Sabinews Evening News Update for October 19, 2015
Saraki: Appeal Court Allegedly Pressured to Delay Judgement
Information has emerged that the Presidency, some powerful forces from the North -West and All Progressive Congress (APC) were behind the unexpected postponement of judgement in the appeal filed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, seeking to stop his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
THISDAY was informed by a source shortly after the indefinite adjournment that there was pressure to delay the judgement at the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division. Read more
Fuel crisis: Court adjourns case against Buhari
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday adjourned till November 11, 2015 to hear a suit seeking to compel President Muhammadu Buhari to fix all the petroleum refineries in the country.
The plaintiff, Kabir Akingbolu, also wants the court to order the President to ensure adequate production and availability of Premium Motor Spirit at a regulated price across the country. Read more
Ambode swears in commissioners, SAs
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday sworn- in the newly appointed members of the state executive council.
Those inaugurated included 23 commissioners and 14 Special Advisers. The ceremony which took place at Adeyemi Bero Hall, Alausa, Ikeja, was attended by principal officers of the state government. Read more
Confusion as A’Court defers judgment on Saraki’s CCT case
The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Monday failed to deliver its scheduled judgment on an appeal filed by the Senate President Bukola Saraki, challenging the validity of the charges of false asset declaration filed against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
No new date has been fixed for the judgment. The application for stay of the CCT’s proceedings, filed by Saraki’s lawyer, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), was struck out by the Justice Moore Adumein-led Court of Appeal panel on Wednesday on the assumption that it would no longer be necessary to hear it since judgment, which would effectively decide the fate of the case at the CCT, would be delivered before the next hearing date of the tribunal. Read more
Sani identifies 13 factors responsible for Boko Haram insurgency
Rights activist and Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Comrade Shehu Sani, yesterday, identified 13 factors responsible for the Boko Haram insurgency, especially in North-Eastern part of Nigeria.
Sani who spoke when he received a delegation of Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), in his Kaduna office, described Boko Haram as a “demonic force” and a serious threat to the religion of Islam, Nigeria and humanity. Read more
EFCC Arrests Usman Dakingari
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a former Governor of Kebbi State, Usman Dakingari, over allegations that he laundered N3.8billion from the state while in office.
Dakingari, who is an in-law to the late President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, was detained as soon as he arrived the EFCC Headquarters. Read more
Police arrest Edo woman, 80, with 68 live cartridges
The Edo State Police Command has arrested an 80-year-old woman, identified as Comfort Izedomwen, for unlawful possession of 68 live cartridges.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike, told journalists on Monday that Izedomwen was nabbed at Ekae village in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state after her accomplice, one Stella Omobude, was arrested with 32 live cartridges on October 8. Ezike stated, “On October 8, 2015, based on credible information, operatives and tactical units of the command raided Ecbueren village, along Benin-Auchi road, and arrested one Stella Omobude, aged 48 years, a peddler of cartridges to suspected armed robbers. Read more
Group raises alarm over condition in IDP camps
The Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme, has raised the alarm over the poor living conditions of women and children in Internally Displaced Camps around the country.
Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi, NSRP’s Women and Girls Manager, made the statement on Monday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria. She said there was the need for all stakeholders to step up actions at improving the lives of these vulnerable groups in the country, saying Nigeria can no longer claim ignorance. Read more
Maiduguri Council Awards Scholarships To Students
The Chairman of the Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC), Alhaji Usman Ciroma, has announced that the council would empower 1, 200 student with N10, 000 scholarship as part of it effort to uplift the standard of education in the state.
Ciroma stated this during the flagging of the first batch of 300 scholarship beneficiaries in Maiduguri, adding that his Council would continue to accord priority to education and healthcare delivery system with a view to providing good atmosphere in schools and hospital. Read more
N400m scam: Nigerian ‘lover-boy’ bags 12 years imprisonment
A Vietnamese court has sentenced a Nigerian, Mr. Oshanugor James Anyasi, 35, to 12 years in prison for allegedly conniving with three others to dupe 10 women, many who are Vietnamese of N400 million after promising them fake love and business. Anyasi was found guilty of a two count charges of fraud and cyber crime by a Hanoi Court Read more
Port Harcourt International Airport Named World’s Worst Airport 2015
Port Harcourt International Airport has received the unfortunate distinction of being named “world’s worst airport” in 2015 by travel website The Guide to Sleeping in Airports.
This year’s survey, which asked fliers to identify the world’s worst and best aviation terminals, attracted 26,297 qualifying responses.
Despite the site’s name, airports weren’t just rated according to how easy it is to take a nap while inside them. Read more
Speak out against domestic violence, Ambode urges residents
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday urged residents to speak out against domestic violence and assist government’s efforts to reduce the menace in the society.
Ambode, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, made the call at a Symposium on Gender Based Violence organised by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team Read more
Dele Giwa, 29 years after
Today marked exactly 29 years since ace journalist and founding Editor-in-Chief of Newswatch, Sumonu Oladele Giwa was gruesomely murdered by a mail bomb, in his residence on 25, Talabi Street, off Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos.
Dele Giwa as he was fondly called, met his untimely death on Sunday, October 19, 1986, at the House 25 Talabi Street, which has now given way to a hospital. He was killed in his prime at age 39. Had he been alive today, he would be 68 years old. Read more
Ensure Lokpobiri’s clearance, Dickson tells Bayelsa senators
Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Seriake Dickson, has called on members of the National Assembly from the state to close ranks on the screening of Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, a ministerial nominees from the state, with a view to ensuring his confirmation.
Dickson gave the charge when the members, under the aegis of National Assembly Caucus Forum, paid a condolence visit to the governor in Government House, Yenagoa, over the demise of Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, a former governor of the state. Read more
Condition of British Ebola nurse improves: hospital
A British nurse who suffered a relapse after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone has been taken off the critical list while remaining “serious but stable”, the hospital treating her said Monday.
Despite recovering from the virus in December after returning to the Scottish city of Glasgow from Sierra Leone, Pauline Cafferkey, 39, was readmitted to hospital on October 6. Read more
FIFA’s leaders meet amidst latest scandal storm
FIFA’s executive committee gathers on Tuesday as acting president Issa Hayatou attempts to steer football’s embattled governing body through the latest storm of scandals to blight their Zurich headquarters.
The extraordinary meeting was announced on October 9 after FIFA’s ethics committee suspended president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke, and Michel Platini for 90 days from all football-related activities. Read more
Adesina, an embarrassment to the Presidency – PDP
The People’s Democratic Party (Party) has described as ‘vacuous’ a statement credited to the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, in his response to an earlier statement made by the PDP that the Buhari-led administration is dictatorial and hypocritical in its fight against corruption. Read more
Student protests shut three top South African universities
Student protests halted teaching at three of South Africa’s top universities on Monday as demonstrations spread against fee increases after months of growing activism on campus.
Officials at Rhodes University, University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) announced classes were suspended due to the wave of protests. Read more
Nigerian CEOs expected in large number at 2016 Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan
The forthcoming edition of the AFRICA CEO FORUM, the foremost international meeting for African CEOs, bankers and investors is set to take place on 21 and 22 March 2016, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
With attendance levels growing year-on-year (more than 800 people took part in 2015 – an increase of 18%), the AFRICA CEO FORUM has become one of the most important events in the African business calendar, enabling participants to exchange their views and opinions on the issues affecting the economic development of the continent’s companies. Read more