SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 15, 2015
Court to rule on Dasuki, others’ bail Friday
A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja, on Tuesday fixed December 18 for ruling on bail applications filed by the immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and others who are facing 19 counts of misappropriation of N32bn arms fund along with him.
The EFCC had on Monday arraigned Dasuki along with a former Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu, and Aminu Baba-Kusa before Justice Baba Yusuf. Read more
Minister of Interior arrives Kaduna over Shiite-army clash
The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd), has arrived Kaduna State to assess the situation in the state, following the clash between the Nigeria Army and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.
The minister, who is on his way to Zaria where the clash occurred, made a brief stop at the Kaduna State Government House to see Governor Nasir El-Rufai, our correspondent reported. Read more
Troops clear more terrorists’ camps, rescue 31
Troops fighting the Boko Haram insurgents in the Bama axis of Borno State have cleared the camps of the terrorists in the Aulari general area located within the Sambisa forest, a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, has said.
The statement read in part, “All four camps located within the area that includes Faldan, Kidiziromari, Kuroshini, Kurumari and Ngulda were cleared. Read more
Bafarawa, Yuguda plead not guilty to N13bn scam charges
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday arraigned a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda; former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa; his son Sagir Attahiru, and their firm Dalhatu Investment on 22 counts of misappropriation of about N13bn meant for purchase of arms by the Office of the National Security Adviser. Read more
We’ll block leakages in revenue agencies – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said his administration would introduce more policies to further ease the process of doing business in Nigeria.
He said the new policies would focus on increasing efficiency and transparency in government operations and the blocking of leakages from revenue generating agencies. Read more
Buhari vows to strip Boko Haram of ‘religious pretensions’
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged religious leaders in Nigeria to do more to support the Federal Government’s efforts to strip Boko Haram of all its religious pretensions and fully expose the group as vicious terrorists, devoid of any moral or philosophical direction.
He made the call during an audience with Ecuador’s new Ambassador to Nigeria, Leopoldo Rovayo Verdesoto, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Ebonyi NYSC cancels terminal parade over bomb scare
The Terminal parade for the 2015 Batch B stream two National Youth Service Corp, (NYSC) members deployed to Ebonyi State was Wednesday put off following a bomb scare at the camp ground.
The parade was expected to take place at the Old McGregor College orientation camp Afikpo, Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state Read more
APC inherited dead economy – Okorocha
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has attributed the current economic hardship across the country to the “dead” economy inherited by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He called for sacrifices from Nigerians and patience with President Muhammadu Buhari’s policies, which he assured, will navigate the country out of the present economic recession.
The governor, who spoke during a breakfast meeting with journalists in the state, said the continued drop in the price of oil which is the mainstay of the nation’s economy, has brought a lot of pressure on the economy. Read more
Commercial sex worker found dead in Lagos hotel room
A commercial sex worker, simply identified as Precious, has been found dead in a hotel room in the Bolade junction, Oshodi area of Lagos State after she was allegedly strangled by a yet-to-be-identified person.
The deceased, whose relatives had not shown up as at press time, was reportedly discovered by a hotel worker, who wanted to clean up the room, and saw the lady dead on the floor. The worker was said to have raised an alarm and subsequently, the matter was reported at the Akinpelu Police Division. Read more
Retirees still collect N2000 as pension in Adamawa – Official
Comrade Umar Mairiga, Secretary, Adamawa chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), on Tuesday in Yola said that some pensioners still collect N2,000 monthly as pension in the state. Mairiga told newsmen that “Adamawa is the state where you find the least paid pensioners in the country; we still have pensioners that collect N2000, N3000 and N4000 as pension”. Read more
KwaraPoly students lock down ilorin over N10,000 charge for late registration
There was pandemonium in Ilorin, kwara state capital Tuesday morning as Hundreds of students of Kwara state polytechnic took to the major streets to protest the management’s decision to charge extra N10,000 fee as penalty for late registration. The protest however yielded results as the polytechnic management in a swift reaction reduced the charge for late registration from N10,000 to N5,000 and promised to pay back the students who have already paid. Read more
Official: Nigeria targets three athletics medals at Rio Games
Nigeria is aiming for at least three medals in athletics at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, a top official with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) said on Tuesday.
The federation was working hard to ensure that the athletes of the country would have a satisfactory performance in Rio, Yusuf Alli, the AFN’S Technical Manager, told reporters in Lagos. Read more
We will expose Uwazurike’s sexual atrocities soon – MASSOB
The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, on Tuesday vowed to expose alleged under-hand dealings by its former leader Chief Ralph Uwazurike.
DAILY POST recalls that the MASSOB led by Comrade Uchenna Madu had some days back announced Uwazurike’s expulsion from the group, a situation that made him (Uwazurike) announce that he had changed the MASSOB to Biafra Independent Movement, BIM Read more
Shiites ground Kaduna, protest release of leader, El-Zakzaky
Following last Saturday’s violent clash in Zaria, Kaduna State, between the Nigerian Army and members of the Shiite sect, which led to the death of scores of the sect’s members, there is palpable tension in parts of Kaduna as Shiite members have stormed major streets in protest. Read more
9 foreigners jailed for oil theft
Five Filipinos, Axel Joseph Gibo Jabone, Juanito Camireno Infantado, Suarin Fernado Alave, Gatila Jaypee Gadayan and Rolando Jose Commendador as well as four Bangladeshis, Md Zahirul Islam, Islam Shahinul, Islam Rafiqul and Shaikn Shibli Nomany, accused of unlawfully dealing in crude oil were Tuesday convicted and sentenced to twenty years imprisonment each. Read more
MFM varsity to kick off Monday
The Mountain Top University (MTU) will join 60 other existing private universities as at its official inauguration comes up Monday next week.
The institution owned by Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry, will also usher in her first fruits of about 270 students for the 2016/2017 academic session spreading across its two colleges-Basic and Applied Sciences and Humanities, and Management and Social Sciences respectively. Read more
Police Confirm Death Of Officer 2 Others In Rivers
The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the killing of a police officer and two others, by unknown gunmen who opened fire on motorists along Ikwerre Road, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Ahmad Muhammad, who confirmed the killings in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, said several other people sustained injuries after the incident. Read more
AfDB approves $1.5bn loan to Egypt
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $1.5 billion loan to Egypt to be paid out over three years, International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr said on Tuesday.
The first $500 million of the loan will be disbursed immediately, said Nasr.
He said the loan would go toward the government’s economic development programme and national projects. Read more
UK astronaut Tim Peake puts space back on agenda in Britain
Britain has decided to boldly go where others have gone before.
More than half a century after Yuri Gagarin became the first human in orbit, the U.K. is experiencing a surge of space mania thanks to its first official astronaut — a soft-spoken pilot named Tim who will spend some of his six-month stint on the International Space Station attempting to brew a decent cup of tea in zero gravity. Read more
Romanian Parliament bans smoking in public places
Romanian lawmakers have approved a ban on smoking in public places, one of the last countries in the European Union to do so.
Lawmakers from the Chamber of Deputies voted 164-20 with 26 abstentions on Tuesday to enforce a public ban on smoking in indoor public spaces, in workplaces and areas where children play. Read more