SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 24, 2017
EFCC dehumanised me just to implicate Jonathan – Dudafa
Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, a former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has pleaded with the Federal High Court in Lagos not to judge his case based on a series of statements he wrote while in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Dudafa, who is being prosecuted for an alleged fraud of N5.1bn, told Justice Mohammed Idris, before who he is being tried, on Monday that using those statements would occasion injustice against him, claiming that he did not voluntarily make them. Read more
5 College of Education students killed in Southern Kaduna
Five students of the College of Education, Gidan Waya, Jema’a Local Government Area, Kaduna State, were, Sunday evening, reportedly shot dead close to Gidan Waya, when a commercial car taking them to school from Kafanchan was waylaid by herdsmen, sources told Vanguard yesterday. Vanguard gathered that the herdsmen ambushed the taxi carrying six passengers near Gidan Waya, in the troubled southern part of Kaduna State and shot five of the commuters, but spared the life of the driver, Sunday evening. Read more
Gunmen attack community, abduct landlord, teenager
Again, two residents of Fagbile Estate, White Sand, in the Ijegun area of Lagos State, have been abducted and another allegedly killed.
The incident was said to have created confusion in the area as residents fled to neighbouring communities. Read more
NYSC resumes orientation in Adamawa after three years suspension
The National Youth Service Corps has resumed orientation of corp members in Adamawa after three years suspension due to insecurity caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in the state.
The last orientation was held in Adamawa in March 2013.
The State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, on Tuesday said 2, 500 corps members were deployed to the state. Read more
Senate’s unkind cut against Babachir
Day after day, it is becoming very obvious that the Senate Committee’s report, which purportedly indicted the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Babachir, over so-called corruption, was cunningly but poorly crafted by ‘’political enemies’’ to deliberately open holes in the SGF’s character. Read more
Nigeria plans to raise 242 bln naira in treasury bills
Nigeria plans to raise around 242 billion naira ($772 million) in short-dated treasury bills at an auction on Feb. 1, the central bank said on Tuesday.
The bank said it would raise 45.17 billion naira in three-month debt, 80 billion in six-month bills and 117.22 billion in one-year notes, using a Dutch auction system. Payment will be due the day after the auction. Read more
Swaziland orders schools to teach only Christianity
Swaziland’s schools opened for the new academic year on Tuesday under new government orders to teach only Christianity, a move criticised by opponents as fuelling intolerance of Muslims. Officials said that old text books were being replaced with new ones that mention only the Bible, and that schools were required to submit a list of qualified religious studies teachers ahead of the start of term. Read more
Mental disorders on the rise as recession bites harder
It is no longer news that the negative impact of the current economic recession is hitting hard as unconfirmed reports show growing cases of suicide among Nigerians. Only last week the Nigeria Police Force during an interactive session in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, expressed worry over the rising cases of suicide among its officers across the country. Read more
Mikel’s Chinese Super League decision Not Cheerful – JP
Former Coach James Peters is not impressed with the choice of Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi opting for the Chinese Super League after his time with English Premiership side, Chelsea. Peters maintains that the CSL is in its nascent stages compared to some league’s in Europe, that offered competitive football, stressing the point that footballers journing to the Far East go there to retire. Read more
Manchester City’s Aaron Mooy goes from upcoming Australian footballer to big-league player
It is a very modern story. A footballer is approached by his employers, proposing he change clubs. But not because they are looking to raise funds or rid themselves of an unwanted player.
Quite the opposite. Instead, the City Football Group suggested Aaron Mooy moved from Melbourne City for Manchester City last summer. “They came up with the idea and I jumped at the opportunity,” the Australia international said. Read more
WEST HAM SOUNDED OUT AFTER PL WINNING ATTACKER ASKS FOR JANUARY MOVE – REPORT
West Ham have been “sounded out” after Manchester United attacker Ashley Young asked for a loan moan away from the club, according to a report.
Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos told he’s “burnt his bridges” with ex-club Sevilla
Sevilla president Jose Castro has hit back at Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and believes the defender should be focused on his own club.
Ramos left Sevilla back in 2005 after coming through their academy and has since developed into one of the world’s finest defenders. Read more
Manchester United to move 2,600 season ticket holders in order to make room for disabled supporter spaces
Manchester United are to move 2,600 season ticket holders to create 300 new places for disabled supporters.
The club this morning confirmed the significant plans which will see them comply with the Accessible Stadia guide. United say all work will be completed ahead of the start of next season but say that season ticket holders in affected areas will be relocated over three years in a bid to make the process as smooth as possible. Read more
Open Europe appoints Henry Newman as its new director
Open Europe is delighted to announce the appointment of Henry Newman as its new director. Henry joins Open Europe having worked as a special adviser in the Ministry of Justice and the Cabinet Office. He has taught politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies and elsewhere, and studied at the University of Oxford, Harvard University, and the London School of Economics. Read more
Speculations on Russian-Turkish Agreement for Assad Forces Entering Aleppo’s ‘al-Bab’
Syrian political experts indicated that current geopolitical odds support that a Russian-Turkish agreement has been brokered, allowing Bashar al-Assad’s regime forces to enter al-Bab town located 40 km northeast of Aleppo, 30 km south of the Turkish border.
Assad forces supposedly would be granted the green light, after Syrian Opposition forces backed by Turkey having failed with unlocking territory held by terror group ISIS. Read more
Millions of dollars found hidden under mattress in Boston
Boston police officers have found $20m under a mattress during an investigation into alleged money laundering.
A picture of bundles of notes packed into the bed frame was released by the US Attorney’s Office in Boston after federal agents found the money during a raid on an apartment in Westborough, Massachusetts Read more
China jails two over vaccine scandal
A court in China on Tuesday jailed two people for selling vaccines without a license, state media said, after a scandal last year that sparked public anger.
The case, involving possibly as much as $90 million of illegal trades of vaccines through a black market drugs ring, underscored regulatory weaknesses in the world’s second largest pharmaceuticals market. Read more