August 21, 2018

* Senate summons Emefiele, others over bank charges (Nation) * NDLEA arrests 253, convicts 31 drug traffickers in Edo (DailyTrust)

*   Senate summons Emefiele, others over bank charges (Nation)     *    NDLEA arrests 253, convicts 31 drug traffickers in Edo (DailyTrust)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE, JANUARY 31, 2018

Senate summons Emefiele, others over bank charges (Nation)

The Senate yesterday mandated its Committee on Banking to investigate alleged excess and arbitrary bank charges and illegal deductions by commercial banks. The Upper Chamber also resolved to summon the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, managing directors of commercial banks, forensic auditors and the Bankers Committee, with a view to harmonising and amending relevant banking laws, rules and guidelines that do not adequately protect the customers and remedy when overcharged. Read more

NDLEA arrests 253, convicts 31 drug traffickers in Edo (DailyTrust)

The Edo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it arrested 253 drug traffickers in Edo State last year. The command said it also secured the conviction of 31 drug traffickers across the state in the period. Addressing journalists yesterday in Benin, the state NDLEA Commander, Mr. Wakawa Buba, said illicit drugs weighing 45,341.04 kilogrammes were also seized while cannabis farms measuring 49.06 hectares were destroyed across the state during the period. Read more

Buhari: I’ll no longer tolerate killings, kidnappings (Sun)

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that his administration would no longer tolerate killings and kidnappings for ransom by armed gangs in the country. He also expressed concerns about the unprecedented level of insecurity across the country. This was even as Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State reiterated his call for the decentralisation and depoliticization of security services, as a way of resolving the deadly security challenges facing the country. Read more

Adeosun, Gwarzo disagree on SEC, Oando crisis, others (Nation)

Minister of Finance Mrs Kemi Adeosun and suspended Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) boss Mr Mounir Gwarzo yesterday disagreed on the cause and propriety of the suspension of the Director-General. At a House of Representatives’ public hearing by the Tajudeen Yusuf – led Committee on Capital Market and Institutions on Gwarzo’s suspension, Mrs. Adeosun said the suspension was in the interest of the capital market investing public. Read more

We’ll leave APC only when our supporters ask us — Kwara gov (DailyTrust)

Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has debunked claims in certain quarters that he is planning to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which he left with the likes of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and other chieftains ahead of the 2015 general elections. In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, the governor said he, Saraki and other political leaders in Kwara had no reason to return to the PDP or join any other political party unless they were asked to do so by their supporters. Read more

Customs seizes petroleum products, clothing materials worth N21.6m (Sun)

Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) recently seized 17,625 litres of fuel worth N2.6 million. The fuel, stored in 705 jerry cans, was seized at Yekeme Creek when the smugglers were in the process of evacuating them into their boats, preparatory to taking them to neighbouring countries. The Comptroller, Sarkin-Kebbi Mustapha, told journalists that prior to this seizure, his command had seized 2000, and 950 kegs of fuel October and November, respectively, on their way to neighbouring countries. Read more

Troops raid shrine in Benue, arrest chief priest (Nation)

The Army said it had arrested a native doctor, Tordue Gber (Tiv Swem), who allegedly acted as spiritual counselor to the wanted armed criminal militia, Akwazar Terwase (alias Gana), in Benue. A statement by Brig.-Gen Sani Usman, the Director of Army Public Relations, on Tuesday, said the suspect was picked up in Tor-Dunga town in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of the state during a raid on his shrine. Read more

Katsina, UNICEF tackle open defecation through SHAWN (DailyTrust)

UNICEF’s chief, Water and Sanitation Section in Nigeria, Zaid Jurji, has said, Nigeria is ranked third when it comes to open defecation and something drastically must be done to halt the trend. He said the practice leads to spread of diseases in the environment. “The situation of sanitation in Nigeria is a bit alarming on open defecation. Read more

Lagos trains workers on service delivery (Nation)

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has asked all workers in the state Public Service to provide good customer service to his citizens. The governor, represented by the Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry Of Establishments, Training, and Pensions, Dr Akintola Benson, spoke at the training organised by the ministry. Speaking on the topic, “Creating and maintaining a customer-centri driven culture in the Public Service delivery System”, Akinwunmi said civil servants must be polite, responsive and proactive in their interactions with the citizenry. Read more

GTB predicts 2.8% economy growth rate in 2018 (DailyTrust)

Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) analysts have predicted economy growth rate of between 2.3 per cent and 2.8 per cent in 2018. The bank in its 2018 Economic Outlook release on Tuesday night said 2018 would be driven by sustained oil receipts, higher government spending on infrastructure and activities leading to 2019 elections. Read more

Ahmed: I’m not returning to PDP (Nation)

Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has debunked claims that he is planning to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). A statement yesterday by his media aide, Muyideen Akorede, said the governor, Senate President Bukola Saraki and other political leaders in Kwara State have no reason to return to the PDP, or join any other party, unless pressured by supporters. Read more

Ajaokuta: FG explains why concession can’t work (Sun)

The Federal Government, yesterday, said legal hiccups arising from the decision of a London Court of Arbitration over the ownership of Ajaokuta Steel Complex, are still delaying its efforts to concession the steel plant. The Sole Administrator of the complex, Sumaila Abdul-Akaba, told senators that a 2010 audit report showed that $1.2 billion was required to turn around the moribund plant. Read more

Global wealth rises as inequality persists, says World Bank (Nation)

Global wealth grew significantly over the past two decades but per capita wealth declined or stagnated in more than two dozen countries in various income brackets, says a new World Bank report. Going beyond traditional measures, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the report uses wealth to monitor countries’economic progress and sustainabi-lity. Read more

Cameroonian gendarmes invade C’River community (Punch)

No fewer than 80 Cameroonian gendarmes on Monday crossed the international border between Nigeria and Cameroun and invaded Danare, in the Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State. The gendarmes, according to sources, claimed that they were fighting Cameroonian militants who took refuge in the community. Read more

TCN recovers 500 containers of transmission equipment (Nation)

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), recovered 500 containers of equipment for electricity transmission expansion on Monday, the Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said. He said the containers, which were left in the ports, were delivered to different transmission substations, and TCN sites where work is ongoing. Read more

One dies as OPC factions disagree over Ibadan mayhem (Punch)

The Oyo State Police Command has confirmed one person dead in the mayhem that occurred in the Oke-Ado area of Ibadan, Oyo State, on Monday. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, who spoke with our correspondent in Ibadan, added that the command had yet to verify if the 46 people arrested at the crime scene were factional members of the Oodua Peoples Congress. Read more

LASTMA’ll ensure free traffic on airport road, says commissioner (Nation)

Lagos Stare Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officials have been drafted to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) road to ensure seamless traffic, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development Rotimi Ogunleye said yesterday. In a statement, the commissioner said the government had begun removin structures on the right of way (RoW) for the road’s expansion. Read more

Tears, tributes as Deji Tinubu is buried (Nation)

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, his Ogun state counterpart Ibikunle Amosun and wife of Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo yesterday led thousands of friends, family members, colleagues and well-wishers to pay last respect to the late Deji Tinubu who passed on last Thursday. At a well-attended lying-in-state and funeral service held at the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Victoria Island, Lagos, tributes, eulogies and tears poured in freely for Tinubu Read more

Police recover 18 stolen vehicles in Osun (Punch)

The Osun State Police Command has recovered 18 stolen vehicles from a syndicate. The recovered vehicles comprise 12 Toyota Camry, four Toyota Corolla, one Toyota Highlander and one Nissan Sunny. Apart from the vehicles, one locally-made pistol with one live cartridge and one expended cartridge, charms and 13 pieces of six yards of Ankara, were recovered from the syndicate. Read more

NFF unveils Falcon’s Coach, Dennerby (Nation)

The Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday unveiled in Abuja,Thomas Dennerby, a former Coach of the Women’s National Team of Sweden, as Head Coach of the Super Falcons. Tuesday’s public presentation of the renowned tactician sits comfortably with the pledge by the Pinnick administration to put in place machinery for very robust and meaningful development of women football in Nigeria, and for the Falcons to challenge for laurels at global championships. Read more

CHAN: German coach plots Super Eagles fall against Sudan (Nation)

Sudan employed an experience German gaffer with the name Zdravko Logarusic to the Championship of African Nation (CHAN) going on in Morocco, and the tactician has said, he has no doubt about Wednesday’s Semi-final clash with the Super Eagles. You would recall that the German coach led an onslaught against the Chipolopolo of Zambia in Saturday’s quarterfinal match and was victorious though with a narrow 1-0 win. Read more

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