SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 4, 2016
Court approves Dasuki’s continued detention
Justice Peter Affen of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, on Friday said the continued detention of the ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was in order.
The judge while ruling on the application filed by Dasuki, said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) did not violate any subsisting court order in the detention of the ex-NSA. This is the second time a judge is faulting Dasuki’s claim that his continued detention was in violation of a subsisting court order. Read more
Ajimobi to review Oyo chieftaincy system
Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Friday promised to overhaul the chieftaincy institution in Ibadanland.
This, he said, will ensure speedy completion of appointment procedures and ensure the insulation of high chiefs from partisan politics as the father of all. Governor Ajimobi spoke at the coronation ceremony of the 41st of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji (Aje Ogungunniso 1) at the Historic Mapo Hall. Read more
Court dismisses Badeh’s bail application
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday dismissed an application for bail filed by the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.).
Justice James Tsoho, in a ruling, upheld the objection by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to the application, ruling that the detention of the ex-CDS was backed by a subsisting court order. Meanwhile, the EFCC had on Monday filed 10 counts of money laundering against Badeh and a firm, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, accusing them of fraudulently removing N3.97bn from the account of the Nigerian Air Force in between January and December 2013. Read more
Lagos Derby: Ikorodu FC, MFM in supremacy contest
The Nigeria Premier Football League Match Day 5 games will swing into action on Sunday with an expected explosive Lagos Derby between Ikorodu United FC and Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM). Ikorodu United will host MFM at the Onikan Stadium on Sunday as the newly Lagos-based clubs struggle for supremacy in the league when their match kicks off at 4 p.m.
Diamond Bank attains 1m Mobile App users
Mr Uzoma Dozie, the Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank has said the financial institution has attained a million mark for registered users of its mobile application.
Dozie made the disclosure at a news conference to “Celebrate the one millionth Diamond Mobile App’’ users in Lagos. He said that the beauty of the mobile application was that it allowed customers to choose when to go to the bank through the application downloaded in their smartphones. Read more
World Cup inquiry ‘hampered’ by witnesses − FIFA
Key witnesses have “hampered” FIFA’s inquiry into Germany’s bid to host the 2006 World Cup by refusing to give evidence, football’s world governing body said Friday.
FIFA said it welcomed a German inquiry into the German campaign which said it could not rule out that FIFA votes were bought. Read more
Police in Delta parade 15 suspects, recover arms, ammunition
The Police in Delta State on Thursday in Asaba paraded 15 suspects, who allegedly took part in various crimes, ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Alkali Usman, who paraded the suspects, said that their arrest was made possible with the cooperation of the public. He said: “the Delta police command has continued to deliver on its mandate of protecting life and property of the citizens. Read more
Obasanjo’s Place in Global History Is Assured, Says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday congratulated former President and elder statesman, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR), as he turned 79 saying his place in global history is assured.
Buhari in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina said the president affirmed that the former president, “who is approaching the octogenarian cycle, has contributed immensely to the institutionalization of democracy in Nigeria and Africa through his personal sacrifice, extensive local and international networks, and God-given wisdom.” Read more
Ogoni Clean-up: Wike Cautions FG on Political Patronage
Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Friday cautioned the federal government against selective patronages in favour of members of the ruling All Progressives Congress ( APC) only in the clean-up of polluted communities in Ogoni land.
Wike warned that the clean-up would not be achieved if the federal government allows a particular political class to dictate or drive the process. Read more
Buhari pays tribute to Eskor Toyo
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday paid tribute to renowned scholar and elder statesman, Prof. Eskor Toyo.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President described Toyo as a role model whose guiding principle was to live for the good of less privileged people. Read more
Mile 12 market riots: Police arrest over 105 suspects
More than 100 people were arrested in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, after bloody riots in the city’s biggest food market left at least three people dead, police said on Friday. “The police have arrested 105 suspects in connection with the disturbances in and around ‘Mile 12’ market,” Lagos state police spokeswoman Dolapo Badmus told AFP referring to rioting which took place on Thursday. Read more
N5,000 Package: Buhari Will Not Disappoint Nigerians, Says Group
A pro-Buhari group, #istandwithbuhari organisation, has said the reason ordinary Nigerians gave President Muhammed Buhari massive support in the last presidential poll was their belief that he would deliver on his promises.
The group urged Nigerians not to be unnecessarily agitated by the apparent delay in the the implementation of people- oriented polices of the All Progressives Congress (APC), adding that it would not be long for good things to start happening. Read more
Siasia Adds Balogun To Eagles Squad, Insists On Fit Players Vs Egypt
Interim Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has extended an invitation to FSV Mainz 05 of Germany defender Leon Balogun ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Pharaohs of Egypt after initially overlooking the Mainz defender.
The latest invitation brings to 21 the number of overseas–based players called for the games.
Also on Friday, Siasia declared that only those who show guts and grit, and ability to adapt to conditions, would be fielded against the Pharaohs. Read more
Lawmakers Make Case for Rural Communities, Empower Foundation
Chairman, House Committee on Rural Development, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu has pledged to ensure equitable distribution of projects to rural communities in Nigeria.
He expressed concern that the percentage of the total budget allocated to rural development was small, saying the committee in the true spirit of social justice and equity, would still ensure that the rural areas receive the dividends of democracy. Read more
Ghana needs credible register – Judge cautions EC
A judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Victor Jones Dotse, has cautioned the Electoral Commission (EC) to conduct the November 7 polls with a credible voter register.
The statement follows an application for interlocutory injunction by two people seeking to prevent the EC from conducting the by-election in the Abuakwa North Constituency later this month using the current register. Read more
What the search for Flight 370 has found (that’s not the plane)
Search teams have been looking for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 for nearly two years, and thus far, boats dragging high-tech detection equipment across the Indian Ocean and teams searching from the skies have had little success.
Denmark widens fight against IS jihadists in Syria, Iraq
Denmark will commit F-16 warplanes to the fight against Islamic State in Syria and 400 military personnel to fight the jihadist group in Iraq, Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said Friday.
A majority of political parties in parliament’s foreign affairs committee expressed support Friday for the government’s proposal, and “the government will on the basis of today’s meeting submit a bill to a parliamentary vote to strengthen the campaign against IS,” a statement from the prime minister’s office said. Read more
Ex-Brazilian President Lula da Silva questioned as part of corruption probe
Wildly popular former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was questioned by federal police Friday as part of an extensive corruption investigation, a police spokeswoman said.
Police carried out search warrants on at least one of the former President’s houses earlier Friday, according to the spokeswoman, who said Lula da Silva would go free after the questioning. Read more
U.N. team calls destruction in Iraq’s Ramadi ‘staggering’
Destruction in Ramadi is “staggering” and worse than anywhere else in Iraq, a U.N. team concluded this week after making the first assessment visit to the city since its recapture from Islamic State.
It said the main hospital and train station had both been destroyed, along with thousands of other buildings. Local officials told the UN team 64 bridges and much of the electricity grid had been ruined. Read more