Sabinews Morning News Update for May 27, 2015
Fifa officials ‘facing bribery charges totalling $100m’
A number of Fifa officials arrested in Zurich could face bribery charges totalling more than $100 million.
A statement from the Federal Office of Justice said: “The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is investigating these individuals on suspicion of the acceptance of bribes and kick-backs between the early 1990s and the present day. Read more
Ihedioha to serve out Tambuwal’s tenure
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, will serve out the tenure of the incumbent Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, the House resolved yesterday.
To this end, members of the chamber will today, during plenary, formerly empower Ihedioha to act as the speaker for the remaining part of the dispensation which is expected to elapse on June 4. Read more
Police probe Corps member’s death in Ilorin
The Kwara State Police Command has begun investigation into the death of a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Yetunde Shukurat Idowu, in Ilorin, the state capital.
The deceased was a member of the 2014 Batch “B”. Read more
APC denies zoning Senate President to North-Central
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied a published report that its National Working Committee (NWC) met on Monday night and zoned the Senate Presidency to the North-Central and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the South-West. The party said categorically that nothing like that ever happened.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its National Secretary, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the party said it was deeply embarrassed by the story, “which was apparently planted in the media to sow the seeds of instability” in the party. Read more
Reps Speakership: 179 Members-elect Endorsed Gbajabiamila
No fewer than 179 out of 213 APC Members-Elect in the 8th House of Representatives cutting across the six geopolitical zones have voluntarily endorsed Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila candidature for Speakership of the House of Representatives.
According to a release from the Campaign Secretariat of the lawmaker, the support is hinged on the fact that the victory of APC, apart from the good programmes of the party, is based principally on the alliance of North/South West. Read more
Lagos metro rail project’s take-off hits home bend
The much expected Lagos metro line project may soon take off, sequel to the sealing of pacts by relevant stakeholders.
The scheme, which has already attracted $2.4 billion investment plan from the private sector, is expected to ferry 1.8 million daily from Agbado in Ogun State to Iddo in Lagos State. Read more
Sabotage claims over fuel shortage
Nigeria’s opposition has accused outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan of leaving a country in crisis, as fuel shortages brought the nation to a standstill just days from Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration.
Amid the crisis, a big Nigerian bank is shortening its opening times in the latest sign of the impact of the fuel shortage. Read more
23 Benue Villagers Killed in Fresh Attack
No fewer than 23 people have been reportedly killed when suspected Fulani herdsmen allegedly invaded villages in Logo local government area of Benue State.
The nomadic Fulani have been blamed for waves of attacks on largely agrarian groups, with tensions high over access to land and other basic rights. Read more
Fuel crisis delays AfDB delegates from Nigeria
Nigerians who were billed to travel to attend the African Development Bank Annual Meeting and Conference in Abidjan were stranded at the airport as a result of the fuel crisis that ended on Monday. Many could not travel outside of the country as delegates attending the banking conference in Ivory Coast were left stranded or forced to pay additional costs after planes were grounded. Read more
Buhari Returns Tomorrow in the Company of Shagari
President-elect Muhammadu Buhari will be returning to Nigeria on Thursday morning after a six-day trip to the United Kingdom in the company of former President Shehu Shagari.
Buhari, who during his trip to the UK, met with British Prime Minister David Cameron, will arrive onboard a British Airways flight that is scheduled to land in Abuja around 4 am. Read more
Guinean President Urges AU to Assist Nigeria Tackle Boko Haram Insurgents
Guinean president, Mr. Alpha Conde, has called on African leaders and the African Union (AU) to support Nigeria in tackling her main security challenge, the Boko Haram terrorists.
Conde, who spoke with journalists on Tuesday after a closed-door meeting with the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu; Lagos State governor-elect, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, former APC interim national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande and other APC stalwarts in Lagos, also expressed high hope that his country and Nigeria would continue to work together towards ending the endemic scourge of corruption in Africa. Read more
UN Warns against Spike in Female Suicide Bombings in Nigeria
An “alarming spike” in suicide bombings by girls and women used by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria has children in danger of being seen as potential threats, the UN children’s agency said on Tuesday.
The number of reported suicide attacks has jumped, to 27 in the first five months of this year compared to 26 all of last year, it said in a report by The Associated Press (AP). Read more
Engineers worry over import-dominated economy
Indigenous engineers under the auspice of the Nigerian Society of Engineering (NSE) have expressed dismay over the influx of importation of goods into the country.
Besides, the engineers believed that most of the imported products consumed in the country can actually be produced in-country to save the huge capital flight lost to importation. Read more
IMF Highlights Dangers of Dollarisation in Nigeria, Others
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has pointed out that dollarisation, if left unchecked will remain an important challenge to policymakers in Nigeria and other African countries.
According to the multilateral agency, dollarisation constrains the capacity of monetary authorities to act as a lender of last resort, hampers banks’ liquidity management and weakens the stability of the financial sector. The Fund also noted that dollarisation may amplify the impact of exchange rate movements on banks’ balance sheets, thereby increasing the risk of contractionary effects and bank failures. Read more
CBN denies mismanaging N300bn RSSF fund
Contrary to reports over its shady management of N300 billion Real Sector Support Facility (RSSF) announced last year by President Goodluck Jonathan, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), yesterday, said it is yet to disburse the fund, adding that it is currently appraising over 200 applications to that effect.
A statement by the Director, Corporate Communications of CBN, Alhaji Ibrahim Mu’azu, disclosed that the policy objectives of the RSSF are to provide long-term, low-interest financing intervention in support of the real sector of the Nigerian economy to increase output, create jobs and conserve foreign exchange. Read more
FG, Banks Partner on New Funding Mechanism for SMEs
Given the critical roles small and medium scale businesses play in the development and growth of the Nigerian economy, the Federal Government has said that it is partnering with commercial banks across the country to fashion out a new funding mechanism that will give Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) increased access to cheap funds.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, disclosed this during a meeting with Small and Medium Enterprises Desk Managers of Banks in Abuja. Read more
Oil and Gas
Depot Owners Deny Embarking on Strike
The owners of petroleum depots across the country under the aegis of Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) have denied ever embarking on any shut-down of their depots and facilities.
The Executive Secretary of DAPPMA, Mr. Olufemi Adewole, said in a statement on Tuesday that contrary to the erroneous stories and messages being bandied about, it was the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) arm of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG) and the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), who normally transport petroleum products from marketers’ depots, that embarked on the strike. Read more
Seven Energy Seeks Nigeria Mergers to Boost Natural Gas Output
Seven Energy International Ltd., a Nigerian oil and gas producer, is seeking to merge or partner with other companies to expand gas production to meet rising demand from power plants and industries in Africa’s largest economy.
“The company has had a few discussions with indigenous companies,” Chief Operating Officer Jeff Corey, said in May 22 interview in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. “We could invest or operate the gas plant and market the gas for them.” Read more
Jibrin: Navy Has Achieved Drastic Reduction in Crude Oil Theft
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Usman Jibrin, has said that the Nigerian Navy in the last one year has achieved a drastic reduction in crude oil theft.
Jibrin who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Rear Admiral Johnson Olutoyin stated this during the Inter-Denominational Church Service, marking the 59th Anniversary of the Nigerian Navy, at the All Saints Protestant Church, Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja. Read more
NNPC Assures 25-Day Stock of Petrol
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Tuesday assured that the current scarcity of fuel in the country would soon be over, as it has enough stock to last 25 days at the daily consumption rate.
The corporation noted that with the renewed commitment of both product marketers and tanker drivers, supply would normalise across the country soon. Read more
BPE pays N373 billion to electricity workers
Director General of the Bureau of Public enterprises (BPE), Benjamin Ezra Dikki has informed members of the National Union of Electricity Employees of Nigeria (NUEE) that 46,744 out of the 47,913 bona-fide staff, representing 98 per cent of the workforce of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) have so far been paid their entitlements amounting to N373 billion. Read more
Nsukka electricity consumers battle EEDC over bloated bills
The people of Nsukka have kicked against what they called over-bloated electricity bills, accusing the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) of hoarding pre-paid meters so that they continue to exploit the people of the area.
In a protest letter to the EEDC management, copies of which were made available to newsmen, members of the Allied Business Community, Nsukka called on the EEDC to urgently end estimated bills in the area. Read more
F/Eagles train in N/Zealand
The Flying Eagles will have their first training in New Zealand today at 1pm local time, which will be 12 midnight in Nigeria as New Zealand is 11 hours ahead of Nigeria.
The Nigeria U-20 finally settled down at the Quality Hotel Plymouth International Tuesday night ahead of the FIFA U-20 World Cup after an exerting trip across three continents, which spanned more than 25 hours. Read more
CAF suspends Warri Wolves goalkeeper for one year for spitting at match official
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has suspended for 12 months goalkeeper Tejiri Rhiogbere of Warri Wolves for spitting at a match official, with the possibility of a worldwide ban.
The suspension was one of many decisions taken at the meeting of the Disciplinary Board of the continental football body. Read more
Don’t use banned drugs, AFN warns athletes
The Secretary-General of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Mr Bamiduro Olumide, on Tuesday urged athletes to resist the temptation of using banned drugs to enhance their performance.
Olumide made the appeal in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the AFN third All Comers Athletics Meet at the University of Port Harcourt Sports Complex. Read more
Zanzibar police beef up fight against sexual, physical abuse of women
N atasha Ali was devastated when she realised the man accused of snatching her 14-year-old daughter off a street in Zanzibar and raping her had been freed for lack of evidence.
Her daughter was grabbed as she strolled through an area in Mkunazini in the old part of Zanzibar in May last year, dragged to an unoccupied ruin and raped. Read more
Mugabe, Zuma relations frosty
Embassy and local foreign affairs sources told The Zimbabwean that Mugabe reacted angrily to Zuma’s statements on the xenophobia that broke out in Durban last month, resulting in the displacement of thousands of foreign nationals – many of them Zimbabwean .
Zuma, while condemning the attacks, blamed the governments of countries from which millions of economic refugees have come for bad governance, which he said has driven the immigrants into South Africa. Read more
Cholera biggest threat as Burundi refugees crowd into Tanzania camps
Barantiriza Deudeone did not want to make the same mistake as his parents. He was one of the first to sign up for the grim voyage across Lake Tanganyika and into the mushrooming refugee camps packed full of fleeing Burundians in neighbouring Tanzania.
“In 1997, during the civil war, my father and mother said they would not leave. They had survived the war in 1972 and told us there was no reason to run. They were both killed. I could not wait for the same fate and will never go back. If we die here, that is fine.” Read more
South Africa: DiamondCorp’s loss widens
Emerging diamond producer DiamondCorp, the operator of the Lace Diamond Mine in the Free State, said yesterday that its net loss had widened last year to £3.25 million (R60m) from £2.61m as it took a hit from the weaker rand and strike action amid continued sluggish global diamond sales. London-based DiamondCorp said that prices for rough diamonds were flat last year but that, despite a similarly dull start to 2015, prices had recently recovered, and the market had a more positive mood. Read more
Church to excommunicate land grabbers
The diocese of Northern Uganda has vowed to excommunicate Christians who fight over its land.
Bishop Johnson Gakumba made the pronouncement recently at St. Peter’s church of Uganda in Bobi during Archbishop Stanley Ntagali’s visit to Bobi archdeaconry. Read more
Hamas executed 23 Palestinians under cover of Gaza conflict, says Amnesty
Hamas has been accused of using the cover of last summer’s war in Gaza to carry out summary executions, including to “settle scores” against opponents under the pretext they were “collaborators with Israel”.
The claims that Hamas committed rights abuses amounting to war crimes are made in a damning report by Amnesty International highlighting abuses committed by Hamas during last summer’s 50-day war. Read more
4 Taliban Militants Die in Attack in Afghan Capital
An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan’s capital ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban attackers, though no civilians or security personnel were injured or killed, an Afghan official said.
Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Ayub Salangi said that weapons had been seized, including a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, three automatic rifles and a hand grenade. Read more
Singapore Airlines Investigates Engine Problem during Flight
Singapore Airlines said Wednesday that it is investigating how one of its jets suffered a loss of power in both of its engines over the weekend, falling 13,000 feet (3,962 meters) before regaining altitude en route from Singapore to Shanghai.
The Airbus A330-300 was carrying 182 passengers and 12 crew members when the incident occurred Saturday, the airline said in a statement. The jet lost power in both engines after hitting bad weather 3 1/2 hours into the flight. Power was restored after “the pilots followed operational procedures to restore normal operation of the engines,” the statement said. Read more
Indonesia sets date for final death row appeal of Frenchman Serge Atlaoui
An Indonesian court said it would hear a last-ditch appeal by a French man on death row on 3 June, after a verdict expected this week was delayed by the absence of the presiding judge.
Serge Atlaoui had been due to face the firing squad with other prisoners in April but won a last-minute reprieve for the completion of his legal appeals. Read more
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