Sabinews Evening News Update for July 2, 2015
Buhari sacks DG, SSS
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday sacked the Director General of the State Security Service, Ita Ekpenyong.
In his place, the President appointed Lawal Daura as new head of the agency, which serves as Nigeria’s secret police. Read more
Sylva withdraws petition against Murray-Bruce
A former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, has withdrawn his case against Senator Ben Murray-Bruce at the National and State House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Yenagoa.
Sylva contested the Bayelsa east senatorial election on April 8 on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) but lost to Murray-Bruce of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Read more
Boko Haram massacres over 148 in Borno homes, mosques
Suspected Boko Haram militants gunned down 48 Muslim worshippers in two northeastern Nigerian villages, witnesses and a lawmaker said Thursday, shortly after some 100 people in the same region died in a similar attack.
“The Boko Haram gunmen killed 48 men and injured 11 others in the attack,” local lawmaker Mohammed Tahir said of the Wednesday raid in the flashpoint Borno state. Read more
Buhari pledges support for Burkina Faso elections
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday promised that Nigeria will work with other Economic Community of West African States member-nations and the international community to assist Burkina Faso in the conduct of free, credible and peaceful elections.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement, said Buhari made the promised while granting audience to Burkina Faso’s Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Rene Bagoro, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Buhari Assures Investors Of Friendly Climate
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured investors of his commitment to significantly improving the operating environment for domestic and international companies in Nigeria so as to boost employment in the country.
He gave the assurance on Thursday when he received the new Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Sadanobu Kusaoke, who was at the Presidential Villa to present his Letter of Credence. Read more
Sunshine Suspend Raja-Bound Odunlami
Super Eagles defender, Kunle Odunlami, has been handed an indefinite suspension by Nigeria Professional Football League side, Sunshine Stars, completesportsnigeria.com has been informed.
Odunlami was alleged to have absconded from the club while they were on the road to honour a league match against Enugu Rangers. Read more
Ambode Appoints Non-indigene GM, Lagos Electricity Board
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has approved the appointment of a non-indigene, Engineer Peter Nkedishuka Okonji, as the new General Manager of the State Electricity Board.
The appointment was announced on Thursday. Read more
Bayelsa Community Tasks Shell On Provision Of Electricity
Ongoing protest by the people of Koroama in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State against neglect by Shell Petroleum Development (SPDC) entered the seventh day on Thursday July 1, 2015.
Men, women, youths and children of the community had in the last six days blocked the Okolobiri-Koroama axis of the access road in the area, demanding the provision of permanent electricity by SPDC. Read more
Student attacks teacher with machete for punishing girlfriend in Enugu
Tragedy struck in Alor Uno community of Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State when a student of Community Secondary School, in the area identified as Ebuka attacked a classroom teacher with a machete leaving him with deep cut on his head for punishing his girlfriend.
DAILY POST gathered that the boy identified as Ebuka, intended to kill the male teacher but ended up giving him a serious machete cut on the head. Read more
I.M.F. Says Greece Needs Debt Relief, but Blames Government Lapses
Greece will need more help from eurozone countries to manage its debt because the country’s finances and economic performance have deteriorated since a new government took office, the International Monetary Fund said in a report on Thursday that is likely to further heighten tensions between Athens and its creditors.
The report, which assessed the prospects of Greece’s being able to repay its international creditors, amounted to an I.M.F. indictment of the way Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has managed the country since taking office in January, though it did not mention him or his Syriza party by name. Read more
U.N. talks on Libya stumble as rival govt postpones participation
U.N.-brokered talks between Libya’s two rival governments hit a setback on Thursday when one of the sides stayed away from the negotiations in Morocco, saying it needed more time for consultations.
An armed alliance known as Libya Dawn took over the capital Tripoli and declared its own government last year, driving out the internationally recognised one and deepening anarchy and division in the oil-producing North African country. Read more
French woman jailed for nine years for killing eight of her newborns
A French court has jailed a woman for nine years for killing eight of her newborn babies, after a harrowing trial in which she lied about having had an incestuous relationship with her father.
Dominique Cottrez, a 51-year-old former health worker, was found guilty of suffocating eight of her babies shortly after secretly giving birth to them between 1989 and 2000. Most of the killings occurred in the bathroom of her home near the Belgian border. Read more
Donald Trump Gains Infamy in Mexico for Comments on Immigrants
It is the kind of publicity money cannot buy — front-page coverage, segments on the nightly news, the attention of political heavyweights and a stream of commentary burning a hole in the web.
But Donald J. Trump, champion of the so-called birther movement that wrongly questioned President Obama’s birthplace, owner of the Miss Universe contest and developer of hotels bearing his name the world over, has not only found fame in the United States, where he is running for president. Read more
Bitter rivals Chile and Argentina face off in soccer showdown
It’s a geopolitical rivalry that has seen a clash of generals, a near-war over territory, and accusations of treachery and arrogance.
Now it’s getting serious. Argentina and Chile are playing a soccer final.
On Saturday, the two South American neighbors will battle it out to be crowned champions of the quadrennial Copa America, a tournament followed with a fervor on the continent that comes second only to the World Cup. And perhaps none want to win it quite so badly as Chile and Argentina. Read more
Egypt Military Pounds Sinai Militant Positions, Kills 23
The Egyptian military pounded Islamic militant positions and killed 23 extremists in dawn raids in Sinai on Thursday, a day after an unprecedented assault by Islamic State-linked extremists in the restive peninsula that undermined government efforts to stem an insurgency in the area despite a two-year crackdown.
The fighting – the bloodiest in the Sinai Peninsula in decades – heightened tensions across Egypt following the assassination this week of the country’s chief prosecutor in a car bombing in Cairo. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday vowed to step up the legal battle against Islamic militants. Read more
Electricity production in SA down in May
Electricity generation fell by 3.5 percent year on year in May, while consumption fell by 2,7 percent over the same period, according figures from Statistics South Africa released on Thursday.
This indicates a likely shortage as production fell faster than consumption. Electricity production between January and May was down 2.4 percent this year compared to the corresponding period last year. Read more
Six UN Mali peacekeepers killed in ambush near Timbuktu
An attack on UN peacekeepers in northern Mali left six soldiers dead and 11 injured about 45 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Timbuktu on Thursday. All of the victims came from Burkina Faso.
“This is a major attack,” Lieutenant Colonel Jonas Lotsne, head of the Swedish UN contingent in Timbuktu, said on Wednesday. “There have been considerable losses, and at the moment we are doing all we can to assist, including by sending out a unit and medicalized support by helicopter.” Read more
South African Airways marks 10 years of service to Washington DC
South African Airways (SAA) said it will celebrate 10 years of service to Washington D.C. Dulles International Airport on July 2nd.
SAA introduced new service between Johannesburg, South Africa and Washington DC on July 2nd, 2005, with four flights per week and rapidly grew to offering daily service on the route. Read more
Kenya Detains Alleged Islamic State Recruiters From Uganda
Kenyan authorities are holding two Ugandan men who are accused of recruiting for the Islamic State group in East Africa.
The Kenya Anti-Terrorism Police Unit on Thursday sought a magistrate’s permission to continue holding the Ugandans it believes are working with a syndicate recruiting for Islamic militants. The magistrate agreed and gave the police 30 days to investigate the men. Read more
Oil up as US data cools rate hike views
Oil prices rose about 1% on Thursday after tame US jobs and economic data signalled the Federal Reserve would be less hasty to raise interest rates while a surge in gasoline futures drove expectations for more crude demand.
But with the Greek debt crisis unresolved and Iran nuclear talks pending, and Friday’s US Independence Day holiday making for a longer than usual weekend, some caution prevailed, limiting the rally. Read more
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