February 21, 2018

* Reps reject national conference, referendum * Robbery suspect rapes male victim in Lagos

* Reps reject national conference, referendum  * Robbery suspect rapes male victim in Lagos

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 6, 2016

 

 

Reps reject national conference, referendum

The House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a fresh bid for the convocation of a national conference and a referendum where a new constitution for the country would be approved by Nigerians. The Senate and the House are currently in the process of further amending the 1999 Constitution.

However, a member from Rivers State, Mr. Kingsley Chinda, and another lawmaker from Edo State, Mr. Peter Akpatason, introduced a bill on Wednesday seeking to provide for the convocation of a national conference. Read more

Robbery suspect rapes male victim in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a suspected robber, Ebere Nwankwo, for allegedly attacking and raping a male victim in the Lekki area of the state.

PUNCH Metro learnt that 20-year-old Nwankwo, after dispossessing his victim, identified only as Martins, of the sum of N22,000, allegedly had anal sexual intercourse with the victim. Read more

Corruption: Buhari has letters implicating Jonathan

President Muhammadu Buhari is in possession of some letters, written by former President Goodluck Jonathan, to request “off-budget funds.”

This was contained in Buhari’s authorised biography, ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria’, written by Prof. John Paden and presented to the public on Monday. Read more

Rowdy session as Senate rejects special grants for Lagos

The debate on a bill seeking special grants from the Federal Government to Lagos State degenerated to a shouting match during the plenary of the Senate on Wednesday.

The bill, if passed into law, will ensure that Lagos is legally entitled to one per cent of the total revenue generated by the Federal Government. Read more

Navy seizes boats with 19,200 litres of adulterated diesel

The Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Jubilee, Ikot Abasi; Forward Operating Base, Ibaka and Naval Out Post, Ikuru, Akwa Ibom State, have halted two wooden Cotonou boats with 19,200 litres of a product suspected to be illegally refined Automative Gas Oil.

The NNS Commander, Commodore Saidu Garba, said in Ikot Abasi on Wednesday that four persons suspected to be involved in bunkering were arrested, following a tip-off from those he called good-spirited members of the youth in Ataba community. Read more

We rejected panel’s report on Ondo primary –APC NWC

The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress appears far from over as party leaders have continued to give conflicting versions over the controversial Ondo State governorship primary of the party.

The APC’s National Vice-Chairman (South-South), Hilliard Eta, who spoke on behalf of other members of the party’s National Working Committee on Wednesday in Abuja, faulted the claim by his South-West counterpart, Pius Akinyelure, on the NWC’s decision on the appeal panel on the primary. Read more

Reps revisit controversial $1.1bn Malabu oil deal

An ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on Wednesday reopened investigation into the controversial $1.1bn award of Oil Prospecting Licence 245, better known as ‘Malabu Oil Deal.’

Lawmakers said Nigeria could not afford to lose an equivalent of “N500bn”, the local value of the money, using the current Naira to 1USD exchange rate. Read more

N255m armoured cars: Court refuses to stop Stella Oduah’s arrest

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday dismissed an application by a former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, asking for an order to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the police from arresting her with respect to the ongoing investigation into corruption allegation against her.

Oduah had filed the fundamental rights enforcement suit, asking the court to prohibit the Attorney-General of the Federation’s office, the EFCC, and the police from “inviting, arresting, investigating or prosecuting” her over the purchase of two armoured BMW vehicles at the cost of N255m by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority under her watch as the aviation minister in 2013. Read more

Next CJN: Commission sends Onnoghen’s name, two others

The Federal Judicial Service Commission met on Wednesday and decided on three names to be considered as successors to the outgoing Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, The PUNCH has learnt.

At the end of its meeting presided over by its Chairman who is the incumbent CJN, the commission nominated the next three most senior Justices of the Supreme Court to the National Judicial Council. Read more

Reps revisit controversial $1.1bn Malabu oil deal

An ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on Wednesday reopened investigation into the controversial $1.1bn award of Oil Prospecting Licence 245, better known as ‘Malabu Oil Deal.’

Lawmakers said Nigeria could not afford to lose an equivalent of “N500bn”, the local value of the money, using the current Naira to 1USD exchange rate. Read more

Delta officials accused of child trafficking

A child rights activist, Mr. Ighorhiohwumu Aghogho,  has accused some officials of the Delta State Government of involvement in child trafficking and breaching the process for adopting orphans as contained in the state child rights law.

Aghogho, who is also a proprietor of Explosive Academy, a special school for the correction of children beyond parental control, located in Abraka, stated this at a briefing held in Warri on Wednesday. Read more

B’Haram has no base in Nigeria – Military

The Nigerian military on Wednesday said “beyond the Sambisa Forest,” the Boko Haram sect had no known base within Nigeria

The head of the nation’s counter-insurgency operation in the North East (Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole), Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, said this at a press conference in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Read more

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Corruption: INEC awaits EFCC’s report on officers

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it is waiting for the report of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on its officers accused of corruption before taking a decision on them.

The Director of Voter Education and Publicity at the commission, Mr. Oluwole Ozasse-Uzi, stated this in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday. Read more

Militants give gov conditions to accept amnesty

A group of Niger Delta militants operating in Rivers State has made a 10-point demand that must be met before they will accept the amnesty offered by Wike.

The group, which identified itself as Egi Freedom Fighters, warned that it would reject the state amnesty programme, unless all the conditions were met. Read more

APC will expose PDP in court, says Oshiomhole

The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that the All Progressives Congress will lead evidence at the election petitions tribunal to show how the Peoples Democratic Party allegedly benefited from an electoral fraud during last Wednesday’s governorship poll conducted in the state.

Oshiomhole noted that, contrary to claims by the PDP that its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, was allegedly denied victory in the election, he (Ize-Iyamu) “is not worth 50,000 votes”. Read more

Woman, daughter electrocuted in Lagos power surge

A woman, identified as Florence Okanlawon, has lost her life, while her daughter, Taiwo, is lying in a critical condition in a Lagos hospital after a power surge affected houses on Shokoya Close, in the Oke-Ira, Ogba area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the incident happened around 8am on Wednesday. Read more

300 houses flooded as agency releases Oyan Dam water

No fewer than 300 houses have been flooded and 860 households displaced following the opening of Oyan Dam water, one of the tributaries of the Ogun River.

The affected areas include Agiliti/Maidan, Orile, Owode, Agboyi and Araromi communities in Ketu and Mile 12 areas in Lagos; and Akute and Warewa communities, as well as estates in and around OPIC in Ogun State. Read more

NNPC to produce diesel from crops

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Wednesday announced that it had commenced the integration of biofuels production from selected energy crops through its agriculture development programme.

It stated that it had started mobilising to site on a first large-scale commercial biofuels venture in Nigeria, adding that it would plant an energy crop known as Jatropha and convert the extracted oil from its seeds to biodiesel to fuel diesel engines. Read more

UN report on oil crises ready next year

The report of the United Nations’ (UN) findings on the problems rocking the oil and gas, maritime and other sectors will be ready in the first quarter of 2017, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) Managing Director Dr Amy Jadesinmi has said.

She told The Nation that the UN was relying on the Business and Development Sustainable Commission (BDSC) – to get the findings ready as well as map out strategies on how to facilitate growth in the petroleum and allied sectors. Read more

Investments in oil, gas free zones hit $75b

Investments in  Nigeria’s oil and gas free zones has hit $75 billion. It has also created more than 200,000 direct and indirect jobs from 150 companies, it was learnt yesterday.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive, Oil and Gas Free Zones (OGFZs) Authority, Mr Umana Okon Umana, has restated his determination to sustain the growth and ensure full realisation of the mandate for which it was set up. Read more

Reps probe CBN over forex crisis

Members of the House of Representatives were angry on Wednesday as they ordered an investigation into the scarcity of foreign exchange in the country.

The naira, which exchanged for N490 to the United States  dollar last Thursday on the parallel market, was offered at N475 per dollar on Wednesday, amid biting scarcity of hard currencies. Read more

Raise revenue through tax, IMF urges Fed Govt

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised the Federal Government to build up revenue mobilisation through tax capacity building for the country to get out of rcession and meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

Its Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, Vitor Gaspar, who spoke at a press briefing on the IMF Fiscal Monitor report in Washington yesterday, said the debt rise in the country is characteristic of oil-producing economies. Read more

Nigeria Drops to 127th Place on WEF’s Global Competitiveness Index

Nigeria has dropped three places to the 127th position on the latest World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) for 2016-2017, out of 138 countries surveyed. The country was previously ranked 124th on the index.

At 127th position, Nigeria only performed better than Madagascar, Yemen, Venezuela, Congo DR, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Mozambique, Chad, Mauritania and Malawi. Read more

NBS, IMF prediction on Nigeria’s economy for 2016 differ

THE National Bureau of Statistics, NBS yesterday predicted that Nigeria’s economy is likely to shrink by 1.3 per cent in 2016 , contrary to a higher 1.7 per cent predicted by the International Monetary Fund, IMF.
The NBS’s Executive, Yemi Kale, according to Reuters report said that, a sharp downward revision of its estimates was prompted by sharp falls in the naira after dollar peg was dropped. Read more

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S’Africa’s FirstRand Group Eyes Undervalued Assets in Nigeria

FirstRand Limited, a South African bank and the leading lender by market value on the continent, plans to buy assets in Nigerian, as it seeks to capitalise on the global fall in commodity prices that has pushed down asset valuation in Africa’s biggest economy.

The plan comes five years after the lender decided against buying majority shares in Sterling Bank Plc because of high prices in shares. Read more

Raise revenue through tax, IMF urges Fed Govt

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised the Federal Government to build up revenue mobilisation through tax capacity building for the country to get out of rcession and meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

Its Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, Vitor Gaspar, who spoke at a press briefing on the IMF Fiscal Monitor report in Washington yesterday, said the debt rise in the country is characteristic of oil-producing economies. Read more

NFF Owns Up: We Are in Distress

Five days after the communication department of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) denied in ‘strong term’ the reports that the Glass House is short of cash to prosecute the World Cup qualifying match against Zambia in Ndola this Sunday, the federation boss, Amaju Pinnick, wednesday admitted that the financial situation at the football house was critical. Read more

Taribo Warns Eagles against Dangerous Zambian Attack

A former Super Eagles defender, Taribo West, has warned Coach Gernot Rohr and his wards to be wary of tricky Chipolopolo forwards as Nigeria opens her 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign against Zambia this weekend in Ndola.

Speaking in Lagos yesterday, Taribo insisted that Zambia’s strength is the ability of its dangerous strike force to rip apart any unsuspecting defence. Read more

Iwobi, Iheanacho settle for new shirt numbers

Arsenal 20 year old forward Alex Iwobi appears to have finally settled for a new shirt number with the Nigeria senior national team after twice switching numbers.

The shirt number he usually wore for Arsenal number 17 belongs to Eddy Onazi in the Nigeria senior senior team, forcing him to a change of number, which has seen him alternate between jersey 19, 20 and 18. Read more

We finished poorly, says Abia Warriors’ Ihuarulam

At the beginning of the season, Abia Warriors were tipped to challenge for the title but went through a bad patch which eventually led to the resignation of coach Kennedy Boboye.

“It was a really tough season. At one stage our head was on the block but through perseverance, patience and hard work we managed to pull through,” Ihuarulam told Goal. Read more

Thailand Is Marking the Darkest Day In Its Living Memory

Protesting students labeled as communists were shot, beaten, raped and killed, in a brutal campus massacre forty years ago

Oct. 6, 1976 is a date that still haunts the government and people of Thailand. On it, state forces massacred scores of student activists on the lawn of Bangkok’s Thammasat University. Read more

Typhoon Chaba batters South Korea and heads to Japan

At least five people have been killed after Typhoon Chaba battered South Korea with strong winds and heavy rain.

The southern cities of Busan and Ulsan were worst affected, as well as the resort island of Jeju. Read more

Mother’s boyfriend, 32, is arrested for raping ten-month-old girl to death 

A 10-month-old baby girl has died after allegedly being brutally raped and beaten by her mother’s boyfriend, according to reports.

Benjamin (‘Benji’) Ryan Taylor, 32, of Cottageville, West Virginia, was arrested and charged on Monday in the sexual assault and death of Emmaleigh, who was 10 months old, according to theWest Virginia Gazette. Read more

Italian police find fugitive mafia boss hiding behind a wardrobe

Italian police arrested on Wednesday a fugitive Calabrian mafia boss who had been hiding in a secret room in his own home, five years after he escaped the clutches of the law.

‘Ndrangheta boss Antonio Pelle, considered one of the country’s most dangerous fugitives, had been hiding in a secret room in his home in Benestare, a small town near the southern city of Reggio Calabria, authorities said. Read more

Kuwait to compensate citizens for petrol price hike

The Kuwaiti government agreed to compensate citizens for hiking petrol prices in a plan to “partially liberalise” the fuel subsidy, parliament speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem said on Wednesday.

Those holding driver’s licences would be compensated with 75 litres (20 gallons) of “free petrol” each month, Ghanem told reporters after a three-hour meeting between the government and a number of lawmakers. Read more

Trump and Clinton return to center stage after lackluster VP debate

The vice-presidential debate left few traces on Wednesday as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton returned to center stage.

The televised contest between Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia and Indiana Governor Mike Pence was quickly forgotten on Wednesday as Trump and Clinton aimed fire on each other. Tuesday night’s debate, which had the lowest ratings of any such matchup since Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman’s encounter in 2000, focused entirely on the top of the ticket, and that continued as memories quickly faded of Pence and Kaine’s face-off in Farmville, Virginia. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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