Sabinews Evening News Update for September 16, 2015
Osun to begin payment of salaries
Osun State Government has agreed to commence payment of three months salaries for its workers as well as payment of deductions made from their salaries.
The State Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress, after reaching an agreement on Wednesday, signed a fresh Memorandum of Understanding which doused the tension already generated by the alleged diversion of the N34.988bn the state received from the Central Bank of Nigeria. Read more
Pipeline vandals kill seven DSS operatives in Lagos
There was pandemonium on Tuesday on Ishawo Road, Ikorodu area of Lagos State, after seven operatives of the Department of State Services were killed during an encounter with suspected pipeline vandals.
PUNCH Metro learnt from both residents and sources that the incident happened around 8pm. It is the second time in two weeks that the vandals would unleash terror on security operatives. Read more
Military will meet presidential deadline on insurgency – Army chief
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, said on Wednesday in Kaduna that the military will meet the three-month presidential deadline to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.
“The military is winning the war on daily basis,” Gen. Buratai told journalists shortly after declaring open the 10th Nigerian Army Finance Corps Biennial Training Conference in Kaduna. He added that it was possible to meet the deadline set for the military by President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more
60% of Nigeria’s children experience violence – survey
Six out of 10 Nigerian children experience some form of violence and a quarter of girls suffer sexual violence, according to a survey conducted by Nigeria’s population commission.
The study titled Violence Against Children, carried out with support from Unicef and the US Centres for Disease Control, is the first of its kind in Nigeria and west Africa. Read more
Conduct bureau charges Saraki with false asset declaration
he Code of Conduct Bureau has filed 13 charges against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The Deputy Director in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, M.S.Hassan, filed the charges against Saraki on September 11. The charges include false declaration of assets when he assumed office as the Kwara State Governor in 2003. Read more
Back to School
Last weekend, the airports and bus terminals across the country witnessed heavy movement of passengers. Reason: parents were taking their children back to their various schools to start another academic session. During the two months vacation, many of the pupils and students had the opportunity of spending their holiday abroad, relaxing at home with their parents or attending summer studies. They were really excited going back to school again to resume academic activities.
Many of them have longed for this time to come and their body language showed that they are ready to excel in their academic works. Expectations are high on the part of these students especially as their parents have struggled hard enough to ensure that they receive quality and sound education. This is an obligation all parents owe their children to train them well and cater for their needs. Read more
ExxonMobil starts oil production at Erha North Phase 2 project
Exxon Mobil Corporation has announced that its subsidiary, Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, has started oil production ahead of schedule at the Erha North Phase 2 project offshore Nigeria.
The Erha North Phase 2 project is a deepwater subsea development located 60 miles offshore Nigeria in 3300 ft of water and four miles north of the Erha field, which has been producing since 2006. The Erha North Phase 2 project includes seven wells from three drill centres tied back to the existing Erha North floating production, storage and offloading vessel, reducing additional infrastructure requirements. Read more
El Rufai shuts down 2 churches, Seminary, church hospital
Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State has orderd the immediate closure of two churches, a seminary and a church-owned hospitals and secondary school all in Saminaka, Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
He said the closure was to avoid the eruption of violence among factions of the congregations whose leaderships’ positions he described as, “principally to preserve their personal interests with little concern for the common good, and the peace and security of Kaduna State”. Read more
Oil theft: Navy boss warns commanders against corruption
The new Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman, has warned commanders, officers and ratings of the command against aiding and abetting criminalities in the course of their operations.
Suleiman gave the warning on Wednesday while taking over the mantle of leadership at the Central Naval Command headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital. The former Chief Staff Officer, Naval Training Command, Apapa, Lagos State, took over from Rear Admiral Stanley Ogoigbe, who has been transferred to the Nigerian Navy headquarters, Abuja. Read more
I’ll pursue programmes that will empower women – Ambode
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Wednesday, pledged that his administration will pursue programmes and policies that will empower women to be self-reliant, especially through the provision of financial facilities and capacity building.
The Governor made the pledge at the opening ceremony of the 2015 National Women Conference, organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) with the theme, ‘Relevance in Economic Turbulence’. Read more
Oil theft: Shell loses 37,000 barrels of crude daily
The management of Shell Petroleum Development Company has revealed that an average of 37,000 barrels of crude oil are being stolen on a daily basis from the SPDC Joint Venture facilities in the Niger Delta.
SPDC’s Head, Right of Way Management, Mr. Afohron Sekobe, said on Tuesday during a presentation at a seminar with the theme, “Effects of Pipeline Vandalism, Crude Oil theft and Encroachment Issues”. The seminar was organised by the oil multinational company in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, for journalists in the region. Read more
Nigerian Army rescues at least 12 women and children from Boko Haram
Nigeria’s army claims to have rescued at least a dozen women and children kidnapped by Boko Haram.
They were freed on Monday when the army cleared Boko Haram camps in Borno state, according to military spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman. Details of who the women and children were, where they were kidnapped or their condition upon release have not been released. Read more
Jonathan didn’t force me to dump gov race – Okoya
Former Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council and ex-Bayelsa Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Reuben Okoya, says former President Goodluck Jonathan did not pressurise him to withdraw from the Bayelsa State governorship race.
Okoya, who recently withdrew from the governorship race on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, said on Wednesday in Yenagoa that he only bowed to party supremacy and loyalty to friendship. Read more
Mexican envoy in Egypt over tourist slayings
Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu on Wednesday arrived Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials over the killing of Mexican tourists by Egyptian forces.
The minister is accompanied by relatives of some of the victims, as well as Mexican physicians and police experts, Egyptian officials said. Egyptian authorities said eight Mexicans and four Egyptians had been killed accidentally in a desert area on Sunday when security forces mistook them for terrorists after their convoy entered a restricted area. Read more
Kaduna State Govt. to upgrade sports facilities
The Kaduna State Government said it would upgrade sports facilities to attract events and competitions in the state.
The Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Daniel Danauta, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Kaduna. Read more
FOC in Bayelsa to secure on shore, offshore oil facilities
Rear Adm. Apochi Suleiman, Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Central Naval Command, Nigerian Navy in Yenagoa, said his priority would be to secure the nation’s oil and gas facilities both onshore and offshore.
Sueiman made this known when he took over as the new FOC from Rear Adm. Stanley Ogoibe, in Yenagoa on Wednesday. Read more
Nigerian Army School of Public Relations plans new courses
The Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information (NASPRI), Lagos, says it will add more courses to its curriculum if it gains accreditation from the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
The Commandant, Col. John Agim, disclosed the plan on Wednesday in Lagos in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Read more
NOA decries inappropriate treatment of national symbols
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has decried the inappropriate treatment being meted to national symbols in Nigeria.
The Sokoto state Director of the agency, Alhaji Abubakar Danchadi, said this in Sokoto on Wednesday at the 4th Annual Commemoration of Ordinance Day. Read more
African Games Loss: I never imagined losing to Burkina Faso – Siasia
he Head Coach of the U-23 National Team, Samson Siasia has apologised to Nigerians over the 3-1 defeat of the team by Burkina Faso in the semi-final match of the 11th Africa Games football tournament in Brazzaville. A statement on Nigeria Football Federation website said Siasia blamed the loss on his boys’ profligacy in front of goal and the defenders’ failure in their duties.
Siasia said he was sorry for not qualifying for the All-Africa Games men’s football final match to bring home the gold medal to Nigeria. “I am not a man of excuses. I take all the blame for this collapse and will certainly make amends before the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations,“ he said. Read more
AI Accuse Cameroonian Military, Boko Haram of Gross Human Rights Violations
Amnesty International (AI) has accused the Cameroonian Armed forces and Boko Haram terrorists of gross human rights violations in their insurgency and counter-insurgency operations in the northern part of Cameroon
This was contained in its latest 76-page report, which detailed how the alleged human rights violations were committed was launched yesterday in Younde, Cameroon, titled: ‘Human rights under fire: Attacks and violations in Cameroon’s struggle with Boko Haram’. Read more
TUC to mediate in NUT-ASUSS Crisis
In a bid to prevent internal wrangling among labour unions in Ekiti State, the Trade Union Congress on Wednesday indicated its intention to mediate in the crisis between the Nigeria Union of Teachers and Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools.
The trade Union , however, said that it will continue to defend the interests of all the 13 affiliate unions in the State, not minding whose ox is gored. ASUSS, an affiliate of TUC, had been denied of recognition in Ekiti for several years until ex-governor Kayode Fayemi granted it recognition in 2011 as an independent trade union and umbrella body for secondary school teachers, which had caused a lot of crisis between it and the NUT. Read more
Tribunal nullifies lawmaker’s election in Kaduna
The National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kaduna, on Wednesday, nullified the election of Mrs Comfort Amwe of the Peoples’ Democratic Party as member representing Sanga Constituency in the Kaduna State House of Assembly.
The tribunal equally ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue Certificate of Return to Mr Haliru Dangana of the All Progressives Congress who had the second highest vote in the April 11, election. Read more
Saraki faults CCB on asset declaration
Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday described as frivolous the allegation of corrupt practices leveled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
Saraki, in a statement issued by his media office, said the CCB is under external influence. The CCB reportedly slammed a 13-count charge on corruption against the Senate President on Tuesday. Read more