Sabinews Morning News Update for October 22, 2015
Police Deny Killing Lekki Free Trade Zone Boss
The police in Lagos State have debunked claims by the leaders of Okunraye Community in Ibeju-Lekki, alleging that the police killed the Lekki Free Trade Zone Managing Director, Tajudeen Disu.
The state Police Command’s spokesman, Joseph Offor, condemned the allegation, describing the claims as cheap blackmail and diversionary. Read more
FCTA Frowns upon Killing of Twins in Villages
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has frowned at the practice of killing twins referred to as infanticide still ongoing in some remote villages in the FCT.
Determined to stamp out the dastardly act, the FCTA Ad-hoc Committee on Infanticide and Twin-killing took its campaign to four area councils of the territory. Read more
20 Shot Dead by Boko Haram
Twenty persons were shot dead by suspected Boko Haram gunmen on Wednesday on a road outside a village in Borno State, local sources said.
According to AFP, a large group of Boko Haram gunmen fleeing a military offensive on their camp in Nganzai district opened fire on four cars just outside Jingalta village, 70 kilometres north of Maiduguri, killing all 20 passengers inside, a vigilante and a villager said. Read more
Security Operatives Arrest 20 Suspects In Nyanya
Combined taskforce comprising of operatives of the police, Department of State Services, DSS, the military and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, yesterday rounded up 20 suspects during a raid at a black spot in Nyanya, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory.
The taskforce set up by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, was said to have carried out the arrest at Nyanya, a settlement now notorious for Boko Haram terrorists attack. The latest was a twin bomb blasts attack which occurred on October 2, 2015. Read more
Protesters Dump Coffin in Front of Tribunal
Scores of protesters on Wednesday took to the streets of Calabar, Cross River State, demanding the immediate suspension of the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.
In the course of expressing their grievances, the protesters numbering about 200 dumped an empty coffin at the front of the tribunal as they danced, sang and shouted anti-tribunal and anti-Bulkachuwa slogans. Read more
Climate Change: NLC Decries Nigeria’s Muteness on Policy Framework
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday said it was uncomfortable with Nigeria’s seeming lack of a broad-based policy to take up the growing challenges of climate change.
The central labour house thus called on the federal government to consider crafting a proactive and all-inclusive policy framework that will help Nigeria checkmate the outcomes of climate change. Read more
Yobe: NEMA Distributes Relief Materials to Victims of Boko Haram Attacks
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday distributed relief materials to victims of Boko Haram attacks at a Fulani settlement in Yobe State.
The relief materials estimated at N5 million were given during a visit of the officials of the agency to Kukareta village camp near Damaturu, the state capital. Read more
Assets Declaration: CCT Stays Proceedings On Saraki Pending Appeal Court Verdict
About 81 senators were at the Code of Conduct Tribunal to give their support to the Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
The senators, who came in five Coaster buses, left the tribunal immediately the case was adjourned to November 5 and 6. Read more
TSA ‘ll cripple NSITF, NHIS, ITF —NECA
The umbrella body for employers in the country, Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, yesterday in Lagos, warned that the newly introduced Treasury Single Account, TSA, policy by the Federal Government would cripple the operations of self-funding and service-rendering parastatals with statutory responsibilities to deliver public goods and services.
Specifically, among others, NECA contended that the responsibilities of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, that manages the Employee Compensation Scheme, ECS; Industrial Training Fund, ITF, responsible for training funds reimbursements and National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, that are saddled with payments of capitations and other obligations to health management organizations, HMOs, and, in effect, care providers had been highly curtailed by TSA. Read more
Peace returns to Ibadan community after three days of fighting
Calm has returned to Omi Adio in Ido Local Government area of Oyo State after three day fracas between members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, and members of Tippers Association.
It would be recalled that the riot which started on Sunday night during a party at Omi Adio motor garage left about fifteen people severely injured. Read more
Nigerian troops, hunters kill 150 Boko Haram extremists
Self-defense fighters said Wednesday that they fought alongside Nigerian soldiers to kill 150 Boko Haram militants and rescue 36 child and women captives of the Islamic uprising in the country’s northeast.
Jubilant civilians who participated in Tuesday night’s assault said they went to the Madagali and Gwoza areas, acting on intelligence that the extremists were planning a large attack. Read more
We haven’t collected bailout fund –Kwara govt
Kwara State Government yesterday told the State House of Assembly that it has not collected any bailout fund to pay arrears of salaries of local government staff and primary school teachers.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Benjamin Fatigun made this known when he appeared before the House Committee on Finance and Appropriations to shed light on the payment of bailout funds to the state. Read more
Screening of Ministerial Nominees will Last for Six Weeks – Ndume
The Senate on Wednesday said the ongoing screening of ministerial nominees will not end soon, disclosing that the exercise would now last for seven weeks.
This disclosure was made by the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, while answering questions from journalists. Read more
53 killed, 100,420 displaced by flood –NOA
National Orientation Agency, NOA, has said no fewer than 53 people lost their lives in 11 states across the country due to the 2015 flood disaster.
It also revealed that 100,420 persons have been displaced between August and September this year. Read more
Heritage Bank Approves N200m Facility for Graduate Entrepreneurs
Heritage Bank Limited has put together N200million loan facility for young graduates willing to advance their dreams in small scale businesses. The Bank also gave a cash prize to Miss Onwura Onyinye Chima for outstanding performance during the service year that won her the Lagos State NYSC Director’s Award.
A statement by the bank’s Group Head, Corporate Communications, Sola Longe-Okenimkpe said Chima, 23, a graduate of Microbiology from Federal Polythecnic, Nekede was posted to Army Children School, Ojo, Lagos for her primary assignment. Read more
E-Commerce adds $1.3tr to global economy
Going by the rising profile of electronic commerce across the globe, the new business venture is expected to become to a major driver of the Nigeriann economy any soonest.
This was the view of the Chief Executive Officer of Troyka Group, Biodun Shobanjo, who also disclosed that in 2014, the total global retail trade was about $32.49 trillion with e-commerce contributing about $1.3 trillion. Read more
CBN urges Nigerians to access N220b MSMEs fund
Investors within the micro to medium categories have been urged to take advantage of the N220 billion facility set aside by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the development of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
Central Bank Consultant and Managing Director, Kajaura International Consult Limited, Dr. Yakub Abdalla who spoke in Gombe, Gome State as part of his company’s sensitisation campaign on the Fund, said farmers, artisans, market men/women and any entrepreneur that is either financially excluded or under-served is entitled to the fund. Read more
Oil and Gas
OPEC, Non-OPEC Producers Ignore Talks on Crude Output Cuts
Both members and non-members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) could not hold talks on possible cuts in crude oil production at a meeting held yesterday to address the decline in crude oil prices.
The joint meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC members is coming as oil prices yesterday hit three-week lows on worries over rising US crude stockpiles. Read more
‘Only 33% of sub-Saharan Africans have access to electricity’
Only one in three people in sub-Saharan Africa has access to electricity and, when available, it can be unreliable and unaffordable, the World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, said in speech presented at the Global Launch of “Poverty In A Rising Africa” Report.
According to him, in most countries, infrastructure is a major constraint on doing business and depress business productivity by around 40 per cent in some places. Read more
Adamu Under FIFA Searchlight
Nigerian Amos Adamu is under investigation by FIFA’s ethics committee, it was revealed yesterday.
Adamu is alleged to have breached FIFA’s code of ethics but world football’s governing body did not provide any more details. Read more
U-17 World Cup: Chukwueze scores fastest goal
It took Nigeria’s Samuel Chukwueze no more than 25 seconds to write his name in the tournament record books on Tuesday, scoring a quick-fire goal that put the Africans on the road to a 5-1 defeat of hosts Chile and into the last 16 of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015.
The hard-running midfielder’s well-taken strike was the third-fastest goal in the history of the competition, exceeded in speed only by Brazilians Fabinho at Korea 2007 and Celso at Peru 2005, who took only nine and 14 seconds respectively to find the back of the net. Read more
Fresh clashes in Congo after day of deadly protest
Demonstrators (and security forces clashed for a second day in Congo’s capital Wednesday in unrest triggered by the president’s bid to extend his three-decade term in office, an AFP correspondent said.
After a day in which four people were killed and 10 hurt in clashes, dozens of youths took to the streets in western Brazzaville in an apparent bid to throw up barricades as security forces fired rounds of tear gas grenades to hold them back. Read more
Jubilee is ruining economy – Raila
Opposition chief Raila Odinga has warned that Kenya’s economy was on the brink of collapse and challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta to “get up and report on duty”.
Raila claimed the Jubilee administration was over borrowing, over spending and over stealing, saying banks last collapsed in Kenya under the Kanu rule in 1990’s. Read more
Low turnout in 1st round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections
The first round of Egyptian parliamentary elections, held over the weekend in half the country’s provinces, saw turnout of only 26.6 percent, an electoral commission official said Wednesday.
That was a sharp drop from 62 percent registered in the first stage of the last parliamentary poll, held in 2011 months after the ouster of longtime president Hosni Mubarak. Read more
Robert Mugabe is the latest strongman to win China’s Confucius Peace Prize
Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean dictator, has been named the winner of this year’s Confucius Prize, otherwise known as “China’s Nobel Peace Prize.”
Mugabe may not seem like the obvious choice for a peace prize, given his brutal, repressive 28-year rule of Zimbabwe that has been marked by torture and killing of political opponents and destruction of the local economy. But the Confucius Prize appears to be judged by different parameters than other peace prizes. Read more
The best of African craft showcased in Nairobi
The craft sector has been seen as the prodigal child of the creative sector, but Craft Afrika wants to change this. In 2014, they set up a series of strategies that would enable better visibility of the industry. This included the first ever Afrika Handmade symposium and gallery to create a space for craft experts to showcase their work and a platform for buyers to get homegrown alternative for urban lifestyle. Read more
Canada elects record number of indigenous candidates to parliament
A record 10 indigenous members will take up seats in Canada’s parliament following the elections. The number — up from seven in 2011 — is a victory for the country’s aboriginal community, which said it was neglected throughout nearly a decade of Conservative rule.
The election saw a record-breaking 54 First Nations candidates run for office. Still, indigenous people will end up occupying just 3% of the 338 seats in Canada’s House of Commons. Indigenous peoples comprise 4.3% of the population, according to Statistics Canada, a government agency that collects census data. Read more
Six people arrested in Mexico over escape of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman
Six people believed responsible for the escape from prison of drug baron Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, including his brother-in-law and the suspected mastermind of the jail break, have been arrested, Mexican authorities have said.
Attorney general Arely Gomez said the alleged mastermind of the operation is a member of Guzman’s legal team who had access to the prison near Mexico City from which Guzman escaped via a tunnel in July. Read more
China says Tibet officials must be “fortress” against separatism
Officials working at the grassroots in Tibet must be a “fortress” against separatism and work to ensure the ruling Communist Party’s monopoly on information is maintained, China’s top official in the restless region wrote on Thursday.
China this year is marking 50 years since the founding of what it calls the Tibet Autonomous Region. Beijing says it “peacefully liberated” Tibet in 1950 and that its rule has brought prosperity and equality to a once-backward region. Read more
Australian senators grill Julie Bishop over red-faced Putin emoji
Australian senators have grilled foreign ministry officials over their boss Julie Bishop’s use of a red-faced emoji to describe Vladimir Putin.
Some lawmakers said this suggested Ms Bishop was angry at the Russian president and this could even endanger diplomatic relations with Moscow. Read more
Police carry out more raids on Save the Children staff at Nauru detention centre
Save the Children staff on Nauru have faced a second series of raids in a further bid to find journalists’ sources at the immigration detention centre on the island.
On Thursday morning the Nauruan police force sent in a team of officers who searched buildings at RPC3 (Refugee Processing Centre 3) in the detention centre. Read more
Brazil gives SBM ultimatum in $250 mln bribery settlement
Brazil has told Dutch SBM Offshore NV, the world’s top oil production ship leaser, to agree soon to a $250 bribery settlement if it wants to regain its biggest client in the world’s largest oilship market, a government source told Reuters.
The ultimatum gives SBM several days to sign a leniency deal that includes financial reparation and other clauses such as cooperation with a corruption investigation. The settlement, which has been under negotiation for months, would lift a ban on the Amsterdam-based firm from bidding for new business with Petrobras, Brazil’s state-run oil company. Read more