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1. AISHA BUHARI FLOORS MANAGEMENT OF ASO ROCK CLINIC OVER LACK OF BASIC DRUGS

The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, has criticised the management of Aso Rock Clinic over their inability to provide basic drugs at the facility.
Aisha’s statement is coming days after her daughter, Zahra, lambasted the Permanent Secretary of the State House, Jalal Arabi, for his inability to provide even Paracetamol tablets to the clinic despite a budget of N3 billion for the provision of drugs to the hospital.
Speaking on Monday at a stakeholders meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, Nutrition, Child Advocacy and Health and Nutrition, RMNCAH+N, at the State House, Abuja, Mrs. Buhari said she recently fell ill and was advised to travel to London for treatment, but she refused.
“They don’t have a single syringe there. What is the purpose of the buildings if there are no equipment there to work with?” she said.
2. NIGERIA’S FORMER CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF, VICTOR MALU, DIES AT 70
 Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Victor Malu, who served under former president Olusegun Obasanjo, is dead. According to report, Malu died early Monday morning at a Cairo hospital.
He was said to have travelled to Cairo, the capital of Egypt two weeks ago for medical check-up.
He was born on January 15, 1947, in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue state.
In 1967, he enrolled into the Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna as part of the 3rd regular course and was commissioned second Lieutenant in 1970.
Malu chaired the military tribunal that tried former Chief of General Staff and Vice Chairman Armed Forces Ruling Council Gen. Oladipo Diya and others in 1998 over alleged coup plot against the then head of state, Gen. Sanni Abacha.
3. DAVIDO’S FRIEND, TAGBO’S AUTOPSY REPORT REVEALS CAUSE OF DEATH
 An autopsy report by a medical examiner has found that the death of Tagbo Umeike was caused by excessive alcohol consumption and drug overdose as earlier speculated.
The toxicology test detected that Umeike had 75.5 percent of Barcardi 151 in his system, placing his blood-alcohol concentration at 0.112, a number higher than 0.08, the legal limit for a human being.
The result also showed that Umeike took a combination of alcohol and drugs. The drug found in his system, topiramate, is a medication for epilepsy and/or migraines.
The coroner’s office said the drug can cause one to slip into early stages of hypothermia and eventual death and that the amount found in Umeike’s system was in the “therapeutic range”.
Tagbo Umeike’s family has said he “didn’t have a prescription for any type of topiramate medication”.
4. WHAT BUHARI DISCUSSED WITH 3 NORTHERN GOVERNORS AT ASO ROCK
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met three Northern governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, separately.
They are Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state and Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa state.
Governor Gaidam of Yobe while addressing State House correspondents, said he visited the President to felicitate with him on his recovery and to request refund of N13 billion the state spent on security issues during the last administration.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal said he discussed security situation in the country with Buhari and how exploration of oil at the Sokoto belt will increase the economic base of the country.
Governor Abubakar Badaru’s said he discussed efforts of the committee he is heading on how to diversify non oil products.
5. KACHIKWU WAS DULY INFORMED ABOUT CONTRACT AWARDS – NNPC REACTS
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has decided to speak on the recent letter written by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The NNPC in a letter titled ‘Re: Allegations of Lack of Adherence to Due Process in NNPC Contract Awards’ and signed by the General Manager Public Affairs, Ndu Ughamadu, states that the law and rules of NNPC do not require discussion with the Minister of state before awarding contracts.
The statement adds that contrary to Kachikwu’s claims, he was involved in the contracting process for the crude oil term contracts. The statement concludes that Kachikwu’s allegations were baseless as due process was followed in the various activities bordering on awarding of contracts.
6. OVER 2000 POLICE OFFICERS PROTEST NON-PAYMENT OF TWO MONTHS’ SALARIES
No fewer than 2,000 Police personnel attached to the Kaduna State Command are currently protesting over the non-payment of their August and September salaries. The aggrieved police personnel which cut across the rank and file of the Command, are assembled in front of the Salaries Office inside the Command headquarters in Kaduna Town.
Addressing the aggrieved personnel, the State Commissioner of Police, Cyril Abeh, explained that the delay was from the Finance Ministry’s IPPS office and not the fault of the police.
“They are police officers operating under the law, if they misbehave, we will deal with them according to the law. This is mutiny.” Abeh said.
7. MONKEY POX DISEASE HIT LAGOS WITH 2 SUSPECTED CASES
The Lagos State Government on Monday confirmed that it was investigating two suspected cases of monkeypox in the state.
The state Commissioner for Health , Dr. Jide Idris, at a news conference, said that although the two cases had not be confirmed to be monkeypox, it decided to be proactive for the safety of residents.
Idris said the two suspects were currently being quarantined in their various houses pending the result of some medical texts conducted on them .
“ Following this development , the state government is advising members of the public to observe and maintain a high standard of personal and environmental hygiene at all times.
8. I HAVE NO PLANS TO CONTEST 2019 POLL – OSINBAJO
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday said he had no plan to contest the 2019 presidential election. Osinbajo said this when he was asked at the Financial Times Africa Summit in London if he had considered running .
“None of that is on the cards, ” the Vice – President reportedly said.
Osinbajo had earlier denied a group known as Osinbajo Volunteers, which is campaigning for his election as President in 2019.
His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, had asked Nigerians to disregard the group, adding that Osinbajo had nothing to do with them .
9. GUNMEN RAID RIVERS COMMUNITY, KILL 14
No fewer than 15 persons, including a pregnant woman, were reportedly murdered yesterday at Mgboshimili area of Obio Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, by unknown gunmen.
The Rivers State Police Command spokesman, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the killings, said 10 people were killed.
According to report, three of those killed were roasted to death as their assailants reportedly shot at a gas cylinder in their apartment, triggering a fire which consumed them.
Mr. Omoni added that investigation was ongoing to apprehend those behind the act.
10. ATIKU MEET JONATHAN, CONSIDERS PDP FOR 2019 PRESIDENCY
Former Vice President and Chieftain of the All progressives Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar has met with the former President, Goodluck Jonathan over moves to dump the ruling party and return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to enhance the opposition party’s bid to return to power in 2019.
According to report, the meeting said to have been held at the instance of Atiku, who was said to be seriously considering offers made to him by a section of the leadership of the opposition party to return, which sources say, is to explore the desirability of the move and concluded that it would be a worthwhile political endeavour that could help terminate what both leading politicians regarded as the uninspiring rule of the APC.

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