Sabinews Morning News Update for October 8, 2015
Lawyers reject immunity for Saraki, others
The proposed immunity clause for the leadership of the Legislative arm of government has been described as a free license to corruption by a civil society organisation and some lawyers in the country.
The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Leo Ogor, had recently disclosed proposed constitutional amendment such that the Senate President and his deputy, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and his deputy, as well as the Chief Justice of Nigeria would enjoy immunity from criminal trial. Read more
Senate receives 10 petitions against Amaechi, others
No fewer than 10 individuals and groups had presented various petitions to the Senate through its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Petitions against the 21 ministerial nominees presented for screening by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Investigations by one of our correspondents on Wednesday revealed that apart from the petition against the former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, which was submitted to the Senate in plenary, other Nigerians had forwarded no fewer than nine others to the committee. Read more
‘I paid ransom for mother’s release’
Former Sokoto State governorship candidate of the defunct All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) in the 2011 general elections, Alhaji Yusha’u Ahmed Kebbe, yesterday said he paid ransom for the release of his abducted 75-year-old mother, Hajiya Fatima Mohammed.
But Kebbe did not disclose the amount he paid for his mother’s release yesterday. Read more
Ambode seeks closer ties between Nigeria, France
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State says Nigeria and France must form a closer tie for mutual economic benefit.
He spoke during the visit of members of the Movement of the Enterprises of France, led by its Chairman, Perre Gattaz, to the Lagos House, Ikeja. Read more
DNA repairs’ discoverers win Nobel prize in Chemistry
The 2015 Nobel prize in Chemistry has been awarded to the discoverers of DNA repairs.
Tomas Lindahl and Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar were named as the winners yesterday morning at a news conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Read more
Trucks lay siege to Lagos
Motorists groaned yesterday as the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway was locked down in traffic for nine hours after two tankers and a trailer collided at Ilasamaja bus stop.
The gridlock stretched from Ilasamaja to Mile 2, a distance of about nine kilometers. Read more
Man, 35, Arraigned For Abandoning Wife At Hospital
An Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, yesterday, granted bail to one Idowu Mutairu, 35, after he pleaded not guilty to abandoning his pregnant wife in hospital.
The accused, a contractor living at No 2, Odugbemi St. Oworonshoki in Lagos, is standing trial on a three-count charge of failure to supply necessaries, desertion of a pregnant woman and child. Read more
Ondo pensioners threaten showdown
Retired civil servants in Ondo State under the aegis of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) have given a four-day ultimatum to the government to pay their outstanding arrears.
The senior citizens said the government owes retirees N15 billion besides their monthly gratuities. Read more
Rapists to face 14 years jail term in Kano, says Govt
Kano State government has raised the bar from two to a minimum of 14 years jail term for convicted rapist in the state to check rising cases of rape.
The State Solicitor-General, Mukthar Sani Daneji, who disclosed this yesterday, said the punishment would come with option of fine for culprits. Read more
Mother, daughter arrested for ‘child trafficking’
The police in Abia State have arrested a mother and her 19-year-old daughter for suspected child trafficking.
A statement by the police spokesman Ezekiel Onyeke, said the duo was arrested following a tip off. Read more
Police nab suspected fakers of vehicle, drivers’ licences in Aba
The Ohuru Isimiri Police Division in Aba, Abia state has arrested a syndicate who specialises in faking vehicle and drivers’ licence in the city.
The suspects; Daniel Lisaa, a computer analyst and Larry Ilas, who claimed to be a computer engineering National Diploma student of Ibadan Polytechnic Oyo State, hail from Shagamu and Ewekoro areas of Ogun state, respectively. Read more
‘Africa faces challenge of sustaining growth in weak global economy’
The World Bank Group has predicted that growth will slow in 2015 to 3.7 percent from 4.6 percent in 2014, reaching the lowest growth rate since 2009, according to new World Bank projections.
In a statement, the World Bank said that Sub-Saharan Africa countries are continuing to grow, albeit at a slower pace, due to challenging economic environment
The latest figures are outlined in the World Bank’s new Africa’s Pulse, the twice-yearly analysis of economic trends and the latest data on the continent. Read more
Egbin Power Promises Transformation, Expansion Programme
The Chairman of Board of Egbin Power Plc, Mr. Kola Adesina, has restated the commitment of the board to the transformation and expansion programme on the plant to accelerate the nation’s drive towards sustainable power supply.
Adesina said in a statement last night that the company was on the verge of returning the power station to its installed capacity of 1, 320 megawatts and also to commence plans to double Egbin’s generation capacity. Read more
Labour issues 2-week ultimatum to Egbin Power plant
Organised labour yesterday issued a two-week ultimatum to the management of Egbin Power Plant to pay compensation to workers at its Ijede, Ikorodu, Lagos station, whose property were allegedly lost or destroyed during forceful evacuation by the company last week.
On the platform of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Labour demanded that the company must, within the time frame, effect necessary repairs on damaged areas in the staff quarters, or it would stop the evacuation of power from Egbin station. Read more
Ikeja Disco to challenge N131.4m NERC fine
The management of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) has said that the company would soon respond to the N131.4 million fine imposed on it by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) .
Its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Abiodun Ajifowobaje, stated this at a media briefing on its advanced metering scheme and commencement of Consumer Enumeration, Technical Audit and Asset Mapping (CETAAM) held in Lagos Monday. Read more
NFF hails team spirit as Eagles set to tame Leopards
NFF President Amaju Pinnick on Wednes-day hailed the spirit in the camp of the Super Eagles in Belgium, as Nigeria’s senior boys banished memories of a brief misunderstanding that reared its head on Tuesday night.
“I’m happy there is absolute peace in the camp and the players and coaches are thinking of nothing other than the two matches against DR Congo and Cameroon. Read more
FIFA suspends Blatter
FIFA president, Sepp Blatter has been provisionally suspended for 90 days.
Members of Fifa’s ethics committee met this week after the Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings against Blatter, 79, last month. Read more
Madu, Ndidi get late Eagles call-ups
Nigeria head coach, Sunday Oliseh, has handed out late call-ups to Wilfried Ndidi and Kingsley Madu for the international friendlies with DR Congo and Cameroon.
The Super Eagles only have 16 players in camp because of the inability of six home-based players to fly out from Nigeria to join the rest of the squad in Belgium. Read more
Libyan officials don’t agree on national unity government
Libyan lawmakers have not yet reached agreement on a national unity government that is meant to stitch the oil-rich but chaotic north African country back together, a U.N. envoy said.
Bernardino Leon had said that the United Nations hoped to announce the unity government on Wednesday. Read more
Ugandan President Declines N.Korean Prize
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni declined a North Korean award last year, Radio Free Asia said Wednesday.
The North in October last year chose Museveni as the winner of the international Kim Il-sung award for having achieved peace and prosperity in Africa. However, the Ugandan government turned down the award a month later, RFA reported. Read more
EU expresses support to Sudan in its fight against human trafficking
The Sudanese minister of Interior General Esmat Abdel-Rahman discussed with European Union (EU) ambassador in Khartoum on Wednesday Tomas Ulicny the country’s efforts in combating human trafficking and illegal immigration.
The envoy affirmed EU’s full support of Sudan in its efforts which comes ahead of the EU-Africa Summit on Migration that will take place in Malta next month. Read more
Merkel says still against Turkey joining the EU
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Turkey’s help was needed to stem the flow of refugees to Europe but that this hadn’t changed her view that Ankara should not become a member of the European Union.
“I have always been against EU membership, President (Tayyip) Erdogan knows this, and I still am,” Merkel told a talk show on German public broadcaster ARD. Read more
Journalist found guilty for aiding computer hackers
A California jury found journalist Matthew Keys guilty on three criminal counts related to helping members of the Anonymous hacking collective gain access to a former employer’s computers, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday.
Keys, 28, was indicted in 2013 for conspiracy to cause damage to a protected computer and two other counts, after being accused of giving hackers access to Tribune Co. computer systems in December 2010. Keys had just left a job at a Tribune-owned television station in Sacramento, Calif., following a dispute with a supervisor. Read more
Greece: Premier Alex Tsipras Wins Confidence Vote
Just over two weeks after his re-election, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his new coalition government won a confidence vote early Thursday, bolstering his efforts to enforce the country’s third bailout while he seeks to revive the economy. As expected, all 155 lawmakers in the governing coalition in the 300-member Parliament backed Mr. Tsipras. The vote followed three days of debate on the new government’s policy program, a standard procedure after general elections in Greece. Read more
Yemen Airstrike Said to Kill 23 at a Wedding
Airstrikes by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia hit a house south of the capital on Wednesday, killing at least 23 people who were attending a wedding party, said witnesses and a local medical worker.
The attack was the second airstrike on a wedding in Yemen in a little over a week, and it added to growing criticism over the coalition’s air campaign, which has killed more than 1,100 civilians over the past six months, according to the United Nations. Read more
China to spend $1.5 billion to subsidise hospital reform in 2016
China will spend 9.8 billion yuan ($1.54 billion) to subsidise public hospital reform next year, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement on Thursday, as the country looks to overhaul its creaking national healthcare system.
China’s government, which has been struggling with overcrowded city hospitals, simmering tension between patients and doctors, and widespread bribery in the sector, will spend 11.1 billion yuan to subsidise the reform process in 2015. Read more
Mexican soldiers should be questioned by expert panel – U.N. official
Mexican authorities should allow international investigators to interview soldiers who may have witnessed the abduction and apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers last year, a top United Nations official said on Wednesday.
The disappearance of the students in the southern town of Iguala and subsequent investigation into the attack has drawn sharp criticism of the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto for its inability to solve the case. Read more
Hillary Clinton plans sweeping reforms to curb the ‘abuses of Wall Street’
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is planning sweeping reforms to curb the “abuses of Wall Street”, proposing everything from raising the fines that can be levied by regulators to requiring executives to bear some of those costs.
The outline of Clinton’s plan also includes strengthening the “Volcker rule” on risky trading in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act and imposing a new tax on high-frequency trading. Read more