Sabinews Morning News Update for June 5, 2015
Suicide bombers kill 27 in Yola, Maiduguri
There were two explosions through suicide bombers last night in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital and Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
A female suicide bomber killed eight soldiers and injured three others at a checkpoint in Maiduguri, military sources said yesterday. Read more
‘N8b fraud’: Six more bankers arraigned
The last batch of six Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) staff and 16 other bankers were yesterday arraigned before Justice Adeyinka Faaj of a Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The stage is now set for the trial of the accused persons in the alleged N8billion currency fraud.
Docked yesterday at the resumed arraignment of the bankers were three CBN officials – Kolawole Babalola, Olaniran Muniru Adeola and Toogun Kayode Phillip. Read more
Rivers Bans Consumption of Local Gin after Death of 32 Persons
The Rivers State Government has announced a ban on the consumption of local gin (popularly called Ogogoro or Kai-kai) following the death of about 32 persons in parts of the state.
About 15 persons were said to have died at Woji town in Port Harcourt metropolis while another 17 persons were said to have died in Bonny Island. The deaths in Woji were attributed to the consumption of a dog meat delicacy and local gin containing a high dose of ethanol. Read more
Wike Appoints Obuah Sole Administrator Waste Management Authority
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has appointed the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Felix Obuah, as the new sole administrator of the state waste management authority “with immediate effect.”
The governor has also given the Obuah a 72-hour deadline to rid Port Harcourt of the mountain of refuse that has taken over most streets in the metropolis. Read more
U.S. team for Nigeria to join Boko Haram fight
The United States (U.S.) is set to join forces with the Muhammadu Buhari administration in the battle against Boko Haram.
The Obama administration will send a team to Nigeria in the next few weeks to discuss with the government ways to renew cooperation in the fight against the sect, a senior U.S. diplomat said yesterday. Read more
Female Journalist kidnapped in Imo
The Correspondent Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Imo State Council, was thrown into confusion on Thursday as the Chief Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Miss Chidi Opara has was reported kidnapped by unknown persons.
THISDAY gathered the female journalist, who is also an executive member of the Correspondent Chapel, met her fate at about 8p.m. Wednesday in front of her residence at Urrata near Owerri, the state capital. Read more
Abductors of Ondo Regent Demand N20m Ransom
Barely 48 hours after the Regent of Akungba-Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oluwatoyin Omosowon and three other persons, were kidnapped, a source said the abductors have demanded for a ransom of N20 million.
The regent was kidnapped on her way to Akure to attend the inaugural lecture delivered by the Vice-Chancellor of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA). Read more
Blood Bath in Lagos Cult War Claims 5
At least five youths, belonging to a villainous group on the Lagos Island, were on Wednesday night shot dead along Ajah Road in a war of supremacy amongst the rival groups, thereby plunging the state into pandemonium and counter attacks.
Our correspondent gathered that the deceased, along with other youths from Lagos Island, went for a naming ceremony in Ajah area of the state and were returning home in a chartered Volkswagen bus when another set of hoodlums opened fire on the bus and killed five of the occupants. Read more
Buhari charges corps members on fight against corruption
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, charged National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, members to join hands with his administration in the fight against corruption in the country.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of 2015 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) corps members deployed to Lagos State, at the NYSC Orientation Camp, in Iyana-Ipaja, Buhari who spoke through Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, who was also represented by Dr. Aderemi Desalu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties, affirmed that the true desired change that Nigerians yearned for must begin with the youths. Read more
Kashamu: NDLEA challenges court’s jurisdiction on extradition
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday challenged the jurisdiction of a Federal High Court in Lagos to entertain a suit filed by Senator-elect Prince Buruji Kashamu against plans by the agency to extradite him to the United States of America (USA).
At the resumed hearing of the committal charge before Justice Ibrahim Buba, counsel to NDLEA James Sunday drew the court’s attention to a motion asking the court to set aside its order of May 26, restraining the agency from arresting Kashamu. Read more
APC Moves to Stave off Rift over National Assembly Leadership
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has pushed forward the meeting with its federal lawmakers initially slated for yesterday to Saturday.
Speaking on the postponement yesterday, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed told THISDAY that the leadership of the party took the decision to shift the parley with its Senators and House of Representatives members in order to make way for the valedictory sessions of the Seventh Assembly, which took place yesterday. Read more
Armed bandits hack French tourist to death in southeast Nigeria
Nigerian police said on Thursday that armed robbers shot and hacked to death a French tourist camping with his wife in the bush of southeast Nigeria.
A band of men surprised the couple as they were sleeping in their vehicle about a mile from the main road and shot 62-year-old Denis Dagnan in the leg before killing him with machete blows, said Ebonyi state police commissioner Maigari Dikko. Read more
Association of Auctioneers Advises Nigerians to Steer Clear of NITEL Assets
The President of the Nigeria Association of Auctioneers, Alhaji Aliyu Kiliya, has advised Nigerians not to buy unserviceable scrapped and obsolete items belonging to NITEL and MTEL valued at about N300 billion nationwide, saying the matter is in court.
A Federal High Court sitting in Bauchi presided over by Justice Muhammed Garba Umar granted an order stopping the auctioning of the said NITEL/MTEL items nationwide following a suit initiated by the association through their counsel, Ahmed Accanny for Baushe Chambers in Bauchi. Read more
CBN Tweaks FX Rate to N196.95/$1, May Loosen Currency Regime
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Thursday made a tiny adjustment to its exchange rate peg to the dollar on its website, a move an analyst said may indicate that the regulator was beginning to think about how to loosen its currency regime.
The central bank adjusted the rate at which it sold hard currency this week to N196.95 to the dollar from N197, and Reuters quoted dealers to have explained that the change was too small to be called a revaluation, particularly in the face of dwindling foreign reserves. Read more
Reps Ask EFCC to Recover Unpaid Rice Import Duties
House of Representatives yesterday, directed Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to recover the outstanding import duty on imported rice from some companies indicted for tax evasion.
The resolution was passed following the adoption of the recommendations in the report of the Adhoc committee on ‘Evasion of payment of import duty on imported rice’ headed by Leo Igor, deputy House Leader. Read more
Shareholders seek diversification of economy
Shareholders, under the aegis of Western Icon Shareholders Association of Nigeria, WISAN, have called on the Federal Government to diversify the nation’s economic base, advocating a departure from dependence on oil earnings to agriculture. They further called on the government to set up a steering committee that would address some of the policies that have hindered the growth of the capital market and the economy in general. Read more
Oil and Gas
FG to Review PIB as House Passes Oil Legislation
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources and Head of Nigeria’s delegation to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting, Dr. Jamila Shu’ara, yesterday disclosed that the new administration headed by President Muhammadu Buhari would look into the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and effect the necessary changes that will facilitate its early passage.
But this is just as the House of Representatives yesterday passed the PIB on the last legislative day of the seventh National Assembly. Read more
Subsidy payments: Oil marketers yet to resume fuel import
Despite the seeming resolution of the conflict between the Federal Government and oil marketers over the petroleum subsidy claims payment, data, yesterday, showed that Nigeria’s fuel import has remained low due to oil marketers’ apathy.
This came as Nigeria’s crude oil export received a boost, as a Canadian crude oil refining company, Come By Chance Refinery has purchased one million barrels of Nigeria’s Qua Iboe crude grade. Read more
Kano, Kaduna, Abuja Discos Have Highest Unmetered Electricity Customers
A data on the level of metering in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) released by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has shown Kano, Kaduna and Abuja as distribution companies with the highest number of unmetered electricity customers.
According to the data, Kano Disco with a total customer base of 305,857, has 66.90 per cent of them unmetered, followed closely by Kaduna Disco with a total of 302, 281 customers, having 65.02 per cent of them unmetered. Abuja Disco comes in third place with 55 per cent of its 683,806 customers unmetered. Read more
Eagles Step up in FIFA Ranking
Nigeria’s Super Eagles have climbed two steps and are in seventh position in Africa and 43rd in the world with 681 points, according to the latest world ranking released by FIFA yesterday.
The Super Eagles, previously ninth in Africa and 45th in the world, moved above Guinea and Congo to improve from last month’s ranking. Read more
‘Why I Dropped Iheanacho’
Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba, has revealed that he dropped Granada of Spain forward, Isaac Success, for Saviour Godwin during Thursday morning’s FIFA U-20 World Cup win over North Korea for tactical reasons.
Godwin repaid the faith entrusted in him by his coach, churning out a stellar performance with a brace to keep the hopes of the Flying Eagles at the World Cup alive after their opening day defeat to Brazil in New Plymouth. Read more
Okowa Lifts Warri Wolves
The Executive Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has released funds to execute the second leg of the CAF Cup match between Warri Wolves and AC Leopards coming up at the Warri City Stadium on Saturday.
Wolves lost the first leg 3-0.
Dr Okowa, who was only briefed on Tuesday night about the match approved the release of funds without delay and urged the team to win the match for him. Read more
F’Eagles targets Hungary fall
After defeating North Korea 4-0 on Thursday to brighten its chances of qualifying from group E in the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, Flying Eagles promises a perfect comeback with over Hungary on Sunday morning.
The must-win match takes place at the Stadium Taranaki New Plymouth. Read more
NFF to throw open Eagles’ sponsorship
The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has said that the federation will not continue the marketing and sponsorship of the national teams and other football products in the old ways. The FA boss says that the NFF has taken major steps to review the sponsorship packages for the various national teams and league with a view to liberalising and opening it up to other corporate bodies. Read more
Inter wants Isaac Success for 5 million euros
Inter Milan has made contact with Udinese over the transfer of Nigeria Under 20 international Isaac Success.
The Bianconeri is prepared to allow the Flying Eagles’ star leave Friuli-Venezia Giulia in the summer on the proviso that an interested club meets his asking price thought to be around 15 million euros. Read more
Nomination Opens for 2015 Nigerian Sports Award
The nominations for the 2015 edition of the Nigerian Sports Award are now open as the organisers- Unmissable Incentives Limited, unfolds plans for the 4th edition of the award.
Speaking at a press conference held in Lagos, on Thursday, the chairman of the award panel, Mr. Ikeddy Isiguzo, disclosed that the 2015 edition of the award promises to be more eventful than the previous editions. Read more
Canada 2015: Supporters flay visa denial
Members of Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) have protested the non-issuance of visas by the Canadian Embassy to about 300 members who are preparing to travel to Canada to support the Super Falcons in the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicking of tomorrow.
President General, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, said in a statement that of the 170 visa applications released by the embassy, only 19 members were issued visas, despite the members not having issues with previous travels. Read more
Djokovic, Murray clash takes centre stage
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray meet for the 27th time on Friday for a place in the French Open final where either home hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Stan Wawrinka will be waiting.
World No 1 Djokovic ended the reign of nine-time champion Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals, handing the Spaniard just his second defeat in 72 matches at Roland Garros in a decade of extraordinary dominance. Read more
Safarova Beats Ivanovic to Reach First French Open Final
Lucie Safarova recovered from a shaky start to book a place in her first ever Grand Slam final with a straight sets victory over Ana Ivanovic in the French Open semi-finals.
Safarova, the number 13 seed from the Czech Republic, overcame anxious moments at the start and finish to defeat 2008 Roland Garros champion Ivanovic 7-5 7-5. Read more
Africa’s health system remains weak
A panel of Ebola experts at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town have warned that the continent’s health system remains weak and vulnerable to the pandemic.
This incurable disease killed thousands of people mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in an epidemic that began in 2014. Read more
Ghana petrol station fire death toll hits 150 in Accra
At least 150 people have died in a fire at a petrol station in Ghana’s capital, Accra, the country’s president says.
The fire on Wednesday night started as people in the city were trying to cope with two days of heavy rain, which has left many homeless and without power, reports BBC. Read more
Rescuers right capsized China ship
Disaster teams that have recovered 77 bodies from a capsized cruise ship in China’s Yangtze River have finished righting the vessel to quicken the search for more than 360 other victims still missing.
The operation started late yesterday to right the Eastern Star and shifted the focus from finding survivors from Monday night’s sudden capsizing in a severe storm to retrieving bodies. Read more
NBA says ‘no suggestion’ of FIFA-style corruption in basketball
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Thursday that the biggest scandal to ever hit soccer’s governing body will lead all sports federations to revisit how they do business.
The corruption allegations swirling around FIFA over the last week could ultimately prompt changes at other governing bodies, but Silver was confident the International Basketball Federation, or FIBA, was transparent. Read more
China to allow patients to claim insurance for private hospital visits
China will allow patients to claim medical insurance for visits to private hospitals, its main administrative authority said, marking the latest move from Beijing to ease pressure on the country’s over-burdened public healthcare system.
“In order to satisfy everyone’s diverse healthcare needs, we are lowering the threshold for private healthcare providers,” China’s State Council said on its website on Thursday night. Read more
Australian businessman Alan Bond dies aged 77
Mr Bond died on Friday morning at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in a Perth after undergoing heart surgery earlier in the week.
The hospital and Mr Bond’s adult children confirmed his death on Friday morning. Read more
Maggi withdraws all noodles in India after state bans and lead scare
Food group Nestle is withdrawing all of its Maggi noodles from sale across India after a food scare erupted when some states banned the product for excess levels of lead.
Nestle said “an environment of confusion for consumers” had resulted from the bans and insisted the noodles were safe. But after coming under fire in local media for reacting too little and too late the group said it would recall the product regardless. Read more
Tremors hit Malaysian state of Sabah
A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit Sabah, Malaysia’s Borneo island, in the early hours of 5 June but there have been no reports so far of damage or a tsunami warning.
The National Earthquake and Tsunami Centre said in a statement that the tremor was felt in most places in the state of Sabah, including Ranau, Tambun, Tuaran, Pedalaman, Kota Kinabalu and Kota Belud, according to Malaysia’s national news agency, Bernama. Read more
FIFA Paid Ireland Millions Not to Sue Over 2010 World Cup Loss
Scandal-ridden FIFA confirmed Thursday that it paid Irish soccer authorities more than $7 million in a secret agreement not to go to court over Ireland’s elimination from the 2010 World Cup thanks to a missed call by one of its referees.
The governing body of world soccer — already beset by the indictments of nine current and former senior officials and the resignation of its president, Sepp Blatter, in a U.S. investigation of alleged bribery and corruption spanning 20 years — called the payment a “loan” that the Football Association of Ireland didn’t have to repay. Read more
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