Sabinews Evening News Update for July 8, 2015
IG orders stop and search on roads nationwide
The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase has directed the commencement of special ‘stop and search’ operation on roads and highways across the country.
Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Abayomi Shogunle, said in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, that the directive was sequel to an intelligence report before the IGP.
“Sequel to the intelligence report, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has directed the commencement of special stop and search on Roads and Highways nationwide. Read more
Dogara concedes House leader to Femi camp
THE camp supporting Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has announced conceding the position of the House leader to the camp supporting Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
But the Speakers’s camp also made it clear that the occupant of the House leader will neither come from the Southwest nor the Northeast in respect to the spirit of equity and federal character as the zones have occupied their slots. Read more
EFCC arraigns ex-gov Nyako, son for money laundering
Former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, his son, Abdulaziz, and others are currently being arraigned for money laundering charges before Justice Evoh Chukwu of a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Nyako and his son are contending against 37 counts of money laundering. The accused have pleaded not guilty to 17 of the charges. Read more
Residents plead as flood destroys 115 Sokoto houses
The Sokoto State Emergency Management Agency said the flood that occurred in Butuku-Babba village of Bodinga Local Government Area on June 25 destroyed 115 houses.
The Director-General of the agency, Alhaji Hassan Maccido, made the disclosure at a news conference in Sokoto on Wednesday while reacting to pleas by victims of the disaster for urgent assistance. Maccido said the agency had dispatched a technical team to the village and had since assessed the extent of damage during the flooding. Read more
Edo man dies during ‘deliverance’ prayer, pastor arrested
Edo State on Tuesday after a 45-year-old man, identified as Osayande Ekhator, died during a deliverance session in a Pentecostal church in the area.
It was gathered that the Ekhator had been taken to the church, Hope Ministry, also known as Holy Ghost Deliverance Centre, by his relatives on Monday, due to an undisclosed ailment.
It was, however, learnt that some residents heard a loud cry from the church and rushed there only to discover the lifeless body of the deceased in the church. Read more
Nigeria, Egypt must team up against extremism – Envoy
The Egyptian ambassador to Nigeria, Ashraf Salama, has said that his country and Nigeria must work together against extremism and terrorism ravaging the continent.
Speaking during the 63rd National Day of Egypt on Wednesday evening in Abuja, the envoy stated that the two countries are fighting the same battle in different territories, noting that the two nations had enjoyed robust relationship since independence. Read more
Jonathan govt’s response to Chibok girls case unimpressive -Buhari
resident Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said the conflicting reports that emerged from the government and the security chiefs in the days shortly after the over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State, portrayed the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan in bad light locally and internationally.
Buhari spoke while granting audience to members of the BringBackOurGirls group. Read more
EFCC fails to arraign ex-gov Lamido, sons in Kano
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday failed to arraign a former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, and two of his sons, Mustapha and Aminu, at a Federal High Court in Kano over alleged money laundering.
The EFCC was expected to arraign Lamido and his two sons in court on Wednesday but did not produce the accused in court despite having filed the charges against the suspects in Kano on Tuesday. The prosecutor, Mr. Simeon Akpah, attributed the inability of the anti-graft agency to arraign the suspects to flight problem from Abuja. Read more
FRSC asks Anambra to check waste dumping on highway
The Federal Road Safety Commission has appealed to the Anambra Government to check refuse dumping along the Onitsha-Owerri road.
The FRSC Sector Commander in Anambra, Mr Sunday Ajayi, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Onitsha that the state of the dump site was not acceptable. “It is not acceptable; however, I know that the state government had started building a fence there. Read more
Kidnap victim rescued in Enugu
Operatives of the Anti Kidnap Unit of Enugu Police command have rescued, unhurt, a kidnap victim who was allegedly abducted on July 3. The victim was rescued at Abunuzu-imezi Owa forest in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State following intelligence report gathered on the activities of the suspects.
Police source revealed that the suspects had engaged the operatives in a gun duel but were however subdued by the operatives. Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu confirmed the rescue incident adding that some of the suspects were injured during the exchange of gunfire. Read more
Chief Imam cancels special Ramadan prayer in Abuja Mosque
Sheikh Muhammad Khalid, the Chief Imam of Apo Legislator’s Quarter’s Jumat Mosque has cancelled the special i’tikaaf prayer normally observed by Muslims during the last 10 days of Ramadan in that Mosque. I’tikaaf is a special prayer offered my Muslims during the last 10 days of Ramadan.
During that period, a Muslim is required to retire to the Mosque and remain in seclusion solely with the intention of offering prayers and supplication to Allah. Read more
Britain slashes spending by £12bn in new austerity drive
Britain will cut spending on welfare by £12 billion ($18.5 billion, 17 billion euros) in a fresh austerity drive, finance minister George Osborne announced Wednesday as he delivered the government’s post-election budget. Read more
Ambode orders enforcement of law prohibiting street trading
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday directed the Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Other Special Offences to carry out full enforcement of the law restricting street trading in the metropolis.
The Governor, in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, expressed concern about the resurgence of street trading in major areas of the state, noting that not only do they constitute environmental nuisance, but also pose security threat to citizens. – See more at: Read more
Ban Ki-moon commends Buhari’s determination to fight B’Haram
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, on Tuesday in New York, commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination in the fight against Boko Haram.Ban said in a statement that he had noted Buhari’s determination to root out the menace.
He commended the countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin for their steadfast efforts in the fight against Boko Haram. The UN Chief strongly condemned the attacks by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin countries, including the deliberate targeting of Christian and Muslim worshippers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the northeast states of Borno and Yobe. Read more
Rivers to Spend N30bn loan on roads rehabilitation, re-construction
The Secretary to Rivers Government, Mr Kenneth Kobani, has said that the N30 billion loan approved by the state House of Assembly would be used to rehabilitate and re-construct roads.
Kobani in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, that the loan would also fund government’s “Zero Pothole” campaign and offset salary arrears of civil servants and pensioners. Read more
Hotel attendant docked for deceitfully promising girl friend marriage
The Police on Tuesday arraigned a hotel attendant, Danladi Sule, 31, in a Mararaba Upper Area Court, Nasarawa State, for allegedly deceiving his girl friend that he would marry her.
The prosecutor, Insp. Joseph Ahua told the court that Rabiat Tijani, a girl friend to the accused, reported the matter at the ‘A’ Division Police Station, Mararaba on July 1.
Ahua said that sometimes in 2005, the accused approached the complainant for marriage, to which she consented. He alleged that the accused deceived the complainant to come and live with him as a wife. Read more
NFCVB confiscates 4,182 pornographic movies in Plateau
Mr Ailewon Danlami, the Zonal Coordinator, North Central , National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), said the organisation confiscated 4,182 pornographic movies in Plateau from July 2014 till date.
The coordinator made the disclosure when he visited the National Orientation Agency office in Jos on Wednesday. Read more
Iraq court sentences 24 to hang over Tikrit massacre
An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced 24 men to hang over the June 2014 massacre by jihadists and allied militants of hundreds of mostly Shiite military recruits in Tikrit.
The central criminal court in Baghdad handed 24 of 28 defendants the maximum sentence over the “Speicher” massacre, named after the base from which the victims were captured before being executed. Read more
Asia stocks sink as China sell-off spreads
Asian equities tumbled Wednesday as a collapse in Chinese shares began to contaminate other markets, and after European leaders slapped Greece with a deadline to submit fresh bailout reform proposals.
With markets buffeted by two global crises, traders ran for the cover of investments considered safe in times of upheaval such as the yen. Read more
Social Sciences And The Crisis Of Relevance In Nigeria
I commenced this discourse with philosophy as a discipline; I then enlarged the argument to embrace the humanities. With my town and gown lecture at Covenant University’s Faculty of the Social Sciences in April, I applied the disciplinary relevance dominant argument to the social sciences (which dominant arguments are paraphrased in this piece) and, at the UI department of political science public lecture in honour of professor emeriti Adekanye and Ayoade, I took on my specific domain, political science, as a discipline.
This has simply been a strictly intellectual reflection to address concerns that are indeed global, but more relevantly, germane to Nigeria’s specific policy concern to address graduate unemployment and the gradual emasculation of the HSS and the great danger it portends for a nation that needs to hurry to achieve real development with sense. Read more
Banks’ Non-performing Loans Ratio Drops To 2.8% – NDIC
Even as more banks state their resolve to publish the names of bad debtors, the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has declared commercial banks in the country as safe and sound.
The NDIC in a statement issued yesterday on its 2014 Annual Report stated that the assets quality of banks had improved with the average non performing loans (NPLs) ratio of the industry dropping to 2.81 per cent from the 2013 industry average of 3.2 per cent. Read more
Abia council boss slashes own salary by 50%
The Transition Committee Chairman of Aba South Local Government Area of Abia State, Okezie Erondu, has announced the slashing of his salary by 50 percent.
Erondu, who disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Umuahia, shortly after presenting the letter conveying his decision to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, said the decision was in sympathy with workers who were yet to be paid because of the dwindling revenue. He said he only took a cue from Ikpeazu who, penultimate week, took a similar decision until the backlog of workers’ salary arrears are cleared. Read more
PDP asks Fayose to ignore APC’s criticism
The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State has advised Governor Ayodele Fayose to ignore the All Progressives Congress’ criticisms and focus on his developmental projects because they (APC) have nothing to offer. The party commended the governor for his achievements so far in the face of “war against him” by the opposition party in the state.
A statement by the state Chairman, Chief Idowu Faleye, listed the progress of construction work at Aduni Olayinka Center in Ado Ekiti and road from Irewumi-Iworoko road through Olorunsogo trade fair as parts of the achievements. Read more
How we spent N72m JPO fund – Ministry
The Ministry of Youth Development has said the Junior Professionals Officers programme received only N72.3 million in 2013 as against the N1.1 bn that was budgeted.
A non-profit organisation, Youthub Africa had accused the ministry of mismanaging N2.1 bn budgeted for the programme which was meant to empower Nigerian youths. But the ministry, in a statement by its spokesman, Tolu Makinde, on Wednesday in Abuja, stated that the N72.3m was spent on participation of officials at the 9th meeting of the United Nations Development Programme donor countries in Sweden. Read more
Ohakim arraigned for $2.29m laundering charges
Former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, was on Wednesday arraigned before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal High Court in Abuja on three counts of money ($2.29m) laundering.
He pleaded not guilty to the three counts. Justice Ademola adjourned till Thursday for hearing of his bail application. Read more
Telkom to lay-off 4,400 workers
South African fixed-line telecoms operator, Telkom, said on Wednesday it would continue with its plan to lay-off 4,400 staff.
This is after a court on Wednesday ordered it to halt job cuts until workers were consulted about the process.
“It is a temporary delay. The restructuring must continue,” the firm’s spokeswoman, Jacqui O’Sullivan, said.
O’Sullivan said the company needed to cut 7,800 jobs on total. Read more
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