Sabinews Morning News Update for September 26, 2015
Security Agencies Foil Attempt to Free Boko Haram Detainees in Lokoja
A combined effort of security agencies saved the day on Friday as suspected Boko Haram terrorists stormed a Directorate of Security Services (DSS) facility in Lokoja and tried to free their members detained there.
This is as the Nigerian military said that over 200 members of Boko Haram terrorists group on Friday surrendered to their troops in newly liberated Banki Town of Borno State, North-eastern part of the country. Read more
APC Bars Members from Speaking for Party
In what seemed like a move to stave off a clash between the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the Deputy, Comrade Timi Frank, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has placed an order restricting all members of the National Working Committee from speaking for it except Mohammed.
Timi Frank had recently issued statements on behalf of the party’s leadership, ordering a shift in the date of the governorship primary in Bayelsa State. Read more
FG Uncovers N20m Excess Payment in Police Pension Account
The federal government, through the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has stated that it discovered about N20 million excess payments in the police pension account.
The directorate also announced that it would commence verification of over 100, 000 civil service pensioners so as to clean up the payroll which it suspected could have ghost beneficiaries. Read more
Declare State of Emergency on S’East Roads, Ohuabunwa Urges FG
With the harrowing experience commuters experience on a daily basis while travelling on major federal roads in the South East zone, the Senator representing Abia North has called for a state of emergency to be declared on the roads.
He made the call while speaking with journalists in Umuahia, saying that Bende-Ohafia-Arochukwu federal road had become “an affliction on the people” while Enugu-Port Harcourt high way, Aba-Ikot Ekpene- Calabar, Enugu- Awka- Onitsha and Umuahia –Ikot Ekpene roads were all in shambles. Read more
AIDS: Buhari Pleads for Reduction of Anti-Retroviral Drugs Cost
President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to pharmaceutical companies for more cooperation and understanding in reducing the cost of anti – retroviral drugs through production of generic items.
The president made the appeal at a side event organised by the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) at the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States. Read more
60,000 Nigerian Youths Trafficked Annually to Europe through Desert, Group Reveals
Government at all levels have been urged to as a matter of priority, halt he irregular migrations of youths from Nigeria to Europe and other western nations in search of the proverbial greener pastures as over 60,000 Nigerians were trafficked through African countries like Libya and Morocco across the Mediterranean sea to Europe, a group revealed Friday. Read more
Gunmen Kidnap Clergy, 70, in Ondo
As the dust is gradually settling down on the abduction of an Afenifere Chieftain, Chief Olu Falae, the pastor of Apostolic Faith church, Ilepa, in Ikare Akoko, Reverend Japhet Obafemi, has been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen.
The 70 year-old clergy was said to have been abducted along Auga-Akunnu road near Ondo-Kogi states border in Akoko North-East Local Government area of the state. Read more
Davido, Ekubo, Top MAFP 2015 Peace Award
Davido has been nominated by Miss Ambassador for Peace, Peace Achievers Awards to receive the ‘Africa most creative artiste of the year award’ alongside Alex Ekubor, nominated as the ‘best actor’ of the year, 2015.
The event, according to the organizers, is to appreciate creativity and also to encourage healthy competition in the music industry as well as the Nolly-hood. Kingsley Amafibe said Miss Ambassador for Peace, Peace Achievers Awards was one of the biggest entertainment events in Nigeria. Read more
Glo’s Dance with Peter goes on Air Saturday
The Reality TV Show, “Dance with Peter”, sponsored by the telecommunications operator, Globacom, will from this weekend hit the airwaves as millions of viewers will begin to follow the sensational performances by the contestants in the show on television.
Auditions for the dancing contest in Africa were held in five cities across Nigeria and Ghana: Abuja, Accra, Benin City, Lagos and Port Harcourt, where over 30 contestants were selected for the hot finals in Lagos. Read more
Nigeria Declared Polio-Free, Removed From Endemic List
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 25 September that Nigeria is now polio-free and has been officially removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic. It’s been 14 months since any cases of polio caused by the wild virus have been detected there.
With Nigeria’s historic achievement, polio remains endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. That means transmission of the virus has never been stopped there. Read more
Sirius Petroleum Raises $1.55m To Finance Ororo Field Development
Sirius Petroleum, an exploration and development-focused oil and gas company, said on Tuesday that it has raised GBP 1 million ($1.55 million) through a share placing in order to help it finance its Ororo Field well permit application in Nigeria.
Sirius said that it would collaborate with Guarantee Petroleum and Owena Oil & Gas in applying for a well permit for the Ororo-2 well from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). Read more
NNPC loses N250bn yearly through PPMC –GMD
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is said to be losing about N250bn annually, owing to the inefficiencies of the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company, which is one of its subsidiaries.
According to the NNPC, the PPMC is responsible for over 80 per cent of the losses incurred by the Corporation. Read more
‘Reneweable energy centre’ll address power problems’
The reneweable energy centre of the University of Ilorin will address Nigeria‘s energy needs when completed, the Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has said.
Noting that there is the need to augment the power generation and distribution of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, he stated that the energy centre would assist PHCN in power generation in the country. Read more
Nigeria’s oil export hits lowest level in June
Export of the nation’s crude oil fell by 14.6 per cent in June to 58.62 million barrels, the lowest level so far this year, the latest monthly report from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has shown.
In January, 68.66 million barrels of Nigerian crude oil were snapped up by buyers including India, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, among others. Read more
Missing NNPC $20 bn: Kachikwu recalls external auditors
In line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s change and anti-graft agenda, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, has decided to revisit the issue of the missing $20 billion NNPC fund.
‘’We are bringing back the auditors to do a full audit of NNPC accounts. The last audit was done in 2010, so we will make the accounts up to date,” he said during an interaction with journalists in Lagos, yesterday. The nation was mired in controversies recently following public bashing and accusations of unaccounted funds, in excess of $20 billion as alleged by former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Read more
CBN laments poor enrolment for BVN
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has raised the alarm that less than half of active bank accounts in the Nigerian banking system have been enrolled in the Bank Verification Number (BVN) exercise.
A statement from the CBN last night in Abuja expressed concerns that bank customers are not taking advantage of “the extension to complete their BVN registration and also ensure that their various bank accounts have been linked to the BVN.” Read more
NNPC Explores Alternative Funding to Pay $6bn Arrears of JV Cash Calls
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has said the corporation had started to explore alternative funding models to pay the outstanding arrears of its obligations to the joint venture companies with the International Oil Companies (IOCs), which currently stands at about $6 billion. Read more
Nigeria can qualify for Olympics – Nwosu
Despite their failure to win gold at the All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo, a former Golden Eaglets coach, Henry Nwosu, has said the Nigeria U-23 team, coached by Samson Siasia, can qualify for the Olympics.
The boys fell short of expectations at the 2015 All Africa Games, losing 3-1 to Burkina Faso in the semi-final. They went on to win bronze beating Congo 5-3 on penalties after the third place match ended goalless. Read more
Tough task for U-23 team – Amao, Disu
It will not be an easy task for Nigeria’s U-23 team when they take on Egypt, Algeria and Mali in the CAF U-23 Nations Cup, which serves as the qualifier for the 2016 Olympics, following their struggle at the recently concluded All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo.
While Nigeria will play in Group B in M’Bour, hosts Senegal, South Africa, Zambia and Tunisia will battle in Group A in Dakar, and only the top three teams will be representing Africa at the Olympics. CAF U-23 Nations Cup holds from November 28 to December 12. Read more
Oliseh to give Haruna another chance
Head coach of the Nigeria national team, Sunday Oliseh, has said Lukman Haruna still has a future with the Super Eagles.
Haruna was substituted after 36 minutes in Nigeria’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam on September 5. Read more
Kenya’s Teachers, Students Return to School as Strike Suspended
Kenya’s employment and labor relations court ruled Friday that the country’s public school teachers must suspend their strike for 90 days. They have been out of their classrooms since September 1st, after demanding the government pay a court-ordered 50 to 60 percent increase in their salaries. Read more
Burkina Faso president disbands presidential guard
Burkina Faso’s transitional president on Friday signed a decree to disband the presidential guard that staged a coup more than a week ago.
Interim President Michel Kafando also fired the commander of the presidential guard, Col. Boureima Kere, and the country’s security minister, Col. Sidi Pare, according to the decree that was read on national television. Read more
Ghana bans export of some vegetables to EU market
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), has placed a temporary ban on exports of some vegetables to the European Union market.
The ban would remain in place until all issues on interceptions by the Food and Vegetable Office (PVO) of the European Commission (EC) are addressed. Read more
Army denies truck consignment to Congo used for ‘smuggling’ drugs
As mystery shrouds over illegal weapons and narcotics allegedly being found in an Indian Army consignment of military truck shipped from Mumbai to the Republic of Congo for use by the Indian peacekeepers there, army has denied any role in it.
The consignment was checked for illegal drugs and weapons by the Kenyan authorities at the port of Mombasa on September 17 following a tip-off from the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Read more
15 civilians killed in Boko Haram attack in SE Niger: TV
Fifteen civilians were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on a border village in southeastern Niger, state television reported, the latest deadly raid by the Islamist group.
The attack followed two months of calm in the area and took place as Muslims marked Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, the most important holiday of the Islamic calendar. Read more
South African man gets 7 years for conning Vietnam woman out of $9,000
A Ho Chi Minh City court Thursday sentenced a South African man to seven years in jail for his role in an elaborate con to swindle a local woman out of US$9,000.
Mbouwe Ebubu, 41, was the only member of the con gang to come face to face with the victim, a 29-year-old in Thu Duc District. Read more
Obama announces ‘understanding’ with China’s Xi on cyber theft but remains wary
President Barack Obama announced on Friday that he had reached a “common understanding” with Chinese President Xi Jinping on curbing economic cyber espionage, but threatened to impose U.S. sanctions on Chinese hackers who persist with cyber crimes.
The two leaders also unveiled a deal to build on a landmark emissions agreement struck last year, outlining new steps they will take to deliver on pledges they made then to slash their greenhouse gas emissions. Read more
Malawi: U.N. Warns of a Food Crisis
The World Food Program, the hunger-fighting agency of the United Nations, warned Friday of an impending crisis in the southeastern African nation of Malawi, saying that more than 2.8 million people there will lack enough to eat over the next several months because of severe floods and a drought that ruined the 2015 harvest. Read more
China says to look at corrupt asset seizures with U.S.
China and the United States will look at the mutual recognition and enforcement of seizure orders for dirty assets which have been taken abroad by corruption suspects, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday after a presidential summit.
A perceived lack of cooperation from the United States at the Chinese government’s corruption crackdown has been an irritant in ties between the world’s two largest economies. Read more
At U.N., Pope condemns ‘boundless thirst’ for wealth and power
Pope Francis on Friday condemned the craving for material gains and power, warning an annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations that greed is destroying the Earth’s resources and aggravating poverty.
The 78-year-old Argentine pontiff also prayed at the memorial to those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in perhaps the most solemn moment of his first visit to the United States. Read more
Thai police claim first suspect they arrested is Bangkok shrine bomber
Thai police on Saturday said a foreigner held in custody over last month’s deadly Bangkok attack was the same yellow-shirted man seen on CCTV placing a rucksack at the shrine moments before the blast.
Authorities have earlier said it was unlikely that either of the two men detained over the 17 August blast, which left 20 dead, were the bomber in what has been an often confusing and contradictory police investigation. Read more