SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE – JANUARY 12, 2019
Your allegation laughable, mischievous, a blatant lie, Keyamo tells Saraki
Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign spokesperson has said that the Senate President Bukola Saraki’s allegation that there is massive fraud within the oil sector in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is ‘not only laughable and mischievous, but it is a blatant lie.’ Saraki in an interview with Channels Television had said in the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s government subsidy was based on an assumption that the nation consumes 30million litres of fuel daily and that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has lost its moral ground in the fight against corruption because of corrupt practices within the administration. Saraki said: ‘You would have thought that a government that was to fight corruption and prevent leakages would even if you are going to continue subsidy, ensure that it is better managed.”
IGP after my life, Saraki cries out
President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki yesterday called on well-meaning Nigerians and the international community to hold Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris responsible should anything untoward happened to him or members of his family in the months ahead. Saraki who made this allegation while addressing a press conference at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Headquarters in Abuja yesterday said some unidentified men invaded his family house in Ilorin and inflicted injuries on some occupants, in the full glare of men of the Nigerian Police.
Police relocate Melaye to DSS clinic
Masked policemen yesterday stormed the Abuja hospital where detained Senator Dino Melaye was receiving treatment and took him away in a security vehicle. This came seven days after Melaye surrendered to the police,slumped soon afterwards, and was taken to the hospital for medical attention. Apprehension soon spread about the fate of the senator after he was taken away yesterday by the masked policemen. But the police later cleared the air on the situation and said he was merely relocated to the Department of State Security (DSS) as part of preliminary arrangements for his coming trial in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital. Police spokesman, Mr.Moshood Jimoh, an acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, told The Nation that Melaye was transferred to the DSS medical facility. He said that contrary to claims by Melaye that he was ill, the police medical team found nothing wrong with his health that could delay his trial in Lokoja.
Buhari to traditional rulers: use your influence to ensure peaceful elections
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on traditional rulers in the country to use their positions as the closest to the grassroots to secure the country and ensure that the forthcoming elections are peaceful. Buhari made the call yesterday during an audience with a delegation of traditional rulers from the Southwest of the country. Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said: ”Those who fear that their persons or their policies cannot win elections might resort to incitements to violence. “Our young people must not be left to those who will instigate violence and cause others to lose their property or lives. We are determined to keep order and I hope Your Highnesses are on the same page with us.”
We’ve no regrets relating with Buhari, says Obiano
Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has said that he has no regrets relating well with President Muhammadu Buhari. The governor said this in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, in Awka, the capital, on Friday. Obiano stated that the good relationship between the Federal Government, led by the All Progressives Congress and Anambra State Government, controlled by the All Progressives Grand Alliance, had “contributed in no small measure to the unrivalled social harmony in the state which has made Anambra one of the most competitive states in the country.”
IPOB: Free me as Kanu’s surety, Abaribe begs Appeal Court
One of the senators representing Abia State in the Senate, Eyinnaya Abaribe, has approached the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal, to relieve him of his earlier position as a surety to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. In his appeal before the appellate court, Abaribe contended that his continuous standing as surety for Kanu as a sitting senator is illegal. In addition, he asked the court to set aside the November 14, 2018, decision of the Federal High Court, Abuja, directing him and other sureties to pay the sum of N100 million bail bond each within two months having failed to produce Kanu in court.
Dickson, Sylva Exchange Verbal Jabs in Bayelsa
While Sylva accused Dickson of plotting fake negative news reports to discredit Abba Kyari, Nigeria’s Chief of Staff, Aso Rock and other officials of the presidency with the intent of linking him (Sylva) to the reports, Dickson on the other hand, referred to Sylva as an “unpopular and desperate politician whose conscience remains his greatest threat”.The political strife between Timipre Sylva, erstwhile Governor of Bayelsa State and Seriake Dickson, the incumbent Governor of the state, has taken a new dimension with the duo renewing their frequent resorting to name-calling. While Sylva accused Dickson of plotting fake negative news reports to discredit Abba Kyari, Nigeria’s Chief of Staff, and other officials of the presidency with the intent of linking him (Sylva) to the reports, Dickson, on the other hand, referred to Sylva as an “unpopular and desperate politician whose conscience remains his greatest threat”.
Kidnapped Fayemi’s ex-commissioner, LG staff, regain Freedom
A former commissioner in the first regime of Dr Kayode Fayemi, as governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Remi Olorunleke, on Thursday evening regained his freedom after he was kidnapped by some unknown gunmen in the state. In a related development, the Director of Administration, Gbonyin Local Government, Mr. David Jejelowo was also set free by his abductors. The duo were kidnapped on Monday along Ado-Ikare road and spent four days in the kidnappers’ den before being set free.
No extension for collection of PVCs after February 8, says INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said there would be no extension of time for the collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) after February 8, this year, adding that all uncollected PVCs would be retrieved and kept in a secured place till the general election is over. Chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmud Yakubu, in a press statement yesterday in Abuja, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Rotimi Onyekanmi, stressed that there would be no collection of PVCs by proxy, explaining that the commission, in the spirit of transparency, would give account of the number of PVCs collected and the balance from previous registrations.
2019 Elections: INEC may retain dead persons’ names in voter register
There are strong indications that names of some dead persons may be retained on the current voter register of the Independent National Electoral Commission as the commission concludes plans for the conduct of the general elections slated for February and March. It had earlier revealed that names of dead Nigerians including three former governors who died years back were still on the INEC register for the general elections. The former governors are Diepreye Alamieyeseigha (Bayelsa State), Isiaka Adeleke (Osun State) and Patrick Yakowa (Kaduna State). While Yakowa died in December 2012, Alamieyeseigha and Adeleke died in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Also on the voter list are the names of the late former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme and the late former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili.
Eaglets to play in Turkish invitational
Nigeria’s U-17 men’s team will participate in an invitational tournament in Turkey as part of their preparations for the 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for Tanzania in April. The Golden Eaglets, who are five-time world champions, qualified for the 2019 U-17 AFCON after winning the WAFU U-17 tournament in Niger Republic in September 2018. Coach Manu Garba, who also led the team to global triumph in the UAE six years ago, has assured that the team would be ready for the challenges ahead of them.
Insurance receive hero’s welcome
Players of victorious Bendel Insurance returned from Aba to Benin City on Friday to a heroes’ welcome from residents of the city. The Benin Arsenal had been in Aba, Abia State, where they participated in the Super 8 play-offs to determine who got promoted to the Nigeria Professional Football League. They secured maximum points after winning all three matches. Led by the state’s Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, the victorious players rode on the back of an open truck right from the Benin-Agbor road by-pass, to the Government House, GRA.
Sarri slams Bayern over Hudson-Odoi interest
Maurizio Sarri has lashed out at Bayern Munich for their “unprofessional” behaviour after the Bundesliga club publicly expressed their interest in Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi, AFP reports. Chelsea boss Sarri is furious that Bayern sporting director HasanSalihamidzic said this week that they “definitely” want to sign Hudson-Odoi during the January transfer window as he “has the qualities which would fit very well” with the German champions. Chelsea have reportedly turned down a £35m bid from Bayern for the 18-year-old, who has less than 18 months to run on his current contract and has so far refused to sign a new five-year deal, and Sarri is unhappy with Bayern’s public approach.
Authorities issue warrant for Ronaldo’s DNA in rape investigation
Las Vegas authorities have sent a warrant to collect DNA from Cristiano Ronaldo to discover whether it matches traces found on a dress belonging to Kathryn Mayorga. Mayorga has said Ronaldo raped her in a hotel room in 2009, KweseESPN reports. A statement issued Thursday by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that the warrant has been sent to authorities in Italy, where the five-time Ballon d’Or winner plays for league leaders Juventus. “The LVMPD is taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence,” the statement read.
Lampard insists he would ‘rather quit’ than use Bielsa’s ‘spying’ tactics
Frank Lampard insisted he would rather quit coaching than employ the ‘spying’ tactics used by opposite number Marcelo Bielsa ahead of Derby’s 2-0 defeat at Leeds. The build-up to the Sky Bet Championship match was overshadowed after a man was caught outside Derby’s training ground on Thursday. Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene and it transpired the man was an employee of Leeds who was watching a training session.
Michael Venus loses in Auckland doubles final
Michael Venus’ quest for a second ASB Classic doubles title has fallen short after going down in the men’s doubles final alongside South African partner Raven Klaasen lost in Auckland on Saturday. Venus and Klassen lost in straight sets to Queenstown-born Japanese player Ben McLachlan and Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-4. In a fast-paced match, McLachlan and Struff wasted little time in their surge towards the title, winning the first set 6-3 in just 27 minutes. Venus and Klaasen bounced back and held a 3-1 lead in the second set, but McLachlan and Struff were able to level the score at 4-4.
Netflix faces trademark infringement suit over Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Netflix has been slapped with a lawsuit for allegedly infringing and tarnishing a trademark owned by Chooseco LLC, publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) book series, in which the reader can guide the plot of the book by making certain decisions when prompted to do so. The trademark infringement involves Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, a psychological thriller interactive film released by Netflix on December 28, 2018. In its complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, Chooseco claims that the streaming giant damaged the brand and used it without permission in the movie. The company owns trademarks for the phrase “Choose Your Own Adventure” which started out as a book series for young adults and later expanded to other related products.
Apple looked at Samsung, MediaTek 5G modem chips for 2019 iPhone models
The FTC v. Qualcomm non-jury trial continued on Friday with Judge Lucy Koh (yes, the same Judge Koh who presided over the first Apple v. Samsung trial) listening to testimony from Apple supply chain executive Tony Blevins. According to Reuters, Blevins told the court that the company considered sourcing 5G modem chips from MediaTek and Samsung for the 2019 iPhone models. Between 2011 to 2016, Apple used modem chips from Qualcomm for the iPhone. In 2016, for the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the company used chips from both Quualcomm and Intel. Because of its numerous legal fights with Qualcomm over the cost of licensing the chip maker’s technology, Apple is now exclusively using Intel chips for its smartphone line. Despite this reliance on Intel for all of the modem chips used on the 2018 iPhones, Blevins testified that Apple has sought, and continues to seek, multiple options for this component.
Washington State governor slams Trump for US gov’t shutdown
Governor Jay Inslee of the U.S. state of Washington criticized President Donald Trump Friday for taking hundreds of thousands of federal employees “hostage” because of Trump’s unyielding position on funding a border wall that led to partial government shutdown. “Today, hundreds of thousands of federal workers — including nearly 13,000 Washingtonians — are not receiving their paychecks because President Trump continues to hold them and the families they serve hostage while he pushes for a useless border wall,” Inslee said in a tweet.