SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 21, 2015
EFCC to question Bode George, PDP chiefs
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is concluding arrangements to invite some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party for questioning, a top source at the commission has said.
The plan is part of the ongoing investigations into the arms procurement scam and the party’s 2015 presidential campaign fund. Our correspondent learnt that the commission had compiled a list of the PDP chieftains to be invited while the anti-graft agency was awaiting directives to summon them. Read more
Venezuela releases detained Pepsi workers
A number of employees who were detained at a Pepsi plant in Venezuela on Friday have been released, the local PepsiCo division announced.
Polar, Venezuela’s largest food and drinks producer and the owner of the local Pepsi division, said the workers had been “arbitrarily detained”. Read more
NIGERIAN EXPORTS OF BONNY LIGHT CRUDE OIL TO FALL IN FEBRUARY
Nigeria plans to export 166,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Bonny Light crude oil in February, down from the 218,000 bpd initially planned for January.
Royal Dutch Shell said this month that the Trans Niger Pipeline, which feeds the Bonny export terminal, had been closed from late November following an incident in which four contractors died. Traders said more cargoes were likely to be added to the programme. Read more
Jigawa lawmaker engages 20 environmental workers
Alhaji Kais Abdallah, a member of the Jigawa State House of Assembly, said on Monday that he had engaged 20 ad-hoc environmental workers to enhance sanitation in Malammadori town.
Abdallah (APC-Malammadori Constituency), stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Malammadori. Read more
Gang Rape: Cultists Assault DELSU Undergraduate
Suspected gang rapists currently operating at the Delta State-owned University town, Abraka, at the weekend allegedly raped a female undergraduate of the university.
It was reliably gathered that the victim identified as Cecilia (surname withheld), an undergraduate in the department of Sociology, was among four other girls who surrendered themselves to be raped by the suspected rapists. Read more
FRAUD: Man Remanded For Duping NYSC Member
For allegedly duping a member of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), a suspected fraudster, David Emmanuel, was at the weekend remanded in police custody by an Akure Magistrate Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Emmanuel was accused of duping one Idowu Temitope the sum of N120,000 in false pretence of securing employment for him at the Department For International Development (DFID). Read more
Spain ‘enters new political phase’ with coalition negotiations
Spanish political parties face tough negotiations to form a government after the country voted in a fragmented parliament, bidding farewell to the usual two-horse race. The ruling conservative Popular Party came first with 123 seats in Sunday’s election, but fell far short of the 176 majority needed to govern alone.
Incumbent prime minister Mariano Rajoy said he will “try to form a stable government”, but faces an uphill climb to gain outside support. Read more
Europe’s Year From Hell — and 2016 Could Be Even Worse
By any measure, it has been a year from hell for the European Union. And if Britons vote to leave the bloc, next year could be worse.
Not since 1989, the year the Berlin Wall fell and communism crumbled across eastern Europe, has the continent’s geopolitical kaleidoscope been shaken up so vigorously. Read more
Earthquake of 4.6 magnitude in British Columbia caused by fracking, says regulator
An earthquake of 4.6 magnitude in western Canada was caused by fracking, according to the region’s energy regulator.
The British Coumbia Oil and Gas Commission said that the earthquake, which occurred in August, “was caused by fluid injection during hyrdraulic fracturing from an operator in the area,” the Globe and Mailreported. Read more
Asian markets mostly rise but oil hits 11-year low
Oil prices extended losses on Monday with Brent hitting an 11-year low, fuelling fears about the global economy, but most Asian stock markets recovered from early losses to rally in the afternoon.
However, with Wednesday’s US Federal Reserve interest rate rise now in the past, analysts said concerns about the global economy continue to keep traders cautious. Read more
‘I Have Done Nothing’ – Pres. Sirleaf Throws ‘Sarcasm’ At Critics
A sarcastic President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said her administration has done nothing. Speaking during the dedication of a housing project funded by the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation known as NASSCORP village and built by the National Housing Authority (NHA), the Liberian leader said she has done nothing.
“Today, I have done plenty nothing. The first nothing – today I went to LEC to see the new generator that’s coming in two weeks to give more electricity to Monrovia”, said President Sirleaf. Read more
Clashes as Taliban advance in embattled Afghan province
Clashes intensified Monday as the Taliban pressed an offensive to capture a key district in Helmand, a day after an official warned that the entire southern province was on the brink of collapse. Read more
Burundi parliament debates ‘invasion’ peacekeeper force
Burundi’s parliament was debating Monday a proposed African Union peacekeeping mission that Bujumbura has rejected as an “invasion force”.
Lawmakers are expected to oppose the planned force, which was proposed by the African Union last week as international alarm grows over spiralling violence in the tiny central African nation. Read more
Pope tells Vatican government ‘reform will move forward with determination’
Pope Francis said Monday that reform of the Curia, the Church’s governing body, would “move forward with determination, clarity and firm resolve”, during his annual address to cardinals, bishops and priests running the Holy See.
The remarks follow those he made a year ago, in December 2014, when he suggested the Vatican’s administrative hierarchy was beset by a “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and a lust for power. Read more