Sabinews Evening News Update for October 12, 2015
Buhari sends names of second set of ministerial nominees
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent in the second batch of ministerial nominees list.
The list was delivered to the Senate President by Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly, Senator Ita Enang. Read more
Saraki to Know Fate on Tuesday
The legislative house elections petition tribunal sitting in Ilorin, Kwara state capital, will this Tuesday deliver its ruling in a petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Kwara central senatorial district during the March 28 national assembly election, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, against the election of the APC candidate, Senator Bukola Saraki. The three-man tribunal is led by Justice Josiah Majebi.
The PDP candidate, in a petition marked NAT/LEG/EPT/IL/2/2015 is challenging Senator Saraki’s victory, claiming that he won majority votes and he should be declared winner. Read more
Boko Haram: Obasanjo leads Colombian experts to Buhari
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday led some Colombian security experts to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to share their experience in combating terror.
Obasanjo, who spoke with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, said Nigeria needs to learn how Colombia had survived insurgency for more than 50 years. Read more
Tragedy in Lagos, as unknown gunmen kill Lekki Free Trade Zone MD
Tragedy on Monday, hit Lagos State, as unknown gun men attacked and shot dead, the Managing Director of Lekki Free Trade Zone, Alhaji Tajudeen Disu.
Disu, who was on inspection of the area in the early hours, was said to have been ambushed by his assailants before he was shot dead at close range, leaving him his pool of blood. Reacting to the unfortunate incident, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, expressed sadness over the loss, even as he appealed to residents of Ibeju Lekki area to give peace a chance by allowing government to carry out projects aimed at bringing development to their communities. Read more
EFCC arrests, grills Suswam
Former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, was on Monday arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over alleged massive corruption during his tenure as governor of the north central state.
Suswam is alleged to have made away with state funds running into billions of naira and is expected to defend himself against the charges. The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwajuren, who confirmed Suswam’s arrest, said the ex-governor is being quizzed by the anti-graft agency. Read more
Internally Displaced Persons are 5m, Not 2.1m – Dogara
Contrary to official figures which placed the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at 2.1 million, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has said the figure is as high as five million displaced by the activities of the Boko Haram sect.
Speaking when he received the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Ms. Angel Dekonge Antangara in his office, Dogara reiterated the commitment of the lower house to the cause of the IDPs and to rebuilding the North East. Read more
UNESCO Centre Accuses Aregbesola of Contempt of Court
The Osogbo, Osun State based Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU) has accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of being contemptuous of the Federal High Court,Osogbo currently sitting on a case over the constitution of the centre’s board.
The centre and its registered trustees had in 2013 dragged the Osun state government to court for setting up a parallel board headed by Professor Wole Soyinka for the centre
The case could not go on on Monday as the judge was said to be busy with his colleagues at an official event in Nasarawa state. It was rescheduled for November 11, 2015. Read more
Dell to buy data-storage EMC for $67 bn in mega deal
Computer giant Dell Inc announced Monday it was buying data-storage giant EMC Corporation for $67 billion, a mega merger in the technology industry.
Dell, which founder Michael Dell and private-equity firm Silver Lake Partners bought out in 2013 to take the company private, said the acquisition of EMC, the world’s largest provider of data storage systems, “will create the world’s largest privately controlled, integrated technology company” in the $2 trillion information technology market. Read more
Tinubu replies The Sun Newspapers
National Leader of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has strongly denounced a report in The Sun newspaper that he is teeming up with Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to undermine the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Tinubu’s reaction titled “TINUBU REMAINS TRUE TO THE APC VISION AND THE NIGERIAN PROJECT”, was contained in a statement issued on his behalf by Sunday Dare, his Chief of Staff/Special Adviser Media. Read more
Nigeria to cut gas supplies to Ghana over debt
The power crisis in Ghana is set to worsen in the coming days as Nigeria threatens to cut gas supply to the Aboadze Thermal Plant.
The development has been occasioned by the failure of government to settle its indebtedness to the Nigerian gas authorities. According to sources within the Power sector, Ghana owes the Nigerian authorities over GHC100million. Read more
Igbo presidential bid: Those that can read, write live to lead – Don
Dr Chigozie, Nnabuhie of the Department of Linguistics, African and Asian Studies, University of Lagos has called on the Igbos to seek the highest good inherent in education. Nnabuhie made the call at the Inaugural IgboLIfe Leadership Lecture/Award entitled, “Igbo Leadership Challenge-The Role of Igbo Socio-cultural Organisations” on Saturday Lagos. Read more
Trapped thief calls police for help
A trapped thief in Germany called the police for help, officials said on Monday. The man had broken into a house in Bonn in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia but got stuck in a storage room when the door slammed shut behind him.
He was forced to call the police, who freed him from his unexpected prison before delivering him temporarily to another. Read more
Unical Shut Following Students’ Protest
The authorities of University of Calabar (Unical) have shut down the institution following a protest staged by the students on Monday morning.
However, a press statement signed by the registrar of the university, Moses Abang, said the school was on a “two-week mid-semester break.” Abang’s statement read: “The management of the University of Calabar has announced a two week mid semester break for all students of the University with effect from today, 12th October, 2015. Read more
Flood: Vacate river banks, Kwara govt. directs residents
Amidst reports of imminent flooding, the Kwara Government on Monday directed residents of the state living on river banks to vacate such areas.
The Special Adviser on Emergency and Relief services, Alhaji Abdullahi Duro-Mohammed, gave the warning when he visited some flood-prone areas in llorin. Duro-Mohammed said the warning followed the recent Federal Government directive that water would soon be released from various dams. Read more
NAPTIP boss outlines challenges militating agains anti-trafficking war
The Lagos Zone, National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP), says the uncooperative attitude of victims and the public is militating against its carrying out its mandate.
The Zonal Commander, Mr Joseph Famakin, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.Read more
Association urges PoS operators, regulators to increase public awareness
The Electronic Payment Providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN) on Monday urged operators and regulators of Point of Sales (PoS) terminals to create more awareness about the machines, to increase its patronage.
The E-PPAN Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mrs Onajite Regha, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that increased awareness would help increase acceptance of e-payment options in the country. Read more
Guinea opposition demands presidential vote be annulled
Guinea’s opposition on Monday called for a re-run of this weekend’s first-round presidential vote, rejecting the Sunday ballot even before the results were counted and pledging to take to the streets in protest.
“We cannot accept this ballot, we request it be annulled. We will not accept the results of this vote,” opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo said at a press conference also attended by the six other candidates challenging incumbent President Alpha Conde. Read more
2015 Mark d’ ball tournament to set agenda for basketball promotion
Organiser of annual Mark d’ ball Basketball Competition, Ighoche Mark said the 2015 competition will be used to set agenda for Nigeria’s basketball.
A statement released by the competition’s Director of Media and Publicity, James Oche quotes Mark, as saying that the 2015 edition of the competition scheduled to run from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31 would attract many players. Read more
Lagos to spend N19bn on 114 roads
In a bid to fulfill one of his campaign promises of investing massively in the construction of rural roads, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Monday unveiled plans to commence the reconstruction of 114 roads across the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the State.
Ambode who disclosed that two roads will be constructed in each of the 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs, however, charged the Councils’ Executive Secretaries to judiciously ensure that the projects meet international standard. Read more