SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR APRIL 21, 2017
Buhari, Magu, DSS boss observe Jummat prayer at Aso Villa mosque
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday observed the jum’mat prayer at the Aso Villa, Abuja Presidential mosque alongside some top government officials. The officials included the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, the Director, Department of State Service, DSS, Lawal Dauru and the National Security Adviser, NSA, Babagana Monguno. Read more
Nigeria Police rescue two kidnapped Turkish workers
The Akwa Ibom Police Command says it has rescued two Turkish nationals kidnapped on April 9 in their hotel rooms at Eket, Eket Local Government Area of the state.
The Turkish citizens are staff of BKS Construction Company in Onna Local Government Area. The Commissioner of Police, Donald Awunah, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Uyo on Friday. Read more
CBN to sanction banks denying forex access to SMEs
The Central Bank (CBN) threatened on Friday to sanction banks denying Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) access to foreign exchange (Forex) from the newly instituted SMEs Forex Window.
The window which opened about two weeks ago is designed to help SMEs import eligible finished and semi-finished items not exceeding $20,000 for an enterprise per quarter. Read more
Don’t pay above normal price for recharge cards, says MTN
MTN Nigeria has urged its customers not to pay more than the amount that is printed on any MTN recharge card.
MTN’s Public Relations and Protocol Manager, Mr Funso Aina, said in a statement on Friday in Lagos that the company had not increased prices of recharge cards. “MTN Nigeria hereby use this medium to inform all its subscribers that it has not increased the prices of recharge cards. Read more
How CBN gave NIA the N13 billion uncovered in Ikoyi, Lagos, apartment
The controversial haul of cash in local and foreign currencies recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, is part of the N57.2 billion released to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) by the Nigerian government in February 2015, PREMIUM TIMES can report.
The funds were approved by the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), and disbursed in cash by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Read more
Diaspora remittances to Nigeria, other developing countries decline in 2 years – World Bank
Remittances to developing countries fell for a second consecutive year in 2016, a trend not seen in three decades, says the latest edition of the Migration and Development Brief.
The report was released on Friday by the World Bank, at the ongoing IMF/ World Bank’s Spring Meetings in Washington DC, U.S.
The report showed that many large remittance-receiving countries saw sharp declines in remittance flows. Read more
Stop making excuses, stop herdsmen attacks, CAN tells Nigerian govt
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has tasked the Nigerian government to ‘stop making excuses’ for what it regarded as government’s failure to curtail the menace of herdsmen attacks in the country.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja ahead of a five-day national programme of the Nigerian Baptists Convention at the National Stadium, Abuja, President of the convention who is also the President of CAN, Samson Ayokunle, said the killings by herdsmen in various attacks across the country portrays the inability of government to put an end to the problem. Read more
Faparusi: SGF’s Suspension Confirms Buhari’s Political Will to Fight Graft
A member of the seventh House of Representatives, Hon. Bamidele Faparusi, has said the suspension of the embattled Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. David Babachir Lawal, has confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari has the political will to fight graft in Nigeria.
Faparusi, an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, added that the step would also silence those with the ‘warped impression’ that President Buhari has been shielding those fingered in corruption in his cabinet. Read more
Police release Deji Adeyanju, others
The Nigeria police have released the former Head of New Media for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Convener of pro-democracy and good governance group, Concerned Nigerians, Prince Deji Adeyanju and his co-detainee, Brian Jonah Dennis who were picked by the security operatives earlier this morning for staging a peaceful protest against the federal government’s insistence that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu be tried secretly. Read more
Chelsea Star Victor Moses Named In Alternate PFA Team Of The Season
Victor Moses has been recognized for his outstanding contribution to Chelsea this season, with Sportmail naming him in their alternative PFA Team of the Year.
Only yesterday, the official Team of the Season was announced by the Professional Footballers’ Association (The PFA), and the Chelsea number 15 was omitted despite his impact for the Blues.
Moses was selected ahead of Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin because of the the impressive way he has taken to his new position as a right wing-back. Read more
Southampton Target Onyekuru Makes Final Shortlist For Best African Player In Belgium
KAS Eupen Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru made the final list of five for the prestigious Ebony Shoe Award in Belgium, which is given to the best player of African descent in the League.
Onyekuru has scored 18 goals this season, with 14 coming in the league for Eupen, in what is his first season in the top flight in Belgium, since graduating from the prestigious Aspire Academy in Qatar.
His fine form has lead to interest from several teams around Europe with Southampton, the latest team to join in his chase, as exclusively reported by this football portal during the course of the week. Read more
Man City Women given message ahead of Champions League semi-final
With one Women’s Super League club folding on the eve of the domestic season, City are out to prove their European pedigree but is not getting carried away by the profile of the game. Read more
Neymar, Conor McGregor and LeBron James star in Time 100 list of most influential people in the world
Neymar is in the conversation to break the duopoly between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the best player in the world but the Brazilian is out on his own when it comes to influence.
Man forced to wear spit hood has police caution revoked
A young man who was pinned to the ground by police and forced to wear a spit hood has had his caution quashed, his solicitor has said.
Ik Aihie, 20, was arrested at London Bridge station in July 2016. The arrest sparked controversy after video shot by a bystander showed Aihie screaming as officers pinned him face down on the ground and put a spit hood over his head. Read more
French election could bring a jolt to Western security, no matter who wins
Of the four candidates with a realistic chance to become France’s next president, three oppose Western sanctions against Russia.
Two would take France out of NATO’s military command, or perhaps remove it from the alliance altogether. And the one candidate who fits neither category would dramatically increase European defense cooperation to lessen dependence on what he regards as an unreliable United States. Read more
Georgia parents win legal battle to name baby girl Allah
A couple in the US state of Georgia have won their legal battle to give their baby daughter the surname Allah.
The state had refused to issue a birth certificate for ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah on the grounds that neither parent has that last name.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the case, called the decision a victory for free expression. Read more
Trump predicts Paris attack will affect French presidential election
President Trump is taking the unusual step of weighing in publicly ahead of a foreign presidential election, predicting that the latest attack in Paris will have a “big effect” on voters there.
Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!
His tweet Friday comes as he tries to bolster U.S. support for hard-line proposals on immigration and foreign policy. Mr. Trump’s administration is demanding that Congress fund a bigger U.S. border wall with Mexico and is suggesting that his administration could scrap the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. Read more
In South Africa, 18 students killed in bus crash
At least 18 schoolchildren were killed when a minibus and a truck collided north of the South African capital of Pretoria on Friday, emergency services authorities said.
The driver of the minibus was also killed, emergency services spokesman Russel Meiring told CNN.
Medical personnel treated several children at the scene.
The minibus burst into flames after the collision. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Read more