SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 28, 2016
I Have Not Accessed Bailout Fund —Kogi Gov
Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, on Sunday, said that contrary to reports making the rounds in the state, he was yet to access the bailout fund from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Bello, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Kingsley Fanwo, said his administration is committed to transparency and determined to end the past maladies of corruption and would therefore never keep the citizens in the dark about activities of his administration. Read more
No Party can beat PDP in Rivers – Wike
The governor of Rivers State Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has said it would be very difficult for any political party to win the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the state considering that the state is a PDP state and coupled with his achievement within his short period in office.
Governor Wike spoke Monday while answering questions as a guest in Channels Television morning Programme viewed from Government House Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital. Read more
OAU ASUU to screen candidates for VC position
To ensure that the best emerges Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, the institution’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has finalised plans to screen candidates for the position.
It was learnt that the action was to facilitate and organize interaction with the shortlisted aspirants. The tenure of the current occupant, Professor Bamitale Omole, who became VC almost five years ago, expires on June 24th, 2016. Read more
APC accuses Fayose of posing threat to national security
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of conducting himself in a manner that threatens national security.
It said the governor’s recent utterances and actions suggest acts of sabotage targeted at rendering national institutions ineffective to perform their statutory roles for effective government in a federal set-up. Read more
Port Hacourt killings: Have we accepted Jungle Justice?
What happened on the 5th of October 2012 was a tragedy beyond imagination. The lives of Chidiaka, Ugonna, Tekana and Lloyd were snatched by fellow human beings and more importantly fellow country men and women. Four young men had dreams and great plans for the future. These dreams led to their enrollment in the University of Port Harcourt. The four were loved brothers, cherished sons, wonderful friends, ordinary citizens, leaders of tomorrow. They had no criminal background. Read more
Man rapes 14-year-old girl, threatens to kill entire family if police is informed
The Lagos State Police Command at the weekend arrested one Chinego Wasiu, for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl, simply identified as Favour in Boundary, in Ajegunle area of the state.
The victim at about 9.30pm on March 21 was sent on an errand to a nearby kiosk when Wasiu reportedly accosted and raped her, warning her not to disclose the incident to anyone.
Wasiu, apart from forcefully having canal knowledge of the teenager, was said to have led a gang of thugs to Favour’s house on Alayabiagba Street, after he was accused of rape, to beat up her father, threatening that if the family made a noise about the rape, he would kill them all. Read more
Wike laments frequent changes of heads of security in Rivers
Frequent changes of heads of the various security agencies in Rivers State has been identified as part of the security problem in the state. Governor Nyesom Wike who made the observation Monday in a television program pleaded that heads of security bodies should be allowed time to implement security strategies they develop, stressing that the frequent changes was disrupting security plans. Read more
IPOB alleges it has uncovered plots to kill Nnamdi Kanu
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Monday alleged it has uncovered another plan by the Federal Government, Department of State Service, DSS and three South East Governors and some National Assembly members to eliminate its leader and Director of Radio Biafra Mr. Nnamdi Kanu. IPOB in a statement signed by its Media and Publicity Officer, Mr Emma Powerful said “the plot by FG, DSS and three Governors from the Southeastern States to eliminate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and Director of Radio Biafra on his way to next court date.
Shiite Distances Itself from Alleged Plot to Kidnap Military Officers
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiite on Monday distanced itself from reports that it planned to kidnap military officers to demand the release of its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.
Zakzaky had been in detention since his arrest following a clash between the Nigerian Army and his followers in Zaria on December 12, 2015. Read more
Nigeria loses N10bn annually, hosting domain names offshore
Nigeria is losing not less than N10 billion yearly through hosting its country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), dotng (.ng) domain names outside the country, the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) said on Monday. Mr Sunday Folayan, President of NIRA disclosed this in an interview in Lagos. Read more
Republicans begin to thaw on Obama’s Supreme Court pick
Several Republican senators have taken steps to consider Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court despite calls from their leadership to leave the selection to the next president.
Republican leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will not hold confirmation hearings. However, some Republican senators in tough re-election battles have agreed to meet Judge Garland. Read more
Fidel Castro denounces Obama’s Cuba visit:
Just when you thought the two Cold War enemies were behaving like the best of friends, up jumps the pen of Fidel Castro to denounce Barack Obama, his evil empire, and his recent visit to Cuba.
In a 1,500-word “letter” published in state media, the 89-year-old leader of the Cuban revolution and brother of the current president, declared: “We don’t need the empire to give us any presents.” Read more
As Uber expands in Africa, protests mount
Uber is expanding in Africa. The ride-hailing app launched in the cities of Abuja, Nigeria and Mombasa, Kenyaon Wednesday.
These are the 399th and 400th world cities where the service operates. Read more
Toronto says goodbye to former mayor Rob Ford
The colourful former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, is lying in repose at a ceremony at Toronto City Hall.
The public is paying tribute to Mr Ford, who died at age 46 of cancer and gained notoriety for his outlandish public acts and drug use.
He was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer in 2014, keeping him from running for mayor again. Read more