SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE – MARCH 17, 2019
PDP accuses INEC of denying Atiku access to Election Materials
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of denying its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, access to inspect the documents and materials used in the February 23 Presidential election. The main opposition party said that the leadership of the commission led by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had refused to obey the March 6 ruling of the Appeal Court, directing it to allow the party to inspect the electoral materials and document used for the presidential election.
How Ogun PDP crisis forced Daniel out of politics
Facts emerged on Saturday that the crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party in Ogun State was one the reasons that made the former Governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, to resign from the party. Daniel, in his letter to the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, dated March 14, 2019, also said he was quitting partisan politics. In the letter, a copy of which also sent to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Daniel said the decision to quit politics was personal to him.
Supplementary polls: PDP, APC fret as INEC moves against soldiers, fears cash-for-vote
Two leading political parties – the ruling All Progressives Congress and the People’s Democratic Party – are said to be at their wits’ end on the strategies to adopt in outwitting the Independent National Electoral Commission in the supplementary polls holding in six states on Saturday. The states where elections were declared inconclusive after the governorship/state House of Assembly polls that held on March 9 were Plateau, Kano, Benue, Sokoto, Bauchi and Adamawa.
Okorocha withdrew N17bn from banks in 3 days, Imo PDP alleges
The Imo State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party has accused Governor Rochas Okorocha of withdrawing N17bn from four banks in three days and converting government property to personal use. The state PDP Chairman, Mr Charles Ezekwem, said this on Saturday in Owerri, the state capital, during a press conference. The PDP alleged that between Tuesday, March 12, 2019 and Thursday, March 14, 2019, Okorocha made withdrawals from Access Bank, Zenith Bank, Unity Bank and Skye Bank (Polaris) amounting to over N17bn.
Bauchi guber: APC rejects INEC’s position on Tafawa Balewa results
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State has rejected the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reverse the cancellation of the governorship results from Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area (LGA), describing it as illegal. Recall that the INEC’s fact-finding committee to Bauchi State to investigate the circumstances that led to the cancellation of results of Tafawa Balewa, headed by Festus Okoye, had in its report recommended that the results be re-collated and announced on Tuesday, March 19.
El-Rufai condemns fresh killings in Kaduna Community
The Kaduna State Government has condemned the killing of nine people by suspected fulani herdsmen in Nandu Gbok village in Sanga Local Government Area of the state. Sources in the community however said 10 people were killed in the attack which occurred at about 4:00am on Saturday. The state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, in a statement through Samuel Aruwan, his spokesman, commiserated with the survivors and the families of the victims of the incident after being briefed by the security agencies. “The Kaduna State Government has been briefed by the security agencies on the killing of nine persons by criminal elements who attacked Nandu village in Sanga LGA in the early hours of today.
Aisha Buhari visits victims of Lagos building collapse in Hospital
The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Saturday visited victims of the Ita-Faji building collapse at the Lagos Island General Hospital to sympathise with them. The wife of the President offered her condolences to the victims of the incident, which claimed the lives of no fewer than 20 people, including school children. Mrs Buhari, who took time to visit women and children wards of the hospital, prayed to God to grant the families that lost loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss. She also wished those still on admission speedy recovery.
Offa Robbery: Suspect accuses police of forcing him to indict Saraki
A suspect facing trial for his alleged involvement in the April 5 bank robbery in Offa, Kwara State, has accused the police of forcing him to indict Senate President Bukola Saraki. The suspect, Friday Akininibosin, was speaking at at a High Court in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Friday. His testimony was reported in one of the dailies. Mr Akininibosin who is facing trial with four others for the robbery also told the court that he had no personal knowledge of Mr Saraki before he was arrested. According to Tribune newspaper, the suspect said that a former police officers allegedly involved in the robbery, Michael Adikwu, was killed for his inability to go with the alleged plan of the prosecutors.
10 killed, 30 houses razed in renewed attack on Kaduna village
No fewer than 10 bodies have been recovered and about 30 houses confirmed burnt in another attack by unknown gunmen on Nandu Gbok community in Sanga Government Area of Kaduna State yesterday. But, Kaduna State Government while confirming the attack said nine citizens were killed by criminal elements that attacked the village in the early hours of yesterday. Reacting to the development yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killings and urged the actors in the communal and persistent violence in Kaduna State to come to terms with the fact that mutual violence has no winners, but losers on both sides of the conflict.
The Chinese suspended Iju-Abeokuta free train rides, says Amaechi
Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, says the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), in charge of the construction of the train station in Iju-Abeokuta suspended the free ride during elections for security reasons. Speaking at the inspection of the Lagos-Ibadan modernisation project in Ibadan, the minister apologised to Nigerians over the suspension of the Iju-Abeokuta free train ride. He said: “It was suspended by the Chinese and the excuse they gave me was that they cannot allow it run because of safety, since they have not completed the second line, but they are almost through with it.
IGOH OGBU: ‘I would have been a hairdresser for women’
Some footballers truly got talents, no wonder the world is littered with litany of players that abandoned one endeavour or the other to purse their dreams on the soccer arena. For instance, some folklore have it that former Manchester United’s legendary Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel was once a cleaner, ditto German’s 2014 World Cup winner, Miroslav Klose, was a carpenter before making it big on the soccer turf. Yet Nigerian youth international, Igoh Ogbu, belongs to this exclusive list of footballers with incredulous start since he actually abandoned fixing hairs for women at the saloon in order to earn a name for himself in the soccer arena.
CAF Champions League: Lobi Stars beat ASEC Mimosa 2-0, crash out
Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi defeated ASEC Mimosa of Cote d’Ivoire 2-0 on Saturday in Enugu in the 2018/2019 CAF Champions League, but still crashed out of the competition. In both sides’ final Group A game, played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu, Siriku Alimi scored in the 3rd and 40th minutes to give the home team a 2-0 win. But as hosts Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa beat Morocco’s Wydad AC for both sides to finish with 10 points each, Lobi Stars’ win was futile.
Android Q has a new sound effect for ending calls
Android Q has plenty of major changes, but also many smaller tweaks that take a while to get noticed. Despite smartphones being used less and less for actual phone calls, we’ve received many tips that Android Q has a new sound effect for ending calls. That’s right friends, there is no longer a loud beep when you end a phone call. Now there’s a smoother two-tone effect. For context, here’s the sound effect on Android Pie:
Apple Heart Study shows the health benefits wearables can deliver
Researchers from Stanford Medicine have published preliminary findings from their Apple Heart Study which involved over 400,000 participants. The researchers found that wearable technology such as the Apple Watch can be used to safely identify people who have an irregular heart rhythm which gives them time to seek medical help. Discussing the study, Jeff Williams, Apple’s COO, said: “We are proud to work with Stanford Medicine as they conduct this important research and look forward to learning more about the impact of Apple Watch alongside the medical community. We hope consumers will continue to gain useful and actionable information about their heart health through Apple Watch.” Describing the key findings from the study, Stanford Medicine said that 0.5% (around 2,000 participants) of all those involved with the study received a notification that they had irregular heart rhythms.
Steven Gerrard says Rangers need more protection from referees
Steven Gerrard said referees were failing to “protect” his players after claiming official Greg Aitken did not deal with strong-arm tactics from Kilmarnock in the 1-1 draw at Ibrox. Four Kilmarnock players were booked yesterday but Gerrard claimed the tally did not reflect the illegal means by which Steve Clarke’s men sought to nullify their opponents. Although the Rangers manager did acknowledge that his own defender, Connor Goldson, was “lucky” to escape a red card for taking out Liam Millar in added time.
Guardiola baffled by lack of VAR in Man City’s FA Cup win
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he could not understand why Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology was not used at Swansea City after controversial decisions had aided his side’s 3-2 FA Cup quarter-final win on Saturday. City came back from two goals down at the Liberty Stadium to book a semi-final spot for the second time in three seasons and keep alive their hopes of an unprecedented ‘quadruple’ in English football. Yet Championship side Swansea were left aggrieved at the awarding of two late goals to City which almost certainly would not have stood if VAR had been in operation. First, with 12 minutes left, City were awarded a penalty even though Swansea felt Cameron Carter-Vickers had won the ball in the area rather than fouling Raheem Sterling.
La Liga: Real Madrid wins in Zidane’s return, Atletico stunned
Zinedine Zidane returned to Real Madrid, and it was like he never left. The Frenchman made sweeping changes in his first starting lineup, bringing Keylor Navas, Gareth Bale, Isco, and Marcelo all back into the 11 as Madrid stormed to a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu. All four players had seen diminished playing time under Santiago Solari, blamed by fans and media for the team struggles, but Zidane gave them a reprieve, and it bore immediate fruit. Isco scored the opener in the 62nd minute to put Madrid up for good, and Bale put the game away 15 minutes later. The defense, meanwhile, held Celta Vigo to just one shot on target as they fall for the fifth time in their last six matches.
Theresa May warns lawmakers: back my deal or face long Brexit delay
UK Prime Minister Theresa May warned lawmakers that unless they approved her Brexit divorce deal after two crushing defeats, Britain’s exit from the European Union could face a long delay and could involve taking part in European parliament elections. After two-and-a-half years of tortuous divorce negotiations with the EU, the final outcome is still uncertain with options including a long delay, exiting with May’s deal, a disorderly exit without a deal or even another referendum. May has issued Brexit supporters an ultimatum – ratify her deal by a European Council summit on March 21 or face a delay to Brexit way beyond June 30 that would open up the possibility that the divorce could be ultimately thwarted.
Controversial Australian lawmaker Fraser Anning ‘egged’ after comments on New Zealand mass shooting
Australian police said they were investigating after a teenager smashed an egg on a controversial right-wing lawmaker who had blamed New Zealand’s mass mosque shootings on the country’s immigration programme. The footage, shared widely on social media, showed Senator Fraser Anning being approached from behind at a political event on Saturday, before having an egg cracked on the back of his head. The footage showed Anning appearing to try to hit the person, before that person was dragged to the ground.
Flood warnings issued across UK after rain
Flood warnings are in place across the UK following persistent heavy rain across the country. There are more than 50 flood warnings for England, mostly in the north west, 10 for Wales and one for Scotland. One of the worst-hit areas was Capel Curig in Caernarfonshire, Wales, which saw a month’s worth of rain – some 136.6mm – in the space of 24 hours. Travellers across northern England faced disruption on Saturday after train lines and roads were flooded. Northern suspended or amended several rail routes in Yorkshire and the North West, while part of the M66 motorway was shut when the River Irwell burst its banks near Ramsbottom.
Fulham stabbing: Police launch murder investigation after man dies in late night fight
Police have launched a murder investigation after a man died in a stabbing in west London. Scotland Yard said officers were called to reports of a fight on Gowan Avenue, Fulham, at 12.27am on Saturday. The victim, who is believed to be 29, was found suffering from stab wounds. He was tended to by members of the public before paramedics and police arrived, but was pronounced dead at the scene just before 1am. There have been no arrests at this stage.
‘Our gun laws will change’ in wake of New Zealand terror attacks, says prime minister
New Zealand will change its gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque massacre, the prime minister has said. Jacinda Ardern said that the main suspect in the shootings was a licensed gun owner who had legally acquired five guns. Suspected terrorist Brenton Tarrant is accused of slaughtering 49 worshippers and injuring almost 50 more as they attended Friday prayers. He appeared in court on Saturday morning as the identities of the dead, including young children, began to emerge. Ms Ardern said: ‘New Zealanders will question how someone can come into being in possession of weapons of this nature.