SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 31, 2016
No nepotism, detention of critics under me – Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan said decisions taken by his administration were guided by the overall interest of the nation and not ethno-religious or personal considerations.
Jonathan said this during the Nigerian Lawyers Association’s annual dinner and merit awards ceremony held in New York, on Saturday. Read more
Policeman stabs tout to death over N100
Pandemonium erupted on Saturday at Berger bus stop, Lagos State, after a policeman, who was a passenger on a 14-seater bus end route from Ibadan, Oyo State, reportedly stabbed a motor park tout, popularly called agbero, to death.
The deceased was identified simply as Ahmed and was reportedly planning to marry in December. Read more
S’Court Justices under probe for withdrawing from sittings
The two Justices of the Supreme Court, Sylva Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro, who were among some judiciary officers recently arrested by the Department of State Services on corruption allegations, have voluntarily withdrawn from further participating in the proceedings of the apex court.
The PUNCH learnt on Sunday that the two senior judiciary officers would no longer sit until when they were able to clear their names. Read more
Fresh executive, N’Assembly’s clash looms over $30bn loan
Another round of crisis appears to be brewing between the executive and the federal legislature over the present administration’s plan to borrow $29.96bn from external sources, The PUNCH has learnt.
President Muhammadu Buhari had, on Tuesday last week, asked the National Assembly to approve the external borrowing plan to enable his government to raise funds to execute key infrastructural projects across the country between now and 2018. Read more
FG Unbundles NIPOST Into 5 Commercial Entities
The Federal Government said it has unbundled the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) Limited into five entities to make it commercially viable and compete with the other information and communications technology (ICT) companies operating in Nigeria’s emerging electronic commercial sector.
Barr. Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications disclosed this in Kaduna at the weekend during the 4th National Council on Communications Technology (NCCT) summit with ICT commissioners from 36 states of the federation and other critical stakeholders. Read more
Fashola advises professionals on building collapse
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babtunde Fashola, has urged operators in the built environment to improve their skills in order to reduce the frequency of building collapse being recorded across the country.
Fashola, who spoke at the 29th annual conference of the Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers in Abuja, also outlined some of the major causes of building collapse based on studies conducted by his ministry. Read more
Group wants youths barred from pageants
A non-governmental organisation, Centre for Leadership and Youth Orientation, has called for the abolition of youth gambling and beauty pageants.
The group observed that gambling and beauty pageants were discouraging youths from skill acquisition and self-reliance. Read more
Many students now into robbery – CP
ABIA State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade, has said that the number of students involved in armed robbery and cultism has increased.
Oyebade said that recent crime trend in Abia indicated that most of such students were also members of secret cults. Read more
Buhari never asked any judge to pervert poll judgment – Presidency
The Presidency, on Sunday, broke its silence on the allegations of inducement raised by two of the judges arrested recently, saying President Muhammadu Buhari would never authorise anybody to induce a judge to pervert the course of justice.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja. Read more
Olubadan loses daughter
The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has lost his daughter, Mujidat Alagbada, in a fatal accident on Tuesday.
A source at the palace, who preferred anonymity because he had no authority to speak on behalf of the Ibadan monarch, said Mrs. Alagbada died after a taxi she chattered was involved in an accident around the Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan Express Road. Read more
Assault victim begs Edo monarch for forgiveness
The woman who was reportedly assaulted by the Onojie of Uromi in Esan North-East Local Government Area of Edo State, Mrs. Betty Okoebor, on Sunday begged the monarch for forgiveness.
The traditional ruler and Ojuromi of Uromi, His Royal Highness, Anslem Aidenojie II, had been suspended for seven days by the state executive council for allegedly attacking the woman and causing her “bodily harm,” among other alleged offences. Read more
Man treks from Lagos to Zaria for lover
A 26-year-old man, Tunde Agbaje, has reportedly trekked from the Ketu area of Lagos State to Zaria in Kaduna State.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Agbaje, who is the cousin of a former People’s Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, went on the adventure to prove his love for a lady, Sharon Donald. Read more
I rent houses for police, says Imo traditional ruler
THE traditional ruler of Umunneato community in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area, Imo State, Eze Leo Nwokocha, has said that he uses part of the commission he collects from land sales to rent houses for policemen and service their vehicles.
The monarch was reacting to the complaint by some members of his community against the 10 per cent commission he collected from them whenever they sold land. Read more
LASG shuts water packaging factories
The Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission (LSWRC) has sealed off facilities of some water service providers in the state for alleged non-compliance with the state’s water sector law.
The LSWRC stated on Sunday that the action was as a result of the determination of the government to ensure the safety of lives of the residents. Read more
APC wants Jonathan quizzed for corruption
The Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress said on Sunday said it was time former President Goodluck Jonathan was invited for questioning over the alleged looting of the nation’s treasury under his administration.
The APC chapter said it had now become indefensible to pretend that Jonathan did not know anything about the alleged corrupt practices of some of the public office-holders who served under him. Read more
Suspend your gov ambition, APC tells Adeleke, Yusuf
The All Progressives Congress has asked the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yusuf Lasun, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, and other members of the party eyeing the governorship seat of Osun State in 2018 to put such ambition on hold.
The APC Chairman in Osun State, Mr. Adegboyega Famodun, gave this directive in a statement in Osogbo on Friday by the party’s Director of Publicity, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi. Read more
We have over 50 gang members – Lagos teenage thief
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested an 18-year-old suspected thief, Ganiyu Rahman, in the Oshodi area of the state who said his gang had over 50 members.
Rahman, who was arrested along with five other teenage thieves on Friday, added that he had been living under the bridge in Oshodi since 2013. Read more
Conoil pays N2bn dividend to shareholders
The move by Conoil Plc, a petroleum downstream player, to pay N2bn dividend for the 2015 financial year, has been approved by shareholders of the company as well as other stakeholders.
The shareholders of the company commended the company’s resolve to pay such dividend despite the prevailing economic challenges in the country. Read more
Recession: Ford stops exportation of 500 vehicles to Nigeria
There are indications that Ford Motor Company has suspended its planned exportation of 500 units of vehicles meant for the Nigerian market owing to the current economic recession.
The United States automaker was said to have assembled the vehicles in its South African factory and completed all arrangements to ship them to Nigeria before halting the decision. Read more
CBN to Sell $500m FX Forwards to Meet Manufacturers’ Pent-up Demand
Desirous of ensuring that manufacturers get the required foreign exchange (FX) for the importation of critical raw materials as well as meeting the pent-up demand for the greenback, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will tomorrow sell $500 million through FX forwards to banks, for onward sales to their customers.
The move, which is also aimed at boosting economic activities in the country, would cater to some of the FX demand of manufacturers that want to import plants and machinery, raw materials and agriculture equipment. Read more
CBN to blacklist fraudulent bank customers
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is working on a framework that will, before year-end, enable it to blacklist or watch-list fraudulent bank customers across the country’s banking space.
CBN Director, Banking and Payment ’Dipo Fatokun broke the news at the Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF) October meeting in Lagos at the weekend. Read more
FG Urged to Promote Patronage of Made -in -Nigeria Goods
The federal government has been urged to give greater impetus to the patronage of made- in- Nigeria goods as a way of buoying the nation’s economy.
The President of the umbrella body of insurance brokers in Nigeria, the Nigeria Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) Mr. Kayode Okunoren stated this while addressing insurance journalists in Lagos, applauded the ongoing efforts of government to revive the economy, suggesting that policy statements should be made by top office holders at the three tiers of government to urge the people to patronise Nigerian made goods. Read more
Adeosun: 62% of N220bn MSME Funds Reserved for Women
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has urged Nigerian women to key into the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) N220 billion Medum Small and Mirco Entetprises (MSMEs) fund.
She regretted hat despite the fact that 62 per cent of the facility is for women, less than 20 per cent of it has been drawn down, as at the last count. Read more
Electricity: National Grid Receives Additional 30 MW Soon
As the federal government continues in its drive for incremental power, the national power grid is to enjoy additional 30 MW as completion of the Gurara power project is slated for early 2017.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, after inspecting the 30 Megawatts (MW) hydropower plant project in Kaduna, saying the additional power would boost efforts to stabilize power supply in the country. Read more
N500bn Intervention Fund: Senate Vows To Ensure Transparency
The senate has vowed that it will monitor and ensure that the process of disbursing the N500 billion social intervention fund to vulnerable Nigerians by the executive is transparent in order to avoid mistake of the past.
The senate majority leader and senator representing southern Borno at the National Assembly, sen Mohammed Ali Ndume disclosed this to Journalists yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. Read more
2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER- Belloumi: Algeria Can Repeat 35-year Feat against Nigeria
Legendary Algerian ex international, Lakhdar Belloumi, has tipped his countrymen to pick all three points when the Fennecs play Super Eagles in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on November 12 in Uyo.
The 1981 African Footballer of the Year who played at Espana ’82 and Mexico ’86 World Cups for Algeria told FIFA.com yesterday that the Fennecs are capable of repeating the feat of 35 years ago when they defeated Nigeria home and away to earn their first Mundial ticket. Read more
Adepoju hails Etebo return
Mutiu Adepoju has said the invitation of Feirense of Portugal midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo, for Nigeria’s Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Uyo on November 12 will strengthen the Super Eagles’ midfield during the match.
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr on Saturday named Etebo on his 24-man list for the match against the Desert Foxes. Read more
UK Investors Offer NPFL $1.5bn Investment
Just as the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) continues to shop for sponsors, a consortium of investors based in the United Kingdom are reportedly ready to invest as much as $1,5bn in the Nigerian domestic league.
Revealing this during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Youth & Sport Development, Solomon Dalung, the CEO/president of sport promotion company, Arabella 21st Century, Otunba Femmy Carrena, said the deal was as good as done, with a few conditions. Read more
National Geographic ‘Afghan girl’ to be freed on bail
The Afghan woman who appeared on an iconic cover of National Geographic magazine three decades ago will be freed on bail, days after being arrested in Pakistan on fraud charges.
Sharbat Gula, whose haunting portrait, captured by photographer Steve McCurry, shed light onto the plight of refugees in Afghanistan, has been accused of forging a Pakistani identity card. Read more
Merkel humiliated after party member calls for migrant to be ‘sent to a crematorium’
A POLITICIAN from Angela Merkel’s party has sparked fury after claiming an Eritrean migrant who threw a bin at a judge in court should be sent to a “crematorium” as punishment for his actions.
Christian Democratic Union councillor Jörg Schlechte posted a public rant on Facebook, claiming the migrant should be sent to a crematorium for assaulting the judge. Read more
FBI obtains warrant to search newly found Clinton aide emails
The FBI has obtained a warrant to begin reviewing newly discovered emails that may be relevant to the Hillary Clinton email server investigation.
FBI investigators want to check emails of long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin that were found on a device seized during an unrelated sexting investigation of Anthony Weiner, a former New York congressman and Ms Abedin’s estranged husband. Read more