Sabinews Midday news update for July 19, 2015
DSS Explains Search On Dasuki’s Residences
The Department of State Services ( DSS) has said that the search conducted on former National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki’s residences was to prevent treasonable felony against the state.
This is contained in a statement issued and signed by one of the service operatives, Mr Tony Opuiyo in Abuja on Sunday. DSS operatives had on Thursday stormed the houses of the former NSA both in Abuja and Sokoto which led to about 24-hour stand-off between them and soldiers guarding his residence in Abuja. Read more
Jega Wins International Democracy Award
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) will honour former Chairman Attahiru Jega of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) with its 2015 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award. They will receive the award at a special ceremony co-chaired by IFES Board Director and Baker & Hostetler LLP Partner Ambassador Tom McDonald and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP Partner June L. DeHart on September 29, in Washington D.C. Read more
House Of Representatives Postpones Resumption
The House of Representatives on Saturday, postponed its resumption date, which was earlier scheduled for July 21, 2015, tol Tuesday, July 28, 2015
This was contained in a statement signed by Mr M.A Sano-Omolori, Clerk House of Representatives issued in Abuja. Read more
Ekwunife Advocates For Change In Ministerial Appointments
The lawmaker representing Anambra Central Senatorial Zone, Senator Uche Ekwunife, has advocated for a female Minister to head the Federal Ministry of Works, even as she wants a man to supervise the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
Addressing party faithful during Stakeholders meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for Anambra Central senatorial zone in Awka yesterday, Senator Ekwunife argued that women have shown capacity in various political offices they have held in the past to be entrusted with bigger responsibility of Minister for Works in the country. Read more
Senator Blames Jonathan For PDP’s Woes
A stalwart of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Borno State and former National Assembly Liaison Adviser to late President Umaru Ya’Adua, Sen. Abba Aji, has accused the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan of allegedly “destroying the party for selfish interests” before handing over to the new government.
Abba Aji, who was defending his decision to defect from PDP to the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Maiduguri Saturday, told newsmen in an interactive session that the former president knew the future of the party was glaringly bleak for months before elections. Read more
Senator Tasks Buhari On Electricity Supply, Hails EEDC
SENATOR representing Enugu East on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the National Assembly, Gilbert Nnaji, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to distance himself from the forces that almost sabotaged the good intentions of his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan in the power sector, “in order not to repeat the same mistakes made by the last administration.”
Nnaji also hailed the readiness of President Buhari to consolidate on Jonathan’s policies in several sectors, especially the energy, which, he said, was an indication that the perennial problem of epileptic electricity supply in the country would soon end. Read more
25 Children Undergoing Open Heart Surgeries At UNTH, Enugu
Twenty-five children drawn from various parts of the country are currently undergoing heart surgeries at the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State.
Of the number, three are from the Kanu Nwankwo Heart Foundation, while others were referred from various hospitals across the country. Read more
Ambode Pledges To Sponsor Annual Lagos International Badminton Classics
sponsor the Lagos International Badminton Classics competition during his term in office.
The governor made the promise at the closing ceremony of the 2nd International Badminton Classics held at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Yaba. “Lagos State Government will continue to sponsor this tournament as long as I am the governor of the state. Read more
ExxonMobil Sacks 150 Staff, 40 Drivers In Akwa Ibom
No fewer than 150 contract staff and 40 drivers have been sacked by Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) Unlimited, operators of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (MPN/NNPC) Joint Venture in Akwa Ibom.
Some of the victims who spoke with the newsmen in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom over the weekend described the development as extremely devastating. They lamented incessant sack of indigenous workers by the oil giant, while workers from other states are brought in on daily basis. Read more
Gunmen Abduct Odi Compensation Fund Chairman
Gunmen have abducted Professor Daukiye Zibokere, the Chairman of Odi N15 billion Compensation Fund Disbursement Committee in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
He teaches agricultural engineering at the state-owned Niger Delta University (NDU), Wilberforce Island. It was gathered that the bandits stormed Zibokere’s residence at Odi in the early hours of Friday and took him away to an unknown place. Read more
I still cook for my husband — Aisha Buhari
Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, yesterday, said that despite her present status, she still cooks her husband’s food. She gave the revelation at a party she organised for children drawn from different parts of the country in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to mark the Eid-el-Fitri celebration at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Buhari wants to investigate, malign and imprison Jonathan – Niger-Delta group
A Niger-Delta group, Vanguards of Nigeria’s Democracy, on Saturday decried alleged moves by the current administration of President Buhari to “investigate, malign and imprison” ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan on trumped-up charges.
The group alleged that the President and his team as well as his party, APC, were clearly moving against the interest of the Niger-Delta people, alleging that Buhari was devising ways to deal with the region and its people unjustly. Read more
China deports tourists for watching ‘terrorism’ videos
China has deported a group 20 foreign tourists from Britain, South Africa and India for watching video clips that allegedly advocated terrorism and religious extremism, the official state media reported.
At least two of the tourists, however, said they were actually just watching a documentary about the 13th century Mongol leader Genghis Khan. Read more
Militants kill three Egypt soldiers in Sinai attack
Three Egyptian soldiers were killed in a rocket attack on a checkpoint by Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, the military said in a statement.
The official MENA news agency had earlier reported five soldiers killed, quoting security officials.
The discrepancy could not immediately be explained as journalists have limited access to the restive peninsula where jihadists are waging a deadly insurgency. Read more
Anti-Islam rallies, counter-protests flare in Australia
Rival anti-Islam and anti-racism rallies saw hundreds protest across Australia at the weekend with violent clashes in Melbourne, as police officers mounted a strong presence in cities Sunday to keep the two sides apart.
About 100 anti-Islam protesters from the Reclaim Australia and United Patriots Front groups waved the national flag and yelled chants at a rally in Sydney Sunday, with signs declaring “Say no to Sharia” and “Immigration is the elephant in the room”. Read more
Two injured in Gaza multiple car explosions
Two people have been injured in multiple car explosions in northern Gaza City, Palestinian security sources said.
The sources said six explosions took place at same time on Sunday morning in the Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood. The cars belonged to officials of Islamic Jihad, Hamas and its armed wing, the Qassam Brigades. Read more
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