Sabinews Evening News Update for June 27,
FG now funds IDP camps in Borno, says Shettima
Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno said on Saturday that the Federal Government has taken over the funding of the 22 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the state.
The governor said this while breaking Ramadan fast at the Yerwa Girls College IDP camp in Maiduguri.
A statement issued by Mallam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser to Shettima on Communication and Strategy, stated that the governor commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the decision. Read more
APC’ll overcome NASS leadership challenge – Rep
A member of the House of Representatives, Amuda Garba (APC-Ilorin East, Ilorin South, Kwara), has expressed optimism that the party would move beyond its present challenge.
Garba, who expressed the opinion during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, added that APC had sailed beyond more precarious situations.
Garba added that the problems in the Senate and House of Representatives would be surmounted and the party would remain stronger and united. Read more
Iraq captures late Saddam Hussein’s senior aide
Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, on Saturday said the Iraqi security forces captured a leading figure in Saddam Hussein’s Baath party in an operation based on intelligence reports.
Al-Abadi said this in his address to a ceremony in Baghdad for the 146th anniversary of the Iraqi press.
“The security forces managed to arrest the terrorist Abdul Karim al-Sadoun by the efforts of the Iraqi intelligence,” Abadi said. Read more
Tourists fly out after Tunisia killings
Foreign tourists are flying out of Tunisia after the deaths of 38 tourists in an attack on a beach resort in the coastal town of Sousse.
Saturday’s exodus came despite the Tunisian government’s rejection of claims that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group carried out Friday’s attack, saying the suspect had never travelled abroad and was not previously known to police. Read more
Rivers police confirm release of abducted VC
The Police in Rivers State on Saturday confirmed the release of Prof. Rosemond Osagholu, Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University, Port Harcourt.
Osagholu was abducted by gunmen on June 20 as she was leaving the campus of the Rivers Government-owned institution.
The Police Public Relations Officer in of the State, DSP Ahmad Muhammad, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Port Harcourt that Osagholu was released on June 26. Read more
Suspected fake policeman arrested in Warri
The Police in Delta State, said it had arrested one Mathew Ochoche parading himself as police corporal, while escorting a vehicle loaded with industrial machineries in Warri.
This is contained in a statement Police spokesperson in Delta, DSP Celestina Kalu, in Asaba on Saturday.
“Police patrol team attached to Quick Response Squad, Warri, intercepted a Ford Transit van with Reg. No. (Lagos) EPE 790 XH, on June 25. Read more
Na’abba To Chair Public Presentation Of Book On National Assembly
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abba will on Monday, July 6 chair the first detailed book on National Assembly entitled; “Nigeria Fourth Republic National Assembly.” The 400-page book was published in the United Kingdom.
The event which holds at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre is expected to attract virtually all the past and present presiding officers of the National Assembly. President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki will be the Special Guest.
The book the first of its kind since the inception of the current National Assembly in 1999 is a rich and authoritative reference material on the federal parliament. Read more
Ekweremadu Denies Commenting On NASS Brawl
Deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has debunked media reports credited to him on the recent fiasco in the National Assembly just as he said he doesn’t have a twitter handle.
LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that a tweet on his purported twitter handle surfaced yesterday which read: “Dear Nigerians, please be rest assured that we are all fighting for your interest. We need your prayer and support for a better Nigeria.”
Disowning the tweet, he said the twitter handle is fraudulent and mischievous. Read more
Road Accident: 15 NYSC Members Escape Death In A/Ibom
No fewer than 15 National Youth Corps members yesterday escaped death in a multiple road accident involving a Nigerian Christian Corpers’ Fellowship bus they were travelling in, three tricycles and a Kia Rio Saloon car at a village near Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The accident, according to eyewitnesses, occurred at the ever busy Abak-Ekom-Iman highway few kilometres from Uyo. Read more
Total Donates Shops, Boreholes To Rivers Communities
Multi-national oil giant, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria (TEPNG) has constructed and donated 10 market stalls and 10 boreholes to some of its host communities in Oil Mining License (OML) 58 in Rivers State.
The 10 market stalls were donated to Elele-Alimini community in Emohua local government area of the state while the 10 boreholes were donated to Elele-Okinali community in Ikwerre local government area of the state. Read more
I Resigned From PDP – Ortom
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Saturday said he resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before he picked the governorship ticket under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and won election as governor.
The state chairman of the PDP in Benue, Emmanuel Agbo had said during a press conference in Makurdi on Friday that Ortom is still a bonafide member of the party, saying the governor had not notify the party of his defection. Read more
Kidnapped Rivers VC Released
Police in Rivers confirm the release of Prof. Rosemond Osagholu, VC, Ignatius Ajuru University, Port Harcourt, abducted by gunmen on June 20. Read more
LASG demolishes SURE-P taskforce office
The Lagos State Government on Saturday demolished the headquarters of the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) Taskforce at the old gate on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
SP Hakeem Adedeji, the Chairman of the State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences, told newsmen that the demolition was carried out on the orders of of the state government. Read more
Plateau first class chief, Dimlong, dies at 58
A first class chief, Joshua Dimlong, the Ngolong Ngas and traditional ruler of Ngas Community in Pankshin and Kanke Local Government Areas of Plateau, is dead.
According to Mr Alexander Molwus, a member of the family and former Special Adviser to Governor Jonah Jang on political Affairs, Dimlong, 58, died at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) in the early hours of Saturday. Read more
Huge crowds for Berlin Gay Pride after historic US ruling
Several hundred thousand people filled the streets of Berlin for the city’s Gay Pride parade on Saturday, a day after the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage nationwide.
The crowds were a riot of colour under grey skies, with many demonstrators in costume — including US embassy staffer Tim Standaert, who painted his torso blue with an enormous red heart as he waved a rainbow-hued Stars and Stripes flag. Read more
Rwanda imports lions to boost tourism
Rwanda has imported seven lions from South Africa in a bid to boost the tourism industry which is the country’s biggest foreign exchange earner.
African Parks, the source of the giant cats, together with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), will relocate them and re-introduce the species into Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda. Read more
French police grill attack suspect after grisly beheading
French police were grilling a suspected Islamist Saturday about an attack in which the man displayed his boss’s severed head, in what appeared to be the second jihadist attack in France this year.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who cut short an official trip to South America to rush home, warned France faced more attacks and that Friday’s assault on a gas factory near the second city of Lyon would increase tensions in the country, putting citizens’ resilience “to the test”. Read more
80 prosecuted in Ebonyi for environmental offences
No fewer than 80 persons were prosecuted on Saturday by the Ebonyi Environmental Court for violating environmental offences during the sanitation exercise in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the offences include travelling, loitering and engaging in recreational activities among others. Read more
Buhari will put an end to unemployment, insurgency says APC chieftain
Alhaji Abubakar Yabo, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, on Saturday in Sokoto expressed optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari would implement populist programmes and policies. He said such programmes would redirect the energies of the youths for national development and address social vices.
Yabo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) tha the intervention of Buhari on the political scene would soon put an end to mass unemployment, kidnapping, insurgency, armed robbery and other crimes. Read more
OOU students forcefully collect colleagues’ corpses from morgue
Commotion enveloped the premises of the Ade Maternity Home, Sagamu, on Saturday as scores of grieving students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University(OOU) forcefully removed the corpses of their collegues from the hospital’s morgue.
The Nation gathered that the angry students threatened to make the hospital uncomfortable should it insist on collecting N20,000 per corpse before the dead students would be released to their families. Read more
Lagos begins repair works on 90 roads
The Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) has commenced maintenance and rehabilitation work on 90 roads across the metropolis.
Chairman of the Corporation, Mr. Ayotunde Shodeinde, said the need to fix the roads became necessary following the devastating state of the road due to heavy down pour witnessed recently in the state.
He said the roads earmarked for repair are those with high vehicular movement, including commercial vehicles used by large number of commuters. Read more
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