Nigeria Newspaper ! 10 things you need to know this Thursday morning

Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning.
1. The decomposing body of the Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo, Rev Father John Adeyi has been found. The cleric was two months ago whisked away by unknown gunmen on his way from Otukpa, Ogbadibo LGA of Benue State where he had gone to settle a rift in a local church. His body was dumped in a farm in his country home.
2. Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has denied having hands in the process that ushered him in as the leader of the 8th assembly.
He said the forgery case against him before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, was
orchestrated to frustrate him, adding that he was not part of the leadership of the 7th Senate that made the rules in question and that prior to his unanimous election as Senate President on June 9, 2015, he was merely a Senator-elect like all his colleagues, and therefore, was not in a position to influence the rules that were used in the conduct of the election.
3. Presdient Muhammadu Buhari has once again warned public office holders to be corrupt-free. According to him, his government would not go after anybody who had not touched the nation’s treasury. Buhari who addressed State House correspondents, added that he was allergic to poverty, hence, his fight to wipe it out from Nigeria.
4. There are reports that the Department of State Services (DSS) has picked former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd).
The secret police arrested the former army chief, Tuesday nigh at his residence in Maitama, Abuja, for questioning, in connection with the misappropriation of the arms funds under former national security adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki.
5. The Senate on Wednesday successfully passed for first reading, the bill seeking to establish grazing reserves across the country.
The bill sponsored by a Senator representing Kano Central, Rabiu Kwankwaso titled ‘National Grazing Reserves Agency Bill, 2016′ was read the first time on the floor of the upper chambers. The grazing bill scaled first reading at a time herdsmen continue to attack several villages across the country, killing several farmers.
6. The leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has agreed to suspend its strike after a meeting with other health sector stakeholders on Tuesday. The Association’s leadership also appealed to members to suspend the strike until the next meeting scheduled for July 14.
The decision emanated from the meeting between resident doctors and other stakeholders, organised by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogàra in Abuja.
7. Uknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in the early hours of Wednesday raided four villages and killed 13 persons in two local government areas of Logo and Ukum in the Benue State.
The Benue State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, confirmed that four people were killed in the Vaase community of Ukum while three corpses were recovered in Anyiin and one in Uzer in Logo LGA of the state. He said five corpses were recovered from Tsukwa.
8. Justice Kabiru Auta of a Kano High Court on Wednesday sentenced the killer of a Kano-based business tycoon, philanthropist and Yoruba leader, Alhaji Ganiyu Akanbi Bello, to death by hanging.
The accused person, Abubakar Abdulrahaman (a.k.a Daddy), 28, was found guilty on one-count charge of culpable homicide, punishable by death, while he was discharged and acquitted in another charge of armed robbery.
Abubakar was accused of murdering Bello on June 5, 2014 in his residence at the GRA Nassarawa, opposite Kano Race Course, when he stabbed the deceased in the heart with a kitchen knife.
9. The Senate has summoned Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal, before its Committee on Foreign Affairs over the alleged omissions and irregularities in ambassadorial nomination. The lawmakers said that the SGF and the minister would explain the processes that led to selection of nominees before screening of the nominees would commence.
10. The Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, has warned Niger Delta Avengers against threat to bomb Abia State, saying that there was no IPOB/MASSOB member being detained in the State as alleged by the Avengers. They also called on the Avengers to embrace dialogue and allow peace to reign for the good of the people of Niger Delta.

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