Sabinews Evening News Update for May 27, 2015
Don’t probe only my administration, GEJ to Buhari
President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday advised the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, not to restrict any probe he would want to carry out to his administration alone.
He said Buhari must extend his probe beyond his regime or else the probe will be seen as witch-hunting. Read more
Court refuses application to stop Wike’s swearing in
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday refused an ex parte application to stop the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiru, from swearing in the Rivers State Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Wike, on May 29, 2015.
Justice Ibrahim Buba, while turning down the application, said granting such would amount to “adding insult upon the injury” of the people of Rivers State, who currently “have no judiciary.” Read more
Court bars NDLEA, others from arresting Kashamu
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday restrained security agencies in Nigeria from arresting and transporting the Senator-elect for Ogun East Senatorial District, Mr. Buruji Kashamu, to the United States to stand trial on drug-trafficking offences.
Justice Okon Abang, in a judgement on Wednesday, declared as illegal, the arrest and extradition of Kashamu in relation to drug-trafficking allegations from which he had been exonerated by two British courts. Read more
Court dismisses Omisore’s suit against Aregbesola’s re-election
The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal filed by Sen. Iyiola Omisore, challenging the Court of Appeal’s judgment, which affirmed Gov. Rauf Aregbesola’s election victory in Osun.
Omisore, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the election held on August 9, 2014, had challenged Aregbesola’s victory at the Election Petition Tribunal, and lost. Read more
Nasarawa Police Confirm Abduction Of Girl, 4
The Nasarawa State Police Command on Wednesday confirmed the abduction of a four-year-old girl at her school in Masaka, Nasarawa State.
The Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP. Ismaila Umar-Noman, made the disclosure in a statement given to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia. Read more
UN Decries Boko Haram’s Sexual Abuse Of Captives
Ms Zainab Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, on Wednesday decried reported rape and forced marriages of female captives of Boko Haram.
Bangura lamented in a statement signed by her Office’s Advocacy and Women’s Rights Specialist, Ms Letitia Anderson, that one year after the Chibok Girls abduction many were still in captivity. Read more
Women Forum Demands 50% Gender Equity In Buhari’s Government
The Women in Politics Forum [WIPF] a network of women groups yesterday demanded for a 50 per cent equity in the distribution of appointments in the incoming government of President Elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari.
The women who held a media briefing yesterday, specifically requested for key positions from the incoming government including the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, the National Security Adviser, Secretary to the Federal Government, the Ministry of Justice among others be reserved for women. Read more
Anambra Bans Motorcycles, Tricycles On Highways
The Anambra Government on Wednesday banned the operation of private and commercial motorcycles and tricycles from major highways in the state with effect from June 1.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Uju Nwogu, in Awka.
“All motorcycle and tricycle operators in the state will from next week Monday, June 1, be barred from plying the Enugu-Onitsha highway, as well as Arthur Eze Avenue and Zik’s Avenue in Awka. Read more
Court Adjourns Tinubu’s N150bn Libel Suit Against AIT Till June 30
An Ikeja High Court in Lagos on Wednesday adjourned a N150 billion libel suit filed by former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, against the African Independent Communication (AIT) till June 30.
Justice Iyabo Akinkugbe adjourned the suit to enable Tinubu’s counsel respond to the counter-claim filed by AIT.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Tinubu had instituted the suit against Daar Communications Plc, owners of AIT, for airing a documentary entitled, “Lion of Bourdilion”. Read more
Aregbesola laments increasing rate of children abduction
Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has lamented the increasing cases of kidnapping of children for ransom.
The governor said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Wednesday by his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon. The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, spoke at this year’s Children’s Day celebration.
El-Rufai appoints SSG, media aide, others
Kaduna State Governor-elect, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has announced the appointment of Malam Balarabe Abbas-Lawal as the Secretary to the State Government.
Abbas-Lawal, a former Chief of Staff to El-Rufai when he was Minister of the FCT, was the Chairman, All Progressives Congress Kaduna Transition Committee. El-Rufai, in a statement by him on Wednesday, also named Malam Salisu Suleiman as his Principal Private Secretary while Mr. Abu Sheyin will serve as Private Secretary to the Deputy Governor-elect, Mr. Barnabas Bala. Read more
Parliament dismisses ‘incompetent’ Madagascar president
Madagascar’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly to dismiss President Hery Rajaonarimampianina for alleged constitutional violations and general incompetence.
The Indian Ocean island’s constitutional court will now decide whether the decision on Tuesday night to discharge Rajaonarimampianina can be enacted. The US embassy had pledged support for the president and called on parliament to put the stability of the country first, but the plea fell on deaf ears. Read more
Nigerians 5th largest migrants to Europe – Commission
Nigeria has the fifth largest number of citizens crossing to Europe, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons has said.
The Federal Commissioner of the Commission, Hajia Hadiza Kangiwa, stated this at a Conference on National Migration Policy Thematic Areas in Abuja on Wednesday. Kangiwa said Nigerian youths transited through the Sahara desert in search of greener pastures. Read more
Cult war: MAPOLY student killed
A student of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, was shot dead in broad daylight in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, southwest Nigeria, on Tuesday by people suspected to be cultists.
The victim was identified as Agoro Omokoleola, whose Facebook ID is Omokoleola Cool Cash. P.M.NEWS reliably gathered that the manner he was lured out of his family house and killed, suggests that the operation was carried out by suspected rival cult group. Read more
Oil Subsidy Scam: How I arrived at $32bn figure – Saraki
Former governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki, who claimed Monday, that Nigeria was spending $32 billion on non-existing oil subsidy operators, has explained that he arrived at the figure from the monthly and yearly payments to the operators by the Petroleum Product Pricing and Regulatory Agency, PPPRA.
This came as the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) vowed to revoke the licence of any filling station that sells petroleum products above the stipulated price in spite of the current scarcity, saying the Federal Government has not increased the price of fuel. Read more
Protect NGF, Amaechi urges incoming govs
Rivers State Governor, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, on Wednesday urged incoming governors not to allow anybody to divide the Nigeria Governors Forum. Amaechi made the call at a church service to mark his 50th birthday at Corpus Christi Cathedral, Port Harcourt.
The governor said the country began to have problems with the Federation account when the governor’s forum became divided. Read more
Inauguration: IG orders tight security around Eagle Square
As part of preparations for the Friday Presidential inauguration, the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has ordered tight security at Eagle Square, venue of the programme.
He had also directed his personnel to scale up security at major hotels where important dignitaries and foreign guests would be lodged. A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, in Abuja on Wednesday, said traffic on all roads around the Eagle Square would be diverted. Read more
Fresh Trouble For Kashamu Over Land Grabbing
Embattled senator-elect of Ogun East Senatorial District, Prince Buruji Kashamu is enmeshed in another mess as he has been accused of forging documents for a landed property worth billions of naira in Ajah area of Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria.
Kashamu, who is also fighting extradition to the United States over drug related issues, has been challenged by the family of the late Chief Ambali Bakare for fraudulently converting about 300 acres land in the Ogombo area of the state. Read more
Offenses committed by arrested FIFA officials
Corrupt officials at world soccer’s governing body FIFA took bribes during the process that awarded the 2010 World Cup to South Africa, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch alleged Wednesday.
“Around 2004, bidding began for the opportunity to host the 2010 World Cup, which was ultimately awarded to South Africa, the first time the tournament would be held on the African continent,” she told a news conference. Read more
Jonathan signs tobacco control bill, five others
President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday signed six different bills passed by the National Assembly into laws.
Prominent among the bills that were signed was the Tobacco Control Bill 2015. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, confirmed the development to State House correspondents. Read more
Speaker hails Aregbesola’s Supreme Court victory
The Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salaam, has hailed the Supreme Court judgement which affirmed the victory of Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the August 9th 2014 governorship election.
The Speaker, in a statement made available to our correspondent by his media aide, Mr. Goke Butika, described the victory as a deserved one, while saying the verdict was a confirmation that the people of the state voted for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress. Read more
3 Men In Court Over Alleged Threat To Life
Three men, including a brother-in-law, who allegedly threatened to kill a complainant over her late husband’s property appeared before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday.
The accused, Godson Mesike, 37, Patrick Izuogbe, 36, and Fred Afam, 51, all of Ikorodu area of Lagos, allegedly threatened to kill one Mrs Anthonia Mesike. Read more
Obasanjo tasks African leaders on provision of quality education
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday in Cotonou urged African nations to provide quality education to ensure peace and tolerance in the continent. Obasanjo made the call at the ongoing International Symposium for the launching of African Initiative for education, peace and development.
He said without education, no peace effort would yield any positive result, adding that the most of the intolerant sections of the African society were illiterate. Read more
Ekiti varsity shut as workers protest unpaid salaries
Ekiti State Unievrsity, Ado Ekiti, was again shut on Wednesday as trade unions protested unpaid three months salaries by the State Government.
The workers, under the aegis of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Non Academic Staff Union, and National Association of Academic Technologists vowed not to return to work until their salaries were paid. The staff were being owed March-May salaries. Although the Academic Staff Union of Universities did not participate in the protest, our correspondent learnt the union supported it. Read more
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