SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE April 1, 2018
Police save Atiku from kidnappers, 5 suspects killed (Guardian)
The Police in Taraba State have saved one Alhaji Yakubu Atiku from kidnappers and killed five suspects set to perpetrate the act.
The suspects had stormed Atiku’s home in Garba-Chede, Gassol Local Government Area of the state late on Friday night, when the police were called in.
In the ensuing exchange of gunfire, the police killed five of the attackers, the spokesman of the command, ASP David Misal, said at a news conference on Saturday in Jalingo. Read more
Why I adopted Emir title, and why it will stay — Oluwo of Iwo (PremiumTimes)
The Oluwo of Iwo land, Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has defended his adoption of the Emir of Yoruba land title, saying it was a “metaphor” of the disunity among traditional rulers in Yoruba land.
The Oluwo on Saturday formally adopted the title of northern traditional rulers at the installation and ceremony of an Islamic scholar, Yahquub Abdul-Baaqi Mohammed as Waziri of Yorubaland. Read more
Former UN ambassador, Ali suggest ways out of farmers/herdsmen crisis (Tribune)
As part of measures to solve persistent farmers/herdsmen crisis in the country, Nigeria’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, has suggested a revival of the 1965 Grazing Reserve Law.
He said the Law could be revived based on section 315 of the 1999 constitution in the 19 northern states. Read more
Pay workers’ salary, cleric tell governors (Nation)
Pastor Isaac Omohoro, the Area Superintendent of Apostolic Church of Nigeria (TAC), Lokoja Area has urged state governors to pay the salary of their workers, regularly to ease their social and economic problems.
He gave the advice at a news conference and the 18th Edition of TAC’s Easter Youth Retreat, themed: “We Are Bent But Not Broken” at the Church Area Headquarters in Lokoja.” Read more
Apapa Bridge to be closed for repairs (Guardian)
The Apapa Bridge will be closed for permanent repairs as soon as stakeholders come up with alternative routes for commuters to ply.
The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday.
He said that Julius Berger Plc. , the contractor handling the project, was ready to move to site.
The controller said that the ministry was working on effective traffic diversion alternatives that would ensure minimal stresses on users then. Read more
CAS: Capacity to sniff threat of attack on military installations has improved (ThisDay)
The days of unchecked attacks on military locations may have ended going by the words of the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
Speaking during the Easter Luncheon organised on Sunday for airmen and officers of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in the North-east theatre of operation, Abubakar said the capacity of the NAF to sniff out threat on military installations from afar has greatly improved. Read more
Kumuyi urges Christians in leadership to shun corruption (Nation)
Pastor William Kumuyi, the General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church on Sunday, urged Christians in leadership positions to shun corruption and act as exemplary leaders for others to follow.
Kumuyi, who was represented by the church’s Camp Commandant, Pastor Andrew Umor, gave the advice at the grand finale of the 2018 National Easter Retreat of Church in Lagos. Read more
Easter: As Christ is risen, Nigeria will also rise – Jonathan (Vanguard)
Former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has urged Christians and all Nigerians to use this period of Eater to show love and tolerance for one another.
Dr. Jonathan, who gave the statement in his Easter message, also said that as Jesus Christ has risen from the dead, marking the celebration by Christians, that Nigeria too will rise, especially from her challenges and other setbacks.
Jonathan also urged Nigerians, especially those in leadership positions, to imbibe the qualities of the Lord whose resurrection Christians are celebrating, emphasizing that “Nigerians are not animals.” Read more
Nigeria on path of resurrection, progress –Osinbajo (Nation)
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday in Abuja, assured Nigerians that Nigeria was on the path of resurrection and progress, as Christians the world over celebrate this year’s Easter.
Osinbajo gave the assurance when he spoke with journalists shortly after the Easter Sunday Service at the Aso Villa Chapel, to mark this year’s Easter celebration. Read more
Easter: Osinbajo, Akeredolu, Tambuwal preach peace, progress (PremiumTimes)
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday in Abuja assured Nigerians that Nigeria was on the path of resurrection and progress, as Christians the world over celebrate this year’s Easter.
Osinbajo gave the assurance when he spoke with journalists shortly after the Easter Sunday Service at the Aso Villa Chapel, to mark this year’s Easter celebration.
According to him, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ implies that the country is moving out of its present challenges to a greater hope and peace. Read more
Easter celebration: Ikpeazu urges Christians to pray for leaders (Vanguard)
Christians in Nigeria, on Sunday, joined their counterparts all over the world to observe Easter and its celebrations.
Easter, the principal festival of the Christian church year, celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion. The occasion has attracted various remarks and pieces of advice from various leaders in the country; on its importance and the lesson derivable from it for individual spiritual uplift and national development. Read more
Obiano urges Christians to heal Nigeria with love at Easter (Tribune)
THE Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano says Nigeria is simmering with bitter politics, calling on Christians to use the power of love to heal the nation.
Obiano, in an Easter message signed on his behalf by his Chief Press secretary, James Eze, said, “It has been repeatedly proven that true national integration is never forced upon the people by the political leadership but mostly by the little acts of love and kindness that are freely exchanged between the ordinary citizens of the country.” Read more
Fayemi joins Ekiti governorship race (Punch)
Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Sunday says he will contest the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state.
He made this known at a news conference at his Isan-Ekiti country home in Oye Local Government Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Fayemi had hosted leaders and scores of members of the party from all the 16 Local Government Areas and the 177 wards of the state. Read more
Election Manipulation: Nigeria investigates Cambridge Analytica (PremiumTimes)
The government of Nigeria is scrutinising the reports of the data mining firm, Cambridge Analytica, which swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections in many country including Nigeria, where it waged a campaign to perpetuate discord and hack into personal records of the then leading opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
A presidency source informed State House correspondents at the weekend that the federal government has set up an in-house committee to investigate whether Cambridge Analytica’s work for the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2007 and 2015 general elections campaigns broke the laws of this country or infringed on the rights of other parties and their candidates. Read more
Bahrain makes largest oil discovery in its history (Guardian)
Bahrain on Sunday announced it has discovered the largest oil and gas field in the history of the small kingdom, which unlike its Gulf neighbours is not energy-rich.
Authorities estimate the newfound reserves at “many times” the volume of Bahrain’s only other known oil field, the state-run BNA news agency said.
BNA did not give details on the size of the new light shale oil and gas find or on the expected date of the start of production. Read more
Pope celebrates Easter under sunny sky, tight security (Punch)
Pope Francis celebrated Easter mass under tight security and a sunny sky on Sunday in front of tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered in a flower-bedecked St Peter’s Square.
Under a longstanding tradition, the Netherlands donated some 50,000 tulips, daffodils, roses and orchids for the occasion.
Access to the famous square for the mass on the holiest day in the Christian calendar, marking Jesus’s resurrection, was tightly controlled. Read more
I went nude to remind Nigerians that they are uncivilised (Punch)
Singer, Olawale Ashimi, aka Brymo, practically crashed the internet during the week when he released a video for his song, ‘Heya’. In the video, the singer appeared in his birthday suit, playing a grand piano under a network of bridges.
In a chat with Sunday Scoop, the singer shed light on why he took that step. “The song is an expression of my environment. I like to paint as much as I can and I think that most of us are bush people, even though we live in cities. The video portrayed a bush man living in the city. If you look around, you wouldn’t see much evidence of civilisation. We did not create most of the things that we use in this country and that’s not good. We need to think, he stated.” Read more
No Nigerian listed as FIFA names 16 African referees for World Cup (Vanguard)
No Nigerian referee was listed when FIFA released the list of referees that will officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The FIFA Referees Committee selected 36 referees and 63 assistant referees, representing 46 different countries. FIFA chose sixteen referees from Africa, which comprises of six centre referees and ten assistant referees. Read more
Wenger praises Aubameyang’s generosity (SkySports)
Arsene Wenger was delighted with his striker’s generosity and unselfishness
Arsene Wenger was delighted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang allowed Alexandre Lacazette to take a late penalty in the win over Stoke, despite the Gabon striker being on a hat-trick.
Aubameyang, who had netted twice in quick succession as a late Arsenal flurry gave them a 3-0 win, had no issue with his team-mate scoring the third from the penalty spot, only the France international’s second goal in 14 games for the Gunners. Read more
Women’s Super League: Chelsea held at Arsenal but stay top of WSL (Guardian)
Chelsea retained their hold on top spot in the Women’s Super League despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Arsenal.
The defending champions ended up benefitting from closest chasers Manchester City suffering a shock 2-0 defeat at Reading.
Having taken the lead through Fran Kirby just past the half hour, Chelsea were pegged back by Beth Mead’s leveller in first-half injury-time. They have become the division’s draw specialists, with Sunday’s 1-1 result a fifth sharing of the points from 13 matches played this season. Read more