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* Plateau imposes curfew as Fulani herdsmen allegedly kill 200 in 11 villages (Punch) * School teacher joins presidential race (Vanguard)

* Plateau imposes curfew as Fulani herdsmen allegedly kill 200 in 11 villages (Punch)       * School teacher joins presidential race (Vanguard)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE JUNE 24, 2018

 

Plateau imposes curfew as Fulani herdsmen allegedly kill 200 in 11 villages (Punch)

Two hundred persons were allegedly killed in Gashish and Ropp Districts of Plateau State on Sunday, during an attack that were carried out on about 11 communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen. Subsequently, the Plateau State Government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South Local Government Areas. Although there were rumours that some soldiers might be missing, the Commander of the Special Military Taskforce codenamed Operation Safe Haven, Major-General Anthony Atolagbe said, “it’s not true, no soldier died and no soldier is missing.” Read more

School teacher joins presidential race (Vanguard)

A 36-year-old mathematics teacher, Patrick Bamidele Oludare Jnr, has joined the presidential race on the platform of Youth Democratic Party (YDP), promising to fix the nation’s economy. Oludare said that if the economy is fixed, it would impact every Nigerian positively. The aspirant, who spoke in Akure, promised to “geo-fix the economy through improvement in credit status, financing solutions to create crunch” and a banking initiated market to sustain capital growth in the economy. He promised to create 500, 000 businesses on his assumption of office as president. Read more

New law can’t stop GEJ from vying for president –Lawyer (Punch)

A constitutional lawyer, Mr. Okoli Akirika, has said that the amended 1999 constitution cannot bar former President Goodluck Jonathan from vying for president of Nigeria if he chooses to. The amendment, which was assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari penultimate week, stated that anyone who had been sworn in as president or governor to complete the term of an elected president or governor cannot do more than a single term. Read more

Account for N16.7 bn IGR, PDP tells Fayemi (SUN)

The Ekiti State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked former Governor Kayode Fayemi to account for N16.7 billion his administration under declared as Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) from 2010 to 2014. The party said this has become necessary since Fayemi said his administration was raking in an average of N600 million monthly as IGR and which totals N7.2 billion yearly, while the figures his administration gave to the National Bureau of Statistics, the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation among others did not tally with Fayemi’s claim. The party spoke in Ado-Ekiti yesterday through the State Chairman, Barrister Gboyega Oguntuase. Read more

PSC promotes only those recommended by the I-GP — Comfort Obi (Guardian)

A former member of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Ms. Comfort Obi has said that the Commission only approved promotions of those recommended by the Inspector-General of police (I-GP). Obi, who made the clarification in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, stressed that there was no truth in the story currently trending in the social media that the Commission carried out illegal promotions. She said that the Commission had never selected any police personnel for promotion as only the I-GP has the prerogative to submit names of those he considers qualified to be elevated or demoted. Read more

APC convention: Waiting game continues as results still being collated (Punch)

The waiting game for the results of elections into party positions where attempts to get a consensus failed is still on. Elections into various positions begun on Saturday all through the early hours of Sunday. Delegates from Imo and Delta States held up the process for more than an hour before voting resumed for Delta State delegates at about 5:56am, however, this was disrupted at about 6:45 am when a dispute between members of the two main factions turned violent. It took the intervention of security officials and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi for peace to be restored. Read more

We are ready to fight for justice in Oyo APC, Shittu insists (Vanguard)

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, on Sunday, vowed that the aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State would not relent until justice prevailed. Shittu made the remark in an interview with Newsmen at the ongoing APC Convention venue in Abuja. The minister, who never hides his intention to contest for the governorship seat in the state on the APC platform come 2019, has been having a running battle with Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State over who controls the party’s structure in the state. Ajimobi was reported to have said that he would not support Shittu in his bid to succeed him as governor of the state. Read more

No More Establishment of Higher Institutions –Okowa (SUN)

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has declared that his administration would not embark on the establishment of higher institutions in state until most of the courses offered by those already existing are duly recognized by the regulatory bodies.The governor who made the declaration in Burutu Town, Burutu Local Government Area of the state during a town hall meeting held at the weekend, emphasized the need to project qualitative education in all the existing institutions in the state.Responding to the request by for the establishment of a polytechnic in Burutu, the governor, cautioned the people from making further demands for establishment of higher institutions when the existing ones have not yet been fully accredited. Read more

Rumbles in Owerri Anglican church diocese (SUN)

A replica of the crisis that erupted in the Ahiara Catholic Diocese in Imo State recently is currently brewing in the Diocese of Owerri (Anglican Communion), Church of Nigeria, following the retirement of Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha as bishop of the diocese. Bishop Okorocha retired on June 12 this year. Sunday Sun reliably learnt that, according to the constitution of the Church, the new Bishop of Owerri ought to have been elected as a replacement to the retiring Bishop Okorocha before his exit on June 12, 2018. Read more

Cholera claims 3 in Gombe, 27 hospitalised (Vanguard)

Cholera outbreak at Tsangaya Islamic school, Madaki, in Gombe, has led to the death of three pupils while 27 others were hospitalised. Dr Kennedy Ishaya, Gombe state Commissioner of Health confirmed the outbreak to newsmen in Gombe on Sunday during an inspection visit to Madaki Primary Health Care facility where the victims are hospitalized. He said within three days, 30 children from Tsangaya Islamic school had contracted the disease out of which three had died. Ishaya said 15 were treated and discharged while 12 were still receiving treatment at the facility. Read more

Police arrest 21 persons over killing in Lagos (Guardian)

The police in Lagos have arrested 21 persons over the killing of a man at Alapere-Ketu, following a clash by two cult groups. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Alapere Police Division had raided some cultists’ hideouts and made arrests on Kazeem, Aminu and Akampson Streets in Alapere. The spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the arrest to NAN on Sunday. He said that the suspects were being interrogated. “Those linked to the crime will be prosecuted after conclusion of investigation,” Oti said. NAN reports that two rival cult groups clashed on June 16 in Alapere, resulting in the death of a man. Read more

Expect tough challenge from Argentina, Onigbinde warns Super Eagles (Punch)

A former CAF/FIFA Coaching Instructor and ex-Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Adegboye Onigbinde, has warned the team to be wary of Argentina in their final Group D match on Tuesday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the match slated for St. Petersburg will determine the Eagles’ progress at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Onigbinde told NAN on Sunday at St Petersburg that the team should not underrate the Azurris in the make-or-mar encounter. NAN reports that the Super Eagles had lost 0-2 to Croatia in their opening game at Kaliningrad on June 16, but came back into reckoning after a 2-0 thrashing of Iceland on Friday at Volgograd Stadium. Read more

This may be my last World Cup —Pogba (Punch)

Knowing he is not certain to play in any future tournaments, the Manchester United midfielder is desperate to win the trophy this summer. Paul Pogba wants to help France win the 2018 World Cup as he is “realistic” over the possibility of never playing in the tournament again. The Manchester United midfielder has helped Les Bleus record wins over Australia and Peru in Russia, sending them through to the last 16 with a game to spare in Group C. However, Didier Deschamps’ side have yet to dazzle ahead of their clash with second-place Denmark on Tuesday, with Pogba’s performances once again coming under intense media scrutiny. Read more

Japan vs Senegal: Stoke City stars swapped for crucial clash (Punch)

Senegal dropped Stoke City’s Mame Diouf in favour of clubmate Papa Alioune Ndiaye for Sunday’s crucial World Cup Group H match against Japan, who are unchanged. Liverpool star Sadio Mane will again captain the Senegal side and he will be partnered by Ismaila Sarr and Mbaye Niang in a three-pronged attack. Ndiaye, better known as Badou, comes in into the midfield in Senegal’s only change following their 2-1 victory over Poland. Japan coach Akira Nishino keeps the same XI who started their surprise opening 2-1 win over Colombia. Read more

Gary Neville and Roy Keane blast ‘disgraceful’ Manchester United transfer target Jerome Boateng (Metro)

Germany star Jerome Boateng has been branded as an ‘absolute joke’ by Manchester United legends Gary Neville and Roy Keane. Boateng, who has been a long-term target for United, was sent off for two yellow cards in Germany’s World Cup clash against Sweden on Saturday. Germany, who won the last World Cup in 2014, lost their opening game in Russia to Mexico and also went behind against Sweden. Despite Boateng’s red card, they rallied to score an injury-time winner and keep their hopes of winning back-to-back tournaments alive. Former Manchester United captain Keane was scathing of Boateng’s display, however, and told ITV at half-time: ‘The two centre halves will give you a heart-attack. Read more

Eden Hazard has no regrets after criticising Romelu Lukaku (101greatgoals)

Eden Hazard has defended his comments about Romelu Lukaku, who he claimed was ‘hiding’ in the first half against Tunisia and said that he will always be someone who gives his all both on the field and in the dressing room. It’s clear that his relationship with Lukaku is as strong as ever, and that he wants to do everything he can to help Belgium win the World Cup, and after a sub par season with Chelsea, where the Blues failed to make the top four and didn’t defend their title, Hazard will see the summer as a real platform to show how good he can be – especially when there’s talk of a new contract or move away from Chelsea. Read more

Trump did not pressure us to increase oil production – Barkindo (Guardian)

The Secretary-General of OPEC, Mr Muhammad Barkindo, has dismissed suggestions that pressure by Mr Donald Trump, US President, played a role in OPEC’s decision to increase oil production. Barkindo said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, on Sunday after the OPEC and non-OPEC ministers had on Saturday agreed to increase oil supplies, which remained unchanged for18 months. Barkindo said the decision to increase oil prices by one million barrels a day, starting July 1, 2018, was taken without political influence. Read more

Zimbabwe pledges vote will go ahead despite rally attack (AFP)

Zimbabwe ruled out Sunday delaying July elections after a bomb blast at a ruling party rally in which President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly escaped unharmed. Vice President Constantino Chiwenga — who was among those injured in Saturday’s attack — said the first parliamentary and presidential polls of the post-Robert Mugabe era would go ahead as scheduled on July 30. “Let me be very clear, nothing will stop the election in Zimbabwe, nothing at all,” Chiwenga told a rally of the ruling ZANU-PF party in the town of Chintugwiza near Harare. “That act of terrorism in Bulawayo is nothing. It does not deter anyone,” he said, adding that no political rallies would be cancelled and urging fellow politicians to “continue to campaign peacefully”. Read more

Erdogan, ruling AK Party take early lead in Turkish elections (Reuters)

Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party took an early lead in presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, according to preliminary partial results, boosting the president’s hopes of extending his 15-year rule. However, the first results had been expected to give Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted party a strong lead and it is expected to shorten as more votes are tallied across the nation of 81 million people. With about 30 percent of votes counted in the presidential race, Erdogan had 58 percent, well ahead of his closest rival, Muharrem Ince, of the main opposition, secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP), on 27.5 percent, broadcasters said. Read more

Egypt extends its state of emergency for another 3 months (Abcnews)

Egypt has extended its state of emergency for another three months. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s decision was published in the official gazette on Sunday. It should be approved by parliament within seven days and go into effect on July 14. Egypt has been under a state of emergency, after an Islamic State affiliate bombed two Coptic churches in April last year killing at least 44 people. Egypt has been battling Islamic militants for years, but the insurgency gained strength after the 2013 overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president. The militants have mainly targeted security forces and Christians. Read more

Top Mexico presidential candidate vows to undo school reform (Abcnews)

It was a signature achievement by the government that took over Mexico five years ago: educational reforms aimed at improving schools, rooting out incompetent teachers and breaking the grip of unions on hiring and firing them. Now the man favored to win the presidency July 1 is vowing to scrap them and start over. The education reforms — including teacher testing and merit-based hiring — were hailed by many as a step toward raising student and teacher performance and criticized by others as failing to address the root problems of underfunded schools in poor rural hamlets. They still have not been fully implemented. Read more

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