SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 14, 2017
Buhari is home sick – Presidency
The Presidency has alerted Nigerians on the possible return of President Muhammadu Buhari from London any moment from Tuesday as he is no longer “enjoying his stay outside the country.”
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, made this known in Abuja on Tuesday. Read more
BRT, LAGBUS fares increase from March 1
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has approved 20 to 50 per cent fare increase for BRT, LAGBUS and other franchise buses, with effect from March 1, 2017.
At a news conference on Monday at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, Abiodun Dabiri, said the increase was necessitated by the economic downturn in the country which had affected the transport sector drastically. Read more
President Buhari condoles with Adamu Fika over wife’s death
Barely 24 hours after his telephone conversation with President Donald Trump of the U.S., President Muhammadu Buhari has originated another telephone call from London, to condole with Dr Adamu Fika, Wazirin Fika, over the death of his wife, Tasallah. This information is contained in a statement issued by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu. Read more
Ogoni Clean-up will cost $1b, Niger Delta needs a new vision says Osinbajo
In continuation of a series of interactive engagements with leaders in oil-producing communities in the Niger Delta region in Port Harcourt Rivers State the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo revealed that the Ogoni Clean-Up project flagged off in 2016 will cost $1billion and the funds will be provided by Shell Petroleum Development Company. He also said that the “It is now clear that Niger Delta needs a new vision But not just a new vision but a fresh commitment and a renewed spirit by all stakeholders including the states, federal agencies and oil- bearing communities.” Read more
Nigeria Police invite SaharaReporters Publisher, Sowore, again
The Nigeria police on Monday again invited the publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, to a meeting on Thursday with the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigations Department(SCID) in Lagos.
The invitation, which came in the form of a text message, did not disclose the purpose of the meeting. It merely invited Mr. Sowore and his colleagues to meet with the police authorities for an interview at 10a.m at the SCID headquarters in the Yaba area of Lagos. Read more
FG plans to generate $16.4b through asset sales
Nigeria plans to generate as much as $16.4 billion through asset sales in the next four years to reduce the burden on the public budget, a Budget Ministry document showed.
The sales will help to tackle inefficiencies and stem “corruption in public enterprises,” according to the document obtained by Bloomberg, which outlines the West African nation’s plans for economic recovery from 2017 to 2020. President Muhammadu Buhari will introduce the proposal on an unspecified date this month. It didn’t name the assets it may sell. Read more
PDP will win in 2019 – Jonathan
The Peoples Democratic Party remains Nigeria’s strongest and biggest party despite losing the 2015 presidential election, and will win the next general election, former President Goodluck Jonathan has said.
Mr. Jonathan said current efforts at reforming the party are “a clear sign” the PDP will win in 2019. Read more
Build strong party before aspiring for positions, Anenih tells PDP members
Chief Tony Anenih, a former Board of Trustees Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has advised PDP members to reposition the party before considering to vie for elective positions.
Anenih gave the advice when the leadership of the Prof. Jerry Gana-led PDP Strategy Review and Inter-Party Affairs Committee visited him in Abuja on Monday. Read more
Angola overtakes Nigeria as Africa’s top oil producer
Despite recording the biggest increase in output among its peers in the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Nigeria has again lost its Africa’s top oil producer status to Angola after it regained it in November last year.
For nine months in 2016, Nigeria lagged behind its southern African counterpart in oil production on the back of the resurgence of militant attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta. Read more
SEC responds to fraud claims
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at the weekend responded to claims that investors in the Nigerian capital market were defrauded by asset managers at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
In a statement released on SEC’s website recently, the Commission promised to do everything within its reach to ensure investors and their investment are well protected. Read more
Why I was not at Ibori’s thanksgiving – Okowa
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, has dismissed claims that his boss was not in good terms with the former governor James Ibori, described as the undisputed godfather of Delta State politics.
Aniagwu told Daily Sun on phone in Asaba that Okowa went to Abuja on Sunday for “a very important state matter,” assuring that “we are with Ibori.”
The governor’s chief press secretary said those wishing for a cold war between Okowa and Ibori would be disappointed, saying the relationship between the two politicians was solid and would remain so. The absence of at the thanksgiving ceremony held in honour of s Ibori in Oghara on Sunday is fuelling speculations of a cold war between the duo. Read more
Chelsea captain John Terry continues family skills series as son Georgie joins in with daughter Summer
John Terry has been keen to show off the footballing prowess of his children recently.
It is the second time in a matter of days the Blues captain has been filmed showcasing his family’s skills. On Saturday he and daughter Summer showed off an indoor one-touch routine and on Monday night her twin brother Georgie joined in the fun.
They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and that appears the case in the Terry household. Read more
CSKA Striker Aaron Samuel Declares Himself Fit To Face Zenit
Nigeria international Aaron Samuel has revealed that he is nearing maximum match fitness ahead of the resumption of the Russian Premier League.
The former Guangzhou R&F star will be hoping to be given a run out when the Muscovites face off against Zenit St Petersburg on Saturday, March 4. Read more
Iheanacho Snubbed Again… But May Return Soon
Kelechi Iheanacho continues to be snubbed by Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola after the Spaniard overlooked the 20-year-old and did not include him in Monday’s Premier League match against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.The Nigerian international, who has featured for the Cityzens 15 times in the EPL and returned 5 goals has also been dropped from the club’s UEFA Champions League squad for the knockout rounds.
Though he has been training with the main team. Read more
NFF not aware of visit of Messi, Ronaldo, Maradona planned visit to Nigeria
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday revealed it was unaware of a proposed international exhibition match against human traffic, insurgency and terrorism, which would feature Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, current world’s best footballer, Christiano Ronaldo, Argentina legend, Diego Maradona, Nigeria’s former captains, Austin Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo and other notable former international stars. Read more
Nigerian Striker Appears In Court Over Match-Fixing Charges, Sister Works In A
Pembroke Athleta team manager Uchenna Anyanwu appeared in court on Monday, February 13 in connection with attempting to fix a match between his team and Mosta.
Anyawu, who was born in Nigeria but has lived in Malta for the past thirteen years, is being accused of trying to bribe Mosta players to throw the game which they eventually lost 5-0. Read more
Chelsea’s Diego Costa is not learning Chinese – Cesar Azpilicueta
Chelsea forward Diego Costa is not learning Chinese in his spare time, teammate Cesar Azpilicueta said as he addressed “rumours” that his fellow Spain international could move to the Chinese Super League.
Russian lawmakers: Flynn pushed out to hurt Russia-U.S. relations
Russian lawmakers appeared to defend Michael Flynn on Tuesday, saying that President Trump’s national security adviser was forced to resign by unspecified actors who sought to damage relations between Russia and the United States.
Flynn handed in his resignation late Monday after admitting he provided “incomplete information” about whether he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the ambassador to the U.S. prior to Trump taking office. Read more
German-Israeli government meeting cancelled amid settlements row
A meeting between the governments of Germany and Israel that was scheduled to take place in May has been cancelled amid rising frustration in Berlin with settlement activity in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
A German spokesman said the governments had agreed to “postpone” the annual meeting of leaders and ministers until next year, blaming the delay on the busy schedule of meetings surrounding Germany’s presidency of the G20. Read more
Senior Iranian military leader killed in Syria
A senior Iranian military leader was killed during clashes with opposition groups in Syria, Jordan’s Assabeel newspaper reported Iranian media saying yesterday.
According to the Iranian media, the leader was as a leader of one of military sections of the Brigades of Imam Ali, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards. Read more
Sudanese man sets himself alight protesting against Al-Bashir
A Sudanese man nearly died when he set fire to himself in protest against Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir.
The man was standing near the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum last week where he shouted “I am Sudanese and Al-Bashir is a dictator,” before attempting suicide. Read more
Amnesty accuses Tunisia security forces of abuses
Tunisian security forces are using torture, arbitrary arrests and detentions in their war against opposition forces associated with overthrown leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Amnesty International said today.
The human rights group said in a report that such practices are threatening the road to democratic reform in a country that was the birthplace of the Arab uprisings against autocracy. Read more