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FG DECLARES MONDAY, TUESDAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY

The Federal Government has declared Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27, 2017, as public holiday to mark Eid-el-Fitr. Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) made the announcement on Thursday, June 22, in Abuja.

He enjoined all Muslim faithful and Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation in its march to nationhood. The minister wished Nigerians a peaceful and rewarding celebration.

 

INEC WRITES TO SENATOR DINO MELAYE, BEGINS RECALL PROCESS JULY 3

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday said it has informed Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye about the process of his recall. The electoral body disclosed that the decision to notify the Senator of the demand of his people was taken at its meeting held in Abuja.

The next step is to verify that the petitioners are registered voters in Kogi West Senatorial District. Meanwhile, INEC will on July 3, 2017, issue public notice stating date, time, location and other details for the verification of the exercise.

 

AMBODE PROMISES SAFE RETURN OF KIDNAPPED STUDENTS

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has promised the safe return of six students kidnapped from the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe. The governor stated this on Thursday in an interview with State House Correspondents in Abuja.

He said the state government is working with security agencies to ensure that the children return safely to their parents. The governor further assured investors that the state is safe for investments and that measures are being put in place to address the security challenges.

 

OSUN TRADERS PROTEST OVER MEASUREMENT SCALE

Aggrieved market women in Osun state have protested against the enforcement of the measurement scale introduced by the state government. They vowed to resist any attempt by the government to compel them into using the scale.

The Special adviser to the Governor on Commerce, Cooperatives and Empowerment, Mr. Femi Popoola, who received the traders, explained that the decision was aimed at ensuring uniformity in sales.

 

OSINBAJO SUMMONS SECURITY CHIEFS AND GOV. DARIUS

Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday June 22, 2017, summoned security chiefs and the Governor of Taraba state, Darius Dickson Ishaku over the recent violent attack that led to the death of many in Taraba state.

Prof. Osinbajo condoles the victims of the attacks in a number of communities and outrightly condemned the acts of violence, adding that perpetrators of the attack would be brought to book soon.

 

EDO, NIW SIGN MOU TO ESTABLISH FABRICATION VILLAGE

The Government of Edo state has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigeria Institute of Welding (NIW) to establish a fabrication yard in the state.

Signing the MoU at Edo State Government House in Benin, yesterday, the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, revealed that the MoU was to fast-track industrialization in the state, assuring the body of power supply to the proposed fabrication site in the state.

 

NIGERIA TO BEGIN YAM EXPORT JUNE 29

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has said the country will commence yam exports to Europe and America on June 29. It was disclosed in a meeting with members of the committee on Nigeria Yam Export Programme in Abuja on Thursday June 22, 2017, by the Special Assistant to the Minister, Dr. Olukayode Oyeleye that 72 tonnes of yam would be exported on the said date to United Kingdom and United States respectively.

The Minister appealed to Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service to reduce inspection charges on export produce to encourage more exporters and enable the country become competitive in the export market.

 

10 ESCAPE DEATH AS FOUR -STOREY BUILDING COLLAPSES NEAR UNILORIN

No fewer than 10 persons escaped death when a section of a four – storey building under construction collapsed in Ilorin, Kwara state, yesterday. Although, there were no record of death cases, three workers working on the site sustained varying degrees of injuries.

When the special adviser on Emergency and Relief Matters to the Kwara state governor, Abdullahi Mohammed, was contacted, he said he had no idea of the collapsed building but promised he would visit the site today.

 

EX-MINISTER, JUMOKE AKINJIDE ARRAIGNED, REMANDED OVER N650 MILLION FRAUD

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday arraigned a former minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jumoke Akinjide before Justice J. O. Abdul-Malik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Although counsel to Mrs. Akinjide filed applications, asking the court to strike out the charges levied against her, Justice Abdul-Malik adjourned the matter to September 12, for hearing on the matter and to July 6, for ruling on the bail application. Meanwhile, she was ordered to be remanded in the custody of the EFCC.

 

EKO DISCO ANNOUNCES PART OF LAGOS THAT WOULD EXPERIENCE POWER OUTAGE

The Eko Electrical Distribution Company (EKEDP) had on Thursday announced that there would be interruption of power supply in Ikoyi, parts of Victoria Island, Central Lagos Island and Yaba/Akoka Axis between 10.00am and 2.00pm on Saturday.

According to Mr. Godwin Idemudia, the General Manager, Corporate Communications, he said the outage was occasioned by routine maintenance work to be carried out on Ajah – Alagbon 132KV line to enhance improved service delivery to the customers. Idemudia appealed to its customers to show understanding over the inconveniences the outage might cause.

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