SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MAY 2, 2016
Applicants for Police job hit 843,008
The Police Service Commission (PSC) said it received 843,008 applications as at 1.00p.m May 2 from applicants seeking enlistment into the Nigeria Police Force. This is contained in an update issued by Mr Ikechukwu Ani, Head, Press and Public Relations of the commission in Abuja on Monday. Read more
Gunmen murders district head in Kaduna
Gunmen on Sunday night killed Mr Bala Madaki, District Head of Fadan Karshi in Numana Chiefdom of Sanga Local Government Area.
Madaki was killed alongside his nephew, Emmanuel Tanko, 19, at his residence in Fadan Karshi.
The Sanga Interim Management Committee Chairman, Mr Nuhu Audu, confirmed he killings and called for urgent investigation into their death.
He said that the community was in need of more security presence in the wake of threat by unknown gunmen. Read more
Onu Wades into Ebonyi APC Leadership Crisis
Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has waded into the leadership crisis in the Ebonyi state chapter of the All Progressives Congress.
THISDAY gathered that the crisis started in 2014 when the state deputy chairman, Pastor Eze Nwachukwu Eze, purportedly suspended and later impeached the state chairman, Ben Nwobashi and laid claims of the chairmanship of the party in the state. Read more
APC Chieftain: ‘Saraki’s Trial Creating Serious Moral Burden to Buhari’s Govt’
As the trial of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, gathers momentum at the Code of Conduct Tribunal , a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, Dr. Bayo Orire, has emphasized that the trial is casting a serious doubt on President Muhamadu Buhari’s anti-graft war. Read more
Economic crisis: Don urges FG to constitute a formidable Team
Dr Aminu Usman of the Department of Economics, Kaduna State University, has advised the Federal Government to urgently constitute a formidable Economic Team to proffer solution to the current economic challenges.
Usman gave the advice in Abuja on Monday at the Annual General Meeting and Lecture of the 1988 Economics Set of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, with the theme: “Winning Back the Strength of the Naira: Prospect and Challenges.” Read more
FRSC Apprehends 4,933 For Traffic Offences In 3 Months
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Monday said a total 4,933 drivers were apprehended for 5,610 traffic offences in the first quarter of 2016.
Mr Nseobong Apkabio, the Zonal Commanding Officer, FRSC, Zone II, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the offenders included both private and commercial drivers. Read more
Masari: I will Go after Ghost Workers in Katsina
Katsina State governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, has expressed worry over the huge monthly loss of funds resulting from the activities of ghost workers.
He said ghost workers were embedded in the payrolls of the state and the 34 local government areas of the state. Read more
Assassination claim: Odubu campaign organisation lied, says Edo govt
The Edo State Government has dismissed as false the claim by the campaign organisation of Odubu that an attempt was made by thugs to assassinate him at Auchi, in the Estako West Local Government Area of the state.
The state government, in a statement by the Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Prince Kassim Afegbua, and made available to The PUNCH on Sunday, said the claim was not only untrue but appeared hasty. Read more
Fidelity Bank achieves N34.4bn gross earnings in 2016
Fidelity Bank Plc., has posted gross earnings of N34.4 billion for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.
This is contained in the first quarter unaudited report issued by the bank and made available to journalists in Lagos on Monday.
The report shows that the figure was against the N36.4 billion recorded in the comparative period of 2015. Its net interest income increased by 30 per cent to N16.1billion from N12.4 billion achieved in the first quarter of 2015. Read more
How Nigeria can prepare for post-2020 global economic stature
Year 2020 is forty-four months away. According to the 2009 perspective planning of the National Planning Commission, the Vision 20:2020, the country’s GDP is projected to reach $900 billion by 2020. That would rank Nigeria as one of the top 20 economies of the world. Read more
EFCC arrests oil baron over N23 billion bribery scam
In a continuation of the probe into how the Peoples Democratic Party allegedly bribed some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission before the 2015 presidential election, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested an oil tycoon, Mr. Laitan Adesanya, for his alleged role in the $115m (N23bn) bribe funds.
It was learnt on Sunday that Adesanya, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Lenoil Nigeria Limited, was arrested by the EFCC in Lagos on Friday. Read more
Troops capture nine, kill three insurgents in Borno
Troops deployed in the ongoing operation Lafiya Dole in the North East have captured nine members of the Boko Haram sect who were hiding in fox holes in the Borno State.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Monday that the troops of the 22 Brigade Garrison, captured the insurgent during a clearance operation at terrorists hideouts of Cinga, Mallum Maja, Bosuma and Murye villages. Read more
Delta NUJ Condemns Attack On Journalist
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Warri Correspondents chapel, on Monday condemned in strong terms the unwarranted attack on the Sun Newspaper correspondent in Warri, Elder Emmanuel Ogoigbe, by men of the JTF at a checkpoint in Warri
Ogoigbe was alleged to have passed information to the authorities of the Nigerian Army weekend over the killing of a woman in Warri, to avoid a possible breakdown of law and order at a nearby location. Read more
Fayose Reckless, Confused – Lagos Collectives
The crisis rocking the southwest chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday took another dimension as the Lagos Collectives, a group of Lagosians in the party, has described the position of Governor Ayodele Fayose on the raging issue of the zoning of national chairmanship of the party as a cultural treason, which does not portray him as a true son of Yoruba. Read more
Kano APC Accuses INEC of Truncating Bye-Election
Kano State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday accused Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) of deliberately truncating the party’s victory by suspending last weekend’s state House of Assembly bye-election for the seat at Minjibir LGA constituency. Read more
Eko Disco to ration electricity supply to Lekki, Ikoyi, V
The management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Monday announced that beginning from May 3, there will be power rationing in Lekki, Ikoyi, Victoria Island and some parts of Ajah. This is contained in a statement by the General Manager, Corporate Communications Unit of EKEDC, Mr Godwin Idemudia, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Lagos. Read more
Turkey pounds ISIS positions in Syria
Turkish artillery have launched deadly strikes on Islamic State (ISIS) positions in Syria, while drones that took off from an air base in southern Turkey also pounded the jihadists, state media said Tuesday.
The strikes were in response to repeated rocket fire by ISIS jihadists inside Syria on the Turkish border region of Kilis that has killed 18 people inside Turkey since the start of the year. Read more
Russian jet performs barrel roll over US plane
The Russian aircraft, a SU-27, performed the manoeuvre in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, approaching the US aircraft and flying over the top of it to the other side, at a distance of around 25 feet, US Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza told CNN.
“The SU-27 intercepted the US aircraft flying a routine route at high rate of speed from the side then proceeded to perform an aggressive manoeuvre that posed a threat to the safety of the U.S. aircrew in the RC-135,” Baldanza said. Read more
British-born man breaks world record for freediving
ABritish-born New Zealander has set the freediving world record with a 400-foot plunge in the Bahamas which lasted four minutes and 24 seconds.
Describing it as a “tough dive”, William Trubridge broke his own free immersion diving record of 397 feet from 2011 but said he struggled during the ascent and feared he would lose consciousness. Read more
Sudan Insists on ‘Sovereign Rights’ in Dispute with Egypt
Sudan has regularly protested at Egypt’s administration of Halayeb and Shalatin near the Red Sea, saying they are part of its sovereign territory since shortly after independence in 1956, Agence France Presse reported.
Since April, Khartoum has stepped up its claim to the territories after Egypt transferred two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in a move that triggered street protests in Cairo. Read more
Death toll from collapsed building in Nairobi hits 21
Rescue teams in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi have been working around the clock searching for survivors since Friday evening when heavy rains caused a 198-room residential building to collapse.
According to the Kenyan Interior Ministry, so far 21 people have been confirmed dead, while 135 tenants were rescued through joint efforts by the Kenya Defense Forces Disaster Rescue Unit (DRU), the ministry’s National Disaster Operation Center (NDOC), the National Police Service, and the Kenya Red Cross. Sixty-five tenants are still unaccounted for. Read more