Sabinews Midday News Update for September 6, 2015
Buhari to visit Ghana Monday
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, will on Monday pay a one-day working visit to Ghana.
Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama will welcome his West African neighbour at the Golden Jubilee Lounge. Read more
14 girls die in repeat of Niger perennial drowning incidents
The death of 11 female teenagers and three other girls on rivers Sarkin Pawa and Guni in Munya local government area of Niger state throws up an age-long problem that would continue to bring tears to many eyes across the state.
The only access ‘road’ shows why the constant boat mishaps in Old Dangunu, Guni and other communities around the Shiroro Dam have become a reality the people of the area must live with. Read more
Kidnappers abduct Anglican Bishop of Gwagwalada, demand N40m ransom
Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, the Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of Nigeria, has advised Christians to be vigilant as kidnappers demanded N40 million ransom for the release of Right Rev. Moses Tabuwaye, who was kidnapped on Friday.
Okoh gave the advice in Abuja on Saturday at the 2015 Annual Pre-pilgrimage Retreat and Workshop for staff of Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) and stakeholders. Read more
‘Buhari’s slowness in forming cabinet is hurting Africa’s largest economy’
Nigeria’s corruption- and insurgency-battling President Muhammadu Buhari was marking his first 100 days in power Saturday by looking ahead rather than behind, his spokesman said.
“(Buhari) does not consider the 100 days in office as a milestone… There is no official event to mark the day,” Garba Shehu told AFP. Read more
NAHCON to pilgrims: Don’t disgrace Nigeria
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has warned intending pilgrims to this year’s holy pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia against acts capable of bringing disrepute to the country.
The Commissioner in charge of Information and Library Services, Dr. Saleh Okenwa, gave the advice yesterday in Abuja at the two-day 9th annual Hajj Induction exercise of the Comerel Travel and Tours organised for intending Muslim pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. Read more
Lagos PDP Crisis Deepens Over Plot To Remove Shelle
The crisis rocking the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following its defeat in the last governorship election, is far from over, as renewed effort to unseat its chairman, Capt. Tunji Shelle thickens.
On Thursday, the aggrieved executive members of the party dismissed the earlier vote of confidence passed on the embattled Chairman by some members of the State Executive. But in a counter move, 35 members, out of 49, petitioned the National Working Committee (NWC) again, insisting on the removal of Shelle as chairman. Read more
Fayose Defends Appointment Of 72 Year-old Council Boss
Despite criticisms trailing the appointment of 72-year-old, Pa Olatunde Afolayan, as the caretaker chairman of Moba Local Government, Ekiti State, described in many quarters as illiterate, the state governor, Ayodele Fayose has maintained that the appointment is a way to appreciate such segment of the population.
Justifying the appointment, Fayose said many elected political office holders rode on the votes of illiterates and insignificant people only to forget them after assuming office. Read more
Oliseh needs time to succeed – Ogunjobi
A former Secretary-General, Nigerian Football Federation, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, has pleaded with Nigerians to give the Super Eagles Head Coach, Mr. Sunday Oliseh, more time to succeed.
Ogunjobi spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview on Saturday following the Super Eagles 0-0 draw with Tanzania in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played in Dar es Salaam. Read more
Egypt arrests five suspects over bus bombing
Egyptian police arrested five men accused of involvement in the bombing of a police bus in the northern governorate of Beheira last month which killed three police conscripts and injured 27 others.
The interior ministry said in a statement that the attackers “aimed to drive a wedge between the police personnel and the interior ministry, as the explosion took place at the same time as the Sharqiya police personnel protest.” Read more
Morocco’s ruling Islamist party wins key cities in local elections
Morocco’s ruling Islamist party won most of the country’s key cities during Friday’s local elections, further expanding its reach after four years of leading a coalition government that undertook major fiscal reforms.
The Justice and Development party, known by its French acronym PJD, came to power on an anti-corruption ticket in 2011, tapping into a desire for greater freedom when “Arab Spring” protests forced King Mohammed to devolve some royal powers. Read more
Malaysia recovers 35 more migrant bodies
Malaysian rescuers have recovered the bodies of 35 more Indonesian migrants killed when their boat sank three days ago, along with another survivor, taking the toll in the disaster to 50, officials said on Sunday.
The survivor was recovered on Friday afternoon having spent more than a day in the water and was said to be in good health. Read more
Drogba scores hat-trick in Montreal victory
Didier Drogba scored a hat-trick in his second Major League Soccer match as he helped the Montreal Impact beat Chicago Fire 4-3 on Saturday.
The former Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker made an uneventful MLS debut two weeks ago but made up for that on Saturday when he scored in the first half, equalised at 3-3 in the 61st minute then grabbed the game-winner four minutes later. Read more
Saudi Arabia’s stock market slips on weak oil prices, Egypt edges up
Saudi Arabia’s stock market slipped in early trade on Sunday, tracking weak oil prices, while Egypt’s bourse edged up, supported by positive news.
The main Saudi stock index edged down 0.3 per cent and petrochemicals heavyweight Saudi Basic Industries fell 0.7 per cent after oil prices, which affect the company’s margins, fell about 2 per cent on Friday. Read more
Europe tracks army of 30,000 migrant smugglers
With the world still reeling from images of a drowned Syrian boy, European authorities say it is their top priority to fight an army of an estimated 30,000 people-smuggling suspects blamed for such tragedies.
Officials say the deadly business that may be worth billions of dollars is preying on the sheer desperation of growing numbers of people fleeing war and poverty in places like Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Somalia. Read more
Ukrainians Say They Face Torture, Show Trials in Russia
Yuri Yatsenko says he deliberately smashed his head on a toilet before the men he believes were Russian secret service operatives entered his interrogation room and beat him.
“They’re careful to hit you so no bruises are left,” the 24-year-old Ukrainian told NBC News. “This way, I at least had something to show the medics.” Read more
G4S accused of ‘torturing inmates to death’ in South Africa
On a cold winter day in 2005, inmate Isaac Nelani asked wardens at South Africa’s Mangaung prison, run by British security firm G4S, for an extra blanket to keep him warm. The prison walls emitted a chill that crept into his joints and bones.
Why Mr Nelani had been placed in an isolation cell in Mangaung’s notorious “Broadway” section remains a mystery. The prisoner himself is no longer around to connect the dots, because he died under suspicious circumstances that cold day on 18 May 2005. Read more
Migrant crisis: UN calls for emergency evacuation of 17,000 refugees on Lesbos
More than 17,000 refugees are living rough in and around the island’s main port of Mytilini, waiting for the Greek authorities to issue them with travel permits that would allow them to board ferries to Athens and from there journey through the Balkans to northern Europe.
The Greek authorities’ response to the crisis has been woefully inadequate. Read more
German film portrays Ukraine conflict through local voices
German film director Georg Genoux went as a volunteer to eastern Ukrainian city of Mykolaivka last November to film ordinary people talking about the Ukraine conflict and to help the city destroyed by shelling.
Based on his interviews with local residents, Genoux created “Fear in Ukraine”, shown at the Sopot non-fiction Festival of Documentary Theatre in northern Poland that ended this weekend. Read more
Australia to take more Syrian refugees, wants “security response”
Australia will accept more refugees from camps bordering Syria and Iraq and “is open” to providing more financial assistance, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday, while adding that a “strong security response” was needed for the region.
The Australian government is due to make a decision within the week on whether to join air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria, having been part of the operation in Iraq since last year. Read more