SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 9, 2016
FG charges S’Court Justice with money laundering, age falsification
The Federal Government, on Tuesday, preferred six counts, including money laundering against a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
He was accused of retaining in his residence N35,358,000; $319,596 and £25,915 during the raid on his house by the operatives of the Department of State Services between October 7 and 8. Read more
84-year-old herbalist, others to die by hanging
Justice Kudirat Akano of an Osun State High Court, Ilesa, on Tuesday sentenced an 84-year-old herbalist, Oluwafemi Fagbemi, to death by hanging for killing one Jacob Ajayi for money ritual.
The judgment is contained in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo by the Information Officer of the Osun State Ministry of Justice, Mr. Opeyemi Bello. Read more
Senate to pay fines imposed on stranded Kuje, Suleja inmates
the Senate has offered to come to the rescue of inmates in the Kuje and Suleja prisons who are unable to pay the fines imposed on them by the courts as part of its intervention in the decongestion of the facilities.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary on Tuesday, therefore, mandated its Committee on Interior to visit the Kuje and Suleja prisons to determine “those fined but unable to pay, for possible intervention by the Senate.” Read more
Sacked Kwara LG officials performed poorly, says Ahmed
he Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Tuesday said he dissolved the 16 local government councils in the state because their administrators performed poorly. He accused them of being unable to meet their statutory responsibilities to the people.
The governor justified the councils’ dissolution in his formal notification to the state House of Assembly, adding that they failed to execute any meaningful projects in the last three years and were unable to pay workers’ salaries for months. Read more
B’Haram: Army to probe death of commander, other soldiers
there were strong indications on Tuesday that the Nigerian Army High Command was making arrangement to probe the death of the Commander of the 272 Special Forces Tanks Battalion, Lt. Col. Muhammad Abu-Ali, and six of his men in a Boko Haram attack at Mallam Fatori on November 4, 2016.
Abu-Ali, described as exceptionally brave and efficient Army commander and labelled by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen, Tukur Buratai, as the ‘Sarkin Yakin, (the frontline general’), and the six others were buried amid tears in Abuja on Monday. Read more
A’Ibom police arrest woman for stealing baby
The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested a 30-year old woman, Peace Chukwuemeka, for stealing a month-old baby from her mother. It was alleged that Chukwuemeka drugged the mother of the baby before stealing the child.
The state Police Commissioner, Mr. Murtala Mani, said this while speaking with journalists on the activities of the command in Uyo on Tuesday. Read more
Community newspapers tasked on ethics as Prestige marks 25th anniversary
Publishers of community newspapers have been advised to uphold the ethics of the journalism profession and report development issues in local communities.
Proprietor of an Abeokuta-based Prestige Newspaper, Mr. Dada Olanipekun, gave the advice yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. Read more
Sacked employees take BUA Group to court over unpaid benefits
Disengaged employees of Nigerian conglomerate, BUA Group, yesterday filed a case against the company at a Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos over their unpaid benefits following the sale of its subsidiary to Olam’s Group of Companies.
The aggrieved workers besieged the court yesterday demanding that their entitlements be paid after serving to the company for many years. Read more
Afenifere rejects local council as basis for recruitment of police personnel
The Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has raised the alarm over the danger in using local council as basis for recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
It said recruitment into the armed forces must follow the laid-down Principle of Federal Character, which is the basis. Read more
How repentant cultists took over farmlands, crippled Rivers economy
FOR years they terrorized various communities in Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State, and each time leaving trails of blood and destruction in their wake. They are members of the dreaded rival cult groups known as Degbam and Icelanders who were always at daggers-drawn and frequently engaged in bloody wars of supremacy over territorial control.
But today, the story has changed. They are now wearing the reformed tag of ex-cultists after embracing the amnesty programme of the Rivers State government. Read more
Senate laments ban on beans importation
The Senate Committee on Health yesterday decried the three-year ban on Nigerian beans by the European Union, directing the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, to urgently improve on the quality and find a lasting solution to the incessant rejection of the country’s commodities.
The committee also directed the agency to immediately improve on the content of its advertisement or risk non-consideration in 2017 budget. Read more
EFCC forcing me to incriminate Patience Jonathan – Ex-President’s aide
An aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, who is facing corruption trial, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of mounting pressure on him to incriminate former first lady, Patience Jonathan.
Dudafa, who served as a senior assistant on Domestic Matters to Mr. Jonathan, in a petition to the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, said he was being deliberately punished by the commission because of his loyalty to the former President and his family. Read more
Rising Unemployment Rate: Senate summons Labour minister
MOVED by the increasing rate of unemployment in the country, the Senate yesterday asked the Federal government to declare a state of emergency on the issue.
According to the Senate, the move is geared towards confronting the challenge frontally and radically. Read more
PDP sets up committee to consider merger with other parties
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, caretaker committee, led Sen Ahmed Makarfi, yesterday inaugurated a 115-member strategy review and inter-party affairs committee, with a mandate to consider the possibility of merging with other political parties.
Speaking while inaugurating the committee, Senator Makarfi said the reason behind the alliance was part of the party’s strategy to return to power in 2019 through every democratic means. Read more
Policemen torture students, take N20,000 bribe
When Princewill Jumbo, a 300-level student of Rivers State University of Science and Technology, and his friends were returning to Port Harcourt from a burial in the Buguma area of the state on Saturday, little did they know that they were going to spend the rest of the weekend in police custody.
The friends are Iyoyo Soberekon, Charles Benjamin, Julius Abazie and Franklin Ordu, who is said to be a final year student of the institution. Read more
Dangote Refinery begins operation in 2018
Dangote Group said its 650,000 barrels per day capacity refinery currently under construction in Lagos would come on stream by the end of 2018. Alhaji Ahmed Mansur , the group’s Executive Director, Stakeholders’ Relations/Corporate Communications, announced this during a media parley in Abuja on Tuesday. Read more
FG blew N70trn in 15 yrs –NEITI
Fresh revelations emerged yesterday that Nigeria during Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan administrations blew over N70 trillion they earned from the sales of crude oil and gas between 1999 and 2014. This disclosure was made against the backdrop that Nigeria in the last eight years had lost over $200 billion it could have earned from the exportation and sales of mineral deposits.
Making the revelations, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Mr. Waziri Adio, told the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs during an oversight visit to his office that, unless Nigeria develops a prudent way of spending, the country may be in for rough times in the coming years. Read more
Seven Energy signs $112 million PRG with government
Seven Energy International Limited (Seven Energy) has signed a $112 million Partial Risk Guarantee (PRG) with the Federal Government for the supply of natural gas, delivered by its wholly owned subsidiary Accugas, to the 560 megawatts (MW) Nigerian Integrated Power Project (NIPP), Calabar, and Cross River State.
According to the company, the PRG is a financial instrument that would secure the supply of up to 130 million cubic feet per day (MMcfpd) of natural gas to NIPP Calabar, thereby enabling the consistent generation of an additional 560 MW of electricity to the national grid, approximately 20 per cent of current power generation in Nigeria. Read more
Militants attack Trans Forcados export line repair team
Gunmen suspected to be militants on Tuesday attacked a team of an oil servicing firm, F & A Logistics Construction Company, which is carrying out repair work on the recently bombed Trans Forcados export line around the Batan community in the Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State
The incident occurred at about 12:13am as the militants shot sporadically for over 20 minutes at community security guards who were on surveillance duty on facilities stationed at the boundary community of Eweregbene and Batan. Read more
FG to settle $5bn JV debt with crude oil
The Federal Government has reached an outline settlement to resolve a protracted dispute with Western energy companies, under which the groups will be paid $5bn to cover exploration and production costs.
Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, Eni, Chevron and Total have signed deals relating to the settlement of costs incurred between 2010 and 2015, as they also seek to forge new financing arrangements for their joint ventures in Nigeria, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday. Read more
Nigeria’s pipeline breaks drop to 221 points in August
The Federal Government’s efforts in tackling the issue of pipelines vandalism have shown remarkable progress, as disruption of oil flow dropped to 221 in August, down from 311 points in July, according to the latest data from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
It disclosed that in August 2016, there was 28.94 per cent drop in the number of pipelinevandalised points relative to July, 2016.
The Corporation stated in its August Monthly Financial Report (MFR), released, that the spate of pipeline vandalism in the country has shown remarkable improvement, following Federal Government and NNPC’s sustained engagements with the Niger Delta militants. Read more
Dangote plans $20bn investment in Nigeria
The Dangote Group has announced plans to invest $20bn in Nigeria over the next five years.
The investment, according to the group, is expected to generate 250,000 jobs over the next five to 10 years. The Group Executive Director, Stakeholder Management & Corporate Communications, Dangote Group, Mansur Ahmed, told journalists in Abuja on Tuesday that the aim of the conglomerate in investing the sum in the country was to give support to the diversification drive of the present administration. Read more
Freeze illegal IMTOs’ accounts funding black market, CBN orders banks
The Central Bank of Nigerian(CBN) has ordered all commercial banks to freeze accounts used by illegal International Money Transfer Operators(IMTOs) to siphon hard currencies to the black market just as it warns Nigerians abroad to stay away from such operators.
According to the apex bank, the illegal IMTOs lure customers with ridiculous exchange rate and use Naira accounts opened in local banks to channel foreign currencies to fund the parallel market. Read more
Forex constraints hindering potable water provision – FG
The fall in the value of the naira against the United States dollar is impacting negatively on Nigeria’s water sector, as the Federal Government on Tuesday declared that the development had made it practically difficult for the different arms of government to deliver water schemes in various communities.
According to the government, its inability to provide water schemes in many states is another reason why a large percentage of Nigerians lack access to potable water. Read more
Osinbajo visits Eagles, Falcons
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday visited the Super Eagles and Super Falcons during their training sessions at the National Stadium, Abuja.
The Falcons are preparing for the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for Cameroon from November 19 to December 3. The Eagles are preparing for Saturday’s Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Uyo. Read more
NFF drums support for Eagles, urges fans to wear green and white
The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF is counting on the support of the fans to beat Algeria in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
The Desert Foxes are hoping to bounce back after playing out a draw with Cameroon in their opener last month, and have targeted a win in Uyo. Read more
We’ll nullify Algeria counterattacks – Mikel
The Super Eagles do not fear Algeria’s counterattacks often spearheaded by Leicester City’s attacking duo Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez, says Nigeria captain Mikel Obi.
Algeria coach Georges Leekens is looking to pick up maximum points against Nigeria in their Russia 2018 World Cup Group B qualifier in Uyo on Saturday by hitting the Eagles on the counterattack with quick and direct forward passes. Read more
Akwa Ibom to distribute 20,000 jerseys
Akwa Ibom Government says it will distribute 20,000 T-shirts to football fans to cheer the Super Eagles in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Uyo, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The state government also constituted a Local Organising Committee for the match.
Chairman of the Publicity Sub-committee of the LOC, Nse Edem, said on Tuesday the committee, chaired by the Secretary to Akwa Ibom Government, Etekamba Umoren, had medical, security, accommodation and marketing sub-committees. Read more
US ELECTION 2016 LIVE: ‘President Trump’ just hours away from becoming a reality?
DONALD TRUMP has now been tipped as favourite to become the 45th president of the United States as exit polls indicate wins in Ohio, North Carolina and Florida.
Despite having Clinton to win only two hours ago, the New York Times now has Trump at a 81% chance of taking the win. In the last hour Trump has won key states in Ohio and Florida, accoding to US media. Read more
Yemeni teachers cut off main road to Aden over unpaid wages
Hundreds of teachers and professors in Abyan province in southern Yemen have cut off the main road linking Abyan province with Aden for several hours on Tuesday to protest their unpaid salaries.
The protesters told Anadolu news agency that the move comes after carrying out three sit- ins on Saturday, Sunday and Monday to demand the authorities the pay their salaries for the months of August, September and October but without a response. Read more
Italian court allows mother to give child her name
Italy’s constitutional court has ruled against legislation that automatically gives children of married couples the father’s surname.
Lawyers argued that preventing families from giving children their mother’s surname discriminated against women. Read more