The Newspapers – Things You Need To Know This Thursday
Good morning! Here’s today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers
1. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday in Abuja directed all cabinet ministers to remain in office until May 28.
The President, who gave the directive during the valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Presidential Villa, however, instructed them to hand over the mantle of leadership of their various ministries to their respective Permanent Secretaries on Tuesday.
2. The Chairman of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has recused herself from participating in adjudicating petitions challenging the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Zainab, who is also the President of the Appeal Court, made the announcement on Wednesday in Abuja after the tribunal had delivered ruling against an application challenging her membership of the tribunal.
3. Aggrieved protesters have given the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), up till next Monday to release the Certificate of Return of Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha or they will mobilise one million Nigerians to occupy the headquarters of the commission indefinitely.
The protesters issued the ultimatum to INEC yesterday when they besieged the national headquarters of INEC to demand the immediate release of the Okorocha’s certificate of return as senator-elect.
4. The Senate has passed a bill for the establishment of Federal Audit Service Commission.
This is aimed at strengthening the Office of Auditor-General of the Federation in ensuring probity and accountability in government agencies.
5. The Federal Government has confirmed the acquisition of an Amplitude Modulation radio broadcast licence, to reach herdsmen across various locations in the country.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who stated this in Abuja, said the establishment of the radio frequency, was to end the perennial farmers-herders crisis across the country.
6. Eight people have died at the Mbawa Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Benue between January and this month of May.
The Chairman of the camp, Mr. Geoffrey Torgenga, who made the disclosure in Makurdi on Wednesday while speaking with newsmen during a visit to the camp, blamed the deaths on acute hunger and different diseases at the camp, located at Daudu community in the Guma Local Government Area of Benue.
7. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Wednesday alleged that several of their members were arrested in Enugu State, with their whereabouts unknown.
IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, said the unspecified numbers of their members were arrested around Nike Area of Enugu State, en-route Nsukka.
8. Justice Jide Falola of the Osun State High Court has issued form 48 against the police and threatened to commit the Inspector General of Police to prison.
In his ruling on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, Justice Falola issued form 48 against the police, asking them to take notice of consequence of disobedience of court order, warning them that they would be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.
9. Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has been elected as new Chairman of the Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum.
Gov. Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara, who is also the outgoing chairman of the forum disclosed that Fayemi was nominated by Malam Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, seconded by the Governor of Delta, Ifeanyi Okowa and unanimously elected by the governors to lead the forum till 2021.
10. Members of the Joint Aviation Unions, who had embarked on industrial action on Wednesday to press home their demands, have reached agreement with the Federal Government and called off the strike.
The National President of ATSSSAN, Mr. Illistrus Ahmadu, who spoke on behalf of the unions, said that agreements were reached with the minister who promised to look into their demands.