Sabinews Evening News Update for August 13, 2015
Buhari reinstates sacked NPA MD
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday reinstated Mr. Habibu Abdullahi as the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority.
He therefore relieved Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero of his appointment as the MD.
Bayero’s appointment was one of the late hour decisions taken by former President Goodluck Jonathan shortly after he lost his re-election bid in the March 28 presidential election. Read more
Senate approves Edo $75m World Bank loan
The Senate on Thursday approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari for a $75m World Bank loan for Edo State.
The Senate gave the approval after considering the report of the Senator Kabiru Gaya-led ad-hoc committee which worked on the loan request. Read more
PDP defectors are failed politicians – Bayelsa govt
Bayelsa State Government has carpeted politicians dumping the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress in the state, saying they are politicians that have been tested and failed.
The government’s position was expressed during an interview with Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, Mrs. Ebizi Brown, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, on Thursday. Brown, speaking on the stream of derections hitting the PDP, said their defections would not in any way affect the fortunes of the PDP, insisting that the defectors were failed and spent forces. Read more
FCT Police Warns Against Disruption Of Public Peace
The Federal Capital (FCT) Police Command has warned individuals and groups against public disturbances in the territory.
This is contained in a statement issued by the command’s spokesman, ASP Anjuguri Manzah, on Thursday in Abuja.
“The FCT Police Command has observed with dismay, the habit of some individuals and groups who come into the FCT to carry out their protests in disorderly and sometimes riotous manner,’’ it said. Read more
Consuming Onions Can Lower Cancers’ Risks – Expert
Mr Tunde Ajobo, a dietician and Head , Department of Dietetics at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan in Oyo state , has said that the consumption of onions can lower the risks of several types of cancer.
Ajobo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that, “Onions are part of the allium family of vegetables and herbs, which also includes chives, garlic, scallions and leeks. Read more
How EFCC Is Compromising On Ex-Gov Chime’s Corruption Probe, By Nnaji
Former National Auditor of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one-time Commissioner for Youths and Sports in Enugu State, Ray Nnaji, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of compromising on its ongoing corruption investigation of ex- Governor Sullivan Chime’s administration.
Nnaji raised the alarm in Enugu on Thursday, August 13, 2015. The Enugu-based lawyer said that he reliably gathered from EFCC Headquarters in Abuja that Chime sneaked into the place on Wednesday and spent 12 hours, yet the anti-graft agency did not let the public know what transpired. Read more
Why Anambra Wants To Recruit 1,500 Teachers
The Anambra state government is to employ no fewer than 1,500 primary school teachers to succeed the retired ones.
The new teachers are expected to have a minimum of National Certificate in Education (NCE) with knowledge of computer. The Chairman of Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Nzemeka Olisa, disclosed this to newsmen in his office in Awka on Wednesday. Read more
Bauchi pilgrims pay N12m for Saudi Arabia rams
The Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board said it has deposited N12m with Jaiz Bank in Bauchi, Bauchi State for the rams to be slaughtered by the state’s intending pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.
Alhaji Aliyu Suleiman, the Executive Secretary of the board, said this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Bauchi, capital of Bauchi State. Suleiman said the amount was paid by some intending pilgrims from the state for the rams they would slaughter during the forthcoming 2015 Hajj. Read more
Nephew, others mourn Lagos helicopter crash pilot, Ochenjele
Issac Ochenjele, the nephew of Ben Ochenjele, one of the pilots of the Bristow Helicopter that crashed in Lagos on Wednesday afternoon, has described the death of his uncle as painful.
Mourning the death of Ben, a father of three, on his Facebook wall, Isaac recalled that the late Benue State-born pilot contributed largely to his wedding ceremonies. Read more
Ex-MEND leaders back Boroh on Amnesty beneficiaries’ probe
Leaders of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta on Thursday threw their weight behind the ongoing probe and verification being conducted by the Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Implementation Committee, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (retd.).
They said the probe became imperative in order to know the exact number of ex-militants benefiting from the Federal Government’s programme. Read more
End insurgency in three months, Buhari orders service chiefs
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday decorated the nation’s new service chiefs with a directive that they must come up with a concerted effort that will end the activities of the Boko Haram sect within three months.
Buhari was joined by the Vice President and the military officers’ spouses to decorate them with their new ranks inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President directed them to get back to work and make the nation proud, saying they must justify the honour done them with their appointments. Read more
Helicopter crash: Two missing victims recovered dead
The two remaining persons on board the ill-fated helicopter, that crashed into the Lagos lagoon on Wednesday, have been recovered.
The victims, who were fished out of the lagoon by the emergency management agencies and local divers at about 10.30am, had, however, died. Read more
Seven Kenyan pupils drown during excursion
Governor of Salim Mvurya, Kwale County, Kenya, said on Thursday that seven students drowned while swimming in the Indian Ocean, during an annual trip organised by their school authorities.
He said no fewer than 49 other students were rescued from the sea after being hit by a tidal wave on Wednesday.
The incident occurred at Diani Beach, a tourist destination south of Mombasa, where the pupils aged between 13 and 15, had arrived from central Kenya. Read more
Buhari reiterates his administration’s commitment to steady power supply
President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged his administration’s readiness to realize steady power supply in the country, Vanguard reports.
The president gave the assurance after receiving briefing notes of the activities in the sector by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, in his office.
He noted that his administration had identified that the core problem of the power sector in Nigeria was more related to transmission than generation and as such, assured that all hands would be on deck to address the problems and attain steady power supply, which in turn would launch the country into faster socio-economic development. Read more
Ebonyi Govt To Tackle Mother-Child Mortaly With UNFPA
Ebonyi State government is to key into the programmes of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to reduce mortality and enhance the well being of Ebonyi women and children.
The state Governor, Chief Dave Umahi, disclosed this during a courtesy call by the the Resident representative of the UNFPA, Mrs. Ratidzai Ndhiovu, at Government House, Abakaliki, on Thursday, August 13, 2015.
The governor, who acknowledged the enormous benefits the state had derived from UNFPA, reiterated the determination of his administration to tackle issues that militate against Maternal and Child health care delivery in the state, saying that his effort was to ensure that no pregnant woman dies during child birth under his watch. Read more
Police lost 12,000 men in two years – PSC
The Police Service Commission said in Abuja on Thursday that Nigeria Police lost 12,000 officers between 2013 resulting from death, dismissal, desertion and or retirement.
The Chairman of the commission, Mr Mike Okiro, who made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria, said in spite of this, there had not been recruitment into the force during the period.
“In the last two years, the police lost 12,000 personnel as of the last count,’’ he said. He contended that internal security would be adversely affected by 2016 if there was no recruitment into the police. Read more
Many more to go, says NNPC GMD
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu, on Thursday, said more purging was on the way as part of his activities aimed at restructuring the company for better performance and accountability.
He said the restructuring would affect all levels of the corporation with the new Group Executive Directors and Group Managing Directors taking the exercise to the lower layers. Read more
Breaking News: Buhari sacks NPA MD, reinstates Abdullahi
President Muhammadu Buhari has terminated the appointment of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero.
The termination of Alhaji Bayero’s appointment is with immediate effect.
A statement by the presidential spokesperson, Mr. Femi Adesina directed Bayero to hand over the management of the NPA and all government property in his possession to Mr. Habibu Abdullahi who has been reinstated as Managing Director of the NPA by President Buhari. Read more
Pope urged to condemn gay unions as unnatural
Nearly half a million Catholics have signed a petition urging Pope Francis to condemn same sex unions as unnatural and rule out allowing divorced believers who remarry to receive communion, organisers claim.
The Filial Appeal on the Future of the Family, launched by a group describing itself as an alliance of lay Catholics and pro-Life organisations, has also secured the backing of more than 100 senior clerics, including many bishops from the developing world and American cardinal Raymond Burke, an arch-conservative who has been sidelined within the Vatican hierarchy since Francis was elected two years ago. Read more
16 dead in Cambodian bus plunge: police
At least 16 Cambodians were killed and 23 others injured on Thursday after a bus plummeted off a mountain road, police said.
The victims — mostly women in their 50s and 60s from Phnom Penh — were on a religious tour along the Cambodia-Thailand border when the bus plunged off the Dangrek Mountains and crashed into a valley, local police chief Hing Pheung told AFP. “Twelve people were killed at the spot and four others died in hospital,” he said, adding that 23 people were injured and hospitalised. Read more
Dickson assures APC of security during Sat rally
Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has assured the All Progressives Congress in the state of adequate security before, during and after its planned rally on Saturday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.
He has also directed relevant organs of the government to grant the APC and other political parties, the use of the state-owned Samson Siasia Sports Complex and other facilities of the government for political rallies on request. Read more
Deportation: Nigerian loses $100m suit against united Airlines
A Federal High Court in Lagos has struck out a suit filed by human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), to challenge the alleged unlawful deportation and inhuman treatment of a Nigerian, Jacob Ajomale, by officials of the United States of America in 2010.
In addition to the Attorney General of the Federation sued as the third respondent, Falana also sued United Airlines and the Ministry of Internal Affairs from which he sought compensation for Ajomale in sums of $100m and N100m respectfully. Read more
Power generation has hit 4,600MW – Power Ministry
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali said yesterday that Nigeria’s power generation has improved to 4,600 megawatts (Mw) from about 3,000Mw, The Nation reports.
Igali, who briefed State House correspondents after presenting the activities of the ministry to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said; “We are doing over 4600Mw of power on the grid and we can do better. But then this is a big improvement from about 3,000 Mw”. Read more
UNICEF Envoy Visits Yobe Governor
The UNICEF Country Representative in Nigeria and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ms Jean Gaugh, on Thursday, August 13, 2015, visited Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, at the Government House, Damaturu.
The spokesman of the state, Abdullah Bego, stated that the governor and his visitor discussed cooperation and patnership between UNICEF and the Yobe State Government in the areas of water and sanitation, education and pyscho-social support, nutrition and support to victims of insurgency. Read more
Deputy Speaker Mourns Ooni of Ife
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yussuff Sulaimon Lasun has expressed condolences to the Government and people of Osun state over the demise of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade.
This is as the House at plenary Thursday observed a minute of silence in honour of the late monarch who passed on at the age of 85 years. The Deputy Speaker in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Wole Oladimeji, said the effect of the death of the monarch will reverberate beyond the shores of Yorubaland. Read more
EFCC Open To Constructive Criticisms – Lamorde
The Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde has said the Commission is not adverse to constructive criticisms that can ensure victory in the war against corruption.
Speaking yesterday, during a meeting with members of the Coalition of Civil Society Groups in Nigeria, CCOSGIN, in Abuja, Lamorde said the success so far recorded by the Commission in the war against corruption would not have been possible without the active support of the civil society groups. Read more
15 killed in seven days in Plateau attacks – Group
For the second time in two months, the Plateau State Government has declared a curfew on Barki Ladi and Riyom Local Government Areas, after no fewer than 15 people have been killed in clandestine attacks in the last seven days.
The native Berom people and the Hausa/Fulani herdsmen have engaged themselves in in violent clashes in the two areas. Read more
Okowa urges Buhari to complete second Niger Bridge
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to complete the ongoing Second Niger Bridge, the Warri Port and some other strategic roads in the state.
Okowa spoke with State House correspondents shortly after a meeting he had with Buhari inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said he decided to visit the President and thank him for the appointment of an indigene of his state as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation even though he got the appointment on merit. Read more
Buhari approves new GGMs for NNPC
President Muhamadu Buhari has approved new group general managers to manage some of the divisions of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
This is coming as the Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu, explained that the task of restructuring the national oil firm into a lean, efficient, and business-focused organisation warranted the management’s approval to retire 38 senior managers in the company. Read more