SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 23, 2015
Nigeria triples investment in 2016 budget
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari unveiled Tuesday a budget that triples investment spending in a bid to stimulate growth and lower the dependence of Africa’s largest economy on oil.
Despite the plunging price of oil, Nigeria’s main revenue source, Buhari vowed to increase spending by about 20 percent from this year to 6.08 trillion naira (around $30 billion, 27 billion euros). Read more
Policeman jailed 100 years for raping 13-year-old girl
A high-ranking Malaysian policeman was Wednesday sentenced to 100 years in jail and 15 strokes of the cane for raping and sodomising a 13-year-old girl in a hotel.
Deputy Superintendent Rohaizat Abdul Ani, a former anti-vice officer, was found guilty of raping the girl four times and of sodomising her over a two-day period in 2012, media reports said. Read more
Man In Court Over Illegal Petrol Sale
A 33-year-old man, Bedram Isaac, was on Tuesday charged before a Federal High Court in Lagos, over illegal dealing in petroleum products.
The accused is facing a two-count charge bordering on the offence. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Justice Saliu Saidu ordered the remand of the accused in custody and adjourned the case till Dec. 29 for hearing of his bail application. Read more
NDLEA Arrests 210 Suspects, Seizes 113m Kilograms Of Cannabis In Ondo
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),Ondo State Command, has disclosed that a total of 210 suspects were arrested and about 113,305. 305.844kgs of cannabis sativa seized between January and December this year.
The Command also disclosed that about 21 cannabis farmlands were destroyed during the year, which represented 323 acres with an estimated 1,550.4 tons of destroyed stems of cannabis sativa. Read more
N9m DUD CHEQUE: Court Issues Bench Warrant On Businessman
A Lagos Magistrate Court sitting in Igbosere has issued a bench warrant on the chief executive officer of LXG Ocean Global Services Ltd, Clement Enenche, for failing to appear before the court to face the three-count charge of fraud filed against him by the police. Read more
5 things Nigerian girls want for Christmas
Black girls are often regarded as the most beautiful and intelligent group of women in the world. Although every lady has a unique taste, there are certain things each one of them crave and will not hesitate to include on their secret Santa list. Jovago.com, Africa’s No. 1 online hotel booking portal has put together a list items Nigerian girls want for Christmas in the hope that you get the clue and have a couple of laughs as you read on. Read more
Dasukigate and a vote for a Truth commission
THE book of John 1: 45 -47 where Jesus called Philip and Nathaniel ia a fascination as Nigerians continue to ponder over the massive looting of the nation’s common heritage by politically exposed persons. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Investigations into the Office of the National Security Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed a can of worms beyond the $2.1 billion that one office alone misappropriated. Read more
“Nigeria is dying to be led,” says Utomi
Founder of the Lagos Business School, Prof. Pat Utomi has described budget process in Nigeria as “a joke”, stressing that he prefers investing his “valuable time” into more profitable things than analysing the nation’s budget.
Utomi, who made this assertion when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a breakfast programme on Channels Television, claimed that there is no discipline in the way the government goes about the implementation of budget. Read more
Lagos lawyer’s secretary bolts with N118,000
A Lagos lawyer’s secretary, Gbenga Akindele, who allegedly bolted with his employer’s N118, 000, was on Wednesday charged before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
The 21-year-old, who lives at Agege in Lagos, is facing a charge of stealing. According to the prosecutor, Insp. Ezekiel Ayorinde, the accused committed the offence on Dec. 17 at Tabon-Tabon in Agege. Read more
Mum turns to porn so she can buy more Christmas presents for son
Megan Clara, 20, says she was gutted last year when her son Ashton, five, complained that he didn’t receive the same expensive presents as his mates.
The single mum, who survived on £80 a week, bought him an Etch A Sketch, cuddly toys and new clothes. Read more
Iraqi troops expected to drive IS from Ramadi in days – State TV
Government forces expect to dislodge Islamic State militants from the western Iraqi city of Ramadi within days, state television said on Wednesday, citing army chief of staff Lt. General Othman al-Ghanemi.
If Ramadi is captured, it will be the second major city after Tikrit to be retaken from Islamic State in Iraq. It would provide a major psychological boost to Iraqi security forces after the militant group seized a third of Iraq, a major OPEC oil producer and U.S ally, last year. Read more
Afghan forces battle to push back Taliban in Helmand
Afghan forces on Wednesday battled Taliban fighters who overran the district of Sangin in the southern province of Helmand this week after reinforcements and NATO military advisers were rushed in to try to stop another district falling into insurgent hands.
Acting Defence Minister Masoom Stanekzai said fighting was going on in Sangin where government forces had been surrounded by insurgents who controlled most of the district including roads needed for reinforcements and supplies. Read more
Qatar King’s Guard in Court for Possessing Giraffe ‘Horns’
One of the guards of the King of Qatar, Mr Jaseem Mubarak Al Kubaisi, 44, was yesterday charged with illegally possessing two horns of a giraffe, worth $15,000 (about Sh32 million).
The accused was released on bail on four conditions including not travelling outside the country and surrendering his passport to the Kilimanjaro Regional Crimes Officer. The Moshi Resident Magistrates Court yesterday had to find an interpreter for the accused person in his charges as he only speaks Arabic. Read more
Current Account Deficit Narrows to 6.9 Percent On Tourism Inflows
Central Bank boss Patrick Njoroge on Tuesday said the difference between Kenya’s exports and imports narrowed in the 12 months to November and may contract even further next year as tourism inflows continue to rise.
The current account deficit, which is currently at 6.9 per cent, is expected to contract further as exports strengthen and consumer imports dip, added Dr Njoroge. Read more
US based Abe sisters excite golf clinic
The 10th edition of the annual Uganda Ladies Golf Union golf holiday Clinic took a break for Christmas and will return in January 2016.
Before they broke off the kids had a rare opportunity of getting tips from Ugandan born-US based female super golfing sisters Lakareber Abe,19 and Tezira Abe, 21, who are in the country for the second time. Read more