Sabinews Evening News Update for September 21, 2015
I’ll be at the tribunal Tuesday – Saraki
Senate President Bukola Saraki says he will appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday to answer to the 13 charges brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.
Saraki said this in a statement posted on his Facebook page and official Twitter handle on Monday.
The statement read in part, “While the Senate President stated and maintained that he is ready to submit himself to due process of the law on any issue concerning him, he also believes that he has an inalienable right to resort to the same judiciary for protection when he feels his fundamental rights are about to be infringed upon. Read more
Buhari to host ECOWAS summit on Burkina Faso
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday host an Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government in Abuja.
A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, said the main item on the agenda of the summit is the current political situation in Burkina Faso. Read more
Olu Falae kidnapped in Ondo
According to a report on Channels Television, a former secretary to the government of the federation, Chief Olu Falae, has been kidnapped in his farm in Ondo State. Read more
Nigerian assumes headship of Afreximbank
A Nigerian, Dr Benedict Oramah, on Monday formally assumed office as the new President of Afreximbank, in Cairo.
Oramah, who was elected president of the bank in Lusaka in June, 2015, at the last Annual General Meeting of the bank, was inaugurated in Cairo.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Oramah is the second Nigerian to head the bank after Mr Chris Edordu, the pioneer president of the bank. He is the third president of the bank. Speaking after the ceremony, Oramah assured shareholders of his determination to move the bank forward during his tenure. Read more
FG Commences Advocacy to Arrest Increasing Rate of River Blindness, Elephantiasis
The Federal Ministry of Health has commenced advocacy to arrest increasing rate of onchocerciasis – river blindness and lymphatic filariar – elephantiasis in the country.
The advocacy is being carried out in conjunction with three foundations namely: Cater Foundation, Emeka Offor Foundation and Yakubu Gowon Foundation. Read more
NMA decries shortage of doctors, nurses
The Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Rivers, Dr Ibifuro Green, has decried the shortage of doctors and nurses in the country and called for massive upgrading of personnel in the healthcare sector.
Green told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Monday that the ratio of doctors to patients in the country was one to 4,000. Read more
Nigerian woman nabbed for shoplifting in US
A Nigerian woman, Akudihor Jennifer has been nabbed for stealing goods worth over $2,000 at Macy Oak Park Mall, in Johnson County, United States. kudihor, who traveled to the United States with her three children on a holiday, was arrested after a CCTV footage showed her stealing over 50 different items including clothes and accessories which she hid under the stroller as she tried to make her way out of the shopping mall. Akudihor whose passport was seized has been charged with felony with and bail set at $2,500. Read more
Yoruba youths accuse Buhari of being behind Saraki’s trial
An umbrella body for Yoruba youth organizations which gave its name as the Yoruba Council of Youths, YCY, has lambasted the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, over the current prosecution of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, accusing it of displaying the hand of Esau and the voice of Jacob.
While wondering why the tribunal would wait till the present before the sudden trial, the youths’ coalition claimed that the trial was another plot by the presidency to further delay the proposed ministerial nominees screening, hence allow the President time to continue running the country alone. Read more
Ayorinde, Bamigbetan, others make Ambode’s cabinet list
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Monday, presented the list of his cabinet members to the State House of Assembly.
Speaker of the House, Mr. Mubashiru Obasa, read the names on the floor to members.
The Governor is requesting for the screening and approval of 36 persons with 23 as Commissioners and 13 as Special Advisers. Read more
Sokoto Police Arrest 13 Cattle Rustlers, Recover 320 Cattle
The Commissioner of Police in Sokoto State, Alhaji Salihu Fagge, said on Monday that the Command had arrested 13 cattle rustlers and recovered 320 cattle.
Fagge told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto that the cattle and suspects were arrested in Tureta, Sabon-Birni and Isa local government areas of the state. Read more
Man nabbed for allegedly stealing bridge rails
The operatives of the Lagos State Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have arrested a member of a three-man syndicate who allegedly specialised stealing bridges’ rails in the state. The Commander of the squad, ACP Olatunji Disu, made the disclosure in a statement on Monday in Lagos.
The statement said that his other gang members escaped as soon as they sighted the police. The statement which gave the suspect name as Musa Inuwa, 32, added that he was arrested on Sept. 14, at about 2.30 a.m. at Costain area. It said the suspect’s confessional statement revealed that he belonged to a three-man gang involved in the crime. Read more
There is progress in Chibok Girls’ rescue – Buratai
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday rekindled the hope of Nigerians on the rescue of the Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014. Buratai gave the assurance while fielding questions from newsmen on the sideline of the Chief of Army Staff third quarter conference held at Army Headquarters, Abuja.
He said that the safe return of the girls remained a priority of the military in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North-East. He said there were strong indications that the girls were still held within the fringes of the Sambisa forest. The COAS explained that though the exact location of the girls’ in the forest was yet to be ascertained, the military was mindful of their safety in the bid to secure their release. Read more
Appeal Court Strikes out Stay of Proceedings by CCT on Saraki
The Court of Appeal has shut down any ray of hope of stopping the bench warrant issued against the Senate President Bukola Saraki to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to answer the allegations of the 13-count charge on false asset declarations.
In its ruling, the appallete court struck out the ex parte application by Saraki to stay proceedings on the grounds that both parties had not be heard on the matter before the lower court. The presiding Judge, Justice Morri Adume said that the application for interim order does not engage an ex-parte order to the extent of staying proceedings. Adume struck out the application and adjourned to September 29 to hear the substantive appeal on the matter. Read more
Volks Wagen To Recall Thousands Of Models
Volkswagen’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, apologised for customers’ “broken trust” on Sunday after the company was accused last week of defrauding environmental regulators.
Winterkorn issued a statement that stopped short of admitting guilt, but said he was “deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public.” “We do not and will not tolerate violations of any kind of our internal rules or of the law,” he said. The company also said it had stopped selling the vehicles at issue. Read more
Police Nab 3 Pickpockets As They Share Loot
The Police in Lagos have arrested three suspected pickpockets at a spot where they were trying to share their loot.
The command’s spokesman, DSP Joseph Offor, who disclosed the arrest in a statement on Monday in Lagos, said the suspects specialised in stealing money and phones in public transport. The statement gave their names as Ebuka Ekujere , 28; Monsuru Onanuga, 32, and Segun Alao, 30, noting that they were arrested on Friday at about 1.20 p.m. Read more
German outreach organizations criticise prostitution bill
A draft bill in Germany to protect prostitutes against violence and exploitation could do more harm than good, outreach organizations said in Berlin on Monday.
According to the German Aids Federation, the Women’s Council and religious groups, the first aim of any new legislation should be to strengthen the rights of prostitutes. Read more
APC deny involment in DSS’ search of Akwa Ibom Govt. House
The APC on Monday continued to deny its alleged involvement in the Directorate of State Security (DSS) search of the Akwa Ibom Government House.
The National Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the denial at a news conference in Lagos, saying the party was not privy to the reasons for search. Read more
Sharapova to make injury return with China wildcard entry
The five-time grand slam champion has been suffering with a leg injury and was forced to skip the U.S., Open.
I’m looking forward to getting back onto the match court in Wuhan,’’ said the WTA number three in a statement. “I’ve been working hard to get myself ready to compete again, and I can’t wait to get back out there. I really enjoyed my visit to Wuhan last year.’’ Read more
Over 4,700 migrants rescued off Libya coast – Italian coastguard
Over 4,700 migrants have been rescued off the coast of Libya as they tried to reach Europe , an Italian coast guard disclosed.
Tens of thousands of people, mainly from Africa and the Middle East, have tried to cross the Mediterranean this year, often dangerously packed into small vessels unsuitable for the voyage.
A statement by the coastguard said that one woman was found dead in the rescue mission on Saturday, although no further details were given on the cause of death Read more
Pope travels to Castro brothers’ Cuban home region
Pope Francis headed to Holguin in eastern Cuba Monday, a cradle of Catholic faith on the island and also the home region of communist leaders Fidel and Raul Castro.
Holguin is known for a cross that has overlooked the city from a hilltop since a Franciscan monk hauled it up there in 1790 — though the original wooden version succumbed to old age and the 1950 replacement was destroyed by lightning. Read more
Kaduna Govt Returns Hundreds Of Cattle To Owners
The Kaduna State government committee on the distribution of animals recovered from cattle rustlers at the Birnin Gwari centre at the weekend returned 286 heads of cattle to their owners.
Special assistant to the governor on media, Samuel Aruwan, stated this in Kaduna while addressing newsmen on the ongoing military operation against cattle rustlers in Kamuku and Kuyanbana forests that cut across Kaduna, Niger, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states. According to Aruwan, the committee also returned 46 sheep to their owners after verifying their claims to be true. Read more
Police Turn Traders To Survive In Zimbabwe
Reports say more Zimbabwean policemen are turning to part-time salesmen, in a bid to survive the biting economic crunch.
Zimbabwe has been struggling for five years to recover from a catastrophic recession that led to widespread food shortages, fuelling 500 billion per cent hyperinflation and prompting it to adopt the U.S. dollar in 2009.
Drought and weak global commodity prices have halved this year’s economic growth forecast to 1.5 per cent. It’s a far cry from the joy of independence in 1980, when President Robert Mugabe was revered by many at home and the World Bank rated Zimbabwe the most promising economy in Africa. Read more
Why Ambode Must Overturn Order Restricting Truck Movement To Night, By Haastrup
Chairperson of Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Vicky Haastrup, has called on the Lagos State Government to review the order restricting articulated trucks within the metropolis to night time, on account of its adverse effects on the economy.
“While we appreciate the effort of the state government in ensuring safety of lives and property within the metropolis, we must not fail to underscore the implication of the restriction order. “Mostly due to security concerns, the truck drivers might not be willing to move at night. This means cargo will not leave the ports and if cargoes don’t leave the port, the ports will be congested and the economy will be affected. Read more
Pitan Eulogises HID
The Special Advisor for Africa, International Hospital Federation (IHF), Dr. Leke Pitan, has commiserated with the Awolowo family over the passing on of the matriarch of the family, Chief Mrs. HID Awolowo, saying she deserved to be celebrated in all ways possible.
Pitan stated this in a press release signed by his Media Aide, Afolayan Adebiyi, stressing that he was glad that the late stateswoman’s place in history is assured, and “she lived well for humanity”. The former Lagos State Commissioner for Health and Education was full of admiration for HID’s strength of character and wisdom in all her dealings since the struggle for independence and through the political crises of the 1960s, even up till the time of her demise. Read more
Osun Students Continue Protests, Hold Dep Gov Hostage
Students of government-owned tertiary institutions in Osun State on Monday staged a protest in Osogbo against the prolonged strike by their lecturers.
Lecturers in four state-owned institutions have been on an indefinite strike for over three months as a result of unpaid salaries, inadequate staff and non-remittance of their pension deduction by the state government to the retirement savings accounts. Read more