SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE DECEMBER 7, 2018
I’ll sign Petroleum Bill once I get it — Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday declared that he would sign the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill into law once the bill was presented to him. Buhari spoke at a lecture to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers in Abuja. The President said the bill, when signed into law, would address most of the challenges of oil workers. Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, urged the oil union to support his administration towards ensuring better welfare for workers.
Nigeria was more prosperous under PDP, says Atiku
The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday compared the PDP governments with the present All Progressives Congress administration, saying Nigerians had the longest and consistent record of prosperity and peace under the PDP administration. Atiku, who made the assertion at the Mapo hall, Ibadan at the South-West presidential rally of the PDP, also promised to begin the restructuring of the country within six months of assumption of office. uhari plunged Nigeria into huge debts. He also berated the APC government for allegedly plunging the country into huge debts, saying Nigerians must vote President Muhammadu Buhari out of office in 2019.
Nigeria’ll find it difficult to cut oil production – Kachikwu
As the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries is keen to extend efforts to ward off oil supply glut and prop up prices, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has said it is very difficult for Nigeria to reduce its crude oil production. Global oil benchmark, Brent crude, which rose to a four-year high of $86.74 per barrel in October, fell below $60 per barrel in November. It stood at $59.96 as of 6.20pm Nigerian time on Thursday.
Gov elections: Amosun, Okorocha’s threat worries APC
The All Progressives Congress is worried by the decision of some aggrieved members, including the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibukunle Amosun, and his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha, to shun the APC governorship candidates in their states. Some members, who were aggrieved by the party’s primaries, had vowed to work against the APC candidates in their states. Besides the two governors, some lawmakers, who could not secure the party’s tickets have also vowed to work against the party’s candidates, except the President.
Mbaka, Obi’s altercation shameful, say Catholic bishops
The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has described the recent altercation between the Vice Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Peter Obi, and Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministries in Enugu as shameful. The CBCN therefore warned its members against partisan politics, saying doing such amounted to a contravention of the Canon Law of the church. This was contained in a statement on Thursday by the Secretary-General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu. Madu said the incident did not have the support of the CBCN.
Former SGF, Babacir, denies involvement in scam allegation
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babacir Lawal has distanced himself from the allegation of scam involving one Amina Mohammed arrested in Abuja. Lawal said on Thursday in Yola that he had briefed his lawyers on the development for legal action against her. “My attention was drawn to a confessional statement made by one Amina Mohammed who was paraded together with several other persons recently by DSS operatives in connection with some alleged criminal offenses. “In the said confessional statement which has since gone viral in the mass and social media platforms,the said suspect in a desperate effort to shield herself from the consequences of her actions mentioned my name and that of the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari as co-conspirators in the alleged crimes.
Diezani’s poll cash :Ex-Gov. Dakingari, 2 others remanded in EFCC custody
The Federal High Court sitting in Bernin Kebbi, the Kebbi State capital,on Thursday remanded the former governor of the state, Usman Saidu Dakingari, Sunday Dogonyaro and Garba Rabiu Kamba, in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes over their alleged receipt and use of the sum of N450 million from a former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison Madueke to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election in which the PDP lost. The three men, were reported to have received the cash, which they outht to have known was part of procceds of crime and which they should have rejected.
Nobody can kill me, because I’m already dead – Adeboye
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye has advised Christians to stay connected to God to overcome life’s challenges and have dominion over all forces of darkness and sickness. Adeboye gave the admonition while delivering his sermon tagged: ‘A branch of the Life’, on the second day of the ongoing annual Holy Ghost congress of the church holding at the Redemption Camp, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Quoting copiously from the scriptures during the healing service, the man of God, explained that Jesus Christ is the Vine while every true believer is the branch and has God’s nature in him. Adeboye, however, urged participants to remain steadfast in the vine, stressing that God has assured them of doing greater works than He did while on earth. In his words: “Jesus Christ is the vine while we are the branches. He is the combination of divinity and humanity. As the vine is, so also the branches.
EFCC arraigns 4 Dangote workers for stealing N15m cement
Four members of staff of the Dangote Group were on Thursday arraigned before an Ogun State High Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Lagos Zone, for alleged N15m fraud. The defendants, Adewale Dalmeida, Ibrahim Lawal, Afeez Olaniba and Lukman Adam, were arraigned before Justice O. J. Bamgbose on two counts of conspiracy and stealing. According to the EFCC, a petition was received from the company that Dalmeida, a fleet analyst, whose job schedule included monitoring, tracking and reporting trucks of Dangote Cement, Ibese plant, connived with the chief driver of the company, Lawal, and a Ghanaian driver, Adam, and Olaniba, who worked as an agent at the Nigerian-Benin border, to defraud the company of N15m.
Family demands justice as hoodlums murder cop in Lagos
The family of Abiodun Akinde, who was allegedly murdered by hoodlums in the Ashiribu area of Ijanikin, Lagos State, has demanded justice for his death. Akinde, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, had visited a bar in company with his colleagues on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, to have some drinks before the hoodlums besieged the bar and shot him dead. Akinde’s elder brother, Adekunle, who stated that the police investigating the matter said his brother was killed because he did not allow the hoodlums to rob him, added that his findings revealed that there was no robbery as his late brother’s belongings were left intact after he was killed.
NSF: Al-Makura warns Nasarawa athletes against HIV in Abuja
Nasarawa State Governor Tanko Al-Makura is confident the state’s contingent will put up a fine outing at the 2018 National Sports Festival, which began on Thursday in Abuja. The governor, who set a 13-gold medal target for the state’s team to the festival, urged the officials and athletes to be good ambassadors of the state, calling on them to shun all forms of social vices and encouraged them to abide by the rule of the Games. The state’s team of 147 athletes and 72 officials in 13 sports departed for Abuja on Thursday for the Games. Al-Makura, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Nasarawa State Ministry of Youth and Sports, Bulus-Musa Amoyi, warned the athletes and officials to avoid anything that would tarnish the image of the state.
Iwobi wants more Gunners impact after Old Trafford draw
Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi has said the Gunners must make more improvement as they face Huddersfield this weekend. Iwobi who was reflecting on the 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford said his club was so much in a rush for result hence United escaped defeat, having came back twice to level up scores. “We knew it was going to be a difficult game because Old Trafford is always a tough place to come. “ I guess it’s a hard one to take because we were ahead twice. Both teams fought hard, though, so I guess a draw is a fair result for both teams.
Salah grabs SuperSport award
Sports TV network SuperSport’s pick for the November 2018 Player of the Month is Liverpool and Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah. Salah, who has shrugged off his sluggish start to the season, is gradually regaining his form back. During Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Watford, which kept them in touch with Premier League pacesetters Manchester City, the 26-year-old opened the scoring at Vicarage Road to pave the way for an emphatic Reds victory, which also featured goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino.
UN General Assembly rejects US resolution to condemn Hamas
A US-sponsored draft resolution that would have condemned the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls Gaza, failed to win the required two-thirds majority in the UN General Assembly on Thursday. The draft received 87 votes in favor, 57 against, 33 abstentions and 16 countries did not vote. Germany voted in favor of the draft resolution. Before the assembly voted on the text, the 193-member world body had narrowly voted to require a two-thirds majority for approval as sought by Arab nations, rather than the simple majority urged by the United States.
OPEC meets as Trump calls for oil taps to be kept on
OPEC members and other oil-producing countries gather in Vienna on Thursday to discuss cutting output to prop up prices, as US President Donald Trump urged them to keep the faucets open. Oil ministers from 20 or so countries busily criss-crossed the Austrian capital on Wednesday for preparatory negotiations ahead of the two-day meet at the headquarters of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Delegates remained relatively tight-lipped about what had been agreed in a flurry of closed-door meetings in some of Vienna’s most exclusive hotels, even as Trump took to Twitter to urge producers to keep pumping to ensure that the commodity remains affordable.
France protests: Authorities to deploy almost 90,000 police this weekend amid fears of more riots
French authorities are bracing for the possibility of more riots and violence at planned anti-government protests this weekend. The government is deploying tens of thousands of police and security forces across the country, while in Paris, museums, theatres and shops announced they would close on Saturday as a precaution – including the iconic Eiffel Tower. Police unions and city authorities held emergency meetings to decide how to handle the protests, which are being held despite Emmanuel Macron’s surrender to marchers demanding the scrapping of a planned fuel tax hike.