Sabinews Morning News Update for September 13, 2015
We can’t jam Radio Biafra’s frequency – Police
The Commissioner of Police, Abia State Command, Mr. Joshak Habila, has said the force is depending on members of the public for information on the location of Radio Biafra.
He also said there is an agency of the Federal Government that is responsible for clamping down on frequencies of illegal radio stations. Read more
Buhari warns military against rights abuse
President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to the rule of law and warned that proven acts of human rights violation by the armed forces will be punished.
Addressing officers, troops and newly-commissioned cadets at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, during the passing out of Officer Cadets of the 62 Regular Course and Short Service Course 43 on Saturday, the President said the rule of law applied to the Armed Forces as much as any other institution in the country. Read more
Tension Grips Residents as Enugu Detects 1,542 Tuberculosis Cases
The Enugu state government on Saturday expressed worries over the increasing cases of Tuberculosis (TB) disease in the state, revealing that no less than 1,542 cases were detected in 2014.
The disease, which has become a major public health threat to the Men, women and children in the state, is also sending jitters down the spines of most residents. Read more
MASSOB, Abia Police on Collision Course over Anniversary
The Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) on Saturday vowed that it would go ahead with activities to mark its 16th anniversary, saying that it has no agenda for violence contrary to the stance of the police.
Abia state police command had in a statement issued by the police public relations officer (PPRO) Onyeke Udeviotu said it would not allow the planned rally to hold as it would endanger public peace and Nigeria still remains “indivisible and united nation”. Read more
Adamawa: IDPs Re-screened as Police Beef up Security in Camps
In an effort to prevent a re-occurrence of a bomb blast in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Adamawa State, the Police Commissioner, Gabriel Adaji has ordered security beef-up and total re-screening of the IDPs before they are re-absorbed into the camps.
The police commissioner disclosed this to journalists at the Malkoihi IDPs camp in Yola and added that more security personnel have been deployed to all the IDPs camps in the state, including the Malkoihi camp. Read more
Ooni Stool: Selection Process Begins
Osun State Government may have begun the initiation of the process for the selection of new Ooni of Ile-Ife, with the resolve to formally write Giesi Ruling House to present candidate for the stool that was recently vacated by Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II, who joined his ancestors on July 28 at Saint Mary Hospital, United Kingdom after a brief illness. Read more
IGP Vows to Wipe out Cultism in Edo
Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has reiterated his resolved to wipe out cultism in Edo State, warning that those who engaged in the act should relocate or be dealt with.
Arase who spoke at a dinner in his honour by Edo State Government, weekend also said but for divine providence, he would not have become a Commissioner of Police and IGP. Read more
Mbu still in service — Police
The Nigeria Police Force said on Friday that a former Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, and an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu, is still in service since his redeployment to Plateau State.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, stated this following the claim by some activists that Mbu’s quietness betrayed his controversial bearing, wondering if he was still in the Force. Read more
Ondo orders pupils to resume with parents’ residency cards
Ondo State Government has begun the implementation of its data collation initiative, the smart card, otherwise known as Kaadi Igbeayo in schools as pupils resume for a new session this week.
As part of strategy to ensure that residents comply with government’s directive to obtain the residency cards, school authorities in the state have been ordered to request pupils to present photocopies of their parents’ cards on resumption. Read more
Dispersed Boko Haram insurgents may relocate to Kano — Ganduje
Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has appealed to security agencies in the state to fortify their surveillance mission to prevent possible migration of insurgents being dispersed from Sambisa Forest in Borno State to the state.
Ganduje said this while receiving the state’s new Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Katsina, who visited him at the Government House recently. Read more
Indians, Greeks take over Nigeria’s coastal shipping
The coastal shipping business in Nigeria has been taken over by foreigners, especially Indians, Greeks and Lebanese. This is contrary to the tenets of the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act (Cabotage), findings by SUNDAY PUNCH have shown.
It was learnt that the main objective of the Act was to reserve the commercial transportation of goods and services within the Nigerian coastal and inland waters for vessels flying the country’s flag and those owned by Nigerian citizens. Read more
Saudi oil market shake up to squeeze US shale
Cheap oil prices ushered in by Saudi Arabia’s policy of protecting its market share will end up squeezing high-cost producers like US shale drillers, who next year may face the biggest drop in output in nearly a quarter century, the IEA said Friday.
Cheap fuel is also hooking consumers, with oil demand growth set to hit a five-year high this year, the International Energy Agency said in its monthly report, Agence France Presse reports. Read more
Refineries can’t account for N2.44bn crude — NNPC
The nation’s refineries wasted or illegally disposed of 258,810 barrels of crude, which they received for processing in April and May this year, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has disclosed.
According to the petroleum information report, the refineries received the crude oil for the two months but failed to produce any refined product during the period. Read more
Greece, Nexim Bank partner on non-oil export
The Greek Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr AlekosIkonomopoulos, has indicated interest to partner with Nexim Bank in his country’s quest to develop the nation’s non-oil exports.
The ambassador, who visited the bank in company of the wife of Mr Ayodeji Ayodele, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Greece, pledged mutual cooperation to boost trade relations between the two countries. Read more
NERC Plans New Regulations to Forestall Electricity Crisis
In a calculated move to avoid a recurrence of the 2000/2001 California electricity crisis in Nigeria, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said it is working on a new set of regulations that could prevent the country’s budding electricity market from collapse in the event that any of its critical players – generation, distribution or transmission companies – goes bankrupt.
NERC said the new regulations which will possibly come on stream in a couple of days, seek to forewarn the market of an impending crisis from the insolvency of any of its players, to enable it guard against a contagious effect on other operators and the market at large. Read more
Premier League: Iheanacho, Ighalo Earn Crucial Wins for City, Watford
Nigerian teenage striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, struck in injury-time to earn three points for Manchester City to keep 100% record to the start of the season as he scored at Crystal Palace. The match was heading to a goalless draw before the Nigeria youngster who was an 89th minute substitute for Wilfried Bony, scored his first EPL goal.
The goal preserved City’s 100 percent start to the season and left Manuel Pellegrini’s side five points clear at the top of the Premier League table. Read more
AAG: Siasia Happy to Avoid Hosts Congo
Nigeria’s U-23 team coach, Samson Siasia, has praised his wards for the 1-1 draw against Senegal in the ongoing All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo. The result ensured that the nation’s Under-23 side finished top of their group on four points while Senegal are runners-up on two points. Read more
IMF urges Africa to spend responsibly
IMF chief Christine Lagarde urged African governments to spend responsibly as she visited Liberia on Friday, a week after it was declared free from an Ebola epidemic which has shattered its economy.
Lagarde, wrapping up two days of meetings with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, business leaders and community activists, set out measures she said were necessary “for African governments to be financially disciplined”. Read more
Two more plead not guilty in Nigerian scam case in Gulfport
Two more people have pleaded not guilty in a Nigerian scam said to involve bogus checks and money orders and high-dollar items bought with stolen identities and fake credit cards.
Anthony Shane Jeffers, 44, of Maryville, Tenn., and Shawn Ann White, 42, of Manteca, Calif., were denied bond Thursday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. Read more
Nigerians rule the roost in African showbiz
The Multichoice Africa Content Showcase Extravaganza’s evening gala saw Nigeria’s music heavyweights Flavour, Chinedu Okoli, Don Jazzy and the Mavins performing and mesmerising over 200 guests. Media practitioners from across Africa, representatives of channels such as BBC, CNN, SuperSport, Channel O, M-Net, Africa Magic and MTV Base, actors Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic, Desmond Elliot and Ramsey Nouah were in attendance. Read more
Hundreds protest new amnesty offer in Tunisia
Hundreds of Tunisians marched Saturday in the capital under heavy security to protest a law offering amnesty for those accused of corruption. The draft law on economic reconciliation seeks to boost the economy by clearing cases against business owners and civil servants accused of corruption. Opponents see it as an attempt to whitewash the crimes of the old regime. Read more
Africa mining stumbles, raising fears of job loss chaos
As mining companies in resource-rich Africa bleed jobs due to plunging commodity prices, the ripple effect of redundancies has raised concern about social unrest amid declining economic growth.
Top mineral-producing countries like South Africa, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo have seen cash-squeezed companies slash workforces, shut operations and reduce capacity. Read more
Egypt Government Resigns
A new premiere has been appointed and tasked with forming a cabinet amid a corruption investigation Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi accepted the resignation of the government and asked Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail to form a new cabinet. Read more
Canning byelection: Tony Abbott says Liberals will win, despite negative poll
Tony Abbott has predicted the Coalition will win the Canning byelection, dismissing suggestions that his leadership is in trouble.
Asked whether he would step down as leader if the Coalition lost Canning, Abbott said “well we’re not going to lose the Canning byelection”. Read more
Four firefighters injured in Northern California wildfire
Four firefighters were injured on Saturday in a fast-moving wildfire in Northern California that forced the evacuation of thousands of people, officials said.
The firefighters suffered second-degree burns as they battled the so-called Valley Fire, in Lake County, north of San Francisco, said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant. Read more
US and China officials talk cybersecurity after Obama’s warning about attacks
Senior US and Chinese officials have met to discuss cybersecurity and other issues ahead of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington later this month.
Three die in Oklahoma prison incident
Three inmates died and five were injured after a disturbance at an Oklahomaprison, a spokesman for a company that owns and operates the facility said on Saturday.
Staff at the Cimarron correctional facility in Cushing quelled an inmate disturbance around 4.40pm on Saturday, said Steve Owen of Corrections Corporation of America based in Nashville, Tennessee. He said the incident lasted about 40 minutes and was contained to one housing unit. Read more