Sabinews Evening Update for October 6, 2014
South Africa busts another secret Nigeria arms deal, seizes $5.7 million
South African authorities have confiscated yet another US$5.7 million arms money from Nigeria, nearly three weeks after seizing $9.3 million in cash transported by two Nigerians and an Israeli for arms purchase, South Africa-based City Express reported Monday.
As with the first deal, South Africa’s Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority seized the $5.7 million (about N952 million) for allegedly being the proceeds of illegal transactions, the paper said. Read more
Nigeria: SEC Tasks Emerging Economies on SMEs Development
Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Arunma Oteh has advised governments in the emerging economies to focus more on Small and Medium Enterprises development as a way of creating more jobs and improving the standards of living of their citizens.
Oteh who spoke on the sidelines of the ongoing International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) annual meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, said SMEs are vehicles for wealth creation which could in turn improve the economies of many countries. Read more
Nigeria: As U.S. shuts its door on Nigeria’s oil exports
Nigeria has become the first country to completely stop selling oil to the United States of America, the world’s largest oil producer and consumer, due to the impact of the shale revolution – an astounding reversal – as the country was only four years ago one of the top five oil suppliers to America.
According to the US Department of Energy, Nigeria did not export a single barrel of crude to US-based refiners in July for the first time since records started in 1973. Read more
Nigeria: U.S. sends medical experts to study how Nigeria tamed Ebola
Abuja (Nigeria) – Stunned by the entrance of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, into America, the United States’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention has despatched its personnel to study how Nigeria contained the killer disease.
The US reported on Tuesday that it has discovered a case of EVD in Dallas, Texas, but its health officials said “the crisis is under control and the public has nothing to fear.”
A statement released by US CDC Director Tom Frieden said “it’s clear the nation needs a quick and thorough response to its first Ebola patient”. Read more
Nigeria: Boko Haram’s Gwoza ‘caliphate’ demonstrates group’s increasing power
On 24th August a video surfaced featuring the Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau boasting about his organization’s exploits in northeast Nigeria. Shekau went on to state that the town of Gwoza, an area with a Christian population, is now under Boko Haram control and ruled by ‘Islamic law.’ The statement was surprising in that, until recently, Boko Haram has made little attempt to hold territory during the course of its five year struggle, and Shekau’s words echoed the Islamic State’s declaration of a caliphate under Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late June.
However, while Shekau’s video likely falls short of the establishment of a caliphate in the ever expanding areas of northern Nigeria under the organization’s sway, it does suggest a significant evolution in Boko Haram’s strategy, with severe consequences for the Lake Chad region. Read more
Football: Chelsea prove they’re the team to beat
Chelsea’s again demonstrated their title credentials after a 2-0 English Premier League win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard scored from the penalty spot in the first half, before a second half Diego Costa strike sealed the win.
Chelsea’s now five points to the good of second placed Manchester City.
Manchester United’s seen off Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford, Tottenham’s beaten Southampton 1-0 and West Ham’s accounted for QPR 2-0. Read more
How she went from a school teacher to an ISIS member
The petite 25-year-old tentatively opens the door to the hotel room where we’ve agreed to meet. Her face is covered, but her body language betrays her anxiety.
She slowly lifts her niqab, revealing her young, heart-shaped face. Her large brown eyes, filled with guilt and turmoil, are delicately made up under perfectly sculpted brows. Read more