BOKO HARAM MAY RELEASE CHIBOK GIRLS TODAY – OFFICIALS

BOKO HARAM MAY RELEASE CHIBOK GIRLS TODAY – OFFICIALS

Sabinews Daily Morning News Update for October 31, 2014MORNING NEWS

 

National News

 

Boko Haram May Release Chibok Girls Today – Officials

Maiduguri, the Borno State capital was yesterday charged with hushed excitement as the news flew around that the abducted Chibok schoolgirls may be released any time between yesterday and today following positive talks with the insurgents in Chad.

This is coming as the 219 Chibok schoolgirls are clocking 200 days in captivity today. Read more

Nigerians account for 60% Dubai apartment sales

A steady shift  from the development of residential to hotel apartments in Dubai, riding on the back of the huge tourist and business traffic, is likewise seeing a significant paradigm shift in the investment portfolio of Nigerian property investors  who today account for 60 percent of hotel apartment purchases in the burgeoning Dubai  hospitality market. Read more

135,000km of road network in Nigeria not tarred —NSE

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has disclosed that about 135,000km of road network in the country are not tarred.

President of the association, Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, disclosed this at the NSE quarterly press briefing at the Engineering House, Central Business District, Abuja. Read more

Court Upholds BBOG Group’s Right to Peaceful Assembly

An Abuja High Court on Thursday declared as illegal the banning of peaceful rallies of the #BringBackOurgirls group by the former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, now an Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 7.

In a judgment, Justice Sunday Aladetoyinbo held that the right to freedom of association and assembly is the bone of any democratic governance, adding also that the police have no right to ban Nigerians from peaceful protest. Read more

Court Orders Stay of Execution on 12 Condemned Soldiers

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Nigerian Army to stay the execution of the death sentence passed by an Army General Court Martial against 12 soldiers.

The judge, in a fundamental rights case filed by a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, against the Chief of Army Staff, the Commander, Army Headquarters Garrison, Mogadishu Cantonment, Asokoro, Abuja, and the Attorney General of the Federation, ordered that the execution of the soldiers be put on hold pending the determination of the suit. Read more

Battle for Mubi Rages, Military Ramps up Counter-Attack

The fighting between Nigerian troops and suspected members of Boko Haram in Mubi, Adamawa State, entered the second day with the Nigerian Air Force launching a ferocious aerial bombardment against the terrorists who attacked the town and its environs on Wednesday, according to intelligence sources. Read more

Abuja court jails man three months for attempted theft

An Area 1 Court in the FCT on Thursday sentenced a 23-year-old man, Samson Samuel, to three months imprisonment for attempting to steal a laptop from a car.

The judge, Abubakar Sadiq, who handed down the judgment, however, gave Samuel no option of fine. Read more

Jonathan Picks up Nomination Form, Pledges to Redouble Efforts

The National Organsing Secretary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha on thursday  handed over the presidential nomination and expression of interest forms to President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s sole candidate for the 2015 presidential election.

Also, PDP extended automatic tickets or the right of first refusal to its governors eligible for a second term in office and had performed creditably. Those seeking second terms during the 2015 elections are the governors of Gombe and Kaduna States. Read more

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Mohammed II Visits Jonathan

In a move aimed at resolving their differences, the Emir of Kano and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Mohammed II, on Thursday paid a private visit on President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa.

It was the second since he ascended the Kano throne. Read more

Alison-Maduke’s Sister, German National Regain Freedom from Kidnappers

The kidnapped sister of the Minister of Petroleum Resources Osio Agama, who was abducted last week in Port Harcourt, has regained her freedom following a joint operation by security forces.

“Osio Agama has been safely rescued during a joint operation by the police, military and SSS (State Security Service),” Rivers state police spokesman, Ahmad Muhammad told AFP. Read more

 

Sabinews News Update on Economy

 

ARM Capital Partners, IFC set to boost  agribusiness with $9.5m investment

ARM Capital Partners, the manager of ARM Private Equity Fund, and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has announced a joint $9.5m equity investment in Boulos Foods & Beverages Limited, a newly established manufacturer of non-alcoholic beverages based in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

The project will strengthen the agribusiness and food processing sectors and improve food security and economic development in Nigeria. Read more

35 Nigerians Embark on Ship Building in South Korea

The Nigerian Content (NC) Act 2010 is yielding more fruitful results as 35 young Nigerians have left Nigeria for South Korea to acquire skills in ship building.

The youths, who are to be trained on various aspects of ship building, will spend between six to nine months in South Korea. Read more

 

World News

 

Beijing Hosts Regional Conference on Afghanistan

China is hosting an international conference on Afghanistan’s security and reconstruction that highlights its growing role in the country as U.S. and NATO forces depart.

New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is headlining Friday’s forum in Beijing known as the Istanbul Ministerial Process. The annual conference brings Afghanistan and China together with more than a dozen member nations and observers including the United States. Read more

Australia ends sanctions on Fiji after democratic elections

Australia has removed sanctions against Fiji after elections in the Pacific island nation last month ended eight years of military rule.

Ahead of visiting Fiji, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she was committed to “normalising” relations between the two countries. Read more

Suspect in Pennsylvania police ambush captured after 7-week manhunt

The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper in a sniper attack in September could face the death penalty, prosecutors said, after a seven-week manhunt in the Pocono Mountains ended with his arrest on Thursday.

Eric Matthew Frein, 31, had eluded capture by hundreds of law enforcement officers since the Sept. 12 ambush outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. The attack killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31. Read more

U.S. Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election

When lawmakers return to Washington after Tuesday’s congressional elections they will resume a debate they began with some reluctance last month on the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

With the U.S.-led coalition increasing air strikes but no signs the militants have been weakened, Congress appears ready for a broader discussion on the operations than it was prepared to hold during the run-up to the election. Read more

Burkina Faso leader ousted amid unrest

Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore was toppled yesterday as the army took power after protesters set parliament ablaze in a popular uprising against the veteran leader’s 27-year-rule.

The demonstrators earlier forced the government to scrap a vote on controversial plans to allow Compaore to extend his reign, with tens of thousands of people joining a mass rally in the capital Ouagadougou calling for the strongman to go. Read more

Liberia makes inroads on Ebola, but outlook grim in Sierra Leone

Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak, while the crisis in Sierra Leone is going to get worse, the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.

International assistance is still desperately needed and the people of both countries must redouble efforts to stop the disease, which has infected more than 13,000 people and killed nearly 5,000, the officials said. Read more

 

Sabinews News Update on Energy

 

IBEDC to fast-track embedded generation project

The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has said it would fast-track its  embedded power generation project so as to boost electricity supply.

Fortunatus Leynes, managing director/CEO, who disclosed this at the distribution company’s customer’s forum in Ibadan said the need to embark on embedded generation project became necessary following the drop in generation from the National grid by about 1,000 megawatts. Read more

 

Sabinews News Update on Sports

 

Nigeria averts fresh FIFA ban

The case had been brought by Chris Giwa, who was appointed to head the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in controversial circumstances in August but then later ousted.

A judge in the central city of Jos had ruled last week that the appointment of a new president, Amaju Pinnick, and executive committee should be set aside. Read more

Build on Quadri’s Feat at World Cup, ITTF Urges Nigeria

The sterling performance of Aruna Quadri should rub off on the fortune of table tennis in Nigeria. These were views of President, International Table  ennis Federation (ITTF), Thomas Wiekert, after been thrilled by the  extra-ordinary outing of Quadri at the just concluded ITTF World Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany. Read more

Enyimba take back seat for Aba traders

Two-time CAF Champions League champions, Enyimba recently took the backseat in Aba as their Nigerian Premier League match was suspended for the final Aba Traders Cup to hold at the Enyimba International Stadium.

For soccer lovers, the exploits of Nigeria’s most successful should make them the centre of attraction when it comes to soccer but for perceptive followers, any attempt to stage a match featuring Enyimba on a day that the Traders Cup was holding was going to have negative repercussions financially. Read more

 

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