Sabinews Morning News Update for July 29, 2015
Nigerian army frees dozens of women, children from Boko Haram
Nigeria’s army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country’s northeast.
Army officials said the operation to free the captives took place in the town of Dikwa in Borno State, which had fallen to Boko Haram twice since April, and was recaptured by Nigerian troops last week. Read more
FG Reverses JAMB’s Policy on Admission
The federal government has reversed the decision by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to allow candidates that applied to universities with surplus applicants for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) to be reassigned to other universities with lower number of applicants than their capacities.
The policy had been trailed by protests in parts of the country. Read more
Ondo: Pensioners Protest Unpaid Gratuities, Arrears
Vehicular traffic was temporarily disrupted Tuesday on the popular Hospital Road in Akure, the state capital as hundreds of pensioners took to the streets to protest non-payment of their gratuities, several months of allowances and harmonisation arrears.
The protesters under the auspices of Nigeria Union of Pensioners( NUP), who converged on its office as early as 8a.m, marched through the Hospital Road to the State Secretariat, chanting solidarity songs. Read more
Wike Pays N712m for Stranded Rivers Scholarship Students Abroad
Relief has come the way of parents of final year Rivers State students of tertiary institutions abroad as the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, has ordered the immediate payment of N512 million to offset the debts owed by the students to enable them sit for their final examinations and eventually graduate.
The students, who were sent overseas to study under the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA) special scholarship by the Chibuike Amaechi’s administration, were stranded due to non-payment of their fees. Read more
Troops displace insurgents from Shehu’s palace
The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said it had displaced the dreaded Boko Haram sect from the palace of the Shehu of Dikwa, Alhaji Mohammed El-Kanemi, which was hitherto used as a training site by the insurgents after the monarch was displaced some months ago.
The Army, in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 7 Division, Maiduguri, Col. Tukur Gusau, said that 30 persons were rescued from Dikwa during the latest operation. Read more
Lawyers Decry Incessant Killings in Benue
A group of legal practitioners under the aegis of Benue Young Lawyers Initiative for Peace and Justice have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Police Force over the spate of killings in the state.
The petition, jointly signed by Simon Zungwe and Monday Akor, the President and Secretary General of the initiative respectively want the police to rescue the state from looming chaos. Read more
The World Bank rehabilitation package for N/East
One of the gains of President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent visit to the US is the announcement of the World Bank plan to provide a $2.1 billion (N413 billion) rehabilitation package for the North-Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa that have been ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency. Within the past six years that the terrorist group has been waging a bloody campaign against Nigeria, over 20,000 people have been killed and about one million displaced, most of them in the North-East geo-political zone of the country. Read more
We only stopped Patience Jonathan from being driven to tarmac –FAAN
The convoy carrying the wife of the former President, Dame Patience Jonathan, was stopped from taking her to the foot of the aircraft on the tarmac of the Port Harcourt International Airport, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has said.
The former First Lady was reportedly stopped from using the VIP lounge of the airport. But the FAAN said it was not so. It was learnt that Dame Jonathan had gone to Port Harcourt on a private visit. Read more
Responsible Professionals Necessary in Fight against Corruption, Says Osinbajo
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has stressed the importance of the professional elite in the current fight against corruption in the country, even as he expressed the readiness of the federal government to work on judicial and justice sector reforms.
Osinbajo, who met with leaders of both the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and those of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in his office Tuesday, noted that some of the reforms being envisaged would require legislation. Read more
Indisciplined soldier responsible for Damaturu sporadic shooting, says Nigerian Army
The Nigerian Army said the sporadic shooting heard around Damaturu metroplolis on Tuesday was due to an action of one of its soldiers.
The explanation came in a statement issued by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman. Read more
INEC to release 2015 election report August
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the much-awaited report on the 2015 general elections would be made public next month, noting that the comprehensive report is almost ready.
National Commissioner of INEC, Ambassador Lawrence Nwuruku, who made the disclosure in Abuja yesterday at a workshop on post-election lessons, also revealed that the commission would certainly use the controversial card reader machine in the Bayelsa and Kogi states governorship elections, assuring that the commission was almost ready for the poll. Read more
APC backs Buhari’s probe of Jonathan administration
All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed strong support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to probe the immediate past Federal Government under former Pesident Goodluck Jonathan, saying the emerging revelations of alleged mind-boggling corruption, made such a probe imperative.
The party, in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said: ‘’Some people have insinuated that the Buhari administration should ignore the massive looting of our patrimony and move on. We say no responsible government can afford to do that, because it will amount to endorsing corruption and impunity.’’ Read more
Ooni of Ife dies at 85
First class traditional ruler, Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, is dead. He was 85 years old.
Daily Sun gathered that the Ooni, who fell ill was flown out in air ambulance on Friday, died at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, United Kingdom yesterday evening. Read more
Don’t bandy figures without facts, NCC blasts critics
Against the backdrop of several criticisms that the Nigerian Communications Commission treats telecom operators with kid gloves in regards to their poor quality of service, the commission has advised its critics to study the Act of law that guides the commission’s activities.
Director, Public Affairs of the commission, Mr Tony Ojobo, as guest of some radio programs in the South – South and South East geopolitical zones of the country, recently, explained that there are limitations to the actions the commission could take against operators, based on the law that established it. Read more
Court refuses to stop Saraki from performing official functions
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday refused an exparte application by five senators seeking to stop the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, from performing his constitutional legislative duties on account of use of the purported forged Senate Standing Rule for his June 9 election in the senate.
The trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, who refused the request yesterday, explained that he could not move in favour of the applicants because he had no evidence that the five senators had the mandate of the remaining 104 other senators to bring the suit. Read more
CBN threatens rice importers, others over N30b import waiver abuse
The Central Bank of Nigeria , CBN, has threatened to deal with rice importers if they continue to defy the directive to pay about N 30 billion to federal government coffers.
The amount was what they allegedly failed to pay as duties on imported rice between 2012 and 2015. Read more
Women-Owned Businesses Get N252b CBN Credit
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has set aside about N252 billion as credit to support businesses owned by women in the country.
The CBN said the facility was dedicated to Small and Medium-scale Enterprises, noting that it would deepen and increase access to credit and reduce the high cost of funds for women-owned businesses across the country. Read more
Elumelu, others collaborate to ‘spark’ businesses in Africa
A group of organisations have come together to answer President Barack Obama’s call at the global entrepreneurship summit on Monday in Nairobi, Kenya, to advance economic growth around the world.
Representatives of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) participated in a formal signing ceremony at the summit, committing to lead the Spark Global Entrepreneurship initiative. Read more
CBN warns banks against flouting N3.5tr cash transfer order
THE Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has warned banks against flouting its directive to transfer the N3.5 trillion public sector funds with them to it.
CBN said the erring banks would face “severe financial and administrative sanctions”. Read more
CBN seeks speedy assent to FSS 2020 bills
The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly give his assent to the three Financial System Strategy 2020 bills, which were recently passed by the National Assembly.
The bills are the Nigerian Financial Sector Bill, Nigerian Financial Ombudsman Bill and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Bill. Read more
How CBN’s demand management measures stabilise foreign exchange
The average naira exchange rate was relatively stable at the interbank segment, but significantly volatile in the BDC segment in June 2015. This was one of the highlights of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting held last week July 24, 2015.
The exchange rate at the interbank market opened at N197.00/US$ and closed at N197.00/US$, with a daily average of N197.00/US$ between July 21 and July 23, 2015. Read more
Oil and Gas
Warri refinery comes alive as production resumes
Business activities at the refining section of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited, WRPC, in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State have resumed following resumption of production after several months.
Our correspondent learnt yesterday that production of fuel officially commenced on Monday as major maintenance works have been completed while other minor repairs are still ongoing. Read more
NERC Slams Azura, Geometric, 25 Others For Poor Performance
In line with its resolve to ensure Nigerians enjoy dividends of the power sector privatisation, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Tuesday, said 27 power generation firms risk losing their operating licences for failing to meet the terms of their licences.
The firms, including Azura Power WA Limited, Geometrics Power Limited and Bauchi State owned Yankari Power Company Limited, were directed to justify why their licences should not be withdrawn within 30 days. Read more
Power sector records 277 deaths in five years
About 277 persons lost their lives through electrocution while 303 others were injured between 2011 and June 2015, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has disclosed.
The Deputy General Manager, Health and Safety Division of NERC, Engineer Abdul Mohammed, gave the figures at a meeting with the Industry Health and Safety officers, describing the trend as alarming. Read more
Moses Shines Again As Chelsea Beat Barca
Victor Moses was in fine form again in the early hours of Wednesday (Nigerian time) as Chelsea won their second straight penalty shootout in the pre-season International Champions Cup in the United States of America.
The Nigerian forward has been one of the best Chelsea players in this pre-season and he was brilliant again as they defeated Barcelona 4-2 on penalties after regulation time ended 2-2. He scored Chelsea’s second penalty, confidently sending the Barcelona keeper the wrong way. Read more
Keshi’s Lawsuit: ‘NFF’s Got Other Things To Worry About’
Despite having a lawsuit brought against it by the former chief coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has insisted that it is unfazed by the “distraction” and will focus on other things which it has to worry about.
According to the president of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, the former coach’s recent move will be taken care of by the football federation’s legal department. Read more
Glo Charges Dream Team, Falcons On 2016 Olympics Tickets
Title sponsor of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL), Globacom, has charged the national U-23 team, the Dream Team VI and Super Falcons to qualify for the 2016 Olympics by defeating their opponents this weekend in Pointe-Noire and Malabo, respectively.
The Dream Team VI will be in Pointe- Noire to face their Congolese counterparts in the second leg of the final round of the 2016 Olympics African Championship qualifier after defeating their hosts 2-1 in Port Harcourt on July 19, while the Falcons also have a herculean task in Malabo where they will meet Equatorial Guinea in an Olympics 2016 second round second leg game after the first leg in Abuja on July 18 ended 1-1. Read more
Prepare for Enyeama’s exit, Rufai tells Oliseh
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has told newly appointed coach, Sunday Oliseh to have a standby goal tender that will step into the shoes of current number one Vincent Enyeama.
Enyeama, has been between the sticks for the Super Eagles since 2002. He recently indicated that he will not be there forever, when he announced that he might call it quits after the 2017 African Cup of Nations. Read more
NFF To Partner Germany For Football Development –Pinnick
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has revealed that the NFF plans to partner with current World Champion, Germany, in order to aid Nigeria’s football development.
Pinnick made this known at a lunch-time meeting with the Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Dietmar Kreusel, on Tuesday. Read more
NFF Cancels Chartered Flight Plans for Dream Team
Cash-strapped Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has called off a plan for a chartered flight to ferry the country’s team to a crucial CAF U23 Championship qualifier in Congo this weekend.
Nigeria won the first leg in Port Harcourt 2-1 and faces a daunting task in the return leg in Pointe Noire on Sunday. Read more
Fire averted at NFF Secretariat
Divine intervention smiled on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) last weekend, as fire was contained by the combined efforts of the securitymen and officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) that were on duty.
Sportinglife gathered that the incident started from the cash office of the secretariat on the third floor. Read more
Ousted Burkina leader loyalists challenge treason indictment
Loyalists of Burkina Faso’s ousted president Blaise Compaore have petitioned the country’s constitutional council to cancel the former leader’s indictment for treason, sources close to Compaore’s party told AFP Tuesday.
On July 16, the west African country’s transitional council indicted Compaore for “high treason” and violating the constitution. Read more
Obama condemns African leaders who refuse to step down
Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned African leaders who refuse to give up power and urged the continent to end “the cancer of corruption”, in the first ever address to the African Union by a US president.
Obama said the rest of the world also needed to change its approach to Africa by boosting fair trade and not just providing aid handouts, and vowed that the United States stood with the region to defeat terrorism and end conflict. Read more
S.Africa’s yuan payments rise on stronger relations with China-SWIFT
The number of South African payments denominated in yuan increased by 33 percent over the past year thanks to its strengthened bilateral relations with China, global transaction services organisation SWIFT said on Wednesday.
In June, 31.3 percent of direct payments between South Africa and China/Hong Kong were in yuan, compared to 10.8 percent in June 2014 and only 4.6 percent in June 2013, according to SWIFT. Read more
At least 25 killed in fire at Egypt furniture factory
A fire at a furniture factory outside Cairo killed 25 people on Tuesday, the spokesman for Egypt’s health ministry said.
Another 22 people were injured by the fire in El Obour, an industrial city about 35 kilometres (22 miles) northeast of Cairo, Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said. Read more
Killing of lion in Zimbabwe defended by American hunter
An avid Minnesota hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn’t aware of the animal’s status “until the end of the hunt.”
Walter Palmer, who has a felony record in the United States related to shooting a black bear in Wisconsin, released a statement through a public relations firm after being identified by Zimbabwean authorities as the American involved in the July hunt. They said Palmer is being sought on poaching charges. Read more
Libyan parliament approves amnesty law
Libya’s internationally recognized House of Representatives (parliament) on Tuesday unanimously approved a law of general amnesty, hours after a court in the capital of Tripoli issued death sentences on Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi.
“The House of Representatives has issued a law of general amnesty with 99 parliament members present. The first article includes a general amnesty for all Libyans since Feb. 15, 2011 until today,” parliament member Tareg Saqr Al-Jorushi told Xinhua. Read more
North Korea completes rocket launch site revamp, says US thinktank
An upgrade of North Korea’s main rocket launch site now appears complete amid expectations in rival South Korea that a launch could take place in October, according to a US monitoring institute.
South Korean officials are predicting the North will mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ party with a “strategic provocation” — possibly a blastoff from the west coast site of Sohae from where Pyongyang launched its first rocket into space in December 2012, drawing international condemnation. Read more
John Kerry implores Congress to back Iran nuclear deal
US secretary of state John Kerry has warned sceptical politicians not to sabotage the contentious nuclear deal with Iran, insisting that it included strict inspections and other safeguards to deter cheating by Tehran.
Mr Kerry spoke for the second time in a week – part of the Obama administration’s all-out campaign to sell the accord – and picked up critical support for the deal from congressman Sander Levin, a strong supporter of Israel who referred to his Jewish background in announcing his decision. Read more
Donald Trump distances himself from lawyer’s marital rape comments
Donald Trump has distanced himself from controversial comments on rape made by his lawyer and spokesperson, saying Michael Cohen did not speak for him.
“You’re talking about the front-runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse,” Cohen told the Daily Beast website. Read more
Twitter revenue grows sharply but user growth stays slow
Twitter has failed to add users at a quick enough pace for investors in the second quarter, even as revenue grew sharply, feeding concerns about whether it can ever become a mass-market service like Facebook or Google.
The beleaguered company is searching for a permanent chief executive to replace Dick Costolo, who stepped down at the beginning of this month. Co-founder and chairman Jack Dorsey is serving as interim CEO. Read more
Singapore arrests man who tried to join Islamic State
Singapore has arrested a 51-year-old “self-radicalised” man who tried to join Islamic State (IS) in Syria, under an internal security law that allows for detention without trial for two years, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Wednesday.
Singaporean Mustafa bin Sultan Ali was arrested in June after being deported from Turkey, from where he planned to cross into Syria. Read more
Horror as summer camp children crushed in Pasadena tree fall
Eight youngsters have been injured, two critically, after a 75ft tree came crashing down on them at a summer camp in Southern California.
There was no word on what caused the pine tree in Pasadena’s Brookside Park to uproot at about 5pm local time on Tuesday. Read more
US to free pro-Israel spy Jonathan Pollard after 30 years
Jonathan Pollard, the former US naval intelligence analyst whose spying-for-Israel conviction stoked fierce international passions, will be set free after nearly 30 years.
The decision to free Pollard, 60, from his life sentence, announced by his lawyers and confirmed by the US Justice Department, caps an extraordinary espionage case after decades of legal and diplomatic wrangling. Read more
China conducts South China Sea live drill ‘to improve at-sea combat ability’
China’s navy has carried out a “live firing drill” in the South China Sea to improve its maritime combat ability, state media has reported as tensions flare over the disputed waters.
The exercise on Tuesday involved at least 100 naval vessels, dozens of aircraft, missile launch battalions of the Second Artillery Corps and information warfare troops, Xinhua news agency said, citing navy sources. Read more
Turkey president Erdogan in China amid Uighur tensions
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Beijing for a state visit to meet Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
Mr Erdogan is leading a delegation of businessmen in talks expected to focus on economic ties. Read more
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