SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 27, 2017
FG appoints new management for NCAA
The Federal Government on Monday approved the appointment of five new Directors and one General Manager for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
NCAA made the announcement in a statement issued by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr Sam Adurogboye, in Lagos. Adurogboye explained that the appointment was with immediate effect. Read more
IPOB releases organigram for the constitution of the Biafran state
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), on Monday, released its organogram for the constitution of the proposed Biafra state that would be headed by a Prime Minister as the Executive arm of the government. According to the constitution of the state National Legislature comprised of Anang, Efik, Idoma/Igede, Ala-Igbo, Isoko, Izon, Urhobo, Anioma-Igbo, Ibibio, Igala, Ikwere-Igbo, Itesekiri and Ogoni are to be headed by Premier and cabinet for nation, while the District Assembly, Administrator, Major and Council would be under it. Read more
Malabu $1.1 billion Scandal: Court to decide Shell, Eni’s request March 13
The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court will on March 13 decide on an application for the retraction of a January 26 order withdrawing control of an oil block, OPL 245, from two multinational oil companies.
The oil firms, Shell and Eni, through their Nigerian subsidiaries, challenged the propriety of the Nigerian government withdrawing the oil block from them, pending the determination of a criminal matter. Read more
Labour tackles Rivers HoS for victimising workers
The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (Trade Union Side) has faulted the alleged victimisation of labour leaders in Rivers State, by the State Head of Civil Service, for fighting for its legitimate right.
Chairman of the Council, Mr. Kiri Mohammed, in a statement in Abuja, said issuance of query to the labour leaders for demanding the implementation of the proposed Health Insurance Scheme for the workers was unacceptable. Read more
Plane suffers burst tyre at Lagos airport
A flight by Air Peace B737 aircraft was aborted on Monday morning after the plane with number 4P7198 suffered bust tyre at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
The aircraft was departing for Abuja at 10: 40 a.m. when the incident happened. A source onboard the plane said the aircraft was on top speed preparatory for take-off when the incident occurred. Read more
Former deputy House Speaker, Ihedioha, rejects Sheriff as PDP Chairman
Emeka Ihedioha, a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, has kicked against recognising Modu Sheriff as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman.
Mr. Ihedioha told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Monday that Mr. Sheriff by his conduct had failed to show an attitude worthy of uniting and strengthening the party. Read more
Ooni of Ife to host corporate gathering in London
His Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, will host a massive gathering of corporate personalities in London, United …
His Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, will host a massive gathering of corporate personalities in London, United Kingdom in March. Read more
Court sacks Sen. Bassey Akpan, orders refund of salary
The Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has on Monday ordered the senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East in the National Assembly, Bassey Akpan to vacate his seat immediately.
The court presided over by Justice Fatun Riman, asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return it issued to Akpan and awarded N200,000 costs in favour of the plaintiff, Mr Bassey Etim. Read more
Salary arrears: I feel your suffering, Akeredolu tells Ondo workers
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Monday pledged to constitute a committee to look into the seven months outstanding salaries of workers left behind by the previous administration.
Akeredolu made the pledge when he met with workers at the Governor’s Park in Akure.
“I can feel your suffering,” the governor told the workers, assuring them that the matter would be promptly addressed by setting up the committee, which would come out with ways to solve the problem. Read more
Tuface supports UNHCR with N3.5m
Nigerian Music icon, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tuface, has donated N3.5m to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Nigeria, to support humanitarian interventions.
The External Relations Officer, UNHCR, Nigeria, Mr Hanson Tamfu, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the donation from the Tuface Foundation was to support the commission in providing life-saving support to families forcibly displaced in Nigeria and across the continent. Read more
CAF Election: Ahmad will Lose to Hayatou
Nigeria has been put in a precarious position with the public endorsement of Madagascar FA President, Ahmad Ahmad for CAF President.
The NFF President, Amaju Pinnick , who holds Nigeria’s sole voting pass, declared for the little known football administrator during an interview with BBC and CNN, a situation which NFF Technical Committee member and CAF non-Executive member Paul Bassey claims is troubling. Read more
CAF ELECTIONS: NFF EXCOS TO DISOWN AMAJU PINNICK AFTER TOP-LEVEL MEETING
The executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will Tuesday be expected to disown president Amaju Pinnick’s position to back Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar in next month’s CAF presidential polls, AfricanFootball.com has specially gathered.
The NFF executives will meet in Abuja tomorrow in consultation with Nigerian sports minister Solomon Dalung and top officials have now told only AfricanFootball.com they will thereafter dissociate themselves from the position taken by their boss. Read more
Arsenal Enjoy Growth As Aston Villa’s Revenues Slump
Arsenal and Aston Villa’s financial reports posted this week show very contrasting fortunes for the two clubs. Aston Villa, relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2015/16 season, posted a fall in turnover of £6.9m on the previous year (2015) to £108.8m, in their latest accounts for the year ending May 31 2016.
The fall, according to the club, was primarily attributed to a reduction in their share of revenue from the FA Premier League’s broadcasting agreements as a result of final league standings which saw them finish bottom with just 17 points and relegated to the Championship. Read more
Man City and Everton have watched 16-year-old ‘multiple times’, yet to sign professional deal
After spending big and turning the club into a force to be reckoned with, there has been a slight change in the recruitment aspect of things at Manchester City. Of course, big transfer still happen, as exemplified by John Stones last summer, but with the arrival of the Etihad Campus and now with Pep Guardiola at the helm, we are seeing an increase in youth product scouting and purchasing. Read more
MAN UNITED AND CHELSEA JOINED BY JUVENTUS IN RACE FOR ‘NEW ROBERTO BAGGIO’
Italian giants Juventus have become the latest side to be linked with Fiorentina superstar Federico Bernardeschi, and they could muscle in on both Manchester United and Chelsea.
Both Premier League outfits have been tipped to make a move for the 23-year-old striker, who has been likened to Serie A legend Roberto Baggio. But reports today claim that Juve want the forward too. Read more
Iraqi commander says troops push deeper into western Mosul
Iraqi military units have pushed deeper into western Mosul, gaining control of a neighbourhood along the Tigris River and the foot of one of the city’s five bridges amid intense clashes with Islamic State militants. Read more
Faith puts Ghana at heart of global Christianity
Ghana is embracing the Christian faith with a fervor that is increasingly shaping its national identity.
The country is central to a wave that puts West Africa at the heart of global Christianity, said professor Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu of Trinity Theological Seminary in Accra. Read more
Laser attacks on Heathrow aircraft increase 25%
Laser attacks on aircraft using Heathrow airport rose by a quarter last year, new figures show.
Pilots taking off or landing at the west London hub suffered 151 incidents in 2016. This is up from 121 during the previous year and was more than any other UK airport, according to aviation regulator the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Read more
Hippo dies after brutal attack in El Salvador
Police in El Salvador are investigating a “cowardly and inhumane” attack at the National Zoological Park that killed a hippopotamus named Gustavito.
The 15-year-old hippo suffered “multiple blows on different parts of the body” from “blunt and sharp objects” in Wednesday’s attack, the Ministry of Culture said in a statement. Read more
North Korea ‘executed five security officials with anti-aircraft guns’ over false reports
North Korea executed five senior security officials with anti-aircraft guns because they made false reports that “enraged” leader Kim Jong-un, South Korea’s spy agency said Monday.
The comments by the National Intelligence Service in a private briefing to lawmakers come as Malaysia investigates the poisoning death of Kim’s estranged elder half brother, Kim Jong-nam. Read more