*Senate Presidency: Tinubu withdraws support for Akume* *Police rescues kidnapped baby in Akwa Ibom*

*Senate Presidency: Tinubu withdraws support for Akume* *Police rescues kidnapped baby in Akwa Ibom*

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Sabinews Midday News Update for April 29, 2015

 

Senate Presidency: Tinubu withdraws support for Akume

The battle for the principal offices of the National Assembly has taken another turn with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, withdrawing his support for the former Governor of Benue State, Senator George Akume, as his preferred candidate for the Senate presidency.  By jettisoning Akume, it is a clear indication that the North-central geopolitical zone may have lost out in its bid for the number one position in the National Assembly to the North-east zone.  Read more

Police rescues kidnapped baby in Akwa Ibom

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has recovered a baby boy, David Johnny, who was stolen by a doctor with the connivance of his mother, Esther Johnny, and sold to a woman in Abuja. It was learnt that the mother initially denied knowledge of the crime as the police intensified efforts to unravel the whereabouts of the baby. Read more

UN  worker suspended for leaking report on child abuse by  French troops                                                  

A senior United Nations aid worker has been suspended for disclosing to prosecutors an internal report on the sexual abuse of children by French peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic. Sources close to the case said Anders Kompass passed the document to the French authorities because of the UN’s failure to take action to stop the abuse. The report documented the sexual exploitation of children as young as nine by French troops stationed in the country as part of international peacekeeping efforts. Read more

Man confesses to selling his niece to sex workers for N10,000                                                                         

A 27 year old man yesterday confessed selling his sister’s daughter to commercial sex workers operating in Libya for a paltry sum of N10, 000. The suspect, Kelvin Okorie, was among five members of the syndicate arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos Police Command led by Superintendent Abba Kyari. The suspect said he did not expect the gang in Libya would force his niece into sex slavery. He noted that his friends in Libya alleged that they could help young Nigerian girls to secure employment in supermarkets and gas stations.  Read more

EFCC set to resume corruption case against former Governor of Sokoto     

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC)will today resume its corruption case against former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa. Read more

President Goodluck Jonathan, has appointed Mr Bassey Okon Akpanyung, as the secretary to the National Planning Commission (NPC)                                                                                                                  

In a statement signed by Salisu Haiba, Head of Information, NPC, the appointment letter, dated 27th April, 2015, signed by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, took effect from 14th April, 2015. Read more

NDLEA arrests 42 year old Kenyan dancer with illicit drugs                                                                               

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said on Tuesday that it had arrested a 42-year-old Kenyan female dancer with cocaine weighing 5.345kg at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, spokesman of the agency, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos. He said that the dancer, identified as Samira Johnson, allegedly concealed the narcotics in some school bags. Read more

LASU Students appeal to Fashola to re-open school

Worried by the continued closure of their school, students of the Lagos State University, Ojo, yesterday appealed to Governor Babatunde Fashola to reopen the institution. The students’ position came one month and six days after the management of the institution, in a statement titled ”Election recess,” asked the students and workers to vacate the university premises starting from March 25th, 2015, adding that the resumption date will be announced later. Read more

Keshi to open camp in May    

Super Eagles  coach, Stephen Keshi, is expected to open camp for the domestic-league based players in May, ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations’ qualifiers at home to Chad in Abuja in June.Keshi told Goal that he needs to start camping for the home-based players on time with the fixtures for the AFCON qualifiers pitching Nigeria with Egypt, Chad and Tanzania. “We need to start camping next month by the special grace of God because time is not on our side again since the fixtures for the AFCON 2017 qualifiers have been released by CAF,” Keshi told Goal. Read more

Indonesia executions: Australia recalls its envoys

Australia has recalled its ambassador from Indonesia after two Australian men were executed for drug smuggling. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were among eight people from several countries executed by firing squad in the early hours of Wednesday on the prison island of Nusakambangan, the BBC reports. Read more

 

 

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