Sabinews Midday News Update for September 16, 2015
Conduct Bureau files 13-count corruption charge against Saraki
The Code of Conduct Bureau has filed a thirteen-count corruption charge against Senate President, Dr Olusola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The charge was filed on September 11, 2015 Deputy Director in the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, M.S Hassan. Read more
Don’t accept Fayose’s rams, Imams tell Muslims
The League of Imams and Alfas in Ekiti has ordered Muslims in the state not to collect rams and other food items for Sallah celebration, if presented to them in any form by the state government.
The League reached the decision at a meeting held on Tuesday at Ansar-u-Deen Society Central Mosque Odo-Otu, Ado Ekiti, where it reviewed the “deliberate marginalisation of Muslim members in Ekiti State Government’s political appointment.” Read more
AAG failure: Dream Team not ready to compete – Siasia
Dream Team VI coach, Samson Siasia, has said his team is not ready to compete, hinting that he will shop for new players following Tuesday’s shocking 1-3 defeat to Burkina Faso in the semi final of the ongoing All African Games in Congo Brazzaville.
The Young Stallions will now meet Senegal in the final of the competition. Read more
Borno’s N4.5bn tower in Abuja to be completed in six months
A seven-storey investment building being built by the Borno State Government in Abuja is expected to be completed in six months time, contractors handling the project told Governor Kashim Shettima on Tuesday at the construction site.
The project, the tallest in its neighborhood, was awarded by Shettima’s administration on January 2, 2014 at the cost of N4.5 billion, with deadline set for July 2, 2016. Read more
Shortage of long-term finance hampers growth in Nigeria, others, says W’Bank
A new World Bank report has revealed that shortage of long-term financing since the 2008 global financial crisis has choked investment-backed growth of companies in developing countries and hampered ability of credit-worthy families to borrow for education and housing needs.
According to the report, the use of long-term financing by small and medium enterprises in developing countries fell by almost half since the 2008 credit crunch, leading to concerns among international policymakers. Read more
Buhari appoints Abonyi as registrar of EHORECON
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Dominic Abonyi, as Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON).
This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Kehinde Openibo, Head, Press and Public Communications of the council, in Abuja on Wednesday. Read more
1,029,102 votes declared counter 293,072 voters accredited for Rivers Guber – INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said that only 293,072 voters were accredited for the April 11 governorship election in Rivers.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that a total number of 1,029, 102 votes was declared by the returning officer for the election, Mr Faraday Osasere Oruwese, with the PDP candidate, Nyesom Wike, emerging as winner. Read more
Delta gov poll: Tribunal rejects INEC’s documents
The Delta State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has rejected the documents sought to be tendered as exhibits by a witness from the Independent National Electoral Commission in defence of the declaration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as the winner of the April 11 governorship poll in Delta State.
The tribunal, sitting in Asaba, had subpoenaed a staff member of INEC in Delta State, Mrs. Mercy Ehikhametalo, at Okowa’s request, to back his ongoing defence of his victory before the tribunal. Read more
Tension in Asaba over N5bn Airport loan
Youths from Asaba and environs on Tuesday threatened to disrupt socio-economic activities at Asaba Airport if acceptable account was on N5bn loan secured for the rehabilitation of the airport.
The youth, who spoke under the aegis of Concerned Asaba Youths, issued threat in a statement signed by their Chairman, Mr. Emeka Okonta, and Secretary, Mr. Jude Iwoha. Read more
Police parade 43 MASSOB members in Anambra
The Anambra State Police Command On Monday paraded 43 members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, saying they were arrested in different parts of the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Hosea Karma, said 15 of them were arrested in Ogbaru Local Council while 28 others were arrested in Nnewi Council Area. Read more
Ezekwesili knocks Al-Makura over alleged assault on woman
A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has demanded a public apology from the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, over an alleged manhandling of a woman, Lois Iorvihi, and her siblings, Joi and Jerry, on their way from Makurdi to Abuja.
Some members of Al-Makura’s convoy were alleged to have beaten up Lois and her brothers for allegedly obstructing the governor’s convoy on Saturday. Read more
Ballon d’Or ceremony set for January 11, 2016
The winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or will be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on January 11, 2016, FIFA announced on Wednesday.
Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won the award for football’s world player of the year last year, but his old rival Lionel Messi will hope to wrestle the prize back after an outstanding year with Barcelona. Read more
Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe summons MPs after speech mix-up
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has summoned MPs to a special session, a day after he read out the wrong speech at the opening of parliament.
Mr Mugabe, 91, is expected to deliver the correct speech during Wednesday’s extraordinary meeting. Read more
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe plans law for public officials to declare assets
President Robert Mugabe’s government will introduce a law in Zimbabwe’s parliament that requires senior public officials to declare assets as part of measures to tackle corruption.
Critics and the opposition accuse Mugabe of turning a blind eye to graft, especially among his close allies and ministers, and say endemic corruption is one reason that foreign companies are not investing in the Southern African nation. Read more
Ugandans labouring at All Africa Games
Fortune favours the brave, so goes a saying. In Uganda’s situation at the ongoing All Africa Games in Congo-Brazzaville, one could sum it up as fortune favouring the well-prepared. Ill-preparations ahead of the games is taking a toll as Ugandan athletes continue to struggle for medals.
Ordinarily, Uganda’s two bronze medals so far – courtesy of badminton player Edwin Ekiring and boxer Kennedy Katende – does not paint a bad picture. But, it pales in comparison to Uganda’s performance in the previous games edition in Maputo, Mozambique. Read more
Top brewer sets sights on SABMiller
Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, has informed rival SABMiller that it intends to make an offer to acquire the British firm, although no proposal has yet been forthcoming.
SABMiller, the world’s No. 2 brewer, said in a brief statement on Wednesday it had been informed that AB Inbev intended to make a proposal but it didn’t have any further information about the terms. Read more
SA app wants to bury shopping till slips
A new application hopes that South Africans will bury paper till slips to make smartphones more integral to the e-shopping environment.
PocketSlip is an application that records your shopping expenses, much like a digital till slip.
“We have been speaking about the paperless environment for ages and PocketSlip will be another chip off the block of ‘paper mountain’,” CEO Brett Lowe told Fin24. Read more
Cote d’Ivoire president urges those in exile to return “without fear”
Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday urged his fellow citizens who fled to neighbouring countries during the 2010-2011 post-election violence to return to the country “without fear.”
The president who was speaking during a visit to the eastern region of Tiapoum, said Cote d’Ivoire needed the contribution of all of its citizens in the development process. Read more
Kenya intensifies tourism marketing efforts in West Africa
The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has intensified its marketing efforts in the West African region and parts of the UAE.
This is part of the board’s marketing strategy that sees more focus on Africa and other growing markets like the UAE. Read more
Cops foil robbery, shoot two robbers in Limpopo
Limpopo police shot and injured two suspected robbers and foiled a cash loan business robbery in Giyani on Tuesday.
The police pounced after receiving a tip-off that the company was being targeted. Read more
Work resumes on S.Africa’s Kusile power station after fatality
South Africa’s state-owned energy utility Eskom said on Wednesday that work has resumed at a power station where a crane collapsed on Monday killing one person.
“We resumed work this morning at Kusile power station after a safety inspection on Tuesday,” Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe told Reuters. Read more
Burundi: Over 100 Arrested in 1 Province Amid Rebel Fears
The governor of a province in central Burundi says more than 100 men have been arrested in two days by security forces trying to prevent men from being recruited to fight the government.
Gitega Gov. Venant Manirambona said Wednesday that the men were arrested Tuesday and Wednesday while trying to relocate to the southern areas of the country. Read more
U.N. calls for special court to prosecute Sri Lanka war crimes
Sri Lankan government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels “most likely” committed war crimes including mass killings of civilians during their long conflict that should be prosecuted by a special court with international judges, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
Despite pledges by the new government of President Maithripala Sirisena to pursue accountability domestically, the criminal justice system is not up to the huge task alone, said the report by the U.N. human rights office. Read more
Afghan Taliban says leadership dispute resolved
The Afghan Taliban has said that a major dispute undermining the movement has been resolved, after relatives of the militant group’s late leader, Mullah Omar, pledged support for his appointed successor Mullah Mansour.
The relatives could not be contacted directly, but a close aide to Omar’s son confirmed that the agreement had been celebrated at a secret ceremony after Mansour accepted a list of eight demands. Read more
Islamic State Syria advance pushes France to begin air strikes
Islamic State fighters have made considerable progress near the contested northern Syrian city of Aleppo and are threatening to rout core elements of Western-backed Syrian rebel forces there, France’s defence minister said on Wednesday.
The Islamist militant group launched an offensive in northern Aleppo province last month, in a blow to the rebels in an area where the United States and Turkey are planning to open a new front against the movement. Read more
Yemeni government returns to Aden after months in exile-spokesman
Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah arrived in Aden on Wednesday, his spokesman said, advancing efforts to re-establish an administration on home soil after months working from exile with Gulf Arab allies to battle Houthi control of the country.
Government spokesman Rajeh Badi said Bahah, who is also vice president, was accompanied by seven ministers when he arrived in Aden, where local fighters backed by Saudi-led forces drove the Houthi movement out in July. Read more
Tony Abbott says he will remain in parliament while he ponders future
Tony Abbott has signalled he intends to remain in parliament after his ousting as prime minister, but kept his options open as he came to terms with the “tumultuous” events.
Abbott has maintained a low profile after being rolled by Malcolm Turnbull on Monday, remaining out of the House of Representatives chamber and staying away from the cameras except for his final brief statement in the prime minister’s courtyard on Tuesday. Read more
Rail traffic halted between Austrian hub and Germany
Rail traffic between the Austrian city of Salzburg and Germany has been halted in both directions on the orders of the German authorities, the Austrian rail company OeBB said on Wednesday.
Extra border checks have caused cancellations and delays on the line from Salzburg, the last Austrian city on the route to Germany for many of the thousands of migrants who have been streaming through southeastern Europe in recent weeks. Read more
Fifth of Syrians say ISIS are the Good Guys
A fifth of Syrians believe that Islamic State (ISIS) is a positive influence on the world, a shock survey has revealed today.
The disturbing result raises fears that Europe is wide open to terrorists and Islamist extremists, with thousands of Syrians flooding into the continent every day. Read more