Sabinews Morning News Update for May 30, 2015
Twin Bomb Blasts Kill 7, Injure Others in Borno
At least seven persons were killed and several others injured as twin bombs suspected to have been detonated by Boko Haram terrorists went off at a wedding venue in a Borno village today, witnesses and security sources said.
Sources who spoke to LEADERSHIP Weekend said the blasts occurred at about 6am, when most of the victims were preparing for a wedding that was to hold later in the yesterday. Read more
Mob Attacks Emir at El-Rufai’s Inauguration
Pandemonium broke out at the swearing in of Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai as angry mob started throwing stones and shoes at the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
The mob started attacking the emir when he was invited to the podium to present his address shortly after the governor took his oath of office. The Murtala Square venue of the event was thrown into confusion as the security agencies struggled to control the situation. Read more
Britain announces fresh support for Buhari to end Boko Haram
Apparently excited by the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s new President, United Kingdom has openly declared its readiness to work closely with Nigeria to end its security and economic challenges. To start with, Britain says it is going to spearhead the group of seven developed nations (G-7 nations) to rally necessary support for Buhari to crush insurgency in Nigeria without further delay.
British Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, announced the new posture of his country towards Nigeria while speaking with Vanguard in Abuja on Friday shortly after attending Buhari’s inauguration as Nigeria’s 5th civilian president. Read more
IGP promises security as Buhari resumes duty
The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, on Friday commended the men of the Nigeria Police Force who attended the swearing-in ceremonies of President Muhammadu Buhari and the state governors on their professional conduct during the inaugurations.
Arase said in a statement through the Force Public Relations Officer, Ag. CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, that the force would rededicate itself to the provision of security to Nigerians. Read more
Niger Governor to Downsize Workforce, Prune Ministries
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has revealed that his administration would downsize and reform the state civil service, Ministries and Parastatals to cut down the bulk of the state earned revenue which was used to pay more workers and servicing more Ministries and Parastatals than needed.
“The bulk of the state’s earned revenue is spent on recurrent expenditure paying more workers than we need to run the state efficiently. Read more
Nigerians Greet New Administration with Optimism
The long awaited arrival of president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, took place yesterday with Nigerians across geopolitical, social, and religious divides expressing hopes that the change of party and personalities will mark the beginning of a new dawn.
Their optimism appears to be based on the much touted integrity of Buhari who was sworn-in as the fourth president in this Fourth Republic. Read more
Kano, Zamfara, others close IDP camps as inmates depart
The various camps established for Internally Displaced Persons in Kaduna, Kano and Zamfara states have been closed following the reunion of the inmates with their families.
It was learnt that over 2,000 IDPs affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, were in the various camps at different times. Read more
Chad kills 33 Boko Haram insurgents
The Chadian Army said on Friday that it killed not less than 33 Boko Haram members in a heavy fighting which took place on a Lake Chad island that borders Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon earlier in the week. It also said it lost three of its soldiers.
The spokesperson for Chadian military, Colonel Azem Bermandoa, told Reuters about the incident. Read more
Ambode creates new ministry, agencies
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Friday created three offices to project his development plan for the state at his inauguration.
The governor, while giving his speech at the Tafawa Balewa Square, announced the creation of the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment and Office of Civic Engagement. Read more
Crowd stone Adamawa ex-deputy gov
The immediate past deputy governor of Adamawa state, Hon. Sa’ad Tahir, was attacked at the inauguration of the new governor, Bindow Jibrilla, on Friday.
Tahir, who represented the former state governor, Mr. Bala Ngilari, at the handing over ceremony was attacked by some irate crowd at the event. Read more
Amaechi in Abuja, shuns Wike’s inauguration
Former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, made real his decision not to attend the inauguration ceremony of his successor, Chief Nyesom Wike, on Friday.
While Wike was being sworn in in Port Harcourt, Amaechi was seated with his wife, Judith, in the reserved area on the right hand side of the VIP box at Eagles Square, venue of the presidential inauguration. Read more
Falana Accuses Army of Illegally Sacking 290 Soldiers
Legal counsel to some of the Nigerian Army (NA) generals and soldiers who are currently being court-martialled, Mr. Femi Falana, on Thursday accused the service of allegedly sacking 290 soldiers illegally.
Falana had alleged that the sacked soldiers, whose dismissal letters were served to them yesterday, were those serving in Jos and Ibadan respectively. Read more
Plateau North: Another Killing Field by Suspected Fulani Gunmen
Penultimate week, gunmen were again on the prowl in four communities in Plateau North. In this report, ACHOR ABIMAJE writes that unless security agencies wake up to their responsibilities, more lives may still be lost to violence in the area
As the people of Plateau State were yet to recover from the shock of the attack on some communities in Plateau South zone which left over 50 persons dead, again, over 40 persons have been killed in Plateau North senatorial zone in fresh attacks by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in four villages of Barkin Ladi and Riyom local governments of Plateau State. Read more
Wike appoints Rivers Chief Judge
Barrister Nyesom Wike was yesterday sworn in as the executive governor of Rivers State in a colourful ceremony attended by thousands of his supporters. In what appeared to be his first official engagement, he appointed Justice Daisy Okocha as the acting State Chief Judge, while Justice Christy Gabriel Nwankwo was appointed the President of State Customary Court of Appeal.
The State judiciary has been in crisis in the past one year over the appointment of a substantive Chief Judge. Governor Wike also directed that the arrears of the State civil servants in the State be cleared. Read more
CBN posts N35.4bn net income in 2014
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released its audited financial statements for 2013 and 2014 operating years which reflected a net income of N209.6 billion in 2013 compared with N35.4 billion in 2014.
This is just as the apex banking sector regulatory institution disclosed that it had fully adopted the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the financial statements which had been approved by its Board. Read more
Abuja Disco Sues Nigerian Army for Battery
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has filed an action against the unlawful trespass of military personnel who invaded the business premises of AEDC office at Keffi, Nassarawa State, noting that the action by the Nigerian Army was also a violation of human right of the staff
In a undamental rights enforcement suit No: NSD/ML5/15: Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Plc LT. Col C.A Akaliro & ORS pending before Court 3, Mararaba, is supported by three affidavits filed on behalf of the applicants, alleging that on the 20th May 2015, at about 9.00 am, military personnel from 177 Guards Brigade Battalion near Keffi, Nasarawa State, invaded, broke into and raided the business premises of Abuja Electricity Distribution office at Keffi . Read more
Wenger, Arsenal seek FA Cup history
Arsene Wenger would love to silence his critics by making history when holders Arsenal take on Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on Saturday, AFP reports.
Wenger heads to Wembley on the cusp of an historic double achievement that would go some way to answering the doubters who claim he has lost his touch in recent years. Read more
Ex-Eagles stars urge FG to save Lagos stadium
Nigeria ’80 Africa Cup of Nations winners Segun Odegbami, Christian Chukwu and Adokiye Amiesimaka have expressed their disappointment with the deplorable state of the National Stadium, Lagos, urging the Federal Government to rehabilitate the complex.
The stadium, which was built in 1972, has hosted major competitions such as the 1973 Africa Games, the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations, the 1999 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations. Read more
Blatter re-elected as FIFA President
Sepp Blatter was on Friday re-elected President of FIFA in a vote overshadowed by arrests and corruption allegations.
According to BBC, Blatter’s rival, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan withdrew after the first round of voting. Read more
No Mercy for Chad –Onazi
Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi has charged his teammates to beat Chad mercilessly ahead of the team’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna.
Onazi, who was still embittered with the team’s failure to qualify for the 2015 showpiece, revealed that the team must play well if the team must achieve its desire goal. Read more
Warri Wolves under pressure – Owumi
Chairman, CEO Warri Wolves, Davidson Owumi has said they will leave no stone unturned and do everything possible to overturn their 3-0 deficit next week when they host AC Leopards in the final leg of the CAF Confederations Cup play-offs.
According to him, their status as Nigeria’s sole survivors on the continent has increased the pressure and burden of expectation. Read more
‘Nigeria’ll produce chess grand master’
Edo State chess coach Omoyewmen Afolabi believes the country will produce a grand master in the sport soon, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Afolabi told NAN in Benin during the week that the dream would be realised if the game is popularised at the grassroots. Read more
Nigeria vs Brazil: Success, Awoniyi lead Flying Eagles attack
Isaac Success and Taiwo Awoniyi look most likely to lead the Flying Eagles charge for goals against Brazil in an opening U20 World Cup group game in New Zealand on Monday.
Coach Manu Garba gave a hint of what his starting XI will look like on Monday during Thursday afternoon’s training at the Manukohiri Park on the outskirts of New Plymouth. Read more
Jennifer Lopez Stirs Controversy in Morocco
The 14th edition of the Mawazine Festival kicked off on Friday night in Morocco’s capital Rabat with the much anticipated performance of American singer Jennifer Lopez.
The performance, which was broadcast live on Moroccan channel 2M stirred controversy on social media. Jennifer and her dancers appeared on underpants on stage. Read more
Burundian President’s Term Limit Unlikely on Agenda at East African Summit: Experts
East African leaders will meet in Tanzania tomorrow for a summit on the political crisis in Burundi, though experts said the other nations were unlikely to raise the key issue of presidential term limits.
The root cause of the tensions – which have sparked weeks of civil unrest and a failed coup attempt – is the controversial bid by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third consecutive term in office. Read more
Kerry set to meet with Iranian envoy as nuclear deadline approaches
With only a month to go before the deadline for a final deal on Iran’s nuclear program, Secretary of State John F. Kerry will meet here this weekend with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for talks aimed at giving their negotiating teams a political push.
Separate technical negotiations on “a lot of issues have gone about as far as they can go” without political decisions from Tehran and the six world powers to fill in the blanks in a framework agreement signed in early April, said a senior State Department official traveling with Kerry. Read more
Japan says China, others must behave responsibly on S. China Sea
Japan’s Minister of Defense warned on Saturday that land reclamation projects in the South China Sea risked plunging the region into disorder and urged nations, including China, to behave responsibly.
“If we leave any unlawful situation unattended, order will soon turn to disorder, and peace and stability will collapse,” Gen Nakatani said during a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Read more
Islamist fighters blamed as eight killed in rocket attack on Benghazi
Eight people were killed and eight wounded when a rocket hit a residential district in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, officials said.
An army commander blamed Islamist fighters for the rocket strike. Fighting for control of the country’s second-largest city has been going on for a year, part of a conflict between former rebel groups who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now back two rival governments. Read more
Kansas hospital monitoring patient for possible Ebola infection
The University of Kansas Hospital said on Friday it was monitoring a patient for a possible Ebola infection after he returned from the West African nation of Sierra Leone and developed a fever.
“The patient is extremely low risk. It’s just the fever that tipped the balance,” Dr. Lee Norman at University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, told a news conference. Read more
US orders anthrax review after more live shipments discovered
The US military has ordered a review of how it handles anthrax after discovering more cases of live samples being accidentally sent to labs.
Live anthrax samples were believed to have been sent to a total of 24 labs, in 11 US states as well as South Korea and Australia, the Pentagon said. Read more
Pentagon silent on ISIS gains in Libya
The Pentagon is being unusually quiet about an affiliate of the Islamic State’s takeover of an air base in Libya’s third largest city. The move is a potential indication of the organizational, authority and funding challenges it faces for this expanding fight.
The seizure of al-Qardabiya air base on Friday came after hundreds of militants captured Sirte, a city on the Mediterranean Sea about 350 miles west of Benghazi that surrounds the air base. Read more
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