SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Ambode approves death penalty for kidnappers
Kidnappers in Lagos are to face death penalty or life imprisonment as Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode signs into law the state Kidnapping Prohibition Bill, 2016.
Ambode assented to the bill on Wednesday at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja. The law provides for death penalty for kidnappers whose victims will die in their custody, and life imprisonment for the act of kidnapping. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lagos State House of Assembly passed the bill on Jan. 5. Read more
FG sets up task force to bring down food prices
The Federal Government has set up a task force on food security.
The objective is to look at the causes of increase in prices of food items across the country and address them. The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents of the outcome of a meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. Read more
Prof. Adetoye apologises to 2Baba
Prof. Akindele Adetoye has apologised to 2Baba, for describing the megastar as “illiterate”. The backlash that greeted the professor’s comment was unprecedented.
In his apology, Akintoye had written, “Good day brethren, I put up an update yesterday that incurred the wrath of some of my friends and the population at large for what some considered its harshness to another member of the Nigerian community. Read more
After paying N150 billion, Nigerian govt still to pay N660 billion to fuel importers – Official
The Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN, on Wednesday said Federal Government had assured of full settlement of all debts owed on importation of petroleum products.
The Executive Secretary of MOMAN, Obafemi Olawore, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Wednesday that the government had demonstrated positive disposition to defray the N660 billion owed to oil marketers. Read more
UK deports 41 Nigerians
Alhaji Muhammad Sidi, Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Wednesday that 41 Nigerians deported from the United Kingdom for various immigration offences had arrived the country.
He confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), while receiving the deportees at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA) Lagos. Read more
TCN blames low power sector revenue on DisCos
The Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Abubakar Atiku, Wednesday blamed the low revenue collection in the power sector on the inefficiency of the electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos).
Addressing reporters in Abuja, he recalled that the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) was recording an excess of 60 per cent revenue collection, which the private investors undertook to improve on while acquiring the assets from the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE). Read more
Lawyers accuse fugitive Nigerian senator of threats to life
A week after a U.S. court insisted on his extradition for drug related offences, Nigerian senator Buruji Kashamu has been accused by some lawyers of alleged threat to their lives.
A group of lawyers in Ogun State petitioned the state Commissioner of Police over alleged threat to their lives and attempted murder by Mr. Kashamu, who has claimed the U.S. drug case was that of mistaken identity. Read more
World Hijab Day: Group decries discrimination against Muslim women
As part of activities marking the World Hijab Day, the Coalition of Nigerian Muslim Women, Wednesday, decried alleged discrimination against Muslim women at their work place. The group, led by the Hijab Right Advocacy Initiative, spoke at a press conference in Lagos.
According to Mutiat Orolu, the leader of the group and convener of the conference, wearing of Hijab is not the culture of Arabs as erroneously held by some people or a fashion accessory that the Muslim woman may discard at will. Read more
6 alleged murderers of Army colonel remanded in prison
An Omi-Adio Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan on Wednesday ordered the remand of six men over the alleged murder of Anthony Okeyin , the Commandant, Command Day Secondary School, Apata, Ibadan.
The defendants- Solomon Agada-Emmanuel, 20; Taiwo Adeniyi, 33; Kehinde Bibisoye, 27; Andrew Ewere , 25; Udobata Orusa-Uzi, 28, and Ephraim Obi, 38 – were arraigned on charges bordering on conspiracy, robbery and murder. Read more
Fayose to march with TuFace, others in nationwide protest
Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, on Monday said he will be partaking in the upcoming nationwide protest led by Innocent ‘Tuface’ Idibia.
Soldier who brutalised female passenger under interrogation
The Nigerian Army has confirmed that a soldier who allegedly brutalised a female passenger who was travelling from Port Harcourt to Onitsha, is under interrogation. The incident allegedly occurred at a military checkpoint in Port Harcourt on Monday. The Army authority also pleaded with the public to have faith and confidence in it to handle all such cases.
According to a post on the victim’s social media account, the lady simply identified as Jewel Infinity said she was on her way to Onitsha aboard a Toyota Sienna bus when her car was pulled over at a checkpoint “immediately after the airport.” Read more
Chelsea rejected Watford’s £10m plus Heurelho Gomes offer for Asmir Begovic
Chelsea rejected Watford’s offer of £10 million plus Heurelho Gomes for Asmir Begovic, according to reports.
The Daily Telegraph claims that Watford matched Bournemouth’s bid but were also prepared to include their first-choice goalkeeper in the deal for the Bosnia-Herzegovina international. The report also claims that Bournemouth are expected to conclude a deal for Begovic once the season has finished. Read more
OFFICIAL: Barcelona Sign CA Peñarol Defender Santiago Bueno
Barcelona have secured the signing of 18-year-old Uruguayan defender Santiago Bueno. The cost of the transfer will be €1 million, plus variables if the player continues to progress.
Bueno will join Barcelona once he finishes the South American Youth Championship in Ecuador. He did not feature regularly for the first team at CA Peñarol, therefore this is a signing entirely for the future. Read more
Manchester United make new back-room signing: Scout discovered this Arsenal defender
Anthony Martial gives the ‘V sign’ as Manchester United arrive at the Lowry
Roland Janssen was then brought in from Belgian side Genk, where the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois have come through the club’s academy. Talent spotter Mark Anderson is tasked with finding young players in the south of England. Read more
Ukraine clashes leave several dead and test Trump’s Russia stance
Parts of east Ukraine are on the brink of a humanitarian crisis as the worst violence for a year in the conflict between Kiev and Russia-backed separatists has left up to 19 dead and thousands of people without water and heating in freezing temperatures.
The violence is an early test of Donald Trump’s stated desire for better US relations with Russia. Kiev has watched nervously as Trump has repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin and floated the idea of lifting sanctions. Read more
Iraq’s ‘Beirut People’: Fighting Islamic State ‘from Hamra Street’
Arabs are known for their creativity when it comes to political slogans and euphemisms, and none more so than Iraqis.
Iraq has seen a calamitous decade and a half, which has inspired many sarcastic nicknames for corrupt politicians, war-profiteers and collaborators after the US-led invasion that has radically transformed this ancient land, for better or mostly for worse.
One famous case of wordplay after the war was Al-Hawasim – the decisive ones. Iraqis used the term, inspired by the Saddam regime’s name for what was supposed to be the last, decisive battle with the invaders, to refer to the class of looters that profited from the war. Read more
Saudi oil minister welcomes Trump energy policies
The Trump administration’s energy policies, including planned growth in US oil production, are good for the oil industry, according to Saudi Arabia’s oil chief. “He has steered away from excessively anti-fossil fuel, unrealistic fossil fuel policies,” Khalid Al-Falih said in a BBC interview.
As a candidate, Donald Trump had warned that he would be taking actions to make America less reliant on “our foes and oil cartels” and was even more explicit in the days after his inauguration where he said the White House would be: “committed to achieving energy independence from the OPEC cartel and any nations hostile to our interests.” Read more
General Nanesthetic! The 89-year-old surgeon who has performed 10,000 operations in Russia… and she’s got no plans to retire after 68 years on the job
Russia’s oldest working surgeon turns 90 this year and with 10,000 operations already under her belt, she has no plans to retire.
Alla Ilyinichna Levushkina, 89, has worked with a scalpel in her hand for 68 years and still rattles out four surgeries a day at Ryazan City Hospital near Moscow. Read more