SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 6, 2015
Nnamdi Kanu’s supporters ground Onitsha
In what motorists and other road users have described as a mother of all protests, supporters of the Director of Radio Biafra and leader of the indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Friday, grounded commercial and vehicular activities in Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of Anambra State, in a bid to call for the immediate release of their leader, who is still reportedly being detained by the Department of State Services, DSS. Read more
Army establishes media centre in Maiduguri
As part of its drive for proper information dissemination in the counter-insurgency operation in the northeast, the Nigerian Army has set up a media centre for the operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The Centre which was commissioned by GOC of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Lamidi Adeosun on behalf of the theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Yusha’u Mahmud Abubakar, said the establishment of the media centre in Maiduguri underscores the importance of the media in the on-going war against the insurgency in the country and the North-East region. Read more
Bailout: PDP govs warn CBN against partisanship
The Central Bank of Nigeria has been advised against becoming a tool in the hands of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the release of bailout funds to states that deserve them.
This advice was given by governors of the Peoples Democratic Party. Read more
DPR Seals 23 Stations as Fuel Scarcity Crisis Hits Jos
Long queues of motorists have resurfaced at petrol stations in Jos, Plateau State capital and environs, while many of the stations in the city do not even have the product to sell.
This is even as the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has cracked down on some erring marketers in the state, sealing off at least 23 stations for various offences. Read more
Ex-provost found dead inside OAU office
Lecturers and students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, were grief-stricken following the discovery of the lifeless body of a former Provost, College of Health Sciences, Pro. Solomon Ogunniyi , inside his office.
Our correspondent gathered that Ogunniyi was found dead inside his office on Thursday Read more
Ambode threatens clampdown on errant motorists, okada riders
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday read the riot act to commercial motorcycle operators, popularly called Okada riders, commercial buses and street hawkers, saying the state government would no longer tolerate their nefarious activities on the streets and highways which has caused untold hardship for the people of the state in recent times. Read more
APGA condemns Ebonyi new tax policy
The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) on Friday condemned the new tax policies introduced recently by the Ebonyi State government.
The new tax policies, according ton the party, could lead to collapse of the state’s economy.
APGA Deputy National Secretary, Comrade Jerry Obasi, said this in Abakaliki, the state capital. Read more
N1tn probe: Lamorde to appear in Senate Tuesday
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, confirmed on Friday that the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde, would appear before his panel on Tuesday to answer questions on allegations of fraud preferred against him. Read more
Atiku joins Buhari for prayers inside Aso Rock
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Friday joined President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, for the Jumat prayers.
That was the first time the former vice president would be seen publicly inside the Presidential Villa since Buhari took over from former President Goodluck Jonathan. Read more
Nigerian refugee holding fake Italian residence permit gets suspended sentence
A Nigerian refugee was handed a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to having in his possession a fake Italian residence permit.
Stanley Ovbiowe, 35, who was seen in tears outside the courtroom, briefly travelled to Malta to visit some friends. Prosecuting officer Darren Buhagiar told the court that the accused was arrested yesterday at the airport when he tried to leave Malta for his home in Bari, Italy. Read more
Group Calls for Presidential Council on Cancer
Concerned by the rise of cancer cases in the country, a group, Princess Nicky Breast Cancer Foundation, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a Presidential Council on Cancer to arrest this scourge.
With about two million cases of cancer already witnessed in Nigeria, the group urged the President to quickly set-up a functional cancer treatment centre in the country. Read more
Ekiti, World Bank to Spend $55m dollars on Water Generation
Ekiti State Government and the World Bank are to rehabilitate water projects in the state with the sum of $55 million in the next six years.
The projects will be under the Third Urban Water Sector Reform Project being led by the World Bank. Read more
Suu Kyi eyes historic win in Myanmar elections
Myanmar’s boisterous election campaign draws to a close Friday, two days before milestone polls that could finally propel Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy party to power after a decades-long struggle against the military.
Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) is eyeing an outright majority at Sunday’s general election, the first the party has contested since 1990. Read more
Putin orders halt to Egypt flights, Britons flown out
Russia ordered a halt Friday to flights to Egypt as concerns grew that a bomb downed a Russian plane after takeoff from its Sharm el-Sheikh resort, while British carriers started to evacuate holidaymakers.
President Vladimir Putin called the halt to Russian flights, the Kremlin said, in line with a recommendation from his security chief, although Moscow had downplayed reports that a bomb caused the crash last Saturday. Read more
Michelle Obama heads home from curtailed Mideast tour
Michelle Obama left Qatar on Friday almost 48 hours later than scheduled after bad weather forced her to extend her stay in the Gulf state and cancel a planned trip to Jordan.
Her plane took off from Doha just after 0700 GMT bound for Washington, officials said. Read more
Burkina Faso presidential campaign to launch new era
A presidential campaign starts Sunday in Burkina Faso, with the winner poised to re-establish democracy after the long rule of former soldier Blaise Compaore in a nation prone to coups. Read more
New cyclone heading for Yemen: UN
The new storm, named Megh, is brewing in the Arabian Sea and is expected to intensify into “a severe cyclonic storm” over the next 24 hours, with wind speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. Read more