* Osinbajo, Senate Leader in closed door meeting (SUN) * Falconets lose opening match of U-20 Women World Cup 2018 (Punch)

* Osinbajo, Senate Leader in closed door meeting (SUN)           * Falconets lose opening match of U-20 Women World Cup 2018 (Punch)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 6, 2018

 

Osinbajo, Senate Leader in closed door meeting (SUN)

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, are currently in a closed door at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Lawan, accompanied by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate), Ita Enang, at the State House, arrived at few minutes to 2:00pm. The meeting immediately the duo stepped into Osinbajo’s office. Enang, at the weekend, had appealed for the reconvening of the senate. According to him, “it is not a good time for lawmakers to go on break as there are pending matters that require urgent attention.” Senate President Bukola Saraki had announced the break after security operatives laid a siege around him and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu. Read more

Falconets lose opening match of U-20 Women World Cup 2018 (Punch)

Falconets on Monday lost their opening match at the ongoing Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France. A second-half strike by Stefanie Saunders gave the German team victory over Nigeria. Nigeria will still play China PR, Haiti in the group stage. One of the Falconets, Rasheedat Adebisi expressed optimism that the team will be in top shape for their next match on Thursday. Read more

Why Akpabio is defecting to APC (Vanguard)

Last minute efforts to restrain the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, from defecting to All Progressives Congress, APC, from People’s Democratic Party, PDP were, yesterday, ongoing amidst mutual allegations between him and his successor, Governor Udom Emmanuel.  Sources close to Senator Akpabio, now the Senate Minority Leader, raised allegations of insubordination, among others, against Governor Emmanuel for Akpabio’s determination to leave the party that had been personified by him in his state. Associates of the governor, however, dismissed the claim, affirming that Emmanuel has regularly genuflected before Akpabio, describing him at several fora as his political mentor in the affairs of governance and party administration. Read more

A’Ibom dep. gov. denies resignation rumour (SUN)

Akwa Ibom State deputy governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, has vehemently refuted the rumours that he has resigned or been sacked from the Udom Emmanuel administration following the rumoured planned defection of  Sen. Godswill  Akpabio to  All Progressives Congress (APC). Media reports, especially, those from online platforms, have come out with forceful allusions to the effect that Ekpo has not only resigned but has also dumped Udom by defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  to the APC. But speaking through a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary,  Mr. Ekikere Umoh,  the deputy governor renounced the reports saying there was no iota of truth in it. Read more

Nigeria deep in $30tr global loss to inequality (Guardian)

An economist and former Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, once said: “Income inequality is troubling because, among other things, it means that many people in our society do not have the opportunities to advance themselves….No economy can succeed without a high quality workforce, particularly in an age of globalisation and technical change.”The Late Nelson Mandela, added: “As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest…Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” Read more

 Defections: APC, PDP shift supremacy battle to Senate chamber (Punch)

Senators of the ruling All Progressives Congress and their counterparts in the opposition People’s Democratic Party have vowed to resume hostilities over which party controls the majority in the upper chamber when the Senate resumes plenary on September 25. Controversy surrounded the defection of 14 senators from the APC to the PDP as well as the African Democratic Congress; this pitted members of the two dominant political parties against one another. Read more

We’re hungry, not getting enough from centre, says Emir of Daura (Vanguard)

Emir of Daura, Dr. Umar Faruq Umar has on Monday said his people and President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown are hungry and not getting enough from the centre despite the fact that their son, Buhari is the President of Nigeria. This was as he urged Ministers who benefitted from appointments of President Buhari to reciprocate the gesture by coming to the aid of people of his constituents through developmental projects and farm inputs. Read more

NNPC seeks action on economic diversification (Guardian)

Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Monday called for proactive actions to reduce the country’s dependence on oil and gas. Baru, who spoke at the 2018 Nigerian Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE) in Lagos, identified the reliance on oil and gas, as responsible for the economic recession experienced in the country recently. Read more

 NYSC condoles with families of dead members, declares 3-day mourning (Nation)

The management of the National Youth Service Corps has expressed condolences to the families over the death of seven of its members in Taraba state, declaring a three-day mourning. The NYSC, in a statement issued by its Director, Press and Public Relations, Adeyemi Adenike, on Monday in Abuja, confirmed that the bodies of seven members of the scheme who drowned in a river southeast of Taraba state, have been recovered while two others are still missing. The management therefore directed that the NYSC flags nationwide be flown half-mast beginning from Monday (today). The statement reads: “The entire NYSC Family is shocked and saddened by the cruel twist of fate that befell our Corps Members who drowned as a result of the sudden increase in water volume and surge of the River Mayo-Selbe, near the Gashaka falls in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State. Read more

Epe fish traders decry poor conditions at Olowu market (SUN)

Fish traders at the popular Olowu fish market in Epe, Lagos State, on Monday decried the poor condition of facilities at the market, saying that it had become unsafe for their business activities. Mrs Folashade Ojikutu, the market’s women leader (Iyaoloja), said that the market has not been upgraded since it was built by the then Governor Lateef Jakande in 1990. She said that the dilapidated nature of the buildings have caused a lot of havoc and losses to traders at the market. “We have a record of about 15 traders that have been worse hit by the dilapidated buildings, which have negatively affected their business activities. “Particularly during the raining season, when there are heavy rainstorms, the walls of the shops usually give way and erosion sweeps away our fish. Read more

 Fake seminarian arrested while stealing car during priesthood ordination (Punch)

A 35-year-old man, Gabriel Okani, who disguised as a seminarian was nearly mobbed by worshippers while stealing a vehicle during priesthood ordination at Assumpta Cathedral of Owerri archdiocese of the Catholic Church on Sunday. Our correspondent gathered that during the priesthood ordination presided over by Archbishop AJV Obinna, the fake seminarian in a full regalia was perfecting his plans to steal one of the parked vehicles on the church premises. He was quickly nabbed when he tried to make away with a vehicle. Our correspondent gathered that the fake seminarian was rescued from the irate worshipers who wanted to lynch him and was taken to the archbishop inside the church auditorium. The development momentarily disrupted the ordination service, as the archbishop and other clerics interviewed the suspect before policemen came and took him away. Read more

Chelsea is a big club – Moses (Nation)

Victor Moses is looking forward to a successful season under Maurizio Sarri despite the cloud of uncertainty in securing a starting shirt under the new Chelsea manager. Moses was one of the players that was handed a regular spot under former manager Antonio Conte, but the Nigerian international is not sure of pinning down a shirt under Sarri. The Italian boss has been tasked with steering Chelsea FC back into the top four at the very least after they finished in fifth place and won the FA Cup under Conte last term. Speaking in an interview with Chelsea FC’s website, Moses said: “We’re looking forward to it. Read more

Kenya leads as Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship ends (Guardian)

True to their pre-championship boasts, Kenya have won the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships, Asaba 2018, which ended yesterday. The East Africans, who hosted and won the 19th edition in 2014, beat defending champions, South Africa and host, Nigeria, to the second and third positions respectively. The Kenyans swept six gold medals yesterday to bring their total medals to 19, made up of 11 gold, six silver and two bronze medals. Read more

 Brazil’s da Silva set to launch presidential campaign from behind bars (japantimes)

Even behind bars, Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will secure his leftist party’s nomination Saturday and continue to overshadow more likely candidates in the country’s most unpredictable presidential election in decades. Saturday will see three big party conventions, two months before the first round of voting on Oct. 7 in Latin America’s dominant economy. Read more

3 police officers injured in Abaji auto crash (DailyTrust)

Three police inspectors have been injured in a car crash near Abaji. Witnesses said the accident happened on Saturday evening while the officers were travelling on the Abuja-Lokoja Road. City News reports that the officers were going to Ila in Osun State after they had finished a United Nations (UN) training at the Force Headquarters in Abuja. A witness said one of the officers driving the Opel vehicle with registration number MUS 756 ET was on speed when the vehicle ran into a pothole and somersaulted. The witness said the vehicle somersaulted and the three police men sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital by officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC). Read more

Manchester United’s summer of misery continues in final pre-season match defeat to Bayern Munich (Telegraph)

In a summer more memorable for Jose Mourinho’s misery than for any of the usual pre-season excitement, it felt fitting that the Manchester United manager chose this last non-competitive fixture as the setting for his latest warning of impending doom. With Mourinho yet to be given the signings he craves, and with the end of the transfer window just four days away, he last night doubled down on his favourite message of the last few weeks. “The other clubs that compete with us are really strong,” Mourinho said, before his side were comprehensively dominated in a defeat by Bayern Munich. “Or they already have fantastic squads like Chelsea, Spurs or Manchester City. Or they are investing massively, like for example Liverpool, buying everything and everybody. If we do not make our team better it will be a difficult season for us.” Read more

Trump accuses California of causing Wildfires by ‘Diverting’ Water to Pacific (Huffpost)

As California wildfires claimed their seventh victim, Donald Trump finally weighed in on the tragedy with one of his most confounding tweets ever, blaming California for the blazes because it “diverts” water to the Pacific Ocean. He also blamed the state’s “bad environmental laws” — the most protective in the nation — and trees. He called for a “tree clear to stop fire spreading.” He failed to express condolences to the families of the victims, thank firefighters, or offer comfort to Californians afraid for their lives, homes and communities. Read more

Computer virus infects iPhone chip maker (Silicon)

Concern that chip production for next Apple iPhone may be impacted by virus infection at TSMC. Taiwanese contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) has sought to reassure after concerns that a computer virus have impacted its manufacturing process. It issued an update about its “computer virus outbreak on the evening of August 3, which affected a number of computer systems and fab tools in Taiwan.” It comes amid market concerns that the infection could have result in delays to shipments of chips used in Apple’s iPhone handsets. Read more

 

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