August 14, 2018

* We are Neutral, Transparent in Melaye’s Recall Process – INEC (Leadership) * Trump: Nigeria’s democracy in grave danger (ThisDay)

* We are Neutral, Transparent in Melaye’s Recall Process – INEC (Leadership)                        * Trump: Nigeria’s democracy in grave danger (ThisDay)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE APRIL 29, 2018

 

We are Neutral, Transparent in Melaye’s Recall Process – INEC (Leadership)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) assured yesterday that it would be unbiased and transparent in the recall process of the Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district of Kogi State, Senator Dino Melaye. INEC’s federal commissioner in charge of Kogi, Kwara and Nasarawa states, Alhaji Mohammed Haruna, who spoke in Lokoja shortly after the end of the exercise, said the main concern of INEC was to ensure transparency in the process, insisting that the organisation was impartial in the bid to recall Melaye from the Senate. Read more

Trump: Nigeria’s democracy in grave danger (ThisDay)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has alerted the international community, particularly the President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump, alleging that Nigeria is on the brink due to the undemocratic policies and actions of President Muhammadu Buhari. In an agenda setting move ahead of tomorrow’s crucial meeting between the Trump and Buhari, the PDP said the Nigerian leader should be made to explain actions of his administration, which it said had eroded constitutionally guaranteed rights of citizens while foisting a siege mentality on the people. Addressing a press conference Saturday in Abuja, the National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that Nigeria was on the brink as a result of undemocratic actions of the Buhari administration of the All Progressives Congress. Read more

$496m fighter jets: PDP, APC lawmakers disagree on Buhari as panel submits report Wed (Punch)

The All Progressives Congress members in the National Assembly and their Peoples Democratic Party counterparts have disagreed on the possible effect of the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters looking into the purchase of the $496m aircraft on President Muhammadu Buhari. The Senate had, on Thursday, mandated the committee to investigate the controversial purchase of the $496m fighter jets from the United States by the President without approval of the National Assembly. The committee will submit its report on Wednesday. The President reportedly withdrew $496m from the Excess Crude Account  to pay for the aircraft without the approval of the National Assembly. Read more

Only IPOB can fend off Herdsmen attack in S’East, Group Asserts (ThisDay)

The indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) has boasted that only the group can truly defend the south east from the attacks of marauding herdsmen. The group, in a press statement signed by its publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, called on the south east governors to champion a reverse of the proscription order by the group, son that it can help secure the people in the case big attacks. It expressed fear that after the herdsmen were done dealing with Benue State, they may come down east, and that they would be need to have a group like IPOB, which can fend off such attacks. Read more

2019: Obasanjo tells Nigerians to get their PVCs for Positive Change (ThisDay)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, tasked Nigerians to brace up for the 2019 general elections and get their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) to effect a positive and desired change for the betterment of the country. Obasanjo spoke at the official launch of the Coalition of Nigerian Movement (CNM) during a rally attended by the CNM National Coordinator, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola. Also at the rally were Chief Ahmed Raji SAN; a former deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja; two former Secretaries to the State Government, Chief Olayiwola Olakojo and Mr. Dele Adigun; a former council chairman, Mr. Gbenga Adewusi; and the CNM coordinators across the 33 local governments and 351 wards of the state. Read more

Dino Melaye’s Recall: Apathy trails exercise, PDP Kicks (ThisDay)

The ongoing recall exercise of Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, which commenced saturday, recorded a setback as many electorates failed to appear for the verification. When ThisDay visited polling units in Lokoja, Koton-Karfi, Mopa,/Amuro, Kabba/Bunu and Yagba East local government councils after 9am yesterday morning, most polling stations recorded either few or zero turnout. At Amorley in Lokoja, frontage, no electorate had appeared to be verified as at the time of this report. Also at St Mary’s, Crowther and Nepa Frontage in Lokoja, there was reluctance to participate by the electorate. Read more

Tinubu, Saraki hold secret meeting in Birnin-Kebbi (Guardian)

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu and Senate President Bukola Saraki surprised guests, yesterday. After shaking hands at a book launch in honour of the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Illiasu Bashar, the two went into a secret meeting, which lasted about an hour. Tinubu and Saraki have been at daggers drawn over political differences.Tinubu, who arrived the venue, Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin-Kebbi, alongside Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State in a Toyota Coaster at about 10:30 a.m., were seated before Saraki arrived in a separate vehicle. Read more

Gowon frets over Boko Haram, Incessant Herdsmen Killings (ThisDay)

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) has expressed anger over the manner the federal government is handling the wanton killings of innocent Nigerians by Boko Haram terrorists and herdsmen across the country, insisting that his heart bleeds over the activities of these killer groups. He described the actions of these groups as man’s inhumanity to man. General Gowon spoke when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Rochas Okorocha at the Government House Owerri, yesterday, stating that Nigeria needs peace so that all the people can live and work together in the interest of one another and in the overall interest of the country. Read more

Only 12 States generate electricity for Nigeria (ThisDay)

An investigation by ThisDay on the geographical spread of Nigeria’s electricity generation sources has shown that out of the 36 states in the country and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, only 12 states, majority of which are located in the South, supply the entire volume of electricity used in the country. According to data from the Advisory Power Team in the office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, about 29 power generation plants are currently in operation in the country. These plants, according to the Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC), an umbrella association of the Gencos, had an overall generation capacity of 12,000 megawatts (MW) in 2017. Read more

“Hostile herdsmen are here… and we have nothing to defend ourselves” (Vanguard)

How did the Catholic community in Benue State receive the news of the killing of two of your priests and 17 worshippers?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 is a day the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi and indeed the entire Tivland will never forget in a hurry. That day, we were thrown into mourning because the sanctuary of the Lord was desecrated with the blood of the chief celebrant at mass. It was the day assailants surrounded the Catholic Church with the intention of killing those that came to worship and actually went ahead to murder them in cold blood at morning mass. It was a black day; people are still in shock about what happened that day because it was an abomination beyond description. Read more

Shettima mourns Imam, sends Condolence to Tambuwal (ThisDay)

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has described the late Malam Imam Imam as an ‘exceptional gentleman who was extremely good yet extremely humble’. He said Imam’s shocking death was a loss to his family, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and to northern Nigeria; given the fact that he was one of the region’s most promising journalists and media relations professionals. Shettima, whose message was conveyed by his spokesman, Isa Gusau, recalled that he had met with the late Imam on a number of occasions during series of outings with Governor Tambuwal. Read more

Visionscape: Sustaining the transformation (Tribune)

Lagos State generates over 13,000 tons of waste every day; 1.2kg per person is generated per capita and expected to increase to 1.42kg in the next 15 years. Waste management infrastructure remains the fundamental lifeline in the economic development of the State, and the lack of an effective collection and disposal process has contributed significantly to environmental epidemics such as lassa fever and perpetual flash flooding which has worsened in the last decade. Rainy season is upon us and the State’s waste generation rate continues to increase faster than the infrastructure available to handle it. Read more

Oliseh tips Nigeria, Spain, Brazil, egypt for semifinal (Guardian)

Former Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, says the team has what it takes to play in the semifinal at Russia 2018 World Cup.The former Eagles midfield maestro, who was part of the squad to USA ‘94 and France ‘98 World Cups, has tipped world champions Germany, Spain, France, Brazil, Egypt and Nigeria as likely teams to get to the last four stages when hostilities begin in Russia. But another former Super Eagles player, Ifeanyi Udeze, believes Nigeria’s group opponents at the 2018 World Cup, Argentina, will be one of the teams likely to reach the semifinals. Udeze told allnigeriasoccer.com that The Albiceleste (Argentina), will be one of the four semifinalists at the World Cup.“That’s Oliseh’s opinion (Argentina not reaching Russia 2018 semifinals)? If you ask me, I will add Argentina,’’ the one time West Brom defender stated. Read more

Riverhounds’ Adewole targets win against Atlanta (Punch)

The USL continues on Sunday with matches across the United States and fifth-placed Pittsburgh Riverhounds, featuring Nigeria’s rising star Tobi Adewole, will host 11th-placed Atlanta United in a match that holds a lot for both teams. Speaking ahead of the match, Adewole, 22, who scored the lone goal that earned his side victory over Cincinnati penultimate weekend is eyeing yet another victory. “We want to get a win at home and keep a shot out; my personal targets include winning every tackle and header, keep a shot out and try to get on the score sheet,” he stated. Read more

Ajibade BABALADE: Sharing room with Keshi was like living with a king (Nation)

Standing at a full 6.5 inches with raw muscles, Ajibade Babalade, the former Super Eagles and Shooting Stars defender, naturally inspires confidence and strength among his peers and fans, but he has revealed that he got his buoyancy and inspiration from late Stephen Keshi, the Super Eagles skipper and coach. Once, Babalade, as a rookie national team player, got to share a room with the likable libero and that experience inspired him to strive for greatness on and off the field. The ‘Keshi-magic’ happened when Keshi was seen as the capon of the infamous Super Eagles’ mafia  and could determine who made the final list due to his influence in the team and with the coach. Read more

Nigeria, Benin friendly match cancelled (Soccernet)

The proposed international matches between Nigeria’s U20 men’s team, the Flying Eagles and their Beninoise counterparts have been put off, it has been revealed. The Flying Eagles will now battle high-riding NPFL team Katsina United in Katsina Wednesday. According to ScoreNigeria, the Benin friendlies in Abuja and Cotonou were cancelled because the proposal was received at short notice. However, the team will now honour a special invitation to take on Katsina United at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina on Wednesday. Read more

Cesc Fabregas lifts Chelsea in race for top 4 finish (Ndtv.Sports)

Chelsea kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League as Blues boss Antonio Conte claimed his 50th Premier League win thanks to a Cesc Fabregas rocket in Saturday’s 1-0 success at Swansea City. Fabregas’s fine strike came in the fourth minute and the midfielder’s 50th Premier League goal was enough to give Chelsea their fourth successive victory in all competitions. Chelsea, in fifth, are hard on Tottenham Hotspur’s heels in the battle for a top four finish. They trail fourth-placed Tottenham by two points ahead of their London rivals’ clash with Watford on Monday. Read more

Abramovich helping Chelsea agree deal with Juventus for Asamoah (Sportslens)

According to Tuttosport, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is trying to convince Juventus outcast Kwadwo Asamoah to reject Inter Milan’s interest and come to Stamford Bridge this summer. The report states Chelsea are giving up on Alex Sandro and want a £20m deal for the £38k-per-week wing-back instead. Asamoah joined Juventus from Udinese in 2012 and has gone on to make over 150 appearances in all competitions, contributing 26 goals. The Ghanaian international, who boasts 69 caps for his country, has won five Serie A titles and two Coppa Italias, but his time in Turin could be coming to an end. Read more

Caster Semenya may have to reduce hormone levels to compete at Olympics (CNN)

Caster Semenya’s middle distance dominance in women’s track and field could come to an end as new eligibility regulations mean the South African may have to reduce her natural hormone levels if she is to be allowed to compete at Olympics and world championships. Athletics’ world governing body, the IAAF, announced Thursday a separate classification for athletes of Difference of Sexual Development (DSD) which will require those athletes to reduce their blood testosterone levels — and maintain those levels — if they want to compete internationally. Semenya, who carried the flag for South Africa at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, is hyperandrogenous — meaning she has elevated testosterone levels — and the condition has dogged her athletics career ever since she won the world 800m title as an 18-year-old in 2009. Read more

Tears as one-handed player joins twin in Seattle Seahawks NFL team (Skynews)

A one-handed American football player was in tears as he hugged his twin after finding out he had been picked to join him in the same NFL team. Shaquem Griffin, 22, was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. His hand was amputated when he was four years old due to a painful condition that meant the fingers of his left hand had not fully developed. Griffin still went on to become a star linebacker at University of Central Florida, becoming the American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year in 2016. Read more

North Korea will close main nuclear test site in May, South says (CNN)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he will close his main nuclear test site in May and invite experts and journalists from the United States and South Korea into the country soon, a senior spokesman for Moon said Sunday. Pyongyang will also change its time zone by half an hour to align it with Seoul time, Yoon Young-chan told reporters during a briefing Sunday. Yoon said Kim had made the announcements during his historic meeting on Friday with Moon at the demilitarized zone between the two countries. Kim stepped over the line dividing the Korean Peninsula to meet with Moon, the first time the leaders of North and South Korea have talked in person since 2007. Read more

Statue honoring WWII sex slaves removed in Philippines (Washingtonpost)

A statue honoring women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II was quietly removed from a busy seaside promenade in the Philippine capital, angering women’s groups. Manila City Hall said in a statement that the bronze statue of a blindfolded Filipina, unveiled alongside Manila Bay in December, will be returned once drainage work is completed. It gave no time frame for the project, alarming activists who suspect that the Japanese government pressured the Philippines to take the monument down. “What happened is that we kneeled down to the Japanese. … That’s why it’s shameful, so shameful,” said Teresita Ang See, co-founding president of a Chinese Filipino group. Read more

Kim to close nuclear site in view of outside world (Skynews)

North Korea plans to shut its nuclear testing site in May and reveal the process to the outside world, South Korea has said. Announcing the pledge, Seoul said North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has said Donald Trump will get to know he is “not a person” to aim missiles at US. “Kim said he would carry out the closing of the nuclear test site in May, and would soon invite experts of South Korea and the US to disclose the process to the international community with transparency,” Seoul’s presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said. Mr Kim made the comment during Friday’s summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the spokesman added. Read more

 

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