Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. President Muhammadu Buhari has said the clamour for restructuring gave some groups which he described as “highly irresponsible” the opportunity to begin to call for the breakup of the country. He, however, vowed never to allow such happen under him. The President made this known in a national speech to mark the nation’s 57th independence anniversary on Saturday.
2. The National Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Unions, Mr. Biobelemoye Josiah, has announced the suspension of the strike embarked on by the union about 10 days ago.
He discussed that national executive council of the union would meet on Tuesday to make its final decision on their agitation.
3. Report says Boko Haram terrorists made a fresh attempt at a military outpost in Bama, killing two persons, including a policeman and an Internally Displaced Person. The Director, Army Public Rations, 7 Division, Colonel Kingsley Samuel, confirmed the development.
4. Men of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have uncovered a truck yard belonging to kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwumadike, a.k.a Evans. The police detectives have also arrested secretary to the billionaire criminal, Ngozika Ezeokoye, who had since gone into hiding.
5. There was confusion in Agodi zoo, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Saturday after one of the lions in the zoo attacked an attendant, Mr Hamzat Oyekunle, who eventually died of injuries sustained from the attack. Report says Oyekunle had been feeding the lion for over five years, and had built a very good relationship with the wild animal.
6. President Muhammadu Buhari had in a nationwide broadcast marking the nation’s independence anniversary blamed leaders of the South East for not cautioning those agitating for the independence of Biafra. He said the leaders who witnessed the civil war should have narrated to their youths what actually happened then and how horrendous it was.
7. The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has expressed displeasure at Nigeria’s “tale of conundrum” coupled with various crises since her independence 57 years ago.
TUC in its independence message on Saturday, said Nigeria at this stage still “dances naked to the full glare of the whole world while its roof is on fire”.
8. National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), Akure Division, has ordered MTN Nigeria Communications Limited and MTN International, Mauritius, to pay its former Network Group Operations Manager, Mr Paul Odunewu, $13,419,728.54, £10,000 and N2,540,000 (N4,825,036,735.9) over wrongful termination of employment. Justice Oyejoju Oyewunmi made the order following Odunewu’s suit challenging his 2006 termination and the deprivation of his entitlements including share options valued at $13,144,512.00.
9. The Nigeria Labour Congress in Ekiti State has faulted Governor Ayodele Fayose over his claim that he owes workers in the state only four months’ salaries. The State Chairman of the NLC, Ade Adesanmi, said state workers were owed about eight months’ salaries and not four months as claimed.
10. Former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, has claimed that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is hiding in London and that he escaped from Nigeria through Malaysia. Kalu said this in an interview.