SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 22, 2015
Senate screens Amaechi, four other nominees
The Senate on Thursday screened the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi and four other ministerial nominees.
Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola, Hon. Baba Shehiru Mustapha and James Ocholi were the other nominees screened on Thursday. Read more
APC has no hand in Saraki’s travail – Gbajabiamila
The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) has no hand in the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Gbajabiamila said the case involving the Senate President is a judicial issue and it’s being handled appropriately by his legal team. Read more
Abuja blasts: Police arrest more suspects, raid black spot
The police have arrested three additional suspects allegedly involved in the multiple blasts in Nyanya and Kuje, two satellite towns in the Federal Capital Territory, that claimed about 20 lives on October 2,2015.
The suspects were paraded on Thursday at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Headquarters in Abuja, where several bomb-making materials recovered from them were also displayed. Read more
We need godly leaders to overcome our challenges – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said Nigeria needs leaders with integrity, transparent character, faithfulness and other godly attributes to overcome her current challenges. Speaking at the sixth Annual Prayer Breakfast organized by the Christian Legislators Fellowship of Nigeria in Abuja, Thursday, the President said great leaders follow godly principles. Read more
Italian Navy intercepts vessel carrying suspected human traffickers
A fishing vessel with 17 people on board allegedly involved in trafficking migrants across the Mediterranean Sea, was on Thursday arrested by Italian marine.
The suspected human traffickers were forced to board the Italian vessel for identity checks.
Spokesperson for the Navy however did not say whether the suspects were arrested or released after the identity checks. Read more
Laws needed to check social media abuse – Ex-dep gov
The immediate past Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Mr Effiok Cobham, has called for legislation to check abuse of social media.
Cobham, who is a legal practitioner, said the legislation would help to protect the rights of Nigerians that were constantly being abused through the contents posted on the social media. He said this in Calabar during the opening ceremony of 17th Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting of African Council for Communication Education (Nigerian chapter), hosted by the Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies, University of Calabar. Read more
Boko Haram militants kill 8 villagers in Cameroon – govt
Eight villagers in Cameroon’s Far North region were killed and nine injured in a raid by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram that was followed by a gun battle between militants and security forces, a government official said on Thursday.
Boko Haram wants to create a caliphate and impose a strict version of Islamic law in adjacent northeastern Nigeria and has carried out cross-border raids in neighbouring countries. Read more
Bayelsa IEC releases timetable for LG elections
The Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission has released the final timetable for the 2015 local government elections in the state.
The timetable contains the schedule of electoral activities for LGA elections which span October 2015 through February 2016. Chairman of the commission, Chief Blessing Izagara, unveiled the new timetable during a stakeholders’ forum in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, on Thursday. Read more
New INEC chairman: Buhari is a sectional leader, says Fayose
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described the appointment of yet another northerner, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a vindication of his position that “President Mohammadu Buhari is a sectional leader, who sees himself mainly as leader of the Hausa/Fulani, and not that of the entire people of Nigeria.” Read more
UN warns of severe hunger in South Sudan
Three UN agencies have warned that extreme hunger is pushing people to the brink of a catastrophe in parts of South Sudan as a new analysis found that 3.9 million people nationwide face severe food insecurity.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Food Programme called on the parties to the conflict to grant urgent and unrestricted access to Unity State. Read more
Falae: My Release Saved More Lives from being Lost
The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Chief Olu Falae yesterday said more lives would have been lost if he had been killed by his abductors.
Falae, who was the former Minister of Finance made the remark when he received in his house, the immediate past Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, who visited him on the incident that happened to him recently. Read more
Gas Master Plan: Buhari ? Commissions $150m Steel Pipe Mill
The effort of the federal government towards making gas accessible and affordable to Nigerians through its national gas master plan received a boost on Thursday with the commissioning of a new ultra-modern steel mill worth $150 million by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal said the company established by Setraco Construction Company (SCC) was a great milestone in a collective effort to promote and increase local content in the oil and gas sector. Read more
Ambode sounds tough, begins probe of Disu’s killing
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has inaugurated a five-man Tribunal of Inquiry to investigate the civil unrest in Ibeju-Lekki area of the state on October 12, which led to the murder of the Managing Director of Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited, Alhaji Tajudeen Disu.
Disu was killed while resolving a land dispute between members of Okunraye Community and some private companies embarking on various massive projects within the Lekki Free Trade Zone. Read more
Junior Snepco Tennis Tourney, A Memorable Event
Participants at a recently-concluded 3rd SNEPCo Junior Tennis Championship commended the organisers of the event for a successful and well-attended competition.
The competition, sponsored by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) had no fewer than 150 junior players from across the country in attendance. The competition was staged at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, from Oct. 12 to Oct. 17. Read more
Financial Analyst Advises Entrepreneurs To Embrace
A Financial Analyst, Dr Uju Ogubunka, on Thursday, urged entrepreneurs in Nigeria to embrace modern technology as one of the ways to improve and sustain their businesses.
Ogubunka, a former Executive Secretary, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), spoke in Lagos that adopting newer technology was important to meet with dynamic business world. Read more
US pledges more support for Nigeria’s agric sector
Regional Agricultural Counselor in Nigeria for the US Department of Agriculture, Mr Kurt Seifarth, on Thursday restated his government’s commitment to supporting Nigeria in the development of her agriculture sector.
Seifarth disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on the sidelines of a one-day interactive conference with Nigeria’s retail food business operators. Read more
EFCC Docks 2, Over Money Laundering
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday arraigned two men — Linus Chibuike and Nnamdi Ojukwu — before a Federal High Court in Lagos charged with money laundering.
The accused, both businessmen, were each arraigned on a one-count charge to which they pleaded not guilty. Read more
Ministerial screening: Amaechi’s responses to Senators
The screening of ministerial nominees resumed on Thursday, with the screening of six nominees including former River State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and ex-Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan, Prof. Isaac Adewole.
- Whether I become minister or not, it will be on record that I once attend the Senate screening.
- My administration worked to restore the old glory of Port Harcourt.
Reign of terror in Lagos: The vicious gangs that control Festac town
IN the past, areas like Ajegunle, Ijora-Badiya, Mile 2, Mushin, Somolu, Bariga, Oshodi, Ojota, Yaba bus stop, Orile, Mile 12, Obalende bus stop, CMS etc were the critical crime-prone areas in the centre of excellence called Lagos. However, as soon as Babatunde Fashola assumed duties as the governor of the state, the crime situation in these areas took a downward trend for the better. In fact, it was so glorious that a place like the then notorious Oshodi was turned into a peaceful zone overnight. Read more
Nyanya/Kuje Bombings: FG Arraigns Five Suspects
The Federal Government on Thursday arraigned five persons suspected to had carried out the Oct. 2 bombings in Nyanya, suburb of Abuja and Kuje Area Council of the FCT.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the charge sheet listed the accused persons as Abdulazeez Muhazab, Ishaka Salihu, Mohammed Jimoh, Abdulwaheed Nasiru and Abdullahi Nasiru. Read more
Troops arrest, parade nine suspected oil thieves in Delta
Troops of Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta have arrested nine suspected crude oil thieves in the act of siphoning the product into their trucks.
The suspects were said to be siphoning the product from an oil pipeline belonging to Midwestern Oil Company based in Ughelli, Delta State. The nine suspects, said to be apprehended by troops of the OPS in Sector 1, 222 Battallion, Ughelli, were paraded on Thursday. Read more
Buhari Appoints Ibrahim DG of NOTAP
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday approved the appointment of Mr. DanAzumi Mohammed Ibrahim as the Director General, National Office for Technological Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), an agency under the Ministry of Science Technology.
A statement signed by NOTAP’s Head of Media, Mr. Solomon Nshem, said the appointment was contained in an official correspondence from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF)Engr. Babachir David Lawal. Read more
NARTO, NURTW, tanker drivers threaten strike over bad roads
Three road transport organisations on Thursday in Abuja issued the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum within which it should commence the rehabilitation of major roads in the country or face an indefinite strike.
They are National Association of Road Transport Owners; Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union and National Union of Road Transport Workers. Read more
NEMA distributes relief materials to Enugu windstorm victims
The National Emergency Management Agency on Thursday presented various relief items to the people of Akwuke in Enugu State, who suffered losses during a windstorm.
Presenting the items in Akwuke, Enugu South Local Government Area, the Zonal Coordinator of the agency for South East, Mr Major Eze, said the items were not meant to replace the lost ones but to cushion the effect of the incident. Read more
Lagos seals six firms for alleged tax evasion
The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service on Thursday shut six companies for non remittance of taxes due to the state government, totaling over N50m.
A statement by the Executive Chairman of LIRS, Mr Olufolarin Ogunsanwo, on Wednesday, listed the defaulting firms a Nicon Town Management Company with a tax liability of N36m; Marketing Mix and Company Limited with a liability of N10m; Hope Valley International Clinic with a liability of N2m; and BEC Consultants Nigeria Limited with a tax liability of N792,563.47. Read more
Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff diagnosed with lung cancer
Johan Cruyff has been diagnosed with lung cancer, a spokesperson for the legendary figure for both Barcelona and Dutch football has confirmed.
Cruyff discovered on Tuesday that he was suffering from the disease and will now undergo further tests to ascertain how much the condition has advanced. Read more
Dec Deadline: Again, Nigeria ‘hires mercenaries’ to battle Boko Haram
Nigeria has hired mercenaries to combat Boko Haram as military chiefs face a December deadline to crush the militants, according to senior military sources.
Turkish news agency, Anadolu Agency, reports that the mercenaries, estimated at around 250 personnel and hired from South Africa-based private contractor Specialized Tasks, Training, Equipment and Protection (STTEP), are being deployed along with fighter jets in Operation Fire Force, a source at Nigeria’s defense headquarters said on condition of anonymity. Read more
Fayose approves appointment of Bandele as Ekiti Varsity new VC
Ado-Ekiti-Professor Samuel Oye Bandele has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of the state owned University by Ekiti state Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose.
A press statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, said the governor acted on the recommendations of the Governing Council of the university which said that Professor Bandele came first out of the three candidates wo were interviewed for the job. Read more
Cattle Breeders commend security operatives for arresting cattle rustlers
National Association of Cattle Breeders (Miyyetti Allah) has applauded the efforts of Nigerian army and other security agencies for arresting cattle rustlers in many parts of the country. The national vice president in charge of Northwest, Alhaji Ya’u Haruna stated this while fielding questions from newsmen in Dutse, Jigawa state capital shortly after the dissolution and constituting of electoral committee of the Association in the state. Read more
Our govt will not tolerate breakdown of law and order – Ambode
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday inaugurated a five-man Tribunal of Enquiry to investigate the civil unrest in Ibeju-Lekki area of the state on October 12, which led to the gruesome murder of the Managing Director of Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited, Alhaji Tajudeen Disu. Read more
Breaking: Senate shifts ministerial screening to Oct 27
The Nigerian Senate has postponed further screening of ministerial nominees to Tuesday, October 27, when it resumes for plenary.
This came as the Senate finally screened former Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers); former Speaker, Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Heineken Lopkobiri (Bayelsa); Claudius Omoyele Daramola (Ondo); Baba Shehun Mustapha (Bornu) and Ocholi Enojo James (Kogi). Read more
Lagos seals six companies for tax evasion
The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) on Thursday sealed up six companies for non remittance of taxes due to the state government totaling over N50million.
The defaulting companies (Nicon Town Management Company with a tax liability of N36,053,652.89, Marketing Mix and Company Limited with a liability of N10,712,914.15, Hope Valley International Clinic with a liability of 2,389,885.28, BEC Consultants Nigeria Limited with a tax liability of N792,563.47, Goldmine Global Services Limited owing N505,812.73 and Brown Brommel Limited with a liability of N368,159.63) owed the Lagos State Government money for periods ranging from one to five years (2007 to 2012). Read more