Sabinews Evening News Update for June 16, 2015
How Buhari will pick ministers, by Odigie-Oyegun
NATIONAL Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie -Oyegun yesterday gave an insight into the calibre of persons that would make the cabinet of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
In an interview with reporters at the party secretariat in Abuja, he revealed that Buhari would go beyond members of the APC to pick members of his cabinet. Read more
Navy destroys seven illegal refineries in Warri
The Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship, Delta, Commodore Aliyu Sule, said his command had destroyed seven illegal refineries in Oteghele community, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta.
Sule made this known on Tuesday at the Warri Naval Base while speaking to newsmen shortly after the operation. Sule, who assumed command of the Base in April, also said over 500 metric tonnes of crude oil were burnt in the operation that lasted about five hours. Read more
PFN, group raise funds for Ghana explosion victims
The Lagos State chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and some religious leaders under the aegis of Non-Violence for African Development have set up an intervention fund for victims of the petrol station explosion in Accra, capital of Ghana, that left 150 dead and several displaced on June 4.
A statement issued on Monday by the Chairman of Lagos PFN, Bishop Sola Ore, said the fund was created to assist the fire victims to cope with the aftermath of the explosion. The church leaders said food stuff, clothes, soaps, drugs and other medical materials will be shipped to the displaced victims in Accra. Read more
Mechanic assaults daughter with red-hot iron
A 36-year-old auto mechanic and father, who allegedly assaulted his 16-year-old daughter with a red-hot iron on her body, on Tuesday appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused, Mukaila Ogunbona, who resides at No.18, Ajenifuja Street, Ilaje, in Bariga area of Lagos, is standing trial on a charge of assault occasioning harm. The prosecutor, ASP Godwin Anyanwu, told the court that the accused committed the offence on May 28 at his residence. Read more
21-year-old Man Remanded For Allegedly Stabbing Man To Death
An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Tuesday remanded a 21-year-old, Olalekan Aweda, in prison for allegedly stabbing a man to death with a dagger.
Mrs O.I. Adelaja, the Chief Magistrate, ordered that the accused should be remanded at Ikoyi Prisons for 30 days pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Read more
Morocco kiss trial resumes as debate on gay law rages
The trial of two men arrested for kissing in public resumed Tuesday in Morocco, where a string of recent controversies has reignited debate over homosexuality in the conversative Muslim kingdom.
Being gay is punishable in Morocco by up to three years in jail and the divisive law — known as Article 489 — has been the subject of several protests, including by feminist protest group Femen. Read more
Ex Gov. Lamido of Jigawa returns, to report at EFCC on Thursday
Alhaji Sule Lamido, the immediate past Governor of Jigawa, on Monday, returned to the country from his foreign trip and promised to visit the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Thursday.
Lamido stated this while speaking with newsmen in his Bamaina village in Birninkudu Local Government area of the state. Read more
Edo PDP, govt bicker over corruption claims
THE Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to begin his anti-corruption campaign from the state, where it alleged that Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s administration has frittered away council funds amounting to at least N200 billion.
Addressing the media yesterday in Benin City, the PDP state chairman, Dan Orbih, said the call to probe Oshiomhole’s government has become imperative because the governor remained the most travelled of all governors in the country, “yet he has not attracted any investment to the state.” Read more
Global body urges govt to develop policies on food, water security
PIQUED by water and food crises bedeviling African countries, a global body, the Global Water Partnership (GWP), has urged the Nigerian government to urgently develop a national policy that would guarantee food and water security in the country.
The body, which made the call following a report by the International Institute for food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on Hunger 2014 that the sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most affected areas in the world regarding food security, expressed worry over the looming water and food crises in the African continent, which it attributed to the security challenges in the sub-region, namely the Lake Chad Basin and the South Sudan crisis and the challenges posed by climate change resulting to low yield in agriculture. Read more
Ambode sacks heads of 82 Lagos agencies, departments
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday sacked heads and boards of 82 agencies and departments of the Lagos State government.
The sack, which took effect immediately, was for the governor to constitute new heads that will implement his agenda in the state. Read more
EFCC quizzes ex-gov Elechi
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission invites, interrogates former Ebonyi Governor, Chief Martin Elechi, EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren confirms. Read more
AC Milan fires Inzaghi
AC Milan have dismissed coach Filippo Inzaghi after his first season at the helm of the Rossoneri, the Serie A club said on Tuesday.
The firing of the former Milan striker, who had one more year remaining on his contract, is expected to pave the way for the hiring of Sinisa Mihajlovic after his departure from Sampdoria. Read more
Nigeria, EU sign MoU to combat illegal migration
The European Union has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nigeria to combat illegal migration from Nigeria to Europe, the EU Ambassador to Nigeria and West Africa, Michel Arrion, said.
Arrion told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday that the agreement, titled, “Common Agenda for Migration and Mobility”, was signed two months ago in Brussels. He said the agreement translated the four main objectives of the EU migration policy. Read more
Troops injured in Somali bomb blast
A roadside blast hit a convoy of Somali government troops on Tuesday as they were travelling in a village on the outskirts of Mogadishu, reports say.
Lower Shabelle Mayor, Abdulkadir Sidi, said the bomb, that inflicted injuries on the troops, targeted a convoy of government troops at Hawa Abdi.
“There are casualties, among them government troops who were in a convoy but we are trying to establish more details,” Sidi said. Read more
Nigerian appointed CTO secretary general
London-based Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation has appointed a Nigerian, Mr. Shola Taylor, the Secretary-General of the organisation.
The CTO is an international treaty organisation that supports its members in integrating information and communication technologies to deliver effective development interventions that emancipate, enrich, equalise and empower people within the Commonwealth and beyond.
The news was broken by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications Technology, Dr. Tunde Olaopa, at the Commonwealth Broadband Forum which opened in Abuja on Tuesday.Read more
Corruption: Nobel Peace Centre to end partnership with FIFA
The board of the Nobel Peace Centre said on Monday it wished to end its formal cooperation with football’s scandal-plagued ruling body FIFA over the “Handshake for Peace” programme.
The symbolic fair play gesture has been promoted by FIFA since 2014 at various levels of the game, and includes a handshake between the captains and referees before and after the final whistle. It was used by captains at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil “in the spirit of Alfred Nobel and Nobel laureates.” Read more
Fake MFM Pastor Remanded In Lagos Prison
A Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Tuesday remanded a man, David Praise-Diri, who impersonated a pastor of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry (MFM) at Ikoyi Prisons.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Bola Folarin-Williams, gave the ruling after the accused pleaded guilty to the offences. The accused, Praise-Diri, whose address is not provided, is facing a three-count charge of impersonation, obtaining money under false pretences and stealing. Read more
I am officially running for president of the United States – Donald Trump
Billionaire and real estate mogul, Donald Trump has launched his presidential campaign on Tuesday.
“So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again,” Trump told the crowd. Just over four years after he came closer than ever to launching a campaign before bowing out, Trump will make what he’s billed as a “major announcement” at the lavish Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York, laying out a vision to match his incoming campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Read more
MKO: “Our family paid the ultimate price and we still miss him dearly” – Daughter
ONE of the daughters of the late Chief MKO Abiola, Miss Habiba Abiola, has said that her father’s death paved way for democratic government in Nigeria. Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 1993 presidential elections died in detention.
In a statement issued in Lagos, Abiola said that the June 12 celebrations which coincided with her birthday reminded her of the many years she missed without a father on her special day. Read more
‘I identify as black’ – Controversial US activist
A US civil rights activist who resigned from her post at the country’s leading African American advocacy group amid allegations that she has masqueraded as a black woman for years said Tuesday she identifies as an African American. A firestorm erupted last week around Rachel Dolezal –who was president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) — after her parents, who are white, said she is too.
Egypt court confirms Morsi death sentence
An Egyptian court on Tuesday upheld a death sentence against ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi for plotting jailbreaks and attacks on police during the country’s 2011 uprising.
The same court also sentenced Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, to life in prison on charges of spying for the Palestinian Hamas movement, Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah and Iran. Read more
Court fines boy, 10, for ‘affair’ with married woman
A tribal court in southern Pakistan has convicted a 10-year-old boy of having an affair with a married woman in her late 30s and ordered him to pay a fine of $7,000, police said Tuesday. The incident occurred Monday in the remote village of Bakhrani in Sindh province, 510 kilometres (320 miles) north of Karachi.
“The 10-year-old was caught having an extramarital affair with a lady from another tribe, which created bad blood between the two tribes,” a local police official requesting anonymity told newsmen. “The incident was later taken to a jirga (tribal court) which ordered the boy’s family to pay a fine of Rs700,000 ($7,000) to the aggrieved side. Read more
Winners pastor abductors demand N80m ransom
EIGHT hours after Pastor Seyi Adekunle, the Winners Church pastor for Airport branch Calabar was abducted, his abductors are demanding for 80million naira ransom before his release.
The kidnappers according to a source in the church made a phone call with the pastor’s phone at about 9pm on Monday, to one of the pastors in the church demanding for the sum of 80 million naira before pastor Adekunle will be released. Read more
Court remands 2 suspected homosexuals in prison custody
An Onitsha Chief Magistrate Court in Anambra State, presided over by His Worship, Nkemdilim Ike has remanded two persons in prison custody for their alleged involvement in homosexual activities.
The accused persons, Ebuka Anyasi 23, Michael Ikegbunam 19 and others now at large, were arraigned before the court yesterday on a three count charge of conspiracy, unnatural canal knowledge and Seven days confinement of their victims. Read more
OPC Pulls out of NNPC Pipeline Surveillance
The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has said it will pull out its men from guarding all Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines nationwide from monday evening.
The spokesman for Gani Adams faction of the congress, Mr. Yinka Oguntimehin, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos yesterday.
Oguntimehin said this became necessary because the corporation was yet to start paying for the work its men were doing.
He said the corporation was, as part of the contractual agreement entered into, three months ago, expected to start payment.
The spokesman said the OPC personnel had continued to guard the pipelines with the belief that the corporation would pay as promised. Read more
Hong Kong On High Alert Ahead Of Electoral Reforms Vote
Hong Kong’s leader warned on Tuesday that violence would not be tolerated, a day after authorities arrested 10 people and seized suspected explosives.
The arrests and seizure came ahead of a crucial vote on a China-backed electoral reform this week.
Security has been fortified across the China-ruled city, including at government buildings and train stations, as it braces for a fresh showdown over plans on how its next leader would be elected in 2017. Authorities are taking no chances after mass pro-democracy protests crippled parts of the former British colony in 2014 and presented China’s Communist Party leadership with one of its biggest political challenges in decades. Read more
Businessman Docked For Allegedly Defrauding Microfinance Bank Of N5m
A businessman, Mufutau Gbadamosi, on Tuesday appeared before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly using forged documents to obtain a N5million loan from FBN Microfinance Bank.
The accused, 44, is facing a three-count charge of fraud, obtaining under false pretext and stealing. Gbadamosi, however, pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge preferred against him. Read more
Igbos In Diaspora Urge Buhari To Retain SGF In South East
Igbo people in the diaspora have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to retain the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in the South-East geo-political zone.
The national coordinator of Igbos in Diaspora Initiative for Buhari, Hon. David Ezedinma, made the call in Lafia on Tuesday in a press conference organised to drum support for the inclusion of Igbo people in Buhari’s yet-to-be constituted cabinet. Hon. Ezedinma refuted reported insinuation that the position of the SGF would go to the South-South geo-political zone after the emergence of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the deputy president of the senate. Read more
Minister, 24 Others Receive Death Threat In Bangladesh
Bangladesh’s Information Minister, Hasanul Haq Inu and Dhaka University Vice Chancellor, Arefin Siddique, were among 25 persons who allegedly have received death threats from a banned militant outfit.
Militants published the hit-list in a letter to Siddique on Tuesday. A Dhaka University official, on condition of anonymity said the Ansarullah Bangla Team, which was banned in May, sent the letter by registered post to the office of the Dhaka University Vice Chancellor. Read more
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