* US embassy suspends consular service in Abuja (Guardian) * Imo PDP Chieftains fight over Atiku’s visit (Nation)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 15, 2018

 

US embassy suspends consular service in Abuja (Guardian)

The United States Embassy in Abuja has announced a temporary suspension of Consular services in its Abuja office. A statement by the Public Affairs section of the Embassy did not give specific reasons for the suspension. The statement said “due to reasons beyond our control we are temporarily unable to provide regular services for visa and American Citizen Services in Abuja, but other offices within the Embassy remain open. Consular functions at the U.S. Consulate Lagos are not affected by the temporary closure and will continue. Read more

Imo PDP Chieftains fight over Atiku’s visit (Nation)

Chieftains of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) including former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, former Minister of Aviation, Kema Chikwe, member of House of Representatives, Jones Onyereri, among others Wednesday clashed at the glass house office of PDP Board of Trustee (BoT) member, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu over the visit of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. The aggrieved PDP Chiefs engaged Iwuanyanwu in a shouting match after he requested to have a closed door meeting with the visiting former Vice President who was on a courtesy call in his office before meeting with PDP stakeholders in the state. Read more

Saraki appoints Onaiwu as Liaison Officer on State Matters (Punch)

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has appointed 59-year old Earl Osaro Onaiwu as Liaison Officer to the Senate President on State Matters. A press release signed by the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, states, “Onaiwu, an experienced politician and public administrator, will help to co-ordinate relationship between the Office of the Senate President and the various state governments across the country.” Read more

APC accuses PDP of plans to rig Osun governorship election (Guardian)

Nigeria’s ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), Wednesday, alleged that opposition party, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is planning to deploy thugs to rig the forthcoming Osun governorship election. The statement by APC’s spokesman, Yekini Nabena is a reaction to PDP’s vows to “dismantle” an alleged election rigging system used by the ruling party. “The PDP on Tuesday vowed to deploy all means, schemes, shenanigans in all ramification and magnitude to rig all coming elections, starting from the Osun governorship election,” said Nabena. Read more

2019 polls: INEC to feed policemen with N6bn (Punch)

Feeding of policemen during the 2019 polls will gulp N6bn. This is contained in the budget for the polls presented to the House of Representatives by the Independent National Electoral Commission. Lawmakers have raised eyebrows over the figure and are asking the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, to defend it. The budget defence is ongoing at the National Assembly. Read more

Ohanaeze youths warns FG against harassing Ekweremadu, other Igbo sons (Vanguard)

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths have vowed to resist any attempt by the Federal Government to intimidate, harass or molest the Deputy Senate President, Dr. Ekweremadu or any other Igbo leaders, warning that enough is enough. Ohanaeze youths said they were not happy with the way and manner Ekweremadu has been hounded by security operatives simply because he occupies a top political post in the country. In a statement signed by their leaders, Ohanaeze youths alleged that the attack on Ekweremadu is just to intimidate him ahead of 2019 elections. Read more

EFCC demands minutes of Benue Security Council meeting, Ortom alleges (Punch)

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Wednesday raised the alarm that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has invited government officials to its office. Ortom, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, alleged that the EFCC had “continued to ground the state government” with invitation of government officials to EFCC office. The anti-graft agency had, a few weeks ago, disclosed that it was investigating the state government of N22bn. A few days after, the state government raised the alarm that the agency had frozen its account. But the account was later unfrozen. Read more

Osinbajo, Sports Minister meet in Aso Rock (Nation)

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday met behind closed doors with the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung. The meeting started at 4.20 p.m shortly after Dalung arrived the acting president’s office in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The world football ruling body, FIFA, is threatening to sanction Nigeria over government interference. Four officials of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) were said to have met with the acting President in his office before commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday. Read more

Inflation records 18th consecutive decline to 11.14% –NBS (Punch)

The National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday released the Consumer Price Index which measures inflation with the index dropping by 0.09 per cent points from 11.23 per cent in June to 11.14 per cent in July. The bureau in the report said this is the eighteenth consecutive disinflation in headline index. The report reads in part, “The consumer price index, which measures inflation increased by 11.14 per cent (year-on-year) in July 2018 “This is 0.09 per cent points less than the rate recorded in June 2018 and represents an eighteenth consecutive disinflation in headline inflation year on year.” Read more

FG increases contract sum of Enugu-Onitsha Road by N5.4bn (Punch)

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the augmentation of the cost of the rehabilitation of Enugu-Onitsha road by N5.4bn. The decision was taken at the weekly meeting of the council presided over by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that the cost was increased to N15.7bn from N10.3bn. Fashola said the augmentation was meant to accommodate erosion control measures and drains on the road. Read more

Nigerian soldiers protest as Boko Haram attacks surge (Vanguard)

Disillusioned and exhausted, Nigerian troops battling a surge in Boko Haram jihadist attacks have reached breaking point, protesting less than six months before presidential polls. The Nigerian army dismissed it as a “misunderstanding”, but on Sunday hundreds of soldiers protested in the airport of Maiduguri, the capital of restive northeast Borno state, for several hours, shooting into the air and disrupting flights. They were furious about a planned redeployment to a battlefront in the remote Lake Chad region after fighting Boko Haram jihadists for years without relief. Read more

Police raid criminal hideouts in Ekiti (Punch)

The Police in Ekiti State have begun mass raid of black spots across the 133 towns of the state. The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bello Ahmed, was said to have given the directive on Tuesday following a spate of killings in Ekiti. A Commissioner in the Federal Character Commission, Mr. Bunmi Ojo, was killed on Friday by unknown gunmen at a viewing centre in Ado Ekiti. The CP, who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, disclosed that the raid, which began on Tuesday, was targeted at ridding the state of criminals. Read more

Nigeria to represent Africa at Cyberlympics (SUN)

Two Nigerian teams of cybersecurity professionals from a group called the “NaijaSecForce” have emerged the African champions in Global Cyberlympics, the Olympics for cybersecurity professionals and ethical hackers around the world. The teams, NaijaSecForce and Ek0pwn3rs came first and second, respectively, and are to represent Africa at the global event. Both teams also made it to the top 12 position in the world in the online qualifying round of the competition, having solved all the challenges from the pre-qualifying round. Global Cyberlympics is an hands-on cybersecurity team competition that brings together the best ethical hackers from around the world to compete in a series of challenges such as forensics, penetration testing, cryptography, malware analysis, capture the flag challenges. Read more

Enyimba intensifies training ahead Djoliba clash (Nation)

Confederation cup campaigners Enyimba are doubling efforts in training in preparation for Sunday’s clash against Malian side Djoliba in Bamako. The two time Champions league winners occupy the third position in Group C with six points same points with second placed Carra Brazzaville who however boast of better goal difference. Group leaders Williamsville Athletic Club (WAC) are on Seven points and a billed to face Carra Brazzaville same Sunday. Enyimba were hosts of WAC last month but managed a lone goal victory in a tie some of their fans believe they should have increased the goal tally to better their standing in the group, the return leg saw the Peoples Elephants losing by two goals. Read more

Omeruo joins CD Leganes on a season loan deal from Chelsea (SUN)

Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo has joined Spanish top division side, CD Leganes on a season loan deal from Chelsea. Omeruo completed his short term switch to Mauricio Pellegrino’s side on Wednesday and took part in the club’s photograph session which was posted on the club’s official Twitter handle on Wednesday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that he will be presented on Friday at the club’s Butarque Sports Facility. Leganes will have a buy-option on Omeruo set at 5 million euros, but complete with a 20 percent sell-on clause as well should he transfer out from Leganes in the future. Read more

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos hits back at Cristiano Ronaldo “family” comments (Sportsmole)

Sergio Ramos has hit back at comments made by Cristiano Ronaldo seemingly suggesting that Real Madrid is not a “family”. Last week, the Portugal star spoke to the official Juve website of his time at the Allianz Arena so far, stating that “it’s different here, it’s like a family”. Ronaldo’s comments have been interpreted by some of the Blancos contingent as a swipe at the Spanish giants and, in response, Ramos replied to his former teammate’s musings. Read more

Trump says he can override congress directive not to recognise Russian sovereignty over Crimea (Independent)

Donald Trump has said he can override a directive from congress preventing him from recognising Russian sovereignty over Crimea. The US president quietly issued a statement on Monday evening, hours after signing a military spending bill, claiming dozens of the bill’s statutes to be unconstitutional intrusions on his powers as commander-in-chief.  Among the provisions in the $716bn (£563bn) bill is a ban on spending Department of Defense money on “any activity that recognises the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over Crimea”, a region in Ukraine annexed by Moscow in 2014 during a period of regional political upheaval. Read more

Autostrade executives resist calls to quit over bridge disaster – source (Reuters)

The top two officials of toll-road company Autostrade per l’Italia, which operated the bridge that collapsed near Genoa, are resisting government calls to resign over the disaster, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Earlier, Italy’s transport minister called for the company’s top management to quit and said its concession should be revoked after an 80-metre-long section of the bridge collapsed in heavy rain on Tuesday, killing at least 39 people. Read more

Worker dies after fall into oil vat at facility near Walt Disney World in Florida (9News)

A worker has died in the US after falling into a vat of oil at a facility near Walt Disney World in Florida. The 61-year-old man slipped and fell into the vat while emptying oil and grease from a tractor-trailer, Emanuel Curry of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told the Orlando Sentinel. Local news outlets reported the facility is part of a district created to provide municipal services to the Disney theme park. Deputies said witnesses couldn’t pull the man from the oil after he fell in early on Wednesday. Read more

Jennifer Lopez personally requested Milo Ventimiglia for new movie (Music-news)

Jennifer Lopez handpicked Milo Ventimiglia to play her love interest in new movie Second Act. The superstar will soon begin promoting the romantic comedy, which sees her portray Maya, a woman who gets a chance to fulfil her career ambitions when a private finance firm is misled into believing that she’s an accomplished consultant. Milo takes on the part of Maya’s boyfriend Trey in the Peter Segal-directed flick, and he has now shared that Jennifer thought he was the ideal candidate for the role. Read more

Pregnant reality star Lyric McHenry found dead aged 26 (Metro)

The EJNYC star was foundon Tuesday morning in the Bronx area of New York City, slumped over on the path above the Major Deegan Expressway. Lyric was taken to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital where she was pronounced dead. According to People, McHenry was 20 weeks pregnant. A small Ziploc bag of cocaine was allegedly found on Lyric’s person, according to the New York Daily News. She was found wearing a pyjama top and underwear, but no trousers or skirt. Lyric’s cause of death has not yet been determined. The reality star had been out celebrating her birthday with friends on Monday, after turning 26 on 6 August. Lyric is the daughter of movie producer Doug McHenry, and was very close to her younger sister Maya and her mother Jennifer. Read more

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