SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 14, 2016
2019 election: I may not support you, Aisha warns Buhari
The First Lady, Aisha has warned her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari that she may not back him at the 2019 election unless he shakes up his government.
Aisha in an interview with the BBC said, the president does not know most of the top officials he has appointed. She said: “The president does not know 45 out of 50, for example, of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years.”
“Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position.” Read more
I’ll get married at the right time –Pawpaw
Osita Iheme, aka Pawpaw, is one half of the popular Nollywood comic pair known as Aki and Pawpaw. Both men have since moved up the creative ladder, from being just comic actors to making their own movies.
Osita released his fourth movie last April. It is titled Ada my Love. Although most Nigerian filmmakers often shy away from seeing their own works, he is not one of them. Out of the four movies that he has shot so far, the one that appeals most to him is Mr. Limpopo. He is likely to be caught seeing the movie for as many times as possible. Read more
Tears as freed 21 Chibok girls meet VP Osinbajo
There were strong indications on Thursday that the Federal Government freed some top Boko Haram commanders for the 21 Chibok girls, who were released by the insurgents at Banki, a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon.
The released girls were among the over 200 schoolgirls, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014. Read more
President Buhari At The UN General Assembly Reaffirms Support For NEITI
Nigeria has reaffirmed its commitment to the implementation of the global EITI.
President Muhammadu Buhari made the commitment while addressing the 71st session of the UN General Assembly recently in New York. He explained that Nigeria voluntarily signed up to the EITI with a conviction that there was no better option for a resource rich country than to embrace transparency and accountability in the management of revenues accruing from its natural resources. Read more
The Urgency Of A New Law For The Petroleum Sector In Nigeria
The idea of a new law for the petroleum sector began precisely on the 20th April, 2000, more than sixteen years ago when the Obasanjo administration inaugurated the Oil and Gas Reform Committee. The committee of experts was charged with the responsibility of reviewing the existing laws in the sector and to develop a dynamic legal and regulatory framework required to re-position the Petroleum industry to fully embrace competition, openness, accountability, professionalism, as well as better profit returns on investments. Read more
Customs officers kill motorcyclist, arrest protesting brother
There was a breach of the peace at Mosalasi bus stop, Alagbado, Lagos State, on Thursday, during which operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, shot dead a 25-year-old commercial motorcyclist (okada rider), Saheed Omotosho.
Saheed’s elder brother, Rasheed Omotosho, was also said to have been beaten up and arrested by the customs officers when he protested that the victim was allegedly killed unjustly. Read more
REPORTS: CHIBOK GIRLS SWAPPED FOR DETAINEES, RANSOM OR BOTH?
Conflicting reports are emerging about whether the first negotiated release of Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria in 2014 involved a ransom payment, a prisoner swap for Islamic extremist commanders or both. Read more
Lack of access to liquidity hampering power sector – NERC
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Friday said the challenge bedevilling the nation’s power sector is lack of access to liquidity to promote investment in the sector.
The Acting Chairman of NERC, Dr Anthony Akah, said, “There is no doubt that every country has challenges and the power sector in Nigeria has its own challenges, and one of the challenges that we have is the issue of funding.” Read more
Police recover N2.7m bribe money from ACP
The Nigeria Police Force Complaint Response Unit said it had recovered N2.7m bribe money from an Assistant Commissioner of Police serving in one of the state commands.
This is contained in the third quarter report of the unit signed by Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Abayomi Shogunle, Head of CRU in Abuja. Read more
‘Fifth columnists sabotaging Buhari’s govt’
About 200 protesters, under the aegis of the Coalition of Civil Society Groups, in Abuja on Thursday, warned those they called fifth columnists, sabotaging the efforts of the Federal Government to address the current economic recession, to desist in their own interest.
The protesters carried placards with several inscriptions including ‘in unity, we will overcome recession’, ‘say no to agents of destabilisation’, ‘Naira will bounce back’, ‘give change a chance’ and ‘we stand with President Muhammadu Buhari and CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele’. Read more
Gay couple arrested over Facebook photo
An Indonesian gay couple has been arrested after a photo on Facebook of the men kissing sparked anger, police said Friday, in the latest move against the country’s homosexual community.
There has been a growing backlash against gay people in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country this year, with government ministers and religious leaders lining up to denounce them. Read more
Exploding Note 7: Samsung suffers more losses
Samsung on Friday said the crisis over its exploding Note 7 smartphones would cost another $3 billion-plus in lost profit over the next two quarters, but hoped expanded sales of its other flagship handset would help cushion the impact.
The profit warning came two days after the South Korean electronics giant slashed its operating profit for the third quarter by $2.3 billion. Read more
Trump denies sex assault lies, faces Michelle Obama rebuke
Donald Trump savaged US media Thursday for reporting “outright lies” that he groped and forcibly kissed women, as First Lady Michelle Obama blasted the Republican nominee in a powerful tirade.
Just 26 days before the American electorate chooses a successor to her husband on November 8, a visibly angry first lady delivered a fiery takedown of the real estate mogul and his “disgraceful” behavior. Read more
Leon Balogun returns, Boro wary of Ighalo
Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun returned to training for his German Bundesliga club Mainz 05 on Wednesday after a two-week injury layoff.
The 28-year-old Berlin-born defender, who could be available for selection for Sunday’s Bundesliga clash against Darmstadt 98 at Opel Arena, got injured during the O-Fives’ 3-2 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen at home on September 24. In his absence, Mainz, who are placed 11th in the table, held Wolfsburg to a goalless draw at Volkswagen Arena on October 2. Read more
Gianni Infantino unveils plans to increase World Cup to 40 or 48 teams
The Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has defended his derided World Cup expansion plan and backed the idea of more than one country co-hosting the tournament in order to keep costs down.
Following the first meeting of the newly rebranded and expanded Fifa Council, which replaced the discredited executive committee, Infantino unveiled a vision document named “Fifa 2.0” and a slew of targets and plans. Read more