SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 14, 2015
How the terror attacks in Paris unfolded
The stadium shakes under foot as three explosions erupt at 9.17pm local time, 9.30pm and 9.53pm during a football friendly between France and Germany. The 80,000 spectators in the stadium aren’t given any information and many believe the explosions to be firecrackers. The players on the pitch look distracted at times, but play on.
Among the spectators are President François Hollande with the German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Hollande takes a phone call in the stadium’s security control room just after 9.30pm. As the truth dawns, Hollande is rushed out of the stadium to the secure interior ministry where he convenes an emergency cabinet meeting. Read more
Ambode proposes 5 years single tenure for LASU VC
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state has sent the Lagos State University (LASU) 2015 Amendment Bill to the State House of Assembly for ratification.
According to a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, on Saturday, the bill proposes a single term of five years for the Vice-Chancellor of the institution. Ayorinde said the governor also sent the Employment Trust Fund Bill 2015 to the Assembly for consideration and ratification. Read more
Nigerian Army Arrests Boko Haram Suspect in Top 100 Wanted List
Nigeria’s army said a suspected Boko Haram Islamist militant on its top 100 wanted list was arrested in the country’s northeast.
The suspect was apprehended in the Borno state capital of Maiduguri on Saturday, according to an e-mailed statement from army spokesman Sani Usman. Read more
Nigerian Army Overruns Boko Haram’s Sambisa Guard Post
Gallant troops of the Nigerian Army has attacked one of Boko Harams’s guard posts in Sambisa forest, killing many terrorists and capturing weapons.. Read more
Hospital Performs Open Heart Operation on Five Patients, Targets 300 Surgeries Yearly
To bridge the critical healthcare gap in the country, Alliance Hospital on Saturday performed her first open heart surgeries on five patients.
Briefing journalists in Abuja, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Otabor Christopher, said the surgeries were massively subsidised by provisions of the art surgery consumables from the Save A Heart Foundation, a UK-based non- governmental organization. Read more
Buhari Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Paris
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday joined the rest of the world in condemning last Friday’s coordinated attacks in Paris, France.
A statement issued in Abuja by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina said the president received the news of the attack with great shock and profound sadness.
The statement said Buhari condemned the “dastardly and heinous terrorist attacks on innocent civilians in Paris.” Read more
Fayemi Mourns His Town’s Monarch
The Minister of Solid Minerals and ex-Governorof Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said the sudden demise of a first class
traditional ruler and Onisan of Isan Ekiti, Oba Sunday Ajiboye, will create a big vacuum in the kingdom that will be difficult to fill.
Fayemi hails from Isan Ekiti in Oye Local Government area of the State. Read more
Ayade, IPAC Chairman Quarrel over 260-kilometre Super Highway
There are indications that a serious quarrel has broken out between the Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade, and the chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in the state, Mr. Goddie Akpama, over the 260-kilometre super highway project from Calabar to Katsina-Ala initiated by the governor.
The face–off assumed a different dimension as Ayade and Akpama engaged in exchange of abusive text messages against each other as they tried to hold firm to their grounds. Read more
Ebonyi Debunks Govt House Fire Report
The Ebonyi State Government has dismissed report by an online portal that a section of the Government House in Abakaliki was on Friday gutted by fire.
The government, in a brief press statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Emma Anya, on Saturday said members of the public, especially Ebonyi resident, should disregard the story. Read more
Mudavadi calls for upholding rule of law in graft war
Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi has warned MPs against “public lynching” of government officials accused of corruption.
In response to the ongoing campaigns to impeach Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru, he asked MPs to obey the law in removing the accused public officers. Read more
Shaken German team spent night in Paris stadium after attacks
Germany’s football team spent the night at the Stade de France in north Paris after a friendly match against France rather than take the risk of driving through the French capital to their hotel following the attacks that left more than 120 people dead. Read more
France hits by another tragedy as five die in train accident
France, already reeling from the coordinated ISIS terror attacks, has been hit by another disaster as a TGV train derailed near French city of Strasbourg, with five people killed and seven injured, local media report. Read more
Taraba APC urges supporters to remain peaceful, shun violence
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba has called on its supporters to remain calm and be law -abiding in the face of any provocation.
Alhaji Hassan Ardo, the State Chairman of the APC, made the call while addressing newsmen on Saturday in Jalingo. Read more
Group of economists urges Buhari to resist devaluation of the naira
The 1988 set of Economists from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, has urged the Federal Government not to devalue the naira but reduce cost of governance to rebuild the economy.
The spokesman of the 1988 graduates of Economics, ABU, Mr Isiaq Ajibola, gave the advice on Saturday in Abuja at the annual meeting of the set. Read more
France-England friendly to go ahead – French federation
The France-England friendly match scheduled for Tuesday will go ahead despite deadly attacks in Paris that left more than 120 dead on Friday, according to the French football federation.
“After talks with the English FA who assured us there was no particular risk in holding the match, we decided to go ahead,” a federation spokesman told AFP on Saturday. Read more
Israel razes homes of four Palestinian ‘attackers’
Israeli troops razed the West Bank homes of four Palestinians accused of attacking Israelis on Saturday, pressing a controversial policy of punitive demolitions after weeks of deadly unrest.
The demolitions came hours after two Israelis were shot dead in an apparent ambush near the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron on Friday in the most serious attack on Israelis in nearly a month. Read more