SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 12, 2015
Pro-Biafra agitators demonstrate in Owerri
Hundreds of supporters of Pro- Biafra groups on Thursday marched along major streets in Owerri and called for the release of Mr Nnamdi Kanu, the acclaimed operator Radio Biafra.
The demonstrators, comprising members of Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra and the Indigenous People of Biafra, chanted pro-Biafra songs and war songs. While the demonstration lasted, armed security operatives, including the police and the army, in trucks, monitored the situation. Read more
Threat to Life: Dasuki’s Suit Against FG for Hearing on Friday
The hearing of suit filed by the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Mohammed Dasuki (rtd), against the federal government for alleged threat to life and denial of freedom of movement, will begin today at the Federal High Court (FHC) in Abuja.
Dasuki, who has been placed under house arrest in the last one week by operatives of the Department of the State Service (DSS), is seeking enforcement of his fundamental human rights to dignity and security of his life. Read more
Internal Security: Army Reads Riot Act to Compromising Officers
The Nigerian Army has warned its officers and men engaged in internal security coordination with the Nigeria Police to be alive to their responsibilities of adequate protection of lives and property and desist from taking sides.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in a statement released through PRNigeria on Thursday, warned that officers found taking sides in any internal insurrection or failing to perform their responsibility as expected would face the consequences of their actions. Read more
Firm introduces new tractors for Africa and Middle East
Massey Ferguson, a worldwide brand of AGCO, is introducing a new range of 50hp-85hp tractors for selected African and Middle East markets. This latest move will further strengthen its product offering in the lower horsepower tractor sector in these territories and offer a broader choice to farmers looking for a rugged and reliable multi-purpose machine. In addition, to complement these new MF 300 Series tractors, a new line of Massey Ferguson-branded implements is also being unveiled for the region. Read more
NUPENG Urges FG to Diversify Economy
Due to the dwindling prizes of oil on the international market, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has urged the federal government to as a matter of urgency look inward by diversifying the nation’s economy through the promotion of agriculture, solid minerals and tourism.
In a welcome address delivered at the 2015 NUPENG National Education Seminar in Owerri, the National President, Comrade Igwe Achese, lamented the adverse effect the oil gloom in the world had caused the nation’s economy, which had reduced the revenue accruing to the nation by 50 percent. Read more
Support Buhari anti- corruption crusade- Afenifere
THE secretary-General of the pan- Yoruba socio-political association, Afenifere, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa has urged Nigerians to support and cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in his effort to tackle corruption.
Arogbofa,who is also the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council, Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State, stressed the need for the President to implement the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference, as he said it was the only way forward for the country. Read more
Sylva to Dickson: Go with your wicked policies
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the December 5 election in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, on Thursday asked the state Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, to pack his belongings and get ready to quit the Government House.
Sylva lambasted Dickson, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the election and described his policies and programmes as anti-people, wicked and painful. Read more
Jonathan’s defeat has not shutout CAN in scheme of things in Nigeria – Asake
The General Secretary of the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Musa Asake, yesterday, disagreed that the defeat of the former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan in the last presidential election had completely shut out the national body of Christians in the scheme of things in the country.
He noted that it was so disappointing for some people to be thinking along that line, adding that CAN is not a political organization or an affiliate of the federal government that it would be counting it losses after election. Read more
You Can’t Make Yourself Minister, Lagos Lawyer Tells Buhari
A Lagos lawyer, Nnaemeka Iheoinu, has said that it is wrong for President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint himself the Minister for Petroleum, instead of naming someone else for the position.
Speaking with Daily Independent in Lagos, Iheonu, a member of the International bar Association (IBA), said the action of Mr. President is against the provisions and spirit of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
It would be recalled that while listing the portfolios for the ministers during their inauguration on Wednesday November 11, 2015, Buhari named himself as the Minister of Petroleum while he named Ibe Kachikwu as the Minister of State for Petroleum. Read more
How Pro-Biafra Protest Bloody In Rivers
One person was declared dead while two others sustained various degrees of injuries when security agents shot at thousands of pro-Biafran protesters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
The protesters numbering over 5,000 almost overwhelmed the security operatives including armed soldiers along the Aba/Port Harcourt express way, calling for the “unconditional” release of the director of the Radio Biafra, Nnmadi Kanu, being detained by the Federal Government. Read more
Medical Expert Lists Major Causes Of Death In Nigeria
The medical director of SUN Medical Diagnostics, Onitsha, Dr. Paul Lewis Ezeukwu, has listed poor diet, self-medication, lack of comprehensive medical check-up and lack of exercise by people as the major cause of deaths among Nigerians.
Ezeukwu, who is a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia, United States of America said in Onitsha that Nigerians eat too much of white food which are mainly starch and carbohydrates and these cause diabetes. Read more
‘Illegal Refinery Operators Are Suicide Patients’
Operators of illegal refineries along the coastline of the Niger Delta region and elsewhere in the country where oil pipelines are located are only attempting to kill themselves because of the hazards involved in the crude processing of crude to get just a few gallons of diesel of kerosene.
President of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE), Prof. Eminike N. Wami, made the assertion during a press briefing on the occasion of the 45th Annual Conference/ Annual General Meeting of the society held at the Bestwestern plus Wetland Hotel, Mofor, DSC, Udu council area of Delta State. Read more
Anti-Ambode Story: Lagos Hits Back At Economist, Others
The Lagos State Government has criticised London-based weekly magazine, The Economist, over a scathing report it published about Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
The magazine had said in its report titled, ‘Why Nigeria’s largest city is even less navigable than usual’, that Ambode had failed to consolidate on the gains of his predecessor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola. Read more
Corruption Rocks TSA
The Treasury Single Account (TSA) mandated by the Federal Government has been rocked by corruption few months into its operation.
This discovery, which was made known on the floor of the Senate by Senator Dino Melaye has an alarm and several skepticism about the Buhari’s anti-corruption war. Read more
Ijaw Group Suspends Leader Over Misconduct
The leadership crisis rocking the Ijaw National Congress (INC) has assumed a different dimension with the suspension of its President, Boma Obuoforibo, over alleged gross misconduct.
Barrister Boma Obuoforibo’s suspension on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, followed the report of a Seven-man investigative panel set up by the Congress to look into allegation of fraudulent misconduct allegedly perpetrated by the suspended president. Read more
Lagbus-ticket selleer docked for allegdly biting colleague
A 25-year-old Lagbus-ticket seller, Bisiriyu Adekunle, who allegedly bite his colleague on the right hand, on Thursday appeared before an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
Adekunle, who resides in Igbogbo community,Ikorodu, is facing a charge of unlawful assault.
The Prosecutor, Cpl. Mary Ajiteru, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Oct. 29 at the BRT Bus-Stop in Ikorodu. “The accused and the complainant, Adebanjo Sunday, are employees of the same company, but they had a misunderstanding which resulted to a fight. Read more
‘Army Panel Yet To Receive Petition On Military Involvement In 2014/2015 Polls’
The 5-man panel of inquiry set up by the Nigerian Army to investigate and make appropriate recommendation over alleged involvement in partisan politics by some soldiers and officers during the 2014/2015 general elections in the country on Thursday said the panel was yet to receive any petition from the public or Civil Society Organization (CSO).
The panel which has the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Headquarters, 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade as its President made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on the update of the panel sitting which commenced monday. Read more
CAC is committed to creating enabling environment for business in Nigeria – Registrar
The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has reiterated its commitment to create enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the country.
Mr Bello Mahamud, the Registrar-General of CAC, pledged the Commission’s commitment to promote business in the country through seamless and prompt registration of companies and post-incorporation filings. Read more
Why Amuneke should be retained as U17 team coach
A Lagos-based sports philanthropist, Toyin Sodipo, has urged the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to retain the Chief Coach of the Under 17 national team, Emmanuel Amuneke, even as he urged President Muhammadu Buhari to honour the victorious boys for making the country proud. Sodipo, who congratulated members of the Golden Eaglets on their record breaking performance of winning the FIFA Under 17 world cup, for a record fifth title, said he was not surprised with the impeccable performance of the Emmanuel Amuneke tutored team, as he had earlier predicted that the team would return home with the trophy. Read more
France’s Hollande wants ‘all information’ on reported German spying
French President Francois Hollande called Thursday for Berlin to supply all the information it had after reports Germany’s foreign intelligence service spied on Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, saying it was not the kind of behaviour he expected between friendly countries. Read more
Russian ex-cop sentenced to prison for ‘spying for CIA’
Russia on Thursday sentenced a former policeman to 13 years in prison on high treason charges, accusing him of spying for the CIA, the security service said.
The Moscow District Court convicted a former employee of the interior ministry’s Moscow region branch, Yevgeny Chistov, of high treason and sentenced him to 13 years in a high-security prison, the FSB security service said in a statement. Read more
Coalition strikes, fighting kill 24 Yemen rebels
At least 24 rebels were killed Thursday in Saudi-led coalition air strikes and attacks by pro-government forces in Yemen’s south, military sources said.
Coalition jets bombed two rebel troops carriers north of Damt, the second largest city in Daleh province, which Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies recaptured on Saturday. Read more
As ties thaw, Iran’s Rouhani in historic visit to Europe
Hassan Rouhani heads to Italy and France from Saturday for the first visit of an Iranian leader to Europe in 16 years, as ties thaw after Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
In Rome on Saturday and Sunday, Rouhani will meet Italian officials and Pope Francis, while on Monday and Tuesday in Paris he will see President Francois Hollande. Read more
Jail for UK woman who pretended to be man for sex with friend
A woman was jailed for eight years by a British court Thursday after tricking a friend she met on Facebook into having sex with her by disguising herself as a man.
Gayle Newland, 25, met the victim on the social network in 2011 using the profile name Kye Fortune and spoke to her on the phone impersonating a man’s voice. Read more