Sabinews Midday News Update for June 1, 2015
Suspected APC thugs beat reporter to coma in Nasarawa
Some thugs alleged to be All Progressive Congress, APC, members on Friday in Lafia, the Nassarawa State capital beat up a reporter with Daily Trust identified as Hir Joseph while Governor Tanko- Al-Makura was been inaugurated into office.
The irate mob was said to have pounced on the reporter shortly after the Governor alongside his Deputy took their oath of office at about 11.30am because of an analysis he did recently on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Al-Makura. Read more
North-West Senators-elect back Saraki
The quest of Senator Bukola Saraki to succeed Senator David Mark as the Senate President of the 8th National Assembly has received a a major boost, with the resolution of Senators-elect from Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi States to vote for him.
The Senators-elect arrived at the decision over the weekend. Read more
Aso Rock workers await Buhari, Osinbajo
Workers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, reported for duties early on Monday in readiness to formally receive President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Having been inaugurated on Friday, the duo is expected to be in their offices for the first time on Monday (today). Read more
Nebo: Gas Producers Thwarted Jonathan’s Stable Electricity Programme
The immediate past Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, at the weekend disclosed that the outgone government of former President Goodluck Jonathan was unable to meet its target to upgrade Nigeria’s power generation from its current state because gas producers failed to live up to their supply commitment to the sector.
Nebo alleged at a post-service assessment interview in Abuja on Sunday that plans of the immediate past government to generate over 5000 megawatts (MW) of electricity in 2014 and subsequently add more capacity were effectively bungled by the hypocritical approach to meeting the demands of gas power plants by gas producers in the country. Read more
PDP will bounce back in 2019 – Utuama
Immediate past Deputy Governor of Delta State, Prof Amos Utuama, has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will bounce back in 2019.
Utuama said the party had put behind the lost it suffered in the just concluded general elections and focused on the future. Read more
President Urged to Stop Privatisation of NigComSat
A former Managing Director of the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited, Mr. Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, has asked the President Mohammadu Buhari-led administration to discontinue the plan by the federal government to privatise the company.
In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja yesterday and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Ahmed-Rufai said selling the satellite infrastructure to private sector operators would have negative implications on the country’s national security. Read more
Nigerian Oil Hurt by Tussle between OPEC and the U.S.
In the escalating duel between U.S. and OPEC oil production, few countries’ oil industries have been hit as hard as Nigeria, highlighting a challenge for the petroleum cartel ahead of its meeting Friday. Read more
U-20 World Cup Roundup: Ghana draw, Mali win, and Senegal and Nigeria lose
The first round of games in the 2015 U-20 World Cup, held in New Zealand, brought mixed results for the participating African teams.
Ghana was the first of the four teams to play, and they were up against Austria in the second Group B encounter. Bernd Gschweidl opened the scoring for the Europeans in the 50th minute with a finish from close range. Just as the game was drawing to a close, and it seemed Austria would pick up their first 3 points of the tournament, Ghana were awarded a 90th-minute penalty which Yaw Yeboah duly dispatched to make it 1-1 and clinch a point for his side. Read more
Okagbare Clocks 12th Sub-11 Seconds in 100m
Nigeria and Africa’s fastest woman, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, Sunday in Eugene, Oregon, USA re-confirmed her status as Nigeria’s greatest sprinter of all time with her 12th run inside 11 seconds in the 100m.
Okagbare placed fourth with her 10.87 seconds run, her fourth fastest time ever, behind reigning world 100m queen, Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pyrce of Jamaica, and USA’s Tori Bowie, two of the women she out-ran in Shanghai, China on May 17 and Ivory Coast’s Muriel Ahoure. Both Fraser-Pyrce and Ahoure ran 10.81 seconds to place first and second respectively. Read more
ISIS Suicide Bombers Hit Libya Again, Kill Five
About five people were killed and eight injured in a suicide bombing carried out by Islamic State (ISIS) militants outside Misrata Libya on Sunday May 31, 2015, security officials said.
The officials said the suicide bomber rammed into a car laden with explosives into the main security checkpoint west of Misrata, the officials said. Read more
Egypt begins demolishing Mubarak party HQ
Egypt on Sunday began tearing down the headquarters of the once-dominant party of ex-president Hosni Mubarak that was torched during the 2011 uprising that toppled him.
Demolition workers, using cranes and bulldozers, began razing the four-storey headquarters of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP) located on the Nile in central Cairo. Read more
Clement leaves Real Madrid for Derby
English Championship side Derby County has appointed Paul Clement as head coach, taking over from the sacked Steve McLaren, the club announced on Monday.
The 43-year-old will join the Rams after leaving Real Madrid where he was working as an assistant coach with Carlo Ancelotti, who was dismissed by the Spanish giants last week. Read more
Kerry set to fly home with broken leg
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry plans to fly to Boston Monday after staying overnight in a Swiss hospital to receive treatment for a broken leg incurred in a bicycle crash. It was unclear how long he will be grounded once he returns to the U.S.
Kerry fractured his right femur Sunday when he struck a curb with his bicycle and fell on a regular Tour de France route about 25 miles southeast of Geneva. Read more
Google increases user privacy controls
Google increased privacy controls for users and rolled out a website on Monday that answers frequently asked questions in response to increasing concern over how the search giant collects and uses its massive amounts of data.
Users have been able to control certain privacy settings for months or years, such as whether to save web browser and location history, which is also used in targeted advertising. Read more
US Official Calls for Myanmar Citizenship for Rohingya
A senior U.S. official says resettlement in a third country is not the answer to the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia and called for Myanmar citizenship to be given to Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution there.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard says resettling all Rohingya refugees in the United States will entice others to leave their homeland. Read more
Paris Breaks Up with Love Locks on Pont Des Arts
For years, padlocks have been latched by lovers on Paris’ Pont des Arts bridge as a symbol of their everlasting bond. But it turns out the little tokens of lifelong affection won’t be so permanent after all.
French officials will bid adieu to the locks and start removing them on Monday after sections of the railings became “weakened under the weight,” the city’s council said on its website. That poses a risk to people using the bridge, authorities say. Read more
Beijing’s New Smoking Ban Will Name and Shame Tobacco Users on Internet
China’s capital city imposed a tough new smoking ban Monday, threatening to name and shame repeat offenders and levying fines 20 times higher than existing penalties.
More than 1 million deaths are linked to smoking in China each year, according to the World Health Organization. The country is both the world’s biggest tobacco producer and consumer. Read more
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