Sabinews Midday News Update for October 2, 2015
Army provides free medical service to 300 Bakassi IDPs
No fewer than 300 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bakassi local government area of Cross River on Friday benefited from the free medical outreach conducted by the 13 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Calabar.
Brig.-Gen. Sani Mohammed, Commander of the Brigade, said that the humanitarian medical outreach was part of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai’s vision on civil-military relations. Read more
Category four hurricane approaches US
The United States East Coast is on edge.
Hurricane Joaquin is the reason why. On Thursday, it lashed the Bahamas as a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds. It’s what is expected to come next that has the United States worried: a stronger storm and a sharp turn north.
That’s why officials from South Carolina to New England have issued dire warnings to residents urging them to be ready. A lot could still happen with Joaquin; but one thing they don’t want to happen is another Superstorm Sandy — a strong, October hurricane that hit the Caribbean before pounding the Northeast. Read more
Nigerian Army discovers Boko Haram’s second fuel dump
Reports reaching Busyghana.com from the our sources in Nigeria reveals that troops acting on a tip off, have discovered another fuel dump, belonging to the Boko-Haram.
This is coming after the military reported that troops killed two fleeing sect members and seized their arms and supplies.
The Chief of Army staff has also expressed confidence, saying that the December deadline given by the President, to defeat Boko-Haram, is feasible. Read more
Cameroonian village burnt, 5 assailants captured in Boko Haram attack
Suspected members of Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorist group razed down a Cameroonian village in the Far North region during an attack on Wednesday night, military sources told Xinhua Thursday.
The sources said five of the attackers were captured by the population in a neighbouring village, and also added that no lives were lost in the attack. Read more
Suspected Nigerian contacts of ISIS chief by NIS in Nigeria
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has confirmed the arrest of two suspected Nigerian contacts of the ISIS chief, Ahmed Al Assir, who was supposed to come into Nigeria.
Read Nigerian Immigration Service says no record showing that ISIS chief applied for Nigerian visa
According to Guardian Newspapers, the Spokesman of the NIS, King Ekpedeme, said “two men connected to Al Assir, with whom he was supposed to live with in Nigeria, had been arrested in Kano and immediately handed over to the National Security Adviser, General Babagana Monguno (rtd).” Read more
Hajj stampede: Officials working to identify and document victims – Tambuwal
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Thursday said all Nigerians who went to Saudi Arabia for this year’s pilgrimage would be accounted for.
This, the governor assured, would be ensured in spite of the twin tragedies of the crane crash and the stampede that had befallen this year’s Hajj exercise.
Tambuwal gave the assurance when he visited families of those affected by the tragedy in Sokoto. Read more
We will not rush to rescue Chibok girls ─ Army
The Nigerian armed forces yesterday declared that it will not be in a hurry to rescue the secondary schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014.
The Acting Director of Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar, who made this known at a press conference in Lagos, noted that while it was of utmost concern to the military to rescue the girls, the operation required demanded adequate patience and planning. Abubakar noted that recent efforts by the military in the rescue of over 200 women and children held captive by Boko Haram proved that the military was on course in recovering the girls. Read more
South Africa’s Thembu King Bags 12 Years Jail
A South African king has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a series of charges including kidnapping, assault and arson.
Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, from Nelson Mandela’s Thembu ethnic group, was jailed by the Supreme Court of Appeals.
He had approached the SCA to overturn a 2009 court ruling on the matter, which had sentenced him to 15 years. Read more
Zimbabwe To Ban Electric Water Heaters
Zimbabwe is to ban the use of electric water heaters and require all newly built properties to use solar power, as it tries to tackle big power shortages.
Energy officials say existing electric heaters – or geysers – will be phased out over the next five years.
They hope to save up to 400 megawatts of electricity – equivalent to the output of an electrical power plant. Read more
Volkswagen Suspends Sale Of 4,000 Vehicles
Volkswagen has suspended the sale of 4,000 vehicles in the UK in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal.
The company said that suspending from sale vehicles with the EA189 engine was a voluntary measure which affects VW passenger cars, commercial vehicles, Seat, Skoda and Audi cars and represents three per cent of new vehicle stock held in the UK. It comes after the German car maker admitted that 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with defeat device software to con testers into believing their vehicles met environmental standards. Read more
Croatia braces for winter as shivering migrants pour in
The Croatian sun has given way to rain and the temperature has dropped, but refugees and migrants continue to stream into the country, forcing officials and charities to scramble to prepare for wintry conditions.
More than 90,000 migrants, many of them fleeing conflict in the Middle East, have transited through Croatia since mid-September after EU member Hungary closed its border with Serbia, forcing them to find a new route. Read more
Vatican denies pope supports US anti-marriage clerk
The Vatican Friday denied Pope Francis’s meeting with US county clerk Kim Davis signified support for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the name of her faith.
Davis, a born-again Christian, met with the pontiff in September while he was in Washington, and told American media that Francis had hugged her and urged her to “stay strong”, saying “thank you for your courage”. Read more
Ferguson and Beckham together again
Ferguson is to manage David Beckham once again when he takes charge of a Great Britain and Ireland select for a charity match next month at Old Trafford.
Beckham was a high-profile member of Ferguson’s Manchester United team for 11 years before the pair had a notorious falling out in 2003 after the Scot accidentally kicked a boot that struck the former England captain above his left eye. Read more
FIFA U-17 W/Cup: Okpara urges Golden Eaglets to raise game
Ex- Super Eagles goalkeeper, Willy Okpara, on Friday urged the National U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, to improve on their game during the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted by Chile.
The competition holds from Oct. 17 to Nov. 8 in Chile.
Okpara told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Soweto, South Africa, that as the defending champions, every team`s ambition would be to defeat them. Read more
Putin holds first talks with Western leaders since Syria strikes
President Vladimir Putin comes face to face with Western leaders on Friday for the first time since Moscow launched air strikes in Syria amid a growing rift over whom they are targeting.
Putin will be in Paris for a peace summit on the Ukraine conflict, but Russia’s sudden intervention in Syria looks set to dominate as he holds talks with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read more