Sabinews Morning News Update for September 24, 2015
Troops arrest Boko Haram Commander, 42 others
Troops in the ongoing operations in the North East have arrested a suspected Boko Haram kingpin, Bulama Modu who is an ‘Amir’ of Bulakuri, alongside 42 other suspected insurgents.
An update by the Nigerian Army, through the Director of Army Public Relations, DAPR, Colonel Sani Usman, said the arrest followed yesterday’s effort by advancing troops along Banki axis, that cleared two Boko Haram terrorists’ camps at Jangurori and Bulatori villages. Read more
HID for burial Nov 25, says daughter
The eldest daughter of HID Awolowo, Rev. Omotola Oyediran, has said the remains of her mother will be buried on her centenary birthday, November 25.
The matriarch of the Awolowos died on Saturday, September 19, exactly 67 days to her 100th birthday. She was aged 99. Read more
Police arrest ‘doctor’ for alleged sale of week-old baby
A self-styled doctor, Olawale Omolaja, has been arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly selling a week-old baby without the mother’s consent.
He was arrested with the couple, Dele and Radiat Onogbile, who took the baby, after paying N136,000, as advance. Read more
Kaduna NSCDC puts 3,000 personnel on red alert
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Kaduna State Command yesterday placed over 3,000 personnel on red alert to confront security challenges during Sallah celebration.
Addressing news conference in Kaduna, the new Commandant, Modu Bunu, said the massive deployment of personnel was to avoid the breach of law and order, adding that thorough searching would be conducted in places of worship and recreational facilities. Read more
DAY 3: Falae Still Missing
The former Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF) and Afenifere leader, Chief Olu Falae, is still missing, three days after he was abducted by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
The confusion over the septuagenarian’s whereabouts heightened yesterday following rumours that he had regained his freedom after all. Read more
Ojuelegba tragedy: Truck owner, driver remanded in prison
The owner of the truck that fell and killed three people at Ojuelegba area of Lagos State, on September 2, Kilani Ojo Adesanya, alongside the driver of the truck, Wasiu Adeleke, are to spend another 20 days in prison.
The extension of their remand resulted from the objection raised by their counsel, Mr. W. O. Toriola, who vehemently opposed that their plea be taken in a consolidated charge against the duo. Read more
Cattle Rustlers Kill Village Head, Police Inspector, 33 Others In Niger Village
The traditional head of Allawa in Lakpma area of Shiroro local government area of Niger State, Alhaji Ado Salihu, his brother Mohammed Salihu, an unidentified police inspector and 32 others were reportedly killed by suspected cattle rustlers on Tuesday night in the area.
LEADERSHIP investigation revealed that the village head of Allawa and the other victims were killed in an attack on the village by the cattle rustlers at about 9pm. Read more
Chibok Community Identifies 16 Persons Abducted Again
The Chibok community has identified and released the names of the 16 persons abducted from the community on Sunday and called on the federal government and the security operatives to go into action and rescue them before their case becomes like that of the Chibok girls.
Speaking at the #BringBackOurGirls group sit-out yesterday, the chairman of the Chibok community in Abuja, Tsambido Hosea Abana said that their people back home confirmed the attack on the community and identified some men and woman, who were taken. Read more
Sallah: IGP Arase Orders Massive Deployment Of Policemen
The inspector-general of police, Solomon Arase, has directed all assistant inspectors-general of police and command commissioners of police to provide adequate security and to ensure standard operational procedures before, during and after the celebrations.
Arase gave the order in a statement by Force spokesman, Olabisi Kolawole, in which he directed the officers to secure key and vulnerable points, including Eid-praying grounds and other places of worship, public places and recreation centres. Read more
Naira depreciates by N2 against Dollar
The Naira, yesterday, depreciated slightly against the Dollar at the parallel market, dropping by N2.
The currency traded N222, N350 and N256 against the Dollar, Pounds and Euro, respectively. On Monday and Tuesday, it traded at N220, N345 and N252 against the Dollar, Pounds and Euro respectively. Read more
N767 billion reserve cash inflow crashes rates
As Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, adjusted monetary policy released about N767.4 billion into the credit market yesterday, interbank interest rates crashed from this month’s high of 50 percent to about 6.5 percent.
Also, yields on government bonds came down to 14.9 percent from 15.2 percent. Read more
Oil and Gas
Oil prices inch close to $50
Brent crude oil rose toward $50 a barrel yesterday as a drawdown in United States crude oil stocks outweighed the negative impact of weak economic manufacturing data from China.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) said U.S. crude stockpiles fell 3.7 million barrels last week, with stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery point for U.S. crude futures down almost 500,000 barrels. Read more
Govt spends N100m to fix vandalised gas pipeline
The Federal Government spends an average of N100milion to fix a vandalised gas pipeline, a Senior Power Consultant, Nigerian Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NAIF), Dr Frank Edozie has said.
He said the cost of fixing a gas pipeline could be much higher than N100 million depending on the extent of damage done to the pipeline. He said many gas pipelines have been broken in the country, especially in the Niger Delta region, adding that the government has spent billions of naira in maintaining them. Read more
Why cost of cooking gas is high, by NLNG
The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) has attributed the high cost of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to logistics and lack of infrastructure.
The General Manager, External Relations, Nigeria LNG, Dr Kudo Eresia-Eke, made this known during an interaction with reporters in Lagos. Read more
Kachikwu: Brass LNG to be Given Priority by Govt
The shareholders of the multibillion-dollar Brass Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project – the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), France’s Total and Italy’s ENI – yesterday reaffirmed their commitment to go on with the project.
Their position, which will be buttressed at a “seniors’ meeting” early in October, also came with the commitment by NNPC that the project would get top priority consideration by the federal government. Read more
Electricity Tariffs: Judge Upbraids NERC Chairman over Petition
A judge of the Federal High Court in Lagos, Justice Mohammed Idris, yesterday descended heavily on the Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi, for having the “audacity and courage” to lie against judicial officers in a petition he addressed to the Chief Judge (CJ) of the court, Justice Ibrahim Auta.
NERC and the electricity distribution companies (Discos) have been pushing for the implementation of cost-reflective electricity tariffs to enable them pay for the electricity provided by generation companies (Gencos) and upgrade and expand aging distribution infrastructure that would lead toless power outages nationwide. Read more
NERC Threatens Market Operator, TCN Over Unilateral Bank Account
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) said it has issued Notices of Commencement of Enforcement Action on the Market Operator (MO) for operating a unilateral bank account.
The notice, which the commission said was served on Monday, gave the erring MO seven days ultimatum to take remedial actions by winding down operation of the unilateral bank account and report compliance, failure which it would face disciplinary action from the commission. Read more
Cameroon, Congo Friendly Good For Eagles –Ighalo
Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, says the forthcoming international friendly match against Congo and Cameroon in Belgium would bring out the best from the players.
Ighalo is making a return to the team having been left out of the Nigeria’s 0-0 against Tanzania in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dar es Salaam early this month. Read more
Falconets Off To Kinshasa Thursday
The U-20 Women national Team, Falconets, will on Thursday leave for Kinshasa for the first leg of the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying fixture against DR Congo.
Coach Peter Dedevbo has selected 18 players to fly Nigeria’s flag in Sunday’s match at the Tata Raphael Stadium in Kinshasa. The team will travel aboard an Ethiopia Airline. Read more
Olympian Urges NSC To Probe African Games
An Olympian, Emmanuel Oghenejobo-Peters, on Wednesday urged the National Sports Commission (NSC) to identify factors responsible for the general poor performance of some sports at the Africa Games.
Oghenejobo-Peters spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos against the backdrop of the poor showing of some federations at the just-concluded 11th African Games in Brazzaville, Congo. Read more
Ghana launches final MDGs report
Ghana has formally launched the final Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report in Accra on Tuesday.
In line with the six previous biennial reports, the 2015 MDGs report examines progress made since 2000 towards all the goals and targets, and draws some lessons from the implementation and monitoring of the MDGs. Read more
EU interception of harmful products from Ghana damages trust
The interception of some harmful organisms in some exported products from Ghana by the European Union meant that the exporter did not follow standards testing requirements, Mr Neil Ferdinand, an international expert on quality testing said on Tuesday in Accra.
He said the EU’s interception has created a bad perception for products exported from Ghana to the EU markets. Read more
S.African consumer inflation slows down
South Africa’s consumer inflation for August slowed to 4.6 percent, in line with expectation of many economists, the central bank said on Wednesday.
The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said the inflation rate is still within its target range of 3 to 6 percent. Read more
Moroccan Government Begins Providing Stipends to Needy Widows
The Moroccan government has begun giving payments to widows who are in difficult situation, according to Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane
The allocations currently benefit 10,500 widows, and the number will increase after the government conducts a study of an additional 40,000 potential cases. Read more
Egypt to purchase French assault ships
Egypt has agreed to purchase two Mistral warships from France originally built for Russia, the office of French President François Hollande announced on Tuesday.
The first warship was due for delivery in 2014, and the second in 2015. France canceled the sale after Russia annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea and supported armed separatists in Ukraine. Read more
Catholic bishops offer to solve schools strike
The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops wants an independent mediator to resolve the ongoing teachers’ strike.
Led by chairman Philip Anyolo, the bishops yesterday urged parties to “step back from the brink” and give dialogue a chance. Read more
2 Al-Jazeera journalists pardoned, released in Egypt
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pardoned and released two Al-Jazeera English journalists Wednesday, ending a case that was widely condemned by human rights groups and had raised questions about Egypt’s commitment to democracy and free speech.
The move to free Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohammed came days before el-Sissi’s appearance at the U.N. General Assembly, as well as on the eve of a major holiday in Islam, Eid al-Adha. Read more
Pope lauds Obama on climate change, canonizes controversial missionary
Pope Francis on Wednesday urged the United States to help tackle climate change and touched on other divisive U.S. political issues such as immigration and economic inequality on his first visit to the world’s richest nation.
In a speech on the White House South Lawn on the first full day of his U.S. trip, the Argentine pontiff lauded President Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce air pollution as “encouraging,” months after Francis made the environment one of his top concerns by issuing a landmark encyclical letter to the church. Read more
EU leaders discuss easing budget rigour over migrant crisis, no deal
European Union leaders discussed whether to allow euro zone states to run higher deficits to cope with the costs of the migration crisis, EU officials said early on Thursday, but failed to find a common position.
Since the beginning of the year, about 500,000 migrants have reached the European Union, fleeing war and poverty in their home countries. Read more
Putin plans air strikes in Syria if no U.S. deal reached -Bloomberg
Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing for unilateral air strikes against Islamic State in Syria if the United States rejects his proposal to join forces, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing two people familiar with the matter.
Russia has increased its military presence inside Syria and its arms supplies to the Syrian army as it steps up support of longtime ally President Bashar al-Assad, drawing warnings of further destabilization from Western countries that oppose Assad. Read more
Brain-computer link enables paralyzed California man to walk
A brain-to-computer technology that can translate thoughts into leg movements has enabled a man paralyzed from the waist down by a spinal cord injury to become the first such patient to walk without the use of robotics, doctors in Southern California reported on Wednesday. Read more
Argentina halts rice ‘impregnated with cocaine’ en route to Europe
Argentine customs agents found about 30 kg (66 lbs) of cocaine hidden in a way they had never seen before when drug-sniffing dogs found the drug had been absorbed into grains of rice headed for Europe via Africa, an official said on Wednesday. Read more
Pope visits U.S. nuns involved in Obamacare contraception lawsuit
Pope Francis on Wednesday made an unscheduled stop to a convent of nuns to show his support for their lawsuit against U.S. President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the visit to the convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor for what he called a “brief but symbolic visit.” Read more
Australia under pressure to ban entry to singer Chris Brown
Australia was facing pressure on Thursday to deny entry to American singer and hip-hop star Chris Brown over his history of domestic abuse, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pledged A$100 million ($70.05 million) to combat violence against women.
Public pressure has been growing to block Brown, whose California probation stemming from a 2009 plea to assaulting singer Rihanna was revoked in February, from performing in four Australian cities in December. Read more
Panama’s top court approves two new probes against ex-president Martinelli
Panama’s Supreme Court on Wednesday approved two new investigations against ex-president Ricardo Martinelli, adding to a growing list of corruption probes targeting the former president.
In one of the new cases, Panama’s stock market regulator asked for an investigation into whether Martinelli, through the brokerage firm Financial Pacific, was insider trading on shares of Canadian miner Petaquilla. Read more