Sabinews Evening News Update for June 24, 2015
APC blasts PDP over call to probe Fashola
Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has berated the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state for calling on Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to probe his immediate predecessor, Babatunde Fashola.
Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Joe Igbokwe, while reacting to the statement, said, “Lagos PDP has lost it and is in a journey of self derision and ridicule. APC is not surprised that Lagos PDP continues to demonstrate traits that show it as a jesting group that has no meaningful thing to contribute to the growth and progress of Lagos.” Read more
Reps probe NNPC’s crude swap contracts
The House of Representatives on Wednesday ordered a fresh probe of the Refined Product Exchange Agreement contracts between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and various trading companies.
Otherwise known as SWAP, it involved the exchange of crude oil for refined petroleum products in which the corporation gave out 445,000 barrels of crude per day. Read more
Nigeria gets $23.3m allocation from GEF
The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the largest sponsor of environmental initiatives, has allocated 23.35million US dollars to Nigeria to implement climate change, biodiversity and land degradation projects.
Mr Festus Eguaoje, GEF’s Desk Officer in the Federal Ministry of Environment, made this known at a two-day National Steering Committee Meeting in Abuja on Tuesday. Read more
CBN bans rice, cement importers from forex market
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has banned importers of rice, cement and 38 other products from purchasing dollars from the foreign exchange market. Read more
House leadership: Tension as Northern, S’East Reps protest exclusion
There was tension at the House of Representatives on Wednesday as lawmakers from the North-Central geo-political zone protested the “purported” sharing of principal offices in the House by the All Progressives Congress to the exclusion of the zone.
They were joined by their APC colleagues from the South-East, who also accused the leadership of the party of allegedly being “unfair to the zone, in spite of working tirelessly to ensure that the APC had its presence in the South-East. ” Read more
12 states face serious flood threat – Agency
Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency says 12 states may experience high floods during the year. Read more
FG owes Ekiti N12.2bn on road construction – Govt
Ekiti State Government has said it is being owed a sum of N12,220,513,024.08 as of today on Federal Government roads constructed by it.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, by Special Assistant to Governor Ayodele Fayose on Public Communications, Lere Olayinka, the government said between 2004 and 2014, the state spent “a sum of N15, 720,513,024.08 on construction and rehabilitation of federal roads in the State, out of which N3.5bn was refunded.” Read more
Rivers’ lawmakers threaten court action against Amaechi over refusal to present handover note
FORMER Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, may be facing a court action over refusal to present a handover note to Nyeson Wike administration.
The move was yesterday initiated by the state Assembly lawmakers who passed a resolution directing the Attorney-General of the state, Mr. Emmanuel Aguma, to take all necessary steps within the ambit of the law to compel Amaechi to present a handover note to the present administration. Read more
IYC condemns military’s random bombings of N’Delta
The umbrella body of Ijaw youths, the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, has condemned the military for the random bombings of the Niger Delta under the guise of arresting sea pirates.
President, IYC, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, said inasmuch as the group condemned criminalities in the region, such random bombings were a ploy to bomb the Niger Delta people.
Eradiri made the observation at the headquarters of IYC, Izon House, Yenagoa, on Wednesday, when he received officials of the Niger Delta Youth Forum that honoured him with an Award of Excellence for his exemplary leadership. Read more
Buhari, APC Governors Wade Into NASS Leadership Crisis
President Muhammadu Buhari and State governors under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have resolved to wade into the lingering leadership crisis rocking the National Assembly, particularly the Senate.
Accordingly, the APC governors at a meeting with the President in Aso Rock late Tuesday night agreed to call Senators to order and caution them to treating the decisions of the party with disdain. Read more
Boko Haram: FG probes Amnesty International’s Allegation Against Military
The Federal Government has constituted an investigation into the allegations leveled against the Nigerian military by the Amnesty International.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Bulus Lolo and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
Lolo, in the statement, described the allegations leveled against the military as “serious”. Read more
APC threatens to expel suspended members
The All Progressive Congress, Bayelsa State chapter, has threatened to expel some of its members recently suspended for anti-party activities.
The party recently expelled two and suspended seven of its leaders for anti-party activities.
The two expelled members are former Chairman of defunct New Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Perekeme Kpodo and a top member of the party, Mr. Sunday Oputu. Read more
FRSC Returns N500,160 To Accident Victim In Edo
The Edo Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Wednesday handed over N500,160 recovered from an accident scene to its owner, Mr Adetosin Sogbona.
The Assistant Corp Commander, Mr Obisike Uchendu, presented the money and other items recovered to Sogbona, in Benin on Wednesday.
Uchendu said that the FRSC was committed to protecting the lives and property of members of the public, especially on the highway. Read more
Amaechi Sold Off Rivers Assets Worth Over $302m – Wike
Justifying why he set up a Commission of Inquiry on the activities of the past administration he said that not only were government property looted, but he that inherited a huge debt profile.
According to him, “Our Power assets, 70 per cent of it, were sold at $302,400,000. Read more
Bribery allegation on Odigie-Oyegun baseless – Edo APC
The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has dismissed the allegation of bribery purportedly levelled against the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, by some APC governors.
The State Publicity Secretary, Godwin Erhahon, who made this known in Benin on Wednesday, was reacting to a report over an allegation of misconduct against the national chairman in a national daily . Read more
FRSC Official Rapes Four-year-old Girl In Lagos
An official of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who resides at Ejigbo in Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area, Lagos State (names withheld), has allegedly raped a four-year-old girl.
The middle-aged man is said to have committed the offence in the morning of Wednesday June 24, 2015.
The suspect, who is married and has only a baby boy, lives in the same compound with the parents of his victim. Read more
Saraki Appoints Ex-Senator Chief Of Staff
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 appointed Isa Glauda Chief of Staff.
Isa Galaudu was a former Senator representing Kebbi North Senatorial District in the Seventh Senate.
Saraki also approved the appointment of the immediate past Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Ogun State, Yusuf Olaniyonu, as his Special Adviser on Media. Read more
Buhari Lied, Jonathan Left $30b Behind, Says Ex-Minister
A former Deputy Chairman, National Planning Commission (NPC), Dr. Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of lying for claiming that he inherited an ‘empty treasury’ from the immediate past administration.
Suleiman, who was a federal minister disclosed that the former administration under the leadership of Goodluck Jonathan left behind US$30 billion. Read more
Sanction dishonest lawyers, CJN tells NBA
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed said on Wednesday that the bar must purge itself of its dishonest members for the bench to be corruption-free.
Justice Mohammed said since the bench was a product of the bar, it would not change if its origin remained the same. Read more
Gunmen kill 2 policemen, abduct 2 Lebanese in Bayelsa
Two policemen were Wednesday, killed while two expatriate workers were kidnapped by armed men who attacked a sand dump at Onuegbum in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa State.
Though details of the incident were sketchy at the time of filing this report, the gunmen were said to have launched the vicious attack on the sand dump through the Ikoli river and escaped with the expatriates through the same route. Read more
Medical marijuana may help some symptoms, but not all
Medical marijuana shows some effectiveness in helping treat chronic pain but there is less evidence of its success in warding off nausea or helping ill patients gain weight, researchers said Tuesday.
The issue of whether or not medical marijuana works remains a matter of debate, even as 23 US states and the US capital, Washington, have laws that allow medical use of cannabis, as do a number of countries around the world. Read more
Court critical of South Africa for letting al-Bashir leave
A South African court said Wednesday that the country acted unlawfully by allowing Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, leave the country on June 15.
Al-Bashir left the country after attending two-day African Union Summit in Johannesburg in spite of an arrest warrant issued for him by the International Criminal Court. Read more
Enyeama snubs NFF disciplinary committee
Vincent Enyeama failed to appear before the disciplinary committee of the Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 and may be sanctioned.
The Lille goalkeeper came under barrage of criticisms for his remark against the NFF’s choice of Ahmadu Stadium, Kaduna for Eagles Afcon qualifier against Chad played on June 13,2015. Read more
NDLEA arrests 70 in Bayelsa
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Bayelsa State Command, says its operatives have arrested 70 suspects for trafficking different illegal drugs in the state.
The command said the 70 drug suspects were apprehended between January and June, 2015.
Addressing journalists at the agency’s state command in Yenagoa, State Commander, NDLEA, Mrs. Josephine Obi, said of the 70 suspects, nine were females. Read more
18 killed in Chinese checkpoint terrorist attack
No fewer than 18 people died in a bomb-and-knife attack by ethnic Uighurs on unarmed traffic police in China’s Xinjiang region, media reports have said.
Citing an anonymous source, the report said on Tuesday as many as 28 people, including bystanders might have died in the attack on the outskirts of the city of Kashgar, Xinjiang, in north-western China.
Chinese media carried no reports of unrest. Read more
Ebola returns to Sierra Leone’s Freetown
Sierra Leone has announced the return of Ebola to its capital Freetown, dashing hopes that health authorities in the densely-populated city of 1.2 million had beaten the deadly outbreak.
The government’s National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) told AFP late on Tuesday three cases had emerged in the east-end slum of Magazine Wharf — three weeks after the last known infections in the capital. Read more
Anti-gay bill clears key vote in Kyrgyzstan parliament
Lawmakers in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favour of a law activists say discriminates against homosexuals, in the crucial second of three mandatory readings of the bill.
The bill, which would punish “propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientation” with jail terms of up to a year and appears a harsher version of a law adopted by ally Russia, has generated concern among activists in the ex-Soviet Central Asian state.
Putin extends Western food ban for one year
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday extended a ban against most Western food imports for a year after EU foreign ministers agreed to prolong sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict until January 2016.
“The government turned to me with an appeal to extend the measures,” Putin told a government meeting. Read more
Turkey says in reconciliation talks with Israel
Turkey on Wednesday said it was holding talks with Israel over a deal to reconcile the two former allies following a deadly Israeli commando raid on a Turkish aid vessel bound for Gaza.
“It’s quite normal for the two countries to talk for the normalisation of the ties. How can reconciliation be achieved without holding any meetings?” Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara. Read more
7 Die After Consuming Local Brew In Kenya
No fewer than seven people died and five others were hospitalized on Wednesday after consuming toxic brew in Thika town of central Kenya’s Kiambu County.
Kiambu County Chief Public Officer, Dominic Gicheru, said the deceased were reportedly on a drinking spree since Monday.
“It is unfortunate that such a tragedy happened in Kiambu while a crackdown on illicit brew was still underway,” Gicheru said. Read more
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