SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 7, 2015
Biafria: PDP Cautions Buhari Against Use of Excessive Force
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed concern about the unfolding political events and developments in the South-East and South-South of Nigeria where security agencies have descended on restive youths.
The party said it is concerned that the Federal Government and its agencies have failed to approach the situation with the inclusiveness and seriousness it deserves, but have instead been resorting to the use of brute force. Read more
Military Rescues 20 People from Cleared Boko Haram Camps
The Nigerian military, in continuation of its offensive operations to clear the North-East of Boko Haram terrorist activities, has rescued 20 people from some communities in Borno State.
The Media Coordinator, Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Tukur Gusau, said in a statement on Saturday that troops of 103 Battalion under 21 Brigade early Saturday morning conducted 23-kilometre-wide clearance operations in Rigaga and its adjoining villages in the Bama axis. Gusau said that the operation recorded a major success. Read more
Biafra Group’s Protest Cripples Business, Claims One In Onitsha
Despite warnings by the Anambra State Government that no markets in the state should be shut or movements hindered by any group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday shut down Onitsha and environ as they protested the arrest and continued detention of their leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
One person was also allegedly shot dead during the protest. Read more
Anambra To Rebuild Bridge In Onitsha
The Anambra State Government is now to rebuild the collapsed portion of the flyover at New Motor Parts Market, Nkpor, near Onitsha, on the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway.
The state government had earlier drawn Federal Government’s attention to the deplorable condition of the bridge as well as the deplorable sections of the Expressway around Awkuzu-Umunya area, in Oyi council of the state. That portion of the expressway had remained a death trap for some years now but it deteriorated following the unusually heavy rain fall witnessed in the area this year. Read more
Integrity Of Judiciary Under Threat, Group Alleges
A human rights group, International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety), has raised the alarm that the integrity of the Nigerian Judiciary is at stake given perceived executive meddlesomeness in some of the concluded petitions arising from the 2015 general elections. Read more
Troops rescue 20 abductees, clear terrorists enclaves in Borno
The Nigerian Army said on Saturday said it had rescued 20 abducted persons after clearing four more suspected Boko Haram terrorists enclaves in Borno State.
Media Coordinator, Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Tukur Gusau, stated this while briefing journalists in Maiduguri. Read more
PDP Alleges Executive Interference as Tribunal Directs Aisha Alhassan Sworn in as Taraba Gov
The Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Hajia Aisha Alhassan, winner of the April 11 gubernatorial poll in the state.
The Justice Danladi Abubakar-led tribunal in its judgement on Saturday also directed the APC candidate to be sworn in place of Darius Ishaku as the governor of the Taraba state.
INEC captures 99,000 more voters for Bayesa, Kogi polls
The Independent National Electoral Commission says it has captured additional 99,281 voters in Bayesla and Kogi States ahead of the governorship elections in the two states.
INEC’s Deputy Director for Publicity and Voter Education, Mr. Nick Dazang, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja. Read more
LG Election: Tambuwal Constitutes Reconciliatory Committees for APC
Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, Saturday inaugurated three committees to reconcile chairmanship aspirants ahead of the January 2016 local government election in the state.
Speaking at the inauguration of the committees at the All Progressives Congress secretariat in Sokoto on Saturday, Tambuwal said the committees were meant to ensure harmony and prevent division among supporters of the party at the local levels. Read more
Govt Urged to Fund HIV/Aids Treatment As Foreign Aid Dries Up
Health experts have called on the federal government to take full control and ownership of HIV/AIDs management and treatment services as donor funding has continued to fall over the years. The experts who made the call yesterday during a media tour and inspection of HIV/AIDS treatment sites in Benue State as organised by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), said HIV/AIDS care programme has been funded by foreign partners and donors in collaboration with the federal government but many of them are now pulling out or stopping some services. Read more
We are committed to achieving safer, peaceful, prosperous Lagos – Ambode
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday, assured Lagosians that his administration is strongly committed to achieving the vision of a safer, peaceful and prosperous Lagos for all.
Governor Ambode, who spoke when he received the Polish Ambassador to Nigeria, Andrezj Dycha, some European Union officials and Polish business Chief Executive Officers on a courtesy visit at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, reiterated the commitment of his administration to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. Read more
NUP Says 190 Bauchi Pensioners Died Waiting for N14.6b Gratuity
The Chairman, Bauchi state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Alhaji Habu Gar, has disclosed that no fewer than 190 pensioners have died waiting for the state government to offset some of the backlog of their gratuities amounting to about N14.6 billion from 2011 to date. Read more
Elder Statesmen Tasked to Advise Buhari against Damaging Statements
Past leaders of Nigeria and other elder statesmen to whom President Muhammadu Buhari listens have been implored to advise him against making unguarded statements, especially in this trying time of the country’s national history.
Abdullahi Jalo, National Deputy Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who made the call at the weekend in Gombe, spoke against the backdrop of a statement President Muhammadu Buhari is quoted as making in India that Nigeria is broke. http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/elder-statesmen-tasked-to-advise-buhari-against-damaging-statements/224972/? Read more
Juve chasing second straight win at ‘complicated’ Empoli
Serie A champions Juventus won’t take minnows Empoli lightly when they travel to the Castellani stadium looking to claim a second successive league win for the first time this season, said coach Massimiliano
Serie A champions Juventus won’t take minnows Empoli lightly when they travel to the Castellani stadium looking to claim a second successive league win for the first time this season, said coach Massimiliano Allegri. Read more
Saraki, NASS members attend Wamakko’s daughter’s wedding
Senate President Bukola Saraki on Saturday led several other senators and members of the House of Representatives to witness the solemnisation of two weddings in Sokoto, including that of the daughter of Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC-Sokoto).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the wedding of Dr Jalaludden Bashir and Hindatu Aliyu-Wamakko was solemnised after the payment of N50,000 bride price. The second wedding was that of Abdulmalik Gidan-Kanawa and Sajida Sanusi, also solemnised after the payment of N50,000 bride price. Read more
U.S. general sees air strikes against Islamic State picking up
U.S. and coalition forces are likely to increase air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in coming weeks after a lull in September and October.
The head of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Lt-Gen. Charles Brown, said this while speaking with reporters on Saturday at the Dubai International Air Chiefs Conference. Read more
Burundi dismisses international alarm at violence warnings
Burundi said Saturday it wanted only to crush “terrorism”, as it dismissed international fears of fresh bloodletting if the government carries out threats to stamp out resistance to the president.
“There will be no war or genocide,” presidential communications chief Willy Nyamitwe told AFP, after international worries over a government escalation of already strident rhetoric, with warnings of tough measures to quash resistance to President Pierre Nkurunziza‘s recent re-election. Read more
Tribunal sacks Ishaku declares Alhassan as Taraba Governor
The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal for Taraba on Saturday nullified the election of Taraba Governor, Mr Darius Ishaku, of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
The Tribunal, sitting in Abuja, declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a Minister designate, Mrs Aisha Alhassan, as the winner of the April 11 governorship election in the state. Read more