Sabinews Evening News Update for June 14, 2015
Declare your assets, PDP tells Ambode
The Lagos State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party has called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to publicly declare his assets. He was asked by the major opposition party in the state to do so on or before June 29.
In a statement issued on Sunday by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Taofik Gani, the PDP also charged Ambode to “personally make public in the media, his assets as at when sworn in as the present governor of the state.” Read more
Gunmen abduct Winners pastor during prayer session
PASTOR Seyi Adekunle of Living Faith Church, aka Winners Chapel was on Saturday evening abducted by gunmen who invaded the church while he and other pastors were having prayer session in the church in preparation for Sunday services.
The gunmen numbering five were said to have stormed the church at about 7.50 pm when the pastors were praying in the main auditorium of the church and shot sporadically into the air before grabbing the pastor and bundling him into their car and drove off. Read more
Shortage of fund stalls projects at MMIA, PHIA – Official
Mrs Binta Bello, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, said shortage of funds is stalling modernisation projects at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, and Port-Harcourt International Airport in Rivers States. Bello said this while speaking newsmen on Sunday in Lagos when she embarked on an inspection tour of some ongoing projects at the Lagos Airport.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government had in September 2013 begun the construction of the facility at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos. Read more
AGF, NSA disagree with EFCC over Abacha loot
Offices of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the National Security Adviser have denied involvement in the recovery of the money looted from the nation’s treasury by a former Head of State, the late Gen. Sani Abacha.
This was in contrast to the claim by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which in an affidavit it filed with respect to a suit before Justice Ahmed Mohamed of a Federal High Court in Abuja, which attributed the custody of the information on the recovered money to the offices of the AGF and the NSA.
The counterclaims by the key government offices are revealed in court papers filed in the suit seeking, under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, detailed information on the looted money so far recovered from Abacha. Read more
Flooding kills eight, sets zoo animals free in Georgia
Heavy flooding in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, has killed at least 10 people, with officials warning people to stay indoors to avoid animals that have escaped from a zoo.
The missing animals include tigers, lions, bears and wolves. Three of the dead people were found within the zoo. A hippopotamus was cornered in one of the city’s main squares and subdued with a tranquiliser gun. Read more
Buhari urges African leaders to place country above self
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday urged African leaders to place the interests of their countries above narrow personal interests. He gave the charge while chairing the African Union Peace and Security Council meeting at the on-going AU summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The President noted that as the meeting of PSC focused on the situations of South Sudan and Burundi, it required the leaders to put the situations in both countries in proper context. Read more
Immunity clause, others impeding anti-graft war – SAN
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Godwin Obla, has said the continuous retention of the immunity clause in the 1999 Constitution and the use of interlocutory injunctions are major impediments to the effective prosecution of high profile financial crimes in the country.
Obla stated this during a lecture on the “Prosecution of Corruption Cases in Nigeria” at the 2014/2015 valedictory session for 135 graduating law students of the Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, and the official presentation of a book, “Justitia Journal” in honour of Senator Bob Effiong in Benin, on Saturday. The lawyer, who quoted the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, said an estimated “$400 billion had been plundered from Nigeria’s coffers since it obtained independence in 1960, and most of these monies remained un-recovered” due to the protection placed on the President, Vice President, Governors and Deputy Governors, among other prosecutorial challenges. Read more
168m children are labourers worldwide – UN
The United Nations has said an estimated 168 million children around the world, including Nigeria, between the ages of five and 14, work, many full-time, and more than half in conditions considered to be hazardous to their health.
In a statement issued on Friday to mark the 2015 edition of the ‘World Day Against Child Labour,’ the UN called for the international community to invest in quality education as a key step in the fight against child employment. Read more
Booby-trapped truck explodes near Syrian school, injures 27
An explosive-laden truck went off near a school in a pro-government district of Syria’s central province of Homs on Sunday, leaving 27 people wounded, a monitor group and the official Syrian TV reported.
The car exploded near the al-Buhturi School in the al-Nuzha neighborhood, while students were taking exams, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The UK-based watchdog group, which tracks the war in Syria, said confirmed reports indicate the falling of causalities, but without placing a number. Read more
U-20 W’Cup: Mali, Senegal through to semi-finals
Mali and Senegal, the two remaining African teams at the ongoing 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, early on Sunday, caused major upsets at the competition, qualifying for the semi-finals with wins over stronger opponents.
Mali defeated European soccer power house, Germany, 4-3 on penalties after they tied 1-1 in regulation time in their quarter-final encounter in Christchurch. Read more
Don’t interfere in Sylva’s corruption case, ex-aide urges Buhari
A leader of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State, Chief Perekeme Kpodo, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to interfere in the corruption charges brought against former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylva.
Kpodo, who was a former Security Adviser to Sylva, said the President should give the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and judges handling the case free hands to try his former boss. Kpodo, who spoke durring a news conference in Yenagoa on Sunday said the rearraignment of Sylva by the EFCC on charges bordering on corruption allegations was proper and in order. Read more
Aisha Buhari urges fair representation of women in appointments
The wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, has appealed to governments at all levels to ensure fair representation of women in appointments. She made the appeal on Saturday night when she hosted Nigerian women and youths to an appreciation dinner for their support toward her husband’s victory in the last general election.
The dinner held at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mrs Buhari expressed concern that the number of elected women in governance had reduced drastically in this new dispensation, saying that National and State Assemblies are the worst hit. Read more
We will continue to re-build in order to get better – Keshi
Super Eagles Head Coach Stephen Keshi on Saturday in Kaduna said his team needed more play time to blend and live up to expectations.
Keshi who spoke during the post-match news conference at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium after their 2-0 victory over Chad said he was however confident that the team would do well. “We are not making up excuses. Rather, it is a fact that this is a new team, and we will need to play together for some time to get things right. Read more
DPR alerts public on fake DPR officials
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has cautioned filling station owners and other oil marketers against activities of fake DPR officials defrauding unsuspecting businessmen.
The DPR spokesman, Mr Mohammed Saidu, gave the advice in an interview on Sunday in Abuja.
According to him, there is a desperate attempt by some fraudsters to extort oil marketers and tarnish the integrity of the department. Read more
Buhari’s wife hosts APC women in Aso Rock
The wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari on Saturday hosted Nigerian women and youths of the All Progressives Party (APC) at the State House Conference Centre in the Presidential Villa, Abuja
The dinner is believed to be in appreciation of her husband, Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the March 29 Presidential Election.
The dinner was held few hours after President Buhari left Nigeria to South Africa for the 25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg. Read more
Groups Call For More Humanitarian Support For IDPs
Civil Society Organisations on Sunday urged the government, NGOs, religious groups, charitable and voluntary organisations to invest heavily in providing succour to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.
The organisations, which consist of the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage (FACH), Uduimo Itsueli Foundation (UIF) and Fertility Care Centre of Africa (FCCA), in partnership with Terra Kulture and the Federation of Muslim Women Association (FOMWA) Ondo State Chapter, made the appeal while addressing newsmen in Lagos. Read more
No Constitutional Provision For Local Govt Service Commission – Lawyer
An Ilorin based Constitutional lawyer, Mr Deji Gbadeyan, says there is no constitutional provision for the establishment of Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) in 1999 constitution.
Gbadeyan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ilorin that the establishment of such commissions by various state governments was illegal.
He described it as an aberration to the Nigerian 1999 Constitution. Read more
Jigawa Council Chairmen Pledge Support To APC Govt
Local government council chairmen elected on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (NAN) in Jigawa on Sunday pledged support and cooperation to the All Progressives Congress (APC’s) government in the state.
Alhaji Khalid Ibrahim, the state Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), made the pledge in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse.
Ibrahim explained that in spite political differences between PDP chairmen and APC state government, they must work together for the development of the state. Read more
Catholic Bishop Urges Christians to join Politics
The Catholic Bishop , Bishop John Namaza of Saint Loius Catholic church in Kano has called on Christians in the country to have the courage and enter into the political arena and use it to transform the country for the betterment of the citizens.
Namaza told reporters in an interview on Sunday shortly after inaugurating sixteen brothers and their sisters at the church premises in Bompai Kano, that Christians should be people who have faith and trust in God in order to accomplish their mission in life.Read more
APC Weighs Reconciliation Options for Senate Leadership
In a bid to resolve the on-going crisis among the All Progressives Congress senators following the election of principal officers of the National Assembly against the wish of the ruling party, the party’s leadership is considering two major options, THISDAY has learnt.
It emerged at the weekend that APC was offering Senator Ahmed Lawan, who was the party’s preferred candidate for the position of senate president, and his group the posts of senate majority leader and deputy majority leader. In the alternative, the party considered to offer a ministerial slot to Lawan if Buhari could be persuaded. Read more
Osinbajo: Dubious Contracts by Past Govts Crippled Power Supply
Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Saturday alleged that dubious contracts awarded by past administrations have disrupted energy distribution in Nigeria.
Osinbajo, who made this allegation when he delivered the 10th Anniversary Lecture of Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun, tagged: ‘The Nigerian Economy and the Future’, said large-scale corrupt practices and dubious awards of contracts in Nigeria’s power sector by past administrations, especially contracts on power transmission lines are responsible for inadequate and epileptic power supply in the country.
According to him, despite investments worth several billions of dollars in power generation and distribution over the years by government, businesses, Nigerians still suffer greatly on account of lack of power supply. Read more
Emir Sanusi Appointed Chairman of Black Rhino
Emir of Kano, His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II, has been named chairman of Black Rhino, a Blackstone Portfolio Company focused on the development and acquisitions of energy and infrastructure projects across Africa.
Black Rhino was formed in January 2012 to develop and to invest in transformational infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa’s power generation and fuel transportation sectors. Its management team has collectively been involved in the development of over US$35 billion of infrastructure, communication and power generation projects across the globe. Read more
Shettima: It’s Time for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Borno
Borno state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima on Saturday said the time for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of his state has come.
The governor, who had been away from the state capital, Maiduguri for over two weeks during which he attended meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari in Niger, Chad and at the G7 Summit in Germany, said the federal government should follow up on the opening of Maiduguri International Airport with the commencement of the reconstruction, rebuilding and rehabilitation of the troubled state.
He said: “We are very much pleased by the re-opening of the airport because it will open many vistas of opportunities for our people to move around the world. The next phase is how we can re-construct and rehabilitate our villages and communities that have been destroyed by the Boko Haram, so that people can start going back to their farms.”Read more
Lalong Moves to Achieve Total Peace in Plateau
As part of his peace-building efforts, Plateau State Governor, Mr. Simon Lalong, on Saturday met with the state leaders of the Fulani and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in a peace-building and Community Consultation forum, to chart a common course to lasting peace in the state.
The meeting, according a press statement signed by the Governor’s Director of Press, Mr. Emmanuel Nanle, also had in attendance Fulani community leaders, Fulani youth leaders and other stakeholders of the Fulani, particularly in Riyom, Jos South and Barkin Ladi local government council, where hostilities have been more pronounced. The state Police Commissioner and other senior state officials were also present. Read more
NECO: Why Cut-off Marks Differ for Unity Schools
The Registrar, National Examination Council (NECO), Prof. Abdulrashid Garba, on Saturday explained why cut-off marks for the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) into unity colleges vary from state to state.
Garba, according to a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report spoke to newsmen in Abuja after he monitored the National Common Entrance interview into Federal Government Colleges, at Government Secondary School, Wuse Zone 3. Read more
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