SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 23, 2016
After secret talks: Buhari takes steps to end feud with Tinubu
The prolonged cold war between President Muhammadu Buhari and his erstwhile close political associate and South-West political strongman, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, may soon come to an end.
Reliable sources within the party told SUNDAY PUNCH during the week that the two sides began planning to bury the hatchet during a recent meeting that President Buhari held with some of Tinubu’s loyalists in Aso Rock. Read more
UNILORIN PhD graduand dies on convocation day
A postgraduate student of Arabic at the University of Ilorin, AbdulHafeez Adedimeji, died on Saturday, the day he was to receive his doctorate at a convocation.
Sources told our correspondent that another doctoral graduand died shortly before the ceremony. Read more
2,000 kidnappers, armed robbers embrace amnesty in Rivers
About 2,000 cult members on Saturday embraced the amnesty declared by the Rivers State Government.
The cult members, who were involved in kidnappings, killings and armed robberies in the past, surrendered their weapons before members of the state Amnesty Committee in Isiokpo, the headquarters of Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state. Read more
Ladoja’s AP splits, factions hold congresses in Ibadan
Two factions of the Accord Party on Saturday held separate congresses in Ibadan to choose the Oyo State executives of the party.
National leader of the party, Rashidi Ladoja, attended the congress held at the Green Spring Hotel, while the other faction, comprising some notable members of the party in the state, held another congress at the Olubadan Stadium, Ibadan. Both congresses were witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission. Read more
Reps grumble over N350m office equipment
Economic recession and alleged poor release of funds have delayed the distribution of office equipment to the 360 members of the House of Representatives, findings by SUNDAY PUNCH have shown.
This has led to grumbling among lawmakers, who claimed that their work had been hindered by lack of office equipment. Read more
FG earmarks N6b to complete 1,300 abandoned projects
The Federal Government has insisted on the completion of the over 1,300 abandoned Rural Electrification Agency (REA) projects before granting approval for fresh ones, it was learnt at the weekend.
According to the highly placed source in the agency that disclosed this to The Nation in confidence at Abuja, “President Muhammadu Buhari said there is no need for new projects when we have not completed the ones we started and abandoned.” Read more
Teenager killed by police buried in Bayelsa amid tears
Emotions ran wild on Saturday at Ebebelibiri Cemetery, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, as family members and sympathisers gathered to bury the remains of Master Innocent Kokorifa, a 17-year-old boy allegedly killed by police.
Innocent, the first of five children of Mr. Daniel Kokorifa, an official of the Federal Road Safety Corps, was shot dead in a controversial circumstance by the police Anti-Vice/Anti-Kidnapping team along Airforce Road in Yenagoa, on August 18, 2016. Read more
Six killed, 18 injured in Bauchi crash
No fewer than six people were said to have died, while many others sustained varying degrees of injuries, in a fatal motor accident on Thursday.
SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that the accident, which occurred on Thursday night, involved three vehicles, including one belonging to the Yankari Express Mass Transit of the Bauchi State Government. Read more
Ondo APC, INEC bicker over rigging allegation
The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has called on the police and the Department of State Services to thoroughly investigate the activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state.
The APC alleged that the commission was working with the Peoples Democratic Party to rig the upcoming governorship poll. Read more
Nasarawa gets N268bn allocation in five years
The Nasarawa State Government received a total of N268,762,182,507.27 as its share of allocations from the Federal Government between June 2011 and March 2016, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.
It was gathered that within the period, the state government received loans of about N28,956,000,000. Read more
Chiefs arrest five for holding funeral during Oba’s coronation
Five persons including a musician were arrested on Saturday by palace authorities for holding a burial ceremony during the coronation of the Oba of Benin, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Ewuare II.
It was gathered that they were arrested while the ceremony was ongoing at Uwa Primary School in Oredo Local Government Area of the state. Read more
Police rescue 12-year-old girl in Ogun, arrest kidnapper
The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a suspected kidnapper, Odele Tosin, for allegedly masterminding the kidnap of a 12-year-old girl, Eniola Oyekanmi, in the Ketu area of Lagos.
The victim was said to have been kidnapped on Friday by the gang at the Orimerunmu area of Ketu. Read more
Don’t reopen Trans Forcados pipeline, militants warn Shell, NNPC
One of the militant groups in the Niger Delta region, Greenland Justice Mandate, has warned Shell and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation not to reopen the Trans Forcados pipeline in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State pending a directive from it telling them to do so.
The group in a statement on Saturday issued by its spokesman, Aldo Agbalaja, said, ‘‘Trans Forcados crude is under force majeure from operator Shell since a militant attack on the subsea pipeline in February and it is due to resume operation this week following the completion of repair works and maintenance. Read more
Stop destroying oil pipelines, bishop tells Avengers
The Bishop of Calabar Diocese, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Tunde Adeleye, has called on members of the Niger Delta Avengers to desist from destroying oil facilities in the region.
He added that such action was affecting the environment adversely. Read more
Eight months of Forcados shutdown cost Nigeria N689bn
The country has lost at least N689bn to the suspension of exports of Forcados, one of the nation’s largest crude oil grades, since February.
Friday, October 21, 2016 marked exactly eight months that Shell declared force majeure on the export of Forcados. Read more
Recession May Not End without Farming
As part of efforts to help the diversification process of the President Muhammadu Buhari government, former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Paul Alabi, has called for proper investment in agriculture in all Nigerian universities.
He averred that the country would favourably attain the food security level if the federal government could replicate the farming investment of the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti in at least two universities in each of the six geopolitical zones. Read more
Analysts Express Mixed Feelings about Nigeria’s Economy
Coming two months after Nigeria was displaced by South Africa as the largest economy in Africa, there is a reversal of fortune and Nigeria has regained its number one position. With her Gross Domestic Product (GDP) $415.08 billion, Nigeria has been placed ahead of South Africa, with a GDP of $280.36 billion, by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This is despite the economic recession plaguing the country. Read more
Nigeria loses N1tn yearly to port inefficiency — Report
A study jointly conducted by the Financial Derivatives Company Limited and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has shown that Nigeria is losing N1tn annually in revenue due to inefficiency at the nation’s ports.
The study, titled ‘Nigeria: Reforming the Maritime Ports’ and commissioned by the Centre for International Private Enterprises, USA, was presented on Friday in Lagos to stakeholders in the maritime sector during the LCCI public private dialogue on port efficiency and maritime sector road map. Read more
Power firms demand 200% increase in tariff
There may be a fresh increase of over 200 per cent in electricity tariff being paid by residential consumers if a proposal by power distribution companies to raise the average energy charge to N105 per kilowatt-hour from the current rate of 22.8KWH is approved.
This is coming less than eight months after about 45 per cent increase in tariff was imposed on electricity consumers nationwide. Read more
Nigerians expend N100b on imported textile annually
The country reportedly spends over N100 billion annually on imported clothing materials, Secretary General, National Union of Textile Garment Workers of Nigeria, (NUTGTWN), Issa Aremu, has said.
He stated this in Abuja during a Reachout Nigeria Public Lecture with the theme: “Leadership: A collective Responsibility” organised by Christ Embassy Abuja. Read more
Govt partners steel developers on access to forex
The Federal Government has disclosed plans to partner private stakeholders in the mines and steel industry on how to generate foreign exchange.
The Minister of Solid Minerals, Mines and Steels, Dr. Kayode Fayemi who made this pledge during a stakeholders’ parley. Read more
NFF brokers peace in Football Supporters Club
Peace seems to be returning to the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, NFSC which have been embroiled in leadership tussle recently leading to their ban by the Nigeria Football Federation, from joining the delegation that went to Ndola, Zambia to cheer the Super Eagles to victory over the Chipolopolo a fortnight ago.
This follows a truce meeting called by the NFF leadership last Friday in Abuja to discuss issues leading to the in-fighting and factionalisation of the once vibrant Supporters Club which have variously been commended and given award by world football governing body, FIFA. Read more
Lagos to host Federation Cup final October 30
THIS year’s Nigeria Federation Cup final between Nasarawa United and FC Ifeanyi Ubah will be played on Sunday, October 30, in Lagos.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced the final will be staged at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. Read more
Ogba: I don’t want to be AFN president again
Athletics Federation of Nigeria president, Solomon Ogba has hinted that he will not contemplate seeking for re-election, if his term expires next year.
Ogba who has faced the heat over the poor showing of Nigerian athletes at international meets, argued that no man could ever succeed running athletics in Nigeria, following the country’s unpreparedness to fund the sport. Read more
Train Goes Off Tracks in Cameroon, Killing 70+ People
70 people were killed and 600 injured when a train carrying more than twice its capacity went off track in Eseka, Cameroon. Read more
Iraq alcohol: Parliament imposes ban in a surprise move
Parliament in Iraq has voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, with backers of the move arguing that its availability contradicts Islam and is unconstitutional.
Opponents argue that the vote infringes constitutional guarantees of freedom of religious belief for minority groups such as Christians. Read more
Haiti jailbreak: over 100 inmates escape barefoot
More than 100 mostly barefoot inmates overpowered guards on Saturday and escaped from a lockup in central Haiti, officials said.
Judge Henry Claude Louis-Jean said the prison break occurred in Arcahaie, a coastal town about 50 km north of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. One guard was reported killed and others were injured. Read more
What Trump thought of Clinton before things turned sour
Donald Trump has once again been left red faced by comments caught on camera several years ago – this time relating to his rival Hillary Clinton.
The US presidential campaign has been defined by a relentless nastiness never seen before in a race for the White House. Read more