Sabinews Morning News Update for October 15, 2015
Armed Forces will Annihilate Boko Haram by December, Buhari Insists
Despite the recent bomb blasts in Abuja and some states in the North-east, President Muhammadu Buhari has said he remained fully confident that by the end of this year, Boko Haram’s ability to attack, seize, ravage and hold any Nigerian territory will have been completely obliterated.
A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the president spoke when he met with the Commander of United States Africa Command, Gen David Rodriguez. Read more
Tribunal Upholds Akpabio’s Victory
The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday dismissed the petition by the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district, Chief Inibehe Okorie, which challenged the election of Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio as the duly elected representative of the senatorial district.
In a judgment which lasted about one hour, thirty minutes, the chairman of the tribunal, Hon Justice Goddy Anunihu, with other two justices, dismissed the petition against the electoral victory of Akpabio, describing it as baseless and lacking in merit. Read more
Reps create new standing c’ttee on IDPs, refugees
House of Representatives has approved the creation of new Standing committee on Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs and Refugees.
This followed the adoption of a motion brought yesterday by Emmanuel Oker-Jev, who noted that the Boko Haram insurgency which started around 2007, has constituted the single most devastating incident in Nigeria’s history since the end of the Civil War in 1970. Read more
Court to Hear Synagogue’s Suit against Ambode
The Federal High Court in Lagos presided over by Justice Ibrahim Buba is set to hear the suit challenging the Lagos State Government’s steps to enforce the recent Coroner’s indictment of the Synagogue Church of all Nations on Monday, October 19 2015.
About 116 lives of Nigerians and foreigners were lost in a building collapse disaster at the Synagogue Church on September 12, 2014. Read more
Metuh Dismisses Claim of Law Suit against Him by Lai Mohammed
The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, has said neither he nor any of his lawyers was aware of any law suit by the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
A statement issued on Tuesday by Metuh’s Special Assistant, Mr. Richard Ihediwa, said the PDP scribe has not been served any notice on the case. Read more
Election Petitions: LP to Sue Court of Appeal President, Tribunal
The Labour Party (LP) in Cross River State has announced that it will sue the President of the Court of Appeal Nigeria, Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa and members of the Cross River State Election Petitions Tribunal headed by Justice A O. Adeniyi for damages.
The threat of the party to drag Bulkachuwa and tribunal to court followed the latter’s self-disqualification on Monday from handling five petitions filed by candidates of the LP challenging the declaration of candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winners of senatorial and House of Representatives elections held on March 28, 2015. Read more
Lagos FT Zone boss buried amid tears, eulogies
Tears flowed freely, yesterday, amid eulogies as Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State led other dignitaries to pay their last respects at the burial of late Managing Director of Lekki Free Trade Zone, LFTZ Limited, Alhaji Tajudeen Disu, at Ikoyi, Lagos.
Aside the governor who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Idiat Adebule, other dignitaries at the event were Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Tunji Bello, former deputy governors of Lagos State, Mr. Femi Pedro and Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu. Read more
18 Ministerial Nominees Cleared, Amaechi’s Screening Deferred
The Senate on Wednesday cleared 18 ministerial nominees which it screened between Tuesday and Wednesday but deferred the screening of former Rivers State Governor Chibuike Amaechi.
The screening of more ministerial nominees continues today.
Those cleared were Senator Udoma Udo-Udoma, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, Dr. Osage Ehanire, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Amina Mohammed and Suleiman Adamu. Read more
House Plans Probe of Railway Contracts, Enugu Airport, Sale of Power Assets
The House of Representatives at plenary on Wednesday passed resolutions to open investigations into the award of contracts for the rehabilitation of railways between 2010 and 2014, the construction works and lack of facilities at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, and allegations of fraud in the sale of power assets by the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE).
Hon. Solomon Ahwinahwi (Delta PDP) in a motion titled: ‘Need to Investigate the Federal Ministry of Transport and the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) on the Award of Contracts for Rehabilitation of Railway Tracks, Maintenance of Bridges and Procurement/Rehabilitation of Coaches and Locomotives from 2010-2014,’ alleged that the over N18 billion expended so far to upgrade the railway system is not justified as the locomotives that ply the tracks are old models. Read more
FG to Investigate Workers’ Deaths in Lagos Steel Factory
The federal government on Wednesday commenced investigations into the circumstances that led to the injury and death of workers at a steel factory operated by Chinese businessmen in Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos.
Making this revelation in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Clement Illoh, expressed the readiness of the federal government to prosecute employers of labour that violate laws that protect workers against occupational hazards at work places. Read more
IDPs Lynch Two over Alleged Motorcycle Theft
Some internally displaced persons (IDPs) camped in New Kuchingoro, an Abuja suburb, on Wedneday lynched two yet-to-be identified persons over alleged theft of a motorcycle.
THISDAY gathered that the duo were within the premises of the camp when they were accosted by some youths who demanded their mission.
According to an eyewitness account, “When they could not reasonably explain what their business was in the camp, the youths allegedly accused them of being motorcycle thieves. Read more
Sokoto Declares Today Public Holiday for New Islamic Year
Sokoto State Government has declared Thursday, October 15, 2015 Muharram, 1, 1437 AH, as a public holiday for the new Islamic year.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, issued to journalists in Sokoto, on Wednesday. Read more
FG plans ban on rice importation in two years
Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, and Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari yesterday said the Federal Government would ban importation of rice into the country in the next two years.
Yari spoke shortly after a meeting on the new policy on agriculture and food sustainability held at the Presidential Villa. Read more
World Bank seeks global action on youth unemployment
The alarming rate of joblessness and poor capacity enhancement for youths desires urgent global attention, going by the latest report from the World Bank.
Indeed, the apex bank is worried that in the coming decades, global growth would depend on today’s young people, who are apparently not getting the opportunity to be developed through gainful employment. Read more
Inflation Rises To 2-year High At 9.4%
Inflation rate, the average rate of change in prices of goods and commodities rose for the eight consecutive months in nine months to 9.4 per cent in the month of September.
Analysts are afraid that the rate may cross the single-digit threshold when the new government begins to pay dividend of democracy and spending for the Christmas season begins. Read more
Nigerian CEOs Seek 25% Contribution to GDP
From the current 18 per cent telecoms contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) in the telecoms sector are targeting 25 per cent contribution to GDP.
In order to meet the target, top Nigerian CEOs from diverse sectors of the economy, led by telecoms CEOs, will be meeting at the Nigeria Telecom Impact CEO Forum 2015 to deliberate on how telecommunications could
contribute 25 per cent to the country’s GDP. The event holds on October 30 in Lagos. Read more
Nigeria, Turkey Trade Volume Hits $2.5 Billion
Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, has said trade volume between both countries has now reached $2.5 billion.
The Turkish envoy stated this at a forum organised by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ABUCCIMA) for the visiting Turkish business delegation to Nigeria. Read more
Oil and Gas
Nigeria’s crude oil production increases by 34,000 barrels per day
Nigeria’s crude oil production has increased by 34,000 barrels per day (bpd) from the 1.865 million bpd in the month of August to 1.9 mbpd in September, according to the latest report of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
According to OPEC in the report released on Monday, total crude oil production from member countries increased by 0.11 mbpd to average 31.57 mbd in September. Read more
PENGASSAN Seeks Legal Framework to Check Oil Theft
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has called on the federal government to formulate an effective legal framework to check the prevalence of oil theft in Nigeria.
PENGASSAN President, Mr. Francis Olabode Johnson, made the call during a leadership training programme with the theme, “Managing New Skills in Labour Relations,” organised for branch chairmen, secretaries and industrial relations officers under the Lagos, Warri and Kaduna zones of the association in Benin, Edo State. Read more
Omotowa: Problem of Gas Flaring Beyond NLNG
The Managing Director of the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG), Mr. Babs Omotowa, has said that despite the best efforts, the problem of gas flaring in beyond what they can handle alone.
Omotowa stated this on Wednesday when the management of NLNG paid a courtesy to the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, at the Naval Headquarters (NHQ), Abuja. Read more
Govt’s inability to meet $615.8m monthly JV cash calls slashes Nigeria’s crude oil output
The persistent constraint by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to meet its $615.8 million joint venture cash call obligations have taken a turn for the worse on the country’s crude oil production output.
This has made it impossible for the country to reach its desired 2.4 million barrels per day as production output has continued to hover around 1.7 to 1.9 million barrels per day. Read more
Fuel scarcity hits Rivers as NUPENG begins strike
Queues have surfaced in some filling stations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, following a directive by the Eastern Zone of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, to its members in the state to suspend loading and distribution of products.
Chairman of the union, Mr Godwin Eruba, said members took the action to protest alleged police harassment of its members at the premises of an oil firm, Weatherford Nigeria Limited. Read more
Eagles, Burkina Faso CHAN Qualifier To Hold On Saturday
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced that the 2016 African Nations Championship final round, first leg qualifier between the home-based senior national male team, Super Eagles B, and the Etalons of Burkina Faso, will now take place on Saturday at the Adokiye Amiesieamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, at 4pm.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed Boubou Traore from Mali as the centre referee for the encounter. Traore’s compatriots Bobo Yomboliba, Boubacar Kinta and Harouna Coulibaly will serve as assistant referees 1, 2 and reserve referee, respectively. Read more
FIFA U-17 World Cup: Eaglets vow to defend trophy
Golden Eaglets chief coach Emmanuel Amuneke shocked his audience in Satiago when he stated that Nigeria was at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile to defend the trophy she won at the last edition.
Speaking to the media on arrival, Amuneke and striker Victor Osimhen were upbeat about the chances of the Eaglets successfully defending the trophy. Read more
NFF stops cash for Eagles bonuses
Players of the Super Eagles will no longer be paid their win bonuses by cash, beginning from next month’s World Cup qualifier, AfricanFootball.com has specially gathered.
Players of the country’s team have been directed to open accounts with a particular local bank, where their win bonuses will now be paid. Read more
Spotlight on Pistorius as he awaits parole board decision
The world is waiting to see if Oscar Pistorius will be released from jail on parole and placed under house arrest. The spotlight now falls on the Steenkamp family again and their reaction.
Parole proceedings have been taking place since August, but the processes have been halted every time. Read more
Joburg highway still closed following bridge collapse
The M-One highway at the Grayston Drive off-ramp in Sandton remains closed Thursday morning following the collapse of a temporary bridge.
The steel structure collapsed on the highway Wednesday afternoon killing three people and injuring more than 20. Read more
Tanzania president warns against poll violence
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete dismissed opposition accusations on Wednesday that his CCM party planned to rig a presidential vote next week and warned against violence ahead of the October 25 elections.
Addressing a rally in the administrative capital Dodoma, Kikwete accused the opposition of stoking unrest before the parallel presidential, parliamentary and local government polls. Read more
Fighting Boko Haram: Obama sends US troops, drones to Cameroon
The United States is sending 300 troops, along with surveillance drones, to Cameroon to bolster a West African effort to counter the Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram, US officials said on Wednesday.
In a notification to Congress, US President Barack Obama said an advance force of about 90 military personnel began deploying to Cameroon on Monday, with the consent of the Yaounde government. Read more
Britain refuses to grant Assange safe passage for medical check
Britain has refused Ecuador’s request to give Julian Assange safe passage for a medical checkup after he had a sharp pain in his right shoulder, Quito’s top diplomat said.
The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London since 2012, seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden. Read more
Burundi cameraman, family shot dead by security forces
A Burundian journalist, his wife and their two children were shot dead by security forces in a flashpoint district of the capital Bujumbura amid tensions following the re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza, residents said Wednesday.
Burundian police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said at least six people, including an officer, were killed on Tuesday in violence in the anti-Nkurunziza neighbourhood of Ngagara. Read more
Hillary Clinton in Nevada relishes debate success as win for all Democrats
An emboldened Hillary Clinton sought to seize the momentum of what she called “a good night” at the first Democratic presidential TV debate on Wednesday, using her perceived success to buoy supporters in Nevada.
The former secretary of state is widely agreed to have performed well at the CNN debate the previous night, exuding a confident style and avoiding hiccups during exchanges over foreign policy, trade, gun control and the excesses of Wall Street. Read more
Myanmar signs peace deal with armed rebel groups
The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, has signed a ceasefire deal with eight armed ethnic groups.
The signing ceremony in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw, was the culmination of two years of peace talks. Read more
Egypt: Pardoned Prisoners Still Behind Bars
At least five people pardoned in late September 2015 by President Abdelfattah al-Sisi of Egypt are still being held three weeks later. Many more not covered by the pardons remain unlawfully detained with little chance of release.
On September 23, al-Sisi pardoned 100 prisoners, including journalists, those in ill-health, and dozens who had been arrested for protesting. At least four of them are apparently still being unlawfully held, while a fifth awaits release for procedural reasons, said the Front for the Defense of Egyptian Protesters, a legal group that defends detainees. Read more
French railway offers migrants free travel
A French railway company is reportedly offering groups of migrants free travel.
An internal document sent to staff at France’s state-owned rail company SNCF directed fees be waived under certain circumstances to show “humanity”. Read more
Iran reveals huge underground missile base with broadcast on state TV
Iranian state television broadcast unprecedented footage on Wednesday of an underground tunnel packed with missiles and launcher units, which officials said could be used if “enemies make a mistake”.
The pictures were released just three days after Iran tested a new long-range missile that the US said may have breached a UN Security Council resolution. Read more
Asian shares rise as soft data allay worries over rate hike
Asian shares gained Thursday as weak economic figures in the U.S. reinforced expectations the Federal Reserve will remain cautious over raising interest rates. Read more