Sabinews Daily Morning News Update for December 13, 2014
Cameroon kills 180 Boko Haram insurgents
Cameroon soldiers have killed no fewer than 180 militants suspected to be members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, in the north of the country, a military source said yesterday.
The insurgents were eliminated during an attack at Amchide in the north bordering Nigeria Thursday night around 8p.m., the Chinese news agency, Xinhua, reported. Read more
Buhari’s running mate emerges Monday
General Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in next year’s presidential election will likely emerge on Monday or Tuesday, it was gathered yesterday.
General Buhari was picked to fly the flag of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s national convention in Lagos on Thursday following which leaders launched into strategic meetings to decide on his running mate. Read more
Ebola: NMA Charges Doctors, Health Workers to be on Guard
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) yesterday in Enugu asked doctors and other health workers not to rest on their oars in the war against the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) despite the certification of Nigeria as Ebola free by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Chairman of the NMA in Enugu, Dr George Ugwu gave the charge during the association’s 2014 Physician’s Week with the theme “Victory against Ebola in Nigeria: Lessons Leant and other applications” held at the Toscana hotels, Enugu. Read more
Group protests planned privatisation of water in Lagos
Human rights activists in Nigeria joined their counterparts in Manila, Boston and Nagpur to kick against an alleged plan by the Lagos State government to privatise water through a loan to be sourced from the World Bank just as they alleged that over 18 million Lagos residents, forming about 90 per cent lacks daily access to clean and safe water.
In the one week activities tagged “International Week of Action, No to Water Privatisation,” Akinbode Oluwafemi, Director, Corporate Campaigns, Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth, Nigeria, accused the International Financial Corporation (IFC) of connivance with Lagos State government to privatise water in the state and thus expose residents to untold hardship. Read more
Court Strikes Out PDP’s Suit Seeking to Remove Amaechi, Kwankwaso, Others
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday struck out the suit filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), seeking to remove four governors who defected from the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Justice Gabriel Kolawole, in a ruling that lasted about two hours, held that the suit’s originating processes were invalid on the grounds that they were wrongly issued and served on the defendants. Read more
Committee Recommends Measures to Crash Air Fares, Multiple Charges by Airlines
The Minister of Aviation, Mr. Osita Chidoka has hinted that passengers’ air fare charges may be reviewed downward, following the recommendation of a committee on aeronautical fare disparities, which submitted its report yesterday.
Chidoka spoke in Abuja, while receiving the report from the committee set up a month ago to review all aeronautical charges at the airport. Read more
FG Laments FHA’s Under-achievement in Housing
The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi, has lamented the lack lustre performance of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), since its establishment by the federal government 40 years ago.
According to her, FHA’s mandate as a vehicle for affordable housing delivery especially for the less privileged and low income earners was yet to be met, adding that the authority was only able to build 37,000 housing units across the country, an average of less than 1000 houses per annum. Read more
Chibok girls make AFP’s 10 most influential 2014 figures in the world
The kidnapped Chibok girls were yesterday listed by the French Press agency , AFP, as among the most influential people of 2014.
Russian President Vladimir Putin tops the list in a year marked by seismic conflicts in Europe and the Middle East and scarred by episodes of extreme brutality. Read more
Dangir Emerges As ACPN’s Presidential Candidate
Rev Abanitus Dangir yesterday emerged as the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) at its national convention held in Abuja.
The convention which had two presidential aspirants had the second, Mrs Bose Ojealaro stepping down for Dangir. She pledged her support for him to win the 2015 presidential election. Read more
NDE Empowers 300 Physically Challenged Persons with N3m
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Nasarawa said more than 300 physically challenged persons had benefited from its N3 million Special Micro Empowerment Scheme (SMES2014) this year.
The NDE Coordinator in the state, Mr Monday Dalyop, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Keffi Local Government Area of the state that the agency introduced the SMES2014 to reduce poverty among unemployed youths, unskilled, semi-skilled and vulnerable persons. Read more
Jubilations in Mubi as Emir Returns
There were jubilations in Mubi town, Adamawa State as the Emir of Mubi, Alhaji Abubakar Isa Ahmadu, on Friday returned to his Palace after two months exile occasioned by the Boko Haram insurgent attacks on the city.
The insurgents had invaded the town and destroyed the Mubi International Market along with several Churches, sacked the palace and hoisted their flag there. Read more
SURE-P GIS trains 100 graduates in Edo
One hundred graduates recruited under the Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS) component of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) have been trained on how to develop work habits.
The employability orientation training was organized by the Federal Ministry of Finance to enable interns optimize their internship period by developing useful skills and positive work habits. Read more
Danny Shittu Shines in Millwall Win
Ex-Nigeria defender Danny Shittu shone like a million stars as Millwall defeated hosts Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 on Friday in an English Championship game.
Millwall are now 17th on the league table with 23 points from 21 games. Read more
Indonesia: Landslide in Java kills 8 and leaves 100 missing
At least eight people have been killed and more than 100 are missing in Indonesia’s main island of Javafollowing a landslide triggered by torrential rain.
At least 100 homes have been swept away by the mudslide in the Indonesian village of Jemblung in Banjarnegara district as emergency workers are engaged in a rescue mission. Read more
Prime minister of Haiti willing to resign, president says
President Michel Martelly said Friday night that he accepted all the findings of a report this week from a government-appointed commission, including its recommendation that the prime minister resign.
During a brief televised speech, Martelly said Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe was prepared to make a sacrifice and resign, although he did not say that Lamothe would step down. Lamothe was at the announcement but did not speak. Read more
Wife of Thailand’s Crown Prince gives up her royal status
The wife of Thailand’s Crown Prince has relinquished her royal title, the kingdom’s palace said on Saturday, the first official confirmation of her fall from grace after a string of relatives were arrested in a police corruption scandal.
“The king has granted permission to announce that Princess Srirasmi, the wife of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, has informed in a written document that she has resigned from her royal status,” the palace said in a statement. Read more
New York protesters ‘blow the whistle’ at police stations
Demonstrators staged mass “whistle-blowing” rallies outside police stations across New York City on Friday to start a second weekend of planned protests against the killing of an unarmed black man by a white patrolman.
In Harlem, about three dozen protesters marched past public housing projects where they say police abuse is particularly pervasive before rallying outside a local police station house. There, the crowd blew metal whistles, piercing the cold air with the high-pitch shrill. Read more
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