SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
Hausa, Fulani in bloody clash in Lagos
There was chaos on Wednesday at the Lagos State Abattoir, Agege, as Hausa and Fulani traders clashed.
No fewer than three persons were killed, while more than 20 people reportedly sustained varying degrees of injury and were rushed to different hospitals in the area. Read more
No poisonous rice in Nigeria – FG
The National Biosafety Management Agency on Wednesday described as untrue claims that there were genetically modified rice in the Nigerian market.
It said those making the insinuations that the country had been flooded with ‘poisonous’ rice were mischief makers. Read more
Tight security as NAF deploys special forces in airports
The Nigerian Air Force has launched a special counter-terrorism exercise codenamed ‘Exercise Steel Dome’, to be replicated at all the airports in the country.
The first simulation for Operation Steel Dome held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Wednesday, with military commandos from the Nigerian Air Force Regiment, the Nigerian Army, the Navy and other security agencies. Read more
Edo poll: PDP kicks as DSS, police call for postponement
The national leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission expressed shock on Wednesday when it got report that the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Police Force had called for the postponement of the governorship election in Edo State.
The election is scheduled to hold on Saturday. The NPF and the DSS had earlier on Wednesday in Abuja, called on the commission to postpone the election. Read more
Council of State okays nomination of IG, INEC RECs
The Council of State on Wednesday approved the nomination of the acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and six commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The council also approved five commissioners for the National Population Commission. Read more
Police arrest late Kogi gov’s eldest son, Mohammed
Mohammed, the eldest son of the late governorship candidate of the All progressives Congress, Prince Abubakar Audu, has been arrested by the Kogi State Police Command.
The late Audu was a former governor of Kogi State.
Mohammed was said to have been detained on Wednesday after he honoured a police invitation following the crisis that greeted the posthumous award given to his late father last week. Read more
B’Haram factions in bloody clash in Borno
Two factions of the Boko Haram sect in Monguno area of Borno State engaged in a bloody fight over leadership tussle, sources told the AFP on Thursday.
The sect had split after the Islamic State group announced Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the son of Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf, as the sect’s new leader to replace Abubakar Shekau. Read more
Military arrests suspected militant, destroys illegal refinery in Delta
Operatives of the Joint Task Force codenamed ‘Operation Delta Safe’ have arrested a suspected militant leader who allegedly threatened to blow up the Otorogun Gas Plant situated in the Ughelli-South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The suspect identified as Gabriel Ogbudje was arrested along the Abraka/Agbor Road on Tuesday evening. Read more
Flood submerges five Anambra communities
People in five Anambra communities have been reportedly trapped as flood submerged the areas.
Economic and social activities in the areas had been paralysed as people’s movement had been hampered. The areas affected were coastal communities of Eziagulu Otu Aguleri, Mmiata Anam, Umuoba Abegbu, Anam, and Iyiora Anam. Read more
Enforcement of Masterplan for Ikoyi, Lekki, VI In Lagos Begins after Sallah
Eleven days after it inaugurated a special committee to clean-up of Ikoyi, Lekki, and Victoria Island, the Lagos State Government wednesday disclosed that the enforcement of the original masterplan of the areas would take off immediately after Eid-el-Kabir.
The state government justified its decision to enforce the original masterplan of Ikoyi, Lekki and Victoria Island, noting that high number of abandoned properties posed daunting security threats to human lives and economic activities in the high-profile centres. Read more
Ondo sends Lassa fever patient back to Edo
A case of the deadly Lassa fever has been detected at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State. It was gathered that the victim who came from Edo State went to the FMC to treat malaria fever but after a blood test it was discovered the victim had contacted the deadly disease.
However, the state government said it was proactive about the case by transferring the victim back to Edo State where he came from. Read more
Jonathan’s N700m almajiri schools too expensive to run – Adamawa
The Adamawa State Government has said the multi-million Almajiri schools established by former President Goodluck Jonathan have yet to become operational because they are too expensive to run.
This was made known in Yola, the state capital, by the Chairman of the Adamawa State Universal Education Board, Dr. Mohammed Toungo, while appraising the success of the educational initiative of the American University of Nigeria, targeting almajiri children between the ages of six and 17 years. Read more
LEAD empowers Rivers communities on operational accountability
The Leadership Empowerment Advocacy and Development (LEAD), has empowered some local communities in Rivers State, to deepen accountability of their operations in rural development initiative.
The Chief of Party of Research Triangle Institute (RTI), LEAD, Tijjani Muhammad, said the group worked on three objectives of strengthening the capacities of local governments and increasing transparency in their operations; increasing the capacity of local civil society organisation and improving services delivery and support local economic development. Read more
UNESCO: Nigeria is 70 years late for 2030 SDG education deadline
The new Global Education Monitoring, GEM, as reported by UNESCO, has said that Nigeria, on current trends of global education, will achieve universal primary education in 2070, universal lower secondary education in 2080 and universal upper secondary education in the next century. Read more
DOCKWORKERS’ death: Union, terminal operators differ over safety measures
Following the death of about four dockworkers at Lagos ports in the last nine months, dockworkers under the aegis of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN and terminal operators have disagreed over safety of workers at the ports. Read more
Nobody can sponsor Labour against Kogi govt. –Edoka, Kogi NLC chairman
The Organised labour and the Kogi State government have been having a running battle over welfare of workers via payment of salaries and now the seemingly unending staff screening exercise which has taken well over six months, yet a large chunk of the workers are yet to be paid.
Recently, the labour embarked on a six weeks strike over the prolonged screening exercise and the attendant problems. But recently, the labour made a volte face and suddenly called off the strike. Read more
Buhari has neglected us – Pensioners
Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, Wednesday cried out over the level of debasement of its members across the nation, lamenting that President Muhammadu Buhari has deliberately shut his door against them.
The union also alleged massive corruption in the management of pension fund under the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. Read more
NCC spends N10bn on emergency communication centresclosure
Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said Wednesday that the commission had spent more than N10bn on the establishment of emergency communication centres across the country.
Danbatta made this disclosure in Abuja during the visit of the Foreign Defence Attaches to the commission, which was organised by the Nigerian Defence Intelligence Agency. Read more
Army Tests Officers on Weapon Handling for Effective Military Operations
In a bid to test ascertain the proficiency of its men in weapon handling, drills, map reading, combat swimming and obstacle crossing, especially in the warfront, the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, wednesday commenced a training programme.
The programme, which is to test the proficiency of its officers during effective military operations is between warrant officers and senior non-commissioned officers in 9 Brigade, Lagos. Read more
We Are Dying, Airline Operators Tell Senate
Airline operators in Nigeria have told the Senate Committee on Aviation that unless the federal government promptly pumped intervention funds into the aviation sector, all domestic airlines operating in the country will die.
The operators stated this wednesday during an emergency interactive session convened by the Senate Committee on Aviation. Read more
Policemen, NDLEA officers protect cannabis planters in Osun
The Osun State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, on August 15, 2016, destroyed about 21 hectares of cannabis sativa at the Onikete Farm Settlement in the Isokan Local Government Area of the state.
However, about 25 kilometres of land, which is allegedly being used to cultivate cannabis in the settlement, was allegedly spared. Read more
Nigeria loses 23.1m barrels of crude in 21 days
Nigeria lost 23.1million barrels of crude oil from August 16 to September 5, due to activities of Niger Delta militants, which led to shut-in of production, shut down of pipelines and terminals, The Nation has learnt.
It was gathered that the country lost 1.1 million barrels daily, about 23.1 million barrels in 21 days. Read more
PPPRA, Major Marketers Insist N135-N145 Band is Appropriate Price for Petrol
The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and key oil marketers in Nigeria’s downstream petroleum sector have said that the current fundamentals guiding the importation and sale of petrol in the country were still favourable for petrol to be sold within the government approved pump prices of N135 to N145 per litre.
The PPPRA and marketers, which include the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), and Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA), stated this after an emergency meeting with the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, in Abuja. Read more
Forte Oil: We Have No Contract with Detained Petrol Vessel
Forte Oil Plc has clarified that it has no contract with a petrol vessel, which was detained by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) over alleged non-payment of relevant fees to the federal government.
A vessel, ‘MT Histria,’ which brought in 25,435 metric tonnes of petrol to the country was detained by the NCS after it berthed and discharged its product for a major marketer, which was erroneously identified as Forte Oil. Read more
Nigeria’s economic recession and oil resource curse
Nigeria had high expectations from crude oil resources as revenue base for the nation when it was first discovered in 1956 at Oloibiri in the Niger Delta.
This optimism that crude oil will be able to assist the country’s developmental agenda, however, was the reason for assessed negligence over other sources of revenue generating opportunities, like agriculture and manufacturing. Read more
Nigeria’s oil production down 17% in Q2
NIGERIA’S oil production fell by 17.48% in Q2, contributing to the nation reporting an overall decline of 2.06% in gross domestic product (GDP) for the second consecutive quarter, pushing the country toward recession.
Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics estimated that production fell by 420,000 bbl/d to 1.69m bbl/d in Q2 and down 470,000 bbl/d since Q4 of 2015. The majority of the production deficit since the start of the year can be linked to a series of attacks from militant groups, most notably from the Niger Delta Avengers. Read more
Militants behind Crocodile tears arrested
The Nigerian Army said on Wednesday that its troops of 4 Brigade have arrested ‘a suspected national economy saboteur, one Mr. Gabriel Ogbudje (an Ex-militant leader), also the alleged leader of the “Otugas Fire Force”, a militant group threatening to attack Utorogu Gas Plant.
He was alleged to be responsible for the recent act of economic sabotage perpetrated on NPDC/Shoreline major delivery trunk line within Ogo-Oteri general area on the 26th of last month. Read more
N330bn fine forces MTN to sell bonds
MTN Group Limited is currently seeking fresh funds through the sale of bonds to offset a N330bn ($1bn) Nigerian fine, pay dividends and address capital expenditure.
This came just as the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, on Wednesday opened up on the dispute leading to the imposition of N1.04tn on the telecoms company for failing to disconnect 5.2 million improperly registered subscribers on its network. Read more
MAN and shortage of forex
Under the aegis of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), they lamented that about 272 firms had been forced out of business since the imposition of the restriction last year. Fifty of these firms are said to be manufacturing companies. According to MAN, some of the firms have since relocated to neighbouring West African countries. About 222 small-scale businesses have also reportedly shut down, resulting in more than 180,000 job losses. Read more
Minister blames recession on importation, bloated lifestyle of Nigerians
Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, Wednesday regretted that most of the products used and consumed in Nigeria were imported.
He blamed Nigerians for their inability to adjustquickly to the current economic recession due to their tenacity to over bloated lifestyle. Anwukah, who spoke at the Imo State University, IMSU, Law Lecture Theatre during the Special Senate Session organised by in honour of four senators of the university, however, was optimistic that there would be light at the end of the tunnel. Read more
CBN assures on right monetary policies to grow economy
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, has said that the bank will begin to deploy appropriate monetary tools to ensure inclusive growth by bolstering productive capacity that will bring about economic self-sufficiency.
Emefiele who made this known at the Senior Executive Course 38 at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, near Jos, urgeNigerians to face the reality of the fact that present situation in country and across the globe was not normal and the situation requires for a turnaround through making hard choices. Read more
Job Creation: FG to Spend N2bn on Graduate Internship Scheme
As part of the efforts to fight unemployment among educated Nigerian youths, the Federal government is to expend a whopping sum of N2 billion on the Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS) before the end of the year.
The Project Director of the Scheme, Mr. Dennis Chukwu, disclosed this in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital during a Career Development and Entrepreneurship Skills Training for Interns recently. Read more
NFF denies Pinnick applied for FIFA position
The Nigeria Football Federation has denied the claim that the Confederation of African Football rejected the nomination of the NFF President Amaju Pinnick for a seat on the FIFA Council (formerly known as FIFA Executive Committee).
NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, stated on Wednesday that at no time did Pinnick, who is a member of the CAF Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations, submitted form to be considered for CAF nomination into the FIFA body. Read more
Olympics: N10m proposed for Nigerian gold medallist
Any Nigerian gold medallist from the next Olympics could earn as much as N10m for the feat if the Federal Government approves the proposal put forward by the National Sports Reform Committee. The proposal for proper cash rewards is on page 13 of the document submitted to the sports minister Solomon Dalung last week.
The team headed by Godwin Kienka advised that the country needed to reward the athletes meaningfully like some other countries as a way of inspiring them more. Read more
Super Eagles need victory against Zambia to boost chances, says Mutiu Adepoju
Former Super Eagles’ Midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju, believes the national team must strive hard to pick the maximum three points against Zambia in their opening match of the 2018 World Cup qualifying series to boost their chances of qualifying for the Coupe du Mundo.
Nigeria will face Zambia con October 3 before meeting Cameroun and Algeria later.Adepoju, who is also a member of the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Technical Committee, said the Eagles should take all their games seriously in the qualifiers and avoid complacency that might mar the team’s chances of picking points in all the matches. Read more
Ikorodu United’s Francis eyeing positive end
Ikorodu United defender Shedrack Francis believes their surprise victory over Heartland FC will help them to a strong finish to the 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.
The Oga Boys tore the form books to shreds when they shocked the Naze Millionaires in a Match Day 34 fixture of the NPFL last weekend with a 1-0 victory at the Dan Anyiam Stadium courtesy of Fatai Abdullahi’s second half screamer. Read more
Ivory Coast ‘lucky’ to qualify for 2017 Afcon, says Bangura
Sierra Leone captain Umaru Bangura feels his side could have eliminated Ivory Coast from the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and has questioned their chances of defending their title.
The Leone Stars drew 1-1 with Ivory Coast on Saturday and would have reached the Gabon finals with a win.“We could have knocked them out in Bouake, they were so lucky to qualify,” Bangura told BBC Sport.“I don’t think they are one of the favourites to win the Nations Cup.” Read more
Nigerian, 3 cops among seven held
In a crackdown on drug smuggling in Haryana, police have arrested seven persons, including a foreign national and three policemen, over the past week in Fatehabad district for alleged involvement in drug trade.
A spokesperson of state police said Bansi of Khariya village, Sher Singh of Bhodiya Khera village and Sanjay alias Sandeep of Anjali Colony in Fatehabad were arrested for smuggling drugs on September 4. Read more
The Zimbabwean High Court Has Suspended a Ban on Protests in Central Harare
A police ban on protests in the central business district of the Zimbabwean capital Harare has been lifted by the country’s High Court, reports say, putting pressure on the authoritarian regime of frail 92-year-old dictator Robert Mugabe.
Anti-Mugabe protests intensified earlier this April when thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in protest over the country’s declining economy. On July 6, demonstrators declared a national “stay-away” day to protest corruption and economic . Read more
How political correctness has wounded Sweden
Sir: Tove Lifvendahl is, unfortunately, exactly right in her analysis of Swedish immigration and asylum policy (‘Sweden’s refugee crisis’, 3 September). Those in Sweden who support free movement and free trade feel it has long been obvious that the consensus in the riksdagwould lead to disaster.
Last autumn saw a celebrity-studded ‘Sweden Together’ celebration of the open-border immigration policy. Then, just six weeks later, we experienced the closure of borders and passport controls enforced on the Öresund bridge connecting Sweden to Denmark. The flow of immigrants is now at 95 per cent of its peak, but the Öresund region, or the Greater Copenhagen area — a trade integration project painstakingly developed over a period of more than 30 years — was put into liquidation overnight. Danes have been selling their Swedish homes to move back to Denmark. Swedes have quit their Copenhagen-based jobs. Read more
Air China mag’s ‘Indians, Pakistanis and black people’ warning sparks racism row
CHINA is in the headlines again for yet another marketing blunder, this time over an article by Air China’s in-flight magazine warning travelers to avoid certain ethnic minorities in London.
Haze Fan, a producer at CNBC, was the first to notice the precautionary note, tucked within the pages of the Wings of China magazine. Read more
Man held as police recover £2.25m jewellery stolen from Drake tour bus
Police have recovered 3 million dollars (£2.25 million) worth of jewellery that was taken from a tour bus used by rap star Drake, and a suspect is in custody.
Officials said 21-year-old Travion King was being booked on charges related to the theft in Phoenix. Read more
US election: Six times Clinton or Trump messed up
If the so-called Commander-in Chief Forum in New York City was a dress rehearsal for the presidential debates that begin later this month, both candidates have their work cut out for them.
The 30 minutes allotted to each candidate made the proceedings feel like the political equivalent of speed-dating – and like speed-dating gone wrong, there was plenty of time for the participants to bury themselves with their words. Read more