SOUTH AFRICA CHARGES ZUMA’S SON WITH CORRUPTION
Duduzane Zuma, the son of scandal-plagued former South African president, Jacob Zuma, has been charged with corruption, his lawyer said on Monday.
Duduzane Zuma, who returned to South Africa on Friday to attend his brother’s funeral, intends to contest the charges and will apply for bail at a court hearing in Johannesburg, said lawyer Rudi Krause told Reuters.
Former president Zuma, 76, faces charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to a $2.5 billion arms deal in the late 1990s, which he denies.
*. Governors of the south-east states have agreed not to make land in the region available for the establishment of cattle ranches. The governors made this decision in a meeting which held in Enugu state during the weekend.
In attendance were Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, governor of Enugu, Dave Umahi, governor of Ebonyi, while Abia and Anambra states were represented by their deputy governors, Ude Chukwu and Ikem Okeke. Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, and his deputy were absent.
*. The Kogi West Elders Forum (KWEF) of PDP has rejected any attempt to impose Senator Dino Melaye as the sole senatorial candidate on the people of the Kogi West in 2019. This development comes amidst Dino’s planned defection to the party aytime soon. Momoh who spoke on behalf of the elders said Dino if allowed to contest in any free and fair election in the state now will be defeated. The elders said they will vehemently reject any attempt to make Dino an automatic senatorial candidiate
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Six boys have been rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand after being trapped in it for more than two weeks. Twelve boys aged between 11 and 16 years and their coach, 25, were trapped inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai after a football game on June 23. Flooding cut off their escape and they have been on a rocky shelf inside a cave chamber since.
According to ITV News, the next phase of the operation to bring out the remaining eight boys and their coach would resume today. Narongsak Osatanakorn, chief of operations, said 13 foreign and five Thai divers are taking part in the operation.
2. AFRICAN ISSUES:
Another Nigerian has been killed in South Africa. Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence was reportedly killed by a gunman on July 6. The Nigeria Mission in South Africa has condemned the killing. The Consul-General of Nigeria in South Africa made this known in a statement by the Vice Consul Information and Culture, David Abraham, on Sunday in Abuja. Mr Abraham said the Consul General received with pain the unfortunate news of the assassination of Tochukwu-Lawrence by a yet to be identified assailant.
The presidency said on Sunday that the ongoing killings linked to herdsmen are amongst the multifaceted implications of climate change. The presidency also restated the claim by President Muhammadu Buhari that politicians are behind the killings, saying his administration has evidence to prove that. He appealed to Nigerians to be patient and continue to live in unity while his administration finds a lasting solution to the crisis
Thousands of lives have been lost after decades of violent confrontation between farmers and pastoralists.
Garba Shehu, spokesman of President Buhari, says leaders of PDP are among the Nigerians feeling the heat of the fight against corruption. The presidential spokesman said this in an article titled “Executive order 6: Buhari acquires a big stick against corruption”. He said while the federal government has recorded great strides in the anti-graft war, some Nigerians, particularly members of the opposition, do not support the government’s efforts. The PDP has expressed opposition to the executive order, threatening legal action.
The National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, has invited presidential aspirants, Governors, Senators and other leaders to a meeting on Monday in Abuja. The meeting is coming amid plans by leaders of the Reformed-All Progressives Congress (R-APC) to defect to the PDP.
President Atiku Abubakar, Ahmed Makarfi; Tanimu Kabiru Turaki(SAN); Sule Lamido and Ibrahim Shekarau are some of the presidential aspirants invited.
They will discuss terms for accepting R-APC leaders, like Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara and others into the party.
6. EKITI ELECTION:
The Nigeria Police Force has deployed 30,000 personnel for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti. The personnel comprised of Police Mobile Force (PMF) Units, Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), the Special Protection Unit (SPU), the Anti Bomb Squad (EOD), Conventional Policemen, the Armament Unit, personnel of FCIID and the Sniffer dogs section. Other deployment include: two Patrol Surveillance Helicopters, five additional Armoured Personnel Carriers ( APC), 10 Armoured Personnel Vehicles and 250 Police patrol vehicles.
Banks have suspended all cash withdrawals from overseas Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), except for customers whose cards are linked to domiciliary accounts funded locally. Banks have been encouraging travellers to open and fund dollar accounts, which aside having no spending limits, provide them the flexibility to spend at all times. The lenders are also raising their card spending limits on Point of Sale (PoS) and online card transactions abroad, an indication of increased dollar liquidity and rising exchange rate stability.
The proposed national airline for Nigeria would be unveiled before the end of the year, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has confirmed. Mr Sirika, a former pilot, gave the assurance while receiving the Outline Business Case Certificate of Compliance for the establishment of the airline from Chidi Izuwah, the Director General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC). The minister said that the presentation of the certificate was a testament on how far the project had gone. The proposed airline will gulp $8.8 million preliminary cost and $300 million as take-off cost.
Users of DSTV will pay more as Multichoice Nigeria is set to upwardly adjust subscription rates. The hike in tariff, which will affect the five DSTV bouquets, is likely to go up before the commencemen of the English Premiershipin August. The new rates may see DStv Premium subscribers paying N15, 800 instead of N14, 700, a difference of N1, 100. Compact Plus subscribers may begin to pay N10, 650 instead of N9, 900, DStv Compact will rise to N6, 800 from N6, 300.
Subscriber Family and Access – currently paying N3, 800 and N1, 900 are likely to start paying N4, 000 and N2000.
A Kenyan referee who had been due to officiate at the ongoing World Cup in Russia has been handed a life ban after being caught in a bribery sting. Aden Marwa was filmed receiving a 600-dollar bribe during Confederation of African Football (CAF) assignment in Ghana. He is one of 22 referees sanctioned by CAF in an unprecedented clean up, announced at the weekend. Marwa, who was a reserve at the 2014 finals in Brazil, had earlier been removed from the list of match officials due to officiate in Russia.