Sabinews Morning News Update for April 2, 2016
Police detain two for recording extortion
The police in Obudu, northern part of Cross River State, have arrested two men, Stephen Apebende and his unidentified friend, for allegedly photographing police officers via their cell phones while extorting road users.
This came just as the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, had during his visit to Calabar berated some commissioners of police for being responsible for extortions from road users. Read more
Boko Haram Releases New Video, Denies Surrendering
The terrorist Boko Haram sect yesterday released a new video denying any suggestion that it might surrender, just over a week after shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau appeared in a rare message looking dejected and frail.
Shekau, unseen on camera for more than a year, released an unverified video late last month saying his time in charge of the Nigerian jihadist group may be coming to an end. Read more
SUBEB uncovers over 248 fake teachers in C’ River
The Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board has uncovered over 248 fake teachers in nine local government areas of the state.
Following the ongoing personal audit of teachers in the state by SUBEB, it was discovered that the bulk of the exposed teachers were in the nine LGAs out of the 18 council areas where the audit of teachers had been completed. Read more
Religious Bill Could Precipitate Crisis In Kaduna, Sani Warns
Civil Rights activist and Senator representing Kaduna Central Zone at the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, has cautioned Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai to immediately withdraw the Religious Bill before the House Assembly, saying that any attempt to pass it into law could set the state on fire.
Sani argued that neither the governor nor the legislators have the right to enact laws that would abrogate the rights of Nigerians resident in the state to freedom of religion and worship, as entrenched in the Nigerian constitution. Read more
Minister seeks end to incessant strikes in health sector
To have a functional health care system, Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole, yesterday appealed to healthcare professionals to put outside their differences and work together for the welfare of their patients.
Adewole, who spoke yesterday after his visit to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), urged health professionals to shelve their swords, adding that the interest of the patient must be paramount in the workings of the health sector. Read more
Buhari reaffirms Nigeria’s commitment to global fight against terror
President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to the global fight against the threat of nuclear terrorism and other forms of terrorism.
He noted that because the country had tasted the bitter pill of the activities of terrorists, it would be in its best interest to support such global efforts. Read more
Wike suspends works commissioner
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, yesterday suspended the state’s Commissioner for Works, Mr Kevin Wachukwu.
Wike, according to his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, in an online statement, stated that the suspension was with immediate effect. Read more
Delta community protests alleged military invasion
The people of Enerhen community in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State yesterday took to the streets to protest alleged victimisation by military men.
They lamented an attempt on the life of the chairman of their community, Comrade Lucky Emuakpor-Izeku, who they said, narrowly escaped death after an unprovoked encounter with a Navy personnel and some soldiers. Read more
Bank customers lost N2.25bn to fraudsters in 2015– CBN
Bank customers lost the sum of N2.25bn to fraudsters in 2015 despite a significant fall in the value of financial frauds recorded last year, data from the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc showed.
In 2014, fraudsters made 1,461 attempts to steal N7.8bn, but succeeded in stealing N6.2bn. Read more
Medical Tourism: Minister Reads Riot Act to Doctors
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has frowned at the rate of medical tourism among Nigerians and has threatened to sanction any medical doctor in a public hospital who refers a case that could be treated in the country abroad.
He said a responsive government would harness all available resources and expertise to discourage the flight of her citizens for medical reason. Read more
Lekki Garden residents kick against integrity test by govt
Barely two weeks after Lagos State Government ordered integrity test on other Lekki Gardens’ houses, some affected occupants of the houses have expressed displeasure over the proposed exercise.
One of the residents, Dr. Samuel Dachi, said the integrity test proposed by the government on the occupied houses is surprising, giving the fact that you cannot carry out such an exercise on an already built and occupied houses. Read more
Vessel hijacked in N’Delta found in Togo, crew members missing
A Liberian flagged oil vessel hijacked off the shore of the Niger Delta last week is said to have been sighted at Lome, Togo.
The Director-General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, stated this at a press briefing at the company headquarters in Lagos on Friday. Read more
Again, IMF ‘Paints’ gloomy outcome for Nigeria in 2016
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has declared another damning outcome for Nigeria’s economy and its growth prospects in 2016, as the expectations of improved Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was dashed with poorer projection at 2.3 per cent, worse than 2.7 per cent in 2015.
The much touted non-oil sector contributions, which would serve as diversified revenue earning streams, are also projected to fall from 3.6 per cent in 2015, to 3.1 per cent in 2016, before reversing to 3.5 per cent in 2017, an indication that economic revival is still a long way. Read more
Economy: FG Vows to Explore Nation’s Solid Minerals
The Federal Government yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to diversifying the nation’s economy, insisting that any mono-based economy was bound to collapse someday.
Minister of Science and technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu who spoke during a facility tour of the Enugu Office of the the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) said the government was committed to making huge investment in the solid minerals’ sector with a view to making the country economically stable. Read more
FG blames fuel scarcity on foreign exchange
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has again reversed himself on the fuel scarcity, saying that foreign exchange was responsible for the scarcity.
The minister, while answering questions from journalists yesterday in Yola, said that the administration is working assiduously to put an end to the economic crisis in the country. Read more
Navy nabs nine for oil bunkering
No fewer than nine men were on Wednesday arrested for alleged oil bunkering by the Nigerian Navy in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.
The Naval Base Operation Officer, Commander Shehu Taisu, said the suspects were arrested with explosive devices which they used to blow up oil installations in the creeks of Warri. Read more
Vitol among bidders for new Nigerian refineries
Vitol and Seplat Petroleum are among nine companies bidding to construct new oil refineries in Nigeria as Africa’s top crude producer seeks to boost output of refined fuel and end its dependence on imports, an official said.
The successful companies will build near existing state-owned plants and add at least 250,000 barrels per day of refining capacity to the current 445,000 barrels, Garba Deen Muhammad, a spokesman for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., known as NNPC, said in an interview. Read more
Nigerian Navy Arrests Crude Oil Thieves
The Nigerian Navy has sustained its dominance in the waterways with extensive patrols and increased surveillance activities with the arrest of 11 crude oil thieves and destruction of several illegal refineries in the last one week. The Director of Naval Information (DINFO), Commodore Christian Ezekobe in a statement yesterday, said that the achievement which was in line with the directives of Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, was recorded between March 21-28, 2016. Read more
Recalling Zuma will tear ANC apart: Mantashe
The African National Congress (ANC) says recalling President Jacob Zuma would tear the organisation apart. The governing party addressed the media after the President on Friday night.
It said it accepted President Zuma’s apology and the announcement that he would abide by the Constitutional Court judgment on Nkandla. The ANC top six, which had met earlier, says opposition parties’ calls for impeachment are exaggerated. Read more
Experts say lurking risks threaten Africa’s growth
Africa’s medium-term growth prospects for 2016 and 2017 is said to see progress however experts warned that there still remain risks and uncertainties that might hinder it.
The continental economic growth forecast and its challenges were disclosed by experts at African Development Week meeting which was officially launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday March 31. Read more
Rebel groups are no longer in Darfur: Bashir
Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir said that Darfur rebel groups have no presence in the region and described them as “mercenaries” who fight for money in Libya and South Sudan.
Bashir, who addressed a crowed in North Darfur capital, El-Fasher on Friday, added that some of those rebel movements “went back to South Sudan following the Gouz Dango battle to get money”. Read more
Yego optimistic Kenya will not miss Olympics
World javelin champion Julius Yego is optimistic the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) will extend further time limit after Kenyan Members of Parliament failed to pass a law criminalising sports doping ahead of the April 5 deadline.
Kenyan track and field athletes now risks a ban from competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as the world champion country awaits WADA’s decision after the deadline expires next Tuesday. Read more
China braces for ‘severe’ flooding on Yangtze River
Severe floods are expected on China‘s Yangtze River this year due to a strong El Nino weather pattern, state media said, raising the risk of deaths and damage to property and crops along the country’s longest waterway.
The El Nino conditions are the strongest since records collection began in 1951, and resemble a 1998 weather pattern that flooded the river and killed thousands, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday, citing vice minister of water resources, Liu Ning. Read more
Trump fresh shift on abortion leaves campaign in disarray
Donald Trump has shifted his position on abortion for the third time in a matter of days. leaving his campaign mired in confusion days ahead of the Wisconsin primary.
Mr Trump, whose lead in the Republican race is beginning to look fragile, started the week as an outspoken opponent of abortion, calling for women who had termination procedures to be punished. Read more
Vietnam requires 100 years, US$10 billion to clear unexploded mines, bombs
THE Vietnamese government said it needs at least 100 years and more than US$10 billion to clear all the unexploded landmines and bombs leftover from previous wars.
The mammoth figure does not even take into account the billions more needed to pay for resettlement and social security in the affected areas. Read more
Vietnam parliament swears in top policeman as president
Vietnam’s parliament swore in Tran Dai Quang as president on Saturday, elevating the head of a controversial internal security agency to one of the communist nation’s most powerful political posts.
Quang’s approval was a formality since he was the only candidate put forward by the party’s five-yearly congress in January. The outgoing National Assembly is overseeing the transition to a new government three months earlier than scheduled. Read more