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1. FORMER President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has hinted that he wishes to live beyond 100 years so as to have more opportunities to celebrate with the Agura of Gbagura, Oba Sabur Bakare, Jamolu II.
Obasanjo, who clocked 83 this year, while speaking at the interdenominational service to mark the first anniversary of the monarch held in Abeokuta, said he wishes to be at the 20th anniversary of the monarch.
2. The federal high court, Abuja has ordered the Governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku, a former Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Kumai Aka’ahs (Rtd) and heads of security agencies in the country, to appear before in court in respect of the ethnic clashes in Taraba State.
They are to appear before Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed on August 26, 2020, to show cause why they should not be restrained from continuing with investigations into the Tiv/Jukun crisis in Taraba State.
3. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has admitted that some of its officials are corrupt.
EFCC zonal head in Lagos State, Abdulrasheed Bawa said officials of the commission caught involved in corrupt practices are prosecuted.
Bawa stated this while responding to questions on TVC, on Wednesday. He also urged Nigerians to help identify corrupt officials of the anti-graft agency.
4. Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and Minister of Agriculture under President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term, Chief Audu Ogbe has lamented that, Nigeria has never witnessed the type of security challenges it is currently facing, where lives are wasted day and night, except during civil war.
Chief Ogbe stated this in Kaduna on Wednesday at the maiden meeting of the newly elected National Working Committee (NWC) of ACF, which he chairs.
The new ACF Chairman stated categorically that, the North, which covers 78 percent of the Nigeria’s landmass, is faced with the problems of killings day and night which are greater than ever, except during the civil war.
According to him, “we have not faced this challenge before: Killings day and night. At no time has life been so tough except during the civil war,” he said.
5. Students in universities across the country protested in Abuja, Wednesday, over the continued closure of schools arising from the outbreak of coronavirus.
The protesting student who converged on the nation’s capital city, demanded the immediate reopening of schools, flaying the government for its decision not to reopen schools for activities to commence having opened religious places, markers, airports among others.
6. The presidency yesterday spurned reports suggesting that President Mu- hammadu Buhari’s nephew, Malaikm Mamman Daura, had been flown out of the country for medical checkup, saying renowned industrialists was in sound health.
It was reacting to a report by an online media alleging that Daura was flown to the United Kingdom for ur- gent medical treatment of an undisclosed ailment.
7. The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has deployed additional investigative aids to Oyo State to complement the efforts of the Oyo State Police Command in the ongoing manhunt and efforts aimed at re-arresting Sunday Shodipe, a prime suspect in the multiple murder of innocent citizens at Akinyele Local Government Area, Moniya, Ibadan, Oyo State. The additional deployment comprises crack detectives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS) of the Force Intelligence Bureau, Abuja.
8. Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, has defended the increase in hate speech fine from N500,000 to N5 million.
Shehu, during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, said the initial penalty for hate speech was not being respected .
Nigerians have condemned the move by the federal government to increase the fine, saying it is an attempt to gag them.
9. Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has declared that there is nothing wrong in borrowing.
He said what matters is that funds are invested in infrastructure rather than services or consumption.
The minister insisted that Nigeria is effectively utilizing the funds it borrowed from China and elsewhere for infrastructural development and job creation.
10. Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has distanced himself fom his 2023 presidential campaign posters which went viral on social media on Wednesday.
Gov. Fayemi, in a statement made available by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, warned those behind the posters to stop distracting him from performing his primary duties.