Sabinews Midday News Update for August 13, 2015
Labour Party dares Buhari to probe Obasanjo, Atiku, others
The Labour Party, LP, has added its voice to those calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to extend his probe beyond the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan.
This was as it urged the President to be holistic in his current probe by also investigating former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, his Vice, Atiku Abubakar, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and other former state governors who are now in the Senate. Read more
Dolphins make 13 signings
Dolphins FC have brought to 13 the number of new signings made this year as they look to fend off relegation from the Nigerian Premier League.
The Port Harcourt outfit currently find themselves occupying the bottom four, sitting three points from safety at the halfway stage of the top-flight campaign, winning just two of their last 16 matches in all competitions. Read more
Police demanded N500,000 to investigate our brother’s death — Delta Family
Following the death of Bestman Tobore in Ughelli, Delta State, a 37-year-old motorcycle ticket sales person who was allegedly stabbed to death by a robbery suspect, the family members have accused the police of extortion, under the pretext of investigating the case.
It will be recalled that the deceased, popularly called Agbari, reportedly died on Friday, May 8, from stabs and head injuries he sustained, resulting from an alleged attack by a robbery suspect, identified as Ejaiyeta, alias Ghana Boy. Read more
Igali says power supply now 4,600mw, urges Buhari to tackle vandalism
Amb. Godknows Igali, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Power, said on Wednesday that electicity supply nationwide had reached 4,600 megawatts.
Igali told State House correspondents after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the current state of power situation in the country, that the volume was a great improvement in the sector. Read more
Ighalo admits luck in Everton goal
Odion Ighalo has admitted that he was a bit lucky with the goal he scored against Everton at Goodison Park on the opening weekend of the 2015/16 Barclays English Premier League season.
The striker netted in the 83rd minute in exemplary fashion to temporarily give Watford a 2-1 lead over Everton before Aruna Kone rescued a point for the Toffees with a late strike. Read more
Tanzania’s Q1 2015 economic growth slows to 6.5 pct y/y
Tanzania’s gross domestic product grew 6.5 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared with a revised 8.6 percent a year ago, undermined by a slowdown in mining and manufacturing sectors, the statistics office said on Thursday.
The state-run National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement the mining sector grew 0.6 percent in January to March, sharply down from 19.7 percent during the same period a year ago, after a drop in gold, diamond and tanzanite output. Source
Mali’s Fekola gold mine set to open in 2017 – government
Mali’s Fekola gold mine, which is believed to have the largest deposits of its kind in West Africa, is set to open in early 2017, the president of the Chamber of Mines, Abdoulaye Pona, said on Wednesday.
Mali is the third-largest gold producer in Africa behind South Africa and Ghana. It expects to produce 48.9 tonnes in 2015, up from 45.8 tonnes last year, the Ministry of Mines said. Read more
Tunisia: Case Tests Political Will to End Torture
An investigation announced on August 10, 2015, into allegations by five recently released detainees of abuse by the counterterrorism police will test Tunisian authorities’ political will to eradicate torture.
Tunisian authorities should ensure that the police and other institutions cooperate fully with the investigation. They should also adopt wide-ranging measures to combat torture, including appointing the members of the national monitoring body for detention facilities. Read more
Two found guilty of knife attack on Hong Kong editor
Two men charged with attacking a former chief editor of a major Hong Kong newspaper with a meat cleaver last year were found guilty by a jury on Thursday.
Yip Kim-wah and Wong Chi-wah were charged with stabbing former Ming Pao chief editor Kevin Lau several times in the back and legs on Feb. 26, 2014, in broad daylight. Lau survived but was seriously injured in the attack which raised concerns about press freedom in the city. Read more
Indians celebrate Maggi verdict
Indians have reacted with joy to a court verdict that said a ban on popular Maggi noodles was “untenable”.
#Maggi became the top trending tag on Twitter, with most celebrating the verdict. Read more
China Tries to Dampen Fears of More Devaluations Following 2.9% Drop
China tried Thursday to ease fears of more big declines for the yuan as companies from global automakers to Chinese clothing exporters faced a new era of uncertain exchange rates.
There is “no basis for persistent and substantial devaluation,” said a deputy central bank governor, Zhang Xiaohui, at a news conference. Zhang said the yuan is close to “market levels” after two days of sharp declines. Read more
Guinea Bissau’s president dissolves government in row with PM
Guinea Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz has dissolved the government because of a growing rift with the prime minister, a presidential decree announced late on Wednesday.
Tensions, fed by overlapping duties in Guinea Bissau’s semi-presidential system, have grown between the president and Domingos Simoes Pereira since civilian rule was restored to the unstable West African nation last year following a 2012 coup. Read more
Greek government criticises rebel lawmakers before bailout vote
The Greek government criticised rebels within its ranks intent on opposing a new bailout deal in Thursday night’s parliamentary vote, saying a government without a majority “cannot go far” and raising the possibility of early elections.
With opposition support, parliament is preparing to approve the 85 billion euro bailout deal that Greece needs to avoid defaulting on a debt repayment next week. Read more
Turkey does not plan to send ground forces to Syria -foreign minister
Turkey does not expect to deploy ground forces in Syria to fight Islamic State, although that option should remain on the table, Foreign Minister Mevult Cavusoglu said in a television interview on Thursday. Read more
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