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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Saturday morning

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. The Lagos State Building Control Agency on Friday began the demolition of defective buildings.

Those affected are mainly within Lagos Island and over 180 houses will be demolished in the exercise.

2. The United Nations, UN, came together in sadness and solidarity on Friday to honour its 21 staff members, who died on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight which crashed on Sunday.

The ceremonies were held at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva, to remember the staff members who were among the 157 passengers and crew members on board the ill-fated Ethiopian airplane Flight 302, which crashed near Addis Ababa.

3. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has chastised the Nigerian Army for the role played by some of its soldiers in the disruption of the electoral processes in Rivers state.

It, however, expressed its determination to ensure the conclusion of the election process very soon.

4. A two-storey building collapsed on Friday in Bode area of Ibadan barely 72 hours after a similar incident in Lagos in which no fewer than 20 persons died.

The spokesman for the police in Oyo State, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, told newsmen that rescue efforts were on-going at the building site.

5. Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Rivers State, Obo Effanga, has said that four collation officers for the governorship election in Rivers State, who were alleged to be partisan, have been removed.

Effanga said the decision followed a petition about the list of LGA collation officers for the governorship election in Rivers State wherein four of the listed persons were alleged to have partisan inclination.

6. The Social Democratic Party, SDP, has called on the Presidency and the National Assembly to urgently consider and assent the amended electoral bill in order to quell the malpractices that are being experienced in elections.

Hon. Chidi Nwosu, the Abia state chairman of SDP, who made the call in a statement issued to reporters on Friday in Umuahia, condemned the vote buying that characterized the just concluded 2019 Nigeria general elections.

7. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Friday apologised to Nigerians over the suspension of the Iju-Abeokuta free train ride during the 2019 general elections.

Amaechi, who tendered the apology during the monthly rail inspection of the Lagos-Ibadan modernisation project in Ibadan, said that the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) suspended the three months free train ride due to security and safety of passengers.

8. Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has pronounced Governor Rocha Okorocha dead politically.

In a statement in Abuja on Friday, Uzodimma said Okorocha should apologise to Imo indigenes for his misrule rather than looking for scapegoats for his failure.

9. The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has de-recognised 13 secondary schools and warned 56 others in Kogi for their involvement in examination malpractice during the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

Mr Ademu Amos, WAEC Desk Officer, Kogi Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, who disclosed this at a meeting with the principals, vice principals and examination officers of the affected schools on Thursday in Lokoja, said that 13 secondary schools were de-recognised while 56 others were seriously warned by the council due to examination malpractice.

10. The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has urged the Police and the Department of State Services (DSS) to probe the killing of Rep. Temitope Olatoye.

The Chairman of ADP, Mr. Yabagi Sani, who made the call at a press conference on Friday in Abuja, said that the gruesome murder of Olatoye, the ADP candidate for the 2019 Senatorial election in Oyo State, the violence, irregularities and the inconclusive elections in other states of the federation must be probed.

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  1. Garba A Tukur Auyo

    March 16, 2019 at 10:07 am

    A good site inspection has to be done before running any school in order to avoid collapse

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Boko Haram: Troops kill 3 terrorists in Borno

In continuation of the on going Operation YANCIN TAFKI, troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, operating in close collaboration with troops of the Nigerian Army have continued to put pressure on Boko Haram Terrorists resulting in more human and equipment casualties for the terrorist group.

A statement from Colonel Timothy Antigha, Chief of Military Public Information MNJTF N’Djamena – Chad said, on Monday’s night, at about 01:20 am, terrorists attacked troops position at Cross Kauwa, about 40 kilometers from Monguno.

“However, the terrorists paid dearly for it as 3 were killed, while others escaped with gun shot wounds.

“Similarly, one AK 47 Riffle, Motar bomb and General Purpose Machine Gun, respectively, were captured. Additionally, assorted rounds of ammunition were impounded,” the statement said.

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Kogi will still become oil-producing State despite senate rejection – Senator Isaac Alfa

Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District, Isaac Mohammed Alfa has assured that the bill to “recognise Kogi as an oil producing state” which was rejected at Wednesday’s plenary would be passed in future.

The lawmaker in his lead debate at the plenary insisted that the OPLs 915 and 916 crude oil are within the basin of Ibaji local government areas of Kogi State.

In his clarification at a press conference after plenary, he said that 53% of oil being produced by Orient Oil in Anambra State comes from the affected OPLs, saying that once the grey areas noticed by the Senate were addressed, Kogi would become an oil-producing state.

“The purpose of being here today is with regards to the motion I moved stating that Kogi State be declared an oil-producing state.”

“53% of oil from Anambra basin comes from oil well in Kogi State, the oil that is being produced now”, Isaac insisted.

“From my own assessment, it was a successful motion. It was not rejected 100%. Even at that, Kogi wasn’t rejected but because of the sensitive nature of the contiguous communities, Senate needed rigorous work before passing the law.

“Senate has directed its Committee on oil and gas (upstream) to conclude reports within two weeks.

“I have a reason for moving the motion. My position as a Senator wears two caps. I am a lawmaker and a Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District.

”As a Senator representing Kogi East today, I am the highest political office holder in my districts and I have an obligation to represent their interest. ”

Senator Tayo Alasoadura, Chairman of Senate Committee on Petroleum who has not been forthcoming on the controversial issue was not willing to speak when DAILY POST visited his office.

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10-year-old boy drowns in Kano

A 10- year-old boy, Shuaibu Musa, has drowned while bathing in a pond called, “Ramin Tasiu” at Sheika Road in Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State.

The Spokesman of the Kano State Fire Service, Mr Saidu Mohammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Kano that the incident happened on Tuesday afternoon when the deceased went to take his bath.

“We received a distress call from one Malam Abdullahi Naguru at about 03:15p.m. that Musa’s body was found floating in the water.

“On receiving the information, we quickly sent our rescue team to the scene at about 03:30p.m.

“Musa was found dead and his corpse was handed over to his father, Alhaji Musa Ya’u,’’ he said.

Mohammed advised the general public especially parents and ward heads to stop children from going into open water for whatever purpose to save their lives.

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