SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 6, 2016
Gunmen behead APC chief, kill family in Rivers
Gunmen have beheaded a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The APC chieftain identified as Franklin Obi was murdered alongside his wife, Iheoma, and 18-year-old son, Bestman, at their residence in Omoku at about 9pm on Saturday. The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Musa Kimo, who is currently on a visit to the place, expressed regret over the incident. Read more
Buhari confirms Nigeria’s membership of Saudi’s Islamic coalition
President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed Nigeria’s membership of the Islamic Coalition Against Terrorism being spearheaded by Saudi Arabia amidst speculations of alleged plan to Islamise the country.
The President made the disclosure in an interview he granted to Al-Jazeera during his recent visit to Doha, Qatar, while the interview was aired on Saturday. When asked whether Nigeria was part of the Islamic coalition, Buhari answered in the affirmative. Read more
We did not Rape, Touch Abducted Girls, Kidnap Kingpin Confesses
Two hours after the three abducted female students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary (BMJS), Ikorodu, were rescued by the police, the kidnap kingpin, one Emmanuel Arigidi in an exclusive interview with THISDAY said they did not rape or beat the girls.
Asked on why they targeted and abducted the girls he said he could not readily explain, adding that while the girls were in their custody, they were not harmed. Read more
Life is hard for us in Abuja – Displaced persons
The Internally Displaced Persons at New Kuchingoro, Games Village, Abuja have said they were tired of living in the camp as there was no provision for social amenities like medical facilities and power supply.
The IDPs said life is hard for them in the camp, noting that they depended on a nearby stream for drinking water, adding that it was better for them to go back to their communities in Borno State and other North-Eastern states where they were displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency. Read more
Man jailed10 years for trafficking six girls
A Federal High Court sitting in Benin, Edo State, has sentenced one Favour Eboigbe, to 10 years imprisonment for trafficking six girls to Burkina Faso for prostitution.
Eboigbe was arraigned on 12 counts before Justice A. A. Okeke for child trafficking. It was gathered that the 37-year-man was arrested outside the country by officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons in Edo in 2009, following a tip off. Read more
Obono-Obla to Buhari: Purge Your Administration Of Saboteurs
A close associate of President Muhammadu Buhari and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, wants the Nigerian Leader to immediately purge his administration of saboteurs.
He stated this in reaction to Buhari’s admission during a television interview that some people in his government were sabotaging his administration. Read more
Invasion of Ekiti Assembly: I can’t be intimidated by Buhari’s DSS – Fayose
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has declared that even if the State was invaded by one million armed men of the Department of State Services (DSS) on the order of President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and the people of the State will never be intimidated to surrender governance of the State to political desperadoes, whose four years reign destroyed the economy of the State. Read more
School Head Jailed in A’Ibom for Abusing 12-year Old Pupil
A school head of a public primary school in Akwa Ibom State has been sent to jail for the abuse of a 12 year old pupil in his School.
The wife of State Governor, Mrs Martha Emmanuel disclosed this during a seminar for young girls drawn from secondary schools across the state. Read more
APC in Embarrassing Situation Over Staff Casualisation
The ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) is making frantic efforts to resolve a brewing dispute with workers at its national secretariat over the long period of casualisation there.
The party has been reaching out to those considered as leaders of the affected workers to try to calm them down and avoid what it considers an embarrassing situation. Read more
El-Rufai Warns Against Manipulation of Religion and Ethnicity
The governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has warned that his administration will no longer tolerate those who manipulate religion and ethnicity for their selfish interests.
The governor, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, issued the warning on Saturday during the 2016 “Khituk Gwong”- the annual cultural festival of the Kagoma people, which held in Fadan Kagoma, Jema’a local government area of the state. Read more
Nigeria’s economic woes basically our own fault – Buhari
Nigeria only has itself to blame for its current economic troubles, President Muhammadu Buhari said in an interview broadcast on Saturday, criticising previous governments for an over-reliance on crude revenues. Africa’s biggest oil producer and leading economy has been struggling with the slump in global crude prices for nearly two years, which has slashed the majority of government revenues. Read more
Naira depreciation: Nigerians should look inwards – experts
Some experts have advised Nigerians to look inwards and develop areas of the country’s comparative advantage to reduce demand for foreign exchange. They made the suggestion in separate interviews in a nationwide survey. Read more
Concession Dams to States, Tambuwal Tells FG
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has urged the Federal Government to concession dams under its care to states that are interested in managing them, saying state governments will put such dams to better use for the benefit of the citizenry.
Speaking when he inspected irrigation works at the Goronyo Dam in Sokoto, Tambuwal said it will be economically more viable if states are allowed to manage the dams since they benefit directly from its resources. Read more
Court Suspends Arrest Warrant on Ikem
The High Court of Cross River State sitting in Calabar and presided by Justice Obojor Ogar has granted a stay of action on the warrant of arrest ordered against a former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Venatius Ikem, by a magistrate court in Calabar. Read more
FCTA to Drag 10 Insurance Firms to Anti-graft Agencies
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has threatened to report some insurance firms involved in its Group Life Assurance scheme to the anti-graft agencies for their failure to settle indemnity claims to the several deceased staff. Read more
Obaship Crisis: Fayose Bars Olukere From Wearing Crown
The obaship crisis rocking Ikere Ekiti at the weekend assumed a new
twist as the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose ordered the
Olukere of Ikere, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, to stop appearing in Oba’s
apparel or crown .
Fayose reiterated that the only recognized monarch in the town is
Ogoga, Oba Adejimi Adu, describing Olukere as a chief priest, who
should stop parading himself as a king, having not gotten the staff of
office, a symbol of recognition from the government. Read more
Billionaire Tycoon Sentenced To Death
Babak Zanjani, 41, was accused of fraudulently pocketing $2.8bn (£2bn) after a months-long trial which in a rare move was held in public.
Prosecutors claim he owed the money to Iran’s government from oil sold on behalf of the oil ministry. Zanjani, who denied any wrongdoing, insisted the only reason the money had not been paid was that sanctions had prevented a transfer. Read more
Knife found in the house where OJ Simpson’s wife was murdered
Detectives are investigating a knife apparently found at the former home of OJ Simpson.
The American footballer was controversially acquitted of murder charges over the 1994 stabbings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Read more
Migrant crisis: At least 17 dead as boat sinks
A boat carrying migrants from Turkey to Greece has sunk, killing at least 17 people, Turkish media say.
The boat capsized near the Turkish resort of Didim, the Anadolu and Dogan news agencies reported. The International Organization for Migration says at least 321 migrants drowned trying to get to Greece between 1 January and 3 March. Read more
EU wants Turkey to accept ‘large-scale’ deportations of migrants
European leaders will push Turkey at a summit on Monday to agree to “large-scale” deportations of economic migrants from Greece which is bracing for a fresh surge of migrant and refugee arrivals by the end of March.
The European Union’s 28 leaders are hoping for new commitments from Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at their talks in Brussels in order to curb the chaos on the west Balkans route that begins in overstretched Greece. Read more
Tourism Minister Hails Deals Reached With Foreign Airlines
Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou welcomed an agreement made with a number of foreign airlines to settle their financial dues in hard currency.
Speaking to the press on Thursday 03/03/2016, the minister said the government paid special care to reaching a satisfying deal with foreign companies. Read more