SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 23, 2015
Biafra: Clergy Women Caution MASSOB, IPOB
Nigerian Women in Clergy has cautioned pro-Biafran groups, Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to suspend their street protests in the interest of peace.
The clergy women under the leadership of Prophetess Nonnie Robberson emphasised the importance of dialogue against violent protests that will further lead to deaths and destruction of property in the South-east. Read more
Hollande, Cameron visit Paris concert hall that was attacked
British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande laid a wreath at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Monday where 90 people were killed by jihadist attackers.
Cameron said on his Twitter account he had stood “shoulder to shoulder” with Hollande at the venue, where a British man was among the dead on November 13. Read more
Celine Dion leads music world in mourning Paris
Celine Dion on Sunday led the music industry in an emotional tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, as the American Music Awards heard appeals for a peaceful world.
The Canadian singer sang Edith Piaf’s classic “Hymne a l’Amour” (“Hymn to Love”) in French at the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles, which went ahead barely a week after the assault on a concert hall and other civilian targets across Paris. Read more
94 Capital Market Operators Risk Certificate Cancellation
Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, is set to withdraw the licenses of about 94 capital market operators, CMOs, operating in different categories of the market for failing to render statutory returns and complying with the new minimum capital requirement.
While all the affected operators are inactive, 18 of them are under suspension for various infractions. Two of them, Oceanic Trustee Limited and PHB Asset Management, are undergoing liquidation, while one, Unic Insurance Plc, has no information on its shareholders fund. Read more
Kaduna State to Immunise Three Million Children Against Measles
Malam Hamza Ikara, Health Educator, Kaduna State Primary Healthcare Agency (SPHCA), said on Saturday that three million children would be vaccinated during the ongoing immunisation against measles in the state.
Ikara, in a statement he issued in Kaduna, said that the exercise was aim at eradicating measles in the state. Read more
Always project Nigeria in good light — Ojukwu’s wife, Bianca
Mrs Bianca Ojukwu, the country’s former Ambassador to Spain and wife of late Biafra warlord, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu , has urged Nigerians to always project Nigeria in good light, stressing that tourism is a veritable platform for increasing Nigeria revenue generation.
Ojukwu, who made the assertion at the opening of “2015 Akwaaba Travel Expo’’ on Sunday in Lagos, said Nigeria had beautiful things that could attract tourists to the country. Read more
Christian Elders slam Okotie over comments that Oritsejafor deceived Jonathan
One of the most vociferous critics of the immediate-past President Goodluck Jonathan and General Overseer of Household of God Church, Rev. Chris Okotie, has come under fire over comments he made during a sermon in his Church, at Ikeja, Lagos, alleging that the President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, convinced Jonathan with a “false” prophecy which prompted him to contest the last presidential election.
Jonathan lost to candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. Read more
Shell Nigeria emerges best company in CSR Innovation at 2015 SERAs
Shell companies in Nigeria have emerged the best in Corporate Social Responsibility Innovation, and also the best in Sustainable Stakeholder Engagement at the 2015 edition of the Social Enterprise Report and Awards (SERAs) held in Lagos on Friday. In addition, Dr. Uwem Ite, of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), was named Nigeria’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Practitioner of the year. The awards aim to recognise corporate bodies who invest in society through CSR programmes. Read more
Ghana’s Mahama endorsed for second term election bid
Ghana’s governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Monday voted overwhelmingly to endorse President John Dramani Mahama’s bid for a second term of office at elections next year.
Party members backed the 56-year-old to run by just over 95 percent in primary elections held on Saturday and Sunday. Read more
Syria troops advance against IS in Homs province
The Syrian army recaptured a town and village in the central province of Homs from the Islamic State group on Monday, state media and a monitoring group said.
“The army in cooperation with popular defence groups (pro-regime militias) took control of Maheen and Hawareen in the southeast of Homs province after inflicting heavy losses on Daesh,” state television said, using the Arabic acronym for IS. Read more
Iraq suspends northern flights due to Russia’s Syria strikes
Flights to and from two northern Iraqi airports were suspended for 48 hours beginning on Monday due to danger posed by Russian cruise missiles heading for neighbouring Syria, officials said.
Iraq’s “Civil Aviation Authority decided to suspend all departing and arriving flights from and to Arbil and Sulaimaniyah airports” for 48 hours from 8:00 am (0500 GMT) on Monday, it said in a statement, referring to airports in the autonomous Kurdish region. Read more
Seven dead in helicopter crash in Indian Kashmir
All seven people on board — six pilgrims and the pilot — were killed Monday when a helicopter crashed in Indian Kashmir after leaving a popular Hindu shrine in the mountainous region, police said.
The helicopter crashed after taking off from the town of Katra, near the Vaishnodevi shrine in the Jammu part of the northern region which attracts millions of pilrims every year. Read more
Brussels on lockdown as Paris attacks suspect on the run
Brussels began a third consecutive day in lockdown under a maximum terror alert Monday after Belgian police staged a series of raids but failed to find key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam.
In an unprecedented security operation for the European capital, schools, universities and the metro were shut in the face of what Prime Minister Charles Michel called a “serious and imminent” threat of attacks similar to those that killed 130 people in France. Read more
Forget nuke deal, Iran has election fever
For months, the news out of Iran has revolved around the nuclear deal with the West and PresidentHassan Rouhani’s efforts to back it up with reforms at home.
With the deal done, the establishment in Iran is now focusing on two of the most important elections in the history of the Islamic Republic — one for parliament, and the other for the Assembly of Experts, which oversees and elects the supreme leader, a lifetime role. The horse trading and messaging has begun. Read more
Refugee crisis leaves mountains of life jackets on Greek paradise island
The images are a stark reminder of the thousands of desperate men, women and children pouring through Europe
The small Greek island of Lesbos has been the site of many dramatic rescues since the refugee crisis escalated earlier this year. But this image of abandoned life jackets tells the story more eloquently than many hundreds of headlines. Read more
Portugal president to meet Socialist leader Costa amid government crisis
Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva will meet the leader of the main opposition Socialists, Antonio Costa, at 11:00 am (1100 GMT) on Monday, the president’s office said.
Cavaco Silva, who also met Costa on Friday along with other political leaders, is deliberating on what to do next in the political crisis after the opposition-dominated parliament voted out the centre-right government on Nov. 10. Read more
Assad grateful to Russia as army advances on ‘nearly every front’
Syrian government troops are advancing on “nearly every front” thanks to Russian air strikes that began in September, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Chinese television released Sunday.
The embattled president also said he favoured new peace talks to be hosted in Moscow, but stressed that the Syrian conflict could not be resolved with “defeating terrorism”. Read more