SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 31, 2016
Kukah visits EFCC, meets Fani-Kayode, Obaniko, Abati
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Revd. Mathew Kukah, on Monday visited the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.
According to a statement by the commission’s spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, Kukah met with Femi Fani-Kayode, Musiliu Obanikoro, and a former presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, among others. Read more
Kano Assembly okays life imprisonment for kidnappers
The Kano State House of Assembly on Monday in Kano passed into law, the bill seeking life imprisonment for kidnappers in the state.
The Majority leader of the Assembly, Alhaji Yusuf Atta, read the Kidnapping, Abduction and Forced Labour Amendment Bill 2016 before the Assembly. Read more
Nigerian militant group threatens more attacks if army campaign continues
A Nigerian militant group threatened on Monday to step up attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta if the president pursues a military campaign, casting a shadow over peace talks between the government and groups due to start on Tuesday.
In written responses to Reuters questions, Mudoch Agbinibo, spokesman for the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), said President Muhammadu Buhari must “come down from…his iron-horse of ethnic and religious bigotry”. Read more
Man arraigned for allegedly defiling friend’s 10-year-old daughter
For allegedly defiling his friend’s 10-year-old daughter, Godwin Itta, was on Monday arraigned at an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
Itta, a factory worker who resides at Balogun Street, Orile Agege, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a charge of defilement. Read more
Buhari Calls for Action on Human Rights Watch’s Report on IDP Abuse
President Muhammadu Buhari is worried and shocked by the recently released Human Rights Watch (HRW) report which alleges sexual abuse and exploitation of women and girls in IDP camps of those displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.
The report from Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President, said the welfare of these most vulnerable of Nigerian citizens has been a priority of his government. Nigerians and the international community can rest assured that the allegations raised in the Human Rights Watch (HRW) are not being taken lightly. Read more
Ondo: I’ll beat Ibrahim, Jegede combined, says Akeredolu
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has boasted that if the two factional candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jimoh Ibrahim and Eyitayo Jegede, combine forces and contest against him, he would emerge victorious at the poll.
Akeredolu said this on Monday when the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Governorship Campaign in Ondo State, Mr. Solomon Lalong, led him to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more
Ondo election: Don’t be intimidated, NGO tells INEC
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission not to be intimidated by politicians ahead of November 26 governorship poll in Ondo State.
The National Coordinator of the organisation, Mr. Emmanuel Onwubiko, gave the charge in a statement on Monday in Abuja. Read more
Kaduna inaugurates eight committees to block revenue leakages
The Kaduna Internal Revenue Service on Monday inaugurated eight Local Government Revenue Committees in zone three of the state, towards curbing sharp practice.
The Local Government Areas in zone three of the state (southern Kaduna) include Jaba, Jama’a, Kachia, Kagarko, Kaura, Kauru, Sanga, and Zango Kataf. Read more
NAICOM to open six new branches before year-end
The National Insurance Commission on Monday said it would open six branches before the end of 2016 as part of efforts to improve insurance penetration and relationships with state governments.
The Commissioner for Insurance, Mr. Mohammed Kari, said that the number of planned new branches was reduced by 50 per cent due to the present economic crises. Read more
Police warn farmers, herdsmen against violence
The Commissioner of Police, Gombe State Command, Mr. Austin Iwar, has warned farmers and members of the state’s Cattle Breeders Association to stop taking laws into their hands and embrace peace.
The commissioner gave the warning at a stakeholders’ meeting organised by the command in Gombe state on Monday. Read more
System 2B Network: NNPC recording losses, says NUPENG
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers on Monday gave reasons for non-pumping of petroleum products through System 2B Pipelines Network by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
The South-West Chairman of NUPENG, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, said that NNPC was recording a huge financial loss when pumping fuel through the network due to the activities of vandals. Read more
Three on trial for damaging Yinka Ayefele’s car
Three persons were on Monday docked at an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly damaging a vehicle belonging to Gospel singer, Yinka Ayefele.
The accused are: Kolade Owolabi (35); Tope Olorunfemi (22) and Isiaka Yusuf, 20. Read more
Iyanya Dumps Own Record Label, MMMG for Mavins
Popular Nigerian entertainer and musician, Iyanya, has been reported to have dumped his record label, Made Men Music Group (MMMG) and officially joined Mavin after months of speculations. Read more
Nigerian Governor Accuses UN, Ngos Of Misusing Aid Money
The governor of the Nigerian state most devastated by Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising is accusing some U.N. and international aid agencies of misusing funds meant for refugees. Read more
Bale to earn €115m from new Madrid deal
Gareth Bale’s new six-year Real Madrid contract will see the Welshman reportedly rake in well in excess of €115m as the Spanish giants bet on Bale to lead another glorious era at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Bale, who has won two Champions League titles in three years in Spain, solidifies his position as one of the highest earners in football along with the likes of Real team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar. Read more
Lyon blast ‘despicable’ Valbuena death claim
Lyon on Monday hit out at “despicable” social media reports that French international Mathieu Valbuena had died.
“Mathieu Valbuena is happily alive and well contrary to what those despicable individuals are spreading on Twitter,” the club said in their own Twitter retort. Read more
Guardiola wants ‘perfect’ City against Barcelona
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted his players must keep their discipline and produce the “perfect” performance to beat Barcelona in the Champions League at Eastlands on Tuesday.
Guardiola’s side lost 4-0 in their Group C encounter against the Spanish giants at the Nou Camp on October 19 –- their fifth defeat in as many meetings with the Catalan club. Read more
Man Utd end Schweinsteiger’s first-team exile
Manchester United brought former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger back in from the cold by recalling the midfielder to first-team training on Monday.
The 32-year-old has not been on the field for even a minute of United senior action since Jose Mourinho was appointed manager of the Old Trafford club in pre-season. Read more
‘Picasso’s widow may have hidden artworks from son’
A retired electrician who kept nearly 300 Pablo Picasso artworks in his garage for almost
40 years told a French appeal court Monday that the artist’s widow may have wanted to keep the works hidden from his son Claude. Read more
Putin signs law stopping plutonium disposal deal with US
President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a law suspending an agreement with the United States on disposing of weapons-grade plutonium amid a rise in tensions with the West.
The law, published Monday in the government’s online database, comes weeks after Putin had ordered the deal — signed in 2000 to allow both nuclear powers to dispose of plutonium from their defence programmes — be halted. Read more