*Aliyu refuses to recognize new Niger Speaker *Jonathan’s men begin clampdown on journalists

*Aliyu refuses to recognize new Niger Speaker *Jonathan’s men begin clampdown on journalists


Sabinews Evening News Roundup for May 11, 2015

Aliyu refuses to recognize new Niger Speaker

The refusal of Niger State governor, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, to recognize the newly elected Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Isah Kawu at a public function on Monday has confirmed fears that a quick resolution of the crisis rocking the Assembly may not be in sight.

Kawu, who attended his first public function since his emergence as Speaker of the House, was ignored by the governor in the order of protocol when he spoke at the commissioning of Gen. Mamman Kontagora Building Materials Market in Minna, the state capital.  Read more

Jonathan’s men begin clampdown on journalists

President Goodluck Jonathan’s handlers on Monday began what is suspected to be a clampdown on journalists.

Their first victim is Mr. Ubale Musa, the State House correspondent of German Radio, Deutsche Welle. Musa’s accreditation tag was withdrawn by security operatives attached to the Presidential Villa.  Read more

Four oil thieves bag 24 years jail term

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday convicted and sentenced four men to a prison term of 24 years for stealing petroleum products belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

The four convicts, who are to share the jail term equally, are Yama Abass, Adeleke Adetoro, Olaniyi Tope and Beliya Abegunde.

The men, who stole 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) valued at approximately N3.2m, were arraigned before Justice Okon Abang last year August along with one Alabi Olayinka, an accountant in a petrol station in Lagos.  Read more

Court okays service of suit challenging Yobe gov’s eligibility

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday ordered that the Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, be served with the processes of the suit challenging his eligibility to contest in the April 11, 2015 governorship election.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in his ruling on ‎an ex parte application by the plaintiffs, ordered that the governor and the Independent National Electoral Commission be served through newspaper publication.

He also ordered that Gaidam and INEC, who are the defendants in the suit, to respond to the suit within seven days after the publication.  Read more


Ex-defence ministry worker petitions NHRC against Kwankwaso

A former Ministry of Defence worker, Mr. Giwa Oyakhiromen, has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission over a motor accident involving the convoy of Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State in which he suffered spinal cord injuries and lost four teeth.

Oyakhiromen, in his petition dated December 1, 2014, alleged that the accident occurred on February 27, 2004 at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, when Kwankwaso was the Minister of Defence.  Read more


SAN wants court to imprison Benue Attorney-General, Suswam’s Adviser

A Makurdi-based Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Tony Ijohor, has asked the Benue Chief Judge, Justice Iorhemen Hwande, to imprison the state’s Attorney-General, Mr Philip Ierkwagh, for contempt of court. Ijohor urged the court to also commit the Special Adviser to Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Solomon Wombo, to prison for same reason.

He made these submission on Monday when he moved a motion brought by a member of the House of Assembly, Mr Benjamin Adanyi, against Gov. Gabriel Suswam and eight others. Adanyi challenged the passage of Benue State Council of Chiefs and Traditional Councils Bill/Law by the assembly on April 7, 2015. The court had on May 4, restrained Suswam and his agents from appointing first class chiefs in the state.  Read more

I don’t know where Shekau is – Chadian President

The Chadian President, Idris Derby, Monday, made a volte-face as he said that he does not know the where about of  the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau.

President Derby had in a widely circulated claim said some months ago that he knew where the Boko Haram leader was hiding and had warned him to surrender or risk being killed by Chadian forces.   Read more

‘Edo govt not owing workers salary arrears’

Edo State Government has denied owing workers salary arrears, insisting it is up-to-date in its obligation to the state workers.

The government in a statement yesterday insisted that the state should not be lumped in the league of some states in default of payment of salaries as it meets its wage obligations before the end of each month.  Read more

Emir of Kano tasks FG on quality of tertiary education

he Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II has urged the Federal Government to pay priority attention to the quality of education acquired by the Nigerian youths. He made the call at the formal presentation of a letter of appointment to him as the new Chancellor of the University of Benin on Monday in Kano. The Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekaurau presented the letter to the Emir at his Palace.

Sanusi stressed the need for the government to ensure that quality education is given to the youth to enable them to contribute their quota towards the development of the country.  Read more

Nigeria for WTF World Championships in Russia

The Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) says three experienced athletes led by 2008 Olympics bronze medalist, Chika Chukwumerije, will fly Nigeria’s flag at the World Taekwondo Championships in Russia.

The international tournament is scheduled to hold from May 12 to May 18, in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

A statement by the NTF on Sunday said that the three athletes were expected to garner points at the tournament for their final qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. Read more

Kumuyi to hold mega crusade in Abeokuta

The General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William.F Kumuyi is scheduled to hold a mega crusade in
Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital between Sunday, May 17 and Monday,May 18.

The crusade tagged “Greater Ogun Re-visitation Crusade” would hold at the M.K.O. Abiola Stadium is expected to attract thousands of people within and outside the State.  Read more

Jonathan approves Enugu Free Trade Zone

President Goodluck Jonathan has given the final approval for the establishment of the Enugu Free Trade Zone.

Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime, who disclosed this during the commissioning of Sunrise Flour Mlls Enugu, at the weekend, said the President is expected in commission the project on May 21. The governor said the project when fully operational, would go a long way in alleviating poverty and enhancing the economy of the state and that of its residents.  Read more

Rivers Assembly suspends three council chairmen

The Rivers State House of Assembly on Monday suspended three Local Government Areas’ Caretaker Committee Chairmen.

The suspended chairmen are – Cassidy Ikegbidi  (Ahoada East), Ojukaye Flag-Amachree ( Asari-Toru) and Derick Mene  (Khana). They were suspended for reasons that bordered on insecurity and financial mismanagement.  Read more

27 year old man docked for alleged theft of cell phone

A 27-year-old man, Okechukwu Nweze, on Monday appeared in a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ court, Abuja, for allegedly stealing a cell phone.

The accused, of Last Gate, Karimo Abuja, was reported at Wuse Zone 3 Police Station by one Adamu Alhassan of OAU Quarters, Abuja. The prosecutor, Cpl. Umar Ango told the court that the accused stole an iTel handset belonging to the complainant while he was on queue at the NNPC Filling Station, Wuse II, Abuja.  Read more

Ahmed Sacks All Commissioners, Advisers, Boards, Others

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State on Monday dissolved the state Executive Council relieving all Commissioners, Special Advisers,Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants and Youth employment Coordinators of their posts.

The dissolution also affected all boards of government-owned companies, commissions, parastatals, and organizations other than those of statutory status.  Read more

N1.2 bn Unspent Fund: ICPC To Arraign NSCDC Assistant Commandant, Others

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it has concluded plans to arraign three officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) over N1.2 billion unspent fund.

Mr Folu Olamiti, the Resident Media Consultant to the ICPC stated this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.  Read more


Senate President: Ilorin Elders forum backs Saraki

Some eminent elders in Ilorin Emirate of Kwara have expressed their support for the aspiration of Dr. Bukola Saraki, a chieftain of APC, to be the president of the eighth Senate.

The elders expressed confidence in the ability of Saraki to provide quality leadership in the upper chamber of the National Assembly. In a statement in Ilorin on Monday, the elders thanked the National Working Committee of the APC for allotting the office of the Senate president to the north-central zone. –  Read more

Hundreds of youths protest incessant killings in Plateau

A coalition of youth groups in their numbers, dressed in black and white Monday blocked major roads in Jos, the Plateau state capital protesting the incessant night attacks and killings in Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Wase Local Government Areas of the state.

The protesting youths carrying placards said they will petition the Federal government and the Nigerian Military before the International Criminal Court, ICC for crimes against humanity and killing of unarmed civilians. Read more


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