*I got N2.1b from NSA’s office, Dokpesi admits* *MTN Must Pay N1.04trn Fine, FG Insists*

*I got N2.1b from NSA’s office, Dokpesi admits* *MTN Must Pay N1.04trn Fine, FG Insists*

Sabinews Morning News Update for December 3, 2015

National News

I got N2.1b from NSA’s office, Dokpesi admits

One of the key suspects in the $2billion “phoney” arms contracts has admitted receiving N2.1billion from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

Chief Raymond Dokpesi, founder of Daar Communication (Ray Power and AIT),  told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that the cash was payment for publicity. Read more

MTN Must Pay N1.04trn Fine, FG Insists

The federal government has insisted that MTN Nigeria must pay the N1.04 trillion fine issued against it by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Minister of Communication, Barr Adebayo Shittu, made who known yesterday, in Abuja, said the federal government is not letting up on the fine. Read more

Jigawa community decries school’s state

The Community of Sankara village of Ringim Local Government Area of Jigawa State is not happy about the lack of learning facilities at the 63-year old primary school in the village.

Chairman of the Sankara Community Development Association, Alhassan Bello Sankara, voiced their concern during the inauguration of toilet facilities constructed at the Sankara Primary School by the association in collaboration with a DFID funded programme known as M4D. Read more

Osun sacks 82 College of Education workers

A gale of retrenchment yesterday swept through Osun State as no fewer than 82 workers of Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun, were sacked by the management of the state-owned institution.

The affected workers, who were relieved of their duties were mostly members of the non-Academic Staff Union of the college. Read more

Driver remanded over alleged murder, robbery

Justice Raliat Adebiyi, of a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, yesterday, remanded a driver, Samuel Moradeyo in prison custody over alleged armed robbery and murder.

The defendant is facing a four count charge of conspiracy, robbery, armed robbery and murder preferred against him by Lagos State Government. Read more

1,000 Policemen lost to insurgency in North-East — Borno CP

The Nigeria Police Force has lost over 1,000 of its men in the last six years due to the insurgency in the North-East of the country.

This was revealed by the newly posted Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Shuaibu Gambo, during a courtesy visit to Governor Kashim Shettima at the Government House, Maiduguri, yesterday. Read more

Enugu women demonstrate over sexual abuse

A coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, including the Women Aid Collective, WACOL and Tamar Sarc, has raised alarm over what it described as a sharp increase of sexual abuse against women in Enugu State.

The coalition said that sexual molesters in Enugu “do not know the difference in the age of women as they abuse young girls ranging from five to 10 years.” Read more

Man dies aboard Arik Air plane

A middle-aged passenger, yesterday, died aboard an Arik Air flight from Owerri to Lagos. The man, who boarded the flight from Owerri, was confirmed dead at  the Lagos airport when his body was brought down from the aircraft after he failed to disembark with other passengers.

The deceased was said to be in the company of his relative and started showing signs of discomfort midway into the flight. Read more

Lagos Okada riders sue NURTW over leadership imposition

The leadership of Motorcycle Opera­tors Association of Lagos State, MOALS, Zone A, has protested an alleged attempt by the Lagos State Council of National Union of Road Transport Work­ers, NURTW, to disband them on the guise of pre­venting a situation of vio­lence in MOALS ZONE A, Lagos State.

Consequently, the Oka­da riders have filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, suit num­ber FHC/C/CS/1811/15, MOALS ZONE A, praying the court to restrain the NURTW from acting as a superior and supervisory body over them. They are also asking the court to stop the purported ap­pointment of a crop of NURTW members as new leaders for Okada rider under the pretense of coming to resolve an inter­nal crisis in the MOALS ZONE A. Read More

Fuel scarcity over soon, says minister

Following approval of the subsidy payment by the National Assembly, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday assured Nigerians that the fuel scarcity would be over in a few days.

The minister, who spoke at Daily Trust in Abuja, also said the 2016 budget, to be submitted to the National Assembly soon, ‘’will address the yearnings of Nigerians’’. Read more

‘Jonathan administration ignored MTN’s breach of rule’

The Minister of Communcations Technology, Mr Adebayo Shittu yesterday in Abuja, said the  Goodluck Jonathan administration ignored the subscriber identity module (SIM) card regulation breach which earned MTN N1.4trillion ($5.2billion).

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) found MTN guilty of “criminally” warehousing 5.2 million pre-registered SIM cards on its network. Read more

No new concession on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, says ICRC

No new concession has been granted on the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Express-way, the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), has said.

In a statement, the Head, Communications, ICRC, Ms. Deborah Okafor, said to the “best of its knowledge, there has been no new concession  granted  as  required  by law and the National Policy on Public Private Partnership on Lagos Ibadan expressway,” saying news reports that Government  has  granted  a  new  ‘secret concession’ on the expressway  through  “a  back  door  arrangement,” are false. Read more

Rivers suspends overseas scholarships for students

Rivers State Government has suspended its overseas scholarships for students of the state origin  in foreign universities, saying it will only pay the tuition fees for those in final year.

Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Onimim  Jack, disclosed this to parents of the students, yesterday, in Port Harcourt.  She said the government would see how the students would continue their studies in the state-owned universities, adding that the decision to suspend the scholarship scheme was due to paucity of funds. Read more

Buhari leaves for S-Africa today to discuss railway, power projects with China’s President

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja for South Africa today to participate in the Forum on China/Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg where he will ask China’s President Xi Jinping to fund rail and power projects urgently needed to diversify an economy hit hard by a plunge in oil prices.

The meeting would be a continuation of his interaction with Jinping which began in New York during the last General Assembly of the United Nations, UN. Read more

Okowa sets to complete Ughelli-Asaba Road project

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, has set in motion, modalities for the completion of Ughelli-Asaba Road dualisation project.

The Special Project Director in charge of the road, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, made the disclosure while addressing newsmen during an inspection tour of the project. Read more

Economy

Nigeria’s Forex Reserves Drop to $29.88 Billion

Nigeria’s foreign reserves fell below $30 billion for the first time in more than four months, putting more pressure on the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) bid to defend the naira and avoid a devaluation.

Gross reserves decreased to $29.881 billion as at December 1, the first time they have fallen below $30 billion since July 13, according to data from the central bank. Read more

Nigeria’s Leasing Transactions Record N4.8trn in 10 Years

The leasing industry added assets worth over N4.8 trillion to capital formation in the Nigerian economy in the last 10 years, the Equipment Leasing Association of Nigeria (ELAN) has revealed.

In 2014, outstanding lease volume was estimated at N869 billion, up from N780 billion in 2013, representing a growth rate of 11.3 percent. Read more

Sports

Egypt Boxes Dream Team into Tight Corner

Egypt fought back from two goals down to hold Nigeria to a 2-2 draw in an U23 AFCON Group B match in Mbour yesterday and stay alive in the tournament.

Like it was against Mali on Sunday, Nigeria raced into a good lead in the first half, before they again collapsed after the interval. Read more

Enyeama Stops St Etienne As Ezekiel, Eleke, Henty Score

Nigerian forward Imoh Ezekiel was on target for Anderlecht in the Belgian Cup against Kortrijk on Wednesday night but it was not enough as they lost 4-2. Ezekiel was later substituted in the 60th minute for Idrissa Sylla.

Genk, parading Nigerian defender Wilfred Ndidi, advanced into the next round following their 5-4 penalty shootout win against Sporting Charleroi. Both teams had played 1-1 in regulation time. Read more

Nigeria’s first goalkeeper dies at 91

Ibiam 91, died in the early hours of yesterday at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia, Abia State.

The nation’s pioneer goal tender who hailed from Unwana, Ebonyi State; the same town with the late nationalist, Ezeogo Akanu Ibiam had a flourishing football career that spanned three decades, fif­teen of which was with the national team. Read more

World News

11 Killed in Attacks on 2 Ivory Coast Military Camps

Eleven people, including seven soldiers, were killed Wednesday in clashes with 15 unidentified gunmen in two military camps in the Ivory Coast near the border with Liberia, said a U.N. source with knowledge of the events.

The West African nation has been attacked by unidentified armed men near its border with Liberia on at least three previous occasions in the past two years, including one assault in January in which two soldiers were killed. Read more

Rwanda observes world disability day

Rwanda is today joining the rest of the world to celebrate the UN International Day for Persons with Disabilities, a day that aims to promote an understanding of the issues that PWD (people with disabilities) face while mobilising support for the dignity, rights and the wellbeing of the PWDs.

While the national event will be held at Ubworoherane stadium in Musanze District, Northern Province, other events will be held at the district level around the country. Read more

Sudan regime engaged in massive theft: Enough Project

A new report published today details how the governing regime in Sudan is structured to extract the nation’s wealth in order to maintain power, benefit elites, and sustain violent and repressive campaigns against its citizenry. Published by the Enough Project in its “Forum” series, “Kleptocracy in Khartoum: Self-Enrichment by the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party,” is authored by Professor Eric Reeves of Smith College, a Senior Fellow at the Enough Project. Read more

Cameroon troops free 900 hostages held by Boko Haram

Cameroon’s government spokesman says troops have freed 900 hostages held by Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremists, killed more than 100 fighters and arrested 100 others. Issa Tchiroma Bakary said Wednesday that Cameroonians, Chadians and Nigerians held by the Islamic extremists were freed in an operation from Nov. 27 to 29 from several camps by joint forces from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Benin. He said they are being reunited with families. Read more

Kenya clinches $200 million World Bank water deal

On the margins of the UN Climate Conference in Paris, Water and Irrigation Services Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, and Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, signed the water purchase agreement guaranteeing delivery of water to Kenya’s second city.

The signing was witnessed by the World Bank Water Director Junaid Ahmad. The World Bank had made the water purchase agreement a condition for funding the development of Mwache dam in Mazeras, Kwale County. Read more

Two suspects dead after 14 killed in shooting rampage in California

A man and a woman suspected of taking part in a shooting that killed 14 people and wounded 17 at a Southern California social services agency on Wednesday died in a shootout with police hours later, authorities said.

The suspects fled the scene of the shooting in San Bernardino, about 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles, and two people died a few hours later in a shootout when police confronted them in their getaway vehicle. One police officer was injured. Read more

Brazil asks court to uphold closure of Vale Amazon nickel mine

Brazil’s attorney general has asked the supreme court to uphold the closure of Brazilian mining company Vale SA’s Onça Puma nickel mine for allegedly failing to meet the terms of its environmental license, the prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Attorney General Rodrigo Janot made the request in response to a petition by the state of Pará to reopen the mine, ordered closed in August, on the grounds that the shutdown puts 850 jobs at risk and threatens the region’s economy, according to a statement from his office. Read more

UK launches first Syria air strikes after MPs approval

RAF Tornado jets have carried out their first air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

The strikes came hours after MPs voted in favour of UK air strikes in Syria. Read more

 

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