SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 11, 2017
Presidency staff on standby for Buhari’s return
Presidential aides were on Friday put on standby over the imminent return of President Muhammadu Buhari from London, United Kingdom.
Buhari, who left Nigeria on January 19, was initially scheduled to return to the country last Sunday in preparation for resumption to office last Monday. Read more
‘Nigeria Records 80,000 Cancer Related Deaths Yearly’
Partnership for Eradication of Cancer in Africa (PECA has raised the alarm that Nigeria was losing 80,000 lives yearly to cancer and the death ratio in the country was four in five which was regarded as the worst in the World.
Experts have also predicted that by the year 2020 cancer cases in Nigeria will rise from 24 to 42 million and cancer deaths will rise to 72.7/100,00 and 76/100000 for men and women respectively. Read more
Police arrest ‘uncle’ for alleged rape of 16-year-old housemaid
Ten days after Saturday PUNCH’s report about the alleged rape of a 16-year-old orphan housemaid by her ‘uncle’ and torture by his wife, the police from the Iyana-Iba division, Lagos have apprehended the suspect.
The suspect, Afrobest Chinedu Eze, a trader at the Alaba International Market, Ojo, Lagos, was arrested on Wednesday after several efforts by the police to track him down. Read more
Soot Emission: Rivers to meet oil states’ environment commissioners
Following the increasing drops of soot in parts of Rivers State, the state government said it has scheduled a meeting with the commissioners for Environment in all oil-producing states to seek a permanent solution to the problem.
According to the Commissioner for Environment, Prof Roselyn Konya, the soot emission is not just a “Rivers State problem,” but also a problem of all oil-producing states. Read more
Justice Ademola: Court adjourns sitting over counsel’s health
An Abuja High Court yesterday adjourned the trial of Justice Adeniyi Ademola and two others till February 20 and 21 for continuation of trial.
Justice Ademola is standing trial alongside his wife, Olabowale, and Joe Agi (SAN) over allegation of receipt of gratification and illegal possession of firearms. Read more
NASS holds public hearing on budget to curb padding,
To prevent a repeat of accusations that trailed the endorsement of last year’s budget proposals, the National Assembly (NASS) yesterday said it would be convening a public hearing to openly review this year’s appropriation act and seek stakeholders’ views on it.
The hearing is billed to hold between Monday, February 13 and Wednesday, 13 in Abuja. At a briefing in Abuja, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, said it was the decision of Senate and the House to openly scrutinise the Federal Government’s N6.04 trillion budget proposals for this year. Read more
Chivita and Hollandia win Best Brand Equity Awards 2016
Two brands from the stable of Chi Limited, Nectar & Value Added Dairy products, have been honoured for their Outstanding Brand Equity and market leadership.
The award was presented at the maiden edition of the Best Brand Equity Awards 2016, held in Nigeria, recently, by Kantar Millward Brown, one of the world’s leading global research agency, specialising in advertising effectiveness, strategic communication, media and brand equity research. Read more
Isheri Kidnapping: Suspects Reduce Ransom to N50m
Over 24 hours after the 20-man gang of kidnappers stormed the Isheri North Estate, GRA, Lagos and abducted one Mr. Dayo Adekoya, the secretary of the estate, it was gathered that they have reduced the ransom to N50million.
The kidnappers, who had stormed the estate on Thursday morning, abducted their victim in an operation that lasted for four hours. Read more
Accord party denies purported alliance awith PDP
The Accord Party (AP) has denied media reports that it has formed political alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections.
In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja yesterday, its Chairman, Mohammad Nalado, said there was never a time such meeting held anywhere, adding that even if there was a meeting where such idea was discussed between PDP and other opposition parties, Accord Party was never present. Read more
Victor Olaiya retires formally from live performances
Living grandmaster of highlife music, Dr Victor Abimbola has retired from active musicianship due to his failing health and doctor’s standing instruction to desist from performances henceforth. This update was made public last weekend when the legend apparently missed from the usual ‘nightlife faithful gathering’ held every Saturday at the Stadium Hotel, Iyun Street, Surulere Lagos. Read more
Mixed reactions trail proposed ban on Danfo buses in Lagos
Residents of Lagos have expressed mixed reactions over the plan by the state government to phase out the yellow commercial buses popularly called danfo. While some of the residents believed it would create more hardship for them, others argued that it was a welcome development. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had last Monday announced plans by his administrations to withdraw danfo buses from Lagos roads to reposition road transportation system in Lagos in line with its megacity status. Read more
Exxonmobil appoints new MD as O’Neal retires
Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, has announced t the appointment of Mr. Paul McGrath as the new Chairman and Managing Director. McGrath appointment takes effect from March 1, 2017. McGrath succeeds Mr. Nolan O’Neal, who has is retiring after 34 years of service.
A statement from Exxonmobil said McGrath was most recently a senior executive in charge of project execution for ExxonMobil Development Company, based in Houston, Texas. He joined ExxonMobil in 1999 and has held a variety of technical and managerial positions in upstream and downstream operations while working in the United Kingdom, Korea, Qatar, Australia and the United States. Read more
World Bank Report: African Cities Among Costliest in the World
Lagos and other cities in Africa are among the costliest in the world both for business and for households, says a new report by the World Bank.
Africa’s cities are growing in population – adding the size of another Nigeria to cities by 2025 – so have a critical role to play in their countries’ economic growth, says the World Bank report released this week. Read more
HURIWA to DSS: Stop Persecution of Christian Leaders
Non-Governmental organisation, Human Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked the Department of State Services under the leadership of Alhaji Lawal Musa Daura to halt the harassment of Christian leaders by its operatives.
In a statement, the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf condemned as “selective persecution and harassment”, the recent interrogation of National leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria over a global campaigns to attract funds to rebuild churches destroyed by Boko haram terrorists in North East. Read more
Prayers offered for Buhari in 350 Jumma’at mosques in Borno
Imams in about 350 Jumma’at Mosques in Maiduguri, Jere, Biu and other parts of Borno State on Friday led thousands of worshipers to offer special prayers for the speedy and full recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari following request by Governor Kashim Shettima. The prayers were offered in appreciation of President Buhari’s commitment to the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency which resulted in the liberation of many communities and relative peace now being enjoyed by residents across the State. Read more
Nigeria’s oil exports face fresh setbacks
While the nation has seen some improvement in its crude oil output, the fresh threat of production rise from the United States and Libya looks set to dampen Nigeria’s export of the commodity.
The nation’s oil output, which was drastically reduced by militant attacks last year, recovered to an average of 1.64 million barrels per day last month from 1.5 million bpd in December, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Read more
Vehicular Movement Restricted as Yobe Council Polls Hold
Vehicular movement has been restricted in Yobe State to allow for the conduct of free and fair local government election.
The governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam in a statement by his spokesman, Mallam Abdullahi Bego said that the vehicle restriction commences from 10pm on Friday (yesterday) till 2pm on Saturday (Today). Read more
Benue Residents Get 7000 New Prepaid Meters
The Jos Electricity Distribution Plc (JED) yesterday in Makurdi began the distribution of new smart prepaid meters to residents of welfare quarters as part of its plan to ensure that all residents of Makurdi town were hooked up to the meters for proper billing.
The new prepaid meter has the capacity to protect houses from sudden power surge which causes fire incidents. Read more
Waste is Nigeria’s Greatest Challenge, Says Obaseki
Edo State Governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki has identified waste as one of the greatest challenge facing Nigeria as a nation, saying that there was so much of it in the country.
The governor who made the observation during the Chevron 4th Triennial Branch Delegate Conference with the theme: “The role of Trade Union in a Challenging Economy”, held in Benin City, said “It is time to think about our country and how to reduce corruption and waste. Read more
Anambra Central Senatorial Dispute: Umeh Floors Ekwunife at Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal filed by Senator Uche Ekwunife challenging the nullification of her election for the Anambra Central Senatorial District.
The Anambra State Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal Division in Awka had nullified the election that produced Ekwunife as senator representing the Anambra Central Senatorial District in the March 2015 general elections. Read more
ECOWAS wishes Buhari quick recovery, condemns terror attacks in Mali
The Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has wished President Buhari a quick recovery as he takes care of himself in a London hospital.
The Speaker of the Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lo, made the remark at the 2017 1st Extraordinary Session of the 4th Legislature of the Parliament in Abuja. Read more
Ogun embraces alternative dispute resolution, as Amosun commissions multi-door courthouse
Worried by the slow justice system administration in this State, the Ogun State government has established an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) through the inauguration of a multi-door Courthouse in the State.
According to the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the ADR was to ensure “less expensive, simplified, faster and ultimate justice” is delivered to everybody efficiently. Read more
Family slams N1billion suit against Enugu hospital over alleged negligence
Nwagu, 71, reportedly died at the hospital on October 19, 2015, about 11 days after she was brought to the facility for a stroke related issue. In a suit filed at the High Court, Enugu by their Counsel, Okey Okoh, the family also sought the revocation of the operational license of the hospital and medical practicing licenses of the Medical Director, Joe Machiberena and two other medical doctors for alleged “gross negligence, professional malfeasance and unethical conduct” Read more
Umeh floors Ekwunife over Anambra central senatorial dispute
The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed an appeal filed by Senator Uche Ekwunife challenging the cancellation of her election to represent Anambra Central Senatorial District.
The Anambra State Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal Division in Awka had initially nullified the election that produced Ekwunife as senator representing the district in the March 2015 general elections and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election for the district. Read more
Edo Governorship Election Tribunal rejects time extension by PDP
The Edo State Governorship Election Tribunal yesterday evening refused to grant the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate in last September governorship election in the state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, an extension of time to call more witnesses, as the 14 days allowed it to present evidences and call witnesses ended at 1pm yesterday.
Chairman of the three-member panel, Justice Ahmed Badamasi, said besides the tribunal lacking the powers for such an extension, the application for extension of time lacked merit and so it was refused. Read more
Victor Moses, Yaya Toure and Wanyama battle for Premier League Award
Victor Moses, Yaya Toure and Victor Wanyama are the three players on the shortlist for the Premier League African Player of the Month Award for January.
In a month where a good number of African players left their clubs to take part in the just concluded 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Moses, Wanyama and Toure stood out with impressive performances for their respective title chasing clubs. Read more
Oshoala Joins Chinese Women’s League Club, Dalian Quanjian
Reigning African Women footballer of the year, Assisat Oshoala has joined Chinese Women’s Super League side, Dalian Quanjian Women from London club, Arsenal Ladies, the club announced on Friday.
According to reports, the Super Falcons forward completed the move alongside Cameroon star, Gaelle Enganamouit after impressing the Chinese club in training. Read more
Osimhen among youngsters touted to light up Bundesliga this weekend
Abundant goals, great physical football and fierce competition at the games have all contributed to raising the Bundesliga’s profile, while also recording the highest average attendance of any football league in the world.
The clubs have really been recruiting some of world’s most talented footballers and the 2017 season is not an exception. With the winter transfer window now firmly shut, the Bundesliga league is now loaded with fantastic talents and players who will further spice up the games and give fans exciting football action and experience as the biggest clubs and names battle for the ultimate title. Read more
Yakubu Aiyegbeni: On Mission to Salvage Coventry City
After starring for six English clubs-Portsmouth, Middleborough, Everton, Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers and Reading, not many would bet that Yakubu Aiyegbeni would return to English football, considering the fact that his age, strength and pace are not what they used to be.
However, League One side, Coventry, which have yet to register a goal in their last four league games felt the Kayserispor of Turkey player could be an answer to their scoring problems. Read more
Enyimba’s Supporters Have No Plan To Protest Over Stadium– Anyansi-Agwu
The chairman of Enyimba FC of Aba, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, has condemned reports in the media that supporters of Enyimba Football Club are gearing up for protests in the commerical enclave of Aba over non-completion of work in the stadium.
The reports claim that supporters of the club, under the aegis of Concerned Enyimba Supporters, have concluded plans to march round Aba to demand the immediate completion of the rehabilitation work in the stadium. Read more
Burnley’s Ben Mee is out to keep Chelsea danger man Costa quiet
BEN Mee is targeting personal victory to help the team tomorrow as he tries to keep Chelsea striker Diego Costa quiet.
The Blues striker has 15 goals in 22 Premier League games this season but has a reputation for the darker arts of the game as well as his goalscoring prowess. Read more
This world star will be at Manchester United next season – expert
The World Cup-winning midfielder, 34, is under contract with the Red Devils until June 2018.
He was banished from the first-team squad and written off on the club’s balance sheets last year.
But now he is seemingly back in the fold – playing two first-team games last month and added to the United books as an “exceptional item”. Read more
Hull City’s ‘clean-sheet mentality’ is important asset for Marco Silva ahead of Arsenal
Marco Silva believes he will hold an advantage over counterpart Arsene Wenger this lunchtime as the Arsenal boss is forced to watch Hull City‘s visit from the stands.
Wenger completes a four-match touchline ban today after he was hit with a misconduct charge for clashing with fourth official Anthony Taylor in the Gunners’ dramatic 2-1 victory over Burnley last month. Read more
Philippines earthquake kills four, injures 90
An earthquake in the southern Philippines has killed at least four people, and injured around 90 others, officials have said.
The quake has damaged buildings and an airport, and the power has been knocked out, they added. The 6.5 magnitude quake happened overnight, rousing residents in the Surigao del Norte province from their sleep and forcing them to flee their homes. Read more
US blocks former Palestinian PM’s appointment as UN envoy
The United States on Friday blocked the appointment of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad to be the new UN envoy to Libya, saying the move was in support of it’s ally Israel.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the administration of US President Donald Trump “was disappointed” to see that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had sent a letter to the Security Council indicating his intention to appoint Salam Fayyad, who served as the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister from 2007-2013, as the next UN special representative to Libya. Read more
Indian minister admits to having rapists beaten until their skin came off
AN Indian Cabinet minister said in a startlingly graphic admission this week that she had rapists tortured until they begged for their lives during her time as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh state over a decade ago.
Uma Bharti, who is water resources minister and a senior leader in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), also said she allowed a rape survivor to watch the torture so she could get some “peace”. Read more
America first puts Tunisia last
Tunisia’s modern democracy has gained considerable US support over the past four years, which has been a great help in its times of crisis. But as the Trump administration sends signals of a more insular approach, Tunisia is looking towards European allies.
With the Jasmine uprising, Tunisia opened a new page of its history to become the only Arab country that succeeded in ousting its president without the aid of military or foreign intervention. But several militant attacks have affected tourism, leaving the country in a difficult economic situation that continues to overshadow everyday life. Read more
Police suspend strike in Brazilian city wracked by violence
Military police and officials in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo have reached an agreement to suspend a weeklong strike that led to sharp rise in violence.
The announcement was made at a news conference in the Fonte Grande gubernatorial palace in Vitoria, in Espirito Santo, a coastal state north of Rio de Janeiro. Read more
Russia ‘considering returning whistleblower Edward Snowden to the US’ – reports
Russia is considering returning Edward Snowden to the United States as a gift to Donald Trump, it has been claimed.