Sabinews Morning News Update for September 15, 2015
PDP alleges neglect of economy by Buhari
From the camp of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came yesterday advice that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration should pay urgent attention to management of the nation’s economy, which it alleged has been on rapid fall in the last four months. Read more
Lawmaker Frets as 20 Persons are Killed in Plateau
About 20 persons have been killed in the early hours of Monday following attacks on Zakupwang, Fan Village of Foron district of Barkin Ladi Local Government Council of Plateau State by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
Confirming the attack, Istifanus Gyang, member representing Barkin-Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, who was visibly worried, described it as condemnable. Read more
Ife Kingmakers: New Ooni to Emerge in 40 Days
Facts emerged yesterday that following the demise of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade; a new Ooni from the Giesi Ruling House may emerge in 40 days time.
Also, a foremost contender for the Ooni’s stool, Mr. Ahmed Aderoju Adewoyin, from the Abewela royal compound (under the Lafogido Ruling House), yesterday alleged that his ruling house has been criminally denied of the royal stool. Read more
DHQ: Boko Haram Insurgency will Soon Be Over
The Nigerian military has once again re-stated its pledge that the issue of insurgency in Nigeria, especially the Boko Haram orchestrated terrorism in the North-eastern part of the country will soon be the thing of the past.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Col. Rabe Abubakar, made the declaration monday when a group of journalists visited him in his office at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja. Abubakar pointed out that “with the renewed commitment of the military leadership and the determination of the troops in the mission areas, the end to insurgency is imminent.” Read more
France to Support Fight against Terrorism in Nigeria
French President François Hollande has announced his government’s commitment to assist the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) with intelligence gathering and equipment to fight terrorism in Nigeria and the African sub-region.
Hollande disclosed this yesterday after a closed-door bilateral meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari who is on a three-day official visit to France at the Elsee Palace in Paris. Read more
Bayelsa: APC May Ask Sylva, Others to Step down for Alaibe
The All Progressives Congress (APC) monday waded into the tussle for the party’s governorship ticket for Bayelsa State with the aim of building a consensus around the former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaibe, as its candidate.
The party’s leadership therefore summoned all its governorship aspirants in Bayelsa and Kogi States to a meeting in Abuja as part of efforts to boost its chances of victory in the two People Democratic State (PDP)- controlled states. Read more
Akwa Ibom: As PDP Closes Case, Tribunal Orders INEC to Open Defence
As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor Emmanuel Udom closed their case yesterday, the Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to open its defence against the allegations of aiding election malpractices in the April 11 polls.
The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Sadiq Umar, gave the order after counsel to the PDP, Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), announced that the party would not present additional witnesses originally listed to testify at the tribunal. Read more
Impersonation: Police investigate A’Ibom gov’s driver
The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has commenced investigation into the alleged police impersonation of a driver to the state Governor, Emmanuel Udom, Mr. Edet Bassey.
This is just as the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress faulted the state government for disrespecting the rule of law. Read more
‘Abductors of The SUN’s deputy MD’s wife are robbers’ •Gang demands N100m
The police in Lagos say those that abducted the wife of Mr. Steve Nwosu, the Deputy Managing Director of The SUNNewspapers, Toyin, from their apartment are robbers.
The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, added that the police had launched a manhunt for the gang, which he also said terrorised the Ago Palace, Okota area on Monday. Read more
Policeman demands N15, 000 from victim to arrest robbers
A robbery victim, Ayodele Oduniyi, says a cop identified only as Fatai, from the Area M Police Division, has been reluctant to arrest his assailants because he refuses to pay him a N15,000 bribe.
He said Fatai requested the sum to “motivate” his colleagues so that the robbers could be tracked down, adding that he was only able to give him N2,000. Read more
Transport ministry reviews recruitment at NIMASA
The Federal Ministry of Transport has begun a review of recruitment, placements and promotions embarked upon by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency since 2010.
A statement by NIMASA’s Head of Public Relations, Hajia Lami Tumaka, said the committee to implement the review was headed by the ministry’s Director of Human Resources, Mr. Lawal Ibrahim. Read more
Police parade ‘fake soldiers, car thieves’
Lagos State Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni yesterday paraded three fake soldiers, one fake Air Force personnel and three car snatchers. The ‘fake soldiers’ are Markus Gabriel (22) from Ngwa in Abia State, Ikemefuna Ude (39) from Agwu (Enugu). Their Air Force accomplice is Dare Tijani (28) from Ikire in Osun State.
The others are Chukwuma Ikechukwu, 31 from Ohafia, Abia State, Israel Damascus, 32, a Ghanaian and Lucky Anene, 25, from Okuzu in Delta State. Read more
La Casera sacks 700 workers over unionisation
Over 700 workers of La Casera Company Limited were yesterday laid off following a face-off between the workers’ union and the company’s management over unionisation of the workforce.
The workers’ sack was contained in a notice put up by the company, sequel to alleged disruption of operations by members of the National Union of Food, Beverages and Tobacco of Employees (NUFBTE). Read more
Fowler: Consultants Won’t Collect Tax
The actingChairman of the Federal Inland revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Tunde Fowler, has said he would not use consultants to collect tax.
He spoke at a meeting of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) in Abuja, Monday. Read more
CBN to Monitor States, Abia, Niger, Ondo, Five Others Get Bailout Funds
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has set up a monitoring mechanism using its branches nationwide to ensure that the N338 billion special intervention fund it disburses to the 27 states of the federation to pay the backlog of workers’ salaries is not diverted by the state governments to other uses.
This is coming on the heels of the central bank’s disbursement of N65.334 billion from the N338 billion to eight more states. Read more
External Reserves Fall to $30.794bn, Inflation Inches to 9.3%
Nigeria continued to reel from the impact of the decision by US investment bank JP Morgan & Chase to phase out Nigerian bonds from its indexes, as the country’s external reserves fell to $30.794 billion.
The value of the country’s reserves obtained from the CBN website monday represented a $425 million or 1.6 per cent drop, compared with $31.219 billion as at September 1. Read more
Dangote’s Investment Driving Employment Generation in Africa
Following his multi-billion dollar investments in cement plants across Africa, which had created thousands of jobs, President/Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Ltd, Aliko Dangote has been commended for driving job-led growth across African economies.
Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole while speaking to a cross section of international journalists at the commissioning of the 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum Dangote Cement Grinding Plant in Douala, Cameroon, lauded the Nigerian-born industrialist for providing massive job opportunities in several African countries. Read more
Oil and Gas
NNPC Issues Guidelines for Sale, Purchase of Nigeria’s Crude
In its renewed bid to ensure transparency in all commercial activities relating to petroleum operations in Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has released the guidelines for the participation of local and foreign companies in the sale and purchase of the various grades of Nigerian crude oil.
The release of the guidelines is coming a few weeks after the corporation initiated measures to make the yearly Offshore Processing Agreements (OPAs) between it and oil traders more transparent. Read more
Rivers Seeks Dialogue with FG over Ceded Oil Wells
The Rivers State Government has said it would open dialogue with the federal government over its ceded oil well to correct imbalances in its revenue.
The state Governor, Nyesom Wike, said the state would dialogue with the federal government through the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to resolve the issues of oil wells of the state and ensure that the state gets its right revenue. Read more
Conoil Encounters 320-feet Hydrocarbon Sands in OPL 290
The Nigerian independent is said to have hit the hydrocarbon sands in about eight levels in Anim-1.
In geological parlance, this figure, according to Africa Oil + Gas Report, is derived from a ‘first pass’ interpretation of Logging While Drilling (LWD) Tools. Read more
GE is Local Content, Says Nwagwu
Chief Operating Officer in charge of Oil and Gas (West Africa) at GE, Mr. Uzo Nwagwu has said the company is a champion of the Nigerian Content Development in the oil and gas industry.
Speaking to journalists during a recent facility tour of GE’s Onne subsea refurbishment plant in Rivers State, Nwagwu stated that the facility tour was aimed at acquainting the journalists with operations of the facility, which he said is 80 per cent Nigerian-run. Read more
PENGASSAN protests as SAPETRO fires workers
South Atlantic Petroleum, an indigenous oil and gas exploration and production company, has sacked 10 of its workers who were assigned to work on the Sèmè oilfield, offshore the Republic of Benin.
The re-development of the field was said to have been suspended in June this year, following the inability of the company to achieve first oil on the field. Read more
US arbitrage re-opens for Nigeria crude oil
As the Brent and WTI crude futures spread narrows, arbitrage opportunities are beginning to open up for Nigerian crude to head trans-Atlantic.
According to a trading source that spoke with Platts, (a leading provider of energy and metals information and a source of benchmark price assessments in the physical energy markets) a few Nigerian cargoes are heading to US refineries. Read more
Buhari to Continue Fine Tuning Electricity Reforms
The federal government monday disclosed that it would rather continue with the ongoing electricity reforms that was initiated and started by the previous governments of Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan than abandon it as is being speculated in some quarters.
It stated that in addition to continuing with the power reform, it would also fine tune aspects of the policy to address extant challenges of the sector as well as initiate new measures to sustain private sector investments in the sector. Read more
BPE Disburses N17bn to 68% of Defunct PHCN’s Retirees
The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has said a total of N17 billion has so far been disbursed in settlement of the retirement benefits of 68 per cent of the 4,307 retired workers of defunct state-owned electricity company, the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
Director General of the agency, Benjamin Dikki made this disclosure at the resumed hearing of the Senate ad-hoc committee set up to investigate past expenditures in the power sector by the previous administrations of former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan. Read more
Electricity Industry Operators Secure 50% of N213bn CBN Intervention Fund
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has disclosed that operators in the power sector have already accessed about 50 per cent of the N213 billion market-based intervention fund provided for the sector by the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Speaking recently when he made a presentation at the ongoing Senate probe into past expenditures of previous governments in the country’s power sector, NERC’s Chairman, Dr. Sam Amadi explained that due to stringent Key Performance Indicators (KPI) attached to the fund by the CBN, only about half of the fund has so far been applied for and obtained by electricity generation and distribution companies, as well as other participants in the value chain. Read more
FG to Extend Initial 5-year Period of Investment by Discos
There are indications that the initial five-year target given to the private investors that acquired the 11 electricity distribution companies in November 2013 to make a total investment of $1.8 billion for the upgrade and replacement of infrastructure would be extended, THISDAY has learnt.
Under the privatisation agreement between the federal government and the private investors that acquired the assets, the investors were required to invest a total of $1.8 billion in the companies at an average of $357.663 million yearly from 2013 to 2017. Read more
Lawyer files contempt charge against NERC chief
Activist-lawyer Toluwani Adebiyi has initiated contempt proceedings against Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Chairman Dr Sam Amadi on his claim that judges were frustrating reforms in the electricity sector.
The NERC chair made the claim in an August 7 letter to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta. Read more
Nigeria’s power generation hits 4,196.11mwh
The country has been recording daily average power generation of 4,196.11 megawatt/hour since last week, while energy sent out was put at 4,112.06 megawatts/hour (MWH) during the same period under review, according to the generation report by the Presidential Taskforce on Power.
The agency put the total daily energy generated as at September 12 at 100,705.53 mwh, while the energy sent out was put at 98,689.54 mwh. Read more
India’s Tata holds back power investments on corruption
Tata Power, a subsidiary of one of India’s leading 100 conglomerates, the Tata Group, has blamed the prevalence of lawlessness, corruption, policy inconsistencies, and insecurity in Nigeria for its decision to hold back making investment in the country’s power sector.
But the firm welcomes the current fight against corruption being pursued by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and says its success could persuade a change of heart at Tata in the future. Read more
Eagles To Face Congo, Cameroon In Belgium
As part of Super Eagles’ preparation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Nigeria will engage Congo and Cameroon in international friendlies scheduled for Belgium next month.
The former African champions will battle Congo for size in Antwerp on October 8 and play perennial rivals, Cameroon in Brussels three days later. Read more
NFF takes Nigerian football to Zenith
A new chapter was opened in Nigeria football on Monday when the Nigeria Football Federation and Zenith Bank PLC announced a partnership for youth football development and capacity building programs.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick led the NFF top hierarchy to the brief but colourful event at Zenith Bank’s headquarters in Lagos, where the topmost financial institution’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Peter Amangbo emphasized that “we are ready to empower the new crop of young and accountable administrators at the NFF to reach lofty heights.” Read more
Amokachi Ordered out of IfeanyiUbah, Obuh Returns
AfricanFootball.com can exclusively reveal coach Daniel Amokachi has been ordered to stay away from Nigeria premier league side FC IfeanyiUbah after what a source described as a case of insubordination, and in his absence, John Obuh will take charge of the team for this weekend’s home game against Kano Pillars. Read more
Cote d’Ivoire denies Nigeria men, women’s 100m gold
Ben Youssef Meite and Marie Josee Talou, from Cote d’Ivoire clinched the men and women 100m titles as the athletics events of the All Africa Games reached their peak yesterday at the Kintele Stadium Brazzaville, Congo.
Nigeria’s Ogho-Oghene Egwero had given officials here hope that he was a strong contender for the gold, when he did 10.06 in the semi-final; but he wasn’t a match for the much taller and stronger Ivorian. Read more
Basketball: D’Tigers,Egypt clash in semi final
The Nigeria men basketball team, D’Tigers made certain of their top spot by beating Cote D’Ivoire 60-51 in their last group game to set up a semi final clash against Egypt.
The Nigerian team won all its group games and is close to retaining the gold medal it won at the last edition of the African Games in Brazzaville in 2011. The players were cautious doing enough to avoid any upset from the Ivoreins. Read more
Ethiopian artist Elias Sime’s New York debut exhibition opens at James Cohan Gallery
James Cohan Gallery is presenting the Ethiopian artist Elias Sime in his New York debut exhibition open September 10 through October 17, 2015.
Elias Sime is a collector of thread, buttons, plastic, animal skins, horn, fabric, bottle tops, and electric parts. From these objects he creates expansive collages and sculpture, with much of the material coming from the Addis Ababa open-air market, the Merkato, specifically the Menalesh Tera section—translated as “what do you have?” Read more
18 killed in Madagascar cattle-rustling clashes
At least 18 people, including a paramilitary policeman, were killed in cattle-rustling violence in Madagascar over the weekend when thousands of animals were also stolen, police said on Monday.
Theft of the much-prized humped zebu cattle has surged in recent years on the Indian Ocean island, where hunting the animals is a rural tradition among young men seeking to prove their virility. Read more
Cameroon Foils Boko Haram Attack As It Host Families Fleeing Nigeria, Lake Chad Basin
Cameroonian army over the weekend foiled an attack by Nigeria’s islamist sect Boko Haram in Balgaram locality in the country’s Far North region near the border with Nigeria.
An unknown number of assailants who had planned to capture the locality and carry out killings of civilians were quickly repulsed by soldiers who were present, a military source said. Read more
Sierra Leone Schoolgirl Died Of Ebola
A 16-year-old schoolgirl in Sierra Leone died from the Ebola disease in a hospital on Sunday, the country’s National Ebola Response Center has announced.
The girl, from Makeni village, was tested positive of Ebola after she became gravely ill. She was then immediately taken to an Ebola treatment hospital but died later, according to the Bombali District Ebola Team Coordinator Emmanuel Konteh. Read more
UN to decide whether to impose sanctions on South Sudan’s rival generals
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will on Tuesday decide whether to impose new sanctions on two South Sudanese military Generals who the UNSC believes fuel the war.
Diplomats at the UN revealed that Paul Malong Awan and Johnson Olony are the targets of the looming sanctions, adding that the names of the two Generals may not be added to the sanctions list tomorrow if an objection is raised against the proposal. Read more
Egypt tycoon ‘in talks to buy two islands for refugees’
Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, who offered to buy a Mediterranean island to help hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing war, said on Monday he was in talks to buy two private Greek islands.
The businessman announced earlier this month he was looking to buy an island which would “host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country”. Read more
Zimbabwe’s white farmers invited back after land grab
When Tracy Mutinhiri struggled to get her tobacco crop to grow, she turned to some of the country’s most experienced farmers for help.
There was only one complication: They were white. Read more
Mexico slams Egypt ‘air strike’ after tourists killed
Mexico called on Egypt to swiftly investigate why tourists were mistakenly targeted in what witnesses described as an air strike that left at least two Mexicans dead and six unaccounted for.
President Enrique Pena Nieto said 14 Mexicans were among those involved in Sunday’s “grave incident” in the Western Desert. Read more
FIFA Investigations not yet “HALF-TIME” as officials Assets seized
Apartments in the Alps are among assets seized in a probe into alleged corruption at Fifa, Switzerland’s attorney general said on Monday, warning that the inquiry had not yet reached “halftime”.
Switzerland began its investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in May, when the US justice department unsealed charges against 14 people accused of massive graft over decades within world football. Read more
Police kill terror suspects – report
The police are conducting brutal and dehumanising counter-terrorism operations against suspected terrorists, a leaked report by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights says.
Suspects are executed and dumped by the road or killed and dumped where their bodies might never be seen. Read more
Sri Lanka Lays Out Plan for Reconciliation
Sri Lanka’s new government said Monday that it would set up a truth, justice and reconciliation commission and draft a new constitution to stabilize the country and address the bitter grievances left by its decades-long civil war.
The foreign minister, Mangala Samaraweera, announced the measures in a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council here. His address came three days before the release of a long-awaited United Nations report on the killing of an estimated 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians in 2009 by armed forces under President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Read more
Guatemala comic to face former first lady in presidency run-off
A Guatemalan comedian who led a first round of presidential elections this month will face off against a former first lady in a second round of voting in October, after a conservative businessman announced his resignation on Monday.
With 99.1 percent of votes counted from elections on Sept. 6, Manuel Baldizon was in third place, trailing leftist former first lady Sandra Torres by about 6,000 votes. Read more
Power Cuts Prompt Palestinians to Take to Gaza Streets in Largest Protests in Years
Several hundred Palestinians demonstrated in central Gaza on Monday evening over increasing power cuts, the latest in a series of protests that appear to have erupted over the issue.
The demonstrations, which began Saturday in Rafah, a southern city in the Gaza Strip, have emerged as the largest in years. Still, it is uncertain if the protesters can sustain their momentum, and it is unclear if they will pose a challenge to Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Read more
China stocks slide 2.4 percent in early trade
China’s major stock indexes fell more than 2 percent in early trade on Tuesday.
China’s securities regulator said late on Monday that the government’s ongoing clean-up of illegal margin financing has had limited impact on the market, in a apparent move to soothe investors after major indexes fell 2 percent during the session. Read more
Syria: Suicide Attacks by Islamic State Target Cadets and a Militia in the North
Two car bombings half an hour apart killed 26 people on Monday in a predominantly Kurdish city in northeasternSyria, the country’s state-owned news media and activists reported. The Islamic State claimed responsibility, saying in a statement that one suicide bomber had targeted a graduation ceremony for Kurdish cadets and that another had hit a base for a pro-government militia. Two neighborhoods in the city of Hasaka were hit, with the worst bombing killing at least 21 people and trapping victims in a collapsed building, the state news agency SANA reported. Read more
Yemen: Houthis ‘Disappear’ Political Opponent
Yemen’s Houthi authorities should immediately provide information about a prominent opposition party member who was arrested on April 4, 2015. The Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, have yet to respond to inquiries from the family of Muhammad Qahtan, 57, a leader of the Islah party, about his whereabouts or their basis for holding him. He should be released unless he has been charged with a credible criminal offense. The Houthis have made a habit of ‘disappearing’ people they deem objectionable. Houthi authorities are responsible for Qahtan’s well-being, and should make sure his family has access to him. Read more
Razor-lined boxcar marks Hungary’s new border for migrants
Hungary deployed a boxcar bristling with razor wire to close a key border crossing and warned of a new era of swift deportations Monday as governments across Europe debated how to share the burden of housing hundreds of thousands seeking refuge — and whether the continent’s hard-won policy of passport-free travel could survive the unrelenting flow of humanity. Read more
Australia’s incoming prime minister seen moving cautiously on climate policy
Australia’s incoming prime minister Malcolm Turnbull may seek to reposition greater action to fight climate change as an economic booster, analysts and academics said on Tuesday, but will move slowly to avoid losing the support of his colleagues.
Turnbull is set to become Australia’s fourth prime minister in two years when he is sworn in later on Tuesday after securing the leadership of the Liberal Party, the senior partner in the ruling conservative coalition, in a vote on Monday. Read more