Sabinews Morning News Update for August 2, 2015
Military Uncovers Bomb-making Factory in Dikwa
The troops of 7 Division Nigerian Army in their ongoing mop up operations in some parts of North-east has uncovered Boko Haram terrorists’ Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) making factory in Dikwa, Borno State.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, also said the military were able to clear Dikwa and environs of terrorists, and recovered four Toyota Hilux vehicles. Read more
DSS Arrests 28 Kidnappers Nationwide
The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested 28 suspected kidnappers nationwide within six days, THISDAY has learnt. The service stated that it apprehended the suspects across various states in the South-south, South-west and the North-west regions.
A statement by one Tony Opuiyo issued on Saturday in Abuja, said the DSS, in line with its statutory mandate, initiated a series of special tactical operations in states prone to the nefarious activities of criminal gangs. Read more
Ooni: Ongoing Ritual Sacrifice is Act of Tradition
The ritual sacrifices said to have been commenced last Friday by traditionalists in Ile-Ife, Osun State, were done according to the tradition of the land over the acclaimed death of the Ooni of Ife, THISDAY has learnt.
Traditional priests and herbalists were said to have embarked on rigorous exercise to sacrifice to the gods of the land on the latest development. Read more
Maitama Sule: Buhari-Osinbajo Administration Epitomises Great Change
Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule has described the Buhari-Osinbajo administration as an epitome of the much-needed change that would propel Nigeria to greater heights.
He said Nigerians should consider the persons of Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo as a treasure trove endowed to them by God at a time when the need for a positive paradigm shift has become imperative, adding that the federal government under the stewardship of Buhari and Osinbajo has the capacity to put the nation on a promising pedestal. Read more
Nasarawa Clarifies Stand on WAEC Indebtedness
With ongoing controversies over the threat by the West African Examination Council to withhold results of candidates for the Senior School Certificate Examination over some states indebtedness to the examination council yet to abate, the Nasarawa State government has clarified the state’s stand on the issue.
In a press release signed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Nasarawa governor, Ahmed Tukur, the governor clarified that the state was not in any way indebted to the council. Read more
War against Terrorism: Don’t be Discouraged, Nigerian Military Urged
A Civil Society group under the aegis of Civil Society Movement Against Terrorism (CSMAT) has urged security agencies not to be discouraged in the fight against terrorism.
Leader of the coalition, Ogah Columba, who said this during a peaceful demonstration at the National Assembly in Abuja to protest the alleged Amnesty International abuses against the Nigerian military, also called on Nigerians to support the efforts of security agencies by providing the necessary information and intelligence in tackling the menace. Read more
Ikpeazu Counsels Civil Defence Corps on Pipeline Security
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has charged officers and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to step up strategies for securing oil pipelines in the state and curbing child trafficking. Ikpeazu said this at the weekend in his office when he had an audience with the new commandant of the NSCDC, Abia State Command, Dr. Benito Eze.
The governor commended the corps for its operations against pipeline vandalism in the state and urged greater cooperation between them and other security agencies as well as the state government, particularly, in the area of intelligence sharing. He said such collaboration would help to ensure adequate protection for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s pipelines and facilitate a more effective war against child trafficking. He also promised to support NSCDC’s operations in the state. Read more
President Buhari Urged to Revive Discipline Culture
The most potent way to curb corruption among the new generation is to revive and instill discipline among youths in the country.
To this end, President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to set machinery in motion to fight social disorder, indiscipline and all forms of anarchy in the country as well as renewal of pursuit of a civil discipline that will respect the rights of Nigerians as well as demand action from them. Read more
Yahaya Bello Picks APC Gubernatorial Form
Kogi State gubernatorial aspirant, Yahaya Bello, has picked the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial form at the party’s head office in Abuja.
Speaking during the event Bello said: “I am running for Kogi State governorship in the forthcoming election, beginning with the primaries of APC.”
He disclosed that Kogi State was created 24 years ago; the same number of years it took United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubia to develop from the desert it was then to the present. It is unfortunate that our state that was created 24 years ago is rated 35th among the less developed states in Nigeria. Read more
Customs: We Will Not Shut Down Intercontinental Hotel
Following speculations that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has concluded plans to shut down Intercontinental Hotel, large rice investors in the country, for non-payment of retrospective duties, the commission on Saturday said the hotel will not be closed down.
A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the commission, Wale Adeniyi, said the NCS has found it necessary to clarify its position on its ongoing battle to compel defaulting rice importers to pay outstanding duties owed the Federal Government. Read more
Police Uncover Baby ‘Factory’ in Asaba, Arrest Eleven Persons
The police in Delta State has uncovered the latest ‘baby factory’ in Nigeria with the arrest of the alleged operator of the place and two lads believed to be his assistants in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The Delta State Police Command said in a statement on Saturday that ‘eight pregnant girls’, who were allegedly caught in the centre, were arrested alongside the suspected baby factory operator and his two boys. Read more
Army dissolves courts martial
Strong indications emerged on Saturday that the new Chief of Staff, Maj. – Gen. Tukur Buratai, has begun the process of reviewing cases of soldiers dismissed from service as a result of alleged acts of cowardice, insubordination, mutiny and related allegations.
Our correspondents learnt that the Army under the leadership of Buratai was revisiting all the cases against military officers and soldiers which emanated from the ongoing operation against the insurgents in the North- East. Read more
Senate forgery: Judge orders IG to appear in court
A Federal High Court in Abuja has directed the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to appear before it on Tuesday to answer questions on the ongoing investigation into the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Order 2015.
The judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, in his ruling, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent on Saturday, asked Arase to appear in court on August 4 to give reasons why the prayers sought by the plaintiff in his ex parte application should not be granted. Read more
Assets declaration: Buhari, Osinbajo yet to complete process
Two months after assuming office, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have yet to present themselves to the Code of Conduct Bureau for verification of their assets as required by law.
This is despite the fact that they had promised to make the details of their assets declared to the CBB public only after the verification exercise. Read more
Saraki seeks Emir’s help on Buhari
In his efforts to make peace with the Presidency over its distaste on the composition of the senate leadership, Senate President Bukola Saraki, has resorted to seeking the assistance of emirs and traditional rulers, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.
In realising this objective, the senate president, has sought the help of the Emir of his home town, Ilorin, Kwara State, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, an aide of the emir told our correspondent. Read more
We won’t interfere in senate crisis — Northern elders
Elders of the North have said they would not heed any call on them to wade into the Senate crisis.
The elders, under the auspices of the Northern Elders Forum, said although they regard Senate President Bukola Saraki’s election as constitutional even though it was against the interest of the ruling party, they would not interfere in the matter between President Muhammadu Buhari and Saraki. Read more
18 banks to publish 1600 debtors’ names this week
Over 18 Deposit Money Banks and discount houses operating in the country will publish the names of at least 1600 customers whose loans have become non-performing this week, findings by our correspondents have shown.
This follows the expiration of the July 31, 2015 deadline set by the Central Bank of Nigeria for banks and discount houses to publish the names of debtor-companies, their subsidiaries and directors in national newspapers. Read more
Taraba Elections: Court Rules against INEC’s Request for Tribunal Relocation
The Taraba state election Tribunal sitting in Abuja has ruled that the President of the Court of Appeal has power to exercise constitutional power by moving any tribunal to any part of the country including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
This has put paid to the motion by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the relocation of the election tribunal back to Taraba State. Read more
Anyaso: Power, Unemployment Nigeria’s Major Problems
Chima Desmond Anyaso is the Chief Executive Officer of companies Ceecon Energy Oil and Gas Limited and La Paris Continental Hotel. In this interview with journalists in Lagos, Anyaso, who is also the South-east Chairman of Nigerian Young Professional Forum (NYPF), a group which he said is determined to alleviate the menace of unemployment, is optimistic that the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, will reclaim the mandate from the Peoples Democratic Party. Anayo Okolie presents the excerpts: Read more
How CBN Prevented $3Billion Loss To Capital Flight
THE Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) may have conserved for the country $3b that could have been lost to capital flight in the last few years, with the directive on commercial banks to always confirm the reasonableness of forex request for freight component of their international transactions.
Authoritative sources said the apex bank had since issued a directive to all commercial banks that forex request for the purpose of freight and other related charges in international business should not be honoured until they are investigated to authenticate and ascertain their reasonableness. Read more
Avoid Sensationalism, CBN Tells Finance Reporters
Authorities of the Central Bank of Nigeria have cautioned Finance Correspondents and Business Editors against sensational reporting of stories concerning the apex bank.
Director of Corporate Communications Departments of the CBN, Mr. Ibrahim Muazu, gave the charge in Calabar, at a 4-day seminar for Financial Correspondents and Business Editors in Nigeria. Read more
As Capital Market Bows to Sell Pressure
As a combination of inclement operating environment and sustained dip in prices of oil at the international market continue to shave corporate earnings with the attendant dampening of investors’ appetite, Festus Akanbi, in this report, says what should be of concern to the regulators is how to stem the tide of capital flight from the Nigerian economy
In a gradual but sustained manner, the rise in business sentiments which greeted the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration sometimes in May appeared to have given way to the realities of the prevailing economic fundamentals in the country and on the global arena. Read more
LCCI faults move, asks CBN to tread with caution
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), has described the move by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to publish names of debtors to shame individuals and companies involved after the August 1, 2015 (yesterday) deadline, as unprofessional, calling on CBN to examine the default on case by case basis in order to avoid sweeping generalisation. The chamber also advised the apex bank to adhere to global best practice of debt recovery by giving due consideration to legal implications. Read more
‘Nigeria can do better than 8.5 million litres of petrol daily from Warri and PH’
The declaration by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) about Port Harcourt and Warri Refineries being resuscitated to produce about 8.5million of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as petrol daily has sparked controversy among fuel marketers and stakeholders in the oil and gas sector of the economy. While some people say the effort to revamp the plants would ease excessive importation of refined petroleum products into the country, others believe the plants do not have the capacity to meet even the demand for domestic consumption of fuel. Read more
Why FG’s Operation Light Up Rural Nigeria Failed
The federal government’s planned rural electrification project tagged ‘Operation Light Up Rural Nigeria’, which was unveiled by former President Goodluck Jonathan in January 2014 got stalled, because many Nigerians especially those living in the rural areas believe that electricity is a form of charity to be doled out by government, THISDAY has gathered.
Speaking during an inter-ministerial committee on government’s renewable energy action plan, with members drawn from all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), to dialogue for fresh framework on Sustainable Energy 4 All (SE4ALL), in collaboration with international agencies, in Abuja, the Director for Renewable and Rural Power Access Department, Ministry of Power, Mr. Abayomi Adebisi, said investors will be willing to invest in the power sector, only if their return on investment is guaranteed. Read more
BoI Disburses N497m to SMEs in Niger
Managing Director, Bank of Industry (BoI), Mr. Rasheed Olaoluwa, has put the loan disbursement to entrepreneurs under its Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Fund (MSME) in Niger State at N497 million.
Beside the matching fund, he said the bank had on its own, disbursed direct loans in excess of N225 million to enterprises in the state.
Olaoluwa, who spoke while unveiling BoI’s Niger State office in Minna yesterday, stated that the gesture was to enable entrepreneurs harness the potential in the state to industrial scale. Read more
Block All Leakages in Revenue Generation, Lagos Assembly Urges LGs, LCDAs
The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged all the local councils in the state to block all leakages in their revenue generation as recommended by its Ad hoc Committee on Year 2015 Appropriation for Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in the state.
The Committee had been mandated to continue the job given to the House Committee on Economic Planning and Budget by the 7th Assembly to scrutinise the Year 2015 budget of the LGs and LCDAs in the state as the committee could not complete its work before the dissolution of the House on Monday 1st, June, 2015. Read more
Niger Delta Group Hails Boroh’s Appointment
The Concerned Niger Delta Youths Initiative has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment of Gen Paul Boroh (rtd) as the coordinator of the Presidential Niger Delta Amnesty Programme.
A statement by the president of the group, Ebis Orubebe said: “While praying for God`s direction on his new assignment, we urge him to use his wealth of experience both in the military and academics to ensure peaceful coexistence in the Niger Delta region. Read more
Lagos Assembly to Check Illegal Dredging in the State
Members of Lagos State House of Assembly have resolved to call on the Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to direct appropriate agencies to stop all forms of dredging, mining and reclamation activities in the State.
The resolution is sequel to a motion moved by Hon. Abiodun Tobun, representing Epe Constituency I. He noted that the motion became necessary following complaints by various communities in the State where dredging, mining and reclamation activities are taking place for commercial purposes. Read more
Call Masari to Order on His Predecessor, Buhari Urged
President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to call to order, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State over his attempt to blackmail, denigrate and villify the immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Ibrahim Shehu Shema and his aides.
Shema, in a ‘Save Our Soul’ (SOS) letter written to the President through his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, alleged that barely a month after he bowed out as the Governor of Katsina State, after an acclaimed tenure, his successor, Governor Masari started a campaign of calumny against him in a bid to decimate his image and reverse the progress attained under his leadership. Read more
Nzeribe: I am Hale and Hearty
Chief Arthur Nzeribe has dispelled rumours that he was terminally ill and that his wife has abandoned him, describing the rumours as mischievous.
Nzeribe, a former Senator, noted that he was in good health and that the public should let the sleeping dog lie. He disclosed this through his Chief Press secretary, Collins Ughala, in Abuja Read more
Ekiti Seals off Five Hospitals for Professional Misconduct
Ekiti State Ministry of Health has sealed off five private hospitals in the state for not complying with government’s operational guidelines.
The affected hospitals are Devine Citadel Hospital, Ado-Ekiti; Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Maternity and Hospital, Emure Ekiti; Emmanuel Medical Clinic, Emure Ekiti; Lexical Clinic, Ise Ekiti, and JOA Medical Centre, Ado-Ekiti. Read more
NO SHAKING! .NFF assures on Dream Team, Falcons
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is confident the dream of Nigeria qualifying for the male and female soccer events of the Rio 2016 Olympics wont be shattered today as Samson Siasia’s Dream Team and the Super Falcons go to war.
While Siasia and his boys are in Pointe Noire for the mother of all battles against Congo, the Falcons would in Bata, slug it out with Equatorial Guinea in what promises to be another explosive clash. Read more
Heartland, five others return home
The League Management Committee (LMC), has cleared Heartland FC of Owerri and five other clubs to return to their respective home grounds as the Glo Premier League second stanza got underway yesterday.
In the very first game of the second stanza decided yesterday, Dolphins secured a 3-1 home victory over Nasarawa at the Sharks stadium in Port Harcourt. Read more
Rio 2016: We’re in Congo to win — Siasia
The battle line is drawn as Nigeria seek to pick a ticket to the African U-23 championships which is a qualification tourna-ment for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Between Nigeria and this ticket is the Congolese national U-23 side handled by Frenchman Claude Le Roy. Read more
Glo League: Enyimba, Rangers Renew Rivalry
Action will resume in the Nigeria Professional Football League this weekend after the two weeks mid-season break with the top contenders for the title expected to continue the fight to dethrone holders Kano Pillars.
Like on the final day of the first stanza, attention will once be on the Oriental derby clash between Enyimba and Rangers. Read more
Osama bin Laden’s Family Members Killed in UK Plane Crash
Three relatives of the late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden were among four people killed when a private jet crashed in southern England, British police confirmed on Saturday.
The Hampshire Police force said formal postmortems were still being conducted, but the victims were believed to be “the mother, sister and brother-in-law of the owner of the aircraft, all of whom are from the bin Laden family.” It said all three were Saudi nationals who were visiting Britain on vacation.
The plane’s Jordanian pilot also died. Read more
Family Feud Erupts at Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Funeral
The ongoing tensions between the families of the late megastar Whitney Houston and her ex-husband, R&B singer Bobby Brown, erupted yesterday during a memorial service for their daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
Bobbi Kristina, who dreamed of growing up to achieve fame like her mother, died in hospice care July 26, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta town home. Read more
Obama to hit US power plants with tougher than expected emissions cuts
President Barack Obama is planning to impose tougher than expected cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from US power plants, White House officials have said.
A year after proposing unprecedented carbon dioxide limits, the Obama administration was poised to finalise the rule at a White House event on Monday. Read more
Canada prime minister Stephen Harper set to call October election
Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, is poised to call a parliamentary election for October 19, kicking off a marathon 11-week campaign likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power.
Harper’s office said in a statement on Saturday night that he is due to visit governor general David Johnston – the representative of Queen Elizabeth, Canada’s head of state – at 9:55 am (1355 GMT) on Sunday. Read more
China to close Beijing’s airports during military parade
Chinese authorities have announced they will close Beijing’s two airports during a military parade next month to mark the anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II.
Flights will be banned or diverted for three hours from 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 3. to enable the victory parade to pass off smoothly and ensure flights safety, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement Saturday. Read more
91-year-old gets IT job at Silicon Valley
A 91-year-old woman, Barbara Beskind, has started a new career as a valuable part of Silicon Valley’s tech world, bringing her years of wisdom to the industry.
The nonagenarian had wanted to become an inventor as a child. Read more
Huawei Posts $7.23bn Income for First Half of 2015
Huawei, a leading global information and technology (ICT) solutions provider has continued to record remarkable business growth for first half of 2015 with the total revenue reaching a total of $9.09 billion.
The result showed an impressive year-on-year increase of 69 per cent, of its Consumer Business Group (BG), with unit’s sales income representing 32 per cent of total income of the parent company; Huawei Technologies up from 24 per cent in first half of the year. Read more
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