SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 3, 2016
Court convicts firms of laundering Patience Jonathan’s $15.5m
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday convicted four companies of laundering $15.5m kept in their accounts with Skye Bank.
The companies – Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited – are linked with a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa. Read more
Julius Berger to close a section of Lagos/Ibadan express
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in Ogun, Mr Clement Oladele has said that Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, will temporarily close a section of the Ibadan/Lagos corridor by Sagamu Interchange to effect repair.
Oladele, who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Abeokuta, said that Julius Berger had informed the FRSC that the reason for the closure was to effect repairs on the section from Thursday, November 3 to Saturday, November 12. Read more
Bizmen Used Ex-Customs Boss’ Name To Defraud Importer Of N31m – Witness
Justice Kudirat Jose of the Lagos State High Court Ikeja yesterday heard how two Oyo state based businessmen Jimoh Aremu Oderinde and Sheriff Olaseni Ajaga allegedly used the name of former Comptroller- General of Nigerian Customs Service Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko to obtained N30.7million by false pretence. Read more
FG To Develop National Transportation Master-plan – Amaechi
The Federal Government said it was in the process of developing a national transportation master plan that would help in diversifying the nation’s economy.
The Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this while briefing newsmen after concluding the inspection of ongoing projects and facilities at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos. Read more
Ezekwesili charges Nigerians to seek knowledge of democratic principles
Former Minister of Education and co-convener of Bring Back Our Girls Group (BBOG), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, yesterday challenged Nigerians to hold government accountable, saying democratic illiteracy in the country was worrisome.
Ezekwesili said such lack of knowledge was responsible for the waste of lives, resources, ideas, which at the end stalled unity, peace and development. Read more
PDP leaders visit Fani-Kayode, others
A delegation of the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Caretaker Committee and other top members of the party led by its Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, on Wednesday visited some prominent members of the PDP who are in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Read more
Kudirat: Supreme Court hears appeal against al-Mustapha, Shofolahan’s acquittal
The Supreme Court will today (Thursday) hear the appeal filed by the Lagos State Government to challenge the judgment of the Court of Appeal which acquitted Maj. Hamza al-Mustapha and Lateef Shofolahan of the murder of Kudirat Abiola.
Kudirat, wife of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, was gunned down in Lagos on June 4, 1996. Read more
NNPC posts N127.73bn loss in eight months
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation recorded a total loss of N127.73bn between January and August this year, its latest group financial report released on Wednesday showed.
The report for the month of August, however, indicated that the national oil firm reduced its losses to N11.22bn in the month compared to the N24.18bn recorded in July. Read more
Alleged sexual abuse of IDPs by soldiers: Nigerians react
The same abuse of women by Nigerian soldiers happened in Liberia many years ago during the Liberian Civil War. When it happened, the Nigerian authorities did not take the soldiers’ actions seriously. There was a cover-up. Nigerian soldiers went to that country and populated it with children from war-ravaged women who were seeking refuge.
Today, these children are grown up and back in Nigeria, looking for their fathers. But this time around, we all must rise up to say no to the sexual abuse by our soldiers. A few things the Federal Government should do include; one, it must immediately set up a special court martial to try those erring soldiers. Read more
Clinton, Obama warn of dire consequences if Trump wins
Hillary Clinton painted a grim picture of life under a Donald Trump presidency Wednesday, warning undecided voters as the ever tighter White House race entered its final five-day stretch.
Clinton made an optimistic choice in staging a huge rally in Arizona, a swing state she hopes to poach from the Republicans, but the Democrat’s tone was grim as she invited voters to envisage her defeat. Read more
Nigeria partners France, Japan to develop Nollywood
The Federal Government has expressed its readiness to partner with Japan and France to develop the movie industry through animated movies in line with its diversifying the economy.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, said this on the sideline of the second edition of the Animated Film Festival organised by the Japanese and French Embassies in Abuja on Wednesday. Read more
Iheanacho earns £15k weekly not £85,000
Contrary to wide spread speculations that Super Eagles sensation Kelechi Iheanacho currently earns £85,000-per-week at Manchester City, a very close source to the player have exclusively revealed to SportingLife that the 20-year-old receives just £15,000 weekly.
The former Nigeria youth international joined the Citizens in 2013 following a very successive campaign at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup where he emerged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament, scoring six and assisting a seven times. Read more