SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MAY 17, 2016
Ortom orders herdsmen to vacate Benue
Apparently miffed by the incessant attacks on farmers in Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen, the state governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday raised the alarm that the state is under siege.
The governor, who was reacting to the weekend’s attacks on Agwabi village in Binev Council Ward in Buruku Local Government Area of the state, called on the herdsmen to vacate the state immediately before the people resort to self-defence as they have been pushed to the wall. Read more
Senate support fuel price increase
The Senate on Tuesday, expressed support for the increase in fuel price but asked the Federal Government to immediately commence the implementation of palliatives measures to cushion the effects on poor Nigerians.
The Upper Chamber’s decision was contained in the resolution read at the end of a 65-minute executive session on the fuel increase by the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the plenary. Read more
FG lacks economic direction − Muslim students
The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit on Tuesday accused the Federal Government of not having economic direction.
President of the group, Saheed Ashafa, expressed the concern in a statement ahead of the group’s annual MSS Week programme expected to hold between Friday, May 20 and Sunday, May 29. The Muslim students’ leader urged President Muhammadu Buhari to unveil his economic policies to enable Nigerians understand the direction of his government. Read more
Fuel price hike, a tough decision – Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said the decision to increase the price of petrol from N86 per litre to N145 per litre was a tough one for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Osinbajo spoke at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja, during the public presentation of a book “Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria, Issues, Challenges and Solution”, written by Alhaji Yusuf Alli (SAN). Read more
CCT : No evidence Saraki bought undeclared property—Witness
There was no evidence to show that Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki bought a piece of undeclared property admitted Michael Wetkas, a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday.
The property in contention is the one at 15 McDonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, which Saraki allegedly did not declare. Read more
FG Provides Funds for NYSC Batch A Stream II Orientation Programme
Funds meant for the mobilization of Batch ‘A’ Stream two of the National Youth Service Corps members were released on Tuesday by the federal government.
The management of the NYSC, while revealing this added that the programme which is billed to begin on Saturday, will go on as planned. The prospective corps members had shown concerns after the Director-General of the NYSC, Sule Kazaure, told the senate committee on youth and sports that the programme might be postponed as a result of lack of funds. Read more
‘Treat Teachers Like CBN Governor’
The Federal Government has been urged to do all it can to ensure teachers across the country and at various levels of the school system are accorded the same treatment as the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The Principal, Nurul – Bayan International Academic, Mallam Adufe Taofik, made the plea while speaking to THISDAY on the occasion of the school’s 2016 Education Funfair recently held in Abuja. Read more
Power Sector Upgrade: Nigeria, France sign N14bn MoU
The Federal Government and France have signed a N14 billion loan agreement for capacity-building and upgrade of power training facility in Nigeria, according to a statement issued on Tuesday by Mr Olivier Delefosse, Country Director, French Development Agency (AFD).
Delefosse said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed during the recent visit of President François Hollande of the France to Abuja to attend the Second Regional Summit. Read more
Police arrest fake lawyer after 10 years of practice
The Police in Ogun State have arrested 47 years man, Mr Ayodele Balogun from Otta in Ado Odo Otta Local Government Area of the state for practicing as a lawyer in the last 10 years without training.
Ayodele who has been parading himself as a trained lawyer and practicing at the Otta arm of the state Judiciary, was arrested by Detectives attached to the Otta Division of the Ogun Police Command following complainant that he had duped somebody of N140,000: 00k (One Hundred and Forty Thousand Naira only). Read more
Reverse Petrol Price Now or Resign, Rep Urges Buhari
The Chairman, House Committee on Agricultural Colleges and institutions in the House of Representatives, Hon. Linus Okorie, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately reverse the pump price of petrol or resign his position as the President because he has abused the integrity for which he was elected.
Okorie noted that having purportedly opposed and described the liberalization of the downstream sector as a “fraud” during the past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari has committed a fraud against the nation and should vacate his seat. Read more
S’Africa’s opposition party ejected from parliament over Zuma
South Africa’s parliamentary protection services forcibly removed members of the ultra-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party from the chamber on Tuesday as they attempted to prevent an address by President Jacob Zuma.
The EFF argued that Zuma was not fit to address the house after recent court decisions against the president. Read more
Three bombings in Baghdad kill 63, say police, medical sources
Three bombings killed at least 63 people and wounded more than 100 in Baghdad on Tuesday, the police and medical sources said.
It extended the deadliest spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital so far this year. A suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State in a marketplace in the northern, mainly Shi’ite Muslim district of al-Shaab, killed 38 people and wounded over 70. Read more
Donald Trump blasts Tony Blair, comments on Brexit, relationship with Princess Diana
Donald Trump blasted former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for his decision to join the war in Iraq, weighed in on the Brexit debate and denied old rumors about his interest in marrying the late Princess Diana.
In an interview on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” with Piers Morgan, Trump called Blair’s decision a “disaster,” according to reports. The presumptive nominee also warned that the pending Chilcot Inquiry report about Britain’s role in Iraq, that’s due to be released next month, will show Blair did a “terrible job.” Read more
Ancient Roman barracks discovered during Rome Metro excavation
A 2,000-year-old Roman barracks has been unearthed in Italy during excavation work for a new Metro line in the city.
The extensive complex at Amba Aradam, near the Colosseum, includes a 100m long hallway with 39 rooms. They were discovered 9m (30ft) below street level and the site covers over 900sq m (9,700sq ft), posing a significant obstacle to construction workers. Read more
Spanish town sparks outrage after festival ‘honours’ notorious Nazi SS chief Heinrich Himmler
A huge image of Heinrich Himmler was projected onto a Spanish castle during a historic festival, causing outrage amongst local people.
The celebrations at the medieval town of Guadamur in central Spain took a controversial turn as headshots of Nazi commander Himmler and the Spanish dictator General Franco appeared next to each other on the ancient walls. Read more
Islam and Christianity both have an ‘idea of conquest,’ says Pope Francis
In an interview with a French Catholic newspaper published this week, Pope Francis sent yet another shot across the bow of Europeans grandstanding over the threat of Muslim immigration.
When asked by a journalist from La Croix about fears of Islam and terrorism, the pontiff suggested it was not productive to think of Islam as a threat and pointed to its shared roots with Christianity. Read more