SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 23, 2017
Buhari re-nominates Magu as EFCC chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari has re-nominated Ibrahim Magu for confirmation as chairman of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, EFCC.
Multiple sources knowledgeable about the development, including presidency officials, have spoken with PREMIUM TIMES on the re-nomination. The Senate had in December last year declined to confirm Mr. Magu as the substantive chairman of EFCC, ending months of delay and rancorous power-play involving influential senators, the State Security Service, SSS, and officials of the presidency opposed to Mr. Magu’s headship of the agency. Read more
We will join hands to bury PDP- Babatope
A former minister of transport, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has vowed to muster every support necessary to fight and ensure that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is pulled down and buried, if those conspiring to change the zoning arrangement conceding the position of national chairmanship of the party to the Southwest fail to retrace their steps.
He gave this warning yesterday at a press conference held at Ikoyi office of the former deputy national chairman (Southwest) of the PDP, Chief Olabode George. Speaking on behalf of concerned PDP elders in the South west, Babatope said the plot by some influential governors to change the game plan had been uncovered, warning that everything would be done to resist move. Read more
Fuel now cost N155 per litre in Kano State
A correspondent of NAN who went round the city of Kano on Monday, reports that while most of the filling stations remained closed, the few ones that were operating had long queues of vehicles.
Following the development, socio-economic activities have been partially paralysed, especially in the state capital.Black marketers in the city had started exploiting the situation by increasing their prices from N750 per four litre gallon to between N850 and N900 for the same quantity. Read more
Poverty, Insecurity: North now laughing stock, says Gov Shettima
Chairman, Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) and Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, on Monday, described the northern region as a ‘laughing stock’ because of poverty as well as insecurity that is ravaging the area in recent times ever than before.
Addressing councils of traditional rulers across the region at an extraordinary meeting of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, the first of its kind, Shettima said the meeting was convened to collectively deliberate and find lasting solutions to the myriad of socio-economic and political problems besetting the region, which he noted, have direct bearing on the well-being and welfare of the teaming people. Read more
SEC institutes N5bn investors protection fun
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says it has instituted a N5 billion Investors Protection Fund to compensate investors as contained in the Capital Market Master Plan. The Director-General, SEC, Mr Mounir Gwarzo, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
According to Gwarzo, the commission will pay an investor as much as N200,000 as compensation so as to bring succour and restore confidence of retail investors in the capital market. Read more
Wikipedia to create awareness of mental illness in Nigerian women
The Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, says it wants to help create more awareness on mental illness in Nigerian women and women generally, through its “Wiki Loves Women’’ project.
It said that creating awareness would help to reduce the prevalence of stigma associated with mental illness, especially in Nigerian women. Read more
NAMA pledges training support for NAF personnel
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has pledged to continue to support the Nigerian Air Force in the training of critical manpower, especially in the area of air traffic control.
The Managing Director of the agency, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, made the pledge while receiving a delegation from the Air Warfare Department of the Command and Staff College, Jaji in Lagos on Monday. Read more
Ajimobi signs bill to prohibit violence against women
Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Monday in Ibadan signed into laws, the state’s Administration of Criminal Justice Bill, 2016, and Violence Against Women Bill, 2016.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor signed the two bills after the state executive council meeting. Ajimobi told newsmen after the assent that the laws would enhance justice administration. Read more
This player could leave Manchester United – Sky Sports pundit
That’s the verdict of Sky Sports pundit Kevin Campbell, appearing on the Transfer Centre show today.
The former Premier League star said: “You could say no, that you can’t see it because he’s settled in Manchester. “He’s got a lovely wife, lovely young family, at arguably the biggest club, he’s captain so why would want to leave? “But when he’s not playing he won’t be happy. Read more
WOLVES MAKE DECISION ON IKEME RED CARD AGAINST NORWICH
Wolves have appealed the red card that was awarded to goalkeeper Carl Ikeme in their 3-1 loss to Norwich on Saturday.
The club announced their decision on their official Twitter account on Monday. Ikeme was sent off after pushing Wes Hoolahan in the chest, but the Black Country club have since been advised that this offence would usually only lead to a yellow card. Read more
Juventus unveils a new look, both on and off the field
What a busy January for Juventus. The Serie A leader bought Riccardo Orsolini from Serie B side Ascoli–he will join in the summer–and unveiled a new logo that divided public opinion. The “Double J” look clearly keeps the team’s black and white stripes, but loses the traditional shield that represents an old-fashioned coat of arms for many teams. Critics say it doesn’t look like a football badge; modernists say that’s why they like it. Overall, it was a triumph for Juventus’s marketing department. Even those who didn’t like it were talking about it. Read more
Sergio Busquets: Barcelona midfielder is sidelined by ankle injury
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has been sidelined after spraining his right ankle in Sunday’s 4-0 win at Eibar.
The 28-year-old, who has played 27 of Barcelona’s 32 games this season, left the pitch on a stretcher in the eighth minute of the match following a challenge from Nicolas Escalante. The club did not give a timeframe for the Spain international’s return. Read more
Donald Trump Is Facing an Ethics Lawsuit After Just Three Days in Office
These Are All of Trump’s Potential Conflicts of Interest. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is far from the only group scrutinizing the potential intertwining links between Trump’s businesses and his behavior in office. Calling this a “good government issue,” Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill earlier this month which, while largely symbolic, would have required the President and Vice President to sell their business interests. Read more
‘Homophobic’ sermon sparks Twitter debate on homosexuality
A South African church has found itself at the centre of a row on social media after a local celebrity said he walked out of what he called a ‘homophobic’ sermon.
#GraceBibleChurch began trending on Twitter after South AfricanTV personality and choreographer Somizi Mhlongo, who is openly gay, posted a video online saying a guest pastor at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto said being gay was “unnatural”. Read more
Unease in Equatorial Guinea over exiled Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh
Equatorial Guinea’s opposition has strongly criticised the government’s choice to welcome former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to their country.
Knife-wielding Chinese vendor attacks urban patrol officers who try to stop her from selling fruit on the street
A shocking video has emerged online showing a team of urban patrol officers in China being threatened and attacked by an unlicensed street vendor.
The female street vendor, surnamed Niu, had reportedly refused to close her fruit stand. She was spotted wielding a knife at the patrol team officers. The incident occurred in southern China’s Dongguan city on January 10, according to a social media post. Read more