Sabinews Morning News Update for March 26, 2016
Fuel Scarcity Ends In April – Kachikwu
As Nigerians groan under the hardship of fuel scarcity which has persisted in recent days after, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu announced yesterday that the crisis over the Prime Motor Spirit will end in few weeks, precisely in April.
This is contrary to an earlier statement credited to the minister in media reports in which he was quoted as saying that the current queues at petrol stations would persist till late May. Read more
20-yr-old communal war gathers fresh cloud in Delta
Suspected guerrillas are daily streaming into Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh, Urhobo and Ijaw communities in Delta State respectively, as the two towns prepare for full blown war.
The two sides are also said to be stockpiling arms and ammunition to settle their two-decade-old tussle over land. Read more
76 Enugu Farmers Dumped in Prison over Clash with Herdsmen
Life is no longer normal for the agrarian community of Ugwuneshi in Awgu local government of Enugu as the rural folks brood over the fate of 76 farmers now languishing in the federal prison Afara, Umuahia in Abia State following a clash with Fulani herdsmen.
It was gathered that the hapless farmers, including youths were rounded up by “men in military uniform” and bundled into trucks only to surface at Umuahia where they were divided into three groups and arraigned at magistrate courts. Read more
Jurisdiction Won’t Stop Investigation into Queen’s College Sexual Harrassment
The Lagos State Ministry of Youths and Social Development has said jurisdiction would not stop investigation into Queen’s College sexual harassment report.
This followed claims that school authorities were not cooperating on the case since it was blown open while the Ministry has pressed for the temporary removal of those concerned from the school premises. Read more
USAID earmarks $40b for IDPs’ education, healthcare In N’East
The Nigerian Mission Director for United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Michael Harvey, has said that over $200 million (N40 billion) has been earmarked for the education and provision of healthcare, water supplies and sanitation for 2.2 million displaced persons in camps of Northeast of the country.
This is just as t National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is changing from emergency phase to the rehabilitation and reconstruction phases of return of the IDPs to their liberated communities. Read more
No fake result sheets or materials were used in Rivers rerun, INEC insists
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has dismissed allegations that fake result sheets or any fake materials were used in the conduct of the Rivers State national and state legislative rerun elections last Saturday.
In a statement issued yesterday and signed by Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, Director, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC, after a meeting with the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) and its Supervisors and Monitors, who were in the state during the exercise, and having considered their submissions and undertaken an audit of its personnel deployed as polling officials and for related duties, it concluded that the elections were characterised by violence, intimidation, threats, palpable fear and abduction of some of its officials in many areas. Read more
Abuja, Lagos witness unprecedented fuel queues
Between Tuesday and Wednesday last week, the queues at most filling stations were thinning out, which excited most Nigerians.
But that has changed, due largely to the pronouncements of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, after leading members of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, that the queues at filling stations would linger till May, this year. Read more
Lawmaker Petitions IGP over Alleged Forgery
The face-off between Hon. Dennis Amadi representing Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives and his predecessor, Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi over the legislative seat assumed a new dimension yesterday as the lawmaker petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, asking the IGP to investigate alleged plans by some police officers to frustrate the prosecution of the latter and two others involved in alleged forgery of party primary election documents. Read more
Father rapes 12-yr-old daughter in Bayelsa, aborts pregnancy
At 12, the world of Queen (surname withheld) has literally turned upside down. Her dreams are crumbling as she undergoes medical treatment owing to alleged abuse by her father, Bamekpa.
Her injuries are serious enough to warrant urgent surgery in one of the hospitals in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Read more
Immigration repatriates 47 illegal Nigeriens
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) said it has repatriated no fewer than 47 illegal aliens from Kwara State to their country, Niger.
Briefing reporters yesterday in Ilorin, the state capital, the State Comptroller, Mrs. Abimbola Abiodun-Ojo, said that the illegal immigrants were arrested from their base in Budo-Sunday-Kinikini, Kaiama Local Government Area of the state. Read more
Customs Impounds N360m Contraband
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operation Unit Zone `A`, on Friday said it impounded vehicles and other contraband with Duty Paid Value (DPV) estimated at N360.19 million.
The Area Controller of the unit, Comptroller Mohammed Umar, announced this in a statement issued by the Zonal Public Relation Officer, Mr Uche Ejieseme, and made available to newsmen in Lagos. Read more
Hoteliers Tackle LG Boss over Multiple Taxation
Following introduction of multiple taxation by the newly elected Chairman of Ado Ekiti Local Government, Mr Ayodeji Ogunsakin, the Hoteliers Association of Nigeria, Ekiti chapter, has accused the council boss of stifling hospitality business in Ado Ekiti capital city.
The body, which condemned in unequivocal terms Ogunsakin’s alleged attempt to duplicate taxes being collected from their members by the state government, said the council boss will end up shutting down the sector completely going by this new policy. Read more
Experts oppose FG’s move to tax voice calls, pay TV
Marketing Communication experts have condemned the proposed communications tax bill before the Eight National Assembly, describing the bill as evidence that the Federal Government “isn’t sensitive to the plight of the people”.
If the proposed communications tax bill is passed to law, telecoms subscribers in Nigeria may be facing tougher times in the months ahead. The bill, entitled ‘Communication Service Tax Bill (“CST” or the “Bill”) 2015’, seeks to enforce, charge and collect communication service tax (CST) on all electronic communication services at nine per cent which will be borne by subscribers. Read more
Oil and Gas
Task force bans illegal sale of petroleum products in Plateau
In a bid to check fuel scarcity in Plateau State, the Special Task Force otherwise known as Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), has ordered the immediate halt of sale of fuel by the roadsides and other illegal sale of petroleum products within Jos/Bukuru metropolis.
According to OPSH spokesman, Captain Ikedichi Iweha, in a statement yesterday, all persons who are in possession of the products have 24 hours to dispose the commodity or return them to petroleum stations for custody. Read more
NERC to Query TCN for Failing to Submit Performance Report
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) yesterday said it would query the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) for not submitting six months report of its performance in Nigeria’s electricity industry in 2015.
NERC said TCN failed to submit to it the mandatory operational report between January and June of 2015. Read more
Siasia bemoans lapse in concentration
Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has blamed their draw against Egypt in Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier on a lapse in concentration by his defenders very late in the encounter.
Ahmed Salah grabbed a late injury-time equaliser to cancel out Oghenekaro Etebo’s goal on 60 minutes to secure an unlikely draw for the Pharaohs in Kaduna. Read more
Salah Silences Eagles In Kaduna
Much was said before the game and the Super Eagles nearly delivered on that promise with a scintillating performance against the Pharaohs of Egypt in African Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna yesterday evening, after Oghenekaro Etebo had put Nigeria ahead in the 58th minute, sending the jam-paced Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, into delirium, only for AS Roma’s Mohammed Salah to latch onto some sleepy defending from Nigeria’ s back-line to beat an off-side trap and send the ball over an on-rushing Carl Ikeme to leave scores at 1-1 in the 90th minute. Read more
Egypt calls up substitute keeper ahead of Nigeria return leg
Egypt goalkeeping coach Ahmed Nagy has called up ENPPI keeper Ali Lotfi to the squad that will face Nigeria on Tuesday after the injury of Essam El-Hadary.
El-Hadary was ruled out of the first leg clash against Nigeria, which ended in a 1-1 draw, after sustaining an gastrocnemius muscle injury during the national team’s training session. Read more
Uganda outlaws non-vaccination for children
A new Ugandan law will require parents to vaccinate their children against common diseases or face jail.
President Yoweri Museveni signed the new law on 10 March, forcing parents to vaccinate their children against several life-threatening diseases, including polio and meningitis. Read more
60 ISIS militants Killed in Egypt Airstrikes
Egypt’s military killed 60 people and injured another 40 in airstrikes against radicals linked to ISIS.
The airstrikes targeted areas in Egypt’s North Sinai, including the outskirts of Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. Read more
Half a Million People Infected with Malaria in Angola
Nearly half a million people are infected with malaria in this capital, revealed the Angolan Health Minister, Luis Gomes.
‘The vector mosquito density remains very high. The Health Ministry carried out a research that showed a larvae rate of 5 percent and in Luanda municipalities they are in 40 percent, what leads to declare that it is facing an epidemic’, told Gomes during a press conference. Read more
British commandos training Bahraini armed forces to use sniper rifles
British commandos are training Bahrain’s armed forces – which violently put down pro-democracy protests during the Arab Spring in 2011 – in the use of sniper rifles, The Independent can reveal.
The revelation that elite Royal Navy commandos are running week-long training courses for Bahraini personnel has outraged human rights campaigners, who accuse the regime of using snipers to target protesters during anti-government protests in 2011. Read more
MP Sharman Stone announces retirement from Australian politics
The veteran Victorian Liberal MP Dr Sharman Stone has announced her retirement from federal parliament.
In a statement to the ABC, Stone said she would not recontest the next election after representing the Victorian seat of Murray for 20 years. Read more
British man dies after brual San Francisco street attack
A British man who was stabbed in the head in a brutal San Francisco street attack has died of his injuries.
Paul Tam, 44, in San Francisco general hospital died five weeks after the February 18 assault, which happened as he was walking in the city centre’s Japantown district, close to the landmark St Mary’s Cathedral, with his niece around 8.30pm. Read more