*We’ll publish names of looters soon – Buhari* * North to begin oil exploration next year*

*We’ll publish names of looters soon – Buhari* * North to begin oil exploration next year*

Sabinews Morning News Update for December 12, 2015

National News

We’ll publish names of looters soon – Buhari

President   Mohammadu Buhari said yesterday that his government will soon publish names of those who have returned portions of their loot from public coffers. This was as one of his spokesmen, Garba Shehu,  said in Kaduna that the Presidency would step on toes in their anti-corruption fight. Shehu said that the Presidency would do so for the interest of Nigeria.

President Buhari, according to The Cable News, said that the Central Bank of Nigeria will soon publicly name those who looted Nigeria and who have returned part of they wrongly appropriated. Read more

North to begin oil exploration next year

The New Nigeria Development Company (NNDC), a business conglomerate of the 19 northern state governments, has disclosed plans to commence exploration of oil and gas in the Lake Chad area of North-East.

“Oil and gas blocks have been discovered in the North. But for security challenges in the North-East, exploration would have gone far,” the company said in a media briefing after its annual general meeting in Kaduna yesterday. Read more

FG must check proliferation of varsities – Crawford VC

The Vice Chancellor of the Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, Prof. Rotimi Ajayi has urged    the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu to check the proliferation  of  universities in the country.

Prof. Ajayi said this during a press conference to herald the 7th Convocation and 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the institution scheduled for December 16, 2015. Read more

Why I received N670m from Dasuki, by Nduka Obaigbena, ThisDay Publisher

Chairman and  Publisher of Thisday Newspapers, Chief Nduka Obaigbena, has responded to the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which invited  him to account for the N670 million traced to him as part of the $2.1 billion arms budget for which the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, is standing trial.

In response to a letter of invitation from the EFCC, Obaigbena made it clear that the amount he received from the Office of National Security Adviser, ONSA was duly approved for him by former President Goodluck Jonathan to compensate him for the dastardly bombing of his offices in Abuja and Kaduna by Boko Haram insurgents. Read more

Tension in Onitsha as traders spoil for war over leadership tussle

Tension heightened  in Onitsha yesterday as traders of Abada Market in the commercial town vowed not to pay any levy to the government until they are allowed to conduct elections for a new leadership.  The traders have been having a running battle with their leadership over the delay in conducting election just as they threatened that they will never pay any levy to the government until they were allowed to conduct their election.

However, in a swift reaction, the Amalgamated Traders Association of Anambra State, AMATAS, yesterday warned the traders against any protest in the state over their decision not to pay any levy to the state government.  Read more

Boko Haram: We’ll not criticize Buhari if he fails to meet deadline – PDP

National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP said yesterday that it would support President Muham-madu Buhari if he fails to achieve the set deadline to end insurgency in the North East which has remained a major security challenge confronting the  country, rather than criticize the All Progressives Congress, APC led government.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja when he received a youth group under the aegis of Northern Youth Network  at the party national secretariat, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh said: “APC had promised that they were going to end insurgency in two weeks, they later said it will be over in two months and after that they now gave December 31 deadline to end Boko Haram. Read more

US disowns alert on Boko Haram threat in Abuja

The Embassy of the United States of America in Nigeria on Friday disowned a message that has gone viral in the social media, alerting citizens of an im­minent attack by the Boko Haram sect in Abuja.

The Embassy’s Counselor for Public Affairs, Victoria Sloan, while speaking at a three-day retreat organised for State House correspondents in Kaduna, while denying the message explained that if the Embassy had stumbled on such intelligence, it would have posted it on its website. Read more

Boko Haram kills 14 in Army chief’s mother’s hometown

Fourteen people were killed, some of them decapitated, in a Boko Haram raid on a village in Borno State on Thursday , a resident and a civilian vigilante assisting the military said yesterday.

The attack happened at about 8:00 pm  on Thursday in Kamuya, hometown of mother of the Chief of Army Staff,Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai. Read more

Fuel scarcity to end soon, says NUPENG

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) is optimistic that the current scarcity of petrol will  soon come to an end.

Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, the South-West Chairman of the union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos yesterday that massive loading of petroleum products  is ongoing in different depots in Lagos and other parts of the country. Read more

N310m theft: Police nab banker

More facts have continued to emerge on those involved in the recent alleged theft of N310 million belonging to some bureau de change operators in Abuja even as the Department of State Security Service (DSS) had paraded two of its officials who participated in the robbery.

The matter, which is currently being investigated by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command, has led to the arrest of a marketer with one of the new generation banks in Abuja. The banker was said to have been contacted by one of the suspects to move the money to a safe location. Read more

Arms deal probe: I acted in Nigeria’s interest – Okonjo-Iweala

The immediate past Minister of Finance , Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday, reiterated her innocence in the ongoing probe on the multi-billion dollar arms deal, stating that in all her dealings, she strived to protect the interest of the country.

Okonjo-Iweala, in a  statement by her spokesperson, Mr. Paul Nwabuikwu, also alleged that unscrupulous and comprised individuals have distorted the contents of her memo to former president Goodluck Jonathan, seeking the transfer of $300 million and £5.5 million to the Office of the National Security Adviser, to portray her in bad light. Read more

Appeal Court sacks all Rivers’ Senators

The Court of Appeal in Abuja, yesterday voided the elections that produced two Senators From Rivers State – Osinakachukwu Idoezu (Rivers South-West Senatorial District) and John Olaka-Nwogo (Rivers South-East).

The court, in a judgment, held among others, that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed, in its conduct of the elections, to comply substantially with the provisions of the Electoral Act and other guidelines for the March 28, 2015 National Assembly Election. Read more

BON Awards: Akure stands still for Nollywood stars

Few hours to the 2015 edition of the Best of Nollywood Awards holding this Sunday, palpable excitement and anticipation pervade the ancient city of Akure, the Ondo State capital, as Nollywood’s finest actors and actresses storm the city for the awards ceremony.

Already, the city is bubbling with life with many of the nominees arriving in droves ahead of tomorrow’s event. Read more

 New Telegraph got no money from Dasuki through Obaigbena –Management

The management of New Telegraph Newspapers has expressed shock over its inclusion on the list of media houses that THISDAY Publisher and President, Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) claimed he paid N10 million each to from funds he received from the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd), as compensation for the illegal seizure of some newspapers by the mili­tary during the adminis­tration of former Presi­dent Goodluck Jonathan.

A statement signed by the MD/EIC of New Telegraph, Mrs Funke Egbemode said “It is on record that following the decision of NPAN to seek compensation from the Fed­eral Government in the after­math of the seizure of editions of newspapers by the military, New Telegraph computed its losses, which were passed to the association. However, since then, the company has heard nothing from the asso­ciation on the matter.” Read more

Fashola promises to settle Egbin Power N47b debt

Minister of power, works and housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola Friday promised to settle the N47 billion debt it owed to Egbin Powerfor energy supplied to the national grid.

Fashola gave the assurance in Lagos during the inauguration of facilities of Ikeja and Eko Electricity Distribution companies. Read more

Sports

Kano Pillars will give Angolans a run for their money –Abubakar

Despite spending 10 hours on transit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and arriving Luanda on Friday, Kano Pillars combo guard, Usman Abubakar says that his team is ready to give the Angolans a run for their money as the final round of the Africa Champions Cup for Men begins.

A veteran of many finals with Kano Pillars, Nda Abu as many of his fans call him notes that they have seen enough of the Angolan team dominating the championships. Read more

Akwa Utd to make statement on head coach soon

Akwa United have confirmed to SportingLife that the club would make their position known on the make up of the Promise Keepers’ technical crew ahead of next season where they will be competing in three different competitions.

The Uyo side captured the 2015 Federation Cup title last month at the expense of Lobi Stars which made them qualify for the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup and they will also compete on the domestic front in the league and Federation Cup. Read more

Dream Team VI must respect Algeria – NFF scribe

The General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) Sanusi Mohammed has warned the Dream Team VI players to treat the Algerians with respect when they confront each other in today’s final of the  Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.

“We should approach the match with all the seriousness it deserves. We should bear in mind that any team that is playing against Nigeria will play as if they are playing a World Cup final, especially African teams. Read more

Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe’s president again reads out wrong speech

Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe has again read out the wrong speech, repeating September’s blunder that led to calls for him to resign.

Speaking at an annual conference of his ruling ZANU-PF party in the resort town of Victoria Falls, the 91-year-old read the wrong script for about 30 seconds before being handed the correct one. Read more

World News

In final push for landmark climate deal, end of fossil fuel era nears

At the tail end of the hottest year on record, climate negotiators in Paris will aim on Saturday to seal a landmark accord that will transform the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades and turn the tide on global warming.

After four years of fraught U.N. talks often pitting the interests of rich nations against poor, imperilled island states against rising economic powerhouses, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will unveil the latest text of a climate deal on Saturday at 9 a.m. (0800 GMT). Read more

Gambia now an Islamic republic, says President Yahya Jammeh

Gambia has been declared an Islamic republic by President Yahya Jammeh who said he wanted to further distance the West African state from its colonial past.

The tiny, formerly secular country – named after the river from which British ships are said to have fired cannonballs to fix its borders – joins the ranks of other officially Islamic republics such as Iran and Afghanistan. Read more

Gaddafi’s son Hannibal freed by Lebanese kidnappers

A son of Libya’s late leader Moammar Gaddafi was briefly kidnapped in Lebanon by militants demanding information about the fate of a Shiite cleric who went missing in Libya decades ago, a security official and local TV stations said on Friday.

Hannibal Gaddafi appeared in a video aired late Friday on local Al-Jadeed TV saying anyone with information about Imam Moussa al-Sadr should come forward. Gaddafi appeared to have been beaten up and had black eyes but said in the video he is “in good health, happy and relaxed.” Read more

Afghan forces end siege near Spanish embassy in Kabul-official

Afghan security forces have killed all the insurgents involved in the attack on a guest house near the Spanish embassy in Kabul, Interior Minister spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Saturday.

A Spanish security officer was killed in the attack, in a heavily protected part of Kabul close to several embassies and government buildings. At least seven people were treated in a nearby hospital run by Italian aid group Emergency, mainly for minor injuries. Read more

China launches research center on African films, TV

China opened a research center on African film and television in Zhejiang Normal University on Friday, as part of efforts to beef up mutual understanding and cooperation.

The center will focus on academic exchanges and developing talent, said Liu Hongwu, director of the center. Read more

PetroVietnam receives oil from Algerian field

PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corporation (PVEP) yesterday celebrated the first commercial oil flow from the Algeria-located Bir Seba oil field’s 433A and 416B blocks.

It marked a politically and economically important event amid the global struggling oil industry with its prices plunging. Read more

UN Security Council Hails Decision By Libya’s Rival Parliaments To Sign Peace Deal

The United Nations Security Council on Friday welcomed an announcement that Libya’s two rival parliaments to sign the final peace agreement on Dec 16, reports Xinhua news agency.

Samantha Power, the US ambassador who holds the rotating council president for this month, made the statement when she was speaking to reporters here after a council meeting. Read more

Twelve killed in violent Burundi flare-up

Gunmen have attacked military sites in Burundi’s capital and 12 of the assailants were killed while 20 were arrested after heavy fighting, the army said.

Soldiers say at least five of their number were also killed, but an official army spokesman said they were only wounded in the latest flare-up on Friday in a nation Western powers fear may be sliding back into ethnic conflict. Read more

 

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