Sabinews Midday News Update for May 13, 2015
Senate passes tobacco control Bill
The Senate on Tuesday passed the National Tobacco Control Bill 2015 and the Equipment Leasing Bill 2015.
The bill when assented to by President Goodluck Jonathan will repeal the existing “Tobacco Smoking (Control) Act, CAP.T6, LFN 2004’’, enacted in 1990 and amended years later.
The bill will ensure effective regulation and control of production, manufacture, sale, labelling, advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco and tobacco products in Nigeria. Read more
7 doctors get kidnap threats in Ekiti State
The Ekiti State chapter of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), on Tuesday said seven doctors have received threats of kidnap from unknown gunmen.
This is coming barely one week after the former Chief Medical Director of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Dr Patrick Adegun and a nurse with Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Mrs Margaret Aladenika, were kidnapped. Read more
ECOWAS honours Onyeka Onwenu
The ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association (ECOFEPA) has conveyed a letter of nomination to the Director-General, National Centre for Women Development, Lady Onyeka Onwenu as its Ambassador at a ceremony, which will hold in Abuja on May 18, 2015.
The Bureau of ECOFEPA, which is a Network of Female Parliamentarians in the ECOWAS sub region said in the letter that Onyeka’s nomination stemmed from her “creativity, leadership, initiative, extraordinary service and passion for gender related issues.” Read more
Heavy rains in Kenya kill 10, injure seven
At least ten lost their lives while seven others were injured on Monday night following heavy downpours in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
Nairobi County Police Commander Benson Kibui said eight people lost their lives and two others seriously injured after a wall collapsed on kiosks at an informal settlement in Nairobi where a mosque collapsed. Read more
Court remands Alfa for killing, sharing friend’s corpse
A Lagos State Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ebute-Meta has remanded an Islamic cleric, Fatai Afobaje, aka Alfa, in prison for allegedly killing his friend, Rafiu Sulaimon, and sharing his body parts.
The magistrate, A. O. Komolafe, said Afobaje should be remanded pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions. Read more
Gospel preacher remanded over theft of Lexus jeep in Lagos
A 35-year-old mobile gospel preacher, Lucky David, was on Tuesday remanded at Kirikiri Prisons by an Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court 2 in Lagos for allegedly stealing a Lexus jeep valued at N1.5 million.
David, whose residential address was not disclosed, had pleaded not guilty to the charge of theft. Read more
LAWMA creates 25,000 indirect jobs
The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) on Tuesday said it had indirectly created 25,000 jobs in evacuating wastes and keeping Lagos streets clean.
Mr Ola Oresanya, the Managing Director of the authority, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Read more
Council of State urges incoming Buhari administration to address Farmers, Herdsmen clashes
The National Council of State on Tuesday in Abuja urged the incoming administration of retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to develop viable solutions to the persistent clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the country.
Addressing State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, which was presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, Gov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue said already, a document had been prepared by the council to address the menace. Read more
Ghanaian coach Jones Attuquayefio dies at 70
Ghanaian coach Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, former trainer of two national football teams and a number of clubs, is dead, the local media reported on Tuesday.
The Accra-based radio station, Joy FM, reported on its website that a family source confirmed the death of the coach on Tuesday. He was 70 and had been battling throat cancer for some time. Read more
Covenant University launches mobile learning device
EduSocial, a mobile learning package has been officially launched by Covenant University.
In partnership with Softcom, an IT company, the university has initiated a mobile learning platform, for both its students and staff.
The launch took place at the University chapel after one of the university’s weekly chapel services. Read more
Baby survives eight days after he was buried alive
A Chinese baby born with a cleft lip was abandoned by his parents and buried in a cardboard box two days later, but rescued alive eight days further on, media reported. Read more
The parents left the baby in a remote countryside in the southern province of Guangxi, before he was buried, apparently by relatives who believed he had died, Guangxi Online News said.
Removal of Lagos chairman: PDP moves against dissident group
THE Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said yesterday that disciplinary actionshas been initiated against those involved in the purported removal of its chairman, Mr Tunji Shelle.
A group that called itself the Executive Committee of the Lagos PDP, on Monday announced the removal of Shelle as the party’s state chairman. Read more
El-Rufai set to probe Yero administration
Kaduna State governor-elect, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i has hinted that he may probe the outgoing administration of Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero. According to El-Rufa’i, “The APC-led government will ask politicians who stole government money to return such funds.”
The governor-elect spoke yesterday when executive members of the National Union of Textile Garments and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit at his residence. Read more
Car Theft: Fake Corporal, Ritualist Arrested
A fake police corporal, Oliver Chukwuemeka, and fake native doctor, Akeem Hamzat, were arrested for allegedly buying stolen vehicles.
Chukwuemeka and Hamzat were said to have been nabbed by the Lagos State police command from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, in Lagos, for receiving the vehicles from a robbery syndicate which operates from Sagamu area of Ogun State. Read more
Alleged Fraudulent Recruitment Rocks NIMASA
The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is currently enmeshed in allegations of illegal recruitments alien to the agency.
Some staff of the agency who made this allegation accused the agency’s management of recruiting without advertising vacancies and favouring a certain region of the country in total disregard to the principle of federal character and competence in its recruitments of senior officers. Read more
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