Sabinews Morning News Update for December 5, 2015
I remain MASSOB leader –Uwazuruike
The leader of the Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike yesterday insisted that he remains the leader of the Pro-Biafra movement.
This was just as he has reiterated that Mr. Uchenna Madu and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu have long been expelled from the movement for gross misconduct. Read more
EFCC arraigns former NIMASA DG on fresh charge
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, re-arraigned former Director-General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi and five others on a fresh 22-counts N2.6 billion theft charged before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
It will be recalled that the EFCC had on Thursday arraigned the accused persons before Justice Saliu Saidu of the same court in Lagos. Read more
Buhari’s foreign trips not frivolous –FG
President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign trips since assuming office are critical to the implementation of his administration key policies of enhancing security, jump-starting the economy, creating jobs and fighting corruption, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said.
In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, the Minister said all the trips have been anything but frivolous, and that they have started yielding fruits in terms of turning the tide in the fight against the insurgents who have been most active in the North-east, attracting investments in the range of billions of dollars, and securing global support for the administration’s anti-corruption fight. Read more
Judge orders EFCC to produce Dokpesi in court
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to produce former Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, before it on December 14.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole granted the order in his ruling on an ex parte application filed by Dokpesi’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), on Friday. Read more
MAN urges government to fix ailing infrastructure
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has called on the federal and state governments to carry out urgent repairs of ailing infrastructure impeding the development of the industrial sector across the country.
The National President of the association, Dr. Frank Udemba, who spoke at the 29th Annual General Meeting of the body’s Edo and Delta States branch in Benin on Thursday, explained that the high level of dilapidated amenities had become worrisome for MAN as it had not only sent old manufacturers out of business but also discouraged new investors. Read more
EFCC investigates $200m arms deal in Ukraine
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has commenced investigation into an alleged arms deal worth $200m involving a Nigerian businessman and the government of Ukraine.
Investigations on Friday revealed that the $200m had been paid to the Ukrainian authorities for the airlifting of arms to Nigeria. Read more
Bayelsa: JTF recovers explosives, ammunition ahead of poll
As the people of Bayelsa State go to the poll today (Saturday) to elect their next governor, the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta has seized hand grenades, AK 47 rifle magazines, among other items believed to be meant for disrupting the election.
The Task Force Commander, Major General Alani Okunlola, disclosed on Friday that the force had seized 36 hand grenades, two AK 47 rifle magazines, a pair of military uniform, combat boots and a bag containing personal belongings. Read more
Cars burnt as pipeline fire bars traffic on Effurun/Sapele express
Another pipeline fire, the second in the spate of three weeks, on the fringe of the Army Barracks along the Effurun-Sapele Road, Delta state left several cars burnt and those on transit held in gridlock as vehicular movement between Warri and Sapele was caused by a heavy guard of military personnel yesterday.
The raging fire was said to have been ignited at about 10am by a spark from a power electricity cable fell by a heavy duty equipment into a pool of crude oil which observers noticed has been spilling from a ruptured pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, in the past three days. Read more
Third mystery fire hits Kano in one week
The third in a mysterious series of fire incidents within one week on Thursday night razed goods estimated at billions of naira at the popular Abubakar Rimi Market in Sabon Gari, Kano.
An eyewitness said the inferno, of causes yet to be ascertained, started at the Furniture/Electrical Appliances section of the market at about 8:00 p.m., two hours after the close of transactions for the day. Read more
Okada operators resist police raid on Lagos/Badagry Expressway
The bid by the Lagos State Government to enforce the restriction of commercial motorcycles on major highways in the state met stiff resistance at LASU Gate Bus stop on the ever-busy Lagos/Badagry Expressway, Ojo on Thursday.
Eyewitnesses told Saturday Vanguard that the combined team of operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and officers and men of the Lagos State Task Force on Environment arrived at the busy bus stop from the Mile 2 direction of the highway in four lorries and six patrol trucks, at about 8am. Read more
Twin blasts kill 5 in Borno
Twin suicide attacks believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram bombers in two Borno communities have killed no fewer than five people.
A security source said a male suicide bomber in Kimba village, south of Borno attempted to enter the market and suddenly his bomb exploded prematurely, killing two people. A woman and her baby were also injured in the process. Read more
Kenya Courts Nigerian Tourists
Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has continued to showcase the country’s tourism attractions to Nigerians as the board in collaboration with Kenya Airways and KQ Holidays met with trade partners in Lagos recently.
Speaking at the forum, the Marketing Officer – Africa, Kenya Tourism Board, Betty Ingwe stated that the KTB was set to market Kenya as one of the foremost tourist destinations for the Nigerian market. Read more
Nigeria’s Debt Management Model Excites African Countries
The Nigerian Debt Management Office, (DMO) touted as a model in Africa, has become a major destination for out-sourced debt management skills and services in nearly two decades of its existence.
The DMO under the leadership of Dr. Abraham Nwankwo has been galvanized to become a leading player in Sub-Sahara Africa. And the achievements it has recorded so far has earned it many accolades from renowned global institutions, as it has become a one-stop-shop for effective public debt management. Read more
World Travel Market Attracts £2.5 bn Deals
At the recent 36th edition of the global event for the travel industry that took place in November, over 47,000 senior travel industry professionals, 180 countries including government ministers and international journalists converged to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry trends and developments. More than 100 sessions covering all the major sectors of the industry including airlines and hotels and the important emerging niches of social media and blogging were available. Read more
Agriculture key to Nigeria’s economic revival –Irish Minister
The Republic of Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to invest more in agriculture as according to him the sector holds invaluable promises for the economy.
Coveney, who made the call in Lagos earlier in the week at a forum organised by Enterprise Ireland, a commission that provides key information on markets that are of significant importance to Irish exporters , advised the government to give more attention to agriculture in the face of falling oil prices in the international market. Read more
Oil and Gas
Nigeria, others fail to address low oil price
The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries on Friday did nothing to address the sustained decline in global oil prices, which are taking a beating from the massive supply glut in the market.
The 13-member oil cartel including Nigeria failed to reach an official decision on how much oil to produce, a development that sent oil price tumbling to $42 per barrel. Ahead of the meeting, Iran had said it would not consider any production cut until it restores output scaled back for years under Western sanctions. Read more
World Cup: Eagles need better midfielders, says Chukwu
A former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu has said the quality of the national team’s midfield needs to improve for Nigeria to stand a good chance of qualifying for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
The Eagles beat Swaziland in 2-0 on aggregate to qualify for the final phase of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, where they would face tougher African sides. Read more
Gabros reclaims IfeanyiUbah
Chief Gabriel Chukwumah, the former first vice-president of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and erstwhile President of Gabros International, Nnewi, has sensationally taken back his club, His club was purported to have been bought/taken over by Chief. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah and renamed FC IfeanyiUbah, which participated in recently concluded 2014/2015 Nigeria Football season.
In a strong worded letters sent to both (NFF) and League Management Company (LMC) and copied to Anambra State Football Association as well as the Corporate Affairs Commission, Chief Chukwumah revealed that the celebrated sale/takeover of Gabros International had collapsed due to the inability of Chief Ubah to keep to the terms of agreement. Read more
Egypt keep position in FIFA’s December ranking
After beating Chad 4-1 on aggregate in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Egypt kept their place in FIFA’s monthly global football rankings published on Thursday, remaining in 57th place.
Egypt, who started their 2018 World Cup qualifiers campaign last month, are bidding for a place in the most prestigious tournament as they strolled into the final round of the qualifiers after Chad win. Read more
China Africa Development Fund hits US$5 bln
The China Development Bank has hit its target of pooling 5 billion U.S. dollars this year in its equity investment fund for investment in Africa, it said on Friday.
It has already allocated or earmarked nearly 3.2 billion U.S. dollars in the China Africa Development Fund (CAD Fund) for more than 80 projects from infrastructure to agriculture to energy resources in 35 African countries. Read more
Egypt elections produce new parliament with no easy majority
Egypt’s incoming parliament will find it hard to form majority as individuals have won seats more than those of all the party candidates combined, according to experts.
The new parliament will consist of 596 seats, 448 of which are for individuals, 120 for winners from party-based lists, and the remaining 28 will be appointed by the president. Read more
After deaths, Egyptians grow bolder in challenging police abuse
Fathia Hashem was preparing for bed when Egyptian plainclothes police burst into her house, forced her into a van and ordered her to lead them to her son Amr Abushanab’s apartment.
Three days later, she watched police escort him to be questioned by prosecutors. Two officers held him up as he struggled to walk, his face pale and his vest stained with blood. He told her he had been beaten and subjected to electric shocks. Within hours he was dead. He was 32. Read more
U.N. council to meet next week on human rights in North Korea: U.S.
The United Nations Security Council will meet next week on human rights in North Korea, which has been accused by a U.N. inquiry of abuses comparable to Nazi-era atrocities, the United States said on Friday.
The meeting will take place on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m. (1430 ET), the spokeswoman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Hagar Chemali, said in a statement. She added that senior U.N. officials would brief the council. Read more
Colombia’s president says long-lost Spanish gold ship found
Colombia’s president says searchers have found the wreck of a Spanish galleon that was sunk more than 300 years ago while carrying a big cargo of gold and precious stones.
A Twitter message from President Juan Manuel Santos says more details about the discovery will be released Saturday. In his tweet, he says: “Great news: We found the galleon San Jose.” Read more
Fifa ethics court bans arrested vice presidents
Fifa vice presidents Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit have been banned from football after being indicted on bribery and racketeering charges.
The world football body’s ethics committee said judge Joachim Eckert applied the provisional bans, which were requested by ethics prosecutor Cornel Borbely. Read more
Brazil president Dilma Rousseff’s fight against impeachment meets setbacks
Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, suffered two setbacks on Friday in her fight against impeachment, as a minister from her main coalition ally resigned and the supreme court quashed appeals from supporters seeking to stop the impeachment process.
The reversals do not end Rousseff’s chances of stopping impeachment proceedings, but they show the supreme court and even coalition partners are willing to let the process play out and even strategise for what may follow. Read more