SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS FOR NOVEMBER 17, 2016
Niger Delta militants not ready for dialogue –Presidency
The Presidency has said that despite the Federal Government’s effort at pursuing dialogue with the Niger Delta stakeholders, militant groups have not reciprocated the government’s gesture towards finding peaceful solution to the crisis in the oil-producing areas of Nigeria.
A statement issued on Wednesday quoted the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, as making the observation in an interview he granted to a Kano-based radio station, Express Radio. Read more
I didn’t join APC to escape EFCC trial – Kalu
A former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, said he did not join the All Progressives Congress because of his travails in the hands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Kalu was responding to questions from reporters after he was received by the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the APC in Abuja on Wednesday. Read more
Group condemns mob killing of boy who allegedly stole in Lagos
Following the mob killing of a boy, who allegedly stole in Lagos, civil society group, Wailing Wailers has called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to bring the perpetrators to book.
A video which went virile on social media showed some group of people beating, stoning and finally setting a boy between the age 7-16 ablaze, for allegedly stealing garri. Read more
APC denies executive, legislative rift over ambassadorial list rejection
Following last Tuesday’s decision of the Senate to reject the non-career ambassadorial list sent to it by the Presidency, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has denied reports of a face-off between the lawmakers and President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement signed by its national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the party “assured Nigerians that relations among the country’s three arms of government, particularly the executive and the legislature, was healthy and strong.” Read more
Embattled Owerri Federal Medical Centre boss, 2 others arraigned in court
The embattled Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Mrs. Angela Uwakwem, has been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before an Imo State High Court, on an 18-count charge that border on alleged fraudulent activities.
Also facing the same charges with Dr. Uwakwem are Mr. Emmanuel Ajayi and a limited liability company, Swiss Biostadt Limited. Read more
You’re not a progressive, APC slams Oke
THE All Progressives Congress APC in Ondo State, yesterday, accused the Alliance for Democracy, AD governorship candidate, Chief Olusola Oke of pretending to be a progressive with the aim of hoodwinking the electorate to vote for him in the coming election.
The Chairman of the Akeredolu Campaign Platform, Ade Adetimehin said in Akure that Oke “was not progressive-minded but only pretending to be one by being in the AD with the aim of winning the election, using AD’s platform’’ and warned the people of the state “not to be carried away by Oke’s antics, which is to resuscitate the Peoples Democratic Party in the state and South-West states in general if he wins the governorship election.’’ Read more
Six Delta LGAs meet on conflict resolution
A group, Global Peace Development, is partnering the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, and the Delta State Government to address issues undermining development in six local government areas, LGAs, of Oleh, Irri, Ewu, Otu-Jeremi, Iteregbi, Ekpan, Omadino, Ubeji, Amai, Umuebu, Ebu and Ugbolu communities in Delta State.
To achieve this, a two-day workshop on conflict resolution and the culture of peace in the state, was organized by the partners. Read more
Corruption is fighting back, says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured that the ongoing anti-corruption campaign in Nigeria will be won in spite of the fact that “the anti-corruption war is tough and gruelling”.
A statement released on Thursday in Abuja by Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, said Buhari gave the assurance at a meeting with the American Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Wednesday. Read more
PDP crisis: Sheriff, Makarfi renew hostilities
The hope of a peaceable resolution to the crisis rocking the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party dimmed on Wednesday as the two factional leaders of the party renewed their hostilities.
The fresh outbreak of hostilities is a major setback to the reconciliatory moves of the party, whose fortunes had plummeted after the general election loss of 2015. Read more
Court convicts lawyer for fraud
Justice Fatu Riman of a Federal High Court in Kano has convicted and sentenced one Yakubu Na-Allah, a senior lawyer to four years imprisonment without an option of fine for offences of money laundering to the tune of N50m.
The convict was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on January 14, 2013 on two counts of money laundering. Read more
IPMAN: Investment in refineries ‘ll boost fuel supply
The Federal Government’s move to woo foreign companies to set up refineries in Nigeria will improve distribution of petroleum products, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) National Chairman Chief Chinedu Okoronkwo has said.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Emmanuel Kachikwu, at a stakeholders’ forum in Abuja, invited investors to set up refineries in Nigeria. Read more
Total ends gas flaring from OMLs 102, 58
Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (TEPNL) has completed gas flare down projects in two of its fields, its Managing Director, Nicholas Terraz, has said.
At the Nigerian Gas Association’s Conference in Abuja, he said the flare out feats were achieved in Total’s offshore field in oil mining lease (OML) 102 and onshore acreage in OML 58. Read more
Ambode – Lagos Key to Economic Reconstruction of Nigeria
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has noted that the state was critical to the economic reconstruction of Nigeria, a role he said it had started to play as Africa’s fifth largest economy.
Ambode added that Nigeria should channel her diversification efforts to basically promote Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs), which he described as the engine of economic growth. Read more
Reps probe Budget Office chief over N8b remittance
The Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Mr Ben Akabueze, is to be investigated by the House of Representatives over his directive to the Managing-Director of Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to remit N8 billion to the treasury.
The House yesterday set up an Ad-hoc committee to investigate this trend and report back within one week. Read more
SEC defends N4.5b staff emoluments
The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) has said it has always been cautious on the renumeration of its workers following a reported payment of N4.5billion yearly as staff salaries.
Its Director-General, Munir Gwarzo, who appeared before the Tajudeen Yusuf – led House of Representatives Committee on Capital Markets, said the organisation’s recruitment drive was anchored on the peculiarity of the sector. Read more
Gernot Rohr Has Just been Lucky, Not Better than Nigerian Coaches – Lawal
Ex International and NFF Technical Committee, Member, Garba Lawal does not think the Super Eagles’ run of three wins out of three games with Gernot Rohr makes his Nigerian predecessors less competent. Lawal ascribed the results to the nature of football and luck. Rohr was appointed the substantive Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles replacing Sunday Oliseh,who resigned. The former Super Eagles Captain took the role after the sacking of Stephen Keshi last year. Daniel Amokachi, Samson Siasia and Salisu Yusuf were commissioned on interim basis.
Speaking with footballlive.ng, the former Super Eagles Midfielder said good teams could get bad results and in the same vain an average team can post very good results. He insists the Coast is not yet clear and it might be to early to start singing the praises of the 63-year-old German Coach. Read more
Chelsea: It’s either Marseille or China for Mikel
According to Le10Sport, Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel will leave the club in January with his likely destination to be Marseille. New boss Rudi Garcia is anxious for reinforcements as he tries to rescue a failing season and the 29-year-old Nigerian is top of his current shopping list.
There is however, reported to be competition from China were the player would be guaranteed an annual salary of almost €4 million, matching that what he currently earns at Stamford Bridge. Mikel has been with the West London club for 10 years but under new coach Antonio Conte, has slipped down the pecking order. The Italian tactician has made no secret of the fact that he would like to off-load players that he feels are surplus to requirement and the Nigerian international falls into this category. Read more
China tells Trump climate change is not a Chinese hoax
The tweet has been referenced during a presidential debate, retweeted more than 104,000 times and drawn hundreds of replies. Now, President-elect Donald Trump’s four-year-old Twitter claim that China created the “concept of global warming” to render U.S. manufacturing non-competitive has elicited a response from the Chinese government.
China’s Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin repudiated Trump’s accusation on Wednesday, telling reporters at United Nations talks in Marrakesh, Morocco, that U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush started the global warming conversation by supporting the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change during the late 1980s, according to Bloomberg News. Read more
Brazil: Protesters storm Congress seeking military rule
Dozens of protesters demanding a military coup have forced their way into Brazil’s lower chamber of Congress in the capital, Brasilia.
At least 40 demonstrators scuffled with guards and took over the podium as a session began on Wednesday. Read more
British woman arrested in Dubai after reporting rape
A British woman who told police in Dubai she had been raped has reportedly been charged with having extra-marital sex.
The woman in her 20s was allegedly attacked by two men from Birmingham while on holiday in the United Arab Emirates. Read more