SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 16, 2018
Rescue Leah Sharibu Now, Atiku Tells FG
Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has called on the Federal Government to immediately rescue Leah Sharibu from the grips of Boko Haram before it is too late. Atiku said this on his Twitter handle while reacting to the killing of an aid worker, Hauwa Leman by the terrorist organisation. He said, “I’m deeply saddened by the murder of Hauwa Leman, an ICRC aid worker, by terrorists. “I implore the Federal Government to deploy every reasonable tool at its disposal to bring Leah Shuaibu and all the children in Boko Haram captivity home.”
Saraki Appointed Atiku Campaign Director by PDP
Nigeria Senate President Bukola Saraki has emerged the campaign director to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential flag bearer Atiku Abubakar. Saraki’s appointment as the director-general of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation was disclosed on Tuesday morning by Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s spokesman. Abubakar was elected the presidential candidate of the main opposition party at its national convention in Port Harcourt earlier this month. Saraki was among the 11 aspirants who challenged Mr Abubakar for the PDP presidential candidacy for 2019 election. After Atiku emerged as the flag bearer after the primaries, the other aspirants pledged their support to Atiku after considering the exercise peaceful and transparent.
FG Expresses Sadness at the Execution
The Federal Government has said it was shocked and saddened at the killing of Leman by Boko Haram despite the actions taken by it to prevent the killing. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described the killing as dastardly, inhuman and ungodly, saying nothing can justify the shedding of the blood of innocent people. The minister issued the statement in London, where he was attending a conference on Nigeria’s unity at Chatham House. He also commiserated with the family of the aid worker and said the federal government did all within its powers to save her life.
Tambuwal, Makarfi Pledge Support For Atiku As Dickson, Others Visit
Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and former Kaduna State Governor Ahmed Makarfi have pledged full support for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. Tambuwal and Makarfi lost at the presidential primary in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. They gave their commitment yesterday when Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson led two other PDP governors to their Abuja homes. Dickson told reportersafter the meeting tha Tambuwal stressed the need for the PDP to remain a strong united party adding that the emphasis should be on the country and not on his personal ambition.
Heavy Security in Ado-Ekiti as Fayemi is Sworn Today
There is heavy security in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital as the governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, takes oath of office today as governor of the state. The tenure of Fayemi’s predecessor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, lapsed 12 midnight on Monday. Fayemi, will be sworn in alongside his Deputy, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, by the Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola. The programme is expected to begin at 11.00am. Security agencies, comprising the police, Department of State Services(DSS) , Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC) and military are concentrated at Okeyinmi, Fajuyi Park and the Secretariat road, where the Ekiti Parapo Pavilion, venue of the inauguration, is located.
Bianca Went into Politics Against Ojukwu’s Advice —MASSOB
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday said Bianca Ojukwu disobeyed the wishes and advice of her husband, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, who before his death, told his wife not to seek elective positions in the country. MASSOB also disassociated itself from the 7-day ultimatum issued by Biafra Independence Movement, BIM, to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, to remove every poster having the picture, logo or inscriptions of the late Biafra warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu from its party offices and establishment in Anambra State.
2017 Budget Achieved 86% Performance – Udoma
The federal government 2017 budget recorded an 86 per cent implementation, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma, has disclosed. He told Vanguard in an interview on the sidelines of the just concluded 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, in Bali, Indonesia, that although the performances of the ministries and agencies of the federal government varied, it was generally an impressive record. According to the minister, “Overall, the 2017 budget implementation was about 86 per cent. Capital releases was at N1.44 trillion, the highest ever, while recurrent was almost 100 percent. All debt service obligations were fully met.”
Ex-Minister’s Family Petitions IGP
The family of the former Minister of Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman, has petitioned Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris over the alleged murder of Anita Akapson by a policeman. Miss Akapson, 31, was allegedly shot dead last Saturday night by yet-to-be-identified policemen in Katampe District, Abuja. According to the family, the deceased was trailed, targeted, intercepted, her vehicle was brushed, blocked and she was shot at close range by a police officer while in her vehicle. The family in the petition dated October 15 and signed by the legal chamber of Kayode Ajulo & Co. called for an investigation into the murder.
Sex-For-Marks: Blame Academically Weak Students –Okebukola
Professor Peter Okebukola, former Executive Secretary, National University Commission, on Tuesday, said the admission of academically weak students by Nigeria higher institutions was responsible for the trending sex-for-mark menace in the system. Okebukola, who made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, said that if universities and other institutions admitted students who were academically sound and had good scores on entry, there would be no room for any lecturer to harass such students.
Lawyer Arraigned for Allegedly Forging Court Judgment
A lawyer, Edward Oseghale, arrested by the police at the premises of Surulere Magistrates Court for allegedly forging a court judgment has been arraigned. Oseghale was arraigned before Magistrate Court presided over by Magistrate O.A Ojo, sitting in Ikeja, for procuring false judgment and using it to evict tenants from their homes. He pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge bordering on forgery, and was granted bail in the sum of N50,000.
EFCC to Arraign NFF Director for Diverting N3.4bn FIFA Fund
A Federal Capital Territory High Court has fixed October 18 for the arraignment of a Director in the Nigeria Football Federation, Christopher Andekin, and two other officials who were accused of perpetrating fraud to the tune of $9.5m (N3.4bn). The EFCC said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, that Andekin, who is the Director of Finance, as well as the cashier, Rajan Zaka, and the Head, Finance and Accounts, Jafaru Mamza, were supposed to have been arraigned on Monday on five counts of fraud.
AFCON 2019: Pinnick Dedicates Eagles’ Win Over Libya to Buhari
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick has dedicated the Super Eagles’ 4-0 defeat of Libya in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in Uyo on Saturday to President Muhammadu Buhari. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Saturday’s match was the first in the fresh tenure of the Pinnick –led NFF, following the elections in Katsina on September 20 that handed the Board another four–year term. A statement by Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Director of Communications and made available, quoted Pinnick as saying that the Eagles victory was dedicated to President Buhari for his continued support to the NFF.
Facebook’s ‘Spam Purge’ Is Silencing Genuine Debate, Political Page Creators Say
On Thursday, Facebook announced it had removed more than 800 political pages and accounts for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and spamming. This week, the people behind the pages Facebook purged for being inauthentic are angry. They feel they’ve been unfairly targeted for practices they say are common across the entire social network. And those who have built their livelihoods around the power of Facebook to drive traffic to their websites are wondering what to do next. The controversy highlights the challenges Facebook and other social media sites face when attempting to police the content their members freely provide. In a related move, on Tuesday, the company announced a way for members to report inaccurate information designed to suppress voter turnout, such as providing the wrong dates or methods for voting. Facebook has been removing this form of misinformation since 2016.
UN Rights Chief Calls For Removal Of Saudi Officials’ Immunity In Khashoggi Case
The UN human rights chief on Tuesday called for the lifting of the immunity of officials who might be involved in the disappearance of a Saudi Arabian journalist at the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey. “In view of the seriousness of the situation surrounding the disappearance of Mr. (Jamal) Khashoggi, I believe the inviolability or immunity of the relevant premises and officials bestowed by treaties such as the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations should be waived immediately,” rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a statement.
Tokyo 2020: New Japan Hotels Must Be Wheelchair Accessible –Govt.
New hotels in Japan with more than 50 rooms will be required to provide wheelchair-friendly accommodation, the government said Tuesday, as the country gears up to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Japan is hoping to attract around 40 million tourists annually by the time of the Games and concerns have been expressed over the quantity of accommodation and facilities for disabled travellers. Under the revised laws, which come into effect on September 1 next year, at least one per cent of rooms in newly built and refurbished hotels or traditional inns must be barrier-free for wheelchair users.