SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 30, 2015
Orubebe to be arraigned for false asset declaration
The Federal Government has filed charges against former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Peter Orubebe, over alleged false declaration of assets and acceptance of about N70million bribe.
The four-count charge filed on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) by Peter Danladi of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) on October 8 this year is currently pending before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). Read more
Sodomy: Kano shuts boys college, orders probe
The Kano State Government has ordered the immediate closure of Hassan Ibrahim Gwarzo Secondary School for Boys over allegation of sodomy being perpetrated by students of the school.
State Acting Governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, said this while inaugurating a 14-man committee in Kano on Friday to probe the allegation. Abubakar, who expressed government’s concern on the unfortunate incident, named a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Prof. Abubakar Mustapha, as head of the committee. Read more
Democracy in danger under Buhari – PDP
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm over what it described as a huge threat to the nation’s democracy and danger posed to its peace, unity and progress by the Presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
At a meeting of its national caucus held at the Ondo State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, Thursday night, the party alleged threats to the survival of democracy under President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more
Baghdad probing deadly attack on Iran opposition camp
Iraqi security forces are investigating a rocket attack on a camp housing a dissident Iranian organisation which the exiled group said killed more than 20 people, a spokesman said Friday.
“The investigation is under way,” joint operations command spokesman Yahya Rasool said of the attack, which drew condemnation from the United States and United Nations. Read more
Russia denies ‘collusion’ in 2018 World Cup bid
Moscow denied Friday that it had colluded to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup after suspended FIFA head Sepp Blatter alleged a backroom deal saw Russia scoop the tournament. Read more
MAN kicks against electricity tariff increase
The President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Dr. Frank Jacobs, has said that the reasons given by electricity distribution companies and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for the planned increase in electricity tariffs are insufficient, The Punch reports.
While explaining the planned tariff hike to Bloomberg recently, Amadi had said efforts to boost power supply have been hampered by factors including gas supply, foreign exchange shortage and inflation that have increased the cost of energy and infrastructure for the power companies. Read more
Nigeria has potential for economic greatness , says ENL boss
The Chief Executive Officer, ENL Consortium, Princess Vicky Haastrup, on Friday said Nigeria has the potential to become an economic giant it longed for despite its current challenges.
Haastrup spoke in Lagos at a one-day summit organised for women in business by NECA Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW) to mark its 10th year anniversary. The NECA is the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association . Read more
Customs nab suspected banned poultry products smuggler in Lagos
The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has arrested a suspected smuggler with 206 cartons of banned poultry products worth N1.2 million.
The command also seized his fibre boat valued at N2.1 million, bringing to N3.3 million the total amount of seizures made from him. Parading the suspect, Jephiter John, the Comptroller, Yusuf Umar, said he was arrested on Oct. 28 at about 10.30 p.m. around in Badagry waterways. Read more
Buhari mourns Plateau PDP candidate, Pwajok
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he was saddened over the death of the immediate past senator representing Plateau North senatorial district and Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in the April 11, 2015 election, Senator Gyang Pwajok.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President, who received the news of Pwajok’s death in the course of his official engagement in India, extended heartfelt condolences to the deceased’s family, the government and people of Plateau State on the passage of their son. Read more
Old boy, Adebutu, donates N50m e-library to Lagos College
Renowned philanthropist, Chief Kesington Adebutu, on Friday described the donation of a N50m e-library to the Baptist Academy, Obanikoro, Lagos State, as a way of giving back to his alma mater.
Speaking on the sideline of the 160th anniversary of the founding of the school, the philanthropist told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that he benefited immensely from the college. Read more
Customs retires 34 officers
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Friday announced the retirement of 34 of its officers.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Mr Wale Adeniyi, said the retirement was part of the re-organisation in the service.
He said the retirement of the affected officers was with immediate effect.
“As part of the ongoing re-organisation in Nigeria Customs Service, 34 Senior Officers have been retired from Service with immediate effect. Read more
Court jails seven oil thieves 84 years
Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday convicted and sentenced seven men to a prison term of 84 years for dealing in 1,459 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit without obtaining lawful authority.
The convicts, who will each serve a jail term of 12 years, commencing from Friday, are Adedamola Ogungbayi, Olaniran Olabode, Suraju Gasali and Moses Emmanuel. Read more
Blatter blames US for travail
Suspended Federation of International Football Associations President, Sepp Blatter, has accused the US of being responsible for his current travail.
He said in London on Friday that all the issues surrounding allegations of corruption and his suspension by the world football’s governing body were politically-motivated and at the behest of the US. Read more
32 Imams Petition ICPC, Accuse former Council Chairman of Diverting Allowances
No fewer than 32 Imams, deputy Imams and muezzins of Jumu’at mosques in Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto state on Friday petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission(ICPC) in respect of their allowance that was allegedly diverted by the immediate past Chairman of the area council, Alhaji Umar Muhammad Wali.
The petition was signed by the spokesman of the Imams, Kabiru Shehu Tsamiya, a copy of which was made available to THISDAY in Sokoto, Friday. Read more
21,105 cases pending in Edo courts – CJ
No fewer than 21,105 cases, consisting civil and criminal matters, are currently pending in different courts in the Edo State judiciary, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Cromwell Idahosa, has said.
Justice Idahosa disclosed this during a special session to mark the opening of the 2015/2016 Legal Year in Benin on Friday. In his assessment of the previous legal year, he explained that the figure, from the case flow in the various courts across the state, comprised a total of 8,717 cases at the civil and criminal divisions of the Federal High Court, 4,605 cases in the magistrates’ court while the special courts and Customary Court of Appeal had 4,367 and 3,416 pending cases respectively. Read more
Ayade suspends perm sec over ban on school devotion
The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has ordered the suspension of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Anne Odey, for given a directive, banning devotions in public and private schools in the state without seeking approval.
Odey had, on October 21, written to all the private and public primary and secondary schools in the state, ordering them to suspend morning and afternoon devotions as a result of intelligence report that bordered on security. Read more
UK, France Canvasses Global Action on Climate Change
United Kingdom (UK) and France have called on the global community to do more in addressing climate change and the rise in sea level.
Minister of State at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Rt. Hon. Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE, and Minister of State for Development and Francophony at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Ms Annick Girardin, jointly made the call at a dinner organised by both countries in London. Read more
NIMET, FEMA to Collaborate on Disaster Risk Management
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have concluded arrangement to synergise efforts in weather information dissemination aimed at mitigating risk from natural disasters within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The partnership was formalized on Friday when the Director General of FEMA, Mr. Abbas Idriss, paid a courtesy call to his counterpart in NIMET, Mr. Anthony Anuforom, in Abuja. Read more