Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. As the nation continues to battle with the current epileptic power supply, four more power plants have shut down this week, bringing the number of shut down plants to nine. This was disclosed by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing on Wednesday. The four affected power plants are Sapele I, Alaoji NIPP, Omotosho NIPP and Gbarain NIPP.
2. The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board has said it has delisted about 72 designated CBT centres. The exam body said the affected centres were engaged in various acts of misconduct during the 2017 Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examinations held in different parts of the country. Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, made this known at a meeting with CBT owners and operators from the 36 states in Lagos on Wednesday.
3. The police in Italy have arrested and charged two men, Al Mabrouc Harar and Mohamed Al Bouzid, to court over the deaths of 26 Nigerian women while crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Report says Harar, from Libya, and Al Bouzid, an Egyptian, were identified by the survivors as among those who allegedly tumbled one of the boats.
4. The popular Wuse Market in Abuja and its environs were shut down on Wednesday following a violent protest by some taxi-drivers over alleged killing of a collegue by a group of task force. The protest which extended to other parts of the capital city, including the popular Berger axis led to the blockage of major roads. The protesters were calling for outright ban of the task force responsible for the alleged killing. Meanwhile, report says several arrests have been made in connection with the protest.
5. Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has given insight into the amount recovered by the agency in the last two years.
Magu said EFCC monetary recoveries from May 2015 to October 20, 2017 was in excess of N738.9 billion which is equivalent to over $2.9 billion.
6. The Nasarawa State Internal Revenue Service, NSIRS, has sealed off 10 branches of three banks over alleged failure to remit taxes deducted from customers in the state.
Usman Okposhi, Chairman of NSIRS, told journalists in Lafia on Wednesday that four branches each of Skye Bank and Unity Bank, and two branches of Keystone Bank were affected by the closure.
7. The face-off between the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, on Wednesday came to an end as both embraced each other publicly before the commencement of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
8. Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has imposed an emergency 24 hours curfew on five local government area of the state. The affected LGAs are Adavi, Ajaokuta, Okene, Okehi and Ogori/Magongo, all in the central senatorial axis of the state. A statement by the government says there were serious security threats in the areas.
9. The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday appeared before the Senate Adhoc Committee, and argued through his lawyer that the case under investigation was already in court, hence the senate lacks the power to continue with its probe on the corruption allegation against him.
10. Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has disclosed that six new players who could not feature in the heat of the qualifiers for the World Cup may make his starting line-up when they take on Algeria on Friday. According to Rohr, he would use the game to test some fringe players in his team since six players are rested from the team due to various injuries.