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Top 10 stories of Friday, July 14, 2017

1. INEC SUSPENDS DINO MELAYE’S RECALL
The Independent National Electoral Commission said it will stop the recall process of Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi west. According to INEC’s National Commissioner for information and voter education, Adedeji Soyebi, the decision is in line with the Federal High Court’s ruling.
But Soyebi said INEC is filing an immediate appeal to ask the court to stop the ruling. He noted that though the court has fixed September 29 for the next hearing, the constitution allows INEC to carry out the recall process between 90 days from the submission of the petition.
2. WHY WE KEEP MUTE ON IGBONLA MODEL COLLEGE KIDNAP – POLICE
The Lagos state Police Command has assured that investigation into the abduction of six students of the Igbonla Model College, Epe has not been abandoned despite police’s silence on the matter.
Jimoh Moshood, the spokesman for the police at a news conference on Thursday, July 13, said the reason nothing has been heard from the police on the issue is because the investigation is being kept discreet. He assured the parents that they will get their children back soon.
3. FALANA BLAMES FAYOSE OVER DISMISSAL OF EKITI APPOINTEES
Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has blamed Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose over the sack of political office holders from four statutory commissions in the state. 
Fayose on assumption sacked the appointees who served in the immediate past government to Governor Kayode Fayemi without following due processes. At the resumed hearing in the suit filed by the aggrieved appointees, Falana who is their counsel, prayed the Court to compel Fayose to pay their entitlements or reinstate them.
4. GOWON INAUGURATES IJAW NATIONAL ACADEMY IN BAYELSA
Former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd.) and other dignitaries has described the Ijaw National Academy as a testament to Governor Seriake Dickson’s commitment to human and infrastructural development.
Gowon who was accompanied by his wife to the official inauguration of the institution was welcomed by the students, first class Bayelsa kings and other dignitaries. He said he is pleased with the huge investments in the education sector in the state, particularly at the Ijaw National Academy.
5. LAGOS PDP CRISIS LINGERS DESPITE SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT
Following the Supreme Court judgement validating the Ahmed Markafi led caretaker committee as the party’s national chairman, the crisis within the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos is far from over.
It was reported that a group who is loyal to Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the PDP, led by Shegun Adewale, is still holding on to the state secretariat of the party, claiming that the Supreme Court’s judgement does not in any way affect its leadership.
6. AMBODE SUSPENDS BAALE OF SHANGISHA FOR FAKING KIDNAP
Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode had on Thursday approved the suspension of the traditional ruler of Shangisha in Magodo, Chief Yusuf Ogundare for faking his kidnap which allegedly took place on July 5, 2017.
Ambode, in a memo sent to Ogundare, approved the suspension in accordance to section 38 subsection 1 of the Obas and Chief laws of Lagos state. Ogundare’s suspension was ordered moments after the Lagos state Police Command paraded him alongside his younger brother, Mohammed Adams, for conspiring to fake the alleged kidnap. Ambode warned him to henceforth stop addressing himself as the Baale.
7. SARAKI TELLS ADELEKE TO DEFECT TO APC
Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki has urged Osun West senator, Ademola Adeleke, who had earlier defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to contest for the Osun West senatorial by-election to consider rejoining the All Progressive Congress (APC).
According to Saraki, he is happy for the Adelekes but his only sadness is that Senator Ademola Adeleke is not coming in as an APC member. This is the result of mishandling of the pre-election matters by APC. He stated that, “I hope Senator Ademola Adeleke will very soon return to his natural fold, the APC, where he rightly belongs.”
8. WE WILL TAKE OVER ASO ROCK IN 2019 – REPS
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives on Thursday said that the party will reclaim power in Aso Rock in 2019.
Addressing a press conference on the Supreme Court judgement that affirmed Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi as the party’s chairman, the PDP lawmakers led by Leo Ogor said the party will fill the vacancy come 2019. He said he strongly believed that there is vacancy in Aso Rock and APC should start packing their things from there because PDP will take over in 2019.
9. NO PROGRESS MADE IN EVANS CASE IN LAGOS COURT
No progress was made on Thursday in the N300 million fundamental rights enforcement suit filed against the Inspector-General of Police by Nigerian kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans.
Justice Abdulaziz Anka of the Federal High Court in Lagos was supposed to hear the case but it couldn’t proceed as Evans’ lawyer, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, was absent. 

Although Ogungbeje had written to the court, seeking an adjournment on the grounds of ill health, the judge fined him N20,000 for professional misconduct.
10. BSC – HND NOW ON EQUAL PAY
The federal government has removed the disparity between degree and higher national diploma certificate holders in the civil defence, fire, immigration and prison services. In a statement issued on Thursday, Abubakar Magaji, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Interior, said Abdulrahman Dambazau, the minister, had approved the regularisation of “the dichotomy between holders of university degrees and higher national diploma in all the services”.
To this end, the board directed that all officers with HND should be upgraded to Compass 08, which is the salary grade level for holders of degree certificates at entry point. While the nomenclature for the HND holders will start with the rank of senior inspector, the degree holders are with the rank of assistant superintendent II.”

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