FINALLY, THAI CAVE BOYS RETURN TO SCHOOL

** The 12 boys recently rescued from a cave in northern Thailand returned to school. At Mae Sai Prasitsart School in Chiang Rai province where six of the boys attend, all of the 12 boys were given a warm welcome back to school.  

The ceremony was also marked with Buddhist prayers, according to Chiang Rai officials.  

Dressed in their respective school uniforms, the boys were also given team shirts of Germany’s Bayern Munich football club by a club representative. The dramatic 19-day search and rescue mission for the group, a local youth football team, has gained much attention, sympathy and admiration from around the world.  

BREAKING NEWS

National Assembly complex has been condoned off by DSS officials, no one is allowed in including Senators and House of Reps members, amidst rumour of Saraki and Ekwerenmadu’s likely impeachment

TRENDING

*. Senate President Bukola Saraki has summoned an emergency meeting of leaders of both chambers of the national assembly. Its gathered that the lawmakers would meet at 12 noon on Tuesday to deliberate on some “crucial issues”.
Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of reps, had adjourned plenary till September 25 following the siege laid on the residences of the nation’s number three citizen and Ike Ekweremadu, his deputy.

*. The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has addressed reports of him planning to hand over leadership of the church to the General Overseer of Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo. Pastor Adeboye, who spoke at the ministers’ conference of the mission on Saturday which held at the Redemption Camp, Mowe, Ogun state, stated that God had not yet revealed to him who his successor would be. He, therefore, warned those spreading rumors of Bishop Oyedepo being his successor, to desist from such act.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, on Sunday, killing at least 91 people. Authorities said on Monday that rescuers still hadn’t reached some hard-hit areas and the death toll could climb. The powerful quake triggered panic among tourists and residents and was felt on the neighbouring island of Bali. Video showed screaming people running in panic from houses in a Bali neighborhood and vehicles rocking. On Lombok, soldiers and other rescuers carried injured people on stretchers and carpets to an evacuation center.

2. PRESIDENCY:
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo today met behind closed doors with the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting is coming at a time when the president called on the National Assembly to cut short its ongoing vacation in order to attend to pending matters that require urgent attention. The Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang was quoted as saying, “We are appealing to Senate leadership and all caucuses of the national assembly to see this as a clarion call for the good of the nation.

3. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The majority leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, says it has become necessary for the lawmakers to reconvene and pass a virement request from President Buhari to forestall a government shutdown. Mr Lawan stated this Monday while speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with acting President Yemi Osinbajo. Mr Lawan’s statement came a few hours before news emerged that Senate President Bukola Saraki has summoned an emergency meeting of the leadership of the two cambers of the National Assembly for Tuesday noon, ahead of a meeting with Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu.

4. JUDICIARY:
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has shifted its election due to commence midnight of August 6 to August 19 and August 20 due to difficulties encountered by members with the verification process.
The NBA President, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), announced this on Monday in Abuja at a press conference. Mr Mahmoud said the shift was due to wide spread complaints by members about the security of the verification process being undertaken by Chams Plc. He said upon the review of the process so far, it became necessary to disaggregate the entire electoral process into three stages: pre, during and post election.

5. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, has revealed how Nigerian politicians “commit manslaughter.” Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers State said politicians commit manslaughter through corrupt practice, a menace which he said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government was determined to end.
Speaking with Vanguard, the Minister, however, noted that all Nigerians should have access to the country’s treasury and not a few who loot it..He said some politicians loot money meant for the building of hospitals and good roads, thereby causing the death of Nigerians.

6. AKPABIO’S DEFECTION:
Godswill Akpabio, senate minority leader, has returned to the residence of Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Akpabio, who served his two terms as governor of Akwa Ibom under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and was elected a senator, still under PDP, is reported to have visited Tinubu two days ago, as part of his plans to join the ruling party. He was with President Muhammadu Buhari in London during the weekend, having visited Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at Aso Rock earlier in the week. Lai Mohammed, minister of information, and many APC chieftains have expressed delight with the development.

7. POLITICS:
PDP said it was not aware that the Senate Minority Leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio, was going to London where he met with President Buhari on Sunday. Rather, it said the former governor of Akwa Ibom State told members of the party’s National Working Committee that he was on his way to Germany. The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated this in Abuja on Monday, said the party was not aware of Akpabio’s planned defection to the ruling APC He said the minority leader of the Senate could have had what he called “technical stopover” in London.

8. POLITICS:
PDP, Monday accused the presidency and the ruling APC of running 18 unregistered companies and frittering away trillions of dollars under its administration. It pointedly alleged that President Buhari deceived Nigerians to secure power on a promise of transparency, accountability and zero tolerance for corruption. Spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Abuja. The opposition party said Buhari, “suppresses investigation into the alleged use of 18 unregistered companies to lift and divert N1.1 trillion worth of crude oil in 2017.

9. HEALTH:
Women suffering heart attacks in hospital emergency rooms in the United States are more likely to die if their doctor is a man than a woman, warned a study Monday. The study was based on more than 500,000 patients admitted to hospital emergency departments for acute myocardial infarction — a medical term for heart attack — in Florida between 1991 and 2010.
Researchers at Harvard University found a “stark” difference in survival according to whether the patient’s and doctor’s gender matched. Namely, when women were treated by female doctors, “there was a significant and positive effect” on survival, said the study

10. SPORTS:
The Tanzania Football Federation has appointed Nigerian football legendEmmanuel Amuneke as their new national team coach. The Tanzania Football Federation confirmed the appointment on their official Twitter handle, with Amunike being unveiled by TFF President Wallace Karia in Dar es Salaam on Monday. The 47-year-old, who has been without a job since leaving Sudan’s Al Khartoum SC in March, signed a two-year deal with the East Africans, replacing former coach Salum Mayanga. He will work to help his team get their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign back on track.

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