SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR JULY 26, 2016
Buhari appoints Mbam new RMAFC chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Elias Nwalem Mbam, an engineer as chairman for the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission.
The President also approved the appointment of Dr. (Mrs) Marilyn Amobi as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company. Read more
Soldiers, police battle militants in Lagos
Members of the police are locked in a gun battle with militants in Igando, a suburb of Lagos.
It was gathered that the militants stormed the area around 4am, looting shops and shooting into the air.
The ongoing shootout, which has left three policemen injured, has caused residents of Igando, especially those around Ikejobi Avenue, Ewedogbon Bus Stop to flee their homes or hide indoors. Read more
Senate screening: Ambassadorial nominees fail to recite anthem, pledge
The Senate on Tuesday began the screening of the 47 ambassadorial nominees sent to it for legislative approval. However, Some of the nominees failed to recite the national anthem and pledge. Read more
Buhari, APC governors meet inside Aso Rock
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with state governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
The meeting is holding inside the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Ambode flags off Epe-Marina lagoon reclamation project
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday embarked on extensive inspection of on-going projects across the State, where he equally flagged off the world class Epe-Marina Lagoon reclamation project aimed at giving a quantum leap to the tourism potentials of the State.
Governor Ambode, who was accompanied on the inspection tour by top government functionaries, said the lagoon reclamation projects in Epe and Badagry, upon completion, would look like that of Dubai in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Read more
Kogi Speaker resigns
The Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Momoh Jimoh, has resigned after a long leadership tussle in the assembly. Following his resignation, Umar Imam was chosen as his successor. Read more
Post-UTME: UNILAG releases admission guidelines
The University of Lagos on Tuesday released its Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination admission screening guidelines for the 2016/2017 academic session.
A statement issued by the institution’s Deputy Registrar (Information), Mr Toyin Adebule, the said online registration for the screening would hold from Aug. 3 to Aug. 24. Read more
PDP violence made INEC postpone Rivers elections – APC
The All Progressives Congress in Rivers on Tuesday expressed its disappointment at the postponement of the July 30 rerun election in the state, blaming the shift on the Peoples Democratic Party’s violent antics.
The APC, in a statement by its spokesman, Senibo Chris Finebone, said the postponement would further deny the Rivers State people parliamentary representations at both national and state. Read more
NDLEA arraigns minor for peddling Indian hemp
A minor, Uchenna Akoma, was on Tuesday arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly peddling Indian hemp, also known as marijuana.
The minor was arraigned in camera before Justice Babs Kuewumi. Read more
Indonesia to execute Nigerian, other drug convicts this week
A group of drug convicts including foreigners will face the firing squad in Indonesia this week after authorities Tuesday gave notice of their executions, a diplomat said, despite protests from governments and rights groups.
Syed Zahid Raza, the deputy Pakistani ambassador in Jakarta, told AFP the convicts, who include a Pakistani, could be executed around midnight Friday after officials signalled the start of a 72-hour notice period at a meeting with diplomats. Read more
Seven FRSC Staff incapacitated by over-speeding drivers
The Niger state Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Tuesday disclosed that seven of its staff have been incapacitated by speeding drivers in the state.
According to the state Commander, Susan Ajenge, these staff were killed on the highway while trying to enforce road safety regulations adding that they were run down by speeding drivers. Read more
Bye-election: Kano state govt warns trouble makers
The Kano State Government says it is committed to ensuring free, fair and peaceful election during the forthcoming State House of Assembly bye-election in Minjibir.
This is contained in a statement signed by the state Commissioner of Information, Youths and Sports, Malam Mohammed Garba, and made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Tuesday. Read more
Niger Delta Republic: People of South South will not support you – Group tells militant
A group, the Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, on Tuesday urged the militant group, Adaka Boro Avengers, ABA, to give peace a chance, stressing that no indigene of the region will support the threat of the militants to declare Niger Delta a republic by August 1.
Recall that ABA had in a statement threatened the unity of Nigeria, saying the Niger Delta region will be declared a republic come August 1. Read more
Police arraign man in court for cheating
The police on Tuesday arraigned Vitalis Chijionwa of Kuje, Abuja, in a Wuse Zone 2 Chief Magistrates’ Court for cheating and criminal intimidation.
Chijionwa is standing trial on a four-count charge of criminal conspiracy, breach of trust, cheating by impersonation and criminal intimidation. Read more
Anambra: Court quashes alleged impeachment of Council chair
A High court in Onitsha, presided over by Justice Ijeoma Onwuamaegbu, has quashed the alleged impeachment of a former transition chairman for Onitsha south local government area in Anambra state, Lady Ann Chukwuneke, describing it as unlawful.
The former transition chairman was allegedly impeached by few members of the council on 21stNovember, 2014 led by Emeka Akanegbu without following due process. Read more
Don’t declare N-Delta Republic, groups warn Ada Boro Avengers
FOUNDATION for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade, FHRACC and Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, both in Delta State, on Tuesday, called on the Adaka Boro Avengers, ABA, to abort their intention to declare a Republic of Niger Delta, August 1.
The groups in separate statements in Warri, said the move does not enjoy the support of right- thinking indigenes of the region. Read more
CBN increases interest rates to 14%
The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday announced a tightening of monetary policy stance by increasing the monetary policy rate by 200 basis points from 12 per cent to 14 per cent.
It, however, left the Cash Reserve Ratio and the Liquidity Ratio unchanged at 22.5 per cent and 30 per cent respectively. Read more
How FG, States can overcome current economic hardship – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has given an insight into what the Federal and state governments should do to overcome the prevailing economic hardship buffeting the country and the citizens.
Obasanjo said when “times are hard” such as the one the nation contends with today, governments must not only increase the Internally Generated Revenue(IGR), but also endeavour to shrink their sizes and “reduce waste.” Read more
APC govt has no effective ecomomic strategy – TMG
The Transitional Monitoring Group (TMG) has said that the dwindling economic situation of Nigeria had clearly shown that the All Progressive Congress (APC) government had no effective strategies to address the problem.
TMG categorically said that although the economic mess is a creation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led government, there is absence of a well articulated policy to bring out Nigerians out of economic doldrums. Read more
Nigeria, South Africa, others need $600b to meet SDGs
African governments have been charged to seek alternative ways of addressing the increasing debts accruing to them due to global economic recession.
Besides, the governments are also enjoined to add new revenue sources to finance their development, such as remittances, public-private partnerships (PPPs), and a clampdown on illicit financial flows, warning that debt looks unsustainable in some countries. Read more
Finance Minister Insists Nigeria Has ‘Credible Plan’ To Deal With Crisis
The federal government remains hopeful of an economic revival the Finance Minister, Mrs Kemi Adeosun has said, even as the country slides into recession.
Low global oil prices have helped push Nigeria’s economy into its worst economic crisis in decades. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank 0.4 per cent in the first quarter while second-quarter growth figures – expected this week – are to reflect a deepening crisis due mainly to lower oil receipts amid militant attacks in the Niger Delta. Read more
27.5m Nigerian Traders Don’t Pay Tax – FIRS
Over 27 million traders in the country do not pay tax to the coffers of government thereby making zero contribution to the national treasury.
This was disclosed yesterday by the chairman of the Joint Tax Board, Mr Babatunde Fowler in his opening remarks at the 135th meeting of the Board in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. Read more
FIFA’s Anti-corruption War Similar To Mine – PMB
President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged Nigeria’s support to FIFA president’s reform agenda, noting that they were similar to those his presidency had outlined to resuscitate Nigeria.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Femi Adesina, President Buhari also said his administration would pay keen interest to accountability and transparency amongs tht egame’s administrators, to fast-track football development in the country. Read more
Come Get Your Tickets, Ministry Calls Out To Team Nigeria Athletes
The Ministry of Youth & Sports Development has called out to the athletes representing the nation at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to come get their air tickets by mid-week.
The Minister, Solomon Dalung, revealed this during a meeting with the president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Solomon Ogba and ministry staff of the Federation of Elite Athletes Department (FEAD) in Abuja yesterday. Read more
We’ll only celebrate excellent athletes – NSA
The chairman of the Nigerian Sports Award (NSA), Ikedi Isiguzo has said that the award is meant for athletes that have distinguished themselves throughout the year, as the nominations for the 2016 edition began yesterday across the country.
Speaking at the press briefing to unfold pans for this year’s award, Isiguzo reaffirmed the commitment of the organisers to the award, while insisting that award would only be given to athletes that distinguished themselves for the country. Read more
Arsenal target, Higuain, joins Juventus
Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain has joined Juventus for a fee in excess of £75 million, reports say.
The Gunners have made offensive reinforcements a priority this summer and had identified Higuain as a target after failing to secure Jamie Vardy earlier in the transfer window. Read more
World Cup: FIFA considers more slots for Africa
The visiting President of world football governing body, FIFA, Gianni Infantino, has said if the organisation should consider increasing the number of teams that will be participating in the World Cup he would propose two more slots for Africa.
Infantino made the promise on Monday while speaking with State House correspondents shortly after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Spain’s ruling PP to stand trial for destroying laptops
Spain’s party of acting government, the People’s Party (PP), will go on trial for destroying two laptops used by a former treasurer who is already being tried for his involvement in an alleged party slush fund, a Madrid court said on Tuesday.
The PP would be treated as an individual and brought to trial with the party’s new treasurer Carmen Navarro on charges of perverting the course of justice and destroying the two laptops, the court ruled. Read more
Twelve-year-old Scout dies during Finland trip
A 12-year old British Scout has died after collapsing at an international gathering in Finland. Charlie Girling, who was with the 1st Aylesford Scout group, died on Sunday evening while attending the Finnish jamboree, Roihu 2016, near the town of Hämeenlinna in southern Finland. An onsite medical team and paramedics from the local hospital offered immediate support but were unable to save him. Read more
Japanese suspect’s letter about killing disabled people – in full
Satoshi Uematsu, the man suspected of killing 19 disabled people at a residential care centre in Japan, wrote a letter to a prominent member of parliament asking for support for his actions.
The 26-year-old suspected murderer acted parliamentary speaker Tadamori Oshima to help, “for the sake of dear Japan and all humankind”. Read more
Obama puts FBI in charge of nation’s cybersecurity
A presidential directive signed by President ObamaTuesday will put the FBI in charge of responding to all cyber threats and give the federal government a more active role in investigating, preventing and mitigating attempts to hack into U.S.-based computer networks.
Obama’s homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, said the change was necessary because it’s not always clear whether those responsible for a hacking incident are other countries, terrorists or criminals. Read more