Sabinews Morning News Update for August 15, 2015
FG cautious over B’Haram peace offer
Despite rife reports backed by credible intelligence of the possible demise of Abubakar Shekau, head of the Boko Haram Islamist group and emergence of Mahamat Daoud as new leader of the sect, Federal Government may not be in a hurry to open negotiation with the deadly insurgent group with a view to ending the five year bloody terror/militancy in the North East, Saturday Mirror has been reliably informed. Read more
Majek Fashek In Rehab: Hoping For A Comeback
Perhaps, help has finally come the way of the reggae maestro, Majek Fashek, as he told the world recently that he was on his way back to the stage.
It’s a comeback many Nigerians can’t wait for to come. As it is, they have every reason to be skeptical. Read more
Tribunal orders INEC on electoral documents certification
The Abia Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Umuahia to comply with the Supreme Court prescription on certification of election documents.
The Chairman of the tribunal, Hon. Justice Usman, gave the order, following a complaint by Prof. Awa Kalu, counsel for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the April general elections in Abia, Dr. Alex Otti. Read more
Police arrest 17 arsonists over timber market attack
A combined team of policemen from the State Criminal Investigation Department, CID, Panti, Yaba, policemen from the Denton Police Station, Ebute-Metta, and policemen from the Area C police Command have raided Criminal hideouts at the Ebute Metta area of Lagos following attacks on the Okobaba Sawmill market and cult related killings in the area.
It was gathered that the police acted on a petition by the Mainland Sawmillers Association to the Lagos State Commissioner of police, Mr. Fatia Owoseyin, alleging attack on their members by miscreants popularly call Area boys. Read more
Man Attempts To Behead Woman In Lagos
A man has thrown caution to the wind as he attempted to behead a woman in Ajegunle area of Lagos State.
The man identified as Hope Anenih, was said to have sliced the back of the victim at their residence about a week ago and escaped to evade arrest. Read more
Black box of crashed Bristow helicopter recovered from lagoon
Two days after a Bristow helicopter carrying 12 passengers from an oil rig crashed in the lagoon in the Oworonshoki area of Lagos, the Accident Investigation Bureau announced that it had recovered the helicopter’s black box.
Six passengers died while the remaining six were said to be receiving treatment in a Lagos hospital. Read more
Adamawa not using N200m for prayers against Boko Haram – Govt
Adamawa State Governor, has said that he was not using N200 million to mobilise prayer warriors against Boko Haram insurgents. Rather, the government says it is using the amount to strengthen existing community surveillance and intelligence gathering to check mate the operations of the insurgents.
Initially Vanguard had reported that the Adamawa Government on Friday had announced that it had earmarked N200 million to engage prayer warriors to seek divine intervention toward ending the state’s lingering security challenges. Read more
Monguno: We Are Going into Action to End Boko Haram
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) along side four other service chiefs, arrived Maiduguri on Friday for reassessment of military operations, with a promise that they would swiftly roll into action forthwith, put an end to the Boko Haram madness and return the North-east to the path of orderliness.
Monguno, leading the four other service chiefs, Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin (Defence), Lt. Gen, Tukur Buratai (Army), Air Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar (Air Force) and Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase (Police), said the military was making a final push for the Boko Haram with the sole aim of bringing them to their knees. Read more
Cameroon To Send 2,500 Soldiers To Join West African Regional Force
Cameroon will send about 2,500 soldiers to join West African regional force to fight Boko Haram Islamists of about 8,700 men, the defence minister said yesterday.
Chad, Cameroon and Niger, which have all suffered attacks by the Boko Haram sect, launched the force earlier this year to end a conflict that has claimed more than 15,000 lives since 2009. Read more
Customs promise Niger Republic easy cargo transit across borders
The Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Mr Abdullahi Dikko, has promised the Republic of Niger easy transit of cargoes to facilitate trade between Nigeria and Niger.
Dikko, represented by Mr Kohn Atte, the Deputy Comptroller-General (Finance Administration and Technical Services), made the promise when a delegation of the Nigerian Shippers Council and Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja yesterday. Read more
Oil and Gas
Kachikwu: NNPC’s Restructuring to Start Yielding Result within 60 Days
The ongoing restructuring of operations and management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), will be translated into concrete milestones to the appreciation of all Nigerians within the next 60 days.
Its Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu who stated this in a statement Friday added that the entire corporation’s Strategic Business Units (SBUs) and refineries must now begin to operate as profit centres. Read more
NUPENG, PENGASSAN fault NNPC boss on reform
The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria have raised concerns over the approach being used to implement the reform programme in the oil and gas industry. Read more
B’ball: Mentors dethrone Pillars as national champions
Mark Mentors dethroned Kano Pillars as champions of the Dstv Premier Basketball League beating them 79-66 in the league final played at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos on Friday.
Both teams were the finalists last year when the Kano-based team won, overtaking Mentors in the fourth quarter. Read more
Akpeyi: Work permit out soon to star for Chippa
Former Warri Wolves and Super Eagles goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has told AfricanFootball.com his work permit will be out this week so he could feature for new South African club Chippa United.
Akpeyi, who has signed for the South African PSL side, will now team up with fellow Nigerian James Okuosah. Read more
LMC sanctions Wikki Tourists, Dolphins coach
The League Management Company has sanctioned Wikki Tourists and Dolphins FC coach, Stanley Eguma, for breaching sections of the Nigeria Professional Football League Framework and Rules after reviewing reports of Match Day 22.
Wikki Tourists were sanctioned for unruly conduct of their fans during and after their fixture against Nasarawa United. Tourists fans were found guilty of throwing objects onto the field, harassing the two teams and stoning the vehicle of the visiting team. Read more
Ifeanyi Ubah wants 3SC aces Ajani, Sunday Adetunji
High-riding Shooting Stars may soon lose two of their top performers -Ajani Ibrahim and Sunday Adetunji – after they caught the eye of the owner of FC IfeanyiUbah.
A very reliable source stated that the deal may happen sooner than later as moves to get the players have been launched by the Nnewi side after they shone in their game against Heartland at Rojenny Stadium, Oba, near Onitsha, at the weekend. Read more
SA trade minister leads trade mission to Ghana
Mr Mzwandile Masina, South African Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, would lead a delegation of business people on an Outward Selling and Investment Mission to Ghana and Nigeria from August 17 to August 21.
The objective of the delegation is to increase trade and investment, and to deepen relations between South Africa and the two countries. Read more
Khartoum says it is hosting 328,000 refugees from South Sudan
The Sudanese government is saying that the number of refugees who have fled from the conflict in South Sudan has reached 328,000.
These figures far exceed those announced by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) this month which puts them at 198,657 as of July 22. Read more
Uganda set to host East African Community Military Games
Uganda is set to host the 9th Edition of the East African Community (EAC) Military Games on Aug. 16-26.
Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the Uganda Army spokesman told Xinhua that the regional Games that bring together sporting soldiers will attract Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya and hosts Uganda. Read more
Kenya-Uganda sugar deal debate hurts Mumias
Mumias Sugar stock trading on the Nairobi Securities Exchange fell 7.5 per cent between Monday through Thursday amid uncertainty over the controversial Kenya-Uganda sugar import deal, analysts said.
Political storm that sparked off between the government and the opposition has added more downward pressure, they said. Read more
Ten people injured as 14-seater matatu rolls into a ditch
Ten passengers were seriously injured when a 14-seater matatu rolled into a ditch in Embu county on Thursday.
The accident happened on the Embu-Meru Highway at Kiangima area, Embu North subcounty. Read more
Bird Flu Spreads to Third Location in Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast said Friday that H5N1 bird flu had spread to a third location in the country, in the latest in a series of outbreaks in West Africa.
The case was discovered on a farm in the village of Modeste, about 15 kilometers (nine miles) east of the commercial capital, Abidjan. Read more
Mombasa reps summon staff over audit report
The Mombasa county assembly Public Accounts Committee has summoned five officers over the Auditor General’s report.
They are Finance executive Hazel Koitaba, Mombasa Water and Sanitation Company MD Kombo Rajab, county secretary Hamisi Mwaguya, Transition Authority county coordinator Njuguna Kamau and county assembly clerk Tubman Otieno. Read more
Return Our Heroes’ Skulls, Zimbabwe Tells Britain
Britain is negotiating with Zimbabwe over the repatriation of remains thought to belong to fighters from the African country’s struggle against its colonisers, held in the Natural History Museum in London.
Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president, called in a speech at the weekend for the return of the skulls of several resistance fighters taken by British settlers as “war trophies” in the “First Chimurenga” in the 1890s. Read more
North Korea demands South halt loudspeaker broadcasts, threatens action
North Korea on Saturday demanded that the South halt anti-North propaganda broadcasts via loudspeakers along the border or face military action, a day after it denied Seoul’s accusation that it planted landmines that wounded two South Korean soldiers.
Tension on the Korean peninsula has escalated since the landmine explosion last week and as the U.S. and South Korean militaries prepare to begin annual joint exercises. Read more
Fire engulfs Philippine ship with 544; only 2 minor injuries
A two-story ferry with 544 passengers caught fire after docking in the central Philippines on Saturday and people jumped into the sea and clambered down the roof deck to escape black smoke. All passengers were safe and only two crew suffered bruises and cuts, officials said.
Video footage showed several men jumping into the water from the MV Wonderful Stars, which was engulfed in smoke as firefighters struggled to put out the blaze hours after the fire broke out. Read more
Japan raises warning level on volcano not far from nuclear plant
Japan warned on Saturday that a volcano 50 km (31 miles) from a just-restarted nuclear reactor is showing signs of increased activity, and said nearby residents should prepare to evacuate.
Sakurajima, a mountain on the southern island of Kyushu, is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes and erupts almost constantly. But a larger than usual eruption could be in the offing, an official at the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Read more
Firefighters fight blazes across U.S Northwest, California wine region
More than a thousand residents in north-central Washington state fled their homes on Friday after a cluster of wildfires erupted around the town of Chelan, while fierce blazes blackened a swath of the drought-stricken U.S. West, officials said.
Firefighters were also dealing with wildfires in Idaho, Oregon, and Montana, while crews battling a wildfire near California’s celebrated wine region north of San Francisco managed to draw containment lines around more than half of a 24,555-acre (9,940-hectare) blaze that forced about 150 people from their homes. Read more
Japan Marks 70th Anniversary of WWII Surrender
Japan has marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stayed away from a contentious Yasukuni shrine that honors war criminals among other war dead.
Abe instead prayed at a national cemetery for unnamed fallen soldiers on Saturday ahead of the annual ceremony at Tokyo’s Budokan hall. However, two of his Cabinet ministers prayed at the shrine. Read more
Hillary Clinton mocks email scandal as Democrat hopefuls meet the faithful
In the historic Surf Ballroom on the shores of Clear Lake in northern Iowa, Democratic activists filled the room to its capacity of 2,100 to see four of the party’s five candidates for president each take turns touting their liberal bona fides.
The first candidate to speak, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, harkened back to the 1990s and the “vast right wing conspiracy” she once railed against in describing the investigation of her emails and use of a “private homebrew server”while leading the State Department. Read more
Death toll from China port explosions climbs
The death toll from an inferno and huge explosions in the Chinese port city of Tianjin climbed to 85 on Saturday, including 21 firefighters, with hundreds of people injured and some still unaccounted for.
A rapid succession of explosions late Wednesday — one equal to 21 tons of TNT — were sparked by a fire at what authorities said were shipping containers containing hazardous material at a warehouse, and they struck a mostly industrial zone late at night — otherwise the death toll could have been much higher. But the warehouse was close enough to residences to appear out of compliance with safety regulations, raising questions about whether the facility had properly been authorized. Read more