August 20, 2018

* Presidency debunks Yusuf Buhari’s death rumour (Guardian) * Jonathan gave order for cash delivery to BDC —Dudafa (Punch)

* Presidency debunks Yusuf Buhari’s death rumour (Guardian)         * Jonathan gave order for cash delivery to BDC —Dudafa (Punch)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FEBRUARY 21, 2018

 

Presidency debunks Yusuf Buhari’s death rumour (Guardian)

The Presidency Wednesday debunked the death of President Muhammadu Buhari’s son Yusuf. “The evil news making the rounds regarding Yusuf Buhari, son of President Buhari and Aisha Buhari, is fake,” President Buhari’s assistant on social media Lauretta Onochie said. “He is very much alive to their shame.” Yusuf Buhari was involved in an accident on December 26 in Abuja when he, along with a friend, was racing in the Nigerian capital and he veered off the road in the process. Read more

Jonathan gave order for cash delivery to BDC —Dudafa (Punch)

Hearing in the N200m fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, against Skye Bank Plc and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission began on Tuesday, with a former aide of the President, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, testifying for the ex-First Lady. Patience filed the suit in 2016 to challenge the ‘No Debit Order’ placed by the EFCC on four Skye Bank accounts having a total of $15, 591,700. Though the four accounts were said to be opened in the names of four companies linked to Dudafa, Patience filed the suit to lay claim to the money. Apart from Skye Bank and the EFCC, Dudafa and the four companies were also joined as defendants in the suit. Read more

We’ve not relented in our fight against corruption, says Buhari (SUN)

President Muhammadu Buhari says his government has not changed course in its fight against corruption, pointing out that transparency, accountability, fiscal responsibility and timely delivery of goods and services are key factors in the fight against corruption. President Buhari made the remarks, on Tuesday, while flagging-off the Adamawa state Anti-Corrupt Summit, in Yola, Adamawa. President Buhari said, “It is very encouraging that a State Government on its own ventures into the subject matter of fighting Corruption deliberately, as well as transparently subjects its methods to the whole nation for detailed discussion.” Read more

PDP asks Yakubu to resign for registering underage voters (Guardian)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday passed a no confidence vote on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) even as it asked the commission’s chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to immediately resign.The party’s position was based on what it called gross disregard of the constitution and the law by allowing under aged persons to be accommodated in the voters’ register. It said: “Nigerians have completely lost confidence in INEC under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and we urge him to take the path of honour and do the needful by vacating his office before it becomes too late.” Read more

Teachers’ salary arrears in 12 states (Punch)

A labourer deserves his wages, is a time honoured maxim, which the Nigeria Union of Teachers is drumming into the ears of governors in 12 states with mountains of teachers’ salary arrears. Some states owe half salaries for between 26 and 28 months. In one state, primary school teachers have not been paid for 12 months. These sound like fairy tales, but they are not. The National President of the NUT, Michael Olukoya, who bemoaned this development early this month, said a nationwide strike was imminent. The affected states, according to him are, Abia, Bayelsa, Benue, Delta, Ekiti, Kaduna, Kwara, Kogi, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Oyo and Taraba. Both primary and secondary school teachers are affected. Read more

Police: No school girl abducted in Dapchi by Boko Haram (Vanguard)

Mr Abdulmaliki Sumonu,  the Yobe Commissioner of Police, said on Tuesday that no one was killed and no schoolgirl abducted in the suspected Boko Haram insurgents attack on Government Girls College in Dapchi town. Terrorists attacked the town on Monday and carted away foodstuffs at the Government Girls College, while firing sporadically forcing staff and students to flee into surrounding for safety. Sumonu told newsmen in Yobe that three males were later abducted by the insurgents in a remote community in Geidam Local Government Area after the attack on Dapchi. Read more

Man, 50, sodomises 4 apprentices in Niger (Punch)

A 50-year old man, Mohammed Abdullahi, from Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State, has admitted to sodomising four underage boys in his neighbourhood. The victims were said to be Abdullahi’s apprentices. Northern City News gathered that the suspect, who migrated from Kebbi State, had no wife. The suspect allegedly induced his victims with sweets, biscuits and other snacks. He was said to have been exposed when one of his victims became ill and confessed to his parents the supposed cause of his stomach pains. Read more

I slept with 1,400 girls, impregnated 600 in 6 African countries, French tourist recounts (SUN)

A French tourist has admitted impregnating more than 600 women in six African countries within two years. Forty-year old Jean Michel made the revelation on an online news site “Africa24”. The six countries included Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Togo, Ghana and Guinea. Why it matters:  Many Africans see all westerners as very wealthy people who can change their lives. They easily give in to all their requests and desires and are taken advantage of. His confession has been translated from French to English by Simon Ateba in Washington, District of Columbia: Read more

5 arrested for murder of PDP chieftain in Rivers (Punch)

Four out of the five suspects allegedly involved in the murder of a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party in Rivers State, Heaven Ihuigwe, were paraded on Tuesday at the State Police Command in Port Harcourt. The late Ihuigwe was killed on September 16, 2017 in Rumuekini in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area by the suspects, who dumped his corpse in a cassava farm. Until his death, Ihuigwe was the PDP chairman of Ward 16 in Ogbogoro community in Obio/Akor LGA. Read more

AITEO settles coaches’ 2018 emoluments, pledges more support to Nigerian football (Guardian)

Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) principal sponsor, AITEO Group has announced that it has settled all the national teams coaches’ 2018 salaries and other entitlements, which amounts to $600,000 and N320 million. The monies paid to the NFF, according to AITEO, covers its “contractual obligation of providing support to the technical crew of all the teams for the whole of 2018, well beyond the World Cup.” The oil and gas company also reaffirmed its commitment to the development of Nigerian football. Speaking at the AITEO/NFF Awards held on Monday night, the firm’s Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Francis Peters appraised the performance of Nigerian football since it teamed up with the NFF and opined that the future looked bright for the country’s game. Read more

Nigeria’s U-17 World Cup ouster mirrors state of grassroots football, say Obuh, Izilien (Guardian)

Former national U-20 coach, John Obuh and ex Super Falcons manager, Godwin Izilien have charged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to revamp the grassroots football development structure to avoid such avoidable disasters like the country’s failure to qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women World Cup. Obuh described the Flamingoes’ failure to qualify for the U-17 World Cup after its 1-1 draw with Cameroun in Yaoundé at the weekend as disappointing, but cautioned against apportioning blames to the girls for not booking the ticket. Read more

Aiteo redeems N540 million pledge to NFF (Guardian)

Frontline energy conglomerate, Aiteo Group in partnership with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) recognised the greatest talents and legends of Nigerian football at a gala held on 19, February 2018 in Lagos. A first of its kind, the event brought together the biggest names in Nigerian football as 15 awards were handed to deserving current and ex-players as well as officials who have popularised football in Nigeria. The event was attended by key leaders from the global and continental football community. Among them were FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad as well as the entire leadership of the NFF. Read more

I inherited a broke country, says Liberian George Weah (Vanguard)

Liberia’s new President George Weah on Tuesday pledged to fight endemic corruption as he spoke about conditions in his “broke country” on the first day of an official visit to Paris. The former international football star who, took office on January 22, is faced with a dire economic situation in Liberia following two civil wars and a deadly Ebola epidemic in 2013-2015. “I inherited a country that is very broke, depleted by political malfeasance. We have to make sure that the things that happened will not happen again,” Weah said. Read more

Oprah Winfrey donates $500,000 to Florida survivors marching against gun violence (Telegraph)

Oprah Winfrey has pledged to donate $500,000 (£360,000) to the “inspiring” survivors of the Florida shooting who have organised national protests against gun violence in the US. The talk show host matched a donation made by George and Amal Clooney to the students behind next month’s March for Our Lives rally who have urged immediate political action on gun control, saying: “We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school.” She tweeted to her 40 million followers: “George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to March for Our Lives.”   Read more

5 year jail term for Bahrain activist Nabeel Rajab (Memo)

Prominent Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to five years in prison today after he was convicted of criticising the country’s political system on Twitter, his lawyer and activists said. Rajab, a leading figure in pro-democracy protests that swept Bahrain in 2011, is already serving a prison sentence for making “false or malicious” statements about authorities in Bahrain. Rajab was arrested in June last year after tweets from his account suggested that security forces had tortured detainees in a Bahraini prison and on a military campaign in Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition that includes Bahrain. He was charged for producing “false news and statements and malicious rumours that undermine the prestige of the Kingdom.” Read more

Chad and Qatar restore ties cut in wake of Arab states rift (Reuters)

Chad and Qatar have restored diplomatic relations, their governments said, six months after the West African nation cut ties with Doha in the wake of a rift among Arab states. Chad closed Qatar’s embassy and expelled its diplomats last August, accusing its government of trying to destabilise Chad via its northern neighbour, Libya. The move came after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar in June for allegedly supporting extremist groups, meddling in their internal affairs and backing regional foe Iran’s agenda. Read more

 

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