SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 21, 2017
Obasanjo, Jonathan in closed-door meeting
In what appears to be a reconciliatory move to mend their frosty relationship, former President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday paid a visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his country home in Ibogun-Olaogun village, Ifo local government area of Ogun State.
Jonathan, who arrived the village in company of former Minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Turaki and other close aides at 11.58 a.m, quickly went into a closed door meeting with Obasanjo, which lasted for almost two hours. Read more
Kidnapping: Parents, school owners demand emergency meeting with Buhari
As a result of the recent kidnapping of three female pupils and five staff members, including a Turkish national, by unknown gunmen in the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (formerly known as Turkish International School), last Friday, parents and school owners are seeking emergency meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over the increasing state of insecurity in the nation’s schools.
Parents and teachers who spoke through the National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria, the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools among others, said an urgent meeting was necessary to stem the tide of an evil wind blowing in schools across the country to prevent it from becoming epidemic. Read more
Governors Forum: Fayose, Right Man for the Job, Says Ekweremadu
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, on his emergence as the new Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors Forum.
Ekweremadu, who described the Forum as an important group within the party, expressed confidence in the ability of Fayose to rally the governors elected on the platform of the party, theming PDP faithful, and supporters to hold the fort in opposition. Read more
Senate, SERAP, Magu and the Dearth/Death of CSO’s in Nigeria
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, recently wrote a letter to Mr Michel Forst, the UN Rapporteur on situation of human rights defenders on Senate’s refusal to confirm Mr Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, claiming political and other concocted reasons for the said refusal.
It is the purpose of this piece to vehemently urge Mr Forst to ignore the letter in its entirety as it was written out of mischief and towards actualising narrow and self-serving purposes. Read more
Senate’s Unkind Cut Against Babachir
Day after day, it is becoming very obvious that the Senate Committee’s report, which purportedly indicted the Secretary to tzhe Government of the Federation, David Babachir, over so-called corruption, was cunningly but poorly crafted by ‘’political enemies’’ to deliberately open holes in the SGF’s character.
But, in doing the dirty job, the Shehu Sani-led Senate Committee took too lightly the worth of work done by the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE) as overwhelming evidence has shown in the past few days. Read more
Abagana Committee of Friends Rewards Academic Excellence
As part of its corporate social responsibility in support of academic excellence, Abagana Committee of Friends (ACF) held 18thedition of its annual Award for Academic Excellence and Symposium. The event which held at Girls Secondary School, Abagana in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State aimed at encouraging healthy academic competition and excellence amongst the two secondary schools, Nnamdi Azikiwe Secondary School, Girls Secondary School and eight primary schools all in Abagana. Read more
Uwazuruike bent on betraying Biafra –Kanunta, Nnamdi Kanu’s brother
Kanunta Kanu is the immediate younger brother of detained Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who resides in Germany. A smooth player for the realisation of the Biafra dream abroad but not too vocal in the struggle back home in Nigeria, he was forced out of his cocoon by a recent statement credited to Chief Ralph Uwazuruike in which the MASSOB/BIM founder described Nnamdi and his IPOB cohorts as fraudsters. In this interview, Kanunta came out smoking against Uwazuruike whom he described as a coward and the real fraudster; affirming IPOB’s stand that the BIM leader was Federal Government’s key witness in the case instituted against his brother. Read more
Buhari’s anti-graft war on course – Sani, ACF chief
There are insinuations in some quarters that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption, is not only one-sided, but not likely to target any member of his kitchen cabinet.
Following the recent directive to probe the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal and other government officials, over corruption allegations, ISMAIL OMIPIDAN spoke with two leading Nigerians who disagreed on the matter. Mr. Anthony Sani is the immediate past spokesman of the pro-North group, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF and spokesman of the northern delegates during the last National Conference. Read more
Alleged Theft: The Trial of Ex-REP, Chidi Duru
The Nigerian pension industry was agog last Monday following the arraignment of a former Member, House of Representatives, Nze Chidi Duru, on four-count charge of stealing, impersonation, conspiracy, and breach of the peace.
Also arraigned with him before the Chief Magistrate Court, Tinubu, Lagos by the police was a senior lawyer, Mr. Smart Iheazor. Read more
Akwa Ibom PDP to Recall Senator Nelson Effiong over Defection
Less than 20 hours after the Akwa Ibom State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Nelson Effiong defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC) the State Chapter of the PDP has vowed to recall the Senator through legal process.
The Party frowned at the defection of Senator Effiong to the APC describing the action as shocking and embarrassing to the party in the state. Read more
Pensioners Hopeful as FG’s Verification Exercise Ends in Bayelsa
Emergency health workers were on red alert yesterday as the federal civil service verification exercise meant to screen pensioners ended in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Some pensioners participating in the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), hailed the arrangement, describing it as “welcome”, especially if it would ensure better welfare for retirees.
Many pensioners in the country recently slumped and died at the venue of the verification following the unavailability of health services during emergencies. Read more
One killed in IPOB Trump rally
At least one person was killed and scores of supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) wounded yesterday as the pro-Biafra group defied security agencies and marched through major streets of Port Harcourt to celebrate the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America and also call for the release of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Read more
What GOtv Subscribers Should Expect on Big Brother Naija
GOtv subscribers will, for the first time, be part of the exciting times on the hit reality show, Big Brother Naija.
The show, formerly known as Big Brother Nigeria, is making a return after a decade and will be aired on GOtv Plus channel 29 from today until 9 April. GOtv Value subscribers will also have the opportunity to watch highlights of the show on Africa Magic World, GOtv channel 10. Read more
Jammeh Agrees to Vacate Office as WACSOF Urges Gambians to Protest
The incumbent Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has confirmed that his predecessor Yahya Jammeh has agreed to step down and leave the country.
Barrow made the announcement on his Twitter handle after hours of talks aimed at persuading Jammeh to recognise the result of the presidential election held early last month. Read more
Saraki, Ahmed, Others Eulogise National Pilot MD’s Mother
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed and speaker of the state House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad led dignitaries that attended the fidau prayer of Alhaja Amudalat Alake Olusesi in Ilorin, Kwara State yesterday.
Alhaja Olusesi, mother of the Managing Director and Editor- in-Chief of National Pilot Newspaper, Alhaji Billyamin Adedamola died last Saturday in Lagos at the age of 85. Read more
Aviation unions to picket Arik over staff welfare
The National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers have threatened to shut down Arik Air’s operations for failing to implement the agreement reached with them in December concerning some members of staff of the carrier who were sacked.
The union had last month grounded the operations of the airline on the issue before the intervention of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. Read more
Abuja airport: Kaduna can’t receive international flights, operators insist
Experts and industry operators say the Kaduna airport cannot receive scheduled international flights and should not be used for such during the six-week period that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, will be closed for repairs.
The Federal Government is perfecting plans to close the NAIA beginning from March 8, 2016 to carry out a thorough reconstruction work on its runways and taxi ways. Read more
NBS: Nigeria Imported Petroleum Products Worth N2.58tn in 2016
The total value of imported petroleum products for 2016 stood at N2.58 trillion, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) stated yesterday.
A breakdown showed 18.8 billion litres of premium motor spirits (PMS), 4.89 billion litres of automotive gas oil Read more
Nigerian NNPC Calls Tender To Import Petroleum Products
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has issued an invitation for bids under the model of direct sale of crude oil and direct purchase of petroleum products (DSDP).
Under this DSDP scheme, foreign refiners receive Nigerian crude oil supplies in exchange for the delivery of an equal value of refined oil products to NNPC. Read more
Nigeria’s crude oil output increases by 403,900bpd
Nigeria’s crude oil output increased by about 403,900 barrels per day (bpd) to 1.940 million bpd in December 2016, above November levels of 1.536 million bpd, according to the current figures released by Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Compared to third quarter 2016, 1.2 million bpd output, the boost in production is attributed to Federal Government’s overtures to militant groups in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, to pave the way for a comprehensive dialogue with a view to resolving all the issues. Read more
NFF inspectors score Enugu Stadium low
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has warned that unless the Enugu State government urgently upgrades the ‘obsolete and dilapidated’ facilities at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium ahead of this year’s CAF Champions League, Nigeria’s representative in the competition, Rangers FC, may end up playing its home matches outside its base.
The CAF Champions League is expected to commence in the second week of February. Read more
NPFL : Rangers dare El-Kanemi in Enugu
League champions, Enugu Rangers will today at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, in Enugu face visiting El-Kanemi United in a week three tie.
The Enugu Antelopes will attempt to improve on their home game in order to please their home fans. Read more
Kalu Orji not in a haste to move abroad
Enugu Rangers defender Kalu Orji has hinted that he is bidding his time and does not want to rush over a move abroad and that at the right time he will definitely take his career abroad.
“There is a adage that says time heals everything. I am waiting for the right time and I believe that time will soon be here,” Orji told Goal. “Last season was Rangers’ season and I want to state that Rangers will do well this season also. We did not underrate Abia Warriors and we are not going to underrate any team. This is football and I will say they were lucky to beat us.” Read more
Walcott’s numbers on Arsenal anniversary are impressive
Theo Walcott has got plenty of stick over the years since signing for Arsenal, with the winger struggling with regular injuries and a lack of consistency, but it takes a lot of ability to spend over a decade with such a big club.
Signed as a teenager from Southampton in 2006, Walcott has now celebrated ten years at Arsenal and, despite the issues, his numbers are very impressive- finding the net around once in every four appearances, on average. Read more
Chinese Super League club chase Kiwi striker Chris Wood
Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian are reportedly chasing Leeds United ‘s Kiwi striker Chris Wood.
ESPN FC reported that Wood has become a target following the Chinese club’s failure to sign Chelsea’s Diego Costa. The 25-year-old New Zealander, who has scored 17 Championship goals for Leeds this season, is also reportedly on the wish-lists of Swansea City and Wolfsburg. Read more
TRANSFER NEWS: IVAN RAKITIC REBUFFS BARCELONA EXIT TALKS, WANTS TO EXTEND CAMP NOU STAY
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has shot down rumours linking him with Manchester City and Manchester United, as he insisted that he’s happy where he is at with Barcelona and expressed his desire to stay at Camp Nou beyond the duration of his contract with the Blaugrana.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Rakitic told reporters in the post Barcelona’s 1-0 win at Real Sociedad: “I hope that I can continue here for many years. I want to renew my contract with Barcelona. I am worried because I always want to play but I have absolute confidence in the coach. I need to work but I’m confident.” Read more
COSTA TO RETURN TO THE FIELD FOR CHELSEA-UP
Antonio Conte insists Diego Costa is happy at Chelsea and has no doubts over the striker’s commitment to the Premier League title bid.
The 28-year-old missed last weekend’s win at Leicester with a back injury amid reports of a bust-up with Conte and his backroom staff. Costa has also been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, but is available to return at home against Hull on Sunday. Read more
AC Milan confirm Deulofeu deal, Everton say differently
Well, it all started with what many assumed was the end; AC Milan confirming on their Twitter feed that they have signed 22-year-old Gerard Deulofeu on-loan until the end of the season. In fact, it appears they haven’t.
In a tweet, which has since been deleted, AC Milan released a graphic image of Deulofeu in a Milan jersey- but he may not be adorning the black and red, with the bitter situation possibly seeing the collapse of a deal. Read more
China’s latest Hollywood move: Pumping $1B into Paramount movies
Paramount Pictures has announced a $1 billion financing deal with two Chinese firms, strengthening the U.S. studio’s ties with a lucrative but difficult market.
Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group will put money into all Paramount’s films over the next three years, the companies said in a statement. The Chinese firms will even set up an office on the Paramount lot later this year. Read more
University of Hawaii researcher is suing the school and her employers after losing her arm in a lab explosion
A postdoctoral fellow has lost her right arm in a University of Hawaii laboratory explosion and sued the school and researchers she worked for.
The explosion occurred last March in a Hawaii Natural Energy Institute lab on the university’s Manoa campus. In the explosion, Thea Ekins-Coward lost her right arm above her elbow. She suffered facial burns, abrasions to her cornea and nerve damage to her ears that led to high frequency hearing loss. Read more
FBI employee gets jail time for acting as Chinese agent
A FORMER FBI employee in New York was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday after admitting that he illegally acted at the direction of a Chinese official to gather sensitive information.
Kun Shan Chun, also known as Joey Chun, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in Manhattan to pay $10,000 after pleading guilty in August to having illegally acted as an agent of a foreign government. Read more
Rottweiler kills baby in France after biting its head
A family Rottweiler attacked and killed a 14-month-old baby in northern France.
Police say the dog, in the family’s courtyard in their Saint-Aubin home in Aisne, jumped on the baby girl and bit her in the head on Thursday morning. Read more
Donald Trump sworn in as 45th US president
Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
After formally taking office, Trump said: “Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come.”
Mr Trump added that January 20 would be remembered as “the day the people became the rulers of this nation again”. Read more