Sabinews Daily Midday News Update for September 3, 2014
Tinubu Denies Involvement in Oando/ConocoPhilips Deal
Former Lagos State governor and a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, yesterday reacted to some of the direct attacks from a former top-notch member of his party, Chief Tom Ikimi, who last week accused Tinubu of manipulating APC for personal gains.
Ikimi had in a lengthy letter titled: “APC, My Reflections” and addressed to the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, derided Tinubu, citing betrayal and his knack for acquiring wealth at the expense of others, as reasons for his decision to leave APC. Read more
INEC suspends 2 staffers over manipulation
THE fallouts of the August 9 governorship election in Osun State took a new twist on Tuesday, when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) suspended two top electoral officers (EOs) over alleged electoral fraud during the exercise. Read more
Apple: Some nude shots taken from stars’ accounts
Apple said Tuesday that hackers obtained nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities by pilfering images from individual accounts rather than through a broader attack on the company’s services.
Meanwhile, numerous sharing sites removed images of the stars apparently in response to copyright complaints. Read more
Rivers State Government gets nod to access N52billion bond
The Rivers State House of Assembly has approved a fifty billion naira bond to aide infrastructural development in the state.
The assembly also approved two billion naira for medium and small scale enterprise development from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. Read more
Hamas popularity ‘surges after Gaza war’
Hamas’s support has surged after its war with Israel and would win Palestinian elections if they were held today, an opinion poll suggests.
The Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research’s poll, released on Tuesday, suggested Hamas leader Ismail Haniya would win almost twice as many votes as Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas, in a two-way presidential election. Read more
Gov. Lamido, Deputy reject Jonathan’s endorsement by North West PDP
The Jigawa state Governor, Sule Lamido, has rejected the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan by the North West chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The North West chapter had held a meeting in Kaduna at the weekend after which it announced the endorsement of President Jonathan to run for office again in 2015. Read more
Crude Oil Theft Witnessed 154% Reduction in Seven Months
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Usman Jubrin, has stated that the efforts being put in place by the Nigerian Navy to tackle crude oil theft, piracy and other acts of criminality in the nation’s oil and maritime sector are yielding tremendous results with particular reference to crude oil theft, which witnessed a 154 per cent reduction since January
Jubrin disclosed this yesterday in Abuja when he received the new Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Joseph Dawha, who led his management team on a courtesy visit to his office at the Naval Headquarters. Read more
Ebola threatens food security in West Africa
The world’s worst Ebola epidemic has put harvests at risk and sent food prices soaring in West Africa, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said yesterday, warning the problem would intensify in coming months.
The FAO issued a special alert for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries most affected by the outbreak, which has killed around 1,550 people since the virus was detected in the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea in March. Read more
NB Appoints Mark P. Rutten as Director
Nigerian Breweries Plc has notified The Nigerian Stock Exchange of the appointment of Mr. Mark P. Rutten to the Board of Directors of the Company with effect from 1st August, 2014. Read more
FEC to approve infrastructure master plan today
Barring any last minute change, the Federal Executive Council will today (Wednesday) approve the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan, which will help to address the unnecessary duplication of infrastructure among the three tiers of government.
The Minister of National Planning and Deputy Chairman, National Planning Commission, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman, dropped the hint on Tuesday in Abuja during a visit to the headquarters of the Subsidy Reinvestment Empowerment Programme. Read more
Factional NFF sacks LMC
The League Management Company (LMC) saddled with the responsibility of running the nation’s premier league has been sacked outright, and in its place a committee has been set up to run its affair till the end of the season.
This much was made known on Monday night by the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), after rising from its emergency meeting in Abuja. Read more
Nduka Irabor: LMC will not respond to ‘rubbish’ NFF suspension
The League Management Company will not respond to the decision of Nigeria Football Federation to abruptly terminate its activities as organisers of the Nigeria Professional Football League, the LMC chairman, Nduka Irabor has told Goal.
The Chris Giwa-led NFF board after an executive committee meeting held on Monday at the NFF Secretariat, Abuja indefinitely suspended the LMC for sabotaging the Week 26 league games. Read more
Demba Ba unavailable for Afcon game
Senegal head coach Alain Giresse has announced that Besiktas attacker Demba Ba will not play their opening match against Egypt in 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Friday.
Senegal will play hosts to the Pharaohs of Egypt on September 5 in Dakar. Read more