1. The Presidency, yesterday, said President Muhammadu Buhari did not promise Nigerians to make one naira equivalent to one dollar. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu stated this on Sunday when he featured on Channels TV programme, ‘Politics Today’.
2. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate for the Aba North/South Federal Constituency bye-election, Chimobi Iheanyichukwu Ebisike, was yesterday, declared winner of the Saturday polls.
3. Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, blamed the high rate of unemployment in the country on the abandonment of people-centred leadership, free trade and deregulatory policies of Obasanjo years. Atiku made the blame in a statement yesterday.
4. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to act fast to stem rising cases of insecurity from degenerating to a level where citizens would be forced to resort to self-help. National Chairman, Youth Wing, Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN), Belusochukwu Enwere, made the call via a statement in Abuja, yesterday.
5. Members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) branch of NUPENG yesterday threatened to withdraw their services in the next 14 days. The Tanker drivers announced at the end of their Branch executive council meeting held in Ibadan.
6. Apex Igbo socio-cultural cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the South-East governors have concluded plans to launch a regional security outfit. This was contained in a communiqué of a meeting convened by the Igbo organisation in Owerri, at the weekend.
7. Yoruba ethnic community in the 19 northern states, yesterday, said it has nothing to do with the call for the creation of Oduduwa Republic out of the present Federal Republic of Nigeria. President of the Yoruba Welfare Group Worldwide, Abdul Hakeem Adegoke, made this known to newsmen in Kaduna on Sunday.
8. Former Lagos governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Sunday, confessed that Nigeria was going through a serious storm, warning that economic development would be impossible under a hostile environment. The National Leader of APC stated this at the palace of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, yesterday.
9. There was drama at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, on Sunday when a former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, and a former chairman of South-East Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, engaged each other in a serious altercation to the surprise of other passengers on board. Okorocha and Ilomuanya were aboard an Air Peace aeroplane on route Abuja.
10. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has reported 104 fresh cases of coronavirus in the country. The total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak of the virus in Nigeria now stands at 162,593 with 150,308 recoveries while no fewer than 2,048 have died due to complications from the virus.
Rotimi Amaechi uncovers biggest obstacle to Nigeria’s development
Amaechi, in an opinion on Friday, revealed that rail projects around Nigeria were built for the improvement of the country’s economy rather than racial biases.
The former Rivers State Governor recognized what he called politicising of railway development as one of the main challenges thwarting the government’s effort to boost the economy.
The minister, who was speaking as a guest lecturer at the Annual Public Lecture of the Department of Economics at the University of Lagos, commented that transportation as a criterion involved logistics.
Ameachi said, ”It’s a key element in driving the development of economies all over the world and it creates possibilities for other sectors; therefore, you cannot even create employment if you don’t create logistics.
“Nigerians are too ethnically conscious. You think first of your ethnicity before you think as a Nigerian.
”Ethnicity is putting pressure on the economics of railway construction. What you hear is, ‘I am a Yoruba man, I am a Hausa man, I am an Igbo man.”
“Railway is fuelled by economic activities, it is not fuelled by tribes.
Ondo university vows to rusticate students over indecent dressing
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State has thoroughly warned its entire students against indecent dressing that it will no longer condone such act from its undergraduates of the institution.
The Senate of the institution has put rustication as a form of portends for any student involved in any form of indecent dressing.
The authority of the institution, which gave the stern warning in a circular, disclosed that failure to comply with the directive would attract rustication from the school for a semester.
The circular with reference number AD/ REG/CIR/58/VOL. VI/309 was signed by the registrar of the school, Olugbenga Arajulu .
According to the circular, indecent dressing that would no longer be allowed on campus include, “wearing of skimpy skirts and blouses; leaving cleavages open by female students; and wearing of braids or dreadlocks, earrings, nose rings, tattered jeans, sagging etc by some male students.
“Any student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, who violates the above Senate decision on indecent dressing is deemed to have committed a misconduct and he/she shall be sanctioned accordingly. Please be guided.” school management informed the students.
Katsina:Three women are arrested by police for concealing petrol in bags for bandits
Just on thursday, a team of policemen, operating along Katsina-Jibia road arrested a mother, her daughter, alongside another woman, for hiding petrol in their bag to take to bandits in the forest.
The Spokesman, Katsina Police Command, SP. Isah Gambo paraded the three suspects at the state police headquarters on Thurday.
The suspects, who admitted to have committed the offence in contravention of the executive order and other extant laws of the federation, are all said to be residents of the Malali Quarters, in Katsina metropolis.
“These women that you are seeing here were arrested along Jibia-Katsina road with these bags pretending to be normal travellers going to Magama in Jibia, a border town with Niger Republic.
“What they do is engaging in smuggling of petrol to bandits in Jibia forest but nemesis caught up with them and they were arrested with these exhibits.
“These exhibits you are seeing are not just travelling bags but they are loaded with petrol meant to be taken to the forest for the bandits.
“The suspects are Umma Bello, 45 years of Malali Quarters here in Katsina metropolis, Nusaiba Muhammad, 16 years and Dija Umar 50 years all of the same address.
“It may interest you to know that the suspects while confessing to have committed the offence also revealed that many of them in the area are involved in the business.
Futhermore, SP Isah Gambo said “What they do is to engage the services of ‘okada’, motorcycle riders to buy the fuel for them in their motorcycle tanks from filling stations and then take it back to Malali quarters for them where they siphon the fuel from the motorcycle tanks and then arrange them into bags like these to avoid the eagle eyes of the security agencies while taking it to the forest to sell to bandits,”
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