SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 2, 2016
NLC condemns sack of labour leaders by Amosun
The Nigeria Labour Congress Lagos State Council on Wednesday condemned the dismissal of Ogun State chairman of NLC and 15 others by the state government.
The Lagos State Council Chairman of NLC, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, said that the dismissal of the labour leaders is contrary to the rule of law. Read more
Man docked over fake N2bn national assembly contract
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today November 1, 2016 arraigned one Ahmed Tijjani Umar and his two companies, Eximab Integrated Link Limited and Minanta Enterprises Limited before Justice Tukur Mu’azu of Kaduna State High Court on three counts of obtaining under false pretense and issuance of dud cheque. Read more
2016 Budget Performance: FG Has So Far Released N3.6trillion
The Federal government has so far spent N3.577 trillion out of the full year budget of N6,060 trillion for the 2016 fiscal year.
This translates to a 79% performance of the prorated budget for the three quarters up to September 30, 2016. In addition to the total of N2,439.9trn so far released for Capital, Non-debt Recurrent and Service-wide Vote expenditures, a total of N1,137.7trn has also been paid out in domestic and foreign debt service expenditures. This includes N44bn transferred to the Sinking Fund to retire maturing obligations on bonds issued to contractors. Read more
Bombs, Bribes, Mud As Nigeria’s Boko Haram Refugees Go Home
First, there was the bomb blast that killed eight people. Then, delays as soldiers demanded bribes to escort the survivors on their journey. Finally, the way was blocked by trucks mired in churned-up mud. Read more
NPF faults media reports on police postings
The Nigeria Police Force has said that a report in the media caption ‘Protest greets police postings” was malicious and misleading.
The NPF Spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Don Awunah, on Tuesday said that the report was entirely false, malicious and cable of misleading the members of the public. Read more
Man arrested for raping, impregnating 15-year-old stepdaughter
A 40-year-old man, Victor Emafolomi, has been detained by the police for allegedly raping his wife’s daughter, Keji.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspect was apprehended on Sunday by the police from the Agbado division after the mother of the victim reported the case. Read more
Nigeria’s procurement process over-legislated, says Fashola
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has decried what he called the over legislation of procurement process and called for a review to enhance speedy development of infrastructure in the country.
Fashola said this on Tuesday in Abuja when a delegation of the Nigerian Society of Engineers led by its President, Mr. Otis Anyaeji, paid him a courtesy visit. Read more
Gov. Elrufai Reacts To Crisis At Sultan Bello Mosque
El-Rufai resolves Sultan Bello Mosque leadership tussle, says govt. will not tolerate breakdown of law and order.
Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has resolved the Sultan Bello Mosque’s leadership tussle. Read more
Boko Haram survivors sexually abused by government officials at ‘safe’ camps
Women and girls who survived Boko Haram violence were raped by government officials at camps in northern Nigeria where they sought safety, according to a new rights group report.
Dozens of victims who stayed at camps for the displaced in Borno State’s capital Maiduguri told Human Rights Watch they were sexually abused or coerced into sex by camp leaders, vigilante group members, policemen and soldiers. Many of the women were abandoned after becoming pregnant. Read more
Imoukhuede Now Heads Elizade Varsity’s Governing Council
The former Managing Director of Access Bank Plc and the President of the Nigeria Stock Exchange, Mr. Aigboje Imoukhuede, has been appointed as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State.
The new council also comprises the wife of the former Governor of Ekiti State, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, Mr. Adekunle Ade Ojo, Dr. Bola Adediji, Dr. Ayo Ojo, Prof. Theopilus Olawoye, Mr. Begunde Oladipo, Prof. Biyi Akinaso and Mr. Olusola Adekanola. Read more
Maersk profit falls on low shipping prices
Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk said Wednesday that its third quarter profit tumbled 44 percent to $429 million (387 million euros) as low fees pushed its world-leading shipping service into loss.
However the company, which is in the midst of splitting off its oil and oil-related businesses, said profit rebounded in these units. Read more
Vietnam Seizes Ivory Hidden In Timber Shipment From Nigeria
Vietnamese authorities have seized 446 kilograms (981 pounds) of ivory illegally shipped from Nigeria after finding 3.5 tons at the same port last month, an official said Wednesday. Read more
Clinton on the attack as US race narrows
Hillary Clinton launched a final week election offensive Tuesday to lock down the state of Florida, key to Donald Trump’s White House dream, as polls showed their race narrowing.
The Republican had been buoyed earlier in the day by a national poll that showed him sneaking a narrow lead in national voting intentions, sending shivers through US markets. Read more
Obama pitches Clinton to male voters
US President Barack Obama hit the campaign stump for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, telling voters not to be “bamboozled” by Donald Trump and making a specific pitch to wavering male voters.
Visiting the swing state of Ohio for the second time in a month, Obama challenged male voters to consider whether they were being sexist in hesitating between Trump and Clinton. Read more
FBI releases Bill Clinton closed case files days before vote
The FBI has unexpectedly released documents concerning ex-president Bill Clinton’s pardon of the husband of a wealthy Democratic donor, in a surprise move just days before the election in which his wife is seeking to become America’s first female president.
The release of the heavily redacted 129-page report over the pardon of trader Marc Rich — an investigation that closed in 2005 without charges — triggered questions from Democrats already angered by the FBI’s probe into hundreds of thousands of newly uncovered emails possibly linked to Hillary Clinton. Read more
ISIS human shields tell of escape from forced march
“They told us, ‘You are going to have to walk to Hammam al Alil,'” says Asa’ad. “We knew that it would be long and we took blankets and bread.”
This was the moment, late one afternoon last week, that ISIS militants came to Asa’ad’s village, rounding up families and forcing them onto the road north towards Mosul. Some of the ISIS fighters were foreigners, some Iraqi. The man who came to their door, he says, was Syrian. Read more
Algeria names Mahrez, Slimani, 16 other stars for Nigeria tie
Algeria’s new national team coach, Georges Leekens, has named English Player of the Season, Riyad Mahrez and his Leicester City teammate, Islam Slimani, among the 18 players that will prosecute the Desert Foxes’ Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in Uyo on November 12.
Others in the squad, which Leekens expects to converge in Algiers on November 6, are Nabil Bentaleb of Schalke 04 in Germany and centre back, Hicham Belkaroui. Read more
Ronaldo, Alves – stars of today’s Champions League matches
Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to build upon his formidable away form in the Champions League at Legia Warsaw, while Leicester City – amid exalted historical company – are on the brink of progression.
Expect plenty of goals when Sporting CP visit Borussia Dortmund, with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang certain to be a threat.And defender Dani Alves will be looking to continue his exceptional attacking contribution when Juventus face Lyon.With the help of Opta, we bring you the best stats for Wednesday’s Champions League group stage fixtures. Read more
Scandalous! $1.5bn Sports Investor, Arabella, Unknown in UK
The proposal by a supposed UK-based Arabella 21st Century sports/marketing company, and some investors to plough about $1.5 billion into the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) may turn out a huge joke after all. Read more