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*Google Records First 10m Internet Users in Nigeria *Jonathan Returns from Kenya Holiday

*Google Records First 10m Internet Users in Nigeria *Jonathan Returns from Kenya Holiday

Sabinews Midday News Update for August 21, 2015

Google Records First 10m Internet Users in Nigeria

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Google has disclosed the geometric progressions in the number of internet users in Nigeria, as about 10milion visited the internet for the first time in 2014.

Caesar Sengupta, vice president, Product Management at Google, made the disclosure during AndroidOne launch in Nigeria, adding that, globally, there are 3billion people connected online and the number is expected to surpass 4billion by 2017. Read more

Jonathan Returns from Kenya Holiday

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and his family left Diani, Kenya on Wednesday, three days before the scheduled end of their holiday in the resort town as reported by Kenyan newspaper THE STAR.

Goodluck, who was accompanied by his wife and two children, arrived in Diani on Tuesday after visiting Maasai Mara to witness the annual wildebeest migration. He was staying at the luxurious Almanara beach resort and was supposed to check out on Saturday but ended up leaving three days earlier. Read more

NYCN election should wait until Buhari appoints Minister – APC youth leader

The All Progressives Congress, APC, National Youth leader, Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo, has requested all those jostling to become the next president of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, to wait until an appropriate mechanism is put in place to ensure a crisis-free exercise.

This was as he stressed that contrary to insinuations, the governing party has not endorsed and does not intend to have any preferred candidate. Read more

NLC kicks against sack of workers in Ogun, calls for retrial

The Ogun State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has disclosed that labour union in the state has rejected the verdict of the panel that recommended the sacking of six civil servants in the state, calling on the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun to order a retrial of the sacked workers.

This was stated in Abeokuta, the state capital by the state NLC chairman, Mr. Akeem Ambali, on Wednesday in a telephone interview with The Punch. Read more

Soldier killed, another injured in S’Philippine explosion

One soldier was killed and another was injured after an explosion hit a military facility in south Philippine city of Cotabato on Thursday night, a military official reported Friday.

Jo-ann Petinglay, public affairs officer of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said the explosion was believed to have been caused by an 40 mm round grenade, based on initial assessments.

Petinglay said the explosion occurred at around 7:30pm beside the guard post of the 5th Special Forces Battalion headquarters along Notre Dame Avenue, Rosary Heights 2. Read more

Reporter dies in Ghana presidential convoy crash

A member of the press corps of Ghana’s Presidency lost his life Thursday after the vehicle they were traveling skidded off road, a release from the presidency said.

The release said the reporter from the state-owned Ghanaian Times newspaper lost his life in an accident involving the press corps at Shai Hills about 45 km northeast of the capital. The release said other members of the press corps were also injured and had been airlifted to the Military hospital in the capital. Read more

Senegal court upholds graft conviction against ex-president’s son

Senegal’s supreme court on Thursday upheld a graft conviction and six-year jail term against Karim Wade, the son of Senegal’s ex-president Abdoulaye Wade, in a blow to his own presidential aspirations.

A former “super minister” with several portfolios in his father’s government, Karim was convicted in March for amassing an ill-gotten fortune in a deeply divisive case that has led to opposition protests in Dakar. Read more

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Macedonia issues state of emergency after refugee surge

Macedonian police have fired tear gas at migrants and refugees trying to enter from Greece after a night spent stranded in no-man’s land by an emergency decree effectively sealing the Macedonian frontier.

At least four bloodied refugees were taken for treatment on the Greek side of the border, Reuters reported on Friday. Several thousand people from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, many of them Syrian refugees, spent a cold night in no-man’s land after Macedonia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and effectively blocked its southern frontier to migrants and refugees. Read more

 

I have brain cancer – Jimmy Carter

Former American President Jimmy Carter announced Thursday that his cancer is on four small spots on his brain and he will immediately begin radiation treatment.

On learning that the cancer had spread beyond his liver, Carter said, “I just thought I had a few weeks left, but I was surprisingly at ease. I’ve had a wonderful life.”

So far, the pain has been “very slight,” Carter said, and he hasn’t experienced any weakness or debility. Still, he will cut back on his work with the Carter Center and will give the treatment regimen his “top priority.” His first radiation treatment was set for Thursday afternoon. Read more

Why graft persists, by senator

A member of the Senate Dr. Lanre Tejuoso (APC , Ogun Central District) has attributed the rising cases of corruption in the country to poor oversight by lawmakers.

Tejuoso, who addressed newsmen in Abuja, promised to sponsor a Bill that would prosecute any lawmaker who failed to raise alarm over irregularities or corrupt practices in agencies and parastatals. Read more

NCC Says Defective SIM Cards Threaten National Security

Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has said that it has blocked about 10.7 million telephone lines in the last two weeks in the ongoing de-activation of pre-registered Subscribers Identification Modules (SIM) cards of mobile network operators in Nigeria.

The Commission also warned telecom operators to adhere strictly to instructions by deactivating SIM cards with defective registration. Read more

 

Tribunal admits INEC’s electoral materials in evidence

Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Abeokuta, the State capital has admitted in evidence electoral materials brought before it by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as requested by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its Governorship candidate, Prince Nasir Gboyega Isiaka.

Isiaka and the PDP are at the Tribunal to challenge Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s victory at the Saturday, April 11 election.

The materials, brought to the court on Monday by the Deputy Director/Head of Department, Electoral Operations, Mr. Ogunjemilua Samuel through a writ of subpoena were Certified Copies of election result sheets, Forms EC8A, EC8B, EC8C, EC8D, EC8E, Voters Registers and Incident Reporting Forms. Read more

Four million Nigerians are diabetic, says don

A university teacher, Professor Olayinka Akinwusi has alerted that about four million Nigerians are diabetic with half of the population not knowing their health status

Akinwusi who is the Dean of Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Osun
State University, {UNIOSUN}, spoke at the first annual lecture of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences held at auditorium of the main campus of the institution in Osogbo. Read more

Group Decries Cases Of Child Kidnapping In Cross River

A non-governmental organisation, Prevent Abuse of Children Today (PACT) Coalition in Cross River, says that no fewer than 20 children are kidnapped in Cross River within nine months.

This is contained in a statement by Mr James Ibor, Coordinator, PACT Coalition Cross River State and Executive Secretary Basic Rights Counsel Initiative of the group, Mr James Ibor, in Calabar on Friday. Read more

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Customs Boss Seeks traditional Rulers’ Support To Fight Smuggling In Sokoto

Mr Mohammed Kabir, the Area Comptroller of Customs Service in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara, on Friday appealed to traditional rulers to join in the fight against smugglers in the area.

Kabir told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto that the commands were ready to prevent smugglers from ruining genuine businesses in the states. He said that effective operational guideline to check smuggling activities had been issued to the officers posted to the borders areas to ensure the arrest and diligent prosecution of smugglers. Read more

US Pledges Support For Ongoing NNPC Reforms

The ongoing reforms of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has received the endorsement of the United States (US) government which has pledged its readiness to work with the corporation’s new management in achieving the federal government’s reform agenda in the oil and gas industry.

This position was made known yesterday by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, while speaking during a courtesy call on the group managing director (GMD) of the NNPC, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, at the NNPC Towers in Abuja. Read more

Reviving The Culture Of Letter Writing

Letter writing is an essential skill. It is taught at primary and secondary schools, as well as higher institutions around the world. It helps students develop their writing and communication skills. That is why it is compulsory for SS3 students to write formal or informal letters at their Senior School Certificate Examinations.

But since the introduction of Global System for Mobile Communications in Nigeria in 2001, the culture of letter writing among Nigerians began to decline. People prefer using their mobile phones to compose short messages to their family and friends, and as such, disobeying the basic rules of English Grammar. Read more

Israel fires missiles at Syrian Golan Heights after rocket attacks

Israel has said it killed four Palestinian militants in an air strike on the Syrian Golan Heights, after rocket fire from Syria prompted the heaviest Israeli bombardment since the start of Syria’s four-year-old civil war.

An Israeli defence official said the four people killed in Friday’s air strike were Palestinian militants from the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad. “We know of at least four of them who were killed,” the official said. Read more

Five killed in new Israeli raid on Syria’s Golan

A new Israeli raid on Syrian-controlled territory in the Golan Heights killed at least five people on Friday, Syrian state television said, describing the dead as unarmed civilians.

An Israeli military source said the strikes targeted militants who fired rockets into Israel on Thursday. “Aircraft of the Israeli enemy targeted a civilian car in the village of al-Kom, killing five unarmed civilians,” Syrian state television said. Read more

Central African Republic still a powder keg, warn clerics awarded peace prize

Relations between minority Muslims and Christians in Central African Republic are slowly improving despite persistent insecurity, but the traumatised population fears elections this year could reignite sectarian violence that has already cost thousands of lives, the country’s three main religious leaders said.

Speaking from Geneva, where the men were awarded the Sergio Vieira de Mello prize on Wednesday as founders of the Interfaith Peace Platform, Imam Oumar Kobine Layama, the president of CAR’s Islamic Council, said things were slowly getting better after what one UN official described as “massive ethno-religious cleansing”. Read more

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