Sabinews Midday News Update for September 20, 2015
Buhari is a liar and has deceived you, says Shekau
Nigeria’s military on Saturday claimed further gains in its counter-offensive against Boko Haram, but the group’s shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau dismissed the talk of success as “lies”.
Army spokesman Sani Usman said troops destroyed more rebel enclaves and camps in the restive state of Borno, which has been worst hit by the six-year Islamist insurgency. Read more
Corrupt Federal Pay Officer sells properties to return N103m loot
Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Ekpo Nta, has disclosed that a Federal Pay Officer, who allegedly siphon N103m meant for three Federal Government colleges, had been selling off his properties to return the loot.
Nta said while the commission had recovered N53m from the suspect, he would remain in their custody until he returns the remaining balance. Read more
NCAA grounds two foreign registered aircraft
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has grounded two foreign registered aircraft for flying and operating in the nation’s airspace using falsified flight clearance information and conducting illegal domestic flight operations .
The spokesman of the regulatory authority, Mr Sam Adurogboye disclosed this directive on Sunday in a statement. Read more
PDP: Nigeria Sliding into Fascism, Official Terrorism
In its first reaction to the order by the Code of Conduct Tribunal for the arrest of Senate President Bukola Saraki over alleged false declaration of assets, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the unfolding events in the polity, particularly the alleged deliberate infractions and crass abuse of power by the President Muhammadu -led All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government, showed that the nation was sliding into fascism and official terrorism. Read more
Arepo: NSCDC Orders Tighter Security, Declares War on Vandals
The Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has condemned the alleged killing of about 10 Department of State Security (DSS) operatives by pipeline vandals in Arepo last week.
To this end, Muhammadu in a statement issued yesterday by the Public Relations Officer, NSCDC, Emma Okeh, directed tightened security measures in all critical infrastructure of government to guard against the sort of incident that occurred in Konu, a border town between Arepo, Ogun State and Ikorodu, Lagos State. Read more
Nigerian Military Pushes for Final Defeat of Boko Haram Terrorists
The ongoing offensive against the Boko Haram terrorists in the North-east is gaining successful momentum with most of the camps falling, as the Nigerian military pushes for the final defeat of the terrorists.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, disclosed this yesterday, saying the advancing troops have captured the villages of Jerre and Dipchari and have destroyed the terrorists camps located in those areas. Read more
We Tackled Piracy in Lagos Waters, Says Navy Boss
The outgone Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Jonathan Ango, has asserted that they have been able to tackle piracy within Lagos waters, which is part of the command’s area of responsibility.
Ango said this at the handing over ceremony to his successor, Rear Admiral Rapheal Osondu, as the new FOC of the helm of affairs of the Western Naval Command. Read more
Burkina Faso coup supporters attack hotel hosting mediation talks
Pro-coup demonstrators in Burkina Faso on Sunday invaded a hotel due to host talks aimed at hammering out the details of a deal to restore a civilian interim government and attacked participants arriving for the meeting, witnesses said. Read more
Egyptian pound stable at dollar sale and exchange bureaus
The Egyptian pound was held steady by the central bank at a dollar sale on Sunday, as it sold $37.8 million at a cut-off price of 7.7301 pounds per dollar, and was also stable on the parallel market.
The official cut-off price remained unchanged from Thursday’s dollar sale and one trader said the dollar changed hands at 8.03 pounds in the parallel market, unchanged from Thursday. Read more
Kenyans dominate marathon
Kenyan Shadrack Kemboi won the men’s 42.2km Cape Town in 2 hours 11 minutes and 39 seconds here on Sunday morning.
Starting in cool overcast conditions, Kemboi broke away from the lead group of five with less than 10km to the finish. The former Gauteng (2012) and Soweto (2013) marathons champion was able to hold his position to the end at Green Point Stadium with local Lungile Gongqa attempting to close the gap. Read more
Two more arrests in Mayisela twins murder
Two more people have been arrested in connection with the necklacing of the Mayisela twins in Etwatwa on Gauteng’s East Rand.
The men, aged 53 and 19, will appear in the Daveyton Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The older man is believed to head of a self-appointed anti-crime group. Read more
Pope to celebrate Mass in Havana’s Revolution Square
Pope Francis celebrates Mass with tens of thousands of Cubans on Sunday in Havana’s Revolution Square, the political heart of Cuba where the Communist government stages its biggest rallies.
The huge plaza is where Cubans celebrate May Day beneath massive portraits of revolutionary leaders Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos built into the facades of government buildings. Read more
At least five killed in suicide bomb attack in northern Cameroon
At least five people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on Sunday in the northern Cameroon town of Mora, military sources said, in what appeared to be the latest cross-border attack by Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist militant group.
The dead included a police officer, two civilians and the two female suicide bombers, who detonated themselves at around 8 a.m. (0700 GMT) in the Galdi neighbourhood near the entrance to the town. Read more
Officials: Yemen Rebels Release 6 Foreign Hostages
Yemen’s Shiite rebels and officials at the airport in the country’s capital, Sanaa, say six foreign hostages have been released after being held in the city for more than five months.
The officials say the hostages are three Americans, two Saudis and a British national. They tell the AP that the six have boarded a plane and are flying Sunday to the Gulf nation of Oman, which negotiated their release. Read more
Migrants brave deadly dinghies, Turkish coastguard for new life
It is nighttime on a beach near the resort town of Bodrum and a group of migrants look out nervously at two ships on the horizon, wondering if they can slip past the Turkish coastguard and cross the Aegean Sea into a new life in Europe.
But their dinghies are poorly made and slow, and the coastguard has stepped up patrols in the area, where the body of toddler Aylan Kurdi washed up, sparking international outrage. Read more
Some Iraqis ditch fight against Islamic State for life in Europe
Some Iraqi soldiers are abandoning their posts and joining a wave of civilian migrants headed to Europe, raising new doubts about the cohesion of the country’s Western-backed security forces in the fight against Islamic State militants.
Interviews with migrants and an analysis of social media activity show scores of fighters from the national army, police and Special Forces as well as Shi’ite militias and Kurdish peshmerga have left in recent months or plan to go soon. Read more
Planned German migration centre hit by arson attack
Police in Germany said on Sunday there had been an arson attack on a planned accommodation centre for migrants in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the latest sign of tension as migrants flow to the country.
Police in the city of Heilbronn said no-one had been in the sports hall in nearby Wertheim at the time of the attack and it was not possible to enter the building because of fire damage. Read more