SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR APRIL 4, 2016
End fuel crisis now, SERAP tell Buhari
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project says the protracted scarcity of fuel in Nigeria amounts to a violation of the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by the Nigerian government.
The group, in a statement on Monday by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, noted that the protracted fuel scarcity had not only deprived Nigerians of unquantifiable economic opportunities, but it had also subjected them to unwarranted torture,cruel and degrading experiences. Read more
Platini, Messi named in offshore financial dealings
Disgraced FIFA officials, suspended UEFA chief Michel Platini and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi were amongst the names found Sunday in leaked documents which reveal offshore financial dealings.
‘The Panama Papers’ claim the law firm of a FIFA ethics watchdog had business relationships with three men recently indicted in football’s global corruption scandal. Read more
DRIVER ROBS VICTIM TO DISCHARGE SICK CHILD
A commercial driver who gave his name as Clement Ogunsola has said that he opted to rob his passengers in order to discharge his sick child from the hospital.
Clement claimed that his son had spleen problem and was treated at a government owned hospital. He said he used a gun-shaped iron to rob his passengers of N18, 500 cash and a phone. Read more
Osun doctors suspend 7-month-old strike
Striking medical doctors in the employment of Osun state government Sunday suspended its seven months old industrial action . It would be recalled that doctors working with Osun state Hospital Management Board and those attached to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, embarked on industrial action to reject payment of modulated salaries among other grievances. Read more
MDAs: Emulating the INNOSON-NAF partnership
THE recent signing of a memorandum of understanding between Nigeria’s first indigenous auto maker INNOSON and Nigeria Air Force for the fabrication and manufacture of spare parts signposts a new dawn in our quest for technological development. After several years of depending on wholesale importation of operational equipment, the Nigeria Air Force has now taken the lead among other government institutions to look inwards in solving some of their problems. Read more
NSIA on the Verge of Signing Concession Contract for Second Niger Bridge
The process for the construction of the Second Niger Bridge remains on course with the signing of the concession agreement expected to be consummated in the second half of this year, the Managing Director, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), operator of the Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), Mr. Uche Orji, has disclosed.
Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja weekend, Orji, who rekindled hope that the realisation of the project was still very much alive, noted that having successfully completed Early Works III (EW3) of the project in January 2016, coupled with the N17 billion allocation for the project in this year’s budget, the engagement towards facilitating financial closure had been given further impetus. Read more
Biafra will be actualised using international law – IPOB
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has reiterated its resolve to pursue the actualisation of the independent state of Biafra using international law.
A statement by the Spokesperson of the pro-Biafra group, Emma Powerful said Biafra had been in existence before the coming of British colonial masters, adding that it has the right to pursue its actualization even now. Read more
Obaseki and the undertaker’s halleluya
RATHER than cast this discourse in the mould of a “rejoinder” to Godwin Obaseki’s interactive session with the Vanguard newspaper edition of Sunday, March 13, 2016 (Pages 38 and 39), this piece should be read from the perspective of a “reminder” that an inveterate undertaker cannot metamorphose into a giver of life or a harbinger of good tidings especially considered in the fact that Godwin Obaseki has been at the epicenter and vortex of the retrograde economic measures and woes of Edo State. Read more
Disneyland Paris worker found dead in Haunted House
French police have launched an investigation into the death of aDisneyland Paris worker after his body was found in a Haunted House.
They confirmed they are investigating the death of a male technician in the Phantom Manor. Read more
The Panama Papers are super awkward for Beijing
The Panama Papers, a massive report that claims to document shady business dealings by a who’s who of the global elite, landed in China on a national holiday, presenting the authorities with an interesting, probably vexing, question: How to scrub the web of the juicy-but-as-yet-unconfirmed charges against politically connected Chinese? Read more
In Wisconsin, Trump looks to put rough week behind him
Donald Trump is fighting to put a difficult week behind him and finish strong on Tuesday in Wisconsin, a state whose primary contest may prove to be a turning point in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
The Republican front-runner is at risk of losing the Midwestern state to Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, an outcome that would dent the New York billionaire’s aura of inevitability and make it harder for him to win the 1,237 delegates needed for the party’s nomination for the Nov. 8 election. Read more