SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 19, 2016
APC violates own Constitution, fails to hold National Convention
The All Progressives Congress APC may have violated an important provision of its own constitution with regards to holding its national convention to appraise its state of affairs and make necessary adjustments. Specifically, Article 25 (A)(i) of the APC constitution stipulates that the National Convention of the Party shall be held once in two (2) years at a date, venue and time to be recommended by the National Working Committee and approved by the National Executive Committee subject to the giving of the statutory notices to the Independent National Electoral Commission and at least fourteen (14) days notice given to members eligible to attend. Read more
Two suicide bombers killed in Maiduguri
Two female suicide bombers were on Sunday night killed as their weapon went off as they attempted to invade Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, officials said. The incident happened at about 10.30p.m., near Muna Garage, one of the most attacked motor parks in recent times.
Two young girls, with explosives on their bodies, made their ways to a suburb village called Geleri, about 5km away from Muna park. One of the suicide bombers detonated her device in the village, which also killed her partner whose device failed to explode. Read more
Gbajabiamila explains why Buhari failed to disclose NASS budget
THE Leader of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, pending in the House was as a result of conflicting interests of both local and foreign stakeholders in the oil and gas industry.
But he has assured that the bill will be given priority in the first quarter of 2017 bearing in mind that oil and gas are the main stay of the nation’s economy and that the House will come with a bill that will serve the interest of Nigerians. Read more
Budget 2017 should focus on job creation, GDP growth — NAMBLAG
The Lagos State Chapter of the National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMBLAG) weekend, said that the 2017 budget should be focused on addresing unemployment by creating jobs and boosting growth of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) In his reaction to the budget 2017 presented by President Mohammadu Buhari to the National Assembly last week, Chairman, NAMBLAG, Mr. Omololu Fatunbi, said except the budget addresses the increase in inflation rate, unemployment and decline in GDP, then change is not visible. Read more
Money ritual: Man arrested for raping minors
A young man who claimed he was instructed by an unnamed spiritualist to have anal sex with minors; both boys and girls, in order to acquire wealth has been arrested by the police in Enugu.
The suspect, one Esomchi Ojobo, a native of Enugu-Ezike in Igbo-Eze North Local Government of Enugu State, was apprehended after raping about 11 minors. Ojobo was arrested in Opanda, a community in the Uzo-Uwani area of Enugu, on December 11. Read more
MMM founder accuses media of causing panic among participants
As subscribers await the resumption of operations of Mavrodi Moneybox Mondial (MMM) Nigeria in January 2017, the founder of the Ponzi scheme Sergey Mavrodi has accused the Nigerian press of deliberately “fueling hysteria around MMM and causing panic.”
The operators of the scheme in Nigeria said in a message sent to all subscribers on December 12 that all confirmed Mavros would be frozen for one month. Read more
US election: Anti-Trump camp seeks electoral college revolt
Even though their chances of success are slim, many Democrats are looking at the Electoral College vote Monday as the last barrier to keep Republican Donald Trump out of the White House.
When US voters cast their ballots on November 8, they did not directly elect the next president but rather 538 “electors” charged with translating their wishes into reality.
Trump won a clear majority of those electors — 306, with 270 needed for election — despite losing the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton by nearly three million votes. On Monday the electors – most of whom are party members with little name recognition – will convene in each state plus the District of Columbia to officially designate the next president and vice president. Read more
Miss Puerto Rico lands Miss World 2016 crown
Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico was crowned Miss World 2016 on Sunday, edging out runners-up from the Dominican Republic and Indonesia, and beauties from around the globe. Del Valle, 19, is a brown-eyed brunette student who speaks Spanish, English and French, and hopes to get into the entertainment industry. Read more
No room for dissenting media in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan has a repressive media environment. Dissenting voices are all but absent from mainstream outlets and critical journalists face harassment, arrest and imprisonment. Social media are used as platforms for free expression but there have been restrictions in that field as well. Blocks on accessing popular foreign news websites have been reported.
As BBC Monitoring’s Azerbaijan Media Guide for 2016 explains, television remains the main medium. All domestic channels, state-run and privately-owned, toe the government’s line on news presentation. The ratings leader, ANS TV, lost its licence in July 2016 over an incident linked to that month’s attempted coup in Turkey, a key ally of Baku. A Turkey-based TV channel is the only foreign broadcaster relayed terrestrially within Azerbaijan. Read more
Aleppo refugees reach safety after being held at government checkpoint
Hundreds of people from east Aleppo who spent hours in limbo crammed on to buses at a Syrian government checkpoint have reached safety, becoming the latest group to be evacuated from the embattled city.
Two days after the deal to evacuate tens of thousands of civilians in the shrinking and besieged rebel enclave appeared on the verge of unravelling, it seems to be back on track. But many remain languishing in the winter cold and hundreds are still being held at the Syrian government checkpoint. A source with knowledge of the evacuation deal said roughly 1,000 civilians in 25 buses had been evacuated overnight into the western Aleppo countryside, which is controlled by the opposition. Read more
Little Rock boy, 3, dies in road rage shooting
A three-year-old boy being taken out shopping by his grandmother has been killed in a road rage shooting in Little Rock, Arkansas, US police say.
Their vehicle was fired upon by another driver who thought the woman had not driven quickly enough through a stop sign, police said. The grandmother drove away but the boy later died in hospital. Read more