SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 12, 2015
Buratai escapes assassination attempt in Kaduna
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Saturday, escaped assassination attempt, as members of the Muslim sect, Shiites allegedly attacked his convoy in Zaria, Kaduna State. In the ensuing melee, seven persons reportedly lost their lives in the clash between soldiers attached to Buratai’s convoy and the Shiite Muslim sect.
However, at the time of filing this report, Vanguard can’t independently confirm the cause of the clash. Read more
Buhari bags KASU’s Doctorate degree of letters
President Muhammadu Buhari has been conferred with an Honorary Doctorate degree of Letters by the Kaduna State University. Buhari got the honorary doctorate on Saturday, during the second Convocation ceremony of the University in Kaduna. Read more
NSCDC boss warns infrastructure vandals
The Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC) Alhaji Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has warned critical infrastructure vandals in the country to desist or face the wrath of the law.
Muhammadu at the weekend warned persons vandalising critical infrastructure in the country to steer clear, saying it will not hesitate to make them bear the pains of NSCDC power. Read more
Boko Haram Robs Soldiers Conveying Foodstuffs To Troops
The Army has disclosed that Boko Haram insurgents have ambushed soldiers conveying foodstuff to troops in Bama-Ngurosoye, Borno state.
This was revealed by the acting Army Spokesperson, Col Sani Usman said, “It will be recalled that Ngurosoye has been cleared of terrorists months ago, but some elements of Boko Haram terrorists that were thought to be innocent civilians, sneaked into the area and sprang an ambush on troops escorting supplies to our men at the front lines”. Read more
PDP drums support for APC government to end Boko Haram insurgency
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has urged Nigerians, irrespective of leanings, to rally round the APC–led government to end Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary, gave the advice on Friday in Abuja when he received the executive of an NGO, North Youth Network.
The NGO, led by its President, Mr Mike Msuaan, was on a courtesy visit to the National Publicity Secretary. Metuh said: “the current insurgency is not against any political party, but against Nigeria and its citizens and as such, demands the collective efforts of all Nigerians to defeat.” Read more
Fashola promises FG will pay verifiable debts to power firms
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has said the Federal Government is committed to the payment of all legally contracted and verifiable debts in the power sector, ThisDay reports.
Speaking yesterday during the inauguration of additional 220 megawatts of electricity to be dedicated to Lagos State by Egbin Power Plant, Fashola commended the Sahara Group and the KEPCO of Korea, who are the new owners of Egbin Power Plant for putting their investments and talents to tackle a local challenge. Read more
Music Meets Runway announces date to celebrate fifth anniversary
The relationship between popular music and fashion has been culturally significant since the 1950s, however, the fusion between fashion and music at Music Meets Runway (MMR) would be taking this relationship to the next level as it announces the date for its fifth anniversary of the event that has consistently offered double dose of pleasurable moment on runway with heavy musical infusion via live performances by notable local and international acts. Read more
Union condemns killing of Nigerian housewife in South Africa
Nigeria Union in South Africa has condemned the killing of a 34 year old housewife, Mrs Christiana Onyeka, by unknown gunmen on Dec. 3.
Onyeka, a mother of four and native of Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra, was killed in her husband`s office in Midrand, near Johannesburg.
Mr Ikechukwu Ayene, the President of the union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Midrand, South Africa, on Saturday that it had reported the incident to the South African police and Nigerian mission. Read more
Nigeria gets Africa’s first football pitch lit by players
Africa’s first football pitch lit solely by the players’ movements has been inaugurated in Lagos, the economic hub of power-starved Nigeria, at a ceremony attended by US-Senegalese rapper Akon.
The technology, invented by a young British engineer, consists of placing electronic tiles under the artificial turf, which is converted into power by kinetic energy. Each time a player steps on a tile, seven watts of electricity are generated and sent to a battery. Read more
Two Koreas end high-level talks with no apparent agreement
North and South Korea on Saturday wrapped up two days of rare, high-level talks aimed at easing cross-border tensions, with no agreement and no set date for further discussions.
A media pool report from the meeting venue in the jointly-run Kaesong industrial zone, on the North Korean side of the border, said the talks had ended without a joint statement and no agreed schedule for another round. Read more
Iraqi fighters protest Turkish troop presence
Several thousand protesters, most of them members of Shiite paramilitary forces, gathered in central Baghdad on Saturday to demand the withdrawal of Turkish forces from Iraq.
Iraq says Turkey deployed troops and tanks to a base in the country’s north last week without its permission, sparking a diplomatic uproar between Baghdad and Ankara. Read more
England ‘are going to win’ Euro 2016 – FA chief
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke was in bullish mood ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2016 draw, declaring his confidence that England “are going to win” the tournament.
“I’m looking forward to the draw, but I’m looking forward to the tournament even more because we are going to win,” he told the BBC in Paris. Read more
At least 17 injured in grenade attack at Ethiopia mosque
At least 17 people were injured when a grenade was thrown into the main mosque in the Ethiopia capital Addis Ababa after Friday prayers, a government spokesman said Saturday.
The Anwar Mosque, located in the busy central Merkato district, is one of the main places of worship for Muslims in the capital. Read more
Abducted Gaddafi’s son freed in Lebanon
Late Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi’s son Hannibal has been freed after being briefly kidnapped by an armed group in Lebanon, security sources say.
In a video shown on Lebanese TV, the captive businessman was seen appealing for more information concerning the 1978 disappearance of the prominent Lebanese Shia cleric, Musa al-Sadr. Read more
Gambia declared Islamic Republic
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared his Muslim-majority country an Islamic republic, saying the move marks a break with the colonial past.
Mr. Jammeh told state TV the proclamation was in line with Gambia’s “religious identity and values.”
He added that no dress code would be imposed and citizens of other faiths would be allowed to practise freely. Read more
Belarus leader calls on Russia and Turkey to compromise
The president of Belarus has called on the leaders of Russia and Turkey to “find the strength” to compromise and overcome the crisis in their relations.
Relations between Moscow and Ankara have been badly strained by the Nov. 24 downing of a Russian bomber by a Turkish jet along the Syrian border. Russia has introduced a slew of economic sanctions to punish Turkey. Read more
Burundi army: 87 people killed in Friday violence
A Burundian army official in says 87 people were killed in violence Friday when three military installations were attacked by armed men.
Army spokesman Col. Gaspard Baratuza said Saturday eight security officers were among those killed and 21 others wounded in the fighting. Baratuza said forces arrested 45 members of the unidentified group that attacked the military installations. Read more
Bicycle ‘should win Nobel Peace Prize’
The popular Caterpillar programme on Italy’s Rai 2 network is gathering signatures to present to the Norwegian Nobel Committee in February.
The presenters describe the humble two-wheeler as an “instrument of peace”.
They say the bicycle does not cause wars – often fought over oil. Read more
2 Egyptian police jailed for 5 years for torturing lawyer to death
An Egyptian court sentenced two policemen to five years in prison on Saturday for torturing a lawyer to death at a Cairo police station, official MENA news agency reported.
The two policemen, working for the most superior National Security Department, were convicted of beating a lawyer to death at a Matariya police station earlier in February while forcing him to confess committing crimes in favor of the now-blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood group. Read more