SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 15, 2016
Nigerians back Aisha Buhari, as she slams President
Several reactions have trailed Aisha Buhari’s comments that she may not back her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, at the 2019 election unless he (the President) reshuffles his cabinet.
Aisha Buhari, had in a BBC Hausa interview, expressed her displeasure in President Buhari’s government, saying that the President does not know most of the appointees in his cabinet. Read more
GMO foods: FG may shut Shoprite, Next superstores
The Federal Government, through its National Biosafety Management Agency, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to retail store giants, Shoprite and Next Cash ‘N’ Carry to withdraw any product that contains Genetically Modified Organisms from their shelves or risk a total shutdown.
The warning was handed out to representatives of the two superstores at a briefing in Abuja on Friday. Read more
Alleged sex scandal: Reps to sue US Govt for $1bn damages
The three members of the House of Representatives exonerated of the sexual misconduct allegations levelled against them by the United States Government are set to file a $1bn suit against the latter and its agents,Saturday PUNCH has learnt.
They are House Deputy Chairman, Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Mr. Terse Mark-Gbillah (Benue); Mr. Samuel Ikon (Akwa Ibom); and Mr. Mohammed Garba-Gololo (Bauchi). Read more
Chibok girls: Disquiet in the military over release of five Boko Haram commanders
Strong indications have emerged that troops and security personnel involved in the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign against Boko Haram are unhappy with the release of five top Boko Haram commanders, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.
The commanders were said to have been released in exchange for the 21 of the Chibok schoolgirls who regained their freedom on Thursday. Read more
Ex-militants sue leader for non-payment of stipends
Eleven ex-militants have dragged their leader, Mr. Emomotimi Ukparasia, popularly known as “General Africa,” before the Federal High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, following the non-payment of their amnesty stipends.
Also joined in the suit are the Federal Government, the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig,-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd.), and the Attorney-General of the Federation. Read more
Soldiers invade militants’ dens, arrest three
Members of the Operation Delta Safe on Thursday raided five camps of the Bakassi Strike Force, a militant group from Cross River State, and arrested three of its top commanders.
The militant group is known for carrying out attacks on vessels and other oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta region. Read more
Nigeria needs 600 radiotherapy machines – Expert
A consultant radiation and clinical oncologist, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Dr. Evaristus Oboh, says Nigeria requires 600 units of radiotherapy machines to meet the World Health Organisation and International Atomic Energy Agency standards for cancer treatment.
Oboh also said the country, with a population of over 160 million, records over 100,000 new cases of cancer yearly. Read more
Ambode urges S’West to activate Odu’a Investment
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday said there was need for states in the South-West of Nigeria under the Odu’a Investment Company, to reactivate the partnership for economic growth.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the maiden edition of the executive/legislature retreat held in Lagos, Ambode said the move would be in line with the region’s vision of reawakening the political economy and socio-economic hegemony of member states. Read more
Jimoh Ibrahim remains Ondo PDP guber candidate —Sheriff
The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has confirmed that Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim, the Ondo state gubernatorial hopeful is the only candidate of the party in the forthcoming November 26, governorship poll in the state.
He also maintained that Jimoh emerged as the party’s standard flagbearer from a governorship primary poll said to be the most free, fair and credible and, that its democratic validity has not, hitherto, been faulted. Read more
Invasion of judges homes ‘ll encourage lynching – Ali
Some lawyers have continued to react to the recent invasion of the residences of some judges by operatives of the Department of State Services.
A legal practitioner and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Yusuf Ali, has said the invasion of the homes of the judges would encourage lynching in the country. Read more
Firm to tackle wrong clinical diagnoses in Nigeria
Health technology company, Royal Philips, has said it was determined to improve the diagnoses of ailments and ensure more confident clinical supports to help improve patient outcomes and reduce costs in Nigeria and the entire West African sub-region.
This is as Nigeria battles poor and wrong clinical diagonises that have led to the untimely death of many of it citizens. Read more
Osun parliament clamours for girl child protection
The Osun State House of Assembly, under the leadership of Mr. Najeem Salaam, has called for unity among different stakeholders for the protection of the girl child in the country.
In a statement signed by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child celebrated on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, the parliament said efforts must be intensified to put a stop to the maltreatment of the girl child in the country. Read more
Katsina govt bans rallies, processions
The Katsina State Government has announced an immediate suspension of all kinds of gatherings, processions and rallies until further notice.
The step is a reaction to Wednesday’s violent religious clash in Funtua, which reportedly led to the death of no fewer than ten persons while many were injured. Read more
We’ll partner groups, individuals on peace – El-Rufai
A three-day capacity building workshop organised by the Global Peace Foundation Nigeria on promoting peaceful co-existence and bridging the gap between Christians and Muslims in communities across the three senatorial zones of Kaduna State has ended with the call for more collaboration between government and the public.
The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, noted that his administration was ready to partner with any organisation or individual that is bent on promoting peace in the state. Read more
Police Investigate Irish for Deliberately Infecting Girls with HIV in Lagos
The Lagos State Police Command has initiated an investigation on the allegation by a young lady, one Helen that her boyfriend, one James Turner, an expatriate from Ireland, deliberately infected her with HIV alongside two others.
The victim, a Benue State indigene, who spoke with journalists at the Ikeja Police Division said they met eight years ago and had a smooth relationship until January this year, when he tested positive to HIV and hid it from her. Read more
Kwara kingmaker accused of raping sick girl
A business woman, Mrs. Florence Bamidele, has accused one of the kingmakers of Odo-Owa community in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of Kwara State, High Chief Bunmi Popoola, of raping her 27-year-old daughter, Joke, many times under the guise of curing her of an ailment.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that Joke, who was brought to Popoola for traditional treatment, later succumbed to the strange disease. Read more
Militants attack crude oil delivery line in Delta
THE Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, NDGJM, yesterday said it has attacked a crude oil delivery line that supplies product to the Ughelli Quality Control Center.
The group also launched its “Operation Hammurabi Code” named after a former King of Babylonia (1792-1750bc) in mockery of the “Operation Crocodile Smile, after the Nigeria Army. Read more
NNPC begins oil exploration in Bauchi
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and a Chinese company, Bureau for Geophysical Corporation, have begun mobilising to Alkakeri, Darazo, Misau in Bauchi State to commence the drilling of oil wells in the coming months.
The exploration is expected to bring employment and other economic opportunities to the state. Read more
OPEC Won’t Have Much Sway On Oil Prices
In sticking with our recent $42-$50 forecast for WTI we underestimated the ability of OPEC + Russia to talk the market up while behaving bearishly. Although recent production data for Libya, Nigeria, core OPEC and Russia has exceeded expectations by a significant margin.
The most powerful force in markets over the last two weeks has been a 154k contract increase (+34%) in speculative net length in ICE Brent and NYMEX WTI contracts as funds grew unwilling to hold short positions as long as rival OPEC members and Putin were publicly singing Kum ba yah. In our judgment the market is not fully pricing in meaningful shared supply cuts (and we don’t think it should be) but merely repositioning itself for the unlikely event that they occur. Read more
Firm Introduces Alternative Fuel for Car, Generator
Banner Gas, a brand of Banner energy has introduced to the Nigerian market a Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), to serve as a substitute and cheaper fuel for powering cars and generators.
This initiative followed the costly impact of the high cost of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) on cars and generators, especially for manufacturing industries and businesses. Read more
NNPC increases crude exploration in Gongola, others
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has embarked on a more rigorous exploration of the Gongola and other frontier inland basins as part of efforts to shore up the oil and gas reserve base across the country.
The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, made this disclosure when he paid separate visits to the Governors of Bauchi, Mr. Mohammad Abubakar; and Gombe State, Mr. Ibrahim Dankwambo, as well as the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu, and the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III. Read more
Inflation rate rises to 17.9% – NBS
In September, the Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation across the country, increased by 17.9 per cent year-on-year, up from the 17.6 per cent recorded the previous month.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, energy and energy-related prices continue to be the largest increases reflected in the core sub-index. Read more
CBN approves special forex sale for airlines, others
The Central Bank of Nigeria has approved a special secondary market intervention retail sales of foreign exchange for airlines operating in the country.
According to a statement from the aviation arm of the Federal Ministry of Transportation on Friday, the arrangement is dedicated to the clearance of the backlog of matured foreign exchange obligations. Read more
Recession a wakeup call for leaders – Ambode
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday said that Nigeria’s present economic situation urgently requires its elected leaders to rise above their personal differences and interests with a common unity of purpose and deliver good governance to the people who they represent.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at the opening ceremony of the maiden edition of the Executive/Legislative Retreat held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, said the recession taking its toll on Nigerians is a wakeup call for Nigeria leaders to come together for the purpose of rescuing the nation. Read more
Rohr, Ugbade express fears over Algeria coaching problems
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has expressed fears that the dismissal of Algeria’s coach, Milovan Rajevac, could work in favour of the North Africans when they play against Nigeria in Uyo in next month’s Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Also, former national U-17 assistant coach, Nduka Ugbade, believes that the sack of Rajevac could spur the Algerians to battle Nigeria for the maximum three points at stake in the encounter. Read more
Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Donate presidential jet to Eagles –Ndubuoke tells Buhari
Former board member of Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Fan Ndubuoke has urged the presidency not to put for sale one of aircrafts in its fleet, insisting that rather than sell the aircraft , it should be donated to the Super Eagles.
It would be noted that the presidency last week disclosed that she is planning to sell two of the jets in the presidential fleet since they are surplus to requirement. Read more
Sports Development: Nigerian athletics can run back to reckoning — Experts
So much has been said about the windling fortunes of Nigerian athletics and how it can be revived. Somehow, there seems to be lack of willingness by Nigerian sports officials to try the remedies recommended by track and field enthusiasts.
At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Chioma Ajunwa won Nigeria’s first track and field gold in the long jump, Falilat Ogukoya won a bronze in the 400m while Mary Onyali won a bronze in the 200m. At the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Glory Alozie won silver in the women 100m hurdles and the men 4x400m quartet won silver which was later upgraded to gold. Since then Nigerian athletes have struggled to win medals at the Olympics. Read more
Musa gets CSKA Moscow, NFF’s birthday wishes
The Nigeria Football Federation and CSKA Moscow have sent birthday wishes to Super Eagles striker Ahmed Musa, who turned 24 on Friday, October 14.
But the present club of the former Kano Pillars star, Leicester City, forgot to wish him happy birthday through their social media channels and official website. Read more
Messi returns against Deportivo
Lionel Messi is ready to make his comeback from injury against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday, Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique has said.
The Argentina star has been sidelined since picking up a groin strain in the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on September 21. Read more
Migrants ‘smuggled across EU in fuel tanks’
At least 300 migrants were smuggled across the EU in special adapted vehicle fuel tanks, it has been alleged.
Five Slovaks are facing charges of people smuggling after being arrested in a series of house raids by Slovak police on Tuesday morning. Read more
14 loyalists killed in Sirte Islamic State clashes
At least 14 pro-government Libyan fighters were killed in clashes with the Islamic State group on Friday, in the militants’ former Libya bastion of Sirte, a medical source said.
“Fighting today began at 9am (0700 GMT) and the toll to now is 13 dead and 25-30 wounded,” hospital official Abdellatif Abdel Ali said. Read more
Leonardo DiCaprio urged to quit as UN climate advocate over 1MDB links
based rainforest charity Bruno Manser Fonds (BMF) has demanded that Hollywood A-list actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s resign as UN Messenger of Peace for climate change over his refusal to come clean on his alleged links to those embroiled in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) financial scandal.
In a statement after a press conference in London on Friday, the group repeated its charge that the Oscar-winning actor may have benefited from funds allegedly siphoned from the troubled investment fund founded by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak. Read more
Trump trashes the media after more sexual misconduct accusations reported
Donald Trump disassembled his teleprompter during a North Carolina rally on Friday night, in the same week that he boasted on Twitter Tuesday about having his “shackles off”.
The Republican nominee, who saw further accusations of groping on Friday from two different women, responded by trashing the media. Speaking to a crowd in Greensboro, North Carolina, he seemed to allege that the New York Times was part of a Mexican conspiracy to undermine him. Read more