Sabinews Morning News Update for October 16, 2015
Twin blasts hit worshipers at Maiduguri mosque
Dozens of people have been killed as two suicide bombers detonated explosives during evening prayers in a Maiduguri mosque. The northeastern Nigerian city is the birthplace of Islamist group Boko Haram.
The attacks killed at least 26 people and wounded 25 more, a civilian defense fighter who helped evacuate the victims told the Associated Press. Read more
Nigerians to pay more for power, taxes
Nigerian households and businesses should be prepared to pay more for electricity and other services as the Federal Government has hinted that it was working with an international consulting firm to widen tax base and raise its revenue particularly from the non-oil sectors of the economy.
This indication is coming as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said at a press conference in Lima, Peru, at the just concluded annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), that the N20 paid by Nigerians per kilowatt of electricity was not cost-reflective when compared with about N80 they spend generating same unit of power using alternative sources. Read more
Reps seek establishment of cattle-rearing settlements
Seeking a lasting solution to the frquent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in different parts of the country, the House of Representatives yesterday called on the Federal Government to create cattle-rearing settlements across the country.
The lawmakers noted with despair the many cases of bloody fights between farmers and cattle rearers, which resulted in the loss of lives, and property. Read more
Alamieyeseigha to get state burial
Former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha is to be given a state burial by the state government.
Governor Seriake Dickson, who announced this while setting up a committee to plan for the burial rites, said Alamieyeseigha deserves state burial. Read more
Buhari in closed-door meeting with Abdusalami
President Muhammadu Buhari and former military Head of State, Geneneral Abdusalami Abubakar, yesterday met behind closed doors. The meeting tagged: ‘private’ was held inside the president’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, for about 30 minutes.
Abdusalami arrived for the meeting at about 3.30pm but did not speak with State House correspondents after the meeting. Abdusalami is the chairman of the National Peace Committee, which worked towards peaceful conduct of the last general elections. Read more
Alleged N15m bribe: Prosecute Yobe REC, Fayose tells Buhari
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has called for the trial of the Yobe State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Abu Zarma, over the N15 million bribe he was alleged to have received to influence the Yobe State governorship election. Read more
NASS To Transmit Constitutional Amendment Bill For PMB’s Assent
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has disclosed that the fourth constitution amendment Bill would be re-transmitted to the president for assent.
According to a statement issued by his special adviser on media and public affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker said this when he received a report of the 2015 elections by the European Union Observer Mission in Nigeria from the Chief Observer, Mr. Santiago Fisas, in his office. Read more
45 corps members to repeat service in Lagos
The Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Lagos State, Mr. Cyril Akhanameh yesterday, said 45 corps members, who absconded during their service year will repeat the service.
He said: “45 corps members will repeat their service year due to physical absence from their places of primary assignments.” Read more
CPC storms DStv office over subscribers’ complaints
Officers of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) yesterday stormed the office of Digital Satellite Television (DStv), as part of their investigation into complaints by subscribers.
Led by the Director of Legal Services, Mr. Emmanuel Ataguba, the CPC stated that its action was “in line with one of its mandates to provide redress for consumer abuse, commenced investigations into the operations of DStv based on a barrage of complaints of alleged consumer rights violations.” Read more
CBN tweaks naira exchange rate at inter bank market
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, yesterday adjusted the exchange rate for the national currency, pegging it slightly to N197 to the dollar on the inter bank market from N196.98 it set on Monday, traders said.
Traders said the regulator sent a message announcing the adjustment which is the ninth since the bank introduced tight currency controls in February. Read more
Nigeria, Brazil to partner on rice production, construction
The governments of Nigeria and Brazil have reached an accord to begin rice production in Nigeria as part of efforts to boost food production and agriculture.
The agreement is also expected to cover housing and sewage management with a goal to provide a good life for Nigerians. Read more
NNPC, Others Under Probe For Remitting Dollar Revenues In Naira
The federal government has commenced probe of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other revenue generating agencies for short changing the country by remitting dollar revenues in naira into government coffers.
Two other agencies facing probe for the same offense are the Nigerian Maritime Administration and safety Agency (MIMASA) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). Read more
Oil and Gas
Diezani vindicated as Kachikwu upholds her policies –Clem Aguiyi
The Media Consultant to Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, Mr. Clem Aguiyi, has commended the Senate for televising live the screening of ministerial nominees as the truth about Diezani Alison-Madueke’s legacy as Petroleum Minister, is beginning to emerge despite the conspiracy to diminish her sterling accomplishments on the altar of politics. Read more
‘How to achieve 40 billion barrels crude oil reserves target’
The plan by the Federal Government to ramp up crude oil reserves to 40 billion barrels by 2020 has been described as a mirage due to declining exploration opportunities in the country.
Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), in a media briefing on Wednesday, believe that investment uncertainties surrounding the long-delayed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and absence of incentives to encourage exploration activities, may have curtailed oil exploration projects and impeded the country from advancing towards its target to grow reserve base and production. Read more
‘Sea freight of crude to check N433.62bn yearly loss’
With a yearly loss of N433.62 billion to oil thieves in the country, stakeholders in the marine transportation sector have asserted that movement of crude oil from terminals to the refineries by vessels is not only cost-effective but equally in tune with best environmental practices.
The former Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin, at the 2015 budget defence of the Nigerian Navy in March, had alluded to the fact that Nigeria loses an estimated 100,000 barrels of crude oil valued at N1.8 billion daily to oil thieves. Read more
Shell lifts force majeure on Bonny Light exports
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has lifted the force majeure on its Bonny Light grade, thereby recovering about 320,000 barrels per day (bpd) of the nation’s oil exports.
The two major trunk lines earlier shut by the oil multinational some eight days ago have therefore resumed operations, raising hope for the October export programme. Read more
Salami to captain Eagles against Burkina Faso
For the first time in his Nigeria career, forward Gbolahan Salami is expected to captain the Super Eagles when they face Burkina Faso in Saturday’s African Nations Championship qualifier.
The powerful forward was named skipper owing to his wealth of experience with the senior national team. Read more
Ighalo Braced for Arsenal Clash
Nigerian forward, Odion Ighalo, is looking forward to increasing his goal tally in the English Premiership when his club Watford takes on Arsenal tomorrow.
In-form Ighalo who was part of Super Eagles trio that crushed Cameroun’s Indomitable Lions in an international friendly in Brussel, Belgium last Sunday has scored five goals in the English league this season. Read more
Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup: Eagles opponent emerges tomorrow
After several days of being on transit in Kenya, no thanks to visa hitch, Djibouti finally arrived Swaziland for their Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup preliminary round second leg showdown. The winner of the tie is billed to face the Super Eagles next month in the first round.
Djibouti lost the first leg at home last week by 6-0 but still hell-bent on putting up a good fight away inside the 20,000 capacity Somhlolo Stadium in Mbabane. Speaking to the Swazi Observer, National Football Association of Swaziland executive member, Comfort Shongwe confirmed that the game would be played this weekend precisely on Saturday (tomorrow). Read more
Ghana won’t be in darkness – Gov’t assures
The Ministry of Power says adequate measures have been put in place to avoid a shutdown of electricity generating plants in the country should Nigeria go ahead to cut gas supply to Ghana.
Nigeria has threatened to cut gas supply to Ghana by Friday due to unpaid debt of about 182 million dollars; a situation that is likely to significantly reduce electricity generation as a result of a possible shutdown of the country’s thermal plants. Read more
Police save night runner from lynch mob
Embu police yesterday rescued a 60-year-old night runner from lynching by residents who caught him naked and hurling stones and soil on their roofs.
When asked by police why he was doing this, Mark Kiura said night running is his hobby. Read more
Ethiopia dam draining out Lake Turkana
Hydroelectric projects and irrigated sugar plantations in Ethiopia’s lower Omo River Valley threaten to reduce water levels in Lake Turkana.
The Gilgel Gibe III Dam began generating power on Saturday. Read more
German hunter kills biggest elephant in Africa for 30 years
One of the biggest elephants in Africa has been killed by a Western hunter in Zimbabwe, less than three months after Cecil the Lion was shot dead.
The creature was pictured on the ground with the hunter – believed to be a German national – posing proudly next to it. Read more
Malaysia arrests man for hacking US security data to supply targets for Islamic State
Malaysia has arrested a man on charges of hacking into the personal information of more than a thousand U.S. security officials and handing the database to the Islamic State militant group in Syria so it could target the individuals.
The 20-year-old from Kosovo, who entered Malaysia in August 2014 to study computer science and forensics at a private institute in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, will be extradited to the United States, police said in a statement on Thursday night. Read more
Exiled opposition leader arrested upon return to Venezuela
A Venezuelan opposition leader who had been living in self-imposed exile was arrested Thursday after returning to the socialist South American country.
Former Gov. Manuel Rosales flew into Venezuela after six years as a fugitive from corruption charges. Intelligence police met him at the airport and took him into custody. He was expected to appear in a Caracas court later in the day. Read more
China repeats opposition to force in Syria
China’s foreign minister has repeated his country’s opposition to the use of force to resolve the crisis in Syria, saying that a political solution is still the only way out, China’s foreign ministry said on Friday.
Russia last month began air strikes on targets in Syria in a dramatic escalation of foreign involvement in the civil war. This has been criticised by the West as an attempt to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, rather than its purported aim of attacking Islamic State. Read more
Conman Peter Foster is released from jail six months early
Conman Peter Foster has been released from prison six months earlier than expected.
The 53-year-old was one year into an 18-month prison sentence for his latest weight loss scam. Read more
Don’t run down Italy’s refugee effort, angry Renzi tells EU boss
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made an unusual personal attack on a top EU official on Friday, accusing European Council President Donald Tusk of slighting the Italian people in remarks about refugees.
Leaving a Brussels summit that Tusk had chaired, Renzi was asked by reporters about comments last week in which the former Polish prime minister bracketed Italy with Hungary as member states which had broken EU rules on handling migrants. Read more