SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 8, 2015
Pro-Biafra protesters storm Enugu
ENUGU Hundreds of Pro-Biafra supporters stormed Enugu metropolis at the wee hours of Sunday, protesting the continued detention of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu and demanding urgent recognition of the Sovereign State of Biafra.
This came as Nnamdi Kanu,Director, Radio Biafra was arrested and arraigned secretly at the Magistrate Court,Wuse 11,Abuja by the Department of State Security Services,DSS, but was later granted bail on October 19. Read more
Buhari swears in new Ministers on Wednesday
New National Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu alongside the 5 national federal commissioners would be sworn in Monday.
The 5 commissioners included Mrs. Amina Zakari, Mr. Solomon Adedeji Soyebi, Prof. Antonia Taiye Okoosi-Simbine, Dr. Muhammed Mustafa Lecky and Alhaji Baba Shettima Arfo. The ceremony which will hold at the Council Chamber in the presidential villa is slated for 11 am. on Monday. Read more
Dickson Campaigns In Sylva’s Community, Promises To Construct Nembe-Brass Rd
Bayelsa State governor Seriake Dickson on Saturday took his community-by-community campaign to Okpoama, the country home of his major opponent and All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Timipre Sylva,
Dickson assured the people of Okpoama, Brass Local Government Area, that his administration would award contract for the multi-billion naira Nembe-Brass Road in the first quarter of 2016 if re-elected on December 5 for another term in office.
Sylva had in 2009 as governor of the state described the Nembe-Brass Road as “not economically viable”, sparking off a protest by his kinsmen who asked him to resign. Read more
Boat Mishap: 11 Feared Dead, Labour Party Chieftain Killed In Delta
Eleven persons, including a driver, are feared dead following a boat mishap along the Escravos River in Warri South-West Council Area of Delta State on Friday, just as a Labour Party (LP) chieftain and House of Assembly aspirant in April 2015 general elections, Mr. Bright Obodo, was reportedly shot dead at his Orhowhorun Road residence Saturday night.
The boat mishap along the estuary of the Atlantic Ocean was said to be as a result of a downpour during which time all passengers in the outboard engine boat are usually covered in a broad tarpaulin to prevent them from getting soaked and leaving only boat driver standing to see ahead while piloting the passengers’ boat. Read more
Electricity: Expert Recommends Breakdown Of DISCO Zones Into States
A Professor of power and control engineering, Engineer Nwoye Okafor, has recommended a breakdown of the distribution zones as presently constituted to allow for at most one distribution company per state.
He stated this over the weekend at the second induction ceremony and admission of into the engineering profession of the 2014/2015 engineering graduates of the Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun state.
In his assessment of electricity distribution and generation in the country, in a paper titled, “Seminal Findings on Sustainable Power Supply Reliability in Nigeria”. Prof. Okafor stated that the size of the DISCOS under the present arrangement had made operations of the companies unmanageable. Read more
Ogoni Group Disassociates Self From Planned Protest
President of the Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo, said that he has disassociated the Ogoni people and himself from the plan linked to some groups operating in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State in readiness to stage a state-wide protest.
In a statement signed by his special adviser on media, Tambari Deekor on Sunday, November 8, 2015, theOgoni Central Indigenous Authority, OCIA, President urged the Nigeria Police Force to be on the alert to protect lives and property. Read more
Borgu Kingmakers Pick Successor to Late Emir
King makers in the Borgu Kingdom have picked the eldest son of the late emir, Senator Haliru Dantoro, as the new emir of Borgu kingdom.
Barrister Mohammed Sani Dantoro was unanimously selected to become the next emir of the kingdom late Saturday. Mohammed Sani Dantoro’s name was sent to the chairman of the king making body, the baa-karabonde, who also gave the final approval as demanded by the tradition and culture of the Borgu people. Read more
WHO report on processed, red meat, matters arising
Following recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report on the dangers of consuming red and processed meat, there is the need to identify what constitute red and processed meat, who should not eat it and how much of it is harmful.
The report of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of WHO, on Oct. 26, evaluated the carcinogenicity of consuming red and processed meat. Read more
Preventive medicine panacea to health challenges in Nigeria – Ohuabunwa
Sen. MAO Ohuabunwa has said that Nigeria can only overcome its health challenges by embracing preventive rather than curative medicine.
Ohuabunwa (PDP-Abia North) made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday. Read more
UK ‘letting down’ allies over IS in Syria: defence chief
The head of Britain’s armed forces on Sunday said the country was “letting down” allies by not participating in air strikes against Islamic State group jihadists in Syria.
Britain is part of a coalition hitting IS targets in Iraq, but its parliament has yet to be convinced of the need to join air strikes in neighbouring Syria and an influential committee of MPs recently advised against action. Read more
Amateur wins Athens classic marathon
Greek amateur Christoforos Merousis won the 33rd Athens classic marathon on Sunday, which this year excluded professionals.
The 33-year-old runner finished the 42 kilometre (26 mile) course in two hours, 21 minutes and 22 seconds, almost six minutes faster than the runner up. Read more
International offshore rig count drops off in October – Baker Hughes
Baker Hughes Incorporated has announced that the international rig count for October 2015 was 1,111, down 29 from the 1,140 counted in September 2015, and down 197 from the 1,308 counted in October 2014. The international offshore rig count for October 2015 was 270, up 2 from the 268 counted in September 2015, and down 56 from the 326 counted in October 2014.
The average U.S. rig count for October 2015 was 791, down 57 from the 848 counted in September 2015, and down 1,134 from the 1,925 counted in October 2014. The average Canadian rig count for October 2015was 184, up 1 from the 183 counted in September 2015, and down 240 from the 424 counted in October 2014. Read more
Navy hands over 6 vessels, 15 suspected oil thieves to NSCDC
The Nigerian Navy in Port Harcourt, on Sunday handed over six vessels and 15 suspected oil thieves to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for prosecution.
Speaking at the handover, Capt. Olusegun Soyemi, Executive Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, said that the suspects were arrested for their alleged involvement in illegal bunkering. He said that one of the suspects (name withheld) was arrested while discretely discharging (about 108, 000 litres of) diesel from a large wooden boat into five vessels without license. Read more
Ibori dissociates self from Biafran agitation, says he’s committed Nigerian
The former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori has called on those using his picture during Biafra protest to cease from using it and that he is a strong believer of united Nigeria where the rights of every citizen is held sacrosanct.
He also stated that the peace that the country enjoyed for forty five years after the civil war should not be broken by residues being dug up by some people to further divide the nation and betray efforts at national reconciliation and development. This he said must not be allowed. Read more
1.4 Million People To Attend Papal Mass In Kenya
Catholic church officials and Kenyan authorities say they expect 1.4 million people to attend a mass officiated by Pope Francis when he visits this country on his first trip Africa.
Presidential spokesman Manoah Esipisu said Sunday the pope’s visit to Kenya on Nov. 25 to 27 — the first stop in his three-state visit of Africa— will see the pontiff talk about strengthening families, inter-ethnic tolerance and inclusivity. Read more
Litigation Won’t Stop N6.9bn Alade Market Project, Says Ikeja LG
The Ikeja Local Government at the weekend said the pending lawsuit before a Lagos High Court would not stop the redevelopment of Alade Market into a mega shopping mall valued at a minimum of N6.9 billion.
The local government added that it had briefed the state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and the State House of Assembly about the project, saying both of whom advised that all interests were properly accommodated. Read more
Taraba Election Judgement: PDP Paying Price for Impunity, Says APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that Saturday’s judgement of
the Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal is a price the Peoples Democratic Party has to pay for seeds it sowed in its years of impunity and recklessness.
While reacting to allegations of interference in the Taraba governorship election petition made against it, the ruling party said the PDP should rather blame itself for whatever tragedy that has now befallen it. Read more
Mimiko: Lack of Fund Stalls LG Election
The much awaited election into local governments in Ondo State scheduled to hold in December this year would have to wait till next year.
An indication to this end emerged from the Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko while answering questions during an interactive session, “Mr Governor Speaks,” monitored on the state-owned radio and television channels. Mimiko said holding the election would not be possible now due to lean financial situation of the state. Read more
Biafra: Obasanjo, ‘kettle calling pot black’, says Achuzia
FORMER Biafra leader and Ikemba of Asaba, Delta State, Chief Joseph Achuzia, has berated former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, for describing pro-Biafra agitators as miscreants, saying he is a kettle calling the pot black.
Speaking to Vanguard in an interview in Asaba, Achuzia said, “This is a question of the kettle calling pot black. The ex- President, Olusegun Obasanjo, is a friend, I have the greatest respect for him, but unfortunately, half or most of the times, he, out of arrogance becomes careless in the words he uses.” Read more