Sabinews Evening News Update for July 23, 2015
Tompolo Meets with MEND Ex-leaders
Ex-militant leader, Chief Government EKpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, has convened a meeting of ex-generals of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND).
The meeting, which is scheduled to hold on Saturday, July 25, 2105, may not be unconnected with plan the ex-militants to revive the activities of MEND. Read more
Suspected Islamists kill eight in Borno
Gunmen killed eight people in a raid on a village in northeastern Nigeria, a local resident and a vigilante said Thursday, in the latest violence blamed on Boko Haram.
The attack in Borno state Wednesday was unleashed the same day as twin suicide bombings in Cameroon and a series of blasts at two bus stations in Nigeria that left at least 50 dead. Read more
Arepo explosion: NNPC shuts pipeline product supply
The fire from the explosion at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation pipeline at Arepo, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, had been put off as the corporation shut down product supply through the pipeline.
A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, who visited Arepo to check the effect of the explosion, reports that the area is calm.
NAN, however, observed that there were about five speed boats carrying some men suspected to be vandals, who came to the scene of the incident to search for their dead colleagues. Read more
INEC promises improved elections in Kogi, Bayelsa
The Independent National Electoral Commission said it would display its improved election processes in the upcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa.
This is contained in the commission’s bulletin issued on Thursday in Abuja.
The bulletin said the acting Chairman of INEC, Hajiya Amina Zakari, stated this at the public presentation of the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room report on the 2015 general elections, in Abuja. Zakari said the commission would apply lessons learnt from previous elections in raising the bar during the Kogi and Bayelsa polls. Read more
Psychiatric hospital health workers suspend strike
Health workers at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, on Thursday suspended their seven-week-old strike to give room for further dialogue with the hospital’s management.
The News Agency of Nigeria correspondents who visited the hospital report that the workers, including nurses, pharmacists and record officers, were seen on duty, though doctors remained on strike. Read more
Uncovering ghost workers saves Abia N160m – Ikpeazu
Abia State Government says it has saved N160 million from ghost workers following the introduction of biometric staff audit of all public servants in the state.
Special Adviser to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on Economic Affairs, Mr. Obinna Oriaku, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Umuahia, said there was no going back on the policy. He lamented the endemic corruption in the state’s civil service which he said was characterised with ghost workers and padding of salary. Read more
Police caution companies, individuals against illegal guards
The Nigeria Police Force on Thursday, cautioned corporate organisations and individuals against illegal hiring of police personnel for their services.
This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, the Force Public Relations Officer, in Abuja. “It has come to the notice of the Police High Command that some corporate bodies and individuals have taken the illegal route of hiring police personnel for their services. Read more
Two Thai teachers arrested for selling drugs to students
Two Thai teachers were arrested by police for selling drugs to students, an officer said on Thursday.
The teachers were arrested in Surat Thani Province, 640 kilometres south of Bangkok. According to a provincial police officer who requested anonymity, the teachers sold methamphetamine pills to their students. Read more
Tribunal expresses worry over effecting summons
Mr Abdulmalik Shuaibu, the Chief Registrar, Code of Conduct Tribunal, on Thursday expressed worry over difficulties in effecting summons on assets declaration defaulters.
Shuaibu told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview in Abuja that the difficulty was due to the delay in investigation by the Code of Conduct Bureau. He said that service of summons on defaulters had been a major issue bedeviling the activities of the tribunal and had hampered effective prosecution of offenders. Read more
Governors express worry over high Naira exchange rate
Nigeria governors have expressed worry over the high exchange rate of Naira to other foreign currencies.
They have therefore said this and other issues would be discussed with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Thursday. This was one of the resolutions arrived at by the governors after their meeting in Abuja on Wednesday night. Read more
Court rejects NERC’s prayer to hike electricity tariff
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday rejected the prayer by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to give effect to its proposed hike in electricity tariff.
The Chairman of NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, had, at a press briefing in May, disclosed the plan by the commission to embark on an upward review of electricity tariff across the country effective from June 1.
But pursuant to an ex parte application filed by a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Toluwani Adebiyi, Justice Mohammed Idris, on May 28, restrained NERC from going ahead with the proposed hike. Read more
Don’t misapply FG cash, APC warns Fayose
The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has warned Governor Ayodele Fayose not to misapply the bailout cash he collected from the Federal Government to settle workers’ salary.
The governor had repeatedly said the N2.1bn Ekiti got from the Federal Government was its due federal allocation. He said the money should not be misconstrued for bailout cash from the federal government. But the APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said in a statement on Thursday that the governor’s denial of cash collection in his last media chat was a most wicked attitude to misinform Ekiti people. Read more
Nigeria’s Buhari returns home without U.S. arms deal
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned home from a Washington visit with no agreement from the United States to sell weapons.
The newly-inaugurated Buhari spent four days in the United States, seeking weapons to help defeat the insurgent militant group Boko Haram, but although he was greeted warmly by President Barack Obama, was rebuffed on weapons sales. The United States believes such sales would contravene the Leahy Law, a U.S. human rights law prohibiting the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense from providing military assistance to foreign countries which violate human rights. Read more
PDP dares Aregbesola to declare assets publicly over Osun financial crisis
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun state yesterday called on the state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, to publicly declare his assets in order to prove that he has not corruptly enriched himself.
In a statement issued in Osogbo by its Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi, the opposition party charged the governor to let the citizens in on the exact level of indebtedness of the state, stressing that public declaration of assets will clarify if the current financial problems were occasioned by corruption or not. Read more
Four Arraigned In Lagos Over Illegal Oil Deals
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Thursday in Lagos arraigned four men over alleged illegal distribution of petroleum products.
The accused, Owobobola Damilola, Roju Gbokan, Akinyemi Micheal and Ogbolo Godwin, are standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and unlawful dealing in petroleum products at a Federal High Court. Read more
Arepo Pipeline Fire Controlled, As NNPC Shuts Product Supply
The fire from the explosion at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline at Elepete, Arepo in Ikorodu area of Lagos had been put off as the corporation shut down product supply through pipeline.
Reports indicate that calm has returned to the area, except for the presence of security operatives deployed to guard the area. Read more
Unilever Q2 Profit Dips By 94%
Things are not looking good for consumer goods group, Unilever Nigeria, as figures coming from its financial statements have been nose-diving in recent time.
The company, in its half year unaudited financial result ended June 30, 2014, posted a drop in profit after tax from N1.464 billion in the corresponding period of 2014 to N85.573 million, representing a drop of N1.379 billion or 94.15 per cent. Read more
Ex-Yabatech Bursar, Others Face Defamation Charges
Former bursar at Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech), Lagos, Olugbenga Ibirogba and two others have been dragged before a Lagos High Court on eight count charges bordering on provocation, breach of peace by offensive publication and threat to life.
Ibirogba was alleged by the management of Yabatech of being the arrow head of a campaign of calumny against the College and its Governing Council. Read more
Why CBN Governor Left Buhari In U.S.
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, on Tuesday, July 22, 2015, hurriedly abandoned President Muhammad Buhari in the United States following his open admonishing of him on Monday.
The CBN governor was accused of smuggling the former Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia, into a dinner organised by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Read more
Rivers Senators, Reps allege intimidation of electoral officers, judges
Senators and House of Representatives members from Rivers State on Thursday cautioned against alleged inference by the Department of State Services in ongoing election cases before the State Election Petition Tribunal in Port Harcourt.
Describing the activities of the security agency as “intimidation”, the lawmakers feared that the interference could influence the outcome of the various petitions before the tribunal arising from the conduct of the 2015 general elections. Read more
Ijaw youths give Buhari conditions for curbing oil theft
Ijaw youths, under the auspices of Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, have tasked President Muhammadu Buhari on economic plan for the people of the Niger Delta.
They said they were not against the President’s moves to curb oil-related theft in the region, but advised Buhari to do the needful before deploying soldiers in the region.
President, IYC, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, who spoke at a news conference in Yenagoa on Thursday after an expanded meeting of executives of the body, urged Buhari to go after the big guns stealing oil in large quantities. Read more
Group sues governors, others over public funds
A group, Policing Nigeria Awareness Initiative, has sued 19 federal institutions, the two dominant labour unions in the country, and incumbent governors who are in their second term in office as well as their immediate past counterparts, for the release of information on the management of public funds.
The group, which sued through nine of its members, filed the suit with number – FHC/ABJ/CS/607/2015 – before the Federal High Court in Abuja on July 20, 2015. Read more
NPF Warns on Illegal Police Guards
The police high command has warned members of the public against illegal use of police guards.
A release signed by the Force spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, stated that whoever wants to hire police service should go through the proper channel.
The release read in part: “It has come to the notice of the Police High Command that some corporate bodies and individuals have taken the illegal route of hiring police personnel for their services. Read more
NYSC Introduces Self Deployment for Prospective Corps Members
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has introduced a self-deployment system to enable prospective corps members choose where they wish to serve.
This was part of resolutions at the end of the 2015 Batch ‘B’ pre-mobilisation workshop which held in Kaduna.
Similarly, pregnant women, nursing mothers and students undergoing postgraduate studies have been banned from participating in the scheme until they are free to enlist for the service. Read more
Okada Riders Protest Alleged Extortion In Akure
Commercial and other activities were Thursday paralysed temporarily in Akure, Ondo State capital as commercial motorcyclists popularly called okada trooped out in their hundreds to protest alleged extortion by the Ondo State Ministry of Transport .
The okada riders under the aegis of Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners And Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) marched along major streets and roads in Akure. Read more
I will work very hard to sustain goodwill of Nigerians
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Washington, United States, said he would work very hard to sustain the goodwill his government had received at home and abroad. The President was answering a question after his address at the United States Institute for Peace. He was asked how he intended to leverage on the enormous goodwill being enjoyed by his administration and meet the huge expectations of the people.
He said despite his perceived slowness and the reality of lack of resources, he would work very hard “so that people will see and believe that we are trying and can deliver and hopefully become less critical.” Buhari acknowledged the huge challenges confronting his administration such as the crash in the price of crude oil, its theft, and pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta, hostage taking and insecurity in the North East. Read more
PTAD discovers 3,000 ghost pensioners in the police pension scheme
PTAD discovers 3,000 ghost pensioners in the police pension scheme, saves FG N100m monthly, the Director-General, Nellie Mayshak, says. Read more
NUC Rejects Degrees from Maryam Abacha American University of Niger Republic (MAAUN)
Degrees from Maryam Abacha American University of Niger Republic (MAAUN) are sub-standard and will not be accepted in Nigeria, NUC warns. Read more
Comptroller-General of Customs Dikko Abdullahi says electronic goods assembled in Nigeria now allowed for export to Benin Republic
Comptroller-General of Customs Dikko Abdullahi says electronic goods assembled in Nigeria now allowed for export to Benin Republic. Read more
Police To Partner NURTW To Ensure Safety Of Road Users
Mr Bala Hassan, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 10, Sokoto, on Thursday said the police would collaborate with the National Union of Roads Transport Workers (NURTW) to ensure safety of road users.
Hassan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto that security measures had been workout to ensure security of lives and property in the area. Read more
Real Estate, ICT Fastest Growing Sectors In Nigeria — UN
Real Estate, as well as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) have been identified by the UN as some of the fastest growing sectors in the Nigerian economy.
Mr Patrick Osakwe, Head, Poverty and Trade Department, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.
Osakwe said that real estate, as well as information and communication technology, in conjunction with the financial services sector have the capacity to drive economic growth, if well harnessed.
He spoke against the backdrop of the recent Annual Report on African Development by UNCTAD, which has been presented to the public in 15 African countries. Read more
Association to establish first gold refinery in Zamfara
Abuja, July 23, 2015 (NAN) Alhaji Sani Shehu, the President, Miners Association of Nigeria, on Thursday said the association would establish the first Gold Refinery in Nigeria in 2016.
Shehu disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Read more
Kerry stands up for Iran nuclear deal on Capitol Hill
US Secretary of State John Kerry vigorously defended the Iran nuclear deal on Capitol Hill on Thursday, calling it a “good deal for the world” that deserves the approval of a skeptical Congress.
Sanctions alone cannot be expected to halt the danger of Iran developing nuclear weapons, Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which he once chaired. Read more
Tunisia parliament okays death penalty for ‘terror crimes’
Tunisia’s parliament approved Thursday imposition of the death penalty for “terrorist” crimes, despite opposition from rights groups and a de facto quarter-century moratorium on executions.
Lawmakers were voting during the second of three days of debate on a bill aimed at beefing up powers to confront a jihadist threat following deadly attacks claimed by the Islamic State group. Read more
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