Sabinews Morning News Update for March 6, 2016
We won’t tolerate Biafra, Buhari vows
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that Nigeria will not tolerate the revived agitation for Biafra.
He dismissed those canvassing the creation of Biafra from Nigeria as jokers who are simply toying with the nation’s security. Read more
DSS arrests Boko Haram arms manufacturer, gun runner
Three men with suspected link to the terror sect, Boko Haram, are now being interrogated by the Department of State Services (DSS) for allegedly manufacturing arms for the insurgents and for seeking a foreign embassy’s help to fight terrorist activities in Nigeria.
Also in the custody of the agency are three other men suspected to be members of Ansaru, another terror sect. Read more
EFCC set to arraign 2 SANs for alleged bribery
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is set to arraign two Senior Advocates of Nigeria,SANs, Rickey Tarfa and Dr. Joseph Nwobike, at the Lagos State High Court.
In two separate charges filed by the anti-graft agency, the SANs are accused of offering gratification, running into millions of naira, to judges in what it described as a ploy to influence decisions in their favour. Tarfa is facing a 27-count of alleged wilful obstruction of officers of the EFCC, refusing to declare asset, making false information to an officer of EFCC and offering gratification to a public official. Read more
Police arrest kidnapper of senator’s mother
The Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad Asaba, has arrested a suspected kidnapper identified as one of those who abducted the mother of Senator Aguanavwodo.
The suspect, one Emmanuel Okobi, reportedly confessed to the crime and mentioned five other members of the gang, who are on the run. Read more
Blessing Gopep: Stolen at 12 from a Bauchi motor park
For Mr. Gopep, a 60-year-old farmer, life has become hopeless. The last seven and a half months have been a nightmare since his daughter, Blessing was abducted.
“They have taken my Blessing. I am heartbroken. I can’t eat or sleep well. I have been in a state of trauma since her disappearance,” he lamented. Read more
Shiite: NGOs call for expulsion of Iranian Ambassador
Coalition of Human Rights and National Interfaith and Religious Organisations for Peace, made up over 500 civil society groups, yesterday protested the role of Iranian Ambassador, Saeed Koozechi, in the recent Shiite crisis. The protesters marched to the Iranian Embassy in Abuja, displaying placards with inscriptions, ‘We reject threat to our sovereignty by Ambassador Saeed Kozeechi’, ‘We reject sponsors of extreme religious views and doctrines’, ‘We say no to terrorism and political cells’, ‘We call for expulsion of Saeed from Nigeria soil’, among others. Speaking on behalf of the groups, National President/Convener of the Coalition, Bishop Musa Fomson, rejected threats to the sovereignty of the country by Ambassador Koozechi. Read more
Okorocha denies N2bn bailout fund diversion
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday denied diversion of N2 billion bailout funds by officials of his government contrary to the claims by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Three government appointees, the Principal Secretary to the Governor, Dr. Pascal Obi; Director of Finance, Casmir Uzoho and Treasurer, Iheoma Kenneth, were last week arrested by EFCC over alleged diversion of N2 billion bailout funds, which were said to be part of the N26 billion bailout money given by the Federal Government for payment of workers’ salary arrears. Okorocha, while addressing newsmen at the Government House, Owerri also denied that his political appointees were arrested but agreed that they were invited based on the petitions written by some Imo people to the anti-graft agency. Read more
Mile 12 killings: No inter-tribal violence in Ogun-Police
Following the killings at Mile 12, Ketu, Lagos State, between Yoruba and Hausa traders, there was anxiety in some parts of Ogun State yesterday over the possibility of reprisal attacks. But, the Ogun State Police Command, has debunked the rumour making the rounds that there was violence between the Yoruba and Hausa community in Ogere area of the state. Read more
Lawmakers seek revival of Radio Lagos
Members of House Committee on information and Strategy of the Lagos State Assembly, led by its Chairman, Tunde Braimoh have impressed on the management of Radio Lagos /Eko Fm, to restore the station to its lost glory.
They gave this charge during a visit to premises of Radio Lagos/Eko Fm. Read more
Ondo 2016: Mimiko undecided over successor
Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, is in a dilemma of sorts. Less than a year to the end of his second term the crest of a popular mandate, is, not surprisingly, desirous of handing over to a preferred successor.
Expectedly, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not short of formidable aspirants secretly jostling to succeed Mimiko, even as all those being speculated as interested in the exalted seat have not formally joined the race. Read more
Ekiti Assembly alleges ‘abduction’ of four members
Ekiti House of Assembly yesterday accused operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) of invading the complex and making away with four of its members.
Speaker Kola Oluwawole told reporters that “more than 10 DSS men armed to the teeth” stormed the Assembly complex and shot sporadically into the air causing panic among legislators and staff. Read more
Rip off: FG may impose fines on telecom companies
The federal government has expressed its dissatisfaction on the incessant rip-offs by telecommunication companies on its subscribers, warning that failure by the companies to correct this anomaly would be met with stiff sanctions.
Minister of Communication, Barrister Bayo Shittu, who disclosed this during a chat with journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said one of the ways the companies rip off their subscribers is through illegal deduction on unsubscribed messages. Read more
Bristow resumes service of Sirkorsky C 76 chopper
Sirkorsky 76 C ++ aircraft on the fleet of Bristow Helicopters yesterday returned to service following the completion of comprehensive operational audit by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) on the airline.
The aircraft type on the fleet of Bristow was suspended from flights operations by NCAA 31 days ago when it ditched into the Atlantic Ocean with passengers and crew rescued alive. Read more
NDDC disowns college renovation contract
The management of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), said yesterday it did not award any contract for the renovation of classroom blocks at the Government Technical College, Abak in Akwa Ibom.
Mrs. Ibim Semenatari, the acting Managing Director, on a visit to the school explained that any contract awarded by the commission usually carries NDDC signpost at the site. Read more
Nnamdi Kanu Drags FG to ECOWAS Court, Demands $800m Compensation
Director of Radio Biafra and Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mr. Nnamdi Kanu has taken the Federal Government of Nigeria to the ECOWAS Court. Read more
Another ‘Abducted Girl’ Finally Rescued in Sokoto
Patience Paul, the schoolgirl allegedly abducted in Sokoto state and converted to Islam, has been rescued and is to be reunited with her parents yesterday, according to a report by TheCable.
Her case has generated national interest after that of Ese Oruru, the Bayelsa teenager who was taken to Kano by her “lover” without her parents’ consent. Patience’s parents had reported her missing since August 12, 2015, with unconfirmed reports suggesting she was kidnapped and taken to the palace of the Sultan of Sokoto for forceful conversion. Read more
IMF’s Advice On Naira Devaluation Shunned In Nigeria’s Interest – PMB
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that his government’s decision to shun the International Monetary Fund (IMF’s) advice on the devaluation of the naira was in the country’s best interest.
Buhari made the declaration in an interview aired by Al Jazeera yesterday, and monitored by LEADERSHIP Sunday. Read more
Oil and Gas
Three Nigerian firms bid for Uganda oil wells
The Ugandan government has announced that seven oil companies, three from Nigeria, have submitted bids for exploration of oil in the country’s next round of licensing.
In October 2015, the Ugandan government made a public announcement that no fewer than 16 firms had expressed interest in acquiring oil exploration blocks in the country. Read more
Labour Was Sidelined in Planned Unbundling of NNPC, Says PENGASSAN
Senior oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have said that the organised labour was not carried along in the decision of the Federal Government to unbundle the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Minister of States for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu had disclosed that the federal government would this week announce the final outcome of its planned major overhaul of the entire structures of the state-run oil company. Kachikwu said the structural overhaul would see the national oil company broken into five major operational zones and about 30 independent companies with their chief executive officers given measurable targets to achieve. Read more
FIFA threatens Warri Wolves over N82m debt
Warri Wolves could find themselves in cold water following debts owed to their players. The world soccer governing body, FIFA has received complaints from the players and could sanction the club if they failed to pay up.
Warri Wolves owe their players sign-on fees and other entitlements from last season. And these players include Azubuike Egwuekwe, Solomon Kwambe, Gbolahan Salami, ThankGod Ike, Oghenekaro Etebo, Stanley Dimgba and others. They made representations through their lawyers to the FIFA dispute resolution chambers and the club have been mandated to pay the players their salaries amounting to N82,507,960.00 or the club will be thrown out of the CAF champions league. Read more
Ighalo’s goal drought worries Eagles’ fans
Nigeria fans ought now to be on edge with Odion Ighalo going six games without a goal for his EPL side Watford as this is coming too close to crunch AFCON qualifiers against Egypt later this month.
The last goal Ighalo scored was on January 30 in the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest, while his last goal in the league was in a 2-1 home win over Newcastle United a week earlier. Read more
Rwanda rising star in Central Africa – FDI report
A new report by a global network of professional firms providing audit, advisory and tax services, KPMG, says that with its stable political environment, improving governance and facilitation of business and strong growth, Rwanda was a rising star in Central Africa.
KPMG’s analysis of factors that attract investors in Africa shows that corruption, poor infrastructure and onerous business conditions in fact do not scare off investors, if the mineral, oil or gas resources are sufficiently attractive in the context of global demand – but warns that even tough miners stay away from politically unstable regions. Read more
Record Number of Hopefuls Seek Benin Presidency in Election
Benin holds presidential elections on Sunday with a record number of independent candidates as outgoing President Thomas Yayi Boni is set to hand over power after two terms in office.
As many as 33 men and women are vying for the presidency, including some of the West African nation’s wealthiest businessmen. Among the hopefuls are Sebastien Ajavon, who amassed millions of dollars in trucking and selling frozen chicken, and Patrice Talon, who made a fortune importing fertilizers for the cotton industry. Read more
China donates sewing machines to Namibia
China donated 20 sewing machines to the government of Namibia through the gender equality and child welfare ministry Friday in Windhoek.
The sewing machines were handed over to the acting permanent secretary Cornelius Kapenda in the gender ministry by the Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Xin Shunkang. Read more
Africa’s local gov’t elections toughest for ANC
Registration for South Africa’s local elections kicked off on Saturday as the ruling African National Congress (ANC) was facing the most fierce competition from the opposition parties since the end of apartheid in 1994.
Voting stations across the country opened at 8 am to allow first time voters to register and others to check their details for the municipal elections. Read more
Seized North Korean ship registered in Sierra Leone: South Korea
A North Korean ship impounded in the Philippines last week was registered as being from Sierra Leone via a practice called flag of convenience, South Korea said Sunday.
Flag of convenience is a business practice of registering a merchant ship to a country other than its origin for the purposes of avoiding taxes and other regulations. Read more
Fossilized lizard, 99 million years old, is a clue to ‘lost ecosystem’
A fossilized lizard found in Southeast Asia preserved in amber dates back some 99 million years, Florida scientists have determined, making it the oldest specimen of its kind and a “missing link” for reptile researchers.
The lizard is some 75 million years older than the previous record holder, according to researchers at the Florida Museum of Natural History, who announced the finding this week. Read more
Ageing, indebted Japan debates right to ‘die with dignity’
Retired Japanese airline employee Tarou Tanzawa said he hadn’t thought much about his own death until his 84-year-old mother was diagnosed with malignant lymphoma and decided against costly and invasive life-prolonging treatment.
He watched his mother die peacefully at a nursing home where she received only palliative care after checking out of the hospital where she was diagnosed. Read more
Uproar in Naples as Catholic church attempts to lay claim to saint’s jewels
Thousands of protesters have demonstrated in Naples in an attempt to prevent the Catholic Church gaining control over a highly valuable collection of jewels belonging to a local saint.
Paolo Jorio, director of the San Gennaro museum where the collection is kept, said: “We’re protecting a centuries-old institution, we will not stand for interference from either the church or the government.” Read more
Turkish Press Freedom: All Over But the Teargas
Fear gripped critics of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, following the state takeover of the country’s biggest newspaper. Some believe worse is yet to come.
“Everyone is panicking,” said an employee of a company linked to the Hizmet movement of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based Islamic preacher who has become the focus of Erdogan’s wrath. Zaman, the newspaper seized by authorities on Friday, has been the flagship of the Hizmet movement, which had been a long-time supporter of Erdogan’s Islamic-conservative course until a bitter break-up in 2013. Read more
Cruz wins two states and urges rivals to quit and let him take on Trump
Texas senator Ted Cruz chalked up wins in Kansas and Maine while billionaire tycoon Donald Trump triumphed in Louisiana in the Republican race for the White House.
In the Democratic contest, Bernie Sanders took Nebraska and Kansas, but Hillary Clinton maintained her lead with victory in Louisiana. Read more
Australian government commits to gay marriage vote this year if it wins election
The Australian government said on Sunday it will hold a public vote on same-sex marriage later this year if it wins reelection.
The decision comes a day after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull brushed aside criticism from staunchly conservative elements of his Coalition government to attend Sydney’s annual gay Mardi Gras parade. Read more