral service at St Paul’s Church, Anglican Communion, Breadfruit in Lagos. Dignitaries, including former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Senate President, Olubukola Saraki, Governors Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos and his Ogun State counterpart, Ibikunle Amosun and a host of others, were in attendance to grace the occasion. Read more

Why I wrote an open letter to Buhari –Yomi Fash Lanso (Punch)

Apparently fed up with the incessant killings in Nigeria, popular actor, Yomi Fash Lanso took to his Instagram page to express his displeasure, even though he campaigned and voted for Buhari. Ever since his letter went viral during the week, some Nigerians have opined that he chose to criticise Buhari for leaving him out when the president invited some artistes to break fast with him at the Villa despite his effort campaigning for Buhari in 2015. In an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, the thespian dismissed the insinuations that his exclusion from the presidential banquet was the reason behind the open letter. He also described such comments as funny simply because he was part of the committee that recommended the names of his colleagues to be at the dinner. Read more

How Omotola became one of 928 Oscars invitees (Vanguard)

Veteran Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has just been invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science otherwise known as the Oscars. Omotola’s invitation was based on the recognition she got in the 2010 romantic drama “A Private Storm” and the 2012 thriller “Last Flight to Abuja”. She was listed among the record breaking 928 members that were invited this year. The Academy topped last year’s  record of 774 new members as it invited 683 members in 2016 and 322 in 2015, which were also record numbers. The Academy typically announces a list of invitations every year and has decided to expand its membership to 9,200 stems bolstering its ethnic and female representation following criticisms over its predominantly white, male membership. Read more

Emmanuel Macron to visit Fela’s Shrine (ThisDay)

French President, Emmanuel Macron, will visit the African Shrine next week to soak-in Afrobeat music, as he prepares to open the new-look Alliance Francaise facility in Lagos. Macron is expected to touch down in Abuja on Tuesday and after a brief visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa, would head to Lagos in the evening and would be hosted at the Shrine by Trace Tv, according to sources familiar with the itinerary. Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, will be on hand to guide the visiting president and will use the occasion to promote Tourism in the state. Read more

Drop your second term ambition, South-South delegates tell Pinnick (Guardian)

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, re-election bid may have suffered a major setback if the declaration of some South-South FA chairmen is anything to go by. Even before the Eagles embarked on the journey to Russia, Pinnick had allegedly began his lobby of delegates ahead of the September election of the NFF in Katsina. But things are taking a different dimension with the exit of Nigeria from the competition, with majority of the delegates now distancing themselves from Pinnick’s re-election bid. Read more

Ahmed Musa wins ASTYMIN ‘One Goal, One Million Naira’ (ThisDay)

ASTYMIN is rewarding Nigerian Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa, with one million Naira for each of the two goals scored against Iceland in Nigeria’s second match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia. This is in fulfilment of the earlier promise of the brand in the ongoing ‘One Goal, One Million Naira’ campaign. The CSKA Moscow FC Striker emerged the first player to cash-in on the handsome reward winning N2 million after scoring in the 49th and 75th minute of the highly-tensed game against Iceland, to revive Nigeria’s hope of qualifying for the second round of the competition. ASTYMIN threw its weight behind the Nigerian Super Eagles, cheering the team to ‘GoTheDistance’ and make Nigerians proud at the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia by rewarding every Super Eagles player with the sum of N1 million for every goal scored during regulation time. Read more

NFF must explain what they did with govt. funds – Ladipo … says Eagles were denied NFSC support (Punch)

The Nigeria Football Supporters Club on Friday launched a stinging attack on the Nigeria Football Federation over the Super Eagles’ early exit from the Russia 2018 World Cup following their 2-1 defeat to Argentina in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday. The group said the federation must take the blame for the World Cup ouster because “they don’t understand the politics of the game.” Nigeria  were one decision away from securing  a second round ticket when the score was 1-1 but bungled it away due to inexperience. Read more

World Cup: Eagles were unlucky, says Omeruo (Punch)

Kenneth Omeruo is confident the Super Eagles will learn valuable lessons from their painful exit from the 2018 World Cup in Russia, reports Completesportsnigeria.com. Chelsea defender Omeruo made two appearances for the Super Eagles at the tournament as Gernot Rohr’s side crashed out after losing 2-1 in their final group game to Argentina, who scrapped through courtesy of a late goal from Marcos Rojo. “We were unlucky, sincerely, because we did what we should have done,” Omeruo told CSN. Read more

Steve Coppell: This has been one of the most open World Cups till date (Goal)

The former England winger is not reading too much into England’s win over Panama and Tunisia in the group stages… Steve Coppell might be getting ready to take charge of his third Indian Super League (ISL) club in three years but that doesn’t mean the Englishman hasn’t kept an eye on his countrymen’s performance in the ongoing World Cup in Russia. The Three Lions will take on Colombia in the Round of 16 clash after finishing second in their group behind Belgium. Coppell, who himself has represented England at the 1982 World Cup, is refusing to read too much into the side’s performance against Belgium which Gareth Southgate’s men lost 1-0. Read more

Donald Trump: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘the greatest ever?’ (Skysport)

Donald Trump usually reserves the word “greatest” for his latest deal or appointment, but he has now bestowed it on Cristiano Ronaldo. The US President was speaking about the Portugal forward during a meeting with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the White House. “They say he is the greatest player,” said Trump while discussing the qualities of the Real Madrid forward with De Sousa. “So, tell me, how good a player is he?” asked Trump. “Are you impressed?” Read more

Himmler’s daughter worked for German spy agency in 1960s (Cbsnews)

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has confirmed that the daughter of top Nazi Heinrich Himmler, who led the SS, worked for it as a secretary in the early 1960s.  The BND told Bild newspaper Friday that Gudrun Burwitz-Himmler, who herself was a notorious postwar supporter of the extreme right, worked as a secretary from 1961 to 1963. The agency says it ordinarily doesn’t comment on personnel issues but confirmed Burwitz worked there as part of its effort to be transparent about Nazi links in its past. Burwitz-Himmler worked at the BND at a time when it was led by Reinhard Gehlen, a controversial ex-WWII German general who also worked for U.S. intelligence postwar and employed many former military officers and Nazis as spies. Read more

If Donald Trump comes to Golf, Scotland wants Britain to pay his Greens Fees (Huffpost)

Scotland is demanding money from the British government if Donald Trump decides to play golf there after he meets with Prime Minister Theresa May in London. Security for the president in Scotland could cost an estimated $6.6 million, Bloomberg reports. Trump is planning to travel to London July 13 after a NATO summit in Brussels. He’ll have the weekend free before he heads to Helsinki to see Russian President Vladimir Putin. Scottish officials believe he’ll head to their country for the weekend to golf. Trump owns two controversial golf resorts in Scotland. He could dodge personal costs for a business trip by packaging visits to his resorts with the presidential itinerary. Read more

Migrant children and families now face indefinite detention by US (Guardian)

The US government is claiming the right to detain children and parents caught crossing the US border illegally for the duration of their immigration proceedings. A 1997 court settlement known as the Flores agreement has generally been interpreted to require the Department of Homeland Security to release illegal immigrant children from custody after 20 days. But Justice Department lawyers have said in the filing in US district court in California that they now have no choice but to hold children for as long as it takes to resolve their immigration cases, because of a preliminary injunction issued on Tuesday in a separate immigration case. Read more

Myanmar transit camps sit empty as Rohingya fear return (AFP)

The transit camp in Myanmar’s Rakhine state stands ready to welcome back 150 Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh every day. But on most days it lies completely empty, as members of the stateless minority dread returning to a place they were violently driven from by the military, and Myanmar makes little effort to reassure them things will be different this time. “We have been ready to receive them since January, when we opened,” said Win Khaing, immigration director at Nga Khu Ra, standing in the desolate camp with reporters on Friday as part of a two-day government-chaperoned trip to the area. Read more

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