SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 5, 2016
WHO confirms third case of polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed a third case of polio in Nigeria, Rotary Club said Monday: a crippled toddler found in an area newly liberated from Boko Haram Islamic extremists.
Nigeria was once was the global epicenter of the wild polio virus had been declared polio-free last year, along with the African continent. But two cases were discovered last month among refugees from areas recently won back by Nigerian military from Boko Haram. Read more
Stay away from Rivers, militant leader warns Avengers
A militant leader in the Niger Delta region, ‘General’ Don Waney, emerged from the creeks on Monday and warned members of the Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups not to come close to Rivers State.
Waney, who said he was ready to surrender his arms and ammunition and embrace the amnesty offered by the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, also urged militant groups in the oil-rich region, including NDA, to embrace peace and put an end to the destruction of oil facilities. Read more
Police arrest three over land-grabbing
The police in Lagos have charged three persons to court for forcefully taken over other people’s land, one month after the state anti-grabbing law came into effect.
The police spokesperson in the state, SP Dolapo Badmos, said that the suspects were arrested in Ikeja area for violating the state anti-grabbing law. Read more
Operation Crocodile Smile Troops Suffer Loss As 4 Soldiers Drown In Bayelsa Boat Mishap
The Military Operation known as Operation Crocodile Smile on Monday suffered major loss following a boat accident along the Brass Water Front in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa, leading to the death of four soldiers by drowning.
Also missing are service rifles belonging to the missing soldiers. LEADERSHIP gathered that the incident,which occured at about 10amon Monday, created panic among newly deployed soldiers. Read more
FG to Review Military Pension for All Retirees
The Military Pension Board (MPB) has said that the Pension Review Committee under the auspices of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is working assiduously to review military pension for all retirees.
It said that the MPB, in conjunction with National Salary Income and Wages Commission, is working to ensure that the approved table of payment by the Federal Government is applied during the implementation. Read more
Lagos is imposing new taxi rules to clamp down on services like Uber
Uber has a enjoyed a good ride in Lagos, but it may be set for a few bumps.
During its two years in operation, the ride-hailing app has, Uber says, “facilitated” over a million trips. After its first 16 months, Ebi Atawodi, general manager of Uber Nigeria, claimed the service grew 30% faster in Lagos than it did in its first 16 months in London. Despite the rise of competitors, Uber has remained popular with many Nigerians. But a recent regulation drive by the state government in Lagos could throw a spanner in its wheels. Read more
Your visit to Rivers will mark the end of our challenges – Wike tells Kumuyi
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has noted that the visit of the General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi to the state was the end of challenges.
Wike said the cleric’s visit would attract spiritual blessings to the state and will help it to attain to rapid development. Read more
Sea pirates ravage Bonny, people demand security
People of Bonny Kingdom in Rivers State have decried the recurring attack on passengers by sea pirates along Bonny/Port Harcourt waterways, calling on security agencies to intensify patrols on the route.
This was part of the resolutions reached yesterday at the end of a general meeting with the Amanyanabo of Bonny Kingdom, King Edward Dappa Pepple, political class, security agencies, companies as well as citizens of the area. Read more
Two held for ‘attack’ at Tin Can Island
The police have arrested two men, Ayinde Kasali and Nojeem Adunfe, for allegedly being part of a gang that attacked the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) premises at Tin Can Island last July.
Kasali and Adunfe, of the Apapa area of Lagos, were apprehended following police investigation into a petition by NARTO alleging that unknown armed men had attempted to sack its members from the land. Read more
Pastor remanded in prison over N58m fraud
The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday remanded a pastor, Chris Anyalebechi, in prison over alleged N58 million fraud.
The Police Special Fraud Unit arraigned him before Justice Babs Kuewumi on a two-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretense. Read more
Cross River to float airline, says Ayade
The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, says the state government will float an airline, “Cally Air’’, as part of its tourism investment drive.
Ayade said this on Monday in Calabar while playing host to a consortium of Indian investors. According to him, the airline will be managed by Dana Group under a Public Private Partnership arrangement. Read more
Equities Market Defies Negative Economic Data to Close Week Firmer
The Nigerian equities market closed firmer last week despite the disappointing second quarter (Q2) economic data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The Q2 data showed negative gross domestic (GDP) growth, rising unemployment rate, higher inflation rate, and declining capital importation, indices that ought to dampened investors’ sentiments and depress stock market performance.
However, investors took a longer term view beyond the negative economic data. Consequently, the market closed the week higher with the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index , rising by 1.11 per cent to be at 27,756.67. Market capitalisation added N106.6 billion to be at N9.5 trillion. Read more
Nigeria: Economic Downturn Takes Toll On Aviation Industry
The economic downturn in Nigeria is threatening the operations of domestic airlines as two of them have suspended scheduled service. Chinedu Eze x-rays the challenges facing the aviation industry
There are four key factors threatening Nigeria’s airline industry. One is that everything about aircraft maintenance, including repairs and most often technical personnel, is imported and C-check is done overseas. So in a recession whereby over N400 is exchanging for $1, it is difficult for Nigerian airlines that sell tickets in naira to raise enough funds to maintain their aircraft. Read more
OPEC Supports Nigeria’s Diversification Agenda
Secretary-General of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, has declared his support for Nigeria’s ongoing efforts to diversify the economy and expanding the agricultural sector.
According to the OPEC chief, the future of Nigeria looks bright, particularly if the continued pace of diversification in Nigeria can be sustained. Read more
2016 Paralympics Games: Team Nigeria arrive Rio
The Nigeria’s contingent to the 2016 Paralympic Games has arrived in Rio, Brazil. The 35 member contingent departed Abuja on Sept.1
A statement issued by Nneka Anibeze, Special Assistant, Media, to Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youth and Sports, said that the team promised to win medals for the country. Read more
UMUAHIA STADIUM CLEARED FOR ABIA WARRIORS VS IFEANYIUBAH
Wednesday’s rescheduled match between hosts Abia Warriors and FC IfeanyiUbah will go ahead at the Umuahia Township Stadium after it was cleared to continue to stage league matches.
At the weekend, the League Management Company (LMC) sent an inspection team to the stadium to ascertain the suitability of the arena. Read more
Nigeria: Eagles Victory Good for 2018 World Cup Qualifiers – Yusuf
Head Coach of the Super Eagles, Salisu Yusuf has said the 1-0 victory over Taifa Stars of Tanzania in the final group match of the 2017 AFCON qualifiers will boost the confidence level of the players as they head into the 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.
The Super Eagles won the ‘dead-rubber’ 2017 AFCON qualifier against Tanzania on Saturday in Uyo courtesy of a Kelechi Iheancho goal in the 77th minute. Read more
Rohr harps on Eagles confidence levels
Nigeria’s head coach Gernot Rohr says players of the Super Eagles currently lack confidence following the team’s failure to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Rohr took charge of the Super Eagles for the first time as Nigeria defeated Tanzania 1-0 in a 2017 Afcon qualifier in Uyo on Saturday. Read more
Pokemon Go: Russian blogger appeals against arrest for playing in church
A Russian blogger arrested after posting a video of himself playing Pokemon Go in a church in the city of Yekaterinburg has filed an appeal, according to the local court.
Ruslan Sokolovsky is reportedly being held in prison while he awaits trial. He has been charged with mockery of religious beliefs. Read more
Philippines’ Duterte Threatens to Curse at Obama Over Drug War Killings
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte warned Barack Obama Monday not to question him about extrajudicial killings or “I will swear at you” at an upcoming summit.
The leader — often described as southeast Asia’s answer to Donald Trump — was speaking at a news conference ahead of this week’s ASEAN regional meeting in Laos. Read more