Sabinews Update for January 4, 2016
Borno hunters seek to join military against B’Haram
Hunters in Borno State on Sunday called on the military to allow them to join in the war against insurgents in Sambisa Forest, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The king of the Hunters, Mallam Mai-Gana Mai-Durma, made the appeal in Maiduguri while addressing newsmen. Read more
Tension in Ile-Ife over Selection of Second-in-Command to Ooni
Tension enveloped Ile-Ife, Osun State, yesterday as the controversy surrounding the selection of the new second-in-command to the Ooni of Ife caused mayhem among the supporters of the 10 contenders from the Aga ruling houses of Ile-Ife. The position became vacant due to the death of the late Obalufe of Ile-Ife, Oba Solomon Omisakin.
The Obalufe is the traditional ruler of Iremo in Ile-Ife; head of Ife kingmakers and next to the Ooni in hierarchy according to the tradition of the ancient town. Read more
Don’t flee, we’ll provide more security, Shettima tells Ali Dawari residents
Residents of Ali Dawari village of Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, fleeing after last week’s attack by Boko Haram, have been urged to stay back as the government is ready to deploy more security agents to the area.
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, who made the plea, said it is the government responsibility to protect their lives and property. Read more
Police arrest ‘pipeline vandal’
The police yesterday arrested a suspected pipeline vandal and seized a petrol tanker conveying 13, 800 litres of diesel in Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that the suspect was arrested after a tip-off. Read more
Lawyers to INEC: allow neutral workers to conduct Bayelsa rerun
Lawyers have said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will fail neutrality test if it allows those who conducted the December 5 “inconclusive” election in Bayelsa State to handle the rerun on January 9.
The lawyers, who conducted legal clinic on Bayelsa election with civil society groups, said their findings revealed that the current composition of INEC in Bayelsa State would not guarantee a free and fair rerun. Read more
Policeman, robber killed in Bayelsa gun battle
An unidentified policeman attached to the Department of Operations of the Bayelsa State Police Command has been shot dead by suspected robbers at Agudama, Yenagoa Local Government Area.
Also, a member of the gang and a resident of Agudama, Victor Abule, died in the robbery. Read more
Ijaw group faults Tompolo’s trial in absentia
The Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPDI, has said that the purported trial in absentia of Chief Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a Tompolo, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was void, just as it condemned the process, noting that it was an invitation to anarchy.
IPDI, in a statement yesterday in Warri, Delta State, by Austin Ozobo, its National President, said that the trial was null and void as no law gives credence to prosecuting anybody in absentia as no criminal proceedings can go on without arrest. Read more
2015: Lagos, airport NDLEA arrest 577 drug suspects
A total of 577 drug suspects were arrested by the Lagos and Murtala Muhammed Airport Commands of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in 2015.
The Lagos State Commander of the NDLEA, Mr Aliyu Sule, and his Airport Command counterpart, Mr Garba Ahmadu spoke with newsmen in Lagos yesterdy on the arrests. Read more
Kwara teachers begin strike over unpaid salaries
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Kwara State has said primary school teachers in the state will embark on strike, today, to protest the non-payment of their four months’ salary arrears.
Chairman of the union, Comrade Musa Abubakar, made this known, yesterday, in Kaiama, Kaiama Local Government Area of the state. Read more
SON warns fast-food operators against food poisoning
The Standard Organisation of Nigeria has restated the need for operators of fast-food restaurants in the country to make use of the relevant code of practice for their operations in order to avoid food poisoning.
The Oyo State coordinator of the organisation, Dr. Omolara Okunlola, said this in an address she read during a meeting with stakeholders in the fast-food business, noting that the 2004 Code of Hygienic Practice for Fast Food was put in place to protect members of the public who patronise the eateries against food poisoning. Read more
Niger threatens to sack workers over lateness
The Niger State Government on Sunday warned civil servants in the state to adhere to the rules establishing the civil service by coming to work early or face dismissal
This was contained in the statement by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa. Read more
Police Arrest Two Traffic Robbery Suspects in Lagos
The Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command at the weekend arrested two members of a three-man traffic robbery syndicate.
The modus operandi of the suspects, Odunayo Mustapha and Adedayo Akinjola, both 22, was to use motorcycles popularly called Okada to rob around the Lekki/Ajah Expressway. Read more
Nigerians Urged to Intensify Investment in Girl-child Education
Wealthy Nigerians, privileged individuals, other corporate bodies and notable, meaningful non-governmental organisations have been enjoined to adequately and positively assist in the immense training and investment in the education of the girl-child, most importantly the very brilliant but very indigent whose parents or guardians cannot afford to fulfil their dreams and to constructively and meaningfully make the society and the nation such worthy places to very happily live in at all times. Read more
Defection: Cross River PDP stalwarts, Ayade’s aides relocate to communities
The defection of some prominent politicians and eminent citizens in Cross River to All Progressives Congress (APC) may have jolted the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as it has discreetly deployed its leaders and political appointees to their various communities to boost the party’s image.
In the last couple of weeks, PDP stalwarts, Governor Ben Ayade’s kinsmen and some prominent elders have defected to APC with their supporters, fuelling speculations that the ruling PDP in the state is in crisis. Read more
Naira loses 10% value
The naira volatility continued almost throughout last year in both the parallel and interbank markets. At the last trading day for the year last Thursday, the naira crashed further against the dollar while the stock index rose.
Naira closed on the interbank market at 199.50 to the dollar on Thursday, compared with 181.50 to the dollar a year ago, down 9.91 per cent at the official window. On the parallel market, the naira traded at 266 to the dollar, weaker by 39.26 per cent from 191 to the dollar at the close of last year. Read more
2016 will Be Tough Financially for Nigeria, Obaseki Predicts
As the nation gears up for activities in the new year, a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State and the Chairman of the state Economic Team, Godwin Obaseki, at the weekend said 2016 would be tough for Nigeria financially, hoping however that states like Edo and others that have been able to develop prudent financial administration would be able to stand the test and eventually progress.
Obaseki stated this at the state secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) when he hosted journalists in the state to an end of year party. Read more
Stocks rally in bullish year-end trading on the Exchange
Equity transactions on the trading floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange closed the year on a bullish note, as most blue chip stocks appreciated in price, resulting to a further rise in market capitalisation by N297 billion.
On Thursday, virtually all the blue chip companies witnessed price appreciations. Read more
Oil and Gas
Deregulation: Stakeholders divided over pains, benefits
Recent moves by the Federal Government to deregulate the downstream sector is already causing ripples among Nigerians with players in the oil and gas sector as well as the labour movements spoiling for a showdown.
While labour is arguing that the move to deregulate the downstream sector would bring untold hardship on Nigerians, others have posited that the claim by labour is misplaced and would not necessarily inflict pains on Nigeria. Read more
NNPC Remits N933.1bn, $607.8m, To FG From January To November, 2015
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) remitted a total of N933.1 billion to the Federation Account between January and November, 2015. The amount was for domestic crude oil and gas and other receipts during the period.
The dollar payments to the Federal Accounts and Allocation Committee for the same period amounted to $607.8 million. Total export proceeds for November 2015 was $402.55 million, with crude oil exports accounting for $296.99 million, or 73.78%. Read more
PENGASSAN opposes IPMAN on sale of refineries
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has opposed the sale of the nation’s refineries as suggested by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria.
The National Public Relations Officer, PENGASSAN, Emmanuel Ojugbana, said in a statement on Sunday that the suggestion was a fraudulent way of stripping the country of its national assets. Read more
‘NLNG can exceed 350,000MT yearly supply ’
Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) can surpass its yearly supply of 350, 000 metric tonnes (MT) of LPG, its Manager, Marketing and Development, Abdulkadir Ahmed, has said.
He gave this hint at a stakeholders’ forum in Lagos. Read more
Rangers shop for technical director
Enugu Rangers have announced they will interview candidates for the team’s posts for technical director and team manager on January 8.
According to a statement signed by Rangers spokesman Foster Chime, applications for these positions are expected from today. Read more
Mikel makes impact as Chelsea beat Palace
The sight of Mikel Obi strolling around Chelsea’s midfield isn’t normally one to excite. But these aren’t normal times for Chelsea and the team’s travelling support responded to the midfielder’s performance in their 3-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday by chanting his name throughout.
Guus Hiddink picked up the first win of his second spell in charge with a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace, Sky Sports reports. Read more
Make Super Eagles more competitive, Onigbinde tasks Oliseh
Former Super Eagles coach to Japan/Korea 2002 World Cup, Adegboye Festus Onigbinde, has urged Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh to make the team’s selection competitive, as they prepare for Rwanda 2016 CHAN.
Onigbinde, who won silver medal at the 1984 African Nations Cup, while speaking on the team’s dwindling fortune, said the only way to bring back the ingredients in the Eagles is to have a very strong home based team. Read more
CHAN: Oliseh Back with Eagles
Nigeria senior national team Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, was in-charge of Home-based Eagles first training session in Pretoria, South Africa ahead of the 2016 African Nations Championship which kicks off on January 16 in Rwanda.
Oliseh’s return was a confirmation that he has recovered fully from the virus infection that kept him away from the team for the better part of late last year. Read more
US shut down drone base in Ethiopia
The US government has shut down its drone base at a remote civilian airport in southern Ethiopia from where it has been flying armed drones on counter-terrorism missions particularly in Somalia.
The base in Ethiopia’s southern town of Arba Minch has recently been dismantled after Al-Qaeda affiliated militants are weaken and AMISOM forces re-took control to larger parts of the Somalia. Read more
Beyonce to write, star in true story of South African slave say reports
Megastar Beyonce is reportedly planning to write and star in a movie based on the life of a South African woman who was enslaved in a freak show in the 1800s.
Saartjie Baartman was sold to a Scottish doctor, who then put her on show in London, England, because of her exaggerated curvaceous hips and breasts. Read more
Sudan, S. Sudan committed to cooperation agreement
Sudan and South Sudan reiterated Sunday their joint commitment to their cooperation agreement.
The two countries also expressed the readiness to find diplomatic solutions for outstanding issues relating to attaining peace in both countries. Read more
Shs 8 trillion needed to build 615 schools
At least 615 sub-counties in Uganda lack government-owned secondary schools, contrary to a plan to have all of them equipped.
According to the acting commissioner in charge of Secondary Education, Balitazale Kule, the most affected sub-counties are in northern and eastern Uganda. Read more
Mother seeks justice for son killed in crash on January 1
The mother of one of the victims of Friday’s dawn collision on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway wants police to arrest people who sold alcohol to the teenage boys.
Ms Emily Wanjiru said her son, Bill Kamau, was only 17 and had not attained the legal drinking age. Read more
Failed Catalan government makes another Spanish election more likely
Catalan far-left party CUP said on Sunday it would not support acting regional head Artur Mas in his bid for another term, forcing new local elections and increasing the likelihood all Spaniards may have to return to the ballot box this year.
The drawn-out process of forming a government in Catalonia echoes the political stalemate gripping Spain at a national level following an inconclusive general election two weeks ago. Read more
Migrant crisis: Sweden border checks come into force
Sweden has introduced identity checks for travellers from Denmark in an attempt to reduce the number of migrants arriving in the country.
All travellers wanting to cross the Oresund bridge by train or bus, or use ferry services, will be refused entry without the necessary documents. Read more
Charlie Hebdo anniversary edition cover is released one year after attacks
French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo will mark a year since an attack on its offices with a cover featuring a bearded man representing God with a Kalashnikov slung over his shoulder, accompanied by the text: “One year on: the assassin is still out there.”
One million copies of the special edition will be available on newsstands on Wednesday, with tens of thousands more to be sent overseas. Read more
3 Held in Killing of New Mayor in Mexico
Three people, including a minor, were being held by the authorities on Sunday in the killing of the newly inaugurated mayor in Temixco, a central Mexican city.
Gov. Graco Ramírez of the state of Morelos, which contains Temixco, blamed organized crime for killing the mayor, Gisela Mota, 33, a former federal lawmaker who had been sworn in as mayor less than a day before she was shot in her home on Saturday morning. Read more