Sabinews Midday News Update for August 27, 2015
We have invested $500m to maintain peace in Niger Delta – EU
The European Union says it has so far spent about $500 million in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
The Head of Co-operation and European Union delegation to Nigeria, Mr. Brian O’Neill disclosed this on Wednesday when he led an EU delegation to the Amnesty Office, in Abuja.
He said the $500 million spent in the region spanned for a period of 10 years, covering two circles of EU’s developmental and empowerment programmes in the region beginning from 2001 till date. According to him, $250 million was expended in the first circle while another $250 million was spent in the second round of the programme, covering over 2000 projects. Read more
Bauchi recovers 72 cars, others from ex-govt officials
The current administration in Bauchi State has so far recovered 72 cars and a number of generator sets allegedly looted by officials of the past government.
The state governor, Mohammed Abubakar, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday shortly after meeting Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Abubakar recalled that he had earlier set up a committee headed by a retired military officer to recover all government property taken away by former officials. Read more
Pirates ambush passenger boats, abduct two chiefs, security operative
Gunmen, suspected to be sea pirates, on Wednesday ambushed two speedboats and abducted three persons along the Ogbia-Brass waterways of Bayelsa State.
Among those abducted were two chiefs from Okpoama in Brass Local Government Area of the state and a security operative. Sources identified the chiefs as Chief Blessing Wagio and Chief Isaac Akono-Igolo while the identity of the security operative had yet to be known. Read more
24-year-old girl stabs lover to death over sex in Lagos
A 24-year-old lady, Blessing Edet, accused of murder and currently cooling her heels in custody of the Lagos State Police Command has explained why she stabbed her fiancé, Edet Ebong to death with a kitchen knife.
Edet disclosed that the fight that led to Ebong’s death was as a result of his demand for sex.
The 24-year-old lady who resides at Ogombo village, Lekki in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of the State said the deceased pounced on her and started beating her after she turned down his sexual advances. Read more
Young hopefuls in race to be first black African in space
In half a century of space travel more than 500 people have glimpsed the Earth from the unique vantage point of the cosmos, yet no black African has been among them.
Now a Nigerian and two South Africans are in a race to become the first after being shortlisted in a global talent search to send a “young icon of the future” into the heavens. The winner will undergo intense training, experiencing extreme G-forces and weightlessness before taking off in American developer XCOR’s Lynx spacecraft, on a voyage loosely envisaged for next year. Read more
UK migration hits record level over 12 months
Net migration to Britain has hit record levels, official figures showed Thursday, with the difference between migrants leaving and arriving in Britain rising to 329,000 in the year to March.
“The net migration figure was a statistically significant increase from 236,000 in year ending March 2014 and is the highest net migration on record,” the Office for National Statistics said. Read more
India calls in troops after deadly caste riots
Thousands of troops patrolled Gujarat Thursday after at least nine people, including a police officer, died in the worst caste-based violence to hit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state in more than a decade.
Schools were closed as authorities imposed a curfew in the worst-hit areas after nearly two days of riotingfollowing a rally in the main city of Ahmedabad by an estimated half a million members of the Patidar caste. Protesters torched cars, buses and police stations after the detention late Tuesday of Hardik Patel, the firebrand leader of a mass movement to demand preferential treatment for jobs and university places for the caste. Read more
Lagos leads African hospitality charge ahead of AHIF 2015
The findings of this year’s Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey, produced by W Hospitality Group, show that Lagos is the hottest city in Africa, when it comes to the development of new hotels by international hotel investors.
In compiling the data, W Hospitality Group spoke to 37 hotel chains with 80 brands between them. To qualify for the study, hotel chains need to be operating in more than one country so by definition, more hotel development activity is taking place because domestic players in the market have not been counted. Read more
Withdrawal Of Orderlies: Perm Secs, Others Resort To Private Security
It would be recalled that immediately he assumed office as the Inspector General of Police (IGPs), Solomon Arase, ordered the withdrawal of police orderlies from unauthorised personalities who, in most instances, have abused the privileged by turning the police personnel to their bag carriers.
The PSC and the police high command have warned that they will not hesitate to discipline any Police officer who flouts the presidential directive by hanging onto these VIPs’ for pecuniary gains, stressing that “we cannot afford to have more than half of the population of the Police in private hands.” Read more
2Face, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, others to dazzle Lagos In epic #StarMusicTrek Finale
The 2015 Star Music Trek is coming to an end with a grand finale holding this Saturday August 29, 2015 in Lagos. Artistes who will perform at the mega-concert include global superstar 2Face, MAMA 2015 Best Female winner Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Sound Sultan and Runtown.
Headliner 2Face, speaking about the upcoming concert remarked,
“This year’s Trek has been my favourite for many reasons. I went home to Makurdi and you saw the type of reception they gave me there. Everywhere I performed this year was just amazing and of course we all know Lagos is the entertainment capital of West Africa. This concert is going to be the best leg of Star Music Trek ever. My people notin’ dey happen!” Read more
There will be no automatic endorsement in Kogi, says APC
The All Progressive Congress (APC) on Wednesday, said there would be no automatic endorsements for any candidate in its primaries for the Kogi elections.
The APC National Organising Secretary, Sen. Osita Izunaso, said this in Abuja at the inauguration of a seven-man committee that will oversee the party primaries to elect the flag-bearer for the Nov. 29 gubernatorial elections in Kogi. Read more
Malaysia to block websites ‘promoting’ rally against PM
Malaysia’s government said Thursday it will block access this weekend to websites that disseminate information about a major demonstration that will demand the ouster of Prime Minister Najib Razak over graft allegations.
Bersih, Malaysia’s leading alliance of independent NGOs, rights groups and reform advocates, vows to bring out tens of thousands of people in the capital Kuala Lumpur and two other cities on Saturday and Sunday. Read more
Suicide bomber kills 2 Iraqi generals in Anbar: army
A suicide bomber in an explosives-rigged vehicle killed two Iraqi army generals north of the Anbar provincial capital Ramadi on Thursday, a military spokesman said.
The bomber killed the deputy head of the Anbar Operations Command, Staff Major General Abdulrahman Abu Raghif, and 10th Division commander Staff Brigadier General Safin Abdulmajid, spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told AFP. Read more
LG clears drains to avert flood
The Malammadori Local Government Council of Jigawa on Thursday said it had embarked on clearing of drains to avert flooding in the area.
Malam Sani Haruna, the Head of Social Development Department of the council, told newsmen in Malammadori. Haruna said that officials of the council and residents participated in the two-day exercise in Malammadori and other major towns in the area. Read more
Serbia, Macedonia call at Balkans summit for EU action on migrants
Serbia and Macedonia’s foreign ministers called for EU action on Europe’s migrant crisis at a summit Thursday of leaders from the western Balkans, attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Both have become major transit countries for tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach the European Union in recent months, with Macedonia last week forced to declare a state of emergency. Read more
Kenya hit stumbling block with doping cases
Kenya’s runaway success at the world athletics championships has been punctured by awkward questions after two of their athletes became the tournament’s first to fail drugs tests.
The African nation has opened up a sizeable lead on the medals table but celebrations will be muted after the two suspensions were announced late on Tuesday. Read more