Sabinews Midday News Update for July 29, 2015
Buhari will be probed – PDP lawmaker
The lawmaker representing Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo federal constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Linus Okorie has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to get ready for probe as soon as he leaves office.
Okorie reminded Buhari of the natural law of ‘what goes around comes around,’ stressing that if Buhari decides to be unfair to his predecessor, he should expect similar treatment from his successor. Read more
Senate ready to block leakages, reduce oil theft
The Nigeria Senate on Tuesday stated that it will make laws that would revert the nation back to financial buoyancy once again.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki said this in his address to welcome Senators back from recess. Read more
Nigeria LNG to take delivery of four carrier ships this year -CEO
Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) expects to take delivery of four LNG carrier ships before year-end and another two next year, its chief executive said, positioning the state-backed gas exporter to expand its share of the growing market.
NLNG signed agreements with South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2013 to acquire six LNG carrier ships, costing more than $1.2 billion, to boost its fleet of 23. Read more
Taming Nasarawa’s Violence
The Federal Government has reversed the decision by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board to allow candidates that applied to universities with surplus applicants for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations to be reassigned to other universities with lower number of applicants than their capacities.
The policy had been trailed by protests in parts of the country. Read more
Boko Haram: Why Borno cannot be rebuilt in 20 years – Senator Abba Aji
Following the devastation done to Borno State by Boko Haram militants in more than three-quarters of its territory, the State cannot be rebuilt in the next 20 years, unless radical measures with marshal plans are put in place, a former senator, Dr. Mohammed Abba-Aji has said.
He said the Boko Haram insurgency, which equals civil war , needs an ‘after-war-policy’ for rebuilding, reconstruction and rehabilitation, like that which was executed after the Nigerian civil war in 1970, or a Ministry for the North east region similar to that of the Niger-Delta’s. Read more
UN expert urges FG to ban importation, use of asbestos
Mr Urs Wagner, Senior International Environmental Expert in the United Nations, has called on the Federal Government to ban the importation of asbestos into Nigeria to curb toxic threats to human health.
He made the call at a two-day National Stakeholders Training Workshop on the “Environmental Sound Management of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)” in Abuja on Tuesday. Read more
Nigerian to be deported from UK after serving jail term for rape
A 38-year-old Nigerian, Olaoluwa Ibrahim has been handed eight and a half years jail term after he attacked and raped a woman in the street of London.
The convict was said to have approached his victim as she got off a night bus in Maida Vale after spending the evening with some friends in central London. Read more
Siasia to ‘go for the kill’ against Congo
Head coach of Nigeria’s U23 team, Samson Siasia insists his wards will be going for an outright win against Congo in Sunday’s 2016 men’s Olympic football qualifier.
Nigeria’s Dream Team VI beat Congo 2-1 in the first leg 2-1 in Port Harcourt on July 19 and will progress to the next round of qualifying if they avoid defeat in Pointe-Noire on August 2. Read more
Tullow set to begin Kenya oil production by 2020
Tullow Oil has announced it expects to produce oil for the first time in Kenya by 2020.
The announcement made through its 2015 half year report puts to rest speculations that had earlier suggested Kenya would start producing oil by 2017. Read more
Egypt’s Central Bank to hold Rates amid Inflation Concern: Survey
Egypt’s central bank is expected to keep interest rates on hold on Thursday with inflation still in double digits, despite lower global commodity prices.
Four of five economists surveyed by Reuters said they expected the bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) would keep its overnight rates unchanged at 9.75 percent for lending and 8.75 percent for deposits at its meeting. Read more
Shabba leads by example- Motaung
Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung says the newly appointed captain Siphiwe Tshabalala understands the culture of the club.
Shabba joined AmaKhosi from Free State Stars in 2007 scoring 41 goals and appearing 286 times. Read more
Iran has ‘no concern’ about nuclear deal
Iran’s foreign minister moved on Tuesday to dismiss speculation that his country’s nuclear deal with major powers could hit difficulties, saying he had “no concern or worry” about its implementation.
Mohammad Javad Zarif’s remarks came during a news conference with visiting European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, as they seek to ensure that the agreement swiftly takes effect. Read more
Moroccan Teenager wins The National Youth Award
Morocco makes presence in Los Rosales neighborhood in Spain. Hajar Koudad Kasmi, a 16 year-old Moroccan teenager was proudly awarded with The National Youth Award 2015 in ‘intercultural communications’ for her excellence in bettering relationships amongst different communities.
Hajar is now considered a role model. The Columbares Association nominated Hajar in this national competition. Columbares explains on their Facebook page why they chose her. The Association developed a project in 2014 to facilitate effective integration. Hajar stood out for her commitment to support multiculturalism and the coexistence of diverse communities in Los Rosales. Read more
Kurdish rebels targeted in Turkish airstrikes
Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq in a new raid against a separatist group, authorities have said.
The military operation came as Turkey’s opposition pro-Kurdish party called for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of peace efforts. Read more
Slaves including raped women and 26 children rescued from Communist rebel camp in Peru
Peruvian soldiers have rescued almost 40 men, women and children kept prisoner for up to three decades by a Communist rebel group.
In an operation lasting nine days that ended on Sunday, the 26 children and 13 adults were taken from “production camps” controlled by the Shining Path in the crime-riddled VRAEM region. Read more
Slaughter of half a million animals halted as Nepal temple’s traditional sacrifice banned
The lives of up to half a million animals have been spared after officials banned a traditional sacrifice at a temple in southern Nepal.
Gadhimai temple, in Bara district, attracts millions of pilgrims from India and Nepal every five years for the Gadhimai festival in which hundreds of thousands of animals are slaughtered. Read more
23 missing in Laos military helicopter accident
The Lao News Agency says 23 people have been missing after a Laotian army helicopter had an accident after leaving the capital on Monday.
State-owned news agency KPL said Wednesday that four crew members and 19 passengers were on the helicopter that lost communication with the aviation control center shortly after it took off from Vientiane. Read more
Strife between defendant, lawyers at German neo-Nazi trial
A Munich court has refused to order a criminal investigation into claims by a woman accused of complicity in 10 neo-Nazi murders that her attorneys violated her privacy.
It is the latest development in an ongoing spat between Beate Zschaepe and her three court-appointed lawyers. Read more
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