SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR MAY 9, 2016
Police take over Edo Assembly
The Police on Monday cordoned off the premises of Edo House of Assembly to avert possible breakdown of law and order.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that more than 10 Hilux patrol vans and an Armoured Personnel Carrier were strategically positioned within and around the state assembly complex. Read more
Muslim youths observe weekly fast for Buhari in Sokoto
The National Council of Muslim Youth Organisation (NACOMYO), Sokoto State chapter has embarked on voluntary prayer and fasting for peace and success of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. The President of the organisation, Aliyu Ibrahim Kyautawa, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Sokoto. Read more
Match Day 15 results in 2015/2016 NPFL
Following are the results of the 10 Match Day 15 fixtures in the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), played on Saturday and Sunday at nine venues across the country: Played on Sunday: Enyimba International 2-1 Niger Tornadoes Lobi Stars 1-0 MFM FC Akwa United 2-0 FC IfeanyiUbah. Read more
Group explains why Buhari should appoint Igbo as next IG of Police
Ahead of the end of the tenure of the present Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase next month, a group, the Association of United Igbo Gospel Ministers, AUIGM, has mounted pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an Igbo man as the next police boss.
Addressing journalists at the weekend in Abuja, the AUIGM President, Air Vice Marshal Robert Konye Ekezie (rtd) argued that it has become more imperative to appoint an Igbo as the IG of Police given the perceived marginalisation of Ndigbo in the Buhari administration. Read more
Okagbere claims second spot in IAAF World Championship
Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare came second in the 100 metres race at the IAAF Championship in Japan, narrowly losing in the last 30 metres to Tianna Bartoletta after having a great start off the blocks.
She finished the race in 11.30 seconds, seven seconds behind United States representative Bartoletta, who finished with a winning time of 11.23 seconds. Read more
Villagers flee as gunmen attack villages in Taraba
Some unidentified gunmen in the wee hours of Sunday attacked about three villages in Taraba state, leaving no fewer than six persons killed and scores wounded.
The gunmen attacked the Gidan Bature, Korum and Orawua villages in Gassol Local Government Area of the state at about 2 am. It was gathered that the gunmen burnt eight cars and set several houses ablaze in Korum village. Read more
Half a million Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram will get an $80 “token” to help start over
As the Boko Haram terror group has rampaged through Nigeria’s northeast in recent years, more than two million people have fled their homes, pushed into makeshift camps away from the violence. Due to congestion and a lack of funding, camp residents have suffered from hunger, a lack of facilities, and disease outbreaks. In some cases, the camps have also been targets of suicide bombings by Boko Haram. Read more
Shell says Nigerian output continuing despite reports of militant threat
Shell said on Monday that oil output was continuing at its oil fields in Nigeria despite local media reports of a militant attack near its Bonga facilities.
Media reports said the company was evacuating workers because of threats from militiants. Read more
Platini quits as UEFA president
Michel Platini said on Monday he would resign as UEFA president after his appeal against a six-year ban from football activities failed.
The Frenchman said he would resign to pursue the case over a suspect $2m payment in Swiss courts in a bid to clear his name. Read more
Islamic jihadists kill police officers, civilians in Mogadishu attacks
Islamic jihadists killed three police officers in a bomb and gun attack on a police station in the Somali capital on Monday, city authorities said.
A suicide car bomber and a gunman also died, as did two civilians, apparently shot by police responding to the attack claimed by Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-aligned Shebab. Other civilians were also wounded. Read more
Female goalkeeper dies in Cameroon
The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) has announced the death of Jeanine Christelle Djomnang on Sunday.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper collapsed during her warm-up before a Femina Stars Ebolowa match in southern Cameroon, and was rushed to hospital, the BBC reports. Read more
Vladimir Putin’s all-female ‘miniskirt army’ display their strength in sexist military parade
Russian president Vladimir Putin unleashed his ‘miniskirt army’ for the world to see in a sexist military parade that will likely stun its enemies.
The event in Moscow’s Red Square this morning showcased Russia’s modern military war machine – yet the parade of women looked distinctly out of date. Read more
Kenya says years of hosting refugees ‘have come to an end’
The Kenyan government has threatened to eject refugees from its borders including closing the world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab, saying it is harbouring terrorists.
The government said it acknowledged the “adverse effect” the decision would have on the refugees’ lives but it had to put its own “national security interests” first. Read more