Sabinews Morning News Update for November 22, 2015
APGA chair flays Oyegun over anti-Igbo comment
The National Chairman of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr Victor Oye, has cautioned Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, national chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), not to drag himself into a matter that would smear his integrity and bring him into collision with the Igbos.
Dr. Oye was reacting to a statement credited to the APC national chairman, where he was quoted to have said that the Igbos made a huge mistake by not voting APC in the last presidential election, and that was the reason they were excluded from strategic positions. Read more
Kogi: Anxiety over card reader
Despite the apprehension that trailed the conduct of the Kogi governorship election, the exercise was peaceful in most polling booths visited by Sunday Sun.
In places like Okele Efiyo/ Ejile/ Allah and Ogbonicha Wards in Ofu Local Government Area, accreditation of voters commenced at 8 am. Read more
I never said FG will write off bailout fund – Amosun
Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has refuted the claim that he said the Federal Government will write off the bailout fund extended to states of the federation.
“I was quoted out of context. I never said the Federal Government was going to write off the bailout fund,” Amosun said. Read more
Killing of APC Chieftain in Bayelsa: Police Arrest Suspect, Invite Others
The police in Bayelsa state have arrested one person over the murder of an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Mr. Andrew June in Ekeremor, Ekeremor local government area of the state recently.
The police said one Promise Menshak has been arrested for the murder while 17 persons including a leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Alex Ekiotenne, have been invited in connection with the murder. Read more
Stolen baby recovered after 22 days, hale, hearty
There has been jubilation aplenty in the home of Nojim and Mariam Bello, the couple in Ifo, a community in Ogun State, whose 17-day-old baby, Balikis, was on October 23, 2015 by Ife Yekini, a woman who had visited the mother, ostensibly to rejoice with her, following the birth of the baby.
The baby was recovered in Sango-Ota, Ogun State on November 14 and re-united with her parents, thus ending the harrowing trauma they experienced in the wake of the abduction. Read more
No one can fault our report on Amaechi – Senate Ethics Committee
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition, Senator Sam Anyanwu (PDP-Imo East), has said no one can fault the committee’s report on Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi.
Anyawu was reacting to suggestion that Nigerians might have no faith in the committee following the circumstance surrounding the confirmation Amaechi as minister during his screening by the Senate. Read more
3 Banks Fail CAR Test, Get June 2016 Recapitalisation Deadline
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has given three commercial banks until June 2016 to recapitalise after they failed to hit a minimum capital adequacy ratio of 10 per cent.
According to a Reuters report which quoted the apex bank at the weekend, the three banks were not named but they were said to be among the group of 14 in Nigeria that have licenses to operate as regional and national lenders, with respective capital bases of N10 billion ($50 million) and N25 billion. Read more
With Decline in Non-oil Sector Performance, MPC May Lower MPR to 12%
As the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) begins its two-day meeting in Abuja tomorrow, financial analysts said the decline in the performance from non-oil contributors in the third quarter of the year may motivate members of the committee to lower the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) from 13 per cent to 12 per cent while leaving the symmetric corridor of +/-200basis points unchanged.
Meanwhile, the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, at the weekend expressed confidence that despite the pain of lower oil prices as well as theshort-term effects of some policy measures by the central bank, the Nigerian economy has been placed on the path of growth. Read more
Oil and Gas
PETAN, Contractors Hail Agip over Local Content Initiative
The Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) and local contractors have expressed satisfaction with the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) for sustaining its local content initiative geared at assisting industries in boosting productivity.
The Chairman of PETAN, Emeka Ene, and representatives of some local companies bared their minds at Agip’s vendors’ exhibition in Port Harcourt last weekend. The contractors include Topline Pipeline and Process Engineers, Elshcon Nigerian Limited, Lamesco Limited among others. Read more
Petrol Scarcity: Fight Oil Cabals, Labour Tells Buhari
The labour in Ekiti State has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to fight the cabals causing persistent oil scarcity in the country, for his change agenda to come to fruition.
Labour, under the auspices of Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, said the one month petrol scarcity has begun to erode the President’s popularity and the confidence Nigerians reposed in his government to bring desired changes in the system. Read more
We Did Not Give Eaglets N20,000, NFF Counters Rumours
The Nigeria Football Federation has rejected in “absolution” the “mischievous rumour” making the rounds that the football federation gave the Golden Eaglets a measly N20,000 upon their arrival in the country, after the lifting the prestigious FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile a few weeks ago.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP Sports, the NFF director of the communications, Demola Olajire, vehemently debunked the news. Read more
Nigeria U-23 hits Real De Banjul 3-0
The U-23 National Team, Dream Team, yesterday defeated Gambian top team, Real De Banjul 3-0 in its first friendly game at a pre-Africa U-23 Cup of Nations camp in The Gambia.
The encounter which was played at the FIFA Goal Project, Banjul and watched by a handful ofspectators including the President of the Gambian Football Federation, Lamin Kaba Bajo, Secretary General of the Gambian FF, Abass Bah, the President of Real de Banjul, William Abraham and Tunde Adelakun, special assistant to the NFF President on international affairs, saw Coach Samson Siasia fielding a strong team including the likes of Emmanuel Daniel, Oduduwa Segun, Captain Sincere Seth, Oghenekaro Etebo, Stanley Dimgba, Kufre Ebong and Tonbara Tiongoli. Read more
Super Eagles Cap Excites Iheanacho
Manchester City starlet, Kelechi Iheanacho says getting a chance to play for Nigeria’s national team is “a dream” and wants to become a Super Eagles legend in future. Iheanacho was handed a call up by Nigeria head coach, Sunday Oliseh for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying double header against Swaziland.
The 19-year-old was a second half substitute in the first leg but was only an unused substitute in the return fixture in Port Harcourt. “It is a dream come true to play for Nigeria’s Super Eagles. I was happy get the call and I want to use this opportunity to thank the coach and the Nigeria Football Federation for the opportunity,” Iheanacho told supersport.com. Read more
UN Declares War With ISIS
In a unanimously adopted resolution, the United Nations Security Council has declared war with Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq (ISIS), and has called on all countries that can do so, to take the war on the group and destroy its safe haven.
The vote in the Security Council came barely 24 hours after the text was presented in New York by the French ambassador to the UN, Francois Delattre. Read more
Female suicide bombers kill five in Cameroon
Four female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a flashpoint area of northern Cameroon on Saturday, killing five civilians including a traditional chief, the regional governor said.
One of the women attackers set off her explosives outside the house of the local chief in a village near Fotokol, a town often targeted by Boko Haram Islamists. He and four members of his family were killed, governor Midjiyawa Bakari told AFP. Read more
26th Annual Carthage Film Festival opens in Tunis
The Carthage Film Festival has attracted more than 500 Arab and African movies to be screened in the capital and around the country. The eight-day event has been deemed an ‘antidote to violence.’
Amid heavy security, film-makers from Africa and the Arab world, Arab movie stars and politicians walked down the red carpet on Saturday to the Bonbonniere theatre in Tunis to open the 26th Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia. Read more
Ambulance crew drown after rescuing patient, death toll rises
A driver and a nurse are feared dead after their ambulance was swept away by floods in Doldol, Laikipia North.
The ambulance, belonging to the Laikipia County government, was swept 300 metres downstream by floods. Read more
Landslide Kills At Least 60 People In Myanmar
A landslide in northern Myanmar has killed at least 60 people, with about 100 others still missing, a community leader has said.
The natural disaster unfolded near a jade mine in Kachin state on Saturday afternoon. Read more
Nepal police kill two charter protesters in fresh violence
Nepali police shot and killed two protesters in separate incidents in the Himalayan nation’s restive southern plains as they tried to break up demonstrations against a new constitution, police said on Sunday.
The nascent republic, wedged between China and India, has been in turmoil since September when it adopted a new constitution. People from ethnic Madhesi groups living along the border with India, began protests saying Nepal’s first republican charter did not accommodate their interests. Read more
Protesters of Minneapolis police shooting press on in bitter cold
A few dozen demonstrators endured bitter cold on Saturday outside a Minneapolis police station, where they have spent the last week encamped in protest of the killing of an unarmed African-American man.
Jamar Clark, 24, was shot on Sunday by police two blocks from the 4th Precinct police station and died on Monday night after his family decided to disconnect life support. Two officers under investigation in the incident have been identified, but their races have not been revealed. Read more
Electricity from Ukraine to Crimea shut off after power pylons blown up-Russian media
Electricity supplies from Ukraine to Crimea were entirely shut off on Saturday night after power pylons in Ukraine were blown up, Russian media reported on Sunday morning.
Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry has declared a state of emergency in Crimea until power is fully restored, news agency RIA reported. Read more
State Of Emergency As Crimea Loses Electricity
Electricity supplies from Ukraine to Crimea have been entirely shut off after the region’s two remaining power pylons were blown up.
Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry has now declared a state of emergency in Crimea until power is fully returned. Read more
Arrests as violent clashes break out at Reclaim Australia rallies
At least eight people have been arrested and violent clashes have broken out in Melbourne and Sydney during the latest round of Reclaim Australia rallies.
About 500 police were required to separate several hundred Reclaim protesters and anti-racism campaigners at a rally in Melton, the proposed site of a mosque in Melbourne’s western outskirts. Read more
Hong Kong polls to test public opinion, one year after ‘umbrella movement’
Hong Kong is voting in district-level elections on Sunday that will mark the first real test of public sentiment since pro-democracy protests crippled parts of the Chinese-controlled city last year.
More than 900 candidates are competing for 431 seats in 18 district councils, where pro-Beijing parties now hold a majority, at a time when people are divided over the pace of political change. Read more