Sabinews Midday News Update for July 8, 2015
B’Haram has destroyed 850 churches, says PFN
The President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Dr. Felix Omobude, has revealed that about 850 churches have been destroyed, with many people killed and injured through the activities Boko Haram in the northern part of the country.
Omobude stated this on Tuesday during a visit to the Oyo State chapter of the association, at the Rehoboth Cathedral, Oluyole Estate, Ibadan. Read more
Suicide bombers kill three in Borno
Two suspected female suicide bombers detonated explosives at Sabon Gari Market in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, killing three persons.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Aderemi Opadokun, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri. Read more
Buhari’ll stop poor funding of NDDC – Oshiomhole
THE Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has assured the Niger Delta Development Commission that President Muhammadu Buhari will stop the problem of the commission’s poor funding.
Oshiomhole explained that the current leadership in the country would enforce the statutory obligations of the Federal Government to the NDDC, unlike previous administrations. Read more
Eight-year-old boy kidnapped in Calabar
Kidnappers are on the prowl again in Calabar as an eight-year- old boy was on Monday kidnapped by gunmen.
The boy is the son of the proprietor of a private nursery school in Anantigha, Calabar South, Faithas Nursery/Primary School, opposite the abattoir. Read more
Only 60 Syrians trained to fight ISIL – US
The US has only trained about 60 Syrian opposition fighters to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, far below expectations, Defence Secretary Ash Carter has told Congress, citing rigorous vetting of recruits.
The programme, which launched in May in Jordan and Turkey, was designed to train as many as 5,400 fighters a year and seen as a test of President Barack Obama’s strategy of engaging local partners to combat ISIL fighters. Read more
Ex-Health minister loses case against Ebonyi gov
A Federal High Court in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, has struck out a suit seeking to invalidate the November 1, 2014 congress of the Peoples Democratic Party leading to the party’s primary that produced Governor Dave Umahi as its candidate for the April 11 governorship election in Ebonyi State.
Umahi had thereafter won the election on the platform of the PDP and sworn in as the governor of the state. Read more
N200m loan scam: EFCC clears 20 Ogun teachers
The operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission were said to have cleared the first batch of 20 public secondary school teachers in Ogun State, who honoured the invitation of the anti-graft agency over a N200m loan scam under investigation.
The loan scam was allegedly perpetrated in one of the old generation banks (name withheld). Read more
No IT skill, no promotion, Enugu tells teachers
The Anambra State Government has said that from January 2016, teachers in the state who are not computer literate will no longer enjoy promotion.
The state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, said this in a press briefing in her office in Awka on Tuesday. She, however, explained that the state government’s policy on laptop acquisition by all teachers in the state was not mandatory for the teachers. Read more
Lalong signs 2015 budget, swears in Head of Service
Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong yesterday signed into law the 2015 appropriation bill, which was passed by the state House of Assembly.
The budget, which stood at N215, 465,835,418.00 was presented by the immediate past administration of former governor, Jonah Jang before vacating office. Lalong said it will be funded from internal and external revenue sources.
In his speech presented at the event, the governor said the exercise was in accordance with Section 121 sub-section (1) of the 1999 constitution. Read more
Eagles Coach: NFF in talks with Oliseh
Sunday Oliseh is in advanced talks with the Nigerian Football Federation over becoming the new Super Eagles coach. The 40-year-old former midfielder, who captained Nigeria and won 63 caps, is set to be appointed in the coming days.
The NFF have acted quickly to fill the vacancy following the sacking of Stephen Keshi on Saturday. Oliseh was part of the Nigeria squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994 and Olympic gold two years later. Read more
US to cut 40,000 soldiers from Army
The US Army is to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years at home and abroad, a defense official said, in a move that will raise doubts about its ability to fight wars.
Under the cost-cutting plan, the Army will be down to 450,000 soldiers at the end of the 2017 budget year, even though in 2013 it argued in budgetary documents that going below 450,000 troops might mean it could not win a war, USA Today said. By comparison, the Army swelled to 570,000 men and women during the peak of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the newspaper said. Read more
Court Dismisses Aminu Ogwuche’s Rights Enforcement Case
An Abuja court has dismissed the case filed by the principal suspect of Nyanya bombing where over 90 persons lost their lives in 2014, Aminu Ogwuche for enforcement of fundamental rights. Read more
Indonesia arrests man selling protected eagles on Facebook
Indonesian police posing as wildlife buyers have arrested a suspected trafficker for selling protected eagles on Facebook, an official said Wednesday.
Acting on a tip-off, authorities in Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya swooped on the man’s home on Monday, where they discovered 14 eagles in cages and cardboard boxes, provincial police force spokesman Argo Yuwono told AFP. Read more
Oyo PDP accuses Ajimobi of inactivity, hails governor on cutting cost
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state has called on the State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi to “wake up from his slumber” and set machineries in motion to ensure the well-being of Oyo State people, who have been groaning under the weight of economic hardship foisted on them by the incumbent government.
The chairman of the party in Oyo State, Alhaji Olayinka Taiwo, in a statement made available to reporters in Ibadan berated the governor for running a one-man show following his failure to appoint commissioners and others who would administer the alongside with him. Read more
Tribunal dismisses Amosun’s objection to PDP petition
Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital has dismissed applications seeking to strike out the petition filed before it by the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in the last election, Prince Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka and his party against Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s victory in the last election
The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Henry Olusiyi while ruling on three applications filed before it by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Amosun, held that granting prayers contained in the application “would amount to standing justice on its head”. Read more
Ekiti APC denies murder allegation against chairman
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has slammed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari for hosting the APC State Chairman, Olajide Awe, along his counterparts from other states in the Aso Rock.
It said PDP’s charge that Buhari should not have allowed Awe into the seat of power over alleged murder hanging on him after vowing to prosecute murder cases was hypocrisy carried too far. Read more
Presidential relief package not drawn from Excess Crude Account, says FG
The Presidency on Tuesday denied that the fund for the relief package meant for sharing among states and local councils was drawn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA).
Special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said in a statement that the relief package was from funded partly from the “dividend paid to the Federation Account by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG).” Read more
Agric Ministry To Resolve Farmers, Herdsmen’s Clashes With PTF Blueprint
President Muhammadu Buhari has given the Ministry of Agriculture the go-ahead to fine-tune strategies for ending farmers/herdsmen clashes using the blueprint formulated during his tenure as chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) some years back.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Sunny Echono, disclosed this to newsmen at the President Villa after he updated the President of the activities of the Ministry. Echono said alternatives being considered for checking the incessant violent attacks and consequent loss of lives between nomadic Fulani cattle rearers and their host farmers, include creating grazing reserves and stock routes. Read more
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