SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 13, 2016
Google honours late Nigerian novelist Flora Nwapa
On her 86th posthumous birthday, late Nigerian novelist Flora Nwanzuruahu Nwapa is being celebrated by tech giant Google with a doodle.
Doodles are changes made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists. Read more
Nigeria to become world’s largest cocoa producer- FG
THE Federal Government yesterday, declared that Nigeria will become Africa’s largest cocoa producer and exporter soon. This was disclosed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, during the inauguration of Cocoa Re-launch Committee with Dr Olayiwola Oluwole as Chairman at the headquarters of the Ministry in Abuja. Read more
Corruption, Marginalization in Nigeria Customs revealed
The Nigerian Customs Service is still a nest of corruption, nepotism and other sharp practices despite the much acclaimed cleansing of the agency by the current leadership.
Vices such as promotion and sack of officers on ethnic basis, release of seized vehicles and other goods to friends and families of top senior offices of the NCS are still rampant. Serving and some recently disengaged officers who spoke on the management of the NCS, declared that Nigerians were yet to be told of the evils which are perpetrated against personnel from the Southern part of the country. Read more
Cannabis, Tramadol, Diazepan top list of illegal drugs seized in Lagos in 2016
Cannabis and Tramadol weighing 16,327.398 kilogrammes and 192.918kg topped the list of illegal drugs seized in 2016 by the Lagos State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the agency said in a statement Thursday.
Other narcotics impounded by the agency include Diazepan 46.7kg, Exol 3.2kg, Rophenol 582 grammes, Cocaine 121g, and Heroin 37g.
The total figures for 2016 (16,571.289kg or 16 metric tons) are far. Read more
Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote has been named as Africa’s richest person for the sixth year
Falling commodity prices and tough economic times in the continent saw 7 rich Africans lose the coveted dollar billionaire status with only 21 making it to the Forbes list compared to 28 in 2014 as 23 billionaires were listed in 2015.
South Africa billionaires dominate the list followed by Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco with three billionaries each listed in the annual ranking. Read more
Troops Arrest 4 Fleeing Terrorists, Recover 100 Motorcycles
Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have arrested four fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in Biu Local Government Area of Borno and recovered 100 motorcycles from them.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said in a statement in Abuja that troops of 27 Task Force Brigade, Bara in Biu arrested the terrorists at Madaki village during intensified searches, patrols, raids and mop up operation. Read more
NNPC wants Petroleum Minister empowered to fix royalties
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Thursday proposed that the Minister of Petroleum Resources be empowered to set payable royalties.
Bello Rabiu, NNPC Chief Operating Officer, Upstream, made the proposal in a presentation to the Joint House of Representatives Committees on the amendment of the PSC Act and an Act to establish the National Oil and Gas Museum and Research Centre in Oloibiri. Read more
Ajimobi, Olubadan clash over community leader’s appointment
The appointment of Baale of Ejioku, Prince Bashiru Adesina by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso 1 four weeks ago has pitched the monarch against Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State who feels the appointment did not follow due process. Read more
Ooni attends Lagos Assembly’s Yoruba session, praises members
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, yesterday attended a session conducted in Yoruba by the Lagos State House of Assembly and thereafter commended the members for promoting the language and culture. He also called on other state Assemblies in the South West to take a queue from Lagos. He made the call when he paid a courtesy visit to the Assembly. Read more
March 23 for judgment on Cynthia Osokogu’s case
Justice Olabisi Akinlade of the Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere, yesterday fixed March 23, for judgment on the trial of four men accused of the murder of Cynthia Osokogu. The late Osokogu was allegedly murdered on July 22, 2012 at Cosmilla Hotel, Lakeview Estate, Festac Town, Lagos, by her Facebook lover. The defendants are: Okwumo Nwabufo, 33; Olisaeloka Ezike, 23; Orji Osita, 33, and Ezike Nonso, 25. Read more
Africa Cup of Nations 2017: Group-by-group guide
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on Saturday when hosts Gabon take on Guinea-Bissau at Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville (16:00 GMT).
Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane headline the list of stars taking part in the tournament, which was won by Ivory Coast in 2015. Read more
Bafana Bafana have once again been drawn alongside Nigeria for the Afcon 2019 qualifiers which kick off in June this year
The South Africans have been handed a tough draw in Group E which comprises of Nigeria, Libya and the Seychelles.
Bafana will travel to Nigeria for their opening match of the campaign. They will then have to wait for their first home match the following year which will be against Libya in March 2018 before back-to-back matches with the Seychelles between the 3rd and 11th of September. The 1996 African champions will host Nigeria in October 2018 before travelling to Libya in November 2018 for their final match of the campaign. Read more
Israel aims to ‘Judaize’ historical Bethlehem village
The Palestinian village of Al-Walaja on the outskirts of Bethlehem in the West Bank has been described by visitors as “paradise on earth”.
The village — occupied by Israel in 1967 — is known for its natural springs, especially the historical Al-Haniyah spring. Palestinian residents of the village, however, say Israel’s occupation authorities seek to build a park near the spring for the exclusive use of Jewish settlers. Read more
Hollande calls for dialogue with Haftar to resolve Libyan crisis
French President François Hollande has called for support for the Libyan government headed by Fayez Serraj, while stressing that dialogue between Serraj and renegade General Khalifa Haftar is vital to resolve the crisis in the country.
In his annual foreign policy speech to the diplomatic corps, Hollande described the situation in Libya as “disturbing”. It is, he said, the main cause of the flow of illegal migrants to Europe. Read more
Icy storm lashes France and Germany causing hardship
An icy storm has been lashing parts of western Europe, causing power cuts in many homes, felling trees and disrupting some rail services.
In France power cuts affected more than 237,000 homes as the storm swept across Normandy and regions north of Paris. Read more
New York boy, 12, ‘demands chicken nugget at gunpoint’
A 12-year-old boy is accused of pulling a gun on a girl and demanding one of her chicken nuggets, New York police say.
They say he asked for a nugget in a McDonald’s fast food outlet in Harlem on Tuesday. When she refused, he is then alleged to have followed her to a nearby subway station and held the gun to her head. Read more