February 19, 2018

* Reps divided over call to sack IGP (SUN) * Melaye faults FG on false alarm trial (Punch)

* Reps divided over call to sack IGP (SUN)     * Melaye faults FG on false alarm trial (Punch)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FEBRUARY 13, 2018

 

Reps divided over call to sack IGP (SUN)

Members of the House of Representatives are currently divided over a proposed motion to rescind a resolution on the sack of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris. Last Wednesday, the Green Chamber adopted a motion passing a vote of no confidence on the police boss. This was sequel to a motion sponsored by Danburam Nuhu from Kano, who drew the attention of the lawmakers to the “complicity” of the Nigeria police in the high rate of thuggery in the state. In its resolution, the House urged President Muhammadu Buhari to replace the IGP with a more professional officer. Read more

Melaye faults FG on false alarm trial (Punch)

The lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, has said he is ready to engage the Federal Government in a legal battle over allegation that he gave false information about an assassination attempt on his life to the police in April 2017. Melaye, in his reaction to his arraignment by the Federal Government on March 1 before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja, alleged that there was a gang up against him by the Kogi State Government, the Presidency, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) and the police. Read more

Osinbajo: Let’s handle Herdsmen – Farmers’ violence with open mind (ThisDay)

Finding solutions to the perennial crises between herdsmen and farmers in several communities in Nigeria could only be achieved if the issue is approached with an open mind, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said. The vice-president, who is leading a presidential committee to find solutions to the crises, said unless everyone concerned viewed all the issues in the matter objectively, it would be difficult to find lasting solutions to the problem. Read more

Lassa fever: 40 placed under watch in Osun, Ondo (Punch)

The Nigerian Medical Association has said that the Osun and Ondo states’ ministries of health in conjunction with the association have placed about 40 persons that had contact with a patient recently killed by Lassa fever under close watch. The Chairman of the NMA in Osun State, Dr. Tokunbo Olajumoke, made the disclosure on Monday in an interview with journalists after an awareness campaign at markets and other places in Osogbo, the Osun State capital. Read more

Gani Adams visits German consulate, seeks end to illegal migration (Punch)

The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Otunba Gani Adams, in Lagos on Monday, visited the German Consular General in Lagos, Ingo Herbert, with a promise “to establish a Peace and Conflict Resolution strategy, to solve the problem of illegal migrants across Europe.” He also pledged to promote the Yoruba globally. According to him, the visit was in line with his determination to promote the cultural identity of the Yoruba race, foster lasting peace and better relationship with the global community. Read more

Abia APC congratulates Kalu on degree restoration (SUN)

Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated former governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, on the restoration of his academic degree withdrawn by Abia State University, Ututu. Last week, the state High Court, in Isuikwuato, presided over by Justice Umah Kalu, ordered restoration of the former governor’s degree, earlier withdrawn by the university. The court said Kalu’s suit, which challenged the withdrawal of his degree was meritorious and, therefore, granted the reliefs sought. Reacting to the judgement, yesterday, Abia APC Chairman, Donatus Nwankpa, commended Kalu for going to court to seek redress over the wrong done him by the university. Read more

Restructuring of Nigeria is unavoidable, says Akinrinade (Punch)

A former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Alani Akinrinade, has said that restructuring is unavoidable and inevitable for Nigeria in the face of national consensus which has coalesced around the issue. The former Chief of Army Staff from October 1979 to April 1980, therefore, called on the Federal Government to take immediate steps towards restructuring the country in the best interest of the citizenry. Read more

Oyo APC warns against Blackmail (Nation)

The All Progressives Congress APC, in Oyo State has warned its members, particularly aspirants jostling for party tickets in the forthcoming local government council election and their supporters, to desist from any conduct capable of bringing the party into disrepute or cause its leadership to lose focus. This warning came against the backdrop of a protest rally staged at the Oke-Ado State Secretariat of the Party by a group of persons believed to be APC members and supporters acting on the suspicion that there were plans to compromise on the choice of conduct of party primaries for many aspirants eyeing chairmanship and councillorship seats of the 33 local government councils and 35 local council development areas of the state in the poll slated for May 12, 2018. Read more

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Why fuel scarcity will persist, by unions (Nation)

There seems to be no letup in the blame trading game over who should be held responsible for the perennial fuel scarcity. Since the queues returned to filling stations across the country at the turn of last year, the Federal Government and those in the distribution chain of petroleum products have been passing the bucks. The supply flow has been unsteady following the withdrawal of oil marketers from importation, leaving the business to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The fuel queues, which began on December 7 in Abuja, eased on January 2 but re-surfaced on January 5. They have been off and on in the FCT and many parts of the country. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said the petrol supply and price situation deserved an urgent and lasting solution. Read more

Nigeria earned N1.2b from oil in fourth quarter of 2017 (Guardian)

The Federal Government earned N1.226 billion from crude oil during the last quarter of 2017, according to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Besides, about N115.58 billion was allocated to the 13 per cent Derivation Fund for distribution among the oil-producing States during the period under review. This was lower than both the proportionate quarterly budget estimate and the receipts in the preceding quarter by 9.1 per cent and 3.5 per cent, respectively Read more

Police confirm abduction of 38-year-old woman in Abakaliki (Nation)

The Police on Tuesday confirmed the abduction of a 38-year- old woman, Mrs Ijeoma Nweke, around Dr Laz Nwuzor Street, Hill Top area of Abakaliki by suspected kidnappers. Mrs Loveth Odah, Ebonyi Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), who confirmed the abduction in an interview with our reporter  said the incident took place at about 5a.m. on Monday. According to her, the victim and her 13-year-old daughter, in company of others, were going for the early morning mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, located in the area when the incident occurred. Read more

How Shagaya died, by FRSC (Nation)

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has given an account of how former Minister of Internal Affairs, Senator John Shagaya died. Shagaya, retired Brigadier-General, died on Sunday in a road accident on Langtang-Pankshin Road in Plateau State. In a statement, FRSC spokesman  Bisi Kazeem, said the Plateau State All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain was on his way to Jos when his Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) crashed into a tree around 2:25pm. Read more

Nigerian Skeleton team begins training, to compete February 16 (Guardian)

The Nigerian skeleton athlete at the on-going 2018 Winter Olympics made her first official training yesterday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, amidst complaints by athletes and officials from the various countries about the biting cold weather in the region. Although, Simidele Adeagbo, who is Nigeria’s sole representative in the skeleton event, had been training on her own, yesterday was the day assigned to her by the Games organisers as first official training. She will also train today and tomorrow in readiness for her event on February 16 and 17. Read more

NFF seals mouthwatering TomTom deal for Eagles (Nation)

The Nation can report that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is making head ways in a bid to be  financially independent, as well get adequate sponsorship for the Super Eagles ahead of the World Cup in Russia. The Glass House scored another plus when it sealed new mouthwatering sponsorship deal with Cadbury Nigeria Plc, the details of which will be made known soon. The said deal will see the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officially declare Tom Tom- one of the products of the beverages and confectioneries’ manufacturing company as the ‘Official Candy of the Super Eagles’. Read more

Salisu lands U23 job, Manu, Ugbade return to Eaglets (Punch)

Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf was on Monday named the national Under-23  team’s substantive coach. The position had  been   vacant after Tunisia ’94 Africa Cup of Nations winner Samson Siasia guided  Nigeria to a third-place finish (bronze)  at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. According to the  Nigeria Football Federation, Salisu, who helped Nigeria reach the final of the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco where they were humiliated 4-0 by the hosts, will be assisted by El-Kanemi coach  Imama Amapakabo,  Plateau United coach Kennedy Boboye, MFM coach  Fidelis Ilechukwu and  Alloy Agu. Read more

Falcons hit Abidjan for WAFU (Punch)

Eight-time African champions the  Super Falcons arrived in  Abidjan  on Monday ahead of  the 2018 WAFU Cup of Nations which begins on Wednesday. According to spokesman for  the Nigeria Football Federation  Ademola Olajire, the team’s new coach Thomas Dennerby led the Nigerian delegation consisting of 21 players,  assistant coaches Wemimo Mathew and Maureen Mmadu to the Ivorian capital for the  maiden championship scheduled to end on February  24. Read more

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Akure Stadium violence: Sunshine Stars face sanctions (Punch)

Persons believed to be Sunshine Stars  fans allegedly attacked and injured match officials  after Sunday’s Premier League game between the Akure club and  visiting Kano Pillars  at the Akure Stadium. One of our correspondents learnt that first assistant referee Emmanuel Apine,  second assistant referee Lewis Gwantana  and fourth  official Kenneth Onyiro  were attacked after centre referee Damian Akure  ended the game, which ended in a goalless draw. Read more

Nigeria name Coaches for National teams (Nation)

The Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF ) on Monday in Abuja formally released the names of coaching crews of five national teams. The federation, in a statement by its Communications Department, however said the development did not relate to three other national teams. These three are the senior men’s team, the Super Eagles, the under-20 women’s team, the Falconets, and the under-17 women’s team, the Flamingoes, whose contracts are running. Read more

The big losers at the Olympics are the host nations (Capx)

The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics began on the February 9, and the South Korean government has budgeted the event to cost South Korean taxpayers over £9 billion. The unfortunate reality for those taxpayers, however, is shown a recent Oxford University study, which found the average Olympic Games exceeds its budget by an enormous 156 per cent. This figure includes only sport-related expenses – outlays for general infrastructure, like housing and transportation, were excluded. These expenses are not insignificant either, and often actually exceed spending on sports related infrastructure. Read more

Coalition members must help Iraq rebuild, Tillerson says (Reuters)

The United States urged members of the coalition fighting Islamic State on Tuesday to help rebuild Iraq or risk the reversal of the gains made against the group there. The U.S. leads the coalition and hopes that after a three-year fight to defeat the militants it can count in large part on Gulf allies to shoulder the burden of rebuilding Iraq and on a Saudi-Iraqi rapprochement to weaken Iran’s influence in the country, which is run by a Shi‘ite led government. Islamic State took control of large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. Read more

Putin and Trump discussed North Korea by phone on Monday – Kremlin (Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed North Korea by phone on Monday, but the discussion was not in-depth, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. He also said that Trump offered U.S. help to Russia in investigating a fatal plane crash on Sunday which killed 71 people on board. Read more

Judge orders closed trial for Ahed Tamimi (Memo)

Palestinian minor Ahed Tamimi will be tried in a closed court after the military judge ordered all journalists to leave the court room today. Following the judge’s announcement, security officials quickly emptied the court of all bystanders before Ahed was brought into court. The 17-year-old was arrested on 19 December during an overnight raid that was carried out in Ramallah’s northern village of Nabi Saleh. She was 16 at the time of her arrest. She was detained after a video of her forcing Israeli occupation soldiers off her family’s property went viral on social media. Read more

Russian court rejects mother’s adoption bid after breast surgery (BBC)

A Russian court has ruled that a woman who chose to have her breasts removed cannot look after two adopted boys since she identifies herself as a man. The long-running case of Yulia Savinovskikh affects two mentally disabled boys who were removed from her care last August. She appealed against the decision, but now the court in Yekaterinburg, in Russia’s Urals region, has said they must remain with the social services. She insists that she is still a woman. She says she underwent surgery because her large breasts were ruining her health. Read more

Marco Rubio’s Nobel nod hurts Hong Kong freedom fighters (Dailybeast)

Joshua Wong Chi Fung, Nathan Law Kwun Chung, and Alex Chow Yong Kang. These three young men were nominated in early February for the Nobel Peace Prize by Republican lawmakers—including Sen. Marco Rubio, who heads the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Their names elicit tides of mixed emotions in Hong Kong. They command some respect: The young men were critical figures of the 2014 Umbrella Movement that involved a 79-day takeover of key roads and public squares in the city, when pro-democracy citizens of Hong Kong set up temporary camps in an unprecedented protest. The three are perpetual figures in the city’s news cycles as fallout from the clearing of Umbrella is still unfolding over three years later. Read more

 

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