Good morning from MEZIESBLOG! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. The Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Monday, nullified the election of the senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Elisha Abbo. The appellate court declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Amos Yohanna, as the winner of the February 25 senatorial election.
2. President Bola Tinubu swore in three additional ministers into his 48-person cabinet at noon on Monday. Jamila Bio Ibrahim, Ayodele Olawande and Balarabe Lawal took the oath of office at 12:15 pm at the Council Chamber of the State House before the start of the Federal Executive Council meeting which Tinubu presided over.
3. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Monday proposed N26.01 trillion for the 2024 Budget. A bill to that effect will shortly be sent to the National Assembly. Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu told reporters after the FEC meeting that the projection is based on the crude price of $73.96 and exchange rate of $700.
4. Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Nyesom Wike has said Nigeria’s major problem is the attitude of those in positions of power and not the institutions. The minister said this while addressing thousands of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) workers who besieged his office to express delight and appreciation to him and President Bola Tinubu on the creation of FCT Civil Service Commission and other reforms.
5. Elisha Abbo, sacked Adamawa North senator, has fingered Senate President Godswill Akpabio in the appeal court ruling which removed him from office. Abbo said four other senators who worked against the emergence of Akpabio as Senate President had been targeted for removal from the Red Chamber through the court.
6. Workers of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) on Monday shut down the head office of the service in Abuja, protesting against the appointment of Tola Odeyemi as Chief Executive Officer/Post Master General. The protesting workers denied entry to the newly appointed NIPOST CEO, saying her appointment was against their wish.
7. A full-blown trial of former Minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) will kick-start at a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, October 17 by the federal government. Mrs Oduah and the China Construction giant will face prosecution for alleged fraud, money laundering and bribery running into N7.9bn.
8. United States President, Joe Biden, will pay a solidarity visit to Israel on Wednesday following the Hamas attacks, said Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who also announced that Israel had agreed to work on civilian aid for Gaza. Biden would travel to Jordan where he would meet the Jordanian King Abdullah II, Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
9. Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has warned Lagosians that the Blue Rail Line tracks are not a marketplace. Sanwo-Olu said this on Monday while announcing the resumption of the Blue Line Rail which was earlier suspended at the weekend.
10. The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a credit officer of a microfinance bank, Esther Hamidu, after allegedly fleeing with customers’ contributions totalling N1.97m. It was gathered that Hamidu absconded with the daily contribution of the bank’s customers which spanned between March and December 2023.