SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 30, 2015
DSS re-arrests Dasuki at prison gate
Operatives of the Department of the State Security Service have re-arrested a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).
He was re-arrested at the gate of the Kuje Prison, Abuja, while he was about leaving the prison after meeting the bail conditions set for him by a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja. Read more
PDP vice chairmen back Buhari’s anti- graft war
The National Vice Chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have expressed support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti corruption war.
The party chiefs have also dissociated themselves from some prominent members indicted in the $2.1 billion arms scandal perpetrated under the last administration. Read more
Naira strengthens against dollar at parallel market
The naira on Wednesday strengthened against the dollar as currency speculators feared that the apex bank might come up with policies that might be unfavourable to them in 2016.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the naira gained N1, an appreciation of 0.4 per cent, to exchange at N226 to the dollar as against its previous value of N227. Read more
24 Hours To MTN’s Deadline, NCC says Deadline Must Be Met
Nigerian Communications Commission has said MTN Group Ltd. must stick to a Dec. 31 deadline to pay a record $3.9 billion fine, even after MTN prepares to try and overturn the penalty in court.
The NCC has said it will consult with its lawyers about what to do if MTN doesn’t pay the fine on Thursday, 31st December 2015. Read more
Amnesty: ITF to Train Ex-Niger Delta Militants for Sustainable Re-integration
The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has offered to train beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) who are former Niger Delta militants, towards sustainable re-integration into the larger society.
The Director-General of ITF, Mrs. Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko made the offer on Tuesday during a courtesy call on the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and PAP Coordinator , Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd) in his office in Abuja. Read more
Wife seeks divorce over alleged sexual starvation
A middle-aged woman, Latifat Adeleke, has asked a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, to dissolve her marriage with Adetola Adeleke, over alleged sexual starvation.
Latifat, a trader and mother of two, on Wednesday asked the court to end the nine-year-old marriage after declaring that she was “totally fed up.” Read more
US says it stands with Nigeria in fight against Boko Haram
The United States, U.S, has condemned the recent Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger which resulted in several deaths, noting that it stands with people of the affected countries in their fight against the terrorists.
Disclosing this in a statement issued on Wednesday by its Department of State’s Deputy Spokesperson, Mark Toner, U.S reiterated its commitment to helping Nigeria win the war against insurgency. Read more
Nnamdi Kanu never apologised to Buhari – MASSOB, IPOB
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has described as blatant lies, the claim that its incarcerated leader and founder of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdui Kanu has expressed regrets and apologized to President Muhammadu Buhari, former President Goodluck Jonathan and Igbo elders for his alleged uncomplimentary remarks and statements against them to facilitate his release. Read more
Sudden infant death: 10 things you should know
Sudden infant death syndrome otherwise known as SIDS or crib death is the sudden unexplained death of a child less than one year of age during sleep with no warning signs. It is called the parent’s worst nightmare.
Typically, such deaths occur between midnight and 9am and there is usually no evidence of struggle or noise. Read more
Kidnappers Demand N40m For Jonathan’s Cousin, Dickson’s Sister Still Missing
The abductors of Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Madam Sarafina Otazi, have reduced their earlier demand of N100 million ransom to N40 million.
Mr Endurance Frank, disclosed yesterday that the kidnappers had contacted the family and were now demanding N40 million ransom before she can be set free. Mr. Frank further noted that the family was relieved after hearing from Sarafina Otazi and appealed to the kidnappers to free her unconditionally. Read more
Some Postgraduates in Nigeria can’t write research proposals
A don, Prof. Solomon Akinboye, on Wednesday said that postgraduates’ inability to write robust research proposals was a setback to research and development in Nigeria. Akinboye, the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, University of Lagos, made the observation in an interview with newsmen in Lagos. Read more
PDP, APC clash over Dickson’s Villa visit
The reported visit of Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, to the Presidential Villa on Tuesday has pitted the All Progressives Congress against the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
The two front-line political parties in the state have begun to throw tantrums at each other as to the motive of such a visit barely 10 days to the rescheduled governorship poll in the state. Read more
Rio 2016: Athletics to begin Olympic Games’ camping on Jan. 2 – AFN
The Secretary-General of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Olumide Baminduro on Wednesday announced that athletes would resume camping ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics on Jan. 2. Baminduro told newsmen in Abuja that the board of AFN had decided to change the plan in order to achieve podium success at the Games. Read more
FG unlikely to achieve non-oil revenue target –TUC
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Rivers State Council, has said the Federal Government’s non-oil revenue target in the 2016 budget proposal was ambitious and “most likely unachievable”.
The union, therefore, called on the government to provide a believable plan on how it planned to raise the budgeted amount for non-oil revenue; otherwise, it should put in place credible contingency plans to avoid serious budget underperformance. Read more
Man in court over alleged theft of ATM cards
A 26- year- old man, Lukmon Muhammed, was on Wednesday arraigned in a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over alleged theft of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Cards and two phones valued at N25, 000. The accused, of no fixed address and occupation, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing. Read more
Kidnapping: Rivers Police Rescue Two Victims
The Rivers Police Command said it had rescued two persons kidnapped by gunmen at Ogbakiri in Emohua Local Government Area of the state, in the early hours of Wednesday.
The command`s Public Relations Officer, Mr Ahmad Muhammad, a DSP, said in a statement in Port Harcourt that the rescued victims are: Mr Jackson Sunday and Mrs Mary Monday. Read more
Home Eagles Unlikely To Replace AWOL Salami For CHAN
Nigeria may have opted not to name a replacement for the captain of the home- based Eagles side, Gbolahan Salami, who has gone absent without official leave, reports Completesportsnigeria.com. Read more
Burundi president vows to fight African Union peacekeepers
Burundi was plunged into bloodshed in April after President Nkurunziza said he would run for a controversial third term. He went on to win the July election despite a coup attempt and regular ambushes on security forces. Read more
Refugee baby dies at Greek island registration center
Greek authorities say a seven-month-old Syrian baby temporarily staying with its family in a refugee registration camp on the island of Lesbos has died, apparently of natural causes.
Health officials will try to determine the precise causes of the baby’s death later Wednesday. Read more
Egyptian officials raid art house, publishing house
Two people working at one of Egypt’s most popular art houses say officials raided their venue, taking computers and other items before closing it.
Monday night’s raid on Townhouse Gallery and a raid the next day on a publishing house were the latest in a crackdown on Egypt’s art scene — which is often frequented by opposition activists — ahead of the Jan. 25 anniversary of the 2011 uprising. Read more
Bill Cosby ‘to be charged over alleged 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand’
An arrest warrant has been issued for veteran actor Bill Cosby for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his mansion in Pennsylvania.
The Cosby Show actor has been accused of the incident which allegedly took place at his Elkins Park home in January 2004. Read more