SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 8, 2016
FG re-arraigns Kanu, as another IPOB leader faces terrorism charges
The Federal Government on Tuesday re-arraigned leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, along with other accused on charges that include terrorism, before the third judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The accused were re-arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako on amended 11 counts, comprising terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods. Read more
Policeman Shoots Colleague Over N20,000 Largess
A trigger happy policeman (names withheld), attached to the Bayelsa State Police Command in the early hours of yesterday shot dead his colleague (names withheld) following an argument over N20, 000, largess made during an operation in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the killer cop, who is of the rank and file, shot dead his colleague over an argument on the sharing formula to be adopted for the money handed them by a civilian who they were detailed to protect to the area. Read more
We will leave a better country – Buhari
President Mohammadu Buhari has assured that his administration would leave the country better than he met it by doing a lot of savings and shifting focus from petroleum to solid minerals and agriculture.
President Buhari said successes are being recorded in his areas of campaigns which are security, economy and fighting corruption. Read more
Bribery, Obstruction Of Justice: Appeal Court Hears Rickey Tarfa’s Appeal Jan 19
The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal will on January 19, 2017 hear an appeal filed by embattled Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Rickey Tafar, challenging the the refusal of a Lagos State High Court to quash the bribery charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Tarfa was arraigned before Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the lower court on March 9, on a 27 count charge of refusing to declare his assets and offering gratification to a public officer. Read more
Former Lecturer Arraigned for Alleged Incitement
Justice Bilkisu Mohammed of Kaduna State High Court has adjourned the case of public incitement against a former lecturer of the Kaduna State University (KASU), Dr. John Danfulani, to November 25 for hearing.
The state government brought Danfulani before the court for allegedly making inciting comments on his Facebook page. Read more
Prosecutor’s absence stalls the trial of GEJ’s ex-aide, Dudafa
Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos, on Tuesday, fixed November for the continuation of the criminal trial of Warampo Dudafa, a former special assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arraigned Dudafa alongside one Joseph Iwejuo on 23-count of conspiracy and concealment of crime proceeds. Read more
APC accuses Mimiko of plans to loot treasury
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has raised an alarm over contracts being awarded by the outgoing Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
The party accused Mimiko of trying to siphon state fund at the tail of his eighth-year tenure.
The publicity secretary of the party, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya, alleged that contracts worth billions of naira were being awarded to a crony of the governor as a means to further empty the state treasury. Read more
Obasanjo, Yar’adua, Jonathan allegedly blew over N70trn in 15yrs – NEITI
THE Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Mr. Waziri Adio Tuesday revealed how former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, late Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan allegedly blew over N70trn in 15yrs
Speaking yesterday when he told the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs during an oversight visit to his office, Adio noted that the over N70 trillion represents earnings from sale of crude oil and gas between 1999 and 2014 during their administrations. Read more
Rivers Rerun: Group Accuses INEC Of Printing Fake Results
Ahead of the December 10, 2016, National Assembly rerun election in Rivers State, a democratic rights group Alliance in Defence of Democracy (AIDD) has demanded for the immediate resignation of the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu over the commission’s alleged complicity in the production of fake result sheets for the rerun election.
The group also asked President Mohammadu Buhari to sack the National Commissioner in Charge of elections , Mrs Amina Zakari, minister of transport , Rt Hon. Chibuike Amaechi and Director General of NIMASA Hon. Dakuku Peterside over their alleged involvement in the matter. Read more
Tight security as Supreme Court rules on Bayelsa gov election
Residents of Yenagoa woke up on Tuesday morning to witness increased security around Government House and strategic areas of the capital in anticipation of Supreme Court judgement on Bayelsa governorship poll.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria in Yenagoa reports that all the roads leading to Onopa, the seat of government were blocked by armed security men. Read more
Buhari orders hitch-free elections in Ondo, Rivers
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all security agencies to work hard and ensure violence-free governorship election in Ondo State and the rerun in Rivers State.
According to a statement on Tuesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke at a state dinner organised in his honour on Monday in Benin, the Edo state capital, as part of his two-day visit to the state. Read more
Electricity consumers threaten showdown with IBEDC
Some electricity consumers in Adeleye Aparadija Community in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State have threatened to stop payment of the monthly electricity charges unless they are given bills.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that about 96 houses in the community were paying monthly charges into an account allegedly created by Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company. Read more
Reps to FG: Promote Lt. Col Ali, others killed by Boko Haram
The House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to immortalise the late Lt. Col Abu Ali by promoting him to the rank of a Colonel.
The House also urged the Federal Government to promote the six soldiers, who were killed alongside Ali, to their next ranks accordingly. Read more
Asset declaration: Saraki ends historic 14-day cross-examination of witness
The defence team of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday ended its historic 14-day cross-examination of the first prosecution witness, Mr. Michael Wetkas, in his trial on charges relating to asset declaration breaches.
Saraki is being prosecuted by the Federal Government before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on 16 counts, including false and anticipatory asset declaration, which he allegedly made as Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011. Read more
Gunmen invade Zamfara mining site, kill 40
The Police in Zamfara said several people have been killed by gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers at a mining site in Gidan Ardo village of Bindin district of Maru Local Government Area.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Shehu Muhammad, disclosed this to newsmen in Gusau in Tuesday. Muhammad, however, said the command had yet to ascertain the actual number of those killed during the mayhem. Read more
Police Commission Dog Trailer Facilities to Combat Terrorism, Cattle Rusting
The Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, on Tuesdaycommissioned its three newly acquired powered air conditioned dog trailers facilities to combat terrorism and cattle rustling across the country.
The IG who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General (DIG), in charge of Operations, Mr. Joshak Habilah, made the disclosure at the passing out parade of 19 Air Force personnel trained by the dog breeding and training department of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in Abuja. Read more
Buratai exposes reasons for Boko Haram’s renewed attacks
Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has attributed the re-appearance of high profile attacks in Nigeria’s Northeast to the support that the Boko Haram terrorists get from some individuals.
The Army Chief emphasized an urgent need for a renewed local and international support to end terrorism in the country and globally. Read more
Nigeria reaches “outline” settlement with oil firms on owed payments -FT
Nigeria has reached an “outline settlement” worth $5 billion with five oil majors to cover outstanding payments for joint exploration and production, the Financial Times said on Tuesday.
The OPEC member’s state oil firm NNPC has over years piled up unpaid bills, so-called cash calls, that it was obliged to pay under joint ventures with Western oil firms, with which it explores for and produces oil. Read more
Angola Leads Oil Production in Africa
With its 1.7 million barrels of crude oil a day, well above Nigeria’s 1.5 million, Angola stood in September this year, for seven running months, at the head of the African oil producing countries.
The information is contained in a report from the Organisation of Petroleum Producing and Exporting Countries (OPEC). The report states that Nigeria led the African ranking in 2016 with its 1.8 million barrels a day, against Angola’s 1.7 million, but recorded a drop to 1.4 million in May this year, caused by terrorist attacks, armed groups and internal political instability. Read more
Ethiopian Airlines to fly to Nigeria despite the country’s recession
Ethiopian national carrier Ethiopian Airlines has insisted that it will continue flying to Nigeria despite the recent withdrawal by some airlines out of Lagos and Abuja.
Solomon Begashaw, Country Area manager Nigeria, remarked, “As a veteran pan-African carrier it has always been our source of pride to serve our beloved continent, Africa, both in good and bad times. Our presence in Nigeria dates back to the 1960’s, same time the Federal Republic of Nigeria got independence from foreign colonization. . Read more
Dangote to employ another 250,000 Nigerians – Official
The Dangote Group said on Tuesday that its investments on new projects on agriculture, sugar, oil refinery and fertilisers would create additional 250,000 employment opportunities for Nigerians when completed.
The projects, sited in some states, including Jigawa, Taraba, Kano and Kogi, according to the group, will encourage self-sufficiency in food production and reduce capital flight from the country. Read more
Nigeria plans to raise 120 bln naira in short-dated treasury bills
Nigeria plans to sell 119.92 billion naira ($376.22 million) in short-dated treasury bills at an auction on Nov 16, the central bank said on Tuesday.
A total of 32.43 billion naira will be sold in the three-month papers, 22.82 billion naira in six-month bills and 64.67 billion naira in one-year bills, the central bank said in a public notice. Payment for the purchases would be made on Thursday. Read more
Nigeria to legalise artisan mining
The Federal Government has promised to develop a framework that would legalise artisan mining activities and provide them with legitimate land in the country.
Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Solid Mineral Development, disclosed this on Tuesday after inspecting artisan mining site at Muye Kafinkoro in Paiko Local Government Area of Niger. Read more
NFF Pleads : Come And Show Your Love For Iheanacho, Iwobi; Wear Green And White
The Nigeria Football Federation are counting on the support of the fans to beat Algeria in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
The Desert Foxes are hoping to bounce back after playing out a draw with Cameroon in their opener last month, and have targeted a win in Uyo by hook or by crook. Read more
Algeria Defender, Belkaroui: Nigeria Will Be Tough
Algerian defender, Hicham Belkaroui has admitted that beating Nigeria’s Super Eagles on their home ground will be a herculean task to achieve, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Belkaroui, a Esperance of Tunisia star makes a return to the Algerian national team setup after missing the 1-1 home draw with Cameroon last month due to injury however promised to give his best if handed a starting role. Read more
World Cup is realistic goal for Ikeme
When former Super Eagles captain and coach Sunday Oliseh sought to cap Carl Ikeme the original plan was for him to be back up to AFCON winner Vincent Enyeama. A flurry of events completely beyond the control of many meant that the Wolves keeper made his debut for Nigeria in the qualifier away in Tanzania. At the final whistle of the goalless draw the debutant was unanimously praises as Nigeria’s Man of the Match.
“I knew two days before the match that I was going to start. Yes it was an international and my debut but it was a football match so I prepared and focused the way I normally do”. Ikeme said exclusively to supersport.com inside the Molineux stadium of his club. “The singing on the coach going to the match also helped. I had never experienced anything like this before” Ikeme says laughing. “If these guys can sing then surely there’s nothing to be worried about”. Read more
Donald Jr. Promises Trump Will Concede If Election Result Is ‘Legit’
If Hillary Clinton wins by a wide margin tonight, Donald Trump will concede. Or so says Donald Trump Jr. For months, the Republican nominee encouraged his supporters to mistrust Tuesday night’s results, suggesting the election could be rigged, possibly as part of an intricate scheme involving African-American voters in Philadelphia, Latinos in Nevada, a cabal of international bankers, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, the cast of Saturday Night Live, the FBI, and a dozen women pretending to be victims of his sexual crimes — all working in tandem to execute Crooked Hillary’s plan to end U.S. sovereignty. Read more
Iran: Musicians and Activists launch campaign to free jailed artists
Amnesty International and renowned Iranian music band Kiosk are calling on artists and members of the public around the world to join a #FreeArtists campaign to demand that Iran immediately and unconditionally release jailed artists, including a musician and a filmmaker who are on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin Prison.
The brothers, musician Mehdi Rajabian and filmmaker Hossein Rajabian, are currently serving three-year prison terms. They were convicted in 2015 after a blatantly unfair trial before a Revolutionary Court of charges that included “insulting Islamic sanctities” and “illegal audio-visual activities”. On 28 October 2016, they began their second hunger strike in protest against their imprisonment. Read more
Mother heard daughter calling out on phone: ‘I’m being mugged’
Brian Auchterlonie, 27, a prisoner at Saughton, had previously admitted assaulting robbing 32-year old Casey Thomson on July 12 and was jailed for 40 months at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday.
Ms Thomson’s mother, who was talking to the victim on her mobile phone, was horrified when she hear her daughter call out: “Mum, mum, I’m being mugged”. Read more