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* Senate invasion, sign that Buhari’s govt is broken – Secondus (Punch) * Nigerian youths like freebies, says Buhari (Punch)

* Senate invasion, sign that Buhari’s govt is broken – Secondus (Punch)                    * Nigerian youths like freebies, says Buhari (Punch)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE APRIL 18, 2018

 

Senate invasion, sign that Buhari’s govt is broken – Secondus (Punch)

Following the invasion of the Senate by some suspected political thugs, the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr. Uche Secondus on Wednesday declared that the development was a result of the insensitivity of the All Progressives Congress to the security issue in the country. Secondus, who spoke with journalists at the Akure Airport on his way to Ekiti State, said all the political movements going on currently in the country were targeted at removing President Muhammadu Buhari from office in the 2019 Presidential election. Read more

Nigerian youths like freebies, says Buhari (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said many Nigerian youths like free things based on the notion that Nigeria is an oil-rich nation. According The Cable, President Buhari made this assertion while speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster. The president said that Nigeria has a very young population, most of whom were uneducated but wanted everything offered them on a silver platter, just because the country is an oil-producing nation. Read more

APC condemns attack on Senate (ThisDay)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned Wednesday morning’s invasion of the Senate chambers by some hoodlums who took away the mace. In a statement issued by APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi, the ruling party whose member, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, was alleged to have sponsored the attack, described it as an attack against democracy. “The attention of the APC has been drawn to the invasion of the Nigerian Senate by suspected thugs who disrupted Wednesday’s plenary and made away with the mace. “The APC hereby condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy and a desecration of the hallowed institution of the National Assembly. Read more

Tinubu blames Jonathan, PDP for Nigeria’s woes (NewTelegraph)

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has again blamed successive People’s Democratic Party (PDP) administrations for the nation’s woes. The former governor of Lagos State, who spoke yesterday as the special guest at the 35th annual Aminu Kano Memorial Symposium in Kano, accused the PDP governments of frittering away billions of dollars and trillions of naira that would have been used for the country’s development. Represented by the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Tinubu particularly described the immediate past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan as the worst culprit in the pillaging of the nation’s resources. Read more

2019 election: Group tasks media on accuracy (Nation)

The Open Government Partnership (OGP), a Non-Governmental Organisation, on Wednesday, called on the Nigerian media to allow professionalism to come to play in their reportage, especially as the 2019 elections draw near. The Consultant to OGP, Mr Uche Igwe, made the appeal during the organisation’s dialogue with the media in Lagos. Igwe said the dialogue was aimed at enlightening the media on what the public was expecting from them as the watchdog of the society. He said that the media should inform the public with clarity and engage government officials on the OGP national action plan commitments. Read more

FG not implementing 13% derivation in full, says Dickson (Punch)

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has claimed that the oil-producing states in the country are not getting the complete 13 per cent derivation of revenue derived from oil production as provided for in the Constitution. The Governor said that in spite of the express provisions of the constitution for the disbursement of 13 per cent to the producing states, those entrusted with the responsibility have not ensured effective implementation of the Derivation Act. Dickson, who said that successive governments had violated the 13 per cent Derivation Act, called for the issue to be addressed without delay. Read more

Only 3 out of 34 state hospitals in Edo functioning – NMA (Punch)

Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, Edo State, Dr Emmanuel Osaigbovo, has said that only three hospitals out of the 34 owned by the State Government are functioning. Osaigbovo disclosed this on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin. He named the functional hospitals as the Cent

ral Hospital, Stella Obasanjo Hospital and General Hospital, Auchi. However, he said that in the course of the five days warning strike embarked upon by the association last March, the state government hinted of its intention to ensure the rejuvenation of all its hospital. Read more

FG, NGOs sensitise community prior to World Malaria Day (Nation)

Initiative for the Prevention of Malaria (IPM), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), in conjunction with the Federal Government and other relevant stakeholders in the health sector has embarked on environmental management and malaria prevention sensitisation. Mrs Nnenna Didigu, National Coordinator of the NGO, said this at the community outreach in Durumi community in the FCT on Wednesday. He said the sensitisation was part of the activities in the lead-up to the World Malaria Day, slated for April, 25. Reports confirmed that World Malaria Day is aimed at highlighting the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. Read more

55 politicians, others ‘stole N1, 354tr between 2006-2013’ – SERAP (Vanguard)

A new report by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has revealed how “55 politicians, high-level public officials and leaders allegedly stole N1, 354tr between 2006 and 2013 from the nation’s treasury.” According to the report, “The amount of money embezzled, misappropriated or stolen by public officials and leaders in the private between 2013 and 2017 has galloped beyond the contemplation of average Nigerians. Evidence abound that Judges, judicial officers, lawyers and military officers are participants in the frenzy of despoliation of national wealth.” Read more

LASG to award Fourth Mainland Bridge contract June (NTA)

The Lagos State Government will in June award contract for the construction of the Fourth Mainland Bridge, an official said on Wednesday. The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya, gave the assurance at a ministerial press briefing at Alausa, Ikeja. He said that the state was collating technical proposals and evaluating costs toward awarding contract. Akinsanya said that committees had been set up to shop for quality contractors on the project. “I do hope that before the end of May or June, we will announce the preferred bidder for the project. “We are working very hard to select the appropriate and responsible contractor or partners that will execute the project. Read more

JOHESU strike: We’ll attend to emergency cases – Kebbi FMC MD says (Vanguard)

Dr Abdullahi Ibrahim, Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Birnin Kebbi, says the hospital will provide skeletal services to patients. Ibrahim told newsmen on Wednesday in Birnin Kebbi that they would attend to emergency cases in order to save lives. He was reacting to the strike embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), which began on Tuesday midnight. The director said that patients that needed longevity of staying or surgery in the hospital would be transferred to state hospitals. Read more

Tenant allegedly beats landlady to pulp over quit notice (Punch)

A 30-year-old artisan, Kabiru Tajudeen, who allegedly beat his landlady to a pulp for giving him a quit notice on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. Tajudeen, who resides at 28, Omoroga Street, Powerline, Meiran, a suburb of Lagos, is being tried for assault. The prosecutor, Inspector Raji Akeem, told the court that Tajudeen committed the offence on April 1 at his residence. Akeem said that the landlady, Mrs Omowunmi Omoroga, gave the quit notice to the accused in 2017 but he refused to comply with it. Read more

Taraba killings: Nigerian Army declares 5 wanted (SUN)

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday declared five persons wanted in Taraba for their alleged roles in killings in Takum Local Government Area of the state in particular and state in general. The wanted men are Tanko Adiku Dantayi, Kurusi Danladi, Chindo, Big Olumba and Chairman Poko. The army spokesman, Brig.-Gen Texas Chukwu in a statement appealed to the people of Taraba to give useful information to the security agencies that would lead to the arrest of the suspects. Read more

Enyimba, Akwa United ready to exhale (Guardian)

Two of Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup, Enyimba of Aba and Akwa United will go into today’s final leg of the preliminary round with the knowledge that they hold the key to their participation in the group stage of the competition. Enyimba will face Bidvest Wits of South Africa in Calabar, while Akwa United will entertain Sudan’s Al Hilal in Uyo. In the first leg of the ties last week, Enyimba held Bidvest Wits to a 1-1 draw in Johannesburg, while Akwa United lost 0-2 to Al HIlal in Omdurman. And so, Enyimba needs only a goalless draw to advance to the group stage, while Akwa United must win by at least three goals without conceding any to make it. Read more

FIFA Council Member Constant Omari arrested for corruption (Beta.theglobeandmail)

FIFA Council Member Constant Omari has been arrested on suspicion of corruption and was being held Wednesday in a public prosecutor’s office in his home country of Congo and questioned for alleged involvement in embezzling money. Omari, who is also a vice-president of the Confederation of African Football, was arrested on Tuesday night on the orders of Luzolo Bambi, Congo President Joseph Kabila’s special adviser on corruption. Omari, the president of the Congo soccer federation, was arrested along with two other federation officials and a government sports ministry official. They were still being detained Wednesday and questioned at the public prosecutor’s office at a court building in Kinshasa. Read more

If anyone can beat Real Madrid, then it’s Bayern Munich, says Rummenigge (Guardian)

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has thrown down the gauntlet to Real Madrid ahead of next Wednesday’s home Champions League semi-final, first leg. “We have to keep our concentration until next Wednesday, but if anyone can beat Real Madrid at the moment, it’s FC Bayern,” boasted Rummenigge. Bayern host the first leg at Munich’s Allianz Arena with the return at Madrid’s Bernabeu on May 1. The German giants warmed up by romping to a 6-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday in the German Cup semi-final. Read more

Bill Gates warns Commonwealth leaders the fight against malaria could ‘go backwards’ (Inews)

Bill Gates has warned Commonwealth leaders that the fight against malaria could “go backwards” without innovation and long-term funding. The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist told a malaria summit in London that as mosquitoes adapt to drugs and insecticides “we’ve got to get smarter.” He said improved surveillance was vital to monitor mosquitoes and the parasites they carry. Commonwealth leaders attending the event, co-hosted by the governments of Rwanda, Swaziland and the UK, have pledged to halve malaria across member countries within the next five years. This would prevent 350 million cases and save 650,000 lives. Read more

Queen Elizabeth II loses her last corgi, Willow, marking the end of a scrappy canine dynasty (Washingtonpost)

Never easy to lose a pet. Getting a little weepy even typing that sentence. Reports from the palace say Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is absolutely gutted by the loss of her beloved corgi Willow, the last in a royal line of loyal, nippy dogs who have kept the monarch company during her entire reign. The Daily Mail’s correspondent says the 90-year-old queen was hit “extremely hard” by the death of good ol’ Willow, 14, who died on Sunday — was put down, actually — after suffering a bout of damnable cancer. For more 80 years, Her Majesty has been surrounded by corgis. There’s barely a family portrait that doesn’t include a couple of the tawny red, white-pawed, short-legged pooches under foot. Read more

Car bomb hits convoy of eastern Libyan military commander – officials (Reuters)

A car bomb hit a convoy of the chief of staff of the eastern Libyan military outside Benghazi on Wednesday, killing one and wounding at least two people, security and military officials said. Abdel-Razeq Nathouri was travelling from Benghazi to his base in al-Marj, a small eastern town, when the convoy hit him some 20 km outside Benghazi. No more details were immediately available. Nathouri is chief of staff to forces run by Khalifa Haftar, who has been receiving medical treatment in Paris, a French source said on Friday, confirming earlier reports from Libyan officials and media. Read more

 

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