*Dangote Gives Nod on Construction of Lagos Fourth Mainland Bridge* *MultiChoice executives to face contempt charge*

*Dangote Gives Nod on Construction of Lagos Fourth Mainland Bridge* *MultiChoice executives to face contempt charge*



Sabinews Midday News Update for April 17, 2015


Dangote Gives Nod on Construction of Lagos Fourth Mainland Bridge

There are indications that Africa’s foremost conglomerate, Dangote Group, has expressed interest in the construction of the capital intensive Lagos fourth mainland bridge.

The state commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat made this known yesterday while briefing journalists, saying that some companies, including Dangote Group have shown interest in the development of the bridge. Read more

MultiChoice executives to face contempt charge

The Managing Director of MultiChoice Nigeria Limited, John Ugbe is to face committal proceeding for allegedly disobeying the order of a Federal High Court in Lagos which restrained the implementation of a new subscription regime of Digital Satellite Television, popularly known as DSTV by the company.

Apart from Ugbe, the company’s Public Relations Manager, Caroline Oghuma, is also to face the committal proceeding. Read more

Somali refugees in Kenya reluctant to return

Kenya’s directive last week giving the UN refugee agency three-month to repatriate all Somali refugees in the country’s Dadaab refugee camp has caused anxiety with opinion divided over whether they should leave or not.

Deputy President William Ruto said the government had started talks with UN High Commissioner for Refugees to shut down the camp, and threatened that the government will forcefully close down the world’s largest refugee settlement if no agreement is reached. Read more

Med-View increases fleet, acquires B737-400 plane

Towards expansion of its fleet, Med-View Airline has acquired a Boeing 737-400 Classic aircraft as part of its plans to boost its operations. According to the carrier, with the additional aircraft, Med-View fleet now grows to five Boeing aircraft.

The aircraft is configured for 150 passengers; business and economy classes. The Managing Director of the airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole said that the aircraft had undergone the necessary inspection and certification by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)’s inspectors before it was flew into the country from Thailand. Read more

We are ready to code-share with any airline, says Onyema

Air Peace airline has expressed readiness to go into code sharing with any of the airlines that is ready to do business with it than merger.
According to the Chairman, Air Peace, Allen Onyema , “We can go into code-sharing with any airline that wants to do business with us. We will prefer code sharing to merger. Read more

Court adjourns Tinubu’s N150bn libel suit against AIT to May 27

A N150 billion libel suit filed by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, against Daar Communications, owners of African Independent Television (AIT), was on Thursday adjourned till May 27 for further direction.

Justice Iyabo Akinkugbe of a Lagos High Court sitting in ikeja, adjourned the suit after hearing the submissions of Tinubu’s counsel, Mr. Ayodele Adedipe, and Mr. Jeffery Kadiri, counsel to AIT. Read more

Amaechi Inaugurates Nine-man Committee to Investigate Killings

Rivers State Governor, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, has set up a nine-man commission of inquiry to investigate politically-motivated Killings in the state.
Members of the commission include Professor Chidi Odinkalu as chairman, Sir. Samuel Egbe as secretary and Professor Nlerum Okogbule. Read more

North Central, North East in Battle for Senate Presidency

High level lobbying for the exalted office of the president of the Senate intensified on Thursday as the north central and the north east are locked in an epic battle to clinch the number three position.

All Progressive Congress (APC) leaders from the two zones were seen at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja making frantic efforts to persuade the party leadership to zone the office to their respective zones. Read more

Onovo Scores Four in Finnish Cup 10 Goals Thriller

19 year old Nigeria forward Vincent Onovo stole the headline in a 10 goal thriller cup game which his side, Inter Turku, won 7-3 against RoPS.

Last year the Nigerian and his side finished as runners up in the Finnish Suomen cup and this time around they are eyeing to go a step better. Read more

Italian fishing boat seized near Libya, apparently by pirates

A Sicilian fishing boat with seven people on board was seized overnight in an apparent act of piracy 40 miles from the coast of Libya, a trade association said on Friday, underlining the mounting insecurity in the southern Mediterranean.

The stretch of the sea between North Africa and Italy has descended into chaos in the last two weeks as calmer spring weather has led to an upsurge in migrant boats attempting the crossing from increasingly lawless Libya. Read more

Guinness Nigeria’s MD Promoted to President, Diageo Africa

Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, has announced a change in the leadership of the company. Mr. John O’Keeffe, current Managing Director/CEO has been promoted President, Diageo Africa, joining the Diageo Executive Committee and reporting into Dr. Nick Blazquez, President Africa and Asia.

Mr. O’Keeffe’s new appointment will take effect from 1st July 2015. Read more

Higher Food Prices Drove Inflation to 8.5% in March

The Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation, for the second successive month rose to 8.5 per cent in March compared to 8.4 per cent in the previous month, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). It attributed the rise to slower increase in food prices.

Core inflation, which excludes the prices of volatile agricultural produce, increased at a faster pace for the third consecutive month, rising by 7.5 per cent (year-on-year), up by 0.5 percentage points compared to 7.0 per cent in February. Read more

Argentina Action Over UK Oil Firms In Falklands

Argentina has started legal action against three British companies drilling for oil and gas in the disputed Falkland Islands.

Argentina’s minister for the Falklands announced the start of the lawsuit in London on Friday, raising tensions in a diplomatic row over the islands’ sovereignty. Read more

North Korea warns U.S. envoy of ‘bigger mishap’ than a knife attack

A North Korean propaganda unit said the U.S. ambassador to South Korea could face a “bigger mishap” than the knife attack to his face last month if he does not stop insulting North Korea with “laughable” accusations.

U.S. envoy Mark Lippert said in a speech on Wednesday that if North Korea improves its human rights record and takes steps to end its nuclear programme, it will be rewarded with prosperity and better ties with the outside world, including the United States. Read more


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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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