By Jude Obuseh, Editor-In-Chief
Did you closely follow the news during the past week? If you did, are you aware that Mailafia Obadiah, former African Democratic Congress, ADC, Presidential candidate, has exposed Boko Haram’s alleged plans to instigate a civil war in Nigeria? What about news that Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, has recovered from COVID-19? What about the Bayelsa Governorship Election Tribunal’s affirmation of Senator Duoye Diri’s election as Bayelsa State Governor?
Today’s News Recap brings you highlights of last week’s breaking news items. For first-time visitors, News Recap is a simulacrum of headline stories published on agendawatchdog.com during the week. Bonne Voyage!
-.President Muhammadu Buhari, during the week, assured that Nigeria was making progress towards reversing the United States suspension of the issuance of “immigrant visas” to Nigerian passport holders. The President stated this on Thursday while receiving the report of the committee on Citizen Data Management and Harmonization chaired by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
-.President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, August 10, 2020 praised his administration for not using federal might to ‘overrun’ the opposition during last year’s elections. The president played host to governors of the northeast region at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday with security the most pressing issue that was discussed. During his response to the presentation made by the governors, President Buhari said he was proud about how his All Progressives Congress (APC) was impartial during last year’s polls, a decision he said led to the loss of some states to the opposition.
-.The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday approved the appointment of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu as Chairman of the party’s high-level National Campaign Council for the Ondo State Governorship Election. The announcement was contained in a statement signed by the party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena.
-.Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika said that the Federal Government would prosecute perpetrators of the destroyed Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu, concrete perimeter fence. The minister also said the federal government would deploy all lawful means to protect national assets within the 36 states of the federation and Abuja. Sirika made this known to newsmen during the inspection of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu on Thursday.
-.The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has recovered from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The minister tested positive for the novel disease last month after a throat irritation. He took to his Twitter account early on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 to announce he has now tested negative after three weeks isolation.
-.Mailafia Obadiah, former African Democratic Congress, ADC, presidential candidate, has exposed the alleged plans of Boko Haram for Nigeria. Obadiah, who was a former deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, alleged that Boko Haram insurgents are plotting to start a civil war in Nigeria by 2022. He disclosed this during an interview on Nigerian Info while speaking on the Southern Kaduna killings.
-.The North-East Governors’ Forum (NGF) has called on the Federal Government to deploy more state of the art military hard ware to the armed forces fighting the Boko Haram in the region. The body said this in a communique issued after its second meeting to discuss the challenges facing the sub-region. The communique was signed by the Forum’s Chairman and governor of Borno, Babagana Zulum.
-.The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined a Lagos-based radio station – Nigeria Info 99.3 FM N5 million. This was for providing its platform to be used to promote unverifiable and inciting views that can incite crime, public disorder. In a statement on Thursday, the commission said the fine was imposed as a result of unprofessional broadcast by the media outfit. It explained that Nigeria Info was not professional in the handling of its morning show aired between 8.30am and 9.00am on Monday.
-.Global human rights organisation, Amnesty International has condemned the death sentence passed on a Kano-based singer, Yahaya Sharif. Reacting via its Twitter handle, the group described the sentence passed on the singer for blasphemy as a travesty of justice.
-.The trial of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, resumed during the week. Evans’ trial continued on Friday at the Lagos High Court in the Ikeja area, after suffering several adjournments owing to a lack of legal representation. The trial judge, Justice Hakeem Oshodi, ordered the defendant’s new counsel to write and sign an undertaking to finish the criminal case.
-.The Bayelsa Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja affirmed the election of Senator Duoye Diri as Bayelsa State Governor. The three-man panel took the decision on Saturday a month after the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal filed by a former aspirant of the Bayelsa governorship election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Timi Alaibe, challenging the candidacy of Senator Diri in the November 2019 election.
-.Donald Trump’s younger brother Robert died on Saturday after being hospitalized for an undisclosed illness, the US president said in a statement mourning his loss. “It is with a heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” Trump said in a White House statement.
-.The Bayelsa Governorship Election Tribunal has dismissed three petitions filed against Governor Douye Diri challenging his victory.The three-man panel that sat on Saturday took the decision in Abuja, the nation’s capital. In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Owodunni, the tribunal held that the petition filed by Owei Woniwei of the Alliance for Democracy is incompetent
–.The Department of State Services (DSS) invited former Speaker of House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Naa’ba. for a chat.This followed his condemnation of President Muhammadu Buhari over insecurity in Nigeria. He described Nigeria as a failed state. National Consultative Front spokesperson, Tanko Yunusa, announced the invitation in a statement on Saturday.
–.Moussa Dembele came off the bench to score two late goals as Lyon caused another Champions League sensation on Saturday, dumping out Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City with a 3-1 quarter-final win in Lisbon. City had looked on course to come back and win the tie behind closed doors at the Estadio Jose Alvalade after Kevin De Bruyne’s goal midway through the second half had cancelled out Maxwel Cornet’s first-half opener. However, Dembele put Lyon back ahead in the 79th minute and then capitalised on a shocking miss by Raheem Sterling to clinch the victory three minutes from the end.
-.A residential building owned by architect John Jerry Emejulu, situated along Eziokwe street, off Nike Lake road, Trans Ekulu, Enugu, was demolished by the Enugu State Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA). Mr. Emejulu had earlier demolished part of the Enugu Airport fence, claiming ownership of a portion of the land, with the Federal Government, on Thursday, promising to respond appropriately and decisvely.
-.Chairman of Italian club Crotone has revealed that Nigeria international Simy Nwankwo is not for sale after the striker scored 20 goals to help them secure promotion to the Serie A. Nwankwo finished as the highest goalscorer in Serie B, the second division in Italy with 20 goals to help Crotone secure promotion tond lacks merit.
-.Secret Service guards shot a person, who was apparently armed, outside the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump said just after being briefly evacuated in the middle of a press conference.The president was abruptly ushered out of the press event and black-clad secret service agents with automatic rifles rushed across the lawn north of the White House
-.The coronavirus pandemic chalked up another horrific milestone Monday as the world surpassed 20 million recorded cases of infection from the tiny killer that has upended life just about everywhere.The number as of 2215 GMT was 20,002,577 cases, with 733,842 deaths recorded.
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