SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 14, 2016
Buhari presents 2017 budget to N’Assembly today
President Muhammadu Buhari will today (Wednesday) present the 2017 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly.
The document will be the second one to be presented by the President after his inauguration in May 2015. Read more
Don’t worship in uncompleted buildings, CAN tells churches
Following the tragedy that occurred at the Reigners Bible Church Int’l Inc, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, last Saturday, the Christian Association of Nigeria has advised churches across the country not to worship in uncompleted buildings.
Specifically, CAN urged churches to stop “the idea of holding worship service inside buildings under construction to avoid a repeat of the avoidable tragedy”. Read more
Court orders EFCC to unfreeze Fayose’s accounts
A Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to immediately unfreeze the accounts of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
Saying the action was against due process, Justice Taiwo Taiwo said the anti-graft agency did not follow the laid down regulations in freezing the accounts. Read more
FG uncovers N2.2tn unrecorded debts after audit
The Federal Government has discovered unrecorded debts of N2.2tn ($7.22bn) left over from the previous administration.
It said in a tweet that the debts were uncovered after an audit aimed at improving transparency, Reutersreported on Tuesday. Read more
NRC yet to get 2016 capital vote – MD
About two weeks to the end of the year, the Nigerian Railway Corporation has not received any part of the N330.24m earmarked for capital projects in the 2016 Appropriation Act.
The Managing Director, NRC, Mr. Fidet Okheria, stated this in Lagos on Tuesday during a visit by the Joint Committee of the National Assembly on Land Transport led by its Chairman, Senator Gbenga Ashafa. Read more
Over 101,500 Nigerians murdered since 1999— Report
No fewer than 101,500 defenseless Nigerians were allegedly murdered since 1999. Of this figure, 47,500 occurred in the last five years and 9,700 since May 29, 2015.
This was contained in a report released by International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law and South-East Based Coalition of Human Rights Organisations, SBCHROs, Intersociety/SBCHROs, in Onitsha, Anambra State, to mark the 68th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UDHR. Read more
‘Tinubu will only leave APC if…’
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Mohammed Lawal, says a national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, will only leave the party if President Muhammadu Buhari quits the ruling party.
Lawal, who was the Deputy Director, Coordination and Implementation of the APC Presidential Campaign Office in 2015, therefore, dismissed reports that there was friction between Tinubu and the President. Read more
Terrorists disguise as labourers to attack Madagali, Maiduguri –DHQ
The Defence Headquarters, Abuja, on Tuesday, has said members of the communities in the North-East region must be alert to a new ploy being employed by the Boko Haram sect, which is to disguise as menial workers and attack their victims.
The DHQ, in a statement signed by the acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said the same ploy was employed in the recent attacks on a market in Madagali, Adamawa State, and the Monday Market, Maiduguri, Borno State. Read more
EFCC Withdraws Charges against Former FCT Minister
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) tuesday withdrew the five-count charge it filed against former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Mohammed.
The charge marked CR/43/2016 was filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sitting in Gudu. Read more
EFCC quizzes OAU’s acting VC over alleged diversion of N1.4b
Acting Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Prof Anthony Elujobi, was yesterday quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ibadan over alleged diversion of N1.4 billion.
Elujobi was reported to have acted in concert with the bursar without clearance from the appropriate authorities to draw the sum in settling entitlements of workers, including earned allowances as well as paying himself a furniture allowance of N7 million. Read more
Nigeria targets localising 50% of Internet traffic by 2020
Nigeria is hoping to localise Internet traffic in the country by as much as 50 per cent by 2020 through the Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) Nigeria currently has.
The rate of growth of Internet traffic is a useful indicator of the health of the entire Internet ecosystem, as well as in measuring the development of the digital economy. Read more
Biafra: Court Okays Shielding of Witnesses as IPOB Kicks
A mild drama ensured tuesday at the Headquarters of the Federal High Court in Abuja as supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) clashed with security operatives attached to the court over a ruling of the court that protects witnesses from public view in the case against IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, and three others.
Kanu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, are currently facing an amended 11-count charge bordering on treasonable felony, illegal possession of fire-arms as well as terrorism. Read more
INEC’s Independence Dangerously Drifting Away, Ekweremadu Warns
The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has charged the Constitution and Electoral Reform Committee to help restore the fast declining independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in order to preserve the nation’s democracy.
He also suggested single term of office to reduce desperation and impunity by politicians as well as the conduct of party primaries by the INEC to reduce the life and death struggle by politicians for control of party machinery. Read more
B’Haram kills Operation Lafiya Dole commander, aide in Borno
Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect on Monday laid an ambush between Sari and Gudumbali areas of Borno State, killing another Lieutenant Colonel, Otos Umusu, and his unnamed security aide while heading to their base in Baga.
Our correspondent learnt that Umusu, who was the Commanding Officer of the 118 Task Force Battalion, Operation Lafiya Dole, in Borno, and his aide were killed by an Improvised Explosive Device planted on the road. Read more
Caterer bathed with acid by ex-lover demands justice
A 25-year-old caterer, Rosemary Nnaife, who was allegedly bathed with acid by her ex-lover in the Lawanson, Surulere area of Lagos State, has demanded the prosecution of the suspect, identified only as Paul.
The Delta State indigene, whose face had been scarred by the acid, said since the incident, Paul had yet to be prosecuted. Read more
NNPC: FG’s Special Petroleum Force Takes off in 2017
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed that a specialised petroleum force which the federal government said it would set up to secure crude oil and gas assets in the Niger Delta region would eventually take off in 2017.
The corporation however did not state exactly what month the specialised force would take off, but noted that it was targeting a zero vandalism of oil and gas assets facilities in the region in 2017. Read more
NCDMB, NAOC to quicken growth of Zabazaba deep water project
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) are collaborating to speed up the development of the Zabazaba and Etan deepwater project in compliance with the provisions of the Nigerian Content Act.
The two organisations reached the agreement recently at a review meeting on the project held at the Board’s headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Read more
‘Nigeria loses $1bn to gas flare data falsification’
Nigeria is losing between $500m and $1bn revenue as a result of the falsification of gas flare data by international oil companies, the Federal Government has said.
According to the government, the IOCs falsify gas flare data in a bid to avoid or cut down on the payment of the required penalties for flaring gas, adding that this had deprived the country of huge revenue. Read more
Nigeria’ll be out of recession next year -SGF
The Federal Government has assured its determination to revamp the economy and take the nation out of recession next year.
It stressed that the foundation for a diversified economy is already being laid and while the 2017 budget would further strengthen the economy. Read more
Nigeria’s lease market grows on back of cash crunch
Leasing, rather than bulk payment, has become alternative to outright acquisition of assets, as Nigerians grapple with recession-induced cash crunch.
These include the acquisition of wealth creating equipment- plants and machinery, particularly for medium and large-scale farmers and manufacturers; household items; cars, real estate, among others. Read more
Ondo confirms receipt of N6.5bn Paris Club refund
ONDO State Government yesterday announced that it has received N6.5 billion as part payment of the money owed it by the Federal Government on the excess deductions made from the state account on the Paris Club payment.
Consequently, Governor Olusegun Mimiko has ordered that part of the fund be used to offset workers salaries. Read more
Falcons to storm Aso Rock – Report
The Super Falcons will reportedly march to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday to protest against the non-payment of their entitlements.
The eight-time African champions, who are owed bonuses and allowances by the Nigeria Football Federation, have been protesting since they won the African Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Read more
NFF, NPFL and the lavished N244m league broadcast money in a week
Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung appears to many as a loquacious speaker but he hit the nail on the head last week when he said that football administration in Nigeria needs surgical operation. The minister was reacting to the Super Falcons’ refusal to leave their hotel after winning the African Women Nations Cup in Cameroom for the eighth time.
That national embarrassment is perhaps history but revelation in Abuja last week that a subsidiary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Nigeria Football League Limited squandered two hundred and forty four million naira in one week bares testimony to why the minister should go ahead with his surgical operation immediately in whatever methods he wants. Read more
NPFL2016/2017 season : Refs to get N80,000 per match
Referees hoping to officiate in the 2016/ 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League season, will earn just N80,000 per match.
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Referees consultant, Linus Mba, disclosed that the said amount is inclusive of indemnities, and transportations. The FIFA Technical Adviser on Refereeing, stated that referees in the lower cadre, will earn far lower the above said amount for their efforts. Read more
I’m out to win world titles – Fijabi
Nigerian boxing sensation Fijabi ‘Fijaborn’ Olaide has set his sights on the African and world titles, after conquering the national scene and the West African sub-region.
Fijabi, who is the national and West African light welterweight champion, said having fought regularly on the local scene courtesy of the GOtv Boxing Nights, he was now prepared to showcase his stuff on the global scene. Read more
Japanese tourist dies at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
An elderly Japanese woman has died while snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, in the fourth tourist death at the Australian attraction in a month.
The 75-year-old was pulled from the water on Tuesday at Moore Reef, about 45km (30 miles) from Cairns. Read more
Hillary Clinton’s email scandal rumbles on
A TOP US judge has demanded the FBI hand over the search warrant used to reopen Hillary Clinton’s email case just 11 days before the election.
Judge P. Kevin Castel asked Government lawyers to give him any relevant documents by Thursday as he deliberates whether to make the details of the warrants public. Read more
German minister sparks outrage after REFUSING to wear hijab during Saudi Arabia visit
Ursula von der Leyen and her entourage did not wear the hijab head coverings or the full length Abaya garment during her visit, despite adamantly claiming that she “respected” the country’s customs and traditions.
According to an Iranian newspaper, Von der Leyen said: “No woman in my delegation will be required to wear the abaya, as the right to choose one’s attire is a right shared by men and women equally.” Read more
Migrants in Libya facing “human rights crisis” – UN report
Migrants in Libya are suffering consistent and widespread abuse, including arbitrary detention, forced labour, rape and torture, a United Nations report said on Tuesday.
Record numbers of migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, have been trying to reach Europe via Libya, usually in flimsy inflatable boats provided by smugglers. Read more