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Written by on June 7, 2016

Osinbajo to act as President Buhari proceeds on medical vacation:

  • Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be acting as the president of Nigeria in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who proceeded on a ten-day vacation to the UK to seek medical treatment for an ear infection.
President Buhari speaking to newsmen at the airport before his departure.

President Buhari speaking to newsmen at the airport before his departure.

During a brief interaction he had with journalists before leaving the Presidential Wing of the airport, Buhari was asked to react to the tension being created that the President of the country is sick. At that point, the President asked the reporters if there was anybody that does not fall sick. He also said a letter has been sent to the leadership of the National Assembly in that regard.

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  • FG to suspend military offensive against militants; gives room for dialogue
  • The Federal Government, on Monday said it is considering scaling down military operations in the offensive against Niger Delta militants for about two weeks to allow for dialogue with the militants and other aggrieved groups in the region.
  • Niger Delta militants have vowed to strike some selected national formations, including Aso Villa, the National Assembly and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

    Niger Delta militants have vowed to strike some selected national formations, including Aso Villa, the National Assembly and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

  • The call came as Niger Delta militants vowed to strike some selected national formations, including Aso Villa, the National Assembly and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, called on the militants to shelve violence, sheathe their weapon and embrace dialogue with government. According to him, the national security adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, is to lead government delegation to the dialogue expected to wrap up in one week.

  • FG to suspend military offensive against militants; gives room for dialogue
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Publishing names of looters will jeopardise investigation – Osinbajo:

  • Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday said the Federal Government refrained from publishing names of those it recovered looted funds from in order not to jeopardise ongoing investigation. The Vice-President spoke during a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja with a delegation of the European Union led by the EU Ambassador in Nigeria, Michel Arrion.

osinbajoOn the list published, the Federal Government said it had recovered a total of one hundred and fifteen point seven billion naira cash, while assets worth over one point nine trillion naira had been frozen in one year. Many individuals and groups had criticised the government for not publishing the names of those the monies were recovered from, but Osinbajo said such publication may jeopardise investigations.

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Kogi Tribunal dismisses Faleke’s petition; party man vows to appeal:

  • The Kogi State governorship election tribunal has ruled that the failure of Mr James Faleke to join INEC in his petition against the election of Governor Yahaya Bello is a major defect to the petition. Tribunal ruled that Faleke lacks the locus standi to challenge the substitution of Late Audu Abubakar having not participated in the APC primaries that produced Abubakar. It further held that only political parties are the ones vested with the power to nominate and sponsor a candidate for any election.
Hon. Abiodun Faleke

Hon. Abiodun Faleke

The Tribunal therefore held that the APC was legally right to substitute its candidate due to force majeur as the election was declared inconclusive. However, addressing a news conference in Abuja after the verdict, Faleke faulted the Tribunal for failing to examine the whole merit of his case and vowed to appeal the judgment.

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Oyo workers begin indefinite strike today:

  • The National Headquarters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in conjunction with its Oyo State Chapter has ordered workers in the state to begin an indefinite strike on Tuesday. The National Vice-Chairman of NLC, Mr Solomon Adelegan, gave the directive after a congress held at the Labour Secretariat in Ibadan.
Students on Monday took to the streets protesting in solidarity with the union and vandalising property in the process.

Students on Monday took to the streets protesting in solidarity with the union and vandalising property in the process.

Adelegan said that the strike action would continue until labour’s demands were met. Among demands listed were the withdrawal of all charges levelled against seven NLC leaders by the police. Labour also said government should immediately pay workers and pensioners their six months outstanding salaries and pensions while rescinding its decision to sell-off any public school in the state.

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NYSC Stream two orientation to commence on Monday:

  • After several postponements, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has fixed Monday thirteenth of June for the 2016 batch A, stream two orientation course. In a statement issued on Monday, NYSC commended prospective corps members for their patience, and advised them to start printing their call up letters from today as the earlier printed Call-up letters are now invalid.nysc_members

It further directed those who did not subscribe for online printing to start collection of Call-up letters from Thursday the ninth of June from their various institutions of graduation. The orientation course will end on Wednesday twenty-ninth of June.

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  • Naira weakens; now three hundred and fifty-seven naira per dollar:

  • The Naira on Monday weakened further against the dollar at the parallel market. The currency exchanged at three hundred and fifty-seven naira for a dollar as against three hundred and fifty naira it traded on Friday. However, the naira maintained stability with the Pounds Sterling and Euro, trading at five hundred and five and three hundred and ninety-seven naira to each of them, respectively.

Meanwhile, pending the release of modalities for the operation of the proposed flexible exchange rate, the official rate remained at one hundred and ninety-seven naira to a dollar. Traders at the market decried the delay in the release of modalities as proposed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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Police Recruitment: No Chance for Applicants with Tattoo on Their Bodies:

  • The Police have barred persons with tattoo on their bodies from the ongoing nationwide recruitment into the force. Spokesman of the Enugu command, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, said that the measure was part of the rules for the recruitment.

Amaraizu said that the present recruitment is for degree holders and will last for three weeks after which, the selected ones will proceed for the written interview. He said over-aged people, tattooed persons, falsified results, statement of results over five years and people with some physical impediments will be disqualified.

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Jide Kosoko’s wife Henrietta dies at fifty-three:

  • Nollywood actress, Henrietta Kosoko is dead. She died on Monday morning. Henrietta, wife of veteran actor, Jide Kosoko, who only last week celebrated her fifty-third birthday, was said to have slumped at home and was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
    The actress was said to have slumped at home and was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

    The actress was said to have slumped at home and was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A close family source who spoke under the condition of anonymity disclosed that she before her demise, she was battling diabetes for a while, causing her sugar level to fluctuate. Henrietta was until her death, married to the former president of the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), Kosoko.

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On to the foreign scene…

 Uganda President Yoweri Museveni appoints wife as Education minister:

  • Uganda President, Yoweri Museveni on Monday announced his Cabinet of eighty ministers with minor reshuffles, moving his wife, Janet Museveni from Karamoja Affairs minister docket to Education.muse

Museveni also appointed opposition member and one time presidential aspirant Betty Kamya minister in charge of Kampala Capital City and rewarded Evelyn Anite with the Privatisation State Minister docket. Anite, a former broadcaster, is the woman who passed the Museveni sole candidate motion that saw Mbabazi’s presidential bid on an NRM docket shuttered.

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Protests in Kenya as opposition marks Day of Rage:

  • At least two demonstrators were killed in police firing on Monday, as opposition supporters in Kenya blocked key roads and set fire to tyres in a Day of Rage protests aimed at overhauling the country’s election commission.day of rage

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) alliance, which alleges that the electoral body is biased towards the president, has been staging weekly protests every Monday. Protests took place in several towns but in Kisumu, an opposition stronghold, police opened fire before using tear gas and water cannon.

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Frenchman planning attacks during Euro 2016 arrested:

  • A Frenchman detained last month with a large cache of arms was planning mass attacks during the Euro 2016 football tournament, which starts on Friday, Ukrainian officials say. The man, identified by French media as Gregoire Moutaux, was arrested on the Ukrainian border with Poland.

Intelligence chief, Vasyl Hrytsak said the twenty-five year old had planned fifteen attacks and was driven by ultra-nationalist views. He had amassed guns, and detonators. Mr Hrytsak listed bridges, motorways, a mosque and a synagogue among the suspect’s potential targets.

 

And now in Sports

  • We are not yet ready for Rio Olympics – says Siasia:
  • Head Coach of Nigeria’s national under-twenty-three male football team, Samson Siasia, on Monday said his team is not ready for the Rio Olympics but has learnt a lot from the Four-Nation Suwon Invitational Tournament in Korea Republic. The Dream Team had finished their campaign with a three-one win over Honduras on Monday.
Coach of the U-23 team, Samson Siasia

Coach of the U-23 team, Samson Siasia

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Siasia said the experience in Korea was overwhelming and will help his team back home to start making corrections. The former Super Eagles chief coach said the team has also realised the areas where it needs to improve on and those players that need to be injected into the team.

  • We are not yet ready for Rio Olympics – says Siasia

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  • Arsenal, PSG target, Mahrez ready to quit Leicester:
  • Riyad Mahrez is ready to quit Leicester City but the Premier League champions are still hoping to tie him to a new and improved contract,reports say. The PFA Player of the Year is wanted by Europe’s elite after scoring seventeen goals and recording eleven assists to help guide the Foxes to their first ever top-flight title win.

Mahrez signed a contract extension with Leicester in August 2015 and is currently earning thirty-five-thousand-pounds-a-week. The Algerian has attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain. Arsenal are waiting on teammate, Jamie Vardy to decide whether he will accept the Gunners’ one-twenty-thousand-pounds-a-week contract offer but have not set a deadline for the player’s decision.


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