SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 6, 2017
We Are Aware of Your Sufferings, Osinbajo Tells Protesters
Following the protests by Nigerians in Lagos and Abuja simultaneously over the worsening living conditions under the present government, acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday told the protesters that the federal government is aware of the sufferings people are going through.
He also said that the protesters have the right to demand a better economy and that the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to make it happen. Read more
Ambode insists on removing danfo buses from Lagos roads
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday insisted plans are afoot to remove yellow buses popularly known as Danfo from Lagos roads for a more efficient, well-structured and world class mass transportation system that would facilitate ease of movement within the city. The Governor also said that his administration would soon roll out a comprehensive environmental sanitation policy that would make the city to be clean without much burden on the people in terms of taxes. Read more
APC never promised to fix Nigeria in one year, says Amaechi
Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday, said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) did not promise to fix Nigeria’s problems within a year.
Amaechi, who was Director General of the campaign organisation of President Mohammad Buhari during the 2015 general election, however, urged Nigerians to wait till the end of four years before they would expect the ruling party to ix the problems. He also accused the National Assembly of holding the Federal Government back from fixing infrastructure problems and creating jobs by failing to approve its borrowing plan. Read more
CAN asks Nigerians to pray for Buhari
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Niger State has called on Nigerians to pray for the well-being of President Muhammadu Buhari and his safe return to the country. The state’s CAN Chairman, Rev. Echioda Mathias, made the call in an interview with journalists in Minna on Monday. Read more
Nigerian court frees 34-year-old robber
An FCT High Court, Gudu, Abuja, on Monday discharged a 35-year-old robbery suspect, Kelechi Isaac, for lack of diligent prosecution. Isaac was charged for alleged conspiracy and armed robbery. Earlier, Mrs Ijeoma Ukagha, the prosecutor, had told the court that the complainants in the matter had abandoned the case.“Since inception of this matter, the prosecution has been found wanting. Read more
Nigerians take to streets singing “enough is enough”
Hundreds of Nigerians took to the streets in Lagos on Monday to protest against the government’s handling of the country’s economic crisis and demand solutions to a crippling recession. Some 500 people gathered from early morning at the National Stadium in the commercial capital, holding signs including “The unemployed are hungry and angry” and “I will not be silent.”
Video: #iStandWithNigeria protest records thousands in the streets
Thousands have thronged the streets to join the #iStandWithNigeria protest against unfavourable economic policies implemented by the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress party, APC despite the last minute cancellation by 2face who was the initial promoter. In the video clips, many of the protesters are angry and took no time to express their anger and dissatisfaction over the crippling condition of the country. Read more
We understand your grievances, Nigerian govt tells protesters
The federal government said on Monday that it understands the grievances of Nigerians who took part in the protests held in major Nigerian cities on Monday .
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said in a chain of reactions on his Twitter page that the yearnings of the protesters have been heard and the administration will implement policies that will address all issues raised. Read more
CJN: Niger Delta leaders urge Osinbajo to forward Justice Onnoghen’s nomination to Senate
Leaders from the Niger Delta region have called on the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to forward the name of Justice Walter Onnoghen to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), as recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
The leaders, under the platform of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), maintained that the confirmation of Justice Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria would forestall constitutional crisis. Read more
115 children missing, 17 babies dump in 2016 in Kebbi
No fewer than 115 children were declared missing in 2016 while 17 babies were thrown into dustbin by their mothers in the same year, says Kebbi State Shariah committee under the Hisbah Board.
Hisbah, an Islamic organisation operating under Shariah, also noted that 42 recovered children were handed over to their parents while 44 unwanted pregnancies were recorded in the state. Read more
Women Lawyers Shed Tears As Police Arrest Father For Sexually Abusing 12 yrs old Daughter For 4 Years
Scores of Women lawyers in Bayelsa State were weekend thrown into tears following the police arrest of a 50 years old Father over alleged sexual abuse and having canal knowledge of his 12 years old daughter for Four years.
Also arrested was a 46 years old man over alleged abduction of a 12 years old girl and having canal knowledge of her. Read more
N1.19b NDDC projects duplicated, says NEITI
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has told the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Management Retreat that from its Fiscal Allocation and Statutory Disbursement Audit Report covering 2007-2011, the sum of N7.4 Billion allocated to member states of the Commission for grass root development projects in the respective states could not be accounted for while twenty two of such projects valued at N1. 19 Billion were duplicated.
The watchdog organization said that it will partner with the commission to enthrone transparency and accountability in the operations of the agency. Read more
Policeman sues IGP, others over unpaid wages
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and two others have been sued by a retired policeman, Uduak Sunday Akpan for allegedly withholding his salaries and other entitlements.
The suit marked: NICN/ABJ/242/2016, filed for Uduak by his lawyer, John Ainetor, before the National Industrial Court (NIC), Abuja, also has as defendants, the Police Service Commission (PSC) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). Read more
Cocaine users are more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases – for this reason
People who regularly use cocaine are more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases than non-users.
According to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, this may in part be due to a “sexual-impatience” brought on by the drug which increases the likelihood that users will not bother to use condoms.
“Our study affirms and may help explain why people who regularly use cocaine are more willing to partake in risky sex when under the influence of cocaine, and underscores why public health officials and physicians should be ensuring that cocaine users are supplied with condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted disease,” said researcher Matthew Johnson. Read more
Google ordered to share Gmail messages from non-US users with FBI
A Philadelphia judge has ruled that Google must comply with FBI search warrants for Gmail messages stored outside the US, if the requests are issued as part of a domestic fraud investigation.
“Though the retrieval of the electronic data by Google from its multiple data centres abroad has the potential for an invasion of privacy, the actual infringement of privacy occurs at the time of disclosure in the United States,” said US magistrate judge Thomas Rueter. Read more
Record number of child casualties cited in Afghan conflict, UN report says
The number of child casualties in the long-running Afghan war jumped last year, spiking 24% from 2015 in large part from unexploded munitions, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in a report on Monday.
The report also cited a 3% increase in total conflict-related civilian casualties compared to last year — the highest number since the the United Nations started documenting the deaths and injuries in the conflict in 2009. That amount stands at 11,418 deaths and injuries. Read more
Trump Could Give Momentum to Mexico’s Leftist Presidential Candidate
President Donald Trump’s fight-picking with Mexico may be indirectly involving him in the presidential ambitions of that country’s own anti-establishment presidential candidate.
Andres Manuel López Obrador is the early leading contender in Mexico’s presidential contest and his left-wing, buck the status quo politics has some in the U.S. on guard, particularly those in the business world. Read more
Man United v Southampton: EFL Cup final referee revealed
On February 26, the first major honour in the English football season will be decided.
Having beaten Liverpool in the semifinal, Southampton have booked their place in the EFL Cup final.
The Saints will take on Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in the showpiece event at Wembley, after the Red Devils got past Hull in the final four. Read more
Moussa Dembele says his future is at Celtic amid Chelsea interest
Celtic forward Moussa Dembele says he is happy at Parkhead and is not thinking about a move to Chelsea. The former Fulham forward has been in fine form for the Scottish league leaders this season and was linked with a £40m move to Stamford Bridge in January. Read more
Agent: Chelsea, Liverpool target ‘as good as Kroos, wanted by three big clubs’
Geoffrey Kondogbia’s brother / agent has come out with a rousing defence of the under-fire Inter midfielder, claiming that he’s “on the same level” as Sergi Busquets and Toni Kroos, and that “three big coaches” asked him about the 23-year-old when he was struggling at Inter.
“I see how people say he’s doing badly at Inter,” he told SoFoot, “but then I look at his dribbling stats, the amount of passes he completes and tackles he makes… and I want others to be living up to his standards, [not the opposite]”. Read more