Sabinews Midday News Update for August 31, 2015
DSS Arrests 20 Suspected Boko Haram Chiefs
Nigeria’s security agency said on Sunday it had made significant breakthroughs in the fight against Boko Haram and arrested 20 prominent members of the militant Islamist group accused of orchestrating deadly attacks.
President Muhammadu Buhari has made halting Boko Haram’s six-year-old insurgency a priority, but a Reuters tally shows the militants have killed more than 700 people in Nigeria in bomb attacks and shootings since he came to office on May 29. Read more
Diarrhoea breaks out in Maiduguri IDP camps
The Borno Ministry of Health on Friday said that over 500 cases of Diarrhea and vomiting had been recorded in 22 Internally Displaced Persons’ Camps in the state capital.
The Director Medical Response and Humanitarian Services, Dr Muhammad Guluze, who stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri, however said that no death had been recorded so far Read more
Emergency EU meeting called to tackle refugee crisis
European Union home affairs ministers will hold emergency talks on September 14 in Brussels on the continent’s escalating refugee crisis, the Luxembourg government has said.
“The situation of migration phenomena outside and inside the European Union has recently taken unprecedented proportions,” a statement from Luxembourg, which holds the EU’s six-month rotating presidency, said on Sunday.
“In order to assess the situation on the ground, the political actions under way and to discuss the next steps in order to strengthen the European response, the Luxembourg Minister for Immigration and Asylum Jean Asselborn decided to convene an extraordinary JHA [justice and home affairs] council,” the statement said Read more
“It’s unfair to fault Buhari’s appointments”
The Anglican Bishop of Minna Diocese Rt. Reverend Daniel Yisa has called on Nigerians to give President Muhammadu Buhari a free hand to choose the right persons that he considers capable and upright that can can work with him and move the country forward.
Bishop Yisa made his stand known while addressing Journalists during the Silver Jubilee anniversary of Minna Diocese of the Anglican Church of Nigeria on Sunday adding that since the President is not binded constitutionally on the caliber of People to work with, it will be unfair to blame President Buhari for the appointments made so far. Read more
Nigeria defeat Senegal to reach Afrobasket final
Nigeria’s men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, took a giant step towards qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics on Saturday night in Rades, Tunisia.
They defeated their Senegalese opponent 88-79 in overtime to reach their first FIBA finals. By the victory, they have now avenged their 2013 defeat by Senegal. They will now meet either of Tunisia or Angola on Sunday. Read more
Monorail project: Probe panel charged to invite Wike, Ikuru
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Rivers State Government to investigate the alleged sale of valued assets and other related matters, under the administration of former Governor Chibuike Amaechi, has been challenged to summon the state Governor, Nyesom Wike and former Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Ikuru, over the Monorail project embarked upon by the Ameachi administration.
The Commission, which began its hearing on Monday, August 24, 2015, had invited Amaechi alongside other individuals to appear before the Commission to offer explanations on the Monorail project. Read more
Afrobasket2015 – Moncho Lopez Optimistic to Win 12th African Title
The coach of the national basketball team of Angola, Moncho Lopez, said he was convinced of winning the final of Afrobasket2015 against Nigeria on Sunday at 09:00 pm.
The coach, who was pleased with the victory of Angola over Tunisia in Saturday semi-final, said to bear in his mind and that of his athletes that Angola may win the 12th African title and therefore qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. Read more
Nigeria Suffered Worst Economic Plunder During PDP Admin – Presidency
The presidency on Saturday advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop playing down achievements so far recorded by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This is contained in a statement in Abuja by the president’s Senior Special Assistant, Media, Malam Garba Shehu. Shehu said the PDP should rather bury its head in shame for subjecting Nigeria to the “worst economic plunder through corruption” in its recent history. Read more
Indigenous Energy Firm Incurs Financial Losses
SEVEN Energy, the indigenous Nigerian oil and gas company, has released a disappointing set of results for the six months ended June 30.
The loss comes amid lowering oil revenues. According to the company, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and exploration expenses (EBITDAX) for the period were $66 million down from $96 million in the same period last year. Read more
Fulani herdsmen kill three, injured several others in Delta.
The conflict between Fulani herdsmen and residents of Okuke, a satellite village at Amorji in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State, have left three persons dead and two others badly injured.
DAILY POST gathered that the people of the community had over the last three years, accused the herdsmen of destroying their farmlands and terrorizing them. An indigene of the community, who didn’t want his identity disclosed, said the Amorji community had constituted a 15-man delegation to meet with the herdsmen for a peace talk, as they, the herdsmen, had earlier threatened to chase the residents out of Okuke, their abode. Read more
Congregation chases pastor from church for impregnating member
There was commotion on Sunday at the United Methodist Church, Mafoluku, in the Oshodi area of Lagos as members of the church rejected their pastor and chased him away for allegedly impregnating his housemaid.
It was learnt that the pastor, Barkuma Andrew, was stopped from leading the church seven months ago when the housemaid, who was also a member of the church, Grace, had complications after aborting the pregnancy. Read more
Dad of slain US journalist to do ‘whatever it takes’ to end gun violence
The parents of a young US journalist who was murdered on live television along with her cameraman say they will dedicate their energies to fighting gun violence in America.
Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot to death in a horrifying attack while doing a live interview on August 26. The gunman, disgruntled former reporter Vester Flanagan, fatally shot himself a few hours later. Read more
Austria clamps down by border to catch migrant smugglers
EU member state Austria has tightened controls on motorways near the Hungarian border, where an abandoned lorry was found last week containing 71 dead migrants, four of them children.
The measure, which was put in place late on Sunday, involves increased controls on traffic in Burgenland state which will be carried out in close collaboration with the Hungarian, Slovakian and German authorities. Read more
Thai police give themselves reward for bomb suspect arrest
Thailand’s police chief announced Monday he was handing his own officers a reward of some $84,000 for apprehending a man who has been charged in connection with this month’s deadly Bangkok bomb blast.
Police General Somyot Poompanmoung held up three million baht in cash in tightly stacked notes which he said would be distributed amongst his men following the arrest of a foreign man on Saturday. Read more
Obama tries to strike a balance in Alaska
Barack Obama arrives in Alaska on Monday for a trip aimed at highlighting the pace of climate change. But not everyone in this oil-rich state is welcoming the US president with open arms.
Rising sea levels, shrinking glaciers, melting permafrost: the effects of climate change are stark in this vast but sparsely populated state. Read more
India’s top court suspends ban on Jains fasting to death
India’s Jain community scored a legal victory Monday when the Supreme Court temporarily lifted a ban on the traditional ritual of Santhara, or fasting to death.
Thousands of Jains protested across India last week after a court in the western state of Rajasthan ruled that Santhara was a form of suicide, which is illegal in India. Read more
Afghan Taliban admit covering up Mullah Omar’s death
The Taliban on Monday admitted covering up longtime leader Mullah Omar’s death for more than two years, saying he died in 2013 as was first claimed by the Afghan intelligence.
The group had continued as recently as July to release official statements in the name of Omar, who had not been seen in public since the Taliban were toppled from power in Kabul in 2001. Read more
CANADIANS, PAKISTANI AND NIGERIAN AMONG DEAD IN SAUDI FIRE
A Saudi official says three Canadians, a Pakistani and a Nigerian were among those killed in a fire that engulfed parts of a residential compound in the kingdom’s oil-rich east.
Regional civil defense spokesman Col. Ali bin Saad al-Qahtani also was quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency early Monday as saying that a total of 10 people died and 259 were injured in the blaze. Read more
Another boat accident claims seven lives off Libya
Seven illegal immigrants died on Sunday when a boat sank off Libya’s al-Khoms coast, according to the Libyan red crescent.
Reports have been received about seven bodies of illegal immigrants that washed ashore in Al-Khoms city, said Mohamed Al-Misrati, spokesman of the Libyan red crescent. No further details about the number of the immigrants on board are available, said Al-Misrati. The tragedy comes after a boat sank on Thursday off of Western Libya’s Zuwarah coast with 400 migrants on board while on its way to Europe. Nearly 200 illegal immigrants are feared dead. Read more
African press review 31 August 2015
The ‘world’s tallest man’ is in Zimbabwe; the hour of reckoning nears for Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, who fanned xenophobic attacks on Africans; and the Nigerian president has his daggers drawn with his predecessor over the fight against corruption. Read more
Ex-cop arrested in Mexican journalist’s slaying
Mexican authorities on Sunday arrested a former police officer in connection with the brutal slaying of a prominent photojournalist and four others in a case that sparked international outrage.
Police arrested a man “identified as Abraham Torres Tranquilino” for alleged involvement in the killing of Ruben Espinosa, rights activist Nadia Vera and three other female victims, Mexico City prosecutor Rodolfo Rios said in a statement. Espinosa and the other victims were found dead on July 31 this year in a Mexico City apartment, their hands bound and their bodies bearing signs of torture. Read more