Top news from Nigeria today 30/08/2023


Good morning from Meziesblog! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso faction of the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP, has held a parallel meeting of the National Executive Committee in Abuja to reverse his suspension. The faction announced the expulsion of the new acting National Chairman of the party, Major Agbo and some notable members involved in Kwankwaso’s sanction.

2. The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Nyesom Wike, has said his administration had yet to decide on how to expend the N5bn palliative fund expected from the Federal Government. He stated that the FCT administration might consider transportation and food support, while noting that efforts were ongoing to bring back urban mass transportation to the FCT to reduce residents’ suffering in terms of transportation.

3. There are reports that the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has been appointed as a member of the All Progressives Congress Campaign Council for the Bayelsa State governorship election. Wike, who is the immediate past Rivers State governor, was recently appointed as a minister by President Bola Tinubu. He is also a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Campaign Council.

4. Officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) have demolished a market called “Kasuwan Dare”. The market located at Hassan Musa Katsina Street, near Kpaduma II in Asokoro Extension, Abuja, was said to have harboured suspected hoodlums and drug dealers.

5. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the appointment of a new Board and Management team of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). This is contained in a statement issued by Presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, on Tuesday night.

6. The traditional ruler of Agulu in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Innocent Obodoakor, has urged Nigerians to be patient with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Obodoakor, who is the monarch of Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi’s town, spoke during the celebration of his community’s new yam festival.

7. The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Tuesday, accused the Federal Government of abandoning the case against its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, hiding under a series of adjournments. IPOB while mocking the Federal Government for allegedly abandoning the appeal it instituted against the Court of Appeal judgment discharging and acquitting Kanu, told them to meet the pro-Biafra group in court instead of tactically abandoning its case.

8. Men of the Edo State Police Command have arrested a 24-year-old final-year student of the University of Port Harcourt, Victor Ochonogor, for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend, Success Regha, to death on Monday. Ochonogor, a student of Applied and Industrial Chemistry, reportedly committed the offence at 10, Osahon Street, Ogheghe Quarters, off Sapele Road, Benin City.

9. The Gombe State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on Tuesday paraded 46 suspects, 32 females and 14 males, who were arrested in local nightclubs, popularly known as Gidan Gala. The arrest was made in compliance with Governor Muhammadu Yahaya’s directives that all local nightclubs be shut.

10. The Securities and Exchange Commission, on Tuesday, sealed the premises of Stockmatch Investments Ltd in Maiduguri, Borno State, over allegations of illegal investment activities. In a statement, SEC said the move was part of its commitment to ensure that unregistered entities were not allowed to carry out capital market functions.

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