Sabinews Morning News Update for June 18, 2015
Anxiety at NNPC ahead of Buhari’s massive shake-up
There seems to be some disquiet in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) ahead of the imminent shake-up by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Legal Services and Company Secretary Ikechukwu Oguine has resigned, The Nation learnt yesterday. Read more
Governors to Fed Govt: pay your debt
Governors have told the Federal Government to pay up its debt to states to boost liquidity.
This decision was taken yesterday at the meeting of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) in Abuja. Read more
Ohakim shuns EFCC, operatives grill Elechi again
A former Imo State governor, Ihedi Ohakim, failed to show up at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday to clarify some issues raised against him during the probe of his administration.
Ohakim, who was scheduled to visit the Abuja headquarters of the commission, was summoned to answer questions in an ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption and embezzlement by his government. Read more
Resident doctors’ strike: AKTH bans admission of patients
Industrial strike embarked on by resident doctors in teaching hospitals across the country has caused more hardship for sick persons in Kano, as the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, AKTH, has shut its doors to persons seeking medical attention.
Management of the hospital said it was compelled to stop admitting sick persons, thus leaving many sick people stranded, while those on admission have been hurriedly discharged. Read more
Army deserters, two others arrested over robbery
Detectives from Bayelsa State Police Command yesterday arrested a 30-year-old Army deserter, Nanabo Perezito, and two others for their alleged involvement in various armed robbery incidents and illegal possession of military uniforms.
Police authorities also confirmed the arrest of two other members of the suspected armed robbery gang identified as ThankGod Victor, 22, and Hanson Victor, 20. Read more
Military command to function in 21 days, says Army
The Army said yesterday the Command and Control Centre in Maiduguri (Borno State) and Yola (Adamawa State) will become operational in 21 days after the installation of hi-tech equipment.
A statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said posting of additional operations staff had also commenced following the deployment of a reconnaissance and an advance team for the centre last week. Read more
FG pledges to implement NEITI audit reports
The Muhammadu Buhari administration will implement the findings and recommendations contained in the audit reports of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said.
Osinbajo made the pledge in Abuja on Wednesday while receiving the Chair of the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Clare Short, and her delegation at the Defence House, Abuja. Read more
Protesters storm N’Assembly, demand death penalty for corruption
Some protesters stormed the National Assembly on Wednesday and demanded a legislation that would prescribed death penalty as punishment for corruption in the country.
Speaking under a group, Voice of the Voiceless, they said there was no way Nigeria would made progress if corruption in public office was not brought under control. Read more
Solders kill 2 women in Plateau
Two women have allegedly been shot dead in the Heipang axıs of Barki Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State by soldiers of the Special Task Force, STF, on Jos crisis, code-named, ‘Operation Save Haven.’
Our correspondent gathered that there was accusation in the past of military involvement in killings in the area, as the community protested against the mounting of a military checkpoint around the area. Read more
4 FRSC personnel in custody over alleged graft
Benue State commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has apprehended four of its staff for allegedly receiving gratification from motorists while on duty and may risk losing their jobs if found guilty and face prosecution accordingly.
State commander of the corps, Mr. Habu Dauda, who made the disclosure yesterday to National Mirror in Makurdi, the state capital, maintained that the officers, who he declined to give their identity, would be booted out as soon as investigation into the matter was concluded and they are found guilty of the offence. Read more
NigComSat, China Great Wall to Strengthen Collaboration on Satellite Technology
The Managing Director of Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat), Ms Abimbola Alale, and the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Gu Xiao Jie, have expressed their readiness to strengthen existing relationship between the two countries on satellite communication technology development.
The collaboration in satellite communication technology between both countries started in 2007. Read more
NCC Wades into Telecommunications Consumers’ Complaints
The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) has commenced moves to reconcile network providers and their numerous consumers so as to bring efficient and effective service delivery to members of the public.
Director, Consumers Affairs Bureau at the NCC, Mrs. Maryam Bayi disclosed this in Ilorin, Kwara state capital during the 73rd commission consumers outreach programme held at the University of Ilorin Multi- Purpose Hall, Ilorin. Read more
B’Haram: UMTH blasts NEMA, Borno’s neglect of victims
Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH, Dr. Mohammed Tahir, yesterday carpeted the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and Borno State government over their indifferent attitude and lack of care for injured Boko Haram victims.
Tahir said since 2009 to date, UMTH had been treating victims of Boko Haram, including security operatives, whereby N130 million was spent on drugs and related medical care, adding that all pleas for NEMA to assist the hospital fell on deaf ears. Read more
Dangote to Create 200,000 Jobs in Jigawa before December
The chairman, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has promised to generate 200,000 jobs in Jigawa State by the end of this year to support the new administration’s drive at economic revival of the state.
Dangote, who disclosed this in Dutse on Tuesday, said preparations for the production of two million tonnes of sugar in Kafin Hausa and Auyo have been concluded. Read more
Police deny N15m ransom payment for Jonathan’s cousins
Bayelsa State Police Command, yesterday, denied the report that a N15 million ransom was paid to secure the release of the kidnapped cousins of former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
Kate Ene and Patience Ebeni, cousins to the former president, were abducted on May 15 along with their friend, Edith Ekeni, along Akipelai in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state. Read more
Dangote banks on refinery to buy Arsenal
Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote, who has expressed an interest in buying Arsenal, has told the BBC that he would be in a better position to buy the team as soon as the refinery he is building in Ondo State is completed and begins production.
The businessman also said that Gunners needs new ownership and direction if they are to progress in the Premier League. Read more
Home-made Boko Haram explosives kill 63 in Borno
A mass of home-made explosives, found at a deserted Boko Haram post has exploded, killing 63 people in Monguno, Borno State.
Eyewitnesses and security sources said a member of the Civilian JTF took an abandoned bag filled with improvised bombs at one of the deserted camp of Boko Haram near Monguno. Read more
Nigeria evacuates stranded nationals from Yemen
The Nigerian government on Wednesday said it has received the first batch of citizens in Yemen as the West African country commenced the evacuation of its citizens from the crisis-ridden nation, APA reports quoting Xinhua.
The exercise was in line with the government’s directive to immediately evacuate Nigerians stranded in Yemen, Muhammad Sani- Sidi, the Director-General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) told reporters at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. Read more
Reps to debate Ajaokuta steel, boundary dispute
House of Representatives will put up for discussion the lingering redundancy of Ajaokuta Steel Company and the oil-induced boundary dispute between Kogi, Anambra and Edo states, Speaker Yakubu Dogara said yesterday.
The Speaker made the pledge during a courtesy call on him by Kogi State caucus of the House. Read more
Police uncover ritual killers’ den in Ogun
Men and officers of Ogun State police command have discovered a shrine in Eposo- Akaka community of Isara Remo in Remo North Local Government Area where human flesh were allegedly eaten, sold and used for rituals.
Police also arrested five suspects in connection with the crime and ownership of the shrine where severed body parts suspected to be that of a missing female student of Gateway ICT Polytechnic, located at Saapade area of the state, was found decomposing. Read more
Equities dip 0.37% on bearish market trend
Nigerian equities market dipped further yesterday in bearish transactions, with the twin market performance that measures the NSE ASI and market capitalisation dropping by 0.37 per cent.
The decline in value was due to profit taking by investors. Read more
2014 IGR: Lagos leads with N275bn
Following growing calls on states to diversify their sources of revenue instead of depending on the oil revenue from the Federal Government, many state administrations seem to have improved on their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) with Lagos leading the pack with N275,163,978,675.95 followed by Rivers State with N89,112,448,347.58.
Others include Delta, N42,819,209,025.24; Enugu, N19,250,345,593; Ogun, N17,497,620,787.52; Oyo, N16,307,233,700.22; Akwa Ibom, N15,676,502,423.00; Kaduna , N12,782,522,514.51; Anambra, N10,4853,453,184.87. Read more
Anambra begins N2bn SMEs loan disbursement
Governor Willie Obiano has said that small business owners in Anambra state now have cause to cheer as he has inaugurated the Anambra Small Business Agency (ASBA) and the commencement of the disbursement of the N2billion Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development(MSMEs)Development Fund.
The fund, according to the governor was the state’s quota of the N220bn MSMEs fund domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria by the Federal Government. Read more
Oil and Gas
JTF smashes 32 illegal refineries in Warri
The Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Pulo Shield, said yesterday it had destroyed 32 illegal refineries in Warri Southwest Local Government Area of Delta State as part of its war against oil theft.
The JTF’s Sector I in Warri said it would continue the operation until oil thieves and their sponsors are rooted out. Read more
NSCDC hails revocation of pipeline contracts
Commandant-General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Dr. Ade Abolurin, yesterday described the Federal Government’s revocation of pipeline surveillance and protection contracts earlier granted to ethnic militias as the best decision in the collective interest of the citizenry.
Abolurin gave the commendation while speaking with journalists yesterday in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, shortly after delivering his address at a 4-day workshop organised by the College of Security Management of NSCDC in collaboration with the Institute of Security Studies, Lagos. Read more
Removal of Fuel Subsidy will Cripple Nigeria –Falana
Human rights activists, Mr Femi Falana and a foremost economist, Henry Boyo, among other prominent activists have advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to remove fuel subsidy, saying the move will cripple the economy.
They made the call during a roundtable discussion on the state of the nation, hosted by Nigerians United for Democracy (NUD) in Lagos. Read more
Energy Projects in Nigeria, Cameroon Get $5m Funding
Quaint Solar Energy from Nigeria and Flatbush Solar from Cameroon will soon see their renewable energy projects fired up by a total of $5-million (R62 million) in new funding as well as expert technical support.
Access Infra Africa announced yesterday that the two firms shared first prize in the inaugural Access Co-Development Fund (ACF) competition. Read more
Transcorp Ughelli Power targets 850mw daily by year end
Transcorp Ughelli Power Limited (TUPL), the power generation and investment subsidiary of Nigerian’s conglomerate Transcorp Plc, has projected to increase its generated power daily from the 610 megawatts (mw) at the end of 2014 to 850mw by end of this year.
The company’s 2014 Annual Report and Accounts were also approved by shareholders at its 2nd Annual General Meeting (AGM). Read more
BPP, BPE bicker over N1.45b PHCN’s liquidation contracts
Despite denial by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), that it followed due process before disbursing N1.45 billion, the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) rejected the award of N929 million contracts to a legal adviser for the winding up of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
Also, the payment of N500 million to the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) as consultancy service fee was not routed through the BPP. Read more
GE partners Geomtric Power to increase capacity to 1,080mw
Bart Nnaji, former minister of power , now chief executive officer of Geometric Power, has urged president Muhammadu Buhari to select competent hands to take charge of all institutions responsible for having sustainable power supply, just as he disclosed that his company is planning to upgrade the capacity of its plant from 500mw to 1,080mw, with the support of General Electric company (GE) of the US.
The former minister, who said the transition committee of President Muhammadu Buhari has had discussions with him on the way out of the current problem involving Geometric and Enugu Electricity Distribution companies, said the matter would resolved very soon to allow for the companies to resume power generation. Read more
Obafemi Martins Injured Again Amid Controversy
Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins has returned to the sidelines on account of injury after he only recently got back to action for his MLS side Seattle Sounders.
The former Inter Milan forward was injured in a US Open Cup game Tuesday night as the defending champions Seattle Sounders crashed out by losing to Portland Timbers 3-1 after extra time. Read more
Neymar sent off as Colombia stun Brazil
Brazil superstar Neymar was sent off as the five-time world champions crashed to a 1-0 Copa America defeat against Colombia here Wednesday.
In sensational scenes after the final whistle, Neymar was shown a red card after an ugly melee involving players of both sides in which he appeared to aim a headbutt at Colombia goalscorer Jeison Murillo. Read more
CAF hands Onazi two-match ban
African football governing body CAF has handed Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi a two-match ban following a straight red card he got during Nigeria’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad in Kaduna on Saturday.
As a result of the ban, the SS Lazio of Italy midfielder would miss Nigeria’s next two matches against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam on September 5 and Egypt in Nigeria on March 25, 2016. Read more
New York Flash sign Ayinde
US National Women Soccer League side, Western New York Flash, on Wednesday announced the signing of Nigerian midfielder, Halimatu Ayinde, pending the receipt of her International Transfer Certificate.
Ayinde, a member of the Super Falcons to the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, currently plays for Delta Queens in the Nigerian topflight league. Read more
Enyimba beat Heartland, 3SC draw
Last season’s Glo Nigeria Professional Football League runners-up, Enyimba, won Wednesday’s Oriental Derby beating Heartland 2-0 in Aba.
Enyimba got their first goal through Chinonso Okonkwo, who headed home Daniel Etor’s corner kick in the 40th minute. Christian Obiozor doubled Enyimba’s advantage from the penalty spot in the 55th minute. Read more
Dedevbo retains Falconets job
FIFA 2014 Women’s Coach of the Year nominee, Peter Dedevbo, has been re-appointed as the coach of the Nigeria U-20 Women’s national team by the Nigeria Football Federation.
The NFF made the announcement on their twitter handle and website on Wednesday. Read more
Flying Eagles coach to resign
Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba has hinted he could throw in the towel after failing to live up to pre-tournament title ambitions of his side at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Garba, who has come under heavy criticism since Nigeria’s New Zealand-fiasco is also accused of bribe taking prior the tournament. Read more
NFF Bemoans Falcons, F’Eagles Crash
Nigeria Football Federation has bemoaned the first round crash of both the Super Falcons and its peers, the Flying Eagles from the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Canada and New Zealand respectively.
General Secretary of the football federation, Mohammed Sanusi, was particularly saddened by manner the Flying Eagles were bundled out of the championship in New Zealand despite the team’s pre- tournament rating, saying that shoving exit is a wakeup call for the federation and all those who play part in the preparation and execution of both events. Read more
250,000 children starving in South Sudan as 18-month conflict rages on
A quarter of a million children face starvation in war-torn South Sudan, with an end to the 18-month conflict as distant as ever, the expelled UN aid chief warned Tuesday.
“Six months ago, we thought that violence and suffering had peaked and that peace was on the horizon. We were wrong,” said Toby Lanzer, who was barred from the country earlier this month after warning of an economic meltdown. Read more
Zambia Debt Costs Set to Soar After ‘Terribly Wrong’ Budget Call
Zambia’s plan to plug a gaping budget deficit by more than doubling foreign bond issuance is sending dollar-borrowing costs to five-month highs.
It could get worse, according to Oliver Saasa, a consultant who was briefed about the plan to raise as much as $2 billion in Eurobonds by a Finance Ministry official. The southern African nation may have to pay as much as 10 percent for the new debt, about 2 percentage points higher than yields on existing securities, he said. Read more
Chad bans full-face veil after two suicide bomb attacks
Chad has imposed a ban on full face veils following two suicide bomb attacks on 15 June, which saw 34 people killed and more than 100 injured.
Accusing militants of using the veil as a “camouflage”, Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet said the ban applied to the use of full face veils everywhere and not just public places. Read more
Airtel’s tower sale deal in Africa falls through
Bharti Airtel said its agreement withHelios Towers Africa for sale of its tower assets in Tanzania and Tchad stands terminated.
The company in July last year signed a deal with Helios Towers Africa (HTA) for sale of 3,100 towers in four countries across its African operations, which span across 17 nations. Read more
Tanzania’s female politicians trained to campaign, avoid sexual pitfalls
Aspiring politician Asha Salum is busy trying to convince people in her area of Dar Es Salaam to support her candidacy for a council position at elections later this year, one of a growing number of women seeking political office in Tanzania.
The softly-spoken politician, who at the age of 31 is the youngest candidate for this post in Tegeta in Kawe constituency in 20 years, is one of a new generation of women being groomed to muscle into the male-dominated political world. Read more
Shooting at historic US church
Police have sealed off the site of a shooting at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, and are hunting a 21-year-old suspect.
Police say the shooting took place at Emanuel AME Church. There was no official word on casualties, but some reports said eight people had been shot. Read more
ISIS Claims Responsibility for Deadly Bombings in Yemen
A branch of the Islamic State in Yemen claimed responsibility for a series of car bombings here in the capital that killed at least 30 people on Wednesday, adding a new layer of peril to a city terrorized for months by airstrikes as well as by antiaircraft fire that has fallen on civilian homes.
The bombings, outside mosques where many Shiite Muslims worship and a headquarters of the Houthi rebels, were the deadliest attacks claimed by the Sunni extremist group since March, when suicide bombers killed more than 130 people at two Shiite mosques here. Read more
UN urges Libyan rivals to accept power-sharing peace deal
The U.N. Security Council urged all Libyan parties Wednesday to accept a peace deal that requires the internationally recognized government to share power with rival Islamists who control the capital.
Bernardino Leon, the U.N. envoy leading talks aimed at stemming Libya’s collapse, had hoped to win consensus over the deal before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which starts Thursday. But Libya’s internationally recognized parliament dropped out of the talks last week in protest at the plan which would mean sharing power with its rivals. Read more
US says woman will appear on new $10 note
The US Treasury Department says a redesigned $10 note will feature a woman, but who she will be has not been decided.
The new note will debut in 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary of the US Constitution’s 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Read more
Vandals attack ‘queen’s vagina’ sculpture at Palace of Versailles
Vandals have sprayed yellow paint on a controversial sculpture known as the “queen’s vagina” which has just gone on display in the gardens of France’s Palace of Versailles.
“Damage to the work, Dirty Corner, was discovered Wednesday morning,” the estate’s management said. “It was lightly sprayed with paint. The work is being cleaned.” Read more
The droids you are looking for: China screens Star Wars in cinemas for the first time
China has finally gotten round to screening the first Star Wars movie at the local cinema for the first time, nearly four decades after the film hit the screens worldwide.
The Shanghai International Film Festival is showing all six Star Wars films this week, including the first screenings in mainland China, the festival organisers said, according to Agence France Presse (AFP). Read more
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