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Things you need to know today saturday 22/10/2022

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1. At least six people, including three policemen, were killed when gunmen opened fire on the convoy of Apostle Johnson Suleman, General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Auchi, Edo State, on Friday.

2. The presidential flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu yesterday unveiled his manifesto for the 2023 general elections. The 80-page document tagged ‘Action Plan’ was made public in Abuja to stakeholders and supporters.

3. President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday declared the future of Nigeria is safer in the hands of the All Progressives Congress. This is as Buhari said yesterday that the APC-led government has managed to make Nigeria stable, laying a solid foundation for progressive growth. This was made known in a statement signed by the president’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina.

4. Barely four months to next year’s general election, opposition is mounting against the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, with a plot to instigate the National Assembly to pass a vote of no confidence which could lead to his suspension or removal.

5. The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said raising interest rates is not the solution to rising inflation. In his manifesto, Tinubu said the current increasing inflationary trend was caused essentially by global supply disruptions, saying addressing it is not by increasing the interest rates.

6. Governors of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and Ebonyi, Dave Umahi were among the 16 governors that received awards for their outstanding performance in delivery of projects that impacted on the lives of citizens. President Muhammadu Buhari gave them the awards on Friday, at the maiden edition of Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service (NEAPS), held at the State House Conference Center, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

7. First Republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amechi has stated that a political solution is being worked on with the Presidency to get the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu released from detention, following an order for his release made by the Appeal Court in Abuja.

8. The Federal Government has received knocks for filing an appeal at the Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal’s judgement releasing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Prominent socio-political socio-cultural groups including Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Middle Belt Forum (MBF), and Aka Ikenga, Friday, condemned the Federal Government’s appeal of the order for Kanu’s release by the Court of Appeal.

9. Anxiety has gripped politicians in Kano following the arrest of Aminu Ali Shana, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He was reportedly caught with 367 suspected permanent voters cards. The chairman of the party in Yautan Arewa ward in Gabasawa Local Government Area of the State, was nabbed on October 14th, 2022.

10. The death toll in Wednesday’s herdsmen attack on the Gbeji community, in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State has risen to 36. The lawmaker representing Benue North East Senatorial District and former governor of the State, Senator Gabriel Suswam said the killing of his innocent farming constituents was an indication that the Federal Government was sleeping on its responsibilities.

 

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Man, 21, to spend four years in prison for stealing Infinix phones

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An Ekiti State Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has sentenced 21-year-old Owolabi Olamide to four years imprisonment with hard labour, after he was found guilty of a five-count charge that included a break-in, stealing and escape from police custody.

The convict was arraigned before Magistrate Michael Faola on five counts of criminal charges bordering on causing a breach of peace by jumping over the fence of one Otutu Ifeanyi, unlawfully breaking into his shop, stealing items worth millions of naira, escaping from Police custody while detained for enquiry, among others.

The offences contravened and are punishable under sections 181,322,363, and 120(a) of the Criminal Law, No 12 vol.1, Laws of Ekiti State Nigeria, 2021.

The charges were read, explained and interpreted to the defendant, to which he pleaded guilty.

The complainant Otutu Ifeanyi was led in evidence by the prosecutor, Inspector Bankole Olasunkanmi. He tendered cartons of power banks, recovered Infinix phones, cartons of phones and other valuables as exhibits.

The defendant did not object to all exhibits tendered and confessed to having committed the offences as charged.

Delivering his judgment, Magistrate Michael Faola sentenced the defendant to three years imprisonment on count two (jumping over the fence) and one-year imprisonment on count five (escape from Police custody) with hard labour. Sentences are to run consecutively.

The judge ordered that all items recovered from the defendant, currently in police custody, should be released forthwith to the complainant.

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2023: APC debunks rumours of planned move of Nigeria’s capital to Lagos by Tinubu

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The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council has described as false, a statement making the rounds on social media that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate, harbours plans to relocate the Federal Capital from Abuja to Lagos on succeeding President Muhammad Buhari.

It said Tinubu never contemplated such plans and would never do so as it goes contrary to the country’s constitution.

This was disclosed on Tuesday in a statement issued and signed by Bayo Onanuga, the Director, Media and Publicity APC Presidential Campaign Council.

The statement pointed fingers at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Labour Party, for Championing the misinformation campaign against its candidate, saying some field reports had proved so.

Part of the statement read: “The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council hereby alerts Nigerians about the latest insidious campaign in some parts of the country against our candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“In one of the falsehoods being circulated, especially in the North West of the country, Tinubu is said to harbour plans to relocate the Federal Capital from Abuja to Lagos on succeeding President Muhammad Buhari from 29th May, 2023.

“This misinformation campaign, according to field reports, is being given some traction by some elders on the payroll of the Peoples Democratic Party.

“Let us say with emphasis, that Asiwaju does not contemplate any such plan and will not do anything that is so ultra-unconstitutional.”

It further lamented that some purveyors of fake news had also distorted facts about the recent commercialization of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.

It clarified that President Buhari had instead made it a commercial entity in line with the Petroleum Industry Act.

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Fuel scarcity: Remove subsidy, heavens won’t fall – Former NNPC GM tells FG.

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The former General Manager of Corporate Planning and Business Development at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Babajide Soyode, has urged the Federal Government to halt the fuel subsidy payment regime to end the persistent scarcity of the product.

Soyode made this disclosure on Tuesday in an AriveTV interview monitored by us.

He decried the outrageous cost of diesel in Nigeria compared with the price in neighboring countries such as Ghana.

According to him, Nigerians are paying the highest cost of diesel in Africa.

“We spend subsidies to maintain the elite of this country; that is all we are doing. Even the elites no longer get it, but some people are taking it to squander in Dubai. I am saying, remove subsidy today heavens will not come down.

“All these things they are talking about are not true; diesel in Ghana is N549; do they have subsidies for diesel? Why are they paying N549, and we are paying N786? We are importing the product from the same market. I am not blaming IPMAN or NNPC if the government has screwed up the market by maintaining subsidies. You can quote me; the fuel scarcity situation will continue after December”, he stated.

Nigerians continue to grapple with the attendant implications as fuel queues resurfaced in Abuja, Lagos, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, and other major cities.

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