SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 10, 2018
Okorocha: I was offered $2 million to manipulate Imo Gov Primaries – Gulak
APC chieftain, Ahmed Gulak has revealed that he was offered a bribe of $2 million to manipulate the All Progressives Congress, APC governorship primaries in Imo state. Gulak was the chairman of the panel that oversaw the exercise. In an interview with Vanguard, he revealed that an unnamed individual offered him $2 million and a private jet flight to Imo state before the primary began.
In his words;
“…Even before I went to Imo state, I was offered a private jet to take me to Imo state but I refused because I didn’t want to be compromised,” he was quoted as saying.
I refused the private jet and even the tempting offer made to me, very tempting, we are talking about two million dollars here, which I refused.
Although, I tried to persuade them that I was going to do what is needful, free and fair primaries. Every stakeholder must be involved.
‘Don’t allow Abacha’s loot to be re-looted’
The Project Advisor, Civil Society Organisation, Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC), Engr. Ralph Ndigwe, has commended Federal Government’s commitment in tracking and repatriating looted assets of some countries to finance development. He also hailed the International Community for its support towards achieving the feat. Speaking on Saturday in Amawbia, Anambra State, during the launch of the Monitoring of recovered Assets in Nigeria through Transparency and Accountability Project, Ndigwe, however, asked the Federal Government not to allow the recovered $322.5m Abacha loot to be re-looted.
Peter Obi Is a Tribal Bigot, Says el-Rufai
Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, has described the vice-presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as a “tribal bigot”. The Governor stated this on Friday via a post on Twitter. Although he did not expressly state what provoked the statement, he also accused the former Governor of Anambra State of being behind his detention by the Department of State Service (DSS) in 2014. He said he eventually sued the DSS and was awarded N4 million in damages. El-Rufai expressed his grievance via a tweet that read: “Peter Obi is a tribal bigot. He was widely quoted on national television that the SSS was right to detain me for 48 hours in a hotel in 2014 on the grounds that ‘El-Rufai has no business being in Anambra State as it is not Katsina State’! I sued the SSS and awarded N4m damages.”
Court Revokes Bail of Abuja Whistle-Blower
A Wuse Zone 6 Magistrate Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja on Friday revoked the bail it granted an Abuja-based whistleblower, Jeff Ove. Ove is standing trial for allegedly giving false information on whistleblowing policy to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Properties. Chief Magistrate Ahmed Ndajiwo, who revoked the bail in a short ruling on an oral application by the prosecution also ordered that Ove is arrested and be brought to court to face his trial. The decision to issue the bench warrant against the Bayelsa State-born whistleblower was predicated on his refusal to appear in court for trial in the four-count criminal charge brought against him by the presidential panel.
Refusal to obey a court order is corruption – Emir
The Emir of Gummi, Justice Lawal Hassan Gummi (retd.), says refusal to obey a court order is another form of corruption, noting that government must exemplify the change it promised before expecting citizens to follow suit. He said disrespect for the rule of law, bad governance, disobedience to court orders, non-compliance with electoral regulations by political parties, godfathers hijacking the electoral process and dwindling confidence in the justice system posed threats to Nigeria’s democracy.
Air strikes: NAF neutralises Boko Haram in Talala, Borno
The Nigerian Air Force says the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralised several Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in airstrikes it conducted at Talala in Borno. Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the operation was carried out on Friday. Daramola said the operation was carried out following credible intelligence reports that BHTs appeared to have relocated some of their fighters from the fringes of Lake Chad in Northern Borno to establish new camps along the Talala-Ajigin-Buk axis of the state.
Nigeria Assumes Vice President Position of “Government Group bof ILO’’ Governing Body
Nigeria has assumed Vice President position of “Government Group of ILO’’ governing body, following the election of Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment at the 107th session of the International Labour Conference (ILC). In a statement issued by Mr Samuel Olowookere, the Director of Press in the ministry on Saturday in Abuja, the ILC was held between May 28 and June 8. “While Azerbaijan is the current President, Nigeria is expected to take over Presidency of the Group at the 108th session of ILC scheduled to hold in June 2019.
Aisha Buhari Honours Airport Cleaner Who Returned Thousands of Dollars
Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has presented an award of excellence to a janitor with Lakewood Development Company, Miss Mary Ishaya, who returned a lost bag she picked up in the male toilet of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Mrs Buhari, who presented the award at a brief reception in the State House, Abuja, urged Nigerians to “emulate the uncommon honesty and incorruptible disposition exhibited by Miss Ishaya.”
4 Catholic Priests Kidnapped in Delta Freed
Four Catholic priests kidnapped in Delta State last week have been freed. The priests were said to be returning from a function when they were abducted by gunmen and a N20 million ransom was demanded for their freedom. A priest in Asaba, the Delta State capital, who preferred not to be named, told our correspondent that the kidnapped priests regained their freedom on Friday through the efforts of the Police. He said: “Although a ransom was paid, we won’t mention the amount. They initially demanded for N20 million ransom, but there was a negotiation.”
Rose Akusho wins 2018 Lagos Women Run
Ace distant runner and winner of the 2018 Access Bank Lagos Marathon, Rose Akusho, once again imposed her dominance in long distant race as she emerged Gold medalist in the Lagos Women run. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Akusho, 21, dusted other runners returning the time of 34:35:02 to beat Mary Stephen with the time of 35:49:27, while Maria Ezekiel came third with 36:03:27. In the 4th position is Charity Agbofure who returned the time of 36:09:50, while Dinatu Donatus came third with the time of 36:39:49.
Messi ready as Barca drop Dembele
Ernesto Valverde has indicated Lionel Messi and Samuel Umtiti are both ready to return for Barcelona against Real Betis on Sunday but Ousmane Dembele has been dropped. Messi has been out since breaking his arm against Sevilla on October 20 while Umtiti has been nursing a knee problem and has not played since September 26. Both are included in the squad to face Betis in La Liga this weekend but there was a surprise omission for Dembele. Valverde said the 21-year-old had been left out after a “sporting assessment”.
Dortmund ‘keeper Buerki ruled out of Bayern clash
German league leaders Borussia Dortmund have lost first-choice goalkeeper Roman Buerki for Saturday’s Bundesliga showdown against defending champions Bayern Munich, according to a report. German’s top-selling daily Bild, says the 27-year-old, who has been in good form recently, drops out as he is still suffering the effects of a bruised thigh in Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Dortmund have yet to confirm Burki’s withdrawal, but in his absence Marwin Hitz, 31, who is also a goalkeeper with the Switzerland national team, would step in.
Macron hosts Trump amid row over European defence
US President Donald Trump met French President Emmanuel Macron for talks in Paris on Saturday ahead of a weekend of World War 1 commemorations that risk being overshadowed by a row over Macron’s calls for a European army, which Trump has branded “insulting”. Trump and Macron shook hands on the steps of the Elysee Palace and Trump gave a thumbs-up sign before the two entered talks, during which they will attempt to defuse differences over European defence among other issues. No sooner had Trump touched down in Paris than he fired off a tweet castigating his host over proposals to endow the EU with its own army.
Trump Calls Off US Military Cemetery Visit Due to Bad Weather
US President Donald Trump on Saturday called off a trip to a World War I US military cemetery in France because of bad weather, the White House said. After talks with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Trump cancelled his visit to Belleau Wood battlefield and cemetery 80 kilometres (50 miles) northeast of Paris because of “scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,” his administration said. He and his wife Melania were to have flown to the site of a 1918 battle led by US Marines against German forces.
4 Turkish soldiers die in munitions blast: Erdogan
Four soldiers were killed and about 20 injured in an explosion at an army munitions depot in southeast Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday. The defence ministry said late Friday an artillery shell exploded “accidentally” at the base at Sungu Tepe in Hakkari province near Turkey’s borders with Iraq and Iran. It said 25 soldiers were injured and seven missing after Friday’s blast. Erdogan said in a televised speech Saturday that four soldiers were “martyred” and “about 20” others wounded. He made no mention of any missing. It was not clear whether the explosion happened during a combat mission or an exercise.