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*Nigeria has highest number of displaced persons – UN *PDP Reps back Buhari’s anti-corruption war

*Nigeria has highest number of displaced persons – UN  *PDP Reps back Buhari’s anti-corruption war

Sabinews Evening News Update for August 19, 2015

Nigeria has highest number of displaced persons – UN

The highest number of displaced people in the world are in Nigeria, the United Nations has said.

According to the UN, the continued rise in the number of displaced persons in Nigeria was largely due to the destructive activities perpetuated by the terrorists, Boko Haram, in the North Eastern part of the country. The UN Resident Coordinator for Nigeria, Mr. Daouda Toure, revealed that over 1.5 million people were displaced in Nigeria, adding that there was an urgent need to realise the great extent of responsibility that was associated with this development. Read more

PDP Reps back Buhari’s anti-corruption war

Peoples Democratic Party members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, declared support for the anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to go all out and recover the country’s stolen money.

The caucus of the party at the House controls about 139 lawmakers out of the 360-member legislature. Read more

Court remands petrol station owners for illegal oil deal

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday ordered the prison remand of two petrol station owners, Lookman Onabanjo and Lukman Eluku, for allegedly dealing in petroleum products loaded from vandalised pipelines.

Fifty-year-old Onabanjo and Eluku, 52, are the Chief Executive Officers of Gaffa Oil and Gas Limited and Bugon Oil and Gas Limited. Read more

Bayelsa plans IDP camp over flood alert

Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency has said it has set up Internally Displaced Persons camp in the state following the recent flood alert in the country.

Agency’s Head of Administration, Mr. Torukuru Adakien, told journalists on Wednesday in Yenagoa that relief materials worth millions of Naira had also been procured. Read more

FaceFacebook leads social pack in US, Twitter sputters: study

Facebook remains the dominant social network for US Internet users, while Twitter has failed to keep apace with rivals like Instagram and Pinterest, a study showed Wednesday.

The Pew Research Center report found 72 percent of Americans who are online currently use Facebook, a modest uptick of one percentage point from a year ago and five points higher than in 2012. Read more

Terrorism, money laundering responsible for underdevelopment – Ribadu

Terrorism and money laundering account for underdevelopment in Nigeria, former EFCC Chairman Nuhu Ribadu says. Read more

Military Obliterates Fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists from Sambisa

The troops of 26 Task Force Brigade of 7Division, Nigerian Army in Gwoza, Borno State, Tuesday evening engaged Boko Haram terrorists fleeing Sambisa forest following continued aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

This was disclosed Wednesday in a statement signed by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman. Usman said that the military decisively dealt with the fleeing terrorists in seven Pick up vans and some motorcycles mounted with assorted weapons  such as Rocket Propelled Grenades and Anti-Aircraft Guns were decisively dealt, killing quite a number of them. Read more

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Amaechi’s kinsmen threaten to sue group for libel

LEADERS and youths in Ikwerre-speaking areas of Rivers State threatened to sue a non-governmental organisation known as the Integrity Group over an alleged attempt to malign their son and the immediate past governor of the state, Mr Rotimi Amaechi.

The leaders and youths, who are from four local government areas of the state, warned that it would institute a N2bn libel suit against Integrity Group for publishing an alleged defamatory statement on Amaechi in the media. Read more

Group faults A’Ibom gov over debt-to-bond request

A civil society group, the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders, on Wednesday faulted Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, for his request to convert debts owed by the state to Federal Government bonds, describing such practice as amounting to failure of governance in the state.

Emmanuel had, in a letter to the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Tuesday, requested an approval to convert debts owed and obtained from commercial banks in the country by the former Governor Godswill Akpabio’s administration to Federal Government’s bond. Read more

PDP asks tribunal to dismiss petition against Akpabio

The Peoples Democratic Party has asked the Akwa Ibom State Elections Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Abuja to nullify its earlier proceedings on the petition challenging the election of former Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio, as the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District in the 8th Senate.

Akpabio has since been appointed the Minority Leader in the Senate. But the petition challenging his election was filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the March 28, 2015 National Assembly elections, Chief Inibehe Okori. Read more

Ipaja-Ayobo Road: Ambode gives contractor 3 months to complete project

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday pledged to complete the seven-kilometre Ipaja-Ayobo Road in Alimosho Local Government Area of the state within the next three months.

Ambode made the disclosure during an inspection of some road construction projects in the State.

The administration of former Gov. Babatunde Fashola awarded contract for the reconstruction of the dual-carriage road in May 2011, initially billed to last for 18 months. Read more

Australian police rearrest fleeing prisoner in stolen car

Australian police said on Wednesday a prisoner, who escaped Australia’s highest security prison by tying bedsheets together, has been caught after a car chase.

Stephen Jamieson, 28, serving 12 years for armed robbery, made his jailbreak in broad daylight on Tuesday from the prison in Goulburn in New South Wales about 160 kilometres South-West of Sydney.

Jamieson threw the tied sheets over a five-metre-high wall and climbed over, a pillow tied to his stomach helped him get over the barbed wire, police said. Read more

Day Obasanjo honoured journalist with birthday party

On Sunday August 2, 2015 at his Presidential Hilltop private residence Abeokuta,  former  President Olusegun Obasanjo honoured  a  journalist, popularly called, ‘Pen-pusher’, Dimeji Kayode-Adedeji, a former Zonal Secretary of Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ). The ceremony was a birthday bash sponsored  by the former President in honour of the journalist.

Although the celebrant’s birthday was July 19, but in line with Obasanjo’s promise before jetting out of the country that day, the former President decided to keep his word on Sunday, August 2, 2015. – Read more

Don’t disconnect from followers, Fayose tells leaders

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has counselled Nigerian leaders against disconnecting from the people after getting into positions of authority.

According to him, leaders must know that the positions they occupy must not create a gap between them and their people.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Idowu Adelusi, in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, quoted the governor as saying the main reason for being a leader was to impact people’s lives positively. Read more

Wike loses bid to stop Peterside’s election documents’ inspection

The Rivers State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, Sitting in Abuja on Wednesday, struck out an application by Governor Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party, seeking stay of execution of an order permitting the All Progressives Congress and its candidate in the April 11, 2015 election, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, to inspect the documents used for the conduct of the poll. Read more

Obiano warns Anambra residents over looming flooding

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has raised the alarm over a looming flood disaster in the state this year.

In a statement in Awka, the state capital, on Wednesday by the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Uju Nwogu, the governor urged those living in riverside areas of the state to be watchful to avoid loss of lives and destruction of property. Read more

Fayose’s wife pays N.5m indigent patients’ bills

The wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose, has donated N500,000.00 to settle the hospital bills of indigent patients at the State Specialists Hospital, in Ikere Ekiti.

Mrs. Fayose, who presented cheques of N50,000 each to 10 patients, and N40,000 and N10,000 to two others, said the gesture was part of the Fayose’s government to give qualitative health care to needy patients in the state. Read more

Nigeria Refineries Low on Petrol Production

Current data on refineries production in Nigeria indicate that more heavy or fuel oils (low and high fuel oil/black oil) are being produced from the four refineries than other high demand products like premium motor spirit, PMS, otherwise known as petrol. The revelation comes despite assurances by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, which said last week that two of its refineries were working between 60 and 80 percent of their installed capacities. Read more

Union protests members’ sacking, shuts S’South electricity firms

The National Union of Electricity Employees on Wednesday, disrupted activities at Electricity Distribution Companies in the South South over alleged violation of workers’ rights.

NUEE’s Senior Assistant General Secretary, Cyprian Akon, confirmed the development in an interview with newsmen in Lagos. He said that electricity distribution companies in Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom had been shut down until further notice. Read more

Drought: Food Scarcity May Hit Nigeria, Expert Warns

The Vice Chairman(Southwest Zone) of the Agriculture and Allied Employees’ Union of Nigeria, Com. Blessing Oladele , has charged the
Federal Government to heed the warning given by Nigeria Meterological Agency that Nigeria may experience food scarcity due to  low rainfall in 2015 .

Oladele, an agriculture expert and native of Araromi Oke in Ekiti East Local Government, was appointed into the exalted position  on July 29, 2015, to coordinate the union in Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Lagos, Oyo, Osun and Ekiti States. Read more

Acount for N660bn received from FG, ex-Rep tells Dickson

Two-time member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Warman Ogoriba, has asked Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, to account for over N660bn his administration has so far received from the Federation Accounts.

He said the challenge became imperative because there was allegedly nothing on the ground to indicate that the governor spent the money judiciously and for the development of the state. Read more

Buhari to open Diaspora Day conference

President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to declare open the 2015 Diaspora Day Conference on August 25.

This was disclosed to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday by the Permanent Secretary (Political Affairs), Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, during a press briefing heralding the event. The conference, which will hold at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, according to Odusote, will examine three thematic areas including health, education and youth and sports. Read more

Acount for N660bn received from FG, ex-Rep tells Dickson

Two-time member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Warman Ogoriba, has asked Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, to account for over N660bn his administration has so far received from the Federation Accounts.

He said the challenge became imperative because there was allegedly nothing on the ground to indicate that the governor spent the money judiciously and for the development of the state.
Ogoriba, who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress with over 40 PDP faithfull, stated this in an interview in Yenagoa on Wednesday. Read more




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