Sabinews Midday News Update for September 1, 2015
Enugu Police says no B’Haram member arrested in Enugu
Barely 24 hours after the Department of State Services (DSS), issued a statement that it had arrested 20 suspected Boko Haram commanders in Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Plateau and Gombe states, the Enugu State Police Command, yesterday, said it was not aware of the arrest of any Boko Haram member in the state.
Spokesman of the State Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu, said the command was not aware of any nvestigation or arrest, concerning Boko Haram in Enugu State, as announced by the DSS. Read more
Iran: US remains our number one enemy
The United States remains Iran’s “number one enemy” despite a recent nuclear deal with world powers, the chief of Tehran’s top clerical body said on Tuesday, Iranian media reported.
The Assembly of Experts is among Iran’s most influential institutions, comprising 86 elected clerics who appoint and can dismiss the country’s supreme leader, led by ultraconservative Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi. Read more
Tribunal: Drama in Delta as Labour Party faults its key witness
The Delta State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba on Monday witnessed a mid-drama following a tense atmosphere after the Labour Party (LP) and its candidate, Chief Great Ogboru accused one of their key witnesses of playing to the gallery.
The three-man tribunal, headed by Justice Nasiru Gunmi, had subpoenaed the Head of the Department of General Administration and Procurement, INEC Office, Asaba, Mr. Felix Enabor to give evidence in the petition filed by the LP. Read more
Appointments: Oshiomole defends Buhari, says president not biased
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has defended President Muhammadu Buhari over his recent appointments, which has sparked controversy in the country, saying that those appointed were based on merit and not ethnicity.
Oshiomhole made this remark in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhiria, while commending the President on the appointments of the Chief of Staff, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and others. Read more
Publish statements of Rivers accounts – Amaechi dares Wike
Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has challenged his successor in office, Governor Nyesom Wike to publish the statements of government accounts.
He said the accounts are with Skye Bank, FAAC, Zenith Bank and Access Bank. Read more
Freedom brings stigma and fresh fears for Boko Haram ‘wives’
For hundreds of women and girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants, their ordeal did not end when they escaped or when Nigerian soldiers rescued them and reunited them with their families.
Instead of being admired for their bravery, many have become outcasts in their communities, stigmatised due to their perceived association with Boko Haram. Others, who became pregnant after being raped by their captors, have been shamed and are now accused of spawning or seeking to spawn future Boko Haram fighters. Read more
Two reported dead in Clearwater Mall shootout
Two suspected robbers are believed to have been killed in a shootout with police officers during the failed robbery of a cash-in-transit vehicle at Clearwater Mall‚ west of Johannesburg‚ on Tuesday morning.
This was followed by the news that police “foiled” an armed robbery at the East Rand Mall in Boksburg‚ and “three suspects were wounded and another four arrested” just hours later. Read more
Victor Moses Off On Loan To West Ham
Nigeria’s Victor Moses has signed a season-long loan deal at fellow London club West Ham from Chelsea.
This was after the forward signed a new four-year contract extension at Chelsea.
Before the 24-year-old Moses extended his contract, he still had two years left on his Chelsea deal after he signed from Wigan Athletic for nine million pounds in 2012. Read more
Keleti Train Station in Budapest Temporarily Shuts Down Amid Migrant Crisis
Keleti train station, which has emerged as ground zero in Europe’s spiraling migration crisis, temporarily shut down its services on Tuesday under the strain of an influx of migrants trying to travel to Germany from Hungary.
Emphasizing the sense of confusion across Europe, Austria’s interior minister, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, called on Germany, the preferred destination for many of the migrants, to clarify its stance on asylum rules. Read more
Turkey charges Vice News reporters with aiding terrorist group
A Turkish court has charged three journalists working with Vice News with “aiding a terrorist organisation” and ordered their arrest pending trial in a move that has caused indignation and outrage amongst journalists and international human rights groups.
Correspondent Jake Hanrahan, cameraman Philip Pendlebury, their Turkey-based fixer and a driver were taken into police custody on Thursday while working in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir, covering recent clashes between Turkish security forces and the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement, the youth wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). They were charged by the court on Monday. Read more
Merkel says Europe has not yet managed to overcome crisis
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Europe had not yet managed to finally overcome its debt crisis.
There was a need to talk a lot about further developing the currency union, Merkel said at a business conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in Berlin. Source
Somalia attack: Al-Shabab attacks African Union Janale base
Fighters from the al-Shabab militant Islamist group have overrun an African Union military base in southern Somalia, inflicting heavy casualties, witnesses have told the BBC.
The militants said they have killed 70 AU soldiers at the Janale base, 90km (55 miles) south-east of the capital. Read more
Eurozone jobless rate lowest for three years
Unemployment in the eurozone fell to its lowest rate in July for more than three years, figures have shown.
European Union statistics agency Eurostat said the jobless rate in the currency union fell to 10.9% in July from 11.1% the month before. Read more