August 14, 2018

* Olisa Metuh arrives court in ambulance (PremiumTimes) * PDP will win the 2019 Presidential election – Wike (Nation)

* Olisa Metuh arrives court in ambulance (PremiumTimes)          * PDP will win the 2019 Presidential election – Wike (Nation)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FEBRUARY 5, 2018

 

Olisa Metuh arrives court in ambulance (PremiumTimes)

A former spokesperson of the People’s Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, arrived the Federal High Court, Abuja, venue of his ongoing corruption trial on a stretcher after being taken down from an ambulance. Mr. Metuh’s lawyer had, at the last adjourned date, informed the court presided by Justice Okon Abang that his client was at the Nnamdi Azikiwe specialist hospital for treatment on spinal cord complications. The lawyers, led by Onyeachi Ikpeazu, asked for a long adjournment after presenting the hospital’s medical report on Mr. Metuh’s health condition. Read more

PDP will win the 2019 Presidential election – Wike (Nation)

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP ) will win the Presidential election  in 2019 because Nigerians yearn for the return of pro-people leadership. The governor declared that though the APC Federal Government and electoral officials are plotting to subvert the will of the people, they will be resisted by Nigerians. He spoke in Asaba on Sunday night during the meeting of the National Working Committee and PDP Governors Forum. According to Governor Wike, if democratic principles are respected, those pretending to be seeking a second term after a woeful performance would have declined contesting elections. Read more

2019: Buhari’s men court Igbo with 2023 Presidency, but S’West remains an issue (ThisDay)

In a new strategy to smoothen the path to the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari, some of the president’s henchmen have begun moves to penetrate the South-east zone of the country with a view to securing the support of the Igbo and in turn assure them of the 2023 presidency. A presidency source told Thisday at the weekend that the idea was that if the Igbo embrace this campaign, the 2023 presidential election, which is expected to shift to the south of Nigeria, might just be theirs for the taking. Read more

El-Rufai orders supply of drug for malnourished children (Nation)

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has ordered the supply of more Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) for the treatment of malnourished children in the state. The Project Manager, Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan,  Shehu Makarfi, disclosed this to journalists in Zaria on Sunday. He said: “The order for additional supply of RUTF was due to fear of shortage of the drug, which was likely to affect the intervention given by the state government.” Read more

Corps members will not be posted to troubled areas—NYSC DG (Vanguard)

As Northern part of Nigeria continues to grapple with insecurity, Director-General,DG, of the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, Brigadier-General Suleiman Kazaure has assured that no corps member will be posted to troubled areas. This came as the DG urged the corps members to respect the culture and tradition of the communities they were posted to. He equally advised the corps members to pay attention to the Service’s Skills Acquisition Entrepreneurship Development, SAED programme to gain additional skills that could help them after service, instead of hoping on non-available white collar jobs. Read more

Government restates warnings on ‘offshore havens’ (Guardian)

he offshore tax shelter system, saying such regime is over going by the ongoing reforms. It however, advised users of offshore structures to take advantage of the ongoing Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) to regularise their taxes before the expiration of the amnesty programme. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who gave the warning, affirmed that Nigeria had written to a number of nations to request specific information about offshore trusts and bank accounts held by its citizens. Read more

Sen. Shehu Sani says IBB’s first statement was the real one (DailyTimes)

The senator representing Kaduna central, Sen. Shehu Sani has claimed that former Military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, indeed issued a statement telling President Muhammadu Buhari not to stand for re-election next year. Babangida’s spokesman, Kassim Afegbua in a statement issued on Sunday allegedly on behalf of Babangida quoted him as saying that President Muhammadu Buhari should step aside after 2019. However, there was another controversial statement, wherein the ex-military ruler was said to have disowned the earlier statement. Read more

Fresh controversy rages over Lagos land use charge policy (Guardian)

Fresh widespread opposition may await the Lagos Government’s newly passed bill on land Use Charge policy, if indications emerging from the sector’s major players are anything to go by.The proposed law, which repealed the Land Use Charge Law 2001 and enacted Land Use Charge 2017 and For Connected Purposes, aimed at increasing the revenue generation base of the state by bringing more houses into its net. The 27-section bill harmonised Land Rates Law, Neighbourhood Improvement Charge Law and Tenement Rates Law. Read more

Militant leader warns FG against proposed amnesty termination (SUN)

A former militant leader, Ambassador Kingsley Muturu, has urged the Federal Government not to terminate the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP). He urged the Federal Government to relocate oil facilities out of the Niger Delta region should it go ahead to implement the proposal to terminate the PAP by the end of this year. Speaking in his capacity as the Chairman, Amnesty Phase 11 in Delta State, Muturu said the ex-militants’ opposition to the planned termination was based on the fact that the federal government must have been wrongly advised on the proposal considering the negative consequences it might have on the peace so far being enjoyed in the region. Read more

‘Zuma must go’ protest begins in South Africa (Punch)

Supporters and detractors of South African President Jacob Zuma on Monday protested outside the ruling party headquarters in Johannesburg on Monday as the embattled leader was reportedly refusing to step down. Zuma has been under increasing pressure to leave office before his term finishes in 2019 but reportedly dug in his heels during talks with African National Congress top brass Sunday night. ANC leaders are holding another emergency meeting Monday, local media said. Read more

Migrant crisis: 16 bodies pulled from sea off Morocco (Nation)

The bodies of 16 people have been pulled from the sea off the coast of Melilla, a small Spanish territory bordering Morocco. Moroccan rescue services recovered the corpses after the crew of a Spanish ship spotted them in the water. A medical official told AFP news agency all the dead were from sub-Saharan Africa, apart from one Moroccan. It is thought they may have been hoping to reach Europe by sailing from Melilla, despite storm warnings. Read more

NFL: Eagles stun Patriots for first Super Bowl title (Nation)

In the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday defeated the New England Patriots in Minneapolis to claim their first ever Super Bowl title. The Eagles were underdogs throughout the NFL playoffs, and just as most expected little from fictional Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa, few onlookers outside the City of Brotherly Love expected them to beat the defending Super Bowl champions. But Philadelphia, who embraced their lowly status with some players wearing dog masks throughout the playoffs, stunned New England with a 41-33 victory to cap a remarkable turnaround after finishing last in their division a year ago. Read more

Cesc Fabregas banned from Chelsea dressing room after shock Bournemouth loss – here’s why (Express)

Chelsea suffered a shock 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth on Wednesday night, heaping pressure on manager Antonio Conte. The Italian will have demanded an instant response from his side tonight as the Blues look to get back to winning ways at Watford. However, Cesc Fabregas has revealed he has no idea what was said after the defeat to the Cherries as he was hauled in for an anti-doping test and was banned from the dressing room. “After the game I don’t know because I was called for a doping test straight after the game and stayed at the ground until midnight,” he told Sky Sports’ Soccer AM. Read more

Anthony Joshua gives brutally honest reaction to Mayweather in MMA (Boxingnewsandviews)

Anthony Joshua is clearly focused on his own journey and cares little for other big names in the fight game – and rightly so. Why would he?

He’s becoming his own star in his own right around the world and in many ways represents this new generation of boxing that has now moved on from the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao era. When asked by Fight Hype what he thought of Mayweather been linked to an MMA fight, he didn’t mince his words: Read more

Top ivory investigator Esmond Bradley-Martin killed in Kenya (Telegraph)

Esmond Bradley-Martin, one of the world’s top ivory investigators, has been killed in Nairobi. The 75-year-old, who has been crucial to the fight against the  illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn, was found in his  home with a stab wound to the neck on Sunday. The former UN special envoy for rhino conservation, who had recently returned from a research trip to Burma, was found dead by his wife in their house in Langata. Read more

Incredible photos inside 4,000-year-old tomb discovered in Eqypt (Metro)

Archaeologists found the crypt near the pyramids at Giza’s western necropolis, just outside Cairo. The tomb is thought to belong to a priestess known as Hetpet, who was apparenlty close to ancient Egyptian royals of the 5th Dynasty. The enclosure, which is made of mud brick, is decorated with paintings of Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes. There are also drawings of a monkey that may have been her pet. Read more

 

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