Sabinews Morning News Update for March 14, 2015
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday publicly spoke on the diplomatic row that has developed between the Nigerian Government and the King of Morocco, King Mohammed VI over a purported telephone conversation, saying that he never spoke with the king.
The president, while denying that any conversation took place, also ordered the minister of foreign affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, to conduct a full scale investigation to unravel the source of the media report alleging that a telephone conversation occurred with Monarch. Read more
Military discovers Boko Haram bomb factory
Nigerian troops in restive northeast region on Friday said it had uncovered a bomb factory operated by the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram in Yobe State.
The military said the factory was where Boko Haram members manufactured the improvised explosive devices used to carry out bomb attacks.
The Defense spokesperson Major General Chris Olukolade said in a statement reaching Xinhua that the ongoing cordon and search by troops in Buni Yadi area of the state led to the discovery of a bomb making factory. Read more
Poll: MASSOB members protest in Awka, Warri, demand Jega’s removal
Hundreds of members of the Chief Ralph Uwazurike –led Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday took to the streets in Awka, Anambra State and major roads in Warri, Delta State demanding immediate removal of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega over alleged plan to rig the 2015 Nigerian general elections. Read more
Defence ministry’s workers threaten strike over pay
The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria has threatened to embark on strike if the Defence Ministry fails to pay thousands of civilian employees their allowances, including promotion arrears that have been outstanding since 2011.
The ASCSN in a statement by its Secretary-General, Mr. Alade Lawal, and obtained by Saturday PUNCH in Abuja, said the ultimatum was necessary because it was unfair that “an institution which prides itself as an epitome of discipline, equity, and fairness could decide to oppress and dehumanise thousands of its civilian workers by denying them their entitlements.” Read more
Nigeria losing billions to medical tourism –CMD
The Chief Medical Director of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Kwara State, Prof. Abdulwaheed Olatinwo, has sad that Nigeria is losing billions of naira to foreign medical tourism.
He said many of those medical services that made Nigerians to travel abroad could be rendered by some hospitals in the country. Read more
NLC election holds amid tension
The election of the national officers of the Nigeria Labour Congress was held on Friday in Abuja amid tension as more than 300 policemen with sniffer dogs and operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps provided security.
Some of the policemen formed a barricade against the returning officers during the counting of the votes for the position of President and deputy president began at the Eagles Square venue of the rescheduled election. Read more
PEP Store enters partnership with MTN
PEP Stores Nigeria, a multinational retail company focused on clothing, home wear, footwear and other fast moving consumer goods, has entered a strategic business partnership with telecoms giant, MTN Nigeria, that will see it providing customers with the opportunity to buy airtime without any hassle.
According to PEP Stores Nigeria, the deal will add value to the in-store shopping experience of PEP’s customers by offering them the unique opportunity to buy MTN airtime with ease. Read more
3 Feared Dead as Fire Razes Mile 12 Market In Lagos
At least three persons were yesterday confirmed dead with properties worth millions of naira destroyed when fire gutted the popular Mile 12 market in Ketu area of Lagos State.
Our correspondent gathered that two dead bodies were initially removed from the inferno by firefighters who were seen battling to put out the fire before another dead body was later recovered. Read more
Cameroon Treating Boko Haram Prisoners Humanely, Government Says
Cameroon is treating hundreds of suspected Boko Haram militants in its prisons humanely despite the death of 25 in a prison cell last December, a government minister said on Friday, rejecting a rights group report that accused the army of abuses.
Information Minister Issa Tchiroma said several of the Boko Haram suspects were arrested with arms in their possession, while others were caught with mobile phone videos in which they were filmed slitting the throats of their victims. Read more
Arab women activists under threat demand international support
Too much talk and too little action by the international community are exposing women human rights defenders in some Arab states to great risks as the security situation deteriorates, advocates said on Friday.
Lack of support for women’s security and participation in peace negotiations has helped create a climate of impunity in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), where gross violations of human rights go unpunished, women activists said. Read more
Cyclone devastates Pacific island nation of Vanuatu
Winds of up to 340 kilometres an hour (210 mph) ripped metal roofs off houses and downed trees in the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday, as relief agencies braced for a major rescue operation and unconfirmed reports said dozens had died.
Witnesses described sea surges of up to eight metres (yards) and flooding throughout the capital Port Vila after Category 5 Cyclone Pam hit the country. Communications with the outside world were largely knocked out. Read more
Chess: Nigerian players compete in Togo
About twelve Nigerian players have been listed to compete at the Zone 4.4 Individual Chess Championship in Lome, Togo beginning today and ending on March 22. President of the Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF), Mr. Lekan Adeyemi, said yesterday that all the players were in the provisional list sent to all the federations within the zone.
The nine-round Swiss event pairing has International Master Oladapo Adu, Adeyinka Adesina, Daniel Anwuli, Candidate masters John Oyeyemi Fawole and Bomo Kighiga, Ochuko Ofovughe, Abimbola Osunfuyi, Ekok Oyama and Ekpoikong Unwana all playing in the Open category. Read more
Enyeama eager for century, hails NFF
Vincent Enyeama has expressed his delight at plans by the Nigeria Football Federation to honour him on the occasion of his 100th cap for Nigeria.
The Super Eagles goalkeeper and skipper, who currently has 99 caps for his country, will reach his century when Nigeria take on Bolivia in an friendly affair at the Akwa Ibom Stadium on March 26. Read more
F’Eagles not on Ivorian revenge mission – Manu
Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba has ruled out a revenge mission when Nigeria clash against Ivory Coast in the 2015 Africa Under-20 Championship last group match at the Caroline Faye Stadium in Mbour, Senegal on Saturday.
“People have spoken of revenge, but we are not interested in that. We just want to keep on winning our matches because if we win all our games in Senegal, we will be champions,” AfricanFootball.com quoted Manu as saying on Friday. Read more
Game of the Weekend Man Utd Vs Tottenham FC (5pm)
The Red Devils start the weekend two points above Liverpool in the final UEFA Champions League spot and three points above Tottenham whom they welcome to Old Trafford on Sunday.
While Johnny Evans (suspended), Angel Di Maria (suspended) and Robin van Persie will be out, Mauricio Pochettino has had a fully fit squad to pick from over the past couple of weeks and there’s no change ahead of their trip to Old Trafford on Sunday. Read more
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