*Man dies of Ebola-like symptoms in Calabar* * Tribunal Dismisses Petition against Kwankwaso*

*Man dies of Ebola-like symptoms in Calabar* * Tribunal Dismisses Petition against Kwankwaso*

Sabinews Morning Update for October 9, 2015

Man dies of Ebola-like symptoms in Calabar

A man has died of Ebola-like symptoms and his blood samples sent for testing.

Ten people were quarantined in Nigeria after an Ebola scare on Wednesday, a year after the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free. Read more

Tribunal Dismisses Petition against Kwankwaso

The National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Kano on Thursday dismissed the suit filed by the Mega Progressive Party (MPP) candidate challenging the election of former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso as a senator representing Kano central in the National Assembly.

The petitioner had approached the tribunal, asking it to nullify the Kano central senatorial polls,  citing the exclusion of its party’s name and logo from the ballot papers. Read more

Lover Stabs Police Inspector To Death

A police inspector,Israel Amuwa, has been stabbed to death with a fork by his would-be lover, identified as Wunmi after a minor disagreement.

Amuwa, who was attached to the 17 MOPOL squad in Akure, was allegedly stabbed in the neck by Wunmi, who also had bruises on her face 0from the beatings meted out to her by the Inspector. The incident ,which occurred at the Olu foam area of Akure, the state capital, threw residents into confusion, while they wondered at what may have caused the disagreement between the two lovers. Read more

Customs impounds smuggled military truck at Seme border

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme Area Command, has arrested three persons who attempted to smuggle in a fairly used military truck from Benin Republic under false declaration.

The suspected smugglers are being quizzed to know the motive of their action, considering the underlying security implication. Read more

APGA chieftain lauds Obiano for granting 26 prisoners state pardon

Member, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, has commended the state Governor Willie Obiano for granting pardon to 26 prisoners during the country’s 55th Independence anniversary.
The Ogirisi Igbo made the remark when he received about 5,000 members of the Association of Igbo Youths Initiative Movement (AIYIM) that stormed his Rojenny Tourist/Games Village, Oba, to seek his permission to reorganise the group. Read more

Yoruba elders warn Fulani herdsmen to leave Southwest

Yoruba elders yesterday called for an end to the activities of Fulani herdsmen in the Southwest, following the abduction of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, on his farm in Ilado, Akure, Ondo State.

They made their position known in a communiqué at the end of an emergency summit at the Parliament Building of the Oyo State secretariat complex, Agodi, Ibadan yesterday. Read more

Wike Dissolves 22 LG Caretaker Committees

Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, on Thursday announced the dissolution of 22 local government caretaker committees in the state.

The dissolution of the committees, according to the governor, takes immediate effect. Read more

Communities Held BEDC Hostage over Two Years Blackout

Hundreds of youths, including women and men of Ogbenogbo, Ogbegbuya and Goodwill/Trade Fair communities in Benin City, the Edo State capital, on Thursday morning held the workers of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) hostage at the company’s headquarters office located along Akpakpava Road, in protest against what they referred to as the persistent blackout in the communities for over two years.

The protest completely paralysed all forms of vehicular and human movements, as well as business activities in the company premises and all adjourning streets. Read more

Boko Haram: Army Deploys Special Forces to Yobe

The Nigerian Army has moved to reinforce the troops with Special Forces, following an attack on Sector 1 of 27 Task Force Brigade located at Geidam, Yobe State, Wednesday evening.

The Director of Army Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, who confirmed this in a statement yesterday, said the attack by the terrorists was successfully repelled by the troops and the reinforcement sent. Read more

CBN Approves $1,000 as PTA to Christian Pilgrims

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said it has approved maximum purchase of $1,000 as Personal Travel Allowance (PTA) at an exchange rate of N160 per dollar to Christian pilgrims.

The bank disclosed this in a circular to all authorised dealers and the public from its Trade and Exchange Department which was posted on its website thursday. Read more

EFCC Investigates Suspects in Possession of 448 Traveller’s Cheques

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to arraign one Jonathan Odu Isikwei for unlawful possession of 448 travellers cheques.

In a related development, the EFCC is investigating the activities of one Pascal Onuora Udeh. Read more

Ooni Stool: Crisis Rocks Giesi Ruling House over Screening of Candidates

Crisis has enveloped the Giesi ruling house of Ile-Ife following the selection of candidate(s) for the vacant stool of Ooni of Ife.

Investigation by THISDAY on Thursday confirmed that the screening exercise had been done to favour a particular royal family within the ruling house. Read more

Lulu, Others To Know Fate On November 5

Former president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi alongside three other top former officials of the football federation will know their fate as regards the charges of corruption levelled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC), after Justice Evoh Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday, adjourned the case to November 5, 2015, for the adoption of “no-case” submissions filed by their counsel. Read more

All Eyes on New Customs Boss

With his emergence at a time the Nigerian economy is slowing down, stakeholders’ expectations from the new Comptroller General of Customs, Colonel Hammed Ali (rtd) are huge. They say the stakes are high for him to make a difference, writes John Iwori

Speculation had been rife, right from when Alhaji Inde Dikko Abdullahi completed four years in office as Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), over two years ago that his tenure would not be renewed by then President Goodluck Jonathan. Read more

I7 civilian, scores of insurgents killed in Borno attack

The troops of 7 Division, Nigerian Army, have killed scores of Boko Haram terrorists who attempted to attack Gubio town, the headquarters of Gubio local government area of Borno State.

This came as residents of Geidam town in Yobe State said the motive of the Boko Haram militants for evasion of the town late Wednesday could be attributed to search for food and other necessities. Read more

Boko Haram: Buhari Seeks More Help from Britain

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday asked Britain for more assistance in the areas of logistics, equipment and intelligence to help the nation in quelling the raging terrorism in the North-east.

Also yesterday, former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, at a parley with some serving and ex-military men, first class traditional rulers and members of the academia in Minna, Niger State, said the solution to the security problems of the country could no longer be left in the hands of the military alone and that the nation must rise to its challenge. Read more

Congo DR Inflicts Pain on S’ Eagles

DR Congo defeated a far-from-impressive Nigeria 2-0 in a friendly in Vise, Belgium, lastnight to hand coach Sunday Oliseh his first loss in charge of the Super Eagles after three matches.

Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie located Dieumerci Mbokani, who turned sharply to fire past goalkeeper Carl Ikeme for the opening goal as early as the sixth minute. Read more

Chile 2016 Qualifier: Glo Charges Falconets To Beat Congo

Sponsor of Nigeria’s national football teams, Globacom, has asked the junior national women team, Falconets, to complete the job they started in Congo a fortnight ago as they lock horns with their Congolese counterparts this weekend in Abuja.

LEADERSHIP Sports recall that two quick goals from Chinaza Uchendu and Chinwendu Ihezuo saw the Falconets defeat the Congolese 2-1 in a Chile 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying match in Kinshasa a fortnight ago. Read more

Eagles: Outrage over Enyeama’s exit

Nigerians yesterday be- rated Super Eagles manager, Sunday Oliseh, insisting he was the one to blame over the decision of the team’s long standing keeper and captain, Vincent Enyeama to cut short his international career.

While Nigerians ex- pressed their displeasure over the development, the nation’s soccer governing body, NFF, declared that there was nothing to worry over Enyeama’s decision to quit. After 13 years of service to the Super Eagles, Enyeama , yesterday called it quits after meeting with top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in Belgium. Daily Sunsports sampled the opinion of some football buffs on the role played by Oliseh in the whole drama that led to Enyeama taking a walk out of the team. Confederation of African Football (CAF) official, Paul Bassey in his reaction rued the wrong timing of En- yeama’s retirement, insisting that the former Super Eagles captain services is still very needed in the team. Read more

World News

Jali Goal Gives SA Win Over Costa Rica

An early goal from Andile Jali saw South Africa claim a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in an international friendly at the National Stadium in San Jose on Friday morning.

‘Los Ticos’, placed a full 31 positions higher than Bafana Bafana on FIFA’s world rankings, enjoyed the majority of possession but lacked a cutting edge in attack, while Shakes Mashaba’s side created the better scoring opportunities. Read more

UN Announces National Unity Government in Libya

The United Nations envoy for Libya announced late Thursday evening the formation of a national unity government. The announcement follows months of tense negotiations between the North African country’s two rival administrations.

“After a year of work on this process, after working with more than 150 Libyan personalities from all the regions, finally the moment has come in which we can propose a national unity government,” U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon told reporters. Read more

West African Observers Gear up for Elections in Guinea

About 100 election officials of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), will observe the presidential and parliamentary elections in Guinea scheduled for next October 11, informed the subregional bloc.

According to the ECOWAS Commission, 15 of the officials monitoring the elections are identified as long-term observers and 85 are short term ones. The first group is already in Guinean territory, and the rest should arrive during the few days left. Read more

Terkper leading Ghana to the slaughter house – MP

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Bosomtwi, Simon Osei Mensah, is calling for a total overhaul of the Finance Ministry to salvage the dwindling fortunes of the Ghanaian economy.

According to him, the current crop of economic managers led by Finance Minister, Seth Terkper will led Ghana to what he described as the “slaughter house”. Read more

Egypt army launches second stage of major Sinai offensive

The Egyptian armed forces announced on Wednesday the commencement of the second phase of the army’s latest operation “Martyr’s Right” in North Sinai in the cities of Sheikh Zuweid, Rafah, and Arish.

“Martyr’s Right” is the largest and most comprehensive operation aimed at rooting out and killing militants in North Sinai since the group affiliated with ISIS (Daesh) mounted their largest attack in months on Egypt’s security forces in July. Read more

Ben Carson says gun control to blame for Holocaust

After first provoking anger by apparently saying that a massacre in Oregon could have been prevented if students had fought back, Ben Carson, one of the leading Republican presidential candidates, has now said the Holocaust could have been prevented if Jews had guns in Nazi Germany,

He made his comments during an interview on CNN. Read more

One in three young Chinese men will die from smoking, study says

A new study has warned that a third of all men currently under the age of 20 in China will eventually die prematurely if they do not give up smoking.

The research, published in The Lancet medical journal, says two-thirds of men in China now start to smoke before 20. Read more

Asian stocks gain on hopes Fed won’t hike rates this year

Asian stock markets rose Friday on expectations the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates at a record low for several more months. Energy stocks advanced with the price of oil. Read more

Azerbaijan: Rights Defenders’ Convictions Under Appeal

A court in Baku will hear the appeal against the convictions of the prominent rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus on October 12, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. The flawed convictions, reached after a trial that flouted fair trial norms, should not be allowed to stand and the authorities should immediately drop all outstanding charges and release the couple. Read more

California commission approves SeaWorld’s orca tank expansion

Californian authorities on Thursday agreed to allow SeaWorld San Diego to expand its orca habitat on the condition that it ceases its captive breeding program, despite calls for the whales to be released from captivity.

The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously to give SeaWorld San Diego a permit to build two new orca pools, giving the mammals greater room to swim while enhancing viewing and research. Read more

Fears cashless welfare card could discriminate against Indigenous people

The proposed cashless welfare card could discriminate against Indigenous people, with new data revealing almost three quarters of people who would be forced on it in a trial site are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

The Healthy Welfare card, as it is known, would be used to divert 80% of payments for people on Newstart, youth allowance, disability support and carers’ allowance onto an electronic debit card that would be blocked from being used to buy alcohol or for gambling. The remaining 20% of benefits would be paid as cash. Read more

 

About The Author

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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