FG Declares Tuesday, Wednesday Public Holidays (ThisDay) * Lai Mohammed contradicts UN, insists Nigeria paid no ransom to free #DapchiGirls (Vanguard)

FG Declares Tuesday, Wednesday Public Holidays (ThisDay)  * Lai Mohammed contradicts UN, insists Nigeria paid no ransom to free #DapchiGirls (Vanguard)



FG Declares Tuesday, Wednesday Public Holidays (ThisDay)

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd August as public holidays to mark the 2018 Eid-El-Kabir celebration. The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, enjoined Nigerians to use the period to embrace the virtues of love and sacrifice for the unity and development of the nation. Read more

Lai Mohammed contradicts UN, insists Nigeria paid no ransom to free #DapchiGirls (Vanguard)

Hours after a United Nations report presented to the UN Security Council revealed Nigeria paid ransom to free scores of female students kidnapped in Dapchi, Yobe State, Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, has insisted no ransom was paid. Over 100 girls were kidnapped from the Dapchi school by a Boko Haram faction in February this year with about 105 of them later released by the terrorists. One of them, Leah Sharibu, who reportedly refused to denounce her Christian faith, is still with the abductors. Upon their release, Mr Mohammed told Nigerians that no ransom was paid for the girls. He said the kidnap “became a moral burden on the abductors.” Read more

Aviation agency’s vehicle with stolen cargo intercepted (Vanguard)

Former Vice President and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential hopeful, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has stressed the need to drastically reduce the growing rate of unemployment in the country by creating jobs for the teeming youth in order to forestall its devastating backlash. Read more

Aviation agency’s vehicle with stolen cargo intercepted (Vanguard)

Murtala Muhammed Airport Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted a vehicle belonging to an agency in the aviation industry, said to have been loaded with stolen cargo smuggled from Customs warehouse of the international airport’s tarmac area in Lagos. Read more

#FreeSamuelOgundipe: Why we’re detaining Premium Times journalist – Nigeria Police (Premium Times)

The Nigeria Police on Thursday publicly admitted they were detaining PREMIUM TIMES’ journalist, Samuel Ogundipe over documents he used for a published story. The police did not say the story or documents use for it was false, but said they were determined to know how Mr Ogundipe had access to the “classified document.” Read more

Dogara tasks new NIM fellows on selfless service to humanity (The Nation)

House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, has urged the newly-inducted fellows of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) to use their new status in serving humanity. He made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the 2018 NIM Luncheon and Awards on Thursday in Lagos. Read more

Fayemi condemns alleged underhand recruitment of 2,000 new workers (The Nation)

Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has condemned alleged massive recruitment of workers by Governor Ayo Fayose less than two months before leaving office. Fayemi said “the last-minute employment of workers” was a booby trap to make life difficult for the incoming administration. Read more

Student kills colleague over girlfriend (The Nation)

A 100-Level Banking and Finance student of the Kogi State University (KSU), Ayingba Yusuf Jimoh, has allegedly killed his 300-Level Philosophy counterpart and hostel mate, Sheriff Ali Umar, over a girlfriend. The victim was stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle during a fight. ISRAEL AROGBONLO (400-Level Mass Communication) reports. It  all started with an argument in their hostel. The quarrel became tragic when Yusuf Jimoh, a 100-Level Banking and Finance student, allegedly stabbed Sheriff Ali Umar, his 300-Level Philosophy counterpart and hostel mate at the Kogi State University (KSU) in Ayingba, to death. Read more

France 2018: Super Falconets bow out of FIFA World Cup (The Nation)

Super Falconets could not make it beyond the quarter-finals of FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (France 2018) as Spain defeated the Nigerians to reach the semi-finals for the first time. Though Falconets fought hard and had a goal but could not overhaul the edge of the Sapinish team as after first-half goals from Aitana Bonmati and Patri Guijarro gave La Rojita a 2-1 victory over Nigeria in the quarter-finals on Thursday.Read more

Moses paved way for players like me – Iwobi (The Nation)

Alex iwobi has reckoned that the retired Super Eagles player, Victor Moses paved way for the latest England based Nigerian Internationals in Super Eagles. The Arsenal starlet hinted that he took his decision to play for Nigeria’s national team to take after Moses who chose Nigeria over England despite being opened to quality opportunities. Iwobi made this known has he joined other Super Eagles players to express their view has Moses, 27-year-old, retired from international football on Wednesday. Read more

INEC bars 23 parties from participating in Osun gov election (Punch)

The Independent National Electoral Commission says the 23 newly registered political parties will not be allowed to participate in the September 22, 2018 governorship election in Osun State, as the deadline for submission of candidates has passed. This is just as INEC announced that all political parties could, on Saturday, begin holding party primaries in preparation for the 2019 general elections which will begin in February. Read more

Insecurity: NEC begins moves to decentralise police operations (Punch)

The National Economic Council presided over by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday commenced the process that may eventually lead to the decentralisation of the operations of the Nigerian Police Force as one of the ways to tackle insecurity in the county. The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the council’s meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

U. S. Embassy may resume Abuja consular services after Eid holidays (Punch)

The U.S. Embassy has said that the suspended consular services in Abuja may resume after the Eid-el-Kabir holidays. The embassy stated this in an updated information on its website accessed by the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja. NAN reports that the embassy had, in a statement on Wednesday, announced temporary suspension of its regular services for visas and American Citizen Services in Abuja. Read more

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