SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE JULY 7, 2017
Sagay, others knock AGF, El-Rufai says Magu’ll remain EFCC chairman
The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has said going by the constitution, any minister, who openly disagrees with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, risks being sacked for insubordination.
Sagay said this in a statement on Thursday. Read more
Fashola attacks Goje, says your language unparliamentary
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday hit back at Senator Danjuma Goje, stressing that the legislator’s utterances and choice of words were “unparliamentary and therefore not deserving of a reply.”
The minister also said it was regrettable that Goje, the Chairman, Committee Chairman on Appropriation, would seek to trivialise the issues he (Fashola) raised about the unilateral slashing of the budgetary allocation to key national infrastructure by the National Assembly. Read more
Governors threaten showdown with Magu
Nigerian governors have concluded plans to report the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, to the Federal Government.
The governors also said they would embark on what they described as “a showdown” with Magu over the anti-graft agency’s probe into the recently-released Paris Club loan refunds to the states. Read more
Aregbesola’s outburst against Deji is appalling, says Adeleke family
For describing business mogul, Deji Adeleke, as being insane, the family of the late Isiaka Adeleke, on Thursday, faulted Governor Rauf Aregbesola, saying the outburst was appalling.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Adeleke family in reaction to the statement made by the governor at a campaign rally in Ede on Wednesday. Read more
Ensure fairness, Senate tells INEC, police
The Senate has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to ensure transparency and fairness in the conduct of the Osun-West senatorial district by-election on Saturday.
The lawmakers, who unanimously adopted a motion moved by Senator Duro Faseyi (Peoples Democratic Party/Ekiti-North) at the plenary on Wednesday, mandated INEC, Nigeria Police, Department of State Services, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and other security agencies to allow ‘transparency, fair play and unhindered participation in the election of all duly accredited voters’. Read more
10 soldiers, 447 Boko Haram fighters killed in three months —Army
The Nigerian Army has said that more than 447 Boko Haram terrorists were killed between April and June, while troops lost 10 soldiers in two clashes.
The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who said this on Thursday during a briefing in Maiduguri, Borno State, added that a total of 19, 642 persons abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents were rescued, screened and taken to various Internally Displaced Persons camps. Read more
Court rejects bail application by 661 firearms’ importers
The Federal High Court in Lagos, on Thursday, rejected the bail applications filed by five men who allegedly imported 661 pump-action rifles into the country without lawful authority.
The trial judge, Justice Ayokunle Faji, said he would rather grant the case accelerated hearing than release the accused persons on bail in view of the severity of the allegations levelled against them. Read more
Ambode signed 11,034 land documents in two years
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday said 4,602 Certificates of Occupancy, 6,118 Governor’s Consent and 314 Deemed Grant Consent, totalling 11, 034 land titles, had been signed and issued in the last two years.
Ambode stated this while inaugurating the redesigned land registry of the state, adding that reforms were ongoing to reposition land administration for efficiency.
The governor said one essence of the reforms was to help entrepreneurs to access loan as land “is a vital asset with which the people could access capital and increase their economic activities.” Read more
FG planning policies to address restructuring agitations –Osinbajo
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said the Federal Government will soon roll out policies that will address issues around restructuring in the country.
He stated that the government was observing and taking note of the restructuring debates, pledging that something would be done on the issue to satisfy the clamour by the citizens.Read more
Magu can be removed when Saraki becomes acting President – Falana
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has said the Senate should shelve all plans to remove the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.
He, however, said the Senate can have its way when Senate President Bukola Saraki becomes the acting President. Read more
Ex-lawmaker convicted of N1.4bn fraud gets N4m bail
The Supreme Court on Thursday granted bail to the tune of N4m to a former member of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Gabriel Daudu, who had been convicted by a Federal High Court in Kogi for an alleged N1.4bn fraud.
He was found guilty of 77 out of 208 counts and consequently sentenced to two years on each of the counts. The sentence was to run concurrently. Read more
Jonathan’s wife petitions Reps, alleges harassment by EFCC, NDLEA
Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience, has petitioned the House of Representatives, seeking protection against alleged “relentless” harassment by agents of the Federal Government, particularly the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Mrs. Jonathan also listed the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency and the Federal Inland Revenue Service among agencies of the government that were allegedly harassing her. Read more
Uncompleted three-storeyed building collapses, scores feared trapped
Tragedy occurred on Thursday in Umuguma, in the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, after a three-storeyed building under construction collapsed, trapping a number of persons.
The building was located near Imo Foundation and Imo Specialist Hospital, Umuguma, in the Owerri metropolis. Read more
Nigeria’s future rests on 2014 confab report – Falae
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, on Thursday, called for devolution of powers and resources from the federal government to the federating units.
Falae stated this during the meeting of the Conscience of Yoruba Race, in Ibadan. Read more
Experts disagree with EIU economic conclusions on Nigeria
More economic experts have disagreed with the latest five-year outlook by Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU), which envisaged that continuous socio-political upheavals and severe economic difficulties will remain sources of serious instability in Nigeria, insisting that these scenarios will not persist as long as being predicted.
Reacting to the report, the Deputy Managing Director, Afrinvest Limited, Victor Ndukauba, while urging the Nigerian Government to take the warnings from these analyses to heart, however argued that it is not easy to forecast economic variables accurate. Read more
Agip trains indigenous vendors, contractors on capacity development
To build business capacity, and strengthen its corporate social responsibility, the Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited (NAOC), a subsidiary of the Eni Group, said it had trained about 370 local vendors and over 150 indigenous contractors since 2016.
The Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the outfit, Massimo Insulla, who disclosed this, said part of the training, also included business succession planning for the contractors and vendors. Read more
Citi grants N500m loan to promote microfinance, financial inclusion
Citi Nigeria has granted a loan of about N500 million to Accion Microfinance Bank (Accion MFB) in Nigeria to drive the development of the microfinance sector and bridge financial inclusion in the country.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Citi said the loan aimed at funding Accion’s loan portfolio and support the development of approximately five thousand micro and small enterprises in the country. Read more
Anambra APC ‘tying loose ends’ before guber race
As aspirants jostle to become candidates of their various political parties in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State, one hurdle which the All Progressives Congress (APC) must overcome, is the process of selecting a candidate among the numerous contenders in a way that will not cause disaffection in the party.
And with the primary elections scheduled for next month approaching, there are strong indications that pressure is mounting on the national leadership of the party to ensure a rancour-free exercise. Read more
Remembering Philosopher-King Shaykh Adam Abdullah Al-Ilory (1917-1992)
Today’s sermon was not originally planned to plumb the inner portals of the legendary patrimony of the icon of Arabic-Islamic scholarship in this part of the world, Shaykh Adam Abdullah al-Ilory, who departed this world in 1992. No. I had thought of exploring the present tense of contemporary Muslim life some of which call to question the known ideals of Islam. Of relevance to the latter is the on-going hideous face-off between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. I thought nothing speaks to the disconnect between Islam and Muslims of today than the collusion between the nation of Islam and the Other. I do not know how to make sense of a situation where support for Palestinians, the mainly-Arab-Muslim race without a state in the modern period, could become patronage of terrorism. Read more
Med-view opens Lagos-Ilorin route
Medview Airline will on July 10, 2017 commence flight operations to Ilorin, the Kwara capital.The airline said it will operate three flights a week, which are scheduled to link Ilorin with Abuja and Lagos.
According to the schedule released by the airline, the flight days are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with departure from Lagos to Ilorin at 7.40a.m.. Departure from Ilorin to Abuja is 9.10am, while the return flight from Abuja to Ilorin is 15.50 p.m Read more
North East APC elders reject suspended SGF’s brother as party chief
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in North East zone has rejected the purported appointment of Mr. Mustapha Salihu, as the national vice chairman of the party. While addressing journalists after a nine hours meeting of the elders forum in Yola, yesterday, the spokesman of the group Alhaji Ayuba Tumba, said that Salihu been the younger brother to the suspended Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir David Lawal, he is not eligible to contest for the office because APC is not a family estate. Read more
APC members reject Apapa candidate
Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Apapa Local Government Area of Lagos State have expressed reservation over the choice of Elijah Owolabi as the chairmanship candidate of the party in the coming July 22 council election.
The aggrieved members during a stakeholders meeting said there would be uproar in the community if the leadership of the party in Lagos refused to replace Owolabi before the election. It was alleged that Owolabi is neither from Apapa nor Ward E as he claimed, and he is not also the desired candidate of the community. Read more
We’re living in fear, Kakuri residents lament
THE residents of Kakuri community in Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State have cried out over the repeated attacks by suspected hoodlums.
It was learnt armed robbers constantly attacked the residents, dispossessing them of money and other personal effects. Read more
FCT police probe murder of motorist in Jikwoyi
The police in Abuja have initiated investigation into the murder of a motorist, Olatunde Ojuregbe, who was found dead in his car at Jikwoyi, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory on June 17, 2017.
The deceased was found lying on the driver’s seat by a passer-by who informed the police about the incident. Read more
Kebbi NDLEA seizes 2,590Kg drugs
Illicit drugs weighing 2,590.601kg were confiscated by the Kebbi State command of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency between January and June this year, the state commander, Jadi Suleiman, has said.
He said the command arrested 70 suspects, 20 of whom were convicted. Read more
Nigeria takes broadband internet campaign to ITU telecom world 2017
The participation of Nigeria at the yearly International Telecommunications Union (ITU) conference will focus on deepening the growing broadband segment of the market in the country.
The event is due to hold in Busan, South Korea, from September 25 – 28, 2017.Expectedly, the high level delegation will be led by Barrister Abdulraheem Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications. Read more
Lagos traditional ruler abducted over leadership tussle
The family of Chief Yusuf Ogundare, the Baale of Sangisha, Magodo, Lagos State, has said his abduction is connected with the rivalry between him and another traditional ruler in the community, Oba Jamiu Lawal.
Lawal, however, refuted the allegation, saying he had no hands in the kidnap of the 46-year-old, which occurred on Wednesday. Read more
Emenike vows to resurrect career in Greece
Former Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike has vowed to resurrect his career in Greece after completing his move to Greek champions Olympiakos from Turkish club Fenerbahce on Wednesday.
The South Africa 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner signed a two-year deal and the fee is said to be about $2.8m. Read more
Amokachi ready for Meadow football camp
Meadow Hall School says it has joined forces with former Super Eagles forward Daniel Amokachi to organise a summer football camp at Meadow Hall, Lekki, Lagos, from July 18 to 22.
The school said in a statement on Thursday it decided to set up the camp because it was passionate about the development of the younger generation.
The statement said the camp would give the young players the opportunity to discover their football talents and to learn the basic techniques of the game. Read more
Platini ban appeal rejected
Switzerland’s supreme court has dismissed an appeal by former FIFA vice-president Michel Platini against his four-year ban for financial wrongdoing, Skysports reports.
The Swiss Federal Tribunal said the ban imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport “does not appear to be manifestly excessive”. Read more
Philadelphia Union 1, Sporting Kansas City 1
Not a bad way for the Philadelphia Union to head into the Gold Cup break. The first half went as poorly for the Union as it could have. Just looking at the number of corner kicks in the first half will tell you all you need know, as Sporting Kansas City had a nine to zero lead. Sporting started the half fast with a lot of pressure on the Union, with Ray Gaddis looking especially out of depth early on. SKC kept the pressure up with all of their corners, and they were able to get in some good shots on Union goalkeeper John McCarthy, who started for the Gold Cup bound Andre Blake. McCarthy look as though he might have had to come off with a nasty looking injury knee injury, but he was able to stay in the game and continue his strong start. Read more
Arsenal officially sign Alexandre Lacazette from Olympique Lyon.
The Gunners have officially smashed their club transfer record fee as Alexandre Lacazette will cost them £46.5m up front. The previous record was held by the purchase of Mesut Özil in 2013 for £42m. It’s also widely reported that the Frenchman will become the club’s top earner, taking home a wage packet of £150,000-a-week. Lacazette will travel to Australia next week with the Arsenal squad as they begin their pre-season tour. Read more
How Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United career
Rooney’s fans will argue the ceremonial United captain still has a career in Manchester’s red half. Truth be told, the 31-year-old is finished with the Red Devils.
To his credit, Wazza will go down in Old Trafford folklore as one of the greatest players to ever adorn a United jersey. He remains the club’s record goalscorer. He’s won every winnable trophy at club level with the 13-time Premier League Champions. However, just like burning coal crumbling to cold ash, Rooney’s career has inexplicably disintegrated. Read more
The Arrest of Three Journalists Shows a Disturbing Lack of Press Freedom in Democratic Myanmar
The arrest last week of three journalists at a military roadblock in Myanmar highlights once again the agonizing lack of press freedom in the country. It was also a telltale reminder that the anticipated program of democratic reform promised by Aung San Suu Kyi takes a back seat when the army generals decide to flex their muscles.
Rewind to November 2015 for a moment: the people of Myanmar had just voted in a historic general election. Read more
G-20, Tour de France, Wimbledon: Your Friday Briefing
Clashes at a protest in Hamburg set the stage for the G-20 summit meeting starting today in Germany’s second-largest city. The riot police halted a protest march to isolate a group of masked demonstrators from the otherwise peaceful protest. Some chaos and violence ensued. Dozens of police officers and an unknown number of protesters were injured. Read more
Hawaii judge declines to clarify scope of the travel ban ruling
A federal district court judge on Thursday night declined a request from Hawaii to clarify a ruling by the Supreme Court on the scope of the travel ban, telling lawyers for the state that they must seek such clarification with the Supreme Court.
The ruling keeps the partial travel ban in place and will likely trigger more filings as Hawaii seeks to limit the Trump administration’s executive order. Read more
Tesla to build world’s biggest lithium ion battery in South Australia
Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla, will build the world’s largest lithium ion battery to store renewable energy in South Australia in partnership with French energy utility Neoen.
The 129MWh battery, which is paired with a wind farm, is designed to improve the security of electricity supplies across South Australia. Read more
Three injured on Delta flight after passenger tries to enter cockpit
A Delta Air Lines flight made a turn back soon after takeoff from Seattle to Beijing on Thursday night after a passenger attempted to enter the cockpit, according to two people familiar with the incident.
Three people were injured in the incident aboard Delta flight 129, including two passengers and one crew member, the people said. The flight turned back as it was flying over the western coast of Canada.
The aircraft, a twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER, returned safely to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport around 7:40 PM local time under Department of Defense escort. Read more