SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 13, 2018
Obasanjo Lobbying US to Lift Atiku’s Travel Ban – APC
The All Progressives Congress has said it has received credible reports that ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has made moves to get the United States of America to lift an alleged travel ban on former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar. Acting National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena said this in a statement, in Abuja, on Friday. According to him, the ex-President has made moves to secure United States entry visa for the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku, whose candidacy he endorsed on Thursday.
Rescue Leah Sharibu Before Boko Haram’s Deadline, NCAN Begs Buhari
The Chairman of the Northern Christian Association of Nigeria, Revd. Yakubu Pam, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to do everything within his power to rescue Leah Sharibu before the expiration of the deadline given for negotiation by Boko Haram. On the other hand, he also appealed to the Boko Haram insurgents to release Sharibu and other captives, saying their families were in agony. Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Friday, alongside other NCAN members, Pam expressed the fear that the abducted Dapchi schoolgirl might be executed as threatened by Boko Haram if the Federal Government did nothing about it.
Primaries: 272 Senators, Reps May Not Return In 2019
About 20 senators and 252 members of the House of Representatives may not return to the National Assembly in 2019. Majority of the affected lawmakers are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, who lost the ticket to return to NASS at the recently concluded primary elections by the various political parties. Findings also showed some of the affected lawmakers withdrew from the race to pursue governorship tickets in their states while some pulled out of the race for personal reasons.
Retired Generals, Jemibewon, Togun, Back Obasanjo On Atiku
A former Minister of Police Affairs, Major General David Jemibewon (retd.), and a former Director of Military Intelligence, Brigadier-General Ajibola Togun (retd.), have supported former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s decision to endorse the 2019 presidential bid of his former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. Obasanjo had on Thursday declared his support for Atiku, exactly four days after the ex-VP emerged as the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party. Reacting to the development, Jemibewon, who served as military governor of the defunct Western Nigeria, said the former President was eminently qualified to assess the political situations in Nigeria.
Fayose Hands Over To HOS, Presides Over Last Cabinet Meeting
Outgoing Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose Friday evening handed over the instruments of office to the Head of Service, Dr. Gbenga Faseluka. He surrendered the handover note to Faseluka at a special valedictory State Executive Council meeting at the new Governor’s Office in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. Fayose said history would be kind to him the way he managed the resources in trust for the people of the Fountain of Knowledge. That would be the last time he would preside over the cabinet meeting in his capacity as the state chief executive.
Alaafin Canvasses Constitutional Roles for Monarchs
Nigerian monarchs remain the cornerstones of building the country into a great nation. And until traditional rulers are accorded their rightful positions in governance, political instability, with its multiplier effects on socio-economic and cultural wellbeing of Nigerians, would persist. The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, who handed down this admonition in his 80th birthday message to the country, insisted:
Nigeria Air Suspension: 1st Letter To Fec: What Happened?
In the middle 80s, the then Military Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, faced with the challenge of communicating and convincing the Nigerian public of the benefits of his economic policies which were tied to the IMF dictates, appointed an acquitted journalist, Prince Tony Momoh, his Information Minister. Momoh had the uphill task of defending Naira devaluation with its devastating impacts; increase in fuel pump price and liberalization as well as commercialization and privatization of government-owned companies; as well as general decline in economic life of the citizenry.
NNPC Moves to Contain Oil Pipeline Fire Outbreak
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday in Abuja reported an oil pipeline fire outbreak along the Osisioma axis near Aba Depot in its System 2E pipeline network. The corporation said the incident might have been caused by suspected oil thieves who had hacked into the line to intercept flow of petrol from Port Harcourt to Aba. NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, confirmed fatalities and loss of properties in the ensuing inferno. Ughamadu said the corporation’s safety experts along with men of the Abia State Fire Service had swung into action to contain the situation, saying updates on the situation would be provided as events unfold.
Overland Plane Catches Fire, Investigators Begin Probe
A turboprop aircraft belonging to Overland Airways was on Friday severely damaged by fire while it was parked at the airline’s hangar at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. It was gathered that the ATR aircraft, with registration number 5N-BPE, was being powered by the Ground Power Unit when the incident occurred. However, there were no casualties as the fire was quickly contained by firefighters from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, even though the aircraft had been badly damaged.
Midfield Will Be Key To Eagles’ Victory, Says Esin
In the absence of Super Eagles team captain Mikel Obi in today’s crucial game against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya, former International, Etim Esin, has suggested that any of the players in the midfield position can fit in without necessarily being played out of position. Eagles currently occupy third position in the AFCON Group E table with three points, behind Libya and South Africa who have four points each. Two wins will guarantee Nigeria a place in next year’s AFCON in Cameroon having missed the two previous editions.
Ghanaian Boxers Arrive, Vow To Shame Nigerian Opponents
Ghana’s Benjamin Lamptey and Emmanuel Mensah, who are billed to fight at GOtv Boxing Night 16, have vowed to disgrace their Nigerian opponents in the latest revival of the traditionally fierce Nigeria/Ghana sporting rivalry. Both boxers spoke yesterday on their arrival in Lagos for GOtv Boxing Night 16, which holds at the Indoor Sports of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos tomorrow. Lamptey , who is billed to fight Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu for the West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight title, bragged that everyone would enjoy the fight except his opponent, who will be beaten like a child.
Usain Bolt Scores 2 Goals In First A-League Trial Start
Usain Bolt scored twice in his first start for the Central Coast Mariners in an A-League trial match on Friday before being substituted with about 15 minutes remaining. The retired eight-time Olympic gold medallist sprinter is trying to secure a place with the Mariners for this season, which begins for the Mariners on Oct. 21 against the Brisbane Roar. Beforehand, Bolt said his performance in Friday’s match could determine his future with the team and his quest to play professional football.
O’Neill: Hendrick Set Bar Too High At Euros
Martin O’Neill has admitted Jeff Hendrick may have set the bar too high for himself with his performances at the Euro 2016 finals. Hendrick, along with Robbie Brady, starred for the Republic of Ireland in France as they made it to the last 16, where they gave the hosts an almighty scare before bowing out with their heads held high. However, O’Neill believes the heights they hit on that stage have left people expecting too much of them, with neither man having been able to rediscover that kind of form on a consistent basis for their country since.
Melania Trump: ‘I Never Talk To Mr. Giuliani’
Melania Trump appeared to push back on claims made by her husband’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, when he said the first lady believes the President and knows that the alleged Stormy Daniels’ affair and payment was “untrue.” The first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement in response to Giuliani’s remarks, “I don’t believe that Mrs. Trump has discussed her thoughts on anything with Mr. Giuliani.” Trump reiterated Grisham’s comments in an interview with ABC News that aired Friday night, saying when asked about Giuliani’s remarks, “I never talk to Mr. Giuliani.”
‘Vampire Child’ Discovered Buried In Italy With Stone In Mouth
Archaeologists have discovered the body of a 10-year-old child at an ancient Roman site in Italy which they believe was ritually buried to prevent it rising again from the dead. The skeletal remains were found by archaeologists from the University of Arizona (UA) and Stanford University, alongside Italians, with a stone placed purposefully in the child’s mouth. According to researchers, the stone was intentionally inserted as part of a funeral ritual designed to stopper disease and the body from rising after being buried.
Apples Fires Back At Australian Encryption Bill
In a seven-page letter to the Australian government, Apple criticized the country’s proposed Access and Assistance Bill 2018. Apple claims, among other complaints, that the legislation raises cybersecurity concerns and give the state power to abuse users’ privacy. Apple stated, “We encourage the government to stand by their stated intention not to weaken encryption or compel providers to build systemic weaknesses into their products.” Apple explained its grievances with the bill over six bullet points: