* Saraki, Police investigators meet in his office (Vanguard) * Melaye’s abduction: We’re not aware – FCT Police (SUN)

* Saraki, Police investigators meet in his office (Vanguard)        *  Melaye’s abduction: We’re not aware – FCT Police (SUN)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE JULY 26, 2018

 

Finally, Saraki, Police investigators meet in his office (Vanguard)

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has, Thursday, finally met with a team of investigators in his office over allegation he is “directly linked” to the robbery that took place at Offa, Kwara state. Dr. Saraki, during the interaction with the investigators, reiterated his innocence in the crime. In a tweet, Thursday, by his Special Assistant on New Media, Olu Onemola, Saraki said he had nothing to do with either the robbery incident nor any other criminal activities. According to the tweet, “”Further to the invitation to the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, by the Police on July 23, 2018, and his written response to them on July 24, 2018 on why he could not see them that day — today at about 1:40pm, the Senate President met with a team of investigators on the Offa Robbery case in his office. Read more

Melaye’s abduction: We’re not aware – FCT Police (SUN)

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, said it was not aware of the abduction of Sen. Dino Melaye. Melaye, was reportedly abducted, on Thursday morning, by unknown gunmen in Abuja, on his way to Kogi State. Sen. Ben Murray Bruce, who disclosed this on his twitter handle – @benmurraybruce said – “I have just been informed by Moses Melaye, @dino_melaye’s brother, that Dino has been abducted by unknown persons in a Toyota Sienna that blocked their car and overpowered them on their way to Kogi to answer to Dino’s court case. Let’s be on the watch out. Will keep you updated.” Read more

‘Nigerians can see blood moon tomorrow from 6:44pm to 9:21pm’ (Guardian)

Tomorrow, Friday July 27, 2018, is a going to be a great day. The much expected total lunar eclipse or rather ‘blood moon’ will be here with us. Nigerians from every nook and cranny of this country can see one of the greatest astronomical spectacles of the 21st century tomorrow. The Guardian had reported that Nigeria and most other parts of the world would on July 27, 2018 experience blood moon- a spectacular total lunar eclipse. A ‘blood moon’ happens when Earth’s moon is in full eclipse and has no special astronomical significance, rather, the view in the sky is striking as the usually whitish moon becomes red or ruddy-brown. According to the Science News, Nigeria will experience total lunar eclipse, which would be is fully visible in Lagos. Read more

Buhari’s impeachment plot: APC Reps disown Sen. Ibrahim on Dogara’s involvement (Vanguard)

Members of the House of Representatives from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC have disowned Senator Abu Ibrahim in his allegation that Speaker Yakubu Dogara was part of a plot to impeach President Muhammad Buhari. The members at a press briefing on Thursday told House of Representatives Correspondents that the allegation was a figment of Senator Ibrahim’s imagination. Pledging their unalloyed support to the reelection bid of President Buhari, the members who converged under the aegis of Parliamentary Support Group, PSG, led by Hon. Abdulmumuni Jubril said that Speaker Dogara was with them in the movement. Read more

APC will remain focused – Oshiomhole (Nation)

Despite the crisis that engulfed the All Progressives Congress (APC) earlier in the week, the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, said on Wednesday night the party would remain focused on the task of providing good governance to Nigerians. At least 14 senators had on Tuesday decamped from the APC to other political parties. Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and APC Senators at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Oshiomhole said the meeting was held at the instance of the senators, who wanted to show their solidarity for the President and his administration. Read more

PDP accuses APC of plotting to Impeach Fayose (Guardian)

Nigeria’s ruling Party, All Progressive Congress(APC) has been accused by People’s Democratic Party(PDP) of plotting to impeach the outgoing governor of Ekiti state Ayodele Fayose. PDP raised alarm over the alleged plot to impeach Fayose on Wednesday in a statement signed by the party’s publicity secretary Kola Ologbondiyan. “The People’s Democratic Party has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop its nefarious plot to impeach Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayo Fayose or attract dire consequences,” Ologbondiyan said. Read more

EFCC arraigns Stella Obasanjo’s brother for forgery (Nation)

An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Thursday remanded a Lagos business man, John Abebe in Prison custody for alleged forgery. Justice Mojisola Dada ordered that Abebe, a younger brother of the late former First Lady, Stella Obasanjo, be remanded in Ikoyi Prison pending filing and hearing of his bail application by his counsel, Mr Uche Nwokedi (SAN). The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had   arraigned Abebe before the court on a four count charge of forgery. The EFCC, in the charges, claimed that Abebe “knowingly forged” a letter dated November 30, 1995, written by BP Exploration Nigeria Limited to Inducon (Nigeria) Limited. Read more

Why we shut down ‎Ekiti Assembly – Speaker (Nation)

The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole, on Thursday announced the indefinite shut down of the Assembly. Oluwawole said at a press conference in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, that the decision followed Wednesday’s invasion of the Assembly complex by “strange policemen.” According to him, the decision became necessary because two units of heavily armed riot-policemen stormed the premises without official request. The Speaker accused members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Assembly of being behind the police deployment. Read more

Tejuoso a betrayer, remains an outsider – Ogun APC (SUN)

The Ogun State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has flayed the senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial District, Lanre Tejuosho, for his earlier announcement of defecting from the party,  describing him as a betrayer. The party, however, declared that the senator remained an outsider, not minding his attendance, on Wednesday, of a parley of 43 senators, elected on the platform of the APC, with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Tejuoso had on Tuesday announced his defection from the ruling APC during a plenary session at the Senate. But the senator, on Wednesday, made U-turn at a parley President Muhammadu Buhari held with APC Senator at the Presidential Villa. Read more

Again, another CP posted to Bayelsa (SUN)

The foggy situation on the actual commissioner of police deployed to Bayelsa State by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris persisted, on Thursday, as the Force Headquarters has decided to post Ahmad Abdulrahman to the state, 48 hours after Ahmed Bello was posted to replace newly-deployed John Mokan. Bayelsa State has set a new record in the history in the deployment of Police Commissioners in the country as it had three Commissioners of Police in the space of 72 hours. The first was Mokan who was replaced by Bello and who has now be replaced by Abdulrahman. Read more

NAN on strike over poor welfare (Guardian)

The staff of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Wednesday, embarks on a three-day warning strike over poor welfare. The three days strike started at the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum issued by the agency’s three unions – Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Almagamated Union of Civil Service Public Coporation, Technical and Recreational Service Employees (AUCPTRE) and Radio Television, Theatre Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) – to the management of the agency to press home the demands. “The union demands include: implementation of Condition of Service that was the last review 16 years ago, Payment of Promotion Arrears for 2012, and 2017 and payment of shortfall of promotion arrears of 2014, 2015and 2016,” in a statement signed by the three unions leaders, Yetunde Bada(NUJ), Suleiman Haruna(AUCPTRE), Daniel Akphiare (RATTAWU),” a joint committee of the unions said in a statement on Thursday. Read more

Treat Corps Members as your own, NYSC begs Host Communities (Vanguard)

The Ekiti State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Mrs. Emmanuella Okpongete has made a passionate appeal to host communities on the need to treat corps members as their own wards. She pointed out that the scheme has helped in peaceful co-existence among youth in the country,adding that the issue of ethnicity and tribalism have been reduced through the NYSC scheme. The state coordinator stated this on Thursday while speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of the 1,734 corps members deployed to the state for the 2018 Batch B Orientation course at the Permanent Orientation camp, Ise-Orun/ Emure local government area of the state Read more

Ambode urges corps members to report security risks (Nation)

Fresh set of corps members serving in Lagos State have been asked to help the government with security by reporting anything suspicious. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode gave this charge at the swearing in for Batch B Steam 1 Corps members at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp, in Iyana Ipaja on Thursday. Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Oluseye Oladejo, gave them toll-free lines that they could use to reach security agencies and emergency services. He said:” I implore you to key into our community security strategy of ‘if you see something, say something’ by calling our toll free lines, ‘767’ or ‘112’”. Read more

Fan saved by bucket on head after tile falls off US stadium (Vanguard)

A Chicago baseball fan attending a game at a historic stadium in the midwestern US city has a plastic bucket to thank for saving him from serious injury. The 19-year-old fan of the city’s Cubs was wearing the bucket on his head Tuesday at a night game against the visiting Arizona team when a metal tile fell off of the manually operated scoreboard at Wrigley Field, according to the Chicago Tribune. The fan was mostly shielded by the bucket, though he needed five staples to close a gash on his head, the newspaper said. A team spokesman said this was the first known instance of such an accident involving the 81-year-old scoreboard, which is something of a relic at a time when most parks have huge high-definition video scoreboards. Read more

Alex Ferguson thanks medical staff for life-saving surgery (Punch)

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson thanked medics for saving his life and said he felt humbled by the huge outpouring of sympathy in his first public comments since undergoing emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage in May. The 76-year-old Scot, who won 38 trophies in 26 years in charge at United, praised medical staff in a video message released by the club. Ferguson, who guided United to 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies, remained in intensive care for several days following the emergency surgery. Read more

Trump postpones Putin visit as Pompeo defends US stance on Russia (Guardian)

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday delayed a second summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, while his top diplomat insisted there was no let up against Moscow following the two leaders’ controversial meeting in Helsinki. Facing mounting calls to release the details of Trump’s closed-door talks with Putin, the US administration stepped up its damage control operation, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo going before Congress to defend his boss. The US president himself, under fire for plans to invite Putin to the White House in the fall, opted to delay until 2019 — pushing the talks back until Robert Mueller has completed his probe into Moscow’s election interference, according to National Security Advisor John Bolton. Read more

Imran Khan claims victory in Pakistan elections (Guardian)

Pakistan cricket legend turned opposition stalwart Imran Khan claimed victory Thursday in the country’s tense elections, following accusations of poll rigging by rival parties. “We were successful and we were given a mandate,” Khan said during a live broadcast, adding there was “no politician victimisation” in the contest. Results were still being tallied Thursday, hours after Khan’s supporters took to the streets to celebrate winning an election that opponents have said the powerful military rigged in his favour. Read more

Heatwave grips northern Europe as Greece burns (Guardian)

Scorching hot weather set the conditions for Greece’s wildfires — Europe’s deadliest this century with scores killed — while record temperatures in the north of the continent have also sparked blazes causing widespread damage in recent days. Ten EU countries have mobilised firefighters and equipment to help battle the fires in Greece as well as Sweden and Latvia. Here is a roundup of the devastation. Read more

 

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