Sabinews Evening News Update for October 3, 2015
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Hajj: Nigerians won’t stone devil again – Sanusi
Nigeria’s Amirul Hajj and Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, on Friday night said Nigerians will no longer participate in the stoning of devil ritual, except they get accommodation close to Jamrat, where the exercise will take place.
The Emir’s reaction followed the recent stampede in Saudi Arabia that killed several pilgrims, including about 70 Nigerians. He also reiterated his earlier position that blacks, particularly Nigerians were not responsible for the stampede. Read more
Call Your Thugs To Order, Sylva Group Advises Dickson
The Timipre Sylva Campaign Organisation has alerted the people of Bayelsa State and Nigerians, generally, to a plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, to cause mayhem through the sponsorship of anti-All Progressives Congress (APC) demonstrations.
The warning followed a threat by a “shadowy group of thugs,” code-named “Mangrove Boys of Bayelsa” to stage a protest against the APC candidate for the 5 December governorship election in the state, Chief Timipre Sylva. Read more
Abuja Blasts: Buhari Orders Improved Security Surveillance
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians of his determination to rid the country of extremism.
He spoke on? Saturday morning after he was briefed by a fact-finding team he sent to the parts of Abuja to assess the terrorist bombings on Friday night.
The fact-finding team was made up of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, the Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and that of the Federal Capital Territory as well as the police commissioner in charge of the the FCT. Read more
N10b Infrastructural Loan Meant For Developmental Projects, Says Ikpeazu
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu o f Abi a State has defended the N10 billion loan recently approved by the State House of Assembly, saying that the facility from the Central Bank would facilitate the actualization of his Aba renewal and other projects.
At a media briefing, Governor Ikpeazu said that he would not go back in his resolve in making Aba one stop point in commerce and industry in the country. Read more
Abia, Imo NSCDC Commands To Collaborate Against Pipeline Vandalism
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Abia and Imo states are to collaborate in the fight against pipeline vandalism, which has become a cross-border crime, an official has said.
The Abia State NSCDC Commandant, Mr Benito Eze, spoke during a meeting between senior officers of the command, police, Department of State Security and officials of Umuahia South Local Government Area. Read more
Bailout Fund Committee: Abia NLC Bickers Over Membership
Internal bickering has engulfed the leadership of the Organized Labour in Abia State over its representation at the recently inaugurated State Bailout Committee of which the organized Labour is among those being represented at the committee.
This development is coming on the heels of a factionalized NLC at the national level, a situation which has created two factions in the state. Read more
Niger unleashes anti-graft agencies after Aliyu’s aides
The Niger State Government says it will use the services of the anti-graft agencies to recover public funds misappropriated in the state.
Dr. Ibrahim Dooba, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abubakar Bello, stated this on Saturday in Minna while reacting to the poor financial status of the state. He said setting up a commission of inquiry would amount to time-wasting and unnecessary waste of public resources which, in the long run, might not achieve the desired result. Read more
Attacks in Abuja, elsewhere won’t save B’Haram – APC
The All Progressives Congress has strongly condemned Friday night’s bomb attacks in Kuje and Nyanya areas of Abuja that killed and injured many people, warning that no amount of cowardly attacks will save the Boko Haram terrorists from imminent defeat.
In a statement in Lagos on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the attacks, as well as other recent ones, were part of the “cowardly tactics of the terrorists to focus on soft targets, after the military has succeeded in putting them on the run”. Read more
Gunmen abduct 75-year-old woman in Sokoto – Police
The Police command in Sokoto State on Saturday confirmed the abduction of a 75-year-old woman, Hajiya Fatima Mohammed, by unidentified gunmen.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the command, Mr. Sabo Kurawa, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto that the incident occurred at about 8pm on Wednesday in Kebbe, headquarters of Kebbe Local Government Area of the state. Read more
Tennis: Kyrgios out, Ferrer and Lopez in Malaysian showdown
Top seeds David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez set up an all-Spanish affair in the final while volatile Australian Nick Kyrgios fell short of reaching his second professional final at the Malaysian Open on Saturday.
Ferrer recovered from a set down to overcome Benjamin Becker from Germany 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in a 125-minute battle. Read more
Group to award scholarship to 21 Anambra students
The new President of Anambra State Associations in South Africa, Chief Onyekachukwu Onyeka, said on Saturday that the group would give scholarship to 21 students in the state.
Onyeka told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Midrand, South Africa, that the association was committed to using education to improve manpower development in the state. Read more
Bale, Ramos fit to return in Madrid derby
Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos look set to make their first appearance for Real Madrid since September 13 in Sunday’s derby away to Atletico Madrid after coach Rafael Benitez confirmed they will both be in his squad.
However, there isn’t such good news for Benitez on James Rodriguez as the top scorer from the 2014 World Cup has suffered a knock that has delayed his comeback. Read more
Ukraine warring sides announce start of small arms withdrawal
Warring sides in Ukraine on Saturday began withdrawing tanks and smaller weapons from a buffer zone in the war-torn east a day after the leaders of France and Germany met Vladimir Putin for peace talks.
The announcement of the beginning of the small-weapons withdrawal came after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko voiced cautious optimism over the future of a peace deal but said the war was not over. Read more
Buhari, Saraki mourn victims of Abuja bomb blasts
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday expressed sadness over the latest bomb blasts in Abuja, which has claimed 18 lives according to the National Emergency Management Agency.
“My heart goes out to the families of the dead and injured in Abuja, and other parts of the country,” the President said in a Twitter message published by his media aides, Femi Adeshina and Garba Shehu. Read more