Sabinews Evening News Update for June 10, 2015
You can’t sanction Saraki, Dogara, PDP tells APC
The Peoples Democratic Party has dismissed threats by the All Progressives Congress against the new leaders of the National Assembly as empty boasts aimed to cover its naivety, inexperience and unpreparedness for governance.
The party was reacting to the threat made by the APC that it was considering meting out punishment to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, for refusing to abide by the directive of the ruling party not to contest the leadership of the two chambers. REad more
20% of Nigerians prone to mental disorder – Psychiatrist
A Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Femi Olugbile, on Wednesday said that at least 20 per cent of Nigerians are prone to mental disorder. Olugbile, also a former Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospial (LASUTH), Ikeja, spoke in an interview with pressmen in Lagos. “At least 20 per cent of the population will at some time in their lives experience at least one episode of mental disorder,’’ he said. According to him, it can also be due to high rate of poverty, lack of social welfare and high rate of endemic infectious diseases.
He said that at any point in time, two to five per cent of the 20 per cent population would manifest the symptoms of mental disorder at early stage. “These figures are universal, but the mental disorder can increase in times of social upheaval, such as war, terrorism and so on. “Also, security challenges including kidnappings and armed robbery can lead to increased stress, which increases the likelihood of nervous breakdown,’’ Olugbile said. Read more
Removing Nigeria from JP Morgan bond index list will affect Naira – Analyst
Mr Johnson Ogunsola, a Financial Analyst, said the proposed de-listing of Nigeria from the JP Morgan bond index list would have significant downside implication on the Naira. Ogunsola made the statement in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja. He said the delisting, if it eventually happened, would trigger a massive sell-off of Nigerian fixed-income assets by foreign investors tracking the bond index.
“It will further increase risk premium investors to require holding the Federal Government bond securities,” he said. He said that the decision of the apex bank to stop banks from selling dollars sourced from the CBN among themselves was expected to further increase the pressure in the foreign exchange market. Read more
Police didn’t kill Falaki, says AIG
Mr Tambari Yabo, the Assistant Inspector General in Charge of Zone 1, Kano, has dismissed insinuations by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that the police were responsible for the death of Prof.
Ahmed Falaki. Yabo spoke on Wednesday in Kano while briefing newsmen on the issue. He recalled that on Feb. 14, the police reported that a gang of insurgents had attacked a police station in Kibiya Local Government Area of the state where they exchanged gun shots with the police. Read more
Scrutinise your economic agenda before release, LCCI urges Buhari
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Wednesday advised the new administration to critically scrutinize its new economic agenda before making it public. Mr Remi Bello, President of LCCI, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Lagos.
He said that that the delay in the release of the new economic agenda was expected and urged critics of the delay to be patient. Read more
Father faces assault charge for caning son, 5
A father who allegedly assaulted his five-year-old son by flogging him has been arraigned at the Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday. The accused, Sikiru Mustapha, 29, is standing trial on a charge of assault.
Mustapha, a resident of No.4, Pedro St., Iwaya, Yaba in Lagos, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Read more
N/Assembly Leadership: ‘Your Threats Are Empty’, PDP Tells APC
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed threats by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the new leaders of the National Assembly as empty boasts aimed to cover its naivety, inexperience and unpreparedness for governance
The PDP also admonished the APC to shed its arrogance, eat the humble pie and get more organized for governance adding that it lacks the capacity, capability and means to sanction duly elected leaders of the National Assembly. Read more
Clerics advocate reduction of petroleum tankers on our roads –
Two clerics, Msgr Gabriel Osu and Mr Lukmon Abdulraheem , on Wednesday called for the reduction in the number of petroleum tankers plying the nation’s roads.
They said this would reduce the incessant incidents of explosion and accidents caused by the tankers’ menace.
A tanker laden with Petrol had, on May 31, crashed into a busy market in Onitsha, Anambra, where 46 lives were lost, properties running into several millions of naira burnt while many others suffered various degrees of injury. Read more
Nigeria wins 3 bronze at Egypt Junior and Cadet T/T Open in Cairo
Nigeria’s team at the ongoing Egypt Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Open in Cairo on Wednesday clinched three bronze medals. The competition served off on June 8 and would end on June 12, with 12 countries participating. They include Algeria, Botswana, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, India, Nigeria, Qatar, Slovenia, Togo, Tunisia and the host country, Egypt. The medals were won in junior boys’ singles, junior girls’ team and Cadet Boys’ team. Read more
Saraki unfolds agenda for Nigeria as he takes over NASS –
Despite the controversy surrounding his emergences as the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki has brushed aside his rejection by the leadership of his party, the APC and unfolded his agenda for Nigerians.
Saraki promised that that the new Senate and National Assembly would make laws that will enable the country to renew its infrastructure, reform the oil and security systems as well as boost agriculture. Read more
Bayelsa tribunal begins sitting
The Bayelsa State Elections Petition Tribunal has begun sitting in the state.
The tribunal on Wednesday began a pre-trial hearing into the petition filed by a former Bayelsa Governor, Timipre Sylva, against the declaration of entertainment mogul, Mr. Ben Murray-Bruce as Senator-elect for the Bayelsa East senatorial District.
Sylva, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the district in the April National Assembly election, had approached the tribunal headed by Justice Ononoeze Madu, asking the court to declare Senator Murray-Bruce unqualified to contest the April 8 National Assembly election.
He had hinged his argument on the Senator’s dual citizenship and his refusal to relinquish such before the election. Read more
37 killed, many missing in Cameroon boat accident
Thirty seven bodies have been recovered after an accident that occurred last Saturday involving two boats carrying over 200 passengers along river Benue in northern Cameroon.
Reports quoted official sources as saying on Tuesday that no fewer than 10 people had been rescued while many other people are still missing.
Cameroon’s public broadcaster has reported that the country’s national navy was still searching for survivours and victims of the accident in which two boats collided.
Having left Lagdo region heading to Rey Bouba locality in the same region, the two boats that were said to be overloaded, collided after being swept away by strong winds, security sources said. Over 200 passengers are thought to have been on board both boats with unknown quantity of merchandise. Read more
Dogara’s election, a democratic revolution – Ex-speakers
Former speakers and other ex-principal officers of the House of Representatives on Wednesday advised the leadership of the All Progressives Congress to accept the election of Mr. Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker of the 8th Assembly, which was inaugurated on Tuesday.
The former speakers described the development as a “democratic revolution” which was a result of the legislature insisting on asserting its independence.
The former House officials were led on a courtesy visit to Dogara at the National Assembly by a former Speaker, Mr. Agunwa Anakwe. Read more
Biafra secessionists accuse trial judge of bias
Members of the Biafra Zionist Federation, a pro-Biafra secessionist group, who are facing treason charges before an Enugu Federal High Court, on Wednesday accused the presiding judge of bias.
The secessionists, who are insisting on their innocence, asked the judge, Justice Dorothy Agishi, to withdraw herself from the trial.
They also expressed an intention to forward a petition to the Chief Judge of the FHC to report the judge’s alleged bias. Read more
Marwa leads supporters back to APC
A week after his formal resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party, a former military administrator of Lagos and Borno States and Nigeria’s ex-Envoy to South Africa, Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd), on Wednesday returned to the All Progressives Congress with thousands of his supporters across Adamawa state.
A statement issued in Abuja by Marwa’s media aide, Bello Zubairu, said, “the decision to return to the APC was jointly reached at a well attended meeting today (Wednesday) between Marwa and his supporters under the aegis of ‘The Marwa Organization.’” Read more
Don’t celebrate yet, cleric tells Fayose
The General Overseer, Hour of Mercy Prayer Ministry, Prophet Muyideen Kasali, has said Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, should not be carried away by the expiration of the Fourth Assembly, who was bent on impeaching him.
The cleric who spoke in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday during a special programme organised by his church in Ekiti, said the governor needed to be more prayerful to avert further crisis because there were still challenges ahead for him.
He also praised President Muhammadu Buhari, for ordering the relocation of the Military Command of the Nigeria Army to Maiduguri, to deal with Boko Haram insurgency. Read more
Lawan’s group threatens legal action against Saraki’s election
Members of the Senate Unity Forum, on Wednesday threatened to take a legal action against the election of Senator Bukola Saraki, which, according to them, did not follow due constitutional procedure.
The leader of the group, Senator Barnabas Gemade, stated this while addressing journalists at the National Assembly Complex, after he led members of the group to stage a walkout in the chambers. Read more
20% of Nigerians prone to mental disorder – Psychiatrist
A Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Femi Olugbile, on Wednesday said at least 20 per cent of Nigerians are prone to mental disorder.
Olugbile, also a former Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospial, Ikeja, spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. “At least 20 per cent of the population will at some time in their lives experience at least one episode of mental disorder,” he said. According to him, it can also be due to high rate of poverty, lack of social welfare and high rate of endemic infectious diseases. Read more
Abia oil workers kidnappers demand 12m
The kidnappers of Mr. Anthony Abomah, a staff of an Abia State-based oil servicing company, Saipem Nig. Ltd., have demanded N2 million ransom for his release, according to company source.
Abomah was abducted in the early hours of Tuesday by gunmen on his way to his office located at the oil-rich Owaza Community in Ukwa West Local Government Area of the state. He is the Company Head, Document Control Centre, and the first staff of the company to be kidnapped. Read more
50m Niigerians At Risk Of River Blindness – Director
Dr Ifeoma Anagbogu, Acting Director, Neglected Tropical Diseases Division (NTDs), Federal Ministry of Health, on Wednesday said over 50 million Nigerians were at risk of infections with Onchocerciasis (blinding disease).
Anagbogu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that 50 million Nigerians were proned to the blinding disease. Read more
NEPC Boss Enjoins Nigerians To Tap $50bn Business Opportunities In Iran
Mr Olusegun Awolowo, Executive Director, Nigerian Export Promotion council (NEPC) has called on Nigerian business community to take advantage of 50 billion dollar business opportunities in Iran.
Awolowo made the call on Wednesday at the ongoing 1st Iran solo exhibition holding in Lagos. He said that the volume of trade between the two countries could grow from 50 million dollars to 500 million dollars annually if the opportunities that existed were harnessed. Read more
Why Ribadu Was Poisoned, Obasanjo Reveals
Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that the ex-chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, was once poisoned in the course of his duties as anti-corruption czar. Obasanjo disclosed this at an international forum on Third Tana High Level Forum on Security in Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
He also revealed that Ribadu created enemies for him because of the ruthlessness with which he carried out his responsibilities of tackling corruption in Nigeria. Read more
Saudi Arabia Summons Iranian Envoy Over Poisoned Pilgrims
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday in Riyadh confirmed that it has summoned the Iranian envoy over the death and health complications of some Saudis pilgrims in Iran.
The pilgrims were in Iran to join millions of Iranians other foreign pilgrims who go to Iran’s northwestern city of Mashhad annually on a visit a renowned Shiite Muslim shrine. Saudi leadership called on the envoy to prevail on his home government to ensure the safety of Saudis in Iran.
Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported earlier on Monday, that a total of 33 Saudi pilgrims were poisoned. Read more
UNICEF Appeals For Humanitarian Aid For Child Refugees
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) office in Khartoum, has appealed for urgent funding for lifesaving services for more than 100,000 South Sudanese children who escaped to the Sudan with their families.
Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Representative, said on Wednesday that rendering assistance had become imperative because it had received only 16 per cent of the required 117 million dollars. Read more
Thugs invade Onitsha Punch office, cart away items
Some suspected thugs said to be working for the ‘OCHA Brigade’ also known as ‘Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra,’ on Wednesday invaded the Onitsha office of The PUNCH, carting away a generator and a plasma television set.
The thugs claimed that they were at the office to enforce the payment of “business premises fees.”
They said they were working for the Anambra State Government. Read more
Catholic priest abducted in Ekiti
The incidence of kidnapping reared its ugly head in Ekiti State on Tuesday when a Catholic priest was abducted by unknown gunmen in Ido Ekiti, headquarters of Ido/Osi local government area of the state.
Rev. Father Emmanuel Akingbade, the parish priest in charge of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in the community was abducted by a three-man gang from his residence at about 8.00pm on Tuesday.
The kidnappers were said to be demanding for a N20 million ransom. Read more
Garba elected Speaker of Jigawa Assembly
Alhaji Idris Garba, member representing Jahun Constituency in Jigawa House of Assembly, has emerged the new Speaker of the sixth Assembly.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports on Wednesday in Dutse that Alhaji Ahmed Garba of Hadejia Constituency was elected Deputy Speaker.
In his acceptance speech after swearing in other members, Garba said during the inauguration of the Assembly that his emergence as the speaker was an act of God. Read more
Umahi sacks GMs, dissolves boards, parastatals
bonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has sacked General Managers and Heads of public parastatals in the state.
He also dissolved 11 boards and parastatals in the state.
The affected boards are – the state broadcasting corporation (EBBC), Ebonyi State Universal Basic Education Board (EBUBEB), Secondary Education Board (SEB), Capital Territory Development Board and Ebonyi State Water Corporation.
Others are – Environmental Protection Agency (EBSEPA), Ebonyi State Road Maintenance agency (EBROMA), Community and Social Development Board and Pilgrims Welfare Board, among others. Read more
Row over Ikorodu monarch’s selection deepens
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has been asked not to present staff of office to the new Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi.
Some aggrieved aspirants are claiming that Shotobi’s selection did not follow due process.
In a June 3 letter to Ambode, Prince Tajudeen Odofin and Chief Joseph Aluko said Shotobi should revert to the Odofinship chieftaincy title he was holding before his purported selection.
The petition was copied to the Chairman, Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs; Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Adeniyi Sonariwo; Ranodu of Imota, Oba Ajibade Agoro; Oba of Igbogbo, Johnson Fatola Adeboruwa; Olubeshe of Ibeshe, Oba Richard Ogunsanya; Lagos State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs: Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice; Executive Secretary, Ikorodu Local Government; Secretary, Chieftaincy Committee of Ikorodu; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice. Read more
Group urges FG to strengthen INEC
Dr Uloma Osuala, Deputy Country Director, International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES), on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to strengthen the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to Improve on the nation’s electoral system.
She made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, adding that the electoral body should be made to ensure that registration of voters is continuous.
Osuala said that continuous improvement on the mandate and activities of INEC would deepen the democratic system of the country. Read more
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