August 20, 2018

* May receives Buhari, commends him on global fight against Terrorism (ThisDay) * El-Zakzaky: Shiites shut down FCT in fierce clash with police (SUN)

* May receives Buhari, commends him on global fight against Terrorism (ThisDay)                   * El-Zakzaky: Shiites shut down FCT in fierce clash with police (SUN)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE APRIL 16, 2018

 

May receives Buhari, commends him on global fight against Terrorism (ThisDay)

British Prime Minister Theresa May is currently holding a bilateral talk with President Muhammadu Buhari at her office on 10, Downing Street, London. President Buhari, who was received at the entrance of the building by May at about 1.40 pm, walked along with her into her office. The prime minister praised Buhari on his effort in the global fight against terrorism, anti-corruption in Nigeria and sustenance of democracy. According to her, Nigeria and Britain have a long history of trade relations which must be sustained. Read more

El-Zakzaky: Shiites shut down FCT in fierce clash with police (SUN)

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, otherwise known as Shi’ites have paralysed activities in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), Abuja, with their protest. The group is currently in a clash with personnel of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command, as they prevent the group from continuing a planned protest round the city. The clash has resulted in heavy vehicular and human gridlock in the entire city, forcing motorists and other road users to find alternative routes. Read more

Kalu’s alleged N3.2bn fraud charge: EFCC’s 16th witness gives details (Punch)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday called its 16th witness before a Federal High Court in Lagos in the ongoing trial of a former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, standing trial on charges of N3.2bn fraud. The witness, Mr. Robinson Imafidon, the Head of Regulatory Liaison in a first generation bank, narrated how a series of monetary transactions were carried out on the account of the Abia State Government House during Kalu’s tenure. EFCC had, on October 31, 2016, slammed a 34-count bordering on N3.2bn fraud on Kalu and his former Commissioner for Finance, Ude Udeogo (the second accused). Read more

Enugu PDP’s worrying undercurrents ahead 2019 (Guardian)

There is a growing disenchantment in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State ahead of the 2019 general elections. The party, which has held sway since 1999 in the state is on the brink of a major political crisis, following the desire of two-term members of the National Assembly from the state to retain their offices next year in defiance to the rotational arrangement. Sources close to the party in the state told The Guardian that the silence of the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who is also the leader of the party, to declare his position on the matter is fuelling the disenchantment. Read more

Police begin manhunt for gunmen who killed policeman, abducted German (Punch)

Crack detectives from the Kano State Police Command have embarked on a manhunt for the fleeing gunmen who killed a Police sergeant and abducted a German national, Mr. Michael Cremza, an employee of Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company, Kano. The Police sergeant was killed by a five-man gang on motorbike who ambushed and opened fire on a vehicle conveying Dantata & Sawoe Construction workers to a site at about 7.45 am on Monday. During the attack, which occurred on Sabon Titi Madobi Road, Kano, the gunmen killed a Police sergeant, attached to the Special Protection Unit on escort duty. Read more

Ekiti political murder: Jide Awe thanks Fayose for withdrawing case (SUN)

The Chairman of the Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Jide Awe, yesterday eulogized Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose for withdrawing the murder case he and other members of the party were facing. Awe, who was on a three-year exile over the alleged murder, was last week discharged and acquitted by the court due to the State Government’s disposition to discontinue the case. The party head praised Governor Fayose for withdrawing the case and for allowing peace and good will to prevail in the community, saying this has cut short his stay in the ‘wilderness’. Read more

APC tenure elongation dispute: We’ll remain neutral; INEC tells Court (Vanguard)

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Monday, said it would remain neutral in the suit seeking to void the one-year tenure extension that was granted to National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party. In a 4-paragraphed counter affidavit that was deposed to by one Ibrahim Sani Mohammed, INEC, said it would abide by whatever decision the Federal High Court in Abuja takes on the matter. “My lord we decided not to file any process either in support or in opposition to the suit. We want to remain neutral and will be bound by judgment of this court”, INEC’s lawyer, Mr. Idris Yakubu submitted. Read more

Allegation on Akeredolu’s move to influence Abraham’s suit, spurious, says APC (Nation)

The Ondo state Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday criticised the statement credited some members of Segun Abraham’s camp alleging that that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was attempting to frustrate the matter filed by their Principal at an Abuja Federal High Court. Abraham challenged the declaration of Akeredolu as the winner of the 2016 APC governorship primary through application of technicalities, particularly on the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case. A statement by the APC’s Director of Media & Publicity,Steve Otaloro said “It is pertinent that we draw the attention of Nigerians to the strategy being applied by the Abraham’s loyalists to hoodwink those who are following the matter in court. Read more

Addax Petroleum workers lock out MD, top officials (PremiumTimes)

Nigeria may lose 30,000 barrels from its daily oil production as workers of Addax Petroleum Development Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Addax Petroleum, on Monday began an indefinite strike. The company produces 30,000 barrels of oil from its offshore and onshore locations in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Asaba, Warri, and Izombe in the Niger Delta. The workers Monday morning locked their Senior Vice President/Chief Executive, Colin Klappa, out of his office when he arrived the 32, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos office of the company to resume work. He met other top management staff outside, as all the entrances to the premises were firmly locked by protesting workers. Read more

NYSC requirements for 2018 Batch ‘A’ camp registration out (Vanguard)

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says all necessary documents required from prospective corps members both foreign and local graduates must be presented before camp registration for the 2018 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Course. According to the NYSC official twitter handle @nysc_ng, the corps members must therefore take note of all required documents and make adequate preparation ahead of the commencement of orientation course. It said those who studied in the country should bring to their respective camps their degree or HND certificates or statement of results and a personal Identity Card (ID) from the institution of graduation. Read more

BBNaija: Don Jazzy, other celebrities root for favourite housemates (Punch)

As the Big Brother Naija 2018 show, tagged Double Wahala, enters the home stretch, Nigerian celebrities have picked their favourite housemates and are using their social media platforms to vigorously campaign for them. One of the celebrities who has been a keen follower of the reality TV show is Mavin Records’ boss, Don Jazzy. He is always sharing updates about the show and even predicts who would be evicted from the House as well the eventual winner. Read more

Robbery scares in Ondo Community (Nation)

Scared of last week bloody bank robbery in Offa, Kwara state which claimed many lives, banks in Ikare-Akoko hurriedly closed their branches yesterday, following rumours that armed bandits were in the town. It was learnt that customers already inside the banking halls were sent out. Officials disallowed others from entering the premises. A top official who spoke in confidence said the rumours cannot be taken for granted as a similar event had recently happened in Offa, Kwara state. It also happened in Ikare-Akoko, few months ago where some police officers lost their lives. It was learnt that security men were patrolling the town with Armoured Personnel Carriers(APC) and other Police Vehicles to guarantee safety. Read more

Student dies at corps member’s lodge in Ondo (Punch)

A student of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State, who was identified as Akintunde Adegunloye was reportedly found dead in his friend’s room on the premises of the State Specialists Hospital, Ondo town, Ondo State. According to the Ondo State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, the incident happened last Thursday at 10pm. He said the deceased left his school in Ekiti State to visit two of his friends who were pharmacists and members of the National Youth Service Corps, serving in the government-owned hospital in Ondo. Read more

FIFA to begin Morocco World Cup inspection (Punch)

FIFA inspectors arrived in Morocco on Monday ahead of a three-day assessment of the north African country’s ability to host the 2026 World Cup, the local bid committee said. The five-member FIFA Task Force will begin its inspection on Tuesday, visiting stadiums, training facilities, fan sites and media centres. “Morocco is offering FIFA and the global football family an innovative and compact concept to ensure operational efficiency, outstanding profitability and a lasting legacy in Morocco and Africa,” said the bid committee’s president, Moulay Hafid Elalamy in a statement. Read more

Pele confident Neymar can lead Brazil at World Cup (Guardian)

Brazilian legend Pele says he is confident about Brazil’s chances at the upcoming World Cup and expects injured star Neymar to be fully fit to lead the side in Russia. Speaking to AFP in Dubai, the 77-year-old, who has been in ailing health recently, put his faith in Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar’s ability to recover from a fractured foot in time to lead Brazil to a possible sixth global football title. “We don’t know exactly what is going to happen, but I think for the World Cup he’s going to be in shape because his injury is not so bad,” said Pele, the only person to have won the World Cup three times as a player. Read more

Salah first African to score 30 goals in EPL season (Guardian)

Prolific Liverpool scorer Mohamed Salah became the first African to bag 30 English Premier League goals in a season when he struck during a 3-0 win over Bournemouth at the weekend. The 25-year-old Egyptian passed the 29-goal mark set by Ivory Coast great Didier Drogba when helping Chelsea win the 2009-2010 title. In Italy, Malian Cheick Diabate continued a hot scoring streak for bottom club Benevento with his third brace in three matches. Read more

Guinea-Bissau’s Vaz names Aristides Gomes as new PM –decree (Reuters)

Guinea-Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz appointed veteran politician Aristides Gomes as new prime minister on Monday, according to a decree read on state-owned media, in an attempt to end a prolonged political crisis. The nomination follows a weekend summit of leaders from West Africa’s ECOWAS bloc, which hit Vaz’s political and business allies with sanctions in February including travel bans and asset freezes. Read more

Trump’s airstrikes give us hope, Syrians suffering under Assad regime say (Reuter)

Syrians who lived through some of Bashar al-Assad’s most brutal assaults rejoiced over U.S.-led airstrikes in the wake of a chemical weapons attack blamed on his regime. “These are the strikes we have long wanted,” said Asmaa al-Ajrad, 27. Al-Ajrad is originally from Douma, the Damascus suburb that was the scene of the chemical attack earlier this month which activists and aid groups say killed dozens. She fled to Idlib only days before the deadly incident. Read more

Van Morrison joins Robert Plant on BluesFest line-up in Dublin (Belfasttelegraph)

Van Morrison will perform on the same bill as former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant at BluesFest 2018 in Dublin. The legendary performers will take to the stage at the 3Arena on Sunday, October 28. They will also be joined by special guest Colin Macleod. Tickets are on sale from Friday, April 20 at 10am. Plant, who appeared at BluesFest London as a special guest for Bill Wyman’s 80th birthday show in 2016, will bring his Sensational Space Shifters to Dublin to perform classic Led Zeppelin material alongside tracks from his acclaimed solo projects including Carry Fire, his eleventh solo album. Read more

Men treat us like we aren’t human.’ Indian girls learn to fight Back. (Nytimes)

The schoolgirls ran into the auditorium, shouting, “Let’s go, let’s go,” in Hindi as they ushered one another into single-file lines. Some adjusted the big, red bows that held their braids together, part of their school uniform. Then they crouched into defensive postures, fists ready. “Oss!” they yelled — a karate greeting combining the Japanese words for push and persevere. They bowed slightly to their mentors before unleashing a series of punches, karate chops and kicks, interspersed with occasional giggles, whispers and sheepish smiles. “Do not laugh!” Police Constable Renu, who like many Indians goes by one name, called from the stage above them, her white T-shirt emblazoned with “Respect Women” on the back. Read more

Stormy Daniels to attend Trump lawyer hearing over FBI search (BBC)

An adult film star who says she was paid to keep quiet about an affair with US President Donald Trump is expected to attend a hearing for his lawyer. Michael Cohen, the president’s long-time personal attorney, is in court on Monday to argue that documents seized in an FBI raid be returned to him. Stormy Daniels, who Mr Cohen admitted to paying $130,000 (£91,000) in 2016, also plans to attend, her lawyer says. On Sunday, Mr. Trump’s lawyers asked a judge to let him preview the files. Read more

Meghan Markle’s nephew develops custom cannabis to celebrate royal wedding (Independent)

Meghan Markle’s nephew has revealed that he’s currently developing a special strain of cannabis to celebrate the upcoming royal wedding. Tyler Dooley, grows cannabis in Oregon USA – which has been legal in the American state since 2015 – and now he is in the process of creating a new potent hybrid named “Markle’s Sparkle.” The son of Markle’s half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr, Dooley boasts of his pride at being a “pioneer” in the marijuana business. And, although he hasn’t spoken to her in three years, he thinks Markle’s stance on weed would be progressive. Read more

 

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