*Suspected Herdsmen Unleash Mayhem in Delta Community* *Water scarcity hits Abakaliki*

*Suspected Herdsmen Unleash Mayhem in Delta Community* *Water scarcity hits Abakaliki*

Sabinews Midday News Update for January 21, 2015MIDDAY NEWS

 

Suspected Herdsmen Unleash Mayhem in Delta Community

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have begun to unleash terror on Otulu town, an agrarian community in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State, just as the community has called for the state government’s intervention.

The traditional ruler of Otulu community, Chief Paul Eboji, made the call in a chat with our correspondent in the area, saying that the people were now living in palpable fear due to the continuous raid by the herdsmen. Read more

Water scarcity hits Abakaliki

The residents of Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, are presently experiencing serious difficulties in accessing water either from the public water supply or private sources, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

A NAN correspondent who monitored the situation in various areas of the town, reports that some residents, especially youths carry as many as four ‘jerry-cans’ in wheelbarrows in search for water. Read more

70% of energy supplied is billed – Abuja Disco

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has disclosed that only about 70 per cent of the electricity supplied to it by the Market Operator (MO) is being billed.

The company said in Abuja that most of the unbilled energy is consumed by customers who are unmetered and are being billed on estimation. Read more

Lafarge share news in India and Nigeria

In December, World Cement reported that Lafarge Africa would make an offer to buy out the minority shareholders of Ashaka Cement, a mandatory move triggered by the merger of the group’s Nigerian and South African businesses, which brought Lafarge’s stake in Ashaka Cement to 58.61%. Lafarge offered 57 Lafarge shares for every 202 shares held in Ashaka Cement in addition to a cash offering. The closure date for the mandatory tender offer (MTO) has been extended to 23 January and analysts at ARM Securities Limited have told This Day Live that the deal is highly favourable to minority shareholders. Read more

Vandalism: 2 Suspects Nabbed at Emir’s Farm

The Kwara State Police Command yesterday paraded two suspects who allegedly vandalised an electricity transformer at a farm in Kanbi, Moro local government area of the state.

The farm is said to be owned by the Emir of Ilorin, Alh Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari. Read more

10 killed, churches torched in Charlie Hebdo protests

Violent protests have erupted in parts of the world over the latest issue of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

While there have also been largely peaceful protests, authorities from Africa to the Middle East are seeing clashes in the streets — and seeking ways to tamp down the uproar among Muslims furious over depictions of the Prophet Mohammed. Read more

IG redeploys Mbu, Ogunsakin, Shinaba, Bolanta, 24 other AIGs

The authorities of the Nigeria Police have ordered the redeployment of 28 Assistant Inspectors General of Police to various departments, zonal commands and formations of the Force.

This is a result of the recent promotion of some senior officers and vacancies occasioned by retirements and also part of the ongoing re-oganisation in the Force. Read more

Nigeria naira opens down 0.13 pct at 189.45/dlr after record closing low

Nigeria’s currency opened down at 189.45 to dollar, after closing at a record low previous session, despite central bank’s interventions to prop up the naira.

The central bank left interest rates on hold at 13 percent on Tuesday and maintained tight liquidity to support the naira. The naira closed at 189.20, a record low, before the central bank decision was announced. Read more

Google Launches Online Platform Towards Nigerian 2015 Elections

Google has launched an online news portal to provide updates on the forthcoming general election in Nigeria.

The online platform, www.google.ng/elections, will feature players in the political and electoral system via news and audiovisual materials. The platform also has another feature called “pledge to serve” which seeks to encourage eligible voters to publicly commit themselves to voting at the general elections. Read more

Boko Haram: Records in four hospitals say 1,398 people killed from January 1

Records in hospitals across Maiduguri, the Borno State capital has put the number of people killed by the Boko Haram insurgents since January 1, 2015 to over 1,398.

DAILY POST correspondent, who visited the state specialist hospital, the University of Maiduguri Teaching hospital, the Umaru Shehu Ultra Modern hospital and General Muhammadu Shuwa Nursing Home gathered that each of the hospitals have received not less than 100 corpses from the beginning of this year, with specialists hospital and UMTH having between 500 and 600 corpses received as a result of attacks in close by villages. Read more

Second Niger Bridge is on course, says Obi

Former governor of Anambra State and the Deputy Director General, South of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council, Mr. Peter Obi has thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for reiterating his commitment to the Second Niger Bridge, as well as other projects his government is executing in the other parts of the country.

Obi was speaking to newsmen after the campaign in Onitsha. Read more

We Will Not Review Budget Benchmark – FG

The federal government has refuted the Bloomberg report that it has plans to review the benchmark for crude oil below $50 per barrel.

the report had read in part, “There are indications that the federal government may consider a further downward review of the budgeted benchmark oil price to below $50 per barrel.” Read more

Palestinian ‘stabs 10’ in Israel bus attack

The attack comes at a time of rising tensions between Palestinians, particularly in the West Bank, and Israelis.

Tel Aviv police commander Bentzi Sau said the “terrorist” was a West Bank resident who attacked the public bus driver before turning on passengers. Read more

France Charges 4 Men Linked to Paris Gunman

France has formally charged and detained four men accused of providing logistical support to Amedy Coulibaly, one of the three gunmen involved in the deadliest terrorist attacks in the country in recent memory, the Paris prosecutor said on Wednesday.

François Molins, the Paris prosecutor, said at a news conference that the four men, ages 22 to 28, were being formally investigated on charges of “terrorist conspiracy to commit crimes against people.” One was also accused of carrying weapons “in relation with an initiative to carry out terrorist acts.” Read more

Iran Guard Vows to Punish Israel for General Killed in Syria

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander says Israel will be punished for killing one of its generals in an airstrike in Syria that also killed six Lebanese Hezbollah fighters.

Nasser Soltani says “Israel will certainly pay for what it did.” He spoke during a ceremony Wednesday for Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, who will be buried in his hometown of Sirjan in southeastern Iran on Thursday. Read more

China says its gender imbalance “most serious” in the world

Chinese health authorities on Wednesday described the gender imbalance among newborns as “the most serious and prolonged” in the world, a direct ramification of the country’s strict one-child policy.

The statement will add to growing calls for the government to scrap all family planning restrictions in the world’s most populous nation, which many scholars say faces a demographic crisis. Read more

Yemeni Southerners Decry Shiite Rebel Power Grab in Capital

Authorities in southern Yemen have closed the country’s second-largest airport there in protest over the Shiite rebels’ power grab in the capital, Sanaa, which has plunged the nation deeper into chaos and threatens to fracture the country.

Airport chief in the port city of Aden, Tarek Abdu, says the shutdown went into effect at 7 a.m. Wednesday and would last “until further notice,” following orders from the governor. Local authorities also closed the port, a major hub in the Gulf of Aden. Read more

At least 11 killed on Tuesday in Congo election protests

At least 11 people were killed on Tuesday in protests in Democratic Republic of Congo against a draft measure that could delay the 2016 presidential election, the government said on Wednesday, bringing the toll from two days of violence to 14.

Government spokesman Lambert Mende said the victims were a policeman and 10 civilians, killed by security guards as they tried to loot private property in Kinshasa. Read more

 

 

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