Sabinews Morning News Update for September 2, 2015
Buhari Never Promised Specifics in 100 Days – Presidency
The presidency has again reiterated its position and that of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that President Muhammadu Buhari never promised Nigerians that he would achieve specific things within his first 100 days in office.
It maintained that the document tagged “One Hundred Things Buhari Will Do in 100 Days” and another one, “My Covenant With Nigerians” did not emanate from the authentic channel of the campaign’s media department. Read more
ICRC: No Plan to Stop Second Niger Bridge
The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has expressed concern over the recent media reports that the federal government has stopped work on the second Niger Bridge.
According to the commission, the report that the second Niger Bridge project was being put “on hold,” “stalled,” or is being “probed” or even “suspended” was false. Read more
Senate Hails Withdrawal of Forgery Suit by Saraki’s Opponents
The Senate yesterday commended its members who operate under the aegis of The Unity Forum for withdrawing the suit they filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja, in which they sought to remove the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, from office over allegations of forgery of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 used for the inauguration of the 8th Senate. Read more
Business Magnate, Deinde Fernandez Dies at 79
One of Nigeria’s most flamboyant multibillionaires and diplomats, Chief Antonio Oladeinde Fernandez, is dead.
He died on Tuesday in Brussels, Belgium, at the age of 79 from what a source close to his family described as an age-related illness. Read more
Zakari Advocates Better Inclusion of Women in Governance
The acting Chairperson of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mrs. Amina Zakari, on Tuesday advocated better representation of the female gender in the Nigerian politics.
Speaking at the “She Forum Africa,” a friend-raiser community programme, which was organised by Premium Logic, she noted that women are still disadvantaged as far the country’s governance was concerned, in spite of a gender policy which is already in place in Nigeria, adding that there was need to consciously address such issues. Read more
Crash: Akpabio flown abroad for treatment
A former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, was on Tuesday afternoon flown out of Nigeria to receive medical attention abroad.
It was learnt that the senator, in company with about five of his aides, left the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja aboard a regular private jet that he usually travels with. Read more
Death toll in Borno attacks hits 80
The death toll in the attack unleashed on three Borno State villages by Boko Haram fighters has risen to 80.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback had shot dead scores of people in separate attacks on three villages in the North-East at the weekend. Read more
Three Nigerians arrested for fraud in India
The Central Crime Station, India, has arrested three Nigerians for allegedly swindling two Indian citizens under the guise of offering them investment opportunities in hotel business.
The suspects, Onuoha Francis, 34, Valentine Anumaka, 28 and 35-year-old Eze Victor, were said to have allegedly aided and abetted one Terry Joseph, another Nigerian still at large, to defraud two Indian businessmen, Raju Jembiya and C. Sadashiva, to the tune of Rs 3.6 lakh. Read more
Amaechi left an empty treasury, Wike insists
THE disagreement between the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, and his predecessor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, continued on Tuesday when Wike denied claims that he (Amaechi) left N10bn in the state treasury.
Amaechi had on Saturday maintained that he left billions of naira in different bank accounts belonging to the state. Read more
Defamation: Blogger gets N3m bail
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday granted bail in the sum of N3m to a blogger, Seun Oloketuyi.
He was arraigned by the police for allegedly publishing a defamatory story against the Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo. Read more
Militants take over pipeline vandalism in Lagos—Police
The attack on a team of policemen in Owutu area of Ikorodu, Lagos, in the early hours of Monday, during which three policemen were shot dead and others injured, was said to have been carried out by militants-turned vandals.
This is just as the policeman, who managed to escape from the scene of the shooting, attributed his survival to his name. Read more
Army recaptures Gamboru Ngala from insurgents, seek Brazil’s assistance
Nigerian troops, yesterday, liberated and re-took Gamboru Ngala, the strategic neighbouring town to Cameroon and Niger after a fierce battle.
It will be recalled that Gamboru Ngala is the town where Nigerian troops crossed into Cameroon in a tactical manoeuvre after fierce fighting. Read more
Police bust abortion clinic in Benin, arrest doctor, nurses
Police at Zone ‘5’ Police Headquarters in Benin, Edo State, have uncovered an abortion clinic where a medical doctor and four nurses were arrested.
Vanguard learned that a foetus, hospital equipment suspected to be abortion equipment, and other exhibits were recovered at the clinic. Read more
Traders, task force clash at Onitsha drug market
Nnewi—A trader escaped death following a crisis that erupted at the Onitsha Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers Union, OPPMDU, following the alleged instruction by the chairman of the union to beat up and detain any trader perceived to be against his administration in any cell of the market.
Trouble started, Friday when one Mr. Chizoba Ezeokoye was allegedly sharing circulars which suggested that a meeting was being summoned to protest the N20,000 levy allegedly imposed by the Chairman of the union Mr. Uche Eze on the traders. Read more
Ooni succession: Prince alleges threat to life
The contest for the Ooni stool has taken a dangerous dimension as a prominent figure of the Giesi ruling house, Prince Adekanye Aderibigbe, yesterday alleged threat to his life over his insistence that only a credible and a true prince from the ruling house would be presented to the kingmakers for confirmation. Read more
ATM error: CBN orders banks to set systems for automatic refund to customers
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has directed banks to set up systems that will enable the automatic refund of money to customers in which Automated Teller Machine (ATM) dispense errors to their transactions.
The apex bank has also issued guidelines for card issuance and usage meant to provide minimum standards and requirements for the issuance and usage of payment cards in the country. Read more
Naira volatility returns over rising ‘hot money’
Though the naira closed at N197 to the dollar at the interbank on Monday, last week, it still exchanged at N218 at the parallel market, from N210, by Friday.
The sudden slide in its fortune has been linked to increased hot money in circulation and rising demand for dollars. Read more
Global reports downgrade Nigeria’s 2015 economy growth rate
Following last week’s report on Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) update local and international economic and research reports have revised growth forecast for Nigerian economy downwards.
For Rennaiance Capital (Rencap Group), a multinational financial institution, Nigeria’s economy will grow year-on-year (Y-o-Y) by 2.8 per cent, down from its earlier forecast growth rate of 3.4 per cent. Read more
FG Urged to Review Entrepreneurship Policy for Economic Devt
As part of the strategy to revamp Nigeria’s dwindling economy, the Chief Executive Officer, Anabel Group, Dr. Nicholas Okoye has called on the federal government to review its policy on entrepreneurship development for the development of the national economy.
Besides, Okoye has identified effective communication and education as potent resources that can position an entrepreneur for optimal performance. Read more
Oil and Gas
NNPC Seeks to End Oil Theft in Eight Months Using Drones
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced its intention to end crude oil theft in Nigeria within eight months using drones to monitor the movement of crude oil bearing vessels.
The NNPC in a statement from its Group General Manager Public Affairs, Ohi Alegbe yesterday in Abuja stated that the new initiative to stem oil theft and pipeline vandalism was unveiled by its Group Managing Director, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu in a presentation at the special conference on security in the Gulf of Guinea organised by the Gusau Institute. Read more
Insufficient crude delays Warri refinery’s return
The country’s Warri Refinery has not yet reopened after last week’s temporary closure because the plant does not have sufficient crude oil to make it restart operations, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has said.
Crude oil was still being loaded into the plant, the spokesman for the corporation, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, said on Tuesday. Read more
NLNG panics as US, Australia enter gas market
Nigeria’s tough economic realities caused by the continuous fall in global crude oil prices may worsen as the country’s other source of revenue, gas, is currently being threatened at the international market, the Nigeria Liquified and Natural Gas company has warned.
The NLNG also noted that the fall in global oil prices would continue till the end of 2015, adding that it might worsen in the coming year. Read more
Egi people accuse Total of continuous pollution
The Egi people of Rivers State has accused the Nigerian unit of French oil giant, Total E & P Nigeria, of polluting their land since 1964 till date, with little or no effort towards remediating the affected areas.
This was contained in a letter made available to Sweetcrude, where it further slammed the oil major of insincerity in carrying out its corporate social responsibility. Read more
New AfDB Chief, Adesina, to Focus on Powering Africa
The new President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has said he will in the incoming years, focus on tackling Africa’s chronic power shortages to unlock its economic potential.
Adesina, a former Nigerian agriculture minister, said this at his swearing-in as AfDB’s eighth president on Tuesday in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Read more
Power supply drops by 1,047MW
Power supply to households and businesses in the country has fallen below the 4,000 megawatts mark as 1,047.3MW was lost in seven days, data obtained from the Presidential Task Force on Power showed on Tuesday.
Last week, electricity from the national grid hit a record high of 4,810.7MW, which was achieved at 8:45pm on August 25. Read more
Enugu Disco negotiates tariff over N35bn CBN power intervention fund
In its effort to repay the N35 billion power intervention fund received from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has concluded tariff negotiations with consumers under its network.
EEDC received N10.2 billion out of N213 billion CBN intervention fund and is obligated to repay N35 billion with interest over the 10 year period. Read more
FIFA Presidency: Odegbami joins race to replace Blatter
Patrick Olusegun Odegbami is set to announce that he will stand in next year’s election to replace Joseph Sepp Blatter as President of World soccer-governing body, FIFA.
Odegbami better known as ‘Mathematical’, a name given to him in his active days by late ace sports commentator, Ernest Okonkwo because of his zig-zag, deceptive, extraordinary dribbling skills and mastery in outwitting defenders is one of the best players to have played football in Nigeria and by his decision to join the race for the FIFA presidency stands out as the first authentic African to aspire to the position since Blatter agreed to step down as President. Read more
Beijing 2015 Fallout: Okagbare succumbed to pressure not injury, coach claims
Nigeria’s failure to win a medal at the just concluded IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China remains the talk of the moment for athletics enthusiasts. Yesterday renowned athletics coach, Toni Urhobo declared that Athletics Federation of Nigeria’s claim of injury to Blessing Okagbare was diversionary.
Urhobo said Okagbare bowed to pressure of competing at the big stage with the big girls of world athletics. Read more
Eagles Fly To Tanzania Tomorrow Afternoon
The delegation of Super Eagles of Nigeria to Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania will fly out of Abuja at 3pm on Thursday, thenff.com can confirm. Read more
Elections in Morocco and the Boycott Option
On September 4th Morocco will hold municipal elections, after having postponed them as a response to the political parties’ demand, and due to tremendous reluctance among citizens to register as voters. As elections approach, Moroccan society has been divided into two major groups. One that advocates participation in the elections, and another group that is in favor of boycotting the elections. As always in Morocco during the lead-up to elections, debate has been rampant on Facebook and on other social media. Read more
Vets in Zimbabwe attempt to rescue lost elephant calf
Zimbabwe’s authorities were swift to grant permission for a rescue mission of a lost 2 year old elephant calf, which was spotted by a local resident and raised immediately the interest of conservation groups.
A team of wildlife vets yesterday managed to locate the young elephant which appeared poorly fed if not outright starved, darted it and loaded the animal on a plane to Harare’s elephant nursery, where it will be cared for, hoping to ensure its survival. Had the young calf remained in the wild it would have no doubt fallen prey to lions or other predators within days. Read more
Benghazi bomb kills Libya special forces: report
A homemade bomb killed five members of Libya’s special forces Tuesday in the eastern city of Benghazi, according to Lana, the news agency linked to the internationally recognised government.
“Two commanders… and three soldiers were killed today,” army spokesman Miloud Zouai was quoted as saying, adding that they had been advancing in a southern district of the city when the explosion occurred. Read more
Ebola, fire threaten to derail Commonwealth Youth Games
The Commonwealth Games Federation’s desire to develop competition for younger athletes survived one blow but suffered another within minutes at the organisation’s general assembly on Wednesday.
The organisation had barely stared down a request for sanctions be levelled against Samoa, just days before the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games began, before Caribbean nation St Lucia withdrew from hosting the 2017 Games for financial reasons. Read more
President Is Stripped of Immunity in Guatemala
Guatemala’s Congress voted on Tuesday to strip President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity from prosecution, a unanimous decision that acknowledged the outpouring of citizen demands for an end to entrenched impunity.
The 132-0 vote was the culmination of a tumultuous five months since prosecutors revealed the existence of a customs fraud ring in April, describing how officials received bribes in exchange for discounted tariffs, a scheme that effectively stole millions from the treasury. Read more
Brazil convicts Odebrecht Group for slavery-like practices in Angol
A Brazilian labor court convicted units of Brazil’s Odebrecht Group of holding workers in conditions akin to slavery at an ethanol refinery construction project in Angola, Brazilian prosecutors said in a statement on Tuesday.
Judge Carlos Alberto Frigieri of the 2nd Part of the Labor Court of Araraquara, Brazil, ordered Odebrecht to pay 50 million reais ($13 million) in damages. Read more
Yemen: Southern Forces, Houthis Abuse Prisoners in Aden
Southern armed groups and Houthi forces battling for control of Yemen’s port city of Aden have committed serious abuses against civilians and fighters in their custody. Southern militants have summarily executed at least seven Houthi prisoners since March 2015, most recently on August 24. Houthi forces have unlawfully detained and mistreated civilians. Read more
Azerbaijan: Journalist Critical of Leader Is Sentenced to 7 1/2 Years in Prison
Khadija Ismayilova, an Azerbaijani investigative journalist, was sentenced Tuesday to 7 1/2 years in prison on charges including embezzlement and tax evasion. The sentence was handed down by the Court on Grave Crimes in Baku, the capital. Ms. Izmayilova is a contributor to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which is funded by the United States, and is known for reports questioning the sources of wealth of Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, and his family. Read more
Missouri executes man convicted of rape, murder of teenage girl
The U.S. state of Missouri on Tuesday executed a man who, along with a friend, pleaded guilty to the 1989 abduction, rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl, a state corrections department spokesman said. Read more
China leads Asian stocks lower on poor factory data
Asian stocks extended a global market sell-off Wednesday as poor manufacturing data from the world’s two biggest economies dampened investor sentiment. Read more
Manus bus hijacking by father of alleged rape victim ‘a matter for PNG police’
The Australian immigration department says the hijacking of a Manus Island detention centre bus and truck by the father of an alleged rape victim is a matter for the local police.
“This [hijacking] incident is a matter for the Manus provincial police,” a department spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday. Read more
Five Protesters Killed in Nepal As Violence Over Constitutional Reform Continues
Nepalese police killed five protesters in the south of the country Tuesday as demonstrators, angry at the government’s plan to change the constitution, clashed with authorities.
Police said four people were shot dead in the town of Birjung (40 miles south of the capital Kathmandu), when protesters threw stones and petrol bombs at a police post. A fifth person was killed in a separate clash in a neighboring town of Kalaiya, reports Reuters. Read more