Sabinews Midday News Update for June 2, 2015
We lack power for now to display Buhari, Osinbajo’s assets – CCB
Nigerians who are itching to see the net worth of President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, may need to wait a bit longer, as the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, which keeps custody of the assets declared by the two leaders, says it lacks the power to make them public for now.
Chairman of the CCB, Mr. Sam Sada, who spoke exclusively to Vanguard through his Special Assistant, Mr. Gwimi Sebastian Peter, said only the National Assembly is vested with the powers to decide the terms and conditions under which such documents could be made public. Read more
Lion kills US tourist in S’Africa park
An American tourist has been mauled to death in South Africa after a lion jumped into her vehicle through an open window at a park on the outskirts of Johannesburg, police and officials said.
“She was driving with a male person at the park, they were attacked by the lion, she was killed at the park and the man has been taken to hospital,” police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said on Monday. Read more
Nine aid workers killed in Afghan attack
At least nine people were killed in northern Afghanistan in an attack on an NGO compound by unknown gunmen, officials have said.
An official from the northern Balkh province told Al Jazeera that the gunmen attacked the compound in Zari district. Read more
Hundreds missing after ship capsizes in China
Hundreds of people are missing after a tourist ship carrying more than 450 people sank on the Yangtze River in central China.
Five bodies have been retrieved and at least 30 people rescued, including the captain and the ship’s chief engineer – who have both been detained – according to state media reports. Read more
Exploring the resource control option – Imo State, by Futureview CEO, Elizabeth Ebi –
Futureview Group, CEO, Mrs. Elizabeth Ebi announces a new Futureview Research initiative on Resource Control in Nigeria. Futureview will look to examine all 36 states in Nigeria and both tapped and untapped opportunities in their natural resource usage. Futureview is a leading investment banking company in Nigeria.
Imo State (capital, Owerri) derives its name from Imo River, which takes its course from the Okigwe/Akwa uplands and flows into the Atlantic Ocean, occupying a surface area of 5,182.82 square kilometers. The State has an estimated population of about 3,927,563 (according to the 2006 population census). Located in the south-eastern region of Nigeria, it occupies the area between the lower River Niger and the upper and middle Imo River. It is bordered by Abia State on the East, River Niger and Delta State to the West, Anambra State on the North and Rivers State to the South. Read more
Buhari meets Service Chiefs today over Boko Haram
The fate of all the Service Chiefs will be determined today as indications emerged, yesterday, that President Muhammadu Buhari, in his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces will meet with them.
Sources said the main agenda will be the battle against terrorism and the relocation of Command and Control Centre of the military to Maiduguri, Borno State capital. It was gathered that the Service Chiefs may be asked to voluntarily retire from service to give way to new appointees. Read more
Pro-Biafra group honours fallen heroes
A Pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, drawn from the South East and South South states of the country, has in Aba, Abia State, honoured fallen heroes, who died in the Nigerian-Biafran war.
Numbering about 10, 000, the group gathered as early as 9a.m., in front of Christ the King Catholic Cathedral Church, Aba, and in sub-groups marched through the streets of Aba after which they reassembled at the same spot where they took off. Read more
How we discovered N8bn currency fraud – CBN
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday explained how it discovered the N8 billion currency fraud. In a statement issued yesterday, Director, Corporate Communications, CBN, Alhaji Ibrahim Muazu said, “The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) would like to inform the general public of the chronology of events that led the Management of the CBN to handover some unscrupulous staff to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for prosecution. – See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/how-we-discovered-n8bn-currency-fraud-cbn/#sthash.5w3Y3QaW.dpuf
“During a routine internal audit of the Bank’s Cash Destruction activities in September 2014, the CBN Briquetting Panel comprising Senior Bank Staff from different branches noticed some anomalies at the Ibadan Branch, and immediately reported this to the Bank’s Management. Read more
Bangladesh says working to repatriate migrants
Hundreds of Bangladeshis languishing in camps in Southeast Asia since a migrant crisis unfurled in the region will be brought home as soon as possible, an official said Tuesday.
Bangladesh has been accused of turning a blind eye to its desperate economic migrants fleeing on boats, while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accused them of being “mentally sick” and tarnishing the country’s reputation. Read more
FIFA U-20 World Cup results
Results from pool matches on day four of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup played in New Zealand on Tuesday:
Myanmar 0 Ukraine 6
New Zealand 0 USA 4
Austria 2 Panama 1
Argentina 2 Ghana 3
Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, total): Read more
Egypt postpones final ruling on Morsi death sentence
An Egyptian court Tuesday postponed its final ruling on ousted president Mohamed Morsi, who was sentenced to death along with dozens more over a mass jailbreak during the 2011 uprising.
The court said it would also announce on June 16 its verdict against the ex-president and 18 other defendants in a separate case of espionage. Read more
Firm donates books to Lagos school, advises on how to protect enviroment
IN fulfillment of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and plan for the World Environment Day (WED) scheduled for June 5 every year, the Ecologistics Integrated Services Limited has donated over 300 textbooks to pupils of Opebi Senior Grammar School, Ikeja.
The event, which held at the auditorium of the school, attracted personalities from the environment and research organisations across the state. Read more
Strange appearance at place of worship
THE apparition of the late Sheikh Ibrahim Nyaas at a Mosque in Idoji, Adavi Local Council of Kogi State was an amazing event that the crowd of spectators that witnessed it have described as another hand of God in the midst of the people who have been looking up to Divine intervention for blessings.
Just like it happened in the ancient town of Abeokuta, where the Sheik that was believed to have died about four decades ago was sighted at Mawuko area of Odeda Local Council, Ogun State, he also appeared in Idoji Adavi. Read more
Gunmen kill PDP youth leader in Benue
SOME unidentified gunmen yesterday assassinated a Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Youth leader in Lessel, Ushongo Local Council of Benue State.
An eyewitness in the area who narrated the incident to The Guardian but pleaded anonymity, said the gunmen in their numbers stormed the residence of the youth leader whose name was given as Ternenge Gbuuga, shot and killed him before fleeing to an unknown destination Read more
Blatter aide linked to bribery payments
United States’ prosecutors believe FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s top lieutenant made $10 million in bank transactions that are central to the bribery investigation of the world soccer body, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.
Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s secretary general, is described in an indictment filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, as an unidentified “high-ranking FIFA official” who in 2008 transferred the sum to another FIFA official, Jack Warner. Read more
Corporations deprive Africa of $11b yearly in taxes’
Multinational companies deprive African governments of $11 billion in taxes each year, and G-7 world leaders should set up a new global body to regulate corporate taxation, Oxfam International said on Monday.
By shifting profits overseas to lower tax regimes, companies legally avoid paying taxes to the African countries where they generate revenues, depriving governments of money they desperately need for development, the anti-poverty group said in a report on Africa. Read more
Oil drop: Naval chief exonerates personnel
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin on Monday exonerated his personnel from the drastic fall in crude oil production, attributing it to the closure of main-folds by some International Oil Corporation (OIC).
Jibrin who was in Lagos to commission some projects of the Western Naval Command (WNC) as part of activities lined up for the navy’s 59th anniversary, denied the decline in crude oil production from about 2.4 million barrels per day to 400 was as a result of illegal bunkering and oil theft at sea.
He noted that as a result of pipe line vandalism, the OIC engaged in forced closure, thereby reducing the quantity drastically, scoring his men high in the fight against criminality at sea. Read more
Police Shoot 2 Robbery Suspects, Nab 1
Police detectives in Agbor, Ika South local government area of Delta State, on Sunday killed two robbery suspects and arrested one of their gang members.
The gang has been terrorizing the community in recent times. Read more
Arraigned: EFCC Docks National Gallery Director
he Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arraigned one Orji Chidi Festus, an assistant director and head, Internal Audit, National Gallery of Art, Abuja, before Justice Bello Kawu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on a three-count charge of obstructing the commission’s activities, contrary to Section 38 (2) (a) 0f the EFCC Act 2004.
Festus was docked for failing to produce some suspects whom he stood as surety for in order to secure their administrative bail. Read more
ACCIDENT: Oghara Youths Fight Tanker Drivers Over Death Of Kinsman
ggrieved youths of Oghara, Ethiope West local government area of Delta State, yesterday morning staged a war against tanker drivers, accusing them of obstructing major roads in the community.
The youths had sometime last week taken to various streets of Oghara in protest of the death of their kinsman, one John (surname withheld) by a tanker driver while on his way to the office. Read more
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