SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 15, 2016
Boko Haram kills another Nigerian Lieutenant Colonel
A senior Nigerian soldier was on Tuesday killed by the Boko Haram, reports Premium Times. B.U. Umar, a lieutenant colonel and commanding officer of 114 TF battalion of the Nigerian Army was ambushed alongside his troops on Monday morning between Bita and Piridang.
“His vehicle stepped on an improvised explosive device, but he was not hurt,” a source disclosed. “He came out to assess the damage on the vehicle and Boko Haram opened fire and killed him in the process.” Read more
Senate rejects Buhari’s 46 ambassadorial nominees
The Senate has rejected the 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari for legislative approval. The lawmakers said the list will be sent back to President Muhammadu Buhari “for resubmission and re-jigging.”
Some notable nominees are retired Justices of the Supreme Court, Justice George Oguntade; former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Mrs. Paulen Tallen; former member of the House of Representatives, Usman Bugaje; and former Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Ibeto. Read more
Reps seek life imprisonment for terrorists, sponsors
The House of Representatives moved on Tuesday to prescribe tougher penalties for terrorism, including “a maximum of life imprisonment.”
A person, who facilitates the escape of a suspect held for an act of terrorism also faces a life prison sentence. Read more
Our people have shown a commitment to remaining as one people – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured members of the Nigerian armed forces that their sacrifices in the anti-terrorism war would not go un-rewarded.
He said that the country was also proud of their gallantry and skills which they had displayed during various internal strifes to keep the nation together. Read more
Ambode appoints DIG Ajao as head of Lagos neighbourhood safety corps
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday constituted the Board of the Neighbourhood Safety Agency, in line with his quest to further strengthen the security of the State and safeguard its local communities.
Consequently, the Governor approved the appointment of DIG Israel Ajao (Rtd), a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos and Ogun and DIG Criminal Investigation, as Chairman of the Board. Read more
FRC commences verification of FG’s projects in North East
Officials of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC), have commenced monitoring of Federal Government projects being executed in the North East.
The Leader of North East Monitoring Team, Alhaji Ibrahim Baba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday that the exercise was meant to verify execution of projects captured in the budget and to assess the level of work. Read more
Fayose in trouble as witness says N137m was deposited into his account
Mr Alade-Oluseye Sunday, a prosecution witness in the on-going trial of Mr Abiodun Agbele, an ally of Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti, said he acted on the instructions of the defendant to pay money into various accounts, one of which is Ayodele Fayose’s in whose account N137m was deposited.
The witness, who is the branch Manager of Zenith Bank, Akure, told Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court Abuja while giving his testimony on Monday. Read more
Customs arrest bullion van with smuggled rice
The Oyo/Osun Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday said it had arrested a Bullion Van concealed with imported smuggled rice. The command said it also made some seizures which included 30 fairly used vehicles at different locations in the area.
The Area Controller, Mr Tolutope Ogunkua, who disclosed this to newsmen, in Ibadan, said that the bullion was intercepted in the Saki axis of Oyo state. Read more
Google, Facebook battle fake news sites
Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc on Monday announced measures aimed at halting the spread of “fake news” on the internet by targeting how some purveyors of phony content make money: advertising.
Google said it is working on a policy change to prevent websites that misrepresent content from using its AdSense advertising network, while Facebook updated its advertising policies to spell out that its ban on deceptive and misleading content applies to fake news. Read more
Twitter rolls out tool to curb online abuse, bullying
Twitter on Tuesday said it was rolling out a new tool to help users filter out harassment and abusive conduct on the messaging platform.
“The amount of abuse, bullying, and harassment we’ve seen across the internet has risen sharply over the past few years,” Twitter said in a statement. Read more
Court grants driver bail for allegedly injuring 2 pedestrians
A 35-year-old man, Saheed Olaleye, who allegedly drove dangerously on the public highway and caused injury to two pedestrians on Tuesday appeared at a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs M.I. Dan- Oni, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with one surety in like sum. Dan- Oni ordered that the surety should be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment with his address verified. Olaleye, a resident of No. 28, Fagbemi St., Amukoko area of Lagos, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of driving dangerously and driving dangerously to cause injury. Read more
ASUU talks tough, says no going back on strike; NAPTAN pleads for understanding
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says there is no going back on its one-week warning strike scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the union’s National President, told newsmen on telephone on Tuesday in Lagos that the strike would be total. Read more
PDP youths charge Yahaya Bello to show more commitment to civil service welfare
PDP National Youth Frontiers(PDPNYF), has tasked President Mohammadu Buhari to institute a high powered team to investigate the non utilisation of Kogi bailout fund and the lingering salary crises of civil servants and pensioners in the state.
The group said that the Kogi Governor,Yahaya Bello has refused to demonstrate more commitment beyond lip service to the welfare of workers and pensioners in the state challenging him to halt the endless screening committee along proper stewardship of the first tranche of bail out fund rejecting the returns rendered as anomaly. Read more
Court orders ex-Rangers footballer to pay landlord 14 months rent of N408,334
A Customary Court sitting in Awka on Tuesday ordered Arthur Egbunam, a former Rangers International FC player to pay N408,334, allegedly owed as rent to his landlord, Mr Godwin Ezeemo. Ezeemo, a former governorship candidate on the platform of the Progressive Peoples’ Alliance (PPA), had instituted the suit against Egbunam to demand payment of 14 months rent from June 2015 to July 2016.
Ezeemo, represented by his counsel, Mr Obi Ibeh, told the court that Egbunam defaulted in the payment of the rent on the property owed by his client located behind Government House Awka. Ibeh said that Ezeemo had given him Power of Attorney over the property and tendered the documents before the court. Read more
2 in court for stealing cows
Two men, Gambo Ibrahim, 41; and Isah Abdullahi, 27, were on Tuesday arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court over alleged stealing of cows.
The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Monica Ikebuilo, told the court that the accused committed the crime on Nov. 7 at Ado-Ekiti. Read more
Ekiti chief allegedly paraded round town for stealing
A chief, Ilesanmi Olorigbo, from Aita quarters of Ilupeju-Ekiti, in the Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, has been reportedly nabbed for allegedly stealing a mobile phone.
It was gathered that the chief was allegedly paraded round the town and forced to commence a hard labour of digging a deep well inside the community market. Read more
Recession: Nigeria seeks review of assessed contributions to UN
Nigeria has asked the UN to review its assessed contributions to the organisation for 2016 in view of the economic recession in the country.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, made the call at the UN when she met with the Chairman of Fifth Committee, Mr Kingston Rhodes. Read more
NNPC to invest in renewable energy
The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), is to champion the diversification of the nation’s fossil-based economy to renewable energy to enhance food security.
The Group General Manager of the Corporation’s Renewable Energy Division, Dr Rabiu Suleiman, made this disclosure at the first public lecture, organised by the University of Ilorin Renewable Energy Centre. Read more
NUPENG rejects sale of NNPC assets
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has said that it will not support the sale of NNPC’s assets without proper consultation with labour unions in the petroleum sector.
Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, the South-West Chairman of the union, made the declaration in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos. Read more
Alex Iwobi one of the best young players in the world – Siasia
Samson Siasia, who gave Alex Iwobi his first chance with the Nigeria Olympics team, has hailed the Arsenal youngster as one of the best young players in the world.
He is equally amazed by how fast Iwobi has grown from playing in the second team of Arsenal to now a full international with Nigeria within a short time. Read more
Pacquiao teases Mayweather rematch
Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has teased fans about a possible rematch with Floyd Mayweather, smiling as he gamely showed off a suit with pictures of himself and Mayweather on the lining.
Pacquiao, 37, posted on his social media accounts Monday a photo of himself wearing the suit with his picture on the right side of the coat and Mayweather’s on the left. Read more
South African grain body sees surplus maize output in 2017
South Africa is likely to have a maize surplus next year as favourable weather conditions encourage farmers to plant more hectares after a devastating drought last season, the head of the largest grain producer group said on Tuesday.
A good maize harvest would help lower food prices in Africa’s most industrialised country, which in turn could help contain consumer inflation. Read more
Congo leader warns against foreign ‘interference’ in crisis
Congolese President Joseph Kabila warned against foreign “interference” in the country’s political crisis on Tuesday, in an address to parliament in which he also promised elections, without saying when they would be held.
Kabila appeared to be reacting to remarks by some U.N. Security Council diplomats, who visited Congo at the weekend to push for a peaceful transition of power. Read more
The Trump Effect on Tokyo
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan is making an urgent trip to New York this week to meet with the American president-elect, Donald J. Trump. The government in Tokyo is on high alert.
A Trump presidency could be the greatest challenge to U.S.-Japan relations since the end of World War II — at least if Mr. Trump intends to translate his campaign pledges into actual foreign policy. Read more