SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Osinbajo swears in five NPC commissioners
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday swore in five commissioners of the National Population Commission (NPC).
The event was held at the Council Chamber before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting at the State House, Abuja. Those who took oath of office were Eyitayo Oyetunji, Benedict Ukpong, Haliru Bala, Patricia Iyanya and Gloria Izonfo. Read more
Policeman dies in Boko Haram ambush, another injured
The Borno Police Command on Wednesday confirmed the killing of a policeman after suspected Boko Haram terrorists ambushed a patrol vehicle in Biu Local Government Area of the state.
The Spokesman of the command, Mr Victor Isuku, made the confirmation in a statement in Maiduguri. “A police patrol vehicle from Biu Area Command on investigation activity to Maiduguri was ambushed and attacked by persons reasonably believed to be Boko Haram terrorists at Kubuwa village in Damboa Local Government Area. Read more
AU Salutes Nigeria On Terrorism War
The 28th African Union Summit has commended Nigeria’s role in the fight against terrorism in West Africa and the continent as a whole.
Smail Chergui who was re-elected as AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, made the commendation in Addis Ababa and said that Nigeria was the only country that had given the biggest support to the fight against insurgence in Africa. Read more
OPEC: Russia cuts oil production as prices stabilise
Oil steadied on Wednesday as Russia joined OPEC in cutting production to balance the market, although large supply in places such as the United States dragged on prices.
The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is an intergovernmental organisation of oil-exporting developing nations that aims to ensure stable oil prices within global oil markets. Read more
Govt Seeks Senate’s Nod to Obtain U.S.$6.1 Billion Loan for Rail Projects
He disclosed that although the bank had approved the $1.5billion loan for the construction of Lagos-Ibadan railway, but the approval of the National Assembly was still needed to sign the loan so that construction work can commence in March.
Amaechi assured that the Federal Government would pursue the railway modernisation project with greater vigour in 2017 to achieve practical completion of the Abuja-Kaduna, Lagos-Kaduna, Lagos-Ibadan, Lagos-Kano, Kano-Kaduna. Lagos to Calabar would commence from Calabar to Port Harcourt, with extension to Onne Deep Sea Port after the conclusion of the negotiation of a financing loan agreement. Read more
Gold becomes investors’ favourite safe haven with Trump uncertainty
Some of Wall Street’s largest fund managers have taken a contrarian bet on gold, wagering that U.S. President Donald Trump’s governing style and upcoming elections in Europe will combine to
create more stock market volatility and boost the prices of a metal long seen as a safe haven.
Fund managers from IVA, Ridgeworth and Fidelity are among those who are bullish on gold at a time when the VIX, Wall Street’s main measure of volatility is near two-year lows amid a stock-market-rally that has pushed the P 500 up 6.5 per cent since Election Day in November. Read more
Nigerian mum who gave birth to quadruplets in west London hospital ‘unable to afford £500,000 NHS bill’
A Nigerian woman has racked up an NHS bill of more than £500,000 after giving birth to quadruplets in a west London hospital.
The 43-year-old new mother, known as Priscilla, told staff she was unable to pay her bill after having the babies at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in White City.
NNPC denies collecting signature bonuses from oil companies
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has said that it is not involved in the collection of signature bonuses paid by oil companies to the Federal Government upon their successful bid for oil blocks.
Speaking on the role of NNPC in the oil revenue collection process at a hearing of the House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee on Oil Prospecting Licenses (OPLs) and Oil Mining Leases (OMLs), the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, said the corporation had no role in the collection of signature bonus. Read more
Dalung’s wife for burial on Feb. 4
The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has confirmed that his late wife will be buried on February 4 at Sabongida, Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau.
Dalung confirmed this in a statement signed in Abuja on Wednesday by Tolu Makinde, the Director of Information in the Ministry. Read more
Wike condoles with family of Rivers CP
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has condoled with the family of Rivers Commissioner of Police, Mr Francis Odesanya, who died after a brief illness.
Odesanya died while on admission at Sterling Hospital Ahmedabad-Gujarat in India in the early hours of Tuesday. Read more
Al-Makura appoints new SSG, Head of Service
Gov. Umaru Al-Makura has approved the appointment of Mr Mohammed Abdullahi as the new Secretary to Nasarawa State Government.
A statement by the outgoing SSG, Mr Umaru Azores issued in Lafia on Wednesday also named Mr Thomas Ari-Ogiri as the new Head of the state Civil Service. Read more
Odion Ighalo joins Chinese Super League Changchun Yatai
Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo joined Chinese Super League outfit Changchun Yatai permanently from Premier League side Watford as confirmed by the English club.
The player put an end to his time with the Hornets after playing for the club for two-and-a-half years. He joined Watford coming on loan from Granada in July 2014, a move which was made permanent three months later after he was bought from Udinese. Read more
Babangida: Bassey’s Barcelona Move The Best Nigerian Transfer
Former Nigeria international, Tijani Babangida, says Ezekiel Bassey’s move to Barcelona B team from Enyimba is the only standout January transfer made by a Nigerian player, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
During the winter transfer, a couple of Nigerian players moved to different clubs. Super Eagles skipper John Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo moved to China to join Tianjin Teda and Changchun Yatai respectively. Wilfred Ndidi signed for Leicester City, while Elderson Echiejile moved to Sporting Gijon in the Spanish LaLiga, among many other transfers. Read more
Nigeria/Cameroon: Nothing Special About Lions of Cameroon – NFF
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said that Nigerians should not be worried by the smooth run of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun at the on-going Gabon 2017 AFCON.
The Lions and Super Eagles of Nigeria have scores to settle in August this year when hostilities resume for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Read more
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer: Borussia Dortmund striker hints at summer move
The 27-year-old has been at the Bundesliga club since joining from Saint-Etienne in 2013, but admitted he is now thinking about his next step despite his attachment to Dortmund.
“This is the question I am asking myself right now,” he told French radio station RMC, acknowledging he was at a crucial stage of his career. “I am fully considering a move away in the summer. Obviously, I feel very good here because of the magnificent fans. Read more
Arsenal Recap: Midfielder & Defender Complete Deadline Day Moves As 6 Youngsters Leave On Loan
t was a busy day at London Colney yesterday as six of Arsenal’s young guns were sent out on loan to get some much needed experience during the second half of the season. Here’s a recap of our deadline day moves….
Michael Owen delivers prediction on Man United v Hull clash
PAUL POGBA, JESSE LINGARD INSTAGRAM DANCE VIDEO QUESTIONED BY RIO FERDINAND
Both Pogba and Lingard have used the “dab” celebration after scoring goals this season and released a clip of a new jig and a custom handshake from inside the club’s dressing room. When asked for his opinion on the footage, Ferdinand said such antics should be reserved for winning teams. Read more
Ban Ki-moon, former UN chief, drops South Korea presidency bid
Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has ruled himself out of the running for South Korean president.
In a surprise move, the leading conservative candidate blamed political slander and “various fake news” stories against him for his decision. His withdrawal is a boost for liberal candidate and frontrunner Moon Jae-in. Read more
Protesters in the Gambia call for resignation of national assembly
Fifteen hundred young people converged outside the Gambia’s parliament on Tuesday in the first demonstration since the country became a democracy, following the inauguration of president Adama Barrow.
The protesters called for all members of the national assembly to resign for supporting the decision by the disgraced ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, to declare a state of emergency two days before his mandate expired. The move increased the exodus of Gambians fleeing potential conflict, forced tourists to abandon holidays, and brought the country to the brink of civil war. Read more
Israel approves 3,000 new settler homes as Amona evacuation begins
Israel says it will build 3,000 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.
The aim was to fulfil demands for housing and “return to normal life”, the defence ministry said. A Palestinian official condemned the move and warned that chances for peace were being destroyed. Read more
Neil Gorsuch: Supreme Court nominee’s past decision on birth control raises alarm among women’s rights groups
Democrats are planning to challenge Donald Trump’s nomination of conservative judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court amid protests against the “extreme” candidate.
The President hailed the Harvard and Oxford graduate as “the man who our country really needs to ensure the rule of law and justice”, but critics accuse him of attacking women’s rights and upholding a fundamentalist interpretation of American law. Read more
Elderly woman dies after Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ stops her returning from Iraq for medical treatment
A woman who lived in America since 1995 has died a day after being turned away from the US as a result of Donald Trump’s executive order to ban people from seven predominantly Muslim countries, according to reports.
Mike Hager, the woman’s son, said his sick mother was turned away from boarding a US-bound flight from Iraq, despite showing her green card, after the family decided to return from a visit when the 75-year-old fell ill. Read more