FG WITHDRAWS SALE OF PRESIDENTIAL JETS
** The two presidential aircraft, a Falcon 7X executive jet and Hawker 4000, that were advertised for sale in October 2016, have been returned to the Presidential Air Fleet.
The aircraft were returned to the PAF after the preferred bidders for the two jets reneged on their bid prices.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Friday.
Shehu said the aircraft had to be taken back to the fleet because there were no serious buyers. He said, “The first attempt was frustrated. There may be another one in the future if the president directs.
*. Earlier in the year, actress Mercy Johnson deleted every photo of her husband from her Instagram page and this led to speculations that there was trouble in her seemingly happy marriage. The actress quelled the rumor days later with a cosy photo of her and her husband curled up in bed in matching pyjamas. The actress has now addressed the rumours in an Interview with Punch. The mother-of-three explained why she removed her husband’s photos from her page and revealed that there’s no problem in her marriage.
*. As part of the moves to oust President Buhari and the in 2019, the major opposition parties and third force elements are expected to hold joint and separate talks in the coming days with a view to forging an alliance and supporting one presidential candidate. Some of the parties that will participate in the discussions include the Peoples Democratic Party, the Olusegun Obasanjo-backed African Democratic Congress, and the Chief Olu Falae-led Social Democratic Party among others.
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
One person was killed and four others were wounded during a Saturday night knife attack in Paris. Two of the victims were seriously injured and two others were lightly injured and police officials confirm that the attacker is also dead. There is no known motive for the attack at this time. French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb praised the cool and quick response by French police who “neutralized” the assailant. “My first thoughts are for the victims in this odious attack,” added Collomb, who made the comments via Twitter.
2. FOREIGN SCENE:
North Korea will make a public show of its promise to close its nuclear testing site, north of the country. According to South Korean news agency, Yonhap, North Korea said it is taking “technical measures” to dismantle its nuclear test site, moving closer to honouring an offer made by its leader Kim Jong-un during the inter-Korean summit last month. The North’s foreign ministry issued a press release, carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), detailing the country’s plans to shut down its Pyunggye-ri nuclear test ground.
3. AFRICAN ISSUES:
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday said 10 countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its neighbors, have been put on high alert after local authorities declared an Ebola outbreak earlier this week. “We are very concerned, and we are planning for all scenarios, including the worst-case scenario,” said WHO emergency response chief Peter Salama in Geneva. Up to 18 people are suspected of dying from infection so far. Salama said that WHO officials are most worried about the spread of Ebola in Congo-Brazzaville and the Central African Republic, since they are both connected to the outbreak area through river systems.
4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The Nigeria police have accused the senate of “playing politics” with the lives of Nigerians and attempting to prevent the course of justice. The police said the senate’s invitation of Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, was only secondary as their major concern was intervening in the case of Dino Melaye,
Angered by his failure to show up the third time he was invited, the upper legislative chamber declared him an “enemy of progress”. In a statement on Saturday, the police chief said contrary to the impression the senate is painting, its priority was to prevent justice in the case of Melaye.
A Nigerian woman is in court against the United Airlines, claiming the carrier racially discriminated against her in removing her from her flight at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport following a complaint by a fellow passenger that she had a “pungent” odour. Hearing the federal discrimination suit filed by Queen Obioma is a court in Texas. The plaintiff said she and her children were wrongfully kicked off a flight headed to San Francisco on March 4, 2016, the second leg of a three-flight trip from Lagos to Ontario, Canada, where her kids attend school.
6. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
he National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has lifted the shutdown order on three pharmaceutical namely Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited, Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited and Emzor Pharmaceuticals Industry Limited over the codeine syrup scandal.
In a statement released yesterday by the Director General of the association, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, the agency said the decision to lift the shutdown was reached after a meeting with top executives of the companies that were implicated in the codeine syrup distribution.
Kayode Fayemi, has picked the ticket of the All Progressives Congress for the Ekiti governorship election slated for July 14. He polled 941 votes to beat his closest rival and former governor, Segun Oni, who polled 481 votes. Mr Oni has congratulated Mr Fayemi on his victory and promised to give him his support to win the governorship election. He also said he would not leave the party as being insinuated as
a result of his loss. “I am a party person, I will not only support him(Mr Fayemi), I will encourage him. I don’t have any intention of leaving the APC,” said Mr Oni.
Local government council elections held in Kaduna on Saturday amid complaints of late arrival of materials and low turnout of voters. The election in 21 of the state’s 23 local government areas was conducted using electronic voting machines — the first time in Nigeria. Accredited voters did not see ballot papers. Instead, they faced an electronic voting machine displaying the logos of the political parties participating in the election. By pressing the logo of a preferred political party, the voter registers a choice that is recorded and acknowledged by the machine.
The police in Suleja, Niger State, have confirmed the arrest of the parents and relation of a bride, who disappeared after her wedding, refusing to go to her husband’s home. The arrest of the trio followed a complaint to the police by their son in-law, Shuaib Dauda, for the sudden disappearance of their daughter few hours after wedding. Mr Dauda earns a living as an auto mechanic. Aliyu Lawal, officer-in-charge of Kaduna-Road police outpost in Suleja, gave the confirmation to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday.
Mavin records boss and award winning producer, Don Jazzy has come out to say the Nigerian entertainmnet industry needs more song writers because as it stands there are too many artists. In a series of tweets, Don Jazzy said, ‘I think what our industry needs now is more song writers. We have too many artists as it is’. He also said, ‘actually the music industry has soooo many positions to fill other than being on stage. And I know some of you have the skills’. I am working on something. And when I’m done I can guarantee some of you will make more money than most artists just being a dope song writer.