Sabinews Evening News Update for August 10, 2015
NNPC disowns fake facebook account of GMD
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, drew the attention of members of the public especially stakeholders in the global oil and gas industry to the existence of a spurious facebook account purportedly belonging to its newly appointed Group Managing Director, GMD, Mr. Emmanuel Kachikwu.
The NNPC, in a statement by Mr. Ohi Alegbe, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, stated that the said facebook account which bears the photograph and name of the GMD is the creation of some nondescript internet fraudsters bent on exploiting the personae and the office of the new GMD to defraud unsuspecting members of the public Read more
Bayelsa youths give APC 15-day notice to vacate secretariat
A socio-cultural youth body, Mangrove Boys Brigade of Bayelsa State, has threatened to seal the state secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Yenagoa. The group alleged the secretariat located at Izagara Close, off Baybridge Road, Kpansia area of the state capital, belongs to the state government.
The group, in a statement on Wednesday, claimed it had officially written to President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to direct the Timipre Sylva-led APC in the state, to immediately vacate the property or risk forceful ejection after 15 days. Read more
Abe Replaces Adedeji As Lagos Task Force Commander
A new commander for the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences in Alausa, Ikaja, has been deployed. He is Olubukola Abe, a Superintendent of Police, who takes over from CP Akeem Adedeji, who is proceeding to the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, Patricia Amadin, in a press statement on Monday, August 10, 2015, said that state Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, ordered the redeployment, which takes immediate effect. Read more
We received N535m for flood victims, not N15bn – Bayelsa
The Bayelsa State Post-flood Management Committee has described as lies, the allegation by the All Progressives Congress that it received N15bn as donations during the peak of the 2012 floods that devastated the entire state.
The committee said it had only received the sum of N500m from the state government, being donation from a philanthropic organisation, Mr. Mike Adenuga Foundation, and additional N35m for logistics and administrative cost. Read more
Lasun shuns APC lawmakers’ summit on Osun financial crisis
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Lasun Yusuf, on Monday shunned the summit organised to proffer solutions to the financial crisis rocking Osun State.
The Osun Legislators’Forum, comprising of lawmakers from Abuja and House, convoked the summit with a view to solving the current financial crisis in the state.
Although the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori and Senator Isiaka Adeleke also were not present at the summit, their absence did not raise questions like Lasun’s. Read more
WAEC Releases May/June 2015 Results
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the May/June 2015 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) results.
WAEC Head of National Office, Charles Eguridu, announced this in Lagos at a press conference on Monday, August 10, 2015.
Eguridu added that the examination board withheld 118,101 candidates’ results out of the 1.5 million students that sat for the examination. Read more
Etisalat set to cut costs and improve coverage in Nigeria
Etisalat has concluded a sale-and-leaseback deal of its telecommunications towers in Nigeria that will help its local subsidiary to improve its coverage and cut costs.
The company has sold 555 towers to IHS, a telecoms infrastructure group, and is leasing them back. That is in addition to 2,136 telecom tower sites that were transferred in August last year.
The move would accelerate Etisalat’s rollout of 2G, 3G and 4G coverage across Nigeria, said IHS. Read more
Oil workers’ protest paralyses business activities at AMCON
Business activities were on Monday paralysed at the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria by oil workers under the aegis of SeaWolf Oil Field.
The disengaged oil workers who barricaded the entrance of the office were protesting over the failure of AMCON to pay their entitlements which they claimed was in the range of N5bn to N7bn. The workers lamented that despite assurance that the corporation would pay their entitlements after taking over their company-Offshore Management Services, such promises had yet to be fulfilled. Read more
Instruction Buhari Never Gave DSS
President Muhammadu Buhari has denied ever instructing the Department of State Services (DSS) to intimidate tribunals and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials.
He said that such allegations were untrue.
Through Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari stated “without equivocation, the allegation is false, baseless and totally unjustifiable”. Read more
Impeachment: Court to rule on ex-Ondo deputy gov suit
A Federal High Court in Lagos has slated August 13, 2015 for judgment in a fundamental rights enforcement suit, filed by former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, to challenge his impeachment.
Olanusi, who was impeached on April 27, 2015, had sued the IG and the chairman of the seven-man investigative panel which found him guilty of impeachable offences, Mr. Olatunji Adeniyan.
Justice Mohammed Idris adjourned for judgment on Monday after taking arguments from the parties. Read more
Police arraign 2 men over alleged N25m diamond fraud
Two men, Nnenna Akanu and Uzoma Nwankwo, charged with defrauding a man of N25 million, under the pretext of helping to secure diamond, on Monday appeared in an Ebute Metta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos. Nwankwo resides at No. 42, Abati St., Ikotun Egbe, while Akanu resides at No. 11, Oke Filling Station Rd., Ejigbo, a Lagos suburb.
They are both facing charges of obtaining under false pretext, stealing and conspiracy. The two accused persons, however, denied the charges.
Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP Olagoke Akinlade, had told the court that the accused committed the offences on Sept. 21, at Cele Ijesa, along Mile 2 Express Road, Lagos. Read more
Aggrieved Bayelsa members sue APC, Odigie-Oyegun
Expelled and suspended members of the All Progressives Congress, Bayelsa State chapter, have dragged the party before the High Court of the state over alleged violation of their rights as members of the party.
The plaintiffs include Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, Mr. Sunday Oputu, Chief Linus Opuakpa, Mr. Koripamo Enoch, Mr. Christopher Abariowei, Mr. Harrow Zuokumo, Mrs. Rosemary Okia and Fred Akamu.
Others are Godwin Sidi, Enabuna Timidi, Kingsley Wire, Daniel Oweizidei, Moses Dennis, Prince Awini and Emmanuel Vector Weke. Read more
Flood looms in Nigeria as Cameroon releases dam
The impending gradual release of excess water from Lagdo Dam in Cameroon and the heavy rains expected in coming months will result in massive flooding across the country soon, the Federal Government has said.
This, it said, poses serious threat to lives and property in Nigeria, adding that the various flooding types to be experienced include river flooding, coastal flooding and flash flooding. Read more
Military Denies Murder Of Four Soldiers In Nembe Jetty Attack
The military in Nigeria on Monday, August 10, 2015, said that no soldier died in the attack on locations of a Joint Task Force in Nembe Jetty in Bayelsa State thought to have been carried out by suspected oil bunkerers.
It was earlier reported that the number of casualties in the incident was five, including four soldiers and a police officer. Read more
Ebonyi Ministry Pushes For Six Months Paid Maternity
Ebonyi State Ministry of Health is to push for six months paid maternity leave for civil servants in the state, says the Health Commissioner, Dr. Daniel Umerunrike.
He explained that enthronement of the policy was not within the powers of the ministry, though noted that the ministry would engage the necessary procedure to ensure that the policy would be put in place Read more
Buhari to host Special Olympics team
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday congratulated the Nigeria’s team to the just-concluded Special Olympics in Los Angeles, United States.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President commended the team for their diligence, dedication and wonderful performance at the games in which they won a total of 71 medals, including 34 gold medals. Read more
Female genital mutilation in South East worries UNICEF
The United Nations Childrens Fund on Monday, said the high prevalence of female genital mutilation in the South East was a cause for concern.
UNICEF said it was worrisome that there was no significant reduction in the rate of the practice, despite sustained awareness campaigns. The Chief Field Officer, UNICEF, in Enugu, Mr. Charles Nzuki, disclosed this at a state mid-year review and planning meeting with implementing partners for the South East zone. Read more
Anambra Govt Sacks 16 Workers Over Corruption
No fewer than 16 unit commanders of the Road Decongestion Department of Anambra State Ministry of Transport have lost their job following allegations of corrupt practices. The Director in charge of Operations, Decongestion and Enforcement, Ndubuisi Christian Okonkwo, disclosed this in Onitsha on Monday, August 10, 2015.
He explained that they were relieved of the duties “because of selfish enrichment and illegal actvities.” Read more
Army to punish soldiers for torturing naked robber
The authorities of the Nigerian Army have apprehended some soldiers who were photographed torturing a suspected armed robber at Mararaba, Nasarawa State, near Abuja.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in an electronic mail on Monday that the Army would ensure that the soldiers involved were punished. Read more
NSCDC arrests 13 suspects for pipeline vandalism
The Lagos State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Monday said it had arrested 13 suspected pipeline vandals.
The Commandant, Mr Gabriel Abafi, who made the disclosure while addressing journalists at Ikeja, said the suspects were arrested on Aug. 5 and Aug. 7. Read more
Osun Osogbo: Traditional ruler assures tourists of adequate security
Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, the Ataoja of Osogboland, has assured visitors and tourists expected at the forthcoming Osun Osogbo annual festival of adequate security throughout the two-week cultural event.
Olanipekun gave the assurance on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo. Read more
South Yemen clashes wound senior officials
The deputy speaker of Yemen’s parliament and a former interior minister were wounded on Monday in clashes between loyalist forces and rebels in Abyan province, local government officials said.
Mohammed al-Shaddadi and ex-minister Hussein bin Arab, who are close to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, were leading loyalist forces in the city of Loder at the time, the officials said without elaborating. Read more
Rwandan spy chief extradition case dismissed: UK court
A court in Britain said Monday it had dropped an extradition case against Rwanda’s intelligence chief.
General Karenzi Karake was arrested on a warrant issued by Spain in June and had been on bail. But following a hearing at a London court, a court official told AFP: “The case has been discharged today (Monday).” Read more
Zimbabwe lifts hunting restrictions imposed after Cecil kill
Zimbabwean wildlife authorities on Monday lifted restrictions on hunting imposed last week following the controversial killing of Cecil the Lion.
Authorities had suspended hunting in the area around Hwange National Park after the black-maned Cecil — a favourite with visitors to Hwange National Park — was shot by American dentist Walter Palmer with a bow and arrow Read more
Stolen car returned to South African owner after 22 years
A South African man has been reunited with his car 22 years after it was stolen, thanks to a dogged police investigator.
A Pretoria businessman, Derick Goosen on Monday said he got a surprised call from warrant officer Kwakwa Ntokola two weeks ago about a gray 1988 Toyota Corolla.
He said he had reported the car stolen back in 1993. Read more
Greek police officer suspended for allegedly striking migrant
Greece’s police department on Monday said it had suspended an officer serving on the Aegean island of Kos after he was caught on camera allegedly striking a migrant.
“An investigation has been ordered in relation to pictures posted on websites and social media, showing punishable acts by a police officer,” the department said in a statement. Read more
Funds shortage may end UN chopper aid to quake-hit Nepal
The UN warned Monday it would stop its emergency helicopter service in quake-devastated Nepal unless it receives more funds, a move which could leave thousands without access to food or shelter.
Established after the April 25 earthquake, the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) offers free flights to non-profit organisations delivering relief materials to otherwise inaccessible villages in the Himalayan nation. Read more
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