* Vote Of No Confidence Claim: Oshiomhole Denies Aide’s Statement * Police Escort Suspended NHIS Boss Into Premises, Tear Gas Staff

* Vote Of No Confidence Claim: Oshiomhole Denies Aide’s Statement                * Police Escort Suspended NHIS Boss Into Premises, Tear Gas Staff

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 22, 2018

 

Vote Of No Confidence Claim: Oshiomhole Denies Aide’s Statement

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has said he did not approve the statement issued on his behalf by his media aide on Sunday accusing some unnamed stakeholders of plotting a vote of no confidence on him. In a statement signed by the same media aide, Simon Egbebulem, the APC chairman said he enjoys a cordial relationship with all stakeholders of the party and will speak on the state of the party when there is the need to do so. Egbebulem had issued a press statement on Sunday stating that some of those not happy with the reforms being carried out within the party by members of the current National Working Committee were plotting Oshiomhole’s removal as Chairman.

Police Escort Suspended NHIS Boss Into Premises, Tear Gas Staff

Policemen numbering close to 50 broke the gates to the headquarters of the National Health Insurance Scheme, escorting the suspended Executive Secretary, Professor Usman Yusuf, into the premises. Our correspondent, who was on the scene reported that the policemen fired tear gas to disperse members of staff, who had attempted to prevent Usman from gaining entry. The NHIS boss, who was suspended by the governing council of the NHIS insisted that the board had no power to suspend him.

2019: No Obstacle To Buhari’s Victory, Says Nda-Isaiah

President Muhammadu Buhari will return elected in 2019 without hitches, Leadership Newspapers Publisher Sam Nda-Isaiah assured at the weekend. He said the good work being initiated under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration would enable Buhari retain his exalted seat. He spoke to reporters in Akure, the Ondo State capital, after he was conferred with the chieftaincy title of “Aare Baroyin” of the ancient kingdom at the weekend. Nda-Isaiah, who was a former APC presidential aspirant, however, said the party must not take things for granted.

 Reforming the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad

In the last few months, the news have been riddled with complaints about the unprofessionalismo of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS). From stories of brutality to recklessness, assaults, extortion, extra judicial killing, the SARS operatives gained the notoriety of one week, multiple troubles. Many industry watchers blamed the despotic nature of the recent SARS on their deviation from their core derivatives; fighting kidnapping and armed robbery. When it was established, the secret behind the successes of the then SARS was its faceless mode of operation as they operated in plain clothes and used plain vehicles. They did not carry guns, thus giving them the element of surprise, yet they were fully ready at all times.

Trial Of Oil Firm Begins Today

A Lagos High Court in Ikeja will today begin the trial of how an international firm, Trafigura Baheer BV, and its Nigerian counterpart, Trafigura PTE Ltd, allegedly defrauded Nigerian companies in a 10,000 metric tonnes of Automotive Gas Oil worth N200 million, which reportedly led to the bankruptcy of Spring Bank, the financial institution that financed the deal. Joined as defendants in the case are two Nigerians, Yusuf Yahaya Kwande, and Osahon Asemota. The other companies that are defendants include Mettle Energy and Gas Ltd, Renbrandt Ltd, and JIL Engineering and Oil Services Ltd. In the information filed before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a three-count charge has been preferred against the defendants

 Boko Haram Displaces 1,300 In Borno, Says NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday said 12 farmers were killed and 1,300 others displaced in separate attacks coordinated by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State. NEMA’s Northeast Zonal Coordinator Bashir Garga stated this in a statement in Maiduguri, the state capital. Garba said the insurgents killed 12 farmers on their fields on Saturday afternoon at Kalle village, 17 kilometres from Maiduguri. “They used machetes to kill their victims who were working on their farms, as confirmed by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

Shooting in Edo House of Assembly

There is heavy shooting and fighting at the Edo State House of Assembly over move to remove the Speaker, Hon Kabiru Adjoto. Several things have invaded the assembly and chased some lawmakers away. Two lawmakers of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, M.D Igbas and Hon Iluobe were fleeing with their security personnel. Three persons have been injured in the fracas.

Women’s AFCON 2018: Nigeria To Face South Africa

Hosts of the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, Ghana have been handed a tricky group as they were drawn to face Cameroon and Mali in Group A. The Black Queens will also take on Algeria following the draw for the flagship African women football competition on Sunday night. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the draw was conducted in Accra. Title-holders Nigeria got what looks like a favourable group as they face South Africa, Zambia and Kenya in Group B in the coastal city of Cape Coast.

Iwobi Battles Iheanacho, Ndidi At Emirates

Alex Iwobi has returned to the Gunners after international duty with the Super Eagles and was sighted training with other first-teamers Sunday, ahead of today’s English Premier League cracker against visiting Leicester City, parading Iwobi’s international teammates, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi. The Hale End Academy product would make his sixth Premier League appearance of the 2018-19 season if he gets to feature against the Foxes. Unai Emery’s side have hit a purple patch, winning their last nine games in all competitions. Their last victory came away at Fulham; with braces from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, along with an Aaron Ramsey strike, handing them a resounding 5-1 win.

 Kano Pillars Storm Asaba For Aiteo Cup Final

Squad of 22 players, back room staff and technical crew of Kano Pillars arrived Asaba, yesterday, ahead of Wednesday’s Aiteo Cup final against Rangers International of Enugu. The 2018 AITEO Cup final will hold at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba. The last time Sai Masu-gida, as Kano Pillars are fondly call, played in the finals was far back 1991, when they lost to no other team than El-kanemi warriors. This is the second time Pillars will be playing in the finals of one of the prestigious tournaments in the Nigerian Football.

 Chelsea’s Kenneth Omeruo Happy With Life In Spain

Chelsea’s Nigeria international defender Kenneth Omeruo says things are looking up after a work permit hitch delayed his start to life in La Liga on loan to Leganes. The 25-year-old joined the Spanish side in August, his seventh loan move away from the English Premier League club Chelsea since he joined them in 2012. The Super Eagle was substituted in the 69th minute on his first League start due to injury, but insists that will not dampen his joy of playing in one of the best leagues in the world.

Maradona: I Know Who Messi Is, The Best In The World

The Argentine has accused the media of trying to drive a wedge between himself and the Barcelona star. Diego Maradona has reiterated his belief that countryman Lionel Messi is the best player in the world. The Argentine seemed to take aim at the Barcelona star last weekend, when he appeared to question the way that the 31-year-old is deified. “Messi’s a great player, but he’s not a leader,” the 1986 World Cup winner was quoted as having said by La Ultima Palabra Mexico. “Let’s stop making a God out of Messi. Messi is just another player for Argentina.” Furthermore he was cited as having accused the Barca ace of “going to the bathroom 20 times before a game”.

‘Extremely Dangerous’ Hurricane Willa Is Nearly a Category 5 Storm as It Aims for Mexico

Forecasters say Hurricane Willa has grown rapidly into an “extremely dangerous” near-Category 5 storm in the eastern Pacific, on a path that could smash into Mexico’s western coast between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta in the coming days. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said early Monday that Willa could “produce life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall over portions of southwestern and west-central Mexico beginning on Tuesday.” It predicted that Willa could become a Category 5 hurricane later Monday morning, generating life-threatening surf and rip conditions.

German Teachers Mass-Report Themselves To Far-Right Afd After It Asks Children To Spy On Their Political Views

Teachers at a German school have reported themselves en masse to a far-right party after it asked their pupils to spy on their political views so it could compile a list of its critics. The AfD party has set up a system through which students can report and denounce their teachers to the party if they criticised it in class, or express related political views. But teachers at the Lina Morgenstern School in Kreuzberg, Berlin, wrote a joint letter to the AfD asking for all their names to be voluntarily added onto the “denunciation list” it is compiling.

Canada Searches For Truth Behind Deaths Of Thousands Of Indigenous Children At Residential Schools

Armed with everything from school attendance records to drones, researchers across Canada are racing to shed light on a bleak part of the country’s history: How many indigenous children died at residential schools and where are their unmarked graves? From 1883 to 1998, nearly 150,000 indigenous children were forcibly separated from their families and sent to the government-funded, church-run boarding schools in an attempt to assimilate them. Once there, they were frequently neglected and abused. What happened at the schools was akin to “cultural genocide,” concluded a 2015 report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

 

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