SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 18, 2015
Appeal Court sacks Akwa Ibom governor, orders rerun
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Friday nullified the election of Emmanuel Udom as the governor of Akwa Ibom State. The court orders that a fresh election be held within 90 days. Read more
El-Rufai’s state broadcast on Army, Shiite’s clash
Kaduna state governor, Nasir ElRufai addressed a state broadcast on the Army/Shiite group clash on Saturday December 12th that left 60 people dead. He listed the areas in which his government feels the Muslim group had erred over time. Read the full text of the address below…
Dear People of Kaduna State,
We have witnessed sad events in Zaria and a part of Kaduna metropolis over the last few days. As your Governor, it is my duty to address you on the incidents, and explain the events that preceded the tragedy of last weekend. We shall also outline how we intend to prevent a recurrence. Read more
Alleged N32bn arms deal fraud: Court grants Dasuki, others bail
Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf of the Abuja High Court sitting at Maitama has granted bail to the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, rtd.
Others equally granted bail by the high court were the erstwhile Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Mr. Shuaibu Salisu and the former Executive Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission, NNPC, Aminu Baba-Kusa. Read more
Mbaka, a man of courage – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari of Friday said one of the best exhortations to the nation he has heard from the pulpit was the one made early this year by Father Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministries, Enugu.
He made the remark while receiving Father Mbaka, who visited him at the State House, Abuja. Read more
SSANU threatens indefinite strike
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has threatened to declare an indefinite strike over a directive by the Federal Government for universities to retrench workers of University Staff Schools.
The National President of the association, Mr Samson Ugwoke made the plan known at a news conference in Abuja on Friday. Read more
IG Sacks 50 Police Officers For Corrupt Practice
The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase has stated that the force has dismissed 50 police officers for corrupt practices and misconduct. He also stated that 56 others were sanctioned for various offences between May and November, 2015. Read more
Fayose’s wife wants FG to implement National Confab resolutions
The Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose has reiterated the need for Federal Government to consider the implementation of the resolutions of the national conference, saying this was the only way problems being encountered by most of the states in the federation could be solved. Read more
Court Nullifies Impeachment of Onyebuchi, ex-Enugu Deputy Governor
About 14 months after he was controversially impeached by the 5th session of the State House of Assembly for alleged gross misconduct, relief came the way of former Deputy Governor of Enugu state, Sunday Onyebuchi on Friday as an Enugu High Court presided over by Justice R. O. Odugu quashed the impeachment.
The court, in the judgement that lasted for over an hour, also ordered the restoration of all the rights and benefits of the former deputy governor from the time of his removal up to May 29, 2015 when the his tenure constitutionally elapsed. Read more
APC Chieftain Seeks Support for Cashless Economy
The Chairman (South), All Progressives Congress (APC), Engr. Segun Oni, has solicited support for the cashless policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
He argued that a cashless economy had become more desirable at a time like this when the polity is inundated with tales of slush funds. Read more
US spending bill tightens visawaiver program
Citizens of 38 countries, including many in Europe, will face new restrictions on travel to the United States under changes to the “visa waiver” program tucked into a massive spending bill unveiled in the US Congress on Wednesday.
US officials have been eyeing the visa waiver program, which allows citizens of close allies to enter the country without being screened, since last month’s Islamic State attacks in Paris. Read more
NDLEA impounds truck with N15m Indian hemp
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Friday said it impounded a truck loaded with Indian hemp worth over N15 million in Akwanga, Nasarawa State.
Mr Saidu Salihu, the NDLEA Area Commander in charge of Akwanga and Kokona Local Government Areas, disclosed this to newsmen in Akwanga. Read more
Former Burundi president warns of ‘risk of genocide’
Burundi’s former president Pierre Buyoya on Friday warned of the “risk of genocide” in the central African country, where hundreds have been killed in violence recalling two previous regional conflicts.
Addressing fears that the unrest could spiral into the kind of mass killings seen in Rwanda in 1994 Buyoya told Radio France Internationale: “Of course there’s a risk of genocide.” Read more
NCPC calls on ground handliers, air carriers to ensure quality services to pilgrims
Mr John-Kennedy Opara, the Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), has called on ground handlers and air carriers to ensure excellent service delivery to Nigerian pilgrims.
This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Friday signed by the Head of Media in NCPC, Mr Celestine Ogugua. Read more
Back to reality for Merkel as Europe stalls on refugees
Only two of the 11 refugee reception “hotpots” Europe hoped to get up and running this year are working. Less than one percent of the 160,000 migrants it agreed to relocate have been. And a recent drop in arrivals has more to do with the weather than any crackdown by Turkey. Read more
Slovak police seize dozens of illegal firearms
Slovak police have seized dozens of illegal guns and ammunition in raids this week, including decommissioned machine guns that had been restored to full operation, a police spokesman said on Friday.
Smuggling of illegal guns across Europe has come under scrutiny since the Islamist attacks on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in January and the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people. Read more
Denmark plan to seize migrants’ assets draws protests
A Danish government proposal to seize assets of asylum-seekers to make them pay for their keep has drawn sharp criticism in international media.
Integration Minister Inger Stoejberg said police should be allowed to seize valuables to make them pay for housing, healthcare and some education. Read more