SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 1, 2017
Many killed as suicide bomber hits Maiduguri
There was a suicide attack in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on New Year’s Eve, according to the spokesman of the police in the state, Victor Isuku.
Isiaku in a text message to our correspondent said, “Information reaching me now is that there was an explosion at custom area. “Preliminary details available is that only the suicide bomber affected. Now on standby for details soonest.” Read more
Buhari: Security, Economic Recovery, My Priorities in 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that securing the country and taking the economy out of recession would be his main preoccupation in 2017.
The president, in his new year message to Nigerians, said security issues afflicting the country would be decisively dealt with. Read more
$1.1bn Malabu scam: EFCC launches manhunt for ex-minister, Etete
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has launched a manhunt for a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dan Etete, who was charged with money laundering and fraud in Italy and Nigeria.
Sources within the EFCC told SUNDAY PUNCH that the suspect, who was accused of perpetrating a $1.1bn fraud through his company, Malabu Oil & Gas Limited, had allegedly rendered himself incommunicado, making it difficult for the EFCC to serve him with court papers. Read more
Topmost global rating body: Nigeria’s economy will improve 2017
ONE of the world’s leading credit rating agencies, Moody’s, has cheerful news for Nigerians in 2017. It says the country’s economy and her dollar earnings are expected to improve in the new year.
The US-based top rating firm’s Vice President and Lead Analyst for Nigeria, Lucie Villa, told SUNDAY PUNCH that Nigeria’s economy would bounce back to 2.5 per cent in 2017 from its 1.5 per cent contraction in 2016. Read more
Nigerian President Begins Move To Execute ECOWAS’ Mandate On The Gambia
n a bid to discharge his mandate as the mediator for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in The Gambia, President Muhammadu Buhari has began discussions with leaders in the sub-region and international pertners.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media Garba Shehu, the president said that one of the outcomes of the just-concluded ECOWAS Summit held on December 17, 2016 in Abuja was his appointment as the mediator for The Gambia, with the out-going president of Ghana, Mr. John Mahama, as co-mediator. Read more
Magu Not Sacked As EFCC Chairman – Presidency
The Presidency has denied a media report that President Muhammadu Buhari has removed the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
Although President Buhari had recently ordered the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, to investigate allegations of corruption leveled against Magu and other government officials, LEADERSHIP Sunday understands that Magu remains the chairman of the EFCC. Read more
Armed Men Attack Niger Villages, Kidnap, Rape women
Fear has gripped some villages in Rafi local government area of Niger State, after heavily armed gunmen attacked two communities in the area, kidnapping residents, rustling cows and raping women.
LEADERSHIP Sunday’s findings revealed that the two communities of Dan Mayana and Dogon Gona, as well as settlements around the foot of a popular forest and hill in the area, were raided continuously between Thursday and Friday. Read more
PMB Promises Frontal Action On Southern Kaduna Crisis
Following the recurring destruction of lives and properties in Southern Kaduna, President Muhammadu Buhari in his maiden New Year message to Nigerians has promised to address the ugly development and similar ones in other states “frontally.” Apart from Kaduna, it could be recalled that there has been relentless mayhem in the states of Benue, Zamfara, Enugu, Taraba and Rivers.
“In this New Year, I want to reassure all Nigerians that our defence and security forces are more than ever before ready to perform their constitutional role of protecting lives and property in the country; and we will surely overcome all other forms of security challenges. Read more
Buhari woos militants, seeks end to destruction of infrastructure
President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to Niger Delta militants, and members of the Shia community in the North to halt violent disruption of economic activities, as well as the destruction of critical infrastructure and embrace peace initiatives put in place by his government.
According to the president, who has tasked law enforcement agencies to treat these agitators humanely and in line with the rule of law, the unity, stability and economic development of the country are predicated on the collective resolve of all and sundry to forge ahead, even as the government seeks solutions to the myriad of challenges besetting the country. Read more
Nigeria returns to crude Oil to fund budget as non-oil revenue falters
Following the dismal performance of non–oil mineral revenue in 2016, Nigeria has again turned attention to crude oil to fund the 2017 fiscal plan, as can be gleaned from the proposed plan before the National Assembly, where oil mineral resources are projected to provide the bulk of the revenue.
They have now moved from the 19 per cent they were projected to fund the plan, to 40 per cent, and non-oil revenue, which this year was projected to play the lead role, is now to take the back seat. Read more
Nyesom Wike promises good governance
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has assured the people of Rivers State that they will continue to enjoy good governance, pro-people leadership and an enhanced welfare in 2017.
In a New Year message, the governor felicitated with the people of Rivers State and other Nigerians in the New Year, urging them to continue to pray for the state and Nigeria. Read more
Buhari, PDP clash over CJN Onnoghen’s confirmation
Piqued by the delays in nominating Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen to the Senate for confirmation, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said it has reviewed “the dirty politics surrounding the appointment of a substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), particularly at the Presidency.”
Consequently the party declared that President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to submit the Onnoghen’s name to the Senate for confirmation was “shockingly embarrassing.” Read more
NEITI: NPDC Owes N68bn, $3.3bn in Taxes, Royalties
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has revealed that the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC),owed the federation N68.2 billion and $3.3 billion in taxes and royalties from its oil and gas operations, respectively.
NEITI made this known in its 2014 annual audit report of activities in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector which was published on Friday in Abuja. Read more
Nigeria Football Needs Total Rejigging – Akpoborie
Ex international, Jonathan Akpoborie has revealed that the country’s football requires total rejigging if the various national teams must have a successful impact in 2017.
Football in the outgoing year had a contrasting success after the Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets failed to qualify for next year’s African championship while the Super Eagles who couldn’t qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, are having a decent run in their quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after beating Zambia and Algeria to remain top of group B. The same thing can be said of the Super Falcons who clinched the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon for the tenth time. Read more
Pillars must return to winning ways -Gov. Ganduje
Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has called on newly recruited players of Kano Pillars to give their very best promising that they won’t regret their action.
While addressing them last Thursday at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano shortly after their training before they moved into a-two week closed camping in Kaduna for the last phase preparations ahead of the 2016/2017 NPFL season made the promise assuring them that they are in good hands. Read more
Arsenal, Leicester, Monaco Track Etebo
English Premier League champions Leicester City and Arsenal are reportedly in the hunt for Nigerian midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo.
The former Warri Wolves player made a name for himself after scoring four goals for Nigeria’s U-23 side against Honduras in their opening fixture at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
According to British tabloid, the Sun, the Premier League duo sent scouts to watch Etebo in action for Portuguese club CD Feirense in their 1-1 draw against Porto on Thursday. Read more
CHELSEA MAKE IT 13 WINS IN A ROW, CONTE HAILS TEAM’S CHARACTER
Antonio Conte has hailed his team’s character as Chelsea overcame Stoke City 4-2 in a gutsy display at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Consecutive win number 13 was on the agenda for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea as they played hosts to Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. And in what was a fighting display by the Blues, they equalled the record for the most consecutive wins in a single season as they beat the Potters 4-2. Read more
Istanbul terror attack: Gunman ‘dressed as Santa’ kills 39 in Reina nightclub as hunt continues for attacker
Armed with a long-barrelled weapon, the attacker shot a police officer before storming the elite Reina club in the Ortakoy area of the city at about 1.45am. Read more
North Korea’s long range missile ‘in final stages’
North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un has used his New Year’s message to say his country is in the ‘final stages’ of developing a long-range missile.
In a televised speech, Kim said North Korea was now close to being able to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Read more
Sudan’s Bashir extends national ceasefire by one month
The Sudanese president extended his government’s ceasefire with rebel groups in the country’s south by another month on Saturday.
Omar al-Bashir also invited rebel leaders from the regions of Darfur, Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan to join his National Dialogue talks in Khartoum. Read more
Drunk Canadian pilot arrested after passing out in cockpit
ASunwing pilot was arrested on Saturday after being found intoxicated in a plane he was about to manoeuvre out of Calgary airport in western Canada.
UN’s new ‘bridge-builder’ faces an antagonistic Trump
The former Portuguese prime minister and UN refugee chief told has said he will engage all governments “and, of course, also with the next government of the United States” and show his willingness to co-operate on “the enormous challenges that we’ll be facing together”. Read more