SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 30, 2016
Shekau vows to continue attacks, military dismisses video
A new video of the factional leader of the Boko Haram terror group, Abubakar Shekau, surfaced online on Thursday, where the fleeing militant leader urged President Muhammadu Buhari to repent while mocking the Nigerian military for claims that it had defeated the terror sect.
In the 25-minute video, released by the Paris-based AFP, Shekau, who spoke in Hausa and Arabic, debunked claims of victory by the military. Read more
No plastic rice in Nigeria, says NAFDAC
Over 40,000 bags of rice seized by the Nigeria Customs Service have been shared to Internally Displaced Persons’ camps, its Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ali, has stated.
The NCS CG, represented by its Deputy Comptroller-General, Mr. Umar Ilya, said this on Thursday in Abuja, during a joint press briefing with the acting Director-General of National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, on the outcome of laboratory tests conducted on the confiscated plastic rice allegedly imported into the country. Read more
FG recovers 40 SUVs from ex-perm sec, NLC urges probe
The Federal Government said on Thursday that it had recovered 40 brand new SUV cars from a former permanent secretary.
It said that the unnamed former permanent secretary appropriated the vehicles to himself after leaving office. Read more
Cultism: ‘Rivers community lost 400 to cultists’
EKPEYE ethnic group in Ahoada East and Ahoada West Local Governments Areas of Rivers State said on Thursday that their community lost over 400 of its indigenes within two years to cult-related killings.
One of the leaders in the area and a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Chibudom Nwuche, disclosed this when he paid a solidarity visit to Eze Ekpeye Logbo, His Royal Majesty, Eze Robinson O. Robinson, to mark the Yuletide at his hometown in Odiereke community, Ahoada West LGA. Read more
Rivers rerun: Fayose accuses DSS of leaking phone conversation with Wike
The police panel, probing the violence that rocked the December 10, 2016, legislative rerun in Rivers State, may treat the telephone conversation between Governor Nyesom Wike and his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayodele Fayose, as an additional exhibit in the investigation.
It was gathered on Thursday in Abuja that the panel, set up by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, would also conduct a forensic audio analysis of the audio to establish the roles played by Wike in the violence that marred the polls in which two police officers were beheaded and their heads thrown into a river. Read more
Lagos woman killed by cleaner buried
Emotion ran high on Thursday as late Temidayo Adeleke, who was stabbed to death by her Cameroonian house help, was laid to rest at The Vaults and Gardens, Ikoyi, Lagos State.
Prior to the burial, a funeral service attended by families and friends of the deceased was held at Guiding Light Assembly on Parkview Estate, where the victim lived. Read more
N’Assembly fire extinguishers expired since 2012 –Investigation
Over 120 fire extinguishers among those installed at the National Assembly complex in Abuja have not been serviced for five years, findings by The PUNCH showed on Thursday.
Investigations also indicated that they were last tested by technicians in 2011. Read more
Ambode seeks improved performance from teachers
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday asked head teachers in the state public primary schools to be self-disciplined and strive for better academic performance of pupils.
Ambode also urged school administrators to rededicate themselves to the job and instil discipline in their teaching staff and the pupils, promising that his administration would continue to prioritise teachers’ welfare, a statement said on Thursday. Read more
Bird flu: Kano kills 9,000 birds
The Kano State Government said it had so far killed 9,000 birds since bird flu resurfaced in the state two weeks ago.
The Director in the state’s Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Shehu Bawa, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Kano. Read more
Tambuwal, Ahmed present 2017 budgets to lawmakers
For the second year running, education got the highest sectoral allocation in the Sokoto State 2017 budget, presented to the House of Assembly by Governor Aminu Tambuwal presented Sokoto’s 2017 on Thursday.
Laying the budget before lawmakers, Tambuwal said education was allocated N38,426,266,193, representing 27.3 per cent of the N204,288,364,741 budget. Read more
ASUU petitions EFCC over alleged N3bn fraud
The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Thursday submitted a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, accusing the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, and the former VC, Prof Isiaq Oloyede, of an alleged N3bn fraud.
Oloyede is the current Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board. Read more
NSCDC men flog physically-challenged persons during A’Ibom event
Many physically-challenged persons who came for an empowerment programme, sponsored by the Akwa Ibom State Government through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, sustained varying degrees of injuries in their bid to escape from the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps operatives who flogged them during the distribution of food and money.
It was learnt that some of the victims who were visually impaired, fell on rough surfaces, while others, who could not run, were marched on by other fleeing persons. Read more
Sambisa: Afenifere hails Buhari, urges restructuring
The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural association, Afenifere has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the success recorded by the military in flushing out the Boko Haram militants from the Sambisa Forest.
The association, however, declared that there was no achievement that could be greater, for the current administration, than to embark on the restructuring of the country as recommended by the 2014 national conference. Read more
Navy arrests 47 stowaways inside ship in Lagos
No fewer than 47 stowaways have been rescued from a merchant ship by the Nigerian Navy in an operation in the Apapa area of Lagos State.
It was learnt that the persons, who had attempted to leave the country illegally by hiding in merchant ship, were rescued by the NNS Beecroft, Apapa area, after a tip-off on Saturday, December 24. Read more
Three passengers die in Ogun auto crash
Tragedy struck on Thursday at the Fari end of the Sagamu-Benin Expressway, after three passengers travelling for the New Year celebration lost their lives in a road accident.
PUNCH Metro learnt that four others were in a critical condition at the Ro’ona Hospital, Ijebu Ode. Read more
NNPC approves partial closure of $546m OKLNG
THE Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, has approved the partial closure of the Olokola Liquefied Natural Gas, OKLNG, project with effect from December 31, 2016.
This is coming as workers on the project decry the non payment of their entitlements. OKLNG is situated in a border town between Ondo and Ogun States. In a letter sited by Vanguard and signed on November 9, 2016, the GMD approved the partial closure of the company stating: “Approved as prayed in paragraphs one and two above. The staff on site should be drastically reduced, if not completely demobilised and the camp be put on full preservation mode.”Read more
Naira among four worst global currencies in 2016
The naira is one of the world’s four worst performing currencies in 2016, according to a report by Bloomberg LP.
The naira was said to have lost 36.68 per cent of its spot returns for the year, while the Egyptian pound, Suriname dollar and Venezuela bolivar’s currency spot returns dropped by 58.84 per cent, 46.68 per cent and 37 per cent, respectively, for the period. Read more
CBN offers $1bn to clear backlog in biggest dollar sale
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has sold about $1 billion on the forward market to clear a backlog of dollar obligations in selected sectors.
Outstanding dollar demand was about $4 billion before June when the 16-month-old peg was removed and efforts to cut dollar demand have been largely unsuccessful due to low oil prices resulting to crude sales accounting for about 90 per cent of Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings. Read more
CBN fails to print small naira notes in one year
The Central Bank of Nigeria has not printed small naira denominations for about a year now, causing the scarcity of the notes in the economy, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Sources at the CBN hinted that for a year now, the apex bank had not awarded contracts for the printing of the notes such as N5, N10, N20 and N50, which was usually done abroad. Read more
NFF to withdraw from age-grade tourneys
After a horrendous experience at the hands of the Super Falcons, the Nigeria Football Federation officials are allegedly unanimous in their views that there is a need to cut down on the number of tournaments the country will participate in from next year
The Falcons launched a sit-in protest in their Abuja hotel two days after clinching their eighth African Women’s Cup of Nations title with a 1-0 win over hosts Cameroon in Yaounde on December 3 after the NFF failed to pay them their win bonuses and allowances. Read more
Ahmed wants home-based players in D’Tigers
Coach of Kano Pillars Basketball Club, Ahmed San, has said home-based players deserve more places in the national team for the 2017 FIBA Africa Basketball Championships.
Defending Afrobasket champions, D’Tigers, will play in the competition, which will be hosted by Congo from August 17 to 31. Nigeria qualified automatically after they won the 2015 edition in Tunisia. Read more
Ugbade Gears up for NPLF Baptism
The Technical Adviser of Remo Stars Football Club, Nduka Ugbade has revealed that his lads are getting prepared for the upcoming Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL season.
The Sky Blue Stars have been in closed camping despite the festive period and are working tirelessly to ensure full preparedness for the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL season. Read more
Why Did Obama Pander to the UN’s Stunning Anti-Israel Bias?
Just before Christmas the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank. By allowing the motion to pass, President Barack Obama crowned his miserable track record in the Middle-East with one last high school debating gesture. This was then embellished by Secretary of State John Kerry’s warning shot delivered to Israel Wednesday.
Israel is not the biggest problem in the Middle East, by a long shot. But you wouldn’t know that from the disproportionate way in which the UN has treated the country. Read more
Man filmed ‘fishing’ in floods amuses Australia
An Australian man has found instant fame after being filmed pretending to fish during flash floods in Melbourne.
Video of Paris Diaz Jordanou hamming it up for news crews has been viewed more than five million times since Thursday. Read more
Donald Trump on Russia hacking sanctions: ‘It’s time for our country to move on’
President-elect Donald Trump seemed to dismiss the White House announcement of sanctions against Russia by saying that Americans should get on with their lives.
On Thursday, the Obama administration announced public and secret measures against Moscow for alleged meddling in November’s presidential election. US intelligence agencies have accused Russia of hacking the Democratic Party’s email servers to help Trump win the presidency. Read more