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MINISTER BLAMES BOKO HARAM FOR TOMATO SHORTAGE

A Nigerian minister has blamed the West African country’s tomato shortage on Boko Haram insurgency. According to commissioner of agriculture, Daniel Manzo Maigar, a pest called the tomato leaf miner or Tuta Absoluta, destroyed 80 percent of tomato farms in the state, hence the scarcity.

The minister said Boko Haram have waged an armed insurgency against the Nigerian government since 2009, mostly in the country’s Northwest. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 2 million people displaced as a result of the conflict.

 

FANI-KAYODE SUES EFCC, WANTS COURT TO ORDER HIS RELEASE FROM DETENTION

Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has filed a suit before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, seeking the enforcement of his fundamental human rights. He made the application in response to his continued detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Responding counsel to the EFCC, Salisu Maji-Dadi, said the commission had not acted outside the provisions of the law in its detention of Mr. Fani-Kayode. He therefore submitted that the detention of the applicant was not against the law. The date was adjourned till June 29.

 

BUHARI DIDN’T CANCEL HIS TRIP TO OGONILAND –  PRESIDENCY

Presidency on Thursday refuted claims in some quarters that President Muhammadu Buhari canceled his trip to Ogoniland, Rivers state, for the commencement of oil spillage clean up exercise in the region.

It rather stated that vice president Yemi Osinbajo represented the president at the occasion but at the eleventh hour Wednesday night, after his advanced team had arrived Ogoniland. The president detailed his deputy to perform the ritual.

 

DON’T PLAY POLITICS WITH NIGERIA’S DESTINY –  NGIGE

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Thursday challenged leaders of organized labour in the country not to play politics with the destiny of the nation, but to involve in constructive engagement anchored on deeper appreciation of the challenges facing them.

The minister said the current government is sensitive to the recent predicament of Nigerians and had committed itself to ensure that every possible effort must be made to stop the present sufferings.

 

RIOT IN ILARO AS POLICE KILLED OKADA RIDER

Commercial motorcyclist popularly called Okada went on rampage in Ilaro, head quarters of Yewaland, Ogun state on Thursday following the killing of their colleague by a mobile policeman.

The deceased, identified as Hameed, 28 and a father of two, was allegedly killed at a police checkpoint in the town. The protesting Okada riders burnt used tyres and other items on the street, calling for the arrest of the policeman who killed their colleague. They were however dispersed by policemen. The corpse has been handed over to the family.

 

LAWYER’S ILL-HEALTH STALLS HEARING IN SARAKI’S APPEAL

The hearing of the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki’s appeal at the Federal Court of Appeal, Abuja on Thursday, against the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT)  has been stalled again.

It was gathered that the inability of the court to sit on the matter ensued from a reported ill-health of Saraki’s counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN). Agabi has transmitted a letter to the presiding judge, Justice Abdul Aboki seeking an adjournment on account of his ill-health. The hearing of the appeal is hereby adjourned until July 18.

 

EKITI ASSEMBLY WADES INTO LABOUR/GOVERNMENT CRISIS

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has moved into action to settle the differences between the state government and the striking civil servants led by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the state.

They, in one voice, called on the workers to return to work, as they will deliberate with the government and proffer solutions to what could be done in the face of the dwindling allocation coming to the State.

 

ABUJA-KADUNA RAIL LINE READY FOR COMMERCIAL USE BY JULY –  AMAECHI

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has disclosed that the Abuja-Kaduna rail line will be completed and ready for commercial use by July. After a brief inspection and testing of the rail line, he assured Nigerians that the federal government would ensure that the rail line is properly taken care of, upon its completion.

The minister added that his ministry would partner with the Nigeria Identity Management Authority to ensure smooth passenger registration without interruption.

 

MAKE JONATHAN YOUR NIGER DELTA ENVOY –  GROUP URGES BUHARI

The national coordinator of a socio-political group, Assembly of Concern Niger Delta People (ACNDP), Mr. Eperemor Governor, had on Thursday in Benin appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, as special envoy to Niger Delta.

According to him, the appointment will help to reduce the present hostility by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), which has been responsible for the blowing-up of oil installations in the region. He therefore reminded the NDA that the environment of the region they claimed to represent has been destroyed prior to the sufferings they effected on the country.

 

EFCC DOCKS AIR VICE MARSHALL OGUNTOYINBO OVER N166M BRIBE

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had on Thursday, arraigned Air Vice Marshall Olutayo Tade Oguntoyinbo before Justice Olukayode A. Adeniyi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja on one count charge of bribery to the tune of N166 million.

He was accused of collecting the money as gratification from a contractor with the Nigerian Air Force, Societe D’ Equipment Internationaux Nigeria Limited. The defendant pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him, but Justice Adeniyi ordered that the accused person be remanded in Kuje prison pending hearing on the bail application. The case was adjourned to June 6, 2016.

 

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