SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR AUGUST 22, 2016
Emefiele Emerges Chairman Of African Central Banks
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele at the weekend emerged the president of the Association of African Central Banks (AACB) which held its 39th ordinary meeting of the Assembly of Governors in Abuja.
Emefiele who succeeds Governor of the Banque des stats de l’Afrique Centrale (BEAC), Lucas Nchama, will have the governor of the Bank of Ghana as chairman of the West African sub-region; governor of the Central Bank of Mauritania, chairman of the North African sub-region; and the governor of the Bank of Central African States, chairman of the central African sub-region working wi him during his tenure which runs from 2016 to 2017. Read more
Corruption: FG launches major war against senators, Reps
The Federal Government has started compiling the list of legislators in both chambers of the National Assembly over constituency projects earmarked for them in the 2014 and 2015 budgets, which were not executed.
The sum of N100bn was earmarked for constituency projects in each of the 2014 and 2015 budgets. The worth of constituency projects totalled N200bn for the two years Read more
Sun International joins South African exodus from Nigeria
Hotel and gaming group Sun International became the latest South African business to pull out of Nigeria because of weak economic growth and clashes with regulators in the west African country.
In January Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) launched a probe into Sun International’s initial investment in the Tourist Company of Nigeria , which owns and operates the 5-star Federal Palace hotel in Lagos. Read more
You cannot force workers into farming, Labour tells govs
Labour leaders and other stakeholders have condemned the move by Imo, Benue and Sokoto to reduce the working hours and days in the states.
They said, in separate interviews, that the development was illegal, unconstitutional and a fundamental breach of the International Labour Organisation Convention. Read more
Sexual harassment: DELSU sacks six lecturers
The Delta State University, Abraka, has sacked six of its lecturers for their involvement in several offences including alleged sexual harassment of female students.
The University Governing Council at 97th regular meeting held on Friday, August 12, 2016, affirmed their sack after a disciplinary committee set up to investigate the allegations against them recommended their dismissal having found them culpable. Read more
Will workers still get wage increase?
Nigerian public workers were excited when the Federal Government announced that it had constituted a committee to come up with proposals on a new minimum wage and palliatives that would cushion the effects of the recent hike in the price of fuel. Unfortunately, the excitement appears to be waning by the day because not much has been heard of what the committee is doing, or has so far done. Read more
Man kills spouse, pastor’s wife, daughter in Sokoto
A 43-year-old man, Taiwo Adio, has clubbed his wife, Yemisi, and three other persons to death with a pestle in Sokoto, Sokoto State.
Adio on Saturday night at the Old Airport area of the Sokoto metropolis also reportedly killed Rachael Adewole, 42, Benice Adewole, 10, and Esther Badelu, 14. Read more
Avengers: ‘Niger Delta politicians in Buhari’s cabinet blackmailing Jonathan’
The umbrella body of Ijaw youths, the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, has condemned the desperation by some politicians to rope former President Goodluck Jonathan into the formation of the Niger Delta Avengers.
The group, in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Eric Omare, said the desperation came to the pinnacle with the media report that said that intelligence report indicated that Jonathan was one of the persons behind the formation of the NDA. Read more
IBB must face probe over $12.4bn oil windfall, says SERAP
A rights advocacy group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called on the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to reopen the unresolved case of the “missing $12.4bn oil windfall.”
According to the group, the money was spent between 1988 and 1993 by the government of a former military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida. Read more
We aren’t sure Chibok girls are in Sambisa Forest –Air chief
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, says the Nigerian Air Force has no intelligence on whether the Chibok girls are in Sambisa Forest or not.
Abubakar, who spoke during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja on Saturday, however, said the NAF was working round the clock to rescue the girls and other Nigerians abducted by Boko Haram. Read more
Abductors force activist to drop rape, kidnap cases
An activist, Dr. Ime Stephen, who escaped from the Kidnappers den on Saturday, has said he would no longer pursue the kidnap case involving a 15-year-old Mary Udo, who was allegedly raped at gunpoint by a police inspector in Akwa Ibom State.
Stephen, who was kidnapped from his house on Tuesday around 3am, told journalists on Saturday he had dropped Udo’s case including other cases he intended to bring against Nigeria Police for human rights abuses. Read more
NLC rejects Okorocha’s two-day farming policy for workers
The Nigeria Labour Congress has condemned the Imo State government’s three-day work and two-day farming for workers, as recently introduced by Governor Rochas Okorocha.
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, gave this indication while fielding questions at the News Agency of NigeriaForum on Sunday in Abuja. Read more
Fake miracle syndicate nabbed, says pastor hired them
Members of a syndicate, which specialised in confirming fake prophecies for pastors, have been arrested by the police in Enugu State.
Our correspondent gathered that the group also faked healings for some men of God, who contracted and paid them for their services. Read more
6 Inmates Killed In Abakaliki Jailbreak Attempt
The leadership of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) , yesterday confirmed speculations that six prisoners who attempted to escape from the Abakaliki Prisons when the facility came under attack last Thursday, by inmates , were shot dead by security operatives, but added that other inmates were intact. Read more
Mend To FG: Ignore Communique Of Meeting Convened By Clark, Okowa
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has called on the Federal Government to ignore the communique issued at the end of a meeting of the Niger Delta Coastal States, which was held in Warri, Delta State. Read more
No Hiding Place For Gang Leaders – Gov Ortom
Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has called on the notorious gang leader, Mr Terwase Akwaza, to surrender himself to the police because there is no hiding place for him.
Ortom, who spoke on the occasion of the launch of an appeal fund for the completion of NKST Church, Yina, in Makurdi, yesterday, said all the security agencies are looking for Terwase Akwaza, alias ‘Ghana’. Read more
The World Is Waiting To Hear Our Stories
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said it is time for Africans to explore the platform created by the ongoing digitization in broadcasting to tell their own story from different perspectives. Read more
Siasia, Mikel celebrate bronze
National Under-23 team coach Samson Siasia and his captain Mikel Obi have hailed the bronze medal won by the team at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Saturday.
Nigeria defeated Honduras 3-2 to get their only medal at the Games. Read more
Ex @NGSuperEagles No.1 Offers Free Football Training To Orphans
Peter Rufai, Chairman of Staruf Sports Development, has offered free football training to players at the Arrow of God Orphanage, Ajah, Lagos.
Rufai who made the offer after he watched the final of the Caritas Cup Soccer Tournament at the National Stadium, Lagos, on Sunday, said the training would hold in Staruf Academy located in Surulere. Read more
U17 AFCON: NFF Sec. Gen Assaulted In Niamey As Eaglets Fail To Qualify – NFF
Reigning world champions, Golden Eaglets of Nigeria failed to progress to the final round of qualifiers for the 2017 Africa U17 Cup of Nations after losing 1-3 to the Junior Menas of Niger Republic in Niamey on Saturday. Read more