Sabinews Midday News Update for October 8, 2015
Why UN permanent seat may continue to elude Nigeria—GAMBARI
Former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, has said that Nigeria’s quest for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council may remain elusive as long as the country was yet to overcome basic economic and security challenges.
Gambari, who spoke at this year’s Leadership Award and Conference in Abuja, noted with dismay that Nigeria had not been able to overcome its basic challenges more than 100 years after its amalgamation. Read more
Boko Haram releases a new video, claims Shekau is alive
Boko Haram released a new propaganda video on Wednesday in which an unidentified fighter read a statement in Hausa and Arabic, flanked by more than a dozen armed fighters.
The fighter claimed that the leader of the terror group, Abubakar Shekau who was not in the video, was still alive and in charge of the Islamist group, just as at least 17 people were killed in a series of suicide bomb attacks in Yobe and Borno on the same day. Read more
Presidency, NASS Committed To Work Together For Good – Saraki
Senate President Bukola Saraki has said that the National Assembly (NASS) and the Presidency have resolved to work amicably for the general interest of the country.
Saraki stated this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting between the leadership of the NASS and President Muhammadu Buhari held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday late evening. Read more
Teacher dies after protest against pupil’s rape
A 53-year-old teacher, Mrs. Folasade Ademosu, has died in Abesan Estate, in the Ipaja area of Lagos State, days after one of the pupils in her class was allegedly raped by the school bus driver.
Our correspondent learnt that the four-year-old nursery two pupil of the Baptist Nursery and Primary School, Ipaja, Bolu (pseudonym), was allegedly raped by the suspect, identified as Yemi Adesina, inside the classroom on Thursday, September 17. Read more
Former UN General Assembly head arrested for bribery
A former president of the UN General Assembly, John Ashe, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with taking $1.3 million in bribes from Chinese businessmen in a corruption scandal that stunned the world body. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was “shocked and deeply troubled” by the charges, which were unprecedented in the UN’s 70-year history. Read more
‘How subsidy suspects defrauded FG of N19bn’
The ongoing subsidy trial of Walter Wagbatsoma, Adaoha Ugo-Ngadi, Fakuade Babafemi Ebenezer and Ontario Oil & Gas Nigeria Limited before Justice Lateefat Okunnu yesterday continued with the prosecution presenting various documents and drafts allegedly issued by the defendants for payment to defraud the Nigerian government of N1.9 billion. At the resumed hearing, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacob SAN, showed the 1st defendant (Wagbatsoma) how he participated in the activities that led to the alleged fraud by signing documents and drafts used. Read more
At last Belgian Embassy issues visa to home Eagles
The Belgian embassy in Nigeria yesterday evening issued entry visa to the members of the Super Eagles ahead of the international friendlies between Nigeria and Congo today and against Cameroon on Sunday.
The chairman of the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chief Felix Ayansi-Agwu who confirmed the development in a telephone chat also hinted that the team comprising mainly home based players and other backroom staff will now travel today. Read more
Man arraigned for allegedly stabbing friend to death
he Police yesterday, charged a 21- year-old man, Azeez Adejumobi, before an Ebute-Metta Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting at Oyingbo for allegedly stabbing his friend, Saheed Ibitoye, to death. It was gathered that the defendant was alleged to have stabbed the deceased on his left hand after an argument ensued between them.
Adejumobi, who resides at 4, Ajegunle Street, Onipanu, Ilupeju, is facing a count charge of murder. The Prosecutor, Inspector Gbemileke Agoi, told the court that the defendant allegedly committed the offence on September 24 at 9p.m., along Abidogun Street, at Onipanu, in Ilupeju area of Lagos. According to Agoi, the duo got into a heated argument and in the process, the deceased picked up a cutlass but Adejumobi was quick to stab him on his left hand. Read more
NANNM – Nigerian Nurses Are Overworked and Underpaid
The Lagos State chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has stated that most Nigerian nurses in both public and private hospitals are overworked, while their pay is not commensurate with the kind of jobs they do.
Drawing attention to this, the chairman of Lagos State branch of NANNM, Mrs. Olatunde Olushola, said an average nurse cares for 30 patients per day, adding that, this far exceeds World Health Organisation’s recommended number of patients to be attended to by a nurse daily. Read more
Jakarta is main drug market in SE Asia, police chief
Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian has said that Jakarta is the main market for drug traffickers, in comparison with other cities in Southeast Asia. According to Tito, 1,526 drug traffickers are foreigners, mostly from Malaysia, China, Nigeria and Taiwan.
“It is alarming for us that the international drug networks have controlled drug circulation in this country,” said Tito as quoted by tempo.co after attending a burning ceremony of seized drugs worth Rp 1.2 trillion (US$86.58 million) in Jakarta on Thursday. Read more
Nigerians Urged to Embark On Routine Eye Check-Up
In commemorating World Sight Day today Ophthalmologists have called for routine eye check up at least once a year to prevent avoidable blindness.
Speaking to Daily Trust in Abuja, Managing Director and Consultant Ophthalmologist of Florida Eye Clinic, Abuja, Dr Stephen Chibueze Ume said the major causes of vision loss in the country are preventable if detected early. Read more
Israeli Arab lawmakers vow to defy Al-Aqsa mosque ban
Arab Israeli lawmakers have vowed to defy Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to bar parliament members from entering a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, pledging to visit it on Friday.
Netanyahu has issued the order against lawmakers and ministers in a bid to ease tensions after weeks of unrest. Arab lawmakers’ planned visit on Friday, when many Muslims attend weekly prayers there, will test enforcement of the ban. Read more
FIFA tribunal to may suspend Blatter
The ethics watchdog of scandal-tainted FIFA was locked in talks on Wednesday to decide the fate of world football president Sepp Blatter as attacks on the veteran sports baron mounted.
The ethics committee tribunal was also to decide whether to take action against UEFA leader Michael Platini and former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-Joon, both candidates to take over from Blatter. Read more
Rwandan court dismisses challenge to Kagame’s third-term bid
Rwanda’s Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a legal challenge to constitutional changes designed to allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third term.
“No article is unamendable,” said Chief Justice Sam Rugege, throwing out the case brought by the Democratic Green Party. “The petition… has no basis and is hereby dismissed.” Read more
Erdogan warns Russia over Turkey nuclear, gas deals
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday warned Russia that Ankara has alternatives to Moscow for building its first nuclear power plant and importing gas, as tensions rise over the Russian bombing campaign in Syria.
Russia is building Turkey’s first nuclear power plant in Akkuyu on the shores of the Mediterranean, a controversial $20 billion project aimed at improving its energy self sufficiency. Read more
Kyrgyzstan jails imam for alleged support to IS
Kyrgyzstan has sentenced a leading imam to five years in prison on extremism charges and for alleged support to the Islamic State group.
Imam Rashot Kamalov, who is from the country’s volatile south, was sentenced on charges of inciting religious hatred and distributing extremist material, the regional court in the town of Kara-Suu confirmed Thursday. Read more
Suspected Saudi-led air strike kills 13 at Yemen wedding
A suspected Saudi-led air strike killed at least 13 people at a wedding in a rebel-held town in Yemen, witnesses and the rebels said Thursday, even as UN peace efforts made headway.
There was no immediate comment from the Saudi-led coalition, which has come under mounting criticism from human rights groups for the civilian death toll from the bombing campaign it has waged against the rebels since March. Read more
Indonesia accepts international help to combat fires
Indonesia agreed Thursday to accept international help to combat forest and agricultural fires cloaking Southeast Asia in haze, after weeks of failed attempts to douse the blazes that have infuriated its neighbours.
Officials said Singapore and Russia had already offered help and talks were under way with several other countries, an about-face after Jakarta insisted for weeks that it could tackle the crisis alone. Read more
Benjamin Adekunle’s daughter alleges death threats over Biafra comment
Daughter of the late Brig. Benjamin Adekunle, Mrs. Busola Olagunju, said she had received several death threats from some people who claimed to be sympathisers of the Biafra struggle.
Olagunju said in an interview granted The Punch during the first anniversary of Adekunle’s death in Ogbomoso that her late father, who was a commander of the 3rd Marine Commando that fought in the Nigeria Civil War, and former president Olusegun Obasanjo did not quarrel over issues surrounding their contributions to the war. Read more