November 23, 2017

*The Sun‘s DMD’s wife regains freedom *BUA Group lauds FG on revival of refineries

*The Sun‘s DMD’s wife regains freedom *BUA Group lauds FG on revival of refineries

Sabinews Midday News Update for September 17, 2015

The Sun‘s DMD’s wife regains freedom

The kidnapped wife of Mr. Steve Nwosu, The SUN Newspaper’s deputy director, Toyin, has regained freedom.

Toyin was abducted on Monday at about 2.30am in the family’s Okota, Lagos, residence. A reliable police source, who claimed to be a part of the rescue team, told our correspondent that Toyin was rescued at about 2am on Thursday. Read more

BUA Group lauds FG on revival of refineries

The Chairman of BUA Group, Abdulsamad Rabiu, has commended the Federal Government on the resuscitation of local refineries and said the ongoing resuscitation has already led to an increase in the supply of Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) to its Sokoto Cement Plant, adding that the Federal Government has further reduced the price of LFPO from around N77.94 per litre to N51.38 per litre in an apparent move to boost local industries, Daily Independent reports. Read more

Nigerian colleges do not take sexual harassment offenses seriously — Study

A recent study has shown that college authorities in Nigeria might be culpable in providing a conducive atmosphere for sexual harassment and bribery due to passiveness in vigorously curbing sexual harassment and bribery. According to a survey conducted by Dream Project for Africa during Phase I of the “End Sexual Harassment and Bribery in Nigerian Colleges” campaign, only 8% of students believe that school authorities take sexual harassment offenses seriously. The respondents in the survey were mainly students of the University of Lagos campus, where one of the lecturers in the Accountancy Department, Dr. Akin Baruwa was alleged to have raped an 18-year old student. Read more

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Benin, Enugu DISCOs face CPC prosecution over billings

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) is set to commence prosecution procedures against the Benin and Enugu distribution companies (DISCOs) for violating its enabling act in the on-going investigation of the activities of the country’s DISCOs following consumer complaints, Leadership reports.

The council’s action came on the heels of the non-appearance of the Benin and Enugu DISCOs without sufficient reason before the council’s panel instituted to investigate numerous complaints of electricity consumers on the estimated billings and non-provision of meters. Read more

Nigeria increases crude output by 70,400bpd in August

Nigeria’s crude oil output increased by about 70,400 barrels per day (bpd) to 1,857,000bpd in August 2015, from its July output of 1,787,000bpd going by the current figures released by Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in its latest monthly oil market report released on Monday, BusinessDay reports.

Year-on-year, comparison to August 2014 output of 2,008,000bpd shows a massive drop of 151,000bpd. Nigeria, however, still maintained its position as Africa’s number one oil producer in August followed by Angola and Algeria with an output of 1.735 million bpd and 1.109 million bpd, respectively. Read more

Customs Seizes Poultry Products, As Ali Takes War to Smugglers

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has seized poultry products worth N37.8million in its eighth and ninth week of “Operation Hawk Descend.”

A statement from NCS Deputy Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah yesterday said the war which has been intensified by the new Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), retired Col. Hammed Ali was yielding massive results as 8,408 cartons of the frozen products were impounded at different locations along the south western borders of Nigeria. Read more

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UNN Chief Imam released after paying N2m ransom

Abductors of Sheik Adam Idoko, the Chief Imam of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, Central Mosque have released him at the wee hours of this morning.

Idoko, who is also the Deputy Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, was kidnapped last Friday. The UNN Chief Imam was said to be have paid N2 Million as ransom yesterday haven struck an agreement not involve security operatives in his rescue. Read more

‘NLC, TUC call for death penalty on corrupt govt officials ridiculous ‘

FORMER Commissioner of Police, Chief Ikechukwu Aduba (retd), has described as bizarre and unrefined the call by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress, TUC, for death penalty on treasury looters to check official corruption.

Aduba, who noted that some Nigerians often disparage well-meaning citizens for making forthright appraisal, said capital punishment has not tamed corruption in countries as China and India referred to by the unions, maintaining that what were required were practical and precautionary measures. Read more

UNN Chief Imam released after paying N2m ransom

Abductors of Sheik Adam Idoko, the Chief Imam of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, Central Mosque have released him at the wee hours of this morning.

Idoko, who is also the Deputy Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, was kidnapped last Friday. The UNN Chief Imam was said to be have paid N2 Million as ransom yesterday haven struck an agreement not involve security operatives in his rescue. Read more

Osinbajo urges NIPSS to formulate policies to accelerate socio-economic development

The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has charged the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) to apply itself towards formulating policies that would accelerate socio-economic development in the country.

This is contained in a statement by the Head of Communications, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Mr H. Birchi on Wednesday in Abuja. According to the statement, Osinbajo said this at the commissioning of a research building complex that was donated by the NDIC to NIPSS in Jos. Read more

Elite troops declare Burkina Faso coup

Burkina Faso’s presidential guard declared a coup Thursday a day after seizing the interim president and senior government members, as the country geared up for its first elections since the overthrow of longtime leader Blaise Compaore.

Lieutenant-Colonel Mamadou Bamba appeared on national television to declare that a new “National Democratic Council” had put an end “to the deviant regime of transition” in the west African state. Announcing the coup, Bamba said that “wide-ranging talks” were being held to form a government leading to “inclusive and peaceful elections.” Read more

EU parliament backs refugee relocation plan

The European Parliament on Thursday backed plans to relocate 120,000 refugees around the EU to help the frontline states of Greece, Hungary and Italy, in a move that hiked pressure on ministers to adopt the proposals next week.

In an emergency vote called after EU interior ministers failed to back the scheme on Monday, lawmakers approved the plans by the European Commission — the EU’s executive — by 372 votes to 124 with 54 absentions. Read more

Trump targeted, Fiorina shines in US Republican debate

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Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stepped into a hornet’s nest in Wednesday’s debate as rivals turned their sights on the billionaire, while Carly Fiorina showed she had earned her place on the main stage.

Ten challengers flanked Trump on stage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, seeking an opening against the man who has defied all political odds to lead the race for the party’s nomination ahead of the November 2016 election. Read more

Dollar rises as bets grow Fed will hold fire

The dollar rose against the yen but fell against emerging market currencies Thursday in Tokyo, as investors bet the US central bank will delay its first interest rate rise in nine years.

The dollar rose to 120.85 yen, from 120.61 yen Wednesday in New York, after the release of disappointing Japanese trade figures, and the euro gained to $1.1302 from $1.1285. Read more

Thousands arrive in Croatia after migrant clashes at Hungary border

Thousands of migrants arrived in Croatia early Thursday seeking to open up a new route to northern Europe, after Hungary sealed its border, sparking ferocious clashes with angry refugees.

Around 4,000 migrants had arrived in EU member state from Serbia in the last 24 hours, the state-run television channel HRT said, as a special train transporting some 800 migrants from Tovarnik, near the Serbian border, arrived in Dugo Selo, near Zagreb, an AFP photographer reported. Read more

Saudi king seeks ‘urgent’ UN action on Al-Aqsa

Saudi King Salman has appealed to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and members of the Security Council for “urgent measures” after clashes at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, state media reported late Wednesday.

Salman “expressed strong condemnation of the dangerous Israeli escalation” at the holy site where Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli police for three straight days, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Read more

S.Sudan helicopters attacked rebels: ceasefire monitors

South Sudan’s army used helicopter gunships to pound rebel positions, military monitors said Thursday, their first report detailing ceasefire violations since a peace deal was signed.

The army and rebels have repeatedly traded blame accusing each other of breaking an August 29 ceasefire deal, the eighth such agreement to have been signed since civil war broke out in December 2013. Read more

Customs seizes frozen poultry products worth N37.8m

The Nigeria Customs Service Operation Hawk Descend has seized frozen poultry products worth N37.8 million in the eighth and ninth week of its operation.

This is contained in a statement signed by the service Deputy Public Relations Officer, Mr Joseph Attah, on Wednesday in Abuja. Attah said that the war against smugglers of frozen poultry products into the country, tagged “Operation Hawk Descend”, had continued to yield massive results. Read more

Max Air Completes Airlift of Pilgrims

Max Air, one of the approved carriers for this year’s hajj has completed airlift of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, an official, Alhaji Ibrahim Dahiru, said.

Briefing newsmen yesterday, Dahiru said the airline has airlifted over 35,000 pilgrims in 65 trips. Dahiru said Max Air was allocated a total of 35,576 intending pilgrims from 15 states including Adamawa, Gombe, Rivers, Niger, Zamfara, Kebbi, Imo and Jigawa among others. Read more

 

 

 

 

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