SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 6, 2017
Buhari to attend Akufo-Addo’s inauguration
President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana will on Saturday, 7 January, hand over the reigns of power to Chief Nana Akufo-Addo, who was elected last December. Many African leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will be attending the inauguration. Read more
Magu prays with Buhari at Aso Villa mosque
Despite corruption allegations hanging on his neck, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was at the Presidential Villa mosque to observe the jumaat prayer with President Muhammadu Buhari and other Muslim faithful on Friday.
The Senate had declined Magu’s confirmation as substantive EFCC chairman based on a security report by the Department of State Service, (DSS). Read more
PDP to Buhari: Good intentions not good governance
The youths group of the People Democratic Party known as the People Democratic Party youth frontier has called on Nigerians and the world to informed the All Progressives Congress APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari that ’a slogan not a program’’ The group on its twitter handle @PDPNYF warned ‘’Pls tell APC-PMB that A slogan is not a program, platitudes are not policies, and good intentions is not good governance ‘’ Read more
‘Why Gaidam sacked information commissioner’
Facts have begun to emerge why Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam sacked his commissioner of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Alhaji Aji Bularafa.
Though no clear reason was given why the commissioner was shown the way out, investigation, however, reveal that he was alleged to be holding secrets meeting with some group of politicians ahead of 2019 general elections. Read more
Nigeria to sell up to 430 billion naira of bonds in Q1, debt office says
Nigeria plans to issue 340 billion to 430 billion naira ($1.12 billion to $1.41 billion) of local-currency bonds during the first quarter, the Debt Management Office said on Friday.
The debt office said on its website it would auction 110 billion to 140 billion naira worth of bonds maturing in 2021 and 85 billion to 105 billion naira in debt maturing in 2026. It will also sell 45 billion to 55 billion naira in bonds maturing in 2027 and 100 billion to 130 billion naira of the 2036 debt. According to the debt issuance calendar, the 2027 bond will be a new issue, in March. The rest will re-open previously issued debt, starting after Jan 18. Read more
Nigerian Oil Marketers Association Commends NNPC
The Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) has commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for ensuring a hitch-free supply of petroleum products across the country during the end of year holiday season.
The Chairman of DAPPMA, Mr. Dapo Abiodun, gave the commendation on Thursday when he led a delegation of the group’s members on a courtesy call on the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru. Read more
FRSC Corps Marshal Oyeyemi approves redeployment of senior officers
Following the recent promotion of senior officers and other intermediate officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi has approved the redeployment of some of the newly promoted senior officers in the capacity of Deputy Corps Marshal, Assistant Corps Marshals and Corps Commanders, who are all expected to report to their new Commands on January 18, 2017.
According to the Head Media Relations and Strategy of the Corps, Bisi Kazeem, the newly promoted Deputy Corps Marshal, DCM, Dauda Biu who was formerly the Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Finance and Accounts at the National Headquarters of the Corps, still remains the Head of the Department. Read more
Nigeria Police dismiss 6 officers linked to Governor Wike
The Nigeria Police Force on Friday dismissed six officers attached to the Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State over alleged professional misconducts during legislative rerun elections that held in the oil-rich state last year, the spokesperson for the force said.
The six dismissed cops are an inspector, Eyong Victor; and five sergeants, Peter Ekpo, Oguni Goodluck, Orji Nwoke, Tanko Akor and Okpe Ezekiel. Read more
Diesel cars produce 10 TIMES more toxic fumes than lorries and buses,
While you might think that a small car would produce a fraction of the pollution of a larger lorry, a new study suggests this may not be the case.
Diesel cars have been found to produce ten times more toxic gas than new lorries and buses.
Experts say that the concerning results should prompt governments to enforce stricter pollution tests. Read more
Japanese insurance firm replaces 34 workers with AI bot
Fukoku Life Insurance Mutual Company has cut 34 jobs, instead using IBM’s artificial intelligence bot Watson to take over assessing medical insurance claims over the phone.
Starting from January 2017, the Tokyo-based insurance company is handing over the roles of 34 human insurance agents to IBM Watson Explorer, which is a cognitive search and content analysis platform that uses machine learning and language processing to analyse data for trends and patternsRead more
Herero and Nama groups sue Germany over Namibia genocide
Representatives of two indigenous groups in Namibia, the Herero and Nama peoples, have filed a class-action lawsuit against Germany in New York.
They are seeking reparations for what former colonial power Germany acknowledges was genocide. Read more