August 21, 2018

* Mace theft: Senate inaugurates probe panel (Punch) * Again, Senate Summons IG, Security Chiefs over Insecurity (ThisDay)

* Mace theft: Senate inaugurates probe panel (Punch)          * Again, Senate Summons IG, Security Chiefs over Insecurity (ThisDay)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE MAY 8, 2018

 

Mace theft: Senate inaugurates probe panel (Punch)

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, inaugurated the joint ad hoc committee of the National Assembly to investigate the invasion of the Senate chamber and snatching of the mace by suspected thugs. Saraki, while inaugurating the committee whose members were drawn from the Senate and House of Representatives, noted that those who attacked the Senate on April 18, 2018, were led by a serving senator. Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, who is Chairman of the panel, also noted that all those suspected to have links with the attack would be interrogated. Read more

Again, Senate Summons IG, Security Chiefs over Insecurity (ThisDay)

For the third time in two weeks, the Senate has summoned the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to appear before it over the rising insecurity in different parts of the country. The Senate also summoned security chiefs over the proliferation of arms, which it said is aiding criminality. The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, while speaking on the security situation in the country at plenary Tuesday, said Idris is expected to appear on Wednesday. Idris is also expected to brief the lawmakers on the maltreatment of Senator Dino Melaye, who was arrested and arraigned by the police at the Federal High Court Abuja, and at the Magistrate’s Court in Lokoja. Read more

Buhari still busy at work; receives letters of credence (Vanguard)

There is no slowing down for President Muhammadu Buhari, despite the announcement that he was going to embark on medical vacation in the UK from today. Hours before he jets out to meet his doctor in London, the Nigerian leader was still busy at work at the Villa as he received letters of credence from ambassadors of Lebanon and The Netherlands and the High Commissioner of Botswana. Read more

Saraki inaugurates panel to probe invasion of chamber (Nation)

Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Tuesday inaugurated a joint Senate and House of Representatives committee to investigate the April 18 invasion of Senate Chamber. Members of the committee, including Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, Senators Abu Ibrahim, John Owan Enoh, Shehu Sani, Samuel Anyanwu Suleiman Hunkuyi, Baba Kaka Garbai, and Binta Garba, will chaired by Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah. Saraki said that the Senate Ad Hoc Committee was inaugurated to investigate the Incident of the Senate chamber invasion on Wednesday the 18th of April 2018. Read more

Invasion: Panel may impose more sanctions on Omo-Agege (Nation)

The Senate may have concluded arrangements to impose fresh sanctions on suspended Delta Central senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, over his alleged role in the invasion of the Senate chamber by thugs. This is coming as the upper chamber Tuesday referred the report of its panel on the investigation of the April 18 invasion to the chamber to the Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition Committee to review. Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday met President Muhammadu Buhari over the invasion, the alleged ill treatment of Senator Dino Melaye by the police and the 2018 budget. After the invasion, Saraki on April 25 constituted an adhoc committee chaired by Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident. Read more

PDP primary: Olujimi steps down for Adeyeye (Punch)

The senator representing Ekiti South, Abiodun Olujimi, has stepped down for a former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, in the race for the People’s Democratic Party’s governorship candidate. Olujimi said she sacrificed her ambition for peace, progress, and stability of the party. She urged her supporters to cast their votes for Adeyeye as the preferred candidate for the July 14 governorship election. No fewer than 1966 delegates were accredited for voting. After voting, Olujimi expressed satisfaction at the conduct of the primary. Read more

Peace Corps commandant wants trial suspended (PremiumTimes)

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court will on June 11 decide on a motion filed by the leader of Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dickson Akoh, asking it to suspend his fraud trial. Mr Dickson’s lawyer, John Ochogwu, wants the court to halt his client’s trial pending the obedience of a previous court decision, ordering the police to unseal Peace Corps headquarters in January, this year. Mr Akoh, who was present at Tuesday’s hearing, is facing trial on allegations of fraud brought against him by the Nigeria Police Force. Security operatives had sealed the Peace Corps office in Abuja, after arresting its commandant and 49 other staff in February 2017. Read more

Envoy hails Nigerians in China (Vanguard)

The Consul-General of Nigeria in Shanghai, Anderson Madubuike has announced plans by the Federal Government to further deepen investment relations between Nigeria and China. Madubuike made this known after a holistic tour of Jiangsu Province, China and stated that the investment partnership would focus on attracting investment into Nigeria’s infrastructure, mining and agriculture sectors. According to him, as part of efforts to deepen trade relations between Nigeria and China, the Nigerian Consulate in Shanghai will in July 2018, organize an investment conference tagged “Shanghai 2018: Nigeria-China Business & Investment Forum” with emphasis on infrastructure, investment, mining and agriculture. Read more

NYT bestselling author, Maxwell, to speak at Lagos Conference (ThisDay)

New York Times (NYT) bestselling author, coach, and speaker, who has sold more than 26 million books in 50 languages, is expected to speak at the 2018 Influence to Inspire Conference billed to hold in Lagos from July 19 to 20. Over 2,000 professionals and individuals are expected at the conference. Influence to Inspire Leadership Empowerment Initiative is to build an army of leaders across the country from different walks of life. The principal host of the conference, Jane Ivhurie, noted that the conference will host over 2,000 corporate attendees across Nigeria to reach their highest leadership potential to adopt the ‘influence-based leadership’ lifestyle for professional growth. Read more

Police: Armed Hoodlums attack district Head’s Residence in Plateau (ThisDay)

The Plateau Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the attack on the residence of the District Head of Gashish in Riyom Local Government Area of the state, John Dalyop. The command’s spokesman, ASP Terna Tyopev, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos that the attack was carried out by some armed hoodlums on Sunday at about 10 p.m. Tyopev, who could not immediately confirm if there was any casualty, however, said that the traditional ruler’s residence and a vehicle were burnt. “Immediately we received information of the attack, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Riyom mobilised the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) to the scene. Read more

We are still hunting for attackers of Birnin Gwari Village – Kaduna CP (Leadership)

The Kaduna State police commissioner, Mr. Austine Iwar, yesterday, said security forces are still hunting for the attackers of the Gwaska village in Birnin Gwari in which 45 people were killed. While giving the security update of the attack to our correspondent in Kaduna, CP Iwar said:” We are yet to arrest the bandits, we are still in search of them.We have already deployed over 200 operatives to the affected area.The situation is calm”. Earlier, the Kaduna State Government high delegation led by governor Nasir el-Rufai stormed Birnin Gwari and commiserated with the people  following fatal attacks on the area by bandits. Read more

Death toll rises to 71 in Nigeria militia, bandit clash (Guardian)

The death toll from a bloody clash between armed bandits and militiamen over the weekend in northern Nigeria has risen to 71, a traditional ruler told AFP on Tuesday. More bodies were recovered after bandits overran a local militia protecting the village of Gwaska in Kaduna state on Saturday, putting the spotlight on the increasing violence in West Africa’s largest economy ahead of presidential polls next year. “The death toll now is 71 with more bodies being evacuated,” said the Emir of Birnin Gwari Malam Zubair Jibril Mai Gwari II. Read more

Danish citizen who allegedly murdered wife, daughter to face trial at state High Court (Tribune)

The trial of Denmark Citizen Peter Nielsen who allegedly murdered his wife Zainab Nielsen and daughter Petra Nielsen will be moved to the High Court. Nielson was accused of committing the offences on April 5, 2018, at his residence at Bella Vista Tower, Banana Island, Ikoyi. Nielsen, a Danish citizen, was brought before the court on a two count charge bordering on murder. The officer in charge of the legal department at Panti, Mr Effiong Asuquo who said this at a Yaba Magistrate Court where Nielson was arraigned said that the DPP has given approval for Nielsen’s trial at the High Court. “I am directed to acknowledge receipt of your letter with reference number CB: 3514/ LSX/ D4/ Volume 5/ 11, dated 14 April 2018. And the accompanying duplicate case file forwarded to this office for legal advice.” Read more

EFCC docks man over fake $492,000 notes (Leadership)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday, arraigned one Samson Otuedon before Justice P. H. Mallong of the Federal High Court sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa State, on one count charge of currency counterfeiting. Otuedon was arrested by the EFCC on April 7, 2018 following an intelligence report on the activities of a syndicate of fraudsters duping unsuspecting victims in the Masaka, Karu local government area of the state.  Upon arrest, over $400,000(US) that are fake was recovered from him. Read more

Captain Pogba? £89m star ‘happy’ with Man Utd form as armband comes up for grabs (Goal)

The Frenchman has skippered the Red Devils at times this season and could be a contender to fill the role permanently when Michael Carrick retires

Paul Pogba claims to be “happy” with his Manchester United form and admits it is “an honour” to captain the club as Michael Carrick prepares to pass the armband on. The 25-year-old midfielder has faced criticism on a regular basis this season, with a bright start followed by a testing run once he fully recovered from an untimely injury. Pogba spent two months on the sidelines with a hamstring problem between September and November and has seen his contribution and best position questioned since returning to the fold. Read more

Swansea hotel says Southampton switch was not linked to relegation clash (Guardian)

The Swansea hotel which had a virus outbreak have said Southampton were ‘able to make their own decision regarding accommodation’ before Tuesday night’s relegation clash and was not connected with the game. “It would be inappropriate for us to comment on the specifics surrounding particular bookings. Large group bookings were informed of the situation and were able to make their own decision regarding accommodation. Any suggestion that this situation is linked to the football match is completely untrue,” stated Michael Downie, general manager at the Swansea Marriott Hotel, on Tuesday afternoon. “We were made aware late last week of a small number of associates and guests becoming ill. As per our normal procedures, we notified large group bookings in order for them to find alternative accommodation, should they choose to do so,” added Downie. Read more

Russian FA fined $29k after fans racially abused France players (Kwese.espn)

FIFA says the Russian football federation has been fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($29,900) because fans racially abused France players during a game in St. Petersburg. Monkey chants were aimed at black players, including Paul Pogba, during France’s 3-1 win over Russia in March. FIFA says its disciplinary panel noted “the gravity of the incident but also the limited number of fans involved.” FIFA says the panel, chaired by judge Anin Yeboah of Ghana, made a “thorough investigation including the review of video evidence.” The stadium in St. Petersburg will host seven World Cup games, including Russia’s Group A game against Egypt and a semifinal match. Read more

Hawaii volcano eruption: governor requests emergency federal assistance (Guardian)

Hawaii governor David Ige has told the White House and the Federal Emergency Management Authority (Fema) the state will need help to deal with an erupting volcano that has prompted evacuations and destroyed 26 homes so far. Ige commented on Monday, as he met people on Big Island who have left their homes near the Kilauea volcano. A dozen lava vents have opened in streets of the Puna district and 26 homes are among 35 structures that have been destroyed. Evacuated residents do not know how long they will be displaced. The Puna district is a region of mostly unpaved roads of volcanic rock about a 30-minute drive from the coastal town of Hilo. Read more

Self-driving cars will hit Irish roads in next few years – conference organizer (Belfasttelegraph)

Self-driving vehicles will “inevitably” be on the roads in Ireland within a number of years, according to a conference organiser. Philip McNamara said technology was 40 times safer than manual driving and it was only a matter of time before people backed the industry. A MobilityX conference in Dublin on Thursday aims to highlight the benefits of autonomous vehicles. Mr McNamara, from Galway, said: “I live in San Francisco and there’s hundreds of self-driving cars that are on the streets every day. “I think it’s inevitable that they will be over here in a few years’ time. Read more

A look at Iran’s nuclear program under 2015 deal (Abcnews)

President Donald Trump is expected to announce later Tuesday whether he will withdraw the United States from a 2015 agreement with Iran and world powers under which Tehran agreed to limit its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief. European countries and other proponents of the deal say it prevents Iran from quickly developing nuclear weapons. Critics of the deal, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, say it doesn’t go far enough, and that sunset provisions would allow Iran to resume its pursuit of nuclear weapons in the future. Read more

MeToo will not sway Cannes film contest, says jury head Blanchett (Trust)

The “MeToo” campaign for sexual equality will have “no direct impact” on who wins at the Cannes Film Festival, Cate Blanchett, the head of this year’s majority-female jury, said on Tuesday. Of the 21 films vying for the Palme d’Or, only three are directed by women, the same as last year’s festival which happened before the sexual abuse and harassment allegations that gave birth to a global campaign to get greater female participation in the film business. When asked whether she was concerned that there were only three female-helmed movies, Blanchett told a news conference: “A few years ago there were only two!” “Is (MeToo) going to have a direct impact upon the films in competition this year, six, nine months on? Not specifically. There are several women in competition but they are not there because of their gender, they are there for the quality of their work.” Read more

 

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