SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 31, 2015
Shiite/Army: Buhari explains FG’s position
President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed insinuation in some quarters that the Federal Government was biased in the handling of the recent clash between members of the Shiite Islamic sect and the Nigerian Army in Zaria. Read more
Appeal Court ruling on Taraba gov election underway
The Court of Appeal in Abuja sitting in Abuja is set to deliver judgement on the Appeal by the Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku against the ruling of the election petitions tribunal in the state.
The Justice Danladi Abubakar-led tribunal had on November 7 sacked the Peoples Democratic Party’s Ishaku and declared All Progressives Congress’ Aisha Alhassan the winner. Read more
Vehicle on fire on Third Mainland Bridge, causes gridlock
Reports reaching the PUNCH says there is a car burning on the Third Mainland Bridge causing traffic gridlock.
See some of the tweets from eyewitnesses. Read more
Nigerian to hang for trafficking meth
A 32-year-old Nigerian was sentenced to death by the High Court here for trafficking over 1kg of methampethamine three years ago.
Chuks Shedrack Iduh was busted for carrying 1,001.7g of the drug at the KLIA arrival hall on Sept 11, 2012 at about 10.45pm. Read more
We’re Not Part Of Corrupt Practices While In Power – PDP
National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said, yesterday, that as a party, it was never part of any corrupt practices while in power for 16 years, just as it stressed that it was in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s present anti-corruption war as part of moves to place Nigeria among one of the tops in the world.
BuhariChatThe party said, however, that if the war must be seen to be successful, President Buhari must also carry out a holistic work by investigating some of his serving ministers and associates that even more grievous allegations have been levelled against. Read more
None Of My Ministers Is Corrupt – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, made a robust defence of the integrity of all 36 ministers in his cabinet challenging anyone with a contrary view to present evidence against such a minister.
Speaking in his first media chat, the president said the first gains of the war against corruption would become evident by the end of March, next year, even as he accused erstwhile National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) of having allegedly committed atrocities against Nigeria through reckless disbursement of billions of government funds. Read more
Davido turns to God as baby abduction drama lingers
Award-winning artiste, David “Davido” Adeleke, has left those accusing him of abducting his daughter, Imade, and denying his baby mama, Sophia Momodu, access to her daughter to God.
The music star and his sister, Ashely, had on Tuesday been stopped from travelling to Dubai with the child by immigration officials at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in response to a petition by Momodu that the child had been abducted. Read more
Six people held over Brussels New Year’s attack plot
Belgium’s federal prosecutor has said six people have been detained in relation to an investigation into New Year’s attack plot in Brussels.
On Wednesday, Brussels cancelled its New Year’s festivities and fireworks display due to the threat of a terror attack. Read more
Crimea loses quarter of power after Ukraine halts supplies
Crimea has lost at least one quarter of its power after Ukraine switched off supplies, citing a downed electricity pylon, an official in the contested peninsula said on Thursday.
Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine in March last year, has suffered repeated power cuts since the annexation, underlining its reliance on Ukraine for electricity and fuelling a downwards spiral in relations between Moscow and Kiev. Read more
Tonya Couch: Mother of ‘affluenza’ teen arrives back in US
A Texas woman accused of helping her teenage son flee the US inviolation of his probation for killing four people while driving drunk arrived back in the US on Thursday after being deported from Mexico, news reports said.
Tonya Couch, whose son Ethan remained in custody in Mexico, was in the custody of US Marshals as she got off a flight in Los Angeles, NBC News, CNN and other US news outlets reported. Read more
Sheikh Salman manifesto aims to rise FIFA from ‘ashes
Bahraini royal Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, a FIFA presidential hopeful, has launched his campaign for the job with a promise to make the global soccer body rise like a phoenix from the ashes. Read more
Dollar mixed in quiet Asian trade
The dollar edged down against the yen in quiet trade Thursday as investors turned attention to the pace of further Federal Reserve interest rate increases and the health of the US economy. Read more
IS claims deadly shooting in Russia’s Caucasus: SITE
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a shooting at an ancient citadel in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan that killed one and injured 11, the SITE Intelligence Group said. Read more