Sabinews Morning News Update for August 8, 2015
FG To Increase VAT To 10%
Nigeria plans to double the value-added tax rate to 10 per cent this year to help shore up government revenue eroded by the declining price of oil, the country’s main export, the Federal Inland Revenue Service said.
“The plan is to increase to 10 percent this year but we have to consult first with relevant stakeholders,” the acting executive chairman of the FIRS, Sunday Ogungbesan, told reporters. Read more
8 Boko Haram Members Renounce Membership Of The Sect
Eight members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, in Mussa town of Askira/Uba local government area of Borno State, have renounced their membership of the sect. The chairman of the youth vigilante group in the town, Apagu Istifanus, told newsmen on phone.
He said the eight claimed they were tired of killing innocent souls. Read more
NAFDAC Nabs 5 for Faking Tomato Paste, Syrups, Other Consumables
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it had arrested five persons for alleged faking and sale of expired consumer products.
The Director General of the agency, Dr. Paul Orhii, who was represented by the Head of the Investigative and Enforcement Directorate, Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor, revealed this at a press conference in Lagos on Friday. Read more
Fresh 40,000 Displaced In Lake Chad Area By Boko Haram
The United Nations yesterday said that more than 40, 000 fresh people have been displaced from their villages in the Lake Chad region for fears of attacks by men of the Boko Haram Sect.
Reporting the recent displacement which happened in the last few weeks, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Chad, Mr. Thomas Gurtner, made it known that further population displacement in the Lake Chad region occurred owing to fear of attacks by Boko Haram and appeals by the government of Chad for civilians to leave areas where on-going military operations are being undertaken against the group. Read more
Power Rotation: Kogi West, Central Take Case to Buhari, Odigie-Oyegun
As the sale of Expression of Intent and Nomination forms for the forthcoming governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kogi State, ended at the weekend, leaders of the Kogi West And Central Coalition For Justice, Equity and Fairplay, took the agitation for power rotation to the Presidency and the national leadership of the party.
A nine-man delegation from the West and Central senatorial zones in Kogi State paid a visit to the Abuja national headquarters of the APC at the weekend, to press for the actualization of the power shift aspiration, on the platform of the APC. Read more
Kaduna TUC backs El-Rufai’s fight against ghost workers
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Kaduna State Council has said it is not opposed to the genuine verification exercise of the state Civil Servants to rid the government pay roll of ghost workers.
The Chairman, Comrade Shehu Mohammed while addressing a press conference in kaduna yesterday said the Congress is in total support of any move that will ensure the free flow of money illegal accounts to the government treasury for speedy development of the state. Read more
India arrests two Nigerians planning to join ISIS
Indian security agencies have arrested two Nigerian youths suspected to be on their way to Iraq to join the terrorist organisation, Islamic State.
They were arrested along the India-Pakistan border after scaling a barbed wire fence near the international border, where they were handed over to Punjab Police. Read more
Police Uncover Hotel Harboring Kidnappers In Oyo
A deserted hotel belonging to one Olatunji Kabiru being used as a hideout by kidnappers in Oyagbe area of Oyo Alaafin in Atiba Local Government area of Oyo State has been discovered the State Police Command.
The State Commissioner of Police (CP), Muhammad Katsina, who led his personnel and journalists to the hotel on Tuesday, disclosed that five suspected kidnappers were arrested at the hotel. Read more
Mob burns man, 41, for stealing motorcycle
Angry commercial motorcyclists in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State on Friday morning burnt a 41-year-old man in Masaka area of the state for allegedly stealing a motorcycle.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that the motorcyclists first beat and stoned the suspect before they set him ablaze. Read more
Amnesty: FG Commences Payment of Stipend to Ex-militants
The Federal Government’s Presidential Amnesty Office, has commenced the payment of outstanding stipends to former agitators in the Niger Delta and beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).
The Head of Media and Communication, Amnesty Office, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, in a statement said that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday commenced the payment with the outstanding May stipend of N65,000 per beneficiary. Read more
Juwah Absent as Danbatta Resumes as NCC’s New Boss
The newly appointed Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umaru Danbatta, has resumed duty in acting capacity, pending confirmation by the Senate.
However, the former boss of the NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah was surprisingly absent during the handover ceremony held at the NCC headquarters in Abuja. No reason was given for his absence. Read more
Dependence on Imported Weapons Unacceptable, Buhari Tells Military
Apparently worried by the challenges the country is facing in sourcing weapons to prosecute the ongoing war on terror, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of Defence to produce a plan for the establishment of a modest Military Industrial Complex for the local production of weapons to meet some of the requirements of the country’s armed forces. Read more
Oil won’t be sufficient as Nigeria’s revenue earner –Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said crude oil and gas exports would no longer be sufficient as the country’s major revenue earner.
He said time has therefore come for Nigerians to do more than pay mere lip service to agriculture. Read more
CBN to bailout textile industry, sanction bank debtors
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN yesterday pledged to bail out the dwindling textile and garment industry by granting credit facility as well as fight against smuggling of its products with the collaboration with other government agencies.
In another development, the CBN said it will sanction the delinquent debtors whose names appeared on the list of debtors published by the banks recently. Read more
Oil and Gas
KRPC Advocates Pipeline Designated As ‘Military Zone’
The managing director, Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (KRPC), Engineer Saidu Aliyu Mohammed has advocated for tagging of the company’s pipelines as ‘military zone’ considering its strategic importance to prevent vandals from breaking the line. He said such effort would guarantee the continuous supply of crude to the KRPC. Read more
Kachikwu Redeploys NNPC’s Head of Crude Oil Marketing
The Head of Crude Oil Marketing at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Gbenga Olu Komolafe was on Friday re-assigned as the new Group Manager, Special Duties, a statement from NNPC said.
His position has been temporarily filled by Musa Yola Usman. Komolafe was in charge of NNPC’s oil sales. Read more
Ikeja Electric To Upgrade Ijaiye Injection Substation
The management of Ikeja Electric has said that the company is set to upgrade the Ijaiye 11kV injection substation located at Ijaiye/Ojokoro in Lagos. This, it said was in line with its continuing quest to enhance service excellence within its network.
According to a statement from the electricity distributing company, signed by the Head, Communication Strategy, Pekun Adeyanju, the upgrade will commence on Thursday, August 6 and end on Saturday, August 15, and would disrupt service within the area during the duration of the upgrade period. Read more
Oliseh invites 23 home lads for Tanzania
Ahead of his first official game as Super Eagles’ manager, Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh has invited 23 home – based professionals who will kick –start preparations for next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Tanzania.
At the head of the pack is Warri Wolves’ forward Gbolahan Salami, who scored one of the goals when the Eagles opened the race with a 2-0 win over Chad in Kaduna in June. There are also regular faces like Solomon Kwambe and Nelson Ogbonnaya. Read more
We’re back in NPFL title race – Pillars
The Nigeria Professional Football League champions Kano Pillars have said they are back in contention for the league title this season.
Pillars, who had a shaky start this season, have won their last two games – against Lobi Stars and Heartland – since the club’s management and coach were changed mid-season, about two weeks ago. Read more
Eagles stars start Premier League battle
Super Eagles stars comprising John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Jordon Ibe and Osaze Odemwingie will be hoping to be in the thick of the action with their respective clubs as the 2015/2016 English Premier League season kicks off today amidst pomp and drama. Read more
Rangers Vows To Beat Sharks In Port Harcourt
Enugu Rangers has another herculean task this weekend as the takes a trip to Port Harcourt for a date with Sharks in one of the Week 22 fixtures.
The Flying Antelopes at midweek survived FC Traba threat with a slim lone goal victory to advance upward on the table log and the team is expected to replicate the feat in Port Harcourt. Read more
League Title Is Enyimba’s Target – Ikhana
As Enyimba of Aba ambushes Lobi Stars of Makurdi for Week 22 Glo Premier League this weekend coach, Kadiri Ikhana, has maintained that the league title is the ultimate target of the Aba side.
Ikhana speaking during the week assured that the Week 22 encounter against Lobi at the Aba Township Stadium would be a must win to guarantee the title target. Read more
Ghana, Togo sign MoU on water supply project
Ghana and Togo have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to construct a Sogakope-Lome trans boundary water supply project.
The MoU was signed by Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu, Chief Director of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH), Ghana and Mr Affo Boni Adjama, Manager of Potable Water Supply, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Hydraulic of Togo. Read more
Peace talks between Libyan factions to take place in Geneva
Planned peace talks next week between Libyan factions will take place in Geneva, instead of Morocco, Libyan officials said Friday.
Libya is bitterly divided between rival governments in its east and west, after descending into chaos following the 2011 end of Moammar Gadhafi’s rule. Read more
Egypt, Sudan exchange prisoners
Egypt and Sudan have released more than 140 citizens from both countries who had been held in different cases as relations between the two neighbours are getting closer.
Some 101 Egyptian fishermen, held in Sudan since April, flew home after Sudanese President Hassan Al Bashir pardoned them, Egyptian authorities said on Friday. Read more
Morocco’s SAMIR refinery to halt output
Morocco’s Societe Anonyme Marocaine de l’Industrie du Raffinage (SAMIR) will halt production at its 200,000 barrel per day (bpd) Mohammedia refinery due to financial difficulties, the company said in a statement.
The refinery is awaiting delivery of two cargoes of 2 million barrels of crude oil, scheduled to arrive between Aug. 15 and 18, and will stop production after processing them. Read more
China pledges to support Africa’s economic development: envoy
China rejoices at Africa’s promising future and supports the continent in pursuing economic liberation, China’s ambassador to Ghana Sun Baohong has said.
“China rejoices at Africa’s promising future and empathized with Africa’s difficulties in development. We resolutely support our African brothers in pursuing national independence and political liberation. Read more
Suspected Islamists kill six, take hostages in Mali hotel
Suspected Islamist militants attacked a hotel in central Mali used by U.N. staff, killing at least six people, taking others hostage and holding off troops encircling the building on Friday, residents and military sources said.
A Russian and a Ukrainian were among those being held inside the Byblos Hotel, officials from their countries said. There were up to eight other captives and South African and French citizens had also been staying there, government officials said. Read more
Potential rifts, hard choices if U.S. Congress rejects Iran deal
If the U.S. Congress votes down the nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama could rapidly find himself facing many negative reverberations, including a painful predicament with China, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday.
China, one of six world powers that negotiated with Tehran, has reduced the amount of Iranian oil it buys, as demanded by a U.S. sanctions law meant to pressure Iran to accept a diplomatic resolution of the nuclear stand-off. Read more
Colorado gunman gets life sentence for killing 12 in movie rampage
A Colorado jury sentenced movie rampage gunman James Holmes to life without parole on Friday, rejecting the death penalty for the 27-year-old who entered a midnight screening of a Batman film wielding a semi-automatic rifle, shotgun and pistol and killed a dozen people.
After less than a day of deliberations, and in a surprise to many legal experts and those in the packed courtroom, the jurors said they were unable to reach a unanimous decision condemning Holmes to execution. They found him guilty last month on all counts for his July 20, 2012 massacre. Seventy people were also wounded. Read more
Christopher Pyne and Tony Burke’s travel scrutinised as review team named
Further revelations over politicians’ travel claims are emerging as the Coalition names former Liberal leader Brendan Nelson and the former Labor Speaker Harry Jenkins as part of the team undertaking a review of parliamentarians’ entitlements.
The education minister, Christopher Pyne, is under pressure after reports he spent $5,000 of taxpayers’ money flying himself, his wife and two of his children to Sydney around the a 2009 Christmas-New Year holiday period. Read more
Former Soviet tank commander found guilty of Taliban terrorism by US court
A former Soviet army officer accused of being a Taliban fighter was found guilty on all counts on Friday by a federal jury in Richmond, Virginia, a court official said.
Irek Hamidullin, 55, a former Soviet tank commander who converted to Islam, faced 15 counts ranging from supporting terrorists to firearms charges stemming from his orchestration of a 2009 attack on an Afghan border police base. Read more
Big storm hits Taiwan, millions without power, two dead
A powerful typhoon battered Taiwan with strong wind and torrential rain on Saturday, cutting power to 2 million households and killing at least two people, media and officials said.
Typhoon Soudelor made landfall early in the morning on the island’s east-coast counties of Yilan and Hualien, bringing up to 1,000 mm (39 inches) of rain in mountainous northeastern areas and wind gusting up to 200 kph (124 mph). Read more
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