SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 30, 2015
British govt. offers to help Buhari develop Niger Delta
The British Government, weekend expressed readiness to collaborate with the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s to urgently fast tract the development of the Niger Delta Region.
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Paul Arkwright gave the assurance when he visited the minister of Niger Delta Affairs Pastor Usani Usani in Abuja,Read more
Turkey sends corpse of shot down pilot back to Russia
Turkey on Monday sent back to Russia the corpse of a pilot killed when his plane was shot down by the Turkish air force for allegedly violating its air space on the Syrian border, reports said.
A special flight carrying the corpse of Oleg Peshkov left Ankara airport for Russia, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported, without giving further details. Read more
FG’s N5,000 SWP: Questions, questions
NIGERIA waited impatiently for the All Progressives Congress, APC, Federal Government to come forward and tell the nation when it is going to implement one of its controversial campaign promises – payment of
N5,000 monthly stipends to poor Nigerians. Read more
ROBBERY: Court Remands Man In Osun
For alleged armed robbery, an Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Modakeke has ordered the remand of one Seyi Gboyega, 22, in prison custody.
The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Ona Glory, told the court that the accused committed the offence on October 14, 2015 at about 12:30am in Modakeke-Ife. Glory said that the accused with others now at large conspired to commit felony while armed with cutlasses and guns and robbed one Olatunji Ishola of N300,000 and other valuables. Read more
Dasuki in More Trouble As EFCC Arrests Top Officials Who Served Under Him
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested top-ranking officials of the Office of the National Security Adviser who worked under Sambo Dasuki.
The arrests are undoubtedly connected to the ongoing investigation of a $2 billion weapons contract scandal which recently indicted Colonel SamboDasuki. Read more
Lawyer drags FG to court over new criminal justice law
An Abuja based lawyer and erstwhile Commissioner for Information in Abia State, Dr. A.C.B. Agbazuere, has gone to court to seek the abolishment of section 165(2) of the new Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
The section stipulates that a court, “may require the deposit of a sum of money or other security as the court may specify from the defendant or his surety before bail is approved”. Read more
Don’t blame Buhari for 2016 budget delay – Ossai
Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Ethics and Privileges, Pastor Ossai Nicholas Ossai has said that the presentation of 2016 budget estimate to the National Assembly may likely be delayed by the government of president Mohammad Buhari so as to enable the newly sworn ministers get abreast of the various activities in the ministries.
Ossai gave the hints at the formal inauguration of the Abuja chapter of the Ndokwa Neku union, NNU at the weekend. Read more
HIV drug stocks not reaching African patients: report
Efforts to get lifesaving antiretrovial drugs to HIV-positive patients in many sub-Saharan African countries are routinely failing at “the last mile”, an international medical group said Monday.
Despite stocks being available, the drugs often do not reach clinics because of “cumbersome procedures, logistical challenges or lack of resources,” Medicins Sans Frontieres said in a report released at the International Conference on AIDS and STI (sexually transmitted infections) in Africa in Harare. Read more
Frustration after Tunisia border shut over deadly blast
Petrol prices spiked, shops closed and trucks that plied the desert to Libya have vanished since Tunisia shut the border following a deadly bus bombing in the capital.
In the town of Ben Guerdane, and across southeastern Tunisia, the mood is morose with residents concerned for their future since authorities imposed the 15-day border closure last week. Read more
Oil prices trade below $42 in Asia
Oil prices traded below $42 in Asia Monday ahead of an OPEC meeting and the release of data on China’s important manufacturing sector later in the week.
The market will be watching whether members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which meets on December 4, slash currently high output levels and ease a crude supply glut that has depressed prices for more than a year. Read more
Israeli parliamentarian resigns over sexual harassment claims
Yinon Magal, from the religious and nationalist Jewish Home party, will step down after a number of women accused him of inappropriate comments and actions while in his former role as a journalist.
Party leader and Education Minister Naftali Bennett said he accepted Magal’s resignation, calling it the “right” decision that would to enable him to “devote himself to his family”. Read more
Zimbabwe is in urgent need of fundamental and holistic leadership change
Speaking at a breakfast meeting to discuss his budget statement the following day in Harare. Chinamasa himself confessed that he was embarrassed to present a paltry US$4 billion for a country that is so richly endowed with natural and human resources such as Zimbabwe. The MDC is not exaggerating when it boldly states that the Zimbabwean economy is in comatose mode in the intensive care unit. All well – meaning and patriotic Zimbabweans have to bite the bullet and aknowledge the sad reality that our beloved country is on the precipice. We are in a real deep socio – economic and political mess. Read more
Botswana: Stay HIV Free – ACHAP
The African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP) chief executive officer, Mr Jerome Mafeni, has urged HIV free men to do everything in their power to stay uninfected.
Addressing a kgotla meeting in Metsimotlhabe recently, Mr Mafeni cautioned that the free HIV treatment offered by government was expensive. Read more
Beijing air pollution reaches extremely hazardous levels
Beijing is experiencing its worst air pollution this year, with monitoring sites throughout the city reporting extremely hazardous levels of pollutants.
City authorities issued a rare orange alert, the second highest of four danger levels. Schools suspended outdoor activities and polluting factories were required to reduce production. Read more
Kobe Bryant to quit basketball at end of season
The 37-year-old, who has won the National Basketball Association (NBA) title on five occasions, is calling time on a glittering 20-year career at the end of the current season.
Bryant, who has scored 32,670 points over two decades with the Los Angeles Lakers, is ranked third on the NBA’s all-time list. Read more
Italian doctor working for children’s charity killed in Kenya
An Italian doctor working for a children’s charity in Kenya was killed and three other Italians, including her parents, were injured in an armed robbery on the house they were staying in, officials said on Monday.
Rita Fossaceca, 51, was a volunteer with the For Life Onlus charity, which supports an orphanage in Mijomboni, 30 km (18 miles) inland from the tourist resorts of Malindi and Watamu. Read more