SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 22, 2015
Edo 2016: The next governor
IN a few months, precisely November next year 2016 Governor Adams Oshiomhole will cease to be the occupant of the state house in Benin. Indeed, if the people of Edo state had their way, the distinguished labour leader of the radical mould would rule Edo State till the end of time. Such is the impact he has had on the state and the people. But the constitution only permits two terms of four years each. Read more
Electricity coy installs 100 transformers in South-East
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has begun the installation of 100 transformers within states in the South-East to boost electricity supply during the Yuletide festivities.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the states are Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo. Read more
Gunmen Kill 3 Policemen In Gombe
Three police men and civilians have been reportedly killed in an attack by gunmen at TRIACTA construction company in Buba Shango of Jakadafari district in Gombe, the state capital.
Confirming the attack, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Fwaje Atajiri, said he was aware of the attack but he could not say how many civilians were killed. Read more
Police arrest woman over alleged child theft
The Delta Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a lady, suspected to have stolen a seven- month-old baby at Ominigboma, a suburb of Asaba, the Delta capital.
The Command’s spokesperson, DSP Celestina Kalu, in a statement issued on Tuesday in Asaba, said that the suspect was nabbed after a relation of the child’s mother spotted her with the baby and raised an alarm. Read more
Turkey police kill two ‘female terrorists’ in Istanbul: reports
Turkish police killed two female “terrorists” in a pre-dawn raid Tuesday on a cell of suspected militants in Istanbul, media reports said.
The Dogan news agency said the clash, which also left four police lightly wounded, took place in the Gaziosmanpasa district in the north of the European side of the city. The report did not specify which organisation the two suspects were affiliated with. Read more
4 ways to celebrate Christmas within your budget!
It is a few days to Christmas and some Nigerians have made big plans just so they can have a great time during the holidays. In order to keep you from going overboard, Jovago.com, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal shares 4 ways you can have fun and still stay within your Christmas budget! Read more
N4.5bn Compensation: Stanbic IBTC heads to Appeal Court
Stanbic IBTC has headed to the Court of Appeal to challenge the verdict by a Lagos High Court ordering the financial institution to pay N4.5 billion to Patrick Olayele Akinkuotu and his company, Longterm Global Capital Limited for breach of contract.
The bank says it did not misrepresent any facts in the investor letter issued on private placement nor was the letter fraudulent. Read more
Firefighters battle Hermanus blaze
Around 20 firefighters were busy containing a vegetation fire in Hermanus on Tuesday morning, an official said.
Ground crews were tackling hotspots in the Hemel and Aarde Valley, said Overstrand chief fire officer Lester Smith. Read more
2017 Tour de France to start in Dusseldorf
It will be the fourth time Germany hosts the start of the Tour and the 22nd time in total that the ‘Grand Depart’ has taken place outside of France.
It will also be the third time in four years that the world’s most prestigious cycle race begins outside of its homeland following 2014 in Leeds, England and 2015 in Utrecht, Netherlands. Read more
Migrant crisis: Sweden operator to halt trains over bridge
Sweden’s state-owned train operator SJ is to stop services to and from Denmark because it cannot carry out identity checks demanded by the government to stem the influx of refugees.
Under a new Swedish law, transport companies will be fined if travellers to Sweden do not have valid photo ID. SJ said it would not have time to check people travelling between Copenhagen and Malmo over the Oresund bridge. Read more
Iraqi troops advance in battle for IS-held city of Ramadi
An Iraqi government spokesman says Iraqi forces are making progress in the military operation to retake the western city of Ramadi from the Islamic State group.
The operation was launched in earnest in November. Read more
German politician on trial over tattoo of Auschwitz
A far-right politician who appeared at a swimming pool with a tattoo of what appeared to be the Auschwitz death camp on his back has gone on trial in Germany, charged with incitement.
Neuruppin prosecutors accuse Marcel Zech of violating the country’s ban on the public display of Nazi symbols. Read more
British military deployed to Afghanistan: Why Sangin matters
The Union flag was officially brought down in Afghanistan last year, but to this day the involvement of British intervention in the region remains a point of heated controversy.
Troops lowered the flag at Camp Bastion in October, ending combat operations in the country after 13 years. Read more