SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 25, 2018
UN Reopens Abuja Office 7 Years After Boko Haram Attack
The United Nations is gradually moving back to its headquarters in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, seven years after it was attacked by Boko Haram insurgents. The UN resident coordinator, Edward Kallon, disclosed this at the celebration of the 73rd UN Day on Wednesday in Abuja. The building, which was built by the Nigerian Government, was on Friday, 26 of August 2011, bombed by the militants with a car bomb destroying the lower floors of the building. The vehicle broke through two security barriers, probably indicating that it was reinforced to withstand the impact. Then its driver detonated the bomb after crashing it into the UN reception area. At least 21 were killed while dozens were injured, some critically.
Ooni Denounces Alleged Marriage Scam
The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has debunked an allegation of marriage scam brought against him by one Elizabeth Odunlami Odunlami, who on her Facebook revealed that the Ooni promised her marriage and used her name for business transactions, which ran into millions of dollars in the United States. The allegations came few days after the Ooni married Shilekunola Naomi, 14 months after his marriage with his ex-wife, Olori Wuraola, ended.
Masari to Present 2019 Appropriation Bill to Assembly Next Week
The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, would next present the 2019 appropriation bill to the state House of Assembly for onward scrutiny and consideration by the lawmakers. The state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Home Affairs, Muhammad Brodo, disclosed this shortly after the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting, presided over by the governor yesterday. The meeting which was held at Government House, behind closed-door enabled Masari’s cabinet members to discuss issues that would foster the development of the state, including the 2019 appropriation bill.
Buhari’s Men Should Follow Fayose’s Suit, Says Olayinka
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, granted the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose bail sum of N50 million, bond, with one surety in like sum just as it fixed November 19 for his trial. Justice Mojisola Olatoregun granted Fayose bail with two sureties in like sum, who must issue N50 million bond in a reputable bank as well as possess three years tax clearance. She also ordered that the former governor should deposit his International Passport with the court. Earlier, Fayose’s lawyer, Mr. Kanu Agabi, urged the court to grant bail to his client based on self-recognition on the grounds that he voluntarily submitted himself to the EFCC. But the commission opposed the bail request, saying that on the day Fayose arrived at the EFCC headquarters, he was accompanied by hoodlums who were willing to attack their officials.
Mo Abudu,Meghan Markle make UK 100 Black Powerlist
Four Nigerians including media mogul, Mo Abudu, boxing champion Anthony Joshua, actor John Boyega joined Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex as new additions to the 2018 UK ‘100 Black Powerlist’. The 12-year old list, which was unveiled on Tuesday, annually features UK’s top 100 people of Black or Carribean heritage who use their positions to positively influence the love of others. News Agency of Nigeria reports that the list also features other black entertainers including actor, Idris Elba; and actresses Thandie Newton and Naomie Harris.
EFCC Begins Manhunt for Defendant in $8.4m Fraud Trial
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has informed a Lagos Special Offences court that it has begun a manhunt for one of the defendants in an $8.4 million fraud trial, Yusuf Yahaya, after jumping administrative bail granted him by the commission. Yusuf Kwande and Osahon Asemota, both oil marketers and five companies, are facing trial before Justice Mojisola Dada for allegedly defrauding Nigerian companies of 10,000 metric tonnes of Automotive Gas Oil, AGO, worth N200 million.
NNPC Allays Fear of Petrol Scarcity During Festive Season
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured motorists and other consumers of availability of petroleum products during the festive period. Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, in a statement yesterday said that the NNPC has 37 days’ fuel sufficiency of which strategies had been put in place to ensure that Nigerians experience a hitch-free festive period. Besides, the Corporation has warned petroleum products consumers across the nation against mishandling of white products as the dry season draws near in the country.
NAF Fighter Jets Destroy Boko Haram Ammunition, Fuel Dumps In Borno
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said its Air Task Force, engaged in the ongoing counter-insurgency fight, in the North East have destroyed another terrorists stronghold at Tumbun Sale in Borno State. Director of Public Relations and Information of NAF, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who made this known, in a statement, said that an ammunition dump and a fuel dump along several vehicles belonging to the terrorists were destroyed by its fighter jets on October 23 after an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions revealed the presence of the terrorists in the area.
FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Move Up by 4 Spots, Now Placed 44th
Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved up by four spots to the 44th in the world in the October FIFA -Coca Cola Ranking. In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1431 points as against 1415 it had in September. The movement has now placed Nigeria as the third in Africa behind Tunisia and Senegal. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that it was during this period that the Eagles thrashed Libya 4-0 (home) and 3-2 (away) in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Alexander Hleb Exclusive Interview: ‘Arsenal Was The Best Time Of My Life – It’s Hard To Say Why I Left’
Eleven years have slipped by since Arsenal last embarked on a 10-match winning streak, but beyond the string of Ws, there is little that looks the same.Back in the autumn of 2007, Arsene Wenger was still untouchable in the manager’s dug-out; the captain was William Gallas, still four months away from his infamous on-field tantrum at Birmingham; and pulling the strings in midfield was the supremely-gifted Alexander Hleb. To his fans – and there are plenty of them – Hleb was part of arguably Wenger’s most technically-proficient team, a player who worked in perfect harmony with Cesc Fabregas.
Guardiola Rushed to Manchester Arena to Find Family After Terror Attack
Pep Guardiola has revealed he rushed to Manchester Arena after hearing his wife and daughters were caught up in last year’s terror attack. The Manchester City manager received a frantic phone call from wife Cristina, who, along with daughters Valentina and Maria, was at the Ariana Grande concert that was targeted by a suicide bomber in May 2017. Guardiola told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I was at home with my son and my wife and daughters were there. At the end we were lucky. Unfortunately, (there were many) people who suffered.
Ethiopia’s Parliament Approves First Female President
Ethiopia’s parliament has approved senior diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde as the country’s first female president, proceedings on state television showed, cementing another shift in the country’s political system from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Zewde is at present UN under-Secretary-General and special representative of its Secretary General to the African Union. She replaces Mulatu Wirtu, who tendered his resignation to parliament earlier on Wednesday.
UK And EU Close To Agreeing Brexit Deal, Raab Says
The United Kingdom and the European Union are close to agreeing a Brexit deal, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday. “We have made good progress. We are close to agreeing a deal,” Raab said. “There certainly is a risk of a no deal especially if the European Union engage in a deliberately intransigent approach.”
Donald Trump Drags America To A New Low: Mirror Politics Morning Briefing
The danger with Donald Trump is that his behaviour becomes so outrageous it no longer has the capacity to shock. What was once seen as beyond the pale is now regarded as the social and political norm – we have started to accept the unacceptable. If you want an example of how the President has corroded the political sphere look at his response to the bombs sent to the Clintons, Obama and the broadcaster CNN . Instead of condemning the terrorists, the President attacked their targets. Without any shame he called for more civility in public life and said those “engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective.”
GOP Lies About Pre-Existing Conditions May Have Reached Peak Absurdity
President Donald Trump on Wednesday sent out another tweet on health care. “Republicans will totally protect people with Pre-Existing Conditions,” he wrote. “Democrats will not!” By now, the fundamental dishonesty of that statement shouldn’t require explanation. Anybody even dimly aware of recent history ― specifically, the part where Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act, only to have Republicans spend eight years trying to repeal it ― should recognize the claim as a lie. And anybody unfamiliar with that saga could simply have paid attention this week, when the Trump administration announced a major reinterpretation of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance rules. The change means that states can undermine some of the law’s key provisions that help people with serious medical problems.
Facebook Fined £500,000 For Cambridge Analytica Leak by Data Watchdog
Facebook has been fined £500,000 for breaching data protection rules linked to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the UK’s data watchdog the Information Commissioner’s Office has confirmed. The record levy on the social media giant, first announced in July, is for failing to safeguard people’s information and failing to be transparent about how people’s data was harvested by others.
The Slider Phone Is 2019’s Answer to The Notch
As mobile phones continue to advance, the demand for more screen and less bezel is dominating design. Manufacturers proudly present higher and higher screen-to-body ratio percentage figures at their press conferences. But there’s a problem: where to put the cameras, sensors and fingerprint scanners in such devices? We’ve all seen the notch – yes, the at-first dreaded notch; that black-out dip to the top of many current flagship phones, from the Apple iPhone XS to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro – but, if the second-half of 2018 is anything to go by, following Oppo’s reveal of the Find X, then the slider phone is the future.
French Father Jailed ‘For Rotting Boys’ Teeth With Coke’
The father of two boys, aged three and four, has been sent to prison in France after rotting their teeth with cake and Coca-Cola, prosecutors say. The man, described as an alcoholic who was violent to his wife and children, was jailed for three months. Limoges Criminal Court found he had failed to meet his obligations as a parent between 2016 and 2018. The eldest child had to have seven rotten teeth taken out, while his younger brother does not speak. Both boys have been taken into foster care, where they are being fed a healthy diet.