SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR AUGUST 12, 2016
Nnamdi Kanu agrees dialogue with Buhari’s FG to end agitation
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, has said that his group, IPOB, is willing to negotiate with the Buhari’s Federal Government to end the agitation for self-governance.
Kanu made this known through his lawyers, led by Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Amoebi Nzelu, while reacting to the government’s decision on Thursday to release some members of the group who were arrested in February, saying they were not opposed to talks with the government. Read more
Four siblings jailed 3yrs over forging of court papers
Four brothers of the same parents were yesterday, sentenced to three years jail term by a Lagos State Magistrate Court sitting in Ikeja for conspiracy and forgery.
Those sentenced after they were found guilty of the offence preffered against them were: Abayomi Oluwa, 64, Ismaila Oluwa, 69, Tajudeen Oluwa, 60 and Musa Oluwa, 58. Read more
Low oil prices not an excuse, Nigerians tell Buhari
Many Nigerians have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to focus on solving the challenges facing the country instead of complaining about the state of the economy.
The calls followed Buhari’s comments about the effect of the slump in oil prices on the economy. Read more
Refineries to resume full operations before end of 2017 – Osinbajo
The Federal Government said that it has saved about N1.4 trillion that would have been paid as subsidy to oil marketers as a result of the successful deregulation of the downstream oil and gas sector and also expects the nation’s refineries to come on stream before the end of 2017, Vanguard reports.
The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, disclosed this while speaking at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) 2016 Presidential Policy Dialogue Session, in Lagos. He explained that the successful deregulation of the downstream oil and gas sector has resulted in conservation of budget resources and reduction in demand for Foreign Exchange (FX). He said that the action has further reduced the need to import petrol, which was also being smuggled to the neighbouring countries due to previous price differentials. Read more
Shell Nigeria declares force majeure on Bonny Light crude liftings
Shell’s Nigerian unit has declared force majeure for Bonny Light crude grade liftings due to a shutdown of a pipeline in the Niger Delta following a leak, a statement said on Friday.
“SPDC declared force majeure on Bonny Light liftings effective 1000hrs (Nigerian Time) today due to shutdown of the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) by the pipeline operator, Aiteo, following a leak,” Shell said in a statement. Read more
Ijaw Youth Group Begs Agitators to Embrace Peace
A group under the aegis of Ijaw Community Association has called on the various Niger Delta militant groups to embrace peace and dialogue with the federal government, saying renewed agitation in the region has added more difficulty to the already ailing economy.
It said the activities of various militant groups who have been destroying oil facilities were disrupting economic activities in the region, stressing that they had caused the Nigerian economy to go into recession. Read more
#IYD2016: Fulfill your promise on job creation, NLC tells FG
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Friday in Abuja urged the Federal Government to fulfil its promise on job creation and youths employment in the country.
The NLC General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, made the appeal in a statement he issued in commemoration of the 2016 International Youth Day. Read more
Our commitment to Ogoniland cleanup is genuine – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday restated his administration’s commitment to the cleanup in Ogoniland when a received a delegation of Ogoni leaders in Abuja.
The President had last week said the cleanup of Ogoniland and other oil-impacted communities which his administration started in Bodo, Rivers State on June 2 would last 20 years. Read more
N156bn debt: GenCos seek FG’s intervention to avert shut down of facilities
Consumer Rights Advancement Organisation has appealed to the Federal Government to stop electricity generation companies from shutting down their operations over N156 billion debts.
The GenCos, in newspaper advertisements on Aug. 8, threatened to shut down their plants over N156 billion debts owed by some government agencies. Read more
Pregnant woman shot dead over land in Delta
Five persons have been declared missing after Enwhe and Igbide communities of Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta state clashed over a disputed plot of land.
The Punch gathered that a woman with six and half month-old pregnancy was also shot dead during the fracas. It was gathered that the five missing persons comprising three women and two men had not been seen by their relatives since last Monday fracas. Read more
Road accident kills 5 in Abuja
An accident has claimed five lives on a major highway linking Nigeria’s capital city Abuja to Lokoja, capital of the central state of Kogi, authorities said Friday.
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Kogi State also confirmed that a total of seven people were involved in the accident, adding that two of them escaped without any injury. Read more
Man shoots ex-wife, attempts suicide
A man on Friday at a shopping complex in Zaragoza, Spain, shot his ex-wife and then tried to commit suicide, investigators have said. Witnesses said, the incident occurred around 11am. Read more
We can win gold – Mikel
Team Nigeria captain Mikel Obi has said the national men’s football team are determined to meet the high expectations of Nigerians.
The Chelsea midfielder said the team’s 2-0 defeat by Colombia on Wednesday should not be used to judge the team. Teofilo Gutierrez scored the first goal for Colombia in the fourth minute while Dorlan Pabon beat Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi from the spot in the 63rd minute. Read more
I have learnt a lot about swimming –Tonjor
Nigeria swimmer, Rachael Tonjor, has described her experience at the Rio 2016 Olympics as “exciting”, saying she has learnt some lessons which will improve her in the sport.
Tonjor on Sunday crashed out of the women’s swimming 100m breaststroke event of the Olympics despite finishing third in heat one of the event. She finished her race in 1:21.43secs behind Kos Island’s Zeqiri Rita and Nepal’s Singh Gaurika but could not qualify as she was ranked 42nd in the final qualifying list. Read more
Leicester City kickstart EPL title chase at Hull
Three months and six days after their glittering coronation as Premier League champions, Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City launch the new season with a trip to promoted Hull City on Saturday.
The novelty of their 5,000-1 triumph is still to wear off, but Leicester are already looking to the future. Read more
Pogba banned for Man United opener – FA
Manchester United’s new signing Paul Pogba is suspended for his side’s Premier League opener at Bournemouth on Sunday, England’s Football Association announced on Friday.
The 23-year-old France midfielder was booked twice while playing for Juventus in last season’s Coppa Italia, incurring a one-game ban that has been transferred to England. Read more
Bolt, Fraser-Pryce, Okagbare set as athletics begins
The Olympic track and field competition begins on Friday with all eyes on Jamican sprint sensation Usain Bolt. And Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will attempt to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of Olympic gold in the woman’s 100m. Tori Bowie, who posted the United States’ fastest times in 100 and 200m, is another favourite for the sprint titles.
Africa’s fastest woman Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure (10.78) is expected to pose a major challenge for Fraser-Pryce and Bowie in the sprint double – along with Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare. Read more
Comment on Obama founding IS was sarcasm, says Trump
Donald Trump backtracked Friday from his assertion that President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton founded the Islamic State group, saying he was just being sarcastic.
As he often does, the Republican presidential nominee accused the news media of misconstruing something he said. Read more