Sabinews Midday News Update for September 28, 2015
NLC never asked Saraki to resign – Wabba
President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba has denied a report that the group asked the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who is facing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged false asset declaration, to resign.
Wabba told newsmen in Abuja, Sunday, that the NLC, though fighting corruption, believed in the rule of law and due process. Read more
BVN: No More Deadline Extension, CBN Warns
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has made it clear that there would not be further extension when the October 31, 2015 deadline for the bank verification (BVN) elapses.
This, according to the banking sector regulator means that customer without the BVN-linked accounts may risk being restricted from normal operations of their accounts or free access to their bank account balances by the end of next month. Read more
Police Nab LAWMA Official For Stealing Street Light Cable
Lagos State Police Command has arrested a suspected member of a 2-man syndicate which specialized in vandalizing and stealing street light power cable.
The policemen attached to the Rapid Respond Squad (RRS) arrested the suspect on September 25, 2015, around Opebi , in Ikeja area of Lagos State. Read more
Army Seizes 8 Boats, 2.3m Litres Of Stolen Diesel In Rivers
Troops of Operation Pulo Shield (OPS) of the Nigerian army, Port Harcourt have seized 2.3 million litres of allegedly stolen diesel worth N3.45 million from an illegal bunker site in Rivers.
The petroleum product was siphoned from the pipelines belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC). Read more
8 suspected cultists arrested for robbery in Anambra
About eight alleged cultists have been arrested in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State during a joint operation between Police officers from the Atani Police Division and vigilantes in the area.
The eight suspects arrested were part of 30 masked cultists who have been terrorizing residents of Obumseli, Nwuga, Ogbolu, Abagana and Ijeh streets, located at the Niger Bridge Head approach. Read more
Kidnapping: Police Arrest 4 Suspects, Rescue Pastor’s Daughter
The police in Akwa, Anambra State at the weekend, rescued a 3- year and eleven months old baby dentified as Kamsi Okeke, daughter of Pastor Linus Okeke of the Foursquare Church, Akwa unhurt from kidnappers’ den and arrested four of the suspects.
It was reliably gathered that the police engaged the suspects in a 30 minutes gun exchange in an attempt to rescue the victim. Read more
Experts Foresee Further Growth in Nigeria Economy
Kroll, the world’s leading corporate investigations and risk consulting firm has described the economic operating environment in Nigeria as one with a unique set of challenges and opportunities for the discerning investor. The consulting firm has also admitted that the recent democratic change of government in the country has boosted confidence of foreign investors with a keen interest in Nigeria, and that Kroll is supporting its clients in navigating through investment opportunities in the market. Read more
APC NWC meets, to discuss ministerial list
A meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will hold today, Monday.
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun summoned the emergency meeting, according to a Vanguard report. Read more
Ugandan shilling flat, seen weakening due to end-month dollar demand
The Ugandan shilling was flat on Monday, but traders said they expected to see it weaken in the next few days as importers snap up dollars at the end of the month.
At 0930 GMT commercial banks quoted the shilling at 3,663/3,673 compared with Friday’s close of 3,660/3,670. Read more
Zimbabwe State Workers Fearing Job Cuts Seek Government Meeting
Government workers in Zimbabwe are “unsettled” by an audit of employees seeking to identify staff over the age of 50 and will seek a meeting with officials, a civil service labor union said.
“We have no idea why this is being done, but we’re seeking a meeting,” Richard Gundane, chairman of the Apex Council, said by phone. The workers are concerned that “everyone over 50 faced retrenchment,” he said. Read more
Tunisia takes part in high-level meeting on Global Education First Initiative
Tunisia took part, Saturday in New York, in a high-level meeting on the Global Education First Initiative, on the sidelines of the interactive dialogue on international partnership reinforcement for the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Foreign Minister Taieb Baccouche pointed out the need to instil in children the values of citizenship, civil rights, sustainable development, Human rights, justice, equity, respect for others and openness on the world to avoid that they will be brainwashed by extremist and terrorist groups, according to a Foreign Ministry press release, Sunday. Read more
Death toll in Mozambique Renamo shootout rises to 20: Police
The death toll in a roadside gun battle involving a convoy carrying Mozambique’s opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama has risen to 20, police said on Monday, heightening tensions in the troubled southern African nation.
Accounts of how Friday’s shootout near Imchope in central Mozambique began differ widely, with Dhlakama’s Renamo party claiming it was an ambush. Police say armed men in Dhlakama’s 12-vehicle convoy opened fire first on a minibus taxi carrying civilians. Read more
Egypt tourism industry expects moderate growth in 2015
Egypt’s tourism industry, hit by years of political upheaval and militant violence, is expected to post moderate growth this year and hopes a global advertising campaign will revive the sector vital for economic recovery, the tourism minister said.
Last year, 9.9 million tourists visited Egypt, a far cry from the 14.7 million that visited in 2010, before an uprising the following year triggered turmoil in the land of ancient sites and sea resorts. Read more
Audi says 2.1 mln cars affected by diesel emission scandal
Audi said 2.1 million cars worldwide were fitted with the software that allowed parent Volkswagen to cheat U.S. emission tests.
Some 1.42 million Audi vehicles with so-called EU5 engines are affected in Western Europe, with 577,000 in Germany and almost 13,000 in the United States, a spokesman for Ingolstadt-based Audi said on Monday. Read more
Migrant crisis: Fears Austria’s transport system could collapse
Authorities in the Austrian city of Salzburg are warning the influx of migrants trying to reach Germany could cause the country’s transport system to collapse.
Due to Germany’s slow processing of migrants, facilities where migrants are temporarily staying in Salzburg are overcrowded, officials say. Read more
Shell stops drilling in the Arctic (and it’s costing them £2bn)
Shell has stopped drilling off the coast of Alaska after their efforts to find sufficient signs of oil and gas were deemed ‘disappointing’.
The company said it would put a halt to exploration activity in the region ‘for the foreseeable future’, blaming high project costs and a ‘challenging and unpredictable regulatory environment.’ Read more
Thousands Evacuated in Taiwan as ‘Super Typhoon’ Dujuan Approaches Coast
A “super typhoon” approaching the east coast of Taiwan prompted thousands to flee their homes on Monday, with the storm expected to make landfall around 11 p.m. local time.
The typhoon, named Dujuan, was upgraded to Taiwan’s most serious category “strong typhoon” by the country’s weather bureau on Sunday, Agence France-Presse reported. Read more
Melbourne man accused of arranging to fight in Syria faces trial
A Melbourne man accused of attempting to join the conflict in Syria used four different phones to have conversations about “a big job” and “a big surgery” just days before attempting to fly to Turkey, a court has heard.
Amin Mohamed, 25, of Sunshine West, is standing trial in the Victorian Supreme Court on three charges relating to an alleged bid to enter Syria in September 2013. Read more