SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 29, 2016
Efcc sets up team to identify, mark Patience Jonathan’s property
Indications emerged on Friday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was intensifying moves to gather evidence against the former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, for a possible prosecution.
A top operative of the commission said on Friday that the leadership of the commission had initiated a discreet probe of the former First Lady in a bid to assemble evidence against her in the event of her prosecution as a fallout of the commission’s decision to freeze $20m traced to her. Read more
Judges’ trial: Court refuses to stop Buhari, DSS, AGF
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday refused to grant an application filed by a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, seeking an order restraining President Muhammadu Buhari, the Department of State Services and others from re-arresting or taking any “untoward action” against five of the eight judges whose houses were recently raided by DSS operatives.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole declined to grant the prayer shortly after Ogungbeje’s counsel, Mr. Ayo Ogundele, moved the ex parte application on Friday. Read more
Buhari’s meeting: Clark, N/Delta leaders meet to harmonise positions
Members of the Niger Delta Dialogue Team, otherwise known as Pan Niger Delta Group, led by former Information Minister, Chief Edwin Clark, will today (Saturday) meet in Abuja to decide on the key issues to be discussed when they meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday next week.
The meeting, which sources told our correspondent is expected to hold at the Abuja residence of Clark, would be attended by members of the committee, many of whom were said to have arrived Abuja on Friday evening. Read more
Kidnapping: Shun unsolicited calls for contracts, nscdc urges firms, others
The Rivers State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps has called on companies and members of the public to shun unsolicited calls for contracts and other jobs from unknown persons.
NSCDC State Commandant, Mrs. Helen Amakiri, made this call on Thursday while handing over three kidnap victims to their Jofad Global Services. Read more
Navy vows to rid A’Ibom of maritime criminals
The Nigerian Navy has said it will intensify efforts to rid criminals from Akwa Ibom waterways and boost economic activities within and outside the fishing settlements.
The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, said this during his visit to NNS Jubilee, Ikot Abasi, Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of the state on Monday. Read more
Surrender arms or be declared wanted, Rivers warns cult leaders
The Rivers State Government has told two cult leaders in Ikwerre LGA, ThankGod Wandikom and Friday, to surrender their arms and embrace amnesty or be declared wanted.
The state government also said that the two cultists, who refused to accept the amnesty programme, would be tagged enemies of the state within 48 hours should they fail to change their minds. Read more
DSS rescues operative from kidnappers’ den in rivers
OPERATIVES of the Department of State Services on Thursday rescued one of their colleagues, who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Wednesday.
The victim, identified as Agnes, was abducted along Eleme-Agbonchia Road in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State. Read more
Bakassi IDPs allege extortion by Cameroon gendarmes
Some Bakassi internally displaced persons in Cross River State have alleged massive arrests and extortions of their kinsmen by Cameroonian gendarmes.
They alleged that at least 40 persons were arrested in one week by the gendarmes along the Nigerian waterways and taken to a camp in Abana, which had been ceded to Cameroon, from where they were compelled to pay a minimum of N25, 000 to secure their release. Read more
Navy mounts surveillance on 37 creeks in N’Delta
The Nigerian Navy says it has mounted surveillance on 37 creeks in the Niger Delta to put an end to oil theft as well as criminal activities in the region.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, who disclosed this in Calabar, Cross State capital, while inspecting facilities in formations under the Eastern Naval Command, said there were over 6,000 creeks in the Nigerian waterways. Read more
4,000 insurgency victims besiege hospital for free medicare
No fewer than 4,000 victims of insurgency in Adamawa State have received free medical care through the free medical outreach offered by the Nigeria Medical Association.
Residents of Mubi and environs thronged the Mubi General Hospital as early as 7am on Thursday to await the free medical outreach embarked upon by the Adamawa State Chapter of the NMA. Read more
Immigration service finally recruits 888 applicants
The Nigeria Immigration Service has finally employed 888 applicants who met its criteria out of the 2000 aggrieved applicants who had been protesting against their dismissal from the service while undergoing training.
The Comptroller-General of the NIS, Muhammed Babandede, who gave the information at a news conference on Friday in Abuja, stated that out of the 2,000 applicants, a total of 1,470 reported for screening while 888 met all the criteria and were therefore successful. Read more
Northern groups caution Buhari over feud with Tinubu
Northern socio-cultural and political groups have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to avoid unnecessary feud with a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, which they described as capable of destroying the ruling party.
This, they said, had become imperative because of the insinuation that Buhari and Tinubu are not in very good terms even though none of them has publicly admitted it. Read more
Dismissed FRSC official arrested for killing ex-colleague
The Oyo State Police Command has arrested a former Federal Road Safety Corps member, who killed an official of the FRSC in Oyo town.
The suspect, Nurudeen Alin (32), and his accomplice, Mohammed Garba (26), went to the residence of their victim, Yahuza Fakai, at College Road, Amejiogbe area of Oyo town and stabbed him with a knife several times. Read more
Campus cult clash claims three in Calabar
At least, three persons have died following renewed cult clash between rival groups at the Calabar campus of the Cross River University of Technology.
The cause of the renewed clash was not clear, but Southern City News learnt on Friday that the fight started on Monday after some students of the institution completed their final degree examinations. Read more
Nigeria lost N2tn to militancy, pipeline vandalism – NNPC
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said from January 2016 till date, government lost $7bn, about N2.1tn, to the activities of militancy groups and oil pipeline vandals in the Niger Delta region.
The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, said this on Friday in Abuja at the 2016 Fiscal Liquidity Assessment Committee Retreat. Read more
FG seeks $1.8bn for rehabilitation of refineries
The Federal Government will be spending between $1.4bn and $1.8bn to rehabilitate the nation’s refineries within two years in its bid to reposition the oil and gas sector.
The rehabilitation will be carried out with the participation of the private sector. Read more
Gowon, Oloibiri and the spell of crying
Oloibiri Well No 1. It is the display board on the first oil rig in Nigeria. The visible advertised signal of the first Oil Well relic appeared like the ‘first atomic bomb on Hiroshima’ mark of an all destroying war for residents of this lowbrow place in the Niger Delta. Shell D’Arcy discovered petroleum in 1956 at Oloibiri and with pioneer production from February 1958, progressively shipped barrels of crude oil per day to Europe. Read more
Grant us amnesty or we’ll cripple Lagos, Ogun, Arepo militants explode
I am General Ossy Ibori. I am 40 years old. We are from Niger Delta region, from Isaac Boro’s hometown. We started this business of bunkering in 1998 here in Lagos during which we had an agreement with the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) to settle them. In those days, we were giving the OPC between N250, 000 to N350, 000 every night before the mobile policemen later came on the scene.
That was in 2001 and 2002. After paying them the money, they would allow us to do our bunkering work but later they killed our brothers. Read more
30 per cent of forex spent on fuel imports – Adeosun
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Friday said that 30 per cent of the Nigeria’s demand for foreign exchange was for fuel importation.
Adeosun stated this in Lagos at the launch of “FirstGem” , a product of First Bank of Nigeria Ltd., aimed at empowering women through wealth creation. Read more
Group calls for support for FG over recession
With the biting economic recession in the country, the Police Assistance Committee (PAC) and its affiliate Association of Tradesmen/ Women and Artisans have called on Nigerians to rally support for the Buhari administration to enable it succeed in its drive to combat recession and return Nigeria to economic boom.
At a two-day workshop held in Lagos on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) organized for its members comprising Chief Security Officers (CSOs) of government and private establishments, chairmen, secretaries and PROs of associations and unions of tradesmen and artisans, the organization observed that the hard economic situation Nigerians are going through currently will be shortlived, if all hands must be on deck to support the various economic policies government is putting in place to diversify the economy towards non-oil sectors and the move to embrace locally produced goods. Read more
AfDB, NEPC task Nigeria on $5 trillion fashion industry potential
Estimated to potentially worth about $5 trillion globally on a yearly basis, Nigeria has been tasked on the need to tap maximally the benefits the fashion and creative industry has to offer.
This is even as it has been established that Nigeria is not listed among the top 10 apparel-exporting countries in Africa. Read more
NISRAL Mobilises N65bn Rice Value Chain Project
In view of the need to enhance the value chain in rice production, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is organizing stakeholders in Niger State for value chain rice production even as the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) has facilitated N65 billion loans to farmers across the country for same project.
This is also coming on the heels of the assurance by the Federal Government that the country is set to beat its year 2017 target of self-sufficiency in rice production, to revive and boost the dwindling economy. Read more
Dangote Tasks NIPSS On Economic Diversification
President/chief executive officer, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has challenge participants of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru near Jos to explore ways of contributing meaningfully to the present efforts to diversify the economy, saying as a leading policy formulation body in the country, their input remain vital to economic development.
Dangote throw the challenge in a lecture titled “Promotion of Local Manufacturing and Poverty Reduction in Nigeria: The Private Sector Experience and Policy Options” for senior executive course S.E.C.38 of the national institute. Read more
Badagry Deep Sea Port will make Lagos Africa’s 5th Largest Economy, says Ambode
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has expressed optimism that the $2.6bn Badagry Deep Sea Port Project would be a major turning point that would go a long way to bring about global growth to Nigerian waters and by extension, the country’s economy.
Ambode, who spoke shortly after a meeting with the executive management of APM Terminals (Maersk Group), represented by Mr. Morten Engelstoft, chief executive designate of APM Terminals in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the advancement of the port, said the project would also complement the emergence of Lagos as the 5th largest economy in Africa. Read more
Beware of Algeria’s new coach, ex-Eagles tell Rohr
Former Nigeria internationals, Etim Esin and Edema Fuludu, have warned Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr, over Algeria’s new coach, Georges Leekens.
With 16 days to their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in Uyo, Algeria on Thursday announced the Belgian as the new coach of the Desert Foxes following the sack of Serbian Milovan Rajevac, who left the post after their 1-1 draw with Cameroon in their opening match of the World Cup qualifiers. Read more
NSA 2016: Organisers announce first set of shortlists
The first set of nominees shortlisted for the 5th Nigerian Sports Award has been released by the organisers.
Members of the award’s Panel who met in Lagos on Tuesday announced the shortlists for the Coach of the Year, Footballer of the Year (Men) and Team of the Year categories. Read more
Emeka Obi: Talent waiting to explode – Flitcroft
Manager of English League One side, Bury FC, David Flitcroft has described Nigeria born Emeka Obi as a highly talented player sure to take the game by storm in the near future. Obi, according to Flitcroft, is the ‘best talent at 15-years-old in the entire country’ adding that it is not surprising that he has hit the radar of many top clubs in recent times.
Meanwhile Liverpool have agreed a deal with the center back but the move is being held up over visa issues, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC. Read more
Akwa Utd to unveil Maikaba on Monday
Akwa United will unveil new technical adviser, Abdu Maikaba on Monday in Uyo to begin the start of his two years contract with the Promise Keepers.
Maikaba replaced sacked Maurice Cooreman and is expected to make Akwa United among the best three clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) before the end of the season. Read more
FedEx cargo plane carrying 46,000 pounds of mail bursts into FLAMES seconds after landing at Fort Lauderdale airport
A FedEx cargo plane carrying 46,000 pounds of US mail burst into flames just moments after landing at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday.
The plane’s landing gear collapsed and sparked a fire, causing the Boeing MD-10 aircraft’s fuselage to explode and the left wing to burst into flames. Read more
Teen ‘bullied over his big ears’ admits killing four people and hurting seven others in school shooting but his name is NOT released under Canadian law
A teenager who was teased about his large ears pleaded guilty Friday to murdering two people and wounding seven others in a mass shooting at a high school in western Canada earlier this year.
The 18-year-old also admitted to killing two brothers in a nearby home in northern Saskatchewan. Read more
Hillary Clinton rocked by new FBI emails probe
A new shock hit Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as the FBI said it is looking into whether there was classified information on a device belonging to the estranged husband of one of her closest aides.
Adding to the drama of the stunning revelation, the FBI uncovered the emails during a sexting investigation of Anthony Weiner, the disgraced ex-congressman who is separated from long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Read more