Sabinews Evening News Update for September 11, 2015
3 Dead in Adamawa IDP’s Camp Bomb Blast
A bomb has exploded at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Adamawa state Friday leaving three persons dead and nine injured. One of them are members of staff of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA .
Confirming the incident, the representative of Red Cross on IDPs , Aliyu Maikano, said three persons were killed by the bomb blast and nine injured adding that among the nine injured five were staff of NEMA . Read more
Bauchi APC vice chairman resigns
Malam Musa Adamu, the Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Bauchi State, has resigned.
Adamu, who is the zonal vice chairman of APC for Bauchi South Senatorial District, announced his resignation at a news briefing on Friday in Bauchi.
He said the resignation was to protect his image, honour and dignity. Adamu said that the party lacked good leadership in the state, as such it would be unwise for him to remain in its state executive council. Read more
TSA: Tuesday deadline sacrosanct, says FG
The Federal Government has ruled out the possibility of shifting the deadline for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies to comply with the presidential directive on Treasury Single Account.
In a statement issued by the Deputy Director, Press, at the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Mrs. K.N. Offie, in Abuja on Friday, the Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, said the Tuesday (September 15) deadline was realistic, achievable and not subject to postponement. Read more
Workers Back President Buhari On Anti-Graft War
Thousands of workers under the umbrella of the Nigeria Labour Congress yesterday held rallies in different parts of the country to muster support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.
In Abuja, the workers trekked from the Unity Fountain near the Transcorp Hilton Hotel to the National Assembly around 11:00am with placards to declare their preparedness to support the president. “The fight against corruption is a must”, “Let us fight to kill corruption before its kill us”, some of the placards read. Read more
LASG ban on Tankers: We are not affected by traffic law – NUPENG
The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Friday said that petroleum tankers were not affected by the Lagos State Government daytime operational restriction. Mr Tokunbo Korodo, the Southwest Chairman of the union, told newsmen in Lagos that “the ban had nothing to do with petroleum tankers.”
Korodo, who said that petroleum tankers were not captured by the law, added that they could deliver products to any destination any time. “We are aware of this directive by the LASG but the law did not restrict our trucks. “Tanker drivers can move at any time to deliver its products; we are not affected by the traffic law. “You can see that our tankers are working all round the clock to lift petroleum products and deliver at designated filling stations nationwide,” he said. Read more
Pastor arraigned over defilement of teenager
A 40-year-old Pastor, Abraham Akpan, was arraigned in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Friday over the defilement of a teenager. Akpan of No. 39, Hassan Ogunmola St., Ijaiye, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a three-count charge bordering on rape.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Jimah Iseghede, told the court that Akpan committed the offence between Aug. 27 and Aug. 29 at the his residence. He told the court that the parents of the 16-year-old girl took her to the church for deliverance where Akpan allegedly defiled her. Read more
Police Burst Job Racketeering Ring In Nasarawa
The Police in Nasarawa have burst a fake job racketeering syndicate and arrested five suspects who defrauded a large number of unsuspecting job seekers millions of Naira.
Parading the suspects on Friday at the Criminal Investigation Department, CID, in Lafia, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Ismaila Numan, said they found details of at least 114 people who have been defrauded by these racketeers with the promise of lucrative employment opportunities in the Para-military force known as National Task Force to Combat Illegal Importation of Goods, Small arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons (NATFORCE). Read more
APC hails Labour, activists for backing anti-graft fight
The All Progressives Congress has hailed Nigerian workers and the Civil Society for standing up firmly against corruption, calling their open demonstration of support for the Federal Government’s battle against corruption a major boost to the anti-graft fight.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said Nigerian workers’ unambiguous stand against corruption is also a clear repudiation of all those who have attempted to politicise the battle, either by insinuating selectivity or saying the government should face governance instead of dwelling on the fight against corruption. Read more
Three corps members arrested for robbery in Niger
Three members of the National Youth Service Corp, NYSC, are currently cooling their heels in the custody of the Niger State Police Command for allegedly dispossessing one Mrs. Anyanwu Obioma of her belongings at Halidu Gezu Plaza in Suleja.
The Command’s Spokesperson, ASP Bala Elkana, in a statement on Friday in Minna, stated that the three corps members were apprehended by a group of vigilante attached to the plaza. Elkana identified the Corps members as, Dore Shola Frank, Jimoh Sadiq and Oscar Owolabi. Read more
Man, 25, Jailed 14 Years For Defiling Neigbour’s Daughter
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Friday sentenced a 25-year-old unemployed man, Ogboru Godspower, to 14 years imprisonment for defiling a 13-year-old daughter of his neighbour.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, sentenced Godspower after he pleaded guilty to the offence.
“The accused is hereby sentenced to 14 years imprisonment to serve as deterrent to others and to reform him to be a law abiding citizen,” he said. Read more
Don Laments Effect of Corruption On Health
Professor Rasheed Arogundade, College President, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) has bemoaned the effect of corruption in Nigeria which he said is having negative toll on the health and education systems.
Speaking at the pre-convocation press conference in Lagos on Thursday, Arogundade said if all the money that has been starched away was there, it would have been able to fund the health and education sectors in the country. Read more
Labour Party vows to build strong opposition in Enugu
The Labour Party has vowed to build a strong political opposition in Enugu State.
Interim Chairman of the Enugu State chapter of the LP, Dr. Gerald Abonyi, made this pledge on Friday, during the inauguration of the party’s State Executive Council by the National Deputy Chairman of the party, Callistus Okafor, in Enugu.
Abonyi noted that the LP would provide a constructive and objective opposition, devoid of prejudices. He stressed the need for a viable opposition political party in Enugu State, which is largely dominated by the Peoples Democratic Party. Read more
Infrastructure Bank announces N973m profit before tax in 2014
The Infrastructure Bank Plc (TIB) on Friday announced N973 million as profit before tax for its 2014 financial year.
The Chairman of the bank, Alhaji Lamis Dikko, stated this in his Annual Report at the bank’s Annual General Meeting at Transcorp Hotels, Calabar. .
He said that the figure showed a marginal improvement over its 2013 profit of N875 million. Read more
Niger Gov. Pleads for Patience
Apparently reacting to accusations that his 100 days in government were slow, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has pleaded with the people of Niger state to be patient with the administration.
He made the plea in a radio and television broadcast on Thursday night, an address he tagged ‘state of affairs in Niger state’.
Bello said the administration was putting virtually all structures in place to ensure it meets the promises made to the people of the state during the campaigns. Read more
Pakistan pledges support for Nigeria’s agric, power sectors
Pakistan has promised to assist Nigeria in the areas of agriculture, economy and power sector development.
The Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lt. Gen. Agha Farooq (retd.), who said this when he paid a courtesy visit on the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, explained that his country could assist Nigeria on irrigation development and power generation for fertilizer plants and small scale industries.
A statement from the Information office of the Pakistani High Commission on Friday in Abuja said the High Commissioner was accompanied by his personal assistant, Furqaan Hassan, and the Regional Head of Peel Aston Global Resources Limited for Africa, Khomeini Bukhari, during the visit. Read more
60-year-old retired police officer in court for raping two girls in Bauchi
A 60-year-old retired police officer, ASP Yusuf Ibrahim was yesterday charged before a Bauchi State High Court for allegedly defiling two girls aged five and six.
Ibrahim, who resides at Bakin Kura in Bauchi was alleged to have lured the two children into his shop where he committed the act. The prosecution witness, Mohammad Adamu told the court that the accused on May 25 lured the girls, using chew gum to his room where he took advantage of them. Read more
Nigerian Air Force rotates troops on operation Lafiya Dole
The Nigerian Air Force has rotated members of its ground forces fighting alongside troops of the Nigerian Army who have spent over six months at Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East.
This is contained in a statement signed by Air Commodore Dele Alonge, Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air force and issued to newsmen on Friday in Abuja. Read more
Remains of 115 Korean wartime forced laborers to come home
A South Korean civic group said repatriation had begun, for the 115 sets of remains identified as Koreans, who were forced into overseas labour and died in foreign lands during Japan’s colonial rule.
Chung Byung-ho, Head of Steppingstone for Peace, said on Friday in Seoul that representatives of South Korea, consisting of the bereaved families and civic group members, have departed for Hokkaido, Japan, to bring back 115 sets of remains. Read more
UEFA announce expanded drug testing for Euro 2016
UEFA will increase drug testing measures ahead of Euro 2016 in France, European football’s governing body said on Friday.
“In advance of the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament, UEFA will conduct the largest pre-tournament testing programme ever implemented. All players with the potential to be selected for participating teams will be subjected to testing from 1 January 2016 via UEFA’s annual programme,” UEFA said in a statement. Read more
Labour selects Muslim lawyer to stand for London mayor
London could get its first Muslim mayor after the main opposition Labour party selected Sadiq Khan, a bus driver’s son and former government minister, as its candidate Friday.
Khan, a former human rights lawyer, will stand in elections being held next May to decide who should follow Conservative Boris Johnson, one of Britain’s best-known politicians, into City Hall. Read more
9/11 anniversary: America remembers lives lost
Bells are tolling and tears are flowing as the the United States marks a dark day in sorrowful, yet hopeful ceremonies.
Fourteen years ago Friday, terrorists hijacked four passenger planes and rammed two into New York City’s World Trade Center and a third one into the Pentagon outside Washington.
A fourth jetliner crash-landed on an empty field in Pennsylvania. Read more
Saraki’s Wife Canvasses Better Funding for Midwifery Education
Wife of the President of the Senate, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, on Thursday, canvassed for adequate funding of midwifery education in the country to afford nurses and midwives the opportunity for further professional development.
Mrs. Saraki made the plea while addressing stakeholders in the health sector at the 2015 annual general meeting of the International Confederation of Midwives, (ICM), at the Hague, Netherlands. Read more