Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:
1. It was a tragic scene on Monday in Jenta Adamu area of Jos North Local Government of Plateau State when a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police, Anthony Kwanmi, and three of his children were burnt to death in an early morning fire that engulfed his house. Report says his wife and one of his children luckily escaped with injuries. There are other reports that the injured child later died in the hospital.
2. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has described as ignorant and mischief, those who believe that the the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari truly traveled to the United States of America. In a statement issued on Monday by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Jackson Adebayo, the party said even the presidency had not told Nigerians that the wife of the president traveled, hence online report on Mrs Buhari’s trip should be disregarded.
3. There are reports, that the pump prices of petrol may soon go up if the current exchange rate remains the same with no improvement. The report claims the high rate of dollar to the naira is making marketers of the product to struggle in order to maintain the current pump prices, hence the likelihood of an increment if dollar remains high against the naira.
4. A former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and former Chairman Presidential Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku, has denied sponsoring the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). Kuku, in a statement issued from his hospital bed in Alabama, United States of America, said he is not a sponsor of the militant group as claimed by a faceless Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, saying it was another attempt to discredit his hard-earned reputation and defame his person after the earlier plot to rope him with terrorism failed.
5. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said that the Nigerian Army has defeated the Islamic sect, Boko Haram. He said the insurgents have been so degraded that they can no longer re-group in any part of the country. The Army Chief was speaking during a courtesy visit to the Gbong Gwom Jos, His Royal Majesty, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, in his palace in Jishe, on Monday.
6. Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has now become the first African to reach the quarter-finals of the Olympic Games table tennis event on Monday. He broke the record after beating London 2012 bronze medalist and world number 13, Timo Boll 4-2 in the fourth round of the men’s singles.
7. Despite emerging report that the National Chairmanship slot of the PDP has been zoned to Ogun and Lagos States, other reports have claimed that the South-West stakeholders’ meeting of the party organised ahead of the August 22, national Convention of the party was almost marred with crisis on Monday in Akure, the Ondo State capital. The report claims that leaders of the factional South-West PDP executives led by Hon. Makanjuola Ogundipe was denied entry at the meeting, which was held at the State Government Bouquet Hall. The Senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu also left the venue immediately he was informed that Ogundipe and others were prevented from entering the meeting, says another report.
8. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday re-launched the War Against Indiscipline, WAI, Brigade in Abuja. Unveiling the brigade, the Buhari-led Federal Government explained that the body will aide civil intelligence gathering in the area of insecurity, violence, kidnapping, and other forms of social vices. The Director General of National Orientation Agency, NOA, Dr Garba Abari said the current administration decided to re-introduce the programme for better performance in the fight against indiscipline and corruption.
9. The Federal High Court, Abuja, has said it will not grant any application brought by the Department of State Services (DSS) until all orders of the court are obeyed. A vacation judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, made this known in Abuja on Monday when DSS Counsel GOA Agbadua brought an application for a remand warrant. Dimgba said it would be wrong for the court to grant an application of the DSS when it had no regard for orders of the court.
10. Suspected militants on Monday reportedly attacked the Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, in Bayelsa State, and killed three soldiers. According to the report, the incident occurred about 9.30am at Tombi Jetty, Ogolomabiri in Nembe Local Government Area of the state. The militants reportedly escaped with military gunboats, rifles