SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 19, 2016
EFCC North-West office recovers N54.7bn in 10 months
The North-West zone of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has recovered N54,535,651,183.74 and another $622,200.00 (N190.1m) within the last 10 months.
Briefing newsmen in Kano, on Tuesday, the Zonal Head of Operations (North-West Operations), Mr. Nnaghe Itam, disclosed that the zone, within the period under review, had 214 cases, while 34 were currently undergoing prosecutions. Read more
Senator, Rep berate FG over southern Kaduna killings
SENATOR Danjuma Laah has accused the Federal Government of treating the attacks on the people of Godogodo town in Jema’ah Local Government Area with levity and not doing enough to stop the carnage in the area.
This, he said, was because since the invasion of the town by suspected Fulani herdsmen, the Federal Government had yet to deploy enough armed soldiers, police and manpower to the area. Read more
Some Nigerians living in the United States of America on Monday staged a protest at the United Nations Building and the Nigeria House in New York City, demanding the prosecution of the leader of the Shiite Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
El-Zakzaky had since been in detention following a bloody clash between the members of the Shiite movement and the Nigerian Army in Kaduna, late last year. Read more
Court sacks two Enugu Reps, asks legislators to refund earnings
A Federal High Court in Abuja has sacked two members of the House of Representatives from Enugu State.
The sacked legislators, elected to the House on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, are Stella Ngwu representing Igbo-Etti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency and Mr. Dennis Agbo representing Igbo Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency. Read more
Senate seeks release of 1,000 B’Haram hostages
The Senate on Tuesday urged all the parties in the negotiation that led to the release of 21 of the Chibok girls to ensure that other hostages in Boko Haram’s captivity were rescued.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly, while thanking those who negotiated the release of the 21 schoolgirls, noted that a large number of abductions by the sect were not reported, adding that the negotiators should look beyond the Chibok girls to rescue more victims. Read more
We’ll empower NAF to fight vandals – Reps
The House of Representatives says it is determined to ensure that laws are put in place to empower the Nigerian Air Force to fight pipeline vandalism and other socio-economic vices in the Niger Delta.
The Chairman, House Committee on Nigerian Air Force, Mr. Samson Okwu, said this on Monday when he and members of the committee visited the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, at the Government House, Yenagoa. Read more
Lagos warns perpetrators of domestic crime
The Government of Lagos State on Tuesday said any form of violence against women in the state would be met with stiff penalty.
It insisted that it would not rest until all forms of discrimination and violence against women were stopped in the state. Read more
Shell appoints new VP for Nigeria, Gabon
Shell has appointed Peter Costello as its new Vice President for Nigeria and Gabon.
A statement signed by the company’s spokesperson, Bamidele Odugbesan, stated that Costello succeeded Markus Droll, who assumes a new role of Executive Vice President, Projects, Shell International in Rijswijk, Netherlands. Read more
Citing alleged bribery, arrest, Ademola withdraws from Dasuki’s trial
Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday withdrew from further presiding over the trial of a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
Justice Ademola returned the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for re-assignment to another judge. Read more
Edo declares holiday as Benin crown prince picks name
The crown prince of Benin Kingdom, His Royal Highness, Eheneden Erediauwa, on Tuesday visited Use community in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State, where he picked a name he would bear as the new Oba.
The ceremony was part of the traditional rites ahead of Eheneden’s coronation on Thursday. When our correspondent visited Use at about 2.30pm, many residents were seen rushing towards the palace, while those that arrived earlier were seen around the perimeter fence of the building. Read more
Senate confirms Eko, Augie as S’Court justices
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Justice Ejembi Eko (Benue North-Central) and Justice Amina Augie (Kebbi North-West) as Justices of the Supreme Court.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominees were confirmed after the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters presented its report to the chamber during the day’s plenary. Read more
Why structures by riversides, high-tension wires must go —LASG
the Lagos State Government says the decision to demolish illegal structures and shanties by the riversides and under high-tension wires across the state is due to security concerns and abuse of building regulations.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, at a press conference on Tuesday, said the move was in line with the government’s vision of a clean environment and restoration of the Lagos State’s master plan. Read more
US working on legal process to repatriate loot —Envoy
The United States Government on Monday in Kano declared its readiness to assist Nigeria to repatriate its stolen funds stashed abroad by corrupt public office-holders and politicians.
During an interactive session with newsmen in Kano, the US Special Representative to Muslim Communities, Shaarik Zafar, said that the US Government was committed to assist in fast-tracking the process of returning the stolen money back to Nigeria. Read more
Assembly sets target for Ambode
The Lagos State House of Assembly has presented to the state government a report of constituency meetings held across the state.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, who gave the report to the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said it contained the requests and recommendations of residents on how the government should continue to achieve development and growth. Read more
EFCC traces N22m to firm linked to Fani-Kayode
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is investigating a company, ICON Environmental Cleaners, said to have link to the former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode.
A top operative of the commission, who spoke to our correspondent on Tuesday, said the operatives of the commission had traced N22m to the firm during investigation. Read more
Employer drugs, rapes 14-year-old in Lagos
The police in Lagos State have arrested a man, identified only as Nathaniel, for allegedly drugging and raping his 14-year-old housemaid in the Ikotun area of the state.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Nathaniel, who stayed on Ajisegiri Street, in the Egbe area, was arrested by the Ikotun Police Division on Sunday. Read more
Oil at $52 will help economic recovery – Rewane, others
As the global crude oil benchmark continued to trade above the $50 per barrel mark on Tuesday, economic and energy experts said the price rally would help soften the recession rocking the country and support economic recovery.
They, however, described as more important the need to ramp up the nation’s crude oil production, which has been significantly disrupted by the recent upsurge in militant attacks in the Niger Delta. Read more
Again, Navy Cracksdown on Oil Thieves, Illegal Refineries
In line with the resolve to eliminate all forms of economic sabotage, crude oil theft and other criminal activities, the operatives of the Nigerian Navy (NN) have continued the crackdown on criminals within the maritime domain.
The patrol team deployed by NNS JUBILEE has arrested 13 suspects allegedly involved in illegal bunkering activities around Ibeno area of Akwa Ibom State.
The suspects were arrested in three Cotonou boats. Two of the boats were carrying 55 and 48 drums of suspected illegally refined diesel respectively, while the third Cotonou boat was carrying about 188 empty drums. Read more
CBN amends guidelines on transaction switching
In what looks like an effort to activate the dormant Nigeria Central Switch (NCS), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said it has amended the guidelines on transaction switching in the country.
In a circular to all banks, mobile money operators and payments services providers Tuesday, the apex bank’s Director of Banking and Payments System Department, Mr Dipo Fatokun, said the amendment was necessary in order to strengthen the nation’s electronic payments system. Read more
Naira shortage pushes interbank rate to 150%
Overnight interbank rate was quoted at a record high of 150 per cent on Tuesday, two days after commercial banks placed funds with the Central Bank of Nigeria to participate in last Friday’s currency forward auction.
Traders said few deals were done on Tuesday due to a shortage of naira on the money market, with banks unwilling to place funds among themselves until the result of Friday’s currency auction was published. Read more
Nationwide job centres ready by March – FG
The Federal Government on Tuesday announced that it would locate job centres in all local government areas across the country before the end of March next year.
The government stated that the job centres, with at least one in every local government, will be used to gather data on the actual number of unemployed persons in the country, adding that it was perfecting all requisite processes needed to actualise this. Read more
Chinese businessmen desperate to invest in Nigeria – Envoy
DESPITE the current economic recession in the country, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Zhou Pingjian, on Tuesday said he had been inundated with requests by investors from his country who he stated had been “falling over one another” to explore business opportunities in Nigeria.
According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the envoy spoke when he presented his Letter of Credence to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Banks’ status bright despite global headwinds
Nigerian banks are safe and stable, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Director, Banking Supervision, Mrs. Tokunbo Martins, stated at the 329th meeting of the Bankers’ Committee held last week in Lagos.
The apex bank’s assurance came despite unfavourable performances of top global lenders. Earnings by three of the world’s biggest banks- Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo – declined during the third quarter, ended September. Read more
CBN, NERDC to deepen financial literacy in schools
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Education Research and Development Council (NERDC) yesterday started the process of including financial education in the basic and senior secondary education curricular.
Speaking yesterday at the event, CBN Director, Consumer Protection Department, Umma Dutse, noted that part of the important mandate of the apex bank was the promotion of a sound financial system in the country. Read more
‘Inactive telephone lines dip to 73.8m’
Inactive telephone lines in Nigeria have reduced from 76,164,149 in July to 73,885,542 in August, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said.
Its monthly subscriber data released yesterday on its website, indicated there was a reduction of 2,278,607 inactive numbers within the period. Read more
Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier: Rohr to dump home Eagles for Algeria
Following the end of the Nigeria league season, there are strong indications that players from the league will not make Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr’s final squad for Algeria in next month’s Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier.
Eagles will play host to the Fennecs in Uyo on the 12th of November in continuation of the qualifying series for the World Cup. Five players from the NPFL made the final squad for this month’s qualifier in Zambia, although none of them featured in the encounter. Read more
Corruption killing sports in Nigeria, Amokachi alleges
Ex-International, Daniel Omokachi, yesterday, opened a can of worms in the nation’s sporting arena, alleging that Nigerian youths cough out as much as N250,000 each to get into the U-17 team in Nigeria.
Amokachi spoke when he joined forces with coalition of Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, operating under the aegis of National Support Groups for Good Governance, NASUGG, protesting in support of war against corruption in Abuja. Read more
Musa pleads for patience
Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa has said he will fight for his future at Premier League champions Leicester City after an indifferent start to life in England, AfricanFootball.com reports
The Foxes had thought Musa would hit the ground running when he completed his £18m transfer from CSKA Moscow during the summer transfer market. Read more
Shooting Stars greats pay tributes to slain player
Tributes and condolences on Tuesday poured in from Shooting Stars greats for Joseph Izu who was allegedly shot dead by the Military Joint Task Force in his hometown of Okaki in Bayelsa State on Sunday.
The 24-year-old Shooting Stars defender, who was on holiday in Okaki following the end of the Premier League season, was reportedly killed after the JTF officials mistook him for one of the militants currently destroying pipelines in the Niger Delta. The deceased featured prominently for the Ibadan side, turning in impressive performances during the season. Read more
Mahrez takes Leicester to brink of Champions League last 16
Riyad Mahrez struck to give Leicester City a third consecutive Champions League victory as the fairytale Premier League champions edged FC Copenhagen 1-0 on Tuesday.
Mahrez’s athletic 40th-minute volley at the King Power Stadium left Claudio Ranieri’s men five points clear in Group G with a 100 percent record and they are still to concede a goal in the competition. Read more
Ecuador admits cutting Julian Assange’s internet access
Ecuador has admitted temporarily restricting Julian Assange’s internet access at its London embassy.
The country’s foreign ministry said it did not interfere in foreign elections, suggesting the move is in response to the WikiLeaks founder releasing another batch of emails from Hilary Clinton’s campaign manager. Read more
Barack Obama has final state dinner as president
Barack Obama joked he was no longer “the young guy” as he enjoyed his final state dinner as president.
Obama welcomed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to the White House on Tuesday on what was his 13th state dinner after eight years in office. Read more
Philippines braces for Super Typhoon Haima, second typhoon in one week
Super Typhoon Haima is blasting the Philippines with strong winds and heavy rainfall that could trigger landslides in the mountainous region of the northern island of Luzon.
The storm became a super typhoon Tuesday local time, with winds up to 165 mph (270 kph) — making the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane. Read more
Cosby used his fame to hide crimes – prosecutors
Prosecutors have accused Bill Cosby’s “cadre of high-priced lawyers” of stretching the truth as they again try to have a sexual assault case against the veteran entertainer thrown out.
The two sides have filed duelling legal briefs in Philadelphia before a key pre-trial hearing next month. The November 1 hearing could determine if the case moves forward, if more accusers give evidence and whether jurors can hear Cosby’s previous evidence about giving women drugs and alcohol before trying to have sex with them. Read more
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to clash in Las Vegas ‘Fight Night’ debate: US election briefing and polls
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will square off for the third and final time in Las Vegas tonight for what has been dubbed “Fight Night”.
After two vitriolic presidential debates, much of which were spent trading insults and discussing sexual assault allegations rather than policies, the third could top the lot as Mr Trump battles to make up lost ground on his rival. Read more