SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 25, 2015
UK deports about 500 Nigerians
A plane carrying about 500 Nigerians deported from the UK has landed in Nigeria’s main city of Lagos.
Most of the deportees say they are not happy to come back. One person told me that he was arrested by British police and was not allowed to even take his belongings before being deported.
A few of them who say they don’t have relatives here are stranded in the airport.
Recently, Nigeria expressed concern over UK’s plan to deport 29,000 Nigerians, and has insisted that due process be followed before Nigerians are removed from the UK. Read more
APC shops For Audu’s Replacement
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed December 5, 2015 to conduct a supplementary governorship election in Kogi State. It has also asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) to field a new candidate, following the demise of Prince Abubakar Audu. But there are also moves by the APC to compel INEC to declare its candidate winner, or provide evidence that the cancelled votes that rendered the elections inconclusive were eligible. Read more
Court remands surety as suspect jumps bail
Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Lagos had ordered the prison remand of one Adeleye Oduniyi who stood surety for a dismissed police officer, Victor Banor, who is facing criminal charges.
Banor is being tried for allegedly impersonating five Commissioners of Police and diverting the salaries of various policemen to the tune of N20m after his dismissal from the Force. Read more
AIPB’s failure to make reports public angers Senate
The Senate on Tuesday frowned at practice of the Accident Investigation and Prevention Bureau to keep the reports of investigation into cases of air crashes from public knowledge.
It described the tradition as counter-productive and not in accordance with best practices. Read more
Second pilot of downed Russian plane rescued
Russian and Syrian special forces have freed the second pilot of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey and he is now at a Russian airbase, the defence minister said Wednesday.
“The operation ended successfully. The second pilot has been brought to our base. He is alive and well,” RIA Novosti state news agency quoted defence minister Sergei Shoigu as saying. He thanked “all our guys who worked at great risk all night.” Read more
Canada to fall short on 25,000-refugee pledge
Around 10,000 refugees will be brought to Canada by the end of the year, less than half of the 25,000 that was pledged by the prime minister.
Justin Trudeau, sworn in this month, made the initial pledge as part of his election campaign, but his critics said the goal was unrealistic. Read more
Germany to send 650 troops for French-led Mali operation
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday that Berlin will contribute up to 650 soldiers to the French-led operation against jihadists in Mali.
The move is aimed partly at providing some relief to France in its global fight against the Islamic State jihadists, according to German news agency DPA, quoting the minister following a parliamentary defence committee meeting. Read more
Man, 35, jails seven years for rape
A 35-year-old man, Stanley Edomwonyi, was on Wednesday in Benin sentenced to seven years imprisonment for raping a nine-year-old girl.
The State Counsel, Mrs O.R. Ewemade, told the Court that the convict committed the crime on Oct. 24, 2013, at about 6:00 pm, at Block 7, Flat7, S and T Barracks, Ugbowo, Benin. Read more
African Union seeks to end ‘Child brides’
Lucia Felix, a 15-year-old Mozambican girl, dreams of returning to her village school but instead she must prepare for motherhood after she was chosen for an arranged marriage and became pregnant.
She is one of the millions of “child brides” across Africa who are married before their 18th birthday, with many already wed when they are younger than 15. Read more
Increasing number of protests in Imo
TO say that Imo is unique in several ways, including bouts of protests, is stating the obvious, especially since Governor Rochas Okorocha came on board in 2011. There is hardly any week that runs out without one group or the other taking to the streets of Owerri, to protest against one issue or the other. Several communities, civil servants, frail and famished pensioners, students, commercial tricycle operators, had at various times staged protest marches in Owerri, for various reasons. Read more
Ekweremadu’s assassination drama
Last week, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu set out to act what typifies a Nollywood film by causing the publication of a so-called “attempt to assassinate him.” Ekweremadu in a statement by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu said the attempt occurred at about 10:00am between Apo Flyover and Dantata Construction Company’s yard, close to the Old Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Headquarters junction on his way to the National Assembly. Read more
66 Years On: TUS commemorates massacre of Enugu coal miners
THE Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, JPSNC, Enugu State council has commemorated with nostalgia, the massacre of coal miners who were demonstrating for better working conditions in Enugu about 66 years ago on November 18,1949.
The coal miners were massacred at Iva-valley by the colonial masters, marking the first of its kind in the country then. The demonstrators including markets women, who were pushing for better working conditions under the British colonialists when hundreds of them were killed in cold blood by armed security men acting on the orders of the colonial masters. Read more
I’ve no doubt HID is in heaven, says Pastor Adeboye
The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, yesterday declared that he is confident that the matriarch of the Awolowo family, Chief (Mrs) Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, is resting with the Lord.
Adeboye, who spoke while holding a private prayer session with the family inside their Ikenne country home, said: “By the special grace of God and because of my interaction with Mama, I have no doubt at all that she is in heaven now.” Read more
What UN expects from Climate Change Conference in Paris
For the nearly nine years that I have been Secretary-General, I have travelled the world to the front-lines of climate change, and I have spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global response.
Why do I care so much about this issue? Read more
Over45 – questions men should ask their doctor
In this part of the world tradition holds the patient at the mercy of their doctors decisions and instructions. I have seen even the most educated and informed patient hold back when opportunities arise for discussion with their physician. This is more cultural than geographical because these same people do exactly the same thing at doctor visits overseas. Read more