NEWS SUMMARY: PDP Leadership Crisis, Chibok Girls and All You Need to Know Today August 17, 2016

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FCT High Court Sacks Alhaji Modu Sheriff

The FCT High Court presided over by Justice Ogbonna in a declaratory judgement has nullified the appointment of Alhaji Modu Sheriff as PDP Chairman and sacked him from office.

Justice Ogbonna described it as height of impunity for Sheriff to have been parading himself as PDP Chairman.

The Judge nullified all action he took in the name of PDP from the day Justice Ashi nullified the amendment to the PDP constitution upon which he was appointed.

FCT Minister Calls for Review of Abuja Laws                      

FCT Minister Muhammed Musa Bello has called for the review of laws of Federal Capital Territory to meet with the present reality of the grouch and development of the territory.

The Minister made the call when the Acting Chairman of the Nigerian Law Reforms Commission paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.

Federal Government Industrial Skills Programme Launch

In an effort to encourage wealth creation and self-employment in various trades, five hundred trainees have selected from the national industrial skills development programme in cross river.

It was flagged off in Calabar by the industrial development fund with senatorial center for their training.

Update on PDP Convention

The much publicized PDP national convention scheduled to hold today in Port Harcourt is unlikely to hold as all entrances to sharks stadium venue of the convention are closed to both human and vehicular traffic.

The entrances to the sharks’ stadium are currently barricaded by the Nigeria Police.

It was gather that the order is at the instance of Police authorities to avoid a breakdown of law and order given the two conflicting federal high court orders.

Delegates to the convention have equally been barred from accessing the convention venue.

Some of the organizers have been sighted leaving the vicinity with some of the convention materials.

There is heavy presence of combined security of the Police and department of State Security.

A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt presided over by Justice Ibrahim Watila had given a comprehensive order for the PDP to proceed with the convention as scheduled without hindrance.

But another Federal High Court in Abuja preceded over by Justice Okon Abang ruled that the convention be suspended pending the determination of an application by the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the party

Vice president Osinbajo on Investments

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria’s investment projections both foreign and local are very promising.

Speaking with the media shortly after participating in a Presidential policy dialogue in Lagos, the Vice President says Government policy on having a business friendly environment has opened the gate for foreign investors in the country.

The Vice President cited the Calabar-Lagos and the Lagos-Kano rail lines which he says are already drawing Foreign Investments into the Rail Transportation System.

NAF on Alleged Killing of Chibok Girls

The Nigerian Airforce has described the recent video released by Boko Haram Terrorists alleging killing of the Chibok school girls by its Fighter Jet as a mischievous plot to draw public attention.

A statement by its Director, public relations, group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa urged that the claim lacked evidence that the supposed casualties were as a result of air to ground attack.

It stated that the video clip is a makeup story to discredit the service and to weep up sentiment compels the force to discontinue the use of air power which has proved very effective.

The Air Force restated their commitments to ensure only legitimate Military targets are engaged through intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

Navy Hands Over Suspect to ICPC

The Nigerian Navy has handed over a suspect, one Grace Nkoyo Nwauzor to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC for alleged impersonation and fraud.

The Chief of Naval Staff represented by Commander, Naval Unit says the suspect was arrested at the Navy town site in Asokoro, Abuja.

Human Rights Commission and Military Dialogue

The Nigerian Army has maintained that the incident of 3rd August, 2016 in Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State which saw eleven personnel of the Nigerian Military lose their lives in an encounter with Suspected Gun Runners and Armed Bandits was in line with the rules of engagement.

The Chief Of Administration, Nigerian Army, Major General Adamu Abubakar explained this in Abuja at the fourth National Human Rights Commission and the Nigerian Military dialogue on Human Rights.

NUJ National Summit

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has re-emphasized the need for Nigerian media to uphold its role of promoting the national integrity, peace and unity through strict adherence to the ethics of the profession.

Chief Obasanjo said this during a keynote address at the maiden NUJ national summit in Abeokuta Ogun State.

Information Minister Meets AFRIMA

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed has assured organizers of African Music Award that the Ministry will support this year’s edition of the Award Ceremony.

The Minister stated this when he received in audience a Delegation that came to intimate him on preparations so far made.

Information Minister lai mohammed Meet with FTAN

Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed says a steering committee to draw up an agenda ahead of the inaugural meeting of the Presidential Council on Tourism has been put in place and already began work.

The Minister stated this when he granted audience to members of the Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria.

Minister of Defence Breast Feeding Week

The agitation by nutritionist for the extension for the current maternity leave from four to six month will provide adequate and enabling environment for effective breast feeding of babies.

The Permanent Secretary Minister of Defence Ambassador Danjuma Shani represented by the Head Medical Service in the Ministry Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade states that at the flag-off of the 2016 Breast Feeding and Nutrition Week organized by the Ministry of Defence.

NLC on Health Insurance Scheme

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC has urged the national health insurance scheme to include community health insurance coverage and other critical illnesses under the health insurance scheme.

NLC President Ayuba Wabba made the request when the leadership of the visited Labour House over complaints by workers on health services.

 House of Reps Committee on Army in Enugu

The people of Enugu State will always support the Nigerian Army in its efforts to ensure peace and security in the country.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi stated this when he received members of House of Representatives Committee on Army.

GMN on US Election

As the race for the White House continues with two leading Contenders Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton throwing in all they have to become 45th President of the United States, Americans and the rest of the world is watching keenly as to who emerges winner.

While analyzing the countdown to the Elections on Good Morning Nigerian, guests said the outcome of the elections will not only affect America and the World, but will throw up democratic lessons that could be reflected upon.

Lai Condoles the Obuah Family

Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed has described Late Justin Obuah as a gentleman who lived and worked as a Patriot during his service to Nigeria.

The Minister was speaking in Abuja while condoling with the Family of the Deceased.

Japan Supports IDP Rehab in North East

Japan is funding projects to construct and rehabilitate communities and internally displaced persons in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

Governor Kashim Shettima launched two of such projects worth three million dollars in Borno State.

Federal Government Warns Fraudsters

The Federal Government has warned Fraudsters using the name of the President Muhammadu Buhari, his family members and any Senior Government Official to solicit for money to desist from this Criminal Act or face the wrath of the law.

in a statement issued in Abuja 0n Wednesday, the Minister Of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the Government is aware that some opportunists have been going from one Government Organization to another with notes purportedly recommending them for contracts and othere patronage, using the name of the President, his family members or senior Government Official to intimidate those organizations.

The Minister said the President didn’t authorize any Government Official to write notes recommending anyone for contract or any form of patronage; he warns those involved in such fraudulent activities to stop immediately or face possible arrest and prosecution.

Network Adhoc Report on Six Suspended Members

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Adhoc Committee investigating the six suspended members of the house over misconduct that led to in-house fight has presented its progress report on the floor of the house.

New State Commissioner of Police Visit Falgore Forest

The Kano State Police Command assured of its resolve to rid the state of kidnapping and other criminal activities.

The State Commissioner of Police Rabi’u Yusuf made the remark after a visit to Falgore Forest to assess the situation.

Update on Polio in Borno

Following the recent wild Polio outbreak in two Local Governments in Borno State, the Minister of Health Professor Isaac  Adewole has announced a revised robust wild polio out break response plan to ensure the containment of all the cases and prevent further spread to States.

The plans include five rounds of Polio Campaign which are to be synchronized with provinces in Neighboring Countries.

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