SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 2, 2016
Buhari Picks Danjuma, Dangote To Resettle IDPs
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday disclosed that a committee to rehabilitate infrastructure and resettle Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the North-East geo-political zone will soon be inaugurated.
The committee, to be led by a frontline statesman, Lt. Gen Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd) will also include Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote. Read more
No Plan To Ban Hijab – Presidency
The Presidency has denied insinuations and rumours making the rounds that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has banned Hijab, the Muslim women’s dressing symbol of modesty.
LEADERSHIP WEEKEND recalls that President Buhari in his maiden media chat during the week said the Federal government may ban the wearing of hijab in public places, in view of its widespread use in suicide bombing. Read more
Aregbesola sees opportunities in financial challenges
Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said the current financial crisis facing the nation has abundance of opportunities embedded in it.
The governor said this in a New Year message broadcast in Osogbo on Friday. A copy of the message was made available to our correspondent by the governor’s media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon. Read more
2016: Ambode promises more opportunities for Lagos youths
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday gave an assurance to residents that his administration would provide more opportunities for youths in 2016 with its N25bn Employment Trust Fund.
Ambode, who gave the assurance in his first New Year broadcast to Lagosians, said he was optimistic that 2016 would be a groundbreaking year for the good people of the state. Read more
For Sandeep Gogia, No Hiding Place for an Accused
Justice may take long in coming but no matter how long, it takes its course once free of encumbrances. This aptly situates the case of an Indian, Mr. Sandeep Gogia, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of a Lagos-based firm, Eastern Metals Ltd, now standing trial before an Ikeja High Court. Read more
Without Udom, Akwa Ibom is the Loser
The recent ruling of the appeal court with respect to the April 11 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State did not come to many people as a surprise. It may have surprised some who ignorantly believe the law court is the last hope of the proverbial common man, but not discerning Nigerians who have been following events from the time the people of Akwa Ibom chose Udom Emmanuel, a former banker, as their governor . Read more
Giving Victims of Human Trafficking Access to Justice
In this life, predators can be humans too. They usually come in the form of close relatives, friends and associates. Loosely, trafficking means exploitation; the implication is that once a person is in the grip of another person who derives any form of reward from his or her presence, that person, who receives next to nothing in return from that association, is being trafficked. Read more
Edo 2016: Discuss Issues, not Obaseki, APC Chieftain Urges Aspirants
A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Edo State, Mr. Ogedengbe Eseosa on Friday called on those aspiring for elective positions under his party’s umbrella to eschew politics of bitterness and name callings and urged them to rather discuss issues and not personalities. Read more
Delta Speaker Lists Achievements
The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya on Thursday reminisced on the first seven months of the Sixth Assembly, describing it as “wonderful” Igbuya in a New Year message to Deltans at home and abroad said that the period would remain evergreen in his memory.
He listed the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency Law, 2015, Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board Law, 2015, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Law, 2015, Delta State Appropriation (Amendment) Law, 2015 and the Delta State Contributory Health Commission Law, 2015 as major achievements of the Sixth Legislative Assembly. Read more
Cultists Kill Pregnant Woman, Three Others In Delta
Rampaging cultists in Obiaruku and Kwale Communities, Delta State, yesterday in the early hours allegedly killed a pregnant woman and three others between Ogume and Kwale community.
It was reliably gathered that the cultists are members of the Ake dreaded confraternity and Vinckies confraternity who allegedly suck blood during their initiations, as they engaged in rival war. Read more
Aregbesola: Era of Unearned Revenues Over
The Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said that the era of unearned revenues has come to an end as he urged Nigerians to be ready to sacrifice for a country that must survive the present economic challenges.
The governor, in a New Year broadcast relayed on state television and radio, prayed that the year would be peaceful and usher in fresh opportunities, goodness, prosperity and abundance to all and sundry. Read more
‘Nigerians Will Enjoy Economic Impact of Buhari’s Govt This Year’
Nigerians have been urged to exercise patience with the administration of President Muhammodu Buhari with assurance that they would start feeling the economic impact of his government in 2016.
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Osun state who aspired for a seat in the House of Representatives during the last general elections, Prince Ayodele Kusamotu made this known in Ikirun while meeting with the people of Boripe/Odo-Otin/Ifelodun federal constituency where he aspires to represent. Read more
Imo State Woos More Investors
The newly appointed Imo Liaison Officer in Lagos, Barrister Steve Asimobi has charged members of staff of the Liaison office to join hands with the Imo State Government to attract investors to the state, so as to create job opportunities for the people, as well as establish industries and other necessary infrastructure in the state. Read more
Let Treasury Looters Face The Law
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has stated clearly that in the ongoing pursuit of treasury looters, returning what was stolen will not be sufficient ground to set anyone free. He insisted that there must be restitution in which case those found culpable will still have to face the wrath of the law and, if found guilty, sent to jail. This ought to be music to the ears of most Nigerians. Read more
Plight Of Children In IDPs’ Camps
he conditions of many in the various IDP camps in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, is to say the least, pathetic, but more worrisome is the plight of children in the camps who by no offense of theirs, were forced by circumstances to become part of the occupants of these pitiable environments.
The story of these children is better imagined than heard as some of them said it was only by the grace of God that they made it alive to the various camps. Read more
WFM91.7: Nigeria’s First Radio Station for Women Launched
WFM 91.7, the female-centric radio station, which also caters for men and the family, was formally presented to the public on Friday, December 18, 2015 at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The launch was with high-class glamour as top celebrities across various strata of society, led by the wife of Nigeria’s president, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, graced the occasion. Read more
Empowering the Youths of Nigeria
Despite the breakdown of moral values and lack of mentorship in the polity, there are still few people who are doing everything within their capacity to mentor young ones to become useful and successful in the society.
One of such is an unassuming but intelligent entrepreneur, Uche Ahubelem, MD/CEO Brickwall Group of Companies. Read more
Day Akwa Ibom Assembly Elected 11th Speaker
It was day of joy on Monday, December 21, when Honourable Onofiok Luke, 35 – year – old emerged Speaker of the oil-rich Akwa-Ibom State House of Assembly, having won his election to represent Nsit Ubium constituency of the state on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
His emergence was on the heels of the decision of the Court of Appeal that nullified the election of the erstwhile speaker of the State Assembly Honourable Aniekan Uko. Read more
Most Nigerian clubs don’t have budgets – Ezeji
Heartland forward, Victor Ezeji, has taken a swipe at the clubs in the Nigeria Premier League, saying most of them do not have budgets for the season.
Several clubs in the league have yet to pay their players for some months in the last season. Read more
CHAN 2016: Assistant coach assures Nigerians of Super Eagles’ readiness
Super Eagles’ assistant coach Jean Losciuto on Friday in Abuja assured of the home-based team’s readiness for the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda.
Losciuto, however, told newsmen at the team’s occasional interactive session with the media that the team’s handlers were presently faced with the challenge of players’ selection. Read more
2016: Sports stakeholders expect glory, demand changes
Onigbinde, a former coach of the Super Eagles and CAF instructor, said establishing a functional sports developmental programme would be the foundation for such success in 2016He said, “There is one thing I’ve been requesting for in the past 50 years. I remember the first time I requested for it was in 1965 and that is a copy of the developmental programme for sports in Nigeria. In the absence of that, we will not make progress as we should. It’s said that the definition of lunacy is doing the same thing, in the same way, over and over and expecting a different result. Read more
Rio 2016 is possible for Nigeria – D’ Tigress
Coach Scott Nnaji coached D’ Tigress to a third place win at the AfroBasket Women championship held in Cameroun with an injured leg, but the Olympic Qualifying Tournament will certainly be different.
He called the shot for the girls to go all out against a strong field for a 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics ticket.
NFF: Sports minister can do more for total peace
Ominous are the signals from a group of stakeholders in Nigerian football to usher in the new year. After the disorder that trailed the elections into the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation in 2014 and the resolution of the disputes through the courts and arbitration, the group led by Mr. Chris Giwa, proprietor of Giwa FC of Jos, has been issuing drumbeats of war with threat as conveyed in their several statements to crash in and seize the secretariat of the NFF, ostensibly to recover an nonexistent or, at best, moribund mandate. Read more
FBI wanted terror suspect as informant, grandma says
Within the past two months, a New Yorker arrested earlier this week talked several times with an FBI informant about hiswillingness to carry out a terrorist attack, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.
But Emanuel Lutchman’s role could have been reversed. The FBI contacted the 25-year-old Rochester man in the fall to recruit him as an informant, said Lutchman’s grandmother, Beverley Carridice-Henry, who lives in the Tampa area. Read more
China creates 3 new army units to modernize military
China has created three new military bodies as part of reforms to modernize its military — the world’s largest standing force — and improve its fighting capacity.
State television on Saturday showed President Xi Jinping giving military flags to the leaders of the three new units — a general command for the People’s Liberation Army, a missile force and a strategic support force. At the ceremony, which took place Thursday, Xi and PLA officers and soldiers sang the national anthem. Read more
Gunmen attack Indian air force base near Pakistan border
Four gunmen and two Indian guard have been killed in an attack on an Indian air force base near the border with Pakistan, in an apparent attempt to derail a thaw in relations between the neighbours. Read more
Cosby case: Judge rules Camille Cosby must testify
In the same week that comedian Bill Cosby was arrested on sexual assault charges, his wife, Camille Cosby, learned she must testify in a civil case against the entertainer filed by seven women who said he defamed them, court documents said.
On Thursday a federal magistrate judge in Massachusetts rejected arguments by Cosby’s wife of almost 52 years, who also has been his business manager, that the deposition would represent an “undue burden.” Read more
Dubai Investigates Cause Of 63-Storey Luxury Hotel Fire
Authorities in Dubai say they are working to determine the cause of the fire that engulfed a 63-storey luxury hotel in the city on New Year’s Eve even as firefighters continue to douse its embers.
The fire erupted before the city’s fireworks extravaganza and engulfed the Address Downtown, comprising hotels and residences in Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. Read more