SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Xenophobia: Senate rejects calls to severe ties with South Africa
The Senate has rejected a call by some lawmakers urging the Nigerian Government to reconsider its diplomatic ties with the South African over the ongoing xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in the former apartheid country.
Senator Rose Oko from Cross River, alongside three others, namely, Tejuoso Olarenwaju, Ibrahim Kurfi and Obinna Ogba, had urged the Senate in a motion advised the Federal Government to reconsider Nigeria’s diplomatic ties with South Africa if the ugly incidents of the attacks of Nigerians do not stop. Read more
JAMB scraps awaiting results, includes 4th choice
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has announced that students will no longer be able to secure admission into higher institutions while awaiting their O’level results.
JAMB said this was part of its restructuring in preparation for the 2017 UTME higher institution examination. Read more
Soludo, Utomi, other South East leaders demand immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu
Some Igbo leaders have demanded the unconditional release of the leader of Indigenous People Of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Addressing journalists on the detention of Mr. Kanu, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo, described the continued detention of Mr. Kanu as unacceptable and an abuse of Mr. Kanu’s right to ‘legitimate agitation”. Read more
Kidnapping: Lagos beefs up security in Epe
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday assured farmers in the state, especially in Epe axis, of adequate measures to protect them against incessant kidnappings.
The governor vowed to pursue vigorously and sustain the renewed enforcement of the ban on commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada plying restricted routes. Read more
Igbo will never be President of Nigeria – MASSOB
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, on Tuesday declared that an Igbo man would never become Nigeria’s President.
In a statement signed by MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, entitled ‘We insist on Biafra through non-violence, not Igbo presidency’, the secessionist group berated Igbo leaders, describing them as ‘political slaves’ who have no chance of ruling the country. Read more
‘Democracy cannot thrive without strong opposition’
The Special Adviser to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Political and Legislative Affairs, Mr Ekong Sampson, says Nigeria is drifting towards a state of anarchy as the opposition party is not given way in the present dispensation.
Speaking while addressing political stakeholders in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Tuesday, Sampson stated that one of the foremost ingredients of democracy is a strong opposition which monitors government policies and programmes. Read more
LASG has no plan to ban `Danfo’ buses’
Lagos State Ministry of Transport has no plan to ban yellow buses known as “Danfo” but to upgrade them to international standard, the acting Commissioner for Transport, Mr Lanrewaju Elegushi, has disclosed.
Elegushi made the disclosure in Lagos on Tuesday during a stakeholder’s forum to deliberate on how to improve the transport system in the state. Read more
Local debts killing economy, Senate tells FG
The Senate, on Tuesday, asked the Federal Government to settle all its debts to local contractors in the interest of Nigeria’s economy.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly, specifically, “Urge the Federal Government to appraise its indebtedness to the local contractors; and urge the Federal Government to propose a framework and repayment plan for servicing of these debts.” Read more
Dangote Tomato signs deal with farmers in Sokoto, Gombe
The Dangote Tomato Processing Company, Kadawa, Kano state has concluded arrangement to purchase fresh tomatoes from farmers in Gombe and Sokoto States.
The company had already signed an agreement with Tomato Growers Association for the procurement of the commodity from the two states. Read more
FG to attract $10bn oil and gas investments – Kachikwu
The Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr Emmanuel Kachikwu, has said that the Federal Government will attract more than $10bn investments to the oil and gas industry in the next five years.
Kachikwu said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the ongoing Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference tagged: “ Reforming and Repositioning the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria’’. Read more
Don’t ban commercial motorcycles, tricycles, says Amaechi
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that motorcycles and tricycles should not be banned nationwide because doing so would affect the nation’s economy negatively.
Amaechi said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the celebration of the national day of Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairers and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN). The minister advised state governments not to ban commercial cyclists but train them to reduce their recklessness on the road and ensure strict compliance with rules and regulations. Read more
Man rapes 11-year-old boy, gives him N100 in Kano
A man identified as Abdulaziz Hassan has been remanded in prison by a Kano Magistrate Court for raping an 11-year-old boy.
Hassan, a resident of Rimin Kebe Quarters in the state was charged with unnatural offence, contrary to Section 284 of the Penal Code. Read more
Buhari using Ali Modu Sheriff to destroy our party – PDP
The Kwara State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged the party’s National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff is working with President Muhammadu Buahri to destroy the PDP.
A faction of the party in the state led by Sunday Fagbemi made the allegation during an extra-ordinary meeting of the party in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Tuesday. Read more
Detained PDP chieftain, Gbadamosi, sues SSS; demands N50 million damages
Detained Peoples’ Democratic Party chieftain, Babatunde Gbadamosi, has approached the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court to challenge his arrest and continued detention by the State Security Service.
Mr. Gbadamosi, a former PDP gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State, was arrested by the SSS in Lagos on February 21, and was immediately transferred to Abuja, where he has been in custody ever since. Read more
NAFDAC, SON restate commitments to approvals for MSMEs
Two key agencies of the Federal Government, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Standard Organisations of Nigeria (SON), have committed to 90 and 60 days approvals to the Medium Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs).
This is in continuation of government’s reforms targeted at easing the processes of doing business in Nigeria as well as encouraging MSMEs. Read more
Niger Police arrests 104 suspected rustlers, recovers 672 cattle
In what could be described as the biggest harvest of arrest in recent time, the Niger State police Command has paraded no fewer than104 suspects for various offenses, ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling, homicide, rape and unlawful possession of firearms.
The command has also recovered 672 cattle from rustlers across the state in the last one month alone. Read more
Army commends Dickson, launches 16 Brigade in Bayelsa
The Nigerian Army has again commended Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State for placing security as one of his administration’s top priority and for his continued support to security agencies, as well as the provision of modern crime fighting equipment.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, gave the commendation, when he led other senior Read more
Botswana’s Central Bank keeps lending rate at 5.5 per cent
Botswana’s Central Bank left its benchmark lending rate unchanged at 5.5 per cent on Tuesday, saying the inflation forecast will remain low and stable in the medium term.
“Subdued domestic demand and modest external factors point to benign inflation,” CBN Governor Moses Pelaelo said. Read more
Show mastery of the law, be courageous Oguntade tells judges
A retired Justice of the Supreme Court, George Oguntade , in Lagos on Tuesday urged serving judges and justices to remain steadfast and show mastery of the law amid the turbulent times pervading the nation’s judiciary. Oguntade spoke at a launch and public presentation of a book in honour of the the late Justice of the Supreme Court, Kayode Eso. Read more
Wayne Rooney back to Everton? Koeman is keen
That was the general message from Ronald Koeman and Director of Football Steve Walsh on Tuesday as the Sky Sports cameras went live from Everton’s Finch Farm training ground throughout the day.
Speaking to Koeman about the possibility of Rooney, 31, returning to Goodison Park at the end of this season, Everton’s Dutch manager hardly swatted away the questions. Read more
Bristol City boss Lee Johnson comments on Aston Villa’s spending, makes Real Madrid comparison
Bristol City boss Lee Johnson has been quoted by the Birmingham Mail as saying that Aston Villa are the ‘Galacticos’ of the Championship given their transfer outlay.
The Robins travel to Villa Park this evening to take on Aston Villa, and will be desperately hoping to pick up points in their battle against relegation. Read more
WEST HAM TO REIGNITE MOVE FOR 26-YEAR-OLD AS HE PONDERS FUTURE – REPORT
Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke is set to consider his future in the summer and West Ham could renew their interest in him, according to a report.
Poland to oppose Tusk’s re-appointment as EU leaders’ chair
Poland said on Tuesday it would oppose the re-appointment of its former prime minister Donald Tusk next week as the chairman of EU leaders, in a move that highlights the increased isolation of the nationalist Polish government in Europe.
Tusk heads the European Council, which brings together the leaders of the 28 member states of the European Union, and his term ends in May. The Council chair will play a crucial role, among other things, in Britain’s negotiations to exit the EU. Read more
Man killed in clashes at Lebanon’s largest Palestinian camp
Fierce clashes have continued in Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp for the sixth day with one person killed in the latest violence, according to AFP.
US Confederate flag pair jailed over threats to Georgia black family
Two people found guilty of threatening a black family at a child’s birthday party in the US state of Georgia have received lengthy prison sentences.
Jose Torres, 26, and Kayla Norton, 25, both wept as the Douglas County judge handed down sentencing on Monday. They will serve 13 years and six years in prison respectively, local media report. Read more
Donald Trump denies ‘leak process’ in the White House
Donald Trump has denied there is a “major leak process” in the White House and accused former president Barack Obama of being behind some of the protests against his administration.
The President was responding to reports that his press secretary, Sean Spicer, had targeted his own staff over leaks. Read more