Assets declaration: Court orders Saraki’s arrest *Police bans private individuals from using siren in Rivers

Assets declaration: Court orders Saraki’s arrest *Police bans private individuals from using siren in Rivers

 

Sabinews Midday News Update for September 18, 2015

Assets declaration: Court orders Saraki’s arrest

Justice Danladi Umar of the Code of Conduct Tribunal has ordered that a bench warrant should be issued on the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, for failing to appear to answer charges bordering on assets declaration. Read more

Police bans private individuals from using siren in Rivers

The Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Ahmad Muhammad, disclosed this in a statement in Port Harcourt.

The statement said the ban forbids private individuals from using siren in the state. ‘’No private individual is allowed to use siren anywhere in the State. ‘’Bullion vans are also not allowed to use siren, except when piloted by police pilot vehicle,’’ it said. According to the statement, top government officials- the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker House of Representatives and Inspector-General of police (IGP) were exempted from the ban. Read more

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Lagos West: Tribunal dismisses PDP candidate’s petition

The Lagos State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal has dismissed the case of the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the March 28, 2015 Lagos West Senatorial District election, Segun Adewale.

Adewale had been seeking an order nullifying the declaration of the All Progressive Congress’ candidate, Olamilekan Adeola, as the winner of the said election. Adeola had been declared winner after polling 429,641 votes ahead of Adewale with 372,421 votes. But apart from questioning the eligibility of Adeola to stand for the election, Adewale had claimed that the election was fraught with irregularities and malpractices. Read more

Oil theft: Navy arrests 30 ships in 9 months

The Eastern Naval Command (ENC) of the Nigerian Navy on Friday said it had arrested 30 ships in the last nine months. Rear Adm. Henry Babalola, out-gone Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) the ENC, disclosed this in Calabar during a handing over ceremony to his successor, Rear Adm. Atiku Abdulkadir.  Read more

‘Missing’ Bauchi Aircraft Lands in Nigeria

The allegedly missing Bauchi State-owned aircraft, has landed in Nigeria from Morocco where the state government claimed it was found.

The Embraer ERJ 145 touched down on the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport Bauchi at about 10 am Friday. Its whereabouts had been a subject of controversy as the new government suggested the aircraft was stolen by its predecessor and hidden in Morocco. Read more

The Trucks On Lagos Roads

THE incessant carnage on the road occasioned by the recklessness of drivers of articulated vehicles in Lagos has brought into focus the need for the state government to immediately and strictly enforce the law restricting their movement to a particular time. To ensure a safe environment for both motorists and commuters, the state government banned articulated vehicles from moving between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

But apparently due to a lack of enforcement of this regulation, articulated trucks have been competing with other vehicles, motorists and commuters on the roads at a time they should not be on the roads. The result is that these trucks cause accidents with tragic consequences. Read more

Osinbajo Tasks FCT Administration’s Lawyers

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday charged lawyers in the service of Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) to live up to the onerous responsibility of ensuring that the administration runs smoothly within the law.

He equally said issues of compensation to the original inhabitants, removal of illegal structures, general development control, massive infrastructural developments, provision of social services like schools and hospitals, as well as general land administration must be situated with extant laws using the traditional contract model as well as the new public private partnership approach.
The vice president spoke in his goodwill message at the retreat of lawyers in the service of the Federal. Capital Territory administration held in Abuja. Read more

Lagos lawmakers probe illegal mining

The Lagos State House of Assembly has set up an eight-man ad-hoc committee to investigate the activities of all forms of illegal dredging, mining and reclamation in the state.

The committee has requested the New Town Development Authority to produce all relevant documents on the reclaimed areas it has worked on. The documents include Environmental Impact Assessment report, EIA, size reclaimed, survey plan, contractor handling the project and others. Read more

Delta gov: PDP closes case, fails to call witnesses

The Peoples Democratic Party closed its case at the Delta State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Asaba, on Friday without calling a single witness.

The PDP is the second defendant in the case before the tribunal, in which the state’s governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, and the APC have challenged the declaration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the PDP as the winner of the April 11 poll in the state. The Justice Nasiru Gunmi-led tribunal had adjourned on Wednesday to allow the PDP starts its defence on Friday (today) by calling its witnesses, having filed over 50 witness statements on oath. Read more

Paediatricians Blame Armed Conflict for Rise in Child Trauma

The Association of Paediatric Surgeons of Nigeria (APSON) says armed conflicts around the country and growing urbanization are fuelling increase in trauma to children, and necessitating need for separate children’s hospitals.

APSON president, Dr James Adeniran, said trauma to young children “is now perhaps a problem that is at par with infectious diseases and malnutrition due to increased urbanization and armed conflicts.” Read more

Coup: Burkina Faso military frees interim president

Head of military junta in Burkina Faso, Gen. Gilbert Diendere, which took power on Thursday has on Friday announced the release of the interim President Michel Kafando and two of his ministers.

Gen. Gilbert Diendere, the junta leader, was for three decades the chief military adviser to former President Blaise Compaore. He said on state television on Friday in Ouagadougou that the Interim Prime Minister, Yacouba Zida, was still under house arrest. Read more

Police plan crime control system for commuters, motor parks

The Nigeria Police Force has concluded plans for a crime control system aimed at protecting commercial vehicle operators and passengers from kidnappers and other criminal gangs on the roads.

When fully deployed, the system which is technology-driven, is expected to also ensure security of motor parks and vehicles and assist in foiling terrorist attacks. Findings indicate that the system would enable passengers to use their phones to verify the legitimacy of commercial cabs and buses they intend to board to avoid being victims of in-transit crime popularly known as ‘one chance.’ Read more

China, Sokoto to Boost Commerce, Agro-allied Ventures

Sokoto state government is to collaborate with the Peoples Republic of China to boost commerce and establish mining and agro-allied industries in the state.

In that regard, Sokoto government will provide land for the establishment of ‘China Town’ in the border-town of Illela to boost trade and investment in the West African region. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this Friday when the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Gu Xiaojie paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Sokoto. Read more

U.S. presidential election calendar

Americans would elect the 45th President of the United States on Nov. 8, 2016, and the winner of the presidential election would be sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2017.

The Republican and Democratic parties are selecting presidential nominees for the 2016 general election.
Important dates in the nominations and election as released on Friday in Washington, indicated that on Sept. 16, there would be the Republican Party candidates debate, at Simi Valley, California. Read more

Us Fed rate inaction sends Europe down, emerging markets up

The US Federal Reserve’s decision to hold interest rates steady exposed a gulf in global stocks Friday, with European shares slumping and emerging markets jumping.

Prior to last month’s bout of market volatility over China’s ability to manage a soft landing of its slowing economy, the Fed had been expected to lift rates on Thursday for the first time in nine years. Read more

Taliban gunmen kill 29 in Pakistan air force base attack

Pakistani Taliban attacked an air force base in the country’s restive northwest Friday, killing at least 29 people, most of them soldiers, in their deadliest assault in months following a major military offensive against them.

The military said up to 14 insurgents entered the residential compound at the base near Peshawar, the gateway to the tribal regions that have long been a haven for militants, dressed in official uniforms. Read more

Burkina Faso putschists to meet W. African leaders for mediation talks

The leaders of Burkina Faso’s coup were due to hold mediation talks with two African heads of state Friday, as they freed the ousted interim president and reopened the landlocked country’s borders.

Senegalese President Macky Sall, chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) bloc and Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi, were due to arrive in the capital Ouagadougou for vital negotiations in a bid to end the crisis. Read more

Mourinho ready to roll out red carpet for Cech

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Friday he will invite Petr Cech into his side’s dressing room whatever the outcome of this weekend’s Premier League match with Arsenal.

The Czech goalkeeper was sold to the North London club for £10 million ($16 million, 14 million euros) in the summer and will make his first return to Stamford Bridge on Saturday with Mourinho still holding him in high regard after he spent 11 years with Chelsea. Read more

DPR redeploys 20 officers

The Department of Petroleum Resources has redeployed no fewer than 20 of its senior officers nationwide.

This is contained in a statement published on the agency’s website on Friday. It stated that the postings and deployment was to reposition the department, enshrine accountability, efficiency and performance for effective monitoring of the oil and gas sector. The statement indicated that the postings and redeployment, which was made on Wednesday, also affected some divisions at the DPR headquaters. Read more

Army sends back pardoned soldiers to fight B’Haram

The Nigerian Army has deployed 3,032 pardoned soldiers in the North-East to fight Boko Haram insurgents.

The affected soldiers had been summarily dismissed from the military in 2014 over offences allegedly committed as part of the troops involved in counter insurgency operations in the North-East. The soldiers were dismissed by their unit commanders at the peak of the Boko Haram attacks in the North-East in 2014. Read more

High rates depress investments in govt bonds

The pressures on Nigerian money market resonated in the bonds market yesterday as the Debt Management Office, DMO, announced that it could sell only N45 billion out of the initial N70 billion worth of Naira-denominated bonds maturing in 2020 and 2034.

Rates have also gone up significantly to 15.97 percent from the 12.149 offer rate for 2034 maturing bond, while 2020 bond rate went up to 15.95 percent from offer rate of 15.54. Read more

EFCC arrests 3 fake officials over N20m scam

An Igando Customary Court in Lagos has dissolved the 18-year-old marriage of a a retiree, Jonathan Ubi, after his wife, Rita, 40, abandoned her matrimonial home for four weeks for an unknown destination.
Jonathan, 65, informed the court that his wife’s disappearance was an abomination and asked that the marriage be dissolved.

“My wife committed an abomination by willingly abandoning her matrimonial home for four weeks for an unknown destination. In our tradition, it is a taboo for a wife who abandoned her matrimonial home to come back,” he said. Read more

 

Lagos lawmakers probe illegal mining

The Lagos State House of Assembly has set up an eight-man ad-hoc committee to investigate the activities of all forms of illegal dredging, mining and reclamation in the state.

The committee has requested the New Town Development Authority to produce all relevant documents on the reclaimed areas it has worked on. The documents include Environmental Impact Assessment report, EIA, size reclaimed, survey plan, contractor handling the project and others. Read more

 

 

About The Author

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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