Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. The presidency has condemned Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence Day speech. This was contained in a statement by his Spokesman, Garba Shehu, who maintained that it was unfair for the group to blame the recent unrest in the southeast region on the federal government. Shehu said the president was simply calling on leaders from the region to wake up to their responsibilities.
2. Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, has told President Muhammadu Buhari to call Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to order. Mrs. Jonathan, in a statement signed by her Chief Press Secretary, Belema Meshack-Hart, also accused Magu of being desperate to destroy her family, alleging that she was being targeted because of the role she played during the 2015 election.
3. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-East geopolitical zone has endorsed the party’s zoning arrangement, which zoned the office of the President to the North and that of the National Chairman to the Southern part of Nigeria. In a meeting of the Zonal Executive Committee of the party held in Enugu, the South East PDP reaffirmed the party’s earlier agreement on the zoning of party positions allotted to the South East in respect of the forthcoming elective National Convention.
4. Vigilant troops of 159 Task Force Battalion have apprehended a notorious Boko Haram terrorists, Mr Abbas Abubakar. Abubakar is known for unleashing terror on Kangarwa, Mallam Fatori and adjourning localities. This is contained in a statement by Col. Timothy Antiga, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 8 task force.
5. No fewer than 55 people have been confirmed killed following the massive shooting that occurred Sunday night in Las Vegas. The number of injured has also surpassed 200. The incident is now officially the deadliest in the history of United States, reports have claimed.
6. FIFA has fined Nigeria 30,000 Swiss Francs (N11,049,557), after fans invaded the pitch during a 2018 World Cup qualifier. The game in question, is the 4-0 win over Cameroon at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom on September 1. According to the information on the FIFA website, Nigeria violated article 65 and 67 of the FBC FIFA stadium and security regulations.
7. President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, has declared that workers may shut down the country again if the Nigerian government does not show seriousness to implement the new minimum wage. Wabba said this on Monday in Abuja at a symposium with the theme: ‘Making Nigeria Work for the people,’ organised by the NLC to mark Nigeria’s 57th Independence Day.
8. One of the suspects arrested for the murder of a former winner of Guilder Ultimate Search, Hector Jobarteh, has given details on his involvement in the crime. The suspect, Ismaila Adeyemi, said he got a mobile phone from the valuables carted away from the victim’s residence. He said his brother, Usman Adeyemi, who had also been arrested, helped him to sell the phone for N7,000, adding that he gave Usman N2,000 from the money.
9. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has stated that only the National Assembly can effect restructuring. He said this on Monday while appearing on a Nigeria Television Authority programme. The minister said that the issue has many sides and the focal point must be amendment of the constitution.
10. The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has declared that electricity consumers who bypass their meters will be forced to pay up to N450,000 as fine. NERC said financial sanctions ranging from N50,000 to N450,000 for meter bypass by power consumers have been drafted and endorsed by the 11 electricity distribution companies operating in the country.