Sabinews Midday News Update for March 27, 2015
Agip oil facility in Yenagoa shut down
A community group in Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta said on Wednesday it had shut down an oil facility operated by Eni’s Agip in Bayelsa state’s Nembe 5 region following a dispute with the company.
The company did not respond to a request for comment.
The group, which called itself the Agrisaba Oil and Gas Committee, said production was shut down on Tuesday evening after it failed to resolve a number of disputes with the firm, including over the provision of jobs for locals. Read more
S’Court affirms Aregbesola’s victory, dismisses Omisore’s appeal
The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the August 9, 2014 governorship election in Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, against the election of the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, the incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The seven-man panel of the apex court, led by Justice John Fabiyi, affirmed the concurrent judgments of the Court of Appeal in Akure and the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal, which had both affirmed Aregbesola the winner of the election. Read more
DPR threatens to seal stations selling petrol above N87 per litre
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has warned that it is illegal for any filling station to sell Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol above the pump price of N87 per litre.
A statement issued on Tuesday noted that the Federal Government had not increased the price of fuel, insisting that pump price must remain the same. Read more
Ondo Assembly extends tenure of LG chairmen by six months
The Ondo State House of Assembly on Tuesday extended the tenure of the Interim Caretaker Chairmen of the state’s 18 Local Government Councils, by six months.
The decision of the House was sequel to a motion moved by the Chairman, Committee on Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon Afolabi Akinsiku , representing Ondo West 1 constituency. Read more
Jonathan, NASS settle dispute over constitution amendment
President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly have finally settled their dispute over the ongoing constitution amendment process.
This followed a directive by a seven-man panel of the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, on Monday, asking lawyers to both parties to broker a settlement talk between their clients. Read more
MURIC rejects Pres. Jonathan as advocate of peace
Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC has faulted President Jonathan’s recent declaration that he will become a peace Ambassador after he hands over power this Friday.
It will be recalled that Jonathan at a recent event said that one of the things he will do after leaving office was to make sure he talks to all faithfuls of different religions on the need to live in peace. Read more
DISCOs declare force majeure over tariffs, insurgency
The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has said that some electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) in the country have declared force majeure over tariffs and insecurity, The Punch reports.
The Head of Public Communications at the privatisation agency, Mr. Alex Okoh said; “There are two notices of declarations of force majeure; namely political force majeure by some DISCOs occasioned by change in tariff. This political force majeure was reported to the NCP meeting held on Thursday, April 16, 2015″. Read more
Erin Energy signs offtake & prepayment agreement with Glencore
Erin Energy Corporation (“Erin Energy” or the “Company”) (NYSE MKT:ERN) announced today it has agreed to heads of terms on a commercial agreement with an embedded prepayment element with Glencore Energy UK Ltd(“Glencore”), a subsidiary of Glencore PLC.
The offtake contract would allow Glencore to undertake the lifting of Oyo crude from the FPSO Armada Perdana for a minimum term of two years. The embedded prepayment element, which is subject to completion of legal documentation and certain conditions precedent, would provide proceeds in two tranches beginning with the completion of the Company’s Oyo-7 well. Read more
ISIL suicide attacks target Iraq military convoys
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has reportedly carried out a series of suicide attacks on military convoys northeast and southeast of the city of Fallujah, killing at least 55 people, Al Jazeera has learnt.
Three blasts on Tuesday struck army convoys travelling in Anbar province to take part in a planned offensive aimed at retaking the provincial city of Ramadi from ISIL, Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said.
He said that the attacks were a “very big blow” to the military. Read more
University suspends fraternity over ‘secret Facebook page with photos of nude women’
A top US university has suspended a fraternity for three years amid allegations of sexual harassment and a secret Facebook page where photos of nude women were posted.
Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) said its investigation found some Kappa Delta Rho members had engaged in harassment and a “persistent climate of humiliation for several females”. Read more
Buddhists in Myanmar Deny Boat People Are Rohingya
Several hundred protesters in Myanmar’s main city are denying that boat people arriving on Southeast Asian shores are Rohingya Muslims, a religious minority the government and many others in the predominantly Buddhist nation say does not exist.
About 30 radical Buddhist monks led the rally Wednesday in Yangon. Protesters carried banners reading, “The boat people are not from Myanmar” and “The United Nations and the international media are making up stories!” Read more
North Sea ship evacuated off Germany amid blast fears
A crew has abandoned a container ship a few miles off the German coast amid fears that its cargo of fertiliser could explode.
Fire broke out on Monday night in the hold of the Purple Beach, as it headed for the German port of Brake. Read more
Gaza Strip: Killing of Bedouin sisters raises questions over Israel’s targeting of civilians
On a dirt track south of Khan Younis, Gaza, Ezzat Abu Adwan races his motorbike further into olive and lemon orchards littered with grocery bags full of rubbish, baking in the midday sun.
He stops and dismounts, walking down an even narrower path. Remnants of tank tracks are clearly visible in the dirt, a wire fence is flattened and a green gate and concrete wall is riddled with bullet holes. This is where he found the bodies of his two aunts on 22 July 2014. Read more
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