SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 22, 2016
Senate, ASUU eight-hour meeting deadlocked
The second meeting between the Senate and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ended in a stalemate on Monday night. The meeting was adjourned indefinitely.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFund, Jibrin Barau, who spoke to journalists after the meeting, said the parley, which lasted for about eight hours, was able to resolve all the issues raised by the lecturers except one bordering on payment. Read more
Ex-FCT minister, Bala Mohammed, sues EFCC
A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Bala Mohammed, has filed a fundamental human right suit before the High Court of the FCT against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over his continued detention by the anti-graft agency. Justice Baba Yusuf, whom the case was assigned to has already fixed November 24 for hearing.
In his 15-paragraph affidavit filed in support of his suit, the applicant stated that he was invited by the EFCC to report to its office on October 24, 2016 in connection with investigation into alleged “cases of conspiracy, abuse of office and money laundering.” Read more
17 parties storm Abuja, demand Ondo poll delay
SEVENTEEN political parties on Monday in Abuja joined the Peoples Democratic Party to call for the postponement of the Ondo State governorship election slated for Saturday.
They alleged that the level of insecurity in the state had risen to what they described as an unbearable level, thereby forcing their candidates to stop campaigning across the state. Read more
FG wants to wipe us out, Shittes lament
The Leadership of Islamic Movement of Nigeria on Monday in Kano accused the Federal Government of plotting to wipe out the movement in the country.
At an emergency press briefing held in Kano, the Head of Martyr Foundation of IMN, Sheikh Abdulhamid Bello, maintained that in Kan, the Ashura procession had ended peacefully before security agents, who he claimed masqueraded as members of a youth vanguard group, attacked Shitte members. Read more
I won’t attend public hearing against army, Abe tells Dogara
A former senator, who represented Rivers South-East in the Senate, Mr. Magnus Abe, has said he will not honour an invitation to attend the public hearing of a petition written against the Nigerian Army by the Civil Liberties Organisation.
Abe, claimed in a letter he wrote to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, that the public hearing was part of the political manipulation of the Governor Nyesom Wike-led Peoples Democratic Party’s government in Rivers State. Read more
PDP working to salvage Nigeria from hunger – Makarfi
The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmed Makarfi, has said the former ruling party is working hard to salvage Nigeria from hunger.
Makarfi spoke at his meeting with former ministers produced by the party in Abuja on Monday. The meeting was one of the moves being undertaking by the national caretaker committee since the party became factionalized. Read more
FG probes Ilorin prisoners’ killings
The Federal Government has ordered an investigation into the alleged killing of six inmates of Oke Kura Prisons, Ilorin, Kwara State last Thursday.
The inmates were reportedly killed during a riot while many others sustained injuries during the fracas. Read more
Tinubu’s absence at Ondo rally, no big deal –Lalong
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Governorship Campaign in Ondo State, Mr. Solomon Lalong, on Monday said the absence of the party leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and some South-West governors at the party’s rally in Akure on Saturday did not make any difference.
He said since President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, were present at the rally, there was no cause for alarm. Read more
Bandits killed 155 in Zamfara in 30 days –Yari
Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State on Monday said 155 persons had been killed by bandits in less than a month in the state, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
According to NAN, Yari disclosed this in a statewide broadcast on the security challenges facing the state. He also said over 50 persons had been kidnapped during the period. Read more
Ondo: Afenifere backs Akeredolu
Barely four days to the Ondo State governorship poll, a pan-Yoruba social cultural organisation, Afenifere Renewal Group, has thrown its weight behind the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), saying he is the best man for the job.
Fielding questions from reporters after paying a courtesy visit to Akeredolu in Lagos on Monday, the Chairman of the group, Chief Wale Oshun, said the body had kept faith with its tradition of endorsing the most competent candidates in all elections held in the South-West. Read more
$1.6bn fraud: EFCC re-arraigns Diezani’s ally, Omokore, others
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday re-arraigned an ally of a former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, Jide Omokore, and others on nine counts of criminal diversion of about $1.6bn alleged to be part of proceeds of the sales of petroleum products belonging to the Federal Government.
Omokore was re-arraigned before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba alongside Victor Briggs, Abiye Membere, and David Mbanefo. Read more
‘Repairs on Lagos-Ibadan expressway 32% completed’
The engineer supervising the reconstruction/rehabilitation works on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Mr. Kayode Ibrahim, said the project was 32 per cent completed.
Ibrahim told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday that work had been completed on one section of the Long Bridge and on various critical sections. Read more
Support Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade, acting CJN urges judges
Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Monday urged judges to shun corruption in order to align themselves with the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration’s anti-graft stride.
Onnoghen, who spoke in Abuja, also urged them to ensure an independent, strong, respectable and responsible judiciary by adhering to their oath of office as contained in the constitution and Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers. Read more
Illegal detention: Obla sues EFCC for N1bn
Embattled Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Godwin Obla, has filed a N1bn fundamental rights enforcement suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Obla, who was detained by the EFCC for allegedly offering N5m gratification to Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, is urging the court to declare that his detention beyond 24 hours by the EFCC was unlawful. Read more
Quack doctor arrested after 11 years’ practice
The police in Lagos State on Monday paraded an alleged quack doctor, Celestine Yolonfun, who was arrested in the Apapa area of the state.
Our correspondent gathered that 32-year-old Yolonfun had been practising as a doctor since 2005 after he dropped out of a nursing school in the Benin Republic. Read more
Football club manager sodomises teenage players in Lagos
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a football club manager, Frank Darlington, for allegedly sodomising three of his teenage players in the Agege area of the state.
Our correspondent gathered that Darlington, the manager of Soccer Warriors Football Academy, Pen Cinema, was arrested last Thursday by the Elere Police Division, after one of the victims reported him to the police. Read more
Osinbajo: Nigeria Needs Oil Revenues to Get Out of Oil
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo has said Nigeria will still need revenues from crude oil to rebuild her economy, diversify it and overcome her dependence on oil.
Osinbajo also said the country’s chances of deriving maximum benefits from her petroleum industry had increasingly contracted on the backs of the challenges foisted by the global energy trend. Read more
How to survive oil price crash – Total boss
Amidst continued pressure on oil revenue due to the low crude oil prices Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Total Exploration and Production, E&P, Nigeria Limited, Mr. Nicolas Terraz, has outlined some survival strategies for the industry operators.
Terraz who spoke at the just concluded Nigeria Association of Petroleum Explorationists, NAPE, Annual Conference in Lagos, noted that these are trying times for the Nigerian economy and the oil and gas industry, but indicated that the situation also presents a great opportunity for change and to take a whole new look at the present way things are done in the industry with a view to being more efficient and innovative. Read more
‘CBN not planning to amend Forex Act’
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday said it was not planning to amend the Foreign Exchange Act or recommend jail term for anyone that holds the dollar for more than 30 days.
Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mr. Isaac Okoroafor stated this in a statement issued yesterday in response to a report by Reuters titled: “Nigeria considers foreign exchange reforms as dollar shortages bite”. Read more
We’ll reject proposal to punish dollar hoarders – Senate
The Senate has expressed surprise at a recommendation by the Nigerian Law Reform Commission for a review of the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Act to make people who have in their possession for more than 30 days foreign currencies to go to jail for up to two years or pay a fine of 20 per cent of the amount.
The Senate stated in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, that with its focus on boosting investors’ confidence in the nation’s economy, such a move would prevent investors from entering and exiting the market freely and that its members would reject the proposal outright. Read more
Recession Worsens on N’Delta Crisis, Despite Agric Rebound
There seems to be no end in sight to Nigeria’s economic woes, as the third quarter real gross domestic product (GDP) growth data released monday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that the country sank deeper into recession, contracting by 2.26 per cent from -2.06 per cent in the second quarter of this year, and -0.36 per cent in the first quarter.
This represented a 0.18 per cent drop from the growth recorded in the preceding quarter and lower by 5.08 per cent relative to the corresponding quarter in 2015. Read more
Nigeria’s telecoms investments hit $68b
Despite the economic downturn, investments in the telecoms sector hit $68billion in July, the former Secretary-General, International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Dr. Hamadoun Toure, has said. Of this figure, $35billion came as Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs)
Toure, who was keynote speaker at the Nigerian Telecoms Investment Forum at the just-concluded ITU Telecom World 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, said these successes pointed to the fact that “the country is certainly a preferred destination for telecoms investors in Africa”. Read more
Manufacturers, LCCI, others groan as recession deepens
Hopes that the Nigerian economy will rebound anytime soon were on Monday dashed as the country’s Gross Domestic Product growth rate slipped further to -2.24 per cent in the third quarter from the second quarter’s figure of -2.06 per cent.
The GDP report for the third quarter, released by the National Bureau of Statistics, explained that in real terms, the -2.24 per cent recorded in the third quarter was lower by 0.18 percentage points from the negative growth rate recorded in the second quarter. Read more
Bournemouth star Jordon Ibe ready to snub England to play for Nigeria
Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe is ready to turn his back on England by pledging international allegiance to Nigeria.
Former Liverpool ace Ibe initially snubbed pleas to play for the Super Eagles but is now ready to make a U-turn. A source close to the Nigerian Football Federation said: “Jordon is willing to listen to what we have to offer. Read more
Falcons can’t massacre us, we’ll shock them – Ghana
Ghana coach Yusif Basigi admits his team face an onslaught from their eternal rivals Nigeria in their Cameroon 2016 African Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Group B fixture on Wednesday, but he has warned the Super Falcons the Black Queens won’t be on their holidays at Stade Limbe venue for the clash.
The Falcons got their AWCON defence off to a solid start with a 6-0 pounding of debutants Mali in Yaounde on Sunday. Arsenal Ladies forward Asisat Oshoala stamped her name on the scoresheet four times in the encounter. Read more
Omagbemi calls versatile Oshoala special
Nigeria Super Falcons head coach Florence Omagbemi has hailed striker Asisat Oshoala’s ability to play in different positions on the forward line at the ongoing Africa Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The 22-year old, who can play on the right wing, as an attacking midfielder as well as center forward as seen in the game against Mali, netted four times as Nigeria routed Mali 6-0 in their opening tie on Sunday at the Limbe Stadium. Read more
No player is collecting N800, 000 monthly salaries at Kano Pillars
Pillars FC have debunked a media report that two of its senior players – Gambo Mohammed and Rabi’u Ali are receiving N800, 000 per month salary.
A statement signed by the club’s media officer, Rilwanu Idris Malikawa, said the report was not correct. Read more
Arsenal Give Hector Bellerin Contract Extension, Defender Confirms
Hector Bellerin, the young Arsenal right-back, had been linked to the Bundesliga after Bayer Leverkusen expressed an interest in him in 2014.
More recently, he’s been linked to both Barcelona and Manchester City. That’s all in the past now, as his agent has struck a deal with the Gunners in order to keep him at the Emirates for the long term. “I just signed my new deal with the club,” Bellerin confirmed. Read more
Will Donald Trump be able to govern?
DONALD Trump defied most experts to win the presidential election. His candidacy polarised the U.S. Americans either unconditionally supported him or fiercely loathed him. Trump’s campaign statements and promises cannot simply be dismissed as electioneering bombast. Words, character and persona matter.
He raised the expectations of his supporters and earned the enmity of his opponents. He will now be judged on what he does as president. Until Trump assumes office, observers can only speculate about his capacity to govern and be an effective president. Read more
Japan earthquake sparks tsunami warning
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 has struck off the coast of Fukushima in Japan. A tsunami warning for waves of up to three metres (10 feet) was issued.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles). It warned people along the coast to move to higher ground. Read more
China says 3,000 flee Myanmar after fighting along border
China is giving shelter to more than 3,000 people who have fled Myanmar after fighting between the government and rebels, and stray shells have fallen inside Chinese territory causing minor damage but no deaths, state media said on Tuesday.
Four ethnic armed groups have attacked security forces in the north of Myanmar, dealing a major blow to leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s top goal of reaching peace with ethnic minorities. Read more
Kanye West ‘taken to hospital with sleep deprivation’
Kanye West has reportedly been admitted to hospital just a day after cancelling the rest of his world tour.
He is being treated for sleep deprivation in Los Angeles after police were called to reports of a disturbance on Monday, People magazine reported. Read more