Sabinews Morning News Update for November 1, 2015
APC loses 1,000 members to PDP in Bayelsa
Barely 36 days to the governorship election in Bayelsa State, no fewer than 1,000 members of the All Progressives Congress in the state have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party.
The defecting members, comprising 800 delegates at the APC governorship primary election held on August 22 and August 29 declared for the PDP at a ceremony which took place at Peace Park, Yenagoa on Saturday. Read more
Low turnout in Borno senatorial bye-election
The bye-election into Borno Central Senatorial seat in Maiduguri yesterday recorded low turnout of voters.
Sunday Sun observed that many of the polling units, especially in the metropolis, were with fewer voters during accreditation and voting unlike the last April general election, which generated high interest among the people. Read more
Army Chief, Buratai, gives automatic promotion to soldiers for gallantry
Chief of the Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, has visited troops of 21 Brigade at Bama, Borno State where he not only hailed their performance against Boko Haram but also gave automatic promotion to two soldiers for gallantry.
The troops from the brigade had liberated Bama from Haram terrorists after a fierce battle leading to the killing of scores of the terrorists while a cache of arms and Improvised Explosive Device, IED, making materials were recovered. Read more
‘US $23m bounty on Shekau, others still exists’
The $23 million bounty placed on the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, and other members of his Shura council by the United States government is still subsisting, a United States government source has said.
The bounty, it was learnt, would not be withdrawn until the insurgents are either killed or captured. Read more
Future gloomy for Nigerian youths, says Gowon
A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), on Saturday expressed concern over the spate of insecurity and corruption in the country, saying the future is gloomy for the youths.
The elder statesman, therefore, called for deep reflection by all citizens. Read more
Police Investigate Nigerian Tennis Star, Mc-Cleod’s Death
The Lagos State Police command has begun investigation into how one of Nigeria’s celebrated tennis superstars, Beauty Mc-Cleod was allegedly shot and killed by a policeman at Victoria Island.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based tennis star was reported killed last week by the policeman after an altercation between them along Balarabe Musa Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Read more
Ambode Faults Policing Strategy, Demands Paradigm Shift
The Lagos State Government on Saturday faulted the prevailing national policing strategy, noting that it would not guarantee expected ends.
The government thus charged the State Police Command to step up their surveillance in the state and come up with new strategies to tackle the wave of criminal activities in the state. Read more
Rape report: Journalist alleges threat by unknown men
A global journalists’ rights campaigner, Committee to Protect Journalists on Friday said a radio journalist, Nasir Salisu Zango, had been threatened by three men after he reported the alleged rape of students in a boys’ school in Kano.
CPJ, in a report sent to SUNDAY PUNCH, said Zango, who reports for the privately owned station,Freedom Radio and is Hausa correspondent for the German broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, had allegd that three men dressed in civilian clothes who claimed to be police officers came to his house early Thursday morning. Read more
Anti-graft war: ICPC seizes N6bn cash, assets in first half of 2015
The coming of the Muhammadu Buhari administration appears to have unleashed the tigritude in the state anti-corruption agency, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to hunt down treasury looters and their stolen funds.
The ICPC and its counterpart, the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), have been blamed for being docile and allowing themselves to be used for political victimization by previous regimes. However, a comparative check of the total assets and stolen funds recovered from corrupt public officials in the first half of this year alone more than tripled that recorded yearly under the Goodluck Jonathan administration since 2011. Read more
No let off in attacks between APC and PDP
National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday took a swipe at the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Lai Mohammed, alleging that with his quarrelsome nature, he was not fit to hold any public office.
But in a swift reaction, Alhaji Mohammed charged that the resort to crude, personal attacks by PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh, in his latest statement is a clear vindication of APC’s stand that the PDP should urgently rebrand or go into extinction. Read more
AfDB Unveils Plan to Empower Nigerian Women in Agriculture
The office of the Special Envoy on Gender (SEOG) and the Department for Agriculture and Agro-industry (OSAN) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has unveiled a report, ‘Economic Empowerment of African Women through Equitable Participation in Agricultural Value Chains’.
The study, which was launched in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in August, identifies opportunities for women in four subsectors including cocoa, coffee, cotton and cassava sectors in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Nigeria, respectively. Read more
2014 IGR shows states unprepared — Analysts
Latest figures of internally generated revenues by Nigeria’s 36 states, excluding Abuja, for 2014 has shown that most state governments are ill prepared to resist the fiscal implications of the global oil price slide, financial analysts have said.
According to experts, the 2014 IGR figures released last week by the National Bureau of Statistics showed that most states were still not generating enough fund internally, a development which warranted their acceptance for bailout by the Debt Management Office and the Central Bank of Nigeria. Read more
All Eyes On Amuneke’s Eaglets As Brazil Come Calling
The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will have their hands full when they confront Brazil in Sunday’s quarter final match of the ongoing FIFA U – 17 World Cup.
The crucial game scheduled for Estadio Sausalito in Vina del Mar, Chile is one of the three hurdles the Nigerian lads have to scale before making history as the first African Nations to win the cadet tournament fifth time, having won it in the maiden edition in 1985,, 1993, 2007 and 2013. Their opponents in Sunday’s game, Brazil have won in it thrice. Read more
I’m Staying, Defiant Mourinho Insists
Despite seeing his side slump to its sixth defeats in 11 EPL games yesterday evening, Chelsea’s coach, Jose Mourinho, has insisted that he is going now where.
Mourinho was once again fuming at perceived injustices against his side, notably the decision not to show Liverpool’s Lucas a second yellow card when the score was 1-1. Read more
Russian airliner with 224 aboard crashes in Egypt’s Sinai, all killed
A Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers crashed into a mountainous area of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday shortly after losing radar contact near cruising altitude, killing all aboard.
A militant group affiliated to Islamic State in Egypt, Sinai Province, said in a statement it had brought down the plane “in response to Russian airstrikes that killed hundreds of Muslims on Syrian land”, but Russia’s Transport Minister told Interfax news agency the claim “can’t be considered accurate”. Read more
Black boxes recovered from Russian flight crash site, says Egypt
Egypt has recovered both black boxes from a Russian aircraft that crashed in Sinai, leaving all 224 passengers dead. Egyptian officials also commented on the consequences the tragic incident could have on tourism.
Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Hossam Kemal said both black boxes of Russia’s Kogalymavia flight 9268, which crashed in Egypt’s northern Sinai region on Saturday, were recovered. Read more
Texas storms kill at least six, bring torrential rains
At least six people have died in Texas in storms that lashed parts of the state with heavy rains, causing flooding and the cancellation of dozens of flights as twisters were reported near Houston, authorities said on Saturday.
A day after tornadoes ripped through buildings outside San Antonio and heavy rains swelled some rivers near Austin to record levels, the National Weather Service reported an apparent twister south of Houston in Brazoria County early on Saturday that damaged 25 trailer homes near the town of Alvin. Read more
Sinai plane crash: Egypt dismisses IS claim
An investigation is under way after a Russian airliner crashed in Sinai, killing all 224 people on board.
Egypt’s prime minister said a technical fault was the most likely cause, dismissing claims from Islamic State militants that they were responsible. Read more
UAE: A Move to Protect Migrant Workers
A United Arab Emirates ministerial decree that takes effect in January 2016 could help protect low-paid migrant workers from a practice that can contribute to forced labor. It is the first measure of its kind in Gulf Cooperation Council countries, but it lacks details on implementation and enforcement and does not apply to domestic workers.
Migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have told researchers and journalists that when they arrive in these countries, they are forced to sign contracts that pay less than promised in contracts they signed before they left their own countries to take the jobs. Read more
U.S. Navy discovers wreckage believed to be cargo ship El Faro
Wreckage believed to be of the cargo ship El Faro, which was lost off the Bahamas along with its 33 crew during Hurricane Joaquin, was discovered on Saturday, U.S. officials said.
El Faro disappeared on Oct. 1 en route from Jacksonville, Florida, to Puerto Rico in the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel since 1983, after the captain reported a “hull breach” and said a hatch had blown open. Read more
Argentina’s Scioli would up retiree benefits, tap social security
Argentina’s ruling party presidential candidate Daniel Scioli would improve benefits to retired people and pay for the increase in part by tapping the country’s social security system, he told Reuters late on Saturday.
After a weaker-than-expected performance in the Oct. 25 election, in which opposition candidate Mauricio Macri easily forced a second-round vote, Scioli said retirees receiving the minimum monthly retirement benefit of 4,300 pesos per month would get 4,969 pesos ($520) if he wins the presidency. Read more
Militants attack popular hotel in Somali capital
A suspected car bomb exploded at the entrance to a hotel in the centre of the Somali capital early on Sunday morning, damaging parts of the hotel and killing at least two people, a police officer and a witness said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility after the blast, which was followed by gunfire and reports of a second explosion. Read more