October 23, 2017

* Charges against Misau won’t stop IG probe – Senate panel chair (Punch) * FG may stop private practice by govt doctors (Punch)

* Charges against Misau won’t stop IG probe – Senate panel chair (Punch)     * FG may stop private practice by govt doctors (Punch)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 12, 2017

 

Charges against Misau won’t stop IG probe – Senate panel chair (Punch)

The Senate has indicated its readiness to continue with the investigation of the allegations levelled against the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, by Senator Isa Misau. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Sam Anyanwu, told our correspondent that the panel would continue with the probe since it was not joined in the suit filed by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation against Misau on behalf of the police boss. When Anyanwu was asked through a text message if his committee would go ahead with the investigation, as the AGF had filed a suit against Misau on behalf of the IGP, his reply was, “The committee or the Senate is not a party to the suit.” Read more

FG may stop private practice by govt doctors (Punch)

The Federal Government on Wednesday said it might stop medical doctors in public sector from engaging in private practice. It also said 33 suspected cases of monkeypox had so far been recorded in seven states across the country. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, also announced the outbreak of yellow fever in five states.  The yellow fever outbreak, the minister said, started in Kwara State. Read more

Lumen Christi Int’l wins SEPLAT Pearls quiz (Nation)

The students of Lumen Christi International High School, Arue-Uromi, Edo State are this year’s winner of the SEPLAT Pearls Quiz competition. The annual competition is organised by SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company PLC, operators of the NPDC/SEPLAT JV assets, OML 4, 38 & 41. The winning school, represented by Kingsley Okafor, Cletus Ifedhor and Clinton Opara, emerged after a keenly contested finale on Thursday, October 5 at the Unity Hall of the Delta State Government House in Asaba, the state capital. Each one of them walks away with scholarships worth N100,000 and for their school N7 million. This is the sixth edition of the annual SEPLAT Pearls Quiz competition. Read more

We’re yet to confirm disease as monkey pox, says minister (Nation)

With 33 suspected cases of “monkey pox infection” already recorded in seven states, the Federal Government is still trying to confirm exactly what health workers are dealing with. According to Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole, many of the cases reported in Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River did not fit into the classic prototype of monkey pox.He spoke with State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

Ex-First Lady ‘used mum’s account to launder N2.1b’ (Nation)

Former First Lady Patience Jonathan used her mother’s company to launder about N2.114b, according to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives. Besides, Magel Resort Limited, which was incorporated by Mrs., Jonathan’s late mother, allegedly secured over N200m IT contract from the National Information Technology Development Agency. Many people, including an hotelier in Abuja, also remitted funds into the account. Also, uncovered is how some domestic aides of the former First Lady remitted about N5.7billion into the accounts of three firms linked to Mrs. Jonathan. Read more

Abuja Lawyer asks Court to stop Senate from inviting Baru (ThisDay)

An Abuja-based lawyer has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to restrain the Senate from inviting the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, over the allegation contained in a leaked letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu. This is coming as crude oil production by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) hit the second highest monthly level this year in September, returning to growth after the oil cartel’s output fell for the first time in five months in August. Read more

Electricity tariff shortfall hits N460bn (Punch)

The freeze on residential customers’ electricity tariff in the R2 class, smoothening of tariff across the country and changes to tariff assumptions, among other issues, have led to a tariff deficit of N460bn in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry. According to a report released by the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, the N460bn tariff shortfall was from January 2015 to December 2016. The report, which was made public at a workshop in Abuja on Wednesday, stated that the 2015 tariff deficit resulting from the freeze on R2 residential tariff and removal of collection losses from power distributors’ tariffs, which was reinstated in the Multi-Year Tariff Order of that year, was N187bn. Read more

Electricity tariff shortfalls hits N460bn, Discos Mull force Majeure (ThisDay)

The current revenue shortfalls that have accumulated from the inability of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to allow the 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos) in country’s power sector to have cost reflective tariffs have now shot up to N460 billion, thus burdening the operations of the Discos, the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) has disclosed. ANED wednesday at a power sector workshop in Abuja said the heavy financial shortfalls were impacting the operations of the Discos such that they may be forced to declare a force majeure. Read more

Discos reduce metering gap to 2.2m (SUN)

Eleven electricity distribution companies on the platform of the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) yesterday disclosed that they have reduced customers’ metering gap to 2.2 million from the  five million they inherited since the power sector was privatised in 2013. ANED’s Director of Advocacy and Research, Sunday Olurotimi Oduntan disclosed this in Abuja at a workshop for energy journalists.  Oduntan, who spoke on the impact of privatisation on the power sector, said the recent approval by the Federal Government to pay the N2.6 billion electricity supply debts owed by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), was a good development but stated that the money was not coming to the Discos. Read more

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NPDC targets equity production of 500,000 bpd by 2020 (SUN)

The Federal Government, the through Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), is targeting equity production of 500,000 bpd by year 2020. The Managing Director of NPDC, Mr. Yusuf Matashi, who disclosed  this  at the ongoing Nigerian Content Workshop in Owerri , Imo State, said that it is possible for Nigeria to achieve this target if the local content regime is taken seriously. Matashi noted that  in order to meet the reserve growth of 40 billion barrels in vision 2020, indigenous E&P companies have a big role to play.For this reason, he said  NPDC is partnering with some industry players and have formed Assets Management Teams (AMT) to achieve this. Read more

FG to close down open drug markets, introduces CWCs (Tribune)

The Federal Government has said it will  introduce Drug Coordinated Wholesale Centres (CWCs) across the nation  to check the menace of fake and falsified medical products in the country even as it warned that by 31st of December 2018 all open drug markets will be permanently shutdown. Prof Isaac Adewole,  the Minister of Health, made this known at a stakeholders’ workshop organised by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) on “The prevention, Detection and Response of  Substandard and Falsified medical Products”. Read more

Intels vows to fight back as NPA terminates pilotage agreement (ThisDay)

The management of Nigeria’s oil and gas logistics giant, Intels Nigeria Limited (INL), has kicked against the termination of its Pilotage Agency Agreement by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), describing the action as “preposterous” and highly injurious to Nigeria. Intels, in a statement made available to THISDAY Wednesday, disclosed that following the letter from the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), to the Managing Director of NPA, Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman, directing NPA to terminate the pilotage agreement, NPA promptly ended the contract on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, without inviting it as the other party to the agreement for negotiation or due recourse to the terms of the agreement that specify conditions precedent before a party can exit the contract. Read more

IMF warns of heightened risks as Nigeria seeks to increase foreign debt (ThisDay)

As the federal government continues to fine-tune plans to raise additional foreign debt from the international capital market (ICM) and multilateral donor agencies, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned Nigeria and other low income countries that greater reliance on foreign borrowing may at some point expose their economies to vulnerability, if the funds are not put to good use. The Financial Counsellor and Director, Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the fund, Mr. Tobias Andrian, gave the warning Wednesday while briefing journalists on IMF’s Global Financial Stability Report titled, “Is Growth at Risk?” released at the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings taking place in Washington D.C. Read more

Ports access roads: Vessel turn-around time now 30 days —STOAN (Tribune)

With the collapse of access roads to Lagos ports, the failure to evacuate cargoes already discharged at the various terminals has worsened the turn around time of vessels from an average of three days to 30 days, private terminal operators have said. The development also increases the cost on shippers as shipping agencies and importers are now forced to pay additional surcharge to ship owners. Although this may also translate into more revenue for the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and terminal operators, it has been exerting huge pressure on the economy through lost time and surcharges. Read more

Water transportation: Ignore LASWA threat, NIWA tells operators (Tribune)

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has urged boat operators to ignore threat of sanctions by the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) pending the final outcome of the case in courts. Responding to enquiries by the NigerianTribune on possible sanctions being meted out to operators who defy the Lagos State directive on regulation of inland waterways in the state, the spokesman of NIWA, Tayo Fadile explained that boat operators can go about their normal businesses without fear. Read more

Judge refuses to hear Evans’ N300m suit against police (Nation)

Justice Abdulazeez Anka of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday refused to hear a fundamental rights suit filed by suspected kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike  (alias Evans), seeking N300 million damages for illegal detention. Instead, he returned the case file to the Acting Chief Judge Justice Adamu Kafarati for further directive. Justice Anka had earlier heard the case during the court’s long vacation and adjourned till August 29 for judgment after parties argued it and adopted their addresses on August 16. But, the police, through their counsel Mr.  David Igbodo, said another lawyer, Henry Obiazi, who represented the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Police when the case was heard, did so without authorisation. Read more

NFF/CBN journey set to begin (Punch)

This year’s NFF/CBN All-Financial Institutions Football Competition  has been scheduled to kick off on Saturday. The Central Bank of Nigeria  pledged its  continued commitment to the sponsorship of the  tournament  ending on October 28. NFF Deputy General Secretary Emmanuel Ikpeme, who represented  the federation’s General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi at a press conference to herald the championship in Abuja on Wednesday,  lauded the CBN  for  sponsoring the event  for the past 30 years. Read more

Prolific Nigeria international striker scores again for Brighton & Hove (Allnigeriasoccer)

Prolific Nigerian international striker Ini Umotong wrote her name on the score-sheet again as Brighton & Hove Albion began their FA WSL Continental Cup campaign with a 4-2 victory over Yeovil Town at Culver Road on Wednesday evening. Umotong made it 2-0 when she rounded the keeper before firing the ball into an empty net in the 42nd minute.The 23-year-old would have broken the deadlock after five minutes but her effort was saved by Laura Sullivan, before she saw her header come off the crossbar moments later. Read more

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Rohr line up Russian-Nigerian defender Idowu as replacement for injured Echiejile (Owngoalnigeria)

Super Eagles left full back Elderson Echiejile has been ruled out of Nigeria’s final World Cup 2018 Qualifiers tie against Algeria in Algiers after picking up a hamstring injury in their 1-0 win over Zambia last weekend. Echiejile went off injured late in the game, and was replaced by Chelsea full back Ola Aina ‎, and recent test suggest he will spend at least four weeks on the sidelines as he work his way back to full fitness. Read more

Forgotten Super Eagles striker Ikechukwu Uche hit brace for Spanish side (Owngoalnigeria)

Former Super Eagles striker Ikechukwu Uche rolled back the hands of time as he scored a quick brace to lift his Spanish side Gimnastic to a 2-0 win over Granada in a second division game in Spain. Uche grabbed his brace withing a space of four minutes netting in the 27th and 31th minute of the game to lift his side to a comfortable win over visiting Granada. The brace took his tally for the season to three in seven games as he continue to rebuild his career which nose dived after he made a shocking move to Mexican side Tigres UNAL from La-Liga side Villarreal . Read more

‘Nigerian Messi’ : The good things Liverpool manager Klopp told me (Allnigeriasoccer)

Bobby Adekanye, dubbed the Nigerian Messi in his homeland, has reiterated that he’s hoping to make his debut for Liverpool before the end of the 2017-2018 season, having trained with the first-team on a number of occasions.The 18-year-old winger received words of encouragement from Reds manager Jürgen Klopp before he started working out with the first-teamers.  ”Hopefully, then, my dream comes true, and that’s the first time in Liverpool,” said Adekanye to voetbalzone.nl. Read more

Enyimba deserve continental place – Anyansi Agwu (Enyimbafc)

Felix Anyansi Agwu believes his players fully deserve to qualify for continental football following the draw in Enugu. Having been fourth on the table for weeks, Enyimba needed a point against Rangers to move into third, albeit with Akwa United suffering a defeat of their own in Ibadan, and that worked out just right for The Elephants. Had the Flying Antelopes not been awarded a late and quite frankly a bizarre penalty, Enyimba would have won and ultimately done the unimaginable, qualify for the 2018 CAF Champions League playing outside Aba the entire season. Read more

Harvey Weinstein: Prosecutors defend decision not to press charges (Skynews)

In March 2015, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez told police that Weinstein invited to her to his New York City office and touched her inappropriately. Detectives then launched a sting operation and asked Ms Gutierrez, 22, to agree to meet the producer while wearing a hidden microphone. In a recording published by The New Yorker, Weinstein can be heard trying to persuade the model to enter his hotel room. Read more

The tech giants have become the new publishing tycoons. (Spectator)

The giants of the internet have long said that they are not publishers but mere platforms — or couriers — of the new information age. Companies such as Google and Facebook insist that they’re the digital equivalent of the vans, newsagents and paperboys who distribute what other people publish. So they ought not to be held responsible for it. In the early years of the internet, their argument made sense. Most news and comment came from newspapers and magazines (like this one). But then social media arrived and restraint vanished. Read more

Would Theresa May vote for Brexit now? She’s not saying (Spectator)

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, when asked by Iain Dale in an interview on LBC: ‘If there was a Brexit vote now, would you vote Brexit?’ repeatedly refused to say. Earlier, briefing the House of Commons on Brexit, she said that the country must prepare for ‘every eventuality’. The government published two papers on trade and customs arrangements that envisaged ways by which Britain could thrive as an ‘independent trading nation’ even if no trade deal were reached with Brussels. Mrs May admitted that during a transitional period, the European Court of Justice would retain jurisdiction. Read more

Top Australian diplomat tells Chinese students to respect free speech (Asiancorrespondent)

Remember when an Australian university had to apologise to its international Chinese students for describing Taiwan as separate country? Or for a lecturer showing a map showing Chinese-claimed territory as part of India? The Chinese consulate in Australia later got involved, leading to a big debate as to how far overseas universities should or should not tailor to China’s Communist Party orthodoxy, regardless of how “offensive” it may be to nationalist Chinese students? Well, a top Australia diplomat has joined the debate. And she’s taking free speech’s side. Read more

Kofi Annan to hold briefing on Rohingya crisis as Security Council heads to Burma (Asiancorrespondent)

Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan is expected to provide details of a report on the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Burma (Myanmar) during an informal meeting with the Security Council on Friday. According to the Yahoo! News (via the AFP), Jeffrey Feltman, the UN’s top political affairs official, will travel to the country on Friday for four days of talks on the crisis.“Feltman will be holding consultations with Myanmar to address these urgent issues,” said a UN official. Read more

Russia and Morocco sign agreements to inaugurate military and security cooperation (Memo)

On Wednesday 11, the two governments of Russia and Morocco signed agreements in the capital Rabat to start cooperation in military, security, economic and political sectors. The agreement was signed during a ceremony in Rabat, attended by Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani, during an official visit by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the country, which started yesterday and will last for two days. Read more

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