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* Presidency blasts Secondus for petitioning UN over rights violations (Punch) * We discussed Melaye with Buhari, not impeachment process, Saraki, Dogara say (Punch)

* Presidency blasts Secondus for petitioning UN over rights violations (Punch)                       * We discussed Melaye with Buhari, not impeachment process, Saraki, Dogara say (Punch)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE MAY 8, 2018

 

Presidency blasts Secondus for petitioning UN over rights violations (Punch)

The Presidency on Monday took a swipe at the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, for writing a petition to the United Nations Secretary General accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of human rights violation. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said Secondus’ petition confirmed the opposition party “as a bad loser, desperate for another chance after they were kicked out for failing the nation and its people.” Shehu said it was funny for the PDP to accuse the Federal Government of destroying Nigeria’s democracy in a petition he described as no less preposterous and comical. Read more

We discussed Melaye with Buhari, not impeachment process, Saraki, Dogara say (Punch)

Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara, said they discussed the ongoing trial of the Senator representing Kogi West at the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, with President Muhammadu Buhari. They said they also reported the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to the President for failing to appear before the Senate twice in one week over the Melaye issue. The two leaders of the National Assembly also said they did not discuss the impeachment process raised against Buhari a fortnight ago in the Senate. Read more

El-Rufai visits Birnin Gwari, assures communities of adequate security (Guardian)

Malam Nasir el-Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State, on Monday, visited communities in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state, where gunmen attacked and killed several persons over the weekend. The governor, during the visit, assured the communities of government’s continuous efforts to overcome the bandits terrorising them.He met with the emir and community leaders before proceeding to Gwaska, the scene of fatal attacks.The governor expressed sorrow and condoled with the people and offered prayers for the victims.He said “I came here to share the pains and anguish of our people, the predicament of innocent citizens whose lives were cut short due to terrorism of bandits and criminals who have been tormenting us. Read more

Your detractors behind security challenges, Katsina Emir tells Buhari (Punch)

The Emir of Katsina, Alhaji  Abdulmumini Usman, on Monday told President Muhammadu Buhari that most of the security challenges currently facing the country were deliberately caused by his (the President’s) detractors. He said the aim of those behind the challenges was to distract Buhari from the good works he was doing. According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the Emir spoke when the President visited him to commiserate with the Katsina Emirate Council and the family of the late Chief Imam of the Juma’at Mosque, Liman Lawal, who died on Sunday. Read more

Ooni of Ife tasks Nigerian Monarchs on National Responsibility (Nation)

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has tasked traditional rulers across Nigeria with the responsibility to set things right. The Ooni stated this yesterday when he paid visit to the Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, at his palace in Warri, Delta state. The custodian of Oduduwa Dynasty, while emphasizing the need for Nigeria as a nation, to look to its origin and tradition in order to thrive, called on his counterparts to reach out to government in one voice to tackle challenges facing the nation. “It is time for us to rise. As monarchs, it is our responsibility to make things right in this country. It is our responsibility to make sure the youths are well taken care of. Traditional rulers should come together to let our government know that it is about time we get serious in this nation. Read more

‘President yet to sign NJC’s letter for Justice Yinusa’s dismissal’ (Nation)

A Lagos State High Court in Igbosere on Monday  heard that President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to sign the National Judicial Council (NJC)’s letter recommending Justice Mohammed Yinusa’s dismissal. Deputy Chief Registrar (DCR) of the Federal High Court in Lagos, Mr. Bello Okandeji, stated this in the trial of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Rickey Tarfa for allegedly offering gratification to two Federal High Court judges: Yinusa and Justices Hyeladzira Nganjiwa. Yunusa and Nganjiwa are facing separate trials in Lagos High Courts for alleged corruption, among others. At the proceedings, Tarfa fielded Okandeji to testify in his defence. Read more

Police take over Ekiti APC secretariat as primary crisis rages (Punch)

The protests that greeted Saturday ’s inconclusive governorship primary of the All Progressives in Ekiti took a new turn on Monday as the police moved in to seal off the party’s secretariat. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that protesters, who claimed to be sympathetic to the aspiration of the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, had besieged the secretariat on the Ajilosun- Ikere road where they announced the removal of the state executives led by Chief Jide Awe. NAN reports that the protesters also announced the immediate formation of a pro-Fayemi caretaker committee. Read more

Facts on grand corruption under Jonathan-VP’s spokesman (Nation)

Spokesman of the Vice President, Laolu Akande has responded to claims that the allegations of corruption against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government led by former President Goodluck Jonathan  are mere lies. He also denied that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo specifically mentioned former President Jonathan in the accusations against the past government. According to Akande, the facts in public domain on corruption in the last administration are “only a tip of the iceberg.” The statement is reproduced below: Read more

NDLEA arrests codeine distributor, drug traffickers in Edo (Punch)

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Edo State Command said it arrested 41 persons for allegedly trafficking in illicit drugs in the state in April. Mr Peter Ogar, the Assistant Commander and Head, Operations and Intelligence of the Command to the News Agency of Nigeria, Benin on Monday. Ogar said that the suspects, including a distributor of codeine, were arrested for drug offences ranging from possession, peddling and consumption in various parts of the state. According to him, the suspects include 33 males and eight females. He said within the period under review, 449.2 Kilogrammes of substance suspected to be cannabis sativa and 18.64 Kilogrammes of suspected Psychotropic substance were seized. Read more

Army, NSCDC clash over seizure of petrol-laden trucks (Punch)

The 16 Brigade of Nigerian Army, Yenagoa, and the Bayelsa State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps have clashed over the seizure of two tankers conveying suspected diverted petrol. The NSCDC had on Friday impounded the trucks along Ogbia-Nembe road and was taking them to its command’s headquarters when soldiers of 16 Brigade intercepted them and took the trucks to their base in Yenagoa, the state capital. As they clashed, the soldiers who outnumbered the NSCDC personnel, took possession of the truck and compelled the civil defenders to take to their heels. Read more

Bus driver allegedly pushes policewoman out of moving vehicle (Punch)

A 41-year-old commercial driver, John Imoh, who allegedly pushed a policewoman out of a moving vehicle, was on Monday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. Imoh, who resides at Ojodu-Berger, Lagos, is facing a charge of assault. The police Prosecutor Seargent Godwin Awase told the court that the accused committed the offence on April 22 at Fagba, Agege, Lagos. Awase said the accused assaulted Inspector Patricia Okhide attached to the traffic section of the Nigeria police while performing her lawful duty. He said, “the accused obstructed other road users when he was cautioned to move his vehicle away and he refused. Read more

Killing of Lagos lawyer is premeditated murder — Police (Nation)

The police have established a case of premeditated murder against the 47-year-old lawyer, Mrs Udeme Odibi, who allegedly stabbed her husband to death in Lekki area of Lagos. The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Edgal Imohimi, told newsmen in Lagos that the police was awaiting autopsy report on Mr Otike Odibi who was allegedly stabbed to death by his wife. Udeme was accused of ripping out her husband’s intestine and genitals with a knife at Diamond Estate, Sango-Tedo, Lagos. According to the CP, police investigation revealed that the couple had been having issues bordering on accusations of extramarital marital affairs. Read more

Iwobi happy with parting victory for Wenger (Nation)

Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi has expressed satisfaction with the quality of send off handed legendary former coach of Arsenal Arsene Wenger on Sunday. The Nigeria international who has never hidden his love for the Frenchman and  the opportunity he provides for young players to showcase their skills, noted that the tie against Burnley which ended 5-0 in favour of the Gunners more than just a match and indeed lived up to expectation. “This Was More Than A Match! Really Pleased We Gave You The Send Off You Deserve. Thank You Boss ❤#MerciArsene,” he enthused. Interestingly a delighted Iwobi did not just make the number but scored the fourth goal in the 5-0 demolition of 7th placed Burnley. Read more

Kanu: Wenger believed in me when others wrote me off (Vanguard)

Arsenal legend Nwankwo Kanu was at the Emirates Stadium last weekend to bid long time Gunners coach, Arsene Wenger goodbye. Kanu who was part of the invincible team 2003-04 submitted that following his heart surgery most managers didn’t give him a chance to continue playing football, but Wenger did everything to lure him to North London. ‘’He was like a father figure for all of us. For me, when I was at Inter Milan he did everything to try to get me to Arsenal for six months. That’s the kind of person you want to be and want to support,’’ Kanu told Arsenal player, according to arsenal.com. Read more

CAF appoints Ifeanyi Ubah into AFCON organizing body (Vanguard)

The impressive number of Nigerians appointed into important positions in world football since the emergence of NFF President Amaju Pinnick as CAF Executive Committee member 14 months ago increased by one on Monday, after the Emergency Committee of the Confederation of African Football appointed the proprietor of leading Nigeria Professional Football League club, FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Chief (Dr) Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah into the Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations. Read more

2 boys save their pregnant mum from being swept off by flood (Punch)

Two boys from Murang’a county in Kenya have touched the hearts of many after the story of how they saved their pregnant mother from a landslide hit the internet. The two boys rescued their pregnant mother from a landslide that occurred in their Gitugi village in Murang’a, reported Facebook user, Thiong’O Irungu ManMan. He wrote; “ACT OF BRAVERY: When a landslide occurred in Gitugi village Muranga, the family of these boys was affected. As they moved to safety, they had to cross a swollen river. Their mother who is pregnant accidentally tripped and water swept her away. Read more

Puerto Rico to rebuild power grid using US national standard (Abcnews)

The new CEO of Puerto Rico’s power company announced Monday that the public agency will immediately adopt a U.S. national standard to design and rebuild the island’s power grid following Hurricane Maria. That measure will make it easier for the Electric Power Authority to maintain power lines and replace them after a storm, and crews will be able to obtain materials more quickly, CEO Walter Higgins said. “It’s a great step forward for faster restoration from storms and improving technology of the grid,” he said in a statement. “It ensures that all of our future construction and activities in the grid will be done to a standard that is widely adopted and widely used in the United States.” Read more

Dozens of homes destroyed as Hawaii volcano eruptions intensify (Scotsman)

Dozens of homes have been destroyed and hundreds of residents left displaced as lava continues to spew out of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. Molten rock, toxic gas and steam have been bursting through openings in the ground created by the volcano, which is one of the most active in the world, since last Friday. Originally five homes were believed to have been destroyed but officials now say 26 properties have been decimated. Another four unspecified structures were also covered by lava, Hawaii County officials said. Some of the more than 1,700 people who evacuated were allowed to briefly return to gather medicine, pets, and other necessities. They will be able to do so each day as long as authorities believe it is safe. Read more

Woman jailed in US for driving with Canadian licence (BBC)

A Canadian woman is asking for an apology after US police arrested her and threw her in jail for driving with a Canadian licence. Emily Nield, 27, was on a student visa when she was pulled over for speeding in Georgia on her birthday in April. When she could not produce hard copies of her passport or birth certificate, she was handcuffed and taken to jail. Charges were eventually dropped and her record cleared, but Ms Nield says she is still waiting for an apology. After Ms Nield was pulled over for driving 87 mph (140 km/hr) in a 70 mph zone, the officer told her she could not drive with a Canadian licence. Read more

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