October 17, 2018

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* Senate summons IGP over Melaye’s arrest (Guardian) * Reps summon Buhari over security situation (Nation)

* Senate summons IGP over Melaye’s arrest (Guardian)                 * Reps summon Buhari over security situation (Nation)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE APRIL 25, 2018

 

Senate summons IGP over Melaye’s arrest (Guardian)

The Nigerian Senate Wednesday summoned the inspector-general of police over the way the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye was handled. Melaye was arrested on Tuesday in Abuja weeks after he was declared wanted and placed on INTERPOL watchlist. The police said the senator had a case to answer after being indicted by two suspected criminals paraded by the Force Headquarters in March. “It is important for the IGP to come and brief us,” Senate President Bukola Saraki said during on Wednesday. “I have tried so many times to find out what the situation is, & this kind of attitude must stop if we truly want to sustain & create an enabling environment.” Read more

Reps summon Buhari over security situation (Nation)

…pass vote of no confidence on Services Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari is to appear at plenary before members of the House of Representatives to answer questions over security situation in the country. Though the date is yet to be fixed, President Buhari is expected to be confronted with the question of sacking his military and security chiefs having being accused of failure over the country’s security of lives and property. The lawmakers passed a vote of no confidence on the Service Chiefs. The House will also suspend legislative sittings for three days in solidarity with victims of the killings around the country. Furthermore, the House has asked that killer herdsmen are declares as terrorists, while all cattle rearers must undergo security profiling. Read more

Dino Melaye not in handcuffs, in stable condition — Saraki (PremiumTimes)

Senator Dino Melaye is currently in a stable condition at the National Hospital, Senate President, Bukola Saraki has said. Mr Saraki said this after visiting the hospitalised senator on Wednesday. The Senate earlier stood down all items on its order paper during plenary to visit Mr Melaye after some lawmakers were denied access to him. Mr Melaye on Tuesday jumped out of a moving police vehicle to resist being taken to Lokoja, an act which landed him in hospital. The delegation of senators led by Mr Saraki arrived at the National Hospital at about 1.29 pm. Read more

Drama as Innoson’s counsel engages court in war of words over jurisdiction (Nation)

A mild drama ensued on Tuesday at an Ikeja Special Offences Court as the chairman of Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, Innocent Chukwu failed to appear in court for his arraignment, for the fourth time. Innoson had previously failed to face charges of alleged fraud preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission on January 17, February 9 and March 14. At the last sitting of the court on March 14, Innoson through his counsel, Mr George Uwechue (SAN), was said to have petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) over Justice Mojisola Dada, the judge trying the case. He was said to have expressed doubts of getting a fair trial before the judge. Read more

Benue killings could lead to national crisis — Secondus (PremiumTimes)

The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus, has urged the Presidency to halt the killings going on in Benue State immediately before it degenerates into a national crisis. Mr Secondus, in a condolence message sent to the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and the Catholic Church in Nigeria on the Tuesday morning’s brutal murder of two Catholic priests and 17 other worshippers said the killings which began on New Year’s Day is no longer bearable. On Tuesday morning, worshipers at the St. Ignatius Quashi Catholic Church parish in Ukpor-Mbalom in Gwer Local Government Area of the state were attacked and killed by suspected herdsmen. Read more

Buhari backs Oshiomhole for APC national chairman (Nation)

Former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole looks set to become the next national chairman of the the All Progressives Congress (APC), with the majority of the governors elected on the platform of the ruling party backing him. At a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa last night, the governors, led by Progressives Governors Forum Chairman Rochas Okorocha, proposed to the President their interest in the former labour leader. Sources at the meeting said the President did not object to the request. Read more

Nigeria far from eliminating malaria – WHO (Vanguard)

Nigeria is yet to be listed among African countries who have made significant progress in eliminating malaria, a statement by the World Health Organisations (WHO) says. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director of Africa, in her message to commemorate the “World Malaria Day 2018” in Abuja on Wednesday, said 14 countries with the world’s biggest malaria problem were in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more

Osun monarch hails Aregbesola’s commitment to infrastructure devt. (SUN)

Owa Obokun, Adimula of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Aromolaran, has commended Governor Rauf  Aregbesola administration’s  commitment  to infrastructure development in the state. The monach gave the commendation, on Wednesday, when the governor  paid him a courtesy visit in his palace before the commencement of the ‎goodwill visit to members of the APC in Ijesa South Federal Constituency ahead of the governorship election on September 22. The traditional ruler enthused that Aregbesola’s giant stride in infrastructure development had spoken and would continue to speak for him. He added that if the All Progressives Congress (APC) played by the rules and listened to elders’ advice on the way forward, victory in the forthcoming poll‎ was guaranteed. Read more

Women, youths charged to support Atiku (Guardian)

Ahead of the 2019 presidential election, women and youths have been urged to rise in support of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the only politician capable of stopping the country from drifting. Speaking during the official launch and inauguration of Rebuild Nigeria Initiative Forum (RNI), one of the support groups for Atiku, the International Coordinator, Mrs. Kemi Adesanya-Eboda said it is imperative the women rise in support of Atiku because of the persistent socio-economic challenges, which Nigeria is going through. Read more

Why judge sent Nigerian senator, Nwaoboshi, to prison (PremiumTimes)

As officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) escorted the Delta State senator, Peter Nwaoboshi, out of the courtroom, shouts of ‘Oshimili’ from a band of loyalists standing outside rent the air. Mr Nwaoboshi, a People’s Democratic Party senator representing Delta North, was arraigned on Wednesday by the EFCC on two counts of money laundering and conspiracy before Mohammed Idris, a judge of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court. He pleaded not guilty to both counts. While moving an application for his bail, Mr. Nwaoboshi’s lawyer, Valerie Azinge, urged the court to admit him to bail on either of self-recognition or on liberal terms. Read more

MD’s trial for ‘cloning SON logo’ adjourned till May 7 (Nation)

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday adjourned till May 7, the trial of the Managing Director of Agastorm Limited, Nonso Udoye, for allegedly cloning the production and registration logo of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON). Justice Saliu Saidu upheld Udoye’s application for adjournment following his change of counsel. Udoye, of 36, Ayara Street, Surulere, Lagos, was arraigned by the SON on February 25 on a 15-count charge of forgery and counterfeiting. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded in prison following his inability to perfect his bail terms. At the commencement of proceedings on Wednesday, his counsel, Emmanuel Okoroafor, told the court that he just took over the matter and needed time to study the Proof of Evidence. Read more

Dbanj launches script writing platform for actors May 1 (Vanguard)

Music star, Oladapo Oyebanji, a.k.a Dbanj, on Wednesday said that a platform for Nigerian talented actors to showcase their scripts for sponsorship would be launched May 1. He disclosed this during the 2018 Nigerian Entertainment Conference with the theme “Understanding Emerging Markets, Trends and Opportunities” in Lagos. Dbanj who established similar platform showcasing talented musicians called Creative, Reality, Entertainment, Arts and Music (CREAM) in 2016, said that the platform would afford actors opportunities to showcase their scripts. Read more

Motor boy allegedly burgles house, steals N1.3m property (Punch)

A 20-year-old motor boy, Jamiu Rafiu, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court in Lagos for allegedly burgling a house and stealing property worth N1.3m. Rafiu, whose residential address was not provided, is being tried for conspiracy, burglary and stealing. According to the prosecutor, Insp. Victor Eruada, the accused committed the offences, with others still at large, on March 23 at No. 11, Cappa Avenue, Palmgrove Estate, Ilupeju, Lagos. He said that the accused conspired to burgle the residence of one Dare Alabi, and stole his property and cash. Read more

Forensic evidence reveals Danish husband killed wife, daughter – LASG (SUN)

The Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, said all is set for the prosecution of a Danish national, Peter Nielsen for the murder of his Nigerian wife, Zainab, and three-year-old daughter, Petra, in Banana Island area of Ikoyi on April 5, 2018. The State Government, in a statement by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, said forensic investigation into the matter revealed overwhelming and compelling evidence to the effect that the suspect killed his wife and daughter. The Attorney General said a prema facie case (evidence) of murder had already been established against the suspect contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, adding that he would be prosecuted at the High Court of Lagos State for the crime. Read more

Commonwealth Games: Dickson gifts Nigeria wrestlers N13.9m (Punch)

Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson on Tuesday rewarded wrestlers that represented Nigeria at the just-concluded Commonwealth Games, for their creditable performance. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor gave the sum of N13.9 million to the athletes and the technical crew during a reception in Government House, Yenagoa. Each of the gold medalist got the sum of N1.5 million, silver medalist got N1 million and bronze medalist N 700,000. Read more

Fans to pay N36, 000 to watch Nigeria, England at Wembley (SUN)

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed the ticket fares for Nigeria’s international friendly game against the Three Lions of England. The Super Eagles would be up against the Three Lions of England at Wembley Stadium on June 2, in one of their warm-up matches ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. According to a statement by NFF: “Tickets for the England/Nigeria match are still selling, with the lowest ticket going for N18, 000 (£35). “There are also tickets for N36, 000 (£70), N28, 000 (£55) and N23, 000 (£45). Concessions are available for students, persons under the age of 16 and senior citizens, with N5, 000 (£10) off their preferred ticket. Read more

Former Super Eagles Star linked with AC Milan Sporting Director Job (Allnigeriasoccer)

Retired Nigeria international Michael Emenalo is being linked with the AC Milan Director of Football job. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Emenalo, Walter Sabatini, Cristiano Giuntoli, Ariedo Braida and Andrea Berta are in the running to take over from Massimiliano Mirabelli. Speculation is rife that Massimiliano Mirabelli will be dismissed after Milan failed to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League, with 13 points separating the Rossoneri from fourth placed Lazio and only four games to the end of the season. It appears Walter Sabatini is in pole position for this job as the leadership of Milan has already held talks with the former director of football at Lazio, Palermo, Roma, Inter Milan and and Jiangsu Suning. Read more

Leeds United owner defends club’s Myanmar tour amid controversy (Kwese.espn)

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has defended the club’s controversial tour of Myanmar next month. Championship side Leeds have been urged to scrap the trip, which has been described as “morally corrupt” by shadow sports minister Rosena Allin-Khan and questioned by Amnesty International. But in an open letter to fans on the club’s official website, Radrizzani said he had visited the country many times and it was “somewhere very close to my heart.” “The club is not receiving any fee to play,” Radrizzani wrote. “Rather I see this both as a personal initiative to support local football and a way to introduce the name of Leeds United in the fastest growing country in southeast Asia. Read more

Arsene Wenger: Timing of Arsenal departure ‘not really my decision’ (BBC)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the timing of his departure from the club after nearly 22 years “was not really my decision”. It was announced on Friday that the 68-year-old Frenchman will leave the club at the end of the season, despite having a year left on his contract. Speaking before Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid, Wenger said: “I focus on what I have to do every day. “At the moment, I work like ever.” Wenger said he would continue to work “for sure” in the future, but was not ready to commit to anything else “at the moment”. Read more

Japan makes formal complaint over mango dessert South Korea is serving Kim Jong-un (Independent)

Japan has lodged a formal complaint about a tropical mango dessert South Korea is planning to serve Kim Jong-un’s delegation at a North-South summit dinner on Friday. The mousse, reportedly titled “Spring of the People”, features a map of the Korean peninsula, including two islands, the sovereignty of which is disputed by Japan. “It is extremely regrettable,” a Japanese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday, adding that Japan had lodged a complaint. “We have asked that the dessert not be served,” she said. The islands, known as Takeshima (island of bamboo) by Japan, and Dokdo (solitary island), by Koreans, are part of a rocky outcrop about halfway between the two countries in the Sea of Japan, which Seoul refers to as the East Sea. Read more

Thousands march in Armenia after acting PM pulls out of talks (Morningstaronline)

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Armenian capital Yerevan today morning after talks between the opposition and the acting prime minister were called off. Protest leader Nikol Pashinian had been expected to sit down for talks with acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan to discuss political transition after Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan abruptly stepped down on Monday amid massive anti-government protests. Mr Karapetyan is an ally of Mr Sargsyan, who ruled Armenia for 10 years. The opposition insists that he should step down soon to make way for a new premier appointed by a new parliament. Today’s talks were supposed to discuss that transition. Read more

$5m grant to Israel cancelled after Arab student selected (Memo)

Donors to an Israeli medical excellence programme refused to continue funding it because one of the doctors selected this year to receive the money is Arab, the Times of Israel reported. The Swiss family reportedly froze the $5 million payment to outstanding young physicians, saying it has “no intention” of donating to non-Jewish recipients. The unnamed donors, who are said to be a “family of Holocaust survivors”, have been giving $5 million every year to the Sheba Medical Centre in Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv. The programme, which has been running for the last 13 years, selects eight to ten young aspiring doctors and medical students per year from about 100 candidates for the grant. Read more

Second Palestinian journalist dies covering Gaza marches (Memo)

Palestinian journalist Ahmed Abu Hussein today succumbed to his wounds after being shot by Israeli snipers while covering mass protests near Gaza’s eastern border. Abu Hussein had arrived at the Ramallah Governmental Hospital late on Sunday to receive treatment for wounds he sustained after being struck by Israeli gunfire while covering the “Great March of Return”. In spite of the severity of his situation, Israel had at first denied Abu Hussein permission to be transported to the occupied West Bank for treatment. He was finally moved “after strenuous efforts” on part of Palestinian officials and after he was denied treatment in Israel. Read more

 

 

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