SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR MAY 18, 2017
Court sets date for Ifeanyi Ubah’s right application ruling
A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed May 25 to rule on whether it has jurisdiction in hearing the suit involving the Chairman, Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Ifeanyi Ubah, and the State Security Service alongside others.
Justice Idris Mohammed adjourned the matter after hearing counter affidavits filed by counsel to the 4th and 5th respondents, Peter Okeremodu, and applications from counsel to the 7th and 8th respondents, Kabiru Turaki. Read more
EU bars Med-View airlines from its airspace over safety concerns
The European Commission has barred Nigerian airline, Med-View Airlines from operating within its airspace over safety reasons.
The airline was one of those under the EU Air Safety List Annex A which includes all airlines banned from operating in Europe. Read more
Kano state govt spends over N200m to train mechanics, panel beaters
The Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje yesterday the state government has spent over N200 million to train over two hundred indigenes of the state to acquire skills as Mechanics, Panel Beaters and welders at the Peugeot Automobile or Nigeria Training Centre. Read more
Govt killing our businesses with taxes – Abuja hoteliers
The Hotel Owners Forum in Abuja has said that consistent multiple taxations on hotels in the Federal Capital Territory could force them out of business.
The President of HOFA, Dr Chike Ezeudeh, on Thursday in Abuja said, “It is not easy when you have a business and you are confronted with over 25 different taxes to pay, with some of them as high as N500,000. Read more
NSCDC Nabs Candidate With Gun At JAMB Centre In Nasarawa State
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Nasarawa State has arrested a 21-year-old suspected candidate for being in possession of firearms in one of the centres of the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in the state.
Mr Bashir Lawal-Kano, the state commandant of the NSCDC, told newsmen in Lafia on Thursday that the suspect was arrested at the Nasarawa State Polytechnic centre during a search at the entrance to the hall. Read more
Kaduna Govt at war with banks over fees
The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KDIRS) has threatened to seal all banks operating in the state which failed to pay its communication mast and Signage fees as required by law. Legal Adviser to KDIRS Francis Kozah in Kaduna on Thursday said that the defaulting banks were given two weeks to pay or be sealed. Kozah explained that the Kaduna State Tax Codification and Consolidation Law 2016 provided that all bank branches operating in the state with communication mast and synergy were to pay certain fees. Read more
FG approves 12 intervention vessels, 3 helicopters for NIMASA
Federal government has approved the procurement of 12 intervention vessels and 3 helicopters for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to fight piracy and other illegal activities on the country’s territorial waters. The Director General of NIMASA. Dr. Dakuku Peterside made this known in a statement to Vanguard in Abuja Thursday, stating that the Federal Government is leaving no stone unturned in tackling the menace of piracy and other illicit crimes on the nation’s territorial waterways. Read more
N39m Fraud: ICPC docks KadPoly procurement officer
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has arraigned the Chief Executive Officer, General Duties and Procurement Officer Kaduna State Polytechnic, Mr. Ahmed Umar, for alleged contract inflation and award of contracts to a company which he owned. In a statement signed by the spokesperson of the commission, Rashidat Okodowa, the commission said Mr Umar was arraigned before Honourable Justice M.T.M Tukur of Kaduna State High Court 7 sitting in Kaduna. Read more
Nollywood actress, Moji Olaiya dies
Nollywood star actress Moji Olaiya has been reported dead. She was 42 years old. Multiple sources said she died of heart attack in Canada, where she gave birth to a baby girl in March. The baby was her second child. Her first daughter is 18 years old. The beautiful actress, who had featured in many Yoruba and English movies married her second husband last year after the first one crashed in 2008.
Mixed martial arts champion, McGregor, signs deal for Mayweather fight
Fight promoter Dana White says he has an agreement with mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor for a proposed megafight, but boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather remains unsigned.
White told American television cable channel TNT on Wednesday night that McGregor has agreed to a boxing match and not a martial arts fight which heavily favours Mayweather, who has never lost in his two-decades-long storied career.
White said they still have a long way to go. But his plan now is to try to lure Mayweather out retirement for a super fight with McGregor. Read more
Police arrest students for impersonating customs officers on social media
The Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector-General of Police has arrested three students and one other person, who allegedly posed on Facebook as customs officers auctioning cars.
The Leader of the IRT, ACP Abba Kyari, confirmed the arrest in Lagos on Thursday.
He said that two of the students were from the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, and one from the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, both in Edo. Read more
Nigeria to launch new nanosatellite in May
A new nanosatellite by Nigeria will be launched before the end of May, an official said in New York on Thursday.
The Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, Prof. Seidu Mohammed, said the launch would be in conjunction with Japan, Ghana, Bangladesh and Nepal. Nanosatellite is applied to an artificial satellite with a wet mass between 1 and 10 kg. Read more
FIFA U-17 World Cup: Kochi given go-ahead to host matches
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi has been given the green signal to host matches for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. The Local Organising Committee for the Under-17 World Cup has confirmed that Kochi will stage eight World Cup matches after an inspection today found the preparations to be on schedule.
There has been huge pressure on Kochi and the Kerala Football Association to deliver before today’s evaluation, and LoC officials, including tournament director Javier Ceppi, have given their seal of approval to Kerala as one of the host states for the Under-17 World Cup. Read more
Liverpool announce special anniversary game to be played in Berlin during pre-season
Liverpool will be spending a large part of their pre-season in Germany after announcing they will be playing Hertha BSC in anniversary game on July 29.
It was confirmed last week that the Reds will also be playing in the Audi Cup against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid at the start of August.
Liverpool will play two matches at the Allianz Arena on August 1 and 2. Read more
High-Profile Personalities to Attend Tweeps 2017
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Philanthropic Foundation (MiSK) on May 21 will be hosting the Tweeps 2017 interactive forum. Various invited leaders, decision-makers, and renowned intellectuals from around the world will attend the forum.
Of the most notable attendees will be US President Donald Trump, UAE Foreign Minister Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his Saudi counterpart Adel Al-Jubeir. Read more
UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian ‘spy’
A top UN court has ordered Pakistan not to execute a former Indian navy officer convicted on charges of spying until it has had time to hear a case brought by India.
India has argued in The International Court of Justice that Pakistan violated international laws by not allowing it access to Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav.
Mr Jadhav was arrested in Balochistan in March 2016 and convicted last month. Read more
Erdogan entourage’s history of violence
A little more than a year ago in the same city, journalists accused members of Erdogan’s security detail of man-handling them and cursing them at a speech the Turkish president gave at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. Read more
Police investigating baby deaths at Countess of Chester hospital
Cheshire police have launched an investigation into an unusually high rate of baby deaths and collapses at the Countess of Chester hospital between June 2015 and June 2016.
Det Ch Supt Nigel Wenham said the foundation trust had contacted police this month regarding neonatal services at the hospital and that the force would examine the deaths of 15 babies and the collapses of six. Read more