Sabinews Morning News Update for June 3, 2015
NDLEA Serves Extradition Notice on Kashamu
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday has disclosed that it has formally served an extradition notice on the Senator-elect for Ogun East senatorial district, Buruji Kashamu.
According to the NDLEA, it effected the service on Kashamu on Monday in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/479/2015 with a copy made available to the Chief Judge, Federal High Court. Read more
50 Killed in Borno Abattoir Market Blast
Boko Haram once again struck the ever busy abattoir market in Maiduguri, Borno State, waking residents with deafening explosions that left 50 dead yesterday morning.
The bomb which was concealed under a butcher’s table in the market went off, killing shoppers and travelers, a military source told Reuters news agency. Read more
Buhari Meets Service Chiefs Insists On Relocation of Command and Control Centre
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday insisted on his directive for the relocation the military’s Command and Control Centre (CCC) to Maiduguri.
The president reiterated this position in its maiden meeting with the service chiefs yesterday. He had announced this strategy during his inaugural address to the nation on Friday. According to him, their relocation to the epicentre of the battle would add vigour to the war against Boko Haram. Read more
Zimbabwe Hits Back at Nigerian Journalists, Calls Them Boko Haram Reporters
Zimbabwe has reacted angrily to Nigerian journalists who ambushed President Robert Mugabe during last week’s inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s president.
Journalists identified as reporters from Sahara Reporters ambushed Mugabe and his African Union (AU) delegation demanding that he steps down from his position as Zimbabwe’s head of state. Read more
NIMASA Pays Tompolo N1.5bn Monthly – Ex-chairman
The pioneer chairman of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Ahmed Tijani Ramalan, has disclosed that the agency pays the sum of N1.5bn monthly to the ex-militant leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), Mr. Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, to protect the nation’s maritime areas.
Dr Ramalan, however, lamented that despite such gesture, the country still loses over 400,000 barrels of crude oil daily from the nation’s shores. Read more
FG Owes NDDC N750b in Statutory Contributions – Alaibe
Federal Government owes the Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC) over N750billion in statutory contribution since the government of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta, Timi Alaibe has revealed.
Alaibe who spoke in Abuja on Tuesday at the Gatekeepers Foundation talkshop entitled ‘President Muhammadu Buhari Change Agenda and the Niger Delta struggle for development,’ said such monies should be deployed by the new government into financing critical infrastructures for the region. Read more
Why we didn’t stop Nigerian who joined ISIS –Turkish envoy
The outgoing Turkish ambassador to Nigeria, Mustafa Pulat, has said that Turkey does not stop the son of a former Chief Justice of Nigeria who crossed the Turkish border to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists in Syria in February 2015, because there was no information on the suspect.
Pulat explained that the suspected jihadist was issued a visa because he had strong credentials and references. Read more
Fraud: 9 CBN Officials Remanded in Agodi Prison Custody
Nine officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria were yesterday remanded in Agodi Prison custody by a Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, over conspiracy, diversion and stealing of N10million mutilated currency meant to be destroyed.
They were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N86 million fraud. Read more
Wike Begins Probe of Amaechi
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has directed Permanent Secretaries in the state to produce full account details of their Ministries’ expenditure in the last eighteen months.
Wike also charged the permanent secretaries to shun partisan politics as career civil servants, saying the roles some of them played in the closing days of the immediate past administration were politically motivated. Read more
House Throws out Report Clearing Alison-Madueke over Allocation of Oil Leases
The House of Representatives on Tuesday shoved aside the report of an ad-hoc committee which probed the alleged involvement of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in shady oil deals.
The report was compiled by the Muraina Ajibola-led ad-hoc committee and contains three recommendations which didn’t see any wrongdoing by the former minister. Read more
Delta Flight from Nigeria Lands Safely in Atlanta after Bomb Threat
A Delta Air lines flight from Lagos, landed safely in Atlanta, United States, early on Tuesday morning after a bomb threat proved not to be credible.
The Delta flight was affected amid news reports that a handful of other US flights had also been targeted with threats that weren’t considered credible. Read more
Five confirmed dead after eating dog meat in Rivers
At least five persons have been confirmed dead at Woji, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, after eating dog meat from a popular inn in the area.
The mysterious death has raised tension in the community as people have begun to question the tragic result that has followed the eating of dog meat alleged to have been cooked by one Friday Dickson, popularly called Etiaba. Read more
Traditional rulers wade into LASU’s crisis
On Sunday, May 17, the Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Oladapo Fafunwa, and members of the executive of unions in the institution were hosted by traditional rulers of communities surrounding its main campus in Ojo.
At the meeting were the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Lagos State University (LASU) chapter, Adekunle Idris and the chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) LASU chapter, Saheed Oseni. Read more
Jang Left N104 Billion Debt, Says Lalong
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State on Tuesday disclosed that the immediate past governor of the state, Jonah David Jang, left N104billion debt in his handover note to him.
Lalong made the disclosure while addressing judiciary workers led by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Pius Damulak, who visited him at the old Government House, Rayfield in Jos. Read more
ABUTH Doctors Embark on Indefinite Strike over Unpaid Salaries
Medical doctors at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Shika near Zaria, Kaduna State, yesterday embarked on an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries and allowances.
The action of the doctors led to the evacuation of several patients who were on admission in the hospital by their families to private clinics in Zaria and other parts of the state. Read more
Aregbesola Claims Helplessness over Non-payment of Salaries
Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday said he was helpless over the non-payment of seven months salaries to workers in the state, saying the situation was worrisome.
Aregbesola stated this at the inauguration of the sixth assembly, which was convoked with the immediate election of principal officers held at the state House of Assembly. Read more
CBN Denies Disbursing N300b Industry Fund
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has denied rumours that it had began the disbursement of the N300 billion Real Sector Support Facility.
It stated that contrary to speculations that the fund had been disbursed, the bank was appraising over 200 applications received in respect of the fund. Read more
Oil, Commodity Prices, Ebola May Slow Down Nigeria’s, Others’ Growth
As Africa’s governments make efforts to drive their economies to the path of recovery, lower oil and commodity prices, uncertain global conditions, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and domestic political uncertainties could still block the return to the strong pre-crisis growth levels, experts at African Economic Outlook (AEO) have said.
The AEO presents the current state of economic and social development in Africa and projects the outlook for the continent. The AEO is a product of collaborative work by three international partners: the African Development Bank (AFDB), the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Read more
May & Baker Returns to Profit as Shareholders Approve 5 kobo Dividend
After two years of non-payment of dividend due to upgrading of the company’s facilities and the construction of a World Heath Organisation (WHO) certified factory, called Ota Pharma, shareholders of May &Baker Nigeria Plc has approved a dividend of 5 kobo per share for the 2014 financial year.
Elated shareholders told the board and management of the company that their wait for the dividend has paid off as they can boost of a world-class pharmaceutical factory and a now they have began to eat from the collective perseverance. Read more
Financial Stocks Lift NSE’s Turnover by N22b
Heavy transactions in the shares of some banks and insurance companies lifted the volume of shares traded, as a turnover of 1.799 billion shares worth N22.105 billion changed hands in 17,337 deals last week.
This volume of shares traded, was higher than a total of 2.943 billion units, valued at N16.045 billion, exchanged in 21,306 deals during the preceding week. Read more
Oil crash, dwindling revenue threaten Nigeria’s 2015 budget
One of the first major tasks the administration of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari will have to contend with will be how to finance the 2015 budget in the wake of low oil price and rising threats from declining revenue. This becomes very critical when viewed against the backdrop of the tough economic conditions witnessed over the last couple of months in the country, especially in the area of declining crude oil and gas receipts and Federal Government’s inability to meet some of its financial obligations. Read more
Clearing Agents’ War on N2bn Operating Fees Deepens
The war on the collection of Practitioners Operating Fees (POF) among the various interests in Nigeria’s customs clearing and freight forwarding industry has grown messier with the agents throwing caution to the wind.
The federal government had in February this year approved the collection of the POF expected to amount to about N2 billion annually by the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders of Nigeria (CRFFN) at the ports and borders as the council’s lifeline fund. Read more
Oil and Gas
Oil workers urge Buhari on gas sector development
Oil workers acting under the aegis of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have urged the Federal Government to make gas its major source of earnings.
In a statement signed by Comrades Francis Johnson and Bayo Olowoshile,( President and General Secretary respectively), the group, said it is high time the country diversified its economy, by giving more attention to gas exploration and exportation for growth. Read more
Seven Energy begins gas supply to Calabar power
Seven Energy International Limited, an indigenous Nigerian integrated gas Company has commenced the supply of gas to the 560 megawatts, MW, Calabar National Integrated Power Project, NIPP. The commercial delivery of gas to Calabar NIPP commenced in March 2015, and is being executed through Accugas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seven Energy. When operating at full capacity Calabar NIPP will increase national power generation by over 10 per cent. Read more
Oando to invest $36m in gas compression
Gas production is set to increase by 20 million cubic feet as Oando Group announced plans to invest $36 million, about N7.2 billion, in the construction of three gas-compression plants in the country within the next one year. In an interview with Bloomberg in Lagos, Bolaji Osunsanya said the plants with an initial capacity of 20 million cubic feet of gas per day, are to be located in Aba, Abia State; Port Harcourt, Rivers State; and a third to be located in central Nigeria. Read more
PETAN refocuses on gas development
Part of the plan for the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigerian, PETAN’s participation in this year’s Offshore Technology Conference, OTC, holding at the Reliant Park, Houston Texas, in the United States, is how to attract more investments in Nigeria’s gas sector. The refocus on gas development follows the recent crash in the price of crude at the international oil market. Read more
OPEC projects $10tr industry investments by 2040
Oil production related investments are expected to approach $10 trillion between 2014 and 2040, according to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Secretary General, OPEC, Abdalla Salem El-Badri, who made this disclosure in his analysis on climate change, said that the investment underlines the fact that security of supply and security of demand cannot be decoupled, and that a comprehensive look at energy security is needed over the short-, medium- and long-term timeframes. Read more
Power: NERC to Cap Discos’ Revenue from Estimated Billing
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has set in motion consultations and actions that could eventually lead to its capping of the revenues that electricity distribution companies (Discos) in the country can generate from their customers through the estimated billing method.
NERC at a consultative session yesterday in Abuja, disclosed its intention to take away whatever incentives that drive Discos in the electricity industry to continually ignore extant plans to provide prepaid meters to customers in their networks. Read more
Forget Brazil Loss, Glo Charges Flying Eagles
Ahead of its second game against Korea DPR tomorrow in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Nigeria’s Flying Eagles have been advised to forget the 2-4 defeat they suffered in the hands of Brazil on Monday and focus on picking the three points at stake when they face the Koreans, as they need to win their remaining two group games to qualify for the next round of the competition.
“The Flying Eagles should be consoled by the fact that there is still hope and [that] they can redeem themselves by going for victory when they face North Korea on Thursday. Read more
Revealed: Why NFF Refused to Confirm Amodu’s Appointment One Year After
Former Super Eagles coach, Shuaibu Amodu, is not happy with Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the delay in formalising his appointment as the Technical Director of the football house.
Amodu told newsmen that the appointment which was announced over a year ago was just on paper and not formalised. Read more
Flying Eagles Set to Crush North Korea
Flying Eagles hope of progressing from the group stage of the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup depends on the outcome of its second group match against North Korea in the early hours of Thursday.
The Nigerian side must win this match or forget the tournament. This is because of the 4-2 loss to Brazil in its opening match. The Koreans must win this match or forget the tournament, having also lost its opening match 5-1 to Hungary. Read more
Keshi Names Eight Home Eagles for Chad
Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has retained eight home based players in camp ahead of the June 13 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad.
The players are, Goalkeepers Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa. Defenders Azubuike Egwuekwe, Solomon Kwambe and Chima Akas. Bright Onyedikach is the only midfielder retained, while retained strikers are Gbolahan Salami and Ikechukwu Gabriel. Read more
Manu May Axe Iheanacho for Yahaya against Korea
Flying Eagles Head Coach, Manu Garba, who is under pressure to defeat Korea DPR tomorrow morning to stand any chance of Nigeria qualifying from the group stage of the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup is likely to axe Kelechi Iheanacho and Isaac Success from the starting line up.
According to the Media Officer of the team, Samm Audu, Manu is not likely to risk starting
injured Ifeanyi Matthew as the African champions go for broke against a team, who crashed 5-1 to Hungary in their opening group game in New Zealand. Read more
Lille swoops for Omeruo
Herve Renard’s first major signing as Lille new coach could will be Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo,AfricanFootball.com can exclusively report today.
Sources close to the Ligue 1 club have informed AfricanFootball.com Renard has swung into action immediately to shore up his new team ahead of the new season by compiling his list of transfer targets. Read more
Amuneke to take experimental team to South Korea
Nigeria’s U-17 side, Golden Eaglets, would feature an experimental team at the 4-Nation Suwon Invitational Tournament in South Korea.
Coach Emmanuel Amuneke said it was imperative that newly recruited fledgling players be exposed to the demands of top level matches ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. Read more
Once bustling Niger border town in lockdown over Boko Haram
A soldier in fatigues furiously pedals his bicycle through the alleyways of Diffa, puffing away after the biggest town in southeast Niger banned motorcycles — vehicle of choice of jihadists.
Situated on the border with northeastern Nigeria, the heartland of Boko Haram insurgents, Diffa is on high alert since it was attacked in February. Read more
Burundi on the brink of economic collapse
During Monday’s truce in anti-government protests, Renovat Ndayizeye was quick to try to reopen his stall in Jabe market in Burundi’s capital. He has scarcely sold a single pair of shoes since demonstrations began weeks ago, and he is getting desperate.
“I haven’t worked since the protests began, we are living on our savings, and now I have nothing,” said the 26-year old salesman, surrounded by others who had taken advantage of a pause in the protests to reopen their small wooden shack. Read more
Ghana attains MDGs and World Food Summit goals – Report
Ghana is among seven countries that have reached the targets set by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the World Food Summit (WFS) in halving the proportion of the population suffering from undernourishment.
Ghana has been able to reach this far, because it has partnered with the private sector and civil society in implementing and reviewing policies and programmes to develop the agriculture sector. Read more
Pound to South African Rand Stronger as Investors Ditch Riskier Assets
The Pound to South African Rand exchange rate advanced for a second consecutive session as concerns over a possible Greek default and exit from the Eurozone caused investors to ditch riskier assets and instead seek shelter in safer haven assets. Against the US Dollar, the Rand tumbled by more than 1% and fell to a session low of 18.5690 against the Pound. Also weakening the Rand was the release of disappointing economic data out of China and a further decline in global commodity prices. Read more
Sudan’s Bashir vows to amend relations with the West
Speaking at his swearing-in ceremony, Sudan’s president Omer al-Bashir vowed to pursue dialogue with the West to normalize relations and announced that the national dialogue would kick off soon.
Bashir, 71, won re-election with 94% of the vote in an election boycotted by opposition and marred by low voter turnout, extending his nearly three-decade rule for another five years. Read more
Hundreds Still Missing after Ferry Capsizes
Hundreds of divers have spent the night searching for more than 400 people still missing after a ship capsized in China’s Yangtze River during a freak tornado.
Fourteen bodies have been recovered so far, and only 14 people have been found alive out of the 456 who were on board. Read more
FIFA’s Sepp Blatter is under Investigation for Corruption, Reports Say
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is himself in the crosshairs of the corruption investigation that saw several of the organization’s top brass indicted over the past week, with U.S. officials reportedly saying that he was a target of their probe into world soccer’s governing body.
The New York Times says that it was told by officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, that investigators hoped to work their way up to Blatter with the cooperation of the FIFA officials already taken into custody. Read more
Venezuela’s Maduro suggests Maradona as FIFA president
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday suggested that Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona become the next FIFA president, hours after a deepening soccer scandal spurred the resignation of the group’s top official.
Sepp Blatter stepped down as FIFA president less than a week after charges by U.S. prosecutors linked nine soccer officials and five sports media and promotions executives to more than $150 million in bribes. Read more
Myanmar needs to treat Rohingya as citizens – U.S.
Myanmar’s government needs to treat minority Rohingya Muslims as citizens to solve the root cause of the migrant crisis in Southeast Asia, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard said on Wednesday.
“Rohingyas need to be treated as citizens of Burma,” Richard told reporters at a press briefing in Jakarta. “They need papers to show that. Read more
U.S. lab’s suspect anthrax may have been sent to Pentagon -official
A suspect batch of anthrax may have been sent to the Pentagon after an Army laboratory in Utah mistakenly shipped out suspected live samples of the potentially lethal bacteria, a U.S. defense official said on Tuesday.
The suspected shipment, first reported by CNN, came from a batch that was meant to have been inactivated at the Dugway Proving Ground, but which tested live during the ongoing investigation, the official said. Read more
Tobacco giants to contest court ruling to pay £8bn damages
Three major tobacco companies will appeal against a decision by a Canadian court demanding that they pay C$15.5bn (£8bn) in damages to smokers in Quebec, following a 17-year legal battle.
The plaintiffs represented almost a million smokers whose habit had led to throat cancer, lung cancer or emphysema, and who argued that the firms had failed to warn them of the health risks associated with smoking. Read more
John Nuttall and Amanda Korody found guilty over Canada Day bomb plot
A jury has found a Canadian couple guilty of plotting to set off pressure-cooker bombs outside British Columbia’s provincial legislature on Canada Day 2013 when thousands of people were expected to be there.
The jury began deliberating on Sunday morning and returned their verdict late on Tuesday against John Nuttall and Amanda Korody. They found the two converts to Islam guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and making or possessing an explosive device. The judge in May had entered a ruling of not guilty to another charge of knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity, citing unspecified legal reasons. Read more
ISIS kidnaps 500 children in Iraq as terrorism rampage continues unabated
Following the lead of other terrorist groups such as al-Qaida’s ally Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is plundering unprotected, or minimally protected, villages and leaving them childless by kidnapping the villages’ young ones. The latest incident reported on Saturday involved the kidnapping of 500 children from two Iraqi provinces, according to news reports on Monday. Read more
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