BUHARI EMBARKS ON 10-DAY LONDON VACATION

*”President Muhammadu Buhari will on Saturday begin a 10-day working holiday. Revealing this in a statement on Wednesday, Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said: “President Muhammadu Buhari begins a 10 working days holiday from August 3, 2018.

“In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, a letter has been transmitted to the President of the Senate, and the Speaker, House of Representatives to that effect.

“While the President is on vacation, the Vice President will be in acting capacity as President. “President Buhari will be in London for the holiday.”

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*. Football managers in English leagues will be shown red and yellow cards for bad behaviour in technical areas this season in the same manner as the football players. This development replaces the traditional action of sending a manager to the stands. Formal bookings will now be dished out for offences on the sidelines. If a manager is handed four yellow cards over the course of a season, they will face an automatic touchline ban.

*. A high court in Makurdi, capital of Benue state, on Wednesday restrained eight members of the state assembly from proceeding with the impeachment process initiated against Samuel Ortom, the governor.
The court also restrained the affected lawmakers from sitting and upheld their suspension pending the determination of the motion on notice. Eight members of the assembly led by Terkibir Ikyange, the impeached speaker, on Monday served impeachment notice the governor.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Philippines President Rodrigo Dutertewho has been very brutal in his fight against corruption and drug oversaw the destruction of $5.5 million worth of luxury vehicles and motorcycles as part of his campaign against corruption. A video shared on the Government Twitter page shows Duterte watching on as a bulldozer crush 76 smuggled cars and motorbikes, including models by Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche on Monday.
The vehicles were all part of a haul of 800 illegally imported into the Philippines, a government press statement said.

2. FOREIGN SCENE:
Isha Sesay, a popular broadcaster with CNN has announced her exit from the organisation after spending 13 years. She broke the news on social media yesterday, saying “it’s really happening, folks!! After more than a decade behind the desk with those three red letters… I HAVE LEFT CNN.”   “It’s an exciting time for me and a nerve-wracking one. I’m writing a book about the Chibok girls, it’s being released in May 2019. It really speaks to where my head is at, currently a lot more coverage about Africa, a lot more work on the continent, and a lot more focus on young girls. That’s what I’m about right now.” she said

3. PRESIDENCY:
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Wednesday night said President Buhari is not disturbed about the gale of defections currently ongoing in the ruling party, APC. Mr Okorocha stated this Wednesday night while speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting of APC governors with the president. The meeting held inside the conference room in the office of the wife of the president at the State House Villa, Abuja. Three governors, Senate President Bukola Saraki as well as several senators and members of the House of Representatives have left the APC for the PDP in the past two weeks.

4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The National Chairman of the ruling APC, Adams Oshiomhole; and some senators elected on the platform of the party led by the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, on Wednesday met behind closed doors with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting came amidst the gale of defections being witnessed in the party. Oshiomhole told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that the right thing for the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, is to vacate his seat, having left the party.

5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus of the House of Representatives say they will keep vigil at the National Assembly all night today over alleged plot by some All Progressives Congress (APC) senators to invade the senate chamber and remove Senate President Bukola Saraki. The lawmakers were led by the acting Minority Leader of the House, Chukwudi Onyema. They said they were going to keep vigil to make sure the alleged plans were thwarted.

6. JUDICIARY:
The Abuja division of the court of appeal has set aside a judgement of the federal high court which held that the national assembly lacked power to change the sequence of election. In April, the lower court held that the national assembly could not alter election timetable released by INEC. It said INEC was the only body constitutionally empowered to fix dates, organise and supervise elections in the country. Thereafter, the national assembly appealed the judgement. At the court on Wednesday, a five-man panel led by Zainab Bulkachuwa, president of the appeal court, held that a bill could not be challenged in court until it becomes an act.

7. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Aisha Jumai Alhassan will bid for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket to contest for governor in Taraba State. Hajia Alhassan, who lost the election in 2015 to Governor Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been granted permission by President Muhamadu Buhari to contest for the ticket. In a reply to her letter seeking permission to run, President Buhari thanked her for “your services as minister under this administration”.

8. STATE GOVERNMENT:
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Wednesday urged the EFCC to begin the probe of President Buhari’s security vote. Ortom who spoke to journalists after his broadcast said he never heard of where security vote was investigated.
EFCC had on Monday claimed that it had begun investigation of the Benue State governor, house of assembly members and permanent secretaries. But Ortom asked, “Why am I being investigated by the EFCC? My records are there. But so far, I am the only governor in Nigeria whose security vote is being investigated by the EFCC.

9. EFCC:
Ike Ekweremadu, was hurriedly released by the EFCC on Wednesday after suffering high blood pressure during interrogation. Sources at the anti-graft agency told newsmen that the lawmaker, who was interrogated for over eight hours on Tuesday, returned for another round of questioning on Wednesday morning but after some hours, he took ill. A detective at the commission said, “During the interrogation on Wednesday, the Deputy Senate President started to complain of discomfort and he told us that he had high blood pressure. We noticed the symptoms and we immediately released him.”

10. POLITICS:
APC has said it is neither distracted nor surprised by the defection of Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed and Aminu Tambuwal of Kwara and Sokoto States; National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi; and others from the party..In the first official reaction, APC said the defectors had the right and freedom to pursue their political ambitions wherever they desired. In the statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, the party also saluted the resolution of the defectors to come openly and declare where they belonged.

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