Sabinews Evening News Update for August 17, 2015
Buhari accepts Customs boss’ resignation
President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the resignation of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Dikko Abdullahi.
With the acceptance, Abdullahi is expected to proceed on his voluntary retirement from Tuesday, August 18. He had earlier written a letter dated August 3 to the President in which he notified Buhari of his desire to proceed on voluntary retirement from Tuesday. Read more
NCAA Confirms 146 Private Jets in Nigeria
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has confirmed that there are 146 corporate jets in the country of which only 46 were registered in Nigeria while 100 has foreign registration.
Director General of NCAA, Captain Muhktar Usman disclosed this when he addressed public relations officers of airlines, aviation agencies and other organisations in the industry during a meeting organised by the Authority. The meeting was aimed at improving the ways of reporting incidents and accidents in the industry. Read more
Stop Portraying Northerners as Betrayers, Ex-Lawmaker Tells Tambuwal
A former Member of House of Representatives and chairman, Northern Professionals (NP), Hon. Abubakar Adamu, has faulted the reason given by the Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal on why he backed Hon. Yakubu Dogara to emerge the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Adamu said although the former Speaker has the right to choose his own democratic path, he should desist from portraying the Northerners as betrayers and ingrates. Read more
Tribunal upholds Bayelsa PDP Senator’s victory
The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, has struck out a suit of certificate forgery brought against Senator Foster Ogola of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The suit was dismissed on Saturday after the tribunal had taken closing statements from the legal teams representing both parties over a fortnight ago. Read more
Gunmen kill Catholic priest in Imo
Gunmen, suspected to be cultists, on Saturday morning killed a Catholic priest and lecturer in the Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, Rev. Fr. Desmond Osuagwu in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
The priest, who is a member of the congregation of the Claretian Missionaries, Eastern Province, Nigeria, was said to be heading for the St. Mark’s Catholic Chaplaincy, Obinze Barracks, where he served as a Chaplain to conduct the day’s Eucharistic mass for the men of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
It was gathered that the assailants waylaid him on the road at a pathway before Avu junction, along the Port Harcourt Road, Owerri, dragged him out of his SUV before he was killed by stabbing him in his neck and his stomach. Read more
Police Arrest 3 Commercial Motorcyclists For Killing Cop
The Police in Lagos have arrested two commercial motorcyclists (names withheld) for allegedly killing a police Corporal and snatching his official rifle.
The Lagos State Police Command’s spokeswoman, DSP Patricia Amadin, who confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, said that the police rifle had been recovered. Read more
EFCC Probe: Civil Society Groups Back ,Odumakin over Aregbesola’s Alleged Corruption
A group under the aegis of Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEO) has thrown its weight behind the petition submitted to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by the Publicity Secretary of Pan-Yoruba social-cultural organization, Afenifere, Comrade Yinka Odumakin, against Osun State governor, Mr. Rauf Adesoji
The petition detailed allegations of financial recklessness, corruption and criminal mismanagement of the funds that accrued to the State from the Federation Account. Read more
3 killed, 2 injured in NE Nigeria suicide attack: local police
Three people were killed and two others were injured following a weekend suicide bomb attack near a local market in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, the police said Monday.
A male suicide bomber detonated his improvised explosive devices at the entrance of the local market in Ramirgo Village located in Askira/Uba district of the restive northern state, Borno State police spokesman, Aderemi Opadokun, said via a text message sent to Xinhua. Read more
Bayelsa APC chiefs disown factions suit against Odigie-Oyegun
Members of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, the All Nigeria Peoples Party and the Action Congress of Nigeria have dissociated themselves from the suit instituted by a faction of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State.
The party’s faction, comprising expelled and suspended members led by Chief Perekeme Kpodo, had dragged the APC, its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and members of State Working Committee including its Chairman, Tiwei Orunimighe, before the Bayelsa State High Court over alleged violation of their rights. Read more
Ekiti to Spend 70 Percent of Revenue On Hospitals
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has approved 70% of the internally generated revenue for the upkeep of hospitals.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Olurotimi Ojo, who spoke at the Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the state branch of Nigerian Medical Association, reiterated the commitment of the government to provision of affordable and qualitative health care system.Read more
Health Workers Begin Strike At FTH Gombe
he Joint Health Sector Union of the Federal Teaching Hospital FTH in Gombe State has begun an indefinite strike over unpaid allowances. Briefing newsmen at the weekend in Gombe, the spokesman of the union, Comrade Idris Bello, said they decided on the strike as a result of the inability of the hospital’s management to meet their demands on welfare. Read more
Oritsejafor, Sultan Urge Rulers On Anti-Malaria Fight
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, and president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, have called on religious and traditional rulers in the country to enlighten the people on the need to keep their environments clean to boost the fight against malaria.
“We have to educate our people to maintain clean environments”, Oritsejafor said at an inter-faith session in Jos at the weekend. He said malaria does not know religion or tribe. Read more
Bauchi Boosts Polio Fight With N80 Million
The Bauchi State government has paid N80 million as counterpart fund to Dangote and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to boost the fight against polio.
A statement by Director of Press to the Bauchi governor, Ibrahim Sani Umar, said the state governor, Mohammed A Abubakar, said despite its challenges, his government would continue to honour its obligation especially in critical sectors. Read more
3 Ex-policemen Appear In Court Over Alleged Manslaughter
The police on Monday arraigned three ex-policemen at an Akure Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged unlawfully killing of one Oluwatobi Badmus, 20.
The accused persons are Awodeyi Adesola, 30; Adedeji Adekunle, 32; and Adepetu Olamilekan, 27. Read more
Security Summit Paralyses Abuja
The security summit today, Monday, August 16, 2015, at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has paralysed almost all business activities in the Central Business Area of the city.
Findings by Daily Independent showed that all major roads leading to the capital city have been taken over by armed security men. This has led to heavy traffic congestion on major roads, with the result that civil servants and others doing business in the city arrived late for their daily activities. Read more
Imbibe benefits of Hajj, Ambode tells intending pilgrims
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday urged intending pilgrims to imbibe the spiritual benefits of the Hajj to foster peace and religious tolerance in the country.
Ambode spoke at a seminar for intending Muslim pilgrims from Lagos State to prepare them for this year’s pilgrimage to Mecca.
He said Hajj was the fifth pillar of Islam and the exercise should be handled with all the seriousness that it required. Read more
Fasheun, Adams, Dokubo Others Threaten to Sue NNPC over Contract Termination
The pipeline security contractors have threatened to sue the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over the termination of contracts signed during the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
In an open letter to President Muhamadu Buhari by the contractors a copy of which was made available to THISDAY, they stated that the NNPC must, immediately, settle its three months’ indebtedness having fulfilled their own part of the deal. Â The security companies are Dr Fredrick Faseun’s New Age Nigeria Limited; Otunba Gani Adams’ Donyx Global Concept Limited; Alhaji Asari Dokubo’s ATEF Nigeria Limited; Chief Bibo Pere Ajube’s Galery Security Services Limited; Chief Joshua Machiever’s Bajeros Nigeria Limited; Chief Omo’s Close Body Protection Limited and Izon Ibe’ Security Limited. Read more
IG urges adequate funding of police
Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, on Monday called for adequate funding of the Nigeria Police to ensure operational efficiency.
Arase made the call at National Security Conference on, Community Partnership Approach to Internal Security and Crime Management organised by Police and Sun newspapers, in Abuja. He said it was only through adequate funding that the huge logistic demand of the police can be met. Arase noted that modern policing was a cost-intensive venture of which the benefits far outweigh the value of budgetary investment. Read more
Tribunal dismisses Wike’s N100 default complaint against Peterside
The Rivers State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Monday rejected another application by the state governor, Nyesom Wike, asking for the dismissal of the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress’ Candidate in the April 11, 2015 poll, Dr. Dakuku Peterside.
Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission had filed separate applications praying for the dismissal of the petition challenging Wike’s victory at the poll on the grounds that the petitioners failed to pay the N100 said to be prescribed as fee for the issuance of the pre-hearing notice. Read more
I’m still Rivers REC – Khan
The Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Gesila Khan, has said she is still in charge as the state REC and has not been transferred.
Khan was reacting to claims in some quarters that she had been transferred by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The state REC, who was alleged to have been arrested and detained by operatives of the Department of State Services spoke with journalists on Monday at the state INEC office, Port Harcourt during the ongoing inspection and certification of materials used for the 2015 polls. Read more
Gov. Masari sets up committees to probe Shema
Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State, has inaugurated four committees to investigate activities of some departments and agencies in the state during the former administration of Alhaji Ibrahim Shema. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the agencies and departments include the state Road Maintenance Agency (KASROMA), Department of Girl-child Education, Millennium Development Goals (MDG/SURE-P) and Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB). Read more
Quadruplets born to German mum, 65, to leave hospital soon: report
Highly premature quadruplets born to a 65-year-old German woman three months ago are doing well and will leave hospital in a few days, media reported Monday.
German commercial television station RTL presented what it called the first footage of Neeta, Dries, Bence and Fijon since they were born about at 15 weeks in early May. Read more
Kogi PDP elders endorse Wada for second term
The Kogi PDP Elders Advisory Council has endorsed the state governor, Capt. Idris Wada for a second term in office.
Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, Chairman of the council announced the decision at a new briefing on Monday in Lokoja. Read more
Russia probes ‘selfie with dead’ online community
Russia is investigating an online community that urges members to post selfies with dead people and even offers cash prizes for the best shot, police told AFP on Monday.
A police spokesman in the northern city of Syktyvkar told AFP they have opened an investigation into a community called “Selfie with the Deceased” on popular Russian social networking site VK. Read more
Court remands man, 39, in Ogun prison over alleged murder
An Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun on Monday remanded a 39-year-old man, Abdulgafar Odunayo, alleged to have caused the death of one Mr Kazeem Folorunso, a member of a local vigilante group.
Odunayo, whose address was not provided, is being tried for murder.
The Magistrate, Miss Temitope Adebutu, ordered that the accused should be remanded in prison custody pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Read more