SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 25, 2017
FG sacks 9 NCAA directors
The Federal Government yesterday sacked 10 directors in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), as part of an exercise geared towards re-engineering the aviation industry regulatory agency.
Saturday Sun learnt that the sack letters of the nine directors were issued by the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika. The affected directors are: Alhaji Salawu Ozigi (Director of Finance and Accounts); Dr. Joyce Nkemakolam (Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards); Barr. Aba Ejembi (Director of Administration) and Mr. Emmanuel Ogunbami (Director of Licensing). Read more
Naira soars to 450 as dollar scarcity fades out
The naira climbed to a three-month high at 450 against the United States dollar on the parallel market on Friday, as the scarcity of the greenback began to fade out on the official and black foreign exchange markets.
This came four days after the Central Bank of Nigeria commenced the implementation of the reformed foreign exchange policy aimed at boosting dollar supply on the official market. Read more
Bird flu: Poultry farmers to get N1.7bn compensation
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has directed the Ministry of Agriculture to liaise with the Ministry of Finance on how to settle the N1.7bn outstanding compensation for poultry farmers whose birds were destroyed by the Federal Government as a result of the outbreak of avian flu, popularly known as bird flu. Read more
House committee stresses importance of CBN projects
The House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency has commended the Central Bank of Nigeria’s intervention projects in the educational sector, saying it will add value to country’s economic development aspirations.
The committee made the commendation at the end of its oversight visit to the CBN’s project locations in Lagos State. Read more
Imposing 20% tax on drugs dangerous – PSN
In order to avert an impending crisis in the health care sector, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to review its recent policy, which imposes a 20 per cent tax on imported medicines. Read more
OUR EXPECTATIONS FROM AKEREDOLU
THE people of Owo, the hometown of the new governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, are still in cloud nine over the good fortunes of their kinsman. With their son in the saddle, the people have become very hopeful of a good turnaround in the lives of the people of the state. Interestingly, in 2012, when Akredolu first ran for election, he lost his polling unit to the incumbent governor, Segun Mimiko.
According to the result of the poll, at Owo, Unit 6, ward 5, polling unit, Akeredolu had 139 votes, while the LP, Mimiko’s party, had 144 votes. Four years on, the homeboy finally had his kinsmen rooting for their son. Read more
Ugwuanyi flags off empowerment programme for Enugu traders
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State yesterday flagged-off an empowerment scheme, in which 1,200 genuine traders of the state will be empowered annually to grow their businesses.
The scheme comes with a package of N60 million annually, with the state government releasing N5 million monthly to be won by 100 lucky winners through an open digital raffle draw. Read more
Army, police warn troublemakers
The 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has warned thugs and troublemakers to steer clear of Etche and Omuma Local Government Areas during the rerun election, today. It also assured of peaceful elections in the two LGAs, while urging leaders of political parties fielding candidates in the polls to call their supporters to order, thereby refusing involvement in violence and thuggery.
The 6 division, through its Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, in an interview yesterday in Port Harcourt, disclosed that enough soldiers were on Thursday deployed in Etche and Omuma LGAs to give the necessary support to the police and other security agencies, declaring that the Nigerian army was very prepared for the elections. Read more
Loot recovery DIEZANI, FG IN SECRET TALKS
They both share a lot in common. They were top on the chart of the most powerful ministers under former President Goodluck Jonathan, they are now central to ongoing probes into billions of naira allegedly stolen by top officials during the immediate past regime. Besides, they are both in self-imposed exile in Europe. And the latest; they are now faced with extradition processes being coordinated by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice as well as that of Foreign Affairs Minister. Read more
Armed Robber Killed, 3 Policemen Injured During Attack On Bank
The Imo State Police Command has disclosed that three policemen sustained various degrees of injury while an armed robber was gunned down when a four-man robbery gang attacked Zenith Bank branch on February 22 afternnon.
According to Police Public Relations Officer DSP Andrew Enwerem, the robbers approached the bank in an ash colour Toyota Camry car and immediately commenced shooting but were confronted with stiff resistance from police personnel on guard at the bank.
The Commissioner of Police CP Taiwo Lakanu who received the report had apparently personally mobilized and led teams of police personnel to the scene in a frontal confrontation. Read more
Kooko Ebiye gets new monarch 9 years’ after
OBA Joel Fashina (Ilufemiloye I) has been appointed as the new Onikooko of Kooko Ebiye in Ado-Odo/ Ota Local Government Area of the State. The State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, while presenting the staff of office and instrument of appointment to the monarch at the palace square, pointed out that the delay in the appointment of the new Oba was as a result of the controversy among the ruling houses, saying that government intervention doused the tension which led to successful selection process and installation. Read more
Call to impeach Obiano baseless, APGA tells PDP
Member, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, has called on the Emeakai-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State to avoid incurring the people’s wrath by asking the state House of Assembly to commence impeachment against Governor Willie Obiano for constitutional breaches, describing the call as baseless. Reacting to a letter written to the lawmakers by the faction, asking for the immediate impeachment of Obaino for abandoning his duty post without communicating his absence to the House, the Ogirisi Igbo said, such call is capable of incurring the wrath of the good people of the state. Read more
Why we set up Biafra embassy in Spain –IPOB
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that the reason it chose to open a first substantive mission, which it termed embassy in Vitoria Spain, was due to of the country’s rich knowledge and history of fighting for freedom. Read more
What Fashola discovered in South-South
MINISTER of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, came face-to-face with the eyesores that are federal roads in the South-South geopolitical zone during his four-day tour from last Thursday till Sunday. From Cross River to Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa, Edo and Delta states, the total collapse of federal roads stared him in the face but he gave indication of the Federal Government’s resolve to turn things around. Though a pithy stopover, Fashola came prepared in a rugged Jeans attire and cap to evaluate the situation himself. The left-handed minister scribbled when necessary as he listened sincerely to points raised by stakeholders. Read more
Southern Kaduna Killings How soldiers, policemen were caught napping
Embattled residents of Southern Kaduna and other stakeholders have called for a review of imposition of curfew and deployment of security agents as strategies for stopping the incessant killings in the area. The call is coming on the heels of the latest fresh attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen between Sunday and Monday, in which no fewer than 21 persons were massacred.
This was even as a survivor and an eyewitness, Mr. Enock Barau, a resident of Barkin Kogi, one of the villages attacked, gave a vivid account of how the military men posted to maintain peace and order in the beleaguered villages were taken by surprise by the armed invaders in the recent mayhem. Read more
27-yr-old sentenced to death for killing human rights lawyer
An Ikeja High Court yesterday sentenced 27-year-old Oluwaseun Oladapo, to death by hanging for murdering a Lagos based human rights lawyer, Mr Kunle Fadipe and his mother-in-law, Mrs Cecilia Owolabi. In her judgement, justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye found Oladapo guilty on a five-count charge of murder, armed robbery and assault occasioning harm pressed against him by the state.
Rivers re-run: PDP sure of victory –Wike
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is sure of victory in the re-run elections today in the state. He assured party faithful that with the poor performance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government, no serious person will vote for the party in any election again.
Wike stated that the due to APC’s failed governance style, the party now relied on security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig elections. The governor, who spoke during the PDP campaign for Etche/ Omuma Federal Constituency at Afara, added that despite the illegal collaboration between APC and the Police, the people would not allow the rigging of today’s rerun elections for Etche/ Omuma Federal Constituency. Read more
IDSL not responsible for NLNG pipeline explosion – NNPC
Integrated Data Services Limited, IDSL, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, denied responsibility for the pipeline explosion which occurred Thursday, at a Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, NLNG, pipeline in Emohua Local Government Area, Rivers State. In a statement signed by Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, IDSL said its operation crew which was engaged in acquiring seismic data for SPDC in Oil Mining Lease, OML, 17/22 ROBO 3D prospect, observed approved safe distance standards contained in the Department of Petroleum Resources,’ DPR, regulations and as such could not be the cause of the blast. Read more
Landlord families shut down Agip’s oil wells
The ONELGA Oil and Gas landlords Families in ONELGA in Rivers State have shut down 37 of the oil well heads of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company/NNPC joint venture.
The association´s chairman Mr. Chikobi Alali, in a statement said the decision to shut down the oil company’s operations became imperative when several attempts allegedly made by the association to resolve the age long dispute between the landlord families and the company failed. Read more
Reps chide Emefiele over information on $17b crude proceeds
The House of Representatives yesterday chided the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele over his alleged failure to furnish the lawmakers with details of the proceeds of crude oil sales between 2011 and 2014.
Abdulrazak Namdas, Chairman of the House ad hoc committee probing into the issue, said CBN’s failure to provide such details was delaying probe of undeclared crude oil exports in those years. Read more
Could the next Messi come from Nigeria as Barcelona launches Lagos academy?
One of the world’s biggest and most successful clubs, Barcelona is launching a football academy in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub.
The academy, in Africa’s biggest city, is the first of its kind on the continent. It is modelled along Barcelona’s flagship La Masia Academy in Spain which has produced stars such as Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Xavi. Read more
Nigeria yet to decide on Hayatou, Ahmad – Dalung
Sports minister Solomon Dalung says Nigeria has not decided on which candidate to support at the forthcoming CAF election in March.
CAF president Issa Hayatou is standing for an eighth successive term of office, but Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has thrown his weight behind Ahmad Ahmad, the head of Madagascar’s FA, who is challenging Hayatou for the continent’s top football job. Read more
Rangers Fall To MFM FC’s Firepower
High-flying MFM FC continued their impressive start to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with a 2-1 win over champions Enugu Rangers at the Agege Stadium in Lagos on Friday.
Sikiru Olatunbosun got the noses of MFM FC in front in the first half before Stephen Odey got their second on the night. Read more
Arsenal’s Biggest Problem Is Other Clubs’ Improvement
After 20 games in 2015/16, Arsenal were top of the Premier League. However, 12 months on they find themselves outside the Champions League places. It’s a turnaround that would suggest a steep decline in performances, but the reality is that Arsene Wenger’s side arguably look a marginally stronger outfit now than a year ago. The problem for the Gunners is that so many other contenders have sprung up around them. Old giants like Liverpool and Manchester United have reawakened. Arsenal may be improving—but not as quickly as their rivals.That’s the nagging thing about last season, and the reason Leicester’s unlikely triumph must continue to rankle with Arsenal fans more than most. It’s perhaps unhelpful to continually dwell on it, but Arsenal had a remarkable opportunity to claim the league title. Read more
Real Madrid try to forget Valencia, but remember lessons for Villarreal
Real Madrid travel to the Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday evening for their second away game in five days and Zinedine Zidane will be eager to expunge the memory of his side’s 2-1 defeat to Valencia at Mestalla when the curse of the first January fixture was detonated on a delayed fuse.
Carlo Ancelotti was beaten by the same score on January 4, 2015 and 364 days later Rafa Benitez’s tenure came to an abrupt end when he failed to guide Madrid to victory against his old club. Read more
Conte sets the target
Antonio Conte’s side go into today’s match against Swansea with an eight-point advantage at the top of the table but with 13 games still to play for the Blues boss has warned his side not to lose their focus. He recalls his own past of both losing a lead, and overhauling one, to emphasise the point that in football anything can happen. Read more
Ranieri sacking stuns football, smashes Leicester fairytale
The sacking of Claudio Ranieri as Leicester City manager just nine months after guiding the unfashionable club to a sensational Premier League title stunned the football world Friday and brought widespread condemnation on the owners.
The Thai owners axed the Italian barely two weeks after giving Ranieri “unwavering support” despite disastrous results that have left the team just one point above the relegation zone. Read more
U.S. to seek extradition of ex-Guatemalan VP on drug trafficking charges
The U.S. government will seek the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice-President Roxana Baldetti and ex-Interior Minister Hector Mauricio Lopez Bonilla on drug trafficking charges, the embassy said in a statement Friday.
Baldetti and Lopez Bonilla were indicted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday, according to the statement. Each faces a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and knowing that it would be imported to the United States. Read more
Malaysia airport clear of VX nerve agent, officials say
No one at a Malaysian airport has gotten sick from exposure to VX nerve agent, which police say was used in the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un, airport officials said Saturday.
“No anomalies on the medical cases” have been reported at the clinic and the staff member who attended to Kim before he died “is in good health,” according to a statement by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, which manages the airport. Read more
German foreign intelligence service ‘spied on journalists from BBC, New York Times and Reuters’
Journalists from the BBC, Reuters and New York Times were among those spied on by the German foreign intelligence service, according to reports.
Surveillance was allegedly carried out by the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) on at least 50 reporters since 1999. Read more
King of Sweden stresses need for ‘serious’ media and source checking after Donald Trump’s immigration claims
Sweden’s King has stressed the need for “serious” media and source checking in the era of Donald Trump.
Guatemala expels abortion boat crew
Officials said they had lied when they applied for tourist visas and would not be allowed to work in Guatemala.
The Dutch group, Women on Waves, offers free abortion services to women in countries where the procedure is banned. It takes women in the early stages of pregnancy out to international waters, where the abortion is performed. Read more