Sabinews Midday Update for October 5, 2014

Malabu: Corrupt Nigerian officials bought jets, armoured cars with $533m bribe

More than half of the N171.32 billion ($1.1 billion) paid to Malabu Oil and Gas for the procurement of one of Nigeria’s richest oil fields, OPL 245 by Shell and Eni was used to bribe Nigerian politicians and intermediaries who helped to secure the controversial deal, reports Reuters.

According to a letter seeking the help of UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to freeze the assets of those involved, Italian prosecutors said some of the N83 billion ($533 million) slush money was used to buy private jets and armored vehicles. Read more

Five vessels in Lagos ports to discharge petroleum products

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Thursday said that five vessels laden with petroleum products were waiting to discharge their products at the Lagos ports.

NPA’s port situation report is contained in the company’s daily publication, “Shipping Position,” released in Lagos. Read more

You’re personally responsible for vandalism, Ijaw HostCom tells Shell

Ijaw Chapter of Host Communities of Nigeria, HOSTCOM, Oil and Gas, Delta State, has called on Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, to stop labelling host communities as vandals, but to hold their personnel responsible for cases of vandalism in the region.

Ijaw HOSTCOM, in a statement by its Chairman, Mr. Kingsley Ikiere, alleged that Shell had embarked on another round of blackmail of some host communities to deprive them of their entitlement and benefit as host to the SPDC’s 43 inches Forcados Export Pipeline, especially Isiyayeigbene and Okuntu communities. Read more

Stepdaughter Who Had Direct Contact with Ebola Patient: ‘No One Told Me Nothing’

 Youngor Jallah, the stepdaughter of American Ebola patient Thomas Duncan, an individual she had direct contact with shortly before he was diagnosed with Ebola, said that no one has given her any instructions, and that she found out that her stepfather was diagnosed with Ebola on the news in an interview on Friday’s “AC360” on CNN.

“No one is giving me no instructions and gave me instructions, and no one is telling me nothing” she stated. And “no one [told] me I’m under quarantine.” Read more

An Inconvenient Protest for Both China and the U.S.

President Obama is scheduled to visit China next month, and with tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters on the streets of Hong Kong, human rights could force itself onto the agenda between the United States and the Chinese in a way not seen in many years.

A major caveat, of course, is that the fervent crowds in Hong Kong could be long gone by Nov. 10, when Mr. Obama and 20 Pacific Rim leaders gather in Beijing for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting. That would certainly be a relief to the Chinese host, President Xi Jinping, and perhaps to Mr. Obama, too. Read more

Bulgaria votes after long political deadlock

Bulgarians have started voting in a parliamentary election, hoping a new government will end a political stalemate, revive the economy, and find ways to ease Moscow’s grip on the country’s energy supplies.

Opinion polls predict the biggest vote winner in Sunday’s election will be the centre-right GERB party led by a former prime minister, Boyko Borisov – who resigned after mass anti-corruption protests in February 2013.

The rival Socialists and the Turkish minority party MRF both backed the previous technocrat government. Read more

Obama Administration Urges Calm Over US Ebola Case

The Obama administration on Friday urged calm over the single case of Ebola in the United States, seeking to reassure the American public that there is little chance of an outbreak of the illness in this country. The Pentagon said it had begun the long-awaited aid to disease-ravaged Liberia, with medical testing at two new labs and construction of treatment centers.

The administration has long contended that the best way to contain Ebola is to attack it at its source. The Pentagon’s spokesman said Friday that up to 4,000 troops could be deployed to West Africa, a number that has been slowly climbing as military leaders arrive and assess the need. Read more

Lewis Hamilton win in Japan overshadowed by Jules Bianchi

A serious accident involving Marussia’s Jules Bianchi overshadowed Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Bianchi has been taken to hospital unconscious after a crash that caused the race to be stopped.

Hamilton took his eighth win of the season after passing team-mate and title rival Nico Roberg for the lead around the outside of the fast Turn One. Read more

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