Sabinews Morning News Update for June 11, 2015
Three Female Suicide Bombers Die in Borno
Three female suicide bombers died in Maiduguri, Borno State on Wednesday, when the explosives strapped to their bodies detonated.
This happened as President Muhammadu Buhari and the Service Chiefs were meeting in Abuja over the mini-summit of leaders of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, scheduled for the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja today. Read more
Perm Sec., Others in Trouble over N1.9b Ebola Fund
Officials of the Federal Ministry of Health, yesterday in Abuja, prevented Policemen from arresting the Permanent Secretary, Linus Awute and other top officials of the Ministry over the management of the N1.9 billion Ebola fund.
Daily Independent findings showed that the plain clothe Policemen arrived the ministry’s premises at about 1pm to arrest Awute and two others. Reliable sources told Daily Independent in Abuja, that other officials penciled down for the arrest in connection with the Ebola fund included Chief Executive Officer/National Coordinator of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Prof. Abdulsalam Nasidi, Mr. John Akintunde Kehinde, Director, Emergency Health Response and one Dr. Joshua Obasanya, team leader of the Nigerian Volunteers and Deputy Head of the ASEOWA Mission. Obasanya is out of the country on official assignment, just like Prof Nasisdi. Read more
EFCC Arraigns Briton, Russian, Japanese on Oil Bunkering Charge
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday arraigned 14 persons, including a Briton, Russian, Ukrainian and Japanese before a Federal High Court for alleged involvement in massive dealing in oil products on Nigerian territorial waters.
The accused persons were alleged to have illegally dealt in several thousands of metric tons of petroleum products, automated gas oil and low pour fuel oil. Read more
Retirees beg Aregbesola over unpaid pension
Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, Osun State chapter, yesterday urged the government to pay eight months’ pension owed its members, just as it claimed that 236 retired civil servants have passed on without government paying them their dues.
The pensioners, who stormed the premises of Osun State House of Assembly with various placards displaying different inscriptions such as, “pensioners are suffering” and “pay our pensions,” among others, said surviving has been tough for them because of non-payment of their entitlements. Read more
Fraudsters Open Fake Facebook Account with AIG’s Name
The attention of the general public has been drawn by the police to a dubious Facebook Account with the name CP Tunde Ogunsakin.
The account according to the authorities of the police at Zone 6 command with headquarters in Calabar was created on Friday, June 5, 2015. Read more
Nigeria scores 90% in ICAO security audit
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has said the country scored over 90 per cent in the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, security audit concluded 24 hours earlier in the country.
The audit, which commenced with four ICAO experts on June 1, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA Ikeja, Lagos, came to an end on Tuesday. Read more
Dangote promises N400m to empower Lagos women
President of Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has promised to empower 40,000 women in 20 local government areas of the state with N400 million.
Dangote who made the disclosure during a courtesy call on the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, said the money would be provided via the Dangote Foundation. Read more
Lalong sacks Jang’s appointees
Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, has approved the immediate dissolution of all political appointments of the immediate past administration led by Jonah Jang.
A statement signed by Director of Press and Public Affairs, Mr Emmanuel Nanle, yesterday quoted Secretary to the State Government, Rufus Bature, as stating that those affected by the dissolution include all chief executives, chairmen and members of commissions, boards and agencies, whose appointments are political in nature, except tenured statutory boards. Read more
Cross River, Ebonyi to end land disputes
Cross River State Deputy Governor, Professor Ivara Esu and his Ebony State counterpart, Dr. Kelechi Igwe, have resolved to put an end to the boundary dispute between Adadama and Amagwu communities both in Cross River and Ebony States which had in the past claimed several lives.
The resolution was reached at the maiden meeting of the two state governments presided over by the two deputy governors on Tuesady in Calabar, Cross River State. Read more
Kwara, Lagos APC at loggerheads over Senate Presidency
Battle line may have been drawn between Kwara and Lagos chapters of All Progressives Congress, APC, over the outcome of leadership election in the National Assembly that produced Bukola Saraki as Senate President.
The Kwara chapter, apparently reacting to the position of Lagos State, cautioned the latter thus: “Lagos State chapter of the party must (stop) making uninformed and unguarded comments on the emergence of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.” Read more
Clinton donates 70 tricycle ambulances to Kaduna
Kaduna State government yesterday received 70 tricycle ambulances donated by former United States of America President, Bill Clinton, under the Clinton Health Access Initiative Foundation to the state.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai, while receiving the ambulances at Government House, Kaduna, said he was happy over the foundation’s intervention in the state’s health sector. Read more
NEMA takes over feeding of Borno IDPs
Federal Government through the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has taken over full responsibility for provision of foodstuffs to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Maiduguri, Borno State.
This is part of its determination to improve the welfare of people displaced by insurgency, who are sheltered in 22 locations and those staying in host communities. Read more
Controversy Trails INEC’s Cancellation of APGA’s Victory
Controversy is trailing the cancellation of the election result for Brass Constituency 2 by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the rescheduled Brass Constituency 2 and Ogbia Constituency 2 election it conducted last Saturday for the Bayelsa State House of Assembly.
While the Returning Officer for the Brass 2, Perekere Bertola, a lecturer at the Niger Delta University, Amassoma, on Sunday morning, announced the candidate of APGA, Alfred Belemote Watson, winner, INEC declared the election inconclusive and accused Bertola of making “conflicting declarations”. Read more
Lagos tells residents of flood-prone areas to relocate
The Lagos State Government has advised residents living in the low line (flood plains) areas of the state to relocate.
The government explained that the relocation was necessary as it had been observed that water level was rising due to the high intensity of rainfall. Read more
WHO urges Nigeria to ratify law against tobacco
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised the Federal Government to expedite action in ratifying the United Nations Protocol to eliminate the illicit trade in tobacco products.
The Coordinator of WHO in Lagos, Dr Sunday Abidoye, made the call in Lagos at an event organised by the UN Information Centre (UNIC), the Nigeria Heart Foundation and the UN Association of Nigeria. Read more
2,688 BDCs meet new requirements – CBN
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), yesterday, confirmed that 2,688 bureaux de change (BDCs) have complied with new requirements for operations in the country.
The list of the confirmed BDCs was released by CBN’s Financial Policy and Regulation Department in a circular entitled: “Updated list of confirmed Bureaux de Change in compliance with new requirements.” Read more
Buhari urged to enforce local content policy
A researcher with Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), Damilola Arawomo has called for the need by the present administration to enforce local content policy so as to cushion the effects of the dwindling economy in the country.
Arawomo,a Phd holder of the department of Surveillance and Forecasting in NISER said this will also facilitate knowledge transfer from multinational to Nigerians and increase the intensity of export of products which Nigeria have Intra-Industry Trade (IIT). Read more
Oil and Gas
Nigeria’s crude oil losing market appeal
Nigeria may have to prepare for tougher times this year as the once a highly desired, easy-to-refine Nigeria’s sweet crude is now hard to sell, making the country to embark on discounted sales just to get the cargoes off the high seas.
International crude oil traders are said to have shunned the country’s export of sweet crude for the months of May and June 2015, making it difficult for the country to find buyers for the product, of which the country’s 2015 budget was planked on. Read more
$11.6b LNG Dividends: Discussions On To Reconcile Figures – NNPC
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Wednesday clarified that discussion was on-going on the reported non-remittance of the $11.6b LNG dividends by the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).
NEITI Executive Secretary, Zainab Ahmed, had on Tuesday in Abuja disclosed that a total of $11.6billion, which represented outstanding total dividends arising from loans and interest repayments from Federal Government’s investment in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), needed to be recovered into government coffers. Read more
Total Nigeria seeks new ways to boost growth
Total Nigeria Plc plans to step up its business diversification programme by investing further in solar power business while consolidating the safety and efficiency of the current business.
Chairman, Total Nigeria Plc, Momar Nguer, told shareholders yesterday at the annual general meeting of the company in Lagos that Total Nigeria is constantly seeking new ways to expand its offerings and the company is currently implementing strategies to ensure that the company remains brand of reference and leading energy solutions provider. Read more
Nigeria Power Plans Must Overcome Gas-Pipeline Sabotage
For Nigeria’s state-owned energy company, supplying gas to power plants around the country depends on fixing pipelines quicker than they get ruptured.
In April, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. took 10 days to repair leaks on its Trans-Forcados Gas Pipeline, which transports more than half of all gas going to the country’s power plants. It was the fifth repair since the start of the year. Days later, seven more leaks were found less than a mile away and gas couldn’t be delivered. Read more
FIFA Postpones Bidding for 2026 World Cup
The announcement of the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup has been delayed by FIFA.
The decision was due to be made in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, in May 2017 but amid allegations over corruption into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, the process has been put on hold with no clear date as to when it can be made. Read more
Blatter Banned Me to Block London Probe – Amos Adamu
Former FIFA and CAF Executive Committee member, Nigeria’s Dr. Amos Adamu, declared in Lagos that he was banned for three years by a Sepp Blatter influenced FIFA Ethics and Disciplinary Committee to prevent a possible probe of his corrupt involvement in the failed London bid for the 2018 World Cup.
Adamu, a former president of the West Africa Football Union, WAFU, said all through his stay in FIFA he never asked for cash in return for his vote the way the FIFA boss and his other top placed executives had done for years as exposed by the FBI probe and Chuck Blazer’s confessional statements. Read more
Saudi Refs for Flying Eagles Vs Germany Clash
Saudi Arabian referee Fahad Al Mirdasi will handle Thursday’s U20 World Cup Round of 16 clash between African champions Nigeria and the European champions Germany.
He will be assisted by compatriot Abdulah and Abu Bakar Al Amri from Oman. Read more
Australia Will Pay for Sweden Draw – Okobi
Super Falcons’ midfielder, Ngozi Okobi, has said that what the team failed to achieve against Sweden would surely be done in its next match against Australia.
Speaking in a radio programme in Lagos, Okobi, who was voted the best player of the match Sweden, said their plan was to start the tournament on a winning note. Read more
Keshi, Enyeama Bicker over Kaduna
Super Eagles Head coach, Stephen Keshi and team captain, Vincent Enyeama, have disagreed over the choice of Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna as venue for Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad.
While Enyeam condemns the venue due to security concerns, Keshi believes that it was wrong for Enyeama to condemn the choice of Kaduna for whatever reasons. Read more
Wolves deny Akpeyi’s SA move
Premier League side, Warri Wolves, have denied any knowledge of the reported move of its first choice goal goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, to South African ABSA League club Chippa United.
Reports in the local media said the 28-year- old goalkeeper, who was in Nigeria’s silver-winning squad at Holland 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup and Beijing 2008 Olympics, will travel to South Africa at the end of this month to formalise his switch to Chippa. Read more
Ebola spikes again in Guinea, Sierra Leone: WHO
The number of Ebola cases has risen in Guinea and Sierra Leone for the second consecutive week, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
In Guinea, 16 new cases were found in the week ending June 7, with 15 more found in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Read more
Egypt Mends Fences with Hamas
“Top Egyptian intelligence officers met recently with senior Hamas officials from outside the Gaza Strip to discuss the poor relations between Egypt and the Strip’s Hamas regime, senior officials of the Islamist organization confirmed on Tuesday,” Israel’s Haarez wrote on Wednesday.
“According to Palestinian media reports, Hamas’ main demand was that Egypt reopen its Rafah border crossing with Gaza. Egypt, for its part, demanded several confidence-building measures from Gaza’s rulers, though Hamas officials declined to specify what these entailed.” Read more
Libyan peace talks aim for agreement before Ramadan
The first ever face-to-face talks between rival Libyan factions, held in Berlin on Wednesday, have been positive, the U.N. special envoy to Libya said.
“From all sides, all cities there is a very strong call… We want to celebrate Ramadan in peace,” Bernardino Leon said at a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Read more
American Fighting With Kurds Killed in Islamic State Battle
An American fighting with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group in Syria has been killed in battle, authorities said Wednesday, making him likely the first U.S. citizen to die fighting alongside them against the extremists.
Keith Broomfield, who was from Massachusetts, died June 3 in a battle in a Syrian village named Qentere, near the border town Kobani, said Nasser Haji, an official with a group of Kurdish fighters known as the YPG. Broomfield had joined the YPG on Feb. 24 under the nom de guerre Gelhat Raman, said Haji, who didn’t elaborate on the circumstances of his death. Read more
Hong Kong testing two for MERS as worries grow
Hong Kong authorities were testing two people for possible Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Thursday as worry grew across the region about an outbreak in South Korea.
The two Hong Kong people had both recently travelled to South Korea, said the clinic that was treating them. Thirty-one people in Hong Kong who suspected they might have caught the disease have tested negative. Read more
South Korea MERS outbreak: 14 new cases reported
South Korea’s Health Ministry has reported 14 fresh cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), taking the total to 122 so far.
The newly reported cases includes a pregnant woman, who had contracted the virus at the emergency ward of a Seoul hospital that has been linked to a number of other confirmed cases, the ministry said, Reuters reports. Read more
Indonesia: Curfew for women in Aceh’s capital to curb sexual violence
The mayor of Banda Aceh, the capital city of the religious Aceh province in Indonesia, has imposed a curfew for women in a bid to reduce sexual violence.
Mayor Illiza Sa’aduddin Djamal issued the directive on 4 June which bans venues such as restaurants, sport centres, internet cafés and tourist attractions from serving women after 11pm unless they are accompanied by either their husbands or other male family members. Read more
UN peacekeepers regularly ‘swap jewellery and dresses for sex’, finds report
United Nations peacekeepers commonly pay for sex with cash, dresses, jewellery, perfume, cell phones and other items, despite a ban on such relationships with people the world body is trying to help, a draft UN report concluded.
The study by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), obtained by Reuters on Wednesday, said surveys of hundreds of women in Haiti and Liberia found their reasons for selling sex included hunger, poverty and lifestyle improvement. Read more
Brazil’s top court strikes down restrictive biography law
Brazil’s Supreme Court voted unanimously Wednesday to strike down a sweeping 2003 law that empowered the subjects of unauthorized biographies to quash works they disapproved of.
Under the wide-ranging and controversial law, Brazilians were able to block publication of or have removed from store shelves any book about their lives that was created without their consent. It has mainly been used by celebrities. Read more
Zico wants to run for Fifa chief
Brazilian football great Zico wants to run for the presidency of Fifa, even though he believes the odds are stacked against him being elected.
The 62-year-old said: “There’s a possibility now for change.”
Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation last week amid investigations by US and Swiss authorities into alleged bribery and corruption involving the 2010, 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Read more
Ghana loses $70 million annually on demurrage
Statistics indicate that Ghanaian importers as a result of delayed clearance of goods at the countries seaports, pay in excess of 70 million dollars annually in demurrage charges, and another GH¢ 30 million in rent charges.
There are also costs associated with the movement of containers from the port to the off-dock terminals, and sending them back to the port for scanning as a result of lack of pre-arrival shipment information to select their appropriate risk channels. Read more
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