Sabinews Evening News Update for December 8, 2015
Boko Haram attacks village near Chibok
Boko Haram gunmen have torched almost an entire village near the north-east Nigerian town of Chibok from where over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped, a resident who fled and a local elder said on Tuesday.
The raid in Takulashi village happened on Sunday and saw the Islamists loot food supplies, two days after fighters stole more than 200 cattle from the same location. Read more
Biafra: MASSOB, IPOB to halt demonstrations
The ground swell protests staged by the members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, over the continued detention of the Director, Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has been halted, following the resolve of the two pro-Biafra groups to give Federal Government room for dialogue.
Protesters in the south-east and parts of south-south geopolitical zones had vowed to continue demonstrations until they actualize Biafra which prompted governors from the region,under the aegis of South-East Governors Forum,SEGF, to push for a dialogue to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu among other issues of neglect and marginalzation of the people in a meeting held in Enugu Government House. Read more
Oil slumps 6% to near 7-year low on OPEC inaction
Crude oil futures tumbled 6% on Monday, reaching their lowest in nearly seven years, after OPEC failed to address a growing supply glut, while a stronger dollar made it more expensive to hold crude positions, Reuters reports.
Brent and U.S. crude settled at or near February 2009 lows in belated reaction to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) policy meeting on Friday which ended without an agreement to lower production. Read more
Sambisa Bombardment: Troops intercept fleeing Boko Haram terrorists at Pulka
Fleeing Boko Haram terrorists attempting to escape from military onslaught in Sambisa forest, through Pulka have been intercepted and decisively dealt with by troops in blocking position in the area.
A statement by Colonel Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, stated that during the encounter many of the terrorists were killed while one was captured alive. Read more
Eguridu, WAEC HNO bows out of office today
The tenure of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Nigeria Head of National Office (HNO), Mr. Charles Eguridu ends today amidst commendations by workers and stakeholders on achievements recorded under his administration.
Mr. Eguridu was appointed the WAEC Nigeria HNO on October 2012. He succeeded Dr. Iyi Uwadiae who was appointed Registrar of council. The HNO tenure ends December 9, 2015. He was credited with several achievements. Read more
Fake Police Woman, 58, Docked For Impersonation
A 58-year-old woman, Adetolani Afoke, who allegedly wore the uniform of a deputy superintendent of police,(DSP) with an intent to impersonate, was on Tuesday arraigned in Lagos.
The accused, who resides at 13, Bamgboye St., Orilowo -Ejigbo, a Lagos suburb, is facing a three-count charge bordering on impersonation and possession of stolen property before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
She, however, pleaded not guilty. Read more
Father Docked Over Alleged Defilement Of Daughter
A 35-year-old father of three, was on Tuesday arraigned in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for allegedly defiling his six-year-old daughter.
The accused, Harrison Agu, who resides at No.23, Rotimi Omotosho St., Isheri Osun, Lagos, is facing a charge of indecent treatment of a minor. Read more
FG Approves Conduct of 2015 Promotion Exams for Workers
The Acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita has approved the conduct of this year’s promotion examination for officers on Salary Grade Levels 06-13.
Officers in this category, are in the pool of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. Read more
Fashola unveils agenda for roads, power and housing
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has officially unveiled his short term plans to address housing deficits, provide good roads and urgently increase power generation in the country with extra 2, 000 megawatts.
Fashola said, during his maiden press briefing in Abuja that the Lagos-Ibadan expressway which has been under construction and the second Niger Bridge are of great importance to the current administration, thus would get urgent attention. Read more
Gold merchants docked over N4.2m fraud
Two gold dealers, Al-Hassan Bello and Jamiu Omizi, were Tuesday arraigned by the police before a Lagos State Magistrate’s Court in Igbosere, on fraud allegations.
Bello (50) and Omizi (48) were accused of charges bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence. Read more
No Safe Place to Run in Burundi’s Capital
Many families in Burundi’s capital have moved across town for fear of being caught in clashes between armed youth and security forces, as the political violence there enters its eighth month. Those who have fled, however, say life is no easier.
Twenty-five-year-old Hirakoze Johari and her two children are one of just a few hundred families left in the Cibitoke neighborhood in central Bujumbura. Read more
Ben Carson talks up his Kenyan roots ahead of a trip to Africa
Ben Carson is coming to Africa. But he might want to get his geography right first.
Carson, the 64-year-old retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate, told a talk radio show Monday that he will visit Kenya, Zambia and Nigeria for a week starting Dec. 27. Read more
Oscar’s strict bail conditions
The National Prosecuting Authority wanted the prescribed 15-year minimum sentence imposed on murderer Oscar Pistorius.
“He is convicted of murder, and he is a first offender. Fifteen years is prescribed in terms of the minimum sentencing act as the appropriate sentence for murder,” spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku said outside the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday. Read more
Africa seeks more equitable deal at UN Climate Summit
As the UN Climate Summit in Paris enters its final week and negotiations are ramped up, leaders from developing nations will continue to push for a more equitable deal. Already officials at the conference have cleared a major hurdle, producing a draft accord on Saturday 5 December. That leaves a week for ministers to clinch a historic agreement, with many optimistic that the Paris Summit can erase the disappointment of past talks, including Copenhagen in 2009, which ended in failure and frustration.
Yet even with a blueprint being reached, major sticking points, not least between developed and developing states, must be overcome if a positive and more equitable outcome is to be reached. That will not be easy. Read more
Pope Calls for ‘God’s Mercy’ at Start of Yearlong Jubilee
Pope Francis on Tuesday ushered in a yearlong celebration dedicated to the theme of mercy, intoning the ceremonial versicle, “Open unto me the gates of justice” before pushing open the bronze doors in St. Peter’s Basilica that are kept bricked up until the start of a Jubilee, or Holy Year.
The pope paused on the threshold of the basilica for a long moment to pray, then became the first of an the estimated 10 million Roman Catholic pilgrims who are expected to pass through the Holy Door — a symbol of the threshold to salvation — in the coming months. Read more
Model charged with murder of British millionaire ex-boyfriend Andy Bush
A model whose millionaire ex-boyfriend was shot dead in his Spanish holiday villa has been charged with his murder.
Mayka Kukucova, 25, is alleged to have killed British gold dealer Andy Bush, 48, after waiting for him in his house in Estepona, near Marbella. Read more
Turkey stopped deployment of troops to Iraq two days ago – foreign ministry
Turkey stopped the deployment of troops to the northern Iraqi region of Bashiqa two days ago after Baghdad complained, and Ankara will not do anything to diminish Iraq’s sovereignty, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
“It is unacceptable to think that Turkey would take a step that would weaken Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, over which Turkey has a high sensitivity,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. Read more
Syrian opposition gathers for difficult unity talks in Saudi
Syria’s splintered opposition was gathering in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for difficult discussions on forming a united front in potential peace talks with President Bashar al-Assad.
The Saudi-organised talks, due to start on Wednesday, mark the first time representatives of some of Syria’s various political and armed opposition factions come together since the outbreak of the country’s conflict in March 2011. Read more
Kerry says aiming for New York Syria meeting on Dec. 18
Countries involved in the Syrian peace process are set to meet in New York on Dec. 18 but the talks may hinge on efforts to unite Syrian opposition groups in the coming days, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.
Russia, the United States, European and Middle Eastern countries agreed last month on a two-year timeline leading to Syrian national elections, but left many questions unresolved, most notably the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Read more