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Top 10 stories of Friday, July 21, 2017

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  1. INEC FAULTS POLITICIANS’ MOVES TO STOP DINO MELAYE’S RECALL

The Independent National Electoral Commission have blamed the actions of some politicians who have used the judiciary to molest them over the recall of Senator Dino Melaye by his constituents. Some stakeholders in the electoral process had disproved media reports that the INEC boss had abandoned the recall process due to its involvement in an alleged eight hundred and fifty million naira Tetfund scam.

They said Mahmood is only acting on the orders of the court that stopped the process and that investigations have proven Mahmood’s innocence in the Tetfund saga.

 

  1. APC GOVERNORS MEET OSINBAJO OVER NATIONAL CONVENTION

The Imo state governor and chairman of APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha has affirmed that the soon to be held APC convention will go ahead whether or not President Buhari is in attendance. He disclosed this after he led the APC Governors and deputy Governors in a closed door meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo after the National Economic Council meeting at the Presidential villa.

Okorocha emphasized that they had come to discuss with the Acting President issues relating to the APC government and how to sort out ways they can move their party forward as they will continue to remain victorious as the ruling party.

 

  1. LAGOS APC PLEADS WITH MEMBERS TO MOVE ON

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos has appealed to its members to vote massively for the party on Saturday irrespective of  the misunderstandings with some party candidates. The APC added that, the Governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode had also appealed to the aggrieved members to bury the hatchet and go ahead to work for the party. The party, however, pledged the contributions of their supporters and urged them to be calm throughout the process.

 

  1. COURT ORDERS SEIZURE OF FUNDS HIDDEN IN 7 BANKS OVER TSA CONTRAVENTION

The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered seven commercial banks to temporarily remit more than $790 million alledgely hidden with them in contravention of the government’s Treasury Single Account policy.

The concerned banks are United Bank for Africa, Diamond Bank, Skye Bank, First Bank, Fidelity Bank, Keystone Bank and Sterling Bank. According to the motion filed in court, the funds were gotten from revenues, donations, transfers and monies accruable to the Federal Government from different ministries, departments, parastatals and agencies.

 

  1. GOVERNORS FORUM SET UP COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER STATE POLICE

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), has set up a Committee to look into the possibility of state police. This was part of the decisions of the NGF at a four-hour meeting attended by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

The Committee noted that the police are having so many difficulties with funding and have agreed that with the way things are going through the budgeting process, funding the police will be a big challenge, hence, the recent development to help them out.

 

  1. FG RESTORES IRK AND CRK AS INDEPENDENT SUBJECTS

Federal government has directed the ministry of education to restore both the Christian Religious Knowledge and the Islamic Religious Knowledge as independent subjects. The government asked the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), the country’s education body to immediately reinstall the two subjects where they were before their removal.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, gave the directive at a meeting with State commissioners of education and stakeholders in the education sector, in Abuja. The minister, represented by the Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwukah, noted that the meeting was aimed at strengthening the partnership within the three tiers of government in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 4, SDG4.

 

  1. FRESH SUIT MANDATES PRESIDENCY TO DECLARE BUHARI UNFIT FOR OFFICE

The incorporated trustees of a civil society group, Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International, has filed a suit before the federal high court in Abuja demanding that President Muhammadu Buhari be removed from office. The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/671/2017, asked the court to order the Federal Executive Council to declare the ailing president unfit for office. Another suit was also filed to mandate the national assembly to constitute a medical panel to check if the president is fit for office.

Joined as respondents to the suit are the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, the Executive Council of the Federation, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the National Assembly.

 

  1. SENATE OKAYS N200/ $1 EXCHANGE RATE FOR NIGERIAN PILGRIMS

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday called on the Federal Government to give a N200/$1 concession to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) once every year. According to Senators, the rate will only be for pilgrimages to the respective holy lands for Muslims and Christians.

It was part of the recommendations by the Committee on Foreign Affairs on “The Extortion of Pilgrims by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria’’ presented by the Chairman, Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu, at plenary.

Speaking on the issue, Senate President Bukola Saraki, said, “We passed the 2017-2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and based on it, we have passed what should be the exchange rate which is N305 to a dollar.

“We should make laws that are truly going to guide our people because we have MTEF which says the exchange is N305, if with passing MTEF nobody should be given N200, but businessmen are getting N200, then, definitely pilgrims deserve N200 as well.”

 

  1. BAUCHI GOVERNOR, MOHAMMED ABUBAKAR SACKS ALL COMMISSIONERS

The governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, on Thursday dissolved the State executive council, retaining only Special Adviser on Security, Brig-General Ladan Yusuf. News of the dissolution was contained in a statement issued by the Press Secretary to the governor, Malam Abubakar Al-Sadique which was made available to newsmen on Thursday in Bauchi.

The governor did not give any reason for the dissolution of his cabinet. However, the governor appointed Alhaji Mohammed Nadada Umar as the new Secretary to the State Government.

 

  1. DINO MELAYE CHAMPIONS CAUSE FOR TREATMENT OF 6-YEAR-OLD BOKO HARAM VICTIM

Nigerian Senator, representing Kogi West district, Dino Melaye has championed the cause of raising fund for six year old Boko Haram victim, Ali Ahmadu.

The senator hosted the boy in his house as he prepares for a fundraising event tomorrow. He is calling on all and sundry to see that the boy is back to his feet again. He also pledged the support of the federal government on Ali Ahmadu who urgently needs money to operate his Spinal Cord injury.

 

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