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GOVERNORS QUERY PAYMENT OF N800 BILLION FUEL SUBSIDY, MEET IN JUNE

** The Chairman of Governors’ Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State says the National Economic Council (NEC) will soon take decision on whether to allow the continuation of payment of petroleum subsidy by NNPC or not

He said the governors’ position was informed by the huge amount of money being spent by the NNPC as payment for fuel subsidy annually.

He described as outrageous the N800 billion being expended by the NNPC as subsidy.

“Our problem is the volume, the quantity of consumption which is not acceptable.

TRENDING

*. The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has denied a viral video that shows him struggling to read from a prepared speech. Mr Idris was in Kano on Monday to commission the Force Technical Intelligence Unit. A footage taken as the police chief was reading from a prepared speech at the event showed him struggling to pronounce words. It surfaced on the Internet Wednesday afternoon. The video was “doctored’, Mr Idris said in a live interaction with Nigerians on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

*. Mikel Obi has tipped the Super Eagles to beat South American powerhouse Argentina in their last Group D World Cup fixture on June 26. Nigeria have failed to go past the second round of the World Cup, but China-based midfielder Mikel believes the story will change this time round. “I believe we can beat Argentina, Croatia and Iceland, if we really want it,” soccernigeria.com quoted Mikel as saying in a special World Cup documentary. “We want to make history, to do well.” The former Chelsea star added, “We have a very young team who want to go past the other teams in the group.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
President Trump’s nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel was confirmed today by the Senate, with help from several Democrats who backed the nomination despite concerns over her role in post-9/11-era interrogation and detention practices. The Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Haspel, with a handful of Democrats voting in support. The vote came a day after Haspel was recommended in a 10-5 vote by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Haspel will be the first woman to lead the agency. She will replace now-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,

2. AFRICAN ISSUES:
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting on Friday over the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The emergency meeting is to “consider the international risks” of the deadly Ebola virus disease, which has now moved to an urban area of DRC. One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Mbandaka, a city with a population of about 1.2 million, WHO confirmed on Thursday. The latest case is raising fears that in spite of a rapid response by authorities, the outbreak has not been contained.

3. PRESIDENCY:
Ali Modu Sheriff, former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday. He, however, sneaked out of the presidential villa after the almost one hour meeting which took place in the president’s office. On his way to the president’s office, Sheriff indicated interest in speaking with reporters but suddenly changed his mind at the end of the meeting. Sherrif, who left Aso Rock around 2:40pm, made use of the security gate reserved for service chiefs.

4. JUDICIARY:
The chief registrar of the Kwara State Judiciary on Thursday asked the police to bring back some criminal suspects that were transferred to Abuja on Wednesday. Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said the suspects were transferred to Abuja for further investigation in the allegations of murder and criminal conspiracy slammed against them. But Senate President Bukola Saraki, who is from Kwara State, said the move was part of a grand plot by Inspector General Ibrahim Idris to frame him.

5. JUDICIARY:
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday adjourned the trial of Kogi State Senator, Dino Melaye, indefinitely, on the basis of his medical condition. The police is prosecuting Mr Melaye in Abuja and in Lokoja. In Abuja, he is accused of attempted suicide and damaging government property, after he attempted to jump out of a moving police vehicle. He was later hospitalised. In Lokoja, Mr Melaye is accused of providing false information to police and supplying arms to thugs

6. STATE GOVERNMENT:
A day after Buhola Saraki accused IG Police of a plot to frame him up in connection with some suspected felons, Kwara State Governor has denied any link with the suspects. Mr Saraki at Senate plenary on Wednesday alleged that the police chief had transferred some criminal suspects undergoing interrogation in Kwara to make statements to implicate him and the state government. Following the allegation, the Senate set up a nine-member committee to meet President Buhari for his intervention in the matter.

7. POLITICS:
President Buhari has said that the last governorship election that produced Ayodele Fayose, was characterised by “hanky-panky,” describing it as an unfortunate saga. He, therefore, called on the leaders of the ruling APC to do everything possible to ensure that they did not allow any subversion of the will of the people again. Buhari said this while hosting the members of the APC South-West caucus to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. All aspirants that contested the party ticket in Ekiti State with the winner, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, were also present at the dinner.

8. POLITICS:
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Imo stakeholders have said that they have made Gov. Rochas Okorocha politically irrelevant in their determination to rescue the party from imminent collapse in the state.
Theo Ekechi, a former commissioner in the state, said this while speaking with reporters after meeting with the APC national leadership in Abuja on Thursday. He said the stakeholders had overwhelming evidence against Okorocha. This, he said, had made it impossible for the governor to get attention from any quarter in the state and in the south-east region.

9. MILITARY VS POLICE:
Aggrieved soldiers stormed Rumukpakani police station in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital, on Thursday over the death of one of their colleagues. A resident revealed that a policeman opened fire on a soldier after a heated argument. Two soldiers who lodged at a hotel in Rumukpakani were said to have gone in search of food in the community. The soldiers were said to be in mufti and one of them had a gun on him. Some residents who could not ascertain his identity reportedly alerted the police. One of the policemen opened fire on the soldier who died in the process and the other one ran back to inform his colleagues.”

10. SPORTS:
Italian legendary footballer, Gianluigi Buffon, has announced he will leaveJuventus at the end of the season after 17 years with the club. The 40-year-old  star, who joined the club from Parma in 2001, revealed the news at a press conference which held at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Thursday morning.
Speaking to reporters, Buffon said: “Saturday will be my final match for Juventus and to end this journey with two cups and with the president and the entire Bianconeri world by my side, will be very special.

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