SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR APRIL 26, 2016
Buhari is not signing 2016 Budget because of his integrity – Ndume
FIRST time Senators under the aegis of G-77 met Tuesday and resolved to do everything possible to end the rejig of the details of the 2016 budget by Friday this as requested by President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that things can kick start in the Nigerian economy. Read more
Warri Refinery producing only diesel and kerosene for now
Indications emerged yesterday that the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) has not started producing fuel but is only producing diesel and kerosene, The Guardian reports.
The crude used in producing diesel and kerosene presently at the refinery are allegedly the remnants in the feedstock tanks supplied before the refinery packed up last year. An executive member of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) also told The Guardian at the PPMC depot yesterday that the fuel being sold to marketers at the depot was imported and not the one produced at the Warri Refinery. Read more
Buhari, Dogara meet at Aso Rock
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed door at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The closed door meeting may not be unconnected with moves to resolve the 2016 Budget crisis. Due to grey areas in the Buget, the President had withheld his assent since the Budget was passed by the National Assembly. Read more
NDLEA Arrests 47 Drug Peddlers in Ebonyi
The Ebonyi State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, said on Tuesday it has arrested 43 males and 4 females for drug peddling and other drug-related offences within the first quarter of 2016 in the state.
The Commander of the agency, Barr. Raph Igwenagu, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Abakaliki, noted that though the state ranks low in cases of drug trafficking, most of the offenders were arrested in possession of cocaine. Read more
Activities of Fulani Herdsmen Threaten Peaceful Co-Existence, Says Emir of Ilorin
The Kwara state chairman of Traditional Council and Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, on Tuesday declared that, the current activities of Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the country was a serious threat to the corporate and peaceful existence of the nation. Read more
GSM subscriber base increased to 148.6 million
Total number of GSM subscribers which had peaked at almost 150 million in November last year, dropped to 148.6 million by end of the year. However, on a year-on-year basis the industry subscriber base rose by about 8.9 per cent from 136.6 million in December 2014 to 148.6 million in December 2015, while MTN still dominated market share. Read more
Nnamani: It’s Wrong for Lawmakers to Execute Constituency Projects
Former President of the Senate, Senator Ken Nnamani, has stated that it was wrong for lawmakers to be directly involved in the execution of constituency projects.
In Nnamani’s view, the execution of projects as prescribed by the Nigerian constitution is the function of the executive arm of government. Read more
FG to Establish Commercial Departments in MDAs
In a determined effort at introducing enterprise culture and commercial orientation in the federal civil service, the federal government on Tuesday said it was considering the establishment of a commercial unit, division or department in addition to the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit as one of the common services in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). Read more
11 months after: President Buhari and Nigeria’s security challenges
Just a few months ago news of Boko Haram hoisting flags of its imagined Caliphates across large areas in the North eastern part of Nigeria was no longer news. At some point Nigeria had lost territory to the tune of 14 local governments bigger than the size of Gambia. Insecurity was the order of the day, oil bunkering, kidnapping, armed robbery etc. were prevalent everywhere. Read more
NSE market capitalisation rebounds by N20bn
The market capitalisation of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Tuesday rebounded by N20 billion due to moderate gains posted by some blue chips. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the market capitalisation, which opened at N8.518 trillion inched N20 billion or 0.23 per cent to close at N8.538 trillion. Read more
MASSOB calls for concerted effort for release of Nnamdi Kanu
THE Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has called on relevant stakeholders in the struggle to concentrate their energies and connections towards the release of Nnamdi Kanu from detention, instead of steering up controversies that would betray the collective interest of the Igbo nation. Read more
Northern CAN to Buhari: Nigeria’ll slide into confusion if Jonathan is arrested
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Northern branch, on Tuesday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari against purported plans to arrest former President Goodluck Jonathan, saying Nigeria would plunge into confusion should the arrest of the man it calls, “hero of democracy” be actualised. Read more
Biafra: Court declines to stop Kanu, others trial
Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday, declined to suspend further hearing on the six-count treason charge pending against the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu. Justice Tsoho dismissed an application Kanu filed alongside two other pro-Biafran agitators, David Nwawusi and Benjamin Madubugwu, praying the court to stay further proceeding on their trial, pending the outcome of a consolidated appeal they lodged before the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal. Read more
Court grants Bianca’s prayer to re-open evidence
The wife of late Biafran war lord, Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, Bianca Ojukwu’s application to re- open her evidence in chief, in a suit she instituted against her husband’s family, was on Tuesday, granted by Justice Abdulfattah Lawal of a Lagos High Court, sitting at Igbosere. Read more
Nigeria spends N132b on fighting malaria annually – US
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Enwinstle, on Tuesday noted that Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Programme annually costs her about N132billion ($660million) annually. Entwistle, who made this known in his message to mark this year’s World Malaria Day, said that despite Nigeria’s current ‘’tremendous progress’’ in malaria elimination, much commitment was still needed. Read more
Rivers PDP uncovers plot to raid Ogoni communities with Military Hovercraft
The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that it has uncovered well-orchestrated plot by some All Progressives Congress, APC politicians of Ogoni extraction to use military helicopters to bomb some parts of Ogoni communities suspected to be hideouts for those perceived to be opposed to their political ambitions. Read more
FG to give priority attention to Ilorin-Jebba road – Fashola
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has said that the Federal Government will give urgent attention to the rehabilitation of the Ilorin-Jebba Road.
He said this would become a reality as soon as the proposed N433 billion allocated to the sector in the 2016 budget was released. Read more
Enugu Massacre: Ugwuanyi Visit Community, Declares 2 Days’ Fasting
About 24-hours after suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded the agrarian community of Ukpabi Nimbo in Uzouwani local government area of Enugu state, killing no fewer than 48 persons and destroyed property worth millions of naira, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Tuesday visited the community where he declared two days’ fasting and prayers to seek God’s intervention. Read more
Toronto Film Festival to spotlight Nigerian filmmakers
Movies produced in Lagos, Nigeria, will be feted at this year’s Toronto Film Festival as part of the City-to-City sidebar.
In the City-to-City section of TIFF 2016, programmed by Cameron Bailey, filmmakers from Lagos, Nigeria, will be put on center stage. Previous cities featured over the sidebar’s eight-year history have included London, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Mumbai, Athens and Seoul. Read more
China’s Growing Oil Reserves at Highest Rate in Years
Soft demand for oil in China over the past year or so has led to a protracted recovery of prices
China might be in the midst of another round of stockpiling, stepping up crude oil imports to fill its strategic petroleum reserve (SPR). Read more
India orders ‘panic button’ for mobile phones in bid to protect women
Mobile phones sold in India will be required to have a “panic button” after Jan. 1, part of the government’s efforts to address women’s safety in a country where incidents of reported rape continue to rise. “It’s a game changer,” Maneka Gandhi, the minister of women and child development, told reporters Tuesday. Read more
Iranian woman jailed for 12 years after humiliating male politicians ‘will soon be free’
An Iranian woman who was imprisoned for disclosing her treatment inside Evin jail in Tehran may soon be freed.
She was first arrested in 2014 for publishing satirical images of Iranian MPs on Facebook – and was locked up in Tehran for three months. Read more
Flow of foreign ISIS recruits much slower now, U.S. says
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for years has benefited from a robust flow of foreign fighters to their ranks, something that confounded many in the West who only saw a blood-thirsty death cult.
That may be changing, however. Recently, Major Gen. Peter Gersten, the Pentagon’s director of operations and intelligence for the campaign against ISIS, said that a year ago the U.S. estimated there were 1,500 foreign fighters per month coming into Iraq and Syria. He said that number is now down to 200 per month. Read more