SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 14, 2017
We Stand with You, Former Ministers Tell Wike
Former Ministers have declared their support for the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, in the face of what they described as a political siege on Rivers State as masterminded by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
They asked the governor to stand firm in his defence of democracy. Read more
Why I put ladies on dog leash –Pretty Mike
It came as a rude shock to so many when some pictures hit the Internet earlier in the week where socialite and club owner, Eze Nwalie Nwogu, popularly known as Pretty Mike, chained some girls on a dog leash and took them to different events in Lagos.
Even as he had reportedly apologised publicly for his actions on Thursday, after the Lagos State Government had got him arrested and made him sign an undertaking that he would never do such debasing stuff again, the socialite, in an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, said that there was a mission statement behind his action, saying he was shocked that Nigerians had already crucified him before hearing his side of the story. Read more
US To Train, Equip Nigeria Police In N/East
The United States Government yesterday said it was partnering with the Nigerian government to train and equip the Nigeria Police to interact with vulnerable populations so as to deploy additional manpower to the liberated communities.
Speaking at the donation of eight general purpose modular tents to the Nigerian Police in Maiduguri, the Director, U.S. International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Nigeria, Rosalyn Wiese said: “The United States is partnering with the Government of Nigeria to support efforts to deploy additional civilian security, particularly police, to north-east Nigeria.” Read more
Baby strapped mother among Madagali suicide bombers
Three female suicide bombers, yesterday, attacked Madagali Market in Adamawa State, killing themselves and one person, with several others injured.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed that one of the three female suicide bombers died with a baby strapped on her back. Read more
NNPC to Partner Schlumberger on Chad Basin, Benue Trough Oil Exploration
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it would collaborate with globally recognised oil service company, Schlumberger, in its ongoing search for commercial quantities of hydrocarbon deposits in the Chad basin and other parts of Nigeria’s inland sedimentary basins.
The corporation in a statement from its Group General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndu Ughamadu on Friday in Abuja, explained that the partnership would include the deployment of state-of-the-art technology by Schlumberger in the frontier basins oil exploration. Read more
FCT Shuts 66 Medical Centres
The FCT Health Management Board said it shut down 66 medical facilities that fell short of professional standards in addition to not having operating licences last year.
This disclosure was made by the Acting Secretary of FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Mrs. Achu Odey at a media briefing on the activities of the HHSS for last year. Read more
Abdusalami, Sultan, Kukah meet El-Rufai over Southern Kaduna crisis
As part of efforts to find solution to the Southern Kaduna crisis, some prominent Nigerian leaders, including former head of state, General Abubakar Abdulsalami, Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, were yesterday in Kaduna to join forces with the government to bring lasting peace to the troubled zone in the state. Read more
Two soldiers feared killed in fresh Boko Haram ambush
Two soldiers were feared killed in Damboa Council of Borno State after an Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by retreating Boko Haram terrorists went off on Thursday. The dead service men they were clearing remnants of fleeing insurgents in Golgore River and Talala axis of the state, when they were blown up..
Both men according to military sources in Maiduguri yesterday, were attached to 27 Task Force Brigade of Nigerian Army to clear remnants of insurgents from Sambisa Forest. Read more
IGP promotes officers for gallantry, cracking high profile crimes
As a prelude to his directive that the reward system be reintroduced in the Police force, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has
decorated eight Senior Police Officers elevated to the next rank for their gallantry and ability to crack difficult criminal cases in the country.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) Don Awunah, was also decorated with the new rank of acting Commissioner of Police (CP). Read more
Naira falls to 497 as dollar demand rises
The naira fell to 497 against the United States currency at the parallel market on Friday as dollar shortages continued to hit the market.
Economic and currency experts have predicted that the naira will likely depreciate to over 500 per dollar this year. Read more
Umahi Sacks Ebonyi Council Boss, Deputy, Others
Ebonyi state Governor, Chief David Umahi has approved the immediate and indefinite suspension of the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ohaozara local government council, Mr. Sunday Ogbonnaya and all political appointees of the council area.
Consequently, the governor has approved the immediate appointment of Hon. Mark Onu as the Acting Chairman of the local government and Mrs. Chukwu Ajah as the Vice Chairman Caretaker Committee of Ohaozara local government area. Read more
Amaechi: Jos Airport, Railway to Receive Govt.’s Attention Soon
Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Chubuike Amaechi has reassured the people of Plateau State that the Federal government would soon turn its attention to rehabilitating the Yakubu Gowon Airport and the rail line passing Jos to Bauchi and Maiduguri, noting that it would further ease transportation to the North Eastern region of the country. Read more
AU To Cease Recognising Jammeh As The Gambia’s PresidentThe African Union (AU) says it will not recognize Jammeh’s presidency if he does not step aside when his mandate expires on January 19.
President Yahya Jammeh is seeking to stay in power after his December 1 election defeat, despite pressure from his African peers.
The African Union said it will cease to recognise Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh as the country’s legitimate leader as of January 19, the date he is due to hand power to the winner of the December election, the AU’s Peace and Security Council said on Friday. Read more
OAU Teaching Hospital Records 14 Successful Open-Heart Surgeries In 2016
No fewer than 14 successful open heart surgeries were carried out at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife in 2016.
The Chief Medical Director of the institution, Prof Victor Adetiloye, who disclosed to newsmen in Ile-Ife, said the success story of the surgery operation was recorded based on the competent doctors they have on ground. Read more
Ayade Assents to 2017 Budget, Adopts 3-year MTEF Model
Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, yesterday signed the 2017 appropriation bill of N301 billion into law.
Christened “Budget of Infinite Transposition”, the 2017 Appropriation Bill, also incorporate an additional N406 billion for medium term expenditure framework to carter for capital projects covering 2017, 2018 and 2019 fiscal years. This brings the sum total of the budget to N707 billion. Read more
Controversy Trails 13th Gani Fawehinmi Lecture
The 13th Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture scheduled for tomorrow, January 15, 2017 might not hold as the two factions of the organising body, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja branch are currently disagreeing over the lecture date.
A faction of the NBA Ikeja branch led by Mr. Adesina Ogunlana had since last week sent out invitation to the effect that the annual lecture/symposium usually organised by the branch every January 15 in hounour the late Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Gani Fawehinmi would hold at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja. Read more
‘Why Police Took Over Ekiti Federal Varsity’
The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, has said he was not responsible for the heavy deployment of policemen on the campus since Tuesday .
Soremekun said the unruly behaviour of some protesting workers , who destabilised the campus for two days commencing from Monday, where they inflicted bodily injuries on some academic staff for not joining the strike in solidarity forced the Police Commissioner, Mr Wilson Inalegwu to order security beef up to ensure protection of lives and property. Read more
Traders Risk Lives Of Nigerians With Rethreaded Tyres
As the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) tightens its noose on motorists using expired tyres, findings by LEADERSHIP Weekend has revealed a frightening development that may have put the lives of millions of Nigerians in grave danger.
The grip by the commission in recent times over the use of expired tyres by motorists on Nigerian roads has given rise to a group of dare devil traders who have come up with a devise to subvert the efforts of the organisation. Read more
Rivers Rerun: Evolving Stand-off Between Wike, Police
On January 6, 2017, the Police High Command announced the dismissal of six policemen attached to the Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike over the roles they allegedly played during the just concluded legislative rerun election in Rivers State.
The affected policemen include Ex-Inspctor Eyong Victor, Ex-Sergeant Peter Ekpo, Ex-Sergeant Oguni Goodluck, Ex-Sergeant Orji Nwoke, Ex-Sergeant Okpe Ezekiel and Ex-Sergeant Tanko Akor. Read more
Navy Discovers Illegal Training School in Rivers
The Nigerian Navy has said it has uncovered an illegal naval training school based at Wiiyaakara Community, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State used by suspected criminals to defraud members of the public.
The Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship Jubilee, Calabar, Commodore Saidu Garba, made the declaration yesterday while parading six illegal operators of the school and four trainees to journalists at the base of the illegal school in Wiiyaakara community, Khana local government area of Rivers. Read more
Delta Communities Threaten War over Alleged Marginalisation
The recent move by Shell Petroleum Development Company’s (SPDC) to repair the export pipeline at Forcados Terminal has pitted it against its three host communities, who have threatened war in the area.
SPDC had awarded the repairs of the 48-inches export pipeline to a local contractor, HydroDive Nigeria Limited, a move the three communities said was against the Local Content Act. Read more
NCS Intercepts Foreign Rice Disguised as Local One
A lorry load of foreign rice disguised as local one has been intercepted by the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC) Compliance Team.
The team comprising a crack team of officers and men of NCS was said to have discovered that it was the latest tactics of unrepentant smugglers of the commodity which remains a staple food in the country. Read more
Abuja Digital Switch Over on Track to Meet ITU Transition Programme
It has not been an easy journey for Nigeria leading to the Digital Switch On for Terrestrial television which started in 2008 when Nigeria signed up to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) protocol, literally meaning that we are bound to transit from Analogue broadcasting to digital in line with the current global trend.
Interestingly, before the Jos and Abuja switch over which happened on the 22nd December 2016, several efforts were made to realise the migration without success. Read more
Abuja Airport Runway, Threat to Air Safety, Says Arik DMD
Former Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) who is the Deputy Managing Director of Arik Air, Captain Ado Sanusi, has said that the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja is a threat to air safety, stressing that Nigeria should count itself lucky that in the past two years major accident had not taken place at the airport.
Sanusi who is also a seasoned pilot, who has landed at the airport for several years, said the runway had been in deplorable situation and if it was not closed for major repairs Nigerians should wait for air crash to happen, which would put an end to the present debate. Read more
Chelsea touted with landmark £80m January deal
Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian have been named by the London Evening Standard as the side that want Chelsea forward Diego Costa, with the report stating that the suitors would pay £80 million for the Spain international.
The Premier League leaders have been propelled to the top of the table by the former Atletico Madrid attacker’s goals this season, with the tempestuous forward seemingly at his imperious best. Read more
Man United and PSG linked with shock January deal, Â£15m fee touted
Paris Saint-Germain have emerged as a shock suitor of out of favour Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, according to The Sun.
The Netherlands international joined the Red Devils last summer but has not lived up to the hype at Old Trafford. Read more
Barcelona sack director who said Lionel Messi “wouldn’t be such a good player” without teammates
Barcelona have announced the sacking of director Pere Gratacos after certain comments made by him regarding Lionel Messi during the Copa del Rey quarter-finals draw. In their official statement, the club said he had been dismissed for expressing personal opinions that the club did not agree with.
Addressing the results from the previous round – where Messi inspired the Catalans to a 3–1 win to overturn their first leg defeat and progress in the competition – he said, “Barcelona are not here only because of Messi.” Read more
Real Madrid are good but they have a long way to go to surpass Celtic
Karim Benzema’s last minute equaliser for Real Madrid against Sevilla on Thursday night meant the Spanish giants broke the Spanish record for consecutive matches without defeat, equalling Nottingham Forest’s English record, as this stat from Opta shows. Read more
Ivory Coast rebel troops agree pay deal ending tense standoff
Ivory Coast’s government and rebel troops have reached a final deal at talks in Bouake, government sources said late on Friday at the close of a tense day which saw outbreaks of gunfire at barracks across the country.
Soldiers in Bouake mutinied earlier this month, firing rocket-launchers and terrifying residents of Ivory Coast’s second largest city, while demanding bonuses, better pay and housing. Read more
Yellow Fever Outbreak in Brazil Prompts a State of Emergency
The governor of the Minas Gerais State in southeastern Brazil declared a public health emergency on Friday over an outbreak of yellow fever that appears to have killed at least 10 people so far and led to reports of more than 100 suspected cases of the disease.
The state authorities said Friday they were investigating 133 suspected cases of yellow fever, of which 20 were considered probable, pending further testing. They said they were also looking into reports of 38 deaths, 10 of them suspected of being caused by yellow fever, according to the State Health Secretariat’s website. Read more