SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 2, 2016
House of Reps to Pass 2016 Budget Next Week – Legislator
Despite the hiccups faced by the 2016 federal budget, the House of Representatives is set to pass it next week, a member of the lower chamber of the National Assembly Alhaji Shehu Saleh, disclosed in Minna on Wednesday.
He said all the standing committees of the house were working assiduously to ensure they complete their work this week in readiness for the committee of the whole house to pass the fiscal estimate into law next week. Read more
NCC fine: Nigeria to hold fresh talks with MTN
The Federal Government will start new talks with South African mobile phone operator, MTN “very soon” to settle a dispute over a $3.9 billion fine, but the final decision rests with President Muhammadu Buhari, the communications minister said.
“It is (now) for government to meet with them and conclude negotiations,” Adebayo Shittu told Reuters on Wednesday. Read more
Army Council Commutes Ransome-Kuti’s Dismissal to Reduction in Rank
The Army Council has commuted the dismissal of Brig-Gen. Enitan Ransome-Kuti of the Nigerian Army (NA) to a reduction in rank to Colonel with four years seniority. It has also quashed his six months imprisonment with immediate effect from October 15, 2015.
This decision was contained in circular obtained by THISDAY on Wednesday dated March 1, 2016 and signed by Col. ON Taiwo on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS). Read more
Senate pegs JAMB application fee at N2,500
The Senate on Wednesday pegged the fee payable to Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) at N2, 500.
The upper chamber also extended JAMB entrance examination validity period to three years from one year. The resolutions followed the submission and consideration of the report on JAMB admission policies submitted by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Binta Masi Garba. Read more
Mark sworn in as Senator for the 6th time
FORMER President of the Senate, Senator David Mark was Wednesday sworn in for six record time as a Senator . The swearing in ceremony which was conducted by his successor, Senate President Bukola Saraki was amidst an uncommon solidarity as the Senators gave Senator Mark a standing ovation. Read more
Area Boys Fight for Soul of Oshodi
There was mayhem in Oshodi this Wednesday as two sets of Area Boys were said to be battling for control of the juicy business of running the motor parks in the locality.
According to reports monitored in Abuja, there was heavy fighting late Wednesdaymorning around Brown Street with the vandals destroying property around Bolade area of Oshodi on Agege Motor Road, Lagos. Read more
Group Asks FG, Banks to Stop Granting Loan to Osun Govt
An Osun State based Civil Society Organization(CSO), the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State(CSCEOS), on Wednesday cautioned the Federal Government as well as financial institutions to stop granting loan to the State government.
Citing alleged mismanagement and misappropriation of monies loaned in the past three to four years, the group called on local and international financial bodies to halt further facilities to the state. The group further alleged the Aregbesola led administration had mortgaged the future of the State, including generation yet unborn, with the series of loans being obtained on behalf of the State with nothing to show. Read more
Britain Promises to Offer Sokoto, Nigeria ‘a Lot’
Head of the Council, Sir Ciaron Devane, has said Britain has a lot to offer Sokoto state and Nigeria.
For starters, he said both the Sokoto government and British Council will collaborate closely in the areas of school leadership, higher and basic education, and teacher development. Read more
N5,000 Stipend: Former House Member Supports Exclusion of Youths
A member of the Seventh House of Representatives, Hon Bamidele Faparusi, has defended President Muhammadu Buhari over the cancellation of the N5,000 stipend to unemployed graduates.
Faparusi said the clarification given by the Presidency that the social security scheme would only be limited to one million poorest Nigerians remains the best for the country. Read more
Misconduct: NJC bars judge from elevation to higher court
The National Judicial Council says it has sanctioned a judge serving in the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, with a ban that rules her out of any possible elevation to a higher court throughout her career on the bench.
A statement by the NJC’s Acting Director, Mr. Soji Oye, on Wednesday also said the council warned the judge against any act of misconduct and placed her under its watch-list for four years. Read more
Find abducted Lagos school girls now, Reps tell IGP
House of Representatives on Wednesday asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to urgently deploy his men to rescue the three girls abducted from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu, Lagos State, on Monday night.
The news of the abduction of the girls broke on Tuesday just as Ese Oruru, the 14 year-old girl kidnapped in Bayelsa State and forced into marriage in Kano State, was released. Read more
Ivory Coast cocoa bean exports rose 6 pct in 2015
Ivory Coast 2015 cocoa beans exports reached 1,258,196 tonnes in 2015, up 6 percent from 1,190,626 tonnes the previous year, port data showed on Wednesday.
About 617,017 tonnes of beans were shipped in 2015 from the port of Abidjan, compared with 610,226 tonnes the previous year, while 2015 exports reached 641,179 tonnes from San Pedro port, compared with 580,400 tonnes in 2014. Read more
MH370: New debris probed off coast of Mozambique
Investigators searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are examining images of an object found off the coast of Mozambique, reports say.
The piece of debris, reportedly found on a sandbank off the coast of the eastern African country, could be from a Boeing 777, according to NBC news. MH370 disappeared in March 2014 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. All 239 people on board remain missing. Read more
Two men charged over hit-and-run death of 11-year-old boy
Two men have been charged in connection with the death of an 11-year-old boy in a hit-and-run.
Shah Zaib Hossain died after being hit by a vehicle as he was leaving prayers at his local mosque in Ashton-under-Lyne with his father and uncles. Henry Barker, 19, of Failsworth, Greater Manchester, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing death while driving uninsured, driving without insurance, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident, said Greater Manchester police. Read more
Powerful Earthquake Hits Indonesian Island
An earthquake has struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, prompting a tsunami warning and panic among residents.
The quake was six miles deep and its epicentre was 502 miles southwest of Padang, according to the US Geological Society. It struck at around 6.50pm local time (12.50GMT), was felt at least as far away as Malaysia and Singapore and had initially been recorded at 8.2. Read more
US government asks people to ‘hack the Pentagon’ to test US security setup
The US government has launched a major programme that will see it ask people to try and hack it.
The “Hack the Pentagon” scheme will ask vetted hackers to try and test the cybersecurity of public Department of Defense websites. In doing so, it hopes to check that all of its privacy plans are up to date and able to keep out dangerous cyber criminals. Read more