SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 3, 2015
PDP national convention holds March 19
The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced a March 19, 2016 date for the party’s national convention. New members of the National Working Committee (NWC) are expected to emerge at the convention.
According to a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, zonal congresses of the party are billed to hold on March 16, while state congresses will be conducted on March 12. Read more
House of Reps moves to stop UNN from charging N75, 000 levy
The House of Representatives has asked its Committees on Education (Basic and Tertiary) to intervene in the compulsory N75, 000 laptop fee charged students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The house unanimously took the decision following a motion under matters of urgent public importance sponsored by Rep. Bashir Babale (APC-Kano).
Moving the motion, Babale decried the university’s policy on compulsory payment of N75, 000 as laptop fee for the newly admitted students. Read more
NGO to train 1m youths in Agriculture
An Abuja-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Salad Greenhouse Nigeria Ltd, on Thursday said it would train 1,000,000 youths in various agricultural practices. Mr Aliyu Ibrahim, the Managing Director of the NGO, said this in a telephone interview with newsmen in Lagos.
He said the programme, tagged “one million Youths in Commercial Agriculture in Nigeria and Grassroots Organic Agriculture Technology Initiative,’’ would begin in the first quarter of 2016. According to him, the organisation, in partnership with the Youth Programme on Agriculture Entrepreneurship Development (YPAED), will produce future young agricultural entrepreneurs.
“The programme is a nationwide project, focusing on the youths and their contribution to the development of agriculture. Read more
$ 2 BILLION ARMS DEAL| Sambo Dasuki Denies Implicating Anyone or Group
Colonel Sambo Dasuki, has denied ever making statement implicating anyone or group in the allegation of dubious $2billion arms purchase deal brought against him by the federal government.
Colonel Sambo Dasuki, who spoke through his lawyer, Ahmed Raji, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said he never made any implicating statement or named anyone to EFCC and wondered where the authors got their information from. Read more
Gunmen kill APC deputy ward chair in Bayelsa
Tension heightened Thursday among among members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the killing of Diseye Dickson, the deputy ward chairman of APC, Ward 1 in Odi, Kolokuma-Opokuma council area of then state by unidentified gunmen.
The deceased, Diseye Dickson was reportedly shot dead at Odi community at about 11pm Wednesday by the gunmen allegedly clad in military uniform. Read more
Pro-Faleke protesters lay siege to INEC office
Protesters clamouring for the declaration of Hon. Abiodun Faleke today, laid siege to the INEC headquarters in Abuja.
They called on the electoral commission to shelve its proposed supplementary poll in the state and declare Faleke as governor-elect. Read more
I will transform the police to be more people-friendly – Arase
The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Thursday canvassed for a strong Police Force for effective policing of Nigeria. Dambazau stated this during a familiarisation visit to the Nigeria Police Force headquarters, Abuja. “Police is the most strategic as far as internal security is concerned. Read more
SERAP drags Senate to UN over repressive anti-media freedom, social media bill
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an urgent appeal to Mr. David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, requesting him to “you use your good offices and position to urgently request the National Assembly of Nigeria, specifically the Senate, to withdraw a bill which if passed into law would undermine the internationally recognized right to freedom of expression and press freedom on the internet in the country.” Read more
FIFA unanimously approve 12-year term limit for president
FIFA’s Executive Committee on Thursday “unanimously” approved a programme of reforms which includes limiting presidents to a maximum 12 years in charge and introducing “transparency of compensation” for leading officials.
In a statement, world football’s governing body confirmed it had been agreed to introduce the reforms as part of broader measures in an attempt to restore credibility at the scandal-hit institution. Read more
FIFA to expand World Cup to 40 teams in 2026
FIFA is considering expanding the World Cup from 32 teams to 40 in 2026 and will discuss the proposal at a future meeting, with support particularly strong among Asian and African representatives.
No formal agreement on the matter was reached at FIFA’s Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, but ExCo member Wolfgang Niersbach said it will be discussed at a later date. Read more
Three jailed in Turkey for female student’s murder
A Turkish court on Thursday sentenced three men to life in prison for the murder and attempted rape of a 20-year-old female student that unleashed a wave of anger over violence against women.
Ozgecan Aslan was bludgeoned and stabbed to death in February after she was returning home from a shopping trip on a minibus, in a crime that sparked nationwide street protests. Read more
Algeria ex-presidential head gets 3 years in jail
A military court has sentenced the former head of Algeria’s presidential guard to three years in jail over a shooting at President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s residence, a security source said Thursday.
General Mejdoub Kehal, better known as Djamel, was tried behind closed doors over the incident in July at the residence in Zeralda, 30 kilometres (20 miles) west of Algiers. Read more
Over 1,500 boat migrants rescued off Libya
Over 1,500 migrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast in seven separate operations, the Italian navy said Thursday, after a break in bad weather sparked fresh attempts at the perilous Mediterranean crossing.
The migrants were plucked from their boats by the Italian coastguard, the navy, a Doctors Without Borders boat and two vessels operating under the EU’s Operation Sophia, which patrols the sea for people smugglers. Read more
EU aid to Burundi at stake in Tuesday talks
Strife-torn Burundi’s human rights record comes under review in crunch talks with the EU on Tuesday that could see the bloc suspend aid to the impoverished central African nation, a spokeswoman said.
The European Union is the top aid donor for Burundi which is in turmoil after President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term in a vote the opposition said was illegal. Read more
New U.S. indictment in FIFA probe will name 16 people -source
U.S. authorities will name 16 new defendants in an indictment set to be unveiled on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice, a law enforcement source said.
The source said the individuals were mainly from the Western Hemisphere and that the indictment deals in part with allegations of corruption in the award of broadcast rights for soccer. Read more