SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR APRIL 13, 2016
We’ll Deal With Pipeline Vandals Like Boko Haram – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned vandals and saboteurs blowing up oil and gas installations in Nigeria to ‘desist immediately or face the same drastic action being taken against Boko Haram by the Armed Forces’. Speaking at a meeting held on Wednesday with members of the Nigerian Community in Beijing, China, President Buhari also reaffirmed his total commitment to winning the war against corruption. Read more
Southern senators back Buhari on budget
Senators from the Southern part of Nigeria have asked President Muhammadu Buhari, to withold his assent on the 2016 budget if the Appropriation Committees of both chambers of the National Assembly refused to include the Calabar – Lagos rail project in the 2016 appropriation bill.
Investigations by our correspondent revealed that the presidency had returned the document to the National Assembly, asking the federal parliament to include the project in the 2016 budget already passed but the lawmakers were demanding a supplementary appropriation. Read more
CLO, Others Suspend Occupy Nigeria Season 2
Civil society organisations, organisers of Occupy Nigeria Season 2, have said they are putting off the protest scheduled for this Thursday in honour of Peter Ofurum, a student of University of Port Harcourt who was shot by the police during a protest last Monday.
In a statement jointly signed by the co-facilitator of the protest, Livingstone Wechie, Chairman of Civil Liberty Organisation (CLO), South-south, Chinedu Uchegbu and seven others, the organisers also said they had been prevailed upon by stakeholders to shelve the protest in prder not to overheat the polity. Read more
Police Smash Kidnap Syndicate, Free Ekweremadu’s Relation, others
The Enugu State Police Command Wednesday smashed a notorious syndicate who have terrorised Enugu metropolis in the past two weeks with speciality in kidnapping and robbing innocent citizens of their valuables.
The syndicate reportedly kidnapped a relation of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Mrs. Jane Ekweremadu recently.
The gang made up of boys whose ages ranged from 16 and 21 years was said to have masterminded recent kidnapping cases in Enugu metropolis and other parts of the state. Read more
Again, US Calls for Immediate Release of Chibok Girls
As the second anniversary of the kidnapping of more than 200 Chibok girls approaches, the United States has again called for the immediate release, without preconditions, of all hostages held by Boko Haram. ”The kidnapping of these young women, along with the kidnappings of countless others by Boko Haram, epitomises this terrorist group’s depravity”, a press statement issued by the United States Mission in Nigeria stated. Read more
IGP Directs Update of All Armouries in Police Formations
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase directed on Wednesday an update of all armouries in various police formations across the country to ensure all arms and ammunition are in good condition and shape.
Giving the directive in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, during a tour of the State Police Command, he said the instruction became imperative as any police officer that goes out with expired ammunition was at danger when confronted with criminal gang. Read more
Governor Wike Flees When No Man Pursueth – APC Rivers State
The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, said its attention has been drawn to a press statement by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George, on behalf of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, accusing the APC of sponsoring groups to raise frivolous petitions against PDP members to have them arrested by security agents. Read more
House to Re-examine 2016 Budget
The House of Representatives has announced that it would re-examine the N6.03 trillion 2016 budget.
The Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, made the announcement after the lawmakers concluded a two-hour closed-door session. Read more
Minister pushes command positions for women in Armed Forces
Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan has decried alleged gender-based discrimination against women in Nigeria.
According to her, apart from various other forms of discrimination including those based on religion, Nigerian women are not given opportunities to hold command positions in the nation’s Armed Forces. Read more
Calabar to enjoy 24-hour power from solar – Ayade
Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade has said most parts of the state, beginning with Calabar, the state capital, will soon enjoy 24-hour power supply through solar energy, The Nation reports.
The governor spoke yesterday in Calabar when he hosted the management team of Skipperseil, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) firm, whose officials were in the state to build a 100 megawatts (MW) solar farm. Ayade recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai-based energy firm. Read more
#PanamaPapers: I’ve no foreign account, T.B Joshua insists
The General Overseer of The Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Joshua, has denied reports linking him and his wife, Evelyn, to an offshore company, Chillon Consultancy Limited.
German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, had last week released the Panama Papers, the biggest leak in the history of data journalism, publishing online 11.5 million documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which showed how some prominent people across the world criminally hid money using anonymous shell corporations across the world. Read more
Octopus escapes from New Zealand aquarium in successful bid for freedom
An octopus has successfully escaped an aquarium and re-entered the ocean by squeezing through a gap in its tank.
Inky the Octopus escaped the National Aquarium of New Zealand in the coastal city of Napier into Hawke’s Bay. Aquarium staff believe Inky escaped at night by squeezing through a tiny gap at the top of its tank before sliding across the aquarium floor into the sea via 50m long drainpipe. Read more
Court Remands 52-year-old Over Alleged Rape
A Gudu Upper Area Court in Abuja on Wednesday remanded 52-year old Inyang Okon in prison custody over alleged rape.
Okon was arraigned on one-count charge of rape.
Judge Umar Kagarko ordered that Okon be remanded on the ground that rape is a capital offence which is not ordinarily bail able. He adjourned the case till June 6 for hearing. Read more
Russia Jets’ ‘Simulated Attack’ Near US Ship
Two Russian warplanes flew “simulated attack profiles” near a US guided missile destroyer in international waters off Russia, US officials say.
The apparently unarmed Russian Su-24 jets came so close to the USS Donald Cook on Tuesday they created “a wake in the water”, the officials told Reuters news agency. Read more
Panama Papers: Prosecutors sift through documents seized in law firm raid
PROSECUTORS in Panama were today sifting through documents seized in a raid on the law firm linked to the offshore tax scandal. Officials carried out boxes of paperwork following a search of the offices of Mossack Fonseca in Panama City.
The firm is at the centre of the so-called “Panama Papers” – a massive data leak which revealed how the wealthy use offshore companies to avoid tax. Read more
Hilary Bower: British lecturer found dead in China was ‘possibly murdered’
A British lecturer working in Hong Kong was killed shortly after crossing the border into mainland China, police have said.
Hilary St John Bower, 60, who taught English at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, lived in southern China with his girlfriend of 17 years and six-year-old son, Matthew. Read more
Nasa funds Armageddon-style plans to fit robots to ASTEROIDS to protect Earth from the threat of ‘doomsday’ meteor strikes.
‘Upon completion, the asteroid will be a programmed mechanical automata carrying out a given mission objective,’ said James Dunn, co-founder of Made in Space, the US based space-manufacturing company working on the project.
A strike from a mid to large sized asteroid or comet, or near-Earth orbit (NEO) would have catastrophic effects around the world. Read more