*Prof Soyinka denies insulting Igbos *Kidnappers demand N4m ransom for abducted catholic priest

*Prof Soyinka denies insulting Igbos  *Kidnappers demand N4m ransom for abducted catholic priest


Sabinews Midday News Update for May 6, 2015

Prof Soyinka denies insulting Igbo, slams online media

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has denied describing Igbo as people who vote based on their stomach. Some online media had quoted Soyinka as saying Igbo were politically naive while delivering a lecture titled ‘Predicting Nigeria, Electoral Ironies’ at Harvard University Hutchins Centre for African and African American Research in the United States.

He was quoted as saying “Igbo remained unrepentant and resolute towards their strategic objective of secession at worst; or a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction at best.” However, Soyinka said in a statement on Thursday that it was unfortunate that people could tell lies against him. The playwright described those peddling the rumour as morons who have ulterior motives. He said his entire lecture delivered at Harvard University was recorded on video and anyone who was interested could access it on the Internet. Read more

Kidnappers demand N4m ransom for abducted catholic priest

The kidnappers of a Catholic priest in Ankpa, Kogi State, Rev. Father Innocent Umor, have demanded N4m as ransom. The priest, who was in charge of a church in Ikanepo parish under the Idah Catholic Diocese of Kogi State, was kidnapped on Monday. Another priest of the church, Rev. Father Hyacinth, said Umor’s abductors called the Bishop of the Diocese, Anthony Adaji, for the ransom.

Ecobank asks court to jail DMO’s DG

Ecobank Nigeria Limited has accused the Director General of the Debt Management Office, Mr. Abraham Nwankwo, of frustrating its move to recover a huge debt allegedly owed it by an oil marketing firm, First Deepwater Discovery Limited.

The bank’s lawyer, Mr. Kunle Ogunba (SAN), appeared on Tuesday before a Federal High Court in Lagos asking the court to imprison Nwankwo over alleged disobedience and contempt of court. Read more

Borno indigene walking to Maiduguri arrives Ilorin

An indigene of Borno,  who is on an historic walk from Lagos to Maiduguri, has arrived Ilorin, the Kwara capital.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Umar had embarked on the trip to celebrate the victory of the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 general elections.

Umar, who spoke to newsmen in Ilorin, reminded youths of the need to shun violence while channelling their energy toward promoting the country’s democratic process. Read more

FG borrows 473bn to pay salaries

The federal government has borrowed 473 billion naira to meet up with recurrent expenditure including paying of salaries while it is yet to release funds for capital projects.

According to Reuters, Nigeria has already used half the borrowing allowance it has budgeted for and has not released any funds for capital expenditure so far this year, as lower oil prices eat into its revenues, the country’s finance minister said on Tuesday. “We have serious challenges,” Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said in an emailed statement. “Things have been tough since the beginning of the year and they are likely to remain so till the end of the year.” Read more

Akpabio Counsels Nigerian Artistes Against Drugs

Worried by the excruciating pains the effect of drug abuse could cause to youths, Akwa Ibom State governor Godswill Akpabio has warned Nigerian entertainers to avoid indulging in such illicit habit.

Speaking in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital at a forum of entertainers, who converged at the launch of a musical album by Mc Galaxy, Akpabio, accompanied by the governor-elect, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, advised the artistes to use their trade to reposition the youths. Read more

Gov Orji Commissions High Court Complexes

Abia State governor Theodore Orji has said that his administration would be remembered by posterity as one that built a solid infrastructural foundation for good governance in the state.

He said there was almost nothing on ground to support democratic governance like befitting   structures for the judiciary, public information, workers’ secretariat, Government House among others which would have been taken for granted in the 24-year-old state.  Read more

DESOPADEC Donates 35 Tricycles To Disabled Persons In Delta

Thirty five tricycles popularly known as Keke-Napep were at the weekend distributed to disabled persons in Urhobo land by Chief Ominimini, on behalf of DESOPADEC and Chief (Dr.) Henry Ofa, the commissioner representing Urhobo nation on the Board of DESOPADEC.

Distributing the tricycles to the disabled persons at Ughelli, the headquarters of Delta Central District of Delta State, Chief Ominimini said, “The gifts are to aid those with disabilities to earn their daily breads as these Keke-napeps are meant to contribute to their daily income”. Read more

Bayelsa Monarch, Others Protest Abandoned N4bn Shore Protection Contract

The 90-year-old paramount ruler of Agge Community in Ekeremor local government area of Bayelsa State, HRH David Gian Isiayi, yesterday led angry indigenes of the community on a peaceful protest against alleged abandonment of a N4billion Shore Protection contract awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The contract, awarded to an indigenous contractor known as Beks Kimse Nigeria Ltd, was expected to reclaim over 2.9km of land of the community washed away by the surging ocean. Read more

THEFT: Police Arraign Farmer For Stealing N500m Items From Ex-Gov Daniel’s Hotel

The police in Ogun State yesterday arraigned a 34-year-old farmer, Ariyo Fadipe, before an Abeokuta Magistrate’s Court for alleged burglary of a hotel belonging to former governor Gbenga Daniel.

Fadipe, whose farm borders the uncompleted Golf Resort Hotel in Oke-Mosan, allegedly stole various items from the facility valued at N500million. Read more


The military says Nigerian troops have rescued 25 more children and women from Boko Haram as they continued to attack and destroy the extremists’ camps in a forest stronghold.

Army spokesman Col. Sani Usman says many militants were killed in firefights Wednesday morning that also cost the life of one soldier. He says five troops were wounded. Read more

Nigeria: Lagos Assembly Passes Health Insurance Bill

The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed the State Health Insurance Bill. The bill now awaits the approval of Governor Babatunde Fashola to become a law.

It provides for a health insurance scheme that will apply to all residents of the state, including employees in the private and public sectors as well as the self-employed and unemployed. Read more

Four to die for brutal killing of Afghan woman

An Afghan court has sentenced four men to death by hanging for their roles in the mob killing of a woman in March.

The trial of 49 suspects, who were accused of taking part in the mob that killed the 27-year-old, known as Farkhunda, began on May 2. Nineteen police officers were among those facing charges in the trial. Read more

Rivers Violence: Probe Panel Begins Sitting Despite Court Order

The Commission of Inquiry into the politically-motivated violence and killings in Rivers State began its sitting on Monday in Port Harcourt, despite an order of the Federal High Court stopping it from sitting.

Justice Hyeladzira Ajiya Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt had on April 30, 2015, in a suit no: FHC/PH/FHR/256/2015 filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) given an order restraining the ‘Respondents’ from taking further steps in connection with the sitting of the Commission of Inquiry instituted by the 10th Respondent (Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi), pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction. Read more

Teacher discovers “Grave” Site Discovered In Classroom

Pupils and teachers of Iguodala Primary School, Uhunduhun community in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State have abandoned academic activities following the discovery of a strange grave site in one of the classrooms in the school.

The suspected grave site which had blood stains was said to have been found by one of the teachers and some pupils at 7:30am on Monday, shortly after the morning assembly.Read more


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