Sabinews Evening News Update for June 22, 2015
Buhari orders removal of military checkpoints nationwide
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered the removal of all military checkpoints set up in the wake of Boko Haram activities across the country.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Aliyu Ismaila, disclosed this to State House correspondents after a meeting Buhari had with service chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Bomb blast hits Maiduguri again
Maiduguri was on Monday hit by a bomb explosion.
A civilian vigilante assisting the military against Boko Haram who witnessed the incident said the bomb went off at about 3:50pm Heavy casualties were feared after the explosion near a fish market in the Baga Road area of the city, said vigilante Danlami Ajaokuta. Read more
Crisis Hits APC in Bayelsa
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has been torn into factions as a group on Monday claimed that it has expelled the State Chairman, Chief Tiwei Orunimighe, and his deputy, Hon. Eddie Julius, over allegations of anti-party activities.
But Orunimighe has swiftly dismissed the faction, saying that they are people that the leadership of the party had both expelled and suspended from the party. Read more
Ikpeazu cuts own salary, travel allowance by 50%
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has announced the slashing of his salary and travel allowance by 50%.
Ikpeazu, who disclosed this Monday at the Government House Umuahia, while swearing in the state’s new Head of Service, Dr. Vivian Uma, said he was deeply pained by his administration’s inability to pay salaries of workers as at when due following the dwindling federal allocation. He said he had decided to personally identify with the suffering workers and would not lift the self imposed austerity until the salaries and allowances owed workers were cleared. Read more
Obama warns racist legacy still haunts US
US President Barack Obama underlined the depth of his frustration over American’s ongoing battle with racism Monday, employing the racially-charged “N-word” in a radio interview to underline a point.
Obama made his remarks to “WTF with Marc Maron” as the nation was struggling to comprehend the murders last week of nine African American churchgoers at an evening prayer service, allegedly at the hands of a white supremacist. Read more
Ikpeazu seeks World Bank’s assistance in tackling erosion
Worried about the increasing number of erosion sites in Abia State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has solicited the assistance of the World Bank in tackling the menace.
Ikpeazu, who made the plea in Umuahia when he received in audience, the World Bank, Federal Government of Nigeria Newmap team which called on him, said the state alone could no longer handle the over 1200 erosion sites in the state. Read more
NPS promotes 102 officers in Yobe
The Nigerian Prisons Service, Yobe Command, on Monday in Damaturu, decorated 102 officers promoted recently.
Controller of Prisons in the state, Mr. Inuwa Abdullahi, said at the ceremony that some of them had stagnated for between 10 and 19 years. He urged them to rededicate themselves to duty to justify their elevation. Abdullahi said the call was necessary to ensure that the command lived up to its responsibility considering the lingering security challenges facing the state. He warned the officers against utterances or any acts capable of compromising their operation. Read more
IYC condemns official’s killing, demands investigation
The umbrella body of Ijaw youths, the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, has condemned the killing of one of its officials, Mr. Sylvanus Otueneh.
Until Otueneh’s gruesome killing in the hands of yet-to-be-identified gunmen in the late hours of last Friday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, he was an aide of the group’s National Secretary-General, Mr. Bristol Alagbariya. The gunmen, suspected to be assassins, were said to have killed Otueneh after realising that their target (Alagbariya) could not be found. In a statement by IYC’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Eric Omare, on Monday, the group described the act as barbaric and most condemnable. Read more
Police arrest 45 in Kogi for kidnapping, others
Police in Kogi State have arrested 45 persons for alleged involvement in violent crimes, including kidnapping. Read more
‘Nigeria police still operating on 1949 structure’
A former Chairman of the Nigerian chapter of Transparency International, Maj. Gen. Ishola Williams (retd), has said the Nigeria police is still operating on its 1949 structure, hence its inability to provide security for elections in the country.
He therefore called for the scrapping of the Ministry of Police Affairs and canvassed for the placement of the force under the Ministry of Interior for effective supervision. Read more
NECO cautions candidates against online scammers
The National Examination Council has warned candidates sitting for its examinations against patronising people who post requests online, asking them to pay and get leaked answers. NECO’s Abuja Liaison Officer, Mr. Abdul Mustapha, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja, said such online postings were from scammers.
NAN reports that NECO organises Senior School Certificate Examination, Basic Education Certification Examination and National Common Entrance Examination. Read more
Thieves burgle NAN Jos office
Thieves, at the weekend, broke into the Jos zonal office of the News Agency of Nigeria and carted away valuables.
The robbers gained access after removing the burglar-proof of the back window in the zonal manager’s office.
They carted away a HP laptop, charger, two modems, flash drive, USB cord, a Nokia handset, a digital camera, a mini audio recorder and some cash. Read more
Why Akpabio should not join APC
The shocking revelation that the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, GodsWill Akpabio and his successor, Udom Emmanuel, have been visiting key leaders of the APC to pave the way for their defection to the party has once again brought to the fore the inherent weaknesses in our politics.
Should they be welcomed into the party, the APC would appear more as a group of people with weak moral content and poor ideological standing than an ideologically driven political party. Read more
Court frees ex-Bank PHB boss Atuche
A Lagos High Court in Ikeja Monday dismissed the N25.7billion criminal charge preferred against the former Managing Director of Bank PHB, Mr. Francis Atuche, and others. Atuche was set free alongside his wife, Elizabeth and a former Chief Financial Officer of Bank PHB, Mr. Ugo Anyanwu.
The three persons were prosecuted by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly stealing N25.7 billion from the bank. Read more
NFF to probe Keshi’s link to Ivory Coast job
Nigeria football chiefs have said they will look into reports that Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi could be in the running for the vacant Ivory Coast manager’s job. “We will look into it. Let’s wait and see,” said NFF president Amaju Pinnick. But Pinnick said he thought it would be “suicidal” for Keshi “to seek employment somewhere else”.
Keshi, 53, signed a two-year deal as Nigeria coach in April, ending months of uncertainty and speculation over his future after the team failed to qualify for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations. Read more
Former world champion boxer Estrada stabbed to death in Mexico
Former world champion boxer Juan Jose Estrada was stabbed to death over the weekend in what was believed to be a family quarrel in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, authorities said Monday.
Estrada, nicknamed “Dinamita,” won the WBC International world championship in the super bantamweight division in 1987, and the WBA title in 1988. Read more
Drones, aircraft to be deployed for surveilling oil installations – NSCDC
Dr Ade Abolurin, Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), says the Corps had concluded plans to deploy about 500 drones and aircraft for proper surveillance of oil installations in the country. Abolurin disclosed this on Monday in Abuja at a meeting with senior officers of the Corps as part of efforts to strengthen its operational strategy.
He said that the move was in line with the new administration’s resolve to tackle the issue of oil theft headlong to boost the economic revenue accrued to the country. The NSCDC boss, who decried the spate of pipeline vandalism and oil theft in the country, said the corps was working round the clock to stem the tide. Read more
Address broadband bottlenecks in Nigeria, Etisalat tells CT Ministry, NCC
The Chief Executive of Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher , has urged the Ministry of Communications Technology and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to put in place policy and regulatory interventions to address challenges affecting broadband development in Nigeria.
Willsher who spoke, weekend, at the just concluded 2015 Commonwealth Broadband forum held in Abuja identified the current situation where most of the telecommunication sector revenues and profits go to one operator while others struggle to survive, as a major factor largely responsible for the broadband investment deficit and resultant low broadband penetration in Nigeria. Read more
NYSC, state govts collaborating to ensure safety of corps members – DG
The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawunmi, yesterday, reaffirmed the commitment of the scheme to collaborate with the 36 state governors, including the Federal Capital Territory, to guarantee the safety of corps members undergoing their service year nationwide.
Speaking at the NYSC Lagos Orientation Camp, in Iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos, during the Closing Ceremony of the 2015 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) Orientation Course for corps members deployed to the state, Olawunmi said the scheme will continue to put tight measures in place to guarantee the safety and security of corps members nationwide. Read more
War against terror: NNSG faults Amnesty Int’l on Nigerian military
The Nigerian National Summit Group, NNSG, has faulted the report by Amnesty International on the Nigerian Military describing the report as biased and slanted to fulfil a dubious agenda.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos, NNSG’s Executive Secretary, Mr. Tony I. Uranta, accused AI of attempting to deploy cheap and not-so-subtle blackmail to stampede President Muhammadu Buhari into turning against his own military, “to so stir discontent within the ranks of the Nigerian military, and thus fast-track the long-obvious agenda of certain Western powers to jeopardise the war against Boko Haram as prelude to expediting nationwide system collapse”. Read more
Fresh fighting breaks out in Tripoli
Fierce fighting broke out on Monday in the district of Ghout al-Chaal of Tripoli, showing an escalation in the violence that has plagued Libya over time. Military sources said huge sporadic explosions could be heard all over the area, adding that gunmen blocked the main road linking the zones of al-Saraj and Ghout al-Chaal in the southwest.
The sources did not give further details, including the injured or deaths but merely said that dozens of families in the region of Tripoli had been displaced. Read more
Four killed, several wounded in Burundi grenade attacks
Four people were killed and some 30 wounded in grenade attacks in Burundi a week ahead of key parliamentary elections, as government and opposition on Monday traded blame for the blasts. The troubled central African nation has been in crisis since late April over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive five-year term, a move branded by opponents as unconstitutional and a violation of a 2006 peace deal that ended 13 years of civil war.
Presidential communications chief Willy Nyamitwe blamed the opposition, saying they wanted to replay the situation seen in elections in 2010, when they boycotted polls. “This terror campaign has a similarity with what happened in the aftermath of 2010,” he said, blaming the attacks on “politicians and civil society activists who promised the people that there will be no elections at all in 2015.” Read more
Police Arrest Inter-state Car Robbers
The Oyo State Police Command has arrested three armed robbers for allegedly snatching a Highlander SUV car from a woman at her residence in Agura area of Sagamu, Ogun State on Sunday.
Parading the suspects to the newsmen, the Commissioner of Police, Mohammad Katsina, said that the suspects were arrested at the early hours on Monday in Ibadan by the state Ambush Squad Team on Iwo road area, Ibadan.
Katsina said that the suspects were arrested when “they made the mistake of using the state as a transit to convey the stolen vehicle to Ikirun, Osun State where a dealer, suspected to be a criminal was also waiting to receive them.’’
“In the cause of the arrest, exhibits recovered from them include one English made cut-to-size single barrel gun, one kitchen knife, five cartridges and some other criminal charms,” he said. Read more
Jigawa Releases N468m For Pensioners, Death Benefits
The Jigawa State and Local Governments Contributory Pension Scheme has released the sum of N468.1 million for the payment of pensioners and gratuity for dead civil servants. The Executive Secretary of the scheme, Alhaji Suleiman Kiyawa, who spoke with newsmen after the screening of beneficiaries in Dutse, said the payment was for the month of March.
Kiyawa explained that 349 pensioners and relatives of deceased workers would benefit, adding that cheques had been given to court registrars for onward delivery to the beneficiaries. Read more
UNICEF Provides Support To Borno IDPs
UNICEF says it assisted internally displaced persons in Dolari camp Maiduguri, Borno, with basic life needs between April and May.
This is contained in a report released by the fund and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
Ms Jean Gough, Country Representative of UNICEF, in the report recognised that Dolari camp had a population as high as 15,000 persons and suffered lack of health facilities, malnutrition and basic education.
“The nutrition status of children and women is particularly poor,’’ said the report. Read more
Shettima Warns Political Appointees Against Non-performance
Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno has threatened to sack political appointees who fails to live up to the demands of their offices. Shettima gave the warning at the swearing in of the new Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Jidda Shuwa and other political appointees in Maiduguri on Monday.
“I wish to state clearly without fear of contradiction that I will not hesitate to issue sack letter to any appointee who fails to perform to expectations,” Shettima said. Read more
Man, 29, In Court For Alleged Rape Of Minor
A 29-year-old man, Mudassiru Abdullahi, on Monday appeared before a Senior Magistrates’ Court in Katsina for alleged rape of an 11-year-old girl.
Abdullahi, who resides in Borindawa village, Malumfashi Local Government Area, was arraigned before Magistrate Nafisa Bagiwa on a one-count-charge of rape. The Police First Information Report (FIR) stated that the accused committed the offence on June 2 at about 7:30 p.m. Read more
Accountant arraingned for allegedly stealing N25m from NNPC
An accountant, Sarah Suowari, 39, was arraigned before a High Court in Yenagoa, charged with stealing N25 million from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The charge sheet stated that Suowari committed the offence on Jan. 20, 2015, at the NNPC Mega Filling Station on Sani Abacha Expressway, Yenagoa. It stated that the accused, an accountant, stole the money belonging to the NNPC Mega Filling Station. Read more
One dead, one injured as migrant boat comes under fire off Libya
One person was killed and another seriously injured when a rubber dinghy carrying migrants headed for Italy came under fire off the Libyan coast on Monday, Italian media reported.
Reports said one migrant had collapsed into the sea and drowned while another, a Gambian national, had been helicoptered by the Italian navy to hospital on Lampedusa, an Italian island located between Sicily and North Africa. Read more
US prison break manhunt shifts, DNA reportedly found
US police shifted a manhunt for two escaped killers once again Monday as DNA evidence was reportedly found in a cabin 17 days after they bust out of a New York jail.
Richard Matt, 49, and David Sweat, 35, escaped June 6 from a maximum security jail close to the Canadian border, in a carefully rehearsed, elaborate prison break that has been likened to a Hollywood movie. Read more
Kenya lifts ban on key Somali money transfer company
Kenya has lifted anti-terrorism restrictions on the biggest money transfer company working in Somalia put in place after April’s Garissa university massacre, the company said Monday.
“We are delighted to resume our services in Kenya,” said Abdirashid Duale, chief executive of Dahabshiil, the biggest of 13 companies banned more than two months ago. Read more
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