Sabinews Midday News Update for June 21, 2015
Governors to Meet Buhari on Bailout Strategy on Tuesday
President Muhammadu Buhari is set to meet with the governors of the 36 states of the federation on Tuesday to discuss modalities for the bailout from the poor finances of the states and payment of debts owed them for the execution of federal projects in their respective states.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Saturday assured Nigerians that the nation’s four refineries will resume operations in July. Read more
US church to reopen after deadly shooting
The historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine black people were killed when a white man opened fire during a Bible study, will reopen on Sunday.
Arriving from around the US on Saturday to pay respects to those killed, mourners created makeshift memorials as a small step toward healing from the latest US mass shooting. Cleaning crews worked at the church on Saturday and church members announced they will hold a Sunday service. Read more
Be ready for war, CDS warns oil thieves
Following rising cases of oil theft in the Niger Delta region, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh, has warned oil thieves to desist from the act or be ready to face deadly gun battle.
Badeh gave the warning on Friday while inaugurating the permanent complex of the Joint Task Military Force’s Operation Pulo Shield headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Read more
France urges Israel, Palestine to resume talks
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has urged Israel and Palestine to return to the negotiating table quickly, warning that the stalemate in the peace process risked setting the conflict “ablaze.”
US-led efforts to broker a so-called two-state solution collapsed in April 2014 and leaders on both sides have since been weakened politically. But with the region’s crises worsening and Washington reassessing its options on relations with Israel, France sees a narrow window to resume negotiations.“We have to do the maximum so that the two sides restart negotiations,” Fabius told reporters after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. “We think that by doing nothing there will be the twin risk of stalemate and setting [the conflict] ablaze.” Read more
South Korea reports three new MERS cases
South Korea has reported three new cases of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, bringing the total number of people infected to 169 in the largest outbreak outside of Saudi Arabia.
The country’s health ministry also reported its 25th fatality on Sunday, after the death of a patient who also had a heart condition and diabetes. Read more
Pro-Saraki senators reject Lawan, Akume as Senate leaders
The current crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress, worsened on Saturday when senators loyal to Senate President, Bukola Saraki, vowed to resist alleged moves by the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and other party chieftains to impose Senators Ahmad Lawan and George Akume as the Senate leader and deputy, respectively.
Senators Ahmed Sani-Yerima and Danjuma Goje, who spoke with journalists in Abuja, specifically declared that the plans by the leadership of the APC to fill the remaining four principal-officer positions with ranking members of the Senate Unity Forum was totally unacceptable. Read more
PDP governors meet on Muazu’s replacement
As part of efforts to move the Peoples Democratic Party forward, its governors will meet in Abuja on Monday to discuss ways of getting a new National Chairman for the party.
The meeting, which will be presided over by the chairman of the Forum, who is also the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, is expected to discuss how to get a substantive chairman for the party. The party’s former National Chairman, Mr. Adamu Mu’azu, was pressurised to resign by some members of the party, including governors, following the disastrous outing of the party during the last general election. Read more
Jonathan’s close ally defects to APC
Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s close friend, Mr. Diekivie Ikiogha, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State.
Ikiogha, who is a founding member of the PDP, crossed over to the APC at an elaborate ceremony held on Saturday at the Kpansia open field, Yenagoa, the state capital. Read more
How Crude Oil Swaps, OPAs Stalled NNPC Refinery Operations
The Crude for Petroleum Products Exchange Agreements, better known as crude oil swaps, and Offshore Processing Agreements (OPAs), entered into by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and oil traders between 2011 and 2014, are to blame for the abysmally low output from NNPC’s refineries and the high importation of petroleum products into the country, THISDAY has learnt.
Extensive interviews with officials of NNPC and industry operators revealed that contrary to the perception that has been created for some time that the nation’s four refineries were operating at suboptimal capacity, thus necessitating the massive importation of petroleum products, certain elements within the system, with endorsement of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, ensured that the refineries were starved of crude oil. Read more
Reserves Depletion: CBN May Bar Rice Importers from Accessing Forex
There are indications that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) may stop granting traders access to foreign exchange for the importation of rice in order to enable local production of the staple food to thrive. The decision is expected to reduce further depletion of the nation’s foreign reserves, which stood at $29.008 billion as at June 18, 2015, after falling from $29.819 billion in the corresponding date last month.
The apex bank is said to have realised that local rice farmers across the country have the capacity to cater for the needs of the rice consuming populace. THISDAY learnt that following a fact-finding visit of relevant CBN staff to some rice producing states of the Federation, the banking regulatory authority observed that for some time, local rice farmers had been reporting substantial and sustained improvement in both the quantity and quality of their rice harvests. Read more
Police: Why We Released Lebanese Suspect
The Nigeria Police Force has given reasons for the release of a Lebanese national Mr. Ahmad Mehdi arrested last month in Umuahia, Abia State for alleged theft, saying he was released on bail to enable the Force compile documents for his extradition.
Commissioner of Police in charge of Interpol in Nigeria, Mr. Rasheed Akintunde told THISDAY Saturday that his office was compiling documents to forward to the Federal Ministry of Justice to facilitate Mehdi’s extradition to Lebanon. Read more
Multiple Auto-crash Injures 7 People At Ihiala, Anambra
Mr Sunday Ajayi, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Anambra, confirmed that a ghastly accident involving five vehicles occurred on Saturday afternoon at Orlu road junction, Ihiala, Anambra.
He said seven persons were injured, adding that they were successfully rescued and rushed to undisclosed hospital for urgent medical attention. Read more
NiMet Predicts Cloudy Weather Condition For Sunday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy weather conditions over the central states of the country on Sunday.
The predictions are contained in the Weather Outlook issued by NiMet’s Central Forecast Office (CFO) on Saturday in Abuja.It stated that there would be prospects of overnight and early morning localised thunderstorms over Abuja, Jos and Lafia. Read more
Cabinet Reshuffle: Borno Governor Dumps Jidda, Reappoints Gusau
Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, has appointed Alhaji Usman Shuwa Jidda as the new secretary to the government of Borno State (SSG), to replace Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, just as he retained his ‘dependable’ spokesman, Isa Umar Gusau, as the special adviser on Communication and Strategy in the governor’s list of first appointees.
Ambassador Jidda, a seasoned technocrat who had been the SSG of Borno State in the past one decade had since the last election distanced himself from the government, a development many insiders in the APC government alleged was as a result of some cold war between himself and the governor. Read more
Police Deny Arrest Order Of Producers Of Illicit Drinks In Bayelsa
Authorities of the Bayelsa State Police Command yesterday denied claims that it has issued an order directing policemen in the state to arrest the producers of the illicit drinks popularly known as Ogogoro in the state.
According to the Police, no order or instructions has been given to policemen to arrest anyone selling or drinking ogogoro, “the public are advised to go about their lawful and legitimate businesses, they should report to the appropriate authorities, the conduct of any policeman who arrests, extorts, intimidates people of the state.” Read more
Lagos APC cautions tanker drivers
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State has cautioned tanker drivers to be mindful of the lives and properties of Lagosians. The party said the two tanker accidents are worrisome. It urged tanker drivers must take extra precaution to avoid a recurrence.
A statement by its Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, said: “We deeply sympathise with the victims of the Iyana Ipaja and Idimu incidents. We feel their pain and see their loss as a loss to Lagos. Read more
NASS crisis: Buhari to meet Dogara, Saraki, Lawan groups
The process of healing the wounds inflicted on the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the recent emergence of Dr. Bukola Saraki as Senate President and Yakubu Dogara as House of Representatives Speaker may have been set in motion by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The President plans to meet Dr. Saraki, Dogara and the aggrieved members of the Unity Forum, supporters of Senator Ahmed Lawan, who was the APC’s official candidate for the Senate Presidency. The meeting may come up this week, The Nation gathered last night. Read more
RACE FOR JEGA’S JOB:The 2019 calculations
As the National Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, whose tenure has expired, prepares to retire from the commission on June 30, 2015; the world is eager to know who would step into his big shoes.
The Nation’s investigation shows that the high expectation over Jega’s successor is primarily anchored both on 2019 political calculations and on the need to ensure that the new chief electoral umpire in Nigeria will not just match the outgoing INEC boss’ commitment to electoral reforms but will have the capacity to exceed his achievements in that area. Read more
Cult groups clash claims 2 lives, injures 10 in Anambra
Two suspected cultists were killed, while 10 others sustained injuries, when two rival cult groups clashed at Nkpor community, near Onitsha in Anambra on Saturday.
Mr Hassan Musa, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in-charge of Ogidi Divisional Police Headquarters, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with newsmen. Read more
1600 applicants write exams into Oyo College of Nursing – Official
Dr Olayemisi Iyiola, Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Ministry of Health, on Saturday said one thousand six hundred applicants wrote the entrance examination into Oyo State College of Nursing and Midwifery.
Iyiola, whose ministry oversees the college, disclosed this while monitoring the entrance examination which took place at the college premises in Ibadan.Read more
Cat bites woman, woman bites man: German police
A cat bit a woman in Germany, sending her into such a rage that she then repeatedly bit and beat her boyfriend, the owner of the pet, police said Sunday.
A police spokesman said that the 26-year-old woman was attacked by her 39-year-old partner’s feline in the western city of Hagen in the early hours of Saturday. Read more
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