SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 5, 2016
AFP urges Buhari to prosecute Jonathan
Agence France-Presse (AFP), a European news agency declared yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption can only succeed if he zeroes in on former President Goodluck Jonathan.
An editorial written by the AFP recalled that Buhari had previously warned the Nigeria’s monied elite that it was “no longer business as usual. “But with Nigeria in economic crisis as a result of the collapsing price of oil, analysts say Buhari can ill afford to alienate Jonathan and his allies, even if it threatens success in court”, the international news agency warned. Read more
Oil price rises above Nigeria’s $38 oil benchmark
The global benchmark, Brent crude, on Friday rose above Nigeria’s proposed benchmark oil price of $38 per barrel for this year’s budget.
Brent had since mid-December 2015 continued to trade below the $38 per barrel mark. In January, it fell below $30 per barrel, its lowest in more than a decade. Read more
Lagos Rotary Sets Agenda for Peace
Why is the world permanently at war? Where are there conflicts everywhere? Why is there no understanding amongst ethnic nationalities? These were the questions speakers and participants attempted to answer as the Lagos Rotary Club under the leadership of Larry Agose, marked the World Understanding Day. It was a gathering of who was who as well as stakeholders in the Nigerian Project at the Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, as eminent Nigerians examined what was at the root cause of conflicts and breaches of the peace, both in the country and at the international level. Read more
40, 000 pregnant women die annually in Nigeria – US
No fewer than 40, 000 pregnant women in Nigeria lose their lives each year, the United States government said on Friday.
This was stated by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, while delivering a speech at the launch of the Healthmagination Mother and Child InitiativeRead more
Domesticate Kampala Convention On IDPs
Until Boko Haram, the issue of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) was, essentially, an academic subject discussed in relation to war-torn countries of Africa where Nigeria, as part of its peace- keeping efforts, devoted enormous resources to assist. Then, they were more of refugees moving outside their countries.
Nigerians became aware of the term IDPs when parts of the North, especially, the North East states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and to a lesser extent, Bauchi and Gombe, became theatres of insurgency and the resultant conflicts as a result of the terrorist activities of that dreaded religious sect. Read more
Mother of abducted Lagos school girl slumps, hospitalised
The trauma triggered by the abduction of three school girls from Babington Macauley Junior Seminary (BMJS), Ikorodu, Lagos State, is beginning to take a toll on their families.
The mother of one of the abducted girls slumped yesterday and had to be rushed to a hospital in Lagos for treatment. The woman was said to have collapsed after four days of dry fasting she embarked upon for God to intervene in the matter. Read more
Ibadan agog as Adetunji is coronated 41st Olubadan
Forty-six days after the demise of the last Olubadan of Ibadan,Oba Samuel Odulana,his successor Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji ,ascended the throne yesterday and immediately tabled a list of his demands before the government.
Oba Adetunji who adopted the title of Aje Ogunguniso 1 pleaded for the creation of Ibadan State and the upgrading of the Ibadan airport to international status. Read more
Disquiet in Presidency over extension of Perm Sec’s tenure
The extension of the tenure of the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Jamila Shu’ara, by the presidency is now generating disquiet at the seat of power,The Nation can now reveal.
Top civil servants and labour unions have kicked against the “strange extension.” Read more
Buhari greets Obasanjo at 79
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as he turns 79 years today.
Buhari, in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, affirmed that the former president, who is approaching the octogenarian cycle, has contributed immensely to the institutionalization of democracy in Nigeria and Africa through his personal sacrifice, extensive local and international networks and God-given wisdom. Read more
Court orders South African lady to forfeit N116.050m to FG
A Federal High Court, Lagos yesterday ordered a South African lady, Ngqula Nosisi Pam, to forfeit N116.050m ($374,355.00) to the Federal Government. The court also convicted Ngqula Nosisi Pam, a South African, for money laundering and bulk cash smuggling.
The Head of Media and Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement that Justice C.M.A Olatoregun gave the verdict. Uwujaren said: “The convict was arraigned by the EFCC on February 1, 2016 after her arrest at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Read more
Lawyers to EFCC: stop harassing Akpobolokemi’s lawyers
A group under the auspices of the Concerned Lawyers has raised the alarm over what they described as constant intimidation of the counsel to a former Director General of National Maritime Administration And Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, noting that the agency should be called to order.
It also noted that the trend if not stopped, would gravely undermine the position of the judiciary as the last hope of the common man. Read more
Decomposing Bodies Of Four Robbery Suspects Litter East-West Road
Four decomposing bodies were littering the Ndele-Emohua axis of the ever-busy East-West Road in Rivers State,on Friday, Independent has learnt.
It was gathered that the bodies suspected to be those of four armed robbers are releasing offensive odours into the community and creating fear of outbreak of an epidemic.
Some residents of Ndele claimed that the slain four bandits were allegedly killed in a gun battle with some unknown soldiers who were travelling on the road on Tuesday. Read more
MAYHEM AT MILE 12 MARKET: Lagos promises quick, effective solution to dispute
THE Lagos State Government on Friday met with all the stakeholders from Mile 12 market, Agiliti community, Maidan and its environs aimed at finding a lasting solution to the violence that led to the closure of the Mile 12 market with a promise that a harmonious and effective solution would be put in place in the next few days. Read more
Council boss commends Gov. Ugwuanyi on investment drive
The Transition Committee Chairman of Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State, Hon. Chukwudi Fred Ezinwa has applauded Governor Ugwuanyi’s brave initiative towards the proposed International Investment Summit in the state billed to hold from April 12 to 14. The summit is designed to vigorously campaign and showcase the state’s economic potentials to the world to attract prospective investors for direct foreign and local investments. Read more
Military kills terrorists in Alagarno forest
In continuation of their offensive clearance operations of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion of 25 Task Force Brigade, 7 Division Nigerian Army, demystified Boko Haram terrorists spiritual power base at the Alagarno forest, Borno State. Also, troops of Army Headquarters Special Forces Team B, 7 Division Garrison, conducted fighting patrol in which they cleared Boko Haram hideout at Lawin Meleri, Matiri Bulaka and Aljeri villages. Read more
Why we are attacking Agatu —Fulani herdsmen
A clearer picture of why Fulani herdsmen invaded Agatu local government area of Benue state emerged yesterday at a stakeholders meeting organized by the Inspector General Of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase, when leader of the herdsmen in the besieged community, Ardo Boderi, claimed that over 10,000 of their cattle were allegedly killed by the people of the area. The meeting held in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, had in attendance top Benue state government functionaries, chiefs and major stakeholders from Agatu and Fulani leaders in both Benue and Nasarawa state and presided over by the IGP. Read more
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MOVES AGAINST SHELL, CHEVRON & OTHERS TO RECOVER US$12 BILLION ON MISSING CRUDE OIL REVENUES
In a move seen by industry analysts as a major step by the Buhari administration towards curbing the menace of crude oil theft, the Federal Government of Nigeria has instituted civil actions against Shell, Chevron, Agip and other prominent oil companies to recover over N2 Trillion in missing revenues from over 57 million barrels of crude oil shipments that were either not declared or under-declared between the period 2011 and 2014. Read more
Manufacturers Now Spend N9bn Daily to Generate Power – MAN
The National President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Dr. Frank Udemba Jacobs, on Friday put the daily cost incurred by its members in generating electricity to power their industries at over N9 billion.
Speaking at the sideline during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, in his office in Abuja, he described the supply of power from the national grid as horrible, adding that the majority of manufacturers still generate their electricity to power their machines. Read more
Nigerian Petroleum Minister’s Declarations Cause Confusions for OPEC Members
Khobar-Key members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries intend to meet with other producers in Russia on March 20 to renew talks on an agreement to cap oil output, Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister said.
There will be a “dramatic price movement” when the meeting takes place, Nigerian Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Emmanuel Kachikwu said at a conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on Thursday. Read more
OPEC To Meet With Russia Around March 20 On Output Freeze Plan
OPEC members will meet with Russian producers around March 20 for new talks on an oil output freeze in a move that should boost oil prices, Nigeria’s petroleum minister said on March 3.
The comments by Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu at a conference in Abuja, Nigeria, spurred a rise in Brent crude prices to about $37 a barrel on March 4. Nigeria has been one of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ strongest advocates of an output freeze to lift prices. Read more
Black marketers hit Abuja roads as fuel scarcity worsens
The scarcity of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) yesterday took a different dimension as black marketers took over Abuja roads, especially around petrol retail outlets.
Their action followed the unavailability of the product at petrol stations as most of the retail outlets were not opened to customers. Read more
Economy: Nafdac official charges Nigerians to look inward
Assistant Director, NAFDAC, in charge of Veterinary Medicine Division, Dr. Sadiq Yunus, has charged Nigerians to look inward in solving the current dwindling economy by producing their requirements and shun foreign goods that have local substitutes.
“With our present depressing economy, Nigerians should not allow the country continue to be a dumping ground for other foreign finished products that have substitutes here” he stressed. Read more
IWDC: Nigeria needs more women entrepreneurs
Recognising the role of women in economic growth in Nigeria through entrepreneurship training, partners to the forthcoming 2016 International Women’s Day Conference, Rubies Vocational School and SME100 Nigeria have agreed to empower young and upcoming women in the country with entrepreneurial skills to make them better women of the future and economic productivity.
Jo Bonfrere: I Can Lead Super Eagles To 2017 AFCON, 2018 W/Cup
After leading Nigeria to Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games football medal win and silver finish at 2000 Nations Cup, Dutch coach, Jo Bonfrere says he is interested in returning as Super Eagles coach. He speaks to Completesportsnigeria.com’s SAB OSUJI from his base in the Netherlands. Bonfrere also throws his weight behind NFF President, Amaju Pinnick’s declaration that it’s over for local coaches in the Super Eagles. Bonfrere reiterates that Nigeria’s inability to surpass his achievement in 1996 was because the FA has been hiring ‘wrong’ coaches. Excerpts…
Coach Bonfrere, how are doing today out there in Holland? Read more
Ikorodu Utd, MFM Divide Lagos Fans
Intriguing results have characterized the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) since the season began and more intrigues are expected as the league enters Week 5 this weekend.
Many interesting fixtures had been lined up for this weekend with the Lagos derby between Ikorodu United and MFM, billed for the Onikan Stadium, being the most attractive, especially considering the way DK Olukoya boys started the season until last Saturday’s capitulation in Ibadan to Shooting Stars. Read more
Stephen Wins Maiden Eko U15 Tennis Tourney
Austin Stephen made history as he emerged the winner of the first edition of the Eko U15 Secondary School Tennis Championship on Saturday at the National Stadium, Surulere.
Stephen defeated Ayoola Micheal in two straight sets, with both players displaying high level of intelligence that had the capacity crowd cheering every move and it was not surprising that they were both drafted into the Lagos State Junior Tennis team. Read more
Infantino: Football must return to pitches, not boardroom
A new era seems to have dawned at FIFA with its new President, Gianni Infantino vowing to ensure that politics take the back-burner while football on the pitch becomes the order of the day. Infantino said: “I will work tirelessly to bring football back to FIFA and FIFA back to football, this is what we have to do. I want football to return to pitches, not the boardroom with all the politics. Our focus must change for the good of the game, the players, fans and coaches are what we should be celebrating Read more
Over 60,000 Players to Participate in 2016 COPA Coca-Cola
Football fans across Nigeria will be treated to the best of school football, as the 2016 COPA Coca-Cola national championship calls for teens to register for the game.
The world’s largest brand-supported grassroots football initiative COPA Coca-Cola, led by the global beverage giant, Coca-Cola, connects and engages teens with the prospect of attaining their football dreams, encouraging them to bond, form new friendships, and acquire significant social skills through team involvement. Read more
GTBank Lagos Principals Cup 2016: Birrel College Set for Tough Challenge
As schools in Lagos State warm up for the Season 7 of the GTBank Lagos Principals Cup, defending champions, in the boys’ category, Birrel Avenue College, Sabo, were on Tuesday drawn in what is expected to be a tough group.
During the draws at the GTBank corporate headquarters in Victoria Island, Lagos, Birrel Avenue College were grouped in Group A, alongside Okemagba High School, Muslim Senior College and Oduduwa Senior Secondary School. Read more
ITF/CAT African Junior: Nigerian players denied visas to S’Africa
Players in Team Nigeria for the ITF/CAT African Junior Championship holding from March 9 to 18 in Pretoria, South Africa, were on Friday denied visas by the South African embassy in Abuja.
National Junior tennis coach, Mohammed Ubale, said the development was a big blow to the country’s preparations for the tournament. Read more
Oil and Gas Industry Games: NNPC Coach Applauds Management
Chief Coach of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Football Club, Frank Onyiriuka, has expressed gratitude to management of NNPC for motivating their delegation ahead of the ongoing Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games (NOGIG) in Lagos.
Onyiriuka particularly applauded Hipolite Amadi, Director, Executive Services, Imokhai Samson, Head of Human Resources and Mr. Adewale Ladenegan, Acting Managing Director of Warri Refinery and Petroleum Resources for adequate camping and releasing the staff to feature in the bi-annual games that would be ending this weekend at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. Read more
I’m not ready to retire —Mugabe
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe says his successor must be chosen democratically and that his wife will not automatically inherit the role, a warning to feuding members of his ZANU-PF party that he is still in charge after 36 years in power.
The comments from Africa’s oldest leader, now aged 92, are his clearest indication that he wants to be president for life. Read more
UN: 69 claims of sexual abuse made against peacekeepers last year
A United Nations (UN) report has said there were 69 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse made against UN peacekeeping soldiers last year. The figure, which the UN described as “deeply worrisome”, is an increase on 52 claims made in 2014 and 66 in 2013. The most allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation – 75 – were made in 2011.
The UN said 22 of the cases in 2015 took place in the Central African Republic, while 16 were reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and nine in Haiti. Read more
Blast on Bangkok river taxi injures several dozen
Several dozen people were injured early Saturday when the engine of a Bangkok water taxi exploded as it approached its dock.
Police Lt. Col. Chaithanan Jirapiyaset said there were initial reports of 52 people injured from the explosion which occurred shortly after sunrise Saturday at the Wat Thepleela Pier, in a working class Bangkok neighborhood. Read more
China’s National People’s Congress: Key Points
Mr. Li said China’s economy would grow by 6.5 percent to 7 percent this year. He gave a picture of a government facing some trying times, including — implicitly — problems left by his predecessors.
“Domestically, problems and risks that have been building up over the years are becoming more evident,” he said in his report. “Downward pressure on the economy is increasing.” Read more
Turkey Seizes Opposition Newspaper in Growing Crackdown
The U.S. State Department on Friday called the decision by Turkish authorities to seize control of the country’s largest newspaper “troubling.”
“We see this as the latest in a series of troubling judicial and law enforcement actions taken by the Turkish government targeting media outlets and others critical of it,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told a news briefing. Read more
SpaceX launches satellite, but fails to land rocket on barge
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida and thrust a communications satellite into orbit on Friday, but the launch vehicle’s reusable main-stage booster was destroyed when it failed to land itself on an ocean platform, the company said.
It marked the fourth botched at-sea return landing attempt for Elon Musk’sprivately owned Space Exploration Technologies, though a Falcon main-stage rocket did achieve a successful ground-based touchdown after soaring back to Earth from a less demanding launch in December. Read more
Former Malaysian leader among 58 calling for PM Najib Razak to resign
Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad has joined with political foes to issue a declaration signed by 58 public figures urging prime minister Najib Razak to resign over corruption allegations.
Najib is resisting growing pressure to step down after documents leaked last July showed more than $700m was deposited in his private bank accounts. The attorney general decided in January not to prosecute Najib, saying most of the money was a personal donation from Saudi Arabia’s royal family. Read more
China to build second rail line into restive Tibet
China will build a second railway line connecting restive and remote Tibet with others parts of China that will link Tibetan capital Lhasa with the southwestern city of Chengdu, the government said on Saturday.
Tibet is a highly sensitive region, not just because of continued opposition by many Tibetans to Chinese control, but because of the region’s strategic position next to neighbours India, Nepal and Myanmar. In 2006, China opened the railway to Lhasa, which passes spectacular icy peaks on the Tibetan highlands, reaching altitudes as high as 5,000 m (16,400 ft) above sea level, as part of government development efforts. Read more