SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS NEWS FOR MARCH 14, 2016
Measles, Whooping Cough Kill Six Children in Jigawa
Six under-five children have died following an outbreak of measles and whooping cough in Suletankarkar Local Government Area of Jigawa state, Daily Trust learnt yesterday.
It was gathered that Maizare village where the six deaths occurred was the worst hit among the six villages affected by the outbreak of the two child killer diseases. Speaking to Daily Trust on phone, the Suletankarkar LGA Head of Department for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Mohammed Maisamari confirmed the outbreak of the two diseases. Read more
Ishaku commissions new machines for tea production
In it bid to increase internally generated revenue for Taraba state, the state governor, Darius Ishaku has commissioned new CTC machines (Cut, Tear and Curl) at Mambila Beverages Nigeria Limited the makers of High Land Tea . Since the establishment of the Tea Garden 30 years ago the machines used for the manufacturing/production of the Tea were LTP ( Laurie’s Tea Processor ) which was said to be of Low productivity. Read more
OPC members drag Gani Adams to court over $22m fraud
Some members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) have dragged the factional national coordinator of the organisation, Otunba Gani Adams, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly diverting $22m.
The aggrieved members made these claims of financial fraud in a three-page petition, dated March 4 and signed by 26 members of the National Coordinating Council of the group. The petition was reportedly received at the Lagos office of the anti-graft agency on March 11. Read more
Buhari is giving Police, Army zeal to fight insurgency – AIG Ogunsakin
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 12, AIG Tunde Ogunsakin, on Saturday, said that President Muhammed Buhari, had given Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army the zeal to battle insurgency ravaging the Northern part of the country.
Ogunsakin who disclosed this during a press interaction with journalist, said that the President has reposed confidence in the minds of Nigerians in the fight against terror and insurgency. Read more
Re: Nigerian court asked to order the arrest of Zakzaky’s wife
My attention was drawn to a news item in the Vanguard Newspaper of 13/03/2016 with the above heading. The report stated:”A federal high court sitting in Abuja has been asked to order the immediate arrest and prosecution of Mrs. Zeenat El-Zakzaky, wife of the leader Shi’ite movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakyzaky. In suit number FHC/ABJ/CJ/189/2016, dated March 10, 2016, Mrs. El-Zakzaky was said to have made inciting statement after the killing of the members of the Movement and the arrest of her husband.” Read more
Benue South: Onjeh drags David Mark to Tribunal again
Candidate of the All Progressives Congress at the just concluded Benue South senatorial rerun, Comrade Daniel Onyirofie Onjeh has once again dragged his opponent, David Mark to the election petition tribunal, citing irregularities in the contest.
This is the second time Onjeh is going back to the tribunal. The first time was in 2015 and his petition led to the nullification of Mark’s election which gave rise to the rerun. Read more
Fulani herdsmen have destroyed our farm projects, cash crops, Rector Fed Poly Ado-Ekiti cries
The Rector of the Federal polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Dr Taiwo Akande has raised the alarm over alleged invasion and destruction of the institution’s farmlands by Fulani herdsmen. At a pre-convocation media briefing over the weekend, Dr Akande said the institution had suffered unquantifiable loss in both monetary terms, academic and research materials to the menace. Read more
Governors plan investment in mineral resources, agricultural devt
In their bid to boost internally generated revenue to augment dwindling allocations from the Federal Government, governors from the North-West zone plan massive investment in exploration of their mineral resources and development of agriculture. The governors,’ under the ageis of North-West governors’ forum, made the declaration at the end of their meeting in Katsina. Read more
Doctors Up in Arms Against ‘Unfair’ Government Officials
Doctors across the country are up in arms against what they described as growing mistreatment and harassment of health workers accused of malpractice in public hospitals.
They say recent incidents that have seen many of their colleagues suspended or fired by political appointees or even threatened by members of the public, sometimes on perceived malpractice, have lowered their morale. Read more
HRW urges Egypt to annul jail terms for Christian teens
Human Rights Watch urged Egypt on Monday to annul the jail sentences handed to four Coptic Christian teenagers for contempt of Islam after they were seen in a video mocking Muslim prayers. In February, a court in the central province of Minya sentenced three teenagers to five years and a fourth to a juvenile detention centre for an indefinite period. Read more
Syria’s civil war: five years of Guardian reporting
Syria has imploded since pro-democracy protests first shook the regime of Bashar al-Assad in March 2011. A brutal and complex war fuelled by sectarian, political and international divisions has killed hundreds of thousands of people and created millions of refugees.
What began as protests met by increasing violence spread across the region as refugees poured out and foreign fighters, money and arms poured in. Below, the story is told how it was witnessed, from neighbourhoods ringed by snipers and first-hand accounts of massacres, to rebel fighters who warned of the rise of Islamic State and civilians who saw their lives and loved ones shattered by violence. Read more
Blocked Malaysian Insider news website shuts down
A prominent independent Malaysian news website which had been blocked by the government over its reporting has announced it is shutting down.
Malaysian Insider’s editor Jahabar Sadiq said it would fold by the end of Monday, citing “commercial reasons”. The website, which has a staff of 59, was banned in Malaysia last month after publishing a controversial report on allegations of official corruption. Read more
Japan tube drivers seek damages after bonuses trimmed in beard row
Tube drivers in Japan are seeking damages from the Osaka government for the “mental anguish” they suffered after the city reduced their bonuses, allegedly because the men refused to shave off their beards.
Two workers on the western port city’s underground network filed a suit seeking 2.2m yen (£13,500) each for psychological damage and bonus reductions they claim they received after falling foul of grooming requirements the authorities introduced in 2012. Read more
UAE fighter jet crashed in Yemen’s Aden – local official
ADEN A United Arab Emirates fighter jet has crashed in a mountainous area of the southern Yemeni city of Aden and the fate of the pilot was unknown, a local Yemeni official said on Monday.
Hani al-Yazidi, director of the Buraiqa district in northern Aden said authorities had found wreckage of the plane after it crashed into a mountain in the area. His comments came after the UAE armed forces said one of its fighter jets from a Saudi-led alliance in Yemen was missing. Read more
Eight people killed in chemical leak at bank’s headquarters
Eight people died at the headquarters of one of Thailand’s largest banks when workers accidentally released fire extinguishing chemicals during an upgrade of the building’s safety system.
Seven other people were injured in the accident, which happened on Sunday night in the basement of the Siam Commercial Bank’s headquarters in Bangkok. Read more
Bahrain deports several Lebanese over Hezbollah links
Bahrain has deported several Lebanese residents whom it believes had links to or supported the Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah, which Gulf Arab states have declared a terrorist organisation, its Interior Ministry said in a Tweet on Monday.
Bahrain’s larger Gulf Arab ally Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it would punish anybody who belongs to the Iran-backed Lebanese group, which Manama has accused, alongside Tehran’s Revolutionary Guards, of fomenting strife in the island kingdom. Read more
German Chancellor Angela Merkel set to address a major conference on antisemitism in Berlin
More than 100 parliamentarians from nearly 40 countries will meet in Berlin today for a major conference on antisemitism.
Participants, who include German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leading British politicians, will discuss issues such as Internet hate, community relations and antisemitism in sport, as well as legal, parliamentary and governmental responses to antisemitism. There will be presentations of model programs for combatting antisemitism. Read more
U.N. envoy: Syria peace talks ‘a moment of truth’
Syria peace talks resumed Monday, as the conflict approaches its fifth anniversary.
Staffan de Mistura, the U.N. special envoy for Syria, told reporters in Geneva that the resumption of the negotiations was a “moment of truth” and that the “only Plan B available is return to war.” The talks are scheduled to continue for two weeks. Read more