Sabinews Midday News Update for June 13, 2015
Falana warns Buhari over plan to remove fuel subsidy
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Professor of International Law and Jurisprudence, Akin Oyebode; Lagos based Human Right Lawyer, Femi Falana and Dele Alake and other eminent Nigerians have called on the Federal Government to immortalize late Chief MKO Abiola, acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993, Presidential polls by declaring June 12 Democracy Day, in place of May 29 currently being celebrated.
They made the call at a symposium organized by the State Political and Legislative Powers Bureau in collaboration with the June 12 Coalition of Democratic Formations at LTV, Agidingbi, Ikeja in commemoration of 22nd anniversary of annulment of the June 12, 1993 general poll. Read more
Okon tips Falcons for quarters
Head coach of Nigeria’s Women’s national team, Edwin Okon insists Friday’s 0-2 loss to Australia does not spell the end for his side at the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada.
A well taken brace from Kyah Simon condemned the Super Falcons to their first defeat of the tournament at the Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg. Read more
Council Boss Wants Masari to Prioritise Urban Water Supply
The Chairman of Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State, Mr Yazid Abdullahi-Goya, has called on Governor Bello Masari to prioritise urban water supply in his administration.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Funtua, Abdullahi-Goya said the call became necessary to improve the supply of potable water in the state. Read more
Senate Presidency: Atiku denies complicity in Saraki’s emergence
Following the upset generated by the visit of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar immediately after emerging the number 3 citizen, Atiku has denied any complicity in Saraki’s election which thwarted the wishes of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
According to a statement issued yesterday by spokesman for the ex-Vice President and head of his media office, “It is baseless and unfounded to suggest that Atiku conspired with the PDP or Saraki to ‘sabotage’ the APC. Read More
Victor Attah kicks against Saraki’s emergence as Senate President
Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, and one of the founding members of the PDP,Obong Victor Attah has reacted to the outcome of the National Assembly elections, describing the ongoing event at the Senate as very sad and unfortunate, saying, it’s “an unfortunate return to garrison politics.”
The former Governor also exonerated President Buhari from the ongoing squabble, saying he was not given the chance as the leader of the party to address the issue before it escalated. Read more
Senate President Says Nigerians Deserve Best of Governance
The President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, on Friday eulogized the continued bilateral relationship between Nigerian and the United Kingdom, UK, while assuring that the present administration is determined to fulfill its obligations to the betterment of the nation; just as he stated that Nigerians deserve the best of governance.
The Senate President while hosting the British High Commissioner, Dr. Andrew Pocook in his office commended his guest for reinvigorating the mutual understanding that exists between the two countries. Read more
Nigeria starts investigating crude oil swap contracts
Nigerian authorities have launched an investigation to determine whether the government has been short-changed by a state oil company scheme to swap crude for refined products, the company, three oil traders and a security source said.
The Nigerian government may be losing money through opaque contracts in which crude oil worth billions of dollars is given to traders in exchange for refined imports, mainly gasoline, international and domestic watchdogs have said. Read more
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta launches Sh12m fistula camp
Women living with obstetric fistula will benefit from free surgeries following the launch of Sh12 million National Fistula Camp in Kenyatta National Hospital.
Speaking during the launch, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta said most women who deliver under unskilled care are young, uneducated and living in poverty, hence at risk of birth complications, which could lead to obstetric fistula. Read more
Kenya, Uganda review taxes on oil and gas
Kenya and Uganda have reviewed their tax policies in a bid to streamline the operations of oil and gas companies.
Kenya will harmonise withholding tax for training and contractual services for exploring oil and other minerals, while Uganda has extended VAT refunds for upstream activities in exploration and development. Read more
Bafana, Gambia kickoff time changed
The kickoff of Africa Cup of Nations Group M match between South Africa and Gambia has been brought forward, the South African Football Association has announced on Saturday. Read more
Nestle Maggi noodles: Indian court refuses to lift ban
An Indian court has blocked Nestle’s move to lift the ban on its Maggi noodles in the country, but asked food regulators to submit a written explanation within two weeks. The court is slated to hear the petition again on 30 June.
Nestle India had challenged the ban on the 2-minute noodles at the Bombay High Court, saying its repeated tests on the product found no evidence of lead levels exceeding the limit. Read more
Arizona man stung up to 1,000 times by bees
Authorities have said that a man is lucky to be alive after he was stung between 500 and 1,000 times be a swarm of bees in Arizona.
The incident, which happened on Friday, saw the so far unidentified man taken in a stable condition to Kingman Regional Medical Centre. Read more
Afghan police killed in Taliban raids in Helmand
Taliban fighters have overrun police checkpoints in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, killing at least 20 officers, officials said.
Dozens of militants took part in the raids in the remote and volatile Musa Qala district. Read more
Militants attack government forces near Iraq’s Baiji refinery
Islamic State militants attacked government forces and their Shi’ite militia allies on Saturday, killing 11 near the city of Baiji as part of the battle for control of Iraq’s biggest refinery, army and police sources said.
Four suicide bombers in vehicles packed with explosives hit security forces and the local headquarters of the Shi’ite militias in the area of al-Hijjaj, 10 km (6 miles) to the south of Baiji town, near the refinery, sources at the nearby Tikrit security operations command said. Read more
Egypt opens Rafah crossing into Gaza in sign of easing tensions
Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Saturday to allow Palestinians to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip for the first time in three months, in a possible sign of easing tension between Cairo and Gaza’s dominant Islamist Hamas movement.
Gaza, a small impoverished coastal enclave, is under blockade by neighbouring Israel and Egypt has kept its Rafah crossing largely shut since Cairo’s Islamist president was toppled by the army in 2013. Read more
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