SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 31, 2016
Radio Biafra hits airwaves again
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday said that Radio Biafra has come back on shortwave after federal government blocked the airwaves last year after the arrest of the Director Mr. Nnamdi Kanu by DSS at Lagos Airport.
A statement by the IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary Mr. Emma Powerful said that the short waves and satellites covers all the Southeast geopolitical zone, Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, London and could be reached through apps, phones etc. Read more
Ambode orders repair of Lagos-Badagry Expressway
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has ordered the State Public Works Corporation to immediately commence extensive repair work on the ever busy Lagos-Badagry Expressway so as to improve driving experience of motorists in the area.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Works, Engr. Ayotunde Sodeinde, told journalists on Thursday that the Corporation has already mobilised its workers to commence work immediately on several sections of the road. Read more
Declare three-year emergency on economy, group tells Buhari
A group, the South-East South-South Professionals of Nigeria, on Thursday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a three-year state of emergency on the nation’s economy as a matter of urgency.
The group’s President, Mr. Emeka Ugwu-Oju, made the call in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after leading a delegation to meet Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Abducted Clerics Freed in Kaduna
President of the United Church of Christ in Nigeria, Rev. Emmanuel Dziggau and two other clergymen who were abducted along Kaduna – Abuja Expressway by armed gun men have regained their freedom after ten days in captivity.
Dziggau, Rev. Yakubu Dzarma and Rev.Iliya Anto were abducted on March 21 along the Kaduna – Abuja Express Way where they had gone to clear a piece of land for the foundation of the church seminary. Read more
Fuel scarcity is sabotage – ASUU
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says the persistence fuel scarcity faced by Nigerians is part of the ongoing sabotage in the political system.
Dr Nasir Fagge, the national president of the union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos after paying a courtesy visit to Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, the Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo. Read more
Subsidy corruption will end in three years – NNPC
The Head of Corporate Strategy of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Bello Rabiu has revealed that the corporation will eliminate sharp practices in the management of petroleum subsidy in the next three years.
Rabiu disclosed this in a report, the NNPC Energy in Brief, while outlining the corporation’s direction for the next 3 years. Read more
Trucks, lorries resume off loading at Mile 12 Market
Trucks and lorries transporting food items from different parts of the country to Lagos have resumed off-loading at the Mile 12 Market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Findings at the market showed that hefty loaders were off-loading bags of onions, baskets of tomatoes, peppers and yams from the trucks within the market. Read more
Nnamdi Kanu Not Begging for His Release – IPOB
The Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) Thursday clarified what it considered a misinterpretation of the petition that its detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu sent to the British government over his travails in the hands of Nigerian government.
Head of IPOB media and publicity, Comrade Emma Powerful, cleared the air in a telephone chat with our correspondent, saying that Kanu “is not begging to be released” even though his freedom has been circumscribed since October 14, 2015. Read more
Governor Ambode Abolishes Enviromental Sanitation
The lagos state government says it has cancelled the order restriction of movement of persons and vehicles during environmental sanitation days in the state. This is was made known by the state Commissioner for the environment,Babatunde Adejare, during the ministry’s monthly media chat in Lagos.
He disclosed that the state governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has decided that the state cannot afford to shut down a mega city like Lagos for a period 3 hours. Mr. Adejare noted that environmental sanitation should rather be a daily exercise and charged residents to make it a way of life. Read more
Outrage and Anger as Buhari Abandons 2nd Niger Bridge
There is anger in the South East zone over the Federal Government’s abandonment of the N140 billion ($700 million) 2nd Niger Bridge.
The contractor, Julius Berger Construction Company, stopped work on the project which is being constructed under Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement since April 2015. Concerned citizens of Eastern Nigeria and other stakeholders are appealing to President Buhari to direct the construction company to resume work on the project. Read more
Court Orders Zuma to Reimburse State
South Africa’s constitutional court ordered President Jacob Zuma to pay back some of the $16 million of state money spent in upgrading his private home, a stinging rebuke that hits the scandal-plagued leader financially and politically.
The unanimous ruling by the 11-judge court, a central pillar of the democracy established at the end of apartheid, said Zuma had failed to “uphold, defend and respect” the constitution by ignoring the Public Protector’s findings on his sprawling rural residence at Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal. Read more
U.S Will Invest Over $600m in Nigeria in 2016: Secretary Kerry
The United States Secretary of State, John Kerry has said that his country will invest more than $600 million in Nigeria this year.
He disclosed this during the opening session of the U.S.A – Nigeria Bi-National Commission meeting.
The delegation from Nigeria was headed by Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyema, flanked by other officials including Nigerian Charge d’Affaires Hakeem Balogun. Read more
NDIC Warns Depositors against ‘Wonder Banks’
Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) on Thursday in Enugu asked depositors of liquidated banks across the country to file their claims for payment, insisting that the corporation remained committed to ensuring that no depositor lost any money for reasons of bank liquidation.
The agency specifically asked depositors of four banks whose licences were recently revoked to as a matter of urgency, come forward and file their claims for payment. Read more
Boko Haram insurgency to end soon – Chief of Air Staff
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar, Thursday said the Boko Haram insurgency in parts of northern Nigeria would soon end.
Speaking when he paid a maiden visit to the 207 Special Mobility Group of the Nigerian Airforce in Calabar, he said that the military was at the “tail end of totally eliminating the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.” Read more
Ndoma-Egba: Buhari Needs Support, Patience from Nigerians
Former Leader of the Senate, Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), has urged support and patience from Nigerians for the administration of President muhammadu buhari .
Ndoma-Egba said with the necessary support from Nigerians the administration will succeed in getting the country out of the economic difficulties it is grappling with. Read more
Gunmen invade Rivers community, kill LG Chairman’s aide
Unidentified gunmen at the wee hours of Thursday, reportedly invaded the Buguma community in Rivers state, killing a man identified only as Godknows who is believed to be an aide to Chief Soboma Jackrick, the Asari-Toru Caretaker Committee Chairman.
The victim, also known as Babadiba, was said to have been shot several times in his residence at about 1am, the Punch reports. Read more
Fayose Condemns Arrest of 76 Igbo Villagers over Protest against Fulani Herdsmen
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has slammed the security agencies for the arrest of 76 Igbo villagers from Ugwuneshi
Autonomous community, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State following a clash between the natives and Fulani herdsmen.
Miffed by the action, Fayose said: “It has gotten to a level that lovers of
peace in Nigeria must speak out against this keg of gunpowder which is the threat that the Fulani herdsmen have become.” Read more
Israeli soldier who shot wounded Palestinian charged with manslaughter
An Israeli soldier who shot dead a severely wounded Palestinian assailant in the West Bank city of Hebron last week will be prosecuted for manslaughter and not murder.
The Palestinian, 21-year-old Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif, had already been shot and incapacitated during a stabbing attack on an Israeli soldier when the accused, who has not been formally identified, arrived at the scene. Read more
21 people killed after overpass collapses in India
At least 21 people were killed, a police official said. It was not immediately clear how many people remained missing.
Yogesh Sharma was sitting at a small roadside tea stand with friends when the overpass, which spanned nearly the width of the city street and was designed to ease traffic through the densely crowded Bara Bazaar neighbourhood, “came down with a huge crashing sound”. Read more
ISIS Turns Saudis Against the Kingdom, and Families Against Their Own
Saudi Arabia — The men were not hardened militants. One was a pharmacist, another a heating and cooling technician. One was a high school student.
They were six cousins, all living in Saudi Arabia, all with the same secret. They had vowed allegiance to the Islamic State — and they planned to kill another cousin, a sergeant in the kingdom’s counterterrorism force. Read more
Swedish police dismiss case of the revenge fart
Swedish police have dismissed a case in which a woman alleged that a rejected and vindictive suitor intentionally broke wind as he stormed out of her apartment.
Celebrated Architect Zaha Hadid Dies at 65
Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, whose modernist, futuristic designs included the swooping aquatic center for the 2012 London Olympics, has died at age 65.
Hadid’s firm said she died Thursday of a heart attack in a Miami hospital. Read more