South Sudan: Split Over Claims the West is Supporting Rebels
The South Sudanese government is sharply divided over the level of involvement of western countries in the current conflict, amid claims some are providing support to rebels forces aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar.
The ambassadors from the United States and European Union countries issued a statement on Wednesday expressing disappointment over the government’s decision to block a delegation of political parties from attending peace talks in neighbouring Ethiopia, which are being facilitated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Read more
Sierra Leone readies for Controversial Ebola shutdown
Sierra Leone was preparing on Thursday for an unprecedented three-day nationwide shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move which experts claimed could worsen the epidemic.
The population of six million will be confined to their homes from midnight (0000 GMT) going into Friday as almost 30,000 volunteers go door-to-door uncovering patients and bodies hidden in people’s homes.
“Rain or shine, the shutdown exercise is going to go ahead. During the three days… the job is going to get done,” said Steven Gaojia, head of the government’s emergency Ebola operation centre. Read more
The world governing body has ordered national association members to return gifts from the Brazilian FA which breached Fifa laws
Watches worth around €20,000 gifted to 32 national associations by the Brazilian FA (CBF) must be handed to Fifa before October 24, the world governing body has announced.
The Parmigiani timepieces were among a series of smaller gifts handed to representatives of national parties arriving at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, as well as 28 Fifa Executive Committee members and 10 other Conmebol nations. Read more
Govt to provide test kits in public schools
The Enugu State Government on Thursday promised to provide Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) test kits in public schools ahead of the Sept. 22 resumption.
The state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uchechukwu Okoro, announced this in Enugu during a capacity building workshop on EVD for teachers in the state. Read more
No investor can exceed 20% stake in Ecobank
Management of the Lome, Togo-based Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) has said it welcomes the huge investor interest it is currently attracting.
But it insisted that it would ensure no particular institutional investor exceeds a ceiling of 20 per cent stake. Read more
INEC advises public on its contact centre
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has advised members of the public to utilise its citizen contact centre to obtain relevant information about electoral process.
INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzi, gave the advice in an interview with the media in Abuja on Thursday. Read more
Criminalise torture now, Amnesty tells Nigeria
Amnesty International on Thursday urged Nigeria’s government to criminalise torture, as it published a new report documenting widespread abuses in the criminal justice system and military.
The London-based rights group’s report, “‘Welcome to hell fire’ — Torture and Other Ill-treatment in Nigeria”, catalogues the testimony of hundreds of victims compiled over the last 10 years. Read more
SURE-P funds not transparently managed – Group
The Centre for Social Justice on Thursday called for more transparency in the management of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program to enable the people determine the impact which the program had created on the country.
The Lead Director, CSJ, Mr Eze Onyekpere made the call during the unveiling of a report on the implementation of the SURE-P programme. Read more
Troops recover three vehicles from insurgents
Nigerian Army has disclosed that troops on Tuesday recovered three Hilux vehicles mounted with machine and anti-aircraft guns, one Mowag Armoured Personnel Carrier and other assorted arms and ammunition, from the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
Director of Army Public Relations, Olajide Laleye, a Brig.-Gen., in a statement on Wednesday said the recovery was made when the troops engaged the insurgents in a fight at Konduga town. Read more
Lagos faces trans-border Ebola virus threat -Commissioner
The Lagos State Government on Thursday said the state was still under threat of trans-border transmission of Ebola Virus Disease from the virus ravaged neighbouring countries.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jidew Idris, made the assertion in Ikeja, Lagos, while receiving some Ebola virus preventive materials donated by Neimeith Pharmaceutical Plc to the state government. Read more
Death toll in building collapse up to 80
The death toll in a building collapse at a televangelist’s church complex in Nigeria has risen to 80, an official said Thursday.
Ibrahim Farinloye of the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency announced the toll as search operations continued at T.B. Joshua’s Synagogue, Church of All Nations, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. Read more
Bayelsa demands Agip shut operations, inaugurates spills’ team
Bayelsa State Government has set up a rapid spills response team to tackle frequent oil and gas spillages in the state.
To start the rapid spills response initiative, the government has asked the Nigerian Agip Oil Company to temporarily shut down operations in its facility where spillage occured recently. Read more
Salesman docked for allegedly defrauding employer of N80,000
A 32-year-old salesman, Sunday Ogundipe, who allegedly defrauded his employer of N80,000, was on Thursday arraigned in an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun.
Ogundipe, who resides at No. 38 Akinyemi St., Iyana Iyesi, Ota, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and fraud. Read more
Echiejele hails UCL return
The Ligue 1 outfit returned to the continental competition after an eight-year absence, during which they were also relegated to the second tier of Frencg football.
Echiejele sat out the clash after picking up a knock while on national duty in the recent 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa. Read more
State to provide 15,000 homes in Warri with water
The Delta State Government is set to provide portable drinking water to about 115,000 homes in Warri and its environs as soon as the African Development Bank Assisted (ADB) Warri/Effurun water project concludes the test-running of the project.
Commissioner for Water Resources, Chris Oghenechovwen, made this disclosure in Warri recently, saying that the project, which covers an area of 189-kilometre, would take clean and safe drink water to 15,000 homes. Read more
Boko Haram suspected in deadly attack on teachers college
Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a college in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 35 others.
The attack targeted the Federal College of Education in the city of Kano. Read more