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Top 10 Stories of Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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  1. PRESIDENT BUHARI WRITES FROM LONDON, MOURNS MAITAMA SULE’S DEATH

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a personal letter of condolence to the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in which he expressed profound shock over the death of elder statesman, Alhaji (Dr.) Yusuf Maitama Sule.

The letter, according to Buhari’s spokesman Femi Adesina, was personally signed by the President, where he described the death of Alhaji Sule as a ‘heavy loss’. The letter will be delivered by the Federal Government delegation today at the burial as constituted by the Acting President.

 

  1. INEC RELEASES TIMETABLE FOR DINO MELAYE’S RECALL

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the timetable for the recall of the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye on Monday July 3, 2017. INEC acknowledged receiving a petition from Mr. Melaye’s constituents asking for his recall last week.

Based on the timetable, INEC will give a notice of verification on July 10, 2017. The notice would be posted at the commission’s LGA office in Lokoja. July 31 would be the last day for submission of application by interested observers at the INEC headquarters.

 

  1. ACTING PRESIDENT OSINBAJO, SPEAKER DOGARA MOURNS MAITAMA SULE

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo through his spokesman, Laolu Akande, had described the former Federal Commissioner of Public Complaints, Maitama Sule, as a national asset, whose selfless commitment to the stability of Nigeria will not be forgotten as he has always applied  his wealth of experience to advance unity, peace and progress in Nigeria.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara also sent his condolences to the immediate family and the people of Kano state, describing Sule’s death as a monumental loss. Maitama Sule’s corpse is expected to arrive in Kano today for a funeral at the Kano Central Juma’at Mosque.

 

  1. WHY WE WON’T SUPPORT BUHARI’S IMPEACHMENT – EX-MINISTERS

The Former Ministers’ Forum of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it would not call for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari as he did when late President Umaru Yar’Adua was ill in 2010. Rather, the forum said it is praying fervently for the president’s quick recovery to continue the job, which he persistently fought to be elected.

The former ministers, who met in Abuja yesterday, also said they want Buhari to contest the 2019 presidential election and meet the big disgrace of his life. Chairman of the Forum, Tanimu Turaki, who briefed journalists at the end of the meeting, said PDP was not unaware of Buhari’s call for Yar’Adua’s impeachment in 2010, but added that people behave differently to different situations.

 

  1. KANO ASSEMBLY ELECTS NEW SPEAKER AS KABIRU RURUM RESIGNS

The Kano state House of Assembly now has a new Speaker, Abdullahi Atta, who was the former majority leader of the Assembly. The former Speaker Kabiru Rurum, resigned yesterday in a letter at Plenary by the Deputy speaker, who presided over the sitting.

His resignation is connected to the allegation that he collected money to stop the investigation of the Emir of Kano, Muhammed Sanusi II. The House had moved to investigate the Emir for alleged corruption but thought it wise, to let it go.

 

  1. DISCOS PROMISE TO METER ALL RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS

Electrical Distribution Companies operating in the country who met yesterday, July 3, 2017, at a town hall meeting in Agbara, Ogun State, have promised to meter all residential customers to address the challenge of estimated billings.

The World Bank had recently confirmed to be in talks with the Federal Government on ways to improve and increase power supply across the country. They believe this development will help achieve economic stability.

 

  1. 700 BOKO HARAM FIGHTERS SURRENDERED – BURATAI

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Yusuf Buratai, has disclosed that about 700 Boko Haram fighters in the northeast have surrendered to the Army. He explained that the insurgents would be screened and profiled by the troops.

The Army Chief applauded the move of the insurgents as an indication progress is being made in the war against terrorism in the country. Buratai’s remark comes on the note of an art exhibition as part of activities to mark the Nigerian Army Day.

 

  1. TWO KILLED IN BAYELSA POWER BIKE ACCIDENT

The Bayelsa state command, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ikechukwu Igwe has warned power bike owners not to use the road without first undergoing training to obtain licence. He gave the advice prior to an accident which claimed the life of a power bike rider and a pedestrian at the Okutukutu axis of the Melford Okilo expressway.

It was revealed by an eyewitness that the accident was as a result of over speeding. The FRSC commander also called for strict appliance of safety rules and practice to avoid road mishap of this nature.

 

  1. DIESEL PRICE DROPS TO N155 PER LITRE – NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation says price of diesel has dropped from between N175 and N200 per litre to between N155 and N160 per litre across the country. The General Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu says the crash in price is due to the recent intervention of the national oil firm.

Ughamadu said a national survey done by the corporation indicates that in the last few weeks, the price of diesel has fallen steadily, adding that the study showed NNPC mega stations and its affiliates across the country sold the product for N160.

 

  1. LAGOS ARRAIGNS LEKKI GARDENS MD, OTHERS OVER INVOLUNTARILY MANSLAUGHTER

The Lagos State Government had yesterday, Monday, July 3, arraigned the Managing Director of Lekki Gardens Estate Limited, Mr. Richard Nyong before a Lagos High Court in Igbosere over alleged complicity on the event leading to the collapse of Lekki building in the state sometimes last year in March 10, 2017.

Before the arraignment of the defendants, Justice Nwaka had ruled on an application contending the suitability of the criminal charges against the defendants, after the charges were read, the defendants pleaded not guilty. In her ruling, Justice Nwaka ruled that the defendants should continue enjoying their former bail conditions, except the second defendant (Olumofe) who will be remanded in prison pending the perfection of his bail conditions.

 

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