SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 6, 2017
Obasanjo forced govs to donate to library project – Fayose
The Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of compelling governors under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party to donate N10m each in 2005 to his library project.
Describing this as the greatest fraud, the governor asked the former president to return his donation as a matter of urgency with interest. Read more
Immigration: Presidency advises Nigerians to delay travel to U.S.
The Federal Government on Monday advised Nigerians who have no compelling or urgent reason to travel to the U.S. to postpone their travel plans until the new administration’s policy on immigration is clear.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Abike Dabiri-Erewa gave the advice in Abuja. Dabiri-Erewa in a statement by her media aide Abdurrahman Balogun, said that the warning became imperative due to series of reports received by her office. Read more
Again, Nigerian senator loses bid to stall N1.2 billion fraud trial
A former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, has again lost his bid to scuttle his N1.162 billion fraud trial, preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Gudu, Abuja, on March 6, 2017 threw out his motion seeking for his lordship to be disqualified from the trial. Read more
Former Road Safety Corps chief, Chidoka, joins Anambra guber race
A former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, has joined the race in the Anambra governor election, slated for November 18.
He told a consultative meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party at Otuocha, near Awka, on Monday that his desire to run for the position was to serve the people. The former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps said he was ready to serve his people in any capacity. Read more
Abuja Airport Closure: Nigerian govt offers free bus, train rides to travellers
The Minister of State for Transportation who is in charge of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has explained the logistics arrangements put in place for persons travelling by air from or out of Abuja.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja to formally announce the closure of Abuja Airport beginning Wednesday, and the use of Kaduna Airport as alternative, Mr. Sirika said all travellers from Abuja will head to the Abuja Airport and not Kaduna directly. Read more
SNEPCo Commences Turnaround Maintenance at Bonga
Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) on Monday said it had commenced turnaround maintenance at Bonga, executing statutory activities that will ensure continuous optimum operations at the deep-water field which began producing in November 2005. Production from the field was shut down on March 4, 2017, and is expected to resume at the conclusion of the exercise next month.
A statement by Shell’s spokesperson, Bamidele Odugbesan, quoted SNEPCo’s Managing Director, Bayo Ojulari, to have said: “This is the fourth turnaround maintenance since Bonga began production. Read more
Wizkid wins first iHeart Radio award
Afrobeat star, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as ‘WizKid’, has bagged an iHeart Radio Award for his collaboration on ‘One dance’ with American rapper, Drake and singer, Kyla.
The international award which is his first for the year comes weeks after he failed to clinch a Grammy award for the same song. Read more
Four million Nigerians affected by Cameroonian clampdown – Group
A group, African Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity has said that about 4 million Nigerians resident in Cameroon are affected by the security clampdown on the South-West region of the country by the government of President Paul Biya.
The group at a press conference on Monday in Abuja said about 17 persons had been killed and over 400 others are in detention since September last year. Read more
Nigerian man accused of killing Israeli arraigned
The Federal Government has arraigned Hassan Rilwan in an FCT High Court, Jabi, for allegedly killing Nir Rozmarin, an Israeli.
The defendant, a 34-year-old job applicant, who had earlier denied the allegation and pleaded not guilty, was arraigned by the Ministry of Justice before Justice Halilu Yusuf. Read more
Buhari condoles with Gowon over sister’s death
President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, over the death of his younger sister, Kande Marthe Audu.
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, said this in a statement he issued in Abuja on Monday.
He further said that Mr. Buhari called from London to extend his deepest condolence to Mr. Gowon and his family. Read more
Buhari will return soon – Dabiri -Erewa
President Muhammadu Buhari will come home very soon, the Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri -Erewa, has said.
Dabiri –Erewa made the remark while addressing women during the symposium to mark 2017 International Women’s Day celebration at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday. Read more
Armed groups prevent Mali interim government in Timbuktu
Armed groups on Monday took over parts of Timbuktu to prevent Malian interim authorities from being installed there, under a peace pact meant to end years of lawlessness, the defence ministry said.
The return of state authority to northern Mali was supposed to fill a vacuum that has rendered it a launch pad for regional jihadi attacks across the region. On June 20, 2015 rebels in Mali have signed a peace deal with the government, offering partial autonomy to the north of the country. Read more
Fifa Clarifies : Noah Bazee Can Play For Nigeria If He Has Permanent Nationality
The international governing body for football, Fifa, has cleared the air regarding the eligibility of Hannover striker Noah Joel Sarenren Bazee for the upcoming international friendly matches against Senegal and Burkina Faso.
A Nigeria Football Federation international expert earlier insisted that the German-born wonderkid will play against the West African opponents with or without an international passport. Read more
Nwosu Defends Iwobi Over Harsh Criticism From Arsenal
Former Super Eagles midfielder Henry Nwosu believes Arsenal star Alex Iwobi will become an even better player for club and country, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The 20-year-old, with eight caps for Nigeria, has scored four goals and provided seven assists in 34 matches for Arsenal this season in all competitions, but his performance in the Gunners’ 3-1 defeat against Liverpool on Saturday evening did not sit well with a cross section of Arsenal fans who lambasted him on Twitter. Read more
NFF Technical Committee -Why Osimhen Was Preferred Ahead Of Odey By Gernot Rohr
The reason why the top scorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League Stephen Odey was left out by coach Gernot Rohr has been revealed by a member of the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Odey who took his goal tally to seven for the season with the winning goal for MFM in their 1-0 win over Remo Stars yesterday, was the one player many expected to be included in the Eagles squad for the friendly tie against Senegal and Burkina Faso. Read more
Ten-man Kano Pillars stay strong to outscore Enyimba 3-1
It was tagged the star game of Match Day 12 in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and the two sides, Kano Pillars and Enyimba made it a feisty affair at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano that had the stands packed to the brim. At the end of the tough exchanges, it was the host team that claimed all three points thanks to a 3-1 scoreline to the delight of their football-crazy fans.
As the game wore on, exchanges became more cautious, as both sides continued to gauge their defences and make runs at each other, but it was the hosts who took the initiative on 10 minutes, when a loose ball fell to Bala Zakka, but he blasted it too wide and high. Read more
#DearSister: The hashtag giving Muslim women a voice across the globe
It was an email like many she had had before: a lecture from a stranger explaining why her views – in his eyes – were wrong, all delivered hiding behind the phrase “dear sister, I say these things with greatest certitude of your Islam”.
But this time, Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy was not going just ignore it. This time, she took to Twitter to express her frustration.
“Save your lectures, whether you’re a total stranger or someone I know. ‘Sister Mona’ is not interested,” she wrote, before asking others to share their story using the hashtag “Dear Sister”. Read more
Donald Trump signs new travel ban executive order targeting six Muslim-majority countries
Donald Trump has signed a new executive order that restricts travel to the US for people from six Muslim majority countries. Read more
Donald Trump hires three lobbyists as top White House staffers despite pledge to ‘drain the swamp’
Donald Trump has hired three former lobbyists to work in the highest echelons of the White House despite his campaign pledge to “drain the swamp” of Washington DC.
In January, the President issued an executive order to ban the White House appointment of lobbyists to work in the same policy area in which they specialised within the corporate world. Read more
‘Jury is out’ on Barack Obama wiretapping Donald Trump’s phone, says top Republican with presidential links
A senior Republican with links to Donald Trump has claimed “the jury is out” on whether Barack Obama ordered the tapping of the property tycoon’s phone line during last year’s election.
Randy Neugebauer, a former Congressman who held talks with Mr Trump in January, said the President “thinks, or has the information, that leads him to believe that that did occur”. Read more
Trump signs revised temporary travel ban
Donald Trump has signed a revised executive order that bans citizens from some mainly-Muslim countries from entering the US.
It comes as Nigeria has warned its citizens not to travel to the US and says Nigerians with valid visas have been put on the next plane home.
Nigeria is not one of the six mainly-Muslim nations whose citizens are expected to be included in Donald Trump’s new travel ban. Read more
In Russia, propaganda starts in preschool
“Mummy, do you know that all the daddies went to the war and they all got killed?” my four-year old daughter Olya asks me.
Olya goes to the ordinary state nursery school next to our block of flats in sleepy southwest Moscow. She spends her days, from 9am to 6pm, in a two-storey building clad in dirty-yellow tiles. Every evening I quiz her about her day at school, whom she played with, what games they played and what topics the teachers talked to them about. After a year and a half, my daughter has finally started telling me what she has learned during the day without prompting. Read more