SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 29, 2015
Boko Haram Has Killed over 10,000 Nigerians – PMB
President Muhammadu Buhari has told a gathering that included Queen Elizabeth II of England and other Heads of State and Government participating in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) holding in Malta that terrorists had killed 10,000 Nigerians and displaced over 2 million internally. Read more
Two suicide bombers kill at least 5 in north Cameroon
Colonel Jacob Kodji, who leads Cameroon troops fighting against Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremist group, said two teenagers targeted a family and local shop in the town of Dabanga near Cameroon’s border with Nigeria.
He said the suicide bombers were Nigerians who came to Cameroon as refugees. Cameroon has expelled thousands of refugees. Read more
Terrorism: Immigration Boss Seeks Digital Border Control
The Comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. Martin Abeshi has called for a shift from manual border control mechanisms to digital platforms in order to effectively tackle terrorism and others trans-border criminal activities.
Abeshi made the call on Saturday in Keffi at a reception organized by Keffi Old Boys Association (KOBA) of Government College, Keffi in his honour and that of the Vice chancellor of Plateau State University, Bokkos, Prof Danjuma Sheni. Read more
PDP Mismanaged Bayelsa State – Sylva
What did you forget in the Bayelsa Government House since 2011 that has made you want to return?
Anybody that asks that question is quite ignorant. I left Bayelsa State Government House unwillingly and all Bayelsans know the circumstances under which I left and since then, no other opportunity has presented itself for me to re-contest for that office. Read more
No Magic Can Make APC Win Bayelsa – Dickson
How have you impacted Bayelsa’s development and politics in your tenure so far?
We have changed the face of politics in this state where we have emphasized the importance of the people as the centre of all development. Take the issue of accountability. For example every month we announce what comes in in terms of revenue and how much we spend. We are empowering our people mentally and democratically to take charge of their future. Read more
Ease Of Illicit Funds Transfer, Fuelling Corruption In Oil Sector – PMB
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Malta attributed the thriving corruption in the nation’s oil sector to the ease of transferring illicit funds abroad and the institutional protection given to corrupt officials in the past.
He urged the international community to do more to support the Federal Government’s efforts to curb corruption in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. Read more
LAGOS TRADE FAIR: Exhibitors Demand For Better Venue
THE Lagos international trade fair is the largest exhibition in West Africa. It is known for its usual fanfare, unique exposition and special discounts on exhibited items. It gives trade groups and professionals opportunity to exhibit new products and new innovations. It also provides foreign investors direct information about the potentials and opportunities available in Nigeria. Read more
Lagos, Edo Turn To Land, Property Tax To Shore-up Revenue
MANY states have taken after Lagos, which has been collecting levies from land and property owners in order to shore up their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The new revenue drive is occasioned by dwindling fortunes from the Federation Account as a result of the continued slide in the price of crude. Read more
Kano: Casualty Figure Rises to 22
The death toll from the suicide bombing which took place Friday at Samawa village in Garun Mallam Local Government Area of Kano State has risen to 22 persons from the previous figure of 21, THISDAY has learnt.
Also, the second suicide bomber who was arrested while his bomb was yet to detonate, is still with the security operatives of the Shiite Islamic movement that are popularly known as Hurras. Read more
Appeal Court Nullifies Senator Mark’s Election, Orders Fresh Poll
The Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi has annulled the election of the immediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark.
The Court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh elections in the Benue South senatorial district within 90 days. Mark’s victory at the March 28, National Assembly elections, was challenged by Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who petitioned the Benue state Legislative Houses elections tribunal, asking for the cancellation of the election and an order detailing INEC to conduct fresh election in the district. Read more
Buratai: Watch out for Boko Haram Infiltrators Outside North-east
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has warned members and relevant agencies in various parts of the country, especially in the North-Central States, to watch out for escaping members of Boko Haram from infiltrating their communities and towns.
Buratai stated this in Markudi, Benue State, in the course of his recent inspection visit to the various formations and units, under the 82 Division, Nigerian Army. Read more
Obasanjo: Why I Accepted TASUED’s Honorary Award
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday explained why he accepted Tai Solarin College of Education’s honorary award, saying it was borne out of his respect for the late educationist, Tai Solarin, and the love for late Chief Mrs. HID Awolowo.
Obasanjo, who disclosed this after he was conferred with an honorary doctorate of Education in Political Science by the institution, said “I don’t involve in honorary award, not even one from Bells University of Technology. There are many cases why this is important to me.” Read more
Leave Us Out of TSA, N’Assembly Tells FG
The National Assembly has silently protested the move by the federal government to include it on its list of government agencies for the execution of treasury single account (TSA).
The legislative arm of government, according to information obtained by THISDAY last week, said it would be counter-productive to include the national assembly on the list of government agencies expected to transfer its funds to TSA which is domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Read more
Court Okays NHRC’s Decision in Apo Killings
A Federal High Court in Abuja last Friday struck out an application by the Department of State Services (DSS) to quash the landmark decision of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in what is popularly known as the “Apo six killings case”.
In early April 2014, based on a complaint initiated by Global Rights, NHRC held the Government of Nigeria responsible for extrajudicial killings and injuries by security forces in the capital Abuja in September 2013 and awarded monetary compensation to 19 individuals. Read more
Catholic Bishops Debunk Claims Pope Francis Snubbed Nigeria
Bishops under the auspices of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) have debunked claims that the Catholic pontiff, Pope Francis 1, snubbed Nigeria in his first visit to Africa.
The pope is visiting Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic where like Nigeria issues of insecurity, tension on homosexuality, ethnic and religious crises. Read more
House to Review Outdated Laws and Statues within Two Years
The House of Representatives has given the assurance that it would review and update all of the nation’s laws and statutes which have become obsolete within the next two years, to make them applicable to contemporary challenges.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, speaking when he received members of the Save Democracy Group Africa, led by former speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Ghali Na’Abba, also warned that poverty on the African continent is threatening the survival of democracy. Read more
NGO Launches Medical Outreach for IDPs, Others in Abuja
A faith-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Arise Women, has launched its medical outreach in Abuja to take care of the health needs of women, children and other less privileged people in the Federal Capital Territory.
Arise Women, was formed seven years ago in Lagos and is the brainchild of Mrs. Siju Iluyomade. It has as part of its aims and objectives, attending to the physical health of women and children through the provision of free medical screening and services in specialised areas such as diabetes and cancer. Read more
El-Rufai Consults with Stakeholders over 2016 Budget
Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Saturday presented the 2016 budget proposal to stakeholders at a town-hall meeting for deliberation before the formal presentation to the state House of Assembly.
Addressing the Town Hall meeting which held at the General Hassan Katsina House, Kaduna, the El-Rufai said the N166 billion budget proposal is made up of N104 billion capital expenditure and N62 billion recurrent expenditure. Read more
UN Security Council warns Mali attack could be war crime
United Nations, United States: The United Nations Security Council condemned a rocket attack that killed two UN peacekeepers and a contractor Saturday in northeast Mali, warning the assault could be a war crime.
In a unanimous declaration, the council’s 15 member countries urged the Malian government to “swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice and stressed that those responsible for the attack should be held accountable.” Read more
Big Match Feature: Nigeria vs Mali U23
Nigeria will start her quest for a ticket to the football event of the Rio 2016 Olympics when the Dream Team VI tackle the Aiglonettes of Mali in M’bour, Senegal on Sunday.
The ‘Dream Team’ [below]will start their campaign on Sunday against West African neighbours Mali. There is a lot of history between both countries with the latest being Nigeria defeating Mali 2-0 to win the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Chile early this month. Read more
Child-soldier demobilisation in South Sudan critical — UNICEF advocate
As fierce fighting continues in parts of South Sudan despite a peace agreement signed in August this year, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) advocate Ishmael Beah stressed on Friday the importance of demobilising child soldiers at this critical juncture.
Beah, a former child soldier in Sierra Leone, told press via a telephonic conference from Juba that “the only reason these children went to war is because it was the only choice they had”. Read more
Drive-by shooting kills 4 Egyptian police near Cairo
drive-by shooting killed four Egyptian police near a famed historic site on the outskirts of Cairo on Saturday and a military helicopter crashed due to a “sudden technical failure” northeast of the capital, officials said. Read more
Paris climate deal ‘more likely’ after terror attacks
The conference, known as COP21, will attempt to craft a long-term deal to limit carbon emissions.
Observers say that the recent terror attacks on the French capital will increase the chances of a new agreement.
Around 40,000 people are expected to participate in the event, which runs until 11 December. Read more
In S. Korea, a town of Kims — and an unusual shared history
Many of his students are Kims. So are his fellow teachers, an elementary school alumnus and the owners of restaurants and pubs that he patronizes in his small farming village. Lots of Kims in his neighborhood, too. Such is everyday life for Kim Sun Won, who, obviously, is a Kim too. Read more