SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 25, 2016
No election in Rivers until atmosphere is conducive – INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that elections in the affected part of Rivers state will be conducted at a later date after due consultations with stakeholders.
The commission however said, that it will need assurances from the stakeholders of a conducive environment before it will conduct not return to Rivers state unless it’s assured of conducive environment. The re-run elections were suspended in some part of the state as a result of outbreak of violence. Read more
Suicide bomber detained in Cameroon says she’s one of Chibok girls
A suspected suicide bomber intercepted in northern Cameroon on Friday before she could blow herself up claimed to be one of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in the Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014, military and local government sources said.
Two girls carrying explosives were stopped by local self-defence forces in the village of Limani, in an area of northern Cameroon that has been the target of frequent suicide bombings in recent months. Read more
Nigerian Army intercepts 2 suicide bombers in Borno
The Nigerian Army on Friday said it had averted another blast in Borno following the interception of two suspected suicide bombers near Maiduguri. Col. Sani Usman, the Acting Director of Nigerian Army Public Relations, said this in a statement issued in Maiduguri. Usman said that the interception was done in collaboration with the local vigilantes, popularly known as civilian JTF. Read more
Buhari: next three years will be result-oriented
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday responded to talks that his administration has not done anything since coming to office last May, promising to deliver on his election promises in the next three years.
Speaking at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, the President sought Nigerians’ understanding to enable his administration meet their expectations. Read more
NYSC vows to support family of slain corps member
The National Youth Service Corps have assured that the family of Corps member Okonta Dumebi Samuel, who was killed by unknown gunmen in Rivers state last Saturday will not be abandoned.
The Director-General Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi gave the assurance during condolence visits to the deceased’s family and the palace of the paramount ruler of Illah town in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, the Ogbelani of Illah, Obi Akazue Gbemudu II. Read more
Collapsed building crushes mum, daughter
An expectant mother and her five-year-old daughter were yesterday crushed to death in Onifufu/Aderupaba at Oke-Ijeun, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, when a decrepit building collapsed on them.
It was gathered that the late Mrs. Kafayat Somoye was taking her daughter, the late Ganiyat and son, Ganiyu, to school when the building collapsed. Read more
N558.2m monthly diversion in NAF predates Badeh, says witness
A Federal High Court in Abuja heard yesterday that the monthly diversion of N558.2 million from the salary account of the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) predates the former Chief of Air Staff, Alex Badeh.
A ex-Director of Finance and Account of NAF, Air Commodore Aliyu Yishau (rtd), told the court that the practice had become a tradition in NAF and that he served Badeh’s predecessor, Mohammed Dikko Umar, who equally benefited from the diversion. Read more
IGP orders tight security nationwide
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has directed Zonal Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGs) and police commissioners in states to beef up security to ensure a peaceful and incident-free Easter celebration.
He ordered that adequate security be provided for worshippers, travellers, picnickers and the citizens before, during and after the festive season. Read more
DHQ vows to finish off Boko Haram
The military last night vowed to end the Boko Haram insurgency.
It promised not to lower its guard and urged Nigerians to remain vigilant despite the seeming conciliatory approach of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in a video message. Reacting to the video, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said there would be “no safe haven for terrorists”. Read more
Military to subject video to forensic test
The military yesterday said it would subject the Abubakar Shekau’s video to forensic test to determine its authenticity.
A top military officer, who declined to be named was quoted by PRNigeria as saying: “The ongoing campaign against insurgency and indeed Boko Haram is being intensified most especially in the Sambisa Forest, and its environs in order to further degrade and demystify the sect and bring them to their knees. Read more
Saraki absent at APC NEC meeting
Senate President, Bukol Saraki and some governors of APC controlled states, particularly from the southern part of the country as well as some national leaders of the party failed to attend the crucial meeting of the National Executive Council of the APC in Abuja.
There was heavy security around the national secretariat of the party ahead of the meeting with only a few journalists covering the party allowed into the secretariat to cover the meeting on Thursday. Read more
Immigration repatriates 47 illegal Nigeriens from Nigeria
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) said it has repatriated no fewer than 47 illegal Nigeriens in Kwara state back to their country.
Briefing reporters Friday in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, the state Comptroller, Mrs. Abimbola Abiodun-Ojo said that the illegal immigrants were arrested from their base in Budo-Sunday-Kinikini, Kaiama local government area of the state. Read more
Petrol station workers found dead inside underground tank
Two workers of a popular petrol station in the Berger area of Ojodu, a Lagos suburb, were Friday found dead inside an underground petrol tank at the station.
It was learnt that the victims, Adekunle Ipaye, and one simply identified as ‘United’ were cleaning the tank when they got trapped inside it. The spokesman of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Mr. Kehinde Adebayo, in a statement said the outcome of an investigation conducted by the agency’s official’s scene of the incident showed that that the two victims died as result of suffocation and gas at about 6:10 am. Read more
$2.1Billion Arms Probe and the insincerity of Buhari’s government
Over the last 10 months into the life of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerians have almost on daily basis, been inundated with mind-boggling reeling out of figures of alleged corrupt practices perpetuated by previous administrations in the country. Read more
Police Confirm 4 Dead In Eket Cult Clash
The Divisional Police Officer in Eket, CSP. Abdulkadir Jamal, on Friday confirmed that four people died in a cult clash in Eket, near Uyo in Akwa Ibom.
Jamal told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Eket that police were investigating the cause of the clash. U.S. oil major ExxonMobil operates in Eket. Read more
Sweepers pick up newborn baby abandoned at rubbish dump in Anambra
The wife of the Anambra state Governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano on
Friday adopted a certain male child who was abandoned but picked up by early
morning sweepers at a rubbish dump at Nibo near Awka, the state capital.
Mrs Obiano, after adopting the baby, was said to have named him Moses,
The Punch gathered. Read more
Nig Vs Egy: Iheanacho starts; Moses, Iwobi benched
Coach Samson Siasia has handed a starting shirt to Manchester City wiz kid, Kelechi Iheanacho, ahead of Victor Moses of Chelsea in today’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game against the Pharaohs of Egypt in Kaduna Arsenal youngster, Alex Iwobi is also on the bench. Read more
Agro Export Can Earn Nigeria $40bn Annually If…-Sotonye
Sotonye Anga, an agribusiness strategist and an expert in the non-oil export sector has affirmed that agriculture has what it takes to save Nigeria’s economy and if the agro export is taken seriously, the country can generate and earn 40 billion dollars annually as revenue. > He said that there is the need to boost production and add value to Nigeria’s agricultural exports. According to him, “If we take agriculture seriously and deliberately build our capacity in production, processing and marketing of agricultural products, we can generate and earn $40 billion annually as revenue.” Read more
5 Ways to ‘Enjoy’ Lagos Traffic
Lagos and traffic cannot be separated especially as the state marches towards becoming a mega city. Ironically, each time the traffic recedes, you will discover the cause of the gridlock to be as strange as a commercial driver picking passengers on the road or two people parked in the middle of the road shouting at the top of their voices for no major reason. This is the story of Lagos’ traffic… and these notorious roadblocks do not appear to be going away anytime soon. Read more
Gender equality bill: Only enemies of progress will disapprove it – Imelda J
Nigerian Afro pop singer, Imelda Ada Okwori, popularly known as Imelda J, has expressed displeasure over the recent rejection of the Gender Equality Bill by the Senate.
Imelda J, who is also a women rights activist and whose song, Breaking Free makes case for women’s rights and equality, condemned the senate’s decision during a courtesy visit to the Abuja office of DAILY POST newspaper. Read more
World Bank Pledges Support For Nigerian Agric Sector
Vice President, African Region of the World Bank, Mukhtar Diop has expressed the willingness of the World Bank to give necessary support to accelerate the Nigerian agricultural sector. He made the submission when he led a delegation from the World Bank to a meeting with the minister of agriculture in his office in Abuja. He stated that his organisation noted the vision of the present administration towards the development of agricultural sector, stressing that the team was in the ministry to map out ways of assisting Nigeria in moving the sector to the next level. Read more
Nigeria vows to flush out illegal migrants
The Nigerian government on Friday said it has put in place new stringent measures to flush out illegal migrants from the country.
Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Martin Abeshe disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja, the nation’s capital city. The immigration chief decried the menace of illegal immigrants in the country and noted that the service had arrested and deported a lot of culprits across the country. Read more
Four killed in Nigeria road accident
At least four people were crushed to death by a truck conveying cement in northwest Nigeria’s Sokoto State, a road official said Friday.
Usman Khaliel, a rescue officer with the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), who confirmed the incident to reporter in Sokoto said the incident occurred at about 11: 40 p.m. local time on Thursday. Read more
Presidency Disowns #ISTANDWITHBUHARI
The Presidency on Friday disowned the #Istandwithbuhari advocacy group and demanded that the group should stop further claims of alliance with the Buhari Administration.
In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, through which he denounced the group and its hashtag, the presidency also directed the persons behind the controversial #Istandwithbuhari group to stop using President Muhammadu Buhari’s name and that of his wife, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari to promote themselves and their activities. Read more
Police Say Murdered Italian Student’s Bag Found with Gang
Egypt’s Interior Ministry said in a statement Thursday that security forces had retrieved a bag and passport belonging to murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni that was in the possession of a criminal gang impersonating policemen who had been killed in a shootout. The Interior Ministry said that a red handbag bearing the Italian flag was found, and inside it was Regeni’s passport and other items such as a visa card, two cell phones, a “feminine wallet” with the word love on it, and a dark substance resembling hashish. Read more
Turkish journalists’ trial adjourned
Cumhuriyet newspaper’s chief editor Can Dundar and Ankara representative Erdem Gul face life imprisonment if found guilty of charges of espionage and of aiding the moderate Islamic movement led by US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, a foe of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The pair are on trial for publishing images that reportedly date back to January 2014, when local authorities searched Syria-bound trucks, leading to a stand-off with Turkish intelligence officials. Cumhuriyet said the images proved Turkey was smuggling arms to Islamist rebels. Read more
Saudi journalist jailed over critical tweets
A Saudi journalist has been sentenced to five years in prison for “insulting the rulers and inciting public opinion” in a series of tweets.
Alaa Brinji was also given a 50,000 riyal ($13,300) fine and an eight-year travel ban by the counter-terror court. The court also ordered his Twitter account to be shut down. Amnesty International said Brinji was “the latest victim of Saudi Arabia’s ruthless crackdown on peaceful dissent”. Read more