SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 12, 2017
Nigerian Army, UN clash over invasion of UN building
The United Nations and the Nigerian Army on Friday clashed over the invasion of a building occupied by the world body on Friday in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The Army, in a statement on Friday, defended its action, saying the action was part of counter-insurgency activities of its Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole. The statement was signed by the 7th Division spokesperson, Kingsley Samuel. Read more
Hate speech: FG vows to deal with culprits
The Federal Government has vowed to deal decisively with any person or group involved in hate speech or inciting the public to cause break down of law and order.
The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, gave the warning at a media briefing on Friday in Abuja.
Dambazau said that the warning became necessary following series of threats and counter-threats directed at ethnic groups and the need to maintain law and order. Read more
Buhari: As another season of protests returns
In 2017 alone, President Muhammadu Buhari has spent over 140 days on medical vacation abroad and many Nigerians are not pleased leading to protests calling for his return or resignation, Gbenro Adeoye writes
President Muhammadu Buhari has been in London, United Kingdom for medical treatment for over 90 days with Nigerians left to guess the nature of his ailment and the date he is likely to return home. Read more
Human Rights Abuse: Osinbajo inaugurates panel to investigate armed forces, others
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday in Abuja inaugurated eight-man Presidential Investigation Panel to review compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights’ obligations and rules of engagement.
Speaking at the event, Osinbajo stated that the presidential panel was saddled with the task of investigating allegations of human rights abuses levelled against the military by Amnesty International. Read more
N525m bribery scandal: Senate advises FCDA to suspend officer
The Senate has advised the Federal Capital Development Authority to suspend one of its officers, Mr. Ehimony Joshua, over an alleged N525million bribery scandal.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, Sen. Dino Melaye, gave the advice at an investigative hearing on Friday in Abuja. Read more
FG needs 100,000 tractors to meet agriculture targets – Udoma
The Federal Government has said the country needs more than 100,000 new tractors to achieve production targets in the nation’s agricultural sector.
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, stated this while speaking at the inauguration of the Higher Institution Tractorisation Initiative in Abuja. Read more
Chinese banks to finance oil projects in Nigeria–NNPC
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Friday announced that Chinese banks had made commitment to finance oil and gas projects in Nigeria.
The NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, who disclosed this when a delegation of the Nigerian Gas Association paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, recalled that Chinese organisations had recently committed $250m to some projects following a financing agreement signed in London. Read more
Electricity: Lafarge to add 30MW to grid in 2018
Lafarge Africa Plc says it has concluded plans to inject about 30 mega watts of electricity into the national grid by 2018.
According to the Manager of Ewekoro plant, the firm’s flagship manufacturing base, Mr. Segun Soyoye, Lafarge currently produces 90 mega watts of electricity to power its operations with a target to increase the capacity to 220 mega watts. Read more
DSS arrests Boko Haram cell leader, Kidnappers of German
The Department of State Services said it had arrested a suspected Boko Haram cell leader and six other accomplices.
It said that the suspect, Usman Musa, was arrested in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State on July 1. Read more
NNPC unveils plans to expand gas generation, distribution
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation says it has unveiled plans to expand gas generation and distribution in the country to support Federal Government’s plan of generating 10 GigaWatts of electricity.
According to NNPC spokesperson, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the Corporation’s Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru said this when a delegation of Nigerian Gas Association paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Friday. Read more
Okagbare misses podium finish, Amusan, Lindley crash out
Nigeria’s hope of winning a medal at the ongoing IAAF World Championships further dimmed on Friday after medal hopeful, Blessing Okagbare, failed to make the podium in the women’s long jump.
Three Nigerian athletes, Okagbare, Oluwatobiloba Amusan and Lindsay Lindley, on Friday competed in the women’s long jump and 100m hurdles semifinals respectively. Read more
London 2017: Toblow, Aliu lament Nigeria’s poor show
Athletics coach Tobias Igwe and ex-athlete Deji Aliu have lamented the poor showing of Nigeria at the ongoing IAAF World Championships in London. Nigeria have yet to win any medal in the competition, which ends on Sunday.
Medal hopeful, Blessing Okagbare, failed to make the 100m final while the other female athletes struggled to reach the semifinals of their events at the London Olympic Stadium. Glory Nathaniel was disqualified from the women’s 400m hurdles semifinal after finishing fifth while the trio Margaret Bamgbose, Patience Okon-George and Yinka Ajayi crashed out in the semifinals of the women’s 400m Read more
Amir Khan apologises to Joshua over infidelity row
Anthony Joshua has smoothed things over with Amir Khan who accused the British heavyweight champion of having an affair with his wife, Evening Standard reports.
“Apology accepted,” Joshua wrote on Twitter, bringing the bizarre row to an apparent conclusion.
Joshua was responding to a tweet by Khan that said, “Glad all is cleared up and all lies. I got angry like any man would. No truth to it. Good to know. All the best.” Read more
English Premier League result
English Premier League result on Friday, the opening day of the 2017-18 season:
Arsenal 4 (Lacazette 2, Welbeck 45+2, Ramsey 83, Giroud 85) Leicester 3 (Okazaki 5, Vardy 29, 56)
Playing Saturday (1400 GMT unless stated) Brighton v Manchester City (1630 GMT), Chelsea v Burnley, Crystal Palace v Huddersfield, Everton v Stoke, Southampton v Swansea, Watford v Liverpool (1130 GMT), West Brom v Bournemouth Read more
Liverpool ‘on fire’ for season start, says Emre Can
A fully-fit Emre Can believes Liverpool’s vibrant and enthusiastic dressing room can generate a positive start to the Premier League season. After an uninterrupted pre-season individually, in contrast to 12 months ago, Can is positive he is not the only one at Anfield who is eager for the season to begin.
Satisfied with preparations, he hopes it will provide a platform for the Reds to defeat Watford on Saturday and put early pressure on in the English title race. Read more
Suarez wanted to join Arsenal: Situation similar to Coutinho’s Barcelona move – Carragher
Suarez left Liverpool for Barcelona in 2014 but the Uruguay striker wanted to quit 12 months earlier. Arsenal had famously activated his release clause by bidding £40million and a pound but the bid was rejected by owner John W. Henry, despite Suarez asking for a transfer.
Coutinho today put in a transfer request at Liverpool and Carragher says it reminds him of the situation the former No 9 was in. Read more
Giroud has the last laugh as Arsenal edge epic opener
Pop the corks. The Premier League is back. And this was intoxicating stuff. Just as it seemed that Jamie Vardy, with two predatory goals, was again having a party, back came Arsenal to launch their own celebrations.
Having lost 4-3 at home to Liverpool on the opening day of last season, they won by the same scoreline in an extraordinary encounter under the Friday night lights. Read more
Trump Says ‘Military Option’ Possibility in Venezuela
President Donald Trump raised the possibility of “military option” in Venezuela over that country’s president’s power grab that has roiled the South American nation.
“We have many options for Venezuela, and by the way, I’m not going to rule out a military option,” Trump told reporters outside his club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Read more
Taylor Swift assault case: Judge throws out DJ’s lawsuit
Mr Mueller, 55, originally sued the pop star for $3m (£2.3m), saying she cost him his job. His claim was dismissed on Friday in a Denver court.
US District Judge William Martinez ruled that Ms Swift was not liable, as Mr Mueller had not proved she set out to get him fired. The DJ made the same claims against the singer’s mother Andrea Swift, and her radio liaison, Frank Bell. A jury will now decide if they are accountable for Mr Mueller’s sacking. Read more
19-year-old British watersports instructor dies after ‘diving into sea and failing to resurface’ in Greece
A 19-year old British watersports instructor has died in Greece while snorkling.
The body of Harry Byatt was discovered on the seabed off the island of Zakynthos in the south-west of the country, where he was working.
His employer, the Peligoni Club, said the alarm was raised minutes after he failed to emerge from a dive using a monofin and a mask. Read more
Death toll in Egypt train crash hits 36
At least 36 people were killed in a train crash outside the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, in one of the deadliest in a string of such accidents in Egypt, the health ministry said.
The crash, involving two trains, also injured 123 people, the ministry said in a statement. Read more
Convoy of former Pakistan PM Sharif kills boy at rally
The motorcade of Pakistan’s former prime minister hit and killed a 13-year-old boy who had come to a rally Friday at which Nawaz Sharif was protesting his recent ouster, officials said.
The ex-leader has been rallying crowds since Wednesday as he makes his way down the major road from capital Islamabad to his party’s stronghold in the eastern city of Lahore, weeks after he was deposed by the Supreme Court. Read more
Police to pay US Muslim woman $85,000 for forcefully removing her hijab
A California city has agreed to pay $85,000 (72,000 euros) to settle a lawsuit filed by a Muslim woman whose hijab was forcibly removed by the police.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR) which announced the settlement on Thursday, had sued the city of Long Beach on behalf of Kirsty Powell, an African-American Muslim, “after police officers forcibly removed her hijab in view of other male officers and dozens of inmates.” Read more