Sabinews Midday News Update for July 27, 2015
Troops kill many terrorists on Dikwa-Maiduguri road
Directive by Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai that the Nigerian troops should attack Boko Haram militants started yielding results as they killed many terrorists during a recent combat operation along Dikwa-Maiduguri Road in Borno State.
General Buratai while renaming the counter-insurgency operation to “Operaton Zaman Lafiya Dole,” had urged the troops not to wait for Boko Haram to attack but to take the battle to the insurgents’ hideout. Read more
Senate plans to suspend six APC senators
There are indications that no fewer than six members of APC in the Senate may be suspended soon.
Four ranking Senators, including a member of the Like-Minds group told Leadership that notable former public office holders in the last PDP administration, both at the federal and state levels were the financial sponsors of the plan. Read more
Three arrested for diverting N40m USAID drugs
Three suspected thieves who allegedly diverted a container loaded with pharmaceutical drugs worth N40m to Igando area of Lagos State have been apprehended by the operatives attached to the Lagos State Police Command.
The suspects, Emmanuel Onyike, 51; Alabi Daudu, 68; and 58-year-old Paul Aina were arrested by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad attached to Zone 2, on Saturday, July 18 while other members of the syndicate, identified as Ikechukwu, Babawale, Shola and Alhaji, are still at large. Read more
Spain arrests Nigerians using Juju to force women into prostitution
A man and a woman of Nigerian origin have been arrested over claims that they forced Nigerian women into prostitution and deployed voodoo to keep their victims under their control, Spanish police said Sunday.
The two suspects were arrested on a warrant issued by Norway after a Nigerian woman lodged a complaint against them in Oslo. Read more
Buhari runs Nigeria like a sole administrator, US trip fruitless – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday said the recent trip to the United States by President Muhammadu Buhari was fruitless.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said events after Buhari’s visit to the US proved that neither the President nor his party, the All Progressives Congress, had learnt anything from the trip. Read more
Boosting non-oil export sector: An agenda for Buhari administration
Successive administrations have acknowledged that if the country must achieve its set goal of becoming one of the top 20 largest economies of the world, Nigeria must embrace and develop the non-oil export sector. It has also been generally observed that the country must develop the non-oil sector with resources from oil. The sustained volatility of world oil prices, the global tendency towards a diversified export based economy and the urgent need to expedite the process of economic growth and development has made it imperative that we either focus on non oil export or we regret it. Read more
Cable Vandalism: NSCDC Arrests 1
For vandalising the cables attached to the transformer which supplies power to Ekoende Waterworks, men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Osun State have arrested one Ahmed Abdullahi.
The multipurpose Ekoende Waterworks in Irepodun local government area of Osun State, apart from supplying potable water for the use of residents of surrounding local governments, also serves as a source of irrigation to farmers in the locality. Read more
APC slams PDP for being ‘too blind’ to notice Buhari’s efforts
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of being “too blind with hatred” to notice President Muhammadu Buhari’s hard work in tackling the country’s numerous problems.
In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the governing party held that the PDP could not provide any worthwhile opposition to the APC-led federal government if its spokesman continues to issue “convoluted and fustian statements” in order for him to be in the news. Read more
Raila, Wetangula and Karua have lectured US over ‘meddling’
Opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula and Martha Karua have previously criticised the US government involvement in Kenya’s internal affairs when in power.
In 2009, Wetangula lashed out at Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson and former American ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger. Read more
Dead newborn found in shopping bag
Police are searching for the mother of a newborn baby boy after its tiny body was found in a plastic bag in Heideveld, in Cape Town.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Ian Bennett said pedestrians came across the dead infant on Saturday afternoon next to the Heideveld High School fence on Duinefontein Road. Read more
Walcott drags to sign new Arsenal deal
Walcott’s current deal expires at the end of the forthcoming season and talks over an extension had dragged on without a successful conclusion for several months.
But reports over the weekend claimed the 26-year-old England international had finally agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth around £100,000 ($155,000) a week. Read more
Enyimba Notify Esperance Sokari Deal Off
Enyimba have cancelled an agreement they have with Esperance of Tunisia concerning the transfer of midfielder Kingsley Sokari, officials have disclosed.
“Esperance have shown that they are not to be trusted,” explained Enyimba chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu. Read more
Chinese woman dies after being trapped in escalator, but saves son
A Chinese woman has died after being trapped in a shopping mall escalator, but not before pushing her 2-year-old son to safety.
The horrific accident Sunday in the central city of Jingzhou was caught on surveillance camera footage. Read more
Jehovah’s Witnesses destroyed notes about child sex abuse, inquiry told
Jehovah’s Witnesses destroyed notes about child sexual abuse to stop them falling into the wrong hands and to “protect their wives”, a church elder has told a national hearing in Sydney.
The opening day of a royal commission hearing into abuse within the church has heard how 1,006 allegations of child abuse since 1950 were dealt with internally and never reported to police. Read more
Israel Uses Water to Control Palestinian Life
It’s not yet summer when I arrive in East Jerusalem during a broiling heat wave. In the area known as Shuafat Ridge, bitter fights break out between neighbors this time of year, when water becomes more scarce and the neighborhood is rife with accusations of water theft. The tens of thousands of Palestinians who live here use around half the amount of water recommended by the World Health Organization—and they struggle to obtain even that.Israel Uses Water to Control Palestinian Life
Shuafat Ridge, on the eastern edge of Jerusalem, is cut off from the rest of the city by the twisting, eight-meter Separation Wall, which Israel began building here in 2005. Soaring apartment buildings, packed tightly into the cramped space allotted to these residents, loom over the barrier. Read more
Syrian Kurds capture town from Islamic State in north – monitor
The Kurdish YPG militia on Monday captured a town from Islamic State fighters in northern Syria after a month-long offensive against the ultra hardline militants in the area to cut their supply lines, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Observatory said the town near the Euphrates River was a launchpad for Islamic State to wage raids on the Kurdish-held town of Kobani further north at the border with Turkey. Read more
Obama holds talks on human rights, security with Ethiopia PM
Barack Obama met the Ethiopian prime minister on Monday on the first visit by a serving U.S. president to a nation with one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa but which has often been criticized for its rights record.
Talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn are expected focus on security and the threat of the Islamist militant group al Shabaab in Somalia. Obama, who arrived from Kenya on Sunday, also wants to boost business ties with Africa. Read more
Fake iPhones: China shuts factory
Police in Beijing have busted a factory that produced more than 41 000 fake iPhones worth as much as 120 million yuan ($19 million), including some that reached the United States, and have arrested nine suspects in the counterfeiting operation.
Apple is one of the most popular brands in China, where authorities have stepped up efforts in recent years to dispel the country’s reputation for turning out counterfeit goods. Read more
Indian security forces on high alert amid Punjab police station siege
Security forces are on high alert in cities across India after gunmen attacked a police station killing at least five people in the north-western state of Punjab.
Authorities said two police officers and three civilians had been confirmed dead in the ongoing siege, and at least seven more injured. Read more
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