Sabinews Morning News Update for October 29, 2015
Fulani lament kidnappings by fellow herdsmen
Fulani settlers who live in their camps in Kwara State have raised the alarm over incessant kidnapping of their own, calling on government and law enforcement agencies to save them.
The Fulani residents particularly in Ekiti, Oke Ero, Irepodun and Isin local government areas of the state made the appeal in Ilorin yesterday, while narrating their ordeals to newsmen. Read more
Army Declares 100 Boko Haram Kingpins Wanted
The chief of army staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, yesterday in Maiduguri, Borno State, launched some counter-terrorism campaign material which included a photo list of 100 Boko Haram kingpins declared wanted.
The photo list put together in banner form by the Directorate of Army Public Relations (DAPR), with messages written in different Nigeria languages, also had hotline numbers of the army seeking members of the public to call in if any of the wanted terrorists were identified anywhere in Nigeria. Read more
Reps investigate NCC, telecom operators over SIM cards
THE House of Representatives is set to probe Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, and the nation’s telecommunications providers over non-compliance with the directive to deactivate unregistered Subscriber Identity Module, SIM, cards on their networks.
The House would also investigate allegation of allied abuses of good corporate governance by the service providers. Read more
Amaechi, 17 Others For Confirmation Today As Senate Concludes Ministerial Screening
The Senate yesterday completed the process of screening 36 ministerial nominees whose names were forwarded to it by President Muhammadu Buhari on 30th September, 2015, but deferred confirmation of former Rivers State governor Rotimi Amaechi and 17 others till today.
This is just as senators on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have maintained their resolve not to participate in the confirmation of former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi. Read more
PMB In India Woos Investors, Insists On Recovery Of Stolen Funds
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in New Delhi met with chief executive officers (CEOs) of Indian firms with interests in Nigeria, promising his administration’s commitment to maintaining macro-economic stability and improving investor’s confidence in the country.
He said that the fall in oil prices would not deter his government from creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. Read more
Falling oil prices hit maritime firms’ balance sheets
Falling oil prices and plummeting fortunes of some economies have been assailing key maritime institutions around the globe, with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), the second biggest shipbuilder in the world, announcing $1.2 billion loss for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.
Already, Maersk Oil, the Danish shipping and oil conglomerate, has concluded plans to sack 1,250 of its workers before the end of this year, as the pangs of falling oil prices hit its balance sheet. Read more
Gunmen kidnap five kids in Bauchi, demand N10m ransom
Five children have been reportedly kidnapped in Gwalbanya village of Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
It was gathered that the children were kidnapped yesterday morning. The matter had been reported at Gwamau Divisional police station in Toro council. Read more
Two injured as petrol tanker hits police van on Akure-Ilesha road
Two persons yesterday sustained serious injuries as a petrol tanker hit the patrol van of the Police on Akure/Ilesa express road.
The accident, which occurred at the Owena end of the road caused serious traffic conjestion on the busy road. Read more
Nobody will be killed before we crown Ooni – Isoro cult
Oba Olajide Ifaloba, head of all deities in Ile-Ife has disclosed that there will be no human sacrifice as part of programme to mark the installation of the new Ooni Of Ife.
Speaking with newsmen, the traditional worshiper said, “We rejoice with him and thank the creator for giving us a monarch in his class. Those that vied for the throne with him must now see Oba Enitan as father that must be supported to lift Ife,” he said. Read more
Lagos denies alleged fall in IGR from N23bn to N7bn
Lagos State Government yesterday denied allegation that Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, in the state which used to hover around N23bn has fallen to N 7bn due to poor economic strategies of the present administration.
Sources had said that information about the dwindling revenue came to the fore when the new Chairman of the state Internal Revenue Service, LIRS, Mr. Olufolarin Ogunsanwo met with his staff at the Central Business District, CBD, Ikeja on Tuesday. Read more
4 arrested for impersonating military personnel
The Police in Lagos have arrested four persons for masquerading as Military personnel at Idi-Araba and Agege areas of the state. Among them was a private guard who went to secure the release of one of the impersonators at the police station.
Recovered from the suspects according to Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, were two pairs of Nigerian Army camouflage uniforms, one pair of Army green uniform, one Army camouflage T-shirt, one pair of boots, two Army belts and two jungle hats. Read more
Lagos wades into I8-year-old gang rape case
Lagos State Government has waded into the case of an 18-year-old girl, Blessing (pseudonym) that was allegedly gang-raped at gunpoint by six men in Shomolu area on October 10, 2015.
Vanguard gathered that the 17-year-old was attacked and gang- raped between 8 pm and 1 am; before she was released by the suspected cultists on Olaosebikan Street, Bajulaiye in the area. Read more
N’Delta ex-militants storm NDDC, protest alleged neglect
Scores of ex-Niger Delta militants yesterday stormed the corporate headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission,NDDC, protesting what they term their neglect by the Federal Government since the Amnesty Programme started in 2009.
The protesters, drawn from all the states in the region also said they were not feeling the impact NDDC. Read more
Urhobo, Ijaw youths fault Itsekiri’s ultimatum to DESOPADEC, Delta govt
Six youth groups of Urbobo and Ijaw ethnic extractions in Delta State have faulted the recent threat by an Itsekiri group to shut down the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC.
In a communiqué issued to newsmen at the Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, conference centre, Effurun, in the state yesterday, the groups described the allegation as baseless and unfounded. Read more
Oil crisis: Nigeria’s economy won’t suffer –Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said in New Delhi, India that despite the fall in oil prices, his administration remains fully committed to maintaining macro-economic stability and improving investor confidence in Nigeria.
At an interactive session with Chief Executives of Indian companies with interests in Nigeria, Buhari expressed belief that with its abundance of human and material resources, the Nigerian economy does not have to suffer unduly from low oil prices, despite its severe impact on government revenues. Read more
Gas to flood market soon, says group
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) will soon flood the market Petroleum Gas Association of Nigeria (LPGAN) president Dapo Adesina has said.
He said the product is coming from the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) based in Bonny, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Adesina said the supply is imperative in order to buoy availability and minimise the stress consumers have gone through in recent times to buy the product. Read more
Eaglets set up Brazil quarter final
Nigeria’s U-17 football team, the Golden Eaglets will face Brazil in the quarter finals of the Fifa -17 World Cup in Chile.
The Golden Eaglets hammered Australia 6-0 in Viña del Mar to reach the last eight where they must now line up against three-time champions, Brazil. Read more
Nigeria pummel Australia
Champions, Nigeria defeated Australia 6-0 on Wednesday to qualify for the quarter finals of the 2015 Fifa U17 World Cup in Chile.
Nigeria coach, Emmanuel Amuneke handed starts to trusted stalwarts, Victor Osimhen and captain, Kelechi Nwakali. Read more
Congo Activists Urge U.S. Support to Investigate Soco Oil Search
Civil society activists from the Democratic Republic of Congo urged the U.S. government to help investigate Soco International Plc’s work in Virunga National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site.
Alphonse Muhindo Valivambene and Bantu Lukambo, two environmental and anti-corruption activists from North Kivu in eastern Congo, met last week with government officials including U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Tom Perriello, Valivambene said in an interview on Oct. 24. Perriello didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment sent to the State Dept. via e-mail. Read more
Zuma shifts the blame
In a frank interview on Tuesday with international news agency Bloomberg, Zuma admitted that South Africa had a “serious struggle” on its hands in trying to reduce unemployment and boost economic growth.
This week, Stats SA released worrying unemployment figures – 25.5% of the population was jobless in the third quarter of this year, up from 25% in the second. Read more
Bidhya Devi Bhandari elected Nepal’s first female president
Nepal’s parliament has elected women’s rights campaigner Bidhya Devi Bhandari as its first female president, in a move hailed as a milestone.
She is the second person to hold the mainly ceremonial role. Read more
South Australian Labor won’t back Bill Shorten’s abuse compensation scheme
The South Australian Labor government has said it will not back Bill Shorten’s plan for a national compensation scheme for abuse survivors unless it is “fully funded”.
The scheme, announced by the federal opposition leader on Tuesday, requires multimillion-dollar contributions from the states and territories that ran the institutions where thousands of children were abused for decades. Read more
North Koreans sent abroad into ‘forced labour’, says UN
As many as 50,000 North Koreans have been sent abroad to work in conditions that amount to “forced labour”, a UN investigator has said.
Marzuki Darusman said workers earn very little, are underfed and are sometimes forced to work up to 20-hour days. Read more
Heated debate as Republicans vying for presidential candidacy go on the attack
The 10 candidates talked over one another, and hosts CNBC, in their eagerness to get their point across, as the clock counts down to the first nominating contest in three months’ time.
Frontrunner Donald Trump and new favourite Ben Carson came under fire from the beginning, with their lack of political experience a favoured talking point. Read more
Blatter planned for Russia, US to host World Cups
FIFA president Sepp Blatter planned for Russia and the United States to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and blamed UEFA president Michel Platini for Qatar’s bid victory over the Americans, a spokesperson for Blatter said on Wednesday.
But Blatter’s wish for the two tournaments to go to “the two biggest political powers” was not a pre-arranged decision, Klaus Stoehlker told Reuters. Read more