*Troops’ Bombardment of Sambisa Mere Political Gimmick – BBOG Group* *LASU re-issues withdrawn Ph.D certificates*

*Troops’ Bombardment of Sambisa Mere Political Gimmick – BBOG Group* *LASU re-issues withdrawn Ph.D certificates*

Sabinews Midday News Update for February 4, 2015MIDDAY NEWS


Troops’ Bombardment of Sambisa Mere Political Gimmick – BBOG Group

The #BringBackOurGirls group has described the reported news of troops’ bombardment of Sambisa Forest as mere political gimmick geared towards 2015 elections.

The group wondered why the troops would claim to have started bombarding Sambisa Forest 10 months after the abduction of the Chibok girls, and queried the rationale behind the bombardment after the Boko Haram insurgents had left the forest and taken over other communities. Read more

LASU re-issues withdrawn Ph.D certificates

The crisis rocking the Lagos State University (LASU) may soon be over, as authorities of the institution onTuesday said they have begun the re-issuance of 10 Ph.D certificates were earlier withdrawn from its holders.

This was also confirmed by nine of the ten staff of the institution affected by the university’s decision, saying it was re-issued to them after necessary corrections had been effected. Read more

Patricia Etteh defects to APC

Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Patricia Olubunmi Etteh, yesterday defected to the ruling All progressive Congress APC with thousands of her supporters in Irewole, Ayedaade and Isokan Federal constituency in Osun State.

The former speaker, in a rally led by the Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, druming support for the candidates of APC in this month’s elections noted that her coming to the party was long overdue. Read more

DMBs to lose N60bn to tough regulatory policies in 2015 –Economists

Some economists and financial market analysts in projecting the economic outlook for the year have disclosed that the Deposit Money Banks (DMOs) in Nigeria risk losing about N60 billion in 2015 due to tougher regulatory environment.

Speaking at the first Central Securities Clearing System’s (CSCS)’s annual economic outlook for 2015 with the theme, “Nigeria: Which Way Forward”, they attributed the drop in banking sector’s profitability to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN)’s tough regulatory conditions like Basel II/III guidelines  implementation, risk weighted capital adequacy ratio and higher funding costs. Read more

Airlines Operating Without Nigerian Pilots Will Be Grounded – Minister

The minister of aviation, Osita Chidoka, in a speech, yesterday, said the federal government has stopped all aircraft registered as private from doing charter services and other commercial operations.

Chidoka, who reeled out a series of important reformative actions of the ministry under his leadership said any private airline doing commercial operations without regularising its operations before February 5, 2015, would be grounded by the regulators. Read more

Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss Boko Haram with Nigerian ambassador

The spread of Boko Haram will be discussed when the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade meets with the Nigerian ambassador later.

The extremist Islamic group has been behind several large-scale attacks on the country in recent months. Read more

Ajaokuta Steel: Legal constraints resolved, ready for foreign investors –Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday disclosed that all legal constraints hindering the take-off of the Ajaokuta Steel Company of Nigeria in Kogi State, have been resolved.

‎He said with the resolution of legal issues, all was now set for foreign investors to show interest in the project. Read more

Minister hails FMBN over recovery of N6bn

Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi, has commended the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) over its recovery of N6, 907,362,104.49.

Eyakenyi who spoke in Abuja also expressed happiness on the enhanced transparency in the collection and management of the National Housing Fund (NHF) through the creation of the electronic collection platform (e-collection). Read more

Chad Says Nine Soldiers Killed in Fighting in Gamboru, Nigeria

At least nine Chadian soldiers died in clashes with Islamist Boko Haram militants in the northeastern Nigerian border town of Gamboru, while “hundreds” of insurgents were killed, a military official said.

Fighting in the town, about 700 kilometers (435 miles) from the capital, Abuja, lasted about an hour, General Ahmat Dari, commander of the Chadian contingent, said in remarks broadcast on state radio in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena. The militants are “in disarray,” he said. Read more

Algeria, Benin agree to boost anti-terror cooperation

Algeria and Benin on Tuesday agreed to boost their counter-terrorism cooperation, visiting President of Benin Thomas Boni Yayi said here after meeting with his Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

“We have agreed to give a new impetus to our bilateral cooperation in all fields, including maritime and air transport, electricity and gas supply to Benin, in addition to cooperation between the two nations’ universities,” President Boni Yayi told reporters. Read more

PVCs: Edo declares Thursday, Friday work-free days

The Edo State Government has declared Thursday, February 5 and Friday, February 6, 2015 as work-free days.

According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Peter Okhiria, the days will afford both people of the state the opportunity to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for the general elections holding this month. Read more

PDP faults INEC on voter card reader, others

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday, said plans by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use card reader during the forthcoming general elections is illegal.

The party said such deployment contravenes the constitution. Read more

Six UN peacekeepers killed in Cote d’Ivoire road accident

Six United Nations peacekeepers in Cote d’Ivoire died in a road accident that occurred along the road linking the North to the capital Abidjan, a UN source said Tuesday.

The vehicle carrying the peacekeepers veered off the road and plunged in a gully, killing all its six occupants, the source said. Read more

Customs deploys squad to fight smuggling in Badagary

Yusuf Umar, the Customs Area Controller, Western Marine Command, on Tuesday said its crack squad and more patrol boats would be deployed to the creeks around the Badagry area, to check smuggling activities.

Umar told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the action became necessary following the nefarious activities of smugglers around the Ere creek within Badagry. Read more

Four possibly killed in Libya oilfield attack – French source

Four local employees were possibly killed after an armed attack at the al-Mabrook oilfield in Libya this week, a French diplomatic source on Wednesday.

The oilfield is run by Libyan state-run oil company NOC and in which France’s Total PA> owns a stake, was closed when the Es Sider oil port shut down in December due to clashes. Total had already withdrawn staff from the site in 2013. Read more

China jails former Agricultural Bank VP for life for taking bribes

A Chinese court jailed the former vice president of Agricultural Bank of China Ltd for life for accepting more than 30 million yuan ($4.80 million) in bribes, including works of art and gold bars, the latest casualty in an anti-corruption drive that is now targeting the finance sector.

The sentence comes after China Minsheng Banking Corp’s president, Mao Xiaofeng, resigned on Saturday for personal reasons following reports in Chinese media that he was being investigated by the country’s graft watchdog. Read more

US loses its grip on Israel and Palestinians

Just as with a mafioso boss, Obama is in trouble if he can no longer inspire fear, let alone respect. But the problem is all his own making, stresses Jonathan Cook.

For 20 years, the White House stood guard over the peace process, reserving for itself the role of stewarding Israel and the Palestinians to a resolution of their conflict. Like some Godfather, the US expected unquestioning loyalty. Read more

Samsung’s smartphone woes continue as Micromax takes top spot in India

The poor performance of Samsung’s mobile phone business continues as it has been overtaken as the biggest smartphone maker in India by local company Micromax.

Samsung’s mobile division has not been having a very good time of late. 2014 was annus horribilis for the company’s mobile phone business, culminating in the news announced last week that the final quarter of the year had seen a 64% drop in profits from the beleaguered division. Read more

EU lifts Mugabe travel ban

Today the European Commission announced that the EU will lift its travel ban on Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe while he serves as chairman of the African Union for the next year.

Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, who sits on the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, commented: “We cannot allow this appointment to weaken the push for political reform in Zimbabwe.” Read more


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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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