Sabinews Evening News Update for June 11, 2015
US provides additional $10m for IDPs
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle on Thursday announced the award of additional $10.5m grant by the US Agency for International Development in humanitarian assistance for Internally Displaced Persons in the North-East.
With this new funding, total US humanitarian assistance to the region since the start of the Boko Haram crisis amounts to about $44m. Read more
Okorocha inaugurates 8th Assembly
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, Thursday inaugurated the 27 members of the State House of Assembly and commissioned the newly renovated expansive Assembly complex. The Imo Governor charged the Lawmakers to put the interest of the people of the state above political and personal pursuits, urging them to justify the confidence reposed in them by the electorate.
According to him, “as you are sworn in, what should be uppermost in your mind should be the people. I urge you to make laws that will impact on the people. The Executive is willing to work with you. While you exercise your freedom as an independent Arm of government, you must remember the need to work together with the other Arms of government to move the State forward. Read more
Cleric advocates scrapping of security votes
Emeritus Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of, Ibadan, Most Rev. Felix Alaba Job, has advocated the scrapping of security votes for governors and blockage of other sources through which states’ resources are being wasted.
The retired archbishop said this just as he blamed mismanagement of resources by state governors for their inability to pay workers in their states for months. Read more
Buhari kicks against six-month tenure for MJTF commander
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday kicked against a proposed guideline of the Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin that recommended six months duration for change of the command and control structure of the Multinational Joint Task Force.
He urged his colleagues to allow Nigeria retain the position of the Force Commander of the MJTF throughout the period of the war against insurgency. Read more
FG urged to retain INEC staff for 2019 elections
Experts have called on the Federal Government to sustain the gains of the 2015 elections by retaining the appointment of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s core staff.
They also urged the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to ensure that the next leadership was based on proven competence and integrity just as the current INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, is expected to finish his term in June. This was contained in a communiqué issued on Thursday after a two-day stakeholders’ review meeting on media and the 2015 elections, organised by Democratic Governance for Development project of the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union. Read more
NDLEA arrests soldier, six others in Bayelsa
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Bayelsa State Command, says it has arrested a serving military personnel and six other persons for dealing in illegal drugs, including cocaine.
The agency’s Superintendent of Narcotics, Mr. Osakwe Ikenna, said on Thursday that the suspects were apprehended in various parts of the state in the last one week. He also said over 32kg of various types of drug exhibits had been seized and removed from circulation. Read more
Cairo court adjourns Aljazeera staff trial hearing
The retrial of two Al Jazeera journalists has been adjourned by a Cairo court for more closing statements by the defence team.
Thursday’s hearing was to be the seventh in the much-delayed retrial in Egypt of Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy. The next hearing date has been fixed for June 25. Read more
15 dead, 31 missing in Nepal landslides
No fewer than 15 people were killed by a landslide in north-eastern Nepal on Thursday, with the toll expected to rise as 31 people remain buried under the rubble.
The officials said 15 bodies were recovered from the in the north-eastern district of Taplejung. Landslides hit six villages in the district after heavy monsoon rain fell on Wednesday. Part of the country was destabilised by earthquakes in April and May. Read more
Unpaid salaries: NAP asks Aregbesola to resign
The Deputy National Chairman of the Nigeria Advance Party in the South West, Mr. Tosin Odeyemi, has asked the Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, to resign for the inability of his administration to pay workers and pensioners for the past seven months.
Odeyemi said this in an interview with journalists in Osogbo on Thursday in reaction to the declaration by the governor that his administration had performed creditably.Read more
Ex-commissioner Urges Healthcare Providers To Embrace Dialogue In Resolving Issues
Dr Jide Idris, the immediate past Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, has urged doctors and other health workers to embrace dialogue in resolving issues rather than embarking on strikes.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday that the incessant strikes by healthcare providers had become worrisome. “Health workers are not happy, they are poorly paid; that is a fact. Read more
50 Universities Hooked To Covenant University’s Mobile Learning Device — VC
The Covenant University, Ota, in Ogun State, said on Thursday that 50 Universities in the country are hooked to the institution’s mobile learning device platform.
Prof. Charles Ayo, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, disclosed this in Ota at a conference with the theme “ Building Thriving Tertiary Institution Using Technology.“ Read more
Ambode urged to hand over new Oyingbo Market to traders
Alhaja Basira Balogun, the women leader in Oyingbo market, on Thursday appealed to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to hand over the new market complex to traders.
Balogun told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the handing over was long overdue since the market was inaugurated in March. Read more
Cholera claims 500 in 5 months in Nigeria
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has said that more than 500 people had died as a result of cholera outbreak in Nigeria in the last five months.
Mr Olusoji Adeniyi, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, UNICEF, disclosed this at a two-day workshop for ethical and humanitarian stories reporting for journalists in Kano. Read more
Al-Shabaab threatens to attack Kenya during Ramadan
Somali terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, said on Thursday that it was planning to attack neighbouring Kenya during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins June 17.
A senior al-Shabaab commander told newsmen on condition of anonymity that they were planning to give Kenyan non-believers a true taste of Jihad (the holy war) in the next few days and weeks. Read more
Woman docked for kidnapping
The Police in Oyo State on Thursday arraigned a 54-year-old woman in Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan for alleged kidnapping
The suspect, Sakirat Akinyemi of no fixed address, was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping. The police prosecutor, Insp. Adewale Amos, told the court that Akinyemi and others now at large allegedly committed the offence on May 26, 2015. Read more
I am ready to lead Bayelsa to prosperity — Moses Siasia
Young successful businessman, Moses Siloko Siasia has decided to run for office of the Governor of Bayelsa state.
“I am a native of Bayelsa and a self –made successful businessman who until sixteen years ago, was a street vendor who scrounged for money and food to survive. Determined to take myself and family out of poverty, I worked day and night literally to gain a foothold in the very challenging private Nigerian economy,” noted Sisia who turned 35 on June 7th, the constitutionally recognised age to contest for the office of governor in the country. Read more
Boko Haram: from Islamic sect to deadly armed group
Boko Haram has over the years morphed from an Islamic sect into an IS-affiliated armed movement waging a deadly insurgency that threatens regional stability.
The group, whose name roughly translates from the Hausa language spoken in northern Nigeria as “Western education is forbidden”, aims to create an Islamic caliphate in the territories it controls. : Read more
Don’t witch hunt N/Assembly Clerk, PDP warns APC
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) against any attempt to intimidate or harass the Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa and the National Assembly Service Commission for performing their statutory functions during the inauguration of the National Assembly when Bukola Saraki emerged the Senate President and Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Thursday said any attempt by the APC to transfer their frustration, which was a product of their ineptitude, would amount to witch-hunt and victimization. Read more
Prices of tomatoes, pepper, others soar in Lagos market
Prices of tomatoes, pepper and chilli pepper on Thursday soared by over 100 per cent in most markets in Lagos, according to a survey by newsmen reports. The survey showed that a big basket of tomatoes which previously sold for N7, 000 at the Mile 12, Iddo and Whitesand markets now sells for N15, 000.
A medium-sized basket of fresh pepper now sells for N10, 000.00, from N5,000.00, while a basket of chili pepper goes for N13, 000.00, as against the N5,500.00 it sold for in the preceding weeks. Read more
Lawyer blames EFCC for filing frivolous charges against past governors
A legal practitioner, Mr Abang Odok-Ogar has advised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to undertake thorough investigation in order to get their facts right before charging alleged corrupt or fraudulent Nigerians, including former governors to court. Odok-Ogar told newsmen in Abuja on Thursday that the corruption cases against some past state governors were still lingering because EFCC filed frivolous charges against them.
He advised the EFCC to avoid rushing to court without obtaining substantial evidence to prove its case against the accused former governors. “Frivolous charges are filed out of malice, thereby making such cases to suffer delays because they do not have the facts before filling the corruption charges against these former governors. Read more
NECO to introduce CBT in subsequent exams
The National Examination Council (NECO) will introduce Computer-Based Test (CBT) in objective papers of its subsequent examinations, says Dr Paddy Njoku, the Chairman, NECO Governing Board. Njoku made this known on Thursday in Abuja during the board’s monitoring visit to the Model Secondary School, Maitama, centre of NECO Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.
He said he was impressed with the progress of the examination as students and teachers conducted themselves well. The chairman said that the visit was informed by the fact that today’s paper — Mathematics — was compulsory for all the students.Read more
Obuah sacks 10 contractors of Waste Management agency
Ten contractors of Rivers State Waste Management Authority perceived to be loyalists of the All Progressive Congress (APC), by the sole administrator, Felix Obuah were Thursday sacked for alleged inability to comply with agency directives.
In a statement Thursday signed by Jerry Needam, media aid to the Sole administrator, Felix Obuah and made available to The Nation, said the ten contractors were sacked for disobedient to agency’s directives.
The statement further said the ten contractors were more interested on the debts owed them by the out-gone Amaechi’s administration than to obey the agency directive to go back to site. Read more
Okezie inaugurates Abia Assembly
The 6th Abia State House of Assembly was inaugurated by the Clerk and Permanent Secretary of the House, Johnpedro Irokansi, after reading Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s proclamation.
Ikpeazu had earlier sent an order of proclamation of the House to the clerk, asking the Assembly to be inaugurated. Read more
Osun declares Friday June 12 Public Holiday
The Government of Osun has declared Friday June 12, 2015 as public holiday to mark the 22nd anniversary of the annulled June 12 presidential election.
A statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said government declared the holiday to mark the day the whole country united to vote a candidate of their choice without religious or ethnic considerations. Read more
Court jails trader 21 years for raping six-year-old girl
An Ikeja High Court has sentenced a 27-year-old trader, Chidi Ibiam, to 21 years imprisonment for defiling a six-year-old girl. Read more
NIS, Spanish police partner to check human trafficking
The Aliens and Borders General Division of Spanish Police have concluded a training programme for 30 personnel of the Nigerian Immigration Service on document forgery and human trafficking.
The four-day programme which was also attended by four operatives of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, was meant to empower the officials to better detect those who try to trespass the borders of the two countries with criminal purposes. Read more
Court hears Kashamu’s extradition application June 25
Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed June 25 for hearing in the extradition application instituted by the Federal Government against the senator representing Ogun-East in the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu.
The extradition application with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/479/2015 was signed by the immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke. It was filed before the court on May 28, 2015. Read more
Community development my priority – Ambode
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday met with members of the Neighbourhood Watch and Community Development Committees in the state, where he said the policy thrust of his administration would be community development.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State Governor, Habib Aruna, on Thursday said the governor, who was represented by his Deputy Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, at the interactive session held at the Lagos House, Ikeja, said his administration would give the government back to the communities. Read more
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