SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 23, 2016
Fuel scarcity will persist till May – Kachikwu
At a time when Nigerians were expecting respite from the pangs of the lingering fuel scarcity in the country, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu has apparently dashed their hopes, stating that the current queues at gas stations would persist till late May. The minister who doubles as the Group Managing Director, GMD of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, NNPC added that he was not a magician to make the queues disappear overnight. Read more
Oyegun, APC beg Nigerians for more time
National chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun has said he was unaware of any threat against his continued stay as chairman of the party. Oyegun spoke at the end of a caucus meeting involving president Mohammadu Buhari, the president of the senate, Bukola Saraki, Party’s former and serving governors, senators amongst others held at the presidential Villa Abuja late Tuesday night. Read more
Buhari meets with NUPENG, PENGASSAN leaders
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held a closed-door meeting with the leaders of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas, NUPENG, and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja
Briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu disclosed that the meeting afforded his principal an opportunity to review and share thoughts with the workers on areas of concerns that will promote peace and harmony in the oil sector. Read more
Knocks Greet Governor Ambode’s Extension of Income Tax to Domestics
Lagosians have expressed their misgivings over the decision of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to extend the state’s tax regime to drivers, security men, housemaids and other categories of domestic staff.
Penultimate week, Chairman of the Lagos Inland Revenue Service (LIRS), Olufolarin Ogunsanwo, disclosed that the state government was set to explore the informal sector to ensure tax compliance by household and domestic staff. Read more
Abductors of Kaduna Pastors Demand N100m
The Tarayya Ekklesiyoyon Kristi A Nigeria (TEKAN) has announced the abduction of its President, Rev. Emmanuel Dziggau, and two other elders of the church in Kaduna State.
This was disclosed by TEKAN General Secretary, Rev Moses Ebuga, while briefing journalists at TEKAN Headquarters in Jos on Tuesday. Read more
5 Boys Rape 16 Year Old Girl for 5 Days
The Kaduna State police command has arrested five boys for the rape of a 16-year-old-girl.
Leader of the gang, Sadiq Ibrahim, took the girl from Mando village to Ungwar Shanu village within Kaduna metropolis, where he repeatedly raped her and later handed her over to four of his friends, Hassan Ibrahim, Kabir Umar, Umar Musa and Bashir Goma, who repeatedly raped and kept the girl as a sex slave for five days. Read more
Buhari Urges West, Central Africa to Mobilise Youth for Agric Devt
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged West and Central African countries to mobilise youth for agricultural development to generate employment, food production and wealth creation.
The president, who made the call at the opening of the 9th regional implementation forum for International Fund Agricultural Development, IFAD, supported projects in West and Central Africa, said population rise in Africa could only be sustained by young people in the sector. Read more
Nigeria expects oil output freeze at Doha meeting even without IranOPEC member Nigeria expects oil producers to agree a supply freeze at a meeting in Doha next month which should stabilize crude prices even if Iran does not join, its petroleum minister said on Wednesday.
Qatar has invited OPEC members and major non-OPEC producers to meet on April 17 to agree a freeze following an initial deal in February between Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Venezuela and non-OPEC member Russia to hold supply at January levels. Read more
Boko Haram: No hope of returning home soon – IDPs
Displaced persons across the various camps in the troubled northeastern region of Borno, particularly those living within Maiduguri, the Borno state capital have told reporters in Maiduguri that they are willing to relocate back to their communities if only the communities are truly liberated.
Speaking to newsmen in Maiduguri, some Internally displaced Persons said, the call from government that IDPs should return home was a good development but that those who returned were returning back due to continuous attacks in villages across the state. Read more
Lagos magistrate’s car damage: Mother of 3 released on bail
Osijo Yetunde, the woman, who allegedly drove her car recklessly and damaged a magistrate’s vehicle in Lagos on Monday, has been released on bail.
The Chief Magistrates’ Court 4, Ogba in Ikeja presided over by Mr A. Elias, under whose jurisdiction the accident occurred, gave the ruling on Tuesday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Osijo, a mother of three, was admitted to a bail of N100, 000. Read more
Buhari urges West, Central Africa to mobilise youth for agric devt
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged West and Central African countries to mobilise youth for agricultural development to generate employment, food production and wealth creation. The president, who made the call at the opening of the 9th regional implementation forum for International Fund Agricultural Development, IFAD, supported projects in West and Central Africa, said population rise in Africa could only be sustained by young people in the sector. Read more
Embattled PTAD boss and mischief makers
It is quite disgusting and appalling that despite the trend in civilization some people who claim to be learned still lack ethical values and conduct. It is important for people to note that once there are indices of misdemeanors and investigations are ongoing, every one remains innocent until proven guilty. Read more
NGO Selects 501 Schools for Anti-corruption Campaign
A Non-governmental Organisation, Anti-corruption Awareness Organisation has selected 501 primary and secondary schools in Ondo State for training and campaign against corruption.
The training tagged ‘Operation Catch them Young’ will involve reaching out to about 25,000 pupils of primary and secondary schools in selected schools across the 18 local government areas of the state for training and reorientation on how to achieve a corrupt-free society. Read more
Benue to Upgrade Akawe Torkula College to Polytechnic
The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has disclosed that the state is in the process of upgrading the Akawe Torkula College of Advanced and Professional Studies to a polytechnic.
He disclosed this while inaugurating the visitation panel to the college with a charge to members to among other things examine the adequacy and quality of staff development programmes of the institution. Read more
Cop Killer In Bayelsa To Hang For Crime
The Oporoma Judicial Division of the High Court in Bayelsa state has sentenced to death by hanging one of the killers of the 11 policemen at Lobia 2 community in Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State.
The accused, Jackson Feutubobai known along the creeks and waterways as Jasper, was found guilty on the 11 count charge of murder. Read more
Rumours of planned attack of corps members in Tai, untrue- Wike
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, on Wednesday, debunked reports trending on Social Media and within the circle of members of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) in Rivers State, over a planned attack of corps members in Tai Local Government Area by ‘thugs of the PDP,’ describing it as unfounded and contrived by mischief makers and enemies of democracy conglomerated in the All Progressives Congress (APC). According to Wike, the rumour was peddled by members of the opposition APC to scare corps members from participating in the rescheduled Court-ordered rerun elections in Tai Local Government Area. Read more
Era of rice importation gone for good – Ambode
In line with the persistent calls for a paradigm shift from over dependence on oil as the major earner of the country, the Lagos State Government and Kebbi State on Wednesday entered into a partnership on the establishment of a commodity value chain that will give a quantum leap to food processing, production and distribution. Read more
Brussels attacks bombers ‘forced to leave 2 bombs behind because taxi driver only had room for 3 bags’
The Brussels airport suicide bombers forced to leave two explosives at home when their taxi arrived to collect them and only had room for three bags.
Brahim El Bakraoui, on-the-run suspect Najim Laachraoui, along with an unidentified bomber, reacted angrily when the cab driver told them they would have to leave the suitcases behind, it’s reported. Read more
Uber taxi set on fire in Nairobi for second time in as many months
An Uber taxi has been set on fire in Nairobi as tensions rise between the ride-hailing service and conventional cabs, according to a Kenyan police official.
In the second attack of its kind in a matter of weeks, a man hired the vehicle to take him to the outskirts of the Kenyan capital but led the driver to a dark alley, Nairobi’s police chief, Japheth Koome, said on Wednesday. Read more
Syria regime allows aid deliveries to more besieged areas
Syria’s government has given a UN-backed taskforce permission to deliver aid to more besieged areas, but two opposition strongholds and a city controlled by the Islamic State group remain off limits, a UN official said Wednesday.
Jan Egeland, who heads the humanitarian taskforce co-chaired by the United States and Russia, said there has been sustained progress in delivering life-saving supplies. Read more
Israel says Belgians ‘eat chocolate’ and ignore Muslim threat
Israel’s intelligence minister accused Belgian leaders of laxity Wednesday over the threat posed by homegrown Muslim radicals, the second cabinet member to hit out after the deadly bombings in Brussels.
“If in Belgium they continue to eat chocolate, enjoy life and parade as great liberals and democrats while not taking account of the fact that some of the Muslims who are there are organising acts of terror, they will not be able to fight against them,” Yisrael Katz told public radio. Read more