SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 12, 2016
People are causing divisions within APC – Aisha Buhari
The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, on Tuesday accused some unnamed people of creating divisions among members of the All Progressives Congress.
Mrs. Buhari levelled the allegations in an interview she granted the Hausa Service of the BBC which was aired in part on Tuesday. Read more
Alleged sex scandal: House clears three Reps of misconduct
The House of Representatives on Tuesday cleared three of its members of the sexual misconduct allegations levelled against them by a former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle.
Those accused are House Deputy Chairman, Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Mr. Terse Mark-Gbillah (APC, Benue); Mr. Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom); and Mr. Mohammed Garba-Gololo (APC, Bauchi). Read more
Car bombing reported in northeast Nigeria’s Maiduguri
A car-bomb explosion was reported in Maiduguri in northeastern Borno state, Nigeria’s emergency agency said on Wednesday, an area that has been repeatedly attacked by Islamist militant group Boko Haram during its seven-year-old insurgency.
“There is a reported case of bomb blast around Muna Garage,” the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) tweeted, referring to an area in the city. Read more
Police Parade 12 Criminals In Uyo
Police in Akwa Ibom has stated that it will have zero tolerance for criminals during the ember period in the state warning that no form of criminality would be condoled or tolerated in the state.
Giving the warning, yesterday, while parading 12 suspected criminals arrested for kidnapping, armed robbers, theft, rape and cultism in Uyo, the State Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani said any criminal caught will face the full weight of the law. Read more
3,000 legislative aides protest non-payment of salaries
Legislative aides to Senators and members of the House of Representatives are protesting non-payment of salaries and allowances at the National Assembly.
The over 3,000 aides allege that they are owed several months of entitlements, making it difficult for them to feed, pay rent and settle other pressing bills. Read more
Customs comb Lagos markets for smuggled rice
Officials of the Nigeria Customs Service have stormed some markets in Lagos in search of smuggled rice.
Their efforts led to the seizure of about six trailer load of rice from shops at the Iddo Railway Terminus. Some of the rice dealers, who spoke to our correspondent, complained that they bought the rice from people who brought them into the markets and had no way of knowing whether it was smuggled or not. Read more
Dasuki Gate: FG Converts Badeh’s N1.1bn Property To Office
The 1.1bn mansion seized from the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd) in connection to the arms scam has allegedly been converted to office by the federal government.
Located on Plot 6 Ogun River Crescent, Maitama, in Abuja, the property is currently being used by the Presidential Committee on the North-East Intervention, headed by Lt.-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, a former Minister of Defence. Read more
Tinubu deserves travails – Akinfenwa
The Chairman, Board of Trustees, Alliance for Democracy, Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa, on Tuesday, said that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, deserved his current travails.
Akinfenwa in a statement made available to our correspondent said there was no way he would be wooed to work with Tinubu, adding that the former Lagos State governor had not spoken to him in the last 15 years. Read more
Baby traffickers thriving in Nigeria as recession bites
A s 16-year-old Maria strained under the anguish of labour in southeastern Nigeria, a midwife repeatedly slapped her across the face – but the real ordeal began minutes after birth.
“The nurse took my child away to be washed. She never brought her back,” the teenager said, gazing down at her feet. Read more
Troops kill two Boko Haram terrorists in Borno
Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have killed two Boko Haram terrorists while on clearance patrol at Ladin Buta and Juwano villages in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.
The acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement late Tuesday night that the troops engaged the remnants of the terrorists, who were believed to be terrorising the residents through wanton killings, kidnappings and armed robberies. Read more
President Buhari To Confer With German Chancellor, President On Secuirty, Humanitarian Issues
President Muhammadu Buhari will embark on an official visit to the Federal Republic of Germany from October 13 to 15, 2016. This was contained in statement released by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina. According to him, in Berlin, President Buhari, will confer with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany, including further cooperation on security, the humanitarian situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rehabilitation of the North-East, as well as trade and economic relations between both countries. Read more
Boko Haram: UNICEF to vaccinate 41 million kids against polio
The United Nations Children Education Fund on Tuesday said a major health campaign was underway in the Lake Chad Basin area to vaccinate over 41 million children against polio so as to contain the recent outbreak of the disease in the North-East geopolitical zone.
The organisation, in a statement, said the population of people fleeing war zones was on the rise within the sub-region, raising concerns that the polio virus could spread across borders. Read more
Girl sets self ablaze after trying to burn down school
A Vietnamese teenager sets herself on fire after attempting to burn down her school in an ill-fated social media dare, local media reported on Wednesday.
In a video which has gone viral online, the 13-year-old girl can be seen pouring petrol in front of a door at her school in the southern province of Khanh Hoa. Read more
Clinton blames Trump, WikiLeaks after new leaks
The head of Hillary Clinton’s campaign team John Podesta slammed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday for helping Republican rival Donald Trump in the bitter White House race, while accusing Moscow of being behind the hack.
The anti-secrecy website has published thousands of emails from John Podesta’s personal Gmail account since Friday, allegedly obtained by Russian hackers. Read more
Pope begs for immediate ceasefire in Syria
Pope Francis appealed on Wednesday for an immediate ceasefire in Syria, calling for “at least” a truce enabling civilians, especially children, to be evacuated, after Aleppo came under fierce air assault.
“I want to underline and reiterate my closeness to all the victims of the inhumane conflict in Syria,” he said at his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Read more