SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 22, 2016
Military begins road construction into Sambisa Forest
The Nigerian military on Wednesday said it had commenced the construction of roads into the Sambisa and Alagarno havens of the Boko Haram insurgents.
The military also revealed that over 80 per cent of the Sambisa Forest had been captured from the insurgents as it insisted that the counter-insurgency war in the North-East would soon be over. Read more
Policeman fights truck driver, loses gun over N500
A yet-to-be identified policeman in the Odogunyan area of Ikorodu, Lagos State, is in the eye of the storm after he was caught on camera fighting with a truck driver and his friends in the community.
The policeman was seen in the video struggling with the three men during which his rifle fell off. Read more
Foreign experts to analyse alleged Wike’s leaked calls — Police
The police have invited some foreign specialists to assist with the forensic analysis of the leaked audio of Governor Nyesom Wike’s alleged phone calls during the legislative rerun election in Rivers State.
The experts were invited by the police as part of investigation into the alleged rigging of the election and the alleged threat to the lives of some electoral officers during the poll. Read more
Rep warns against withdrawing troops from N’East
A member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Adamu Kamale, on Wednesday kicked against plans by the Federal Government to pull out troops from the North-East in 2017 on the excuse that the Boko Haram insurgents had been weakened.
Kamale, who hails from Adamawa State, represents Michika/Madagali Federal Constituency, two of the worst-hit local governments in the state by Boko Haram attacks. Read more
Ibori freed, FG begins ex-Delta governor’s extradition process
The Federal Government has commenced the process of extraditing a former governor of Delta State, Mr. James Ibori, from the United Kingdom, The PUNCH can confirm.
The Southwark Crown Court had, on April 17, 2012, sentenced Ibori to 13 years in prison after the ex-governor pleaded guilty to 10 counts of money laundering and stealing $250m from the Delta State treasury. Read more
Ogun pays N12bn unremitted salary deductions, others
The Ogun State Government has said it has commenced the disbursement of N12.5bn for the payment of arrears of six-month workers’ salary deductions and two years of gratuities to pensioners.
It also added that the balance of severance packages to former political appointees, who served during the immediate past administration of Otunba Gbenga Daniel, had also been paid. Read more
Ondo result: Akeredolu lauds Jegede, Oke
The Ondo State Governor-elect, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has commended his opponents at the last governorship election in the state for accepting the result of the election in good faith.
The time allowed by law to file petitions at the Election Petitions Tribunal to challenge the poll result lapsed on Sunday, December 18, 2016, which was 21 days after the announcement of the results of the poll. Read more
2015 polls: INEC vows to punish indicted officials
The Independent National Electoral Commission has promised to punish any of its staff members found guilty of allegations against by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission during the 2015 general elections.
This was contained in INEC’s daily bulletin forwarded to our correspondent by the Deputy Director in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Nick Dazang, on Wednesday. Read more
18 die, 21 injured in Osun, Delta accidents
Eighteen people lost their lives in separate auto crashes in Osun and Delta states on Wednesday.
Five persons died on the spot in a multiple accident which happened close to Akinlalu Junction along the Ife -Ibadan Expressway, while13 persons died in an auto crash along the Asaba-Onitsha Expressway in Delta State. Read more
Katsina health workers protest suspended salary structure
The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Katsina State council on Wednesday called on the state government to restore the suspended Consolidated Health Salary Structure for its members in the state, maintaining that its suspension had exposed its members to hunger and hardship.
The union also demanded an urgent implementation of the government white paper on the verification exercise on the beneficiaries of CONHESS in the state. Read more
Attack: El-Rufai imposes 24-hour curfew on three LGAs
Following the Tuesday attack on the convoy of the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, a 24-hour curfew has been imposed on three local government areas in Kaduna State. The local government areas are Zangon-Kataf, Kaura and Jema’a.
The Kaduna State Security Council said it took the step based on credible intelligence about risks to lives and property in the affected areas. Read more
FG okays 5% of recovered loot for whistleblowers
The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the Ministry of Finance Whistleblowing Programme that may see individuals, who voluntarily volunteers credible information on stolen or concealed funds, smiling home with between 2.5 per cent and five per cent of the funds when recovered.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more
LASIMRA begins telecoms, gas infrastructure audit
The Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency has said it will, from January, begin an audit of overground and underground utility infrastructure in the state.
The General Manager of LASIMRA, Babajide Odekunle, spoke on Wednesday in Ikeja, at the ‘2016 Stakeholders Forum’ organised by the agency. Read more
Lake Rice: Lagos adopts one-man-one-bag purchase policy
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday inaugurated the much anticipated Lagos-Kebbi Rice (LAKE Rice), saying an individual would only be allowed to purchase a bag so it could go round.
The governor, who inaugurated the rice along with his Kebbi State counterpart, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, added that the partnership which culminated into the production of the rice was designed to ensure food security and showcase the ability of Nigeria to become a producing nation. Read more
Female customs official abducted in Lagos
Some gunmen have abducted a female customs official, Mrs. Comfort Alaba, after attacking a house in the FESTAC Town area of Lagos State.
The assailants reportedly whisked away 50-year-old Comfort around 8pm on Tuesday while she was visiting her children on 22 Road, FESTAC Town. Read more
Bauchi, Benue, Borno present 2017 budgets to lawmakers
Bauchi, Benue and Borno state governments on Wednesday presented their 2017 appropriation bills to their respective Houses of Assembly.
The Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, presented a budget proposal of N145bn for the 2017 Fiscal year to the State House of Assembly for consideration. Read more
Woman beats 10-year -old girl to death in Lagos
The police in Lagos State have arrested a middle-aged woman, Linda Alapa, for allegedly beating her 10-year-old housemaid, Joy Mbafan, to death.
Mbafan lived with the suspect on Bolanle Oduniyi Street, Okegbegun, in the Ikorodu area of the state. Read more
NNPC Lifts N461bn Crude In 21 Months
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has disclosed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) lifted and utilised 1.28 trillion barrels of crude oil valued at $61.17 billion between January 2015 and September 2016.
A breakdown of the activities showed that international oil companies (IOCs) and independent companies lifted 809.98 million barrels, while government lifted 441.37million barrels and those with alternative financing arrangements lifted 30.15 million barrels. Read more
PENGASSAN warns Mobil to reinstate 150 sacked workers
Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has warned Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, MPNU, an affiliate of ExxonMobil, to immediately reinstate the over 150 of its members sacked by the company.
This was contained in a statement, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, co-signed by Festus Osifo, Chairman and Aruoture Ugavah, Secretary, of PENGASSAN Producers Forum. Read more
Zabazaba deepwater project’ll generate $8bn for Nigeria – Agip
The Managing Director, Nigerian Agip Oil Company, Mr. Massimo Insulla, has said the Zabazaba and Etan deep water project on Oil Prospecting Licence 245 will generate $8bn for the Federal Government.
He pledged the company’s commitment to develop the project in compliance with the Nigerian Content Act to create jobs for Nigerians, a statement from the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board said. Read more
Recession: Investment inflow into Nigeria shrinks by $4.5bn
The level of investment inflow into the country recorded a huge decline of $4.51bn from the $8.08bn in the first nine months of 2015 to $3.57bn in the same period of 2016, an analysis of the capital importation report obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics revealed.
The report, which was obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday, showed that the decline of 55.2 per cent was as result of the harsh economic climate. Read more
$30bn loan rejection won’t affect 2017 budget – Presidency
The Presidency on Wednesday said the rejection of the proposed $29.96bn external borrowing plan of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration by the Senate would not affect the implementation of the 2017 budget.
The Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, said this while addressing journalists in Abuja. Read more
Lagos funds pension scheme with N125.94bn
Lagos State Government has so far spent N125.94bn on the Contributory Pension Scheme since its inception nine years ago.
The Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Oke, said this in Lagos during the state’s 11th retirement benefit documentation seminar. Read more
CAF Champions League : Rangers, Rivers United draw JS Saoura, AS Bamako
Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Rangers International of Enugu will begin their continental campaign in the North African country of Algeria.
This was revealed on cafonline.com following the draws for the first preliminary round of the CAF Champions League draw released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Read more
Spurs eye Moses Simon
Super Eagles attacker Moses Simon could be a target for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, reports claimed on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old Gent forward took the Belgian league by storm last season on arrival from Slovak champions AS Trencin as he fired seven goals in 17 appearances. This season, he has scored three goals in 16 appearances. Read more
Rangers, Rivers draw tough CCL opponents
Nigerian champions, Enugu Rangers, have been handed a tough draw in the preliminary round of the 2017 CAF Champions League as they will face JS Saoura of Algeria.
The draws for the Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup were done on Wednesday at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo. The preliminary round of matches of the Champions League and the Confederation Cup will be played between February 10 and 12, 2017. Read more
UN to vote on South Sudan arms embargo
The UN Security Council is expected to vote on Friday on a US-drafted resolution to impose an arms embargo and sanctions on South Sudan, now in its fourth year of war.
It remained unclear however whether the measure would be adopted, with diplomats saying that it fell short of the nine votes needed for adoption in the 15-member council, diplomats said. Read more
Trump: Berlin attacks prove I was right on Muslim ban
Donald Trump has said Monday’s attacks in Berlin and Ankara proved he was right to propose curbing Muslim immigration in the US.
When asked if the attacks had changed his stance on a “complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the US, the President-elect said he was “100% correct” over the proposal. Read more
Aleppo endgame nears as evacuation resumes
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared close to victory in Aleppo on Wednesday, but United Nations and rebel officials denied that an operation to evacuate fighters and civilians from the city had been completed.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors the war, said Assad had control of Aleppo after the last fighters were brought out of the city and only one small position on the western outskirts remained in rebel hands. Read more