- BUHARI APPROVES PAYMENT OF N25.9BN TO DISCOS
President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Executive Council has approved the payment of N25.9 billion to electricity distribution companies in the country as part of the N67.41 billion the discos said they were being owed by the government – ministries, departments, and agencies.
After verification, the Federal Government said it, however, discovered that part of the amount was owed by states, local governments, and corporate entities, hence, the payment.
- NIGERIAN SENATE BEGINS PROBE OF POLICE IG OVER ALLEGED CORRUPTION
Senator Isa Misau, representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, has asked the Senate to probe the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, over alleged corrupt practices and misconduct.
He restated his earlier allegations against Idris, including the IGP’s recent alleged “secret” marriage to a serving policewoman against the public service rule.
The lawmaker had recently alleged that the police was collecting about N120bn annually from corporate organisations and ‘very important personalities for security services, an allegation he made again on the floor of the Senate.
Meanwhile, Nigerian Senate has named 6-member committee that will conduct probe into the alleged corrupt practices.
- PRESIDENCY RULES OUT DIEZANI’S EXTRADITION REQUEST
The Presidency on Wednesday said there was no need for the Federal Government to bring a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, back to Nigeria to face corruption charges.
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) in an interview he granted State House correspondents in Hausa at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the move was not necessary since the United Kingdom was already investigating the former minister.
The minister however said if the Federal Government later saw any reason to bring the former minister back, it would not hesitate to do so.
- RICE OPERATORS AGREE TO CRASH PRICE TO N6, 000 PER BAG
Rice farmers, millers and processors on Wednesday announced that the price of a 50kg bag of rice will fall to as low as N6,000 in the next few months.
The operators said the current market price of rice, which is about N15,000 per 50kg bag, will drop to between N6,000 and N7,000 in a couple of months, going by the bumper wet season harvest by rice farmers.
Chief Audu Ogbeh while briefing newsmen confirmed that operators had resolved to currently reduce price of rice to N13,000 per 50kg, but stressed that the price would further drop to N6,000 in a few months.
- SENATE TO CONDUCT INVESTIGATION INTO NNPC
The Senate is to investigate allegations raised by Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu against NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru over allegations of insubordination.
Senator Kabiru Marafa moved a motion on the issue and the prayer was amended by Senator Samuel Anyanwu during plenary on Wednesday.
Although no time frame was given to the committee by the Senate President but it would be recalled that in a letter leaked to the public, Kachikwu accused Baru of “completely eroding” some of the reforms he introduced as head of the NNPC.
- 2 MASQUERADES ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY IN LAGOS STATE
Two fully-costumed masquerades as well as their handlers have been arrested by the police in Elere, in the Agege area of Lagos state.
Lagos state police commissioner, Edgal Imohimi, said the masqueraders and their handlers have been harassing and robbing the residents of the area.
He said residents made distress calls to the police and the security outfit responded by arresting them.
Edgal warned that any masquerader who came out without permission would be arrested.
He said they would be charged to court after investigation.
- REPS’ PANEL ORDERS MAGU’S ARREST FOR SHUNNING SUMMONS
The House of Representatives committee on public petitions has ordered the arrest of Ibrahim Magu, the chairman of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for ignoring their summons.
He is to be brought before the committee on November 7, to answer questions in connection with a petition sent to the house by ex-first lady, Patience Jonathan.
The house had summoned Mr. Magu severally but he failed to appear. When he failed to appear on Wednesday, another, scheduled day, a motion for his arrest was raised by Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Mr. Kingsley Chinda.
- MONKEY POX HITS BAYELSA STATE
Fear has continued to grip residents of Bayelsa State as the new deadly viral epidemic known as “monkeypox ” has broken out in the state with over 49 persons affected.
The state Commissioner for Health , Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, confirmed the development, saying that samples of the virus had been sent to the World Health Organisation laboratory in Dakar, Senegal for confirmation.
He described monkeypox as a viral illness with symptoms as severe headache, fever, back pains amongst other symptoms, noting that most worrisome of all the signs were rashes bigger than those caused by chicken pox.
- VETERAN MUSICIAN, AMBASSADOR OSAYOMORE ABDUCTED, WIFE SHOT IN BENIN
Ace musician, Ambassador Osayomore Joseph, has been reportedly abducted by gunmen in Benin city, Edo state capital.
Ambassador Joseph was kidnapped in his house at Orovie village, Upper Ekenhuan road.
The incident occurred late Tuesday night, according to reports, the abductors of the Edo state born singer also left his wife with gunshot injuries on her head.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Moses Nkombe, who confirmed the incident, said security operatives had been deployed in dark spots across the state, assuring that police would secure the release of the musician.
- FG TO COMMERCIALISE ASO ROCK CLINIC
The State House Medical Centre (SHMC), which currently offers free medical services to patients, will be repositioned to offer qualitative and efficient services, the Permanent Secretary, State House, Mr Jalal Arabi, has said.
Reacting to a recent media report on the state of the Medical Centre, the Permanent Secretary said the management will among other things seek the commercialisation of the Centre to boost its revenue and augment the appropriation it receives from the government in the quest for a better qualitative service.