SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 26, 2016
Senate begins investigation into Customs Service
The Senate on Wednesday started comprehensive probe into the activities of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to block revenue leakages and enhance generation.
The probe, launched by the Senate Committee on Customs and Excise, will look into ways to increase revenue generation capacity of the service. Read more
Judge withdraws from LG chairman’s murder case
The murder case against the former chairman of Asari-Toru LGA in Rivers State, Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, took a fresh turn on Wednesday when the Chief Judge, Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra, withdrew from handling the matter.
Though Flag-Amachree had appeared at the State High Court twice within six days, he was carried on a stretcher to the court on Wednesday by Port Harcourt Prisons officials as a result of his health condition. Read more
100 women besiege court over Patience Jonathan
Women numbering over 100 on Wednesday stormed the Federal High Court in Lagos, chanting solidarity songs on the freezing order placed on the bank accounts of ex-First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on Sept. 22 ordered the freezing of some bank accounts belonging to Jonathan. Read more
Parents applaud planned extension of JAMB results’ validity
A cross section of parents in the FCT have applauded the proposed legislation to extend JAMB results’ validity for a period of three years.
The parents said on Wednesday in Abuja that the amendment would not only ease the financial burden on parents but also enable universities to upgrade their standard. Read more
Osun records 113% improvement in WASSCE performance
Fresh information emanating from the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has shown a 113% improvement in the performance of students who wrote the May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Osun state.
The analysis of 10 years WASSCE results as seen in the table below, shows the increased dividends from the massive investments in education by the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. Read more
Power: Operators hiding behind judicial proceedings to cover-up incompetence – Senate
The Senate Committee on Power has expressed concern over the liquidity crunch in the power sector. It has also expressed doubt over the financial and technical competence of the private investors in the sector.
The Chairman of the committee, Sen Enyinnaya Abaribe, expressed the concern in a statement by Dr Usman Arabi, the Head of Public Affairs Department, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Wednesday. Read more
Protesters storm S-Court, insist arrested judges must step down
ABUJA – Scores of Protesters on Wednesday, besieged the Three Arms Zone where the Supreme Court is situated, demanding that all judges facing corruption allegations must step down pending their trial.
The Protesters, under the aegis of Forum of Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria, FONGON, insisted that all the seven superior court judges that were arrested by the Department of State Service, DSS, between October 7 and 8, must vacate the Bench. Read more
No plan to increase electricity tariff – Discos
The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) on Wednesday said it had no plan to increase the current tariff being paid by consumers.
Mr Sunday Oduntan, ANED Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Read more
Family of vigilante killed during Emefiele’s rescue alleges abandonment
Relatives of a local vigilante, the late Gabriel Okorare, who was said to have been allegedly killed during the rescue of the wife of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mrs. Margaret Emefiele, are saying they have been abandoned by concerned authorities.
Mrs. Emefiele and three others were reportedly abducted by gunmen at the Benin-Agbor expressway in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State on September 29 before being rescued three days later. Read more
JAMB Registrar kicks against three years validity for UTME
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Isha’aq Oloyede, has said that the bill seeking to validate the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination for three years will do more harm than good.
Oloyede said this when he received a delegation of the Senate Committee on Education in his office in Bwari, FCT, on Wednesday. Read more
Two on trial for torturing colleague to death
Two men, Yahaya Adamu and Abubakar Umoru, who allegedly tortured their colleague to death, were on Wednesday arraigned before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
Adamu, 21, and Umoru, 25, are being tried by Magistrate A.O. Ajibade on a two-count of conspiracy and murder.. Read more
I joined cult group to obtain business loan –Hair stylist
The Police in Abuja have arrested 12 suspected members of a cult group, Norsemen, who have been terrorising residents of Apo District, Abuja, for some time.
Items recovered from the boys, who are being detained at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad facility, include a locally fabricated rifle, three cutlasses and a knife. Read more
Naira weakens on black market as central bank scheme runs out of steam
Nigeria’s naira hit its weakest level on the black market in more than a week at 460 to the dollar on Wednesday, as a central bank move to channel dollars to retail currency outlets failed to ease liquidity shortages, traders said.
The unit had been quoted at 455 since Oct. 17 before weakening on Wednesday, they said. On the official market, the naira ended at 305.50 per dollar, a level it has closed at for more than two months, supported by central bank interventions. Read more
3,000 sacked as multinational oil companies pull out
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers on Wednesday issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government, urging it to prevail on international oil companies operating in the country to stop the ongoing mass retrenchment of oil workers to avoid further loss of jobs.
National President of NUPENG, Mr. Igwe Achese, stated this on Wednesday at the end of a meeting of the Central Working Committee of the union held in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State. Read more
Super Eagles List For Algeria Tie, Rohr Confirms Invitation Of New Players
Nigerians and fans of the Super Eagles have been told by the German coach of the team Gernot Rohr, that some fresh faces will be included in the list of players for the game against Algeria in Uyo.
As exclusively reported by Owngoalnigeria.com three days ago, the manager has confirmed that about five new players will be called up for Nigeria’s next World Cup 2018 qualifiers game against Algeria. Read more
Nigeria Qualify For African T/Tennis Tourney Mixed Doubles Final
Nigeria’s table tennis team has qualified for the mixed doubles final of the ongoing ITTF Africa Senior Championships holding in Agadir, Morocco reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The pair of Segun Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike defeated Egyptian duo of Mohamed El-Beiali and Reem El-Eraky to advance to the final of the mixed doubles event. Read more
Children killed in air strikes on Syrian school
More than 14 children were killed on Wednesday, after their school was hit in an air strike as they left to go home.
The strike, which activists said had been carried out by either Syrian or Russian warplanes, hit a complex which housed three primary and secondary schools in the village of Hass near Idlib at 11.30am. Read more
Donald Trump’s Hollywood star destroyed by man with a pick axe
Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star has been vandalised.
Los Angeles police were called to the scene early on Wednesday morning following reports that the presidential candidate’s star was being smashed by a man with a pick axe. Read more