Sabinews Morning News Update for May 6, 2015
Soldiers foil B’Haram ambush in Borno
The troops of the Nigerian Army repelled an ambush by the Boko Haram insurgents on Sunday night.
Investigations revealed that the insurgents ambushed the troops while they were on their way to Sambisa Forest to reinforce military presence in the area. Read more
Military, US to make Ebola vaccine in Abuja
The Nigerian military and the United States of America have opened an Ebola Virus Vaccine Study Centre at the Ministry of Defence Reference Laboratory in Abuja.
The centre is located within the Ship House headquarters in Abuja and in the University of Jos Teaching Hospital. Read more
NLC: Fuel Scarcity May be Ploy to Remove Subsidy
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said the disagreement by the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and oil marketers over the actual subsidy amount points to a conspiracy that the ongoing fuel scarcity may be caused by those pushing for removal of subsidy.
It also described the disagreement as an embarrassment the tirade, which has worsened the painful experience of Nigerians who continue to struggle to get petroleum products. Read more
We Never Knew Election Took Place in Nigeria – Rescued Women
Some women recently rescued by Nigerian troops and brought to Adamawa State have confessed that they never knew that elections have taken place in the country which lead to the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan while being held captive by Boko Haram insurgents.
The rescued women made this known when Governor Bala Nggilari visited their Malkohi Camp where he donated relief materials including foodstuff to them. Read more
Military Commences Court Martial of General Blamed for Loss of Baga to Boko Haram
The Nigerian military on Monday commenced the court martial of a Brigadier General, Enitan Ransome-Kuti, and four other senior officers, blamed for the loss of Baga in Borno State, to Boko Haram insurgents in January.
Ransome-Kuti, his Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel G.A. Suru, and some other senior officers, were arrested for failing to repel Boko Haram attack on the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in Baga. Read more
Ex-Mint Boss Appeals Judgment Ordering His Extradition
The former Managing Director of the Nigerian Security Minting and Printing Plc (NSMP), Emmanuel Ehidiamhem Okoyomon, has applied to the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, to reverse Monday’s ruling of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which acceded to the request of the federal government to extradite him to the United Kingdom to face trial for alleged corruption and bribery charges.
In order to tie the hands of the federal government from enforcing the judgment pending the hearing and determination of his appeal, Okoyomon has filed an application at the Court of Appeal to stay execution on the judgment. Read more
Another Round of Crisis in PDP
These are surely not the best of times for the National Working Committee (NWC) of Nigeria’s ruling political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Members of the committee have been at loggerheads with state governors of the party on one hand and aides of outgoing president, Goodluck Jonathan, over the outcome of the just concluded general elections of March 28 and April 11. Apart from losing the presidency, which it has held for 16 years, the PDP lost its majority in the National Assembly and will be the leading opposition in the next dispensation having won 46 senatorial seats out of 109 while the All Progressives Congress (APC) cornered 60. Read more
Court Remands 10 Suspects over Ejigbo Pepper Sexual Assault
More than two years after the horrific incident, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of an Ikeja High Court on Tuesday remanded 10 persons in prison in connection with the torture of three women for stealing pepper at Oba Morufu Market in Ejigbo, Lagos, on February 11, 2013.
The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had arraigned the 10 defendants, nine men and one woman, on a 19-count charge bordering on conspiracy, attempted murder, sexual assault, malicious administration of poison, obtaining money by false pretence and deprivation of liberty. Read more
Rice Duty Waivers: House Directs Customs to Ignore Political Directives
The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to neglect any instruction emanating from certain political office holders regarding the waivers of import duties imposed on some products brought into the countries.
The directive of the House was against the backdrop of snippets of information gleaned from an investigative hearing on rice import quota and duty payments held by an ad-hoc committee within the precinct of the National Assembly. Read more
Niger House Speaker Impeached
The Speaker of Niger State House of Assembly, Adamu Usman, his deputy, Hon. Abdulrahaman Bala, the Chief Whip, Hon. Abdullahi Lawal and Majority Leader, Hon. Haruna Labaran were on Tuesday impeached for not taking action over the non-payment of the over head cost of the lawmakers since February.
The principal officers were impeached by 19 out of the 25 members of the assembly. Read more
Protest as gunmen kill 2 students in Edo
Two students of the Edo State College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi in Ovia South-West Local Government Area were yesterday shot dead by gunmen.
The students were reportedly ambushed on their way to the lecture hall in the morning. Read more
APC Accuses Jonathan of Setting Trap for Buhari
President Goodluck Jonathan has been accused of setting a trap for the incoming government of Major-General Muhammadu Buhari by embarking on unnecessary last-minute appointments as well as the removal and immediate replacement of heads of strategic government parastatals.
The allegation was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in Port Harcourt by the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Read more
IG Orders Arrest, Prosecution of Cultists
The acting Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Solomon Arase, has ordered Commissioners of Police in Benue, Rivers, Cross-River and Akwa-Ibom States and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) to arrest and prosecute cultists any where they are found in the states.
In a statement signed by the Force spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, this action is to forestall peace in these states. Read more
Nigeria’s economy under threat as debts hit N11tr
Fear may well be the word to describe the state of Nigeria’s debt profile, hovering at N11.24 trillion as at December 31, 2014 and still rising.
The level which the nation’s debt overhang has attained is like a death-knell. Yet it keeps climbing. Read more
Govt’s N365.35b budget deficit below projection, says CBN
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has denied reports that the Federal Government overspent the 2014 budget by N365.35 billion during the second half of the year.
A statement endorsed by CBN’s Director, Corporate Communications, Mr. Ibrahim Mu’azu, said the Financial Stability Report from which this misleading conclusion was drawn clearly states that the fiscal operations of the Federal Government resulted in an overall deficit of N365.35 billion or 0.8 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), as against the proportionate budget deficit of N482.10 billion for the second half of last year. The deficit was financed mostly from privatisation proceeds. Read more
I Did Not Grant Waiver to Anybody – Adesina
Minister of agriculture and rural development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has debunked allegations of granting waivers on rice import duties to some companies, saying only the president can grant waivers.
He insisted that any company which imports above the approved allocation must pay for such. Read more
Oil and Gas
NNPC to Supply Gas from $662m East-West Pipeline by 2017
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that it expects to start regular supply of gas to end users within the eastern part of Nigeria through its East-West gas pipeline in early 2017.
NNPC made this known on Tuesday at the ongoing 2015 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, adding that it was making significant progress with the execution of the $662 million gas supply infrastructure project, otherwise known as Obiafu-Obrikom and Oben (OB3) gas pipeline project. Read more
Investors eye Nigeria’s oil industry as OTC kicks off
With some internal challenges, especially uncertainty over the just concluded elections, Nigeria’s economy was temporarily shut to local and foreign investments. In other words, the investors and others such financiers and services prodders were unwilling or reluctant to stake resources in the nation at least for a reason. They doubted the possibility of recovering such investments in the nation. While this lasted, the industry recorded sharp decline in many areas. For instance, the nation’s oil reserves dropped from about 37 billion to 31.81 billion barrels. This development confirmed the fears by experts who predicted much earlier that the country’s crude oil reserves may soon dry up due to low investment in exploration. Read more
Seven Energy begins gas supply to Calabar power
Seven Energy International Limited, an indigenous Nigerian integrated gas Company has commenced the supply of gas to the 560 megawatts, MW, Calabar National Integrated Power Project, NIPP.
The commercial delivery of gas to Calabar NIPP commenced in March 2015, and is being executed through Accugas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seven Energy. When operating at full capacity Calabar NIPP will increase national power generation by over 10 per cent. Read more
How to make Nigeria’s electricity work’
A Renewable Energy expert, Prof. Sylvester Egwu, has advised the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to tackle the epileptic power supply in the country by dismantling all generators in Aso Rock Villa. He also urged Buhari the President elect to order the Power Holding Company, PHCN, and Distribution Companies, DISCOs, to give the Villa power supply to save huge money spent on generating sets. Read more
Rabiu Ali predicts 2-0 Pillars win over 3SC
Kano Pillars midfielder Rabiu Ali has told AfricanFootball.com his team will end their poor form on the road on Wednesday when they battle 3SC at Ibadan.
The Nigeria league champions have been poor on the road, but Super Eagles midfielder Ali said this run will end with a 2-0 win over 3SC in a rescheduled Week 3 match at Shooting Stars. Read more
S’Eagles Will Qualify For 2017 Nations Cup –Shorunmu
Super Eagles’ goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu, has assured Nigerians that the national team would qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Natiosscheduled to hold in Gabon.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Eagles is grouped with Egypt, Tanzania and Chad in the qualifiers. Read more
Canada 2015: ‘Blame NFF If Falcons Fail’
Chairman of Save Women Football Foundation, Moses Bako has said the Nigeria Football Federation should be ready to accept the blame should the country’s senior female national team fail to do well at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
He expressed his disappointment over the inability of the football house to organise Grade A international friendlies for the Falcons who will begin 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign against Sweden on June 8. Read more
U-20 World Cup: Brazil wary of Flying Eagles
Five-time U20 World Cup champions Brazil have admitted they expect African champions Nigeria to cause them problems at the tournament in New Zealand.
Brazil open their U20 World Cup campaign on June 1 against the Flying Eagles in New Plymouth. Read more
Nationwide League set to begin
The Nigeria Nationwide League begins on Thursday with Division One matches, organisers of the league have said.
Wudil FC will take on Shekarau Babes at the Kano Pillars Stadium in Kano, in the opening game of the season. Read more
Dangote ‘Still Interested’ In Buying Arsenal For ‘Right Price’
Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote told Bloomberg on Tuesday that he still has plans to buy Arsenal for the “right price” in the future.
Dangote was linked with making an approach to buy a stake in Arsenal in 2010, before he said he decided against the investment. Read more
Okagbare Condemns Resort to Foreign Athletes
Track and field star, Blessing Okagbare Ighoteguonor, yesterday condemned Nigeria’s resort to importing foreign athletes with faint connections with the country for competitions instead of developing the home-based talents.
Fresh from leading Nigeria to the gold medal of the 4x200m event of the IAAF World Relays in Bahamas at the weekend with others like Regina George, Dominique Duncan and Christy Udoh, Okagbare said yesterday on her Facebook wall that such policies were stunting the growth of track and field in the country. Read more
UN Peacekeepers ambushed in Congo; 2 dead, 13 wounded
Suspected rebels ambushed a Tanzanian unit of U.N. peacekeepers in eastern Congo on Tuesday, killing two and wounding 13, the spokesman for the secretary-general said in a statement. Four peacekeepers were reported missing.
The ambush came a day after gunfire hit a helicopter carrying the mission’s force commander in the same region, according to the statement released late Tuesday. Read more
Moments from safety, migrants die trying to reach Europe
Young men piled over each other, some shimmying up ropes dangling from the towering rescue ship and others falling into the churning sea. Women and children were the last off the stricken dinghy during a chaotic Mediterranean rescue in which at least five migrants were crushed to death and more were feared drowned.
Dramatic footage shot by a seaman aboard the Maltese freighter showed the weekend rescue of more than 100 West Africans aboard the flimsy boat off the coast of Libya. Survivors were brought Tuesday to the Sicilian port of Catania. Read more
Hillary Clinton backs path to US citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton called on Tuesday for a plan to regulate some of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, striking a direct contrast to her Republican adversaries.
The former secretary of state and ex-first lady has long backed an overhaul of the US immigration system, especially for youths raised in the United States who dream of coming out of the shadows. Read more
Germanwings co-pilot practised his crash on another flight – report
The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps in March, killing all 150 people on board, practised a descent on the previous flight, German newspaper Bild said on Tuesday.
Prosecutors believe 27-year-old German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit and veered the plane into an early descent on a flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf on 24 March. Read more
Afghan interpreters take legal action against UK government
Interpreters who risked their lives working for the British military in Afghanistan are taking legal action over a Government assistance scheme they say unlawfully discriminates against them.
The two men, regarded by the Taliban as “infidel spies”, are seeking judicial review at London’s High Court. Read more
Kenyan universities launch anti-terror studies as attacks rise
Universities in Kenya have launched anti-terrorism courses for students joining them from September in efforts to curb terror attacks targeting the learning institutions.
The courses, according to officials in-charge of academic affairs, will be compulsory and examined alongside other common units. Read more
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