Sabinews Evening News Update for August 18, 2015
FG earns N14trn from crude export – NNPC
other arrangements and deductions, BarringNigeria earned $74.512 billion, about N14.902 trillion, from crude oil export in 2014, according to data released by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. The NNPC, in its 2014 Annual Statistical Bulletin, revealed that the amount was earned by NNPC and other oil and gas companies in the country, which exported about 773.833 million barrels of crude to different regions of the world.
The amount is more than three times the N4.425 trillion budgeted by the Federal Government for 2015. It is also more than the combined budget of the Federal Government from 2013 to 2015, comprising N4.92 trillion for 2013; N4.6 trillion in 2014 and N4.425 trillion in 2015 respectively. Read more
Over 150 drowned, shot fleeing Boko Haram ambush
Dozens of militants arrived on motorcycles and a car on Thursday last week and opened fire, scattering terrified residents of Kukuwa-Gari.
“They opened fire instantly, which forced residents to flee. They shot a number of people. Unfortunately many residents who tried to flee plunged into the river which is full from the rain. Many drowned,” Modu Balumi, a resident of the village told AFP. Read more
GRAFT | Amaechi Working to Install Ogunsakin as New EFCC Chairman
Former Governor of Rivers State and Director General of President Buhari’s presidential campaign, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is behind a new plot to appoint AIG of Police, Tunde Ogunsakin as the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), sources familiar with the development told BREAKING TIMES on Tuesday.
According to an informed source who spoke on condition of anonymity to BREAKING TIMES, Amaechi is working hard behind the scenes to install Ogunsakin as new EFCC boss in a bid to compromise the Commission’s investigation of pending corruption cases during his time as Governor of Rivers State. Read more
Ondo plans to lift Okada ban in Akure
The Ondo State Government may lift the ban on the operation of commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada, in Akure metropolis this week, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade, has said.
The state government suspended the operation of commercial motorcycles as well as their ticketing activities in June following a protest by the operators against the alleged extortion by officials of the state Ministry of Transport. Read more
Oil spill: Shell denies neglecting Bayelsa community
A multi-national oil firm, Shell Petroleum Development Company, has dismissed claims by Oruma community in Bayelsa State that it failed to clean up the community impacted by crude oil spill in June.
Spokesman for Shell, Mr. Joseph Obari, in a statement via email on Monday, said despite engagements with leaders of Oruma community, their Oil Spill Response Team had been denied access to the creeks in that community.
Residents of Oruma community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State had on Monday cried out to THE PUNCH that crude oil spills from Shell facility ravaged their environment and that Shell refused to undertake cleanup of impacted areas. Read more
LG polls: APC demands dissolution of Enugu electoral commission
The All Progressives Congress, on Wednesday, demanded the immediate dissolution of the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission ahead of the local council elections in the state.
The Enugu State chapter of the APC said ENSIEC, as currently constituted, under the leadership of Mr. Bony Eneh, was not independent and impartial enough to conduct credible council polls.
In a statement signed by its state publicity secretary, Mrs Kate Offor, the APC accused the ENSIEC leadership of corruption. Read more
Coup within Boko Haram’s ranks “plausible”
Claims that Nigeria’s Boko Haram has been “decapitated” have been spectacularly rebuffed by the jihadists’ leader, yet his first broadcast in months may not see off an impending mutiny, say analysts.
Abubakar Shekau released an eight-minute audio recording on Sunday — his first since March — denying claims by Chadian leader Idriss Deby that he had been replaced, and dismissing the president as a “hypocrite” and a “tyrant”. Read more
APC leaders shun Fashola’s book presentation in Lagos
Leaders of the All Progressives Congress were absent at the presentation of three books written in honour of the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, in Lagos on Tuesday.
Similarly, most of the members of Fashola’s cabinet as well as his two former deputy governors and members of the State Executive Committee of the APC were absent at the presentation the books titled, ‘In Bold Print’, ‘The Lagos Blowdown’ and ‘The Great Leap’ authored by Fashola’s media aide, Mr. Hakeem Bello; and Mr. Dapo Adeniyi. Read more
Expulsion: Aluko Accuses PDP of Betrayal
The embattled State Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ekiti chapter, Dr Tope Aluko, Tuesday accused the leaderships of the party of betrayal over his expulsion from the party for alleged anti-party
Aluko insisted he remains the State Secretary of the party despite the party’s pronouncement, adding that the Idowu Faleye-led executive
lacks the constitutional and moral rights to either suspend or expel him and others from the party. Read more
Secesion: Igbo groups demand Junaid’s prosecution for treason
Igbo socio-political groups on Wednesday condemned the convener of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Junaid Mohammed, for asking Ndigbo to break away from Nigeria if they feel marginalised.
One of the groups, Njiko Igbo Forum, said Mohammed’s statement amounted to treasonable felony.
President of the NIF, Revd Okechukwu Obioha, who reacted to the development in an interview with our correspondent in Enugu, said Mohammed should be tried for treason.
Also, foremost Igbo socio-political body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in its reaction to the matter, described Mohammed as a “northern bigot”. Read more
Tribunal overrules Ikpeazu’s objection on Otti’s exhibit
The Abia State governorship election petitions tribunal sitting in Umuahia has overruled the objections of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and the Peoples Democratic Party against the admissibility of some unit results from Ugwunagbo Ward 1 in the April election in the state.
Overruling the objections, Chairman of the tribunal, Hon. Justice Usman Bwala, said the document was properly certified in compliance with Section 104 of the Evidence Act and the tribunal’s prescription.
Bwala, therefore, admitted the document and marked it as Exhibit PB01A-A6. Read more
DPR seals petrol tank-farm in Calabar
The Department of Petroleum Resources on Tuesday suspended operations of FINEFIELD Petroleum Calabar for allegedly selling petroleum products above the depot price of N77.66.
Mr Antai Asuquo, DPR Controller Calabar and Eket, said in Calabar that the action was in line with the Federal Government’s renewed fight against corruption in the oil sector.
Asuquo said, “We have concrete evidence beyond doubt that FINEFIELD Petroleum sold product out at N87 as against approved price of N77.66. Read more
India’s first lady dies at 74
India President Pranab Mukherjee’s wife Suvra Mukherjee, who has been ailing for some time, passed away on Tuesday.
Suvra, an accomplished singer, was 74. The First Lady, who remained hospitalised for 11 days, breathed her last at 10.51am at the Army Research and Referral Hospital. Mukherjee got married to Suvra on July 13,1957. Read more
Anambra prostitutes protest brothels’ demolition, begin strike
No fewer than 2,000 commercial sex workers in Awka, the Anambra State capital, have concluded arrangements to go on strike on Wednesday, following the demolition of their “settlement” beside the cattle market at Amansea Awka North Local Government area of the state.
The State Urban Development Board stormed the place at about 3.12pm on Monday with over 50 armed police personnel, alleging that the brothels were being used a hideouts by kidnappers and other criminals. Read more
Sokoto Rolls Out New Conditions for Hotel Lodging
From next year, any guest wanting to lodge in any hotel within Sokoto will be required to have a valid identification card, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said.
He said this new directive becomes necessary in view of the precarious security situation in the country and the need to bolster same for the protection of lives and property in the state. Read more
CAR rape victim endured most brutal ordeal – UNICEF
The 12-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by a UN peacekeeper in the Central African Republic “endured a most brutal ordeal”, according to the UN Children’s Fund, while the UN mission said on Monday it was investigating the case.
Stopping short of confirming the rape, the Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake said his colleagues had met the girl and offered her “every possible help” including medical and psychological assistance and legal advice, according to a statement issued over the weekend. Read more
Mandela grandson charged with rape
A grandson of the late Nelson Mandela appeared briefly in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday on a charge of rape.
“He made a brief appearance on a charge of the rape of a 15-year-old girl,” Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mashadi Selepe said.
He has not yet pleaded to the charge of raping the girl at a pub in Greenside, Johannesburg, Selepe said. Until he has pleaded, his name must be withheld. Read more
Travails of Jos Chlorine Leak Survivors
Survivors of the July 25 chlorine leakage at the Jos water treatment plant that claimed nine lives are still in trauma and have to live on long-term medication to save them from the gaseous substance they inhaled during the incident.
“I am praying that my unborn baby survives. There are nights I don’t sleep because of discomfort, especially when the weather is hot. My little son is also not stable,” a pregnant woman complained tearfully. Read more
Indian police summon, detain ‘abusive parrot’
Indian police said on Tuesday in New Delhi that a parrot accused of hurling abuses at an elderly woman has been summoned.
Local Police Chief, P.S. Dongre, confirmed that the parrot was summoned by the police after carrying out a test to check whether the bird was guilty of bad behaviour.
He said the bird was summoned following a complaint by one Janabai Sakharkar, 75, of a village in the western state of Maharashtra. Read more
Cultist, 33, Remanded For Allegedly Fighting With Dangerous Weapons
Magistrate Aka Bashorun sitting at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday remanded an alleged cultist, 33-year-old Peter Udoh, at the Kirikiri Prisons in Apapa, Lagos State, for fighting in public with dangerous weapons .
Udoh had at the sitting of the court pleaded guilty to belonging to a secret cult.
The accused of No. 1, Durojaiye St., Lawanson, Lagos State, is facing a three -count charge of causing a breach of the peace, conspiracy and being a member of a secret cult. Read more
My pastor husband sleeps with church members – Wife
A 42-year-old housewife, Mrs Doris Oseni, has told a Customary Court in Ondo town that she caught her husband of 12 years, Prophet Femi Oseni, on the floor of the church office, having sex with another woman.
The woman, who is also an Evangelist, therefore asked the court to dissolve her marriage on the ground of adultery, desertion and lack of love on the part of the husband . Read more
NAFDAC warns bakers against use of potassium bromate
DETERMINED to rid the country of unwholesome food, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has said that it will not reverse its ban on the use of potassium bromate in the baking of bread across the country.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, cautioned that those who were in the habit of using potassium bromate to produce bread would be prosecuted.
Orhii, who made this remark at the flag-off of the annual bread monitoring programme in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, expressed the need for bakery owners to adhere to standards put in place by NAFDAC. Read more
Expelled secretary accuses Ekiti PDP of betrayal
The embattled state secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State, Tope Aluko, has accused the leadership of the party of betraying him for his expulsion from the party.
The State Executive Committee of the party had on Friday expelled Aluko, the factional Acting Chairman, Mr. Tunde Olatunde; Auditor, Tunji Olanrewaju, and Women Leader, Busola Oyebode, for alleged anti-party activities. Read more
December terminal date for N’Delta amnesty not realistic – IYC
The umbrella body for Ijaw youths, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, has said the December terminal date for the Niger Delta amnesty programme won’t work.
President, IYC, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, said this at a news conference at the Izonware headquarters of the council in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, on Monday.
Eradiri said the date was not feasible because there were a lot of issues concerning the amnesty programme that had not been tackled such as the training of some set of ex-militants, rising wave of insecurity in the region and issues of post-amnesty programme. Read more
Google to roll out Android One in Africa
Google has announced that Android One is expanding to Africa. The program, aimed at making “high-quality smartphones accessible to as many people as possible,” will roll-out in Nigeria next, with the launch of the Infinix Hot 2 smartphone. Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco will follow.
Android One was launched in India last year. By working with phone manufacturers, chip-makers and networks, Google says it can provide affordable, high-quality smartphones to people who may not otherwise get easy access to one. Android One handsets have affordable data plans, phones with longer than average battery lives and quick settings for conserving data. Read more
Nigeria to adopt international accounting standard to fight corruption
Nigeria’s accountant-general Ahmed Idris has announced that from January 2016 his country will start to implement international public sector accounting standards (IPSAS).
Idris explained that there are now implementation committees at both national and state level. He wants Nigeria to operate on the same platform as other advanced economies. Read more
Lagos works on development plan implementation – Ambode
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has restated his administration’s commitment to implementing the Lagos Development Plan, saying his administration has fashioned out a framework to commence the implementation.
The governor, who spoke when a delegation of the UK Department for International Development, led by the Country Representative, Mr. Ben Mellor, paid him a courtesy visit in Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, said his administration was setting up a framework which the permanent secretaries were already working on. Read more
Ekiti varsity expels two for exam malpractices
The authorities of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State, have expelled two students for engaging in examination malpractices during the 2013/2014 academic session.
Speaking with journalists in Oye Ekiti, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Asuzu, who did not reveal the identity of the students, said they were expelled after being found guilty by the University Disciplinary Committee. He disclosed that about 6,000 applicants sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, out of which only 1,000 would be admitted in compliance with the carrying capacity allotted by the National Universities Commission. Read more
Ethiopia Awaits Visitors With Open Arms
Of all the souvenir shops on Nigeria Street, near the General Post Office, there was only one shop that offered a fair price to Azza Babikr, 50, a Sudanese tourist visiting Addis Abeba with her two daughters. Or so she felt. The three were looking for cultural jewellery but the prices of the cultural items were higher than expected and too high for their pockets.
Abagiya Derbew, 25, was standing idly with no customers, when Fortune entered her shop. She thinks that the cultural items are not being promoted even though their quality is improving. Most of the tourists that visit her shop purchase only small items such as jewellery and scarves that cost less. Read more