Sabinews Evening News Update for August 24, 2015
Ban Ki-moon Pledges UN Support for Nigeria
The United Nations Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon has pledged the UN’s full support for the Federal Government’s fight against terrorism even as he advised President Muhammadu Buhari to address the underlying causes of insurgency in the country.
Speaking at a joint press conference with President Muhammadu Buhari at Presidential Villa in Abuja, the UN’s scribe said that no efforts should be spared to make sure that the abducted Chibok school girls were found and re-integrated into the society. Read more
APC Denies Report On Amaechi’s Foreign Account
Disturbed by the report that former Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State stashed away about N80 billion in bank accounts in the United States, the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the report, which was aired on cable news channel, CNN, as a fabrication.
The social media have been awash with news alleging that the former governor looted $765 million and saved it in a private account in the U.S. Read more
PDP asks Aregbesola to declare Osun bailout amount
The Peoples Democratic Party has asked Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, to declare to the people of the state how much his administration is seeking to get from the bailout package arranged for states by the Federal Government.
The Chairman of the PDP in Osun State, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa, said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Monday.
Olaoluwa, who said the governor had failed to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state unlike what was obtainable in other states controlled by the All Progressives Congress. The statement read, “Aregbesola should face governance and be accountable because he has plunged the state into untold hardship. Read more
Buhari orders weapons purchase probe under Yar’Adua, Jonathan
The National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.), has, on the order of President Muhammadu Buhari, set up an investigative committee on the procurement of hardware and munitions in the Armed Forces from 2007 till date.
Late President Umar Yar’Adua was in charge from 2007 to 2010 while former President Goodluck Jonathan presided over the affairs of the country from 2010 to 2015.
According to a statement on Monday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President directed the NSA to set up the committee with the mandate of identifying irregularities and making recommendations for streamlining the procurement process in the Armed Forces. Read more
NDLEA Arrests 480 Suspects Over Alleged Drug Offences In Katsina
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday said it had arrested 480 suspects for drug-related offences in Katsina state.
The NDLEA Commandant in the state, Hajiya Maryam Gambo, who disclosed this in Katsina while briefing newsmen on the activities of the command, said that the suspects were apprehended from January to date.
Gambo said that 18 of the suspects were young girls, adding that the agency seized 469.9 kilogram of prohibited drugs in the state during the period. “The rate at which girls are abusing drugs particularly cough syrup is alarming. Read more
B’Haram: Respect citizens’ rights, Kenya CJ urges FG
The Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya, Justice Willy Mutunga, on Monday urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to be mindful of the rights of innocent citizens while prosecuting the war against the Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East.
Justice Mutunga, who was in the country to attend, among other events, the 55th Annual General Conference, spoke at the headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission in Abuja.
He noted that in prosecuting the war against terror, there must be balance between security and rights, adding that achieving such goals was usually a difficult one even in developed democracies. Read more
Okagbare comes last in 100m race at IAAF
Blessing Okagbare failed in her bid to win her first 100m gold at the 2015 IAAF World Championships, as she came last in the women’s race at the Beijing National Stadium in China.
Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the race with a time of 10.76 seconds to beat Dafne Schippers, who set a Dutch record of 10.81 for the Silver medal position. Read more
Bayelsa: Many Groups Want Me To Run For Gov – Senator Paulker
The senator representing Bayelsa Central at the National Assembly, Emmanuel Paulker, has said he would make known his intention to contest the governorship election on December 5, 2015 “at the right time”.
Paulker stated this at the weekend during a chat with newsmen in Yenagoa.
He was re-elected for a third term to the Senate in the 2015 general elections. His campaign posters for governor have flooded most parts of the state in recent weeks, including Yenagoa, the state capital. Read more
Ooni Sijuwade changed whiteman’s perceptions of blacks with style
Permit me to recount my encounter with the late Ooni Sijuwade of Ife as a way of tribute to the late Oba. The European perceptions of Africans as heavers of woods and drawers of water were stylishly changed by late Oba Ooni Olubuse Sijuwade during his life time. He established that all the menial jobs performed by black man for the white that made the blacks appear inferior can actually be reversed in that order. This is the idea I got from his style during my encounter with him. Read more
El-Rufai tasks Army to sustain tempo in fight against insurgents
Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, has tasked men of the Nigerian Army to sustain the tempo in the fight against the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents with a view to ending the menace.
He made the call at the battle inoculation and fire power demonstration, Camp Highland exercise for cadets of Short Service Course (SSC) 43 (Army), Kachia, Kaduna. The Governor represented by his Deputy, Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex, said he was impressed by the courage and commitment displayed by the cadets during the exercise. Read more
KEDC to Distribute 100,000 Pre-Paid Meters in 4 States Annually
Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company(KEDC), Monday said it would distribute 100,000 pre-paid meters to customers in Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states annually.
The Managing Director of KEDC, Alhaji Garba Haruna, made the remark on Monday, at the induction ceremony for 3,000 newly recruited staff of the company held at the Sultan Maccido Institute for Quran and General Studies, Sokoto.
He said the pre-paid meters would be distributed free to 390,000 customers in the four states.
Haruna, who was represented by the Chief Engineer and Technical Officer of the company, Mr. Bello Musa, disclosed that the company would commence the distribution of the meters to electricity consumers by next month. Read more
PDP Should Save Its Energies For Kogi, Bayelsa Elections, Not Zakari – Nwaokobia
Prof. Chris Nwaokobia Jnr, the Director-General of Change Ambassadors of Nigeria (CAN), in this interview with Ifeoma Ononye, dissects the politics of change; he also charges opposition politicians to stop trying to discredit the acting chairperson of the Independent National Electoral Commision, Amina Bala Zakari.
Amina Zakari, the acting chairman of INEC has been in the news recently because of the upcoming elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states. It has been alleged that she was due for retirement on July 21. Why do you think she is still in office? Read more
Ending of Nigerian pipeline surveillance contracts likely to reduce illegal oil bunkering without threatened surge in militancy
Private firms awarded Nigerian pipeline security contracts just before the presidential election in March 2015 have threatened to sue the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) if they are not paid by the end of August.
Seven companies were given three-month contracts which ended in June, two run by leaders of the Yoruba nationalist organisation, the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), and the others headed by former militants from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). In an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, the companies insisted they had “valid and duly signed contract agreements with the management of the NNPC”. Read more
Slow legal process, bureaucracy hindering investments – Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday lamented the slow pace of adjudication process, saying the delay in the justice sector and undue bureaucratic processes in the public and private sectors constituted a major hindrance to investments in the country.
Osinbajo, who also restated the commitment of the Federal Government to fight corruption in the country, spoke at a session of the ongoing 55th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja. He spoke at the NBA conference session with the theme, ‘The role of law in national development’. Read more
SERAP defends petition against Amosun to UN
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project said it dragged the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, before the United Nations in the fulfilment of its mandate to promote the human rights of all Nigerian citizens.
The organisation objected to being accused of “jumping the gun and crying more than the bereaved,” but insisted that Amosun must take responsibility for the sacking of six education workers in the state over “offensive exam questions.” Read more
Four soldiers arrested over journalist’s death in Sri Lanka
Four army officers have been arrested in Sri Lanka over the abduction and suspected killing of a political journalist during the regime of former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, police said on Monday.
The disappearance of Pradeep Ekneligoda five years ago was never investigated after senior members of the former president’s regime claimed that the journalist was living overseas. Read more
Aborted Dreams of a Pilot and His Passengers
At about 6.19am, on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu had sent a message to his friend, a pilot. The message was simple. It read thus; ‘Fly safe’ and at about 7.28am, the recipient replied thus, ‘Thank you’.
His name was Peter Kayode Bello. He was only 26-years-old when death came calling, thus cutting short his dreams. But from all indications, his brief stay on earth was sure impactful. He was a pilot, engineer, model and avid photographer. Read more
Ebola – Sawyer, Stella Adadevoh, One Year After
One year and one month ago, Ebola came to Nigeria and the experience, for most Nigerians, was like embarking on a trip to Golgotha, the proverbial place of the skulls.
For 93 days, Nigeria grappled with the ominous challenge of the deadly Ebola incursion, and eventually contained it, but at a huge cost of eight precious lives. Read more
Lawyer Sues Buhari Over AMCON Appointments
Lawyer and rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, on Monday, August 24, 2015, asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to nullify the appointment of Ahmed Lawan Kuru as the managing director of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).
Kuru became the managing director after President Muhammadu Buhari dissolved the management of AMCON headed by Mustapha Chike-Obi on August 18, 2015. Other directors appointed along with Kuru are Kola Ayeye, Eberechukwu Uneze and Aminu Ismail. Adegboruwa has challenged Buhari’s decision, contending that it was illegal and unconstitutional, adding that Buhari was exhibiting dictatorial tendencies. Read more
Tax audit exercise: When will FIRS adopt risk-based approach in Nigeria?
With the dwindling revenue accruing to federal and state governments as a result of declining returns from sale of crude oil, tax authorities at both federal and state have embarked on a drive to increase collection through taxes. This has led to the adoption of stringent measures which would ensure that companies are up to date with their tax filings, remittances as well as pay correct amount of taxes to complete their self-assessed taxes. Read more
Aircraft Audit – Issues As NCAA Begins Audit of Airlines
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Director-General, Capt. Muhtar Usman on Wednesday last week ordered immediate commencement of audit of airlines operating in the country.
The audit according to the DG is in line with the Authority’s regulatory and oversight responsibilities.
The DG stressed that the audit was “to forestall complacency among the Airline operators and ensure that they all continue to demonstrate absolute compliance to NCAA’s regulations”. Read more
Ambode Tasks Mothers On Good Nutrition for Children
Mothers in Nigeria have been advised to give good nutrition to their growing children so as to ensure sound intellectual and physical growth.
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, who gave the advice while declaring open the 10th Nutritional Seminar of Frieslandcampina Wamco Nigeria, at Oregun, Ikeja on Friday said some mothers were either not sure of what nutrition to give to their children or completely unaware of this significant period of a child’s life. Read more
Jonathan losing 2.5m votes shows people still believed in him – Former Spokesman
Erstwhile Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Mr. Reuben Abati has claimed that the fact that the former President lost the March 28 election with about 2.5 million votes means that a large number of Nigerians actually believed in him and in the ability and capability of his administration to move Nigeria forward.
Abati, who was speaking during a recent interview with Rockcity 101.9 FM, Abeokuta, Ogun State, explained that what happened during the last election was a play out of democracy which allows people the right to make a choice and when that choice is made, it has to be respected. Read more
JAMB to commence sale of 2016 UTME forms on Aug. 31
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says arrangement has been concluded for the sale of its 2016 application documents. This is contained in a statement by the board’s Head of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin and made available to newsmen on Monday in Lagos.
According to the statement, the sales is to prepare candidates early for the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). It said that candidates were urged to purchase the examination scratch cards from Zenith Bank, Sky Bank and First Bank . Read more
Police restructures management team
The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase has redeployed four Deputy Inspectors-General of Police to head departments and formations as part of efforts “to reposition the Force for better efficiency.”
A statement on Monday in Abuja by the police spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu said those affected include Dan’Azumi Doma who is now the DIG in-charge of Department of Finance and Administration,FHQ Abuja. Read more
Okonjo-Iweala Denies Ownership of Multi-Million Dollar Hospital
The former Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister for Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has described as false a story published by an online news medium that her family was planning to open a multi-million dollar hospital in Abuja.
The Media Adviser to the former minister, Mr. Paul C Nwabuikwu, said in a statement on Sunday that having failed to achieve any success after months of unsubstantiated figures and wild allegations against the former minister, the political and corrupt vested interests who had been attacking her, had turned their evil attention on her family. Read more
FG, World Bank sign N47.4bn Azura IPP guarantees
The Federal Government signed N47.4bn ($237m) risk guarantees with the World Bank in support of the 450 megawatts Azura-Edo Independent Power Plant on Friday after it took three years to complete the loop, The Punch reports.
Parties to the agreements are the Federal Government, represented by the Ministry of Finance and Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc; the World Bank, in its role as the provider of the guarantees; the project sponsors, represented by Azura Power West Africa Limited; and various lenders represented by JP Morgan, Standard Chartered Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, Standard Bank; and Siemens Bank. Read more
Presidency queries why Yakasaai, others did not tell Jonathan to probe IBB, Obasanjo, Yar’Adua
Presidency has again stated that the administration of president Mohammadu Buhari will not shelve the probing of the past government of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the face of monumental fraud and corruption.
It however revealed that no one is under probe at the moment, saying that the government is only taking briefings and gathering evidences to prosecute corrupt officials of the past government. Read more
LASG holds 35% equity in Falomo Mall concessioning
The Lagos State government retains 35 percent equity holding in the concession agreement to redesign and redevelop the Falomo Shopping Centre in addition to the payment of N50 million which was meant for expression of interest only, the concessionaire, Afriland Properties Plc, has said. Managing Director/CEO of the firm, Mrs Uzo Oshogwe, made the disclosure in a statement, last week, in response to the widely reported revocation of the concession agreement by the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. Read more
Ondo medical varsity begins in October
The Ondo State University of Medical Science will commence academic activities in October, 2015, starting with the admission of Direct Entry students while students will be admitted into 100 level through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in 2016.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, said this on Monday in an interview with newsmen in Akure, the state capital. Adeyanju said arrangements had been concluded for the beginning of academic activities in the specialised institution. Read more
Police Present 6 Kidnap Suspects In Abuja
The Police on Monday presented six suspected child kidnappers at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Presenting the suspects, the Force Spokesman, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu , said that the case was first reported to the police on June 25 on behalf of Musa Isaac and Musa Idris of Kafanchan, Kaduna State. The suspects (names withheld) comprised three females and three males. Read more
Ban’s visit shows international support for Buhari – Special Adviser
Ms Amina Mohammed, the Special Adviser of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, says the visit of the UN Scribe to Nigeria shows international approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mohammed said that Nigeria’s image at the international arena had improved greatly, following a violence-free election that ushered in Buhari. Mohammed, who is an Assistant Secretary-General, was on the entourage of the secretary-general, who arrived in Nigeria on Sunday on a two-day official visit. Read more