SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 12, 2017
Xenophobia: South Africans believe Nigerian men are taking their women –Dabiri-Erewa
The Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa on Saturday said South African politicians fuel xenophobic attacks by telling citizens that foreigners, including Nigerians, are dating their women and taking their jobs.
Speaking on a television programme, she admitted that there were foreigners who commit crime in South Africa, and they can be dealt with, but not by discriminating against Nigerians or any other race or country, an online news medium, The Cable reports. Read more
Maikori in cell with herdsmen, to appear in court Monday
The Chief Executive Officer, Chocolate City Records, Audu Maikori, who was rearrested in Abuja is currently being held at the Gabasawa Police Station, Kaduna State and allegedly sharing the same cell with arrested herdsmen.
A source at the police station told our correspondent that Maikori, who was arrested on Friday, would have been charged to court immediately but the police deliberately refused to commence the prosecution process. Read more
Smuggled rifles: Customs quizzes 15 senior officers
The Nigeria Customs Service has quizzed no fewer than 15 officers as part of investigations into the illegal importation of 661 rifles in Lagos, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.
The ranks of the officers range from assistant comptroller to superintendent, assistant superintendent and inspector. Read more
Why Airlines Are Dying In Nigeria – NCAA
We had many airlines in the past but the number has reduced considerably over a short time. Why is it so?
At the time NCAA started in January 2000, we had about 150 airlines in our register. In 2006, they came down to 28, the rest went under. It was not because NCAA did not do their regulation well. At a point, the number reduced to 12 and as we talk, we have eight airlines. It is because we do what we need to do; that is why those who have to fizzle out will naturally fizzle out. There was a time when there were banks all over the place but many of them have gone under. You don’t blame this on the government, rather you commend and ensure that customers’ savings are guaranteed. Read more
UNIZIK Business School Assemble Experts to Tackle Budget Issues
UNIZIK Business School (UBS), a new school under Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka has disclosed that it is set to end problem associated with the preparation and implementation of budgets in Nigeria through its Budget Roundtable. The Director of the school, Prof Au Nonyelu, who stated this in a press briefing with journalists, said that experts on budget issues have been contacted for the maiden edition of the annual event. Read more
FG begins domestication of ‘Malabo Declaration’ for agriculture
The Federal Government said it has commenced domestication of the Malabo Declaration, which stipulates that 10 per cent of Nigeria’s budget be appropriated to the agricultural sector.
An official of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Baye Sylvester who disclosed this at a 3-day meeting organised by African Union (AU) and New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD), on ‘Expert Panel to Draft New Plan for Achieving Economic Diversity through Major Investments in Agriculture,’ in Abuja, said the implementation has begun through the Green Alternative road map. Read more
Why Nigeria Needs Restructuring – Sen. Akergerger
Sen. Joseph Akergerger was the last military administrator of Katsina state before he went to the senate from 2007 to 2011 to represent North-east senatorial district. In this interview with RUTH CHOJI, the legal practitioner proffers solution to some national issues
How is life after the National Assembly?
It’s a time of reflection, you look back at your performance and you see where you made mistakes and where you did well. It gives you an opportunity to make correction for the future.
How will you assess this session of the senate?
Every National Assembly has its own peculiar challenges. It may not be accurate to rate an institution based on circumstances that surround them. Read more
Amnesty International’s Report Undermines Our Security – Nwankpa
Mr. Emeka Nwankpa, journalist and development activist, is the chief media strategist of Concerned Professionals’ Congress (CPC), a civil advocacy group promoting democracy, good governance and citizen engagement in the country. In this interview with GEORGE AGBA, he maintains that the 2016/2017 report of Amnesty International further shows how the global rights body emboldens Boko Haram to undermine the nation’s security.
How would you describe the state of affairs in the country now; do you think democracy is in safe hands in our nation?
In answering your question, I am inclined toidentify a tinge of foreboding and apprehension in you. I may be wrong though but I have astrong feeling that you are echoing the feelings of the ordinary man in the street who believes that things are very tough today in the country. Yes, it is true things are tough but perhaps, you may not know that light shows up at dawn afterthe darkest part of the night. That is where we are now. This is the best time to be counted as a Nigerian citizen. Read more
Before IOCs Relocate to Operational Base
The political correctness of the order by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that the International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in the country should relocate their head offices to states, where they produce from is not debatable. But there comes with the success or failure of this initiative many other issues. Read more
NAS lifts three children suffering from autism spectrum disorder
National Association of Seadogs, NAS, has appealed to the federal and state governments to come to the aid of children suffering from autism spectrum disorder. The association has also taken up the challenge of taking care of the education of three children having the challenge. Speaking at a fund raising for the less privileged in Abuja, Kubwa Zone Chapter President of NAS, Samuel Ideagbon Abhulimen, appealed to government and the public to come to the aid of children with different disabilities to give them sense of belonging in the society. Read more
BUHARI BACK: Emotions rule Aso Rock
“President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return to the country tomorrow, Friday March 10, 2017.”With the above lines, heset the country agog that Thursday night. But there is a guess that he was very careful in choosing the word and the lines to avoid controversy .For many Nigerians, the word “expect”, was a lazy verb. The stronger phrase needed was “is coming”. Read more
Emefiele, CBN GOV, warns ‘We will ensure forex speculators lose money’
Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, yesterday, attributed the pressures on exchange rate in the parallel market to illegal and criminal activities of some individuals. Emefiele stated this while receiving the Vanguard Newspaper Personality of the Year Award at a colourful event held in Lagos. Read more
Ugwuanyi appoints Senior Advocate as ENSIEC Chairman
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State yesterday approved the appointment of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Dr. Michael Ezeugwu Ajogwu as Chairman of the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC). Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State Other members of the Commission, according to a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Gabriel Ajah include: Read more
We’ll uphold General Adebayo’s legacies — Fayose
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose says his administration will uphold the legacies of the late General Adeyinka Adebayo, a former Military Governor of the old Western State. Ayodele Fayose He stated this, yesterday, in Ikeja, Lagos, when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased. Read more
Land grabbers attack 120 Lagos residents
Residents of Oko Addo village, Addo Nla Town in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos, have begged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to save them from land grabbers. Some of the residents, numbering over 120, took to the streets in protest against what they described as encroachment on their land by the land grabbers who they claimed also launched attacks on them. Read more
Gunmen abduct Ekiti govt official in Edo, demand N20m ransom
Civil servants in Ekiti State are yet to come to terms with the abduction of one of their colleagues, Olaniyi Ibidunmoye, by gunmen in Ibillo, Edo State, on Wednesday. Ibidunmoye, a Director in the Office of Ekiti State Surveyor General and a pastor in Agape Christian Ministries, was said to be on his way back from a pastoral meeting held in Abuja when he was waylaid by kidnappers and taken to an unknown destination. Read more
Sherrif/Makarfi Crisis: PDP Chieftain, former Senator Idah, others decamped to APC
Following the leadership crisis that had continued to rock the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, a party chieftain and former Senator representing Katsina Central Constituency, Senator Ibrahim Idah on Saturday decamped to the ruling party, All Progressive Congress, APC. Senator Idah who decamped along side with his ward PDP Chairman and Secretary and six other wards Chairmen and Secretaries and followers were received by the APC State party Chairman, Alhaji Shittu Shuaibu Shittu at the party secretariat in Katsina State. Read more
Medical doctor stabs own mum to death
Police in Ogun state has arrested one Dr. Emmanuel Ogah for allegedly stabbing his 62 year old biological mother to death.
According to a release by the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspect was arrested on March 9, following a complaint from one Cletus Ogah who reported the incident at Itele -Ota Divisional Headquarters that his younger brother had stabbed their mother, Janet Ogah to death.
Upon receiving the complaint, the PPRO said the DPO of the division, CSP Lukman Raheem led detectives to the scene at No 16 Ololade street Lafenwa, Itele- Ota where the suspect was promptly arrested. Read more
Family raises alarm over Nnamdi Kanu
The family of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has raised alarm over what it called a plan by security agents and prison authorities to eliminate the IPOB leader through prison wardens.
As part of the plan, the family alleged yesterday, that security agents and prison wardens have continued to humiliate Kanu and others detained with him at Kuje Prison, Abuja and had stopped him from receiving visitors in the prison. Read more
Ignorance kills kidney disorder patients
March 9, 2017 was World Kidney Day, a day set aside for global awareness on the importance of kidney. The day was part of the campaign to urgently reduce the risk factors for chronic kidney disease, CKD, in the world. This year’s theme was “Kidney Disease & Obesity”. World Kidney Day promotes education on obesity and its association with kidney disease, advocating healthy lifestyle and health policy measures that make preventive behaviours an affordable option. Read more
Actress, Stephanie Linus, becomes UNFPA Regional Ambassador
A-List Nollywood actress, StephanieOkereke Linus was on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, unveiled as the UNFPA Regional Ambassador for West & Central Africa. The United Nations Population Fund made the appointment at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. “It is my aspiration that access to reproductive health care for women and girls, especially family planning, will be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for,” said the elated Stephanie as she received the honour. Read more
My life under threat – Anambra PDP chairman
THE demand by the 28 registered political parties in Anambra State for the State House of Assembly to investigate allegations of constitutional breach against Governor Willie Obiano alleged by the state chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Ken Emeakayi has taken another dimension as Emeakyi has further alleged that the governor was threatening his life.
Emeakayi, who made the allegation in an open letter dated March 7, 2017 and addressed to Obiano, which was made available to newsmen in Awka yesterday, said that though he had been castigated, maligned and abused by the governor’s aides since the Assembly received his letter, Obiano’s alleged direct threat to his life via telephone was the climax of them all. Read more
Buhari’s return ‘ll boost governance, says APGA national chair
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Oye yesterday said that the APGA family was elated at the return of President Muhammadu Buhari as it would boost governance of the country and make things move with the normal speed.
Reacting to Buhari’s return, Oye told Sunday Sun that the long absence of the President created vacuum and prayed that God would give him the wisdom now that he is back to grapple with the problems of Nigeria which he described as very difficult. Read more
Aso Rock quiet as Buhari continues rest
The Presidential Villa was all quiet yesterday as President Muhammadu Buhari continued his well deserved rest after a six-hour flight from London, where he had spent the last 50 days on an extended vacation based on doctors advice.
The President had appealed to states and other groups that had planned to lead delegations to welcome him to shelve the idea but rather use the time to pray for the unity of the nation. “Rather than send delegations to Abuja to welcome me May I appeal to our people to continue to pray for the country’s unity, progress and prosperity. I thank you very much and may God bless our country.” Read more
NOG Returns, Discussions Focus on Persistent Industry Challenges
When the exhibition floors and conference hall of the annual Nigeria Oil and Gas (NOG) Conference and Exhibition closed at about 1.30pm penultimate Thursday in Abuja, it looked like extended lower prices of crude oil in the global market and Nigeria’s unending operational difficulties may have mutually turned the tide on the conference, cutting down annual attendance and perhaps enthusiasm for making fresh hydrocarbon related deals. Read more
Nigerian state seeks to move oil firms to troubled Niger delta
Nigeria’s southern oil-rich Rivers state on Saturday backed a government call for major oil companies to move their offices to the Niger delta region, as part of measures to stem unrest in the oil-rich area.
Attacks by rebels seeking a fairer share of Nigeria’s multi-billion-dollar oil wealth for local residents have slashed output and hammered revenue at a time of falling global crude prices.
Last week, Nigeria’s Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo ordered major oil companies including Anglo-Dutch Shell as well as US groups Mobil and Chevron to relocate their main offices to the troubled Niger delta region, where most people remain impoverished despite decades of oil extraction. Read more
NPFL: Enyimba escapes MFM defeat
Enyimba avoided what would have been two straight losses as they grabbed a late goal to hold MFM to a 1-1 draw in a week 13 Nigeria Professional Football League clash at the UJ Esuene Stadium yesterday,
MFM looked to be heading for a surprise win in a game played on a very bad UJ Esuene pitch when they took the lead on 23 minutes through Stephen Odey with his eighth goal of the season.
But in the 81st minute, Ibrahim Mustapha made sure Enyimba avoided defeat as he made it 1-1. It was a missed opportunity for MFM as a win against Enyimba would have temporarily taken them to second in the league and on 22 points same as leaders Plateau United. For Enyimba they’ve now gone five games without a win, with three losses and two draws. Read more
FA Cup: Iwobi Benched As Arsenal Thrash Lincoln To Seal Last Four Place
Nigerian forward, Alex Iwobi was an unused substitute as Arsenal booked their place in the semi-final of the English FA Cup after defeating non-league side Lincoln City 5-0 in their quarter-final tie at the Emirates Stadium.
Coming on the back of their disappointing 10-2 aggregate loss to German champions Bayern Munich in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League (UCL), Arsenal started on a nervy note with the visitors threatening on a few occasions. Read more
Iheanacho features late as City cruise into FA Cup semis
Super Eagles youngster, Kelechi Iheanacho came on late as David Silva and Sergio Aguero scored ineach half for Manchester City, by becoming the first team to reach the FA Cup semi-finals with a comfortable 2-0 win at Premier League rivals Middlesbrough on Saturday.
A dominant City cruised into the last four after Silva gave them a third-minute lead and Aguero struck in the 67th minute, with the visitors missing numerous chances to win by a bigger margin. Read more
Arsenal ends Lincoln city’s FA Cup dream with 5-0 thumping
Arsenal eased into the semi-finals of the FA Cup by defeating spirited Lincoln City team 5-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud either side of half-time, with the last half-hour reduced to a possession exercise for the home team and a dogged rearguard for the men from the National League, reports the guardian. Read more
Premier League: Hull City boost survival bid, Romelu Lukaku sets record in Everton win
Oumar Niasse boosted Hull’s chances of avoiding relegation from the Premier League as the Senegal forward inspired a crucial 2-1 victory over Swansea, while Bournemouth won for the first time in 2017 thanks to Josh King’s treble in a 3-2 success against West Ham. Read more
Winning Champions League would be Guardiola’s biggest achievement – Toure
Yaya Toure believes guiding Manchester City to Champions League glory would be Pep Guardiola greatest achievement as a manager.
City travel to Monaco on Wednesday with a 5-3 first-leg lead and a foot in the Champions League quarter-finals. Niasse, on loan from Everton, came off the bench to score twice in the second half at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday and Marco Silva’s side are now just one point from safety. Read more
Chelsea, Arsenal ready to lure Jesse Lingard away from Manchester United
Manchester United face a battle to keep Jesse Lingard, claims the Sun, who detail how Chelsea and Arsenal are ready to move for the winger.
Antonio Conte has a masterful plan to sell the 24-year-old a role as both a wing-back and a forward, with his versatility clearly appealing. Arsenal also have an interest in the England international as the Red Devils prepare to persuade the youth team product to stay. Read more
Netherlands bars Turkish ministers as ‘Nazi remnant’ dispute escalates
The Netherlands has barred Turkish ministers from speaking in Rotterdam in a row over Ankara’s political campaigning among emigres, leading President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to brand its fellow Nato member a “Nazi remnant”.
The dispute escalated into a major diplomatic incident on Saturday night when Turkey’s family minister was prevented by police from entering her country’s consulate in Rotterdam. Hundreds of protesters waving Turkish flags gathered outside, demanding to see the minister. Read more
Police given funds to extend Madeline McCann probe for another six months
Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have been granted thousands of pounds to extend the search for a further six months.
The Home Office has granted officers £85,000 to cover “operational costs” to continue with the probe, known as Operation Grange, between April and September this year. Read more
South Korean opposition vows justice as Park prepares Blue House exit
The South Korean politician likely to emerge as the next president promised justice and common sense on Sunday as workers renovated the home of ousted leader Park Geun-hye to prepare for her departure from the presidential Blue House.
The Constitutional Court ruled on Friday to uphold a parliamentary vote to impeach Park, dismissing her from office over an influence-peddling scandal that has shaken the country’s political and business elite. Read more
World Bank approves $150m for Morocco
The World Bank says it has approved $150 million in financing to support small enterprises in Morocco and improve social programmes in the North African country.
The funds, approved on Friday, will help the government “modernise its national identification system and provide financing to promote innovative startups and job creation”, a statement said. Read more
China-US trade war would only cause pain – commerce minister
A TRADE war between China and the United States would only cause pain, China’s commerce minister said on Saturday, as analysts say the spectre of deteriorating US-China ties is likely to weigh on confidence of exporters and investors worldwide.
“A trade war would not benefit either country or either country’s people, you could say it would have no advantage whatsoever,” Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan told reporters on the sidelines of the annual parliament session in Beijing. Read more