SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 24, 2015
Kogi: APC can substitute its candidate – AGF
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) on Tuesday spoke on the controversy generated by the sudden death of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State, Abubakar Audu.
He said since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the governorship election held in the state last Saturday inconclusive, the election must be concluded. Read more
INEC to hold Kogi supplementary election December 5
The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it will hold supplementary elections in the 91 polling units where elections were cancelled during Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State on December 5. Read more
Fayose asks citizens to prepare for hard times
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said with the continued downward trend in the price of crude oil in the international market, except by God’s intervention, Nigerians should brace for more challenges next year.
The Ekiti State House of Assembly also on Tuesday reviewed the 2015 operating budget and the tenure of regents in the state. Read more
Judge’s absence stalls Funsho William’s murder case
A Federal High Court in Lagos has further adjourned till February 9, 2016 to hear a suit seeking fresh investigations into the murder of a one-time governorship aspirant in Lagos State, Funsho Williams.
The case which was slated for hearing on Tuesday could not go on as the presiding judge, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, did not sit. Read more
We must reconsider the PIB to stop scarcity – Saraki
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said the Senate must take the issue of passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) seriously if scarcity of petroleum products would end in the country. Read more
Aisha Buhari urges wives of public officer holders to be agents of change
The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Tuesday, urged wives of public office holders in the country to be agents of change at all levels.
She made the call at the opening of a four-day national workshop organised by the Centre for Gender Studies International (CGSI) for wives of top public office holders in Abuja. Read more
Amosun presents N200.27bn 2016 budget to Ogun Assembly
Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun on Tuesday presented a budget proposal of N200.27 billion for 2016 to the Ogun House of Assembly.
Christened “Budget of Optimisation’’, Amosun said the 2016 figure represented a moderate reduction of 4.79 per cent compared to N210.35 billion budget for 2015. Read more
Nigerians react to biting fuel scarcity
As the biting fuel scarcity across parts of the country continues, Nigerians have taken to the social media to express their angst against the situation that has remained unabated for weeks.
On Twitter-sphere, aggrieved Nigerians shared their experiences as well as lamented over their plights using the hashtag #FuelScarcity. Read more
INEC Announces Date For Supplementary Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has held a crucial meeting to review last Saturday’s governorship poll in Kogi State and came up with a definite date to conduct supplementary elections in the 91 polling units where the poll was declared inconclusive by INEC. Read more
CBN withdraws bailout funds of govs playing politics with them
The Central Bank Of Nigeria has taken tough measures against state governors who are playing politics with the Bailout Fund, with a decision to withdraw their allocations.
The Governor of the CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this while briefing journalists on the outcome of the Monetary Policy Committee, MPC meeting in Abuja, Tuesday. Read more
NDLEA Arrests 2,000 Suspects In 11 Months
Mrs Roli Bode-George, the Director-General, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Tuesday in Lagos said the agency had arrested over 2,000 suspected drug peddlers in 11 months.
Bode-George made the disclosure while speaking with journalists at the ongoing 50th celebration of the Naval Officers’ Wives Association (NOWA) at Apapa. Read more
Treasury looters now returning stolen funds – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari in Tehran, Iran on Tuesday disclosed that many of the those who looted the public treasuries in the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan had started returning stolen funds to the coffers.
He said that though the government appreciated the development, it was still not enough to condone corruption, stressing that his government would,still prosecute them in due course. Read more
Nigeria closes prisons because of Boko Haram
The Federal Government has shut down some of its prisons following external attacks on them.
Controller General of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Dr Peter Ekpendu disclosed this today during a meeting with the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau. Read more
Nigeria central bank cuts rates for first time in six years
Nigeria’s central bank cut the benchmark interest rate in Africa’s biggest economy to 11 percent from 13 percent on Tuesday, its first reduction in the headline cost of borrowing in more than six years.
Governor Godwin Emefiele said members of the bank’s monetary policy committee had voted by a margin of eight to two in favour of the reduction. Read more
Man, 30, in court over alleged rape of 11-year-old girl
A 30-year man who allegedly raped a minor was on Tuesday charged before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. The accused, Peter Ekom, who resides at 43, Ariori St., Maliki Oshodi, Lagos, is facing a charge of rape. The prosecutor, Insp. Simon Imhonwa, told the court that the accused, who was a co-tenant with the minor’s parents, committed the offence on Nov. 3 at about 1.00 p.m at their residence. Read more
Nigeria Cannot Survive Two Civil Wars – Bode George
Chief Bode George has advised the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to handle pro-Biafran agitators with caution. While warning that Nigeria cannot survive another civil war, the politician said the government must not use force in dealing with the situation. Read more
HOTEL SUICIDE BOMBING IN EGYPT’S SINAI KILLS AT LEAST 3
An elaborate militant attack, involving a suicide car bombing and claimed by Islamic State group, targeted a hotel in the restive north of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, killing two policemen and a judge and wounding 12, the military said.
The statement said troops and policemen guarding the Swiss Inn hotel in the coastal city of El-Arish opened fire on an explosives-laden car as it approached the building, blowing it up before it reached the hotel. In the meantime, two militants slipped inside the hotel. Read more
Gold rises from near five-year low as Turkey downs Russian jet
Gold, trading near a five-year low on bets that the Federal Reserve will soon raise interest rates, gained for the first time in three days as Turkey said it shot down a Russian fighter jet close to the Syrian border.
Bullion rose as much as 0.6 percent in London. Pilots warned the Russian plane 10 times in five minutes before it was hit, according to a statement on the Turkish military’s website. Russia’s Defense Ministry denied that the aircraft had ever left Syrian airspace, while acknowledging that one of its jets had crashed in the country. Read more
Tanzania To Scrap Independence Day Celebrations This Year
TANZANIA’S NEWLY-elected president has cancelled independence day celebrations, and has ordered a clean-up campaign instead.
President John Magufuli said it would be “shameful” to spend huge sums of money on the celebrations when “our people are dying of cholera,” according to local media. Magufuli, who took power earlier this month after winning October 25 elections, has introduced a swathe of austerity cuts and crackdowns on public corruption. Read more
EU’s Tusk urges all to stay ‘cool headed’ after Russian jet downed
European Union president Donald Tusk called for calm on Tuesday after Turkey, a candidate for membership of the bloc, shot down a Russian war plane on the Syrian border.
“In this dangerous moment after downing of Russian jet, all should remain cool headed and calm,” tweeted Tusk, the former Polish prime minister. Read more
French President Hollande arrives in Washington: AFP reporter
President Francois Hollande of France arrived Tuesday for talks with US President Barack Obama on how to confront the threat posed by the Islamic State group in the wake of the Paris attacks.
The French president landed at Andrews Air Force Base outside the US capital, and was to go directly to the White House for talks followed by a joint press conference. Read more
Gambia bans female genital mutilation
The Gambian government has introduced a ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Information Minister, Sheriff Bojang,on Tuesday in Banjul announced the order by President Yahya Jammeh, which came into force immediately. Read more
How the rivalry between Russians and Turks shaped the world
It’s a very tense moment for relations between Russia and Turkey. Moscow’s intervention in the Syrian conflict about two months ago, almost explicitly on behalf of the embattled regime of President Bashar al-Assad, has infuriated Ankara, which for years has led international calls for Assad’s departure. Read more
Leader of religious forum attacked in Bangladesh
Two men wielding homemade knives attacked a religious forum leader in Bangladesh on Tuesday, police said.
Local police chief Nazim Uddin said Alok Sen was assaulted outside his home in the district of Faridpur. He shouted for help as the men slashed him and his wife came out, prompting the attackers to flee, Uddin said. Read more