SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 14, 2016
Representatives query lopsidedness in Buhari’s appointments
Federal lawmakers yesterday lamented alleged non-compliance with the federal character principle by the executive in recent appointments and recruitment into public offices in the country.
Adopting a motion sponsored by Kingsley Chinda at the plenary session presided over by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the House of Representatives mandated its Committee on Federal Character to investigate all public appointments and recruitments made so far with a view to ascertaining the level of compliance or otherwise with Section 14 (3) of the constitution. The panel is to submit its report within one month. Read more
Police recover N2.75m bribe from ACP
The Complaint Response Unit of the Nigeria Police Force has resolved 324 cases out of a total of 405 complaints made against the police by members of the public between July 1 and September 30, 2016.
Fifty-one cases reported during the period were found to be false while 30 cases are pending, a report released on Thursday in Abuja by the Officer in charge of the CRU, Acting ACP Abayomi Shogunle, stated. Read more
Tears as freed 21 Chibok girls meet VP Osinbajo
There were strong indications on Thursday that the Federal Government freed some top Boko Haram commanders for the 21 Chibok girls, who were released by the insurgents at Banki, a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon.
The released girls were among the over 200 schoolgirls, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014. Read more
Tribunal permits Obaseki to inspect electoral materials
The Edo State Election Petitions Tribunal in Benin on Wednesday granted a motion exparte to the All Progressives Congress and its candidate in the September 28 governorship poll, Godwin Obaseki, to inspect materials used in the conduct of the poll.
The decision of the tribunal led by Justice A. T. Badamasi, came 48 hours after it also granted a similar request to the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Tuesday. Read more
Emir’s marriage to 14-year-old irreversible – Katsina Emirate Council
THE Katsina Emirate Council on Thursday declared that the marriage between 14-year-old girl, Habiba Isa, and the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumin Usman, was irreversible.
The council said the marriage and Isa’s conversion to Islam were voluntarily and willingly entered into by the girl. Read more
Buhari orders EFCC to return N10bn to NBC
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the return of N10bn seized from the National Broadcasting Commission by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The Director-General of NBC, Mallam Is’haq Kawu, said this in Abuja on Thursday at a press conference to announce the 20th edition of Africa Broadcasting Conference and Exhibition coming up in Abuja next week. Read more
Senate okays three per cent of 10-year VAT for North East
The Senate has approved the allocation of three per cent of the Value Added Tax (VAT) accruable to the Federal Government in the next 10 years for rebuilding the North-East.
It also adopted the recommendation of the ad-hoc committee on North-East Development Commission Bill (NEDC), which proposed that the commission be domiciled in Maiduguri, Borno State. Read more
Buhari stops police recruitment over Senate, PSC clash
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the suspension of the recruitment exercise into the police to resolve the clash between the Senate and the Police Service Commission (PSC).
Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim, said during a briefing at the National Assembly Complex yesterday that while the Senate wants the recruitment based on nine persons per local government, the PSC prefers equality of states as criterion. Read more
B’ Haram has strengthened Nigeria, France tie –Envoy
The European Nations ambassador, Denys Gauer, says Boko Haram insurgency has given Nigeria and France an opportunity to strengthen their relations.
Gauer, a French, said this on Thursday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal. Read more
Anambra to ban open defecation
The Anambra State Government on Thursday said it would ban open defecation in the state.
It said it had begun a proactive action in that respect by encouraging the people to build toilets in motor parks, markets, hospitals and other public places. Read more
License illegal refineries, Rep tells FG
A member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, has said that instead of destroying illegal refineries in the Niger Delta, the Federal Government should license and regulate them.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday that the government should leverage on the skills of operators of the refineries to develop small outlets for refining crude oil for domestic use. Read more
We settled APGA rebels with spaghetti –National chairman
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Oye, has said that the crisis in his party has been resolved.
Oye was suspended by some members of the National Working Committee of the party on Thursday last week for alleged gross misconduct. Read more
Fulani herdsmen kill two policemen in Kaduna
Suspected Fulani herdsmen on Thursday ambushed and killed two policemen along the Kagoro-Gidan Waya Road in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The gunmen, it was gathered, shot two other policemen. They were critically wounded. Read more
Senate okays extension of UTME result for three years
The Senate on Thursday extended the validity of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination result conducted the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board from one year to three years.
It also backed the scrapping of the conduct of post-UTME for tertiary institutions’ admission seekers. Read more
Raid on judges’ houses threat to judiciary independence –NJC
The National Judicial Council on Thursday condemned the raid on some judges’ houses by the operatives of the Department of State Services over the weekend and the subsequent arrest of the judicial officers.
In a statement issued by the Acting Director, Information, Mr. Soji Oye, late Thursday night, the NJC described the treatment meted out to the arrested judicial officers as a threat to the independence of the judiciary. Read more
Goodie Ibru not on the run, says family
The family of a Nigerian businessman, Goodie Ibru, on Thursday described as misleading and scandalous the public notice by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, declaring the businessman wanted.
The EFCC had reportedly declared Ibru wanted in relation to a case of alleged conspiracy, capital market fraud, diversion of billions of funds and assets belonging to the Ikeja Hotels Plc. Read more
Iran condemns clampdown on Shiites
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the attacks on Shiite Muslims attending religious mourning processions in Kano and Katsina states, stressing the Federal Government’s responsibility to ensure security for the people.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, in a statement called for efforts to end “cruel and violent acts by extremist and Wahhabi-affiliated forces that are, unfortunately, either supported or ignored by the Nigerian police.” Read more
Suspected cocaine intercepted in Nigerite container
The Nigeria Customs Service, Tincan Island Port, Lagos State, has intercepted 200 packs of a substance suspected to be cocaine in a 20-foot container belonging to Nigerite Limited.
The substance was in eight bags, each containing 25 packs of the substance. The packs were carefully concealed in the container, marked CMAU 045195/0, with origin identified as New Zealand. Read more
Navy impounds 120,000 litres of stolen crude oil
The Nigerian Navy has seized a barge conveying 120,000 litres of crude oil believed to have been stolen from facilities in Rivers State.
The Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral James Oluwole, said on Thursday that the barge was intercepted in the early hours of Wednesday in Elem Kalabari in Okrika Local Government Area. Read more
Forum exposes Nigeria’s poor preparation for non-oil exports
A recent meeting in the United States held under the auspices of Civil Society Network on African Growth Opportunities Act exposed the poor preparation of Nigeria for the diversification of its economy along the non-oil export sector.
The President, Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, Chief Olabintan Famutimi, gave the indication during a Fidelity Bank/NACC breakfast meeting themed, “Driving growth in the non-oil sector.” Read more
Nigeria’s crude oil production rises by 280,700 bpd
Nigeria’s crude oil production has increased by 280, 700 barrels per day (bpd) from the 1.104 million bpd recorded in August to 1.385 million bpd in September.
The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which made this known in its monthly oil market report released on Wednesday without giving further details, said crude oil production averaged 33.39 mbpd in September, an increase of 0.22 mbpd over the previous month. Read more
Oando, Forte Oil, 25 others get crude lifting contracts
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has increased the number of companies referred to as off-takers of the country’s crude oil from 21 to 27.
Last December, the corporation announced the award of its 2016 crude oil term contracts to 21 companies comprising international refiners, trading houses and indigenous downstream firms. Read more
NNPC set for oil exploration in North East soon –GMD
Group managing director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, said the corporation has concluded plans to mobilise heavy equipment to the North East (part of Bauchi and Gombe states) in expectation of oil explorationwhich would begin soon.
The GMD who spoke to journalists yesterday at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi, said the corporation is intimating the citizens of the two states so they would not panic when they see movement of the equipment into the states. Read more
Senate summons CBN, MTN, banks over $13.9bn transfer probe
The Senate on Thursday summoned the Central Bank of Nigeria, MTN Nigeria, the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, three commercial banks and some businessmen over alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous) Act.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly had instituted a probe into what it called the illegal transfer of $13.9bn by MTN from Nigeria to other countries between 2006 and 2016. Read more
FG to approve new spending template for agencies
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Thursday said that the Federal Government would soon issue a new template on approved expenses for state-owned enterprises as part of efforts to control recurrent expenditure.
The minister gave the hint at a workshop on cost management on overhead expenditure for permanent secretaries and chief executive officers of Federal Government’s departments and agencies in Abuja, which was organised by the Efficiency Unit of her ministry. Read more
First Bank gets approval to sell forex to BDCs
First Bank of Nigeria Limited says it has received the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria to commence the sale of foreign exchange to licenced Bureau De Change operators.
The lender, in a statement on Thursday, said it had strengthened its money transfer services in compliance with the rules and directives of the CBN. Read more
CBN chief stresses need for exchange rate stability
The Director, Monetary Policy Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Moses Tule, has emphasised the need for exchange rate stability.
He stated this in a paper entitled, ‘Economic management and monetary policy: An assessment of the policy environment in uncertain times’, which was presented at the 21st annual conference of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria in Abuja. Read more
NFF declares operation stop Algeria in Uyo open
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday declared that it has started a programme that will ensure the Super Eagles beat Algeria convincingly when both teams meet in Uyo on November 12.
Tagged ‘Operation Stop Algeria,’ the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, said the federation and the team have put behind them last weekend’s 2-1 defeat of Zambia in Ndola and were already fully focused on next month’s Matchday 2 clash with the Fennecs of Algeria, who like Nigeria played at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup finals. Read more
Chibok girls release delights Mikel
Nigeria captain Mikel Obi has expressed his delight at the release of 21 out of the over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok town in Borno State two years ago.
The militant group freed the girls on Thursday after the Switzerland and the International Red Cross brokered a deal between them and the Federal Government for their release. Read more
Heartland, Plateau Utd accept LMC sanctions
Heartland FC has written to the League Management Company (LMC) communicating their decision to withdraw an earlier rejection of the Summary Jurisdiction Notice issued the club for abandoning their Match Day 38 fixture in Jos against Plateau United.
Plateau United had earlier accepted a Summary Jurisdiction which fined the club N1 million for the unruly conduct of their supporters who threw objects into the field of play in violation of Rules B13.18 of the Framework and Rules. Read more
Syria’s Assad Says Aleppo to Be Springboard to ‘Liberate’ Other Areas
A military victory in Aleppo would provide the Syrian army a springboard from which to liberate other areas of the country from “terrorists,” President Bashar Assad said in an interview with a Russian media outlet.
In an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda released Thursday, Assad said Aleppo is effectively no longer Syria’s industrial capital but taking back the city would provide important political and strategic gains for his regime. Read more
Newborn baby girl left without the tip of one finger – after a nurse accidentally cut it off with scissors
A newborn baby will grow up without the tip of one of her fingers after a nurse in a New Zealand hospital accidentally cut it off with scissors.
Marie Campbell was left outraged after her daughter Lilly had the little finger on her left hand snipped off by a nurse at Waikato Hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand. Read more
Hillary Clinton takes seven point lead over Donald Trump in latest national polls
Hillary Clinton has taken a seven point lead over Donald Trump on the latest national poll of voters.
The Fox News poll gives Clinton 45 per cent of the four-way presidential preference vote while Trump has slid to 38 per cent. Read more