Sabinews Morning News Update for September 14, 2015
Chibok girls ‘now Boko Haram fighters’
The hope of recovering the abducted Chibok girls yesterday dimmed further with the declaration by a returnee from Boko Haram camp.
Twenty-one-year old Tabitha Adamu, one of the women freed from the sect’s camp and handed over to the Borno State Government last week, said the girls had turned to Boko Haram fighters. Read more
€20m Scandal, Leadership Tussle Rock Immigration Service
Aggrieved officers, who retired recently from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), on Sunday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to probe alleged mismanagement of over €20 million (N7.5 billion) European Union funds released to the NIS under the immediate past Minister for the Interior, Mr. Abba Moro.
Aside, the retired officers gravely lamented negative impact, which they said, internal struggle for power and relevance between the former ministers and ex-Comptroller-General, Mr David Paradang had upon the service, thus leading to violation of federal character clause in the 1999 Constitution. Read more
Army: we’ve tightened noose around Boko Haram
Following persistent pounding, many Boko Haram suspects have been surrendering to troops in the frontline, the military declared yesterday.
The Air Force has been consistently bombing the terrorists’ positions while the ground troops are moving in. Read more
Buhari Awaits Attorney General to Begin Corruption Prosecutions
The prosecution of ex-government officials who served under the Goodluck Jonathan administration and their accomplices in the private sector will begin in earnest once an Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice is appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, THISDAY has learnt.
A presidency source, who confirmed this, said preliminary investigations had enabled the Buhari administration to identify some ex-government officials – mostly former ministers and heads of parastatals — as well as other persons in the public or private sector who helped to conceal their ill-gotten wealth for prosecution. Read more
Children, Others Killed as School Building Collapses in Jos
A one-storey building belonging to Abu Naib Islamic School on Gero Road in the Bukuru area of Jos South Local Government area of Plateau State, last night collapsed on pupils, killing an unconfirmed number of children.
Although the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) no Sunday confirmed four dead and five injured, sources in the community said the death toll was higher and that the figure was likely to rise considering the degree of the injuries sustained by many of the students. Read more
EFCC Arrests Businessman, Mohammed Gobir, for Fleecing Afromedia of Millions of Dollars
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday burst a major corporate fraud when it took into custody a popular businessman, Alhaji Mohammed Gobir, for allegedly defrauding foremost outdoor advertising company, Afromedia, of huge sums of money in various currencies.
The purported mega fraud fetched Gobir $3.5 million, N514,457,151.87, $2,102,740 and £51,000 at various times. Read more
SON: We will Defy Blackmailers by Intensifying Punishment of Counterfeiters
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) at the weekend said it was prepared to sustain the fight against propagators of fake and substandard goods in the country in defiance of the many stage-managed protests organised by unscrupulous businessmen to blackmail the agency.
Addressing journalists in Lagos, the Director General of SON, Dr. Joseph Odumodu, said the enhanced enforcement of standards by the organisation had led to the seizure, destruction and severe sanctions of dishonest operators who are intent on continuing to make a fortune from the manufacture, sale and distribution of counterfeit products at the expense of the unsuspecting Nigerian consumer. Read more
Ministerial list: DSS screens Odimegwu, Falana, Utomi, others
A FORMER Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Limited, Mr. Festus Odimegwu and a former presidential candidate, Prof. Pat Utomi, are among the ministerial nominees that have been screened by the Department of State Service, The PUNCHlearnt authoritatively on Sunday.
Those already said to have been screened as nominees for President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet also include a former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola; and a Lagos-lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN). Read more
TSA: Perm secs, directors that defy Buhari risk dismissal
There are strong indications that the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation will, on Thursday, submit a preliminary report on the Treasury Single Account to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The PUNCH also gathered on Sunday that permanent secretaries, directors and other top officials of the ministries, departments and agencies, who flouted the presidential directive on TSA, might be dismissed. Read more
FERMA kicks off Northeast roads’ repairs
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works, Mr. Dauda Kigbu, has kicked off a special intervention programme for five Northeastern States (Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, and Yobe states), under the umbrella of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), with Bauchi State as the operational headquarters of the taskforce.
The programme, which was launched in Bauchi by the Permanent Secretary, is to address the dilapidating state of road infrastructure in the region because of security challenges. Read more
Companies Income Tax Lifts FIRS Collections to N1.19trn in Q2
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) collected a massive N1.19 trillion in the second quarter of this year compared with N757 billion in the first quarter of the year, boosted by massive contribution from deposit money banks (DMB).
The outperformance, THISDAY findings revealed, stemmed from the collection of N502 billion in companies’ income tax in June, compared with a monthly target of N81billion. Read more
Recapitalisation: 47 Market Operators Apply for Reclassification, Merger
With 17 days left for capital market operators to comply with the new minimum capital base set by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2013, 47 operators have applied to either merge or reclassify their businesses, THISDAY checks have revealed.
SEC had in December 2013 announced an increase in minimum capital requirements for capital market functions under a new capital structure and gave them December 31, 2014 as deadline. However, the date was extended to September 30, 2015. Read more
Enugu May Get Cargo Freight Station, Truck Transit Park
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) and Enugu State government have held discussions on the modalities for establishment of a Container Freight Station (CFS) or an Inland Container Depot (ICD) and Truck Transit Park (TPP) in the state.
Already, the state government has provided a location for the two projects in Obolo Afor in Udenu Local Government Area of the state. Read more
Inflation rises to 9.3% –NBS
The nation’s Consumer Price Index which measures inflation rose again in August to 9.3 per cent, an increase of 0.1 per cent over the July figure, and staying above the Central Bank of Nigeria’s target upper limit, the National Bureau of Statistics said in its monthly report on Sunday.
Food inflation rose marginally to 10.1 per cent year-on-year in August versus 10.0 per cent in July. Read more
Bank customers’ BVN enrolment hits 20 million –NIBSS
Over 20 million customers have been enrolled by Deposit Money Banks in the ongoing Bank Verification Number exercise, the Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System Plc has said.
This came barely seven weeks to the October 31, 2015 deadline set by the Central Bank of Nigeria. The CBN had initially given bank customers June 30, 2015 to do biometric registration with banks and obtain their BVN. Read more
Oil and Gas
NNPC to Invite Firms to Tender for Crude Delivery Contract
A few weeks after the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) cancelled the crude oil delivery contract for its refineries with Ocean Marine Transport (OMT) citing exorbitant costs and inappropriate process of engagement, it intends to retender the contract which will now be awarded on a stop-and-go basis.
As a stopgap measure, NNPC engaged its subsidiary – NIDAS Marine Limited – to provide crude delivery service to its refineries on a negotiated industry standard rate, pending the establishment of a substantive contract. Read more
PENGASSAN seeks special force against oil theft
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to establish a special force for the protection of the nation’s pipelines and other oil installations.
This, the association argued, would reduce the incidence of oil theft in the country. Read more
U.S. oil to get squeezed
The Saudi-led cartel’s master plan to pump record amounts of oil in order to squeeze other producers out of the market appears to be working.
“The strategy…appears to be having the intended effect of driving out costly, ‘inefficient’ production,” the International Energy Agency in its monthly oil market report. The IEA monitors energy market trends for the world’s richest nations. Read more
Bad fuel: NCAA begins registration of oil marketers
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority says it is set to commence the official registration of all aviation fuel marketers in the country.
This follows the agency’s recent investigation into allegation of adulterated fuel supplied by oil marketers to local and foreign airlines operating in the country. Read more
Ogoni clean-up: Shell urges govt to stop vandalism
The Shell Petroleum Development Company has urged the Federal Government to halt the activities of petroleum pipeline vandals and illegal crude refiners in Ogoniland, to make the planned clean-up of the area a success.
Quoting the United Nations Environment Programme report, the oil major said treating the problem of environmental contamination within the space merely as a technical clean-up would ultimately lead to failure. Read more
Local firms set to drill gains from oil reforms
The news that the new helmsman at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu, has taken the bull by the horns by signing on an international audit company to review the contracts between the NNPC, its subsidiaries and the oil companies, is a good omen for the nation’s troubled oil sector.
It falls in line with the pledge of President Muhammadu Buhari to clean the sector and give it a new direction so that it can serve the long term interests of the Nigerian people. Read more
‘Erratic power supply costs Nigeria $100b yearly’
Five minutes into Frank Edozie’s presentation on the challenges facing Nigeria’s power industry, the electricity cut out in the Jasmine Hall at the upmarket Eko Hotel in Lagos.
“Very timely,” Edozie, a former power ministry adviser and a senior consultant to the U.K.-funded Nigerian Infrastructure Advisory Facility, said over the low muttering and laughter of an audience of more than 100 people. “We probably ran out of gas.” Read more
TCN eyes 30 projects to increase wheeling capacity
As power generation improves and expected to continue to increase, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has marked 30 critical projects to expand its wheeling capacity to 8,000 megawatts (Mw) from its current 5,300Mw.
Its Managing Director, Dr. Abubakar Rasheed Tambuwal, told The Nation that the TCN has over 130 projects ongoing but chose 30 out the number to equip the transmission network for more generation. Read more
Ibe Dumps Nigeria for England
Liverpool forward, Jordon Ibe, will not play for Nigeria as he has opted for England, according to Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh.
Oliseh, who recently held discussions with the youngster in England over the possibility of playing for Nigeria, confirmed the player has chosen England Three Lions. Read more
Dream Team VI Not Seeded in Rio2016 Draw
Nigeria’s Dream Team VI has not been seeded for the Africa Under-23 Championship, which will serve as qualifiers for next year’s Rio Olympics as hosts Senegal and Egypt are the seeded teams for today’s draw.
Hosts Senegal will top Group A, while Egypt will headline Group B. Read more
AAG: Nigerian boxers shine
Nigeria finished second in the boxing medals table behind Algeria on Saturdayafter winning four gold and two silver medals at the All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo. Algeria won five gold and five silver medals to top in the sport.
Olufemi Oyeleye won gold after defeatingCameroon’sNsango Njikam in the men’s welterweight category, while Efe Ajagba took the gold in the men’s super-heavyweightclass for overcoming Seychelles’ Keddy Agnes via unanimous decision. Read more
Spurs release Adebayor
Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been released from his contract by mutual agreement, BBC Sports reports.
The 31-year-old Togo international had not featured for Spurs this season and was left out of both their Premier League and Europa League squads. Read more
Leading DR Congo opposition party breaks off talks with Kabila
Democratic Republic of Congo’s leading opposition party said on Sunday it was breaking off talks with representatives of President Joseph Kabila, leaving the two sides deadlocked ahead of next year’s presidential election.
Delegates representing the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) and Kabila had been meeting in Europe to discuss conditions for a national dialogue to smooth the way for the November 2016 election in which Kabila is ineligible to stand. Read more
At Least 7 Killed in Twin Bomb Attacks in North Cameroon
At least seven people were killed in two bomb attacks on Sunday in the northern Cameroon town of Kolofata, according to government officials, in what appeared to be the latest attack by the Boko Haram Islamist militant group from nearby Nigeria.
At least three people were killed in the first explosion, which struck near a well in the town, while at least four people were killed by a second bomb near a church, according to the local deputy prefect. Read more
Libya: Parties Reach Consensus On Political Agreement – UN Envoy
The United Nations envoy for Libya announced that consensus has been reached by the parties on the main elements of a political agreement aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis.
“I think this is a very important day for Libya,” Bernardino Leon, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), told a press conference in Skhirat, Morocco, where talks have been taking place. Read more
Kenyan SGR rail project ahead of schedule
Going by the rapid advance of the construction of Kenya’s new Standard Gauge Railway, which will connect the port of Mombasa with Nairobi and eventually on to Uganda, have operation dates been revised to mid 2017, almost a year ahead of the initially projected opening date in 2018.
Information from Nairobi suggests that instead of completing 40 percent of the civil works by the end of this year will it be half of the work, allowing for the opening date to be revised and brought forward. Read more
South Africa: ‘Disillusioned’ ISIS Recruits Returning Home
Eleven “disillusioned” Islamic State recruits from South Africa’s Indian Muslim community have returned home from Syria, with another five expected to return within the next few weeks.
The return of the group followed intensive efforts by the brother of a young woman who had left home with her husband, allegedly to take up a new position with a telecommunications firm in Abu Dhabi. Read more
Indian firms to invest Rs 5,000 cr in Egypt’s agro sector
In a major foray into agri-business sector in Africa, Indian corporate Embee International is in the process of acquiring 33,000 acres of land for farming in Egypt where it will invest over Rs 5,000 crore to grow pulses and vegetables. The company, which is into textile business in Egypt for the last 28 years, said the land is being given to it by the Egyptian government on lease for 50 years which can be renewed thereafter. Read more
South Africa Pushes to Expand Renewable Energy
From rooftop solar panels to vast fields of groaning wind turbines, renewable energy is growing in Africa. And that has utilities racing to upgrade and expand dilapidated power grids so they can carry the electricity generated by a constellation of new producers large and small. Read more
California wildfires: Governor declares state of emergency
The governor of California has declared a state of emergency after wildfires forced thousands of people to flee their homes.
Four firefighters were hurt tackling one blaze and scores of properties are reported to have been destroyed. Read more
At Least 12 Mexican Tourists Dead in Egyptian Desert Attack
The Egyptian Interior Ministry says 12 tourists were killed and 10 injured in shooting in the western desert.
The Mexican Foreign Ministry says it has confirmed that two of the dead are from Mexico, but had no other details on deaths or injuries. Read more
Japan’s Mount Aso volcano erupts, no reports of injuries
Mount Aso, a volcano on Japan’s main southern island of Kyushu, erupted on Monday, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said, blasting a plume of black smoke 2 km (1.2 miles) high, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The 1,592-metre (5,222 feet) Mount Aso is one of the most active peaks in Japan but is also a popular hiking spot. There were a handful of people at a parking lot near the peak but they were being evacuated safely, officials said. Read more
Dozens of Migrants Drown as Boat Capsizes in Aegean Sea
The Greek Coast Guard recovered the bodies of 34 migrants, including 15 children, on Sunday in the Aegean Sea after their wooden boat flipped over in strong winds as it attempted the short but often perilous crossing from nearby Turkey.
Sixty-eight others were rescued, and 30 more swam ashore to the small Greek island of Farmakonisi in the eastern Aegean, according to an official at the Greek Shipping Ministry. “It was really windy in the morning,” the official said, describing near-gale conditions. Read more
Swiss to probe contract signed by FIFA’s Blatter – officials
The Swiss Attorney General’s Office will investigate a contract for media rights to the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, two Swiss law enforcement officials said over the weekend.
The inquiry follows a television news report asserting that FIFA sold the rights for rates far below market to a Caribbean soccer organization, whose leader then resold them for much more. Read more
Colombia to protest Venezuela for military flyover
Colombia’s government will formally protest and seek an explanation from Venezuela after detecting two military airplanes that flew into its airspace late on Saturday, President Juan Manuel Santos said.
The two aircraft entered Colombia’s northern La Guajira province without permission, flew about 2.9 kilometers (1.8 miles) over the border and then circled above a military unit, Colombia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday. Read more
Russian Local Elections Draw Charges of Fraud
As Russians voted in local and regional elections on Sunday, democracy advocates in the only region where they were allowed to run accused the authorities of fraud and said the police had blockaded an apartment where opposition activists were tracking the vote. Read more
Stolen diamond surgically removed from woman’s intestine
The good news for the Chinese visitor to Thailand was that a doctor had successfully removed a foreign object from her large intestine that could have damaged her digestive system.
The bad news: It was a 10 million baht ($278,000) diamond the woman was accused of stealing from a Bangkok jewellry fair, adding a piece of rock-hard evidence to the case against her. Read more