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*Vandalism, bunkering — Major challenge during my tenure – Obasanjo *Senate confirms CDS, service chiefs

*Vandalism, bunkering — Major challenge during my tenure – Obasanjo *Senate confirms CDS, service chiefs

Sabinews Midday News Update for August 5, 2015

Vandalism, bunkering — Major challenge during my tenure – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday identified bunkering and vandalism as the “most challenging problems’’ that confronted his eight-year tenure as Nigeria’s President.

Obasanjo made the remark at his Hill top residence in Abeokuta when he received Mr Ade Abolurin (rtd), the former Corp Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC). Read more

Senate confirms CDS, service chiefs

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the appointments of the service chiefs after over four hours of rigorous screening behind closed doors. The closed-session which started at about 11:25am, ended around 3:45pm.

The officers who answered various questions from the senators are Major General Abayomi Olonishakin, Chief of Defence Staff; Major General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff; and Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, Chief of Naval Staff. Others are Air Vice-Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Chief of Air Staff; Air Vice-Marshal Monday Morgan, Chief of Defence Intelligence, and retired Major General Babagana Monguno, National Security Adviser. Read more

Former Kebbi First Lady Visits EFCC

It seems there is no end in sight in the effort of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to quizz wives of former governors.

This is even as the operatives of the commission on Tuesday had a discussion with the former first lady of Kebbi state, Zainab Dakingari. Read more

US ‘ready’ to lift arms ban on Nigeria

The United States could lift a ban on shipping arms to Nigeria’s military to help fight the militant Islamist group Boko Haram if Abuja improves its human rights record, visiting US Congress members said on Tuesday.

The four lawmakers said Washington would provide more support for the fight against the group, which has killed thousands of people in its drive to set up an Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria, if alleged abuses are investigated and perpetrators punished. Read more

Tanzania election race takes a leaf from Senegal, Nigeria and Kenya; unexpectedly hots up

THE country’s ruling party has dominated politics since modern Tanzania’s formation in 1964, but the fallout from the nomination for its presidential flag bearer has kicked up some dust, shaking up a race that was shaping up to be another coronation for the power holders.

Tanzania’s four main opposition parties chose ex-prime minister Edward Lowassa as a joint presidential candidate Tuesday, three months ahead of a general election scheduled for October 25. Read more

Obama Mocks GOP Candidates’ ‘Bad Ideas,’ Urges Democrats To Watch Debate

U.S. President Obama mocked the “bad ideas” of GOP White House hopefuls, but urged fellow Democrats to watch Thursday’s debate anyway so they can hold the candidates “accountable for trying to undo all of the hard work we’ve done.”

In an email sent to supporters on Tuesday, Mr. Obama predicted the 10 candidates at the main debate will promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, challenge the “science behind climate change” and reverse course on immigration reform and marriage equality. Read more

Dozens dead in India train derailment

At least 27 people have been killed after two passenger trains travelling in opposite directions derailed within minutes of each other, sending carriages tumbling into a river in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

The Kamayani Express derailed around midnight local time on Tuesday near the Kudawa railway station, about 20km from the town of Harda. Read more

NNPC New Boss Assumes Office

A few hours after his appointment was announced, the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, has assumed duty as the Chief Executive of the corporation.

This is contained in a statement signed by Ohi Alegbe, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, on Tuesday, in Abuja. Read more


ASEAN Backs Halt To Land Reclamation In South China Sea

Southeast Asian countries on Tuesday backed a U.S. call to halt land reclamation in the South China Sea, underlining unease in the region over Beijing’s continued expansion on disputed Islands.

China has said it does not want the issue raised at this week’s meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Kuala Lumpur. Read more

 Doctors Move to “Redeem Image”

The Nigerian Medical Association has pledged to cut waiting time and improve how doctors communicate with their patients in hopes of reducing the numbers of Nigerians lured to seek medical treatment abroad.

Chairperson of NMA’s Abuja chapter, Dr Fatima Mairami, said the association’s aim was to redesign medicine and rebrand doctors to “step out in style toward filling any gap that may have been existing.”Read more

CBN’s N213bn power fund to be disbursed in 3 weeks – Emefiele

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is working with the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to ensure the full disbursement of the more than N200 billion power support fund meant to resolve a pile of legacy debts and provide generating and distribution firms with necessary funds for their operations within three weeks, BusinessDay reports. Read more

NDLEA Arrests Fashion Designer For Possession Of 44 Wraps Of Cocaine

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, has apprehended a 29 year old fashion designer for excreting 44 wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine, weighing 850grammes.

According to NDLEA, the suspect was arrested at the international wing of during the inward screening of passengers on a Qatar Airline flight. Read more

Buhari meets with Eni’s CEO Claudio Descalzi

The President of Nigeria, Mohammadu Buhari, met today in Abuja Eni’s Chief Executive Officer, Claudio Descalzi. Eni’s CEO updated the President on the company’s activities in the Country for the development of both oil and gas resources. The President was particularly pleased with the progress achieved in the offshore activities. Read more

Lagos intensifies effort at curbing crime

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Tuesday pledged to intensify efforts to check the menace of robbery in traffic, land grabbers, and cultism, in some trouble-spots in the State.

Ambode made the pledge during a meeting with the State Security Council at the Government House, Alausa, Ikeja. Read more

Arizona man says he beheaded wife “to get the evil out of her” — Police

A court in Arizona said on Tuesday that a man who admitted to decapitating his wife and her two dogs in a bloody incident in Phoenix said he was attempting to “get the evil out of her.’’

The prosecutor said Kenneth-Dale Wakefield, 43, also said he had smoked marijuana and the designer drug spice before the gruesome killings in a Phoenix apartment on July 25. Read more

Investigation: 900m People Affected By Droughts In 14 Yrs – NEMA

Investigations have revealed that a total of 900 million people were affected by droughts globally between 2000 – 2014, out of which three million of them are in the horns of Africa.
This was disclosed by the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mohammad Sani Sidi, has say
Speaking at the national sensitization workshop on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030, the DG said this framework is a successor to the Hyogo Framework of Action (2005 – 2015), which ended this year, and it is aimed at developing strategies with implementable actions to reduce the risks of disaster worldwide. Read more

Death Toll In Pakistan Floods Hits 151

Floods triggered by monsoon rains have killed no fewer than 151 people in Pakistan, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Tuesday.

The flooding started in mid-July after downpours.
According to the NDMA, up to 77 people were killed in the north-western province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and 32 in the eastern province in Punjab. Read more

Mimiko Sacks Aides, Commends Them For Selfless Service

Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State on Tuesday announced the disengagement of his Special Assistants (SAs) and Senior Special Assistants (SSAs).

Mr Eni Akinsola, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor made the announcement in a statement issued to newsmen in Akure. Read more

Dozens dead in India train derailment

At least 27 people have been killed after two passenger trains travelling in opposite directions derailed within minutes of each other, sending carriages tumbling into a river in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

The Kamayani Express derailed around midnight local time on Tuesday near the Kudawa railway station, about 20km from the town of Harda. Read more


Woman killed in ghastly motor accident at Ketu

A yet to be identified middle-aged woman has been reportedly killed in a ghastly motor accident  Wednesday morning at Ketu Bus Stop along Ikorodu Road.

A truck knocked down the woman at about 8am. Read more

India drops ban on online porn after backlash

India has reversed a controversial order banning hundreds of porn websites, a government official said Wednesday, after accusations of heavy-handed censorship in the world’s largest democracy.

On Saturday, telecommunication authorities had directed Internet service providers (ISPs) to block 857 websites on “morality and decency” grounds and to curb child pornography, the first of its crackdown on online pornography in the country. Read more

Turkey to start fight against IS in Syria ‘soon’: FM

Turkey will soon start combating Islamic State group militants inside northern Syria, its foreign minister vowed Wednesday as he met US Secretary of State John Kerry in MalaysiaRead more


Indonesia arrests former US policeman over alleged murder

A former US policeman has been arrested on the Indonesian resort island of Bali over alleged links to the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, officials said Wednesday.

Vontrey Clark was detained on Friday after Interpol, acting on a request from the FBI, issued a red notice for his arrest. Read more

Qatar backs Turkey over bombing raids in northern Iraq

Qatar has broken ranks with the Arab League to give close ally Turkey its full support for air strikes in northern Iraq, according to an official foreign ministry statement.

On Tuesday, the Arab League condemned Turkey’s actions and called on Ankara to recognise the sovereignty of Iraq. Read more


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