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
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 The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has withdrawn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
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
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
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
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.
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