The Newspapers: Things You Need To Know This Wednesday

21st June 2017
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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. One of Nigeria’s telecommunication companies, Etisalat has now been taken over by ten major Nigerian lenders over failure to service its debt. The lenders include, Zenith Bank, GT Bank, First Bank, UBA, Fidelity Bank, Access Bank, Ecobank, FCMB, Stanbic IBTC Bank and Union Bank.

2. The Federal Government, has filed 11 grounds notice of appeal against the judgment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal which acquitted Senate President, Bukola Saraki of 18 counts of false asset declaration and other related offences. The government is insisting that the acquittal is unreasonable.

3. Five persons have been confirmed dead in a stampede while residents were collecting N500 alms in Katsina state. Those that lost their lives included four minors and one 40-year-old woman who were collecting “Zakkat” from one Kamal Ma’a Gafi.

4. Fifteen political parties have come together to form an electoral alliance, known as Mega Coalition, to adopt and field candidates for governorship and presidential elections in 2019. Some of the parties which signed the agreement document, included the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria ACPN, Better Nigeria Progressive Party, BNPP, Democratic Alternative DA, Democratic Peoples Congress, DPC and Democratic Peoples Party DPP among others.

5. Following the takeover of Etisalat by some banks, a meeting between the officials of Etisalat Nigeria, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and a consortium of banks has been fixed today to find a resolution to the debt crisis troubling the telecoms company.

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6. The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, declared on Tuesday that no matter how long it took, the members of the northern coalition groups that gave the Igbos in the 19 northern states a three-month ultimatum to leave the region would be arrested.

7. The police have dismissed two traffic wardens identified as Musa Muktari and Shuaibu Suleman, attached to Wuse Police Division, Federal Capital Territory Command for receiving N15,000 bribe from a motorist. Their dismissal is with immediate effect for corrupt practice following an orderly room trial at the Provost Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

8. Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has vowed to end the business of generating sets, by meeting the energy demands of rural communities through sustainable renewable energy solution. Osinbajo was speaking at the inauguration of Nigerian Renewable Energy Roundtable on Tuesday in Abuja.

9. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has detained a former Minister of State for FCT, Jumoke Akinjide, just as the anti-graft agency invited lawmaker representing Anambra-North senatorial district, Stella Oduah, for questioning. While Oduah was invited to explain her role in the procurement of two bullet-proof BMW vehicles for N225m while she was minister , Akinjide was arrested for evading arraignment in the Federal High Court Ibadan over 24 counts of money laundering in Suit No FHC/1B/26C/2017.

10. A total of 188, 580 electorate from Kogi West have signed the recall register form of Senator Dino Melaye. Announcing the figure at the All progressives Congress State Secretariat in Lokoja, the returning officer for the recall of the serving senator, Adamu Yusuf explained that out of 360,098 of the total registered voters of the seven western senatorial districts 188, 588, signed the recall register, constituting 52.3% of the voters in senatorial district.

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