Sabinews Evening News Update for 8 May, 2015
Chibok Girls’ Rescue, My Husband’s Priority – Aisha Buhari
The wife of Nigeria’s President-elect, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has called for international assistance for Nigeria to enable the immediate release and rehabilitation of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.
Mrs. Aisha Buhari made the call at the opening session of the Global Conference on Women and Social Inclusion, holding in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where women from around the world have gathered to mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing action. Read more
Cameron wins British election with slim majority
British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party looks set to continue in power after it defied expectations and won the 323 seats needed to command a parliamentary majority.
The results confirmed a shock exit poll projection published by British broadcasters late on Thursday night that put the party way ahead of the opposition Labour Party with 316 seats. Updated projections put the Conservatives on 329, an absolute majority. Read more
Tribunal Orders Arrest Of Six Development Council Chairmen in Adamawa
The Code of Conduct Tribunal has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of six Development Council Chairmen in Adamawa State for their failure to honour its summons.
The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, gave the order in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by the spokesman of the tribunal, Mr Ibrahim Al-hassan. Umar also ordered that the six accused persons be arraigned in court on July 16 to face their trials. Read more
10mw Katsina Wind Farm 98 Per Cent Completed- Igali
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Dr Godknows Igali, on Friday said that the 10 megawatts Katsina State Wind Farm was 98 per cent completed.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Timothy Oyedeji, Deputy Director in charge of Press, in Abuja. Igali attributed the delay in the completion of the project to the kidnapping of the French national handling the project. Read more
Nigerian priest released two days after kidnapping
A Nigerian priest who was kidnapped last week has been released, the Fides news service reports.
Father Innocent Umor, who was abducted from his rectory in the Idah diocese, was set free after two days. A spokesman for the diocese said that the circumstances of the priest’s release were not clear. Read more
Two die mysteriously in Imo
Residents of Edede, Owerri in Imo State, on Friday, woke up to hear the news of the mysterious death of two male staff members of Home Best Hotel, who passed away in their sleep in the same room in the hotel.
An eyewitness, who narrated the incident to our correspondent, said one of the deceased, Chima Nnadi , 25, a part-time student of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, who hails from Enyiogugu, Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, put off a generating set that was running close to their room at about 11.39pm. Read more
Jonathan congratulates Cameron on electoral victory
President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday congratulated Prime Minister David Cameron and the Conservative Party of Great Britain on their victory in the country’s general elections.
The congratulatory message was contained in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati. Read more
I won’t dictate to Ikpeazu, Orji pledges
Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State has pledged he will not dictate to his successor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, after he vacates the Government House in Umuahia as the state governor on May 29. Orji says he will encourage Ikpeazu to use his discretion to run the affairs of the state.
The Governor, who stated this at the Government House, Umuahia, when he received in audience, the Ukwa Peoples Assembly on Friday, said he would prove wrong his critics, who had insinuated that he would continue to meddle in the affairs of the state, after handing over power. Read more
$242m fraud: Court decides Nwude’s appeal on forfeited assets
Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal, on Thursday, reserved judgment in an appeal filed by a former Director of Union Bank of Nigeria, Emmanuel Nwude, challenging his conviction and forfeiture of assets by a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja.
Nwude was convicted alongside Amaka Anajemba and Nzeribe Okoli by Justice Joseph Oyewole for defrauding a Brazilian banker, Mr. Nelson Sakaguchi, and his bank, Banquo Noreste, Sau Paulo, Brazil, to the tune of approximately $242m. The fraud, which was perpetrated between 1995 and 1998, was said to have grounded the victim and his companies, with Nwude earning a reputation on Wikipedia as “a notable advanced-fee fraud artist.” Read more
LASPOTECH: Controversy shrouds appointment of Rector
The appointment of a rector for the Lagos State Polytechnic has continued to generate controversy as the three unions at the institution reject the imposition of a rector.
The unions are the institution’s chapters of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, the Non-Academic Staff Union and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics. Read more
6,159 pupils drop out of school in Enugu
No fewer than 6,159 public primary school pupils dropped out of school in Enugu State between 2013 and 2014, the states’ Annual School Census Report revealed on Friday.
The report, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Chris Okoro in Enugu,indated that 3,003 of the pupils were boys, while 3,156 were girls. Read more
LAGBUS offers free ride to and fro venue of 2015 Lagos Carnival
The Managing Director of the LAGBUS Asset Management Ltd., Mr Babatunde Disu, has said that there would be free buses to and fro Saturday’s 2015 Lagos Carnival.
Disu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday that the free ride was intended to encourage more Lagos residents to participate in the carnival. Read more
Shopkeeper docked for attempting to withdraw money from customer’s account
A shopkeeper, Rose Duah, who attempted to withdraw N300,000 from a customer’s account was on Friday arraigned in an Oshodi Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for fraud and theft.
Duah, 30, of no fixed address, was said to have committed the crime on April 22 at Skye Bank, International Airport Road, Oshodi, Lagos. Read more
US opens federal civil rights probe of Baltimore police
The US Department of Justice launched a federal civil rights probe Friday into whether police in Baltimore have systematically engaged in discriminatory actions, after the death of an African-American man in police custody.
The death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who suffered a serious spinal injury while in the back of a police van last month and died a week later, sparked violent unrest. Six police officers have been charged in connection with his arrest and death. Read more
Man 38, In Prison Over Alleged Rape Of 8-Year-Old Girl
An Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun on Friday remanded 38-year-old Taiwo Coker in prison custody for allegedly raping a minor.
The accused, who resides at No. 4, Unity Road, Ijoko in Ota area of Ogun, is being tried for raping a minor. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Read more
Soyinka Set To Clinch Oxford University’s Top Job
Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has emerged the leading candidate for the prestigious position of Oxford Professor of Poetry, a 300-year-old position regarded by many as the top academic role in the United Kingdom.
According to the Britain’s Guardian newspaper, the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature winner has received over 90 nominations, 40 more than the required number, from Oxford graduates and looks set to replace Geoffery Hill, who will complete his five year tenure this summer. Read more
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