Sabinews Midday News for May 5, 2015
Another trekker, walks from Abuja to Otuoke, in honour of President Jonathan
The 2015 election season has produced a sizeable number of cross-country trekkers, with the latest joining the healthy trend in honour of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Accordingly, preparatory to the May 29 hand over date, Kogi-born Oladele John Nihi, monday began his walk from Abuja to Otuoke, Bayelsa State, in honour of the president. All others before him had elected to walk hundreds of kilometres from far-flung cities to Abuja in honour of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari. Read more
NNPC pipeline in Amosun’s village vandalized
AN NNPC pipeline has been vandalised early Tuesday morning around Ajura-Ogere Remo axis of Ogun state, Southwest,Nigeria.
The area which has since been cordoned by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to avoid unexpected disaster, has also been blocked from both ends. Read more
FG paid oil marketers 154bn not 156bn- Okonjo Iweala
Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has stated that the Federal Government paid oil marketers N154 billion and not N156 billion announced by her office last week. It would be recalled that Major Oil Markers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) claimed that FG did not pay N156 billion as widely published in newspapers across the country.
The minister corrected that N154 billion had already been paid, instead of the N156 billion early reported. Read more
CBN to Push for Amendment of Foreign Exchange Act
part of efforts to halt the seeming dollarisation of the Nigerian economy and also combat money laundering, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has concluded plans to push for an executive bill that will lead to the amendment of the Foreign Exchange Miscellaneous Act, 1995.
The move, THISDAY was reliably informed by a high ranking central bank official, is one of the reforms for the foreign exchange market and is aimed at strengthening measures against the dollarisation of the domestic economy. Read more
Thugs attack doctors and nurses at Ekiti hospitals
Worried by what it called “incessant harassment and attacks on doctors and health worker,” the Ekiti State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on security agencies to save their lives.
The state’s NMA Chairman, Dr. John Akinbote, who raised the alarm in a chat with reporters on Monday, condemned recent attacks on health professionals in some government-owned hospitals.
Some people believed to be hoodlums and drivers’ unions members last week beat up a doctor in Efon Alaaye in Efon local government area while a nurse was beaten and a doctor threatened in Aramoko in Ekiti West local government area. Read more
Niger Assembly sealed-up to forestall Governor, Speaker’s impeachment
Security agents on Tuesday sealed up Niger State House of Assembly in Minna to forstall attempt by legislators from impeaching both the state governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu and the Speaker, Hon. Adamu Usman.
The law makers are reportedly poised to sack the governor and the Speaker for series of allegations ranging non-implementation of house resolutions, staff and members welfare and non-release of the statutory allocation to the assembly for months. Read more
Unknown gunmen kill PDP chieftain in Benue
Immediate past Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP chairman of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, Lumunga Zegeguve was weekend murdered by some unknown gunmen at his home in Katsina-Ala.
Benue State Police Public Relations’ Officer, ASP Austin Amaechi Ezeani who disclosed this to The Guardian in a telephone chat said the incident occurred at about 5pm in Tiir area, stating, “it is a case of criminal conspiracy.” Read more
Assembly staff lock out lawmakers in Delta
The Delta chapter of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) on Monday prevented the staff and members of the House of Assembly from entering the premises of the complex.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the action was taken by the staff to protest non-implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the management. Read more
Fuel scarcity: Marketers to ensure adequate supply of products -Official
The Major Oil Markers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) has assured the public of adequate supply of the Premium Motor Spirit to reduce queues witnessed in fuel stations in the country.
Mr Femi Olawore, Executive Secretary of the association, gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja after a meeting with the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Read more
EFCC nabs two for defrauding late Kano monarch
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested two former bank employees ─ Amina Magaji and Haruna Namadi ─ for defrauding the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, to the tune of N17m.
The third suspect, Muhammed Abdullahi, was said to be at large.
The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, explained that Magaji was appointed the account officer to the late monarch in 2011 to oversee his account domiciled in one of the old generation banks. Read more
House help sentenced to three years in prison for theft
A 30-year-old home help, Dayo Opebiyi, was on Monday sentenced to three years in prison by the Ojokoro Magistrate’s Court, Ijaiye, Lagos State after being found guilty on two counts bordering on burglary and stealing.
Items reportedly stolen by the convict were a sum of N50,000, €1,000, mobile phones and a digital camera.
Opebiyi had lived at Block 62, Ojokoro Housing Estate, Meiran with his boss, one Rufus Adeojo, for two years. Read more
Kidnapped Rivers politicians regain freedom
Almost two weeks after he was kidnapped by unknown gunmen, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ahoada East Local Government Area, Chief Cassidy Ikegbidi, has regained freedom.
Ikegbidi was released by his captors on Monday, even as a source close to the local government said no ransom was paid before he regained freedom. The council boss was kidnapped on April 18, 2015 at his residence in Yiboko community by unidentified gunmen who wore camouflage. Read more
US Secretary of State John Kerry in surprise Somalia visit
John Kerry made a surprise trip to Somalia on Tuesday, officials said, becoming the first US secretary of state to visit the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation.
The top US diplomat was spending just a few hours in the capital, Mogadishu, and was not scheduled to leave the confines of the fortified airport where he was to meet Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmake. Read more
Kaduna pays 1.5bn hajj fee to NAHCON
Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Muhammad Kabiru Kasimu, yesterday said the board had paid over N1.5 billion as part payment for 2015 hajj fares of intending pilgrims from the state to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
Alhaji Kabiru Kasimu said in Kaduna that NAHCON gave April 30, 2015 as deadline for the collection and remittance of hajj fare for this year’s intending pilgrims. Read more
WAAPP wants agric development fund
The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) has said that apart from government funding, there should be an establishment of Agricultural Development Fund (ADF) and a managing agency that is public enabled and private sector led.
In a communiqué issued at the end of a two-day workshop on WAAPP’s contribution towards revitalization of agricultural extension in Nigeria held at Enugu, it recommended the activation of Agricultural Research Technology Transfer Centres (ARTTCs), intensifying of manpower development and sensitisation and enlightenment campaigns on e-extension. Read more
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