Sabinews Midday News Update for July 14, 2015
Scientists Discover Inhalable Ebola Vaccine
Some researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, have discovered an inhalable vaccine that can protect rhesus macaque monkeys against severe illness and death when they were exposed to the Ebola virus.
Rhesus Macaques are among the most widespread primates after humans and are the monkeys most widely used in biomedical research. Read more
Buhari holds first meeting with new Service Chiefs
President Muhammadu Buhari today met with the newly appointed service chiefs and the National Security Adviser.
Present at the meeting were Chief of Defence Staff , Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin, Chief of Army Staff, Major-General T.Y. Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff
Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
Chief of Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan and National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) were also at the meeting. Read more
Police Urge Ogun Residents To Claim Vehicles
Ogun State Police Command has urged the residents of the state whose vehicles or motorcycles were snatched or abandoned by thieves, to visit Kemta Division in Abeokuta, the state capital, for possible identification and claims.
This was contained in a release signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, and made available to our correspondent. Read more
FG Raises Panel To Resuscitate textile Industry
Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has constituted a special committee saddled with the responsibility of resuscitating the ailing cotton, textile and garments industry in Nigeria
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sonny Echono, who set up the Committee on Monday in Abuja, lamented that cotton, textile and garments industries across the country have become “shadows of themselves” due to influx of cheap textile materials, inconsistent government policies and dumping of sub-standard textile materials in the country. Read more
I’M Ready For Probe, Oshiomhole Tells PDP
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has welcomed the call by the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Dan Orbih, to the EFCC to institute a probe into Edo State Local Government account, saying however that the probe should start from 1999.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party presided over Edo State from 1999 to November 12, 2008, when the Comrade Governor recovered his mandate through the verdict of the Court. Read more
Aregbesola Begins Salaries’ Payment, As Workers Resume
Workers in Osun State on Monday ended their six weeks strike after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government to put an end to the industrial action.
The state government under Rauf Aregbesola has been having running battle with the workers over inability of government to pay their salaries for seven months.
However, labour leaders at the end of the meeting with government representatives at the Governor’s Office in Osogbo decided to end the strike and called on civil servants in the state to resume work on Tuesday. Read more
Brave taxi driver arrested for reporting suicide bomber in Maiduguri
Residents of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital have faulted the arrest of a brave Taxi driver, Rabiu Usman, popularly known as Billejo, who reported to security his suspicion of one of his passengers that turned out to be a suicide bomber.
A resident who spoke on the matter said “it is very unfortunate that instead of commending his effort at saving lives he was arrested by the military at Sector six and subsequently moved to Maimalari military cantonment at about 6:00pm on Monday”. Read more
Suspect’s Death In Cell: Court Slams N100m Damages On Police
The death in custody of one of the suspects in the N1 billion pension scam that rocked the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Patricia Onyeabo, will cost the Nigerian Police payment of N100 million
damages, a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday ruled.
Onyeabo died in the police custody on May 16, 2014, while investigation into the alleged scam was ongoing.
But Justice Mohammed Idris, who gave judgment on a fundamental rights enforcement action filed by the daughter of the deceased, Amaka, awarded N100 million damages against the Nigeria Police Force for Onyeabo’s death. Read more
Uduaghan, THISDAY Editor Appointed into Board of Anti-Oil Theft Initiative
Immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, and editor of THISDAY Newspapers, Ms Ijeoma Nwogwugwu, have been appointed into the Advisory Board of Seal the Crude, an advocacy programme on crude oil theft plaguing the economy of Nigeria.
While Uduaghan will chair the board, Nwogwugwu will bring her huge wealth of knowledge, experience and network in business and economy to help guide the work of the campaign. Read more
Bayelsa To Get N2b From FG’s N713.7b Bailout
The Bayelsa State Government under Governor Seriake Dickson will benefit N2 billion from the Federal Government’s N713.7 billion bailout package for cash-strapped states in the country.
The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Esueme Dan-Kikile, disclosed this in his response to inquiries by our correspondent on Monday via the telephone. Read more
VW resumes vehicle assembling in Nigeria …after 20 years
German automaker, Volkswagen Automobile Group, has resumed vehicle assembling in Nigeria 20 years after suspending operations in the country following the collapse of its joint venture with the Federal Government.
Already, the auto giant says it has rolled out the first set of vehicles — Passat, Jetta, CC and Amarok models — from the rejuvenated Volkswagen auto assembly factory on the Badagry Expressway, Lagos. Read more
Six Nigerians extradited from South Africa to US for alleged internet scams: Three more sought
Six Nigerian nationals have been extradited from South Africa for their alleged role in Internet scams involving dating websites and work-at-home schemes, the US Department of Justice said Monday.
A total of 20 defendants are charged in the case, for their alleged involvement in a variety of schemes such as fake online relationships with victims who were asked to ship and receive merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards and banking information. Read more
Rangers Confirm Amakapabo Head Coach
Enugu Rangers have confirmed Imama Amakapabo as head coach after he chalked up his sixth win in the Nigeria league at the weekend.
Former Sharks and Enyimba assistant coach Amakapabo has been in temporary charge of ‘The Flying Antelopes’ after Kelechi Emeteole was ordered to “step aside” earlier this season. Read more
Enyeama to be fined for Kaduna controversy
The Nigeria Football Federation may have soft pedaled on a decision to banish goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama from the national team over his controversial comments regarding the safety of Kaduna for last month’s African Nations Cup qualifier against Chad.
The decision may not be unconnected with the furore that greeted the saga which included the Lille goalkeeper tearing a query given to him by the federation. Read more
Hillary Clinton Promises Greater U.S. Income Equality
U.S. Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton promised Monday to raise incomes of hardworking Americans and rein in excesses on Wall Street in the first major economic policy address of her 2016 campaign.
The 67-year-old former first lady, senator and secretary of state spent nearly an hour outlining a three-pronged strategy to boost long-term growth, as unemployment continues to languish above five percent. Read more
Criminal intent seen in petrochemical fire on French Bastille Day
Criminal intent is suspected in two fires which broke out at a petrochemical facility near Marseilles airport on Tuesday as France celebrated its Bastille Day national holiday, a source close to the French government said.
The fires came after an incident last month in which a suspected Islamist beheaded his boss and tried to blow up an industrial gas plant in the suburbs of the southeast city of Lyon. There was however no indication of a link between the two. Read more
French citizen killed by bull at Spanish festival
Spanish officials say a French citizen has died after being gored by a bull during a festival in a small town in eastern Spain.
A statement from the town hall of Pedreguer says the 44-year-old man died shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday. Read more
Google Maps alters disputed South China Sea shoal name
Google has updated its map of a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, removing a Chinese name for the reef after complaints from many Filipinos.
Google Maps now refers to the reef by its international name, Scarborough Shoal. Previously, the area was also named as part of the Zhongsha Islands. Read more
Russia’s Putin welcomes Iran nuclear deal
Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, has welcome the nuclear deal with Iran, saying that with the deal signed “the world can breathe a sigh of relief”.
The deal will see an easing of sanctions on Iran, including a UN arms embargo and ban on Tehran’s ballistic missile programme, an advantage to Russia which is keen to sell arms to Iran. Read more
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