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*Rep tips Tinubu as APC’s BoT chairman *Nigeria donates $1m to fight Ebola in Africa

*Rep tips Tinubu as APC’s BoT chairman *Nigeria donates $1m to fight Ebola in Africa

Sabinews Midday News Update for July 22, 2015

Rep tips Tinubu as APC’s BoT chairman

A member of the lower chamber of the National Assembly representing Ijesa South Federal Constituency Hon. Israel Ajibola Famurewa has urged the leadership of  All Progressive Congress  {APC} to close rank and  allow former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu to  head the Board of Trustees of the ruling party.

He said Tinubu not only rightly deserves to be chairman BoT of the party in view of his high capacity to work with people from different political persuasion but because of immense contribution to the birth and sustenance of the party. Read more

Nigeria donates $1m to fight Ebola in Africa

The Federal Government on Tuesday demonstrated its commitment to stamping out Ebola Virus Disease in Africa, with President Muhammadu Buhari announcing a donation of US$1 million to the continent. This is in addition to earlier contributions by Nigeria to stem the disease in the region. The gesture is to also underscore the importance of ridding the continent of Ebola and in the spirit of mutual assistance. Read more

Protesters block EFCC office, want Lamorde sacked

Over 20 Civil Society Organisations on Tuesday barricaded the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja, calling for the sacking of its chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde.

The CSOs, under the aegis of the Coalition of Civil Liberties and Equity, besieged the Abuja office of EFCC, alleging that the commission had been compromised by a powerful cabal made up of politicians. Read more

Court rules on appointment of Senate minority leader Wednesday

A Federal High Court has fixed Wednesday for the ruling on an ex parte application seeking an order to restrain the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and members of the Peoples Democratic Party caucus from the South-South in the Senate from appointing the Senate Minority Leader.

The plaintiffs – Alaye Pedro and Dr. Okechukwu Ibeh – who are also members of the PDP, want the restraining order to last until the determination of their main suit. Pedro is a PDP member from Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State while Ibeh is a PDP member from Umukegwu/Umuodia LGA of Imo State. Read more

Osundare laments lack of mentors in universities

Eminent writer and poet, Prof. Niyi Osundare has raised alarm over the dearth of mentors in the nation’s tertiary institutions.

This according to Osundare who is currently a Professor of English at the University of New Orleans, USA was responsible for the fallen standard in the educational system. Read more

Group kicks against Osun Assembly Committee on petition against Aregbesola

The Civil Societies Coalition for Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEO) has kicked against plan by the State Assembly Committee set up to look into the petition of Justice Oloyede Folahanmi against Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy, Mrs. Titilayo Grace Tomori, to sit behind closed door.

The group insisted that the Speaker, Hon. Najeem Salam should stand by his earlier statement that the investigation would be conducted openly, saying refusal to do this is a betrayal of the people’s trust. Read more

US agrees to help Nigeria recover looted funds

The United States of America has agreed to assist Nigeria to recover funds stolen from the country and stashed in foreign banks.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday. Shehu said the US would also help in training judicial officers and prosecutors “in order to place Nigeria in a good position to uncover the proceeds of corruption and for improved prosecution of cases of crime.” Read more

Modalities for CBN salary loans to states underway

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Alhaji Abdulazeez Yari, on Tuesday met behind closed-doors to discuss the modalities of the bailout recently approved by the Federal Government for states.

Their discussion, according to Yari, centered on the Central Bank-packaged special intervention fund approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more

If only my father had listened to me —Survivor of Lagos gas explosion

The death toll of Monday’s gas explosion in Ajegunle area of Lagos rose to three yesterday, following the death of two siblings.

Recall that father of the children, Charles Obianagor, 55, was burnt beyond recognition, while his wife, four children, sister in-law and six neighbours were rushed to the hospital.

Vanguard gathered that his two children, a male and a female, aged 12 and nine, respectively, died at about 10p.m. same day, in a hospital at Gbagada, where they were rushed to. Read more

PDP chieftains to block Akpabio’s emergence as Senate Minority Leader

Two chieftains of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Alaye Pedro and Dr Okechukwu Ibeh, on Tuesday approached the Federal High Court, Abuja over the position of Senate Minority Leader.

The plaintiffs in an ex-parte application sought an order restraining the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and members of the PDP caucus from the South-South from appointing the Senate Minority Leader. The plaintiffs joined Saraki and Akpabio as the first and second respondents to the suit, which is marked FHC/ABJ/CS/602/2015. Read more

26 year old Commits Suicide In Bauchi

A 26 years old civil servant from Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi state has committed suicide throwing his family and friends into mourning.

The deceased identified as Daniel Haruna allegedly drank a poisonous substance, Gamaline-20, commonly used as a rodents last Sunday. Our correspondent learnt that Daniel was battling with drinking and found it impossible to drop the bad habit, a development that made him to be in constant need of money. Read more

Ecobank Expands Partnership to Senegal

Ecobank Group and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are launching today a new phase in an ongoing partnership that strengthens the financial management capabilities of organizations implementing Global Fund grants in Africa. Senegal will become the latest country to join the partnership, which already includes Nigeria and South Sudan.

The agencies involved in the program in Senegal will include Le Conseil National de Lutte contre le Sida (CNLS), Le Programme National de Lutte contre la Tuberculose (PNT), Le Programme National de Lutte contre le Paludisme (PNLP), and La Direction Générale de la Santé (DGS). Read more

Nigeria risks expulsion from EITI over board dissolution

THE international body of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) may suspend Nigeria from its fold as a result of the dissolution of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) board.

The NEITI board, also known as National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG), was last week dissolved alongside boards of other government parastatals, including that of universities by President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more

Dogara’s group insists on zoning principal offices

NO truce yet in sight in the leadership crisis plaguing the House of Representatives over the zoning of principal officers, as members loyal to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, known as “Consolidation Group”, yesterday insisted on the Speaker’s power sharing proposal.

However, to press home their demands, some party position loyalists in the House have filed a suit at an Abuja High Court for an order restraining Dogara from announcing the principal officers of the lower chamber but to compel his adherence to the party’s sharing dictates. Read more

British police to recruit Yoruba-speaking officers

British Metropolitan Police Service has launched a recruitment programme to employ new officers who can speak Yoruba and other languages.

A total of 14 languages which have a high prevalence in London’s communities have been chosen for what the Met called a month-long pilot recruitment which started on Monday.According to a statement issued on Monday by the MPS, the move was designed to bring officers into the Met with skills necessary to help the police and engage with London’s diverse communities as effectively as possible. Read more

US Defence Secretary in Saudi to reassure on Iran

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter landed in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as part of a regional tour aimed at reassuring Washington’s allies over a nuclear deal with Iran.

Carter is to hold talks with King Salman in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, where the kingdom’s rulers base themselves during the hot summer months.

He was then to meet for about one hour with Salman’s son Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is defence minister and second-in-line to the throne. Read more

Volcano briefly forces fresh shutdown of Bali airport

Ash spewing from a volcano closed the airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali Wednesday for the third time this month, forcing the cancellation of flights and stranding tourists during peak holiday season.

Mount Raung on Indonesia’s main island of Java, which has been rumbling for weeks, sent an ash cloud floating over Bali that closed Ngurah Rai international airport, the transport ministry said. However the shutdown was brief, with the airport reopening around two hours later as the ash was blown away. Read more

Several dead in Afghanistan market suicide bombing

At least ten people are reported to have been killed and several others wounded in a suicide attack in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, officials have said.

Dr Naqibullah Fayeq, a prominent member of parliament, said the blast happened in Alamar district’s main market. The politician said dozens of civilians had been wounded after a suicide bomber using a motorcycle blew his explosives up in the centre of the market. Read more

Air strike kills Al-Qaeda leader in Syria – US

A US-led coalition air strike earlier this month killed the leader of an Al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria that American officials accuse of plotting attacks against the United States and its allies, the Pentagon said.

Muhsin al-Fadhli was killed in a “kinetic strike” on July 8 while traveling in a vehicle near the northwestern Syrian town of Sarmada, said Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. He did not confirm whether a drone or a manned aircraft had killed Fadhli, 34. Read more

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