* Nemesis is catching up with APC –Bode George (SUN) * APC insists Ngele Stadium Abakaliki remains venue of today’s rally in Ebonyi (Guardian)

* Nemesis is catching up with APC –Bode George (SUN)                         * APC insists Ngele Stadium Abakaliki remains venue of today’s rally in Ebonyi (Guardian)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 4, 2018

 

Nemesis is catching up with APC –Bode George (SUN)

Fomer National Deputy Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George, has declared that the gale of defections sweeping through the ranks of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is a good omen that will boost the electoral fortunes of PDP. While describing the defections of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and other APC bigwigs to PDP, as home-coming, George, who spoke with Saturday Sun in Lagos said, Saraki and others have always been an According to him: “While in APC, I’ve always told people, including PDP leaders that Saraki and others that left PDP to join APC have only gone on a sabbatical and that they were coming back to their natural home, which is PDP. Read more

APC insists Ngele Stadium Abakaliki remains venue of today’s rally in Ebonyi (Guardian)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi, says the Pa Oruta Ngele Stadium Abakaliki remains the official venue for its mega rally on Saturday. The chairman of APC in the state, Chief Eze Nwachukwu, made this known at a press briefing on Friday in Abakaliki, in reaction to media reports that the state government has denied the party access to the stadium. The Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Dave Umahi, Mr Emma Uzor on Thursday while hosting members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), said that the stadium would not be used by APC for its rally due to ongoing renovation works. Read more

I will restructure Nigeria if elected president –Makarfi (SUN)

A Peoples Democratic Party presidential hopeful, Ahmed Makarfi, has said, if elected president, the first thing he would do is to restructure the country. Makarfi made this known yesterday in Lokoja when he visited the PDP state secretariat on a familiarization tour. The presidential hopeful who noted that there is so much hunger and starvation in the land, added that Nigerians need a trusted leader who will carry out restructuring that will be beneficial to every Nigerian. He stressed that he would start with institutional restructuring noting that the current situation whereby government agencies like the EFCC, police and others are made answerable to the government of the day would no longer be as they would be made answerable to Nigerians. Read more

Olusola asks tribunal to declare him winner (Punch)

The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, has filed a petition against the electoral victory of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. The Independent National Electoral Commission has since declared Fayemi as the winner of the election. In the over 700-page petition filed on Friday, Olusola asked the Ekiti Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to declare him as the winner of the election “having scored the majority of lawful votes”. Read more

FG shopping for court order to sack Saraki, Ekweremadu –PDP (SUN)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Federal Government of shopping for a “fraudulent” interim court order to declare the seat of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki vacant following his defection from the ruling party. The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said information at its disposal indicates that a cabal in the Presidency and the APC has perfected plans to institute a lawsuit against Saraki, with the aim of securing an injunction to force him out of office,  pending the determination of the substantive suit. Read more

Bauchi senate bye-election: Buhari, Oshiomhole, 3 govs campaign for Gumau (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Bauchi led the   grand campaign rally of   the All Progressives Congress in a bid to ensure that the party’s candidate, Honourable Lawal Yahaya Gumau emerges winner at today’s senatorial bye- election. Thousands of Bauchi residents and APC supporters   who thronged the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, venue of the rally wore uniforms, vests and caps symbolizing their support for the APC Senatorial candidate. Read more

‘Chukwuemeka Eze’s allegations against Abe, childish’ (SUN)

A frontline politician in Rivers State, Mr. Kuro Briggs, has described the allegations made against Senator Magnus Abe by one Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, as childish and unfortunate. Kuro, in a statement in Port Harcourt said, ordinarily, it would have been needless to dignify Eze with a response, but for the tissue of lies and misinformation he has tried in vain to dish out to the public. According to him, “ when a man like Eze, who should have known better concerning the reputation of Distinguished Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, becomes an agent of misinformation, then it calls for concern. Read more

EFCC invites ex-JAMB directors as panel uncovers N8bn fraud (Punch)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to invite a current director and an ex-director of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board for alleged fraud. This is just as the panel set up by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, to probe JAMB discovered that the examination body failed to remit revenues in excess of N8bn to the Federal Government between 2010 and 2015. The amount includes unremitted Value Added Tax and Withholding Tax.The investigation was sequel to the remittance of N7.8bn to the Federal Government by JAMB led by Prof. Ishaq Oloyede. Read more

SON Begins Nationwide Evacuation of Unfortified Food Products (Vanguard)

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has commenced a nationwide evacuation of unfortified food products in the country. The Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma said it is in line with both the present administration and international organisation’s food fortification programme at ensuring that Nigerian children and women have access to basic nutrients and vitamins for health and development. Speaking at an enforcement exercise in Lagos, Aboloma, who was represented by the Director, Compliance, SON-Engineer Bede Obayi, disclosed that the exercise was conducted simultaneously in the six geo political zones. Read more

Ebola cases in DR Congo ‘will rise in coming days’ – WHO (PremiumTimes)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised the alarm that cases from the resurgent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are expected to rise in the coming days. WHO’s Deputy Director General of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Peter Salama, said in Geneva that there had been around 20 deaths as a result of the Ebola virus. Mr Salama also said protecting vulnerable people in eastern DRC from the latest Ebola Virus outbreak was going to be “very, very complex”, given the huge logistical challenges and ongoing conflict there. Read more

Kate Henshaw, Dakore Akande, others nominated for 2018 AMAA (Punch)

The Africa Movie Academy Awards has released the nomination list for 2018. The nominees were unveiled on Friday night at a nomination announcement event in Lagos, hosted by former beauty queen, Munachi Abii,  and actor, Enyinnaya Nwigwe. Actresses like Kate Henshaw, Rahama Sadau, Dakore Egbuson-Dakore and others were nominated in different categories of the award. Read more

Air Force kills Zamfara bandits in air attack (Vanguard)

The Nigerian Air Force, Friday, said its newly deployed combat aircraft in Zamfara State have recorded huge success  by killing several armed bandits   in the state in the last three days. The new Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, in a statement, said the aircraft deployed in the Operation Diran Mikiya,neutralized several armed bandits during air attacks near Mashema Village and at another location 4km Southeast of Yanmari, both in Zamfara State. The statement said:”On 1 August 2018, ground troops, while on clearance operations near Mashema, came in contact with a group of armed bandits at a location West of Mashema Village and therefore requested for air support. Read more

Flood kills 1 person, destroys 40 houses in Kano state (Guardian)

A heavy rainfall on Thursday claimed the life of one person and destroyed over 40 houses in Dambatta local government area of Kano state. The down pour which started around 4:00 p.m and lasted for four hours, also destroyed properties worth millions of Naira. The local government Councillor (Danbatta East), Abdullahi Sani Dambatta, confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Friday. Read more

Morata number swap leaves Chelsea without a No. 9 (Goal)

The Spain international striker will be donning the No. 29 jersey for the Blues next season, with the decision taken to move down the squad list. Alvaro Morata has left Chelsea without a No. 9, with the Spanish striker opting to switch his squad number to 29 for the 2018-19 campaign. Having moved to Stamford Bridge in a club-record £70 million ($91.9m) deal last summer, the 25-year-old was offered the chance to follow in some illustrious footsteps. Morata happily snapped up a jersey usually offered to leading frontmen, with the Blues expecting big things of a big-money addition. Read more

Juventus ready move for Man Utd’s Paul Pogba (SkyNews)

With Deadline Day fast approaching, the rumour mill is churning out juicy transfer speculation around Europe. We have already witnessed a number of big moves across the continent and there is certainly more to come. Our friends at Football Whispers have sifted through the European media to find the best transfer news and latest news stories. Juventus are ready to make the most of another fallout between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba. The French midfielder is keen on a move back to Turin, with the Manchester United unhappy at Pogba’s decision to ignore his plea for players to return early to pre-season from holiday (Tuttosport). Read more

Bengaluru FC go down fighting to Atletico Saguntino (Sportskeeda)

Valencia, Aug 4 (PTI) Bengaluru FC began their Spain Tour with a 2-1 loss to Atletico Saguntino in their first friendly game at the Masia La Grava facility in Alboraya. In a fiercely contested encounter, it was Saguntino who took an early lead through striker David Fas, who capitalized on goalkeeper Soram Poirei’s error and slotted home in the 7th minute. While the Blues created chances through new signing Xisco Hernandez, they lacked the killer finish in the final third going into the break with a one-goal deficit. Bengaluru returned with a renewed vigor in the second half and dominated proceedings in the opening quarter. Read more

Manchester City want Douglas Luiz work permit in order to fill midfield gap (Independent)

Manchester City are attempting to obtain a work permit for young midfielder Douglas Luiz in order to provide cover for Fernandinho this season. City have so far failed to add depth to their midfield during this summer’s transfer window, having missed out on Jorginho, their primary target. Jorginho, however, joined up with his former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, who play City in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday. City’s squad still lacks options in the middle of the park and there is precious little cover for the 33-year-old Fernandinho, who played almost 4,000 minutes last season. Read more

Katie Price mum-shamed over x-rated image of Kris Boyson groping her BOOB (Mirror)

Ah, those lusty first weeks of new romance where it seems perfectly acceptable to fondle each other over the dinner table. Or not. Clearly not hungry, Katie Price spent a recent romantic meal with toyboy Kris Boyson letting him honk on her bazookas. And while what KP gets up to in private in none of anyone’s business, the mum-shamers came out in force when she shared the saucy snap with the rest of the world. “If my children seen me post a picture of a male friend with his hand on my boob they would wipe the floor with me…” raged one of the shot which was taken during their recent trip to Thailand. Read more

Turkey says to freeze asses of 2 US officials in retaliation (Washingtonpost)

Turkey’s president says the country will freeze the assets of two United States officials in retaliation for sanctions against Turkey’s justice and interior ministers over the detention of an American pastor. Speaking in Ankara Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had been “patient” since the U.S. Treasury sanctions Wednesday, but ordered authorities to “freeze the assets of America’s justice and interior ministers in Turkey, if there are any.” It is unclear who that would affect, due to differing Cabinet roles in the United States, or if they have any holdings in Turkey. Read more

Chess prodigy Shreyas Royal in plea to stay in UK (BBC)

The family of a nine-year-old chess prodigy from India who have been told they must leave the UK are calling on the government to let them stay. Shreyas Royal has been dubbed Britain’s “greatest chess prospect in a generation” and is ranked number four in the world in his age group. But his father’s visa will expire next month and the family, who came to the UK six years ago, must return to India. The Home Office said it assessed every case on its own merits. Shreyas was born in India but has lived in south London since the age of three when his father, Jitendra Singh, was offered a job as an IT project manager. Read more

Pregnant woman gang-raped by eight men who locked her husband in van (Metro)

A heavily pregnant woman has allegedly been gang-raped by eight men who had tied up and locked her husband in a van. The 20-year-old, who is said to be around eight months pregnant, had travelled to Tasgoan with her hotelier husband in search of workers for their hotel. One of the alleged attackers reportedly told the husband that he knew of someone who would take the job, but he should bring 20,00 rupees (£225) to the person as an advance payment. But when they couple arrived for the meeting, four men tied the husband up and locked him in a van while another four men took the women into a nearby room and raped her. Read more

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