SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 25, 2016
Petrol remains N145 – NNPC says
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says N145 price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, has not been increased.
The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Garba Deen Muhammad, made the statement in Abuja on Wednesday at a news briefing. Read more
Ambode inaugurates N500m disability trust fund
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday inaugurated the Governing Board of the Office for Disability Affairs to manage the N500million Disability Trust Fund, expressing optimism that it would aid people living with disabilities in Lagos State realize their dreams and live a more comfortable life.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos House, Alausa, while inaugurating the Board, said it was in fulfillment of his administration’s promise to ensure that the affairs of people living with disabilities is managed by people passionate enough to show that there is ability in disability. Read more
Recession: Nigerians urged to engage in small businesses
Nigerians have been urged to see the current recession in the country as an opportunity to engage in small businesses and entrepreneurs engaging in small businesses in Plateau State encouraged to expand the scope of their businesses as they have the potentials to shore up opportunities for growth of the business sector and take the country out of the current recession.
The Representative of the Centre for International Private Enterprise, CIPE, Mr. Haroun Audu whose organization is partnering with the Plateau Coalition of Business and Professional Associations, PLACOBA to create enabling environment for small businesses to thrive in the State expressed the view at a press briefing in Jos where he called on the media to support small businesses to grow by generating the necessary awareness and understanding required to strengthen the capacity of businesses in the country. Read more
Arms Probe: Dasuki did not steal $2.2b – Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said that it was impossible for his former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, to have stolen $2.2 billion as being accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Responding to questions after his lecture on Youth Entrepreneurship at the famous Oxford Union in the United Kingdom, former President Goodluck Jonathan, said: “They said the National Security Adviser (Sambo Dasuki) stole $2.2billion. I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2 billion. We bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the army and so on and so forth and you are still saying 2.2 billion, so where did we get the money to buy all those things? Read more
Troops arrest another 9 suspected Boko Haram collaborators
Nigerian troops have arrested another nine suspects said to be aiding the Boko Haram sect in the North East Zone, bringing the number of those caught in the last two days to 30.
According to a statement issued on Tuesday by army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, the suspects included two officers, two soldiers, two policemen and 26 civilians. Read more
Court sentences man to 5 years imprisonment for unlawful possession of narcotic drugs
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday sentenced a 35-year-old man, Mohammed Nasiru, to five years imprisonment for unlawful possession of narcotic drugs weighing 2.3kg.
Nasiru of Fruit Market, Zuba, was first arraigned on Sept. 28, on a one-count charge of unlawful possession of narcotic drugs, cannabis, similar to cocaine weighing 2.3kg, which he had pleaded guilty. Read more
APC ‘ll implode by 2017 except Buhari intervenes -Timi Frank
The crisis of confidence rocking the hierarchy and other strata of the All Progressives Congress APC would lead to an implosion in the next three months except urgent remedial actions are taking by President Muhammadu Buhari to stave off such development
Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Comrade Timi Frank expressed this sentiment Tuesday in Abuja while appraising recent developments in the party, adding that by 2019, APC could cease to exist totally. Read more
Oyo Govt. unveils Amala festival logo
In an effort to promote Yoruba cultural tourism, Oyo State Government, in collaboration with some notable associations, has concluded arrangements to organise Amala Fiesta.
Mr Toye Arulogun, the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism on Tuesday in Ibadan publicly presented the Amala Fiesta Logo and Brand Ambassador. Read more
Fire destroys N5m goods at Sabongari Market
The Chairman of the Sabongari Market Association in Kaduna State, Alhaji Ibrahim Mai-Gold, said on Tuesday that a fire outbreak had destroyed goods estimated at about N5 million at the market.
He made the disclosure when the Interim Management Committee Chairman of the Sabongari Local Government Council, Alhaji Abubakar Usman, visited the market. Read more
Oshiomhole: I tamed Edo godfathers
Gov. Adam Oshiomhole of Edo says he will like to be remembered as factory worker, leader of a textile union, who later “fought the most vicious godfathers’’ to win elections as two-term governor.
Oshiomhole, who will be leaving office on Nov. 12, made this known to State House correspondents in Abuja on Monday. Read more
Why 2017 budget won’t be less than N6 trn, Adeosun tells Senate
MINISTER of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Tuesday, told the Senate that the Federal Government would sustain its over N6trillion national budget in the 2017 appropriation bill, expected to be submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari, after the consideration and subsequent approval of the pending 2017—2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper, FSP, by the National Assembly.
Adeosun told members of the Senate Committee on Finance, led by its Chairman, John Owan Enoh, PDP, Cross River Central, who were on oversight visit to her ministry that government would maintain its over N6trillion annual budget because it spends over N3 trillion out of the budget sum for salaries, pension and debt services , leaving a paltry amount for capital projects. Read more
Kogi Court remands 3 suspected highway robbers in prisons
A Lokoja Chief Magistrate’s Court has remanded three men charged with highway robbery in prison custody.
They are John Angulu, 20; of Kosa village; Shaba Abel, 18; and Silatu Gwatana, 18, who claimed to be farmers in Bangede and Koton-Karfe council areas of the state. Read more
Driver docked for allegedly causing multiple deaths in Ibadan
An articulated vehicle driver, Aderemi Adebiyi, was on Tuesday brought before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly causing multiple deaths at Oja’ba market in Ibadan.
Adebiyi of no address is charged on four-count charge of murder, causing injury to people, causing damage to shop and tricycle. Read more
Herdsmen’s threat: Fayose asks Ekiti people to be ready for ‘war’
Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose today hit back at the Miyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, over its threat of violent reprisal on the alleged killing and arrest of their cattle.
The governor challenged Ekiti people to be on alert against any attack by herdsmen, saying: “I am therefore using this opportunity to put Ekiti people, especially residents of border towns in the State on red alert. Read more
Laundered monies invested in real estate – Surveyor discloses
Real estate investment and surveying practice patronage have been confirmed to be saturated with funds believed to be stolen from government coffers.
The Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Surveyor Ola Siyanbola (fnis) said during the annual general meeting of Oyo State Private Practicing Surveyors which held at the NIS Plaza, Ikolaba, Ibadan today. Read more
LASU releases merit list for 2016/2017 admission, says can’t admit 5,500 new students
The Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, on Tuesday released its merit admission list for the 2016/2017 academic session.
The institution’s spokesman, Mr Adekoya Martins, told newsmen in Lagos that LASU received the approved list from Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday. Read more
NYSC D-G laments decay of facilities at orientation camps
Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, the Director-General, National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), on Tuesday lamented the obsolete, dilapidated and grossly inadequate facilities at the orientation camps across the country.
Kazaure made the observation in Calabar during the 2016 `Batch B’ Pre-orientation Workshop organised for stakeholders to fashion out ways for a successful orientation programme. Read more
Brazil 1970 skipper Carlos Alberto dies at 72
Carlos Alberto Torres, captain of the great Brazil team that won the 1970 World Cup, died on Tuesday of a heart attack in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 72, Brazil’s Sportv, for whom he worked, announced. Carlos Alberto starred alongside Pele, Tostao, Jairzinho and Rivelino in the Brazil team that beat Italy 4-1 in the final in Mexico and is considered as one of the greatest sides of all time. Read more
Chelsea boss Conte defends touchline ‘passion’
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says he deserves the same respect he gives others and described himself as “a passionate man”, after he appeared to upset Jose Mourinho with his touchline antics. The Italian urged Chelsea fans to ramp up the volume following the fourth goal in the 4-0 win over former Blues boss Mourinho’s Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Read more
EU Commission seeks extension to border controls inside Schengen zone
Temporary border controls set up inside the European Union’s free-travel zone to cope with the migration crisis should be extended beyond a Nov. 15 expiry, the European Commission proposed on Tuesday.
The controls in Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and non-EU nation Norway – members of the Schengen zone where there are usually no passport checks – need to continue for another three months, the EU executive said. Read more
Jay Z shows support for Clinton with pre-election concert
Jay Z will hold a free concert in Cleveland to encourage people to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.The US rapper and producer will headline the show to take place on 4 November – four days before election day – in Cleveland, Ohio. Read more