SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 8, 2016
Eid-el-Maulud: FG declares Monday, Dec 12 public holiday
The Federal Government has declared Monday, Dec 12, as public holiday to mark the Eid-El-Maulud celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.- Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja. Read more
Court okays suit seeking Amaechi, Onu’s arrest, sacking
A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted leave to a group, Kingdom Human Rights Foundation, to commence its suit seeking an order for the arrest of the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, and his Science and Technology counterpart, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onu, over recent allegations levelled against them by two Justices of the Supreme Court.
The plaintiff, in its substantive suit, asked the court to make an order of mandamus compelling the Department of State Service and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to “perform their statutory obligation” by immediately arresting and prosecuting the two ministers. Read more
FG may exhume Kano ‘corper’s’ body for autopsy
The Federal Government may exhume the body of 2016 Batch ‘B’ corps member, Miss Ifedolapo Oladepo, who died at the Kano Orientation Camp recently for autopsy.
The Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, gave the hint in an interview with State House correspondents on Thursday. Read more
Boko Haram: Military to open Borno road after three years, says Shettima
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno said on Thursday that the Nigerian Nigerian military is poised to re-open the Maiduguri-Magumeri-Gubio and Damasak roads.
Shettima made this known when the Governor of Difa, Republic of Niger, Muhammad Dandano, paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Maiduguri. Read more
My husband embarrasses me because I bed-wet, wife tells court
An Ibadan Customary Court in Oyo State on Thursday dissolved a six-year-old marriage between Femi Bankole and his wife, Modupeoluwa, following the man’s consent to her request for divorce.
The plaintiff had sought the dissolution of the marriage, accusing the man of embarrassing, molesting and threatening her life because she was always bed-wetting. Read more
Nigeria has over 22 million unregistered electricity consumers
Nigeria currently has over 22 million unregistered electricity consumers, Director General of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, Engr. Rueben Okeke, said on Thursday.
Okeke made the disclosure while speaking on the topic ‘Science and technology challenges in a depressed economy’ at the 4th Professor Barth Nnaji Biennial Lecture Series organised by Enugu State University of Science and Technology, in Agbani, Enugu. Read more
EFCC Quizzes Suspected fraudsters for Cloning and Forgery
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt, Rivers State have quizzed three suspected internet fraudsters who allegedly clone facebook accounts and telephone numbers of businessmen, high profile politicians and top government functionaries.
The suspects, Obasi Ebere Emmanuel, Nwankwo Christian and Alieze Ikechukwu were arrested by operatives of Department of State Security, DSS, and handed over to the EFCC for further investigation and possible prosecution. The suspects were picked up at their hideout at a hotel in Port Harcourt. Read more
Court adjourns Cynthia Osokogu’s murder trial til 2017
Counsel to the second defendant, Mr A. Nwachukwu, in the murder trial of Cynthia Osokogu, on Thursday sought the leave of the court to file his final written address.
Justice Olabisi Akinlade, of the Igbosere High Court, Lagos, had on Oct. 27, foreclosed the right of the second defendant, Olisaeloka Ezike, 23, to file his address. Read more
Presidential Inauguration Bill Sees Daylight On 2nd Reading
The Bill for an Act to Provide for the Inauguration of the President and Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, also known as Presidential Inauguration Bill, 2016, was read a second time by the Senate in plenary, Thursday.
According to the statement in a press release issued by the Special Adviser on Media to Deputy Senate President, Uche Anichukwu, the Bill, sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, seeks to align presidential inauguration in the country with international best practices as obtained in the United States of America, USA, and many other democracies. Read more
Sen. Marafa secures employment for over 300 graduates
Senator Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara Central) has secured employment for more than 300 unemployed graduates in the past five years.
The Chairman of the Senator’s Relief and Assistance Committee, Alhaji Ahmad Mai’aya, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Gusau. Read more
Ambode urges residents to become house owners through new policy
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday urged residents to take advantage of the state’s Rent-To-Own and Rental Housing policy to become house owners and address housing problems in the state.
Ambode, represented by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, made the call at the flag-off of the Rent-To-Own and Rental Housing policy in Sir Michael Otedola Estate, Odoragunshin, Epe area of Lagos. Read more
Woman docked for allegedly cutting husband’s lover’s breast with razor
A housewife, Taye Akinbolade, 28, has been charged before an Okitipupa Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State for allegedly slashing the breast of her husband’s lover.
Akinbolade committed the offence after allegedly catching her husband having sex with his lover on their matrimonial bed. Read more
JAMB concludes 2016 varsity admission
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has closed the 2016 admissions to all federal and state universities, its Registrar/Chief Executive, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, told The PUNCH on Thursday.
He, however, announced an extension of the 2016 admissions to “all Polytechnics, Monotechnics, Colleges of Education and Private Universities.” Read more
Court remands fake military man for forgery
An Ilorin Magistrate Court on Thursday remanded a 27-year-old man, Amusa Olatunji, for allegedly forging a military identity card.
The Prosecuting Police, Insp. Nasiru Yusuf, told the court that the accused, on Nov.1, presented himself as an Air force Officer to the Divisional Police Officer at Oke-Ode in Irepodun Local Government area of Kwara. Read more
Arrest Obasanjo, IBB, Tinubu,- ex-ASUU President advises
A former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Humphrey Asobie, on Thursday advised the anti-corruption agencies to be holistic and go for the ‘big fishes’ in the fight against corruption.
Mr. Asobie, who was the chairman of the board of the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, NEITI, made this call while speaking as the guest speaker at the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) 2016 roundtable discussion hosted by the United States Embassy. Read more
Rivers rerun: Shoot when you are shot at, says APC
AHEAD of Saturday’s legislative rerun election in Rivers State, the All Progressives Congress has said that it would not fold its hands and allow the Peoples Democratic Party to intimidate its supporters with violence, vowing that it would be an eye for an eye.
The Minister of Transportation and APC leader in the state, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi; APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; and the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Mohammed Ganduje, who spoke separately at the party’s mega rally in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, said they would not be at the receiving end of any form of violence during the election. Read more
US offers solution to Nigeria’s economic recession
The United States Consul-General in Nigeria, Mr John Bray, on Thursday said that Nigeria would be able to overcome her current economic recession by attracting more Foreign Direct Investment.
Bray gave the advice in Lagos at this year’s Annual Lecture of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Alumni Association. Read more
India to import 11m mt of crude oil from Nigeria by 2017
Indian state-run oil refiners have indicated interest to increase total crude oil consumption volume next year with additional 2 million metric tonne (mt) of crude oil import from Nigeria in 2017.
The Nigerian crude oil term contracts involve the export of around 1.17 million barrels per day (b/d) of Nigerian crude, out of the 2.2 million b/d the country can theoretically produce. They are then sold by contract holders to end users, refiners and other buyers. Read more
Unsettled allowances: We never knew Falcons will win AWCON, says FG
The Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, on Thursday said the Federal Government did not expect the Super Falcons to win the just-concluded CAF African Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
He said that was why the government was currently facing difficulties in paying the players’ entitlements. Read more
Barcelona pledge to revamp Brazilian side Chapecoense
Spanish giants Barcelona said Thursday they had pledged to aid the reconstruction of Brazilian side Chapecoense, decimated by an air crash last month in Colombia.
The Catalan club said they had invited Chapecoense to participate in the pre-season Joan Gamper tournament next August at the Nou Camp. Read more
China jails man for social media post
A man who wrote a social media post critical of China’s decades-old land reform policies was sentenced to a year in prison, reports said Tuesday, amid a tightening of civil liberties and free speech.
The man, surnamed Miao, ran the Twitter-like Weibo social media account for the traffic police of Zizhou county in northern Shaanxi province, the Global Times newspaper reported Thursday. Read more
Canadian province takes major step towards universal basic income
A Canadian province has unanimously voted in favour of trialling a universal basic income for its citiziens in partnership with the national government.
Prince Edward Island, the smallest Canadian Province, has been described as the best choice for the pilot due to its diminutive size and clear boundaries. Read more
Airline introduces ‘No-Baggage’ cheap fare
United Airlines is introducing new fares in 2017 that mean some passengers will be charged extra to store their full-size carry-on luggage in overhead bins – because they’ll have to buy a more expensive ticket to do so.
The airline, one of the world’s largest carriers, plans to introduce a new ‘basic economy’ fare in the New Year. Read more