SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 28, 2015
Buhari vows to recover stolen funds
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in New Delhi, India, reaffirmed his administration’s resolute commitment to curbing corruption, plugging all loopholes in public sector accounting and deploying available resources for the good of all Nigerians.
He made the remarks while addressing members of the Nigerian community in India. Read more
Tribunal Sacks Taraba Speaker
The National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Jalingo has set aside the election of the Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Hon. Abel Peter Diah.
Delivering judgement on Wednesday in the petition filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC ) candidate for Mbamga state constituency, Mr Emmanuel Bongo, the tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to the Speaker pending the conclusion of elections in eight polling units in the constituency. Read more
House Wants Power Restored to Seme Border Towns
The House of Representatives, at plenary Wednesday, called for the restoration of power supply to communities at the Seme border area of Badagry, Lagos, where the residents have been without power supply for the last six years.
The plight of the residents was brought to the attention of the House by Hon. Bamgbose Joseph (Lagos APC) who decried the development in such a critical area to national economy. Read more
EFCC re-arraigns Secretary of Delta Scholarship Board over theft of N169m
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday re-arraigned the Executive Secretary of Delta State Scholarship Board, Peter Amromanoh and its accountant, Andrew Boji Nkwor before Justice F.N.Azinge of the Delta State High Court in Asaba on a five count charge of conspiracy and stealing, to the tune of N169m.
According to the anti-graft agency, the duo allegedly paid bursary to “ghost” students. Read more
Trial of looters will be continuous – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said the trial of those who have looted the nation’s treasury and recovery of the loots being carried out by his administration would be a continuous exercise.
He expressed the belief that his administration’s action would end up discouraging selfish Nigerians who are still nursing the ambition of occupying public offices for the sole purpose of enriching themselves. Read more
Travelling Agent Appears In Court For Alleged Forgery Of Medical Certificate
A travelling agent, Segun Adetuwo, 40, was on Wednesday arraigned at Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ for forging medical certificate for a client.
Prosecutor Osa Oyeyemi said that Akindele Ayo, Managing Director, Everyday Scan, Nyanya, Abuja, reported the matter through a petition to the Police Command on Oct. 10. Oyeyemi said that the accused in September last year forged a medical certificate that a client used to process travelling documents to Ukraine for studies. Read more
Court Sentences Man To 6 Months Imprisonment For Stealing
A Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday sentenced a 30-year old man, Solomon Monday, to six months imprisonment for stealing N500,000.
Senior Magistrate Aminu Eri handed down the judgment after the convict, of Peace Village Lugbe Airport Road, had pleaded guilty to the crime contrary to Section 288 of the Penal Code.
The magistrate, however, gave an option of fine of N100, 000 after the convict had pleaded for leniency. Read more
Courts Convict 2 Sokoto Marshals, Remand 15, Says Madawaki
Commandant, Sokoto State Marshals Corps, Alhaji Saidu Madawaki, Wednesday said two officials of the corps had been convicted by various courts for their involvement in criminal activities in the state in the last nine months.
He also said 15 officials of the corps had been remanded in the Sokoto Central Prison in the period under review. Read more
Caritas Nigeria, JDPC Warn Against Naira Devaluation
Caritas Nigeria and Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), an arm of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), have jointly warned the federal government not to devalue the Naira.
The catholic bodies gave the admonition following the advice of the Emir of Kano and former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to the federal government that the Naira should be devalued and fuel subsidy be removed immediately. Read more
FG reiterates readiness to rebuild and rehabilitate areas damaged by boko haram – Vice President Osinbajo.
“Our being here and ready to engage shows our belief in the common humanity of all men, women and children. We may not know them by name or face, we may speak a different language or dialect…….we too, but for time and chance could have been in exactly the same position.”
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, stated this at the opening of the North-East Humanitarian Multi-stakeholders Engagement meeting held at the Government House, Maiduguri, Borno State. Read more
Army Foils Suicide Attack In Adamawa By Woman With Explosives In Handbag
V.O. Ezeugwu, commander of the task force, confirmed this to reporters in Mubi, saying his men intercepted a middle-aged woman with an improvised explosive device.
Ezeuguw said she concealed the device in her hand bag, while heading to the market in Gubula village “to accomplish her evil mission”. Read more
Obasanjo visits new Ooni of Ife
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has just paid a surprise visit to the Giesi Ruling House in Ile-Ife, Osun State. Read more
Buhari to Tackle Infrastructure Challenge in All its Ramifications
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he is fully aware of the expectations of Nigerians from his government, and promised to tackle the challenge of infrastructure in all its ramifications.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari spoke in New Delhi, India, while addressing the Nigerian community.
The president told the Nigerian community he was fully aware of the expectations of Nigerians who elected him on the platform of change, integrity, probity and accountability, and was therefore doing his utmost to meet those expectations. Read more
Senate Rejects N64 Billion for Abuja Airport Second Runway
The Senate on Wednesday kicked against the N64 billion contract for the construction of a second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The Senate, at its plenary declared that the contract sum was “too high”.
In a three-point motion by Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West), the Senate acknowledged the urgent need for a second runway at the airport, but ruled that the contract sum was “too exorbitant”. Read more
Gombe: APC, Guber Candidate Head to Appeal Court
The All Progressive Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate in Gombe state in the April 11 gubernatorial election in the state, Alhaji Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya has headed to the court of Appeal to challenge the judgment of the state election petition tribunal that upheld the victory of Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The tribunal had in its verdict declared Dankwambo as the duly elected governor of Gombe state. Read more
Collection of Multi-Billion Naira Loan Pitches Sylva against Dickson
Bayelsa state government has once again cried out that it is not collecting any multi-billion naira loan through the back door, even as the Sylva-Igiri Governorship Campaign Organisation has continued to insist that there are moves to that effect.
The government’s reaction came following the reaction of Bayelsa youths who took to the street of the state capital demanding that Governor Seriake Dickson should not to take any loan. Read more
Some policies may hurt business, Buhari admits
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday admitted that some of the various measures being put in place by his administration may affect some businesses negatively in the short term.
Despite the initial hurt, however, he said he believed that the measures were right for a sustainable economy which the nation desires.
A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, quoted the President as saying in New Delhi during an interactive session with chief executives of Indian companies with interests in Nigeria. Read more
Lagos attorney-general meets CJ, police boss, seeks collaboration
The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, has pledged the continuous cooperation and support of the Executive for the Judiciary in a bid to promote efficient and speedy administration of justice and the rule of law.
Kazeem made the pledge when he led top management staff of his Ministry on a courtesy visit to the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Funmilayo Atilade, on Wednesday. Read more
Osun lecturers suspend strike
Lecturers in tertiary institutions owned by the Osun State Government on Wednesday announced the suspension of their four months old strike.
The suspension of the strike which started on June 11 was announced in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo by the secretary of the Council of Academic Staff Unions of Osun State Owned Tertiary Institutions, Mr. Olusegun Lana. Read more
Enugu Gets New Customary Court of Appeal President
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state on Wednesday swore in a new acting president of the Enugu State Customary Court of Appeal, Justice George Nnamani, with a charge to him to apply dignity, integrity and total commitment to the sensitive job.
Governor Ugwuanyi who spoke after the swearing-in ceremony at the Government House, Enugu, noted that the exercise was in accordance with the provisions of Section 281 (5) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as amended in order not to create a vacuum in that office. Read more