Sabinews Midday News Update for October 10, 2015
Suswam to appear before EFCC
Immediate past Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam is expected to appear before the EFCC for interrogation on Monday, October 12.
According to Premium Times, the anti-graft agency had also invited Mr Omadachi Oklobia, a former Commissioner of finance, who served under Suswam to defend the allegations of diversion of public funds, abuse of office, embezzlement and fraud. Read more
20 killed in Turkey twin explosions
Two explosions have rocked a road junction in the centre of the Turkish capital Ankara, killing at least 20 people and injuring dozens of others, local media reported.
The explosions took place several minutes apart, with the first going off at around 10:00am (0700 GMT), according to local Dogan news agency. The explosions occurred near a train station where people were gathering for a peace march to protest against the conflict between the state and Kurdish fighters in southeast Turkey. Read more
NDLEA Nabs Brazil-Bound Passenger For Concealing $34,000 In Boxer Shorts
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a passenger for attempting to smuggle out 23 wraps containing 34,000 dollars to Brazil.
This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, Head, Public Affairs, NDLEA, on Friday in Lagos.
The statement said the passenger, Ozoh Ikenna, was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, during screening of passengers on Etihad Airways flight to Abu Dhabi. Read more
NAPTIN, TE Connectivity partner on workforce training
TE connectivity (TE) and the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) are joining efforts to help develop installers skills. Nigeria’s power sector has been underinvested for several decades. Resulting problems include the dramatic insufficiency of infrastructure and a very low level of energy efficiency throughout the sector.
Thanks to this partnership, installers will be trained to build and maintain tomorrow’s network. The training includes a combination of high-quality products and highly technical knowledge. Read more
World Bank Advises Countries Over Economic Slowdown
The World Bank President Dr Jim Young Kim had a press briefing at the opening of the 2015 Annual Meetings of the body in Lima, Peru. He spoke of the global economic situation, the drop in global poverty rate, the influx of migrants into Europe among others. Excerpts:
“Just a few days ago, we announced that for the first time in history, the percentage of people living in extreme poverty around the world will likely fall to under 10 percent this year, to 9.6. percent globally. This is the best story in the world. Read more
Nigeria lost $966m over 4 years to oil swaps – NEITI
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) Communications Director, Orji Ogbonnaya-Orji, has said that Nigeria lost $966 million to crude oil swap deals between 2009 and 2012, Leadership reports.
Mr. Ogbonnaya-Orji said in 2012 alone, the cost of crude oil swapped was $6.4 billion, while value of refined products returned to Nigeria was $6.3 billion. This left the sum of $100 million as revenue loss incurred by government. Read more
Kashamu Election Fraught With Irregularities – Judge
The Election Petition Tribunal for state and National Assembly in Ogun State, Friday, nullified the victory of seven candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party including a Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial district, Prince Buruji Kashamu.
The tribunal which also removed a member of House of Representatives, representing Ijebu North/Ijebu East /Ogun waterside, Adekoya Adesegun and five members of the state House of Assembly ordered for erun in all the affected areas. Read more
India protests to Saudi after maid’s hand chopped off
India said Friday it had lodged a protest with authorities in Riyadh after a maid from Tamil Nadu allegedly had her hand chopped off by her Saudi employer for complaining about her work conditions.
India’s foreign minister deplored a “brutal” attack on 55-year-old Kasthuri Munirathinam, who is being treated at a hospital in Riyadh, and which comes weeks after a Saudi diplomat based in New Delhi was accused of rape. Read more
Smaller African Cities Need Sustainable Energy Intervention
Africa is experiencing a massive flow of people into urban areas. This is happening in major urban centres such as Lagos, Accra and Dar es Salaam as well as in smaller and secondary cities. The pace at which this urban growth is happening inevitably puts strain on city authorities. The supply of services and developing infrastructure is vital for human and economic development.
But the evidence base to support forward planning remains scarce for most cities. In its absence, cities run the risk of infrastructural lock-ins to systems that are unable to accommodate their growth sustainably. Read more
Football: I’ve never been negative about Spain – Pique
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has stressed his commitment to the Spain after he was again jeered by the home fans as La Roja sealed their place at Euro 2016 with a 4-0 win over Luxembourg.
Pique has been targeted by sections of the Spanish support since he mocked Real Madrid during Barcelona’s treble-winning celebrations at the end of last season. Read more
N.Korea leader says forces can ‘fight any war’ with US
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un said Saturday his country could fight in any war provoked by the United States, as he presided over a vast military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party.
“Today, our party dauntlessly declares that our revolutionary armed forces are capable of fighting any kind of war provoked by the US and we are ready to protect our people and the blue sky of our motherland,” Kim said during a 30-minute speech. Read more
Opral Benson advises women to dress decently, maintain natural complexions
Dr Opral Benson, a famous beautician and Liberia’s Honourary Consul to Nigeria, has advised women to dress decently and maintain their natural complexions instead of bleaching or whitening their skins.
Benson gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday. Read more
Flood: Lagos State Information Ministry urges residents to relocate to safe areas
Oluwatoyin Awosika, the Director, Public Enlightenment, Lagos State Ministry of Information, on Friday urged residents living on flood-prone areas to relocate to safe locations.
Awosika told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the ministry had commenced sensitisation of the affected residents to change their attitudes in order to avert flood disasters. Read more