By Jude Obuseh, Editor-In-Chief
If you didn’t follow the news during the past week, you definitely missed out on a bumper harvest of breaking news stories: From the resumption of international flights in Nigeria after operations were suspended in March due the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirits (PMS), receipt of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine samples by Nigeria, to Nigeria’s landmark victory in its pursuit to overturn a $10 billion judgement awarded against it in a case against Process and Industrial Developments (P&ID), it has been a week of shocks and surprises.
Today’s News Recap brings you snippets of last week’s major news items. If you are a first-time visitor, News Recap is a summary of headline stories published on agendawatchdog.com during the past week. Safe trip!
-.Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that efforts are ongoing to resolve the dispute between Nigerian traders and the Ghanaian Government. A statement by the Speaker’s Spokesman, Lanre Lasisi, on Wednesday, said Mr Gbajabiamila led a delegation of lawmakers from the House of Representatives on a two-day legislative diplomatic mission to Ghana and met with the Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye.
-.International flights finally resumed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Saturday after operations were suspended in March due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The first flight from Lebanon, which landed at about 2:30 pm, was operated by Middle East Airlines.
-.Facebook said Saturday it would block the live stream of a Frenchman suffering from an incurable condition who wanted to broadcast his death on the social media platform. Earlier, Alain Cocq announced that he was now refusing all food, drink, and medicine after President Emmanuel Macron turned down his request for euthanasia.
-.The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has sacked 18 officers from its workforce after they were found culpable for various crimes. A series of tweets from the agency on Saturday revealed that 10 other officers were awarded various degrees of punishment.
-.Nigeria has secured a landmark victory in its pursuit to overturn a $10 billion judgement awarded against it in a case against Process and Industrial Developments (P&ID).Delivering his judgement on Thursday, Ross Cranston, a judge of the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales, granted Nigeria’s application for an extension of time and relief from sanctions.
-.The Nigerian government on Friday said it has received samples of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine.Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire received the samples from the Russia Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, during a visit to the ministry in Abuja, on Friday.The ministry’s Director of Information, Media, and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi disclosed this in a statement.
-.Gunmen kidnapped Dr Olufemi Adeogun, the Chief Medical Director of the General Hospital at Idoani town in Ondo State. Dr Adeogun was abducted at gunpoint along with two other persons with him in his vehicle on Monday night. The incident occurred around Owani along the Idoani Road in Ose Local Government Area of the state.
-.Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, asked leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to emulate ex-President Goodluck Jonathan who congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari after losing the 2015 polls. The monarch gave the charge on Wednesday during a meeting he had with the leading candidates ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.
-.The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has rejected the reported increase in the pump price of fuel from N148 to N151.56. Minority Leader of the House, Ndidu Elumelu, made the position of the lawmakers known in a statement on Wednesday. He described the announced price as unacceptable, saying it would result in an increase in the already high cost of consumer goods and services, as well as worsen the current economic hardship being suffered by Nigerians.
-.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the reported increase in the price of petrol to N151 per litre and electricity tariff to N66 per kwh. In a statement on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party described the increase as callous and cruel, alleging that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was punishing Nigerians.
-.Former President Goodluck Jonathan has joined other African leaders and financial experts to congratulate the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina on his re-election. The ex-President, who joined virtually, during Adesina’s swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, said he is confident the AfDB President will not disappoint Africa and the shareholders in the bank.
-.The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state cancelled its Governorship campaign rally in Usen on Tuesday after a road crash involving party members. An unconfirmed number of policemen were reportedly killed in the crash, which occurred at Oluku junction when a trailer ran into the vehicle of a travelling campaign entourage, the APC said.
-.Sarki Abba, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs has tested positive for COVID-19. Abba, who is the President’s closest aide tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago and had not been seen on the Presidential Villa since then, according to SaharaReporters.
-.The reality of the news that the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol is now hovering between N160 to N162 per litre dawned on Nigerians on Thursday morning, after filling stations and independent marketers adjusted their retail pump price from N148. The Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) informed marketers and stakeholders of the new adjustment to the ex-depot price on Wednesday
-.Two candidates have emerged as winners in the All Progressives Congress (APC) Primary election for the Imo North Senatorial District by-election. The elections conducted by two factions of the party were across the six local government areas and 64 wards, through the direct mode of primaries on Thursday. The parallel results after the conduct of the exercise produced Ifeanyi Ararume as the winner of one of the APC factions scoring 22,944 votes, while Frank Ibezim emerged winner of the other APC faction with 13,637 votes.
-.Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy will stand trial in March on charges of campaign finance violations during his failed 2012 re-election bid, prosecutors said Thursday. Sarkozy, who already faces a separate trial for corruption involving a judge, is accused of spending nearly double the legal campaign spending limit of 22.5 million euros ($26.6 million). The trial was ordered last year after his lawyers failed with legal manoeuvres to avoid prosecution. If convicted he risks a one-year prison sentence.
-.Lionel Messi was a no-show at training with Barcelona despite his decision to stay at the club under sufferance, journalists at the training ground said on Saturday morning. The Argentine superstar announced on Friday he had been forced to remain at Barcelona, claiming after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu broke his word to let him leave. It came after 10 days of tension since his bombshell fax telling Barcelona he wanted out.
That’s all we have on News Recap this week. Stayed glued to this platform for more breaking news stories. Have a swell week ahead!