Sabinews Evening News Update for September 14, 2015
I saw PDP defeat coming – Ogbemudia
A former Governor of old Bendel State, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, has attributed failure of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general election to the party’s refusal to take full assement of its previous victories.
Ogbemudia, who stated this when he was registered for the PDP biometric registration in Benin on Monday, said the party mismanaged its successes in previous elections. Read more
Sultan Declares September 24 Eid-el-Kabir Day
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111, Monday declared Tuesday, September 15 as the first day of Zulhijja,1436 AH while the eid-el-kabir will hold on September 24, 2015.
This was contained in a statement signed by Sa’idu Maccido on behalf of the Chairman, Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Prof. Sambo Junaid, a copy of which was made available to journalists in Sokoto.
“Consequently, the Eid-el-Kabir is to be celebrated in Nigeria on Thursday, September 24, 2015, which is equivalent to 10th Zulhijja, 1436 AH,”:the statement said. Read more
Man, 27, remanded for biting off police officer’s ear
An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday remanded one Ibrahim Ayelangbe in prison custody for biting off a police officer’s ear.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Magistrate, Mrs Oluwadamilola Olanipekun, gave the order following the guilty plea of the accused when the charge was read to him.
Ayelangbe, 27, whose address is not known, is facing three charges bordering on unlawful entry and grievous assault. The prosecutor, Insp Benson Emuerhi, told the court that the accused viciously assaulted Cpl. Ebere Nwogidi on July 10 at 3:00am. Read more
Withdrawal of policemen from VIPs ongoing – Police commission
The Police Service Commission on Monday said enforcement of the directive on the withdrawal of policemen from Very Important Personalities not entitled to their services, was on course.
President Muhhamdu Buhari had directed the withdrawal of policemen from VIPs that are not entitled to police services.
The Commissioner in charge of Media at the commission, Ms Comfort Obi, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the commission was ensuring that the directive was enforced to the latter. Read more
3 In Court Over Alleged Defamation Of Character
The police on Monday arraigned three persons – Ajuma Emmanuel, 28; Monica Emmanuel, 26; and John Emmanuel, 24,in a Mararaba Upper Area Court, for alleged defamation of character.
The accused persons of Kabayi, Mararaba, are standing trial for criminal conspiracy, criminal intimidation and defamation of character. The prosecutor, Cpl. Hemen Donald, told the court that the matter was reported by one Helen Ogbonna of the same address with the accused persons, at the ‘A’ Division Police Station, on Aug.17. Read more
Islamic Cleric Charged With Defrauding Woman Of N520,000
An Islamic cleric, Abubakar Olawale, who allegedly defrauded a woman of N520,000 on the pretext of conducting a “special prayer’’ on her behalf, was on Monday arraigned in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
Olawale, 35, a resident of No. 9, Taiwo Toyin St., Abule-Egba, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of fraud and stealing. The prosecutor, Sgt. Kehinde Olatunde, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Nov. 22, 2014 at Ladipo in Oshodi, Lagos. Read more
Nigeria school building collapses kills at least 4
A one story, mud-brick school building collapsed, killing four students and injuring 24, an official said Monday.
Rescuers used shovels and bare hands to retrieve the bodies and survivors after the collapse Sunday evening of the Abu Naima Islamic School. The local coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mohammed Abdullsalam, provided the numbers of dead and injured to journalists. Read more
NCC arrests 35 in Lagos over pirated movies, others
The Nigerian Copyright Commission on Monday arrested 35 suspected pirates who were parading the street of Lagos with illicit copies of home videos and audio CDs.
The Lagos Zonal Director, Mr. Chris Nkwocha, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the suspects contravened the Copyright Law of Section (38), Sub-section 1. Nkwocha said the suspected pirates were arrested on the street of Iyana-Ipaja, Iyana-Oba, Ojo, Obalende and Oshodi respectively. Read more
PDP To Buhari: Pay Attention To Economy, Ongoing Projects
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has urged the President Mohammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress administration, to pay urgent attention to the management of the nation’s economy to save it from collapse.
The party which said it is worried that the economy has been rapidly falling since the last four months, also cautioned the president and the ruling party not to jettison policies and projects of the past administration.
PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh on Monday blamed the dire economic situation on the absence of clear-cut fiscal policy direction and an economic team to deal with the domestic and global challenges associated with a developing economy. Read more
Labour union invades La Casera
Last Friday, the manufacturing operations of The La Casera Company, makers of the market leading Apple drink, La Casera, were over-run by an out of control mob led by representatives of the National Union of Food, Beverages and Tobacco of Employees (NUFBTE).
According to the spokesperson of The Lacasera Company Mr. Tola Bademosi, “Over 200 shouting demonstrators, some bussed in from out of state, broke into the factory which employs over 780 people at its site near Mile 2. Read more
I’ll lead raids against cultists, others in Edo – CP
The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike, on Monday vowed to personally lead street patrols and raids against cultists and other criminals in their various hideouts across the state.
Ezike led the special crack squad deployed by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, which resulted in the arrest of 56 suspected cultists in Benin, the state capital. The police commissioner, who assumed office as the new police chief last week, few months after he was deployed to Rivers State command, noted that the prevalence of sophisticated crimes had necessitated the use of high visibility policing. Read more
Ife kingmakers ask Giesi to produce next Ooni
Ife Kingmakers have asked the Giesi Ruling House to present qualified candidate(s) from the family to be selected the next Ooni of Ife.
The Obalufe of Ife, Oba Solomon Omisakin, who read the address of the 16 traditional rulers of Ife at a press conference held at Ile Oodua, said the kingmakers used the 1980 Ife Chieftaincy Declaration to arrive at the decision to ask Giesi to produce the next Ooni. Omisakin stated that the new Ooni would emerge within the next 40 days. Read more
Osun lecturers storm Assembly, protest unpaid salaries
Lecturers under the aegis of Council of Academic Staff Unions of Osun State Owned Tertiary Institutions stormed the Osun State House of Assembly to protest nonpayment of their salaries for the past eight months.
The lecturers, who had been on strike for the past three months were led by leaders of the body including Chairman, Lasisi Jimoh; Secretary Olusegun Lana and Public Relations Officer, Dotun Omisore. The lecturers, who were armed with placards with various inscriptions, were chanting, ‘Save our Souls’, ‘Enough is Enough’, ‘Pay our Salaries’ and ‘We Reject Half Salaries’, sang anti-government songs. Read more
Australia to get new PM after Abbott loses challenge
Australia is to get a new prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, after embattled leader Tony Abbott lost a challenge for the leadership of the Liberal Party, the senior partner in the ruling conservative coalition.
The former communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is to become Australia’s 29th prime minister after defeating Abbott in party room spill with 54 votes to 44. Turnbull is expected to be sworn in as prime minister by Australia’s governor-general Peter Cosgrove on Tuesday. Read more
Confusion, as truck drivers’ strike paralyze activities at Lagos ports
As the strike embarked by truck drivers in Lagos over the restriction directive given by the Lagos State government, entered its day 5 on Monday, concerned stakeholders in the maritime sector have continued to express mixed reactions.
Following the full implementation of a section of the 2012 Lagos Road Traffic Law, which restricted trailers and articulated vehicles from plying the metropolis between 6am and 9pm, the aggrieved drivers under the aegis of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) had last week said that they would withdraw their trucks from the road with immediate effect over the restriction directive. Read more
New Ebola death in Sierra Leone
A 16-year-old girl has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, dealing a blow to optimism that the west African country has finally turned the page on the devastating epidemic.
The teenager died Sunday in the northern city of Makeni, the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) said Monday, some two weeks after the death of a 67-year-old food trader in a neighbouring district. Read more
National Stadium cleaners want strong waste bins
Cleaners at the National Stadium, Lagos, on Monday appealed to the facility’s management to provide waste bins at strategic points for users to dispose of their waste.
Ngozi Okoye, who spoke on behalf of her colleagues, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the stadium that the provision of the bins would make their task easier. Read more
Mullah Omar died of natural causes inside Afghanistan, says son
The Afghan Taliban’s founder Mullah Omar died of natural causes in his home country, his son has said in an attempt to quash the myriad rumours surrounding the warrior cleric’s mysterious death.
The Taliban, which ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001 and has waged an anti-government insurgency since then, confirmed in July its founder had died. Read more
Jos: Kerosene scarcity traceable to pipelines vandalism-DPR
The Plateau office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Monday blamed the scarcity of Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) in the state on pipelines vandalism.
Mr Jeremiah Manshat, Head Operations, DPR Fidel Office, Jos, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the pipelines conveying the product to the state had been severely vandalised. Read more
Germany football boss Loew donates 25, 000 euros to refugees
Germany national coach Joachim Löew has donated a cheque of 25,000 euros in honour of his career achievements to a refugee charity.
Accepting the “Golden Pyramid” award in Hamburg, where he was also inducted into the German Sports Hall of Fame, Loew announced he was giving the cheque to help the influx of refugees arriving in Germany. “It is all of our duty to help all of those who need it,” he said. Read more
Enugu APC asks Ugwuanyi to probe Chime
The Enugu State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has asked the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to probe his predecessor, Sullivan Chime.
Chime is reportedly being investigated by both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, following petitions against him. Read more
Quit politics or leave service, Ekiti HOS warns workers
Ekiti State Head of Service, Dr. Olugbenga Faseluka, has warned civil servants to shun politics or quit the service to pursue their ambition.
He stated this on Monday at a press conference in Ado Ekiti to begin the 2015 civil service week with the theme “Repositioning the civil service for effective service delivery.” Faseluka said, “It is my belief that the concern of civil servants should not be what they can gain from the system alone, they should also be concerned about their contributions to the growth and development of the state. Read more
FG to review employments, promotions in NIMASA
The Federal Ministry of Transport will review employments, placements and promotions in Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency since 2010.
This is contained in a statement issued by Hajia Lami Tumaka, Head of Public Relations and made available to newsmen on Monday in Lagos. The statement said a committee headed by Mr Lawal Ibrahim, the ministry’s Director of Human Resources, had been constituted to carry out the review. Read more
Group decries spate of crimes in Niger Delta
An advocacy group, Association for Non-Violence in Niger Delta Region, has decried the spate of criminal activities in the Niger Delta.
The group, which said it was alarmed by the high rate of kidnappings, sea piracy, oil theft, cultism and killings among others, asked the relevant authorities to deploy more effective strategies to tackle criminalities in the region. President of the group, Mr. Kennedy Tonjo-West expressed the fear in an interview on Monday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital. Read more