SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR MAY 15, 2016
PDP breaks into two factions
Main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party has broken into factions, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.
Already, 12 of its former governors and no fewer than 14 former ministers are leading a breakaway group, which is labelled, Concerned PDP Stakeholders Steering Committee. The 57-man committee, named in Abuja on Saturday, is expected to take over the running of the party from May 21, when the tenure of the current members of the National Working Committee of the party comes to end. Read more
US to return $350m stolen by Nigerian generals
The United States government has reassured the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government that it would return at least $350m of stolen money from Nigeria.
US Secretary of State, John Kerry, made this pledge during the Anti-corruption Summit Plenary at Lancaster House London, United Kingdom. Read more
FG Raises Awareness on Stephen Johnson Syndrome
The federal government has cautioned Nigerians to be conscious of the Stephen Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a syndrome associated with severe reaction, followed by what experts termed ‘toxic epidermal necrolysis’.
Speaking at an awareness campaign and 17-day marathon by Fadeshola Adedayo from Abuja to Lagos, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said there was need for Nigerians to be conversant with dangers linked to the disease. Read more
The End Of A Scam?
Which labour union plans to protest the recent hike in the price of petrol? In his address on Wednesday, minister of state for petroleum resources Dr Ibe Kachikwu said that the leadership of the National Assembly, Governors’ Forum and labour unions (NLC, TUC and PENGASSAN) attended a meeting of stakeholders where certain decisions were taken in respect of Nigeria’s fuel situation. Perhaps, some labour union leaders were running with the hare and hunting with the hounds. Read more
Operation Crackdown: Another Wanted Terrorist Kingpin Arrested
The Nigerian troops have arrested another terrorist kingpin, Sulaiman Umaru, who is on the list of 100 Boko Haram terrorists earlier declared wanted by the Federal Government. The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said the troops of 143 Battalion, at about 1.35pm on Friday, arrested Umaru, a suspected Boko Haram terrorist group member whose photograph is on the poster containing the photographs of the wanted 100 Boko Haram terrorists. Read more
Fulani Community Dispels Rumour of Attack in Enugu
The Fulani community in Enugu State on Saturday dispelled the rumour that the Fulani herdsmen were planning an attack on the people of Nze community in Udi Local Government Area of the state, describing it as false and unfounded.
This came as Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi paid an unscheduled visit to the community in the wake of the panic created by the said rumour of an impending attack on the people of the area, reassuring them of their safety. Read more
Alleged N200m Embezzlement: Enugu Clarifies Iyiogwe’s Status
The Enugu State Government has clarified the status of one of its officials in a matter involving the alleged embezzlement of over N200 million and interrogation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In a release issued and signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Mr. Louis Amoke, the government said the embezzlement allegation predated his recent appointment as a Senior Special Assistant. Read more
Nigerians begin to stockpile food ahead of labour strike
Nigerians have started stockpiling food ahead of the ultimatum issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress and the coalition of the civil society organisations that petrol price be reverted to N86.50 or all workers would embark on a strike.
On Saturday, the organised labour again repeated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government had till Tuesday night to reverse the increase in the price of fuel from N145 to N86.50 or face a total shutdown of the country. Read more
EFCC seizes N860m mansion from ex-Air Force chief
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has sealed off a mansion allegedly belonging to a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Umar (retd).
Our correspondent, who visited the house located on 1853 Deng Xiano Ping Street, off Mahathir Mohammed Street, Asokoro Extension, Abuja, observed stickers bearing the EFCC logo pasted on the gate. Read more
PDP, UPN, others seek probe of Ogun building collapse
The Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Unity Party of Nigeria have commiserated with the families of the victims of a building being built by the state government, which collapsed in Abeokuta, the state capital, on Friday.
The parties also called for the probe of the contractors that handled the construction job. Read more
Security summit: Fighting terrorism difficult, Buhari admits
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday admitted that the issue of security in Nigeria and in the world has been harrowing.
He lamented that technology had also been contributing to the deteriorating security situation across the globe. Read more
Fayose causing confusion in our party — PDP
The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State of causing confusion in the party.
It said the governor was behind the plan to hold the South-West zone congress in Akure, Ondo State on Saturday despite the court order which asked the party to suspend the exercise. Read more
Niger to honour exceptional NYSC members
As part of efforts to ensure that National Youth Service Corps members give their best, the Niger State Government has said awards will henceforth be given to corps members who have distinguished themselves.
To this end, the state government has set up different categories of productivity awards to recognise and award participants of the NYSC in the state. Read more
Tension in Nasarawa over 35% pay cut
Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, on Saturday, said the state government would reduce the salaries of its workers by 35 per cent in order to embark on infrastructural development projects in the state.
The governor, while signing the state’s 2016 Appropriation Bill into law, had slashed his salary by 50 per cent, while that of his deputy, Mr. Salas Agara, was reduced by 30 per cent and salaries of political appointees in the state were slashed by 20 per cent. Read more
FG insensitive to hike fuel price — Seadogs
The National Association of Seadogs on Saturday described as insensitive and ill-advised Federal Government’s recent hiking of fuel price.
The Federal Government had on Wednesday pegged official pump prices of petrol at N145. Read more
Bayelsa LG workers reject Dickson’s one-month salary offer
Workers of the local government areas in Bayelsa State have rejected a proposal by the state Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, to pay them one month out of their one-year salary arrears.
The Bayelsa State Executive Council meeting presided over by Dickson had on Thursday said the government would commence the payment of the salary arrears owed LG workers on Monday. Read more
Jonathan absent at South-South PDP congress
Former President Goodluck Jonathan was conspicuously absent at the Peoples Democratic Party’s South-South zonal Congress held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Saturday.
While many dignitaries, including current and former governors were present at the occasion, the former President was not at the event that gathered a large crowd at the Obi Wali International Civic Centre in Port Harcourt. Read more
NMA raises fund for Ekiti doctors killed by accident
The new President of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr. Mike Ogirima, has said the association would pay a cheque of N2m into the accounts of each of the family of the doctors from Ekiti State who died in a road traffic accident recently.
He said the NMA would ensure that their wives and children were properly taken care of. Read more
Lagos council demolishes 100 shops at Aregbesola market
Officials of the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State early on Saturday demolished no less than 100 shops at the Rauf Aregbesola Modern Market in Iyana-Ipaja area of the state.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria who visited the market reported that some of the traders ran helter-skelter to remove their goods and valuables from their shops. Read more
Police arrest boy, 15, for kidnapping boss
The Oyo State Police Command has arrested a 15-year-old boy, Kabiru Ali, for allegedly planning and executing the kidnapping of his boss, Sani Rebo, with the aid of others who are at large.
Ali, a Fulani herdsmen helper, was said to have met other members of the kidnapping gang in a bush in Ilorin where the plot was hatched. Read more
Buhari cannot intimidate me — Adegboruwa
Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has said despite the alleged intimidation of the opposition by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, he would not be intimidated from criticising the actions and policies of the government.
The human rights activist, who had in recent times openly defended several persons being investigated or tried by the EFCC, in a statement on Saturday, stated that he would not, because of Buhari, shy away from fighting for justice and good governance. Read more
We’ll take over South-East in 2019, says APC
State Chairmen of All Progressives Congress in the South-East has vowed that the party would take over power in the region in 2019.
The chairmen said after a meeting in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi capital, that they would work hard to ensure APC’s total victory in the zone in the next general elections, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. Imo State Chairman of the party, Dr. Hilary Eke, said the chairmen were touring states in the zone to strengthen the party machinery ahead of future elections. Read more
Obiano warns doctors on certification
The Anambra State government has said it would label medical doctors in the state who do not have the necessary certifications to run private hospitals.
The state governor, Willie Obiano, stated this on Friday during a workshop of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, Anambra State branch, held in Awka. Read more
Subsidy Removal: A Tough, But Necessary Choice
After months of prevarications, the federal government last week finally announced the end to the corrupt-ridden regime of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol, with the official price now pegged at N145 per litre. Even when we think the decision could have been better-managed, it is a policy choice we wholeheartedly endorse. We, however, hope that the authorities will be prepared to deal with the consequences of this difficult but necessary choice in a constructive and civil manner. Read more
Group urges FG to clean up oil-producing communities
A Non-Governmental Organisation, Akwa Ibom Oil Producing Community Development Network, has urged the Federal Government to include oil-producing communities in its effort to clean up Ogoni land.
The AKIPCON stated that if oil-producing communities were included in the Federal Government’s environmental cleaning initiative, Mobil Producing Nigeria Limited would not have used chemical dispersants to clean up the spillage that took place on April 22. Read more
Fuel Price Hike: Reps Convene Special Session Tomorrow
Barring last-minute change of plan, the House of Representatives will tomorrow, Monday May 16, 2016, convene an emergency special session to debate the hike in the price of premium motor spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol, announced by the federal government on Wednesday, May 11.
Sources close to the leadership of the House told LEADERSHIP Sunday last night that the session would begin at 12pm, just a day before the National Assembly was billed to reconvene from a short recess. Read more
8 bank CEOs earned N903m in 2015
AS banks profits continue to nosedive following the spectre of non-performing loans, shortage of foreign exchange, naira volatility and other economic headwinds, shareholders are reacting to the sporadic increase in the earnings of managing directors/chief executive officers of Nigeria’s money deposit banks and calling for a review. Read more
Premier League: Leicester’s Ranieri Returns to Chelsea as Champion
Claudio Ranieri’s Premier League story comes full circle today as he returns in triumph to Chelsea for the final fixture of title-winners Leicester City’s momentous and historic season. Ranieri’s sacking by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in May 2004 set in motion a succession of managerial posts – at Valencia, Parma, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan, Monaco and the Greek national team – that seemed to confirm his reputation as one of football’s eternal nearly men.
But Leicester’s 5000-1 success has earned him sporting immortality and when he returns to the Stamford Bridge touchline, the 64-year-old Italian will do so as a hero. Read more
FIFA Audit Chairman Resigns in Protest over Reforms
Domenico Scala, Fifa’s head of auditing and compliance, has resigned in protest at reforms at the governing body of world football. Scala is angry the new Fifa council will have the ability to appoint and sack those in charge of its committees, including auditing, ethics and finance. The council replaced the Fifa executive committee in the aftermath of a corruption scandal at the organisation. Read more
Asisat Oshoala wins English women FA Cup title with Arsenal Ladies
NIGERIA international Asisat Oshoala starred for Arsenal Ladies in their 1-0 win over Chelsea to English Women FA Cup title.
Oshoala started the encounter and was a delight to watch against fellow Nigerian born England international Eniola Aluko and came close twice as Danielle Carter’s brilliant srike handed victory to Pedro Martinez Losa’s ladies at Wembley. The Super Falcons striker came close in the 43rd and 61st minutes but her efforts were denied before she was replaced in the 88th minute. Read more
EPL: Man City’ll give Pellegrini UCL parting gift – Iheanacho
NIGERIA starlet Kelechi Iheanacho has said Manchester City will do well to secure a UEFA Champions League spot as a parting gift for outgoing manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Pellegrini is quitting The Etihad after three years and former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss, Pep Guardiola, will replace him. Read more
Mexico City emits new pollution alert for high ozone levels
Mexican authorities have issued a new smog alert for the capital after ozone levels rose above 150% of acceptable limits.
It’s the fourth time this year that Mexico City has seen such an alert, which triggers additional restrictions on automobile usage. Read more
Two teenage girls are killed hours after high school prom in a car crash that also injured two of their friends
Balloons, flowers and cards were left at the base of the tree where the two girls died, and tire tracks were still visible in the grass.
Catherine Osborn told CBS: ‘It’s just sad. Their prom…they’re just starting their lives and in a flash, it just changes. It’s very sad.’ Read more
Three Dead In Russia Cemetery Mass Brawl
At least three people have been killed and 24 others injured in a mass brawl at Moscow’s largest cemetery.
Two hundred people were involved in what police said may have been a dispute over jobs. The clashes broke out at the Khovanskoye cemetery in southwest Moscow. Read more
Solar Project Pairs Muslims and Jews to Aid West Bank Farmers
Samer Atiyat, a Palestinian farmworker, had climbed halfway up a 20-foot date palm and was trimming stalks that held rich clusters of the fruit, still green and unripe. Working near the Dead Sea on land that still evokes its biblical past, Mr. Atiyat, 28, grew animated when asked about a 125-foot bank of solar panels, whose power draws water from deep underground to irrigate the grove.
“The water that’s brought here comes from the panels,” Mr. Atiyat said, using an Arabic slang term for the units, muri, that can also be translated as “mirrors.” Read more