Sabinews Midday News Update for August 25, 2015
Female suicide bomber kills 15 in Damaturu
Kano, Nigeria (dpa) – A girl suicide bomber killed at least 15 people at a bus terminal in north-eastern Nigeria, hospital sources and witnesses said Tuesday.
Almost 30 others were injured when the girl, who is estimated to be 11 years old, detonated explosives strapped to her body in the town of Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, according to resident Haruna Ibrahim. “The girl came into the car park and refused to be searched [by security officials]. She later went near one car filled with passengers and detonated herself,” a health worker from a nearby hospital told dpa on condition of anonymity. Read more
France offers to host international meeting on Boko Haram
“In several days, I will receive the new Nigerian President (Muhammadu) Buhari and I will confirm to him that France is ready to unite all the actors in the fight against Boko Haram,” Hollande said during a speech to diplomats on Tuesday.
Boko Haram has stepped up attacks in three Nigerian states in its northeastern heartland since Buhari, who has vowed to crush the group, came to power on May 29. Read more
TSA, a Welcome Policy
Last week the Presidency issued a directive to all Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to begin retirement of their revenues into a unified account, a Treasury Single Account (TSA) maintained by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Several state governments have also commenced similar measures.
The regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan had initiated a similar measure in December 2014 with February 2015 as the deadline, though implementation suffered due to the campaigns and general elections. Read more
How Military intercepted Enugu lawmaker with 4,000 PVCs during election
A soldier attached to 82 Division, Enugu has said that a lawmaker, Chukwuemeka Ujam, was caught with 4,000 permanent voters cards on an election day.
The soldier told the State and National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Enugu on Monday that Ujam was intercepted at Ozalla on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway on March 28 while the election was going on. “He identified himself as a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission and we asked him to open the booth of his vehicle where we discovered two cartons filled with the cards,” he said. Read more
Lagos only gets 10% of power required – LSEB
The Lagos state government has said the national grid can only transmit about 10 per cent of the 10,000 megawatts energy required by the state, Daily Trust reports.
General Manager of Lagos State Electricity Board (LSEB), Engr. Peter Okonji, who disclosed this at a conference organised by the Power Sector Group of the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), said captive power has been able to help the state fix its energy deficiency Read more
His Royal Highness the Duke of York KG, Olusegun Obasanjo and Aliko Dangote agree to form partnership to support Entrepreneurship in Africa
The African Entrepreneurship Programme (AEP) will be a new initiative between [email protected] and The Global African Investment Summit (TGAIS) designed to develop the African private sector and stimulate innovation and technology throughout the continent. The AEP will support African entrepreneurs and young businesses in need of capital and mentorship to develop their businesses by giving them the opportunity to present and connect with potential investors.
His Royal Highness’s commitment to entrepreneurship and enterprise development through his [email protected] will provide support to the programme and will aim to strengthen ties with Africa. Read more
Kooba Set to Become the First Carrier-Independent Data Centre in East Africa – Will Target International Content Companies
outh Africa has had an independent data centre company (Teraco) and Nigeria has one as well (Rack) but until now there has not been one in East Africa. This will all change in Q1 2016 when Kooba launches its first data centre in Mombasa. Russell Southwood spoke to Kooba’s founder and CEO Richard Bell about what he’s got planned.
Founder of Kooba Richard Bell is a long-time veteran of the tech industry in Kenya and East Africa. He launched one of the first East African ISPs Swift and subsequently grew KDN. While at KDN he built a data centre at Park Side Towers which he says was way ahead of its time.:”It took years to fill the 20 racks or so it was offering.” After KDN, he then did an MBA at the London Business School before coming back as an investor in Wananchi (through East Africa Capital Partners), where he ended up doing a stint as interim CEO. Read more
Nigeria’s ex-national security adviser Dasuki charged
Weapons were seized during a raid on his properties last month, it added.
Mr Dasuki denied any wrongdoing at the time and said the weapons belonged to his security guards.
He is the first senior official of the former government to be charged under President Muhammadu Buhari’s rule. Read more
Lagos pulls down list of Fashola’s contract awards from website
A new twist has been added to the controversy surrounding the contract spending by the administration of the former governor of Lagos State, Babtunde Raji Fashola, as the Lagos State Government has removed the list of contracts awarded under the administration from its websites.
The list, published on the website of the state’s Public Procurement Agency,www.lagosppa.gov.ng, stated that Fashola’s administration spent N78.3m on his personal website,www.tundefashola.com, in 2014 and N139m on the drilling of two boreholes at the Lagos House, Ikeja. Read more
Lagos police arrest 14 suspected cult members
The Police Command in Lagos State on Tuesday said it arrested 14 suspected cult members for allegedly terrorising Mushin residence.
This is contained in a statement signed by the command’s spokesperson in Lagos, DSP Patricia Amadin, . Amadin said the suspects were arrested on August 24 at Mushin Area of Lagos. “The Lagos State Police Command has recorded yet another success in its fight against Cultism and Armed Robbery in the state. Read more
Erdogan meets PM to form caretaker government ahead of polls
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday met Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to give him a fresh mandate to form a caretaker government ahead of snap polls.
The meeting comes a day after Erdogan called early elections which the presidency said “has become a necessity” after efforts to form a coalition government failed following the June 7 elections. Read more
New Ferguson judge orders major court changes
A Ferguson, Missouri judge has ordered sweeping reforms to the city’s court system five months after a scathing US Justice Department report following the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
The changes, announced Monday and aiming to build trust with black residents, included an order to withdraw all arrest warrants the city issued before December 31, 2014. Judge Donald McCullin, who is African American, also ordered that defendants be given new court dates and be given various alternatives for fines, such as payment plans and community service. Read more
Blasts at Afghan gas storage facility kill 11: officials
At least 11 people including several children were killed in a series of explosions at a gas storage facility on the edge of the western Afghan city of Herat, officials said Tuesday.
The explosions triggered an inferno which spread to a nearby camp for internally displaced people where most of the deaths occurred. It was not immediately clear whether the blasts were an accident or caused by a militant attack. Read more
West Ham’s Sakho arrested over ‘death threats’
West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho has been arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and witness intimidation, with his spokesman saying Tuesday that the striker denies the allegations.
Scotland Yard police headquarters said officers in east London made an arrest on Sunday.
“Officers from Havering arrested a man on suspicion of threats to kill and witness intimidation,” a spokesman said. “A 25-year-old man was arrested. He was taken to an east London police station and bailed pending police enquiries to a date in early October.” Read more
Taiwan boy accidentally damages $1.5 mn Italian painting
A 12-year-old boy accidentally punched a hole through a $1.5 million centuries-old Italian oil painting when he tripped and fell into the piece during an exhibition in Taiwan.
The painting, entitled “Flowers” by Italian artist Paolo Porpora, dates back to the 1600s and is part of a collection of 55 artworks on show in the country’s capital. Read more
Singapore to hold snap election
Singapore’s parliament was dissolved on Tuesday, clearing the way for a snap election as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong seeks a new mandate from voters worried over immigration and the high cost of living in a slowing economy.
The People’s Action Party (PAP), which has ruled for more than 50 years with a mix of strict political controls and rapid economic progress, is widely expected to keep its overwhelming majority in the 89-seat parliament because of a fragmented opposition. Read more
Saudi soldier killed by Yemen fire, one dead in crash
A Saudi soldier has been killed by artillery fire from Yemen, while another died when his patrol vehicle crashed along the border, authorities in Riyadh said on Tuesday.
A Saudi border post in the kingdom’s southern Jazan region came under shell and rocket fire from Yemeni territory on Monday. Read more
Eight feared dead in Indonesia landslide
Eight people are missing and feared dead after a major landslide hit a road in remote eastern Indonesia, an official said Tuesday.
Heavy downpours in an isolated mountainous region of Papua province triggered the landslide Sunday, burying six construction workers and two bystanders under rock and rubble.
Papua police spokesman Patridge Renwarin said news of the incident did not reach local authorities until Monday, when a rescue team was quickly assembled.
But bad weather prevented police, army and local officials from reaching the site of the landslide on Monday, with the effort to reach those buried resuming Tuesday. Read more
11 killed in W’Afghanistan explosion
An Afghan health official says 11 people, mostly children, died when a truck transporting gas canisters exploded outside the western city of Herat.
Rafiq Sherzai, spokesman for the Herat Regional Hospital, said on Tuesday that 18 people were also wounded in the blast late Monday.
He says the blast happened inside the compound of a gas supply company adjacent to a camp for internally displaced people. The explosion was so powerful that the burning truck was flung into the camp, he says. Read more
Two soldiers, six rebels killed in Pakistan
Two Pakistani soldiers including a senior officer were killed Monday in an exchange of fire with Islamist militants in a restive tribal district along the Afghan border, where the army last week began a ground offensive.
The firefight occurred in the Shawal valley of North Waziristan where the military has been battling Taliban and other insurgents since June last year. Read more