Sabinews Evening News Update for Sepember 7, 2015
Kuku denies Frozen Account
The former Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Committee, Kingsley Kuku on Monday said the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has not frozen any of his bank accounts.
The clarification of Kuku was contained in a statement by his Media Aide, Yemi Akintomide, describing the report that his account was frozen as falsehood, untrue and politically motivated to tarnish his image and smear his hard-earned reputation.
Kuku said that the account which was referred to in the report belonged to the charity organisation named after his mother, Mrs Keketobou Kuku which was formed to meet the immediate needs of widows, orphans and downtrodden in his Ijaw speaking communities of Ese-Odo local government of Ondo state. Read more
FG Immunises 37 Million Nigerian Children
The Federal Government is immunizing 37 million under -5-years old Nigerian children for the 2015 September round of sub – National Immunization Days – SIPDs.
A press statement from the Primary Health Care Development Agency’s spokesman, Alhaji Saadu Salahu, last night said the exercise, which is taking place in 13 states in the northern part of the country began yesterday September 5 and ends on Tuesday September 8th, 2015. Read more
Terrorism: Abubakar Charges NAF to Remain Resolute in Fight Against Boko Haram
As time ticks away on the three-month presidential directive given to the Nigerian military to terminate the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in the North-eastern part of the country, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has promised to remain resolute in the fight for the unity and sovereignty of the country.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar gave this charge yesterday in Abuja at the decoration ceremony of the newly promoted Air Warrant Officers (AWO). Read more
The New National Carrier
Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Federal Ministry of Aviation to expedite action on the establishment of a new national airline for the country. The president gave this directive while receiving briefings from the officials of the Ministry, led by the Permanent Secretary, Binta Bello, at the presidential villa. This is indeed a welcome development to the extent that it is obviously an embarrassment that Nigeria, peddled as the giant of Africa with the largest economy on the African continent does not have a national carrier. Read more
Clinix Opens Second Mega Diagnostic Centre in Lagos
Clinix Healthcare, a medical diagnostic institution that started in Kenya, has opened a second mega health centre in Lagos, which the owners said is designed to provide high quality but affordable medical health services to Nigerians.
This is as those behind the Nigerian centre have unveiled plans to establish at least one ultra-modern diagnostic centre in each state of the federation, with the proviso of having more than one in a state where necessary. Read more
CNS Unveils Strategic Plan to Ensure Effectiveness, Maritime Safety
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, in one of his first major policy and administrative decision, has unveiled Navy Strategic Directive 2015-1, aimed at providing adequate security in the maritime sector, ensure effective monitoring of the nation’s waterways and sustain its effort to maintain credible presence at sea.
Ibas disclosed this Monday at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja, where he stressed that the consultations and interactions he had with the Principal Staff Officers, Flag Officers Commanding, Commands of Autonomous Units, and all strata of the Navy, coupled with various briefs formed the foundation upon which the strategic Directive 2015-1 was based. Read more
World loses forests size of South Africa in 25 years, says FAO
The world lost forests the size of South Africa over the past 25 years, a decline of more than three per cent, a report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Monday.
FAO said the world has just under four billion hectares of forests in 2015 from 4.1 billion in 1990. The biggest forest area loss occurred in the tropics, particularly in South America and Africa, although the rate of loss in those areas has decreased substantially in the past five years, FAO said. Read more
IG promises security for luxury bus operators, travellers
The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has promised maximum security for luxury bus operators and travellers across the country.
Speaking when Luxurious Bus Owners Association visited him at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Monday, the IG said the problem of armed robbery along the highways would be tackled head-long. A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole said Arase further expressed police commitment to tackling all forms of criminality in the country through intelligence-led policing. Read more
Businessman Docked Over Alleged Theft Of Goods Worth N50m
A 24-year-old businessman, Edafe Daniel, was on Monday arraigned in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, for allegedly stealing shipping documents and clearing goods valued at N50 million.
Daniel, whose address is unknown, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor, Insp. Benson Emuerhi told the court that the offences were committed on April 3, at 10. 50 a.m. at Apapa Wharf, Lagos. According to Emuerhi, the accused conspired with others still at large, to steal a bill of lading marked NYKS2310982540, belonging to one Mr Chima Orazurume. Read more
Group wants FG to probe alleged Centenary City project scam
The Nigerian Unemployed Youth Vanguard (NUYV), an NGO, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the alleged fraud perpetrated in the multi billion naira Centenary City project in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement jointly issued on Friday in Abuja by Mr Solomon Adodo, national coordinator and Mr Suleiman Musa, national secretary of the NGO. The group said there was some element of truth in the allegation raised by Sen. Cairo Ojougboh the PDP National Vice Chairman for South-South on the project. Read more
Sahara Group to dual list on Nigerian, London stock exchanges
Indigenous energy consortium, Sahara Group – which trades crude oil and owns Nigeria’s biggest power plant – has said that it plans to raise as much as $1.4 billion through a dual listing of its oil and gas unit in London and Lagos along with a debut dollar bond sale, Bloomberg reports.
Its Executive Director Tonye Cole said the company wants the money to buy oil blocs in Africa’s largest producer as it seeks to ramp up production five-fold to 60,000 barrels a day. Sahara is seeking as much as $600 million in the initial public offering, which may take place within a year, and $800 million through a seven-year bond that should be issued by the end of October, he added. Read more
‘Kano Has Not Recorded Any Polio Case in 13 Months’
The Kano State government yesterday said it has not recorded any polio case in the past 13 months, contrary to a report that three cases were discovered in one of its local governments.
Acting Director of Public Health and Disease Control at the state Ministry of Health, Dr. Tijjani Ussaini, said the report which was aired by a local radio station was false. Dr. Ussaini said they have not recorded a single polio case, and that the last immunization exercise was successful. Read more
INEC Fixes Deadline for Transfer Of Voters In Kogi, Bayelsa
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the transfer of voters in Kogi state will end on 6th October 2015 while that of Bayelsa state is to end on 20th October 2015.
This is in line with the commission’s directive that all transfers of voters should be concluded forty five (45) days ahead of the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections scheduled for Saturday 21st November and Saturday 5th December 2015. Read more
ICC queries S’Africa on failure to arrest Sudanese President
Judges at the International Criminal Court, The Hague, have asked South African authorities to explain why they failed to arrest Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, in June when he attended a conference in the former apartheid enclave.
The ICC asked South African authorities to submit by October 5 the reasons for “their failure to arrest and surrender Omar al-Bashir”. The tribunal said it had to give full explanation on how al-Bashir was able to leave an AU Union summit in South Africa and fly home. Read more
30 Women Sentenced To 6 Weeks Imprisonment For Prostitution
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday sentenced 30 women to six weeks imprisonment for prostitution.
Those sentenced are Funmi Olayemi, Damilola Ibrahim, Blessing Emmanuel, Grace Nwaokoro, Anu Titus, Princess Osu, Cynthian Ozumba, Chindima Eke. Others include Blessing Winwah, Rebecca James, Gift James, Bukola Taiwo, Patience Amos, Oyinda Adesewa, Funmilayo Ajayi, Modinat Bello, Damilola Abiodun, Saki Godwin. Read more
Herdsmen need to embrace education – Association
The Chairman of Hausa/Fulani socio-cultural group, Alhaji Muhammad Koli, on Sunday in Abuja called on Fulani herdsmen to embrace education for them to be able to read and write.
Koli gave the charge when he and 26 others were sworn-in as the new executives to run the affairs of the group for a four-year single term.
According to him, education would not only empower them to read and write but participate in the socio-economic activities of the nation. He noted that it was extremely becoming hard to secure white collar jobs even with paper qualification, “but Fulani with their business can also excel when they combine it with formal education”. Read more
Why civil service is declining – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday gave reasons why the Nigeria’s civil service has been declining over the years.
He blamed it on inability of successive administrations to clearly articulate a vision and develop the required capacity to implement various components of the vision.
Buhari was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the launching of a capacity building programmes for public servants, Structured Mandatory Assessment-based Training Programme (SMAT-P) and Leadership Enhancement And Development Programme (LEAD-P) at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Arik Air Denies Owing Pilots’ Salaries Amid Flight Delays
Scores of Arik Air passengers continued to wait for hours at the departures lounge of the Lagos airport, Monday, with the airline failing to issue a reason for the delays.
A passenger on a 7 a.m. Lagos-Port Harcourt flight said no official of the airline told them the reason for the delays after four hours. Read more
NNPC Now Supplies 876mscuf of Gas Per Day to Power Generators
A preliminary report on recent activities at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Group Managing Director (GMDz) of NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has shown that the corporation now supplies up to 876 million standard cubic feet (mscuf) of gas per day to the country’s power sector.
The submission of the report which disclosed that efforts at repositioning the NNPC have started yielding result on the nation’s economy was confirmed in a statement by president’s media aide, Mr. Garba Shehu. Read more
Obasanjo rues youths’ ‘risky voyage’ to Europe
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday expressed sadness at African youths’ desperation to get to Europe even at the expense of their lives.
The ex-president also berated the European nations and their leaders for not doing anything to help the migrants that had reached the continent. Obasanjo, in a statement he issued in Abeokuta, Ogun State, urged the international community to rise up and find solution to the growing wave of African children leaving their continent for Europe to meet “uncertain future.” Read more
Sokoto Outlaws Felling of Trees, to Provide Energy-saving Stoves
In a bid to curb desert encroachment and land degradation, Sokoto State Government has banned the practice of felling trees which some use as firewood for domestic purposes.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this Monday, at the flag-off of this year’s tree planting campaign which held at Kawadata, Goronyo LGA of the state.
According to him, to mitigate the effect of the new policy on rural dwellers, government will provide modern stoves while encouraging residents to explore other sources of energy like coal. Tambuwal also urged residents to cultivate planting of cash trees like gum Arabic and date palm which he said will not only help in preserving the environment, but will alleviate poverty and tackle unemployment. Read more
International search for plane missing off Senegal
An air and sea search involving four countries continued Monday for a medical evacuation plane carrying seven people that is believed to have gone down off the coast of Senegal at the weekend.
Several aircraft and a naval ship were scouring “the estimated impact point”, 111 kilometres (60 nautical miles) west of Dakar, ANACIM, Senegal’s civil aviation authority, said in a statement.
They included French, Spanish and Portuguese planes, a French diplomat in Dakar told AFP. Read more
Mystery solved in identical twins rape case
It was a mystery worthy of crime series CSI: a series of rapes in France tracked back to identical twins with matching DNA, both of them jailed.
But the puzzle was solved Monday as one of the twins, Yoan Gomis, confessed in court to the sexual assaults after some victims identified him through the fact that he is partially deaf and stutters.
After a series of three rapes, three attempted rapes and a sexual assault in the southern city of Marseille between September 2012 and February 2013, police discovered matching DNA in five of the cases. Read more
New Zone 2 AIG, Hassan assumes duty in Lagos
Mr Bala Hassan, the new Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 2 Command comprising Lagos and Ogun, on Monday assumed duty with a promise to reduce the crime in the zone.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the AIG was received on arrival at the Zone 2 headquarters, Onikan, Lagos by the Commissioners of Police from Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni and his Ogun counterpart, Mr Muhammed Ali. Read more
Libya rescues 121 migrants adrift at sea
Libya’s coastguard said it rescued more than 100 migrants Monday after the engine on their rubber dinghy broke down as they tried to reach Europe across the Mediterranean.
“We rescued 121 migrants on a rubber boat which broke down” off the town of Qarabulli, 60 kilometres (35 miles) east of Tripoli, Lieutenant Mohammed Dandi, a coastguard commander, told AFP. Read more