Sabinews Evening News Update for June 19, 2015
Saraki, Oyinlola, others in closed-door meeting with Obasanjo
Senate President Bukola Saraki is in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, holding a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Also in the entourage of the Senate President on the early Friday visit are Senators Andy Uba, Danjuma Goje, Ahmed Yerima, Tayo Alasoadura and a former National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola. Read more
Court orders DSS to release Islamic cleric
A Federal High court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Thursday ordered operatives of the Department of the State Security Service to release the detained terrorism suspect, Ganiyu Ibrahim-Jimoh from custody immediately, saying the agency does not possess unlimited power to keep the Islamic cleric in custody indefinitely.
The court said the arrest and continued detention of the cleric by the Ogun state Command of DSS is not only “illegal and unconstitutional,” but also an “abuse of his fundamental human rights.” Read more
Gunmen assassinate Egba Chief, leaves note on motive of killing
An Egba Chief, Moses Oyebade, has been killed in a gun attack on his home at the Ikanna compound in Ago-Oba area of Abeokuta south Local Government Area of Ogun state.
Oyebade who until being cut down, was the Oluwo of Ikanna, was shot dead while lying on a bed by gunmen who stormed his home about 12 am on Wednesday. Read more
DHQ denies Chadian air strikes in Nigeria
The Defence Headquarters on Thursday denied claims that the Chadian military has carried out air strikes on some Boko Haram targets in Nigeria.
DHQ said it suspected that the areas attacked by Chadian forces might likely be in Niger Republic. The Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, made the clarifications in a statement in Abuja. The statement said: “The claim that the Chadian military has conducted air strikes against six terrorist camps in Nigeria is not correct. Read more
Moroccan villagers harvest fog for water supply
Green technology to turn fog into fresh water straight from the tap has put an end to exhausting daily treks to distant wells by village women in southwest Morocco.
Families in five highland Berber communities have begun to benefit from “fog harvesting”, a technique devised in Chile two decades ago and since taken up in countries from Peru to Namibia and South Africa. On the summit of a mountain named Boutmezguida, which looms over the villages at 1,225 metres (4,019 feet), thick fog shrouds about 40 finely meshed panels designed to trap water and relay it to a network of pipes. Read more
Four Somalian soldiers killed in Al-Shabaab attack
Four government soldiers were killed and six others injured in an attack by Al-Shabaab on Thursday in southwest Somalia’s Gedo region.
Local official Ashor Geasey told Xinhua that the offensive began after militants from the Al-Shabaab attacked military positions of government forces in the region’s Ged-Wayn district. Read more
Algeria hails Libya’s release of three Tunisian diplomats
Algeria on Thursday hailed the release of three Tunisian diplomats in Libya, urging for setting free the rest abducted consular staff as soon as possible, according to APS news agency.
“Algeria hails this positive step, which comes on the eve of the fasting month of Ramadan, and urges the abductors to release the other hostages to allow them returning home safe and sound,” reported APS news agency, quoting a statement of a Foreign Ministry spokesman on the release of three members of the Tunisian General Consulate in Tripoli. Read more
Americans mourn Charleston gun massacre victims
The US is mourning the victims of its latest gun massacre, after a 21-year-old white man allegedly shot dead nine people inside a historic African-American church in the US city of Charleston.
In what was described as a “hate crime,” Dylann Roof spent nearly an hour inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night before killing six women and three men, including the pastor, according to Greg Mullen, Charleston police chief. Read more
Nigerians jailed for smuggling drugs into New Zealand
Four Nigerian nationals and a New Zealander have received long jail terms for their roles in an international drug smuggling ring, the New Zealand Police said Friday.
The Nigerians were jailed for terms of 15 to 18 years after being found guilty of importing and possessing methamphetamine for supply, and the New Zealander was jailed for nine years for possession of methamphetamine for supply.Read more
Lagos Government Provides Toll Free Line To Report Flooding
The Lagos State government on Thursdsy, provided a free phone line for residents to report outbreak of flooding in their respective areas
In a statement by Mr Ayodeji Adenekan, Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, said that this was to ensure that cases of flooding were nipped in the bud. Read more
Experts Call For Review Of Health System Administration
Health experts on Thursday said there was urgent need to review health system administration in the country.They said this was due to the fact that they were faulty and had failed to yield the desired results. Read more
Tbilisi Flooding Death Toll Hits 19; Zoo Director Taken For Questions
The death toll from weekend’s flooding in Georgia has risen to 19 after the discovery of more bodies in the mud and rubble displaced by the waters, said local authorities on Thursday.
However, the director of the Tbilisi zoo was also taken in for questioning on suspicion of negligence. Read more
EFCC Arrests Ohakim, Quizzes Lamido
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday, arrested former Imo State governor, Ikedi Ohakim, after he failed to honour its invitation.
According to a source at the headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja, the former governor was arrested at his residence in Asokoro, Abuja, and was still being detained and interrogated as at press time concerning a number of property allegedly traced to his name. Read more
Israel’s culture minister calls artists ‘petty bores’
Israel’s culture minister, who has clashed with the country’s artistic elite over accusations of censorship, has further fuelled the dispute by calling some of them “petty bores” and “hypocrites”.
Less than two weeks after she sparked outrage over a threat to cut funding for a children’s theatre, cultural figures were planning a protest on Friday to coincide with the minister’s presentation of theatre awards at a ceremony in Tel Aviv. Read more
China bans Ramadan in Muslim Region
China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from fasting during Ramadan and ordered restaurants to stay open.
Most Muslims are required to fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month, which began on Thursday, but China’s ruling Communist party is officially atheist and for years has restricted the practice in Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority. Read more
NAFDAC abolishes hawking of drugs in Benue
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Tuesday banned hawking of drugs in Benue. State Coordinator of the agency, Mr. Ibrahim Anikoh, disclosed this in Makurdi when he received members of the Benue state Correspondents Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Anikoh also said that the agency had banned the sale of unregistered local gin (Ogogoro) as a preventive mechanism aimed at preventing the re-occurrence of the Rivers and Ondo states disaster in other states. Read more
LP opposes bailout for states over unpaid salaries
The Labour Party (LP) yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reject the calls on the Federal Government to bail out States owing workers salaries. Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has alleged that he inherited empty treasury contrary to claims by officials of his predecessor, Chibuike Amaechi’s administration that the sum of N7 billion was left in the state coffers.
National Chairman of the LP , Abdukadir Abdulsalam, said yesterday in Abuja that rather than rush to the Federal Government for help, states only needed to look inward to generate enough funds to pay their workers. Read more
Nigeria begins evacuation of citizens in Yemen
AS the crisis in the Republic of Yemen takes a frightening dimension, the Federal Government, through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has commenced the evacuation of Nigerians from the country.
While receiving about three citizens at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja, NEMA Director General, Mohammad Sani-Sidi, disclosed that about 58 Nigerians would be repatriated, 11 of whom would be arriving today. Read more
Mursi appeals against violence conviction
Former Egyptian President, Mohamed Mursi , will appeal against a conviction for violence, kidnapping and torture imposed by a court over the killing of protesters, his lawyers have said.
Mursi and 12 other members of the Moslem Brotherhood, including senior figures Mohamed el-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian, were sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole on the charges in April, Reuters reports. Read more
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