SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 18, 2018
Omo-Agege Withdraws Contempt Charge Against Saraki, Says I’ve Been Paid
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, on Thursday, withdrew the suit he filed to commit the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to prison for disobeying court orders. The lawmaker who is representing Delta Central, had in a form 49 (contempt of court charge) he filed before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, alleged that Saraki refused to comply with the judgment that nullified his suspension from the Senate. Omo-Agege’s lawyer, Dr. Alex Iziyon, SAN, told the court that though his client was sequel to the verdict that was delivered in his favour on May 10, allowed entry into the Senate chambers, he said that Saraki refused to okay the payment of his entitlements. He further secured leave of the court to serve the contempt charge on both the Senate and Saraki, through substituted means.
I Don’t Think Atiku Can Defeat Buhari. No, He Can’t – Tony Momoh
A former Minister of Information, Chief Tony Momoh, on Thursday said he was confident President Muhammadu Buhari would win the 2019 presidential election. Momoh said that the president had done his best as leader to deserve re-election. He said the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, could not stop Buhari as he (Abubakar) was only popular with the elite and not the masses. Momoh, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the Buhari administration had impacted on many ordinary Nigerians, and they would vote him in 2019. He, however, said Buhari would lose some votes in the North because Atiku is from the region, but that the APC candidate would make up in other regions to be able to win. “I don’t think Atiku can defeat Buhari. No, he can’t, Buhari has done well in the delivery of his electoral promises and he will get the support of the people.
2019: Yoruba Youths Set Agenda for Atiku
As political parties strategise for the 2019 general election, the Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide has called on the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to prioritise his programme if he emerges president in 2019. The president of the group Oladotun Hassan, who made the call Thursday in Lagos, said Nigerians would not stop complaining until the economy, fiscal federation, security, education and infrastructure were repositioned. Hassan, a lawyer, said that the PDP candidate must set out as an advocate for the rule of law if he wins the 2019 presidential election.
Learn From Fayose’s Downfall, Cleric Tells Fayemi
An Islamic cleric, Alhaji Raheem Arikewuyo Olowoyo, has advised Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to learn from the downfall of his predecessor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, in exercising power given to him by the electorate.bOlowoyo said those who wield the position of power will leave office one day and should always ponder on life after office. According to him, people in position of power must learn from the fact that Fayose, who still wielded power of life and death just a week ago, is now cooling his heel in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Olowoyo, who is the Awiye Adinni of Ekiti land, said transience of power should motivate those holding positions of leadership to do well and be accountable to people because of the impending day of reckoning.
Court Grants Shittu’s Prayer To Serve NYSC Processes
The Federal High Court in Ibadan, on Thursday, granted the application of the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, to serve originating summons on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Shitts had in the last few weeks been confronted with criticisms for not observing the mandatory one-year national youth service. Justice P.I. Ajoku ruled that the service of the originating summons be served on the respondents through the bailiffs of the court. “The service of the plaintiff’s processes on the first, third and fourth defendants who are in Abuja shall be effected by the bailiffs of this honourable court,” the judge ruled.
Senate Approves $2.786bn Eurobond to Finance 2018 Budget
The Senate yesterday approved the issuance of $2.786 billion from the International Capital Market to part finance the 2018 budget. The Senate also approved the issuance of $82.54 million to refinance the balance of $500 million matured Eurobond in the International Capital Market. This is sequel to the presentation at plenary of the report on the implementation of the new external capital raising of $2.786 billion from the International Capital Market approved in the 2018 Act by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Senator Shehu Sani.
Akpabio To Saraki: Senate Leadership Must Change
The calm that reigned in the Senate since its return from recess last week was shattered yesterday. Senator Godswill Akpabio called for the reconstitution and restructuring of the upper chamber — in line with the numerical strength of parties. “The majority must always preside over the minority,” he said. He threatened to stop contributing in plenary unless his desired change is carried out. Akpabio (Akwa Ibom North West) spoke at a news conference after yesterday’s plenary during which he was temporarily barred from making contributions by Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Council Suspends NHIS Boss Indefinitely
The Governing Council of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has suspended the embattled Executive Secretary of Scheme, Prof Yusuf Usman indefinitely. The Chairman of the board, Yantu Ifene, announced Yusuf’s suspension at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday. The decision was reached after a two-day meeting of the council members. The Executive Secretary was allegedly found culpable of corruption and suspended by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole in July last year but was recalled in February 2018 by the Presidency. Stakeholders in the health sector, led by the Health and Managed Care Association of Nigeria (HMCAN) condemned the reinstatement. They accused President Muhammadu Buhari of preferring ethnicity to competence and ignoring the report of a panel that indicted and suspended Yusuf over an alleged N919 million fraud.
Minimum Wage: We Are Still Struggling To Pay N18,000 – Govs
Nigerian Governors under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors Forum have declared that they are still struggling to pay the current minimum wage of N18,000. Though they said they were not against the upward review of the minimum wage, they nevertheless said the ability of states to pay must be considered. Chairman of the Forum, who is also the Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, said this while briefing journalists after the meeting of the governors held in Abuja on Wednesday night. National President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, was also at the meeting.
Yari said that the issue was not just on agreed figure to be paid by the governors, but the “ability or resources to take care of that agreed minimum wage.”
We Didn’t Issue Strike Notice to Govt – PENGASSAN
The leadership of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has denied the report that it issued a strike notice to the federal government. PENGASSAN in a statement signed by its National Public Relations Officer, Fortune Obi, on Thursday in Abuja, said that the press conference it held on 16th October, 2018, was for its 40th anniversary celebration to highlight some of the achievements and challenges confronting the association.
Gas Explosions Claim 39 Lives in Five Years in Nigeria, Says DPR
Not fewer than 39 lives have been lost across the country in the last five years as a result of gas explosions, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) disclosed in Minna, Niger State Thursday. The explosions arose as a result of the mishandling of gas cylinders, wrong location of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) outlets, as well as the refusal by proprietors to follow laid down procedures for the establishment of gas stations. The Controller, Operations DPR Office in Minna, Alhaji Abdullahi Isah Jankara, who disclosed this while addressing a stakeholders’ meeting in his office, said most of the LPG outlet management and their staff lacked enough training on how to adequately secure their stations.
Police Foil Bank Robbery Attempt, Kill 2
The Nasarawa State Police Command on Thursday said it foiled a bank robbery attempt by a four-man gang, following a gun battle with the suspects in Lafia. SP Kennedy Idirisu, Spokesman for the command, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lafia. He said that policemen on duty at a branch of Diamond bank on Jos Road, Lafia, got a tip-off about the robbery on Wednesday, and engaged the gang in a gun battle at 10am in front of the bank. Idirisu said that the gang drove in in two vehicles, both with Lagos registration number – a Toyota Lexus marked EKY 282 DP and Toyota Corolla marked FST 411 FH.
Uzoho Predicts Tough Tie Against South Africa
Super Eagles’ goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho has stated that the tie against South Africa would be a tough match, the match will be played on the 16th of November in Johannesburg. Uzoho told Brila FM yesterday that the match would be a tough one due to the way the South Africans played Eagles last time in a 2-0 win. “I have never underrated any team because whenever I come against any team I try to do my best, the game against South Africa would not be an easy nut to crack,” said Uzoho. He went further to say that the match against Libya was difficult due to the weather climate and pitch size. He said the pitch was smaller than the one in Uyo and that made the game looked like a cage match.
Okpekpe Race: Blockbuster Theme Song Released
Sefiya Ibrahim, the IAAF silver label Okpekpe road race theme song composer is out with a blockbuster hit single titled, Your Money. The budding, Abia state-born afro-pop songstress and Computer Science graduate from the University of Lagos, teamed up with the King of new school dancehall, Sugarbana in the exhilarating song produced by Richie. In the much-anticipated song, Sefiya, a certified graduate of the prestigious Nigerian Muson School of Music, where she majored in music dynamics and vocal training, sings about an unidentified lover whom she adores wholeheartedly but only due to his heavy pockets and the luxurious items he possesses. She sings “I’m in love with your body, No be my fault, Na your money.”
Train Crushes Team Nigeria Boxer In Lagos
The Nigerian boxing community reacted with shock and sadness on Wednesday to the death of National team middleweight Okosun Godwin in a train accident in Lagos. A close source who wished not to be named said, the boxer, who was with the Nigerian Army, was on his way to Myoung Barracks in Yaba to train for his upcoming fight next week, was on a motorcycle when the incident happened on Wednesday morning. Okosun Godwin represented Nigeria at the men’s middleweight division at the 2017 Africa Boxing Championship in Brazzaville, Congo.
Former Sudanese President Al-Dahab dies
Former Sudanese President Abdulrahman Al-Dahab has died in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Saudi-owned TV channel, Al Arabiya, reported on Thursday. The channel, however, did not provide any further detail on the death. Al-Dahab, aged 83, was the fifth President of Sudan. The former army officer served as president of Sudan from April 6, 1985, to May 6, 1986, after staging a coup.
Christian Graves Desecrated In Central Israel
Vandals have torn down concrete crosses marking dozens of graves at a Christian cemetery in central Israel, a church official said on Thursday.
Father Antonio Scodo, responsible for the upkeep of the Saint Stephen’s Church graveyard, within the Beit Jamal monastery, said the damage was spotted by nuns at an adjoining convent on Wednesday. “But the deeds surely go back further,” he told AFP. He said that the abuse of 26 gravesites was an act of desecration rather than random vandalism.
Zimbabwean President Gets Cholera Vaccine, Urges Others To Do Same
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and members of his cabinet received doses of Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) to encourage people in areas being targeted by health officials to get vaccinated, state media reported on Wednesday. Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated, though it is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae. This came after the death of no fewer than 54 people, mainly in Harare, following a cholera outbreak that hit the country in September.