Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said that ongoing investigation has revealed that about $301 million was given as under-hand dealings to some persons in a bid to hide the illegality of the Process and Industrial Developments (P&ID) gas supply and processing deal. The Federal Government, during the administration of Late President Umaru Yar’adua in 2010, signed a contract with P&ID to build a gas supply and processing plant in Calabar, Cross River State capital, a contract the President Muhammadu Buhari government has said is a result of fraud and corruption.
2-.The Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, of always being in support of anti-people policies. This is as the party expressed shock over Governor Abiodun’s support for the recent increase in the pump price of petrol and electricity tariff.
3-The Federal Government has said it spent N30.5 billion in response to COVID-19 between April and July 2020. This is in response to a letter by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) which asked the government to provide a breakdown of how it spent the N36.3 billion donations and fund received to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, N30.5 billion was spent within the said date and it represents 84 per cent of the total sum.
4-.Former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has revealed what led to the hike in electricity and fuel price. Omokri in a tweet via his Twitter account on Sunday, claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari was initially afraid to raise the prices of fuel and electricity. According to him, the President went ahead with the decision after he observed that the Big Brother Naija show had completely distracted Nigerian Youths.
5-.Diverse reactions have trailed the disqualification of a housemate, Erica Nlewedim from the 2020 Big Brother Naija reality tv show. Erica was disqualified on Sunday for breaking several house rules including disrespect for the Head of House rules, goading, among other things. Her disqualification from the show has continued to elicit diverse reactions from viewers.
6-.President Muhammadu Buhari is set to attend the Fifty-Seventh Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government. A statement issued on Sunday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the President will leave Abuja on Monday for Niamey, Niger Republic where he is to participate in the summit.
7-.The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has completed its campaign ahead of the September 19, 2020 election, after touring all the 192 wards of the state. A statement by the party’s state Chairman, Tony Aziegbemi, said that since the approval and composition of the campaign council five weeks ago, presenting its governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Phillip Shaibu, to the citizens of the state, has been an awesome experience for the party.
8-.A powerful typhoon that officials warned could bring record rains and gusts strong enough to flip cars slammed into southern Japan on Sunday, prompting authorities to urge millions to seek shelter. Typhoon Haishen has weakened somewhat as it neared Japan’s mainland, and shifted further west out to sea, but it remained a “large” and “extremely strong” storm.
9-.Britain on Sunday said Russia had “a very serious set of questions to answer” about the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, suggesting some form of state involvement in the high-profile case. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it was “clear” the Kremlin critic was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, which was previously used in an attack against a Russian former double agent in Salisbury, southwest England, in 2018.
10-.Novak Djokovic was dramatically disqualified from the US Open on Sunday after accidentally striking a female lines judge with a ball in frustration during his last-16 match, sending shock waves through the tournament. The world number one apologized for hitting the ball in disgust after losing his serve to go 6-5 down in the first set to Spain’s 20th seed Pablo Carreno Busta inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.