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Things you need to know today wednesday 09/11/2022

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1. The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has called for psychiatric evaluation of governorship and presidential candidates ahead of the 2023 elections. The professional body also said medical tests of the candidates would provide a comprehensive view of the state of the body system of those aspiring to hold political offices in the country.

2. Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, has written to the Nigerian Governors Forum to request a meeting in order to decongest jails around the country. This was made known to our correspondent by the Minister’s Media Adviser, Sola Fasure, on Tuesday.

3. An FCT High Court, yesterday, convicted Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for contempt of court. The development followed the failure of the EFCC to comply with a court order asking it to return a Range Rover and the sum of N40 million to the applicant in a suit.

4. The National Operations Controller of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Mike Osatuyi, says the only realistic pump price of petrol is between N200 and N210 per litre. Osatuyi said the Federal Government’s pricing template that fixed pump price at N169 per litre of petrol is grossly unrealistic when landing cost of the fuel at the station is N194 per litre.

5. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Tuesday proposed a budget draft of N179.7 billion for the 2023 fiscal year to the House of Assembly. Ortom, while presenting the N179,750bn estimate before the lawmakers, intimated that of the amount, N106.1bn would be expended on recurrent expenditure.

6. The Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation has boasted that the presidential candidate would win the elections, even as it declared that the presidential candidate has the support of the five aggrieved governors. Its spokesman, Senator Dino Melaye, who spoke in a television programme in Abuja, claimed that some of the aggrieved governors would work for Atiku’s election.

7. The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to file its response to a fresh suit seeking the disqualification of the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, over alleged breach of section 90(3) of the Electoral Act.

8. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has appealed for the understanding of students, parents and concerned Nigerians as it continues to explore legal options to resolve the ongoing industrial dispute with the Federal Government without compromising the interests and welfare of the country’s intellectuals.

9. Fourteen passengers were killed in a tragic auto crash which occurred in Kano State, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) announced yesterday. The accident occurred around 7.30pm on Sunday night at Rege village, by Antukuwani, along Gaya-Wudil Highway, some 45 kilometres away from the metropolitan area.

10. Terrorists on Tuesday abducted a Catholic Priest in Kaduna State, Rev. Fr. Abraham Kunat. Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State, Reverend Joseph John Hayab, confirmed the abduction saying a lot was happening in the sSate unreported.

 

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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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