SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 7, 2017
Xenophobia: Johannesburg mayor meets Nigerian diplomat
City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has agreed to explore ways to enhance the metro’s Migrant Help Desk to assist migrant communities to integrate into society‚ as well as advancing public awareness against xenophobia in all its forms. This comes after a “productive” meeting on Tuesday with the Nigerian Consul-General‚ Godwin Adama‚ and leaders from the Nigerian community in South Africa.
“We stressed the importance of working in collaboration to address the problem of xenophobia and prevent attacks such as those we have seen in the past‚” Mashaba said in a statement. “We agreed that we all want to live in a peaceful society where the rule of law is respected and upheld. Read more
Boko Haram attacks cost $9b in North East – UN
The United Nations has estimated that about N45 trillion as the financial cost of Boko Haram damage in the North-East since 2009.
The terrorist group has been destroying homes, schools, bridges and roads, according to the United Nations, Bloomberg reports. Borno State alone suffered losses worth $6.2 billion, as quoted by President of the UN Security Council, Matthew Rycroft. Read more
Customs agents, shippers, disagree over vehicle duty policy
The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and the Shippers’ Association Lagos State have disagreed over the one-month grace given by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) concerning payment of vehicle duties.
Both bodies expressed diverse views in interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos. Read more
Army on red alert as Boko-Haram plans fresh attack on Abuja
The Nigerian Army, on Tuesday, said it has put new security measures in place to protect hotels and other national infrastructures and assets which are usually targets of terrorists in the Federal Capital Territory.
This is coming just as intelligence report has revealed a fresh plan by members of the Boko-Haram terrorists group to launch another attack on the nation’s capital. Read more
Bauchi approves death penalty for kidnapping
The Bauchi State government has signed into law a bill that approves death penalty or life imprisonment for kidnapping.
Speaking before newsmen, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ibrahim Umar, said a bill for the provision of free emergency treatment to accident victims within 24 hours of occurrence has also been signed into law. Read more
Lagos- Ibadan rail project to be completed in 2018 – Osinbajo
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has flagged off the N458 billion Lagos – Ibadan segment II modern railway project, assuring that the project would be completed within the time frame of December 2018.
Osinbajo, who spoke at the ground breaking ceremony held at Nigerian Railway Corporation premises in Ebute Metta, Lagos, described the development as a reflection of the Federal Government plan to build a globally competitive economy with first grade infrastructure. Read more
Over 500 dismissed Nigerian soldiers plead for mercy
Five hundred and twenty four dismissed soldiers have pleaded with the Nigerian Army to “tamper justice with mercy’’ and review their dismissal.
Emmanuel Ogbole, the Chief Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission, made the disclosure on Tuesday when he visited the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, to submit the case files of the ex-soldiers. Read more
BREAKING: Audu Maikori collapses at Muson Center while taking selfie
Chocolate City boss, Audu Maikori, reportedly collapsed at the on-going 2017 Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) holding at Muson Center.
It was not clear what the immediate cause of his collapse is not know yet but We can confirmed that doctors at the venue were able to revive him and he has since been taken to St Nicholas hospital for further medications. Read more
Advertising week Europe hosts first ever Africa segment
For the first time ever, Advertising Week, a foremost international marketing, advertising and technology event will be featuring an Africa Segment and they have partnered with Republicom, an indigenous IMC company, to make this happen.
Now in its fifth year, Advertising Week Europe is a hybrid of inspiring thoughts leadership, entertainment and special events celebrating the industry and its people and this year Africa will be taking centre stage with two key sessions presented by Republicom. Read more
Kaduna airport now ready for 24-hour full operations – NCAA
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has announced that the Kaduna International Airport, Kaduna, KIAK, is now fit and ready for a 24-hour operation.
Sam Adurogboye, General Manager Public Affairs of NCAA, said in Lagos on Tuesday that the airport was ready for local and international flights. Read more
Nnamdi Kanu: ECOWAS court dismisses Nigerian govt’s objection
The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice dismissed a preliminary objection filed by the Federal Government of Nigeria challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear a case of breach of fundamental human rights filed by Nnamdi Kanu..
In a ruling on Tuesday in Abuja, presiding judge, Micah Wright, held that the court had jurisdiction to entertain the application. Read more
Onnoghen can’t afford to fail, says Saraki
Senate President Bukola Saraki has stressed that the new Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, cannot afford to fail.
According to him, Onnoghen has enough time in his tenure to carry out fundamental reforms of the judiciary. Read more
Reps to investigate FCT indigenes’ resettlement, compensation
This followed a motion by Rep. Timoty Golu (Plateau-PDP) at plenary, on Tuesday. Golu said that the Federal Government adopted the relocation and compensation policy to resettle indigenous people from Abuja city centre to designated locations.
According to him, the policy was aimed at decongesting the city centre to allow for development of structures in the Federal Capital Territory. Read more
Robbers attack corps members in Anambra, one raped
Armed robbers numbering about six, on Tuesday, attacked some corps members serving at Community Secondary School, Amanuke in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State. The incident happened at about 2:00am on Tuesday night.
Daily Sun gathered that the criminals raped one of the female corps members, took their phones, laptop computers, electronic gadgets, cloths, and important documents. Other valuables lost to the hoodlums included wallets, undisclosed amount of money, credit cards, one international passport, necklaces, and others. Read more
Man kills friend over girlfriend, bags 8yrs jail term
A 24-year-old man, Sodiq Salaudeen, was on Tuesday sentenced to eight years imprisonment for killing his friend during a fight over a girl friend at Ijanikin area of Lagos. The convict was sentenced by Justice Sedotan Ogunsanya of an Ikeja High Court, Lagos, after changing the initial charge of murder to manslaughter. Read more
‘Selfie refugee’ loses Facebook defamation case in Germany
A Syrian refugee whose selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel went viral has failed in a legal bid to force Facebook to find and remove defamatory posts about him.
A court in Wurzburg ruled that Facebook was not obliged to seek out material falsely linking Anas Modamani to terrorism and violent crime. Mr Modamani, 19, became a social media star after taking the photo in 2015. Read more
Toni Kroos open to Manchester United move: Real Madrid star could leave if this happens
Jose Mourinho has long been an admirer of Kroos and wants him to partner Paul Pogba in the heart of Manchester United’s midfield.
And according to Spanish outlet Diario Gol, the 27-year-old would consider leaving the Bernabeu in favour of joining up with his former boss if Madrid end the season empty handed. The Spanish giants were knocked out of the Copa Del Rey earlier this year and have surrendered their lead in La Liga to Barcelona. Read more
Wenger primed for fresh denial after Arsenal exit report
Arsene Wenger has told his players that he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season, according to an Italian journalist.
Tancredi Palmeri has reported that “the volcano is ready to explode” and that Wenger will leave the Gunners in the summer. Read more
Luis Enrique: Barcelona can hit PSG for six
Elimination from the Champions League for Barcelona is far from a foregone conclusion, according to boss Luis Enrique.
If Barca are to avoid their earliest exit from the competition in a decade, they must do what no other team has done and overturn a 4-0 deficit. Read more
Berlin Zoo staff devastated over death of polar bear cub Fritz
Vets separated him from his mother, Tonja, on Monday to conduct tests which indicated a liver inflammation. Read more
The Downside of Pulpit Political Activism, By David Dimas
As Americans rancorously settle under a new government, one thing that is yet to settle is the rifted relationship amongst many, particularly those of the Christian faith. The online commentaries were quite interesting as Christian political activism took centre stage. Christians accused fellow Christians of falling away from “evangelical theology”, simply because they described the religious political movement as a plot to prey on peoples’ deep religious allegiance to justify and defend canonised western values. Read more
WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents
WikiLeaks on Tuesday released thousands of documents that it said described sophisticated software tools used by the Central Intelligence Agency to break into smart phones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions.
If the documents are authentic, as appeared likely at first review, the release would be the latest coup for the anti-secrecy organization and a serious blow to the C.I.A., which maintains its own hacking capabilities to be used for espionage. Read more
House Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement plan
Republicans’ long-awaited plan to replace former US President Barack Obama’s health law is facing opposition from members of their own party.
House committees plan to begin voting on the legislation – which would repeal penalties for those who do not buy health insurance – on Wednesday. But congressional Republicans have been saying the plan goes too far or doesn’t go far enough. Read more