Sabinews Morning News Update for May 9, 2015
Military uncovers Boko Haram’s hideout
As the Boko Haram terror sect continues to unravel under the weight of the ongoing military offensive, the full extent of its atrocities and bestiality have continued to emerge with horror.
The offensive in Sambisa forest is yielding tremendous treasure trove of intelligence, with the discovery of sensitive materials including arms, ammunitions, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) gadgets and video recordings of beheadings they left behind. Read more
Four Nigerians elected into British parliament
Four Nigerian-born Britons were yesterday elected as members of the British Parliament.
They are Chuka Harrison Umunna, Helen Grant, Chi Onwurah and Kate Osamor.
Umunna, the Labour Party Shadow Business Secretary was re-elected to represent Streatham. He is aged 36 and was first elected in 2010. Read more
Rice Farmers Back Adesina for AfDB Job
The Rice Processors Association of Nigeria, (RPAN) Friday declared its support for the Minister of Agriculture Dr. Akinwumi Adesina in his quest to become the next president of African Development Bank, saying the minister would improve Africa’s agricultural fortune.
Chairman of the association, Muhammed Abubakar, while speaking with journalists yesterday in Abuja, explained that the minister, if elected as AFDB president would tackle hunger and malnutrition in the continent. Read more
Boko Haram suicide bomber blown up in Yobe school attack
A suicide bomber on an attack mission to the College of Administrative and Business Studies, Potiskum,Yobe State yesterday blew up himself after policemen ,assisted by the staff and students of the institution, frustrated his effort to unleash terror .
His two accomplices were arrested. Read more
Police Promote 632
The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of 632 senior Police Officers in line with its constitutional mandate to promote persons to offices in the Nigeria Police Force.
Of the number, 460 Officers were promoted from the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police, (ASP) to the next rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police, (DSP), while 172 Officers on the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police were elevated to the rank of Superintendent of Police. Read more
Anglican Bishop Seeks Pay Cut for Nigerian Lawmakers
The Bishop of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Lokoja Diocese Emmanuel Egbunu has called on the president-elect, General Muhammudu Buhari to ensure he effects pay cut for the federal and state lawmakers, describing the present salary as unrealistic in a depressed economy as ours.
The bishop made the call yesterday during the third session of the seventh synod held in Lokoja, the Kogi State Capital Read more
NEMA begins integration of 4,000 Nigerian returnees from Niger Republic
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday said it had commenced the transportation of about 4,000 repatriated Nigerian refugees from Niger Republic to their home states.
It made the disclosure following reports of repatriation of about 6,000 Nigerians from the neighbouring country. Read more
GSK Partners With Foundation on Asthma Control
As part of activities to mark this year’s World Asthma Day, themed “You Can Control Your Asthma”, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Nigeria Ltd, a leading research-based pharmaceutical company, recently lent its support to the Elias Nelson Oyedokun Foundation, (ENOF) in raising awareness about the disease and how it can be controlled.
Speaking at a symposium to mark the day, , Medical Science Liaison, GSK Nigeria, Dr. Omolabake Okunubi stated that, until recently, awareness in Nigeria about Asthma was relatively low and, as a result, people were not aware that the disease could be controlled. According to her, even though there is no cure for Asthma, it can be effectively controlled. Read more
Ondo Wins London Chocolate Awards
The Cocoa Revolution Project of the Ondo State government has received a big boost with its product clinching the Chocolate Silver Awards at the just concluded Academy of Chocolate Awards in London.
According to a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Hon. Kayode Akinmade, the State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, was represented at the Award presentation where the state’s 70 percent Chocolate bar won in the silver category, by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Engineer Ademola Olorunfemi. Read more
IGP Sets to Combat Corruption among Officers
The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has directed the IGP Teams on Monitoring of Police Performance to immediately commence the monitoring of activities/conducts of police officers on the highways, police stations and formations nationwide.
This directive, according to a statement by the Force Spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu, is aimed at kick starting the enforcement of the Police Anti-Corruption Initiative (PACI) recently launched by the IGP. Read more
13 airports to get airfield lighting soon –Minister
Thirteen of the nation’s airports will be fitted with airfield lighting for improved productivity and enhanced operations very soon, the Minister of Aviation, Mr. Osita Chidoka, has said.
A statement by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria quoted the minister as saying this when he inaugurated the Common User Passenger Processing System at the Muratala Muhammed Airport, Termina Two, in Lagos. Read more
Nigerian Bond Yields Predicted to Fall on Low Supply
The yields on Nigerian treasury bonds yields are expected to fall at a primary auction next week, due to a lower supply.
The Debt Management Office (DMO) plans to sell N60 billion of 5, 10 and 20-year Treasury bonds next week, short of the usual N70 billion naira worth of bonds sold at the previous auction last month. Read more
Power supply drops to 2,345MW
The country’s power generation has dropped by about 500 megawatts to a record low of 2.391.31MW, while actual supply fell to 2,345.7MW, data obtained from the Presidential Task Force on Power on Friday showed.
This is happening amid worsening petrol scarcity being experienced in many parts of the country. Read more
2016: Olympics: Mali pulls out of Falcons clash
Nigeria on Friday sealed their place in the next round of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers after Mali withdrew from the qualifiers.
The Super Falcons were scheduled to host their West African rivals in the first leg Rio 2016 qualifier in Abuja on Saturday but FIFA informed the Nigeria Football Federation that the Malians had pulled out of the qualifiers. Read more
Kano Fans Want Emordi Sacked
This is not be the best of times for Kano Pillars coach, Okey Emordi, as pressure mounts on the management to sack the coach following the team’s recent string of poor results.
Emordi is set to be subjected to a torrid time by a section of the fans who are ready to turn on him as the reality and pain of losses sets in, especially after Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Shooting Stars in a Nigeria Professional Football League showdown. Read more
Consultant urges FG to focus on grassroot sports
A Sports Consultant, Matthew Okeyinka, has urged the Federal Government to take grassroots sports development seriously, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Okeyinka, who is the Chairman of Global Sports Consult Limited, said that sports development must begin from the grassroots if meaningful achievement must be recorded. Read more
Ex-AFN chief backs Okagbare
Former Vice-President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Elias Gora says Blessing Okagabre’s recent condemnation of the neglect of grassroots sports in the country is not far from the truth, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Gora, a former Secretary-General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, told NAN on Friday that an athlete of Okagbare’s calibre should be taken seriously. Read more
LMC warns Rangers, 3SC, Enyimba
The League Management Company on Friday warned Enugu Rangers, Enyimba and Shooting Stars against fielding players having provisional clearance in their Premier League fixtures on Sunday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
NAN reports that provisional clearance was issued to some players whose transfer transactions have yet to be completed. Read more
Celtic, PSV chase Kingsley Madu
Celtic have been linked with a move for Nigerian youngster Kingsley Madu. The 19-year-old is currently catching the eye at Slovakian outfit FK AS Trencin.
The Nigerian Under-20 international arrived at the club last summer from Kano-based side El-Kanemi Warriors and has since gone on to become a fairly exciting talent across Europe. Read more
New Cartel Arises From Mexico’s Assault on Big Drug Lords
It has the drugs and distribution system of a traditional cartel — and it has the modern weapons and audacity of an army. After attacking federal forces, downing a military helicopter and shutting down streets in Mexico’s second-largest city last week, the New Generation Jalisco cartel is now the main enemy in the country’s fight with drug cartels.
In just a few years, New Generation has grown from being an offshoot of the powerful Sinaloa cartel to one of Mexico’s strongest criminal groups in its own right, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, whose Office of Foreign Assets Control maintains a “black list” of drug trafficking organizations. Read more
Australian police thwart ‘imminent’ terror attack
Australian police said they thwarted an ‘imminent terror attack’ after finding explosives at a home in Melbourne and arresting a 17-year-old boy.
Acting on a tip-off from the national security phone line, police and security agencies began investigating the teenager and later raided his home in Greenvale. Read more
N.Korea says test-fires submarine-launch ballistic missile-KCNA
North Korea said on Saturday it has successfully conducted an underwater test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, which, if true, would indicate progress in the secretive state’s pursuit of building missile-equipped submarines.
The North’s leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test-launch from a location off-shore as the submarine dove under water and “a ballistic missile surfaced from the sea and soared into the air, leaving a fiery trail of blaze,” the official KCNA news agency said. Read more
China April consumer inflation edges up to 1.5 pct but milder than forecast
China’s consumer inflation edged up to 1.5 percent in April, less than market expectations and adding to concerns about burgeoning deflationary pressures which are likely to lead to more policy easing.
Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted the consumer price index (CPI) would pick up to 1.6 percent from the same period a year earlier, compared with 1.4 percent in March. Read more
Pro-Russian Ukraine separatists free IRC aid workers
Pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine have freed two American aid workers seized ten days ago.
Over 30 other staff members were detained whilst gunmen raided the office of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Donetsk. Read more
Samsung opens its biggest store in East Africa
Samsung has opened its largest store in East and Central Africa, in Nairobi.
The shop will see the company join the price war that has been pitched by rival low-cost handset vendors. Read more
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