The Newspapers: Things You Need to Know This Monday

31st July 2017
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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has vowed to embark on an indefinite strike if the Federal Government failed to strengthen security in the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) and ensure the release of the abducted lecturers of the school.
ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said government should do all within its power to free their members held by the insurgents.

2. Two senators from Kaduna State, Shehu Sani and Suleiman Hunkuyi, were on Sunday attacked in the State by some hoodlums. The senators were about to address newsmen when a mob stormed the Press Centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, in Kaduna. Sani and Hunkuyi were rushed to safety by their security aides and journalists but their vehicle was destroyed.

3. Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), consisting of youths and women Sunday attacked the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano at St Joseph Church, Ekwulobia, Aguata local government area of the state. The governor was in a church service in the area when some youths and women in Biafra attires, chanting Biafra songs besieged the gate of the church shouting that there would be no election without referendum.

4. The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing said on Sunday that ongoing work on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has been suspended by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc as a result of delays in the payment of agreed contract fees for already done work on the road.

5. The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has has said claims by the Federal Government of Nigeria that it has defeated Boko Haram were false. The governor in a statement issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, argued that Boko Haram had not been defeated nor degraded. He said his position was informed by the ongoing activities of the insurgents.

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6. The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has again met with service chiefs and other stakeholders on the efforts to rescue the abducted staff of University of Maiduguri and Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande disclosed this on Sunday.

7. Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has said that he will be visiting Kaduna state as part of his current tour of various states in the country. Kanu, who spoke on Sunday to various IPOB members, who thronged his Umuahia country home, also confirmed that he will be in Lagos very soon. He also said he will ensure that Ohanaeze Ndigbo ceases to exist on the 19th of November 2017.

8. No fewer than 500 members of the All Progressives Congress in Ughelli South Council have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party. The defecting members were led by a former House of Assembly aspirant of the party, Olorogun Samson Okomitie. He said there was no future for the APC in the state.

9. The notorious ritual cult group, Badoo, struck again on Sunday in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, killing a couple and two of their children. The couple identified as Mr. and Mrs. Adejare and their kids were killed in the early hours of Sunday in Oke Ota community, Ibeshe. The children were reportedly aged between five and one. Two of them were identified as Siyin and Ajoke, all females. The third child is reportedly been treated in a hospital.

10. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has ordered the revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy of Novotel, a popular hotel in Port Harcourt, saying that the place had become a notorious spot where elections are rigged. Governor Wike, at the third synod of the Anglican Diocese of Evo said, that the hotel had allowed its premises to be used for alleged manipulation of electoral processes. He said that it was at the same hotel that some results for last December 10 re-run elections were cooked up.

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