SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 9, 2015
$2b arms scam: Dokpesi arraigned, remanded in EFCC custody
The Chairman of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, was arraigned on Wednesday morning before a Federal High Court in Abuja on the six-count charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Dokpesi, who dressed casually in a shirt and pair of trousers, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The media owner said he understood all the charges, adding they are all falsehood. Read more
No anti-social media bill before the senate – Saraki
The Senate President Dr.Bukola Saraki yesterday said there was no anti-social media bill before the senate. Speaking on the sideline of Lagos Business School Dinner in which he was a guest, Saraki said “We have only debated the Principle of the bill, we have not gone into the details of the bill, so if there is any part of the bill that does not conform to human right, be rest assured that the senate will do the proper thing. So there was no bill that was brought forward called social media bill. Read more
Sokoto, Osun Pledge to Develop Solid Minerals Sector
Sokoto and Osun State Governments on Wednesday said they were poised to develop the solid minerals sector with a view to creating jobs and boosting revenue generation.
The Sokoto state Commissioner of Solid Minerals, Alhaji Bello Muhammad Goronyo, disclosed his state’s position shortly after a meeting with officials of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission(RMAFC) in his office in Sokoto. Read more
Buhari not the cause of Biafra agitation – Omeri
The Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Mike Omeri, yesterday, disagreed with the people linking the cause of the ongoing agitation for the republic of Biafra to the President Muhammadu Buhari, saying each section of the country is affected with the current economic reality in Nigeria.
Omeri, who stated this during a press conference on the threat of Secession, Herdsmen VS Farmers Clashes, Communal Clashes and Violence across Nigeria, in Abuja, however noted that the government is working assiduously to address the situation. Read more
Benin Republic to send 800 soldiers to Nigeria for anti-terrorism war
To realize the December deadline to stamp out insurgency in Nigeria, President of the Republic of Benin, Mr. Boni Yayi, has pledged to send 800 soldiers to fight alongside Nigerian troops.
Yayi’s disclosure came on a day President Mohammadu Buhari also charged him to ensure that he conducted a credible election that would herald his exit from office next year.
The visiting president who addressed State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with his host at the presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday, stated that the soldiers were battle ready. Read more
Onu: Nigeria Cannot Continue to Import Toothpicks, Others
The Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onu, on Wednesday said Nigeria cannot continue to export its natural forest resources abroad only for them to be imported into the country as toothpicks. He said the country cannot be a consumer nation that depends on other nations even for her basic needs.
He said it is baffling to note that a greatly endowed nation like Nigeria will export crude oil and import refined oil, “export wood and import toothpicks.” Read more
NBC restates commitment to focused investment
Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) limited, has stated its commitment to focused investments and upgrade of its manufacturing facilities in Nigeria.
In a recent company statement during an engagement session with its major stakeholders, the Acting Head, Public Affairs and Communication, NBC Limited, Mrs Sade Morgan, said that the company is upgrading its manufacturing operations, and the Ilorin facility is being transformed to become a world class material handling and logistics hub. Read more
Dolland Appointed Diamond Bank Executive Director
Diamond Bank Plc on Tuesday announced the appointment of Damian Dolland to its board of directors.
A statement from the bank yesterday explained that Dolland brings years of experience in the financial services sector into the Diamond Bank board. Read more
NMRC Secures Approval to Raise N6bn Additional Capital
Shareholders of the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) have approved the raising of N6 billion additional capital to increase its share capital from N7.05 billion to N13.05 billion. The approval was part of the resolutions passed by the company’s shareholders at the extraordinary general meeting (EGM) held recently in Lagos.
The N6 billion additional equity capital which will be raised during the first quarter of 2016, is under NMRC’s N28 billion Equity Issuance Programme, established during the EGM. The Equity Issuance Programme is to be by way of a shelf registration on terms and conditions as determined by the directors subject to approvals of shareholders and the relevant regulatory authorities. Read more
Perpetrators of arms funds diversion must be prosecuted – Falana
Mr Femi Falana (SAN) and a human rights activist, has said that all persons alleged to have diverted funds meant to procure arms to fight insurgency must be prosecuted. Falana made the call on Wednesday in an interview with newsmen on the sideline of the official opening of Amnesty International Office in Abuja.
He said he would be filing a petition before the International Criminal Court to ensure that perpetrators of the arms deal funds were tried for crimes against humanity. “Nobody must invoke human rights; those who stole the money meant for procuring arms must not go unpunished. Read more
UNDP: Lack of Transparency, Accountability in Governance Challenge to MDGs
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative in Nigeria, Pa Lamin Beyal on Wednesday observed that lack of transparency and accountability in governance remained a critical challenge to sustainable development goals.
He expressed UNDP’s commitment in supporting civil society organisations (CSOs), government and the people of Nigeria in addressing the critical challenge through a multi-dimensional and integrated approach. Read more
World Anti-corruption Day: Nigeria ranks10th biggest exporter of illicit finance
The Global Financial Integrity (GFI) ranked Nigeria after South Africa as the 10 biggest exporter of Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) between 2004 and 2013. In a statement on Wednesday in Lagos issued by the Media Contact for GFI, Ms Christine Clough, GFI said the record was obtained from 20 emerging and developed economies worldwide.
It said that China came first with 139.2 billion dollars ouflow, followed by Russia (about 105 billion billion), Mexico came third with 52.8 billion dollars, while Poland came last with nine billion dollars outflow. GFI said cumulatively emerging economies exported 1.1 trillion dollars (about N217 trillion) within the period. Read more
Man, 32, sentenced to life imprisonment for dealing in 200 grammes of hemp
Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of a Federal High Court, Lagos, on Wednesday, sentenced a 32-year- old man, Lawrence Aluagu to life imprisonment, for drug trafficking. Aluagu who is unemployed, was arraigned on March 8 and had pleaded guilty to the charge of dealing in drugs. Read more
Fagbohun, Sanni, Bello in race for LASU vice chancellorship
The Lagos State University (LASU) Joint Committee of Senate and Governing Council had selected three out of the nine professors initially shortlisted to contest for the post of the Vice-Chancellor. The News Agency of Nigeria quoting sources, reported that Prof. Lanre Fagbohun of the University of Lagos came first, Prof. Hamidu Sanni of the Department of Islamic Studies, LASU, came second while Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji Bello of the Lagos State University’s College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Ikeja was third. Read more
New Age chargers launch new campaign JJ Okocha as brand ambassador
“Mobile phones and Tablets have become an integral part of our lives with many feeling incomplete without their phones or tablets. Mobile phones have been used to save the day, pass urgent messages, capture once in a lifetime moment etc. Dead phones are however as bad as no phones,” brand handlers of New Age said. Read more
Social media bill: Withdraw, apologise to Nigerians – NGO tells NASS
Hajiya Halima Baba, a member of Women Empowerment Educational Network in Sokoto State, an NGO, has advised the National Assembly to drop the controversial Anti-Social Media Bill and apologise to Nigerians. Baba told newsmen in Sokoto on Wednesday that Nigerians expected legislation that would tally with the norms of political change direction for the nation’s optimal goals. Read more
Boko Haram: US calls for viable military action
The United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Amb. Samantha Power, on Wednesday said that Nigeria urgently needed a viable military action to end activities of Boko Haram. The African Media Hub of the U.S. Department of State in a statement said that Power also called for a regional strategy to disrupt Boko Haram’s hideouts, weapons’ flow and means of recruitment. Read more
Our new focus for developing Osun is agric – Aregbesola
The Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said that his administration’s new focus for development will be agriculture, solid mineral development and industrialisation.
The Governor stated this at the commissioning of the new effluent treatment plant and expansion project of the International Breweries PLC in Ilesa. Read more
Museveni refuses to comment about his main rivals Besigye and Mbabazi
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday declined to speculate on his chances of securing a fifth term during the February 2016 elections.
Responding to questions by the Daily Monitorabout how he will fend off the challenge from his two main rivals—FDC flag bearer Kizza Besigye and the Go Forward candidate Amama Mbabazi, Mr Museveni said he is not ready to speculate. Read more
Malaria Deaths Drop Below Half a Million, Africa Makes Progress: WHO
The number of people killed by malaria dropped below half a million in the past year, reflecting vast progress against the mosquito-borne disease in some of the previously hardest-hit areas of sub-Saharan Africa.
The World Health Organization’s annual malaria report showed deaths falling to 438,000 in 2015 – down dramatically from 839,000 in 2000 – and found a significant increase in the number of countries moving towards the elimination of malaria. Read more
UN climate conference: Shorter draft of agreement drawn up in Paris
The talks in Paris are scheduled to end in two days. The draft document released by the UN climate agency is 29 pages, down from a 48-page version released on Saturday.
It does not resolve the question of the long-term goal of the accord – whether it is to remove carbon emissions from the economy altogether, or just reduce them. Nor does it resolve whether governments are aiming at reducing overall global temperatures by 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial times or closer to 2 degrees. Read more
Milder than average temperatures have given us obese squirrels, experts claim
Squirrels with overly large tummies have been spotted – and their heft is apparently all down to the mercury levels.
While humans across northern Europe, America and Canada have been enjoying warmer than average temperatures for autumn and winter, the little rodents have been packing their cheeks with food for the colder days. It means that they’re weighing more than usual, and social networks have been abuzz with love for their chunky size. Read more
British International School in Hungary evacuated after alleged bomb threat
A British International School has been evacuated in Hungary after reportedly receiving a bomb threat.
Pupils at the private British International School, Budapest, which educates around 700 children of a number of nationalities aged between three and 18 using the British syllabus, were escorted from the building by Hungarian Special Forces and sniffer dogs. Read more