SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 14, 2016
NIMASA’s ex-DG spent N2.6bn on bullet-proof car – EFCC
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday brought before a Federal High Court in Lagos the receipt of a bulletproof car allegedly bought by a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi.
Also brought to court on Friday by the anti-graft agency was a document issued by an estate surveyor showing how Akpobolokemi allegedly paid for his rented apartment situated on Ondo Street, Banana Island, Lagos. Read more
Court orders INEC to accept Jimoh Ibrahim as PDP gov candidate
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to accept businessman, Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming governorship election slated for November 26 in Ondo State.
Justice Okon Abang gave the order for the enforcement of his earlier judgment delivered on June 29, 2016. Read more
Police Commission Approves Promotion of 4 to AIG
The Police Service Commission on Friday approved the promotion of Commissioner of Police, Mr. Henry Fadairo, to the next rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police AIG. Until now he held sway at the Jigawa State Command.
The Commission’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, in a statement made available to the media in Abuja, said CPs Pius Imue, Felix Ogundeji and Ezekiel Zang, were also promoted to the rank of AIGs. Read more
Boko Haram commanders released as part of Chibok girls deal
A number of Boko Haram commanders” were released as part of the process in which the Islamist militant group released 21 Chibok schoolgirls this week, a source close to the negotiations between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government said. The Nigerian government has denied that prisoners were exchanged. The girls’ release was “not a swap,” the Nigerian information minister said Thursday. “It is a release, the product of painstaking negotiations and trust on both sides.” Read more
My Team and I Met With German Chancellor Merkel – President Buhari
President Buhari and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her team at the Chancellery in Berlin this morning
Nigeria President Buhari yesterday morning departs Abuja to Germany is expected to confer with German Chancellor on security and economy and he was accompanied by Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Kashim Shettima of Borno States was seen off at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by the Minister of FCT Muhammad Musa Bello and other senior Government officials. Read more
Ministry Hands over Suspects to EFCC
The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has said that it has handed over suspects to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation of fraudulent activities.
To this end, the ministry noted that it has issued a stern warning to all concerned, especially perpetrators of illegal mining activities and their collaborators within the industry and outside, that acts capable of jeopardizing the economic diversification efforts of Government would be punished. Read more
Nigeria central bank holds dollar forwards auction as currency crisis deepens
Nigeria’s central bank will sell two-month dollar forwards at an auction on Friday to clear a backlog of demand from airlines, manufacturers and other companies, traders and the ministry of transport said, as the country’s currency crisis deepens.
Dollar shortages have caused many firms to halt operations and lay off workers, compounding an economic crisis exacerbated by the fall in global prices for oil, which accounts for 70 percent of Nigeria’s budget revenue. Read more
Boko Haram: 19 Northern Governors to Visit US for Peace Symposium
Nineteen Northern governors would be visiting the United States Institute of Peace next week as part of the US government’s effort in the sustenance of peace in the region. ”The urgent challenges for Nigeria’s powerful northern state governors range from addressing a humanitarian crisis sparked by Boko Haram’s insurgency to boosting economic growth with alternatives such as agriculture to make up for declining oil revenue”, Johnnie Carson, a senior advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace, said ahead of a governors’ symposium to be held at the Institute next week. Read more
Recession: School shuts down, others record low turnout
For two decades, Telesis School, situated in the Alakuko area of Lagos, thrived as an academic centre, striving to provide sound education for many families resident in the community and its environs. But, as schools resumed across the country recently for a new academic session, the gates of the institution has remained shut to the teaching staff and pupils. Read more
Ondo election: AD national executive rejects Olusola Oke
Ahead of the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State, the National Executive Committee of the Alliance for Democracy has rejected the candidature of Chief Olusola Oke.
In a communique made public on Friday in Akure after a meeting, the National Organising Secretary of the party, Mr. Ibrahim Abdollah, said the party’s NEC was not aware of Oke’s candidature. Read more
EPL: Conte dismisses sack from Chelsea reports
Antonio Conte insists he has no reason to fear for his future at Chelsea after bookmakers suspended betting on the Italian being sacked.
Conte has only been in charge at Stamford Bridge since July, but he had to answer questions about his job security on Friday following heavy betting on his imminent dismissal 24 hours earlier. Read more
Liverpool vs Man Utd: Mourinho begs fans over taunts
Jose Mourinho has pleaded with Liverpool and Manchester United supporters not to become embroiled in a vile war of words making a mockery of the respective tragedies involving both clubs.
The two north-west rivals meet at Liverpool’s Anfield ground on Monday, the first meeting between the teams since Mourinho took over as United manager in pre-season. Read more
Google adds fact-checking to news articles
Google is adding “fact check” tags to its news articles, introducing the feature amid a US presidential race roiled by heated disputes over the accuracy of information.
The move, announced Thursday, will allow readers on Google news applications and websites to click on links to check facts where claims have been evaluated by fact-check organizations. Read more
Chad, Senegal, Kenya seek to head AU
Kenya, Senegal and Chad will each nominate a candidate to become the new head of the African Union, which failed to choose a successor to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in July.
A list of candidates, obtained by AFP but not yet made public, includes Kenya’s foreign minister Amina Mohamed, her Chadian opposite number Moussa Faki Mahamat and Senegal’s Abdoulaye Bathily, currently the UN’s special representative for Central Africa. Read more
Migrants begin new life outside France’s “Jungle” camp
In a dank flat in southwestern France, 23-year-old Nasir stares at a living room wall bare except for a list of emergency numbers and contemplates life for his asylum-seeking family outside the migrant camp in Calais that had become home.
Nasir volunteered his family for resettlement days before France is expected to begin dismantling the violence-ridden camp in Calais known as the “Jungle”, where disease is rife and traffickers prey on individuals desperate to reach Britain. Read more
Egypt donates research books, magazines to college
The Arab Republic of Egypt, has donated some research books and magazines to the Darulkitab College, Ilorin, Kwara State, in a bid to boost education in the country.
It noted that the educational materials would greatly assist students of the institution and others in their quest for productive research and intellectual development, a statement on Friday by the Press and Information Officer of the Embassy of Egypt in Nigeria, Mr. Ahmed Maher, explained. The donation comprises 55 Al-Azhar magazines issued by the Al-Azhar institution and 100 African perspective books donated by the State Information Service of Egypt. Read more