Sabinews Morning News Update for February 20, 2016
PDP governors beg Jonathan’s ex-ministers
Governor Segun Mimiko of Ondo State yesterday, on behalf of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors, launched a fresh initiative to save Senator Ali Modu Sheriff from being humiliated out as National Chairman of the PDP.
Mimiko, who doubles as chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, invited some former ministers in the cabinet of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan to a meeting to beg them to accept Sheriff who was picked by PDP governors as the party’s new national chairman. Read more
Fulani herdsmen kill five in Benue community
No fewer than five persons were killed on Thursday night by Fulani herdsmen at Okokolo village in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that many houses and other properties were also set ablaze in the renewed carnage. Read more
N225,000 for judge’s father-in-law burial, not bribe, Tarfa, SAN tells court
Lagos lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Rickey Tarfa, yesterday, denied allegation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that he bribed a Federal High Court, Lagos, judge to the tune of N225,000, saying that the money was for the judge’s father-in-law’s burial.
At the resumed hearing in the N2.5billion fundamental rights suit by Tarfa, in which he is challenging his arrest and detention by the EFCC, as well as the confiscation of his phones and car, he said through his lead counsel, Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN, that the money was a donation towards the burial of the judge’s father-in-law, late Alhaji Audi Garba Damasa. Read more
Fulani herdsmen, Delta community sign peace pact
TO forestall a peaceful relationship between themselves and their host communities, Fulani herdsmen and host communities in Ethiope West council area of the state, have signed into a peace pact.
The pact which was entered at a meeting attended by the chairman of the council, traditional rulers, community leaders, is aimed at avoiding situations capable of causing crisis in the area. Read more
Policeman loses sight while fighting crime
When retired Senior Inspector Sylvanus Okon, 58, who hails from Akpabuyo in Cross River State, joined the Nigeria Police Force as a Recruit Constable in August 1978, he had the mind to serve his fatherland with all his might, love and strength. And so it was as he moved headlong into the job of serving his country with all his being. He was determined to flush out any ill in the society by whatever name no matter the personality involved. For those who knew Sylvanus during his active years in the Nigeria Police Force, he was an officer to behold. Read more
Passenger dies on Port Harcourt-Lagos flight
Two days after a middle-aged female passenger died at the toilet of the Lagos Airport, a female passenger on board Arik Air’s Port Harcourt-Lagos flight was yesterday confirmed dead on arrival by medical personnel at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Domestic Terminal 1, Ikeja, Lagos.
The spokesman of Arik Air, Mr Adebanji Ola, disclosed this yesterday. Read more
Renewed cult clash claims one person in Delta community
Renewed cult related activities on Sunday in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State claimed the life of one person identified as Philip Iwese.
Reports said that the victim in his early 20s suspected to be member of a rival cult group in Ughelli Town was found lying in a pool of his blood on Sunday evening around Ekuigbo Ughelli after he was allegedly attacked the previous night by his assailants. Read more
Mimiko to inaugurate school as Ondo clocks 40
Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, will on Monday inaugurate a 500-capacity school as part of activities marking the 7th anniversary of his administration.
The inauguration coincides with the 40th anniversary of the creation of the state. Read more
Biafra: Court Turns Down FG’s Request To Shield Witnesses
Justice James Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja has turned down a motion by the Federal Government to completely shield witnesses in the trial of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu is facing a six-count treason charge before the court. The prosecution had in the motion it filed before Justice Tsoho, complained that all the witnesses lined up to testify against Kanu and two other pro-Biafra agitators, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, who are facing trial with him, have declined to appear in court. Read more
FG Seeks Support Of UNHCR To Resettle IDPs
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has urged the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, to work with the Federal Government in its effort to resettle and rehabilitate her internally displaced persons.
He made the appeal yesterday during a meeting with a delegation from the Commission, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Lagos traces children’s death to febrile rash illness
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, has identified febrile rash illness as the probable cause of death of 25 children in Otodo Gbame community in Eti-osa Local Government Area of the state.
Idris, who disclosed this at a press conference in Lagos on Friday, said the cause of death had yet to be confirmed as the government was still expecting results of the blood and water samples sent to the Virology Reference Laboratory at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba and the Lagos State Drug Quality Control Laboratory, Ikeja respectively. Read more
ICPC boss, Nta, elected IACA board member
The Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta, is one of the newly-elected seven members of the Board of Governors of the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Vienna, Austria.
The organisation was jointly established by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the European Anti-Fraud Office, the Republic of Austria and other stakeholders. Read more
Don’t impose TSA on us, Fayose tells FG
The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, says the Federal Government should desist from nursing the thought of imposing the Treasury Single Account on states.
He said the Federal Government was not in the position to counsel or force any state to accept policies that were not working for “those who introduced them.” Read more
23,000 ghost workers: Minister summons bank MD, PENCOM DG
Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun yesterday summoned the Managing Director of a first generation bank on alleged complicity of the bank in the payment of salaries to 23,000 ghost workers on the payroll of the Federal Government.
Also summoned by the minister is the Director General of the Pension Commission (PENCOM), Ms Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, who is expected to answer questions from a probe panel in her ministry on how Pension Funds Administrators (PFAs) allegedly generated fake PFA numbers for the “ghost workers”. Read more
…EFCC to drag judge to NJC
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was poised last night to drag Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court to the National Judicial Council(NJC) for investigation on the alleged N225,000 bribe from a lawyer Mr. Ricky Tarfa (SAN).
A formal complaint was due to be lodged with the NJC by the EFCC yesterday. Read more
Naira fall, hyper inflation killing Nigeria –LCCI, NACCIMA, ANAN
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture and the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria on Friday canvassed the need to stop the continued depreciation of the value of the Naira by reviewing the country’s foreign exchange policy.
They said as long the country failed to review the current policy, the scenario would continue because it would not help liquidity in the foreign exchange market. Read more
School fees, medicals eligible for Forex allocation —CBN
Concerned about misgivings in the public about excluded items from official foreign exchange windows, the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), yesterday clarified that it had not stopped the allocation and sale of foreign exchange for purposes of paying school fees and settlement of medical bills overseas. A statement issued by the apex bank’s Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mallam Ibrahim Mu’azu, therefore urged members of the public to disregard any contrary information in respect eligibility of overseas school fees and medical bills’ payments for forex allocations. Read more
Market Place: Business Gets Tougher for Customs as Revenue Dips
Less than a month after the Nigerian Customs Service announced that it has set a revenue target of N1 trillion for itself in the 2016 fiscal year, the service has started complaining of revenue drop in its profile.
According to the Public Relations officer of the PTML Area command, Steve Okonmah, the command currently examined on the average, only one container per day as against an average of 98 containers examined daily in previous months. He added that the command was facing the worst experience in terms of revenue collection since inception. Read more
FG Targets $20b Annual Long-Term Foreign Investment
The Federal Government announced yesterday through the Minister of Trade and Investments, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah said there are plans to double the country’s long-term foreign investment to at least $10 billion annually.
The government is involved in ongoing discussion with local and international investors to create an enabling environment for that volume of investments before the end of 2016. Read more
IS plans series of terror attacks in Morocco
A top Moroccan intelligence official said Friday that the Islamic State (IS) planned a series of terror attacks in Morocco, including a suicide car bomb attack.
Deeming the busted terrorist cell on Thursday as “the most dangerous” cell dismantled in Morocco, the director of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations, Abdelhak Khiame, told reporters that investigations revealed the members of this cell planned attacks against sensitive sites, including hotels, and high profile civil and military figures. Read more
Rwanda’s tourism potential showcased in India
Rwanda is, for the first time, showcasing its attractions and investment opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector at the Outbound Travel Mart (OTM), which closes today in Indian city of Mumbai.
The three-day travel trade fair that opened Thursday is the largest in India, attracting 1,000 exhibitors from seventy-five countries. Read more
US air raid hits Islamic State in Libya, 43 dead
US warplanes launched air strikes against a suspected Islamic State training camp in western Libya on Friday, killing more than 40 people, likely including a militant connected to two deadly attacks last year in neighbouring Tunisia.
It was the second US air strike in three months against Islamic State in Libya, where the hardline Islamist militants have exploited years of chaos following Muammar Gaddafi’s 2011 overthrow to build up a presence on the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Read more
Kenya wildlife agency says stray lions safely back to park
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said Friday the two lions that strayed from the Nairobi National Park were found unharmed and have been returned to the park.
KWS spokesman Paul Udoto said the lioness was safely sedated after being found along with the cub near the sprawling Kibera slums in the capital by KWS wardens, and transported back to the park. Read more
UN site in South Sudan returns to calm following attack
The situation at a UN civilian protection site in South Sudan has returned to calm after violence in the past two days there left at least 18 dead, a UN spokesman said Friday.
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has intensified patrols around the site and is discussing with community leaders how to maintain calm and promote dialogue, Stephane Dujarric told a daily news briefing. Read more
Fuel Price in Zambia is heavily subsidised, Dora Siliya tell parliament
Government is heavily subsidising the pump price of fuel and there are enough stocks of the commodity, Minister of Energy and Water Development Dora Siliya has told Parliament.
And Ms Siliya says it would be imprudent to reduce fuel prices until the exchange rate of the Kwacha against other convertibles is certain and predictable. Read more
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe urges factions to unite
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Friday issued a stern warning to feuding factions within the ruling party, saying it was time for “a whip of discipline.”
“So those who are saying we belong to this faction or that faction, I say to them shut up, you belong to Zimbabwe first and foremost, whatever you might say,” Mugabe said in a rare address aired by state media. Read more
France ‘Jungle’: Eviction order for Calais migrants
Hundreds of migrants living in part of a camp in the French port of Calais known as the Jungle have been ordered to leave or face eviction.
They have until 20:00 local time (19:00 GMT) on Tuesday to leave the southern part of the sprawling camp. Read more
Donald Trump calls for Apple boycott over encryption
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump called on Friday for a boycott of Apple until the computer giant complies with US government demands to unlock the iPhone of a suspect in the San Bernardino attacks.
“Apple ought to give the security for that phone, OK?” Mr Trump told a campaign rally in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, one day before the state holds its hotly contested Republican primary. Read more
North Korea fires artillery rounds during ‘military drill’ near frontline island
North Korea fired artillery rounds during an apparent military drill near a frontline island on Saturday, a military spokesman from South Korea said, as tensions run high following nuclear and missile tests by Pyongyang.
The incident comes days after the South said it would conduct its largest ever annual joint military exercises with the United States in March. The exercises usually cause a spike in cross-border friction. Read more
China replaces Xiao Gang as securities regulator head over handling of crisis
China has removed Xiao Gang, the head of its securities regulator, from his post, and appointed Liu Shiyu to take on the role, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
Liu, who had been chairman of the Agricultural Bank of China Ltd and a former deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, will succeed Xiao as chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission. Read more