August 20, 2018

* Saraki replies APC over allegations of incompetence (Guardian) * Stop parading yourself as Chairman, Kwara APC tells Bolarinwa (ThisDay)

* Saraki replies APC over allegations of incompetence (Guardian)      * Stop parading yourself as Chairman, Kwara APC tells Bolarinwa (ThisDay)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 10, 2018

 

Saraki replies APC over allegations of incompetence (Guardian)

President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has described as baseless accusation by All Progressives Congress(APC) that he was the worst president the National Assembly had produced in the country. Saraki said in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Thursday, that the comments by the APC was prompted by alleged plans by the party to “subvert democracy”. He said “we can’t descend into the gutter with these characters. Read more

Stop parading yourself as Chairman, Kwara APC tells Bolarinwa (ThisDay)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State thursday cautioned Hon. Bashiru Bolarinwa, who is parading himself as caretaker chairman of the party, and to stop such act of impersonation with immediate effect or face the full wrath of law. The party stated this in a statement issued in Ilorin, the state capital and signed by its state Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari. The statement also cited to a recent court order which ordered Bolarinwa and others or their agents to stop parading themselves as chairman or executive members of APC caretaker committee in the state. Read more

Magu Assures FBI on fight against cybercriminals (Vanguard)

The Acting Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has assured the Federal Bureau of Intelligence, FBI, that the Commission would intensify its fight against cybercriminals in the country. He lauded the collaboration between the Commission and the agency, saying that the recent raid tagged “Operation Wire Wire”, which led to the arrest of over 32 suspected cybercriminals, was a welcome development. Speaking on Thursday, August 9, 2018 in Lagos during a presentation of certificates by the Assistant Legal Attaché, of the United States Consulate General, Lagos, Mark F.Grimm, to EFCC operatives, Magu, who spoke through the Zonal Head, Akaninyene Ezima, said: Read more

45 Parties rally support for Saraki over impeachment Plot (Leadership)

Leaders of 45 political parties yesterday moved to stop the planned impeachment of the president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki. This is even as they raised the alarm over an alleged plot by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to freeze the account of the Senate and that of its president, Bukola Saraki, to force a leadership change at the Red Chamber. The national chairman of National Unity Party (NUP), Perry Okpara , who spoke on behalf of the parties during a courtesy visit to the Senate President, said, “We have it on good authority that there are moles in the Senate and there are moves to freeze the accounts of the Senate and that of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to effect a forceful leadership change.” Read more

Wike commiserates with Dickson on mother’s demise (Vanguard)

Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers has commiserated with Bayelsa Governor, Mr Seriake Dickson over the demise of his mother, Mrs Goldcoast Dickson. Wike said this in a statement in Port Harcourt on Friday signed by his Special Assistant on Electronic media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu. The Rivers governor said that the news of the death of the mother of the Bayelsa Governor came to him as a shock. Wike noted that the deceased spent her lifetime in making positive contributions to the development of the society. Read more

IGP pledges Police loyalty to Commission (Leadership)

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotum-Idris has pledged the loyalty of the Force to the new chairman of the Police Service Commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith. IGP Idris who made the pledge when he visited Smith, retired Inspector General of Police, in his office in Abuja also requested for the support and assistance of the commission’s chairman to move the Police forward. In his response, Smith assured the IGP that the commission, under his control, will do its best to assist the Police. He noted however that that there is need for the Force and the commission to work closely so as to quickly put structures in place to reposition the Police. Read more

Deaf Group drums support for Ambode’s Second Term (ThisDay)

The members of the Ambode Deaf Solidarity Movement, drawn from the 57 Local Government Areas and Local Community Development Areas LGAs/LCDAs under the All Progressives Congress (APC) Deaf Group has endorsed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for second term re-election as Governor of Lagos State. They have also described him as the chosen governor for his verifiable, substantiated and unadulterated achievements since the inception of his administration. The endorsement came as the Deaf Group took a march yesterday, from the Ikeja Local Government Secretariat through Obafemi Awolowo way and terminated at Alausa Secretariat by Peace Park in front of the Lagos State House of Assembly. Read more

2019: Okotie’s charter for an interim government (SUN)

The elections since the return to civil rule in 1999 have produced four presidents, three from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one, the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, from the All Progressives Congress (APC). These leaders represent the two dominant alternative policy options and ideologies that govern our polity. Yet, none of these options bodes well for Nigeria. In this light, we should look at Rev. Chris Okotie’s article published July 16, on the back page of The Sun. Among other things the pastor-politician called for an interim government to undertake the task of national reconciliation and reconstruction. How can this be actualised? Okotie postulates: “It would be predicated on a new concept of Aboriginal democracy. Read more

INEC parleys NCC over 2019 Elections (ThisDay)

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) thursday, met in Abuja to review the outcome of the report of the joint committee they set up early this year on electronic transmission and collation of results. This is coming as the electoral body in Bauchi State has commenced the distribution of sensitive election materials in preparation for the conduct of Bauchi South senatorial bye-election scheduled to hold on Saturday. The essence of the meeting between INEC and NCC was to ensure that both commissions collectively work towards free, fair and credible elections next year. Read more

Otti partners NDDC to build good roads for Abia Communities (ThisDay)

After years of waiting and hoping, the people of Isieketa in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State would finally get good road as the 5.5kilometres rural road has been inaugurated following the intervention of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The Isieketa-Mbawsi road which was attracted by the state leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Alex Otti, was inaugurated by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, and witnessed by many dignitaries. Read more

Kellyhansone accuses Don Jazzy of orchestrating his arrest twice (ThisDay)

Singer Kellyhansome while wishing his friend, Awwalbiu, a happy birthday on his instagram wall, narrated how his friend stood by him both in times when music producer and artist, Don Jazzy, orchestrated his arrest. In the post he wrote “HBD to the most rugged Capo @awwalbiu. The two times our brother @donjazzy and his people orchestrated my arrest, one for making a cover to the song ‘Feeling Good’ and the other when they set me up with a stolen laptop in a quest to make me look like a fraudster. Read more

ATM fraud syndicate Arrested in Enugu (NTA)

The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested a three-man Automated Teller Machine (ATM) fraud syndicate operating within Enugu city. In a statement on Friday in Enugu, the command’s spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said  the police operatives recovered 30 ATM cards belonging to different individuals from the syndicate. Amaraizu said the syndicate was smashed by the command’s Anti Cultism Squad who acted on a well-coordinated intelligence information. He said the syndicate specialised in swindling their victims of  hard-earned money from their bank accounts through their ATM cards transactions. Read more

10 feared dead in bank robbery in Edo (Guardian)

No fewer than 10 persons were killed following a robbery attack at two banks in Igarra, Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. when the robbers invaded the community in attempt to rob the two commercial banks in the town killing 10 persons including security officers attached to the banks. A resident of the community, Mr Ofei Obende, said the robbers attacked the police station in the town before attacking the banks killing four security men at the bank premises. Read more

Government intervenes in Ondo FA crisis (Punch)

The Ondo State Government has warned the  warring factions  in the state football association  not allow the  leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation affect  the administration of  football  in the state. The  Ondo FA is  split into two by the power  struggle between the Amaju Pinnick NFF board and  the Chris Giwa faction of the federation. Recently, the Dele Ologbese faction,  who  aligned with  the  Amaju Pinnick faction  at  the  Extraordinary General Assembly of the state FA,   suspended the state chairman of the FA, Dele Ajayi,  for allegedly violating the rules and regulations of the association. Ologbese was thereafter appointed as the acting chairman by the assembly. Read more

DSS restores sanity at NFF, Ikpeme Brutalised (ThisDay)

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), on Thursday morning restored sanity to the crisis enmeshed Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) secretariat in Abuja. The intervention was in response to the subtle move by the faction led by Chris Giwa, to assume control of the “Glass House. “ As reported on Thursday, some members of the factional board and a handful of aides had attempted to regain control of the football headquarters in the wake of retreat of DSS on Wednesday, after Lawal Daura, the former DG of the state security agency, was sacked for his role in the siege at the National Assembly on Tuesday. Read more

Halep doubles up, destroys Williams in straight sets (Punch)

World number one Simona Halep crushed seven time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams in straight sets on Thursday at the WTA Montreal event just hours after a delivering a marathon three-hour victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Top seed Halep took no prisoners against Williams, blitzing the 38-year-old American 6-2, 6-2 in just 71 minutes to reach the quarter-finals. Halep’s match against Pavlyuchenkova was originally scheduled for Wednesday night but heavy rains forced organizers to postpone it until Thursday morning. The Romanian needed three gruelling sets to oust the world No. 28 Russian but had a much easier time against veteran Williams who has yet to win a title in 2018. Read more

Nadal reaches Toronto quarters with win over Wawrinka (Punch)

A 45-minute rain interruption did little to stop the progress of Rafael Nadal on Thursday at the Toronto Masters as he defeated Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the quarter-finals. The halt in proceedings came 63 minutes into the opening set, after Wawrinka saved a Nadal set point for 5-all, with the Spaniard then holding serve for 6-5. When the weather passed, the pair returned, with Nadal wrapping up the set on his second chance. Read more

Philippe Coutinho has been given a new shirt number at Barcelona (JOE)

Philippe Coutinho has already changed his squad number at Barcelona. After arriving from Liverpool in January, Coutinho was handed the No. 14 jersey but he has been given a more suitable shirt for his first full season with the Catalan giants. Barcelona announced on Thursday afternoon that Coutinho would wear the No. 7 jersey moving forward. The No. 7 was most recently held by Arda Turan but, in the past, it has famously been worn by the likes of Luis Figo, Pep Guardiola and David Villa. Read more

Anthony Martial Manchester United squad absence explained by Jose Mourinho (MEV)

Jose Mourinho omitted Anthony Martial from the Manchester United squad against Bayern Munich because he was not match-fit. Martial started in United’s first two pre-season games against Club America in Phoenix and San Jose Earthquakes in Santa Clara before he left the five-game tour to attend the birth of his son, Swan. The 22-year-old stayed in Europe and did not report for training at United’s Carrington training complex in over a week, with Martial insisting ‘family comes first’ before he checked in last Thursday. Mourinho did not list Martial among the injured players for the Premier League opener against Leicester on Friday night but Martial’s agent said in June the Frenchman wants to leave United and Mourinho was understood to be open to selling him. Read more

Trump effect not what GOP hoped for (Abcnews)

Neither is the issue set breaking their way, in a campaign that is about as likely to be about the tax cut as it is the Space Force. Now comes the potential for a tense weekend centering on racial issues – dangerous territory for Trump, for anyone who remembers last year around this time. None of it means a landslide, or even a wave, is a sure thing. But it has Republicans recalculating their chances, even as the Democrats see their field of challengers fill out in ways their base can coalesce around. Read more

North Korea lashes out at US diplomats over sanctions (BBC)

North Korea has lashed out again at the US for not lifting sanctions against the country. The foreign ministry said it had made various goodwill gestures, and yet the US was still following an “outdated acting script” and jeopardising any moves towards denuclearisation. North Korea remains under a range of international and US sanctions over its nuclear programme and missile tests. The US wants full nuclear disarmament before sanctions can be lifted. Read more

Indian lawmaker dresses as Hitler to criticize premier (Washingtonpost)

An Indian lawmaker has appeared in Parliament dressed like Adolf Hitler with a toothbrush moustache and wearing a khaki coat with swastika symbols on his pocket and arm. His demand: More funds for the development of his state in southern India. Naramalli Sivaprasa also raised his hand in a Nazi salute for the media on Thursday. His appearance did not trigger any protests from legislators. He says he wants to send a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to follow Hitler. He complained that Modi had gone back on a promise to provide extra funds for his Andhra Pradesh state. Sivaprasa is used to dressing up differently, like a farmer, a cattle herder, a Muslim cleric and a woman to press different issues. Read more

Man ‘lay dead in tent for a year’ near Weston-super-Mare (BBC)

A man lay dead in a tent for up to a year before being found, police have revealed. The body was discovered near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, on 15 August last year, but efforts to trace his next-of-kin have been unsuccessful. PC Andy Henderson said: “This is a really sad case of a man who appears to have been sleeping rough and whose death seems to have gone unreported.” Documents were found with the man but he has not been formally identified.Inside the tent, which was found near the A370, were a newspaper dated August 2016 and a driving licence and birth certificate. Read more

Jeremy Corbyn’s approval ratings reach lowest level in a year (Cityam)

Jeremy Corbyn’s approval rating has fallen to the lowest level since May 2017, as the Labour leader fails to grapple with the antisemitism claims dogging his party. A new YouGov poll found just 22 per cent would support him as Prime Minister, compared with 36 per cent of people backing Theresa May. Neither of those two options were as popular as ‘Don’t Know’, which received 39 per cent of the vote, with a further three per cent refusing to choose. However in July that figure reached 40 per cent, suggesting some people have warmed up to May since the start of recess. Read more

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