SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 26, 2015
Dasuki ex-NSA charged with money laundering
Nigerian authorities on Monday filed charges of money laundering against the former national security adviser of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, a month after hitting him with arms charges.
Sambo Dasuki, 60, first appeared before a federal high court in the capital Abuja last month on charges of illegal weapons possession but was later released on bail. Read more
Cameroonian Army Retakes Town From Boko Haram
The Cameroonian army retook the town of Kerewa on the evening of 23 October, after it had earlier in the day been occupied by Nigeria-based Boko Haram Islamist militants.
Kerewa, which stretches across the border into Nigeria, is a town in the Far North region of Cameroon. Read more
Boko Haram Depleted, on the Run, but Dangerous – AIG
The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 12, Tunde Ogunsakin on Monday said Boko Haram insurgents though depleted and on the run should be taken seriously more than before as they are just like wounded lion that are dangerous.
Ogunsakin, who was in Maiduguri to boost the morale of the men of the Borno Police Command especially in their battle against the Boko Haram terrorists, said they will soon be history but Nigerians need to be alert to their new threat. Read more
Provost: Why I Banned Bearing of Religious, Traditional Titles
The Provost of the College of Education , Ikere Ekiti, Prof. Francisca Aladejana has declared that her quest to ensure that the lecturers acquired higher degrees to engender academic excellence made her ban religious and traditional titles in the institution.
Aladejana also advised President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an experienced academic as the Minister of Education, to bring the needed reform and stability to the sector. Read more
N108bn Fraud: Akpabio’s Accuser Appears before EFFC
An Abuja-based Lawyer, Leo Ekpenyong, who petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the allegations of N108.1 billion fraud against ex-Governor Godswill Akpabio, has been invited by the commission for further clarification.
The legal practitioner has so far written three different petitions to the EFCC with damaging allegations against the former governor. The first of the petitions was dated 8th June 2015, the second was dated 22nd June and the third dated 3rdAugust. Read more
Tribunal Dismisses Petition against Dankwambo
The governorship election petition tribunal in Gombe, led by Justice AA Nwobodo,has dismissed the petition filed by African Democracy Congress (ADC) and its gubernatorial candidate Malam Jafar Abubakar against Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo.
Passing the judgment in Gombe on Monday, chaiman of the tribunal Nwobodo, dismissed,the petition for lack of merit and insufficient material by the petitioners to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt. Read more
Court Jails Security Guard 5 Years For Raping 9-year-old Girl
An Akure Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday sentenced a security guard, Onoja Abel, to five years imprisonment for raping a nine-year-old girl.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Victoria Bob-Manuel, sentenced the convict, after he pleaded guilty of rape and assault. Read more
Gateman, relatives murder undergraduate over N32,000 motorcycle debt
Alleged mastermind of last week’s murder of a 32-year-old undergraduate at Oworo area of Lagos, identified simply as Alliu, weekend, gave a startling revelation of how he and four others snuffed the life out of their victim. Alliu, a gateman in a compound adjacent the victim’s 43/45 Olorunfunmi Street, also disclosed to the shock of all that he killed the undergraduate to avoid paying him the sum of N32,000 debt owed him. Read more
Crude Oil prices dip to two-month low
The prices of Nigeria’s crude oil grades have recorded significant decline over the last two weeks, fuelling concerns over the ability of the country to meet its revenue target and fund its budget. This was even as shipping companies have started hiking their price for the lifting of crude oil from Nigeria. Meanwhile, the call, weekend, by Lamido Sanusi, Emir of Kano and immediate past governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, for the removal of fuel subsidy has continued to draw reactions from stakeholders and industry experts. Read more
Seplat provides interim management statement & Q3 2015 results
Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc (“Seplat” or the “Company”), a leading Nigerian indigenous oil and gas company listed on both the Nigerian Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange, today announces average working interest production for the first nine months of 40,012 boepd, up 38% year-on-year and ahead of full year guidance. In addition, there has been a marked improvement in uptime of the Trans Forcados System (“TFS”), with only two days of interruptions recorded in the third quarter, and gas production has been strong with gross sales into the domestic market regularly exceeding 300 MMscfd. These positive factors allowed the Company to reach record levels of daily net working interest production of up to 56,415 boepd in September 2015. Read more
MASSOB warns South-East Governors: stop collaborating with security agencies to suppress us
Igbo separatist group MASSOB (Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra) has warned southeast governors to stop collaborating with security agencies in harassing, intimidating and murdering its members.
Briefing Journalists yesterday in Onitsha, Anambra State, shortly after the group’s meeting at Umueri, Anambra East LGA, the Deputy National Director for Information Mazi Chris Mocha threatened that Governor Willie Obiano will plunge the state into anarchy if he doesn’t act accordingly. Read more
Flood: IDP children return to school
Hundreds of children of internally displaced persons (IDPS) in Benue have returned to the classroom as the Benue State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB), in collaboration with UNICEF through the State Ministry of Education set up temporary classes for them at the IDP camps in Makurdi.
When our correspondent visited the camp sites, some of the pupils including Terso Iorhemba, Helen Adakole and Member Adikpo who were seen in different classes listening to their teachers at the Makurdi International Market camp site expressed happiness that after missing school for weeks, they could sit in a school setting to learn and be at par with their classmates who were not displaced. Read more
5 killed as cultists unleash mayhem in Lagos
Suspected cultist have reportedly killed five persons in different areas of Igbo-Elerin, Lagos State. The cultist allegedly went on rampage after a rival gang on Thursday, shot their leader who was identified as Skay, at Aladesanmi Street. Angered by the death of their leader, members of the gang on Friday at about 7am, stormed a house located at Martins street where they dragged a member of a rival cult gang out of his house and slaughtered him in front of his gate. They also killed a suspected cultist at Idowu Street. Read more
Tribunal dismisses Ogboru’s petition with N150,000 cost
The Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba has dismissed the petition filed by Chief Great Ogboru of the Labour Party challenging the election of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Ogboru had approached the tribunal, alleging that the election of April 11 conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was done in substantial breach of the Electoral Act and the guidelines for the election. Read more
Nekede youth shot dead by suspected cultists
The Imo State Police command has confirmed the killing of a youth on Saturday at Nekede community in Owerri West area of the state following an attack by suspected cultists.
According to the police, the deceased, Promise Obi, a native of Amaimo in Ikeduru Area residing in Nekede, was shot dead during a campaign visit, before the election of the executive members of Umumbazu Nekede Youths Association. Read more
Dele Giwa assassination: Investigation was marred by interferences from`high places’ – Ex-DIG
wenty-nine years after the murder of renowned journalist, Dele Giwa, a retired police chief, Chris Omeben, who conducted the investigation says the unresolved assassination is the most frustrating case he handled in his career. Giwa, the founding Editor-in-Chief of Newswatch Magazine, was killed through a parcel bomb at his Ikeja, Lagos residence on Oct. 19, 1986. Read more
Oando announces results for H1 2015
Oando PLC (referred to as “Oando” or the “Group”), Nigeria’s leading indigenous energy group listed on both the Nigerian and Johannesburg Stock Exchange, has announced unaudited results for the six months period ended 30 June, 2015, with the following highlights: Read more
Pope urges ‘fresh start’ for Roma, Sinti communities
Pope Francis called Monday for a fresh start for Roma and Sinti communities, telling traveller families from around the world they could break free of prejudice by not falling into crime.
“I want your people to have a fresh start, a renewed narrative,” the pontiff told some 5,000 Roma and Sinti people attending an audience at the Vatican, after making his way on foot through cheering crowds. Read more
South African universities shut despite fee agreement
South African campuses closed Monday, many for a second week, as students refused to end protests despite a government decision to scrap the tuition fee hikes that triggered nationwide demonstrations.
Student leaders have vowed further action to push for other demands, including universal free education. Read more
UEFA’s Infantino to stand for FIFA presidency
UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino is to stand for the presidency of FIFA after receiving the backing of the Executive Committee of European football’s governing body on Monday.
“We are delighted that Gianni has agreed to stand,” said UEFA in a statement. Read more
Arsenal fined and warned over Chambers transfer
Arsenal have been fined £60,000 (83,500 euros, $92,000)and warned over their future conduct for falling foul of football agent rules in the transfer of Calum Chambers from Southampton, the Football Association has announced. Read more
EU calls in Burundi for rights talks
The EU on Monday called in Burundi for “consultations” on rights violations in the impoverished central African country, a step that could lead to a suspension of aid.
The European Union is a major aid donor to the country which has been shaken by violence linked to President Pierre Nkurunziza successful but contested bid for a third term in office. Read more
Jubilant Ife residents hail new Ooni
The people of Ife were in joyous mood on Monday after Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi from Giesi Ruling House was named the Ooni-designate by kingmakers and the Osun State government.
A group of jubilant crowd, carrying a large portrait of Prince Adeyeye marched to the residence his father, Prince Ropo Ogunwusi, at NTA Road, Mukoro area of Ife, to share their joy with the family. Read more