SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 11, 2016
Court Orders DSS to Release Detained Ekiti Lawmaker
Reprieve came the way of a member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon Afolabi Akanni, who was arrested last week by men of the Department of State Services on Friday as the Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti ordered the security agency to release him from detention
with immediate effect.
In the alternative, the court ordered the DSS to produce Akanni in Court on Wednesday, March16 and show cause why he would not be released. Read more
Agatu Killings Exaggerated, Says IGP
Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has said that the number of people said to have been killed during the recent clash between the Agatus of Benue state and their Fulani counterparts has been exaggerated.
The Agatus had claimed that 300 of their people, including children and pregnant women, were killed by the Fulani herdsmen, with 7,000 others said to have been displaced. Read more
172 Nigerian migrants flown home from Libya
The International Organization for Migration flew 172 Nigerian migrants including six women home from Libya on Friday, the organisation said. An AFP cameraman said a child was among the migrants who left Tripoli’s Mitiga airport at 4:30 am (0230 GMT) dressed in tracksuits and sports shoes. “Almost all the migrants travelling on this charter were detained as they were trying to cross to Europe,” IOM said in a statement.
NIMASA urged to provide seatime training for cadets
The Chairman, National Seafarers Welfare Board, Chief Kunle Folarin, has urged the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to focus on seatime training of cadets of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP).
Rivers, Zamfara Govs Seek Buratai’s Aid against Cultism, Cattle Rustling
The Governors of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike and his Zamfara State counterpart, Alhaji Abdualaziz Yari Abubakar, who is also the Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum, have variously visited the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, in his office at the Army Headquarters (AHQ) to discuss security issues in their respective States this week.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in a statement on Friday, said that the duo of Wike and Yari were concerned by the deteriorating security situation in their respective states. Read more
Abia Seeks N1bn Agric Loan from CBN
Abia state government has taken steps to secure a N1 billion loan from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to boost agricultural production.
State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Bonnie Iwuoha, made this known on Friday while briefing journalists on the outcome of the weekly meeting of the state executive council. Read more
Ohuabunwa: We’re Ready to Meet Kalu, PPA in Court
Still euphoric from his victory in the rerun election for Abia North, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa has called the bluff of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and its defeated candidate, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, over their decision to challenge the outcome in court.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of PPA reportedly rejected the defeat of their senatorial candidate and vowed to challenge it in court just as they did after the 2015 National Assembly poll. Read more
Federal Roads’ Rehabilitation: Ex-Minister Denies FG’s Payment of N5.8b to Fayose
Immediate past Minister of State of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has clarified that no refund was made to the state government under Ayodele Fayose for the rehabilitation of federal roads during his tenure as minister. While speaking with journalists on Thursday after his release, Commissioner of Finance in Ekiti State, Mr Toyin Ojo, disclosed that the rumoured N5.8 billion said to be the amount allegedly refunded by FG for the construction of Ado -Ifaki road to Ekiti formed part of the questions asked by DSS during interrogation. Read more
JUTH health workers vow to continue ongoing strike
The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) of the Jos University
Teaching Hospital, JUTH, Friday staged a demonstration at the gate of
the Teaching hospital, demanding the immediate implementation of the
agreement it reached with the Federal government recently. Read more
Siasia Vows to Destroy Egypt
Interim head coach of Nigeria’s national soccer team Samson Siasia on Wednesday said he plans to crush Egypt with goals when the two nations meet twice in an African Cup qualifier later this month.
Siasia said his plan may not be impossible, noting the feat was achieved in 1977 when Nigeria thrashed Egypt 4-0 in a world cup qualifier played at home, in the southwestern state of Lagos. Read more
Kwara Elders Forum backs PMB’s anti-corruption crusade
Kwara Elders Committee on Thursday openly expressed their support for the anti- corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari. The elders said that, the move was a strong signal to the international community that corruption and indiscipline will no longer be condoned in the country again. Read more
NGE President, Mohammed appointed NNPC spokesperson
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) has announced the appointment of the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, Mallam Garba-Deen Mohammed , as the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the corporation. According to a statement by the NNPC in Abuja, in addition to 53 other appointments, Deen-Garba takes over from Mr. Ohi. Alegbe, who is now the Group General Manager (GGM), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Pilgrimage to Isreal is biblical – Opara
Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christain Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, Mr. Kennedy Opara has said that it was extremely necessary for every practicing Christian to visit Isreal on pilgrimage. According him, praying in one’s country would not give the same spiritual results as carrying out the exercise at the holy sites in Isreal where Jesus was born, amongst others.
Female lawyers blast Ndume over call on Saraki, men to marry more wives
The International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, has berated the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, for encouraging the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Nigerian men to marry second wives. FIDA, which is the umbrella body of female legal practitioners in the country, insisted that such call from the lawmaker was “disparaging and meant to demean Nigeria women”.
MTN says still in talks with Nigerian officials over fine
Telecom giant MTN on Friday insisted negotiations were ongoing with Nigerian authorities to settle a record $3.9 billion fine imposed for failing to disconnect unregistered subscribers. “MTN Nigeria continues to engage with the Nigerian authorities in an attempt to ensure an amicable resolution to this matter,” the company said in a statement.
Reactions trail Dakuku Peterside’s appointment as D-G NIMASA
Maritime stakeholders have expressed mixed feelings over the appointment of Dr Dakuku Peterside as the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Adiministration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). The stakeholders spoke in separate interviews in Lagos. The Director-General, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS), Mrs Ify Akerele-Anazonwu , said that she had always expressed her feelings about the appointment of a “non maritime person’’ to head a maritime agency.
Man, 28, Remanded Over Alleged Defilement Of Minor
An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan on Friday remanded a 28 -year-old driver , Anuoluwa Oyeladun in prison over alleged defilement of a minor.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.F.Richard ordered that Oyeladun be remanded at Agodi Prison pending the advice of the State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).
The chief magistrate adjourned the case till April 19, for mention. Oyeladun, who resides at Papa Olosun, Alakia in Ibadan is facing a one – count charge of having unlawful carnal knowledge with a minor. The accused plea was not taken. Read more
Riot breaks out in Ikeja
DAILY POST has just learnt of ongoing riot at Ikeja, along, the Abeokuta expressway area of Lagos State, which began around 2:45pm on Friday.
Sources claim that the unrest is between members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW. Meanwhile, men of the Nigerian Air Force as well as other security operatives have already arrived the restive scene as at press time and are trying to rein in the rioters. Read more
Saraki Stalls Trial Again, Challenges CCT’s Jurisdiction
The efforts of the federal government to prosecute Senate President Bukola Saraki for alleged false declaration of assets as governor of Kwara State suffered another setback on Friday following the filing of a new motion by Saraki challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter and the power of the Attorney General of the Federation to initiate the charge. Read more
Delta: NAFDAC seals seven shops for selling fake wines
The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it sealed seven shops at the Asaba Ogbeogonogo Modern market, Delta for selling fake and unregistered wines.
The Chief Regulatory Officer of NAFDAC, Investigation and Enforcement Directorate, Mr Joseph Idowu made this known in Asaba. Idowu said that the team was in Asaba to investigate the alleged sales of fake and unregistered wine at the modern market. Read more
Prominent Danish activist and author prosecuted for ‘people trafficking’ after giving Syrian refugee family a lift
Lisbeth Zornig and her husband Mikael Lindholm were handed a combined fine of 45,000 krone (£4,700) by judges in the city of Nykøbing Falster today. Read more
Canadian women who deserve to be on a bank note
Justin Trudeau, the snowboarding feminist prime minister elected in October, has announced that Canada will issue a new bank note featuring an iconic Canadian woman.
The country’s bank notes currently feature prominent prime ministers, all of them male.
The balding Sir Wilfred Laurier appears on the blue $5 bill, while Sir John A. McDonald and his comb-over grace the purple $10. William Lyon Mackenzie King is on the red $50 and Sir Robert Borden on the brown $100 note. (Yes, Canadian money looks like Monopoly money.) Read more
MH370: South African Teen Finds Possible Debris on Mozambique Beach
A South African teenager said Friday that he believes he may have found a piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 while on vacation in Mozambique.
Liam Lötter, 18, found the object in December but only told authorities after other people claimed to have found possible pieces of the Boeing 777 earlier this month. “The first thing that went through my mind was MH370,” he told NBC News by phone. “I had that feeling in my gut and I felt that I was meant to see it and meant to bring it back.” Read more
Three-year-old dies after IS chemical attack
A three-year-old Iraqi girl wounded in a chemical attack by the Islamic State group died in hospital Friday, medical sources and officials said.
“She died of respiratory complications and kidney failure… caused by the mustard agent used by Daesh (IS) in Taza,” said Masrour Aswad, of the Iraqi Commission for Human Rights. Fatima Samir was among the dozens of people hospitalised after a chemical attack carried out Wednesday on the town of Taza, just south of the city of Kirkuk. Read more
Bulgaria markets Black Sea resorts as tourists seek safe haven
Bulgaria is showing off its Black Sea resorts and lush nature at this year’s ITB travel trade fair in hopes of attracting tourists scared away from formerly popular destinations such as Egypt and Tunisia following militant Islamist attacks.
“Expectations are so great that many hotel operators are concerned about whether they’ll have enough beds,” Plamen Bakalov, Consul for Economic Affairs at Bulgaria’s consulate in Frankfurt, told Reuters at ITB, the world’s largest travel fair, on Friday. Read more
Israel Holocaust survivor, 112, world’s oldest man
Guinness World Records says a 112-year-old Israeli who lived through both World Wars and survived the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz is the world’s oldest man.
Guinness awarded Israel Kristal a certificate at his home in Haifa on Friday. It quoted Kristal as saying that he doesn’t “know the secret for long life.” Kristal says: “I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why.” Read more