SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 12, 2016
Militants Overrun Police Station, Steal Bank’s ATM
A gang of heavily armed men suspected to be militants on Saturday overran a police station, having overwhelmed the policemen on duty, and carted away several arms and ammunition in Amassoma, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
THISDAY also learnt that the hoodlums attempted a raid on a United Bank for Africa (UBA) branch in the same area, but failed. Read more
Economy Gone Out of Buhari’s Control- Lai Mohammed
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Saturday lamented that the economic situation in the country has gone completely out of the control of government as the global economic meltdown is having a negative spiral effect on it.
He explained that this was so because Nigeria cannot determine the price of crude or gas. Read more
CBN gas explosion: Police confirm 3 dead, 10 in critical condition
The Cross River Police Command has confirmed three persons dead and 10 in critical condition due to Friday’s gas cylinder explosion at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Calabar. Mr John Eluu, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), disclosed this on Saturday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Eluu said 20 members of staff of the bank were injured in the explosion which occurred at about 11 a.m., while two others were in critical condition.
Sokoto LG Poll: Tambuwal Commends Voter Turn-out
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambawal Saturday expressed satisfaction with the high turnout of voters in the local government elections holding across the state.
He made the comment while speaking with journalists at JNI Primary School polling unit shortly after casting his vote. Read more
Hard drugs factory found in Delta, 4 Mexicans arrested
A super methamphetamine laboratory where some drug barons involved in the illicit production of the hard drugs has been discovered in Asaba, Delta State .
Eight persons, including four Nigerians and Mexicans were arrested with 1. 5 kilograms of the drug with street value of $ 1million .
One kilogram of Methamphetamine according to the NDLEA is valued at $600, 000 street price . Read more
Military Kills Over 50 Boko Haram Terrorists, Cattle Rustlers
The Nigerian military involved in the ongoing Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency (CT COIN) operations in the North-east, has killed over 50 members of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) group in Borno State, as well as cattle rustlers in four states of the North-west within the last 48 hours.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said that the military achieved this feat following reliable information on the presence of some Boko Haram terrorists n parts of Borno State. Read more
Agatu massacre: Genocide against my people, says Mark
Former Senate President, David Mark, has lamented the attacks and destruction of lives and properties in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State by armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
Mark, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Paul Mumeh, stated this while on assessment tour of the war ravaged communities along with some members of the National and state Assembly from his Benue South constituency. Read more
Nigerian Arrested With Drugs in Thailand
Pattaya police announced the arrest on the afternoon of Sunday, 6th March, of Chinedu Odunze, 29, who was earlier under investigation by the Police, who had received information about him from arrested addicts. So they set up a sting operation to catch him red handed.
Undercover agents arranged for a meeting with him at a restaurant to purchase drugs. He agreed and on arriving with his Thai girlfriend in a Toyota Vios car, and meeting with the agent he suddenly got very suspicious and reversed up the car as police tried to surround him Read more
Reported final fine settlement premature – MTN Nigeria
Mr Ferdi Moolman, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria has said that reports making round on the company’s final settlement of the N780 billion fine was false. This is contained in a statement signed by Moolman on Saturday in Lagos. Read more
One injured, 15 rescued in Lagos boat mishap – NEMA
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Saturday confirmed that one person was injured as 15 others were rescued from a wooden boat which capsized at Grinaldi Port near Tin Can Island, Apapa, Lagos. This is contained in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the agency, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, and made available to newsmen in Lagos. Read more
Court jails pastor for attempting to rape 13-year-old
A magistrates’ court in Kwale, Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State, has sentenced a 38-year-old Pastor, Ruben Okotie, to six months imprisonment without an option of fine for attempted rape.
The Chief magistrate, Carl Moeteke, who sentenced the accused on Friday, said Okotie was found guilty with overwhelmed evidence of three counts of conspiracy, attempted Rape and illicit sexual act. Read more
DELSU loses lecturer to strange illness
Sadness swept through the Delta State University, Abraka on Thursday, when news of the death of one of the university lecturers hit the town.
The lecturer, Professor Richard Olomo, was reported to have died of strange typhoid fever after close to one year battle with the illness. It was reliably gathered that Professor Olomo, Head of Department Geography/Regional planning of the University, began his illness after the National University Commission (NUC) accreditation team visited the University in July 2015. Read more
Nerve disease linked to Zika virus
Honduras has reported its first death from a paralysing illness linked to the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne epidemic that is spreading through Latin America and also suspected of causing birth defects.
The person died from Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurological disorder that results from the body’s immune system attacking part of the nervous system, leading to muscle weakness which can be severe or fatal. Read more
Italy avalanche: Six dead and others injured in mountain slides in Alps
Six people have been killed and others are missing following an avalanche in the Italian Alps.
The mountain slide happened on Monte Nevoso at around midday on 12 March, hitting groups of climbers and backcountry skiers, six of whom were confirmed dead by authorities, AP reported. Read more
Syria conflict: West should have listened to Russia, says UN Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi
The bloody Syrian conflict could have been resolved four years ago had Western powers listened to Russia, former Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has said.
The Algerian diplomat, who was the United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, said a Russian offer to force President Bashar al-Assad to step aside in 2012 was a missed opportunity for peace. Read more
North Korean submarine goes missing during military exercise
North Korea has lost a submarine during an exercise off the country’s east coast.
The North Korean navy has been hunting for the missing vessel for days, watched by US satellites, aircraft and ships, CNN reports. US military officials believe the submarine, which they had been observing in operation, has suffered a failure. They are not certain if it has sunk, or simply lost contact with its base. Read more
ISIS Chemical Attacks Wound 600, Iraqi Officials Say
raqi officials say the Islamic State group has launched two chemical attacks, killing a three-year-old girl and wounding some 600 people near the northern city of Kirkuk.
Security and hospital officials say the latest attack took place early Saturday in the small town of Taza, which was struck by a barrage of rockets carrying chemicals three days earlier. Read more