Sabinews Midday Update for September 29, 2014MIDDAY NEWS


We’ve survived plot against our integrity – Lagos Assembly

The Lagos State House of Assembly said the victory of the Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, has made the legislative institution survive the plot to rubbish its hard-earned integrity and that of its leadership by “unknown agents of retrogression and enemies of progress.”

In a statement issued on Sunday by the spokesperson of the House, Segun Olulade, the House expressed satisfaction in the “no case” ruling delivered by the Federal High Court on the alleged money laundering suit instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Constitution (EFCC) against Ikuforiji. Read more

World Bank approves $500m for Nigerian SMEs

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a credit of $500m for Nigeria to increase access to finance by Small and Medium Enterprises.

The bank, which disclosed this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Sunday, said the credit would come from its International Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s lending window. Read more

Armed Palestinian apprehended in Israeli community on Gaza border

A month after the conclusion of Operation Protective Edge, an armed 18-year-old Palestinian was arrested Sunday after having been chased down by security forces in the Sdot Negev Regional Council near the Gaza border.

Earlier in the afternoon, a security alert had been issued in the area when signs of an infiltration from Gaza were recognized at the border fence. A large number of forces were deployed to search the area, leading to the eventual arrest of the Palestinian youth who was armed with a knife. Read more

Odegbami cries foul, petitions FIFA

Ex-international, Chief Segun Odegbami, has filed a protest over his disenfranchisement by the Electoral Committee conducting the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) elections billed for Warri next week.

In the protest to the Sports Minister Dr Tammy Danago­go which was also forwarded to world soccer governing body, FIFA insisted that the elections slated for Septem­ber 30 were not in line with FIFA’s directive, a situation, he argued, could plunge the Nigerian football into more crisis. Read more

AFCON QUALIFIER: Keshi ignores Uche yet again

There are some strange untested new faces in the squad list made public on Friday afternoon, with as many as four players earning call ups for the first time. The coach still ignored inviting Ike Uche.
Striker Sunday Emmanuel, a bench-warmer at Austrian Bundesliga strugglers SV Scholz Grodig, who has 65 minutes of playing time since the start of the season was considered good enough by Stephen Keshi. Read more

Power reforms require adequate sensitization – NERC

Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has stated that the ongoing reforms in the power sector require adequate sensitisation arrangements and effective monitoring of licensees particularly, TCN and DISCOs to ensure minimisation of losses and improvement in customer service delivery.
This was made known, by the Chairman of the commission, Dr Sam Amadi, during a workshop organised for stakeholders in Abuja recently. Read more

Anna Kendrick targeted: More hacked photos of naked celebrities leaked

Another day, another set of leaked images.

This time Anna Kendrick, who recently joked about the possibility of being hacked, has been targeted.

Kendrick is clothed in all 87 of the uploaded photos of her, although they appear to be private pictures of her partying, playing dress-ups and smoking. Read more

Works Minister Explains Delay on East-West Road

The Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, has given an assurance that the East-West Road would be completed this year, just as he explained the reasons behind the delay in the road project.

The East-West Road is an expressway that cuts across five states in the South-south geo-political zone, namely Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross Rivers and is expected to boost the socio-economic condition of the people of the affected states when completed. Read more

Benue Sells Off 30m Dangote Cement Shares

Strong indications have emerged that Benue State is selling off over 30 million shares of Dangote Cement Plc held in trust for the indigenes by the Benue Investment and Property Company Limited. Read more

Kogi Public Schools Remain Closed as Teachers Shun Resumption

Teachers in public primary and junior secondary schools in Kogi State yesterday said they would not resume for the 2014/1015 academic session today as directed by the state government.

The teachers, under the aegis of Basic Education Staff Association of Nigeria (BESAN), said in a statement in Lokoja said they would not resume duty until they were paid the N18,000 national minimum wage. Read more

Freed Chibok Girl in Military Custody in Abuja

The Chairman of the Chibok community in Abuja, Mr. Tsambido Hosea Abana, has confirmed that the freed girl suspected to be one of the 219 schoolgirls, who have been held captive by Boko Haram since their abduction almost six months ago, has been transferred by the security agencies to Abuja.

The girl, who identified herself as Susan Ishaya was found in Mubi, Adamawa State last week, after she was abandoned by members of the sect. Read more

NAHCON completes airlift of 2014 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia

Ahead of Monday’s closure of Saudi Arabia borders for pilgrims, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria on Sunday said it has successfully completed the airlift of all Nigerian pilgrims.

The Commission’s spokesperson, Malam Uba Mana, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday night. Read more



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