Saturday 20 February 2016

Top 10 Nigerian News You Should Know This Saturday Morning

1. The Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barrister Kingsley Burutu Otuoro, has debunked the report that he has been sheltering wanted former General Officer Commanding, GOC, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo.
Otuoro said he was not aware of Tompolo’s whereabouts and that the allegation was figment of the imagination of his detractors.

2. Former spokesperson to President Goodluck Jonathan and a chieftain of the PDP, Doyin Okupe has described the appointment former governor of Borno State, Modu Sheriff, as the acting national chairman of the party as a dangerous move. He pointed out that with the emergence of Sheriff as the national chairman of the PDP, the opposition party risked total breakup.
3. National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has declared that in 40 years time, some of Nigeria’s present youths can be governors.
According to him, Most youths don’t know Nigerian history and in 40 years, some of them could be governors. History should be restored to the school curriculu.
4. Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has disclosed that the Lagos-Kano Rail project would create 250,000 employments for Nigerians when completed.
Amaechi while speaking during an inspection tour of the rail project on Friday in Kaduna said the project will be completed in two years time, adding that government would ensure that the rail service was affordable.
5. The acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has stated willingness to sacrifice his life to wipe out corruption from Nigeria.
The fight, according to the EFCC boss cannot be won without Nigerians supporting the current anti-graft war as the battle has entered a delicate phase where the vice is fighting back.
6. The Senate Committee on Youths and Sports, has demanded that the National Stadium in Lagos be privatised if the Ministry of Sports is not ready to reactivate its operations.
Chairman of the committee, Senator Obinna Ogba, who made this known when the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Chinyeaka Ohaa, appeared before it to defend their 2016 budget appropriation, said he was not happy with the state of the stadium.
7. Former Senate President, David Mark and ex-president of National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Comrade Dan Onyirofie Onjeh will lock political horns today, Saturday, in Benue South senatorial district rerun election.
While Mark is flying the flag of the former ruling party, PDP, Onjeh is representing the ruling APC. The election will take place in nine local governments that make up the zone: Ado, Agatu, Apa, Oju, Obi, Okpokwu, Ogbadibo, Ohimini.
8. Spokesman for the PDP during the 2015 Presidential Campaign, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has strongly condemned the decision of his party to appoint former Borno State governor, Ali Modu-Sheriff, as its chairman. The ex-aviation minister wondered whether those who made the decision had lost their ability to see reason properly and to exercise their discretion in a logical, responsible and lucid manner. He said instead of Sherrif, they should have settled for Boko Haram kingpin, Abubakar Shekau as the party chairman.
9. Tragedy hit Otuoke, Bayelsa State on Friday after fishermen discovered the dead body of cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan. Oki, who was abducted alongside Jonathan’s uncle, Chief Igenite was found dead and floating on top of a river in the community. Closed relations confirmed that the body was found floating on Otuoke river, two days after the abduction.
10. The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has described a recent statement by opposition party, PDP, that power would change hand in 2019 as laughable. The APC said the PDP’s plans towards taking over the presidency in 2019 as a mirage as a mission impossible.

The party’s National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, said Nigerians were seriously hoping that the said “masterplan” would include how the PDP and its cronies will return public funds stolen under the PDP’s watch for 16 years.

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