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Top 10 stories of Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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  1. BUHARI CANCELS TODAY’S FEC MEETING

President Muhammadu Buhari has canceled today’s Federal Executive Council meeting. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed in a statement that the meeting would not hold.

Adesina did not however disclose the reason behind the decision to cancel the weekly cabinet meeting.

He said the President will receive Report of the investigation committee into the allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, at 12 noon, in his office.

 

  1. FG APPROVES MASS PROMOTION, REDEPLOYMENT IN AVIATION AGENCIES

As part of efforts to reposition aviation agencies towards improved service delivery and optimum productivity, the Federal Government has approved the massive clearance of promotion backlogs in the agencies  The Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said the approval will further boost the morale of staff of the agencies who had been stagnant over time.

In line with the approval, the Federal Government has also approved some re-organizations at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and inter-agency postings to ensure better productivity and efficiency. According to the Minister, the appointments and postings will take immediate effect.

 

  1. 6,455 SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS PROMOTED

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the promotion of 6,455 senior police officers on the recommendation of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris. A statement issued by spokesman of the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani said CP Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison was promoted to the next rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) while two deputy commissioners of police, Ajani Olasupo Babatunde and Olukola Taira Shina, were promoted to the rank of commissioners.

47 superintendents were elevated to chief superintendents of police and 498 deputy superintendents of police promoted to the superintendents of police. 5,907 inspectors were also promoted to assistant superintendents of police, ASP II.

 

  1. NIGERIAN LABOUR UNION TO EMBARK ON SOLIDARITY STRIKE WITH ASUU IN 2 WEEKS

Nigeria’s United Labour Congress has threatened to embark on a solidarity strike with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, should the government fails to meet their demands within the interval of two weeks. The leadership of the union, after its Central Working Committee meeting in Lagos on Tuesday, demanded the immediate payment of all the salary arrears of Nigerian workers at all levels of government.

President of the union, Joseph Ajaero, condemned governors for collecting Paris club debt refund and using it for other purposes instead of paying workers salary.

Other requests the union expects to be met in the next two weeks are, “the immediate inclusion of all representatives of labour in the various committees, agencies and directorates of Government and not singling out just one centre for these purposes and negating the tenets of the nation’s laws.

 

  1. PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday presided over a crucial meeting of the National Security

Council. The meeting was attended by the Chief of Defence, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibot-Ete Ibas and the Inspector-General of Police and others.

The meeting was the first presided over by the president since he returned to the country, after more than 100 days in London for medical treatment.

Sources say the meeting may be connected with the President’s charge to the security agencies not to relent in their fight against insurgency in his presidential broadcast to the nation on Monday.

 

  1. COURT ORDERS FORFEITURE OF 58 MORE DIEZANI’S HOUSES TO FG

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday has ordered the temporary forfeiture of 58 houses connected to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison- Madueke . The houses which are located in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt , were said to have been acquired by the ex- minister between 2011 and 2013.

It was disclosed that the houses were allegedly bought by Diezani for the United States dollar equivalent of N937m through Chapel Properties Ltd.

In an ex parte application brought before Justice Abdulaziz Anka on Tuesday by its counsel, Mr. Anselem Ozioko, the EFCC urged the judge to order the temporary forfeiture of the properties to the Federal Government and a firm should be appointed to manage the properties. Meanwhile, the case is adjourned till September 8, 2017.

 

  1. BOKO HARAM KILLS 6 VILLAGERS IN BORNO

The Boko Haram sect is at it again, as six men were killed in Borno on Tuesday in what appeared to be a targeted reprisal attack. Nine Boko Haram fighters are suspected of entering Kijimatari, a village in northeast Borno state at around 2 am, breaking into the homes of six men including the village chief before slitting their throats .

According to reports, it was discovered that the attackers carried guns to avoid alarming soldiers manning a nearby checkpoint . One Musa said,

“ We believe the attackers suspected the six people they killed of tipping off the military which led to the arrest of the two Boko Haram fighters ,” he said.

 

  1. JAMB LOWERS UNIVERSITY ADMISSION CUT-OFF MARK TO 120

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Tuesday pegged 120 as the minimum cut-off mark for admission into Nigerian universities for the 2017/2018 academic session.

JAMB has also fixed 100 as the minimum cut-off mark for admission into polytechnics, colleges of education and monotechnics.

However, it said candidates seeking degree admission into the colleges of education must equally possess 120 like that of the universities.

This was the fallout of the policy committee meeting the board had with stakeholders in education sector, recently, in Abuja.

 

  1. LAGOS TO SELL LAKE RICE FROM THURSDAY

The Lagos State Government is set to begin the sales of LAKE Rice in preparation for the forthcoming Eid-El – Kabir celebration . The sales of rice will begin on Thursday, 24 August 2017 in various centres across the state .

The Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Oluwatoyin Suarau stated that the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode had approved the following Centres for the distribution and sales of Lake rice; the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas; the Agricultural Development Area Complex Oko -Oba , Agege ; LTV Blue Roof Complex, Agidingbi, Ikeja , and other designated centers across the state. Meanwhile, the prices still remained the same as 50kg bag of Lake Rice would be sold for N 12, 000, 25kg for N 6, 000, and 10kg for N 2, 500.

 

  1. WE DID NOT BAN OLAMIDE, 9ICE, DAVIDO’S SONG – NBC

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has said that it knows nothing about the broadcast ban on Olamide, Davido and 9ice songs The NBC said it is not in the business of banning songs, saying by virtue of the broadcasting law, radio and television stations are to ensure that songs containing vulgar or suggestive lyrics and visuals are not aired.

Idachaba Armstrong, director of broadcast monitoring disclosed that nobody at NBC issued a statement to the effect. He further stated that,

“NBC does not ban songs, we don’t have any business with the artistes. It is left for NBC to tell stations to ensure the songs and videos are fit for broadcast before putting them on air.”

 

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