The Newspapers: Things You Need To Know This Thursday

29th June 2017
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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Commercial activities in Makurdi, the Benue State capital were paralyzed in Makurdi, the as students of the state-owned university took to the streets in protest of the prolonged closure of the school due to the strike by the ASUU chapter of the institution. Lecturers of the school are on strike over the non-payment of earned allowances, absence of a health insurance scheme, pension plan, appointment of principal officers in the university by the government and delay in the payment of staff salaries, and a host of others.

2. Report has it that suspected gunmen had attempted to kill a top investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Austin Okwor, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. According to Ishaq Salihu, who is the head of the anti-graft agency’s Zonal office in the South-South, Okwor had closed late for the day and as he left office, he was suddenly accosted by a gang of daredevil hoodlums who opened fire on him. He, however, escaped but without gunshot injuries.

3. A former Governor of Taraba State, Dambaba Suntai is dead. Suntai who had been bedridden after the injuries he sustained from a plane crash while he was the governor of the State in 2012 died in his home while undergoing rehabilitation for brain.

4. A combined team of armed security operatives led by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission on Wednesday reportedly stormed the Kaduna home of former Vice President, Namadi Sambo for a search. It was, however, not disclosed what they were searching for.

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5. Chile has qualified for the final of this year’s Confederations Cup, after defeating Portugal 3-0 on penalties in a semi-final clash on Wednesday. The game ended goalless in regulation and extra time and was decided on penalty.

6. Suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans, on Wednesday at the Lagos Federal High Court in Lagos, filed a fundamental rights enforcement action against the police, asking the court to order for his immediate release or charge him to court. Joined as respondents in the said suit marked FHC/L/CS/1012/2017 are the Nigeria Police Force, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command.

7. The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Wednesday alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari has been on “life support for 20-days.” Fayose berated Buhari’s handlers over the non-disclosure of the President’s health situation. Fayose also said the Sallah audio message was a mere damage control strategy by Buhari’s handlers.

8. The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has accused the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, of killing over 2000 of its members. They made the accusation following the party’s statement yesterday that described IPOB’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, as a maximum emperor. IPOB in a press statement described APGA’s attack on Kanu as childish antics.

9. The Rivers State National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has sacked the Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Senator George Sekibo of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. The three-man panel sitting at Apo Quarters in the Federal Capital Territory has now affirmed the petition of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress , APC Andrew Uchendu.

10. The naira recorded a marginal gain on Wednesday, closing at 367 per United States dollar, up from 368 on Tuesday. The local currency has not been doing so badly following continuous support by the Central Bank of Nigeria through the supply of foreign exchange into the market.

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