SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 25, 2015
NNPC engages DSS, EFCC to curb hoarding of petroleum products
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) has engaged the Department of State Services (DSS) and Economic and the Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stop the hoarding and diversion of petroleum products.
This is contained in a statement issued by NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Ohi Alegbe, in Abuja on Wednesday. Read more
Giade bows out as NDLEA chairman
The chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade, on Wednesday bowed out of the agency after 10 years of service.
Speaking after a colourful ceremony held at the Ikoyi office the agency, Giade said:” I am leaving the NDLEA better than I met it 10 years ago. My greatest legacy is the zero tolerance for corruption. If we must continue to dislodge drug barons and eradicate drugs from our society, we must remain forthright and committed to drug control programmes. I am leaving behind a legacy of proactive and intelligence-led organisation. Read more
AfDB signs N2.4bln loan agreement with Nigeria’s LAPO Microfinance Bank
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has granted a N2.364 billion ($12 million) credit facility to Nigeria’s LAPO Microfinance Bank Ltd.
The bank, in a statement e-mailed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday said that the loan agreement, signed on Nov. 17, was to support inclusive growth in Nigeria. Read more
Abubakar-Ajuji, Fayose make case for girl child education
Hajiya Ramatu Abubakar-Ajuji, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Education, on Wednesday appealed to parents/guardians to place high premium on the education of the girl child.
Abubakar-Ajuji made the call during interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia. Read more
Buhari warns varsities’ administrators on corruption
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday issued a stern warning to vice chancellors and management of universities in the country against mismanagement of universities’ resources.
He said his administration would not fold its arms and watch unscrupulous elements mismanaged funds provided to revitalize the university system. Read more
Steer clear of Bayelsa politics, ex-militant warns Tompolo
An ex-militant leader in Bayelsa State, Mr. Africanus Ukparasia, popularly called ‘General’ Africa, has warned Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as ‘General’ Tompolo, to stay away from Bayelsa politics. He handed down the warning in Yenagoa on Wednesday while reacting to reports of plans by Tompolo to interfere in the December 5 governorship election in the state. Read more
French intelligence chief visits CDI over Boko Haram
The Director of Military Intelligence of the France Ministry of Defence, Gen. Christophe Gormet, on Wednesday visited the Chief of Defence Intelligence, AVM Monday Morgan, to discuss issues relating to terrorism and Boko Haram activities in the sub region. Read more
Fire drill at Union Bank causes panic
A fire drill at the headquarters of Union Bank of Nigeria, Marina in Lagos today caused panic within the vicinity of the bank, leading to reports online about a fire outbreak at the bank.
As the reports made the rounds, sources at the scene, however, said it was a drill misinterpreted. Read more
Tunisia declares 30-day state of emergency
Where an explosion struck a bus carrying members of the presidential guard in the capital Tunis. At least 12 people were killed and 20 wounded. It’s the third major attack in the country this year.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has declared a 30-day state of emergency across the country and imposed an overnight curfew for the capital. Police have surrounded the blast site and erected security barriers. Read more
DPR gives oil & gas operators 4 weeks to submit project costs
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has issued a four-week deadline for oil and gas operators to furnish it with the cost components of projects currently under execution in the country, Vanguard reports.
This follows a one-day strategic stakeholders interactive session on value monitoring and benchmarking of oil and gas projects and operations in Nigeria, at which DPR established “a mechanism to monitor and benchmark Nigerian oil and gas industry costs of projects and operations across the terrains and business arrangements.” Read more
Police in Lagos kill 5 suspected robbers in shootout
The Police in Lagos on Wednesday killed five suspected armed robbers and arrested one with bullets wounds. Police sources told newsmen in Ikeja that the suspects had engaged policemen from Elemoro Division, Ajah in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area in a shootout where they were killed.
He said that five of them were killed on the spot and one injured by bullets was arrested. “The police in Elemoro got information that the suspects were operating at Abule Parapo, opposite Awoyaya in Elemoro area of Ajah around 2 a.m. Read more
Nigeria loses N129bn to cyber scam
Nigeria has lost about N129 billion to online identity theft, the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Peter Jack has said.
Dr. Jack made the disclosure Wednesday, during the National Cybersecurity Policy Capacity Workshop organised by Microsoft Nigeria in conjunction with the Office of the National Security Adviser to the President in Abuja. Read more
It’s shameful to cover-up killing of our soldiers by Boko Haram, Fani-Kayode tells Buhari, Army
Former Minister of Aviation, Olufemi Fani-Kayode, has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Defence, Rtd Brig. Gen. Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai over the alleged ‘secret burial’ of soldiers killed by Boko Haram insurgents.
“The most reprehensible thing that our government can do is to cover-up the fact that 105 of our soldiers were killed by Boko Haram in battle.It is evil”. Read more
We want 100 percent control, ownership of our oil – N/Delta group
When Boko Haram captured territory in Nigeria’s northeast last year and declared a caliphate, there were real fears for the sovereignty of Africa’s most populous nation.
A deadline is looming for the military to end the six years of violence, with signs that troops have wrested back control of most of the towns and villages lost to the Islamists. Read more
Senate summons Fashola over falling bridges
The Senate on Wednesday invited the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, over recurring cases of bridges’ collapse in parts of the country.
The upper chamber specifically wanted Fashola to brief its committee on Works on plans for reconstruction of all Bailey bridges In the country. Read more
Obasanjo, Gowon, Shonekan, Tinubu storm Ikenne for HID Awolowo
Dignitaries from all walks of life on Wednesday stormed the Ikenne, Ogun State, home of the late ex- Premier of the old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, for the burial of his wife, Hannah Idowu Dideolu ( HID) Awolowo, who died in September 19. Read more
Buhari mourns Tor Tiv, Inua Wada
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness at the death of the Paramount Ruler of the Tivland, Alfred Akawe Torkula and a Minister of Defence in the First Republic, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Wada.
In separate condolences, the President commiserated with the immediate families, friends and associates of the deceased, the governments and people of Benue and Kano States. Read more
Nigerian Muslim body appeals governor of Lagos to allow girls wear hijab in school
The Conference of Islamic Organizations (CIO) has made a passionate plea to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State to allow Muslim girls wear hijab to schools in Lagos.
The former Governor of Lagos Babatunde Fashola had banned the use of hijab in all Lagos public schools, while the Muslim community has sued the state government over the issue. Read more
Actor John Stamos sentenced to 3 years’ probation
Actor John Stamos on Tuesday pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of driving in Beverly Hills, California, under the influence of a drug. He was, subsequently, sentenced to three years’ probation, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said.
Stamos, 52, was also ordered by Los Angeles County Superior Court to complete a three-month alcohol abuse programme, attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. The actor is to also take two hours of addiction counseling, District Attorney’s Office spokesman, Ricardo Santiago, said. Read more
Gold shrugs off Turkey tensions
Gold erased gains to trade near a five-year low as investors returned their focus to expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next month.
Bullion earlier extended Tuesday’s advance, when Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet near the border with Syria spurred demand for a haven. US President Barack Obama and the NATO military alliance called on Russia and Turkey to deescalate tensions. Read more
IS Claims Deadly Tunisia Bus Bombing
The Islamic State group today claimed the deadly bombing of a presidential guard bus in the Tunisian capital in a statement shared on jihadist social media accounts.
It said a Tunisian suicide bomber named “Abou Abdallah al-Tounissi” carried out yesterday’s attack, which killed 12 presidential guards. Read more
Zimbabwe welcomes more Chinese investment: ministers
Zimbabwe welcomes Chinese investment and is eyeing increased economic and trade cooperation with China, cabinet ministers say, ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s visit next week.
“In pursuit of our national development objectives, Zimbabwe welcomes investment from the Chinese community,” Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha told a Zimbabwe-China investment conference held in Harare. Read more
Reality check for Putin after Turkey shoots down plane
President Vladimir Putin has found himself in a bind after the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey, which highlights the risks of his gung-ho Syria campaign and the difficulty of forging consensus on the war-torn country’s future.
The dramatic escalation in tensions between Russia and NATO member Turkey comes as Putin prepares for talks Thursday in Moscow with France’s Francois Hollande on building a broad coalition to fight Islamic State (IS) jihadists. Read more
UEFA sanction Dynamo Kiev over racism
UEFA on Wednesday ordered Dynamo Kiev to play their next three European matches behind closed doors and fined the Ukrainian team 100,000 euros for their fans’ racist behaviour during a match against Chelsea.
UEFA’s charges against Dynamo Kiev related to “racist behaviour … crowd disturbances (and) stairways blocked” during the goalless draw against Chelsea on October 20 at the Olympic Stadium. Read more