Sabinews Midday News Update for May 7, 2015
Supreme Court halts constitution amendment
The Supreme Court has stopped the National Assembly from taking further steps towards amending the 1999 constitution.
In a ruling this morning, a seven-man panel of justices of the apex court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, ordered the National Assembly to maintain status quo on the matter until June 18. Read more
Patience Jonathan not in Nigeria – Presidency
The Presidency on Thursday morning broke its silence on the whereabouts of President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience.
Mr. Ayo Adewuyi, media assistant to Mrs. Jonathan, in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, saysthe President’s wife is currently in Congo. He said Mrs. Jonathan is in the country to join her colleagues from Africa for the celebration of the 30th anniversary a Non-Governmental Organisation, Congo Assistance Foundation, established by the Congolese First Lady, Madam Antoinette Sassou-Nguesso. Read more
UI students protest, block road over colleague’s death
Students of the University of Ibadan have blocked the Mokola-Oojo Road in the Oyo State capital, protesting the alleged death of a student.
Details of the student’s death remained sketchy as of the time of filing this report on Thursday morning.
It was however learnt that the student was said to have suffered an asthmatic attack overnight but was allegedly not attended to at the school clinic until he died. Read more
Black marketers push petrol price to N300/litre in Ondo
AS the scarcity of petrol bites harder across Ondo state , major marketers of the commodity now divert their consignment to independent marketers who sell between N150 and N300 per litre.
Investigations conducted by Vanguard in the state indicated that the major marketers preferred to sell their consignment to independent marketers who then sell above the pump price. Read more
Two persons died yesterday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, in a road accident.
The accident, which occurred in Irewolede on New Yidi road, involved a Siena space bus, a tricycle belonging to a fast food company and a commercial motorcyclist.
It was gathered that the driver of the Siena space bus (FST 459 BH), branded with a political party’s logo, veered off the road and hit the oncoming tricycle and the commercial motorcycle. Read more
Britons choose new govt today
Party leaders and candidates yesterday made last-ditch pitch for votes on the final day of campaigning before today’s British polls open.
Prime Minister David Cameron of Conservative Party said the country was “stronger than it was five years ago” but there was “more to do”. Read more
Ebonyi APC crisis deepens as two parallel leaderships emerge
The crisis rocking the Ebonyi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday took a new turn following the vote of no confidence passed on the Ben Nwaobasi-led executive by another faction led by the deputy chairman, Eze Nwachukwu Eze.
This came few days after Nwaobasi-led faction suspended the state Coordinator of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Chief Austine Igwe Edeze, and four others over alleged anti-party activities and rebellious behaviour. Read more
Salaries: LP opposes APC governors’ plea for bailout
The Labour Party, LP, has opposed plea made by All Progressive Congress, APC, governors to the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhar, retd, to help them to pay salaries owed to workers in their various states when he assumed office after May 29.
The National Chairman of the party Alhaji Abdukadir Abdulsalam, while reacting to the appeal in Abuja, warned the in-coming administration against granting any special bailout to the governors. Read more
Customs Blacklists Rice Importers Over N20bn Unpaid Tariffs
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said that it has blacklisted some major rice importers allegedly owing the federal government about N20 billion in unpaid customs duties.
The trade facilitating service also said it was set to initiate criminal proceedings against the affected importers for their unwillingness to offset the said amount even after the expiration of two ultimatums, resulting in the advertised publications of their names in some national dailies on April 14, 2015. Read more
Buhari Orders His Security Personnel To Obey Traffic Rules
Determined to lead by example, President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has instructed police and military personnel attached to him to respect traffic regulations during his movements.
In a statement released by his media team in Abuja, Buhari said obeying the law would be the guiding philosophy of his administration, adding “without leadership by example, the ordinary citizens would become copycats of the lawlessness of their leaders.” Read more
We’re Committed To Pensioners Wellbeing –Uduaghan
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has reiterated his government’s commitment to the wellbeing of pensioners in the state, noting that his administration is making efforts to effect the backlog payment for retirees caught between the old and new pension schemes.
Speaking through his deputy, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN), at the second annual lecture for the Delta State Bureau for State Pensions at Asaba, he said that in the last decade, government has become more responsive in developing policies and legislations aimed at encouraging proper treatment of employees by their employers in addition to paying adequate attention to employees welfare, especially on retirement. Read more
38 million people internally displaced worldwide -UN
A new report has found that 38 million people have been displaced within their own country by confict or violence, with at least 11 million newly displaced in 2014 alone.
The global overview report, released on Wednesday by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) recorded a 15 percent increase, stating that the figures were a record high for a third year in a row. Read More
Yemen appeals for ground forces as crisis deepens
Yemen’s mission to the United Nations has called for a ground intervention to push back a Houthi rebel offensive in the south of a country where conditions are deteriorating after weeks of fighting.
“We urge the international community to quickly intervene by land forces to save Yemen, especially Aden and Taiz,” Khaled Alyemany, Yemen’s Ambassador to the UN, said in a letter to the Security Council on Wednesday. Read more
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