SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 29, 2018
Multiple Verifications Stall Payment Of Ex-Nigeria Airways Workers’ Entitlements
The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit has said that payment of the approved N22. 6 billion entitlements to ex-workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways Ltd., was halted due to multiple verifications by some of the beneficiaries. Mr John Waitono, Deputy Director, PICA, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos. NAN reports that the verification exercise for the ex-workers of the former national carrier took place from October 15 to October 28 across three centres in Lagos, Kano and Enugu.
Amaju Pinnick – This Is My Last Tenure as NFF President
The NFF president and First vice chairman Confederation of African Football (CAF) Amaju Pinnick Melvin spoke at the Annual General Assembly held in Asaba last week saying he does not intend to run for the third Time as NFF president. This will be my last tenure after my four year as an NFF president, before my four years elapses i would have achieved my set goals of restructuring Nigerian football and i should have been able to put structures in place. I should at that time of handing over restructure NFF to be financially independent by attracting more sponsors and leaving a legacy for others to follow. We are actually working towards that presently. I am actually a child of destiny, i was privileged to be re-elected back to office by the congress members. Being the first president to be re-elected to run for the second tenure, it can only be God i must say.
Yoruba Youths Warn Tinubu Against Supporting Buhari
A group of Yoruba youths known as the Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association has warned Asiwaju Bola Tinubu against supporting President Muhammadu Buhari reelection in 2019. The President of the YYSA, Mr Olalekan Hammed, made the position of the group known in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Sunday. He said it had become obvious that the All Progressives Congress and Buhari did not value the contributions of Tinubu towards the party and the emergence of Buhari as the President in 2015.
‘Cop Involved In Ex-Minister’s Daughter Killing Part Of Investigating Team’
A police officer who was said to be part of the police team that allegedly killed Anita Akapson in Abuja, is involved in the investigation into the homicide, Northern City News has learnt. Akapson, the daughter of a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman, was shot dead in her Honda Accord car in Katampe area of Abuja on October 13 by four policemen including the female officer said to be involved in the ongoing investigation into the incident.
APC Crisis: Buhari Takes Over Peace Process
As the All Progressives Congress crisis deepens, President Muhammadu Buhari has taken over the process of restoring the confidence of aggrieved members of the party. A top-ranking member of the party’s National Working Committee confirmed the development to one of our correspondents in Abuja on Sunday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media on the issue. The source said, “The President has chosen a different approach this time; he is meeting with the aggrieved persons directly so that he can deal with the situation.
Saraki, Atiku, Others Mourn Anenih
The senate president, Bukola Saraki, has commiserated with the Anenih family and the government and people of Edo State, over the death of the former chairman, Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Tony Anenih. Mr Anenih died Sunday afternoon at Cedarcrest Hospital, Abuja. He was 85 years old. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Mr Saraki described Anenih as a consummate politician, master strategist and committed statesman, who contributed greatly to the development of Nigeria’s democracy. He referred to Mr Anenih as a patriot, bridge builder and astute politician who played several defining roles in building Nigeria’s democracy and will be remembered for his wisdom and his insight into national issues.
Police Officers Threaten Strike in Anambra Over Unpaid Allowances
Some officers in the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police in Anambra State have threatened to go on strike over the non-payment of their 2017 promotion allowances. They called on the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to intervene in their matter. The spokesperson for the officers, who pleaded anonymity for fear of victimisation, told journalists in Awka on Sunday that the officers involved were promoted in May 2017 from the rank of Inspector to ASP without the attendant allowances. Describing the situation as unfortunate, he said each officer was entitled to N400, 000 of accumulated allowances. He noted that some of them retired before December last year while police authorities continued to withhold their allowances with no reason given.
I Killed My Victim For Being Disrespectful — Murder Suspect
A suspect, Umar Umar, who was arrested for allegedly killing one Mustapha Mohammed, during an argument has stated that he committed the act because the deceased “lacked respect for elders.” Umar was said to have murdered his victim with a machete after which he buried him in a shallow grave at a farm in the Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State. It was learnt that Mohammed and his brother were on their way to the farm when the suspect attacked and killed him with a machete.
Sergio Ramos Sends Warning to Antonio Conte After Real Madrid’s Defeat to Barcelona
Sergio Ramos has warned Antonio Conte that he cannot immediately command respect from Real Madrid’s players if he replaces Julen Lopetegui as manager. Lopetegui appears to be on the brink of being sacked following Madrid’s 5-1 defeat to Barcelona at Camp Nou on Sunday. Madrid have now lost five of their last seven games in all competitions, and reports are claiming that Conte is being lined up after the Italian reached an agreement over his contract payoff with Chelsea earlier this week. But when asked if he feels an imposing coach like Conte is required at Madrid, Ramos replied: ‘Respect is earned, it is not imposed. Neither a name nor another. ‘We have won everything with coaches that you already know, in the end the management of the players is more important than the technical knowledge of a coach.’
Djokovic Targets Top Spot In Paris As Nadal Returns From Injury
Novak Djokovic can complete a stunning return to world number one at the Paris Masters this week as Rafael Nadal hits the comeback trail for the first time since limping out of the US Open. Roger Federer could also resurface in the French capital after a three-year absence, although the 20-time Grand Slam champion said a decision on his participation will be made on Tuesday. The Swiss star won his 99th career title in Basel over the weekend but hasn’t played in Paris since 2015 due to a combination of injury and selective scheduling.
Suspected ISIS Fighters Kill 4 In Central Libya
Officials said four people were killed and seven wounded when suspected Islamic State fighters attacked a town in central Libya. The raid on the desert oasis town of al-Foqha south of Jufra late on Sunday lasted several hours, during which the fighters set local government and security offices on fire, the military official, who asked not to be named, said. Ismail al-Sharif, a lawmaker in the eastern-based House of Representatives, said the attack had probably come as revenge because some town youths had helped catch a local Islamic State leader this month.
Britain Faces Pre-Brexit Budget Battle
Britain’s finance minister will try to navigate a political minefield Monday when he unveils a budget that could be scuppered by the final terms of Brexit next year. Philip Hammond’s appearance in parliament was moved forward a month to give lawmakers a chance to consider it quickly and then focus on legislation needed to get Britain safely out of the European Union in March. London and Brussels remain locked in negotiations and it is still uncertain whether Prime Minister Theresa May can get an eventual deal with the EU backed by lawmakers.
189 Missing in Lion Air Boeing 737 Plane Crash That Should Never Have Happened
The crash just after takeoff of an Indonesian airline jet carrying 189 people will confound investigators, because none of the familiar characteristics of an aviation disaster was present: the airplane, a Boeing 737 Max-8, was brand new, having entered service only in August; the Max-8 is the most advanced version of the 737; the airline involved, Lion Air, was recently upgraded to the highest safety level; and there was no weather involved.