SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 5, 2016
IPOB report: Amnesty has lost credibility, says SUN
A civil rights organisation, Stand Up Nigeria, on Sunday dismissed a recent report by Amnesty International alleging that security operatives had killed 150 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
The SUN specifically accused AI of doctoring the report in a bid to allegedly destabilise Nigeria, just like it did in Libya, Iran and Syria. Read more
Passengers grumble over rising luggage theft at airports
Despite efforts to increase security at the country’s airports, cases of passengers losing items in their baggage to unknown persons is on the increase.
Although official figures obtained from the Consumer Protection Department of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority showed a little difference in recorded cases in the first three quarters of this year on domestic routes, it was learnt that many cases remained unreported. Read more
Jonathan shuns 2016 thanksgiving service in Villa
Former President Goodluck Jonathan was on Sunday conspicuously absent when former Nigerian leaders who are Christians gathered at the Aso Villa Chapel located inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja for the end of the year thanksgiving.
The past leaders were invited by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to join him and his wife to praise God for His goodness over the country. Read more
Unremitted N450bn: EFCC to grill Jonathan’s ex-ministers, perm secs
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to grill some ex-ministers who served under the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan as well as some serving and ex-permanent secretaries and directors of budget and finance in charge of revenue-generating Ministries Departments and Agencies, The PUNCH has learnt.
The fresh investigation, it was learnt, was sequel to a report by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, that the Federal Government would prosecute any official of revenue-generating agencies indicted in the audit report, which revealed that N450bn was not remitted to the Consolidated Revenue Fund Account. Read more
Fayose faults FG’s increment of workers’ PAYE tax, others
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has faulted the Federal Government’s decision to increase the workers’ Pay As You Earn, PAYE, tax, pension and National Housing Fund (NHF) deductions, which were applied on gross salary, making some of the workers to have as much 30 per cent reduction in salary.
He described the policy as obnoxious and capable of impoverishing the already pauperised workers, especially now that the country is under an economic recession. Read more
Osinbajo foresees great future for Nigeria at annual thanksgiving
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday predicted a great future for the country during the end of the year thanksgiving of the Aso Villa Chapel in Abuja.
Osinbajo, who was the host of the event said the service was an opportunity to thank God for all He had done for the country during the year. Read more
Fraudsters hack email, defraud estate agent of N4m
Three suspected Internet fraudsters have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defrauding an estate agent of about N4m.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects– Olisa Oyegbuka, 28; Ifeannacho Kingsley, 27; and Ujumwa Aniemena, 33–had allegedly hacked into the email of an unnamed client of the estate agent. Read more
NSCDC enlists relatives of powerful Nigerians through the back door
The authorities of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps have enlisted about 100 candidates into its service without the recruits undergoing paramilitary training, The PUNCH has gathered.
Investigations showed that the candidates were the relatives, wards and protégés of politicians, influential personalities and traditional rulers from the northern part of the country. Read more
NCAA Cautions Pilots against Unfavourable Harmattan Weather
To ensure continuous safe flight operations in Nigeria airspace and beyond, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued an advisory circular, and alerted pilots about the hazards associated with current harmattan dust haze prevalent in some part of the country.
The circular, which has gone out to the industry, also offers guidance to help prevent incidents or accidents caused by such weather situation. Read more
Oyegun Meets Saraki, APC Senators for Reconciliation
For the first time since the inauguration of the National Assembly on June 9, 2015, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will today meet with the Senate leadership at the secretariat of the party in Abuja to lay the foundation for a renewed relationship.
THISDAY learnt last night that the move was part of the fresh arrangements to strengthen the renewed relationship between the executive and the legislature as well as the relationship between the party leadership and the leadership of the National Assembly. Read more
INEC, Wike bicker over Rivers rerun poll
Ahead of the rerun election in Rivers State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cautioned Governor Nyesom Wike against making comments that could instigate his loyalists to cause violence.
The re-scheduled National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) and House of Assembly election will hold next Saturday.As preparations are being concluded for the poll, INEC yesterday expressed worry over Wike’s alleged “relentless false allegations, provocative and dangerous comments” capable of inciting people to commit violent acts that could derail the election. Read more
Biodiversity Essential for Food, Nutrition Security, Says FAO
Maintaining biological diversity is important for producing food and to conserve the very foundation of life and rural livelihoods, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo told participants in an international summit aimed at protecting biodiversity.
“Biodiversity is essential for food security and nutrition,” Semedo said at the opening High-Level Segment of the 13th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Read more
Lagos raises special security taskforce
Ahead of the yuletide, the Lagos State government, in collaboration with leadership of markets and transport unions, has set up a special taskforce with the aim of ensuring adequate security, free-flow of traffic and safe business operation around the Central Business Districts (CBDs).
Special Adviser to Governor Akinwumi Ambode on CBD, Agboola Dabiri, stated this at a stakeholders’ forum “Curtailing traffic/removal of all impediments to free human and vehicular movement in ensuring a free Yuletide for Residents”, held at the Onikan Youth Centre. The forum was attended by market associations and transport unions. Read more
512 new HIV cases in Borno IDPs’ camps
Executive Secretary of Borno Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (BOSACA) Barkindo Saidu has said 512 new cases of the Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (HIV) have been recorded in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state.
Saidu, who addressed reporters yesterday, said the cases were recorded after voluntary screening conducted in some IDPs’ camps. Read more
4 policemen, guard arrested over missing Idps relief materials in Adamawa
Four policemen and a civilian guard attached to the Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Martins Babale, are been quizzed at the state’s Criminal Investigation Department, CID, for allegedly stealing relief materials donated to internally-displaced persons, IDPs, in various camps in the state.
The missing items include bags of 50kg parboiled rice, jerry cans of vegetable and palm oil, and other food ingredients deposited in a store located at the private residence of the Deputy Governor. Read more
Widow throws epileptic son’s corpse into cesspit
The police in Lagos State have arrested a woman, Mrs. Bosede Adekunle, for allegedly dumping the corpse of her son, Kayode, in a cesspit in the Baruwa area of Ipaja.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the decomposing remains of the 34-year-old were found on Saturday, November 26, five days after he was dumped in the cesspit. Read more
Domestic Supply Obligation (DSO) of gas should be predicated on willing buyer-willing seller basis, the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) has said.
The body, which made its stance known at a stakeholders’ forum on the draft National Gas Policy organised by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources in Abuja, said relying on the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria Limited (GACN) process could not guarantee the desired volumes to domestic market irrespective of the assignment of DSO to operators. Read more
NLNG Forecasts 32% Annual Growth for Nigeria’s LPG Market
A market study conducted by the Nigeria LNG Limited has showed that given the right conditions, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) market in Nigeria can grow its penetration and market share by 32 per cent from 400,000 metric tonnes per annum (MTPA) to 3 million MTPA within five years.
Speaking recently in Abuja during the LPG stakeholders meeting, the Managing Director of NLNG, Mr. Tony Attah stated that the study by the company also projected that within the five year period, the country can improve her per capita consumption of LPG from approximately 2 kilogramme (kg) to 12kg. Read more
OPEC agrees to cut production back to March levels, oil prices spike 14%
At their meeting in Vienna on Wednesday, the member nations of OPEC agreed to cut their oil production by 4.5% for a period to run 6 months, effective January 1st. The amount of oil output each member is expected to forgo is generally based on their October production, although for some countries, such as Iran, the baseline for the output cut has been adjusted for special factors.
Libya and Nigeria, whose recent production has been disrupted by civil conflict, will be exempt from the cuts. Indonesia, an OPEC oil importer who would not agree to a cut, was suspended from OPEC, and what they would have cut was to be absorbed by other member. Figures released by OPEC indicate they want a cut of almost 1.2 million barrels per day, or roughly in line with what we previewed last week. Read more
Lagos oilfield investors row over cash call deal
Several weeks after the sharing of the income from the first export from the Aje oil field, located offshore Lagos, a disagreement has emerged among the joint venture partners over cash call.
One of the partners, Panoro Energy, an independent exploration and production company with assets in Nigeria and Gabon, disclosed this in an update. Read more
NNPC, Total supply gas to Alaoji power plant
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Total E&P Nigeria Limited joint venture have commenced the supply of gas to the Alaoji Power Plant in Rivers State, which was built under the National Integrated Power Project scheme.
This came after the completion and start-up of the Obite-Ubeta-Rumuji Pipeline and the Northern Option Pipeline projects by the NNPC/TEPNG JV in August 2016, a statement said on Sunday. Read more
States Meet to Consider Fresh Revenues Sources
Determined to find a way to augment the shortfall in revenues accruing to them from the Federation Account, some states gathered in Enugu and considered creative ways to boost their revenue base.
The states, namely Enugu, Rivers, Delta and Lagos as well as the FCT, Abuja at the Enugu meeting received training on resources mobilisation, responsive fiscal governance and participatory budget process for effective service delivery. Read more
We’re not allocating dollars, says CBN
The Central Bank of Nigeria says it is not allocating United States dollars as it has set up an interbank foreign exchange market for anyone interested in buying the greenback through Deposit Money Banks.
The Acting Director, Corporate Communications, CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, said this in an emailed statement on Sunday. Read more
Rohr plans to invite Anichebe, more players with Nigerian roots for friendlies
Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr, has compiled names of Europe-based players with Nigerian roots for the forthcoming international friendlies against Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal, a source at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has revealed.
According to the source, who pleaded anonymity, most of the players are those who have played for their countries of residence, but have recently agreed to change allegiance to Nigeria. Read more
Ex-Eagles, Nollywood stars ‘tango’ for HIV
In a bid to make this year’s World AIDS Day highly impactful, the Nigeria Red Ribbon Coalition, a strategic public-private sector alliance, organised a novelty football match yesterday in Lagos to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and also provide free HIV Testing and Counselling services.
The celebrity football match featured ex-international football stars who have carved a niche for themselves in the soccer sporting world as well as notable celebrities in the Nigerian music and film industry. Read more
2016 CAF BEACH SOCCER: LOC, Lagos unveil plan
All logistics have been put in place as the Lagos State in conjunction with the Nigeria Football Federation unveil plans for successful hosting of the African Beach Soccer championship slated for December 13 to 18 at Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos.
In the same vein, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde who represented Governor Akinwunmi Ambode explained the reason they partnered with NFF. Read more
Donald Trump attacks China on Twitter after Taiwan call controversy
Donald Trump has accused China of currency manipulation and criticised its operations in the South China Sea.
In two tweets, the president-elect asked whether China had asked the US “if it was OK to devalue their currency” or “to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea?” Read more
Gunman arrested in Washington over ‘Pizzagate’ fake news
A man has been arrested for entering a pizza restaurant with an assault rifle – apparently to “self-investigate” a US election conspiracy theory.
Police said Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, walked into Comet Ping Pong in Washington DC and pointed the gun at an employee. Read more
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns after 8 years
New Zealand’s popular Prime Minister John Key stunned the nation on Monday when he announced he was resigning after eight years as leader.
Key had been widely expected to contest his fourth general election next year. But he said he wanted to ensure he didn’t make the mistake that some other world leaders have done, and instead wanted to leave while he was on top of his game. Read more