Sabinews Daily News Update for September 22, 2015
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
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