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

Good morning! Happy New Month. Here are 10 things you need to know this morning.

1. Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, ‎has re-echoed his earlier stand that he was innocent of the forgery allegation leveled against him.
He maintained that some persons were not happy over the position his occupying in the nation.

2. The Comptroller-General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, has disclosed that six out of the 13 prisoners that escaped from the Koton-Karfe prison in Kogi State have been recaptured.
According to him, the six pre-trial detainees were recaptured with the assistance of other security agencies and local vigilante groups and had since been returned to the prison custody.

3. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has withdrawn the list of recommended candidates for admission earlier sent to tertiary institutions.
JAMB in a statement on Sunday explained that the decision was to ensure that the Senate of Universities perform their statutory responsibility of conducting the selection of candidates and refer it to JAMB for confirmation in line with the admission criteria of merit, catchments and educationally disadvantaged states as directed by the Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, at the policy committee meeting.

4. Former Niger Delta militants will start receiving their stipends from today, August 1.
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd), who made this disclosure on Sunday, urged the ex-militants in the region to shelve the planned protests scheduled to hold on Monday.

5. Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has regretted supporting the emergence of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Fayose, who made this remark when the ex-chairman of Daar Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, took his PDP national chairmanship campaign to Ekiti, lamented that some people were merely paying lip service to reconciliation efforts in the PDP because of selfish interest.

6. Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Sunday said he was sad that Nigerians were experiencing worst economic recession ever witnessed in the history of the nation.
El-Rufai, who spoke in Lagos during the Sunday service of The Latter Rain Assembly, noted that there was no denying the fact that Nigerians were contending with multi-facetted challenges, which were the outcome of the looting of the nation’s resources in the past years, adding that the citizens needed to cooperate among themselves and with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to see the nation through its trying times.

7. The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar, has assured the United States of America that Nigeria will soon come out of its challenges.
He said that the focus, determination and patriotic zeal of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government were clear indications that within a short period, Nigeria’s greatness would begin to manifest.
The Sultan was quoted to have said this while speaking with officials of the White House community and Religious Partnership at the end of his four-day visit to the US on Saturday evening.

8. The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has asked the Federal Government to urgently “disarm all Fulani herdsmen ravaging the country.” The church, which anchored its demand on the need to stem the wave of attacks and killings of harmless farmers in the country, also called on the Christian Association of Nigeria to map out strategies to end the killings of Christians in the country.
This was contained in a communique by Bishop Rev. Duke Akamisoko after the second session of the third synod held at St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, Kubwa in Abuja on Sunday.

9. The Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Council has vowed to resist every attempt by some persons it tagged as ‘fifth columnists’ to remove the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu from office.
According to the group, Nigerians from all works of life were already comfortable with the leadership of the Senate and those plotting to threaten the Senate leadership, especially the office of the Deputy Senate President occupied by Senator Ike Ekweremadu should shelve such move as it will surely fail.

10. The Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has lambasted the Federal Government and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta who are said to be in a dialogue to end the ongoing attacks on oil installations the Niger Delta region.
The group described the alleged condition to free detained Director, Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, as part of the dialogue, as laughable, saying that it will never abandon the fight for the freedom of their people from Nigeria for anybody.