Sabinews Morning News Update for November 7, 2015
We’ll Pay N5,000 Stipends to Jobless Youth, Says APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has assured Nigerians that it would not renege on its campaign promise to pay N5,000 monthly to 25 million most vulnerable Nigerians.
Leading opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had on Thursday objected to the move by the APC senators to oppose the implementation of the N5,000 package for the unemployed and vulnerable Nigerians, describing it as hypocritical and a clear confirmation that the ruling party lied to Nigerians during the election to secure their votes. Read more
Nigerian Army Clears Nine More Terrorist Camps
Nigerian Army on Friday said it had cleared nine camps of the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, in the last three days.
The Army, in a press statement by the media coordinator of Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Tukur Gusau, revealed that the troops of 115 Task Force Battalion under 28 Task Force Brigade during clearance operations between 3-5 November, 2015, cleared nine more terrorists strongholds around Lassa axis. Read more
Obiano Cries Out Over Erosion-ravaged Federal Roads in Anambra
Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has cried out over the poor state of federal roads in the state and called on the Federal government to hasten to save the roads from imminent collapse.
The Governor made the call while inspecting erosion sites along the Onitsha-Owerri and Onitsha-Enugu expressways which had caved in at two points in Okija, Ihiala local government area on the route to Owerri and at the foot of the fly-over in Nkpor on Onitsha-Enugu road. Read more
Cultists in police net
The spate of armed robbery attack during gridlock in Lagos state is giving residents especially motorists steepness nights .
It was gathered following investigation that at least three traffic armed robbery incidences which affected female drivers have been recorded in the state in the last one week. Read more
…as DPR seals 20 filling stations in Osun
Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has sealed 20 filling stations across Osun State for selling petroleum products above pump price.
The Ibadan Zone Deputy controller of DPR, Sodiq Ibraheem, who disclosed that the affected filing stations were also discovered to be hoarding the product, while briefing newsmen in Osogbo during the operation, said some petrol attendants were also arrested during the operation. Read more
NSCE condemns illegal oil refineries in N’ Delta
The Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSCE), has condemned the operations of illegal crude oil refineries in the Niger Delta.
Commencing its 45th annual conference with the theme “Optimization of Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Resources in Lean Times”, at Best Western Plus Wetland Hotel in Udu Council Area of Delta State, late Thursday, the body called on the federal, state and local governments to do all within their powers to discourage illegal refiners and provide for them, alternative means of livelihood. Read more
NRC’s Contract: We’re Under Pressure to Stop Probe, Says House Committee
The House of Representatives’ Ad-hoc Committee recently set up to investigate an alleged billions of dollars contract scam at the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has been under pressure in the last few days from powerful political forces to drop the investigation, one of the principal officers in the House told THISDAY on Friday.
According to the principal officer who pleaded anonymity, “Some principal officers and some members of the committee are under serious pressure by those linked to the contract scam to drop the public hearing on the matter. Read more
Oluwafemi excited by league win
Zesco United defender Ayo Oluwafemi said he was very honored to be the first Nigerian player to win the Faz Super League title.
Oluwafemi joined the five-time champions at the start of the 2015 season after a stint at South African PSL side University of Pretoria. Read more
Enyimba, Warri Wolves Chase History
The Enyimba Sports Stadium, Aba will be the centre of attraction on Sunday as the two main contenders for the 2014/2015 Glo Premier League title, Enyimba and Warri Wolves clash in a week 37 fixture.
Enyimba who are looking to win a record seventh title, sit at the top of the log with 68 points, six more than the Seasiders who have amassed 62 points.
Wikki Tourists and Giwa FC who occupy third and fourth position respectively are out of the race as they are eight points behind the Aba based outfit and can’t catch up with them with only two games remaining in the campaign. Read more
Bailout Fund: PDP Governors Warn CBN
Governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have cautioned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) against becoming a tool in the hands of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the release of bailout funds to states that deserved them.
The advice came against the background of allegations of failure of the apex bank in releasing the bailout fund for Kogi State, even when other states mostly of the APC states had received theirs. Read more
Pro-Biafran Activists Clash with Police in Asaba
A bold attempt by members of the Indigenous Biafra secessionist movement to stamp its authority on the Delta State capital of Asaba and neighbouring towns was on Friday botched as the police forcibly dispersed them.
In a related development, the Inspector-General of Police sent a strong warning against protests by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, using dangerous weapons across the Eastern part of the country. Read more
Saraki’s Legal Team Denies Walking Out On Tribunal
The legal team of the Senate President, Olubukola Saraki, has said that. It did not stage a walk out on the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja to protest the alleged bias by the Chairman, Danlandi Umar.
However, Raji in a statement yesterday in Abuja, debunked in clear terms that the Saraki Legal team walked out on the honourable tribunal. Read more
No Large Convoys, Retinue of Aides, Buhari Advises Ministers-designate
President Muhammadu Buhari has outlawed the use of large convoys and retinue of aides by the ministers to be sworn in any moment from now.
Also, on Friday, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar joined the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, for the Jumat prayers. Read more
Ekiti, World Bank to Spend $55m on Water Generation
Ekiti State Government and the World Bank are to rehabilitate water projects in the state with the sum of $55 million in the next six years.
The projects would be under the Third Urban Water Sector Reform Project being led by the World Bank. Read more
Burundi braces for more violence
President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government has escalated its already intense rhetoric and has warned of resorting to tough measures to stamp out resistance to his recent re-election.
Burundi’s most recent violence was triggered by Nkurunziza’s successful bid to rescind constitutional term limits and win a third term in office. Read more
DRC court confirms results of referendum on presidential 3rd term
Republic of Congo’s constitutional court on Friday confirmed the results of a controversial referendum on a constitutional amendment that allows the country’s long-serving president to try extend his rule.
The court announced that the October 25 referendum passed with a whopping 94.3% of voters in favour, after a high 71.2% voter turnout. Read more
ISIS accused in Syria mustard gas attack as rebels push back regime
Activists accused the Islamic State (ISIS) group on Friday of being behind a deadly gas attack in northern Syria this past summer, as the global chemical weapons watchdog confirmed it was mustard gas.
Meanwhile, Islamist rebels wrested back a flashpoint town in the central province of Hama, reversing the last of gains the army had made in a month-old offensive. Read more
Court strikes out teachers pay
Kenya’s 288,000 public school teachers suffered a crushing defeat yesterday when the Court of Appeal unanimously nullified their 50-60 per cent salary increase.
Teachers were disheartened and their representatives were furious, announcing they would appeal immediately to the Supreme Court. Read more
Catholic bishops fight Kenya’s ills
The Catholic church yesterday urged Kenyans to protect national values.
The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops said the country’s hard earned values of hard work, honesty, integrity, responsibility, national unity and the respect of rule of law are under threat. Read more
Brewers Join Fight To End Teen Drinking
In the recent past, there has been reported cases of young students engaging in this underage drinking, especially in parts of Central Kenya, North Rift and Nyanza, reviving the long-standing debate about what should be done to contain the problem. The abuse of alcohol, especially by people under the legal drinking age, has been around for a while: its persistence calls for a collaborative response and fresh ways. Read more
Former Russian press minister Lesin dies in Washington
Former Russian press minister Mikhail Lesin, who once headed state-controlled media giant Gazprom-Media, died of a heart attack in Washington, local and Russian media reported on Friday.
ABC quoted a Russian and a U.S. official as saying Lesin was found dead inside a hotel room in Washington’s Dupont Circle area on Thursday. Read more
Brazilian village destroyed in dam deluge
From when the first warnings were heard, the Brazilian village of Bento Rodrigues had about 25 minutes to escape.
The water from a broken dam holding waste water from the nearby Samarco mine in Minas Gerais state moved fast down the valley. A flood believed to be some 20 meters (65 feet) high swept through the village of 600, destroying homes and livelihoods within minutes. Read more
Sierra Leone to be declared Ebola free
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is hours away from announcing the west African country is Ebola free – after 42 days of no new cases of the deadly virus.
Pauline Cafferkey, 39, first contracted the disease last year while working as a nurse at a Save the Children treatment centre. Read more
Myanmar president says military will respect poll results
Myanmar’s president said his government and the military, which gave up power only five years ago, will respect the results of Sunday’s elections that are expected to be won by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party.
“I heard that there are worries whether the outcome of the election would be respected. Our government and the military want to repeat that we will respect the outcomes of the free and fair election,” President Thein Sein said in a speech broadcast on national television late Friday night. Read more
Mormon Church Bars Same-Sex Couples
Gay and lesbian Mormons and their supporters are reeling over a rule change by church officials that says members in same-sex marriages can be kicked out and their children are to be barred from being baptised unless they disavow homosexual relationships.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints disseminated the handbook changes this week to local church leaders around the world. The goal was to provide clarity to lay leaders who run congregations, church spokesman Eric Hawkins said. Read more