Sabinews News Evening Update for May 7, 2015
Mu’azu dares Fayose, mocks gov over Buhari’s death wish
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, has responded to the threat of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to release evidence of Mu’azu’s “underhand dealings” with the All Progressives Congress.
The PDP National Chairman had faulted the calls of some PDP leaders on him and other members of the National Working Committee of the party to resign, following the heavy defeat suffered by the party in the recent general elections, especially its loss in the presidential poll. Read more
Aliyu drags Niger Assembly before court over impeachment threat
Niger State Governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, has dragged the members of the State House of Assembly before the court in a bid to stop the move of the Assembly from impeaching him.
The State High Court in Minna has fixed May 27 for hearing in the case. Read more
Bayelsa lawmakers’ plot to impeach Dickson thickens
Fresh crisis is looming in President Goodluck Jonathan’s state between loyalists of his wife, Dame Patience, and supporters of Governor Seriake Dickson over supremacy on the control of the political soul of Bayelsa. It was learnt that the First Lady had finalised plans to move against the Governor through impeachment process.
It was further learnt that First Lady’s loyalists were said to be capitalising on using thugs to cause mayhem in the state as well as using some aggrieved members of the state House of Assembly that were allegedly denied return tickets to the House to impeach Dickson. Read more
NDLEA official, one other arraigned for cocaine importation
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, on Thursday, took one Adeogun Olajide before a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly importing 2.692 kilogrammes of cocaine into the country.
Olajide, said to be an official of the NDLEA, was taken before Justice Saliu Saidu along with one Adams Michael a.k.a. Chidi, with whom he allegedly conspired to commit the crime. Read more
Fayose: Court fines APC lawmakers N100,000
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday struck out a suit filed against the Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose and 13 others by the 19 All Progressives Congress members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly.
Justice Saliu Saidu after striking out the suit also awarded a cost in the sum of N100,000 against the 19 APC lawmakers in favour of the respondents. Read more
FRSC to tackle fake driving licence with card reader
The Head, Administration and Human Resources, Federal Road Safety Commission, Ogun State Sector Command, Mr. Steve Ayodele, has said the commission will soon introduce card reader to detect fake driving licence.
He said this on Thursday at Kuto Motor Park, Abeokuta, during a sensitisation programme for commercial drivers in the state. Read more
BoI disbursed N127bn loans to MSMEs in 2014
The Bank of Industry on Thursday said it disbursed a total loan of N127bn to enterprises in the country within the 2014 financial year.
Through the disbursement of the loans to the enterprises, the bank said it had been able to create over 500,000 jobs within the period under review.
The Chairman, Board of Directors, BoI, Alh Abdulsamad Rabiu, disclosed this during the the Bank’s 55th Annual General Meeting in Abuja. Read more
INEC colluding with Plateau PDP to destroy evidence – APC
All Progressives Congress in Plateau State has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of conniving with the Peoples Democratic Party to tamper with sensitive materials that will be used at the ongoing election petitions tribunal.
Director of Media, Publicity and Protocol Affairs to the Plateau State Governor-elect, Mr. Festus Fuanter, alleged, in an interview with our correspondent on Thursday that some sensitive electoral materials were being moved to the Government House in order to be tampered with and deny the party justice at the election tribunal. Read more
Sudanese bombs are killing children, says HRW
The Human Rights Watch on Thursday said in Nuba that the indiscriminate bombing campaign by the Sudanese government on rebel-held areas was killing and maiming children.
Daniel Bekele, Head of the HRW group, said it documented more than 100 civilian casualties resulting from aerial bombardment in the country’s South Kordofan province since last year. Read more
Private Varsities Rise To 61 As 2 Get Provisional License
Two new private universities, Edwin Clark University, Kiagbodo, Delta state and Hezekiah University, Umudi, Imo state were yesterday given provisional license to operate, thereby bringing the total number of private universities in the country to 61.
The provisional approval for the universities to operate is intended to create room for effective mentoring and qualitative growth within the first five years of operation as during the period, the universities will be affiliated to older generation universities for academic and administrative mentoring to be moderated by the National Universities Commission, NUC. Read more
Red Cross Urges Governments To Enact Laws On First Aid
Mr Bashir Dan-Illela, National First Aid Trainer, Nigeria Red Cross, has called on governments to enact laws that would deepen the provision of first aid at accident scenes. Illela made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.
According to him, the government should institute clear regulations which would encourage people to provide first aid in the challenging situation of an accident. Read more
Minister Launches Mobile Video Tutorials For Senior Secondary Schools
The Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, on Thursday in Abuja inaugurated the Mobile Video Tutorials for Senior Secondary Schools to provide extra-school learning process and make education easy.
Mobile Video Tutorials also known as “School on Air’’, is an innovation of the Educational Advancement Centre (EAC), an NGO, designed to provide mobile learning through instructional video. Read more
IGP Sets Up Judges Protection Units
The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has directed Command Commissioners of Police to immediately establish “Judges Protection Units’’ (JPU) for the protection of Judges and Courts in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, on Thursday in Abuja. Read more
Obama ready to work with new Israeli government
US President Barack Obama on Thursday indicated he is ready to work with Benjamin Netanyahu’s new hardline Israeli government, hailing a “deep and abiding partnership” between the two nations despite recent tumult.
“President Obama looks forward to working with Prime Minister Netanyahu,” the White House said, in a businesslike statement that follows fierce pre-election exchanges between the two men. Netanyahu on Wednesday reached an 11th hour coalition deal to stay in power, securing the backing of the far-right Jewish Home party, which strongly backs settlement activity. Read more
NUPENG appeals to Lagosians over gridlocks in Apapa, environs
The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Thursday appealed to Lagosians to bear with it over gridlocks caused by petrol tanker drivers in Apapa axis, Lagos.
Mr Tokunbo Korodo, the South-West Chairman of the union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the untold hardship was not a fault of the union members. Read more
Man in court for stealing 694 cartons of beer bottles
An Abule-Egba Magistrates’ Court on Thursday in Lagos granted an accused a N500, 000 bail for allegedly stealing 694 cartons of beer bottles.
The Magistrate, Mrs Adenike Shonubi, ordered that the accused, 53-year-old Ajibola Tokunbo should produce two sureties in like sum as part of his bail condition. Read more
Generator repairer stabs man to death
The Chief Security Officer of the God’s Own Estate in Ijanikin, Badagry, Lagos Tochukwu Ejika, has died following stab wounds he sustained during a fight with a generator repairer, Ayo Abimbola.
“I repair generators for people in that estate and I have been doing the job since 2001. I had stayed in four different apartments but I was sent out of my last apartment because my landlord was always trying to interfere in my personal affair. He always complained that I beat my girlfriendy friend, Olokun, on Friday invited me to repair his generator. Read more
My administration empowered youths – Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan has charged the incoming government to retain and sustain all youth programmes for the benefit of the country.
In a message to the 2015 batch ‘A’ corps members at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp, Asaya in Kabba/Bunu local government area of Kogi State, the President who was presented by the state governor, Capt. Idris Wada, said the outgoing administration had introduced training programmes, provided grants and loans as well as encouraged entrepreneurship to make youths self-reliant. Read more
One killed, Nurse abducted in Ekiti
There is uneasy calm at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, headquarters of Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State, following the killing of yet-to-be identified indigene of the town and the abduction of a theatre nurse working in the health institution.
Some youths in the community also attacked the hospital complex on Wednesday, demanding more employment slots for the indigenes. They pelted the traditional ruler, the Olojudo, Oba Ayorinde Ilori Faboro with sachets of water. Read more
Niger Assembly Clerk operates under tree
The continued police siege on the Niger State House of Assembly since Tuesday has forced the Clerk, management and administrative staff of the House to idly sit under a tree in front of an hotel beside the assembly complex.
Over 200 armed policemen, agents of Department of State Security and civil defence have since Tuesday occupied the assembly complex, locking out both legislators and staff from their offices. Read more
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