SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 21, 2017
If God approves I’ll contest for president in 2019 -Sheriff
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ali Modu Sheriff yesterday said he would allow God to decide on whether or not to contest the 2019 Presidential election.
Sheriff’s disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja just a few weeks after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) fixed February 16, 2019 for the Presidential and National Assembly elections. Read more
Nigerians may experience extreme heat this year, says NiMet
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted that Nigerians may experience “above danger heat stress” this year due to combination of heat and humidity. NiMet in its 2017 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction, said that prolonged heat could cause stress, which may lead to an illness called “hyperthermia.” Read more
Ondo Assembly reopens as Akindele faction boycotts session, gives conditions for settlement
Ondo State House of Assembly yesterday reopened for sitting after seven weeks of being sealed off by officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force. It ordered the police to immediately retrieve the House properties still in possession of the impeached principal officers.
The plenary session, which commenced by 11:36am, was attended by 12 of the 26 lawmakers and presided over by Malachi Coker and the other two new principal officers that were elected after the Friday, January 27 leadership crisis. Read more
Calabar zone ASUU links alleged death of 30 lecturers to salaries’ cut
Not less than 30 lecturers in the six universities in the Calabar zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have allegedly died in the past one year.
The Coordinator of the zone, Prof. Nsing Ogar, told journalists yesterday that their deaths “may not be unconnected with the strangulating cuts in their salaries.” Ogar explained that “16 lecturers died last year while five have died since the beginning of the year, “ while the ASUU Chairman in Uyo zone, Dr. Aniekan Brown added, “seven of our colleagues have died since last year.” Read more
Governors son allegedly crushes student to death in Lafia
Students of Government Science School, Lafia, Nasarawa State yesterday protested against the killing of one of their colleagues by the son of the state governor, Khaleel Al-Makura.
Head-boy of the school, Goodluck Aguu, who gave the name of the deceased student as Amos Ovey, said the deceased went to buy battery because there was no light in the school. “The alleged killer was on top speed and crushed him to death. We just heard the noise of the crash.” Read more
Rumbling in Kebbi State over governorship slot in 2019
As political intrigues rev up ahead of the 2019 general elections, stakeholders and politicians from Kebbi State have begun to jostle for relevance over who governs the state next.
The state, which was carved out from Sokoto State in August 27, 1991 by the then General Ibrahim Babangida’s administration, was divided into 21 local governments, with four emirates and three senatorial districts. Read more
No moral justification to continue to detention Kanu – Rep
The Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, fixed April 25 to decide whether or not the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, should be released on bail pending his trial. This came as a member of House of Representatives representing Orumba North/Orumba South Federal Constituency of Anambra state, Hon. Sopuluchukwu Ezeonwuka stated that there is no moral justification to continue to detain the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu. Read more
Ambode tasks auditors on rules, economic recovery
Rules and standards of the profession must be observed to promote sound financial institutions that support and facilitate economic recovery, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said.
The Governor, who spoke at the ninth yearly retreat/general meeting of the Association of Chief Audit Executives of Banks in Nigeria (ACAEBIN), a sub-committee of the Bankers’ Committee of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said auditors are at vantage position to enforce the rules and standards. Read more
Court directs parties to explore amicable settlement in suit against IoD
A Lagos High Court, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) has directed parties in the N128 million suit filed against the Institute of Directors Nigeria (IoD) over alleged non-payment of debt, to explore out of court settlement and report back to court on April 3, 2017.
The claimants in the suit are Promaco Associates Ltd, Interstates Architects Ltd, Morgan Omonitan & Abe Ltd, Kunle Ogunbayo & Associates Ltd and Consol Associates Ltd. Read more
Owerri Bar honours police commissioner, senior advocate
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Owerri branch in Imo State, has honoured the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Taiwo Lekanu and Chief Arthur Obi Okafor (SAN) for their contributions in the development of the country.
The awards were presented at the weeklong programme of the branch in Owerri, last week. According to a statement by Owerri NBA chairman, Mr. Lawrence Nwakaeti and the chairman of the Law week committee, Mr. N. A. Nnawuchi (SAN), Lekanu was honoured for his effort in stemming the tide of crime in the state since he assumed office as the State Commissioner of Police, while Okafor was honoured as the Pillar of Sports and philanthropy in the Eastern Bar Forum (EBF). Read more
Police arraign five men for alleged invasion, felony
Five men were arraigned by the police before a Lagos High Court, Igbosere over offences bordering on conspiracy, unlawful invasion and felony. Those arraigned are Bosun Sosanya, the Deputy Managing Director of Halogen Security Limited, Tayo Soetan, Chairman of Cashlink Finances Service Limited, a lawyer, Mr. Adebayo Ademiliyi and the duo of Friday Alika and Abubakar Audu, who are said to be security operatives. Read more
UNICEF enjoins journalists to prioritise children’s wellbeing
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has urged journalists to place the child’s wellbeing at the centre of child right abuses reportage in tandem with best global practices.
UNICEF Communication Officer, Lagos Office, Mrs. Blessing Ejiofor, said at the opening of a 2-day “Media Workshop on Ethical Reporting on Children,” which ended recently in Ibadan, Oyo State. Read more
Cross River super highway bogged down by politics
For over decades now, Cross River State has been noted for its landmark achievements in the areas of tourism, agriculture and rural development. And it was in the light of this that Governor Ben Ayade, at his inauguration on May 29, 2016, promised to execute three signature projects. These are the 260-kilometre Super Highway, Bakssi Deep Sea Port and Garment Factory.
He said the Super Highway was designed to start from a proposed deep sea port at Esighi in Bakassi Local Government, through the Cross River National Park and up to Katsina Ala in Benue State. Experts estimated the project to cost N700 billion or about $3.5 billion. Read more
AIG Zone 5, Mohammed, reads riot act to criminals
The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 5, Benin, Edo State, Mr. Abubakar Adamu Mohammed, has warned criminals to stay away from vandalizing public properties particularly, pipelines. Already, he said over 25 suspected criminals were arrested and illegal arms recovered.
He told Daily Sun that the zone disclosed that Tactical Operation Squad was launched in Delta State to fight armed robbers and kidnappers in the state. During his familiarization tour of the state, he asked officers and men to stick to professionalism and respect the fundamental human rights of citizens in the discharge of their duties: Read more
Uproar trails pipeline explosion in Rivers
There have been claims and counter-claims over the actual cause of the recent pipeline gas explosion that rocked Evekwu, Rumuji, Rumuodogo and Ibaa communities in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State. The number of people said to have lost their lives during the unfortunate incident has risen to 10, Daily Sun learnt.
Some of the victims were said to have drowned as they were trying to run away from the explosion site. Others were choked to death, while others died as a result of stampede. Read more
Workers berate goverment’s privatisation programme
The Public Services International (PSI) has flayed the entire privatization exercise of federal government, describing it as unfavourable to worker. Besides, the Lagos State Council of Trade Union Congress (TUC) has decried the recent bill passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly, denying Lagosians access to water.
Speaking at the African regional council meeting in Lagos, the vice chairman of PSI, comrade Adeyemi Peter, said the entire privatisation process in Nigeria is detrimental to workers’ welfare. Read more
Edo to offer job to IDP law graduate
The Edo State Government would offer employment to a female inmate at the Internally Displayed Persons (IDP) camp in the state who recently graduated as a lawyer. The state governor, Godwin Obaseki, stated this when he received members of the Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows Alumni Association of Nigeria in Benin. Read more
Police Parade 20 Suspects Over Ile Ife Crisis
The Nigeria police paraded suspects over the Ile-Ife crisis that claimed over a dozen lives and the destruction of properties worth millions of naira.
A statement signed by the force public relations officer CSP Jimoh Moshood yesterday said the police arrested 38 suspects but released 18 for lack of evidence and retained 20 people found culpable. Read more
NEITI worried about states’ debt profiles
Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has expressed concerns over the rising debt profile of state governments in the country.
Nigeria had secured over $18billion legacy debts cancellation from the Breton-wood institutions – World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during the past administrations, but many states are plunging the country back into the debts, which are being guaranteed by the Federal Government. Read more
Search continues for Orji’s body in Lagos lagoon
Nearly 48 hours after Dr. Allwell Orji, a medical practitioner with Mount Sinai Hospital, Papa Ajao, Mushin, jumped into the lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge, emergency responders have continued to comb the lagoon in search of the doctor’s body to no avail.
Orji had on Sunday evening ordered his driver to park his car, a Nissan Sports Utility Vehicle with registration number LND476EE at the Third Mainland Bridge before jumping into the water. Read more
NAS lavishes free medical on Bayelsa community
The road to Amatolo in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State is bumpy and dusty. The road, constructed through self-efforts of the people is passable only during the dry season.
During the rains, the people of Amatolo and adjoining communities resort to the use of boats to reach their kith and kin in the affected communities. However, the bumpy road is not the only source of worry to the people. Read more
FG introduces new immigration policy to check terrorism
The Federal Government,has introduced a new immigration policy known as “Immigration Regulations 2017,’’ to check terrorism and other trans-border crimes.
Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau unveiling the document in Abuja, yesterday. Read more
Kano to construct 500km roads in rural areas-Ganduje
Kano State Government, yesterday, said it had awarded contract for the construction of 500-kilometre access roads in rural areas across its 44 local governments.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said this at the inauguration of the construction of Kachako-Jiragi to Tsangaya roads in Garun Malam Local Government Area of the state. Read more
Sheriff, Makarfi Feud Triggers Mass Defection From PDP
The leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) involving the Senator Ahmed Makarfi camp and that of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is responsible for the gale of defection that is currently blowing across the party, LEADERSHIP checks have revealed.
It was gathered that stakeholders, including founding members of the party, are disturbed over the mass defection of prominent party leaders and their close associates from the party to the governing All Progressives Congress (APC). Read more
Nigeria’s e-Passport Database In Malaysian Firm’s Custody
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is not in charge of the country’s e-passport central database where all travel documents of its citizens are stored.
Investigations by LEADERSHIP has revealed that over ten years after the federal government, through the NIS, entered into a public private partnership with a Malaysian based firm, Irish Technology Limited (ISTL), for the upgrading of travel documents of Nigerians to an internationally compliant e-passport, the Service is still not in charge of the central database. Read more
Paris Club refund: FG releases disbursement template
As various states seek the release of the second tranche of the Paris Club refund, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, yesterday, released guidelines for further disbursement in line with extant rules and regulations.
Adeosun, who said the Ministry was reconciling its books with those of various states on the monies earlier released to ensure it was used for the intended purpose, noted that the overriding consideration for any further releases will be the current and projected cash flows of the federation as well as the outcome of the independent monitoring of compliance with terms and conditions attached to the previous releases. Read more
7.8m Permanent Voter Cards Yet To Be Collected – INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said yesterday that over 7.8 million Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) are yet to be collected.
INEC chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu, who stated this at the maiden quarterly consultative meeting with the media in Abuja, appealed to those yet to collect their PVCs to visit their local government areas to collect their cards.
He also announced that the Continuous Voters Registration will start in April ahead of the 2019 general elections. Read more
Anambra: An Emerging Start-up State And Our Collective Challenge
Every anniversary is a time for thanksgiving as well as time for deep and sober reflections. Since 1999, no consecutive three years have seen such level of turbulence and crisis in Nigeria’s economic and political life as the last three. Oil price collapsed, government revenues came under immense stress, exchange rate and inflation are at all-time high since 1999, unemployment has soared, insecurity and youth agitations intensified, workers and pensioners are owed by most state governments, poverty is escalating and the economy is in recession. Read more
World Bank approves $57bn for Nigeria, others
The World Bank Group has announced the approval of $57bn for Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African countries for the next three years.
A statement issued by the bank in Abuja on Monday said the World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, made the announcement before leaving for a trip to Rwanda and Tanzania to emphasise its support for the entire region. Read more
Breaking: AMCON sells keystone Bank
Keystone Bank Limited, the last amongst the batch of banks acquired by Central Bank of Nigeria, under the leadership of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, in 2009 has finally been sold off, after nearly eight years of legal tussles with the original owners under the brand name, Bank PHB. The Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, in a statement last night, said the bank was sold to Sigma Golf Nigeria Limited and Riverbank Investment Resources Limited (the Sigma Golf – Riverbank consortium). Read more
Saraki Charges N’Assembly Management on Accountability, Transparency
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has called on the management and staff of the National Assembly to embrace accountability and transparency in the running of the legislature, in the bid to support Nigeria’s quest for sustainable economic development.
Saraki spoke when he delivered the opening address at the retreat for management and staff of the National Assembly in Lokoja, yesterday, also called for adherence to all anti-corruption laws. Read more
Naira Sells for N444/$ As CBN Sustains Fx Intervention
Following last Wednesday’s sale of a total of $150 million through foreign exchange, forex, forwards by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Naira slightly appreciated at the street market closing Friday at N444 to the dollar.
The CBN sold a total of $150 million to authorised forex dealers in the interbank at the highest bid rate of N335/$1 and a marginal rate of N320/$1. Read more
FG’s stakes in multiple LNG projects led to their delay – Brass LNG Chairman
A former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the NNPC and Chairman of Brass LNG, Mr. Jackson Gaius-Obaseki, and other industry stakeholders in an interview monitored on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), said the decision by government to undertake three LNG projects led to the failure to complete any of them, Daily Trust reports. Read more
Crude oil theft: FG amends charge against Shell
The Federal Government has amended its suit against Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and its subsidiary, Shell Western Supply & Trading Limited, over alleged crude oil theft
The plaintiff’s counsel, Mr. Ituah Imhanze told Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos of an application to make changes to the statement of claim. Read more
- Africa Crude-Angola works out term allocations, Nigerian weaker
Angolan state oil company Sonangol was working out its term allocations for May cargoes, traders said on Monday, while ample supply was heard to be weighing on the value of Nigerian crude.
* The May loading programme emerged on Friday with 54 cargoes, or 1.67 million barrels per day, versus 53 in April. Read more
NNPC seeks $15bn to generate 4,000mw electricity
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, said it is looking for an investment of about $15 billion to help achieve its plans to boost gas supply in the country and generate about 4,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity within the next 10 years. The NNPC, in a statement in Abuja, stated that the 4,000mw power generation target would be achieved through the construction of independent power plants. Read more
Senate tasks Pinnick
The Senate has urged the President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, to make the best use of his new position as an executive member of Confederation of African Football.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly urged Pinnick to make a positive impact while representing Nigeria in CAF. Read more
Eagles London Camp Opens with 17 Players
Ahead of Thursday’s international friendly with the Terenga’s Lions of Senegal, 17 players opened Super Eagles camp in London yesterday. Team Coordinator, Dayo Enebi, who was part of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) advance party, listed players in camp to include; Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi and his Leicester teammate Ahmed Musa, Carl Ikeme, Ogenyi Onazi and Isaac Success. Also in camp last night are players like, Leon Balogun, William Paul Ekong, Tyrone Ebuehi, John Ogu, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Kenneth Omeruo. Read more
CAF Champions League : Kalu bemoans Rangers elimination
It was all grimaces, as Pillar of Sports, Orji Uzor Kalu, got the news of Enugu Rangers ouster from the elite CAF Champions League last Sunday. The Flying Antelopes crashed out 5-3 aggregate despite beating Zamalek of Egypt 2-1 in Enugu at the Weekend.
Kalu said: “This is a terrible result. I thought Rangers would fight like wounded Lions inspite of the 4-1 first leg deficit. Scoring three goals at home was not out of this world. They did it against another Egyptian side, Mehalla in 1975. The same happened to Zambia’s Green Buffaloes in 1976.” Read more
Concerned Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp surprised by this decision
The Liverpool teenager has previously represented Wales’ Under 19s but received his first senior call up on Wednesday for their upcoming World Cup qualifier against Republic of Ireland.
Jurgen Klopp has been keen to protect the 17-year-old from the spotlight and only found out about Woodburn’s inclusion when the decision was made public. And the German boss says he was expecting a call from Coleman prior to the announcement. Read more
Iniesta: I didn’t want to move to Barca as a youngster
Andres Iniesta, 32, needed a lot of convincing to leave his family behind at a young age.
Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta revealed he did not want to leave his hometown to join the Spanish giants as a youngster. Spain international Iniesta, 32, was 12 when he uprooted himself from Fuentealbilla in Albacete for Barcelona after making trips with his family to meet club officials. Read more
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy got death threats over Claudio Ranieri sacking
Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has said he was subjected to death threats and his wife targeted by aggressive motorists after allegations that he contributed to the sacking of manager Claudio Ranieri.
The 30-year-old striker, on England duty for this week’s friendly with Germany and World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, said he had suffered abuse walking along the street and also said his wife had been repeatedly “cut up” while driving. Read more
Germany, England to blood youngsters in glamour football friendly
World champions Germany host England in a prestige friendly in Dortmund on Wednesday with both coaches primed to give youth its head for one of football’s great rivalries.
But that is where the similarities end for Joachim Loew and Gareth Southgate, who is in charge for the first time as England’s permanent manager. Read more
NSW opposition warns against plan for voter ID requirements at polling booths
The New South Wales opposition has warned against a plan to force voters to show identification at polling booths, saying the laws are unnecessary and would serve only to disenfranchise parts of the electorate.
The NSW government is due to respond in coming months to a parliamentary committee’s report on the 2015 state election, which recommended that voters be required to produce ID in future polls. Read more
Greek Police Intercept Eight Parcel Bombs Headed to E.U. Countries
Police in Greece have discovered and neutralized eight parcel bombs, addressed to European Union finance officials and businesses in various European countries, at a postal sorting office near Athens.
The discovery Monday came after letter bombs were sent last week to the German Finance Ministry and the Paris office of the International Monetary Fund, where a small explosion injured a member of staff. Read more
A Passenger Plane Crash-Landed and Burned in South Sudan but All 49 People Onboard Survived
A passenger plane crash-landed and burned in Wau, northwestern South Sudan on Monday, but all 49 passengers and crew survived, an airport official said.
The plane was landing but then crashed, said Wau’s Acting Airport Manager Stephen Youngule. Read more
Japan cabinet approves anti-conspiracy bill amid civil rights concerns
Japan’s cabinet on Tuesday approved legislation that would penalise criminal conspiracies, a move critics say threatens civil liberties, but officials say is needed to prevent terrorist targeting events like the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Proponents say the steps are vital in a security climate where terrorism risks have grown and in order to ratify a U.N. Treaty aimed at battling international organised crime.
Japan’s cabinet on Tuesday approved legislation that would penalise criminal conspiracies, a move critics say threatens civil liberties, but officials say is needed to prevent terrorist targeting events like the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Proponents say the steps are vital in a security climate where terrorism risks have grown and in order to ratify a U.N. Treaty aimed at battling international organised crime. Read more
David Cameron jokes he doesn’t have to hear Donald Trump ‘wiretaps’ anymore
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron jokes he doesn’t have to listen to US president Donald Trump’s “wiretapped” conversations anymore.
Mr Cameron addressed 2,000 people at Rhode Island’s Brown University on Monday. The Providence Journal reports Cameron says he’s optimistic shared American and British values of freedom, equality and justice will prevail over nationalism and isolation. Read more
US bans electronic devices on flights from eight majority-Muslim countries
Donald Trump’s administration has banned airline passengers from eight Middle Eastern countries from carrying large electronic devices.
No American carriers are impacted by the ban, which involves any device larger than a mobile phone. Read more