Sabinews Midday News Update for October 12, 2015
Buhari hands off Petroleum Minister Position
A spokesman for Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed that the Nigerian president will not take the top post at the country’s oil ministry, as was previously indicated.
The position of oil minister will remain vacant as Buhari supervises the ministry. “There will be no petroleum minister. Maybe he will appoint a minister of state, which is a junior minister,” the spokesman told Bloomberg on Monday. Read more
Navy destroys 50 illegal refining camps in Delta
The Central Naval Command (CNC), in Yenagoa, on Sunday destroyed 50 illegal oil refining camps and 150 drums of locally refined diesel at Asiagbene in Delta.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that CNC conducted the operation in collaboration with Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS), in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta. Read more
BailOut Funds: Kogi NLC Issues Ultimatum to CBN
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Kogi State have given an ultimatum to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to release the bail out funds of Kogi State or they will go on strike. Read more
Crime: 170 Suspects Arrested In Mop Up Operations By Police
One hundred and seventy suspects were arrested by the Niger State police command in one month for various offences out of which 31 were still under investigation in various mop up operations to curb crimes.
The commissioner of police in charge of the command, Abubakar Marafa, disclosed this at the weekend while hosting the assistant inspector-general of police in charge of zone 7, Bala Nassarrawa, who came on a tour of the command. Read more
Ritual Killing: Police In Delta Nabs Suspect Over Death Of Female Undergraduate
Tongues are currently wagging in Ibusa community, Oshimili north local government area of Delta State following the death of a 23-year- old undergraduate of the state- owned university.
The victim, Josephine Igbokwe, it was reliably gathered, had gone to visit her boyfriend in the same community when she was mysteriously hacked to death by unidentified gunmen. Read more
NNPC Remits $607.8m to Federation Account
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is said to have paid a total of 607.8 million Dollars into the Federation Account this year.
Further breakdown indicated that the total export Crude Oil and Gas receipts for the period of January to August 2015 is 3.420 billion Dollars. Of the total amount, the sum of $0.61bn was remitted to the Federation Account while the balance-$2.81bn- was said to have been used to fund the JV cash call for the period. Read more
Mobile internet: The dynamic coding duo
Osine and Anesi Ikhianosime have rekindled hope in the future of nigeria as they entered their names in the catalogue of application developers. The brothers built a mobile web browser that is already in use globally. Read more
Taxing religious institutions: Matters arising
RECENTLY The Pointer Newspaper of Saturday, September 12, 2015 in a story entitled “Religious Institutions to Pay Tax on Investments,” one Barrister Frank Nwugo, a member of the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue cited some sections of the law and thereafter, concluded that churches will henceforth be taxed for investments such as school, vehicles, business outfits, and land acquisition. He added in his last paragraph that, “even Jesus Christ himself paid tax.”
It is necessary at this point to note that when the righteous are in power the people rejoice and l like to add that when the tax master is in power and wants the people to pay their taxes with their blood, the people become weary. Read more
It’s time Nigerians speak out for rights of girl-children – Activists
Over the years, burdening social-cultural issues such as unwanted pregnancy, forced early marriage, gender-based violence, limited access to higher education, reproductive health services among others have been identified as the major factors that hinder the empowerment of the girl-child in Nigeria.
It’s against this backdrop that as Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark the annual International Day of the Girl Child, yesterday, citizens have been tasked to always speak out for the girl children, in order to ensure a society free of discrimination for young women and girls. Read more
Merkel defends refugee policy as expression of ‘humanity’
German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday defended her open-door policy to refugees in the face of falling poll ratings, saying it was “part of the basic humanity of our country”.
It was not her job to “spread worry” but “to work on finding solutions to the problems”, Merkel told mass-market daily Bild in a lengthy interview. Read more
Rabies: Dog food producing firm, veterinary association to collaborate
Grand Cereals Limited (GCL), a Jos-based producers of Binggo Dog Food, says it is partnering with the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) to reduce rabies, a disease caused by dog bites.
GCL Marketing Manager, Mr Tope Banjo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Jos, that the partnership became necessary because of the danger posed by the disease to both dogs and humans. “Rabies is a severe and often fatal viral disease that affects the dog’s brain and central nervous system. Read more
NNPC begins monthly publication of financial and operational report
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,( NNPC) has commenced the monthly publication of its provisional financial and operational reports for public scrutiny, a statement from the NNPC says.
The statement signed by NNPC’s Group General Manger, Group Public Affairs Division Mr Ohi Alegbe in Abuja on Sunday said that the publication provided an overview of NNPC’s operations from January to August 2015. Read more
Klopp says no plans to poach Dortmund stars for Liverpool
Liverpool’s new manager Jurgen Klopp has said he had no intention of poaching players from his former club Borussia Dortmund for the Reds.
“That is in no way my approach,” he told newspaper Bild in an interview published Monday.
The 48-year-old has a contract to manage the Merseyside giants until June 2018 and will take charge of his first Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. Read more
MINISTERIAL LIST: Mental Age more important than Chronological Age – ADESINA
The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has asked Nigerians to disregard the age of the ministerial nominees sent to the Senate by President Buhari.
While speaking on a television programme during the weekend, Adesina emphasised that the President is mindful of fair representation in the country and he will do what is needful. Read more
IS prime suspect in Ankara bombing: Turkey PM
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday said Turkey was investigating the Islamic State (IS) group as the prime suspect in the bombings on a weekend peace rally in Ankara that killed 97 people.
“Looking at how the incident took place, we are probing Daesh as our first priority,” Davutoglu said, using an alternative Arabic acronym for IS. Read more