May 27, 2018

* The IGP Speech: “Transmission” video “doctored”, says Dabiri-Erewa (SUN) * Buhari meets Army Chief, says commitment to security total (Punch)

* The IGP Speech: “Transmission” video “doctored”, says Dabiri-Erewa (SUN)          * Buhari meets Army Chief, says commitment to security total (Punch)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE MAY 18, 2018

 

The IGP Speech: “Transmission” video “doctored”, says Dabiri-Erewa (SUN)

By now most Nigerian media watchers would have seen the viral video of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris stumbling through a prepared statement at the commissioning event for the Police Technical Intelligence Unit in Kano. To say the IGP’s speech, delivered on Monday but the clip going viral on Wednesday, was unintelligible is the least of the worries of most Nigerians. In the now infamous 2-minute clip, IGP Idris, reading off an apparently poorly-worded script, was stuck on the repeated use of the word “transmission”. At a point an aide came to the podium to guide the head of police through what became an even bigger embarrassment when the IGP continued to struggle with what was now clear to guests was an incoherent statement. Read more

Buhari meets Army Chief, says commitment to security total (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting, which was held behind closed doors inside the President’s office, centred on efforts being made by Army authorities to restore peace to troubled parts of the country. Buhari disclosed this in a message he posted on his verified Twitter handle, @MBuhari, after the meeting. The President said his administration’s commitment to peace and security of the country was total. Read more

Benue massacre: Lawmaker hails Buhari’s N10b support fund (SUN)

A lawmaker in the Osun state House of Assembly, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for approving N10 billion for the rehabilitation of communities affected by violent attacks in parts of the country. Oyintiloye Obokun (APC) said the move which was being overseen by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was a step in the right direction saying rehabilitation of the the affected communities and return of victims to their settlement is a laudable effort. The lawmaker who doubles as the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy said the commitment of President Buhari to provide effective security, ensure that affected people can go back to their homes and rebuild those communities, restore farms, support traders and ensure that children are back in school as remarkable. Read more

State governors draw battle line with NNPC over oil revenue (Nation)

The National Economic Council (NEC) has confirmed that the N526 billion and 21 billion dollars was under-paid to the federation account by some Federal Government revenue generating agencies between 2010 and 2015 including the NNPC. Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state made the disclosure while briefing State House correspondents after the meeting of the Council, which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Council Chamber of the presidential villa, Abuja. He said the affected agencies which included Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and 15 others were exposed following the presentation of the report of the technical audit of the agencies to the NEC by KPMG. Read more

Ramadan : APC felicitates with Muslims, calls for prayer nation’s unity (Vanguard)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged Muslims and all Nigerians to use the Ramadan period to pray for unity, peace, prosperity and general well-being in the country. The party made the call in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abudullahi, on Thursday in Abuja, while felicitating with Muslim faithful on the beginning of the Holy month of Ramadan. It said that the period provided Muslim Ummah an opportunity to renew their faith in Almighty Allah through worship and adherence to the teachings of the Holy Quran. Read more

Ekiti 2018: 40 candidates to battle for governorship seat (Nation)

A total number of 40 candidates on the platforms of various political parties are to contest for the governorship seat of Ekiti State on July 14. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday published the names of candidates who emerged from the primaries conducted by their parties. Their names were forwarded to the electoral umpire to beat the May 15 deadline for the receipt of candidates’ names.The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is fielding the incumbent Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola while Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi is running on the platform of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). Two women are among the candidates jostling for the Ekiti governorship seat. They are: Mrs. Margaret Ilesanmi of Accord (A) and Olajumoke Saheed Democratic Alternative (DA). Read more

JOHESU directs health workers in Lagos, Kano, Yobe to ‘Relax Strike’ (ThisDay)

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) Thursday directed health workers in Lagos, Kano and Yobe States “to tactically relax” the ongoing indefinite strike following the cooperation of the governors of these states. The directive to relax the strike in Lagos, Kano and Yobe States to accommodate emergency services was as a fall-out of the positive responses from the state governments to the demands made by JOHESU. Speaking to journalists Thursday night, JOHESU Chairman Biobelemoye Josiah said “it is paramount we seize this discourse to specially convey deep appreciation to state governments which have gone ahead to meet the various clamours and terms of settlement in agreements with government. This include Yobe and Lagos States which have now adjusted the CONHESS Scale as demanded. Read more

Court dismisses EFCC suit against FUNAAB VC, Others (ThisDay)

An Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta on Thursday dismissed a fraud suit filed against three former principal officers of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) — Pro-Chancellor, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe; past Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole; and Bursar, Mr Moses Ilesanmi — by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In the ruling delivered by Justice Olatokunbo Majekodunmi, the court also discharged and acquitted the trio in the fraud allegations brought against them by the anti-graft agency. Read more

KPMG report indicts NNPC, others of under-remitting into Fed account (SUN)

The National Economic Council (NEC) presided over on Thursday by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the final report on the forensic audit of revenue accruals by revenue generating agencies confirmed massive under-remittances to the Federation Account to the tune of N8.1 trillion. Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, while briefing State House correspondents at the end of meeting, said various Revenue Generating Agencies (RGAs) shortchanged the government of N526 billion and $21 billion between 2010 to 2015. Dankwambo, who chaired the NEC ad hoc committee on remittances, said the infractions were identified by KPMG who were contracted by the NEC to carry out a forensic audit of revenue remittances to the Federation Accounts. Read more

Vitol, Glencore, Shell compete for Petrobras’ Nigerian Assets (ThisDay)

The world’s three largest oil traders are competing to buy the African arm of Brazil’s Petrobras (PETR4.SA) that owns stakes in two major Nigerian offshore oil blocks, industry and banking sources with knowledge of the matter said, after submitting bids earlier this month. Last November, state-controlled Petroleo Brasileiro SA, known as Petrobras, launched the sale of 100 percent of Petrobras Oil & Gas BV, or Petrobras Africa, as part of the heavily-indebted company’s plan to offload $21 billion in assets through 2018 as it also faces a massive corruption scandal. Petrobras holds half the shares in the company while 40 percent are held by a subsidiary of Grupo BTG Pactual SA and 10 percent by Helios Investment Partners. Read more

NEC orders NNPC, NPDC, FIRS, Customs, others to refund N8trn unremitted fund (Vanguard)

The National Economic Council, NEC, Thursday, directed the federal government revenue agencies like the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporations, NNPC, Nigerian Petroleum Development Companies, NDPC, Nigerian Custom Service, Nigerian Ports Authority among others to refund N526 billion and $21 billion which is about N8 trillion that was under-remitted to federation account. The NEC at its meeting presided over by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, received the final report of the forensic audit of the agencies conducted by the international firm, KPMG and observed that eighteen agencies did not remit the appropriate money to the nation’s treasury. Read more

Assassins, cultists must be investigated — NFPI (Vanguard)

Delta State-based Nigeria Female President Initiative, NFPI, has called on the Federal Government to leave no stone unturned in the investigation of the gang of assassins/cultists that has confessed to the killing of over 11 people in Kwara State. In a statement, Coordinator of the group, Mr. Felix Akpoyibo, said activities of cultists and other criminals have caused sorrow to families in Kwara and the entire country. He called on the relevant authorities to investigate the matter and ensure everyone remotely connected with the activities of the suspects is investigated and, if found culpable, prosecuted. Read more

Lady pays SARS bribe electronically, sends details to Police boss (Punch)

A lady who paid a N5,000 bribe via money transfer to an officer of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad has put the suspect in trouble with the law. The lady, Adegoke Ifeoluwa, narrated how, on Wednesday, Inspector Olushola Charles Omotosho, attached to FSARS, Ikorodu, Lagos, had harassed her and some people with her, asking for money and threatening to “waste” everyone should she fail to give the money as required. Ifeoluwa said she told Omotosho that she had no cash and that she would do a transfer. Read more

Boko Haram Conflict: Army takes delivery of donated arms, equipment (SUN)

The Nigerian Army on Thursday took delivery of some fighting equipment, arms and ammunition, donated by one of its foreign defense partners. The equipments, delivered to Army authorities at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, include armored tank engines, bullet proof vests and spare parts for armoured vehicles. Receiving the equipment on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, Chairman of the Reception Committee Brig Gen Olufemi Akinjobi said the weapons would go a long way to support army efforts at upgrading its armory. He, however, did not disclose the foreigner partner which donated the equipment. Read more

Police debunk rumour of planned Herdsmen attack in Anambra (ThisDay)

The Anambra State Police Command has dismissed rumours of a planned attack on residents of Agu Awka part of the Awka capital territory by herdsmen. A recent allegation of an attack on a herdsman by some residents of the area had sparked off fears that herdsmen may attack residents of the area for a reprisal. A source in the area said as a result of the rumour, residents of the area had fled the area, while those among them who had businesses had sent away their families in fear. But a press release by the Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Haruna Mohammed, assured residents of the area and the state of safety. Read more

Condemnation trails Casket-Bearing Protesters in Bayelsa (ThisDay)

Protesters, mainly aged women believed to be the kinsmen of the late former state governor, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, have continued to receive disapproval for carrying a mock coffin in protest against the decision of Governor Seriake Dickson to reform the state civil service. The state government had recently removed the names of civil servants, who it said were above 60 years, a situation that has sparked protests by those affected, who also made mock coffins of the governor. The protesters barricaded the road leading to their Amassoma community in Southern Ijaw following the outcome of the reforms at the state-owned Niger Delta University (NDU) located in the area. Read more

Army arrests 19 suspected vandals, 12 impostors, 11 cultists in Lagos (ThisDay)

The 174 battalion of the 81 Division of the Nigeran Army, Thursday arrested 19 suspected pipeline vandals, 12 impostors and 11 cultists in different raids across Lagos and Ogun States. The vandals were arrested at Magboro in Ogun State along Lagos/Ibadan Express in the process of transporting the siphoned petroleum products from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC ) pipelines in Ikorodu. The raid was coordinated by the Anti-Illegal Bunkering and Anti-Pipeline Vandalism patrol, troops of 81 Division Nigerian Army, in conjunction with Department of State Security, Inspector General of Police Task Force Team, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp, Federal Road Safety Corp and Lagos neighborhood Safety Corps. Read more

Dalung urges Nigerians to support Eagles, warns NFF against distraction (Nation)

Minister of Youth and Sport, Solomon Dalung has appealed to Nigerians to show solidarity and support to ensure the success of Nigeria team at the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Dalung in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by his Special Assistant, Media, Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, thanked the team for their commitment, patriotism and unity of purpose as the World Cup approaches. He urged the team and other stakeholders to continue to produce the desired results in their friendly games and aspire to win the cup. According to him, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) should not be distracted with the award of slots to prospective supporters to Russia. Read more

Electoral Committee releases timetable for NFF elective congress (SUN)

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Electoral Committee yesterday released the timetable for the NFF Elective Congress, fixing September 29, 2018 as election date in Kastina. Unveiling the plan at the press conference in Abuja, the Chairman of the committee, Barr Muhammad Sani Katu, revealed that those contesting for the position of president will have to pay a sum of N350,000 for the nomination form. Barr Sani who promised that his committee would do its best to ensure a rancour free elections, disclosed that while the nomination form for the position of vice president costs N300,000 other board members would pay N250,000 for nomination form. Read more

CAF Confederation Cup: Enyimba silenced in Congo-Brazzaville (SUN)

Enyimba were handed a 3-0 defeat by Cara Brazzaville in a CAF Confederation Cup, Group C clash on Wednesday afternoon at the Stade Alphonse Massemba-Debat. Paul Aigbogun’s men suffered a massive loss and now sit third in the group with three points, only behind WAC and CARA on goal difference. Cara dictated the proceedings in the opening five minutes and Dicha Liema attempted a long range shot which was tipped over the cross bar by Fatau Dauda. In the 12th minute, the Nigerians were unlucky when Andrew Abalogu’s header from the far post was cleared off the line and hit the cross bar. However, Cara found the back of the net two minutes later through Racine Louamba who was alert to pounce on a rebound to beat Dauda from close range, 1-0. Read more

Atletico de Madrid ramp up preparations for friendly match in Nigeria (ThisDay)

Spanish LaLiga outfit Atletico de Madrid, are the newly crowned Europa League champions after claiming a dominant 3-0 display over French side Marseille in Lyon on Wednesday night. Atletico are now the second most successful team in the Europa League with 3 titles, second only to Sevilla with 5 titles since the competition was officially renamed. France forward Antoine Griezmann, who is a doubt for the clash against the home-based Nigerian Super Eagles team due to World Cup preparations, scored twice as Atletico de Madrid swept aside Marseille. Club captain Gabi drilled in the third goal late on as Atletico again lifted the trophy they also won back in 2010 and 2012. Read more

Aguero says he feels ‘like new’ ahead of World Cup (Vanguard)

Argentina striker Sergio Aguero said on Thursday that he feels “like new” and is ready to play his “best World Cup” in Russia despite struggling in recent months with a knee injury. The 29-year-old hasn’t played for Manchester City since their Champions League quarter-final defeat by Liverpool on April 10, and Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has a host of attacking options to choose from before naming his World Cup squad. “My knee is like new, I’ve always had problems… But now I feel different, I can bend it and it’s a relief,” he told Argentinian TV channel TyC. Aguero has played 84 times since making his international debut in 2006, scoring 36 goals, but faces strong competition for a place in Sampaoli’s starting XI. Read more

World Cup squad France says no to Payet (Vanguard)

Marseille star Dimitri Payet was left out of France’s World Cup squad announced by coach Didier Deschamps on Thursday, completing a miserable 24 hours for the playmaker. The former West Ham United player was forced off with a hamstring injury in the first half of Marseille’s Europa League final defeat against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, and that fitness doubt persuaded Deschamps to leave him out of the squad of 23. “Dimitri Payet was a serious candidate for a place in the squad. He played the first half-hour (against Atletico), but he aggravated his injury, and the recovery time needed for that type of injury is three weeks,” Deschamps said after revealing his squad live on television station TF1’s evening news programme. Read more

Trump says ‘animals’ comment refers to criminals, Mexico protests (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was referring to criminal gangs when he called some illegal immigrants “animals,” a term the Mexican government labelled as unacceptable and which drew rebukes on social media. Trump made the remarks on Wednesday during a meeting with California municipal leaders who support his goal of making the U.S. border impervious to illegal immigration. “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in, and we’re stopping a lot of them, but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals,” Trump said. Read more

U.S. lawmakers plan hearings on ’emboldened’ China (Reuters)

U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee leaders said on Thursday they will hold a series of hearings in coming months looking at what they see as serious threats from China, continuing strong calls in Congress for tough dealings with Beijing. “China has only become emboldened and now may be the pre-eminent threat to American security, our economy and our values,” U.S. Representative Devin Nunes, the committee’s Republican chairman, said at a hearing focussed on China’s military expansion. He said the committee would also look at issues including China’s efforts “both legal and illicit” to acquire national security technology and U.S. intellectual property, its “influence campaign” and its technology strategy. Read more

‘Safe zones’ around abortion clinics don’t threaten free speech, Victoria says (Guardian)

“Safe access zones” around abortion clinics do not breach Australians’ limited right to free speech because protesters are not engaged in public debate but rather targeting women for their medical choices, the Victorian government has said. The Victorian government has made the submission to the high court, warning that without safe access zones, some women who need abortion services will decide “to delay or not to seek those services at all”. The high court is hearing two constitutional challenges against safe access zone laws in Victoria and Tasmania at the same time as a group of Labor and Nationals MPs in New South Wales begin a push for that state to introduce zones of 150m around abortion clinics, the same buffer that applies in Victoria. Read more

France to fine men up to €750 for wolf-whistling (Independent)

Men will be fined for wolf-whistling or making sexual comments towards women in France, as part of new tougher legislation to combat lecherous behaviour. Those who break the law will face on-the-spot fines of up to €750 (£655). France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, said the law was meant to ensure “women are not afraid to be outside.” The country’s minister for gender equality, Marlene Schiappa, was previously asked about the difficulty of drawing a line between harassment and flirtation. She said: “We know very well at what point we start feeling intimidated, unsafe or harassed in the street.” Read more

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