SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 23, 2016
Tompolo must face the law, Presidency tells Clark, Ijaw youths
The Presidency yesterday assured the Ijaw that it has nothing against them and therefore has no intention whatsoever harass or persecute them.
But it warned that whoever violates the law should be ready to face the consequences. The Presidency was responding to suggestion by Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, that the Buhari administration is harassing his people. Read more
Olubadan to get state burial Feb 12
Oyo State governor , Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has announced that the burial rites for the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana, will begin on February 6, while his remains would be interred on February 12, in Ibadan, the state capital.
The governor, who disclosed this during a condolence visit to the Monatan, Ibadan, residence of the deceased, on Friday, said President Muhammad Buhari will be expected to lead other dignitaries to the city for the burial ceremonies. Read more
Court grants Yerima N100m bail
A Zamfara State High Court has granted bail to former governor of the state, Alhaji Ahmed Yerima, who was arraigned on Thursday, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC.
Alhaji Yerima was given a bail of N100 million, after he pleaded not guilty to a 19-count charge of fraud alleged to have been committed during his tenure as governor. Read more
Court fixes Feb 4 for hearing of Dasuki’s application to halt trial
High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja has fixed February 4 for hearing of an application by former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, with which he seeks to stay proceedings in his trial.
?Dasuki is being tried with a former Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Aminu Baba-Kusa and two others before the court on a 19-count charge in which he was accused of diverting N32bn arms fund. Read more
Kogi: Tribunal rules on motions against Bello’s inauguration Monday
The Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lokoja has fixed Monday for ruling on two separate motions seeking to stop the inauguration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as governor on January 27.
The two motions seeking an order of the tribunal to stop the inauguration were filed by counsel to Governor Idris Wada and PDP, Chief Chris Uche (SAN) and that of Labour Party, Reuben Egwuaba. Read more
We won’t provide sureties for Metuh –Jalo
The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has said that it will not provide sureties for its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh.
The party said since Metuh was being prosecuted for offences that have nothing to do with it, its embattled spokesperson should look for those who would stand as sureties for him. Read more
We got N163m from Ikorodu, FESTAC, Agbara operatoins — Ex-militant cum member of notorious Lagos bank robbery gang
NOTORIOUS member of the dreaded armed robbery gang that recently terrorised banks through the creeks and waterways of Lagos, Clement Abanara Million, has said that it was the chieftaincy title he took in his locality that led him to armed robbery.
The 42-year-old suspect who assumed the title of ‘Ebimewe’, meaning ‘someone doing well’, made the disclosure in an interview a few days after his arrest by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team. Read more
Police bow to pressure, unveil new uniform for SARS operatives
Following public outcry on the shabby dressing as well as impersonation of operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Sqaud (SARS), the Nigeria Police yesterday unveiled a uniformed dress code for the unit.
The new uniform, which has unique numbers for the Federal SARS as well as the various state, was introduced in furtherance of efforts by the Inspector General of Police ( IGP ) Solomon Arase to emplace an accountable police. Read more
Olubadan: one throne, many palaces
If a prophet had told High Chief Saliu Adetunji on November 5 last year that he would mount the throne of the Olubadan of Ibadan within four months, he would have treated the prophesy with disdain.
‘Four months? What will happen to the man on the throne and the two most senior high chiefs?’ He would have queried. Read more
Metuh’s handcuffs symptomatic of underlying malaise
ARRESTED on January 5 for money laundering, first arraigned on January 15, and granted stiff bail on January 19, the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, must by now be feeling both bedraggled and defiant. Even before he met the stringent bail conditions, he was arraigned a second time for allegedly tampering with evidence while in custody, and will probably go through a second bail hearing. Read more
Assets declaration: Customs officers rush to beat deadline
Customs officers across the country are rushing to beat the 14 day deadline given them to declare their assets,The Nation gathered yesterday.
The Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) , Mr. Wale Adeniyi confirmed that officers and men were already declaring their assets as directed by the Comptroller- General of the NCS, Retired Col. Hammed Alli last week. Read more
Air Force set for field exercise, advises residents not to panic
The Nigerian Air force Training Command Headquarters in Kaduna yesterday announced its preparation for a field exercise and advised residents around the command not to panic.
Spokesman for the unit, Sqr. Ldr Chris Erundo, said that the exercise was to ensure effective defence of the airfield and eventual protection of critical assets which would last from Jan. 25 to Jan. 28. Read more
APC warns Wada against alleged plan to auction govt property
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State yesterday accused the outgoing government of Capt. Idris Wada, of plans to auction some government property and award phony contracts before leaving office on January 27.
The Chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Haddy Ametuo, said in a statement made available toThe Nation in Abuja that Wada was trying to auction government property at ridiculous prices. Read more
UN seeks concrete information on govt’s effort on Chibok girls
The United Nations has asked the Nigerian government to provide information about concrete steps being taken to rescue people abducted by Boko Haram, including the Chibok girls.
The request was made yesterday in Abuja by a group of UN experts, who was in the country for a five-day assessment of government’s efforts at rehabilitating those displaced by Boko Haram insurgents. Read more
Council to sanction hospitals for unethical conduct on Lassa fever
Sanction awaits any health facility that fails to report suspected cases of Lassa fever to appropriate quarters in good time,the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) warned yesterday.
“It is quite unethical for any doctor to delay any case in his own facility without referral. We have levels of care in this country, in primary level of care there is specific ailment they are suppose to treat for them to refer to the next level,”Dr Abdulmumini Ibrahim, Registrar of the council , told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Read more
Buhari won’t allow Dalung to disgrace his govt — Toro
Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung has been been condemned for causing confusion and instigating actions that brought shame to Nigerian football on Wednesday when NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and Giwa FC owner, Christopher Giwa almost almost engaged in fisticuffs. Read more
Nigeria Does Not Need More Than 18 States – Akande
What is your take on the arms deal scandal?
The major problem of Nigeria is corruption, it used to come in form of inflating of contract or using some unscrupulous ways to do some cover-up, but that of the arms fund that was taken directly from the Central Bank of Nigeria and shared directly is a new phenomenon in corruption in Nigeria. Read more
Why I Support PMB’s Anti-corruption War – Kashamu
How would you assess the present government?
A new government just came on board and it is barely eight months old. So, it might be too early to rightly assess it. But, given that it is generally said that the morning makes the day, the concern and disapproval that are being expressed over some activities of the current government are understandable. But, we also do know that history is replete with those who had a wobbly start and ended well, and vice versa. Read more
Forex ban: CBN to refund N35m caution deposit to BDC operators
The Central Bank of Nigeria on Friday said it would refund the N35m paid by licensed Bureau De Change operators across the country as mandatory caution deposit.
The move followed last week’s ban of direct sale of foreign exchange to BDCs operators by the CBN. The apex bank confirmed this refund in a circular signed by the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, Mr. Kevin Amugo with reference FPRD/DIR/GEN/CIR/01/004 dated January 22. Read more
APC, Ondo govt bicker over 2016 budget
ONDO state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has criticized the delay in the presentation of the 2016 budget to the state House of Assembly by the state Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.
The party described the governor’s action as an attempt to frustrate the people and create economic crisis in the state. Read more
Nigeria needs improved pension funds management – Fashola
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said the time has come for Nigeria to look into how it can harness the money in its contributory pension funds given the falling oil prices and dwindling revenue.
He said it was regrettable that given the growing size of the funds from the contribution, much of the money had largely been invested in government purse when there are places where it could be more impactful. Read more
Nigeria spends $1bn annually on medical tourism –Minister
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said that over $1bn is being spent by Nigerians on medical tourism abroad annually.
He stated this on Thursday during a visit to the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, adding that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would discourage the practice. Read more
Ekiti APC insists Fayose owns property in Dubai
The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has insisted that Governor Ayodele Fayose is one of Nigerians who own property in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
The governor had on Thursday declared that he had no house in Dubai, challenging anyone with information of any property linked to him to publish the details. Read more
CHAN: Nigeria escape defeat against Tunisia
Nigeria’s bid to progress to the quarter-final of the African Nations Championship in Rwanda was yesterday delayed by Tunisia, who held their West African foes to a 1-1 draw and could have won had the assistant referee not disallowed a genuine goal in the first half. Read more
Dumebi Iheanacho stakes claim to national call-up
Canadian-based youngster, Dumebi Iheanacho is staking a claim to an invite to any of Nigeria’s junior teams.
Born July 5, 2000, the youngster who can play in the midfield or centre back for Cardinal Leger Secondary School, Brampton, Canada has been described by coaches who have trained him as a committed, highly motivated, respectful, focused, dependable, productive and resourceful player Read more
FLASH| Mikel Wanted In China
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is wanted by Shanghai SIPG.
Sven Goran Eriksson’s club are willing to offer £6million for the Nigerian plus wages of £60,000 a week after tax. Chelsea will hold further talks with the representatives of Ezequiel Lavezzi. The PSG forward is out of contract in the summer and Chelsea are looking at signing him on a free transfer in June. Read more
CHAN 2016 – I’m really happy with the Cameroon result, Yohannes Sahle.
Walia Ibex head Coach Yohannes Sahle has expressed satisfaction with his side’s barren draw with Cameroon in their second group “B” match of African Nations Championship (CHAN) played yesterday at Stade Huye, Butare.
Ethiopia went down hard in their opening group tie against the run away group “B” leaders DR Congo who mercilessly tore them apart 3-0, and Coach Sahle believes the draw against the indomitable lions was a huge improvement from the nightmarish performance against the Leopards. Read more
Coachless Nigeria lose to Cameroon 24–16
Nigeria’s national handball team began their campaign at this year’s African Handball Nations Championship in Cairo, Egypt on a shaky note after losing 24–16 to Cameroon at the Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex Hall 2, Cairo on Thursday.
The championship for senior handball teams in Africa organised by the Confederation of Africa Handball (CAHB) will also serve as a qualifying tournament for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and for the 2017 World Men’s Handball Championship. Read more
Swiss soldiers sent home from Davos for taking cocaine
Some Swiss soldiers tasked with guarding the gathering of the world’s rich and powerful at the ski resort of Davos have been sent home after they reportedly tested positive for cocaine use.
Twelve on-duty soldiers had tested positive on Tuesday for cannabis and five of them had also used cocaine, army spokesman Stefan Hofer told the ATS news agency. Read more
Spain’s Acting Prime Minister Declines Invitation to Form Government
Spain’s acting prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, on Friday turned down an invitation by King Felipe VI to try to form a new government, prolonging the country’s political deadlock after inconclusive elections in December.
Mr. Rajoy said at a news conference that he wanted to remain as the head of the next government, but that “at this time I am not in a condition to do so,” because his conservative Popular Party lacks the required support in Parliament. Read more
France Plans a New Keyboard to Shift Control to Typists
Bad spelling? Incorrect grammar? It’s all in the keyboard.
French is a difficult language to write, but writing correctly is “nearly impossible” with existing French keyboards, and the government has decided to do something about it.
The Culture Ministry has called for the creation of a standardized keyboard that would make it easier to use accents, ligatures and special characters that make the French language unique but also frustratingly difficult to type. Read more
It’s as easy as ABC: Alphabet, Google’s parent company, set to overtake Apple as the most valuable company in the world
Alphabet could soon become the most valuable company in the world. The Google powerhouse traded on Friday morning with an equity value above $500 billion, less than 10 percent shy of the iPhone maker’s.
Investors value the search firm’s earnings from rapidly growing digital advertising more than twice as highly as Apple’s in a saturating smartphone market. Wall Street, however, may be overlooking Alphabet’s risks. Read more
Kerry in Riyadh to talk Iran, Syria with Gulf Arabs
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Saudi Arabia for talks with Gulf Arab officials on their deteriorating relations with Iran and on the Syria peace process.
Kerry arrived in Riyadh early Saturday from Switzerland, where he said he was going to meet with wary U.S. partners in the Gulf to discuss the way forward with Iran now that the landmark nuclear deal has been implemented. Read more