SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 29, 2016
Alleged N4.7bn fraud: Obanikoro to testify against Fayose
A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, was at the Abuja office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday where he agreed to testify against Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and his aide, Mr. Abiodun Agbele.
A reliable source said, “Senator Obanikoro came to the EFCC office on Monday morning as part of investigations into the N4.7bn. Since he has confessed that he was the one who collected the N4.7bn and distributed it, he is in the best position to testify in court. Read more
GSM subscribers to pay more for data from Dec.1
Subscribers of the Global System of Mobile telecommunications across the country would pay more for data with effect from December 1, 2016, The PUNCH learnt on Monday.
Although the telecoms companies declined to speak on the matter, top management workers across the networks confirmed the story to our correspondent, saying that the directive was from the Nigerian Communications Commission. Read more
Tinubu didn’t work against APC in Ondo, says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said there was no truth in reports suggesting that he and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress were at loggerheads with a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President described the reports as “unfounded and mischievous.” Read more
Ondo: Go to tribunal now, Makarfi’s PDP tells Jegede
The last word has not been heard on the Ondo State governorship election as the Peoples Democratic Party, on Monday, directed its candidate in the election, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), to head for the election tribunal.
The Ahmed Makarfi-led faction, which produced Jegede as the governorship candidate of the party two days to the election, said the poll was marred by irregularities even as it called for its cancellation. Read more
FG may file charges against judges before CCT soon
The Federal Government may soon start filing charges relating to breach of code of conduct for public officers against some judges, The PUNCH have learnt.
Our correspondent gathered that the Federal Government was finalising its plans to arraign the judges before the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Read more
Army begins special operation in S’East
The Nigerian Army on Monday launched ‘Operation Python Dance’ in the South East and warned secessionist groups against acts capable of threatening the nation’s sovereignty.
It said it would not hesitate to apply the Rule of Engagement to deploy troops and deal with secessionists as appropriate. Read more
DSS disobedience: Judge refuses to begin Mohammed trial
A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, rejected prosecution’s request to commence the trial of a member of the presidential committee investigating procurement of arms and equipment in the Armed Forces, Air Commodore Umar Mohammed.
The trial judge, Justice John Tsoho, cited the alleged refusal of the Department of State Services to comply with an order of court with respect to the case. Read more
Wike accuses CP of plotting to rig Rivers rerun
AHEAD of the December 10 legislative rerun in Rivers, the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has accused the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Francis Odesanya, of conniving with some politicians to rig the poll.
Wike said the state government would in the coming weeks release the audio-visual footages of the state Police Commissioner plotting with politicians on how to manipulate the election. Read more
‘239,834 Nigerians still refugees in Chad, Niger, Cameroon’
A total of 239,834 Nigerians, who were displaced by the activities of the Boko Haram sect in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, now live as refugees in neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
According to the National Emergency Management Agency, over 100,000 displaced Nigerians reside in Niger, while the second largest refugees are in Cameroon. Read more
‘Report on damaged helicopter not ready’
The Nigerian Air Force has said a panel, set up to investigate the accident of Agusta Westland 101, a helicopter handed to it by the Presidency, is still sitting. The NAF added that the report of the panel had yet to reach the authorities.
The NAF Director of Information and Public Relations, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, who spoke with The PUNCH on Monday, said the force would ensure transparency in the matter. Read more
Why we can’t release Fayose’s houses – EFCC
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has opposed an application by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, asking a Federal High Court in Abuja, to order the release of his six houses earlier seized by the anti-graft agency through a previous court order.
Opposing the governor’s application in a counter-affidavit, the EFCC gave reasons why the assets could not yet be released to him. Read more
Senate removes Buhari’s aide from NCC board, nominee kicks
The Senate has said it has its reason for reversing its confirmation of the nomination of Okoi Obono-Obla as a member of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission.
While the upper chamber of the National Assembly has not stated the reason for the U-turn on Obono-Obla’s confirmation, the nominee had alleged that it was political. Read more
Street Carnival: Lagos to Shut Major Roads on Victoria Island
The Lagos State Government yesterday said it would shut down Ahmadu Bello Way, Tiamiyu Savage, Akin Adesola and Bishop Oluwole as it holds the maiden edition of its street party next Saturday and Sunday.
The state government, therefore, urged all residents and visitors to use alternative roads it had already provided to avoid traffic congestion and gridlock on Victoria Island and its adjoining neighborhoods. Read more
One dies in Lagos-Ibadan road crash
One person has been confirmed dead and four others seriously injured after an accident occurred at the Warewa Long Bridge end of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the accident involved a blue Toyota bus, with number plate, KTP 610 XA, a Honda CRV, with number plate, KJA 30 AE and a Toyota Jeep, with number plate EKY 685. Read more
Alleged fraud: Court grants FUNAAB bursar bail
An Ogun State High Court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta on Monday granted bail to the bursar of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Moses Ilesanmi.
He was charged to court on November 25, 2016 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on allegations bordering on stealing and fraudulent conversion of the institution’s funds. Read more
Woman injures girl, uses her for alms begging
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two women – one Amadi and Mama Esther – for allegedly abusing a nine-year-old girl, Joy Esemonu, in the FESTAC Town area of the state.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Amadi allegedly poured chemical on Esemonu, which made her sustain injuries in different parts of her body. Read more
Police kill three robbers planning to attack plane
THREE suspected armed robbers were on Monday shot dead by the police during a shootout at the UTC Junction in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
One of the hoodlums, who escaped being shot by a special intelligence team from the Inspector-General of Police, said they had planned to attack a plane belonging to Arik Air. Read more
Nigeria Loses 130m Barrels of Crude Oil to 32 Militant Groups This Year
Nigeria has lost over 130 million barrels of crude oil from January to November this year to the activities of 32 militant groups in the Niger Delta region since the resurgence of militancy in the oil-producing region in 2015, the Vice-Chairman of the Security Subcommittee of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Mr. Shina Bankole, has said.
This is coming as the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s Petroleum Industry Roadmap, better known as the “7 Big Wins”, will stabilise the region for oil and gas business. Read more
Militant Group Claims Responsibility for NPDC Pipeline Bombing in Delta
Unrepentant Isoko/Urhobo militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), in a surprise announcement yesterday, claimed it was behind the attack on the 42 inch delivery line operated by NPDC/ND Western in Otu-Jeremi, Delta State, over the weekend.
The militant group said its fighters, codenamed ‘Akuma Strike Force Team’, bombed the facility at about 4 o’clock last Sunday. Read more
Amaechi Eyes Massive Advertising Revenue Along Railway Routes
The federal government has stated that it intends to raise several billions of naira from companies and state governments from all rights of way, advertising and estate developers along all railway routes in the country.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, made this known monday while speaking at the First International Rail Conference holding in Lagos, tagged, “Nigeria Railway Industry Moving from 19th to 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities.” Read more
‘Only 13m individuals, enterprises pay taxes regularly’
Data from the 36 States Internal Revenue Service (SIRS) as at November 2016 shows that 13,034,222 million individuals and enterprises pay taxes regularly.
The executive chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and chairman, Joint Tax Board (JTB), Tunde Fowler, made this disclosure in Abuja yesterday. Read more
CBN releases watchlist on financial crimes
In order to address the rising cases of crimes in the financial system, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in collaboration with the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), has come up with a draft framework on local Watch-list for the banking system.
In a circular, entitled “Exposure draft of the proposed framework on watch-list for the Nigerian banking system”, by its Director of Banking Supervision, Mrs Tokunbo Martins, the apex bank says the aim of the watch list is to “address the increasing incidence of fraud/forgeries and other unethical practices” with the aim of “engendering the needed public confidence that will ensure a safe and sound financial system”. Read more
FG’s Approach Can’t Take Nigeria out of Economic Recession, Says NLC
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) monday took a swipe at the federal government’s recent approach on remedying the present economic recession, arguing that such strategies cannot take Nigeria out of the current economic doldrums.
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, stated this in Kaduna at the ongoing Harmattan School organised by the union with the theme: ‘Reawakening Working Class Consciousness for Social Transformation in Nigeria’.
He stated that the current approach by government at all levels where workers are denied their pay, pension and emolument cannot lift Nigeria out of recession. Read more
Players lament poor welfare, seek Aisha Buhari’s help
Players of the Super Falcons have appealed to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to make good its promise of paying their entitlement and that of the officials.
Before the game against Kenya at the Omisport Stadium in Limbe on Saturday, there were insinuations in various quarters that the players had vowed not to play the match unless the NFF settled them. It turned out to be a false alarm, which according to Coach Florence Omagbemi was a calculated attempt by some people to distract the team. Read more
Clubs share N240m loot recovered by EFCC
Top Nigerian clubs including Nembe City have been paid their share of 240 million Naira recovered by anti-graft agency EFCC from a television broadcast agent.
The cash was paid into the Club Owners Association account. EFCC are set to recover another 100 million Naira from the TV broadcast agent as well as a former sponsor of the league. Read more
Former Eagles coach, Erico in hospital
Fear gripped the Nigeria football community following the hospitalization of one time G assistant coach of the Super Eagles Joe Erico in a Lagos hospital after he took ill penultimate Monday.
The former ECN safe hands when called up on phone at the weekend could barely speak as he was said to be down and undergoing treatment but a visit to him in the hospital located at the Ilupeju area of Lagos exactly a week from when he was admitted saw him in a better state of health. Read more
FIFA, CAF, CAS law not superior to Nigeria’s constitution –lawyers
Eminent lawyers have added their voices to the current discuss over the fate of Nigeria football in the aftermath of the expected Supreme Court judgement in the leadership tussle between Ambassador Chris Giwa and Amaju Pinnick.
Some of the lawyers said those flying the FIFA kite have something to hide because the laws of the continental football bodies cannot be superior to the laws of any country. Read more
NFF Crisis: Group Tasks Supreme Court On Speedy Justice Delivery
Forum of Civil Society organisations (FCSO), a coalition of civil groups, non-governmental organisations, socio economic cum ethnic groups concerned with the advocacy of national development and promotion of good governance in Nigeria, has called on the Supreme Court to effectively and quick deliver justice in the legal tussle rocking the Nigeria’s Football Federation (NFF).
The apex court is expected to commence hearing on the leadership between Amaju Pinnick-led board of the NFF and Ambassador Chris Giwa-led group. Read more
President-elect Donald Trump urges FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS to investigate Hillary Clinton
PRESIDENT-elect Donald Trump is now urging US ambassadors overseas to rally foreign governments and investigate his former Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.
During the US election race, Trump insisted if he got elected, he would hire a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton’s emails and the operations of the Clinton Foundation. Read more
UK fraudsters posing as police and bank officials allegedly scamming Australians
UK-based fraudsters posing as police and bank officials have targeted elderly people on Australia’s Gold Coast in a phone scam that has fleeced individual victims of up to $200,000, police allege.
Queensland police have revealed details of an alleged ruse in which victims in their 70s and 80s were persuaded to transfer life savings to the UK after being warned their bank accounts and credit cards were under threat from thieves. Read more
Thailand set to appoint crown prince as next king
Thailand’s cabinet has acknowledged the appointment of a new king.
Lawmakers said Thailand’s parliament is expected to invite Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to become the country’s new monarch on Tuesday. Read more
Fisherman seriously injured by shark he had caught himself
A fisherman has been seriously injured after he was bitten by a shark he had caught off the Australian coast.
Paramedics said the victim, aged in his 70s, was in a boat alone off Queenscliff, in Victoria, when he was attacked by the 1.5m (5ft) shark on Tuesday. Read more