SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 17, 2015
Ijaw, Itsekiri leaders vow to shut down Shell operations
SCORES of embittered Ijaw and Itsekiri ethnic groups in Delta State have threatened to shut down all Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, operations in their land, if the Anglo-Dutch oil company fails to comply with the agreement reached with them some time ago.
Addressing newsmen, yesterday in Warri, the people, under the aegis of their Forum also indicted Shell for allegedly instigating crisis among the host communities with its divide and rule antics. Read more
Court orders INEC to restore deregistered parties Read more
42 S-East, S-South groups parley on rallies for true federalism
A coalition of 42 South East and South-South groups, yesterday, met in Enugu State, to finalize plans for the mega rallies to sensitise Nigerians towards “restructuring the country along the lines of true federalism.”
According to the organisers, the rallies earlier planned to hold in 13 cities and towns in the South East, would now hold in 20 cities and towns within the two zones. Read more
NDIC: The path to progress
IN recent years, the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has played a critical role in stabilising Nigeria’s financial market through innovative programmes. The turbulence that the banks faced in their continuous growth to maturity, which was triggered by both the nation’s quest to modernise the banking system and global financial meltdown, have been effectively overcome – to the relief of both depositors and the financial system. And, generally, the Corporation has charted a path that has taken the deposit insurance scheme (DIS) within the country to enviable heights. Read more
Emerhor Vs Okowa: Appeal Court adopts briefs, reserves judgement
The Appeal Court sitting in Benin on Wednesday reserved ruling in the appeal challenging the judgment of the Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
The tribunal had on October 26th upheld the declaration of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the April 11 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Read more
FG to create 7 new railway corridors to expand train services
The Federal Government is to create seven more rail corridors of standard gauge railways in the country, the Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, has said.
Amaechi made the plan known in Port Harcourt at the inauguration of Port Harcourt – Aba Mass Transit Train Services. Read more
NERC suggests measures to prevent MDAs’ electricity debt
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said that it has made proposals to the National Assembly on how to prevent the accumulation of future electricity debts by government ministries, department and agencies (MDAs), Leadership reports. Read more
Buhari to attend inauguration of Burkina Faso’s newly elected President
President Muhammadu Buhari says he will attend the inauguration of President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso on Dec. 29.
The president confirmed this development at a joint press briefing with the Interim President of Burkina Faso, Michel Kafando, after their closed door meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday. Read more
Federal High Court to rule on Kanu’s bail application today
A Federal High Court in Abuja will today (Thursday) rule on an application by the Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, asking for bail.
Kanu, in the application, also wants the court to set aside an order permitting the DSS to remand him for 90 days in the first instance, pending the conclusion of the investigation on terrorism and terrorism financing allegations against him. Read more
NOHIL expresses worry over N30m debt by patients annually
The management of the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, NOHIL, has lamented huge debt owed by some patients, saying it records about N30 million non- recoverable debts annually.
Meanwhile, the hospital has reeled out activities to celebrate its 70th anniversary in Lagos.
At a briefing to mark the 70th anniversary of the hospital billed to hold December 17, 2015, the Medical Director, of the hospital, Dr. Oluronbi Odunubi said the debt had hindered effective healthcare delivery at the hospital. Read more
Ogun market, Lagos store go up in flames
No fewer than 14 shops stocked with variety of goods were yesterday burnt down as a Tuesday mid-night fire razed the popular Kuto Market in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Also, a Lagos store in the Lekki area of the state reportedly went up in flames on Wednesday.
The cause of the Ogun market fire is yet to be ascertained, however, DAILY POST reports that it broke out in the wee hours of Wednesday when many of the traders had retired for the day. Read more
Buhari has declared war on Ijaws – Group alleges
President of the Delta Ijaw Youth Assembly, DIYA, Ebimobowei Oguma has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of declaring war on the kinsmen and associate of the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan.
Oguma, in a statement issued on behalf of the group, alleged that impunity and disregard for the rule of law have been on the high side since the coming on board of the current administration. Read more
Buhari @ 73: A Step Close To Nobel Peace, Mo Ibrahim, Mandela
Even in the best tradition of African culture and commonly accepted wisdom, recalling long history of patience, resilience and purposeful doggedness in an environment gripped and dominated by irrational tendency and violent disposition for undermining collective interest in the pursuit of parochial narrow gains is favoured as a well-deserved tribute to one conjured in such image. Read more
Mourinho should stay as Chelsea boss, says Zlatan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic said Thursday he wants Jose Mourinho to still be in charge of Chelsea when Paris Saint-Germain play the English club in the Champions League next year. Read more
Guardiola is leaving Bayern
Pep Guardiola, strongly linked to a move to the Premier League, has told Bayern Munich he will be leaving the club at the end of the season, German media reported on Thursday.
The Spaniard’s three-year contract expires next June and Bayern’s head coach has said he will announce “before Christmas” whether he will extend his stay or leave, with Manchester City among the English sides keen to secure his services. Read more
Seychelles votes in presidential run-off
Residents in the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Seychelles voted Thursday, the second of three days of polls, with incumbent president James Michel facing the first serious challenge to his decade-long rule.
Michel, 71, who is seeking a third five-year term, was forced into a second-round run-off against opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan after falling short of an outright majority in the first round in early December, winning just under 48 percent. Read more
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sends new MPs to parliament school
Aung San Suu Kyi is sending her newly-elected MPs on a crash course on Myanmar’s parliament as they prepare to take their seats for the first time early next year, her party said Thursday.
The veteran campaigner’s National League for Democracy party won a thunderous majority in landmark November polls that are set to tip the balance of power away from the military for the first time in decades. Read more
Researchers uncover tunnel in missing gold train hunt
Treasure hunters seeking the train – rumoured to have been hidden by Nazis fleeing the Red Army at the end of World War 2 – claim to have found a tunnel with railway tracks and evidence of the stash.
A rival research team from a Polish university said it had found no evidence of a train – but admitted uncovering “something strange”. Read more
Soccer-Suspended Blatter appears before FIFA ethics board
Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter appeared before the ethics committee of world soccer’s governing body on Thursday in a case that could end with him banned from the sport for years.
FIFA is reeling from the worst corruption scandal in its more than 100-year history, with 41 people including national soccer bosses as well as entities charged by U.S. prosecutors and Blatter under criminal investigation in Switzerland. Read more
Vladimir Putin claims tensions with Turkey cannot be healed
Speaking at his annual televised news conference, the Russian president said he sees no possibility of overcoming the diplomatic strain under the current Turkish leadership.
He said Moscow had been willing to accommodate Turkey’s interests and he was stunned to see Ankara had not tried to explain its action and immediately turned to Nato for help instead. Read more
US man admits building remote control for ‘KKK’ X-ray device intended to kill Muslims
A New York man who admitted building a remote control for a mobile X-ray device intended to kill Muslims has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Eric Feight, 57, pleaded guilty in 2014 to providing material support toterrorists. He was sentenced on Wednesday in federal court in Albany.
Feight, a control systems engineer, told US district judge Gary Sharpe that co-defendant Glendon Scott Crawford first approached him to help create a mobile X-ray to sterilise medical waste, only later telling him it could be used to target Muslim terrorist cells operating in the US. Read more
Zimbabwe Independent deputy editor passes on
Chabwinja died in the early hours of Thursday after suffering chest pains.
A humble and spirited gentleman, Chabwinja joined Alpha Media Holdings in 2002 as a sub-editor for The Standard before moving up the ladder in 2008, to become the Chief Sub-Editor for AMH’s business weekly, The Zimbabwe Independent. Read more