Sabinews Midday News Update for May 30, 2015
Explosion Rocks Maiduguri
The people of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state were unable to get sound sleep throughout the night as sounds of heavy gunshots, explosions and shelling enveloped the town on Friday night.
A member of the youth vigilante group who spoke anonymously to our correspondent on phone on Saturday morning said some Boko Haram insurgents tried to invade the town about 12:50am on Saturday from Ajilari Cross and Bintu Sugar axis of the town. Read more
Burundi says elections will go ahead
Burundi’s government insists that the first stage of controversial elections will go ahead next week despite the central African nation’s ongoing political crisis.
Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana said that even after the withdrawal of support from the influential Catholic Church and the European Union, parliamentary polls will take place on Friday next week. Read more
I submitted Onu’s name for SGF – Okorocha
Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has denied having any faceoff with a former Governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, over the choice of who becomes the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
Okorocha cleared the air while addressing journalists at the Government House Owerri on Friday, adding that he has good relationship with Onu and that Onu’s name was among the three he submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for consideration for the office of the SGF. Read more
Flying Eagles Get a Feel for the Taranaki Stadium
The Flying Eagles have finally had a feel of the Taranaki Stadium pitch, where they will play Brazil in their opening fixture of the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup.
The team had a feel of the turf on Saturday afternoon in New Zealand, ahead of the much-anticipated showdown against another favourite, Brazil. Read more
Shorunmu: Ejide Still Part of Eagles
Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu has cleared the air on the absence of Hapoel Be’er Sheva of Israel goaltender, Austin Ejide from the list of foreign based players announced by coach Stephen Keshi for camping ahead the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and Chad slated for Kaduna next month.
There have been suggestions the former Bastia of France in the national team are numbered given his non invitation for the friendly game against Bafana Bafana of South Africa last month. Read more
Inauguration: IGP Gives Police Officers Thumbs-up
The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Solomon Arase, has given both officers and men of the Force thumbs up for what he described as their exceptional performance during the inauguration ceremonies at both the federal and state levels.
The commendation, the IGP noted, was due to the display of professional conduct by the Force during the inauguration ceremonies in Abuja and across the States in the country. Read more
Nigerians Seek Immediate, Clear Direction from Buhari
Worried at the state of the economy and low morale among fellow citizens, Nigerians have asked President Mohammad Buhari to swing into action by giving a clear direction of his administration to Nigerians.
A cross section of residents of Lagos demanded from the President a clear direction his administration planned to lead Nigeria and Nigerians, contending that the euphoria of assuming office should melt down to quick action. Read more
President Buhari seeks Europe, U.S. support for Nigeria’s development
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will seek the support of Europe, America and Nigeria’s neighbours in tackling the unemployment and security problems confronting the country.
Buhari gave the indication on Friday in his remarks at the inauguration Gala Night held at the Banquet hall of the Presidential Villa. Read more
Ghana police pressed to wind up investigation into Chairman Adusah death
Police in Ghana are being put under pressure to conclude their investigations into the death of a pregnant Tayside woman.
Charmain Adusah, formerly Speirs, was found dead in a hotel bathtub in Koforidua just over two months ago. Read more
Egypt frees American on hunger strike sentenced to life in prison
Egyptian authorities freed a dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen on Saturday who had been on hunger strike for over a year and was sentenced to life in prison on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading “false news.”
Mohammed Soltan, the son of a prominent member of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested in August 2013 when security forces came looking for his father at his home. His family said they didn’t find the father at the time, but arrested him instead. His father, Salah, was detained later. Read more
Rape survivor, 12, ‘can keep baby’
A 12-year-old Uruguayan girl who was left pregnant after being raped, will be allowed by authorities to keep her baby, news reports here said on Friday.
The girl, in her fifth month of pregnancy, has been described by doctors and sources close to her family as suffering from slight mental retardation and learning disabilities. Read more
Activists Say Syrian Army Strikes Kill 45 People in Aleppo
Syrian army airstrikes killed at least 45 people, most of them civilians, and wounded scores in attacks Saturday in the northern province of Aleppo that struck civilian areas, including a packed market in town held by the Islamic State group, activists said.
The deaths occurred in two separate incidents when helicopters dropped explosives-filled barrels. One barrel hit the rebel-held Shaar neighborhood of the city of Aleppo, killing at least 12 people, most of them from the same family. They included three children and four women, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Read more
Burundi election body’s vice president has fled country: sources
The vice president of Burundi’s election commission has fled the country ahead of the poll, sources said on Saturday, amid a political crisis triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term.
Spes-Caritas Ndironkeye joins a senior judge and a host of dissidents who have fled the country following a failed coup attempt against Nkurunziza and as sometimes deadly protests against his decision to stand continue. Read more
India warned of prolonged drought from disrupted monsoons
Reeling under the heat wave which has claimed close to 2,000 lives, India has now been warned of a prolonged drought with the eagerly awaited monsoons likely to be disrupted.
US-based meteorological service provider AccuWeather has predicted that “very active” typhoons over the Pacific will affect the monsoons. Read more
Soccer-Blatter hits out at U.S. authorities, UEFA
Sepp Blatter has said that the events in the run-up to his re-election as FIFA president “do not smell right” and he was the victim of “hate” on the part of European soccer’s governing body UEFA.
Blatter implied that it was not just a coincidence that Swiss police arrested seven leading soccer officials, including FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb, two days before the FIFA Congress and presidential election. Read more
Benin cotton output beats forecast, rises 28pc in 2014/15
Cotton output in Benin rose more than expected in the 2014/2015 season, by 28 percent year-on-year to 393,000 tonnes from a forecast 359,000, and is forecast to reach 500,000 tonnes in the next season, the government said.
Cotton production, a top export earner for the West African nation, contributed some 200 billion CFA francs in revenue to the state, agriculture minister Issa El Hadj Azizou said in a statement released late on Friday. Read more
Egypt bourse to reduce free float for new firms
Egypt’s stock exchange said it would reduce the free float required for new companies to list on its benchmark EGX 30, as part of structural changes to the index.
Companies previously had to have a 15 percent free float to list on the EGX 30. Under the new rules, which take effect on August 1, firms will be able to join with a minimum five per cent free float as long, as the market value of the float is at least 100 million Egyptian pounds ($13.1 million). Read more
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