Sabinews Evening News Update for May 13, 2015
International community will support Buhari – Blair
Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair has assured the President -elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the continued support of the international community towards addressing the challenges facing Nigeria.
Blair told journalists after a closed door meeting the Buhari at the Defence House that with the successful conclusion of the general election, Nigeria has earned great respect in the comity of nations. He said the future of the Nigerian nation lies in the hands of the Nigerian people, pointing out that there is a tremendous support for Nigeria across the world. Read more
We won’t admit PDP defectors – Enugu APC
The Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Wednesday said it would not admit any member of Peoples Democratic Party into its fold.
The Publicity Secretary of APC in Enugu State, Mrs. Kate Offor, disclosed this while briefing journalists on the outcome of the party’s State Executive Committee meeting. Read more
Ekiti PDP removes chairman
Crisis has hit the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State as the Chairman, Chief Idowu Faleye, was removed by the State Executive Committee at a meeting held on Tuesday for alleged inefficiency.
Faleye, a loyalist of Governor Ayodele Fayose was also accused of failure to convene a meeting since he assumed office last year. He was appointed in 2014 following the elevation of the then Chairman, Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe, to the position of the National Vice Chairman, Southwest of the PDP. Read more
Police parades Lekki Bank Robbery Suspects
The police in Lagos, western Nigeria, have arrested four suspects who allegedly robbed a bank and killed three policemen and two civilians and carted away millions of naira.
The sensational robbery incident that led to the death of five persons happened on 12 March, 2015 in Lekki area of the state. Read more
A’Court hears N100bn demolition suit against Lagos
The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal has fixed June 1, 2015 to hear the case of some Badagry landlords and residents who sued the Lagos State Government over alleged unlawful demolition of about 1,500 buildings in the area.
The appellants from Atinporome, Araromi Ale Extension and Mowo Phase 2 communities in the area, are seeking N100bn compensation. Read more
Buhari denies backing Senate presidency aspirant
The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has denied backing one of the aspirants to the Senate Presidency, saying he is willing to work with any leader of the Senate irrespective of what part of the country he or she originates from.
In a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, Buhari described as false, insinuations that he was in support of any particular Senator’s emergence as Leader or that he belongs to any camp pushing for the emergence of a leader from a particular part of the country. Read more
IG orders crackdown on kidnapping, others in Edo
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has dispatched a special crack squad to Edo to tackle the spate of cultism, kidnapping, robbery and other related crimes in the state.
Notice of the dispatch was contained in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, on Wednesday. The statement quoted Ojukwu as expressing the concern of the IG about the unabated activities of cultists and other violent criminals in the state. Read more
South African court halts deportation of immigrants
South Africa’s High Court on Wednesday in Johannesburg halted the deportation of hundreds of
African immigrants who were arrested in the wake of the recent wave of xenophobic violence.
David Cote, the lawyer for Human Rights Organisation, that the migrants, believed to number between 280 and 400, were detained at a Johannesburg Church and in the central business district on Friday. Read more
Burundi presidency says coup plotters ‘will be brought to justice’
Burundi’s presidency said Wednesday that an attempted coup by a top general had been “foiled” and that the perpetrators would be brought to justice. “It is with regret that we have learned that a group from the armed forces mutinied this morning and declared an imaginary coup,” the office of President Pierre Nkurunziza said in its first full statement since the coup attempt was launched.
“The presidency informs national and international public opinion that this coup attempt has been foiled and that these people, who read the coup announcement on the radio, are being hunted by defence and security forces so that they can be brought to justice,” the statement added. Read more
My involvement in Lekki bank robbery – Suspect
A suspected member of the armed robbery gang who invaded a bank in Lekki Lagos killing three policemen and a teenage hawker has been arrested.
The suspect, Ekelemo Kuete said he was given N50,000 for his involvement in the deadly operation. Read more
Why I Support Adesina For ADB President – Bamanga Tukur
Former National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, yesterday said he is backing the Minister of Agriculture, Akinwunmi Adesina for Africa Development Bank’s President, because of his impeccable record, which speaks volume to his credibility, sincerity and honesty.
Tukur, who is also the Nigeria Ambassador-At-Large and President, African Business Roundtable (ABR), said genuine African businessmen have gone through the official records, services and academic excellent qualifications of Dr. Adesina and found him, a fit and proper person for the position. Read more
Man, 21, Docked For Allegedly Stabbing Co-tenant
For allegedly stabbing his neighbour on the forehead, a 34-year-old trader was on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
The accused, Babatunde Oladejo, who resides at Oluwole Olaniyan Street, Iyana- Ipaja, a Lagos suburb, is standing trial on a charge of aggravated assault. He, however, entered a `not guilty’ plea. Read more
Court Remands Man, 18, For Unlawful Possession Of Firearm
An Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun on Wednesday remanded an 18-year-old man, John Emmanuel, in prison custody for unlawful possession of firearm.
Emmanuel, of no fixed address, is facing a two-count charge of unlawful possession of firearm and impersonation. Read more
Boko Haram: Affected children won’t become nuisance – Buhari
President -elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, said on Wednesday that one of the biggest burdens of the incoming government is to ensure children affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast do not constitute security risk to the nation.
Buhari said he was aware of the contributions of women to national development and will not marginalize them in the scheme of things under his government. Read more
Revive Ajaokuta steel, Itakpe iron, Geoscientists tell Buhari
Nigeria’s president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon to revive Ajaokuta Steel and Itakpe National Iron Ore Mining Companies when he assumes office.
Prof. Olugbenga Okunlola, President, Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS), made the call at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday. According to Okunlola, the companies have the potentials to serve as the backbone for economic diversification and industrialisation of the country. Read more
Fashola commissions N1bn recycling plant in Igando
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Tuesday inaugurated a N1bn material recovery facility in Igando, designed to convert waste into reusable materials.
The first phase of the project was delivered with machines that have the capacity to process different types of refuse into raw materials for plastic and rubber industries. Inaugurating the project, Fashola said it was a demonstration of the government’s commitment to improve the environment while creating some economic benefits. Read more
Ugandan rebels kill 13 in DRC
Thirteen people were killed early Tuesday morning by members of Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces, a civil society source told Xinhua.
According to Gilbert Kambale, the territory’s civil society leader, the attack occurred in Mavivi locality which is situated about 40 km from Beni town in eastern region. Read more
UNHCR halts repatriation of Somali refugees over bad weather
The UN refugee agency said on Tuesday it has stopped repatriation of Somali refugees living in northeast Kenya due to bad weather conditions.
UN High Commission for Refugees also said it has so far repatriated 2,048 refugees from Kenya to Somalia under the current voluntary return pilot project which kicked off in December 2014. “The return convoys have currently been stopped due to the bad condition of the roads,” the UN refugee agency said in a statement received in Nairobi. Read more
Gunmen in Pakistan kill 43 in attack on bus carrying religious minority
Gunmen on motorbikes attacked a bus carrying members of a religious minority in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi on Wednesday, killing 43 people and wounding 19 others, hospital officials said.
Six attackers used 9 mm pistols to shoot at the people on the bus, police said. After the attack, the bus was driven into a hospital parking lot with bullet holes riddled all along its side, said Salma Wahid, an official at the Memon Medical Institute Hospital in Karachi. Read more
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