SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 6, 2017
Saraki leads Senate delegation to German Parliament
SENATE President, Bukola Saraki, will Tuesday, lead a five-man delegation on a three-day visit to the German Parliament, the Bundestag, to promote improved economic relations between Nigeria and Germany as well as for the purpose of peer review. A statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Senate President, stated that the delegation which includes Senate Deputy Leader, Bala Ibn Na’allah, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Monsurat Sunmonu, Chairman, Committee on Power, Enyinnaya Abaribe and Chairman, Committee on Defence, Abubakar Kyari will hold series of meetings with the leadership of the German Parliament and the German-African business groups. Read more
‘Lagos recorded 2,252 rape cases in two years’
No fewer than 2,252 rapes cases were reported at the Mirabel Sexual Assault Referral Centre in two years and seven months, The PUNCH has learnt.
According to the centre Manager, Juliet Olumuyiwa-Rufai, the centre recorded less than 20 convictions in all the cases. Read more
Four policemen die in Lagos crash
Four Lagos policemen have been killed after their vehicle had a crash along Isiwu Road, Imota, in the Ikorodu area of the state.
The PUNCH learnt that the men, who were attached to the X-Squad, were on a surveillance patrol when the incident happened around 1pm on Sunday. Read more
Community seeks Edo Govt’s intervention on roads, other basic amenities
Indigenes of Usoko Community in Etsako Central Local Government Council of Edo State have appealed to the state government to construct roads and provide basic amenities for the community.
They made the appeal in separate intervie3e NAN on Monday in Ekperi in Edo.
An indigene of the community, Mr Yesufu Abu, said that the community was faced with several challenges that required urgent attention by the government. Read more
Gbajabiamila lights up Surulere communities
Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Sunday night, inaugurated solar-powered streetlights in Rabiatu Thompson and Olufemi communities in his Surulere Constituency.
Residents of the benefitting communities and those from adjoining areas trooped out in their numbers to witness the switching-on of the lights.
Represented by Sole Administrator, Surulere Local Government Area, Mr. Sherif Balogun, Gbajabiamila said the provision of the streetlights was redemption of his electoral promise to always connect with his constituents and deliver dividends of democracy. Read more
Buhari Media Pays N250k To 40 Propagandists To Comment On Blogs – Farooq Keprogi
In the absence of anything to show for its existence, since fraud is its very foundation, the Buhari government has elevated sterile propaganda, mindless mind-management, and thoughtless, unintelligent mendacity to an art.
For starters, as I pointed out in my Facebook status update, which went viral and shaped national discourse on the Buhari government, the president has 9 media aides. Yes, 9, not 6 as previously thought! Read more
Nigerian govt formally announces closure of Abuja Airport
The Federal Government has formally announced the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, beginning from 12 a.m. Wednesday.
This was announced by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, at a world press conference Monday in Abuja. The airport will be close for six weeks. Read more
We’ll maintain zero tolerance for Human Rights abuse – Army
The Nigerian Army says it would continue to maintain zero tolerance for Human Rights abuses in the ongoing anti-terror war in the North East.
Theatre Commander of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Maj.- Gen. Lucky Irabor, gave the assurance, on Monday, while receiving a delegation from the United Nations Security Council, in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Gen. Irabor said that troops deployed to the theatre were made to undergo special training on code of conduct before their deployment. Read more
‘NCC to Assist in Rebuilding Telecoms Facilities in N/East’
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), said on Sunday it was willing to assist GSM service providers in rebuilding telecommunication facilities destroyed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East.
Hajiya Hafsat Lawan, the NCC Assistant Director, Legal and Regulatory Services, made the promise while speaking with journalists in Maiduguri. Read more
Niger spends N80m on 30 students’ foreign scholarships
The Niger State Government, on Monday, said it has spent about N80 million on 30 indigenes studying in various institutions abroad.
Hajiya Fatima Madugu, Commissioner for Science and Technology, made the disclosure in an interview, in Minna. Madugu said that the beneficiaries were mainly female undergraduates in the field of Medicine and Engineering. Read more
NAICOM boosts insurance education with donations, grants
NATIONAL Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has donated N10million to the Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State to boost the institution’s ICT Centre and a grant of N5.4m for the purchase of insurance textbooks for insurance education. The Commission’s donation is to propagate insurance education and help the sector deepen insurance reach in tertiary institutions in the country. Read more
UN Security Council lauds ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has commended the Nigerian military on its war against Boko Haram insurgency in the North East. The UNSC President, Ambassador. Mathew Rycroft made the commendation Monday when he led other 14 ambassadors of the Council on the spot assessment of the Humanitarian crisis in Borno state. Read more
Court remands nursing mother, 7 days old baby for adultery
A Kano Sharia court has remanded a nursing mother, Habiba Inusa and her 7 days old baby in prison custody for adultery. Habiba Inusa allegedly gave birth a day after she participated alongside 1520 couples in a sponsored mass wedding by the state Government last week. The Director General, Kano Hisbah Board, Dr. Abba Sifu in an interview with a local radio station said that the woman is currently under the custody of the court in Doguwa local government area. Read more
GERNOT ROHR MEETS WITH BALOGUN AND BAZEE IN GERMANY
Gernot Rohr has run the rule over two players based in Germany which he called up for Nigeria’s upcoming matches.
Nigeria will face Senegal and Burkina Faso in international friendlies later this month and Rohr has included German-based Leon Balogun and Noah Bazee in his selection. Read more
NFF Advises Super Eagles : Make Sure You Report To Camp On March 20, Training
Allnigeriasoccer.com understands that the Nigeria Football Federation has advised the players called up for the international friendly matches against Senegal and Burkina Faso that they must report to their get-together in London latest 1300 hours on Monday, March 20.
The Nigerian Federation informed the players to make sure they stick to that time because they will start training under the guidance of Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr on the same day Read more
Super Eagles Booked In To Stay At Friendly Crowne Plaza Hotel, Close To Wembley,
According to information gathered by allnigeriasoccer.com, the Super Eagles will stay at the four-star hotel, Crowne Plaza Hotel Ealing, when they arrive in England for their international friendly games with Senegal and Burkina Faso.
Guests and visitors have praised the hotel on tripadvisor, labeling their staff polite and friendly, and the rooms are comfortable. Read more
BBC to broadcast 2019 Women’s World Cup as part of new deal
The BBC will broadcast every game from the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France as part of new deal which will see extensive coverage across TV, radio and online.
England’s Lionesses reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup in Canada, with a peak TV audience of 2.4million watching into the early hours as an own goal from Laura Bassett in injury time saw Mark Sampson’s side suffer a dramatic defeat against Japan. Read more
Barcelona director Braida:”Allegri is a friend but the next manager is a top secret topic”
Ever since Luis Enrique announced that he wouldn’t be returning next season there has been a lot of speculation as to whom will be Barcelona’s next manager. Director Ariedo Braida was asked about Max Allegri, a coach he worked with during his time at Milan, in an interview with Rai Uno:”The decision on Luis Enrique was made well ahead of time so we could pick the successor without feeling rushed. Allegri? He’s a friend, but at this time we can’t talk about it, there are many names being linked to Barcelona: Valverde, Sampaoli, Eusebio and Koeman. Read more
Alexis Sánchez and Arsène Wenger shake hands at Arsenal training after bust-up
Alexis Sánchez trained with Arsenal and shook the hand of Arsène Wenger on Monday morning after a bust-up last week in which the forward stormed out of a practice session and was involved in a dressing-room slanging match with some of his team-mates.
Sánchez was left out of the starting lineup for Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield on Saturday, coming on at half-time with his team 2-0 down. He had a hand in Arsenal’s goal, providing the pass for Danny Welbeck to score. Read more
Ukraine conflict: Russia accused of terrorism and discrimination at ICJ
The International Court of Justice in The Hague is hearing a case brought by Ukraine against Russia, accusing Moscow of illegally annexing Crimea and illicitly funding separatist rebels.
Ukraine is seeking compensation for what it describes as terrorist acts committed on its soil. They include the shooting down in 2014 of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which killed all 298 people on board. Read more
UK digital strategy good news for West Midlands tech hubs post-#Brexit
At a hearing in the European Parliament last week, Mr Dalton, who leads on digital policy for Conservative MEPs, heard from tech industry across the EU fearful about the future of digital regulation in the EU after Brexit.
Mr Dalton commented: “The West Midlands is already has some of the UK’s most successful tech hubs, in Birmingham and with the gaming industry in Warwickshire, this strategy will help our tech industry grow further, with infrastructure investment designed to help everywhere follow where Superfast Worcestershire has led.” Read more
Barack and Michelle Obama seen out for first time since wire-tap claims
Barack and Michelle Obama have been seen out for the first time since Donald Trump’s controversial wire-tapping claims made international headlines.
The two smiled for the cameras as the exited the National Gallery of Art in Washington on Sunday, seeming at ease amid the row over whether the former President abused his powers to enact a “Watergate-level scandal” in a bid to topple Trump. Read more
China has the right to ‘step in’ to Hong Kong election, top official says
China’s third most powerful leader said on Monday that Beijing had the right to “step in” to Hong Kong’s leadership contest, according to local politicians who met him, in remarks fuelling fears of meddling from Communist Party leaders.
The comments by Zhang Dejiang, the head of China’s parliament and its leading official on Hong Kong issues, came after other officials played down rumours that Beijing was interfering in a race pitting China’s preferred candidate against a more popular figure. Read more