* Saraki, Tambuwal want security chiefs sacked (Vanguard) * Amosun appoints Ogun’s first visually impaired Permanent Secretary (Nation)

* Saraki, Tambuwal want security chiefs sacked (Vanguard)                * Amosun appoints Ogun’s first visually impaired Permanent Secretary (Nation)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE JULY 1, 2018

 

Saraki, Tambuwal want security chiefs sacked (Vanguard)

Following the increasing spate of killings across the country, Senator President Bukola Saraki and Governor Aminu Tambuwal  of Sokoto State want  immediate removal of  security chiefs  to allow for fresh and innovative ideas on how to protect  the nation. Tambuwal spoke while declaring open the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, holding in Sokoto. The governor noted that there was no need retaining security heads that could not find solution to perennial security challenges in the country. He also charged media managers and professionals to rise against increasing rate of disseminating fake news items that had been fueling ethnic and religious violence in the country. On his part, Saraki said the killings in the country were abnormal  because they involve loss of human lives. Read more

Amosun appoints Ogun’s first visually impaired Permanent Secretary (Nation)

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has sworn-in the state’s first visually impaired permanent secretary. Mr. Akinyemi Andrew Elijah  was, until now, Director of Special Needs Education in the  Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Amosun said Elijah was appointed for his dedication, diligence and passion in the discharge of his duties. “We have considered you among those who have diligently served the state and that is why we are honouring you with this,” the governor said. He added:”in Ogun State, it does not matter if you are physically challenged or not, what matters is dedication, diligence and selfless service to the state.” Read more

Igbo, Yoruba seek to erase age-long distrust close political gap (Punch)

If the texture and tenor of the communique issued at the end of the programme were anything to go by, political analysts say this may mark the beginning of a new dawn in the relationship between the Yoruba and the Igbo and by extension, the nation. The summit, which held in Enugu late last year, was conceived by an Igbo think-tank, Nzuko Umunna, in collaboration with the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere.   Tagged ‘Handshake Across the Niger: A Celebration of Igbo/Yoruba Friendship Beyond Brotherhood’, it was meant to unite the Igbo and the Yoruba by highlighting the unity and sacrifice that resulted in the  deaths of Maj. Gen. Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi and Lt.-Col. Adekunle Fajuyi, who were killed together during the July 29, 1966 coup. Read more

Nigeria Killings Echo Abroad: Herdsmen, Boko Haram threaten Nigeria’s future — UK Parliamentarians (Vanguard)

Killings, suspected to have been carried out in some parts of Nigeria by herdsmen alleged to be of Fulani extraction, and Boko Haram echoed in the United Kingdom (UK) as the country’s House of Lords debated the issue last week. The debate came on the heels of the massacre of more than 100 persons in three local government areas of Plateau State last weekend. Before the Plateau incident, killings in some states in the country, including but not limited to Benue, Adamawa and Taraba had been linked to herdsmen. In the debate in the UK House of Lords  on Thursday, several members deplored the killings in Nigeria, asking what their government had done or would do about the situation. The matter was introduced to parliament by Lord Alton of Liverpool under ‘Question for Short Debate in the House of Lords’. Read more

2019: Tinubu, Govs may be seeking Amaechi’s removal as Buhari’s Campaign DG (ThisDay)

Less than a week after the All Progressives Congress (APC) held its national convention amid deep disaffection, a fresh crisis appears to be brewing in the party. Some governors in conjunction with a former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as well as some top security officers are alleged to have commenced moves against the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, principally to replace him as Director-General of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 campaign. This development is said to be connected to scheming ahead of the 2023 presidential run. Many party members see the emerging situation as a huge challenge for the new leadership of the party under Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. Read more

Ekweremadu appointed honorary mayor (SUN)

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, was at the weekend appointed an Honorary Mayor-President, City of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America. The honour was conferred on him when he paid a courtesy visit to the office of the Mayor-President on the sideline of his maiden lecture as a Professor and Senior Mentoring Scholar, e-Governance and Strategic Government Studies, Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Social Sciences, Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Writing on his Facebook page, @IamEkweremadu, he said: “I paid a courtesy visit to the Office of the Mayor-President of Baton Rouge. I was warmly received and I had a heart-to-heart discussion with Veneeth Iyengar on governance, economy, among others. Read more

CJN on police brutality (Nation)

Embarrassed by the plenitude of cases before the courts concerning police misuse of power, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, has asked the courts to take proactive steps to curb the malady. According to him, “I have observed, and received several complaints of the horrific incidents of Police brutality, inordinate arrest, detention and extortion of innocent Nigerians by police officers across the country. These incidents have assumed frightening proportions in recent times. The Magistrate Courts are currently overwhelmed with cases of such brutality, inordinate arrests and detention of Citizens.” He continues: “As we approach election year, it is imperative that we curb these excesses through the instrumentality of the statutory powers of the courts. The Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) has given Magistrates oversight functions over Police Stations in their Jurisdictions.” Read more

INEC chair can’t come from same region as Buhari — PANDEF (Punch)

What was the reason behind the formation of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum?

 

I will say to every Nigerian that is alive today, following the trend of things not flowing quite right, it just did not start but things are getting to its peak now. We found out that the answers to what we are going through now are that our dear country needs to restructure. When this issue came up, even during the 2014 National Conference, a lot of the issues then pointed to the fact that we need to restructure the country so that we can have true federalism. All these years, we have been saying we need true federalism but we never got it. The South-South, South-West and South-East were all speaking in unison and the Middle Belt felt even worse. The main thrust of these meetings is that there is a need to restructure this country so that we can have true federalism and move the country forward. It is for the progress of the country. Read more

Ekiti 2018: INEC distributes non-sensitive materials (Nation)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has distributed non-sensitive electoral materials across the sixteen local government areas ahead of the July 14 governorship election. The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. AbdulGaniy Raji, disclosed this to reporters at a security meeting with party candidates held at the state police command headquarters in Ado-Ekiti. The meeting was attended by all heads of security agencies in the state including the Police, Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS). Read more

Babatunde Fashola opens up: My many headaches as minister (SUN)

Babatunde Raji Fashola, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), is seen by many as a super minister, as superintends the three critical ministries of Power, Works and Housing, unlike most of his colleagues who oversee only a ministry. Therefore, the former governor of Lagos State has always been in the eye of the storm essentially because of the strategic nature of his three ministries. In this interview with Sunday Sun, he opened up on the challenges he has had to grapple with, how he has improved the three critical ministries, the vision of Buhari administration and the difference between his time as governor and now as minister.

You been here for over three years, you were a governor for eight years; what has been your experience?

Well, I haven’t been here for three years. I have been here for two years, seven months and 15 days. Read more

Otedola Crash Inferno: Death toll rises as residents cry out over explosion trauma (Punch)

One of the injured victims of the tanker fire accident at the Otedola Bridge, Lagos end of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway died on Friday. Sunday Punch learnt that the victim, who sustained 90 per cent burns, died late Friday at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Annex, Gbagada. It had been reported that no fewer than nine people lost their lives as 54 vehicles were consumed by the inferno on Thursday after the tanker had a crash and emptied its content on the road. Vehicles trailing the tanker were reportedly trapped and burnt by the fire, which raged for a few hours before it was put out by firefighters from the Lagos State Fire Service. Read more

The Plateau Massacre: Victims groan in pains (SUN)

Even a heart made of stone will melt at the sight of victims of last weekend’s bloody attack by Fulani herdsmen on 11 communities across three local government areas of Plateau State. At the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), where scores of them are battling for survival, you will see men and women screaming in pains to the extent that it will make you develop goose pimples. Inside the wards, you see individuals butchered like animals, just hanging by the thread of life. A particular man was roasted like an offering for some deities. Even kids were not spared. The people are, indeed, in pains and sorrow. Read more

Fresh anxiety in Plateau as gunmen kill vigilante (Nation)

There is no letup in the killings in Plateau State as gunmen suspected to be herdsmen struck again yesterday, killing a vigilante and stealing nine cows belonging to the Anglican Archbishop of Jos, the Right Reverend Benjamin Kwashe. The State Police Command spokesman, Terna Tyopev, said the incident occurred at Kangan community of Jos South Local Government Area. Also yesterday in Jos, the Plateau State capital, the Berom demanded the return of their 52 villages allegedly seized by suspected herdsmen. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Tyopev as saying: “Today, at about 7a.m, we received information that nine cattle, belonging to the Anglican Archbishop of Jos were rustled by men suspected to be herdsmen”. Read more

Pastor Bakare bids farewell to Mom as Tinubu, Govs, Dangote Commiserate (ThisDay)

Pastor Tunde Bakare, Senior Pastor of Latter Rain Assembly saturday bade farewell to his mother who was laid to eternal rest at the family house located at Sodeke Area of Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, lamenting that he will greatly miss his loving mother. Madam Eebudola Bakare, mother of Pastor Bakare passed on at age 108 last May 5 in her son’s Lagos residence. Bakare, the convener of Save Nigeria, at the funeral service of his mother held at the Victory Life Bible Church, Ajebo road, Abeokuta, likened the exit of his caring mother to a bodily part of him chopped off. Read more

World Cup: Our mistake, not Rohr, cost us last 16 ticket — Idowu (Punch)

Brian Idowu says Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is not solely to blame for the Super Eagles’ early from the 2018 World Cup in Russia after their defeat by Argentina. Nigeria blew the chance to secure a place in Round of 16 after  their tactical shortcomings in the closing minutes of the encounter at the Saint Petersburg Stadium  on Tuesday  handed Marcos Rojo a chance to break the 1-1 deadlock,  which was  enough for the Eagles to progress,   in the 86th minute to  send Argentina  through. Rohr has been subjected to heavy criticism for his failure to respond when Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli threw in attacking players in a last-ditch attempt to win the clash. Read more

Okocha: Why Argentina lost to France (SUN)

Former Super Eagles Captain, Austine Jay-Jay Okocha, has sensationally revealed why Argentina lost to France in the World Cup round of 16 played yesterday at in Kazan, Russia, submitting that Argentine hero, Lionel Messi was left up front without anybody passing the ball to him. In probably what could be called the game of the World Cup so far, France defeated Argentina 4-3 with PSG Kylian Mbappe netting a brace for the Blues. The Blues number ten won a penalty off Marcos Rojo which Antoine Griezmann converted to open the scoring in the 13th minute and was named thel Man of the Match on the back of his impressive display. Read more

 

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