SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 18, 2017
FG sends warship to evacuate Nigerians from Gambia
As the January 19 deadline for Gambian president, Yaya Jammeh to hand over dawns, the FG has taken proactive measures to rescue and evacuate Nigerians living in The Gambia who may be caught up in a conflict.
This was disclosed by Abike Dabiri SSA to the President on Foreign Relations in a twitter response to Sabinews enquiries regarding the FG’s plans for Nigerians living in the Gambia, Sabinews asked her on twitter“Jan 19 is here. As Jammeh has refused to leave, what is the FG doing to protect Nigerians & their businesses? ” Read more
IPOB to march for Trump
A pro-Biafra group on Wednesday announced its intention to hold a rally in Nigeria in support of Donald Trump on his inauguration day as US president.
Hundreds of protests against Trump are expected to take place around the world on Friday when the billionaire businessman is sworn into office as 45th president of the United States. Read more
Army parades suspected killers of Col. Okeyim
The 2 Div. Nigerian Army, Ibadan, on Wednesday paraded six suspects for allegedly killing Col. Anthony Okeyim, former Commandant, Command Secondary School, Apata, Ibadan.
The lifeless body of Okeyim was found at the premises of the school on December 12, 2016.
The command had earlier informed the public that the late Okeyim died as a result of rise in intracranial pressure from intracranial hemorrhage caused by fracture of the skull. Read more
Buhari reappoints Erediauwa as NDIC director, seeks Senate approval
President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate, seeking the confirmation of his reappointment of Mr. Aghatise Erediauwa as Executive Director of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation.
The letter, dated January 17, 2017, was read to the lawmakers by the Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary on Wednesday. Read more
Mob sets man ablaze in Benue over attempted stealing
The police in Benue State have recovered the charred body of a suspected thief who was set ablaze by an angry mob.
The man and two other accomplices had reportedly sneaked into a primary health care centre in Gbatse in the Ushongo Local Government Area around 3am on Sunday to steal a water pump. Read more
Unilag to award first class degrees to 231 graduates
No fewer than 231 out of 12,617 graduating students of the University of Lagos (Unilag) will be awarded first class division during its 49th convocation scheduled for Jan. 24.
Its Vice-Chancellor, Rahmon Bello, who said this at a news conference on Wednesday in Lagos, added that 46 of them would be from the Faculty of Engineering.
According to him, 6, 900 out of the 12,617 students that would be graduating, representing 54.7 per cent, would receive first degrees and diploma certificates. Read more
Court to hear Patience Jonathan’s suit against EFCC February 13
A Federal High Court Lagos, on Wednesday fixed February13 to hear a suit by ex-first lady, Patience Jonathan, against the EFCC seeking to unfreeze her account. Also joined in the suit are Skye Bank Plc, and a former Special Assistant to ex-President Jonathan, Waripama-Owei Dudafa.
Others include Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Transocean Property and Investment Company Ltd and Globus Integrated Service Ltd. Read more
Shiites ask NHRC to intervene in Zakzaky’s continued detention
The group, popularly known as Shiites, took to the NHCR headquarters in Abuja to protest what they called “a flaunt on the laws of the land with impunity” by the Federal Government.
The Federal High Court in Abuja had in a ruling on December 2, 2016 ordered the release of the Shiites’ leader and his wife in 45 days, a deadline which had expired. The Federal Government, however, is yet to obey the order. Read more
Police Drag 4 UBA Staff To Court Over Alleged N33.7m Cyber Crime Fraud
Authorities of the Bayelsa State Police Command has dragged Four Staff of the United Bank For Africa before the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa over alleged illegal diversion of the sum of N33.7million being compensation ordered to be remitted by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) following the ruling on oil spillage damages at Azuzuama Community in Southern Ijaw Local Government area of the State.
According to the Police, the order of the Court violated through the diversion of fund was a Garnishee Order Absolute which was made against the bank and Agip to pay the ordered N33.7 million to the Court and failure of which the judgment creditors levy execution. Read more
Thierry Henry thinks Alexis Sanchez could join two European giants
Alexis Sanchez’s future at Arsenal remains a touchy subject at the Emirates Stadium.
His contract is set to expire at the end of next season and the club’s supporters have been left waiting on tenterhooks to see whether they can negotiate a new deal before this summer. Read more
Kelechi Iheanacho discusses magical Manchester Derby [Players’ Tribune]
Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho has been discussing the moment he stepped onto the pitch as a starting player in the Manchester Derby.
Manchester United’s run of televised FA Cup games moves onto 56 after Crystal Palace’s win over Bolton means Wigan’s trip to Old Trafford will be shown by BBC
Manchester United fans have former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke to thank for ensuring their 56th consecutive FA Cup match will be televised live.
In the fourth round, the current holders of the competition will entertain 2013 winners Wigan, who are managed by ex-United reserve coach Warren Joyce, live at four o’clock on BBC One on Sunday, January 29. Read more
US journalists pen Donald Trump letter after CNN spat at press conference
Journalists have penned an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump, warning him they will no longer stand by and watch as their colleagues are insulted or ignored at press conferences.
“We now recognize that the challenge of covering you requires that we cooperate and help one another whenever possible. So, when you shout down or ignore a reporter at a press conference who has said something you don’t like, you’re going to face a unified front,” wrote Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review. Read more
Germany denies rebuffing Theresa May over citizens’ rights deal
Germany has denied it rebuffed an attempt by Theresa May to seal an early deal on citizens’ rights post-Brexit, and reiterated that there was “complete unanimity” among the EU’s 27 member states that the subject could only be discussed once Britain had triggered article 50.
The Tory MP Peter Lilley told the Brexit select committee on Wednesday that Germany was one of the two countries the prime minister was referring to when she said in her Brexit speech on Tuesday she could not get full support from the 27 remaining member states for a deal on the rights of EU citizens in Britain and UK nationals on the continent. Read more
Senators call for investigation of Tom Price’s healthcare investments
Donald Trump’s choice for health secretary, Tom Price, faces his first Congressional grilling on Wednesday, hours after leading Democrats called for an investigation of the congressman’s investments.
Price bought and sold health-related stocks while he was an influential voice on healthcare policy in the House of Representatives, advocating for and against bills that impacted health companies’ fortunes. Read more
Germany slowly relaxes its grip on how it confronts the Holocaust
As Germany marks Friday’s 75th anniversary of a meeting where senior Nazi officials devised a plan to murder all European Jews, there are small signs the country is relaxing its grip on how it confronts the Holocaust.
For decades, Germany has taken a sober, straightforward approach to explaining its Nazi-era heritage. It has avoided sensationalizing, historical facsimiles or anything that can’t be meticulously documented. Read more