TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, FRIDAY
1. Buhari Meets Service Chiefs, Security Heads, Others In Aso Rock
President Muhamadu Buhari on Thursday met with Service chiefs and heads of security agencies over the worsening insecurity in the country.
The National Security Council Meeting took place at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting was attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao.
Also in attendance were the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman; the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
Others at the meeting included the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Boss Mustapha; the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (retd).
2. EFCC To Arraign Former Accountant General Over ‘N109bn Scam’
The former Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris would be arraigned in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday.
The commission will arraign Idris before Justice A.O. Adeyemi Ajayi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja.
The former AGF would be arraigned by the anti-graft agency alongside three others: Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Kudu Usman and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited on a 14-count charge of stealing and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N109,485,572,691.9.
3. Osun: I’m Not An APC Member, I Only Work For The APC Government – Femi Adesina
The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina has denied being a card-carrying member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Adesina on Thursday submitted that APC is only his preferred party but he is not a member of the party, adding that he is a Buharist as well.
He made the stand known in an article released on Thursday in which he reacted to those calling him out after the APC lost the July 16 governorship election in his home state of Osun.
It will be recalled the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke on Saturday, defeated the incumbent governor and candidate of the APC, Gboyega Oyetola.
This led many to start calling out APC stalwarts from the state including Adesina on how they couldn’t deliver their very own state.
However, Adesina on Thursday in an article titled ‘OSUN: BUHARI DOES IT AGAIN’ said though he would have preferred Oyetola as his preferred candidate to win the election, he is not a stakeholder in the Osun election as people painted it to be.
4. ‘National Crisis’ – Peter Obi Speaks On Electricity Grid Collapse, Bread Bakers Strike
The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has stated that the consistent collapse of the national grid exposes the failure of the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government.
The national power grid collapsed for the sixth time around noon on Wednesday, throwing the nation into darkness.
Also, the Premium Breadmakers Association of Nigeria on Thursday announced its plans to stop the production of bread due to the increase in the prices of baking materials.
The President of the association, Emmanuel Onuorah, in a statement, lamented that the prices of baking materials and diesel had affected production. Onuorah further stated that bakeries are running in losses, and the situation is no longer sustainable.
Reacting in a post on his Twitter handle on Thursday, Peter Obi said the continuous failure of the present administration to fix the power sector is a compelling catalyst for a leadership change.
The former Anambra State governor noted that the unavailability of bread due to bakers’ strike translates to a national crisis.
5. Why Benue, 20 Other States Are Struggling To Pay Salaries – Ortom
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has opened up on the reason his state and 20 other states in the country are currently struggling to pay workers’ salaries.
In an interview on Arise TV, Ortom said he inherited arrears of pensions and salaries of over N70 billion from the previous administrations.
According to him, his administration has been able to deplete the N70 billion to N30 billion since he assumed office in 2015.
The governor claimed Benue is not the only state that is faced with the challenges of salaries as more than 20 states are finding it difficult to pay salaries due to poor allocations from the federal account.
Ortom attributed the poor allocation to non-remittance from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC.
6. FG Considers Nationwide Okada Ban
President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on Thursday revealed that it is considering banning the use of motorcycles, popularly known as okada across the country.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, gave the hint while addressing newsmen after a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC).
The meeting was presided over by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Malami on Thursday noted that an investigation carried out showed that okada was used for mining activities across the country.
He added that banning the use of Okada would cut off sources of funds for terrorists and bandits.
Malami who was flanked by the Ministers of Interior and Police Affairs, Rauf Aregbesola and Mohammed Dingyadi, said the meeting focused on how to stop terrorist activities.
According to the minister, terrorists now generate funds through mining and ransom, while they use motorcycles for movement.
7. JAMB Release Official Cut-Off Marks For Universities, Polytechnics
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), and heads of tertiary education institutions on Thursday released the cut-off mark for admissions in universities and polytechnics in 2022/2023.
The admission body pegged the minimum cut-off mark for universities as 140.
JAMB fixed the minimum cut-off mark for admission in polytechnics and colleges of education at 100.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced this at the ongoing Policy Meeting on Admissions in Abuja, Thursday.
The registrar of Jamb, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, announced the cut-off after thorough debates and votes by vice-chancellors of universities, rectors of polytechnics and provosts of colleges of education.
8. Governor Ortom, Wike, Others Take Decision On Defection
The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday, spoke on the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party.
Ortom, who recently returned to Nigeria, disclosed that he met with the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and others over the differences in the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
According to Ortom, the aggrieved governors have decided to remain in the main opposition party.
Governor Wike is not pleased with the decision of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar to pick the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.
Ortom, who had condemned Atiku for ignoring Wike, said he and his aggrieved colleagues have agreed to remain in PDP.
He, however, called on Atiku to reach out to Governor Wike for reconciliation.
9. ASUU Strike Update: FG Begs Union To Resume
The federal government of Nigeria has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its strike and return to the classroom.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu made the appeal on Thursday in Abuja during the 2022 policy meeting on admissions to tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Adamu appealed to ASUU and all other labour unions in the public tertiary institutions to consider the future of the students and allow dialogue to be fruitful.
He stated that the government is yearning for a stable academic calendar but needs the cooperation of the unions to make it work.
10. No Fake Bishops Attended Shettima’s Unveiling – Tinubu
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has denied reports that fake Bishops were hired to attend the unveiling of his running mate Senator Kashim Shettima.
Tinubu in a statement on Thursday by the Spokesman of the Tinubu Campaign Organisation (TCO), Bayo Onanuga, said the clerics were actually genuine and upcoming.
He asserted that the clerics are church leaders who genuinely believe that Nigerians must eschew politics of hatred and religious bigotry and rather embrace politics of peace and nation building.
The APC presidential candidate stated that the viral videos and pictures of the clerics at the event were the handiworks of political distractors.
He, however, stated that the outrage over the development on and off social media was an unwarranted distraction.