Sabinews Midday News Update for June 9, 2015
Saraki emerges Senate President
Senator Ahmed Lawan(Borno), who emerged the consensus candidate of the All Progressives Congress, was not nominated. Read more
Inauguration: Police lock out journalists, workers from N’Assembly
Ahead of the inauguration of the 8th Legislature of the National Assembly today (Tuesday) in Abuja, the Police have condoned off the National Assembly complex, barring no fewer than 2,000 people from gaining entry into the complex.
Those denied entry by the overzealous police operatives include journalists, who will cover the inauguration, and essential duty workers. Read more
Buhari meets APC lawmakers-elect today over leadership crisis
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently holding a meeting with National Assembly members, elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, to resolve the crisis that has engulfed the party over the lawmakers’ battle for top seats in the federal legislature.
The meeting is holding an hour before the inauguration of the 8th legislature, scheduled for 10am today (today) in the National Assembly complex, Abuja. Read more
UN proposes unity government to Libya factions
UN negotiators have handed Libya’s warring factions a draft proposal for forming a unity government in an attempt to end years of chaos.
“Today, the eyes of the people of Libya all on you,” UN special envoy Bernardino Leon told the parties at the outset of talks on Monday in the Moroccan seaside resort town of Skhirat, saying they had the power to “bring an end to the suffering of the Libyan people”. Read more
10 die in China floods
Heavy rainfall has plagued eight provinces and one municipality in south China since Sunday, causing 10 deaths and leaving four missing, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs Tuesday.
Downpour has triggered floods, landslides and hail storms in Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou, said a ministry press release. Read more
Car crash: Caitlyn Jenner sued again
Olympic champion turned transgender reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner has been sued again in connection with a February car crash in Malibu in which a 69-year-old woman died.
Talent agent Jessica Marie Steindorff filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking unspecified damages related to the four-car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway in the Los Angeles metro area. Jenner, 65, walked away from the accident uninjured, but in addition to the woman who died, four others were injured, including Steindorff. Read more
Military top brass meet in Nigeria on Boko Haram
Military top brass from Nigeria and surrounding countries met on Tuesday to thrash out plans to take on Boko Haram, as new Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari takes early steps aiming to defeat the militants. Chiefs of defence staff from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin were holding talks in Abuja to determine strategies for a new, African Union-backed regional force against the rebels. Read more
Police arrest masquerade; 2 others with human parts
Two suspects, identified as Adebayo Saheed and Bello Mustapha, have been arrested by Oyo State Police Command for alleged possession of parts of human skull and hair
The suspects were paraded along with a custodian of an Ibadan masquerade, known as Ogunmola Adenimodo, for allegedly destroying some vehicles at Ayeye area of Ibadan metropolis. Read more
Jega To Remain In Office Till June 30 – INEC
Contrary to speculations, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof Attahiru Jega, will quit offices June 30.
There have been speculations, notably on social media, that the INEC chairman would quit office on June 8 at the end of his fiveyear tenure. He was appointed in June 2010 by former President Goodluck Jonathan, succeeding Prof. Maurice Iwu. However, INEC spokesperson, Nick Dazang, said that Jega would be in office until the end of the month. Read more
Erdogan to meet Turkey PM after poll setback
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was Tuesday to meet Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for the first time since the ruling party’s failure to hold its parliamentary majority left the country facing a coalition government or snap elections.
According to custom, Davutoglu will submit his resignation and Erdogan will ask the premier to form a new government at the meeting at 1400 GMT inside Erdogan’s vast new presidential palace in Ankara. Read more
Romania MPs reject lifting PM’s immunity for graft probe
Romania’s parliament voted Tuesday against stripping Prime Minister Victor Ponta of his immunity, as called for by anti-graft prosecutors who want to proceed with a corruption case against him.
The result of 231 votes against and 120 in favour of waiving his immunity was unsurprising given the domination of Ponta’s centre-left coalition. Read more
French mother sues government for letting son join Syria jihad
A French mother took the government to court on Tuesday for failing to stop her teenage son leaving the country to join jihadists in Syria.
The boy, identified only as “B”, was only 16 when he left with three others from the town of Nice in southern France on December 27, 2013, giving no warning to his family. Read more
Yemen rebel ally welcomes Swiss peace talks
The party of Yemen’s former strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key rebel ally, on Tuesday welcomed UN-brokered peace talks due to open in Switzerland at the weekend.
The General People’s Congress said it had not yet received a formal invitation from the United Nations but the UN envoy met with party representatives in the rebel-held capital late last month as part of his efforts to convene the talks in Geneva.Read more
British MPs to vote on EU referendum bill
British lawmakers vote for the first time Tuesday on legislation underpinning a referendum on whether the country should leave the European Union, due by the end of 2017.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will give a speech to open the debate on the EU Referendum Bill at 12:30 pm (1130 GMT) before the House of Commons spends the day debating and voting on it. Read more
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