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Newspaper Headlines Today: ASUU to decide on strike this Sunday

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The newspaper reports that the national executive council of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will meet on Sunday to take a decision on the ongoing strike.

The comments of leading presidential candidates at a conference organised by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) dominated the cover pages of Nigerian newspapers.

Senator Ibrahim Shekarau has accused Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso of disappointing him and his supporters who joined the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP). Shekarau, who dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the height of the rift with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke when he met with his supporters and associates in Kano on Monda

The Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman and the Police Service Commission are in a fresh disagreement over police recruitment exercise. The Police Service Commission had opened its portal for the recruitment of police constable for the year 2022 and placed an advert on the recruitment in national dailies, but the IGP in a statement yesterday, said the NPF is not recruiting.

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The Borno State government has confirmed its readiness to reconstruct both public and residential structures in a former Boko Haram stronghold recently recaptured by the military. The State Commissioner, Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (MRRR), Engr. Mustapha Gubio, said this after a visit to Gudumbali town, headquarters of Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno.

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday, rejected the Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Peter Obi and Igbo presidency. Emma Powerful, the spokesman of the separatist group, said they are not part of Obi’s supporters because they are interested in Nigeria’s disintegration.

 

The National Executive Council of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities will meet on Sunday, August 28, 2022, to take a decision on whether to suspend or continue with the industrial action. It was gathered that the meeting would be held at the union’s national headquarters at the University of Abuja.

The Adamawa State Police Command, on Monday, paraded 31 suspects arrested for various criminal activities in the State. The Adamawa Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande, said the arrest of the criminal elements followed diligent intelligence-led policing.

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A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jet engaged in the ongoing counter insurgency operations in the North East have bombarded a logistics base and stronghold belonging to members of the Islamic States of West African Province (ISWAP) and killed scores of terrorists. The bombardment, which took place at the Sambisa Forest and the Tumbuns in Borno State, left several of the terrorists injured.

No fewer than six supporters of the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples party (NNPP), Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, lost their lives in a motor accident last Saturday, in Lafia, Nasarawa State. The victims were inside a red Sharon vehicle conveying supporters of Kwankwaso on a visit to Nasarawa to commission the NNPP Secretariat in Lafia, the State capital.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged residents of the State to continuously ensure that Lagos remains politically stable for continuous peace, which the State currently enjoys as the most peaceful State in Nigeria. He made the appeal on Sunday during his meeting with leaders of the Lagos State chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

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Unknown gunmen have reportedly killed an army officer whose name was given as Major Churchill Orji at the dangerous Azia area in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.

 

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Ooni’s new wife adds colour to Olojo festival

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The new wife of Ooni of Ife, Mariam Ajibola, on Saturday stepped out with her husband, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, for the first since she got married to the royal father on Saturday as the annual Olojo Festival got underway in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

Mariam, who attended the event with her husband, and other dignitaries that included; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola and Osun state Deputy governor, Benedict Alabi, among others, was dressed in all white attire, and was seen speaking with the royal father as different groups paid homage to the Ooni during the ceremony.

The new Yeyeluwa of Ife is attending Olojo, a major cultural celebration in Ile-Ife, during which Ooni will adorn ‘Are crown,’ for the first time as Ooni’s wife.

The new queen was ushered into Ile Oodua Palace in Ile-Ife at 8pm on Tuesday, September 6 by her mother and other members of her family from Kogi and Kwara states and since then, she had not attended any public outing.

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Keyamo: Why Osinbajo was not included in Tinubu’s campaign council

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The campaign council of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, has cleared the air surrounding the absence of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo from the list of patrons.

In a statement released on Saturday by Festus Keyamo, spokesperson of the council, the APC camp said Osinbajo was left out of the lineup to allow him “concentrate on governance of the country and administration of government.”

On Friday, the APC presidential campaign council released a list containing 422 names of its members.

Osinbajo was absent from the list alongside Yakubu Dogara, former speaker of the house of representatives, Babachir Lawal, former secretary to the government of the federation, and Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, former minister of state for education.

 

The vice-president had contested the APC presidential ticket with Tinubu, and it appeared to have severed the relationship between the duo.

The absence of Osinbajo’s name from the campaign council further fuels the suspicion of an awry turn in their relationship.

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Addressing the situation, the campaign team said President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the omission of the vice-president and Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, from the list.

The statement:

“Our attention has been drawn to some stories making the rounds that there may be something amiss within the family of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the name of our own revered and respected Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, is not included in the list of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council,” the statement read.

“Nothing can be farther from the facts. For the avoidance of doubt, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, is the chairman of the campaign council. As a result, Mr President has SPECIFICALLY directed that the Vice-President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, should be left out of the Campaign Council to concentrate on the governance of the country and administration of government.

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“As a responsible party and government, all the key functionaries of government cannot abandon their positions for electioneering campaigns. The APC has the mandate of the Nigerian people to administer the country on their behalf at least till May 29, 2023, and this we intend to do with all sense of responsibility.

“Our candidates and the leadership of the APC have also indicated that the list is not sacrosanct as there may be periodic review of it as circumstances dictate.

“We will not toe the path of those who governed the country in an irresponsible manner before us, and our Party is not in total disarray like those who wish to ‘rescue’ the country but cannot simply manage their own internal affairs.”

 

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Shock as PDP senator, Chimaroke Nnamani, makes APC presidential campaign council list

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Chimaroke Nnamani, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and senator representing Enugu east senatorial district, has been listed a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council.

In a 422-man committee released by James Faleke, secretary, APC presidential campaign council, on Friday, Nnamani is the 350th on the list as a member.

Prior to his announcement, Nnamani did not announce his exit from the PDP.

But in August, Nnamani, in a long-thread tweet, said he is in opposition to the “shameless campaigns and parodies” aimed at the health of Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the APC.

Nnamani, a medical doctor, said he is appalled by the “extreme and unprofessional” forms of attacks directed at the former Lagos state governor over his health.

“I vigorously oppose, protest and detest the shameless campaigns and parodies targeting Tinubu’s health,” he wrote.

“As a health worker, I am amazed by ignorance, foolishness, wickedness and callousness of these idiotic operators. I believe they are unwarranted, extremely unprofessional, and have no place in our polity.

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Nnamani also cited Tinubu’s works in the criminal justice sector, education, and health, adding that he left a “lasting legacy of hard work in Lagos infrastructure”.

He did not answer or return calls and SMS sent to his mobile phone.

But Felix Morka, APC national publicity secretary, said he would respond later.

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