SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 16, 2015
Wike rejects Appeal Court ruling, heads to S’Court
FOLLOWING the Appeal Court ruling that a fresh governorship election should be conducted in Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike, has directed his lawyers to appeal today’s judgement at the Supreme Court.
Wike said in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu, that he disagreed with the Appeal Court judgment, hence his decision to exhaust his constitutional right by challenging the judgment at the apex court. Read more
Buhari writes NASS on 2016 Budget
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday wrote the National Assembly, seeking permission to present the 2016 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the Senate and House Representatives on December 22.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi, disclosed this while briefing reporters in Abuja. Read more
Four Suicide Bombers Attack Northern Nigeria Checkpoint
Four suicide bombers detonated explosives at a checkpoint in the northeastern Nigerian town of Mafa on Monday, killing themselves and one member of a vigilante group, the National Emergency Management Agency said.
Five other members of the vigilante group were injured in the attack and are undergoing treatment, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, a spokesman of the agency, said by phone from the city of Maiduguri. All the suicide bombers were women, he said.Read more
Senate passes MTEF, retains $38 per barrel
The Senate on Wednesday approved the 2016, 2017, 2018 Medium Term and Expenditure Framework (MTEF) submitted to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari last week.
In approving the MTEF, the Senate endorsed the $38 per barrel oil benchmark as proposed by the executive. It also approved the exchange rate of N197 to $1 as proposed in the MTEF. Read more
Federal Reserve resumes meeting on historic rate hike
The Federal Reserve resumed meeting Wednesday to discuss raising interest rates for the first time since 2006 to end its long crisis stance in monetary policy.
The Fed is expected to announce at 2:00 pm (1900 GMT) that it is hiking the benchmark federal funds rate by a quarter point to 0.25-0.50 percent, after keeping it next to zero for seven years. Read more
Bayelsa poll: Group demands release of Southern Ijaw results
A rights group, Mission for Rescue of Nigeria Socio-cultural Environment, has demanded the immediate release of results of the Bayelsa State governorship election in Southern Ijaw.
It will be recalled that results of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State was cancelled by the Independent National Electoral Commission over allegations of widespread violence, ballot snatching and hostage taking of electoral officers and corps members. Read more
N’Delta minister rejects pro-Biafra agitators
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has called on pro-Biafra agitators to have a re-think on their mission, insisting that all efforts should be geared to promote a united and indivisible Nigeria.
He cautioned against violent agitations, saying it would not only be counter-productive but inimical to the efforts and determination of the present administration to address the challenges facing the country. Read more
UPDC draws curtain on construction of N5bn Festival Mall
Two and half years after it flagged off the construction of Festival Mall located within the expansive premises of Golden Tulip Hotels, (former Durbar Hotels) in Festac Town, Messrs UACN Development & Property Company, UPDC PLC last week, formally commissioned the imposing N5 billion mall which has redefined shopping in the entire Amuwo-Odofin Council Area. Read more
FG studies Jakande’s housing model
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola says there would be changes in the policy direction of the Buhari’s administration in the settlement sector. This, he said, would commence in the 2016 budget implementation when the Federal government would spend N10b to build low income housing estates in each of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. Read more
“Peterside successfully proved Rivers polls was marred by irregularities”
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to go ahead and conduct a fresh governorship election in Rivers State.
The appellate court, in a unanimous judgment by a five-man panel of Justices, held that the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal rightly nullified the outcome of the April 11 governorship election that produced Governor Nyesom Wike. Read more
BIM accuses MASSOB of collecting N500m from FG to stall Kanu’s release
IAFRA Independent Movement [BIM] led by Chief Ralph Uwazuruike has accused the new leader of Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra [MASSOB], Comrade Uchenna Madu of collecting N500 million from the Federal Government to stop the release-Nnamdi Kanu protest.
But in a swift reaction, MASSOB dismissed the allegation as baseless, saying it reflects the thinking of “a drowning group looking for where to cling”, and described the allegation as “paid black mail”. Mr. Sunny Okoroafor of BIM had leveled the allegation against Uchenna Madu and urged him to return the money to the Federal Government. Read more
You can’t escape justice, APC tells Fayose
The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has responded to Governor Ayodele Fayose’s allegations in his press conference in Lagos purporting that APC was planning to illegally use the Supreme Court to upturn his mandate in favour of the party.
The party accused the governor of blackmail, saying his fraudulent and pre-emptive tactics will not stop justice from taking its course in the resolution of the biggest electoral fraud in the history of Nigeria. Read more
Release my 78-year-old mother, Rivers lawmaker begs kidnappers
Lawmaker representing Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Federal Constituency and son of Madam Mabel Dagomie Abiante, Hon. Awaji-Inombek Abiante, has pleaded with the abductors of his mother, kidnapped at Ngo Town, Andoni local government, Rivers State, three weeks ago, to release her unconditionally owing to her deteriorating health condition.
Ma Abiante was kidnapped on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at about 8:30pm from her residence, at Ngo town headquarters of Andoni local Government area of Rivers state. Read more
US Calls on Nigeria to Investigate Army Clash With Islamic Movement
The government of Nigeria should promptly probe the violent clashes between the Nigerian Army and the Shiite group Islamic Movement of Nigeria, the US Embassy in Abuja said in a statement on Wednesday. Read more
Liberia joins World Trade Organisation
The process was completed on Wednesday at the Tenth Ministerial Conference of the WTO taking place in Nairobi, after formal approval by the member ministers.
Welcoming the move, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who is attending the Nairobi meeting termed the move as a great milestone for Liberia, which will open the country to the global trade. Read more
South Africa’s New FM Promises Prudent Fiscal Policy
South Africa’s new Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, has indicated that he may look to raise additional tax revenue.
Gordhan, who was also Finance Minister from 2009 to 2014, took over from David van Rooyen, who had only been Finance Minister since December 9. In a statement issued on December 14, Gordhan sought to allay earlier market concerns about South Africa’s new fiscal direction in stating: Read more
Nicki Minaj criticised over Angola concert plans
Rights groups on Wednesday called on US hip-hop star Nicki Minaj to cancel an upcoming concert in Angola, saying her performance would endorse the authoritarian rule of long-time PresidentJose Eduardo dos Santos. Minaj is due on stage on Saturday in the Angolan capitalLuanda for a Christmas concert hosted by the Unitel communications firm, which is part owned by dos Santos‘s family. Read more
Platini to boycott FIFA hearing
Michel Platini has decided not to attend his hearing before FIFA’s ethics committee in Zurich, scheduled for Friday, his lawyers told AFP on Wednesday. A statement from the legal representatives of the suspended UEFA president said he chose to boycott the hearing after “the verdict was already announced to the press by a spokesman…going against the presumption of innocence.” Read more
Government critics in Poland fear rights are under threat
European Union flags have disappeared from government press conferences. The constitutional court has suffered a huge blow to its authority. Grassroots initiatives have sprung up to protect the country’s young democracy. Read more
Italian acquitted in poisoned envelope case
A court in Slovenia has acquitted an Italian citizen of terrorism charges of the sending of an envelope containing poison to the Czech finance minister last year. The court in the coastal town of Koper on Wednesday did convict 25-year-old Ivan Cernic of drug trafficking and counterfeiting and sentenced him to 15 months in prison. It said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the charge relating to the letter. Read more
France’s Le Pen under fire for tweeting grisly IS images
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen faced sharp criticism Wednesday after tweeting a graphic image of an Islamic State beheading in response to a TV journalist who likened her National Front party to the jihadist group. Read more
Turkey kills 8 Kurdish rebels in new curfew
Turkish security forces killed eight Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants as the army launched major operations backed by curfews against the rebels in the troubled southeast, the military said Wednesday. Read more
Pele, Zico, lead calls for Brazil federation chief to resign
Brazil legends Pele and Zico have signed an open letter calling for change in the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), starting with the departure of its president who is facing corruption charges in the United States. Read more
Yemen sources say prisoner swap possible on Wednesday
Loyalists and Iran-backed rebels in Yemen are expected on Wednesday to exchange hundreds of fighters held captive following weeks of mediation, tribal and military sources said.
News of the potential prisoner swap comes on the second day of UN-brokered peace talks in Switzerland between Yemen’s warring factions, who are observing a fragile ceasefire. Read more