SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 10, 2015
Reps kick against social media gag law
The House of Representatives Committee on Media and Publicity has criticised the anti-social media bill proposed to the Senate by the Deputy Senate Leader, Sen. Bala Ibn Na’Allah, saying that the legislature will not do anything to close the space for free speech.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Abdulrazak Namdas, expressed the disapproval while speaking to State House correspondents after a dinner hosted by President Muhammadu Buhari for members of the House of Representatives at the State House Banquet Hall on Wednesday. Read more
Kogi House of Assembly Speaker impeached
Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Momoh Jimoh has been impeached. The impeachment of the Speaker was endorsed by 17 of the 25-member House.
The Speaker was accused of financial recklessness and misconduct.
Sources said the impeachment of the Speaker may not be unconnected with highwire politicking in the state to placate the people of Kogi East. Read more
We will create ICT hubs across Nigeria, says Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Thursday that one of the cardinal objectives of Federal Government’s ‘’change agenda’’ was to create Information Communication Technology hubs across the nation. He stated this at the signing a Memorandum of Understanding on ‘’ICT for Change Empowerment Programme’’ between the Federal Government and Huawei Technologies Co. Nig Ltd at the State House. Read more
Be more determined to achieve results as legislators – Obasa
Lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly have been urged to be more determined to achieve results as lawmakers and as true representatives of the people. The speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa stated this in his opening speech during a 3-day training and capacity building seminar organised for lawmakers in the Assembly with the theme; “Enhancing Capacity for Emerging Challenges and State Development” on Thursday 10th December at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State. Read more
Bus Conductor, 21, Docked Over Alleged Theft
Adesina Taiwo, a bus conductor, was on Thursday charged before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos over alleged theft.
Taiwo, 21, who resides at No. 3, Fabolude St., Akute, a suburb in Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The prosecutor, Insp. Frank Inah, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Dec. 4, at 8:00 p.m. at Fagba junction, Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos. Read more
Court grants N50, 000 bail to suspect alleged of stealing N25, 000 cell phone
Chief Magistrate Abiodun Etti of the Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday granted Shola Afeez bail in the sum of N50, 000 with a surety. Afeez was alleged to have stolen a Microsoft cell phone valued at N25, 000. Etti ordered that the surety must provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government while he adjourned the case to Jan. 7 for further hearing. Read more
WAEC appoints new Head of National Office
The West African Examination Council (WAEC), has appointed Mr Isaac Adenipekun as its new Head of National Office. This is contained in a statement signed by the Public Affairs Officer of the council, Mr Demianus Ojijeogu, and made available to the newsmen on Thursday in Lagos.
Adenipekun’s appointment is coming on the heels of the retirement of Mr Charles Eguridu, the immediate past head of national office. Eguridu retired from the service of the council on Tuesday. According to the statement, Adenipekun, hails from Osun State and graduated from the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife) in 1983. Read more
Ten years on, Nigerians mourn 103 Sosoliso crash victims
Exactly ten years ago today, a Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 from Abuja crash-landed at Port Harcourt international Airport at about 2: 08 pm. The plane, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 with 110 people on board, burst into flames immediately leading to the death of 103 people. Among the passengers were about sixty-one secondary school students from Loyola Jesuit College in the Federal Capital Territory. Read more
28 Nigerian universities rank among best in Africa – Bogoro
Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, the Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), on Thursday, said 28 Nigerian universities were ranked among the best tertiary institutions in Africa. Bogoro made this known at an interactive session with members of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the media, organised by Partners for Electoral Reforms (PER) in Abuja. Read more
Group demands appointment of indigene as LASU V-C
Lagos State University
A group of Lagos State indigenes, under the aegis of `Eko Foundation’ has called on Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to appoint an indigene as Vice- Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU).
The appeal is contained in a statement entitled: “Appointment of Vice-Chancellor for LASU: Concerns of indigenes of Lagos State.’’ Read more
Abacha loot: Arms are not roads, electricity, health, SERAP tells Okonjo-Iweala
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked former Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo Iweala to “apologise to Nigerians for claiming recently that recovered Abacha loot was transparently spent while she knew that $322m (about N63billion) recovered Abacha funds were inappropriately released to finance the fight against Boko Haram.”
SERAP’s statement today followed Mrs Okonjo-Iweala’s confession that she released about $322m to the former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki for military operations. Read more
The History curriculum question
I am tired of reading about the exclusion of History from the Nigerian national curriculum. The subject is there. It was never removed. However everywhere I go that the subject of Nigerian history is discussed, scholars and educationists mourn its removal and the adverse implications for patriotism, and national development.
Though I do not work for the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), the agency saddled with the responsibility of developing, producing, distributing and enlightening the public about the curriculum, I have decided to use this platform to announce to Nigerians that History is in our curriculum. Read more
More than 800,000 claimed asylum in Europe in first 9 months of 2015
A total of 812,705 people claimed asylum in the European Union in the first nine months of 2015, data from the EU statistics agency Eurostat showed on Thursday, putting it on course to top a million for the year.
More than half arrived in the summer months of July, August and September, reaching 413,815 for the third quarter. Partial data for October showed more than 130,000 claiming asylum that month. In all of 2104, 626,065 people claimed asylum in the EU. Read more
Iran says Islamic State-linked groups at Riyadh talks
Iran said on Thursday that some groups linked to the Islamic State militant group were involved in the talks in Riyadh to discuss forming a delegation for negotiations on the future of Syria, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
Syrian opposition and rebel groups met in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on Thursday to discuss forming a unified position against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Read more
Pressure cooker evacuates Florida elementary school
A pressure cooker has caused alarm outside an elementary school in Florida.
Students and faculty were evacuated from Hialeah Elementary School after the cooker was discovered outside the kindergarten building. Read more
WTO happy with Nairobi meeting preparations
The World Trade Organization (WTO) secretariat says it is so far, satisfied with the preparations of the tenth Ministerial Conference to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from Tuesday next week.
WTO Deputy-Director General David Shark who is already in the country says the leadership has seen a lot commitment from the Kenyan government and the private sector since Kenya was announced the host last year. Read more
Raila ordered to appear at EACC on Monday or be arrested
EACC officials have ordered Cord leader Raila Odinga to honour their summons over the Sh250 billion Eurobond saga on Monday or face arrest.
Raila was served with police summons on Thursday following commission CEO Halakhe Waqo’s warning that he would face legal action if he defied the orders.
He had said he would not report to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission whose invitation he termed “presently superfluous”. Read more