Sabinews Morning News Update for July 27, 2015
No Borno LGA Is Under Boko Haram Control – Army
The 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri yesterday denied rumours making the rounds that some local government areas, recently said to have been liberated from the Boko Haram are still under the control of the insurgents.
This rebuttal was made by the spokesman of the 7 Division, Colonel Tukur Gusau, when he paraded some items and arms recovered from the Boko Haram terrorists by soldiers that recaptured Dikwa town, the headquarters of Dikwa local government. Read more
PMB Moves To Resolve NASS Rift
Apparently wary of the negative impact the lingering National Assembly leadership crisis is having on the current administration, President Muhammadu Buhari has commenced last-minute moves to settle the fracas in the legislature once and for all.
Accordingly, the president will, for the first time since the crisis erupted, meet with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, his deputy and all the All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the house today in Aso Villa, Abuja. Read more
Boko Haram Activities Will End Soon – GOC
General officer commanding 2 Division Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Sanusi Muazu has said that Nigerian army would soon bring the activities of Boko Haram to an end in the country.
Muazu gave the assurance at the weekend during the closing ceremony of 2 Division Nigerian Army Inter Brigade Competition held in Akure, the Ondo State capital. Read more
Oil workers accuse naval officer of brutality in Aba
Workers of an indigenous oil company, Stock Gap Fuels Limited, which is constructing a mega filling station in Aba, Abia State have alleged that the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College (NNFLC), Owerrinta near Aba, Navy Captain Simon Ejaro, ordered his men to brutalize them at the site.
According to the workers, 15 of them, who were involved in the construction of the filling station, were forced to lie down inside mud water and drink it by Naval ratings allegedly acting on the orders of their boss. Read more
19 Die, 47 Injured In Yobe Suicide Bomber Attack
Damaturu, the Yobe State capital came under attack again on Sunday morning, as a suicide bomb tore through a crowded market, killing 19 people and wounding 47 early morning visitors.
When the dust settled, according to spokesman of Mohammed Kanar, spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the death toll stood at 19, while 47 were injured. Read more
2 Killed In Herdsmen, Villagers Clash In Niger
The Niger State Police Command has confirmed that two persons have died in a clash between Fulani and some youths in Kakakpangi village in Katcha local government area of Niger State.
The police public relations officer in charge of the Niger State command, Mr Bala Elkana stated this yesterday saying a lead suspect has been arrested. He stated that the clash occurred during the celebration of Sallah which usually takes longer days among the Fulanis, leading to the death of one Ladan Idris and another unidentified youth. Read more
African Lawyers Begin Anti-corruption Campaign from Nigeria
Lawyers across Africa met in Abuja at the weekend to brainstorm on what they can do individually and collectively to fight against corruption.
They met under the aegis of Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU).
This was disclosed in Abuja by PALU’s Vice-President for West Africa, Mr. Emeka Obegolu. Read more
N300b CBN workers’ pay bailout for 27 states ready
There is good news for cash-strapped states.
The N300 billion Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) lifeline, which will enable them pay their workers, will be ready in two weeks.
Of the 36 states, 27 have applied to draw from the cash relief packaged by President Muhammadu Buhari through the apex bank. Read more
Police: Investigation into Forgery of Senate Rules Inconclusive
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has said it has not concluded its investigations into the alleged forgery of the Senate’s Standing Order, adding that no copy of its report had been handed to President Muhammadu Buhari as reported in some sections of the media.
Speaking to THISDAY yesterday on the purported report, the Force Public Relations Officer Emmanuel Ojukwu described as false the news report that the investigation into the alleged forgery had been concluded and a report submitted to the president by the police. Read more
Scientists fault WHO case definition on Ebola
British and Sierra Leonean researchers have called to question the norms set down by the World Health Organisation,WHO, on Ebola case definition after they established that it has a specificity of 31.5 percent, and that at least 9 percent of people that develop the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, could be false negatives because they neither exhibited fever symptoms nor report any Ebola risk exposure.
In a large study published last week in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the researchers analysed data on 850 suspected and 724 lab-confirmed Ebola patients who presented to the holding unit of Connaught Hospital in Freetown from May 29 to Dec 8, 2014. Read more
Nigeria’s oil workers risk job loss over Iran’s return to crude market
Anxiety and fear have enveloped stakeholders in thenation’s oil and gas industry over the recent re-entry of Iran into the global crude market.
Already, there is strong apprehension that Iran’s latest return into the oil market may swallow over 150,000 direct and indirect jobs in Nigeria. Read more
Crisis in NIMASA as ED snubs acting DG
A major management crisis might be looming in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA as the Executive Director Finance and Administration has defied Federal Government’s directive on the appointment of an acting Director General for the agency.
This is sequel to the sack of Dr Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi, who was directed to hand over to Mr Callistus Obi Nwabueze, the Executive in charge of Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services being the most senior officer. Read more
Contractors Abandon FCT Projects over N112bn Debt
Contractors handling projects in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have withdrawn their services following the inability of the FCT administration to settle the nearly N112 billion debt owed them, THISDAY investigations have revealed.
It was gathered that most of the contracts were awarded between 2006 and 2013. One of them, ‘Completion of Roads B1, B12, and Circle Road, Abuja Central Area,’ was awarded on May 14, 2003, during the first term of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Read more
FERMA Boss: Introduction of 5% Road User Tax Not Politically Expedient Now
Although the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) is faced with a paucity of funds and could do with the five per cent road user charge meant to assist it in its statutory duty of maintaining federal roads, the agency has said it would continue to manage its lean resources because it is not politically right to resort to that tax on road users.
The Managing Director of FERMA, Mr. Gabriel Amuchi, who made the explanation, expressed the hope that when the atmosphere is right, President Muhammadu Buhari would cause it to be effected so that the agency would have adequate funds to ensure effective maintenance of federal roads. Read more
Stock Market Gains 0.14% Amidst Sell-offs
The Nigerian stock market ended eight weeks of decline as this week’s sole gain on Tuesday outweighed the losses recorded in the remaining days of the week.
Reviewing the daily trading activities for last week showed that after appreciating by 0.92 per cent on Tuesday, the bears returned to the market wherein the benchmark index lost 0.78 per cent in three consecutive negative sessions, leading to market gain of 0.14 per cent at the end of the week. Read more
Forex Demand to Drop as Refineries Begin Operations
The pressure on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to devalue the naira due to dwindling foreign exchange reserves, is likely to ease with the resumption of operations of the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries, THISDAY’s investigations have revealed.
This is coming as the managing directors of the refineries will today present status reports on the plants to the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Read more
Controversy trails N1.3bn BVN fee for BDC transactions
Controversy is trailing the imposition of N1.3 billion annual Biometric Verification Number (BVN) search fee on Bureaux De Change (BDC) transactions. Recall that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) two weeks ago, directed that all transactions consummated by BDCs with effect from August 1, 2015, must have the BVN of the customers. The apex bank also stated that each BDC would pay a token transaction fee of N100 for each access on the BVN portal of the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) for the confirmation/validation of the BVN number of the BDC’s customers. Read more
Wall Street falls for third day as earnings slide
UNITED States stocks fell for the third straight day on Thursday after disappointing corporate results and forecasts added to concerns about the US profit outlook.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell back into the red for the year, with 3M, American Express and Caterpillar contributing the most to the average’s fall. Read more
Asian markets, Shanghai Comp record mixed trading fortunes
Asian stock markets fell at the open on Friday, on the back of declines in offshore markets and a continued slump in commodities. Spot gold slipped another 0.5 percent to USD 1,087.56 an ounce, as a steeper-than-forecast drop in US jobless claims rejuvenated the dollar.
A stronger dollar also took the price of oil down to its lowest since March 31. US crude for September futures settled down 74 cents at USD 48.45 a barrel, hitting a nearly four-month low. Brent crude was down 90 cents at $55.25 a barrel. Read more
Oil and Gas
Controversy Over N30bn NLNG Contract
Controversy seems to be trailing the award of a contract for the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Vessel for domestic LPG Operation worth $150million (about N30billion) by the Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas (NLNG) Ltd.
An indigenous firm, A.G. Butler Nigeria Ltd, which claimed to have won the contract, is accusing the NLNG management of denying it the offer and allegedly planning to award same contract to a foreign firm, thereby breaching the provisions of the Nigerian Content Act. Read more
JV Funding: PENGASSAN Tasks FG on Payment of Cash Call Arrears
Workers in the oil and gas industry under the aegis of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have called on the federal government to put machinery in place for the payment
of billions of dollars in cash call arrears in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Joint Venture (JV) operations with the oil companies.
Expressing concern about the NNPC’s inability to provide its own counterpart funding of JV projects, National Public Relations Officer of PENGASSAN, Comrade Emmanuel Ojugbana, noted that the Joint Venture between the NNPC and oil companies presently accounts for more than 60 per cent of Nigeria’s crude oil production. Read more
NERC Waits on Buhari to End Geometric’s Lease Dispute
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) yesterday said the long drawn disputes over the 20-year lease granted to Geometric Power Aba Limited to generate, transmit and distribute electricity in the Aba and Ariaria business districts of the Enugu electricity distribution network would have been sorted out if not for the subsisting lawsuits filed by the contending parties.
NERC Chairman, Dr. Sam Amadi, disclosed this in Abuja that long before the expiration of the term of former President Goodluck Jonathan, he (Jonathan) had granted his consent to determine the dispute, using its regulatory powers but that his initial efforts were bungled by the lawsuits. Read more
Warri Wolves to tackle El Kanemi without Etebo, Liadi
Warri Wolves are sweating over the unavailability of two of their first team players, Semiu Liadi and Oghenekaro Etebo who have not been released by the U-23 national team handlers ahead of the Seasiders’ Glo Premier League rescheduled Week Four tie against El Kanemi Warriors.
Liadi was recently called up by the Samson Siasia Dream Team VI side preparatory to the team win-or-burst encounter against Congo in Pointe Noire next weekend while Etebo has always been in the team before now. Read more
Emenike’s new status gives Oliseh headache
New Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh’s first major selection dilemma would be whether or not to invite striker Emmanuel Emenike for an AFCON qualifier in Tanzania in September, AfricanFootball.comhas again exclusively been informed.
Oliseh is a long-term admirer of Emenike, but the striker’s recent switch to the backwater league in Dubai on loan from Fenerbache may now go contrary to his recent declaration that he will only pick players from credible leagues for his new Eagles. Read more
Keshi claims N1billion compensation from NFF
AfricanFootball.com can exclusively reveal that sacked Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has demanded a compensation of a billion Naira (more than $400 million) from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for defaming him.
Last week, AfricanFootball.com first broke the story that Keshi has dragged the NFF to court for “wrongful dismissal and defamation”. Read more
Man United Sign Sergio Romero
Manchester United have completed the signing of Argentina’s No.1 goalkeeper on a free transfer.
The club confirmed the deal on their website in the early hours of Thursday.
The statement reads in part: “Manchester United is delighted to announce that goalkeeper Sergio Romero has signed a three-year contract with the option to extend for a further year. Read more
Oliseh: Eagles Will Not Underrate Any Team
Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh is happy with outcome of the 2018 FIFA World Cup preliminary draw held in St.Petersburg, Russia on Saturday.
Drawn bye from the first round of the African qualifiers, Nigeria begins her campaign for a place at the 2018 finals in Russia in November 2015, away to the winner of the Djibouti vs Swaziland first round playoff. Read more
23-year-old connects 72 homes to hydropower in Murang’a
Driven by zeal and inspiration, a young man in Mathioya, Murang’a county, has come up with an hydropower project that has connected more than 72 homes to power.
John Wangari, 23, innovated a wooden motor that he used to draw water from River Gondo when he was sent home for school fees when he was in standard three. Read more
Kenya to harvest 40 million bags of maize
Kenya is expected to harvest 40 million bags of maize this year.
The harvest, according to forecasts by the Agriculture ministry, will be higher by two million bags compared to 2014.
In a press release, the ministry said though the long rain delayed in some parts of the country, most counties have received enough rain. Read more
US president Barack Obama arrives in Ethiopia
US president Barack Obama has arrived in Ethiopia, where building support for tough action against South Sudan’s warring leaders if they reject a peace ultimatum will be high on his agenda.
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One as Mr Obama travelled to Ethiopia from Kenya, a US official said Mr Obama would discuss a “Plan B” for South Sudan with African leaders on Monday. Read more
Egypt’s New Suez Canal to give China more investment chances: ex-envoy
“The new Suez Canal area will give the Chinese side more opportunities to invest in Egypt and other countries,” Egypt’s former ambassador to China Mahmoud Allam told Xinhua in a recent interview.
“Egypt decides to establish a industrial city and logistics area in the Suez Canal zone, which will attract many investors and countries, especially China,” the ex-diplomat said. Read more
Egypt cuts debauchery jail term for dancer
An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday halved a jail term for a female dancer convicted of inciting debauchery after she featured in a controversial music video, a court official said.
Reda El-Fouly was arrested in May after wearing a revealing dress as she sang and danced in a video that went viral on the internet. Read more
Main Somali Hotel Hit by al-Shabab Truck Bomb, 9 Dead
A suicide bomber rammed a truck rigged with explosives into the blast walls around one of Mogadishu’s most secure hotels, severely damaging the building and killing nine people including a Chinese diplomat, Somalia’s foreign minister said Sunday.
Abdisalam Omer told The Associated Press by phone from Djibouti that a Kenyan diplomat was also wounded in the attack. Read more
Even the Former Director of the NSA Hates the FBI’s Push for New Surveillance Powers
The head of the FBI has spent the last several months in something of a panic, warning anyone who will listen that terrorists are “going dark”—using encrypted communications to hide from the FBI—and insisting that the bureau needs some kind of electronic back door to get access to those chats.
It’s an argument that civil libertarians and technology industry executives have largely rejected. And now, members of the national security establishment—veterans of both the Obama and Bush administrations—are beginning to speak out publicly against FBI director Jim Comey’s call to give the government a skeleton key to your private talks. Read more
Turkey calls for NATO meeting to discuss security threats
Turkey on Sunday called for a meeting of its NATO allies to discuss threats to its security and its airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants in Syria and Kurdish rebels in Iraq.
The move came as Turkey’s state-run media reported that Turkish F-16 jets again took off from the country’s southeastern Diyarbakir air base to hit Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK targets across the border in northern Iraq. Read more
Suspected Rebels Attack Bus, Police Station in India
Suspected militants fired at a bus station and entered police barracks on the outskirts of a northern town bordering Pakistan early Monday, wounding at least six people, police said.
Senior police officer Dinkar Gupta said the attackers were believed to have come from the Indian portion of Kashmir. Read more
Two men en route to Wisconsin air show killed in plane crash
Two men on their way to a Wisconsin air show died after their small plane crashed about 40 miles south of Milwaukee, authorities said.
The Zenith CH601XL plane, which came down in a field in Bristol Village in Kenosha County, was found by searchers on Sunday after the two men were reported to be 20 hours late to the annual Experimental Aircraft Association Air Show in Oshkosh, Kenosha County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Dan Ruth said in a press release. Read more
Soccer-FIFA hopeful Chung meets potential rival Platini in US
South Korea’s Chung Mong-joon, who is expected to announce his candidacy for the FIFA presidency next month, met potential rival Michel Platini in the United States on Sunday and called for a ‘fair competition’ should he enter the race.
Former FIFA Vice President Chung said last week he was still weighing up a bid to replace Sepp Blatter as the head of world football’s scandal-hit governing body and that he was thinking about making an official announcement in mid-August. Read more
Obama: Kenya at ‘crossroads’ between peril and promise
Declaring Kenya at a “crossroads” between promise and peril, President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father’s birth to root out corruption, treat women and minorities as equal citizens, and take responsibility for its future.
Closing his historic visit with an address to the Kenyan people, Obama traced the arc of the country’s evolution from colonialism to independence, as well as his own family’s history here. Today, Obama said, young Kenyans are no longer constrained by the limited options of his grandfather, a cook for the country’s former British rulers, or his father, who left to seek an education in America. Read more
French farmers block Spanish and German borders in foreign food protest
French farmers blocked roads from Spain and Germany on Sunday to stop foreign products entering the country, the latest protest against a fall in food prices that has brought them to the brink of bankruptcy.
Farmers in the north-eastern Alsace region used tractors to obstruct six routes from Germany in a bid to stop trucks crossing the Rhine carrying agricultural goods, in a blockage that is expected to last until at least Monday afternoon. Read more
Alleged Isis nurse Adam Brookman remanded in custody on terror charges
The Melbourne nurse accused of helping Islamic State in Syria has been remanded in custody until November.
Adam Brookman, 39, of Coolaroo, faced the Melbourne magistrates court on Monday where his lawyer indicated he would not be making a bail application over charges laid after he was extradited from Sydney to Melbourne at the weekend. Read more
Bill Cosby accusers detail trauma and betrayal in magazine
Thirty-five women who have accused Bill Cosby of raping them have spoken out in an explosive photo essay for New York magazine. More than 40 women have so far accused the comedian of sexual assault, but the cover story represents a sea change in how the comedian’s alleged victims have been publicly perceived.
On Sunday, the magazine published excerpts of interviews with each woman for a 13-page photo essay, covering accusations they have made against the comedian and the backlash they have faced. Read more
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