*Court lifts NCC’s suspension of APC’s fund-raising platform* * Bird flu spreads to 11 states*

*Court lifts NCC’s suspension of APC’s fund-raising platform* * Bird flu spreads to 11 states*

 Sabinews Daily Morning News Update for January 29, 2015MORNING NEWS

 

National News

 

Court lifts NCC’s suspension of APC’s fund-raising platform 

The Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained five telecoms firms from carrying out the suspension of  the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign fund-raising platform.

Justice Ibrahim Buba gave the ex-parte order yesterday following a motion brought by the party. Read more

Bird flu spreads to 11 states

The Federal Government on Wednesday announced further spread of Avian Influenza otherwise known as bird flu to 11 states.

This is coming on the heels of the announcement of the spread of flu in seven states a week ago. Read more

‘Soldiers abandon civilians to Boko Haram’

Amnesty International on Wednesday accused Nigerian troops of abandoning civilians under Boko Haram attacks in the North East, an allegation that the military described as false, unfair and inciting.
The global human rights watchdog also made a case for the deployment of a regional force in the North East to protect the civilians. Read more

Tension in Kaduna as February election sneaks in

Despite the celebrated peace accord signed by major contestants in next month’s election, the election may witness an uprising reminiscence of 2011 even in spite of ongoing political and voters education. This follows the ominous signal coming from supporters and admirers of various politicians running, particularly, at Presidential and Governorship levels. Read more

IG Orders Prosecution of Suspects Arrested in Connection with Election Violence

The Inspector General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, has ordered the immediate prosecution of suspected thugs arrested during political campaigns across the country.

Although the police boss did not give the number or  names of the suspect, Abba, in the statement signed by the Force spokesperson,  Emmanuel Ojukwu, there will not be any sacred cow. Read more

FG Raps Soludo, Accuses Him of Misrepresenting Economic Facts

The federal government on Wednesday came down hard on a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, accusing him of “deliberately misquoting economic facts and maliciously turning statistics on their head to justify a hatchet job”.

The government’s harsh words were in response to Soludo’s recent article published by newspapers, titled, Buhari Vs Jonathan: Beyond the Election. Read more

Arrest Dokubo, Tompolo Now, TY Danjuma Tells FG

Former defence minister, General T.Y. Danjuma, has condemned those making reckless and provocative statements, saying that the time had come for the federal government to arrest some former Niger Delta militants for engaging in inflammatory comments. Read more

2015 Elections: Findings suggest social media, internet tools may foretell winners

Like never before in the history of electioneering in Nigeria, the social media have become a beehive of activities.

They now seem to offer the interactive platforms through which permutations as to who, among the scores of candidates seeking political positions, will eventually emerge as winners and losers in what has become the most sophisticated electioneering campaigns in Nigeria’s democratic experience. Read more

Health workers protest non-implementation of MoU by FG

Health workers in the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Ekiti State, under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), have staged a protest march against what they said was the Federal Government’s refusal to implement a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it reached with the union.

The protesting workers drawn from the four unions of the hospital, namely, the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), Medical and Health Workers Union (MHWUN), National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwifery (NANNM) and Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospital, Research Institute and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRAI), condemn the non-payment of the adjusted salary arrears which had been paid to medical doctors. Read more

FG Has No Plan to Sell NigComSat, Says Alale

Fresh facts have emerged that the federal government has no plans to sell the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat), contrary to an allegation that the government has commenced moves to privatise it.

The new Chief Executive Officer of NigComSat, Ms. Abimbola Alale, who gave the clarification, said there is nothing on ground to indicate that government has commenced such a move and no white paper to that effect has been released. Read more

Hoodlums Attack APC Campaign Rally in Oron

Some hoodlums suspected to be working for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday set ablaze two cars belonging to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State.

The vehicles, a Volvo station wagon and a Toyota Hilux vehicle, were set ablaze alongside campaign canopies belonging to the opposition APC. Read more

UN estimates 14,000 Nigerians fleeing to Chad after Boko Haram violence

More than 14,000 people fleeing Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria have streamed into Chad since the beginning of 2015, according to a United Nations report on Thursday.

The report by the UN’s Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) put the daily arrivals rate at 774 and said it expected 30,000 refugees to arrive in the country this year. Read more

 

Economy

 

Nigerian-American Chamber to Promote Non-oil Exports

The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) has said it will focus on improving trade relations in non-oil sectors in between both countries.

The National President, NACC, Mr. Olabintan Famutimi, said this on Wednesday at a press conference in Lagos to announce plans for its forthcoming trade mission. Read more

Minister Sees Resurgence of Textile Industry in MoU with Vlisco Group

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, is upbeat about the resurgence of the comatose textile industry with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Dutch textile and design company, Vlisco Group, and the Federal Government of Nigeria. Read more

NSE Index rises by 0.16%

The equities segment of the Nigerian Stock Exchange closed on a positive note on Wednesday with the top market indicators rising marginally.

For instance, the NSE All-Share Index appreciated by 0.16 per cent or 48.6 basis points from 29,859.06 basis points to 29,907.66 basis points. Read more

Why gains of port reform elude Nigeria –Shippers Council

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, has attributed lack of effective regulator as one of the major reasons why Nigeria could not translate the port reform agenda into concrete economic gains.

Disclosing this at an interactive session with the media in Lagos, the Executive Secretary and CEO of the Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, lamented the inability of the government to appoint a regulator for the industry. Read more

Reassess Your Monetary, Fiscal Policies, IMF Tells Nigeria

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has advised Nigeria to re-examine its fiscal and monetary policies immediately after elections to see if further action was needed after the government took steps to rein in spending and adjusted interest rates in November.

She said this was necessary in view of the fall in oil prices, which has hurt the country’s revenue. Read more

‘Why we’re defending naira’

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele has said that government will continue to intervene to keep the exchange rate stable because of the dire consequences of doing otherwise.

Speaking at a meeting with stakeholders in Lagos, he said that the apex bank is committed to achieving exchange rate stability, adding that allowing the local currency to find its level will not be in the interest of the economy and the larger population. Read more

 

Oil and Gas

 

PENGASSAN warns against indiscriminate sack

Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has said it would not tolerate indiscriminate sack of its members under the guise of falling oil prices in the international market.

Its President, Comrade Olabode Johnson, who spoke with journalists in Lagos, said the union would jealously guide the rights of workers in the sector in the face of the current realities. Read more

 

World News

 

Ebola outbreak: Virus mutating, scientists warn

Scientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.

Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious. Read more

North Korea May Be Restarting Nuke Plant, Says U.S. Institute

North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.

If true, the finding, which is based on recent commercial satellite imagery, will be an added worry for the United States and the North’s neighbors at a time of increasing animosity over recent U.S. sanctions against the North and Pyongyang’s fury about a U.N. push to punish its alleged human rights abuses. Read more

Prisoner Given Last-Minute Stay of Execution

A death row prisoner has been granted a stay of execution, the day before he was due to be killed by lethal injection.

Richard Glossip, and two other prisoners in Oklahoma, were given temporary reprieves by the United States Supreme Court amid concerns about a drug used in executions. Read more

India Fires Top Foreign Office Official

The Indian government has fired its top foreign ministry official, replacing her with its current ambassador to the United States.

Jaishankar took over as India’s new foreign secretary on Thursday, describing his elevation as “a big responsibility.”He had served as India’s ambassador toChinabefore taking up the job in Washington. Read more

Ukraine conflict: EU to debate fresh Russia sanctions

EU foreign ministers are due to meet in Brussels to discuss imposing further sanctions on Russia following an upsurge in fighting in east Ukraine.

The meeting was called after pro-Russian rebels attacked the port of Mariupol at the weekend. Read more

Isis audio message extends deadline until sunset for prisoner swap

Islamic State militants have extended the deadline for freeing hostages to Thursday evening, saying that the Japanese journalist and Jordanian pilot would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner was released by sunset.

The audio message believed to be in the voice of Kenji Goto was posted on YouTube early on Thursday. Read more

 

Power

 

NERC licenses Trombay to operate 500MW power plant

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), on Wednesday, licenced Trombay Power Generation Limited to operate a 500-megawatt power plant.

The 500MW power plant is located at Wajari Village, on the Dadinkowa Road, Yamaltu Local Government Area of Gombe State. Read more

PFAs to face sanction for conniving with PHCN workers

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) says some reabsorbed employees of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) connived with some Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) to withdraw 25 per cent of their pension contributions, in spite of the fact that their Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) were still active.

PenCom has been investigating the case, and has assured that any PFA found guilty to have willfully violated the provisions of the Pension Reform Act 2014 (PRA) would be sanctioned accordingly. Read more

 

Sports

 

Onazi may leave Lazio

Nigeria national teamer Eddy Onazi, 22,  is unhappy over his lack of first team opportunities at Lazio.

Lazio President Claudio Lotito recently stated that the central midfielder will not leave the club this month, even though he admitted there are offers for the player. Read more

Super Eagles get new kit sponsors

AMS Kit manufacturing company is set to replace Adidas as the new kit sponsors of the Super Eagles following the expiration of Nigeria deal with the German-based Sportswear giant.

The company displayed their proposed design for the Super Eagles on their social media feed saying their proposal is based on news of the Super Eagles yet to get a kit supplier. Read more

ITTF Africa Senior Championship: Nigeria Dominates Men’s Doubles in Cairo

Egypt’s dominance of the ongoing International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Africa Senior Championship in Cairo was halted on Tuesday night by Nigeria in the men’s doubles event.

In the semi-final stage of the Men’s Doubles event, El-Sayed Lashin and Ahmed Ali Saleh, the top seeds of the championship suffered defeat at the hands of Nigeria’s Makanjuola Kazeem and Quadri Aruna (9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9); the reverse coming soon after another decision had gone the way of Nigeria. Read more

DSS Arrests, Detains Dahiru Sadi

The fate of former Super Eagles midfielder Dahiru Sadi was fuzzy last night after he was arrested by officials of the Directorate of State Security (DSS) following a scuffle with security operatives at the Nigeria Premier Football League Super Four Invitational Tournament in Abuja. Read more

GLO SUPER-4: Flying Eagles Win Third Straight Game

Nigeria U20 team, the Flying Eagles, won their third straight game at the Super 4 in Abuja courtesy of a second-half winner by skipper Musa Muhammed.

The Flying Eagles thus stayed top of the six-team pre-season tournament with nine points from three matches. Read more

 

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