SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 4, 2015
Presidency to present MTEF to NASS
The Presidency is set to present a Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and a Fiscal Strategy Papers (FSP) to the National Assembly any time next week.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, stated this in a chat with journalists on Friday Read more
Buhari’s foreign trips’ve started yielding fruits – Lai Mohammed
President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign trips since assuming office are critical to the implementation of his administration key policies of enhancing security, jump-starting the economy, creating jobs and fighting corruption, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said. Read more
EFCC arraigns ex-NIMASA DG on fresh theft, fraud charges
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday arraigned a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi, on new charge of converting N2.6billion.
He was also accused of defrauding the Federal Government to the tune of N795.2million. Read more
INEC promises free, fair supplementary election in Kogi
The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) has pledged to conduct free and fair governorship supplementary election in the 91 polling units in Kogi on Dec.5.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner ( REC), Malam Halilu Pai, said the election would go ahead as scheduled in the polling units spread across the 18 local government areas of the state. Read more
Former presidential candidate kidnapped in Kogi
A former Presidential candidate and National Chairman of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Alhaji Ganiyu Galadima has been reported kidnapped at Obajana in Kogi State.
The ACPN nominated Chief Galadima as its presidential flag bearer in the just concluded March 28, 2015 presidential election, but returned to man the affairs of the party shortly after he lost to president Muhammadu Buhari. Read more
Kuku’s Trial: South-West Youths Accuse FG of Persecution
South-West youths under the aegis of the National Committee of Yoruba Youths have accused the Federal Government of persecuting the opposition, saying the on-going trial of Mr Kingsley Kuku, the immediate past Special Adviser on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), is symbolic of a deliberate attempt to hewn down the opposition elements in the country.
In a press statement signed by the group’s President, Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi, the group “wishes to draw the attention of Nigerians and the international community, especially the government of the United States and that of Great Britain, to the growing politics of intolerance, intimidation, coercion, persecution and harassment by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari”. Read more
Police, seven others arrested over oil theft
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps on Friday said it had arrested a police officer and seven others suspected to have 496 25-litre kegs of petroleum products.
The Lagos State Commandant of the corps, Mr Grabriel Abafi, made the disclosure while speaking with journalists. Read more
Pandemonium as Policeman allegedly kills youth in Badagry
Aggrieved youths in Badagry, Lagos State, on Friday, violently protested the alleged killing of one Mr Joshua Sewuji by an unidentified policeman from the Badagry Police Division. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that protesters resorted to damaging and burning police posts and tyres on the roads to prevent easy movement around the town. Read more
NFF Confirm Nasarawa United For CAF Confederation Cup
The encounter at the Lafia Township Stadium was called off in the 36th minute by the centre referee after Giwa FC players refused to continue with the match following the sending off of two of their players, Nojeem Raji and Amos Gyan.
Nasarawa United were leading 2-0 at the time of the incident. Read more
Oil prices fall after OPEC agrees to raise output ceiling
Oil prices fell on Friday after sources said OPEC had agreed to roll over its policy of maintaining crude production in order to retain market share and raise its output ceiling, Reuters reports.
Brent crude futures were last down 47 cents on the day at $43.37 barrel by 1459 GMT, compared with around $44.69 shortly before the decision came out. U.S. crude futures were down 66 cents on the day at $40.44 a barrel, having traded around $41.76 ahead of the decision. Read more
Exclusive: Police pursuing 3 attackers of Cairo nightclub
Sixteen staff members of a Cairo restaurant were killed Friday from smoke inhalation caused by firebombs hurled at the place during the early hours of the day, Spokesperson for Health Ministry Khaled Megahed told The Cairo Post.
Police are pursuing the attackers, reportedly three masked men, who threw Molotov cocktails at the doorway of El-Sayyad (translates to the Fisherman) Restaurant, which is also home to a nightclub. Read more
Malanje – AfDB Announces Funds for Agro-Industrial Projects
The representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Septime Martin, announced Wednesday in Malange, the funding of several public and private projects in the field of agro-industry in Angola.
Speaking at the end of the meeting with the governor of the northern Malanje, Norberto dos Santos, the AfDB representative said he was quite impressed with the agricultural potential of the province. Read more
Turkey detains 3,000 refugees after EU deal
Turkish officials have rounded up nearly 3,000 people in the past four days who were planning to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece, local media reported.
South Africa issues arrest warrant for Pistorius: ENCA TV
South African authorities have issued a warrant of arrest for Oscar Pistorius, a day after the Paralympic champion was convicted on appeal of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ENCA television reported on Friday.
The Supreme Court on Thursday upgraded the 29-year-old athlete’s sentence to murder from “culpable homicide”, South Africa’s equivalent of manslaughter, for which he had received a five-year sentence. A murder conviction normally carries a minimum 15-year jail sentence. Read more
Greek economic efforts: Kerry
US Secretary of State John Kerry hailed troubled Greece’s economic recovery efforts in the midst of a huge migration challenge as he paid a brief visit to Athens on Friday.
“I appreciate the way you are approaching economic reforms efforts (…) it is not easy,” Kerry told Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Read more