Sabinews Midday News Update for July 23, 2015
Police recover bombs in wrecked Jeep
Yobe State Police Command has recovered four bombs, two improvised explosive devices, six mortar bombs, machine gun and two AK-47 rifles from insurgents.
Police Commissioner, Mr Markus Danladi, made the announcement on Wednesday in Damaturu while displaying the arms. Read more
Buhari Turns Down U.S. Proposal On Gay Marriage
The Presidency announced on Wednesday that President Muhammadu Buhari has flatly rejected a proposal from the United States to reverse Nigeria’s anti-gay law.
Buhari is in the United States on a four-day official trip on the invitation of President Barack Obama. Read more
Bomb Blast Victims Demand Inquiry Into N58bn Victims Fund
The Bomb Victims Association of Nigeria (BVAN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to open up an inquiry into the status of the Victims Support Fund established in July 2014 and ascertain the whereabouts of the about N58 billion raised for the support of bomb victims.
The association said the inquiry became necessary as victims of bomb blasts who should be the beneficiaries of the fund cannot ascertain the true position of the fund. Read more
Six Nigerian girls rescued from prostitution in Burkina Faso
Six Nigerian women have been repatriated back to the country from Burkina Faso after been reportedly smuggled into prostitution by a woman identified as Balikis.
The Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Oyo State Command, Innocent Akatu said the girls were tricked into leaving the country, adding that they did not inform their parents of their journey. Akatu stated this while re-uniting the girls with their parents in Ibadan, Oyo State. Read more
INEC promises improved performance in Kogi, Bayelsa elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has revealed its intention to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states to showcase its improved processes and rigour.
This was disclosed yesterday by the acting Chairman of INEC, Hajiya Amina Bala Zakari, while delivering a keynote address at the public presentation of the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room report on 2015 general election, with support from British Department for International Development (DFID) in Abuja. Read more
I don’t know why EFCC is inviting me – Saraki’s wife
Toyin Saraki, wife of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has stated that she will respond to an invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the right time.
Mrs. Saraki said she was ready to assist the commission with its inquiries over corruption allegations against her. Read more
NYSC to post first class graduates to tertiary institutions
Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi, yesterday declared that prospective corps members with First Class degree and their counterparts, who graduated with distinction from the polytechnics, would henceforth be posted to the universities for their primary assignment.
Speaking at the flag-off of the 2015 Batch ‘B’ Pre- Orientation Workshop held in Kaduna, Olawumi said that online certificattroduced to simplify the procedures for certificate verification and enquiries. Read more
NFF faults Leroy’s ‘poor treatment’ claims
The Nigeria Football Federation has reacted with “shock and disappointment” to claims by Congo national team coach, Claude Leroy, that the country’s U-23 side was badly treated prior to Sunday’s Olympic qualifying game with Nigeria in Port Harcourt.
The veteran French trainer was upset with what he termed “poor treatment” to his team before the Central Africans fell 1-2 to the Dream Team VI at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, supersport.com reports. Read more
Moses Earns Mourinho Praise, To Stay At Chelsea
Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, has heaped plaudits on Victor Moses for his superlative showing in the Blues pre-season opening game against New York Red Bulls and hints that the Nigerian will stay at Stamford Bridge.
The Nigerian winger was oustanding despite the English champions losing 4-2 to the Major League Soccer side. Read more
South African envoy, Foreign Affairs, AGF deny release of $15m cash for arms
Contrary to stories making the rounds that the South African government has released the $15million cash for arms money seized by it during former President, Goodluck Jonathan’s government, the country’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, Wednesday, said there was no information on the reported release, adding that he is yet to get any brief on the issue from his government, The Punch reports. Read more
Shipowners protest Nigeria’s ban on 113 crude carriers
Crude tanker owners have strongly protested against Nigeria’s ban on 113 vessels from loading at its oil terminals and some oil companies seeking assurances that the hired vessels are not on the ban list, according to the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners.
Instead, the owners want the oil companies to share their oil loading and discharge figures in case this information is sought by the Nigerian government. Read more
Nasarawa restricts sale of Hajj forms
Nasarawa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board yesterday said it has restricted its staff from selling forms to intending pilgrims for Hajj operations in Saudi Arabia.
Public relations officer, PRO, of the board, Abdulrazak Mohammed, disclosed this to journalists in Lafia, the state capital, during a press briefing, insisting that the action of the board was to safeguard its staff from fraudulent activities. Read more
Kenyan bombing victims appeal for aid ahead of Obama visit
Kenyan victims of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi are appealing for financial compensation from the United States ahead of a visit this week by President Barack Obama.
Douglas Sidialo, a Kenyan who was blinded in the attack linked to al-Qaida, says Obama should consider aid for Kenyan victims on “humanitarian grounds.” Read more
Novelist forced into exile from his native Zimbabwe
At literary seminars after Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, Hove told large audiences that writers of his generation and background had heavy jobs before them – the burden of persuading a largely indifferent world to listen to Africa’s cries of helplessness. “As writers,” he said, “we have as well to turn around and be publicists for the sake of the survival of our people.” It was his literary mantra and lifelong guiding principle. Read more
Uganda shines at Expo Milano 2015
Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde has wooed Italian investors to come and start businesses in Uganda.
Kyambadde was the head of delegation and chief guest when the Republic of Uganda celebrated its national day at the ongoing Milano Expo 2015, an international exhibition held at the Expo center in Milan, Italy. Read more
Bloodshed seen if strike called at SA gold mines
A pay strike at South African gold companies could result in more violence at the mines, said Andrew Levy, a labor-relations consultant.
The Chamber of Mines, a lobby group representing companies including world No. 3 producer AngloGold Ashanti Ltd., and the four unions representing workers are “far apart” in wage talks, it said July 16. The labor groups are seeking an increase of at least 80 percent in entry-level pay and producers are offering 13 percent at most. Read more
Burundi security fired on protesters to ‘punish’ them – Amnesty
Burundian security forces crushed anti-government demonstrations, including shooting protesters running away from them, to silence those opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza bid for a third-term, a rights group said on Thursday.
“Burundian authorities sought not just to disperse demonstrations, but to punish protesters for expressing their political views,” Amnesty International said in a report, titled “Braving Bullets”. Read more
US defence secretary visits Iraq as Ramadi counter-offensive looms
The US defence secretary, Ash Carter, has made a surprise visit to Baghdad to assess the government’s progress in healing Iraq’s sectarian divisions and to discuss support for a planned attempt by the Iraqi army to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State.
It is Carter’s first visit to Iraq since he took office in February. He is not expected to announce any major change in US strategy or an increase in US troop levels. The approximately 3,360 troops stationed in the country are largely involved in training Iraqi troops and advising commanders on battle plans, as well as providing security for US personnel and facilities. The US, joined by several coalition partners, is also conducting daily air strikes to chip away at Isis’s grip on large parts of Iraq. Read more
Summer heat means 5am start for North Korean state agencies, factories and schools
North Korea workers have been told to start work at 5am because of the extreme heat afflicting the country.
The “sambok schedule” has been implemented for those who work at state agencies, factories and schools. Read more
IKEA recalls 27 Million chests after two toddlers are crushed
The Swedish retail giant has issued an urgent recall for all ‘Malm’ range chests and dressers following the deaths of the two youngsters.
They were crushed and killed by pieces of free-standing furniture which toppled over.
Ikea said it knows of reports of three further deaths since 1989 from tip-overs involving other models of its chests and dressers. Read more
China rights activists on trial in Guangzhou amid crackdown
A closely-watched trial of three Chinese rights activists resumed on Thursday in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, amid an unprecedented crackdown by authorities on human rights lawyers across the country.
The area around Guangzhou’s intermediate People’s Court was blocked off by scores of police, with foreign journalists and a small group of Western diplomats barred from the courtroom. Read more
Man dies after fasting for a month
Reinfirst Manyuka of Summertone village in Zimuto died after he went into the nearby forest and fasted for 30 days before he died due to hunger. His relatives told The Zimbabwean that he packed his church garments and went into the nearby forest to fast and pray. He was found dead on July 16 after fasting for almost 30 days. Read more
Ukrainian Bus Crash in Poland Kills 5, Injures 25
Polish police say that a bus traveling from Ukraine to Warsaw has crashed, killing five people and injuring more than two dozen others.
Police spokesman Marek Kapusta said Thursday that the driver probably fell asleep behind the wheel, causing the bus to cross into the opposite lane before landing in a ditch and hitting a tree near the village of Gorzno-Kolonia, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) southeast of Warsaw. Read more
Greece to consider reopening Athens stock exchange
The Greek government will decide next week when the Athens stock exchange will reopen, after a four-week break required when capital controls were imposed last month, an official said on Thursday.
Athex has been closed since 29 June, when Greece shut its banks and imposed capital controls to ward of a collapse of its banking system after the country rejected a cash-for-reforms deal in its referendum. Read more
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