Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
- The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed November 16 for a fresh election in Kogi west senatorial district involving Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Festus Okoye, chairman, information and voter committee of INEC, disclosed this on Monday. According to INEC, the senatorial election and the Kogi governorship election would hold simultaneously.
Nigerian Bank Chief Executive Officers, CEOs, have dissociated themselves from MTN Nigeria’s intention to start charging customers for USSD transactions. It also dismissed the claim from MTN that banks requested that customers should be charged for USSD transactions. A statement jointly signed by the banks CEOs on Monday cleared that the decision on whether, and what amount, to charge a customer for accessing USSD is entirely that of the telco company, the same way a customer is billed for calls, SMS and data.Recommended Jobs Apply Now
A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, Monday ordered the temporary forfeiture of two properties belonging to the immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to the Federal Government. The said properties are located in Ikoyi area of Lagos State. The order as disclosed by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, followed an ex parte application filed by the Commission seeking an order of interim forfeiture of the properties, alleging that they were acquired through proceeds of unlawful activities.
The Federal Government has assured that the payment of the new minimum wage would take immediate effect. Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, who gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen in Abuja, stated that the payment cuts across both the public and private sectors and will commence almost immediately. Ngige was, however, not specific on whether workers will get the new pay this October.
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday reviewed the bail conditions earlier granted to Omoleye Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu waived his earlier order, reducing Sowore deposit to N50million from N100m and reduced the amount attached to Bakare’s bail from N50million to N20million. Ojukwu said all earlier bail conditions by the court remained, and emphasised the restraining order on the defendants from participating in rallies due to the nature of the case.
Imo State House of Assembly has passed a motion authorising the state Auditor-General to set up an independent committee of forensic experts to investigate the 250 bank accounts allegedly traced to Rochas Okorocha in the state in the last eight years as governor. The House also urged the banks concerned to work in tandem, with the investigating committee to enable it to put in proper shape, the state’s bank accounts.
The Permanent Secretary, State House, Mr Jalal Arabi, has disclosed that some of the vehicles used for daily operations in the State House were purchased as far back as 1999 and have become very difficult to maintain. He disclosed this on Monday when he led his management team to the National Assembly for the defence of the 2020 budget proposals of the State House before the House Committee on Special Duties.
- Report has emerged of the arrest of over six workers of the University of Ibadan’s Distance Learning Centre by the Department of the State Security for alleged involvement in examination malpractice. The workers, who were arrested last Friday, had been in the custody of the DSS. They were detained for allegedly smuggling scripts for students during examinations, fabricating Computer Based Test results, falsifying clearance mostly for students having disciplinary issues, and many others.
Nigeria’s former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has said that he is not Yoruba. FFK disowned his tribe on Twitter while arguing that the word Yoruba was foreign to his culture and not known in the Anago language. He revealed that the name Yoruba was derived from “Yariba” which means “shady and unreliable”. He said since one is what he is called, it was wise to reject Yoruba as he is an “Omo Karo Jire” or an “Oduduwan”
The National Assembly has unravelled non-existent projects in the 2020 budget proposed by the National Inland Waterways Agency. It includes the purchase of vessels and barges as well as procurement of dredgers and other equipment. Over N4bn had been appropriated for the items between 2017 and 2019. The lawmakers discovered this during a budget defence session.
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