Sabinews Midday News Update for August 6, 2015
Judge transfers suit seeking Saraki’s removal
Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday transferred a suit filed by some senators seeking to annul the election of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to another Judge.
Five APC senators, Abu Ibrahim, Kabiru Marafa, Ajayi Boroffice, Gbenga Ashafa, and Suleiman Hunyuki had filed the suit seeking nullification of the June 9 election of Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu. Read more
Govt Must Equip, Boost Morale Of Army, Says Minimah
The outgoing Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Keneth Minimah, has disclosed that the Nigerian Army has successfully forced Boko Haram leaders into hiding, stressing that he left the Army far better than he met it.
He stated this at the pulling out ceremony organised in his honour to signify his formal exit from the military in Abuja, on Wednesday. Read more
Kano Pillars Achieve 200 Milestone in NPFL
Nigerian champions, Kano Pillars, yesterday achieved the feat of going 200 home games unbeaten in the country’s top division when they defeated Heartland 2-1 at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.
The Kano club just needed to avoid defeat to attain the feat of 200 home matches without a defeat in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Read more
Nigerian Law School Releases Bar Final Results
The Council of Legal Education, the authority that runs the Nigerian Law School, has released the results of both the Bar Final Resit examinations held in April 2015 and the Bar Final examinations for regular students conducted in May 2015.
A statement by the Director General of the law school, Mr Olanrewaju Onadeko said that out of the 2,736 students who participated in the resit examination only 1,648 were successful. They will be called to the Bar with a pass. Read more
BOI Disburses N24.6bn to Solid Minerals Sector
In its fulfillment of the federal government resolve to diversify the economy, the Bank of Industry (BOI) has disbursed about N24.6 billion to the solid minerals sector.
The Managing Director of BOI, Rasheed Olaoluwa, stated this on Wednesday at a one-day sensitisation for the solid minerals industry in Abuja. Read more
Danbatta yet to resume at NCC
The expected handing over to Prof. Umar Danbatta by his predecessor Engr Eugene Juwah didn’t take place at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday.
Juwah was replaced by Danbatta as executive vice chairman of the commission by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday. Read more
Succession Process For Ooni Begins
Royal compounds in Ile-Ife may have begun submission of names of possible successor to Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II to traditional rulers and kingmakers for consideration.
Investigation conducted revealed that royal compounds from Giesi ruling house and Lafogido ruling house are those being considered for submission of names as successor of Oba Sijuwade Olubuse. Read more
NIMASA Postpones Entrance Examination Into Technical College
The entrance examination into the NIMASA Science and Technical College (NSTC) Okoloba, Delta State, for the 2015/2016 academic session, earlier scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2015, has been postponed.
A statement signed by the Deputy Director/Head, Public Relations, Lami Tumaka said the examination which was to hold in five centres across the country has been postponed for administrative reasons. Applicants and interested members of the public are advised to monitor the NIMASA website for a new date, which will also be advertised in national dailies, in due course. Read more
Osun Assembly throws out petition against Aregbesola, recommends Judge for sanction
The Osun State House of Assembly has thrown out the petition filed against Governor Rauf Aregbesola by Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, a serving judge in the state judiciary.
The House, acting on the recommendations of a seven-man committee headed by Mr. Akintunde Adegboye, also recommended the judge for sanction by the state Judicial Service Commission. Read more
Owner of $2.1m seized cash is an ex-FG official – EFCC
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) on Wednesday partially disclosed the identity of the owner of about $2.1million (N413million) seized at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.
The owner is a former Executive Secretary of a federal parastatal. Read more
Nigeria, China Sign MoU on Railways, Manufacturing
In an effort to boost trade and investment, the Nigerian government and the Peoples Republic of China on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate investment between the two countries.
The MoU was signed by the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) and Qingdao International Chambers of Commerce for the Private Sector (QICCPS) affirming their desire to encourage the inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from Chinese Businessmen in the Chamber into Nigeria. Read more
‘Missing’ Gambian journalist in court on sedition charge
A high-profile Gambian journalist who went missing in mid-July appeared in court in the capital Banjul on Wednesday charged with sedition, before being remanded in custody.
Alagie Ceesay, manager of the Teranga FM radio station, disappeared on July 17 after he was abducted by unidentified men in a car, according to his family, who blamed the west African country’s secret police, the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). Read more
Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing
Tens of thousands gathered in Hiroshima on Thursday to mark 70 years since the dropping of the first atomic bomb, with opinion still divided over whether its deadly destruction was justified.
Bells tolled as a solemn crowd observed a moment of silence at 08:15, when the detonation turned the bustling city into an inferno, killing thousands instantly and leaving others with horrific injuries to die a slow death. Read more
Egypt to unveil Suez Canal extension amid nationalist fervor
Egypt is to unveil a major extension of the Suez Canal that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has billed as a historic achievement that will boost the economy following years of unrest.
An elaborate ceremony due later on Thursday in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia will be hosted by the president and attended by foreign dignitaries. Read more
Bali airport closed for fourth time
Indonesian authorities ordered a fresh shutdown of the airport on the resort island of Bali on Thursday, sparking flight cancellations and travel misery for tourists during peak holiday season.
Transport ministry spokesman JA Barata said Ngurah Rai airport would be closed for several hours from midday (04.00 GMT) due to ash drifting from Mount Raung, on Indonesia’s main Java island. Read more
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission boss in trouble over Sh250m kits payment
A decision by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chief Executive Ezra Chiloba to pay a company that supplied voter identification devices Sh250 million above the contractual sum has returned to haunt him.
Mr Chiloba found himself in trouble with members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) after he admitted to having paid for 4,600 additional electronic voter identification devices (EVID) even after his predecessor, James Oswago, had declined to pay for the kits. Read more
President Uhuru Kenyatta hits out at Kenya’s Opposition over President Obama visit
President Uhuru Kenyatta has criticised the Opposition for failing to put the interest of the country before theirs when the President of the United States, Barack Obama, was in the country a week ago.
President Kenyatta said the leaders, who were lucky to have been accorded the opportunity to meet President Obama, wasted the golden opportunity they got to contribute to Kenya’s progress. Read more
Russian pensioner Tamara Samsonova may have eaten victims
A Russian pensioner who is being investigated by police over 13 murders may have cannibalised her victims, police have said.
Tamara Samsonova, 68, was arrested in July on suspicion of killing a 79-year-old woman, cutting up her body and disposing of it in a pond. CCTV footage reportedly showed the pensioner carrying the woman’s body in a black plastic bag as she attempted to dispose of it. Read more
Busta Rhymes arrested after allegedly throwing protein drink at gym worker
Busta Rhymes has been charged with assault after allegedly throwing a protein drink at a gym employee in New York. Authorities said the rapper, whose real name is Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr, was arrested at about 8.30pm on Wednesday.
The alleged incident happened at Steel Gym in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan. A spokesman for the New York police department said the rapper and the male worker had been involved in a dispute that escalated. Read more
Israeli bomb from Gaza war explodes killing four from Palestinian family
At least four members of a Palestinian family have been killed and 13 others injured in Gaza after an unexploded Israeli bomb from last year’s war went off.
Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said on Thursday the ordnance exploded as Palestinian workers were helping family members remove rubble from a house destroyed in the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, who rule the coastal territory. Read more
Floods still swamp Pakistan despite improved warnings
Pakistan has reinforced its weather forecasting services since massive floods struck five years ago, but government agencies are struggling to act on the information, with extreme weather continuing to bring new disasters.
Recent flash floods in the country’s northwestern and southwestern areas, triggered by heavy monsoon rains in July, were forecast weeks in advance by the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD). Read more
Further plane shrapnel found in MH370 hunt
A plane window has been found on Reunion Island by Malaysian teams searching for remains of MH370.
Earlier Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott hailed the discovery of a wing fragment from the plane on Indian Ocean island of Reunion, stating that the “baffling mystery” of the flight’s disappearance was closer to being solved. Read more
ISIS Seize Key Town in Central Syria
Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has seized a key town in central Syria following clashes with President Bashar Assad’s forces.
The town of Qaryatain lies southwest of the historic town of Palmyra, which the extremist group seized in May. The capture of Qaryatain, a heavily populated town, allows the IS group to link up areas under its control in and around Palmyra with areas in the eastern countryside of Qalamoun north of Damascus. Read more
Poland’s new president calls for stronger Nato presence to counter Russia
The Conservative politician Andrzej Duda has been sworn in as Poland’s new president, immediately calling for a stronger Nato presence in his country to counter the perceived military threat from Russia.
In his first speech as president to the two chambers of parliament, Duda, 43, also said he will uphold his pledges to raise the tax-free allowance and lower the retirement age. Read more
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