Sabinews Evening News Update for October 27, 2015
Boko Haram Insurgency May not End by December – Gowon
Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, on Tuesday stated categorically that the war against the Boko Haram insurgency may not end by December as being planned by the Federal Government because nobody could really talk about when any particular operation was going to end.
Though the former Head of State expressed confidence in the military’s renewed efforts in flushing out insurgency in the country, he noted that it was out of place for someone to say it would end in particular period. Read more
Nigerian jailed for human trafficking
A Nigerian national was handed a 30-year jail term for human trafficking in the Durban Regional Court on Tuesday.
National Prosecuting Authority spokeswoman Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said that Emmanuel Uche Odii was handed the sentence following his conviction in August on two counts of human trafficking, two counts of kidnapping, one of rape, one of sexual assault, one of assault and one of running a brothel. Read more
Tribunal Upholds Ajimobi’s Election As Oyo Governor
The Oyo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed the petition filed by the candidate of Accord, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja against the election of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In the unanimous judgment read by the Chairman of the three-man panel, Justice Mohammed Mayaki, the tribunal holds that Ladoja and Accord “failed woefully” to prove their allegations of rigging, electoral malpractices, violence and non-compliance with the Electoral Act among others, beyond reasonable doubt. Read more
Kaduna police invade rustlers’ hideouts, recover ammunition
The Kaduna State Police Command said on Tuesday that it had recovered 94 cows, 45 sheep and assorted ammunition in a raid on various cattle rustlers’ hideouts in the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Zubairu, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna that no arrest was made, as the rustlers fled after gun battle with the police special anti-cattle rustling team. Read more
Port Harcourt airport not ‘the dirtiest, most corrupt in Africa’, says FAAN
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has faulted a recent ranking which rated the Port Harcourt International Airport as the worst airport in the world.
This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in Lagos by Mr Yakubu Dati, FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs. NAN reports that the ranking by SleepingInAirports.net rated the Port Harcourt International Airport as “the dirtiest and most corrupt airport in Africa.” Read more
NDLEA Arrest 106 Suspects, Seizes 3,249.3kg Of Cannabis In Kogi
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), in Kogi, arrested 106 suspects and seized 3, 249kg of cannabis sativa (Indian Hemp) between January and October this year.
Alhaji Idris Bello, Commander of the agency in the state, made the disclosure on Tuesday in Lokoja while parading seven suspects arrested between September and October. Read more
Jigawa government denies deputy governor’s resignation rumour
The Jigawa State Government has described as untrue media reports that the Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan was planning to resign.
The Commissioner for Information, Youth, Sports and Culture in the state, Alhaji Bala Ibrahim, told newsmen in Dutse that there was no iota of truth in the said report. Read more
Landlord bags five months imprisonment for failure to provide toilet
An Ikole Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday sealed a residential building at Odo Ayedun, Ekiti, over landlord’s failure to provide toilet facilities and other essentials in his house. The court sealed the house following an application by Mr Tunde Famuyisan, an Environmental Health Officers in Ikole Local Government, that the house was unfit for human habitation. The landlord, Omoniyi Ajayi, was arraigned in the court on Aug. 25, for alleged failure to provide toilet facilities and other house essentials. Read more
It’s not just Cecil — lions are vanishing all over West Africa
Lions, that symbol of Africa’s wild beauty, power and freedom, no longer roam in Mali or in Ivory Coast or Ghana or war-shattered eastern Congo. Or most of the rest of West Africa.
Three years of searching and no sight of a lion for Philipp Henschel, lion survey coordinator for the New York-based Panthera conservation group. Read more
EU mobilizes €25 million to support economy, citizen participation in Algeria
The European Union has adopted two new programmes to support the economy and the citizen participation in Algeria, announced Tuesday the European Commission.
Amounting to €25 million, the programmes are financed under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI). Read more
At least 12 killed in Libya helicopter crash
A helicopter crash west of the Libyan capital Tripoli has killed at least 12 people, according to a security source as cited by Reuters. It is unknown what caused the accident and if any gunfire had been involved.
The helicopter had been taking money to a local bank in the coastal city of Misrata on its inward journey. However, the chopper, carrying a number of local residents, ran into trouble on its return to Tripoli, Reuters reports. Read more
UN lifts security zone around Mali town as security improves
U.N. peacekeepers are lifting a security zone they imposed around the town of Kidal in northern Mali because fears of an attack have diminished after rival clans signed a peace deal earlier this month, a U.N. spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Peacekeepers imposed the 20-km zone on Aug. 20 over concerns that pro-government forces would try to take the separatist stronghold. They began to lift the zone on Monday, said Radhia Achouri, spokeswoman for the MINUSMA mission. Read more
Russia asks foreign military attaches to explain Syria bombing allegations
The Russian defence ministry said on Tuesday it had invited military attaches from the United States and other NATO countries to explain allegations Moscow has been bombing civilian targets in Syria, the Interfax news agency reported.
It quoted Anatoly Antonov, the deputy defence minister, as saying Moscow had asked the attaches, including a representative from Saudi Arabia, to justify what he called “outrageous” allegations Russian planes had bombed hospitals in Syria or to withdraw the assertions. Source
Brazil’s unpopular leader faces resistance on tax hike -poll
President Dilma Rousseff’s popularity remains in the single digits in the midst of recession and most Brazilians are not willing to pay more taxes to help her plug a gaping fiscal deficit, according to an opinion poll published on Tuesday.
The CNT/MDA poll showed that 80.6 percent of respondents believe Rousseff is unable to pull the country out of its worst economic slump in 25 years, and 86.7 percent do not want to pay higher taxes to help recover its overdrawn finances. Read more