SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR AUGUST 28, 2016
Ex-US envoy warns Lagos, Kano against Boko Haram attacks
A former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, has warned that Boko Haram terrorists will likely regroup, becoming more radical, violent and may attack Kano and Lagos states.
The former diplomat noted that the division in the terrorist group might not degrade its ability to launch deadly attacks. Read more
FG destroys 15 containers of imported frozen fish
The Federal Department of Fisheries on Saturday destroyed 15 containers of frozen fish allegedly belonging to a company, Food Solution Nigeria Limited.
According to the Deputy Director of Fisheries, Mrs. Olabisi Adepegba, out of the company’s frozen fish-filled containers, 15 contained spoilt fishes. Read more
Nigerians knock govs, police over rising violent crimes
Many Nigerians have expressed worries over the recent increase in criminal activities, especially the frequency of violent crimes across the country. They blamed state governors and the police for their inability to deal effectively with criminals.
Those who spoke with our correspondents lamented that crimes such as robbery, kidnapping, militancy, and herdsmen attacks, among others, had taken a frightening dimension in recent times. Read more
Budget Padding: Police to comb appropriation office for vital documents
Fresh indications emerged on Saturday that the police would this week, liaise with the Department of State Services to allow the team of investigating officers led by an Assistant Inspector General of Police have access the secretariat of the Appropriation Committee of the House of Representatives.
The police panel is investigating allegations levelled against the leadership of the House of Representatives by a former Chairman of the House Committee on Appriopration, Abdulmumin Jibrin, that the 2016 budget was unnecessarily padded. Read more
Avengers wants Soyinka, Kalu, others in dialogue with FG
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka and a former Governor of Abia, Dr. Orji Uzo Kalu, have been listed among a seven-man team to lead the negotiation between the Niger Delta Avengers and the Federal Government.
Other members of the team are Prof. Steve Odi-Owei, Etubom (Dr.) Anthony Ani, Nalaguo Chris Alagoa, Chief (Mrs.) Alice Mobolaji Osomo, and Mr. Inienimi Ballantyne Agiri, who has been acting as spokesman for the group. The committee is expected negotiate on behalf of a faction of the militant group in the eastern and central Niger Delta. Read more
Reintegration of two million IDPs, my current challenge —Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said the current challenge facing his administration was how to reintegrate over two million Internally Displaced Persons who are victims of Boko Haram insurgents.
He said since life had started returning to normal where the IDPs were displaced, it was important for his administration to re-unite them with their families. Read more
Military Begins Operations in Niger Delta, Says Army
Notwithstanding promises by the President Muhammadu Buhari government that it would employ dialogue, as an option, in dealing with the resurgent militancy in the Niger Delta, the military at the weekend launched an operation to root out militants in the oil-rich region. Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement yesterday that the military campaign was “a precursor operation” to a planned offensive against the militants, code-named operation “Crocodile Smile”. Read more
Bauchi govt revokes AIT/Raypower’s C of O
The Bauchi State Government has withdrawn the Right of Occupancy on a piece of land belonging to DAAR Communication Plc, owners of the African Independent Television and Raypower FM.
A copy of the letter ordering the withdrawal of the land situated at the outskirts of Tirwun, which was signed by the Commissioner of Works, Lands and Housing, Abubakar Ali, was obtained by our correspondent on Thursday. Read more
EFCC blasts NBA president over calls for reforms
For daring to suggest limiting the power of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to investigation, the newly-elected National President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud, has come under serious attack by the commission. Read more
Ondo APC Aspirants Accused of ‘Kidnapping’ Delegates
As controversies trail the alleged endorsement of an All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirant by a National Leader ahead of the August 31 primary of the party in Ondo State, a contestant for the party ticket yesterday alleged that his colleagues who were not sure of their chances had kidnapped some delegates.
An aspirant, Dr. Olusegun Abraham, levelled the allegation while featuring on a live programme of a private radio station in Akure, Ondo State. Abraham said those aspirants who knew that they would lose the primary election out of their desperation invited some delegates to a meeting but later held them hostage. Read more
High Cost Of Housing: Rent Control And Regulation Law Wanted In FCT
The provision of mass and affordable housing for low income earners in the Federal Capital Territory have been moving on a snail speed for decades.
Currently, the population of the FCT about over seven million that were not hitherto captured in the master plan. Read more
Ondo Guber Race: Disquiet In APC Over Imposition Plot
Palpable anger, intense bitterness and series of threat pervades the rank and file of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ondo State ahead of its gubernatorial primaries billed to hold this week. The crisis, which has engulfed the party in successive turns, degenerated to the extent that within two weeks, aside the embattled Chairman, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, other two persons emerged the chairmen of the main opposition party in the state.
The bone of contention is not unconnected to the alleged plan by the National leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to impose his anointed aspirant, Dr. Segun Abraham as the APC flag bearer in the November 26 governorship election in the state. Already, no fewer than 25 aspirants across the three senatorial districts of the state have obtained nomination forms to participate in the primary election. Read more
Japan Donates $800m to Fight Malaria, TB, in Nigeria, Pledges $30bn Investment in Africa
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed special appreciation to the government of Japan for donating $800 million to the fight against malaria, tuberculosis among other deadly diseases in Nigeria.
The contribution was part of the $1.3 billion made available to the Nigerian health sector by the Global Fund.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in Nairobi, Kenya yesterday, Buhari gave an assurance that his government would ensure full rehabilitation and resettlement of the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east who are currently scattered in different camps as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Read more
On-the-run couple fall into police net
A couple in Ogun State, 46-year-old Abiola Wahab and Toyin Abiola, have given the heinous crime of child trafficking a despicable new face.
The couple were said to have been on the run for a long time until nemesis caught up with the duo in Obatoko, Ogun State and they were arrested. They are now cooling their heels in the custody of the Special Armed Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Ogun State Police Command, where they are undergoing interrogation. Read more
NSCDC arrests boy, 15, with hard drugs, fake currency in Niger
The Niger State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on Saturday, said it had arrested a 15-year-old boy, identified as Umar Alhassan, for allegedly supplying cannabis (otherwise known as Indian hemp) to residents close to Minna, the state capital.
Alhassan was said to have been arrested along Gidan Mongoro Bida Road with fake N1,000 and N500 bills amounting to N3,500, in addition to the drugs and a matchbox. Read more
ATBU student stabbed to death in gang war
Tragedy struck in Bauchi State on Wednesday night when a second-year student of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), identified as Yusuf Musa, was stabbed to death.
SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that the undergraduate, a student of Mechanical Production Engineering, was killed during a fight, which was reportedly triggered by a misunderstanding between him and a fellow student three weeks earlier along a road. Read more
Lagos: Story Of Oil In The Nation’s Economic Hub
When Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Company Limited, a wholly-owned indigenous firm embarked on the complicated process of looking for crude oil in Lagos State some 25 years ago many thought it was another grandstanding, a wild goose chase that will fizzle out without achieving the desired results.
However, the oil firm proved cynics and critics wrong when it, in partnership with Panoro Energy ASA and First Hydrocarbon Nigeria (FHN) Limited, among others, on May 3, 2016 achieved first oil on Aje field in western axis of the ancient town of Badagry. Read more
Nigeria’s oil production currently at 1.3m bpd – Kachikwu
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has said that the nation’s crude oil production has fallen from an average of 2.2 million bpd to as low as 1.3 million barrels per day, The Punch reports.
He disclosed this on Thursday at the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in Abuja. He said; “We are presently passing through very grave circumstances in Nigeria. Oil that was at a price of about $120 is at about $42 per barrel today. The price has continued to struggle and based on this element alone, the Federal Government has lost over 50 per cent of its income and so do the states. Read more
Pirate attacks rise in Nigeria despite global decline
Pirate attacks off the coast of Nigeria rose in the first half of the year, while attacks on shipping globally fell to their lowest level in 21 years, according to the International Maritime Bureau.
Globally, there were 98 actual or attempted pirate attacks in the first half of 2016, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s IMB, the lowest tally since 1995 and a marked fall on the 134 recorded in the same period last year and the peak of 266 in the first six months of 2011. Read more
FG targets offshore investment profits to fund projects
In a bid to shore up revenue to implement its programmes for the rest of year, the Federal Government is targeting dividends from its investments abroad.
The dividends are said to be in millions of dollars. Read more
Nigeria’s economic woes, self inflicted, says Soludo
A former Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Prof. Charles Soludo, said, yesterday, that the economic recession Nigeria is experiencing was self inflicted, insisting that oil, for most part of the country, had been a curse.
Soludo, in a key note address at Delta State Economic and Investment Summit, said the collapse of oil prices was the only way to take the country out of its economic quagmire. Read more
CBN accuses banks of violating international money transfer rules
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has accused commercial banks of compromise in the ways they handle proceeds from international money transfer inflows into the country.
A circular to banks titled: Illicit International Money Remittances Through The Banking System, and signed by CBN Acting Director, Trade and Exchange, W.D. Gotring, accused the lenders of opening multiple illegal company and personal accounts where they harvest dollar proceeds for onward disbursements to recipients in Nigeria. Read more
How Senate Plans to Stimulate an Economy in Recession
The passage of the Public Procurement Bill by the 8th Senate would not have come at a more auspicious time than now. The bill when concurred to by the House of Representatives and assented into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would turn out to be the tonic needed to grow the Nigerian economy that is said to be currently in recession.
The reasons for this is simple. The bill will help to curb the frequent capital flight and increase the patronage of local content by empowering local companies to produce locally made goods. Also, it will help fight and reduce corruption in this era of crusade against corruption. In other words, the bill when eventually passed into law will enhance transparency and competitiveness, the ingredients needed for national growth. Read more
Nigeria’s Olympic nightmare
With its stellar performances in sporting competitions such as the FIFA Under-17, Under-20 and senior World Cups, Olympics Football, the All Africa Games, Commonwealth Games and the World Athletics Championships, Nigeria is regarded by many analysts as one of Africa sporting powerhouses.
But not when the country’s total medal haul at the Olympics is mentioned in the same breath with that of US swimming superstar, Michael Phelps. Read more
Yobo to help Ikoyi Prisons’ inmates secure bail
Former captain of the Super Eagles, Joseph Yobo, says the Joseph Yobo Foundation will work to release as many inmates of Ikoyi Prisons as posible, especially those awaiting trial, News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Yobo spoke at the inauguration of Ikoyi Prisons Football Academy on Saturday in Lagos. Read more
Akwa Utd lose to Enyimba as fan dies in road crash
Akwa United Saturday evening succumbed 1-2 to Enyimba FC of Aba in Port Harcourt, even as the Ibom based side lost a fan in tragic road crash involving her supporters club members.
The supporters club members were on their way to Port Harcourt to support their team in yesterday’s NPFL matchday 33 fixture against the Peoples Elephant at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium . Read more
NPFL: Appeal Court takes over Giwa reinstatement case
The legal battle seeking to compel the League Management Company (LMC) to reinstate Giwa FC into the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has shifted to the Court of Appeal, Jos Division which on Friday enrolled the suit.
LMC’s appeal is against the interim order granted by Mr. Justice I.I. Kunda of the Plateau State High Court, Bukuru on August 12, 2016 in a case filed by one Mustapha Abubakar seeking to reinstate Giwa FC into the NPFL and also reschedule all the games the club was excluded from playing following its expulsion in May. Abubakar claims to be the Chairman of Giwa FC Supporters Club and that his fundamental human rights has been violated. Read more
Cheap renovations may have contributed to high death toll in Italy quake
Cut-price renovations, in breach of local building regulations, could be partly to blame for the high death toll after Italy’s devastating earthquake, according to a prosecutor investigating the tragedy.
As questions mount over the death of hundreds, prosecutor Giuseppe Saieva said that property owners who commissioned sub-standard work could be held responsible for contributing to the quake’s deadly impact. Read more
Vatican hopeful of end to 65-year diplomatic deadlock with China
AFTER decades of tension, the Holy See and Beijing are moving progressively closer towards improving relations, despite concerns among some followers of the Roman Catholic Church.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin yesterday addressed the matter extensively in a speech at the diocesan seminary in Pordenone, Italy, saying cosying up to China would not merely benefit the country’s 12 million Catholics but contribute towards world peace. Read more
ISIS abandons key city
Syrian Democratic Forces – a joint Arab-Kurdish force backed by the US – claims the colossal number of landmines have been discovered in fridges, fruit baskets and even kettles.
The Forces took back Manbij from ISIS on 12 August to scenes of jubilation from oppressed residents after two-and-a-half years of occupation. Read more
Trump vows to start deportations of criminals
Donald Trump has offered hints at what his immigration policy will end up looking like during a campaign stop in Iowa.
The Republican nominee said he would remove ‘bad guys’ and undocumented immigrants with criminal records on ‘day one’. Read more