*INEC Insists on Card Readers for Guber Elections* *Military hand over Al Jazeera journalists to DSS*

*INEC Insists on Card Readers for Guber Elections* *Military hand over Al Jazeera journalists to DSS*

Sabinews Morning News Update for April 5, 2015MORNING NEWS

 

INEC Insists on Card Readers for Guber Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted on using the card reader for the April 11 gubernatorial elections, assuring Nigerians that the card readers would function properly.

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There were technical glitches across the country during the presidential and the National Assembly elections as the device failed to read the biometrics of many voters, including that of President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Patience. Read more

Military hand over Al Jazeera journalists to DSS

The military authorities have handed over two journalists working with Doha-based international television, Al Jazeera, to the State Security Services.

The Defence authorities had said in a statement on Wednesday, last week that the two journalists were restrained for roaming in the mission area without authorisation and necessary security arrangement from the military. Read more

Governors, Religious Leaders Preach Peace at Easter

As Nigerian Christians join their counterparts all over the world to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ today, state governors, politicians and religious leaders have challenged Christians to emulate Jesus Christ by promoting peace and harmony in the country.

In his Easter message, the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole said the peace which has prevailed in the country post-election is enough reason for Nigerians to give thanks to God this Easter season. Read more

Okupe Congratulates Buhari, Tinubu

The Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe has congratulated the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for the victory of the APC at the March 28 Presidential election.

In a statement, he signed, Okupe said, “Let me congratulate Gen. Mohammed Buhari on his success at the 2015 Presidential Polls. I equally congratulate my friend and brother Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, the APC National Leader, and the leaders and members of the APC for this historic success.” Read more

Controversy trails FG’s $1.5b Lekki port project

The Federal Government’s commitment of $118 million to the construction of Lekki Deep Seaport in Lagos is beingmired in controversy over the absence of a plan to construct a rail link that will ease cargo evacuation.

The deep seaport project is a $1.5 billion public private partnership project among the Federal Government (represented by the Nigerian Ports Authority), the Lagos State Government and the Tolaram Group, a Singaporean investor who are promoters of the project. A Shareholder’s Agreement to this effect was signed in December 2012 amongst all three parties. Read more

Taraba Former Deputy Gov Dies

Former Deputy Governor of Taraba state and Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial campaign organisation, Senator SALE Danboyi, is dead.

Senator Danboyi, aged 59, was said to have slumped in his house in Jalingo on Friday night and was quickly rushed to the hospital where he gave up the ghost. Read more

Amaechi to Set Up Enquiry COMMISSION on Election Deaths

Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, has said he would set up a Judicial COMMISSION of Enquiry into the violent deaths of some Rivers citizens in the March 28 Presidential Election.

He made the disclosure at the weekend while addressing APC supporters during a victory rally in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state. He said their deaths would be avenged by the law in line with his administration’s resolve to protect lives and property. Read more

5 Suspects Arrested over Kenya Campus Attack

Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery, on Saturday confirmed that police have arrested three more suspects over Garissa University attack, making five the number of those in custody.

The three are said to be ASSOCIATES of terror mastermind, Gamadhere, and were nabbed at the Somalia border while trying to flee on Friday, according to a Xinhua/News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report. Read more

Rivers: Police Launch Manhunt for Killers of 9 People

The Rivers State police command has begun manhunt for the gunmen that killed no fewer than nine persons at Obrikom and Oboh communities in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of the state.

The police public relations officer (PPRO) in the state, Ahmadu Muhammad, who disclosed this to newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday however said contrary to media reports, no traditional ruler was killed in the incident. Read more

FIRS to Collaborate With Financial Institutions on Tax Collection

The Acting Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Samuel Sunday Ogungbesan, has hinted that his agency would collaborate with financial institutions, particularly banks, to collect tax directly from corporate organisations and individuals in the attempt to shore up government revenue from tax sources.

The new drive is expected to elicit the cooperation of the banks to deduct taxes due to government from contracts and other taxable transactions directly from the account of companies and individuals with Tax Identification Number (TIN) Ogungbesan, who spoke with The Guardian in Abuja, identified inadequate information on taxpayers in the country as reason for the low level of tax contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)  He said the tax agency, under his leadership, will strive to enhance collaboration with banks for direct deduction of accruable tax from accounts of individuals, private and government agencies carrying out transactions like award of contracts or selling of property About 1, 487, 249. Read more

50 Per Cent Electricity Tariff Cut: Manufacturers Insist On Old Rate

When the Federal Government announced the cut in electricity tariff by 50 percent recently, not many Nigerians were excited about it.

While some said it was a political measure taken to ensure victory for President Goodluck Jonathan during the just concluded presidential election, others were indifferent because they felt it will not reflect in their monthly electricity bills, as the power distribution companies continued to be unrelenting with their “crazy bills” The mix feelings among Nigerians remained the same until the Electricity Regulatory Commission came up with clarification, saying the tariff cut would only affect industrial consumers. Read more

Obama Awards ‘Certificate of Commendation’ to Jega

Obama of the United States of America has commended the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, over the way the Presidential and National Assembly elections were credibly conducted on March 28.

Obama, who awarded the INEC boss with a “Certificate of Commendation” for his outstanding and sterling performance, said what the professor of Political Science had done deserves replication by all. Read more

Ebonyi workers embark on indefinite strike

Workers of Ebonyi State College of Education, under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee of Trade Unions, have embarked on an indefinite strike.

They made this known in a statement made available to our correspondent on Saturday. Read more

NAB sacks senior officer involved in housing scam

Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhary has taken stern action against NAB senior officers who were involved in notorious Patoki Housing Society Scam and terminated the services of Deputy Director Ray Nasir in this regard, The Nation has learnt.

Well placed sources in NAB informed that Chairman NAB also stopped the promotion of Shakeel Anjum Nagra, Additional Director NAB for five years and demoted Zia Ullah Khan as Deputy Director from Additional Director because of this case. Read more

N4.9trillion investment outflow wrong signal for Nigeria – LCCI DG

Huge investments outflow hit Nigeria as investors withdrew N4.9trillion from the economy. This came weeks after foreign investors pulled N846.53 billion investments from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).  While some economic experts are calling on the federal and sub-national governments to curtail excessive spending of public funds this election year, others advised government to strengthen the non-oil export sectors for optimum growth.

The Director General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), an Economist, Mr. Mudashiru Yusuf, speaks on the need for government to embark on a holistic structural change of the economic system to encourage industrialisation, reforms in the oil and gas sector while fixing the refineries to reduce importation of petroleum products and thus prevent the external reserves from shrinking further. Read more

Navy destroys 260 illegal refineries

Officers of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) yesterday destroyed more than 260 illegal oil refineries in the creeks of Warri South council area in Delta state.

The men also destroyed not less than 5,000 metric tons of stolen crude oil. Read more

Boko Haram food pilgrimage kills four

At least four people have been killed by suspected Boko Haram fighters who raided a local market in a village near the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri.

Scores of Boko Haram gunmen stormed Kayamla village, 20km from Maiduguri, capital of restive Borno state, and opened fire on yesterday’s (local time) market, killing four traders, a senior security official in Maiduguri told AFP. Read more

Pillars crash out of ACL

Nigerian champions Kano Pillars have crashed out of the 2015 Caf Champions League.

Pillars defeated Moroccan club Moghreb Athletic de Tétouan (MAT) 2-1 on Saturday in Kano but still crashed out 2-5 on aggregate to the Moroccans. Read more

Arsenal, Man Utd Keep Pace with Chelsea

Arsenal moved to the second spot in the English Premership following their 4-1 victory over Liverpool which was secured with three goals in eight first-half minutes and was its seventh successive Premier League win.

The unlikely source of right-back Hector Bellerin provided the first, Mesut Ozil added a second with a superb free-kick and Alexis Sanchez scored a blistering third in the final minute of the half. Read more

Hundreds of people return home in Philippines as typhoon weakens

Hundreds of people in the north of the main Philippine island of Luzon left evacuation centres and returned home on Sunday after a typhoon weakened significantly as it made landfall, although officials still warned of heavy rain and rough seas.

Once described as super typhoon Maysak as it bore down on the Philippines in recent days, the storm was carrying winds of 55 km ph (35 mph) and was rated as a tropical depression as it made landfall on Sunday morning. Read more

Malaysian PM’s chief of staff killed in helicopter crash

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s chief of staff and a former ambassador to the United States, who was also a senior member of Najib’s party, were among six people killed in a helicopter crash near the capital, officials said on Sunday.

Witnesses told state news agency Bernama they saw the helicopter explode in mid-air before it crashed into the ground in the town of Semenyih outside Kuala Lumpur late on Saturday. Read more

Yemen conflict: UN mulls calls for ‘humanitarian pause’

The United Nations Security Council is considering Russia’s call for a pause in Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen.

The council’s president, Dina Kawar, who is also Jordan’s UN ambassador, said members needed time to “reflect on the proposal”. Read more

 

 

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