Sabinews Midday News Update for September 24, 2015
Plateau spends N40m on Sallah rams
Plateau Government said it distributed rams and food items worth N40m to Muslims in the state for the Eid el-Kabir celebration.
The Director of Press Affairs in the state, Mr Emmanuel Nanle, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos on Thursday. Read more
Daily fuel subsidy drops to N889.44m
The Federal Government’s daily spending on petrol subsidy has declined from the N1.07 billion it recorded as at September 8, to N889.44 million as at September 22, The Guardian reports.
The country’s daily payment on fuel subsidy has continued to be on the decline since June this year, dropping from N2.4 billion to N1.07 billion two weeks ago. Read more
Beware, Boko Haram terrorists used fake national ID cards, Army warns
The Defence Headquarters on Wednesday warned Nigerians against approaching unauthorized agencies and individuals for national identification registration. It said that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) remained the only agency responsible for registration and issuance of the national identity card.
It explained that some of the features were not visible to naked eyes, which distinguished the card from any of its kinds and could only be issued by the NIMC. “The implication of fake national ID cards in circulation is that Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East also used similar method of identification for their members in the past who were nabbed by the military. Read more
Nobody can ban MASSOB, we are backed by UN Charter – Uwazuruike
The leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike yesterday declared that the activities of MASSOB can never be banned because it has the backing of United Nations, UN, charter on indigenous peoples right to self-determination.
Uwazurike, who spoke in reaction to the purported ban on MASSOB activities in Anambra State by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hosea Karma, advised the police to study the United Nations Charter, Article I to II on indigenous people’s rights. Read more
Sani Blasts El-Rufai, Condemns Privatisation
Senator Shehu Sani has said privatisation in the country is a systemic way of disposing Nigerians of their collective property and auctioning it to the elite within the corridors of power or fronts for those who are in power.
Sani made this assertion in Kaduna on Wednesday during the Law Week’s Public Lecture 2015 of the Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN), National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Kaduna State study centre. Read more
We will not tolerate herdsmen’s misdeeds any longer – Ondo farmers on Falae’s kidnap
Ondo state farmers have handed a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to ensure the release of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Akure on Monday.
The farmers gathering under the auspices of the Ondo State Agricultural Commodities Association, on Wednesday, summoned a meeting in Akure where they warned that the failure to release Chief Falae would elicit a reaction from the farmers that would make an impact across the country. Read more
Why we could not pay salaries before Sallah – Nasarawa Government
Nasarawa State Government has explained why civil servants in the state were not paid before Sallah.
It refuted the claim in some quaters that the governor refused to pay salaries to state workers until the ongoing biometric exercise was completed. Read more
Customs Seize 843 Bags Of Rice Concealed In Fuel Tanker At Seme
The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has seized 843bags of rice which were being smuggled into the country through the Seme border. The bags of rice which were concealed in petrol tankers and other modes of conveyance had a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N5, 880,000.00.
Daily Independent gathered that the seizure was made possible through intelligent sharing of information among the seasoned officers of the Command. Read more
A’Ibom, Security Agencies Collaborate To Sanitise Parks
Against the backdrop of repeated cases of touting in Uyo metropolis and other security challenges across the creeks of the state, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Transport, Prince Godwin Ntuk Udeh, has charged the security agencies in the state to rise to the challenges through proactive and rational approaches.
Udeh made the charge in Uyo, the state capital when he paid a familiarization visit to the Akwa Ibom State Police Command headquarters in Ikot Akpan Abia. Read more
CBN boss, Emefiele may resign over Buhari’s order to change colour of naira notes
The possible resignation of the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, should not come as a surprise to Nigerians.
A source told DAILY POST on Wednesday that the boss of the apex bank was getting tired of the approach of President Muhammadu Buhari to fiscal and monetary issues. Read more
Oliseh: Why Iheanacho Is Not In Eagles Squad
Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has explained why Manchester City teen star Kelechi Iheanacho is currently in the squad but insists the young forward remains part of his plans despite excluding him from the squad for next month’s international friendlies against Congo and Cameroun in Belgium.
Oliseh handed a late call-up to Arsenal FC teen forward, Alex Iwobi, who was on Wednesday cleared by FIFA to wear Nigeria’s colours after the 19-year-old opted to pledge his future to his fatherland ahead of England. Read more
Uganda warns of possible Eid attack
Ugandan police warned of a possible attack on mosques including in the capital Kampala by Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants and cautioned the public to be vigilant.
Police said they had received intelligence indicating al-Shabaab was planning an attack on Kampala during the Eid al-Adha holiday on Thursday. Read more
SABC boss earns more than Zuma
Controversial SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng could face another probe by the Public Protector for inflating his salary from R2.2 million to close to R4m in just a year.
The salary hike came amid an ongoing cash crisis at the public broadcaster. Read more
Ethiopia: Addis Light Rail Eases Transportation Problem
The first in Sub Saharan Africa, Ethiopia’s electrified modern urban train made history joining the few African capitals with urban train facilities. The $475 Million worth environmental friendly light railway transport started service on Sunday September 20, 2015 charging the lowest fare of 2 Birr per 4km.
The long awaited light rail transport is to solve the perpetual problem of the capital city commonly referred as the capital city of Africa due to the presence of the African Union headquarters. African head of states acknowledges potholed roads and missing rail links get in the way of economic growth. Read more
Rwandan police ‘lock people up to keep city clean’
Rwandan police are arbitrarily detaining vulnerable people picked up on the streets of the capital, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).
The US-based campaign group says Kigali’s reputation for being tidy comes at a price. Read more
Drought-hit Zim running out of food
Villagers in Zimbabwe are skipping meals and foraging for wild fruit as food stocks run out after a poor harvest blamed on drought and controversial land reforms.
“Even if the children complain of hunger there is nothing we can do about it,” says Rabian Chidamba, 40, a mother of four who lives in Musana district northwest of the capital Harare. Read more
Zim city property market wilts for Sanlam partner
Property companies in Zimbabwe are battling declining occupancy levels for retail and office categories, with owners terminating leases for defaulting tenants as the country’s economy continues to battle a prolonged economic crisis that is wilting business volumes for companies.
Kenya bankers meet to discuss industry concerns
Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) today held its 4th Annual Banking Research Conference to explore the interplay between banking and infrastructure development. The conference themed: “Banking and Economic Infrastructure Development – Kenya’s Experience and Prospects” aimed to provoke discussion on the anticipated private sector participation in infrastructure investment under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework. Read more
191 children in hospital including 37 critical after school fire drill goes disastrously wrong
More than 190 children are in hospital – 37 in critical condition – after a school fire drill went disastrously wrong.
In total 412 children were taking part in the practice a junior middle school in China, that saw smoke guns fired in a bid to simulate real fire. Read more
German population grows at fastest pace since 1992
Driven by the arrival of growing numbers of foreigners, Germany’s population rose by 430,000 to 81.2 million last year, its biggest increase since 1992, the German statistics office said on Thursday.
German public opinion has been divided on the rising numbers of immigrants, with some warmly welcoming people fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa but others concerned about how easily the newcomers can be integrated. Read more
Death toll at Saudi haj crush rises to 310 – Saudi civil defence
The death toll from a crush of pilgrims on Thursday during the annual Muslim haj in Saudi Arabia has risen to 310 people of various nationalities, the Saudi civil defence said. Read more
Peace prospect brings cheers, cynicism from weary Colombians
A pledge from Colombia’s government and FARC rebels to end Latin America’s longest war by next March brought both applause and doubts among a people bruised by 51 years of death, disappearances and damage to the economy.
Meeting for the first time on Wednesday night, President Juan Manuel Santos and guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono, better known as Timochenko, shook on a deal to reach peace within six months and disarm the rebels sixty days after. Read more
French economy minister says needs to understand UK’s EU reforms
French economy minister Emmanuel Macron said France was willing to help Britain’s push to reform the European Union ahead of a referendum on the country’s membership of the bloc, but he remained unsure about some British proposals. Read more
White House denies blocking 13-year-old critic on Twitter
The White House has denied blocking a 13-year-old conservative activist on Twitter after he criticsed Obama’s decision to invite 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed to the White House.
Mohamed made headlines after he was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school that officials mistook for a bomb. Read more
China to host ASEAN defence ministers amid South China Sea tension
China said on Thursday it will host defence ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) next month, amid tension between some of its members and China over the disputed South China Sea.
The Oct. 15-16 informal summit will take place in Beijing and China has invited the defence ministers of all 10 members, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a regular monthly news briefing. Read more
UNHCR welcomes more EU support to refugees, urges fast implementation
The UN refugee agency today welcomed a decision by European Union leaders to boost resources for humanitarian assistance to countries neighbouring war-torn Syria.
UNHCR, in a statement issued after the European Council decision, also welcomed a parallel decision to relocate an additional 120,000 people in the countries of the European Union. Read more