SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 23, 2017
End “Big Brother Naija now,” its immoral- Lagos lawmaker
A Lagos lawmaker, Mr Segun Olulade on Thursday advised the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on the negative implications of Big Brother Naija on the nation’s culture and youths. The Big Brother Naija is a Reality TV Show sponsored by PayPorte, an online shopping platform, and aired by Africa Magic on Dstv.
UNILORIN suspends 2 lecturers
The management and Governing Council of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) have suspended and issued suspension letters to two of its lecturers over alleged insubordination.
The affected lecturers, Kayode Afolayan and Dr. Solomon Oyelekan, who are the factional Chairman and Secretary of the University Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), were alleged of insubordination and causing disaffection within the university community. Read more
NDDC redeploys 11 directors in major shake-up
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has redeployed 11 directors to different offices and directorates to boost its performance in the development of the Niger Delta. The Managing Director of NDDC, Mr Nsima Ekere, said on Thursday in Port Harcourt that the decision to shake-up the NDDC was taken after the commission’s retreat in Port Harcourt. Read more
`Danfo’ ban will professionalise our job – BCAN
The Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria (BCAN) has said that the proposed ban of yellow buses (Danfos) by the Lagos State Government would assist in professionalising their jobs. The National President of the association, Mr Israel Adeshola, on Thursday in Lagos said that the development would have positive impacts on the conductors’ job in the state.
Teacher faces N500,000 exam fee fraud charge in Lagos
A 49-year-old secondary school teacher, Abayomi Abdul, who allegedly obtained N500,000 from 14 students under false pretences, was on Thursday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court. Abdul, who teaches at Mercy Secondary School, Lagos, resides at No. 16, Singer Road, Ota, Ogun. Read more
Court dismisses Metuh’s requests to summon Dasuki, travel to London
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday dismissed an application by the ex-National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, seeking to compel the detained former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, to appear in court as witness in defence of the ex-spokesperson for the PDP Read more
Why we can’t impeach Obiano, by Anambra Assembly
Members of the Anambra State House of Assembly yesterday declared that they will not impeach governor Willie Obiano based on petition from a non-law maker and an opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party in the state. The factional state chairman of the PDP, chief Ken Emeakaye in a press conference at Ban Hill hotel in Awka Sunday called on the lawmakers to impeach the governor for allegedly proceeding on vacation for 30 days without remitting a letter to the House of Assembly, Read more
Okowa reshuffles cabinet
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has announced a minor cabinet reshuffle involving three commissioners.
A statement issued, in Asaba, on Thursday, by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu. said the changes were meant to fully realise the administration’s SMART Agenda. The statement said Chief Dan Okenyi of the Ministry of Lands and Survey takes over from Mr. Ernest Ogwezzy of the Directorate of Arts, Culture. Read more
Army arrests, parades 2 Boko Haram members, 15 others in Kogi
The Nigerian Army, yesterday in Lokoja, paraded 17 criminals, including two kingpins of the Boko Haram sect. Apart from the members of the Boko Haram, those arrested and paraded also include the hoodlums that attacked a police station in Eika, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State, where two police officers were killed about three weeks ago. Read more
How slain Al Qaeda leader mentored Abdulmutallab into becoming suicide bomber
The New York Times, through a Freedom of Information Act request, has obtained documents containing detailed accounts of how slain Al Qaeda leader, Anwar al-Awlaki, mentored a Nigerian, Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to explode a bomb hidden in his underpants, on a flight from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Detroit, United States, on Christmas Day in 2009. Read more
20% of the elderly are abused daily in Nigeria, says U3A
Executive Director and Founder of University of the Third Age Nigeria (U3A), Ibadan, Dr. Charles Afolabi, says over 20 per cent of the nation’s elderly are abused daily.
Apart from being abused, the vulnerable group also undergoes deprivations and denial of their fundamental human rights, he said in an interview, on Wednesday.
The virtual University of the Third Age is an international movement with the education and stimulation of mainly retired members (those in their third ‘age’ of life) as its aim. Read more
We won’t associate with Makarfi, Sheriff factions — Jigawa PDP
The Jigawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it would not identify with neither the party’s Sen. Ahmed Makarfi faction nor Sen. Ali Modu-Sheriff faction.
The state`s PDP Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Aminu Jahun, said in Dutse, on Thursday, that the state would not support any division of the party in the state or at the national level. Read more
North Korean state media: China dancing to U.S. tune
North Korea’s state-run news agency issued a tough critique of China on Thursday, suggesting Beijing’s criticism of the North’s recent missile test and suspension of imports of North Korean coal are tantamount to the actions of an enemy state “dancing to the tune of the U.S.”
The article took a tone normally reserved for North Korea’s overt enemies — Washington, Tokyo and Seoul. Read more
Donald Trump’s love for the Royal Family may see the United States join the Commonwealth as an ‘associate member’
The Royal Commonwealth Society is making plans to open a branch in the United States, with a view to one day bringing America into the fold as an “associate member”.
The project, which is said to be backed by the Queen, has come about in part as a result of Donald Trump’s fondness for Britain and the Royal Family. Read more
Russian company discovers huge oil reserve in Iraq
A large oil reserve has been discovered in the Iraqi province of Basra, a Russian company has revealed.
In a statement, Russia’a Lukoil said the well recorded daily flow rates of more than 1,000 cubic metres of oil from the Mishrif horizon. The Iraqi Oil Ministry said the new figure will added to the 10 billion barrel oil reserves the country already has. Read more