Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers
1. The Zamfara Police Command on Wednesday confirmed that 16 of its personnel were killed in the Nov. 29 clash between the command and bandits in the state.
The clash was sequel to a raid on criminals’ hideouts in the state by the police during which 104 bandits were killed by policemen.
2. The police on Wednesday gave an account of how the Chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors, Chief Vincent Obianuju, was allegedly shot in a gun battle by suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (alias Evans).
Onwuamadike is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, 29, Chiemeka Arinze, 39, and Udeme Upong, 43, on a seven-count charge of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap, and sale and transfer of firearms.
3. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has confirmed it will commence registration for the 2019/ 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in January.
The Chairman of the governing Board, Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe announced the new date to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, during a ceremony to celebrate some staff of the board who retired recently.
4. General Overseer of Living Faith Church Worldwide, aka Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo has said that he has never received or shared any money from any government in Nigeria.
The Bishop, while speaking at this year’s Shiloh, also warned those he called ‘political gladiators’ to understand that authority is now domiciled in the church, saying, “If the church says you are going nowhere, there is nothing you can do.
5. President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja from Poland, where he participated in the opening of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice.
While in Poland, the President delivered his national address at the 12-day meeting of COP24, and met with several world leaders . He also visited the impressive Nigerian pavilion at the climate summit.
6. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reacted to the defection of Lagos Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Wasiu Oluwo, from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the party.
The PDP said the commissioner would be remembered for that particular action.
7. A former Inspector-General of Police and Chairman, Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith, Wednesday, disclosed to the Senate that the rot in the Police Force had got to a head as criminals and drug bandits give gift of houses to serving policemen.
Smith made the allegation during a public hearing on a ‘Bill for an Act to repeal the Police Act CaP P19 Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enact the Police Act, 2018’, which held at the National Assembly complex.
8. The Senate, Wednesday, approved a request by the Executive for the payment of N338.9 billion local debts owed by the Federal Government through a promissory note programme and bond issuance.
The figure consists of N102 billion as refund for federal projects executed by Delta and Taraba states; N43.5 billion for debts owed five contractors, and N193 billion as outstanding Export Expansion Grant (EEG) claims by 269 companies.
9. President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, has charged striking lecturers in public universities to brace up for a long action.
Ogunyemi enjoined ASUU members “to be on the watch and prepare for a long drawn out struggle to salvage the university system”.
10. A bill to establish the Federal Polytechnic, Mpu in Enugu State which was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu was on Wednesday passed into law.
The passage followed a favourable consideration of the report by the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TetFund, headed by Senator Jibril Barau.