SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 28, 2016
Saraki, Ambode congratulate Akeredolu
the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Sunday congratulated the Governor-elect of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), on his victory in the Saturday governorship election in the state.
Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said Akeredolu’s victory did not come to him as a surprise going by the All Progressives Congress candidate’s credentials and years of preparedness for the business of governance. Read more
Militants bomb NPDC pipeline near gas plant
An unknown militant group in the Niger Delta region has reportedly blown up the Abura oil pipeline, a major oil trunk line operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company around Osieta Avenue near Otu-Jeremi in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Our correspondent gathered that the trunk line was reportedly bombed on Sunday at about 6.40am by the militants causing a serious fire outbreak in the area. Read more
Buhari jailed me 18 months for being wealthy —Anenih
A former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, says the military administration of President Muhammadu Buhari kept him in jail for 18 months between March 1984 and August 1985 because he was a rich man.
Anenih said this in his biography titled, ‘My Life and Nigerian Politics’ which was launched in Abuja on Saturday. Read more
Agbaje died at LUTH, not London, says chamber
The Fred Agbaje’s Chambers on Sunday released a statement to officially announce the death of its principal partner, Mr. Fred Agbaje.
The brief statement jointly signed by Kennedy Osunwa and Adeniyi Pokanu stated that Agbaje died at about 8am on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos, as opposed to earlier media reports that the legal icon died in a London hospital. Read more
Security agents lament unpaid allowance
Some security agents deployed for Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State slept in some police formations as they claimed that their allowances had not been paid.
Investigation by the News Agency of Nigeria in Okitipupa revealed that the security agencies involved included the police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Department of State Services. Read more
Cattle rustlers displace 2, 000 in Niger
No fewer than 2,000 persons have been displaced by the activities of cattle rustlers in Niger State within the past three weeks, an emergency official said on Sunday
The Director-General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Inga, said this while distributing relief materials to some of the displaced persons in Pandogari. Read more
Senate to strengthen EFCC Act against perpetual injunctions
Years after a former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, secured a perpetual injunction restraining the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from prosecuting or arresting him, the anti-graft agency has approached the Senate to amend the EFCC Act such that the commission will be immuned to such restrictions.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, Chukwuka Utazi, has also confirmed that the ongoing amendment, which would overturn the injunction, would soon be passed by the lawmakers. Read more
Trigger-happy policeman shoots Kwara poly student, family kicks
The family of Alhaji Atiku Olugbon of Ote, in the Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State, has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olusola Amore, to investigate the shooting of their son, Bukola Olugbon, by a policeman, Abubakar Ahmed.
A relative of the victim, Mr. Ibrahim Olugbon, said, “The police must investigate and punish the culprit to serve as a deterrent to others.” Read more
We’ll support EFCC to probe Mimiko – APC
The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has expressed readiness to support the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to probe the tenure of Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
This is just as the party described Saturday’s governorship election in the state, which its candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), won, as unprecedentedly peaceful, free and fair in the history of the state. Read more
‘Troops killed 30 insurgents in failed Borno ambush’
The troops of the Nigerian Army said they killed 30 members of the Boko Haram Sect in a failed ambush in Borno State.
An Abuja based Public Relations outfit to the military and security agencies, the PR Nigeria, reported that the insurgents were killed when they attempted to attack a convoy of local government officials and travellers along Bama Road after Nguri-Soye. Read more
Apprentice absconds with employer’s children day after resumption
An apprentice, identified only as Grace, has allegedly absconded with the two children of her employer, Mrs. Suliyat Azeez, in the Okokomaiko area of Lagos State. The victims were identified as Farouk, 4; and six-year-old Kafayat.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Grace fled with the children on Friday, less than 24 hours after she resumed apprenticeship at their mother’s workshop on Ora Street, PPL bus stop, Okokomaiko. Read more
‘Expose human parts dealers’
The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has appealed to the traditional medicine practitioners in the state to help the police to tackle human parts dealers and other shady characters by exposing them whenever they consult them for “traditional assistance.”
He said this on Thursday in the Sango-Ota area of the state while declaring open a one-day workshop on ‘Effective Policing: Role of Traditional Medicine Practitioners.’ Read more
Lagos to fight domestic violence for 16 days
The Lagos Government says it has marked out 16 days of activism to end all forms of violence against women and children.
The Coordinator, Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, on Sunday said the state would be partnering Access Bank for a decisive action to end the violence. Read more
Lagos residents waste three of 10 years in traffic – Report
At least three of every 10 years spent in Lagos is lost to traffic, a survey by a Lagos-based transport firm, Planet Projects, has shown.
It, therefore, means that residents of Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, spend an average of seven hours 20 minutes in traffic every day. Read more
‘40 fraudsters comb Lagos daily for easy prey’
One of the four suspected fraudsters arrested by the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, Joseph Onuoha, says over 40 fraudsters belonging to a syndicate headed by one Toronto are out daily on Lagos streets, looking for victims.
Forty-year-old Onuoha told RRS operatives that Toronto, who is now at large, personally trained the members of the syndicate and also rewarded them based on their successes. Read more
Robbers strangle widow, steal money, bags of rice
A widow, Mrs. Florence Ede, has been strangled by suspected robbers on her farm in Chikanda, a border community in the Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State.
The deceased, popularly known as Mama do good, hailed from Enugu State and was a food seller when she came to the community in 1985, but became a commercial farmer after the death of her husband. Read more
Accountant allegedly fakes own kidnap, steals company’s $50,000
An accountant with a lubricant producing firm in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Femi Akinola, has been arrested by the police for allegedly stealing the company’s $50,000.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the company – Eterna Plc – had sent 30-year-old Akinola to withdraw the sum from the United Bank for Africa in the Marina area on Thursday, November 17. Read more
FG to import crude oil from Niger Republic, plans 1,000-km pipeline
Against the challenges in moving crude oil from South-South Nigeria to Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), the Presidency has turned to Niger Republic for supply of the commodities to bring KRPC into full operation.
Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, weekend disclosed ongoing plans by the Federal Government to construct about 1, 000 kilometer crude oil pipelines from Niger Republic to Kaduna Refinery. Read more
NNPC rehabilitates gas pipeline supplying northern industries
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Sunday said it would complete the Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline in order to drive energy supply projects needed to power industries in the northern part of the country, particularly those in Kaduna.
The corporation also stated that it would upgrade and expand the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited, in line with its 12 key business focus areas, so as to return the facility to the path of growth and profitability. Read more
CBN slashes dollar supply to BDCs by 46%
The Naira has come under fresh pressure in the parallel market having depreciated to N473 per dollar following the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to slash dollar sales to Bureaux De Change (BDCs) by 46 per cent.
Financial Vanguard investigations revealed that last week, the CBN sold $8,000 to each BDC through Travelex Nigeria Limited. This represents 46 per cent decline when compared to $15,000 usually sold per week to each BDC. Read more
Labour leader seeks pay rise to cushion recession
A Formal National Vice President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Issa Aremu has said that for the country to come out of recession the government must immediately increase workers’ salaries.
He spoke at an interactive forum between the Kwara State House of Assembly and the organised labour unions on the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) in Ilorin yesterday. Read more
Recession: Nigeria’s biggest pipe factory may be shut
After several months of staying idle, the country’s biggest pipe factory owned by SCC Nigeria Limited may be shut down soon as it grapples with lack of patronage amid the recession rocking the country.
The company had in October last year inaugurated the 280,000-tonne ultra-modern steel pipe manufacturing mill in Ushafa, Abuja, with President Muhammadu Buhari represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, on the occasion. Read more
Naira loses 85% of value in two years – CBN
The Central Bank of Nigeria says the naira has lost about 85 per cent of its value in the last two years and there is a need for risks managers in banks to be on top of their job because of the risks facing the banking sector.
The Director, Banking and Payment System, CBN, Mrs. Tokunbo Martins, said this in a presentation at a round-table discussion organised by the Risk Managers Association of Nigeria in Lagos on Friday. Read more
Erico urges Rohr to invite more players
Former NEPA Lagos coach, Joe Erico, has urged the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, to give more players the opportunity to fight for their places in the national team.
Erico, who praised the team for winning their 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Zambia and Algeria, said there should be competition for roles in the Eagles. Read more
Bayana talk tough ahead of Falcons clash
South Africa striker Andisiwe Mgcoyi insists Bayana Bayana will not be intimidated by the Super Falcons when they clash in the semifinal of the Cameroon 2016 African Women’s Nations Cup in Limbe on Tuesday.
Nigeria on Saturday pounded debutants Kenya 4-0 in their Cameroon 2016 Group B last game to win the group and set up a semifinal showdown with South Africa, who massacred Egypt 5-0 in their Group A last fixture to place second behind hosts Cameroon in the group. Read more
Neymar starts for Barca despite Ferrari smash
Brazilian star Neymar shrugged off a minor road accident that damaged his Ferrari Spider to start Barcelona’s clash with Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday.
The 24-year-old striker hit trouble driving to the Barcelona training ground in rain before the team flew to the northern city of San Sebastian for the match. Read more
Donald Trump alleges ‘millions voted illegally’ in presidential election
President-elect Donald Trump has suggested that millions of people voted illegally in the November 8 US presidential election.
In a tweet on Sunday, Mr Trump said he won the election “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally”, but provided no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Read more
Australia’s most wanted terrorist and ISIS fighter Neil Prakash will ‘radicalise and inspire other inmates’
Australia’s most wanted terrorist could inspire and radicalise inmates if he is extradited to Australia, counter-terrorism experts say.
Melbourne-born Islamic State fighter Neil Prakash, 25, is being detained in Turkey after being arrested trying to leave Syria using false identity papers. Read more
Japan rage as China deploys FIGHTER JETS and BOMBERS over highly disputed sea zone
Two Chinese SU-30 fighter jets and H-6K bombers were caught flying through the Miyako Straight on Friday, a region that does not infringe on Japan’s territory.
In an online statement posted on the Chinese Air Force blog, a spokesman for the air force said the drills were “normal”. Read more
Anger as Japanese skating rink freezes thousands of fish into ice as gimmick
An amusement park in Japan has been forced to close its skating rink after a torrent of online criticism over its centrepiece: thousands of fish frozen into the ice.
Space World in the city of Kitakyushu, south-west Japan, bowed to pressure to close the facility on Sunday after an online campaign denouncing the piscine graveyard as “cruel”, “immoral” and “weird”. Read more