Sabinews Morning News Update for June 4, 2015
Tanker drivers banned from night travels
The Petroleum Tankers Drivers (PTD) of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) yesterday banned its members from driving at night. It said any member who flouts the order may have their vehicle impounded.
A statement by PTD’s National Public Relations Officer, Comrade Atanda Adebayo, warned drivers to stop night travels. Read more
Uproar as Senate passes 46 bills
There was uproar in the Senate yesterday following the hurried manner the upper chamber passed 46 bills referred to it by the House of Representatives for concurrence.
The controversial passage of the bills is coming a day to the termination of the Seventh Senate. Read more
Oyegun Cautions against Muscling of Opposition
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has canvassed support for a virile democratic environment which allows room for opposition parties to thrive.
He said parties that hold power must allow the opposition space to grow and to be able to keep it on track. Read more
Wema Bank, at 70, unveils new brand identity
Wema Bank, Nigeria’s longest surviving indigenous bank, has unveiled its new logo and brand identity, ceremony to mark its 70 anniversary.
The development is in tandem with the strides the bank has made in the past three years to revamp the brand and position itself as a modern, more customer-centric organisation. Read more
Guests panic, as 10 die after meal at Katsina wedding
There was confusion yesterday at Nadangoro area of Katsina metropolis as no fewer than 10 persons were feared dead and many others hospitalised after a wedding meal.
The incident, Vanguard learned, is already causing panic among residents of the area, as most of the guests, who ate or drank anything at the ceremony, are being contacted by friends. Read more
Six killed, two houses burnt in Igbokoda clash
Six persons were feared dead on Tuesday in a renewed clash between loyalists of Olu of Igbokoda in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Afolabi Odidiomo, and family of the late Titi Olalebi.
The late Olalebi was gruesomely murdered two years ago by people alleged to be loyalists of Oba Odidiomo. Read more
Govt threatens to sanction striking health workers
Federal Government yesterday threatened to sanction health workers currently on strike at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Owerri, Imo State.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Linus Awute, stated this in Abuja while briefing newsmen. He said they would be penalised according to Public Service Rules. Read more
I Didn’t Borrow N104bn from Banks, Says Jang
The immediate past Governor of Plateau State and senator-elect, representing Plateau North senatorial zone, Jonah David Jang, has said it is misleading to claim that he borrowed N104 billion from banks, which has become a debt left behind for the new administration of Governor Simon Lalong, adding that he only “borrowed an external debt of about N18bn, with evidence of several developmental projects to show for it.”
Speaking through his Media Aide, Mr. Clinton Garuba, Jang said: “While it is true that in the handover notes given to the new administration, the debt profile is N104billion, it must be pointed out that the Jang administration did not borrow N104billion as being insinuated in some quarters. Read more
Taraba Speaker emerges
Taraba State lawmakers yesterday elected the member representing Mbamga Constituency, Abel Peter Diah, as the Speaker.
The legislator representing Yorro Constituency, Mohammed Danladi Gwampo, became the Deputy Speaker. Read more
Amnesty office appeals for calm over stipend
The Presidential Amnesty Office has appealed to former agitators in the Niger Delta to be calm and eschew any act that would disturb the peace of the region.
In a statement, its Head of Media and Communications, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said the appeal became necessary following the apprehension caused by the delay in the payment of last month’s stipends and in-training allowances to onshore and offshore beneficiaries of the programme. Read more
AIB to Release Dana Air Crash Report in 60 Days
The Accident Investigation and Prevention Bureau (AIB) Wednesday said the final report on the cause of the Dana Air crash that occurred in 2012 at Iju-Ishaga, Lagos would soon be realised to the public.
This was disclosed by the General Manager, Public Affairs of the AIB, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, who made this known in Lagos as part of the activities to mark the three-year the anniversary of the crash. Read more
Gunmen abduct Ondo monarch, three others
Regent of the university town of Akungba-Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oluwatoyin Omosowon, and three other persons were on Tuesday night kidnapped by gunmen.
The victims were abducted on their way from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, where the regent had attended the inaugural lecture of Adekunle Ajasin University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun. Read more
N300bn Fraud: EFCC Operatives Quiz Modu Sheriff
The former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, was yesterday grilled by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the Wuse II, Abuja headquarters of the anti-graft agency.
As governor of Borno State, it was alleged that part of the N300billion his administration received from the federation account during the period may not have been judiciously used. Read more
AI report contains disturbing allegations, says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday acknowledged receipt of the Amnesty International report on Nigeria titled “Nigeria: Stories of horror in their own words.”
Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity), Mallam Garba Shehu said in a statement in Niamey, Niger Republic that President Buhari had received the report which he says “contains many disturbing allegations”. Read more
54 convicted soldiers move to halt hurried execution
Unsure of their fate, 54 soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny by the General Martial Court in December last year have applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja for an order restraining the military authorities from executing them.
The soldiers, who are of the ranks of Private, Lance Corporal, and Corporal were attached to the 111 Special Forces Battalion, Maiduguri, Borno State were among those convicted last year by the General Court Martial headed by Brigadier General. Musa Yusuf. Read more
Nigerian Army capable of routing Boko Haram –Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Niamey, Niger Republic, expressed confidence in the ability of the Nigerian military to overcome and eradicate Boko Haram.
Speaking at an interactive session with journalists after talks with President Issoufou Mahamadou, Buhari declared that the Nigerian Army, which has earned a good reputation across the world, remains a virile fighting force. Read more
Fuel Depot Owners Blame Scarcity on Banks, CBN Regulations
Owners of fuel depots under the aegis of Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) have blamed the current fuel crisis on banks and the regulations issued by the Central of Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which imposed credit ceilings on fuel importers.
The depot owners and marketers have also reiterated the need for the administration of Muhammadu Buhari to remove fuel subsidy, stressing that the subsidy scheme only benefits foreign refineries where the petroleum products consumed locally in Nigeria are being sourced. Read more
Oil and Gas
Oil Workers Oppose Privatisation of Refineries
President Muhammadu Buhari has been enjoined to reject any advice to privatise the nation’s refineries but instead raise local refining capacity to meet increasing demand for petroleum products especially the premium motor spirit (petrol).
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), gave the advice in a statement obtained by THISDAY in Lagos. The oil workers urged the president to ensure that the focus of deregulation policy was based on local production rather than fuel importation. Read more
Fresh Fuel Scarcity Looms As Marketers Demand N291bn Subsidy Payment
All have not yet settled in the over three weeks acute shortage of petrol in the country.
This time the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) is claiming that government is yet to indicate when it will pay the outstanding subsidy of about N291billion. Read more
PENGASSAN Demands Lasting Solution to Recurrent Fuel Crises
Worried about recurrent fuel crisis that often paralyses commercial activities in Nigeria, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to find lasting solution to the problem and plethora of issues in the oil and Gas Industry.
The association has also expressed its readiness to support the government in confronting the litany of issues besetting the industry and the Nigerian economy in general. Read more
FG, labour parley on pay for ex-PHCN workers
Federal Government yesterday renewed moves to ensure the lingering disagreement between it and disengaged Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, workers over unpaid severance entitlements were finally resolved.
The government, through the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, and the labour unions in the electricity sector had been embroiled in a raging controversy in the last two years over actual entitlements of the disengaged workers and how much had been paid to them, with each party accusing the other of insincerity. Read more
2017 AFCON QUALIFIERS: Enyeama Leads Eagles Training for Chad
Super Eagles’ captain, Vincent Enyeama, yesterday led eight of the 15 invited foreign-based players to a training session in Abuja preparatory to the Africa Cup of National (AFCON) match against Chad.
The Super Eagles are expected to arrive in Kaduna on June 7, ahead of the AFCON qualifying match against Chad on June 13. Read more
‘Oshoala Good for World Glory’
Super Falcons striker, Perpetua Nkwocha, has said the side’s markswoman, Asisat Oshoala has the potential to earn the accolade of world best woman footballer.
Nkwocha, who is with the African champions in Toronto, Canada in preparation for her fourth World Cup finals said Oshoala is a young talent with a great future noting that she has the talent to achieve a lot more with a bit of hard work and composure. Read more
Qatar FA Boss Hit Back at English FA Boss
The President of the Qatar Football Association, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Thani, has hit out at English FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, after his criticism of the 2022 World Cup bidding process.
Qatar secured the hosting rights for the tournament, though Dyke has questioned whether the decision to award the rights to the country was legal given recent arrests for corruption and an investigation regarding the process by Swiss authorities. Read more
NNL Fines Spotlights N200,000 Over Crowd Violence
The management of Nigeria National League (NNL) has descended heavily on Spotlight FC for attacks on match officials.
The Katsina-based side are to cough out Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000.00) to the coffers of the league body as well as have their captain and secretary suspended indefinitely. Read more
Nigerian Wrestlers Dominate African Championships
Nigeria’s wrestlers to the just concluded African Championships in Cairo, Egypt, hauled in a total of 8 medals in a truly encouraging performance in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman styles.
In the Freestyle, the female duo of Blessing Oborodudu (63kg) and Odunayo Adekuoroye (53kg), a 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, won gold medals, with Oborodudu winning her fifth straight African title. Silver medals were won by Aminat Adeniyi (58kg) and Amas Daniel (86kg), whilst Saso tamara (86kg) and Ebikewenimi Welson (57kg) won bronze medals. Read more
NFF spends N120m to play Chad
NEXT week’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against min-nows Chad would see the Nigeria Football Federation spend a whopping N120 million to settle bills of the large party of professionals invited for the match which takes place in Kaduna.
Coach Stephen Keshi’s invitation of 15 professional players house pay for ticket refunds and bonuses to the tune of $8,000(each), a bill NFF officials claim was too much to pay for playing Chad considered outsiders in African football. Read more
Libya risks becoming failed state warns UN
The UN’s Libya envoy told rival sides attending new peace talks yesterday that the North African ‘country really is at the limit’ and risks becoming a failed state.
UN Support Mission in Libya chief Bernardino Leon exhorted those attending talks in Algiers to acknowledge their common interests, particularly their fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, and to stop demanding new concessions of each other. Read more
Filmmaker Puts Congo Mining Firms on ‘Trial’
Industrial mining firms have been put on trial, symbolically, in a documentary film being shot in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A so-called tribunal, organized by Swiss film maker Milo Rau, has been hearing testimony for and against the firms, mainly against them, during two days of hearings in the city of Bukavu.
Milo Rau is a 38-year-old film director with his own production company, called the Institute of Political Murder. He has been described by a German newspaper as the most controversial director of his generation. Read more
Siemens signs 8 billion euro power deal with Egypt
German industrial group Siemens signed an 8 billion-euro-deal (S$12 billion) with Egypt on Wednesday to supply gas and wind power plants designed to boost the North African country’s power generation by 50 per cent.
The deal, signed during an official visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Germany, is Siemens’ single biggest order ever and gives a much-needed boost to its gas and power division, which is struggling in its home market. Read more
UN to Probe Handling of Child Sex Abuse Allegations in CAR
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced an independent panel to investigate the U.N.’s handling of reports of child sex abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic.
A statement from Ban’s office Wednesday said the secretary wants to ensure the U.N. does not fail the victims of sex abuse, especially when the abuse was committed by those who were meant to protect them. Read more
Fifa crisis: Jack Warner says he fears for life and will reveal ‘avalanche’ of secrets
The former Fifa vice president Jack Warner has made an extraordinary television appearance in which he says he fears for his life and claims he will prove a link between soccer’s governing body and the national elections in his native Trinidad and Tobago.
The claims come while Fifa struggles to cope with the ongoing fallout following corruption charges that were issued by US authorities against Warner and 13 other key football figures. Read more
South Korea shuts 700 schools in respiratory syndrome virus panic
Hundreds of South Korean schools have closed their doors as officials struggle to ease growing panic over an outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus, which has infected 35 people, killed two and prompted thousands to cancel travel plans.
More than 700 schools, from kindergartens to colleges, have shut in response to public fears over what has become the largest outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) outside Saudi Arabia. Read more
Canada to expand biometric data collection on incoming foreigners
Canada is vastly expanding the collecting of fingerprints and digital photos from foreigners seeking to enter this country under a security crackdown aimed at broadening Ottawa’s ability to catch terrorists, fraudulent immigrants and jihadis returning from battles overseas.
Sources say Prime Minister Stephen Harper will announce Thursday that Canada will start gathering biometric information from all foreign travellers entering on a visa and arriving at this country’s biggest airports. This will cover the majority of foreign arrivals. Read more
Pentagon admits it shipped live anthrax around the US for a decade
A US military base in Utah sent live anthrax samples to 51 laboratories in 17 states, Washington DC, and three foreign nations, more than previously disclosed, and the number may rise, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.
Investigators were trying to ascertain whether the inadvertent shipments of the pathogen, which can be used as a biological weapon, stemmed from quality control problems at the base, the Dugway Proving Ground, according to Pentagon officials. Read more
Capsized ship death toll rises
The death toll of a river cruise capsizing in the Yangtze River has jumped by 39 fatalities to a total of 65, the most significant increase since the Eastern Star overturned in a heavy storm with 456 people on board more than two days earlier.
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said rescuers cut into the ship’s overturned hull early today as it jutted out of the grey river water but found only drowned people inside. Read more
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