Jonathan signs violence against persons, immigration bills *Stakeholders meet Senate, begin fuel lifting today


sabinews evening news update for May 25, 2015

Jonathan signs violence against persons, immigration bills

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday signed two bills, earlier passed by the National Assembly, into law.

The bills, which have now become Acts, are the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 and the Immigration Act 2015.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, confirmed the development to State House correspondents.  Read more

Stakeholders meet Senate, begin fuel lifting today

Stakeholders in the petroleum sector, at a public hearing organised by the Joint Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources(Upstream and Downstream), on Monday resolved to mobilise their members for the immediate distribution of fuel across the country.

Senator Magnus Abe,  who read a communique signed by the stakeholders after the session,  explained that the  Finance Minister/Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and other stakeholders, who attended the meeting, unanimously agreed to the peace deal, in the interest of the nation. Read more

Killed Boko Haram commander carrying foreign currency – DHQ

Troops of the Nigerian Army have found a large amount of Euro on a terrorist commander, who was killed during an encounter with the insurgents at Mafa, near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.

The Director, Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, said in a statement on Monday, that the Boko Haram Commander was killed when the Special Forces repelled an attack by the insurgents on Mafa on Saturday. Read more

APC blames razed market on Fayose’s curfew

The All Progressives Congress  in Ekiti State has challenged Governor Ayodele Fayose to explain‎ how hoodlums could break the security checkpoints in Ado-Ekiti to burn down Oja Oba, the largest market in the town, the night he imposed a curfew.

The party wondered why the arson took place despite the presence of hundreds of security agents deployed in the state capital to maintain vigil to ward off criminal activities. Read more

Sylva planned Buhari’s stoning in 2011 – Ex-aide

Former Special Adviser to erstwhile Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, Chief Richard Kpodo, has accused his former principal of sponsoring the stoning of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, in 2011.

Youths had hauled stones at Buhari at the Amarata field in Yenagoa, the state capital, when he (Buhari) came for the 2011 presidential campaign on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change. Read more

We’re ready for questioning, Sambo tells Buhari’s committee

Vice President Namadi Sambo on Monday told members of the Transition Committee set up by the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, that he and ministers that served under President Goodluck Jonathan are open to questioning.

He said members of the Federal Executive Council were ready to respond to queries and questions that might be directed at them on how they had administered the country between 2011 and 2015.  Read more

Crisis brews in Ikere Ekiti over kingship selection

Tension is now brewing in Ikere Ekiti, the second most populous town in Ekiti, following alleged imposition of one Jimi Adu as the Ogoga-elect. A Regent had been appointed after the demise of Ogoga, Oba Adegoke Adegboye, on August 22, 2014.

Adegboye, from Akayejo dynasty, one of the three ruling houses in the town, died after a brief illness at age 85. Read more

I didn’t join APC for appointment – Oke

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Chief Olusola Oke, has said contrary to speculations in some quarters that he defected to the APC to be able to get an appointment from the incoming administration, his priority for joining the party was to help build the party in the state.

Oke, a former National Legal Adviser of the PDP and the party’s candidate in the 2012 governorship election in the state, had on April 8, 2015 dumped the PDP for the APC. Read more

Kashamu’s supporters protest in court

The premises of the Lagos Division of the Federal High on Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, was on Monday flooded with loyalists to the Senator-elect for Ogun East Senatorial District,  Mr. Buruji Kashamu, in anticipation of his appearance in court.

The loyalists carried placards with several inscriptions such as: ‘We want Kashamu here in Nigeria;’ ‘Don’t steal our joy from us;’ ‘Don’t take Kashamu away from his people;’ ‘Kashamu is not a drug baron;’ ‘US, mind your business;’ ‘We want due process of law;’ ‘Obj leave Kashamu alone,’ and so on.  Read more

NEMA to feed 2,000 in Ekiti camp

The National Emergency Management Agency has moved to the rehabilitation camp in “Shasha,” Ekiti State, to start feeding over 2,000 internally displaced persons, predominantly Hausa-Fulanis.

The people were relocated to the neutral ground along Ado Ekiti-Ikere, Ekiti road as the fight between them and commercial drivers, which ignited on Wednesday, got worse. Read more

Rivers APC hails outcome of LG poll

The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, Mr Chris Finebone, said on Monday that the party is satisfied with the outcome of council polls held in the state on Saturday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the APC won the 22 chairmanship seats, 297 of the 302 wards in the council election held on May 23.

The remaining wards were won by ADC in Etche ward 3, PPA in Ahoada West Ward 2, while SDP won in Ahoada East ward 4. Read more

Abia’ll pay workers 24th of every month – Ikpeazu

Respite appears underway for civil servants in Abia State as the Governor-elect, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has said his coming on board would mark an end to the era of salary arrears  in the state, assuring  that under his watch, Abia workers will earn their salaries on the 24th of every month.

He, however, added that he would carry out workers’ audit to verify the actual population of Abia workers, arguing that it is not logical to spend a whopping N2.5 billion of the state’s paltry N3 billion monthly allocation  on civil servants that are less than 15,000 while nothing is left to cater for other citizens of the state. Read more

12 farmers get N13m bailout in Imo

AS part of its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the Addax Petroleum Development (Nigeria) Limited has distributed farming implements to 12 farmers in the 21autonomous communities in Izombe, Oguta Local Council of Imo State.

Oguta is the operational base of the company. The farmers were given a tractor, accessories and tools worth N13 million. Read more

Business community accuses Enugu Electricity Distribution Company of bloated bills

Members of the Allied Business Community, Nsukka has accused the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) of imposing over-bloated electricity bill on them.

The organisation, in a protest letter to the EEDC management, which was made available to journalists yesterday, accused the power company of deliberately perpetuating exorbitant bills by refusing to supply pre-paid metres.  Read more

Oyo, Chinese firm sign MoU on construction of light rail

The Oyo State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese firm, CCECC for the construction of a light rail transport system covering about 24 kilometres within Ibadan, the state capital.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, which took place at the ExecutiveCouncil Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Ibadan at the weekend,Governor Abiola Ajimobi described the development as another milestone in his administration’s quest to modernize major cities in the state. Read more

APC, SDP disagree on call for Aregbesola’s resignation

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Osun state yesterday disagreed over calls on the state governor; Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to resign over unpaid salary arrears owed workers in the state

The SDP who had called for Aregbesola’s resignation said the call became imperative based on the current dismal position of the state economy, education, health and public infrastructures and the inability of his administration to meet several financial obligations of government.  Read more

ADC rejects sack of Plateau exco members

AFRICAN Democratic Congress (ADC) has rejected the dissolution of the steering committee and suspension of some of its members in Plateau State.

The ADC in a letter signed by the National Secretary Alhaji Sa’id Baba Abdullahi, addressed to the State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), he said the NWC has “ordered all positions within the party to be reverted to its initial positions.” Read more

Kwara House passes environmental sanitation bill into law

A bill for a law to amend the Environmental Sanitation Law Cap E4 of the Kwara State and for related matters has been passed into law by the State House of Assembly.

This followed the adoption at the State House of Assembly Ilorin of the Report of the House Committee on Energy, Works and Transport presented by its Chairman and Member representing Omupo Constituency Hon. Mashood Bakare to the House. Read more

Fashola urges corps members to be agents of change

Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Monday urged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members to be agents of change during their one-year service to their fatherland.

The governor said this at the closing ceremony of the 2015 Batch ‘A’ orientation course for 2300 corps members in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos.
Fashola, represented by the Director, General Services Department, Ministry of Special Duties, Mr Joseph Abolude, charged the corps members to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of the state. Read more

Boko Haram attacks Adamawa, military jets pound rebel positions

Boko Haram fighters hacked to death 10 people in remote northeast Nigeria, a local government official said on Monday, as the military claimed to have thwarted a fresh attack.

The attack happened early on Friday in the village of Pambula-Kwamda, the local government chairman of Madagali in the north of Adamawa state told AFP. Read more

Police arrest 6 suspects over stabbing of 2 pupils in Kano

The police in Kano State have arrested six suspects in connection with the stabbing of two pupils of Fagge Special Primary school in Kano on Wednesday.

The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Magaji Majiya disclosed this in Kano on Monday while briefing newsmen on its activities. Read more

Ondo NURTW members in protest over fuel scarcity

MEMBERS of the National Union of Road Transport ‎Workers NURTW in Ondo state Monday protested the scarcity of petrol and the hike in the pump price by Petrol dealers across the state.

As at Monday petrol was sold for between N200 and N300 per litre.

As early as 8am, the taxi drivers mobilized themselves and protested ‎in Akure, the state capital. Read more

EFCC Closes Prosecution Of Oil Marketer Charged With N963.7m Fuel Subsidy Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday closed the prosecution of its case against an oil marketer, Rowaye Jubril, accused of N963.7 million fuel subsidy fraud.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Jubril is standing trial alongside his company—Brila Energy Ltd., before Justice Lateefa Okunnu of an Ikeja High Court.   Read more

Man, 33, Charged With Alleged Murder

A 33-year-old driver, Tunde Azeez, who was charged with stabbing another to death using a broken bottle to death, on Monday appeared before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The accused, whose address was not disclosed in court, is facing trial on a charge of conspiracy-to-murder of one Lukmon Ayedun.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Victor Eruada, had told the court that the accused committed the offence on May 3, at about 8.42 p.m., at Alakoso Road, Amuwo Odofin, a suburb of Lagos state.  Read more

Adesina Rounds Off AfDB Presidency Campaign

All the eight candidates contesting the presidency of the African Development bank (AfDB), rounded off their campaign at the weekend and await declaration of the winner later this week.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the declaration of a new president will be made on May 28, during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the bank in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.  Read more

Gunmen Kidnap Kogi High Court Judge, Kills Orderly

Gunmen on Monday kidnapped a Kogi High Court Judge, Mr Justice Samuel Obayomi, and killed his orderly, Cpl. Usman Musa in an early morning attack.

Obayomi of the Ebogogo High Court in the Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi was kidnapped while on his way to work. Read more

Man, 19, Faces N1.3m Alleged Theft

A 19-year-old man, Ibrahim Wasiu, who allegedly attacked and robbed a motorist in traffic of N1.3 million and other valuables, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The accused, whose address was not disclosed in court, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and robbery. The prosecutor, ASP Eranus Nnamonu, told the court that the offences were committed on March 4 at 9 p.m., along the Ojo Expressway, Lagos.  Read more

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