SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 18, 2016
Herdsmen, farmers’ clashes not Buhari’s responsibility – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday said it is not the responsibility of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the lingering clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
Obasanjo also decried the increasing level of hunger in the country, stressing that it was sad to note that about 65 per cent of Nigerians were faced with food insecurity. Read more
Domestic airlines not safe – Deputy Speaker
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, has said that Nigerian domestic airlines are not safe and as a result he does not fly them.
Lasun, who spoke at the National Assembly, said he preferred to travel 12 hours by road from Abuja to Oshogbo to flying. Read more
Court orders tenant to pay N900,000 rent arrears
A Wuse Zone 2 Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, on Tuesday ordered one Baba Garba to pay N900,000 rent arrears to Larix Properties Limited.
The Senior Magistrate, Teribo Jim, gave the order after listening to the submissions of Hadiza Zarma, counsel to Larix Properties. Read more
Angry youths set police station ablaze in Zamfara
Angry youths have set ablaze the Magazu Police Station in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara, following a misunderstanding between the police and the people of the village.
An eyewitness told the News Agency of Nigeria that the misunderstanding followed an alleged death of a suspect from the area, Ibrahim Muhammad, in police custody. Read more
Olubadan in historic visit to Ooni
The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji and the Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Adekunle Salau, are visiting the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
The Olubadan led some high ranking Ibadan chiefs to pay the historic visit to the Ooni. Read more
Anti-graft protesters besiege NASS, police lock gates
Anti-corruption protesters stormed the National Assembly on Tuesday in Abuja to express their support for the ongoing crusade against graft by the Federal Government, but they were prevented from entering the NASS premises.
The policemen at the NASS entrance, on sighting the surging protesters, quickly locked the gates and informed the youths that they would not be allowed to enter the complex. Read more
Warri Refinery produces 2.5m litres of petrol daily – MD
The Managing Director of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, Engr. Solomon Ladenegan, on Tuesday disclosed that the current production capacity of the refurbished plant has reached 2.5 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and 2.2m of kerosene per day.
Ladenegan made the disclosure during the commissioning of a community road constructed by WRPC at Ifiekporo, Warri South local government area, Delta state. Read more
Chibok girls: Senate seeks release of 1000 Boko Haram captives
The Senate on Tuesday urged all parties in the negotiation that led to the release of 21 of the Chibok girls to ensure that other abductees in Boko Haram’s captivity are rescued.
The Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, while thanking those who negotiated the release of the 21Chibok girls, noted that a large number of abductions by the sect were not reported, adding that the negotiators should look beyond the Chibok girls to rescue more victims. Read more
Truck crushes mother, child, others in Ibadan
An unidentified woman and her child were killed when a driver lost control of an articulated vehicle at the busy Oja Oba market in Ibadan on Tuesday.
The accident occurred around 8am as traders at the popular market were opening shops while many others were waiting along the Oja Oba/Molete road to board vehicles on their way to work. Read more
Soldier gets three years for assaulting teenager in Maiduguri
A Nigerian Army Court Marshal has sentenced a Staff Sergeant, Umar Sale, to three years imprisonment for causing bodily harm to a male teenager in Maiduguri.
In his ruling in Maiduguri on Tuesday, the President of the court, Brig.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, said the convict would also be demoted to private as part of his punishment. Read more
N1tn needed to turn around aviation sector – Minister
The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Tuesday in Abuja said the Federal Government needed One Trillion Naira to turn around the country’s aviation sector.
Sirika said this at a four-day public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation. Read more
It’ll be harder to pay tuition in 2017 – Okebukola
The Board of Trustees Chairman of Caleb University, Prof. Peter Okebukola, has predicted that many parents will not be able to pay their children’s school fees in universities by 2017.
This, he said, was as a result of the recession currently rocking the country. Read more
Escaped psychiatric inmates still at large
Six prisoners remained at large Tuesday after a mass breakout following a riot in the psychiatric wing of a Sao Paulo prison, authorities said.
The Sao Paulo state prison service said that “49 of the 55 fugitives from the Custody and Psychiatric Treatment Hospital at Franco da Rocha (penitentiary) have already been recaptured.” Read more
Nigerians react to president saying First Lady belongs in the ‘other room’
Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari’s comment that his wife belonged in “the other room” has sparked a furious hashtag #TheOtherRoom trending in the country.
On a visit to Germany, and while stood next to Chancellor Angela Merkel, Buhari told reporters: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen, and my living room and the other room.” Read more
Boko Haram ready to negotiate release of 83 more Chibok girls – govt
Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which last week freed 21 of more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls it kidnapped in April 2014 in northeast Nigeria, is willing to negotiate the release of 83 more of the girls, the president’s spokesman said on Sunday. Read more
We’re Ready To Provide Counterpart Funding For Infrastructure Development – President Buhari Tells China
President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja said the Federal Government is ready to provide counterpart funding for all agreements reached with the People’s Republic of China to fast- track ongoing efforts in closing infrastructure gaps. Read more
Chuck Berry returns to rock ‘n’ roll at 90
Rock pioneer Chuck Berry turned 90 on Tuesday with the surprise announcement that he plans to release his first album in decades.
Berry said he recorded the album — entitled simply “Chuck” — at studios around his native St. Louis and will release it sometime next year. Read more
Chinese businessmen desperate to invest in Nigeria – Envoy
Despite the current economic recession in the country, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Zhou Pingjian, on Tuesday said he had been inundated with many requests by investors from his country who had been “falling over one another” to explore business opportunities in Nigeria. Read more
US writer launches anti-Trump playlist
A United States songwriter, Dave Eggers, has created a music playlist entitled “30 Days, 30 Songs” which he hopes would convince people not to vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
He said on Tuesday in Washington that daily each of the 30 days before the November 8 presidential election, one original anti-Trump song would be added to the playlist which began last week. Read more
Tupac, Pearl Jam in running for Rock Hall of Fame
Slain rap legend Tupac Shakur and emblematic grunge-era rockers Pearl Jam were nominated Tuesday to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in a field that includes Depeche Mode and Joan Baez.
Of the 19 acts in running for induction in 2017, Pearl Jam and Tupac were the only ones who were eligible this year for the first time. Read more
UNESCO adopts controversial resolution on East Jerusalem
The United Nations cultural agency on Tuesday adopted a controversial Arab-sponsored resolution on East Jerusalem which Israel has said ignores Jewish ties to a key holy site.
A spokesman for Paris-based UNESCO said the resolution, which has caused Israel to suspend its cooperation with the agency, was adopted without a new vote after being approved at the committee stage last week. Read more
Hotdogs set for name change in Muslim Malaysia
Food outlets in Muslim-majority Malaysia must rename hotdogs or risk being refused halal certification, a government religious authority said Tuesday.
The ruling, which also includes other food items whose name includes the word “dog”, has garnered much ridicule on social media. Read more
Ancelotti dimisses talk of ‘crisis’ at Bayern
Bayern Munich are determined to break their mini winless streak on Wednesday against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, with head coach Carlo Ancelotti dismissing any talk of a ‘crisis’.
Bayern have drawn both of their German league games since losing 1-0 at Atletico Madrid three weeks ago and are three games without a win. Read more
Guardiola changed Barca forever – Pique
Pep Guardiola’s legacy at Barcelona will never be forgotten according to Barca defender Gerard Pique ahead of Guardiola’s return to the Camp Nou as Manchester City manager on Wednesday.
Pique was a major part of the Guardiola side that won 14 trophies in a golden four-year period between 2008 and 2012. Read more