*Petrol to sell below N87 from January – Kachikwu* *South Sudan president creates 28 new states*

*Petrol to sell below N87 from January – Kachikwu* *South Sudan president creates 28 new states*

 Sabinews Morning News Update for December 26, 2015

Petrol To Sell Below N87 From January – Kachikwu

The federal government has disclosed that a new pump price of fuel would become effective on 1, January, 2016.

This disclosure was made yesterday by the minister of state for petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, at the Port Harcourt refinery shortly after taking a tour of the facility. Read more

South Sudan president creates 28 new states

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir made a Christmas Eve decree dissolving the nation’s 10 states and creating 28 new ones, a move which critics say threatens the peace deal signed in August to end the country’s two-year civil war.

The announcement in a late night broadcast by the state-run South Sudan Television said seven of the 10 previous governors have been reappointed along with 21 others to run the new administrative zones. Read more

Six In Police Cell Over Alleged Armed Robbery In Delta

Six persons suspected to be armed robbers arrested by the Police in Ofagbe Community, Isoko North local government area of Delta State for allegedly stealing a laptop, handsets, and other items in the community, are at present helping the Police.

The suspects: Ejero Akporoghene, Lucky Ovie, Benson Otorh, Joseph Benson, Kingsley Odeh and Temi Nkem are alleged to have belonged to armed gang that has been terrorizing the people of Ofagbe Community in the recent times. Read more

CRIN crisis: Buhari sends embattled ED on leave

After a prolonged industrial crisis at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria in Ibadan, President Muhammadu Buhari, has directed that it’s Executive Director, Prof. Malachy Akoroda, should proceed on leave.

Akoroda was directed to hand over to the most senior director, Dr. (Mrs) F.A. Okelana, who was said to have taken the first position in the interview conducted by Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Read more

Illegal Bunkering: Soldiers Arrest 50 vessels, 1,610 Sea Pirates, Oil Thieves In Niger Delta

Authorities of the military operations in the Niger Delta Region known as Operation Pulo Shield (OPS) has confirmed the arrests of 1,610 suspects over their alleged involvement in cases of sea piracy, illegal bunkering and militancy within the nine states of the Niger Delta region.

According to the OPS, the special security operation also led to the seizure of 50 oil vessels, 200 barges and recovery of high calibre weapons during raids of suspected militia camps in the region. Read more

FG will continue to provide logistics to end insurgency

The Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Dan-Ali (rtd), has assured soldiers fighting insurgency in the North East of government’s commitment to provide the needed logistics to expeditiously end insurgency in the country.

Dan-Ali gave the assurance in Damaturu on Friday at a Christmas lunch organised for troops fighting insurgency in the North East. Read more

Christmas: Muslims, Christians Worship Together In Kaduna

Some 150 Muslim youths as well as Imams yesterday worshipped with their Christian brethren during Christmas service in Kaduna to strengthen peace, unity and religious tolerance in the state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Pastor Yohanna Buru, the general overseer of Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry led the service in Kaduna. Read more

FG to invest in faster trains – Amaechi

The President Muhammadu Buhari administration is set to revamp the railway network in the coming year to encourage mass transit of passengers and goods across the country.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who made the disclosure during his visit to Lagos, said the Abuja-Kaduna railway line would be completed in 2016. Read more

NNPC begins direct delivery to IPMAN retail outlets

As part of efforts to bridge the huge supply gap oc­casioned by the current fuel scarcity, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commenced direct delivery of petrol to Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) retail outlets across the country.

The latest intervention by the state oil company – NNPC was disclosed by the National Operation Controller of IPMAN, Mr. Mike Osatuyi, during an inspection tour of some IPMAN re­tail outlets yesterday. Read more

Refineries to pay into federation account from 2016 – Kachikwu

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said that state-owned refineries would make direct payments into the federation account from 2016.

The refineries are subsidiaries of the NNPC, which is the body expected to make the payments. However, according to a report by The Cable, Kachikwu said the NNPC was adopting a plan that would give the refineries some sort of autonomy, without privatising them. Read more

Buhari mourns gas plant explosion victims

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday expressed deep regret over the death of tens of people in Nnewi, Anambra State, following an industrial gas explosion which occurred a few hours before the Christmas celebration.

Many people were believed to have died while more than 20 others sustained injuries in the gas plant explosion, which occurred on Thursday. Read more

Emergency workers ignore calls as man dies in Lagos crash

A bus driver was killed in the early hours of Christmas Day in Ikeja, Lagos after his vehicle rammed into the foot of the bridge linking the Airport Road to the Bank Anthony Way near Olowu.

According to eyewitnesses, the yet to be identified victim could have survived had emergency workers responded promptly after they were alerted a few minutes past 3:30am when the incident occurred. Read more

Police recover more bodies in Anambra explosion

The Anambra State Police Command on Friday said that two more bodies had been recovered from the explosion, which occurred at a gas plant in Nnewi area of the state on December 24.

The state Police Public Relations Office, Ali Okechukwu, said that the two bodies, that of a mother and her baby, were recovered at a nearby building. Read more

FG budgets N310bn for pensions, gratuities in 2016

The Federal Government is proposing a total sum of N310.16bn for the payment of pensions and gratuities out of the total expenditure of N6.08tn contained in the 2016 budget.

Details of the pension and gratuities to be paid to government officials who have retired from active service are contained in the 2016 budget, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent. Read more

Xmas: Fire guts 200 shops in Ibadan

Disaster struck on Christmas Day in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, as more than 200 shops were burnt in a major plank market at Alaro area of Sango.

According to eyewitnesses, the fire started at around 3.00pm. Read more

Boko Haram: FG claims over Dec deadline confusing – Yakasai

Leader of the Northern Elders Council, Alhaji Tanko Yakasssai, has described Federal Government’s position on the state of the war against Boko Haram insurgency ahead of the December deadline given to the military as confusing.

Yakasai, in a telephone interview with Saturday PUNCH on Friday, said the Federal Government had been giving the public contrasting information on the issue, saying that the military had met its deadline and at the same time warning the public to be wary of public places. Read more

Nigerian League Resumes January 31

The new Nigeria league season will kick off on January 31 with a fixtures’ draw slated for January 15, officials have announced.

Enyimba won a seventh Nigeria championship in November and, along with runners-up Warri Wolves, will represent the country in the 2016 CAF Champions League, with the preliminary rounds of the competition fixed for February. Read more

Oliseh Yet To Okay Etebo, Daniel For CHAN

Coach Sunday Oliseh, it has been revealed, is yet to give his approval for the invitation of U-23 stars Oghenekaro Etebo and goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel to join the Super Eagles’ training camp for the Championship for African Nations (CHAN), LEADERSHIP Weekend Sports understands.

Etebo was top scorer at the U23 AFCON in Senegal with five goals, while Enugu Rangers’ goal-tender Daniel also shone at the championship. As a result, both of them have been recommended for the country’s CHAN build-up on the back of their recent exploits. Read more

Ghana Armed Forces confirm dismissal of 500 recruits

The Ghana Armed Forces has confirmed ultimate1069.com story about the sack of new 500 recruits undergoing training at the Army Recruit Training School at Shai Hills in the Greater Accra region for misconduct.

Ultimate1069.com first broke the story on Wednesday, December 23, 2015, that the recruits were asked to go home on recommendation by an investigative board to unravel the circumstances behind certain conducts involving recruits within their training camp. Read more

French PM condemns Corsica violence as Muslim prayer hall is damaged

The region’s most senior police official was at the tense scene at a housing project.

The violence began on Thursday night, when firefighters responding to an emergency call were ambushed in Ajaccio, according to the local France 3 television. Read more

Twitter says new measures ‘have tackled trolls’

Twitter has clamped down on internet trolls by introducing a series of measures over the past year, its European head Bruce Daisley has said.

Speaking to The Independent ahead of Twitter’s 10th birthday, Mr Daisley said more effort had been put into user safety than any other issue. Read more


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