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Nigerian Newspapers: Things you need to know this Wednesday morning

Good morning! Read updates from Nigerian Newspapers today:

1. An Imam has been found dead in an uncompleted building in the Federal Capital Territory. Identified as Malam Abdurrashid, a native of Warawa in Kano State, an Imam with the Kubwa Muslim Cemetery. Insecurity in Nigeria’s capital has increased in recent times with crimes being perpetrated in many parts of the territory.

  1. A lawyer Nnamdi Kanu, the Biafra nation agitator, Alloy Ejimakor, has reacted to Lagos State Panel Report on EndSARS. He said that Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have been exonerated of the allegation of being involved in the protest.

  2. Oil marketers have predicted that petrol price might jump to N170 per litre. The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria and the Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria has warned that if not checked, the current rising cost of petrol at the depot will warrant the price increase.

  3. The sensational singer PSquare has preformed once again in the last 5 years since their departure. Peter and Paul Okoye treat guests to their hit songs as they celebrated their 40th birthday with the likes of Don Jazzy as they plan a collaboration song.

  4. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill will soon be signed into law now that President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is back in the country. The bill had been dispatched to the President by the Clerk of the National Assembly.

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Nigerian Newspapers: Things you need to know this Wednesday morning

Nigerian Newspapers: Things you need to know this Wednesday morning

Good morning! Read updates from Nigerian Newspapers today:

1.  #EndSARS Panel Report has continued to generate interests. Different human right groups including the United States and Amnesty International. They have called on Lagos State Government to take prompt and decisive actions with report from Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution against the victims and other form of brutalization that occurred during the EndSARS protest.

  1. The defunct music stars, P-Square seems to be coming back as the brothers Peter (Mr. P) and Paul Okoye (Rude Boy) follow each other on their verified Instagram handles. The former manager and elder brother, Jude Okoye and Peter also followed each other.

  2. Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has denied campaign posters presently in circulation on social medial platforms for his 2023 presidential interest. Umahi denied the posters emanating from him or authorizing such posters, though he admitted those behind it must have done it in good faith.

  3. The Nigerian Government has set 2022 as a deadline to end COVID-19 Pandemic, and set plans to achieve it even as it lament high case of fatality with a figure of about 3000 death cases.

Boss Mustapha, the Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, made this known while briefing committee on Monday.

  1. The Federal Government has said it will ensure that the Academic Staff Union of Universities will not go on strike by making process to pay members outstanding funds today. Senator Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, made this known that university lecturers will not be allowed to go on strike.
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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning

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

  1. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Sunday, declared Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, winner of the Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.INEC’s Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, declared Obaseki winner of the election after polling a total of 307,955 vote to humble his closest challenger, Ize-Iyamu of the APC, who polled a total of 223,619 votes.
  2. The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has alleged foul play in the just-concluded governorship election in the state. It, however, called on party members to stay calm while party leaders study the result and decide what is next.
  3. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State chapter, says the re-election of Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has further strengthened its determination to win the 2023 governorship poll in Lagos State. The party said on Sunday in Lagos that if the embattled Obaseki could surmount all the challenges to win, the party also could
  4. President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the outcome of the Edo State guber election. Buhari in a statement made by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, congratulated Obaseki for his well-deserved victory.
  1. Goodluck Jonathan, former President of Nigeria, on Sunday, congratulated the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki over his reelection. Jonathan urged Obaseki to set aside partisan politics while governing the state for the good of all and also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for conducting a free and fair election in the state.

  2. The Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo State Governorship election and Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, on Sunday, thanked the good people of Edo State for ending godfatherism in the state.
    In a series of tweets on Twitter, Wike commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for conducting a free and fair election in the state and also the police for providing security.

  3. The death has been announced of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Eufai giving details about his death, said the Emir of Zazzau, died at 44 Military Hospital Kaduna after a brief illness.

  1. Thunder on Saturday evening reportedly struck dead 15 cows at the outskirt of Ikogosi Ekiti community, Ekiti West Local Government area of Ekiti State.

The incident, according to Asaoye of Ikogosi, Chief Ayo Ademilua, was a natural occurrence, which he said was strange in the town.

  1. A storey building on Sunday evening collapsed at Obosi town in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, trapping a woman and her child.

While the woman, who is said to be 40 years old died instantly, her child reportedly survived, and is currently receiving treatment at St. Edward Hospital, where her mother was also deposited in the mortuary section of the same hospital.

  1. One of the gang leaders terrorizing some parts of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital has been arrested. Director-General, Oyo State Joint Security Task Force, popularly known as ‘Operation Burst’, Col. Oladipo Ajibola (rtd) confirmed the arrest of the gang leader.
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Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Sunday morning

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

1.The Department of State Services (DSS) has invited former Speaker of House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Naa’ba. This followed his condemnation of President Muhammadu Buhari over insecurity in Nigeria. He had described Nigeria as a failed state. National Consultative Front spokesperson, Tanko Yunusa, announced the invitation in a statement on Saturday. He said Naa’ab will honour the DSS invitation on Monday by 12:00pm.

2.An election petition tribunal has affirmed the election of Douye Diri as the governor of Bayelsa State. The tribunal ruled that the petition filed by Owei Woniwei of the Alliance for Democracy, AD, against Diri was incompetent and lacked merit. The three-man panel led by Justice Owodunni took the decision on Saturday.

3.Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, has revealed that she has been ill and has since been in isolation. The actress, who disclosed this via her Instagram account on Saturday evening, said she was getting better. Meanwhile, she did not disclose her COVID-19 status but promised to return with details.

4.Lanre Rasaq, a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is dead. It was disclosed that he passed away on Saturday. The politician, 74, had been sick and could not attend meetings since July. Razak was member of Lagos State Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) and an ally of APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu.

5.Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Houssam Diab, has said that most Nigerians in Lebanon were not trafficked but entered the country legally. He spoke at a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in Abuja, clarifying that the Nigerian ladies who called for help in videos were stranded because they could no longer be paid by their employees due to the global economic crisis.

6.Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has declared that there is nothing wrong in borrowing. He said what matters is that funds are invested in infrastructure rather than services or consumption. The minister insisted that Nigeria is effectively utilizing the funds it borrowed from China and elsewhere for infrastructural development and job creation.

7.The President of Nigerian Traders Union in Ghana, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nnaji, Saturday raised the alarm as Ghanaian authorities’ shut down shops owned by Nigerians in the country. Nnaji, while disclosing the development in a telephone interview with newsmen urged the Federal Government to intervene in the matter.

8.Nigeria, on Saturday, recorded 325 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 48,770. Only one death was recorded. Only 20 states and the FCT recorded fresh cases.

9.The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday donated 7.5 tonnes of medical supplies to the Nigerian Government as part of its support to the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. The consignment which arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on Saturday contained thousands of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

10.Former Minister of Women Affairs, Jummai Alhassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba, has declared that aside the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, there’s no other political party in Taraba State. Addressing reporters in Abuja on Saturday, Mama Taraba said the APC, a party he joined in 2015, treated her badly ahead of the 2019 election. The former lawmaker said she was disqualified from contesting the 2019 governorship election in the State without any reason.

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Nigerian Newspapers Headline: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning

1.The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday night, confirmed 555 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the current tally in the country to 40,532.

It said Lagos recorded 156 cases, Kano, 65 and Ogun, 57, among others.

2.Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has declared that he will no longer hide but was now ready to fight back at orchestrated attacks against his person.

Magu said he will henceforth reply to all the allegations against him in public, in a statement made available to reporters by Wahab Shittu, Magu’s lawyer on Sunday.

3.Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has explained why he left the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a letter of resignation addressed to the Bogoro ‘C’ Ward Chairman of the PDP, Dogara cited failure of governance in his home state, Bauchi, under the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed whom he helped install as a governor in 2019.

4.The All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governors Godwin Obaseki (Edo) and Nyesom Wike (Rivers) were behind the violence at the Oba of Benin’s palace on Saturday.

The party said the destruction of property was “a glimpse into the do or die plot the PDP plans to unleash in the lead up to the September 19 Governorship Election.”

5.The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has condemned the silence of some stakeholders over the ongoing genocide in the Christian dominated Southern Kaduna State by armed Fulani herdsmen and armed mercenaries.

The group said it was irked that the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’iad Abubakar Muhammadu, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the most senior Catholic clergy in Nigeria, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, and the national leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, were not speaking out in condemnation of the Federal and the Kaduna State governments.

6.Two persons have been confirmed dead while three were seriously injured as a 20-feet container fell on a commercial bus at Ilasamaja on the Oshodi-Badagry Expressway, Lagos.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Director-General, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the accident on Sunday to newsmen said the dead bodies and injured persons had been taken to Isolo General Hospital by LASEMA Responder.

7.South-East Governors Forum says compulsory COVID-19 tests will be conducted on teachers before schools in the region reopen.

Forum Chairman and Ebonyi Governor, Dave Umahi, who made the disclosure at a media briefing on Sunday, said there were fears for kindergarten and primary school pupils who do not understand what is social distancing.

8.The list containing names of Senators and House of Representatives members involved in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, contracts has surfaced.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio submitted the names to the National Assembly committees probing the activities of the commission last Thursday.

9.The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has urged Muslims across the country to observe forthcoming Eld-Kabir festival in line with Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 regulations in their respective states.

Abubakar said that in places where restrictions have been lifted from congregational prayers, Muslims should observe their Eid prayers while still taking necessary safety measures regarding personal hygiene, facial masks and social distancing.

10.Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has said the party’s Edo State governorship candidate, Pastor Ize-Iyamu, will not repeat the mistakes of the incumbent, Godwin Obaseki.

Oshiomhole, who stated this in Benin GRA in the State capital, while addressing APC members on Sunday, admitted that he sold “a bad product” to the people in 2016.

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Friday morning

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

1.The Federal Government on Thursday disclosed that all states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) would receive N100 million each to boost their response against coronavirus.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Enahire during Thursday’s Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, disclosed that a huge amount would come from the Regional Diseases Surveillance Enhancement (REDISSE) Project.

2.Worried by the recent incessant killings in parts of Southern Kaduna, thousands of women on Thursday took to the streets unclad, to register their anger over alleged attempts to eliminate them from their ancestral lands.

Some of the protesting women wore black cloths with patches of black all over their bodies in a protest that terminated at the palace of Atak Njei, Agwamatyap Palace (the Paramount ruler of Atyap) in Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna state.

3.A US court has dismissed a fraud case against a Nigerian accused of cyber-crime, Olalekan Ponle, popularly known as Mr. Woodberry.

Ponle, who was accused of multi-million dollar wire fraud, was arrested alongside his associate, Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi on June 10 by a combined team of Dubai police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI for multiple fraud charges

4.Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has hailed the international community for their support towards the successful execution of the National Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP).

He spoke on Thursday at a virtual meeting with representatives of the international community from the United States (US), the European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK), agencies of the United Nations (UN), World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

5.The Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has sealed 43 buildings on Airport Road.

The Commissioner of the ministry , Dr Idris Salako, while supervising the exercise, said the affected buildings including 13 banks and 13 hotels, were either built without planning permits or conformity to approval orders.

6.The Nigerian Government, on Thursday, said it was considering asking students to sit for the General Certificate Examination, GCE, should it fail to meet up with the West African Examination Council, WAEC’s timetabe for the 2020 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, who made this disclosure during the bi-weekly press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, disclosed further that negotiations were already on to move local language subjects such as Ibo, Yoruba and Hausa as offered in Nigeria, behind from their usual spots as first written subjects.

7.The Federal Government on Thursday warned that the gathering of crowds in places of worship, amid Coronavirus pandemic still poses a danger to citizens.

Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, who spoke during the daily briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 in Abuja, said crowds in worship centres pose serious threats in the transmission of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

8.The Deputy Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Bako Kasim Alfa, has resigned.

Alfa made the announcement during the plenary session on Thursday.

9.Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, on Thursday, denied ever accusing members of the National Assembly of collecting 60 percent of the contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

In a letter read on the floor of the House of Representatives during plenary by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, the former lawmaker said the only reference he made to 60 percent during his presentation before the NDDC committee a few days ago was in response to a question by a member of the committee.

10.The remains of Nigeria’s flying officer, Tolulope Arotile, were on Thursday committed to mother in Abuja.

Arotile, who was Nigerian Air Force fighter pilot was buried at the military cemetery in Abuja, amid

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

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

1.The suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has been accused of turning EFCC into `glorified police station’ for alleged selfish motives. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accusation was contained in a report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari by one of the investigative committees set up to look into the activities of the EFCC under Magu. According to the report, Magu has continued seconding police officers to the EFCC in spite of the massive recruitment of officers and men carried out by the commission in recent years.

2.A former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), has said that he never campaigned for the All Progressives Congress (APC) nor President Muhammadu Buhari against President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 Nigeria election. A statement he personally signed on Sunday stressed that he was only involved in the attempt to forge an alliance between the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

3.The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has reacted to the allegations made against him by Joy Nunieh, a former Acting Managing Director of Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. Nunieh recently made some damning revelations about the Minister and former Governor of Akwa Ibom State on his handling of the Ministry but Akpabio said the former NDDC MD has character problem. The Minister also requested that the four husbands of Nunieh, whom she had allegedly divorced, be brought to attest to her temperament.

4.The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC has said that the total number of COVID-19 patients discharged in the country stands at 13,447. The health agency made the confirmation in a tweet via its official Twitter account on Sunday. It also announced that 571 new cases of the viral infection have been recorded in 20 states, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 32,558. 16 new COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours across Nigeria with the death toll in the country rising to 740.

5.Seven policemen lost their lives on Sunday evening along Kaduna-Zaria road. According to a military personnel who was close to the scene of the accident, the speeding 18 seater vehicle somersaulted around Jaji Military Cantonment. It is not clear where the policemen were coming from, but it was learnt they were heading towards Zaria from Kaduna when the accident happened.

6.At least, four top officials in the deputy governor’s office in Kwara State have been infected with the deadly coronavirus disease. Warning the people of the state to always adhere strictly with the safety protocols on the disease, the deputy governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, called on Kwarans to take responsibility in the fight against COVID-19.

7.Nigeria Police operatives have rescued an American lady confined in a Lagos hotel where she was held against her wish for over a year. Force spokesman, Frank Mba, made this known in a statement on Sunday. The victim, from Washington DC, is a retired civil servant in the United States. She arrived Nigeria on 13th February, 2019 on a visit to a Nigerian, Chukwuebuka Kasi Obiaku whom she met on Facebook.

8.The All Progressives Congress (APC) has assured all Nigerians that President Muhammad Buhari will not condole any form of corrupt practices. The party stated that the administration was committed to fighting graft. APC said this in reaction to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) comment about alleged corrupt practices in the government. The ruling party noted that the PDP is the founder of corruption in Nigeria, to the extent that it was made an official way of life during its 16 years.

9.The Defence Headquarters has said that troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have neutralised scores of bandits during aggressive clearance operations in Zamfara and Sokoto States. The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said that the troops had, on July 11, encountered the bandits, who had rustled an unconfirmed number of cows at Daki Takwas and Tashar Kuturu in Anka and Talata Mafara Local Government Areas of Zamfara, and overwhelmed them with superior fire, leading to the killing of scores, while others escaped with gunshots wounds.

10.Report has it that the Federal Government of Nigeria, 36 states and 774 local government councils, shared a total sum of N7.8 trillion from the Federation Account in 2019. The federal government and its agencies received over N3.3 trillion. States and Local Councils got N4.4trillion, N100 billion lesser than the N4.5 trillion allocated to them in the previous year of 2018.

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Press News : 10 things you need to know this morning

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

1.Nigeria on Sunday recorded three hundred and seven, 307, COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, in a post on its official Twitter page, noted that Lagos State recorded 188, while FCT followed with 44 cases.

2.Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has reacted to the alleged rape and murder of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level Microbiology student of University of Benin, UNIBEN.

Adeboye on his verified Twitter page commiserated with the family of Uwa even as he called for calm, adding that the church has begun investigation into the case and would cooperate with the Nigeria Police to get justice for the victim.

3.The Nigerian Army troops of the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI have bombarded a bandits’ logistics warehouse approximately five-kilometre North of Birnin Kogo, in Zamfara State.

Major General John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, stated this in a statement on Sunday, explained that the airstrikes were executed on Sunday after Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports.

4.Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has approved that churches in the state would be reopened on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner of Information, Charles Udoh on Sunday night, the approval was given based on the guidelines recommended by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

5.With effect from Monday, residents of Ekiti State now have opportunities to pursue their businesses Monday through Friday from 6am to 8pm.

Governor Kayode Fayemi, who disclosed this in a statewide broadcast Sunday evening, also revealed that consultations were underway to reopen worship centres, schools and big markets in the state.

6.President Muhammadu Buhari met with a delegation of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Sunday where it submited a report on the second phase of the ease of lockdown announced two weeks ago to the president.

The delegation was led by the Chairman of the Task Force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, to the Aso Presidential Villa.

7.The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has recorded a clean sweep of last Saturday’s council elections held across the 23 Local Government Areas, LGAs, of Benue state.

The party also cleared all the 276 available councilorship positions at the poll.

8.The National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, Barrister Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s five years in office as a failure.

The Lagos-based legal practitioner also called on Nigerians to start shopping for Buhari’s replacement, adding that his government is marred by lack of ideas and focus.

9.The Senior Pastor of the Household of God Church, Pastor Chris Okotie, has kicked against the guidelines proposed by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for reopening of churches, calling them “unbiblical”.

Okotie, said one of the guidelines, which is Social distancing in the Church of Jesus Christ is tantamount to blasphemous infidelity and an impeachment of the integrity of the word of God.

10.An Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has insisted that there is a connection between the Amotekun initiative and recent agitation for the establishment of Oduduwa Republic.

It called on the governors in the region to be wary of the activities of irredentist elements who are exploiting the euphoria of the moment to achieve their selfish and parochial objectives.

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Press News: 10 things you need to know this Sunday morning

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

1.The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, on Saturday, said the country recorded 176 new cases of coronavirus

This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 5621.

2.President Muhammadu Buhari has received the coronavirus cure developed in Madagascar.

The Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmed, who made this known on Saturday, said the President reiterated that his government will listen to science before allowing any medicine to be given to Nigerians.

3.Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government has set up palliatives to assist Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to survive the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to him, the palliatives reflected the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s determination to support MSMEs and the priority the Federal Government placed on small businesses.

4.Apex youth organisation in the Niger Delta, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), has told Biafra and Oduduwa secessionists to leave the Ijaw nation out of what they call ‘their utopian republics’.

Chairman, IYC Transition Implementation Committee, Kennedy Olorogun, said the Ijaw nation is currently confronted with the renewed quest for nationalism within the Nigerian geopolitical arrangement.

5.The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has given the President Muhammadu Buhari government “a 48-hour ultimatum to declare the whereabouts of the medical team from China who were brought in purportedly to assist the nation in its fight against the spread of the COVID-19.”

The opposition party was reacting to a declaration by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, that he cannot account for the whereabouts of the Chinese team.

6.Niger State has recorded its first coronavirus death after the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed eight new cases in the State.

Making this known in Minna, the State Commissioner for Health and Hospital Services, Dr. Muhammad Makusidi, stated that out of the 22 results received from the NCDC, eight persons have tested positive to the disease while 14 returned negative.

7.The Lagos State Government has announced that it recorded three COVID-19 related deaths.

The State Ministry of Health on Saturday, confirmed that three COVID-19 deaths were recorded as of 15th of May, thus bringing the number of COVID-19 related deaths in Lagos to 36.

8.Electrical and electronic experts have called on the Nigerian government to adopt the 5G mobile technology now so that the country would not be left out of the ongoing global technological industrialisation and development evolution.

Speaking on controversies around 5G and Radiation from antennas, they said that 5G mobile technology was faster and safer and used less oxidation and energy, making it safer than its predecessors.

9.A total of nine armed bandits have been killed after a gun battle with the Police and local vigilante in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger state.

It was gathered that the fight took place at Karaya Mahanga and Bakachi villages by 2:30am on Saturday and lasted about four hours.

10.The Bauchi State Government has said that 41 persons died of Lassa fever from January to date in the state.

Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BASPHCDA), disclosed this in Bauchi on Saturday, stating that Lassa fever is deadlier than Coronavirus

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HAJJ: Don wants days reduction to save cost

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Prof. Badmos Yusuf, Dean, School of Postgraduate, University of Ilorin, has advised the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to reduce the number of days pilgrims
 spend in Saudi Arabia to cut cost.

Yusuf, who was a former member, Presidential Committee on Hajj, gave the advice at the National Hajj and Umrah Stakeholders’ Conference to
mark the 10th Anniversary of NAHCON, on Sunday in Abuja.

The theme of the conference is “ Hajj Management in Nigeria: Honouring the Past, Treasuring the Present and Shaping the Future.“

The don said that reducing the numbers of days Nigerian pilgrims spend in Saudi Arabia during hajj would help to bring down the cost of hajj fare.

Yusuf attributed the high cost of 2017 hajj fare to the economic downturn that the country was grappling with and urged the management of NAHCON to redouble its efforts to deliver on its mandate.

He listed some of the challenges hindering smooth hajj operation to include scarcity of aviation fuel during hajj periods, insufficient wide bodied aircraft, poor quality and quantity of feeding at Munah
and Arafat.

Yusuf called for the amendment of the NAHCON Act, 2006 to increase the tenure of its Executive Chairman and members of the Board to five years single term.

Also speaking, the Executive Chairman of NAHCON, Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed said that the conference was a departure from the conventional stakeholder’s forum, adding that it outcome would enhance hajj management in the country.

He said that the commission through direct negotiation with the landlords in Madina had saved over 12.3 million US dollars and 6.3 million dollars in Mecca.

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Nigerian Newspapers: Top 10 news to read this Monday morning

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Good morning everyone. Here are top 10 things you should know this Monday morning in Nigerian newspapers.

1. Chief Olu Falae has further released email evidence to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that links former president, Goodluck Jonathan to the N100m election fund he received Chief Tony Anenih, saying the fund was transferred to him as directed by Mr Jonathan.

2. Country’s currency, naira has further experienced further fall of 414 against United States dollar and economic experts has attributed this to scarcity of forex in the market and the nine commercial banks that were banned by CBN from participating in the forex market for none compliance with Treasury Single Account of remitting NNPC’s N2.334bn.

3. Former governor of Borno state, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has again been linked to Boko Haram insurgents. Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice of Borno state, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan has stated 40 reasons to back his claims that Modu Sheriff precipitated the terrorism.

4. Niger Delta Avengers has dissociated itself from Professor Wole Soyinka on the basis that he was nominated by the group to head their dialogue team with the government.

5. A divisional group of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, known as Reformed Indigenous People of Biafra, RE-IPOB, as alleged the Biafra leader, Nnamdi Kanu, to be using the group struggle to gain popularity, gain wealth. RE-IPOB further says Kanu has betrayed the original intention of Biafra and has sacked the his as its leader.

 

6. President Muhammadu Buhari has warn the Niger Delta militants to embrace dialogue or face the same fate of the Boko Haram insurgents.
7. Buhari says the government is ready to swap the over 200 Chibok school girls that was abducted with Boko Haram members that are detained.
8. Over N1.1 trillion is being lost in oil revenues in the last five months due to the attacks and activities of the militants on the oil installations. According to Daily Trust, this does not include revenue lost in gas revenues as a result of disruptions of gas supplies to domestic and industrial plants, even those meant for exports. Not less than 28 attacks are launched on oil facilities between February 10 and July ending.
9. Thousand of families of residents of Lagos and Ogun have been displaced and properties worth billions of naira destroyed due to flood from heavy rain experienced on Saturday and Sunday. Many Christians were restricted from going to Church as the place of worship were flooded. Punch has it that Oworonshoki, Bariga, Ketu, Ikorodu, Lekki areas, and more than 50 houses were affected in the Ita Oluwo area of Ogun State alone.
10. Nigeria has recorded a deficit of N1,090.96 billion in the fiscal account of the Federal Government over the second quarter of 2016. CBN says this shortage figure represents 96.4 per cent above provisional quarterly budget deficit expectation of N555.49 billion.
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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things to know this Tuesday

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

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things to know this Thursday

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Good morning! Here ate 10 things you need to know this morning

1. The Odua Peoples Congress, famously known as OPC has given 14-day ultimatum to suspected Niger Delta militants to stop attacking communities in the South West region, else the Ijaw people in the region would face similar consequence.

OPC, which issued the threat while reacting to recent attacks by suspected militants on Imusin and Ogijo in Ogun and some riverine communities in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, reminded the group that no one has monopoly of violence.

2. The youth wing of the Ohaneze Ndigbo has declared that they were not part of those agitating for the birth of the Republic of Biafra. The youth group maintained that Igbos are the landlords of Nigeria and as such, they would not vacate the country for any in the name of fighting for Biafra.

3. Prominent Nigerians who reportedly looted the nation’s treasury during the last administration have indicated their interest to return their share of looted funds.

Among those who have indicated interest to return the money they reportedly stole are PDP Publicity Secretary, Olisah Metuh, ex-Chiefs of Air Staff Air Marshals Adeshola Amosu and Mohammed Dikko Umar.

4. Former President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Daniel Onyirofie Onjeh has lamented the increasing rate of kidnappings and killings in Benue South Senatorial District. Onjeh told FELLOW PRESS that the most dangerous place to live in Nigeria at the moment is not Niger Delta but Benue South.

5. Former President of the Senate, Senator Adolphus Wabara has revealed how he nearly broke down when he watched the last time one of his successors, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu reported to the court for the alleged forgery of Senate Rules trial instituted against them and two others by the federal government.

According to him, the presiding officers were allowed to go to court when the court was on vacation, lamenting that no one had the courtesy to inform the Senate President and his Deputy that there would be no sitting owing to the vacation.

6. President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated former Deputy Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Mr. Nsima Ekere as the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). He also named former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, as NDDC Chairman. Ekere is expected to take over from Mrs Ibim Semenitari who has been the acting MD of the commission since December 21, 2015.

7. The Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Oluremi Tinubu has denied sponsoring anti-Dino Melaye protest in Abuja with N80m. Mrs. Tinubu said she doesn’t have up to such amount in her salary account and as such will never pay anybody to stage any protest for her.

8. Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau has stated that the military has succeeded in chasing the Boko Haram fighters from the North-Eastern part of the country.

According to him, the Federal Government was now focused on rebuilding and relocating the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their respective communities and homes.

9. Tragedy was averted in Otukpa area of Benue State yesterday after a motorcyclist was rescued from a suspected kidnapper in a forest by farmers. The suspected who hailed from Kogi state reportedly lured the okada rider into a nearby bush with the intention to whisk him away before luck ran out of him.

10. Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has dragged the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose to court for alleging that she was one of those indicted for involvement in the Halliburton multi-million dollar scandal.

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things to know this Monday

Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:

1. A former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has given a detailed breakdown on how he spent the N100m he received from ex-National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
While speaking on his arrest and detention by the EFCC, the former presidential aide in a Facebook post on Sunday said the money was used for official purposes.

2. A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has denied a statement credited to him where he reportedly said that the best thing is to support the current leadership in order to escape all the charges against him. In a post on his Facebook, he vowed not to bow to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, but to continue to criticise the government.

3. The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the compulsory retirements of two judges, Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Lagos, and Justice Olamide Oloyede of Osun State High Court. The NJC, in a statement signed by the Council’s Acting Director of Information, Mr Soji Oye, said the judges were found guilty of professional misconduct at the 77th meeting of the council held on July 15.

4. 54 Engineers working with Nigeria’s first indigenous telecommunication company, Globacom, have been sacked. The company has, however not given any reason for their sack. It was simply stated in their termination letter that their services were no longer needed.

5. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has cleared the air on the recent lists forwarded to various tertiary institutions in the country, saying they are candidates that qualified for screening based on institutions’ capacity. The board’s Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, while making the clarification on Sunday in Lagos said they are in no way the admission list.

6. Suspected gunmen, Sunday, abducted the traditional ruler of Iba community, Lagos State, Oba Goriola Oseni – the Oniba of Iba land. Report claimed that a woman, her three-month-old baby, and a businessman were also abducted.

7. Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday said investigations have begun into the disappearance of many vehicles parked at the Force Headquarters a week to his appointment. He said, the former IGP, Solomon Arase (retd) alone took 24 vehicles, while some of the retired Deputy Inspector-Generals of Police (DIG) also went away with many.

8. Report says the Ministry of Finance on Sunday said it had sent a list of those suspected to be involved in the manipulation of government payroll and allegedly injected ‘ghost’ workers to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for investigation and prosecution.

9. The House of Representatives, weekend, said it cannot impeach President Muhammadu Buhari as it had no single evidence of impeachable offences against him. Speaking in Bauchi through the House Chief Whip, Alhaji Alhassan Doguwa, the House insisted that no such issue was contemplated in the House of Representatives.

10. The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop shielding his men from probe. In a latest statement, the governor urged Nigerians to demand the release of the authentic report of the Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in the Nigerian Armed Forces.

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things to know this Sunday

Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:

1. There are reports that the Federal government has commenced the disbursement of the first tranche of the N90bn conditional loan facility to some states that have already applied for it. The loan is to further save the states from the embarrassing situation most of them are currently facing. Report , however, says Lagos State opted out as it did not apply for the loan.

2. The Lagos State Police Command said it had arrested two suspected militants, who attempted to attack Igando community in the state. Spokesperson for the command, Mr Dolapo Badmos, disclosed this in Lagos, yesterday. Badmos said that the suspects were nabbed on Thursday and three guns and ammunition were recovered from them.

3. Report has it that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has requested the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.); a former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun; and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo, to forfeit the 33 properties they acquired from the nation’s funds they diverted. Report says these were the conditions for the plea bargain given to the three accused persons.

4. Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has said it will not dialogue with the Office of the National Security Adviser on issues concerning the challenges in the Niger Delta region. It explained in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, that though it had selected an Aaron team that would speak with the Federal Government on the region’s development, it can only discuss with a body that has executive power but not ONSA.

5. Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has chided former Governor, Segun Oni for criticising his style of governance during a radio interview. Fayose , in his response accused the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress, of doublespeak. He said the ex-governor once spoke the ill of his successor and Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, but they are now friends in the new government at the centre.

6. The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers on Saturday advised the Federal Government against the issuance of bailout funds to state governments for the payment of workers’ salaries. The NUPENG’s South-West Chairman, Mr Tokunbo Korodo, gave the advice in Lagos. Korodo advised the state governments with huge salary arrears to look inwards and find new ways to generate revenue, without waiting for monthly allocations from the federation account.

7. Boko Haram terrorists in their numbers, Friday evening, attacked troops location at Rann, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State. The terrorists stormed the area on motorcycles with Improvised Explosive Devices, Anti-Aircraft Guns and other weapons at about 5.00pm. Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, confirmed that one of the terrorists’ suicide bomber blew himself beside gun truck killing the driver and the gunner.

Two soldiers were wounded in action while 3 others sustained minor injuries.

8. Following the travail of former deputy Governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore in the hands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has appealed to the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi to intervene in the matter. Omisore, a former Senator was arrested last week by the EFCC for allegedly receiving about N1.31bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, during the August 9, 2014, governorship election in the state, in which he was the PDP’s flag bearer.

9. Two other banks have reportedly failed liquidity test and are being monitored by the CBN. Speaking yesterday on Channels Television, CBN Director, Banking Supervision, Mrs. Tokunbo Martins, said one or two commercial banks had failed liquidity tests but were not in the same situation as Skye Bank. She, however, assured that Nigeria’s banking industry was healthy.

10. A former Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ogbonnaya Onovo, has condemned the retirement of senior officers by the Police Service Commission, PCS, describing the trend as dangerous. Onovo was speaking at the Police Staff College, Jos, after the pulling-out ceremony of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, Joseph Mbu. He said that it was a huge waste of resources and valuable policing experience to just ask Deputy Inspectors General of Police, DIGs, and Assistant Inspectors General, AIGs, to go at once.

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things to know this Monday

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Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know in Nigerian newspapers this Monday.

1. Davido’s daughter, Imade, has been reported that to have some cannabis in her blood as a result from the excessive intake of the drug substance the Davido’s baby mama passed to the child during breast-feed. Currently, the child is sick and undergoing serious hospital care.

2. Lagos lawyer has urged the Court to dismiss the case MTN filled against Nigerian Communications Commission, challenging the regulator for levying it huge some of fine. The lawyer said MTN must pay the fine.

3. Olamide and Don Jazzy has settled the dispute between them and fans and other celebrities have lauded the act, saying it is a sign of maturity expressed by the entertainers

4. Governor Seriake Dickson has been allegedly reported to be making moves to decamp to the All Progressives Party, though he is one of the loyalist of the former president Jonathan. The allegation came after the governor made some suspicious visit to President Buhari in Abuja.

5. Popular footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, has revealed that he would not want to have anything to do with football when he retires from field. Saying no to being a couch but said he would like to live like a king, investing the remaining part of his life to other business. To him, it is a hard choice.

6. An Apostle known as Eugene Ogu, has revealed that Nigeria will shock the rest of the world by bouncing back economically with naira making lot of sense and other economic indicators speaking well. He also said God has surprise for all wicked Nigerian politicians, as those who dig well will fall into it themselves.

7. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said the N5000 stipends to Nigerian youth is still under way and will soon be finalized with payment made directly to the account of the extremely poor citizen. He also said the free meal for school pupils will not be imported but produced locally to encourage local production.

8. Biafra leader, Chief Solomon Chukwu, has said his group were never betrayed by the Niger Delta during the civil fought during 1967 and 1970. He said the betrayers are from the South East.

9. Former acting-Director General of Nigerian Television Authority, Mr. Musa Mayaki, said he was punished with several queries when he made attempt to censor hate campaign by the former president Jonathan’s peoples democratic party in the last electioneering process. Instead of been confirmed at the DG, Mayaki was relieved of his work and replaced with someone to take over as television boss.

10. The Central Bank of Nigeria has confirmed 2,699 Bureau De Change (BDCs) operators as those who have complied with the apex bank regulations. You can find the full list of the approved operators on the CBN website.

 

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things to know this Thursday

Good morning. Here are the 10 things to know in Nigerian newspapers this Thursday:

1. Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has congratulated the former immediate former president Goodluck Jonathan for successful handing over of his administration to the sitting President, Muhammadu Buhari. Many people didn’t see this coming, as it’s now six month after the change of administration, Obasanjo was not in support of Jonathan running for second term and since then both were not in talking terms.

2. The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board has rejected the Senate’s request to extend the entry result usage to three years.

JAMB registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, said this would distort and delay the educational system of the future student.

3. The APC-led Federal Government has said it would start the unemployment allowance it promised during it campaign and regretted not kick-starting the programme immediately. It however vow to start paying unemployed citizen the N5,000 from next year.

4. President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted the deplorable state of Nigeria roads, saying they need urgent attention. He therefore urged the Senate to support him in finding immediate solutions to the matter.

5. The Kogi chapter of All Progressives Congress is considering to replace Audu’s son as their governorship candidate. Abubakar Audu died on Sunday shortly after INEC declared Saturday election inconclusive and the party may substitute the son to contest for the supplementary election on December 5.

6. Estranged star Yoruba actress, Toyin Aimahku, has debunked both the reports that he was dating firm maker, Seun Egbegbe, and that he beat her black and blue. The ‘divorced’ actress said she had no itme for relationship at the moment, saying someone has been sponsoring the lies against her.

7. Nigerian Army has nailed the caused on increasing activity of Boko Haram insurgents to wrong interpretations of Islams and urged Muslims to adhere to true teaching of the religion.

8. A prophet named Clifford Nmenabu, has foreseen Nigeria breaking up and the emergence of Biafra Republic. He warned President Buhari to take necessary steps against blood shedding and also called the intervention of international communities.

9. There were more than 50 Nigerians deported from United Kingdom, most of whom were stranded after landing Nigeria. Meanwhile, Nigerians have reacted on social media with demeaning words against the deportees.

10. Nigerian Army has warned that the Boko Haram insurgents is planning to start planting explosives inside attractive objects. It further said that 5 out of the 100 wanted Boko Haram members have been nabbed by the troops.

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things to know this Wednesday

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Hope you had a wonderful night rest. Here are 10 thing you need to know in Nigerian newspapers today.

1. President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that many of those who looted Nigeria treasuries in the government of former President, Goodluck Jonathan have started returning it to the government.

2. Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has said only President Buhari can give final decision on the fine imposed on telecom giant MTN. Shittu however dismissed the reports that both the government and MTN are negotiating how to slash the fine.

3. Attorney General of the Federation has ordered a fresh Primaries to be conducted by ACP in order to produce a replacement for late Audu, the Kogi governorship candidate who died after the election. December 5 has been fixed for the supplementary election.

4. A burglar has been arrested by policemen in Ebute-Meta area of Lagos State, after he broke into a 2 bedroom. He had packed the plasma television and many other belongings, but was still entertaining himself with food and drinks in the looted house when the owner of the house arrived.

5. British singer, Adele, whose album ’25’ sold 2.3 million U.S copies in the first 3 days has being a ground breaking. The album has outsold both Beyonce and Taylor Swift’s albums, who formerlly has the highest says. Her hit single, Hello, still top many music playlist.

6. The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party says the Minister of Powe, House and Works, Babatunde Fashola, is not an achiever and might fail as minister. PDP said there were increase in the number of homeless Lagosian when Fashola was governor for 8 years.

7. Against the prevailing decisions by the Attorney General of the Federation and INEC to rerun APC primaries in Kogi for the supplementary election, which holds on December 5, the Peoples Democratic Party has asked both the AGF and INCE chairman to resign, saying they have failed to deliver their duties as a statutory bodies that operate within the ambit of the law.

8. The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, said yesterday as a matter of urgency, that the party must organize its primaries to replace late Prince Audu, its governorship candidate.

9. The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, said he is sure the matriarch HID Awolowo is in heaven resting with the Lord.

He said, “By the special grace of God and because of my interaction with Mama, I have no doubt at all that she is in heaven now.”

10. The Federal Government has asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the Senate President Bukola Saraki’s appeal challenging the Court of Appeal order that Code of Conduct Tribunal should proceed with his corruption charges.

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Tuesday morning

Good morning, these are things you need to know this Tuesday Morning in Nigerian newspapers.

1. The bail of the former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) has been questioned the Federal Government as the Federal High Court in Abuja is asked to revoke his bail.

2. Professor Wole Soyinka, the Nobel Laureate has on Monday has disagreed with a situation that pulpils wear religious uniforms to school across the country.

3. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said the only All Progressives Congress candidate it reckons with is the late Prince Abubakar Audu. Prince Audu who died on the day election was declare inconclusive. He was leading with all other candidates but the votes cancelled was a little more than gap between Audu and the first runner off.

4. President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigerian judges and lawyers are the once fruatraiting his effort to recover all stolen assets in the past administration. Buhari had vowed to recover all stolen money, especially it is been necessitated with current financial distress experienced in the country.

5. The new Ooni of Ife was crown yesterday with rituals to the 201 deities spread across the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State.Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is the 51st Royal Father of Ife, the headquaters of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba race.

6. Available data revealed that petroleum contrites N1.94 trillion to the Gross Domestic Product of Nigeria in the third quarter of 2015, National Bureau of Statistics further revealed.

7. President Muhammadu Buhari, his media adviser, Femi Adesina, Aliko Dangote, blogger Linda Ikeji and 17 other Nigerians have emerged the 100 most inflential people in Africa.

8. A new boss as been appointed over the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, person of Engr. Aliyu Aziz Abubakar. The new director general and CEO of NIMC is a pioneer staff of the commission before he retired in 2014.

9. The leader of Pro-Biafra group, Nnamdi Kanu, has pleaded at the Chief Magistrate Court that he should be remanded at the prison against being kept at the SSS facility. The prosecutor yesterday requested the court to transfer the case to appropriate court, and the hearing was adjourned till December 1.

10. Although Aisha Buhari has denouced herself as the first lady of Nigeria but she has however started using the office. She obviously said after election that she would like to be referred to as the Wife of the President