SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 16, 2016
Boko Haram is a godless group- Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has described today’s bomb attack on a Maiduguri mosque as another sign that the Boko Haram sect is a godless group.
He said the sect did not in any way represent true Islam. Buhari’s reaction was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. Read more
2016 Budget to be passed on Thursday
The 2016 budget will not be passed Thursday as promised by the National Assembly, it was learnt Wednesday.
Rather, the fiscal document will be laid on the floors of the Senate and the House of Representatives by the Appropriation Committees of the two chambers. Read more
Afe Babalola Begs Church to Reverse Conversion of School to Bakery
A prominent Lawyer, Chief Afe Babalola, on has charged the Anglican Communion to reverse its policy , which converted his alma mater and first primary school in Ekiti State, Emmanuel Anglican Primary School, Ado Ekiti , to a bakery, describing this as an insult.
Babalola, founder of Afe Babalola University, who described the conversion as insulting, lamented that the school that had produced lawyers, doctors, teachers and eminent personalities was now a bakery. Read more
Kaduna govt meets CAN over controversial preaching bill
Worried by the dust raised over the proposed Religous Preaching Bill before the State House of Assembly, the Kaduna Government on Wednesday met with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the state.
At the meeting held at the old chamber of the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, the State Deputy Governor, Barnabas Yusuf Bala led the government’s side while the State Chairman of CAN, Dr. George Dodo led 11 others where the issue was clarified on the bill. Read more
Gov Emmanuel Flags Off Regional Market Project in A’Ibom
As part of his administration’s industrialization drive, an ultra-modern regional market project has been flagged off in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State by the State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel.
The Governor said besides Eket Senatorial District being the first beneficiary of the regional market, similar market projects would also be established in Uyo and Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Districts. Read more
Modu Sheriff: PDP Has Come Back
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Alli Modu Sheriff, on Wednesday expressed delight that recent events had shown that the party is on the verge of bouncing back to rule the nation again.
Sheriff said recent results of all re-run and by- elections have shown that everybody had put behind themselves what made PDP to lose the last General Election. Read more
Coalition Protests Alleged Plan to Frustrate Anti-graft Crusade
A coalition of human rights activists and civil society practitioners on Wednesday stormed the streets of Lagos, peacefully protesting the alleged grand design of political leaders in the country to frustrate the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The anti-graft protest, which was principally organised by the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), kicked off from the headquarters of Ikeja Local Government about 10:00a.m. and ended at the office of Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, around noon. Read more
DSS operative kills student in Jos
An operative of the Department of Security Services killed a 24-year-old final year student of computer engineering of the University of Jos on Tuesday evening, causing confusion along Ahmadu Bello Way in the central business district of Jos
The student, identified as Paul Hezekiah, was said to be working with a phone shop, Johnson Sky Phones and Company, located at No. 11 Ahmadu Bello Way in fulfilment of a three-month Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme. Read more
Man in court for impersonating as police officer
A 40-year-old man, Taiwo Akinbode, who allegedly impersonated as a police sergeant, was on Wednesday docked before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
The accused of no fixed address is facing a two-count charge of impersonation and unlawful possession of police items. Read more
Chief Judge releases 56 prison inmates in Kaduna
The Kaduna State Chief Judge, Justice Tanimu Zailani, on Wednesday released 56 inmates from the Kaduna Central prison as part of efforts to decongest prisons in the state. The Chief Judge attributed the high number of inmates to the failure of judges to be fair and just in the discharge of their duties. Read more
Kenya Army Foils Al-Shabaab Raid in Somalia Killing 19 Fighters
Kenyan soldiers killed 19 al-Shabaab insurgents who planned to carry out an attack near a camp housing Somali National Army and African Union troops in southern Somalia, the Kenyan Defence Ministry said.
The Islamist-militant fighters approached the camp after midnight on Wednesday before being identified by a Kenya Defence Forces patrol, who engaged them in a “fierce battle,” the ministry said in a statement e-mailed from the capital, Nairobi. Weapons including 10 AK-47 rifles and three rocket-propelled grenades were recovered in the fighting, it said. Read more
Ghana picks 23 players for AFCON qualifiers
Ghana Black Stars head coach Avram Grant has picked 23 players for this month’s home-and-away 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Mozambique.
The Black Stars will play the Mambas of Mozambique at the Accra Sports Stadium on Thursday, March 24, before traveling to Maputo for the second leg three days later. Read more
Suitcase full of kittens thrown over a fence in Brooklyn
In a city where people clamour to visit cat cafes, not all the cats are treated kindly. A suitcase full of kittens was thrown over a fence in Brooklyn this week before the animals were rescued by police.
Two police officers came to retrieve the seven tiny grey kittens, who were just one or two weeks old, after they were found by a woman in a car park in Williamsburg. Read more
EU-Turkey deal offers first ‘real chance’ to end migrant crisis
Germany’s Angela Merkel said Wednesday a planned EU-Turkey deal offers the first “real chance” to end the migrant crisis but cautioned that the bloc won’t seek agreement at any cost.
Speaking on the eve of a crucial Brussels summit, Merkel made clear the EU would stand firm on civil rights in Turkey and that Ankara’s bid to eventually join the 28-nation club is “not on the agenda now”. Read more
Turkey government submits proposal for 15,000 new police
Turkey‘s AK Party has presented to parliament a proposal to add 15,000 new police officers, according to information obtained from the ruling party’s group in parliament.
Bolstering security has become a more important issue in Turkey after the capital, Ankara, was hit by a suicide bombing on Sunday that killed 37 people, the third such deadly blast in five months. Read more
Morocco cutting support for Western Sahara peacekeeping over dispute with UN chief
The Moroccan government is reducing its staff and support for the U.N. peacekeeping operation in the Western Sahara, to protest U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon’s recent comments about the disputed territory.
Morocco also threatened to pull out its troops from all U.N. peacekeeping operations. Read more
Minerals Commission to Punish Gold Smugglers
The Minerals Commission has served notice to deal with any person or companies found culpable in smuggling gold out of Ghana.
According to the Commission, the country stands to lose huge revenue as long as smuggling continues. The Commission’s warning comes after the country lost an average of 1.925 billion dollars from the smuggling of gold to India over the years. Read more