Sabinews Evening News Update for May 6, 2015
EFCC To arraign FCT Minister’s Former Chief of Staff, Director
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC will will today, arraign two senior officials of the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory over land scam.
The officials, Muhammed Yau Gital, former Chief of Staff to the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Bala Mohammed and Sani Abba, Deputy Director, Mass Housing at the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA; will be docked before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Jabi for offences bordering on criminal breach of trust, obtaining by false pretence and abuse of office. Read more
PDP heading for self destruction – Mark
Senate President, David Mark, on Wednesday, raised the alarm that the Peoples Democratic Party may be heading for a final destruction if the infighting among its leaders was not immediately resolved.
Mark, who stated this while receiving the Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s PDP Post – election assessment committee, in his office said the continued acrimony between factions in the party, was dangerous. Read more
2 Accountants docked Over Theft Of N4.5m
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday arraigned two accountants, Zaccheus Olaniyi and Seyi Agbekuyide, over alleged theft of N4.5 million belonging to a cooperative society.
The defendants who are members of the College of Medicine, Idi-Araba, Staff Cooperative and Credit Society, were charged before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of an Ikeja High Court.Read more
Three Nigerian students have been racially abused and assaulted in Stirling city centre
Two men began following the three male students along Cowane Street and Wallace Street, shouting racial abuse, before attempting to start a fight.
When the three victims refused to engage, one of the men threw a pint glass at them and assaulted one of the victims by pushing him and kicking him on the legs. The assault, on April 25 about 9.10pm, only ended when a member of the public stopped his vehicle and got out to offer assistance to the victims. Read more
Ex-militants sue for sustenance of amnesty programme
The Izon-Ibe Global Policy Network, a group of former militant leaders in the Niger Delta, had appealed to the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to sustain the amnesty programme offered them.
The group argued that the programme had curbed youth restiveness in the region. Its Spokesman, Mr Ayubalayefa Dennis, who addressed newsmen on Wednesday in Benin, said the group had benefitted from the programme. Read more
El-Rufai alerts public of fraudsters soliciting funds In His Name
Kaduna State Governor-elect, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai, on Wednesday alerted the general public to apprehend any person solicing for fund in his name.
The alert, sent out in a statement in Kaduna by Mr Samuel Aruwan, the governor-elect’s spokesperson, said such persons were criminals and should be treated as such. Read more
FG approves policy on renewable energy, efficiency
the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the draft of National Policy on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for the country.
The decision was taken at the weekly meeting of the council presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan. Minister of Information, Patricia Akwashiki and the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting. Read more
Rivers LG poll: APC supporters protest imposition of candidates
Scores of supporters of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State stormed the party’s secretariat in Port Harcourt on Wednesday in protest of an alleged imposition of candidates on the people ahead of the May 23, 2015 council elections.
The protesters, who were mostly from Obio/Akpor and Ahoada West Local Government Areas, claimed that some top members of the APC in the state were not interested in holding primaries. Read more
75 die in fighting after Kenya cattle raids
Some 75 people have been killed in four days of cattle raids and revenge attacks in northern Kenya, the Red Cross said Wednesday.
“Over the last four days close to 75 Kenyans have died. Is it worth it, and what for?” Kenya Red Cross chief Abbas Gullet said. Read more
8 more Nigerians to face execution in Indonesia
8 more Nigerians are reportedly waiting to be executed in Indonesia. This is according to the United Nigerians in Diaspora, a group of Nigerians living outside the country.
The group at a press conference in Lagos yesterday May 5th, gave the names of Nigerians waiting to be executed as Michael Titus Igwe, Kingsley Okonkwo, Uchenna Onyewuru, Eugene Ape, Hunphery Ejike, Obinna Nwajiagu, Benjamin Onuoha and Ikenna Abanukwu. Read more
Niger Assembly crisis is internal – Aliyu
Niger State governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, on Wednesday exonerated himself from the crisis rocking the state House of Assembly, saying the face-off “is internal.”
Aliyu, who said he was not targeted for impeachment by the lawmakers, insisted that the crisis has nothing to do with him. The governor in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Israel Ebije, said speculation of impeachment moves against him by the Assembly was false and should be treated as such. Read more
Lagos spent N100m on holiday jobs
Lagos State Government said it spent N100 million on payment of stipends to 5,000 secondary school leavers engaged for vacation jobs in the state. The state’s Head of Service, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, disclosed this while addressing journalists at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja.
She said the beneficiaries received N10,000 stipends for each of the two months they were engaged, adding that the initiative was meant to inculcate some core values, such as dignity of labour and work ethics in the students. Read more
NDLEA arrests another pastor with heroin
Few weeks after a Lagos-based pastor was arrested at the Murtala International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, for smuggling narcotics to South Africa, officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport,Enugu, have arrested another Lagos pastor for drug trafficking.
The suspect, Daniel Lanre Akintola, 43, was found with 1.978kg of heroin concealed in a false bottom of his luggage. Another suspect, Onwuegbusi Tochukwu Victor, 48, was also found with 51.5kg of ephedrine inside his luggage. Read more
Niger evacuates 4,000 Nigerian refugees from Lake Chad Island
Niger has evacuated thousands of Nigerian refugees sheltering from Boko Haram fighters on Lake Chad’s Karamga Island, a military official told Reuters on Tuesday, as the armies of four West African nations battle to quash the insurgents.
A regional governor in southern Niger said last week that the refugees should leave after Boko Haram fighters killed scores of the country’s soldiers and civilians during a dawn ambush on the island on April 25. Read more
Bayero assumes duty as new MD of NPA
Malam Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero on Wednesday assumed duty in Lagos as the new Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA). He took over from the former managing director, Malam Habib Abdullahi at a brief handover ceremony at the NPA headquarters office in Marina. Bayero was appointed as the new Managing Director of the Authority on April 29. In a brief address, the new managing director said he hoped to work at his best with the staff for the benefit of the nation.
“I hope we work together for the interest of the country because I know that anything that affects this place will affect the larger society. “We will put in efforts to undertake programmes that will grow the authority through togetherness. “I solicit for your support; I wish the out-going the best. We will always consult because it is good to consult someone who has been there,” he said. Read more
INEC presents certificate of return to 33 legislators-elect in Kaduna
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday in Kaduna presented certificate of return to 33 members-elect for the Kaduna State House Assembly. The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Alhaji Hussaini Mahuta, presented the certificate to the legislators-elect.
Mahuta advised them to always abide by the constitution and fulfill the campaign promises they made to their people. Read more
Militia goup attack: STF recovers 2 corpses of soldiers, one still missing in Plateau
The Special Task Force (STF) keeping the peace in Plateau said it had recovered two bodies, out of the three missing soldiers at Kurmi, a border village between Taraba and Plateau. STF spokesman, Capt. Iweha ikedichi, said this on Wednesday in an interview with newsmen in Wase. On April 28, a militia group alleged killed six soldiers at Kurmi village, and three others went missing.
There had been series of attacks at Kurmi where innocent civilians, particular women and children, were maimed and killed by the suspected militia group. The attacks worsened as nine soldiers were involved, which prompted the STF, in collaboration with the 3 Armoured Division, to locate and engage the group in a battle on Saturday. Read more
Pope approves sainthood for controversial US missionary
Pope Francis on Wednesday formally gave his blessing to the canonisation of Junipero Serra, an 18th-century missionary credited with evangelising California at a high price for native Americans. The pontiff had already announced that he would be declaring the Spanish-born Serra a saint at a mass in Washington DC during his visit to the United States in September.
Opponents of the move had unsuccessfully petitioned the Vatican in a bid to block sainthood, as they had when Serra was beatified by John-Paul II in 1988. John-Paul subsequently made a 1992 statement in which he formally asked for the forgiveness of native Americans for crimes committed during California’s colonisation by European Christians. Read more
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