Sabinews Midday News Update for October 5, 2015
Boko Haram claims Abuja bombings in a social media message
Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for twin bomb attacks on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, the group said in a message posted on social media on Sunday evening.
At least 18 people were killed and 41 injured in the bombings on Friday night, in Kuje, to the west of Abuja, and Read more
Saudi Promises to Strengthen Relations With Nigeria
The director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Makkah Region, Ambassador Mohammed Ahmed Al-Tayeb, has assured that the kingdom will sustain and strengthen the cultural and diplomatic relationship with Nigeria.
He gave the assurance yesterday in Jeddah when he hosted the Nigerian 2015 hajj delegation led by the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II. Read more
UK | Prof Sagay Leads Plot to Extradite Alamieyeseigha
The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, has reacted to a call by the United Kingdom for the extradition of a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, to London.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Pocock, had said Alamieyeseigha, who was pardoned by former President Goodlcuk Jonathan, has an outstanding case of money laundering to answer in the UK. Read more
Ban Ki-Moon Lauds Adesina On African Energy
The United Nations’ Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, has commended the President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, for his bold leadership on the New Deal on Energy for Africa, noting that it will help achieve sustainable energy for all in Africa.
While giving the commendation during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Ban Ki-Moon lauded the global leadership of Dr. Adesina in addressing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and congratulated him on his election as President of the African Development Bank. Read more
North Korea to deport detained S’Korean citizen
North Korea has announced it is releasing and deporting a South Korean citizen who was arrested back in April for illegal entry, according to South Korea’s unification ministry.
Joo Won-moon, a 21-year-old student at New York University and holding a US green card, was to be repatriated through the border truce village of Panmunjom on the inter-Korean border at around 5:30pm (08:30 GMT) on Monday, the ministry said in a statement. Read more
Why I’ll Be Petroleum Minister – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari says he will supervise the Ministry of Petroleum Resources in order to bring integrity, transparency and responsibility to bear on it. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, posted this on his official Facebook page yesterday as excerpts of his Thursday’s interview on an African Independent Television (AIT) programme.
Buhari had Tuesday hinted in an interview he granted one of the foreign media in New York after participating in the 70th United Nations General Assembly that he would head the petroleum ministry. Read more
Banks Gain N740 Billion From CRR Reduction
The banking sector gained N740 billion as a result of the reduction of the Cash Reserve Ratio, CBN from 31 to 25 per cent by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN recently. Recall that the CRR reduction was announced by the CBN following the implementation of a Treasury Single Account, TSA that mandated all commercial banks to return all government funds in their custody to the CBN.
The Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo who disclosed this at a press briefing after the Bankers’ Committee meeting in Lagos, said that the speculations in some quarters that banks gained N1.2 trillion as a result of the CRR reduction and TSA implementation were unfounded. Read more
Customs Impound Poultry Products Valued At N30.1 Million
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, Lagos, has intercepted 5,020 cartons of smuggled frozen poultry products with a Duty Paid Value of N30.1 million.
Mr Uche Ejesieme, the Public Relations Officer of the Unit, said in a statement on Sunday in Lagos that the poultry products were concealed in 2,016 packages of bottled water. Read more
Nigerian Foot Wear Firm in South Africa Produces 12,000 Shoes Monthly
Mr Roland Ogboru, the Chief Executive Officer of Fred Foot Wear, a South Africa- based firm, says the company manufactures 12,000 pairs of shoes monthly.
Ogboru told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, that the firm had commenced export of its products to Malawi and Lesotho while it was exploring opportunities in other countries in the Southern African region. Read more
NNPC Sues Two Firms Over Trademark Infringement
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Retail Limited has filed a legal action before a Federal High Court in Abuja against Natural Network Petroleum and Gas Company Limited (NNPG) and two others over alleged infringement on its trademark.
The NNPC had in a suit filed through its lawyer, Muyiwa Atoyebi, also joined Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and Registrar of Trade Marks, Patent and Designs as co- defendants to the suit. Read more
Children’s bodies washed up in Greece migrant tragedy
The badly decomposed bodies of two children were found washed up on the Greek island of Kos on Sunday, the latest victims of a crisis that has seen 630,000 people enter the EU illegally this year.
A dead baby boy, thought to be less than a year old, was discovered on a hotel beach early Sunday, dressed in green trousers and a white t-shirt. The decomposed body of an older child, wearing blue trousers and a pink t-shirt, believed to be three- to five-years old, was found hours later at the same spot. Read more
How to Process Building Plan in Lagos
A building plan is a graphical representation of what a building will look like after construction, used by builders and contractors to construct buildings of all kinds. Building plans are also useful when it comes to estimating how much a project will cost, and preparing project budgets. In most countries, including Nigeria, it is customary to obtain a permit or approval from appropriate authorities. A building plan approval is necessary before construction can commence. Read more
NCAA Unveils Nigeria’s Air Safety Policy
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has unveiled the Nigerian government’s policy statement on safety of air operations in the country. The policy was signed by the Director-General of the Authority, Captain Muhtar Usman.
The aim of the policy is to ensure improved safety and security in air transport in Nigeria and to consolidate on the standard safety status which Nigeria has attained. Read more
Crunch talks for Mihajlovic after Milan mauling
Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said he expects to “give explanations” to AC Milan chief Silvio Berlusconi but said he “won’t resign” after a 4-0 mauling by Napoli on Sunday prompted fans to stage protests at the San Siro.
“I’m sure I will get a phone call,” from Berlusconi, Mihajlovic said Sunday after leaving media waiting nearly an hour after the game before appearing at the post-match conference. “He will be asking for explanations, but I won’t hide. I will give them to him.” Read more
Olokun festival will boost tourism development, cultural integration –Adams
Adams said this on Sunday in Lagos at a news conference organised to announce programmes earmarked for the 13th edition of the festival.
Adams, who is also the initiator of Olokun Festival,said that the ceremony was mainly to showcase the cultural values and tradition of the Yoruba. Read more
Pope urges Church to move forward as gay issue overshadows synod
Pope Francis said Monday that the Church was “not a museum” but a place for progress, as members of a key synod on the family rolled up their sleeves for the first day of what promises to be a spicy debate.
Francis urged a spirit of ‘solidarity, courage and humility’ as the Catholic Church’s conservative and liberal wings began tackling hot button topics from communion for remarried divorcees to acceptance of homosexuality. Read more
Klopp, Ancelotti top Liverpool list
Juergen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti are the leading candidates to succeed sacked Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, according to reports in the British media on Monday.
Rodgers, 42, was sacked on Sunday after a 1-1 draw with Everton left Liverpool 10th in the Premier League table, albeit only three points below the Champions League places, following a sixth-place finish last season. Read more
Malaysian PM urges Indonesia to act on smoke-belching fires
Malaysia’s premier has urged Indonesia to act against those to blame for raging fires that have blanketed Southeast Asia in smog for weeks, as Malaysian schools closed again Monday over health concerns.
The regional environmental crisis has caused flights and major events to be cancelled, and forced tens of thousands of people in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore to seek treatment for respiratory problems. Read more
Netanyahu vows ‘fight to death’ as clashes spread after attacks
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged “a fight to the death against Palestinian terror” as clashes spread after two deadly attacks, while Jerusalem’s Old City was closed to Palestinians for a second day Monday.
The Israeli premier’s comments late on Sunday came as he convened security chiefs immediately after landing back from the United States to discuss the clashes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. Read more