SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 26, 2017
Gunmen attack another Benue community
Just five days after some gunmen attacked and killed several people in Zaki-Biam, headquarters of Ukum Local Government Area, Benue State, no fewer than three residents were killed in a fresh attack on Tse-Chia village near Kasar in Zaki-Biam.
Sources from the area disclosed that the gunmen who were alleged to be on a reprisal mission after they identified the driver of the vehicle, which the Monday invaders used to attack the Zaki-Biam International Yam Market and its environs, to have come from Tse-Chia village. Read more
10% of all referrals are attempted suicides — LUTH
No fewer than 10 percent of all referrals at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, are suicide attempts even as four cases are seen at the hospital monthly. A consultant psychiatrist at LUTH, Dr Yewande Oshodi, who disclosed this yesterday at the media launch of the hospital’s campaign against suicide, tagged: “ One More Day’ to save and counsel individuals who have attempted suicide, said the recent suicide by a medical doctor in Lagos was not strange but had been under reported. Read more
Dino Melaye’s name missing from ABU alumni website
The certificate scandal involving the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, may be far from over, as his name was not found on the Ahmadu Bello University alumni website, SUNDAY PUNCH reports.
Melaye’s trouble began on Monday, March 20, when an online news medium, SaharaReporters, reported that the senator did not graduate from ABU for his first degree. Read more
Recession: Coconut trees as substitute for timber
In the face of rising prices of building materials, builders and prospective house owners are desperately embracing ways of cutting cost, to cushion the effect of the lingering recession.
One of such areas, The Guardian learnt, is the embrace of Coconut trees, as alternative to timber for structural uses, especially for roofing purposes. Read more
Lagos-Ibadan rail project: A rebirth of Nigerian rail transport
Early this month, Vice president Yemi Osinbajo, who was then acting president performed the ground breaking of the Lagos – Ibadan rail project that is to run from Apapa port in Lagos to Ibadan. This project is the second segment of the planned six segments Lagos to Kano standard gauge rail track. The first of which is the Abuja – Kaduna 187km rail line that was launched in July 2016. Others are the Kaduna – Kano, Ibadan – Ilorin, Minna – Abuja and Ilorin – Minna. Read more
USAID trains 80 women, youths on agriculture
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through one of its programmes-Africa Lead and other partners have trained 80 women and youths in the areas of management and agriculture, to help push for food security in Africa.
The five-day leadership short course was organised to inspire, energise and mobilise innovative leaders, champions, and thinkers who are committed to creating new approach to achieving food security in the continent. Read more
Okowa declares Monday public holiday to mourn death of four principals in auto crash
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has declared Monday public holiday to mourn the death of four school principals who died in a ghastly auto accident between Mosogar and Oghara I’m Delta state.
The principals were reportedly returning from a meeting to resolve the strike action embarked by government school teachers in Delta state.
A statement by commissioner for Education, Chiedu Ebie, said the governor has declared holiday on Monday, March 27 in all public schools in the state to mourn the principals. Read more
Okorocha explains true position of Paris Club loan refund
Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has explained that the state government was expecting to receive the sum of N13.5b of the Paris Club refund loan due to the state from the Federal Government and not N80b as is being speculated in some quarters.
Okorocha made the disclosure at the weekend, while fielding questions from journalists after receiving the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, on his way to Umuahia, Abia State. Read more
Experts task farmers on organic farming
Farmers have been enjoined to embrace organic agriculture export, to raise the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country and expand its economies.
The Chief Executive Officer, Lead Unique Ventures Limited, Bridget Okonfua, Head, African-Caribbean Produce Union (ACPU), from the US, Mr. Michael Griffin and immediate past chairman of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Prince Wale Oyokoya, who stated this at an event on organic agriculture produce forum in Lagos, said farmers have a lot to gain from organic agriculture export. Read more
Bindow Restored Confidence Between Christians, Muslims In Adamawa – Bishop Luscious
You just attended a leadership course on national security. Can you enlighten us more on the programme?
The programme was eye-opening and very challenging. I would advise that Nigerians take advantage of this and be part of the second course. The one we just had is the first course and it was wonderful. We had lectures from great minds in the industry. We had the Comptroller-General, Immigration General, and Army Generals in attendance. The Inspector General of police was ably represented and he gave a lecture. We also had professors who gave lectures on security. Read more
Tampering With IDPs’ Food Is Like Touching Blood Money – Hon Kamale
Hon Adamu Dili Kamale represents Madagali/Michika federal constituency of Adamawa State in the House of Representatives. In this interview with RUTH CHOJI, the lawmaker spoke on the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-east, the leadership crisis in the PDP and other national issues.
Has the situation of the IDPs in your constituency improved in anyway?
The situation of IDPs generally in the North-east has improved very well, in the sense that, with the success of the Nigerian army, most of the communities have been liberated. In Adamawa State in particular, all the 21 local government councils, have been liberated except Madagali. For the six LGs that were affected, only one is still partially affected. Of course, the IDPs are scattered along various communities but for now, majority of Adamawa IDPs have returned to their various homes. Read more
National Leadership Must Intervene In Akwa-Ibom APC Crisis – Akpabio
National Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-south, Mrs. Racheal Akpabio, in an interview with selected journalists spoke on the crisis rocking the party in Akwa Ibom State. She canvased fairness in handling the matter. ADEBIYI ADEDAPO was there for LEADERSHIP.
Why are you suddenly concerned about the crisis within the party in your State?
I have kept mute all the while believing it to be internal problems but when it is getting out of hand I have to speak. My own is that the party should not take sides, we are supposed to be umpires so definitely our job is to bring about solutions to whatever problems they have in the states. If national officers decide to wade into state issues and take sides, that will not augur well for us and so there’s need for the people to close ranks. Read more
Senate: DSS Report on Magu Sent to AGF More Damning
The Senate said saturday that its rejection of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had been further justified by a leaked report of the Department of State Services, which indicted Magu for criminal and unprofessional conducts.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (Niger North), stated this, in the upper chamber’s first formal reaction to Friday’s leakage of a DSS report on Magu that had been sent to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami. Read more
Switzerland Launches Criminal Investigation into Addax Petroleum Operations in Nigeria
A criminal investigation has been launched by the Geneva Prosecutor’s Office into the operations of the Geneva-based Addax Petroleum Limited in Nigeria.
The Chief Executive Officer of Addax Petroleum Geneva Office, Zhang Yi, and the Legal Director were also reportedly arrested in connection with the criminal investigation. Read more
For improved services, CBN to assist telecoms operators with forex
There is no respite for telephony subscribers, as quality of service continues to sustain a low profile in the country.
However, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday, said it is seriously addressing the problems experienced in the country, adding that it has already engaged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for improved access to foreign exchange by operators. Read more
Group urges government to compensate Ife riot victims
A group, Ife Klub 1, has called on government at all levels to come to the rescue of Ife/Hausa riot victims by assisting them to recover quickly from losses they have suffered.
The group also called on law enforcement agents to immediately arraign in court all those who were believed to have participated in the crisis Read more
Desist from muscle flexing, FG to universities governing councils, managements
The Federal Government has said it will no longer tolerate unnecessary muscle flexing and ego-tripping between Governing Councils and Managements of universities, a situation, which breed crisis in those institutions.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who gave the warning yesterday in Port Harcourt during the 31st convocation ceremony of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State; said the roles of the two bodies are clearly spelt out. Read more
Farmers raise concern over renewed hostilities in Niger Delta
All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Delta State Chapter has raised concern over alleged renewed hostilities in Niger Delta.
In a petition to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, signed by Elder Eugene Jacob, the group warned that should Federal Government fail to address pertinent questions of youths restiveness, militancy and unemployment in the Niger Delta region, the situation might get out of hand. Read more
Group threatens Kwara government with revolt over movement of school equipment
The Patigi Emirate Development Union (PEDU) has asked Kwara State Government to stop the planned movement of functioning machines in Government Technical College, (GTC) Patigi to the newly established International Vocational Training Centre, Ajase Ipo in Kwara South, if it does not want a revolt from its people.
In a statement by the National President of the Union, Umar Bologi Salihu, in Birnin Kebbi, it said the Commissioner for Education talked about plans to move the equipment during his visit to GTC Patigi for the ongoing Certificate Screening Exercise. Read more
Ambode, Fashola Make up after Public Spat
Less than three weeks after they both disagreed publicly over issues of interests, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, and his predecessor, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, yesterday made up with renewed commitments to collaborate for the growth and development of the state.
Ambode, who established the grounds for reconciliation admitted in his remarks that he was able to take off smoothly with the business of governance in the state in the last 22 months because of the achievements of Fashola during his eight years reign as governor of the state. Read more
Poisoned Stream Kills Two in C’River, 40 Others in Critical Condition
No fewer than two persons are feared to have died after drinking water from a stream in Oboso Community in Mbube clan, Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State, suspected to have been contaminated with a poisonous substance.
Aside from the dead, local sources in the area have disclosed that at least forty people who also drank water fetched from the stream are in critical health conditions and are receiving medical attention from various health facilities in Ogoja and nearby communities, about 400 kilometres from Calabar, the state capital. Read more
The Paris-London Club Refund Controversy
Lately, there had been this untoward allegation by some members of the public against some governors, said to be diverting their own share of the Paris and London Club refund, made available by the federal government. No fewer than seven governors had been accused, albeit without proofs. Read more
Unchristian nature of Benue govt
The inhumane treatment that has been meted out on the people of Benue State, particularly the civil servants, is very unchristian. It is sad that most of the civil servants in the state depend largely on their salaries to cater for their families and solve other problems, but hardly are they get paid. Unlike their counterparts in other states like Cross River, who at some point had to protest for what they considered early payment of salaries, Benue State Civil servants are dying of hunger, starvation and avoidable death especially for those with complicated health issues who cannot access medical care due to lack of finance as a result of unpaid salaries. Read more
Ishaku bans public protests in Taraba
Following the wave of protests that has been going on in the state, Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku yesterday banned all forms of demonstrations and protests in the state.
The Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Illiya Bekyu in Jalingo, announced the ban in a statement. The governor said any group or individuals that want to protest must seek government approval before embarking on such exercise.
“I want to state here that individuals or groups wanting to embark on any form of demonstration in the state without government approval are warned to desist forthwith or face the full wrath of the law,” he said. Read more
Tension in Onitsha market over parallel security
Palpable fear of imminent clash and tension is mounting at the Onitsha Bridge Head following the refusal of the Power Tools and Allied section and the Central Bridge Head Traders Union to recognise the Chain Saw and Allied Products Dealers Association to operate in the market.
The Chain Saw and Allied Products Dealers Association is a union registered newly at the Corporate Affairs Commission and with the Bridge Head Market Traders Association during the caretaker committee chairmanship of Ambrose Osakwe. Read more
How CBN’s Sale Of $2.03bn Crashed The Dollar In 5 Weeks
Over the past five weeks, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through its regular interventions at the foreign exchange market sold over $2 billion dollars to meet wholesale and invisible demand, causing the value of the naira to soar at the parallel market.
Presently, the value of the naira at the black market and the Bureau de Change (BDC) rate have converged and is nearing the rate at which banks sell to their customers. Read more
Treading Cautiously with Policy Rates Retention
For two consecutive days last week- that is, Monday and Tuesday– the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) met. The MPC meeting was preceded by a parley, which saw monetary and fiscal authorities brainstorming on how to align policies from both divides with a view to tackling macroeconomic challenges and stimulating growth.
The MPC at its meeting had considered the headwinds in the domestic economy and the uncertainties in the global environment, and in a vote of nine to one member decided to hold the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR), the benchmark interest rate, at 14 per cent with the asymmetric corridor still at +200 and-500 basis point around the MPR at . The committee also retained the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) and Liquidity Ratio (LR) at 22.5 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively. Read more
IMF says Nigeria needs urgent reform: document
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to warn Nigeria its economy needs urgent reform, according to a report seen by Reuters that could delay talks over $1.4 billion in international loans.
The Washington-based fund will urge Nigeria, a major oil producer, to introduce immediate changes to its exchange rate policy and say its recent reform plan is not enough to drag Africa´s biggest economy out of recession, according to the 68-page report. Read more
Is Oil Price Drop a Threat to Nigeria?
As reported by THISDAY, the steady rise in Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings and build-up of external reserves, which started about five months ago, came under threat recently from derived shock from the recent fall in oil prices in the international market.
Depending more on oil sales for 90 per cent of its foreign exchange earnings and 70 per cent of total revenue, Nigeria, could be hard-hit by any new drop in prices of crude oil, and her recent attempts to stage an economic recovery would be impacted badly. Read more
National Fleet To The Rescue
In the absence of a national fleet that can effectively compete in lifting the country’s crude, it is stands to reason that the nation just have to rely on foreign ship owners to carry on with the business on their own terms and at a huge price to Nigeria. Around the world, any business that has to do with hydrocarbons-crude oil and gas, attracts the kind of attention that makes it a deal for the strong-willed. The shipping part of the business, everywhere, is a lucrative venture that is scrambled for. Read more
Super Eagles, Burkina Faso Friendly Cancelled
Nigeria’s friendly with Burkina Faso Sunday in London has been called off after several Burkina Faso players failed to gain visas to enter the UK. According to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) “seven players in the Burkinabe contingent failed to secure entry visas into the United Kingdom”.
The match was scheduled as part of Nigeria’s build-up for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in June and the World Cup qualifier against Cameroon later in the year. Read more
Rohr in talks with Chelsea whizkid, Aina over future with Nigeria
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has confirmed that he has held talks with Chelsea wonder-kid Ola Aina regarding his international future.
According to allnigeriasoccer.com , the right fullback visited the Super Eagles Crowne Plaza Hotel camp in London shortly before the friendly against Senegal on Thursday, alongside his father, for discussions with the German. Read more
Chelsea to make £40m plus player bid for Romelu Lukaku: Everton star wants return
The Express claim the Everton striker is desperate to return to Stamford Bridge where he feels he has unfinished business.
Chelsea are said to be preparing a £70m cash and player bid for Lukaku as they look to further strengthen in the summer. Michy Batshuayi is the star Antonio Conte is ready to offer to the Toffees. Read more
Netherlands suffer World Cup shock, Ronaldo in 70-goal landmark
The Netherlands’ hopes of reaching the World Cup finals suffered a major setback on Saturday when the three-time runners-up slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria.
The loss left the Dutch six points behind Group A leaders France, who beat Luxembourg 3-1, and down in fourth spot, three back from Sweden and two off Bulgaria with just the group winners guaranteed a place in the 2018 finals in Russia. Read more
2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier: England to meet Lithuania
The 3-Lions, who are seeking to extend their lead atop Group F, prepared at Tottenham Hotspur’s complex on Saturday.
Head Coach Gareth Southgate will be without the services of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones due to injuries.
England are also without Gary Cahill since he was suspended from the Sunday match. Read more
Giroud proves his worth to France once again
A rare starter for his club Arsenal this season, Olivier Giroud once again proved his worth to France when he bagged a double in their 3-1 win in Luxembourg in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
The powerful striker’s 22nd and 23rd international goals lifted him to 10th on the list of France’s all-time top scorers after being Les Bleus’ leading marksman in 2016. “Even if he’s got difficulties at his club, Olivier often scores for us,” said France coach Didier Deschamps. Read more
Liverpool positive on James Rodriguez; London clubs dueling for Ross Barkley
Jurgen Klopp could land Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, with The Mirror reporting that Liverpool believe they can sign the Colombian if they qualify for the Champions League.
The former Monaco and Porto star will likely move on this summer, having not featured in Zinedine Zidane’s first team for much of the season. Read more
U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan ‘killed Al-Qaeda leader responsible for deadly attack on Islamabad Marriott’
A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pentagon said Saturday.
In confirming the death of Qari Yasin, U.S. officials said Yasin was a senior terrorist figure from Balochistan, Pakistan, had ties to the group Tehrik-e Taliban and had plotted multiple al-Qaida terror attacks. Read more
Hong Kong chooses new leader amid accusations of China meddling
A small electoral college has begun voting for a new leader of Hong Kong amid accusations that Beijing is meddling and denying the Chinese-ruled financial hub a more populist figurehead better suited to defuse political tension.
The majority of the city’s 7.3 million people have no say in deciding their next leader, with the winner chosen by a 1,200-person “election committee” stacked with pro-Beijing and pro-establishment loyalists. Read more
Australia concerned about IS ‘caliphate’ in Southern Philippines
AUSTRALIA and its allies are readying themselves for the possibility of the Islamic State declaring a “caliphate” in Southern Philippines, according to Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop.
In an interview with Sky News on Sunday, Bishop described the rise of extremism in the Southeast Asian nation as one of the biggest concerns to come out of her recent meeting with US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Read more
How Hitler Seized Power and Shocked His Opposition
Adolf Hitler took power on January 30, 1933, and within no time at all he had:
—let loose the police against Jews and Communists to a degree never seen before;
—won emergency powers to govern by decree following the incredibly well-timed February 27 arson against the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building; Read more
Chinese authorities block Sydney academic from boarding flight home
Chinese authorities have blocked an Australia-based academic from boarding a flight home, Australia said on Sunday, after what sources said was repeated interrogation over his links to liberal intellectuals in mainland China.
The case of long-serving University of Technology Sydney (UTS) associate professor Feng Chongyi comes just as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang winds up a five-day official visit in Canberra and Sydney espousing free trade and closer economic ties between Australia and China. Read more