SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 7, 2016
Court okays shielding of witnesses in Kanu’s trial
Justice James Tsoho of a Federal High Court in Abuja is on Monday allowed the proposed prosecution witnesses lined up by the Federal Government to testify behind a witness screen against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
The judge dismissed the objection by Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Chuks Muoma (SAN), ruling that the request by the Federal Government for its witnesses to testify behind a witness screen did not amount to revisiting the court’s earlier ruling prohibiting the prosecution witnesses from wearing masks. Read more
Boko Haram member arrested in Ogun State
The Ogun state Police Command have arrested 22 years old Umaru Muktar, a fleeing member of the Boko haram terrorist sect.
Muktar who hails from Gonge in Maiduguri, Borno state, was arrested at Kara – Mowe area of Ogun state near Lagos last February 25 following a tip – off. Parading the suspect on Monday after at the Headquarters of the Federal Special Anti – Robbery Squad(FSARS) at Magbon – Abeokuta, Ogun state, the Commissioner of Police, AbdulMajid Ali, said the suspect had confessed to be being a member of Boko haram sect. Read more
Kanu slams $800m suit against FG
The detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has slammed an $800 million Dollars suit against the federal government at the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS court in Abuja over what he termed as gross violation of his human rights. Read more
Police Detain 14 Goats In Osun
Police in Osun State on Monday intercepted a vehicle loaded with 14 goats in Ede, the headquarters of Ede South local government area of the state.
All the goats recovered from the vehicle were detained by the police while the driver of the car escaped. Confirming the arrest of the goats to our correspondent on the telephone, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Folasade Odoro said the goats had been detained. Read more
Man, 32, In Court For Allegedly Detaining Police Officer
A 32-year-old man, Chidi Igwe, who allegedly held a police officer and detained him for hours was on Monday docked before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused was, however, granted bail in the sum of N20, 000 with one surety in like sum.
Igwe is facing a four-count charge of unlawful detention, driving without licence, obstructing highway and dangerous driving. Read more
Kidnapping of Schoolgirls Was Traumatic for Us, Says Anglican Archbishop
The Archbishop of Lagos Mainland Diocese (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Adebayo Akinde, on Monday, disclosed that the abduction of three female students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu was sad and traumatic for the proprietors of the school.
Akinde, however, commended the Lagos State Government and the State Police Command, noting that their prompt response largely contributed to the rescue of the schoolgirls on Sunday. Read more
Onu Jets Out to Senegal for Science,Technology Confab
Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onu. on Monday flew to Dakar, Senegal, to attend a three-day World Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), with the theme: ‘Science and Humanity, Restore the Links.’
He will be representing President Muhamadu Buhari. Read more
Lottery has potentials to increase government revenue , says regulator
Director-General of National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Mr. Adolphus Ekpe has said that lottery has the potentials to increase revenue for government , create wealth and generate employment for Nigerians.
This revenue source, as form of economic diversification , he said should be exploited in the face of sharp fall in global oil prices, which has dipped the revenue of Federal Government . He spoke at the opening of Naija Lottery office in Jibowu Lagos. Read more
Ekiti NMA Slams Aregbesola Over Sack of Doctors
The Ekiti State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), on Monday,
condemned the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, over the
sack of some doctors in the State civil service.
The NMA urged its members in Osun to discontinue any negotiation plans
with the governor until the action, which it described as ‘draconian and
obnoxious’, is reversed. Read more
Yobe Deputy governor in car crash
The Deputy Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Abubakar Ali, was involved in a car crash this morning along the Kaduna-Kano Expressway.
Details about the accident are still sketchy as the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Yobe State government have yet to comment on the development. Read more
Family strips, parade pregnant woman
A pregnant woman was stripped and paraded by the kin of her husband’s first wife over a simple argument in Warangal district’s DC Thanda village in India.
According to ZEENEWS, Ravi, a farmer, who is already married to one Swaroopa, secretly married another woman in March last year, Wardhannapet Circle Inspector Satish said. Read more
CBN, Banks Move to Prevent Ransomware
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), commercial banks and other stakeholders in the electronic payment space, under the aegis of the Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF), have taken proactive measures to prevent ransomware, an emerging global threat to information technology platforms.
Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to an infected computer system in some way, and demands that the user pay a ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction. Read more
Ibafo electricity consumers protest 10 years of power outage, urge Fashola’s intervention
Scores of residents of three communities on the Ibafo-Mowe axis of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway popularly referred to as “Second Lagos’’, on Monday protested what they called 10 years of power outage. The communities were protesting the cutting off of electricity supply to their areas in the last decade. Read more
Jonathan beats Tinubu, Koffi Anan, 3 others to clinch African leadership award
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has beaten former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and former United Nations Secretary General, Koffi Anan, to clinch the African Leadership Magazine Person of the Year, 2015.
Ex-president Jonathan also defeated the founder, ECONET Wireless, Strive Masiyiwa; the Chairman, Heirs Holding, Tony Elumulelu and the President, African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina. Read more
Saraki, Ekweremadu mourn Ocholi
SENATE President,Bukola Saraki, and the Deputy Senate President,Ike Eweremadu, Monday,expressed deep shock and disbelief over Sunday’s demise of Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi, his wife and eldest son in a road mishap along the Abuja – Kaduna Road.
Saraki also condemned the murder of an All Progressives Congress ,APC, chieftain, Mr. Franklin Obi, his wife and 18-year old son in Rivers State. Read more
New study ‘strongest’ proof Zika causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome: WHO
A study published this week was the strongest piece of evidence yet that that the Zika virus causes the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome, but more research was needed, the UN said Friday.
The deputy chief of the World Health Organization, Bruce Aylward, said the study from the medical journal Lancet which focused on a small sample of people in French Polynesia provided compelling evidence that Zika triggers the syndrome. Read more
Macedonia president slams EU over crisis of own making
Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov on Friday warned European Union leaders they must do more to help his country cope with a migrant crisis that he said they must take the blame for.
In a scathing indictment of the EU’s failure to anticipate the crisis or to respond adequately to it, Ivanov said Macedonia was facing intolerable pressure because of the ease with which asylum seekers and other migrants can reach neighbouring Greece from Turkey. Read more
Over 1.2m asylum seekers registered in EU in 2015
An Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU said about 1,255,600 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the EU member states in 2015.
The figure, according to the office, was more than double that of the previous year. First time asylum applicant or seeker means a person having submitted an application for international protection or having been included in such application as a family member, for the first time. Read more
President Buhari congratulates Chief Obasanjo as he turns 79.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former President of Nigeria and elder statesman, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as he turns 79 years old on March 5.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina. The President affirmed that the former president had contributed “immensely to the institutionalisation of Democracy in Nigeria and Africa through his personal sacrifice, extensive local and international networks, and God-given wisdom.’’ Read more
How elite jeopardise Nigeria’s culture, tourism sector – Expert
The Director, National Council for Arts and Culture, Bauchi Zonal Directorate, Denja Abdullahi has said that inadequate sensitisation of the Nigerian culture is the bane and missing link in the development of the sector. Abdullahi made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday. Read more
Managing football in Nigeria tough, says Pinnick
The President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick , says that managing football in Nigeria is a tough call that requires patience and perseverance. Pinnick made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after he watched the derby between Ikorodu United and MFM FC on Sunday at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos. Read more
Nigerian Military Discovers Boko Haram Bomb Factories
The Nigerian Army has discovered several bomb-making factories in Borno state belonging to the Islamic State-affiliated jihadist group Boko Haram.
Vanguard reports, “Troops of 7 Division Strike Group Team B on clearance operations of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists at Kumshe made startling discoveries of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factories replete with some equipment,” said Col. Sani Usman, director of Nigerian army public relations. Read more
Sierra Leone: Scientist Calls for Continuous EVD Surveillance
A Sierra Leonean scientist and chief strategist of Project 1808, Dr. Alhaji U. N’jai, has told a group of researchers, academics and scientists that the Ebola virus was very much lethal and that there was need for continuous surveillance to prevent future outbreak.
“We want to know the reason for the persistent occurrence of the EVD since it started in Zaire. Over the last ten years, it has occurred 20 times and we have been making progress in order to find a cure for the virus,” he said. “The Ebola Virus is very much lethal; therefore it is important for continuous surveillance around it.” Read more
Ghana to make travel in Africa easier for Africans
On Sunday (March 6), Ghana celebrated its 59th year of independence and John Dramani Mahama, the country’s president, came bearing gifts.
During his speech, Mahama announced that the country will begin to offer visas on arrival to citizens of all 54 African Union (AU) member states starting in July. Read more
Bantwana South Africa Under-17 women preparing for Nigeria
The South Africa Under-17 women’s national team, Bantwana, are back in camp to prepare for the crucial third round, first leg FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 qualifier against Nigeria.
The match will take place on Saturday, 12 March at the Abuja National Stadium in Nigeria. Kick-off is at 16h00 local time in Abuja (17h00 in South Africa). Bantwana will be looking to qualify for their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup after bowing out to Zambia in the final round of the previous qualifiers in 2013. Read more
The Changing Nature of the ISIS Insurgency
A string of attacks and counter-attacks over the course of this year so far signal a major shift in the way Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is conducting its military operations, leaning back on insurgency tactics it used when US troops were still present in Iraq. The change comes amid widespread perception in Western capitals that the group is now on the back foot. But it also follows a variety of crises – financial and political – that may cause deeper Western involvement in the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts. Read more
Mexican president: Donald Trump comments hurt US-Mexico relations
Mr Trump, who is aiming to be the Republican presidential candidate, has pledged to build a wall along the two countries’ borders. He has also said Mexican immigrants bring crime and drugs to the US and are “rapists”.
Mr Pena Nieto said in an interview with the newspaper El Universal that he condemns Mr Trump’s comments. Read more
Lebanon detains ISIS jihadist who beheaded soldier
Lebanese security forces on Monday said they have detained an Islamic State (ISIS) group jihadist who confessed to beheading a kidnapped soldier in 2014.
ISIS had abducted the soldier along with other members of the security forces during fierce clashes in August 2014 between Lebanese troops and jihadists in the flashpoint Arsal region on the Syrian border. Read more
UK facing threat of ‘enormous and spectacular attacks’ from IS
THE UK is facing the threat of “enormous and spectacular attacks” by Islamic State (IS) as the extremist group aims to wage war on Western lifestyles, the national head of counter-terrorism has warned.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said that while in the past few years the Islamist group has called on would-be jihadis to attack police and the military, their plots are now broader “plans to attack Western lifestyle”. Read more