SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 13, 2016
Money laundering: Court fixes March 6 for Orji Uzor Kalu’s trial
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday fixed March 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 for trial of former Abia governor Orji Uzor Kalu charged with money laundering.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on October 31, preferred a 34-count money laundering against Kalu and his former commissioner for finance, Ude Udeogo. Read more
EFCC mocks MMM participants on Twitter
The decision of Ponzi scheme Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox on Tuesday to freeze the accounts of participants for one month caused panic among millions of Nigerians who shunned warnings by the Federal Government and embraced the scheme.
While those behind the illegal scheme insisted in a notice to participants that it had not crashed, close followers of MMM warned that the one-month freeze announced was similar to what happened in South Africa before the scheme crashed there. Read more
Smugglers bringing in expired rice, says Customs
The Customs Controller, Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, Comptroller Mamudu Haruna, said on Tuesday said that most rice smuggled through Idiroko, Seme, Jibia and other border stations had expired.
Haruna, who disclosed this in Lagos, said the public should be very careful in patronising the smuggled commodity. Read more
Senate to probe NNPC, NPDC for unremitted $3.47bn
The Senate has criticised the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for failing to remit $3.47bn to the federation and account.
The Senate also, following a motion by Sen. Dino Melaye, directed its Committee of Finance to probe both agencies for withholding the said amount. Read more
Court grants FG’s request to protect witnesses in Kanu’s trial
The Federal High Court on Tuesday in Abuja approved Federal Government’s request to protect the identities of prosecution witnesses in the trial of detained Pro-Biafran leader, Nnamdi Kanu
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra is being tried along Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi. Read more
Rivers elections : Police to investigate death of DSP, others
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, on Tuesday said a high-powered investigation team had been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of DSP Mohammed Alkali and other missing officers during the re-run elections in Rivers.
The Force Spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Don Awunah, in a statemnet on Tuesday said the I-G’s master plan on election security would continue to be improved upon for future elections. Read more
NDLEA arrests 25 for drugs in Jigawa
The Jigawa Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency says it arrested 25 suspects and recovered 27.207 kilogrammes of assorted narcotics in November.
The NDLEA State Commander, Mr. Abdullahi Abdul, on Tuesday in Dutse said, “The Jigawa command of the NDLEA was able to seize 27.207 kg of various illicit drugs in the month of November 2016. Read more
Senate confirms five NPC commissioners
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the appointments of five commissioners of the National Population Commission.
They are Benedict Ukpong (Akwa Ibom), Gloria Fateya Izonfuo (Bayelsa), Kupchi Patricia Ori Iyanya (Benue), Haliru Bala (Kebbi) and Eyitayo Oyetunji (Oyo). Read more
Buhari seeks Senate confirmation of Anyene as Auditor-General
President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate to seek legislative confirmation of Anthony Anyene as Auditor General of the Federation.
Buhari’s letter was read by President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, during plenary on Tuesday. Read more
Famine kills about 2 000 people cut off from aid by Boko Haram
More than 2,000 people may have died of famine in 2016 in parts of northeast Nigeria which cannot be reached by aid agencies due to an insurgency by Islamic militant group Boko Haram, hunger experts said on Tuesday.
The deaths occurred in the town of Bama in Nigeria’s Borno state, the jihadists’ former stronghold, a report by the U.S.-based Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) said. Read more
Saraki to honour 71 First Class graduates from Kwara
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, will on Sunday in Ilorin honour 71 students from Kwara who graduated with First Class from Nigerian universities during the 2015/2016 academic session.
Adeyinka Adekeye, Project Manager, Saraki Employment and Empowerment Centre (SEEC), told newsmen that the Senate President would announce scholarships for the 71 scholars in appreciation of their extraordinary performance.
According to him, the scholarship is a demonstration of Saraki’s belief in the pursuit of excellence as the hallmark of human capital development. Adekeye explained that 11 of the students obtained their degrees in Mathematics; six in Economics, five in Biochemistry; four in Civil Engineering and three each in Computer Science, Statistics and Microbiology. Read more
Disco to cut power supply in Port Harcourt
The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) will cut electricity supply to Port Harcourt for seven hours daily between Dec. 13 and 15 for repairs and upgrade of facilities.
Mr John Onyi, the company Spokesman, announced this on Tuesday in Port Harcourt in an interview with journalists. Read more
Army recovers 300 cattle from rustlers in Zamfara
The Nigerian Army has recovered about 300 cattle from rustlers in various parts of Zamfara, Brig.-Gen. Ginikanwa Nwosu, Commander, 1 Brigade, Sokoto, has said.
Nwosu spoke on Tuesday in Sokoto, when he addressed newsmen at the Nigeria Union of Journalists( NUJ), Press Centre. Read more
Egbin Power Unveils Future Plans in Sustainability Report
Egbin Power PLC said it is committed to operate with global best practices while enhancing power generation to boost access to affordable, reliable and sustained energy in Nigeria.
In its maiden report just released, the Chairman, Kola Adesina said: “We are delighted to unveil Egbin’s maiden sustainability report as it reinforces our resolve to ensure sustainable growth for the company having achieved major milestones since the new management took over on November 1, 2013. Egbin remains committed to working with all stakeholders as we seek to establish Egbin as a foremost industrial hub for economic growth and development.” Read more
Rivers re-run: Dickson seeks probe of election violence
Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa on Tuesday called on the Presidency to investigate reported electoral violence and punish perpetrators to protect the country’s democracy.
Dickson made the call in a congratulatory message to his Rivers colleague, Gov. Nyesom Wike. Read more
Oil pact could quickly sop up market glut, says IEA
A pact by leading producers to cut output could quickly begin sopping up the glut on the oil market that has weighed on prices, the IEA said Tuesday as it also hiked its demand forecast.
The agreements, if implemented, would “hasten the market’s return to balance by working off the inventory overhang,” said the International Energy Agency, which analyses energy markets for major oil consuming nations. Read more
Recession: Nigerian traders, small businesses lament impact of economic recession
Business owners and traders at some of the major markets in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, have complained over poor sales.
A survey by PREMIUM TIMES revealed that the poor sales came as part of the ripple effects of the economic recession plaguing the nation. Read more
Nigeria to sell 83 bln naira in treasury bills next week
Nigeria plans to sell 83.24 billion naira ($264.25 million) in short-dated treasury bills at an auction on Dec. 22, the central bank said on Tuesday.
The bank said it will sell 28.12 billion naira in three-month papers and 55.12 billion naira in six-month bills, using the Dutch Auction system. Payment would be made the day after the auction. Read more
Professional footballers beg NFF to pay Falcons
The National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers has appealed to the Nigeria Football Federation to pay all outstanding allowances due to the Super Falcons.
The association, in a statement by its General Secretary, Austin Popo, on Tuesday said that the Super Falcons were being ridiculed for making Nigeria on the continent. Read more
Toure banned, fined for drink driving
Ivory Coast football great Yaya Toure has been banned from driving for 18 months and fined £54,000 ($68,500, 64,600 euros) for drink driving, he said on Facebook on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old Manchester City midfielder insisted though he imbibed the alcohol by accident. Read more
Obama slaps Trump for inviting the Russians to hack Hillary’s emails
President Barack Obama took a slap at Donald Trump on Monday over his assertions that ‘no one really knows’ who hacked Democrats before the election or why.
The departing president smacked Trump for urging the Kremlin to ‘hack Hillary’s emails so that we can…confirm our conspiracy theories.’ Read more
‘We discussed life,’ Donald Trump says of his meeting with Kanye West
President-elect Donald Trump said that he and musician Kanye West “discussed life” during his brief visit to Trump Tower.
The rapper, 39, arrived at the President-elect’s New York premises on Tuesday for the 15-minute meeting with a large entourage but was not accompanied by his wife Kim Kardashian West. Read more
EU debates Turkey membership amid push for a freeze
The European Union debated Tuesday how to move forward in membership talks with Turkey amid a push to freeze the negotiations in response to the government’s security crackdown since the failed coup.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the detention of tens of thousands of people and forced many more from public service jobs in recent months. The EU has watched on because it desperately needs Turkey to manage the bloc’s refugee emergency and is wary of angering him. Read more