SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 20, 2016
Hold Buhari Responsible for Bloodletting in Rivers- Fayose
Following deaths recorded in last Saturday’s rerun elections in Rivers State, Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said President Muhammadu Buhari must be held accountable for the violence and loss of lives in the highly violent elections.
Fayose said: “Members of Buhari’s party, All Progressives Congress (APC), are emboldened to unleash violence on the people of Rivers State and other States in Nigeria because they know that the president would not lift a finger provided his party members are the ones perpetrating evil. Read more
Borno Emerges State with Highest Cases of Syphilis
An expert in Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STI) has revealed that recent findings indicate that Borno State remains the state with the highest cases of syphilis in a national survey on serial prevalence of the disease in the country.
The findings revealed that the rate of syphilis in the state as at 2005 was 1.5% and dropped to 0.7% in 2014. Read more
Kwara Speaker Pledges Commitment to State’s Tourism Development
The Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ali Ahmad, has pledged the house of assembly’s preparedness to support the state government’s drive to improve the state economy through culture and tourism.
The move, Ahmad stated, became imperative as it would go a long way in enhancing the sector and boost Kwara’s internally generated revenue (IGR) to further enable government meet the yearnings of the citizenry. Read more
Amaechi, Wike Clash over ‘Abducted’ Collation Officer
It was a show of power this morning as Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his predecessor and Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, squared up against each other at the Mile 1, Diobu Police Station, Port Harcourt ,over a collation officer who was allegedly abducted by the minister yesterday. Read more
745 to Vote in Kano in Niger Republic Presidential Re-run Election
The Chairman of the Niger Republic Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) Kano Zone, Alhaji Iliyasu Sumaila, has disclosed that 745 registered eligible voters are expected to vote in Kano during the on-going second round of Niger Republic presidential election.
Iliyasu told reporters on Sunday in Kano at consulate office, explained that the eligible voters has come out to exercise their rights to vote. Read more
Police Arrest Nurse for Allegedly Selling Teenager’s Baby for N500,000
The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police at the weekend paraded a nurse, Mrs Chibuzor Okoye, for selling a baby belonging to a 17- year-old girl, Miss Tessy Obianua, to a couple in Onitsha, Anambra State, for the sum of N500,000.
The State Commissioner for Police, Mrs. Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, who paraded the nurse and the teenage mother at the Command Headquarters located on Igbatoro Road, Akure, said five persons were involved in the case. Read more
‘Mou signs pre-contract with Man Utd’
Jose Mourinho has signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United with a view to replacing Louis van Gaal as manager of the English giants next season, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on Sunday.
Citing sources from Gestifute, the agency company owned by Mourinho’s representative Jorge Mendes, El Pais suggest a deal has been struck that could see the former Chelsea boss make £15 million (19 million euro), even if he doesn’t end up taking charge at Old Trafford. Read more
Australian Grand Prix: Alonso Suffers Huge Crash
Fernando Alonso has walked away uninjured from a huge crash at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
The two-time champion’s McLaren was launched into the air and came to rest upside down after hitting the back of Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas.
Alonso was able to climb out of the wreckage unaided after the incident at Turn Three at Albert Park. Read more
Group calls for state of emergency in Rivers
A non-governmental organisation, the New Initiative for Credible Leadership on Sunday called for outright cancellation of Saturday’s re-run elections in Rivers State.
It declared that the election fell short of all known local and international standards of acceptable elections. Read more
LOW TURNOUT IN ZANZIBAR VOTE RE-RUN AS OPPOSITION BOYCOTTS
A low turn-out characterized a re-run of an election for the president of Zanzibar, the semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, as opposition parties boycott the poll.
Zanzibar’s main opposition party, the Civic United Front, and its ally, CHADEMA, are not participating in the re-run claiming it is against the electoral laws and constitution of Zanzibar Read more
34 al Shabaab, two KDF soldiers killed in Somalia
Kenyan troops killed 34 al Shabaab militants in two separate incidents on Saturday and Sunday in Somalia and two of its own soldiers were killed in an ambush, the military spokesman said.
On Saturday, the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) killed 21 of the insurgents in the southern town of Afmadow in the ambush in which the two soldiers died. Read more
US undermining Iran’s banks – Khamenei
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the US of seeking to undermine Iran’s banks.
In a televised address marking Nowruz – the beginning of the Iranian new year – Mr Khamenei said the US was reneging on the West’s nuclear deal with Iran. Read more
Zika virus warning accompanies Obama to Cuba
President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba on Sunday was accompanied by a warning from U.S. health officials that the mosquito-borne Zika virus linked to birth defects has spread to the island nation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Preventionissued a travel alert Saturday that “mosquitoes in the area are infected with Zika virus and are spreading it to people.” Read more
Syria peace talks grind toward pivotal Assad question
Syrian government negotiators at Geneva peace talks are coming under unaccustomed pressure to discuss something far outside their comfort zone: the fate of President Bashar al-Assad. And they are doing their best to avoid it.
U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura describes Syria’s political transition as “the mother of all issues” and, emboldened by the Russian and U.S. muscle that brought the participants to the negotiating table, he refuses to drop the subject. Read more
More US Marines Sent In To Iraq To Deal With IS
A detachment of US marines has been deployed on the ground in Iraq to support operations against Islamic State, says the American military.
The troops from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, or MEU, will add to the American forces already in the country battling the jihadist terror group. Read more
Yemen clashes kill at least 55 people in two days
At least 55 people, including 14 civilians, have been killed in two days of fighting between pro-government forces and Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen, officials said Sunday.
The clashes came as UN special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed was in the rebel-held capital Sanaa for meetings with the Huthis aimed at restarting peace talks with the internationally recognised government. Read more