Sabinews Midday News Update for June 8, 2015
I am not available to serve in Buhari’s govt now – Soludo
It has been difficult tracking Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo (former Governor of the Central Bank) since his bombshells before the general elections, but finally we tracked him down in his private library at his residence in Abuja on Friday, 5th June, 2015.
He seemed unwilling to say much, at least for now. But it was still vintage Soludo, and some of the issues he raised are explosive. He sees hope and opportunities for the new Government, even though he says his current engagements will not allow him to join the government on a full time basis, contrary to wide speculations. Read more
HIV/AIDS Infection Rate Is Decreasing – NACA
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in a recent report averred that most deaths in the country were disease-related. From the diseases identified in the report, HIV/AIDS accounted for much of the deaths. But the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) insists Nigeria is winning the war against HIV/AIDS. WINIFRED OGBEBO reports
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in its recent report entitled ‘Statistical Report on Women and Men in Nigeria’, identified malaria, pneumonia, tuberculosis, diarrhoea, hepatitis B and measles and some others as among the killer diseases in the country. From the diseases mentioned in the report, HIV/AIDS accounted for the highest proportion of infected females (63.5 percent) as against 36.5 percent reported for males in the referenced period (2010-2013). Read more
APC reaches out to aggrieved members over 8th Assembly leadership
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has urged all its lawmakers-elect to put the interest of the party first by supporting the candidates elected over the weekend to lead the 8th Assembly.
The party made this known in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its National Secretary, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, where it stated that it is natural for some members to be disappointed by the outcome of the straw elections conducted to select the party’s official candidates for the positions of Senate President and Speaker. Read more
NASS leadership: Saraki, Dogara secretly plot retaliation against APC
Following the outcome of the primaries conducted by the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend in Abuja, the losers have begun discreet plot to take out their anger on the party as well as the leadership of the incoming National Assembly.
The primaries had produced Senator Ahmed Lawan and Senator George Akume as sole candidates for the positions of President and Deputy Senate President of the 8th Senate respectively. Read more
Nigeria Police Least Corrupt –IGP
THE Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has said that in all the public institutions in Nigeria, the police has the least corrupt officers.
Arase stated this while speaking at the annual symposium during a ‘Feast of Barracuda’ organised by the National Association of Seadogs on Sunday June 7, 2015. The IGP, who was represented at the event by the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Wilson Inalegwu, said, “The Nigeria Police has the capacity to investigate any corrupt case under the laws, either the Criminal Code Law or the Penal Code Law. Read more
Bollywood Actress, Agarwal, Dies After Liposuction
BOLLYWOOD actress, Aarthi Agarwal, has died following suffering complications after liposuction surgery.
Agarwal, aged 31, died in New Jersey on Friday June 6, 2015 from a heart attack allegedly caused by issues relating to the cosmetic procedure she had undergone six weeks prior. She was treated for a ‘medical issue’ at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Centre in Atlantic City, but was subsequently pronounced dead, according to officials. Read more
Chinese Ship Tragedy: Death Toll Hits 434
THE death toll from a Chinese cruise ship that capsised on the Yangtze River during freak weather has risen to 434 as of Monday June 8, 2015.
The bodies of two victims were recovered on Monday morning, reducing the number of the missing people to eight, according to the rescue headquarters in Jianli, central China’s Hubei Province. Only 14 people have been found alive so far. Read more
Nigeria: UN Peace Ambassador Awardee Makes Case for PHCs
A recipient of the UN Peace Ambassador Award, Mr. Kelvin Ebhohime, has called for the revitalisation of the country’s Primary Health Centres, PHC, saying it is the bedrock of healthcare delivery anywhere in the world.
Ebhohime who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Usunobun Nigeria Limited, also said that the situation of most health centres in the country is appallling and require urgent attention. Pointing out that government alone can not solve all the problems in the sector, he decried that in most of these centres, key professionals were not on ground and as a result there are usually serious gaps in the quality of care. Read more
Nigeria: Oil Spillage – Supreme Court Orders Shell to Pay N30 Million to Four Communities in Delta
The Supreme Court, yesterday, ordered Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited to pay the sum of N30,288,681 to four communities in Delta State.
The apex court found the company culpable for the oil spillage that adversely affected the communities about 32 years ago. The communities to benefit from the judgment of the court yesterday are Obotobo, Sokebolo, Ofogbene (Ezon Burutu) and Ekeremor Zion (Ezon Asa). Read more
I wish we had an opposition party in Zimbabwe
As Mugabe arrived at the venue, he was accosted by a horde of reporters, including those from Nigeria’s SaharaTV, who asked him if he was happy to be in Nigeria to which Mugabe answered in the affirmative.
But as Mugabe was leaving the venue to get to his car, he was waylaid by the same crew that was now accompanied by a female (Adeola Fayehun, a popular Nigerian TV presenter). Read more
Coca-Cola Foundation pledges Sh432m
Coca-Cola Foundation pledges Sh432m for youth Kenya, Tunisia, South Africa, Liberia, Nigeria and Uganda will benefit from a $4.5 million (Sh432.49 million) funding for a youth empowerment initiative, the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation has said.
The chairman Nathan Kalumbu said the youth empowered for success program will provide training on life and business skills, access to employment and mentoring for 25,000 young Africans in the six countries. Read more
Nigeria: Corps Members Educate Pupils On HIV/Aids in Ogun
Secondary school students in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State, were on Thursday sensitised and educated on the menace of HIV/AIDS by members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The students, who were drawn from four different public secondary schools in the state capital, Abeokuta, including Baptist Boys High School, were taught on how the deadly virus could be contracted and how they could avoid it. Read more
Nigeria: Aero’s Fortune Drops After Friday’s Near Crash
Nigeria’s second largest carrier, Aero Nigeria Limited experienced hundreds of cancellations of flight tickets by passengers to various destinations yesterday, after a near crash involving its Kaduna-bound plane on Friday.
Aero’s flight 180 with 120 passengers from Lagos to Kaduna developed technical fault mid-air, but managed to do an emergency landing in Abuja at about 7:30pm having left Lagos around 6:30pm. The airline confirmed the near crash in a statement shortly after the incident saying there was “depressurisation in the aircraft cabin leading to the dropping of oxygen” inside the plane. Read more
Nigeria: CBN Boss Calls for Agricultural Rejuvenation
Director, Monetary Policy, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Moses Tule has stressed the need to embrace agriculture in the nation’s strive for economic transformation.
He stated this during the second in-house review meeting of the Institute of Food Security Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), titled, ‘Restoring the Primacy of Agriculture in the Nigerian Economy’, held to showcase the results of research findings in Agriculture. Read more
Iran spy trial of Washington Post reporter resumes
The trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian on charges of spying on Iran resumed behind closed doors in Tehran on Monday, a news agency linked to the judiciary reported.
MizanOnline gave no details of the new hearing before Branch 15 of the Tehran revolutionary court. Rezaian, a 39-year-old Iranian-American, has been in custody since last July. At a first hearing on May 25, prosecutors presented the charges against him, which include “collecting confidential information”, “cooperating with hostile governments” and “propaganda against the regime”. Read more
Italy’s north refuses to take more migrants
The regional president of the northern Italian region of Lombardy has refused to accept any more migrants into the province in comments backed by other regional leaders.
Roberto Maroni of the right wing Lega Nord, or Northern League, said he had instructed mayors and other officials in his region on Monday to refuse to accept any more migrants allocated to them by the central government. Municipalities that refused to comply with the order would have their funding from cut, Maroni, who presides over Italy’s most populated region, said. Read more
New York offers $100,000 reward for escaped prisoners
New York authorities have offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of two convicted murderers who used power tools to break out of a maximum security prison. The pair may have had help, and they left a taunting note for their jailers to “Have a nice day,” authorities said on Sunday.
More than 200 local, state and federal law enforcement officials set up roadblocks, took to the air and went door-to-door in their search for Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, who went missing early on Saturday morning from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, about 30km south of the Canadian border. Read more
Aladetoyinbo emerges new Deji of Akure
A prince from the Osupa Ruling House in Akure, Ondo State, Prince Kole Aladetoyinbo, has been named as the new Deji of Akure.
According to a source, Aladetoyinbo was unanimously selected on Sunday by the kingmakers of the ancient town among 13 princes that had shown interest in the stool. The source said the ruling house had at the weekend forwarded a list of nominees to the kingmakers after a meeting at the residence of its head, Dr. Ade Ogunleye. Read more
PDP Suspends 2 For Diverting Jonathan’s Campaign Fund
The chairman and secretary of People Democratic Party (PDP) Shiroro local government area of Niger State, Alhaji Iro Kurebe and Ibrahim Isah respectively, have been suspended by the ward chairmen for allegedly diverting former president Goodluck Jonathan campaign fund meant for 184 polling units in the area.
In what seems to be the outcome of the review of the poor outing of the party in the last election, the 14 PDP ward chairmen of the area accused the two officials of the party of diverting N3 million meant for the presidential campaign in the area for the last general election. Read more
Boko Haram Suspects Escape Arrest, Kill Security Operative In Kaduna
Two Boko Haram suspects escaped yesterday in Kaduna after a gun battle which ensued between them and team of joint security operatives which led to the death of one of the operatives.
An eyewitness who is a neighbour to the residence of the Boko Haram suspects but sought anonymity said the team of the security personnel raided the area at about 1am yesterday when the area became saturated with gun-shots that lasted for hours. Read more
G7: Obama says strong dollar poses ‘problem’
US President Barack Obama told his allies at a Group of Seven , G7, summit that the strong dollar posed a “problem”, a French diplomatic source said Monday.
“Obama said yesterday that the strong dollar posed a problem but a strong euro poses a problem too,” the source said. A strong currency weighs on the competitiveness of a country’s industries and exports. Read more
FIFA U20 World Cup: Meet the quarter-finalists
Tournament heavyweights Germany and Brazil maintained their unbeaten records to qualify for the Round of 16 at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand as pool play ended Sunday.
Nigeria and Uzbekistan also qualified as Groups E and F completed their matches while Hungary, who were beaten by Nigeria, still sneak through as one of the best third-placed sides. Read more
Intrigues as bid for Lagos ministerial slot hots up
An epic struggle for the ministerial position for Lagos State has broken out among leading stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress, APC in the state.
It is a first time for associates of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who had until now been limited to sharing the spoils in Lagos and had left the space to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who without political offices in Lagos had periodically struggled for the ministerial slot.Read more
Warring Libya factions in ‘decisive’ UN talks
Libya’s warring factions meet for a new round of “decisive” talks Monday as the UN scrambles for a peace deal before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan next week.
Amid warnings the oil producer is on the verge of collapsing into a failed state, United Nations envoy Bernardino Leon is pushing for an agreement before the June 17 start of Ramadan. Read more
National mourning begins in Ghana after deadly blaze
Flags flew at half mast in Ghana on Monday as three days of mourning began to honour more than 150 killed in a petrol station fire during heavy flooding in the capital, Accra.
The government asked the public to wear black as a mark of respect to those who died, as the Red Cross said that 9,250 people have been affected by both tragedies. President John Dramani Mahama will attend a service in memory of the victims on Wednesday near the site of the fire at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, his office said in a statement. Read more
Yemen president says UN talks not for reconciliation
Yemen’s exiled president said his government will not negotiate with Iran-backed rebels at UN-sponsored peace talks due to open in Switzerland this weekend, in comments broadcast on Monday.
President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi said the sole item for discussion would be the implementation of a resolution adopted by the UN Security Council in April demanding the rebels’ withdrawal from the swathes of the country they have seized. Read more
Iran to open 150 alcohol treatment centres
Iran plans to open 150 alcohol treatment centres, a health ministry official said on Monday, in an acknowledgement of the scale of abuse in a country where drinking is illegal.
The head of the ministry’s drug abuse department, Dr Alireza Norouzi, told the ISNA news agency that the 150 day centres would provide special settings and educational courses to help people give up alcohol. Six of the centres to be opened by March 2016 would also provide in-patient detoxification, Norouzi said. Read more