SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 24, 2018
Presidency: Nothing To Fear Over Kanu
The Presidency has assured Nigerians that there is no reason to worry about the outburst by Nnamdi Kanu, the disputed leader of IPOB on returning to the country “with hell’’. Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity gave the assurance in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday. The presidential aide restated that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari was strong enough to defend its territory against any threat.
Youths To Obasanjo: Atiku Should Drop Obi Or Lose
Atiku Abubakar got yesterday a complex challenge on his presidential bid —he should drop running mate Peter Obi or lose. Some youths in the North visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo to table the knotty request. The Northern Youths Leaders Forum (NYLF) advised the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to review the choice of Obi, if he hopes to earn the North’s support. The group, which prides itself as the apex body of 46 youth organisations in the North, threatened to mobilise its over six million members against the PDP and its presidential candidate, if Atiku failed to take its advice.
I’m not leaving PDP – Ekweremadu
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has debunked speculations that he was leaving the People’s Democratic Party. He reassured his supported that he remained a member of the opposition party. Ekweremadu said this in a statement posted on his Facebook page, @iamekweremadu, on Wednesday. The Senator wrote: “I am presently out of the country on a pre-scheduled engagement.“In the past 24 hours, I have been inundated with calls from friends and political associates seeking clarification on the rumours of my departure from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has dominated the media.
Oshiomhole Queries Competence Of Suit Seeking His Probe For Graft
All Progressives Congress (APC’s) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole has queried the competence of a suit seeking his probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for corruption related conduct. Oshiomhole, who also questioned the plaintiff’s right under the law, to seek to compel the EFCC to probe his tenure as Edo State Governor, urged the court to dismiss the suit for being incompetent. The plaintiff, Bishop Osadolor Ochei, said he, on October 28, 2016, petitioned the EFCC, demanding that Oshiomhole be investigated on some allegations he (Ochei) has made against the ex-Governor.
Ambode Pledges Total Support for Buhari, Sanwo-Olu
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday declared his total support for President Muhammadu Buhari and the party’s governorship candidate for the state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, saying he would campaign vigorously for both to win the 2019 general elections. The governor, who was denied a second term ticket by power brokers in the state, said for the sake of continuity, good governance and sustained development, he would lead a massive campaign to rally Lagos electorate to vote against the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, in the election next year.
N5b Limit For Presidential Bid Spending
Senators have re-jigged and passed the Electoral Amendment Bill rejected thrice by President Muhammadu Buhari. The bill was passed yesterday after a brief debate on the report of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which was submitted by Committee Chairman Senator Suleiman Nazif. The amendment pegs election expenses for a presidential candidate at N5 billion and N1 billion for a governorship candidate. A senatorial candidate cannot spend more than N250 million and a House of Representatives candidate’s limit is N100 million.
FG To Limit Number Of Children Per Mother
The Federal Government on Tuesday declared that it was working hard to come out with a policy that would limit the number of children that a mother could have in Nigeria. It stated that traditional rulers and other leaders across the country were being engaged as regards this, adding that the move was aimed at addressing one of the “great challenges” in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the Federal Government. The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, who disclosed this while responding to questions during a session at the 24th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, noted that the country’s population had been identified as one of the great challenges confronting the successful implementation of the ERGP.
NAFEST, a Unifying Force for the Country, Says Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared the National Council for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) is a unifying force for the country. The governor made the declaration yesterday evening at the opening ceremony of the 31st National Council for Arts and Culture, NAFEST Rivers 2018, at the Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt. Dressed in beautiful Rivers Traditional Attire with a walking stick to match, Wike stated that NAFEST 2018 would serve as a unifying force for the country.
Ooni’s Ex-Wife, Zaynab, Congratulates Him On New Marriage
Queen Zaynab-Otiti Obanor, the former wife of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has congratulated the Ooni and his new wife, Yeyeluwa Silekunola Naomi on their marriage. In an Instagram post, the former Ooni’s wife shared a photocard, which read, “It was once said that there is nobility in compassion, beauty in empathy and grace in forgiveness. Congratulations to The Ooni and his new bride, Shilekunola Naomi Moronke Oluwaseyi. May God bless your union.” Queen Zaynab-Otiti announced that she and the Ooni were no longer together in August 2017.
‘Cop Killed Ex-Minister’s Daughter For Refusing To Open Car Door’
Fresh facts have emerged on the circumstances surrounding the killing in Abuja of Anita Akapson, said to be the daughter of a former Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman. It was learnt that the 31-year-old, who was shot in her 2007 Honda Accord car, allegedly refused to alight when directed by the policeman who killed her on October 13. After demobilising the car by firing at the tyres, the Superintendent of Police, who shot her, was said to have asked Akapson to come out of the car but she reportedly refused, fearing that she might be harmed. Sources close to the investigation informed our correspondent on Tuesday that the cop insisted that Akapson should step out of her car, but she refused to budge.
TOTAL/NBBF Final 8: CAMAC, Golden Touch In Good Start
It was a good start for CAMAC of Yenagoa in group B as they got their total NBBF National Final opener to a winning start with a 73point victory over Bukavu Blinks of Kano. Benedict Onuvughakpo with 11points, 1 assist and 14 rebounds was the star for his team as they coasted home to victory in a game they largely dominated. George Akuba came off the bench to help his team with 15points while the duo of Amos Gbonwei and Lucky Reuben scored 10 points each. Despite the 14 points scored by Yahaya Abdulkareem, it was not enough in a game where the team’s inability to put their shots away condemned them to an opening day defeat.
Federer Survives Scare To Win Basel Opener
Top seed Roger Federer showed signs of ring rust in his first match at the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday but still had enough in the tank. It helped him to push past unseeded Serbian Filip Krajinovic 6-2 4-6 6-4 and reach the last-16 in Basel. Playing in front of his home fans, Federer struggled to find his usual precision, racking up 38 unforced errors. But he still managed some produced his usual array of dazzling winners in a contest which stretched just past the two-hour mark. Next up for the world number three, an eight-time Basel champion, is Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff, who beat Australian John Millman 7-6(3) 6-2.
Turkey Opens Khashoggi Dossier To CIA
Turkish intelligence has shared “all the evidence” over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with the CIA chief during a visit, pro-government media reported on Wednesday. CIA Director Gina Haspel visited the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday for talks with officials about the killing of Washington Post contributor Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate. Video images and audio tapes as well as evidence gathered from the consulate and the consul’s residence were shared with Haspel during the briefing at the Turkish Intelligence Organisation (MIT), Sabah newspaper reported.
Theresa May Faces Major Showdown On Abortion And Gay Marriage As 100 Mps Back Vote To Change Law
Theresa May faces major showdown today over abortion and gay marriage after more than 100 MPs backed a vote to change the law. Prominent Tories are among those set to pile pressure on the UK government to change the ultra-conservative laws of Northern Ireland. The province is the only place in the UK where gay marriage and the vast majority of abortions – even in rape or incest – are banned. Stella Creasy and Conor McGinn of Labour have now launched a surprise bid to change that by jumping on emergency laws that are being rushed through Parliament today. The laws are designed to bring stability to Northern Ireland’s rudderless public services after power-sharing broke down.
Game Of Thrones Star Thor Björnsson, MARRIED His 5ft 2ins Girlfriend Kelsey Henson
Game of Thrones star Thor Björnsson has married girlfriend Kelsey Henson. The actor, 29, confirmed the happy news on Instagram on Saturday, treating fans to a black and white photo from his big day. And clearly on cloud nine from their nuptials, Thor – known as ‘The Mountain’ on the hit HBO series – was seen gushing about his wife and their future together, as he penned: ‘It is with great pleasure that I now get to call Kelsey Morgan Henson my wife!’