Sabinews Morning News Update for January 20, 2016
Court remands Kanu, two others in Kuje prison
Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that pro-Biafra agitator Nnamdi Kanu and two of his associates be remanded in Kuje prison, Abuja.
Justice James Tsoho gave the order when Kanu, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi (a Field Maintenance engineer with MTN) were arraigned before him. Read more
Ex-FUTA VC killers to die by hanging
On Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure yesterday sentenced to death by hanging two persons- Ita Enang and Olayemi Bamitale- for killing the former Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof. Albert Ilemobade.
Enang and Bamitale were domestic workers (gateman and driver), killed Ilemobade on June 21, last year, and dumped his remains in an empty stall in his compound at Ijapo,Akure. Read more
Name the 55 that stole N1.34trn, Fayose tells Lai Mohammed
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has challenged the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to make public names of the 15 former governors and 55 Nigerians that he claimed stole N1.34 trillion between 2006 and 2013.
Fayose said, “The reality is that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government has destroyed the economy within eight months in power and rather than look for solutions to the problems facing Nigeria, Lai Mohammed and his cohorts are branding bogus figures about stolen money just to cover up their lack of solution to the country’s economic problems.” Read more
Pipelines bombing: Itsekiri group absolves Tompolo
A socio-cultural organisation in the Niger Delta, Iwere Peace Movement, has said that the recent allegation by Itsekiri leader, Chief Ayiri Emami, that Chief Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, masterminded the recent vandalization of oil pipelines in the creeks was capable of causing another crisis between the Ijaw and the Itsekiri.
In a statement by Mr Merie Oritsejolomi and Mr Johnbull Omadeli, the group absolved Ekpemupolo of complicity, describing the activities of Chief Emami and Chief Michale Jonhny on the issue as unfair “and capable of causing ethnic disharmony between the Ijaw and the Itsekiri.” Read more
2 men allegedly sell stolen baby for N100,000
The police in Akwa Ibom State have arrested two persons, Nkereuwem Matthew Ebong and Enobong Sunday Thomas, both of Edienne Ikot Ibio Imo village in Uyo Local Government Area, for allegedly stealing and selling a new born baby delivered by one Nseabasi Matthew Ebong, 22, for N100,000.
The state Police Commissioner, Mr. Murtala Mani, who paraded the suspects alongside other criminals at the state police command headquarters yesterday, also said police arrested one Mr. Ukana and Isaac Eddie Ndeesor, for kidnapping one Akara Mendie along Urua Akpan Udosen/Ikot Una Village Road in Ukanafun Local Government Area. Read more
Fear grips Gbaramatu residents over JTF’s threat
Residents of riverine communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, are worried about the next move of the Joint Task Force, JTF, which had threatened community leaders to produce the ex-militants that bombed crude oil and gas pipelines in the state, last week.
The people are afraid that the military may invade their communities anytime and wreak havoc on innocent persons. Read more
Protest in Ekiti over Fayose’s airport project
Land owners and farmers displaced by the airport project in Ekiti State yesterday protested against what they called “illegal acquisition of their farmlands and unlawful destruction of economic trees and crops”.
They claimed that 10 farmers, including three women, have died of shock from what they called “huge economic loss”, resulting from the destruction of their farms. Read more
Amaechi urged to rescind decision on Maritime Varsity
The Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, has condemned the scrapping of the Nigerian Maritime University project in Okerenkoko, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.
Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, had said that the university which was said to have been proposed by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, would be scrapped while all money spent on the project returned to the Federal Government. Read more
FG to give priority to infrastructure devt in tertiary institutions
Federal tertiary institutions will henceforth be given priority in terms of infrastructural and staff development in tandem with President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to reposition the education sector for better productivity.
The Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, disclosed this in Pankshin, Plateau State, during the 25th–33rd convocation ceremony of Federal College of Education (FCE), Pankshin, where about 8,000 students were issued with different certificates obtained from the institution. Read more
EFCC chief Magu: more looters will go to prison
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Mustafa Magu spoke yesterday on the fight against corruption, saying it will be unsparing.
Besides, the EFCC boss agreed that the rate of convictions in corruption cases may be low, but he is sure that more looters will go to jail this year. Read more
Seriki chiefs seek to stop Adetunji as Olubadan
Another chieftaincy line in Ibadan, the Seriki, has headed for the court to stop the Oyo State Government and the Olubadan-In-Council from installing the Balogun of Ibadan, High Chief Saliu Adetunji, as the Olubadan of Ibadan land.
The Head of the acclaimed line, Chief Adebayo Oyediji, and five others yesterday filed a motion seeking an order compelling the government and the Olubadan-In-Council to instal Oyediji as the Olubadan. Read more
Tension in Lagos market as traders protest invasion by NURTW
The peace and tranquility that pervade the popular Ile-Epo Market in Abule Oke-Odo area of Lagos State was truncated on January 7, 2016 when some persons suspected to be members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW invaded the market with guns, cutlasses and broken bottles.
The touts who shot sporadically allegedly injured several traders and their customers. Vanguard Metro, VM leant that the traders and their customers scampered in different directions for safety as the stern -looking invaders allegedly made straight for some members of the Ile-Epo Central Market Union, inflicting bodily injuries on them with their weapons. Read more
ICPC to arraign ex-Zamfara gov today over alleged corrupt practices
The former governor of Zamfara State, Ahmed Sani Yerima, will be arraigned today by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offenses Commission, ICPC, today for allegedly scamming former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the federal government, promising to supply 50,000 metric tonnes of grains without delivering the goods after receiving payment for same. Read more
Lassa Fever: FG targets 10,000 health centres, sets up c’ttee
Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adeboye, yesterday, gave an assurance that Lassa Fever would be completely eradicated in the country this year.
The minister, who spoke to journalists after participating at the signing of updated Abuja commitment on polio eradication at the Presidential Villa, said the Federal Government had concluded arrangement to set up 10,000 primary health care centres across the 109 senatorial districts in the country to tackle the disease. Read more
Telecom firms in Nigeria must adhere to NCC guidelines —Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that telecommunication companies operating in Nigeria must adhere to the rules and guidelines of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, noting that registration of all mobile phone users without exception will help security agencies to pre-empt terrorist attacks.
Speaking at an interactive forum with members of the Nigerian community in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, President Buhari urged telecommunications companies not to place their desire for huge profits above the security needs of the nation. Read more
NEITI seeks reforms in solid minerals sector, berates poor earnings
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has disclosed that the Solid Minerals sector requires a robust fiscal regime built on comprehensive reform to expand the revenue generation base for the nation.
The Acting Executive Secretary, NEITI, Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, who stated this during a courtesy visit to Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi, called on the ministry to commence a comprehensive programme for the mining industry in the phase of the collapse of oil prices. Read more
Nigeria woos investors at WEF
Monetary and fiscal policy executives from emerging markets in Africa are engaged in frantic efforts to market their economies at the ongoing World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, following the crash of commodities in the international markets, which has rendered their economies unattractive to investors.
Nigeria’s team, led by Finance Minister, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, would be making presentations at various meetings, while hosting some special meetings. Read more
Global stocks crash to record low on falling oil prices
The global financial market was in turmoil yesterday, with world stocks sinking to their lowest levels since 2013, hit by another tumble in oil prices to 13-year low. Anxieties actually ruled the waves as the equities were set for one of their worst monthly performances ever.
Indeed, the MSCI World equity index fell by 1.3 per cent to its lowest level since July 2013, and the index’s fall so far in January is already 9.9 per cent, the biggest drop since 2009. Read more
Oil and Gas
Oil price falls below $27/bbl
For the first time since 2003, the price of Brent crude, the world’s benchmark oil yesterday sold below $28 a barrel, America’s crude grade – West Texas Intermediate (WTI) $26.62 and OPEC basket grade $23.85 a barrel on Tuesday.
Despite over 25 per cent slump in oil price so far this year with the attendant pains and fears, oil drillers and producing nations have continued to pump more oil into an oversupplied market. Oil traders are concerned that the crude oil supply glut could last longer. Read more
No Document On Crude Oil Swap – PPMC
Members of the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee probing Refined Product Exchange Agreement/Crude Oil Swap were shocked at yesterday’s hearing when the newly appointed managing director of Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, told them that there was no document to show that there were other processes taken other than presidential and ministerial directives regarding lifting of oil in the oil swap deals between Duke Oil and Trafigura. Read more
Fuel import: Foreign suppliers blacklist Nigeria
Nigeria’s difficulty to import refined petroleum products, particularly, Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, has worsened as foreign suppliers have blacklisted Nigeria from further business until such transactions are dollar cash backed.
The development is further compounded with the deferment of about 5.4 million litres PMS daily production, as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, announced the shutdown of Port Harcourt and Kaduna refineries. The announcement came four days after the plants were closed. Read more
Pinnick, Giwa In Showdown, Blows Thrown As Sports Minister Sides Faction
The meeting called yesterday by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung had all the trappings of reopening the already settled leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). It took a dangerous turn when the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa who is laying claim to the same office almost engaged each other in fisticuffs.
Pinnick and his greatest challenger, Giwa were locked in a battle for the soul of the NFF after the election in Warri, Delta State on September 30, 2014 which produced the present board. The Confederation of African Football and FIFA have both recognised the Amaju Pinnick-led board. Giwa lost his case both in Fifa and the Court of Arbitration for Sports, CAS. And this was after he had withdrawn his case from a Jos court when Fifa moved to ban Nigeria. Read more
Emenike linked with West Ham
Londoners West Ham are hoping to wrap up a deal for former Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike before the end of this week, according to reports emanating from the British Press.
The Hammers manager Slaven Bilic is in the market for a frontman following the injuries to Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll. Read more
Kenyan police kill 4 most wanted terror suspects
Kenya’s anti-terrorism police on Wednesday killed four most wanted terror suspects and recovered firearms and five grenades in the coastal town of Malindi.
Malindi divisional police commander Matawa Muchangi said the four were shot dead in a fierce shoot-out with detectives who have been trailing them for some time. Read more
Cholera outbreak kills 17 in southern Somalia
At least 17 people including children have died following an outbreak of diarrhoea in the last two weeks in southern Somalia, authorities said on Wednesday.
Hawaadley District Commissioner in the Middle Shabelle region, Ali Mohamed told reporters the situation was yet to be contained by medical authorities in the town since most of them were ill-equipped to handle cases of outbreaks. Read more
SA opposes burning of ivory stockpiles
South Africa opposed a resolution that lauded CITES for supporting the destruction of government stockpiles of ivory seized from poachers and traffickers. It asserted that CITES acted out of turn by encouraging governments to destroy their ivory.
Thea Carroll, South Africa’s representative at the meeting, said, “South Africa is concerned about the negative consequences of destroying stockpiles.” South Africa’s view is that destroying ivory increases its scarcity and therefore drives up prices. Many economists reject that reasoning and the Standing Committee members voted to suspend discussions on legalising ivory trade. Read more
Tunisia police disperse new protest after jobless man’s death
Tunisian police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of job-seeking demonstrators in the impoverished town of Kasserine, in a second day of protests after the death of an unemployed man.
The demonstrators had gathered outside the local government offices demanding a solution to the region’s dire unemployment before heading towards the town centre, as small groups set up roadblocks with burning tyres. Read more
Second Ebola Case Since End of Outbreak Confirmed in Sierra Leone – Reports
On January 14, Sierra Leone’s health officials said that a boy had died from the Ebola virus in the country’s northern Tonkolili district. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the case on January 15, which was a day after it announced the end of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
In December 2013, an Ebola outbreak started in Guinea, later spreading to Liberia and Sierra Leone. The virus has claimed the lives of over 11,000 people, according to WHO estimates. Read more
Plans to curb cost of #FeesMustFall damages
The Higher Education Department is hoping to curb spending on damages, sustained during student demonstrations.
Last year, government spent R150-million repairing infrastructure damaged during the student protests. Read more
Kenya’s credit rating is down, says economist
Kenya’s credit worthiness has worsened compared to its regional peers South Africa and Nigeria, analysts said yesterday, citing huge current account and budget deficits.
Researchers at Standard Chartered Bank however expect spending cuts pledged by the National Treasury from next month to help boost the diminishing confidence. Read more
SA Reserve bank facing dilemma over growth, inflation: Governor
The South African Reserve Bank governor said on Wednesday the bank was facing a policy dilemma of slow growth and rising inflation ahead of a decision on interest rates in Africa’s most industrialised country.
The South African Reserve Bank raised its benchmark lending rate by 50 basis points last year, and some analysts expect another increase on January 28, as a sharply weaker rand and rising food prices due to drought, fuel inflation. Read more
ANC denies receiving R42 million funding from PIC
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa laid a complaint with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela this week claiming the Public Investment Corporation had allegedly channelled money to the ANC to pay staff salaries and fund the party’s 104th birthday celebrations in Rustenburg, North West, earlier this month.
Holomisa said R42-million was paid to the party in three transactions allegedly using third parties. ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize dismissed the claims yesterday. Read more
Limpopo learners ‘in limbo’ amid exam leaking probe
The families of the grade 12 learners whose results have been withheld at the Department of Basic Education say they are in limbo as they wait for their children’s names to be cleared.
The department is investigating their role in the leaking of a Life Sciences question paper. Read more
Five Cops Killed by Militants in Egypt
At least five Egyptian policemen, including three officers, were killed when militants stormed a police checkpoint in the country’s restive North Sinai and opened fire on them, the Interior Ministry said today.
Three other conscripts were injured during the exchange of fire with the militants in Al-Arish city late last night. Read more
Chinese flood Taiwan president-elect’s Facebook, demanding return to China
Thousands of posts, apparently from China, have flooded the Facebook page of Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, demanding her self-ruled island be brought under Chinese control, though her party brushed it off and said they respected their views.
Tsai and her independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won presidential and parliamentary elections by a landslide on Saturday, prompting concern in Beijing that she may push for the island’s formal independence. Read more
Pakistan attack: Vigils held for Bacha Khan University dead
Vigils have been held in Peshawar and elsewhere in Pakistan for at least 21 people killed in a university attack.
Four suspected attackers also died in Wednesday’s assault on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. Read more
Tajikistan Police Shave Nearly 13,000 Men in Their Battle Against Conservative Islam
Nearly 1,800 women and girls were also “convinced” that they should not wear Islamic headwear
Authorities in Tajikistan forcibly shaved nearly 13,000 men whose beards were judged to be “overly long and unkept” last year as part of a police campaign to eradicate conservative Islam — termed a foreign influence in the former Soviet republic. Read more
Experts pan proposal for young people to use superannuation to pay student debts
A proposal to allow young people to access their superannuation savings to pay off their student loans has been dismissed by experts as short-term thinking that would leave them worse off.
The Liberal senator Chris Back called on the government to adopt the idea, saying it would help people with the strain of repaying Higher Education Loan Program (Help) debts early in their working lives. Read more