Sabinews Midday News Update for June 26, 2015
We are committed to fighting corruption – Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday reiterated the present administration’s commitment to fighting corruption.
Osinbajo said this in Lagos at the 3rd Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture On Business Integrity.
Speaking on the topic “Beyond Compliance: Imbibing A Culture of Business Integrity”, it was not possible for anyone without integrity to still have integrity in his business.
“Integrity must reflect in behaviour, it is an accepted standard,” he said. Read more
South Africa sets up visa office in Port Harcourt
The South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Louis Mngani, says visa office established in Port Harcourt is to boost operations between Nigeria and South Africa.
In a statement signed by Mr Opubo Inko-Tariah, the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity of the High Commission, Mngani made the remark at the inauguration of the South African e-visa office in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
According to him, since 1994 when the first elected South African president came to power, the tie between the two countries gets stronger by the day. Read more
BVN: Customers storm banks in Makurdi
Customers in Makurdi, Benue State, on Thursday besieged commercial banks in a desperate attempt to beat the CBN deadline for the registration of Biometric Verification Number.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Central Bank of Nigeria ordered commercial banks in the country to conclude the biometric verification of its customers by June 30.
An investigation conducted by NAN indicated that most of the customers that were struggling to obtain their BVNs were those who ignored banks’ alerts on the exercise. Read more
NDLEA in Jigawa arrests 92 suspects
The Jigawa Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency said it arrested 92 suspects for allegedly using and dealing in illegal drugs in the state between January and June 2015.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Commandant of the NDLEA, Alhaji Abdullahi Abdul, in Dutse on Friday.
Abdul said the command had seized 151.704 kilogrammes of illicit substance from the suspects within the period under review. Read more
Siasia condemns House of reps fracas, sues for peace
Chairman of the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum and Bayelsa governorship aspirant, Moses Siloko Siasia, has condemned the fighting among members of the House of Representatives over the choice of principal officers.
The young entrepreneur noted that the event that was on International TVs has ridiculed the country in the global community. He urged the legislators to comport themselves and be mindful of their actions, which he regretted doesn’t show good leadership and mentorship to the younger generation. Read more
Terror attacked feared as one dead, several hurt in France
An attacker carrying an Islamist flag killed one person and injured several others Friday at a gas factory in eastern France, according to a legal source.
The suspected attacker entered the factory and set off several small explosive devices, the source said. A decapitated body was found nearby the factory, another source said.
“According to the initial findings of the enquiry, one or several individuals on board a vehicle, drove into the factory. An explosion then took place,” said one of the sources. Read more
Burundi student protesters seek refuge in US embassy
Around 200 students protesting against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s attempts to run for a third term in office managed to break into the US embassy in Burundi after police threatened to break up their camp outside the compound.
Armed US marines watched from the embassy roof as students, seeking refuge in the embassy, climbed under the gate and over the wall on Thursday before sitting inside the compound with their hands raised after abandoning their camp, established outside the complex in late April. Read more
Detained Rwandan intelligence chief released on bail in UK
Rwanda’s intelligence chief Karenzi Karake, who was detained earlier in UK following an international arrest warrant issued by Spain, has been released on bail of 1.6 million U.S. dollars on condition that he remains on the UK soil until the next hearing of his trial scheduled on Oct. 29, a judicial source said Thursday in Kigali.
Karake was arrested by UK’s Metropolitan Police on June 20 after the British government learnt that the Spanish authorities were “reheating” an arrest warrant for him first issued in 2008 over alleged war crimes. Read more
I Did Not Suspend 40 Monarchs – Gov Okorocha
Imo State governor,Owelle Rochas Okorocha has described as laughable the allegation of his suspension of 40 traditional rulers in the state for misconduct, insisting that the purported restraining order obtained by the monarchs from the court against their suspension was meaningless.
The governor who bared his mind on the matter through a press statement he issued through his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo maintained that he had never interfered in the affairs of the council of traditional rulers in the state to warrant his suspension of the monarchs. Read more
Fraud: EFCC Arraigns Couple For $51,400 Job Scam
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday arraigned a couple, Prince Alphonsus Mbakwe and his wife, Mrs Florence Mbakwe before Justice Lawal Akapo of the Lagos State High Court on a 5- count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and stealing.
In a statement made available to LEADERSHIP by the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the accused persons are alleged to have defrauded one Professor Uchenna Elike under the guise of helping him to secure a consultancy job in the Presidency.Read more
Osinbajo Traces Nigeria’s High Mortality Rate To Poverty
Vice president Yemi Osinbajo has traced the high level of infant mortality rate in Nigeria to abject poverty.
He stated this while delivering his keynote address at late Justice Odo Effiong Bassey foundation 10th anniversary memorial lecture yesterday in Calabar, Cross River State. Read more
Police On Trail Of Kidnappers Of Argentine Farmer In Niger
An Argentine farmer working with flour mill, Santiago mendez has been kidnapped by some unknown gun men in Kaboji along Mokwa- Kontagora road of Niger state.
It was gathered that the Argentine who is running a farm at Sunti in Mokwa, and Kaboji in Mashagu local government area was kidnapped when he came to work in one of the farms in Kaboji. Read more
After four elections, Buhari should’ve hit the ground running — Agada, former minister
Prof. Jerry Agada was a former Minister of State for Education in the immediate past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Adviser to former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Secretary of the party’s Elders Committee in Benue State. In this interview, he spoke on why his party suffered a massive defeat at the last general elections and several other issues. Excerpts:
What is the fate of your party, the Peoples Democratic Party after its poor showing at the last elections? Read more
UK issues high-level travel alert for citizens to Rwanda
The United Kingdom has issued a high-level alert for its citizens travelling to Rwanda following crowds of protestors around its High Commission in Kigali, it said Thursday.
It is said British citizens “should be extra cautious, maintain a very high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security” during this serie of demonstration. Read more
Tsipras, Merkel, Hollande met in Brussels: source
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held talks Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on the sidelines of a European summit, sources said.
The meeting, confirmed by a Greek government source, was aimed at resolving tensions between Athens and its international creditors, as negotiators race to avoid a potentially disastrous Greek default and euro exit. Read more
Haiti PM slams ‘discriminatory’ Dominican migrant policy
Haiti’s Prime Minister Evans Paul slammed the Dominican Republic’s deportation policy as discriminatory, after Santo Domingo ejected undocumented Haitian immigrants from its territory.
The deportations took place over the past week since the Dominican Republic imposed the so-called National Plan for the Regularization of Foreigners, which calls for non-citizens to complete registration to establish legal residency or else leave the country. Read more
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