SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE JULY 14, 2017
PDP announces ‘amnesty’ for Sheriff, Cairo, others
The national leadership of the People’s Democratic Party has announced what it called “general amnesty” for its members who it said participated in the crisis that engulfed the party in the last 14 months.
It said while it would overlook the sins committed by those set of people, it nevertheless warned that anyone who participates in fresh plot against the former ruling party would not be forgiven. Read more
Judge scolds ex-gov Turaki for evading trial for six years
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja on Thursday granted bail to a former governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki, who was arrested by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja on July 4.
Justice Yusuf Halilu granted him bail on conditions which merely required the former governor to submit his travelling documents to the registry of the court, produce “two reasonable sureties” residing in Abuja, and sign a register to be opened at the EFCC’s office every two weeks. Read more
Northern youths write UN, want IPOB declared terrorist group
A coalition of northern groups, including the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, on Thursday called on the United Nations to declare the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra a terrorist group.
The groups, who gave Ndigbo in the 19 northern states a three-month ultimatum to quit the region before the October 1 deadline, also urged the world body to proscribe IPOB’s “criminal” activities in the country. Read more
Islamists plotting to impose Sharia ideology – Danjuma, Christian leaders
Retired military generals and other Christian elders under the aegis of the National Christian Elders Forum, have observed that Nigeria is drifting towards a needless conflict that can culminate in another war, if not well managed.
The group stated that Jihad or holy Islamic war had been launched in the country to eradicate democracy and supplant the constitution. Read more
Oyo LG workers demand council autonomy
Local government workers in Oyo State on Thursday staged a protest to demand full local government autonomy.
The workers, under the aegis of National Union of Local Government Employees, said the third tier of government could not function because it lacked financial, political and administrative autonomy needed for it to bring governance close to the people. Read more
Reps probe killing of 97 Nigerians by Cameroonian soldiers
The House of Representatives, on Thursday, summoned the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Godfrey Onyeama, over the alleged killing of 97 Nigerians by Cameroonian Gendarmes.
The soldiers were said to have murdered the Nigerians, who resided in the part of the Bakassi Peninsula ceded to Cameroon by the Nigerian government. Read more
Sambo’s house raid: Whistle-blower arraigned, remanded in prison
A Kaduna State High Court, on Thursday, remanded a whistle-blower, Abubakar Sani-Chindo, in prison for allegedly providing false information that led to the raid on former Vice-President Namadi Sambo’s residence in Kaduna by officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offence Commission on June 28.
Sambo’s house was raided thrice by the anti-graft agency, but failed to find incriminating documents or stashed cash in the building. Read more
Okowa, Uduaghan cold war deepens, clash over EduMarshals
The cold war between the immediate past governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, and his successor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, came into the open on Thursday as Uduaghan accused the incumbent administration of plotting to discredit the previous government in the state.
Okowa has, so far, scrapped three key projects initiated by the Uduaghan-led administration. Uduaghan was the state governor between 2007 and 2015. Read more
Rivers locks out NLC president from state secretariat
THERE was confusion at the secretariat of Rivers State Government on Thursday as the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, was barred from entering the premises by private security men manning the main gate.
It was learnt that Wabba had planned to enter the secretariat and address workers but was locked out by the men at the gate, who later left the scene. Read more
Corps members to sponsor physically challenged pupil
Corps members serving in Ibadan on Thursday offered scholarship to a physically challenged primary school pupil, Aishat Maroof, during the presentation of wheelchairs to three physically challenged persons by the National Youth Service Corps.
The beneficiaries of the scheme were Maroof, Steve Okejide and Omolara Adebusayo. Coordinator of NYSC in Oyo State, Mrs. Ifeoma Anidobi, said the initiative was part of the NYSC’s Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers, designed to bring quality health care services to less- privileged people. Read more
So the Peoples Democratic Party is not Dead
It’s pretty simple. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not dead! Like a specialist performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the three-man panel of judges at the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, gave PDP the kiss of life on Wednesday.
In fact, for the Peoples Democratic Party, the judgment coming hours after the party secured victory in a senatorial race in Osun State, that now serves as a referendum on the future of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, and at the national level should be a tonic in its music. Read more
20-year-old Sopuruchukwu Emerges Winner of CACA 2017 Music Talent Hunt
A 20-year-old boy, Okonkwo Sopurochukwu, has emerged the overall winner of the maiden edition of the Catholic Archdiocesan Choir, Abuja (CACA) Music Talent Hunt.
Sopuruchukwu, with an average score of 87 per cent, emerged the overall winner after a resounding second round performance that caught the attention of the judges and the young teeming Catholic faithfuls who trooped in their thousands to see their own perform live on stage. Read more
CWAY Restates Commitment to Quality as Nutri-milk Clocks 10
The management of CWAY Food and Beverages Nigeria Company Limited has reiterated its commitment to increasing Nigerians’ healthy lifestyle through quality products as it celebrates the 10th year anniversary of one of its premium products, Nutri-milk.
Speaking at a press conference to announce the 10th year celebration of Nutri-milk, the company’s Deputy Director Administration, Mr. Tony Ojumoola, said the company would continue to build on the successes recorded in the last one decade. Read more
BBF Partners EU, Kaduna Govt, Africultures on 3m Euro Literacy Project in the North
Owing to its passion and commitment to enhance literacy among young Nigerians particularly in the North, Book Buzz Foundation (BBF), has joined the European Union, Kaduna State Government and Africultures, as the implementing partner in the three million Euro ‘Right to Write Project’ for five states in Northern Nigeria.
The project co-funded by the EU Trust Fund for Africa, aimed at supporting the literary aspirations of talented youths, in the writing and production of quality books for schools in five states in the North, was signed- off at the opening ceremony of the just concluded Kaduna Book and Arts Festival (KABAFEST), held at the Arewa House, Kaduna. The five states include Kaduna, Katsina, Bauchi, Bornu and Adamawa. Read more
Ambode urges APC women to rally for council poll
Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode has urged All Progressives Congress (APC) women to come out en masse and rally for the party in the local government election.
The governor spoke yesterday at an award presentation organised by the Office of APC Women Leader to celebrate the contributions of women to the party’s development. Read more
‘Lagos councils can collect taxes from private car parks’
The Lagos Division of Appeal Court has affirmed the power of the state’s local governments to generate revenue from private car parks and car lots.
In a verdict yesterday, the Appellate Court dismissed an appeal filed by a telecommunication firm, Airtel Network Limited, against the judgment of Justice Y. O. Idowu of the Lagos High Court and affirmed that private parking lots were revenue sources for local governments in Lagos State. Read more
Power supply ‘ll be better from next month, says minister
More power will be available to enable better supply to homes from next month, Minister of Power Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola said yesterday at the University of Lagos.
He spoke during a lecture delivered at an event – “Power sector reform In Nigeria: challenges and the way forward.” “We are working round the clock to solve the (power supply) problem. We are going to get more power by August. Read more
N960m scam: Presidency backs minister, orders NHIS boss’ probe
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has endorsed the probe of the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance, Prof. Usman Yusuf, who has been accused of fraud to the tune of N960m.
The message was conveyed in a letter signed by Osinbajo’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Ade Ipaye, which was addressed to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole. Read more
Resume work, I’ll pay salaries before July 31, Bello urges lecturers
The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has urged the striking lecturers of the state-owned tertiary institutions in the state to call off their strike with a promise to pay all their salary arrears by the end of July.
Bello also ordered all those employed in 2015 by the institutions to resume work provided their heads of departments could confirm them as bona fide workers. Read more
Army chief hails NDDC over infrastructural support
The General Officer Commanding, GOC 6 Division, Nigeria Army, Maj-Gen. Enobong Okon Udoh, has commended the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for supporting the Army in developing infrastructural facilities in the newly established division headquarters in Port Harcourt.
Maj-Gen. Udoh, who spoke during the ceremony marking the operationalisation of the 6 Division yesterday, hailed the NDDC Managing Director, Mr Nsima Ekere, for demonstrating readiness to cooperate with the military and the 6 Division in the provision of security and the maintenance of peace and order in the Niger Delta. Read more
Nyanya blast suspect loses appeal
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed the appeal by the alleged mastermind of the April 14, 2014 Nyanya bomb blast, Aminu Ogwuche.
Ogwuche, through his lawyer Ahmed Raji (SAN), appealed the March 3, 2015 ruling by Justice Ahmed Mohammed, directing that he be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS). He was arraigned with five others on an eight-count charge of terrorism related offences. Read more
Sheriff Congratulates Makarfi, PDP Fixes Oct for Nat’l Convention
The embattled former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has finally surrendered his struggle for the leadership of the party, even as the PDP has slated October to hold its National Convention for the election of new executives.
In Sheriff’s reaction Thursday, 24 hours after the Supreme Court judgment that nullified his chairmanship, he congratulated the lawfully recognised Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, for his victory. Read more
Edidot College Stages ‘The Trials of Brother Jero’
Edidot College, Badore, annual Art Day was thrilling, fun filled and educative as students displayed various skills incultural displays, music, and in the adaptation of a play written by Professor Wole Soyinka, ‘The Trials of Brother Jero’, which took place at the Oloye Dotun Okunbanjo Hall in Lagos. The director of the play, who is also a poet, writer and artist, Mr. Mature Tanko Okoduwa, said the play is a satiric comedy that takes aim at religious hypocrisy in the form of a charlatan named Brother Jero, who preaches to his followers on Bar Beach in Lagos. Read more
Ambode increases Lagos badminton prize money
The Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has raised the prize money for the 3rd Lagos International Badminton Classics from $15,000 to $20,000.
The tournament has been scheduled to hold from July 26 to 29 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. Read more
C’ River berates FG over t’tennis team treatment in Morocco
The Cross River State Sports Commission has berated the Federal Government for alleged poor treatment meted out to the state women’s table tennis team (Canaan Queens) that represented Nigeria at the just-concluded 2017 African Club Table Tennis Championships in Agadir, Morocco.
Egypt’s Alhy defeated Canaan Queens 3-1 in the final to retain their women’s title in the June 28-30 tournament. Read more
Oladipo, Schroder for NBA Africa Game
The National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association on Thursday announced the full rosters for the NBA Africa Game 2017, the league’s second game in Africa, which will take place on August 5 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The NBA Africa Game 2017, which takes place following the 15th BWB Africa, will feature a Team Africa versus Team World in support of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa. Read more
Muguruza faces Venus in final
Five-time champion Venus Williams rolled back the years to reach her first Wimbledon final since 2009 with a clinically-executed 6-4 6-2 victory over home hope Johanna Konta on Thursday, while Spain’s Garbine Muguruza reached her second Wimbledon final in three years with a thumping 6-1 6-1 win over Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova, Reuters reports.
Konta was looking to become the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon final since Virginia Wade lifted the trophy in 1977, but she was picked off at crucial times by Williams, who claimed the last of her Wimbledon titles nine years ago. Read more
Adepoju Drums Support for NFF, Eagles ahead Cameroon Clash
Former Super Eagles forward, Mutiu Adepoju has appealed to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to go beyond just approving money to the NFF as Nigeria continues the quest to land in Russia for FIFA World Cup 2018.
Adepoju who was a member of the Eagles squad that made Nigeria’s World Cup debut at USA ’94 under Dutch manager, Clemens Westerhof said the Presidency must intervene in Nigerian football to avoid those he called “enemies of the game in the country” from stopping the country from landing in Russia by other means. Read more
Star Sixes: Aiyegbeni Grabs Brace, Amokachi On Target As Ex-Super Eagles Stars Pip China
Former Super Eagles strikers Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Daniel Amokachi were Nigeria’s scorers against China as former Nigeria internationals began their quest for glory at the inaugural edition of the Star Sixes Football Tournament in London on Thursday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The former Nigeria internationals captained by mercurial midfielder Austin Jay Jay Okocha defeated the Asians 3-2 at the O2 Arena London on Thursday night with Aiyegbeni scoring a brace while Amokachi netted one. Read more
Arsenal Talent Iwobi Pleased To Assist Lacazette For His Debut Goal
Nigeria international Alex Iwobi was pleased to figure in Arsenal’s routine 2-0 victory over Sydney FC on Thursday, and delighted to assist Gunners newcomer Alexandre Lacazette score on his debut.
For the third consecutive season, the Arsenal number seventeen is training with the first team in pre-season, and will be hoping to catch the eye of manager Arsene Wenger in the next four weeks after losing his first team shirt at the tail end of the 2016-17 campaign. Read more
Brighton Target Moses Simon Cancels Out Balotelli’s Goal But Late Winner Help Nice Beat Gent
Super Eagles forward Moses Simon helped his Belgian side Gent lost 2-3 against French Ligue 1 side Nice in a pre season game played in front of a capacity crowd at the Ghelamco Arena.
Gent opened scoring in the 13th minute but failed to hang on to their slim lead until the half time break as Nice super star Mario Balotelli levelled For the French side four minutes before the half time break. Read more
Liverpool, Spurs join Moses Simon chase
Liverpool and Tottenham have reportedly joined the growing list of suitors in the race for Super Eagles attacking midfielder Moses Simon.
Reports in the British media on Wednesday claimed that Premier League newcomers Brighton had an £8.4m bid turned down for the player by his Belgian club Gent, who have slapped a £13m price tag on him. Read more
Ex-British PM, Blair, meets El-Rufai
A former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, met the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Thursday and pledged his support for the state’s effort at delivering good governance to the people of the state.
Blair said his when he played host to the governor at Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna. Read more
US returnee slumps, dies at Lagos airport
A passenger on Emirates Airlines on Thursday slumped and died at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The deceased, identified as Dada Isaac Olusola with passport number A04501199, was said to have slumped on arrival at the screening point where he was quickly attended to and given medication by airport clinical personnel. Read more
America divided over Donald Trump ‘links’ to Russia
Half of the people you speak to think Donald Trump’s ties to Russia are real and worrying.
The other half think the media is simply trying to bring him down.
In rural Virginia, those who are willing to publicly discuss politics at all fall firmly into one or other camp. Read more
Tillerson leaves Gulf after making proposals to end crisis
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left Qatar on Thursday after a tour of Gulf Arab countries aimed at easing the worst regional dispute in years, saying he made proposals that would help in resolving the month-long crisis.
Tillerson met Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, to discuss Doha’s feud with four Arab states that cut ties with Qatar on 5 June over allegations it funds extremist groups and is allying with their arch-foe Iran. Qatar denies this. Read more
Trump’s Russia scandal shows the perils of rejecting the rules
The President’s son this week released an email chain showing he was approached for a meeting with the “Crown prosecutor of Russia” (a role that doesn’t exist) who had “information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton]”. He replied “if it’s what you say I love it”, and met Veselnitskaya in June 2016. According to Donald Trump Jr, nothing came of the meeting and – crucially – his father did not know about it.
There are so many speculations, accusations and justifications flying about that the facts are getting lost in a partisan firestorm. Read more
WH aides exposed to scrutiny over Russia meeting response
A scramble by White House aides to respond to the brewing controversy over Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer may have exposed those aides to special counsel scrutiny.
They can now be called on by investigators led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to explain what they may have learned about the meeting that the President’s eldest son, Trump Jr., his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had with the Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign. Read more
Death of Liu Xiaobo: activists scorn Trump for hailing ‘terrific’ Xi
Human rights activists have poured scorn on Donald Trump for showering China’s “terrific” president Xi Jinping with praise just hours after one of the world’s most famous political prisoners died in the custody of Chinese security services.
Speaking in Paris shortly after it was announced that the democracy champion and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo had died, the US president said nothing of the activist’s plight. Read more
Melbourne fire: Hazardous smoke forces evacuations
Four people have been taken to hospital and a further eight treated for asthma symptoms since the fire began at a recycling plant on Thursday.
Described by authorities as “the size of a sports field”, the fire is likely to burn for at least two more days. It has cast smoke and ash as far as 15km (nine miles) away.
Metropolitan Fire Brigade Commander Brendan Angwin said the blaze is being fuelled by thousands of tonnes of plastic, cardboard and paper.Read more