Sabinews Midday News Update for May 28, 2015
Buhari arrives for Aso Rock tour
President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has arrived for a tour of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari and some aides arrived at exactly 11am. President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to conduct Buhari round the villa. Read more
No Abortion for Rescued Women –UNFPA
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have refuted reports in a section of the media alleging that it would provide sterilisation or abortion services to women and girls that were discovered to be pregnant at the various Boko Haram camps in the North Eastern part of the country.
The Executive Director of the UNFPA, Babatunde Osotimehin, made the clarification, while responding to questions from journalists in Abuja, yesterday. Read more
167 trucks of petrol supplied to Abuja — DPR
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) said on Wednesday that 167 trucks of petrol were supplied to Abuja on Tuesday following the suspension of strike by oil sector workers on Monday.
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASAN), embarked on indefinite strike on May 18. Read more
Jacob Zuma to attend inauguration of Nigerian president
President Jacob Zuma will on Thursday travel to Nigeria attend the inauguration of president-elect General Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari will be sworn in on Friday.
In a statement released by the department of international relations and co-operation‚ Zuma expressed “his commitment to working closely with Buhari to enhance the good bilateral relations which exist between SA and Nigeria‚ paying particular focus on the strengthening of economic co-operation”. Read more
Priests return to beleaguered Nigerian diocese
Half of the 25 priests who left the Diocese of Maiduguri because of attacks from Boko Haram have been able to return, according to a report from the Missionary Service News Agency.
The northeastern Nigerian diocese has been a center of the jihadist group’s violence, but an army offensive has erased some of Boko Haram’s gains. Read more
Financial Inclusion: GTBank, Etisalat Target 55bn Unbanked Nigerians
Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) and Etisalat have formed a business partnership targeted at connecting 55 billion unbanked Nigerians in the next few months, through the mobile payment system, that will enable them open a Tier 1 bank account, using their mobile phones.
Announcing the initiative in Lagos on Tuesday, both organisations said the partnership would drive financial inclusion in the country, as championed by the Central Bank of Nigeria. Read more
Nigeria loses $25bn in oil sector to uncontrolled weights, measures annually
At a time the Federal Government is clamouring for plugging of leakages to address economic shortfalls, bureaucracy caused by absence of weights and measures are making the country incur an operational loss of $25 billion annually in the oil and gas sector alone.
A break-down of these losses shows that $7.5 billion is lost yearly to 10 percent error margin, usually occasioned by indirect losses due to measurements not controlled by Legal Metrology of the Federal Government, while $17.4 billion (400,000 barrels per day) is stolen, owing to absence of credible measurement in the industry, according to experts. Read more
Stocks risk further negatives as economy bites harder
Retail investor sentiments following developments in Nigerian economy may have a negative rub-off effect on equities this week, an indication of looming further sell-off at the Nigerian bourse.
The stock market lost N60 billion as investors last week looked away from stocks as their living costs continue to skyrocket due to lingering fuel scarcity, which has almost grounded businesses and movement. Read more
Unilever profit drop highlights consumer firms’ woes
Unilever Nigeria plc’s slow start to the year is a manifestation of the weak macroeconomic environment Fast Moving Consumable Goods (FMCG) companies operate in.
For the first three months through March 2015, Unilever’s net income fell by 21 percent to N590.04 million, from N750.63 million the same period of the corresponding year (Q1) 2014. Read more
Governor Gaidam dissolves cabinet, sacks all political appointees
Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe, on Wednesday, dissolved the state executive council after a marathon meeting and relieved all political office holders of their appointments.
Alhaji Goni Fika, the immediate past Commissioner for Information, disclosed this on behalf of the governor at a news briefing in Damaturu. Read more
70-year-old woman, son arrested for armed robbery in Ogun
A 70-year-old woman, alongside her son and two others have been apprehended in Abeokuta by officers attached to the Ogun State Police Command for armed robbery.
It was alleged that the 70-year-old woman and her gang have been terrorising residents of Abeokuta before they were rounded up by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, led by the officer-in-charge, Tijani Mohammed. Read more
18-year-old girl arraigned for attempted murder
An 18-year-old girl, Chidinma Sunday, was on Tuesday arraigned before an Ojo Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lagos for stabbing a man, identified as Francis Ikemefuna.
The teenager was arraigned on a four-count charge of felony, assault, threat and attempted murder. Read more
I expect NDLEA to respect court orders – Kashamu
Contrary to a statement on Wednesday by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) that it will abide by the courts’ rulings to vacate the premises of Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu, his media aide, Austin Oniyokor, says operatives of the agency are yet to leave.
A statement by Mitchell Ofoyeju, NDLEA spokesperson yesterday said as government body and a law enforcement institution, the agency had respect for the rule of law and would obey the courts’ decisions. Read more
First Lady hosts children to last party in office
The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, on Wednesday in Abuja hosted Nigerian children to a party to mark this year’s Children’s Day celebration.
Mrs Jonathan said the occasion was her last party that would be celebrated with the children and youths in the Presidential Villa. Read more
Obasanjo: Why It’s Taking Too Long to Crush Boko Haram
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said it is taking a long time to crush Boko Haram members because the military, which he alleged had high ranking officers who are corrupt, was also not equipped to deal with terrorists.
Obasanjo spoke on Tuesday night in a panel discussion on ‘Development and Security: Dealing with New Threats’ at the ongoing 2015 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Read more
Househelp in court for stealing N15m jewellery from employer
The police, Wednesday, brought a 28 years old housekeeper, Hope Hazhi, before a Tinubu Chief Magistrate’s Court in Lagos for stealing her employer’s jewellery worth N15 million.
The defendant, who resides at Akpako House, Ipare area of Lekki, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing levelled against her by the police. Read more
Don’t prosecute Jonathan, Bayelsa PDP chieftain begs Buhari
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Bayelsa state and former commissioner for Agriculture, and Environment, Chief Lionel Jonathan –Omo, has appealed to the incoming president elect, Muhammad Buhari to exercise caution in probing the outgoing administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to Chief Jonathan -Omo, attempts to prosecute Jonathan by the incoming administration might cause violent uprising in the Niger Delta and should be avoided completely. Read more
Cabal of PDP sycophants held Jonathan hostage for 6yrs – Ogbemudia
Former governor of old Bendel State, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, Wednesday, said that a cabal of sycophants in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, held President Goodluck Jonathan hostage for six years.
He said that the PDP mismanaged its victory in the past 16 years, adding that unless they work harder in future elections, it would be difficult for the party to match the determined All Progressives Congress, APC. Read more
Scientists delay aging process by remote control
The global anti-aging market is projected to be worth USD 191.7 billion by 2019. This shows that people are willing to pay anything to remain young – no wrinkles, greys, arthritis, rheumatism etc. It is no wonder then that scientists have been working to find a way of stopping or at least delaying the aging process.
Late last year, scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) recorded a breakthrough as they identified a gene that can slow the aging process in the entire body when activated remotely in key organ systems such as the liver, brain and skeletal muscle. Read more
Two teen brothers build mobile web browser
The duo of Osine Ikhianosime and Anesi Ikhianosime have rekindled hope in the future of nigeria as they entered their names in the catalogue of application developers when they built a mobile web browser that is already in use globally. Osine Ikhianosime 13, and Anesi Ikhianosime 15 who co-developed ‘Crocodile Browser Lite’ were born of same parents and both are Year nine and 11 students of Greensprings School, Anthony Campus, Lagos. While both brothers write code, Anesi designs the user interface. Read more
Benue tribunal chairman warns against delay tactics
As the National/ State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi, Benue State capital yesterday commenced per- hearing session, the chairman, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has lashed out at lawyers for employing delay tactics.
In a petition filed by Governor Gabriel Suswam against Senator Barnabas Gemade, the latter’s counsel, J.J. Igbabon Esq. told the court that he has filed an application urging the tribunal to strike out the governor’s petition on grounds that it is incompetent. Read more
EFCC slams report claiming Jonathan starved agency of funds
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday said its attention has been drawn to a report in The Sun newspaper of Tuesday, May 26, 2015, entitled, ‘Jonathan Starved EFCC of Funds- Lamorde’, in which the Executive Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde was quoted as indicting the out-going Jonathan administration of poor performance.
The Commission said it takes exception to the report “which is pure fabrication by the author for reason best known to him”. Read more
Greece, creditors converge in talks but still room to cover: minister
Greece and its international creditors have converged on key points on a cash-for-reforms deal but talks still have some room to cover before an agreement is clinched, the country’s economy minister said on Thursday.
“Right now negotiations are continuing, … there have been big points of convergence,” George Stathakis told Mega TV’s On Line show. “There is still room to cover in the negotiations.” Read more
Al Qaeda in Syria denies plans to attack West
The leader of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria says they have no plans to attack the West and denies that the so-called Khorasan group exists.
The Syrian known as Abu Muhammed al-Golani, who heads the Nusra Front, says the aim of his group is to march to the capital Damascus and bring down President Bashar Assad’s government. Read more
South Africa denies Fifa was paid World Cup bribe
South African officials have dismissed allegations by US investigators that a $10m (£6.5m) bribe was organised for Fifa officials to host the 2010 World Cup.
There had been a “clean audit report” at the end of the World Cup, a government minister said. Read more
Rhino horns stolen from police warehouse
According to a report on publicly owned Mozambique Television (TVM), the horns were stolen on Friday morning. The initial report suggested that all 65 horns had gone, and this was neither confirmed nor denied by the police.
It was supposed to be impossible to break into the Matola warehouse, since it was locked with three padlocks and the keys were with three different police officers. Nonetheless the break-in occurred, and thieves made off with some of the rhino horns. Read more
East Africa still backing Blatter for FIFA presidency
Kenya and other member countries of the East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) will still vote for Sepp Blatter as FIFA supremo despite the current corruption crisis, sources said Thursday.
Three Football Kenya Federation (FKF) officials led by its president Sam Nyamweya are currently in Zurich for the annual general congress starting on Wednesday, and a spokesman said Kenya would not reverse the decision made collectively with CECAFA to support Blatter for a fifth term. Read more
Man stabbed in Durban CBD ‘robbed shop’
The situation in the Durban city centre was calm on Thursday morning after an incident the previous day in which an unidentified man was stabbed to death whilst trying to rob a shop.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said: “The situation in Durban is very calm. Police are elsewhere dealing with other crimes. People are just getting overly excited.” Read more
Electrical failure causes chaos at Belgian airports
Chaos hit Belgian airports on Wednesday when an electrical failure at air traffic control in Brussels caused Belgium-bound flights to be diverted, with departures delayed and flights cancelled over six hours.
No plane was allowed to land or take off from Belgian airports between 0730 GMT and 1200 GMT because of the power outage that paralysed screens and radars at Belgocontrol air traffic control. Read more
Catholic Church says withdrawing support for Burundi elections
Burundi’s influential Catholic Church on Thursday said it was withdrawing its support for upcoming elections in the crisis-hit central African nation.
A statement from Burundi’s bishops said that “after considering the manner in which the elections have been organised and the way they are evolving”, the Church had asked priests who serve in electoral commissions across the country step down. Read more
Iran denies agreement on military site inspections
An Iranian negotiator on Sunday denied accepting military site inspections as part of a nuclear deal with world powers, a delicate issue in the discussions that must be concluded by the summer.
Abbas Araghchi, who is also deputy foreign minister, reportedly made the remarks as he briefed a parliamentary committee on the progress of the talks with the P5+1 — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany. Read more
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