SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 25, 2016
APC governors tackle Buhari on appointments
State governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress on Monday expressed their displeasure on how they were being sidelined in the choice of those being given federal appointments in their states by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The governors protested to Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at a meeting they had at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Ex-FCT minister arrested for alleged contract fraud, N1tn land deal
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed.
A top source in the anti-graft agency told our correspondent on Monday that the former FCT minister was arrested around 10.39am on Monday and taken into custody for interrogation by a team of operatives, who were awaiting his arrival. Read more
Recession: C’River Assembly slashes 2016 budget
The economic recession in the country has forced the Cross River State House of Assembly to slash the 2016 budget of N303bn earlier passed in February 2016 to N259.1bn.
The Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Mr. Eteng Williams, disclosed this in Calabar on Monday. Read more
NMA wants DSS to extend ‘sting operation’ to health sector
The Nigerian Medical Association has called on the Federal Government to extend the sting operation by the Department of State Services to all other sectors of the economy, particularly health, as it was done in the judiciary where some judges were arrested for alleged graft.
The NMA also offered free medical services to the 21 female students of the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, one week after their release from the captivity of Boko Haram. Read more
No cattle grazing in FCT, Minister insists
The Federal Capital Territory Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello, has met with members of the Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, during which he directed them to stop cattle grazing in Abuja metropolis.
The minister ordered the herdsmen to move their cattle out of the FCT, “because there is no way such animals can co-habit with the residents,” a statement on Monday in Abuja, by the Chief Press Secretary to the minister, Muhammad Sule, said. Read more
FG to verify North-East pensioners
The National Orientation Agency and the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate are partnering to verify pensioners in the North-East geopolitical zone to ensure that the retirees are paid their correct pension arrears.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Deputy Director, Press of NOA, Mr. Fidel Agu, after a closed-door meeting between NOA Director-General, Garba Abari, and the PTAD Executive Secretary, Sharon Ikeazor. Read more
‘Why we banned Shiites in Plateau’
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has explained that security considerations were “purely responsible for the ban on the activities of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in the state.’’
“Plateau State has laws regulating the practice of religions; we have a duty to ensure that the practice of religion does not constitute a security risk to anyone,” Lalong said in Jos on Monday. Read more
Bayelsa relocates students, threatens to arrest IDPs
The Governor Seriake Dickson-led administration in Bayelsa State has moved students of Bishop Dimeari Grammar School in Yenagoa from Okaka Model School back to their original school in the Ovom area of the state capital.
On Monday, hundreds of students from BDGS trekked long distance as they returned to their school after eight years of relocation. Read more
Weak institutions aided insurgency in N’East, says Bindow
The Adamawa State Governor, Alhaji Jibrilla Bindow, on Monday said that weak institutions of governance partly aided the spread of insurgency ideology among the youths in the North-East.
In a statement issued in Yola after the trip embarked upon by the northern state governors to the United States of America, Bindow said Nigeria required the US-led international community’s support to get out of recession and to neutralise terrorism. Read more
Buhari restates commitment to national security
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Katsina, the Katsina State capital, said his government was committed to getting rid of security threats and violent crimes from Nigeria.
He consequently charged members of the armed forces to keep fit physically, mentally and emotionally to cope with “the enormous demands and challenges to our values and aspirations as a nation.” Read more
FG wants NIPOST to offer banking services
The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, says the ministry has submitted a proposal to President Muhammadu Buhari for the establishment of the NIPOST Bank to serve the interest of people in the rural areas.
He said over 1,500 postal agencies across the country would serve as banking halls in the proposed NIPOST Bank. Read more
Lagos communities protest abandoned canal project
Residents of Abule-Oki and nine other communities in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State have expressed their displeasure with the alleged abandonment of the dredging and concrete lining of Arigbanla Canal.
The residents, who marched to the Governor’s Office and the Lagos State House of Assembly in Alausa, Ikeja, claimed that the abandoned project had caused heavy flooding in the communities, which had led to the death of many residents since 2012. Read more
Hoodlums attack guards for preventing robbery
A suspected robbery gang has unleashed terror on security guards in Otumara/Ilaje community, in the Costain area of Lagos State, for allegedly preventing them from robbing residents of the community.
The suspected robbery gang members were reportedly armed with cutlasses and knives, among other weapons, and were allegedly led by one Solomon. Read more
Senate probes diversion of $400m polio fund
The Senate on Monday said it was set to probe the alleged diversion of the $1.5m special intervention funds from the Federal Government to states for polio eradication.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, at a press conference to commemorate the World Polio Day on Monday, also announced that the Senate would soon begin an open investigation into the alleged abuse of the global fund for polio in Nigeria. Read more
Our official didn’t demand bribe from Ibrahim –INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission has denied the allegation made by Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim that its official asked for $1m bribe before his name could be listed as the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
The commission in a statement by its National Commissioner in charge of Publicity, Mr. Adedeji Soyebi, in Abuja, on Monday, said the Acting Director, Legal Services Mrs. Toyin Babalola, did not ask for bribe as alleged by Ibrahim. Read more
Delta women protest herdsmen attacks, block expressway
Women from Ossissa community in the Ndokwa-East Local Government Area of Delta State on Monday blocked the Ughelli-Asaba Expressway for about seven hours to protest alleged incessant harassment by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The Secretary to the Delta State Government, Mr. Festus Agas, and his aides, who were returning to Asaba, were held for hours. A police van had to rescue him, leaving his convoy behind. Read more
New policy empowers NJC to suspend judges
The National Judicial Policy launched by the National Judicial Council on Monday empowers it to place a judge under investigation on interim suspension.
This is contrary to the position separately expressed by the NJC and its Chairman, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmoud Mohammed, since the Nigerian Bar Association made the call for the suspension of some judges recently arrested by the Department of State Services on allegations of corruption. Read more
Trader arrested for allegedly abducting friend’s son
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a woman, identified only as Olayinka, for allegedly abducting her friend’s 13-year-old son, Sheriff Adeleke, in the Igbogbo, Ikorodu area of the state.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Olayinka, a trader in the Oshodi market, was arrested by the Igbogbo Police Division on Saturday after Sheriff, who had been missing for three days, was found, tied up in Olayinka’s room. Read more
NNPC: Sale of Petrol at N145 is No Longer Sustainable, Product is Subsidised
After months of struggling to sustain fuel imports under the current foreign exchange regime, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) finally admitted monday that the sale of petrol at the current market price of N145 per litre was unsustainable due to the prevailing exchange rate.
NNPC also admitted that despite the preferential exchange rate made available to oil marketers to import petrol, many were reluctant to do so because they would be selling at a loss at the prevalent pump price, implying that NNPC that continues to import it was subsidising petrol. Read more
Fuel imports’ll reduce by 60% in 2018 – Kachikwu
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said that the reforms embarked upon by the government are targeted at cutting petroleum products’ importation by at least 60 per cent by 2018 and thereafter position the country for net export by 2019.
The minister, who said this in Lagos on Monday at the 10th Oil Trading and Logistics Africa Downstream Expo, stressed the need to fully liberalise and deregulate the midstream and downstream sub-sectors such that the open market prices of petroleum products would be cost-reflective and market-driven. Read more
Natural gas as alternative vehicular fuel
With the approval of the Federal Government in a letter dated March 21, 2007, by President Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria joined the league of nations using natural gas to power their transportation needs.
With a population that grew by almost 400 percent to 180 million between 1960 and 2016, with significant urban drift, the demand for transportation energy will increase. Read more
‘Nigeria’s Projected 2.5mbpd Oil Output Cannot Grow Economy’
The Nigerian Association of Energy Economics (NAEE) has said Nigeria’s constant projection of 2.5 million barrels per day (mbpd) of crude oil production in her national budget will be inadequate to grow her economy, stressing that the country needs to produce at least 4 million bpd to boost the economy.
NAEE also said the country’s continued reliance on generating sets to provide the energy needed by her economy was abnormal.
It said the country appeared unserious with the kind of energy policy it wanted to pursue for her economic growth. Read more
42 European investors coming in November, says FG
Representatives of 42 investors from European countries will come into the country next month to consider areas of investment in the various sectors of the Nigerian economy, the Federal Government has said.
According to the government, the advance teams of the investors will be in Nigeria in November to meet with stakeholders in the different sectors that they wish to invest in, while the full delegation will be in the country by February 2017. Read more
FG unveils plan for economic diversification, growth
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, has stated that the strategic focus of the ministry’s master plan for diversification and growth of the Nigerian economy is to work with private and development capital firms to leverage resources in order to achieve set target.
Enelamah disclosed this in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Monday while presenting the plan for economic diversification and growth by his ministry to the 8th National Council on Industry, Trade and Investment. Read more
How Nigeria can get out of recession – Obasanjo
For the country to get out of recession, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for an increase in the volume of trade internally and externally and the establishment of a commodity exchange to ensure stability in the prices of agricultural produce.
Obasanjo made the suggestion in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Monday during the opening of the 8th National Council on Industry, Trade and Investment currently holding in the state capital. Read more
CBN orders 4 banks to suspend payment of MTN dividends
he crisis rocking South African telecoms company MTN Group’s operation in Nigeria worsened yesterday as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) ordered four Nigerian banks to suspend all forms of dividend payment from MTN Nigeria.
This comes as the CBN spokesman Isaac Okoroafor, in a text message to Daily Sun denied knowledge of the suspension order. “I am not aware of such order, Okoroafor said. Read more
Nigeria’s economic problems traceable to corruption, says Malami
Speaking at the National Open Government Partnership retreat held in Kaduna, Magu said the fight against corruption is not selective, adding that the anti-graft agency has no business with those who has no case to answer.
Magu said: “I’m here today because this event has to do with transparency, accountability in governance and you should know that anything that has to do with fighting corruption is area of interest to me. Read more
e-Fraud: CBN moves to tackle N4bn annual losses
The Central Bank of Nigeria and other key stakeholders in the payment sector have started tackling cases of electronic fraud (efraud) in the country, with the hope of finding a lasting solution.
The Chief Executive Officer, Electronic Payment Providers Association of Nigeria, Mrs. Regha Onajite, made this disclosure to our correspondent, saying that the CBN had vowed to check the over N4bn being lost to cases of e-frauds annually. Read more
Nigeria, EU to Begin Talks on Sending Economic Migrants Home
Nigeria and the European Union (EU) are to start formal talks in Abuja this week on a deal to send economic migrants back home, as part of the bloc’s latest move to stem the exodus of Africans to Europe.
According to the London-based Financial Times, the delegation of 15 EU officials to Abuja will also be discussing plans to direct private European money to infrastructure projects in the West African country. Read more
Iheanacho begs City fans
Kelechi Iheanacho has urged Manchester City fans to be patient with the team following their unimpressive performances in the Premier League.
Man City have failed to win in their last five games in all competitions. The Nigeria forward scored came from the bench to rescue a point for the Citizen against Southampton on Sunday. Read more
Osaze joins Rotherham
Rotherham United have signed unattached former West Brom and Stoke striker Osaze Odemwingie on a short-term deal until January 2017, BBC Sport reports.
The 35-year-old is Millers boss Kenny Jackett’s first signing since taking over the Championship’s bottom club on October 21, replacing Alan Stubbs. Read more
Ex Blackburn Rovers Nigerian Forward Scores Match Winning Hattrick For German Side Kaiserslautern
Nigerian forward Osayamen Osawe scored a hattrick for German side Kaiserslautern to power them to a 3-0 win over fellow second division side Bochum.
Osawe who had a stint at Blackburn Rovers during his formative years, has settled down to life in Germany since moving to the country two years ago. Read more
Toriola, Oshonaike set as Morocco 2016 begins
Nigeria will not take part in the women’s team event of the 2016 ITTF African Senior Table Tennis Championships, which began in Morocco on Monday after they failed to present at least three female players for the competition.
The country will however be able to challenge Egypt in the men’s team event. Nigerian players will play on Tuesday. Read more
Governor’s Cup: Edoreh loses title
Assistant Editor, Nigerian Tribune, Ganiyu Salman, has emerged as the champion of the Media Tennis event of the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship after he overcame Chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (Lagos Chapter), Fred Edoreh, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the final on Saturday.
It was a revenge of sorts for Salman, who lost 1-6, 3-6 to Edoreh at the final of the maiden edition in 2015. Read more
China says has political promise from West on graft fight
China has been given a political promise by Western countries that they will not become havens for corrupt fugitives, a senior official told state television, though he offered no assurances to assuage concerns about mistreatment of suspects.
China has vowed to pursue an overseas search dubbed Operation “Fox Hunt” for corrupt officials and business executives, and their assets, part of President Xi Jinping’s war on deep-seated corruption. Read more
Indian Business Giant Tata Sons Removes Chairman Cyrus Mistry
The board of directors of Tata Sons on Monday removed Cyrus P. Mistry as chairman, four years after he took the reins of India’s largest conglomerate.
The board named former group chief Ratan Tata as interim chairman and set up a panel to choose a new chairman. Read more
Angela Merkel blasted for ‘leaving Europe on the brink of CIVIL WAR’
ANGELA Merkel has been dubbed “the most dangerous woman in Europe” for her open-door migrant policy by the head of Austria’s far-right party.
Freedom Party Chairman Heinz-Christian Strache roasted the German Chancellor for allowing an unlimited amount of migrants which he claims has left Europe on the verge of civil war. Read more
Trump addresses porn star’s claims he kissed and grabbed her without her permission
Donald Trump has dismissed a porn star’s claims he grabbed and kissed her without her permission, saying, ‘Oh, I’m sure she’s never been grabbed before.’
Jessica Drake recently became the 11th woman to accuse the Republican presidential candidate of inappropriate behavior, telling reporters that Trump had also offered her $10,000 to go to his hotel room when they met a decade ago. Read more