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Saturday, 2 January 2016

WORLD NEWS: ISRAEL -Tel Aviv shooting: Manhunt under way for gunman who killed two

Israeli police in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 1 January 2016ImageEPA
ImageSecurity forces have been carrying out searches in the city

A manhunt is under way in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv after a gunman killed two people outside a popular bar.
Seven people were also wounded, four of them seriously, when the man opened fire with an automatic rifle, letting off at least 15 shots before fleeing the scene.
Security forces carried out searches throughout the night.
The incident took place in Dizengoff Street, a busy part of the city centre filled with bars and cafes.

MediaCCTV cameras captured the moment the shooting began

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Friday: "From what we know until now and as part of the ongoing investigation, there's a strong possibility that it was in fact a terrorist attack."
Security camera footage showed the gunman taking a weapon out of his backpack and then shooting at people in the street.
The two victims have been identified as Alon Bakal, 26, who was a manager at the bar targeted, and Shimon Ruimi, 30.
The suspect, a 29-year-old Israeli Arab from northern Israel, had stolen the gun from his father, who works in security, Haaretz newspaper reported.
The father recognised him son from media reports and contacted the police, the newspaper said.  
Friday's shootings follow a wave of Palestinian attacks against Israelis over the past few months.
As of 23 December, at least 21 Israelis had been killed in the recent violence, most of them in stabbings and shooting attacks by Palestinians.
At least 131 Palestinians have also been killed. More than half were said by Israel to be attackers. Others have been killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

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World News:Saudi Arabia executes top Shia cleric

Saudi Arabia has executed the prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the interior ministry said.

WORLD NEWS: US -Obama to take unilateral action on US gun violence

President Obama has said he will take unilateral action to tackle the problem of gun violence in the US.
In his first weekly address of 2016, Mr Obama said he would meet Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss actions he could take.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Obanikoro, Shekarau, other Jonathan’s ministers lose severance package

No fewer than 14 ministers in the Goodluck Jonathan Administration will not receive any severance package from the Muhammadu Buhari government having allegedly failed to meet the requirement for benefitting from such.

It is also gathered that most of the new 36 ministers inherited decrepit offices, making it difficult for them to settle down for work.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Partial compliance as new fuel price regime takes off

There is yet to be substantial compliance by fuel marketers in most parts of the country with the directive to dispense fuel at N86 and N86.50 per litre, investigation showed yesterday.

The exception is the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where most marketers have adjusted their metres to comply with the new pump price of N86.00 per litre for premium motor spirit (PMS) at Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) filling stations and N86.50 at other outlets.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Terrorism: Presidency denies Hijab ban

The Presidency has denied that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was considering banning the hijab, the Muslim women’s dressing symbol of modesty if sui­cide bombers continue use it as cover to commit atrocities.

President Buhari had during his maiden media chat last year, hinted that his government may ban the use of hijab by muslim women as a result of the use of female suicide bombers by Boko Haram insurgents.

Friday, 1 January 2016

FOOTBALL; MAN UTD - Van Gaal: Man Utd fans the best I've seen

The Premier League club are now eight games without a win in all competitions and their Dutch manager has praised the supporters for not turning their back on the team

Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United supporters are the best he has seen during his time in management.

WORLD NEWS: GHANA - Ghana minister resigns over electricity crisis

Ghana’s power minister has resigned for unsatisfactory handling of an electricity crisis that caused years of frequent blackouts and hurt the West African country’s economy, two government sources said.

Kwabena Donkor submitted his resignation on Thursday to President John Mahama after talks at the presidency a day earlier, a source close to the presidency told Reuters.

WORLD NEWS: ISRAEL - Tel Aviv shooting: Two dead, Israeli police say

Two people have died and and seven others have been injured after a gunman opened fire with an automatic rifle at a bar in Tel Aviv, Israeli police say.

Security forces have launched a huge manhunt for the gunman, cordoning off areas of the city.

The incident took place in Dizengoff Street in the city centre.

WORLD NEWS: ISRAEL -2 killed, at least 4 wounded in Tel Aviv pub shooting

Two people were killed and at least four others seriously injured Friday in a shooting near a pub in Tel Aviv, Israel, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CNN.

NEWS: NIGERIA -Military alerts on terrorists’ plan to use beggars for attacks

The Theater Command of Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army on Friday alerted Borno residents on a planned attack by Boko Haram terrorists using beggars and other strategies.

NEWS: NIGERIA -Holders of unlicensed firearms, tinted glasses risk arrest -IGP

The Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, yesterday said it would commence revalidation of firearms license and vehicle tinted glass permit beginning from today through its digital platform.

WORLD NEWS: IRAN - US -Iran expands missile programme amid US sanctions threat

Iran successfully tested a medium-range rocket in October, which the US declared a violation of a UN Security Council resolution [EPA/File]

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has ordered an expansion of the country's ballistic missile development programme, in a move seen as a response to possible new US sanctions against Iranian officials and businesses.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Buhari's New Year promise to Nigerians; it will get better.

Buhari to Nigerians: better days are coming
The President yesterday sent Nigerians a message of hope – the challenges facing the nation are temporary and will soon fizzle out.

Gist: Nigeria - Fomer President Jonathan's New Year message to Nigerians

On behalf of my family and I, I would like to wish all Nigerians a Happy New Year. We are all brothers and sisters born from the womb of one Nigeria and as I have said previously, we would not be Nigerians if God did not will it. 

NEWS: NIGERIA - NNPC ‘paid N933.1b, $607.8 in 11 months’

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC paid N933.1bn for domestic crude oil and gas and other receipts to the Federation Account from January to November 2015.

According to the November financial report posted on its website yesterday, it paid $607.8m to the Federation Accounts and Allocation Committee (FAAC) in the period under review.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Buhari signs 2015 budget implementation extension bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has appended his signature to an Act of the National Assembly, authorising the executive to extend the implementation of the capital vote component in the 2015 budget beyond December 31, 2015, the previous deadline.

WORLD NEWS: US - Bill Cosby sexual assault charges 'politically motivated'

Bill Cosby's defence lawyer has called the sexual assault charges brought against the comedian "politically motivated".

Monique Pressley told ABC's Good Morning America that the prosecutor in the case is not seeking justice, but making good on a campaign promise.

WORLD NEWS: GERMANY - Munich stations evacuated over 'IS attack threat'

Police in Munich evacuated two major railway stations after an intelligence agency warned Germany of an imminent attack, officials said.

Authorities received information that suicide bombers from so-called Islamic State (IS) could target the main station or Pasing station, Bavaria's interior minister said.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Arms scam: Dasuki begs Buhari

Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, yesterday pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to allow him enjoy the bail granted him by the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Meanwhile, lawyers yesterday took divergent positions on Buhari’s explanation of the continued detention of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki and pro-Biafra agitator, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu despite different court orders admitting them to bail.
Buhari said during his first presidential media chat on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Wednesday that Dasuki and Kanu could not be released because they would jump bail, describing the charges against them as serious.









Thursday, 31 December 2015

NEWS: NIGERIA - Appeals Court gives Abia Guber to APGA'S Alex Otti

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Owerri, has removed Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party as governor of Abia State.

The court also declared Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance the winner of the April 11 and April 25 supplementary elections in the state.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Presidential media chat: Being an opposition party, not licence to abuse Buhari, APC tells PDP

THE All Progressives Congress , APC,  Thursday, took exception to what it referred  to as unwarranted abuse of President Muhammadu Buhari by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and its members, warning that it may not condone such act anymore.

WORLD NEWS: BELGIUM - Brussels police detain six over 'New Year terror plot'

Police in Belgium have detained a further six people in connection with an alleged plot to target Brussels on New Year's Eve, prosecutors say.

The six were detained during raids at locations in and around the Belgian capital on Thursday.

NEWS: NIGERIA - NCC ready to force MTN to pay fine as deadline expires

Nigeria said it was expecting telecoms giant MTN to meet a deadline for paying a record $3.9 billion fine which expires Thursday, despite the South African operator challenging the penalty in court. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the country’s telecoms regulator, had in October fined the firm for missing a deadline to disconnect 5.1 million unregistered SIM cards, citing security concerns in a country plagued by frequent kidnappings and an extremist Islamist insurgency Boko Haram.

BREAKING NEWS: Here are the first tow countries to welcome 2016 as the continent of Asia welcomes year 2016

Following the variations in global time zone, some countries have welcomed year 2016 while others are still expecting.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Ishaku Defeats Mama Taraba At Appeal Court

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has set aside the judgment of the Taraba State Gubernatorial Election Tribunal that sacked Governor Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Recall that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Hajiya Aisha Jummai Al-hassan, had filed a suit at the tribunal challenging the victory of the PDP candidate, Ishaku in the 2015 general election, on the grounds that the primary that produced him as his party’s candidate was faulty.

WORLD NEWS: NIGERIA - Nigerian to unveil ‘biggest’ statue of Jesus in Africa

A Nigerian businessman is set to unveil what he says is Africa’s largest statue of Jesus, describing it as a symbol of peace in a country wracked by Islamist insurgency.

Obinna Onuoha commissioned the 8.53 metre (28 foot) tall “Jesus de Greatest” statue in 2013, hiring a Chinese company to carve it out of white marble.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Media Chat exposed Buhari undemocratic character-PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s responses at the WednesdayPresidential Media Chat were not only embarrassing but also further exposed his undemocratic character as an unrepentant tyrant who has no regard for the rule of law and the self-worth of Nigerian citizens.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Defection: PDP stalwarts, Ayade’s kinsmen switch parties in Cross River

The gale of defection in Cross River State has continued unabated as a former member of the House of Representatives and immediate past Commissioner representing Cross River state in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Hon. Paul Adah and his teeming supporters have defected to the APC.

BREAKING NEWS: 2016 - New Zealand and Australia already in 2016

New Zealand was one of the first countries to welcome in 2016, with people gathered in Auckland to watch a colourful fireworks display.

Australia followed, with Sydney Harbour providing the backdrop to a spectacular show.

Elsewhere security is being stepped up in major European cities ahead of New Year celebrations.

New Year fireworks and festivities have been cancelled in the Belgian capital Brussels because of an alert. Extra measures are being put in place in other cities, including Paris, London, Berlin and Moscow.

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GIST: HMM!!! FAYOSE SPITS FIRE AGAIN!!! Buhari’s presidency a misadventure for Nigerians, he remains a dictator – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described the return to power of President Mohammadu Buhari as a misadventure for Nigerians, calling on the international community, especially organisations like the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) to focus their attention on human rights abuses and contempt for the rule of law in Nigeria in 2016.”

GIST:Rwandan pastor sentenced to life imprisonment for genocide crimes

A Rwandan pastor accused of leading and coordinating attacks on minority Tutsis during Rwanda's 1994 genocide has been jailed for life, Rwanda's high court said on Wednesday, December 30.

FOOTBALL: Messi, Suarez & Neymar MORE influential than Ronaldo, Bale & Benzema

Barcelona have broken Real Madrid's record by scoring 180 goals in 2015 - and Barca's star trio have contributed more than their rivals did last year

Barcelona have ended 2015 in style by breaking Real Madrid's record for the most goals scored in a calendar year.

WORLD NEWS: US- CANADA - Turbulence on Air Canada flight from China injures 21

A Canada-bound airliner was forced to make an emergency landing after severe turbulence injured 21 passengers, including three children, officials said.

The Air Canada flight from Shanghai to Toronto was diverted to Calgary after the turbulence hit.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Buhari’ll not shield APC members who misuse security votes —Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government will not shield any high profile member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, involved in the alleged misuse of security funds, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said yesterday.

NEWS: NIGERIA - National Assembly not aware of electricity tariff hike –Gbajabiamila

Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila disclosed yesterday that National Assembly is unaware of the recent hike in electricity tariff by the National Energy Regulatory Commission (NERC).

He also said the House is in the dark about the planned removal of fuel subsidy in 2016.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Nigeria’s cashew export hits N49.7bn

Nigeria is making a fortune from cashew export as annual revenue earned from the commodity now stands at $250 million (about N49.7 billion).

The President, National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN), Pastor Tola Faseru, who disclosed this at a logistics meeting in Lagos recently said the average export price goes up yearly with increased demand coming from consuming nations.

NEWS: NIGERIA - US embargo forced Jonathan to buy arms with raw cash –Fani-Kayode

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has said former president Goodluck Jonathan was forced to buy arms with cash because of the embargo placed on arms purchase.

FOOTBALL: BARCELONA FC - Barcelona break Real Madrid's record for most goals in a calendar year

Luis Suarez's goal has put the Spanish champions on 179 goals for the year - one ahead of Real Madrid's total for 2014.

WORLD NEWS: BELGIUM - Belgium terror alert halts New Year fireworks in Brussels

New Year fireworks and festivities have been cancelled in the Belgian capital, Brussels, because of a terror alert.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said the decision had been taken "given information we have received".

WORLD NEWS: SYRIA - Syrian forces backed by Russian jets clash with rebels

The Syrian army backed by Russian warplanes engaged in fierce fighting with rebels close to the border with Jordan, residents and opposition fighters said. 

The clashes on Wednesday - which involved Russian air strikes on Western-backed rebel groups - came as the Syrian government attempts to capture Sheikh Maskin, an area crucial to its attempts at gaining control of southern Deraa province.

WORLD NEWS: RUSSIA - US; Putin calls for cooperation with US in message to Obama

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a New Year's message to US President Barack Obama, has called for cooperation between their countries to respond to international challenges.

Ties between Moscow and Washington reached a post-Cold War low when Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and threw its support behind separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

WORLD NEWS: US-ISRAEL; US sued over donations for illegal Israeli settlements

A lawsuit has been filed in a US court seeking to stop non-profit groups from sending billions of dollars worth of tax-exempt donations to support illegal Israeli settlements and the Israeli army.

A group of American citizens filed the suit on December 21 against the US Department of Treasury, claiming about 150 non-profits have sent an estimated $280bn to Israel over the past two decades.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Biafra: Kanu didn’t apologise to Buhari, says lawyer

Vincent Obetta, counsel to detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has refuted reports that he (Kanu) tendered an apology to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Obetta told TheCable yesterday that reports of Kanu’s apology were proof that government was trying to use all instruments at its disposal to ‘puncture’ the Biafra campaigner’s defence. “It is not true,” he reiterated.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Ijaw leader backs Buhari’s govt

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and current Chairman, Egbema and Gbaramatu Development Council, Chief Michael Johnny, has warned that any one who instigates Niger-Delta youths against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will be treated as a criminal and saboteur.

WORLD NEWS: US - NIGERIA; US renews collaboration with Nigeria, neighbours against Boko Haram

The United States, US, government has restated its commitment to help Nigeria and its neighbours to counter terrorism acts by Boko Haram.

A statement issued by the US Embassy in Abuja, yesterday, however, said that much still needed to be done to ensure that the people of Nigeria and its neighbours lived in peace.


President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, made a robust defence of the integrity of all 36 ministers in his cabinet challenging anyone with a contrary view to present evidence against such a minister.

Speaking in his first media chat, the president said the first gains of the war against corruption would become evident by the end of March, next year, even as he accused erstwhile National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) of having allegedly committed atrocities against Nigeria through reckless disbursement of billions of government funds.


President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that soon things will takes shape in the country adding that “by the end of the next quarter, we will not be talking about subsidy. How much is the price of fuel now.