SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 22, 2017
Accidental Airstrike: We Buried 234 Corpses, Says Council Boss
Contrary to the casualty figures in the public domain following Tuesday’s mistaken bombing of an internally displaced persons camp in Borno State, the chairman of Kala Balge Local Government Area, where the accident occurred, Babagana Malarima, has said that his people buried 234 persons killed in the airstrike. Malarima said this on Friday when the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, visited to condole with the people of Rann, whose IDPs camp was the target of an accidental aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force. Read more
Buhari’s Alive and Well, Says Garba Shehu
President Muhammadu Buhari is alive and well, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu has declared.
Reacting to speculation concerning the health of the president, Shehu, in a message he posted on twitter @GarShehu said: “The president cannot be holidaying in the United Kingdom and be in Germany, dead or alive at the same time.” Read more
Alison-Madueke: I Did Not Forfeit $153.3m Because I Did Not Own it
A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, on Saturday said she did not forfeit $153.3 million to the Federal Government as claimed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Arguing that no such money belonged to her, she said, “I cannot forfeit what was never mine.”
A Federal High Court in Lagos presided over by Justice Muslim Hassan had on January 6 ordered the temporary forfeiture of the sum of $153,310,000 allegedly siphoned by the former minister from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and stashed in three banks. Read more
Mutallab recommends Sukuk to offset non-interest liquidity
Chairman of Jaiz Bank Plc, Alh. Umaru Muthalab has said that Nigeria could tackle its infrastructure and developmental deficit using funds from non-Interest financial bond (Sukuk).
Muthalab spoke, yesterday, at Bayero University Kano, shortly, after the International Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance honoured him with a meritorious Islamic Banking and Finance Leadership Award, for pioneering non-interest banking in Nigeria. Read more
Fashola: Taking DISCOs to task on supply, metering
It was some moments of home truth last week at the 11th Monthly Stakeholders’ Meeting of the energy sector, held at the Ikeja West Transmission Station, Ipaja-Ayobo, Lagos State, where the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, warned power firms in the country to deliver better services to electricity consumers or exit the industryRead more
Dino Melaye New Book for Launching
Member of the 8th National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye, will in a few weeks time, launch his new book ‘Antidotes for Corruption: The Nigeria Story. The book titled: Antidotes For Corruption: The Nigeria Story, starts as an autobiography of Dino Melaye. Where he talks about his humble beginnings, right to the present position he occupies as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s 8th Assembly, vis a vis the country’s most challenging problem called Corruption. Read more
2019 Tops PDP Stakeholders’ Parley Thursday
The leadership of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has scheduled an important meeting of an enlarged national caucus to discuss options to deal with the crisis in the party as well as map out strategies for the 2019 general election.
The meeting, which is scheduled to hold on Thursday this week, will have prominent PDP leaders, including governors, National Assembly members, members of the Board of the Trustees, National Executive Committee members and other key stakeholders of the party in attendance. Read more
Jammeh Flies out to Uncertain Future
Ex-President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, yesterday left his country’s capital, Banjul, in a plane heading for an unspecified destination to begin a life in exile after ruling the West African country for 22 years. He was seen off by a delegation of dignitaries and soldiers on a plane reportedly bound for Guinea. Along with his wife, he left in the company of Guinean President Alpha Conde, one of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mediators that prevailed on him to relinquish power. Read more
The Suspended Corporate Governance Code And Government’s Relationship With Religious Organisations
Controversies were recently generated by the Corporate Governance Code by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, FRC, enforced by the now ousted Executive Secretary of the agency, Mr. Jim Obazee. This was as the suspended regulation sought to limit the tenure of leaders of religious organisations and other non-profit organisations to 20 years or 70-years age limit.
Concerns heightened after the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, complied with the code by stepping down as the GO of the RCCG in Nigeria, appointing a new National Overseer, following which he stepped into the role of Worldwide Overseer of the redeemed church. Read more
ECWA, TEKAN fault FG’s handling of Southern Kaduna killings
THE Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA has expressed displeasure over what it terms the long silence of President Muhammadu Buhari over sectarian killings in Southern Kaduna as well as the inability of the Kaduna State government to guarantee safety and security of the Southern Kaduna people, saying such deliberate actions are unhealthy for national cohesion and peace. Read more
Police, IPOB trade claims on Trump protest
The police, yesterday, dismissed the claim that 11 members of the Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were killed during a rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital to celebrate the inauguration of President Donald Trump of United States (US). IPOB claimed that beyond the alleged killings, 200 of its members who participated in the event were missing. Read more
Ex-militant leader laments delay in payment of amnesty stipends
NATIONAL Chairman, phase II of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, self-styled ‘Gen’ Aso Tambo, has lamented the delay in the payment of stipends owed Niger Delta ex-militants by the federal government. Addressing newsmen shortly after self-styled ‘Gen’ Stephen Ebisintei was returned unopposed as Chairman of Bayelsa State chapter of phase II of the amnesty programme, Tambo said: “the amnesty office under Brigadier General Paul Boro (rtd) has been delaying our monthly stipends that led to five months arrears; we were then paid two months stipends on 5 January, 2017. Read more
Yoruba leaders meet in Ibadan, strategise on new political agenda
Yoruba leaders, yesterday, met in Ibadan, Oyo State capital to strategise on resetting a new agenda for the race.At the colloquium convened by a political movement, Yoruba Patriots Movement (YPM) were former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, Senator Femi Lanlehin, Dr. Yemi Farounbi, Dr. Frederich Fasehun, Dr. Doyin Okupe, Dr. Saka Balogun, Gen Raji Rasaki, Dr. Kunle Olajide and Senator Ayoade Adeseun, among others. Speakers restated call for the restructuring of the polity to reflect true federalism. Read more
Police shoot two UniOsun students
Two students of the Osun State University (Uniosun), Osogbo, were yesterday shot by some policemen from the headquarters of Zone 11 of the Nigerian Police Force covering Osun, Oyo and Ondo states.
Sunday Sun gathered that the victims identified as Kazeem Adesola and Ibrahim Ajao were hit by the trigger-happy cops when they shot at the university students playing football on an off-campus pitch around Oke Baale area. The development triggered tension in the city yesterday when students of the institution went on rampage to protest the attack on their schoolmates. It was gathered that the policemen had stormed the pitch in mufti and accused some of the students of involvement in internet fraud also known as Yahoo-Yahoo. Read more
Okowa Beats the Odds, Despite Recession
Since it is only fit and proper to assess the administration of any democratically elected government based on its campaign promises and manifestos, the attempt to x-ray the performance of Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State since the past one-and a half years, to determine to what extent the socio –economic development activities of the state government conforms to its policy goals, would amount to a glance into the successes of the SMART agenda of the administration. Read more
South-east PDP congratulates Fayose
THE South-east zone of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has congratulated Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State as he emerged the Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum in the country.
National Vice Chairman of PDP, South East zone, Chief Austin Umahi described the emergence of Fayose as good omen to the party’s avowed commitment to the welfare of Nigerians and their resolve to bounce back, better and stronger at next general election. Read more
I didn’t order Gani Adams to resign –Ooni
THE Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has refuted a newspaper report in which he was quoted to have ordered Otunba Gani Adams to vacate his position as the National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC).
Ooni Ogunwusi refuted the report in a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare. Read more
3 killed in Ebonyi/Cross River boundary clash
Three persons have been beheaded in the renewed hostility between people of Azuofia Edda Community in Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and Osopong Community in Obubora Local Government of Cross River State.
Sunday Sun gathered that the crisis started last week when the people of Osopong Community accused their neighboring community of Azuofia Edda of masterminding the killing of one of their own who was suspected to have been killed by a cult group. Read more
MTN’s planned shift in listing date puts stock market recovery at limbo
Indications emerged, yesterday, that the planned listing of MTN Nigeria’s share on the country’s stock exchange scheduled for this year, might eventually not come to pass until 2018.
The reason for the shift in date, according to the telecommunications firm is because of the current economic recession Nigeria is going through and the need for the firm to resolve amicably all pending regulatory issues in the country. Read more
Despite N70bn Kerosene Importation, Nigerians Pay Heavily for Scarce Commodity
Nigerians are increasingly finding it difficult to buy the household kerosene (HHK) despite a whopping N70.7 billion spent in importing the commodity in 2016.
Furthermore, kerosene importation gulped N24.7 billion in the last quarter of last year (Q4 2016), according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). A total of 713.79 million litres of HHK was imported in the whole of last year, 182.9 million litres in Q4 alone. Read more
Tomato scarcity may persist
Acute shortage of tomatoes across the country, linked to the low production rate of the crop has become an issue of serious concern.It was one of the reasons attributed to the shutting down of Dangote tomato paste plant in Kano during the week. While the claim on shortage of dollars needed to import raw materials, as disclosed by a senior executive officer of the plant, Devakumar Edwin, appears to be secondary, sourcing of raw tomatoes locally seems to be the major cause of the closure. Read more
Shut Dangote tomato firm to re-open February
Managing Director of Dangote Tomato Processing Company, Kano State, Abdulkarim Kaita, has said the firm would resume full operations in the first week of February.
Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, Kaita said, “When we stopped production last year, it wasn’t just for the sake of closing our plant. It was because sometime last year, around this period, tomato growers were faced with the ravaging crisis of “Tuta Absoluta” disease, which destroyed tomatoes,” Kaita recalled. Read more
Forex crisis: Expert calls on CBN to harmonise exchange rate
As forex crisis lingers to 2017 amid economic recession, experts in the financial sector are calling on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to harmonise exchange rate, to enhance stability in the foreign exchange market. Read more
Dozens killed after train derails in India
At least 26 people have been killed after nine coaches of a passenger train derailed in eastern India, police have said.
The express train from Jagdalpur to Bhubaneswar came off the track near Kuneri station, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, around 18 miles (30km) outside the town of Raigarh.
“Nine bogies [coaches] were derailed of which three have turned and fallen off the track,” said local Superintendent of Police LKV Ranga Rao. “Most of the casualties and deaths are from the three sleeper-class compartments.” Read more
Pope Francis says he’ll wait and see to judge Trump
Pope Francis has told an interviewer that he’ll wait to see what U.S. President Donald Trump does before forming his opinion.
In an interview published Saturday evening by Spanish newspaper El Pais, Francis says he doesn’t like “judging people early. We’ll see what Trump does. Read more
Ex-CIA chief Brennan labels Trump ‘despicable’
President Donald Trump traveled to the CIA headquarters today to offer reassurance to the intelligence community after he has spent weeks criticizing it.
However, his remarks in front of a wall of stars memorializing fallen officers did not go over well with everyone in the crowd, and have drawn significant criticism, especially from the agency’s recently departed Director Brennan. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4144450/Ex-CIA-chief-Brennan-labels-Trump-despicable.html#ixzz4WSdK4FBz
Canadians say they were turned away at US border on way to Women’s March
At least two Canadians say they were turned away at the US border after revealing that they intended to go to the Women’s March.
Joseph Decunha said he had driven to a border crossing between Champlain, New York and St. Bernard de Lacolle, Quebec, with his partner and friend who are both Americans, on Thursday night. Read more
Protesters across globe rally for women’s rights
More than one million people marched through Washington, D.C., and other American cities Saturday to show support for women’s rights and express their discontent over the election of President Donald Trump.
The Women’s March drew members of Congress, world-famous actresses and countless citizens like Joanne Gascoyne of Albany, New York a 78-year-old retired teacher who traveled to New York City with her daughter and two granddaughters. Read more
Jose Mourinho axes Manchester United ball boys
Jose Mourinho has wielded the axe again at Manchester United, but this time on the ball boys, reports claim.
The Portuguese coach was dissatisfied with the speed that the ball boys and girls returned the ball back to play and has changed them to increase the pace of when his players are attacking. Read more
Thierry Henry issues public message to Mesut Ozil over Arsenal contract situation
The German playmaker, 28, is out of contract at the end of next season.
Talks have been ongoing over an extension but terms are yet to be reached with Ozil holding out for more money. But Henry used his column in The Sun to urge Ozil to put pen to paper on a new contract. He wrote: “Stay put Mesut and you can be the poster boy for a new golden Arsenal age. Read more
ZINEDINE ZIDANE BEMOANS REAL MADRID’S GROWING INJURY CONCERNS
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has admitted that he is troubled by the growing injury concerns at the club this season.
Los Blancos were unbeaten since the start of the campaign, but saw their run snapped last week against Sevilla. Furthermore, they succumbed to another defeat at the hands of Celta Vigo, and it appeared to be a mini-crisis at the Santiago Bernabeu. Read more
‘Is racism legal in France?’: Mario Balotelli lashes crowd after monkey chants during game
A furious Mario Balotelli asked fans whether racism was “legal in France” after the Nice striker accused Bastia supporters of abusing him during his team’s 1-1 Ligue 1 draw, prompting a French League investigation.
The Italian posted a message on his Instagram page on Saturday, saying the incident was a “real shame”. Read more
Celtic table bid for Nigerian striker
Scottish top side, Celtic, has tabled an official bid for Nigerian youngster, Henry Onyekuru, who has taken the Belgian league by storm this season.
After a superlative debut season in the Belgian top flight, the 19-year-old Onyekuru has interested several top clubs across Europe including top German clubs Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig as well as Russian champions CSKA Moscow and Turkish giants Fenerbache. Read more
The role Moses and I play at Chelsea – Alonso
Marcos Alonso says the wing back roles occupied by himself and Nigeria’s Victor Moses provide the balance between attack and defence for Chelsea who are home to relegation battlers Hull City on Sunday in a EPL match day 22 fixture.
Alonso made his full debut for the Blues in the reverse fixture against the Tigers back in October, and has started every Premier League game since. Read more
NPFL: Enyimba chants war song
The Enyimba of Abaare already talking tough ahead of their encounter today.
The People’s Elephant are hosts of Gombe United in today’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 3 clash at their adopted ground, UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
Enyimba’s attacking midfielder, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu has told whoever cares to listen that his side would come hard the Desert Scorpions when they meet today. Read more