SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 22, 2016
Brussels attack: Buhari seeks greater international cooperation
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday joined leaders across Europe and the rest of the world in condemning the terrorist attacks on the Zaventem Airport and Maalbeek Metro Station in Brussels.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President commiserated with the Prime Minister Charles Michel and Belgians over the loss of over 30 lives in the attacks. Read more
Court adjourns Synagogue building collapse trial again
A judge on Tuesday adjourned the criminal negligence trial of popular Nigerian preacher TB Joshua over a fatal building collapse at his Lagos megachurch.
Joshua, church trustees and two engineers are accused of criminal negligence and involuntary manslaughter after the 2014 collapse of a guesthouse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) that left 116 people dead, most of them South Africans. Read more
NAFDAC, Niger government collaborate to tackle street hawking of drugs
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Niger is to collaborate with the state government to eradicate hawking of drugs on the streets.
Mr Anikoh Ibrahim, the State Coordinator of NAFDAC, made this known on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna. Read more
10,000 megawatt achievable by 2019 – South-East APC
The South-East caucus of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Tuesday, urged all stakeholders to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s drive towards towards achieving 10,000 megawatt of power by 2019.
Buhari made the declaration during the opening of the National Economic Council retreat on Monday, holding at Abuja. Read more
Customs Re-imposes Ban on Rice Imports Via Land Borders
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has re-introduced the restriction order on importation of rice through land borders across the country.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), who has declared zero tolerance for rice imports via land borders, approved the reversal of an earlier policy in October 2015, which allowed rice imports through the land borders once appropriate duty and charges were paid. Read more
PSquare resolves issues
After several weeks of drama on social media and one solo production each, it seems the Nigerian RnB act; Peter and Paul PSquare Okoye are back together.
Just like they did at the beginning of their separation about five weeks ago, the duo returned to their Instagram page to let people know that they are no back together as a group. Read more
LGBT activist fears persecution if deported back to Nigeria
HIS friends are anxiously waiting the news that he will not be forced to get on the plane.
But with the clock ticking down, Favour Onuzulike’s future is hanging in the balance.
The asylum seeker arrived in Swansea almost a year ago, having been forced to flee from his home in Nigeria, after being viciously assaulted with his partner, who died as a result of the injuries inflicted upon him. Read more
How to Tackle Nigeria’s Housing Problem, By Ex- SURE-P Boss
As Nigeria continues to grapple with the problem of huge deficit in the number of houses available to the people in both urban and rural areas of the country, former Director General of the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, in Niger state, Alhaji Hassan Nuhu, has said that adopting alternative technology in the construction of houses would go a long way in addressing the problem.
He specifically suggested that the country should now buy into the Hydra Form technology in the construction of houses which he said would reduce the cost of each building. Read more
Ivory Coast 2010 poll violence victims still awaiting justice
Ivory Coast must deliver “long overdue” justice to the victims of deadly clashes that swept the world’s top cocoa grower after disputed elections in 2010, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.
Some 3,000 people were killed in five months of unrest after the election in late 2010, when then president Laurent Gbagbo refused to quit following his defeat to challenger Alassane Ouattara. Read more
Burundi soldier kills colonel blamed in crackdown
A Burundian army officer accused of leading a crackdown on opposition forces was shot dead by a soldier on Tuesday at the army headquarters, military sources told AFP.
Lieutenant Colonel Darius Ikurakure, seen as playing a key role in a wave of disappearances of opposition supporters, was shot at lunchtime in Bujumbura by an unknown soldier who escaped. Read more
ASUU raises concern over salaries
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has expressed concern over the continuous release of incomplete salaries to public universities.
The Yola zone of the union, which comprised Adamawa State University, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Taraba State University, University of Maiduguri and Yobe State University, raised the concern in a statement Tuesday in Yola. The statement read by the leader of the zone, Dr Musa Abdullahi, said that the development had made it impossible for some universities to pay salaries. Read more
U.S., SENEGAL CONTINUE FIGHT AGAINST ILLICIT TRAFFICKING IN WEST AFRICAN NATION
Senegalese soldiers completed a month-long training exercise with U.S. Marines, March 18, at a military training facility in Thies, Senegal.
U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, trained their counterparts with Senegal’s Compagnie Fusilier de Marin Commando, or COFUMACO, in infantry tactics, making this the 10th training between the two forces. Read more
ZAMBIAN OPPOSITION LEADER ARRESTED FOR PRESIDENT HOLIDAY SLUR
Zambian police have arrested an opposition party leader for accusing the president of using public funds while on holiday, just months ahead of elections in the southern African country.
Barack Obama: Time to bury ‘last remnants’ of Cold War in Americas
President Barack Obama has urged Cubans to look to the future with hope, casting his historic visit to the communist nation as a moment to “bury the last remnants of the Cold War in the Americas”. Mr Obama’s address opened a whirlwind final day on the island that includes a meeting with Cuban dissidents and attendance at a baseball game featuring the country’s beloved national team – events made possible by the normalisation of US and Cuban relations 15 months ago. Read more
Bavarian brewery accused of selling ‘Nazi beer’
A brewery in Bavaria has been accused of selling “Nazi beer” after it released a new lager under the brand name Grenzzaun Halbe, or Border Fence Half.
Local student unions have called for a boycott of the brewery’s products, saying the name is a clear reference to the refugee crisis. Read more
Europeans ignored danger, criticised Israel instead, says Israel
Israeli minister on Tuesday suggested Europeans had ignored the danger of “Islamic terror cells” and focused on criticising Israel instead, in a statement in response to the Brussels attacks.
While offering condolences over the deadly bombings, Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis also hit out at Europe over its labelling of products from Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. Read more
Russian Court Finds Ukrainian Pilot Guilty of Murder
A Russian court on Tuesday found a Ukrainian pilot guilty of complicity to murder in the deaths of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine, opening a path to a potential prisoner swap.
Nadezhda Savchenko, 34, was serving in a Ukrainian volunteer battalion against Russia-backed rebels when she was captured by separatist rebels in July 2014. She later surfaced in Russia. Read more
Belgium evacuates nuclear plant staff after attacks
Hours after bombs tore through Belgium’s international airport and a subway station in central Brussels, the government asked the operator of one of the country’s nuclear energy plants to evacuate most staff.
ENGIE, the French electric company that runs the Tihange nuclear plant about 50 miles southeast of Brussels, confirmed that all non-essential staff had left the facility. Read more