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*Present your assets declaration forms, PDP tells Buhari *Boko Haram: Over 2.1m people flee homes

*Present your assets declaration forms, PDP tells Buhari *Boko Haram: Over 2.1m people flee homes

Sabinews Evening News Update for September 4, 2015

Present your assets declaration forms, PDP tells Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to release copies of their assets declaration forms submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau.

It describes as “a deceptive window-dressing to hoodwink unsuspecting Nigerians” the release, by an aide of the President, “of a mere list of some belongings of President Buhari and Osinbajo, in place of the pledge made to Nigerians by the President as candidate of the All Progressives Congress.”

It said Buhari made the pledge on March 18, 2015, at exactly 5 pm. Read more

Boko Haram: Over 2.1m people flee homes

Mounting attacks by Nigeria’s ferocious Boko Haram Islamists have sent more than 2.1 million people fleeing their homes in northeast Nigeria, the International Organization for Migration said Friday. Revising sharply upwards its previous estimate of 1.5 million, the Geneva-based IOM agency attributed the increase to a very recent spike in Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency.

But the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said other factors were at play, such as unrelenting communal strife and the return of Nigerians who had previously fled the country. Newly-elected President Muhammadu Buhari, who completes his first 100 days in office this weekend, has promised to do far better than the previous administration in wiping out the feared Islamist insurgents. Read more

Ekiti proposes life imprisonment for kidnappers

Following its determination to stem the tide of kidnapping in the state, the Ekiti State government has forwarded a bill seeking life imprisonment for individuals convicted of kidnapping to the state House of Assembly.

The proposed anti-kidnapping law was one of the decisions reached on Friday at the State Executive Council.

The council meeting was presided over by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola. Read more

Italy’s Northern League leader to visit Nigeria

The leader of Italy’s regionalist Northern League, Matteo Salvini, is to visit Nigeria with the party’s head of immigration and security, Tony Iwobi. They will make the trip between Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 with a delegation of Italian investors and will visit Abuja and Lagos on the independently financed mission. Mr Salvini will meet Nigerian Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Sept. 30 in Abuja.

He will also hold talks with representatives of the ministries of Interior, Agriculture, Labour, Education and Youth Policy, Sports and Energy Development and the Commission for the Promotion of Investments. There will also be meetings in Lagos with the governors of the south-west on Oct. 1. (AGI). Read more

 

 

NUJ to disrupt National Daily’s 20th anniversay celebration over workers’ unpaid salaries

The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has threatened to disrupt the 20th anniversary celebration of one of the National Newspapers, (Not Vanguard) and (Name withheld) if the management failed to pay the outstanding salaries of the organisation’s journalists.

A statement by the National President of NUJ, Waheed Odusile, on Friday in Lagos said that the publisher of  the Newspaper had been notified. It said that if the management failed to effect the payment by 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, the union would disrupt the organisation’s 20th anniversary celebration. Read more

Nigeria to host World Pension Summit Oct 5

Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, the Director-General, National Pencom Commission, said on Friday that Nigeria was ready to host the second edition of the World Pension Summit-Africa Special in Abuja.

Anohu-Amazu said this in Lagos during an interactive session with newsmen on the upcoming event and the launch of a new logo for the commission.

She said the event was scheduled for Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, with the theme “Building Sustainable Pension Systems in Africa’’. Read more

DSS invasion of Akwa Ibom govt’s house unacceptable – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has condemned the alleged invasion of the Akwa Ibom State Government House, Uyo, by the special squad of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Fayose at a news conference on Friday regretted the way and manner the presidential wing of the Akwa Ibom Government House was ransacked in a “commando-like manner” with the occupants harassed and intimidated. Read more

A Test for African Democracy—and International Commitment

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With its presidential elections just over a month away, Guinea is moving quickly to a day of reckoning. The elections will either consolidate the major advance for democracy in Africa achieved earlier this year, when the continent’s most populous country and largest economy, Nigeria, had a peaceful transfer of power following the first-ever electoral defeat of an incumbent president in its history, or, conversely, deal a devastating setback to a fragile West African subregion just emerging from long years of conflict and still reeling from last year’s Ebola epidemic. Read more

Labour orders Ebonyi workers to begin strike

Labour unions in Ebonyi State on Friday directed civil servants in the state to begin a one-week warning strike immediately, to demand payment of their salaries.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that workers and the State Government have been on logger-heads for several months over payment of the 50 per cent salary structure implemented by the immediate-past administration.

The current administration reverted to 35 per cent salary structure and insisted that it would not pay the 50 per cent structure after paying it in June. Read more

Court adjourns The Nation’s Editor’s suit against Senate

A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed October 6, 2015, for definite hearing in a suit filed by the editor of The Nation Newspaper, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, against the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.

Omotosho is seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Senate from inviting him over a features story published in The Nation newspaper of July 30, 2015. The said story, which the Senate committee considered offensive, was  titled “Motion: 22 APC Northern senators working against Buhari.” Read more

 

Nigeria to raise $4bn in treasury bills in Q4 – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it plans to auction N814.78 billion in Treasury bills between Sept. 17 to Dec. 3.

According to the bank’s data on Friday, it will auction N215.14 billion worth of the 3-month paper, N193.64 billion in the 6-month debt and N406 billion worth of 1-year paper.

It said that the total debt proposed for the fourth quarter would be 6.66 per cent short of the N872.96 billion raised earlier in the year. Read more

FAAN’s security stops suspect from trafficking N54.4bn

The security officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Thursday prevented a suspect (nameswitheld) from trafficking 271.14 million dollars (N54.35 billion) through the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Ikeja.

The FAAN Deputy General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr Onyekwere Nnaekpe, made the discosure in a statement issued in Lagos. The statement said that the money was found on a cleaner (nameswitheld) attached to one of the cleaning contractors at the airport. Read more

Police arrest couple for battering house help

The Police in Lagos have arrested a couple in Ikosi-Ketu for allegedly inflicting injuries on their 16-year-old house help.

Sources close to Ketu Police Station where the case was reported by a good Nigerian, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the wife was the suspect who assaulted the maid. The source said, “We can regard the case as child trafficking and assault occasioning harm. “The incident happened on August 30, at about 9.10pm Read more

NUJ vows to disrupt Thisday’s 20th anniversay celebration over workers’ unpaid salaries

The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has threatened to disrupt the 20th anniversary celebration of Thisday Newspapers if the management failed to pay the outstanding salaries of the organisation’s journalists.

A statement by the National President of NUJ, Waheed Odusile, on Friday in Lagos said that the publisher of Thisday, Mr Nduka Obaigbena had been notified. Read more

Nigeria to host World Pension Summit in Abuja

Mrs Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, the Director-General, National Pencom Commission (PenCom), said on Friday that Nigeria was ready to host the second edition of the World Pension Summit-Africa Special in Abuja.

Anohu-Amazu said this in Lagos during an interactive session with newsmen on the upcoming event and the launch of a new logo for the commission. Read more

‘Overweight’ Balotelli not ready: Mihajlovic

AC Milan fans hoping to see Mario Balotelli hit top form for the first city derby of the season were kept in check Friday by Rossoneri coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.

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Balotelli, who has returned to the San Siro on a season-long loan deal, hit the opener, provided an assist and won a penalty on Thursday as Milan beat fourth division side Modena 3-2 in a friendly during the break for international fixtures. Read more

Police arrest couple for battering house help        

The Police in Lagos have arrested a couple in Ikosi-Ketu for allegedly inflicting injuries on their 16-year-old house help.

Sources close to Ketu Police Station where the case was reported by a good Nigerian, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the wife was the suspect who assaulted the maid. Read more

Village of 1,000 quarantined after Ebola death in SLeone

A village of almost 1,000 people has been placed in quarantine in Sierra Leone after the death of a 67-year-old woman from Ebola, officials said on Friday.

The three-week lockdown comes after officials announced on Tuesday that the food trader had died in Sella Kafta village in the northern district of Kambia, after being sick for up to 10 days without the authorities’ knowledge. Read more

Ivory Coast lets US company expore for oil in disputed area

Ivory Coast has concluded an agreement with the US oil company Anadarko to explore for oil in an area disputed with neighbouring Ghana.

The production sharing agreement for a deepwater block of 1,038 square kilometres (401 square miles) foresees at least $30 million (27 million euros) invested in exploration that should get under way in December, according to a government statement received Friday. Read more

Nigerian cashew processors operating below installed capacity

The Nigerian cashew processors are operating below 30 per cent of the combined installed capacity of 48,000 tonnes, according to an official of the umbrella association for the crop.

Mr Sotonye Anga, the National Publicity Secretary of the National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN), disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Read more

 

Syria’s Assad ready to share power, says Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was ready to hold snap parliamentary elections and could share power with a “healthy” opposition.

Russia, along with Iran, has been Assad’s principle international ally in the war that has raged in Syria for four-and-a-half years and has claimed a quarter of a million lives. Putin told newsmen during the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok that “we really want to create some kind of international coalition to fight terrorism and extremism.” Read more

FAAN’s security stops suspect from trafficking N54.4bn

The security officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Thursday prevented a suspect (nameswitheld) from trafficking 271.14 million dollars (N54.35 billion) through the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Ikeja.

The FAAN Deputy General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr Onyekwere Nnaekpe, made the discosure in a statement issued in Lagos.

The statement said that the money was found on a cleaner (nameswitheld) attached to one of the cleaning contractors at the airport. Read more

Over 2.1 mln displaced in Nigeria by Boko Haram insurgency

Over 2.1 million people are internally displaced in northeast Nigeria after a spike in a six year insurgency by the Boko Haram group, the International Organization for Migration said Friday, revising a previous figure of 1.5 million.

“The recent spike in attacks by insurgents triggered the increase,” the IOM said, referring to stepped up attacks by the hardline Islamist group in recent months. More than 1,000 people have died in Boko Haram attacks since May 29 when President Muhammadu Buhari came to power. Read more
Obama says US shares Saudi concerns about Yemen instability

President Barack Obama says the U.S. shares Saudi Arabia’s concerns about Yemen and the need to restore an inclusive and functioning government.

Obama is meeting with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in the Oval Office. He says it’s obviously a challenging time for the Middle East.

The U.S. has been supporting Saudi airstrikes against the Iran-aided Houthi rebels, who are in a civil war with the U.S.-recognized government. But the Obama administration also has expressed concerns about civilian casualties there. Read more

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