SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 24, 2015
DPR begins 24-hour surveillance on depots, filling stations
The Department of Petroleum Resources says it has set up a 24-hour special task force to supervise and monitor petrol sales at depots and stations.
It said that the task force would sanction depots and stations selling above the recommended price. Read more
Court hears Falana’s N500m subsidy protest suit Jan 16
Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of a Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned further proceedings till January 16, 2016 in a suit filed by human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), against the Attorney General of the Federation.
Falana is seeking compensation in the sum of N500m from the AGF for the alleged violation of his right by military men during the fuel subsidy protest of January 2012. Read more
Cleric advocates English Language lessons for Al-majiri students
An Islamic Scholar, Alhaji Miftaudeen Balogun, on Thursday advocated for English Language lessons for students in Almajiri Integrated Schools in the country.
Balogun, the leader of Abuja Chapter of Dairat Jafariyat Fitorikat Tijaniyat Islamic organisation of Nigeria, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Read more
Biafra: Buhari shouldn’t make the same mistake Jonathan made with Boko Haram – Shuluwa
A chieftain of the People’s Democratic (PDP) in Benue State, Chief Abu King Shuluwa has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly look into the agitation rocking some parts of the country over the creation of Biafra and not make the same mistake the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan made in handling Boko Haram issue. Read more
Shiites accuse Kaduna government of demolishing home of El-Zakzaky’s mother
The Islamic Movement of Nigeria on Thursday accused the Kaduna State government of demolishing the home of Hajiya Hari Jamo, mother of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.
The group also accused the state government of one of its religious centres, the Fudiyyah Islamic Centre. Pictures posted on the group’s website showed the alleged demolition of the buildings. Read more
2016 Budget: Katsina earmarks N22.2bn for education devt.
The Katsina State Government has said that it earmarked N22.2 billion for the development of the education sector in the 2016 fiscal year. It said that 80 per cent of the budgetary allocation to the sector would be spent on the renovation of primary and secondary schools in the state. Read more
Eko Disco commends NERC over new electricity tariff
The Eko Electricity Distribution Company on Thursday commended the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on the new tariff regime.
The Corporate Communications Manager, EKDC, Mr. Godwin Idemudia, gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. Read more
Five killed as bus plunges into river in Anambra
Five persons lost their lives early Thursday morning on the Onitsha-Enugu express way, as a commuter bus heading towards Enugu plunged into Oji River, near Anambra.
Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission, Anambra Command, Mr Sunday Ajayi, who confirmed the accident said the incident occurred about 1.25am on Thursday. Read more
Umana Salutes Christians at Christmas
The All Progressives Congress governorship candidate for Akwa Ibom State, Chief Umana Umana, has congratulated Christians across the country on witnessing the 2015 Christmas.
In a statement, Umana noted that Christmas which is the celebration of the birth of the saviour, Jesus Christ, is significant in many ways. Read more
Appeal court upholds Okowa’s election
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed the election of Ifaeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as governor of Delta State.
The court, in a unanimous judgment by a five-man panel led by Justice Uwani Abba-Aji upheld the decision of the Delta State governorship election tribunal delivered on October 26 this year. Read more
No group will hold Nigeria to ransom – Buhari
In apparent warning to the Biafra agitators and other groups, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday declared that no group in the country will be allowed to hold the country to ransom.
The President said this in his 2015 Christmas Message to Nigerians. Read more
Rivers assembly confirms Okocha as CJ
Rivers State House of Assembly (RSHA) has confirmed the appointment of Justice Daisy Okocha, as the Chief Judge of the State.
The new Speaker of the House, Adams Dabatorudima, announced this after a debate and vote by the state lawmakers during an emergency plenary which took place at about 7 pm on Wednesday. Read more
Trump warns Clinton to ‘BE CAREFUL’ in using woman ‘card’
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump intensified his criticism of Hillary Clinton after she said he had a “penchant for sexism,” warning his Democratic rival against using the woman “card” and drawing his full attention.
In a familiar pattern for Trump, he responded to fire – this time over a vulgarity he used in describing Clinton’s 2008 primary loss – with fire. Read more
Russia plans to build at least 6 nuclear units in India in 20 years -Putin
Russia plans to build at least six new nuclear power units in India in the next 20 years, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
Speaking after talks with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Putin also said that Moscow and New Delhi were successfully cooperating in production of Brahmos missiles and planned to produce jointly a new type of jet fighter and transport aircraft. Read more
Central African Republic postpones pivotal elections
Crucial elections scheduled to take place in the Central African Republic on Sunday have been postponed by three days until Dec. 30, Prime Minster Mahamat Kamoun said on Thursday.
The polls are meant to restore democratic rule after mainly Muslim rebels seized power in the majority Christian nation in early 2013, provoking reprisals from Christian militias that triggered a cycle of inter-religious killings. Read more