SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 2, 2015
Police begin prosecution of 137 pro-Biafran protesters
As pro-Biafran protests continue to swell in some parts of the South-east, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has disclosed that no fewer than 137 of such protesters have been arrested and currently undergoing prosecution.
The police boss spoke on Wednesday when he visited the Ministry of Interior. According to him, the suspects are all members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Read more
Female banker arraigned for N90m fraud
A 32-year-old female banker, Adejumoke Anthony, who allegedly aided some fraudsters to steal N90 million from a commercial bank, was on Wednesday arraigned by police at a Lagos State Magistrate’s Court in Igbosere.
The defendant, a resident of Lekki, is standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing. Read more
3 Women Docked For Allegedly Stealing A Week-old Baby
Three women, Nkechi Obi, Patience Nwogbo and Ogechi Njoku, were on Wednesday charged before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing a week-old baby.
Obi, 25, Nwogbo, 58 and Njoku, 45, who all reside in Owerri, Imo, are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, deprivation of liberty and child stealing.
The accused pleaded not guilty. The prosecutor, Insp. Simon Imhonwa, told the court that the offences were committed on Nov. 3. Read more
How Nigeria can overcome power challenges – U.S envoy
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to create an enabling environment for big private companies to invest in the power sector, saying that is the solution to the challenges crippling the nation’s energy industry.
The U.S, according to the ambassador, identifies the private power players as the solution to the several challenges facing the country. Read more
NIGERIA WANTS IRAN TO DELAY ITS PLANS TO PUMP MORE CRUDE OIL
Nigeria will ask OPEC to prevail upon fellow member Iran to delay its plans for a post-sanctions increase in oil exports in order to ease the oil price slump that is negatively affecting the revenues of producing countries, junior oil minister Emmanuel Kachikwu said Wednesday.
“There is a lot of sensitivity [to] the $42/barrel oil price currently, that it has the potential to go down if Iran throws the estimated 1.5 million b/d of crude into the market by next year,” Kachikwu told reporters in Lagos ahead of his departure for OPEC’s December 4 meeting in Vienna, at which the oil producer group will set output policy for the year ahead. Read more
Lagos has capacity to drive trade and investment in Africa-Ambode
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday met with potential investors from over 40 countries at the just concluded Trade and Investment Forum, put together by PricewaterhouseCoopers, held at the Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair, London, where he posited that the State has the capacity to drive trade and investment in the African continent. Read more
Translating 1999 Constitution to Nigerian languages: Matters arising
Mr Ayanbode Oje, a member of the Change Movement Nigeria, recently translated the 1999 Constitution to Yoruba language. He also decided to make the document available free to empower the perceived disenfranchised, oppressed and the voiceless due to their inability to read and understand English language. Read more
Oshiomhole inaugurates eight projects at AAU
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has inaugurated a 500-capacity lecture theatre, a Moot-Court building abandoned since 1991 and six other projects funded by the government at the state-owned Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma.
The other projects are: Workshop Building for Building Department and Studio for Fine and Applied Arts; Furnishing of the Moot Court in the Faculty of Law; 2-in-1 Laboratory Block for the Department of Medical Laboratory Science; Furnishing of the 2-in-1 Laboratory Block for the Department of Medical Laboratory Science; Library Building in the Faculty of Basic Medical Science and Department Building for the Department of Agriculture Economics, Emaudo Annex. Read more
Corruption caused Nigeria’s woes – Varsity dons
Nigeria’s current travails are attributable to corruption and African time mentality, Vice Chancellor of the Kwara state University (KWASU), Malete, Prof. Abdulrasheed Na’Allah and President, Nigeria Association of Mathematical Physics (NAMP), Prof. Garba Babaji have said.
Prof Na’Allah lamented that it was shameful that Nigeria, despite its enormous human cum natural resources is incapable of paying its workers’ salaries. Read more
Terror’s Nameless Victims in Nigeria
WITH the world’s attention focused on the Islamic Stateattacks in Paris that killed 130 people on Nov. 13, there was a flurry of debate about how much more media coverage France had received than Beirut, where, a day earlier, suicide bombers sent by the jihadist group killed 43 people. In Nigeria, we expect most terrorist attacks to go unnoticed by the world. Read more
Make the hallmark of your administration justice, not retribution – US lawyer writes Buhari
A United State (U.S) citizen and constitutional/international lawyer, Bruce Fein has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari regarding what he considers as the President’s selective prosecution of corruption charges against former officials in the Goodluck Jonathan administration. Read more
NLC Accuses Govt. of Plotting to Emasculate Labour
The Nigerian Labour Congress on Wednesday declared that those proposing the delisting of labour matters from the exclusive
legislative list were plotting to emasculate the trade unions and punish the workers unjustly in the country.
The labour body, which urged government to brace up for a titanic battle if it goes ahead with the plan, threatened to resist any attempt
to enlist labour issues from the concurrent list, describing the plot as an attempt to foster impunity in the system. Read more
Firm Organises SME Conference
The Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions is organising an SME and franchising conference for small businesses in the country. The organisers explained that the two-day conference will hold this Wednesday and Thursday at the Eko International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Lagos.
A statement from the organisers pointed out that with low oil prices and the need to diversify revenue streams for the country dictating that the economic focus of the new administration and the private sector will be on how to raise non-oil revenue, there was the need to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship across all sectors. Read more
Investors flee fossil fuels, even as some banks back coal: reports
Institutional investors are fleeing fossil fuels even as some major banks continue to pour money into coal, according to reports released at a UN climate conference Wednesday.
The number of universities, governments and investment funds that have said they will drop at least some fossils fuels from their portfolios has risen sharply to more than 500, according to one of the reports, released on the sidelines of the UN climate meeting outside Paris. Read more
Afghan Taliban leader injured in firefight: officials, militant sources
Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was injured in a firefight following a verbal dispute at a meeting of militant commanders near the Pakistani town of Quetta, officials in Kabul told AFP Wednesday.
“Mansour was seriously injured. He was rushed to hospital and we are not sure if he survived his wounds,” Sultan Faizi, the spokesman for the Afghan first vice president, told AFP. Read more
Brother kills sister for voting in Pakistan
An angry brother shot his elder sister dead because she voted in Pakistani local elections after he had forbidden her to do so, police said Wednesday.
The murder occurred in the town of Taxila 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Islamabad on Tuesday, according to officials.
Danish Ali, 20, was furious because his sister Asifa Noreen, a 32-year old schoolteacher, had defied his instructions and cast her vote, local police official Naeem Abbas told AFP. “According to a report filed by the deceased’s father, Ali shot Noreen with his pistol and she died on the spot at their home,” Abbas said. Read more
Saudi reserves drop further amid low oil price
Saudi foreign reserves dropped further in October as the price of oil remained low, but they fell at slower rate than previous months, according to a report released Wednesday.
The kingdom’s foreign reserves dropped to $644 billion at the end of October, down from $651 billion the previous month, Jadwa Investment said. Read more
Journalist detained for ‘false news,’ Egypt lawyers say
An Egyptian researcher and freelance journalist detained upon arrival in Egypt is being investigated for spreading false news, in what his lawyers say is the latest in a crackdown on press freedoms in the country.
After more than eight hours of questioning in Cairo on Tuesday, prosecutors ordered Ismail Alexandrani jailed for 15 days pending investigations, his lawyers from the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights said in a statement. Read more
National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) supports call for amendments to the constitution
The umbrella body called on the creation of a body similar to the defunct Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC), adding that though the calls by different groups is legitimate and within the framework of the constitution; they were worried about the vested interests behind the push. At a press briefing yesterday, the umbrella body led by it General Secretary Canon Peter Karanja said the body if created will receive, analyze and harmonize memoranda from different initiatives and all Kenyans and advice on emergent options and their ramifications. Read more
Egyptian expats to vote in parliamentary election reruns in 4 constituencies on 5, 6 December
Polls will open on Saturday and Sunday for Egyptians abroad to vote in the parliamentary elections’ first phase in districts where the results were deemed void by the Egyptian administrative courts, election affairs advisor to the prime minister Refaet Komsan told MENA.
Voters from a total of four districts in Alexandria, Beheira’s Damanhour and Beni Suef governorates will cast their ballots again, Komsan stated. Read more
New Polish government sparks constitutional crisis
When Poland’s right-wing ruling party, Law and Justice, held power nearly a decade ago, one of its key projects was a law aimed at vetting Poles for collaboration with the Soviet-era secret police. The legislation got struck down by the constitutional court — amid criticism that it was vengeful and undemocratic.
Back in power, Law and Justice is now acting quickly to place its supporters on the Constitutional Tribunal, seeking to neutralize it before proceeding to reshape this Central European nation of nearly 38 million people in line with its nationalistic and Catholic worldview. Read more
Chicago police force needs a cultural change – mayor
Chicago’s 12,000-member police force, one of the biggest in the country and one of the most prone to use lethal force, needs a cultural change that will take time, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Wednesday in a live-streamed interview with Politico.
Emanuel fired the city’s police chief on Tuesday and has launched a search for a replacement, in the wake of protests over the police killing of a black teenager that was caught on video. A police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting, which occurred in October 2014, and is out on bail. (Reporting by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Jonathan Oatis) Read more
Israel honours American POW
An American POW who protected Jewish inmates in a wartime German camp has been named “Righteous Among The Nations”, the first US soldier to receive the Israeli honour, a statement said Wednesday.
Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial said that Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds of Knoxville, Tennessee, who died in 1985, was the senior American soldier being held at the Stalag IXA camp. Read more