SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 30, 2017
Falana: Suspension of Senator Ali Ndume Illegal
Human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana, has described the suspension of Senator Ali Ndume as the height of the serial illegality in the Senate and urged the senators to reverse what he called illegal decisions.
Citing the unreported case of Hon. Dino Melaye and Others vs House of Representatives, Falana said in a statement yesterday that the Federal High Court had declared the indefinite suspension of the plaintiffs illegal and unconstitutional on the grounds that a legislator could not be suspended for more than 14 days. Read more
Two CBN directors arrested for forex manipulation
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested two directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria for alleged forex manipulation and economic sabotage.
Impeccable sources at the EFCC told one of our correspondents on Wednesday that the directors were still in custody as of press time at 7.30pm. It was learnt that the investigation into the CBN officials activities sent shockwaves round the apex bank. Read more
NAHCON Saves N1.8bn On Accommodation In 2016 Hajj Operations
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has disclosed that its new operational policies saved Nigerian pilgrims about N1.8billion on accommodation during the 2016 Hajj operation.
The commission also accused one of its service providers, Arewa Foundation of lack of understanding on how NAHCON works. Chairman of the Commission, Mukhtar Muhammed, in his submissions before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions, explained that certain reforms introduced in the payment system to service providers had revealed that the agents were taking undue advantage of states in accommodation charges during Hajj operations. Read more
NPS Establishes Second Female Prison in Nigeria
The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) wednesday announced the establishment of a second all-female prison in Nigeria.
The Controller of NPS in Adamawa State, Mr. Peter Tenkwa, confirmed the development in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola.
Tenkwa said the development followed the ongoing restructuring of the NPS to be gender sensitive. Read more
Customs Denies Seizure of Kano Senator’s Vehicles
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has described as false and misleading some media reports that it seized some vehicles belonging to a senator in Kano.
In a statement issued by its acting Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joseph Attah, the NCS said its attention had been drawn to “a mischievous publication in some prints and online platforms that the service has seized vehicles belonging to a Senator in Kano. Read more
Two Policemen killed in Bank Attack in Kogi
Two policemen were said to have been gunned down wednesday during an attack on one of the first generation banks at Odo-Ere, headquarters of Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State.
THISDAY reliably gathered that the robbers numbering eight, stormed the bank at about 4.20p.m., shooting sporadically before gaining entrance into the bank. Read more
10 year-old excels in Math competition, gets N12m scholarship
Four pupils in Plateau State, including 10-year-old Izuchukwu Okafor, have excelled in a Mathematics competition organised by Nigerian Tulip International College, NTIC in conjunction with the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja winning scholarship worth over N40 million for six years, have appealed to government at all levels to invest in education so that prevalent crimes in the society can be curbed. Read more
House to Meet Buhari over N200bn Pension Liabilities to Retirees
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, wednesday said the House would meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to explore concrete strategies to offset N200 billion in outstanding pension liabilities to pensioners.
He added the House would at its plenary today consider a motion to invite all key players in charge of pension to appear in plenary next Thursday to speak on how they plan to clear the pension liabilities. Read more
Court Grants Peace Corps’ Boss N10m Bail
The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has admitted the National Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Mr. Dickson Akor, to bail in the sum of N10million.
Justice John Tsoho, in admitting the defendants to bail, also ordered the 1st defendant to produce one surety in the sum of N20million. Read more
House to Probe INEC over Failure to Register Voters
The House of Representatives wednesday mandated its Committee on Electoral and Political Party Matters to investigate the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its failure to conduct Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) for eligible Nigerians over time. Read more
We may dump PDP if Supreme Court affirms Sheriff –Rep member
Joseph Edionwele represents Esan West, Esan Central and Igueben Federal Constituency of Edo state. Before his election in 2015, he served as the zonal secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-South. He also served as a local government chairman of Esan West.
The lawmaker spoke extensively on the crisis rocking the PDP, the 2017 budget, the economic recession, as well as the ongoing Edo state Governorship Election Tribunal. Read more
Two Years after Electoral Victory, PDP Mocks APC’s Change Mantra
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the March 28, 2015 victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the presidential election as a scam which has left Nigerians in worse condition than they had imagined.
The opposition party said Nigerians have been scammed, adding that the Mid-Term Report of the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, in May 2013 when compared to the two years of the APC-led administration since May 29, 2015, showed that the government of the day has failed. Read more
Brexit: Commonwealth, NEPC to Work on Impact on Nigeria
The Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr. Segun Awolowo, wednesday said the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, has agreed to work with the council on a trade paper on the challenges and opportunities of the Brexit on Nigeria.
Speaking on the impact of Brexit on Nigeria on THISDAY sister news network, ARISE TV in Abuja, Awolowo said since the Britain has triggered the Brexit process, it means both opportunities and challenges. Read more
Amnesty International Condemns Racist Attack against Africans in India
Amnesty International India has condemned the racist attack against Africans in India and called on Uttar Pradesh authorities to bring to justice those responsible for recent racist attacks against black African students and ensure the students’ safety.
Campaigner at Amnesty International India, Makepeace Sitlhou, said in a statement yesterday that the recent attacks in Uttar Pradesh have shown how black people in India – particularly African students – continue to face racist discrimination and violence. Read more
Whistle Blowing: UniAbuja Governing Council Sacks Two Senior Staff
The Governing Council of the University of Abuja has sacked two senior staff of the school who recently dragged the management to the anti-graft agencies over corruption allegations.
The senior staff were sacked for insubordination after being placed on suspension for eight months without salary. Read more
Shouting Match in Court as Balarabe Musa Accuses Judge of Imposing Lawyer on PRP
A shouting match ensued wednesday at an Akure High Court, Ondo State, when former Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, publicly rejected a lawyer that was parading himself as counsel to his party in a suit without his consent.
Musa is the National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).
The former governor was in Akure to witness a suit filed by the party against its exclusion at the local government elections conducted by the state Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) last year April. Read more
Tinubu: I Was Worried When Ambode Won Election
The national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, wednesday disclosed that he was worried when Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, took over the mantle of leadership in the state in May 2015.
Tinubu, therefore, explained his concern and fear, which he said did not stem from Ambode’s capacity to meet people’s aspiration and yearning for good governance, but from the huge debt burden he inherited from his immediate predecessor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola. Read more
JAMB Set to Abolish Computer Based UTME Exam
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is set to abolish the Computer Based Test (CBT) method for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) due to the low level of computer literacy among the candidates.
Registrar of the board, Prof. Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede, disclosed this wednesday at the opening of a retreat on Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Supervision of the 2017 UTME at Arewa House, Kaduna. Read more
Japan Pledges Humanitarian Support for North-east
The Japanese government has pledged its willingness to provide humanitarian support and social stabilisation in the North-east and the Lake Chad region.
This came as the federal government urged business groups from Japan to take advantage of the various opportunities to be presented by the Special Economic Zones being established in various parts of the country. Read more
Nigeria Should Imitate Ecuador in Ending its Power Sector Problem, Says Envoy
The Ecuadorian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Leopoldo Rovayo Verdesoto, has advised Nigeria to emulate his country in managing its power sector crisis.
He said Ecuador was hitherto held to ransom by what he described as a “Power Mafia”, who monopolised power production and distribution in the country, but which has now been surmounted by the present Ecuadorian leadership. Read more
A’Ibom Communities Condemn Alleged Forceful Acquisition of Land for Refinery Project
The people of Odoro Ikot communities, comprising Ikot Inyang Okop, Ikot Ekpang and Ibiot in Akwa Ibom State have condemned the alleged forceful acquisition of their land by the state government for the establishment of Coconut Plantation and Oil Refinery.
Speaking under the auspices of Concern Odoro Ikot Indigene Network (COIN), the Coordinator, Jacob Brown Udobang, a legal practitioner, in a statement issued after a series of meetings held in Uyo and Abuja, described the alleged taking over of hectares of land by the state government without recourse to compensation of the indigenes as contradictory to extant laws. Read more
NGO to engage youths on productive Internet surfing, teachers’ capacity building
A United States of America based non-governmental organisation, Grace Foundation has concluded plan to train young people on productive internet surfing and improved capacity for teachers.
The training is planned in collaboration with the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) and states Universal Basic Education Boards for primary school teachers. Read more
Nigerian Red Cross sacks exco members in Delta
No fewer than eight executive committee members of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS), Delta State branch, were suspended and divested of their various positions last year.
The branch Chairman of the NRCS, Prince Victor Olasupo made the disclosure while addressing members of the society at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Asaba. The affected officers were the NRCS Vice Chairman, (Mrs.) Rose Ikpokpo, Disaster Preparedness Relief Adviser, Mr. Vincent Ukpeto, Fund Raising Adviser, Mr. Edemu Emmanuel, and the Youth Adviser, Barr. Odiedi Marvel, Finance and Planning Adviser, Mr. Onyekeke Moses, Health Immune Virus (HIV) Coordinator, Mr. Azubuike Cyril Nwanchukwu and Eyamuke from the Uvwie Division. Read more
Ambode pledges 6000-capacity hostel for LASU students
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state has disclosed that his administration is set to build a 6000- bed hostel for students of the state-owned university through a public-private partnership arrangement.
This was one of the major highlights at the institution’s 21st convocation ceremony and Founders Day where three eminent Nigerians, Prof Peter Okebukola, former Executive Secretary, National University Commission (NUC), Mrs Folorunso Alakija, Oil and Gas magnate and kessignton Adebutu, seasoned business tycoon were honoured. Read more
Reps seek federal character in civil defence recruitment
The House of Representatives has called on the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to adhere strictly to the principle of federal character in its proposed recruitment of 10, 000 personnel.
The House also urged the Commandant General of the corps, Abdullahi Muhammadu to ensure that the exercise was based on allotment of 12 slots to each of the 774 local government areas and six Area Councils of the FCT. Read more
Moral discipline, core value of faith-based varsities, says VC
Vice Chancellor, Augustine University, Ilara- Epe, Prof. Steve Afolami has identified moral discipline as one of the core values of faith-based tertiary institutions. Prof Afolami while justifying the fees being charged by private universities in the country said development of moral values coupled with qualitative education system is imperative for a better Nigeria.
He spoke at the second matriculation ceremony of the institution, owned by the Catholic Church which took place at the university auditorium. The vice chancellor who reviewed the activities of the university in the last two years said the institution is committed to the overall development of its students, to make them change agents in the society. Read more
‘Stringent sanctions will end sexual harassment in schools’
Despite the fact that the senate had passed the Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Education Institution Bill, which provides for a five-year jail term for any lecturer convicted for sexually harassing students, the country’s ivory towers are still inundated with stories of philandering teachers molesting students sexually.
The recent incident at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State, where a lecturer, identified as IG Yusuf was allegedly caught trying to sleep with a female student, points to the fact that some lecturers did not take the lawmakers’ pronouncement seriously. Read more
Universities must bridge innovation skill gap, says former VC Michael Faborode
Former vice chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Prof Michael Faborode has posited that for developing nations to become competitive in the global economy, they must harness and utilize science and technological innovations through their higher education and research institutions.
Faborode, who is the secretary of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) in his convocation lecture at the Federal University of Technology (FUTA) Akure specifically tasked African universities to put in place policies, structures, and processes for effective technology transfer. Read more
CBN financial education curriculum gets Federal Government’s nod
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) financial education curriculum which is aimed at equipping students of primary and secondary schools with the basic financial knowledge especially in prudent fund management has been approved by the Federal Government.
The Director, Consumer Protection Department of the bank, Umma Dutse who disclosed this to reporters in Abuja said the curriculum is to ensure that all Nigerian school children benefit from a robust financial education that can equip them with the capabilities of making informed decisions such as the need to open personal accounts and savings. Read more
Experts implore students to maximise IT knowledge
The need for young learners to embrace Information Technology (IT) and all its positive effects despite their career choices, sums up the discourse at the yearly “Continuing Education and Career Counselling Fair,” of Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls, Lagos.
The programme, targeted at providing students with adequate information that would guide them in their career choice was attended by students from select secondary schools in Lagos. Read more
NNPC to transform into integrated energy company
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said its ongoing reform is geared towards transforming the state-run oil firm into an integrated energy outfit with interest in power generation and transmission.
Its Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr Maikanti Baru, who spoke at the 53rd International Conference and Exhibition of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) in Abuja, said the oilf firm has identified opportunities in the power sector. Read more
Ogoni clean-up too slow, says MOSOP
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has expressed concern over the clean-up of Ogoniland, saying “it is too slow.”
‘’We are very uncomfortable with this slow pace because the environmental pollution in the area is not lessening instead it is deepening and the more it is delayed the more it spreads and deepens, it said. Read more
Fed Govt committed to grassroots’ economic growth, says DMO
The Debt Management Office (DMO) yesterday reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring that people at the grassroots benefit from investment and growth potentials in the economy.
Its Director-General, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, who spoke during the listing of N2.067 billion Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) Savings Bond on the floor of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) said the bond created opportunity for low cadre investors to build sustainable wealth. Read more
Court issues bench warrants on CBN, FCMB officials, others
Justice Lateefa Okunnu of an Ikeja High Court has issued bench warrants on the representatives of First City Monument Bank, FCMB, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and three others.
Ms. Okunnu issued the bench warrants following their failure to produce documents in the ongoing trial of Okey Nwosu, a former Managing Director of the defunct FinBank Plc. Read more
How tertiary institutions struggle despite TETFund
Professor Iniolu Mahmud nervously tore open an envelope bearing a letter from TETfund and wiped his brow with the back of his free hand. Head of Department of a federal university and applicant for N25m research grant, he had a lot riding on that piece of paper.
He stole a glance at the ceiling, muttering a silent prayer as he stared at the white and green envelope bearing the TETfund logo on the right hand corner with the reverence fit for a deity. Read more
CBN licenses Development Bank of Nigeria
The Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved a Wholesale Development Finance Institution Licence to the Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) Plc, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has confirmed.
The approval was conveyed in a letter addressed to the Managing Director/Chief Executive of Officer of DBN dated March 28, 2017. The letter was signed by the Deputy Governor of the CBN in charge of Financial System Stability. Read more
Nnanna Joins AFC Board as Alade Retires
The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has announced that following the retirement of Dr. Sarah Alade as a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), she has also stepped down from her position as Chairman of the AFC Board of Directors with effect from wednesday. Alade will be succeeded by the Deputy Governor, CBN, Dr. Joseph Nnanna.
According to a statement from the corporation, Nnanna has over three decades experience as an economist and banker. He has served as a consultant to the government of Nigeria, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and, on the Board of the International Monetary Fund. Read more
FG to Pay First Tranche of $5.1bn Cash Calls Debt to IOCs in April
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has disclosed that the federal government will next month disburse the first tranche of the $5.1 billion Joint Venture (JV) cash calls debt it owes international oil companies (IOCs) operating in the country.
The government last December had negotiated terms with the IOCs to formally exit the JV cash call obligations it owes Shell, Chevron, Total, ExxonMobil and Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC). Read more
NNPC Backs FG’s Plan to Formalise Illegal Oil Refining in Niger Delta
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it would support plans by the federal government to formalise illegal crude oil refining operations in the Niger Delta, saying it was part of the antidotes to criminality including militancy in the region.
According to the corporation, the government’s decision would take away from the streets of the region, many of its jobless young people who have resorted to criminal acts like petroleum assets vandalism. Read more
Int’l friendlies : Rohr seeks new venue for Eagles
Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr has declared that he would want the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to look elsewhere outside London for the team’s international friendly games.
Rohr was angry after the game against Burkina Faso scheduled for Monday in London was cancelled because of visa issues. It was gathered that the German said he would advise the NFF against the choice of London as venue for Eagles friendly games because of the stringent visa requirements by the United Kingdom embassies. Read more
NPFL: Rangers, Rivers Utd Continue Poor Form as MFM FC Moves to the Top
The twists and turns of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) continued with the midweek Match-day 16 clashes yesterday as Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC swapped position with Plateau United to ascend the summit of the country’s topflight league.
Though the men from Plateau were gallant in their goalless draw with Rivers United at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt, it was not enough to keep them at the top. Read more
ARSENAL ACE ON VERGE OF MAJOR INTERNATIONAL DECISION
The 21-year-old has represented England at U21 level but has trained with Nigeria’s squad at Barnet this week, with the African nation keen to secure the services of eligible players as they seek to improve their fortunes. Read more
Jose Mourinho instructs Ed Woodward: Bring this player to Manchester United
JOSE MOURINHO has reportedly made it clear to Ed Woodward he wants Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to move to Manchester United this summer. The Portuguese boss is keen to land a big-name signing this summer and midfield is an area he desperately needs to improve.
With Bastian Schweinsteiger already departed and Michael Carrick likely to leave at the end of the season, Mourinho has set his sights on Bakayako.
Jurgen Klopp makes personal check-up on star: Liverpool could battle Everton for £17m deal
The Liverpool gaffer is preparing for a busy summer of transfer activity at Anfield. And it seems he could be gearing up to add fresh playmaking talent to his ranks.
The Daily Mirror claim Klopp has twice watched Meyer in person, while scouting Leon Goretzka. The 21-year-old appears to have caught his eye and Liverpool apparently believe they can snare him for £14m. Read more
Chelsea transfer ultimatum: Antonio Conte must sacrifice star to launch two £70m raids
New AFA president vows to get Messi ban reduced
The Argentine FA, lacking proper leadership since 2015 and fearful its national team might not reach the World Cup finals without banned captain Lionel Messi, elected a third-tier club chairman and former roadsweeper as its president on Wednesday.
Claudio Tapia of Barracas Central, who play in the Primera B Metropolitana division, was the sole candidate in the election but still needed the support of a majority of delegates, which he achieved by scooping 40 of 43 votes cast. Read more
Neymar to Man United: Jose Mourinho reveals what he asks for at Old Trafford
Claims in Spain earlier this week suggested the United boss has held talks with the superstar winger.
It was said the Red Devils are prepared to meet his £173million buy-out clause at the Nou Camp and offer him a staggering £415,000-a-week contract.
However, the Brazil captain outlined his happiness at Barcelona during the international break, branding his present situation as the best moment of his career. Read more
Let’s take control of our immigration policy – by guaranteeing EU citizens’ right to remain
Don’t make threats you won’t keep to, especially when the guys on the other side know you won’t. At best you’ll look a bit silly. At worst they’ll start to doubt the other threats you’re making too.
That’s the big problem with the government’s refusal to guarantee the permanent residency rights of the 3m EU citizens in the UK who don’t hold British passports. Read more
South Korean ex-president questioned in court hearing over arrest bid
South Korea’s disgraced ex-president Park Geun-hye is being questioned by a court which will decide if she should be arrested over corruption allegations that have already toppled her from power.
Live TV footage earlier showed a stern looking Park arrive at the Seoul Central District Court building amid a barrage of camera flashes. She did not comment to reporters.
The court is expected to decide by Friday morning whether to approve her arrest. Read more
For Theresa May, the real fight really does start now
Most people are glad to see the end of a referendum campaign, but the losing side always wants to keep going. Nicola Sturgeon has this week demanded a second vote on independence, in defiance of public opinion. And as Brexit talks begin, the country is still divided, with many people wishing to see the negotiations break down and the referendum result be overturned. Read more
Britain invokes Article 50 to begin Brexit: the countdown begins
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, wrote a letter to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, with formal notification of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. If no agreement is made sooner, Britain would cease to be a member in two years. The other 27 member states had celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. Asked by the BBC if Mrs May would be the ‘elephant in the room’ at the shindig, Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said: ‘She’s not an elephant. Read more
Putin’s Russia is a much greater threat than Muslim fanaticism
Last week’s events in London raised a recurrent dilemma for journalists, including me. It is a huge story when a terrorist kills four people then is shot down in Palace Yard, Westminster. Yet dare we say how fortunate we are that since 9/11 Muslim terrorists have proved incapable of mounting an attack remotely as lethal as that on the Twin Towers? An intelligence officer told me recently that he worries far more about Russia than about Muslim suicidalists, and this must be the rational assessment. Read more
Spanish woman given jail term for tweeting jokes about Franco-era assassination
A Spanish court on Wednesday sentenced a young woman to jail for posting jokes on Twitter about the 1973 assassination of a senior figure in the Franco dictatorship.
Spain’s top criminal court, the National Audience, found Cassandra Vera, 21, guilty of glorifying terrorism and humiliating victims of terrorism and handed her a one-year jail term. She is unlikely to go to jail because those convicted of non-violent crimes with a sentence of under two years are not imprisoned. Read more