Sabinews Midday News Update for September 21, 2015
Appeal Court rules against Saraki’s arrest
The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT’s proposed arrest of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, was on Monday morning stopped by the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja.
DAILY POST recalls that the tribunal had on Friday issued the warrant for Saraki’s arrest following his failure to honour its invitation. Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, had directed the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to effect the arrest of Saraki and produce him before the Tribunal on Monday. Read more
Army approves promotion of 5,000 soldiers
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said the Army has approved the promotion of 5,000 soldiers deployed against the Boko Haram sect in the North-East.
Buratai said the step was taken to boost the morale of the soldiers involved in the fight against the insurgency in the North-East. Read more
Wike is spending his last days in office – APC
The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said Chief Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was spending his last days in office as Governor of Rivers State.
The party was reacting to the statement credited to PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, who was quoted to be talking about the failure of PDP and INEC counsels to appear before the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Friday, September 18: Metuh said, “Even if our lawyers and witnesses didn’t appear at the Rivers Tribunal today and the remaining days, it doesn’t stop us PDP from winning at the judgment. But should we fail at judgment, we shall win even above 1.5 million votes in Rivers State re-run Governorship and other elections.” Read more
RAPE: Herdsmen Assault, Kill Tiv Women
No fewer than four Tiv women in Ananum area of Taraba State were reportedly raped by armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
Briefing journalists yesterday in Jalingo, the president of Tiv cultural and social association, Hon. James Nungwa, said that the Fulani militia had been on a murderous spree. Read more
Fire guts LIRS office
The office of the Lagos Inland Revenue Service on the third floor of Good Shepherd building, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, has been gutted by fire.
The incident, which occurred on Monday, came two days after another fire consumed four offices in the state Ministry of Commerce and Industry building. Read more
Edo State can feed the entire country with rice – Oshiomhole
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has boasted that his state could provide Nigeria with all the rice supplies it needs if only the federal government could remove waiver on the commodity.
Oshiomhole disclosed this to State House correspondents on Friday in Abuja against the backdrop of the National Economic Council, NEC’s decision to promote local production of food crops in states with comparative advantage on them. Read more
Okonjo-Iweala joins US Investment Bank, gets Bill and Melinda Gates board appointment
Former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has disclosed that she is joining United States financial advisory and asset management bank, Lazard.
Okonjo-Iweala added that she also got a new job – chair-elect of the board of Bill and Melinda Gates’ Gavi the Vaccine. Read more
Without power, Zambians grapple with toughest of times
The endless drone and stench of diesel fumes are daily irritants but Zambian barber Victor Senti is grateful for the generator that has kept his business going through months of electricity shortages.
The 35-year-old is worried about the future as the southern African nation, the continent’s biggest copper producer after Democratic Republic of Congo, grapples with what many say is the worst economic crisis since the end of one-party rule in 1991. Read more
Uganda’s veteran president gets nod to run again, faces tough rival
Uganda’s veteran President Yoweri Museveni got the formal go-ahead from his party to stand again in elections next year, setting him up for a possible tough confrontation with ally-turned-adversary, former prime minister Amama Mbabazi.
Museveni, 71, has already dominated the east African nation for nearly 30 years, with a rule bolstered by economic growth, an often divided opposition and control of the security services. Read more
Cote d’Ivoire appeals for peace in Burkina Faso
Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara over the weekend appealed for peace in Burkina Faso, a neighbouring country going through a political crisis following last week’s coup.
“We want peace in Burkina Faso. We appeal for peaceful, transparent and democratic elections in this friendly country,” the Cote d’Ivoire president said on Saturday during a press conference in Abidjan. Read more
Burkina Faso journalists condemn attacks against media
Burkina Faso journalists’ unions on Sunday strongly condemned brutal attacks perpetrated against the country’s media organizations and journalists by putschists.
“We have witnessed unprecedented violation of media freedom and freedom of assembly perpetrated by the National Council for Democracy (CND) that was set up by those who organized the Sept. 16 coup,” the unions said in a statement. Read more
Oil prices rise as US drilling declines
Oil rose by more than 1% on Monday after data showed US drilling slowed and a report said $1.5-trillion worth of planned production was uneconomic at current prices.
Crude has halved in value over the last year as soaring global production overwhelmed slowing demand and the much lower prices have now begun to hit drilling, particularly in the US. Read more
No market cheer after Greek polls
Greek equities lost ground on Monday after Syriza’s election victory and yields on government paper edged higher as attention turned to the formation of a new cabinet and implementation of the country’s third bailout.
In Sunday’s poll, voters gave Alexis Tsipras and his left-wing party a second chance to steer a battered economy to recovery, despite his dramatic U-turn over the international bailout. Read more
US singer Pharrell faces protest at S.African concert
Grammy award-winning American musician Pharrell Williams will face a protest by thousands of Palestinian supporters at a concert in Cape Town on Monday, organisers of the demonstration said.
Members of pro-Palestinian group Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) are campaigning against the singer’s partnership with major South African retail group Woolworths, over its imports from Israel. Read more
Philippine Ex-Governor, Brother Arrested in Thailand
A former Philippine provincial governor and his brother, who are among the country’s most-wanted crime suspects for the 2011 murder of a radio anchor and prominent environmentalist, have been arrested in Thailand, officials said Monday.
Former Gov. Joel Reyes of western Palawan island province and his brother Mario Reyes, an ex-municipal mayor, were arrested Sunday by Thai police on the southern island of Phuket, said Philippine Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. She said Thai immigration authorities were processing the brothers’ deportation papers. Read more
Israel ‘very much in favour’ of Netanyahu-Abbas meeting in Brussels
Israel is “very much in favour” of the Cyprus president’s idea to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to come to Brussels to speak to the EU Council and ask for its support to help them renew the peace process, Israel’s Ambassador to the European Union, David Walzer, told the European Parliament on 17 September.
The idea of such an invitation, first raised by the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades (pictured) during his visit in Israel in June, was discussed when EU Council President Donald Tusk visited Israel two weeks ago. Read more
South African Bust of Cecil Rhodes Loses Nose to Vandals
A bronze bust of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes has lost its nose to vandals who severed it with a power tool at a South African mountain slope overlooking Cape Town.
South African officials have increased security in Table Mountain National Park after the vandalism at the temple-like Rhodes Memorial on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, Merle Collins, a national parks spokeswoman, said Monday. Read more
Polish president proposes cutting retirement age
Polish president Andrzej Duda proposed on Monday to cut the retirement age in a draft bill sent to parliament for debate, a move which could unravel the ruling coalition’s pension reforms.
Backed by Poland’s main opposition party Law and Justice (PiS), Duda was a surprise winner of this year’s presidential ballot. He had included cutting the retirement age among his main election pledges. Read more
Fossil fuel subsidies down; ‘ample scope’ for more cuts – OECD
Major nations seem to be reducing fossil fuel subsidies but still have “ample scope” for deeper cuts in recent support of up to $200 billion a year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Monday.
Reductions in damaging subsidies for oil, coal and natural gas would reduce air pollution, save cash and help a shift to greener energies before a Nov. 30-Dec. 11 U.N. summit in Paris on limiting climate change, it said. Read more
Filipino in Singapore Jailed for Sedition Through Facebook
A Filipino nurse working in Singapore was sentenced Monday to four months in jail for describing Singaporeans as losers on his Facebook, and subsequently providing false information to police investigators.
Ello Ed Mundsel Bello, 28, pleaded guilty to a charge of promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility under the country’s sedition act, and two charges of providing false information to the police. An additional charge under the sedition act, and another for lying to the police, was also considered during sentencing. Read more
Macau police probe suspected fraud at junket as investors protest
Macau police are investigating alleged fraud involving one of the gambling hub’s biggest junket operators after the company said an ex-employee had stolen money from investors, the latest incident to hit an industry reeling from a slump in revenues.
The crime, which involved junket operator Dore Holdings, has triggered daily protests by its investors and calls by lawmakers for increased scrutiny of the opaque junket system amid a wider crackdown on corruption and illicit transactions. Read more
Teen prosecuted for having naked pictures of himself on his phone
A teenage boy has been prosecuted for having nude pictures of himself on his mobile phone, The Guardian reports.
Cormega Copening, of Fayettesville, North Carolina, was reportedly prosecuted as an adult under child pornography laws for sexually exploiting a minor – himself.
The young man, who is now 17 but was 16 at the time the photos were discovered, had to strike a plea deal to avoid potentially going to jail and being registered as a sex offender. Read more
Hungarian government in newspaper warning to migrants
The Hungarian government placed a full-page advertisement in a leading Lebanese newspaper on Monday, warning migrants that they can be jailed if they enter the country illegally.
The “strongest possible action is taken against those who attempt to enter Hungary illegally,” the piece in the An-Nahar said. Read more