Sabinews Morning News Update for April 3, 2016
Troops destroy Boko Haram Bomb-Making Factory, rescues 21
Troops of the 155 Task Force Battalion, 21 Brigade Nigeria Army destroyed a Boko Haram bomb making factory, during a clearance operations in Wulwuta, near Jere in Bama Local Government of Borno State, killed nine suspected members of the sect and rescued 21 people, who were held hostage by the insurgents.
The authorities of the military also confirmed there was logistics problems at the 7 Division of the Army, but denied that soldiers drawn from the 154 and 155 Task Force battalion, after successfully dislodging insurgents occupying Alagamo, did not have water to quench their thirst, prevented their GOC (General Officer Commanding) from going back to base after addressing them. Read more
We visit Kanu in prison — UK govt
The United Kingdom says it has been visiting the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi kanu, in prison.
A spokesman for the British High Commission, Mr. Joe Abuku, said this in an email sent to our correspondent on Friday. Read more
Police discover new Ritualists’ Den in Ogun
The Nigeria Police has discovered another den of ritualists at Iyana-Ilogbo area after Sango in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State. The discovery, caused pandemonium, as residents rushed to the abandoned filling station, at the popular Iyana-Ilogbo bus stop, where the discovery was made, to see human parts recovered from the property by the Police
Detectives from Sango Divisional Headquarters aided the discovery as two middle-aged men were arrested thereafter while two other people suspected to be members of the gang were reported to have escaped. Read more
Kano leads in under-5 Mortality Rate
Kano State has the highest percentage of under-five childhood mortality rate from pneumonia in the North West geo-polotical zone, and 15 per cent under-five diarrhoea mortality rate, a figure that is far higher than the national average of nine per cent.
Referring to the most recent study by the Nigerian Demographic Health Survey (NDHS 2013), the Programme Officer of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PSN-PACFAH), Mr. David Akpotor, said all hands must be on deck to check the menace. Read more
Ogun assures of developmental agenda on land administration
The Ogun State government has assured the people of the state of its resolve to do everything necessary to make the state habitable for all, noting that the developmental agenda on land administration is still on course.
Director-General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Mr. Olubiyi Ismail stated this during the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers’ (NIESV) Week and Awards ceremony tagged, ‘Celebration of Achievers’ held in Abeokuta. Read more
‘FRSC not out to frustrate State Traffic Agencies’
To lay to rest claims that the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) is out to frustrate some states’ traffic agencies, the commission yesterday, said it was in support of the creation of counterpart traffic agencies by state governments to assist in arresting the growing carnage on roads.
The commission said much as the gesture is supported, such counter agencies must limit their operations to state roads in their domain. Read more
Tinubu endorses Akande for APC BoT chair
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has shelved his plan of becoming the party’s chairman of the Board of Trustees, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.
An impeccable source within the APC told our correspondent that Tinubu had thrown his weight behind a former Governor of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande, who is a former interim chairman of the party. Read more
Two feared killed, 18 injured in Delta communal clash
Two men, Owomake Omogomugho (43) and Prince Ometobor (24) were reportedly shot dead on the spot while 18 others were wounded in the early hours of Thursday, following renewed violence between the warring factions in Ibrede Town, in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State.
The youth president of the community, Gideon Imegwu, said, “Our people, mainly youths, were among other fishermen going to fish in Utue, Onyema and Onomisa lakes near Akarai (a neighbouring community) when gunmen suspected to be members of Ugboh family ambushed and shot at them, leading to the death of the two while 18 were injured. They have been hospitalised at various hospitals around Ndokwa and Isoko area.” Read more
Security agents arrest Albarnawi, Shekau’s deputy in Kogi
The security operatives on Friday made a major breakthrough in the intensified campaign against the Boko Haram insurgency by arresting the leader of the Ansaru Islamic Sect, Khalid Albarnawi.
The Acting Director Defence information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, confirmed the arrest of the top wanted terror suspect to one of our correspondents on the telephone on Saturday. Read more
Abuja Uber drivers to undergo psyche evaluation
For the safety of passengers in Abuja, Uber drivers will be required to undergo psyche metric evaluation and the road worthiness of their vehicles determined,
This disclosure was made in Abuja at a press conference where Uber in collaboration with Access Bank unveiled Abuja as its 400th city. Read more
Buhari restates commitment to diversifying economy
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed Nigeria’s determination to significantly reduce the very high bill for importation of food products to the country.
At a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mr. Lars Rasmussen, on the sidelines of the 4th World Leaders’ Nuclear Summit in Washington DC, Buhari reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to the rapid diversification of Nigeria’s economy. Read more
BATN Foundation Revamps Cassava Processing Cottage to Boost Productivity
In continuation of its policy of investing in communities to positively impact the lives of smallholder farmers across Nigeria, British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) recently rehabilitated the Cassava Processing Cottage at Ago-Are, in Atisbo Local Government Area of Oyo State.
The Executive Director, BATNF, Mrs. Oluwaseyi Ashade, said “The rehabilitated cassava processing cottage industry was initially commissioned and handed over to the community on December 3, 2004. Read more
Kerosene: still scarce and regulated
The price modulation strategy for petroleum products by the Federal Government may have failed to arrest the supply crisis of Household Kerosene (HHK) in the country. Indeed, the Nigerians are crying foul, as they go through pains purchasing the product, which is sold above the pump price amid scarcity and intriguing tales of fuel subsidy.
Kerosene is commonly used for cooking and other energy needs. But the product has been scarce and unaffordable to low-income earners, after the Federal Government removed subsidy on the commodity, which saw the price increase from N50 to N83 per litre. Read more
Kaduna Refinery to resume production
The end of the lingering fuel scarcity in the country appears to be in sight as the Kaduna refinery is expected to resume operation in the next two weeks.
Officials of the refinery said yesterday that repair works on the vandalised pipelines supplying crude oil to Kaduna Refining and Petrol-chemical Company (KRPC) had been concluded and that the refinery is now in position to commence operations. Read more
Ahead of April 7 Deadline for Premium Offer, NNPC, Marketers Jostle for Fuel Cargoes
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and private oil marketing companies are jostling to book import cargoes of petrol to take advantage of the reduction of the premium on the international market price of fuel, which will end by April 7, THISDAY has learnt.
As the last-minute rush for fuel cargoes continued, NNPC has said that the persistent fuel scarcity would ease off in about two weeks. This followed the assurance last Thursday by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, that concrete measures had been put in place to end fuel shortages soon. Read more
FG returns petrol subsidy, retains official pump prices
The Federal Government on Saturday recommenced the payment of subsidy on petrol as it subsidised the commodity by N5.84 for every litre of premium motor spirit consumed in Nigeria.
Subsidy on petrol was stopped in January after the review of the pricing template of the product by the government. Read more
Fuel scarcity may linger as oil processing falls by 87.4%
The scarcity of petroleum products across the country may linger much longer considering the fall in the amount of crude oil being processed by Nigeria’s three refineries.
Latest data from the financial and operations report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation showed that the processing of crude oil by Nigeria’s refineries fell by 87.4 per cent in February when compared to the volume of crude refined by the three facilities in the preceding month. Read more
PPPRA maintains fuel pump price, release Q2 PMS import
The Petroleum Products Price Regulation Agency,(PPPRA) yesterday maintained the pump price of N86:00 and N86:50 of the Petrol Motor Spirit (PMS) known as fuel.
The Agency had at the first quarter of this year announced the pump price under price modulation. Under the price modulation of the Agency, petroleum price would be regulated by the forces of the market. Also, in the Agency statement released by the Head Corporate Services, Lanre Oladele, it released the Q2 PMS allocation. Read more
Power Supply: Stakeholders advocate micro grid system for industrial clusters
The recent proclamation by President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigeria would achieve 10, 000mw of electricity generation in three years is raising fresh concerns in the sector.
Achieving the target may not be a problem, but the ability of the nation’s electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs), and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), to evacuate generated power is the real headache. There are also huge concerns over how to accelerate expansion of critical TCN evacuation capacity. Read more
La Liga: Late Ronaldo strike sinks Barca
Pique’s powerful downward header from a corner had given Barca a 56th-minute lead after a tense first half.
Karim Benzema’s brilliant scissor kick made it 1-1, before Gareth Bale had a goal harshly ruled out for a push, reports the BBC. Read more
Siasia returns to Dream Team VI Monday
Coach Samson Siasia will resume with Nigeria Olympic team on Monday in Abuja after taking temporary charge of the Super Eagles for the AFCON qualifiers against Egypt.
The Olympic team with the assistant coach Fatai Amoo in temporary charge stunned hosts Brazil in a Rio Olympics warm-up last week. Read more
Iwobi’s goal sinks Ighalo’s Watford
Super Eagles of Nigeria striker, Alex Iwobi, was on top of his game yesterday in the English Premier League after he scored in Arsenal’s 4-0 win against Odion Ighalo’s Watford to further endanger the latter’s survival hopes in the Premier League.
Iwobi, who made the difference when he was introduced in the double header African Nations Cup qualifiers against the Pharaohs of Egypt in Kaduna and Alexandria, struck after 38 minutes courtesy of an assist by Alexis Sanchez, who laid the ball into the path of the youngster who only had to slide home from inside the box. It was the 19-year-old midfielder’s second goal in the Premier League. Read more
No Eagles job for Okocha
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials are to meet with the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, to chart a way forward for Nigeria after the disappointing Afcon 2017 qualifying campaign.
Top of the agenda will be the issue of hiring a foreign coach for the Super Eagles as the World Cup qualifiers loom on the horizon. Read more