Sabinews Morning News Update for March 12, 2016
NUPENG says fuel scarcity may linger till end of March
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Friday said the ongoing fuel scarcity in the country might linger till the end of March. The South-West chairman of the union, Tokunbo Korodo, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos Mr. Korodo said that from all indications, loading of petrol at NNPC depots and private depots was slow. He said if there was no improvement in loading the product by next week, the situation might be worse. Read more
Saraki’s trial stalled again
The scheduled commencement of the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) was put on hold again yesterday, courtesy of a fresh motion he filed challenging the tribunal’s jurisdiction.
Saraki was arraigned before the tribunal last year on a 13-count charge of alleged false declaration of assets. Read more
Olu of Warri to visit Ambode, Tinubu, Akiolu
Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, would be arriving Lagos tomorrow for thank-you visits to the Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu.
The Itsekiri monarch, who would be received by Itsekiri sons and daughters resident in the city, would be hosted by all Iwere indigenes after the visits at Ritalori Hotel on Monday evening. Read more
FG blames sabotage, vandalisation for power outage
The Federal Government yesterday issued an apology to Nigerians on the prevailing power situation in the country which it attributed to gas failure, sabotage and vandalization of power infrastructure.
Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, in a statement in Abuja said all efforts were being made to rectify the situation and ensure a gradual improvement in the power situation. Read more
Youths wage war against drug users, cultists
The Kuyasi Awuse Family of Onigbongbo Youths Foundation has started a war against drug users and cultists in Onigbongbo in the Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
Speaking during a rally in Lagos, the chairman of the group, Alhaji AbdulAkeem Babatunde Azeez, said: “Starting from today, we have banned drugs and cultism in our community. That is why we are holding this rally to create awareness for youths to keep away from drugs and refrain from joining cults.” Read more
Ibori: Court orders documents suggesting British Police corruption released to Ibori
A British Crown Court has ordered the immediate release of documents and other materials uncovered by James Ibori’s former solicitor GohilBhadresh suggesting British Metropolitan Policer Officers investigating James Ibori, fraudulently obtained materials and documents against GohilBhardesh and James Ibori. James Ibori A press statement from Tony Eluemunor, Chief Ibori’s Media Assistant, said that His Honour Judge Tester of Southwark Crown Court on Friday directed the prosecution to comply with his order made on January 21st this year and release to James Ibori’s counsels the documents. Read more
Osinbajo, Amosun, others for UNILAG Law Class reunion
Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, are among special guests expected at the University of Lagos, Law Class 1980–1983, 9th reunion event tagged: Olumo 2016, holding in the ancient city of Abeokuta, Ogun State, from March 18 to 20, 2016.
Other dignitaries expected to grace the event which brings together all members of the set include Ogun State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice, O. O. Olopade, CON; Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice Ibrahim Auta; President, UNILAG Alumni Association, Dr. Sunny Kuku; Professor Emeritus Adedokun Adeyemi; Professor Emeritus Isaac Agbede; and Dean of Law, University of Lagos, Professor Akin Ibidapo – Obe. Read more
House of Reps okays sale of NITEL/MTEL to NATCOM
The House of Representatives yesterday approved the sale of Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd (NITEL) and its mobile arm, MTEL, to the NATCOM Consortium.
The approval was given after the House adopted the report of its Committees on Telecommunications and Privatization and Commercialization which gave a clean bill of the health to the processes that led to the liquidation and acquisition of NITEL and MTEL. Read more
Go and face EFCC eye ball to eye ball, Kokori tells Tompolo
FORMER Secretary-General of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum Energy and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Chief Frank Ovie Kokori has challenged former Niger Delta militia leader, Government Ekpemukpolo, aka, Tompolo, to come out of hiding and face the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, eye ball to eye ball, in the court to prove his innocence in his ongoing trial by the agency over an avalanche financial crime. *Tompolo Chief Kokori, a leader of the Delta State wing of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who spoke to Saturday Vanguard yesterday in his Ovu country home, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta state, has also absolved the financial crime commission and the federal government from allegation by a section of the Ijaw nation, that the former militia leader is being witch-hunted and treated with bias by the anti-graft commission, at the instance of the federal government. Read more
Fire destroys buildings, vehicles in Lagos explosion
AN explosion rocked Tapa street on Lagos Island yesterday, destroying residential buildings in the resultant fire. Buildings affected included Andy Craft vocational centre and a customary court. Read more
EFCC probes another withdrawal of N10bn by Jonathan govt
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is looking into how another N10 billion was withdrawn from Signature Bonus Account (oil block account) barely seven weeks to the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The cash was part of the N76 billion officially approved for withdrawal before the handover date to the new government. Read more
FG to upgrade Customs equipment to increase efficiency
THE Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has restated the commitment of the current administration to empower the Nigerian Customs Service to enhance its performance and increase revenue generation.
The Minister made this pledge during a one-day inspection of Customs facilities at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Friday. Read more
NNPC Continues Restructuring Exercise with New Postings, Engagements
The on-going restructuring of state oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Friday continued with the approval of appointment of new persons and redeployment of some of the corporation’s top level management staff to new posts.
The new development followed last Tuesday’s appointments of heads of the corporation’s restructured divisions made up five core business-focused divisions and two service oriented divisions. Read more
FG may order telcos to settle N30bn interconnectivity debt
The Federal Government is set to resolve interconnectivity debt, estimated at N30bn, among telecommunications companies in the country, it has been learnt.
It was learnt that the Federal Government had been addressing issues bordering on interconnection rate settlement among telecommunications operators in the country. The unresolved issues on the rates had resulted in increasing interconnect debts among the operators. Read more
DPR, IPMAN clash as fuel scarcity worsens
The Department of Petroleum Resources on Friday clashed with the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, as fuel scarcity continues to worsen across the country.
The conflict occurred after the Kwara State Operations Controller, DPR, Mr. Salvation Phillip, and his team sealed some petrol filing stations belonging to IPMAN members in the state for allegedly defying the DPR’s directives. Read more
NNPC Shake-up: FG Appoints Garba-Deen As Corporation’s Spokesman
The on-going restructuring of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday led to a major shake-up in which a seasoned journalist and President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors(NGE), Mr. Garba Deen Muhammed as Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division of the company.
Garba Deen who is also a firebrand newspaper columnist takes over from Ohi Elegbe, who was re-appointed as Group General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility. The shake-up also resulted in the redeployment of some top level management staff, while new appointments were also made. Read more
IDPs Kick As Yobe Mulls Returning Them To Ghost Towns
Even as the Yobe State government mulls the idea of returning the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) based in Damaturu, the state capital to their ancestral towns and villages even as it awaits clearance from the Nigerian military, not a few of the IDPs are comfortable with a return to the deserted places.
About 3,000 IDPs from Gulani and Gujba local government areas, taking refuge in camps in Kukareta along Maiduguri Road and Ksesa along Gujba Road respectively all in Damaturu, have said that they wouldn’t return to “ghost towns” seized from Boko Haram. Read more
CBN To Raise N1.07tn From Treasury Bills in Q2
The Central Bank of Nigeria will borrow as much as N1.07 trillion through the issuance of treasury bills in the second quarter of 2016.
To achieve this, the apex bank has intimated that it would auction N303.77bn worth of 91-day bills, N169.98bn worth of 182-day paper and N599.63bn of one-year paper between March 17 and June 2respectively. Read more
UK -Based Nigerian Boxers to Meet House of Reps
Leading British Sports agency, World Class Athletes Ltd, are bringing the two best Nigerian boxers in the world back to Nigeria.
The boxers are former Olympian, and World title challenger, Ajose Olusegun, and current undefeated African Champion, Larry Ekundayo. They will be accompanied by Head of World Class Athletes, Ben Gray and the boxers Special Advisor, Bimbo Folayan, Executive Director of the Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit and former head of the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK who has been mobilising the Nigerian Community and Government to get behind the boxers. Read more
Siasia: I’m yet to see hunger in Eagles
Super Eagles head coach Samson Siasia has challenged the Super Eagles home stars to show they can be relied on to deliver the goods in crucial matches whenever the need arises. “We have to step up our commitment level and show more seriousness,” the Coach opened up to his players. Read more
Liberia seeks Pak assistance in ICT sector
Minister for Information Technology, Anusha Rahman has said that Pakistan has been marked as the leading investment destination of telecom & IT sector in South Asia.
She was talking to Minister for Education of Liberia George Kronnisanyon here.
She arrived in Paris to attend Mobile Learning Conference under the auspices of UNESCO. The agenda of the conference is to work out the innovative ways of harnessing the potential of mobile learning for socio-economic development. Read more
Top ANC man guns for Zuma
Enoch Godongwana has become the latest high-ranking ANC official to break ranks with the ruling party over President Jacob Zuma’s administration and his style of leadership.
On Thursday, Godongwana criticised Zuma and called on the masses to march against the “nonsensical” government. Read more
Children raped in front of parents in South Sudan – UN
A UN report describing sweeping crimes such as children and the disabled being burned alive and fighters being allowed to rape women as payment shows South Sudan is facing “one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world,” the UN human rights chief said yesterday.
Zeid Raad al-Hussein lamented the crisis in the nearly five-year-old country has been largely overlooked by the international community, and his office said attacks against civilians, forced disappearances, rape and other violations could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Read more
Internationalization of Chinese yuan to boost Africa’seconomy: economist
Internationalization of the Chinese currency renminbi, or yuan, will have a positiveimpact on Africa’s economy, a senior economist said on Friday.
Chief economist of CFC Stanbic Bank East Africa Region Jibran Qureishi told Xinhua in anexclusive interview in Nairobi that the African continent is a huge importer of goods fromChina. Read more
Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Sydney city centre rises to eight
Health authorities in Sydney say eight people have contracted Legionnaires’ disease from an outbreak in the CBD.
Three more people were identified as affected on Friday and it is believed they contracted the disease from a contaminated cooling tower. Read more
Four men in hospital after shooting at Muslim cemetery in Canada
Four men were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds after a shooting at a Muslim cemetery outside of Calgary on Friday, though police were quick to say it did not appear the victims were targeted because of their religion.
“We do not believe it’s a hate crime at this time,” said Cpl. Hal Turnbull, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Alberta, adding that officers were looking at various other possibilities, including the possibility it could be gang-related. Read more
Brief nap leads to snore court ruling
A US appeal court has quashed a North Carolina man’s conspiracy and racketeering convictions – because his lawyer slept through the trial.
Judges at the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said Nikita Mackey’s sleepiness meant defendant Nicholas Ragin, who had been jailed for 30 years, was deprived of his constitutional right to a lawyer. Read more
Israeli Airstrike on Hamas Base Kills Boy Nearby, Gaza Officials Say
A 10-year-old boy was killed in an Israeli airstrike that targeted a Hamas military base in the Gaza Strip, the Gaza Health Ministry said Saturday.
Shrapnel from the airstrike hit a nearby house, killing the boy, Yassin Abu Khoussa, and wounding two of his siblings, one seriously, the statement said. Read more
China’s central banker says economy can hit growth target
In a new effort to dispel anxiety about China’s cooling economy, the central bank governor said Saturday the country can hit this year’s official growth target and Beijing has no need to weaken its currency to boost sagging exports.
Zhou Xiaochuan’s comments at a news conference during China’s national legislature add to a high-level public relations campaign by Beijing to reassure global financial markets about the stability of the world’s second-largest economy following stock and currency turmoil. Read more
Violent clashes shut down Donald Trump’s Chicago rally
It was always a narrow line separating Donald Trump’s raucous political campaign and utter chaos.
This morning that line appears to have been crossed. Read more
Europe needs to plug data gaps to track militants – German police head
Europe should set up a transnational data network to keep better track of Islamist militants who may have returned from Iraq and Syria, the head of German police said on Saturday.
Holger Muench, president of the BKA federal police, told Redaktionsnetzwerk (RND) Deutschland, that Europe’s IT security architecture was insufficient. Read more
Barack Obama: ‘Dangers are real’ in encryption debate
US president Barack Obama has backed authorities in the debate pitting encryption and personal privacy against national security, saying authorities need access to data on electronic devices because the “dangers are real”.
Mr Obama, appearing at an annual technology festival in Austin, Texas, delivered his most extensive comments to date on the issue being played out in court. Read more