Sabinews Midday News Update for December 18, 2014MIDDAY NEWS


2015 Budget: Nigerians to pay more tax- Okonjo- Iweala

Sequel to the dwindling oil revenues, Nigerians are expected to pay more tax in the coming year to shore up the shortfall, the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said.

“We’ve tried to broaden the tax-base,” Okonjo-Iweala, who spoke with reporters shortly after laying the budget before the House of Representatives, said, adding that the Federal Government has also “closed many loopholes and leakages.” Read more

Boko Haram unrest: Nigerian militants ‘kidnap dozens’

Militants have stormed a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping dozens, a survivor has told the BBC.

He said that suspected Boko Haram militants had seized young men, women and children from Bintiri village.

The attack happened on Sunday but news has only just emerged, after survivors reached the city of Maiduguri. Read more

Borno IDPs, youths protest against Shettima’s move to retain deputy as running mate

Thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge at various camps as well as Youths from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday jointly took to the streets of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital in a peaceful protest against governor Kashim Shettima’s plan to pick his Deputy, Zannah Umar Mustapha as running mate in the upcoming 2015 general elections in the state.

This is even as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed fears that over 740,000 persons, mainly from the North-East, may not be able to exercise their voting rights during the 2015 elections. Read more

Unsolicited Text Messengers Defy NCC’s Warnings

Telecommunication subscribers are beginning to feel embarrassed with the avalanche of unsolicited calls and text messages that hit their mobile phones on a daily basis, in spite of warnings from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the industry regulator, to stop the action.

The subscribers have therefore called on NCC to make further efforts in addressing the situation, which they have said, constitutes  distractions and overloading of their phone memory, where text messages are stored. Read more

2015: Police seek adequate funding, warn politicians

The police in Delta State on Wednesday urged the authorities to adequately fund the force to avoid the temptation of being lured by politicians in 2015.

At a one-day workshop attended by the Nigeria Security and Civil  Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps, Customs, Navy, Air force, Department of State Services, Immigration, Nigeria Prisons, National Orientation Agency, and other stakeholders, the  police warned politicians against flouting the laws guiding the electoral process. Read more

Sierra Leone goes door-to-door to fight Ebola surge

Sierra Leone on Wednesday said health workers would go door-to-door as part of sweeping efforts to stem the spread of Ebola in the west of the country, which has also been hit by a ban on New Year revelries and travel restrictions.

President Ernest Bai Koroma led the charge in a nationwide radio address saying “travel and movements between districts will be restricted during the Christmas period” across the West African nation, which has seen the highest number of Ebola cases in the current epidemic. Read more

Ndokwa may not govern Delta until after 32 years

A non-political group, Concerned Sons and Daughters of Ndokwa, has predicted that it will take more than 32 years for the people of Ndokwa to rule Delta State, as many other ethnic groups will clamour for it after 2019.

The Convener of the group, Mr. Duke Daniel Chukwuma Ilome, disclosed this in Kwale at the inaugural meeting of the concerned indigenes of Ndokwa. Read more

Ughievwen communities threaten DESOPADEC, NDDC

The leadership of Ughievwen Major Oil Producing Communities as led by Ekakpavwe Oil community has given DESOPADEC and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) a 21-day  ultimatum to initiate projects or enter into viable agreement and show their presence in Ekakpamre community, the 1962 major oil  producing community among other oil communities in Ughievwen lands.

Failure to do that the Oil communities threatened sanctions on the oil companies as well as institute legal action which would affect smooth oil business in their lands. Read more

3 Kidnappers Killed in Rivers

Men of the Rivers State Command have killed three suspected kidnappers during exchange of gunfire with the hoodlums at their hideout in the Rumuola area of Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The security operatives also rescued a kidnap victim, Mr. Standfast Barnabas, the branch manager of First City Monument Bank, Choba, who was kidnapped by the hoodlums on December 13, 2014. Read more

Armed Robbers Invade Hospital, Steal Money, Equipment

Eight armed robbers terrorizing Ughelli in Delta State in the last two months have visited the state Central Ughelli Central Hospital where they stole an unspecified amount of money and hospital equipment worth millions of naira.

Source said the hoodlums took advantage of the ongoing strike embarked upon by health workers across the country to break into the hospital. Read more

Eduok in Tunisia for Esperance contract

Dolphins star striker, Emem Eduok, has arrived Tunis with a view to signing a two-year contract with Esperance, reports.

Earlier local media reports had suggested Eduok will head to Europe in the New Year. Read more

China village votes to expel HIV-positive boy

The plight of a Chinese boy with the HIV virus, reportedly pushed to leave his home by 200 villagers who signed a petition, sparked intense online soul-searching in the country on Thursday.

The case has highlighted the stigma attached to HIV in China, where many sufferers face widespread discrimination. Read more

Woman in court for allegedly biting policeman

A 41-year-old woman, Bunmi Adesanya, who allegedly bit a police officer on the back while on official duty, was on Wednesday brought before a Shomolu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Adesanya is facing a two-count-charge of assault and wilfully obstructing a police officer while executing his lawful duty. Read more

Nigeria needs 160,000mw for regular power supply – NUEE

The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has stated that the population of Nigeria requires over 160,000 megawatt of electricity for constant and sustainable supply of power.

The General Secretary of the union, Comrade Joe Ajaero made the disclosure in an interaction with the newsmen in Lagos. Read more

APC picks Lagos SSG, Adebule, as Ambode’s running mate

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State may have settled for the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Oluranti Adebule, as the running mate to Akinwunmi Ambode, the party’s governorship flag bearer. Read more


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