SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 3, 2015
NCC slashes MTN’s fine
The South African telecommunication giant MTN has announced the resignation of the head of its Nigerian operations, Michael Ikpoki and the head of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Akinwale Goodluck.
“They are replaced by Ferdi Moolman as MTN Nigeria CEO and Amina Oyagbola as its head of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs. Mr Moolman was previously COO at MTN Irancell and most recently CFO at MTN Nigeria. Read more
Britain launches Syria airstrikes
British Royal Air Force Tornado fighter jets conducted airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the country’s defense ministry said Thursday.
The bombing campaign came shortly after Prime Minister David Cameron held a vote in the House of Commons late Wednesday on whether to support the operation. Lawmakers backed the government by 397-223. The warplanes struck six targets near Omar inside Syria’s eastern border with Iraq where the militant group, also known as ISIL, has extensive oilfields, the ministry said. Read more
Why UK is prosecuting war against Cybercrime in Nigeria
The British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright, says one of UK’s key objective for Nigeria this year is to support the ongoing campaign against Cybercrime to reduce the number of UK citizens and businesses falling victim to fraud and cyber crime originating in Nigeria.
Arkwright disclosed this on Wednesday, at the ongoing Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) and Ministry of Communications two day workshop on cybercrime holding in Abuja. Read more
First Nigerian goalkeeper, Sam Ibiam, dies at 90
Ibiam, who was born in 1925 in Ebonyi State was the Nigerian goalkeeper for the UK selected team that toured the United Kingdom in 1949. Family sources confirmed his death yesterday.
Below is an interview the late Pa Ibiam had with Vanguard’s Tope Adeboboye, published on February 3, 2010, where he bemoaned his plights of being abandoned by the Nigerian government, and was left to live in squalor. Read more
Minimum wage: Governors conspiracy against workers, presidency
I AGREE totally with the school of thought which says that the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, by its recent pronouncement of not being able to pay the minimum wage of N18, 000 to workers, has declared war against Nigerians [not only workers or labour unions] and as such Nigerians should arise in battle against these governors.
I pray that the spirit of the founding fathers of this country, the spirit of our ancestors should arise and battle these dealers parading themselves as leaders to a disgraceful end. I pray as well that God shall reveal to the Presidency enough wisdom to know the illegality of the NGF and be able to distance itself from them, by showing its solidarity with the Nigerian people. Read more
President Buhari Reopens Controversial OPL 245 / $1.1 Billion Malabu Oil Deal
Preliminary Investigations by BREAKINGTIMES indicates that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has reopened the controversial $1.1 Billion Malabu Oil Deal also known as Oil Prospecting Licence 245.
Our source reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has sent investigators after the beneficiaries of the US$1.1 billion transferred to Dan Etete and his business associates under the Goodluck Jonathan administration. Read more
11-year old wanted Boko Haram bomber arrested at Maiduguri IDP camp
Troops of 7 Division Garrison providing security at Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Dalori, Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Borno State on Tuesday afternoon arrested an 11-year-old suspected suicide bomber. Usman Modu Tella is among the 100 Boko Haram members recently declared wanted by the Nigerian Army.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was from Bama town and is among four other children trained for suicide bombing by the Boko Haram terrorists, the Nigerian Army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement on Tuesday. Read more
Kenya: Balala Ready to Revive the Tourism Sector
Barely a week after President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Najib Balala as Cabinet Secretary to the tourism ministry he has already pulled up his sleeves ready to work.
The morning after he was appointed to the now stand alone ministry Balala was already in the office to takeover, promising that 2016 will be the year of recovery. Read more
Namibia: 70 Arrested in Anti-Poaching Operations
About 70 suspects have been arrested in the anti-poaching operations at Etosha National Park, which are underway since December last year.
Over 40 people were arrested during the first operation that took place from June to August and another 30 suspects were arrested during the second operation, which ran from September to November. Read more
14 killed in California shooting, two suspects dead
A heavily armed man and woman in their 20s died in a shootout with police after killing 14 people at a Christmas party in California in America’s worst mass shooting in three years, authorities said.
Police identified the pair as Syed Farook, a 28-year-old US citizen who worked for the local county, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, whose nationality was unknown. They said the suspects were either married or engaged. Read more
Pistorius convicted of murder on appeal
Oscar Pistorius was convicted of murder on Thursday by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal, which threw out his earlier conviction on a lesser charge for shooting dead his girlfriend in 2013.
Pistorius is now set to go back to jail after he was released on parole in October having served one year of his five-year sentence for culpable homicide — the equivalent of manslaughter. Read more
Afghanistan seeks to establish fate of ‘injured’ Taliban chief
Afghan officials scrambled Thursday to establish the fate of Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour, after intelligence sources said he was grievously wounded in a firefight following a bitter argument with commanders in the divided militant movement.
It remains unclear whether Mansour survived the gunbattle, which threatens to derail a renewed regional push to jumpstart peace talks with the Taliban. Read more
Oil prices bounce back on eve of OPEC meeting
Oil prices bounced back in Asia Thursday but trading was cautious on signs the OPEC cartel is divided ahead of a meeting on whether to maintain or slash its high output levels.
The US benchmark West Texas Intermediate closed below $40 a barrel for the first time since late August on Wednesday after data showed an increase in US commercial stockpiles and production, adding to anxiety about a long-running supply glut. Read more
Israel arrests youths over West Bank arson attack
The Shin Bet security agency said the youths were believed to be affiliated with a Jewish terrorist organisation.
The killing of three members of the Dawabsha family in the village of Duma four months ago was condemned by Palestinian and Israeli leaders. The only survivor, a four-year-old boy, is still being treated for his wounds. Read more