Sabinews Midday News Update for August 30, 2015
Ex-gov Audu clinches Kogi APC gov ticket
A former Kogi State governor, Abubakar Audu, has won the All Progressives Congress ticket to contest the state governorship election in November.
Audu polled 1,109 votes to defeat 25 other aspirants. Read more
Chad executes 10 Boko Haram members by firing squad
Chad executed 10 alleged members of Nigeria-based Islamist group, Boko Haram, by firing squad Saturday, a day after they were found guilty of a double suicide killing that left 38 people dead in the capital N’Djamena.
“They were executed this morning on a shooting ground north of N’Djamena,” a judicial source told AFP. The report was confirmed by a security source who asked not to be identified. Read more
Second hand clothes business booms in Calabar
Dealers on second hand clothes and shoes in Calabar, Cross River capital, have expressed joy over the high sales they now record, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
A NAN survey at the Marian, Watts and Beach markets in Calabar on Sunday showed that patronage for the wears has increased tremendously. Read more
Widows commend C/River Govt. over proposed mass employment
Some widows in Cross River have commended the state government over its plan to offer them mass employment in its newly-established garment factory.
A cross section of the widows made the commendation in Calabar in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday. Read more
Sudan rebels accuse army of violating ceasefire
South Sudan rebels on Sunday accused the army of violating a ceasefire, just hours after it came into effect, by bombarding their positions along the White Nile river.
“A military convoy — two barges, seven gunboats — has been moving from Bor to Panijar. Whenever they see our positions on the banks, they shell,” said rebel spokesman Dickson Gatluak. Read more
Nepal honours quake victims in festival of the dead
Thousands of Nepalis walked in procession through the Kathmandu valley Sunday in a festival to commemorate the dead, which many mourning family members who died in a devastating earthquake.
The 7.8-magnitude quake on April 25 killed nearly 8,900 people and reduced some 600,000 houses to rubble across the impoverished Himalayan nation. Read more
Taking on immigrants in US could be time-bomb for Trump
Billionaire Donald Trump has soared in opinion polls for the Republican presidential primary, but inflammatory anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost him the crucial Latino vote in the 2016 White House race.
“What Trump is doing is political suicide,” says Patricio Zamorano, executive director of the consulting firm Infoamericas.info. Read more
Families seek justice on ‘lawless’ Bangladesh-India border
As thousands of Bangladeshis and Indians celebrated the end of one of the world’s most intractable border disputes, Fatema Khatun was quietly hopeful of finally seeing justice.
Fifteen years after Khatun’s husband, Badshah Mia, was hacked to death andmad his body dumped on a canal bank near their home along the border, no one has been charged with his murder. Read more
Austria death truck suspects tell court they are innocent
Four suspected human traffickers said they were innocent Saturday as they appeared in a Hungarian court over the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria, marking a sickening new low in Europe’s migrant crisis.
They were remanded into custody as Hungary, where the truck originated, said meanwhile that it completed a razor-wire barrier along its 175-kilometre (110-mile) frontier with Serbia in an effort to prevent thousands of migrants entering the European Union country. Read more
Fiji PM vows to jail overseas dissidents planning ‘sedition’
Fiji’s premier has promised to jail for “many years” dissidents, including those based overseas, that he claimed were plotting to overthrow his government amid reports of attempts in the Pacific nation to set up a breakaway state.
Some 70 people have been arrested and charged with sedition in recent months, the Fiji Sun has reported, with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama vowing to crush any attempt at insurrection as he highlighted the alleged role of nationals living overseas. Read more
Hardship and no politics in Myanmar’s ‘jail cell’ MP housing
Surveying the tiny concrete cube where he must live with four relatives, Myanmar opposition MP Ohn Kyaing is once again reminded of his time as a political prisoner.
“I was in jail for 17 years… This is just like a cell, except now my family are with me,” said the 72-year-old from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) at his lodgings in the junta-built capital Naypyidaw. Read more
India sisters to be raped over brother’s crime
The rights group Amnesty International has called on Indian authorities to ensure the safety of two young women after their local village council ordered them to be raped and paraded naked after their brother eloped with a married woman.
The unelected all-male village council in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, on July 30 ordered that a woman, 23, and her sister, 15, be raped and paraded naked with their faces blackened after their brother ran away with a woman from the village’s dominant Jat caste. Read more
Ashimolowo: Nigeria Needs Purpose-Driven, National Leaders
Matthew Ashimolowo, Founder and Senior Pastor of London-based Kingsway International Christian Church (KICC), is an individual who has operated successfully in two worlds: in the spiritual world where he has created a vibrant and dynamic church with television network in over 200 countries. And, in the business world, he has built a couple of first-class business entities while he owns choice properties in prime places around the world. He recently got a licence to establish and operate a University. In this interview with Ayo Arowolo, which he granted in his residence in Nigeria, Ashimolowo gave insight on his interesting ‘worlds’ where he says everything is possible to those who believe and pay the necessary price. Excerpts: Read more
Publisher commits suicide over poor magazine sales
A weekly magazine publisher, simply identified as Solomon, has committed suicide over poor sales of his publication.
The incident happened on Friday in Asaba, Delta State.
According to reports, the publisher, who resided in Achalla Layout area of Asaba, left a suicide note which reads: “I cannot stay alive suffering when nobody is helping me. Even my wife and children abandoned me and sales in my newspaper business have been very poor.” Read more