August 19, 2017

*$700m Stolen from Sovereign Wealth Fund – Oshiomhole *Public schools to reopen in Maiduguri

*$700m Stolen from Sovereign Wealth Fund – Oshiomhole *Public schools to reopen in Maiduguri

Sabinews Midday News Update for September 19, 2015

$700m Stolen from Sovereign Wealth Fund – Oshiomhole

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Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said that the Managers of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) could not account for $700 million out of the $1billion contributed for the fund.
Oshiomhole who spoke to State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa after a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday night claimed that records made available to his committee showed that only $300 million was left in the fund. Read more

Public schools to reopen in Maiduguri

Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, on Friday said public schools in the state capital Maiduguri, closed for two academic sessions as a result of Boko Haram insurgency, would be reopened next month.

The governor, in order to ensure this, immediately constituted a nine-man committee to ensure all public schools within the state capital Maiduguri are reopened. Shettima had last month set up a committee to work out the modalities for the reopening of the schools, which report was submitted on Friday. Read more

Jigawa disburses N7.5m to flood victims

The Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency said it had disbursed N7.48m to victims of flood disaster in the state.

The Executive Secretary of the agency, Alhaji Yusif Sani, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen on Saturday in Dutse. Yusif said the money was distributed to 551 people whose houses or farmlands were destroyed by the flood in six local government areas of the state. Read more

Al-Qaeda in Syria executes 56 regime troops

Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate and its Islamist allies have executed at least 56 regime troops at a military airport they recently seized in the northwest, a monitoring group said Saturday.

Al-Nusra Front and the Islamists shot dead the regime fighters, who were being held as prisoners, “execution-style” inside the Abu Duhur airport, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Read more

 

Boko Haram: Borno Commissioner orders staff to relocate to IDP camps

The newly appointed Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs in Borno state, Hon. Usman Zannah yesterday read a riot act to the staff of his ministry to redouble their efforts by always revisiting all the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps and monitor the situation of the victims who were chased out of their local Government areas by dreaded Boko Haram sect.

The commissioner disclosed this after he was handed over the affairs of the ministry by the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Enet Mohammed Kois in a colourful ceremony held at the Musa Usman Secretariat complex in Maiduguri. Read more

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Buhari Frowns at Burkina Faso Coup

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday expressed Nigeria’s condemnation of the forceful seizure of power from the transitional government of Burkina Faso by the military.

Buhari, who frowned at the detention of the Interim President, Prime Minister and other ministers  by the presidential guards since Wednesday, demanded a return to the transition timetable that had been planned to culminate in presidential election next month. Read more

Police rescue kidnapped professor in Nasarawa, arrest one suspect

Nasarawa State Police Command on Friday rescued Prof. Emmanuel Ogundele of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, who was abducted by unknown gunmen on Thursday, in the school. .
ASP Ismaila Numan, the Police Spokesman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia, that Ogundele was rescued by the police officers attached to the Obi Division following a tip off.

According to Numan, the suspected kidnappers on sighting the police, shot the professor in the leg, abandoned him and fled. Read more

Jigawa govt. disburses N7.5m to flood victims

The Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said it had disbursed N7.48 million to victims of flood disaster in the state. The Executive Secretary of the agency, Alhaji Yusif Sani, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen on Saturday in Dutse. Read more

African Union suspends Burkina Faso, slaps sanctions on coup junta

The African Union suspended Burkina Faso and slapped sanctions on the leaders of its military coup Friday as troops tried to stop protesters from marching on the capital’s Revolution Square.

The 54-member bloc also imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on the junta’s leaders, with Uganda’s representative denouncing the kidnapping of Burkina’s interim leaders on Wednesday as a “terrorist” act. The latest coup was orchestrated by an elite army unit loyal to deposed president Blaise Compaore who claim that interim president Michel Kafando was excluding Compaore’s supporters from the upcoming October 11 polls. Read more

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Army frees 90 after dislodging Boko Haram from Borno villages

The military said on Friday it had rescued 90 people, including women and children, after dislodging Boko Haram Islamists from two villages in the country’s restive northeast.

Acting army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement that “troops rescued 23 men, 33 women and 34 children from the terrorists” on Thursday in the villages of Dissa and Balazala, which lie in the vicinity of the town of Gwoza in Borno state. Gwoza was where Boko Haram declared its so-called caliphate last year before the strategic town was recaptured by government troops in March. Read more

Northern Nigeria: Papering over Boko Haram cracks

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In fact, according to Amnesty International, the Boko Haram insurgents may have abducted a total of  about 2,000 girls and women since January 2014 alone, using them as cooks, sex slaves and fighters.

On a number of occasions, Borno state Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has reportedly shed tears in public, while reacting to some of the murderous activities of the Boko Haram insurgent group. Read more

Hungary seizes refugee train arriving from Croatia

Hungarian authorities have seized a train bringing refugees into the country from Croatia, disarming 40 police onboard and detaining the driver after more than 4,000 refugees arrived across their border, the head of the Hungarian disaster unit has said.

Gyorgy Bakondi said on Friday that the Croatian train that brought the refugees to Magyarboly came without any prior notice, like the rest of the new arrivals coming on other trains and buses. Read more

No Hiding Place for Saraki, We will Hunt Him Down – Police

Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja, on Friday, issued a bench warrant for Bukola Saraki’s arrest, for failing to appear in court over his ongoing trial for alleged false declaration of his assets.

Prior to the issuance of the arrest warrant by the CCT, Saraki had approached a High Court which gave ruling faulting the process of his planned arraignment at the of Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). Read more

Al-Qaeda in Syria executes 56 regime troops

Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate and its Islamist allies have executed at least 56 regime troops at a military airport they recently seized in the northwest, a monitoring group said Saturday.

Al-Nusra Front and the Islamists shot dead the regime fighters, who were being held as prisoners, “execution-style” inside the Abu Duhur airport, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Read more

 

We won’t divert bailout – Fayose

The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has said the state will not divert the bailout provided by the Federal Government to help the state pay its salary arrears.

He stated that being a lover of workers, he would not deny them of their wages as written in the Bible, saying the funds would be used for the purpose it was meant for. According to a statement on Friday by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the governor, who spoke at a lecture as part of activities marking this year’s Civil Service Week, pointed out that he had met all the requirements for the bailout but that he had yet to receive the money. Read more

 

 

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