Sabinews Midday News Update for August 12, 2014SABI Mid day 2


Ex-Militants Protest Exclusion From Amnesty Programme

Some former militants in Edo and Delta, who were not captured in the third phase of the amnesty by the Federal Government, have protested their exclusion from the programme.

Their protest is contained in a petition addressed to the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Committee, Mr Kingsley Kuku. Read more


Kwara senator distances himself from unremitted NNPC funds

Kwara Central District senator, Bukola Saraki, denied signing the report of Senate Committee on Finance on the investigation of the alleged un-remitted US$49,8 billion oil revenue by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Read more


Military warns women against meddling in troops deployment 

Women have been advised to steer clear of military troops deployment to battle Islamist sect, Boko Haram. A statement on the website of the Defence Headquarters stated that tension heightened following the activities of a group of women who tried to disrupt activities in Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri on 11 August.

The statement said the issue had been addressed, noting that, the issues raised by the women were clarified by the authorities of the 7 Division. “It was pointed out that contrary to their belief, there has never been any attempt to relocate them as alleged.” Read more


Ebola vaccine could be ‘rushed through’ for 2015

Hospitals in Europe are preparing for the possible spread of Ebola out of Africa as the World Health Organisation said a vaccine could be ‘rushed through’ by early next year.

Doctors at the specialised quarantine unit at Berlin’s Charite hospital today showed off their readiness, amid news that two Germans could be carrying the deadly virus. Read more


Nigerian Legion seeks involvement in fight against Boko Haram

Members of Nigerian Legion have called on the federal government to involve them in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency.

Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Bayelsa State chapter, Igirigi Effiong made the call at the weekend in Yenagoa, shortly after the passing out parade Batch A Cadet Officers of the Nigerian Legion Corps Commissionaires. Read more


FIFA decides on Maigari’s impeachment

World football governing body FIFA are to decide this week on the impeachment of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Aminu Maigari. Read more


New Constitution Emerges At National Conference

The National Conference secretariat distributed a draft new national constitution to delegates yesterday, in what came as a surprise to many of them who said the idea of producing such document was never approved.

On their resumption from recess, delegates also yesterday received copies of the conference report, a bill on constitution amendments being proposed, as well as records of proceedings. Read more


Police officers paid N7.5m allowance for Osun election

If feelers emanating from police headquarters in Abuja are anything to go by, most of the 30,000 regular and mobile police officers deployed to Osun state for last weekend’s governorship election have been paid their allowances.

This is coming few days after the election, seen by both local and international observers, as well as other stakeholders as free, fair and credible, with incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeating Senator Iyiola Omisore of the Peoples Democratic Party   to return for a second term ticket. Read more


Zimbabwe shuts anti-Mugabe radio

A radio station opposed to Zimbabwe’s government has shut down after 13 years of broadcasting from the UK.

“Donor fatigue” had led to funding for SW Radio Africa drying up, its manager Gerry Jackson told the BBC. Read more


Airtel unveils free insurance plan for Nigerians

In line with its vision to be the preferred brand in Nigeria, telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has collaborated with MicroEnsure and Cornerstone Insurance plc, two prominent insurance providers, to launch a free insurance product which offers Airtel customers life and hospitalisation insurance with increasing benefits based on monthly airtime recharge. Read more


World Igbo Congress to build $50m American Hospital in Nigeria

As part of efforts to end the medical tourism embarked on by Nigerians to India and other third world countries, the World Igbo Congress (WIC) is set to build a first class American Hospital, valued at over $50 million in Nigeria.

To this end, the congress has concluded plans to launch the American Hospital as part of efforts marking the 20th anniversary of the convention of the congress in Houston Texas, United States of America, from August 28 to September 2. Read more


Human rights group faults Diezani on oil theft

The recent claim by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, that crude oil theft through illegal bunkering and vandalisation of oil pipelines, was the major factor reducing the oil output of Africa’s largest producer, Nigeria, has been faulted.

Diezani’s position was made during this year’s International Conference and Exhibition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in Lagos last week. Read more




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