*CCT: Saraki, FG know fate July 13 *Tight security as Adeosun finally arrives finance ministry

*CCT: Saraki, FG know fate July 13 *Tight security as Adeosun finally arrives finance ministry

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR JUNE 22, 2016

CCT: Saraki, FG know fate July 13

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) will rule on the application brought by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki seeking to disqualify Danladi Umar from further participating in his trial on July 13. The Federal Government described the application as an abuse of court process and a ploy to delay the trial. The tribunal had earlier dismissed a similar application brought by one of Saraki’s lawyer, Prince Raphael Oluyede. Read more

Tight security as Adeosun finally arrives finance ministry

After two days of protest by workers of the ministry of finance which led to a total shut down of business activities at the headquarters of the ministry, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi aadeosun on Wednesday finally showed up at the ministry. The finance minister who had for the past two days avoided the protesting workers by staying away from the office arrived at the ministry at about 8am with her convoy amidst tight security. Read more

Time to review oil industry agreements

Dear President Buhari, more than a year after the All Progressives Congress took over power, expectations remain high, but so much faith is already lost in your  Change mantra that brought the party to power. Nigerians are, however, elated by the fact that the price of oil is rallying, and your change flight  has taxied and is ready to take off with a deficit of trillion litres of fuel. So much has been said about the state of the economy and indeed millions of Nigerians are not comfortable with the state of affairs that has been further compounded by the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). Many already blame you while others blame the misappropriation and embezzlement of funds by leaders of the Niger Delta region over the years. Read more

Checking drug abuse and trafficking

Few years back, I visited a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts in Lagos, where young women and men were being helped to liberate themselves from the shackles and pains of drug addiction so they could live and enjoy a more dignified and fruitful lives. What I saw on that particular occasion was quite distressing. I saw young men and women in excruciating state of emotional and psychological turmoil. Here were once vibrant and dynamic youth but now almost on the verge of becoming another wasted generation tale. From what one saw on that fateful day, their road to rehabilitation is not by any means straightforward. It requires bravery, dedication and the empathy of committed counselors. Read more

Badagry should not become another Ogoniland

With the flag-off by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo of the cleanup of Ogoni due to decades of damage done to the environment as a result of oil spill, inhabitants of oil producing areas have a glimmer of hope of getting their lands back. The Niger Delta is arguably the most devastated region on the planet. The people have lost their predominantly fishing and farming livelihood; they have no drinking water and are afflicted by various health challenges. Read more

The hijab controversy in Osun

OSUN State is once again in the vortex of a storm over a ruling by a state High Court which granted students in the state the right to wear the Muslim female covering, the hijab, to school as part of their fundamental human rights. Since that controversial ruling by Justice Jide Falola on June 3, Nigerians have been inundated with pictures of students of other faiths, especially Christians, going to school in religious vestments such as cassocks, choir robes and the like. Read more

Crime: Troops Kill 9 Bandits In Zamfara

The Nigerian Army yesterday said its troops fighting cattle rustling in the North West have killed no fewer than nine bandits during a gun battle in Zamfara State. According to the military, few other cattle rustlers escaped with bullet wounds. Read more

Encouraging voluntary blood donation

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently urged all countries to establish blood services based on full voluntary non-remunerated blood donations. The global health agency explained that voluntary unpaid blood donations must be increased rapidly in more than half of the world’s countries to ensure a reliable supply of safe blood for patients who need blood transfusion. Read more

Doctors Suspend Strike as FG Sacks Them

The leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Tuesday agreed to suspend its strike after a meeting with other health sector stakeholders. The association’s leadership also appealed to members to relax until the next meeting scheduled for July 14. Read more

Activist Kicks against Appointment of New IG from the North

A Niger Delta activist, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, reacted angrily to the appointment of the new Acting Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Kpotun Idris by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying security apparatus has been compromised to favour a region of the country. Read more

PDP senators withdraw support for Buhari’s govt

SENATORS elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, formally resolved to withhold their support for the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government. They cited the actions of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government to- wards their party members since taking over the central government as reasons. The resolution was taken following the court summon on the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, along with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Rules. Read more

N4.7bn arms funds traced to Obanikoro, Fayose —EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday said it had made a breakthrough in how over $15bn was siphoned from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Read more

APC Appeal Panel Summons Masari, Others over Edo Guber Primary

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Appeal Panel for the Edo State governorship election primaries has said that it would invite all stakeholders involved in the just concluded primary election, including the Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari who chaired the election committee to clarify issues. Read more

Kalu: The big plan of becoming a farmer

For Dr. Uzor Orji Kalu, diversifying his large business empire and going into farming is a welcome business venture and worthy to be commended, especially now when there is hunger and lamentation everywhere around the country and continent. Knowing who the business mogul is, it should be taken that farming was going to be done in the most mechanised way to profit everybody concerned, especially the last consumers. This will create unimaginable job opportunities across the value chain. Read more

Crime: NDLEA Arrests 8,778 Drug Suspects In 2015

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested 8,778 suspected drug traffickers comprising 8,143 males and 635 females in 2015. A total of 903,624.56kg of narcotic drugs were equally seized last year. The seized drugs comprised cannabis 871,480.32kg, psychotropic substances 30,652.93kg, ephedrine is 785.10kg, methamphetamine 410.82kg, cocaine 260.47kg, heroin 30.09kg and amphetamine 4.83kg. Briefing journalists in Lagos to flag off activities marking the 2016 International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking, the NDLEA chairman and chief executive, Col Muhammad Mustapha (rtd), said the agency also won 1,690 cases prosecuted in 2015. Read more

Customs arrests 12 internet fraudsters over recruitment scam

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has completely disowned a trending online job portal, warning desperate jobseekers to disregard it. The Service also says 12 culprits who are the masterminds of the online scam have also been arrested and will soon be arraigned. The Spokesman of NCS, Wale Adeniyi who made this known on Monday in a statement assured that the paramilitary body was launching an all-out war against internet fraudsters who specialise in fleecing innocent Nigerians in the pretext of offering them unavailable jobs, auctions or contracts. Read more

Arrest: Police Arrest 6 Fraudsters With 31 ATM Cards

Determined to rid Delta State of criminals, police detectives in Asaba, yesterday arrested six suspected fraudsters with thirty-one different ATM cards. According to reports, the suspects were arrested on a tip-off around traffic-light junction, Asaba, where they had to access a new generation bank (name withheld) with ATM card. Read more

Motorists groan as tanker explosion causes gridlock on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

There has been anxiety on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway since 1am on Wednesday after a fuel-laden tanker went up in inflames around Ibafo area causing gridlock. The explosion happened  while some youths were reportedly scooping fuel from the falling ‎tanker and the fire later spread to another truck and three buses. Read more

Dialogue: Our patience running out, N’Delta militants tell FG

Niger Delta militants on Wednesday, accused the federal government of deliberately not making efforts to enter into round-table discussion with them since they announced a two-week ceasefire to halt further hostilities in the region. Read more

Nigeria naira firms on thin volumes as traders eye dollar liquidity

Nigeria’s naira firmed to 281.72 in early trades on Wednesday on thin dollar volumes, traders said, on its third day as a floating currency after the central bank ditched a 16-month old peg on the exchange rate. The naira opened at 282 to the greenback, after closing weaker at 284 the previous day, traders said. The Nigerian currency slumped 30 percent at its float on Monday. Indicative rates on Wednesday showed banks were quoting to buy the dollar between 281 to 295 naira. Read more

Afro district: who’s the baddest?

After his astonishing debut headline show at Birthdays in Dalston, Moelogo showed us why he is still the baddest. Moelogo, is one of the most exciting artists coming out of the UK, fusing his Nigerian heritage into British urban music to glorious effect. He first graced the UK music scene in 2013 with ‘Pangolo’, then came his 2014 underground hit ‘The Baddest’ featuring UK rap icon Giggs, which lead to his partnership with Island Records last year. The Nigerian Born, British raised Afrobeat artist gave us a mind blowing experience at his long awaited headline show #IretiUnplugged. Backed by his amazing live band, he came, saw and delivered a breathtaking show. Opening was up and coming soulstress Afro Soul singer, Tomi Agape followed by the likes of YFS and Silvastone.   Read more

 

About The Author

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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