Sabinews Morning News Update for March 20, 2016
Army to deploy troops in trouble spots to end killings in Agatu
Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, says the Army will adjust deployment of troops as part of measures to end the killings in Agatu communities in Benue. Buratai, who said this during his visit to a military tactical operational base, near Otukpo in Benue, expressed confidence that the mayhem would be contained. According to him, all logistics and other requirements have been provided for the operation.
“The crisis here is unfortunate, the farmers and herdsmen fighting must not be condoned. I have heard from the commander about the existence of criminal elements who engage in cattle rustling. Read more
Normalcy Gradually Returns to Borno
Seven years after economic, social activities and governance were disrupted in Borno State by the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, there is visible evidence of gradual return to normalcy, particularly in Maiduguri, the state capital which was once an unrestrained killing field.
The state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Dr. Mohammed Bulama said it may take close to 40 years, if the state government were to go it alone, and an estimated N1.5 trillion to rebuild the state; going by its current monthly income of N3 billion from the federation account, out of which N2 billion is expended on its work force. Read more
Nigeria to Launch Environmental Cleanup
Nigeria plans a massive cleanup in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, where some residents complain that years of poorly regulated petroleum production have taken a toll on vegetation, water quality, farmland and fishing communities.
Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Jibril, minister of state for environment, said President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to resolving the country’s environmental challenges while creating jobs and ensuring sustainable development. Read more
Amnesty International Report On Nigeria
The position of Amnesty International [AI], a global human rights watch dog, on Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram terrorists is indeed disturbing. In its 2015/2016 Annual Report, AI gave a damning verdict on alleged appalling human rights situation in the country. It is as if the AI is fast losing its credibility and integrity so long as its skewed and myopic assessment of the human rights situation in the developing world is not situated in the right perspective. In the Report on Nigeria, AI condemned Nigeria’s military campaign and defence of her territorial integrity by alleging that “the military committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity in its response to Boko Haram activities between 2011 and 2015.” Read more
Police dock two brothers over alleged N1bn shares scam
Justice Adebukola Banjoko of an Abuja High Court, sitting at Gudu, has granted N20million bail to two brothers, Chinedu Ugochukwu and Udechukwu Ugochukwu, who were arraigned by the police on a nine-count charge bordering on impersonation, forgery and fraud.
The duo were alleged to have, between July and November 2009, at Abuja, conspired to commit theft, an offence punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Law. Udechukwu was alleged to have paraded himself as the Managing Director ?of Ugochukwu & Sons Limited, and fraudulently caused the transfer of 1,635,805 shares of a biscuit company worth N1billlion to his brother, Chinedu. Read more
Enough is enough, NLC tells Gov el-Rufai
Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, yesterday, said their members had been pushed to the wall by the policies and actions of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, and warned, “Enough is enough”.
The two bodies also directed Kaduna State government workers to converge on the state secretariat of the NLC for a “super congress” where they said a decision would be taken on a matter that borders on the interference of the state government on union matters.The two unions were reacting on the Verification Form given given to workers with a clause on whether they wanted to belong to unions or not. Read more
Mimiko Warns against Anti-Social Media Bills
The Ondo state Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has cautioned against any law that will impede on the gains currently being recorded with the judicious use of the Social media.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ forum on Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Akure at the weekend, Mimiko posited that the positive economic impact of the internet is well known. Read more
Another Building Collapse Kills One in Lagos
Two weeks after a five storey building collapsed in Lagos killing at least 34 and several others injured in Lekki Gardens, another storey building yesterday caved in and killed a 47-year-old woman in Lagos.
The building, whose balcony had already cracked, had shown some signs of distress prior to the partial collapse of the structure it suffered around 8:30 a.m. Read more
How Herdsmen Murdered 7 Villagers in Buruku
It was a black weekend for the people of Tombo in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State when marauding herdsmen shot and killed seven farmers over a minor disagreement.
The Fulani herdsmen, THISDAY learnt, were accused of grazing on the farmers farms when they were asked to leave the area but rather than doing so, they turned back to attack the farmers which resulted in the death of the seven persons. Read more
Boko Haram Has Been Hobbled, Decimated, Says Mohammed
Nigeria is on top of its security problems and Boko Haram has been hobbled and decimated ahead of elections in the oil-rich River State region, according to information minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Mohammed said the army had significantly reduced Boko Haram’s ability to carry out big attacks, just days after a suspected suicide attack by the group on a mosque left 22 worshippers dead in the North-eastern Maiduguri city. Read more
Rising Inflation, Forex Volatility are Key Issues as MPC Meets Tomorrow
Rising inflation, foreign exchange volatility, and stunted economic growth are key issues that will be discussed at the meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which begins tomorrow, analysts have said.
Tomorrow’s meeting of the MPC, the second this year, is coming at a time when oil prices are hovering around $43 per barrel, with inflation figures for February put at 11.4 per cent year-on-year – an increase from the 9.6 per cent it stood in January – and a yawning gap between the official and parallel foreign exchange market rates. Read more
Enyimba Set Sight On CAF Group Stage
Expectedly, Enyimba Football Club qualified for the second round of the CAF Champions League despite losing 2-1 to Vital O of Burundi on Saturday.
The Nigerians reached the next stage on a 6-3 goals aggregate, having won the first leg in Port Harcourt 5-1 last Sunday. Read more
Niger election: Opposition calls for boycott
Niger is due to hold a controversial run-off election amid opposition calls for a boycott alleging fraud.
President Muhamadou Issoufou is expected to win a second term in the vote against former prime-minister and parliamentary speaker Hama Amadou. Read more
Fourth person dies of Ebola in latest flare up in Guinea
A fourth person has died of Ebola in Guinea in the latest flare up of an epidemic that has killed more than 11,300 people in that country, Sierra Leone and Liberia since 2013 but now claims few victims.
“The young girl who was hospitalized at the Ebola treatment center in Nzerekore is dead,” said Fode Tass Sylla, spokesman for the center that coordinates Guinea’s fight against the virus. Read more
13 Egypt policemen killed in Sinai attack claimed by IS
A mortar attack on a checkpoint in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula killed 13 policemen on Saturday, the interior ministry said in a statement, APA reports quoting AFP.
The Islamic State group (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack, but said in a statement that it had deployed a suicide bomber who blew up a car at the checkpoint, which jihadists then raided. Read more
Jury Says Vegas Man Bilked Investors With Nigerian Oil Scam
Anton Paul Drago passed himself off as an heir to a Shell Oil fortune, a disabled former U.S. Marine, and an engineer and oil industry expert with 30 years of experience and a plan to ship Nigerian oil to a refinery he envisioned in the Bahamas.
But federal prosecutors say he was a con man who took victims’ money, in amounts from less than $6,000 to $400,000, promising some that they could quadruple their money in two months. Read more
ANC to wrap up NEC meeting
ANC leaders wrap up their National Executive Committee meeting in Irene on Sunday.
They are meeting behind closed doors this weekend. Read more
Ethiopia to host Africa’s high-Level security forum next month
The fifth Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa will take place in Ethiopia next month, organisers announced on Friday.
The forum will be held in the northern Bahir-Dar city of Amhara Regional State on 16-17 April, 2016, under the theme “Africa in the Global Security Agenda. Read more
Paris terror suspect ‘backed out of stadium suicide bombing’
The top suspect in last year’s deadly Paris attacks had planned to be a suicide bomber at France’s main stadium but backed out at the last minute, according to prosecutors.
Salah Abdeslam was arrested on Friday in a police raid in Brussels and questioned on Saturday by Belgian authorities. Read more
Yemen clashes kill 35 as rebels try to retake western Taiz
At least 35 fighters have been killed in Yemen in clashes between Shiite rebels and pro-government forces in Taiz, the country’s third-largest city, according to officials.
The officials said Shiite rebels were trying to retake the western part of the city, while a Saudi-led coalition launched more than a dozen air strikes to prevent the Houthis from advancing. Read more
Istanbul Suicide Bombing Kills Five
No group has claimed responsibility for killing five people and injuring 37 in a suicide bombing that rocked the city Saturday morning in a tourist hotspot in front of Istanbul’s governor’s office.
Among the dead were three Israelis—Simha Siman Demri, Yonathan Suher and Avraham Godman—an Iranian citizen, Ali Rıza Khalman, and the bomber, who has yet to be identified. The wounded include Turkish citizens and 24 foreign nationals, including a child, who are being treated in hospitals. Seven of the injured are in critical condition, according to Turkish officials. Read more
Greece delays sending refugees back to Turkey under EU deal
Greece will not be able to start sending refugees back to Turkey from Sunday, the government said, as the country struggles to implement a key deal aimed at easing Europe’s migrant crisis.
Under the agreement clinched between Brussels and Anakara last week, migrants who reach the Greek islands will be deported back to Turkey. For every Syrian returned, the EU will resettle one from a Turkish refugee camp. Read more
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg meets China propaganda chief in Beijing
Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has held a rare meeting with China’s propaganda chief amid a crackdown by the Beijing authorities on the use of the internet.
Liu Yunshan told Zuckerberg that he hopes Facebook can share its experience with Chinese companies to help “internet development better benefit the people of all countries”, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Zuckerberg was in Beijing to attend an economic forum. Read more