* National Assembly invasion: APC makes a U-turn, defends DSS’ action (Punch) * Presidency: PDP aspirants can’t defeat Buhari in 2019 (Nation)

* National Assembly invasion: APC makes a U-turn, defends DSS’ action (Punch)        * Presidency: PDP aspirants can’t defeat Buhari in 2019 (Nation)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 9, 2018

 

National Assembly invasion: APC makes a U-turn, defends DSS’ action (Punch)

The All Progressives Congress, which had on Tuesday absolved itself from the invasion, on Wednesday defended the action of the Department of State Services’ operatives. The APC claimed that the action of the DSS officers was taken to prevent a plot by Saraki to incite violence. This was contained in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yekini Nabena, in Abuja. The APC’s new position is in sharp contrast to the position it took soon after the invasion on Tuesday when it condemned the DSS action and dissociated itself from it. The APC said on Wednesday that the “timely intervention” of the security operatives averted a potential loss of lives, injuries, and destruction of property. Read more

Presidency: PDP aspirants can’t defeat Buhari in 2019 (Nation)

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is sure that President Muhammadu Buhari will defeat other presidential candidates next year to  continue his administration’s change agenda. Prof. Osinbajo spoke yesterday at the Township Stadium in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, while receiving Senator Godswill Akpabio, who defected from the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The Acting President, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; declared that treasury looters would no longer be allowed to return to power. Read more

Transfer my case from Justice Nyako, Magu tells CJ (Punch)

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has urged the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice, Adamu Abdul-Kafarati, to transfer all the lawsuits challenging his appointment as the EFCC helmsman from Justice Binta Nyako. The lawsuits are 11 in number and they have all been consolidated before Justice Nyako. However, Magu, in a letter dated July 31, by his lawyer, Mr Wahab Shittu, said he would love the cases taken away from Justice Nyako for fear of conflict of interest. Read more

Your claims on impeachment attempt on Buhari a fabrication, Misau tells Tinubu (Vanguard)

The Senator representing Bauchi Central and chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Isah Hamma Misau, has debunked the claim made in Uyo yesterday by former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu that the National Assembly was planning to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari. Misau, in a statement, urged Nigerians to disregard such empty talk by the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, describing it as “a mere partisan rhetoric aimed at catching the attention of the crowd” at the rally planned for the declaration of Senator Godswill Akpabio into the party. Read more

‘No rift in govt over Daura’s sack’ (Nation)

Speculations that former Department of State Services (DSS) chief Lawal Daura’s sack caused a division in the Presidency were debunked yesterday. The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who fielded questions from journalists during the post-FEC briefing at the Villa, said the Presidency is one and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has the power of the president. He pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari has duly transmitted power to the Acting President before embarking on his holiday in London. Read more

‘N242bn budget for 2019 election may be passed by NASS next week’ (Nation)

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, has assured that the National Assembly may consider the 2019 General Elections Budget of N242 billion for passage next week. Mahmood made this known in an interview with newsmen, after an executive session with the leadership of the National Assembly on Wednesday in Abuja. He said the commission had been assured of the National Assembly’s commitment to an efficient election and would do what is necessary to make that a reality. “The most important thing to say is that INEC was invited to meet with NASS leadership on how the proposed budget for the 2019 elections can be speedily considered and appropriated by the National Assembly. Read more

Employees picket Ikeja Electric offices (Guardian)

Members of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) yesterday barricaded Ikeja Electric’s (IE) offices across Lagos including the headquarters in Alausa, leading to thousands of IE’s customers experiencing the discomfort of extended darkness. The picketing, which stated before 8:00a.m. and continued till about 5:00p.m. was said to have been as a result of the retrenchment of about 40 workers by the electricity distribution firm. It was gathered IE recently conducted job performance appraisal in which some workers were promoted while those considered to have under performed were relieved. Read more

PDP calls for unfreezing of Benue, Akwa Ibom accounts (Nation)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called for immediate unfreezing of the official accounts of Akwa Ibom and Benue states  blocked by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Wednesday in Abuja called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo  to immediately order the EFCC to unfreeze the  accounts.He described the action of the anti-graft agency as a direct attack on innocent Nigerians in the two states. Ologbondiyan described the action  illegal, unconstitutional, overtly wicked and unjustifiable under any laws and practice of Nigeria. Read more

Traditional rulers charged to shun partisan politics (Guardian)

The secretary to the Ajara Vetho Kingdom, High Chief Gbefa 1 Paul Ajo, has advised traditional rulers to shun politics but rather focus more on programmes and activities that will lead to the development of their communities. Ajo made this known in an interview with The Guardian at the inauguration of Baale in Council and Elder Committee of Ajara Lopo Community under the authority of the Aholu Tha-Zunoh, Oba Toyon 1 of Ajara Vetho Kingdom held at the Ajara community, Badagry, Lagos. He said the issue of community matters shouldn’t be played as politics and any community leader that wants to grow and build a strong, virile community must shun politics and exhibit fairness and equity in all their dealings. Read more

Produce Kanu, de-proscribe us for peace to reign—IPOB (Vanguard)

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday urged Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the South East governors to produce its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his parents if they hope to achieve genuine peace and reconciliation. It was one of the five conditions given by the Deputy IPOB leader, Mr. Uche Mefor and head of directorate of state, Mr. Chika Edoziem. Another major condition given by the pro-Biafra group was lifting of ban on the proscription of IPOB. The statement read:  “Ohanaeze Ndigbo should lead Igbo governors in the public de-proscription of IPOB in the South East. This is because we are mindful of the fact that Ohanaeze Ndigbo and lgbo governors were the first to ban IPOB  before the Federal Government stepped in to tag all of us terrorists. Read more

Dalung advises EFCC to beam searchlight on sports (Nation)

Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung has charged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to beam their searchlight on monumental corruption ravaging the sports industry in Nigeria. Dalung stated this during the logo unveiling of the 1st Edition of the National Anti-Corruption Marathon billed for November 3, 2018, in Abuja, saying that the anti-graft agencies have neglected their responsibilities due to reasons which are best known to them. The Minister emphasised that the worst hit in the sports industry is the Nigeria league where he winner will be determined before the kick-off of the season as a result of corruption in the system. Read more

Uzoho not in Ezenwa’s class, says Rufai (Vanguard)

Peter Rufai who kept for Nigeria at the 1994 and 1998 World Cup tournaments gave his verdict on goalkeepers Francis Uzoho and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, coach Gernot Rohr’s  first and second choice goalkeepers for the national team. Reviewing Uzoho’s performance at the World Cup in Russia, Rufai said the young man did his best and for his age, he could be excused for some of the mistakes he made in the course of the tournament. “Uzoho tried, but if you ask me to choose between him and Ezenwa, I will go for Ezenwa,” Rufai said. He observed that Uzoho did not have the finesse of a great goalkeeper and was still raw. He said the mistakes the goalkeeper made did not result in goals that was why his defects were not too conspicuous to the ordinary fan. Read more

Joshua ‘scared’ to fight Wilder – Lewis (Nation)

Lennox Lewis has spelt out in clear, unequivocal terms what Anthony Joshua has to do if he really wants to succeed him as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. He tells Joshua: ‘Go order Eddie Hearn to make the fight with Deontay Wilder. Now is the moment when you must take charge of your own destiny.’ Lewis is no doubt that it is the British end of the infamously prolonged negotiations which is sabotaging the heavyweight fight of the decade. Joshua and his promoter Hearn keep accusing Wilder of ducking but Lewis says: ‘There is no question that it is Wilder who wants the fight and it is Wilder who wants to prove that he is the man in this new heavyweight era.’ Read more

Save Nigeria football, Clergy tells Osibanjo (Vanguard)

Apostle Tommy Yisa Aika, the General Overseer of the Glory Church of Christ in Egor, Edo State, has appealed to the acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to intervene in the leadership  crisis that is presently rocking the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The septuagenarian stated that the wise intervention of the acting President would go a long way in ensuring that the country survives the hammer of the world football governing body, FIFA, which the crisis is on the verge of attracting and which will eventually ruin the future of the game in the country. Read more

Deportivo La Coruna coach apologises to Uzoho over racist comments (Nation)

Coach of Deportivo La Coruna Carmelo del Pozo says he has explained to Nigerian goalkeeper Francis Odinaka Uzoho the true context of the words he used in describing his demands for a starting spot a few days ago.mWhile reacting to the position of Uzoho at the club after the signing of another goalkeeper in Ortola, the coach said the Nigerian won’t be his first choice due to several reasons which he has explained to the 19-year-old. Uzoho’s post on social media shortly after the manager’s comment suggests he was replying to the coach as he said ” We all Know What This Means Now”, although he later cleared the air on what the post is all about, insisting it’s nothing close to what the coach said. Read more

Manchester United chase Harry Maguire, Paul Pogba to Barcelona, Arsenal bid for Domagoj Vida plus Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool (Independent)

The Premier League’s transfer deadline day is nearly here with Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham still set to spend big. Liverpool have been this summer’s biggest spenders with no fewer than four new arrivals so far. Goalkeeper Alisson is the headline-grabber with the Reds shelling out a world-record fee for the Brazilian. Nabil Fekir won’t be joining him though after an 11th hour U-turn earlier in the window. Manchester United have a couple of new faces but Jose Mourinho wants at least one more before the window shuts. Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld is his No 1 target but could a late move for Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng or Leicester’s Harry Maguire be easier to get over the line? And what of Paul Pogba? Could he be a shock exit as the clock ticks down? Read more

Proposed rule on length of grass was ‘crazy’ (STV)

Hearts boss Craig Levein has dismissed a proposal to bring in league rules on the length of grass as “crazy” after a proposal to regulate pitches was defeated at an SPFL meeting. The subject made headlines last season when Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers complained the grass was too long in his side’s match against Hearts.  Rodgers said the pitch was “embarrassing”, prompting Levein to respond that the Celtic manager could “bleat and moan all he wants, it will be the same again next season”. Read more

Thibaut Courtois tarnishes Chelsea legacy as fans rejoice at Madrid move (Kwese.espn)

Thibaut Courtois was Chelsea’s problem child but thankfully for the club’s supporters he’s not their issue any more. Finally, after what feels like an eternity of his whinging and whining, the goalkeeper has realised his “dream” of being transferred to Real Madrid. There was always a chance that the drawn out saga centred around Courtois’ desire to return to the Spanish capital would become bitter and twisted. No other player in the Chelsea history has polarised fan opinion in the way the Belgium international has. Indeed, no other Blues player has seen the vestiges of support for his cause evaporate into nothing in such spectacular fashion as it did when the news broke on Monday that Courtois had failed to report back to Chelsea for preseason training. Read more

Europe stocks dip, US sanctions hit rouble (9news)

European stock markets have struggled with trade war worries, Russia’s rouble tumbled after the United States imposed fresh sanctions on the country and Turkey’s lira dropped to a new low. A rally in Chinese stocks had helped offset the latest escalation in the Sino-US trade war in Asia overnight, but too much was going on nearby for Europe to stay upright. London’s FTSE , Frankfurt’s DAX and Paris’ CAC40 were down 0.6 per cent, 0.1 per cent and 0.4 per cent respectively, while German government bonds rose in broad grab for safety. Read more

London is over. Like thousands of young people, I’m so glad I chose to leave (Independent)

When I moved to London at 22, fresh out of university, it felt like the most exciting place in the world to live. The hustle and bustle, the nightlife, the cultural scene and, as a trainee journalist, the job opportunities. Fast forward five years and, 10 months ago, I was moving out for a new life in the Hertfordshire suburbs. By 2017, I felt alienated by the soulless capitalism of life in the city. My anxiety was at its peak, and the crush of the tube made me claustrophobic. Scarred by a year of rush hours on the central line, I found myself only applying for jobs where I could travel slightly later, and on quieter lines, before deciding that freelancing from home was actually the way forward. Read more

Israeli air strikes kill pregnant woman and one-year-old daughter as fighting with Hamas escalates (Independent)

A pregnant woman and her infant daughter have been killed by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip after a second day of fighting. 23-year-old Enas Khamas and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan were killed on Wednesday night in Jafawari, Gaza health ministry officials said.  Hamas fighter Ali Ghandour was also killed in a separate strike on northern Gaza. The deaths come after violence between the Palestinian militant group and Israel quickly intensified on Wednesday, which saw Hamas fire dozens of rockets and mortar bombs on Sderot in southern Israel and retaliatory air strikes on Hamas positions in Gaza from the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).  Read more

 

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