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
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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