Sabinews Morning News Update for October 1, 2015
Boko Haram Poisoning Water Sources in Borno Villages
The Nigerian Army yesterday raised the alarm that Boko Haram terrorists have now resorted to poisoning water sources like wells and streams in areas they were dislodged by gallant troops or areas threatened by offensive operations.
The latest being the poisoning of the cattle water ponds in Kangallam village along Marte and Abadam axis in Borno State where a large number of cattle died after drinking water from the ponds. Credible information available to the Theatre Command indicates that though no human life was lost as a result of the barbaric act of the terrorists. Read more
PDP begs NLC to shelve planned strike
Calabar Cross River State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday pleaded with the state’s branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, to be patriotic by shelving its plan to call out workers on an indefinite strike.
This was sequel to rumours in the state that leadership of the NLC was threatening to embark on an indefinite strike from Friday on grounds that the state government was insensitive to the plight and welfare of workers. Read more
Sylva wins APC rescheduled governorship primary
Former governor of Bayela State, Chief Timipre Sylva, yesterday, in Yenagoa won the rescheduled All Progressives Congress, APC, Bayelsa State governorship primary with a landslide as he polled 981 votes of the accredited delegates’ 1,147 votes to beat other contestants.
Though, the rescheduled primary, which generated much tension in the state lost its fervour due to the late withdrawal last night of one of the strongest contestants, Timi Alaibe, yesterday’s primary was not without its drama and intrigues as aspirants and delegates kept vigil at the party’s secretariat venue of the exercise. Read more
Masari decries casual workers as health personnel
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has expressed concern over frequent use of casual workers as personnel in health institutions in the state.
The governor was speaking during the commissioning of a new secretariat belonging to the state’s chapter of the Association of Nurses and Midwifery yesterday. Read more
Okowa warns new boards against corruption
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has warned members of the new Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, DBIR, and the Civil Service Commission, CSC, against any form of corruption, especially embezzlement of public funds.
Giving the warning yesterday while swearing in chairmen and members of the boards in Asaba, Governor Okowa stressed that anyone found wanting shall be sanctioned no matter his or her social standing. Read more
Four killed as Fulani herdsmen launch reprisal attack in Niger
At least, four persons were allegedly killed in a reprisal attack by Fulani herdsmen in Kwanan Mariga, Rafin Local Government Area of Niger State, last weekend.
Confirming the incident, state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the reprisal attack was ignited by the killing of a herder by three youths suspecting him to be part of those that killed three vigilantes from the area about two months ago. Read more
Buhari ‘ll be distracted, overworked as Petroleum Minister —NACCIMA
The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, NACCIMA, yesterday, faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision not to appoint a Minister of Petroleum, saying the President would be distracted and overload himself with excess workload.
Speaking in an interview with Vanguard in Abuja, Mr. Billy Harry, National Vice President, NACCIMA, stated that the President already had too much work to do to saddle himself with a ministerial appointment. Read more
LASG set for road construction in Oshodi
The Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure says it has opened bids for the construction of Brown Street, Oshodi, adding that seven construction companies had responded to the advertisement calling for bids for the project.
The ministry in a statement said the companies were Wetland Construction Nigeria Limited, RCF Nigeria Limited, Jallis Construction Company Limited, LUBRICK Construction Limited, Strabic Construction Limited and Consultek Resources Nigeria Limited. Read more
Bird Flu Hits 20 States As Compensation Rises Above N1bn
The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Arc Sonny Echono, has said that the Avian Influenza disease (Bird Flu) has spread to 20 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Speaking during a meeting with stakeholders in Abuja yesterday, he said, “The resurgence of Avian Influenza as at today has spread to 85 local government areas (LGAs) in 20 states and the FCT, affecting 491 farms and resulting in the depopulation of 1,597,191 birds”. Read more
DHQ Inaugurates C’ttee for Reintegration of Boko Haram Members
In accordance with a presidential directive, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has, on Wednesday inaugurated a national committee to oversee the creation of a safe passage into the mainstream Nigerian society for members of the Boko Haram terrorists. Boko Haram members pencilled for reintegration are those forcefully conscripted into the group and those who have already surrendered and given up their membership of the sect and those willing to renounce their membership. Read more
BBOG Group Demands Investigation Into Alleged Sabotage Of Military Operations
The #BringBackOurGirls group has called on the federal government, the Nigerian military and other security forces to fully investigate and possibly prosecute the alleged sabotage of the military’s fight against insurgency, with the aim of prolonging the activities of the sect by some Borno State elders.
Speaking at the group’s sit-out yesterday, the leader of the group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili said with different reports making the rounds in the media, there are really enough reasons for people to worry, and hence, the need to launch proper and full investigation into the matter. Read more
Stocks gain N135bn as Nigeria turns 55
Trading on the Lagos floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday remain ballish as value of quoted securities appreciated significantly at the close of transaction.
At the end of trading, market capitalisation of equities increased by N135 billion to close at N10.73 trillion from N10.59 trillion it started the day’s business. Read more
NLC Asks Buhari to Stem Economic Slide Towards Recession
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately begin to think about creative economic measures that would save Nigeria from a possible economic recession in 2016.
Parts of where the NLC listed that it would want the government to concentrate its efforts to get the economy back on track included: agriculture, solid minerals, textiles and taxation on luxury goods. Read more
CBN raises concern over declining growth
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has raised concerns over the continued slow down of the country’s economic growth.
The central bank on Wednesday also said the banking system had enough liquidity to take up what foreign investors might sell after JP Morgan removed Nigeria from its bond index. Read more
CBN: banks have sufficient liquidity
There is liquidity in the banking system, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said yesterday.
But the apex bank is concerned that Africa’s biggest economy is slowing. Read more
Nigeria’s steel sector faces tough times
A key stakeholder in the Nigerian steel industry has sounded a warning over imminent collapse of the sector which had attracted over N100 billion investments in recent years.
The CEO, Steel Business, African Industries Group, Mr. Sanjay Kumar, at a recent forum warned that the steel industry was at the verge of total collapse just like what happened to the textile Industry. Read more
Why we opted for currency controls, Tule, CBN director
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday said its decision to impose foreign currency controls in the economy was largely due to concerns about slowing growth in the economy following over four months of non appointment of cabinet ministers by President Mohammadu Buhari.
Although the President had submitted the list of his nominees for cabinet posts to the Senate for approval on Wednesday, foreign investors have criticised Buhari for failing to appoint ministers since he took office on May 29, leaving the central bank to deal alone with monetary policy controls in the heavily oil-dependent economy. Read more
Oil and Gas
Shell Declares Force Majeure on Forcados Crude Exports
Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has declared force majeure on exports of crude oil from the Forcados Terminal in Delta State, following a leak on the Trans Forcados Pipeline (TFP), which delivers Forcados grade of crude oil to the export terminal.
Shell had in July lifted the force majeure declared on exports of Forcados on May 5, following leaks on the pipeline. Read more
Reps to probe Mambilla hydroelectric contract inflation
House of Representatives has resolved to probe alleged contract inflation for Mambilla multi-purpose dam and hydroelectric power project.
This followed a motion brought under order of the day to the plenary yesterday, by Austin Chukwukere. Read more
EEDC launches anti-kidnap measures in S’East
Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, has kicked off its integrated network improvement programme aimed at stabilising power within its area of operation.
The company has equally commenced the metering of all maximum demand customers, even as it awarded multi-billion naira contracts for the supply of thousands of transformers and electric poles, cables and other distribution materials. Read more
Sahara sues for more investments in alternative energy at UN meeting
The attainment of affordable energy through investments in alternative sources will enhance socio-economic growth in rural communities across the globe by 2030, going by the speculations of the Sahara Group.
The Executive Director, Sahara Group, Mr. Tonye Cole, disclosed this at a meeting dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the ongoing 70th United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York. Read more
Eaglets off to Argentina today
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced the Golden Eaglets will finally fly out for a pre-World Cup training camp in Argentina today after several delays.
“We have sorted all the logistics concerning the Eaglets training in Argentina and they will now leave on Thursday,” disclosed NFF general secretary Mohammed Sanusi. Read more
Nigerian officials, Refs get CAF duties
Although Nigerian Clubs have lost steam in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup, Nigerian Officials have continued to prove their mettle in organizational expertise, as four of them got the nod from the continental soccer ruling body to operate during the prestigious club competitions group stage that has now reached the semi finals.
Samson Adamu was designated General Coordinator of the first leg semi final of the CAF Confederations Cup tie between Orlando Pirates and Al Ahly of Egypt in Johanesburg, while Dr Bolaji Ojo Oba was also appointed General Coordinator for the first leg Champions league semi final match between El Merreick of Sudan and T. P Mazembe of Lubumbashi. Read more
Trouble Averted As Delta Move To Pay Warri Wolves’ Players
What would have turned into a protracted strike action by the players of Warri Wolves Football Club of Warri was averted yesterday after the state government made moves to pay the players their salary back-log.
The players, who are striking for the second time in the space of two months, refused to train yesterday morning, despite pleas from high-ranking club officials and attempted to move to the state government house to demand audience from the governor, before they were cornered for a meeting. Read more
1 Year After, NFF Gives Self Pass-mark
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), under the leadership of Amaju Pinnick, has given itself a pat on the back for the strides it has made since it assumed office a year ago.
According to a statement revealed by the football house yesterday and made available to LEADERSHIP Sport, Pinnick gave kudos to the unity within the group and the body language which have assured him that everyone is ready for the enormous work ahead. Read more
Morocco Retains Same Rank in Global Competitiveness Index
Morocco kept its rank of 72 in the World Economic Forum’s 2015-2016 Global Competitiveness Report, making it the most competitive country in North Africa ahead of Algeria (87) and Tunisia (92). On the other hand, Egypt ranked 116, up from 119 last year.
The Global Competitiveness Index makes assessments on a scale from one to seven. Morocco averaged 4.17 across the 12 pillars of competitiveness, namely institutions; infrastructure; macroeconomic environment; health and primary education; higher education and training; goods market efficiency; labor market efficiency; financial market development; technological readiness; market size; business sophistication; and innovation. Read more
C Africa risks ‘civil war’ after fresh bloodshed
The Central African Republic could descend into civil war unless the latest upsurge in violence in the chronically unstable country is brought under control, a UN expert warned Wednesday.
“I fear that if this violence is not rapidly contained, targeted attacks based on ethnicity and religion inevitably risk increasing and leading to a real civil war,” Marie-Therese Keita Bocoum told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Read more
British, Kenyan soldiers give free treatment
Hundreds of residents of Solio Settlement Scheme in Laikipia county on Tuesday got free medical treatment from the British and Kenyan armies.
The three-day camp ending today is organised and sponsored by the British Armed Forces and the Kenya Defence Forces Medical Services. Read more
Ship owner tells Kenya to apologise
Kenya government has 30 days to make amends for intercepting the ship at the Mombasa port. Lawyer Cliff Ombeta says the shipping company will sue for damages after 30 days.
He said the ship wasted a lot of time and resources for the time it was intercepted at the port. Read more
Burundi opposition official killed
Unidentified gunmen have killed an opposition party official in Burundi’s Muramvya province, authorities and a colleague of the victim said on Wednesday.
Burundi has experienced turmoil and sporadic violence since April, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he was seeking a third term, a move the opposition says violated the constitution and a peace deal that ended civil war in 2005. Read more
Russia-linked hackers tried to access Hillary Clinton’s private email
The risks posed by Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while US secretary of state have been dramatically underscored by the disclosure of five attempts to break into her computer by hackers apparently based in Russia.
Disguised as New York City parking tickets, the malicious emails were contained in the latest tranche of records released by the State Department amid growing concern that Clinton’s decision to avoid using government servers may have made classified information vulnerable to exposure. Read more
Donald Trump: I will send Syrian refugees home
Donald Trump has said he would send home all Syrian refugees the US accepts, if he becomes president.
The billionaire, who is the current frontrunner in the Republican race for the White House, told a New Hampshire rally: “If I win, they’re going back.” Read more
At least 50 reported dead in September attack as China celebrates Xinjiang
At least 50 people died in an attack last month at a coal mine in China’s violence-prone Xinjiang, U.S.-based Radio Free Asia reported on Thursday, as the country geared up to mark 60 years since the establishment of what it calls the Xinjiang Autonomous Region.
The government says it faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists in energy-rich Xinjiang, which sits strategically on the borders of central Asia and where hundreds have died in violence in recent years. Read more
U.S. military chiefs to report on opening combat roles to women
Top U.S. military leaders were expected to deliver their recommendations on Wednesday on opening combat jobs to women, teeing up a historic but delicate decision by Defense Secretary Ash Carter on how far to move gender boundaries in the world’s most formidable military.
Carter has until year’s end to decide whether to agree to a Marine Corps request that it be partially exempt from a January 2013 Department of Defense directive that military services allow women to compete for virtually all jobs, including the toughest and most dangerous roles on the frontlines of wars. Read more
Hurricane Joaquin intensifies to category 3 -NHC
Hurricane Joaquin has strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.
Joaquin, the third hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, was about 170 miles (275 km) east of the Central Bahamas, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph), the NHC said. Read more
Nuclear-Powered Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Arrives in Japan
The American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan has entered its new home in Japan’s Yokosuka naval port, replacing its predecessor USS George Washington.
The arrival Thursday comes as Tokyo tries to deepen defense ties with the U.S. under new security laws that expand the role of Japan’s military. Read more
Cosby accused of three more assaults
Three more women came forward on Wednesday to accuse veteran comedian Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them decades ago, charges that come a week before Cosby is scheduled to give a sworn deposition in a separate sexual assault lawsuit.
Sharon Van Ert, Pamela Abeyta and Lisa Christie appeared at a Los Angeles news conference and alleged that Cosby assaulted them. They were teary-eyed as they gave their accounts. Read more
Ethiopia loses 13 pilgrims in Saudi Arabia stampede
At least 13 Ethiopian pilgrims perished in last week’s stampede, which occurred during the Hajj pilgrimage near the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia’s foreign affairs ministry announced on Wednesday.
The government had earlier reported that only two Ethiopians died in the tragic incident. Read more