The Newspapers: Things You Need to Know This Thursday

24th August 2017
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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has said that the 120 cut-off marks for universities was a collective decision of stakeholders in the education sector and not solely taken by the board. JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, while addressing reporters yesterday, insisting that stakeholders in education sector unanimously agreed that the minimum cut-off marks for the university degree for the 2017 academic year be reduced.

2. Son of late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Emeka Ojukwu Jr. yesterday disowned Biafra agitators, vindicating President Muhammadu Buhari on his celebrated discussions with his late father on the Unity and indivisibility of the Nigerian Nation.
Ojukwu who spoke in a release to reporters in Awka, Anambra State, noted that contrary to news around the internet by Biafra agitators that he had denied that his father met President Buhari, he never granted any media interview or posted any massage on social media that Buhari was wrong about his discussions with the late father. He noted that his late father actually held the said meeting with President Buhari.

3. The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday submitted the report of the committee that investigated the allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. Speaking to State House correspondents after submitting the report, the VP said he would not divulge the content of the report as it was now left for Buhari to act on the recommendations in the report.

4. President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, has alleged that Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode want the president dead. Onochie claimed that the two Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chieftains wanted Buhari dead because “the law” was after them for various financial crimes.

5. Report has claimed that South-East Caucus in the Senate has met with leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and other members of the group over what the rising tension in the country due to their agitation. The Chairman of the Caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia-South), in a statement on Wednesday, said the meeting was held in his Ohuru, Obingwa country home in Abia State on Tuesday. They advised IPOB and other agitators in the country to let their actions conform with the Nigeria’s laws and avoid any form of violence and abuse of rights of other Nigerians.

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6. No fewer than six persons were reportedly killed in a suicide attack in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on Wednesday. Confirming the death toll to reporters, sources at a hospital in Maiduguri said six corpses were brought to the hospital from the scene of the attack.

7. The Academic Staff Union of Universities has called on the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, to desist from cheap blackmail in the handling of the ongoing strike called by the union. The President of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in a bulletin on the strike, asked members of the union to disregard the comment by the minister that the strike was illegal, insisting that the national struggle to revitalise the Nigerian university system was comprehensive and total.

8. The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina Wednesday defended the President’s decision to cancel the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting on Wednesday. According to him, no law stipulates that FEC must meet every week, hence concerns about its implications were unnecessary.

9. Some agitating groups in the Niger Delta region have insisted that the Yoruba and the Hausa/Fulanis living in the region must leave by October 1. The groups also replied President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on the calls for restructuring, saying without it, the nation would not remain united. Their position was made available in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja and signed by John Duku (Niger Delta Watchdogs); Ekpo Ekpo (Niger Delta Volunteers ); Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta Warriors ); Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters); Asukwo Henshaw (Bakassi Freedom Fighters); Ibinabo Horsfall (Niger Delta Movement for Justice ); Duke Emmanson (Niger Delta Fighters Network) and Inibeghe Adams (Niger Delta Freedom Mandate).

10. A policeman identified as Abraham Arowogun attached to the Kajola Divisional Police Station, Kajola town in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State, Wednesday, committed suicide. He jumped into a deep well in the police station and died, after he allegedly killed a fellow officer and senior colleague, DCO Aruehi who was investigating him for fraud related issue. Report says both corpses have been deposited at the hospital pending investigation on the matter.

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