By Jude Obuseh, Editor-In-Chief
Welcome to this edition of News Recap! We have quite a bumper package for your reading delight. That Governor Gowdin Obaseki of Edo State has received his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), following his recent electoral victory, is no more news. I guess you are also aware that Governor Godwin Obaseki’s conquered foe at the recently held Edo Gubernatorial poll, Pastor Ize-Iyamu, is begging him to return to the All progressives Congress (APC). Did you also come across former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s exposition on his hopes for Nigeria? What about labour’s call for a nationwide industrial action against increases in the price of fuel and electricity tariff? These and many more scintillating news stories hugged the headlines during the last one week.
For first-time visitors to this page, News Recap is a simulacrum of top-line news stories that were published in the news sections of agendawatchdog.com during the week. Have a safe trip!
-.A Nigerian doctor, Tunji Funsho, was during the week named by Time on its 2020 TIME100, a yearly list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Mr Funsho, a cardiologist based in Lagos, Nigeria, who played a significant role as a member of the the organization in ensuring Africa’s certification as wild polio-free in August 2020, is the first Rotary member to receive this honour.
–.Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary will be low-key, according to the Federal Government. This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, during a media briefing on Thursday, in Abuja, where he added that the decision was connected to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced nations across the world to adopt safety protocols to curb its spread.
–.The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN), has Given reasons why he didn’t appear before the Justice Ayo Salami Panel of Inquiry investigating the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the stewardship of its suspended Tsar, Ibrahim Magu. According to Malami, who spoke via a statement released by his spokesman, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, his non-appearance before the panel was purely constitutional.
–.Immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, despite the chastening defeat of his party’s candidate at last weekend’s governorship poll in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, says he is unperturbed about Governor Godwin Obaseki’s victory. Oshiomhole’s reaction came via a viral video released on Wednesday, where he thanked Edos for their support, adding that in life you don’t win all the time as there were times when you must accept some form of lose.
-.Several lives were confirmed lost, with several others injured, following a tanker explosion on Wednesday morning at the Felele axis of Lokoja, the Kogi State capital. More than five vehicles were incinerated in the mishap and about 50 people killed, according to eye witness reports, while the sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kogi State, Idris Fika said that at least 23 bodies were pulled from the wreckage.
-.Following his chastening loss at the September 19, 2020 poll in Edo State, where he contested under the banner of All Progressives Congress (APC), against his conqueror, Governor Godwin Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, called on Governor Obaseki to return to the APC. According Ize-Iyamu, who was speaking via a television broadcast on Wednesday night, all hands were on deck to reconcile all warring factions in the party, calling on the governor to return to his original family, adding that as his elder brother, he didn’t want the governor to make the same mistake he made.
-.The Nigerian Air Force has taken steps to immortalize late Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotlie, who died on July 14 in Kaduna State. Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, while speaking during the newly renovated and remodeled Pilots’ Crew ‘Room’ at the 115 Special Operations Group (115 SOG) Port Harcourt on Tuesday, said that immortalizing the deceased was in fulfillment of the Force’s promise and appreciation to Arotile for her invaluable contributions to the fight against armed banditry and other criminal activities in the country.
-.Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Phillip Shaibu, were issued Certificates of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). National Commissioner of the, in charge of Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa, Mrs May Agbmuche-Mbu. made the presentation on Tuesday at the INEC office in Aduwawa, Benin City, the Edo State capital.
-. Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo joined the league of grandfathers, following the delivery of a baby boy by his daughter, Oluwadamilola Bakare. Tweeting on his handle, Osinbajo said: “All glory to GOD, I am now a granddad! My daughter, Oludamilola and her husband Oluseun became parents to a wonderful baby boy this morning!”
-.The Delta State Government demoted 41 teachers for engaging in examination malpractice during the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). This was contained in a statement released on Monday by the Delta Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Patrick Ukah, who said that the disciplinary measures against the offending teachers were taken, following the recommendation of the Examination Ethics Disciplinary Committee of the state.
-.The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, went into 7 days isolation in Ile Mole, Iremo Quarters, Ile-Ife, ahead of the commencement of the ancient Olojo Festival. According to NAN reports, the revered monarch left the palace attired in white mixed with colourful ancient beads.
-.The Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) announced plans to embark on a nationwide protest on Monday, September 28, to protest the recent hikes in fuel prices and power tariff. This was contained in a statement by TUC President, Comrade Quadri Olaleye and Secretary-General, Comrade Musa-Lawal Ozigi, calling on Nigerians to get ready for “mass action against corruption, obnoxious policies, rape and other violent offences, breach of Collective Agreement, unemployment, etc.”
-. Consequent to the execution of the new exchange rate by the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, importers and their agents have said that a 5.0 per cent increase is now effected in duty payable on all imports. According to reports, the Nigeria Customs began the application of the new regime following the devaluation of the Naira exchange rate to N381 to a US Dollar, from N361.
-.Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has urged Edo people to continue to resist political godfathers in the state, asking that he be dealt with if he becomes one. Obaseki said this during a ‘Thank You’ visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja. The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has debunked insinuations in some quarters that he planned returning to his former party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), after being returned to a second four-year term as Edo State Governor on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Speaking, while on a visit to President Mohammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the country’s capital, following his commanding success at the recently held Governorship Election in Edo State, Obaseki said it would not be right for him to dump the party that gave him the ticket with which he won reelection for one that denied him one.
–.Findings presented by a group of Australian researches suggests that China is running several detention centres in northwest Xinjiang.The research think-tank, known as the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), disclosed that it had unearthed over 380 suspected detention facilities in the region, where China is believed to have held more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking residents.
-.US President Donald Trump on Wednesday was noncommittal when asked whether he will transfer power in the event of a loss at the November poll. According to Trump, on being asked during a media parley in the White House whether he would willingly hand over in the event of another candidate winning the November Presidential election, “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens”.
-.Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, one of the most powerful Cardinals in the Vatican, has suddenly resigned his position. According to the Holy See, Becciu, an Italian, resigned on Thursday, without given reasons. “The Holy Father accepted the resignation”, according to the statement.
-.Real Madrid had good reason to approve of the video assistant referee on Saturday. A handball that had gone unnoticed on the field was spotted by the VAR near the end of Madrid’s match at Real Betis, sending Sergio Ramos to the spot to convert an 82nd-minute penalty and take a 3-2 victory in Seville.Karim Benzema, the heart of Madrid’s title run last season, set up Federico Valverde for the 14th-minute opener, and pressured Emerson into scoring an own goal while trying to defend a dangerous cross to the French striker to make it 2-2. Benzema also had a strike that hit the crossbar and almost crossed the goal-line.
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