SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 24, 2017
Man, 32, pleads guilty to raping 4-year-old girl
A 32-year-old man, Michael Okon, on Friday in Lagos pleaded guilty to defiling a four-year-old girl before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court.
“I am guilty of the offence,” he told the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Ipaye Nwachukwu. Nwachukwu said since the accused had pleaded guilty to the charge the court had no choice than to sentence him. Read more
Shekau executes Boko Haram spokesman
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, sensationally announced on Friday he had executed the spokesman for the terror group, Tasiu who is also known as Abu Zinnira.
Shekau accused Tasiu and another senior commander, Baba Ammar, of plotting to oust him from Boko Haram leadership. He claimed the duo had been sending fighters out on illegal raids, spreading rumours among his lieutenants that he intended to kill them and portraying him as unfit to lead. Read more
Appeal Court sacks Edo APC lawmaker
The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City has sacked the lawmaker representing Ovia South West Constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Sunday Aghedo.
It ordered Mr. Godwin Adenomo, a member of the All Progressive Congress, to be sworn in immediately. Adenomo had dragged the APC and the Committee that conducted the party primaries to court over imposition of the sacked lawmaker as the winner of the party primaries to the State House of Assembly in 2014. Read more
EFCC disowns ‘auctioneer’ of seized petroleum products
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has dissociated itself from one Messrs Pinnacle Trading and Investment Nig. Ltd. allegedly parading itself as its authorised auctioneers.
The spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, issued the disclaimer in a statement in Abuja on Friday. Read more
Akeredolu sworn in as Ondo State governor
The newly sworn-in governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has promised to make the collective interest of the state his paramount focus.
Akeredolu said this on Friday in Akure in his address shortly after taking oath of office amidst pump and pageantry. Akeredolu also pledged not to renege on his campaign pledge that the peoples’ welfare shall form the basis of his government. Read more
NAF Strikes Boko Haram Terrorists’ Location at Tagoshe
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Friday bombarded Boko Haram terrorists location and hideout in Tagoshe, Borno State, North-east Nigeria. NAF Director of Information and Public Relations, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, explained that the bombing was carried out in conjunction with ground military forces.
He said: “The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) struck a Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) location at Tagoshe/Mandara Mountain general area about 10km Southwest of Gwoza in Northern Borno. Read more
Again, Trump criticises media, labels CNN “Clinton News Network”
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday renewed his attack on what he called “fake news”, accusing the media of false reports and polls.
The American leader spoke at the Conservative Conference at the National Harbor in Maryland. Read more
NNPC: Seismic Work by Our Subsidiary Not Responsible for NLNG Pipeline Explosion
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Friday said that seismic work being conducted by its subsidiary, the Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL), cannot be linked to the pipeline explosion which affected one of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited’s (NLNG) pipeline in Emohua area of Rivers State because the site of its operation is 798 metres away from the blast site. Read more
Landlord families shut down Agip’s oil wells
The ONELGA Oil and Gas landlords Families in ONELGA in Rivers State have shut down 37 of the oil well heads of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company/NNPC joint venture.
The association´s chairman Mr. Chikobi Alali, in a statement said the decision to shut down the oil company’s operations became imperative when several attempts allegedly made by the association to resolve the age long dispute between the landlord families and the company failed. Read more
Why foreign airlines are rejecting Kaduna Airport – APC chieftain
A chieftain of the APC in Kaduna State Yusuf Ali, has attributed the decision by foreign airlines to use the Kaduna airport as alternative airport when the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is closed to bad publicity as a result of politicization of the decision.
Ali who said it was no longer in doubt whether the runway at the Abuja airport was in need of repair said the Kaduna state government has demonstrated enough commitment to accepting the challenge by scaling up infrastructure and security to compliment efforts of the government. Read more
Economist calls for CBN’s sanctions against bank directors to reduce bad loans
An economist, Mr Chris Nemedia, has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to apply its appropriate sanctions against bank directors who grant loans to customers without collaterals. Nemedia, a former director in the Economic Research Dept, CBN, suggested this while responding to questions from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday. Read more
Gov. Amosun wades into Customs/Rice Sellers’ rift
Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, has promised to intervene in the rift between men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) and rice sellers in Sango/otta area of the state. Amosun made the promise on Thursday when scores of the traders stormed the governor’s office at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, to protest raiding of their markets by customs officials on Wednesday. Read more
Arsenal announce pre-tax profit despite record spends on playing staff
Arsenal have announced a pre-tax profit of £12.6million having even spent a record amount on several players in the first team squad.
The club made signings such as Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Lucas Perez which cost a combined total of £86m. Arsenal are also still continuing to pay off the fee for Alexis Sanchez which took up a good chunk of their money. Read more
The use of deadly VX makes Kim Jong-nam’s murder even more shocking
However shocking the murder of Kim Jong-nam was last week, the revelation today that he was killed by the most deadly chemical weapon, VX, turns this terrible assassination into an event of potentially huge strategic ramifications.
VX is the most deadly nerve agent and chemical weapon yet produced: a drop the size of a pinhead is enough to kill a person. It was developed in the 1950s as a military weapon of mass destruction, but most of its stocks have been destroyed under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) – though many believe that Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria still has some and that Islamic State may have acquired some for their own use. Read more
Trump promises border wall ‘soon, way ahead of schedule’
US President Donald Trump has vowed to start building a wall on the Mexican border “soon, way ahead of schedule”, in a speech to a conservative event.
Addressing the Conservative Political Action Congress, he vowed to always put American citizens first and build a “great, great border wall”. Read more
Mexico says does not need U.S. aid under review by Trump
Mexico does not need U.S. financial aid, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said on Friday, after President Donald Trump ordered a report on such assistance given by the United States to its southern neighbour over the last five years.
The main U.S. aid to Mexico is under the Plan Merida programme which allocated $2.6 billion (£2 billion) to security assistance. Trump asked for the review of aid in a Jan. 25 order on immigration security that mandated the construction of a border wall. Read more
Europe welcomes #Kazakhstan redistribution of power
The Alde deputy was responding to a recent nationally televised speech by the country’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev who said political system faces “enormous” challenges and would be changed to a more parliamentary form of governance.
This will involve a “massive” redistribution of power, declared the President of Kazakhstan. Many of the powers he currently enjoys will be handed over to parliament, and the government will emerge out of the party that wins a majority in the legislature. Under the new system, the president will serve as liaison between the various branches of power and will focus on foreign policy, defence and homeland security. He also will have veto power over all the government’s decisions. Read more
Israel denies work permit for Human Rights Watch director
Israel has rejected a work permit application for Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine director on the grounds the organization “engaged in politics in the service of Palestinian propaganda.”
According to Human Rights Watch, a letter dated February 20 from the Israeli Interior Ministry denied a work permit for US citizen Omar Shakir — a Human Rights Watch employee. Read more