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IGP SUMMONS SENATE PRESIDENT OVER OFFA BANK ROBBERY

** The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has asked Senate President Bukola Saraki to appear at the office of intelligence response team (IRT) office in Abuja tomorrow Tuesday July 24th, over the robbery incident that took place in Offa, Kwara state, on April 5th. The attack claimed the lives of over 20 persons.

In the recent letter to Saraki, the police chief said some of the robbery leaders alleged that Saraki gave them arms and money used to rob and that Saraki needed to come forward to clear his name.

TRENDING

*. FG diverted N28 billion from the Ecological Fund in 2016. According to the recently released auditor-general’s report for 2016, the federal government termed the fund movements as ‘borrowings’ and there were no clear arrangements for repayments. “The Ecological Fund was set up for the amelioration of general ecological problems in any part of Nigeria,” the report signed by Anthony Ayine, the auditor-general of the federation read.

*. Acting minority leader of the House of Representatives, Chukwudi Onyema, has declared that he will become the House leader in a few days. Mr Onyema, popularly known as Chuchu, said this at the emergency NEC meeting of the opposition PDP at the party secretariat in Abuja. He said the PDP caucus in the House, whom he said had remained steadfast, will no longer be referred to as the minority. The APC currently has the majority in terms of numerical strength.

NEWS FLASH

1. PRESIDENCY:
Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso led some of his colleagues to the presidential villa in Abuja on Monday.
Kwankwaso is among the lawmakers believed to be planning their exit from the ruling party. His rift with Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the state, made him stay away from the convention of the APC. He rather chose to visit Atiku Abubakar, a PDP presidential aspirant on the day of the convention, and he has been listed as one of the lawmakers in the R-APC, though he is yet to acknowledge this publicly.

2. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has reacted to the invitation extended to him by the police over the Offa bank robbery. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Yusuph Olaniyonu on Monday, he described the invite as a mere afterthought designed to achieve a political purpose. “The police have obviously corrupted and politicised their investigations into the Offa robbery incident,” he alleged shortly after the news of his invitation broke. The Senate President stressed further, “I want to make it apparent that I have no hand in either the robbery incident or any criminal activity.

3. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
The Nigerian government is set to remodel Federal Secretariat, Abuja, through Public Private Partnership (PPP) to ensure the safety of staff and boost productivity, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, said. She made this known while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Pilot PPP with Alpha Mead Development Company Ltd. on Monday in Abuja. She said that the MoU was to enable the company to remodel the ground floor and the car parking lots of block ‘A’ Federal Secretariat Complex, Phase II, Abuja.

4. STATE GOVERNMENT:
As the race to succeed Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha gathers momentum, his brother-in-law, Mr. Chuks Ololo, has declared interest to run in the 2019 governorship election in the State. Ololo, a board member of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Oshodi, is married to Ogechi, Okorocha’s younger sister, who is the Commissioner for Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment. The development means Okorocha now has two in-laws seeking to take over from him. Uche Nwosu, the incumbent Chief of Staff who is married to Okorocha’s first daughter is also in the contest.

5. # 2019 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION:
The Peoples Democratic Party has set aside Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6, for its national convention where its presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election will emerge. This information was contained in a memorandum submitted to the National Executive Committee of the party by its National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, at its meeting in Abuja on Monday. Titled, “Proposed timetable and schedule of activities,” and dated Monday, July 23, 2018, the internal memorandum was approved by the NEC.

6. RELIGION:
Bishop David Oyedepo, has asked President Buhari to resign over persistent Fulani militant herdsmen killings. In a YouTube video posted by the church’s official page, the cleric made this call on Sunday at its headquarters in Ota, Ogun State. With this development, Oyedepo has joined other notable clerics – including the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church, Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan; and a former Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie – who have asked Buhari to quit his position over failure to secure the lives of Nigerians.

7. POLITICS:
Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has reiterated that he is not losing sleep over the breakaway Reformed-APC faction. The former Edo governor says he has defeated powerful godfathers, stressing that “I will not miss my sleep because a lot of these guys cannot on a good day deliver their unit”. Oshiomhole said this in reaction to a statement by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that he is licking his vomit after his ‘no loss of sleep’ comment. The PDP had said the APC chairman was making moves to woo the members of R-APC back into the ruling party.

8. POLITICS:
Kingsley Moghalu, presidential aspirant of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), has appointed Abubakar Abdullahi as the chief operating officer (COO) of his 2019 presidential campaign. Abubakar, a political consultant, will coordinate the operations of the campaign including logistics, personnel, fundraising and political operations across the 36 states of the country. Ebere Samuel was named the national coordinator of the Kingsley Moghalu Support Organisation (KIMSO). The appointments were announced on Monday in a statement released by Jide Akintunde, spokesperson for KIMSO.

9. HEALTH:
Pregnant women whose partners are smokers may face higher risks of miscarriage, according to a recent Chinese research. Conducted by the Research Institute of the National Health Commission, the research was based on data of 5.8 million non-smoking pregnant women and their partners, who participated in China’s free pre-pregnancy checkups from 2010 to 2016. After the follow-up research of pre-pregnancy, early pregnancy, and pregnancy outcomes, researchers found that pregnant women whose partners smoke are 17 per cent more likely to miscarry than those with non-smoking partners.

10. ENTERTAINMENT:
R Kelly has opened up on the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against him in a new 19 minute long song, “I Admit It”. The singer, who is the target of a boycott campaign over his treatment of women, hit backMonday in a 19-minute song on Instagram TV. He told his 1 million Instagram followers, “Today is the day you’ve been waiting for. I admit it.” “I never thought it would come to this, to be the most disrespected artist,” he sings over a mid-tempo R&B beat.

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