SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 10, 2016
Buhari inaugurates Onnoghen as acting CJN
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday inaugurated Justice Walter Onnoghen as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.
This is following the retirement of Justice Mahmud Mohammed at the attainment of the mandatory 70 years’ retirement age. Onnoghen is expected to act until the name of substantive CJN is forwarded to the Senate and it is confirmed. Read more
Lagosians consume N3bn food daily- Ambode
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday said that investors willing to do business in the agric sector in the State can be rest assured of a ready market and returns on investment as the daily consumption of food items in the State is worth over N3billion daily.
The Governor, who spoke at the maiden edition of the Lagos Food Security and Exhibition Summit with the theme “Actualizing Sustainable Food Security in Lagos State: A New, Comprehensive Agenda’, said his administration remains committed in its efforts towards maximising its comparative advantage in the sector to achieve food security. Read more
Court grants Fani-Kayode N50m bail
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday granted bail to a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani- Kayode, in the sum of N50m after he was arraigned on five counts of N26m fraud.
Fani-Kayode, a Director of Media and Publicity in the campaign organisation of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, pleaded not guilty to all the five counts preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Read more
N8bn CBN scam: Fresh application for plea bargain stalls trial
Justice Joyce Abdulmaleek of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, on Thursday adjourned till Dec. 6 hearing on the plea bargain process between Olunike Afolabi and the EFCC in the ongoing N8 billion CBN currency scam case. Afolabi, Kolawole Babalola, Adeola Olaniran, Philip Togun and Adewale Ademola along with others had since 2015 been standing trial over multiple charges bordering on conspiracy, forgery, stealing and recirculation of N8 billion, property of CBN.
Abdulmaleek adjourned the case to allow Afolabi and the EFCC conclude all the processes involved in the plea bargain arrangement. She said the adjournment would also allow the charge sheets to be amended to reflect the current realities. Read more
Banker docked over alleged theft of employer’s N810,000
For allegedly stealing N810,000 from her employer, a 33-year-old banker, Ebere Okeke, was on Thursday arraigned before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The accused, who resides at A19, Kajola St., Governor Road, Ikotun, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a count charge. Read more
Saraki urges Ghana to review $120 residency fee
President of the Senate, Senator Olubukola Saraki, has appealed to the Ghanaian Parliament to review the $120 Residency Fee imposed on Nigerians living in Ghana.
The Senate President made the appeal on Wednesday when he was visited by the Ghanaian parliamentarians at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja. Read more
Soldier kidnapped as he leaves bank
A soldier, Musa Lawal, attached to the 13th Brigade of the Nigerian Army was on Thursday kidnapped by unknown gunmen along the busy Calabar Road in Calabar, Cross River State.
Lawal had just stepped out of the bank when the gunmen bundled him into a waiting vehicle and whisked him away to an unknown destination. Read more
Appeals to Supreme Court need constitutional amendment – Ex-CJN
The former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, on Thursday called for a constitutional amendment to reduce appeals to the Supreme Court.
The immediate past CJN made the call in his speech during a valedictory session organised for his exit from the bench. Mohammed said the volume of appeals filed in the apex court was overwhelming. Read more
Lawyer’s illness stalls Dudafa’s N5.1bn fraud trial
The scheduled trial of a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, for alleged N5.1bn fraud was stalled on Thursday due to the absence of his lawyer, Mr. Gboyega Oyewole.
Oyewole wrote to the court that he was ill. The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, consequently adjourned till November 21, 2016 for continuation of trial. Read more
Tambuwal Redeploys Permanent Secretaries
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has approved the redeployment of two Permanent Secretaries:
They are Shehu Bawa Gorondoyo from the Ministry of Animal Health to Ministry of Environment; and Aminu Abdullahi from Ministry of Environment to Ministry of Animal Health. Read more
Again, Senate rejects FIRS budget
The Senate on Thursday rejected the report of its Finance Committee on the 2016 budget of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, asking the John Enoh-led team to go do a better job.
The Senate had referred the request of President Muhammadu Buhari on the budget of the FIRS to its committee on finance in July. Read more
Niger Govt Reduces Cost of Obtaining C of O
With just N20,000 you can now obtain a certificate of occupancy in Niger state. The state government has also said that the document could be obtained within two months.
The new policy announced on Thursday by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, at a post-executive council media briefing was approved by the state executive council at its meeting held in Minna on Wednesday. Read more
Court Orders Arrest of Bisi Akande’s Brother for Fraud, Threat to Life
An Osogbo chief magistrate court has issued an arrest warrant against the chairman of the governing board of Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun, Mr. Niyi Akande.
Security sources informed THISDAY that operatives are already seeking relevant information that could lead to his arrest. Read more
Okowa Presents N270.9bn as 2017 Budget Estimates
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Thursday presented budget estimates totalling N270.9 billion for the 2017 fiscal year with a plea to all government functionaries to make fiscal discipline their watchword in the administration’s strive to minimize the effects of the current economic recession on its development blueprint.
The figure represents an increase over the 2016 total figure of N268 billion approved budget for January to September 2016 period. Read more
Group Sets Agenda for New NDDC Board, Warns Against Politicising Projects
The new management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has been told to drop all political intrigues in the execution of its mandate. Instead, it was urged to spread developmental projects and infrastructure across the oil producing states.
The President General of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) committed to dousing tension in the region through poverty alleviation and development, the Niger Delta Network Advancement Programme (NDNAP), Hon. Al Mustapher Emem Edoho gave the advice on Thursday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Read more
FG Advocates Safer Mining Practices For Communities
our people were reported dead, and over 10 injured, in Muye Village, Kafinkoro District, Paikoro local government area, Niger State, as a result of unsafe mining practices; and speaking at the site of the incident, the minister of mines and steel development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who led a delegation of the top staff of the ministry to the site, said that they were there for more investigation into the report from the mines officer on what led to the unfortunate loss of two lives in the course of what could better be described as a gold rush by artisanal miners operating in that local government.
Reacting to the activities of illegal miners in Nigeria, he said, “The truth of the matter is that it is very pervasive and extensive, and it is all over the country. The people involved in it maybe as many as 6-10 million Nigerians.” Read more
Continuous Smuggling Of Rice Threatens Over N2b Local Investment -RIPAN
The chairman, Rice Processors Association of Nigeria (RIPAN) Hon. Abubakar Mohammed has said the massive smuggling of rice into the country if not checked, will kill the huge investment of private sector stakeholders in the rice value chain.
He added that the threat if not checked will kill off the the investment amounting to over N200 billion naira with a capacity well over 1.5 million metric tonnes a year. Read more
Bursar, Driver arrested for theft of N3m GCU money
THE Bursar and a driver of Government College, Ughelli, GCU, have been arrested and detained at the Ughelli “A” Division police station in connection with an alleged disappearance of N3million belonging to the school.
“The Bursar, Sando Richard and Driver, Aaron Isokari, were both arrested following investigations surrounding the incident,” a senior official attached to the Ughelli “A” Division police station told Vanguard. Read more
NDLEA Pursues N10.7bn Drug Case, Arraigns 4
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has concluded arrangement to arraign four suspected members of an international drug trafficking syndicate that specialises in smuggling narcotic drugs with fake security escort vehicles with siren.
The four suspects were caught recently with substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, estimated to cost about 24 million dollars in Europe and Asia. Read more
Court remands man in prison for alleged threat to parents’ lives
An Egor Magistrates’ Court in Benin on Thursday remanded Dickson Uwadinusu, 30, in prison for allegedly threatening to kill his parents.
The Magistrate, Mrs E.E. Edokpayi, who frowned at the accused person’s act, vowed not to grant him bail, adding that no parent would sue their child to court. Read more
Oyegun, APC Governors Flag Off Ondo Gubernatorial Campaign
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun and members of the APC Governors Forum on Thursday stormed Akure, the Ondo state capital for the flag-off of the party’s campaigns for the November 26, governorship election.
The rally had in attendance some dignitaries which includes : Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir Lawal , the Chairman National Campaign Committee, Gov. Solomon Lalong, Borno state governor, Kashim Shetima , Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal and Bauchi state governor, Mohammed Abubakar. Read more
Peterside To Wike: Resign And Join Police
Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 general election in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, has advised Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike to resign from office and join the ongoing recruitment of policemen by the Police Service Commission (PSC).
He said joining the Nigeria Police will afford the governor the opportunity of actualising his dream of investigating, trying and jailing suspects involved in the alleged printing of fake election result sheets of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Read more
FG not reversing privatisation of power sector
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Raji Fashola, on Thursday said the Federal Government would not revoke the privatisation of the nation’s power sector.
Fashola made the assertion at the 5th European Union (EU)-Nigeria Business Forum with the theme: “Harnessing Nigeria’s Potential for Economic Growth” in Lagos. Read more
Boastful Algeria team arrives, vows to cage Nigeria
Members of the Algerian delegation for Saturday’s Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles are expected in Lagos today en route Uyo, venue of the encounter.
The Algerians converged on the National Technical Centre Sidi Moussa on Sunday to start preparation for the encounter under the supervision of their new coach, George Leekens. Read more
John Obi Mikel: I’ll make decision on Chelsea future in January
John Obi Mikel has told ESPN FC that he will consider his future in January after Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr claimed his lack of playing time at Chelsea this season was punishment for participating at the Olympic Games in the summer.
Mikel, 29, who has been at Chelsea since 2006, has yet to make an appearance for the Premier League club under Antonio Conte this season. Read more
Russia admits it was in touch with Trump during election
Russia was in touch with Donald Trump during his election campaign, a diplomat has admitted.
‘There were contacts’ with influential people in his circle, deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax news agency. Read more
Boat deaths cast spotlight on Indonesian illegals in Malaysia
When Malaysian officials went to an island near the site of a boat accident that killed dozens of Indonesians on their way home last week, they were told the vessel was plying illegally with more than double the permitted number of passengers aboard.
For Paul Khiu, commander of the marine police in Johor state at the southern tip of peninsula Malaysia, the discovery came as no surprise. Read more
Snakes on a plate: Giant serpant drops from ceiling in restaurant
Dozens of diners were forced to cut their dinner short after a giant snake suddenly dropped from the ceiling and landed on their table.
The absolutely terrifying reptile somehow managed to emerge out of the ceiling tiles by slithering through a hole. Read more
Canada mocks Donald Trump by proposing their own wall to keep fleeing Americans out
Canadians are taunting their southern neighbours following Donald Trump’s victory by threatening to build “an ice wall” to keep them out.
Referencing Mr Trump’s notorious pledge to build a wall on the US’ border with Mexico, Twitter users have pledged to “start working on that wall” to keep out Americans attempting to move there. Read more