SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 14, 2015
Sultan of Sokoto Warns Buhari Over Zaria Carnage
Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari and his government over killing in Zaria, Kaduna state.
According to Nigerian state newspapers Over 20 people (some local sources estimated about 300 people) are reported to have died in the clash, which commenced on December 12 and spread till the next day. Read more
Isis ‘starts murdering babies with Down’s syndrome’
Reports this week from the Daesh-controlled Iraq city of Mosul suggest that the terror group’s leaders have called for all babies born with deformities or disabilities to be exterminated via suffocation or a lethal injection.
Already, 38 babies – born mainly to foreign fighters who married local women in Syria and Iraq – have reportedly been killed. Read more
2 Robbery Suspects Shot Dead By Police In Ebonyi
The Ebonyi State Police Command yesterday shot dead two armed robbery suspects during a shootout with men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command.
According to the police public relations officer, PPRO, ASP George Okafor, said the unidentified robbers stormed the Rice Mill junction along old Ogoja road, Abakaliki, and the Mechanic Village and dispossessed a couple of N250,000 realised after selling their rice. Read more
Police Nab Cattle Thief, 4 Armed Robbers In Kebbi
The Kebbi State Police Command has arrested a notorious cattle rustler , one Adamu Belto, a.k.a Adede, along the southern part of the state by a patrol team and four other suspected criminals that have been terrorising the state on armed robbery, kidnapping , theft and cattle rustling .
The state commissioner of police, Yakubu Jibrin, made this known while parading him and other criminal gangs to newsmen at the Command’s headquarters in Birnin Kebbi . He explained that the Command under his leadership had recorded significant success within the short time he arrived at the Command. Read more
Strategic international communication of President Buhari’s agenda
THERE is an ongoing makeover of the international reputation of Nigeria since President Muhammadu Buhari came into office on May 29. He has brought credibility to the governance of the country.
The immediate implication is that the international community is now better disposed to working with Nigeria, especially with regard to enhancing security. As U.S. President Barack Obama noted in Washington DC in July, when President Buhari visited him officially at the White House, the Nigerian president is a credible leader and a decent man who is also known for his unwavering anti-corruption crusade. Read more
Death toll rises to five as unrest mars Central Africa vote
The death toll from clashes sparked by a referendum in the Central African Republic capital Bangui rose to five on Monday as the Red Cross reported another three lives lost in the weekend unrest.
The clashes involving rocket launchers and machine guns disrupted the polling Sunday in the Muslim-majority PK-5 district of Bangui. Read more
Russia’s top prosecutor accuses US secret services over graft claims
Russia’s top prosecutor on Monday accused a major Western investor who fell out with the Kremlin and the US secret services of being behind an opposition film alleging serious corruption among his family members.
An online video released earlier this month by leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption fund accused the two sons of Russia’s prosecutor general Yury Chaika of illegally amassing large fortunes with the help of officials under their father’s command. Read more
Israel strikes Gaza in response to rocket fire: Israeli army
Israeli warplanes hit bases of the militant Islamic Hamas in the Gaza Strip overnight, following a Palestinian rocket attack on Israel, the Israeli army said on Monday.
“Yesterday evening…a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel,” a military statement said. “No injuries were reported.” Read more
1-month-old child from Kenya undergoes open-heart surgery at Fortis Escorts
The baby of one Yusuf Mohammad had been suffering from multiple heart ailments including transposition of great arteries, VSD (ventricular septal defect) and PDA (patent ductus arteriosus), the hospital said in a release. Read more
South African rand rallies as third finance chief appointed in a week
South Africa’s rand currency rebounded nearly 5 per cent Monday after President Jacob Zuma, who has been under mounting pressure to resign, said he was re-appointing a popular finance minister.
Zuma named Pravin Gordhan to the post after firing another finance minister last week and replacing him with a little known former small town mayor. Read more
‘No proof of terrorism’ in Sinai crash
Egypt said on Monday it had found no evidence so far of terrorism or other illegal action linked to the crash of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai that killed all 224 people on board on October 31.
Russia and Western governments have said the Airbus A321 operated by Metrojet was likely brought down by a bomb, and the Islamic State militant group said it had smuggled an explosive on board. Read more
India to push ahead with coal plans after Paris climate deal
India still plans to double coal output by 2020 and to rely on the resource for decades afterwards, a senior official said on Monday, days after 190-odd countries agreed to begin reining in rising greenhouse gas emissions this decade.
India, the world’s third-largest carbon emitter, is dependant on coal for about two-thirds of its energy needs and has vowed to mine more of the fuel to power its resource-hungry economy while also pledging to raise clean energy generation. Read more
Thai activists urge release of man detained over Facebook post
Thai activists on Monday demanded the release of a man arrested for sharing an infographic on Facebook detailing alleged graft in an army-built park, saying plainclothes security officers took him by force.
Since taking power in a military coup in May 2014, Thailand’s ruling junta has issued directives that have largely stifled dissent, including barring political discussions and debate. Read more