Sabinews Daily News Update for September 25, 2015
Jubilation in Akure as abductors free Falae
Akure, the Ondo State capital, was agog yesterday, following the re-union of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae, with his family.
The former minister of finance regained his freedom after four days with his abductors. Read more
MASSOB sends SOS to UN, America, others
Members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Delta North Zone, have cried out to the United Nations to save them from what they described as brutality and unjust incarceration of their members by operatives of the Nigeria Police.
The group also appealed to America, France, Britain, Germany, Israel, Canada and other world powers to come to its aid and save its members from constant harassment and intimidation by Nigerian security agencies. Read more
Nigerian Military Dismantles Boko Haram Fuel Depot, Recaptures Banki Town
The Nigerian military, acting on intelligence reports, has dismantled a fuel depot used by the Boko Haram terrorists to enhance their movement to wreak havoc in parts of the North-east.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said: “Following a tip-off by well meaning citizens, troops of three Division yesterday swooped on and dismantled a Boko Haram fuel dump located at Ladu Dumbawa ward, Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.” Read more
Ekiti pensioners protest exclusion from bailout
Pensioners in Ekiti State are set for a showdown with the Ayo Fayose administration, following alleged plans to exclude them from benefiting from the N9.6 billion bailout loan released from the Central Bank.
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has given the government till Tuesday to pay civil servants the arrears of their September 2014 salaries, 2014 and 2015 leave bonuses, among other benefits. Read more
Flood submerges shops in Aba market
Traders in Ariaria International Market, Aba, lost goods worth millions of naira in last Wednesday’s flood.
Investigations showed that shops in A, B and WWLS lines, mostly occupied by hot drinks and drug sellers, were the worse-hit as the water submerged the entire shops. Read more
Nigerian doctor gets UK award
United Kingdom-based Nigerian obstetrician and gynaecologist, Prof. Rotimi Jaiyesimi, has been selected to receive the legend recognition award by highly-rated CA magazine.
The awards are for exceptional citizens of Caribbean and black origin in the United Kingdom. Read more
WHO Welcomes Okonjo-Iweala’s Appointment to GAVI Board
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has welcomed the appointment of former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as the chairperson of the 28-member Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).
In a statement, the organisation expressed confidence that the former minister would bring more than 33 years of development and financial expertise to the Gavi Board at a critical period for immunisation in developing countries. Read more
End is near for Boko Haram –Military Intelligence Chief
The military’s chief of Intelligence and former Commandant of Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Air Vice Marshal Monday Morgan, yesterday, declared a complete sack of Boko Haram insurgents from the North East.
He told newsmen in Lagos that in no distant time, the insurgents would become history as adequate measures have been put in place to finally decimate their stronghold. Read more
Man, 72, Arraigned For Allegedly Defiling 11-year-old-Girl
The Edo State Police Command has arraigned a 72-year-old man, Mr. Solomon Ugiagbe, before an Egor Magistrate’s Court, in Benin, for allegedly defiling an 11-year-old girl.
Ugiagbe was arraigned on a one-count charge bothering on unlawful carnal knowledge. Read more
NDLEA Arrests Student, Four Others With 10.25kg Of Narcotics
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a student and four others at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos over unlawful possession of 10.255kgs of narcotics.
The suspects are: Okonkwo Daniel Anagor, a 26-year-old student, caught with 2.810kgs of Tramadol on his way to Dubai; Lawal Monsuru Ademola, 33, a trader arrested with 3.310kgs of methamphetamine on his way to South Africa; while Ogbonna Donatus Chigozie was caught attempting to smuggle 610 grammes of cocaine to Pakistan. Read more
Investors recover N400bn lost to JP Morgan sentiments
Investors in the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, have fully recovered the N400 billion loss triggered by JP Morgan’s withdrawal from Nigeria announced two weeks ago, indicating a resilient domestic capacity in the market.
Trading on the exchange was positively active for three consecutive days this week, resulting in key market indicators surpassing the pre-JP Morgan high point as market capitalization hit 10.5 trillion while All Share Index, ASI, moved up to 30,543.17 as at close of business this week. Read more
Fitch: Nigerian Banks’ Foreign Currency Liquidity Still Tight
Despite the decision by the Monetary Policy Commitee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to reduce the cash reserve ratio (CRR) to 25 per cent, down from 31 per cent, global rating agency, Fitch Ratings, has stated that it will not add liquidity to the Nigerian banking system.
Fitch, in a statement yesterday, said reducing the CRR “releases no additional foreign currency (FC)” to the system. Read more
Oil and Gas
Petrol scarcity looms as NUPENG threatens strike over Chevron crisis
The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government over the unresolved issues affecting Chevron contract workers and other anti-labour practices.
The union in a statement signed by its President, Mr. Igwe Achese, warned that if the Federal Government fails to intervene in the unresolved anti-labour practices of Chevron at the expiration of the ultimatum, it would commence a nationwide strike without further notice. Read more
Real Reason NNPC Lifted Ban On 113 Oil Tankers
More revelations have emerged on the recent U-turn by the Federal Government over the lift of the embargo earlier placed on 113 oil tankers operating on Nigerian waters.
A source close to the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko), who spoke on grounds of anonymity, said the association indeed put pressure on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to lift the ban, warning of severe economic implications of the continued ban of the oil tankers in Nigeria at the international market. Read more
Pinnick wants MFM FC listed on The Stock Exchange
President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick has charged newly promoted Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos to get listed on the Stock Exchange to prove that it was ready for the Nigeria Premier League.
Speaking during the Sunday service at church headquarters in Yaba, Pinnick believes getting listed on the Stock Exchange will prove that MFM FC is ready to play in the Nigeria Premier League as a professional club. Read more
Iwobi accepts Nigeria call-up
Alex Iwobi has been called up by the Nigerian national team – ten days after Jordon Ibe committed himself to England.
Iwobi, who was on the bench for Arsenal’s clash against Spurs last night, has been selected by manager Sunday Oliseh for friendlies against DR Congo and Cameroon next month. Read more
Plateau United promotion put on hold
Plateau United players, officials and fans should not celebrate yet on promotion to the Nigeria top flight league.
AfricanFootball.com gathered their promotion hopes are tied to the decision of O and D on the inconclusive game between Kogi and Adamawa United in Lokoja. Read more
Soldiers leave capital, Burkina Faso returns to calm
People lined up at gas stations and money machines in Burkina Faso’s capital on Thursday as life began returning to normal after a week-long coup.
Interim President Michel Kafando and interim Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida were reinstalled on Wednesday and government soldiers who had remained loyal to the government withdrew overnight. Members of the presidential guard that staged the coup were confined to their barracks. Read more
Amid clashes, many clinics close in eastern DRC
Célestin Kasereka had just hobbled 15 kilometres on crutches to reach Oicha Hospital to get his injured leg treated. “This painful journey took all day,” said Kasereka, a teacher at a school in the remote village of Mayi-Moya in the eastern Beni region of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province. Read more
Nurses back at work ‘in fear of being sacked’
Operations yesterday resumed at the Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Nairobi yesterday as the striking medics heeded City Hall’s call to go back to work.
The hospital was the worst-hit in the county. Read more
More Ethiopian Netizens Face Terrorism Charges
Alongside the now-famous case of the Zone9 bloggers, there are so many detained Ethiopian bloggers, online activists and politicians, whose names are not yet on the map.
Last year on July 8, 2014, Ethiopia detained a number of local opposition leaders, bloggers, online activists and concerned citizens. Some were released after four months of interrogation. However, ten were charged on October 31, 2014 under Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation with having links to diaspora-based Ethiopian opposition groups such as Ginbot 7, applying to attend an online security training, and engaging in online activism. Read more
FIFA letter to Kenya raises Tensions ahead of elections,stakeholders up in arms
A controversial FIFA letter by Acting Secretary General Markus Kattner addressed to Football Kenya Federation President Sam Nyamweya has elicited anger and varied reactions from football stakeholders in Kenya.
In the letter Kattner points out to the emotive Counties issue saying only branches will be used as the main format in the upcoming football elections to chose a new President and other positions. Read more
Saudi king orders review after hajj disaster
Saudi King Salman has ordered a review of hajj plans after at least 717 pilgrims from around the world were killed in a stampede outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca on Thursday.
At least 863 others were injured in the worst disaster to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage for 25 years. Read more
U.S., allies review Afghan pullback options – WSJ
U.S. and allied defence officials, increasingly wary of White House plans to scale back the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, are reviewing new drawdown options that include keeping thousands of American troops in the country beyond the end of 2016, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
Citing U.S. and allied officials, the Journal said U.S. Army General John Campbell, the top international commander in Afghanistan, had sent five different recommendations to the Pentagon and to North Atlantic Treaty Organization officials. Read more
Kenya’s 2007/8 post-election violence still haunts journalists, study says
Kenyan journalists who reported on their country’s worst outbreak of inter-ethnic violence, which killed more than 1,000 people following a disputed 2007 election, remain traumatised, researchers said on Friday.
The Royal Society of Medicine said it was the first major study of the emotional well-being of journalists covering violent events in Africa, although half of the continent’s countries are either at war or have recently experienced it. Read more
Rivals accuse Canadian PM of pushing ban on veils to win votes
Canada’s two main opposition leaders accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper in an election debate on Thursday of trying to win votes by pushing a ban on Muslim women’s face coverings during citizenship ceremonies.
Harper’s Conservatives, locked in a tight race with the New Democrats and the Liberals ahead of an Oct. 19 election, say people wishing to become Canadians must show their faces. Read more
Apple fans brave Sydney rain as new iPhone 6s hit stores
The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus hit stores on Friday, with dozens of people – and a robot – queueing in Sydney to kick off a global sales cycle that will be scrutinized for signs of how much juice Apple Inc’s marquee product has left.
Analysts expect 12 million to 13 million phones to fly off the shelves in the first weekend, up from more than 10 million last year when the hugely successful iPhone 6’s launch was delayed in China, the world’s biggest smartphone market. Read more
China to adopt cap and trade system to limit carbon emissions
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday will announce a nationwide cap-and-trade program to curtail carbon emissions, adopting a mechanism most widely used in Europe to limit greenhouse gases, Obama administration officials said.
Expanding on a pilot project in seven Chinese cities, the cap-and-trade program will impose a nationwide ceiling on emissions from the most carbon-intensive sectors of the Chinese economy and require companies exceeding their quotas to buy permits from those that have sharply reduced emissions. Read more
Man injured during ‘citizens’ arrest’ in Perth dies in hospital
A 36-year-old man who was injured during a “citizens’ arrest” behind a Perth hotel has died in hospital.
Police said the man was restrained by members of the public after he broke into vehicles on Bulwer Street in north Perth. Read more