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Top 10 Stories of Friday, November 10, 2017

  1. BUHARI FINALLY RETURNS TO MAIN OFFICE 81 DAYS AFTER RETURN FROM UK

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to his main office inside the Presidential Villa 81 days after he returned from a medical trip in the United Kingdom. He had been operating from an office located inside his official residence and another one located inside the Presidential Banquet Hall.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, had said the President’s office needed renovation because of its devastation by rodents during his long period of absence.

 

  1. BUHARI HOLDS ARMED FORCES COUNCIL MEETING INSIDE ASO ROCK OFFICE

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja inaugurated the Armed Forces Council. According to a statement by Tukur Gusau, the Public Relations Officer to the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, the last Armed Forces Council meeting was held on July 17, 2014.

They talked about the ratifications of the new National Defence Policy, the revised terms and conditions of service officers and ratings airmen amongst others.

Defence minister Mansur Dan-Ali said the ratifications will enable the Armed Forces cope with changing security challenges.

 

  1. COURT ORDERS IGP TO UNSEAL PEACE CORPS OFFICE, AWARDS N12.5 MILLION

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday ordered the Nigeria Police force and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to unseal the headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria and pay a damage of 12.5 million naira for illegally sealing the office.

The Nigeria Police had on February 28, invaded the new headquarters of the corps, alleging that the corps was parading itself as a paramilitary agency.

Delivering his judgment, Justice Gabriel Kolawole explained that, the police could not prove its case of illegality against the corps and lacks the locus standi to seal the corps office without the permission of a competent court of jurisdiction.

 

  1. COURT ORDERS INTERIM FORFEITURE OF IKOYI HOUSE WHERE $43.3 MILLION WAS DISCOVERED

A Federal High Court in Lagos had ordered the interim forfeiture of Flat 7b at 16, Osborne Road Ikoyi, Lagos to the Federal Government.

The property is linked to the dismissed Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke, where the EFCC recovered 43 million in dollars, 27 thousand euros and more than 23 million naira in April.

Justice Saliu Saidu gave the forfeiture order on Thursday following an ex parte application brought by the EFCC.

In the application, the anti-graft agency told Justice Saidu that the funds used to acquire the property belongs to the Federal Government but was fraudulently converted to the use of one Chobe Ventures which was used to acquire the property.

 

  1. FASHOLA RUBBISHES DINO MELAYE’S $35M ALLEGATION

Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola, has rubbished and denied claims of financial impropriety made against him by Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west.

Melaye had alleged that the power ministry diverted $35 million to the Afam fast power project without the approval of the national assembly.

He also said a sum of $350 million raised from a $1 billion Eurobond was spent by the ministry in 2013.

Fashola, who has been summoned by the Senate over the allegations in a statement titled “Before perception becomes reality” denied the allegations, maintaining that the facts could have been easily verifiable “by a simple letter from the senator to the Ministry without the furore and suggestions of wrong doing and malfeasance”.

 

  1. DELTA CONFIRMS ONE MONKEY POX CASE

The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge has confirmed one case of Monkey Pox in the State. He said the results of four samples sent to the laboratory are being awaited.

The Commissioner made this known in his office during the debriefing session from officials of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Abuja, the providers of technical assistance on Monkey Pox disease to the State.

According to him, arrangements had been concluded with National Centre for Disease Control, Abuja for the rapid transfer of samples collected from suspected cases to World Health Organization reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal for confirmation, saying that suspected cases were being managed by experts.

 

  1. PDP GOVERNOR, UMAHI, URGES BUHARI TO RE-CONTEST

Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi, said he want President Muhammadu Buhari to re-contest in 2019. Umahi, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor, said he would also wish to go for a second term.

He said this on Thursday while addressing state house correspondents after a meeting with Buhari.

On the visit of Buhari to Ebonyi next week, Umahi said the people of the state are “fully prepared” to receive the president.

He said Buhari would commission some projects carried out by his administration during the visit, including roads and flyovers.

 

  1. MOTORCYCLE RIDERS, POLICE CLASH IN LAGOS

Commercial motorcyclists blocked the Lagos – Badagry Expressway on Thursday to protest against the banning of riders from the expressway. The protesters made bonfires on the road and prevented vehicular movements for hours.

Their presence on the road drew the attention of the DPO, Ojo Police Division, who mobilised policemen to the area.

They reportedly threw stones which shattered the windscreens of several vehicles and injured some policemen from the Ojo division, who tried to disperse them. However, they appealed to the protesters and they dispersed. Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said there was no clash, adding that peace had returned to the area.

 

  1. SARAKI’S SENIOR AIDE RESIGNS TO TAKE CHARGE OF NEW POLITICAL PARTY

The Senior Special Assistant on Youths and Students’ Matters to senate president Bukola Saraki, Ikenga Ugochinyere, has tendered his resignation letter.

In a letter dated October 3, he said he resigned because he just emerged as the national chairman of a newly formed political party.

“Sequel to the issuance of certificate of registration by INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) to my newly formed political party and my emergence as National Chairman, I wish to tender my resignation as your Senior Special Assistant on Youths and Students’ Matters. This is because of the legal and political implications of my new status as a result of which I cannot be able to discharge my functions to you.

 

  1. ENUGU THIEF ELECTROCUTED TO DEATH WHILE VANDALISING POWER STATION

An unidentified man has been electrocuted to death while vandalizing a 100KVA power substation at Emene Industrial Layout.

It’s believed that the vandal probably arrived at the substation when there was no supply and in the process of loosening the HV fuse, supply was restored and he was electrocuted.

Items recovered from him include a spanner, torch and a plyer.

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