SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 21, 2016
State of emergency won’t work in Rivers, Ekiti – Fayose
Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose on Monday said that declaring State of Emergency won’t work in Rivers and Ekiti state.
He reacted to speculations of federal government’s contemplation to impose state of emergency on the two states while speaking with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Power situation in Nigeria no longer laughing matter – Buhari
President Mohammadu Buhari on Monday woke up to the realities of epileptic power supply in Nigeria, saying that the situation was no longer funny. Should the situation persisits, the president said it would seriously affect the change agenda of the present administration.
Re-run polls: Shootings continue in Rivers
THE orgy of violence, which characterised Saturday’s re-run polls for some federal and state legislative seats in Rivers State continued, yesterday, as the results were being collated. There were sporadic shootings in Abonema area of Port Harcourt, the state capital. The shooting which lasted for about 30 minutes caused panic as people around Mile 1 and Azikiwe road scampered for safety.
Rivers: APC has FG, Army, INEC, DSS but the people are with PDP — Wike
The governor of River state,Nyesom Wike has said it would be difficult to rig the rerun election in the state because the people are on his side. Speaking at a press conference in Port Harcourt, Wike said the election has shown clearly who is on ground and who is accepted by the people, saying INEC, federal might, military, police and other security agencies cannot not translate to electoral victories because the people will “always resist agents of rigging”.
Ese: Yunusa secures N3m bail
The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has allegedly granted bail to Yunusa Dahiru, alias Yellow, the alleged abductor of 14 years old Ese Oruru, to the tune of N3million. This was revealed by a non-governmental organisation, KHAN Initiative, which started the campaign for the freedom of Ese from her abductor. According to a post by the organisation on Twitter and Facebook, Yunusa was granted bail in the sum of N3m with two surities. Read more
INEC suspends action on bloody Rivers rerun poll
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last night suspended further action on Rivers State rerun elections into the National Assembly and the House of Assembly.
It said it decided to take the action because several permanent and ad hoc officials had been attacked. Some were abducted and taken to unknown destinations. Read more
Edo 2016: Senator Uzamere resigns his membership of PDP
A governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state, Senator Ehigie Uzamere on Monday resigned his membership of the PDP barely two weeks after the state congresses of the party.
Senator Uzamere who was in the senate between 2007-2015, is the only senator from the Edo South senatorial district who had spent two terms in the senate, since the creation of the state.
Teenager in court over alleged theft of baby
A teenager, Balogun Segun, was on Monday charged before an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun, for allegedly stealing a baby, Aluko Faith.
Segun, 18, who lives at No.7, Owolabi Street, Iyana-Ilogbo, Ota, is facing a one-count charge of stealing a baby. The Prosecutor, Itaita Ebibomino, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Feb. 25 at about 5:00 p.m. at Oko-Agi Area, Ota. He said that the accused stole A BABY, Aluko Faith, belonging to Aluko Kehinde. Read more
Buhari tasks APC states to build 250,000 housing units yearly
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday tasked the 22 states governed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to build 250,000 housing units per annum.
This, he said, is to meet up with the election campaign promise of providing one million houses for Nigerians yearly. Read more
Panel invites Ihejirika, Minimah, Dambazzau over arms deals
The Presidential Committee on Defence Equipment Procurement in the Nigerian Armed Forces has extended its investigations to the tenure of three former Chiefs of Army Staff (COAS) – Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika and Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah.
The panel has summoned over 292 serving and retired top officers who worked with the three former Army chiefs. Read more
70 Al-Shabaab militants killed in North Somalia – Minister
More than 70 Al-Shabaab militants were killed and 30 others captured in battle with Somalia’s Puntland forces in the past four days, Mohamud Hassan, Puntland Minister of Information, has said.
Hassan who made the disclosure on Monday in Mogadishu, said the battle took place in Suuj Valley in Nugal region, Northern Somalia. Read more
Kenyan MPs seek to cap commercial lending rates
Kenyan MPs are pushing a law through Parliament aimed at capping commercial banks’ lending rates at 4 percentage points above the Central Bank’s benchmark rate, the lawmaker leading the initiative said on Monday.
Businesses often complain that high commercial lending rates, often around 18 per cent or more, stifle corporate investment. Individuals say high rates put borrowing for home loans, for example, out of reach of many. Read more
Egypt’s army can quickly uproot Sinai militancy but fears for civilians: Spokesman
Egypt’s army spokesperson Colonel Mohammed Samir told Ahram daily on Sunday that the military could instantly uproot a militant insurgency it is battling in North Sinai, but is refraining due to concerns for the lives of local residents.
The statement comes amid a wave of attacks targeting police and military in parts of North Sinai governorate and two days after 15 Egyptian policemen were killed in a militant attack in Arish that was claimed by Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, an affiliate of the Islamic State group. Read more
Over 2,800 South Sudanese refugees flee to Uganda following intense fighting
Thousands of South Sudanese refugees mainly children have fled to Uganda following intense fighting back home, the UN refugee agency has said.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in a statement on Sunday said during the last two weeks, 2,840 people from South Sudan sought safety and protection in Uganda. Read more
EU vows more Syria refugee aid for Lebanon
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini pledged Monday during a visit to Lebanon to step up assistance to the tiny Mediterranean nation which is hosting over a million Syrian refugees.
After meeting Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam in Beirut, Mogherini told reporters the talks had centred on “how we can help each other in managing the immense refugee crisis we are both facing. Read more
Leonardo DiCaprio says China can be climate change ‘hero’
Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio has said China can be a “hero” for the environmental cause while on a trip to the world’s most populous nation to promote The Revenant.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s stark and harrowing western scored a hugely impressive $33m on debut at the Chinese box office this weekend, pushing the film’s worldwide debut close to $500m. At a Beijing news conference to promote the film, DiCaprio praised China for moving towards renewable energy in order to reduce carbon emissions. Read more
Paris attacks accomplice whose DNA found on suicide vests identified
Police have identified a fugitive accomplice in the Paris attacks whose DNA was found on suicide belts used by the Isil jihadists during the attacks that killed 130, Belgian prosecutors announced on Monday.
Najim Laachraoui, 24, had left for Syria in February 2013 and returned to Europe under the false name of Soutane Kayal, which he used to travel to Hungary in September with Salah Abdeslam, the prime suspect who was finally arrested in a dramatic raid on Friday. Read more