Sabinews Midday News Update for June 3, 2015
Wike, Amaechi rivalry heightens
The squabble over alleged looting of furniture, items and accessories in the Rivers State Government House is far from over.
While the key players are trading words over who-took-what, the Peoples Democratic Party have further raised the tempo with an accusation that the alleged looting of the Rivers State Government property has continued in other parts of the country. Read more
Flying Eagles Defy Pouring Rain to Train
Nigeria’s Flying Eagles trained under cold, pouring rain on Wednesday morning ahead of their U20 World Cup Group E game against Korea.
The Nigeria U20s trained for an hour at the Manukohiri Park after the general co-ordinator certified the pitch suitable for training. Read more
Nigeria, INTERPOL, UN Call for Urgent Action against Foreign Terrorists
The federal government, INTERPOL and the United Nations have called for urgent actions against foreign terrorists, urging that action against threat of foreign terrorist fighters to be ramped up.
Briefing the United Nations Security Council in a just-concluded high-level meeting on foreign terrorists, Ahlaji Abubakar G. Magaji, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Interior of Nigeria, said the demographics of foreign terrorist fighters suggested that they broadly came from middle-class homes. Read more
There’ll be no crisis over Senate President, Speaker, says Oyegun
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said there will be no crisis over the leadership of the National Assembly.
Odigie-Oyegun, who spoke in Abuja yesterday, said President Muhammadu Buhari would surprise the terrorist group, Boko Haram. Read more
Amendment of 1999 Constitution dead with Jonathan’s exit, says Akume
Minority Leader, George Akume, yesterday, foreclosed the possibility of the National Assembly overriding former President Goodluck Jonathan’s veto on the 1999 Constitution Amendment Bill, passed by the National Assembly.
Akume said the inability of Jonathan to assent to the bill before the end of his tenure has rendered the bill dead, saying there was nothing the legislature can do to get the amendment becomes law. Read more
Nigerian bankers on fraud charges plead not guilty
hree senior officials from Nigeria’s central bank and two others from a commercial bank have been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with currency fraud.
The five were charged with “defrauding the apex bank and two other banks”, Wilson Uwujaren, spokesperson for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said in a statement late on Tuesday. Read more
Businessman robs commercial sex worker
The police on Tuesday arraigned a 35-year-old businessman, Arinze Nnachi before an Ebute Meta Magistrate Court sitting in Lagos for allegedly robbing a commercial sex worker, identified as Patience Sunday.
The incident was said to have occurred on May 19 at a hotel on Borno Way, Ebute Meta, Lagos State after the duo met and the suspect agreed to pay her N5, 500 for the night. Read more
Interpol issues wanted alerts for two ex-FIFA officials, others
Interpol has placed six people, including two former FIFA officials and four corporate executives, on its most wanted list on racketeering and corruption charges at the request of US authorities.
The former FIFA officials are ex-vice president Jack Warner and former FIFA executive committee member, Nicolás Leoz. Read more
Real present Benitez as new coach
Real Madrid will present Rafa Benitez as their new manager on Wednesday(today).
The presentation is set for 1pm local time, with the club confirming on Wednesday morning that the former Valencia, Liverpool and Chelsea coach has signed a three-year deal. Read more
PDP National Assembly members vow to remain in party and provide opposition
Newly elected federal lawmakers on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have vowed not to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, but remain in their party and provide the nation with a credible opposition that would ensure good governance.
The PDP National Assembly members-elect announced their decision yesterday in a communique issued at the end of their one-day retreat in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Read more
Nobel Prize winner Irwin Rose dies at 88
American biochemist Irwin Rose, winner of the 2004 Noble Prize in Chemistry, died Tuesday at the age of 88, said the University of California, Irvine, where Rose had been a researcher.
According to his family members, Rose passed away in his sleep in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Read more
FNPH workers shut hospital
Health workers at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH), Yaba, Lagos, under the aegis of the National Association of Nurses and Midwives Council of Nigeria and Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals, have embarked on an indefinite strike.
The workers, who converged on the patients’ dining hall, marched on the office of the Medical Director, Dr Rahman Abolore Lawal. Read more
Vandals attack NNPC pipelines
An attempt by vandals to destroy one of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines in Mosinmi, Sagamu, Ogun State, was foiled by officials of the New Age Global Security and Surveillance.
The firm’s spokesman, Lateef Lawal, said 20 vandals invaded the pipeline, carrying a generator, pumping machine, digger, wrench, adaptor drilling, sledge hammer, spanner and other equipment. Read more
Injury rules out Flying Eagles Ifeanyi Matthew
Injured El Kanemi Warriors midfielder Ifeanyi Matthew has been ruled out of Thursday’s must-win U20 World Cup Group E game against North Korea at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth.
Matthew has not trained since he suffered a foot injury in the Brazil match. Read more
Argentine Refs for Flying Eagles Vs Korea
Argentine referees led by Mauro Vigliano will handle Thursday’s U20 World Cup Group E match between Nigeria and North Korea at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
The other assistant referees are Ezequiel Brailovsky and Ivan Nunez both from Argentina as well as fourth referee Matt Conger from New Zealand. Read more
Islamic State Fighters Attack Northeastern Syrian City
Activists and Syrian state media say that militants from the Islamic State group have launched a major attack on the predominantly Kurdish city of Hassakeh in a northeastern Syrian province by the same name.
The push appears to be an attempt by IS extremists to reverse some of the advances made recently by Kurdish fighters in the province. Read more
Thai army general denies human trafficking charges – police
A three-star Thai army general has denied charges against him for offences related to human trafficking, Thailand’s police chief said, the latest in a series of arrests aimed at stamping out people smuggling.
Thailand has issued 84 arrest warrants as it cracks down on smuggling and trafficking of humans through its territory. Read more
Bulgaria on track to extend nuclear units’ lifespan – deputy minister
Bulgaria has stepped up work to extend the lifespan of its two Soviet-made nuclear reactors by 30 years, its deputy energy minister said on Wednesday, as the Balkan country struggles to keep a lid on politically sensitive electricity costs.
The Kozloduy plant, by the Danube River on the border with Romania, has two 1,000 megawatt reactors that produce about 35 percent of Bulgaria’s electricity and is also one of the cheapest sources of power. Read more
Russian rights group says masked men raid its Chechnya office
Masked men, some wielding hammers, stormed the office of a human rights organisation in the southern Russian region of Chechnya on Wednesday during a protest against its work, the group said.
The Committee Against Torture said on Twitter its headquarters in the regional capital of Grozny had been damaged and police had not responded to calls for help. Read more
Malawi, EU sign €560m deal
Malawi and the European Union (EU) on Monday signed a financial agreement amounting to €560 million to guide cooperation under the National Indicative Programme (NIP) until 2020. The cooperation will focus on three areas of governance, Agriculture and Education on secondary and vocational training.
EU Commissioner for International Development and Cooperation, Neven Mimica said the agreement is an important step forward in the strong partnership between EU and Malawi. Read more
Mandla Mandela escapes jail time for assault
The grandson of former president Nelson Mandela‚ Mandla Mandela‚ has been sentenced with a fine of R10‚000 or three years in jail‚ all suspended‚ for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Mandela and his team of lawyers have indicated that they will appeal both the conviction and sentence‚ the Dispatch newspaper reported on its Twitter feed. Read more
President Kenyatta nominates Dr. Njoroge as CBK governor
Dr. Patrick Ngugi Njoroge has been nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta as the next governor of the Central Bank of Kenya.
Dr. Njoroge who is the International Monetary Fund advisor is expected to be vetted by parliament next week. Read more
Calls for fresh start for Fifa after Blatter steps down
Sepp Blatter’s shock resignation as Fifa president, hours before it emerged he was under investigation by US authorities, prompted widespread calls for root-and-branch reforms at soccer’s world governing body on Wednesday.
The Swiss national, who has led Fifa for 17 years, was being investigated by US prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a person who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters late on Tuesday. An FBI spokesman declined comment. Read more
Burundi: Opposition calls for UN help to disarm youth militias
Burundi’s main coalition opposition party has told IBTimes UK it will call on the United Nations to set up a special budget to help the country disarm youth groups, including members of the ruling party National Council for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD)’s Imbonerakure youth wing.
During a crisis meeting on Sunday (31 May), leaders of the East African Community (EAC) called on the government in Bujumbura to postpone elections by no less than six weeks after more than a month of sometimes deadly protests. Read more
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