*Troops kill 4 terrorists, rescue 61 abducted women, kids* *NAFDAC slams N1bn fine on Guinness*

*Troops kill 4 terrorists, rescue 61 abducted women, kids* *NAFDAC slams N1bn fine on Guinness*

Sabinews Morning News Update for November 13, 2015

National News

Troops kill 4 terrorists, rescue 61 abducted women, kids

AS the military onslaught to dislodge Boko Haram terrorists from the North East gains momentum, troops of the 28 Task Force Brigade, backed by close air support by the Nigerian Air Force, have rescued 61 persons abducted and held captive by the insurgents along Bitta and Damboa axis.

The troops also in the process, cleared Boko Haram terrorists’ camps at Modupe 1, 2 and 3. Read more

NAFDAC slams N1bn fine on Guinness

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, was said to have slammed a fine of N1 billion administrative charges on Guinness Nigeria Plc for its failure to adhere to the recommended good manufacturing practice procedures.

A source from the Enforcement Department of the agency, who pleaded anonymity, told Vanguardthat the agency had conducted a routine check on the company’s factory in Ikeja, Lagos on November 5, 2015 where shocking revelations were made. Read more

Court Remands 2 In Prison For Laundering N128m Drug Proceeds

A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ordered that two men, Ikenna Ozoh and Ogbo Obiora, arraigned before it, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), for allegedly laundering about N128 million, said to be proceeds of illegal narcotics business, be remanded in prison custody.

The trial judge, Justice Saliu Saidu gave the order after the two men were docked on a four-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering by the NDLEA. Read more

PDP Tackles APC on Campaign Promises

The People Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a swipe at the All Progressives Congress (APC) for not keeping to its election promises six months after assuming the presidency.

The party challenged the ruling APC to name at least one of the numerous campaign promises it made to Nigerians that it has kept. Read more

NEMA Begins Work on Rehabilitation of North-east

The federal government may have set in motion, the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the insurgency-ravaged North-east region of the country as one of its major agencies, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) disclosed yesterday that it has began working out modalities towards the exercise with an eye to getting the internally displaced persons (IDPs) relocated to their communities soonest.

The Director General of the agency, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi, said with the president’s deadline to the military to end the insurgency by December, NEMA is also working at commencing the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the North-east in order to move the IDPs back to their communities immediately the military operation ends. Read more

Power Probe: Senate C’ttee Accuses BPE of Compromising Privatisation Process

The Senate Ad hoc Committee on Privatisation on Thursday accused the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) of compromising the integrity of the privatisation of the power sector by receiving gifts from the distribution companies (Discos) and generating companies (Gencos).

The committee also accused the BPE of short-changing Nigerians by failing to provide a responsible link between Nigerians and investors. Read more

Ondo Trauma Centre Performs 1,000 Surgeries, 1,739 Dialysis, Says Mimiko

Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has announced that no fewer than 1,000 major and minor surgeries including brain surgeries have so far  been carried out in the Trauma and Surgical Centre,  in the state.

The governor  said 75 new patients, 292 admitted patients and over 1,739 sessions of dialysis were done at the Kidney Care Centre. Read more

Police Arrest 100 Criminals, 203 Traffic Offenders in Lagos, Seize 105 Motorcycles

It was a harvest of arrests of criminal suspects and traffic offenders as the Lagos State Police Command apprehended 100 Suspected criminals, while the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) arrested 203 traffic offenders including commercial motorcyclists, seizing 105 motorcycles from them, for flouting prohibited routes.

The suspected criminals were arrested for offences ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, child theft, murder, advance fee fraud (419), cultism, impersonation and car snatching. Read more

12 years of PDP cannot match what I did in 4 years — Audu

Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC Prince Abubakar Audu has promised the people of Yagba West Local Government Area that he would end the alleged diversion of revenue meant for grassroots development.

He has also pledged to put an end to the alleged payment of only 25 percent of salaries to local government workers if elected. He accused the state government of diverting the revenue of the Local Government Councils into private pockets, Audu at a rally in Yagba West assured that an APC government will ensure that workers are promptly paid. Read more

Abuja mass rail transit gulps N162bn — COREN

The Federal Government has so far spent over $823 million (about N162 billion) on Abuja rail mass transit.

President of the Council for the Regulation of Engineers in Nigeria, COREN, Engr. Kashim Ali, disclosed this yesterday in Lagos at a seminar organized by KPMG professionals, in partnership with IPFA International. Read more

Army panel on Ekiti, Osun, Rivers elections yet to receive memorandum

Barely a week to winding up of the military panel investigating  alleged involvement in partisan politics by some soldiers and officers during the 2014/ 2015 gubernatorial election  conducted in some states such as Ekiti, Osun, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom, no memorandum has been received from members of the public.

Briefing newsmen yesterday, President of the panel, who is the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Headquarters, One Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade said the panel would not entertain any petition at the end of its sitting on November 20, 2015. Read more

Tribunal’s ruling claims first victim in Taraba

For hailing the verdict of the Taraba Governorship Election Petition  Tribunal, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has sacked its Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the state, Napoleon Adamu.

He was kicked out for anti-party activities.  Addressing newsmen in  Jalingo, secretary to the party in the  state, Koria Auta  said the resolution to  fire Adamu was reached to serve as deterrent to others. He maintained that the expelled PRO was acting out a script prepared by the  APC-led Federal Government. Read more

Terror attack imminent in S-West — NOA

The National Orientation Agency, NOA, yesterday raised alarm of imminent terror attacks on the South-West Zone by Boko Haram terrorists.

Sequel to this, NOA has advised schools, churches and mosques, among other usually crowded places, on the need to put measures in place to arrest any possible attacks. Read more

Nigeria loses N78 billion to cyber attacks yearly

Activities of cyber criminals, which has sustained a rising profile globally, is projected to be costing the Nigerian economy a yearly loss of about N78 billion.

According to DataGroupIT, most hit group has been the financial institutions, followed by associations and government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and regulatory authorities. Read more

Police Arrest 100 Criminals, 203 Traffic Offenders in Lagos, Seize 105 Motorcycles

It was a harvest of arrests of criminal suspects and traffic offenders as the Lagos State Police Command apprehended 100 Suspected criminals, while the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) arrested 203 traffic offenders including commercial motorcyclists, seizing 105 motorcycles from them, for flouting prohibited routes.

The suspected criminals were arrested for offences ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, child theft, murder, advance fee fraud (419), cultism, impersonation and car snatching. Read more

Theft: Fisherman Commits Suicide Over N70,000 Fine

A fisherman, identified as Alfred Obi in Uzere community Isoko South local government area of Delta State has allegedly committed suicide at the main market of the community over his accusation to have stolen fingerlings from a Co-fisherman’s pond and was subsequently caught and fined N70,000 by elders of the community.

Reports said that Alfred could not afford to raise the fine and on the night before he committed suicide, he confided in a friend that his children were not taking good care of him saying that he was going to do something abominable which the children will forever regret. Read more

We Will Not Waste FG Resources, Says Water Resources Minister

The newly appointed Minister for Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, has pledged to judiciously make use of federal government’s resources while ensuring that the needed result is highly achieved.

Adamu, who stated this on Thursday in Abuja on his assumption in office, said the Ministry in the course of discharging its duties will ensure that the cycle of project execution is duly followed. Read more

EFCC Denies Obtaining Ex-Gov Nyame’s Statement under Duress

The trial of a former Taraba State Governor, Jolly Nyame, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly stealing state funds to the tune of N1.64 billion during his tenure as governor between 1999 and 2007 continued on Thursday before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of an FCT High Court sitting in Gudu, Abuja, with the agency stating that the statement of the accused was voluntarily obtained. Read more

NDLEA Nabs 2 With N59m Cocaine In Whiskey Packs At Lagos Airport

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested two men, who were attempting to smuggle cocaine into Nigeria from Brazil at the international wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.

The two Nigerians boarded the South African Airways and Emirates, according to NDLEA, which said it intercepted wraps of a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine weighing 6.64kg and worth N59 million hidden in packs of Irish whiskey and wooden frames imported from Brazil at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA). Read more

Alleged TSA Rot: FG Contradicts Self If True, Says NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress  (NLC) on Thursday stated its displeasure with the allegation that processes in the Treasury Single Account (TSA) which the federal government set up to track and manage its revenues flows had been mismanaged by a third party.

The NLC said if the allegations are true, then the federal government would have contradicted itself in its acclaimed fight against corruption. Read more

Economy

Bond Yields Spike on Expected Tighter Liquidity

Yields on Nigeria sovereign bonds rose sharply across maturities on Thursday with traders going short on debt in the expectation that a new cabinet would bring greater fiscal policy clarity and prompt the central bank to start soaking up liquidity.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been injecting cash into the money markets since September in a bid to ease liquidity and reverse declining growth in Nigeria, which has suffered as oil prices fell sharply since mid-2014, while the president took five-months to assign ministers, Reuters reported. Read more

Oil and Gas

NNPC, PPMC, frustrating crude oil swap deal probe -Reps

The House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Refined Products Exchange Agreement/Crude Oil swap deal,  yesterday raised the alarm over what it described as  the Crude Oil Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) ‘s attempt to frustrate its probe  of the operations of the swap agreement with oil companies.
The House set up the Adhoc committee following a motion  by  Michael Enyong. Read more

Sports

NFF decamps victorious Golden Eaglets

The newly crowned 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup champions, Golden Eaglets of Nigeria, received a worthy reception on Wednesday night and were yesterday decamped and would reconvene on November 29 for a Presidential reception in Aso Rock Villa.

New Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Solomon Danlong, who disclosed this while speaking at the dinner organised for the Eaglets at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, said he has come to effect change in the sports sector. Read more

World Cup qualifier: Super Eagles ready for Swaziland

The Super Eagles of Nigeria yesterday, arrived in Swaziland ahead of today’s 2018 FIFA World Cup African Qualifying Round 2 clash with the Sihlangu Somnikati of Swaziland.

The delegation led by NFF 1st Vice President, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi, travelled aboard a chartered Arik Air Boeing 737-800 aircraft from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and landed at the Matsapha International Airport, Manzini at 4pm Swazi time (3pm Nigeria time), after six hours. Read more

World News

UAE denies ‘spying’ incident in Libya

The United Arab Emirates on Thursday strongly denied claims by Islamist groups in Libya that an Emirati national was arrested for “spying” in the North African country, Dubai daily Gulf News reported.

The Gulf News report said the Islamist faction in Libya’s militia-held capital Tripoli claimed to have detain a UAE national on Nov. 5 who was linked to Dubai police. Read more

Mauritania seek Tunisia scalp

Mauritania, in the context of African football, are quite low among the lowly nations. But that won’t matter on Friday.

And that’s why they will look to finish off continental giants Tunisia at the Olympic Stadium in their capital. The two teams meet for the first leg of their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Nouakchott on Friday. Read more

Man who killed, raped 4-year-old niece to know fate

The man who pleaded guilty to raping and murdering his 4-year-old niece at his mother’s flat in Brakpan two years ago is expected to hear his fate in High Court in Pretoria on Friday.

Judge Mahomed Ismail is expected to hand down Sarel du Toit’s sentence.

On Tuesday, his defence advocate Francois du Plessis argued for a sentence of between 30 and 35 years. Read more

Kenya Airways reports a sharp drop in operating losses

Not long after being elected as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kenya Airways did Ambassador Dennis Awori have to step into the spotlight during the Investor’s Briefing yesterday morning at the InterContinental Hotel in Nairobi.

The airline’s financial year runs from the 01st of April to the 31st of March each year and traditionally does Kenya Airways’ top management and Board Chairman then address investors and the media with half year results covering the period of April to end September. Read more

Brazil oil strikers say Petrobras offer lacking, seek meeting

Leaders of Brazil’s main oilworkers’ union said on Thursday that a contract offer from Petrobras falls short of their demands and sought a meeting with the company’s chief executive officer to discuss their requests.

Meanwhile the 12-day strike will go on, said FUP, as Brazil’s largest oilworkers union federation is known, in a statement. Read more

Oil ties did not protect Venezuelan drug suspects nabbed by U.S. in Haiti

The close ties between Venezuela and Haiti were not enough to stop U.S. law enforcement from arresting two relatives of Venezuela’s president when they flew into the Caribbean nation this week, showing the United States still exercises significant influence in the region.

Venezuela is one of impoverished Haiti’s main benefactors and the Latin American country has won allies on Haiti and across the Caribbean by offering cut-rate petroleum exports. Read more

Brazil levies initial fines of 44 million pounds against mine for burst dams

Brazil’s president slapped preliminary fines of 250 million reais (£43.5 million) against a mine in the country’s southeast where two dams burst, killing nine people and coating a two-state area with mud and mine waste.

The fines, announced after President Dilma Rousseff flew over the affected area, come as federal prosecutors announced plans to work with state prosecutors to investigate possible crimes that could have contributed to the disaster at the mine, jointly owned by two of the world’s biggest mining companies, BHP Billiton Ltd and Vale SA. Read more

Jihadi John targeted by US drone strike in Syria

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook says the airstrike on Thursday in Raqqa targeted Emwazi. Cook says whether or not Emwazi died in the strike is not clear.

Emwazi participated in the beheading videos of two American journalists and the slayings of several other captives. Read more

Bomb kills four in Thailand’s south – police

A bomb blast at a village checkpoint in Thailand’s deep south killed four people and wounded four others, police said on Friday, in the latest deadly attack to strike the insurgency-plagued region.

The bomb exploded late Thursday evening in Khok Pho district of Pattani, one of three Muslim dominated provinces where insurgents are fighting for greater autonomy. Read more

UN wants clarification of report UAE broke Libya arms embargo

The outgoing United Nations envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon of Spain, on Thursday said he would seek a “full clarification” of a newspaper report that the United Arab Emirates was shipping arms to Libyan factions in violation of a U.N. arms embargo.

One email quoted by the New York Times appears to be from a senior UAE diplomat, who admitted his own country “violated the U.N. Security Council Resolution on Libya and continues to do so.” Read more

 

 

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