Sabinews Evening News Update for July 3, 2015
Let’s avoid disappointing Nigerians, Buhari tells APC leaders
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday urged leaders of the All Progressives Congress to work hard to quickly resolve internal differences in the party.
He said they must avoid disappointing Nigerians. Read more
Okowa swears in 12 Commissioners and 5 Special Advisers as members of his cabinet
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta swears in 12 Commissioners and 5 Special Advisers as members of his cabinet. Read more
Tribunal dismisses LP gov election petition in C’River
The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Cross River State has dismissed a petition filed by Mr. Fidelis Ugbo of the Labour Party challenging the declaration of Sen. Ben Ayade of Peoples Democratic Party as winner of the March 28 election.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Aliyu Maiyaki, gave the ruling on Friday in Calabar, following application by the Counsel to the Plaintiff, Mr. Bolutife Olusegun, to withdraw the petition. Read more
We’ve won the battle, we must win the war – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said all All Progressives Congress’ faithful must collectively come together to rise above the current crisis threatening to engulf the party.
Buhari made the call in Abuja on Friday at the first National Executive Council emergency meeting of the APC after its victory at the polls. Read more
Miss Nigeria 1986, Rita Anuku, dies at 47
Former Miss Nigeria 1986, Ms. Rita Anuku, 47, has died at the age of 47.
A statement released by the family said the late beauty queen passed away on Thursday at an undisclosed Abuja hospital. Read more
Global action needed to defeat terrorists -Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday reiterated his position that concerted global action was needed to overcome terrorism in all parts of the world.
Buhari said this in a a condolence message to the government and people of Egypt on the recent murder by terrorists of the country’s Attorney-General, Hesham Barakat, and the killing of about 70 Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula.
The message was made available to journalists in Abuja by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. Read more
Edo IDPs to undergo vocational assessment – NABTEB
As part of efforts to empower Nigerians with technical skills for self-reliance, the National Business and Technical Examinations Board has said it would conduct certificate examinations in selected vocational areas for victims of the insurgency at an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State, on completion of the acquisition of technical skills.
There are over 900 internally displaced persons in the camp, managed by the International Christian Centre for Missions, a religious organisation, many of whom are children, while the insurgents continue to terrorise the North Eastern part of the country. Read more
Kwara community protests police brutality, illegal detention
The Oro Ago community, Kwara State has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission over unlawful detention and brutality of nine indigenes by policemen.
The community stated that the police have refused to charge the men to court or allow them to see their family members or lawyers, since they were detained in April, 2015 following a clash with Fulani herdsmen who attacked Oro Ago with dangerous weapons. Read more
Latest Boko Haram killings barbaric, says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday condemned the latest attacks by the Boko Haram sect which led to the death of about 150 persons in Kukawa, Borno State.
Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, described the latest wave of killings by the sect as most inhuman and barbaric. He therefore urged Muslims to reject with one voice the sect’s claim to be acting in the name of Islam. Read more
Salary cut’II lead to chaos, workers tell Aregbesola
Labour unions in Osun State have warned Governor Rauf Aregbesola to stop the plan to cut workers’ salaries by 50 per cent.
The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, Mr. Jacob Adekomi, who led other labour leaders to address journalists on the issue said on Friday that the decision would lead to an unimaginable chaos if it was not rescinded.
The workers said although the state government had not written to inform them officially about the pay cut but they said failure to stop the plan would be met with a very stiff opposition from the workers. Read more
Seven things to know about the new DG DSS
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday sacked the Director General of the Department of State Service, Mr. Ita Ekpenyong.
The Director of Communications in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Haruna Imrana, announced the appointment of Mr. Lawal Musa Daura as the Acting DG of the DSS. Here are seven things to know about the new DG: Read more
Let APC work and let this system work – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that all APC faithful must collectively come together to rise above the current crisis threatening to engulf the party.
Buhari made the call in Abuja on Friday at the first National Executive Council (NEC) emergency meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) after its victory at the polls. He said party members should strive to win the war (National Assembly crisis) as they won the battle (general elections).Read more
Buhari condemns Borno attacks, asks terrorists to stop abasement of Islam
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja condemned the latest wave of killings by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno, describing them as most inhuman and barbaric and that they should stop abasement of Islam.
This is contained in a statement issued by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Alhaji Garba Shehu. Read more
15-yr-old female suicide bomber kills 12 in mosque: witness, vigilante
A young female suicide bomber killed 12 worshippers when she blew herself up in a mosque in northeastern Nigeria, a witness and a vigilante aiding the military against Boko Haram said Friday.
“The bomber was a girl aged around 15 who was seen around the mosque when worshippers were preparing for the afternoon prayers,” vigilante Danlami Ajaokuta said of Thursday’s attack in Malari village, adding 12 had died and seven were injured. “People asked her to leave because she had no business there and they were not comfortable with her in view of the spate of suicide attacks by female Boko Haram members. Read more
Judge pays fine for convict he jailed for theft
A judge of Mararaba Grade 1 Area Court sitting in Nasarawa State, Mr Albert Maga, on Friday paid the N500 option fine he imposed on a convict. Maga had sentence, Chita Ugochukwu, 20, to three months imprisonment for stealing 54 pieces of apples. He, however, advised the convict to go back to his village rather than stealing since he had no job. Read more
French President warns African leaders to respect constitutions or face turmoil
French President Francois Hollande has urged African leaders to respect their constitutional term limits, and expressed concern that some were prepared to risk political instability in order to remain in power.
Hollande spoke in Cotonou during a two-day African visit. He said six people were killed in violent clashes in Burundi, where opposition parties are furious over the decision of President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third term, which they say was unconstitutional. Read more
PM urges Greece to vote ‘No’ as support slips away
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday urged voters to ignore European scaremongering and vote ‘No’ in this weekend’s referendum as polls showed support swinging behind the ‘Yes’ campaign.
Huge rival rallies are expected in central Athens late Friday to galvanise support for each side in Sunday’s plebiscite. Many Greeks, who are struggling under capital controls that have limited daily ATM withdrawals to just 60 euros ($67), fear EU leaders’ warnings that a ‘No’ vote could mean Greece’s exit from the euro — a Grexit. Read more
Turkey’s Erdogan opens “public” mosque in his presidential palace
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday inaugurated a mosque inside his controversial presidential palace and opened it to public in an apparent bid to deflect criticism over his lavish spending on the complex.
Erdogan’s 1,150-room palace, which was built at a cost of around 490 million euros ($615 million) in the Bestepe district of Ankara, has been condemned by critics as an absurd extravagance that shows he is slipping further towards authoritarian rule. Read more
Armenia opens probe into police violence against protesters
Armenian authorities launched a criminal investigation Friday into police officers involved in a brutal crackdown on demonstrators protesting against electricity price hikes.
The spokesman for Armenia’s special investigative service, Mikael Aharonyan, told AFP that the inquiry had been opened into alleged police violence, abuse of power and obstructing journalists. Read more
ALGON exonerates Gov. Al-Makura over non-payment of LG workers salaries
The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Nasarawa state chapter, has exonerated Gov. Umaru Al-Makura over the non-payment of local government workers’ salaries.
The state ALGON Chairman, Alhaji Sulieman Wambai made the clarification when he addressed newsmen in Lafia on Friday Read more
Taxi Drivers Should Obey Traffic Regulations — FCTA Official
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Transport Secretariat has advised taxi drivers operating within the territory to always obey traffic regulations to avoid problems with the authority.
Mr Ifeanyi Ughamadu, the Head of Public Relations, FCT Transport Secretariat, gave this advice in an interview in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja. Ughamadu said that FCT operates under rules and regulations which every resident was expected to adhere to. Read more
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