* Major, captain, others held for leaking information to Boko Haram * Experts, PDP warn Buhari against borrowing $29.96bn

* Major, captain, others held for leaking information to Boko Haram  * Experts, PDP warn Buhari against borrowing $29.96bn

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 27, 2016

 

 

Major, captain, others held for leaking information to Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army is holding two officers – a major and a captain – in connection with alleged sabotage of the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the North-East.

A military source said on Wednesday that the Army authorities were intensifying efforts to rid the service of saboteurs in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations. Read more

Experts, PDP warn Buhari against borrowing $29.96bn

Economic and financial experts have warned President Muhammadu Buhari to exercise caution over his administration’s plan to borrow $29.96bn from external sources.

Similarly, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party called on Nigerians to stop Buhari from borrowing the amount and moving N180bn appropriated for special intervention to fund critical recurrent and capital items. Read more

Seized $15m: Patience seeks N200m damages

A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed December 7, 2016 to hear the N200m fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Skye Bank Plc to challenge the freezing of four bank accounts containing $15m.

The EFCC placed a ‘No Debit Order’ on the four accounts opened in the name of four companies which were linked to a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa. Read more

Govt begs foreign airlines not to leave Nigeria

The Federal Government has appealed to foreign airlines operating in Nigeria, which are in the process of downgrading or suspending their operations in the country, to reconsider their decisions.

The foreign carriers had on several occasions decried their inability to repatriate earnings to their home countries as a result of the monetary policies of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Government. Read more

Gun threat stops Anambra sex scandal press briefing

A press briefing scheduled for Wednesday  for Miss Anambra, Chidinma Okeke, to state her own version  of a sex scandal rocking her could not hold.

The briefing scheduled for 10am at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Anambra State council, in Awka, ended abruptly following information that some gunmen would attack the secretariat. Read more

Police arrest eight suspected kidnappers in Lagos

The police in Lagos State have arrested eight suspected kidnappers in the Ikorodu area of the state.

Our correspondent learnt that the suspects, from whom two AK-47 rifles were recovered, were arrested in a hotel – De Sholly – in the Gbaga area of Ikorodu. Read more

Social media sustained Chibok girls campaign –BBOG

A former Minister of Education and Co-Convener of the “Bring Back Our Girls” movement, Oby Ezekwesili, has implored Nigerians to assist in solving the problems confronting the country.

She also explained how the #BBOG# was able to use the social media to sustain the agitation for the release of 21 of the over 200 students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, who were abducted on April 14, 2014. Read more

Ministers accused by judges should resign, says Afenifere

The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has said the ministers who have been accused by some judges of attempting to interfere with the course of justice in the past should resign.

Afenifere stated that any political office-holder involved in act of corruption should be made to face the wrath of the law. Read more

Allow Buhari to implement policies, IYC tells militants

The umbrella body of Ijaw youths, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, has asked militants operating in the Niger Delta area to embrace peace and allow President Muhammadu Buhari to implement his developmental projects in the region.

The IYC also expressed delight at the recent letter the President sent to the National Assembly seeking increased funding for the Presidential amnesty programme. Read more

Oyo Assembly directs commissioners to evacuate beggars

The Oyo State House of Assembly has issued a 40-day ultimatum to the state Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Isaac Isola, and his counterpart in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Dauda Oladimeji, within which to check the growing rate of beggars and to improve on the state of roads in the state.

The ultimatum was issued by the Speaker of the Assembly, Michael Adeyemo, after the presentations made by both commissioners, who were invited to explain measures put in place to stop the destruction of roads by some people. Read more

Police to deploy 24,000 officers for Ondo gov poll

The Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Hilda Harrison, has said that  24,000 officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force will provide security during the November 26, 2016 governorship election in the state.

Harrison said this during the signing of a peace accord with political parties at the Officers’ Mess Akure, the state capital on Wednesday. Read more

Kalu rejects transfer of N3.2bn scam trial to Lagos

A former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, has rejected the transfer of his trial on money laundering charges from the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to the Lagos Division of the court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on September 27 arraigned the ex-governor and his co-accused persons before Justice Anwuri Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on amended 34 counts of money laundering. Read more

Gun threat stops Anambra sex scandal press briefing

A press briefing scheduled for Wednesday  for Miss Anambra, Chidinma Okeke, to state her own version  of a sex scandal rocking her could not hold.

The briefing scheduled for 10am at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Anambra State council, in Awka, ended abruptly following information that some gunmen would attack the secretariat. Read more

Senate seeks special treatment for pregnant prisoners, children

A bill seeking to make the Nigeria Prisons Service give special treatment to pregnant women, nursing mothers and children in prison facilities moved a step further at the Senate on Wednesday.

The bill, which was sponsored by the lawmaker representing Lagos-Central Senatorial District, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, is titled, ‘An Act to Amend the Prison Act Cap P.29 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 to Provide for a Mother and Baby Unit for the Care of Female Prisoners Who Are Pregnant Nursing Mothers and Their Babies and for Related Matters.’ Read more

Doctors march on Aso Rock, seek increased funding of health sector

USAID spends $18m in Nigeria
Doctors, civil society organisations and other stakeholders in the health sector yesterday marched on the Presidential Villa, Abuja to demand increased funding of the health sector.

Though the Department of State Services (SSS) stopped the protesters at the entrance of the villa, they however, submitted their petition for transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more

Housewife tortures 12- year-old girl for stealing meat

A 12-year-old girl, Mmesoma Ani, has been admitted to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Surulere, after she was allegedly tortured by her aunt, Mrs. Ogechi Iruwane.

 PUNCH Metro learnt that the mother of three allegedly used her bare hands to pinch off the victim’s chest, and inflicted injuries on her back. Read more

NUPENG gives FG 21 days to halt sack of workers by oil majors

Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas, NUPENG, yesterday gave the Federal Government, a  21-day ultimatum  to order  the recall of over 3,000 workers sacked by  oil majors in the ongoing mass sack of workers in the sector or face a nationwide industrial action.

A communiqué issued yesterday by the Central Working Committee, CWC,  meeting in Warri, Delta State, lamented that the  3,000 workers were  sacked by oil majors and oil servicing companies who were closing shop on account of the current recession. Read more

Recession: Chevron, Mobil, Other IOCs Sack 3,000 Workers

The workforce in Nigeria’s oil industry has been depleted by 3,000 employees following the sack of personnel by firms in the industry, two oil unions have said.

The mass sacks, it was gathered, resulted from the economic recession in the country. Read more

Attah: Proposed Amendment of NLNG Act will Erode Business Profitability

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, Mr. Tony Attah, has told the Senate Committee on Gas that the proposed amendment of the NLNG Act by the House of Representatives would erode the profitability of the business and discourage investments that could help build a better Nigeria.

Speaking when the Committee led by its Chairman, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, visited the Bonny Island plant of the company in Rivers State, Attah told the visiting senators that the NLNG’s profitable business model was made possible by the NLNG Act, which is currently being threatened by a proposed amendment by the National Assembly. Read more

NLNG to raise $15b for Train 7

Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) plans to raise $15 billion from the International Capital Market to fund its Train 7 project, its Managing Director Tony Attah, has said.

The Train 7 investment is capable of generating 18,000 jobs, he added. Read more

Experts, PDP warn Buhari against borrowing $29.96bn

Economic and financial experts have warned President Muhammadu Buhari to exercise caution over his administration’s plan to borrow $29.96bn from external sources.

Similarly, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party called on Nigerians to stop Buhari from borrowing the amount and moving N180bn appropriated for special intervention to fund critical recurrent and capital items. Read more

Presidency Unperturbed by Nigeria’s Ranking in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report

The Office of the Vice President has described as gratifying the ranking of Nigeria as 169 out of 189 countries in the overall World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business.

In a statement, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande said the latest World Bank’s Doing Business 2017 ranking report released on October 25 which ranked Nigeria 169 out of 189 countries in the overall Ease of Doing Business rank was a positive indication that the focus and tenacity of President Muhammadu Buhari to reposition the nation’s business and economic environment was yielding positive results. Read more

Recession: Focus on power to boost economy, FG told

THE National Coordinator for Buhari/Osibanjo Initiative for Demonstrative Change in Nigeria, Comrade Chinedu Ogah yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to focus on revamping the power sector as a panacea needed to boost the country’s economy.

The National Coordinator, who made the call while addressing newsmen in Abakaliki on the state of the nation, blamed previous administrations of not holistically and genuinely tackling the power sector, despite the huge sums of money expended towards revamping the sector. Read more

FG releases 50% of funds for capital expenditure

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zaynab Ahmed, on Wednesday said the Federal Government had so far released about 50 per cent of the capital expenditure component of this year’s budget.

She disclosed this while answering questions at a press briefing held at the end of a meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more

Govt begs foreign airlines not to leave Nigeria

The Federal Government has appealed to foreign airlines operating in Nigeria, which are in the process of downgrading or suspending their operations in the country, to reconsider their decisions.

The foreign carriers had on several occasions decried their inability to repatriate earnings to their home countries as a result of the monetary policies of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Government. Read more

Naira weakens to 470 on fresh dollar shortage

The naira tumbled to 470 against the United States dollar on Wednesday, down from 455 on Tuesday as fresh dollar shortage hit the official and parallel foreign exchange markets.

The local currency has been relatively stable, hovering around 455 against the greenback in the last one week. Read more

Rohr shouldn’t invite benchwarmers for Algeria – Adelabu

Former Shooting Stars attacker, Adegoke Adelabu, has said Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, should only invite players who feature regularly for their clubs for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Uyo on November 12.

Nigeria beat Zambia 2-1 in Ndola to top Group B with three points ahead of Cameroon and Algeria, who are tied on one point each after their 1-1 draw in their opening match. Zambia are last in the group with no point. Read more

IOC threatens Nigeria over Heritage bank ‘Skoolympics’

Nigeria could incur the wrath of the International Olympic Committee, if the organisers of the Lagos Heritage Bank ‘Skoolympics’ failed to desist from using the name of the Olympics for commercials purposes.
Nigeria Olympic Committee secretary-general, Tunde Popoola was said to have received a letter from the IOC warning of the consequences of  infringing on the Olympics trademark. Mr Popoola on Monday informed the organisers of the development, but it seems this warning has not been taking seriously. Read more

Disu, Omokaro hail NFF over Yusuf

Former  Flying Eagles coach  Tunde Disu and ex-Super Eagles defender  Bright Omokaro have commended the Nigeria Football Federation for giving  Salisu Yusuf a contract.

Yusuf, who is Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr’s assistant, had been working without a contract. Read more

Nigeria battles Egypt in mixed doubles final

Experience and youthfulness will come to fore at the ongoing ITTF Africa Senior Championships as Nigeria’s duo of Segun Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike battle against Egypt’s Omar Assar and Dina Meshref in the final of the mixed doubles event.

From the round of 16, it was his experience that gave Toriola and Oshonaike the victory as they overcame South Africa, Algeria and Egypt to set up a final against the defending champion, Assar and Meshref. Read more

FIBA Zone Three: Pillars face NIGELEC

Defending champions of the men’s category of the FIBA Africa Zone Three Club Basketball Championships, Kano Pillars, will seek to maintain their 100 per cent win record against Togo’s NIGELEC on Thursday in Lome, Togo.

The competition, which began on Monday, will end on October 30. There are six men’s teams and three women’s teams battling for the four tickets to represent the zone at the continental club competition in December. Read more

India’s war on the sex selection drugs linked to stillbirths

In February, like countless other young Indian women, Meena expected to give birth to a healthy baby. She and her husband were hoping their second child would be a boy. But she had a stillbirth, one of hundreds of thousands that are recorded in the country every year.

Sitting on the floor of her small home in Sampla, a village in Rohtak district in the northern state of Haryana, the 23-year-old said: “The doctor told me the child died in my womb. He said there was no heartbeat. There was no explanation.” Read more

Taiwan hostage released by Somalia pirates after four years

A Taiwanese man held hostage with his fishing crew by Somali pirates for four-and-a-half years has spoken to the BBC following their release.

The ship’s captain was shot dead trying to resist the hijacking and two others died of illness later. Read more

Labor demands assurance terrorist detention bill approved by solicitor general

Labor cannot properly scrutinise a bill to amend the criminal code because the government will not guarantee the solicitor general gave advice on its final version, the shadow attorney general Mark Dreyfus has said.

Dreyfus has demanded the government get the solicitor general’s advice on the bill to hold high-risk offenders after their sentences expire and postpone a parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security meeting scheduled for Friday until it has. Read more

Policeman shot dead during Venezuelan protests

A policeman has been shot dead during protests in Venezuela. Dozens were reported injured as thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets in efforts to oust leftist leader Nicolas Maduro.

After launching a political trial against Maduro on in the National Assembly, the opposition coalition held nationwide marches dubbed “Takeover of Venezuela”. Read more

Clinton has a huge lead over Trump by a staggering 14 points

Hillary Clinton appears on the cusp of a potentially commanding victory over Donald Trump, fueled by solid Democratic turnout in early voting, massive operational advantages and increasing enthusiasm among her supporters.

A new Associated Press-GfK poll released on Wednesday shows Clinton leading Trump nationally by a staggering 14 percentage points among likely voters, 51-37. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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