SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 9, 2016
NNPC reorganized, not unbundled – Kachikwu
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu on Wednesday insisted that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has not been unbundled.
He spoke with State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja. According to him, the Corporation is only being reorganized. Read more
Police arrest Lekki collapsed building contractor
The Police in Lagos have arrested the contractor who is handling the collapsed five story building in Lekki area of the state.
The State Police Spokesperson, SP Oladapo Badmus, disclosed this to News agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos. Badmus who gave the name of the contractor as Odofin Taiwo added that the matter is currently under investigation. Read more
Ocholi: Eclipse of a Dream
“In Blessing Fatima Ocholi I have seen the benefits of being married to a woman, who loves God. She not only came into my life when I had nothing but all through by her prayers and steadfast support she became one of the pillars of my success as she partook in the challenges of my professional pursuit.” The late Minister of State for Labour and Producivity, James Ocholi was quoted to have said of his wife in an article about his life history. But painfully, he died along with her and their son. Read more
FG Should Not Seize Tompolo’s Assets
Chairman, Niger Delta Nationalities Forum, a conglomerate of 25 Niger Delta tribes and sub-tribes, Seigha Manager, has cautioned the federal government against seizing property belonging to Mr. Government Ekpemupolo, otherwise known as Tompolo, because it could be counter-productive. In this interview with reporters, he looked at the current face-off between Tompolo and the federal government, the amnesty programme, and the state of the economy. Zacheaus Somorin presents the excerpts:
There has been a renewed increase in the spate of pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region. What is your take on that? Read more
Senate backs Buhari on move to prosecute looters hiding abroad
The Senate on Wednesday passed for third reading and possible passage into law, a Bill which seeks cooperation with other countries to repatriate and prosecute alleged corrupt Nigerians and their accomplices who are staying outside the country.
The Executive Bill is entitled: “A Bill for an Act to make provision for mutual assistance in criminal matters between Nigeria and other foreign states and for related matters, 2016” Read more
For Bayelsa, Hard Times Beckon
With the fast declining revenue from virtually all known sources, Bayelsa State faces hard times, writes Segun James
During his first coming as the Governor of Bayelsa State in February 2012, Governor Seriake Dickson never hid the fact that the state was having a good time. The monthly federation account of the state was hovering between 18 and 20 billion naira monthly. In the light of this, the governor embarked on so many ambitious development projects as he promised and the state literarily became a construction site. Read more
Saraki’s Local Solution to the Economic Crisis
Chuks Okocha thinks the federal government should ponder Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki’s advice to look inwards in the onerous task of fixing the nation’s deteriorating economy
British historian, Arnold Toynbee in his adversity theory said nations advance by rising to the challenges before them. He further stated that the constant wars against the city of Sumer over 2000 years ago helped it to develop the military technologies and techniques that made it possible to protect the Sumerians against outside invaders. Read more
Over 2000 People Killed by “Fulani Herdsmen” Since December 2015 – Senator
Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, Senator representing Taraba south senatorial district has said that over 2000 persons have been killed in the state since December 2015.
The Senator said this on Wednesday in a motion titled: ‘the need to urgently flush out Boko Haram insurgents reassembling in Taraba and halt the ongoing silent genocide in the state.’ He said; “There is a change of tactics by these insurgents who now parade as herdsmen to make it more difficult for the unsuspecting public to identify them. Read more
Edo: Prophet remanded for defiling daughter
An Ogbeson Magistrate Court has remanded one Prophet Benjamin Bernard to prison custody for allegedly defiling his seven years old daughter.
Prophet Benjamin, aged 41, is one of the presiding pastors of Destiny Explosion Ministry located in Benin City. He was alleged to have committed the incest on 26th January 2016. The victim was his third daughter . Prophet Benjamin pleaded not guilty to the offence. Read more
Kidnappers abduct Magistrate, two others in Edo
Kidnappers operating along Benin-Auchi express road on Wednesday abducted a serving Senior Magistrate simply identified as Hassana.
The police orderly of Hassana whose name was given as Marcus was shot and currently receiving treatment. Family sources said Hassana was going to Ehor, headquarters of Uhunmwode Local Government when she and two others were abducted. Read more
Senate to probe DSS invasion of Ekiti Assembly
The Senate Wednesday mandated its committee on National Security and Intelligence to investigate alleged invasion of Ekiti State House of Assembly by some personnel of the Department of State Security (DSS).
This followed a motion by Senator Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti South) entitled “The invasion of Ekiti State House of Assembly by armed men of the Directorate of State Services (DSS) on Friday , March 4, 2016.” Read more
“Ocholi’s driver had no license”
The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, on Wednesday disclosed that the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Barrister James Ocholi died as a result of over speeding.
The Corps Marshal said this while presenting the accident’s Road Traffic Crash Investigation Interim Report to the Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday at the meeting of the body at the presidential villa in Abuja. Read more
Italian FM: military force won’t stabilize Libya
Italy will not be drawn into broad military action in Libya based on the terror threat, Italy’s foreign minister indicated Wednesday, saying such actions could lead to further chaos.
The Italian government is under pressure both at home and from its allies as it outlines its response to ongoing instability in Libya, across the Mediterranean Sea, with divided factions and an increasing presence of Islamic State fighters. Paolo Gentiloni told the Senate that Italy would defend itself from “the real threat” posed by the Islamic State group, “with proportionate actions.” Read more
Google DeepMind software AlphaGo beats human Go champion in first match
The victory by AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence programme developed by Google DeepMind, over South Korean Go champion Lee Sedol is significant because the ancient Chinese game, one of the most creative and complex to be devised, was difficult for computers to master.
The near-infinite number of board positions in Go requires players to rely on intuition in making their moves. AlphaGo was designed to mimic that intuition in tackling complex tasks. Artificial intelligence experts had forecast it would take another decade for computers to beat professional Go players, until AlphaGo beat a European Go champion last year. Read more
Explosive ISIS leak of 1,736 top secret personnel documents names 16 BRITISH terrorists
Highly sensitive ISIS personnel files on foreign fighters have been leaked and reveal highly confidential data about 16 British jihadis in Syria.
An Arab news source got hold of 1,736 documents, stamped with the sinister black flag of the ‘caliphate’ which has cut a swathe of terror through the Middle East. According to the files, ISIS recruited jihadists from over 40 countries worldwide including Iran and Russia. Read more
Qatar Airways announces new world’s longest flight
Qatar Airways formally announced plans for nonstop service between Doha, Qatar, and Auckland, New Zealand. The route would become the world’s longest when it launches Dec. 3, based on current schedules.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has previously suggested Qatar Airways might pick up the route, though the airline did not officially move to add the flight until Wednesday’s announcement. Read more
Turkey defends decision to ask EU for more money
Turkey’s foreign minister on Wednesday rejected the idea Ankara was “begging” the EU for money, after it dramatically doubled its demand for funding during crunch talks on Europe’s migrant crisis.
The European Union and Turkey clinched a deal in November for three billion euros ($3.3 billion) in funds for refugees in return for Ankara’s cooperation in tackling the refugee crisis, unprecedented in the continent’s history since World War II. Read more
Iraqi Officials Say U.S. Captured ISIS Chemical Weapons Chief
Two senior Iraqi intelligence officials say U.S. special forces in Iraq captured the head of ISIS’ chemical weapons unit in a raid last month.
The officials have told The Associated Press that the man, Sleiman Daoud al-Afari, once worked for Saddam Hussein’s now-dissolved Military Industrialization Authority specializing in chemical and biological weapons. They say he heads ISIS’ chemical weapons branch. The officials, who have first-hand knowledge of the individual and of the ISIS chemical program, spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief the media. Read more
France Reiterates Support to Moroccan Autonomy Plan
‘’For France, the autonomy plan submitted by Morocco in 2007 represents a serious and credible basis for a negotiated solution” to the Sahara issue, French Foreign Ministry spokesperson Romain Nadal told the press.
“France’s position regarding the Saraha is well known and has never changed,” Romain said, stressing that Paris supports “a just, sustainable and mutually accepted solution under the auspices of the United Nations.” He added that his country supports UN mediation regarding the Sahara issue. Morocco has strongly condemned on Tuesday the comments made by the UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon on the Sahara issue. Read more