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  1. ACTING PRESIDENT OSINBAJO ATTENDS INAUGURATION OF RWANDAN PRESIDENT

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo will today join other world leaders at the inauguration of the Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, in the country’s capital, Kigali. Mr. Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, disclosed this in a statement to journalists in Abuja.

Akande said Osinbajo would return to the country immediately after the inauguration.

The statement read, “Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, is attending the presidential inauguration of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, taking place today in Kigali, the country’s capital.

“The inauguration ceremony which is expected to be witnessed by several African Heads of State and Government, follows President Kagame’s victory at the August 4 Rwandan presidential election.

“Prof. Osinbajo who is accompanied by the Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama is expected back in Abuja later today.”

 

  1. SEN. KASHAMU RECOMMENDED FOR EXPULSION FROM PDP

The South West chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has recommended the expulsion of Senator Buruji Kashamu from the party.

This was the resolution of the delegates to the reconciliation meeting of the party held at the government house, in Ekiti State, on Thursday.

Members of the Lagos and Ogun state chapters of the party said Kashamu should be expelled from the party because he had engaged in anti-party activities.

They also accused him of engaging in antics meant to destroy the party.

They stated this in their resolutions in Ado-Ekiti during their meeting with the reconciliation committee set up by the national leadership of the party in the South-West zone chaired by Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose.

The Zonal Secretary, Reverend Bunmi Jenyo, said leaders from the two states endorsed the resolutions.

 

  1. EX-PRESIDENT OBASANJO BLASTS NASS AGAIN

Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo slammed the National Assembly on Thursday in Ibadan at the public presentation of a book titled, “I am Kagara: I Weave the Sands of Sahara,” written by Mark Nwagwu, a retired professor of molecular biology. Obasanjo said the National Assembly should reduce the cost they spend on payment of overheads and salaries.

According to him, ninety per cent of our revenue goes to pay overhead, allowances, salaries and not much is left for capital development.

“It is even worse with the National Assembly, they are one of the highest paid legislatures in the world.

“We have 75 per cent of our population living in abject poverty, yet these people have refused to cut down their earnings.

“We must speak out to get corrected when we err, the behaviour and character of the National Assembly is one that should be condemned,” he said.

 

  1. OUTCOME OF LATEST MEETING BETWEEN ASUU AND FG

The latest meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, ended in a deadlock on Thursday.

In an opening remark, Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, blasts ASUU of not following the proper procedure before starting the strike.

According to him, “There must be a mandatory letter of 15 days to labour and education ministers before going on strike,” he said, referring to the ministries of labour and education.

Biodun Ogunyemi said Mr. Ngige had taken side with his education colleague, Adamu Adamu, and that ASUU informed relevant ministries before embarking on strike. He said this is not a fresh action and that they are open to suggestions.

The meeting later went into a technical session.

In the end, the ASUU chairman said the strike continued and that the union would revert to the government next week.

 

  1. FG DECLARES HATE SPEECH AS TERRORISM

The Federal Government had yesterday August 17, put an end to hate speech in the country, saying the offence would now be seen as terrorism.

Acting President, Prof, Yemi Osinbajo, who made the declaration at the security summit for members of National Economic Council, NEC, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said technology and internet had given rise to the impact of terrorists, war-mongers, secessionists and peddlers of hate speech.

Osinbajo spoke as Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, said the issue of agitations in the country would die down, if there was justice and security for every section of the country.

His declaration drew mixed reactions from stakeholders. While Afenifere urged action and not mere rhetorics, Ohanaeze Ndigbo saw it as a welcome development, which would help pull the country together.

 

  1. BUHARI’S HEALTH HAS IMPROVED TREMENDOUSLY – DOGARA

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s health has improved a great deal following the visit by the Speaker and the President of Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki at Abuja House in London on Thursday.

The Speaker who spoke via his Twitter handle @Yakubdogara, said he was glad to see that the President’s health status had greatly improved.

He also urged Nigerians to continue to pray and offer thanks for answered prayers and for the safe return of the President.

“Today we visited His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari. I am glad that he is doing well.

“His health has improved tremendously. I urge all Nigerians to continue to pray and offer thanks to God for answered prayers and for the safe return of Mr. President”, Dogara tweeted.

 

  1. US COURT DISMISSES FORGERY CASE AGAINST DAMMY KRANE

Singer Oyindamola Emmanuel Johnson-Hunga popularly known as Dammy Krane has been discharged and acquitted as a court in Miami-Dade County, Florida, US, freed him of credit card forgery, armed conspiracy and grand theft filed against him.

The singer was arrested in June for allegedly booking a private jet service with stolen credit card details.

Judge De La O Miguel who heard the case, struck out the charges and ‘closed’ it. The singer was represented by Erik Courtney.

Thanking his followers on twitter for their support Krane wrote, “Sometimes life puts you through trials and tribulations, not to bring you down but to make you stronger. It will also show you who is truly with you, who really cares.

“Case closed. I’m a free man. Let’s get back to the music. One love. Back in the studio! New music on the way.”

 

 

  1. ATIKU APPLAUDS FG FOR CLASSIFYING HATE SPEECH AS TERRORISM ACT

The former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, Friday, praised the Nigeria federal government for its decisions to append hate speeches into the 2011 Terrorism Act.

Recall that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Thursday, charged leaders to speak up saying that it was such silence that promoted the genocide in Nazi Germany and Rwanda. Supporting the laudable position of the federal government, Atiku Abubakar, via series of tweets said, “It is commendable that FG has classified hate speech as an act of terrorism in line with the Terrorism Act 2011.

“For emphasis, the recent hate declarations from various groups in our country against citizens shows that hate speech is not far from us.

“We’ve seen in Nigeria and other countries how hate speech has led to violent crimes. We cannot sit and wait for situations to get worse.

“Even more important than criminalising hate speech, we must go back to reconciliation and growing our country in love,” he finally said.

 

  1. COURT ORDERS FORFEITURE OF SEIZED N50.15M GOODS TO FG

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, ordered a permanent forfeiture of the various illegally imported goods valued at N50.15milliion to the Federal Government. Trial judge, Justice Abdulaziz Anka made the order, following an application brought the Nigeria Customs Service Board.

According to the agency’s Assistant Legal Adviser Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja, Shehu Bodinga, the owners refused to show up after the goods were intercepted.

In the application, the Service reminded the court of the need to order the forfeiture of the goods because some of them were perishable.

The Customs, according to him, had been ordered by the Presidency to distribute some of the seized items to victims of the Boko Haram insurgency living in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in the North-East.

 

  1. FCT MINISTER COMMISSIONS GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN ROAD IN ABUJA

The FCT Minister, Mohammed Musa Bello and the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed have officially commissioned some roads within the FCT. The popular AYA road as well as the Goodluck Ebele Johnathan Road which have been under construction have been successfully completed and ready to commence commercial activities.

This was disclosed by the FCT Minister, Mohammed Musa Bello in Abuja on Thursday, while touring and examining the roads. Bello said the roads have been under construction for about a year and have consumed a lot of energy and resources.

He added that ongoing construction of these roads had been a major cause of heavy traffic within the city, and is happy to announce their successful completion and commissioning, as it will ease the traffic flow within the FCT.

 

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