Sabinews Midday News Update for May 24, 2015
Armed Forces launch radio station
Nigerian Armed Forces have launched a new ultra-modern military radio station as part of measures to improve communication of the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the country.
The radio station, which is located on the hills around the Mogadishu Cantonment in Abuja, is set up to enhance the management and dissemination of defence information. Read more
Labour leaders disagree with NBS unemployment statistics
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, has disagreed with the National Bureau of Statistics position that the number of unemployed Nigerians dropped from 16.07 million in 2011 to 4.67 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2014.
President of the congress, Mr. Bobboi Kaigama, who spoke yesterday said, “my reaction is simple: I don’t believe the statistics of the NBS. Let them tell us where and in which organisations the jobs were created.” Read more
Bayelsa 2016: Dickson draws battle line with PDP opponents
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, at the weekend took the battle for his second term to the enemies’ camp in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor revoked all contracts he awarded to firms owned by Presidential aide on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa, at the transparency briefing in Yenagoa. Read more
‘Buhari Must Choose Aides Wisely’
President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has been advised to beware of his political teammates who may damage his chances to decisively tackle the challenges awaiting his administration.
The alert was issued by the senior cleric of the Bible Believing Mission Incorporated, Kingsley Innocent, who said that officials can be led astray in spite of the president’s good intention. He advised the president-elect to choose individuals with irreproachable character and incorruptible pedigree, who share his passion and vision for the nation. Read more
Reality sets in as Metuh admits mistakes
In what appeared like leaving the realm of denial for admission and reality, the the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which is on its way to becoming an opposition party Saturday, admitted that it had made mistakes, adding it has also learnt lessons in the course of the campaigns and the 2015 general elections.
The party, in trying to assuage the feelings and anger of its members, appealed to them to use their energies in rebuilding the party into a virile main opposition party as it gives up power this Friday to the advantage of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Read more
Tsav urges APC leaders to allow justice reign in Benue
Former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Abubakar Tsav has called on the leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to allow justice prevail in the ongoing tussle surrounding the recent governorship election in the state. He spoke shortly after a chieftain of the party, Tor Gowon Yaro wrote a letter to the National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu drawing his attention to the crisis that is threatening to rob APC of its electoral victory in the state.
Making this plea in a statement issued yesterday, the former police chief also warned traditional rulers and clerics in Benue to stop moves that can pervert the cause of justice. Read more
Senate Presidency Controversy; 35 APC Senators-elect Endorse Saraki, Others Endorse Lawan
The ongoing bid for the Presidency of the Senate on Saturday took a different turn as All Progressives Congress senators-elect, rising from a retreat, broke into factions to endorse different candidates.
While 35 out of the 59 APC senators-elect led by Mr Dino Melaye endorsed Sen. Bukola Saraki (APC Kwara-Central), another faction led by Sen. Barnabas Gemade endorsed Sen. Ahmed Lawan (APC Yobe-North). Read more
Flying Eagles Depart Germany for New Zealand
The Flying Eagles set of 2015 are going into the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup as African Champions and Nigerians are confident that the Manu Garba led team will fly the ‘Green and White’ flag of Nigeria high at the tournament.
After finalizing their preparation in Germany scoring goals aplenty in all the three test games they played in, the Flying Eagles will leave Germany on Sunday night as they start the long journey to the host nation, New Zealand. Read more
Manu Promises to Beat Brazil in World Cup
Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba has promised his team will beat Brazil in their U20 World Cup clash in New Zealand.
The African champions have yet to beat the South Americans at this level with their best result achieved 10 years ago when they drew goalless on their way to reaching their second U20 World Cup final in Holland. Read more
Uncertainty over Economic Outlook for Second Half 2015
Barely few days to the inauguration of a new administration, economic experts at the weekend expressed worry over the uncertainty of Nigeria’s economic outlook for the second half of the year. Economic watchers, who spoke with THISDAY, said the deplorable state of the nation’s economy, which manifested in a fall in the Gross Domestic Product, has shown that until the incoming administration fully unveils its economic blueprint, the state of the nation’s economy for the second half of the year would continue to be a guess work. Read more
Nigeria fuel crisis could shut down mobile phones, operator warns
Nigeria’s biggest mobile phone operator MTN has warned that its network faces shutdown due to fuel shortages that have crippled the nation.
The company, the biggest subsidiary of the South Africa-based MTN Group, said it needed a “significant quantity of diesel in the very near future to prevent a shutdown of services across Nigeria”. Read more
Niger Delta ex-militants assure Buhari of peace in oil rich region
Ahead of the May 29 inauguration of General Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s President, ex-militant generals from the Niger-Delta region have assured him of relative peace in the region.
The ex-militants, speaking under the platform of Niger-Delta Amnesty Leaders and Progressive Change for Buhari, at Effurun, Delta State, made the pledge as they passed a vote of confidence and endorsed Commander Bibi Oduku as the leader of the group in the region. Read more
CRR’s Harmonisation to Release Additional Liquidity for Lending
Last week’s meeting of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) was significant in many respects.
Apart from being the last of such crucial meetings in the life of the outgoing administration, expectations were also high that the committee would use the meeting as a strong statement to the incoming government on the prevailing economic fundamentals and the restlessness of the nation’s economic community over the emerging realities. Read more
Tétrault: We’re Helping to Bridge the Divide between Nigeria and Canada
Mr. Julien Tétrault is the President of JTH Lawyers Inc. The company recently opened an affiliated Nigeria office to assist Nigerian high networth individuals seeking to obtain permanent residency in Canada through the Quebec Immigrant Investor Programme. Tétrault, who is a former president of the Immigrant Investor section of Québec Lawyers Abroad, shares with Kunle Aderinokun, how the programme works and its benefits as well as dispels the misconception Nigerians have with this kind of programmes Read more
Dozens killed in al Shabaab fighting in Somalia, attacks in capital
Fighting in south Somalia between al Shabaab militants and government forces killed at least 24 people, while a rebel attack in the capital killed three Transport Ministry workers and a lawmaker, officials and the group said on Saturday.
Al Shabaab launched an attack on government troops late on Friday in the Awdigle district and Mubarak village in the Lower Shabelle region, south of the capital Mogadishu. Clashes lasted until early Saturday and killed at least two dozen people, residents said. Read more
Harare cancels platinum ore levy
Zimbabwe would allow platinum mining companies to continue exporting an unrefined form of the precious metal, it said on Friday. This followed a mine owned by Impala Platinum (Implats) and Aquarius Platinum and another controlled by Anglo Platinum (Angloplat) halting exports in response to concerns that the government would start levying a 15 percent tax on unbeneficiated platinum shipments.
The Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe has said that the industry is facing uncertainty and viability constraints. Read more
Liberia struggles with violence along insecure I Coast border
In February last year a gang of men with machetes ambushed two villages in western Ivory Coast, disembowelling a soldier and pulling out most of his organs before slaying three of his colleagues.
The attack marked the brutal resumption of a campaign of violence blamed on militants crossing from Liberia that has displaced thousands and claimed dozens of lives in the border area. Read more
Fake nuns arrested at Sister Irene Stefani’s beatification in Nyeri
In a daring stance, two women dressed as nuns on Friday night walked into a hostel at Kimathi University of Technology and stole two bags belonging to foreign nuns in the country for the beatification ceremony of Sister Irene Stefani.
According to eye witnesses, the women were dressed in vestments similar to those of the nuns walked into the hostels pretending to be part of a delegation that was in search of accommodation at the university. Read more
Unable to halt Europe-bound migrants, Tripoli demands help
Europe cannot halt the deadly traffic of African migrants across the Mediterranean unless it ends a boycott of forces that have seized power in the Libyan capital and helps authorities there cope, the de facto government in Tripoli said.
Chaos and civil war since NATO warplanes helped topple dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 have turned the North African country into the launching point for human traffickers smuggling tens of thousands of people across the Mediterranean. Read more
German Police Confirm 6 Killed in Alpine Guesthouse Fire
Police in Germany say they have recovered the bodies of six people killed in a fire at a guesthouse in the Alps.
The men were among a group of 47 employees of the Bavarian construction company Lindner who had been staying at the converted farmhouse in Schneizlreuth, southeast of Munich. Read more
Gay, Transsexual Candidates Spotlight LGBT Rights
Turkey appears poised to elect its first openly gay member of parliament in next month’s elections, despite a rising tide of social conservativism in the Muslim-majority country.
The four LGBT activists running include 37-year-old Baris Sulu, who made history once already when he and his same-sex partner applied — unsuccessfully — for a marriage license in a test case that is still going through the courts. Read more
Mass graves of Muslim migrants found in abandoned jungle camps in Malaysia
Malaysian police have discovered mass graves in more than a dozen abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand, where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar have been held.
“These graves are believed to be a part of human trafficking activities involving migrants,” Home Minister Zahid Hamidi told reporters. Read more
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