SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 11, 2015
Buhari’s 11 Do’s and Don’ts for newly inaugurated ministers
These are some Dos and Don’t which are expected to be followed strictly by the 36 new ministers-designate who were sworn in on Wednesday to constitute President Muhammadu Buhari’s change ‘cabinet’.
- Foreign travels must be duty-related
- Ministers must operate within lean resources;
- No more flamboyance
- Strict adherence to the rule of law
- Compliance to Civil Service Rules
How the Igbinedions looted Edo – Oshiomhole
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, on Wednesday said the people of the state will stone Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and his son – Lucky if they realize how the state resources was converted to their personal use.
Lucky was a governor in the state between 1999 and 2007 and a seeming cordial relations between the ex-governor and Oshiomhole has turned sour. Read more
Ohaneze, South-East Govs’ Meeting With Pro-Biafra Protesters Postponed
The expected meeting of the governors of the South-East states, the leadership of Ohaneze and other stakeholders initially slated for this weekend in Owerri, at the instance of Governor Rochas Okorocha to discuss the continued pro-Biafra protests across the South-East states and other neighbouring states, has been shifted to Tuesday, November 17, 2015.
Also, the venue of the meeting has also been moved from Owerri to Enugu known as the traditional headquarters of the South-East states. Read more
AGF, NDLEA urge court to dismiss Kashamu’s suit
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) and the National Drug Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Wednesday urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss a fundamental rights suit filed by Senator Buruji Kashamu.
Justice Ibrahim Buba, who had refused to disqualify himself from the case after being accused of likely bias by NDLEA, has adjourned to November 18 for judgment. Read more
PDP to new ministers: Focus on economy
The Peoples Democratic Party has charged the in-coming ministers to quickly settle down, move fast and focus on the economy.
The party said that the present administration has so far played heavily on dramatising routine procedures and processes, which was even glaring in the prolonged swearing-in of the ministers. Read more
Ministerial portfolios: I ensured round pegs in round holes to avoid non-performance – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said he ensured round pegs were placed in round holes to avoid non-performances as regards designation of portfolio’s to the newly sworn-in 36 ministers who are to form his cabinet. The swearing-in, which was done in nine batches at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa , was witnessed by two guests of each of the appointees, some governors and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The president, who also takes charge of the Ministry of Petroleum as substantive Minister, described the event as a milestone and added that since his inauguration in May, he had been optimistic of bringing high quality persons into his cabinet. Read more
Wike Inaugurates Governing Councils Of Rivers Tertiary Institutions
Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, on Wednesday inaugurated four Governing Councils of the state owned tertiary institutions at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Wike charged the various Pro-Chancellors and Chairmen of the Institutions to stabilize their various institutions. Read more
Osun Shuts Five FG Establishments Over N200m Tax Debt
Osun State Internal Revenue Service (OSIRS) on Tuesday shut five federal establishments in the state over non-remittance taxes totaling N219,895,711.84 due to the state government.
The defaulting federal establishments include Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Retail Mega Station in Osogbo to the tune N27,948,355.30 covering 2008 and 2013; Bank of Agriculture, Osogbo branch to the tune of N43,407,696.55 covering 2006 and 2013; National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife with a liability of N36,578,427.35 covering 2006 and 2013; African Regional Centre for Space Science Technology, OAU, Ile-Ife with liability of N80,152,412.34 covering 2006 and 2011 and International School, OAU campus with liability of N31,808,820.30 covering 2006 and 2011. Read more
I will ginger up anti-corruption campaign – Ag. EFCC chief
The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday said he will ginger up the anti-corruption campaign in the country.
Magu also said he will be guided by the fear of God, patriotism, the rule of law and national interest. Read more
My exit from EFCC, an act of God – Lamorde
The former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, on Tuesday said his exit from the agency was an act of God.
He said it is ordained for office holders to leave at a stage for others to come in.
He warned the staff of the agency against sabotaging the acting chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu. Read more
Court Remands Student For Stealing Cell Phone
A Mararaba Grade 1 Area Court, Aso Pada in Nasarawa State, on Wednesday remanded a student, Udoh Ashukwu,25, in prison custody for stealing a handset.
Ashukwu who resides at Aso Pada, Mararaba was arraigned on a one-count charge of theft.
The accused pleaded guilty and begged for leniency.
“I pray the court to have mercy on me. I will never steal again as I have learnt my lesson,’’ the accused told the court. Read more
Kidnapped 105-Year-Old Mother Of Sylva’s Running Mate Released
Kidnapped Madam Ebifeghe Bikoroghe, mother of the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Wilberforce Igiri, has regained her freedom.
It was gathered that Bikoroghe, who is said to be 105 years old, was released by her kidnappers on Monday, November 9,2015, about 12 days after the incident. Read more
Biafra: No successful dialogue with Kanu in detention – MASSOB
A FACTION of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, said Wednesday that the much- publicized meeting scheduled to take place in Owerri, Imo State, could not hold because of the continued detention of the director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
Director of information of the faction, Comrade Uchenna Madu, in a statement yesterday said in addition, the continued protests by pro- Biafra groups in some cities in the South East and South –South did not create a conducive atmosphere for such a meeting to take place. Read more
Labourer Bags 6 Weeks Imprisonment For Selling Used Recharge Cards
A Gudu Upper Area Court, Abuja, on Wednesday sentenced a 43-year-old labourer, Mohammed Ibrahim, to six weeks imprisonment for selling used recharge cards.
The Judge, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, however gave Ibrahim N3, 000 option of fine, and warned him to desist from committing crime.
The convict, a resident of Dagba, Area1, Garki, Abuja was convicted for cheating. Read more
Court Remands 3 Ekiti Students In Prison Over Alleged Murder
An Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court in Ekiti State on Wednesday remanded three students of the School of Nursing, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, in prison custody over alleged murder.
The accused are Olumuyiwa Adeyemi, 26, Ayobami Ajelabi, 19; and Tosin Smart, 28. Read more
Kachikwu to stay on as NNPC MD for a while
Nigeria’s newly appointed Minister of State for Petroleum Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has indicated that he will also continue in his role as the state oil company head “for a while”, Reuters reports.
Kachikwu was appointed as managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in August and was also appointed as Minister of State for Petroleum earlier today under President Muhammadu Buhari, who takes up the substantive role of Minister of Petroleum. Read more
South African police clash with strikers at parliament
Riot police fired stun and smoke grenades within South Africa’s parliament complex on Wednesday in a clash with striking workers who stormed committee rooms and forced lawmakers to abandon meetings.
Amid swirling multi-coloured smoke, police used their shields to drive some 200 parliamentary workers, including secretarial and catering staff, from the steps of the national assembly. Read more
Chukwu, Omokoro hail Buhari’s decision to reward 1985 Golden Eaglets squad
Two ex- internationals on Wednesday hailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to reward the Golden Eaglets squad that won the maiden FIFA Youth Championship in China.
Nigeria, in 1985, won the maiden championship, which started as U-16, but was later changed to an U-17 tournament. Read more
Spanish police detain woman who sold naked pictures of daughters
Spanish police said Wednesday they had arrested a 41-year-old woman who for years sold naked images of her three underage daughters over the Internet.
Police began their investigation in September after her oldest daughter, aged 15, and her former partner filed a complaint at a police station in the southwestern province of Seville, police said in a statement. Read more
Sudan urges more support to check human trafficking, migration
A senior Sudanese official Wednesday called for more international support to check human trafficking and migration across Sudan’s borders towards Europe, as EU and African leaders met in Malta to discuss the migration crisis. Read more
Buhari brushes aside criticisms, to head Petroleum Ministry
In line with his earlier pronouncements, President Muhammadu Buhari has named himself as the substantive minister for petroleum resources, to be assisted by the current group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Ibe Kachikwu, who was today sworn in as the minister of state for petroleum resources. Read more
Economic activities resume in PH after Biafra protest
Business activities in Port Harcourt resumed on Wednesday after a shutdown, due to protest by agitators for Biafra.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the shutdown was due to a protest embarked upon by a group known as the Indigenous People of Biafra. Port Harcourt is Nigeria’s oil capital. Read more