Sabinews Midday News Update for September 23, 2015
Osinbajo to represent Nigeria in Burkina Faso
As a follow-up to Tuesday’s extra-ordinary session of Economic Community of West African States’ leaders in Abuja, regarding the situation in Burkina Faso, a select group of West African leaders will be meeting on Wednesday in Quagadougou.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who hosted the Abuja summit, will be represented at the meeting by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN). Read more
54 prostitutes arrested as police raid brothel in Calabar
Detectives attached to the Cross River State Police Command yesterday arrested about 54 prostitutes and 58 men during a raid at a popular brothel called ‘Flour mill’ in the Calabar area of the state.
The operatives were led by Governor Ben Ayade’s security adviser, Mr. Jude Ngaji. Read more
Army officer shoots musician in Lagos
Doctors in New Nigeria Hospital at Kirikiri area of Lagos State, are currently battling to save the life of a young artiste who was shot by a yet- to -be-identified Army officer, last Wednesday morning.
It was learned that the victim was returning home from the studio with his friend when he was shot by the soldier. He was later rushed to a nearby hospital that same night for treatment. Read more
Labour tackles El-Rufai over call for sale of Unity Schools
Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to distance himself from alleged campaign by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State to auction the 104 Federal Unity Colleges, FUCs, to private enterprises and state governments.
Governor El-Rufai had made the call the Founders Day programme organized by the King’s College Old Boys Association in Lagos. Read more
Troops discover Boko Haram use roofing sheets, bathroom slippers to make bombs
Advancing troops along Banki axis on Tuesday cleared more Boko Haram camps and captured weapons, flags and improvised explosives (IEDs) making devices at Jangolori and Bulaburma villages.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, said the recovered items have confirmed earlier intelligence that Boko Haram terrorists often use corrugated metal roofing sheets and bathroom slippers in making improvised explosive devices which affects troops’ advance. Read more
Saraki’s trial politically motivated – Ezeife
Elder statesman and former Anambra State governor, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife has strongly condemned the trial of Bukola Saraki.
He said the trial was politically motivated with deliberate attempt to ruin the former Kwara governor’s political career. Read more
Security increased in northeast Nigeria over Boko Haram Eid fears
Nigeria on Wednesday imposed tight movement restrictions in the restive northeast after Boko Haram bombings that killed more than 100 raised fears of fresh attacks over the Eid al-Adha festival.
The military said the use of all vehicles would be banned throughout Borno state during the Muslim festival, which is known as Sallah in Nigeria and marked with two days’ public holiday from Thursday. Read more
Dream Team Battle Burkina Faso in Chan Qualifier – Nff
Nigeria U23 team, Dream Team VI, will be the team to take on Burkina Faso in a 2016 CHAN qualifier next month in Port Harcourt, officials have disclosed.
The match is fixed for October 18 and the return leg in Burkina Faso a week later. Read more
Chelsea To Replace Mikel With PSG Ace Matuidi – Report
Media reports from England have suggested Chelsea are ready to splash as much as 30 million pounds to sign Blaise Matuidi from PSG as replacement for Nigeria star Mikel Obi.
Mikel’s future at Stamford Bridge has remained a source of speculations even after he chose to stay put at ‘The Blues’ this season. Read more
Almost 500 Mozambican poachers killed in SA
On Friday, former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano released statistics showing that, over the past five and a half years, almost 500 Mozambicans, intercepted while poaching in the park have been shot dead by South African game rangers and security forces.
Speaking at the launch of ceremonies marking the tenth anniversary of the Joaquim Chissano Foundation, the former President called for greater effort to halt the recruitment of young Mozambicans by the organized crime networks which are behind the rhino poaching. Read more
Trio nabbed less than 24 hours after KZN cop slaying
Less than 24 hours after the brutal slaying of an Inanda policeman and the attempted murder of his partner on Tuesday, KwaZulu-Natal police swooped on three men linked to the killing.
Two police sources with knowledge of the incident confirmed that three men had been arrested in Mariannhill on Wednesday. Read more
South African Government in Court Over Rhino Horn Ban: Times
Game breeders John Hume and Johan Kruger yesterday took South Africa’s government to the Pretoria High Court in a bid to overturn a moratorium imposed in 2009 on domestic trade in Rhino horn, Johannesburg’s Times newspaper said, citing lawyer Izak du Toit, who is representing Hume.
The farmers want to convince the court that it is their constitutional right to sell the horns, the newspaper said. Read more
Ghanaians turn out massively to watch alleged judges bribery video
Hundreds of Ghanaians on Tuesday trooped to Accra to watch alleged acts of bribery involving judges and other judicial service workers captured on video by an investigative journalist.
The Tuesday evening public viewing, the first since the video was released to the authorities early this month, saw the 6 000-capacity auditorium of the Accra International Conference Centre packed to capacity. Read more
Inflation slows in August due to petrol price decrease
Consumer inflation slowed more than expected to 4.6% in August compared to a year ago from 5% in July, Statistics SA data showed on Wednesday. An inflation rate of 4.7% year on year had been expected.
The deceleration was mainly thanks to lower fuel prices. The petrol price fell by 51c/litre last month. Read more
Czech PM says will not challenge EU migrant quotas at court
The Czech Republic will not challenge the quota system approved by the European Union for distributing migrants among member states, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Wednesday.
“Although I don’t like using the quotas, I disagree with them and we voted against them, Europe must not fall apart on the migration crisis,” Sobotka said in a statement. Read more
Malaysia arrests 6 people, says they may have aided Bangkok bomber
Malaysia has arrested six people suspected of being part of a human trafficking network and who may have helped a bomber who killed 20 people at a Bangkok shrine last month escape from Thailand, police said on Wednesday.
The suspects joined two people already in Malaysian detention who may have helped the bomber, who Thai police said was a foreigner of unknown identity, flee across southern Thailand’s border with Malaysia, police in both countries said. Read more
EU leaders set to approve plans to relocate 120K migrants
European Union leaders are expected to approve plans Wednesday to relocate 120,000 migrants and refugees from Greece, Hungary and Italy to other countries on the continent.
The proposal, approved by EU interior ministers Tuesday, is aimed at taking some of the burden off the three nations, where thousands of people from countries including Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are arriving daily. Read more
Turkish jets pound Kurdish militant camp in northern Iraq -security sources
Turkish jets launched air strikes on a Kurdish militant camp in northern Iraq late on Tuesday, targeting a facility being used as an “education and logistics” hub, security sources said.
The jets took off from an air base in Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey, the sources added. Turkish security forces have regularly targeted camps belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) since the collapse of a ceasefire in July. Source
New Greek cabinet sworn in with few new faces
Greece’s new cabinet was sworn in on Wednesday, bringing in few new faces as re-elected Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras sought continuity in pushing through economic reforms under the watchful eye of international lenders.
Tsipras appointed two bailout negotiators to head his economic team, reappointing Euclid Tsakalotos as finance minister and making George Chouliarakis deputy finance minister. Read more