Saturday 1 July 2017

News in Nigeria Right Now This Saturday Morning

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1. A Nigerian based in the United States of America, Mr. Toyin Dawodu, has approached the Federal High Court in Abuja, asking it to compel the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to appoint a medical panel to determine the health status of ailing President Muhammadu Buhari.

2. Report has claimed that residents of Ikorodu have apprehended and lynched a suspect accused of belonging to the group. According to the report, the suspect was caught at Igbo Oluwo, brutally beaten and set ablaze by angry residents after the killing of a couple and two of their three children.

3.The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has named Nigerians against the ongoing calls for restructuring of the country. Those named to be stopping same are President Buhari, el-Rufai, Ango Abdullahi, Lai Mohammed and Tanko Yakassai.

4. The remains of late Rear Admiral Daniel Ikoli, were buried on Friday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital amid tears. Ikoli died in April this year, in a controversial circumstance at his official residence on No. 8B Roycroft Street, Apapa GRA, Lagos, just seven months after he was promoted from the rank of a navy commodore to that of a rear admiral.

5. The Federal Government has said it will soon commence the local manufacturing of power transformers and solar panels in commercial quantity across the country. This was announced in Abuja by the Executive Vice Chairman of National Agency For Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Mohammed Haruna on Friday.
6. An Abuja court Friday cleared Andy Uba of allegation of certificate forgery, saying the Senator was eligible to contest any election in the country with his O’level’s certificate. In a ruling that lasted for over two hours, the presiding Judge, Valentine Ashi, held that, the Plaintiff failed to discharge the burden of proof bestowed on him, and so his suit stands dismissed.
7. A Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna on Friday fixed July, 6, 2017 for judgement on the N2bn suit filed by the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky against the Nigerian Army, the Attorney General of the Federation and Kaduna State Government. El-Zakzaky had dragged the Nigerian Army, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Yusuf Buratai, Attorney General of the Federation, AGG, and the Kaduna State government before the Federal High over the alleged killings of Shiite members,, including his three children and destruction of the house.
8. The Army has confirmed that it lost an officer and three soldiers in Borno on Thursday when their patrol vehicle encountered IED buried on the road between Kangarwa and Alagarno village. The Army Spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday, while giving an update on troops’ clearance operations in the North-East between Tuesday and Thursday.
9. It has now been confirmed that Funke Akindele is pregnant with a set of twins. Akindele’s husband, JJC, while confirming the report said, twin genes run in his family and that they are expecting to have them.
10. The Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku community in Umuahia north local government area of Abia State on Thursday dissociated themselves from the call for succession as being championed by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, pledging their support and loyalty to a united and indivisible Nigeria. The community in a press release also raised the alarm over alleged invasion of the community by IPOB members.

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