Sabinews Morning News Update for March 19, 2016
Ibori returns home in July —Ayiri
CHIEF Ayiri Emami, investor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said his benefactor and former Delta state governor, Chief James Ibori who is serving jail term in the United Kingdom, UK, would return home to Nigeria not later than July this year.
Chief Emami, confidant of Chief Ibori, disclosed this on Friday in Warri where he hinted on his planned project to mobilise stakeholders and resources on a campaign to bring lasting solution to the menace of vandalisation of oil facilities which he said was causing huge damage to the nation’s economy. Read more
Female bombers now disguise as men —Military
The Nigerian Military yesterday said that it has discovered that female Boko Haram bombers now disguise in men’s clothing to perpetrate their bombings. The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, in a statement through its Director of Defence Information, DDI, Brig-Gen Rabe Abubakar, said that the discovery was part of its efforts to continue to uncover and sensitise citizens on the devilish strategies of the terrorists. He regretted that in a determined effort in letting off bombs, Boko Haram terrorists were resorting to hiding their true identity. “Female bombers now dress in men’s attire to have access to mosques unhindered to detonate their bombs. Read more
I’m ready for trial, says Orji Kalu
Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, yesterday, welcomed the verdict of the Supreme Court directing his trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged N2.4billion fraud when he ran the affairs of the state between 1999 and 2007.
The apex court had dismissed his appeal for lacking in merit. Read more
Okorocha sacks SSG
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday terminated the appointment of the Secretary to the State Government, Sir Jude Ejiogu.
Although no reason was given for the suden removal of the SSG, which was announced over the state-owned radio station, the sack, sources say may not be unconnected with the battle for the 2019 governorship election. Read more
Murdered soldiers killed by cultists —Wike
Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said the assassination of two soldiers by suspected cult mebers in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area (AKULGA) of the state on Thursday afternoon has nothing to do with today’s rerun elections in the state.
Wike made the clarification yesterday when he played host to the Consul-General of the United States of America Embassy in Nigeria, John Bray, at the Government House. Read more
Lagos, Benin Republic police gun down 11 trans-border robbers
11 trans-border armed robbers, including their leader, Tokiwe Joseph, aka TK, have been killed by a combined team of security operatives from the Lagos State Police Command, Nigerian Customs, Benin Republic police and hunters, among others, at the Seme Border area.
Briefing the press yesterday, Lagos State Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni said: “The robbers were 17. Four of them escaped. Three are in Seme , while 11 died during a gun battle”. Read more
Lagosians groan under darkness, fuel scarcity
In spite the suspension of strike by the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), last week, mad rush for the Premium Motor Spirits, PMS, at filling stations still linger after days of acute scarcity within the metropolis. Similarly, there seems to be no end in sight on the protracted black out partly occasioned by the face off between labour unions and Ikeja Distribution Companies, DISCO. It is therefore an excruciating story of ‘no electricity and no fuel to power generating sets’ as alternative power source. Read more
Court Jails 14 Foreigners For Illegal Bunkering
Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos, on Friday convicted 14 foreigners for illegal oil transactions in Nigeria after finding them guilty of trading with 1,738.087 metric tonnes of petroleum product in Nigeria without licence, as alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Buba sentenced 11 of the 14 convicted foreigners, who were identified as citizens of Russia, Ukraine, Philippine and Japan, to two years imprisonment with an option to a pay a fine of N2 million each. Read more
NEMA warns boat operators, residents of coastal areas of turbulence
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has advised beach revelers, boat operators and coastal area residents to be wary of the activities around the coastal lines as signals from the current winds and waves are turbulent. This was contained in a press statement issued by the agency’s south west Zonal spokes man Ibrahim Farinloye in Lagos yesterday. Farinloye noted the warning is coming on the heels of recovery of a body of unidentified baby boy that was swept onto the shore between old Kuramo and Oniru beaches in Lagos. Read more
Kaduna issues security alert, calls for vigilance among residents
The Kaduna State Government, yesterday, issued a security alert calling on residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious persons and actions to the security agencies for prompt action. In a statement signed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, the government once again commended the people of the state for their vigilance, and urged all residents to remain security-conscious and alert. Aruwan said that churches and mosques shall continue to maintain necessary security measures, especially on major days of worship and congregation, particularly Sundays and Fridays. Read more
Apply Ruling On Tinubu To My Case, Saraki Tells CCT
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki maintained yesterday that the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) must discharge and acquit him the way it did to former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
He said the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) should have invited him to clarify issues on his asset declaration form before charging him to the tribunal for alleged false asset declaration, a ground for which, he said, the CCT struck out a similar case against Tinubu. Read more
Gunmen kill DSS operative in Rivers
Less than 24 hours after an Army Major and a soldier were attacked and killed by gunmen suspected to be sea pirates in the creek of Abonema, Akuku-Toru local government area of Rivers State, another tragedy has befallen the security agencies. The latest victim is a member of the Department of State Services, DSS was on Friday killed by unknown gunmen in Egi, Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni local government area of the state. This is coming less than 24 hours to the National and State House of Assembly elections in the state. Read more
Amid Opposition, JAMB Insists on Computer Based Test
Contrary to opposition against the continuous use of Computer Based Test (CBT) in conducting the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in the country, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday insisted that it will continue with CBT as any reversal of the system would amount to taking the nation’s educational system backward. Read more
Benue House Caucus Condemns FG’s Attitude on Agatu Killings
The Benue State Caucus in the House of Representatives has condemned what it described as the lukewarm attitude of the Federal Government to the massacre of over 1000 people of the state in 2016 alone, adding that no concrete moves have been made to stop the killings in Agatu Local Government and other areas.
The caucus members said the massacre of the people of the state by Fulani herdsmen was a genocide being downplayed or being ignored until it spirals out of control. Read more
Nigeria Raises N125 Billion Bonds To Mature In 2020, 2026, 2036, Says DMO
The Federal Government on Wednesday at an auction raised N125 billion worth of bonds to mature in 2020, 2026 and 2036, the Debt Management Office (DMO) has said.
According to DMO’s auction result obtained from its website on Friday, it sold N20 billion of 2020 paper at 11.33 per cent, lower than the 12.19 per cent auctioned in February. Read more
Kano Govt Moves To Replace Groundnut Pyramids With Rice Pyramids
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State says the government is making concerted efforts to replace the famous groundnut pyramids with rice pyramids.
According to the governor, it is for this reason the state government is providing the environment that will encourage the massive production of rice, wheat, and tomatoes. Read more
Crude Price Slides After US Oil Rig Count Rises For First Time Since December
Crude prices settled lower yesterday after the U.S oil rig count rose for the first time since December, renewing worries of a supply glut after an output freeze plan helped boost the market to 2016 highs and multi-week gains.
U.S. energy firms this week added one oil rig after 12 weeks of cuts, according to data by industry firm Baker Hughes. Read more
Siasia lauds grassroots football partnership with West Ham
The federal government through the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with English Premier League club, West Ham United and Nicosia University, Cyprus in the bid to develop grassroots sport and talent hunt in the country.
This, the interim coach of the Super Eagles Samson Siasia has described has a welcome development that will in a long way boost interest in the round leather game and churn out good talents that are waiting for discoveries. Read more
Battle of Kaduna: Kanu, Yobo tip Eagles to beat Egypt
With less than one week to the all important 2017 AFCON qualifying match between Super Eagles of Nigeria and their Egyptian counterparts, former skippers of the Super Eagles, Nwankwo Kanu and Joseph Yobo has predicted victory for the national team. Nigeria will host Egypt at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna March 25, with the return leg taking place in Alexandria four days later. Read more
US to host inaugural Rwanda Diaspora Women’s Convention
The United States Rwandan Diaspora (USRD), in collaboration with the Embassy of Rwanda in Washington, DC, and the Rwandan International Network Association (RINA) will today convene the first US-Rwandan Women’s Convention.
The first such gathering of Rwanda Women Diaspora event was organised under the theme, “Empowering Rwandan Women in the Diaspora: Challenges and Opportunities.” Read more
UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says many in Burundi are living in ‘terror’
The UN human rights chief said Friday that many people in Burundi are living in “terror” with increasing reports of torture, almost daily grenade attacks, arbitrary arrests and killings while the perpetrators go unpunished.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told the UN Security Council that “the country remains on the brink of a sudden escalation of violence to even more massive proportions.” Read more
Amnesty hits out at EU over Turkey deal
Amnesty International has accused European leaders of “double speak” over a deal which will see Europe-bound migrants returned to Turkey.
The leading human rights charity said the deal failed to hide the EU’s “dogged determination to turn its back on a global refugee crisis”. Read more
Russia to start delivering defense system to Egypt
Russia will start shipping President-S airborne optical and electronic defense systems to Egypt in a few weeks, the system’s producer said Friday.
“Deliveries will start in the near future, and we are talking literally about a few weeks,” the Tass news agency quoted Igor Nasenkov, first deputy CEO of the Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET), as saying. Read more
Lufthansa reports near miss with drone over Los Angeles
The pilot of a Lufthansa passenger jumbo jet reported a drone aircraft nearly collided with the airliner on Friday on its landing approach to Los Angeles International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The close encounter between the wide-body, four-engine Airbus A380 and the drone occurred at about 1:30 p.m. at an altitude of 5,000 feet (152 meters) as the unmanned aircraft passed about 200 feet (61 meters) over the Lufthansa flight 14 miles (22.5 km) east of the airport, the FAA said. Read more
Cuba honours Venezuelan leader with medal ahead of Obama visit
Cuba honoured Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with its highest state honour on Friday in an act of defiance two days before U.S. President Barack Obama is due for a historic visit to Havana.
Cuban President Raul Castro pinned the medal, known as the Order of Jose Marti, on Maduro in a show a solidarity between socialist allies that have stood together against the United States since Maduro’s predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez, came to power in 1999. Read more
Cholera Deaths in Haiti Could Far Exceed Official Count
Deaths from the cholera epidemic that ravaged Haiti after the 2010 earthquake could be much higher than the 9,200 officially tallied so far because of underreporting during the initial outbreak, a new study suggests.
The study, by Doctors Without Borders, found that incomplete surveillance and data collection, overwhelmed health clinics, the rapid spread of the disease and cholera’s ability to kill quickly contributed to what appears to have been a drastic understating of the death toll. Read more
UN condemns North Korea ballistic missile launches
The UN Security Council has condemned North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launches, calling them “unacceptable,” a clear violation of UN resolutions banning such tests, and a threat to regional and international security.
A statement from the UN’s most powerful body after an urgent meeting called by the United States reiterated the council’s demand that North Korea comply with Security Council resolutions which prohibit all ballistic missile activity. Read more
Dubai Airliner Crashes While Trying to Land at Russian Airport
An airliner with 61 people aboard coming from Dubai crashed early Saturday while landing in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said.
A ministry statement identified the plane as a Boeing 737-800 that was arriving from Dubai. Officials said the plane was carrying 55 passengers and six crew members, and all on board were thought to have died. Read more