SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Saraki, Dogara, others jet out to visit Buhari in London
SENATE President and Chairman of the National Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki has led the leadership of both the Senate and House of Representatives on a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari who has been on vacation in London. Senate President Saraki who left Nigeria in the early hours of Wednesday, travelled with the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Deputy Speaker, Lasun Yusuf and Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan. Read more
Nigerian lawmaker Bello Sani is dead
Speaker Yakubu Dogara on Wednesday mourned the passing of a lawmaker from Katsina State, Bello Sani.
Mr. Sani, who until his death represented Mashi/Dvisi Federal Constituency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, died Wednesday morning. He was 51. “Our late colleague was humane, principled and a cosmopolitan who interacted freely with all members,” the Speaker said in a statement while condoling with his family. Read more
Gov. Ugwuanyi Signs 2017 Budget Into Law
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State yestetday assented to the state’s 2017 budget estimates, reiterating the commitment of his administration to the full implementation of the appropriation law for the benefit of the people of the state, whom he described as the true heroes of democracy.
Presenting the budget for the governor’s assent at the Government House, Enugu, speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, commended him for the ways he has been managing the lean resources of the state. Read more
FG, Labour agree to review of minimum wage
The President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba, says the Federal Government and the organised Labour movement in the country have reached a consensus to review the National Minimum Wage.
Wabba, who disclosed this in an interview with on Wednesday in Abuja, said that the consensus was reached during the sitting of the Technical Committee on Palliative. He said the committee was meant to look into the framework to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians and cushion the effect of the increase in the price of fuel. Read more
Onnoghen says Nigeria, others moving away from punitive criminal justice system
Mr Walter Onnoghen, the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), says Nigeria and other developing countries are moving away from punitive criminal justice system to restorative system. Onnoghen made this known at a judicial colloquium on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 organised by centre for Socio Legal Studies on Wednesday in Abuja. Read more
Police arraign banker for alleged N250,000 fraud
The Police on Wednesday arraigned a former banker, Christopher Ademola, 49, at a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over alleged N250, 000 frauds. The accused is being tried on a four-count charge bordering on fraud, forgery, theft and impersonation. Read more
Ekiti people should not suffer because of Fayose’s opposition to Buhari – Fani-Kayode
Chief Fami Fanikayode former Minister of Aviation and a Peoples Democratic Party chieftain has attacked the Federal Government for refusing to release Ekiti State Government’s monthly allocation saying that ‘because Ayo Fayose has become the rallying point of opposition against Muhammadu Buhari does not mean that the people of Ekiti state should suffer.’ Fani-Kayode in a statement Wednesday said that Federal Government refusal to release the said fund was ‘petty, vindictive and reprehensible’. Read more
Hospital reconstructs vagina in Sokoto
The Maryam Abacha Children and Women Hospital, Sokoto has successfully conducted advanced vagina reconstruction surgeries on three women with Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF). Vaginal reconstruction is the creation of a new or artificial vagina after surgery to remove part or the entire vagina; it is also used as a treatment for vaginal cancer. Read more
Nigerian asylum arrested for stabbing woman to death in Germany
A 27-year-old Nigerian asylum seeker has been arrested by Swiss police in connection with the murder of a volunteer at the centre run by Catholic relief charity Caritas. He was arrested on February 13th, 2017. The Nigerian man is suspected to have stabbed the 22-year-old woman identified as Soopita P, on a street in the western town of Ahaus on Saturday morning, February 11th. Read more
Official : Arsenal Confirm Transfer Of Oshoala To Dalian Quanjian
Arsenal Ladies have announced via their official webpage that Asisat Oshoala has joined Dalian Quanjian, subject to the receipt of her International Transfer Certificate.
Though the duration of the contract Oshoala signed with Dalian Quanjian has not been disclosed, it is thought that she has committed her future to the Chinese club for the next two seasons. Read more
Official: Ejike Uzoenyi Pens Short-Term Contract With Clever Boys
South African Premier Division team Bidvest Wits F.C have announced the signing of Nigeria national-teamer Ejike Uzoenyi.
The Enugu Rangers product will remain at Bidvest Wits until the end of this season, with the option to extend his stay, if he impresses, inserted into the agreement between club and player. Read more
S/EAGLES HAVE SMALL ADVANTAGE OVER CAMEROON – ROHR
Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr believes his team have just a small advantage over Cameroon ahead of the 2018 World Cup double header qualifiers.Nigeria top their group, with straight wins in two matches but Cameroon recently won the Africa Cup of Nations and they should be highly motivated, Rohr maintains.
The German gaffer has suggested that Nigeria will require two more homes wins – against Cameroon and Zambia – to secure their berth in Russia next year. Read more
WEST HAM SENIOR MAN DELIVERS VERDICT ON 27-YEAR-OLD WINGER
West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku has revealed he is delighted to see team-mate Sofiane Feghouli firing again for the club.
The 27-year-old winger has endured a slow start to life in east London, following his arrival from Valencia back in the summer, but now appears to have found his feet. Read more
PEP AND MANCHESTER CITY TARGET MONACO ACE FOR SUMMER SWOOP
Manchester City are reportedly eyeing up Monaco talent Thomas Lemar.
Renowned French publication L’Equipe claim the Citizens have joined the list of admirers for the 21-year-old.
Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus have already been linked with the forward this season. Lemar has been among a number of young stars who have shone for Monaco this term, and has bagged seven goals and six assists from 21 Ligue 1 appearances. Read more
Trying to win the Europa League could make it “really hard” for Manchester United in other competitions, warns Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits that he fears his side will have to negotiate major fixture congestion later in the season if they successfully pursue the Europa League.
Mourinho has indicated he will resist the temptation to prioritise other competitions over the Europa League, which resumes on Thursday evening when United meet Saint-Etienne in the first leg of the last 32. Read more
Frankfurt mass sexual assaults by refugees were made up, say German police
Prosecutors are investigating two people for allegedly fabricating an account of a mass sex attack by Arab migrants in Frankfurt. Claims that a “sex rioting mob” of around 50 men assaulted a group of women over the new year were reported by German tabloid Bild earlier this month.
The report, which suggested the attackers lived at a refugee shelter in central Hasse, was widely re-circulated by right-wing news sites. Read more
US threatens to ‘moderate commitment’ to NATO
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that NATO allies must increase defence spending by the ed of the year, or the US will “moderate its commitment” to NATO.
He did not elaborate on what the US might do if NATO members failed to fall into line.
Echoing a demand made by President Trump during the campaign, Mattis said NATO should set milestone dates for governments to meet the military funding commitment of spending 2 percent of GDP on defence. Read more
UN chief: united Europe essential to keep peace in ‘chaotic’ world
The new UN secretary general, António Guterres, has described the world as “largely chaotic” and said that a united Europe is essential to prevent it succumbing to deepening conflict.
In an interview before two critical global meetings this week in Bonn and Munich, Guterres warned of the advent of a particularly dangerous moment in history, drawing a parallel with the run-up to the first world war. Read more
Pope Francis appears to back tribal land rights in Dakota Access pipeline fight
The Latin American pope, who has often strongly defended indigenous rights since his election in 2013, made his comments on protection of native lands to representative of tribes attending the Indigenous Peoples Forum in Rome. Read more