NATIONAL NEWS JUNE 8, 2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • LAWMAKERS DISAGREE OVER F.G’S TWEETER BAN.
  • MINISTER BLAMES ENTERTAINERS ON WOMEN INDECENCY, ABUSE.
  • KADUNA VARSITY SUSPENDS UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS INDEFINITELY OVER MISCONDUCTS.
  • ANGRY TRADERS DESTROY MARKET, KILL ONE, INJURE 5 IN ABIA.

TWITTER/LAI KANU

THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, LAI MOHAMMED, HAS INSISTED THAT THE LEADER OF THE PROSCRIBED INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA, IPOB, NNAMDI KANU IS USING TWITTER TO DESTABILISE NIGERIA.

MOHAMMED MADE THE ALLEGATION DURING AN INTERVIEW WITH NEWSMEN, SAYING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO SUSPEND TWITTER INDEFINITELY WAS DUE TO CONSTANT USE OF THE MICROBLOGGING PLATFORM FOR ACTIONS CAPABLE OF DESTROYING NIGERIA’S CORPORATE EXISTENCE.

HE ACCUSED KANU, WHO RESIDES OUTSIDE NIGERIA ISSUES THE PLATFORM TO GIVE DIRECTIVES TO HIS MEMBERS TO ATTACK THE SYMBOLS OF AUTHORITY SUCH AS POLICE, SOLDIERS, CORRECTIONAL CENTRES AND ELECTORAL OFFICES.

CNG/INSECURITY

THE PAN-AREWA SOCIO-CULTURAL ORGANIZATION UNDER THE AEGIS OF COALITION OF NORTHERN GROUPS HAS CAUTIONED THE AARE ONAKAKANFO OF YORUBA LAND, GANI ADAMS, ON INSTIGATING  THE SOUTH-WEST AGAINST THE NORTHERNERS.

THE ORGANIZATION GAVE THE WARNING, NOTING THAT THIS BECAME NECESSARY FOLLOWING THE COMMENTS CREDITED TO THE GENERALIMSSIMO THAT THE KILLING OF RESIDENTS OF IGANGAN TOWN IN IBARAPA, OKE-OGUN AREA OF OYO STATE WAS A DECLARATION OF WAR ON THE SOUTH WEST BY THE NORTH.

THE GROUP IN A STATEMENT BY ITS SPOKESPERSON, ABDUL-AZEEZ SULEIMAN, WARNED THAT ANY ATTACK AGAINST NORTHERNERS IN ANY PART OF THE SOUTH FOR THE ONLY REASON THAT THEY ARE NORTHERNERS LIVING AS MINORITIES IN OTHER COMMUNITIES WOULD BE UNACCEPTABLE.

SENATE/T.B JOSHUA’S DEATH

THE NIGERIAN SENATE HAS MOURNED THE FOUNDER OF SYNAGOGUE CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS, SCOAN, PROPHET TEMITOPE BALOGUN JOSHUA, WHO DIED ON JUNE 5, 2021 DURING A BRIEF ILLNESS IN LAGOS.

COMING UNDER ORDER 43, ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE, SENATOR ROBERT AJAYI BOROFFICE, REPRESENTING ONDO NORTH SENATORIAL DISTRICT WHERE THE LATE CLERGYMAN HAILED FROM, INFORMED THE RED CHAMBER OFFICIALLY OF HIS DEMISE.

BOROFFICE, WHO IS THE DEPUTY MAJORITY LEADER, RECALLED JOSHUA’S SELFLESS SERVICES TO THE NATION, WHILE HE REELED OUT HIS CATALOGUE OF INTERVENTIONS THROUGH HIS MINISTRY LOCALLY AND ABROAD.

THE LAWMAKER FURTHER EXPLAINED THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DID RECOGNISE HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE NATION, AND WAS CONFERRED WITH THE ORDER OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC.

REACTING TO THE MOTION, THE SENATE PRESIDENT, AHMAD LAWAN, CALLED FOR PRAYERS SAYING WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS CALLS FOR GOD’S INTERVENTION WITH A MINUTE SILENCE OBSERVED AT THE REQUEST OF THE MOTION.

TWITTER BAN/OMOKRI

IN THE MEANTIME,

A FORMER AIDE TO EX-PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN, RENO OMOKRI, HAS WARNED THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, LAI MOHAMMED, AGAINST INSTIGATING WAR IN NIGERIA AS THIS WOULD DESTROY PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI’S ADMINISTRATION.

THE INFORMATION MINISTER HAD, INSISTED THAT NIGERIANS WHO ACCESSED TWITTER, AFTER THE BAN BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD BE PROSECUTED.

HOWEVER, REACTING TO MOHAMMED’S COMMENT, OMOKRI CAUTIONED THE MINISTER AGAINST HIS COMMENT, WARNING THAT IF IS NOT TAKING, HIS WORDS COULD DESTROY THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION MORE THAT THE ENEMIES COULD DO.

TWITTER BAN/PDP REPS

MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY, PDP IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAVE STAGED A WALKOUT OVER THE REFUSAL OF THE SPEAKER, FEMI GBAJABIAMILA, TO GRANT THEIR PRAYER ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S TWITTER BAN.

GBAJABIAMILA HAD EARLIER ASKED RELEVANT COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE TO INVESTIGATE THE MATTER WITHIN 10 DAYS WHILE LEADER OF THE PDP CAUCUS, KINGSLEY CHINDA, RAISING A POINT OF ORDER THAT THE HOUSE ASK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LIFT THE BAN PENDING WHEN THE HOUSE CARRIES OUT THE PROBE.

CHINDA NOTED THAT THE IMPLICATION IS THAT THE BAN WOULD REMAIN FOR 10 DAYS, WHICH MEANS THE RIGHTS OF NIGERIANS WOULD BE KEPT IN ABEYANCE DURING THE PERIOD.

REACTING, GBAJABIAMILA, HOWEVER, CITED PART OF THE STANDING ORDERS OF THE HOUSE, STATING THAT A MATTER THAT HAD BEEN CONCLUDED BY THE PARLIAMENT CANNOT BE REVISITED FOR A DEBATE, A MOVE THAT LED CHINDA TO LEADING OTHER PDP MEMBERS OUT OF THE CHAMBER.

KADUNA/VARSITY

THE KADUNA STATE UNIVERSITY, KASU HAS SUSPENDED UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES IN THE INSTITUTION INDEFINITELY.

KASU REGISTRAR, SAMUEL MANSHOP, DISCLOSED THIS IN A STATEMENT IN KADUNA WITHOUT ANY REASON FOR THE SUSPENSION.

REACTING, THE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS, WHO HAD BEEN PROTESTING HIKE IN THE SCHOOL FEES FROM BETWEEN N24,0000 AND N36,000 TO BETWEEN N100,000 AND N400,000 AND LATER DISCOVERED THE SCHOOL GATE LOCKED WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE, EXPRESSED DISPLAESURE.

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THE MANAGEMENT HOWEVER, SAID ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES WOULD CONTINUE FOR POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES, COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES AND PART-TIME PROGRAMMES AS WELL AS THE STAFF EXPECTED TO REPORT TO WORK AS USUAL.

COVID/ADMINISTRATION

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS EXPLAINED THAT IT CHOSE TO ADMINISTER ITS STOCK OF FOUR MILLION OXFORD ASTRAZENECA COVID-19 VACCINE DOSES AT TWO DOSES IN CLOSE INTERVALS TO AVOID DELAY IN THE SECOND DOSE ADMINISTRATION.

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL PRIMARY HEALTH CARE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, DR FAISAL SHUAIB MADE THE EXPLANATION AT A NORTHEAST ZONAL TOWNHALL MEETING ON COVID-19 VACCINATION IN YOLA.

HE SAID THE AGENCY PROVIDED THE FIRST COVID-19 VACCINE DOSES TO 1,966,548 NIGERIANS, REPRESENTING ABOUT 98% OF THOSE TARGETED IN THE FIRST WAVE BUT SO FAR 358,239 PEOPLE HAD BEEN REACHED SINCE COMMENCEMENT OF THE SECOND DOSE OF THE VACCINE.

THE DIRECTOR ADDED THAT THE QUICK ADMINISTRATION OF THE VACCINES BECAME IMOERATIVE TO WORK EFFECTIVELY, AND FOR FULL INOCULATION AGAINST THE DEADLY DISEASE.

ABIA/MARKET FRACAS

A SECTION OF UMUAHIA TIMBER MARKET ALONG AHIAEKE ROAD IN ABIA STATE HAS BEEN SET ABLAZE BY ANGRY TRADERS, KILLING ONE AND INJURING FIVE OTHERS.

REPORT SAID THE ANGRY TRADERS SET THE MARKET ABLAZE AFTER VIGILANTES TRIED TO ENFORCE PAYMENT OF N18,000 ANNUAL LEVY IMPOSED BY THE STATE INTERNAL REVENUE BOARD.

IT WAS GATHERED THAT VIGILANTES WHO TRIED TO CLOSE THE SHOPS OF THOSE WHO FAILED TO PAY THE LEVY WERE RESISTED BY THE TRADERS WHO ANGRILY SET OFFICE OF THE LOCAL GUARDS IN THE MARKET ABLAZE.

EYEWITNESS REVEALED THAT VEHICLES WERE ALSO TORCHED DURING THE CONFUSION THAT ENSUED AT THE MARKET.

REACTING, SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT, CHRIS EZEM, CONDEMNED THE INCIDENT AND ORDERED QUICK INVESTIGATING OF THE CASE.

FG/WOMEN

THE MINISTER OF WOMEN AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, PAULINE TALLEN, HAS ACCUSED ENTERTAINERS OF FRUSTRATING GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS AT CURBING VIOLATION OF WOMEN IN THE COUNTRY.

TALLEN MADE THE ALLEGATION WHILE DELIVERING HER SPEECH AT THE LAUNCH OF THE STATE OF THE WORLD POPULATION 2021’ REPORT IN ABUJA ON THE THEME, MY BODY IS MY OWN: CLAIMING THE RIGHT TO AUTONOMY AND SELF-DETERMINATION,

THE MINISTER SAID THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS WORKING HARD TO TACKLE FEAR AND STIGMA OF SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE, LACK OF COUNSELLING SERVICES FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS BUT THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY ON THE CONTRARY PROMOTES VULGAR LYRICS, USING FEMALE DANCERS IN A MOST DISDAINFUL MANNER.

THE MINISTER HOWEVER, PROMISED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE STATE AND NON-STATE ACTORS IN ERADICATION OF VIOLENCE AND ABUSE OF WOMEN.

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