Sabinews Daily News Update for September 18, 2015
Marketers, Banks Groan Under Unpaid N500bn Subsidy Claim
Federal Government’s failure to meet its obligations on petrol subsidy claims, which has accumulated to over N500 billion is putting pressure on the marketers and the banks, THISDAY’s investigation has revealed.
THISDAY gathered that the current administration had not made any subsidy payments as against the sporadic payments of its predecessors. The last time marketers were paid was in March 2015 and that was for deliveries made in October 2014. Read more
Facing Arrest, Saraki Cites Politics in CCB Prosecution
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) sitting in Abuja on Friday commenced the trial of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki for alleged false declaration of assets and also ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to arrest and produce Saraki before it on Monday for failing to appear during its sitting.
The CCT commenced the trial of Saraki despite a Federal High Court ordering the chairmen of CCB, CCT and a Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Justice, Musiliu Hassan to appear before it on Monday to show cause why Saraki’s ex-parte application should not be granted. Read more
‘Probe Death of Drowned Cadet’
A rights group under the aegis of House of Justice (HJ) has challenged the Nigerian Army to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the death of Cadet El-Shaddai Kwasu of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) with course number NDA/10037, who allegedly drowned during training at the Kangimi Dam in Kaduna State. Read more
PDP Meets to Strengthen Party in North East
The North East Zonal Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP has held a meeting in Gombe State to strengthen the party ahead of the National Convention of the Party and restrategise ahead of 2019 general election.
Speaking with news men at the end of the meeting yesterday, Zonal Publicity Secretary of the Party Alhaji Muhammad Sani Al’amin said the meeting held under the Zonal Chairman Senator Girgiri Lawan discussed the Preparation of the Zonal Executive Council ZEC meeting in which over 100 members would attend and it would be held before the National Convention of the Party. Read more
Rivers Tribunal: Ill-Health of Lead Counsel Forces INEC to Halt Defence
The proceedings at the Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, Tuesday suffered a set-back following the ill-health of the lead counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commissions (INEC), Onyebuchi Ikpeazu (SAN).
INEC had two days ago, began the process of defending the outcome of the governorship election it conducted in Rivers State on April 11, 2015. Read more
Public Schools to Reopen in Maiduguri October after Two Academic Sessions
Borno state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima on Friday said public schools in the state capital, Maiduguri, closed for classes for two academic sessions as a result of Boko Haram insurgency, would be reopened next month.
The governor, in order to ensure this, immediately constituted a nine-man committee to ensure all public schools within the state capital Maiduguri are reopened. Read more
Anxiety, expectations as new Olu of Warri emerges today
There are mixed feelings among the Itsekiri people in Warri, Delta State, and those in the Diaspora, as all roads lead to Ode-Itsekiri (Big Warri), ahead of the naming of a new Olu (monarch) for Warri Kingdom.
Although the invitation for the event was sent under the guise of a special convention of the ethnic group, there were, however, strong indications that it is for the formal announcement of the transition of Ogiame Atuwatse II, who reportedly died in a Lagos hospital a fortnight ago. Read more
No special provision for gay visa applicants –US
There is no special regard for the Nigerian gay community applying for the United States visa, the US Consular Chief in Nigeria, Will Laidlaw, said during the week.
Laidlaw, who made this known during a tour of the US Consulate by journalists in Lagos, said the motive for organising the programme was to dispel some common myths Nigerians have about the US visa procedure. Read more
Ex-militants threaten to disrupt activities in A’Ibom Airport, ExxonMobil
Repentant militants under the aegis of Bakassi Freedom Fighters have threatened to disrupt activities at Ibom International Airport, ExxonMobil as well as vandalise pipelines from Frontier Oil Limited in Akwa Ibom.
The group’s spokesperson, Commander Ebong Friday, said that the state government had neglected its members since the time they dropped their arms in the Federal Government Amnesty Programme to pursue peace. Read more
B’Haram: Ganduje cautions FG over negotiation, lawyers divided
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has urged the Federal Government to be cautious in its negotiation with the Boko Haram sect.
The governor, who was fielding questions from State House correspondents in Abuja on Friday, expressed fears that the government might end up dealing with a fake faction of the militant sect. Read more
Emefiele Expresses Satisfaction with S&P Rating on Nigeria
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has expressed satisfaction with the B+rating and stable outlook that was assigned to the country by global ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s (S&P).
“I am very pleased with it because it shows that they believe our story. We would continue on this path until we achieve a more stable economic environment.” Read more
There’ll be consequences if govs divert bailout – CBN
On no account should states divert the bailout they have just received to pay the backlog of their workers’ outstanding salaries, the Central Bank of Nigeria warned on Friday.
The apex bank said there would be consequences if the bailout is diverted. Read more
NIPOST revokes 10 courier companies’ licences
The Nigeria Postal Service on Friday revoked the operating licences of 10 indigenous courier companies.
The Senior Assistant Postmaster General and Head of the Courier Regulatory Department, NIPOST, Dr. Simon Emeje, said that the licences were revoked because of the failure of the companies to renew them. Read more
Ban importation of printed materials, experts tell Buhari
Experts in the printing industry have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to place an embargo on the importation of printed and other instructional materials, including textbooks, into the country.
They also called for direct patronage of indigenous printers by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the federal and state governments. Read more
Oil and Gas
Buhari’s refineries measures in tandem with OPEC’s, says PENGASSAN
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) yesterday extolled President Muhammadu Buhari’s measures on petroleum refineries, saying that they are in line with the stipulations of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Reacting to The Nation’s request from the association to comment on the measures that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was adopting to address fuel supply in the country, the association said it was impressed with government’s decision to revive the refineries. Read more
Busy CAF, FIFA week for Nigerian refs
Nigerian women referees are in for a busy week, dictated by CAF and FIFA.
On September 30 in Yaounde, Cameroun, referees Uloma Nneka and Bosede Momoh, who officiated in the All Africa Games Soccer event, will attend the Women Elite Referees course that will further sharpen their skills in readiness for top grade matches in Africa and the world. Read more
Lobi Captain Promises Good Outing Against Heartland
Lobi Stars captain and central defender, Anthony Agbaji, has assured that his side will not disappoint at Heartland.
The Pride of Benue will be the visitors at Naze Millionaires in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match-day 30 clash on Sunday at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri. Read more
Ighalo, Mikel, Moses Return To Eagles
Super Eagles Head coach, Sunday Oliseh, on Friday, released a 24-man list for next month’s international friendly games against DR Congo and Cameroon with Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo and Victor Moses recalled.
Aside the trio, Ogenyi Onazi, red-carded in the match against Chad, was also recalled for the friendly games. Read more
7 soldiers executed in Somalia for killing businessmen, official says
Seven Somali soldiers, were executed in the port city of Kismayo on Friday after a court found them guilty of killing two businessmen.
Somalia top government official said on condition of anonymity, that the soldiers were accused of deliberately killing the two men on Thursday outside Kismayo. Read more
Burkina Faso: African Union slaps sanctions on new leaders over military coup
The African Union has suspended Burkina Faso and slapped sanctions on the leaders of its military coup as troops fired in the air to stop protesters from marching on the capital’s Revolution Square.
The 54-member bloc also imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on the junta’s leaders, with Uganda’s representative denouncing the kidnapping of Burkina’s interim leaders on Wednesday by an elite army unit loyal to deposed former president Blaise Compaore as a “terrorist” act. Read more
Burkina Faso coup leaders release interim president
Coup leaders in Burkina Faso announced Friday they had released the country’s interim president Michel Kafando whom they had detained along with the premier and two ministers.
“As a sign of easing tensions and in the general interest, the national council for democracy has decided on the release of ministers and Michel Kafando,” said a statement, adding that Kafando had been released late on Thursday.
There were no specific details about Prime Minister Isaac Zida.
Soldiers from the elite presidential guard burst into a cabinet meeting Thursday and seized Kafando and the others. Read more
Libya arrests 124 migrants
Libyan authorities have arrested more than 100 people near Tripoli as they were preparing to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, a coastguard official said.
“We arrested 124 migrants including eight women… in Qarabulli as they prepared to head to a boat bound for Europe,” he told AFP. Read more
‘S Sudan oil tanker blast deaths top 150’
At least 150 people died in South Sudan when a crashed oil tanker exploded as a crowd scooped up spilled fuel, reports said on Friday.
Senior local official John Ezkia told South Sudan´s Eye Radio that the initial death toll of more than 85 in Wednesday´s explosion had risen to at least 150, after scores died of burns. Read more
Mexican president meets family members of tourists killed in Egypt
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday met in private with the families of the eight Mexicans who were killed in Egypt after local military and police opened fire on a group of tourists on Sunday, the Mexican Presidential Office said.
Pena Nieto reiterated his condolences and said his government would offer “support along with all the necessary consular, legal and administrative assistance during the returning of their deceased loved ones,” the presidential release said. Read more
Mexico arrests 13 in connection with Chapo escape
Mexico has arrested 13 more people in connection with the escape of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, including the former director of the high-security prison he escaped from and a government official who oversaw Mexico’s prisons.
A total of 20 officials have now been arrested in connection with Guzman’s escape from a maximum-security prison in central Mexico in July. Read more
Pope John Paul II arrives in Cuba
Welcomed by President Fidel Castro and multitudes of Cuba’s hard-pressed but hopeful people, Pope John Paul II began a historic pilgrimage Wednesday to this island of embattled faith and struggling revolution.
The pope told the crowd at Havana’s airport he was praying that Cuba would become a land of “freedom, mutual trust, social justice and lasting peace.” Read more
Julie Bishop welcomes Japan reforms which could see its troops fight abroad
The foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has welcomed new laws being passed in Japan that could see the country’s troops fight abroad for the first time in nearly 70 years.
The laws affect Japan’s military, which has been restricted to self-defence and aid missions by a pacifist constitution imposed by the US after world war two. Read more
Israeli aircraft strike Gaza after rocket fire
Israel carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Saturday after Palestinian militants there fired rockets into southern Israel.
The overnight air strikes targeted two training camps belonging to the Islamist group Hamas, causing no injuries, officials and witnesses said. Read more
Migrant crisis: New routes sought amid impasse in Balkans
Migrants stranded in Croatia have been making renewed efforts to head north despite moves by Slovenia and Hungary to hold them back.
Slovenian police used pepper spray on Friday night to disperse a group trying to cross from Croatia. Read more