Sabinews Midday News Update for June 24, 2015
Robbers Invade, Hold Ikorodu Hostage
Exactly three weeks after an armed robbery gang invaded Ikorodu and robbed First Bank and Wema Bank blind, another attack is ongoing now.
Although details are still hazy, the armed robbers invaded the Ogolonto area of Ikorodu, close to Dangote factory, and have held it hostage for over 30 minutes.
An eyewitness report said the robbers broke the bustling human activities when they released their first hail of bullets. Read more
PMB, APC Govs in Crucial Meeting in Aso Villa
President Muhammadu Buhari last night entered into a closed-door meeting with governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The meeting, held at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, at about 11pm, was meant for them to discuss issues concerning the party, including the National Assembly leadership crisis.
The crisis broke out in the party after the legislators’ leadership elections ended up producing Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate president and Hon. Yakubu Dogara as speaker of the House of Representatives against the wishes of the party. Read more
FAAC: States, LGs Share N409.3bn For May
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mrs Anastasia Nwaobia, on Tuesday said that N409.3 billion was shared among the Federal, States and Local Governments, as revenue for May, 2015.
Nwaobia said this while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting in Abuja. Read more
Checking Misappropriation Of Local Governments’ Funds
A News Analysis by Obike Ukoh, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
Concerned citizens observe that almost all local governments across the country do not spend funds allocated to them by the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) for the developments of their areas.
They note that the situation is worrisome, alleging that some state governments tamper with the funds since the 1999 Constitution gives them the power to manage the funds. Read more
APC govs resolve to caution warring senators
All Progressives Congress’ state governors have expressed concern over the ongoing leadership crisis in the National Assembly.
They have therefore decided to invite their senators and prevail on them on the need to respect party supremacy on any matter.
The decision was taken at a late night meeting the APC governors had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday. Read more
El-Rufai fumes as one dies in Kaduna gang fight
A gang fight at the Ungwan Rimi area in Kaduna North Local Government Area of the Kaduna State left one person dead on Monday evening. The incident left many scampering for safety while vehicles and other property were torched.
Meanwhile, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, has condemned the gang fight. El-Rufai directed the state police command to arrest the culprit to face the full wrath of the law. Read more
France ‘won’t tolerate’ threats to security after US spy claims
The French presidency said Wednesday it “will not tolerate any acts that threaten its security” after leaked documents indicated the US spied on President Francois Hollande and his two predecessors.
“Commitments were made by the US authorities,” the Elysee Palace said in a statement, referring to promises by the US in late 2013 not to spy on France’s leaders. Read more
Deadly Pakistan heatwave shows signs of easing
A deadly heatwave that has killed nearly 700 people in southern Pakistan showed signs of easing on Wednesday, bringing some respite to the sweltering city of Karachi.
Temperatures in the city, which is Pakistan’s largest and has seen the majority of the deaths, were forecast to peak at 38 degrees Celsius (100 Fahrenheit), down from the 40-plus highs of recent days. Read more
Japan police arrest ex-Bangkok police chief for gun possession
Japanese authorities have arrested a former senior policeman from Thailand for possessing a loaded gun at a Tokyo airport, officials said Wednesday.
Comronwit Toopgrajank, a former Bangkok police chief, was detained on Monday at Narita airport as he tried to leave the country, a police spokesman told AFP. Read more
NSCDC arrests five for allegedly stealing and slaughtering goats
THE Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Ondo State Command, has arrested five persons for alleged theft and slaughtering of other people’s goats in Oshinle Quarters, Akure South Local Council of Ondo State.
In a statement released to journalists by the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Kayode Balogun, the suspects include Ogunmola Kayode, 60, Ogunmola Kehinde and Ogunmola Taiwo, 20, Stephen Isaac, 22, and Ifeanyinwa Okonkwo, 21 years old. Read more
Australian fishermen catch rare basking shark
Fishermen off Australia who accidentally caught a whopping basking shark have provided scientists with a rare opportunity to study the second-biggest fish on the planet.
The 6.3 metre (20 feet) fish is causing a sensation Down Under where little is known about the species — smaller only than the whale shark — as it is not often captured in southern hemisphere waters. Read more
Northern Monarchs Pledge Assistance To Buhari On Security, Economy
Traditional rulers from the 19 Northern states on Tuesday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, to pledge their support to the administration’s battle against insecurity.
The visit took place in the evening behind closed doors, with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, leading the Emirs..
The Gbong Gwong Jos, Jacob Gyang-Buba, told State House correspondents after the event that it was a courtesy visit to the President by the Northern monarchs and not a meeting. Read more
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