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Nigeria! 10 things you need to know this Wednesday 4th October 2017

Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has written a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, asking him to call Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru to order over alleged act of insubordination that has now humiliated him. In the letter, titled ‘Re: Matters of insubordination and lack of adherence to due process by the GMD NNPC – Dr. Baru,’ Kachikwu alleged that the NNPC boss had repeatedly sidelined and disrespected the board of the national oil firm, including him.

3. The House of Representatives has threatened to push for the scrap the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).It also mandated its Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to investigate the circumstances surrounding the reduction of JAMB cut-off mark.

4. A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the Attorney General of the Federation to repatrait her back to Nigeria from the United Kingdom. She said she would like to appear in court in Nigeria to defend a criminal charge, bordering on alleged laundering of N450m, where her name had been mentioned.

5. Two members of the National Union of Electricity Employees were on Tuesday beaten during a protest by the union against casualisation, indiscriminate sacking and reduction of salaries by the management of Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited, Kainji/Jebba Hydro Power Plant. The victims, Mr. Suleiman Mohammed and Mr. Yusuf Garba, were reportedly assaulted up by some senior security personnel of the company.

6. Former Niger Delta militant leader, Asari Dokubo, has insisted that the current Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, was cloned in London. Asari said his claim was based on the fact that the president struggled to deliver his Independent Day speech. The former Militant leader opined that while the president was reading his speech, it would be observed that the “man they have in Aso Rock” was “trying to mimic” the original Buhari.

7. Relatively, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the address made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of the Nigeria’s 57th Independence anniversary as a long speech of empty accusations. In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, the party said the level of emptiness portrayed in the nationwide address was too grave to be ignored.

8. A former Director General of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Prof. Benjamen Ogunmodede, was on Tuesday sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment without an option of fine by a Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, for mismanagement of funds. Two workers at the account section of the institution, Zacheus Tejumola and Adenekan Clement, were jailed along with Ogunmodede.

9. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it had discovered two properties belonging to a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Adesola Amosu (retd.), illegally acquired in the United Kingdom with funds that he allegedly diverted from the Nigerian Air Force. The commission told the Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday that investigation by its operatives revealed that Amosu purchased the foreign properties with the help of a Bureau De Change company, Right Option Oil and Gas.


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