* My boys not involved – IGP Idris cries out (SUN) * Senators got $1m each to impeach Saraki, Kwara lawmaker Rafiu Ibrahim alleges (Punch)

* My boys not involved – IGP Idris cries out (SUN)           * Senators got $1m each to impeach Saraki, Kwara lawmaker Rafiu Ibrahim alleges (Punch)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 7, 2018

 

My boys not involved – IGP Idris cries out (SUN)

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has said that the Police were not involved in the siege on the National Assembly. He described the siege as ‘a surprise’ to him. Speaking to State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo which lasted an hour, IGP Idris said he was yet to be briefed on the development. The sacked Director General State Security Services (DSS), Lawal Musa Daura, was also at the meeting. Daura’s sack was announced via a two-paragraph press statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Acting President, Laolu Akande. Read more

Senators got $1m each to impeach Saraki, Kwara lawmaker Rafiu Ibrahim alleges (Punch)

Senator Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim (PDP-Kwara South), has alleged that lawmakers under the aegis of Parliamentary Support Group, were given $1m each to impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu. The lawmaker said this on Tuesday in an interview with reporters at the National Assembly. His allegations could, however, not be independently verified, as none of the leading members of the Parliamentary Support Group for Muhammadu Buhari could be reached for comments. Calls to the mobile telephone numbers of Senators Ovie Omo-Agege and Ali Ndume who are vocal members of the PSG were neither picked nor returned. A response to a text message sent to them was still being expected as at the time of filing this report Read more

Saraki, Dogara condemn invasion of National Assembly (ThisDay)

The Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, have condemned the invasion of the National Assembly  premises by security agents, saying it’s another attempt to subvert the nation’s democracy. In a statement jointly signed by the two presiding officers of both Chambers of the National Assembly on Tuesday, Saraki and Dogara said the heavy presence of armed security men who unnecessarily  militarised the legislative complex and harassed legislators and the workers in the complex could not be justified in a democracy. Read more

Pray for Nigerian leaders to rule with fear of God, Buhari’s wife tells women (SUN)

Wife of the President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has urged Nigerian women to tenaciously pray for the nation’s leaders to rule the country with the fear of God. The president’s wife, who was represented by the wife of the Vice President, Dr. Dolapo Osinbajo said this, on Tuesday, during the valedictory women’s August meeting with the theme ‘Sharing our common cultural values’ hosted by the wife of governor of Imo State, Nkechi Okorocha. Mrs Buhari used the opportunity to also pray for the future of Nigerian children and said that women as mothers should be the vessels of transformation and reconciliation. Read more

APC dissociates self from National Assembly siege (Punch)

The All Progressives Congress has dissociated itself from the early morning siege at the National Assembly by masked officials of the Department of State Services based on “orders from above.” In a statement signed by its Acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja, on Tuesday, the APC said what happened at the National Assembly was purely a “legislative matter.” The statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to mischievous attempts in some partisan quarters to link Tuesday’s developments in the National Assembly to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. Read more

ADP condemns act, hails DSS DG’s sack (SUN)

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has expressed displeasure over the invasion of the National Assembly complex by security personnel. The complex was earlier, on Tuesday, besieged by stern-looking security personnel who were believed to be working for the alleged impeachment of the Senate President Bukola Saraki and rumoured enthronement of the former Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio as the substantive Senate President. ADP chairman, Engr. Yabaji Sani, who spoke to Daily Sun, on Tuesday, in Abuja, said the act was undemocratic and a poster child for anarchy. Read more

Kaduna PDP has not promised automatic ticket to Sen. Sani – Chairman (SUN)

The Kaduna State chapter of the PDP says it has not promised an automatic ticket to Sen. Shehu Sani (APC/Kaduna Central), in order to woo him to its fold. “My phones have been inundated with calls people from people seeking to clarify alleged claims by Sen. Shehu Sani that the PDP has promised him an automatic ticket for re-election, if he defected to its fold. “I want to make it clear that we have not promised the Kaduna Central senatorial ticket to anyone, including Sen. Shehu Sani,’’ Mr Hassan Hyat, state chairman of the party, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Jos. Read more

Adamawa gov denies pressure to drop deputy (Punch)

Governor Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa has denied a report making the rounds that he was under pressure to drop the state Deputy Governor, Mr. Martins Babale for a Muslim candidate. Bindow in a press statement issued by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, described the report carried by a popular online medium as “a blatant lie”. The statement blamed desperate politicians who had lost relevance in the state of using ethnic and religious sentiments to discredit his administration ahead of 2019 general elections. Read more

7 Kano lawmakers, 10 others to join PDP (Nation)

Seven members of the Kano State House of Assembly and 10 other government aides have concluded plans to defect from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The move followed the defection of the state Deputy Governor, Hafiz Abubakar, to the PDP. Abubakar presented his resignation letter to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Sunday ahead of moves to impeach him. The lawmakers’ defection came few days after their political godfather, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso dumped the APC for PDP. Read more

Human trafficking: Police rescue 24 girls from care home, arrest 4 (Punch)

Police have rescued 24 girls and shut down a care home that had been operating illegally in northern India after a youngster living there fled and complained to officers about sexual exploitation. Police said they arrested four people on suspicion of trafficking and closed the home that has been operating in Deoria district in northern Uttar Pradesh, 325 km from the state capital Lucknow. This is the second instance of sexual abuse in homes for destitute children in less than a month after 29 girls were alleged to have been raped and tortured in Bihar state, sparking national outrage and demands for such homes to be investigated. Read more

2019: Lagos APC unveils leadership programme for youths (Nation)

As the nation prepares for the 2019 general elections, the youth wing of the Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has unveiled a leadership conference to change the mindset of the youths to politics and governance. APC Youth Leader in the State, Mr Omotayo Sanyaolu, in a statement yesterday, said the leadership conference was part of activities lined up to celebrate the International Youth Day slated for August 12, 2018. He said the conference, with the theme, “Youths As Catalyst In National Development,” will take place on August 12, 2018 at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium in Alausa, Ikeja by 11am prompt, adding that the principal objective of the programme was to equip youths with basic leadership skills as the country is set for a crucial electioneering process in 2019. Read more

Unknown persons raze APC secretariat in Delta (SUN)

The secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State was, on Tuesday, set ablaze by unknown persons suspected to be aggrieved party members in the area. The incident, according to investigation, is not unconnected with the harmonisation of ward executives of the party in the locality. It was gathered that chairmen of the partyin Oleh wards 01 and 02 were sworn-in, on Monday, a situation that allegedly prompted some aggrieved members from the said wards to invade the rented secretariat, removed all the chairs, tables and some other office properties, brought them outside and set them ablaze. Read more

APC won’t lose any member to other Parties, says Anambra Chairman (ThisDay)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State has said the party will not lose any of its members to other political parties in the state. The state party chairman, Mr. Emeka Ibe, was speaking on the recent gale of defections that hit the Nigerian political space, which has seen public and political office holders moving to other political parties. Ibe, who spoke during a meeting of the Anambra South Senatorial Zone Stakeholders and Zonal Executives meeting, said it was not afraid of the defection gale that has hit the country, rather it is confident that soon some federal lawmakers would leave their parries to join them. Read more

IGP monitoring unit bursts criminal hideout in Rivers (Nation)

The Operatives of the Inspector General Police (IGP) Monitoring Unit have invaded the hideout of dreaded armed robbers at Aluu Community in Ikwerre Local Government of Rivers, arresting seven suspects. The team also arrested five armed robbery suspects over attack on the properties of the Niger Delta Basin Development Authority in Isiokpo, same Local Government Area of the state. The commander of the Unit, Ben  Igwe,  a  Deputy Commissioner of Police, (DCP), disclosed this during the parade in Port Harcourt,  the Rivers State capital of the hoodlums Tuesday. The suspects have reportedly been terrorising the area, especially Omuike and Omuigwe communities for a long time, but luck ran out of them following the raid. Read more

I share same ideas with Tanzanian Football Federation — Amuneke (SUN)

Emmanuel Amuneke, the newly inaugurated coach of the Tanzanian national team, on Tuesday said he shared the same ideas with the country`s football philosophy. Amuneke, a former coach of the Nigerian U-17 and U-20 national teams, signed a two-year contract with the Tanzanian Football Federation on Aug. 6 to coach its national teams. He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the telephone from Dar- es-Salam, Tanzania’s major city and commercial port on the Indian Ocean coast that he was grateful to the Tanzanian FA for choosing him. “ I am grateful to the Tanzanian people. I’m also grateful to the President and General Secretary of the Tanzanian Football Federation for giving me the opportunity to coach their teams. Read more

Oracle’s U-16 football tourney kicks off (SUN)

The 10th edition of Oracle Sports Football tournament will kick-off on August 10, 2018, at the Legacy pitch of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. According to organisers of the event, no less than 34 teams would be jostling for the N750,000 prize money, among other consolation prizes that would also be up for grabs. Speaking to Daily Sun Sport in Lagos, CEO Oracle Sports, Barr. Donald Onwuka, said there would also be other side attractions. “ We are trying to give back to the society that made us. There would be awards like best keeper, best team, etc. Its going to be a carnival of some sort. Read more

Ghanaian president sacks energy minister, gives no reason (Reuters)

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo sacked Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko on Monday, a statement from the presidency said, giving no official reason. Press reports said Agyarko was removed because Akufo-Addo was unhappy with his handling of an agreement to extend an existing five-year deal with United Arab Emirates-based AMERI Energy to operate a 300MW emergency power plant. The deal has been controversial in Ghana, with critics balking at a price tag of more than half a billion dollars. Akufo-Addo asked Agyarko to hand over his office to the minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amew, until a new appointment is made, the statement said. Read more

Frankfurt Airport reopens after evacuation on security slip (Bloomberg)

Frankfurt Airport reopened after a partial evacuation caused by a French family being mistakenly waved through security despite a positive test for explosives, according to police. The four-person family was questioned and allowed to continue travel after the mistake by a security assistant, the Frankfurt airport police said on Twitter. Police had cleared some areas in the airport’s Terminal 1 and halted boarding in the incident. Security breaches have caused similar disruptions in the busy summer vacation period when personnel are stretched and less experienced travelers are on the go. Read more

 

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