Sabinews Morning News Update for September 5, 2015
Military Seizes Fish, Meat Intended for Boko Haram
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin yesterday arrived Bamako, Mali for the meeting of African Union’s Chiefs of Defence Staff and defence ministers to fine tune strategies for the war against terrorism that is ravaging the continent.
This was disclosed in a statement signed yesterday by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Col. Rabe Abubakar. Read more
Senate uncovers fraud in waivers policy
The Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Waivers has recorded a major breakthrough in its anti-corruption crusade as it uncovered many ways in which the waivers policy was being used to defraud the country of billions of naira.
It was discovered that importers and relevant government agencies were involved in the deal that otherwise would have been a source of revenue to the Federation Account. Read more
PDP Picks Holes in Buhari, Osinbajo’s Asset Declarations
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the list of assets of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Odinbajo made public by the Presidency on Thursday as “a deceptive window-dressing to hoodwink unsuspecting Nigerians”.
The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement yesterday said what was made public contained “mere list of some belongings of Buhari and Osinbajo, in place of the pledge made to Nigerians by Mr. President as candidate of the APC on March 18, 2015, at exactly 5 pm.” Read more
Boko Haram: Tension in Lagos, Enugu markets over DSS arrests
The recent announcement by the Department of State Security that the dreaded Boko Haram sect has moved into Lagos and Enugu has led to widespread tension and fear in the states.
Ever since the security agency made the revelation in a press statement on Sunday, residents have not stopped discussing the ominous implications of the development in the states. Read more
Lagos residents groan over barred network lines
Some Lagos residents have expressed frustration over having to spend many hours in the premises of telecommunications operators in a bid to validate their Subscribers Identity Module cards.
The Nigerian Communications Commission had issued a directive to the telecoms companies on June 15 to either re-register the SIM cards of some of their subscribers whose data were not properly captured or risk heavy fines. Read more
ISIS supporters in Nigeria get visas from Turkish embassy –Syrian envoy
The Head of Mission, Syria embassy in Nigeria, Dr. Shafik Daiyob has said that the Nigerian supporters of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq terrorist group obtained visas to join the group in Syria from the Turkish embassy in Nigeria.
Daiyob explained that many ISIS sympathisers who were given visas by the Turkish embassy entered Syria illegally through Turkey. Read more
Ease of Doing Business: World Bank Ranks Nigeria 170th
The reforms effort of the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan may have yielded some dividend as Nigeria moved up five places in the latest ranking by the World Bank Group on the ease of doing business.
The World Bank ranked Nigeria 170th among 189 countries survey, this shows an improvement of 2.9 per cent on the 175 position it occupied last year. Read more
Poor refineries: FG issues supplementary import permit for petrol
The Federal Government has issued supplementary import permit to oil marketers for the importation of petrol into Nigeria due to the fact that the output of the country’s refineries is still poor.
It was learnt that the permit for petrol was given to marketers on Thursday by the government and they were asked to import to supplement domestic production. Read more
FRSC, LCCI, others propose separate route for trailers
The Federal Road Safety Corps and other stakeholders have called for the creation of separate routes for trailers to curb incessant fatal accidents involving articulated vehicles and other road users.
This follows the accident on Wednesday in Lagos, where a container on a 40-feet trailer fell off the Ojuelegba Bridge onto the road below, killing three people, as the fallen container crushed two private vehicles that were in motion. Read more
DSS raiding of Akwa Ibom Govt House plot to kidnap Governor, Says PDP
he national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday condemned the invasion of the Akwa Ibom government house by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, describing the scenario as a reincarnation of the dark era of Lawal Rafindadi in the defunct National Security Organisation. NSO.
The acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, who disclosed this in Abuja, alleged that the DSS invaded the government house with the motive of kidnap the governor, Udom Emmanuel. Read more
Over 50 killed, many injured as terrorists attack market in Borno
At least more than 50 people were feared dead with scores sustained gunshot wounds when some group of suspected Boko Haram terrorists invaded Kirawa village of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno state. Reliable sources have revealed.
Our Correspondent learnt that the incident took place on Thursday when traders and buyers were busy observing their market day in Kirawa. Read more
Tanker explosion guts 5 buildings, 7 cars in Aba
Property worth over N50 million was on Friday morning consumed by a tanker explosion along the ever busy Aba – Owerri road in Aba, Abia State. Vanguard gathered that the explosion burnt about seven vehicles, four tricycles and destroyed commercial and residential buildings. The inferno was still flaming as at 4pm. Read more
ICPC Takes Anti-Corruption Campaign To Aviation Industry
In keeping with the spirit of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration in the fight against corruption, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has embarked on several interventions to sensitise workers in the aviation sector on the ills of the pandemic with a view to cleansing the industry of corrupt practices.
As part of the strategy, the commission organised the maiden anti-corruption training for aviation sector workers, which took place at the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), Keffi, Nasarawa State. Read more
LIRS Shuts 10 Firms Over N45.52m Tax Fraud In August
The Head of Training Unit of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), Mrs. Ajibike Oshodi-Sholola, has stated that, during a state-wide tax law enforcement exercise in August, the LIRS sealed 10 companies August for failure to remit N45.52 million personal income tax of staff to the state government. Read more
Oliseh clears air on pre – match press conference no- show
Super Eagles manager Sunday Oliseh has explained the reason behind not turning up for the press conference ahead of Nigeria’s meeting with Tanzania.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Football Federation informed through its official webpage that the pre – match press conference was scheduled to begin at 1100 hours local time on Friday. Read more
Brothers at war: Rangers plot Heartland’s downfall in Owerri
Enugu Rangers head coach Imama Amapakabo hopes his team has put the past behind them after a rare 2-0 win against Wikki Tourists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu on Wednesday.
Rangers are will looking to build on the positive result after poor performances previously, having now managed just two wins from their last 10 outings in all competitions. Read more
Oliseh, Eagles Face Litmus Test In Dar es Salaam
The Super Eagles of Nigeria face their Tanzanian counterparts, the Taifa Stars, this weekend in the second matchday of the 2017 Orange Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The all-important cracker will be Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh’s first outing as Super Eagles’ head coach since he took over from his former teammate, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, on July 15, after signing a three-year deal with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Read more
Tanzania Opposition Counts on Enthusiastic Supporters Ahead of Vote
A prominent member of Tanzania’s main opposition Chadema party says the intense enthusiasm exhibited by supporters is a significant boost to the opposition’s effort to defeat the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party in the upcoming October 25 general election.
Parliamentarian Tundu Lissu said prospective voters want change and that Tanzanians are displeased with the direction of the country. This will enable the opposition alliance known as UKAWA to defeat the ruling CCM for the first time in the country’s history, he said. Read more
Body of Missing Student Found in South Africa
The body of a Connecticut student who went missing while swimming in South Africa has been found, according to officials at George Washington University.
Nicholas Upton, 19, a junior at George Washington University and a graduate of Joel Barlow High School in Redding, disappeared into the surf while swimming on a study abroad trip the night of Aug. 30, university officials said. Read more
Village in Sierra Leone quarantined after Ebola death
A village of almost 1,000 people in Sierra Leone has been placed under quarantine following the death of 67-year-old woman from Ebola. Forty-eight people are considered high risk but have yet to show any symptoms.
The latest victim, a food trader from Sella Kafta village in the northern district of Kambia, had been sick for up to 10 days without informing authorities. Read more
Four Libyan soldiers killed in clashes with Islamic State in the east
Heavy clashes broke out between Islamic State and army units loyal to the country’s official government near the eastern city of Derna on Friday, killing four soldiers, military officials said.
Three soldiers were also wounded during fighting with Islamic State fighters outside Derna, a city east of Benghazi, military officials said. Read more
Israel lobby’s power waning after Aipac failure to block Iran deal
Not since George H W Bush was president has the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) sustained such a public defeat on an issue it deemed an existential threat to Israel’s security.
But the Iran nuclear deal has Washington insiders wondering if the once-untouchable lobbying giant has suffered lasting damage. Read more
Greens leader calls for emergency intake of 20,000 Syrian refugees
The Australian Greens have called for the government to initiate an emergency intake of 20,000 refugees fleeing sectarian violence in Syria.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale said more than 250,000 men, women and children had already died and it was time for Australians to lend a helping hand. Read more
Guatemalans head to the polls to choose new president
Guatemalans head to the polls this weekend to elect a new president, after the former head of state Otto Perez Molina resigned on Thursday.
Mr Perez Molina stepped down amid a massive corruption and fraud investigation. He has denied any wrongdoing. Read more
Japan town near damaged nuclear plant lifts evacuation order
The Japanese town of Naraha near the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant is marking a fresh start since the 2011 tsunami by lifting an evacuation order and inviting its 7,400 residents to return.
Naraha was the first among seven municipalities forced to evacuate entirely due to radiation contamination following a massive earthquake and tsunami that sent the reactors into meltdown. Read more
Alaskan woman steals police car with husband handcuffed in back
An Alaskan woman accused of stealing a police car with her husband handcuffed in the back seat faces several charges including theft and hindering prosecution, troopers said on Friday.
The woman slipped into the patrol’s car and drove off on Wednesday while a state trooper was engaged with a passing motorist on an unrelated topic, a trooper dispatch report said. Read more