Sabinews Evening News Update for September 28, 2015
Senate resumes Tuesday
The Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Dino Melaye, on Monday said the Senate will resume on Tuesday after a six- week recess.
Melaye, who stated this in a statment in Abuja, also dispelled speculations of a likely postponement of the resumption of the upper chamber. He said the Senate will commence legislative activities and is fully ready to receive and welcome communication from President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more
FG declares Thursday public holiday
The Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 1, 2015, as public holiday to mark the nation’s 55th Independence celebration.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji, made the declaration on behalf of the FG in a statement signed by the ministry’s Director of Press, Yusuf Isiaka, on Monday. The Permanent Secretary, who congratulated all Nigerians both at home and abroad also thanked them for their support to President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts towards building a peaceful, united and virile nation. Read more
16 Ebonyi top officials lose Sept salaries for lateness
Governor Dave Umahi has directed that 16 top officials of the Ebonyi State Government, including members of the State Executive Council, will lose their September salaries and other allowances for coming late to an event on Monday. Read more
Ex-DSS boss brother regains freedom in C’River
Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong Ekpe, the brother of the immediate past Director General of the Department of State Services, Mr. Ita Ekpenyong, has been released by his abductors, who kidnapped him about three weeks ago.
Ekpenyong-Ekpe was kidnapped on September 5, 2015 by gunmen in his Creek Town home in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State. Our correspondent gathered from a reliable source on Monday that Ekpenyong-Ekpe was released almost a week ago but security agencies had kept the news of his freedom away from members of the public. Read more
Osun monarch accuses police of leaking information to cultists
The Olufon of Ifon, Oba Moruf Magbagbeola, has said some policemen in his domain are in the habit of divulging privileged information to cult groups tormenting residents of the community.
The monarch said this in Osogbo on Monday at a forum organised by the Police Community Relations Committee which had the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, the Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr. Kola Sodipo, and top traditional rulers in the state in attendance. Read more
Court Remands Murder Suspect In Prison
An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday remanded 29-year-old Azeez Ismaila standing trial for allegedly killing his wife, in prison.
The court remanded the suspect at the Ado-Ekiti Prison pending the receipt of advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in Ekiti state.
Ismaila was alleged to have killed his wife, Odunayo Ismaila on Friday. The Prosecutor, Sgt. Bankole Olasunkanmi, told the court that the accused, committed the offence at Odo-Ado Area of Ado-Ekiti.
Although the plea of the accused was not taken, he denied killing his wife, saying that she died as a result of illness. Read more
Assets declaration will check corruption – Rep
A House of Representatives member, Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas (Adamawa-APC), has insisted that assets declaration by public officers on assumption of office will help check corruption.
Namdas told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday that while the law had made it mandatory for all public office holders to declare their assets, it was not compulsory for the declared assets to be made public. The lawmaker also urged public office holders to obey the law on assets declaration to strengthen good governance. Read more
Ambode reiterates commitment to judicial reforms
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday said his administration was committed to judicial reforms.
Speaking during a church service to mark the new legal year, he said economic growth depends on a virile judiciary. Two religious services were held to mark the new legal season, one at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, and at the Central Mosque on Nnamdi Azikiwe Street, Lagos Island. Read more
Why no winner emerged for 2015 Nigeria Prize for Literature
Emeritus Professor Ayo Banjo-led Advisory Board for the Nigeria Prize for Literature sponsored by the Nigeria LNG, has announced that there would be no winner for the 2015 edition.
According to the Board, this is because none of the 109 entries received met the levels of literary excellence worthy of Africa’s most prestigious literary prize. The Advisory Board further stated that the decision was reached after a thorough review of the entries, by the panel of judges for this year’s competition led by Chief Judge, Professor Uwemedimo Enobong Iwoketok, a professor of English Language at the University of Jos. Read more
Osun woman, driver arrested over dumping of girl’s corpse
A grandmother, whose name is yet to be ascertained, and a driver, simply identified as Ade, are in police custody for allegedly dumping the corpse of a seven-year-old girl, Iyadun Ajayi, at the back of a building in Esa Oke in Osun State.
Our correspondent gathered that the deceased’s mother, known as Funke, had divorced the girl’s father and married an Islamic cleric in Ilesa. Read more
Edo court arraigns man for alleged N48m fraud
A 32-year-old man, Abiodun Doyin, has been arraigned before an Egor Magistrate’s Court in Edo State for allegedly stealing the sum of N48million from a commercial bank in Benin, the state capital.
The police prosecutor told the court that the accused, who was arraigned on seven counts bothering on forgery, committed the offence “on or about” the month of April, 2013, at the Uselu branch of Eco Bank Nigeria Plc. Read more
Ambode pledges support for judiciary, promises reform
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has reiterated his commitment to carry out legal reforms in the state.
He assured the people that his administration will continue to lend support to the development, enthronement and quick dispensation of justice. Ambode, who spoke during a church service to commemorate the beginning of 2015/2016 Legal Year held at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, on Monday, said the synergy of the executive and the judiciary was key to the success of any administration. Read more
India’s HPCL says will be cautious in buying Nigerian oil
India’s Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) will be cautious in buying Nigerian oil, its head of refineries said, as the company is still scouting for a vessel to lift a cargo for early October loading after the African nation sought a “letter of comfort” from shippers.
“We are finding it difficult to book a vessel to lift Nigerian crude … We will be cautious in future while deciding about crude of Nigerian origin,” B.K. Namdeo told Reuters. Read more
Ondo Youths Protest Kidnap Of Falae, Herdsmen’s Activities
Youths from the four Akure-speaking local government areas of Ondo State Monday trooped to major roads in the state capital to protest the recent abduction of the former Secretary to the Government (SGF), Chief Olu Falae by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The youths under the aegis of Akure Youth Coalition (AYC) decried the activities of herdsmen, who they accused of terrorising people of Akureland and the state on their farmlands. Read more
Army Seizes Eight Boats, 2.3 Million Litres of Stolen Diesel in Rivers
Troops of Operation Pulo Shield (OPS) of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt have seized 2.3 million litres of allegedly stolen diesel worth N3.45 million from an illegal bunker site in Rivers.
The petroleum product was siphoned from the pipelines belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC). Read more
NYSC Examines 151 for Presidential Awards, Disqualifies 71
Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brigadier General Olawunmi Johnson Monday disclosed that 71 out of the 222 corps members shortlisted for the 2015 NYSC Presidential award have been disqualified due to concessional posting.
The remaining 151 are being examined by Dr. Ihenetu Kelvin’s screening committee, after which successful candidates will be shortlisted for the award. Read more
5 dead, 17 rescued from Ikorodu boat mishap – LASG
Lagos State government yesterday said five of the 20 passengers and two crew members of a commercial boat belonging to the Bayeku Ferry Association travelling from Oke Ira Nla, Ajah to Bayeku in Ikorodu who were earlier rushed to a hospital, died while 17 others were rescued alive. Read more
Buhari Orders Hajj Commission, Embassy to Account for all Nigerians
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the National Hajj Commission and the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to urgently account for all Nigerian pilgrims in the aftermath of last Thursday’s disaster at Mina.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu said the presidential directive followed conflicting reports on the number of Nigerians who died or suffered injuries in the catastrophe which claimed well over 700 lives. Read more
13 killed in DR Congo attack on cash convoy: minister
Thirteen people have been killed in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in an attack on a convoy transporting some $40,000 in salaries for teachers, Economy Minister Modeste Bahati said.
The attack occurred on Sunday afternoon in South Kivu province. According to a military source and the Trust Merchant Bank (TMB), which was tasked with transporting the funds, 11 soldiers escorting the convoy and two civilians were killed. Read more
Blatter says will remain FIFA president — lawyer
Sepp Blatter has told FIFA’s staff that he will stay on as president while he cooperates with Swiss prosecutors who have opened criminal proceedings against him, his lawyer said Monday.
“President Blatter spoke to FIFA staff today and informed the staff that he was cooperating with the authorities, reiterated that he had done nothing illegal or improper and stated that he would remain as president of FIFA,” Read more
Foreign toll in Saudi hajj stampede
Saudi authorities have yet to provide a breakdown of the nationalities of the 769 Muslim pilgrims killed in Thursday’s hajj stampede, but several countries have announced the deaths of nationals.
Here is the toll given by foreign officials and media so far: Read more
LASU male lectruers, others shun paternity leave
The Lagos State University on Monday advised its male staff members to avails themselves of paternity leave, approved for workers in Lagos State’s Public Service.
The advice was contained in the university’s official bulletin, a copy of which was made available to theNews Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. It noted that while deserving female members of staff of the institution had been proceeding on maternity leave, their male counterparts were yet to enjoy it. Read more
Mourinho goes back to Porto as Chelsea seek comfort in Europe
In the midst of a frustrating start to the season, Jose Mourinho returns to Portugal on Tuesday as Chelsea face his old side FC Porto in the Champions League.
The London club are looking to make it two wins out of two in Group G after their straightforward 4-0 victory against Maccabi Tel-Aviv at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, but they must improve on another poor performance in the Premier League at the weekend. Read more