SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 9, 2015
IPOB protests: Southeast Governors, Ohaneze to meet in Owerri
Southeast Governors and the leadership of the Apex Igbo socio-political organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo, will convene in Owerri, Imo State, this weekend at the instance of the Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to find a lasting solution to the rising activities of separatist groups in the zone. Read more
$5.2bn fine: MTN picks Nhleko to negotiate with Nigeria
South Africa’s MTN Group has asked its former head to take temporary charge of Africa’s biggest mobile telecoms company after its chief executive resigned over a $5.2 billion fine imposed by Nigeria.
Non-executive chairman Phuthuma Nhleko was named executive chairman of MTN for a period of up to six months after Sifiso Dabengwa stepped down as CEO with immediate effect on Monday. Read more
FG Earns N980.48 Billion in 3 Months
Nigeria earned a total sum of N980.48bn from taxes between July and September this, figures obtained from the Federal Inland Revenue Service have revealed.
The tax figures for the third quarter obtained by our correspondent on Friday in Abuja were prepared by the Planning, Reporting and Statistics Department of the FIRS. Read more
E-examination: NCC donates four CBT centres to JAMB
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced a donation of four Computer Based Tests centres to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The Acting Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, disclosed this when JAMB officials paid him a courtesy visit in his office. According to Danbatta, the donation was aimed at augmenting available facilities for smooth conduct of Computer Based Tests (CBT) by JAMB. Read more
I will be guided by constitution, electoral law – INEC chief
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Monday promised to be guided by the electoral act and the constitution in the discharge of his function.
Yakubu, who spoke shortly after his inauguration by President Muhammadu Buhari, said “I am not sure that is really difficult, simply because the constitution is very clear. Read more
DSS Siege: Dasuki Sues FG Over Alleged Threat to His Life, Freedom of Movement
The immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) has dragged the Federal Government to a Federal High Court (FHC) in Abuja seeking enforcement of his fundamental human rights to dignity and security of his life.
In the suit filed by his counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), on Monday, he is asking the court for a mandatory order compelling the Federal Government and its agents, especially the operatives of the Directorate of the State Security (DSS), to vacate his house located at 13, John Kadija Street, Asokoro with immediate effect. Read more
Adamawa Govt Removes State University’s Vice Chancellor
The Adamawa state government has announced the removal of the State University’s Vice Chancellor (VC), Professor Shall David Joshua, from office.
The removal was announced in Yola, through a press statement issued and signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Dr, Umar Buba Bindir, noting that the removal takes immediate effect. Read more
Delta Partners DFID To Boost Agricultural Sector
Delta State Government’s efforts towards reducing the number of unemployed Deltans through agriculture has received a boost with the Department For International Development (DFID) set to partner with the Delta State government in the areas of agricultural development.
Speaking Monday at a meeting he held with the officials of the DFID in Asaba, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, stated that the agricultural sector was a sure way of boosting the state’s internally generated revenue as well as create job opportunities for the teeming youths in the state. Read more
Delta Gas City Project Will See The Light Of The Day – Okowa
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has assured that with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) backing, the Gas City Project would see the light of the day.
The Governor who spoke when Elders and Leaders of Delta South Senatorial District paid him a solidarity cum thank you visit at the Government House, Asaba, he expressed joy that the Gas City project in the state was on-going. Read more
Customers Shun BDCs Over Use Of BVN For Forex
The Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) order, which made Bank Verification Number (BVN) a prerequisite for purchase of foreign exchange from Bureau De Change (BDC) has taken toll on the market, leaving operators with huge stock of unsold forex purchased from the official CBN window.
Despite assurances by the apex bank, the operators are blaming the BVN requirement as mainly responsible for their woes. Read more
How To Win Investors’ Confidence, By Okowa
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has said security of lives and property were key elements to win investors’ confidence.
The governor who spoke when Elders and Leaders of Delta South Senatorial District paid him a solidarity cum thank-you visit at the Government House, Asaba, expressed joy that the Gas City project in the state was on-going. Read more
Appeal Court Upholds PDP Federal Lawmaker’s Election
The Court of Appeal sitting in Akure has validated the decision of the Ondo State Election Petition Tribunal that upheld the election of a member of the House of Representatives from Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency, Prince Mike Omogbehin of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The action of the court, led by Justice Muheed Owoade, was sequel to the dismissal of an appeal filed by Mr. Victor Akinmoyero of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for his failure to tender credible documentary evidence to back his case. Read more
Shell partners with firm over ethanol cook stoves for Nigeria
Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) has signed an agreement with Project Gaia Prospects Limited for the conduct of a pilot study on the use of ethanol cook stoves in Nigeria,The Punch reports.
SNEPCo, in a statement on Sunday, said it would provide 2,500 clean cook stoves and 15,000 canisters for distribution to households in Lagos, while PGPL would ensure the supply of ethanol fuel blended with methanol during the one year study. Read more
NSCDC Prosecutes 8 Pipeline Vandals In Kaduna
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kaduna Command, says it is currently prosecuting eight suspected pipeline vandals in the state.
The command’s spokesperson, Mr Orndiir Tezungwe, disclosed this on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna. Read more
Nasarawa Police Arrest Evangelist Over Rape Of 13-years-old Girl
The Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested an evangelist alleged to have raped a 13-year-old girl in Marraraba, Karu Local Government area of the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Sani Mohammed, told newsmen on Monday in Lafia, that the suspect was invited to stay with the girl’s family in Marraraba, based on trust, but abused the privilege by forcefully having carnal knowledge of the minor. Read more
Jonathan to mediate in Zanzibar poll stalemate
The Commonwealth has appointed former President Goodluck Jonathan to lead the charge for the resolution of the political stalemate in the semi-independent island of Zanzibar.
Jonathan’s new appointment as Commonwealth Special representative is seen as an affirmation of the former President’s towering status as the moral face of democracy and transparent polling in Africa. Read more
Buhari congratulates world-conquering Eaglets
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday congratulated the Golden Eaglets for winning this year FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
The Eaglets on Monday morning defeated the Malian U-17 team 2-0 to win the cadet World Cup for the fifth time. Read more
LASG begins verification of driver’s license
Lagos State Government is set to commence the verification of licenses of all drivers and motorists in the state through law enforcement agents.
General Manager, Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA), Mr. Lateef Lawal, who disclosed this Monday at the Agency’s Headquarters in Ikeja, noted that “it has come to the notice of the State Government that some vehicle owners in the state are driving with fake drivers’ licence”. Read more
Pro-Biafran Agitators Shut Down Aba
Almost all socio-economic activities in Aba, commercial nerve centre of Abia State, were on Monday (9-11-2015) paralyzed following a massive protest mounted by agitators and members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB) and Indigenious People of Biafra (IPOB) Read more
High Court dismisses TB Joshua’s lawsuit against Lagos Coroner’s Court findings
Lawsuit filed by Televangelist and Founder of the Synagogue Church, T.B. Joshua and building engineers affiliated with his church, challenging the verdict of a Coroner’s court that found the church negligent in the fatal collapse of a guest house on its premises, was on Monday, clearing way for the trial of Mr. Joshua and the Synagogue church. Read more
TSA: CBN fines Skye Bank N4bn
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has imposed a fine of N4 billion on Skye Bank Plc for failing to render appropriate returns on accounts of some government institutions and agencies. This is contained in a statement by Skye Bank to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). Read more
Ronaldo film reveals Ferguson’s 50% promise
Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that a promise by former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson that he would play in 50 percent of the club’s games prompted him to move to Old Trafford in 2003. Read more
Ndigbo calls for unity to promote development in South-East
Members of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Niger have identified lack of unity as a major impediment to socio-political development of most of south eastern states.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Chairman of the association, Chief Emmanuel Ezeugo, in Abuja on Monday. Read more
Next Vienna talks must identify ‘terrorist groups’ in Syria: Iran
The next meeting in Vienna on the Syrian conflict must draw up a list of “terrorist groups”, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday.
“There are two important items on the agenda for the next meeting of Vienna,” Zarif told a news conference with his visiting Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders. Read more
Jordan policeman kills 2 US instructors, South African
Jordanian policeman Monday shot dead two US instructors and a South African before being gunned down at a police training centre east of the capital, a government spokesman said.
Mohammed Momani said the assailant, who was not identified, also wounded two other American instructors and four Jordanians before he was shot dead by police colleagues. Read more
Indonesia plans crocodile-guarded prison island for drug convicts
4Indonesia’s anti-drugs agency has proposed building a prison on an island guarded by crocodiles to hold death row drug convicts, an official said Monday, an idea that wouldn’t be out of place in a James Bond film. Read more