Sabinews Morning News Update for October 17, 2015
Fayose Arrests Road Safety Official for Traffic Offence
Governor Ayodele Fayose Friday arrested an operative of the Federal Road Safety Corps at Ikere Ekiti, for flouting traffic rule.
Fayose, who went to inaugurate the completion of the Ado-Ikere-Iju dualisation and the down-town market stalls in the town, stopped his convoy at Oke –Ikere area of the town and ordered that the man be stopped and his car seized. Read more
ICPC Enlists Monarchs in War against Graft
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Friday enlisted the support of traditional rulers in the ongoing fight against graft in the country, insisting that once corruption was tackled at the community level, the nation would be effectively rid of the ‘deadly menace’.
As a first step in the process, the commission warned royal fathers against conferring traditional titles on wealthy individuals without traceable and verifiable source of livelihood. Read more
Nigeria to expand diplomatic ties with Ukraine —Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, indicated that Nigeria would soon expand its diplomatic relationship with Ukraine, exploring new areas of mutual benefit to both countries.
A statement issued yesterday by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande said Osinbajo gave the indication while receiving the Ukrainian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Valerii Aleksandruk in his office at the Presidential Villa. Source
Ondo Equips Police against Kidnappers
The Ondo State Government has demonstrated its desire to rid the state of criminal tendencies and in particular, activities of kidnappers, even as it donated Information and Communications Technology hardwares to the State’s Anti-kidnapping Unit of the Nigeria Police.
According to the state’s Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, government took the step to enhance the operations of the Police in curbing and stemming the tides of kidnapping in the state and arrest activities of criminals that could affect the peace being enjoyed by the people in the state. Read more
FG Suspends Issuance of Licenses to New Vehicle Assembly Plants
The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) has suspended issuing licences to new vehicle assembly plants, except for direct investment by those who actually built vehicles, known as Original Equipment Manufacturers.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Director General, NADDC, Mr. Aminu Jalal, who explained that “applicants in process would not be affected. This is to enable Council consolidate the vehicle assembly operations and concentrate in developing local content.” Read more
FIFA Presidency: England Suspends Support For Platini
The English Football Association has suspended support for Michel Platini’s bid to become Fifa president, after learning “more information relating to the issues from Mr Platini’s lawyers”, the FA said in a statement.
Platini, who is standing in the Fifa presidential election scheduled for Feb. 26, and incumbent Sepp Blatter were banned for 90 days by the Fifa Ethics Committee last week pending a full investigation into both men’s activities. Read more
Pinnick Pumps Up Eagles, Eaglets’ Spirit
NFF President Amaju Pinnick has charged the Super Eagles B and the Golden Eaglets to give Nigerians plenty to smile about this weekend when they confront oppositions of varying shapes in two very important matches.
The Super Eagles B confront Burkina Faso’s Etalons in a 2016 African Nations Championship final qualifying round, first leg match at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on Saturday afternoon. Hours after, the Golden Eaglets and the U-17 National Team of United States of America will do battle in the opening match of the 16th FIFA U-17 World Cup finals in Santiago. Read more
Arsenal won’t survive my onslaught –Ighalo
Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo still smarting from his brilliant outing for Nigeria in the 3-0 routing of Cameroon last Sunday, returns to action for his club, Watford in the English Premiership today.
Though, he admits that the Gunners are one of the big guns in the English top division, is also hopeful that they can ruffle the feathers of Arsene Wenger’s men at home. Read more
Buhari to Golden Eaglets: Bring back World Cup
President Muhammadu Buhari, has urged the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria who are in Chile to participate in this year’s under-17 FIFA World Cup Tournament, to come home with the trophy as the perfect end of the year gift for Nigerians.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu in a statement, quoted the President as urging Golden Eaglets to do their utmost best to match the outstanding performance of their victorious predecessors who have won the competition four times including the inaugural edition in 1985 and the last tournament in 2013. Read more
Gas supply debt: Ghana pays $10m to Nigeria
The Ghanaian government, yesterday, settled part of its debt to the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) and Nigeria Gas Association, NGA, following the first round of talks with the Nigerian authorities.
The negotiations, it was learned, will continue as yesterday’s payment of $10 million buys Ghana some time to conclude negotiations to curtail the cut in gas supply from Nigeria. WAPCo had threatened to cut gas supply to Ghana on Friday, over $180 million debt owed NGA, but it suspended the decision after the deadline for payment elapsed last night. Read more
Brotherhood missing from ballots as Egypt readies to vote
One party — the banned Muslim Brotherhood — will be conspicuously absent from ballot papers Sunday when Egypt’s voters head to the polls for long-delayed parliamentary elections.
What had been Egypt’s main opposition group for decades fell foul of the authorities after army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and was elected to succeed him last year. Read more
Morocco Seeks to Improve Management of Waste Recovery
As part of its strategy to put Morocco on the right path toward building an economy that ensures sustainable development, the Moroccan government seeks to improve its waste management.
On the margins of the conference on “sorting, recycling and waste recovery: achievements, opportunities and challenges”, three agreements on waste recovery were finalized between the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and the Environment, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Investment, and Digital Economy, the Federation of Forest Industries, Graphic Arts, and Packing (FIFAGE), Groupement des pétroliers marocains (GPM), and Eco-Gras. Read more
Ghana to change English as medium of instruction
The minister of education has stated that Ghana would very soon change the use of English as a medium of instruction in school.
Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang largely blamed the inability of the educated working class to develop the nation to the language used in teaching them in schools. Read more
Chinese bank offers Zambia 30 mln USD loan
China Development Bank has signed a deal with its Zambian counterpart on a 30 million U.S. dollar loan to support the development of small and medium enterprises in Zambia.
The two sides inked the agreement at a ceremony held at the ministry of finance on Friday attended by Zambian officials and Chinese diplomats. Read more
South African woman accused of trying to sell child on Gumtree charged with human trafficking
A South African woman has been charged with human trafficking after allegedly trying to sell a child for 5,000 rand ($525) on the trading website Gumtree, police say.
The 20-year-old was arrested during an undercover operation following a tip-off from a member of the public. Read more
Guinea’s president reelected in contested vote, provisional results show
Guinea’s Alpha Conde has won re-election in the first round of presidential polls, according to provisional results released Friday that his main rival refused to recognise, labelling the poll “illegal”.
Conde’s challengers have said the October 11 election was tainted by widespread fraud and mismanagement and have urged supporters to take to the streets, raising the spectre of unrest in the days to come. Read more
SA gets extension on al Bashir deadline
The International Criminal Court has extended the time period for South Africa to explain what happened in the debacle over Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir not being arrested when he visited Johannesburg in June.
The South African government applied for the extension after missing a deadline on October 5th. Read more
Chinese general says will never recklessly resort to force in South China Sea
China will never “recklessly” resort to the use of force in the South China Sea, a senior Chinese general said on Saturday, amid tensions over Beijing’s building of islands in the disputed waters.
China’s relations with several Southeast Asian countries, especially the Philippines and Vietnam who have competing claims in the South China Sea, have been strained over Beijing’s increasingly assertive tone on territorial claims in an area through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes annually. Read more
Mexico says drug boss Guzman narrowly evades capture, sustains injuries
The world’s most-wanted drug boss, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, narrowly evaded security forces searching for him in the northwest of Mexico in recent days, sustaining injuries to his face and leg, the Mexican government said on Friday.
Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, escaped from his high-security prison cell in July through a specially dug tunnel, causing a major embarrassment for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Read more
Burma: Activists Charged for Mocking Military Online
Burmese authorities should immediately release two people arrested this week for posting images on social media mocking the military, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrests took place in the run-up to the November 8, 2015 elections, with the military firmly in charge behind the scenes.
“These arrests and military sensitivity to online satire is a bad sign,” said Cynthia Wong, Senior Internet Researcher. “Both should be immediately released and the government should make it a priority to amend the laws that are being used to stifle freedom of expression online.” Read more
Australia PM seeks to calm New Zealand concerns over detentions
Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday sought to soothe friction with Wellington over the plight of hundreds of New Zealanders held in Australian detention centres or facing deportation under tough immigration laws.
On his first visit to neighbouring New Zealand as prime minister, Turnbull said there would be no change in the law but promised a faster appeal process. Read more
Philippines braces for Typhoon Koppu
A typhoon was heading straight for the main Philippine island of Luzon on Saturday, prompting storm alerts in nearly 20 provinces and placing army and police units on standby.
Forecasters said Typhoon Koppu was packing winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour (115 mph) as it approached the Philippines and was slow moving, meaning it could bring intense rain and flooding over several days. Read more
Hungary closes border with Croatia to ‘stem migrant flow’
Hungary has closed its border with Croatia in a bid to stem “the migrant flow”.
The country has erected a fence, reinforced with razor wire, across the entirety of its southern border. Soldiers sealed off the gap at the border town of Zakany at midnight. Read more
Philippine authorities prepare for typhoon Koppu
Philippine authorities cancelled flights and urged residents and tourists to move to safer ground on Saturday as a powerful typhoon approached northeastern parts of the main island of Luzon.
With winds of up to 160 kph (99 mph), typhoon Koppu is about 300 km (185 miles) east of Baler in Aurora province, moving west and due to make landfall in the next 12 to 18 hours. Read more