The Newspapers: Things You Need To Know This Thursday

15th June 2017
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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. British politician and former military officer, Eric Stuart Joyce, who has since concluded that President Muhammadu Buhari is no longer alive has again stirred up controversy over the health of President Muhammadu Buhari, challenging the Nigerian President to prove otherwise.

2. The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Wednesday discharged and acquitted Senate President, Bukola Saraki of the allegation of false assets declaration brought before it. The CCT cleared Saraki of all the 18 charges over the failure of the prosecution to obtain Saraki’s statement and make it part of the proof of evidence among other things.

3. The Nigeria Union in South Africa, on Wednesday claimed that two communities in the country, have asked Nigerians to leave their territories. President of the union, Ikechukwu Anyene, said the Kuruman community in Northern Cape Province gave Nigerians till Thursday to leave. Relatively, the Klaafontein community, Extension 5, Johannesburg, directed landlords not to renew the rent of Nigerians in the area, blaming them for the rise in illicit drug trade and prostitution.

4. Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has described the senator representing Kogi West as a social deviant in the Senate. Addressing State House reporters after meeting with Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday, Bello called on the Senate to check Melaye so that the lawmakers would not be adjudged birds of a feather. Bello was at the Presidential Villa to brief Osinbajo on the development in Kogi, alleging that Melaye lacks proper parental care and constitutes a menace to the society.



5. The Kogi State Police Command on Wednesday announced an indefinite ban on rally, public procession and demonstration in all parts of the state. The Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Wilson Inalegwu, who made the announcement in Lokoja during a meeting with area commanders, divisional police officers and senior police personnel said the ban takes immediate effect.

6. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said 62,140 candidates will rewrite the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination after their centres were discovered to have engaged in malpractices. JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede disclosed this on Wednesday at a briefing. He noted that a total of 59,698 UTME results were equally cancelled by the board based on examination malpractices.

7. The younger brother to the late Senator, Isiaka Adeleke, Ademola Adeleke Wednesday emerged candidate of the Osun West Senatorial District by-election under the the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP following his withdrawal from the race under the APC. He hinged his reason on the suspicious way the APC leadership in the state was handling the processes to its primary.

8. The naira has remained firm against the dollars as it closed at 364 to a dollar on Wednesday. This is the same rate it closed on Monday and Tuesday. The naira had posted a marginal gain against the United States dollar at the parallel market on Monday, closing at 364/dollar and has since then remained unmoved.

9. Several people have been declared missing and many houses razed on Wednesday after a fresh fight broke out between Tiv and Jukun people at Fidi suburb opposite the Tactical Air Command of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in Makurdi. Several persons have been reportedly killed. The Benue State Police Command’s spokesman, Moses Joel Yamu disclosed that four persons have been arrested in connection with the matter.

10. The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday cautioned those engaged in hate speeches across ethnic lines in all parts of the country to always note that wars could start with words and not mainly with bullets. Osinbajo sent the warning in his opening remarks at a meeting he had with leaders of thought from the South-East at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.


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