SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Former Abia Gov. Orji Kalu joins APC
Former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has formally joined the All Progressives congress.
Kalu was received by the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the party at the National Secretariat on Wednesday. Read more
21 die, 22 hospitalised after drinking local gin
Twenty-one people have died in Cameroon after consuming a locally produced alcoholic drink that can often be toxic, state radio said.
A further 22 people are hospitalised in the eastern town of Abong-Bang after drinking odontol, CRTV said late Tuesday. Read more
FG to spend $150m on rural electrification – Fashola
The Federal Government on Wednesday expressed its readiness to spend $150m on rural electrification.
The Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babtunde Fashola, disclosed this in Abuja at a business forum on ‘’Financing Opportunities in the Nigerian Power Sector’’ Read more
Lagos lawmakers, Abuja chamber okay FG’s request to borrow $29.9bn
Some Lagos State lawmakers on Wednesday supported President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid to seek external loan of $29.9bn to provide infrastructure to revamp the economy.
The lawmakers, in separate interviews, said that the step was necessary to bring the country out of recession. They said that infrastructure development will attract local and foreign investment needed for economic growth. Read more
Sixty per cent of Boko Haram terrorists not Nigerians – Buratai
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday said that judging by the current activities of the Boko Haram terrorists, 60 per cent of them are not Nigerians.
Buratai said this in Maiduguri when he received the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, at the headquarters of the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole at the Maimalari Cantonment. Read more
Jigawa denies owing workers salaries
Jigawa Government on Wednesday refuted online media report that it was among states owing backlog of salaries of civil servants.
Fielding questions from newsmen in Dutse, the State’s Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Muhammad Tahir, said no civil servant was owed salaries since the inception of the government. Read more
Man on trial for having sex with 10-year-old boy
The Police in Oyo on Wednesday instituted a criminal charge against a 20-year-old man, Collins Obi, for allegedly sexually abusing a 10 year-old son of his neighbour.
Obi, a teacher with Capstone Mission Academy, Owowaye, Agbokojo, Ibadan, was arraigned before an Iyaganku Senior Magistrates’ court on a charge of unlawful carnal knowledge of a boy. Read more
My life is in serious danger – Ondo APC spokesman
The Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Mr. Abayomi Adesanya, on Wednesday raised the alarm over threats to his life by unknown persons.
Addressing journalists in Akure, Adesanya said he had been receiving strange calls from some private numbers on his cell phone threatening to “teach him a lesson” by silencing him from being a consistent critic. Read more
Nigeria’s Open University to create complaints website
The National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, is working to set up a website to handle complaints from its students, staff and clients, the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Abdalla Adamu, has said.
Mr. Adamu made the disclosure on Wednesday in Abuja at the inauguration of the institution’s’ Service Chapter and Complaints Policy. Read more
Boko Haram infiltrating cattle markets in Borno – Civil Defence
Boko Haram is said to be engaging in cattle rustling to raise funds for its terror activities, having infiltrated some cattle markets in Borno, putting up agents to front for them.
Borno State Commander of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ibrahim Abdullahi, explained in an interview with Daily Sun yesterday in Maiduguri that the intelligence unit of the command, with other security agents, recently arrested three suspected Boko Haram members attempting to sell cattles believed to have been stolen by their commanders (amirs) at a cattle market in the capital city. Read more
Osun retirees protest, demand full pension payment
Scores of retirees from Osun State Civil Service on Wednesday trooped out and staged a protest against non payment of their gratuities and payment of half pensions by the state government.
The retirees, who were led by the Chairman, Forum of 2011/2012 Retirees, Omoniyi Ilesanmi, assembled in front of the demolished Fakunle Comprehensive High School, Osogbo as early as 8:00am before they embarked on the protest march. Read more
Wike to empower 22,430 repentant cultists, disband vigilante groups
Governor Nyesom Wike has called on 22,430 cultists who embraced the state government’s amnesty programme to remain law abiding, assuring that the government would unfold a comprehensive empowerment programme for them.
The governor who spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt, after he received a report of the amnesty committee, also disbanded vigilante groups in all communities in the state, saying most of them had been linked with cult groups by the amnesty committee. Read more
Jilted 17-year-old commits suicide in Lagos
A Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday granted N300,000 bail to Emeka Ajezu for allegedly causing the death of his lover who drank sniper insecticide.
Chief Magistrate Ipaye Nwachukwu also ordered the accused to produce two sureties in like sum. Ajezu, 33, a resident of Monkey Village, Maza-Maza, Lagos, had pleaded not guilty to a charge of “causing death by negligence. Read more
NAF acquires attack aircraft from Russia, Brazil, Pakistan
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said the service would soon induct some attack aircraft expected to be acquired from Russia, Brazil and Pakistan.
Abubakar said that the NAF was expecting four Mi-35m attack helicopters from Russia, three Super Tucano from the Brazilian Air Force and three JF-17 Thunder from Pakistan. Read more
Police pensioners to get N1.2bn from PTAD next month
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate on Wednesday said it would release a total sum of N1.2bn between now and December 15 to offset arrears of pensioners of the Nigeria Police Force.
The Director-General, PTAD, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor stated this when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Pensions visited the agency. Read more
Pastor remanded in prison for allegedly impregnating 17-year-old girl
An Abeokuta Chief Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday ordered the remand of a 48-year-old pastor, Micheal Adeniran, in prison custody for allegedly impregnating a teenager.
The magistrate, Mrs Oriyomi Sofowora, ordered that the accused be remanded for the facts of the case to be stated. Read more
Lagos sales representative faces N498,255 theft charge
A 35-year-old sales representative, Hakeem Fadugba ,who allegedly stole his employer’s cartons of beer and soft drinks valued at N 498,255 was on Wednesday in Lagos granted a N100,000 bail.
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, which gave the ruling, also asked the accused to produce two sureties as part of the bail conditions. Read more
Diversification: Fed Govt explores non-oil resources in Bayelsa
The Federal Government has launched a programme to identify and explore other mineral resources besides crude oil in Bayelsa State as part of its policy of diversifying the economy.
A team from the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) was in the state, yesterday, to assess and evaluate the availability of non-oil minerals and reach agreements for their development. Read more
Dollar gains on speculation rates will rise
The dollar advanced to the highest level in five months versus the yen as forecasts for stronger U.S. economic data added to the momentum triggered by Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election.
The U.S. currency extended gains, reaching its strongest level in 2016 against the euro, after Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said the economy could get a medium-term boost from Trump’s policies. The greenback has been buoyed since the Nov. 8 vote by speculation the president-elect’s proposals to increase spending and cut taxes will boost growth and inflation, nudging the central bank toward raising interest rates. Read more
World Bank support for Nigeria’s agriculture development hits $600m
The World Bank said it has currently committed to about $400 million into the Nigerian agriculture, and also unveiled plans to commit another $200 million in the nation’s livestock development.
The Bank representative, Shehu Salau, who disclosed this at the Regional Wrap-up meeting of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) Implementation Support Missions, on Monday, said the World Bank has prioritized agriculture and energy in the African economy due to the fact that Africa is largely agrarian. Read more
Falconets defeat Canada 3-1
After suffering a 6-0 humiliation against Japan on Sunday, the Falconets of Nigeria redeemed their image with a 3-1 win over Canada on Wednesday.
The Falconets now have three points from two games and must beat Spain, who leads the group with six points, in their last group game on Sunday, November 20. Read more
Falcons fly to Cameroon
The senior female national football team, Super Falcons, left Nigeria on Wednesday for the 2016 African Women Championship to defend the Women Africa Cup of Nations title.
Ademola Olajire, the Acting Director of Communication of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) disclosed this in a statement. Read more
Enyimba Seek To Exploit Loophole To Sign Nigeria U23 Star, Winger Offered Two-Year Deal
Allnigeriasoccer.com understands that Enyimba are thrashing out terms with representatives of Nigeria U23 international Stanley Dimgba.
Local media has reported that the deal taking the exciting winger to the Nigeria Professional Football League powerhouse is signed, sealed, and delivered, but that is not the reality as some loose ends need to be tidied up before the transfer is completed. Read more
DR Congo journalist shot dead at his home
A Congolese journalist working for state media was shot dead Monday night at his home in the centre of the country, Congo’s National Press Union (UNPC) said Wednesday.
“We condemn the death of Marcel Lubala of RTNC (Congolese National Radio and Television) who was struck down on Monday night as he slept peacefully with his family,” said UNPC president Joseph Boucard Kasonga Tshilunde. Read more
Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a decree declaring that his country will not become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
In his decree, Putin ordered Russia’s Foreign Ministry to inform the UN of his decision. Earlier this week, the court released a statement saying it was considering Russia and Ukraine to be involved in an armed conflict, with Crimea as occupied territory. Read more
Trump touts foreign contacts on Twitter, lashes media report
President-elect Donald Trump used his Twitter account on Wednesday to denounce reports of problems in his transition team, singling out the New York Times for saying world leaders have had trouble getting in touch with him.
Trump, whose aggressive use of Twitter against rivals was a key element of his presidential campaign, tweeted a list of several world leaders he had spoken with since his upset victory in the Nov. 8 presidential election. Read more