Sabinews Midday News Update for July 16, 2015
Ebola: Lagos Alerts Residents
Following new confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia last week, the Lagos State Government has called on the residents of the state to maintain good personal hygiene practices as part of precautionary measures to prevent the reoccurrence of the deadly virus in the state and in Nigeria
According to the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Modele Osunkiyesi, the government has continued to enlighten the public toward ensuring Nigeria does not return to the list of countries affected by EVD. Read more
Court strikes out Kwankwaso’s case against EFCC
A Kano High Court yesterday struck out the application for a restraining order brought against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by former Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Justice Mohammed Yahya struck out the application on the grounds that the applicant filed for a discontinuation of the matter. The judge further ruled that the former governor should pay N50,000 as compensation to the commission. Read more
72-year-old activist, mechanic arraigned for kidnapping judge
A 72-year-old veteran journalist and rights activist, Pa Ahmed Adoke, and 41-year-old mechanic, Mr. John Sule, were on Wednesday arraigned by the Kogi State Police Command for allegedly kidnapping a state High Court judge, Justice Samuel Obayomi.
Adoke, who is said to be related to the immediate past Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, and Sule were arraigned before the Lokoja Chief Magistrate’s Court II presided over by Mr. Alhassan Husaini. They were alleged to have on May 25, along with others now at large, conspired, armed themselves with offensive weapons and kidnapped the judge. Read more
Our policies’ll boost economic ties with neighbouring countries — Ambode
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State says his administration is putting finishing touches to policies that will strengthen its economic ties with neighbouring countries, especially the French-speaking countries.
The governor said the policy was a strategy to expand the state’s frontiers to accommodate investors, adding that the government would ensure that such investments were secured. Ambode said this during a visit of the France Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer, to the Lagos House, Ikeja. Read more
George Bush falls, breaks neck bone
Former United States President George H W Bush has fallen at home in the US state of Maine and broken a bone in his neck.
Spokesman Jim McGrath said that the 91-year-old Bush was in stable condition and is doing “fine” after Wednesday’s fall. He said in a tweet that the 41st president will be in a neck brace. Read more
Redeemed Church curses B’Haram, says insurgency’ll end 2015
The Redeemed Christian Church of God has cursed Boko Haram, saying the group will be defeated before the end of the year.
The church’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Pastor Segun Adegbiji, said the church was concerned about the safety of its members and was increasing security measures around its parishes.
Adegbiji spoke on Wednesday at Redemption Camp in Ogun State, during a briefing on the church’s 63rd annual convention. The convention, which is themed, ‘The All Sufficient God’, will hold from August 3 to 9, 2015. Read more
Fayose hails Olonishakin
The Yaba College of Technology yesterday admitted 5,451 students for the 2015/2016 academic session.
Two thousand four hundred and sixteen students were admitted for Higher National Diploma programmes and 3,035 for National Diploma.
Addressing the matriculating students at the school hall, the Rector, Mrs. Margaret Ladipo urged the students to make good use of their admission. She warned them to abide by the oath of allegiance, which commits them to be of exemplary behaviour throughout their stay. Read more
Buhari, Obama to discuss terrorism, economy, other issues
AHEAD of his four-day official trip to the United States (U.S.)on Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with a former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku.
The duo held talks on the President’s pending visit at the meeting which held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. President Buhari, who is honouring an invitation from U.S. President Barrack Obama will leave Abuja on Sunday to Washington DC to hold high-level talks with President Obama and other senior officials of the U.S. Read more
11 Borno villagers feared killed in Boko Haram, military clash
ELEVEN residents were feared killed and several houses and shops torched when suspected Boko Haram gunmen in a convoy of four Toyota Hilux vehicles laden with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and petrol-bombs clashed with Nigerian Army troops at Ngamdu Village in Borno State along the Maiduguri-Damaturu Road.
A survivor of the clash, Hamidu Ibrahim, in a telephone interview yesterday in Maiduguri said most of the fleeing insurgents were however killed when they were pursued by the troops and their vehicles used in attacking the village destroyed. Read more
IBB to Buhari: change tactics against terrorists
Disturbed by the increasing insurgency in some parts of the North, former President Ibrahim Babangida yesterday advised the Presidency and the military to change tactics against Boko Haram.
He said the new approach by President Muhammadu Buhari and the military against Boko Haram must be holistic in such a way that the military will pound the enclaves of the sect day and night. He said strategic efforts and initiatives of the military at curtailing Boko Haram should “remain, most often, top secret”. Read more
28 soldiers die in Boko Haram, Tiv/Fulani clashes
The 72 Special Forces Battalion, Makurdi, Benue State yesterday counted its losses in the on-going battle against insurgents and the Tiv/Fulani and Agatu crisis in Benue State.
Commanding Officer Col. Timothy Lagbaja said the Battalion lost 28 soldiers to the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast and in Benue State in three years. Col. Lagbaja’s testimony came amidst report that the insurgents had again seized the Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway and invaded communities to attack villagers. Read more
How Boko Haram is killing businesses
The activities of Boko Haram have affected the manufacturing sector. From billions of dollars in financial losses by manufacturers to monumental decline in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and job losses, the economy is left gasping for breath. Assistant Editor CHIKODI OKEREOCHA writes that unless President Muhammadu Buhari halts the sect, more manufacturers, especially those in the Northeast, may quit
AT would probably go down as the most challenging period in its over 50 years operation in Nigeria. Between November, last year and April, this year, a period of six months, Lafarge Africa incurred financial losses of N2.5 billion as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast. The company, which recently merged with Switzerland-based Holcim, to create the most advanced building materials group, incured the heavy losses because it could not meet its sales projections due to the insecurity in the region. Read more
‘Fraudsters preying on scholarships, admissions seekers’
THE Federal Government has warned Nigerians against some fraudulent persons who are parading themselves as Federal Scholarship Board workers to defraud unsuspecting applicants and scholars.
Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary Dr. MacJohn Nwaobila, who spoke at a news conference in Abuja, said similar reports had been received on admissions into the Unity Colleges. Read more
PENGASSAN flays call for scrapping of NNPC
THE Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has faulted calls by Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai for the scrapping of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Its Acting General Secretary, Lumumba Okugbawa, in a statement on the governor’s comment in a paper he delivered at the Seventh Prof. Wole Soyinka Birthday Lecture on Monday, said instead of calling for NNPC to be killed, El-Rufai should have called for the insulation of the corporation from undue political interference. Read more
Omatseye urges end to impunity in oil sector
THE Nation Editorial Board Chairman, Mr. Sam Omatseye, has advocated a strong commitment to the rule of law to curb impunity in the oil sector, especially in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
He spoke at the Seventh Wole Soyinka Centre Media Lecture Series with the theme: “Nigeria and the Oil Misfortune” in Abuja on Monday.
Omatseye, who was against Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s call for NNPC to be scrapped, said: “If you say that you want to dissolve NNPC, you should be careful not to end up creating other forms of NNPC because the problem is not NNPC, the problem is Nigeria. NNPC did not create itself, Nigeria created NNPC; corruption in Nigeria created NNPC. Read more
Okogie blames NUC, society for rot in education
Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos Anthony Cardinal Okogie has blamed the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) and the society for the deficiencies in the education system.
He said negligence by the NUC was a major cause of corruption and improper behaviour by students and workers of higher institutions. Cardinal Okogie expressed concern about how the societal rot might affect the new Catholic Augustine University, which is to open for resumption in September. Read more
Singaporean Bitcoin Exchange BitX Enters Nigerian Markets
Singaporean Bitcoin Exchange recently expanded its operations to Nigeria, a step that will enable its natives to sell, purchase and store the digital currency.
The announcement comes in the wake of growing requests from its potential consumers’ base in Nigeria, the company informed via its blogpost. It also hinted to be working towards the launch of some new services in the African territory, but shied away from revealing anything further. Read more
DPR assures public of adequate supply of petrol in Abuja, deploys 197 trucks
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has assured the public of adequate and continuous supply of petrol before and during Sallah period.
Mohammed Saidu, the Zonal Spokesperson of DPR, Abuja, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja Saidu said that 6.5 million litres (197 trucks) of petrol was supplied on Wednesday to Abuja to ease off the fuel queue in the city. Read more
Nyako, Son Berate EFCC Over Persecution
Embattled Adamawa state governor, Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd) on Wednesday berated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for choosing to persecute rather than prosecute him over allegations of financial impropriety proffered against him by the agency.
Nyako spoke against the backdrop of what he termed “baseless, wicked and unfounded allegation” by the EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Jacob, while opposing his (Nyako) bail application on July 10, 2015. Read more
Exiled Yemeni ministers arrive in recaptured Aden
Several ministers and top intelligence officials of the exiled Yemeni government have arrived in Aden for the first time since the Houthi rebels captured the southern port city.
The officials arrived by helicopter from neighbouring Saudi Arabia – the seat of the government in exile – on Thursday, a day after their loyal forces recaptured Aden from the Houthis. Read more
MH17 ‘was shot down by Russian rebels’ claims report
It is understood draft copies of the report – which runs into several hundred pages – has been given out to numerous authorities including National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Read more
Swedish PM rushed to hospital: reports
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was rushed to hospital on Thursday after landing back in Stockholm from Ethiopia, officials said.
Lofven became “seriously nauseated” while flying home from Addis Ababa and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance after his plane touched down in the Swedish capital, his spokeswoman Anne Ekberg told the Aftonbladet daily. Read more
Yemen oil refinery in flames after rebel rocket attack
Yemeni rebels fired rockets at the oil refinery in port city Aden on Thursday, sparking a new blaze in the facility that has repeatedly come under attack, an industry official said.
Thick smoke formed over the refinery, which rebels hit with Katyusha rockets, witnesses and the industry official said, adding that residents in nearby areas were evacuated. Read more
Jellyfish named after curious Australian schoolboy
An Australian schoolboy who discovered a new species of jellyfish in a Queensland canal has had the tentacled creature named in his honour, scientists said.
Saxon Thomas was nine when he spotted a small, box-like jellyfish while fishing with a friend in 2013. Thinking it unusual, he removed it from the water with a net, and with help of his father sent it to Queensland Museum. Read more
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