Sabinews Midday News Update for May 29, 2015
Sack EFCC Boss, TMG Tells Buhari
The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) on Thursday May 28, 2015, called on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to embark on a total clean up and overhaul of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The organisation also called for the sack of the current EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Larmode. Read more
Chime Awards N23b Contract in Last Exco Meeting
Enugu State Government has awarded contracts worth N23 billion in the last Executive Council (Exco) meeting of Governor Sullivan Chime and his Commissioners on Wednesday.
The contracts were for construction of road projects in Enugu municipality and suburbs. It was reliably gathered that the contract sum covers some road projects already executed and paid for by the State Government. Read more
Kidnappers demand N50m ransom for Jonathan’s cousins
Gunmen who kidnapped Patience Egbeni and Kate Eni, cousins to President Goodluck Jonathan, have allegedly demanded N50 million ransom for their release.
The two women were kidnapped on May 20 at Akipelai, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Read more
I am retiring a fulfilled man -Governor Suswam
Outgoing Benue State Governor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam has said that 150 communities benefitted from rural electrification project under his administration.
Suswam who stated this during an interactive session with newsmen at the Benue Government House in Makurdi yesterday listed other achievements of his administration to include education, infrastructural development, water, healthcare delivery among others. Read more
President Muhammadu Buhari sworn in
The Chief Justice of Nigeria,Justice Mahmud Mohammed has sworn in the new president,Muhammadu Buhari.
Also,Prof.Yemi Osinbajo,SAN,was sworn in by the CJN as the new Vice President. Read more
Onu says Buhari’s government will be fair to all Nigerians
A former governor of Abia State and a leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has assured Nigerians that the incoming Buhari administration will be fair to every section of the country.
While expressing optimism that the APC would soon take firm control of the South-East, he cited the recent defection of hundreds of members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, to APC as a sign of what is to be expected. Read more
Fashola accuses Jonathan, others of abandoning Mohammed’s blueprint for Lagos
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has accused past military and civilian administrations in the country of frustrating the blueprint put in place by the administration of late Head of State, General Murtala Mohammed for the development of Lagos.
Fashola, who stated this during a live interactive session with some select journalists from print and broadcast media disclosed that he had written to late President Musa Yar ‘Adua and President Goodluck Jonathan, but they failed to honour it. Read more
US ready to send military trainers to Nigeria in Boko Haram fight
The United States is prepared to send military trainers to Nigeria to help new President Muhammadu Buhari’s armed forces improve their intelligence gathering and logistics, a senior State Department official said on Friday.
Strains between U.S. military advisers and the Nigerian army over human rights abuses and corruption under Buhari’s predecessor Goodluck Jonathan undermined cooperation in efforts to counter the six-year-old Boko Haram insurgency. Read more
Ugandan woman’s agony as granddaughter ‘sold’ to Americans
The first time Jaja, a Ugandan woman, saw her one-year-old granddaughter, she was in the arms of an American man who she was told had “bought” the child.
The toddler was sitting with the man and his wife, eating biscuits and drinking juice, as they sought legal guardianship over her in Uganda’s High Court. Read more
Zim journo says cleared of whistleblower charges
A top Zimbabwean journalist accused of running a wildly-popular Facebook page that leaked secrets about President Robert Mugabe’s party said on Friday that charges against him had been withdrawn.
Edmund Kudzayi, the editor of the state-controlled The Sunday Mail, was sensationally accused of being Baba Jukwa, an anonymous ruling party deep-throat whose Facebook page garnered hundreds of thousands of likes in the run-up to the 2013 elections. Read more
U.N. says to raise $1.6 bln for Zimbabwe development
The United Nations plans to raise $1.6 billion from donors to improve agriculture, food security, health and governance in Zimbabwe between 2016-2020, its representative in the southern African country said on Friday.
The U.N. has over the last decade taken a prominent role in raising money for humanitarian and development aid to Zimbabwe after the West withheld direct budget support in 2002 over policy differences with veteran President Robert Mugabe. Read more
Thailand says 300 “boat people” landed in recent weeks
Around 300 “boat people” have landed on Thailand’s shores in recent weeks, Sek Wannamethee, director-general of the information department at Thailand’s Foreign Ministry, said on Friday.
That was in addition to around a further 300 people who were already being held in temporary holding areas in the country, Sek said. Read more
S.Africa frees anti-apartheid hero murder mastermind
The right wing politician who masterminded the killing of a South African anti-apartheid hero was granted medical parole on Friday, setting aside an earlier decision by the justice minister to block his release.
Clive Derby-Lewis, an ultra-right wing politician who masterminded the 1993 assassination of Communist Party leader Chris Hani in an attempt to trigger a race war, had been serving a life sentence for the murder. Read more
Suicide bomber, two people killed outside a Shi’ite Mosque in Saudi-witnesses
Three people were killed on Friday when a sucide bomber tried to enter a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, witnesses said, the second attack of its kind in a week.
A witness identified only as Ahmed said he was with his family near the al-Anoud Mosque when “a quick explosion” happened. He did not know the cause of the blast. Read more
US surveillance shows China positioning weapons on contested island
China sent a pointed signal this week by parading its military might through the capital of Hainan Island, the Chinese province located closest to the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
The demonstration followed an incident last week when a Chinese warship delivered a verbal warning to an American reconnaissance aircraft carrying a CNN crew who were filming China’s construction of artificial islands in the contested Spratly chain. Read more
Fifa scandal: Jack Warner pictured dancing after leaving hospital with ‘exhaustion’
Disgraced former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner has been pictured dancing and at a political rally just hours after he was released from prison and taken to hospital in an ambulance citing exhaustion.
Warner was arrested in a sweeping corruption probe launched by US authorities this week and taken to prison in Trinidad’s capital Port of Spain. On Thursday, the 72-year-old appeared in court, where a judge detailed eight counts against him and then set bail at 2.5m Trinidadian dollars (US$395,000). He was also told he must surrender his passport and report to police twice a week. Read more
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