Sabinews Morning News Update for May 8, 2015
Five killed as Boko Haram attacks Niger Republic village
No fewer than five people were killed when militants from Boko Haram Islamist group attacked a village in southwestern Niger, two Niger military officers said yesterday.
The attack occurred overnight Tuesday to Wednesday in the village of Koukodou near the Nigerian border in Niger’s Dosso region.
“The terrorists killed five villagers and burned houses and two vehicles,” said an army officer deployed in the region, who asked not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the press. Read more
Fake Policeman arrested for pipeline vandalism
A suspected pipeline vandal parading himself as a police inspector has been arrested at Sagamu by officials of the New Age Global Surveillance and Security. According to the firm’s spokesman, Lateef Lawal, Godwin Omolua was caught at a pipeline point on Wednesday.
He had a ‘police identification card number’ PCM/576/2010 with tag bearing “Warrant Card”. Before his arrest, he had claimed to be a member of the Inspector General of Police surveillance team and an informant to the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), both of which were found to be false. Read more
Delta elections tribunal gets 40 petitions
The Delta State Elections Petitions Tribunal said yesterday it has received 40 petitions challenging the outcome of this year’s general elections. The tribunal said it received petitions from three aggrieved governorship candidates challenging the victory of Dr Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The tribunal’s Secretary Al’Sadiq Abubakar said the Labour Party (LP), All Progressives Congress (APC) and another party filed the petitions challenging PDP candidate’s victory. Read more
How I Intervened in the Tinubu, Fashola Feud
After several denials and orchestrated public pretences, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, on Thursday confirmed to a gathering of Lagosians of different classes that Governor Babatunde Fashola and his predecessor, Bola Tinubu indeed had a bitter quarrel that almost undermined the governance of the state.
This came as Fashola openly apologised to all Lagos residents irrespective of class, ethnicity or religion, whom he said, might have been affected by different decisions he had taken in office. Read more
Jonathan in Secret Meeting with Buhari
President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday evening held a secret meeting with the president-elect, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).
The meeting was held behind closed-doors inside the Presidential Villa.
The meeting which was private, was kept away from media presence. Read more
Patience Jonathan now in Congo, says Presidency
The Presidency on Thursday morning broke its silence on the whereabouts of President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience.
The Media Assistant to Mrs. Jonathan, Mr. Ayo Adewuyi, in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja said the President’s wife is currently in Congo. Read more
Power failure forces Reps to adjourn sitting
Proceedings of the House of Representatives were disrupted on Thursday due to frequent power outage.
The development forced presiding Deputy Speaker, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, to adjourn the plenary of the House till Tuesday next week.
The outage affected the air conditioning system of the chambers, leaving lawmakers sweating profusely each time it occurred. Read more
EFCC arraigns FCT minister’s ex-aide for N60m fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday arraigned Muhammed Gital, who is a former Chief of Staff to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja on land fraud related offences.
The EFCC said in a statement by its Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, that Gital was arraigned alongside, Deputy Director, Mass Housing at the Federal Capital Development Authority, Sani Abba. Read more
Jonathan advises Buhari against policy reversal
President Goodluck Jonathan has said he hopes the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, will not scrap the agricultural policy and other policies initiated by his administration.
The President said this in his message read at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Ede, Osun State, on Thursday during the swearing -in ceremony of 2015 Batch ‘A’ corps members posted to the state. Read more
Transition: Jonathan’s handover notes not yet ready, says APC
With barely 22 days to the May 28 handover date, the transition committee set up by outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan has yet to meet its counterpart, set up by the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.
This is even as it has come to light that the handover notes, which the Buhari team is to study and ask questionson, are not yet ready. Read more
S’Court delivers judgment in Omisore’s appeal May 27
The Supreme Court on Thursday fixed May 27, 2015 for judgment in the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the August 9, 2014 governorship election in Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, against the election of the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, the incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The seven-man panel of the apex court, led by Justice John Fabiyi, fixed the date for judgment after parties adopted and argued their respective briefs on Thursday. Read more
Senate approves tax holiday for export free zone
Operators in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry have been given tax holidays, as the Senate yesterday passed the new oil and gas free zone bill into law.
Titled “Oil and Gas Free Zones Act CAP Q5 LFN 2011 (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and sponsored by Senator Odion Ugbesia, the new oil also recommended that the appointment of the board chairman and members, which shall as well be subject to the confirmation of the Senate, must reflect federal character as provided in the 1999 Constitution. Read more
President pledges to pay outstanding N5b on road project
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday promised that his administration would make frantic efforts to pay the N5 billion outstanding debts owed Julius Berger Plc to ensure that the construction and dualisation of Abuja Airport Road is completed before leaving office on May 29.
President Jonathan, who made the pledge yesterday while inspecting the N108 billion project awarded by the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua administration in 2009, expressed satisfaction with the job progression put at over 90 per cent by the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed. Read more
Ex-militants in Akwa Ibom plead for inclusion in pipeline surveillance contract
Members of the Akwa Ibom State Ex-Militants Forum on Thursday called for their inclusion in the Oil and Gas Pipeline and Waterways Surveillance (OGPWS) contract awarded by the Federal Government to former militants.
The ex-militants made the call in a letter jointly signed by the Chairman of the forum, Mr Kingsley Umoh, the Secretary, Mr Edohouqua Godwin, and others. Read more
2,200 corps members sworn in Anambra
No fewer than 2, 200 corps members for the 2015 Batch “A” service year were on Thursday sworn-in for the orientation programme of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Anambra.
In his valedictory address, President Goodluck Jonathan, commended the corps members for discharging their duties with diligence, transparency and patriotism during the just concluded general elections conducted across the country. Read more
Gov. Orji lauds NYSC for posting of corps members to agricultural sector
National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has been lauded for deploying corps members to agriculture, rural infrastructure, rural health and education.
Gov. Theordore Orji of Abia Orji made the commendation at the swearing in of 2015 Batch ‘A’ corps members at NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Umunna in Bende Local Government Area of Abia on Thursday.
Orji, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Agu Mkpa, held that such deployment would help in repositioning the scheme to meet the nation’s needs. Read more
Five killed, one injured in Rivers communal clash
Five persons have been killed and one other critically injured in a communal clash in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State. Riot policemen have been deployed in the area.
The affected Ogoni communities are: Wakama and Kpor. Property valued at millions of naira were destroyed in the clash. Read more
Akpabio donates N50m, ambulance to NYSC
Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio has donated N50 million and an ambulance to the state directorate of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).The governor spoke at the opening of this year’s Batch ‘A’ orientation camp of the NYSC.
He said the donation was meant to assist the scheme to start work on the structures at its permanent site. Akpabio urged the Corps members to shun all vices. Read more
NYSC hails Amaechi
The Rivers State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Ngozi Nwatarali, has hailed Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for supporting the scheme throughout the period of his tenure.
Nwatarali spoke yesterday at the swearing-in of this year’s Batch ‘A’ Corps members at the NYSC permanent orientation camp at Nonwa-Gbam, Tai Local Government Area. She noted that the governor considered the safety and welfare of youths a priority during his tenure. Read more
WAEC cancels results
The National Examinations (NEC) Committee of West African Examination Council (WAEC) yesterday said it had cancelled results of candidates involved in examination malpractices at the 2014 examinations.
Mr. Damianus Ojijeogu of the Public Affairs Department of WAEC spoke in a statement in Lagos. He said the decision was taken at the 59th meeting of the committee. Read more
28 Economic Saboteurs Prosecuted in 2014- Customs
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) successfully prosecuted about 28 persons in 2014, the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Alhaji Inde Dikko Abdullahi has said.
Though he did not reveal the identity of the culprits, they were said to have violated the provisions of the Customs and Exercise Management Act (CEMA), particularly the rules on the Export Prohibition List (EPL) and Import Prohibition List (IPL). Read more
Centres of excellence sign performance contract
With the signing of performance contracts last Thursday in Abuja, 10 Nigerian universities that won the World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE) bid would be given 10 per cent of the $8 million grant needed to start off their projects. Read more
ICSAN Urges Inductees To Drive Change
Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) has inducted 94 new members, 57 associates and 14 distinguished fellows, urging them not to be discouraged by the devalued naira and high unemployment rate in the country.
President-Chairman, ICSAN, Dr. Suleyman Ndanusa, made the appeal at this year’s 14th induction ceremony of the institute in Lagos. He said the inductees were trained to convert threats into opportunities, hence should leverage on their training to excel. Read more
Nigeria Records Declining Air Traffic Demand in March
Low oil prices and general economic downturn made Nigeria to record low international and domestic traffic in March, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The IATA also announced that African airlines endured another month of declining demand, as traffic dropped 1.1 per cent in the same month compared to a year ago.
The international air transport attributed this weakness to the adverse economic developments in parts of the continent including Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, which is suffering from the collapse in oil prices. Read more
Oil and Gas
Kolo Creek oil spill incident worries farmers
No fewer than 50 farmers impacted by the April 15 oil leak incident from Shell’s Kolo Creek oil fields in Otuasega, Bayelsa have decried damages they suffered from the incident.
Meanwhile, Shell has reached an agreement with People of Bodo Community in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, on the modalities and scope to clean up, remediate and the restoration of the environment affected by oil spills in the area. Read more
NNPC woos investors
Now is the time to invest in Nigeria’s gas sub-sector, to ameliorate the effect of the drop in crude oil prices, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, told foreign investors.
NNPC’s Group Managing Director, GMD, Dr. Joseph Dawha, made the call at the panel session by Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria, PETAN, at the ongoing Offshore Technology Conference, OTC, in Houston, Texas. Read more
Electricity supply drops to 2,817.05MW
Power supply from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has dropped from 2,979.06 Mega Watts (MW) recorded last Sunday to 2,817.05MW on Tuesday, the Federal Ministry of Power said.
Supply by Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, according to the power statistics which the ministry posted on its website yesterday, dipped by 162.01MW in the period under review. Read more
New PCC board to interface with PHCN, service providers
Aimed at ensuring that it protects the interest of Nigerian consumers and reduce the number of public complains that would be directed to it, the new board of the Public Complains Commission (PCC), has disclosed that it plans to meet with the management of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria as well as other service providers to guarantee improved services to their users.
The chief commissioner and head of the new board, Emmanuel Ogbile who disclosed this when he received the hand over details from the past board yesterday in Abuja noted that the new board of the commission which was inaugurated on April 8 will work diligently to ensure that all complains received from Nigerians are addressed promptly regardless of their political and religious inclinations, stressing that the board would also encourage dispassionate resolution of complains in order to improve on the status of the commission. Read more
Kanu: Eagles will fly high again
Former Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo Kanu has declared Nigeria will bounce back to top reckoning soon and in style. Nigeria is now ranked a disappointing 45th in the world by FIFA.
And last year, the three-time African champions failed to qualify for AFCON 2015 after they won the tournament in South Africa in 2013. The former African champions were without a coach for over seven months and were bedevilled with a major instability in the management of the game at home. Read more
International friendly: England keeps Eagles waiting
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has debunked claims that the England Football Association has shunned the proposed international friendly between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Three Lions of England.
NFF Secretary General, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, yesterday while clarifying on the widely publicized friendly, insisted that the NFF and the FA are still discussing the proposal with no agreement reached yet on a date. “The aspect of a proposed friendly between Nigeria and England as discussed by the NFF President (Mr. Amaju Pinnick) and Chairman of The FA, Mr. Greg Dyke, at their meeting in London on Tuesday has been somewhat overblown in the social media. Read more
Falcons to Arrive Canada May 20 for World Cup
Nigeria’s women national team, the Super Falcons will fly out to Canada on May 20 to put final touches to their preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
The Chairman of Nigeria Women’s Football League Dilichukwu Onyedima confirmed to reporters yesterday that the team was planning to arrive Canada on the date, coming few days after the second leg of the 2016 Olympic Games qualifier against Mali in Bamako. Read more
Google opens its first Asia startup campus in Seoul
Seoul, South Korea — Google’s first campus for startups and entrepreneurs in Asia has opened in a glitzy neighborhood of South Korea’s capital Seoul.
Google on Friday cited South Korea’s flourishing startup scene and pervasive smartphone use as the reasons for picking Seoul after opening similar sites in London and Tel Aviv. Read more
Police dog helps arrest ex-convict
A standoff with an ex-convict accused of assaulting a babysitter and kidnapping his daughter and estranged wife was resolved Tuesday night after police sicced a K-9 dog on the uncooperative suspect.
Amet Asencio, 42, of Salem, Oregon, is facing charges of assault and kidnapping for allegedly attacking his 5-year-old daughter’s care giver and then holding his common-law wife, 37-year-old Carmen Cordero, against her will. Read more
Salman Khan: Bollywood star bail plea to be heard
A court in India is due to hear a plea for bail by Salman Khan, who has been convicted of culpable homicide in a 2002 Mumbai hit-and-run case.
On Wednesday, a court in Mumbai sentenced Khan to five years in prison for killing Noor Ullah Khan by driving over him as he slept on the pavement. Read more
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