Sabinews Morning News Update for November 23, 2015
Bomb Blast Kills Six Women at IDP Screening Centre
Six women were killed on Sunday during the screening of new intakes of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled to Maiduguri, Chairman of Borno State Emergency Agency (SEMA), Mr. Ahmed Satomi, told THISDAY on the phone.
Satomi said the incident occurred around Muna garage at about 11 am during the screening of persons who had fled Dikwa area of the state. Read more
Abubakar Audu Dies on the Cusp of Victory
Instead of jubilation, supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Kogi governorship election, Prince Abubakar Audu, were thrown into mourning following the sudden death of the former governor who had fought for 12 years to return to the famed Lugard House as the governor of the state.
Audu, THISDAY gathered, fell ill Saturday evening complaining of stomach pain after making it to his polling unit on the day of the election, before retiring to his country home for treatment.
However, he never left his bedroom once he got home and was said to have started coughing up blood before giving up the ghost on Sunday around 9 am, several hours before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the result of the governorship election inconclusive. Read more
Army Accused of Extra-judicial Killing in Yobe
Members of Bundigari community in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital on Sunday accused the army of extra-judicial killing of one of their own, 26-year-old Ibrahim Bala, who was arrested after a raid within the community.
A member of the community, Ali Useni, who spoke to journalists in Damaturu on behalf of the community, said Ibrahim was brutalised by the military and could not make it to the hospital after he was released to them. Read more
Biafra Agitation: S’East Leaders Seek Dialogue between MASSOB, IPOB, FG
Prominent leaders from the South-east geo-political zone rose from a closed-door meeting in Enugu on Sunday with a resolve to set up a committee to dialogue with members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the federal government in a bid to resolve all the lingering issues surrounding the ongoing mass protest by pro-Biafra agitators.
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting held at Government House, Enugu, which was attended by governors, National Assembly members, ministers from the zone, trade unions and other stakeholders, it was also agreed that a delegation of the elders of the South-east be mandated to meet with the president. Read more
Ondo Promotes 2,000 Workers as Pensioners Screening Begins Monday
Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has approved for promotion next month, over 2,000 officers of the state’s civil service who have been interviewed and screened.
The state’s Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade made the revelation in Akure on Sunday while speaking with journalists in company with the secretary of the state’s Civil Service Commission, Pastor Niran Adeyemo. Read more
NDLEA Arrests Suspected Drug Baron, Intercepts 576kgs of Narcotics to South Africa
The Special Enforcement Team (SET) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the weekend arrested a suspected drug baron, Tochukwu Harris Ubah, who is believed to be coordinating a large volume of methamphetamine and ephedrine distribution in the country.
He was apprehended after intense undercover operations in connection with illegal exportation of 576kgs of narcotics to Durban, South Africa through Apapa Port. Read more
Ex-PDP Senator in Ekiti Defects to APC, Cautions against Divisions
A former senator who represented Ekiti South senatorial district on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Gbenga Aluko, at the weekend officially defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), with a pledge to work assiduously for the defeat of his ex-party during the 2018 governorship poll.
To boost the popularity of the APC, Aluko also flagged off an agriculture empowerment scheme to help the poor farmers in the state in security micro-credit to enhance food production. Read more
Lagos fracas: 8 in Police net for alleged murder
Lagos State police command, weekend, arrested eight persons for allegedly murdering one Akeem Ajanaku who was attacked at Enu-Owa/Ido Olowu area of Lagos Island.
The suspects, identified as Animashaun Akeem, Qudus Atakoro, Abduramon Onisemo, Muritala Oyejobi, Tabiu Mujib, Iyaniwura Idris, Tayo Oladimeji, and Segun Adeyemi, were arrested by the police at the scene of the murder, while others escaped. Read more
NCS Declares War on Smugglers, Seizes N50m Worth of Goods
Ahead of the forthcoming Yuletide, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has stepped up its anti-smuggling campaign, resulting in confiscation of contraband worth over N50 million.
The new Customs Area Controller (CAC), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos, Comptroller Madugu Jubrin disclosed this in his maiden address, shortly taking over the reins of administration from his predecessor, Comptroller Abdul Amade. Read more
Virgin Atlantic Airline Employees Protest Planned Sack, Seek Government Intervention
The Nigerian cabin crew members of the Virgin Atlantic Airways have accused the airline of discrimination and racial bias over the planned move to sack all of them by the end of this month.
The 21 crew members made this allegation in a protects letter dated November 17, 2015 they wrote through their lawyer, Chief Felix Fagbohungbe (SAN), to the Chairman of Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited, Sir Richard Branson. Read more
NDLEA Foils Export Of N4.6bn Narcotics In Foodstuffs At Apapa Port
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the weekend intercepted a large volume of methamphetamine and ephedrine exports weighing 576 kilogrammes and valued at N4.6billion packed inside noodles, cereals and palm oil billed for South Africa at the Apapa Port.
The NDLEA also arrested a suspect, Mr Tochukwu Harris Ubah, 42, in connection with the drugs, who is believed to be coordinating a large volume of methamphetamine and ephedrine distribution in the country. Read more
NBS: Economy Added 475,180 Jobs in Third Quarter
The Ngerian economy generated 475,180 jobs in the third quarter of the year (Q3 2015), according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
This represented a significant increase of 236.1 per cent or 333,812 additional jobs when compared with the previous quarter and 36 per cent or 125,837 additional jobs when compared to the third quarter of 2014. Read more
94 capital market operators risk certificate cancellation
Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, is set to withdraw the licenses of about 94 capital market operators, CMOs, operating in different categories of the market for failing to render statutory returns and complying with the new minimum capital requirement.
While all the affected operators are inactive, 18 of them are under suspension for various infractions. Two of them, Oceanic Trustee Limited and PHB Asset Management, are undergoing liquidation, while one, Unic Insurance Plc, has no information on its shareholders fund. Read more
Exporters Seek Single Digit Interest Rate to Boost Exports
As part of efforts to diversify Nigeria’s economy from oil, as the mainstay, exporters have called on the federal government to initiate policies aimed at promoting single-digit interest rates for local exports.
The exporters spoke during a bankers-exporters forum organised by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council in Benin, the Edo State capital. They expressed worries that while access to funding was a major challenge, interest rates above 10 per cent would further discourage local production and entrepreneurship. Read more
Envoy Seeks Improved Nigeria-Jamaica Trade
The Jamaican High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms. L. Ann Scott, has disclosed that Jamaican businesses are seeking for opportunity to raise the volume of their trade with Nigeria.
This is just as GK Foods, a subsidiary of Grace Foods, has launched a wide range of Jamaican spices and milk drink which it hopes would help increase trade relations between Nigeria and Jamaica. The firm launched a wide range of Dunn’s spices and various flavoured milk drinks ‘Nourishment’ in Lagos recently. Read more
LCCI decries arbitrary regulatory sanctions on firms
Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, has decried the spate of regulatory sanctions imposed on some Nigerian companies in recent times, describing the sanctions as capable of undermining current drives to grow the non-oil sector of the economy.
In a statement signed by its President, Alhaji Remi Bello yesterday, the OPS group stated that even though it remained a promoter of the ideals of good corporate governance and adherence to best practices in business, it would not support impunity under whatever guise. Read more
Buhari Restates Commitment to Transform Economy
President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his commitment to transform the economy and crack down on corruption through whole-scale economic reforms, some of which may be painful.
In an opinion article published in The Economist magazine, titled: ‘All Change in Nigeria,’ he equally expressed optimism that Nigeria can follow Singapore’s example of transformation from a third world country to a developed nation. Read more
Banks’ Credit To Private Sector Grows To N18.7trn
When the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meets today, they will be concerned with the inability of the banks to lend to the real sector after it reflated the economy by reducing Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) for banks in its last meeting.
This is after the banks’ credit to private sector and government only grew by a mere 0.5 per cent and 0.9 per cent month-on-month (M-o-M) in September to N18.7 trillion and N2.8 trillion respectively. Read more
BEDC Moves against Cable Vandals, Two Jailed
Efforts by the Benin Electricity Distribution Plc (BEDC) to tackle electricity equipment vandalism has again yielded results, as two cable vandals have been sentenced to six years imprisonment each without option of fine by the Edo State Division of the Federal High Court, Benin.
The two persons Lucky Obesewe and David John were accused of unlawfully tampering with electrical installation of BEDC located at Lucky Way, Ikpoba Hill, Benin City in February, this year, an act punishable under the Miscellaneous Offences Act M17 Vol 9 laws of the country. Read more
Enyimba pocket N30m cash prize
Enyimba have pocketed the sum of 30 million Naira (about $150,000) for winning this year’s Nigeria league.
Skipper Chinedu Udoji was at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Sunday to receive a dummy cheque of the prize money from Nigeria league boss Shehu Dikko.It is the highest amount ever paid a Nigeria league champion. Read more
Federation Cup: Akwa United breaks 56-year old jinx
Akwa United on Sunday made good their promise to shock Lobi Stars of Makurdi from winning this year’s Federation Cup in their first final winning 2-1 to break a 56-year jinx in their chase for the trophy as Cross River and Akwa Ibom States.
Akwa United, who appeared in their first-ever cup final, will represent Nigeria in next year’s CAF Confederation Cup on account of this historic Cup triumph. Read more
Sudan says Egypt requested postponement of tripartite meeting on Ethiopian dam
The Sudanese minister of Water Resources and Electricity Moatez Moussa said today that the tripartite meeting with his counterparts in Egypt and Ethiopia on the Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) which was scheduled for late November in Khartoum was postponed to a later date at the request of the Cairo.
The controversial dam being built on the Blue Nile, about 20 kilometers from the Sudanese border, has a storage capacity of 74 billion cubic meters with the potential to generate 6,000 megawatts of electricity. Read more
Kenyatta calls for unity ahead of Pope’s arrival
President Kenyatta yesterday called on Kenyans to reinforce their unity as the country prepares to host Pope Francis this week.
The President said Kenyans should reconcile with one another and work for peace in the country as well as the whole of Africa. Read more
Uhuru, Ruto to reconstitute the cabinet
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto now stare at intensified calls and pressure to reconstitute the Cabinet and reorganise the civil service.
This was after Devolution CS Anne Waiguru offered to resigned on Saturday. Read more
Kenya targets Sh200 billion in investments by year end
Kenya will be host to thousands of delegates this week from over thirty countries across the globe for an investment conference that has the potential to unlock $2 billion (Sh204 billion) worth of business.
The conference is expected to bring together business leaders, local and international investors, entrepreneurs and top business personalities from the world to share, discuss and take up investment opportunities in Kenya. Read more
Mali Deepens Probe After Deadly Attack on Luxury Hotel
Mali said on Sunday that investigators were following “several leads” after 19 people were killed in an attack on a luxury hotel claimed by two jihadist groups.
Islamist militants’ most deadly strike on the West African country in years ended on Friday when Malian commandos stormed the Radisson Blue hotel after an eight-hour siege and freed 170 hostages. Read more
Nuclear and renewable: SA’s ambitious new energy mix
Heavily reliant on coal-fired electricity, South Africa is launching ambitious new projects aimed at diversifying its energy sources and avoiding the regular power cuts that have hobbled the economy in recent years.
Solar and wind energy plants are mushrooming across the country while the government is planning a huge – and controversial – expansion of nuclear power. Read more
US special forces to arrive in Syria ‘very soon’ as Assad hails Russian air strikes
Dozens of US special operations troops will arrive in Syria “very soon” as promised by president Barack Obama’s administration, a senior official has said.
The troops will help organise local forces battling the self-proclaimed Islamic State in northern Syria, according to special envoy Brett McGurk. Read more
At least ten shot during party after parade at Bunny Friend Park
New Orleans police say at least 10 people — and probably more — were wounded in an apparent shootout at a park in New Orleans’ 9th Ward.
Police spokesman Tyler Gamble says police were on their way to break up a big crowd when gunfire erupted at Bunny Friend Park. Read more
Yanis Varoufakis: Europe is being broken apart by refugee crisis
Europe’s stumbling response to the refugee crisis is the result of the divisions caused by the six-year monetary crisis which has fragmented the continent and turned nations against each other, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has told the Guardian.
With thousands of migrants travelling to Europe from Africa, the Middle East and south Asia, Varoufakis said the future of the European Union was threatened by the worst such crisis since 1945. Read more
China’s anti-graft watchdog demotes four banking regulators
China’s top graft-buster agency has demoted four bank regulators for violating Communist Party rules and procedures, in the latest punishment issued to the country’s financial sector in President Xi Jinping’s three-year anti-corruption campaign.
Wang Yanyou, Communist Party secretary at the China Banking Association and former head of innovative supervision department at the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), was removed from his position for concealing the fact that his wife had become a U.S. citizen, and for attending conferences without approval, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in an online statement late on Friday. Read more
Hopes fade for 100 miners missing after landslide near Myanmar jade mine
Hopes faded on Monday that any of 100 people still missing would be found alive two days after a landslide near a jade mine in northern Myanmar smashed into a makeshift settlement, burying mine workers as they slept.
Rescue workers had recovered 104 bodies when the search was suspended on Sunday night, state newspaper the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on Monday. Read more
Sixteen people injured in New Orleans shooting, police say
A gunfight erupted on Sunday in a New Orleans park during a party where a music video was being filmed, leaving 16 people injured, police said.
Circumstances surrounding the shooting in the city’s Upper Ninth Ward, and details of what precipitated the violence, were not immediately clear, but New Orleans Police Department spokesman Tyler Gamble told Reuters no fatalities were reported. Read more
Experts Say the WHO’s Response to the Ebola Crisis Has Been a ‘Failure’
The Ebola crisis has claimed at least 11,300 lives in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since Dec. 2013
A panel of 19 experts brought together by the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on Sunday condemned the World Health Organization’s (WHO) response to the Ebola crisis, calling it an “egregious failure.” Read more
Explosion reported at Japan’s controversial Yasukuni shrine
Japanese media are reporting an explosion in a public restroom at Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni shrine, which enshrines Japan’s war dead, including those executed as war criminals. No one was injured.
The blast Monday caused a minor fire in the restroom, according to TBS TV news. Police reportedly suspect foul play, although other details were not immediately available. Read more