June 20, 2018

*85 dead in new Boko Haram strike on Maiduguri* *Fed Govt declares Thursday, Friday public holidays*

*85 dead in new Boko Haram strike on Maiduguri* *Fed Govt declares Thursday, Friday public holidays*

Sabinews Daily News Update for September 22, 2015


National News

85 dead in new Boko Haram strike on Maiduguri

Boko Haram carried out its deadliest attacks on the key northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power, killing scores in a series of coordinated bomb blasts.

Police in the Borno state capital said at least 54 people died in Sunday’s co-ordinated strikes, with 90 injured, but residents caught up in the explosions said as many as 85 lost their lives. Read more

Fed Govt declares Thursday, Friday public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Thursday and Friday as public holidays to mark this year’s Id-el-Kabir celebration.

Ministry of Interior’s Permanent Secretary  Abubakar Magaji, in a statement yesterday, urged muslim faithful and Nigerians to extend love, peace, empathy and tolerance for the overall development of the nation. Source

Falae’s abductors demand N100m

It was a bad 77th  birthday yesterday for one-time Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Chief Olu Falae. He was abducted on his farm by yet unknown men.

Falae is the traditional ruler (Olu) of Ilu Abo, a village in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State. Read more

20 Nigerian pilgrims die in Makkah

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) yesterday confirmed the death of 20 Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

The commission Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar, who spoke at a pre-Arafat stakeholders’ meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, said 14 pilgrims died following cardiac arrest and other ailments, and six lost their lives in the September 11 crane crash. Read more

Tribunal upholds Ortom’s election

The Benue State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Makurdi yesterday upheld the election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Governor Samuel Ortom.

It dismissed the petition by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) standard-bearer, Terhemen Tarzoor, for lacking in merit. Read more

Emir of Kano advises pilgrims on devil stoning

The head of the country’s delegation to this year’s hajj, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, has urged pilgrims to accept the arrangement put in place by the Saudi authorities concerning the  stoning of the devil at Jamrat.

Amirul Hajj Sanusi said performing the stoning of the devil in batches and spreading the time for the Islamic rite to include the period of Zawal (sunrise) was necessary to protect the pilgrims. Read more

Rivers community protests plot to take its land

Residents of Koko Ama community in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State have protested an alleged plan by some people to forcefully take over their land.

The protesters blocked a section of the Eastern Bypass to Marine Base Road yesterday to show their dissatisfaction with the action of the suspected “owner” of the land, Mr. Bola Afolabi, in tandem with some officials of the Rivers State Ministry of Lands as well as the police. Read more

Customs goes tough as Eid-el-Kabir approaches

Two zonal commands of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have seized goods worth over N266 million as the Eid-el-Kabir festival approaches, investigation has revealed.

Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ Ikeja seized N56,479,200 worth of goods; its Zone ‘C’ counterpart in Owerri, the Imo State capital, impounded over N200 million worth of goods. Read more

B’Haram: Pardoned soldiers plead for salary arrears

The over 3,000 soldiers who were recently pardoned for their alleged refusal to fight Boko Haram have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to order the payment of their salary arrears.

The soldiers were dismissed and put on trial during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime but they were recently reinstated by President Muhammadu Buhari after their cases were reviewed by the army authorities. Read more

FG to pay ex-militants soon

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (retd.), has called on the ex-militants enrolled under the programme not to be agitated over the delay in the payment of their stipends.

Boroh said that arrangements were being made to sanitise the system to make payment of the stipends in a more effective and efficient manner to the ex-militants. Read more

Flood destroys 2,000 houses, displaces 30,000 in Kaduna

Over 2,000 houses and 30,000 residents were displaced by a massive flood which ravaged Kaduna State on Monday.

One death was recorded in Lere Local Government Area of the state, according to the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Ezekiel Baba-Karik. Read more


Presidency exempts NNPC, PHCN, BoI, 10 others from TSA

The Federal Government has exempted 13 government agencies from the  current Treasury Single Account (TSA) arrangement related to electronic or e-collection  and mop up exercise of government funds from commercial banks.

A circular exempting the  agencies was communicated to Central Bank of  Nigeria (CBN) from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation  (OAGF). Read more

World Bank to support Lagos farmers

The World Bank is to help Lagos farmers  increase agricultural productivity and enhance market access.

The  State Project  Coordinator, Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP), Mr  Kehinde Ogunyinka  who  spoke  yesterday in Lagos before the award of certificates to participants at its women and youth empowerment  training,  said  55 persons will  be  sponsored  by  the World  Bank  to start  their  businesses in areas such as rice cultivation, poultry farming and others. Read more

Foreign investors withdraw N410bn from stock market

The dwindling attraction and returns in the country’s stock market caused foreign portfolio investors to pull out N410.49bn from the equities segment of the Nigerian Stock Exchange between January and August this year.

Data obtained from the NSE showed that just as was the case last year, foreign investment outflow exceeded inflow in the first eight months of 2015. Read more

NUPENG wants govt intervention in Chevron, workers’ crisis

The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has given the Federal Government a seven-day ultimatum to intervene in the crisis between Chevron Nigeria Limited and its contract workers.

The President, NUPENG, Igwe Achese, stated that the workers would embark on a nationwide strike if the Federal Government, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and other relevant agencies failed to address the issues at the expiration of the ultimatum. Read more

Abia constitutes bailout disbursement committee

To disburse the N14.152 billion bailout fund from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has set up a committee, just as his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday said the state has spent N20 billion on salary arrears in the last three weeks.

Ikpeazu’s disbursement committee comprises representative of the Head of Service, Chairmen of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), in the state, Auditor-General of Abia State or his representative, Accountant General or his representative, Statistician-General and Special Adviser to the Governor on Economic Affairs. Read more

High expectations as Buhari addresses UN this week

With high expectations, the world looks forward as President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the 70th United Nations General Assembly at the global body’s headquarters in New York this week.

Meanwhile, President Buhari is set to host an Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Governments today in Abuja. Read more


Oil and Gas

Oil price decline permanent, says DMO DG

The Director-General, Debt Management Office, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, on Monday said the decline in the prices of crude oil was a permanent phenomenon.

Nwankwo said this in a paper entitled: ‘Deploying public debt management operations to enhance fiscal balance of states’ at a forum organised by the African Heritage Institution in Enugu. Read more

Nigeria’s oil refineries fuel the economy

Bright orange flames flare upwards from a pencil-thin chimney at the Port Harcourt Refining Company, sending thick black smoke into the white clouds above Nigeria’s southern oil hub.

On the ground, workers in boiler suits and hard hats inspect the tanks, valves and gauges around the metal pipes that stretch up, down and across the facility. Read more

ExxonMobil Commences Oil Production At Erha North Ahead Of Schedule

ExxonMobil Corporation has said that its subsidiary, Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, has started oil production ahead of schedule at its Erha North Phase 2 project.

The Erha North Phase 2 project, it noted, is a deepwater subsea development located 60 miles offshore Nigeria in 3,300 feet of water and four miles north of the Erha field, which has been producing since 2006, adding that the Erha North Phase 2 project includes seven wells from three drill centers tied back to the existing Erha North floating production, storage and offloading vessel, reducing additional infrastructure requirements. Read more

Panoro Energy Inches Closer To First Oil Production At Aje-5 Well

Panoro Energy, the independent E&P company with assets in Nigeria and Gabon, has said that the drilling of the Aje-5 production well on the OML 113 license, offshore Nigeria has now reached targeted depth of 3,255 metres measured depth, having been drilled with the Saipem Scarabeo 3 semi-submersible drilling rig in 300 metres water depth. Read more


Sahara Power Restates Commitment to Improved Electricity Supply

Sahara Power Group, comprising Egbin Power Plc, Ikeja Electric and First Independent Power Limited has restated its commitment to improved generation and supply of electricity in Nigeria.

Managing Director Sahara Power Group, Mr. Kola Adesina said the company targets to achieve 10,000 megawatts in 10 years, in line with the organisation’s commitment to tackle the power conundrum with a new approach that is being driven by impeccable work ethics in the Group’s entities. Read more

Tariff hike: NLC, CNPP, consumers plot against NERC, operators

Should the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the Presidency approve the new tariffs being proposed by the Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOS) and Generation Companies (GENCOS), two options will be opened to customers – to pay and depend on the firms for the utility or, find alternative power source. Read more


Ogunbote Unsure Of CAF Ticket

Shooting Stars Head coach, Gbenga Ogunbote, is not certain the club will qualify for any of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) club championships next year.

League winners and the second placed team will qualify for the CAF Champions League, while the third and fourth placed teams will qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup. Read more

Adepoju tips Dream Team to qualify for Olympics

Former Nigeria international, Mutiu Adepoju has tipped the African U-23 Championship-bound Dream Team to pick a ticket for the Rio Olympics.

Speaking with Sports Vanguard at the weekend, Adepoju said that he was sure the team would put behind them their not too impressive showing at the African Games, where they picked a bronze to compensate Nigerians with an Olympic ticket. Read more

LMC Reads Riot Act to Supporters of Sunshine, Rangers, Others

Citing a recent successful prosecution of a Kano Pillars official Supporters Club member temporary jailed for attempted disruptive behaviour during match day, the League Management Company (LMC) has issued a strongly worded warning to Sunshine Stars Football Club, Rangers International and FC IfeanyiUbah and their Supporters to refrain from further disruptive behaviour during the remaining fixtures of the Glo Premier League 2014/15 season. Read more

Martins Still Unstoppable In MLS

Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins continued his impressive run in the Major League Soccer (MLS) when he scored a goal and provided an assist on Saturday to help Seattle Sounders thrash hosts Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0.

Martins has now scored 13 goals in the MLS this season, just four goals shy of the club record he set last season. Read more

World News

Kenya Police Recover Firearms From Ship

Kenya’s security agencies recovered firearms from a Norwegian ship that was seized last week for allegedly trafficking drugs and firearms.

The multi-agency team inspecting the vehicle carrier, Hoegh Transporter, which came from Mumbai, India, stumbled upon the assorted weapons stashed in tyres of fighting wagons that were on a ship. Read more

Ugandan Interior Minister Dies on Plane from Korea

Uganda’s interior minister died suddenly on his flight back home from Korea early this month, the Foreign Ministry here said Monday.

Aronda Nyakairima (56) had visited Korea from Aug. 8 to 11 at the invitation of the Korea Foundation. The cause of his death was heart failure. Read more

At least 3 Al-Shabaab militants killed in central Somalia

At least three Al-Shabaab militants were killed on Monday in a heavy battle in a village in Hiran region, central Somalia, police have said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Police officer Ali Kheylshe told Xinhua that Al-Shabaab fighters attempted to attack Ethiopian and Somali forces who were travelling at Nur Fanah village in Hiran region, but the attack was repulsed by the joint forces. Read more

Burkina Faso army enters capital to disarm coup leaders

Burkina Faso soldiers marched into the capital Ouagadougou without resistance late on Monday as army leaders began surrender talks with the elite presidential guard that staged a coup against the government last week.

Burkina Faso had been preparing to head to polls on Oct. 11 for a vote aimed at restoring democracy after last year’s overthrow of longtime leader Blaise Compaore when the 1,200-member unit took the interim president and several cabinet ministers hostage on Wednesday. Read more

Bungling by UN agency hurt Ebola response

The chlorine was expired. The protective gear was missing. And the red tape was so thick that responders fighting last year’s Ebola outbreak in West Africa had trouble getting approval for boots and buckets.

The 2014 Ebola epidemic pitted a lethal virus against barely-there health systems, and it was always going to be deadly. But an Associated Press investigation has found that a string of avoidable errors badly undermined the work of international aid workers. Read more

Car bomb blast kills 5 near Somalia presidential palace: Police

Five people were killed and 13 wounded on Tuesday when a car bomb exploded near a heavily-guarded complex housing the offices of Somalia’s president and its prime minister in Mogadishu, a security official said.

There were no immediate reports of anyone attempting to enter the complex, and there was no claim of responsibility. The Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab have often used cars driven by suicide bombers as a way of breaking into a location, with more attackers following on foot. Read more

Kazakh, Rwanda presidents stand for establishing synergies

President of Rwanda Paul Kagame paid state visit to Astana, Kazakhstan on September 21, and discussed cooperation issues with Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Nazarbayev said the sides should establish synergies despite their geographical remoteness. He said Kazakhstan as a relatively young nation has just started establishing relations with African countries. Read more

U.S. Republican candidate Carson ‘absolutely’ stands by comments on Muslims

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, under fire for saying a Muslim should not be president, said on Monday he “absolutely” stood by his comments but would be open to a moderate Muslim candidate who denounced radical Islamists.

Carson, who is one of the top-polling Republican candidates, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.” Read more

Venezuela and Colombia agree to restore ambassadors after spat

Venezuela and Colombia agreed on Monday to restore their respective ambassadors following a diplomatic spat sparked by Venezuela’s closure of the border between the two countries and the deportation of hundreds of Colombians.

The two Andean nations had expelled each other’s envoys amid a campaign in August by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to crack down on smuggling of subsidized fuel and food that angered Colombia’s government. Read more

Pakistan delays execution of paraplegic man Abdul Basit

A paraplegic man on Pakistan’s death row has received a last-minute execution reprieve because he could not stand on the gallows for the noose to be placed around his neck.

Abdul Basit, 43, paralysed after contracting tubercular meningitis in prison, was scheduled to be executed at dawn on Tuesday for a murder that he denied committing. Read more

Malaysia PM involved in U.S. corruption inquiry – New York Times

A U.S. federal grand jury is examining allegations of corruption involving Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and individuals close to him, the New York Times reported on Monday, quoting anonymous sources.

The inquiry, run by a unit of the Justice Department that probes international corruption, is centred on U.S. properties bought in recent years by Najib’s stepson and properties relating to “a close family friend”, the newspaper said. Read more

Hungary beefs up border with army, warns migrants to stay away

Hungary’s parliament authorised the government on Monday to deploy the army to help handle a wave of migrants, granting the military the right to use non-lethal force.

It passed a law saying the army could use rubber bullets, pyrotechnical devices, tear gas grenades or net guns, according to the text posted on parliament’s website. Read more

Marise Payne wants to be judged on her merits, not gender, as defence minister

Australia’s first female defence minister, Marise Payne, asked to be judged on her merits not her gender as she outlined her vision for the demanding portfolio in her first press conference.

Payne, who took up the position as part of Malcolm Turnbull’s new cabinet on Monday, will sit on the government’s national security committee (NSC). The immigration minister, Peter Dutton, whose portfolio covers the border protection agency Australian border force, was dumped from the NSC in the reshuffle. Read more

China calls for border stability in Myanmar ahead of elections

China’s Defence Minister has urged Myanmar to maintain stability on their common border as the Southeast Asian country prepares for what Beijing hopes will be successful elections in November, the defence ministry said on Tuesday.

Myanmar holds an historic election in November, when the military-backed ruling party will compete with the ascendant National League for Democracy (NLD) party of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in the first free national vote in 25 years. Read more

Gay couples want Kentucky clerk to reissue marriage licenses

Gay couples in Kentucky are questioning the validity of altered marriage licenses issued by a defiant county clerk and have asked a federal judge to order her to reissue the licenses or close the office down.

Rowan county clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing all marriage licenses in June after a US Supreme Court ruling which effectively legalized gay marriage nationwide.  Read more



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