SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 26, 2017
Buhari’s Health: Governors not pressuring Osinbajo to resign – Presidency
Presidency has vehemently rejected the speculation making the rounds that Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo was being held hostage and pressured to resign his office by Nigerian governors.
The insinuation has been rife following the rumoured death of President Muhammadu Buhari who took leave to see his doctors for medical attention in London, United Kingdom last week.
Ugo-Ngali jailed 10 years for oil subsidy fraud
Mrs Ada Ugo-Ngali, the Managing Director of Ontario Oil and Gas Ltd, was on Thursday sent to jail for 10 years for defrauding the Federal Government of N754 million in oil subsidy transactions.
Justice Lateefa Okunnu of an Ikeja High Court handed down the verdict, the first conviction since the massive oil subsidy fraud trial allegedly perpetuated by oil marketers began in 2012. Walter Wagbatsoma, Ugo-Ngadi’s co-defendant and the Chairman of Ontario Oil and Gas Ltd, was absent in court for the judgment. He is currently being held in the United Kingdom on charges relating to a £12 million National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Trust fraud. Read more
Onovo hails Obj, IBB’s support for Igbo Presidency
The 2015 Presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Chief Martin Onovo, has commended ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s call for Igbo Presidency in 2019. Onovo, in an interview on Thursday in Lagos, also commende former Head of State, retired Gen. Ibrahim Babangida for his declaration of support for such call. Read more
Presidency: Igbo should wait for 2023
The Igbo Conscience Group (ITC), a civil society organisation on Thursday urged people from the South-East region of the country to ignore the call by former President Olusegun Obasanjo for Igbo presidency in 2019. Mr Onyekachi Ubani, Chairman of the group said in Lagos that such call was capable of causing political miscalculation on the part of the region that may lead to misunderstanding with other parts of country. Read more at: Read more
UK court to rule if Nigeria Shell claims can proceed
More than 40,000 Nigerians will on Thursday discover if London’s High Court can rule on their pollution claims against Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell over spills in the Niger Delta. Lawyers for the claimants are demanding action from Shell to clean up spills that have devastated their communities for decades, but the multinational argues that the claims should be heard in Nigeria.
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How Kidnapped students of Nigerian-Turkish School were rescued
A day after kidnapped students and members of staff of Nigerian-Tulip International College were freed, the Police in Ogun State have narrated how the victims were rescued. The Police denied that ransom was paid to secure the freedom of the students from their abductors.
A national daily reported on Wednesday that the parents of the students jointly raised N50 million which was paid to the kidnappers before their victims were freed. Read more
Student docked for stealing phone from mosque
An 18-year-old secondary school student, Muritala Adulfatai, who allegedly entered a mosque and stole a phone valued at N35,000, was on Thursday in Lagos released on a N10,000 bail.
Mr. Adulfatai, who entered a `not-guilty’ plea to the theft charge, is a resident of No. 5, Irelodun St., Agbado-Ijaiye, a Lagos suburb. Read more
Malabu $1.1 billion Scandal: Court orders OPL 245 returned to Nigerian government
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured a court order mandating the return of OPL 245 to the Nigerian government.
The order was granted by Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court on Thursday morning, pending “the conclusion of investigations…” by the EFCC.
OPL 245, considered the largest oil block in Africa with over 9 billion barrels of crude, has been a subject of investigations in at least five different countries. Read more
MMM Boss Ugorji, Wife Flee Nigeria
Mr. Chuddy Ugorji, the initiator of the Nigerian faction of the mavrodi mondial moneybox ponzi scheme (MMM) has fled the country along with his wife, Amaka.
Unconfirmed report said the MMM number one guider has absconded and relocated to the Philippines. Read more
Nigeria Police arrest 9 as participate in Free Zakzaky protest
Following the protest march by scores of El-Zakzaky supporters demanding his release at the Three Arms Zone, Abuja, yesterday, police arrested nine persons, suspected to be leaders of the protesters.
FCT police spokesman, ASP Anjuguri Manzah, noted that the nine suspects have been transferred to the Command’s Criminal Investigations Depart-ment for organizing violent and unlawful protests in the city. Read more
Donald Trump calls Chelsea Manning an ‘ungrateful traitor’ and should never have had her sentence cut
Donald Trump has described Chelsea Manning as an “ungrateful traitor” in his first response since she had her prison sentence commuted by former US President Barack Obama. Read more
Manchester United may be top dogs in north-west but title looks London-bound
Alarm bells have started to ring in the north-west of England. The EFL and FA Cups may be providing a temporary distraction but the inescapable fact is that London clubs occupy the top three positions in the Premier League.
This was not widely anticipated at the start of the season, when it was thought coaches of the calibre of José Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp would be slugging it out for the league leadership, not squabbling between themselves for the one remaining Champions League place. Read more
Arsenal and Manchester United suffer major transfer setback as target’s release clause increased to €60m
Earlier this week, it was reported that Arsenal and Manchester United were scouting Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira. Both have suffered a massive setback.
As seen in the tweet below, Diario de Noticias reported in their print version that Arsenal, United and Manchester City had all sent scouts to watch the midfielder in Porto’s 4-2 win over Rio Ave on Saturday night. Read more
Donald Trump’s daughter Tiffany Trump is registered to vote in two states
Donald Trump’s plea for a “major investigation into voter fraud” might end up hitting far closer to home than he expected.
It has emerged his second youngest daughter Tiffany Trump is registered to vote in two different states – both Pennsylvania and New York. The 22-year-old, who is one of the President’s lesser known children, lived in Pennsylvania while attending university in the city. Read more
Donald Trump’s proposed Muslim database resisted as politicians, celebrities and activists vow to register
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has added her voice to those of feminist icon Gloria Steinem, actress Mayim Bialik and activist Jonathan Greenblatt, writing on Twitter: “I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity.” All four are Jewish or have Jewish heritage. Read more
US federal communications crackdown: what we know and what we don’t
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday added a layer of confusion to reports that the Trump administration directed a communications crackdown on a handful of federal agencies.
“That’s nothing that’s coming from the White House,” Spicer told the press during his daily briefing. “They haven’t been directed by us to do anything.” Read more
The UK must not stand by while crimes against humanity are committed
There have been some flickers of hope from Syrian peace talks taking place in Astana this week. The negotiations led by Russia, Iran and Turkey may yet pave the way to a sustainable ceasefire deal, but even this will not erase the fact that the international community’s record on Syria is a bloody and shameful one.
Nearly six years after peaceful protesters took to the streets of Damascus, more than 300,000 people have been killed and millions displaced by a war that has seen international norms violated, chemical weapons deployed against civilians, and the barbaric tactics of siege and starvation used by a state against its own citizens. Read more