SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Igbo presidency in 2023: Okorocha on his own –Ohanaeze
Mixed reactions yesterday trailed the comment by Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha urging the South-East to wait till 2023 for the Presidency. Okorocha said the Presidency has been zoned to the North for two terms of eight years (2015-2023), hence, Ndigbo should exercise patience till 2023. His comment followed former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s advice that Ndigbo should go for the slot in 2019.
Okorocha bared his mind on the Presidency when he visited Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja on Monday. Read more
Military arrests Boko Haram sponsors
Government’s clampdown on Boko Haram symphatisers has paid off. The military has arrested two prominent politicians and a traditional ruler duying a raid in Borno State. Their identities were withheld.
The politicians, who are known in government circle,were arrested early this week by detectives and troops from Operation Lafiya Dole, the counter-insurgency military team. One of them who is also an as Islamic spriitualist, had fled the state when he learnt military men were on his trail. He was fleeing to one of the North Central states, but was arrested along Maiduguri-Jos Road, another source claimed. Read more
‘APC’s defection strategy to penetrate South East, South South zones, a deceit’
Perhaps, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may have realised that the only means through which it can penetrate the South-South and South-East zones before the 2019 elections, is to continue ‘woo or coerce’ elected public officers from the areas, into the ruling party.
This may have been hinged on recent defections of politicians, both serving and non-serving in the zones, who attained their political influences on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that lost control of the central government to the APC, in the 2015 general elections. Read more
Bicycle transportation will reduce road crashes, save lives, says FRSC
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that the use of bicycle as a mode of transportation will not only reduce incessant cases of road crashes in the nation’s highway, especially in urban areas, but would also save lives.
The Anambra State Sector Commander of FRSC, Sunday Ajayi, disclosed this yesterday in Awka while briefing newsmen on the launch of the National Bicycle Week and urged Nigerians to partner with the FRSC and the national stakeholders forum to make the programme a success. Read more
Nigeria’s average electricity generation hits 2,548GWH in Q4
EKO Disco assures customers of improved electricity supply
Nigeria’s generation statistics showed that a total average of 2,548GWH (gigawatt hour) of energy was generated by power stations during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016.
According to the latest data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Egbin Power Plant contributed about 12.47 per cent share of the average energy generated, the highest among the 25 power plants within the period under review. Read more
Having lost Sambisa, Boko Haram now goes for media war –Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said having been degraded, Boko Haram’s new strategy is to dominate the media by propagating lies.
The minister said this in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Segun Adeyemi, yesterday. Read more
Pakistan Foreign Minister: Purchase of Our Military Aircraft by Nigeria Huge Breakthrough for Us
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Syed Tariq Fatemi, has said the diplomatic relationship between his country and Nigeria has moved from commercial/economic to defence cooperation.
Fatemi said the recent purchase of a Pakistani made trainer aircraft by the Nigerian government was a huge breakthrough and strong message of confidence in the fast growing cooperation between the two developing countries. Read more
Anyaoku, ex-Commonwealth scribe, to chair The Sun Awards
Former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has accepted to be the chairman of the annual The Sun Awards, billed for February 18, 2017 in Lagos.
Nineteen distinguished Nigerians will be honoured in the award ceremony, holding at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria island, Lagos.
Having received a letter from the management of The Sun Publishing Limited requesting him to chair the prestigious event, Anyaoku called the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, Eric Osagie at the weekend. He said: “I have received your letter, requesting me to be chairman of The Sun Awards. I accept. Please, take this telephone conversation as confirmation of my acceptance to attend the event and be chairman.” Read more
Osinbajo flags-off 20,000 solar powered lighting systems
Acting President,Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, flagged of the distribution of 20,000 solar powered lighting system in rural communities in the country. The 20,000 solar system would be distributed in homes across rural communities in the course of the year.
Osinbajo flagged off the programme yesterday at Wuna village, a rural community in Gwagwalada, Abuja. The project, a Federal Government’s initiative targets distribution of 200 units of the solar power system to the villagers in the first phase. Read more
FORBES Afrique Interviews 14-year-old Zuriel Oduwole for February 2017 Edition
Synonymous with incredible human accomplishments in business, and more recently civil society, the Forbes brand – founded more than 96 years ago in New York has earned its place in the global information circle of delivering relevant, riveting, and rewarding business leadership information. Read more
Okah Seeks Court’s Permission to File No Case Submission
The alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombing in Abuja, Charles Okah, tuesday sought the order of the Federal High Court in Abuja, to file a no-case submission in his on-going terrorism trial at the court.
Charles, who is the younger brother to a former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Henry Okah, is being tried alongside Obi Nwabueze for the October 1, 2010 multiple bomb blasts near the Eagle Square in Abuja. Read more
Publisher Still in Detention after Court Orders His Release
The Publisher of National Trail, Inuwa Bwala, has not been released from police custody more than 24 hours after a court in Maiduguri ordered his release.
Bwala was arrested along with his driver by the police in Abuja on January 17, 2017, and has been in detention in Maiduguri since then without being charged to court.
A High Court in Maiduguri gave a ruling last Monday, calling on the police to release Bwala and his driver, Mohammed Audu, pending the determination of the suit against them. Read more
Atiku replies Oba of Lagos: I’ve no hand in your retirement
Former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar has debunked Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu’s allegation that he and others were responsible for his retirement from the Nigeria Police Force in 2002.
Reacting to the Oba’s allegations, Atiku, in a statement by his media office in Abuja, yesterday, said at no time did he suggest or propose Akiolu’s removal from the Force. Read more
Yoruba leaders meet in Akure, make case for restructuring
Eminent personalities and leaders of thought in Yoruba nation, yesterday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure total restructuring of the country.
The Yoruba leaders, who converged on Akure, Ondo State capital, met at the residence of Afenifere leader, Chief Rueben Fasoranti. Read more
ASUP rejects FG’s appeal to suspend strike
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has rejected an appeal from the Federal Government to suspend its nationwide five-day warning industrial action.
The union, yesterday, gave reasons why Kaduna Polytechnic, Polytechnic Ibadan, Osun State Polytechnic and IMT Enugu did not join the national strike. It said the branches currently “do not have executives to pilot the affairs of the union; thus, anybody parading himself/herself as chairman is not recognised by the national body.” Read more
Senate: Establishment of Maritime University in Niger Delta Non-negotiable
The Senate tuesday said the establishment of a Maritime University of Nigeria in Niger Delta region to provide manpower needs for the maritime industry was not negotiable.
But two communities in Delta State are at logger-heads with each other over the choice of the place to site the university.
At a one-day public hearing on two bills meant to provide a framework for the university, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said the establishment of the universities would provide the needed manpower services that would be of great help to the maritime industry in Nigeria. Read more
People with HIV more likely to develop diabetes — STUDY
New research shows that people that are living with HIV may be more prone to developing diabetes. Although the number of people being diagnosed with HIV has fallen dramatically in the past decade, HIV still affects more than 3.5 million individuals in Nigeria. Diabetes is also a serious health concern in the country. The condition affects more than 29 million people in the country. Read more
Teacher allegedly rapes 9-year-old pupil in Ibadan
An Ibadan chief magistrate’s court has remanded a 40-year-old teacher, Sampson Eyo, in prison custody, for allegedly raping his nine-year-old pupil. Chief Magistrate Taiwo Oladiran directed that the accused be remanded at Agodi Prisons custody pending advice of the Oyo State Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP. Consequently, the court did not take the plea of the accused. Eyo, a teacher in a nursery and primary school at Ba-shorun, Ibadan, was arraigned on a one-count charge.
Alleged rent fraud: We’re entitled to official accommodation – Dogara
SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, said the presiding officers of the National Assembly were entitled to be provided accommodation like the President, the Vice President and the Chief Justice of Nigeria. CJN. Dogara also said it was the responsibility of the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, to provide accommodation for the presiding officers and not the duty of the officers to know how the accommodations were provided.
Abia govt meeting with NUT deadlocked
A meeting convened by the Abia State Government with the executive committee of the striking members of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) Monday, ended in a deadlock, dashing hope of early resumption of public primary and secondary schools in the state. The meeting was called to resolve the lingering dispute between the state government and the teachers over several months of unpaid salaries. Read more
Gbaramatu Kingdom: There’s No Plan by Niger Delta to Secede
The people of Gbaramatu kingdom in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State yesterday assured Nigerians that there was no plan by the Niger Delta region to secede from Nigeria as being insinuated by some people.
They said the region was not at war with any institutions or the federal government but appealed to the United States of America Government to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to implement the 16-point demands presented by the Pan-Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF). Read more
SANs Tackle U.S., NDLEA over Kashamu
Three Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), Lateef Fagbemi, Alex Izinyon and Akin Olujimi, yesterday described as illegal any attempt to extradite Senator Buruji Kashamu.
Fagebmi, Izinyon and Olujimi, in a joint statement, said the United States and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) would be overstepping their bounds by attempting to extradite the senator. Read more
101 irregular migrants arrested in Lagos
About 101 illegal migrants have been arrested in Lekki and Ajah areas of Lagos State by officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS. Some of those paraded by the Lagos State Command of NIS before they were repatriated include some Nigeriens, Chadians, Ghanaians, Beninnoise and Togolese. Read more
Tourism contributes N1.7bn to GDP in Q3 2016
THE tourism industry contributed N1.7billion ($ 5.5 million), about 4.8 per cent to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, in the third quarter of 2016. The figure is expected to fall by 7.3 percent in 2017, according to the Nigeria Hospitality Report, 2016. Read more
Apathy grows as 86.6m Nigerians are without insurance policies
Long before Nigeria was finally plunged into recession last year, it has been pretty challenging to get Nigerians to appreciate the benefits inherent in insurance products, with the sector contributing a meager 0.6 per cent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Due to the high level of apathy, the industry has not grown at par with the other financial services sub-sectors like banking and capital market, and has therefore remained the weakest link among them. Read more
Groups Drums Support for FG, CBN
A Coalition of Civil Society Groups in Abuja has drummed support for the federal government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), particularly on the foreign exchange (FX) policy restricting access to FX to some 41 items.
They noted that the Nigerian economy will make huge gains from the continued implementation of the policy Read more
Unilever restates commitment to local manufacturing
In consonance with its policy of promoting economic growth of developing countries, Unilever, a British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company has reiterated its commitment to actively contribute to enhancing local manufacturing in Nigeria.
The Africa President of Unilever, Bruno Witvoet, stated this during a visit by the leadership team of Unilever Nigeria to the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai recently. Read more
Nigeria’s External Reserves Hit 10-month High At $28bn Nigeria’s external reserves rose to a 10-month high of $27.88 billion as at January 26, 2017, according to latest data by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
This is just as the gap between the interbank and parallel end of the foreign exchange market continued to widen.
The country’s external reserves rose 8.39 percent to $27.88 billion by January 26, 2017, from $25.72 billion a month ago, climbing to their highest level in 10 months, the data published on the CBN website indicated. Read more
Orient Petroleum Partners Àrgentil, Dharmattan on Gas Development in Anambra Basin
Orient Petroleum Resources Plc (OPR) and First Modular Gas Systems Limited (FMGSL), a natural gas processing and marketing company, have signed a gas processing, Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA), establishing the contractual and commercial terms for the development of the first phase of a gas processing plant at Orient Petroleum’s Anambra River oil and gas field, located in the Anambra Basin Read more
Lagos Moves to Sanitise Petroleum Product Storage Facilities and Depots
As part of efforts to ensure appropriate planning and energy security for economic and urban development, the Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, has commenced a comprehensive enumeration of petroleum product facilities and storage depots within the state Read more
Nigeria can produce three million bpd, says Kachikwu
Minister of State Petroleum Resources Ibe Kachikwu said yesterday that Nigeria is capable of producing three million barrels of crude oil per day.
Dr. Kachikwu spoke this at a meeting organised by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that apart from the Niger Delta Ministry, the convener, the meeting was also attended by officials from the, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCD&MB), among others Read more
Cooking gas prices soar despite NLNG’s 26,000mt supply
Cooking gas prices have contnued to soar across the country despite claims by the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) that it injected about 26000 metric tonnes of the product to stem scarcity, The Sun reports.
As at the weekend the price for a 12.5kg cylinder had hit an all-time high of N6000 from N5200, raising fears the injection did not provide the needed relief, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Association of LPG Marketers (NALPGAM), Mr. Bassey Essien, said that the injection of over 26,000 metric tones by NLNG in the last two weeks, would not eventually crash the price of cooking gas. Read more
Gas producers task government on foreign exchange availability
The Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to include gas producers and suppliers in the 60 per cent foreign exchange (forex) platform.
The NGA argued that gas producers, suppliers and transporters are the most critical element of the gas-power value chain as they are the foundation for the survival of the power and manufacturing sectors. Read more
Nigeria crude exports to hit 1.62mbpd in March
Nigeria’s crude oil exports are on track for a month-on-month rise in March after a string of loading delays pushed back some cargoes. Exports are slated to reach 1.62 million barrels per day (bpd) in March on 55 cargoes, up from a revised February loading schedule of 1.48 million bpd on 46 cargoes.
OPEC Records 82% Compliance on Output Cuts
The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)’s oil output is set to fall by more than 1 million barrels per day (bpd) in January, a Reuters survey found Tuesday, thus pointing to a strong start by the cartel in implementing its first supply cut deal in eight years.
OPEC had agreed to cut its output by about 1.2 million bpd from January 1 to prop up oil prices and reduce a supply glut. Read more
Sharia: Man Jailed for 12 Months for Selling Alcohol
An Minna Chief Magistrate Court tuesday sentenced one Baba Abuja to 12 months imprisonment for contravening the Sharia law.
Abuja was arrested and charged before Chief Magistrate Abdullahi Usman for selling alcohol in a prohibited area of Paiko town. Read more
Senate Committee Begins Investigations into Southern Kaduna Crisis
The six-man ad hoc committee set up by the Senate to investigate the crisis in the southern part of Kaduna State has called for the cooperation of all stakeholders in the area to find solution to the problem.
Speaking during a visit to the state Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Gaya, said the essence of the visit was base on a motion by the Senate on the crisis in Southern Kaduna. Read more
Efe Ambrose NOT Joining Blackburn Rovers, Remains At Celtic
Nigerian international Efe Ambrose is staying put at Celtic after failing to seal a move before the close of the transfer window.
The versatile defender had been linked with a couple of Championship and League One teams last month, with Blackburn Rovers assumed to be in pole position for his signature. Read more
Ikechukwu Ibenegbu:Injury not career threatening
Attacking midfielder, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu has described as not career threatening the right ankle injury he picked in the clash against Nasarawa United.
“Yes, the injury is a fresh one on my right ankle picked in the clash against Nasarawa United in Calabar. It happened in the first half as I was unable to continue with the game . I feared the worst injury as I was not able to move without 100% support but now I move around as it was not as serious as early feared. Read more
NFF under Rohr pressure to land Russia-born star
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has intensified his efforts to land versatile Russian-born full back Brian Idowu ahead of the Super Eagles’ Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying double-header against their eternal rivals Cameroon.
Nigeria host the Indomitable Lions in the first leg qualifier in Uyo on August 28, with the Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations favourites receiving the Eagles in the reverse fixture in Limbe on September 2. Read more
Ghana FA fine Brimah
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has imposed a $2,500 fine on Ghana’s first choice goalkeeper, Razak Brimah, after a meeting on Tuesday.
The meeting was necessitated by the unfortunate words used by Brimah on social media which the management committee of the Black Stars finds unacceptable. The GFA also received a written apology from Brimah over the comments which they considered in reaching a decision on the matter. Read more
Former Chelsea man: This is the secret to Antonio Conte’s success
Antonio Conte introduced his back-three system back in September.
And since then the Blues have been almost unbeatable, suffering just one loss – a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane – since the switch in formation.
Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses have starred in the new system, providing an attacking outlet down the flanks and helping the defence concede the joint-fewest goals in the Premier League. Read more
FC Barcelona announce squad for Copa del Rey semifinal 1st leg against Atlético Madrid
The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to the Spanish capital for the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals against Atlético Madrid, and Luis Enrique called up 18 players to be in uniform, with good and bad news.
This is the squad in full: Read more
Brazil legend: Tottenham must give this player a new contract or he could leave
That’s the opinion of Brazil legend Roberto Carlos.
The Spurs ace has been outstanding in the last couple of seasons. And that form earned him a new five-year deal in September 2016. But Carlos says chairman Daniel Levy needs to offer Rose a new contract or risk having the left-back leave for another club. Read more
Guardiola defends Fernandinho after ban
Pep Guardiola has sought to defend midfielder Fernandinho, insisting the Brazilian is not an aggressive player as he prepares to return from his third ban of the season.
The midfielder has missed a total of eight games this season, including City’s last four, after being shown the red card on three separate occasions. Read more
Republican Paul Ryan caught on camera ‘fuming he’s ‘wasting his f***ing time” on Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban
Republican Paul Ryan – the highest ranking member of Donald Trump’s party in the House of Representatives – has been apparently caught on camera in a fuming, four-letter tirade over a press conference on the President’s Muslim ban.
The House Speaker appeared to have been recorded ranting at aides after a fraught press conference on the chaos that has followed Trump’s executive order. Read more
Donald Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court – but it will be a fight to confirm him
Only one thing is certain about Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the seat on the Supreme Court that has been vacant for almost a year. It sets up an almighty confirmation fight with Democrats that could result in a momentous change in Senate rules.
In normal circumstances, Judge Gorsuch, who is a federal appeals court judge based in Denver, Colorado, with a glittering Ivy League resume and experience at one of Washington’s top law firms, would be a conventional conservative nominee in whom Democrats, a minority in the Senate, would grudgingly acquiesce. Read more
Trump considers deporting immigrants who may need public assistance
President Trump and his administration are reportedly considering a plan to deny would-be immigrants and deport immigrants living in the country who might need public assistance.
Ex-college football player ‘who shot his high school cheerleader girlfriend dead because she dumped him’ is RELEASED on $1million bail
A former college football player accused of murdering his 16-year-old high school cheerleader girlfriend for ending their relationship was released on $1million bond.
William Riley Gaul, 18, was released Monday afternoon from the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility in Knoxville, Tennessee, said the sheriff’s office. He will be required to wear a GPS ankle monitor, according to the New York Daily News. Read more
Dakota Access pipeline moves to final stage in army corps approval process
The Dakota Access pipeline is in the final process of getting approvals to complete construction across the Missouri river, according to North Dakota senator John Hoeven. The acting secretary of the army has directed the army corps of engineers to proceed with an easement necessary to finish the pipeline, Don Canton, spokesman for Hoeven, told the Associated Press. The easement “isn’t quite issued yet, but they plan to approve it” within days, he added.
A spokesman for the US army did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Read more
Chinese billionaire Xiao Jianhua abducted from Hong Kong hotel – reports
A billionaire with links to the family of Xi Jinping was reportedly taken from his apartment in the Four Seasons in Hong Kong by Chinese police and taken to the mainland.
Xiao Jianhua, one of China’s richest men, is currently in police custody on the mainland, the Financial Times and New York Times reported. He may be assisting with a graft investigation, part of the Chinese president’s sweeping campaign that critics say is more about consolidating power than tackling corruption. Read more
US immigration agents ‘forcing arrivals to sign away US visas’ following travel ban
Immigration agents have been wrongly telling travellers arriving legally in the US that they must sign documents forfeiting their right to enter, according to lawyers and migrants.
People holding valid visas were reportedly told to sign a form before being marched back onto flights to countries they had travelled from. Read more