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PRESIDENCY DENIES REPORT OF PRESIDENT BUHARI EXTENDING HIS UK VACATION

** The presidency has denied media reports claiming president Buhari wrote to the senate asking to extend his 10-day vacation in the UK. Yesterday evening, Daily Independent reported that President Buhari sent a letter to the National Aseembly indicating his interest to extend his 10-day vacation which started on August 3rd

Reacting to the report, the Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, in a chat with LIB, said the report is untrue and completely false. He said he is in touch with his senior colleague, Femi Adesina, over the report and that an official statement will be released soon.

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*. Atiku Abubakar said on Tuesday he is not desperate to be President of the country. Atiku, who reiterated that he would not leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) even if he fails to secure the party’s presidential ticket, said he would have become President in 1993 if he was desperate. Speaking to journalists after meeting with the Bénin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II, as part of his nationwide consultation, Atiku said he stepped down for the late Chief Moshood Abiola because of the interest in the country.

*. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday announced an extension to the deadline for the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise by two weeks. With the new development, the ongoing voters registration exercise which was due to elapse on Friday, 17th August will now end on Friday, 31st August 2018. The exercise will continue in all the designated registration centres every day, including weekends, but excluding public holidays, between 9am and 5pm.

NEWS FLASH

  1. PRESIDENCY:
    Yemi Osinbajo has congratulated the CJN, Walter Onnoghen, on his conferment with the 2018 Michael Hill Prize by the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL) in Montreal, Canada..Mr Onnoghen was honoured at the 31st conference of the ISRCL, an international non-governmental association of judges, legislators, lawyers, academics, governmental officials, and police and corrections professionals. Mr Osinbajo noted that the award was in recognition of Mr Onnoghen’s commitment to the development of the country’s judicial system.
  2. PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE:
    Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, has ordered immediate psychological evaluation on all operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS). Idris has also announced new measures aimed at overhauling the police outfit. Part of the measures include the constitution of a team that would review SARS operations and as well as the appointment of a new commissioner of police to head the squad. This comes hours after Acting President Yemi Osinbajo ordered the police IG tooverhaul the anti-robbery squad with immediate effect.
  3. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
    Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of reps, say no date has been fixed to reconvene national assembly.
    President Buhari had urged the national assembly to reconvene so as to approve N242 billion for the 2019 elections. But the lawmakers did not get a notice of resumption on Monday. In a statement on Tuesday, Yusuph Olaniyonu and Turaki Hassan, media aides of Saraki and Dogara, quoted their principals as saying there was no report to consider because the committees handling the president’s request had not met.
  4. POLITICS:
    Bola Tinubu, a national leader of APC has asked Olusegun Obasanjo to leave Buhari alone. Tinubu said this while addressing party members at a stakeholders meeting in Lagos state on Tuesday. The APC leader condemned “frequent attacks” on the current administration by the former president. He said the criticisms of Obasanjo were in bad faith, adding that he (Obasanjo) could not stop Nigerians from reelecting Buhari. “Our president, President Muhammadu Buhari has done well, he deserves another term, and we will support him to win because he is our man,” he said.
  5. POLITICS:
    Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of APC has called on lawmakers of the ruling party to do all within their powers to ensure that the national assembly reconvenes. Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara adjourned plenary in July shortly after the police laid a siege to the residences of the nation’s number three citizen and Ike Ekweremadu, his deputy. Oshiomhole, who criticised the adjournment, said it is slowing down the progress of the current administration. He spoke at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja during a meeting with APC senators and members of the house of representatives
  6. ECONOMY:
    The Debt Management Office (DMO) says Nigeria’s total debt rose to N22.4 trillion in the first half of the 2018 financial year. This represents a three percent increase from the N21.68 trillion recorded at end of December 2017. Patience Oniha, director general of the DMO, made the revelation while addressing reporters in Abuja on Tuesday. According to her, the rise in total debt stock was recorded after the federal government issued a $2.5 billion Eurobond in February. The DMO DG had said the Eurobond issuance—the fifth in the history of Nigeria—will not affect debt level.
  7. AVIATION:
    Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, says the claim by Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines’ CEO, of the airline being favourite to manage Nigeria Air is fake. He made this known through James Odaudu, the ministry’s deputy director, media and public affairs, on Tuesday. The statement was a response to the enquiry by NAN, to the claim by Gebremariam recently in Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian Airline boss had said his company is the frontrunner in the bids.
  8. MEDIA:
    The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has asked the police to release Samuel Ogundipe, a Premium Times reporter, with immediate effect. The police arrested Ogundipe on Wednesday over a report the organisation published on the sack of Lawal Daura, former DG of DSS. Copies of the letter Ibrahim Idris, IG of police, wrote to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on the interrogation of Daura were obtained by the media. The police had reportedly asked Ogundipe to disclose how he obtained the letter used for a story but the journalist declined in line with the ethics of the profession.
  9. INSURGENCY:
    The Nigerian army says it has uncovered social media accounts used by a faction of the Boko Haram group to recruit new members. According to NAN, Murtala Usman, artillery commander of operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this while speaking at the ongoing Nigerian army combat support training week in Maiduguri. Usman said insurgents from the Albarnawi faction of the Boko Haram group were recruiting new members on social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, SnapChat, Instagram and Youtube, adding that the social media accounts had 2,000 followers.
  10. SPORTS:
    World football governing body FIFA on Tuesday said it would go on to suspend Nigeria and Ghana from football activities if they failed to comply with its instructions by Monday..FIFA, in a statement by its Media Office, said it had been notified about ongoings in the two federations, and it viewed them as “undue interference in their affairs’’. It said Nigeria must ensure the NFF offices in Abuja are occupied by the Amaju Pinnick faction of the federation’s Congress by Monday. FIFA, however, said whatever decision it would take would not affect the Falconets, Nigeria’s under-20 women team.

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