Sabinews Midday News Update for June 6, 2015
Fuel tanker fire razes 36 houses in Lagos
No fewer than 36 houses have been consumed by an raging inferno after a diesel-laden truck crashed and burst into flame in the Idimu, Egbe Idimu Local Council Development Area of Lagos shortly around 12.10am on Saturday.
Details of the crash are still sketchy but emergency agencies said on Saturday that it was too early to know if any one died in the inferno, which was said to have been fueled by the contents of the tanker, which spilled and spread along the road and its environs after it crashed. Read more
OPEC Surpasses Quota for 12th Consecutive Months
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has surpasses its oil output quota for twelve consecutive months and has also agreed at its meeting on Friday to maintain current output level.
According to a report by Bloomberg, the 12 nations kept their combined daily production target at 30 million barrels after meeting in Vienna on Friday, agreeing to cede no ground to rival producers, while keeping faith that U.S. shale drillers and other higher-cost rivals will capitulate first. Read more
Fear in Oko Polytechnic as ‘dead students’ write semester exam
Students and staff of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, are currently living in fear over the recent award of grades to some dead students after a recent semester examination.
A rights group, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, which raised the alarm in a petition entitled: “Complaints Against Wrongful Allocation of Results to Deceased Students’: A call for Investigation and Redress, alleged that one of the deceased students awarded marks in exams was Late Ezeh Uchenna with registration number FPO/SLT/ND/R1/012/038. Read more
Police arrests man for hijacking Dangote’s trailer load of cement
The Kogi State Police command has arrested a 30-year-old man, Adamu Ibrahim in connection with the hijack of a trailer load of cement belonging to Obajana cement company, a subsidiary of Dangote group.
Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Samuel Ogunjemilusi disclosed this to journalists while parading scores of suspects at the state command Headquarters in Lokoja on Friday. Read more
Polio: Jigawa LG to immunise 80,000
The Kiyawa Local Government Council of Jigawa State on Friday said it is targeting more than 80,000 children for vaccination against polio in the ongoing immunisation.
The Manager, National Programme on Immunisation in the area, Alhaji Ashiru Mu’azu, said this through the council’s Information Officer, Malam Abdullahi Yakubu, in Kiyawa. Read more
Textile workers Want May 25 Declared Work Free Day
National Union of Textile,Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria(NUTGTWN) has suggested the need to declare May 25 of every year a work free day to celebrate Africa and its exploit in other continents. The union said the Africa day should replace May 29th and June 12th which are being celebrated in Nigeria as democracy days.
General-Secretary of the union,Comrade Issa Aremu, who disclosed this in Lagos on the occasion of the celebration of Africa day, said the need to set aside May 25 was necessary in order to ensure one indivisible democracy day in Africa. Read more
Detergents linked to genital defects in babies: study
Pregnant women regularly exposed to a range of detergents, solvents and pesticides have a substantially greater risk of giving birth to boys with genital deformities, according to a new French study.
The research, led by two professors at the Regional University Hospital Centre in the French city of Montpellier, found that women who regularly work with such chemicals, including cleaners and hairdressers, were at greatest risk of having sons born with hypospadias. Read more
Don’t act as domestic servants – IG of Police warns new ADCs, CSOs
The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has warned newly appointed Aide de Camp, ADC and Chief Security Officers, CSOs to State Governors not to become domestic hands.
Arase gave the warning yesterday during a two-day induction course organised for the ADCs and CSOs where he also charged them to be professional in the discharge of their duties and maintain the standard dignity of the force. Read more
Okonjo-Iweala Warns Successor of Tough Year Ahead
Nigeria’s former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said her successor will face a “difficult” year because of plunging oil revenues and the economy needs expert management to weather the storm.
“We have a serious situation with a cash crunch,” she said in an interview in Cape Town at the World Economic Forum on Africa. “But fundamentally, the economy is strong. If we can get through the cash crunch, manage the way through, build on some of the assets we have, by next year, things will be better.” Read more
Al Ain reportedly making play for Chelsea’s Nigeria star John Obi Mikel
John Obi Mikel, the Chelsea midfielder, could be on his way to joining Asamoah Gyan at Al Ain next season, according to media reports in the Nigerian’s home country.
The AfricanFootball website has claimed Mikel’s representatives were scheduled to open negotiations with Al Ain over the weekend for a possible transfer of the Nigerian star to the Arabian Gulf League. Read more
Man sets self ablaze after attempting to kill mother
The entire residents of Bonny Street in Umuahia, the Abia State capital were on Wednesday thrown into shock as a 25-year-old man, Tochukwu Madu.
Madu set himself ablaze after a failed attempt to kill his mother with a cutlass. Read more
Champions League final: ‘War’ in Berlin as Barcelona, Juventus clash
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says it is all very well having the lethal attacking talents of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez but it will count for little if his midfielders lose the battle with their Juventus countertparts in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus.
Barca’s star-studded attack of Messi, Neymar and Suarez have amassed 120 goals between them this season and will be eager to crown their wonderful season by adding to their record tally at Berlin’s magnificent Olympic Stadium with a capacity crowd of 74,475 expected. Read more
Saddam Hussein’s top aide Tariq Aziz dies in hospital
Former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz – Saddam Hussein’s top aide who was sentenced to death – has died of a heart attack in hospital in southern Iraq at the age of 79, officials said.
Aziz fell ill and died after he was taken to the al-Hussein hospital in the city of Nasiriyah, about 200 miles south east of Baghdad, according to provincial governor Yahya al-Nassiri. Read more
Death toll in Yangtze River capsizing hits nearly 400
Disaster teams searched the Yangtze River on Saturday for dozens of missing bodies from the Eastern Star as the death toll in the cruiser’s capsizing rose to nearly 400, making it China’s deadliest boat disaster in nearly seven decades.
Authorities have attributed the overturning of the ship late Monday to sudden, severe winds, but also have placed the captain and his first engineer in police custody. Read more
Gay pride rally attacked in Kiev
Several dozen unknown assailants attacked a gay pride march in Kiev on Saturday, throwing flares and wounding two policemen, a Reuters witness reported.
On Friday the organisers for ‘KyivPride2015’ said the march along the Dnipro river would go ahead despite warnings from city mayor Vitaly Klitschko, who advised the event be cancelled because of a threat of violence from far-right groups. Read more
Turkish Election Rally Explosion Was Gas Cylinder Bomb: Sources
A bomb made from a gas cylinder packed with ball bearings caused one of the deadly blasts at a Kurdish election rally, Turkish security sources said on Saturday, a day after the attack killed two and wounded more than 100.
Two blasts, which President Tayyip Erdogan described as a “provocation” designed to undermine peace ahead of Sunday’s parliamentary election, tore through a rally where thousands had gathered in support of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast. Read more
UK’s David Cameron Urges Global Fight Against Corruption
British Prime Minister David Cameron says the bribery scandal engulfing soccer’s governing body should spur world leaders to tackle corruption in governments, businesses and international organizations.
Cameron is urging the U.N. and world politicians to use the FIFA scandal to break the “international taboo over pointing the finger” at corrupt organizations. Read more
Egyptian Court Overturns Naming Hamas Terror Organization
An Egyptian court overturned a decision naming Hamas a terrorist organization Saturday, a ruling coming after months of increasing hostility to the blockaded rulers of the Gaza Strip.
The Urgent Matters Appeals Court cited a lack of jurisdiction as the reason for annulling the earlier court’s ruling. Read more
Pope urges Bosnians to work for peace, reconciliation
Pope Francis urged Bosnia’s Muslims, Orthodox and Catholics to put the “deep wounds” of their past behind them and work together for a peaceful future as he arrived in Sarajevo on Saturday for a one-day visit to encourage reconciliation following the devastating three-way war of the 1990s.
Francis received a joyous welcome from thousands of cheering Bosnians who lined his motorcade route through the mostly Muslim city of 300,000. Another 65,000 people, most of them Catholics, packed the same Sarajevo stadium where St. John Paul II presided over an emotional post-war Mass of reconciliation in 1997. Read more
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