* Senate leader parleys Osinbajo (Nation) * We never knew Akpabio was going to meet Buhari —PDP (Punch)

* Senate leader parleys Osinbajo (Nation)                * We never knew Akpabio was going to meet Buhari —PDP (Punch)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 7, 2018

 

Senate leader parleys Osinbajo (Nation)

Before the news of the meeting broke Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had yesterday met behind closed doors with the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The discussions bordered on how to prevail on the National Assembly leadership to reconvene to consider and pass the supplementary budget. Lawan and Enang briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting. According to them, the preparation for  the 2019 elections and other financial needs may be hampered by the delay in the consideration of the virement. Read more

We never knew Akpabio was going to meet Buhari —PDP (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party said it was not aware that the Senate Minority Leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio, was going to London where he met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday. Rather, it said the former governor of Akwa Ibom State told members of the party’s National Working Committee that he was on his way to Germany. The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated this in Abuja on Monday, said the party was not aware of Akpabio’s planned defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress. He said the minority leader of the Senate could have had what he called “technical stopover” in London. Ologbondiyan said, “He told us he was going to Germany and if he ended up in London, maybe, he had a technical stopover. Read more

No vacancy in Enugu govt house, Fr. Mbaka declares (Vanguard)

Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka on Sunday declared that there is no vacancy in the Enugu State Government House in 2019, stressing that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has done excellently well in office and deserves a second term. Mbaka showered encomiums on Gov. Ugwuanyi, describing him as “a good, kindhearted, humble,   peace-loving and God-fearing leader”, who has judiciously managed the lean resources of the state for the benefit of the people. Read more

Remain resilient, unbowed, undeterred, Soyinka tells Ortom (SUN)

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has enjoined Benue  State Governor Samuel Ortom to remain resilient, unbowed, and undeterred in the face of stiff opposition and persecution he is experiencing following his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP). Soyinka who gave the advice in a recent letter to the governor, on his decision to dump the ruling APC applauded his decision to seek an alternative platform especially with the level of insensitivity exhibited by his former party to the wanton killings in Benue state. Read more

National Assembly Clerk refuses to enter premises without Aides (ThisDay)

Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Omolori, Tuesday morning refused to enter the National Assembly premises without his aides. Omolori who arrived the National Assembly gate at about 10 am was told by security operatives that he would not be allowed in with the National Assembly staff working with him. If I can’t go in with my staff, then what am I going to do?” He later put a call through to someone after which he returned back to his black SUV and zoomed off. Read more

Atiku condemns DSS siege on National Assembly (Nation)

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday condemned the siege by operatives of the Department of Security Service (DSS) on the National Assembly. Operatives of the DSS had on Tuesday morning blocked the National Assembly entrance  barring anyone from going into the complex. The lawmakers were later allowed into the chamber, while journalists and other staff of  the National Assembly were barred from the entering. Atiku, in a statement posted on his official and verified Facebook page, said the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, guarantees both the independence of the legislature and separation of powers. Read more

Osinbajo saddened over death of Taraba corps members (PremiumTimes)

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, is saddened by the drowning of nine National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in River Mayo-Selbe in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State on Saturday. They were among 22 youth corps members who had gone on a picnic around the area when the incident happened. Mr Osinbajo’s condolence was conveyed in a statement signed by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Acting President, on Monday in Abuja. Consoling the families and relations of the nine youth corps members on behalf of himself and the federal government, Osinbajo lamented that the nation had lost some of its talented and productive young people in their prime. Read more

‘Tambuwal should account for bailout funds’ (Nation)

A partnership of groups of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State has insisted that defecting Governor Aminu Tambuwal should account for the bailout funds received from the federal government. The group recounted that the governor received various sums of money to ameliorate the problems in the state. “On behalf of APC support groups, we demanded Governor Tambuwal to account for N18.3 billion Paris Club refund, N38.7 billion bailout funds, N10.5 billion salary/pension arrears, N8.7 billion CBN/FGN agric interventions fund and N2.2 billion ecological funds from federal government’’. Read more

Ekiti poll: Tribunal gives Fayemi access to electoral materials (SUN)

The Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Ado-Ekiti, has granted leave to the Governor-elect of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to inspect and obtain certified true copies of polling documents, ballot papers and other electoral materials used in the conduct of July 14 poll. This was in response to the Motion Ex-parte filed by Fayemi’s counsel brought under section 151 of Electoral Act in the defence of the petition against his declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the governorship election. Read more

We will forever defend this hard fought democracy – Ben Murray-Bruce (Vanguard)

As the operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) on Tuesday, barricaded the main gate of the National Assembly, preventing lawmakers and staff from gaining access into the complex. Some senators such as Ben Bruce(Bayelsa), Rafiu Ibrahim(Kwara)and Sani Yerima(Zamfara), who came to the National Assembly were denied access. Some of the senators who sought to know why the gates were being blocked did not get any answer from the operatives who kept mum. Senator Ben Bruce who arrived later, briefed the crowd of journalists and National Assembly staff who had gathered in front of the gate and threatened to get the details of the security operatives and send to all relevant embassies and have their Visa revoked. Read more

Oil rises as US renew sanctions against Iran (SUN)

Oil prices rose on Tuesday as the US reintroduced sanctions against major crude exporter, Iran, tightening global markets. Meanwhile, heatwaves across Europe and other areas pushes oil up. Sweet Brent crude oil futures were at 74.08  dollars per barrel. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up at 69.21 dollars a barrel. The US sanctions against Iran, which shipped out almost three million barrels per day (bpd) of crude in July, officially came into effect at 12.01 a.m. US Eastern time (04.01 GMT) on Tuesday. Many countries, including U.S. allies in Europe as well as China and India, oppose the sanctions, but the US government said it wants as many countries as possible to stop buying Iranian oil. Read more

No quit notice to Nigerian traders in Ghana (Nation)

Ghana has explained that Nigerian traders were not affected by the recent quit notice to foreigners to vacate the country’s retail markets. The Ghanaian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey, made the explanation on Monday in Abuja when she paid a courtesy visit on her Nigerian counterpart, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama. Foreign nationals engaged in retail business in Ghana were on July 11 issued a quit notice to vacate the country’s markets. Ghanaian law reserves operation of retail business only for citizens. The National Association of Nigerian Traders had warned that the quit notice could spark xenophobic attacks. Read more

My sister sent assassins after me, woman alleges (Guardian)

The Lagos State police command has arrested four persons for allegedly attempting to assassinate a 60-year-old woman, Gladys Osaigbovo-Omon. The suspects have allegedly confessed that they were contracted to kill the woman by her younger sister who is based in the United Kingdom. They also confessed that they were given part-payment of N500,000, leaving a balance of N4.5 million.The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, who paraded the suspects, said on July 26, the Divisional Police Officer, Igando police station, CSP Taiwo Kasumu, and his team rounded up a gang that had been mobilised to assassinate Gladys. Read more

I’m ready to coach Falcons, says Dede (Guardian)

Precious Dede was Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper for 15 years, leading the Super Falcons to four appearances at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, including USA 2003, China 2007, Germany 2011 and Canada 2015. She retired after 99 caps. Now, Dede is ready for bigger responsibilities having completed her Advanced Coaching course at the Nigeria Institute for Sports (NIS) in Lagos. Her target is to return to the national team as a goalkeeper trainer as quickly as possible. Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, soft-speaking Dede said: “It will be a thing of joy for me to return to the national team as a goalkeeper trainer as soon as possible to impact the knowledge I have acquired from my training as a coach. I am ready to serve in any capacity in the coaching crew, both at club and national team levels.” Read more

African Championship: Nigerian athletes get N107k each (Vanguard)

Nigerian athletes were each paid N107,000 for all their efforts at the Asaba 2018 African Athletics Championships. Against all odds, Nigerian rallied to a third place finish on medals table, but when it was pay time on Sunday night, there were more questions than answers as the athletes received 107k for those who participated. While those who were in camp and didn’t perform at Asaba went home empty handed. An official of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria explained that the money was to enable the athletes transport themselves back home. Read more

Sports Ministry inaugurates 6-man NFF Reconciliation Committee (Guardian)

Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung yesterday inaugurated a six-man Elders Stakeholders Reconciliation Committee to resolve the lingering crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). According to a statement from the minister’s office, the committee was set up following a decision taken at the Stakeholders Roundtable on Governance Challenges of the NFF held on July 24, 2018. Inaugurating the Committee, Dalung, noted the lingering crisis in the NFF, which had impeded the desired growth and development of football in the country, positing “unless we put aside our parochial interests and differences and work towards the common goal of combating the evil plaguing Nigerian football, it will continue its free fall. This, any responsible government will not allow, hence the need for this committee of distinguished elders.” Read more

ASABA 2018: Workers protest non-payment of salaries (Vanguard)

Peeved by what they described as wickedness, hundreds of menial workers and private security guards who worked at the Stephen Keshi Stadium during the just concluded 21st African Senior Athletics Championship,  yesterday,  stormed the streets of Asaba, the Delta State capital to protest their unpaid salaries and maltreatment by the Local Organising Committee, LOC. The protesters comprising those engaged by private consultants (names witheld ) that got contracts from the Local Organising Committee, headed by Chief Solomon Ogba and the chairman of the state’s Sports Commission, Chief Tonobok Okowa, threatened to cripple commercial activities in the metropolis. The protesters who blocked the popular Nnebisi Road, leading to the stadium to express their displeasure, chanted songs of disenchantment and rained abuses on the organisers over their ill-treatment. Read more

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool must improve fitness ahead of new season (Skysports)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his players are at different fitness levels ahead of the new season and still have plenty of work to do. The Reds play their final pre-season game against Torino at Anfield on Tuesday with Dejan Lovren’s return this week meaning Klopp has his full squad together for the first time this summer. There are just five days to go until Liverpool’s Premier League opener against West Ham live on Sky Sports and Klopp is concerned that his side are not quite ready. Read more

Burnley complete Hart capture from Manchester City (Fourfourtwo)

Joe Hart has become the third England goalkeeper on Burnley’s books after signing for an undisclosed fee from Manchester City. The 31-year-old has signed an initial two-year contract at Turf Moor as Sean Dyche adds to his options following Nick Pope’s shoulder injury. Hart will also compete for a first-team spot with club captain and fellow England international Tom Heaton, who is recovering from a calf problem, and Anders Lindegaard. Read more

Trump effect undeniable in Tuesday’s primaries (Abcnews)

Some midsummer voting on Tuesday places the action basically everywhere. Look to the left and you find a test of progressive enthusiasm: in the governor’s race in Michigan and scattered House primaries extending all the way to Washington state. Over to the right are more Trump-is-everything primaries, including in Kansas, where Kris Kobach is hoping to carry a late endorsement by President Donald Trump into the fall race for governor. And while the special House election in Ohio isn’t a district that qualifies as the center, it could carry lessons that both parties hope help them strategize around and against the president. The Trump effect is undeniable. There is nothing more valuable in Republican politics in 2018 than the support of the president. There is also nothing as motivating to Democratic voters in 2018 as opposition to him. Read more

Anger, fear and defiance in Iran as US sanctions return (AFP)

Iranians voiced anger, fear and defiance on Tuesday as the US reimposed sanctions and their leaders dismissed President Donald Trump’s offer of talks as an act of “psychological warfare”. Trump’s withdrawal from a landmark 2015 nuclear agreement in May had already spooked investors and triggered a run on the Iranian rial long before nuclear-related sanctions went back into force. “I feel like my life is being destroyed. Sanctions are already badly affecting people’s lives. I can’t afford to buy food, pay the rent…” said a construction worker on the streets of the capital. Read more

Earth is ‘1C away from Hothouse State that threatens the future of humanity’ (Skynews)

The Earth’s global temperature is 1C away from a climatic tipping point that threatens the future of humanity, scientists have warned. Experts added that the planet is just decades away from the event that would trigger runaway global warming. The threshold will be reached when average global temperatures are only around 2C higher than they were in pre-industrial times, research suggests. The findings show that the Earth’s temperature is already half way there. If the tipping point is reached it would create a “Hothouse Earth” state of uncontrollable climate change. Read more

 

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