BREAKFAST NEWS 26-07-2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SERAP SUES BUHARI, NBC OVER GAG ORDER ON JOURNALISTS, MEDIA STATIONS.
  • NEWLY RELEASED 28 BETHEL STUDENTS REUNITES WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS.

ONDO/EDUCATION

Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has declared that education remains the priority of his administration.

Governor Akeredolu, who was represented by secretary to the state government, Princess Oladunni Odu, declared this at an event in Akure, the state capital.

The governor stressed that his administration would soon start massive renovation of secondary schools across the state as part of efforts to improve the education sector.

According to him, the planned renovation would give good and new looks to secondary schools s it had been done in various primary schools across the state.

SERAP/BUHARI

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, and the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, CJID, have filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari and the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed.

The groups dragged the duo to court over the directive that barred journalists and broadcast stations from reporting details of terrorist attacks and victims, urging he court to declare the gag order illegal and unconstitutional.

They further sought the court to compel and direct the national broadcasting commission, NBC and the minister of information to withdraw the directive, arguing that the government’s failure to withdraw the directive violates sections of the Nigerian constitution.

The suit followed the NBC’S directive asking journalists, television and radio stations in Nigeria to stop glamourising and giving too many details on the nefarious activities of terrorists and kidnappers in their daily newspaper reviews.

HURIWA/INEC

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has raised an alarm over a possible compromise of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’S e-registration exercise.

The executive director of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, raised the alarm in a statement issued to journalists over the alleged suspicious figures presented by INEC officials as the statistical entries of the completed registrants so far.

Onwubiko, therefore, called on chairman of the electoral commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to carry out a holistic investigation into possible shady practices in order to restore the confidence of Nigerians in the exercise.

He further tasked the INEC chairman to guide against any technological breaches that may undermine the integrity of the voters’ registration process and to as well obey the principle of non-partisanship in the conduct of the sensitive exercise.

KADUNA/BETHEL STUDENTS

The newly released 28 students of the Bethel Baptist school, Kaduna state, have re-united with their parents.

The 28 students were said to have been found inside the Tsoho Gaya forest in Chikun local government area of the state in the early hours of Sunday, July 25.

Addressing newsmen, some of the parents of the newly released students thanked god for their safe return, while those who were yet to see their children expressed hope that they also would be released soon.

In the meantime, public relations officer of southern Kaduna peoples union, SOKAPU, Luka Binyat, asserted that the sum of 50 million naira and motorcycles were paid and delivered before the 28 kidnapped students were released.

ORTOM/INSECURITY

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has thrown his weight behind calls on the president Muhammadu Buhari-led government to stop showing preference to some religious and ethnic sects above the others.

This comes barely days after the catholic bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, accused the federal government of trying to sow discord and strife among Nigerians, an allegation the presidency refuted as untrue.

In a statement forwarded to the press, governor Ortom urged the federal government to arrest and prosecute armed Fulani herdsmen in order to portray its unbiased stance in the fight against terrorism and crimes.

He further tasked the presidency to listen to the voices of reason and resist the temptation to whip into silence those who genuinely love the country and are offering solutions to its challenges.

MASARI/INSECURITY

As part of efforts to tackle insecurity in Nigeria, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, is calling for massive investment in youth education and development.

Governor Masari made the call in a statement released by press secretary to the state deputy governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa-Kalla.

He explained that investing in youth development will provide opportunities for youths to be meaningfully engaged instead of indulging in violence and crime.

The governor added that only sincere investment in youth development and education would help the teeming youths to follow the right track, thereby reducing banditry and criminality.

FOREIGN

Thousands of Tunisian residents have taken to the streets of several cities to protest against the ruling government’s alleged failure to stop the surge in coronavirus infections and death.

Hundreds of protesters were said to have gathered in front of the parliament building in Tunis, the federal capital, shouting various anti-government slogans to press home their demands for dissolution of the parliament.

Some of the demonstrators however clashed with security operatives, who fired water cannons and tear gas canisters to disperse the violent protesters.

Report indicated that Tunisia has been overwhelmed by covid-19 cases, including more than 18 thousand people who have died in a country of around 12 million.

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