Sabinews Morning News Update for October 12, 2015
No immunity for NASS heads
Predictable public outrage has trailed the proposal from a section of federal lawmakers to move to change the constitution to include the Senate President and his Deputy, Speaker of the House of Representatives and his Deputy as well as the Chief Justice of the Federation in the list of public officers to enjoy the immunity clause already granted the President and Vice President as well as Governors and their Deputies in the constitution.
The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon Leo Ogor, had disclosed the proposed constitution amendment, perhaps in response to the travails of the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, who is on trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over alleged wrongful declaration of assets when he was the Governor of Kwara State. Read more
Five Suspected Abductors of Falae Arrested
Five out the 12 men who abducted the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae, have been arrested.
Though, the police were yet to confirm the arrest of the suspects as at the time of filing this report, a competent source close to the family, disclosed that three of the suspects were arrested yesterday in Niger State. Read more
“Tinubu Attack Saraki Again”
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday launched a verbal assault on Senate President Bukola Saraki, describing the manner in which Saraki captured his current position as a “crass act of disloyalty to the party”.
Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, added that the Senate president might have joined the APC on paper, but has remained committed to the malpractices and wrong aims of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at heart. Read more
Hajj stampede: Nigeria’s death toll hits 145
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) yesterday said the death toll of Nigerians in the stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia has increased to 145.
It added that 345 Nigerians were affected in the September 24 stampede with the injured standing at 35. Read more
Pandemonium as explosion rocks drinking joint
There was pandemonium yesterday at the Oworoshoki area of Lagos when a refrigerator cylinder exploded causing panic in the vicinity.
Four persons including a baby were injured during the stampede by worshippers who were returning from church. It was gathered that the explosion occurred in a Beer parlor at about 1.00pm. Read more
Boko Haram kills 80-year-old, boy in Borno
Boko Haram insurgents have attacked Kirkasama, a remote community in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, killing an 80 year-old man and a nine year-old boy, two vigilante sources have said.
The insurgents, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, attacked Kirkasama, and “raided the community on Saturday night, killed two people while four were injured,” one of the sources said, a claim corroborated by his colleague, who said they got wind of the attack in Damboa town. Read more
Surrender Now Or Face Consequences, Army Warns Boko Haram
The Nigerian Army has again warned members of Boko Haram terrorist group to surrender and face the law as failure to do so will result in serious consequences for insurgents.
The warning is contained in a statement signed by Col. Sani Usman, the acting Director Army Public Relations, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday. Read more
IMF urges CBN to review forex policy
As the foreign exchange market records further widening of the parallel market margin, the Director, African Department of International Monetary Fund, IMF, Ms Antoinette Sayer, has said that measures put in place by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to restrict access to foreign exchange, forex, needed to be reviewed.
While CBN forex trading window had exchange rate stabled at N197/US $1 last week, pressure however continued to mount at the parallel market, as the Naira depreciated from N224/ US $1 to N2250/US $1 during the week, sustaining the slide for the third week consecutively, thereby widening the exchange gap between the CBN official window and the parallel market. Read more
IMF boss reiterates commitment to Africa
Speaking at the weekend, as part of the events lined up for the World Bank Group and IMF annual meeting (2015) in Lima, Peru, IMF Managing Director, Ms. Christine Lagarde, declared that contrary to belief that the continent is always on the wrong end of the stick in the fund’s scheme of things, Africa has indeed benefitted immensely form the IMF interventions. She said the global average of four percent growth is largely owed to the continent.
According to Lagarde, “I think that what we are seeing in terms of changes in the continent, in terms of reforms, and even in terms of performance, pure economic performance, is not end of the stick. Read more
World Bank Plans Partnership with States to Shore up IGR
The World Bank has said it is currently exploring avenues for collaborative engagements with the state governments in the area of improving their internally generated revenue (IGR) in order to augment receipts from the Federation Account.
The Head of Procurement at the World Bank Office in Nigeria, Mr. Bayo Awoseni, disclosed this in Abuja at the weekend when a delegation from the Katsina State Government led by Governor Aminu Masari, came to seek working partnership. Read more
Oil and Gas
Fuel Queues Resurface in Sokoto
Long queues resurfaced at filling stations in Sokoto metropolis and its environs at the weekend.
THISDAY checks Sunday revealed that only few filling stations such as Rano and Gostu were selling the commodity in the metropolis. Read more
Oil Worker Killed, Weapons Carted Away at Military Post
Daredevil gunmen at the weekend invaded a military post manned by men of the Joint Military Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield at Kolo Creek Flow Station belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, killing one oil worker before carting away several high calibre military weapons including General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG).
THISDAY gathered that the soldiers guarding the oil facility were caught napping as the gunmen invaded the military post stationed at the entrance of the flow station, successfully disarmed them before proceeding to carry out their mission. Read more
FG owes Capital Oil N11.9bn subsidy arrears –Ubah
The Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, has said the Federal Government owes his company about N11.9 billion in subsidy arrears.
Ubah stated this during an interactive session with Energy Editors in Lagos at the weekend. He said the continued investigation of his company for perceived fraudulent act under the subsidy regime informed his decision to quit the idea of importation of petroleum products since 2011. Read more
NNPC Begins Monthly Publication Of Financial And Operational Report
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,( NNPC) has commenced the monthly publication of its provisional financial and operational reports for public scrutiny, a statement from the NNPC says.
The statement signed by NNPC’s Group General Manger, Group Public Affairs Division Mr Ohi Alegbe in Abuja on Sunday said that the publication provided an overview of NNPC’s operations from January to August 2015. Read more
Govt earns $3.420b from oil in eight months
The Federal Government has earned $3.420billion in eight months (January-August) from sale of oil and gas, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said.
A breakdown of the oil and gas proceeds showed that $0.61billion was remitted to the Federation Account as dollar proceeds while the balance of $2.815billion was used to fund the NNPC Joint Venture (JV) cash call (counterpart funding) within the period. Read more
Cabal Sabotaged Jonathan’s Efforts in Power Sector
Former Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, has blamed the inability of the Goodluck Jonathan administration to turn around the power sector on those he described as saboteurs in the system.
The former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, said it was quite disturbing that in spite of the appreciable efforts made by the immediate past government that the cabal were destroying gas pipelines constantly, to sabotage Jonathan’s strides in the critical sector. Read more
Electricity Fraud: EFCC Urged to Probe Power Distribution Company
While the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is arraigning some top government officials for misappropriation of public funds, the counsel to residents of Surulere and Mushin areas in a suit at the Federal High Court in Lagos, Marcus Eyarhono, has urged that the anti-crime body to equally prosecute officials of the electric power distribution company, which he alleged engage fraud.
The Lagos-based lawyer stated this during the court case filed by residents of Itire-Ijesha community in Surulere and Mushin Local Government Areas against the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the Attorney General of the Federation. Read more
Pillars slow down Sunshine
Nigeria league champions Kano Pillars on Sunday further slowed down the title chase of Sunshine Stars when they won 2-1 in a Week 33 game of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in Kano.
Pillars now have 49 points from 33 games, while Sunshine have 53 points. Read more
NFF plans testimonial for Enyeama
The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has said a testimonial will be organised for Vincent Enyeama, saying he deserves “an honourable exit” from the Super Eagles.
On Saturday, Enyeama returned to Belgium to meet with NFF president Pinnick, NFF 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi and 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko. Read more
Nigeria 3-0 Cameroon: EAGLES FEAST ON LIONS
Nigeria defeated Cameroon 3-0 in yesterday’s international friendly played at the Edmond Machtens-Stadion, Belgium.
After the shambolic showing against Congo DR in Mons last Thursday, the Super Eagles raised their game against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to cruise to an emphatic win and ease pressure on coach Sunday Oliseh after his major fall out with Lille goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama. Read more
Udoji powers Enyimba to increase lead at top
Enyimba increased to five points their lead at the top of the Nigeria league after captain Chinedu Udoji produced the match winner in a 2-1 home win over a resolute Shooting Stars on Sunday.
Enyimba thus remained top of the league table with 61 points from 33 games. Read more
Two more bombs in Chad take toll to 50
Twin suicide blasts on Sunday killed at least nine people in far northern Cameroon, a day after 41 died in triple explosions in Chad that were blamed on Boko Haram.
Both nations are part of the coalition that has been fighting the jihadists, which in recent months have been launching bloody assaults well beyond their traditional fiefdom in northern Nigeria. Read more
11 migrants drown as boat capsizes off Egypt
Eleven would-be migrants from Syria and Africa drowned when a boat bound for Europe capsized off the Egyptian port of Baltim, security and medical officials said on Sunday.
The coastguard took into custody 15 survivors identified as Syrians, Egyptian and people of other African nationalities after the sinking of the trawler on Saturday night. Read more
Egyptian actress to face trial for promoting adult movies
Egyptian actress Entissar to face trial for promoting adult movies. Nasr City Misdemeanor Court has set November 10 for her first hearing.
Entissar, known for her comic roles in TV serials, has sparked a controversy during a TV show after she encouraged young men to watch adult movies. Read more
Guinea presidential election passes peacefully
A presidential election in Guinea passed smoothly Sunday after violence in the past two days.
Some voters in the capital, Conakry, grumbled that they had not received their voting cards and were unable to cast their ballots. Read more
Judgment expected in case of alleged killer DJ
Judgment was on Monday expected to be delivered in the trial of former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai, accused of murdering his girlfriend, Dolly Tshabalala.
Sebolai had arrived in court last week Tuesday, dressed in a suit, expecting to hear his fate but Judge Cassim Moosa postponed the proceedings. Read more
Guard feared trapped in Busia building fall
Rescue operations at a collapsed building in Busia town entered the second day yesterday, with fears a watchman may be trapped in the rubble.
The four-storey building at Airstrip collapsed on Friday. Read more
Sub-Saharan Africa rates poorly in equal education for boys and girls – U.N.
Less than half of the world’s countries have equal numbers of girls and boys in school with not one sub-Saharan African nation achieving equality, according to a United Nations report released on Monday to mark International Day of the Girl Child.
A set of global goals agreed by the 193 U.N. member nations in 2000 aimed to end gender disparity in primary and secondary schools by 2005 and in all levels of education by 2015. Read more
Turkey mourns blast victims
Turkey on Sunday mourned the killing of at least 95 people in twin suspected suicide bombings on a peace rally in Ankara, its worst ever attack that raised fears for the country’s stability.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu declared three days of national mourning, with flags flying at half mast across the country, as questions grew over who might have planned such an attack. Read more
Afghanistan: Helicopter Crash Kills 5 in Coalition
A military helicopter crashed Sunday in a “nonhostile incident” at the NATO base in Kabul, killing five coalition members and injuring five others, the authorities said.
The statement from the Resolute Support Mission did not give the nationalities of the victims. But the British Defense Ministry said two Royal Air Force members were among those killed when the Puma Mk 2 crashed while landing at the base of the NATO Resolute Support Mission, which is training Afghan forces. Read more
Saudi prince says kingdom will remain in charge of hajj after deadly stampede
Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal has rejected the idea of sharing the administration of the annual hajj pilgrimage with other Muslim nations, saying Riyadh considers it “a matter of sovereignty” and a “privilege”.
The senior member of the Saudi royal family spoke to The Associated Press in the wake of mounting criticism of last month’s disastrous crush of pilgrims outside the holy city of Mecca, which killed over 1,400 people, according to an AP count. Read more
Voting begins in Bihar state elections
Voting has begun in crucial elections in India’s northern Bihar state, which is being widely seen as a test of Indian PM Narendra Modi’s popularity.
The BJP led by Mr Modi is battling a “grand” coalition of local parties, led by two former Bihar chief ministers – Nitish Kumar and Laloo Prasad Yadav. Read more