Sabinews Evening News Update for August 31, 2015
Boko Haram kills nearly 80 in Borno state
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback shot dead nearly 80 people in separate attacks on three villages in Nigeria’s restive northeast at the weekend, a vigilante and residents said Monday.
Vigilante Babakura Kolo said 68 people were killed in the attack on Baanu village in Borno state late on Friday while residents said another 11 people were shot dead in two other villages on Saturday and Sunday. Read more
Buhari is operating as a Northern President – Fayose
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has again taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari, alleging that steps taken by the president since May 29, 2015, are tainted in ethnic and tribal colouration which is inimical to the unity of Nigeria.
In a statement issued on Monday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose, who accused Buhari of operating as a president of the Northern Nigeria only, said “appointments made by the President so far negate the principle of federal character,” adding that “it appears the unity in diversity of Nigeria is being taken for granted by the President.” Read more
EFCC sets up four-man panel to probe Alison-Madueke
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has commenced a full investigation into the activities of the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), The Punch reports.
It was learnt on Sunday that the commission constituted a four-member committee of crack detectives to probe all the NNPC accounts which were supervised by the former minister. Read more
Police deny knowledge of Boko Haram in Enugu
The Enugu State Police Command on Monday said it was not aware of the arrest of any Boko Haram member in the state.
Responding to enquiries by our correspondent, the Command equally said it has no knowledge of the presence of Boko Haram terrorists in Enugu State, as announced by the Department of State Security. The DSS had, in a statement released on Sunday, said it had arrested 20 suspected Boko Haram commanders in Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Plateau and Gombe states. Read more
China Backs Nigeria’s Bid for UN Permanent Seat
The People’s Republic of China has thrown its weight behind Nigeria’s bid to occupy a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Speaker of the People`s Parliament of China, Mr. Zhang Dejiang, expressed his country’s endorsement during a meeting with the Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, in New York, United States, Sunday.
According to a statement issued by Dogara’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, the meeting was held on the sidelines of the ongoing Convention of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Read more
Lagos Bans Out-of-Court Settlement for Rape, Violence
The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) has said that out-of-court settlement for rape, defilement and violence cases against women would no longer be allowed.
The Coordinator, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, said at a meeting with the Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu II and 30 other monarchs at the weekend that as traditional rulers, the advice they give to victims of rape, defilement and domestic violence and their family members is very useful. Read more
Yemen hospitals face closures as fighting rages
Major hospitals in Yemen have been struggling to function due to a supply shortages caused by the increased fighting between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to the exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
The main hospital in rebel-held capital, Sanaa, is on the verge of shutting down due to limited access to basic medicines and equipments caused by blockade imposed by pro-Hadi fighters, while hospitals in Taiz were under siege by Houthi rebels. Save the Children said Al-Sabeen Hospital – that caters to children and pregnant women in Sanaa – could shut its doors on Tuesday over critical fuel shortages and a lack of medical supplies. Read more
Kerosene marketers continue to exploit scarcity
Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK), a major cooking fuel in Nigeria is currently in short supply, prompting middlemen to continue the exploitation of consumers in the market, Leadership reports.
Major depots across the country have gotten dry as the weeks have progressed. Importation of the product is currently monopolized by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which sources say lacks the capacity to satisfy domestic requirement. Read more
Pandemonium in Ogun, as rival cults clash
Barely 24 hours, after the Ogun State Police Command arrested 84 suspected cultists in Ado-odo/Ota council area, two persons have been killed in a bloody confrontation between rival cult groups in the state.
As early as 8.am on Monday, reports indicated that suspected cultists stormed Elega, Ago Odo and Adedotun areas in Abeokuta North local government of the state capital in search of their targets. This situation it was gathered caused pandemonium in the areas affected, as residents hurriedly closed their shops and houses, scampering for safety. Read more
Buhari Swears in Lawal, Monguno, Adesina
Our Appointments not on Tribal, Political Considerations-SGF Tobi Soniyi in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachi Lawal; National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno and Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.
Buhari had last Thursday announced Lawal as SGF along with the appointment of Alhaji Abba Kyari as Chief of Staff to the President; Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd.) as Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service and Mr. Kure Martin Abeshi as Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service; Senator Ita Enang was appointed Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) while Hon. Suleiman A. Kawu as SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives). Read more
Our appointments not based on tribes, faith – SGF
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, on Monday said contrary to the belief of many, his appointment and those of some other appointees of President Muhammadu Buhari were not based on their tribes or religion.
The last Thursday’s appointments of Lawal and five others by the President sparked off outrage among some individuals and groups who felt that Buhari’s appointments have so far been skewed in favour of the Northern part of the country. Read more
Saraki, others shun hearing of Senate forgery suit
Senate President Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and others on Monday shunned a scheduled hearing in a suit seeking their removal from office on the grounds of alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 used for the conduct of their elections shortly after the proclamation of the 8th Senate on June 9.
The suit, which is before the Federal High Court in Abuja, was filed by five senators who supported Senator Ahmed Lawan for the position of the Senate President against Saraki, who eventually won the election. Read more
US mourns Adefuye
The United States of America has expressed sadness over the death of Nigeria’s Ambassador to the US, Adebowale Adefuye, saying he would be dearly missed.
A statement from the Information Office of the US mission on Monday in Abuja expressed President Barrack Obama’s condolences to Adefuye’s wife and family. The statement added that under Adefuye’s leadership, the US enjoyed close collaboration with Nigeria which resulted in the establishment of the US-Nigeria Bi-National Commission, among other shared interests. Read more
Consumer council summons power firms over outrageous bill
The Consumer Protection Council on Monday said it has summoned all Electricity Distribution Companies to appear before it to defend allegations of outrageous bill leveled against them by electricity consumers.
The move according to the council was owing to the fact that the council has been inundated with consumer complaints on exploitative electricity billing. It said in a statement that the council through a letter issued by the Director-General, Mrs. Dupe Atoki, had informed the power firms, fixing the hearing on the complaints for next week Monday, September 7. Read more
Akpabio in road crash, lands in National Hospital
A former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, who is currently the Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, was involved in a road accident in the early hours of Monday on his way to the Airport to catch an international flight.
Our correspondent learnt that his car ran into a convoy of a foreign envoy whose identity had not been determined as of the time of filing this report. It was not clear whether it was Akpabio’s driver or the driver of the Ambassador’s pilot car that beat the traffic light, which led to the accident. Read more
Bayelsa PDP denies defections, says party intact
The Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa State, has denied report that more of its members are planning to dump the party for the opposition All Progressives Congress.
The party said a socio-political group, Bayelsa Great House, had recently said the former chairman of the PDP in the state, Col. Sam Inokoba (retd. ), who recently defected to the APC was wooing other key leaders of the ruling party to join him in the APC. But the State Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Keku Godspower, said such claim was false as the leadership and members of the party were solidly behind Governor Seriake Dickson and committed to his re-election. Read more
Buhari did not appoint us because of our tribes — new SGF
President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in the new Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, who was appointed last week.
The president also inaugurated the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, and the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina. The event took place at the council chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mr. Buhari has come under fire for appointing mostly people from Nigeria’s northern region, to top positions. Read more
US condemns Boko Haram attacks on villages
The United States of America has condemned the raids on villages in the North-East, especially the killings of villagers in Baanu, Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State on Friday.
While extending its condolence to the families of those killed and the injured the US noted that the latest killings were just examples of violence being perpetrated by the terror sect. This was contained in a statement by the spokesperson for the US Department of State, John Kirby, on Monday. Read more
Libya loyalist forces battle IS in Benghazi
Libyan pro-government forces on Monday battled jihadists from the Islamic State group in second city Benghazi, where five pro-government fighters have been killed in two days of violence, media said.
Four loyalist soldiers died and 22 were wounded on Sunday in clashes with IS in the southern district of Hawari, the pro-government LANA news agency reported. “Fierce clashes with all sorts of weapons are still ongoing Monday between the army and terrorist groups,” LANA said, quoting a military source. Read more
Six soldiers killed in DR Congo ambush
Six Congolese soldiers were killed on Monday in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province, a region where Rwandan Hutu rebels have been blamed for many massacres, military sources said.
The attack took place in Rugari, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu. Read more
Florence Ita-Giwa Now a Grandmother
Elegant and popular socialite, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, is now a grandmother, as her daughter, Kokoeka, was delivered of a baby boy in the US last Monday.
Society Happenings gathered that Kokoeka, who got married in September last year, was delivered of the baby boy at the Methodist Private Hospital, Houston, Texas. She had jetted out of Nigeria last month to be delivered of the baby. Read more