August 16, 2018

* PDP writes United Nations, says Buhari destroying Nigeria’s democracy (PremiumTimes) * Arsene Wenger says farewell to Arsenal with emotional speech after final home game (Mirror)

* PDP writes United Nations, says Buhari destroying Nigeria’s democracy (PremiumTimes)                          * Arsene Wenger says farewell to Arsenal with emotional speech after final home game (Mirror)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE MAY 7, 2018

 

PDP writes United Nations, says Buhari destroying Nigeria’s democracy (PremiumTimes)

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria has filed a petition at the United Nations (UN) against President Muhammadu Buhari. In a letter to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, told the world body that Mr Buhari has a predetermined plan to use federal agencies like the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the army, and the police to ‘truncate’ Nigeria’s democracy. The PDP, in the letter which is dated April 30, 2018, accused Mr Buhari of violating the Nigerian constitution and persecuting members of the opposition, as well as attacking journalists and “well-meaning” Nigerians who hold different opinions from Mr Buhari’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). Read more

Arsene Wenger says farewell to Arsenal with emotional speech after final home game (Mirror)

Arsene Wenger has made an emotional speech to Arsenal fans as he says farewell to the Gunners are 22-years. Frenchman Wenger addressed supporters from the Emirates pitch after masterminding a 5-0 victory over Burnley in his final home game. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted twice, with Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi also netting in the rout. And after the final whistle, almost every Gunners fan stayed in their seat to listen to Wenger’s words while serenading him with a chorus of “one Arsene Wenger”. He was handed a golden replica of the Premier Trophy, which was handed to the Gunners to commemorate the Invincible season in 2003-04, when they went the whole league season without losing a match. Read more

Buhari won’t hesitate to sack corrupt officials – Presidency (Punch)

The Presidency on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari would not hesitate to sack any government official found culpable in any shady deal the same way he fired a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and a former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke. It also insisted that a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko allegedly made away with $3bn in a strategic alliance contract with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Read more

Mubi suicide bomb: We’ve identified our mistakes – Emir (Guardian)

The Emir of Mubi in Adamawa, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmadu has said that the Emirate Council and security agencies have identified the loopholes in security that that led to the recent suicide bomb blast in the town. The Emir, who disclosed this on Sunday when he received the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai in his Palace, said steps had been taken to plug the loopholes. More than 20 people died in the incident, while over 50 others sustained injuries in the twin bomb blasts at different locations in Mubi on May 1. Read more

Tinubu urges FG to declare public holidays for collection of PVCs (Guardian)

Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District on Sunday urged the Federal Government to declare public holidays for collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), ahead of the December 2018 deadline. Oluremi, in a statement in Lagos, said that the PVCs were the tools to participating in the forthcoming 2019 general elections. She also urged residents in the state to ensure that they collect their PVCs. The call sequel to revelations by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that over seven million PVCs were yet to be collected nationwide, with one million and four hundred thousand from Lagos State. Read more

APC Congress: Sylva, Lokpobiri commend members for peaceful conduct (SUN)

Former Bayelsa State Governor Chief Timipre Sylva and Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development Senator Heineken Lokpobiri have commended members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for a peaceful conduct of the ward congress. Sylva, speaking during his participation in the ward congress, slammed a Bayelsa State High Court for what it called a controversial judgement reinstating a sacked Chairman of the APC, Chief Tiwei Orunimighe. Sylva, who spoke in the presence of a five-member Ward Congress Committee from Abuja led by Dr Adebayo Dawodu, said the injunction ordered by the court was procured inappropriately. Read more

Ekiti APC Primary: 27 aspirants want Al-Makura’s panel disbanded (Punch)

Twenty-seven of the 33 All Progressives Congress governorship aspirants in Ekiti State have demanded disbandment of the Governorship Election Committee chaired by the Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Al-Makura, for alleged open bias and incompetence. The aspirants argued that the shoddy way the committee handled the aborted Saturday governorship primary caused the violence and protests that led to its eventual suspension. They stated this in a communiqué issued and read by one of them, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, after their meeting in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, Read more

Crisis rocks Ohanaeze over Youth Wing election (SUN)

Another crisis is brewing in apex Igbo Social cultural organization Ohanaeze Ndigbo as allegation of fraud and breach of election guideline continue to tray the recent election of the National Executive Committee of the Ohanaeze Youth Wing. Recalled that Ohanaeze Ndigbo has announced tomorrow (today) for the inauguration of the newly elected executives of the Youth Wing at TOSCANA Hotels. A petition to National Executive Committee of Ohanaeze against Mr Arthur Obiora the declared winner of the Ohanaeze youth national president, titled: ‘Ohanaeze Youth Wing elections: this shame must not stand’, by some contestants have called for the cancellation of the election. Read more

Smart City: LASG set to launch fresh skills for public servants delivery (Vanguard)

Lagos State Government has concluded plans to introduce it’s Smart City objectives through the train–the– trainer workshop, aimed at ensuring the right skills and competences required for the objectives are imbued in public servants in the state. Director General, Office of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation, Mr. Toba Otusanya, who made the remarks at the opening of a workshop, at the weekend, reiterated the state government’s commitment to achieving a subset of the ongoing campaign on “Growth Mindset.” Read more

WMD: Ikeja Electric donates 3000 mosquito net to communities (Vanguard)

In commemoration of the world malaria day, Ikeja Electric has donated over 3,000 mosquito nets to women and children across Lagos state, to increase awareness on how to tackle the tropical disease that is easily the biggest killer in Nigeria and many African countries. The world Malaria Day, WMD, held at different locations under the company’s Business Units, which includes: Ikeja Business Unit, Abule Egba Business Unit, Shomolu Business Unit, Ikorodu Business Unit, Oshodi Business Unit and Akowonjo Business Unit in Igando. The company in collaboration commemorated the 2018 World Malaria Day themed ‘Ready to Beat Malaria’ by donating thousands of insecticide-treated nets to communities within its coverage while staff of the company also sensitized people in the communities on ways to prevent malaria. Read more

Demolitions: LASG identifies, 2,000 affected property owners for compensation, asks for valid documents (Vanguard)

The Lagos State Government has urged all property owners affected whose property were demolished to pave way for various infrastructural development projects across the state to present relevant document for adequate compensation. Special Adviser, Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabule and the Permanent Secretary Lagos Lands Bureau, Mr. Bode Agoro made the call at the weekend, during the commencement of validation process of affected property owners for compensation at the Ministry of Lands Bureau, Alausa, Ikeja. According to Onabule, processing of the payment of compensation which is a priority of the present government, followed detailed inventory, enumeration, evaluation exercises and analysis of submitted documents, compensation of house owners whose structures were demolished for construction. Read more

4 police cadets, 2 others killed on Kano-Kaduna Expressway (Vanguard)

At least six people including four police cadets have been killed in a ghastly motor accident on Kano-Kaduna Expressway on Sunday. Confirming the incident in Zaria, Kaduna State, the Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Zaria, Mr Muktar Zubairu described the incident as unfortunate and pathetic. He said the accident involving two vehicles; a J5 bus with registration number: KMC 274 YW and Golf which was burnt to ashes occurred around Kwanar Likoro close to Tashar Yari. According to him, the two vehicles had a head-on-collision and subsequently burst into flames due to presence of a generating machine inside one of the vehicles. Read more

Bandits kill 45 in Kaduna (Nation)

Barely three days after Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris visited Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State over the spate of killngs, bandits at the weekend killed 45 people, including women and children. Condemning the attack, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said the Federal Government’s plan to establish an Army battalion in Birnin-Gwari would soon be implemented. During his visit, the IG ordered immediate deployment of additional 200 policemen in the area. Read more

CAA inspects Asaba Stadium (Guardian)

Delegates from the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), will today inspect facilities at the Asaba Stadium, which will host the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships, from August 1-5. Top officials of the body, including the Chief Executive Officer, Lamine Faty, as well as, the technical director, and member of IAAF Technical Commission, Gungaram Gerard Vivian, arrived Lagos on Friday night. They were received by the Head of Security Sub-committee of the championships, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama. Read more

Giwa to present certified copy of verdict to AGF, sports minister (Guardian)

The last has not been heard of the leadership crisis rocking the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Since the Supreme Court delivered its ruling on the NFF election on April 27, there has been different interpretations of the judgment by sports analysts. But the lawyer, who represented the Chris Giwa-led executive, Patrick Ikueto, told The Guardian, yesterday, after obtaining the certified copy of the Supreme Court judgment that the ruling would bring sanity to football administration in the country. Read more

Nigeria Para Badminton players return home with 19 medals (Punch)

Nigeria representatives at the just-concluded Uganda Para-Badminton International Championships and Africa Para-Badminton Championships in Kampala on Sunday arrived in the country with 19 medals. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the country won seven gold and five silver in the Africa championships that held from April 30 to May 4. While the players clinched one gold,  three silver and three bronze at the Uganda international competition. Read more

China win 2018 men, women table tennis world championship (PremiumTimes)

The Chinese men’s table tennis team are the 2018 Men’s Team World Champions after a comprehensive victory over Germany in the Liebherr 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the championships ended on Sunday in Halmstad, Sweden. This was the 21st time the Chinese men’s team were lifting the Swaythling Cup, and it matches the Chinese women’s team’s achievement on Saturday. The defending champions faced long-time rivals and European champions Germany in the final battle for gold medal. Read more

Katsina Central Mosques Chief Imam dies at 95 (Punch)

The Chief Imam of the Katsina Metropolis Central Mosque, Imam Muhammad Lawal is dead. Aged 95, Lawal died on Sunday, May 6, after a protracted illness. The family spokesman, Alhaji Mohammed Ahmed, who confirmed the death to News Agency of Nigeria, said that their father died after a prolong sickness. Ahmed said that the deceased had been the chief Imam of Katsina for the past 41 years. He disclosed that the deceased left behind four wives, 27 children and several grandchildren. The Funeral prayer was conducted at the premises of Katsina Central Mosque and the deceased was later buried at Dantakum burial ground in Katsina metropolis according to Islamic rites. Read more

Arsene Wenger issues personal message to Arsenal’s new manager (Football.London)

Arsene Wenger has sent out a message to his eventual successor, telling him to always guide himself by doing what he believe is best for the club – no matter what anyone else thinks. Wenger is standing down at the end of the season, ending his 22-year reign as Arsenal manager. The club are already in the process of finding his replacement, with the hunt being lead by chief executive Ivan Gazidis. Wenger will play no part in that process, but the 68-year-old Frenchman does have some words of advice for whoever it is who arrives to fill his shoes in north London. Read more

Eden Hazard makes insane Olivier Giroud claim after Chelsea win (101greatgoals)

Chelsea star Eden Hazard may have won the battle between himself and Mo Salah during the game with Chelsea and Liverpool, but it seems that he thinks there is another player who won the Blues the game. He noted that Olivier Giroud was a key player for the club in the win and scored the goal that gave the Blues all three points – and noted how much he enjoys playing with a forward like Giroud, who he can target and make sure gets the ball. Hazard said: “Massive, massive result. “It is a big win so we can try to be in the top four at the end of the season. “We want something big at the season, so when you win games like this it’s good for the whole team. Read more

Twitter goes crazy as Barcelona and Real Madrid play out a 2-2 draw (Sportskeeda)

Another mouth-watering El Clasico before our very eyes and as always another fiery contest between the two giants- Barcelona and Real Madrid. The match started in typical end-to-end fashion and it was Barcelona who opened the scoring. Luis Suarez found Sergi Roberto in space on the right-flank whose inch perfect cross was met by the Uruguayan himself as he volleyed it into the back of the net. But Madrid equalised 4 minutes later through Ronaldo who raced ahead of Pique to meet Benzema’s headed ball. Barcelona suffered a setback moments before half-time as Roberto was shown a straight red card after he appeared to slap Marcelo. 10-men Barcelona failed to lie down in the second half and astonishingly took the lead in the 52nd minute through a moment of brilliance form Messi after good work from Suarez. Read more

White House accuses China of ‘Orwellian nonsense’ over airline rules (Independent)

The White House has dismissed China’s attempts to change how American airlines refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau in their public materials as “Orwellian nonsense”. The Chinese Civil Aviation Administration has asked 36 foreign air carriers – including a number of American airlines – to refrain from referring to the three destinations as separate countries. China considers Taiwan a province, and Hong Kong and Macau as largely self-governing parts of the country. “This is Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. Read more

Egypt says there are no hidden rooms in King Tut’s Tomb after all (Time)

New radar scans have provided conclusive evidence that there are no hidden rooms inside King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber, Egypt’s antiquities ministry said Sunday, bringing a disappointing end to years of excitement over the prospect. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said an Italian team conducted extensive studies with ground-penetrating radar that showed the tomb did not contain any hidden, man-made blocking walls as was earlier suspected. Francesco Porcelli of the Polytechnic University of Turin presented the findings at an international conference in Cairo. Read more

 

 

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