SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 5, 2016
Presidential retreat for ministers-designate underway in Abuja
A presidential retreat organised by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for ministers-designate is currently holding inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The retreat, tagged “Delivering change from precepts to practice,” is being attended by President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; all ministers-designate and other presidential aides and top government officials. Read more
Saraki Arrives Code Of Conduct Tribunal
Senate President Bukola Saraki has arrived the venue of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal with almost half of the Senators in the Senate accompanying him.
In previous appearances at the tribunal, more than 60 senators had showed up with Mr. Saraki at his hearings in solidarity. Saraki was alleged to have operated foreign accounts while being the Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011 and transferred the sum of $73, 223.28 from his GTB domiciliary account to an American Express account. Read more
Falae’s Kidnap: Fulani Group Sends Final Warning To Fani-kayode
A Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore yesterday sent a final warning to former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-kayode over insult on the Fulani race.
National president of the association, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo gave the warning after consultation with the South-West organisations’ leaders in Abuja. Read more
SS2 student stabs senior to death for punishing him
A Senior Secondary School student of Gaskiya College, Ijora Lagos, Saka Ahmed also known as Ejo, on Wednesday allegedly stabbed his senior, Saheed Jimoh, to death for punishing him.
Trouble started on Tuesday when 19-year-old Jimoh, who was a school prefect, punished Ejo for an offence he committed.
The punishment meted out on Ejo resulted to a fight between the duo outside the school premises after closing hours. Read more
Syrian army foils IS attack on Eastern airbase
The Syrian army foiled an Islamic State on an airbase in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, state news agency SANA reported Thursday.
Government forces guarding the Deir al-Zour airbase fired rockets on explosive-laden tanks operated by IS militants, destroying them before they reached the gates of the base, SANA said. Read more
Abia indigenes in South Africa congratulate Gov. Ikpeazu on tribunal victory
Abia indigenes resident in South Africa on Wednesday congratulated Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu on his victory at the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tribunal had upheld the election of the governor on Tuesday. The President of Abia State Union in South Africa, Mr Vincent Onyema, said in a statement issued in Capetown, South Africa, that Abia indigenes in that country were happy with the verdict of the tribunal. Read more
Meet the Nigerian woman taking on Boko Haram
On a long, barren road in northeastern Nigeria, Hafsat Mohammed, squeezed into a public minibus, saw the gunmen materialise from the bush like a mirage.
The 33-year-old was on her way to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State and the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency, when two Hilux pickups swerved onto the road ahead. Read more
Treat agitation for Biafra with caution – Ohanaeze urges Buhari
The Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Thursday urged the Federal Government to exercise restraint in handling the various groups clamouring for the actualization of Biafra.
The President of the Ohanaeze Youth Council, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, in a statement, said dialogue was the only way out of the various agitations. Read more
Pwajok’s body arrives in Jos
The remains of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the April 11 governorship election in Plateau state, Senator Gyang Pwajok, arrived in the country on Wednesday.
Pwajok, or GNS, as he was fondly called, died On Wednesday October, 28, 2015, at the age of 49 in an Indian hospital following complications from Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Read more
ICPC to interrogate six former Governors
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has commenced investigation into allegations of financial recklesness levelled against some former governors.
To this end, the anti-graft agency will soon invite the ex-governors for interrogation at its headquarters in Abuja. The questioning follows reports of a special investigations ordered into their tenures, New Telegraph reports. Read more
South African Lawmakers Worried About What Could Happen To Shoprite, Stanbic etc
MTN Group released a press statement on Tuesday confirming that it had not agreed to pay any fine to the Nigerian Communications Commission and was still negotiating with the government. Whilst negotiations continue, the South African Parliament is worried about the implications of the alleged violation of trade relations with not just Nigeria but with other countries. Read more
Banker: How I Ran Maina’s N2bn Illegal Accounts
A banker has told detectives how she ran five accounts used to perpetrate a N2bilion pension fraud in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. Former Pension Reform Task Team chief Abdulrasheed Maina is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the alleged pension fraud. Read more
DPR Seals Off Over 50 Stations In Ibadan
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says N2 million fine will be imposed on any petrol filling station in Kwara State hoarding, cheating and indulging in sharp practices.
DPR Operation Controller in the state, Mr Salvation Philip, said this on Wednesday when he led a team on inspection of some petrol stations in the state. According to him, apart from paying the fine, the affected stations will also be suspended for two months. The warning came on the heels of lingering fuel crisis in Ilorin. Read more
FG Approves Payment Of N413bn Subsidy Claim To Oil Marketers
The Federal Government on Wednesday approved the immediate payment of N413 billion to oil marketers as outstanding payment for subsidy claims.
This is contained in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja by Mr Ohi Alegbe, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). It stated that the initiative was to ensure that zero fuel queues bolstered. Read more