Sabinews Morning News Update for August 6, 2015
Buhari fires eight NNPC group executive directors
Twenty-four hours after the Federal Government replaced the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, it announced the sacking of all the eight executive directors of the corporation.
This was confirmed by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, in a statement on Wednesday night in Abuja. Read more
Boko Haram Kills Seven in Fresh Attacks on Borno Villages
At least seven people have been killed in attacks on four communities in Borno State by suspected Boko Haram members, a security source and a member of youth vigilante group informed THISDAY.
The vigilante member, who spoke anonymously, said the terror sect attacked Malari and three other neighbouring villages in Konduga Local Government Area located in the central part of Borno on Monday night. Read more
Unpaid Salary: Enugu workers to embark on strike
Workers in Enugu State have threatened to embark on an indefinite strike over the state government’s failure to pay their monthly entitlements.
The President of the Trade Union Congress, Enugu State chapter, and Chairman of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Mr. Chukwuma Igbokwe, disclosed this in Enugu on Wednesday. Read more
IGP: rules forgery beyond Senate
The last may not have been heard of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 forgery, which a court has described as the upper chamber’s internal affair.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase believes the allegations are criminal matters, which the police cannot be restrained from investigating. Read more
Elite used Boko Haram for selfish interests, says Minimah
Immediate past Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah had a parting shot for the elite yesterday. He accused them of using the dreaded Boko Haram sect to advance political, religious and sectional interests.
The former military chief also regretted that the authorities toyed with the health and vitality of the military through inadequate funding. Read more
NCC gives GSM operators 7-day deadline to deactivate pre-registered SIM cards
Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, yesterday ordered all Global System for Mobile Communication, GSM, operators to deactivate all pre-registered SIM cards within seven days or face severe sanctions.
The directive was part of decisions taken at a meeting in Abuja between Office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, Department of State Services, DSS, network operators and NCC. Read more
Two killed in renewed Anambra/Kogi clash
Two persons were yesterday beheaded and four others injured in a renewed clash between Anambra and Kogi States over the ownership of Orient Petroleum Resources Plc.
The incident happened at Eziagulu Otu in Anambra East, near the Orient Petroleum Resources Ltd office. Read more
Cost of Buhari’s US trip exaggerated, says Presidency
The Presidency yesterday said the N2.2 billion reported as the total cost of President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent trip to the U.S. was grossly exaggerated.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the cost was most minimal in line with the government’s policy to cut waste and extravagance. Read more
Body of Benchers appoints Tambuwal as member
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has been admitted into the Body of Benchers.
This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to the governor, Imam Imam. Read more
EFCC probing Mimiko’s govt, says Olanusi
The immediate past deputy governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, says following a series of petitions he wrote to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the commission has already begun a probe of Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s government.
Olanusi, who was impeached by the Peoples Democratic Party-led House of Assembly in April, said this in a statement on Wednesday. Read more
Ondo 2016: Akure indigenes reject dep gov position
Some Akure indigenes under the aegis of the Akure Renaissance Group have said an Akure indigene must become the next governor of the state.
The group said they would not accept a deputy governorship position ahead of the 2016 governorship election in the state. Read more
Police Increase Patrols on Lagos Roads, Bridges
To curb the spate of armed robbery incidents in Lagos State, especially those perpetuated in traffic, the police have increased surveillance and intelligence patrol on roads and bridges.
Executed through the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), the patrol is targeted at curbing the activities of inter-state armed robbers and to protect motorists on the bridges. Read more
Ooni’s Body in Ile’gbo, Says Source
The remains of Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, were on Wednesday said to be in Ile’gbo, the coronation place for the Ooni despite the claim that he is still alive.
Also, the family of Oba Sijuade was said to have concluded parking their personal belongings out of the palace. Read more
Badagry dry dock not ours, says NLNG
The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited yesterday said the Badagry Dry Dock Project did not belong to it.
The company, in a statement, said NLNG do not invest in the building of dry docks. Read more
Buhari Orders Take over of Nigeria’s Airspace over Gulf of Guinea from Ghana
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the takeover of the security of the nation’s airspace over the Gulf of Guinea from Ghana, even as he directed the Ministry of Aviation to expedite action on the setting up of a new national carrier.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviattion, Mrs Binta Bello, told journalists at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday, that the president had given instructions to commence the process of taking over the airspace immediately, as neighbouring countries now have the capacity to cover their own airspace. Read more
Army clears northeast roads of IEDs
Nigerian Army said its troops in recovery operations have cleared all roads in the northeast of Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, planted by Boko Haram insurgents.
Spokesman for the 7 Division of Nigerian Army, Col. Tukur Gusau, made this known in a statement in Maiduguri yesterday. Read more
CBN, MTN Group discuss $600m loan repayment plan
MTN Group Ltd is discussing with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) about early repayment of about $600 million debt it is owing to reduce exposure to the naira, which has weakened against the rand this year.
“We have already been negotiating with the lenders but the challenge has been getting the central bank to approve that we can accelerate the payment. It would help a lot in terms of dealing with the currency fluctuations,” its Chief Executive Officer Sifiso Dabengwa told Bloomberg yesterday. Read more
NSE Set To Compensate 158 Investors With N42m
The Board of Trustees of the Investors’ Protection Fund (IPF) of The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Wednesday announced that it would be compensating a total of 158 claimants with N42.2 million, for pecuniary losses suffered by them as a result of wrong doing by certain dealing member firms of The Exchange.
The IPF is a statutory fund established pursuant to Section 197 of the Investment and Securities Act 2007 (ISA) to compensate investors who suffer certain pecuniary losses. Read more
CBN bans cash deposits into domiciliary accounts
The Central Bank of Nigeria has banned the payment of cash into domiciliary accounts in the country, TheCable reports.
In a circular released on Wednesday and signed by the Director of Trade and Exchange, CBN, Olakanmi Gbadamosi, the central bank said its action followed recent statements by individual banks suspending the payment of foreign currencies into domiciliary accounts. Read more
Naira rises to 219 after CBN dollar sale
The naira firmed against the dollar at the parallel market on Wednesday following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s sales of about $80m to bureau de change operators, traders said.
Specifically, the naira rose to 219 to the dollar at the parallel market from 230 it recorded on Tuesday. The local currency, however, closed at 197 to the dollar on the interbank market, unchanged from the previous day. Read more
Oil and Gas
NLNG Clarifies Issue Of Non-Payment Of $11.6b Dividend To Shareholders
The management of the Nigeria LNG Limited’s (NLNG) has clarified issues relating to an alleged non-remittance of about $11.6 billion (N2.32 trillion) to the Federation Account, which it said was credited to the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) by some sections of the media.
In a statement by the General Manager, External Relations, NLNG, Kudo Eresia-Eke, the company said it was owned by four stakeholders and has remained responsible to them. Read more
NFF Takes S’Eagles To Stock Exchange
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) seeks to draw the attention of the Corporate Nigeria to Super Eagles by visiting the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday, August 17, 2015.
And all things being equal, Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, would ring the closing bell that day. Read more
Arsenal Keen On Benzema
Arsenal have not given up on signing Karim Benzema despite Real Madrid’s insistence that the striker will not be sold this summer. The Gunners remain hopeful of signing the Real Madrid striker during the transfer window and are still prepared to wait until August to land the France international
Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez said this week that he has “no reason” to believe Benzema will leave the club this summer as the Gunners attempt to bring him to north London. Read more
Eagles hitman destroys FC IfeanyiUbah
Super Eagles forward, Gbolahan Salami was on rampage yesterday in the Glo Premier League, as his brace helped his club, Warri Wolves to record an emphatic 3-0 victory over struggling Nnewi side, FC IfeanyiUbah in one of the match week 21 fixtures.
Just as the mid week matches were being decided, organizers of the league, the League Management Company (LMC) opted to spoil their headline sponsor, Globacom with 95, 000 popular terrace match tickets and 9, 500 reserved terrace access cards. Read more
G’Eaglets Knows FIFA U-17 World Cup Opponents Thursday
World Champions, Golden Eaglets of Nigeria, will on Thursday know the identity of its group phase opponents as the draw ceremony for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup holds in Santiago, capital of host nation Chile.
The Official Draw is billed to take place at the massive Art Centre 660 at 20:00hrs local time (12:00 midnight in Nigeria) and the 24 qualified countries would be drawn into six groups of four teams each. Read more
LMC Gives El-Kanemi 60 Days Ultimatum Over Players’ Indebtedness
El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri has become the third club to be issued sixty days ultimatum to pay all amounts due its players and officials or risk being thrown out of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) by the League Management Company (LMC).
The warning issued through a letter by the Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, is one the three decisions announced by the league body in a sweeping enforcement of regulations on Wednesday. Read more
Okagbare Targets Worlds Record
Nigeria queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare, has disclosed that she wants to set a new world record at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships in China.
The 15th World Championships has been scheduled to hold in Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China, between August 22 and 29. Read more
NFF Wants Ghana Friendly In London
Super Eagles has proposed a friendly against perennial rivals Ghana in London next month, AfricanFootball.com has specially gathered.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) wishes to make the most of next month’s FIFA friendly window which will allow them to play another match outside the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Tanzania on the weekend of September 4-6. Read more
S Africa mining sector braces for major job cuts
South Africa’s mining minister has held urgent talks with business leaders to discuss thousands of job cuts by several firms in the key sector and to explore ways to avoid strikes.
Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramathlodi said on Wednesday he was going to the meeting to appeal to a “voice of reason” from all sides as the country’s economy struggles with poor growth and severe unemployment. Read more
Ivory Coast: Date Is Set for Election
Ivory Coast’s government on Wednesday set Oct. 25 as the date for a presidential election considered an important step in overcoming a decade of political turmoil and war. It will be the first presidential vote since 2010, after which more than 3,000 people were killed in fighting set off by President Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to concede defeat to Alassane Ouattara. Mr. Gbagbo was eventually captured by rebels backing Mr. Ouattara and is awaiting trial before the International Criminal Court, accused of crimes against humanity. Mr. Ouattara, now president, has overseen a rapid economic revival. He officially registered his candidacy on Wednesday. Source
Worker taken hostage in Egypt
An online video purportedly from Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate showed a Croatian hostage working for a French company who said the group would kill him in 48 hours if Muslim women in Egyptian jails were not freed.
Ardiseis Egypt, a unit of French company CGG, which specialises in oil and gas geology, said on Wednesday one of its staff had been kidnapped on 22 July while travelling to Cairo. Read more
Sudanese president to visit Algeria soon: official
The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir plans to visit Algeria in the coming week, his 1st VP announced.
Algeria is not a state party to the International Criminal Court (ICC) which has an outstanding arrest warrant for Bashir related to the conflict in Darfur. Read more
Cameroon repatriating Nigerian refugees
About 12 000 Nigerians are being repatriated over the next three to four days after seeking refuge in Cameroon from attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Nigeria’s state emergency agency said said on Wednesday.
A National Emergency Management Agency spokesperson said the returnees would be accommodated mainly in the town of Mubi in Adamawa state, close to the border. Read more
China ordains bishop despite Vatican tensions
A Diocese in central China has ordained the country’s first Catholic bishop in three years amid tensions between Beijing and the Vatican and a strained relationship between the Chinese leadership and the Christian religion in general.
The Rev Joseph Zhang Yinlin was named coadjutor bishop of Anyang in Henan province in a rare recent case of Chinese officials being in alignment with the Roman Catholic leadership in a choice for the position, according to the diocese and Catholic websites based abroad. Read more
Conservationists file legal action to block Arizona wild horse round-up
Conservationists in Arizona sought a federal court order on Wednesday to block the U.S. Forest Service from rounding up about 100 wild horses roaming on public land that officials said are a public safety hazard.
Lawyers for the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group said they were seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent land managers from violating federal rules designed to protect the historic horses in the Tonto National Forest, about 75 miles (120 km) northeast of Phoenix. Read more
UN vote likely Friday on Syria gas attacks blame: diplomats
The United Nations Security Council is likely to vote on Friday on a U.S. proposal to ask U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and the global chemical weapons watchdog to assemble a team of investigators to lay blame for toxic gas attacks in Syria, diplomats said.
Attributing responsibility for chemical weapons attacks would pave the way for action by the 15-member Security Council. The body has already threatened consequences for such attacks, which could include sanctions. Read more
Bill Cosby ordered to give deposition in sexual abuse lawsuit
Bill Cosby has been ordered to give a sworn deposition in a lawsuit brought by a woman accusing the comedian of plying her with alcohol and sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles when she was 15 years old.
It marks the first time Cosby, 78, has been directed to testify under oath in response to a complaint of sexual misconduct against him since a deposition he gave in a separate Pennsylvania case he settled out of court nine years ago. Read more
Police fatally shoot axe-wielding man at Nashville movie theatre
A man with a history of mental health issues who wielded an axe and a pellet gun at a Nashville-area movie theatre was shot dead by police on Wednesday, authorities said.
The man, identified by Nashville police as Vincente David Montano, 29, was pronounced dead outside the backdoor of the theatre, which was showing “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Read more
Japan may give planes to Manila for South China Sea patrols – sources
Japan wants to give planes to the Philippines that Manila could use for patrols in the South China Sea, sources said, a move that would deepen Tokyo’s security ties with the Southeast Asian nation most at odds with Beijing over the disputed waterway.
Four sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters that Japan was looking to offer three Beechcraft TC-90 King Air planes that could be fitted with basic surface and air surveillance radar. Read more
Relatives refuse to believe debris is from MH370
Chinese relatives of passengers aboard missing flight MH370 expressed anger and disbelief on Thursday, after Malaysia’s prime minister said wreckage found on a French Indian Ocean island was from the plane.
Most of the passengers aboard the flight were Chinese, and around a dozen gathered outside the Beijing offices of Malaysia Airlines, with emotions running high. Read more
Kerry says Hiroshima anniversary shows importance of Iran deal
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima underscored the importance of a deal reached on Iran’s nuclear programme last month.
Ceremonies were held in Hiroshima on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing. The city’s mayor, Kazumi Matsui, urged that nuclear weapons be abolished and demanded the creation of security systems that do not rely on military might. Read more
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