Sabinews Midday News Update for July 10, 2015
Boko Haram attacks Buni Yadi in northern Nigeria -military sources
Boko Haram militants attacked the northern Nigerian town of Buni Yadi in Yobe state late on Thursday and it was unclear how the fighting had ended, military sources said.
There was no information on any casualties after the attack that started at around 9 p.m. (2000 GMT), the sources said on Friday.
A Reuters correspondent saw a detachment of troops with armoured personnel carriers and a fighter jet heading towards Buni Yadi on Friday morning. Read more
Buhari’s sacked CSO, Mani may return as Chief Detail
President Muhammadu Buhari may have recalled his sacked Chief Security officer (CSO), Mr Abdurahman Mani.
Mani, a senior officer with the Department of State Services, DSS, was asked to leave the position last week. Read more
Nigerian Army To Clear North-East Of IEDs
To avoid explosions in the post Boko-Haram North-Eastern part of the country, the Nigerian Army said in Ibadan on Thursday that its engineers would clear the zone of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which might have been planted in the area by the insurgents.
This came to fore as Nigerian Army Engineers across the country converged for the second quarter conference of the Commander Corps of Engineers held at the Tiger Officers’ Mess, Agodi, Ibadan. Read more
Court remands farmer in prison for culpable homicide
An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Friday remanded one Umaru Kimando, 35, in prison having been charged with killing one Usman Dikko.
The Prosecuting Police, Cpl. Olawale Abideen, told the court that the accused cut off the right hand of the deceased with cutlass on July 1 at Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara. Read more
NFF defends Oliseh appointment
Nigerian Football Federation technical committee chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu is confident Sunday Oliseh is the right man to take the country’s football “to a new height”.
The former Super Eagles captain was confirmed as Stephen Keshi’s successor this week, although the appointment has been met with mixed responses due to his lack of coaching experience. Read more
Works Ministry Briefs Buhari, Prioritises Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
The Federal Ministry of Works on Thursday took its turn to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on its handover notes, declaring that among its top priorities are the rehabilitation of Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dauda Kigbu, who led ministry officials to the briefing at the Presidential Villa, told State House Correspondents that government was taking seriously works on Enugu/Port-Harcourt and Mokwa/Bida expressways along with other major roads across the country. Read more
NPC explains why 2016 population census may not hold
The National Population Commission, NPC, has disclosed that the 2016 head count for all Nigerians may not hold.
The commission said the exercise would depend on the willingness of Nigerians and the Federal Government because of poor budgetary allocation. Read more
Hoodlums attack newspaper ‘free readers’ in Osun
Some suspected political thugs yesterday laid siege to a newspaper stand in Osogbo, Osun State capital, beating members of “Free Readers Association” and destroying newspapers.
Eye-witnesses said many of those who gathered at the newspaper stand located at Old Governor’s Office, at Osogbo- Gbongan road, were attacked by about 40 suspected hoodlums at the time they were deep in argument about issues affecting the state. Read more
Fitch Affirms Helios Towers Nigeria at ‘B’; Outlook Stable
Fitch Ratings has affirmed telecom infrastructure group Helios Towers Nigeria Limited’s (HTN) Long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘B’ with a Stable Outlook. A full list of rating actions is available at the end of this commentary. HTN’s rating reflects the political and macroeconomic uncertainty of the Nigerian market (Nigeria, rated ‘BB-‘/Negative) as well as the company’s revenue visibility and strong growth prospects. HTN has managed to contain the impact of the recent weakness of the Nigerian naira (NGN) on its financial performance. Underlying EBITDA in USD is growing due to strong underlying demand, operational efficiency gains and the falling cost of diesel. Read more
El-Rufai Moves To Protect Government Lands
The Kaduna State Government has issued a stop-work order on carve-outs plots of land in public institutions across the three Senatorial Districts of the State.
A statement from the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan stated that, “government has announced its intentions to preserve the integrity of lands belonging to public institutions such as schools and hospitals in the state”, disclosing that government has issued a circular on the issue. Read more
NSE introduces Pension 40 Index
Nigerian Stock Exchange yesterday introduced NSE Pension 40 Index as part of key initiatives to drive market optimisation.
The Exchange stated that the Index conformed to the requirements of the Pension industry as specified in the Pension Reform Act 2014 (as amended) and Regulation on Investment of Pension Fund Assets as prepared and amended by the National Pension Commission. Read more
NDDC Board Inherits N1trn Liabilities
The current Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has said that it inherited liabilities in excess of N1 trillion from the previous board.
Chairman of the NDDC Board, Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, disclosed this on Thursday when he led a delegation of the commission’s board members to pay a courtesy visit to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, at Government House,Yenagoa. Read more
UNESCO names 24 new world heritage sites
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee on Thursday, at the conclusion of its annual meeting in Bonn, Germany, inscribed 24 new sites into the World Heritage List.
In the past 10 days, over 2,000 delegates from around 160 countries gathered at the western German city of Bonn, examined nominations of new heritage sites and reviewed the state of conservation of sites already in the heritage list. Read more
US at Niger’s side in fight against extremism
The United States is at Niger’s side in the fight against extremism and Boko Haram, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday during a visit to Niger’s capital.
Niger is part of a multinational force that has pushed the radical Islamic group from towns in neighbouring Nigeria, though attacks continue within Nigeria and across its borders. Read more
Zim stalker cabbie spared Scottish jail
Taxi driver Lovemore Chirwa, 41, bombarded Primrose Masunda, 27, with letters, phone calls and texts – and even offered to ‘buy’ her from her parents – after they met at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, in Paisley.
Chirwa, who was already married to someone else, also turned up at Masunda’s house with flowers and followed her in his taxi. Read more
Rising star Leon Bridges brings the soul back
The Future of Soul Music is being connected by phone from Rome, where he is on a European concert tour.
It is late morning and the Future of Soul sounds a bit sleepy over the phone. He is pleasantly obliging in his Texan drawl, with none of the rising-star bullshit one often encounters when critics, your record company and a growing number of intelligent fans across the world are buzzing about you. Read more
Army general seeks to oust Nkurunziza
A Burundi general who was part of a failed coup attempt in May said his group was still working to oust President Pierre Nkurunziza, accusing him of stoking ethnic divisions in a country still trying to recover from civil war.
“At that time (in May), we just failed to remove Nkurunziza from power,” General Leonard Ngendakumana told Reuters in an interview on Thursday outside Burundi. Read more
Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam port to handle 25% more cargo in 2015 – President
Cargo volumes at Dar es Salaam port are expected to rise as much as 25% this year, helped by expanded capacity and improved efficiency, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said in his last address to parliament before an election in October. The port, whose main rival is bigger but also congested Mombasa in Kenya, acts as a trade gateway for landlocked states such as Zambia, Rwanda, Malawi, Burundi and Uganda, as well as the eastern region of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Read more
Usain Bolt to race in London
Usain Bolt will return to London’s Olympic Stadium to compete at a Diamond League meet on July 24.
An injured left leg led to Bolt withdrawing from events in Paris last month and Lausanne on Thursday. Read more
Chinese man impaled by iron bar in truck crash
A man in China’s central Hubei province has survived after being impaled by an iron bar when his car collided with a truck.
Six large metal bars crashed through the window of 32-year-old Song Hui’s car, with one going through his chest, according to media reports. Dramatic pictures of the accident in the city of Wuhan were carried on a number of Chinese media websites, including Xinhua, the state news agency. Another man in the back seat of the car, named as Xiao Hu, was impaled through the shoulders by two of the bars. Read more
Greece’s latest bailout request is under review
European officials were combing through Greece’s last-ditch request for a bailout Friday as they raced to determine over the next 48 hours whether to throw the debt-laden country a financial lifeline before its economy collapses.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras submitted a painful cash-for-cuts proposal late Thursday to the nation’s European creditors — a critical step toward ending more than five months of brinksmanship that many feared could lead to Greece’s ouster from the 19-member euro zone. Read more
Pope Francis denounces ‘genocide’ of Christians
Pope Francis demanded an immediate end Thursday to what he called “a genocide” of Christians taking place in the Middle East and beyond, describing it as a third world war.
The pope, who has never been afraid to weigh into delicate issues both religious and political, made the comments in Bolivia, the second stop on a three-nation tour to his home continent of South America. Read more
China evacuates ahead of typhoon
China’s national weather service said Typhoon Chan-hom – with wind gusts up to 125 mph – is expected to make landfall soon at Fujian or Zhejiang province, and has issued its highest-level alert.
Zhejiang’s Civil Affairs Bureau said nearly 60,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas. The country’s railway service said more than 100 trains between the region’s cities had been cancelled. Read more
Iran blames ‘excessive’ and ‘changing’ Western demands for missed nuclear deal deadline
Iran has blamed the “excessive demands” and changing positions of Western countries for the latest missed deadline in marathon nuclear deal talks in Vienna.
The criticism came on Thursday night, hours before a deadline to present a deal to the US Congress was missed. That latest missed deadline doubles the time for US Congress to review the accord – if it can be reached – to a potentially more problematic 60 days. Read more
23 die in charity handout stampede
A stampede in central Bangladesh has left at least 22 women and a child dead as hundreds of people stormed the home of a businessman for a charity handout during the holy month of Ramadan, police said.
Another 30 were injured and taken to hospital in Mymensingh, a town 70 miles north of the capital Dhaka, said police officer Kamrul Islam. Read more
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