SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 3, 2018
Tinubu Denies Allegation of Working with Atiku
The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu has denied report that said he was working with the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, ahead of the 2019 elections. This is coming few days after a member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Abba Gana had said Tinubu would work for Atiku because of his long-standing relationship with the former Vice President. “Only two days ago, he restated this position while speaking with correspondents at the State House in Abuja. He said the PDP could hold their meetings anywhere they liked and that Nigerians know who means well for them and is trustworthy,” Tinubu’s spokesman, Tunde Rahman, said in a statement on Friday.
I Can’t Confirm Death Of Ojukwu’s Son –Bianca
Bianca Ojukwu, the widow of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, has said she cannot confirm the death of her late husband’s son, Debe Ojukwu. When contacted on the telephone, Ambassador Ojukwu told our correspondent that it was not her duty to make announcements in the Ojukwu family. When pressured further that as a stepmother of Debe, she ought to be one of the first persons to know about such things, she said Nnewi people had their customs and tradition. “According to our tradition, it is not my role to make such announcements. We have elders in the family, who have such duties and functions. It’s not part of my duties”, she stated. Calls to Emeka Ojukwu for a confirmation of the story were not picked.
It Is Illegal For States To Determine Minimum Wage, Says Falana
It will be illegal for states to determine what they can pay as minimum wage, activist-lawyer Mr Femi Falana (SAN) has said. According to him, minimum wage was deliberately placed in the exclusive legislative list to ensure uniformity in application. Falana was the guest speaker at a tweet conference/roundtable to make the International Day to end Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI) 2018. It was organised by the International Press Centre (IPC) as part of the Nigerian Journalists Internet Rights Initiative (NJIRI) implemented by IPC with the support of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX).
Stop Politicizing Kalu’s Health – APC Warns Opposition
The Abia State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned opposition parties in the state to stop politicizing the health challenge of their leader and former governor of the state Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, insisting that he is hale and hearty. In a chat the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Comrade Benedict Godson stated that anybody can have health challenge, adding that Kalu was never in coma contrary to insinuations making rounds. “He wasn’t in coma. I want to correct that impression. He only had a surgery. Anybody can be ill and be rushed to the hospital. He was never in coma, rather he was taken to the hospital.
Tambuwal Assign Portfolios To 26 New Commissioners
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has assigned portfolios to the 26 new commissioners and members of the State Executive Council swore-in on Friday. This is contained in a statement by Abubakar Shekara, Director General, Media and Public Affairs to the Sokoto State Governor and issued to newsman in the state on Saturday. Shekara said that the governor wished the Commissioners success in their service to the government and people of the state.
NNPC Pipeline Explosion Was Avoidable – Senate
The Senate joint Committee investigating the NNPC pipeline explosion that rocked two villages in Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area of Abia State has described the incident as avoidable and vowed to ensure that the culprits were brought to justice. The joint committee leader, Senator Kabiru Marafa led the members comprised of Petroleum Downstream and Police Affairs to the scene of the incident at Umuimo and Umuaduru and expressed deep regrets that such an incident which led to heavy loss of lives and wanton destruction of properties had happened in such peaceful communities.
1800 Flood Victims in Ogun Receives Relief Materials
The Ogun State government has flagged off the distribution of relief materials to 1800 flood victims in Abeokuta North and South Local Government Areas of the State. The State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun during the Flag Off distribution exercise to the July 13, 2018 flood victims at Arcade ground Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said flooding was a global phenomenon, which occurred as a result of climate change and had continued to wreck more havoc in different part of the world. Represented by his Deputy, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, Amosun disclosed that, structures mostly affected were situated at flood prone areas, with poor sanitation, calling on relevant agencies of government to be more effective at ensuring good environmental sanitation, so as to prevent re-occurrence.
Woman Kills Husband, 3 Children, Then Commits Suicide
Tragedy occured Saturday on Vandekya Street in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State when a middle aged woman, Mrs Nick Adetsav, stabbed her husband and three children to death, and also took her own life. According to a source, the couple, who lived in a rented apartment with other neighbours, had a quarrel which led to a violent confrontation between the two. The woman was said to have locked up entrances to the house and prevented neighbours from gaining access, before she stabbed her husband and children to death and later took her own life.
Isacc Success: Has He Rediscovered His Groove?
After his record transfer from Granada to Watford, Isaac Success was not successful at hitting the back of the net for the Hornets, managing just a goal in 19 appearances in his first season to the disappointment of the fans. However, since the start of the current season, the 22-year-old seems to have found his groove again, scoring twice in the Carabao Cup against Tottenham Hotspur culminating in his invitation to the national team for the first time since 2017, for the doubleheader AFCON qualifier against Libya. Just last weekend, the 2013 U-17 World Cup star was on target in the English Premier League
US Soldier Killed In ‘Apparent Insider Attack’ In Kabul
One US soldier was killed and another wounded in an “apparent insider attack” in Kabul on Saturday, NATO said, in the latest such assault on international forces in Afghanistan. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the third so-called “green-on-blue” attack in less than three weeks that have rattled foreign troops tasked with training and assisting the war-torn country’s military. The Taliban claimed two similar attacks in the western province of Herat on October 22 and the southern province of Kandahar on October 18. General Scott Miller, the top NATO and US commander in Afghanistan, narrowly escaped the latter attack that killed a powerful police chief.
Trump Has ‘Disgraced’ US Prestige – Khamenei
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday that President Donald Trump has “disgraced” US prestige and would be the ultimate loser from renewing sanctions on the Islamic republic. “This new US president… has disgraced the remnant of America’s prestige and that of liberal democracy. America’s hard power, that is to say their economic and military power, is declining too,” he said on his Persian Twitter account, quoting a speech in Tehran. A defiant Khamenei dismissed the renewed US sanctions — including an oil embargo — that take effect on Monday.
Donald Trump Said Black People Were ‘Too Stupid To Vote’ For Him, Claims Former Lawyer Michael Cohen
Donald Trump said black people were “too stupid to vote” for him during his 2016 election campaign, his former personal lawyer has reportedly claimed. Speaking to Vanity Fair magazine, Michael Cohen, also recalled a conversation with the billionaire-turned-president several years earlier when he allegedly said: “Name one country run by a black person that’s not a s***hole … Name one city.” Describing a separate conversation said to have taken place in the early 2000s, Mr Cohen told the magazine: “We were going from the airport to the hotel, and we drove through what looked like a rougher neighbourhood. Trump made a comment to me, saying that only the blacks could live like this.”