* Nigerians divided over who gave sacked DSS boss, Daura order to invade NASS (Vanguard) * PDP asks N’Assembly to invoke Powers against Buhari (ThisDay)

* Nigerians divided over who gave sacked DSS boss, Daura order to invade NASS (Vanguard)            *  PDP asks N’Assembly to invoke Powers against Buhari (ThisDay)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 8, 2018

 

Nigerians divided over who gave sacked DSS boss, Daura order to invade NASS (Vanguard)

Who gave sacked Director-General of the Department of States Services, DSS, Lawal Daura the order to invade the National Assembly and deny lawmakers access into their chambers? Who is the famed “order from above” that one of the DSS operatives quoted to have given the order? Some narratives have it that President Buhari gave the order. Another said it came from Saraki. Others said Daura acted on his own. So, from whom does the DSS take orders and report to? These are some of the questions being expressed in the views of many Nigerians. Recall that yesterday, the DSS operatives blocked the National Assembly and prevented lawmakers from gaining access to carry on a crucial emergency sitting the Senate convened to treat pressing issues of national importance. Read more

PDP asks N’Assembly to invoke Powers against Buhari (ThisDay)

In its reaction, the PDP urged the National Assembly to immediately pull the full weight of all legislative instruments against President Buhari as a way of saving the country from an imminent collapse. The party said that by sending armed security men to invade the National Assembly and blocked lawmakers from accessing the legislative chambers; President Buhari had crossed the line and put the democracy in jeopardy. In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP condemned what it said was an attempt to shut down the highest lawmaking organ of the Nigerian government. Read more

Court refuses to stop Adeleke as Osun PDP gov candidate (Punch)

An Osun State High Court presided over by Justice David Oladimeji has said though the “document” submitted by Senator Ademola Adeleke has “some serious and damaging irregularities,”  the court can’t stop him from contesting the Osun State governorship election as plaintiffs failed to prove the forgery allegation preferred against him. Consequently, the court dismissed the suit seeking to stop Adeleke as the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the September 22 election. Read more

No candidate can defeat Buhari, says Campaign Group (ThisDay)

A pro-Buhari campaign group, President Muhammadu Buhari Sensitisation/Workshop Committee (PMB-SWC), North-central chapter, has declared that no other presidential candidate in the country can defeat President  Buhari in the 2019 presidential election. The committee whose aim is to carry out sensitisation, workshop and rally for the re-election of President Buhari in the North-central, gave an assurance that the president would be re-elected in 2019 The Chairman, North-central Division of PMB-SWC, Williams Ozi-Raji, said this yesterday in Abuja while briefing journalists on the activities of the group ahead of the 2019 general election. Read more

Igbo won’t undermine peaceful co-existence in Lagos – Uzoh, Ohanaeze Deputy President (SUN)

Chief Vitus Chukwudubem Uzoh is the Deputy President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Lagos State. He speaks on the move to unite Ndigbo in the state ahead of next year’s election. With your inauguration attended by Igbo leaders like President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Nnia Nwodo, would you say there is no more division in your fold? It was a very successful one and it was the concluding part of reorganization process which began when Chief Nwodo intervene to end the crisis rocking Ohanaeze Lagos Chapter by setting up a subcommittee headed by DIG Hillary Okpara (retd). That subcommittee alongside other chieftains of the Igbo apex socio cultural group worked tirelessly until we got to where we are today. Read more

Osun 2018: U.S calls for free, transparent poll (Nation)

Ahead of the September 22 governorship election in Osun State, the Consular-General of the Embassy of the United States of America (U.S.A) in Nigeria, Mr. John Bray, has called for a free, fair and transparent election. The Consular-General, who spoke yesterday at the IleriOluwa Campaign Organisation in Osogbo, the state capital, said he was in the state to know the candidates of all political parties contesting the election. He said his visit was meant to show the commitment of the U.S.A to democracy and support its process. Read more

2019: No vacancy in Ebonyi government house – Nworie (SUN)

The governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has been described as a man of uncommon vision, well focused and great achiever. This was disclosed by Evangelist Jacintha Nwakaego Nworie, Special Assistant to the governor of Ebonyi State on Solid Minerals, in an interview with Daily Sun in the state. What is your take on the second term ambition of the Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi?

As a patriotic citizen of Ebonyi State who has seen the benefits of giant transformation strides of our governor, I want to make it categorically clear that there is no vacancy in the government house of Ebonyi State. Read more

Akwa Ibom Govt sacks Akpabio’s brother, other commissioner (Punch)

The Akwa Ibom State Government has sacked the Commissioner for Labour, Productivity and Manpower Development, Mr. Ibanga Akpabio; and his counterpart in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Victor Antai from the state Executive Council with immediate effect. Ibanga, who is a younger brother to ex-governor and erstwhile Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, was sacked alongside Antai who received the senator in Ibom International Airport following the news of Godswill defection from the People’s Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress. Read more

Abia professionals, businessmen, technocrats back Otti’s guber race (SUN)

A group of professionals, businessmen and technocrats from Abia State have thrown their  weights behind Dr. Alex Otti, following his declaration last week to re-run for the governorship election in 2019. Dr. Otti, a  former group managing director of Diamond Bank, Plc., and the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), in Abia State in 2015, has oiled his political machines to sack incumbent Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in 2019. Speaking at a business meeting in Lagos, tagged: TimeOut  with Alex Otti, where the banker-turned politician was hosted, the professionals, consisting of former executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Ernest Ndukwe, Chairman of Seplat Petroleum, Plc., Dr. ABC Orjiako, the Chief Executive Officer of Emzor Pharmaceuticals Limited, Dr. Stella Okoli and the Chairman of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc., Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, among others vowed to use their means and power to force the incumbent out of Government House, Umuahia and collect  Otti’s  alleged stolen mandate in 2015. Read more

FG to raise stakes in Brass, Olokola LNG (SUN)

In a fresh move to revive Brass Liquefied Natural Gas and Olokola LNG, the Federal Government said it was working towards making the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) acquire stakes in both firms.   This was as the NLNG disclosed that as part of its 30-year initiative, it was targeting to invest about N3 billion annually in Bonny Kingdom to drive development in the community and transform it into a notable tourist and relaxation destination. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, who made the disclosure during a visit to the NLNG plant complex in Bonny Island at the weekend, allayed concerns that the forthcoming elections would scuttle the Train 7 project of the NLNG. Read more

Get official approval before travelling, NYSC tells members (Punch)

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig-Gen. Zakari Kazaure, said on Tuesday that travelling out of camp or places of primary assignment without obtaining permission remains an offence. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kazaure spoke at the Ekiti State Permanent Orientation Camp, situated in Ise/Emure, in Ise/Orun local government area of Ekiti. He was on a visit to educate corp members on dangers inherent in neglecting their health and security. According to him, the standing rule of the agency is being repeatedly ignored in a manner that suggested that authorities had abdicated their roles of looking after the well-being of corp members. Read more

Drowned NYSC members: Another body recovered (Nation)

A team of policemen, soldiers, officials of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and locals yesterday recovered another body of the nine corps member who drowned in River Mayo-Selbe, near the Gashaka falls in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State. A member of the rescue team narrated the recovery. But Police spokesman David Misal said he had not received information on the recovery. NYSC State Coordinator Mrs. Florence Yaakugh and some relatives of the deceased moved to the area of accident. Nine out of the 23 corps members, who went for a picnic on Saturday drowned. Seven bodies were recovered the following day. Read more

Ebola outbreak: 9 confirmed dead in Congo (Punch)

Nine confirmed Ebola victims have died since the virus resurfaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo this month, the country’s health ministry said Tuesday. The previous official toll was seven dead, with the two latest victims — like all the others — registered in the Beni region in North Kivu province, an eastern region with deep security problems which shares borders with Uganda and Rwanda. The health ministry on August 1 announced that the country was facing its 10th outbreak of Ebola since 1976. Read more

Badminton: N2.6m up for grabs at Katsina Golden Star National Championship (Nation)

A total of N2,670,000 prize money is up for grabs at the second edition of the Katsina Golden Star National Badminton Championship, which will come up from August 28 to September 1. Also, the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) has urged states willing to take part in the championship to register their player before August 14. The event comes up at the Katsina Star Badminton Club. In a programme of event signed by the Secretary General of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), James Eakyns and made available to the media, all entries must be made online through the BFN website info@badmintonnigeria.org before the closing day, warning that late entries would not be accepted. Read more

Golden Eaglets 80% ready for U-17 AFCON (Nation)

Manu Garba, the Head Coach of the Golden Eaglets, on Tuesday said the team was 80 per cent ready for the Under-17 AFCON Tournament for CAF Zone 3 in Niger Republic. Garba said that the national under-17 male football team was ready to qualify for the CAF Under-17 Tournament scheduled for Tanzania next year. He said he was confident that his players have the capability to overcome their opponents in Niger Republic. “We are good to go. My boys are in form in all ramifications. They are promising and young, and they can stun any opponent within their age bracket,” Garba said. Read more

Sanchez magic can lift Mourinho’s mood at Man Utd (Channelnewsasia)

Manchester United need Alexis Sanchez to fire when they kick off their Premier League campaign against Leicester City on Friday as they seek to put a troubled pre-season behind them. United’s build-up to the new campaign has been dominated by manager Jose Mourinho’s persistent grumbles over the strength of his squad. Unlike most of Mourinho’s stars, Sanchez had a first full summer off in nine years as Chile failed to qualify for the World Cup, ensuring he should be fresh enough to show why United handed him a contract reportedly worth a potential £25 million ($32 million) a year in January. Read more

Celebrities followed by Ivanka Trump on Instagram send her a scathing message (Huffpost)

vanka Trump will receive a scathing surprise when she scrolls through her Instagram feed this week. Comedian Amy Schumer, model Alexa Chung, filmmaker Paola Mendoza and many others followed by President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior adviser posted this note on the social media site in protest of the White House’s family border separation policy:  Read more

‘We’ve got a food bank’: Theresa May heckled at Edinburgh Fringe (Scotsman)

Theresa May was booed and heckled during a visit to a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Prime Minister met members of the Soweto Gospel Choir, who are performing in the Scottish capital as part of the massive arts festival. But as she arrived for their performance at Edinburgh’s Assembly Hall, she was greeted by heckles. Comic Janey Godley, who is performing at the Fringe, shouted at her: “Theresa, are you coming in the show? We’ve got a food bank.” Godley, who joined protests at the Turnberry golf course for the recent visit by US President Donald Trump, went on to shout: “Is your shoes lovely Theresa? We’ve got nice food banks.”Read more

Boris Johnson’s ‘letterbox’ gaffe may be his last (Independent)

Wouldn’t it be amusing if Boris Johnson’s remarks about the niqab resulted in him losing the Conservative whip in the Commons and thus rendering himself unable to stand for the party leadership? Who knows, such an ironic turn of events might appeal to the baser instincts of the party leadership. After all, his friends say he won’t apologise, as Theresa May has demanded. Is he allowed to bring his party into disrepute with no sanction? Imagine for one moment if some stray Labour MP had written a newspaper article this week poking fun at Orthodox Jewish dress? Even if they said that the conventional attire should not be banned, but just saying it looked “ridiculous”. Read more

Battle of Amiens: Prince William, Theresa May mark offensive that turned WW1 (CNN)

The Duke of Cambridge and Prime Minister Theresa May will attend commemorations on Wednesday for the centenary of the Battle of Amiens — the turning point in the Allies’ victory in World War One. Amiens Cathedral in northern France will play host to the event, which remembers the battle in 1918 that marked the beginning of the “hundred days” offensive, the closing chapter of the war. “The Battle of Amiens marked the beginning of the end of the First World War,” said General Nick Carter, head of the British armed forces, the Press Association reported. Read more

 

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