Sahara Reporters Latest News Saturday 12th October 2019

Sahara Reporters Latest News Saturday 12th October 2019

Sahara Reporters Latest News Today and headlines on some of the happenings and news trend in the Country, today 12/10/19

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Kidnappers Demand N5m For Kaduna School Principal

Abductors of the principal of Government Technical College, Maraban, Kajuru, Kaduna State, Mr Francis Maji, have demanded N5m as ransom.
Channels Televisionlearnt from one of the teachers in the school that the demand was made in a phone conversation with the victim’s wife, Amina Francis, on Friday afternoon.
According to him, the kidnappers had initially demanded N20m as ransom but later reduced the amount to N5m after the family said they could not afford it.

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Students, Teachers Kidnapped In Kaduna

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The school principal was kidnapped by bandits from his residence in the early hours of Thursday.
The latest incident came just a week after the abduction of six female students and two staff of Engravers College, Kakau Daji, in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

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Nigeria Police: Why We’re Negotiating With Kaduna Kidnappers Holding Schoolgirls Captive

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Buhari Suspends International Travels For Ministers, Others

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate suspension of international travels by all cabinet members and heads of government agencies.
This is to enable ministers personally lead the process of budget defence at the National Assembly.
According to a statement by Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, the suspension of such travels will enable functionaries and agencies of the executive arm to provide the required cooperation with the legislature in order to ensure timely passage of the Appropriation Bill.
The statement reads, “Honourable Ministers who have already secured approval to travel are by this directive, required to revalidate such approvals with Mr President after confirming the schedule of appearances with the relevant committees of the National Assembly.
“Furthermore, all ministries, departments and agencies have been directed to liaise with the relevant committees of the National Assembly for their schedules of budget defence.”

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IEA Cuts Oil Demand In 2020 By 100,000bpd

The International Energy Agency has reduced its forecast on the volume of oil that will be bought per day globally to 1.2 million from 1.3 million.
The global energy body also observed that 1.5 million barrels a day was cut out of the global supply due to the September 14 attack on two Saudi Arabian oil facilities.
The report said, “Global oil supply plunged 1.5 mb/d in September to 99.3 mb/d after attacks on Saudi oil facilities briefly shut in more than half the kingdom’s production.
“Our demand growth forecasts for 2019 and 2020 are both reduced by 0.1 mb/d, to 1 mb/d and 1.2 mb/d, respectively.
“For 2019 this reflects changes to 2018 data and for 2020 it reflects a lower GDP outlook.”
Nigeria’s 2020 budget proposal factored this possibility as well by reducing its average production estimate from 2.3 million bpd to 2.18 million bpd.
It also anticipated the price of petroleum to be $3 less at $57, from its 2019 estimate of $60.
Persons who would have hoped that the Saudi crisis could open some window for Nigeria, were disappointed as the value hike did not stay for up to a week. 

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BREAKING: Tribunal Affirms Adamawa Governor, Fintiri’s Election

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Yola, Adamawa State, has affirmed the victory of Governor Ahmadu Fintiri during the March 28, 2019 election.
The tribunal, delivered its verdict on Friday evening in Yola, the state capital.
Justice S. Adebara dismissed the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress challenging Fintiri’s victory on two grounds.
Deciding on the preliminary objection, he ruled that the petition was incompetent since Bindow Jibrilla, candidate of the APC, who should benefit from its outcome, was not joined as a party to the suit.
On the substantive matter, Justice Adebara dismissed the suit on its merit and ruled that the petitioner failed to prove his allegations of over-voting, irregularities and none compliance with the law.
He, therefore, dismissed the petition and affirmed the election of PDP’s Fintiri as winner of that exercise.
Counsel to the petitioner, Ibrahim Efiong, said, “It was a keenly contested trial but we will study the judgment and advice our client accordingly.”

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Buhari Turns To Russia To Combat Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari has looked to Russian President, Vladimir Putin, for much needed military support to combat the resurgent Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East.
Citing a report on Kremlin’s RIA news agency, Reuters said PMB will sign a Military Technical Cooperation deal with the eastern European state in the Russian town of Sochi before the end of October.
Nigeria’s ambassador in Russia, Stephen Ogbah, said, “We’re sure that with Russian help we’ll manage to crush Boko Haram given its experience combating Islamic State in Syria.”
The Buhari administration had in 2018 paid $496m for the purchase of two Tucano jets from the United States, which it said would be delivered in 2020.
According to Ogbah, Nigeria is interested in buying Russian helicopters, planes, tanks and other military equipment, adding that a draft version of the deal had already been finalised.
He added, “We hope President Buhari can take the talks to their logical end. The agreement will open new possibilities in such areas as the supply of military equipment and training for specialists.” 

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Controversy Trails Opening Of Cargo Cabin Of Aircraft At Lagos Airport

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Controversy has trailed the opening of the rear cabin of the Royal Air Maroc aircraft at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Friday.
While a report claimed that the rear cargo cabin of the aircraft was burgled on landing at the airport, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria said that the cargo cabin opened by itself on landing due to impact.
But a source close to the terminal told SaharaReporters that the rear cargo door of the aircraft was forced opened.
The source confided in our correspondent that the aircraft was parked at the E31 area of the airport.
A statement by the General Manager, Public Affairs, FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, said that the aircraft landed at the airport with open baggage cabin door.
According to her, FAAN’s security personnel that escorted the aircraft upon landing confirmed that the aircraft cargo remained open upon landing without any security interference by anyone.
She said, “Appropriate agencies have commenced investigation into the incident to ascertain the cause.”

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Nigerian Investigative Journalist Named Among Top Three Of Thomson Foundation Award

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Nigerian investigative journalist, Damilola Banjo, has been selected as one of the three finalists for the 2019 Thomson Foundation’s Young Journalist Award.
Banjo, a journalist with SaharaReporters, made the cut together with Meiryum Ali from Pakistan and Sarita Santoshini, a freelancer from India.
Banjo’s investigation into the massive corruption in Lagos State schools and a four-part, in-depth feature on the banditry in Zamfara State were two of the stories that won her a place in the finals.
“One of the criteria for entries is to demonstrate the impact of the stories submitted and this year, from the three finalists, in particular, there are some particularly powerful examples of how investigative journalism prompted national debate,” said the foundation’s Chief Executive, Nigel Baker.
Banjo was the 2018 Transparency International’s Young Journalist and has been a TigerEyeFoundation grantee for two consecutive years. 
In January, she was selected by BBCAfrica Eye for an Open Source Investigation training in Nairobi, Kenya.
The award, in its seventh year, allows journalists aged 30 and under from countries with a gross national income per capita of less than $20,000 to send in their best stories.
The winner of the 2019 Young Journalist Award will be announced in a ceremony in London at the end of November.

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Ondo PDP Accuses APC Of Planning To Use State’s Resources To Support Kogi Governor’s Re-election

The Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State on Friday accused the ruling All Progressives Congress of planning to use the state’s resources to support the re-election of Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello.
Earlier on Tuesday, Chairman of the APC in Ondo, Ade Adetimehin, had said that they would join hands with their counterparts in Kogi to ensure victory for Governor Bello in the oncoming governorship election.
But reacting to this on Friday, the PDP in Ondo said that it was a move aimed at misappropriating the state’s resources.
Spokesperson for the PDP in the state, Zadok Akintoye, in a statement said that they were aware of how Governor Bello in 2016 funded the election of Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, but that any plot to pay back that favour with the resources of the Ondo people would not be accepted.
He said, “In a state that has not been able to build on the legacies of past leaders and where cost of project execution has been shrouded in secrecy, it is unacceptable for our government to seek to finance an election in Kogi State with resources obtained from the people of Ondo.”

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8.4million Nigerians Blind, Says Sight Savers

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About 8.4 million Nigerians are likely to have some form of blindness, according to the World Health Organisation’s World vision report – Sight Savers.
The organisation in a statement said that the prevalence of blindness in Nigeria was 4.2 per cent.
With a projected population of 200 million people, the group concludes that over eight million Nigerians may be unable to use their visual senses.
The report said, “In Nigeria, the overall prevalence of blindness in all ages is 4.2 per cent.
“This means that given the population of 200 million, about 8.4 million Nigerians are blind.
“At least 80 per cent of blindness is avoidable and 50 per cent of blindness is due to untreated cataract.”

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2.2 Billion People Blind Globally – WHO

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Globally, the body notes that more than 2.2 billion persons endure some form of visual impairment, more than half of which are preventable.
The report added, “Globally, 2.2 billion people have some form of visual impairment. This ranges from mild visual impairment to blinding eye conditions.
“Nearly half of these could be prevented or easily treatable through cost effective measures.
“It is estimated that health institutions require $14.3bn to address the two major causes of treatable visual impairment – uncorrected refractive errors and cataract.” 

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Army Kill 15 Insurgents, Capture Two In Borno

The Nigerian Army on Thursday killed 15 suspected Boko Haram insurgents at Jigalta Village, 27 kilometres from Monguno in Borno State.
The troops in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Multinational Joint Task Force and the Chadian Defence Forces while on a joint clearance operation, were said to have destroyed two gun trucks and captured two others belonging to the suspected criminals.
This was made known through a statement issued on Friday by Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, Media Coordinator, Nigerian Army Operations.
It was gathered that the criminals laid an ambush with five gun trucks and unconfirmed number of insurgents but the troops countered the ambush and decimated the criminals, killing 15 of them.
It said some escaped with severe gunshot wounds, even as four Dutshka anti-aircraft guns, nine AK 47 rifles and a sizeable cache of ammunition were captured by the troops.
The statement said one soldier was killed during the crossfire that ensued while a Chadian soldier was also wounded.

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