Sabinews Morning News Update for July 12, 2015
Suicide bombers strike close to SSS office in Maiduguri
Boko Haram yesterday took its terrorism within a few meters of the Borno State command of the Department of Security Services (DSS), Maiduguri, claiming three lives. Two of the dead were the suicide bombers. The third was a passer-by. Five other passers-by were injured by shrapnel from the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) carried by the terrorists on a day a gang of Boko Haram fighters laid ambush for a convoy of military vehicles on the Maiduguri/Damaturu highway. The hoodlums were routed, according to eye witnesses. Overnight, terrorists raided Ngamdu village some 100 kilometres from Maiduguri, killing 11, just 24 hours after another gang opened fire on residents of Gamboru, Borno State, as they returned to inspect their damaged homes in the abandoned town. Read more
FG to give Zik’s son befitting burial
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the burial of Owelle Chukwuma Azikiwe, first son of Nigeria’s first President, Nnamdi Azikiwe, will receive the full support of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Sunday Sun gathered that President Buhari met recently in Aso Rock Villa with a delegation from the Azikiwe family who came to brief him on their preparedness for the event and he promised to do everything possible to ensure a smooth burial of the gentleman nationalist. Read more
Federal Character: Rep Faults Buhari, APC on Appointments
A member of the House of Representatives, representing Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo Federal Constituency, Linus Okorie on Saturday expressed reservations over the appointments so far made by President Muhammadu Buhari since assumption of office, insisting that the principle of federal character as enshrined in Section 14 (3l of the constitution has been violated.
Okorie, in a statement, urged President Buhari and his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to respect the principle in the interest of peace and harmony in the country. Read more
Redeploy Military in Nasarawa, Maku Urges Buhari
Former Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku has called for the “immediate” redeployment of soldiers and other military personnel currently stationed in Nasarawa State.
Maku, the National Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), called on President Muhammadu Buhari to do everything within the ambits of the constitution to clear purge Nasarawa State of elements he termed “mercenaries” to enhance the security of lives and properties in the state. Read more
FG Inaugurates Ministerial C’ttee on Affordable Housing
The Federal Government has inaugurated a 12-man ministerial committee to develop a blueprint for affordable housing in the country.
In a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Adedeji Ajibade, on behalf of Mr. George Ossi, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, weekend in Abuja, he said government was concerned about the wide gap in the affordability of houses in the country. Read more
Stakeholders Focus on SDGs to Address Lapses in MDGs
As the global community concludes in crafting the goals, targets and indicators of a successor framework for the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), stakeholders have opined that the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will address the unfinished business of the MDGs and much more.
The SDGs will be adopted in September by world leaders during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGASS), which will hold in New York, USA. Read more
Osinbajo: Payment of Taxes Goes Beyond Civic Duty
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday said the payment of taxes is a matter of self-interest not just civic duty, stressing that one cannot be a successful entrepreneur by cutting corners.
The vice president spoke at the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, TEEP Boot Camp 2015, held at the Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State. Read more
Tension Grips Enugu Community as Gunmen Kill Monarch, 3 Others
Tension yesterday gripped the once sleepy town of Nkerefi in Nkanu East local government area of Enugu state; following the gruesome murder of the traditional of Isienu Amofu, Igwe Peter Onuoha by unknown gunmen Friday night.
The killers, suspected to be hired assailants, also killed a native identified as Daniel Ogbu alias Chocho and two others. The other two victims are a couple identified as Ejike Udeme Uzor and his wife, Evelyn Udeme Uzor. Apart from bullet wounds, the deceased persons had several machete cuts on their bodies. Read more
Taraba: 4 Killed, Scores Injured in Fresh Attack by Fulani Herdsmen
Despite current efforts by Taraba state governor, Architect Darius Ishaku to restore permanent peace to troubled areas of the state, four people were yesterday killed by armed Fulani herdsmen at Dan-Anacha in Gassol local government area of the state.
Besides, no fewer than twenty people sustained varying degrees of injuries in the violent attack that was launched on the community in the night while many residents of the town were already indoors. Read more
NDLEA sets to probe Davido over video
Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency has set up a panel to investigate a music video released by Nigerian artiste, Davido, in which he displayed a substance suspected to be hard drugs.
The video of his track entitled, ‘Fans mi’, in which he featured an American rapper and member of the Maybach Group, Meek Mill, showed Davido with a briefcase filled with dollars and another bag filled with parcels of a substance suspected to be hard drugs. Read more
Investors lose N271bn in five days
A combination of macroeconmic and political factors have forced the Nigerian stock market into massive slide as the market suffered its worst week losses since after the inauguration of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government in May. Investors lost N271.7bn last week as market capitalization of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) reduced to N10.8trillion.
The market had bounced into a frenzy of bullish run following the successful conduct of the presidential election resulting into massive gains driven by high expectations and positive sentiments. Read more
ICSAN: Buhari’s Bailout Package for States in Order
The Vice-President of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN), Dr. Nat Ofo, has described the bailout of states by President Muhammadu Buhari as a good step in the right direction.
Ofo also commended Buhari for non-discrimination in the release of the bailout package as all the states benefitted not only those owing salary arrears and pensions. Read more
Oil and Gas
No end to fuel crisis
Will the protracted fuel crisis being experienced across the length and breadth of the country ever abate? This simple question has remained one jigsaw puzzle begging for answers.
Investigation by The Nation revealed that the lingering scarcity of refined petroleum products, especially petrol, may continue across the country in the future because marketers have stopped importing the products due to the reluctance of the banks to provide them with credit. Read more
Electricity Consumers Tackle Discos, Reject Tariff Increase Nationwide
The planned upward review of electricity tariff by Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCO) nationwide is creating tension among parties in the sector.
Although, there have been marginal improvement in the supply of electricity In the last few weeks consumers said the improvement is not enough for the companies to carry out upward tariff, describing the little improvement as fluke meant to impress the new political dispensation and to secure its favour. Read more
Sunshine eye three points against Bayelsa
With hopes of a domestic diadem still burning brightly, Sunshine Stars’ next match comes against rivals Bayelsa United in the Nigeria Professional Football League today at the Akure Township Stadium
Kennedy Boboye’s men have enjoyed a productive month, with last week’s 1-1 draw at Lobi Stars three days after pegging down Akwa United 3-1 at the Akure Township Stadium – but are tied atop the NPFL with Enyimba on points. Read more
Heartland to face Dolphins in Oba
Heartland FC will face Dolphins today at the Rojenny Stadium, Oba near Onitsha after the League Management Company (LMC) failed to give a favourable verdict to Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri where the Naze Millionaires had wish to face the Port Harcourt side.
A source informed SportingLife that the LMC visited the Dan Anyiam Stadium to appraise the level of work done on the pitch but the inspection team has yet to officially notify Heartland to return to their base. Read more
Emenike Joins UAE Club Al Ain on Loan
UAE side Al Ain have completed the loan signing of Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike from Turkish giants Fenerbahce. Emenike replaces Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan who has joined Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG on a two-year deal.
The deal includes an option for Al Ain to buy Emenike at the end of the loan. The 28-year-old, who scored 4 league goals in 27 matches last season, knows he has much to live up to after Gyan’s 128 goals in four years in the UAE. Read more
Cairo blast: Italian Prime Minister pledges support for Egypt after consulate bomb attack
A car bomb outside the Italian consulate in Cairo has killed one Egyptian, the latest casualty in an ongoing Islamic militant campaign targeting the country’s security forces.
Several floors of the historic building were destroyed in the explosion, for which there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Egypt is facing threats from insurgent factions including an Islamic State affiliate in its restive Sinai Peninsula, where the military has reported that at least 17 soldiers were killed in a recent assault. Read more
South Sudan rebels dismiss alleged fragmentation of the country
South Sudanese armed opposition group led by the country’s former vice president, Riek Machar, dismissed accusations that they were concentrating on power sharing only for the oil-rich greater Upper Nile region in a move that would fragment the nation on tribal or regional lines.
Officials of president Salva Kiir’s government have been attacking the peace proposal floated by the East African regional bloc, IGAD, which gives 53% of power sharing to the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by Machar, saying this was giving the ethnic Nuer community the power for the region. Read more
Nepal to take part in UN summit in Addis Ababa
Nepal will call on the international community to support its endeavours in fighting poverty and achieving sustained economic development by increasing flow of both foreign direct investment (FDI) and official development assistance (ODA).
The call will be made during the four-day Third International Conference on Financing for Development, a key global summit hosted by the United Nations in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa from July 13 to 16. Read more
Tunisia’s ‘non-Nato ally’ status confirmed by US
Tunisia’s status as a “non-Nato ally” of the United States has been approved, the US State Department said, paving the way for enhanced military cooperation between the countries.
Washington hailed the partnership between the United States and Tunisia after the Major Non-Nato Ally (MNNA) status was confirmed late on Friday. Read more
Boko Haram claims suicide attacks in Chad capital
Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for attacks in Chad’s capital that killed at least 50 and injured scores of people.
A man dressed in a woman’s burqa blew himself up in the main market in Chad’s capital N’Djamena early on Saturday, killing 15 people and injuring 80, a police spokesman said. Read more
Libya groups agree peace deal without Tripoli parliament
Libyan political parties and members of civil society initialled a UN-proposed peace accord in Morocco, despite the absence of a rival parliament not recognised by the international community.
“This is a step, but it is really an important step along the path to peace,” UN envoy Bernardino Leon said at a ceremony in the Moroccan resort of Skhirat marking the agreement. Read more
Hong Kong panda bears down on world record for longevity
The oldest giant panda living in captivity is set to challenge the world record for the animals’ longevity, with her age said to put her on par with a human centenarian.
Hong Kong’s giant panda Jia Jia, whose name means “good”, will turn 37 this summer at theme park Ocean Park, matching the Guinness World Records title for the oldest panda survivor in captivity – Du Du, who died in 1999, aged 37. Read more
Sydney man charged for allegedly taking ‘upskirt’ images on trains
A Sydney man has been charged with a string of offences after allegedly taking “upskirt” photos and videos of women on trains and in a restaurant.
Police identified the 22-year-old man from an image taken by two female passengers who said the man had taken inappropriate pictures of them on a Campbelltown-bound train in March. Read more
Comic Con: 130,000 fans descend on the US’s biggest pop-culture rally
They arrived like White Walkers invading Westeros: 130,000 superhero nerds and sci-fi nuts, fantasy fanboys and gaming geeks, Trekkies, Warsies and Jon Snow truthers, descending on the San Diego Convention Centre this weekend for the annual pop-culture bonanza known as Comic-Con. Some came for the headline acts: a glimpse of new footage from Batman vs Superman, or the cast of the original Star Wars films reunited four decades on. Others came to spend all weekend watching Japanese anime movies, or to fill their deep complimentary swag bags with merch. Read more
Greece debt crisis: Eurozone to resume talks on reforms
Eurozone finance ministers are due to resume crunch talks in Brussels on a bailout deal for Greece.
Nine hours of talks on Saturday ended without agreement and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem described negotiations as “very difficult”. Read more
Pope praises women of Paraguay
Thousands of his fellow Argentines joined hundreds of thousands of local faithful at the site to welcome Latin America’s first pope.
“Being here with you makes me feel at home,” Francis said in his homily. He then spoke affectionately about the women of this tiny, land-locked nation, praising them for rebuilding the country after a devastating war in the 1860s wiped out more than half the population, primarily men. Read more
Relishing polls, Trump rails against U.S. presidential race rivals
Boasting of his rising poll numbers, real estate mogul Donald Trump on Saturday railed against his rivals in the 2016 presidential race and criticized companies such as Macy’s that cut ties with him over his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants.
“Thousands and thousands of people are cutting up their Macy’s credit card. I love it,” the Republican candidate said during a defiant hour-long speech that drew thousands of people. Read more
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