Sabinews Morning News Update for December 13, 2015
Tompolo to FG: ‘You can’t push me into war’
Former militant leader and Gbaramatu traditional titleholder, Chief Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), yesterday dismissed his invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as a ploy to intimidate and witch-hunt him because of his refusal to back the candidate of the All Progressive Congress in the stalemated Bayelsa State governorship election.
He said he would not honour the latest invitation from EFCC as he has already filed a suit in court against the commission. Read more
Another MASSOB leader surfaces, rejects Uchenna Madu
There seems to be no end to the battle for supremacy between the leading stakeholders of the various South- Eastern groups at the forefront of the agitation for the independent state of Biafra.
Erstwhile leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) which is one of the agitating groups, Ralph Uwazurike claimed that MASSOB has been hijacked by charlatans, and has therefore gone ahead to form the Biafra Independent Movement (BIM). Read more
Oil Price Slump: Experts Canvas Tax Option
Nigeria, today, is facing the dire consequences of falling price of crude oil at the international market. One of the observable effects of the free fall in the price of the commodity is the inability of the government to generate the projected revenue needed to execute plans and programmes at all tiers. Many states have not been able to meet up with their obligations and commitments to their workers, some of whom have not earned salaries for upward of Four months. Read more
Undergraduate in soup for impersonating Oyo First Lady on Facebook
A 400-Level student of History and International Relations in a private university in Osun State, Adubi, who was arrested by men of Oyo State police command for allegedly impersonating Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, wife of Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, on Facebook, has said the heavy burden of paying his school fees forced him into the crime.
Fielding questions from newsmen after he was paraded by the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr. Leye Oyebade, at Eleyele in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, the suspect explained that the sudden death of his father, who was a laboratory scientist, last year, made life difficult for him on campus. Read more
BDC Operators Lament Lack Of Training, Travelex’s Unfair Advantage
As many Nigerians are acclamatising to the realities of conducting business with the Bank Verification Number (BVN), Bureau de Change (BDC) operators are having a hard time working with the new banking initiative, complaining of inadequate training, network failure and lack of public sensitisation on the implications of the scheme on sale of forex.
The operators say it is unfortunate that a 3,500-member association with the option of GSM and Internet portals would squeeze out slots on the BVN validation system, causing down times and loss of man-hour. Read more
Controversy over soldiers clash with Zakzaky’s followers
Nigerian Army yesterday confirmed it had a violent encounter with members of the Shiite Islamic faith, in which the sect claimed that seven of its members were feared killed and 20 grievously wounded in Zaria, Kaduna State.
A statement by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director Army, Public Relations, yesterday, read: “The Shiite sect, on the orders of their leader, Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky, today (yesterday) afternoon in Zaria attacked the convoy of the Chief of the Army Staff while on his way to pay homage on the Emir of Zazzau and attend the passing out parade of 73 regular recruits intake of Depot Nigerian Army, Zaria. Read more
N900bn Needed for Progress on Nigerian Roads in 2016
About N900 billion would be required to make considerable progress on roads critical to national economy and linking the states, THISDAY has learnt. Also, substantial budgetary allocation would however be required in 2017 and 2018 to ensure they are all completed.
This was the position of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Mr. Abubakar Mogaji, who at a meeting with the House of Representatives Committee on Works, added that some of the money would also be deployed for work on the second Niger bridge. Read more
FG Retraces Step With TCN Structural Reversals
Industry experts have described the decision of the federal government last week to reverse the structural splitting of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) which was done in the last days of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, as well as the subsequent recruitment of personnel into the successor departments as a good act of ‘face-saving’.
They also said in Abuja that by retracing its steps on the structural changes at the TCN which by the way was not recognised by the industry regulator, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the government has in effect indicated its willingness to yield to standard regulatory benchmarks which the NERC is charged to protect. Read more
La Liga: Deportivo Hold Barcelona To 2-2 Draw
Two goals in the final 13 minutes saw Deportivo La Coruna come from behind to stun La Liga leaders Barcelona in a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou.
Deportivo were the last side to deny the champions a home league win on the final day of last season and they kept the hosts frustrated early on before Lionel Messi’s brilliant free-kick broke the deadlock. Read more
$100m Bribery Scandal Is Over – Blatter
Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted that a $100 million bribery case in which he is reportedly implicated “is over”, and pleaded ignorance over alleged corruption by top officials at the scandal-hit world body.
Blatter, speaking to Japan’s Nikkei business daily, also protested that he should have been warned before Swiss police arrested seven FIFA’s officials in May, and said he hoped to return to his job in the coming weeks. Read more
90 killed as violence erupts in Burundi capital
Nearly 90 people were killed during Friday’s clashes in the Burundian capital, the army said on Saturday, the worst outbreak of violence in Burundi since a failed coup in May.
Blasts and gunfire echoed around Bujumbura for most of Friday and residents said officials spent the day collecting bullet-riddled bodies from city streets. Read more
2 Egyptian police jailed for torturing lawyer to death
An Egyptian court sentenced two policemen to five years in prison on Saturday for torturing a lawyer to death at a Cairo police station, official MENA news agency reported.
The two policemen, working for the most superior National Security Department, were convicted of beating a lawyer to death at a Matariya police station earlier in February while forcing him to confess committing crimes in favor of the now-blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood group. Read more
Libyan rival factions to meet in Rome on peace deal
Libyan rival factions and UN officials have arrived in Rome on Saturday for the conference focused on Libya’s political crisis as well as the anti-terror issues.
The ministerial-level meeting, to start on Sunday, is expected to bring to the table the United States, China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom, as well as Libya’s regional neighbors. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is also set to present. Read more
Two people killed in MTV helicopter crash in western Argentina
Two people have been killed after a helicopter associated with filming for an MTV reality show crashed in western Argentina on Saturday, local authorities said.
The Bell 206 helicopter crashed as it flew over the reservoir at Potrerillos Dam in Mendoza about 1,000km north-west of Buenos Aires, the security minister for Mendoza province, Gianni Vernier, told state news agency Télam. Read more
Xi absent as China marks low key Nanjing Massacre anniversary
China marked in low-key fashion its second national memorial day for the Nanjing Massacre on Sunday, with President Xi Jinping skipping the main event and a relatively junior official leading the sombre ceremony instead.
China and Japan have long sparred over their painful history. China consistently reminds its people of the 1937 massacre in which it says Japanese troops killed 300,000 people in its then capital. Read more
Saudi women voting for first time in landmark election
Saudi women are heading to polling stations across the kingdom, both as voters and candidates for the first time in a landmark election.
More than 5,000 men and around 980 women are running as candidates for local municipal council seats, while 130,000 women have registered to vote compared to 1.35 million men. Read more