SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 2, 2015
Buhari in Closed Door Meeting with Jonathan
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met behind closed door with his immediate predecessor, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
Although no official statement has been issued on what transpired at the meeting which lasted about five minutes, there are insinuation that the former president may have visited his successor to brief him on his latest international assignment in Tanzania. Read more
Crisis in Ijaw National Congress Claims 11 Officers
The crisis rocking the leadership of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), the umbrella body of the Ijaw ethnic nationality, has claimed 11 national officers of the organization.
The INC said in a statement by Dr Bibobra Bello Orubebe, National Secretary and Mr Miebaka Dagogo Tamunomiebi, National Publicity Secretary, that those removed from office are nine officers of the National Executive Council.
He listed them as Mr. Charles Ambaiowei – Vice President; Sir Theodore Ezonfade – National Secretary who was on suspension; High Chief Williams Mkpah – National Assistant Secretary; Lady Meg Agidee – National Financial Secretary; Pastor Victor Burubo – National Publicity Secretary; Arc Amagbe Kentebe – National Organising Secretary; Chief(Barr) V. B. Bamuza-Mutu – National Legal Adviser; Chief Phillip Agu – National Auditor and Lady Ebiere Gold – National Welfare Secretary. Read more
We are right behind Mourinho – Mikel
Nigeria international John Obi Mikel has disclosed that his Chelsea teammates are giving their all for under fire manager Jose Mourinho in the wake of their 3-1 to Liverpool at the Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have made a false start in the English topflight and are currently ranked 15th with 11 points from 11 game. Read more
Bayelsa’s gunmen abduct RCCG’s pastor, two church members
Gunmen have abducted a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, New Anointing Chapel, Mark Christmas, in Bayelsa State.
Christmas was abducted alongside two of his church members in his hometown, Biseingbene community, in Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state. Read more
Ambode appoints ex-AIG Olakpe as LASTMA boss
The State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has approved the appointment of a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr. Christian Akioja Olakpe, as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority.
Olakpe’s appointment, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Habib Aruna, on Monday was in “strong response to the complaints by the public on the situation of traffic on the streets of Lagos”.Read more
NBA Discovers 1,000 Fake Lawyers
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) said on Monday in Akure, Ondo State, that no fewer than 1,000 fake lawyers had been identified by the association through the NBA stamp policy launched on April 15, 2015.
The discovery was disclosed by the Third Vice President of the NBA, Mr Akintokunbo Oluwole in an address delivered at the special court sitting to mark the opening of the 2015/2016 Legal Year in Ondo State. According to NBA officer, the issue of quacks was a serious cankerworm which had eaten deep into the fabric of the legal profession and needs to be addressed frontally. Read more
Fayose: Nigerians Won’t Tolerate Military Dictatorship from Buhari
The Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has restated that Nigerians won’t tolerate military dictatorship from President Muhammadu Buhari since the country runs a constitutional democracy that allows citizens to speak their minds on national issues .
Fayose was emphatic that the statement credited to the Special Assistant on Public Communications to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu warning the governor against speaking on the running of the economy by the federal government was tantamount to dictatorial mentality. Read more
NNPC loses N59.4bn in September
The latest Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Group financial report has shown that the Corporation incurred a loss of N59.4bn in the month of September 2015, The Punch reports.
It specifically stated that in September, the corporation’s total expenses were N171.914bn, while its revenue for the same month was N112.514bn. Read more
Aisha Buhari Launches Walk Against Cancer
Women have been advised to embark on regular medical checks of their health status to avoid infliction of cancer and other related ailments.
Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari made the remark in Abuja while leading women and men on a walk to remind Nigerians against the dangers of cancer. Read more
What Nigerians want from Federal Executive Council
Due to the current economic, security and infrastructural challenges in the country, Nigerians have began to express their expectations from the incoming Federal Executive Council (FEC).
In a tweet chat between 2:00pm and 3:00pm on Monday, Twitter users used the hashtag #MondayTango to emphasize the need for the FEC to initiate government policies and programmes as well as ensure that they are properly implemented. Read more
Fuel Scarcity: Sokoto to Assist Independent Petroleum Marketers
Sokoto State Government, Monday said it would assist independent petroleum marketers in the state to enter bulk purchase agreements with the Petroleum Products Marketing Company ( PPMC).
The State Commissioner of Commerce, Industries and Toursim, Alhaji Aminu Bello, made the disclosure at an emergency stakeholders’ meeting with the officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources( DPR) and major and independent petroleum marketers in the state. He said the meeting was convened due to the persistent scarcity of petroleum products across the state. Read more
Techno Oil LPG cylinder plant targets 5million units annually
The Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Techno Oil Limited, Mrs. Nkechi Obi recently indicated during an interview with the Daily Sun, that the Techno Oil plant coming on stream by the end of November this year is targeting the production of five million units of cooking gas cylinders annually.
She noted that in comparative terms, the adoption of LPG currently stands at 10 per cent in Nigeria, while Ghana is at 45 per cent. Senegal stands at 40 per cent and Brazil has 90 per cent adoption rate. She said Nigeria’s standing is even more laughable compared with neighbouring countries like Togo and Benin Republic. Read more
80% Nigerians must know their rights by Dec – NHRC
The National Human Rights Commission says it will ensure that 80 per cent of Nigerians are aware of their fundamental human rights by the end of December, 2015.
Its Executive Secretary, Prof. Bem Angwe, made the declaration on Monday in Abuja when he received the Director-General, National Orientation Agency, Mr Mike Omeri, to the commission’s headquarters. Read more
I’ve been a Victim of Piracy, Says Osinbajo
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday revealed that he had been a victim of piracy and other forms of adopting someone’s original work without consent or giving credit to the author.
The Vice President who made the revelation at the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) lecture held in Lagos noted that even as he has fallen victim of such practices in Nigeria, he has also been a beneficiary of the copyright system. Read more
Masquerades Lead Protest Against School Merger in Osun
Six masquerades on Monday led protest in Esa-Oke, Obokun Local Government of Osun State against the alleged plan by the state government to merge the polytechnics and colleges of education in the state.
A rumour had spread on Monday that the state government was taking steps to merge the two colleges of education in Ilesa and Ila-Orangun, including the two polytechnics in Esa-Oke and Iree. Read more
How Ex-governor Goje Forged Assembly Resolution to Secure N5bn Loan
A former clerk of the Gombe state House of Assembly, Shehu Mohammed Atiku, has alleged that former governor of the State, Alhaji Danjuma Goje, forged the resolution of the assembly to secure N5bn facility from Access Bank.
While testifying at a Federal High Court sitting in Gombe in a corruption suit instituted against the ex-governor by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Atiku said the resolution used by Goje to secure the loan did not emanate from the assembly. Read more
Letter from Africa: What’s the point of Nigeria’s traditional kings?
In our series of letters from African journalists, Sola Odunfa in Lagos considers what makes one of Nigeria’s many kings so special.
For the last week there has been great excitement in Ile-Ife, the centuries-old city in south-west Nigeria that ethnic Yoruba people regard as their spiritual home. Residents have been celebrating the appointment of a successor to the throne of Ooni of Ife, which became vacant in July on the death of the incumbent, Oba Okunade Sijuwade. Read more
FG opposes Dasuki’s request for foreign trip
The Federal Government on Monday urged a Federal High Court in Abuja not to accede to the request by former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, for the release of his travel documents to enable him travel abroad.
Dasuki, a retired Colonel of the Nigerian Army, is standing trial for illegal possession of firearms and money laundering of about N84.6million. Read more
Troops drive Boko Haram out of school building
Nigerian troops have driven Boko Haram extremists out of an abandoned north-eastern primary school in a shootout that killed four militants.
Insurgents were using the school as a transit camp until Sunday’s attack, an army statement said.
Boko Haram – a nickname which means “Western education is forbidden” – has attacked many schools that have closed, been burned down or been abandoned in much of north-eastern Borno state. Read more
EU backs FG’s polio immunisation with N4bn
The European Support to Immunisation Governance in Nigeria on Monday said it had committed N4bn into this year’s immunisation programmes in Nigeria.
The organisation said the gesture was part of its determination to ensure that Nigeria ended the scourge of polio and obtain World Health Organisation’s certification as a polio-free country in 2017. Read more
DPR Seals 7 Fuel Filling Stations in Minna
Seven petrol stations in Minna, Niger state, belonging to Independent marketers have been sealed by officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources.
DPR, which caught some of the stations unawares, met them selling at N97 as against the N87 approved pump price for premium motor spirit. Read more