* Prove your government is not corrupt, Baba Ahmed, Secondus tell Buhari (Vanguard) * Buhari in Katsina, holds talks with Togolese President (Punch)

* Prove your government is not corrupt, Baba Ahmed, Secondus tell Buhari (Vanguard)            *  Buhari in Katsina, holds talks with Togolese President (Punch)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE JUNE 29, 2018

 

Prove your government is not corrupt, Baba Ahmed, Secondus tell Buhari (Vanguard)

A Presidential aspirant in the 2019 general elections on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed and the national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus yesterday tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to prove the innocence of his government in matters relating to corruption. The duo stated this on Friday at the formal presentation of a letter of intent to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party by Baba-Ahmed, to seek the mandate of the PDP to contest the 2019 Presidential election. Read more

Buhari in Katsina, holds talks with Togolese President (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday arrived in Katsina State for a two-day official visit. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the presidential aircraft carrying him and some aides landed at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport Katsina at 9.56 am. The president was received by Gov. Aminu Masari, Ministers, State and Federal Government officials. He also inspected a guard of honour mounted by a joint team of the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force at the airport. NAN reports that Buhari is billed to hold talks with the visiting Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe Eyadema while in the state. Read more

Plateau killings: Our elders have failed us, say Plateau youths (SUN)

Youths of Plateau State, under the platform of the All Progressives Congress Youths Online Forum, have expressed sadness and disappointment with the elders of the state, saying they were disappointed with the elders for not being united to fight the common enemy of the state. The APC youths, while addressing a press conference, in Jos, led by their Chairman, Comrade Pius Tongmaan and Secretary, Makut Alfred Mashat, following the unfortunate killings of innocent citizens in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen, said the elders had failed for playing politics with the lives of human beings. Read more

Buratai cautions Nigerians against celebrating insecurity on social media (Guardian)

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai on Friday pleaded with Nigerians to desist from celebrating insecurity by helping terrorists and criminal elements in spreading their propaganda on the social media. According to Buratai, if we celebrate insecurity, we will continue to live with insecurity. The army chief made the plea, while fielding questions at a news conference to herald activities to mark the 2018 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) in Maiduguri. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NADCEL is scheduled to hold between June 29 and July 7 in Monguno, Borno North.“Insecurity generally is a challenge to everybody, but there is no challenge that is insurmountable. Read more

Nigerians in diaspora back Atiku’s presidential bid (Nation)

A group of Nigerians resident in Dallas, Texas has thrown their weight behind the presidential ambition of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar vowing to mobilize the American Black Congressional Caucus in his support. Operating under the auspices of Atiku Support Group, the Nigerians said their support was based on their believe that the former Vice President has what it take to lead the country and more importantly, because of his resolve to ensure that Nigerians in the diaspora are allowed to vote during general elections in the country. Chairman of the group, Sir Chris Onyeador said they will go all out to mobilize for the former Vice President, believing that when he becomes President, he will sign the law that will give them voting right. Read more

Kebbi: Death trap for boat travelers (SUN)

Kebbi State has become a major death trap for boat travellers arising from instances of mishaps on its very many rivers and waterways. In recent times, there have been several cases of these fatal mishaps, resulting in injuries and deaths as well as in inconsolable loss to the victims’ families and communities. To many of these communities, the attraction to travel distance by boat, despite the inherent risk, is only but natural and historical. It has been one of their means of transportation from times past just as many have found it more convenient to convey their goods and wares to different markets in different adjoining communities. Read more

Ex-CBN chief seeks establishment of bank for women (Nation)

A former Deputy Governor of the CBN, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has called for the establishment of a “Bank for Women” to boost women enterprise in the country. Moghalu made the call at the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) 2018 Annual Lecture on Friday in Lagos. The theme of the lecture is: “Of Banks and Bankers: Finance and the Challenge of Economic Development in Nigeria”. He said that 46.6 per cent of Nigerian women lacked access to financial services, despite the fact that they were highly productive. Moghalu urged the banking sector to do whatever it could to establish the bank, to facilitate wealth creation by women. Read more

Why I am supporting #EndSARS campaign – Ruggedman (Guardian)

Nigerian rapper Michael Ugochukwu Stephens also known as Ruggedman has said his involvement with #EndSARS campaign is aimed at ending the reign of brutality allegedly perpetrated by the Nigerian Police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad. The #EndSARS campaign began on social media to protest the activities of the police unit which have been accused of extortion, harassment, robbery, intimidation and extra-judicial killings. There have also been public demonstrations for and against the continued existence of the dreaded anti-crime unit of the Nigeria Police Force. Read more

Ex-minister, 4 others remanded in EFCC custody (Guardian)

A Federal High Court in Damaturu, Yobe on Friday remanded a former Minister of Science and Technology, Abdu Bulama, and four others for alleged money laundering. Justice Isa Hamadashin, gave the order when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) presented a seven-count charge before the court accusing the defendants of money laundering. An EFCC Prosecutor, Mr Alkasim Ja’afar, informed the court that the accused people “committed the offences contrary to and punishable under Sections 16(1) (d) and 16(2) (b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended.” Read more

Medical doctor confirms Chrisland School pupil was defiled (Vanguard)

Dr Oluwatoyin Olayioye, a medical expert on Friday told an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court that her findings revealed that the two-year and 11-month old pupil of Chrisland School was defiled. Olayioye was testifying before Justice Sybil Nwaka at the resumed trial of Adegboyega Adenekan, the school supervisor who allegedly defiled the child. The witness, who has been practising medicine for eight years, holds a Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelors of Surgery, a Masters degree of Public Health and is also a trained Forensic Examiner. Read more

Ohanaeze condemns Plateau massacre (SUN)

The Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned the continuous massacre of innocent Nigerians in the Middle Belt part of the country, describing the comparison by the President Muhammad Buhari of killings in Plateau state to those of Zamfara State as most unfortunate. The foremost Igbo body said that it believed that no human life was greater than the other and that two wrongs do not make a right, while calling on the President to stop the vicious circle of killings in the country. Ohanaeze stated this in a release issued, on Thursday, by Special Adviser to the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Media and Publicity, Chief Emeka Attamah,  in Enugu. Read more

Otedola Bridge fire: ‘I could hear the driver shouting ‘brake failure, brake failure’ (Vanguard)

Otedola Bridge: Nigeria on Friday faced calls for improved road and vehicle safety after nine people were killed when a petrol tanker with failed brakes crashed and exploded, engulfing dozens of vehicles in the Lagos rush hour. The crash happened at about 5:30 pm (1630 GMT) on Thursday on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, one of the main routes out of the city. Fifty-four vehicles were gutted. Commuters were forced to walk as traffic backed up throughout the city and as a clean-up operation continued through the night until the road was reopened at about 7:30 am. Read more

Port Harcourt to host African badminton championship (Nation)

The resurgence of badminton in Nigeria got another boost as the Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA) granted Nigeria the hosting right for the 2019 edition of the All African Senior Badminton Championships. In a letter the the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), the continental body conveyed its approval for Port Harcourt, Rivers State to host the competition next year from the 22nd to 28th of April. This was in response to a bid by BFN submitted at the BCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) which held in Thailand earlier this year. Read more

FIBA World Cup qualifiers: Ike Diogu tops D’Tigers list (SUN)

The Head Coach of the men’s senior National team Alex Nwora has released his final team list for the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers taking centre stage this weekend. The 12-man list announced at the team’s last training session on Thursday will be headlined by Sinchuan Blue Whales player and captain, Ike Diogu. Others are Omoerah Keith Sado (Baerum Basket, Norway), Braxton Ogbueze Jai (Charlotte University, USA), Nwora Jordan (University of Louisville, USA) Agada Caleb Apochi (Prat, Spain) and Okosun Augustine Obehioye (Sameji Dominican Republic). Mehinti Tosin Idowu (Lavrio, Greece) and Moses Kingsley (Antwerp Giants, Belgium) were also selected and are all in line to make their first competitive debut for Nigeria. Read more

Argentina set to make surprise change to starting XI against France (Sportsbible)

Argentina are set to make a tactical tweak for the last 16 clash with France in Kazan tomorrow, and it involves Lionel Messi. Messi finally got off the mark in this year’s World Cup with a glorious goal in the massive 2-1 win over Nigeria, ending 622 minutes of World Cup football without a goal and becoming the first player to score a World Cup goal in his teens, 20s and 30s. Though the Albiceleste skipper largely has a free role in the side, much like he does at Barcelona, he has mainly been playing from the right side and coming in off the flank. Sergio Aguero led the line in the first two games, against Iceland and Croatia, before Gonzalo Higuain got the nod in the last group game as Argentina finally picked up three points. Read more

Revealed! Joshua to Face Povetkin Sept 22 (Nation)

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that the mandatory fight between Anthony Joshua and the dangerous Alexander Povetkin has been fixed. “We’re fighting Povetkin in September and we’re looking at multiple venues and dates,” Hearn said Wednesday night. “We have a deal with Povetkin agreed to, but it’s not signed yet,” he added. Hearn further revealed that the fight will take place September 22 or 29, at one of London’s major stadiums, Wembley, Twickenham or London Olympic Stadium. Read more

Eden Hazard ready to turn down huge bumper contract offer from Chelsea (Joe)

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Eden Hazard?

Everybody knows that after a World Cup, Real Madrid have to sign the standout player. Those are simply the rules of football. Having seen Eden Hazard shine in Belgium’s first two matches before last night’s dead rubber, it is likely that we’ll see him make a move to the Bernabéu this summer. Real Madrid have long been admirers of the Chelsea forward and are hoping to bring him to the Spanish capital this summer. Aware of the interest from Madrid, Hazard is ready to turn down a £340,000 per week contract from Chelsea, according to MARCA. Read more

Ex-Ghanaian Vice President Amissah-Arthur dies (Guardian)

Former Vice President of Ghana Kwesi Amissah-Arthur is dead, local media reported early Friday. Although full facts are not yet out, the report said the former number two man of the country under the John Mahama led National Democratic Congress (NDC) collapsed early Friday at a gym at the Air Force base where he had gone to exercise. He was subsequently rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he died shortly after. The 67-year old, popularly referred to as PK, also served as Governor of the Bank of Ghana between 2009 and 2012 during which time Ghana enjoyed about 30-month long single digit inflation and a stable foreign exchange environment. Read more

8 people injured as Mosque wall collapses in heavy rain –Police (Punch)

Police said eight people were injured when the wall of a mosque fell on them due to heavy rain in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore. Local Urdu TV channels reported on Friday that the victims were offering prayers in the mosque when the wall collapsed in the Model Town area of Lahore, the capital of the country’s eastern Punjab province. Soon after the incident, police and rescue teams rushed to the scene and shifted the injured people to a nearby hospital. Hospital sources said five among the injured are in critical condition, hospital sources. Read more

Cracks emerge in EU migrant deal (AFP)

Cracks emerged Friday in Europe’s hard-fought summit deal on migration, as EU President Donald Tusk warned there was no guarantee it would work and France and Austria ruled themselves out of hosting migrant centres. The agreement, hammered out during marathon overnight talks, also swiftly came under fire from the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) charity, which said it aimed to turn away even the most vulnerable people from Europe’s shores. Underscoring the human dimension of the crisis, the bodies of three babies were recovered and around 100 people were missing after a migrant boat sank off the coast of Libya on Friday. Read more

Mumbai plane crash: Maintenance company denies glitch in aircraft (Aninews)

Kanu Gohain, the Executive Director of Indamer Aviation on Friday lamented the ‘unfortunate incident’ of Mumbai plane crash, saying that the aircraft had undergone extensive repair work under them. Five people were killed after the chartered plane crashed near an under construction building on Thursday in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar. Indramer Aviation was the company that was undertaking maintenance of the ill-fated chartered plane, and had cleared it for the test flight after it passed all the ground tests. Speaking to ANI, Gohain said that cause for the accident was yet to be ascertained. “What caused the plane crash has not been found yet. The investigation is still on. Read more

People are slamming Fox News for reporting that the Maryland newspaper just targeted in a shooting doesn’t have an ‘ideological bent’ (BusinessInsider)

As reports emerged on Thursday of a shooting at the Capital Gazette’s newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, the Fox News Correspondent Trace Gallagher told his viewers that the network had investigated whether the newspaper had an ideological bent and determined that it was simply a local paper. “The editorial board doesn’t seem to have any severe ideological bent, so your kind of look toward what’s the M.O., what’s the motive behind something like this, and there’s nothing that jumps out at you that says, ‘Well, it could possibly be this,'” Gallagher said. During an interview on Fox, Sen. Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, agreed that the Capital Gazette — a historic community paper — is not known for having a political orientation, and likely wasn’t targeted for any ideological reason. Read more

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