*Buhari Will Finish Boko Haram – IBB* *12 Killed As Boko Haram Raids Borno Villages*

*Buhari Will Finish Boko Haram – IBB* *12 Killed As Boko Haram Raids Borno Villages*

Sabinews Morning News Update for July 16, 2015

National

Buhari Will Finish Boko Haram – IBB

Former military president, Gen Ibrahim Babangida (retd) declared yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari had the capacity to crush and bury the Boko Haram sect.

He agreed with Buhari that the horrible activities of the sect in no way represented Islam, just as he observed that the insurgents lack any discernible ideology and “have continued to portray Islam in very bad light, making members of other religions to perceive us with scorn.” Read more

12 Killed As Boko Haram Raids Borno Villages

At least 12 people were reported killed when Boko Haram insurgents raided Damasak and Ngamdu towns in Borno State, military and vigilante sources told Reuters news agency.

According to sources, they (Boko Haram) first attacked Damasak in Toyota Hilux and motorcycles, set houses on fire “but all the residents have fled the town since last weekend when troops from the multi-national joint taskforce (MNJTF) were withdrawing to Niger,” the sources said. Read more

Labour seeks monitoring of N713.7 billion bailout grant

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has urged the Federal Government to monitor the state governments and federal ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), to ensure prudent utilisation of the N713.7 billion granted to them to pay outstanding salaries and allowances of public service employees. Read more

APC Faults NNPC’ Plan To Move $1.2b To CBN

The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday, renewed its call on the Federal Government to probe the whereabouts of the dividends paid to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG), as well as the taxes to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) prior to that of June 2015. Read more

AUST ready for World Bank funding – NUC

The danger of Nigeria losing the sum of eight million dollars  is over as the African University of Science and Technology, AUST,Abuja, has been declared ready for World Bank funding. The declaration  by the World Bank on Thursday, July 2, 2015 will see AUST as one of the 19 African Centres of Excellence (ACEs) and one of the 10 in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie who disclosed this during a press conference in Abuja, confirmed that the university had fulfilled all outstanding requirements including signing of the performance contract, legal opinion on the performance contract, the partnership agreements, project accounts in line with the requirement of ACE and proper composition of the Project implementation team. Read more

INEC registers DPC as political party

Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has registered the Democratic Peoples Congress, DPC, as a political party.

In a letter dated July 8, with reference number INEC/DEPM/DPC/511/11 and signed by its Secretary, Mrs. Augusta C. Ogakwu, INEC said the DPC was registered at its meeting of June 19. Read more

Political thugs surrender ammunition in Benue

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has commenced the official mopping up of illegal arms following the declaration of amnesty program for possessors of illegal weapons in the state by the government.

It will be recalled that the governor had earlier announced amnesty program those in possession of all kinds of illegal weapons in the state with a cash reward in accordance to the type of weapons submitted. Read more

Benue SSG pledges probe of Suswam’s administration

Benue State Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Barr Targema Takema, has expressed the willingness of the present administration in fighting corruption at all tiers of governance in the state.

Barr Takema made the declaration yesterday in an interactive session with journalists in Makurdi, noting that the Governor Samuel Ortom-led administration is determined to wipe corruptly tendencies to the barest minimum. Read more

PDP alleges plot to use DSS to influence election tribunals

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged of plot by the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, to use the Director General of Department of State Services, DSS, Lawan Daura, to interfere in some election petitions pending before the tribunals.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, who briefed journalists at the end of the party’s weekly National Working Committee, NWC, yesterday, said the party has received information that the DG DSS has invited some people handling election cases in Rivers and other states to discuss matters before the tribunal. Read more

Ambode Directs Lagos CP to Free Apapa Gridlocks in 48 Hours

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday directed the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ajani Owoseni, to unlock intractable gridlocks, which he said, had paralysed businesses and deteriorated insecurity in Apapa within 48 hours.

Also, the governor also directed the police commissioner to ensure total enforcement of Lagos Road Traffic Law, 2014 without fear and favour as a measure to restore order to Apapa, which hosts the country’s most strategic seaports. Read more

Ban on Frozen Turkey, Chicken Sends Prices up by 35%

The ban on frozen turkey and chicken has sent the prices of the items up by more than 35 per cent in major markets in Lagos.

A survey by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  at Mile 12 and Ijora markets showed that a carton of turkey now sells for N11,000 from N7,500, while chicken goes for N9,500 from N6,500. Read more

Wike Commences N3bn Rehabilitation of East-West Road

Hopes of the alleviation of the suffering of people in parts of Rivers State were on Wednesday rekindled when the state governor, Nyesom Wike, commenced the rehabilitation of a section of the East-West Road valued at N3 billion.

The maintenance of the dilapidated portion on both lanes of the East-west Road from Eleme Junction to Onne Exit point measuring a total of six kilometres is being carried out by the Rivers State Government and six companies operating in the area. Read more

Firm to Help Nigeria Tackle Oil Theft, Pipeline Vandalism in 2015 Security Summit

Following the prevailing pipeline vandalism and oil theft in Nigeria which have resulted in decline in oil output and revenue, an India-based international security solution company, Nispana Innovative Platforms, has devised ways to help tackle the menace through the upcoming second Annual Offshore Security Oil Theft -Nigeria Summit in Lagos on August 6 to 7.

It urged all Nigerians and governments to join hands in the fight against maritime crime. Read more

Kidnappers, rapists invade Imo community

People of Egbelu Nguru community in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State now live in constant fear following activities of kidnappers and rapists, who have turned the community into their operational base.

Investigation revealed that no week passes without reported cases of kidnapping and raping by criminals in the community. Read more

Economy

E-PPAN, FSS 2020, CBN Collaborate on e-Government Summit in Africa

The E-Payment Providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN), in collaboration with Financial System Security 2020 (FSS 2020) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), will be showcasing Africa’s biggest e-Government summit.

The summit, which is billed to hold from 28th -29th of July 2015 in Abuja, has the theme: ‘E-Government “Key to Sustainable Development’. Read more

UNCTAD tasks Nigeria, others on trade policy disconnect

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has established the need for Africa to address the policy disconnect in its trade and services sector, in order to unlock the sector’s potential for growth and economic transformation.

At the presentation of the economic development in Africa report 2015 recently in Lagos, the Head of Trade and Poverty branch, UNCTAD, Switzerland, Patrick Osakwe said that Africa’s services sector holds tremendous economic promise. Read more

We won’t bow to pressure to further devalue Naira – CBN

Amidst a three-day straight slide in the exchange rate of Naira against US Dollar, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that it would not bow to pressures to further devalue the local currency.

Yesterday, the parallel market segment of the foreign exchange market traded one US dollar to N245 after it opened the day at N242/USD1.00. The exchange rate on Tuesday was N240 and N238 on Monday. Read more

Alcatel-Lucent boosts undersea data transmission with 300G tech in Africa

Telecommunications and cable Television operators in Africa are set to improve on quality and increase their clientele reach, thanks to an affordable high tech innovation from the Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) that enables data transmission over a distance of 10,000 kilometers using real-time processing prototypes of a unique cost-effective 300 gigabits-per-second. Read more

Oil and Gas

PENGASSAN faults El-Rufai’s call to scrap NNPC

PETROLEUM and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has faulted the call by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State for the scrapping of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, saying political interference is the bane of the corporation.

Reacting to the governor’s comment in a paper he delivered during the 7th Professor Wole Soyinka’s birthday lecture on Monday,  PENGASSAN’s  Acting General Secretary, Mr. Lumumba Okugbawa, said instead of “kill the NNPC,” the governor should have called for the insulation of the corporation from undue political interference that had distracted the organisation. Read more

Seven Energy Gets $495m Loan To Boost Gas Supply

Seven Energy International Limited, an indigenous Nigerian integrated gas company, has secured a $495 million loan from a consortium of Nigerian and international bank to boost gas supply in the country.

The loan is provided by: First Bank, Ecobank, United Bank for Africa, Union Bank, FCMB, FBN Bank UK and Union Bank UK, the financial adviser on the deal disclosed on Wednesday. Read more

Sallah: DPR Assures Public Of Adequate Supply Of Petrol

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has assured the public of adequate and continuous supply of petrol before and during Sallah period.

A report by the News Agency of Nigeria noted that the Zonal Spokesperson of DPR, Abuja, Mohammed Saidu, said that 6.5 million litres (197 trucks) of petrol was supplied on Wednesday to Abuja to ease off the fuel queue in the city. Read more

Sport

LMC Sanctions Warri Wolves, Team Manager, Player

Nigeria’s Professional Football League governing body, the League Management Company (LMC),  has reprimanded the Delta State Football Association (DFA) for not ensuring proper security at the Warri Township Stadium during the Match Day 17 Glo Premier League match between Warri Wolves and Enyimba International.

Warri Wolves FC, its Team Manager and player were also subjected to disciplinary measures for various breaches of the Rules and Framework during their rescheduled Match Day 7 fixture in Ibadan against Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC). Read more

Coach Is Africa’s Pep Guardiola –Pinnick

President of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF), Amaju Pinnick, on Wednesday described newly appointed Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, as Africa’s Pep Guardiola .

Oliseh replaced Stephen Keshi, whose appointment was terminated two weeks ago. Read more

Oliseh Draws Up 70-Man List For Eagles

New Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh has drawn a list 70 players for invitation to the new look Super Eagles.

Amaju Pinnick, President of Nigeria football federation disclosed this at the official presentation of the new national team crew, noting that the team has already started working to actualize new vision of the federation. Read more

Enyimba Hammers Sunshine At Aba

Enyimba International of Aba bounced back to reckoning at Week 18 with a 3-1 hammering of league leaders Sunshine Stars of Akure in a game played at the Aba Township Stadium.

The Aba Elephants is now second on the Glo Premier League table with 33 points, just as Sunshine still maintains the first position with 33 points but on superior goals difference to Enyimba. Read more

Ifeanyi Ubah FC crumbles again at home

It was another bad day for IfeanyiUbah FC yesterday in the on going premier league as the millionaire side fell at home to Kwara United in one of the week 18 pairings.

The defeat was coming three weeks after the club fell at home to Wikki in a match that saw the club management sacked its Bulgarian coach, Dobrev Mitko. Read more

Three Athletes Contend For AFN N1.5m League Jackpot

Three home-based athletes have qualified for the N1.5 million Jackpot up for grabs in the 2015 Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Golden League series, after extending their dominance in the three legs of the league events.

Top sprinter, Nicholas Imhoaperamhe was unrivalled in the men’s 100m, winning the event in Anambra (10.23s, PB), Abuja (10.36s) and Akure (10.38s), thus surpassing the qualifying mark of 10.40s set by the AFN. African 100m and 200m junior champion, Divine Oduduru, played second fiddle to the National Sports Festival (NSF) champion, coming 2nd in all three races with a time of 10.37s, 10.40s and 10.40s respectively. Read more

World News

Kenya Breweries sues to protect beverages

Kenya Breweries Ltd has sued the government over destruction of its alcoholic products.  In suit papers, KBL and UVD Kenya Ltd want the court to issue orders stopping destruction of their products.

The companies said their products have unjustifiably and unreasonably been targeted and destroyed. Read more

Sundowns edge Zambian Champions

Another fine perfomance from Siyanda Zwane and a second half goal from Striker Cuthbert Malajila ensured the 1-0 victory for The Brazilians at the Levy Mwanawase Stadium.

It was however Khama Billiat who had the first effort at goal for Sundowns after some enterprising football from Teko Modise and Mzikayise Mashaba. The Zimbabwean international’s shot was saved by a well positioned Zesco keeper. Read more

Thousands rescued at sea near Libya

Around 2 700 migrants were rescued from 13 boats near the coast of Libya on Wednesday, Italy’s coastguard said.

A German navy vessel and a search and rescue ship deployed by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres participated in the rescues along with the Italian navy and coastguard. Read more

Nearly 40% of African-American children living in poverty – study

A new study found the percentage of American children living in poverty has declined slightly since 2010 as the economy has improved, but the rate for African-American children remains extremely high, at nearly 40 percent.

More than 45.3 million people are considered to be living in poverty in the United States, given a poverty line of $24,000 for a family of four. Some 14.7 million of these, or 20 percent, are children. Read more

Nairobi cops target IDs ahead of Obama visit

Thousands of security personnel will carry out swoops to arrest individuals without national identification cards ahead of President Barack Obama’s arrival next week.

The government plans to deploy nearly 15,000 officers in Nairobi and its environs from the regular and Administration police, the GSU, Prisons, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Wildlife Service rangers and National Youth Service personnel. Read more

KDF kills 7 Shabaab in Somalia

Kenya Defence Force troops in Somalia yesterday killed seven al Shabaab fighters in a gunfight.  A Kenyan soldier was killed and another injured during the raid at Lagolei area in Gedo.

Al Shabaab terrorists had planted an improvised explosive device, which was run over by a KDF vehicle carrying troops before a firefight ensued. Read more

80 hurt after mouse causes mosque stampede

A mouse-triggered panic and a crush in a Casablanca mosque has left more than 80 injured, mostly women, the Moroccan news agency MAP reported.

The incident occurred in the city’s Hassan II mosque, which was packed during evening prayers, the holiest night of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, MAP said. Read more

Cameroon: North Bans Burqas

Cameroon’s northern region has barred women from wearing burqas and face-covering veils after bombs carried by women in burqas killed at least 14 people in a northern town on Sunday, a government official said Wednesday. The region has also barred Muslims from meeting in large groups without permission, said the official, Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of Cameroon’s Far North Region.  Read more

Leading Guatemala vice presidential hopeful accused of corruption

Guatemala’s leading vice presidential candidate and former central bank governor was accused of corruption on Wednesday, in the first such scandal to hit the opposition party, two months ahead of presidential elections.

The United Nations’ International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) will seek a preliminary hearing to strip Edgar Barquin of his immunity over allegations of illicit association and influence trafficking, CICIG told a news conference in Guatemala City. Read more

Japan finally bans possession of child porn

Japan has finally implemented a ban on the possession of child pornography, bringing it into line with other developed nations after years of international pressure.

The revised law means anyone caught with pornographic images of children will face a prison term of up to one year or fines of up to 1 million yen (£5,170). Read more

Egypt drops two-year jail penalty for journalists in proposed anti-terror law

Egypt has agreed to revise a controversial article of its touted anti-terrorism law threatening journalists with jail for reporting anything but the official line on jihadist attacks, state media has reported.

The planned law, approved on 1 July, sparked a backlash from Egyptian media after it included an article threatening at least two years in prison for publishing “false information on terrorist attacks that contradict official statements”. Read more

Neil Young says done with streaming due to ‘worst’ sound quality

Singer-songwriter and musician Neil Young said on Wednesday he won’t allow his music to be streamed any more, not because of disputes over royalties, but rather over poor sound quality.

“I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution,” the Canadian rocker said in a post on his Facebook page. Read more

US lawmakers gravely concerned over Malaysia human trafficking rating

Dozens of members of the US Senate and House of Representatives have written to the secretary of state, John Kerry, expressing “grave concern” that Malaysia may be upgraded in this year’s US list of human trafficking offenders.

“A premature upgrade of Malaysia would undermine the integrity of the TIP (Trafficking in Persons) report process and compromise our international efforts to fight human trafficking,” 19 US senators, 17 Democrats and two Republicans, said in a letter sent to Kerry on Wednesday. Read more

France says foils jihadist attack on military sites

Security forces prevented an attack on French military installations this week by arresting four people whose leader had links to jailed jihadists, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Wednesday.

According to a source close to the situation, the attackers had planned to act in January 2016 and were targeting a senior military official in the south of France. Read more

Hillary Clinton campaign raises $46m, with women 60% of donors

Hillary Clinton has spent nearly $19m and hired hundreds of staff during the first three months of her presidential campaign. In total, Clinton’s official campaign raised more than $46m from more than 250,000 contributors, according to records filed with the FEC, the US election finance watchdog.

About 60% of donors were women, the Clinton campaign said, and 94% of the donations came in amounts of $250 or less. The average donation was $144.89. Read more

Raul Castro tells of ‘new stage’ for US-Cuba relations

Raul Castro has said Cuba and the United States are entering a new era as they prepare to restart diplomatic relations next week, but insisted more changes in American policy towards the communist-run island were necessary.

In his first public comments since the two governments announced that their diplomatic missions currently known as “interests sections” would enjoy full embassy status from July 20, President Castro’s remarks to Cuba’s parliament sounded both a welcoming and cautious tone. Read more

U.S. pastor held in Iran wrongly overlooked in nuclear deal -wife

President Barack Obama should have secured the release of jailed U.S. citizens before sealing a nuclear deal with Iran, and the accord should not win congressional approval until their freedom is guaranteed, the wife of a detained Iranian-American pastor said on Wednesday.

Saeed Abedini, 35, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was sentenced by an Iranian court in 2013 to eight years in prison for allegedly compromising Iran’s national security by setting up home-based Christian churches in his native country. Read more

Obama launches project for more broadband in public housing

U.S. President Barack Obama announced a pilot project on Wednesday aimed at expanding broadband access for people who live in public housing, part of an effort to close what Obama called the “digital divide” between rich and poor.

Eight Internet service providers, including Google Inc and Sprint Corp, have signed on to make the Internet cheaper and more accessible in 27 cities and the Choctaw Tribal Nation in Durant, Oklahoma. Read more

MH 17: Russian separatist leader sued for $900 million by crash victims

Igor Girkin, the leader of Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, was on Wednesday formally accused of orchestrating the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines flight, MH17, in July last year.

A writ filed in Chicago also alleges that Mr Girkin was acting with the blessing of the Kremlin when his forces fired at the Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Read more

Greek parliament approves bailout measures as Syriza fragments

The Greek parliament passed sweeping austerity measures demanded by lenders to open talks on a new multibillion-euro bailout package to keep Greece in the euro, but dozens of hardliners in the ruling Syriza party deserted Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

The package was approved with 229 votes in the 300-seat chamber. There were 64 votes against it and six abstentions. But Tsipras required the support of pro-European opposition parties to push the measure through, leaving a question over the future of his government. Read more

 

 

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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