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Top 10 stories of Monday, July 17,2017

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1. PRIMATE AYODELE REVEALS FRESH POLITICAL PROPHECY
Founder and General Overseer of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele has revealed fresh prophecy over the health of President Muhammadu Buhari. The Primate charged on all Nigerians to pray harder for the recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said God showed him the National flag being flown at half mast and that, Nigerians needed to pray very well for Buhari to recover quickly. He added, “Buhari may not be stable till the end of his term.

Honestly, he needs prayers. His family needs to pray very well for him.”
2. NINE KILLED IN CALABAR TANK FARM EXPLOSION
Nine person reportedly died in an explosion that occurred at Linc Oil and Gas tank farm in Calabar, Cross Rivers state on Sunday morning. Hafiz Inuwa, the State Commissioner of Police, confirmed this in an interview at the scene of the incident.
Inuwa said several other persons sustained injuries in the explosion and are currently being treated in an undisclosed hospital in Calabar. He added that the manager of the depot is yet to brief the police on what led to the explosion.
3. OSINBAJO APPROVES APPOINTMENT OF NEW CMD AT UATH
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has approved the appointment of Prof. Bisala Ekele as the substantive Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH). Mr Frank Omagon, the Assistant Director of Information in the hospital made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
It said that the letter signed by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, indicated that the appointment was for a four-year term with effect from June 1, 2017.The acting president, in the statement, called on the new CMD to be conscious of the enormous responsibilities of the office.
4. PRESIDENCY REACTS TO PHOTO OF BUHARI BEING SHARED AS ‘NEW PHOTO’
The Presidency has dismissed reports that a picture on the internet is a recent photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Saleh Shehu Ashaka, a journalist with Voice of America, had posted a photo of the President, claiming that it was recently taken.
But the Presidency had dismissed the claim, stating that the picture was taken in February, during Buhari’s first medical trip. The President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad tweeted, “Saleh Ashaka, apparently this picture like many of its kind that are being shared, is not new, this particular one was taken late Feb., 2017.”
He stated that no picture of President Buhari has been released since his second medical trip to London this year.
5. REDUCE WORKLOAD ON FG – TINUBU TELLS SENATORS
All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has advised the Nigerian Senate to take a look at the items in the exclusive federal list to reduce workload on the federal government and pave the way for the practice of true federalism.
The APC chieftain admonished the Senate to continue to work for Nigeria and come up with legislation that would help in promoting the country’s diversity for prosperity, explaining that Nigeria was not in a panic mode.
This was part of the admonition made by Tinubu to Senators during a courtesy call at his residence in Lagos over the weekend.
6. WHY FG WILL STOP PRODUCTION OF NIGERIAN MOVIES & MUSIC ABROAD – LAI
The Federal Government (FG) says it has taken steps to amend the Nigeria Broadcasting Code to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music outside the shores of the country. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known when he paid a visit to the headquarters of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) in Lagos.
The Minister decried the situation whereby films, reality TV shows and music, were made outside Nigeria, for consumption by Nigerians. He said the situation had delayed empowerment of practitioners in the industry, the development of the sector and the nation’s economy in general.
7. WHAT WE’RE DOING TO FAST TRACT MELAYE’S RECALL – INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disproved negative assertions trailing its decision to suspend the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West, in compliance with a court order. Okechukwu Ibeanu, a national commissioner and acting Chairman of INEC said that the Judge, in granting the relief sought by the Senator, also fixed Sept. 29 as the date to hear the Motion on Notice.
He said that by this date, the 90-day time frame established by the Constitution for the entire recall process to be completed, would have lapsed.

Mr. Ibeanu added that INEC also decided to call the attention of the Chief Justice of Nigeria to the order, in view of its effect on the performance of its constitutional duty to conduct the referendum for the recall.
8. DESPITE RECEIVING N31 M RANSOM, KIDNAPPERS REFUSE TO RELEASE LAGOS PUPILS
Parents of the six abducted pupils of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla Epe, have paid N31M ransom to the criminals who kidnapped their children. Investigations revealed that some parents were assigned to take the money to an undisclosed place, where they paid to some members of the gang.
The parents were worried that their children had not been released since last week when the abductors promised they will be set free. However, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole and the Force PRO, CSP Mashood Jimoh, had repeatedly assured the parents and members of the public that the pupils would be rescued soon.
9. PDP ANNOUNCES DATES FOR NEC AND BOT MEETING
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has released dates for meetings of its critical organs such as expanded national caucus, Board of Trustees (BoT), and National Executive Committee (NEC). The party also informed all members of the state organs that the meeting of the national caucus was scheduled for Monday July, 17 by 8pm in Abuja, while the Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday, July 18 by 11am and the NEC will also hold its meeting on Tuesday by 2pm.
Those invited are former presidents and vice presidents, PDP governors, National Executive Committee members, Board of Trustees members, National Assembly members, members of former PDP governors, former PDP ministers and all former national officers of the party.
10. LAGOS GOVT. TO RESTRICT VEHICULAR MOVEMENT ON JULY 22
The Lagos state government has announced restriction of vehicular movement in the state on Saturday, July 22 following the election that will hold across the 20 local government and 37 local council development across the state.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde says the restriction will be enforced between 8am and 2pm to allow for smooth conduct of the polls. Ayorinde urged residents to be peaceful and orderly while casting their votes in their respective wards.

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