SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 19, 2015
PDP Woos Ekwueme, Atiku, IBB for 2019
In a renewed bid to reposition the party ahead of 2019 general elections, the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has started moves to reach out to its founding fathers and other aggrieved members, including ex-military president, Ibrahim Gbadamosi Babangida, former Vice Presidents Dr. Alex Ekwueme and Atiku Abubakar .
In a communique issued at the end of its meeting on Friday in Abuja, the BoT resolved to fix larger meeting of board on the 14th January 2016 to elect a substantive BoT chairman and therefore advised all BoT members to attend the meeting. Read more
Plateau swears in 17 commissioners
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau swore in 17 commissioners for the 17 ministries in the State. His Deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden is to oversee Higher Education.
Lalong urged Tyoden to use his wealth of experience as former Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, to assist in the development of higher education in the state. Read more
ECOWAS Asks Buhari, Others To Ban Full Face Veil
The Economic Community of West African States President Muhammadu Buhari and other members of the organization to ban females from wearing the full-face veil due to the use of female bombers by the Boko Haram terrorist group, arguing that a ban on the wear would be able to prevent attacks by female suicide bombers. Read more
AU Okays Sending Mission to Burundi
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) will be able to send a peacekeeping force to Burundi in view of the escalation of violence there, reported sources of the organization.
That decision will make possible the deployment of the Prevention and Protection Mission in Burundi (Maprobu). The authorization was adopted in a meeting here presided over by the representative of Bujumbura. Read more
Police hunting for escaped awaiting trial prisoner
Police in Bolodebu outside Tzaneen are on the hunt for an awaiting trial prisoner who escaped from a hospital on Friday.
Bishop Monareng from Ga-Kgapane township was chained to a hospital bed when he managed to escape, police said on Saturday. Read more
Home affairs official arrested for corruption
The official was arrested by the Hawks on Thursday when a police informant offered her a R40,000 bribe to facilitate the processing of permits‚ the department of home affairs said in a statement on Friday. The Hawks‚ working with the department’s counter-corruption unit had been investigating the official for some time. Read more
Ibe Kachikwu: We Have to Deal With Foreign Exchange Challenges to End Fuel Shortages
Nigeria’s oil sector reforms Czar and Group Managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, is facing, perhaps, the toughest test of his glittering career as fuel scarcity persists across the country, threatening to undo his honest intentions about that lucrative but problematic sector. He is fluent, articulate and has good grasp of issues and challenges of the sector when you engage him. You are held spellbound as he reels out figures upon figures concerning the sector. You can see his intentions to reform the sector but all that will pale to nothing if Nigerians cannot drive freely to the filling station, top up their car tanks and drive home. Read more
FIRS Widens Tax Net, Targets .5m Corporate Organisations, 27m Individuals
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has begun a new enrollment to capture no fewer than 500,000 new corporate accounts in the tax database by the first quarter of 2016.
The Chairman of FIRS, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, disclosed this to State House Press Corps on Friday.
According to him, the service had captured about 105,000 new accounts in the past 45 days to ensure collection of revenue for the Federal Government. He said: “There is a big gap both on the terms of the individuals and also the corporate. Read more
US Firm, General Electric Oil Sued For N110.25bn
A group of Nigerians under the aegis of Salof Industries Nigeria Limited, has dragged USA based companies, General Electric (GE)Oil and Gas, USA and Salof Companies, USA, to an Igbosere High Court Lagos, claiming N110.25 billion as damages for breach of contract.
In a suit number: LD/5113/14 filed by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) on behalf of the claimants, operating an indigenous Nigerian company, they averred that on September 29, 2007, they entered into an agreement with the US based firm as ‘’sole agent’’ to source for contracts from the state and federal governments and oil companies in the country, as well as to remain its ‘’technical partner’’ in the manufacturing of LNG and LPG plants and other refrigerator system. Read more
DPR Lifts Sanctions on Folawiyo Energy
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has lifted the sanctions imposed on Folawiyo Energy Limited (FEL).
In a statement issued yesterday by the Public Relations Consultant to the company, Adeshola Komolafe, DPR had to reverse the sanctions after further investigations, concluding that there was no evidence that FEL financially benefitted from any over-invoicing by a third-party. Read more
Nigeria Will Be Better Off with Buhari as EFCC Chairman
There is nothing wrong with fighting corruption. All those indicted must be severely punished according to the laws of our land. This has always been my position. However, running after treasury looters is a different thing from running the economy of a country. These are obviously two different things.
A government should not spend all its time and resources fighting corruption at the expense of its core mandate of running the economy of the country and providing succor to the people. Institutions set up to fight corruption should be allowed to do their jobs while the government concentrates on its core mandate. Read more
‘INEC May Impose Restrictions 48 Hours Before Bayelsa Re-run’
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed fears that it might be forced to take preemptive measures to protect the South Ijaw area where the Bayelsa governorship election re-run had been scheduled for January 9.
As part of the efforts to create a conducive environment for the peaceful conduct of the election in the troubled areas in Bayelsa State, the commission said it had already started series of consultations with stakeholders. Read more
Kogi: Faleke to Face APC Disciplinary Committee
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) might have resolved at the weekend to set up a disciplinary committee to look into the recalcitrant position of Hon. James Faleke, running mate to the late governorship candidate of the party in Kogi State, Alhaji Abubakar Audu, against the stand of the party on the state’s election.
This is as Faleke has said his resolve to claim back his mandate as governor-elect was further energised after the continuous threat his life by some politicians, stating that he had reported the threats to the police and other security agencies though he was undeterred. Read more
Lalong Appoints Deputy, Others as Commissioners
Plateau State Governor, Mr. Simon Bako Lalong has appointed his deputy, Professor Sonni Tyoden as the state Commissioner for Education (science and technology: tertiary education). He has also sworn in 17 other commissioners into the various ministries in the state, charging them to be innovative and proactive in handling the demands of their office. Read more
Buhari Saved Nigeria from Collapse, Says Ebri
Former Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Clement Ebri, has stated that the emergence of Muhammdu Buhari as Nigeria’s President after the 2015 general elections saved the country from complete collapse.
According to Ebri, who presided over government affairs in the state between October 1991 and November 27, 1993, the country was at precipice when Buhari took over the leadership of the country on May 29, this year. Read more
Wike Presents N300bn Budget to Assembly
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has presented the 2016 Appropriation Bill of N307 billion tagged ‘Budget of Consolidation” to the state House of Assembly.
Presenting the appropriation bill to members of the state House of Assembly at about 5:20pm on Friday, Wike said N120 billion would be for recurrent expenditure in the fiscal year, while N187 billion was earmarked for capital expenditure. Read more
At 53, The Bridge-Builder’s Work Continues
The venue was one of the Banquet Halls in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa. Date was November 25 and the event was the dinner held by President Muhammadu Buhari for Senators, the first since the National Assembly was inaugurated last June. Read more
Etiebet’s Quiet Influence
The people of old Cross River State, comprising the six major ethnic groups of Ibibio, Annang and Oron in the present Akwa Ibom State and Efik, Ejegham and Bekwarra in Cross River State, will forever miss Chief Donald Dick Etiebet, their second civilian governor. Etiebet was known to have exerted enormous but very quiet positive influence on them during his life time. Etiebet, who died on July 22 at the age of 81 years, was buried penultimate Friday. Read more
A Voyage to Nowhere
Democracy is widely defined as “government of the people, by the people for the people” but for the purpose of this article, I will tag along with a widely more accepted definition of Linz and Stepan’s which is operational and assumes that (i) a sufficient agreement has been reached about political procedures to produce an elected government; (ii) a government comes to power as a result of free and popular elections; (iii) the newly elected government de facto has authority to generate new policies; and (iv) the executive, legislative, and the judiciary does not have to share power with the other bodies de jure. Read more
Insecurity, Economic Decline: Buhari Pleads for Patience, Understanding
President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to Nigerians to show more understanding and patience despite the numerous economic and security challenges facing the nation.
Also yesterday, the federal government raised the alarm that Boko Haram terrorists operating in the Northeast were planning to abduct school pupils, students and foreigners in a desperate effort to raise funds, through ransom, for food, medical and arms supply. Read more
NNPC: Petrol May Sell Below N87 Per Litre Next Year
Following recent disclosure by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu that government would review and present new cost-reflective pricing template for domestic petrol sales and consumption, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) yesterday said that they had begun work on it and that a new template would be out by the first quarter of 2016. Read more
Remove Fuel Subsidy Now, It’s Enriching Crooks, Says Tinubu
Former Lagos State governor and leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Frisday advocated for the immediate removal of fuel subsidy, declaring it as a device for crooks to enrich themselves.
In a key note address presented at a memorial lecture in honour of late radical university don, Dr. Bala Usman, organised by the Centre for Democratic Development, Research and Training (CEDDERT) at Arewa House, Kaduna, yesterday, Tinubu said although the idea of fuel subsidy was good, he regretted that the system had been perverted and no longer beneficial to the masses who it was meant for. Read more
Attempted Murder of Akunyili: Court Frees Suspects
A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has acquitted and discharged six persons accused of conspiracy and attempted murder of the late Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr. (Mrs.) Dora Akunyili.
Justice I.U Bello discharged the suspects on the ground that the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that accused persons actually committed the crime. Read more
Another 28 Nigerians Deported from Europe
Three European countries have deported 28 Nigerians a fortnight after it sent 48 back to Nigeria for various immigration offences.
The 28 Nigerians were said to have been deported from three European nations for residing in those countries illegally. They were repatriated from Italy, Switzerland and Belgium. Read more
Gunmen Abduct Two Catholic Priests in Delta
Two Catholic priests have reportedly been kidnapped by unknown gunmen at Aniocha area of Delta State.
The victims, identified as Reverend Father Franklyn Odiaka, and Rev Father Moses Nwaonwochei were kidnapped at Obior in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State on their way from a special prayer service. Read more
Court Orders Traffic Offenders to Forfeit Vehicles to Government
Six traffic offenders arrested by the convoy of Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode in Ijora-Olopa area of the State on December 16, 2015, while driving against traffic have been convicted and ordered to forfeit their vehicles to government. Read more
US: Coalition airstrike may have killed Iraqi soldiers
At least 10 Iraqi soldiers may have been killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition targeting Islamic State in Iraq, according to a US military statement.
After acting on information from Iraqi security forces on the ground near Fallujah, coalition forces conducted several air strikes against Islamic State and “initial reports indicate the possibility one of the strikes resulted in the death of Iraqi soldiers,” the statement said. Read more
Syria war: US welcomes ‘milestone’ as UN endorses peace plan
He said the plan gave Syrians a “real choice… between war and peace”.
However, disagreements remain over President Assad and the unanimously agreed Security Council resolution makes no mention of his future role. Read more
‘Open the borders’ rally in Athens in Greece
The United Nations has called for a massive resettlement of Syrian and other refugees within Europe.
Several thousand people marched through the centre of Athens in Greece, calling for Europe to open its borders. The march was joined by some of the migrants stranded in the Greek capital by the decision made by some Balkan countries to close the borders to them.