Sabinews Morning News Update for August 16, 2015
NAF begins air raid on Sambisa forest
The Nigerian Air Force has commenced intensified aerial offensive against Boko Haram insurgents in the dreaded Sambisa Forest.
The Director of Information and Public Relations of the NAF, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, said in an electronic mail on Saturday that the Air Force commenced the raids after weeks of reconnaissance by surveillance aircraft in the mission area. Read more
Police probe Borno deputy gov’s death
The police have started investigations into the sudden death of the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Mr. Zannah Umar Mustapha, at a Yola hotel in the early hours of Saturday.
Though no arrest had been made as of the time of filing this report on Saturday evening, the Public Relations Officer of the Adamawa State Police Command, DSP Abubakar Othman, told our correspondent on phone that the Police has not ruled out anything yet. Read more
Imo Workers, Government Bicker Over Unpaid Salaries
The lingering issue of unpaid salaries has pitted civil servants in Imo State against the state government. Many states in the federation are suffering from the effect of the downturn in the economy, which has resulted in difficulty in the payment of salaries. The story is the same for both the old and new governors.
The difficulty in meeting the financial responsibilities of the states to their workers is partly attributed to mismanagement of resources. This particularly due to the fact that the Federation Account allocations to the states had increased tremendously in the last four years, before the current slump in international oil prices. Read more
No killings going on in Nasarawa, Al-Makura replies Maku
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nassarawa State has said that there are no killings going on in the state as claimed by former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, in some sections of the media.
Special Assistant to Governor Al-Makura on Media and Publicity, Ahmed Tukur, stated this to journalists in Lafia when reacting to a statement credited to the former minister alleging that there are ongoing killings in the state. Read more
FG monitors Nigerians’ Facebook, Twitter accounts
The Federal Government has been monitoring the social media accounts of Nigerians who are suspected of having links with various terrorist groups, including Boko Haram and the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, findings bySUNDAY PUNCH have shown.
Our correspondent learnt that through covert operations, which have been going on for a while, security agencies hack into the Facebook and Twitter accounts of those they are monitoring. Read more
NEPC seeks alternative revenue sources
The Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) is set to reduce overdependence on global oil market.
Its Executive Director/ CEO, Segun Awolowo, said the falling price of oil has reduced government revenue, leading to pronounced negative effect on the economy. Read more
Musa Fires Fresh Warning Shot To Tanzania
Ahmed Musa at the weekend fired a fresh warning shot to the Taifa Stars of Tanzania ahead of next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match with Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Dar es Salam.
The Super Eagles’ fast forward grabbed the winning goal for his club, CSKA in their 2-1 defeat of Spartak in a Moscow derby. According to AfricanFootball.com, he struck in the 35th minute to give his side a 2-0 lead before Spartak later pulled one back to leave final scores at 2-1. Read more
Ghana’s graduate joblessness projected to hit 271,000
Professor Kwesi Yankah, President of the Central University College has predicted that the number of graduate unemployed would likely surge to 271,000 this year up from the existing figure of 200,000.
“The number [graduate unemployment] will swell up by 71,000, including new graduates to be churned out during the year,” he said. Read more
At least 40 migrants die off Libyan coast
At least 40 migrants died off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean sea on Saturday in a fishing boat in which they were travelling before they reached the European shore, the Italian navy said.
As many as 312 migrants, including three minors and 45 women, were rescued when found on an overcrowded fishing ship some 21 miles off Libya. But dozens were recovered dead in the hold, likely after inhaling the exhaust gas on the boat. Read more
Mali Armed Groups Reportedly Clash Near Rebel Stronghold
Rival armed groups in northern Mali said Saturday that they briefly exchanged fire in the first apparent breach of a peace accord they signed with the government in June.
An exchange of light and heavy weapons fire took place south of Kidal, the stronghold of secular Tuareg rebels leading a coalition known as the Coordination of Azawad Movements, or CMA. Read more
Blatter: Platini warned I’d go to jail
The outgoing FIFA president, who won May’s presidential election before resigning, has made a shocking claim against his UEFA counterpart. Sepp Blatter says UEFA president, MichelPlatini, told his brother that the FIFA president would end up in jail unless he stepped down. Blatter was re-elected as FIFA president in May against a backdrop of FBI corruption indictments, then surprised the soccer world by announcing his resignation a few days later.
A new FIFA election has been set for February 2016, and former France international Platini has emerged as the frontrunner to replace his Swiss counterpart. Read more
Libya Urges Arab Airstrikes Against IS Group After ‘Massacre’
The call for airstrikes comes after days of fighting between the Islamic State group and local armed groups in Sirte over control of the city.
Libya’s internationally recognized government urged Arab nations Saturday to conduct airstrikes against the Islamic States group in the city of Sirte, the hometown of Libya’s strongman Moammar Gadhafi. Read more
Three Turkish soldiers and one police officer killed in Kurdish militant attacks
Three Turkish soldiers and a police officer were killed in separate incidents on Saturday, security sources said, as violence roils the country’s mainly Kurdish southeast in recent weeks following the end of a two-year ceasefire.
The soldiers were killed and six more were wounded when militants from the autonomy-seeking Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) detonated a remote-controlled explosive that hit a military convoy travelling near the town of Bingol, the General Staff said on its website. Read more
Ecuador Declares Emergency as Volcano Near Capital Spews Ash
President Rafael Correa declared a state of emergency Saturday over increasing activity in the Cotopaxi volcano near the capital of Quito, and officials evacuated a few hundred people as a precaution.
The decree gives authorities more flexibility in using government funds to deal with any problems. Read more
Donald Trump says illegal immigrants ‘have to go’ in NBC interview
Donald Trump has fired another loud shot in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, telling NBC News’ Meet the Press illegal immigrants to the US “have to go”.
The real-estate mogul and sometime reality TV star, who leads polls of the Republican field after a series of controversies stoked by abrasive remarks, made the comment during an interview with host Chuck Todd which was conducted on his private plane as it sat on a runway in Des Moines, Iowa. Read more
China blast zone blocked over contamination fear; 112 dead
Authorities pulled more bodies from a massive blast site in the Chinese port of Tianjin, pushing the death toll to 112 on Sunday as teams scrambled to clear dangerous chemical contamination.
Hundreds of people were injured and 85 firefighters and 10 others are missing since a fire and rapid succession of blasts late Wednesday hit a warehouse for hazardous chemicals in a mostly industrial area of Tianjin, 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Beijing. Read more
Support for Japan’s Abe bounces after “utmost grief” for war statement – poll
Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has bounced in the first poll conducted after he expressed “utmost grief” for the suffering Japan caused during World War Two in a speech marking the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat.
Abe said on Friday he upheld past official apologies for the war, but the conservative leader said future generations should not have to keep apologising for the mistakes of the past. Read more