SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 6, 2016
We are ready for war, militants tell Buhari
Niger Delta militants on Saturday threatened ‘war’ while dissociating themselves from the meeting elders from the oil-rich region had with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, last Tuesday.
Apart from distancing themselves from the meeting, they warned the Federal Government not to rejoice yet over the recent rise in oil production in the country, threatening that a series of attacks await oil facilities in the region in the days ahead. Read more
Bribery allegation: Judges kick against NJC decision
Two of the judges who were recently arrested and later released by the Department of State Services on corruption allegations have expressed dissatisfaction over the decision of the National Judicial Council asking them to stop sitting until the conclusion of the cases against them.
Three out of the seven indicted judges had been suspended by the NJC and recommended for sacking by either President Muhammadu Buhari or their state governors over various acts of misconduct before the raid on their houses by DSS operatives took place on October 7 and 8. Read more
I never gave bribe to judge, says Banire
THE national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Muiz Adeyemi Banire (SAN) has declared that he never gave bribe to any judge to alter the course of justice.
In a statement yesterday titled, “I Never Gave Bribe to Any Judge,” Banire described himself as a strong advocate of the anti-corruption campaign that would never descend into the insanity of offering bribe to pervert the cause of justice. Read more
Reopen case of Igbo trader murdered in Kano, CAN tells AGF
The Christian Association of Nigeria in the 19 northern states and Abuja has expressed dissatisfaction with a recent judgment acquitting five suspects in connection with the killing of Mrs. Bridget Agbahime in Kano State for alleged blasphemy.
Agbahime, 74, was killed on June 2 by an irate mob in Kofar Wambai Market, Kano State. The five suspects are Zubairu Abubakar, Musa Abdullahi, Dauda Ahmed, Abdullahi Abubakar and Abdulmumeen Mustafa. Read more
Nigeria will be great again, says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday assured Nigerians that despite the enormous challenges facing the country, Nigeria would be great again.
Buhari, while inaugurating 500 housing units at Kalambaina Housing Estate, Sokoto, said his administration had resolved to overcome all challenges and bring positive change to all Nigerians. Read more
Corrupt people opposed me as FCT minister — el-Rufai
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, on Saturday said he faced opposition from corrupt persons while trying to reposition public institutions in Abuja during his tenure as minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
El-Rufai, who spoke at the book launch of an autobiography in memory of his late foster father, Yahaya Hamza, which held in Kaduna, acknowledged Hamza for teaching him to work hard and serve with integrity and purpose. Read more
Buhari, Osinbajo, Sanusi for Oshiomhole’s Send-off Colloquium
The South-south zone of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will today celebrate the outgoing Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, at a colloquium and send-off dinner in honour of his remarkable achievements in office.
Dignitaries expected at the event include President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, all state governors as well as all ministers from the South-south zone. Read more
Ten Thousand Commercial Vehicle Complied With FRSC Directive
Over 10,000 commercial vehicle operators have so far complied with the directive of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC)that all commercial vehicle should install speed limiting device before the end of the year.
The Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi made this known at the 2016 Zone RS4 Annual Retreat of the FRSC in Makurdi. Read more
Police declare pastor, three others wanted for murder
The Police in Imo State have declared a pastor, Samuel Ahanonu, of Orogwe in the Owerri-West Local Government Area of the state, and three others – Okey Ozuzu, Chijioke Daggarman Ahanonu and Raymond Egbunine – wanted in connection with the alleged kidnap and murder of their brother, Kennedy Amaechi Ahanonu.
The state Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, who briefed journalists in Owerri, the state capital, said that on October 20, following a distress call about a robbery at the house of the late Ahanonu, operatives of the command immediately swung into action. Read more
Patience Jonathan probe: EFCC freezes socialite, Bola Shagaya’s N5oom account
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has frozen a bank account belonging to Mrs. Bola Shagaya, a businesswoman which Forbes Magazine described as one of the wealthiest in Africa.
It was learnt that Shagaya, who is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bolmus Group International – a diversified Nigerian conglomerate with interests in oil, real estate, banking, communications and photography – had become a subject of investigation due to her links to Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Read more
South-East governors lazy — TUC leader
Chairman of the Trade Union Congress in Enugu State, Mr. Chukwuma Igbokwe, on Saturday said overdependence on federal allocation by South-East governors was hindering development in the region.
Igbokwe accused governors in the region of failing to harness natural resources in their states to generate additional revenue. Read more
Navy urges N’Delta militants to embrace dialogue
The Nigerian Navy has asked Niger Delta militants to embrace dialogue as part of the measures to address the challenges of the region.
The Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mohammed Garba, gave the advice on Saturday during the command’s free medical service to Etegwe community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Read more
Rivers rerun: Police recover fake result sheets, arrest suspects
Ahead of the December 10, 2016, legislative rerun election in Rivers State, the police in the state have arrested a syndicate involved in the printing of fake result sheets in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Policemen from the state stormed a building located at No. 12, Isiokpo Street, D-Line, Port Harcourt, ostensibly on a tip-off. Read more
PDP BoT moves to end crisis in Ondo
The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West has commenced moves to seek a political solution to the festering governorship crisis in the state chapter of the party.
The Coordinator of the South-West PDP BoT, Shauib Oyedokun, stated this in a statement made available to one of our correspondents, on Saturday. Read more
‘Don’t associate me with APC’
A former Secretary to Imo State Government and Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Chris Okewulonu, has dismissed allegations that he had concluded plans to join the All Progressives Congress in order to enhance his political fortunes in 2019.
Okewulonu, who was also a former Federal Commissioner in the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Abuja, described the allegation as mischievous, reckless and frivolous. Read more
Gunmen abduct five in Ekiti, release two
Kidnappers struck again in Ekiti State in the early hours of Saturday, abducting five persons in Ise Ekiti.
The Administrative Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Ekiti, Mr. Muslim Omoleke, was abducted on Thursday in Iwaraja, but released on Friday night in Ilesha. Read more
Refineries perform below 20% as losses persist
The consolidated performance of three of Nigeria’s refineries in Warri, Kaduna and Port Harcourt is below 20 per cent, the latest financial and operations report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has shown.
Similarly, the loss in revenue by each of the facilities has continued to drag despite the steady amount of crude oil they are taken it. Read more
People talk more about political N-Delta, forgetting oil region’s core challenges – Gov. Seriake
As Bayelsa State turns 20 this month, Governor Seriake Henry Dickson speaks on issues affecting the state and the Niger Delta. According to the governor, his state needs more federal assistance to access the sea and land How do you describe Bayelsa at 20, which incidentally coincides with Nigeria’s 56th anniversary? Indeed, it is a season of joy for me to preside over the state at this time in history.
As you may be aware, Bayelsa was founded on the vision of bringing development and prosperity to a neglected Ijaw people in Nigeria. Read more
FG targets 14 days to complete commodity export
The Federal Government says it hopes to reduce the number of days it takes to export goods out of the country to 14 days from an average of 30 days.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Trade and Investment, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, said this was part of the government’s plans to encourage exportation and ease business investment process in the country in the next three years. Read more
Vehicle imports reduce from 30,000 to 6,000 in 6 months
The current unfavourable forex regime has continued to reduce the volume of vehicles imported through the Nigerian ports, the Operations Manager, Ports and Terminal Multiservices Ltd., Mr. Jack Angrish has said.
Angrish stated that the unstable and high cost of the dollar over the naira did not encourage “vehicle trade as many vehicle seats remained empty.” Read more
FG To Ensure Hitch-free Passage Of 2017 Budget – Minister
The Minister of State for Budget & National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to ensuring that the process for the passage of the 2017 budget is properly done and not hurriedly passed, as was the case with the 2016 budget.
Speaking during the Economic Communications Workshop held in Abuja, recently, Ahmed said the government was consulting with various stakeholders – businesses, civil societies and the National Assembly – in order to ensure that the process adopted this time would make the 2017 budget one of high-quality one. Read more
NFF Pay Flight Tickets Of Chelsea Stars Mikel & Moses, Man City Talent Iheanacho, 19 Foreign Pros
Allnigeriasoccer.com can independently confirm that the Nigeria Football Federation have finally paid for the flight tickets of all the 22 foreign-based professionals called up for the World Cup qualifier versus Algeria in six days time.
A number of players had claimed that the Federation made On-Hold reservations and were not sure whether or not the tickets will be paid for before their departure for Abuja as from this weekend. Read more
Ruthless Chelsea Humiliate Everton to Top Premier League Table
Nigerian star, Victor Moses, on Saturday night helped Chelsea topple Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
The Nigerian forward was in the middle of everything good for the Blues as they emphatically thrash Everton 5:0 at the Stamford Bridge. Read more
Dangote and Nigeria’s football
MY people say that once a child has his finger burnt by fire, he runs away from ashes. This was what came to my mind the moment I read a new column in Saturday Vanguard by a friend and colleague, Osasu Obayiuwana on October 22, 2016 with the title ‘Nigeria, Dangote and Arsenal.’
In his piece, Obayiuwana made two disclosures, one was that he, knowing that billionaire, Alhaji Aliko Dangote was from Kano, wanted to know whether the businessman would be keen to take over Kano Pillars Football Club and “use his financial muscle and business savvy to transform the club, which could be a turning point for football in the country.” Read more
Man arrested for kidnapping woman confesses to seven murders
A man arrested after police found a woman chained up “like a dog” on his property in rural South Carolina has killed at least seven people, authorities have said.
Todd Kohlhepp’s confessions have solved a case that was 13 years old, Sheriff Chuck Wright said on Saturday. Read more
India to buy rescue aircraft from Japan for $1.5-$1.6 billion – Nikkei
India’s Defence Ministry will agree on Monday to purchase 12 amphibious rescue aircraft from Japanese manufacturer ShinMaywa Industries worth $1.5 billion-$1.6 billion, the Nikkei news paper reported on Sunday.
Japan and India have been holding talks on the purchase for more than two years. It would one of Japan’s first sales of military equipment since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a 50-year ban on arms exports and it reflects growing defence ties between the two countries. Read more
Presidential vote in Bulgaria could herald closer Russia ties
Bulgarians vote in a closely fought presidential election on Sunday that could plunge the Black Sea state into political instability and push it toward closer ties with Russia.
Opinion polls show ruling party candidate Tsetska Tsacheva, 58, is likely to narrowly win the ballot but lose a subsequent runoff to Rumen Radev, 53, a Socialist Party ally who wants to end European Union sanctions against. Read more
Robert De Niro ‘refuses to take photo’ with Arnold Schwarzenegger
Robert De Niro refused to take a photo with Arnold Schwarzegger at a gala held Thursday, it was reported this week.
‘If you’re supporting Trump, I want nothing to do with you,’ De Niro said after skipping the photo op, according to Variety. Read more
Donald Trump rushed off stage after security scare
White House hopeful Donald Trump was bundled off stage by security officers during a campaign appearance in Reno, Nevada, three day before election day.
The 70-year-old Republican tycoon reappeared several minutes later to cheers from his fans, declaring: “Nobody said it was going to be easy for us, I want to thank the Secret Service.” Read more