Sabinews Nigeria/World News update for July 23, 2014
Governor Yero Imposes 24 Hour Curfew in Kaduna
Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Muktar Yero, has imposed a 24 hour curfew in Kaduna city following two bomb explosions that rocked the metropolis Wednesday. The explosions have created serious fear and tension in the city.
Yero who condemned the blasts said the curfew is to enable security agencies to restore normalcy in the city. Read more
35 Killed as Two Explosions Rock Kaduna
The Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Umar Shehu , has confirmed that 25 people died following the bomb explosion that occurred along Alkali Road. But sources around the area said that about 35 people lost their lives in the bomb attack. And just as the security agencies were attending to the first bomb attack, another one also occurred around Kawo area of Kaduna city. No details were obtained as at the time of filing this report..
However, the Alkali road incident is near Murtala Square, where muslim faithful had gathered to round up the Ramadan Tafsir led by a prominent Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi.
Sources said the attack must have been targeted at the Islamic scholar.
Former FRSC Boss, Sworn In as Aviation Minister
Former Corps Marshall and Executive Director of the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) Osita Chidoka, has been appointed new Minister of Aviation by President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday.
His appointment was announced alongside another nominee, Mr. Abubakar Olanrewaju, from Kwara state. The new Ministers were sworn in before the weekly Federal Executive Council, (FEC) meeting in Abuja.
Ositadinma Benjamin Chidoka was born on July 18, 1971 at Obosi, Anambra. He was appointed Corps Marshall and Chief Executive, Federal Road Safety Commission in 2007, the position he held till the current appointment. Read more
Tears as escaped Chibok girls, parents meet Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday met with parents of the girls abducted from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 14 by Boko Haram insurgents.
Journalists were barred from the meeting which took place inside the Banquet Room of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, exactly 99 days after the girls were forcibly taken away from their school hostel at night.
The Presidency had in a statement last week promised that the meeting would be “open to the Nigerian and international media for coverage.” Read more
EFCC set to declare Nyako wanted
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has concluded arrangements to declare the impeached Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, wanted.
The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, made this known to one of our correspondents in a telephone interview in Abuja on Tuesday.
Uwujaren explained that the commission was set to do so because Nyako had been elusive since his removal by the members of the state House of Assembly last week. Read more
Ukraine: Two military jets shot down
Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) — Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down Wednesday in the eastern part of the country, where pro-Russian rebels have fought against government forces, a Ukrainian military office said.
The pilots ejected, the office said. Information on their condition wasn’t immediately available.
An air defense system shot down the jets after the pilots completed a task near Dmytrivka, the military press office said.
News of the jets’ downing comes six days after the deadly crash of the civilian passenger plane Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine. Read more