Sabinews Morning News Update for May 5, 2015
Lack of food, weapons, fuel hits Boko Haram
Boko Haram is fracturing as shortages of weapons and fuel foment tensions between its foot soldiers and leaders, women rescued from the Islamist jihadi fighters by Nigerian troops told Reuters.
The group abducted an estimated 2,000 women and girls last year as it sought to carve out an Islamic state in the northeast of the country. The army has freed nearly 700 in the past week as it advances on Boko Haram’s last stronghold in the vast Sambisa forest. Read more
Reports that Nigeria must be compensated dismissed
Nigerians in South Africa have dismissed reports that the government in Abuja plans to ask South Africa to pay more than R5 million in compensation following xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
Nigerian Union SA spokesperson Collins Eneka says no decision has been taken. Read more
Boko Haram raises more terrorists –Gov. Shettima
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has said Boko Haram insurgents often rape girls and women for the sole purpose of raising more terrorists to succeed them even after their death.
Shettima, who said he has made similar assertion in an interview (not in Daily Sun) in the past about the terrorists’ weird belief, noted at the weekend at a meeting with some government officials in Maiduguri, the state capital that insurgents believe that “whoever doesn’t share their ideology is an infidel and as such, his wife and property can be freely acquired by the sect members with the wives serving as slaves that should satisfy the sexual urge of their masters.” Read more
Fear grips military over imminent probe, mass retirement
There is serious apprehension in the military over imminent mass retirement of certain categories of senior officers as well as a probe to sanitise the armed forces by the incoming administration of Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd). General Buhari, Nigeria’s President-elect, is said to be in favour of massive shake-up in the military as one of his first major actions on assumption of office on May 29.
Military sources at Defence Headquarters, DHQ, told our correspondent in Abuja, that there is serious worry among senior officers over possible mass premature and compulsory retirements, especially of those who corruptly enriched themselves or seen to have abandoned professionalism for politics. Read more
Nollywood seeks special tribunal on piracy
African Movie academy award winner and Nigerian born politician, Richard Mofe Damijo, has called on the incoming Buhari led federal government to set up a special tribunal to handle cases of piracy in the Nollywood industry.
He made the call, yesterday, during the first public presentation of a new movie entitled Oloibiri at Silverbird Cinemas, Abuja. The movie, produced by Rightangle Productions is an action thriller mirroring fear, dread and international exploration and governmental responsibility as well as the unseen benefits of desperate hope of the aggrieved militants in the oil rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Read more
Nigeria not prepared for another Ebola outbreak
Nigeria is not fully prepared to withstand future outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) because of poor diagnostic capacity and weak health system.
That was the verdict of experts, yesterday, at a roundtable discussion on Nigeria’s recent experience with the Ebola epidemic and lessons learned for future national and regional public-private action. Read more
Court okays Okoyomon’s extradition to UK
The Federal High Court, Abuja Division yesterday gave its nod for the Attorney General of Federation (AGF), Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN) to proceed with plans to extradite former Managing Director of Nigeria Security Minting and Printing Company, (NSMPC) Emmanuel Ehidiamhem Okoyomon to the United Kingdom for trial. Read more
Speakership Race: Gbajabiamila Sets up Nationwide Mobilisation Committee
In a bid to up the ante of his quest for the Speaker of the incoming eighth session of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has set up a 36-man mobilisation committee to canvass support for him in the states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Gbajabiamila, who is also the current Minority Leader in the House, tasked the state coordinators with the job of soliciting the support of their other colleagues and assure them of his unwavering intention to fulfill the promises made to them in a collective bid to redefine representation in the coming eighth House of Representatives. Read more
Law Suit Threatens Lagos Speakership Race
A law suit filed by a member of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Hakeem Masha, has cast a pall on the choice of former Chairman of Lagos Island Local Government, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun, who was by consent adopted as the preferred candidate for the state’s speakership position.
The choice of Eshinlokun was sequel to the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos chapter to officially zone the speakership position to Lagos Central since the governor-elect, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode comes from Lagos East while the deputy governor-elect, Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, comes from Lagos West. Read more
Lagos to Abuja Trekker Leads Chibok Girls Solidarity Walk Today
In continuation of the campaign for the rescue of the Chibok girls, 33 year old Hasheem Suleiman, will today lead a walk from the Berger Junction to Unity Fountain, Abuja to press home the need to rescue the school girls from Chibok, abducted over one year ago.
Speaking at the Unity Fountain, venue for the sit-out of the #BringBackOurGirls yesterday, Maryam Ekunaiye who invited the BBOG to the walk-out stated that Suleiman will be embarking on the trek as a solidarity campaign for the demand for the rescue of the Chibok girls. Read more
Housewife arraigned for kidnapping day-old baby in Katsina
A 25-year-old housewife, Fatima Ibrahim, yesterday, appeared before a Katsina Chief Magistrates’ court over alleged abduction of a day-old baby.
Ibrahim, who resides at Danja town in Katsina State, allegedly committed the offence at about 5 a.m. on March 10.
The prosecutor, Inspector Hashimu Musa, told the court that the case was reported to the Central Police Station, by one Malam Nuhu Umar of Funtua town. Read more
FRSC arrests 15,420 traffic offenders in Lagos
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has arrested no fewer than 15,420 motorists for traffic offences in Lagos State.
The Sector Commander of the FRSC in the state, Corps Commander Hyinus Uche Omeje, disclosed this yesterday during an interview with Daily Sun on the activities of his command in the first quarter of the year. Read more
Catholic Priest Kidnapped in Kogi
Smarting from their previous successes in kidnapping foreigners without challenges from the security agencies, the men specialising in the art of kidnapping have abducted a reverend father, Innocent Umor of Ikanekpo parish in Ankpa, Kogi State.
The abduction, according to Rev Father Hycinct, while disclosing this to journalists yesterday in Lokoja, the state capital, stated that the kidnappers stormed the parish at about 2a.m. yesterday with guns and other dangerous weapons and made away with the priest. Read more
Patients Groan in UCH as Nurses Join Doctors’ Strike
Families of patients currently receiving treatments at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan in Oyo State have begun evacuating those on admission at the college hospital as the resident doctors’ strike entered fourth day monday.
THISDAY reliably gathered yesterday that nurses and other medical staff of the college hospital have concluded plans to join their counterparts to protest against management’s alleged casualisation of staff and indifference to their welfare. Read more
Lagos Record 12,120 Rape Cases in Four Years
The Lagos State Government on Monday said at least 12,120 rape cases and other sexual violence offences in the last four years.
Out of this number, the names of 140 sex offenders were recorded in the Lagos State Sex Offenders Register, which the government opened six months ago. Read more
Real estate experts canvass for housing subsidy, liberal access to land
Real estate stakeholders have advised the President-elect, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to get a competent team that will hit the ground running, and as well as channel efforts towards addressing the housing deficit in Nigeria. They noted that by building 500 houses in each of the 36 States, the incoming Buhari administration can create over one million jobs in Nigeria. Read more
Nigeria stakes $6 billion on importation of automobiles
The Minister of Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, has said that Nigeria spent more than $6 billion in importation of cars. He said the launching of National Repository Portal (NARP) maintained that automobile industry was a great tool for an economic and national development.
He also said that the industry would create job to Unemployed Nigerians. “Today Nigeria spends more than $6 billion importing car into the country. Read more
Transaction fees yield N1.6bn into FMDQ OTC treasury
Debt capital market dealers on the platform of FMDQ plc boosted the Over-the-Counter (OTC) exchange revenue by about N1.6 billion paid as transaction fees last year, for using the OTC platform.
Products traded on the FMDQ platform include Forex, FX Derivatives, Treasury-Bills (T-Bills), Bonds (FGN Bonds, Eurobonds and other Bonds), Money Market (Repurchase Agreements, Buy-Backs and Unsecured Placements/Takings) and Money Market Derivatives. Read more
NITEL/MTEL Acquisition: Consortium Promises New Delightful Brand
NATCOM Consortium has promised a new customer-oriented brand will emerged from the moribund NITEL/MTEL assets it just acquired.
Speaking during the official handover and presentation of licenses and other instruments of ownership to the successful bidder in Abuja, the chairman of NATCOM Consortium, Dr Olatunde Ayeni, said a new brand that would delight Nigerian customers was entering the telecoms industry. Read more
Dangote Cement to Start Production in Tanzania in August
Dangote Cement Plc has said it will begin production in Tanzania in August, as the sub-Saharan Africa’s leading cement producer eyes new markets in the continent.
A $500 million factory it is building in southern Tanzania, with an annual capacity of three million tonnes, will double the country’s annual output of cement to six million tonnes. Read more
Globacom in Fresh Deal to Buy Ivorian Telecoms Company for $600m
There are indications that Globacom may acquire Ivorian mobile telecoms operator, Comium Cote d’Ivoire, in a deal worth $600 million.
It was gathered that the Chairman of Globacom, Mr. Mike Adenuga, had made a fresh bid to buy the telecoms company. Read more
Lafarge Africa Reports N8.6b Q1 Profit
Lafarge Africa Plc, leading cement and building solutions provider, reports revenue of N57 billion in the first quarter ended March 31, 2015, which is 15 percent higher than the corresponding period of 2014. Profit after tax was N8.6 billion and N14.6 billion of cash was generated from operations.
The Nigerian ReadyMix business expanded in the quarter to commence aggregate business in Nigeria. This is a remarkable step for our business in achieving our objectives of delivering innovative and quality building solutions. Read more
Oil and Gas
Government, marketers meet to resolve N200b subsidy balance
There are rising optimism that the lingering fuel crisis would be permanently resolved today, as the Federal Government meets the petroleum marketers to draw up modalities of settling the N200 billion ballance of the subsidy claims.
Although, the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and their Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) counterpart have temporarily resumed loading at the weekend, the outcome of today’s meeting will determine the fate of consumers in the struggle. Read more
NNPC to Resume Oil Exploration in Chad Basin
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday said it would resume the exploration of crude oil in the Chad Basin, following the improvement of security in the North-east region of the country.
Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Joseph Dawha, who disclosed this in a statement signed by Mr. Ohi Alegbe, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said NNPC was forced to suspend exploration in the region due to rising insecurity, stating that it planned to resume activities there in the next few days. Read more
Don’t Remove Subsidy on Petrol, NANS Tells FG
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has said it will not support the removal of fuel subsidy either by the outgoing or incoming administration.
A statement issued by NANS’ Public Relations Officer, Nwankwo Ezekiel, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja yesterday, said removing fuel subsidy was anti-people. Read more
Oil & gas sector tops banks’ credit to private sector
Data released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has shown that the oil and gas sector attracted the highest share of total credit as it accounted for 25.70 per cent at the end of last year.
The total amount received by the sector was N3,246.40 billion, compared with N2,635.12 billion, which represented 24.33 per cent in the first half of 2014. Read more
Oil marketers promise to flood Lagos, Abuja with products
Despite their disagreement over outstanding subsidy claims, petroleum oil marketers yesterday assured Nigerians of the availability of fuel products thus ending the lingering scarcity.
It was however clear that the Federal Government and oil marketers are yet to agree on the outstanding subsidy figure. While the oil marketers are claiming N200 billion was outstanding, the government is claiming N131 billion outstanding. Read more
NLC seeks revitalisation of power sector
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has described as “tragic” the federal government investment of over $40billion in the power sector in the past 16 years with little or nothing to show for it. According to NLC, the only proof Nigeria has to show for the investment are “megawatts of darkness and gigabytes of excuses”.
NLC President, Wahab Wabba, in his address to workers during the May Day celebration in Abuja claimed that current power generation in Nigeria “hovers around 3000 megawatts”. Read more
Blatter Tasks Buhari On Football Development
FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, has tasked President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on the need to support the efforts of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in its drive to develop the game.
Blatter, who made the call during his meeting with the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, on Monday in Zurich, urged Buhari to continue the good work that President Goodluk Jonathan started. Read more
FIFA Boss, Blatter, Hails Pinnick-led NFF’s Vision
FIFA President Sepp Blatter monday commended the energy, vision and drive of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) led by Amaju Melvin Pinnick.
The world’s football supremo said at an afternoon meeting with NFF President Pinnick at the headquarter in Zurich that he has observed the innovation being brought into Nigeria football in the past few months and was hugely impressed by the new thinking and dynamism. Read more
2017 Nations Cup qualifier: Kaduna May Host S’Eagles
The Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna has been proposed as host of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad on June 13, 2015.
The qualifier, which will be the first clash between the two neighbours, is also Coach Stephen Keshi’s first match since Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) renewed his contract for another two years. Read more
Wolves’ CAF Cup Opponent Emerges Today
Nigeria’s only remaining team in continental club competition, Warri Wolves FC, will know it’s third round opponent when the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) conducts the draws today in Cairo.
The draw ceremony will hold at the CAf Headquarters in Egypt, with all eight losing sides in the CAF Champions League moving a step down to the CAF Confederation Cup. Read more
Bahamas 2015 fallout: Alli blasts poor male athletes
Director of Competitions in the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Yusuf Alli, has criticised the male athletes over their lusterless performance at the IAAF/BTC World relays which ended in Bahamas last weekend.
Ogho-Oghene Egwero led the male athletes’ medals rush for failed to register their presence as the female team led by Blessing Okagbare and which comprised Regina George, Dominique Duncan and Christy Udoh swept to gold in the 4x200m relay while a new national and African record in addition. Read more
Yekini irreplaceable —Lawal, Ekpo
Ex-internationals, Garba Lawal, and Friday Ekpo, have lamented the fact that the late Nigerian football legend, Rashidi Yekini, has remained irreplaceable in the Super Eagles, since 1998 when he last played for the national team. The ex-internationals commented as Nigerians on Monday marked the third year of the death of Yekini. Read more
Thailand arrests four over mass grave
Three Thais and one Myanmar national have been arrested in Thailand on suspicion of human trafficking, after the discovery of a mass grave.
The grave, containing 26 bodies, was found last week in an abandoned jungle camp close to the Malaysian border. Read more
‘Django Unchained’ actress to apologize to police
An actress who accused Los Angeles police of mistreating her due to her race during an arrest last year pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace over the incident on Monday and was ordered to write an apology letter to the officers, officials said.
Daniele Watts, best known for her role in Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 slavery western “Django Unchained”, made headlines last September when she said she had been accosted by police largely because she is black and her boyfriend is white. Read more
UN says apprehended Sudan intel officer after attack near Abyei
U.N. peacekeepers in the disputed region of Abyei along the border of Sudan and South Sudan apprehended someone claiming to be a Sudanese intelligence officer after a deadly attack last month, the U.N. chief said in a new report.
The ownership of Abyei, which has rich pastureland and small oil reserves, was left undecided when South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in 2011. It remains one of the biggest potential flashpoints between the two countries, who have also argued over oil rights and other disputed territories. Read more
Marine general to be next chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff
President Barack Obama on Tuesday will nominate Marine General Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. officials said on Monday, in a widely expected pick likely to win swift Senate confirmation.
Dunford, commandant of the Marine Corps, would replace Army General Martin Dempsey, who is expected to step down in September as the top military officer after a tumultuous four-year period that saw most U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan but thousands return to Iraq. Read more
Syria conflict: Fresh UN-backed talks to begin in Geneva
UN envoy Staffan de Mistura is to meet delegates of the Syrian government and some rebel groups, as well as regional powers such as Turkey and Iran.
Islamist militant groups such as Islamic State (IS) and al-Nusra Front have not been invited, despite the power they hold on the ground. Read more
Boko Haram attacks prompt Niger to evacuate thousands from islands in Lake Chad
Five thousand people have fled islands in Lake Chad in southeastern Niger over fears of new Boko Haram attacks after a bloody April assault, several sources told AFP on Monday.
“More than 5,000 people have already reached N’Guigmi,” a town in southeastern Niger located near the lake and the Chadian border, a U.N. official told AFP. Read more
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