Sabinews Evening News Update for September 13, 2015
Boko Haram members panic, surrender to troops – Army
The military says scores of terrorists in the North-East have continued to surrender to troops in the frontline due to sustained offensive by ground troops and pre-emptive air strikes by Nigerian Air Force.
A statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by the acting Army Director of Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said more terrorists had also indicated willingness to lay down arms. The statement said the ground troops had also adopted routes blocking strategy in a bid to “constrict and snuff out the Boko Haram terrorists from their hideouts.” Read more
APC justifies DSS invasion of A’Ibom govt house
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has justified the invasion of Akwa Ibom Government House by operative of the Department of State Security DSS, saying the body acted in good faith and in consonance with the dictate of the law.
The party contended that the DSS did not violate any section of the constitution by moving against dumping of illegal arms “large enough to illegally topple a democratically elected government.”
The party was reacting to newspapers’ reports credited to Governor Ayodele Fayose disparaging President Muhammadu Buhari as a dictator, violating the nation’s law of immunity by allegedly sending DSS operatives to comb the Akwa Ibom Government House. Read more
Obasanjo made Abeokuta, Ogun state capital – Awujale
The Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Dr Sikiru Adetona has commended the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for using his position as Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters which was second in command in the military hierarchy, to make Abeokuta, his hometown, the capital of Ogun state.
The Awujale said the Ogun State capital was never recommended among cities considered for Ogun State capital in 1976 when the state was being created by the military administration of late General Murtala Muhammed. Read more
Senate forgery: Balarabe seeks probe of missing report
Second Republic Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to demand an explanation from the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, as to the whereabouts of the final report of the police investigation into an alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Orders 2015.
The PUNCH had exclusively reported on August 19 that there was confusion between the police and the justice ministry on the status of the report. Read more
FAAN loses N40m to closure of Benin Airport – Official
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria said on Sunday that it lost N40million due to the closure of the Benin Airport for two months.
Benin Airport Manager, Mr. Sunday Ayodele, in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos, said the airport reopened on September 3. Ayodele said the closure, which lasted for almost two months, was to enable the organisation carry out comprehensive rehabilitation of the runway and the fire tenders. Read more
Keeping Islamic State out of Ghana
Islamic State’s principal aim is to establish a state ruled by a single political and religious leader according to Islamic law. Foreigners seem to be the target of IS propaganda and messaging. For instance, ISIS celebrated the 2014 Eid al-Fitr with a special greeting to the Muslim world. These messages are usually released in many languages, including in English, French, and German, and other languages.
Prior to the news of Twenty-five year old Nazir Alema Nortey and Rafiq travelling to join the Islamic State, Ghana had a reputation of being one of the very few stable and established democracies in Africa. Whereas employment has been relatively low in Ghana, there is potential for increased unemployment given that macro-economic growth has dropped below the average of at least 8% since 2013 and currently stands at 3.9 per cent. Read more
Ogun police arrest three cult members
Policemen attached to Ago-Iwoye Division, Ogun State have arrested three suspected cultists.
The cult members were arrested on Saturday at different locations within Ago-Iwoye.
The suspects were, 23-year-old Tobi Richard, 200 level Political Science student of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, 25-year-old Babatunde Abiodun, a 400-level Geography Education student of the same institution and an HND 1 student of the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ifeanyi Ubamwa. Read more
Tambuwal Seeks FG’s Assistance For Flood-ravaged Communities,
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Sunday visited some communities ravaged by flood in Tangaza and Gudu local government areas where he appealed to the Federal Government to come to the aid of the state in its plan to resettle some villages.
The Governor, who visited Sakkwai and Kutufare villages in the affected local government areas, said the damage caused by flood this raining season is unprecedented.
He said the state government has already set in motion process of ascertaining the damage done to homes and farmlands, adding that so far, many victims have been camped at government approved sites across the state. Read more
PDP accuses Aregbesola of diverting N20bn bailout fund
The Peoples Democratic Party has accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of paying N20billion to Slava Yediteppe, a contractor handling one of the road projects in the state, from the N34.988 bailout received from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The Director of Media and Strategy of the PDP in Osun State, Mr. Diran Odeyemi, who made this allegation in a statement made available to journalists in Osogbo on Sunday, said it was wrong for the governor to pay the contractor from the fund purposely meant to pay backlog of workers’ salaries and pensions. Read more
Buhari’s Portrait: PDP, Other Parties Violated No Law, Says Ajulo
An activist lawyer and the National Secretary of the Labour Party, Mr. Olukayode Ajulo has dismmissed the controversy over the non display of President Buhari’s official portraits in the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as unnecessary distraction that has no basis in law.
Ajulo who spoke to THISDAY at the weekend held that as far as the position of Nigerian law is concerned, the PDP and indeed other political parties that did not hung Buhari’s portrait have not offended any provisions of the constitution. Read more
PCN shuts 242 pharmacies, drugs stores in Kwara
The Deputy Director and Head of Enforcement, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Mr. Stephen Esumobi, on Sunday said the council had sealed 242 drugs outlets in Kwara State.
He stated that they comprised 14 pharmacies and 228 patent medicine shops, which were sealed off for offences, ranging from dispensing poisons without the supervision of a pharmacist, poor storage conditions, selling medicines above the approved list for patent medicine vendors, non-registration of premises with PCN and other malpractises. Read more
Senator denies reported arrest by Saudi authorities
A former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Sen. Hassan Barata, has denied his reported arrest in Saudi Arabia.
Barata in a telephone interview on Sunday, fingered his political opponents for the report, stressing that he has not been out of Nigeria for some time now. The former senator stated that he did not have any business in Saudi Arabia that could make him overstay there, noting that the report of his alleged arrest and detention was false. Read more
African Games: Team Nigeria currently won 13 gold, 21 silver, 17 bronze medals
As of Sunday, Sept. 13, the Team Nigeria has so far won 13 gold, 21 silver and 17 bronze medals at the ongoing 11th African Games in Congo Brazzaville.
The boxing team won four gold, and two silver medals.
Team Nigeria had earlier won eight gold, 17 silver and 10 bronze medals from some other events, while Nigeria won gold medal in cycling team event in the 25km race and silver in the road race, 62.5km. Read more
Army reopens classes for pupils in Madagali
Following the taking over of all territories overrun by the Boko Haram insurgents and the restoration of peace, the Nigerian Army has re-opened primary and secondary school classes for the returnees.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria in Madagali on Saturday, Lt. Col Chibueze Agbuabo, the Commanding Officer, 143 Rangers Battalion, said that the officers had voluntarily opened classes for the pupils and students.
“Now that normalcy has been restored in the area and the communities have resumed their daily activities, the Army has opened the hitherto shut classes where pupils and students are being taught,” Agbaubo said Read more
Gov primary: Bayelsa APC factions in war of words
Ahead of the September 19 governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State, one of the founders of the party, Chief Perekeme Kpodo, has expressed concern over the “doctoring of the delegates’ list for the party’s primary election.”
Kpodo, who is the factional Chairman of the APC in the state, has accused the party Chairman, Tiwei Orunimighe, of doctoring the list and compelling the delegates to vote for leader of the party and former governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva. Read more
N’Delta amnesty students abroad protest non-payment of allowances
Over 2,000 Niger Delta students studying in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world under the Presidential Amnesty Programme have protested against the non-payment of their tuition fees, in-training allowances and accommodation fees.
The students, who protested on Sunday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, lamented that since the appointment of the substantive Coordinator for the PAP, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh, their conditions had worsened. Read more
EFCC Bursts Over $5.5m Corporate Scam
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over the weekend, burst a major corporate fraud when it took into custody one Alhaji Mohammed Gobir for allegedly defrauding foremost outdoor advertising company, Afromedia huge sums of money in various currencies.
According to a source at the EFCC, the mega heist fetched Gobir $3,500,000 (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand USD), N514,457,151.87 (Five Hundred and Fourteen Million, Four Hundred and Fifty Seven Thousand, One Hundred Fifty One Naira, Eighty Seven Kobo), $2,102,740 (Two Million One Hundred and Two, Seven Hundred and Forty USD), and 51,000 Pounds Sterling at various times. Read more
Buhari to discuss defence, economy with Hollande
President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja for Paris on Monday to begin a three-day official visit to France at the invitation of President Francois Hollande, where they will discuss security and economic issues, among other things.
The President will be accompanied on the visit by the National Security Adviser, Major-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), the Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Ministries of Defence, Finance, Agriculture, Foreign Affairs, Industry, Trade and Investment as well as the Chief Executives of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council. Read more