*Jonathan, Buhari Sign Peace Pact on 2015 Polls Today* *Soldiers repel Boko Haram from entering Biu*

*Jonathan, Buhari Sign Peace Pact on 2015 Polls Today* *Soldiers repel Boko Haram from entering Biu*

Sabinews Midday News Update for January 14, 2015MIDDAY NEWS


Jonathan, Buhari Sign Peace Pact on 2015 Polls Today

In a bid to avoid the kind of violence that engulfed the country after the 2011 general elections, President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari are expected to sign a political accord ahead of the February 2015 general polls today.

Jonathan who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Buhari, the presidential flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) met in Abuja today at an all political stakeholders national workshop on violence-free elections in 2015 to sign the undertaking. Read more

Soldiers repel Boko Haram from entering Biu as armed youths mobilize

A report reaching DAILY POST from Borno State says the Boko Haram insurgents are being repelled by soldiers from gaining entrance into Biu town.

A resident, in a frantic call to our reporter Wednesday morning, said youths in the town have also mobilized and are set to fight back in the event the insurgents over power the military. Read more

Tanker Grounded off Nigerian Coast May Siphon LNG to Break Free

A fully loaded Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanker grounded off the Nigerian coast last week may siphon its cargo to another ship after tugs failed to pull it free, the owner Teekay LNG Partners, said on Tuesday.

The Magellan Spirit tanker, carrying a full load of 165,000 cubic metres, became grounded in soft mud trying to leave the Bonny Island plant of the Nigeria LNG export plant, Reuters quoted the spokesman, Jonathan Anthony, as saying in a statement. Read more

NNPC denies spending N152b on refineries maintenance

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has denied allegations that it has committed N152 billion to execute the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of the nation’s four refineries between 2011 to 2013.

NNPC in a statement by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Ohi Alegbe on Tuesday in Abuja said the allegations made by some civil society organizations were deliberate “distortion of facts and figures about its operations by desperate vote-seeking politicians’ intent on gaining partisan advantage by hook or by crook. Read more

68.8 million Nigerians to vote – Jega

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has declared that 68.883.476 registered voters would vote in the February General elections in the country.

This is just as he disclosed that over 4 million voters won’t get the Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) for multiple registrations and having no fingerprints. Read more

Google turns smartphones into real-time translators

Google began turning smartphones into real-time language translators — of both written and spoken content.

The California-based Internet titan is hoping that, along with making it easier for people to understand one another on their travels, Google Translate will serve as a useful tool for teachers, medical personnel, police and others with important roles in increasingly multi-lingual communities. Read more

Robbers Kill 15 in Ondo

No fewer than 15 people including, 4 police officers have been killed by dare-devil armed robbers during an operation yesterday at Ikare Akoko in Akoko Northeast local government area of Ondo State.

According to eyewitness account, the bandits stormed the two places at about 3.00pm, using dynamite to blow up the bullet-proof doors of the bank so as to gain entrance. Read more

New Lagos INEC REC meets party leaders, solicits support

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos on Tuesday called for the support of political parties to ensure successful general elections in the state.

Mr Akin Orebiyi, the new Resident Electoral Commission (REC) said this during his inaugural meeting with party leaders and other stakeholders in the state. Read more

Ronaldo, Messi snub each other in Ballon d’Or voting again

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi snubbed each other in the voting for the 2014 Ballon d’Or for the second successive year.

Ronaldo coasted to victory with 37.66 per cent of the vote – a total which topped the combined hauls of fellow nominees, Messi, and Bayern Munich stopper, Manuel Neuer. Read more

Nnanna Cleared As CBN Deputy Governor

The National Assembly, NASS, yesterday, approved the nomination and appointment of Dr. Okwu Joseph Nnanna as the Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

The Senate ratified Nnanna’s appointment, following the consideration of the report of his screening by the Chairman, Joint Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, Senator Bassey Otu. Read more

Qaeda Group in Yemen Claims Responsibility for Charlie Hebdo Attack

The militant group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, took responsibility on Wednesday for the bloody attack one week ago on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in which 12 people, including cartoonists and police officers, were killed.

The group accompanied its claim with an image of the Eiffel Tower dissolving. Read more

Italy President Napolitano steps down, setting challenge for PM Renzi

Italy’s 89-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano stepped down on Wednesday after almost 9 years in office, a statement said, forcing Prime Minister Matteo Renzi into a politically delicate balancing act to appoint a successor.

Napolitano had always been expected to step down before the end of his second term, explaining two weeks ago that his advanced age had made it increasingly difficult for him to perform the duties of his office. Read more

China arrests 10 Turkish nationals on suspicion of aiding terror suspects

Shanghai police have detained 10 Turkish nationals for supplying fake passports to terror suspects from China’s Xinjiang region, state media has reported.

The police arrested an additional 11 Chinese nationals in November, according to the state-run Global Times newspaper. Nine allegedly purchased falsified Turkish passports for 60,000 yuan (£6,384) each and two helped facilitate the transactions. Many of the accused are ethnic Uighurs, a Muslim, Turkic-speaking minority group. Read more

UK’s Cameron under pressure to appear in pre-election TV debates

British Prime Minister David Cameron came under concerted pressure on Wednesday from political rivals to take part in a series of pre-election TV debates he has said he will boycott unless the smaller left-leaning Green Party is also included.

Cameron’s refusal has seen opponents accuse him of using a questionable pretext to avoid a debate they say he is scared of. His foes also accuse him of showing disdain for what they say is a healthy democratic exercise ahead of the May 7 national election, which is expected to be unusually tight. Read more

Alex Iwobi Invited To Nigeria Team to Prepare for 2016 Olympics

The nephew of former Super Eagles captain Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Alex Iwobi has been given an invitation to the Nigeria Under-23 team for a get together in preparation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Highly rated within the Arsenal youth system, Iwobi yet to make his professional debut for the team has represented England at various youth level up to the Under-18 but he last played for them on 30th October 2013. Read more


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