SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR JUNE 29, 2017
Buhari’s plane, NAF 001, is not paying £4,000 daily in London – Garba Shehu
The Presidency is constrained to decry criticisms, mostly on social media, on the retention in London of the Presidential Aircraft, NAF 001 as mostly informed by lack of understanding of protocol around foreign trips by Heads of State all over the world.
It is important to state that for reasons of protocol, national security, diplomacy and prestige, there is no world leader who travels abroad and is left without plans for immediate return or possible evacuation. Read more
Evans, files fresh suit against police, seeks N300m in damages
Suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike aka Evans, has again dragged the Inspector General of Police, and three others before a Federal High Court in Lagos over his alleged illegal detention.
In the new suit filed on Thursday, Evans is claiming N300m as general and exemplary damages against the police for alleged illegal detention and unconstitutional media trial. Read more
Kogi Court reinstates suspended lawmaker
A Kogi State High Court sitting in Lokoja has set aside the suspension of the member representing Igalamela Odolu constituency in the state House of Assembly, Honourable Friday Sanni Makama.
Justice Henry Olusuyi in his judgement said the suspension of the lawmaker was an act of legislative insolence which will not be allowed any competent court. Read more
Okorocha faults Fayose, says Buhari not on life support
The governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday faulted a statement credited to his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayodele Fayose, on the state of health of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said Nigerians should disregard Fayose’s statement, which he described as ‘uncharitable.’ Read more
Dasuki: Absence of judge stalls commencement of trial
The absence of Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf on Thursday stalled the trial of former National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki in an FCT High Court Maitama.
Dasuki, the NSA to former President Goodluck Jonathan, was arraigned on a 22- count, bordering on diversion, conspiracy, bribery, abuse of office and criminal breach of trust involving N19.4bn.Read more
Nigeria’s first diaspora bond begins trading in London
The London Stock Exchange has welcomed Nigeria’s first Diaspora bond to start trading on the main market.
The LSE, in an emailed statement on Thursday, said the proceeds from the five-year, 5.625 per cent bond would be used to fund infrastructure projects in the country. Read more
Yam export won’t affect availability locally – FG
The commencement of yam export from Nigeria will not result in the depletion of the commodity domestically, the Federal Government has said.
Last week, the government announced that a consignment of 72 m etric tonnes of yam would leave Nigeria for Europe and the United States of America on Thursday, June 29, 2017. Read more
Lawmaker Implores FG to Provide Special Dollar Sales for Hajj Pilgrims
The member representing Illela/Gwadabawa federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Alhaji Abdullahi Balarabe Salame, Thursday implored the federal government to provide special intervention in terms of dollar sales to intending pilgrims in order to reduce the current Hajj fare to Saudi Arabia.
The lawmaker, who is also the Chairman, Ad hoc Committee on Nigeria/Saudi Arabia Special Committee on Hajj, spoke against the backdrop of complaints by Nigerians over the recent hike of hajj fare to the tune of N1.5 million by the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON). Read more
Unilorin VC denies tuition fee increase
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, has said it is untrue that the university has increased the tuition fees.
A recent report had stated that Unilorin, among other universities, had increased its tuition fees from N16,500 to N75,000.
But a release quoting the VC and signed by the institution’s Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Kunle Akogun, on Thursday, states that Unilorin is Federal Government-owned and abides by the FG’s directive of free-tuition for its universities. Read more
You’re heating up the polity, Ohanaeze tells Nnamdi Kanu
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an apex socio-cultural organisation of the Igbo, on Thursday, disowned the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and his movement, IPOB.
The President-General of Ohanaeze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo said this while addressing members of the Anambra State house of Assembly at the Legislative Complex, Awka, Anambra State.
Nwodo who was particularly embittered by the call by IPOB for a boycott of Anambra Election in November, said Kanu had breached the undertaking he took before him (Nwodo) when he was released from detention. Read more
Amosu’s N22.8bn fraud charge: Court declines visit to crime scene
Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday declined to visit the scene of alleged crime in the trial of a former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, over a N22.8bn fraud.
Amosu is charged alongside two other officers of the Air Force: AVM Jacob Adigun and Air Commodore Gbadebo Olugbenga.
Also charged are some companies: Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd., Mcallan Oil and Gas Ltd., Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd., Trapezites BDC, and Fonds and Pricey Ltd., being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Read more
Crisis brews in APGA over Obiano’s return ticket
Trouble is brewing in the National leadership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance following perceived plot to deny the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano of a return ticket by the party.
The National Secretary of APGA, Mr. Labaran Maku, gave the indication on Thursday at end of the meeting of the National Executive Committee of the party in Awka, Anambra State. Read more
Court adjourns suit against Stella Oduah until October 19
Federal High Court, Lagos on Thursday further adjourned until Oct. 19 hearing in a suit filed by Sterling Bank against a former Aviation Minister, Sen. Stella Oduah, over alleged indebtedness.
The bank alleged that Oduah and her company, Sea Petroleum and Gas company Ltd, were indebted to it to the tune of $16.4m and N100.5m Read more
Lagos pupil expelled for putting acid in classmate’s bottle
A Junior Secondary School pupil I of the Lekki British International School, Lekki, Lagos, has been expelled for allegedly putting sulphuric acid and ethanol in the water bottle of his classmate.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the 12-year-old was envious of the 11-year-old female classmate, who had beaten him to the first position in the first and second terms. Read more
CAN writes Saraki, seeks audience with N/Assembly
The Christian Association of Nigeria has demanded an audience with the National Assembly leadership concerning the new education curriculum.
The General Secretary of CAN, Dr Musa Asake, said this in a letter he sent to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, titled, ‘Request for audience with the national leadership of CAN on the new national education curriculum’, obtained by our correspondent on Wednesday. Read more
I’ll miss Suntai’s charisma, humility – Saraki
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has expressed sorrow over the death of a former Governor of Taraba State, Mr. Danbaba Suntai, describing him as a man of peace.
Saraki, in a statement on Thursday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the demise of Suntai had robbed Nigeria of a worthy leader and a gentleman. Read more
UK deports 28 Nigerians for immigration offences
The Government of the United Kingdom on Thursday deported 28 Nigerians for committing immigration-related offences.
The Nigerians were sent back home barely 48 hours after 23 Nigerians were also deported from Spain and five days after another batch of 34 were jointly deported by the governments of Switzerland, Germany, Iceland, Austria, Belgium and Hungary.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fresh batch of deportees arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at about 12.13 p.m. Read more
Director General of Nigeria’s biotechnology agency arrested over N23 million fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it has arrested Lucy Ogbadu, the Director-General of National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), over alleged N23 million fraud.
The spokesperson of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this in a statement he issued on Thursday.
Mr. Uwujaren said Ms. Ogbadu was picked up by EFCC operatives in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, following her alleged link with the Bayelsa State Director of Bio-resources Development Centre, Josiah Habu. Read more
Ministry seeks N32bn to meet 2017 irrigation target
The Federal Ministry of Water Resources says it will require no less than N32bn to meet the target of 100,000 hectares of irrigated agriculture in the 2017 budget.
The Director, Irrigation and Drainage in the ministry, on Thursday, said there was a shortfall already in the 2017 budget for irrigation purposes.
According to him, the shortfall is one of the challenges that may affect the implementation of all projects listed in the Ministry’s strategic plan. Read more
MMM: 20 on trial for Ponzi scheme scam in Benin
A long-awaited trial opened in the West African country of Benin on Thursday into an alleged Ponzi scheme described as the biggest financial scandal in the country’s history.
Twenty people are facing charges at the court in the country’s economic capital of Cotonou for conspiracy, defrauding the public and practising illegal banking.
The case first emerged in 2010 when the firm ICC Services (Investment Consultancy and Computing Services) and others were accused of defrauding people of their life savings through a scheme reminiscent of the Bernie Madoff scandal in the United States. Read more
Nigerian forcefully ejected from train in Germany
A man, believed to be a 48-year-old Nigerian, was reportedly hauled out of a train in Germany, with onlookers who filmed the incident saying he was thrown out because he is black.
According to reports, two ticket inspectors of the Deutsche Bahn German train system savagely dragged the black man out of a train after he reportedly refused to provide his ID and pay a €60 fine ($68) for not having a ticket. Read more
How Chelsea Goal Machine Of Nigerian Descent Reacted To England U21 EURO Exit
The prolific Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham was disappointed after England lost to Germany in the semifinal of the European U21 Championship on Tuesday.
With the tie at the Stadion Miejski, Tychy locked at 2-2 after extra-time, the Young Lions were unlucky in the shootout with Abraham and Redmond unsuccessful in their spot kicks.
The 19-year-old netted a trademark goal from close range in the 50th minute to put England 2-1 up and open his goalscoring account in the competition. Read more
Fraudulent Ivorian Agent Alfred Obrou Dupes Nigerian Intermediary, Ex-Super
A popular Ivorian intermediary Alfred Obrou has defrauded an Italian-based Nigerian agent Ben Itorho and ex-Super Eagles star Prince Ike Ekong of 10,000 euros (equivalent of N4.03 million) following the transfer of Haruna Garba to Djurgårdens IF in March.
Obrou, otherwise known as Alfredo in football circles, was introduced to Itorho through his French-based partner when the Swedish Allsvenskan side indicated interest in signing his client Garba. Read more
Van Niekerk breaks another Johnson world record in rare 300m race
South African Wayde van Niekerk broke the 300 metres world record at the Ostrava Golden Spike on Wednesday, rubbing Michael Johnson out of the record books for the second time in less than a year.
Van Niekerk, who broke Johnson’s 400 metres world record at the Rio Olympics last year, pulled away from the pack around the curve on his way to a time of 30.81 seconds. Read more
Barriers on Wimbledon route to protect public after London terror attacks
Protective barriers similar to those installed on Westminster Bridge will be placed along the route into Wimbledon after the spate of London terror attacks.
The barriers are part of a host of measures put in place by the Metropolitan Police to make sure the public are safe during the All England Club’s tennis championships.
The move comes after vehicles were driven into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in March, on London Bridge in June and near a Finsbury Park mosque in the same month. Read more
Saudi official denies ousted crown prince under house arrest
Saudi Arabia has denied a report that former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was ousted as next in line to the throne last week, is being held under house arrest.
A senior Saudi official described a New York Times report that Mohammed bin Nayef had been confined to his palace in Jeddah and prevented from leaving the country as “untrue, completely false and baseless.” Read more
Djokovic dispatches Young to advance into Eastbourne semis
The Serb beat the American 6-2 7-6 to set up a meeting with either the defending champion Steve Johnson or the fast-rising Russian Daniil Medvedev.
Djokovic decided to compete during the week before Wimbledon for the first time in seven years in order to boost his match confidence after a poor year by his lofty standards.
He was eliminated in the second round at the Australian Open in January, failed to make a mark during the American hard court season in the spring and was unable to capture any of the clay court events before the French Open where he was divested of his crown in the quarter-finals. Read more
Kenyans react to man who trolled Serena Williams
Serena Williams and hubby Alex Ohanian are expecting a baby.Retired tennis player John Mc Enroe threw shade at Serena Williams.
He said, “If she played the men’s circuit she’d be, like, 700 in the world.” Serena was forced to defend herself and clapped back at John who some people refer to as a sexist for such comments;
She told him, “I’ve never played anyone ranked “there” nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.” Read more
Kenyan police rescue two children after terror attack
Kenya’s security officers confirmed Thursday they have rescued two out of four school children who went missing following a suspected Al-Shabaab attack in Lamu on Tuesday.
Lamu County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said, “They had broken leg and head injuries and were evacuated and flown to Nairobi hospital for specialised treatment.” Read more
Vietnam blogger ‘Mother Mushroom’ jailed for 10 years
A prominent Vietnamese blogger known as ‘Mother Mushroom’ was jailed for 10 years on Thursday, her lawyer said, during a brief trial rights groups decried as “outrageous”.
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, whose pen name derives from her daughter’s nickname “mushroom”, was arrested in October 2016 and later charged with anti-state propaganda over critical Facebook posts about politics and the environment. Read more
Court sentences eight-week-old baby to death
A European Human Rights Court has given its verdict on a case of human rights that will compel a couple to allow their sick baby to die.
The parents of the baby Chris Gard and Connie Yates have been in a long legal battle to save their baby who is suffering from a serious genetic illness.
The baby is currently on life support while treatment options were being considered. Read more
Man who wanted YouTube fame shot dead by pregnant girlfriend
A pregnant 19-year-old woman has shot dead her 22-year-old boyfriend as they attempted to shoot what they both agreed as “the most dangerous video yet.”
The motive of the entire daring-do was to go viral on the social media and thereby achieve a much sought-after popularity.
The lives of Monalisa Perez and her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, read like an impossible script written for an unrealistic Hollywood movie. Read more
Weary crew of migrant rescue boat say Italy closing ports is cry for help
As 1,032 people plucked from the Mediterranean prepared to disembark the MS Aquarius onto southern Italian soil on Thursday, bringing refugee and migrant arrivals to over 12,000 this week, those who had rescued them said they understood why Rome was threatening to close its ports to such vessels.
“Officially, we haven’t heard anything from the Italian government … but if this is indeed the case, if anything it sounds more like a cry for help from the Italian government towards the EU,” said Marcella Kraay, a Dutch coordinator with Médecins Sans Frontières, as the ship arrived at Porto di Corigliano in Calabria. Read more
Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Bid To Be Investigated Over Media Monopoly Fears
The Government has said it will refer Rupert Murdoch’s £11.7 billion bid to take full control of Sky to a further inquiry because of concerns over media plurality.
Culture Secretary Karen Bradley announced it to the House of Commons on Thursday after media watchdog Ofcom investigated the bid.
The Competition and Markets Authority will now embark on a 24-week inquiry. The media magnate’s family owns News UK, the parent company of the Sun, The Times and Sunday Times and Sky News. Read more
France under Macron still indulges Egypt’s harsh repression
“Military and security cooperation” were at the heart of former Defense Minister Sylive Goulard’s meeting with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on 5 June.
Her visit followed a phone conversation between Macron and Sisi shortly after the 26 May Islamic State attack that killed 29 Egyptian Copts in Upper Egypt’s Minya province.
French-supplied Rafale fighter jets – part of recent French arms sales contracts to Egypt worth more than 6 billion Euros – got their “baptism of fire” when Egypt responded to the Minya attack with airstrikes against reported Islamic State targets in the eastern Libyan city of Derna. Read more
Health care state-of-play: More meetings, but only among Republicans
There was more optimism than progress for the Senate health care bill Wednesday as Republicans regrouped after kicking a health care vote until after the July 4 recess.
Thursday, we’ll see another Republican conference lunch and lots of one-on-one meetings between senators. Read more
Cardinal Pell charges: A body-blow to the Vatican’s reputation
Cardinal Pell has emphatically denied the charges.
At the Vatican, it’s being seen as a punishing body-blow to the reputation and credibility of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church.
Cardinal Pell, 76, is a former Archbishop of Sydney who now resides inside the Vatican. He was summoned to Rome by Pope Francis in 2014 to try to sort out scandal at the Vatican Bank, and to reform a particularly messy situation in Vatican finances. Read more
Boris Nemtsov murder: Russian court finds five men guilty in opposition leader’s killing
Five men have been found guilty of involvement in the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, including Chechen gunman Zaur Dadayev.
Mr Nemtsov, a top opponent of President Vladimir Putin, was shot late at night in 2015 as he was walking across a bridge just outside the Kremlin. Read more
North Korea keeps ‘photoshopping’ Kim Jong-un’s ears, experts say
Kim Jong-un’s ears are being photoshopped “to make him look a bit more handsome than he is in real life”, forensic software has revealed.
The North Korean leader seems to be very aware of his appearance and of the image he wants to showcase to the rest of the world.
But if Photoshop has found a crucial place within the regime’s propaganda machine, Kim Jong-un appears to be particularly perfectionist when it comes to his ears. Read more
Nikki Haley stuns Democrats by saying she has not discussed Russia’s election meddling with Trump
Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, stunned Democrats when she told a congressional committee that she and Donald Trump haven’t discussed Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US election, currently one of the most prominent issues facing the US.
Ms Haley testified that she has told the President that she thinks Russia interfered in the presidential race last year, but that their discussion has not gone much further beyond that. Read more
Only 12 per cent of Americans support Senate healthcare bill, new poll finds
A new poll shows that only 12 per cent of Americans support the Senate bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare.
The USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll conducted from 24-27 June of a 1,000 registered voters found that more than half want the Affordable Care Act left in place. Read more
Donald Trump helps spur 7,400 cities around the world into action over climate change
More than 7,400 cities and local councils have signed up to a ‘Global Covenant of Mayors’ to fight climate change, galvanised by Donald Trump’s dismissal of scientists’ concerns for the future.
The US President has said his country will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change to the alarm of many other world leaders, including Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, who has promised to confront Mr Trump about the issue at the G20 summit in Germany next week. Read more
Egypt: Anwar Sadat’s nephew mulls presidential run
The nephew of assassinated Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat says the current leadership has stifled freedom of expression so tightly the only way to criticise the government and address the country’s ills is to run for president.
Mohamed Sadat, 62, an erstwhile supporter of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, is considering running against him in next year’s election when the former armed forces chief is widely expected to stand and win. Read more
Indian minister caught urinating in public
Indian Agriculture Minister Radha Singh was on Thursday caught on camera urinating in public, prompting angry reactions from citizens on social media with some calling for his ouster.
In the photo that has gone viral, Singh was seen peeing on a wall of a compound, while his security guards stood close-by. Read more
As Trump’s travel ban comes into force tonight, here’s what to know
President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban is set to come into force today after the initial one was widely criticised as a ban on Muslims.
The Supreme Court partially restored the president’s executive order earlier this week.
It banned people from six mainly Muslim countries from applying for admission to the US. Read more
Iraqi military declares famed Mosul mosque captured, ISIS caliphate ‘has fallen’
Iraq’s U.S.-backed military seized the ruins of the famed al-Nuri mosque in Mosul on Thursday and declared the end to the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate three years after the militant group stormed into the country.
“The fictitious state has fallen,” Brig. Gen. Yahya Rassol, a military spokesman, told Iraqi state TV.
Lt. Gen. Abd al-Amir Yarallah said in a statement that Iraqi forces control the ruins of the mosque and the minaret and are continuing their push to clear militants out of Mosul’s Old City. Read more
50-year-old man who stopped growing at age five says he feels blessed
A 50-year-old man whose height is that of a healthy five-year-old is currently the toast of villagers and visitors to their tiny Indian village.
As a toddler, there was nothing to distinguish Basori Lal from his peers, and it was only around age five that his family started to notice that he had stopped growing.
However, because they were poor, his family could not seek medical attention to at least know what was wrong with him, and to also see if the situation could be treated. Read more
Trump calls female journalist crazy, low IQ
President Donald Trump on Thursday launched a brutal personal attack on MSNBC journalist Mika Brzezinski, after she sharply criticised his administration’s dysfunction in a segment on her show.
“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore),” Trump wrote, referring to a morning news show featuring Brzezinski and co-host Joe Scarborough. Read more
Japanese Airline Apologizes After Disabled Man Crawls Aboard
A Japanese airline has apologized to a disabled rights activist, who is partly paralyzed, after it tried to prevent him from boarding a flight at a remote airport, prompting him to crawl up a portable boarding staircase to reach the plane’s cabin.
The airline, Vanilla Air, a budget affiliate of Japan’s largest carrier, All Nippon Airlines, said it offered the apology earlier this month in response to the incident, which occurred on June 3. Read more
Female Facebook user poses as male, has sex with woman
A 27-year-old woman has bagged eight-year imprisonment for tricking a female pal into having sex, using a prosthetic penis with the unsuspecting victim.
She has subsequently been found guilty of committing sexual assault by using a prosthetic penis without her victim’s consent.
The defendant had posed as a male on Facebook, giving her victim the impression that she is a man. Read more