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*Senate throws out gender equality bill *Dasuki Drags FG to ECOWAS Court

*Senate throws out gender equality bill *Dasuki Drags FG to ECOWAS Court

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 15, 2016

Dasuki Drags FG to ECOWAS Court

Former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, currently facing trial for an alleged diversion of funds for the procurement of arms to fight Boko Haram, has dragged the Federal Government of Nigeria to the ECOWAS Court of Justice sitting in Abuja. He is seeking enforcement of his fundamental right to freedom.

Dasuki, who was rearrested by the operatives of the Department of the State Security Service (DSS) shortly after perfecting the third bail granted him by the Nigerian Court, is asking the ECOWAS Court to enforce his fundamental rights as enshrined in the African Carter on people and human rights and the Nigerian Constitution. Read more

Senate throws out gender equality bill

The Senate has rejected a bill seeking to empower women politically and economically, as well as grant them  equal opportunities with men in diverse human endeavours. The bill was sponsored by the Senate Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South).

It was entitled, “A bill for an Act to Incorporate and enforce certain provisions of the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, the Protocol of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the rights of women in Africa, and other matters connected therewith, 2016 (SB. 116). Read more

Dasuki Drags FG to ECOWAS Court

Former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, currently facing trial for an alleged diversion of funds for the procurement of arms to fight Boko Haram, has dragged the Federal Government of Nigeria to the ECOWAS Court of Justice sitting in Abuja. He is seeking enforcement of his fundamental right to freedom.

Dasuki, who was rearrested by the operatives of the Department of the State Security Service (DSS) shortly after perfecting the third bail granted him by the Nigerian Court, is asking the ECOWAS Court to enforce his fundamental rights as enshrined in the African Carter on people and human rights and the Nigerian Constitution. Read more

 

New judge takes over N8 billion CBN currency scam case

Proceedings commenced in the alleged Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) N8 billion currency scam on Tuesday with a new judge, Justice Joyce Abdul-Maleek, taking charge at the Federal High Court 2, Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abdul-Maleek took over from Justice Olayinka Faji who initially handled four of the seven cases. At the reopening of hearing, charges instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were read out to the accused persons and they all pleaded not guilty. Read more

Rumour about Amaechi manhandling our officer is untrue- Police

The Rivers State Police Command has dispelled the news story that went viral in the social media that former governor of Rivers State and minister of transportation , Hon. Chibuike R. Amaechi, on the 12th of March arrested and manhandled a policeman along Port Harcourt-Omagwa road.
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Inflation Crosses to Double Digit, Hits 11.4%

Inflation rate has crossed to double digit, the first time in a very long time, hitting 11.4 percent in February compared to 9.6 percent the previous month, according to the National Bureau of Statistics’ (NBS) Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation. Read more

Tompolo serves EFCC with appeal records

Counsel to a former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, Tuesday said his client has served the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with his record of appeal.

He said the commission’s response to the appeal is being awaited. Tompolo filed his appellant’s brief of argument on March 11 against the order of the Federal High Court for his arrest made on January 14. Read more

Unemployed youth docked in Lagos for allegedly raping 13-year-old girl

A 25-year-old, Christopher Ogbeide, who allegedly raped a teenage girl, was on Tuesday remanded in Kirikiri Prisons on the order of an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, who gave the order, said the accused should remain behind bars pending when his bail application would be filed and argued. Read more

Jamb candidates, school owners protest, seek reduction in cut off

Scores of recent candidates of Joint Admission Matriculatiion Board(JAMB) and members of Association of Tutorial School Owners of Nigeria protested in Ilorin Tuesday over allegations of shoddy conduct of the examination body which consequently failed the affected candidates for no fault of theirs. In view ‎of this development,the protesters urged the federal government to wade in and compel JAMB to deliberately reduce the cut off scores because of the anomaly in order to accommodate the interest of the affected candidates. Read more

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Ex-Rep flays Ekiti lawmakers over protest at foreign embassies

A member of the Seventh House of Representatives, Bamidele Faparusi, has described the protest staged by members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly at the embassies of the United States of America and United Kingdom in Abuja, as a “colossal embarrassment to Nigerians.”

The lawmakers led by Speaker Kola Oluwawole were protesting against the arrest and detention of a lawmaker, Afolabi Akanni, by the Department of State Services. Read more

Go face your trial, judge tells Rickey Tarfa

Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos has upheld the preliminary objection raised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in opposition to the N2.5bn suit filed against it by Mr. Rickey Tarfa (SAN).

Tarfa had filed the suit seeking a declaration that his arrest and detention by the EFCC on February 5, 2016 was a violation of his fundamental rights. Read more

Protest rocks UNIOSUN over ‘no tuition, no exams’ policy

Students of the College of Education, Ipetu Ijesa Campus of the Osun State University protested the new policy of no tuition no examination which was introduced on Monday.

Our correspondent gathered that the students started their first semester examination and the new policy prevented many of them from writing the examination. Read more

Don’t scold children who bed-wet, experts urge parents

Two paediatricians on Tuesday advised parents against scolding children who bed-wet, saying they should see it as a health challenge. They spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ikorodu area of Lagos. An Online publication- emedicinehealth- says, “Bed-wetting, or nocturnal enuresis, refers to the unintentional passage of urine during sleep. Read more

Economy: Nigeria’s inflation rises by 11.4% in February – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Tuesday, said the inflation rate in February rose by 11.4 per cent compared to the 9.6 per cent in January. This is contained in February 2015 Consumer Price Index (CPI)/ Inflation Report issued by the NBS in Abuja. Read more

NDLEA to prosecute four Mexicans arrested over ‘crystal meth’ production

Nigeria’s anti-drug agency has arrested four Mexicans for allegedly running a crystal meth production laboratory on an “industrial” scale. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it had uncovered the lab producing the banned stimulant, disrupting what it said was “a major drug trafficking organisation”. Read more

Roadside bomb kills three vigilantes in Borno

Three civilian vigilantes on their way to fight Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria were killed and seven others injured when their vehicle hit a landmine, residents told AFP on Tuesday. The vigilantes from Chul village in Borno state were moving on Monday evening to battle Boko Haram militants who had stormed the neighbouring village of Huyum when the accident occurred. Read more

2 Brothers Jailed For Stealing 6 Buses

A Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Tuesday sentenced two brothers, Emeka Okenwa, 35, and Anayo Okenwa, 40, to 18 months imprisonment for stealing six buses.

The brothers, who had earlier pleaded not guilty but were found guilty by court, were convicted on a two-count charge of conspiracy and theft. The Prosecutor, Insp. Phillip Osijiale, had told the court that the convicts committed the offences sometime in August 2010 at Sera Faboyede St. in Bucknor Ejigbo, near Lagos. Read more

Man jailed 150 years for raping girls

A Los Angeles man was sentenced to 150 years in prison on Monday for raping a 12-year-old girl while in Russia and vowing to sever her head if she went to authorities.

US District Judge Otis Wright called Yusef Abramov, 58, “the ultimate predator” in handing down the sentence. According to the charge sheet, Abramov, who has dual US and Russian citizenship, preyed on schoolgirls during repeated visits to Russia. Read more

CBN to give N3m each to eligible youth on empowerment programme

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is to give three million naira each to empower eligible youths under the Youth Initiative Empowerment Development Programme (YIEDP), the Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, has said. Emefiele made the disclosure at the launch of YIEDP in Abuja on Tuesday.
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We ‘ll not compromise standard, says JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it will not compromise the standard of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), irrespective of pressures from any quarters. Dr Fabian Benjamin, the board’s Head of the Media and Information, said Tuesday in Lagos, said that the conduct of the examination, which ends on March 19, had so far been successful, despite few technical hitches recorded in some centres. Read more

Egypt’s currency devaluation a ‘welcome step’, say economists

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Economists welcomed a “long overdue” devaluation of the Egyptian pound, but warned that higher inflation could be on the way.

Razan Nasser, senior economist for the Middle East at HSBC, called the move to lower the country’s official exchange rate to the US dollar by 13 per cent on Monday “a welcome step”. “It would have been better if this had taken place 18 months ago. But it’s better to do something now than to continue with an overvalued currency,” she said. Read more

Lower pound will increase Egypt’s energy costs

Egypt’s decision to devalue the pound will lead to increased energy costs for consumers, although foreign operators will largely be shielded.

Egypt’s central bank on Monday devalued the pound by 13 per cent against the US dollar and said it would allow a more flexible exchange rate in the future. Egypt, which was required to start importing liquefied natural gas last year to meet domestic demand despite its considerable domestic gas resources, has struggled to pay for foreign supplies this year. Read more

‘Zuma under ANC fire over links with Guptas ’

President Jacob Zuma was allegedly given a dressing down over his links to the controversial Gupta family by delegates who attended the provincial alliance summit in East London at the weekend.

The Star has reliably learnt that Eastern Cape ANC provincial executive committee member Pumelele Ndamase led the charge in criticising Zuma for his links to the Guptas, saying his relationship to the Indian business family had tarnished the party’s image. Read more

Christian pastor “relieved” no terror attack in Germany

A Christian pastor has told Premier the whole of Berlin is relieved the city was not subject to a terror attack on Tuesday morning.

Andrew Mack, Pastor at Berlin International Community Church, was speaking on Premier’s News Hour after German police stated they believed a bomb caused a car to explode. Police say it was not related to terrorism. Read more

Breivik gives Nazi salute in court

Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik marked his return to court by making a Nazi salute during his bid to improve conditions inside the Norwegian prison where he is being held in isolation for massacring 77 people in bomb-and-gun attacks. Read more

Belgian police hunt gunman after Brussels anti-terror raid

Belgian police investigating November’s Paris attacks are hunting a gunman after shots were fired during a raid on a house in Brussels, a spokesman for the federal prosecutors office has said.

A police spokeswoman said three police officer had been wounded, but did not give details on the severity of the injuries. Police blocked roads in the Belgian capital’s southern suburb of Forest and a major operation appeared to be under way, journalists at the scene said. Read more

Syria War: Five Years of Hunger, Horror, Heartbreak

Dr. Mohamed Katoub may have originally trained as a dentist but as the horrors gripped his hometown he found himself trying to keep a hospital running in a war zone.

In the five years of Syria’s civil war, Katoub survived chlorine gas attacks, made do without electricity for months on end and moved hospitals and schools underground to protect children from bombs dropped by President Bashar Assad’s forces in rebel-held Douma. Read more

Paris terror attacks: Shots fired in Brussels in hunt for missing suspect

Belgian police continue to hunt for fugitive Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the November attacks which left 130 people dead.

Eric Van Der Sypt, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor, told AFP that ‘police were fired at’ during the raid in the southern Forest district. Read more

Woman ‘kidnapped, poisoned and gang-raped by five men’

A woman is recovering after being kidnapped, gang-raped and poisoned by a group of men in Pakistan, it has been reported.

The 18-year-old girl was kidnapped by five men while on her way home, who took it in turns to rape her in a field in the Rawani area of Muzaffarabad on 8 March, Pervez Hameed, the Station House Officer (SHO) of City Police Station told The Express Tribune. Read more

10 things you need to know about the Canada-EU trade agreement

As far as I can tell, I was the first person to raise publicly the new Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, as a potential template for Brexit, in an article in The Times on January 26th. I have Canadian relatives and lived there for a while, so I keep a fond eye on Canada. I challenged both the Remain and Leave campaigns to look at the deal and explain whether or not it was a useful template for a deal between Britain and the EU if we voted to leave. Read more

 

 

 

 

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