SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 11, 2017
Soludo wrongly enriched two banks with N8bn –Oshiomhole
There was a mild drama at the Vanguard Economic Discourse in Lagos on Friday when a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Soludo, and the immediate past Governor of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, made allegations and counter-allegations. Read more
Gunmen kidnap UNICAL lecturer on eve of convocation
A lecturer in the Department of Zoology, University of Calabar, was in the early hours of yesterday kidnapped within the school premises.
The incident happened on the eve of the institution’s 30th convocation. An eyewitness said the lecturer was jogging from the staff quarters of the Abraham Ordia Stadium within the campus about 7am when unknown gunmen accosted him. Read more
Naira gains, trades at 455/dollar as Buhari returns
The naira traded at 455 to a dollar amid liquidity boost in the Bureau De Change and parallel market segments of the forex market on Friday.
It was steady on both the official and black markets after President Muhammadu Buhari returned home from extended medical leave in Britain. Read more
Fashola denies frustrating Lagos over airport road reconstruction
The Minister of Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has debunked the allegation that it was frustrating the developmental initiatives of Lagos State Government regarding reconstruction of the international airport road from Oshodi.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode recently accused the ministry of frustrating his administration’s efforts to carry out a total reconstruction of the road from Oshodi. Read more
Igboetiti: Ugwuanyi does not need endorsement for second tenure
The people of Igboetiti local government council, Enugu state have said that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi would not seek endorsement from anybody for his second term bid, saying his works will speak for him.
They therefore set aside today to celebrate the governor, stressing that all should emulate his leadership style in the face of the prevailing economic recession in the country. Read more
Abuja Airport closure: Traders, transporters, others count gains in Kaduna, losses in Abuja
Just a few days after the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja for maintenance works and routing of flights to the Kaduna Airport, traders, transporters and others having businesses to do with air transportation in Abuja have been counting their losses as a result of the shut- down, while their colleagues in Kaduna are smiling to the banks already, due to booming business. Read more
Supreme Court restores court decision on lawmaker’s certificate forgery case
The Supreme Court has restored a judgment of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja that nullified the candidature of Christian Abba in the 2015 National Assembly election of Benue State.
The said Federal High Court judgment had, among others, recommended the arrest and prosecution of Abba by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) on account of certificate forgery. Read more
Turkey to Host Automechanika Trade Fair
According to the organisers, the event will provide the right platform for those who would like to expand their automotive business in Turkey and other parts of the world. The event, accordingly, will bring together major players in the Turkish and European industries, while providing a meeting point for those who want to enter into the rapidly growing market in Turkey as well as the surrounding regions. The organisers in statement made available to THISDAY yesterday stated that the automotive industry in Turkey is one of the most important pillars of the economy with high demand and rising investment needs which makes the Automechanika Istanbul very imperative. Read more
IWD: UNFPA decries maternal mortality, violence against women
The United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) has condemned the maternal mortality ratio in West and Central Africa, describing it as one of the highest in the world, with countries like Chad and Sierra-Leone averaging about 1,000 deaths per 100, 000 live births and Nigeria with almost 600 deaths per 100, 000 births.
This was made known at the UNFPA celebration of the International Women’s Day and the unveiling of a regional ambassador. Read more
How to tackle infrastructural gap in South East, by Nnaji
The near absence of federal government presence in industrial and infrastructural developments in the southeast has created a huge gap in the economic and security stability of the zone and its people, former Minister of Power, Prof Barth Nnaji has said.
To overcome the infrastructural challenge however, he suggested a synergy among the five states of the zone to harness the individual potentials of each state as was the case in the 60’s when eastern zone was reckoned an economic giant. Read more
GCA set to fund SMEs in Nigeria, others
Gradient Consulting Africa, an investment and business management consultancy firm operating from Europe, has concluded plans to provide financial access for Small and Medium-scale Enterprises in Nigeria and the entire sub-Saharan Africa. Read more
Bua supports 2,000 farmers with N600m loan
BUA Group of Companies has supported 2,000 farmers with N600m loan to boost rice production in Kano State.
Group Executive Director of the company, Alhaji Kabiru Rabiu, who made the disclosure while distributing tools to the farmers at Kura Local Government Area of the state, said that the company ventured into the project in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda of diversifying into agriculture as an alternative to oil. Read more
Giving Your Spouse The Gift Of Thoughtfulness
With a grateful heart for the opportunity of another day, I welcome you again to The Super Family platform where we have the mandate to put our families, your family, in the right perspective, God’s perspective, by teaching and/or encouraging various family values which we believe will help transform our marriages from the ‘necessary evil’ many people consider it to be, to what God intends for us. Today we want to encourage ourselves to adopt in our marriages the value of Thoughtfulness. Read more
Taraba First Lady advocates more appointments for women
Wife of Taraba state governor, Barrister Anna Darius Ishaku, yesterday pleaded with the relevant authorities to endeavour to give more opportunity to women by considering them in the areas of appointment. Believing that women would perform better than men if given the opportunity, “women should be placed in positions of authority.” Read more
Quiet at APC secretariat over Buhari’s return
Ordinarily, the return of President Muhammadu Buhari from his 49 days medical vacation in the United Kingdom should elicit great excitement from members of his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), but the contrary seemed to be the case at its National Secretariat located on Blantyre Street Wuse II, Abuja, yesterday. Read more
Fayemi, Akande, others call for increase in women affairs budget
Chief Nike Akande, Erelu Bisi Fayemi and South-West Woman Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Kemi Nelson, have called for increase in the budget allocation of Ministry of Women Affairs at both federal and state levels.
Speaking at the 2017 Women Leaders Summit organised by Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC) in Lagos, the trio said increasing the budget of Ministry of Women Affairs will increase women capacity development and make the ministry more effective in meeting the needs of Nigerian women. Read more
Nollywood film marketer, Olajide Kazeem, re-arraigned for defrauding BDC Operators
Nollywood film marketer, Olajide Oluwaseun Kazeem, alias Seun Egbede and his accomplice, Oyekan Ayomide, were, yesterday, rearraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos. Meanwhile, the prosecution also informed the court that it was bringing all 36 Bureau De Change operators allegedly defrauded by Kazeem, Ayomide to give evidence against them. Read more
EDO POLL: Witnesses confused over conflicting election results
WITNESSES called by the third respondent, the APC in its defence in the petition filed by Pastor Ossgie Ize – Iyamu and his party, PDP challenging the declaration of Mr Godwin Obaseki of the APC as winner of the 28, September 2016 election , yesterday either expressed Ignorance or were totally confused about the conflicts in figures between the votes cast and the ballot papers used during the election. Read more
Pro-Buhari group storms Anambra for Igbo presidency in 2023
AWKA, the Anambra State capital, stood still yesterday as no fewer than 25,000 youths from the 21 local government areas of the state marched through the major streets and capped it with a rally at the famous Alex Ekwueme Square in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Incidentally, the event took place on the same day President Buhari returned to Nigeria after months of absence occasioned by ill-health and this sent the youths into a frenzy as they danced and sang. Read more
Court Strikes out Suit Seeking to Unseat Tambuwal
The Abuja division of the Federal High Court, Friday, struck out an amendment application seeking to remove Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, from office, on grounds that the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that produced him for the 2015 Governorship election was not validly conducted.
Trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole struck out the suit in a ruling he delivered after taken submissions from parties on the merit and demerit of the application. Read more
Slain player Uzama for burial today
The body of the slain former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles defender, Douglas Uzama, will be committed to earth on Saturday in Beinin City, Edo State.
The 18-year-old Gombe United player was shot dead by suspected cultists in Benin on December 29, 2016. Douglas was reportedly with some of his friends in a nearby bar close to their 14, Apostolic Street, off Sakponba Road residence when two boys burst in on them and shot the player at the back of his neck. Read more
FC Ifeanyi Ubah U-15 coaches return from La Liga coaching course
As the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) Youth Clubs League is set to kick-off, over 100 coaches including 40(2 per club) of the 20 NPFL Youth Clubs converged in Abuja for a weekend of coaching clinic with Resource personnel from the Spanish LaLiga. Over 60 coaches from the Nationwide League One, also participated in this clinic that was run by two LaLiga trainers, Oscar Pruzon and David Aznar. Read more
Senegal Squad To Report To Camp March 20 1300 Hours Ahead Of Nigeria Friendly
Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) has instructed players called up for the international friendly against the Super Eagles to report to camp on Monday, March 20 at 1300 hours.
Like the Super Eagles German tactician Rohr, manager Aliou Cissé will start running the rule over Les Lions de la Téranga on the same day they arrive in London. Read more
Iwobi Struck Down With Flu, Makes Himself Available For Senegal, Burkina Faso
Arsenal wonderkid Alex Iwobi is not in danger of missing Nigeria’s upcoming international friendly matches against Senegal and Burkina Faso, amid speculations in the local media that he is all but ruled out of the games because of illness.
It is believed more fuel was added to those rumours because the Gunners coach Arsene Wenger didn’t specify the nature of the attacking midfielder’s illness while addressing the national press on Thursday. Read more
Barcelona vs. PSG: Oh Yeah, Barça Still Haven’t Won A Trophy Yet
The feeling after a miracle 6-1 comeback against Paris Saint-Germain is elation. FC Barcelonahaven’t celebrated that hard since… maybe when they won the UEFA Champions League, and maybe even then, they weren’t this euphoric.
There’s no denying it, this one goes into the history books and is a massive achievement. But hold on a second, Barcelona still have all to play for and no trophies yet. Read more
Arsene Wenger Under Siege As Lincoln Chase FA Cup’s Greatest Shock
Just when Arsene Wenger thought life couldn’t get any more stressful, the Arsenal manager finds himself on a hiding to nothing as minnows Lincoln eye more FA Cup history in Saturday’s quarter-finals. Wenger has endured a week from hell that started when Arsenal were thumped 3-1 at Liverpool following his decision to drop star forward Alexis Sanchez, who reportedly demanded a transfer in an angry row after that loss. There was worse to come on Tuesday when Arsenal were eliminated from the Champions League in humiliating fashion as Bayern Munich’s 5-1 victory condemned Wenger to his heaviest home defeat since 1998 Read more
Barcelona complete greatest comeback in Champions League history
Barcelona complete one of the greatest comebacks in football history as Sergi Roberto pokes home in the 95th minute to make it 6-1 (6-5 on aggregate) in the UEFA Champions League last 16 against Paris Saint-Germain. Read more
Paul Merson urges Arsenal to replace Arsene Wenger this ruthless manager
Paul Merson has urged Arsenal to appoint Ronald Koeman as Arsene Wenger’s replacement if the Frenchman leaves the north London outfit this summer.
The Gunners boss is facing increasing pressure surrounding his future at the north London club following a difficult couple of weeks for the 67-year-old. Read more
Jeff Sessions asks 46 Obama-era prosecutors to resign ‘to ensure a uniform transition’ under Donald Trump
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked dozens of chief federal prosecutors appointed by Barack Obama to resign “to ensure a uniform transition” under Donald Trump’s new administration, the Justice Department has announced.
A statement issued by the Justice Department confirmed the mass cull of senior legal expertise, a move that while not unusual has prompted a backlash from some serving attorneys. Read more
Pentagon launches investigation into nude photos of female Marines
The Pentagon has launched an investigation into nude photos of female service members being posted online without their permission.
Fewer than 10 female Marines have so far come forward to make a formal complaint.
General Robert Neller has pleaded with female Marines to “trust us” and reach out to make complaints or seek help. Read more
Trump’s revised travel ban dealt first court setback
A federal judge in Wisconsin dealt the first legal blow to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban on Friday, barring enforcement of the policy to deny U.S. entry to the wife and child of a Syrian refugee already granted asylum in the United States.
The temporary restraining order, granted by U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison, applies only to the family of the Syrian refugee, who brought the case anonymously to protect the identities of his wife and daughter, still living in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo. Read more
Madagascar cyclone death toll rises to 38: official
At least 38 people have been killed by Cyclone Enawo that struck Madagascar this week, according to an official of the country’s disaster management department.
“The damage is enormous wherever the cyclone has gone,” Thierry Venty, executive secretary of the National Bureau of Risk and Disaster Management, said late on Friday on national television. Read more
UN: World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945
The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the United Nation’s humanitarian chief said as he pleaded for help to avoid “a catastrophe”.
Stephen O’Brien told the UN Security Council more than 20 million people are facing starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria. Unicef has already warned 1.4m children could starve to death this year. Read more