SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR APRIL 8, 2016
Court dismisses Metuh’s application to disqualify judge
Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed an application asking him to disqualify himself from further presiding over the trial of the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, for money laundering charges.
The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, had also in a March 24, 2016 letter dismissing Metuh’s petition asking for the transfer of the case from Justice Abang to another judge. Read more
Saraki-led Senate lacks integrity -TMG
The Transition Monitoring Group has described the Senate as morally challenged and bereft of integrity for maintaining what it called a criminal silence in the face of the prosecution of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki for corruption.
The TMG attributed the silence of the senators to the fear that the anti-corruption search-light would soon be beamed on them. Read more
Court sacks Pinnick-led NFF board, NFF appeals
A Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State, on Friday sacked the executive board of the Nigeria Football Federation led by its president, Amaju Pinnick, after nullifying the September 30, 2014 election, which brought them into the office.
Justice Musa Kurya of the court, restored the relisted the earlier withdrawn case file by the plaintiffs, Senator Obinna Ogba and Yahaya Adama, on Friday after both men had approached the court to relist the case against the Nigeria Football Federation. Read more
Police arrest 27 kidnappers, robbery suspects in Kogi
Police in Lokoja have arrested 27 persons for alleged kidnapping and armed robbery in different parts of the state.
The Kogi State Police Commissioner, Mr Yakubu Usman, paraded the suspects before newsmen on Friday in Lokoja. Usman said that one of them led his gang to kidnap a Chinese lady, Lilly Yunpin, and collected N3m as ransom. Read more
Freight forwarders want FG to streamline exports’ procedures
Some freight forwarders on Friday urged the Federal Government to streamline the procedures for exportation for their businesses to thrive.
The exporters, mainly timber merchants, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that they usually experienced tough times before they could export their wares. One of them, Mr Barth Okoli, said that he took to exportation because it had become difficult for him to fend for his family following Federal Government’s ban placed on the importation of some goods. Read more
NITEL set to employ 4000 Nigerians ahead of rollout
As former Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), now Ntel, prepares to roll out it services into the nation’s market, indications are that over 4000 Nigerians will be employed in the organisation.
Speaking when a team from the firm paid a courtesy call on the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Head, Government Affairs for Ntel, Mr. Damian Udeh, confirmed that all labour matters were being managed appropriately and that till date, all staff of the enterprise were of Nigerian nationality. Read more
Stop attack on Jonathan, group warns ENDS coordinator
The Africa Arise For Change Network, AAFCN, has warned the Coordinator, Every Nigerian Do Something project, ENDS, Dr. Peregrino Brimah, to desist from his unnecessary attack on former President Goodluck Jonathan, as well as others whom they described as people who put their lives on the line for the security of the nation. Read more
Security firm to combat counterfeiting in Nigeria
Rootsearch Securities, an intelligence based security firm with specialty in counter-intelligence, surveillance, and background checks has partnered one of Nigeria’s leading commercial law firms in a bid to combat counterfeiting.
The partnership is in a bid to curb the rising menace of counterfeited products in the country.
In a statement issued on Friday, the security firm noted that it will carry out its activities around 2 geo-political zones in the country with particular focus on the south-east, where suspected counterfeiting cases have been recorded. Read more
Madagascan PM and government resign amid political tension
The Madagascan government led by Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo resigned Friday after weeks of tension with the president, in a move that threatened to revive political instability on the island.
Ravelonarivo and President Hery Rajaonarimampianina have been in conflict over issues including the poor condition of the island’s main roads and rising crime in the capital Antananarivo. Read more
Smart Adeyemi defects to APC, says Buhari is doing well
The Senator who represented the Kogi West Senatorial District in the 6th and 7th Senate, Smart Adeyemi, on Friday formally defected to the All Progressives Congress.
Adeyemi who briefed journalists in Abuja in company with Senators Abu Ibrahim, Olubunmi Adetunmbi among others, said he had no regret dumping his erstwhile Peoples Democratic Party. Read more
Boko Haram members surrender in large numbers – Air chief
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, has said the members of the Boko Haram Islamic Sect have been surrendering to the military in large numbers.
Abubakar said intelligence at the disposal of the military authorities revealed that so many of the Boko Haram members were trapped and were willing to stop the fight against the country. Read more
PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR AWARDS: Vanguard honours Buhari, Jonathan, Ekwueme, others today
The cream of Nigeria’s political and economic players will converge today, in Lagos, to witness the Vanguard annual awards to some of the leading personalities in the professions and political class. The Vanguard Personality of the Year, 2015 is holding in Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, by 5pm, with President Muhammadu Buhari and his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan as joint winners of the Personality of the Year, 2015. Both men are being honoured for birthing the historic transition at the presidency in 2015. Read more
Unilever reaffirm commitment to sustainable business in Nigeria
The Managing Director, Unilever Nigeria Plc, Mr. Yaw Nsarkoh, has said that the company will continue to step up its capital investment in the country by enhancing its local manufacturing capacity.
Nwarkoh made this known on Wednesday when he led the Management team of the multinational company on a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, at the governor’s office, Oke Mosan in Abeokuta. Read more
Brussels attack; family to sue airport management
The family of one of the victims of terror attack in Brussels, Belgium has vowed to sow the management of the airport for negligence of life. Elita Weah was one of 35 people killed in the bombings – claimed by Islamic State – on the airport and at a Metro station.
Weah’s family now plans to take Brussels Airport to court for failing to protect its passengers from terrorists. Express reports that the family is considering filing a joint complaint with the relatives of fellow Dutch victims and siblings Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski. Read more
Driver injured as another tanker falls in Lagos
A tanker driver on Friday sustained injuries after his 33,000 litres Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) laden tanker upturned in Lagos.
The incident which occurred at Abraham Adesanya roundabout in Ajah at about 4am was the third in the state this week. Read more
General Electric: CEO Jeff Immelt says he has had enough of Bernie Sanders’ ‘cheap shots and lies’
The head of one of America’s largest corporations has accused Bernie Sanders of lying after the presidential candidate said it paid no taxes and displayed “greed and selfishness”.
In an interview earlier this week with the New York Daily News, Mr Sanders said that General Electric (GE), the sixth largest corporation in the US, was a part of corporate America that was damaging the country. Read more
Two dead in incident on Texas air force base
Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide at an air force base in Texas, police have said. At least one person died of gunshot wounds in the incident at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Read more
Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini arrested
Mohamed Abrini, a 31-year-old Belgian wanted in connection with November’s Islamic State attacks in Paris, has been arrested, according to Belgian media.
He has been on Europe’s most wanted list since being identified on CCTV video in a car with Salah al-Abdeslam, the recently arrested prime surviving suspect. Read more