Sabinews Evening News Update for September 2, 2015
Army discovers illegal bunkering site near NPA
The Nigerian Army said on Wednesday that it has discovered an illegal oil bunkering site in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The bunkering site, according to the army, is about one kilometre from the Nigerian Ports Authority located in the state capital. Commander of 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadie Steven Olabanji, explained that security operatives stormed the site after being tipped off by well-meaning Nigerians. Read more
2nd Niger Bridge still on track – ICRC
The Director-General, The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Mr Aminu Diko, has said that the construction of the long awaited 2nd Niger Bridge is still on course.
This is contained in a statement signed and made available to newsmen by the Director-General on Wednesday in Abuja. Diko disputed reports that the project was “on hold’’, “stalled”, “ being probed” or even “suspended”. Read more
Buhari wades into retirement benefits crisis
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday waded into the problems preventing some retirees from accessing their retirement benefits.
He directed the Pensions Commission (PENCOM) to urgently look into such complaints. The Director General of PENCOM, Dr. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, disclosed this to State House correspondents after briefing the President on the affairs of the pension Industry. Read more
Ambode mourns billionaire, envoy Fernandez
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has expressed sadness over the death of one of Nigeria’s prominent business mogul and diplomat, Chief Oladeinde Fernandez.
He passed on at the age of 79 on Tuesday in Brussels, Belgium, following an undisclosed illness. Ambode, in a condolence message by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, on Wednesday, described the deceased as a bureaucrat and experienced diplomat, who gave his all to the service of the African continent during his life time. Read more
Senate rules: Unity Forum pushes ahead with suit against Saraki, Ekweremadu
Contrary to insinuations in some quarters, the Senate Unity Forum (SUF) on Wednesday said it is going ahead with its suit on the forgery of the Senate Standing Orders against Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
Other defendants are the Clerk of the National Assembly, the Clerk of the Senate, the Senate, and the National Assembly. Read more
Electricity supply drops on gas shortage, plants shutdown
Data obtained from the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP) showed on Tuesday that power supply to households and businesses in the country has fallen below the 4,000 megawatts mark as 1,047.3MW was lost in seven days, The Punch reports.
Electricity generation stood at 3,843.16MW on Monday, August 31, while 3,763.40MW was sent out, according to the PTFP. The dip in power generation and supply followed the shutdown of both the Trans Niger Pipeline and Nembe Creek Trunkline by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) late last week. Read more
Urban,Regional Planning Tribunal And Land Disputes In Abuja
The Urban and Regional Planning Act provided for the establishment of Urban and Regional Planning Tribunals for the management of the towns and cities under the jurisdiction of states and federal government.
Under the Act, all the 36 states of the federation were expected to have their own Urban and Regional Planning Tribunal that would settle dispute between parties over ownership of lands, change of land use and other issues that usually arose in the course of the development of the built environment, instead of going to the courts where the disputes may drag on for several months if not years due to the many cases being handled by the courts. Read more
Nigerian Police And The “Bring Am, We Get Change” Disease
It is a fact, that the phrase “bring am, we get change” is now popular among majority of the police officers who mount road blocks either at bus-stops, check points, or most times hide under some popular bridges in the federal capital territory and in other parts of the country.
Nigerians have come to terms with the fact that the regular forceful collection of ‘tithes and offerings’ by some corrupt officers of the police force has become a virus, spreading fast among other security agencies. Read more
Kogi protesters storm APC secretariat over Audu’s emergence
Dozens of placard-carrying protesters on Wednesday besieged the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress to protest against the emergence of Abubakar Audu as the party’s governorship candidate.
Audu defeated 27 other contestants to emerge as the party’s flag bearer in the forthcoming Kogi State governorship election.
While the candidate was waiting to collect his certificate of return, scores of protesters, carrying placards, stormed the gate of the secretariat, urging the party to get a credible candidate to fly its flag. Some of the placards had such inscriptions like ’Kogi State say o to Audu’, ‘We need a credible leader’, ‘APC, do the right thing’. Read more
Zimbabweans Express Mixed Feelings Towards Nigerian Tycoon Dangote’s Pledges
ZIMBABWEANS have expressed mixed feelings over visiting Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote’s pledges to invest billions of his wealth in a country condemned as an investment risk.
Opposition politicians were adamant African’s richest man would not blindly pour in cash into a dysfunctional economy plugged by political instability, corruption and recurrent power outages. Read more
Defected ex-PDP Chairman, Inokoba, dies
A leader of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State and former Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Col. Sam Inokoba (retd.), is dead.
Inokoba, who on Saturday, August 15, 2015, led other PDP heavyweights and faithful to defect to the APC, died in the early hours of Wednesday. It was learnt that the APC leader died at the age of 66, a month to his 67th birthday, at the Military Cantonment Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos State. Read more
Bauchi denies cholera outbreak
The Director, Bauchi State Disease Control, Dr Ahmed Fanti, has said there is no case of cholera in the state.
Fanti told the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi on Wednesday that the speculation in Bakul, Dunmagari and Gallari, among others in Shira Local Government Area was false. He said the State Rapid Response Team was in the council area to investigate the purported outbreak of the disease but could not find a single patient that had the presumed case. Read more
Uber links with Kia to expand in Africa’s biggest city
Uber Technologies Inc. is negotiating cheaper deals for new vehicles with Kia Motors Corp. to boost its number of drivers fivefold in the Nigerian city of Lagos, Africa’s biggest, to 3,000 by the end of next year.
The U.S. car-booking company has signed agreements with the South Korean carmaker and Lagos-based Access Bank to reduce the down payment required for new vehicles to 95,000 naira ($477) from almost 200,000 naira, with the balance payable over four years, Alon Lits, Uber’s general manager for sub-Saharan Africa, said in an interview in Lagos on Aug. 28. Read more
Kogi: Protest Trails Presentation of APC Ticket to Audu
Protesting youths from Kogi state on Wednesday stormed the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja demanding that the party leadership should drop the candidature of the former governor of the state, Prince Abubakar Audu, over his alleged ongoing trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Audu emerged the party flag bearer last Saturday ahead of the November 21 governorship election in Kogi state, having won the primary election defeating 27 other aspirants. Read more
N5.8bn debt: Courts slates BGL’s case for urgent hearing
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday rejected the prayer by BGL Group not to urgently hear a case it filed against the Security and Exchange Commission to challenge its suspension from capital market activities.
BGL had on May 27, 2015, obtained an interim injunction by Justice Saliu Saidu restraining SEC from suspending it from participating in capital market activities. Read more
Patience Jonathan settles rift with Dickson, backs gov’s relection
There is a strong indication that the rift between former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, and Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Seriake Dickson, may have ended.
It was learnt on Wednesday that Mrs. Jonathan had announced her decision to bury the hatchet with Dickson and directed all her loyalists in the state to work selflessly for the Peoples Democratic Party and the re-election of the incumbent in the forthcoming governorship election. Read more
Man cuts off his manhood in Kebbi
A 67 year-old man, Usmanu Umaru, has reportedly cut off his manhood with a knife in his apartment at Kofar Dindi neighborhood in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.
According to Leadership, the victim’s nephew, in a statement, said his uncle inflicted the cut on himself for reasons no one could ascertain. “My uncle was sick and lying in his room. We just heard his wife screaming and when we rushed in, we met him holding a long knife and in a pool of his own blood. Read more
Rivers ex-commissioner withdraws suit against probe panel
A former Commissioner of Transport in Rivers State, Mr. George Tolofari, has withdrawn a suit he filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking restraining orders against members of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Nyesom Wike to probe the immediate past administration of Rotimi Amaechi.
Tolofari’s lawyer, Mr. R.E Wanogho, did not give explanation for withdrawing the suit barely 24 hours after it was filed. A copy of the originating summons sighted by our correspondent on Wednesday showed that it was filed on Tuesday. Read more
Akpabio’s crash stalls APC’s petition at Abuja tribunal
A former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godwill Akpabio, could not open his defence at the Akwa Ibom State National and State Assemblies Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja on Wednesday as he was said to have been flown abroad for medical attention.
Akpabio’s vehicle was involved in a road crash on Monday in Abuja and was subsequently hospitalised at the National Hospital in the Federal Capital Territory. The former governor was flown abroad on Tuesday to seek further medical attention. Read more
Ukraine reports polio outbreak, first cases in Europe since 2010: WHO
Two polio cases have been confirmed in western Ukraine, the first to be recorded in Europe since 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
A 10-month-old baby and a four-year-old child were diagnosed with the polio virus in Ukraine’s southwestern Zakarpattya region, which borders four European Union member states, after paralysis associated with the disease was detected, the Ukrainian health ministry had said on Tuesday. Read more
NDLEA arrest notorious drug baron in Ekiti
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Ekiti, has arrested Shayo Oguntegbe, a notorious drug baron, popularly called Oritano.
Mr Nnanna Nworisa, acting Commander of the NDLEA in Ekiti, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said that officers of the command had been on the trail of the suspect for 21 days in three states — Ondo, Osun and Ekiti where he had several cannabis farms. Read more
Al Jazeera banned from covering human interest stories in the Gambia
The Gambia’s Ministry of Information and Communication have revoked the permits issued to some Al-Jazeera journalists to report human interest stories in the country, official sources at the ministry, said.
“The team of Al-Jazeera journalists were in Banjul to film and report on human interest stories but were later turned down by the authorities. “They were asked to stop filming or risk being arrested after the government annulled their credentials,’’ the sources said. Read more
Kenya government makes major security reshuffle
Kenya’s government on Wednesday announced major changes in its administrative and security personnel, with a clear focus on tackling the worsening insecurity linked to Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels.
Interior minister Joseph Nkaissery said the changes will “strengthen efforts to combat the threat of terrorism and the creeping threat of violent extremism, bring an end to the menace of cattle rustling and enhance the campaigns against illicit alcohol, drug trade and substance abuse.” Read more
White House wins enough Senate support for Iran deal
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday earned sufficient congressional backing to ensure the international deal to roll back Iran’s nuclear program goes into effect, when a 34th senator announced her support for the accord.
Most US lawmakers are opposed to the deal, which would ease punishing economic sanctions on Tehran while preventing Iran from advancing its nuclear program. Many Republicans warn that Iran will seek to cheat its way to an atomic bomb. Read more