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Top 10 Stories of Thursday, July 6, 2017

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  1. PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE IS VITAL TO DEVELOPMENT – TAMBUWAL

Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal has said no development can take place in an atmosphere of chaos, and therefore wants Nigerians to give peace a chance.Tambuwal was speaking when members of the Sokoto community residents visited him at Government House. He commended them for the sustenance of peace and harmony in Sokoto state, which he says paved way for the development the state is currently witnessing.

 

  1. COURT ORDERS FG TO RELEASE NAMES OF LOOTERS

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Federal Government to immediately release to Nigerians information about public officials from whom public funds were recovered and the amount seized.

The judgment was delivered by Justice Hadiza Shagari, following a Freedom of Information suit filed by Social-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP). Justice Shagari said that the Federal Government has a legal right to inform Nigerians about the looters. The group says the judgment shows the way forward to fight against corruption.

 

  1. THOUSANDS RALLY IN SUPPORT OF OKOROCHA

Imo state indigenes in their large number engaged on a solidarity rally to show support for the state governor, Rochas Okorocha. They gathered at the Government House in Owerri where they applauded the APC-led state government for their kind gestures.

The crowd which include students, youths, men and women, as well as road transport workers, amongst others, said Governor Rochas has been a successful rescue mission to the state. The Governor expressed delight at the show of support saying it has prompted him to do more.

 

  1. FEC HONOURS LATE MAITAMA SULE

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has described the late Maitama Sule as a patriotic Nigerian who never trembled in his belief in the unity and stability of Nigeria. Osinbajo stated this in his tribute to the late elder statesman before the commencement of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting.

He said the late Maitama Sule would be remembered for his eloquence on issues that concerned Nigerians and Africa. A minute silence was observed for him by the Federal Executive Council.

 

  1. OSUN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS PROTEST AGAINST DEATH OF COLLEAGUE

Tension ensued in Osogbo on Wednesday as students of the Osun State University took to the street to protest against the ritual killing of their colleague. It was reported that the angry students had on Tuesday burnt down a house where the body of the deceased was found and they continued the demonstration in the early hours of Wednesday.

The students who dressed in black, marched to their school campus at Oke Baale, to the palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo and made a stop at the Olaiya roundabout, stopping all vehicles and setting up a bonfire which created tension in the area.

 

  1. SARAKI SWEARS-IN SHUAIBU LAU AS TARABA NORTH SENATOR

Senate President Bukola Saraki has administered the oath of office on Shuaibu Lau, as the new Nigerian senator.

It was recalled that the Supreme court sacked Abubakar Danladi on June 23 and declared Lau the senator representing Taraba north senatorial district. Danladi was sacked the same day a member of the House of Representatives, Herman Hembe, was also sacked by the Apex Court.

 

  1. CBN TAKES OVER ETISALAT MANAGEMENT

The Central Bank of Nigeria has officially taken over Etisalat which failed to pay up a debt of $1.2 billion owed a consortium of 13 banks. Consequently, the CBN has sent its Deputy Governor, Joseph Nnanna to Etisalat as its new Chairman. The CEO is Boye Olusanya, while Funke Ighodaro will be the Chief Financial Officer.

This latest moves is the best development to save the firm from collapse and restore confidence of foreign investors in the industry. The board of Etisalat and its chairman, Hakeem Belo-Osagie resigned last week.

 

  1. ANGRY MOB SET ABLAZE SUSPECTED BADOO CULT MEMBER IN OGUN STATE

An angry mob on Wednesday burnt to death a middle-aged man who is alleged to be a member of the Badoo cult at Magbo, Ogijo, Shagamu Local Government Area of Ogun state. Reports has it that the suspect was caught in possession of the severed head of an infant.

The State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, whose convoy was heading to Ogijo for a surveillance ran into the event. On sighting the convoy, the crowd ran away for fear of being arrested. The policemen in the convoy immediately stopped and evacuated the remains of the suspected cultist.

 

  1. OSINBAJO CAN HAVE HIS PERSONAL OPINION – PRESIDENCY

The presidency has expressed readiness to resolve the current issues it has with the Nigerian Senate. President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, made the announcement on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said ‘from the time the Vice President gave that opinion to now, more than 20 nominations have been forwarded to the Senate and quite a number of them have been screened and sworn-in, so, this is not a big issue as some people want to make it’. He concluded that the party, government and the National Assembly will sit on a round table and resolve the matter.

 

  1. PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE MEETS WITH AID AGENCIES TO TACKLE NORTHEAST CRISIS

The Presidential Committee on the Northeast initiative has brought together aid agencies and humanitarian workers to pave for lasting solutions to the crisis in the Northeast. The meeting is to ensure the humanitarian services get to those affected.

Vice Chairman of the committee, Tijjani Tumsah stated that the meeting is meant to ensure that efforts are not unduly manipulated in facing the crisis.

 

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