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1.The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has approved the appointment of Mr. Olanrewaju Lasisi, a National Assembly correspondent with Channels Television, as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

Gbajabiamila also appointed a Daily Trust correspondent in National Assembly, Musa Abdullahi Krishi, as his Chief Press Secretary, while Bukola Ogunyemi, a World WildLife Fund social media specialist, was appointed Special Assistant on New Media, Dele Anofi, a political reporter with the Nation newspaper, as Special Assistant on Print Media; a member of Buhari campaign Media team, Kunle Somoye, as Special Assistant on Electronic and Broadcast Media and Mr Ayo Adeagbo, as Special Assistant on Visual Communication/official photographer.

2.Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and the police had another faceoff at the federal secretariat on Thursday morning.

The police cordoned off the road in front of the secretariat while the protesters chant “Death to Buhari, death to America.

3.President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday, in Abuja said “cultivating neighbourliness’’ on individual and national level will deepen the values of democracy and speed up development process by saving the cost of delays and repairs.

Buhari, who hosted leaders of the National Assembly at a dinner in the State House, said an effective working relationship with the legislative arm of government will easily translate into more gains for Nigerians, noting that “it pays to maintain neighbourliness’’.

4.The Court of Appeal will today deliver judgment in a suit filed against President Muhammadu Buhari, challenging his qualification for the 2019 presidential election.

A three-member panel of the Court of Appeal presided over by Justice Atinuke Akomolafe-Wilson, had on Monday, July 8, reserved judgment in the suit after listening to the argument canvassed by counsel to parties in the matter.

5.President Muhammadu Buhari is set to retain at least 70 per cent of his first-tenure cabinet members in this second term of his presidency.

A reliable source at the presidency said that the President is retaining most of cabinet members based on trust.

6.The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has urged the Federal Government to take immediate measures to end harassment, intimidation, attacks and forceful ejection of pastoralists in Southern part of the country.

The Coalition in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Mr Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, inAbuja on Thursday, added that the government should quickly address the issue of their resettlement once and for all.

7.The Kaduna State House of Assembly on Thursday rejected the Commissioner nominee for Agriculture, Aliyu Jaafaru, sent to them for confirmation by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

The Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Shagali, who presided over plenary, said the rejection was as a result of his criticism against the El-Rufai government on his social media handle since 2017.

8.Following the recent heavy downpour in Jos metropolis and its environs, three members of the same family are said to have lost their lives and two others injured as flood ravaged some parts of Zinariya community of Jos North Local Government Area, destroying nine houses and rendering the occupants homeless.

A relative of the deceased persons, Sani Bello, told newsmen that the incident happened Wednesday at about 5.30pm when heavy downpour, which lasted hours, gathered water in the narrow waterway and collapsed a fence which pulled down nearby structures.

9.The Inspector General of Police’s Puff Adder team in Collaboration with Kano State Police Command has arrested a kidnapper kingpin in connection with the killing of a 5-year-old Ahmad Ado, who was drugged to death after his family failed to pay N50 million ransom.

The Kano Command PPRO, DSP Haruna Abdullahi, said the police received a report that one Ahmad Ado ‘M’ 5 years old of Karkasara Quarters Kano was kidnapped by unknown persons at Ma’ahat Nursery and Primary School Karkasara Kano, and that the kidnappers contacted the family to pay the sum of N50,000,000 as ransom.

10.Members of the Islamic Movement inNigeria, IMN, also known as Shi’ites, yesterday, clashed with the police at the federal secretariat, Abuja, with one of the leaders in the South-West saying there would be no Nigeria in 2023 if security agents continue to kill them.

According to an eyewitness, trouble started when the police demanded to speak with leaders of the protesters and two men, Nura Marafa and Mujaid Mohammed, who came forward were arrested.

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Nigeria of our dream achievable

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Mr Blackson Bayewumi, Convener Nigeria Conversation, has said that the Nigeria of our dream is still possible if Nigerians in all spheres become patriotic.

Nigeria Conversation is a citizenship mainstreaming project designed to positively and constructively engage Nigerians.

In a statement in Abuja on Monday, Bayewumi said the Nigeria of our dream would be achievable but would require patriotic, sincere, collaborative and concerted actions of all state actors and stakeholders at ensuring genuine nation building.

The statement was to mark the 10th aniversary of the Nigeria Conversation.

The anniversary had as its theme: “Nigeria@60: 200 Million People: Better Days Ahead”

Bayewumi said that 10 years ago, the first Nigeria Conversation event was hosted in London on 27th July, 2010, adding that since then, the event had taken place in several cities across the world.

“As the nation prepares to celebrate her 60th independent anniversary, it is important for us as a nation to critically assess where we are coming from, where we are now, and where we are going as a nation.

“Also, we need to identify what can be done better in our nation, what we need to stop or change in the country and what are missing in the nation that we need to embrace,” he said.

The convener said that it would be possible to achieve the Nigeria of our dream.

He listed what should be the features to include justice, equity, equality and good leadership.

“It is a country where qualified and competent people are rightly elected to positions of authority, a nation where there are equal opportunities for people to realise their potential,” he said.

He added that in the Nigeria of our dream, people’s votes would count, their voices heard and opinions respected.

He also said that in the Nigeria of our dream, peace and unity would be embraced and all forms of discrimination eliminated.

According to him, in the country, production capacities would be optimally utilised, resources efficiently allocated, lives and prosperty maximally protected, and constant supply of power achieved at affordable prices.

“It is a nation where infrastructure are available, functional and sustainable; a nation that provides appropriate and qualitative education and where there is access to timely and efficient medical services.

`’It is a nation where the law is supreme and everybody is equal before the law, where offenders are punished according to the law of the land and innocent people are not suffering for offences they never committed.

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Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Sunday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1.The suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, may be facing fresh charges of alleged re-looting of funds recovered by the commission as well as bribery. A final report of the Presidential Investigation Committee on the EFCC Federal Government Recovered Assets and Finances from May 2015 to May 2020, obtained by NAN seriously indicted and implicated Magu on various allegations leveled against him. Interest rates accruing from N550 billion recovered by the EFCC in the period under review were allegedly re-looted.

2.Similarly, a report by the Presidential Probe Panel has shown details of how Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), allegedly used a cleric to launder funds abroad. It was disclosed that the founder of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry, Abuja, Dr Emmanuel Omalewas was used by Magu to launder funds.

3.Still on Magu, the presidency has explained why it’s probing the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu. President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Saturday, said a series of documented allegations were made against him and several staff of the agency. He noted that following a preliminary review of the allegations, there were grounds for a detailed investigation to be conducted which led to the constitution of an investigative panel in compliance with the extant laws.

4.The Attorney-Genral of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has denied purchasing a N300 million house for his son. Malami, in a statement on Saturday by his spokesman, Umar Gwandu, said the allegation against him was a blatant lie. The minister also said the claims that he hired private jets for the son’s marriage was preposterous.

5.Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Edo State, has accused the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki of bribing his way to emerge as the party’s flag bearer in the coming poll. Ize-Iyamu alleged that Obaseki paid the PDP N15 billion to emerge as its governorship candidate. He made the allegation in a statement signed by John Mayaki, his campaign Director of Communications. The APC governorship candidate charged the state governor to explain to people of the state how he came about such a huge fund.

6.One person has been confirmed dead while six others were rescued after a three-storeyed building collapsed at number 20, Freeman street in Lagos Island on Saturday Morning. The Southwest Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye while speaking to newsmen said occupants were fast asleep when the building collapsed.

7.President Muhammadu Buhari has urged African leaders to ensure the immediate actualization of the Common African Position on Assets Recovery (CAPAR), as the continent celebrated Anti-Corruption Day on July 11, 2020. In a letter to South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Chairman of African Union, the Nigerian leader asked for a re-commitment to the anti-corruption war by leaders on the continent to engender an “integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.

8.Former Acting Managing Director of Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Joy Nunieh has made some damning allegations against the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, alleging that nobody makes any payment in NDDC without Godswill Akpabio’s approval and that he once compelled her to take a special oath of allegiance otherwise she would be removed from office. She said she was later sacked after she refused to get engaged in many deals initiated by the minister.

9.Suspected Gunmen on Saturday killed 20 people in Chibuak and Kigudu II communities in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State in a renewed violent attack. The Parish Priest of Damakasuwa Outstation, Rev. Fr. Aaron Tanko, who oversees the two communities, confirmed that, 20 persons were killed while some others were still missing.

10.Six persons on Saturday lost their lives in a road accident in Ondo State. The road crash occurred at Kinisho/Olo junction axis of Ondo-Ore highway in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state. According to eyewitnesses, the accident involved a commercial Volkswagen Jetta car with number plate REE 446 KP and an articulated truck. The truck was said to have suffered a break failure before ramming into the car coming from the other end of the road.

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The National Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr. Kunle Edun Esq and the Centre for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade, CHURAC, led by Alaowei.E. Cleric Esq and other stakeholders on Sunday backed Sen. Enyinnanya Abaribe’s call for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign from office over the spate of insecurity in the Country.
They spoke separately in an exclusive interview with DAILY POST in Warri.

NBA National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kunle Edun Esq said, “The security situation in Nigeria presently has reached an alarming level and it seems obvious that the Federal Government is incapable of tackling the increasing rate of kidnapping and banditry in many parts of the country.

“Nigerians, including lawyers are now being kidnapped regularly and whenever vital intelligence is passed to the Police authorities, their response is always discouraging. They are obviously overwhelmed.”

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Edun added, “The intervention of the Senate and the House of Representatives on the growing security threat is a welcome additional voice but they should go beyond that. Nigeria’s security challenge is structural.

According to him, “No federal system with more than 200 million people can secure itself with an over centralized security system. There should be devolution of security and let all the levels of government be critical stakeholders in it.

“It is not in doubt that the security strategies of the Federal government is not working. This state of anomaly has been of great concern to the Nigerian Bar Association and the NBA President, Paul Usoro, SAN has continuously made it a focal point in his state of the Nation releases.

“If the solution is for the Federal government is to replace the top echelon of the security aparatus because of their dismal performance, so be it.

“We should stop playing politics with security. The safety of the lives and properties of Nigerians should be of priority to the government. This is the social contract that binds the government with the people.”

On its part, CHURAC’s National President, Mr. Alaowei.E. Cleric Esq said Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe’s call for President Muhammadu to resign in the face of the daunting insecurities across the Country should not be viewed as a propagation of party interest.

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Cleric said, “He spoke the minds of the larger Nigerian populace. I am on the same page with the Senator on this issue.

“If it was in an advanced clime, I don’t think Buhari will be happy seeing himself leading Nigeria when he has failed his primary responsibility of securing lives and property.”

He said, “The vote of no confidence passed on the service chiefs by the House of Reps as well as the unanimous call by the two chambers of the NASS for the sack of the service chiefs is an indictment of the Government.

“That is one reason why the presidency should not have replied Sen. Abaribe with such sarcastic manner.

“Nothing is more correct than the assertion that the security architectures as presently constituted have failed the nation.

“The top security chiefs are becoming redundant. They have run out of ideas as the situation we have at present requires fresh blood.

“President Buhari as a former military General ought to know this time tested and universally espoused security principles.

According to Cleric, “Keeping people in office who have not only exhausted their years of service but also ideas to confront the quagmires we are facing only contributes to our present woes.

“The security situation has never been this bad before. The worst thing is that even the President’s home State is not secured.”

Cleric advised President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately reconstitute a new security team just as the NASS and other well meaning Nigerians have lend their voice to the call.

Cleric also said, “The composition of the new security architecture should be in line with the constitution so much so that we don’t end up having one region or a tribe occupies all the top security positions as we presently seen.

“One of the reasons why bandits operate with impunity in the Country is because the security of the Country is placed in the hands of one ethnic group.

“I am not surprised if the activities of bandits reign supreme in the northern part because that is the expected result with the current lopsided security arrangements in the Country.”
Also, in a swift reaction, the National Vice-President of Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, Comrade Prince Kehinde-Taiga, said the call for the president over insecurity in the Country is “baseless” and “unneccessary”.

Taiga said,” Sen. Abaribe is just being political. He should not have made the call in the first. Does he know how much it will cost to conduct another election to have another President? If President Buhari resigns, will he bring money to conduct elections?

He said the “Vote of No Confidence” passed on the Security Chiefs by the National Assembly is very much in line.

According to Taiga, “Security Chiefs are the problems of the Country and not President Buhari. The Security Chiefs have failed in their responsibilities in securing the lives and properties of the Citizens.

“Many of the Security Chiefs have overstayed their tenures. They are now too old in the system. Because of this, their subordinates no longer obey their commands. Young Officers now sabotage their efforts because they want them to leave so that they can take over.

“But if you ask me, it is all politics. However, they should all be sacked. If he must do this, he should take away, ethnic, religious and political sentiments out of it and bring in young but capable hands with modern scientific knowledge in securing this Country.”
The National Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr. Kunle Edun Esq and the Centre for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade, CHURAC, led by Alaowei.E. Cleric Esq and other stakeholders on Sunday backed Sen. Enyinnanya Abaribe’s call for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign from office over the spate of insecurity in the Country.
They spoke separately in an exclusive interview with DAILY POST in Warri.

NBA National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kunle Edun Esq said, “The security situation in Nigeria presently has reached an alarming level and it seems obvious that the Federal Government is incapable of tackling the increasing rate of kidnapping and banditry in many parts of the country.

“Nigerians, including lawyers are now being kidnapped regularly and whenever vital intelligence is passed to the Police authorities, their response is always discouraging. They are obviously overwhelmed.”

Edun added, “The intervention of the Senate and the House of Representatives on the growing security threat is a welcome additional voice but they should go beyond that. Nigeria’s security challenge is structural.

According to him, “No federal system with more than 200 million people can secure itself with an over centralized security system. There should be devolution of security and let all the levels of government be critical stakeholders in it.

“It is not in doubt that the security strategies of the Federal government is not working. This state of anomaly has been of great concern to the Nigerian Bar Association and the NBA President, Paul Usoro, SAN has continuously made it a focal point in his state of the Nation releases.

“If the solution is for the Federal government is to replace the top echelon of the security aparatus because of their dismal performance, so be it.

“We should stop playing politics with security. The safety of the lives and properties of Nigerians should be of priority to the government. This is the social contract that binds the government with the people.”

On its part, CHURAC’s National President, Mr. Alaowei.E. Cleric Esq said Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe’s call for President Muhammadu to resign in the face of the daunting insecurities across the Country should not be viewed as a propagation of party interest.

Cleric said, “He spoke the minds of the larger Nigerian populace. I am on the same page with the Senator on this issue.

“If it was in an advanced clime, I don’t think Buhari will be happy seeing himself leading Nigeria when he has failed his primary responsibility of securing lives and property.”

He said, “The vote of no confidence passed on the service chiefs by the House of Reps as well as the unanimous call by the two chambers of the NASS for the sack of the service chiefs is an indictment of the Government.

“That is one reason why the presidency should not have replied Sen. Abaribe with such sarcastic manner.

“Nothing is more correct than the assertion that the security architectures as presently constituted have failed the nation.

“The top security chiefs are becoming redundant. They have run out of ideas as the situation we have at present requires fresh blood.

“President Buhari as a former military General ought to know this time tested and universally espoused security principles.

According to Cleric, “Keeping people in office who have not only exhausted their years of service but also ideas to confront the quagmires we are facing only contributes to our present woes.

“The security situation has never been this bad before. The worst thing is that even the President’s home State is not secured.”

Cleric advised President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately reconstitute a new security team just as the NASS and other well meaning Nigerians have lend their voice to the call.

Cleric also said, “The composition of the new security architecture should be in line with the constitution so much so that we don’t end up having one region or a tribe occupies all the top security positions as we presently seen.

“One of the reasons why bandits operate with impunity in the Country is because the security of the Country is placed in the hands of one ethnic group.

“I am not surprised if the activities of bandits reign supreme in the northern part because that is the expected result with the current lopsided security arrangements in the Country.”
Also, in a swift reaction, the National Vice-President of Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, Comrade Prince Kehinde-Taiga, said the call for the president over insecurity in the Country is “baseless” and “unneccessary”.

Taiga said,” Sen. Abaribe is just being political. He should not have made the call in the first. Does he know how much it will cost to conduct another election to have another President? If President Buhari resigns, will he bring money to conduct elections?

He said the “Vote of No Confidence” passed on the Security Chiefs by the National Assembly is very much in line.

According to Taiga, “Security Chiefs are the problems of the Country and not President Buhari. The Security Chiefs have failed in their responsibilities in securing the lives and properties of the Citizens.

“Many of the Security Chiefs have overstayed their tenures. They are now too old in the system. Because of this, their subordinates no longer obey their commands. Young Officers now sabotage their efforts because they want them to leave so that they can take over.

“But if you ask me, it is all politics. However, they should all be sacked. If he must do this, he should take away, ethnic, religious and political sentiments out of it and bring in young but capable hands with modern scientific knowledge in securing this Country.”

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