SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR JUNE 20, 2017
Shut up or I expose your wife, Amaechi threatens Wike
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday verbally attacked his successor, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, and threatened to expose the governor’s wife “if he (Wike) does not shut up his mouth.”
Amaechi, who was visibly angry at the allegation levelled against his wife by the Rivers governor, also described his successor as a thug who could hardly speak good English.
On Monday, Wike alleged that each commissioner and local government chairman in Rivers State paid the erstwhile governor’s wife, Judith, N3m and N2m monthly, respectively. Read more
World Refugee Day : NCFRMI seeks donation for IDPs
The National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons has appealed to state governments, corporate organisations and wealthy Nigerians to show love by donating to Internally Displaced Persons in the country.
Ubon said that the World Refugee Day observed on June 20 each year was dedicated to raising awareness on the condition of refugees throughout the world.
He said that refugees across the country required attention and love from all people, especially from the wealthy ones in the society.Read more
Prosecution absent from Farouk Lawan’s transferred bribery case, court adjourns until July 5
The prosecution was on Tuesday absent from the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Jabi, where the newly transferred bribery case involving a former Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy, Mr. Farouk Lawan, was to come up for mention.
The PUNCH had reported that the four-year case had suffered another huge setback caused by a sudden transfer of the case by the Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Justice Ishaq Bello, from one judge to another. Read more
Edwin Clark appeals to New Delta Avengers over Ultimatum issued to Governor Okowa
Leader of Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Chief Edwin Clark, has appealed to Militant Group, New Delta Avengers to withdraw the ultimatum issued to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
The group issued an Ultimatum to the Governor of Delta State to tell the world how much was due to the Delta State Oil Producing Communities Development Commission, DESOPADEC, from the 13 percent derivation.
In a statement in Abuja, Chief Clark said it was already working to ensure that all the issues raised in the 16-point agenda were looked into by the Federal Government and that the Avengers’ concerns will be addressed by the body. Read more
EFCC partners IT agency to curb fraud in procurement of gadgets by MDAs
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) have forged an to check fraud associated with the procurement of Information Technology products and service among Ministries, Department and Agencies of the Federal Government.
The director general of NITDA, Isa Pantami, made this known when he led the management team of the agency on a working visit to the EFCC headquarters in Abuja. Read more
Osinbajo to Meet with Northern Traditional Rulers Today
Mr Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity (Office of the Vice-President), confirmed this on his twitter handle on Monday evening in Abuja.
Akande, however, stated that the acting President hosted the traditional rulers to Iftar (breaking of fast) at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Embracing natural gas as fuel
It is becoming fashionable to see vehicles bearing CNG stickers in the nation’s metropolis. This is more pronounced in Benin City, the Edo State capital, and Lagos, where the nation’s flagship gas downstream retail outlet NIPCO Plc. has presence.
CNG is accronym for the Compressed Natural Gas, and it means those vehicles have been converted to use gas as fuel.
It also means that gradually, Nigeria is joining the list of developing nations using their gas reserve for fuel. Read more
Aircraft leasing firm in the offing for Africa
African carriers navigate through a myriad of challenges to lease aircraft for their operations.
Leased aircraft constitute a sizeable fraction of aircraft operating in African airspace. It has become the norm because the cost of aircraft is too high for African carriers struggling to make profit.
Investigations reveal that there is no aircraft leasing company in Africa. The absence of an indigenous aircraft leasing firms has forced African carriers to swallow the bitter pills rolled out by foreign lessors. Read more
Simultaneous Attacks launched on Fulani settlements in Taraba State
Several persons have been killed and about 120 houses razed in simultaneous attacks carried out on Fulani settlements in Sardauna local government area of Taraba State.
It was gathered that several cows were also killed by the attackers who invaded several villages and settlements.
A resident of one of the affected villages, Malam Bello Haruna, told newsmen that several Mambilla youths led by militiamen invaded his village and shot several persons. Read more
Osinbajo shouldn’t have trusted National Assembly, says Jibrin
A former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Mr Abdulmumin Jibrin, has thrown his weight behind acting President Yemi Osinbajo in the ongoing row between Osinbajo and the National Assembly over the 2017 budget.
Jibrin is currently on suspension over his N40bn budget padding allegations against the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, and three other top officials of the House. Read more
SERAP drags FG, Queen’s College to UN over pupils’ deaths
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has dragged the Federal Government and the management of Queens College over the recent deaths three pupils in the schools.
SERAP, in a statement on Tuesday by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, said it petitioned four UN special rapporteurs urging them to use their “good offices and mandates to urgently request the Nigerian government and the authorities at Queen’s College, Lagos to end continuing suffering of students, and ensure justice and effective remedies for the unnecessary loss of lives of three pupils of the school.” Read more
300 workers quit Kano Internal Revenue Services’ job over N35, 000 salary
Barely three months after their employment, not less than 300 of the 765 graduates engaged as revenue collectors, with the Kano Internal Revenue Services were believed to have dumped their job, due mainly to a paltry salary of N35 per month, which they described as not only poor but contrary to what was earlier promised.
According to one of the newly engaged graduates, who dumped the employment, who declined to identify himself, confided in the newsmen that the Service failed to fulfil some of the promises, made to them. Read more
How Chelsea’s Nigerian Goal Poacher Reacted To England Win Vs Slovakia
Tammy Abraham has expressed his happiness at England’s 2-1 win over Slovakia at the European U21 Championship on Monday evening.
The Chelsea goal poacher started again for Aidy Boothroyd’s side but was unable to open his goalscoring account in the tourney before he was replaced in the 88th minute. Read more
Mourinho accused of tax evasion in Spain
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was on Tuesday accused of evading 3.3 million euro ($3.7 million) in tax at Real Madrid, the public prosecutor’s office in Madrid announced.
Portuguese Mourinho, who coached Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013, was accused of “two offences against the public treasury,” the office said in a statement.Read more
Inside Senegal’s Premier League incubator
Long before Sadio Mane and Diafra Sakho battled for Premier League supremacy, the two footballers made their mark at a Senegalese club increasingly recognised as a West African pipeline to the top of the game.
Generation Foot began life as an academy in 2000 and the side became national champions for the first time on June 11, seeing off every adult club in Senegal after being promoted to the elite national league this year. Read more
CNN reporter calls White House spokesman ‘just kind of useless’
Cable Network News reporter labelled White House spokesman Sean Spicer “just kind of useless”, in the ongoing tussle between the Washington press corps and the Trump administration.
The comment was made by CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta during an appearance on “CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin.”
“The White House press secretary is getting to a point, Brooke, where he’s just kind of useless,” Acosta said. Read more
British requests for French citizenship more than triple in a year
Applications for French nationality by British citizens living in France more than tripled last year compared with 2015, according to interior ministry figures.
The figures, obtained by Le Monde newspaper, showed 1,363 Britons in France applied to become French citizens in 2016, compared with 385 the previous year – a 254% increase.
The news came after Germany’s federal statistics bureau last week said a record 2,865 Britons took German citizenship last year, up 361% on 2015. The bureau said the link to the UK’s decision to leave the EU “seems clear”. Read more
More than 120 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean after smugglers steal outboard motor
Up to 126 refugees and migrants are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean after Libyan smugglers stole the outboard engine of their dinghy.
The dinghy, which left from a beach on the Libyan coast, was heading north towards Italy when a boatload of traffickers turned up and removed the motor.
Without an engine, waves soon engulfed the dinghy and it sank. It was believed to have been carrying 130 migrants, most of them reportedly Sudanese, when it went down on Friday. Read more
Trump’s attack dog lawyer
Jay Sekulow is exactly who President Donald Trump has been looking for.
Most new legal advisers would be on thin ice after using a weekend media blitz to contradict their star client, a performance that earned poor reviews from traditional media outlets.
But Sekulow, who this weekend discounted Trump’s tweeted claim that the President was under investigation over his firing of former FBI Director James Comey, has nothing to fear. Read more
London Mosque Van Attack Helper Finds Wounded Brother Among Victims
A young woman rushed to help victims of the London mosque terror attack — only to discover her brother was among the wounded.
Nassima Benaouda, 21, told NBC News’ partner ITV News of her shock at discovering her relative was among those deliberately struck by a van after prayers early Monday.
“When I saw my brother I was traumatized, I couldn’t believe it until I actually looked at him and said, ‘Is it you?'” she recalled. Read more
Trump calls GOP health care bill ‘mean’ and Democrats pounce, Republicans worry
President Donald Trump wants to pass health care reform. But his most consequential action on the issue this month — calling the bill the House passed “mean” in a private meeting with Senate Republicans — has only made things more difficult. Trump’s comment was not entirely off-the-cuff. The President, those close to him say, has read coverage about how health care reform could kick millions off health insurance and slash Medicaid spending and hike premiums for older Americans — and has taken the implications of the bill to heart. Read more
French and Kurdish journalists killed in Mosul blast
Two journalists have died following a blast in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said its national Stéphane Villeneuve was killed by a mine blast while on assignment for the France 2 television network.
Canada releases world’s first glow-in-the-dark coin to mark 150th anniversary
Canadians may now have a slight advantage when it comes to digging for lost change in sofa cushions and car seats; the Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled what it described as the world’s first glow-in-the-dark coin in circulation.
The specially designed two-dollar coin, or toonie, as it’s known in Canada, features two people paddling in a canoe as the northern lights – vivid in green and blue – dance high above them. When the coin is put in the dark, the aurora borealis glows softly, thanks to a new ink formulation that contains luminescent material. Read more
Labour urged to put single market option back into Brexit debate
Backbench Labour MPs are urging the party’s leadership to place membership of the single market back on the table in terms of Brexit policy, claiming the general election result has “dramatically changed” the context of the talks.
There is disquiet over the continuing refusal of Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, to consider the possibility of full membership of the internal market. Some Labour MPs believe having only access to the single market – rather than membership – would be economically damaging. Read more
London van attack victim had been celebrating Father’s Day
The man who died at the scene of the van attack in north London on Monday that specifically targeted Muslims was a father of five who earlier in the day had been out celebrating Father’s Day before he slipped and fell after leaving midnight prayers, British media reported Tuesday.
The (London) Times said that Makram Ali, 51, was on the ground close to the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park shortly before the van mounted the sidewalk near the mosque and plowed into a group of worshippers, injuring nine people. Read more
Barclays, Ex-CEO John Varley Charged With Fraud Over 2008 Crisis Qatar Deal
Barclays bank and four of its former directors — including ex-CEO John Varley — have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud over a rescue deal with Qatar during the 2008 global financial crisis, regulators announced Tuesday.
It is the first time criminal charges have been filed in Britain over activities tied to the credit crunch and subsequent emergency fundraising. Read more
Calais van driver dead in migrant roadblock crash
The van, registered in Poland, burst into flames. The driver’s identity is not yet known.
Nine Eritreans were found in one of the lorries and taken into police custody.
In 2016, the so-called Jungle migrant camp at Calais was closed, but hundreds of people have returned to the area in the hope of reaching the UK. Read more
It’s not just the UK that will benefit from Brexit. The EU will too
The commencement of Brexit negotiations this week is good news for the UK and the EU. It is in the interests of both parties to agree a great new relationship. After all those years of the UK dragging its heels, refusing to join in, seeking to delay progress to political union and declining to be part of the euro, we can at last sort out a strong and positive relationship that works for us both.
Under Conservative, Labour and coalition governments the UK was never willing to accept all the moves to union or all the requirements of the EU. Read more
Trump-style border wall between Ecuador and Peru causes fierce dispute
It is just over a mile long and only a few feet tall, but a wall which Ecuador is building along its frontier with Peru has prompted a fierce diplomatic row between the two South American countries.
Peru’s top diplomat for the Americas, Hugo de Zela, has demanded an urgent bilateral meeting over the structure, warning that it could create a flood risk for the Peruvian border town of Aguas Verdes. Read more
Syria conflict: Australia suspends military air operations
he pause was a “precautionary measure”, the government said, without giving details.
Moscow’s warning came after the US shot down a Syrian military plane.
Russia also said it was halting communications with the US aimed at preventing such incidents.
Australia has deployed about 780 military personnel as part of the US-led coalition fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) in both Iraq and Syria. Read more
Sisi, Mohammed bin Zayed Discuss Qatar Crisis in Cairo
Cairo- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi crown prince and deputy commander of the UAE Armed Forces, held talks over bilateral relations, the fight against terrorism and developments on the Qatari crisis.
They both underlined the importance of concerted regional and international efforts to fight terrorism on all levels, especially to stop the flow of funds to terror organizations and the use of political and media covers. Read more
Arsenal set to move for Arda Turan as Barcelona tell winger he is not part of their plans for next season
The talented Turkish winger has no future at Barcelona next season, according to a report in Marca.
Under new boss Ernesto Valverde, the Blaugrana club have told the 30-year-old that he is surplus to requirements and is free to leave, despite having three more years on his current deal.Arsenal are certainly keen on the former Atletico Madrid man, who still managed to score 13 goals in all competitions last term.
Turan is thought to be happy to see out his big-money deal in Spain, although a switch to the Premier League would probably prove too much to turn down. Read more