SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 18, 2017
Kidnapping: IGP to install tracking machines in Lagos, Rivers
As part of efforts to contain the spate of kidnapping across the country, the Police high command has concluded plans to establish tracking units in Lagos and Rivers State.
This was disclosed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, yesterday evening during an interaction with newsmen and human rights groups in Lagos. Read more
Adulterated kerosene kills six in Delta
Suspected adulterated kerosene has killed six persons in Ogwashi-Uku town, near Asaba over the last few weeks, with investigation revealing that the product has also resulted in several explosions during domestic use.
A female primary school teacher and her son (names withheld) at Isah-Ogwashi-Uku, were killed in an explosion last month. It was also gathered that most of the explosions were from cooking stoves, which the victims tried to light. Read more
Osun gov poll: Politicians plan mega party for 2018
Leaders of various political parties in Osun State have started working to unite all opposition parties in order to field one candidate under a new party to wrest power from the ruling All Progressives Congress in the 2018 governorship election.
Leaders of the political parties at a meeting held in Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Thursday included those from the Labour Party, Accord Party, Social Democratic Party and Action Alliance Democratic Peoples Party. Read more
Bad weather disrupts Osinbajo’s visit to Akure
The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, was on Friday forced to cancel his trip to Akure, Ondo State capital, due to bad weather.
The presidential jet that conveyed Osinbajo was said to have been unable to land at the Akure Airport due to the situation. Read more
Nigeria loses China’s second biggest trade partner position
Nigeria has dropped to the fourth position as China’s trade partner in Africa from its former second position, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, has said.
The envoy, however, noted that the relationship between the African country and Asian giants had a lot of potential, which could be tapped to the advantage of the two countries. Read more
Obiano receives more endorsements for second term
As preparations for Anambra gubernatorial election gathers momentum, Governor Willie Obiano has continued to receive great support from well meaning citizens of the state who believe that his accomplishments in office is a guarantee for his reelection.
Speaking at separate interviews, citizens of Anambra expressed satisfaction with the governors’ achievements so far and urged people to allow him complete the programs, which he has put in place. Read more
Bus crash: Woman dived out of window to save her baby – Eyewitness
More accounts have emerged on the events leading to the crash of a 59-passenger luxury bus on its way from Aba, Abia State, which plunged into a canal at Owode Elede, Lagos, killing three passengers and injuring 23 others.
One of the passengers in the bus, Kenneth Ohai, said as the bus hit the median around 3am on Friday morning and veered off the road, nosediving into the canal in the process, the little child his co-passenger was carrying on her lap bounced off the window and fell into the water. Read more
Your anti-corruption war is lopsided, church leaders tells Buhari
The leadership of Church of the Brethren in Nigeria has expressed concern over the ongoing anti-corruption war by the President Muhammadu Buhari government, saying the fight against corruption is a welcome development, but that government is selective in prosecuting alleged suspects.
President of the church in Nigeria, Rev. Joel S. Bill, who spoke at the end of this year’s annual ministers conference held at Kwarhi in Adamawa State yesterday, said it is shocking that all People Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains accused of corrupt practices have turned to angels after joining the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC). Read more
Guinness Nigeria denies indebtedness to firm
Guinness Nigeria Plc has refuted the claim by Pharma Deko Plc that it (Guinness) is contractually indebted to her in the sum of N175, 699, 317.99 representing an arbitral award.
The pharmaceutical firm, Pharma Deko had approached a Federal High Court, Lagos praying for the winding up of Guinness Nigeria over its alleged inability to pay the debt. Read more
CCD seeks participation of disabled persons in SDG
The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has called for effective participation of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Lagos State.
They made this call at a one-day workshop for line MDAs on Sustainable Development Goals and Disability Rights recently in Lagos. The group’s Executive Director, David Anyaele, noted that the MDGs failed because of the exclusion of vulnerable people. Read more
Kidnappers abduct ex-lawmaker, demand N200m ransom
Armed kidnappers on Thursday night abducted a former Lawmaker, Emeka Ukpe along Kwale-Ughelli road in Delta State. Reports say that the armed men ambushed him between Kwale and Ozoro axis and when he tried to avoid a pothole along the road, his Jeep with registration number AA 126 XX slowed down and he was attacked. He was taken to an unknown destination after they shot into the air to scare onlookers away. Read more
Presidential committee assures airlines of passengers’ safety at Kaduna airport
The Presidential Sub-committee on Security has assured all foreign and local airlines of the safety of passengers at Kaduna Airport, which was earmarked as alternative by the Federal Government, following the planned temporary closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja from next month for rehabilitation works.
Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Movement of Airport Operations from Abuja to Kaduna and Assistant General of Police (AIG, Operations), Alhaji Alkali Baba Usman, said during an assessment visit, yesterday, said: “We have assessed the security here in Kaduna and everything has been put in place, in terms of security for successful flight operations.” Read more
Taraba council approves recruitment of 3000 teachers
Public schools in Taraba are on the verge of transforming their battered image, as members of the Executive Council of the state have made an approval for the immediate recruitment of three thousand teachers.
The development is part of the implementation of the recent ban lift on employment into the civil service.Briefing journalists shortly after their meeting which took place at the government house yesterday in Jalingo, the state capital, the commissioner of education, Johaness Jigem along side his counterparts from the Ministry of Justice, Yusuf Akirinkwen and the Head of Service, Simon Angyu, said the approval was relevant in addressing the present predicaments of public schools. Read more
Osinbajo pays tribute to Oparadike
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has extended condolences to the Oparadike family, the government and people of Imo State on the death of Chief Innocent Oparadike, a former Commissioner for Information and Culture in Imo State.
Osinbajo in a statement yesterday also commiserated with the Nigerian Union of Journalists and the Nigerian Guild of Editors on the demise of their colleague and one of Nigeria’s brightest journalists and thinkers. Read more
Eleven die in River Benue boat mishap
GUMA, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom’s local council, was thrown into mourning, as not less than 11 persons lost their lives yesterday night after a boat capsized.
At the time of filling this report, it was revealed that three out of the deaths were elders, who were stormed to death by the irate youths as being responsible for the mysterious deaths. Read more
I didn’t say N2bn was planted in budget – Fashola
MINISTER of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, yesterday, said he never told the Senate Committee on Housing that N2 billion was planted in his ministry’s 2017 budget for the housing sector. Fashola, on assessment tour of federal roads in the South-South region, told reporters shortly after inspecting the Aba-Port Harcourt dual carriageway project, that he was surprised that the Senate Committee summoned his finance counterpart, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, over alleged planting of N2 billion in the ministry’s budget. Read more
Petrol Subsidy Back : sources
Petrol subsidy is back. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has been offsetting for months the difference between the landing costs of petrol and the pump price. In series of interviews with knowledgeable players in the sector, NAN can report authoritatively that the landing costs per litre of petrol is higher than the price Nigerians pay at the pump. Read more
Lagos oilfield investors’ dispute deepens
The cash call dispute among the joint venture partners on the Aje oil field, located offshore Lagos, has yet to be resolved amid a mechanical problem limiting production from one of the wells.
London-based energy firm, MX Oil, which has an indirect investment in Oil Mining Lease 113, said the Aje-5 well, whose performance has continued to be limited by the mechanical problem, required subsurface intervention. Read more
Flash mob surprises shoppers in Lagos Mall
A flash mob made up of dozens of young people put on a show at the Ikeja City Mall, Lagos on Friday, when urging shoppers to break free from situations that limit them from actualising their full potential.
The campaigners who wore shirts with the inscription: #BreakFree, held many people spellbound as shoppers abandoned their activities to watch. Read more
Official : Macclesfield Town Bring In Ex-Middlesbrough Defender Okosieme
Vanarama National League club Macclesfield Town have secured the signing of Ejiro Okosieme from Ryman League Division One South side Chatham Town.
Okosieme came through the ranks at Middlesbrough and represented their U18 and U21 teams.
While at Boro, he enjoyed loan spells at Billingham Synthonia and Workington, having failed to break into the first team. Read more
CAF: Rangers, IfeanyiUbah, others walk a tightrope
The four Nigerian clubs competing in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup have tough tasks ahead of them as they battle their opponents in the second leg of the preliminary rounds of the competitions this weekend.
The clubs, Enugu Rangers, Rivers United, Wikki Tourists and FC IfeanyiUbah will be seeking to qualify for the first rounds of the two continental competitions. Read more
Pep Guardiola hails “amazing” Aaron Mooy
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised the form of Aaron Mooy this season ahead of his side’s FA Cup clash with Huddersfield Town on Sunday morning.
The Socceroos star has been a key factor of Huddersfield’s charge into third on the Championship table, with two goals and three assists to his name so far this season. Read more
Neymar visits Gabriel Jesus after successful surgery
Barcelona may have just been embarrassed on the biggest European stage, but Neymar still has time for one of his own.
With Gabriel Jesus in post-op after surgery on his broken metatarsal, the Barcelona star visited him to wish his fellow Brazilian well. The two know each other well, from youth teams to the senior squad. In Jesus’s six senior appearances, Neymar also started in five of them. Neymar assisted two of his teammate’s five international goals, and two of Jesus’s four assists came on goals by Neymar. Read more
Liverpool vs Leicester City Could Be Rescheduled
Any interest in the FA Cup may have disappeared for Liverpool after being knocked out by Wolverhampton Wanderers, but Leicester City’s Fifth Round tie with Millwall does have consequences for Jürgen Klopp’s side. If tomorrow’s game results in a draw, Liverpool’s fixture against Leicester City will be moved.
Liverpool are currently scheduled to play Leicester on Monday, Febuary 27 at 8PM BST/3PM EST, but a replay between Leicester and Millwall would see that fixture moved to Saturday, February 25 at 12.30PM BST/ 7.30AM EST. Read more
Manchester City linked with Monaco star Thomas Lemar
Lemar signed for Monaco from Caen in 2015 for approximately £3 million, and reports state that Monaco will be looking for significantly more when the clubd ecides to sell. This would be a transfer potentially around the £30 million mark Read more
Manchester City can still win Premier League – Gundogan
Manchester City are not giving up on the Premier League title, with injured midfielder Ilkay Gundogan insisting anything is possible in England.
City are second in the standings but eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 25 matches.
Gundogan and City made a strong start to life under manager Pep Guardiola before a lull in performances and results. Read more
Bosnia to appeal 2007 UN court ruling clearing Serbia of genocide
Bosnia-Herzegovina will ask the United Nations’ top court to review its 2007 ruling that cleared Serbia of genocide during the country’s civil war, Bosnia’s Muslim leader said on Friday.
The move announced by Bakir Izetbegovic, the Muslim member of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency, could spark a new political crisis in the Balkans country, which remains deeply divided along ethnic lines since the 1992-1995 war. Read more
Australian PM rejects calls to exempt banks from tax cut plan
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has rejected a call from his government backbench to exempt the county’s big four banks from a tax package aimed at reducing company tax rate from 30 percent to 25 percent.
Speaking to reporters in Queenstown, New Zealand on Saturday, Turnbull insisted that a company tax cut has to be applied without exemption. Read more
Teenage boy badly hurt after shark attack off Australian coast
A teenager has serious leg injuries and is in critical condition after a shark attack in the far north of Queensland.
The 19-year-old man was attacked while spear-fishing off Point Hinchinbrook boat ramp in the Australian town of Cardwell at about 10.30am local time on Saturday. Read more
One dead as flash floods deluge Saudi Arabia
A rare storm has wreaked havoc in Saudi Arabia, causing widespread floods and the death of one person.
The heavy rains have lashed the kingdom for several days with roads flooded, cars abandoned, schools forced shut and traffic jams in the capital Riyadh. Saudi authorities reported the death of one person on Wednesday and the rescue of hundreds of others after severe flooding in the Asir region. Read more
Hitler’s phone to be auctioned in US
A telephone used by Adolf Hitler during World War Two is to be auctioned in the US this weekend.
The red phone, which has the Nazi leader’s name engraved on it, was found in his Berlin bunker in 1945. Soviet soldiers gave it to British Brg Sir Ralph Rayner as a souvenir shortly after Germany surrendered. Read more