SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 18, 2016
Agatu Killings: Benue House Caucus Condemns FG’s Attitude
The Benue State Caucus in the House of Representatives has condemned what it described as the lukewarm attitude of the Federal Government to the massacre of over 1,000 people of the state in 2016 alone, adding that no concrete moves have been made to stop the killings in Agatu Local Government and other areas.
The caucus members said the massacre of the people of the state by Fulani herdsmen is a genocide being downplayed or being ignored until it spirals out of control. Read more
House Wants JAMB to Make CBT Optional
The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) to consider making its Computer Based Test (CBT) optional to allow candidates elect to take the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) as Paper Pencil Test (PPT).
The House noted that it was necessary to discontinue the sole option of the CBT, until a time when the examination body is able to conduct the examination effectively. Read more
Egypt freezes assets of journalist and rights advocate
An Egyptian judicial commission has ordered that assets of four people be frozen, including those of a most prominent investigative journalists and a top rights’ advocate.
Egypt’s state-news agency MENA reported on Thursday that Cairo Criminal Court will review the commission’s decision on Saturday. It added thatHossam Bahgat, Gamal Eid and two others who weren’t identified are being investigated for illegally receiving $1.5 million from foreign parties. Read more
CCT Reserves Ruling till March 24 on Saraki’s Motion Challenging its Jurisdiction
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has reserved ruling till Thursday, March 24, 2016, on whether or not to quash the charge brought against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, by the Federal Government.
Chairman of the Tribunal, Mr. Danladi Umar, fixed the date after defence counsel had canvassed their argument that the charge against Saraki be quashed. Read more
34-year Old Nursing Mother Kidnapped in Enugu
Unknown gunmen in the early hours of Friday stormed the sleepy Ogrute community of Enugu-Ezike in Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State and kidnapped a 34-year old nursing mother, Mrs. Rita Abugu.
The young mother whose husband just returned from the United Kingdom was said to be on her way to attend the burial ceremony of her late grand mother-in-law when the kidnappers struck. Read more
Policemen on election assignment injured in Rivers road crash
Some Policemen from Ondo State, who were drafted to Rivers State for Saturday’s rerun election in the state, were involved in an accident on Friday.
The accident occurred along the East-West road near Akala- Olu community in Rivers State, according Sahara Reporters. Read more
Advocacy Group to Present Reports On Corruption, Lassa Fever, Terrorism To Buhari
As part of plans to keep the national community and the government updated on the successes of its yearlong campaign on “End Sexual Harassment and Bribery in Nigerian Colleges”, the founder of Dream Project for Africa, Oluwabukola Michael Nelson has declared his team’s intention to meet with President Mohammadu Buhari in May 2016 in order to present official documentations and reports from its campaign and researches that could aid government’s efforts at rebuilding the crashing educational system.
Group Plans Class Law Suit against Bank Charges
Citizens Against Exploitation, CAE, has said that it will institute a class law suit against Central Bank of Nigeria,CBN and individual banks for alleged illegal and fraudulent deductions from bank accounts. In a statement by the group, it argued that ‘it appears what is left to steal is now our individual sweat not in agreed taxation but through levies, charges, and all sorts that are alien to regular banking practices anywhere in the world, from our bank accounts’.
Saraki repaid personal bank loans with Kwara’s funds – CCB
The Code of Conduct Bureau has said there is evidence that the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, while governor of Kwara State between 1999 and 2007, obtained huge bank loans and paid back the loans with funds belonging to the state.
The bureau alleged that Saraki used the bank loans running into billions of naira to acquire landed assets in Lagos, Abuja and London. Read more
Illegal oil deal: Court sentences 14 foreigners to prison
Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday convicted 14 foreigners of dealing in petroleum products in Nigeria without lawful authority.
The judge found them guilty of dealing in 1,738.087 metric tons of petroleum product in Nigeria without lawful authority or licence as alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Justice Buba sentenced 11 out of the 14 convicted foreigners to two years imprisonment with an option to a pay a fine of N2m each. Read more
Court remands alleged kidnappers of Ikorodu schoolgirls in custody
The six accused kidnappers, alleged to have kidnapped three girls of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary College in Ikorodu, Lagos, were on Friday remanded in Ikoyi Prisons by an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.I. Adelaja, who gave the order, said that the accused should be remanded in prison pending the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Adelaja then adjourned the case to April 25 for legal advice. Read more
Perpetrators of Electoral Violence in Rivers Will Be Prosecuted, Says NHRC
The National Human Rights Commission has issued an advisory to all the political parties and their supporters involved in this Saturday’s re-run election in Rivers state to play by the rules and refrain from engaging in acts capable of undermining the electoral process.
In a statement released in Abuja, the Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Bem Angwe, warned that the commission would, in exercise of its statutory mandate seek criminal indictment, prosecution and punishment of any person or party involved in election violence. Read more
Osinbajo, Ngige lead FG’s delegation to Ocholi’s burial
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, are among dignitaries at the burial of the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi.
Osinbajo, who led the Federal Government’s delegation, was in attendance at the event with the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom. Read more
NGO, bank, US Consul to train 57 Nigerian girls on ICT
A Non-Governmental Organisation, Hacey Health Initiative, on Thursday said it would train 57 Nigerian girls in software engineering and Information Communication Technology (ICT) entrepreneurship. Mr Isiah Owolabi, the Project Director of the NGO, said this at a pre-training session tagged; “Code4Impact’’. He said that the training was being put together in conjunction with Access Bank and the United States’ Consulate General. Read more
Court Remands Man, 42, Over Alleged Rape Of Teenager
An Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun on Friday remanded a 42-year-old man, Kolawole Shodimu, over an alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl.
However, the accused, who lives at No. 20, Owolabi St., Iloye, Ota, Ogun State, pleaded not guilty to the charge of rape
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.I. Adelaja, ordered that the accused should be remanded in prison custody pending the receipt of legal advice on the matter from the office of the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPPs). Read more
Lagos set to transform TBS bus terminal into tourist attraction
The Lagos State Government on Friday said that arrangements had been concluded to transform the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS’s) Bus Terminal to attract more tourists to the edifice.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Dayo Mobereola, disclosed this at a stateholders’ meeting organised by his Ministry in Lagos on Friday. Read more
‘Tampon tax’: How much do women pay for periods?
The UK government says it has reached a deal to scrap the so-called “tampon tax” on sanitary products.
How much money will this save British women – and how much do women pay in “tampon tax” around the world? Read more
Somalia’s Puntland says gains ground in fight with Islamists
Security forces in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland killed more than 60 Islamist militants and regained some territory in a counter-offensive against al Shabaab, regional officials said.
The militant group has become more active in Puntland, a large part of northern Somalia, since moving more forces there after being pushed out of strongholds farther south by an African Union force and the Somali National Army, experts and officials say. Read more
Bernie Sanders calls out Arizona sheriff for ‘un-American and uncivilised behaviour’
Bernie Sanders took on the controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County on Thursday by accusing him of being “un-American and uncivilised.”
The Vermont Senator spoke to an estimated crowd of 2,800 at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he told the story of his wife Jane Sanders meeting Sheriff Arpaio at the infamous “Tent city.” Read more
Kunduz hospital bombing: US army staff face punishment following deadly attack
US military staff that were involved in a deadly airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan face punishment, according to officials.
The bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital (known by its French acronym MSF) in Kunduz last October killed at least 42 people. The attack happened as Nato-backed Afghan forces fought with insurgents for control of the northern provincial capital, just one month after the Taliban seized the city, their biggest coup after they were ousted from the country by the US 14 years earlier. Read more
Russian planes back Syria’s offensive to recapture Palmyra from Isis
Lt Gen Sergei Rudskoi said Russian aircraft based in Syria are conducting 20-25 sorties a day in support of the Syrian military’s offensive.
That is despite a Russian drawdown in Syria that President Vladimir Putin ordered this week in support of the Geneva talks. Lt Gen Rudskoi told reporters in Moscow that the Syrian army has seized key hilltop points near Aleppo and has cut supply routes leading to the IS-held city. Read more