Sabinews Midday News Update for September 11, 2015
Buhari to Embark on Three-day Visit to France
President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Nigeria next Monday morning for France on a three-day state visit to the European country, according to THISDAY.
The visit will afford the president to hold discussions with the French President, Francois Hollande, on the war against terror and bilateral ties between the two countries. Hollande was the first foreign president to invite Buhari for a state visit shortly after he won the presidential election last March. Read more
NNPC Lifts Ban on 113 Oil Tankers
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has finally bowed to the pressure mounted by the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) and lifted a ban on 113 foreign vessels, mostly very large crude carriers (VLCCs) into Nigeria’s territorial waters less than two months after the ban was imposed.
Acting on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, NNPC imposed the ban shortly after Buhari assumed office over concerns that most of the tankers were complicit in incidents of crude oil theft from Nigerian oil terminals. Read more
‘I Appreciate Okoya for His Spirit of Statesmanship’ – Gov Dickson
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has said he is glad that Reuben Okoya has dropped his aspiration for the gubernatorial ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming election in the state.
The duo spoke on Thursday in Port Harcourt when they appeared before the PDP zonal screening panel for the gubernatorial primaries. Addressing journalist shortly after his screening, Dickson confirmed the withdrawal of Okoya from the governorship contest. Read more
Saudi Arabia detains Senator Barata for carrying revoked diplomatic passport
A former Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Senator Hassan Barata, is in detention in Saudi Arabia.
Barata was carrying an official passport already revoked by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on the orders of the Federal Government. It was gathered that the NIS had earlier in the week communicated the revocation of official and diplomatic passports of certain persons to the international community through their embassies in Nigeria. Read more
UNICAL suspends Dean of Law, Prof Ndifon over alleged rape of student
The Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Calabar, Prof. Cyril Ndifon, accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old 400-level student in his office, was yesterday suspended by the panel instituted by the school’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivara Esu.
Vanguard reports that Professor Ndifon, the first professor of Law from Cross River State, was briefly arrested and detained by the police and later released on Wednesday before he was suspended. Read more
Osinbajo Praises Bilateral Cooperation with Belarus
Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo praised the prospects of bilateral cooperation with Belarus when he met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Nigeria Vyacheslav Beskosty on Wednesday.
According to BelTA, the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that both parties hailed considerable progress made in the development of the Belarusian-Nigerian relations in every area of cooperation. Read more
Arik Air resumes flight services to Benin Airport
Arik Air, Nigeria and West Africa’s largest carrier has announced the resumption of flight services to Benin Airport effective Sunday, September 6, 2015. This is as a result of the re-opening of the airport by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Benin Airport was temporarily closed by FAAN on June 20, 2015 to facilitate rehabilitation works on the airport’s runway. The closure was initially scheduled to last 20 days but the rehabilitation was not completed on schedule. Read more
Pacquiao want rematch with Mayweather over anti-doping row
Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao called for punishment and a rematch on Friday after his fierce rival Floyd Mayweather was accused of violating anti-doping rules in the build-up to their mega-fight in May.
The eight-division world champion, who lost a unanimous decision to Mayweather in Las Vegas, urged Nevada sports officials to “impose the appropriate sanction” on the unbeaten American. Read more
First South African to be beatified by Catholic church
The Catholic Church will beatify its first South African on Sunday, as Pope Francis makes a push to connect with the burgeoning Catholic population across the continent.
School teacher Benedict Daswa was beaten to death in 1990 by villagers who attacked him after he refused to pay a sorcerer who promised to end destructive storms hammering the region. First stoned by his assailants, Daswa ran to safety in a pub before being found by the mob and beaten to death with a stick. Read more
Indian court convicts 12 over deadly 2006 train blasts
An Indian court on Friday convicted 12 people over a series of bombings on commuter trains in the business capital Mumbai that killed around 190 people in 2006.
The men were convicted of murder, conspiracy and waging war against the country over the coordinated series of attacks during the evening rush hour that also injured more than 800 people. Read more
Poroshenko says Russia threat to ‘entire democratic world’
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Friday of challenging the “entire democratic world” by annexing Crimea and allegedly arming separatist rebels in the east of his ex-Soviet state.
The pro-Western leader also called on Ukraine’s Western allies to toughen their trade and other sanctions on the Kremlin and its biggest firms, should Moscow fail to fulfil the terms of a tentative peace deal to the 17-month war. Read more
NNPC disclaims fraudulent use of GMD’s name, office
The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclaimed the use of the name and office of the Group Managing Director, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, by some unscrupulous individuals for fraudulent purposes.
The is contained in a statement by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Ohi Alegbe, in Abuja on Thursday . Read more
Burundi army chief escapes assassination attempt, seven killed: police
The head of Burundi’s armed forces on Friday survived an assassination attempt in the capital Bujumbura, police said, adding that at least seven other people were killed in the attack.
“There was an attack against the armed forces chief, General Prime Niyongabo, but happily he was unharmed,” Burundi’s deputy police chief, General Godefroid Bizimana, told AFP. Read more
Yemen’s exiled government says to attend peace talks
Yemen’s government in exile has confirmed it will attend UN-mediated peace talks next week aimed at reaching a ceasefire with Iran-backed rebels who control swathes of the country.
In a statement late Thursday the internationally recognised government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi said that a rebel pullback from areas seized since last year — as outlined by a UN resolution — remained a precondition to negotiations. Read more
Dutch aid worker regains freedom in Afghanistan
A Dutch aid worker, Anja de Beer, who was abducted by gunmen in Afghanistan’s capital, has been released. The release comes after 81 days of captivity, the Dutch Foreign Minister, Bert Koenders, said in a statement.
“I’m pleased to hear that Anja de Beer has been released, putting an end to 81 long days of uncertainty. “I spoke with her, and it was very reassuring to hear she is in good health, she is in the Dutch embassy in Kabul,” Koenders said. Read more