*American missionary freed by kidnappers* *Boko Haram fighters gather in NE Nigeria*

*American missionary freed by kidnappers* *Boko Haram fighters gather in NE Nigeria*

Sabinews Daily Morning News Update for March 7, 2015MORNING NEWS

 

American missionary freed by kidnappers

missionary25n-3-webAmerican woman kidnapped by masked gunmen in central Nigeria last month was released on Friday and handed over to US government officials, police told AFP.

Phyllis Sortor, a missionary with the Free Methodist Church, was seized on February 23 in the village of Emiworo in Kogi state. Read more

Boko Haram fighters gather in NE Nigeria

Residents and an intelligence officer say Boko Haram fighters are massing at their headquarters in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza in preparation for a showdown with multinational forces.

A woman trapped there since Gwoza was seized in July told her daughter that Islamic extremists are urging civilians to leave town to avoid being killed in crossfire in an anticipated major battle. Read more

Nigeria must not break up, Mark warns

Senate President, David Mark, yesterday advised politicians against provocative utterances capable of instigating violence or creating disaffection.

Mark warned those allegedly fanning the embers of war on account of their political ambitions not to do anything that would undermine national unity and cohesion. Read more

Row between S/Africa, Nigeria needless – Mbeki

A former South African President, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, on Friday expressed displeasure over conflicts involving his country and Nigeria.

He stated that he was pained to hear about conflicts and tensions between the two countries. Read more

Keshi’ll get N5m monthly – Minister, NFF

Minister of Sports Tamuno Danagogo and the President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick said in Abuja on Friday that arrangement had been made to re-engage Stephen Keshi as the Super Eagles coach.

They said the contract details, which include his N5m monthly salary, had been communicated to him. Read more

I went abroad to rest, says Buhari

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj.Gen Mohammadu Buhari on Friday returned to the country after spending two weeks abroad.

Buhari returned in company of his family members, members of the APC Presidential campaign team led by the Deputy Director-General of the campaign, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora. Read more

FG accredits over 300 foreign journalists for elections

The Federal Government has accredited over 300 foreign journalists to cover Nigeria’s general elections scheduled for March 28 and April 11.

The Director General, National Orientation Agency, Mr. Mike Omeri, who said this in an interview with our correspondent, also explained that more foreign journalists would be accredited before the commencement of the elections. Read more

Ikimi loses ground as 1,000 kinsmen dump PDP

Over 1000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Igueben Local Government Area, including the former Local Government Transition Committee Chairman, Hon. Tom Adodo have thrown their support for the administration of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as they formally dumped the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Igueben is the hometown of PDP chieftain, Chief Tom Ikimi. Read more

Fresh threat to Delta EPZ groundbreaking

There was a new threat to the ground-breaking of the $16bn Delta Gas City project in Delta State, yesterday, as the Sokebolou/Yokri communities in Ogulagha Kingdom, Burutu Local Government Area of the state, rejected the agreement brokered between Ijaw and Itsekiri nationalities by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan on Wednesday in Asaba. Read more

Minister blames power outage in South-West on vandalism

Following the recent blasting of 24″ELPs, a gas pipeline at Inikoroga in Gbaramatu kingdom in Delta state, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chenedu Nebo, has blamed the lingering power outage in the South-West on the continuous bi-weekly attacks on gas pipeline by vandals.

Nebo, while speaking with Saturday Vanguard in a telephone chat yesterday, stated that efforts were being made by President Jonathan’s administration to ensure regular power supply in Lagos and its environs. Read more

Nigeria loses N2.52bn as vandals blow up Escravos gas pipeline

Nigeria is to lose $12.6 million, about N2.52 billion, following the vandalisation of the Escravos-Lagos pipeline and its subsequent closure by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and the Nigerian Gas Company, NGC.

Specifically, the 200 million Standard Cubic Feet per day (SCFD) pipeline, according to Mr. Dafe Sejebor, Managing Director, NGC, was vandalised, Monday, March 2, 2015, at Inikorogha community at the creeks in Delta state, leading to its closure. Read more

China border province says did not host Myanmar rebel leader

The government of the Chinese border province of Yunnan has not played host to an ethnic Chinese Myanmar rebel leader and does not support him in fighting Myanmar’s government, the province’s top official said on Saturday.

Myanmar has accused Chinese mercenaries of fighting with the rebels, and has urged China to cooperate to prevent “terrorist attacks” being launched from Chinese territory. Read more

Mali nightclub attack kills four in Bamako

Four people have been killed in a machine-gun and grenade attack on a nightclub in Mali’s capital Bamako.

A BBC correspondent at the scene said a French national was shot dead at the nightclub bar. Two Malian men were then killed as the gunmen fled the scene. Read more

Brazil Petrobras scandal: Top politicians accused

Brazil’s Supreme Court has approved the investigation of dozens of politicians for their alleged involvement in a kickback scheme at the state-run oil firm Petrobras.

Investigators allege private firms paid corrupt officials in order to get lucrative Petrobras contracts. Read more

NPFL breaks world league record

The pre-season Medical workshop for Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club doctors, which held at the Media Centre of the Abuja National Stadium on Wednesday, is said to the very first by any league in the world.

Professor of Emergency Medicine and member of FIFA Medical Committee, Efraim Kramer, said this in his opening remarks at the workshop where he was the guest lecturer. Read more

Uche scores winner for Levante

Nigerian attacking midfielder, Kalu Uche scored the winner for Levante on Friday in the 2-1 success over Eibar on match day 26 of the Primera División.

The game decided at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia began in the worst possible fashion for the home side as Saúl Berjón gave the visitors the lead in the 55th minute. Read more

Baruwa asks NFF to stop players from weaker leagues

Abiodun Baruwa has expressed his disgust at the exodus of “promising young players” from Nigeria to less fancied European and Asian leagues.

Following   administrative and economic issues bedevilling the domestic league,   young players leave Nigeria   weekly for foreign shores in search of greener pastures. Read more

 

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