• May 16, 2021

Nigerian News Summary: 10 news items you need to read this Wednesday morning

Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories 

1-.Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has revealed that Nigeria is awaiting the repatriation of 200 million US dollars from the Netherlands and Switzerland, as part of OPL 245 Malabu Oil. The AGF disclosed this known while declaring open a capacity building workshop and interactive session with Judiciary Correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday

2-.Officers and soldiers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria were on Tuesday warned by the Military High Command against mutiny, which reminded them of their oath of allegiance to be totally loyal to the civil authority and protect the constitution. Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, gave the warning in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

3-.Nigeria is owed N1.4bn by Republics of Benin and Niger, according to the Presidency. In a statement, signed by spokesman Garba Shehu, addressing a report questioning why the nation was exporting electricity to neighbouring countries on credit – while blackouts persist nationwide – the Presidency noted that, as at 2019, the debt owed by four countries totalled $69m.

4-.The final report of the February 2, 2019 helicopter accident involving the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo in Kogi and three other accidents have been released by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). In its preliminary report, the AIB had said the crew lost visual contact with the ground at about 50 feet owing to dust generated when landing on a sandy area. But in the new report made available on Tuesday, the AIB said the incident was as result of human error.

5-.Real Madrid have “ended the monopoly that Barcelona had” in La Liga, claims Fabio Capello, with Zinedine Zidane considered to be the man who “best understood what the club needed”. The Blancos enjoyed a remarkable run on the back of a coronavirus-enforced break to snatch a Spanish top-flight crown from the clutches of their Clasico rivals

6-.President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina after he was cleared of all corruption allegations levelled against him by a whistle-blower group. His exoneration, the President said, is further validation of his competence and integrity to lead the institution.

7-.A Court of Appeal panel sitting in Abuja has dismissed a motion filed by Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the electoral victory of Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Adeyemi winner of the Kogi West senatorial district election in November 2019, but Melaye complained it was marred by irregularities. An election petition tribunal last month dismissed the petition he filed to challenge his perennial rival’s victory. However, the former senator appealed the judgement before the Appeal Court asking that he be declared the winner of the election.

8-.Justice Suleman Belgore of an FCT High Court, sitting at Maitama on Monday issued a warrant for the arrest of the immediate past Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Omolori. Belgore issued the order following an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeking an order of the court for the arrest of Omolori.

9-.The British government promised Monday to build thousands of miles of new bike lanes to get people moving and healthy after months of coronavirus lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge comes on the heels of a plan to force restaurants to display calories on menus as part of a broader effort to win the battle of the bulge.

10-.The Federal Government says it has recovered looted funds in excess of N800 billion with over 1,400 convictions secured. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Tuesday at a press conference in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

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