SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 16, 2017
EFCC confirmation screening: How DSS helped Senate stop Magu
The Acting Chairman of the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, was for the second time in three months, rejected by the Senate, yesterday, as the upper chamber refused to confirm him as the substantive chairman of the anti- graft agency after screening him for about one hour forty minutes. Read more
Army detains six soldiers over alleged brutality of woman
The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday said it had set up a Board of Inquiry (BOI), and detained six soldiers over the brutality of a woman in Lagos state. The incident on 12 March, according to the Division’s spokesperson, , Lt.-Col. Olaolu Daudu, happened in Odoguyan, Ikorodu area of Lagos. Read more
Benue police commissioner faults Ortom’s directive on herdsmen
The Benue State Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama has faulted the order by Governor Samuel Ortom to evacuate herdsmen from Buruku local council in the state.
The governor on Monday during a visit to Buruku to ascertain the level of destruction ordered security agencies in the state to immediately evacuate armed herdsmen from the area. Read more
Afenifere Alleges Sectional Arrests in Aftermath of Yoruba-Hausa Clash in Ife
Pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, has expressed displeasure with the arrests of mainly Yoruba people following the clash between members of the Hausa community and their Yoruba host in Ile Ife.
Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, who is also an indigene of Ife, yesterday in statement titled: ‘Ife Crisis: The Hounding After and Yoruba Stand’, said the pattern of the arrest was sectional. Read more
Inflation Update: NBS reports mixed transportation fare
AGAINST the backdrop of a softening inflationary pressure, average transportation fare paid by commuters intra-city increased to N122.85 in February 2017, up 50.42 per cent year-on-year (YoY) from N122.83 in January 2017. The rate of increase was however, narrower month-on-month (MoM), recording 0.01 per cent. According to the Transportation Fare Watch released, yesterday, by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, Abuja recorded the highest bus journey fare within the period, at average of N257.50 standard distance, followed by Cross River (N223.33) and Adamawa (N200) while States with lowest bus journey fare were Yobe N60, Borno N68.75 and Plateau N78.57. Read more
Reps seek NNPC intervention on kerosine price
The House of Representatives has urged the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other relevant agencies to urgently regularise the supply of kerosene nationwide in order to normalise its pump price.
The House also mandated its Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) to liaise with relevant agencies to inquire about the high cost of the product to unravel the root cause of kerosene explosions in the country. Read more
How NCC, CBN aborted takeover of Etisalat over N200bn loan
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has successfully staved off the takeover of Etisalat Nigeria telecommunications company by a consortium of banks over a loan of N200 billion.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, disclosed this yesterday at a news conference shortly after the flag off of the “NCC’s Year of Consumer”, held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja. Read more
Scores Killed In Boko Haram Attack In Borno State
A security source in Maiduguri says Boko Haram terrorists may have killed scores in an attack in Magumeri town in Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State on Wednesday evening.
The source said the militants razed down houses, including a police station, and the civilians fled into the bush. Read more
Training Institute seeks investment in technical vocations for women
The Federal Government has been urged to invest in technical vocations for women as part of strategies to end poverty and boost economic growth.
Speaking recently in Lagos during a facility tour of ETIWA Vocational Institute, the General Manager of the Institute, Jody Adewale, said government at all levels must encourage women to develop interest in science, technology, engineering, technical, and vocational training towards boosting equal access for women and girls. Read more
Islamic cleric allegedly stones boy to death for rituals in Lagos
Shock, followed by pandemonium and palpable fear, enveloped residents of White Sand area of Isheri-Oshun in Ejigbo area of Lagos State, following the murder of a three-year-old child, Chiagozie Okereke, by a Muslim cleric, Kazeem Alimson, popularly known as Alfa.
The incident, which was described by security operatives and neighbours in the area as ‘the most bizarre occurrence in the neighbourhood’ has sent shivers down the spines of residents. Read more
Court Bars APC from Fielding Candidate in Anambra Central Senatorial Election
A Federal High Court in Abuja has dashed the hopes of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to field a candidate in the Anambra Central senatorial district election as it dismissed a suit brought by Sharon Ikeazor seeking to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept her as a substitute to Dr. Chris Ngige Read more
Ogbeh Visits Sympli, Pledges FG’s Support for Local Food Producers
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has pledged the federal government’s support of local food producers to meet the growing challenge of feeding the nation.
Ogbeh gave the assurance in Lagos after his familiarisation visit to the production facilities of Sympli, pioneers of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) fruits and vegetables in Nigeria. Read more
Edo, Borno, C’River Top List of States with Highest Air Fares
Edo, Borno and Cross River States topped the list of states with the highest air fare in February, according to statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
While Edo State led the pack with N40,000, Borno State, an average air fare is N35,878, and Cross River State N35,758. Read more
3,000 students register for chemistry challenge
ABOUT 3000 students from public and private senior secondary schools in Lagos converged at the various examination centres to compete for the PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge (PZCCC) prize sponsored by Nunu Milk and Premier Cool. Read more
Stakeholders call for sports to be part of curriculum
GOVERNMENT and stakeholders in the education sector have been called upon to see sports an important aspect of the curriculum. Proprietress, Krisbethel schools, Chief Mrs Christianah Olayinka Ojo made this known as school’s unified inter-house sports held recently at Agege stadium. Read more
Nigeria, S’Africa Denounce Xenophobia, Move to Bolster Relations
Both the Nigerian and South African Governments have denounced any form of criminality regardless of whom it is targeted at, especially in view of prevailing global economic situation which has resulted in the competition for scarce resources.
The formal denouncement wednesday was the fallout of a meeting of high level delegations of lawmakers from parliament of the Republic of South Africa and the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria held at the South African parliament in Cape Town. Read more
Group partners government to tackle unemployment through agric initiatives
The creation of massive employment through agriculture initiatives is the focus of a partnership between the Federal Government and Vocation Realise on Agricultural Empowerment Foundation (VRAEF).
Speaking in Abuja on the initiative, the Project Director of VRAEF, Ms Joyce Iroka, said apart from creating jobs for the unemployed persons, the other objectives of the partnership is to eradicate poverty and ensure food security across the federation. Read more
House Mandates FG to Reconstitute Board of Investment Tribunal
The House of Representatives wednesday mandated the federal government to expedite action on the reconstitution of the Investment and Securities Tribunal (IST) membership.
The federal government had in July 2015 dissolved the boards of ministries, departments and agencies of government (MDAs) including the IST. Read more
10 students get first class at Veritas University
About ten out of 180 graduands came out with first class degree at the combined fourth and fifth convocation of Veritas University, Abuja.The institution’s vice chancellor, Prof Michael Kwanashie, who disclosed this during the ceremony said the 10 graduands, have distinguished themselves both in terms of quality and performance,
The vice chancellor of the Catholic-owned institution reiterated the university’s commitment to providing all round quality education to Nigerians, especially the poor and assured that they would not compromise on standard despite the increase in its running cost as the church has provided the necessary subsidy to cushion the effect of the rising cost. Read more
VCN inducts 46 vet doctors from UNN
Veterinary Council of Nigeria, VCN, has inducted 46 veterinary doctors from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka to practice in different fields of the profession in the country and beyond. Read more
Lagos honours teachers, frowns at admission racketeering
THE Lagos State government, through its Ministry of Education, has honoured its staff, teachers and students at the 2016 Annual Education Merit Award, just as it frowned at admission racketeering and examination malpractice in her schools. Speaking at the 2016 edition of the awards, the deputy governor, who also oversees the state’s Ministry of Education, Dr. Idiat Adebule, said the awards are to reward hardwork and also motivate the staff and students to break new grounds and enhance productivity. Read more
Naija Maths Olympiad unveils Maths CTB contest
THE trio, Naija Mathematics Olympiad, Dragnet Solutions Limited and the Mathematical Association of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter have introduced an online Mathematics platform to boost students’ performance in Mathematics. Read more
FG, UN, Cameroon sign deal on return of 65,000 refugees
The Federal Government has revealed that it has signed a tripartite agreement with the United Nations and Cameroun for the safety and smooth return of about 65,000 Nigerians domiciled in that country. Hajia Umar Farouk, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, NCFRMI, disclosed this in Calabar, Cross River State, yesterday, while flagging off the distribution of food and non-food items to internally displaced persons, IDPs, from Bakassi. Read more
Time to prioritise gas in Nigeria, says NLNG chief
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG), Tony Attah, has said time has come for the country to use gas as catalyst for industrial and economic transformation and become a great gas producing country.
Attah stated this when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, paid a courtesy visit to the NLNG’s plant on Bonny Island, Rivers State. Read more
No Burkina Faso, Senegal Party For Moses
Nigeria and Chelsea player Victor Moses could miss his country’s friendly internationals against Senegal and Burkina Faso later this month due to injury, reports Allnigeriasoccer.com.
The Super Eagles flyer limped off from Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday, with a suspected calf strain.
If the Blues’ medical department confirms the severity of the injury, Moses could face up to three weeks on the sidelines. Read more
Iheanacho Comes Off Bench As Free-Scoring Monaco See Off Man City
French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco are through to the last eight of the UEFA Champions League after beating Manchester City 3-1 at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday night.
Highly-rated France U19 international Kylian Mbappe Lottin got the all important touch and gave Monaco the lead in the eighth minute despite a superb block from Stones initially Read more
MFM FC deny Wikki first league win since February
MFM FC, on Wednesday, continued their impressive run in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) when they clawed their way back from a goal down to play out a 1-1 draw against Wikki Tourists in a rescheduled Matchday 9 fixture at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi. Read more
Ronaldinho: I hope Neymar wins the Ballon d’Or
Ronaldinho claims it is “just a matter of time” before Neymar wins the Ballon d’Or.
The 36-year-old former Brazil and Barcelona magician says it is inevitable countryman and Blaugrana poster boy Neymar will one day claim football’s top individual accolade – although he denied that he needs the award in order to consider himself in the same class as current incumbent Cristiano Ronaldo and record five-time winner Lionel Messi. Read more
Arsenal to activate French star’s release clause, deal set for the summer
According to Marca, the Gunners want to push through a move for the 25-year-old Frenchman – who is available for £8.7 million.
Lejuene signed for Manchester City in 2015 from Girona but was immediately loaned back to the Spanish second tier outfit for the season. Read more
Liverpool ready to rise to occasion at City
If the Premier League contained only the current top six then Liverpool, not Chelsea, would be heading for the title.
In nine games against those teams this season Liverpool are unbeaten and have taken an impressive 19 points which is why they will travel to third-placed Manchester City on Sunday brimming with confidence. Read more
Defiant Mourinho insists Pogba worth ‘every penny’ of £89m transfer fee
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba is worth every penny and deserves more respect for his meteoric rise into an £89m footballer.
Mourinho offered an impassioned defence of his midfielder, accusing retired players of jealousy in their critiques of his performances. Read more
Donald Trump refuses to back down on Barack Obama wiretap claim
Donald Trump has refused to back down over his claim that former president Barack Obama ordered surveillance of him during last year’s election campaign.
The US president has spoken for the first time about the allegations he made in a Twitter rant earlier this month.
In the tweets, he wrote “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Read more
Number of Women Who Lead Nations Remains Stagnant
Out of 193 countries in the world, how many are headed by women?
Just 16 women are heads of state or government worldwide, including those who occupy largely ceremonial posts, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and United Nations Women. The numbers, observers say, are not improving. Read more
Trump heaps praise on Twitter and denies using it to spread falsehoods
It’s official: Donald Trump is the first Twitter president of the United States.
In an interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News, Trump put into words what many people have long been suspecting, that were it not for his mastery of hyperbole in 140 characters, he would not now be occupying the most powerful office on Earth.
Falls festival crush victims launch class action against organisers
More than 60 people injured in a terrifying crowd crush at last year’s Falls festivalare taking the event organisers to court.
Nineteen people were taken to hospital with broken bones and other serious injuries and dozens more were hurt during a break between acts in the Grand Theatre at the Falls Music and Arts festival at Lorne on 30 December. Read more
Turkey threatens to scrap migrant deal with EU
Turkey, in an escalating diplomatic crisis with Europe, threatened on Wednesday to unilaterally scrap a March 2016 deal that has substantially reduced the flow of migrants and refugees to the EU.
“We can stop it (the deal) unilaterally. We have not yet informed our (EU) counterparts, all of this is in our hands,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told 24 TV in an interview. Read more
Mexico presidential hopeful files complaint against Trump wall
Mexican presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador filed a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Wednesday against U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned border wall and his administration’s treatment of immigrants.
Lopez Obrador, a fiery leftist who has led recent polls for the 2018 election, said he expects the commission to “speak out in accordance with the law to protect immigrants from the harassment they are suffering since Trump took office.” Read more
Indonesian army destroys much-mocked tiger statue
The Indonesian army has demolished a tiger statue in front of a base in West Java after it became a laughing stock online.
The grinning tiger in a small village in Garut was supposed to be a mascot for the Siliwangi Military Command.
But internet users found it hilarious because it was so different from the fierce tiger on official logos. Read more