* I never stole Nigeria’s money –Alison-Madueke * We’re unsure if Nnamdi Kanu is alive – Parents

* I never stole Nigeria’s money –Alison-Madueke * We’re unsure if Nnamdi Kanu is alive – Parents

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 14, 2015

I never stole Nigeria’s money –Alison-Madueke

A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has said she did not use her position to steal Nigeria’s money.

Alison-Maduekwe, who looked frail told the Publisher of Ovation Magazine and TheBoss Newspaper, Dele Momodu, said she performed her duties to the best of her knowledge and abilities. Read more

We’re unsure if Nnamdi Kanu is alive – Parents

PARENTS of detained promoter of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu have urged the Federal Government to order the release their son from detention.

His father, the monarch of Isiama Afaraukwu in Umuahia North Council Area of Abia State said he was surprised at the prolonged detention of his son. Read more

Army Kills 7 Boko Haram Members In Gwoza

At least 7 Boko Haram terrorists were killed and several others arrested on Friday after a heavy gunbattle between the insurgents and troops of the Nigeria army in Gwoza, Borno state, officials said. Gwoza was once the so-called headquarters of Boko Haram.

The terrorists, according to army officials, had made a desperate attempt to show relevanve by attacking soldiers in Gwoza town, 200km away from Maiduguri, the state caputal. Read more

Mandela’s widow meets Chibok girls’ parents in Lagos

More than a year after the Boko Haram sect abducted 219 Chibok girls, Mrs. Graca Machel, widow of the late former South African President, Nelson Mandela, met with parents of the schoolgirls.

Machel met with some of the girls’ parents in Lagos on Friday and urged them to remain strong, reported the BBC. Read more

Urhobo denounces inclusion in map of Biafra

THE Urhobo nation yesterday denounced its membership in the proposed map of Biafra by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. Making the position known yesterday in a statement, National Publicity Secretary of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, Alhaji Mumakai-Unagha, warned that Urhobo and its territories should be counted out from any IPOB plan. Read more

Okorocha turning Imo into a Banana State, group laments

For forcefully executing his privatization programme in Imo State, Governor Rochas Okorocha has incurred the wrath of former lawmakers and council chairmen from the State who described his actions as “barbaric and incredible”, just as they called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the governor to order. Read more

Buhari’s certificate: Defence minister flays Minimah over scandal

The Minister of Defence, Monsur Dan-Ali, on Friday revisited President Muhammadu Buhari’s certificate scandal by lambasting the then leadership of the Nigerian Army under Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah.

Dan-Ali said that it was inconceivable for the former Chief of Army Staff to say that Buhari, who was a former Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, did not have the requisite West African School Certificate for the last presidential election. Read more

Some ministers are round pegs in square holes, says Afenifere

The Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has said that not all ministers of President Muhammadu Buhari are rounds pegs in round holes.

Speaking through its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, on Friday, the group said portfolios given to some ministers did not reflect their backgrounds. Read more

Fuel queues worsen despite 1.4 billion litres supply

Despite a guaranteed national supply of 1,413,366,814.66 litres of petrol for November 2015, the queues for premium motor spirit at some filling stations across the country grew worse on Friday.

In their national stock analysis released in Abuja on Friday, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and its subsidiary, Pipelines and Product Marketing Company, stated that the country currently has 656.38 million litres of PMS which will last for at least 16 days. Read more

INEC personnel working for Bayelsa PDP – Sylva

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming election in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, has alleged that a senior officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission is working for the Peoples Democratic in the state.

The former governor made the allegation on Friday in a statement by his campaign outfit, the Sylva-Igiri Campaign Organisation. Read more

Glo: Building Enduring Ofala Brand with Onitsha Cultural Festival

For Globaom, sponsorship of the annual ofala festival of Onitsha kingdom has become one veritable platform for connecting with the people of the biggest commercial city in West of Africa but the entire Eastern geopolitical zone. And the relationship which started five years ago has been a win-win for both parties as the traditional festival has been elevated to one of the most attended tourism/festival in Nigeria. With a deal struck through signing of the first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Next Generation Network, Globacom, and the Onitsha Traditional Council, headed by the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, for the sponsorship of Ofala festival in August 2011 and renewed in September, 2013 the festival which takes place every October has consistently elevated both brands, ofala festival and Glo, into the most celebrated marriageRead more

ON THE TRAIL OF MADAME DIEZANI (PART 2)

But the Diezani Alison Madueke story changed all that. It was too compelling to restrict to the Pendulum column alone.  And here we are with what promises to be an exciting addition to the media landscape in Nigeria and beyond featuring an enthralling cover story that will educate and entertain the readers. Read more

Ministerial Screening: Ekweremadu’s Exemplary Leadership

That the events surrounding the screening and confirmation of former Governor Rotimi Amechi as Minister by the Senate was acrimonious is no longer news.

Not even the emergence of the leadership of the 8th Senate could polarize the Senate strictly along political party lines as the screening exercise did. It could be recalled that the 49 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senators-elect did not nominate any of their own to run against Senator Bukola Saraki to take advantage of the absence of some APC Senators.  Read more

NESREA to Begin Enforcement of EPR Policy, Commends Nigerian Beverage Alliance

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has announced its determination to commence the enforcement of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy in the first quarter of 2016. This was disclosed recently by the agency’s Director-General, Dr. Lawrence Anukam, at a 2-day workshop with stakeholders organized in Lagos to further sensitize companies in the food and beverage sector, in particular, on the EPR operational guidelines released by the agency last year. Read more

Adieu, Dr Chijioke Nwosu – 1947 to 2015

The Nigerian Civil War of 1967 – 1970 affected our education negatively by drawing us back for the three years the war lasted. He was in class 5 and I was in class 4 in the famous Methodist College Uzuakoli when the war broke out in 1967. In 1970 a good number of us returned to the school to finish our secondary education. Those of us in class 4 were promoted to class 5 to take the WASC exam in 1970. Read more

Pinnacle Oil and Gas, Finance Consortium Sign Pact on Special Mooring Infrastructure in Lekki

Pinnacle Oil and Gas Limited, the company developing a revolutionary mooring infrastructure for ships with petroleum products at the Lekki Free Trade Zone, Lagos yesterday signed a pact with consortium of banks that will fund the project.
The local banks that are working with off-shore financiers are: Diamond Bank, FCMB and IBTC and the project cost is put at about $250 million. Read more

Eko Hotel’s Art Gallery Exhibits Another Congo

Amajor exhibition of the work of two most celebrated photojournalists in the world has begun in Lagos.  The magnum photographers, Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin, perhaps the best-known photojournalists of our times are the latest exhibit at Art Twenty One gallery, thanks to Access Bank, Eko Hotel & Suites and other corporate organisations that sponsored the exhibition in association with CT Arts Initiatives. Read more

‘We Specialise in Snatching Mobile Handsets in Lagos Traffic Jams’

Luck ran out for a 20-year-old a prospective candidate of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), who is currently a guest of the operatives attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( SARS ) of the Lagos State Police Command headquarters, Ikeja. Read more

Ogundokun Calls Soyinka Un-relentless Liar, Challenges Him to Debate

The Publisher of Conscience International Magazine, High Chief Abiola Ogundokun, has taken issues with Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, who in his new book took a swipe on the publisher, describing him in derogatory terms.
In his book-“InterInventions, Between Defective Memory and The Public Lie”-released recently, Soyinka alleged that Ogundokun always made himself available “for hire to the most noxious of Nigerian rulers, both at the central and state levels, most notably, the infamous rogue and murderer, General Sani Abacha.” He also labelled the Conscience publisher a liar, rapist and fugitive. Read more

‘PMB Should Give Nigeria Policy Direction’

The issue is not just about Civil Servants who perpetrate fraud and all the rest, the issue is about individuals. The Treasury Single Account has its own advantages and disadvantages, the positive side of it is that it will check the cost of administration and at the same time, it is going to increase unemployment. Banks that keep government accounts were using the monies to loan to government agencies and parastatals. And using government money to still give loan to government at the same time is not right.  Read more

MTN’s one trillion naira dilemma!

The imposition of one trillion naira fine (over five billion dollars) on the Nigeria subsidiary of commu­nication giant, MTN, has been a source of concern to the global community since the news broke. There have been arguments for and against, either justify­ing the need for such action or insisting that the fine was clearly a political issue and definitely not good for business. Read more

APC and Its Strategies for Kogi 2015

Quite a number of untidy campaign strategies and planning deployed since the commencement of electioneering ahead of the November 21 governorship poll in Kogi State appear to have gone sour for the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu.

Notable among others, are the decision to withhold bailout funds due to Kogi State, Audu’s choice of running mate and the defection of Jibrin Isah, a.k.a. Echocho. Too many wrong calculations by the APC egg heads in Abuja and at Kogi State, have turned out to be monumental mistakes which, rather than work for the party are working against it. Read more

Dasuki, DSS Rascality and our Journey Back to the Dark Ages

In the wake of what we described as the simultaneous invasion of the homes of Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd), the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA) in Abuja and Sokoto Gestapo-style by men of the Department for State Security (DSS), this writer wrote an essay titled “Dasuki: Are We Back to the Dark Ages?”  which appeared in ThisDay newspaper of 25th July, 2015, wherein the writer expressed fears that the operations of the DSS against individuals possibly classified as political enemies of government was leading us back to the dark ages of citizens’ brutalisation, disrespect for citizens’ rights, flagrant disregard for our courts and the rule of law. Read more

Vincent Enyeama:Exceptional Goalkeeper

He is Nigeria’s most capped player of all time. Concluding his international career with a whopping 100 caps, Enyeama perhaps like others ventured into football to become a striker. Perhaps he also looked up to legends of the game like Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo and so on, scoring goals that would leave audiences too impressed to sit down. Nevertheless, Enyeama followed the path that has brought him so much acclaimed popularity, he became a renowned goalkeeper. He is also known to be one of the few of his kind in the world with goal scoring abilities! Read more

The Imperative of Economic Diversification by DMO

Nwankwo’s verdict which shortly after the opening of a one-day enlightenment workshop for Nigerian students in Kaduna also stressed that the economy is not only resilient and diversifiable but has started a robust journey upward under the present administration.
He said: “Nigeria should be very proud that it has a CBN, it has an economic system that in spite of the oil shock we had our economy still remains strong. Other countries that have been in similar position, countries like Venezuela, Russia, have had their currencies devalued very rapidly in the 30 days of the oil shock.  Read more

The Biafra Of Their Dream

Before the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, the supposed promoter of ‘Radio Biafra’, many Nigerians had not heard of, listened to the medium or even heard of its existence. Soon after, the whole place is awash with news, comments and expressions of fear that the spirit of Biafra is about to be  resurrected in a manner that may give rise to another war. Read more

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