Sabinews Morning News Update for November 26, 2015
Insurgents conceal bombs in attractive objects – DHQ
Defence Headquarters, DHQ, yesterday said Boko Haram insurgents have resorted to concealing bombs in attractive objects.
Director of Defence Information, DDI, Colonel Rabe Abubakar, disclosed this in Abuja at a media briefing. Read more
N45M payment error, ex Naval Officer dares EFCC to arrest him
A retired Naval officer, Navy Captain Jerry Ogbonna who is said to be on the wanted list of the anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for stealing has said the N45M in question was a part payment of a contract his company executed in 2012 even as he dared the EFCC to arrest him.
EFCC has said the N45 million was paid into account of the former military officer in error by the Central Bank of Nigeria, but he absconded with the money. Read more
Diarrhoea kills 400 under-5 children daily –UNICEF
United Nations International Children Emergency Fund, UNICEF, has said about 400 children under the age of five, die daily due to diarrhea-related diseases in the country.
This was revealed during a four days ‘National Stakeholders Workshop on Draft Hygiene Promotion Strategy’ in Abuja, organised by UNICEF in collaboration with the National Tax Group on Sanitation and the Federal Ministry of Water Resources. Read more
Armed robbers abduct, release Plateau lawmaker
Majority Leader of Plateau State House of Assembly, Daniel Dem, yesterday narrated how armed robbers abducted him at his residence at Bukuru area of the state capital, and whisked him away to unknown destination.
It was learnt that the four robber suspects later took him to the bush where he was severely tortured and dispossessed of his belongings, including his official car, a Toyota Avensis, before releasing him. Read more
Police corporal mistakenly shoots wife in Lagos
A police corporal (names withheld) attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) Ikeja, Lagos Police Command, on Tuesday night, mistaken shot his wife in their residence at Egbeda area of Lagos.
Daily Sun investigation revealed that the officer, who is described as one of the best officers of the command, forgot to put the pistol on safety catch when he got home at about 10.00pm. Read more
Senate to probe abandoned N2.4bn NDDC road projects
There are indications that the Senate may order an investigation into the abandoned Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC’s N2.4 billion Agbarho township roads project in the Ugheli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Feelers to this followed a petition tendered by Senator Ighoyota Amori on behalf of the Agbarho (Urhobo) Improvement Union before the Senate, complaining about the project. Read more
Protests: MASSOB turns down S’East governors
Members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday said they rejected the resolutions of South East governors and stakeholders to end ongoing protests.
It would be recalled that the governors, including former governors, Ndigbo Ministers, National Assembly members and other leaders had in a meeting recently in Enugu State resolved to set up a committee to dialogue with the pro- Biafra agitators with a view to end the protests and other crisis. Read more
Imo raises panel to fight criminals
Imo State government yesterday constituted a Joint Taskforce Committee to checkmate all activities going on in various uncompleted buildings in and around the state, with a view to bringing to book any individual using such buildings as den to perpetrate heinous acts.
Inaugurating the committee made up of officials of Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Secretary to the Government of Imo State, SSG, Sir Jude Ejiogu, stated that government decided to set up the committee to check crimes being perpetrated in the state as a result of availability of uncompleted buildings to criminal-minded individuals, who use them to perfect their activities. Read more
FOI partners NYSC, empowers corps members
Corps members have been charged to take advantage of the Skills Acquisition Entrepreneurship Development, SAED initiative of the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC scheme and empower themselves instead of waiting for the non-existence white collar jobs.
The Director-General of the Scheme, Brigadier-General Johnson Olawumi gave the charge at the NYSC Camp, Jakatai, Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State where he flagged-off the Graduate Entrepreneurship Fund, GEF for corps members. Read more
Okowa at UN, says job creation key to global peace
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the international community to partner African nations on job and wealth creation “as a means to ensuring global peace and security.”
Delivering a keynote address at the Africa Industrialisation Day at the United Nations Office in New York Tuesday, Okowa said beyond creating awareness of the challenges of industrialisation in Africa, the Forum should address the need for “firm commitments to strengthen partnerships that will drive industrialisation in Africa, create jobs and sustainable opportunities for youths, women and all people to enjoy better social and economic well-being.” Read more
No political thugs harass Suswam –Benue Commissioner
Benue State Commissioner for Trade and investment, Dr. Tersoo Kpelai has debunked the claim of former Governor, Gabriel Suswam that he was harassed by hoodlums at Ukum Local Government Area of Benue state.
The commissioner who doubled as the Chairman Central Planning Committee for the burial of the paramount ruler of Ter-Ukum, Chief Daniel Dzahan who was buried in the area explained that the burial essentially was non- partisan. Read more
Smugglers flood Nigerian markets with expired rice
Smugglers seem to have taken over the Nigerian rice market, flooding the country with toxic and expired products. Reports of hundreds of trailers crossing the porous borders of the country are becoming worrisome in recent weeks, endangering government’s plans to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production.
Consequently, stakeholders have urged the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to curb smuggling while calling on NAFDAC to take urgent action by inspecting rice stored at several locations across the country. Supply of expired and poisonous rice to unsuspecting consumers could rapidly develop into a major health disaster if left unchecked. The group asked the attention of the Presidency and concerned departments so that corrective action could be taken immediately. Read more
Kashamu urges Court of Appeal to validate his election
The Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial district, Prince Buruji Kashamu, yesterday urged the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, to nullify the judgement of the Ogun State Election Petitions Tribunal which nullified his victory in the March 28 senatorial election.
At the hearing of his appeal against the judgement of the tribunal before the three-man Court of Appeal panel led by Justice A. G. Mshelia, his lead counsel, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), said the tribunal erred in basing its judgement on the evidence of Prosecution Witness 44, who is not an expert. Read more
NSE: ‘Online trading to attract N1.5trn investments’
Basking in the euphoria of the recent launch of its online trading platform, Trade Smart, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) says the new initiative will bring investments worth N1.5trillion into the capital market in one year.
According to its Executive Director, Market Operations and Technology, Mr. Ade Bajomo, the anticipated investments are based on the demography of the nation and its working population. Read more
World Bank approves $16bn carbon credit for African countries
The World Bank Group yesterday unveiled a new plan that calls for $16 billion in funding to help African countries adapt to climate change and build up the continent’s resilience to climate shocks.
The project titled, Accelerating Climate-Resilient and Low-Carbon Development, the Africa Climate Business Plan, will be presented at COP21, the global climate forum in Paris, on November 30. It lays out measures to boost the resilience of the continent’s assets including – its people, land, water and cities – as well as other measures that will boost renewable energy and strengthen early warning systems. According to the World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, “sub-Saharan Africa is highly vulnerable to climate shocks, and our research shows that could have far-ranging impact – on everything from child stunting and malaria to food price increases and droughts. Read more
Interest rate cut: bonds, naira fall
The naira and bond yields fell sharply yesterday while stocks rose a day after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has cut interest rate to stimulate lending in the economy.
The CBN cut benchmark interest rate to 11 per cent from 13 per cent on Tuesday, its first reduction in the cost of borrowing in more than six years. Read more
Financial market bubbles on new monetary policy
Investors and money dealers across the various spectrums of Nigerian financial market have reacted sharply to the new monetary policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, barely 24 hours of the policy pronouncements.
Yesterday, stock exchange indices reversed nine months downward trend to close positive, bonds trade surged but value of the local currency, Naira, crashed in the parallel market segment. Read more
Oil and Gas
NNPC reforms: Gaius-Obaseki cautions against foreign structures
Given the peculiarities of the Nigerian environment, the Federal Government and the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, have been cautioned to tread softly in adopting foreign structures for the ongoing reforms of the corporation.
A former Group Managing Director, GMD NNPC, Mr. Jackson Gaius-Obaseki, who issued the caution in his GRA, Benin City residence, argued that Nigeria should define the reforms based on its own experiences rather than adopting foreign schemes. Read more
NCAA suspends oil marketers over depot
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has suspended some oil marketing companies from supplying Jet A1, otherwise known as aviation fuel, from supplying the products to airlines in the industry.
The regulatory body in a letter to the affected companies said it took the decision following their lack of depot facilities. Read more
IBEDC to release over 300,000 meters in 2016
Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC, yesterday said it would provide meters for over 300,000 customers in 2016.
This was disclosed by Managing Director of IBEDC, Mr. John Donnachie, at a business session. He appealed to customers to take advantage of the Credited Advanced Payment for Metering Implementation, CAPMI, scheme introduced by Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, as an intervention to bridge the huge metering gap across the country. Read more
Emerging economies stake $126 billion on clean energy
The quest for renewable energy appears to be gaining ground around the globe, as the major emerging markets have attracted $126 billion investment across various clean energy projects.
A release Climatescope in Lagos yesterday, revealed that developing nations eclipsed the world’s wealthiest countries in 2014, attracting more clean energy investments, building more wind, solar, and other renewable power generation than ever before. Read more
Abdullahi expects Eagles at Russia 2018
Super Eagles midfielder Shehu Abdullahi says it will be a difficult task qualifying for the FIFA 2018 World Cup but he is confident coach Sunday Oliseh can lead them to get the ticket.
Abdullahi played at right back in the first leg Africa zone qualifier against Swaziland and did quite well especially in the return leg in Port-Harcourt. Read more
NFF Congressmen for Leadership Training in the UK
The Nigeria Football Federation has finalized arrangements for taking Members of its Congress on a 4-day leadership training program in the United Kingdom.
Already, the persons in the first batch of the program, which runs between 4th and 7th December in London, have secured entry visas into the United Kingdom for a training which quality is underscored by the capacity of the resource persons and the keen interest of the private sector. Read more
Cholera kills two in Mombasa, 7 taken ill
Two people have died and seven hospitalised following a cholera outbreak in Mwakirunge, Mombasa county.
One victim was buried last Saturday and the other on Tuesday. Read more
FOX News insults Kenya and Uganda
With the visit of Pope Francis just a day away now are Ugandans waking up to news of being called names by America’s Fox News, where journalistic imbeciles, one cannot but call the inventors of such headlines that, have broadcast that His Holiness was flying into war torn Africa.
Stereotypes of this nature were peaking when President Obama visited Kenya in July, with CNN topping the charts by calling Kenya a ‘Hotbed of Terror’ promptly triggering a massive counterattack on social media via the instantly coined hashtag ‘#SomeoneTellCNN. Read more
Prince Harry names Lesotho charity buildings after Princess Diana and his nanny
Prince Harry has named two buildings at the heart of his charity’s new landmark centre in Africa after the women closest to him – his mother Diana, Princess of Wales and his beloved nanny.
The Prince will attend the opening of the Sentebale development in Lesothoon Thursday – a purpose-built home for the organisation’s work with disadvantaged children and other young people living with HIV. Read more
Somali Officials Warn of Attacks by al-Shabab Faction
Somali authorities in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland have warned of potential attacks by an al-Shabab splinter faction that recently announced allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group.
Commander of Puntland forces General Said Mohamed Hersi has confirmed officially for the first time that al-Shabab fighters in Puntland had split into two factions. Read more
Sudan accuses Egyptian police of abusing its citizens
The Sudanese Embassy in Cairo has accused Egyptian authorities of unlawfully detaining and beating 16 Sudanese over the past six weeks, charges denied by Egypt.
Embassy spokesperson Mohamed Gebara said on Wednesday that the 16 were also “psychologically tortured,” without providing further details. He was elaborating on an earlier report by the Sudanese state-run news agency SUNA, which quoted Khartoum’s foreign minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, as saying he had proof of unspecified abuses. Read more
Five transgender Kenyans sue state to change their names
Five transgender Kenyans are suing to compel the state to register their new names on their national ID cards.
The five, who were born men but are now changing to women, said they unsuccessfully applied to change their names on their IDs two years ago. Read more
Uhuru told to hire more women CSs
The Equality Commission yesterday threatened to sue President Uhuru Kenyatta if he does not reshuffle the Cabinet to meet the two-thirds gender rule.
The new Cabinet has only five women out of 20, the National Gender and Equality Commission said. Read more
100 homeless as flash floods ravage Meru
More than 100 people are homeless after flash floods swept away their houses in Ruiri Rwarera ward, Buuri constituency.
Area MCA Jackson Muriiki said the rains, which started last week on Saturday, have washed away 988 acres of crops and vegetation. Read more
Man convicted of killing wife and posting photo of body on Facebook
A Florida man who killed his wife and posted a photo of the bloody corpse on Facebook was convicted on Wednesday of second-degree murder after failing to convince a jury that he shot her eight times in self-defence.
The jury verdict came in the third week of Derek Medina’s trial in the August 2013 killing of 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso at their Miami home. Medina told police in a videotaped statement he shot his wife during an altercation in which she threatened him with a knife. Read more
Venezuela’s No. 2 chides new Argentina leader for ‘offence’
Venezuela’s second most powerful official rebuked Argentine President-Elect Mauricio Macri on Wednesday for “offending” a brother nation by calling for his country’s suspension from a regional trade bloc over rights accusations.
The win by conservative Macri on Sunday was a disappointment to Venezuela’s ruling Socialists. He used his first news conference afterwards to reiterate his position that President Nicolas Maduro’s government should exit Mercosur. Read more
Australia’s bushfires leave trail of death and destruction
Fourteen bushfires burning across southern Australia have killed two people, thousands of animals, and destroyed 16 homes, and authorities on Thursday said they feared the toll could rise.
The fires, which stretch across 210 kms (130 miles), broke out on Wednesday in heatwave conditions and quickly burnt across farmlands, forcing residents to flee and others to frantically try and save their homes and livestock. Read more