Toddler Kidnapped in Lagos Church
Children, it appears, have become endangered species, as they seem to be the new target of evil-minded persons who are on the prowl looking for any vulnerable and unguarded one to kidnap.
Barely four days after the three Orekoya kids were rescued after an eight-day ordeal in the kidnapper’s den, another toddler was on Sunday abducted in Lagos, this time from a church. Read more
Ondo Deaths Linked to Poisonous Gin
The death of the 18 people in Ondo State in a mysterious circumstance has been linked to a local gin, otherwise known as ‘Ogogoro,’ that was contaminated with poisonous material (methanol).
The Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo, stated this at a media briefing in Abuja, Monday.
He said: “At this stage, the particular poisonous substance (toxin) is being ascertained. The results of these detailed investigations currently being conducted by government and partners are still being awaited and will be made public as soon as possible.” Read more
Fayose’s Impeachment Fever Stalls Resumption of Schools in Ekiti
The panic that engulfed Ekiti State with the alarm raised by Governor Ayodele Fayose that the 19 legislators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) planned to impeach him yesterday, forced public and private schools to refrain from reopening for the third term academic session in the state.
This happened just as the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) monday called on all political stakeholders in the state, especially the APC lawmakers to embrace the new spirit of reconciliation, forgiveness and dialogue being offered by Fayose. Read more
Obi in South-Africa, condemns xenophobic attacks
Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has called on South-Africans to stop the attack on foreigners, including Nigerians. He made this call yesterday while speaking at a meeting of Nigerian Union, an umbrella organisation of all Nigerians living in South Africa at the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg, South-Africa.
Obi who commended the stand of the South-African Government against xenophobic attack, called on Nigerians in South-Africa to remain law-abiding and treat one another as brothers and sisters. He said that other nationals in foreign land such as Indians and the Jews absorb the catastrophes of life because they are always together, assisting one another. Read more
3SC to Add to Kwara Misery
Shooting Stars forward Meshack Chukwubuikem has told AfricanFootball.com his team will add to the woes of Kwara United on Wednesday when they clash in Ibadan in a Week 5 game of Nigeria League.
Kwara suffered a 3-1 home loss to table toppers Heartland on Sunday. Read more
Nasarawa plans to decimate Pillars
Nasarawa United coach, Mohammed Baba Ganaru has revealed to supersport.com that his wards would give Kano Pillars their first defeat this season in the Nigeria’s top flight football.
United will this Wednesday welcome the Sai Masugida as the two foes will go head-to-head in their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) week 5 encounter in Lafia. Read more
NERC to sanction Abuja Disco for ripping-off consumers
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said it served the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) with a notice of enforcement action against it for allegedly abusing the statutory methodology approved for billing customers under the estimated billing system.
NERC issued to AEDC the notice of enforcement action, describing AEDC’s offence against its customers as ‘manifest and flagrant breaches’ of approved methodology for estimated billing of electricity consumers. Read more
Female suicide bombers hit Potiskum GSM market
Several people are feared killed as twin bomb blasts hit the Global System Communication (GSM) market located close to Brema Primary School, along Mohammed Idrissa Way in Potiskum, Yobe State, North East Nigeria on Monday afternoon.
According to eyewitnesses, two female suicide bombers on tricycles came to the market, while one alighted and went inside the market, the other waited in the tricycle as the two explosive devices went off simultaneously. Read more
Two soldiers, one civilian killed in Bauchi accident
Two soldiers and a civilian were killed in two separate accidents in Bauchi on Sunday. In a fatal motor accident along Azare-Bulkachuwa road in Bauchi State, Zaphaniya Jonathan, a Lance Corporal attached to the 195 Battalion, Nigerian Army in Agenebode, Edo State and one Barrister Umar Abubakar were killed. In the second along Bauchi-Darazo road, a 27-year-old Private, John Emmanuel attached to Sector 1 Baga road in Maiduguri, Borno State was knocked down while crossing the road to ease himself.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in charge of the Bauchi State Police Command, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed both incidents. Read more
800 killed in Mediterranean boat disaster –UN
The United Nations (UN) has confirmed that the death toll from the weekend’s Mediterranean boat disaster is at least 800, with the victims being of multiple nationalities.
UN said in statement in Geneva on Tuesday that “following interviews with some of the 27 survivors from the tragedy who arrived at the Italian port of Catania, officials for both the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reported that some of the dead were children between the ages of 10 and 12. Read more
UN Council condemns killing of over 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya
Members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council has described as heinous and cowardly the killing in Libya of over 30 Ethiopian Christians by an affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh).
According to a UN statement made available to Daily Independent on Tuesday, the Security Council viewed the killings as another demonstration of the brutality of ISIL, which it said is responsible for thousands of crimes and abuses against people from all faiths, ethnicities and nationalities, and without regard to any basic value of humanity. Read more
Oil spill: Community tasks NNPC to restore four lives
OIL-rich Odidi community in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State has given the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), a 14-day ultimatum to restore the four lives lost to the April 4 explosion in Odidi River or risk disruption of their operations.
A mother, Mrs. Ebisinde Foto, and her three children, Esegha, Gift and Prince, were allegedly killed while fishing in the river at the wee hours of April 4. Read more
Turkey arrests Syria-bound British family
Turkish police arrested a British family in the capital Ankara after being tipped off that they would try to cross the Syrian border to join Islamic State militants, a Turkish official said Tuesday.
“We received the intelligence from British police on April 19 that a British couple with four children may cross into Syria to join ISIS,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity, using an alternative name for the terrorist group. Read more
15 killed in fresh attack in Taraba communities
Fifteen persons were killed and many still missing when suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked some communities in Donga Local Government Area of Taraba State, in the early hours of Monday.
The attack led to massive migration of people from Donga Local Government, one of the areas where run-off election was billed to hold in the state next Saturday. Read more
OPEC Increases Crude Oil Production by 810,000bpd
Contrary to the expectations that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will reduce the flow of crude oil to the global market to reduce the current oversupply and stabilise the plummeting prices, the organisation increased production by 810,000 barrels per day in March, according to the Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) released at the weekend.
OPEC has also stated that it will continue increasing output, despite an oversupply, projecting an increased demand of 80,000 barrels per day higher for this year than anticipated. Read more
Flying Eagles step up World Cup training
African champions Flying Eagles have stepped up their preparations for the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.
Thirty players trained on Monday morning at the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja as the battle for places in the final 21-man squad for the World Cup intensified. Read more
TCN Demands Upward Review of Transmission Tariff
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is requesting for an upward review of the fees it charges for transmitting electricity from generation points to distribution points in Nigeria’s electricity supply industry.
Already, TCN has applied to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to review its tariff upward to accommodate extant expenditure incurred by it in transmitting power. Read more
Dangote Sugar Obtains SON Food Safety Certification
Dangote Sugar Refinery has been certified by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) as a food safety compliant company.
The management of the refinery said the Food Safety Management Systems certification (NIS ISO 22000:2005) has been issued to the firm by the standards body. Read more
Addax, Oriental, Others Announce Flow Testing of Okwok Marginal Field
Oriental Energy Resources Ltd (OERL) and its joint venture partners, Afren Energy Resources and Addax Petroleum have announced the completion and flow testing of their first development well, Okwok 13 in the Okwok Marginal Field in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 67.
This followed an extensive field appraisal programme, the acquisition and processing of a four-component seismic and the approval of the Field Development Plan (Okwok FDP) by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in early 2014. Read more
‘Captain’s Error’ Sank Overloaded Migrant Boat
The shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants off the Libyan coast was caused by a mistake the captain made piloting the overcrowded vessel, Italian investigators have said.
The captain and another crew member were arrested by Italian police after a group of 27 survivors from the tragedy arrived in the Sicilian port of Catania on Monday evening. Read more
Yemen crisis: US beefs up naval patrols as Iran convoy approaches
The US is sending an aircraft carrier to boost its patrols in the waters off Yemen, amid suspicions that an Iranian naval convoy in the area is carrying arms intended for Yemeni Houthi rebels.
The US has warned Iran against arming the rebels – but a US spokesman said the ships would not stop the convoy. Read more
Follow us @sabinewsnaija