SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 9, 2016
Buhari congratulates US President-elect, Trump
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday congratulated the United States’ President-elect, Donald Trump, on his electoral victory in the country’s presidential election.
In a four-paragraph statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said he looked forward to working with Trump to strengthen the relationship between the two countries. Read more
Reps ask security agencies to arrest ‘MMM’promoters
The House of Representatives on Wednesday asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Central Bank of Nigeria to immediately go after the promoters Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox, otherwise known as ‘MMM’ in Nigeria.
Lawmakers strongly opposed the investment scheme, which lately gained popularity among Nigerians in the wake of the current economic recession in the country. Read more
Buhari in closed-door meeting with Saraki, Ekweremadu, others
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday afternoon held a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Senate.
The senators at the meeting, held at the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, were led by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu. Read more
Nigerian prisons are draconian, says Osinbajo
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has stressed the need “to decolonise Nigerian prisons.” He described the nation’s prisons system as “a draconian colonial system that has not been helpful to Nigeria.
“It has no process of making productivity out of the prisoners, or of creating opportunity for reforming them,” Osinbajo said. He advocated a reformative process for prisoners in order to create a better society. Read more
Zamfara killing: Minister orders police, NSCDC to arrest perpetrators
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has condemned in strong terms, the senseless killing of 36 Nigerians at a mining site in Zamfara State on Monday by armed bandits.
He directed the police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, to apprehend the perpetrators of the heinous act and bring them to justice, a statement on Wednesday in Abuja by the Press Secretary to the minister, Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, stated. Read more
DPO vomits inside car, dies in Lagos hospital
The Iponri Police Division in the Lagos State Police Command was thrown into mourning on Tuesday after the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Segun Fagbohun, vomited in his car and later died in a hospital.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Fagbohun, a 43-year-old police officer who hailed from Odo-Aye, Ondo State, had been battling ulcer for some months. Read more
22 suspects arrested for vandalism in Kaduna
Security agencies in Kaduna have arrested 22 suspects for allegedly vandalizing and stealing solar street lights installed by the Kaduna State Government.
Special Assistant to Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan disclosed on Wednesday that 19 of the 22 suspects have already been charged to court. Read more
JAMB: 70 Per Cent Admission Quota Not Filled for Five Years
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Wednesday said tertiary institutions in the country have not been able to successfully fill 70 per cent of their admission quotas by candidates in the last five years due to uniform cutoff marks adopted by the federal government.
JAMB Rgistrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede stated this when Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund led by its chairman, Senator, Jibrin Barau, visited the headquarters of JAMB on an oversight function in Abuja. Read more
Imo Police Boss Leads Operations against Kidnappers, Armed Robbers
Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Taiwo Fredrick Lakanu, on Wednesday explained that his decision to lead anti- crime operations in the state, especially during rescue of kidnap victims, was to motivate his men to achieve greater results.
He stated that his presence during critical operations, which had led them to spend days in the bush tracking high profile criminal elements, had often emboldened his men, adding that he could not afford to remain in the office doing administrative job while his men were out in the field fighting criminals. Read more
Sale of Intercontinental Bank: Court Reserves Judgment on Akingbola’s Appeal
The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal yesterday reserved judgment in the appeal filed by former Managing Director of the defunct Intercontinental Bank Plc, Mr. Erastus Akingbola, challenging revocation of the bank’s licence by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
After listening to the parties in the matter, the three-member panel led by Justice Mohammed Lawal Garuba reserved its judgment. Read more
COP7: Nigerian delegation accuse colleagues of pushing tobacco industry agenda
Some members of the Nigerian delegation attending the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) have accused their colleagues of promoting tobacco industry interests through misleading interpretation of the treaty guidelines, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The conference is holding in Delhi, India between November 7 and 12.
The Nigerian delegation includes Christiana Ukoli, the leader and a professor from the Federal Ministry of Health; Ihuoma Ofili of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria; Akinbode Oluwafemi, a civil society activist; Malau Toma of the Ministry of Justice; Ededet Eton, an Assistant Comptroller of Customs, and one Mrs. Abimbola from the Ministry of Justice. Read more
Nigeria to purchase 38 surveillance SUVs
The Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday approved the direct procurement of 38 patrol SUVs manufactured locally, to enhance the operations of the inspectorate division of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
This was the high point of the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari during which the council also ratified the Lake Chad Water Charter. Read more
US Partners Nigeria On Emergency, Disaster Management
The government of United State has assured that it will effectively collaborate with Nigeria to mitigate loss of life and property during emergency situations.
This was disclosed on Wednesday, during a disaster response and emergency management seminar, hosted by the Ministry of Interior in collaboration with the Office of Security Assistant, US Embassy,
Abuja. Read more
Shell says protest shuts down Escravos flow station in Nigeria’s Niger Delta
Royal Dutch Shell has shut down its Escravos flow station in Nigeria’s Niger Delta due to a protest by locals in the southern region, the oil firm said on Wednesday.
“We are hopeful that the protesters will call off their action to ensure resumption of project activities and our operations,” Shell said in an emailed statement. Read more
Air Pollution – Nigerians At Risk of Lung Cancer, Stroke
Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed on Monday said larger percent of the nation’s population is at risk of lung cancer, stroke and other chronic respiratory disease due to exposure to toxic emissions.
Speaking in Abuja at the 10th national stakeholders forum of National Environment Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Mohammed said thousands of people die prematurely as a result of the inhalation of the noxious emissions from stationary and mobile sources of air pollution. Read more
Court In Benin Remands 26-Year-Old Man For Alleged Assault
An Evbuoriaria Magistrates’ Court, Benin, on Wednesday remanded Aaron Ibhagbe, 26, for allegedly assaulting Boi Stanley with broken bottle.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Abu Al-Hassan, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Nov. 8, at 3rd Junction, Sakponba Road, Benin. Read more
FG Reaches Settlement with IOCs on $5bn Cash Call Arrears
The federal government has reached an outline settlement to resolve a protracted dispute with five international oil companies (IOCs), under which the oil firms will be paid $5 billion as arrears of cash calls to cover exploration and production costs.
Financial Times reported that Shell, ExxonMobil, Eni, Chevron and Total have signed deals relating to this settlement of costs incurred between 2010 and 2015, as they also seek to forge new financing arrangements for their joint ventures (JVs) in Nigeria. Read more
Lack Of Probity Responsible For 64% Personnel Cost In 2015 – FG
The federal government has said lack of transparency and accountability in the conduct of government financial businesses was responsible for high personnel cost in 2015.
Secretary of the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit, Mr Mohammed Dikwa who made the statement yesterday in Abuja also observed that the trend of personal cost is growing at a fast pace, a development he said cannot be sustained if let unabated. According to him, personnel costs accounted for 64 per cent of Nigeria’s total expenditure for 2015, compared to 31 per cent recorded in 2008. Read more
Trump economic ideas good for Nigeria
The US President-elect, Donald Trump’s economic ideas will affect Nigerian professionals positively, Ibrahim Garba, a Security consultant, said on Wednesday. Garba spoke with newsmen in a telephone interview from Abidjan.
He decried the attitude of Nigerians projecting the image of the country in a bad light. According to him, Nigerians need to change their business orientation to reflect positive ideas in the new era. Read more
Ex-Super Eagles Defender & Shooting Stars Hero Ogbein Fawole Dies of Cardiac Arrest
Allnigeriasoccer.com understands another tragedy has befallen the Nigerian soccer family as former Shooting Stars Captain, Ogbein Fawole died on Monday evening in his Lagos residence, at the age of 58.
Fawole who captained IICC Shooting Stars during the ill fated final of the African Champions Cup now (CAF Champions League) against the Zamalek of Egypt in Lagos in 1984 died of heart failure otherwise known as cardiac arrest according to his immediate junior brother, Harry Ogbein. Read more
A Draw Against Algeria Will Not Be a Bad Result – Mikel
Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has said that the national team will do every thing within their power to ensure that they do not lose the home game against their counterparts from Algeria in the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier taking place this weekend.
Mikel who spoke to journalists shortly after the team’s first light work out at the Practice Pitch of the Abuja National Stadium stated that the encounter will be very tactical adding that both sides will attempt to dig deep in their arsenal to undo the other. Read more
Ahead of FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Falconets are not fully prepared, says Dedevbo
Nigeria U-20 women coach, Peter Dedevbo admits his side is not fully prepared for the U20 Women’s World Cup which commences on November 13 in Papua New Guinea.
Dedevbo, who left the country with 21 players for the international showpiece on Sunday, lamented their rustiness due to limited training games and poor preparation. Read more
People take to the streets after Trump win
Protesters and supporters alike took to the streets across the country following Donald Trump’s victory speech early Wednesday.
Two opposing rallies crowded Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, while protests on the other side of the country threatened to turn ugly. Read more
Kenya officer charged with allowing deported Nigerian back
An Immigration officer accused of permitting a Nigerian national who had been deported alongside controversial businessman Antony Chinedu back to the country, has been charged.
Mr Edward Kabiu Njau who appeared before a Milimani Law Courts resident magistrate Ms T N Sinkiyian denied the charge. Read more
Calexit: Californians threaten to secede from United States following Donald Trump win
Following the election of Donald Trump, Californians are threatening to secede from the rest of the US in what is being dubbed “#calexit” on social media.
The hashtag, along with “#calefrexit”, began trending on Twitter shortly after it was announced that Trump had beaten Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton on November 9. Read more
Rihanna makes history after breaking 15 billion digital music record
US pop star Rihanna has received an award from the industry’s Record Association for breaking an all-time digital sales record.
The Record Industry Association of America awarded the singer for breaking their tally of 100 million cumulative certifications. Read more