TODAY’S NEWS WRAP-UP (JULY 11, 2016)
1. A statement by the Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the 19 Northern states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has accused the Federal Government of marginalization of Northern Christians in its appointments. Chairman of the group, Rev. Yakubu Pam, has advised , to be fair in the sharing of political appointments in the country.
2. Report says a four-man team would today take over the prosecution of the prosecution of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki; his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and two others on charges of forgery of the Senate Standing Orders used for the presiding officers’ elections of the 8th Senate in June 2015. They will be taking over from the Director, Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Diri. Report says the team would be led by a former Attorney General of Kano State, Mr. Aliyu Umar (SAN).
3. A suspected cult leader, Andrew Awalebi, has disclosed how he could not be killed by bullets, stating that no bullets can pierce through his body. He made this known in a confessional statement to the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command. Awalebi, a suspected member of the Eiye Confraternity, reportedly told the police that a charm he got from a herbalist had made him to be invincible. He was arrested alongside other members of the group by the police.
4. Ekiti State Government has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government of using security agencies to lay siege on the State, calling on lovers of democracy to save democracy from being truncated. The state government is alleging that over 20 policemen led by one ACP Olusola Oke, a native of Isan Ekiti, hometown of Minister of Solid Minerals and former Governor of the State, Dr Kayode Fayemi; CSP Ayodeji and CSP Enang were billed to invade the State and embark on indiscriminate arrest of top officials of the State government, PDP leaders and members of the State House of Assembly.
5. Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, weekend, threatened abandon the demand for legitimate dialogue with militants and stakeholders on the demands of the region, citing Buhari’s refusal to comply with their demands as their reason for the decision. In an interview with Vanguard, the Avengers said the struggle has entered a new phase with Buhari’s disposition of winning the battle and losing the war.
6. The embattled former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has disowned the Peoples Democratic Party emissaries led by the Chairman of the party in Osun State, Mr. Soji Adagunodo to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi to appeal on his behalf, saying he was not aware of their mission. Speaking on behalf of Omisore, a close ally, Mr. Diran Odeyemi, in a statement on Sunday said Adagunodo’s action was tantamount to a mockery and a pretence.
7. Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd), has expressed concern over the delay in payment of stipends of former militants in the Niger Delta region. In a statement signed by Mr Piriye Kiyaramo, Bayelsa Liaison Officer, Presidential Amnesty Programme on Sunday in Yenagoa said the payment will soon commence.
8. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says the point system copied from its website as criteria for admission into tertiary institutions in the country and currently being circulated in the media is a mere illustration, and not a criterion for admission. The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, made this known in a statement on Sunday. It said admission would be based on three pillars: merit, catchment and educationally-less developed states.
9. The Ondo state Police command has said the abducted Laragunsin of Ode-Iyasan community, Oba Abiodun Oyewunmi has been rescued unhurt. Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, said the royal father regained his freedom at Gbelegun village, a riverine community in Edo state early on Sunday through a combined efforts of the marine police, Police anti-kidnapping squad and some military officers.
SOURCE: DAILY POST