Sabinews Midday News Update for June 4, 2015
Ghana Petrol Station Blast Kills 73 People
At least 73 people have been killed in an explosion at a petrol station in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, local authorities say.
The blast was caused by flooding sweeping stored fuel into a nearby fire, according to an official, with some reports saying the accident in the Kwame Nkrumah Circle area may have spread from a nearby home or lorry terminal. Read more
Wike’s proposed probe of my tenure is witch-hunt – Amaechi
The immediate past governor of Rivers State, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, has declared that the determination of his successor, Barr. Nyesom Wike, to probe his administration is a deliberate witch-hunt.
He alleged that Wike had gone ahead with his plan of threatening, coercing and blackmailing officials of his administration, especially civil servants, into making false and bogus statements that would make legitimate government transactions appear as corrupt practices. Read more
Police rescue Kogi commissioner
The Police in Kogi on Thursday announced the rescue of the state Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mr. Stephen Maiyaki, who was abducted on May 30.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Shola Adebayo, said in a statement in Lokoja that Maiyaki was rescued at about 2am from the kidnappers hideout at Abobo village in Adavi Local Government area of the state. Read more
SON siezes fake baby diaper worth over N200m from 3 Chinese
The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Wednesday intercepted 10 containers of suspected fake baby diapers worth over N200million allegedly imported by three Chinese nationals.
The seizures took place at Railway Terminus, Ijora Olopa, Lagos. Read more
Arsonists set ablaze home of Delta community youth chair
Eleven arsonists suspected to be rival youths of Oghara community, Ethiope-West Local Government Area, Delta State, country home of an ex-governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, early hours of Tuesday, set fire to the residence of the youth chair, Mr Ejiro Efetobo.
The police at Oghara have launched a manhunt for the 11 suspects. The reason for the action was not clear, yesterday, but it has to do with leadership tussle. Read more
Mob lynches police officer to death for killing tricycle operator
A mobile police officer identified as Corporal Adamu Abba was on Tuesday mobbed to death for murdering a tricycle operator at Gombe.
While narrating the incident, an eyewitness said the mobile policeman, who was on his motorcycle, while on his way to work, was hit by a commercial tricycle operator at Bello Sabon Kudi Junction. Read more
Customs seize 449 sacks of hemp in Ogun
Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun State Area Command have seized about 449 sacks of cannabis sativa, also known as hemp, in Imeko, Imeko Afon Local Government Area of the state.
According to the Area Comptroller of the command, Haruna Mamudu, the NCS operatives, acting on a tip-off, invaded the venue where the illicit substances were kept. Read more
Rapists face life imprisonment as Senate passes Sexual Offences Bill
Any individual or persons found guilty of rape, child sex tourism or deliberate passage of HIV/AIDS to innocent citizens will face life imprisonment.
This follows yesterday’s passage of the Sexual Offences Bill sponsored by Senator Chris Anyanwu, by the Senate. Read more
Tompolo denies receiving N1bn monthly from NIMASA
Ex-militant leader, Government Ekpomupolo, also known as ‘Tompolo’ has denied allegations made against him by the pioneer chairman of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Alhaji Tijani Ramalan, that he was paid N1.5billion monthly for the protection of Nigeria’s waterways.
A statement by his media aide, Comrade Paul Bebenimibo, described Ramalan as an attention seeker. Read more
Over 1000 Police Officers With High Certificates To Get Promotion
Over 1000 police officers who acquired high qualification while in service and have subsequently submitted their application for upgrade will, in the next few weeks enjoy promotion.
They certificates will however be verified and the officers undergo intensive test before the placement. Read more
Ex-FIFA executive Blazer admits taking bribes
A former executive committee member of football’s global governing body FIFA told a US judge in 2013 that he took bribes in connection with the 1998 and 2010 World Cups, according to a partial release of his testimony.
US prosecutors on Wednesday unsealed the transcript of the 2013 hearing in US District Court in New York during which Chuck Blazer agreed to plead guilty of racketeering and other charges. Read more
South African police investigating World Cup bribes
South Africa’s organized and serious crime unit said Thursday it was conducting a “preliminary” investigation into bribery allegations surrounding the 2010 World Cup bid.
The unit’s spokesman, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, told The Associated Press that a file had been opened and the unit would decide whether the information provided by an opposition political party called for a full investigation. Read more
Egyptian court adjourns Al Jazeera journalists’ retrial to June 11
A Cairo court on Thursday adjourned the retrial of Al Jazeera television journalists to June 11 for more closing statements by the defence team.
The journalists are charged with aiding a terrorist organisation, a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, which was outlawed in Egypt after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi amid mass protests against his rule in 2013. Read more
The axe is about to fall on Greece
It’s the billion-dollar question: is Greece going to repay the International Monetary Fund on time?
Or will it, in the absence of a new deal with its official creditors, dare default on the global crisis lender which has joined two massive bailouts of the Greek economy? Read more
Russian forces try to capture Ukrainian town
International monitors say pro-Russian forces launched a major attack in east Ukraine on the eve of the G7 summit in Germany.
The monitors, from the Vienna-based OSCE, said fighting erupted near the town of Marinka in the small hours of Wednesday morning (3 June). Read more
3 000 evacuated as Indonesia upgrades volcano alert
Nearly 3 000 people have been evacuated from their homes after Indonesia upgraded the threat posed by a volcano on Sumatra to the highest possible level, an official said on Thursday.
Authorities raised the alert status of Mount Sinabung – a highly active volcano on Indonesia’s westernmost island – late on Tuesday after a “sharp rise” in activity, said national disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. Read more
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