Sabinews Evening Update for August 6, 2014SABI Evening


Doctors have not suspended strike -Lagos NMA

Confusion reigned on Wednesday at the emergency delegates meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association in Abuja on as the medical doctors were divided on whether they should suspend their nationwide strike or not.

It was learnt that the executive council had given a directive to members of the Lagos State chapter to suspend its strike to allow doctors to join the state government in containing the Ebola virus in the state. Read more


UPN withdraws its flagbearer, Ibrahim Adeoti from Osun election

As Osun state goes into a frenzy in preparation for the elections of Saturday, 9 August, an unexpected development as risen as the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) has withdrawn from Saturday’s election.

Although, the party’s candidate, Ibrahim Adeoti participated in the debate held last week Sunday, 3 August, it is confirmed that the party has pulled out from the race less than 48 hours to election day. Read more


Importation killing Nigeria’s industries —DG SON

THE Director-General of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr Joseph Odumodu, has said that the influx of fake and substandard products into the country is responsible to the collapse of many industries in Nigeria.

He also revealed that this had rendered over a million Nigerians jobless in the textile industry alone, as a result of activities of counterfeiters. Read more


Tunisia seeks 12 US choppers to fight ‘terrorism’

Tunisia has asked the United States for a dozen American-made Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters so its forces can “fight terrorism,” the country’s president said Tuesday.

Since its 2011 revolution, the North African country has seen the rise of a jihadist movement, with some 50 members of the military and police force killed in attacks linked to armed groups. Read more

Thailand Surrogacy Raid Uncovers Nine Babies

Police have found nine babies in a Bangkok apartment, fuelling concerns about Thailand’s surrogacy industry.

A Japanese millionaire is reportedly the father of the youngsters, who are believed to have been born to Thai surrogate mothers.

Officers who raided the luxury home also found nine nannies and a pregnant woman who claimed to be a surrogate mother, according to reports in Thailand. Read more

Russia continues to threaten Ukraine, Nato chief says

The Nato Secretary General has accused Russia of continuing to destabilise Ukraine and called on Moscow to “step back from the brink”.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that rather than helping to stabilise the situation, Moscow’s support for Ukrainian separatists continued to grow “in scale and sophistication”.

Nato has warned that Russia has put 20,000 troops near the border with Ukraine and could be planning a ground invasion. Read more

Liberians stock up after Ebola measures announced

Worried Liberians queued at banks and stocked up on food after the country’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced a 90-day state of emergency to fight the deadly Ebola Virus. Read more

Abia monarchs on war path over 2015 governorship

The recent decision of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in Abia State, to zone its governorship ticket in 2015 to Abia South senatorial district, seems to have set traditional rulers on collision course as those not favoured by the decision have vowed to resist the move.

But as they strategise to realise their dream, the pro-zoning monarchs have warned them to steer clear or face dire consequences of their actions. Read more

NSCDC officials pose as buyer to recover stolen vehicle

Officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps in Cross River State have recovered a stolen vehicle after posing as intending buyer to purchase an Acura MDX jeep.

The vehicle was snatched in the Jabi area of Abuja, while a suspected accomplice, Mr. Felix Ewa, was arrested in Ogoja, the northern part of Cross River State when he displayed the vehicle for sale at a car shop. Read more

Police arrest suspects, impound truck with N11.5m in Ogun

Officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ogun State on July 30, 2014 recovered a truck with number plate, LND 182 XB loaded with Nestle PLC products worth N11.5m at Ijoga Orile, from two suspects who actually stole and diverted the goods meant for a customer in Abuja FCT.

The suspects had loaded the truck with the goods meant for a customer in Abuja before they decided to diver it to another place for sale. Read more

NIS denies hike in passport fees

The Nigeria Immigration Service has said the service still charges same rate for e-passports in and outside the country.

Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr. Emeka Obua, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja that there was no hike in fees for obtaining e-passports. Read more

Boko Haram kills 20 in north Cameroon

Attacks carried out by suspected Nigerian Boko Haram on Wednesday has killed 20 people, including ten raiders in the far north of Cameroon’s Zigague village, an army officer told Xinhua Thursday.

Colonel Didier Badjeck, head of the communication of the Defense Ministry, said the attackers earlier had a cross fire with the Cameroon military force. Read more


Icon Weekly Apologizes To Tuface Idibia Over Alleged Adultery Story

Its been reported that the weekly tabloid that published a story about the Tuface Idibia allegedly putting a certain banker in the family way, has publicly made an apology to the music legend after being filed a lawsuit.

Tuface filed a N100 Million Naira lawsuit in June (this year) against the tabloid for defamation and damages. Read more

Dame Jonathan To Nigerians: Rise Up Against Threats To Peace

Wife of the president, Dame Patience Jonathan, yesterday called on Nigerians to rise up and check all forms of threats to peace in the country, including the continued insurgence by members of the Boko Haram sect.

Mrs. Jonathan made the call in Ozuoba, Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State, while flagging off the MDGs Economic Empowerment and Conditional Cash Transfer Programmes to 3, 650 households across the 23 local government areas of Rivers State, yesterday. Read more

We are changing our tactics to battle Boko Haram – Chief of Air Staff

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adeshola Amosun, has stated that the Nigerian Air Force was currently changing and updating its tactics in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-Eastern part of the country.

The military boss who assured Nigerians that very soon, the military would dislodge the insurgents, said his team had made a significant progress in the fight against the dreaded Boko Haram sect. Read more

NAHCON debunks Nigeria’s alleged ban from 2014 Hajj over Ebola disease

The National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) said on Wednesday that intending pilgrims from Nigeria had not been banned from participating in this year’s Hajj by the Saudi government over the Ebola disease as being speculated in some quarters.

This is contained in a statement signed by the commission’s Head of Media, Mr Uba Mana, in Abuja.

“There is no formal communication from Saudi authorities indicating that Nigeria has been banned. Read more


Jonathan Calls For More Effective International Action Against Terror

President Goodluck Jonathan has again called for more effective global action and implementation of all existing international protocols against terrorism and violent extremism.

The call was contained in a statement presented to the ongoing U.S.-African Leaders Summit, in Washington DC, United States. Read more

Whereabouts Of Gwoza Emir Unknown, As Boko Haram Captures Emirate

Displaced people of GworzaTrust.orgSecurity agents as well as residents of Gwoza, a community in Borno State that was overrun earlier today by Islamist insurgents, have disclosed that the whereabouts of the towns traditional ruler remain unknown.

Early this morning (Nigerian time), members of the dreaded terrorist group, Boko Haram, captured Gwoza in a daring raid that saw Nigerian soldiers retreating in great haste. Read more

Discos must pay consumers who buy transformers – NERC

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Wednesday said the new regulation mandating the electricity distribution companies to repay individuals who invested in power network would stand despite oppositions from the Discos.

According to the commission, such investments can no longer be ignored as the new rule seeks to establish a process in which the government, individuals and communities can invest in the network and have such investments recovered. Read more


Nigerian Football Crisis deepens, two board members suspended

The crisis in Nigerian football deepened on Thursday as the board of the Nigerian Football Federation suspended two of its top members.

The board had earlier removed the embattled former chairman of the federation, Aminu Maigari. Read more


Bayelsa community reopens Agip shut oil wells

Communities hosting the Nigerian Agip Oil Company operation at Biseni in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have reopened five oil wells earlier shut down in the Idu Oil Fields.

The oil wells were shut over Agip’s non-fulfillment of community development obligations to its host communities. Read more

Nigeria signs MOU with Malta on fisheries development

The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (Mou) with the island state of Malta to develop a world class industrial fish township in Nigeria.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Olusegun Mogbojuri, the Agricultural Attache to the Malta Embassy in Nigeria, and made available to press in Abuja on Thursday. Read more


Nigeria: Indigenous Oil, Gas Firms Lament Operational Challenges

THE nation’s indigenous oil and gas operators, yesterday, lamented challenges they are facing in assessing funds for their respective operations, which they said, have been constraining their in the sector.

The operators, who spoke at the ongoing 38th Nigerian Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE 2014), organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), in Lagos, particularly decried the role of Nigerian banks in the saga…..

…….The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Seplat Petroleum Development Company, Austin Avuru, said Nigeria is still at the transition stage on marginal field development, even as he posed challenges to the banks on adequate funding.

Having explained the rough roads to the rise of Seplat, Avuru said: “Marginal field is now a big business in Nigeria”, adding “it is a better ground for wealth creation, if it is better managed by the government and the necessary authorities.” Read more


Boko Haram Takes Control of Gujba, Another Borno Local Govt Area

Military camps in Buni Yadi, Buni Gari and Goniri, all in Gujba Local Government area of Yobe State   have now  been allegedly occupied by the Boko Haram  insurgents, according to residents of the area.

It was also gathered that the recent bombing of the Katarko Bridge by the insurgents has temporarily cut-off both vehicular and human movement  between Buni Yadi, the capital town of Gujba local government area and the Yobe state capital, Damaturu. 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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