SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 13, 2016
Why AGF shunned EFCC, sent judges’ cases to DSS
The Federal Ministry of Justice decided to forward petitions against judges bordering on alleged corrupt acts to the Department of State Services when the ministry discovered that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission failed to act on previous petitions as expected, The PUNCH learnt on Wednesday.
It was gathered that some human rights groups forwarded petitions to the Federal Ministry of Justice when the anti-graft agency failed to investigate and prosecute the judges. Read more
Twins burnt to death in Ogun petrol fire
Tragedy struck in Gaun community, in the Magboro area of Ogun State, after two children, Taiye and Kehinde Oluwasegun, were burnt to death in an inferno that gutted their parents’ bungalow on Tuesday.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the incident happened around 8pm while the family was preparing to have dinner. Read more
Kidnappers brought back our children to school area – Parent
One of the parents of four freed pupils of the Lagos Junior Model College, Igbonla, Epe, Lagos State, has said the victims were brought back by the kidnappers to a bush behind the school, not far from where they were abducted six days ago.
The parent, who pleaded that his identity be protected, told PUNCH Metro on Wednesday that the kidnappers brought the schoolboys, the teacher and the Vice-Principal to the area that they had passed through to invade the school on Thursday, October 6. Read more
12 die as Shi’ite, youths clash in Katsina, Kaduna states
Bloody clashes erupted in Katsina and Kaduna states between the members of the Shi’ite Islamic sect and youths on Wednesday, leaving no fewer than 12 persons dead and several others injured.
It was gathered that despite being banned from staging public processions and rallies, the group staged processions in Katsina and Kaduna states to mark the sect’s Ashura Day and this sparked off protests by angry youths in the two states. Read more
FG fires 20 FAAN directors, managers
About 21 senior officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria were on Wednesday sacked in a major shake-up.
Those affected, including directors, general managers and deputy general managers, were reportedly handed their termination of appointment letters. Read more
Attah advises FG on investment drive
The Managing Director, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, Tony Attah, has linked the company’s success to the NLNG Act and the shareholding and governance structure of the company.
Attah was quoted in a statement issued on Wednesday after he spoke during a technical session chaired by the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, at the ongoing 22nd Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, under the theme, ‘Creating a global Champion from Made in Nigeria: The NLNG story’. Read more
Tension as Enugu recruits 25,000 neighbourhood watch members
There was palpable tension in Enugu on Wednesday as the state began the recruitment of neighbourhood watch members in all its communities.
Our correspondent learnt that a total of 25,000 persons, mostly able-bodied young men, are to be recruited across the state to form neighbourhood security outfits. Read more
Orubebe appeals against CCT conviction, land forfeiture
A former Minister of Niger Affairs, Mr. Godsday Orubebe, has appealed his conviction by the Code of Conduct Tribunal for failing to declare his Plot 2057, Asokoro District, to the Code of Conduct Bureau.
As punishment, the Danladi Umar-led CCT had in its judgment delivered on October 4, 2016, ordered that the property which the former minister failed to declare be forfeited to the Federal Government. Read more
Ogun land grabbers risk 25 years jail or death
The Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a bill proposing 25 years imprisonment or death sentence for anyone found guilty of placing on any land or landed property any agent for the purpose of forceful takeover of the said land with arms or other offensive weapons.
According to the bill, death sentence applies when a life is or lives are lost in such forceful takeover of land. Kidnappers also risk life sentence. Read more
LASG trains teachers, pledges better public schools
The Lagos State Government says it will make public schools more competitive than private schools by boosting teachers’ capacities.
The Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Universal Basic Education, Dr Ganiyu Sopeyin, said this during the opening of a training programme in jolly phonics method of teaching at the SUBEB Multipurpose Hall in Maryland. Read more
N’Assembly aides protest non-payment of salaries, allowances
Aides to senators and members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday protested the non-payment of their salaries and allowances.
The dramatic protest started about 10.15am after the angry aides stormed the main lobby of the National Assembly building. Read more
It’s usual to step on toes in graft war –FG
The Federal Government on Wednesday said it was not unusual to step on sensitive toes in its current fight against corruption.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Declare state of emergency on kidnapping, Reps tell FG
The House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on kidnapping in the country to curb the escalating cases of abduction, some resulting fatalities.
It said the police, the armed forces and telecommunication service providers should also convene a national security summit to find urgent solutions to the rising kidnapping incidents. Read more
I was not flown abroad for treatment – Okowa
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, on Wednesday, dismissed report that he was flown abroad for medical treatment as a result of the injury he sustained in a domestic accident.
He, however, confirmed that he was involved in a domestic accident when one of the wall tiles at the Government House Asaba fell on his head while trying to wash his hands last week Wednesday. Read more
Senate moves to replace FERMA with Federal Roads Authority
A bill seeking to repeal the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) Act and rename it Federal Roads Authority, (FRA) passed second reading yesterday in the senate.
Sponsored by Senator Kabiru Gaya, (APC, Kano South) and entitled, “A Bill which seeks to repeal the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency Act, LFN 2002 and to establish the Federal Roads Authority,” the bill also seeks to widen the scope of the functions and sources of funding available to FERMA. Read more
Arms deal: EFCC lines up 4 more witnesses against Badeh
Economic and Financial Crimes C o m m i s s i o n EFCC, Wednesday told Justice Okon Abang of Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that it has four additional witnesses to prove the allegation of money laundering charges against the former Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh and his company, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited.
Badeh is standing trial alongside his firm, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, for allegedly abusing his office, by using the dollar equivalent of N1.4 billion removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to purchase properties in choice areas of Abuja between January and December 2013. Read more
Recession forced some foreign airlines to leave Nigeria, says NCAA boss
THE Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Captain Usman Muktar said, yesterday, that the current economic recession in Nigeria forced United and Iberia airlines to suspend their operations in Nigeria as the airlines claimed the operating conditions were no longer conducive for their operation.
Captain Muktar made this known, yesterday in Lagos, when he received members of the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation led by its Chairperson, Mrs Nkeiruka Onyejeocha at the corporate headquarters of NCAA. Read more
SSS3 pupil electrocuted in Benue, buried
An 18-year-old Senior Secondary School Three pupil of Jesus College, Otukpo, Benue State, who was electrocuted in the school hostel, has been buried.
It was gathered that the victim, Godwin Ejeh, was buried on Friday in Owukpa in the Ogbadibo Local Government Area of the state. Read more
NLNG moves to ease cooking gas supply
To make the supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or cooking gas easy, the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) and the international auditing firm, KPMG have carried out studies to find out what makes supply of the commodity cumbersome in the country, The Nation has learnt.
NLNG’s immediate past Managing Director, and Vice President, Safety and Environment (S&E), Shell Upstream International Leadership Team, Babs Omotowa, told The Nation that the studies have been completed and that the gas company was working with the government to remove all bottlenecks to make the commodity readily available in the country. Read more
Nigeria’s oil output falls below market estimate
The crude oil production figure provided by Nigeria to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries for last month was 139,000 barrels per day lower than the estimate from secondary sources.
Nigeria, which lost the Africa’s top oil producer status in March, produced less crude oil than its rival, Angola, in September, according to OPEC. Read more
Bayelsa community urges Agip to plug oil leak
The Ogbosuwari community in Ekeremor Local Government Area in Bayelsa State, yesterday, has urged the Nigeria Agip Oil Company, NAOC, to stop oil leaks in the area.
Chairman of the community development committee, Mr Okada Ezon-Abowei, said the spill had exposed them to danger. Read more
Senate to review tax laws
The Senate says it will work to streamline the nation’s multiple taxes in order to improve the ease of doing business.
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, gave this indication while speaking at the 22nd Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja. Read more
FG releases N3.9tr to MDAs –Finance Minister
Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has said that at the end of September, N3.9 trillion out of the N6.1 trillion budgeted for the year has been released.
Mr Mohammed Dikwa, Director, Special Projects in the ministry, who represented the minister, made the statement at a stakeholders’ forum on reducing the cost of governance in Abuja. Read more
Recession: Buhari should focus on SMEs-LCCI
The President of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr, Nike Akande, has advised President Mohammadu Buhari to shift attention to small and medium enterprises in other to save the nation from the hardship it is facing.
This was stated yesterday at a workshop entitled “Repositioning SMEs as non-oil Export Solution to the Plunge in Petro-dollar: The Nigerian Experience,” which was organized by Small and Medium Enterprises group of LCCI. Read more
CBN orders BDCs to source dollars from First Bank, Travelex
There are strong indications that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, may have given a new directive on how Bureaux de Change operators should source dollar proceeds from International Money Transfer Services, IMTS.
Unconfirmed reports yesterday indicated that the apex bank had, as an interim measure, authorised only First Bank of Nigeria, FBN Limited, and Travelex, to supply foreign exchange (forex) to major DBCs until other operators would strengthen their operations before qualifying for IMTS’ dollar proceeds. Read more
NAMA saves N1.5bn from airport maintenance
About N1.5bn has been saved in the last two years by engaging indigenous engineers in the maintenance of airport facilities, the management of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency has said.
The acting Managing Director of NAMA, Mr. Emmanuel Anasi, stated this in Lagos, while briefing members of the House committee on Aviation led by its Chairman, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, on the activities of the agency. Read more
Moses return’ll boost Iheanacho, Iwobi – Semitoje
Isaac Semitoje believes Nigeria can run riot against Algeria in their Russia 2018 World Cup Group B qualifier in Uyo on November 12 with in-form Chelsea winger Victor Moses called up for the encounter.
Moses pulled out of the Super Eagles’ opening World Cup qualifier against Zambia on Sunday after picking up a hamstring injury while playing for Chelsea against Hull City in their Premier League fixture. Read more
FG Drums Support for Squash
As part of efforts to develop sports, Nigerians must invest in lesser sports like squash rather than leave everything to the government.
This assertion was made by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung, during the finals of the zonal Secondary School Squash Competition for Under-19 Boys and Girls which took place in Minna, Niger State. Read more
Special Olympics Nigeria to Commemorate 2016 EKS Day
In an effort to commemorate the 2016 Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day, Special Olympics Nigeria will be hosting a Healthy Communities (HC) day filled with activities including medical services such as free dental and visual screening for athletes and partners.
According to SONigeria, attendees will be invited to take part in activities such as table tennis, basketball, bouncing castles and food stands. Read more
Japanese woman forced to use married name at work under 19th century law
The campaign for sexual equality in Japan has suffered another setback after a court ruled that a schoolteacher must use her married name at work, describing as “rational” her employer’s insistence on the practice.
The ruling at Tokyo district court came less than a year after the supreme court ruled that a 19th century law forcing married couples to use the same surname – almost always that of the husband – did not violate the constitution. Read more
At least 15 killed in air strike on market in rebel-held Aleppo
An air strike hit the biggest market on the rebel-held side of Syria’s Aleppo yesterday, killing at least 15 people. The strike came as rescuers were still sifting through the rubble from air raids that killed dozens the day before.
Activists said the early afternoon strike destroyed several shops in the besieged eastern part of the city, which has been the target of a massive Russian-backed Syrian offensive since the collapse of a ceasefire last month. Read more
Toyota recalls 340,000 Prius hybrid cars over faulty brakes
Toyota is recalling 340,000 petrol-electric hybrid Prius cars around the world over a defect with the parking brakes.
About 212,000 of the affected cars are in Japan and 94,000 in North America. The Japanese firm said it was not aware of any reports of accidents linked to the defect “as of October 3”, updating an earlier statement which said it was still looking into various reports. Read more
Donald Trump labelled a ‘revolting slug’ by NSW upper house in Australia – video
Jeremy Buckingham, an upper house Greens MP in the New South Wales parliament, tables a motion condemning ‘misogynistic, hateful’ comments the US Republican presidential candidate has made against women and minorities, including his bragging that his celebrity status allowed him to grope women. The motion was passed unanimously. Read more