Sabinews Morning News Update for October 18, 2015
Water, Food Scarcity Hits Yobe IDPs Camps
After the series of attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents on Yobe State, many residents were compelled to leave their residences in search of safer abodes, some of who ended up in either of the two IDPs camps set up by the state government in the state capital, Damaturu.
LEADERSHIP Sunday gathered that the administrative set up of the IDPs camps comprises the leaders of their local governments and security put in place by the state government, through whom the state gives out items including food, toiletries, clothing and utensils, among others, for the use of the IDPs. Read more
Heads To Roll In NNPC, NPA, NIMASA
Presidency sources have confirmed the investigation of and arrest of some senior officials of some Federal Government agencies allegedly involved in the conversion of dollar earnings into naira before remitting same to the federation account.
Sources said the president is enraged over the issue and has vowed that any official found to be involved in the corrupt practice will be punished according to extant rules. Read more
N108b Fraud: Again, EFCC Grills Akpabio
In what seems to be a determined bid to unravel the truth, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, yesterday, grilled the senate minority leader and former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio for over six hours.
Akpabio, who is being interrogated after an Abuja-based lawyer and activist, Leo Ekpenyong had on June 8 petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari and the EFCC, calling for Akpabio’s probe and accusing him of looting Akwa Ibom State treasury to the tune of N108.1billion, arrived at the headquarters of the anti-graft agency aroun 11:45am and was released around past 5pm. Read more
Succession Battle Rages in NIPOST
Following the retirement from office of the former Post Master General (PMG) of the federation, Ibrahim Baba from the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) in August, a battle is raging among top officials in the service over who succeeds him.
LEADERSHIP Sunday gathered that already, intense lobbying is ongoing over who emerges the next PMG of the federation. Read more
Why Maiduguri is vulnerable to Boko Haram attacks –Security
Maiduguri, Borno State capital has remained vulnerable to Boko Haram bombers in recent times despite persistent military onslaught on the insurgents’ hideout and increasing collaboration by the state-backed Civilian JTF.
Within a week, no fewer than 42 people have been killed in six bomb blasts in the capital while about 65 people have been injured. In the densely populated Dala, Ajilari and Sajeri wards, located outskirts of the city centre, multiple explosions killed at least seven people last Tuesday while the northeast office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed that a total of 37 dead bodies were evacuated from the scenes of Thursday and Friday bomb attacks at Molai, a suburb of Maiduguri. Read more
SMEs to get interest free loan
Akwa Ibom is poised for greater economic productivity, as the state government has concluded plans to give 1.000 operators of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) interest free loan for expansion. Unveiling the plans, Governor Udom Emmanuel explained that the initiative was to boost industrial activities and job creation.
He stressed that giving SMEs access to fund for projects will stimulate economic activities capable of creating thousands of jobs for the people. Read more
Kidnappers almost killed me –Falae
Former Secretary to the Government of the F e d e r a t i o n , Chief Olu Falae has revealed that he was nearly killed by his abductors who kept him in their custody for four days.
Falae, who spoke while receiving members of the OOdua Peoples Congress [OPC], led by Chief Gani Adams at his residence in Akure, the Ondo State capital said there were attempts to kill him while in the custody of his abductors. Read more
Why we jailed Gen. Ransome-Kuti – Army
The Nigerian Army confirmed yesterday that Brigadier General Enitan Ransome-Kuti was sentenced to six-months imprisonment and also dismissed from service by a military court martial.
The Army, in a statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, however, have reasons including “failure to perform military duties” for the Army’s decision. Read more
Nigeria, Israel strengthen non-oil ties
The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), has joined forces with Israeli businessmen to improve Nigeria’s non-oil sector and diversify its mono product economy to improve trade relations between the two countries.
In this partnership, Israel, which is reputed for hi-tech production in medicine, security wares and agriculture, is expected to transfer such technology and know-how to their Nigerian counterparts including entrepreneurs, farmers, manufacture other players in the to ensure that Africa’s largest economy experiences real economic diversification. Read more
CBN and Dollar-generating Agencies
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, has just revealed that most of the nation’s dollar – generating agencies were in the habit of remitting their revenues to the apex bank in naira instead of in the dollar currency they accrued. The principal culprits, according to the government’s banker, are the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency (NIMASA). He, however, pointed out that the discovery was not limited to these agencies as there were others involved in the malfeasance. Read more
CHAN QUALIFIERS: Eagles beat Burkina Faso
Nigeria home based Super Eagles yesterday, started their 2016 African Nations Championship qualifiers on a bright note with an emphatic 2-0 win against the Stallions of Burkina Faso.
A goal in each half gave Nigeria the deserved victory over their visitors in the first leg of the CHAN qualifiers with the return leg billed for Ouagadougou next weekend. Read more
Nigeria Top Group A; As Chile, Croatia Draw 1-1
Nigeria are topping the Group A of the 16th FIFA U17 World Cup after day-one matches, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Golden Eaglets thumped USA 2-0 in the first of the two Group A matches decided on Saturday at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago. Chukwudi Agor and Victor Osimhen scored both goals for Nigeria after a difficult first half. Read more
Guinea President Alpha Conde wins second term, opponent vows to protest
Guinea President Alpha Conde has won a second term, the election commission announced, avoiding a runoff with his closest rival, who vowed to protest the results.
“I proclaim that Alpha Conde has been elected president of the republic in the first round,” election commission head Bakary Fofana said on Saturday. Read more
World Food Programme Day marked in Accra
A flag raising ceremony was held on Friday to mark the 35th World Food Programme (WFP) day at the forecourt of the state-house in Accra.
Mr Fiifi Kwetey, Minister of Food and Agriculture, Mrs Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Fisheries and Mr Bukar Tijani, Acting Director General, Regional Representative for FAO Africa and Ms Mutinka Chimuka permitted the raising flags of Ghana and the United Nations the Ghana Navy. Read more
Pope to visit mosque, refugee camp in Africa
Pope Francis will visit a refugee camp and a mosque in the Central African Republic as well as a slum in Kenya during a trip to Africa next month loaded with potential security risks.
The pontiff will be in Kenya from November 25 to 27, spend the next two days in Uganda and travel on to the Central African Republic (CAR), where the trip will end on November 30, according to a Vatican itinerary published on Saturday. Read more
Sierra Leone claims 21 days Ebola free
Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma addressed the nation Saturday on the country’s first 21 days of Ebola free countdown.
He described over four thousand Ebola survivors in the country as heroes and called on people not to fear them. Read more
Yemen: Sanaa’s Old City at Risk
Parties to Yemen’s armed conflict should take all necessary measures to protect Sanaa’s Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. International humanitarian law provides special protections to buildings and other structures that are part of humanity’s cultural heritage.
Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, has been controlled for the past year by the forces of Ansar Allah, better known as the Houthis. In recent weeks, Yemeni forces loyal to the government of President Abd Rabu Hadi, backed by troops from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, have been advancing on the town of Marib, 170 kilometers east of Sanaa, perhaps in preparation for an attack on the capital. Read more
Many topics off limits at reunions for Koreans divided by war
When Ahn Yoon-joon, 86, meets his two younger sisters this week that he has not heard from in more than 60 years, there is much they won’t be able to talk about.
A guide book distributed to the elderly South Koreans chosen by lottery to meet family members separated by the 1950-53 Korean War includes a long list of do’s and don’ts – mostly don’ts. Read more
Real estate jitters hit auctions as Sydney and Melbourne show signs of cooling
The Sydney and Melbourne property markets are showing signs of cooling off, with auction clearance rates dropping over the past week.
Auction clearance rates in Sydney fell to 65.1% over the past week, the lowest in three years, with 530 out of 874 listed properties selling. Clearance rates in Melbourne were 73%, with 957 sales out of 1,233 listed properties. Read more
Thousands flee homes as Typhoon Koppu hits northern Philippines
Thousands of people fled as Typhoon Koppu hit the northern Philippines early on Sunday, officials said, battering coastal towns with powerful winds that forecasters warned could last up to three days.
No casualties have been reported but about 6,500 people were evacuated from their homes and taken to safer ground, and the number was expected to rise as the storm slowly grinds inland across the main island of Luzon, the civil defence office said. Read more